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Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability

7:52 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC August 22, 2017 read more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.J.Res. 76 into Law

5:33 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 76, which provides congressional consent and approval for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into the Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact to provide safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system. read more »

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders et al. en route Yuma, AZ | 8/22/2017

5:33 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

PRESS GAGGLE BY PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS, ACTING ICE DIRECTOR TOM HOMAN, AND A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL Aboard Air Force One En Route Yuma, Arizona 1:30 P.M. MST SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  Good afternoon.  The President is going to visit a U.S. Customs and Border Protection hangar facility where we have unmanned aerial systems and some other tools and techniques we use to patrol the border. The visit to Yuma is very relevant because it's an area where the strategy that the President is pursuing, articulated in his executive order, emphasized in his budget request for FY18, has worked, and worked dramatically.  By putting up a border wall, by adding agents from 200 to 800, between 2005 and 2009, and including the technology and access roads needed to patrol the border effectively, apprehensions were reduced from 138,000 crossiread more »

Statement on the Deaths of Sailors on the USS John S. McCain Guided-Missile Destroyer

5:23 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the United States sailor fatalities following the August 21st collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel, which occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.  We are grateful for the rescue and recovery efforts of the officers and crew of the USS John S. McCain, the Malaysian Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, and Republic of Singapore Navy. The Department of Defense will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of the incident. read more »

Statement on the Deaths of Sailors on the USS John S. McCain Guided-Missile Destroyer

5:23 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the United States sailor fatalities following the August 21st collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and a merchant vessel, which occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.  We are grateful for the rescue and recovery efforts of the officers and crew of the USS John S. McCain, the Malaysian Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy, and Royal Singaporean Navy. The Department of Defense will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of the incident. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 339 into Law

5:13 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the President signed into law: H.R. 339, the "Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act," which makes certain changes to the transitional worker program for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Jeffrey Y. Grappone as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs

5:02 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Jeffrey Y. Grappone of New Hampshire, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public Affairs. Mr. Grappone has worked in strategic communications with Members of Congress, political candidates, and corporate executives for 15 years. He currently serves as a senior communicator at Siemens USA’s corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he advises the United States CEO on communications strategy related to the company’s workforce development and apprenticeship programs. Mr. Grappone also leads communications and media relations initiatives for Siemens’ United States-based energy businesses. Mr. Grappone served as Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) communications director and chief spokesman for four years. Previously, Mr. Grappone served as Press Secretary to Senator John E. Sununu (NH-R) and on the legislative staff of Congressman Charles Bass (NH-R). Mr. Grappone is a native of Concord, New Hampshire, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgread more »

Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke USA Today Editorial: “Border Walls Work. Yuma Sector Proves It.”

3:36 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

ACTING DHS SECRETARY ELAINE DUKE: “BORDER WALLS WORK. YUMA SECTOR PROVES IT.” “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle should come together like they did 10 years ago and give the men and women of DHS the resources we need to defend our homeland. This starts with fully funding the construction of a wall along our Southern border.” Homeland Security Secretary: Border Walls Work. Yuma Sector Proves It. Editorial USA Today August 22, 2017 President Donald Trump’s promise to build a wall along our Southern border will save countless innocent lives. Our Border Patrol agents have seen firsthand the success of a border wall in Yuma, Ariz. — which serves as a prime example of how investments in personnel, technology and a border wall can turn the tide against a flood of illegal immigration and secure our homeland. For years, Yumread more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Visits Americans on the Frontlines Protecting Our Borders

2:06 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

“We are protecting the freedoms of law-abiding Americans, and we are going after the criminal gangs and cartels that prey on our innocent citizens.” – President Donald J. Trump VISITING LAW ENFORCEMENT DEFENDING OUR BORDERS: Today, President Donald J. Trump is seeing first-hand the people and tools restoring law and order to our southern border. President Trump is visiting Yuma, Arizona, the main base of operations for the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Yuma Sector to evaluate results, initiatives, and morale as he seeks to increase support for the USBP. President Trump will meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel and the state-of-the-art equipment used to secure our border. Equipment being viewed includes: MQ-9 Predator B unmanned aircraft  UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Super King Air 350ER aircraft read more »

