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Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

11:40 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump was warmly welcomed by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin yesterday at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. The two Presidents spoke about the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and they committed to strengthening that bond. President Trump also reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. The two Presidents discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the region, and President Trump shared conclusions from the extremely successful Arab Islamic American Summit held in Riyadh yesterday. At the conclusion of their meeting, President Rivlin took President Trump to view the tree that had been planted in the garden of the Presidential Residence in honor of President Trump’s historic visit. read more »

Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

11:36 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on President Trump’s first official visit to Israel as President.  The two leaders reaffirmed the special bond between the United States and Israel.  President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed their joint plan to further improve relations by focusing on increased cooperation across a range of issues, including regional and cyber security, trade, technology, innovation, and research.  President Trump underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including to the maintenance of Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.  The two leaders also agreed on the need to counter Iran and its proxies, including by building strong military capabilities to protect Israel and the region from Iranian aggression.  The two leaders commended the Riyadh summit’s condemnation of terrorism and extremism and pledged to work together to defeat terrorisread more »

Statement of Extraordinary Summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the United States of America

10:00 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

At the invitation of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the leaders of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the United States of America held their meeting in Riyadh on May 21, 2017, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the two sides. During the meeting, regional and international issues of common concern were discussed. The parties aligned on the importance of concerted efforts to achieve stability, security and prosperity. The leaders reviewed the significant progress achieved since the previous summit in April 2016, including the measures taken to enhance cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership between the two sides. The leaders expressed their commitment to tackling the root causes of crises in the Middle East, as well as taking more urgent steps to intensify efforts to defeat Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Iread more »

Joint Statement Between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America

10:00 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

At the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America made an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Saturday, May 20, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017. During the visit, the two leaders reviewed the strong historical and strategic relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have grown and flourished over the past eight decades in the political, economic, cultural, military, security, energy, and other fields. The leaders observed that the two countries have developed a productive partnership built upon trust, cooperation, and shared interests. The two leaders praised the contribution of this visit to strengthening the relations between the two countries, in order to achieve greater stability, security, and prosperity. The leaders declared that they stand together to thwart ourread more »

Press Releases: Government of Hungary's Legislation Impacting Central European University

9:17 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 23, 2017 The United States again urges the Government of Hungary to suspend implementation of its amended higher education law, which places discriminatory, onerous requirements on U.S.-accredited institutions in Hungary and threatens academic freedom and independence. The Government of Hungary should engage directly with affected institutions to find a resolution that allows themread more »

Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum

9:02 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Jerusalem 2:28 P.M. IDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It's very nice.   And thank you to Prime Minister Netanyahu.  And I also want to thank Sara for hosting us last night in really a very unforgettable dinner.  We had a great time.  We talked about a lot of very, very important things.  And thank you to Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman for joining us, along with a number of very good friends who have come from our country to yours, as we reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America and Israel.  Thank you.  (Applause.)   I'd like to begin my remarks today by sending the thoughts and prayers of the entire American people to the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester.  You know -- you've all been watching.  You've seen just a horrible thing going on.  I want to send our condolences to the many fread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Yad Vashem

8:36 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Jerusalem 1:27 P.M. IDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu, Chairman Avner Shalev, and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau for hosting us for this moving wreath-laying ceremony. We are here at Yad Vashem to honor the memory of six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.  Two-thirds of the Jews in Europe were sent to their deaths.  Words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil, or the scope of the anguish and destruction. It was history’s darkest hour.  Millions of innocent, wonderful and beautiful lives -- men, women and children -- were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people.  It was the most savage crime against God and his children.  And it is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken. As Elie Wiesel said: “For the dead and tread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Joint Statements

8:35 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Presidential Palace Bethlehem 11:05 A.M. IDT PRESIDENT ABBAS:  (As interpreted.)  In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful -- Your Excellency, Mr. President and dear friend, Donald Trump, it's my pleasure to welcome you here in Palestine and receive you as a great guest of our people here in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus -- peace be upon Him -- from which the message of love, peace, and tolerance has spread out all across the globe. Allow me at the beginning to condemn the horrible terrorist attack that occurred in Manchester city -- the British city of Manchester -- leaving tens of casualties and innocent people.  I do offer my warm condolences to the Prime Minister of Britain, families of victims, and the British people. Your Excellency, meeting you in the White House early this month has given us and our Palestinian people, as well as also giving all the nations acread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

