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Press Releases: Slovenia Statehood Day

6:51 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 23, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Slovenia on the 26th anniversary of your independence. The relationship between the United States and Slovenia is based on shared values and interests,from our enduring commitment to global security to our economic partnership. Slovenia has been a steadfast ally in the fight read more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

6:35 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 23, 2017 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous communities. Eid Mubarak. read more »

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

6:00 pm Eastern | World

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

Remarks by Vice President Pence to Troops

5:39 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Schriever Air Force Base Colorado Springs, Colorado 2:06 P.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  How about a big round of applause for General Raymond.  He is a remarkable leader.  (Applause.)  We couldn’t be more honored to be here in Colorado with the men and women of Schriever Air Force Base where every day you are evolving the force, driving innovation, and mastering space.  Give yourselves a round of applause, would you please.  (Applause.)   I bring greetings this afternoon from your Commander-in-Chief, a champion of the Armed Forces of the United States, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) And I also brought my commander-in-chief with me --(laughter) -- my wife of 32 years, who also is a Marine Corps mom.  Would you give a rousing welcome to the Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 6/23/2017, #56

5:12 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:51 P.M. EDT  MR. SPICER:  I want to start with some good news.  We continue to see great progress by Congressman Steve Scalise, but additionally, it’s great to note that just a few minutes ago George Washington Hospital has announced that Mike Mika, who was also involved in that shooting, has been upgraded to good condition.  So we continue to keep an eye on the situation and wish him a speedy recovery on his way to getting out of the hospital.  And so that’s a great way to start this. Back to business here.  This morning, after a series of meetings with Secretary of State Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, and Secretary of Defense Mattis, the President was honored to sign the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act surrounded by a group of our nation’s great veterans and their brave families. As we all know, the VA scandals exread more »

Press Releases: Recent Attacks in Pakistan

4:56 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 23, 2017 The United States condemns the attacks in Quetta and Parachinar, which killed innocent civilians and police officers. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. We will continue to work with the Government of Pakistan and our partners across the region to combat the threat of terrorism. We stand with the people of Pakistan and the broader Sread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Celebration

4:37 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Focus on the Family Colorado Springs, Colorado 11:50 A.M. MDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  And thank you, Jim.  Thank you, Jim, for the kind introduction and for the warm welcome of our family to Focus on the Family.  Jim, you’re a strong voice for timeless values and families across America, and this country, our President, and our little family are grateful for you and the leadership you’ve provided.  (Applause.) Thank you, Jim.  You know it really is an honor to be here today in this beautiful chapel, with so many men and women of faith and such stalwart advocates for family, now for four decades across America. I’m grateful that were here to enjoy the music -- (laughter) -- of one of the most inspiring Christian artists in the world --Steven Curtis Chapman.  (Applause.)  Steve and I met not long ago at the White House.  He read more »

National Review: Obamacare Failure Is on the Democrats

4:23 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

OBAMACARE FAILURE IS ON THE DEMOCRATS “Premium and deductible costs are rising and choice and competition are decreasing. As of now, over 1,200 counties will have only one insurance provider available on the individual market next year, and 35,000 individuals will live in counties with no options available at all. These numbers are expected to increase as insurers finalize their 2018 plans in the upcoming weeks, and yet, Democratic lawmakers have not introduced any major legislation to try and fix the system.” Obamacare Failure Is on the Democrats By Juliana Darrow National Review June 23, 2017 Senate Republicans are planning to vote on their version of the long-awaited health-care replacement bill as early as next week; this is the latest development in the contentious process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. The unveilread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 1094 into Law

2:41 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

On Friday, June 23, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 1094, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017,” which makes a number of changes to Department of Veterans Affairs authorities related to personnel, accountability, and whistleblower protections.   read more »

First Lady Melania Trump Announces New Chief Usher

2:04 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

First Lady Melania Trump is pleased to announce the selection of Timothy Harleth for the role of White House Chief Usher. In his new position, Mr. Harleth will oversee more than 90 White House Residence staff inside the most famous home in the United States. "I am so pleased that Timothy will be joining our team," said First Lady Melania Trump. "He was selected because of his impressive work history and management skills. My husband and I know he will be successful in this vital role within the White House." "I am so honored at the opportunity to serve the First Family in their new home," said Mr. Harleth. "I look forward to applying my experience with hospitality, leadership, and political protocol in order to ensure the First Family's needs are met, while also protecting and preserving the rich history of the White House. I am excited to work alongside the accomplished and professional staff who are already in place." Mr. Harleth will read more »