VPOTUS Mike Pence Editorial: “Donald Trump’s New American Strategy for Afghanistan Will Undo Past Failures”

22 Aug 08:06 | US Politics and Govt

“President Trump’s strategy for South Asia will undo the failed policies of the past and put the safety and security of the American people first.” Mike Pence: Donald Trump’s new American strategy for Afghanistan will undo past failures Editorial USA Today August 21, 2017 President Trump has no higher priority than the safety and security of the American people. Since the very first day of our administration, he has taken decisive action to protect our citizens, our country and our very way of life — and on Monday, President Trump announced a new strategy for addressing threats from Afghanistan and South Asia that will enhance the security of our homeland and protect our people from those who would do us harm. … The president has authorized our armed forces to directly target the terrorists and militant networks that sow violence and chaos thrread more »

Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

21 Aug 23:18 | US Politics and Govt

Fort Myer Arlington, Virginia 9:02 P.M. EDT   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please be seated. Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan.  Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home and abroad. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of our brave sailors who were injured and lost after a tragic collision at sea, as well as to those conducting the search and recovery efforts. I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.  But before I provide the details of our new strategy, I want to say a few words to the servicemembers here with us tonight, to those watching from their posts, and to all Americans listening at home. Since the fouread more »

Press Releases: Statement on the United States' Engagement in South Asia

21 Aug 21:35 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 21, 2017 This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for the Afghan people and government. We will continue to support the Afghan government and securead more »

Press Releases: Fourth Anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Attack at Ghouta, Syria

21 Aug 18:28 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2017 Four years ago today, the Syrian regime launched a horrific chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the opposition-controlled suburb of Ghouta in Damascus – leaving more than 1,400 Syrians dead, many of them children. On this solemn anniversary, the international community remembers the many lives lost and the need to continue to stand against such cruel disregaread more »

Statement on the Anniversary of the 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

21 Aug 15:56 | US Politics and Govt

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Syrian regime’s deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. This tragic event precipitated an international effort that led to the destruction of more than 1,000 metric tons of Syrian chemical weapons. Still, on April 4th of this year, Assad proved beyond a doubt that he still possesses these heinous weapons and is willing to use them against innocent civilians. It is critical that the international community not forget these tragic events. We must speak with one voice and act with one purpose to ensure that the Syrian regime, and any other actor contemplating the use of chemical weapons, understands that doing so will result in serious consequences. As the President has made clear, the United States will do its part to prevent the use or spread of these weapons. Along with the many other nations that have signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, we commit to work togetread more »

Statement by the Press Secretary on Jerry Lewis

20 Aug 22:00 | US Politics and Govt

Jerry Lewis kept us all laughing for over half a century, and his incredible charity work touched the lives of millions.  Jerry lived the American Dream—he truly loved his country, and his country loved him back.  Our thoughts are with his family today as we remember the extraordinary life of one of our greatest entertainers and humanitarians.  Thank you, Jerry.  You will be missed. read more »

Statement from the Press Secretary

20 Aug 15:36 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump will address our Nation’s troops and the American people tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) from Fort Myer in Arlington, VA, to provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia.   read more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims August 20 through August 26, 2017, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week

20 Aug 14:00 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE WEEK, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Throughout our Nation's history, Americans from all walks of life have made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom.  Today, more than one million citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen continue this proud legacy as members of the National Guard and Reserve.  During National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, we express our gratitude to the employers and communities who support those brave men and women. Employer support for the National Guard and Reserve is important to our ability to sustain an all-volunteer force.  Employers play a vital role in easing the transitions our national guardsmen and reservists must make from civilian life to milread more »

Press Releases: Assumption of Legislative Powers in Venezuela

18 Aug 20:58 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the assumption of legislative powers by the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. This power grab is designed to supplant the democratically-elected National Assembly with an authoritarian committee operating above the law. In our view, the democratically-elected National Assembly is the only legitimate legislative body. We join Vread more »