8:10 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke this morning from Jerusalem with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom about the apparent terrorist act in Manchester, England. The two leaders agreed that this attack—which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event—was particularly wanton and depraved.  The President reassured the Prime Minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism. He offered American aid in the United Kingdom’s investigation and vowed to continue the mutual fight against terrorism. Both leaders commended the courage, speed, and professionalism of those who responded to the wounded, secured the innocent, and tended to the survivors and their families.  The President said he looks forward to seeing Prime Minister May in person this week and discussing America’s unbreakable commitment to the United Kingdom andread more »

Press Releases: Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

7:40 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 23, 2017 Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

22 May 19:46 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Annie Caputo of Virginia to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2021. Ms. Caputo currently serves as senior policy advisor for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She also held this position for previous Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) from 2007 to 2012. From 2005 to 2006 and from 2012 to 2015, Ms. Caputo worked for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce handling nuclear energy issues. Prior to working for the Congress, Ms. Caputo worked as an executive assistant and congressional affairs manager for Exelon Corporation. Ms. Caputo has more than 20 years of experience advising the United States House of Representatives and Senate, and industry on nuclear energy regulation, policy development, legislaread more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves Mississippi Disaster Declaration

22 May 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Mississippi and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding on April 30, 2017. Federal funding is available to State 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 storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the counties of Adams, Calhoun, Carroll, Claiborne, Holmes, Jefferson, Montgomery, Webster, and Yazoo. 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 Joe M. Girot as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery oread more »

One Nomination Sent to the Senate Today

22 May 17:39 | US Politics and Govt

NOMINATION SENT TO THE SENATE: Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, vice R. Gil Kerlikowske. read more »

Off-camera Briefing of the FY18 Budget by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney

22 May 17:23 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:35 P.M. EDT MR. CZWARTACKI:  Good afternoon, everyone.  We are here to announce -- proudly announce -- the fiscal year 2018 presidential budget.  I just want to remind you that this is an on-the-record briefing, but it is embargoed until 9:00 p.m. tonight.  That includes all audio.  And folks on the phone, it includes you guys, too. So without any further ado, let me introduce Director Mulvaney. DIRECTOR MULVANEY:  Hello, hello.  Thank you all for coming out today to talk about the budget.  Before I start, I want to thank -- I don't usually come with such a large crowd, but this is like 1/100 of the budget team.  There’s about 500 people across the street who worked on this, so I wanted to have them come and see this live, see what it’s like, and maybe even help me answer some questions later on. But here’s where we areread more »

Off-camera Briefing on FY18 Budget by OMB Director Mulvaney

22 May 17:03 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:35 P.M. EDT MR. BAKER:  Good afternoon, everyone.  We are here to announce -- proudly announce -- the fiscal year 2018 presidential budget.  I just want to remind you that this is an on-the-record briefing, but it is embargoed until 9:00 p.m. tonight.  That includes all audio.  And folks on the phone, it includes you guys, too. So without any further ado, let me introduce Director Mulvaney. DIRECTOR MULVANEY:  Hello, hello.  Thank you all for coming out today to talk about the budget.  Before I start, I want to thank -- I don't usually come with such a large crowd, but this is like 1/100 of the budget team.  There’s about 500 people across the street who worked on this, so I wanted to have them come and see this live, see what it’s like, and maybe even help me answer some questions later on. But here’s where we are. &nbread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Joint Statement

22 May 14:58 | US Politics and Govt

Prime Minister's Residence Jerusalem 8:17 P.M. SAST PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU:  President Trump, Donald, Sara and I are absolutely delighted to welcome you and Melania to the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, the united capital of the Jewish state. We've known each other for many years, and it's always good to see you.  But it's also wonderful to see the blossoming friendship between our two beautiful wives, Sara and Melania.  You're so welcome here, and we're so pleased to see you.  We're honored to have you in our home.   You've been today, Mr. President, to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites of Judaism.  You have been to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites of Christianity.  We protect the Christian sites as no one else does anywhere in this region. read more »

Press Releases: Timor-Leste Restoration of Independence Day

22 May 12:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 22, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am delighted to convey our best wishes to the people of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as you celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence on May 20. Fifteen years of independence is a remarkable milestone, reflecting the resolve and commitment of the Timorese people to build a new deread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

22 May 02:00 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met briefly today with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on the margins of the Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump welcomed President Ghani’s leadership in Afghanistan on fighting terrorism and implementing key reforms. He also commended the brave service of Afghan security forces as they fight to secure their country. read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at a Press Availability