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act

1:10 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

East Room 11:57 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much, everybody.  That's really greatly appreciated. And thank you to Secretary Shulkin for that introduction and for your really tireless efforts, David, to protect those who have really been protecting all of us for so long.  There great, great people.  And you know I'm talking about, right?  Congratulations. In just a short time, we’ve already achieved transformative change at the VA -- and believe me, we’re just getting started.  We have so many people that have been so helpful right here in the room -- Tom and all my friends.  It's been fantastic.  The enthusiasm for the Veterans Administration and for making it right for our great veterans has been incredible.  And I want to thank all of them.    One of my greatest honors and joys read more »

Press Releases: Mozambique National Day

11:56 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 23, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Mozambique on 42 years of independence. On this occasion, we also celebrate the history of friendship and partnership between our two countries. As part of that growing relationship, I was pleased to be able to meet with President Nyusi just two weeks ago during his visit to Washington.read more »

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at the Congressional Picnic

22 Jun 22:01 | US Politics and Govt

South Lawn 7:27 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  To all the members of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, to all of the families of those who serve, to all of the friends who are gathered here, on behalf of the First Family, Karen and I are honored to welcome you to the 2017 White House Picnic in the Park.  (Applause.)  It’s Central Park on the South Lawn.   We especially are grateful to the leadership -- the House and Senate in both parties that are so well represented here today.  Would you join me in thanking Senator John Cornyn and Senator Dick Durbin for representing the Senate leadership tonight?  (Applause.)  We’re honored you’re here.  And thank you to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Kevin McCarthy, and Speaker Paul Ryan from the House of Representatives for joining us.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)    As a matter of fact, could we read more »

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

22 Jun 19:07 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Maria E. Brewer of Indiana to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Ms. Brewer, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1996. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Career Development and Assignments Division of the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State. She has served at six United States Missions abroad and in senior leadership positions at the Department of State. Ms. Brewer earned a M.S. from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a B.A. from Valparaiso University. She speaks Spanish. James Byrne of Virginia to be General Counsel of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Byrne mostread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Serbia to Attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić

22 Jun 17:32 | World

President Donald Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Belgrade, Serbia to attend the Inaugural Reception of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia on June 23, 2017. Mr. Hoyt Yee, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Kyle Scott, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Mark Tervakoski, Director for Balkans, Black Sea, and Caucasus Affairs, National Security Council read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Wilson Center

22 Jun 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C.  1:00 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all for that warm welcome, and thank you to Jane Harman for that very kind introduction and those stirring words.  And thank you for your leadership at the Wilson Center.  I served in the Congress of the United States with Jane Harman and it was always better to be with her than against her.  (Laughter.)  Do join me in thanking Jane Harman for her great leadership here at the Wilson Center.   Let me also mention someone, who, as Jane noted, is not here today but may well be looking on.  When I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, there was a fixture in that town -- someone who was actually elected to the Congress from Columbus, Indiana, but he was no stranger to anyone in the town.  On any given week it would be easy to find Congressmaread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of National Day in Luxembourg

22 Jun 16:51 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 22, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Luxembourg as you celebrate your National Day on June 23. For more than half a century the United States and Luxembourg have shared a strong friendship and staunch alliance. Our shared history, common values, and economic ties will ensure we remain close partners as we work tread more »

The Financial Times Reports on President Trump’s LNG Export Push

22 Jun 16:35 | World

FINANCIAL TIMES REPORTS ON PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S EFFORTS TO EXPAND LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS EXPORTS “Donald Trump is engineering a sharp shift in US energy policy by using natural gas exports as an instrument of trade policy, championing sales to China and other parts of Asia in an effort to create jobs and reduce US trade deficits. In an attempt to unleash US energy resources, Mr. Trump is trying to promote more liquefied natural gas exports and not just use LNG as a geopolitical weapon aimed at nations such as Russia, as was the stance of his predecessor Barack Obama.” Trump looks to lift LNG exports in US trade shift By Barney Jopson, Demetri Sevastopulo and Ed Crooks Financial Times June 22, 2017 Donald Trump is engineering a sharp shift in US energy policy by using natural gas exports as an instrument of trade policy, cread more »

