Vice President Joe Biden, joined by his wife Dr. Jill Biden, stopped by the Belgium Embassy in Washington, D.C., this morning to sign the condolence book for the victims of Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels and said the Belgians “will prevail.”
“They will prevail. They will prevail,” Biden told reporters after signing the book and complimenting the Belgian people for having “backbones like ramrods.”
“They are not letting terrorism win. What [terrorists] really want to do is change the way we live, and you are never going to let that happen,” he said.
Biden complimented the “incredible courage” shown by the Belgian people in the wake of the attacks and looked back in history to the strength they demonstrated during World War II.
“All you got to do is remember the incredible courage of the Belgian people ... during World War II, the incredible stamina,” he said. “And nothing has changed. Nothing has changed.”
Biden was greeted by the Belgian Ambassador Johan Verbeke inside the embassy’s lobby, where the condolence book is set up.
The vice president took his time writing down his thoughts, spending several minutes seated as he wrote, his wife looking on and signing her name below his message.
Reiterating President Obama's pledge to support the Belgians in any way possible, the vice president again said that the U.S. is prepared to provide any intelligence assistance to Belgian authorities in order to get to the bottom of the attacks.
“On behalf of the president, I can say that we are prepared to provide any and all information capability, technology, anything we have that can be value added to their fight,” he said. “They will prevail.”