21 May 15:54 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017 FOREIGN MINISTER AL-JUBEIR: (In Arabic.) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you very much as well, Your Excellency, and I think it was, in many respects, a truly historic event this afternoon, this Arab Islamic American Summit. And first, I want to congratulate the King, first for convening such a historic event, but also on his remarks. And in many ways, yoread more »

President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

21 May 14:21 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived. You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people. Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries. King Salman: your father would be so prread more »

President Donald J. Trump's Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

21 May 13:16 | World

Remarks as prepared for delivery Thank you. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit.  I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens, but words do not do justice to the grandeur of this remarkable place and the incredible hospitality you have shown us from the moment we arrived. You also hosted me in the treasured home of King Abdulaziz, the founder of the Kingdom who united your great people.  Working alongside another beloved leader – American President Franklin Roosevelt – King Abdulaziz began the enduring partnership between our two countries.  King Salman: your father would be so proud to see that you are continuing his legacy – and just as he opened the first chapter in our partnership, today we begin a new chapter tread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt

21 May 13:15 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met today with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt to build on their recent engagements and continue efforts to strengthen the United States-Egypt strategic partnership. President Trump reaffirmed America’s deep and abiding commitment to Egypt’s security, stability, and prosperity. The President emphasized his support for Egypt’s fight against terrorism and underscored the benefits of the longstanding military cooperation between the two countries. The President also encouraged deeper cooperation to address the root causes of terrorism and extremism and applauded President Al Sisi’s strong calls to reform ideologies that inspire violence. The United States and Egypt stand fully committed to addressing critical bilateral and international issues in a renewed spirit of mutual respect and open cooperation. read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at a Press Availability

20 May 17:34 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at a Press Availability

20 May 16:11 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: From a Press Availability in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the Reelection of Iranian President Rouhani

20 May 14:57 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017 What we hope – what I would hope – is that Rouhani now has a new term, and that he use that term to begin a process of dismantling Iran’s network of terrorism, dismantling its financing of the terrorist network, dismantling of the manning and the logistics and everything that they provide to these destabilizing forces that exist in this region. That’s read more »

Press Releases: Supporting Saudi Arabia's Defense Needs

20 May 10:50 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 20, 2017 Today, in a significant expansion of the more than seven-decade long security relationship between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the President and Secretary Tillerson attended a signing ceremony for almost $110 billion worth of defense capabilities to be conveyed via Foreign Military Sales Letters of Offer and Acceptance and a Memorandum of Intent to support Saudi Arabia's defense needs. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Kathleen Troia (“K.T.”) McFarland to be the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore

19 May 18:04 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump announces his intention to nominate Kathleen Troia (“K.T.”) McFarland to be the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. Ms. McFarland currently serves as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor. As a highly-respected national security professional, Ms. McFarland has provided extensive analysis for Fox News. She served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations on the National Security Council, and in the Department of Defense before joining the Trump Administration. “I am pleased to nominate K.T. McFarland to be Ambassador to Singapore, one of America’s great allies,” President Trump said. ”While I am sorry to lose her, K.T.’s work in developing policies that put American interests first will have a lasting impact. She will remain an essential team member as she fulfills this new and important role.” “K.T. provided essential and steadfast leadership during this transition,” said Lieutread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims the Third Saturday of Each May as Armed Forces Day.

19 May 17:29 | US Politics and Govt

ARMED FORCES DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For almost 70 years, our Nation has set aside one day to recognize the great debt we owe to the men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  On Armed Forces Day, we salute the bravery of those who defend our Nation's peace and security.  Their service defends for Americans the freedom that all people deserve. This year, we also reflect on the 100th anniversary of our Nation's entry into World War I.  More than 4.7 million Americans would ultimately serve in the United States Armed Forces during that terrible conflict.  Their sacrifice has not been forgotten.  One hundred years later, we face different threats and challenges.  But our safety and security, and the defread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 22, 2017, as National Maritime Day

19 May 17:27 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL MARITIME DAY, 2017 - - - - - - -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION  On National Maritime Day, we recognize the important role the United States Merchant Marine plays in supporting our commerce and national security.  We honor the proud history of our merchant mariners and their important contributions in strengthening our economy. Americans have long looked to the sea as a source of safety and well-being.  Bounded by two oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, and crisscrossed by inland waterways, America was destined to be a maritime nation.  Our fledgling Republic expanded and became stronger, as our Nation's growing Merchant Marine connected the States and cemented ties among our new allies.   Today, the men and women who crew ships remain essential to our Nationread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 21 through May 27, 2017, as World Trade Week