Press Releases: ICC Arrest Warrant for Major Mahmoud al-Werfalli in Libya: Joint Statement by the Governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America

18 Aug 20:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The following is the text of a joint statement by the governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin Text: The governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the announcement on August 17 by the Libya National Army (LNA) that it will investigate reports of unlawful killings in Benghazi. We note that the LNA has recognized the arrest warranread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain

18 Aug 17:26 | World

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain to extend his condolences to the victims and families of the August 17 terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. President Trump pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice. read more »

Press Releases: Special Representative Volker To Travel to Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine

18 Aug 17:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to Minsk, Belarus, where he will meet with a representative of the Russian government to discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations on August 21. He will then travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, to meet with senior government officials to discuss the way forward in Ukraine. On August 23, he will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will joiread more »

Press Releases: Hungary National Day

18 Aug 15:31 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the United States, we extend our congratulations on the occasion of Saint Stephen’s Day this August 20th. The United States and Hungary are bound by strong connections between our people, a robust trade relationship, and a commitment to global security. Our membership in NATO, mutual efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and common mission to combat teread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 18, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Afghanistan Independence Day

18 Aug 14:54 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 98th anniversary of independence on August 19th. The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future. Afghanistan has made significant economic, politiread more »

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense

18 Aug 12:35 | US Politics and Govt

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUBJECT:       Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under sections 161 and 167b of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct that U.S. Cyber Command be established as a Unified Combatant Command.  I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend an officer for my nomination and Senate confirmation as commander in order to establish U.S. Cyber Command as a Unified Combatant Command. I assign to U.S. Cyber Command:  (1) all the general responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command; (2) the cyberspace-related responsibilities previously assigned to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command; (3) the responsibilities of Joint Force Provider and Joint Force Trainer; and (4) all other responsibilities identified read more »

Press Releases: Afghanistan Independence Day

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 98th anniversary of independence on August 19th. The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future. Afghanistan has made significant economic, politiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 18, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

18 Aug 11:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 17, 2017 read more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

18 Aug 10:24 | US Politics and Govt

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.     This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense.  The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.      United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations.  Elevation will also ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded.     In connection with this elevation, the Secretary of Defense is examining the possibility of seread more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Santiago, Chile and Panama City, Panama

17 Aug 20:45 | US Politics and Govt

The Second Lady started her visit in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday with a visit to Teleton Foundation where she observed an art therapy session with children. Teleton is a Chilean institution dedicated to the integral rehabilitation of children and young people with motor and cognitive disabilities. During the visit, Mrs. Pence received a beautiful piece of art from one of the young patients, which she will hang in her office at the White House. After the visit at Teleton, Mrs. Pence participated in a roundtable discussion at Espacio Crea with Chilean art therapists and university administrators. After the roundtable discussion, the Second Lady joined the Vice President to participate in a meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy employees and their families.   Today, upon arrival in Panama City, Panama, Second Lady Karen Pence joined the Vice President for a visit to Cocoli Locks. There, Mrs. Pence listened to remarks delivered by the Vice President. Following read more »

Remarks by the Vice President and Panamanian President Varela in a Joint Statement to the Press

17 Aug 20:30 | US Politics and Govt

Palacio de las Garzas Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT VARELA:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  I would like to begin by energetically condemning the terrorist act that occurred today in Barcelona.  We share the pain of the people and of the Spanish government.  And we raise our prayers to the victims and their family members.   Vice President Pence, on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Panama, I would like to welcome you most cordially to our country as Vice President of the United States of America, Michael Pence, and his wife, Karen.   We are delighted that you've had the opportunity to visit our canal, a work which is the reflection of over a hundred years of friendship and cooperation between Panama and the United States, and which contributes to the strengthening of international trade.   This meeting has allowed us to shareread more »

Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Deliver Address to State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

17 Aug 18:16 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the current cohorts of the Unpaid Student Internship Program, the Unpaid Legal Intern program, The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program and Summer Enrichment Scholars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellows, and the Franklin Fellows at 10:10 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the U.S. Department of State. All of these programs serve to expose the paread more »

