Secretary of State Antony Blinken says last month's Capitol riots damaged the U.S.'s standing as a country that defends democracy.
"There's no doubt that our ability to speak with that strong voice for democracy and human rights took a hit with what happened on January 6, that happened at the Capitol," Blinken said.
Blinken says he is optimistic though.
In his view, we still had a "a peaceful transition of power pursuant to our Constitution."
The violence that day left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer.