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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/22/2017, #26

22 Mar 17:40 | SciTech

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:41 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  First, at the top, I wanted to note that the President has been briefed on the situation in London.  He just spoke to Prime Minister May, and we’ll have a readout on that situation and that call soon.  We obviously condemn today’s attack in Westminster, which the United Kingdom is treating as an act of terrorism.  And we applaud the quick response that the British police and their first responders made to the situation.  The victims in this are in our thoughts and our prayers. The City of London and Her Majesty's government have the  full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those to justice who are responsible.  We will provide you with further updates as warranted and, as I mentioned, a readout of the President's call with the Prime Minister. read more »

The Detroit News: Judge Gorsuch “the very image of a thoughtful jurist”

22 Mar 16:54 | US Politics and Govt

Editorial: Gorsuch turns back Democratic attacks The Detroit News After two days of often hostile hearings, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is proving himself an even-tempered, deeply knowledgeable nominee who should be confirmed by the Senate. Gorsuch calmly turned back attempts by Democrats on the Judicial Committee to paint him as an extremist whose rulings as an appeals court judge heavily favored corporate and big money special interest, the evidence to support that charge is flimsy. At the start of Tuesday’s session, Gorsuch deflated the claims that he is a threat to women by stating the Roe v. Wade precedent “has been reaffirmed many times.” And through often accusatory questioning aimed at distorting his record, he forcefully defended his rulings on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals while schooling senators on the law. He reminded the senators that “97 percent of the 2,700 cases I've read more »

White House to Make Financial Disclosures Public

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

Fulfilling the President’s commitment to ensure an ethical and transparent government, on March 31, 2017, the White House will be making the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Form 278 financial disclosure reports filed by high-level officials in the White House Office available to the public. Additionally, in the future, members of the public will be able to make requests through an online portal and receive access to the public financial disclosure reports of officials who have filed their form at least 30 days prior to the date of the request. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION As per the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, high-level officials in the White House are required to file public financial disclosure reports. These reports are reviewed by the White House and are used to identify and prevent potential financial conflicts of interest. The reports of the highest-level offread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States' partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and discussed issues of mutual concern including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Building on the dialogue that began last month in Brussels, Belgium, the Vice President and High Representative and Vice President Mogherini agreed to remain in close contact as the United States and the European Union consider the way forward on these and other shared challenges. read more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Meeting with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 3:10 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m deeply honored to welcome the members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the White House.  We’re going to have a lot of meetings over the years, and I very much appreciate you being here. Throughout my campaign, I pledged to focus on improving conditions for African American citizens.  This means more to me than anybody would understand or know.  Every American child has a right to grow up in a safe community, to attend great schools, to graduate with access to high-paying jobs.   America has spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas.  I guess -- I heard just recently in the Middle East we’ve spent as of about two months ago $6 trillion -- $6 trillion, and you know where we are over there -- while neglecting the fate of American children in cities like Baltimore and Chicago and Detroit.   African Amerread more »

Press Releases: Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

22 Mar 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to review and accelerate the campaign for the lasting defeat of ISIS. We remain firmlyread more »

Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

22 Mar 14:43 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice. read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

22 Mar 14:04 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ capability to respond to threats and conduct counter-terrread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 13:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: On the Attack in London

22 Mar 13:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference. read more »

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Announces Legislative Affairs Staff Appointments

22 Mar 13:32 | US Politics and Govt

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, President Trump’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Marc Short, announced the following additions to the Legislative Affairs Senate staff team. “I’m honored to work alongside this team that is committed to advancing the President’s agenda,” Short said. “With extensive experience and relationships on Capitol Hill, they offer abundant knowledge and valuable insight that will undoubtedly help the White House and Congress pass legislation to deliver on our promises to the American people.” Amy Swonger will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. Bethany Scully will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Senate and House Special Assistant. Andy Koenig will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant. Virginia Boney will serve as Special Assistaread more »

President Trump Approves Wyoming Disaster Declaration

22 Mar 12:57 | US Politics and Govt

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Wyoming and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm and straight-line winds from February 6 to February 7, 2017.    Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and straight-line winds in Teton County. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Ms. Nancy M. Casper as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.  Additional designations may be read more »

H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017

22 Mar 12:19 | US Politics and Govt

March 22, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017 (Rep. Black, R-TN) The Administration strongly supports H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). This bill begins to fulfill the President's commitment to rescue Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and expand access to affordable, quality healthcare. The AHCA offers patient-centered healthcare solutions that will promote innovation, reduce health insurance premiums, and empower doctors and patients to make healthcare choices. The AHCA makes significant and important changes as part of a three step process to repeal and replace the ACA. The AHCA would provide tax credits for Amread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Administrator Seema Verma in Women in Healthcare Panel Meeting