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

22 Jun 16:14 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:26 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  This morning, the President continued his week of events highlighting technology and how it will continue to contribute to the economy of the future by bringing leaders in the industry to the White House to discuss emerging technologies.  The President met with them after they participated in working groups separated by topic -- unmanned aircraft systems, 5G wireless connectivity, and financing -- where he saw firsthand how these important technologies are reshaping modern life. Throughout this week, the administration has been putting the spotlight on the technologies that will improve the lives of every American, from cell towers as small as pizza boxes, to data analysis that helps our farmers and ranchers get their biggest yields, and having productive discussions with the industry on how government can both help them get there read more »

ICYMI: FCC’s Pai: “How The U.S. Can Win The Digital Future”

22 Jun 13:11 | US Politics and Govt

“Thanks in part to the administration’s pro-growth policies, there is reason to be optimistic about the state of our economy. Unemployment is at a 16-year low. The stock market is hitting record highs. And, just last week, the Federal Reserve upgraded its forecast for economic growth for 2017.” Tech Week: How the U.S. can win the digital future By Ajit Pai New Hampshire Union Leader June 22, 2017 This week, the White House is hosting a series of meetings between leaders of our economy’s technology sector and administration officials. Dubbed “Tech Week,” these events provide a forum to focus on a critical question: What public sector policies will best spur private sector innovation? Getting the answer right is vital for our nation’s economic future. Technological innovation opens the door to new industries and platforms, creating jobs and economic growth. The shread more »

Remarks by President Trump at American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event

22 Jun 12:46 | US Politics and Govt

East Room 11:04 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Very nice to have you here.  It's a great honor.  So many of you I recognize, and others I do from reading business magazines and other magazines.  You've done very well.  You're very representative of your group.   And, Jeff, congratulations on a great career.   MR. IMMELT:  Thank you very much. THE PRESIDENT:  A great career.  I was sad to hear it in one way, and in another way I said, boy, what a good job.   MR. IMMELT:  Thank you very much. THE PRESIDENT:  So I know whatever you're going to be doing -- that's a long time over there.  I've known you a long time in that company.  I've done deals with that company, and you were there, right?  A lot of good friends like Dale Frey and John Myers.  read more »

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Host Congressional Picnic at the White House

22 Jun 12:25 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are pleased to host their first Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House this evening at 6:00 p.m. Vice President and Mrs. Pence will join the First Family in welcoming Members of Congress and their families for a bipartisan evening of music and traditional picnic fare.  The theme, Picnic in the Park, is modeled after a summer evening in Central Park in New York.  “My husband and I are pleased to welcome Members of Congress and their families to the people’s house.  I look forward to an evening together that will highlight our New York home by bringing a piece of New York City to Washington, D.C.,” said First Lady Melania Trump.  “With the recent and tragic shooting at the Congressional baseball game practice last week, it is more important than ever that we spend time together not as politicians, but as colleagues and friends.  We will continue to keep Conread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Associated Builders and Contractors Legislative Day

22 Jun 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C. 9:40 A.M. EDT       THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Chuck Goodrich.  Thank you for putting on a tie.  (Laughter.)   Thanks for that wonderful introduction and for your friendship of so many years.  And I'm just so proud of Chuck Goodrich and his leadership role in this great organization.  From one Hoosier to another, thank you for your leadership, my friend.  And thank you for your friendship of so many years.  (Applause.)  And let me also pay a debt of gratitude to another old friend who I worked with back in my days in Congress and when I was Governor of Indiana.  He came to be President of ABC Indiana/Kentucky, and is just an inspiring and tenacious leader for everything everyone here fights for -- JR Gaylor.  I don't know where you're sitting, but, JR, thank you so much.  And it is greread more »

Vice President Mike Pence to Visit Colorado Springs, Colorado

22 Jun 11:13 | US Politics and Govt

On Friday, June 23, Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado to deliver remarks at the Focus on the Family 40th Anniversary Celebration. The Vice President will then visit Schriever Air Force Base where he will receive a briefing on the facility, have lunch with service members, and give remarks. Following, the Vice President will tour the Cheyenne Mountain Complex located at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. The Vice President will conclude his visit with a Gardner Victory Event. read more »

Press Releases: Coordinator for Cyber Issues and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy To Participate in the U.S.-Kenya Cyber and Digital Economy Dialogue

22 Jun 10:47 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 22, 2017 Christopher Painter, the Secretary’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, and Julie Zoller, Acting U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will travel to Nairobi, Kenya from June 22-23 to discuss cyber and digital economy policy issues with government officials, the private sector, and civil society as part of the U.S.-Kenya Cyber and Digital Economy Dialogue. During their visit to Nairobiread more »