19 May 17:24 | US Politics and Govt

WORLD TRADE WEEK, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Robust trade is critical to the economic strength of our country.  During World Trade Week, we recognize the power of open markets around the world and celebrate the many benefits that fair international commerce can bring to our Nation.  We also highlight the importance of expanded trade to our economic growth, and we commit to breaking down trade barriers and opening new markets for American exports. Open, fair, and competitive markets increase opportunities for American workers and employers and contribute to a higher standard of living.  Job creation with increased wages is a top priority of my Administration, and increasing trade    while reducing our trade deficit    is a key component of that mission.  We wread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 21 through May 27, 2017, as National Safe Boating Week

19 May 17:13 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK, 2017 - - - - - - -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  A PROCLAMATION As Memorial Day approaches and our summer season arrives, it is important for Americans of all ages to learn about safety on the water.  During National Safe Boating Week, the U.S. Coast Guard and its Federal, State, and local safe boating partners encourage all boaters to explore and enjoy America's beautiful waters responsibly. Safe boating begins with preparation.  The Coast Guard estimates that human error accounts for 70 percent of all boating accidents and that life jackets could prevent more than 80 percent of boating fatalities.  Through basic boating safety procedures -- carrying lifesaving emergency distress and communications equipment, wearing life jackets, attending safe boating courses, parread more »

Budgetary Impact Analysis for Executive Order Entitled “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure”

19 May 16:31 | US Politics and Govt

Statement from OMB Director Mick Mulvaney: Budgetary Impact Analysis for Executive Order Entitled “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” This executive order directs the heads of all executive departments and agencies to take certain actions to improve the Federal government’s cybersecurity posture, including the submission of mandatory reports on cyber risk management. Implementing this executive order would have a de minimis impact on costs and revenues to the Federal Government. The benefits of this executive order include a renewed focus on maintaining cybersecurity readiness for Federal systems and our nation’s critical infrastructure. Implementing this executive order would have a de minimis read more »

Budgetary Impact Analysis for Executive Order Entitled “Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

19 May 16:23 | US Politics and Govt

 Statement from OMB Director Mick Mulvaney:  Budgetary Impact Analysis for Executive Order Entitled “Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” This executive order establishes the Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity.  Implementing this executive order would have a de minimis impact on costs and revenues to the Federal Government.  The benefits of this executive order include a review of ways to strengthen the integrity of elections in order to protect and preserve the principle of one person, one vote.  Implementing this executive order would have a de minimis impact on mandatory and discretionary obligations and outlays, as well as on revenues to the Federal Goveread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

19 May 15:31 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President hosted President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia for a working breakfast at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory this morning, building on productive discussions begun yesterday with President Trump, members of the Cabinet and key advisors. The Vice President commended President Santos on his leadership in achieving an historic peace accord that ended the longest-lasting armed conflict in the hemisphere. The Vice President acknowledged that Colombia still faces challenges on the road ahead, including a recent surge in drug production and implementation of the peace accord, and pledged the support of the United States to address these issues together. The leaders also discussed the on-going crisis in Venezuela, and expressedread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

19 May 15:26 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Richard Ashooh of New Hampshire to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Export Administration. Mr. Ashooh currently serves as the Director of Economic Partnerships at the University System of New Hampshire. Before this, he was the Executive Director of the Warren Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Prior to his work in higher education, Mr. Ashooh served for over two decades as a senior executive in the aerospace industry, starting his career with Lockheed Martin and then BAE Systems. His primary focus was ensuring the success of programs that protect United States and Allied warfighters, particularly in the electronic warfare space. He has also held sread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

19 May 15:12 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to discuss ways to deepen the close friendship and longstanding partnership between the United States and Colombia. President Trump underscored the United States Government's support for the successful implementation of Colombia's historic peace accord and highlighted the need for Colombia to make quick and concrete progress in curbing coca cultivation and cocaine production. President Trump commended Colombia’s great leadership in training its neighbors in Central America and the Caribbean on security efforts. President Trump and President Santos also discussed the importance of strengthening bilateral trade and investment ties and increasing opportunities for United States military sales to Colombia. The leaders exchanged concerns about the deepening political and economic crisis in Venezuela and discussed the importance of preserving democratic institutions in that country. read more »

Press Releases: United States and Djibouti Open Third Annual Binational Forum of Cooperation