22 Mar 12:13 | US Politics and Govt

Roosevelt Room 11:24 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much for being here.  It’s a great honor, very great honor.  I want to thank Vice President Pence, Secretary Tom Price, and Administrator Seema Verma -- who’s done an incredible job, by the way -- for all of the time and energy they’ve put into repairing and replacing Obamacare ahead of tomorrow’s crucial vote.  Big vote tomorrow in the House.   I want to especially thank Seema, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services --a wonderful job she’s doing, and definitely a complex job, but you have it under control, right -- for hosting this very important meeting to discuss the vital role women play in healthcare and the hardships inflicted on them by the Obamacare catastrophe.  It’s been bad. Administrator Seema Verma is playing the leading role for us in helping us to repeal and replace Obamacare.read more »

Press Releases: The Global Coalition - Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 11:07 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through local partners for military operations; supporting the stabilization of territory liberated from ISIS; and, enhancing international cooperation against ISIS&rsquread more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

22 Mar 11:00 | US Politics and Govt

This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian heritage will come together with their families during this time to commemorate the arrival of spring. Nowruz means “new day” in Persian.  It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land. For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history. They come from diverse religious backgrounds—including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i—but all share an affection for their ancestral heritage. Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously sread more »

Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings

21 Mar 22:06 | US Politics and Govt

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Remarks by the President at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner

21 Mar 21:17 | US Politics and Govt

National Building Museum Washington, D.C.  7:38 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Wow.  You know, I asked how many people would be here tonight.  They said a couple of hundred.  It was just like a little fundraiser.  They didn’t say you broke -- 23 years, you broke the all-time record tonight -- $30.1 million.  And broke it by $10 million -- that's not so close.  So, congratulations.  We're going to have a great eight years together.  (Applause.) And Rasmussen just came out with a very good poll -- you’ll be liking this poll.  This poll is good.  We're going to do a good job.  More importantly, we're going to do a great job, and then we're going to win it the old-fashioned way -- we're just going to win it.  And I want to thank everybody.   This is a lot more than 200 peread more »

President Donald J. Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017

21 Mar 18:42 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years. The bill demonstrates strong bipartisan support for our Nation’s space program and helps ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of exploration and discovery. “With this legislation, we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery,” said President Trump during a signing ceremony at the White House. “America’s space program has been a blessing to our people and to the entire world. Almost half a century ago, our brave astronauts first planted the American flag on the moon. That was a big moment in our history.  Now this nation is ready to be the first in space once again. Today we’re taking the initial steps toward a bold and brave new future for American space flight.” The Act, passed unanimousread more »

Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - March 21, 2017

21 Mar 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 21, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UNITED KINGDOM/NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTERTERRORISM/ISIS DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT read more »

Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary - #25

21 Mar 16:42 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  1:56 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  The hearing is still -- Judge Gorsuch’s hearing is ongoing, and considering the significant attention, I'm going to try to keep this a little on the shorter side today. The President is making a full day of progress towards some of his biggest promises that he’s made to the American people.  This morning he met with the House Republican Conference members on Capitol Hill, ahead of the House’s scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act, which is currently scheduled for Thursday. During the meeting, the President reminded members of the House Conference that repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a promise that Republicans have been making to voters for years. Members have made it clear that if voters put a Republican in the White House and continue Republican majorities in the House and the Senatread more »

H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

21 Mar 14:08 | US Politics and Govt

March 21, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (Rep. Johnson, R-TX, and 37 cosponsors) The Administration supports H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017. The Administration is committed to providing American workers with new options for access to quality, affordable care. The bill would strengthen access to health coverage for workers in the Nation's small businesses, many of which struggle to provide their employees with healthcare benefits due to dramatic increases in premiums and healthcare costs under the Affordable Care Act. H.R. 1101 would enable small businesses to provide health benefits to their workers through trade and prread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 21, 2017, as National Agriculture Day

21 Mar 13:56 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.  The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined. The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly innovative.  It continuously builds on its centuries of progress through advances in science, research, technology, safety, production, and marketing to meet the demands of changing consumer needs and complex world markets.  The agriculture sector provides jobs across our Nation, not just for farmers and ranchers, but for foresters, scientists, processors, shippers, firefighters, police, and retailers.  read more »

H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017

21 Mar 13:50 | US Politics and Govt

March 21, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (Rep. Gosar, R-AZ, and 20 cosponsors) The Administration supports H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017. Many Americans have seen their health insurance premiums increase, and healthcare options decrease, significantly under the Affordable Care Act. The Administration supports efforts to restore competition to the health insurance marketplace in order to lower costs and expand choices for consumers. H.R. 372 would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act to ensure that Federal antitrust laws apply to the business of health insurance. The bill supports the goal of giving Americanread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 442 into Law

21 Mar 13:44 | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 442, which (1) authorizes appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 2017; (2) provides for improvements to the International Space Station program; (3) authorizes medical monitoring and treatment for former astronauts; (4) authorizes a space technology program; and (5) authorizes third-party indemnification for certain hazardous commercial space services. read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq

21 Mar 11:38 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq built upon their productive meeting last month at the Munich Security Conference during a working breakfast at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory this morning.  The Vice President commended Iraqi Security Forces for their progress in western Mosul and thanked Prime Minister Abadi for the sacrifices of the Iraqi people in our shared fight against ISIS. The Vice President also thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership in protecting religious and ethnic minorities, including Christians, Yezidis, and others, and urged the Prime Minister to continue efforts to ensure inclusive governance. The leaders also discussed opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship and advance mutual interests, including read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

21 Mar 11:28 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If confirmed, Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky will serve as a Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The son of Indian-American immigrants, Judge Thapar serves on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  With his 2008 nomination by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation and appointment, Judge Thapar became the Nation’s first Article III judge of South Asian descent.   Before his service on the bench, he was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Before that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia.  He began his legal career in private practice, after clerkships with Judge S. Arthur Spiegel on the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio anread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

21 Mar 11:27 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced key additions to his Administration. Benjamin Cassidy of Massachusetts will serve as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security.  Mr. Cassidy serves as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Homeland Security in the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the Department, he was a senior executive at The Boeing Company, leading international business development and government relations assignments in the defense sector. While at Boeing during the Bush Administration, Mr. Cassidy worked extensively to advance strategic missile defense relationships with international industry partners in support of U.S. Government policy. He has also served as the Defense and Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant for Senator John Warner of Virginia. Before his Senate work, Mr. Cassidy served in a variety of Marine Corps command and staff assignments, including rread more »

Joint Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

20 Mar 21:45 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to the Oval Office to reaffirm America’s support for Iraq and the Iraqi people in our shared fight against the terrorist group ISIS/Da’esh.  The United States and Iraq stand fully committed to a comprehensive partnership, rooted in mutual respect and grounded in the United States-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, which provides a framework for political, economic, cultural, and security cooperation.  President Trump was particularly honored that Prime Minister al-Abadi was one of the first foreign leaders he has hosted at the White House, a testament to the close bonds between the American and Iraqi people and the importance of the relationship between our governments.   In today’s meeting, President Trump and Prime Minister al-Abadi praised the unprecedented cooperation between the militaries of the United States and Iraq in the fight against ISIS/Da’esh, includiread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Make America Great Again Rally | Louisville, KY

20 Mar 21:44 | US Politics and Govt

Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville, Kentucky 7:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  I am thrilled to be here in the great state of Kentucky and the beautiful city of Louisville!  (Applause.)  And this place is packed.  (Applause.)  There are a lot of people outside that aren’t getting in, but that's all right.  We love them, too, right?  We love them, too.  (Applause.)   We're in the heartland of America, and there is no place I would rather be than here with you, tonight.  (Applause.)  Our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, was born right here in Kentucky.  (Applause.)  That's not bad.  The legendary pioneer, Daniel Boone, helped settle the Kentucky frontier.  (Applause.)  And the great 19th century American statesman, Henry Clay, represented Kentucky in the United States Conread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with the House Pro-Life Caucus

20 Mar 19:42 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President today met with Chairman Chris Smith and members of the House Pro-Life Caucus to discuss the American Health Care Act and President Trump's commitment to repealing and replacing Obamacare with a health care system that actually works. The House legislation, which could be considered by the House of Representatives this week, includes protections against taxpayer funding being used for abortions. The National Right to Life Committee last week endorsed the American Health Care Act for 'restoring the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage.' At the conclusion of the meeting, Vice President Pence reaffirmed his and President Trump's ongoing commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn.read more »

Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Authority Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

20 Mar 17:37 | US Politics and Govt

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT:         Delegation of Authority Under the National Defense                              Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows: I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 3132 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-328) (the "Act"). Any reference in this memorandum to the Act shall be deemed to be a reference to any future Act that is the same or substantially the same as such provision. You are authorized and directedread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/20/2017

20 Mar 16:46 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:45 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  As you all know, the President will be speaking this afternoon in Louisville, and we've got an event coming up, so I'll try to keep this relatively short to focus on -- let the President focus on his message for the day. In regard to the news of the day, this morning, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, the President met with Bill Gates, the co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The President and Mr. Gates talked about their shared commitment to finding and stopping disease outbreaks around the world.  The President particularly commended Mr. Gates for the Gates Foundation's work in global health and health security.  Generous and innovative private philanthropy groups, like the Gates Foundation, are critical to our mission of finding the cures of tomorrow.  read more »

Remarks by President Trump in a Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq

20 Mar 16:07 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 3:28 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Prime Minister, it’s an honor to have you here before our Cabinet, which I hope in years to come will be thought of one the great Cabinets in the history of the United States.  We just spent a few minutes speaking in the Oval Office and learning and giving each other ideas.  One of the things I did ask is why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran, because nobody has been able to figure that one out.  But maybe someday we’ll be able to figure it out. I want to thank you very much for being here, great respect for you.  I know you're working very hard, and General Mattis and General McMaster and Rex Tillerson have all been telling me that you're doing a job -- it’s not an easy job, it’s a very tough job.  Your soldiers are fighting hard.  I know Mosul is moving along, but Mosul was ours until we left.  So perhaps we sread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

20 Mar 14:44 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate David J. Glawe of Iowa, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.   Mr. Glawe is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serving as the Assistant Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence.  Recently, Mr. Glawe served as acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department.  He has more than 24 years of national security and law enforcement experience, including service as Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Threat Finance and Transnational Organized Crime at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a Counterterrorism Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as a Federal Agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Mr. Glawe began his career as a police officer with the Houston Police Department.&nbread more »

Press Releases: World Water Day at State

20 Mar 08:23 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 20, 2017 On March 22, World Water Day, the U.S. Water Partnership will host the 2017 U.S. Water Partnership All Partners Meeting in the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Conference Center. The meeting will be open to the press from 9:a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The U.S. Water Partnership is a 120-member public-private partnership that was launched in 2012 to unite and mobilize U.S. knowledge, expertise, and resources to imread more »

Readout of the President’s Day

19 Mar 18:21 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump held meetings regarding North Korea and China. President Trump also met with military personnel. He spoke to President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to discuss our bilateral relationship, including our close cooperation on trade and security issues. President Trump expressed concern over the situation in Venezuela, and the leaders agreed on the importance of advancing democratic principles throughout the Western Hemisphere. read more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.)

19 Mar 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Rex Tillerson met with President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes on Sunday at The Hall of the People in Beijing. The two leaders discussed the progress in China-U.S. relations since the historic opening 40 years ago. Both President Xi and Secretary Tillerson agreed there are opportunities for greater cooperation between China and the United States, but acknowread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With President Xi Jinping Before Their Meeting

19 Mar 06:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Great Hall of the People, Fujian Room Beijing, China March 19, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: President Xi, thank you so much for that very warm welcome, and for receiving me in Beijing on this, my first visit to China as Secretary of State. President Trump places a very high value on the communications that have already occurred read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a Press Availability

18 Mar 09:50 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Diaoyutai Beijing, China March 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Nihao. Good afternoon. I’m pleased to be here this afternoon in Beijing to discuss the way forward in forging a constructive and results-oriented relationship between the United States and China. This is an important opportunity to follow up on the telephone conversatioread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Before His Meeting With Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

18 Mar 08:45 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Diaoyutai Beijing, China March 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you very much, State Councilor Yang, and again, it’s wonderful to see you in Beijing. It’s a real pleasure to be in Beijing. I too enjoyed our first meeting in Washington, DC. It was a very fruitful meeting. We had the opportunity to have a good exchange read more »

Press Releases: Remarks Before His Meeting With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

18 Mar 08:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Diaoyutai Beijing, China March 18, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much for Mr. Wang for welcoming me to Beijing. It is a delight to be here and to have the opportunity to continue our discussions which, as you noted, began in Bonn. U.S.-China relationship has now over 40 years ago with the historic opening between the U.S. andread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica

17 Mar 19:03 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President met today with President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica at the White House. The Vice President praised Costa Rica's role as a key partner of the United States in promoting regional economic prosperity, security, and good governance throughout the hemisphere. The two leaders discussed ways to deepen their cooperation on combating the illicit drug trade and reducing illegal immigration through Central America to the United States. The Vice President expressed his appreciation for Costa Rica's constructive stance in favor of the constitutional order and respect for human rights in Venezuela. The two leaders pledged to continue their dialogue on bilateral issues and maintain strong relations between the United States and Costa Rica. read more »

Press Releases: Ambassador Joseph Yun, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Travel to Beijing and Seoul

17 Mar 17:50 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 17, 2017 Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Beijing and Seoul from March 17-23 to continue our close coordination on North Korea policy. In Beijing, Ambassador Yun will meet with his Chinese counterpart, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei. In Seoul, Ambassador Yun will meet with Republic of Korea (ROK) Special Representative Kim Hong-kyun. He will also meet with senior read more »

Memorandum: Testimony and Public Statements on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

17 Mar 16:46 | World

M-17-20 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES FROM: Mick Mulvaney               Director SUBJECT: Testimony and Public Statements on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget In the coming weeks, you may be testifying before Congressional committees in support of the Administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Blueprint and participating in public events focused on budget initiatives. Until OMB releases the full FY 2018 Budget, all public comments of any sort should be limited to the information contained in the Budget Blueprint chapter for your agency. This includes highlights of major Administration initiatives and other proposals. Accordingly, it is critically important that you not make commitments about specific programs if they are not expressly mentioneread more »

Joint Press Conference with President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel

17 Mar 16:18 | US Politics and Govt

East Room 2:09 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Chancellor Merkel, it is a great honor to welcome you to the People’s House, the White House.  Our two nations share much in common, including our desire for security, prosperity and peace.   We just concluded a productive meeting with the German and American companies to discuss workforce development and vocational training -- very important words.  Germany has done an incredible job training the employees and future employees, and employing its manufacturing and industrial workforce.  It’s crucial that we provide our American workers with a really great employment outlook, and that includes making sure that we harness the full potential of women in our economy.   My administration is in the process of rebuilding the American industrial base.  A stronger America is in the interests, believe me, of the world as aread more »

Remarks by President Trump in Roundtable Discussion on Vocational Training with U.S. and German Business Leaders

17 Mar 15:10 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 12:58 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Chancellor, thank you very much.  Such a great honor to get to know you, to be with you.  I want to thank all of the business leaders who have joined us to discuss a subject that’s very important to me -- training our workforce for the 21st century, especially with respect to manufacturing jobs. We’re working every day to bring back jobs to our country, and thousands and thousands are already coming back.  You’re seeing it, you’re reading about it in the papers every single day.  We want to make sure that we have the workforce development programs we need to ensure these jobs are being filled by American workers. Germany and the United States have incredible opportunity to deepen our partnership as we continue to develop a strong workforce in both of our countries.  Both Germany and the United States are pioneering job-training programs. &nread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Ahmad Hasan Yusuf and Alsayed Murtadha Majeed Ramadhan Alawi

17 Mar 12:34 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated Ahmad Hasan Yusuf and Alsayed Murtadha Majeed Ramadhan Alawi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequeread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin at Veterans Affairs Listening Session

17 Mar 11:54 | US Politics and Govt

Roosevelt Room 10:31 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  A special group of people.  Very special to me, very important.  And I want to thank you all for being here and for your work on behalf of our nation’s veterans, our great, great people, our veterans. We’re all united by a very common mission:  We will protect those who protect us.  I’ve been saying that a lot over the last two years at rallies and speeches.  We will protect those who protect us, and that’s just starting, because I think the veterans have not been treated fairly.  And David and a group of brilliant, brilliant doctors and businessmen are forming a board, and you’ve got the most talented people that I’ve ever seen working with you.  This is -- no more games going to be played at the VA.   And I want to thank David, your Secretary -- your new Secretary, who’s going to be so outstanding.  I think he actuallyread more »

Remarks by President Trump, Congressman Steve Scalise, and Congressman Mark Walker at Republican Study Committee Meeting

17 Mar 11:27 | US Politics and Govt

Oval Office 10:12 A.M. EDT MR. SCALISE:  We appreciate President Trump having us into the Oval Office to talk about healthcare and the improvements that are being made.  The President has worked and said, bring us your best ideas.  And there are members of the Republican Study Committee who have brought those good ideas and worked in a very diligent way to ultimately get to a "yes" on this bill with changes that the President has asked us to make that we're going to make in the bill.   And with that, I want to lead it off to the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Mark Walker.   MR. WALKER:  Thank you.  We're excited about today because it's historic knowing that we're getting a couple of very important things to the steering committee members -- work requirements through the country, and also something what we call "block grants," which allows the statread more »

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