Remarks by President Trump on Agricultural Innovation | Cedar Rapids, IA

21 Jun 22:50 | US Politics and Govt

Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, Iowa 6:16 P.M. CDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I just learned more about farming than I ever thought I'd learn.  What a good place.  I love it.  I want to thank also Dean Scott Ermer along with the students and faculty at Kirkwood Community College for hosting us.  What a beautiful place.  We're here today to talk about how we're going to empower America’s farmers and protect our nation’s proud farming legacy, including ethanol, which I've done.  (Applause.)  Family farmers are the backbone of America, and my administration will always support the farmer. I want to begin by congratulating Iowa’s new governor, Kim Reynolds.  Where's Kim?  (Applause.)  I'm so proud of Kim.  I've known Kim for a long time, and her husband.  And I said, you know, one of the other thingread more »

Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue en route Cedar Rapids, IA | June 21, 2017

21 Jun 22:49 | World

Aboard Air Force One En Route Cedar Rapids, Iowa 5:12 P.M. CDT MS. WALTERS:  Good evening, everybody.  As you all know, we're on our way to Cedar Rapids, where the President will highlight precision agriculture and discuss trade.  Lots of people associate technology with only Silicon Valley, but, actually, there are many other sectors of our economy that are taking advantage of technological advances, including agriculture. We're going to be visiting Kirkwood Community College, which is one of the first programs to have an associate's degree is precision agriculture.  The President, along with Secretary Perdue, Secretary Ross, and Ambassador Branstad will be engaging with some of the people who are bringing cutting-edge technology to the ag sector.  With me today I have Secretary Perdue.  I'm going to walk you through the rest of the evening, take a fread more »

Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13597

21 Jun 21:21 | US Politics and Govt

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13597 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to support the essential functions of the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Amendment to Executive Order 13597.  Executive Order 13597 of January 19, 2012 (Establishing Visa and Foreign Visitor Processing Goals and the Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness), is amended by deleting subsection (b)(ii) of section 2 of that order. Sec. 2.  Updated Implementation Plan.  The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, in consultation with the heads of such executive departments and agencies as appropriate, shall revise the implementation plan described in section 2(b) of Executive Order 13597, as necessary and approprread more »

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

21 Jun 19:41 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Thomas G. Bowman of Florida to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Bowman is currently Majority Staff Director of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. From 2005 through 2009, he served in several leadership roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff. Mr. Bowman retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel after 30 years of service. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Texas, Austin and his JD from Western New England College. Mark H. Buzby of Virginia to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. Rear Admiral Buzby is a retired Navy Rear Admiral whose career spanned 34 years, serving inread more »

Readout of Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and Don Blome's Meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

21 Jun 19:05 | US Politics and Govt

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and United States Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome met today in Ramallah with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and his senior advisors. The two sides had a productive meeting and reaffirmed their commitment to advancing President Trump's goal of a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that enhances stability in the region. Kushner and Greenblatt discussed with President Abbas priorities for the Palestinians and potential next steps, acknowledging the need for economic opportunities for Palestinians and major investments in the Palestinian economy. The United States officials and Palestinian leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking.  Kushread more »

Press Releases: United States Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean

21 Jun 18:16 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 21, 2017 The U.S. Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), submitted a multi-year Caribbean strategy to Congress on June 19 that establishes a framework for enhancing the security and prosperity of the United States and its Caribbean partners. Considered the “third border” of the United States, the Caribbean is a vital part of our efforts to counter organized crime and illicread more »

A Message to the Congress of the United States on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

21 Jun 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with that provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to North Korea declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, expanded in scope in Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010, addressed further in Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011, further expanded in scope in Executive Order 13687 of January 2, 2015, and under which additional steps were taken in Executive Order 13722 of March 15, 2016, is to continue in effect beyond read more »

Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

21 Jun 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO NORTH KOREA On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency with respect to North Korea pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula.  The President also found that it was necessary to maintain certain restrictions with respect to North Korea that would otherwise have been lifted pursuant to Proclamation 8271 of June 26, 2008, which terminated the exercise of authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. App. 1-44) with respect to North Korea.   On August 30, 2010, the Presiread more »

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense

21 Jun 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUBJECT:         Delegation of Authority under the Consolidated                         Appropriations Act, 2017 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Defense the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 10005 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) (the "Act"). The delegation in this memorandum shall apply to any provision of any future public law that is the same or substantially the same as section 10005 of the Act. You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register. DONALD J. TRUMP read more »

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense -- Delegation of Authority under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