Remarks by the Vice President at the Panama Canal

17 Aug 17:22 | US Politics and Govt

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE PANAMA CANAL Cocoli Locks Panama City, Panama 2:48 P.M. UTC   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you.  Thank you, Madame Vice President, for those gracious words, and for this warm welcome to Panama for me and my wonderful wife, Karen.    Before I begin, I’d like to address the horrific terror attack that occurred just a few hours ago in Barcelona, Spain.  The latest scenes of carnage and mayhem sicken us all, and as the President said earlier today, the United States condemns this terror attack, and we will do whatever is necessary to help.   Whatever inspired today's terror attack, the United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and punish those responsible.  On this dark day, our prayers and the prayers of all the American people are with the victims, their families, and tread more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

17 Aug 17:03 | US Politics and Govt

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to 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 and flooding in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Mark H. Landry as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.  Additional designationsread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

17 Aug 17:02 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 17, 2017 read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces United States Strikes Deal to Export Pork to Argentina

17 Aug 15:27 | US Politics and Govt

United States pork to enter Argentina for first time since 1992 WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump today announced that the United States and Argentina have agreed to terms that will allow United States pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992. The agreement follows the August 15 meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina during the Vice President’s visit to Buenos Aires. President Trump first raised the issue with President Macri during their bilateral meeting at the White House on April 27. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were also fully engaged in completing the agreement.  “Today’s announcement is a big win for American pork producers and proves that President Trump is getting real results for America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Vice President Penceread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement of the Security Consultative Committee

17 Aug 14:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan. Begin Text: I. Overview The U.S.-Japan Alliance (“the Alliance”) is the cornerstone of the Asia-Pacific region’s peace, prosperity, and freedom. This dynamic partnership is also increasingly important in promoting values shared by both nations, including freedom,read more »

ICYMI: WSJ editorial: “Coal Makes a Comeback”

17 Aug 11:12 | US Politics and Govt

“Yet the Trump Presidency seems to have lifted animal spirits and coal. Weekly coal production has increased by 14.5% nationwide over last year with even bigger bumps in West Virginia (19%), Pennsylvania (19.7%) and Wyoming (19.8%). Exports were up 58% during the first quarter from last year. Apparently coal can be marketable if regulators let it be.” Coal Makes a Comeback Editorial Wall Street Journal August 17, 2017 Not long ago liberals hailed the demise of coal as inevitable while the Obama Administration strangled the industry with regulation. But don’t look now, Tom Steyer, because coal is showing signs of a revival and breathing economic life into West Virginia and other coal states. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy proclaimed in 2015 that coal “is no longer marketable.” She planned to be the lead undertaker. The Obama Adread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi

17 Aug 10:28 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated two ISIS leaders – Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi – as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes strict sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreignread more »

Press Releases: Gabon National Day

17 Aug 09:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 17, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, our best wishes to the people of Gabon on the occasion of the Gabonese Republic’s 57th Independence Day. The United States values its partnership with Gabon and will continue to support the Gabonese people in strengthening democracy, human rights, and economic progress.   read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

16 Aug 20:23 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today with the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago. The two leaders celebrated the strong commercial ties, diplomatic engagement and regional security cooperation that define the positive bilateral relationship between the United States and Chile. Vice President Pence recognized Chile for its strong institutions and economic leadership that have served as an influential example throughout the region. The two leaders praised the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which has increased bilateral trade by more than 350% since it was signed in 2004, and Vice President Pence also indicated the need for additional improvements on intellectual property rights protection and regulatory transparency to further amplify its benefits. The Vice President highlighted Chile’s participation in the Visa Waiver Program as an indication of the country’s high standards, and thanked Chile for its active support for reread more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s Visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina

16 Aug 20:13 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence started the day with a visit to INECO Foundation, a neurological clinic specializing in treating neurologic and psychiatric disorders. There, she participated in a presentation of a patient’s journey of art therapy; observed an art therapy session with a stroke patient suffering from cognitive and motor complications; and participated in a roundtable discussion with diverse practitioners of art therapy in the greater Buenos Aires area. After the art therapy visit, Mrs. Pence enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Deborah Cooney, the wife of the Chargé D' Affaires at Fervor Restaurant. After lunch, the Second Lady enjoyed a beautiful walk in the city. Then, she proceeded to the Argentina Stock Exchange to listen to the Vice President deliver remarks to the Argentine and Latin American business community. From there, Mrs. Pence joined the First Lady of Argentina, Mrs. Juliana Macri, to visit the Teatro Colon. After the visit with the First Lady of Argenread more »

Remarks by the Vice President on Advancing Prosperity and Economic Growth in the Western Hemisphere

16 Aug 20:02 | US Politics and Govt

Intercontinental Santiago Santiago, Chile 7:40 P.M. (Local)   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Tom, Guillermo Carey, Kathy Barclay, Minister Muñoz, Minister Rebolledo, Minister Cespedes, Minister Krauss, Ambassador Valdez, elected officials, distinguished members of the U.S. and Chilean business community, and honored guests.   It is my great honor to be with you today in Santiago to celebrate 50 years of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and 100 years of the American Chamber in Chile.  (Applause.)    It is such an honor to be here in this historic year, and I bring greetings and congratulations on this milestone from a champion of a stronger economic partnership between the United States and Latin America, the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)   Under Presread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland

16 Aug 18:26 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Today U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland at the State Department in Washington, DC. Foreign Minister Freeland is visiting Washington for the start of NAFTA renegotiations. In addition to NAFTA, the two leaders discussed North Korea, Venezuela, Ukraine, economic issues, and advancing the Coluread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Before Their Meeting

16 Aug 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Secretary's Outer Office Washington, DC August 16, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Indonesia National Day

16 Aug 17:04 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 16, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the Republic of Indonesia as it celebrates its National Day and 72nd year of independence on August 17th. The United States and Indonesia share much in common as two dynamic and diverse democracies and G20 economies. We continue to reaffirm and reinforce our strategic partnershipread more »

Fact Sheet: Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Sessions Stand Up Against Lawless Sanctuary Cities

16 Aug 16:44 | US Politics and Govt

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS STAND UP AGAINST LAWLESS SANCTUARY CITIES “It’s time to support our police, to protect our families, and to save American lives.”—President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICANS NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE: Today, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions delivered remarks outlining the danger of sanctuary policies, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring law and order to America’s communities. Today, AG Sessions delivered a speech in Miami-Dade County regarding the county’s reversal of sanctuary city policies shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. In February, after President Trump made it clear he would not stand for lawlessness in the country’s immigration system, Miami-Dade County reversed its years-long sanctuary city policies. Earlier this month, the Deparead more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis To Co-host the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2")

16 Aug 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera for a Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) meeting on August 17 at 9:45 a.m., at the Department of State. The meeting will focus on how the United States and Japan can coordinate their response to the evolving regional security environread more »

Remarks by the Vice President and President Bachelet of Chile in a Joint Press Conference

16 Aug 15:11 | World

La Moneda Palace Santiago, Chile PRESIDENT BACHELET:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. Vice President of the United States of America, Mr. Michael Richard Pence, and distinguished delegation, Mr. Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, representatives of the diplomatic corps of the U.S., and dear friends, today, we received the Vice President of the United States, Michael Pence, in our country, and his visit is an example of the strength of our ties.  It's an expression of interest of working with Chile in a broad agenda -- regional, multilateral, and national issues.   The relationship with the United States is strategic -- politically and economically.  We share views on democracy, human rights, and opening of markets.  And today, we've approached different issues of interest.  Among them, the program related to visa waiver U.S.  And Chile the only country of Latin America -- of the 38 read more »

Press Releases: The Republic of Congo National Day

16 Aug 12:41 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2017 On behalf of the United States Government, our best wishes to the people of the Republic of Congo as you celebrate your 57th Independence Day. Our strategic collaboration on regional security, economic development, and health remains strong. The United States of America will continue to support the efforts of the Congolese people to build a more prosperous and democratic Congoread more »

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