19 May 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 On May 18, U.S. and Djiboutian officials met in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of the third annual U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon opened the strategic dialogue for the U.S. delegation. Bureau of African Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Peter Barlerin and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Eric Whitaker led the U.S. delegation’s discussions on areas of shared interestread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With Republic of Korea Special Envoy Hong Seok-hyun

19 May 14:35 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On May 18, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Republic of Korea Ambassador Hong Seok-hyun, President Moon Jae-in’s Special Envoy to the United States. During the meeting, Secretary Tillerson congratulated the Moon administration on its recent election. The Secretary reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to defend the Republic of Korea agread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 21 through May 27, 2017, as Emergency Medical Services Week

19 May 13:53 | US Politics and Govt

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK, 2017 - - - - - - -  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION During Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, we express our gratitude for the hundreds of thousands of skilled personnel who help save lives in communities across the United States each year.  Through the hard work and dedication of these career and volunteer first responders, Americans receive the finest emergency medical treatment in their most vulnerable moments.  We also honor those EMS providers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. Day or night, in every city, suburb, rural community, or wilderness area, our Nation relies upon EMS providers to respond to every kind of emergency situation to save lives and reduce suffering.  In January, when more than 70 tornadoeread more »

Fall 2017 White House Internship Program

19 May 13:45 | US Politics and Govt

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open. The application portal will remain open until 11:59PM EDT on June 16, 2017. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program term runs from September 6 to December 8, 2017. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the Internship Program start date, and must be able to commit to the full internship term to be eligible. Additionally, applicants must be U.S. citizens and meet at least one of the following criteria to apply: Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution). Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year read more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Judith G. Garber To Travel to Germany

19 May 13:17 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith G. Garber will travel to Berlin, Germany May 21-25 to lead the U.S. delegation to the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. During her visit, she also will meet with German and other European officials to discuss economic and environmental issues. For additional information, contact Esther Bell (read more »

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

19 May 12:02 | US Politics and Govt

The President’s Weekly Address is now available to watch on YouTube. read more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Hashem Safieddine and Muhammad al-Isawi

19 May 10:32 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The Department of State has designated Hashem Safieddine and Muhammad al-Isawi as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of 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 consequence of read more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves Idaho Disaster Declaration

19 May 09:20 | US Politics and Govt

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Idaho and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides from March 6 to March 28, 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 storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in the counties of Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Shoshone, and Valley.   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 Timothy B. Manner as the Federread more »

Press Releases: 2017 U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue

19 May 08:15 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 The 21st session of the U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue will be held May 23 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Acting Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Virginia Bennett and Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General, Vu Anh Quang, will lead their respective delegations in the Dialogue. The Dialogue will cover a wide range of human rights issues, including the importance of continued progress oread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

18 May 18:24 | US Politics and Govt

  President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint G. Keith Bryant to the Department of Homeland Security President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint G. Keith Bryant to the Department of Homeland Security. G. Keith Bryant of Oklahoma will serve as the Administrator of the United States Fire Administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. Chief Bryant is the past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), past president of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and past president of the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA). He isread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Santos of Colombia in Joint Press Conference

18 May 18:05 | US Politics and Govt

East Room 4:04 P.M. EDT     PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It is a great pleasure to welcome President Santos to the White House.  Colombia is one of our closest allies in the hemisphere, and today we reaffirm partnership between our two great nations. President Santos and I had a very productive meeting, and we will continue to work very closely together to bring peace, safety and prosperity to the hemisphere.  Perhaps no area is really more important in terms of cooperation than our joint effort to end the terrible drug crimes that plague both of our countries.   Recently, we have seen an alarmed -- and I mean really a very highly alarmed and alarming trend.  Last year, Colombia coca cultivation and cocaine production reached a record high, which, hopefully, will be remedied very quickly by the President.  We must confront this dangerous threat to our read more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Thornton's Travel to Manila and Beijing

18 May 15:58 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2017 On May 23-24, Acting Assistant Secretary for the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau Susan Thornton will travel to Manila, Philippines, to attend Senior Officials Meetings for the East Asia Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, and Lower Mekong Initiative. She will then travel to Beijing, China, on May 25-26 to discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest with Chinese officials. For updates, please follow the East Asian anread more »

Three Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

18 May 14:41 | US Politics and Govt

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Claire M. Grady, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security, vice Russell C. Deyo. Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, vice Howard A. Shelanski. David J. Redl, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, vice Lawrence E. Strickling.   read more »

Press Releases: Press Availability With Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Luis Videgaray Caso, and Mexican Secretary of Government Miguel Angel Osorio Chong

18 May 14:31 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC May 18, 2017 read more »

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