21 Jun 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUBJECT:         Delegation of Authority under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Defense the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 10005 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) (the "Act"). The delegation in this memorandum shall apply to any provision of any future public law that is the same or substantially the same as section 10005 of the Act. You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register. DONALD J. TRUMP read more »

A Message to the Congress of the United States on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

21 Jun 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with that provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to North Korea declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, expanded in scope in Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010, addressed further in Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011, further expanded in scope in Executive Order 13687 of January 2, 2015, and under which additional steps were taken in Executive Order 13722 of March 15, 2016, is to continue in effect beyond read more »

A Message to the Congress of the United States on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans

21 Jun 17:46 | US Politics and Govt

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with that provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans that was declared in Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001, is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2017.  The threat constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the Republic of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implemenread more »

Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans

21 Jun 17:44 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT  TO THE WESTERN BALKANS On June 26, 2001, by Executive Order 13219, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the Republic of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implementation of the Dayton Accords in Bosnia or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999, in Kosovo.  The President subsequently amended that order in Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003, to take additional steps with respect to acts obstructing read more »

Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans

21 Jun 17:44 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT  TO THE WESTERN BALKANS On June 26, 2001, by Executive Order 13219, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the Western Balkans, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions of persons engaged in, or assisting, sponsoring, or supporting (i) extremist violence in the Republic of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Western Balkans region, or (ii) acts obstructing implementation of the Dayton Accords in Bosnia or United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of June 10, 1999, in Kosovo.  The President subsequently amended that order in Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003, to take additional steps with respect to acts obstructing read more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw To Travel to Uganda for Refugee Summit

21 Jun 17:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 21, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Simon Henshaw will travel to Uganda from June 21-23 as part of the United States delegation to the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, led by U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac. The Summit, hosted by Ugandan President Museveni and UN Secretary General Guterres, is being held in light of Uganda now hosting nearly 1.3 million refugees, including those entering iread more »

Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at a Joint Press Availability

21 Jun 16:43 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 21, 2017 read more »

Readout of Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and David Friedman’s Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

21 Jun 16:12 | US Politics and Govt

Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met today in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his senior advisors. The meeting was productive and the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to advancing President Trump’s goal of a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians that enhances stability in the region. The three United States officials discussed Israel’s priorities and potential next steps with Prime Minister Netanyahu, acknowledging the critical role Israel plays in the security of the region. The United States officials and Israeli leadership underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking. Kushner and Greenblatt are also meeting with President Mahmoud read more »

Press Releases: Statement by Secretary Tillerson

21 Jun 14:08 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 21, 2017 In regards to the continuing dispute within the GCC, we understand a list of demands has been prepared and coordinated by the Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians, and Bahrainis. We hope the list of demands will soon be presented to Qatar and will be reasonable and actionable. We support the Kuwaiti mediation effort and look forward to this matter moving toward a resolution. read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Call with Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci

21 Jun 13:32 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President spoke by telephone today with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. The Vice President underscored U.S. support for the resumption of UN-facilitated talks in Switzerland and expressed hope that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders will agree to a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation to the benefit of all Cypriots. read more »

Press Releases: Recent Violence and Casualties in Nagorno-Karabakh

21 Jun 13:30 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 21, 2017 The United States is deeply concerned over the recent violations of the ceasefire, which have resulted in multiple casualties on the Line of Contact over the last week. We urge the sides to avoid escalation and encourage immediate consideration of measures to reduce tensions along the Line of Contact and the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In tread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

21 Jun 13:25 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia to congratulate him on his recent elevation. The President and the Crown Prince committed to close cooperation to advance our shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East and beyond. The two leaders discussed the priority of cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar. They discussed efforts to achieve a lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And they discussed ways to further deepen economic cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Cybersecurity and Energy Sector Representatives

21 Jun 13:01 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, General Keith Alexander, Thomas P. Bossert, and energy sector leaders today to address energy sector resilience and cybersecurity. President Trump thanked the participants in the meeting for their efforts and underscored the importance of a continuing public and private partnership to effectively combat threats against the energy sector, particularly the power grid. In the meeting, the leaders discussed unique challenges the sector faces and strategic initiatives, both underway and proposed, to address the evolution of malicious cyber activity. The President stated his continued commitment to enhancing electric grid security and resilience, noting that his Executive Order “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure” is an important step towards that goal. The President made clear that his Administration is committed to working closely with infrastructure providers, improving the eread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence at National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

21 Jun 11:36 | US Politics and Govt

Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Maryland 9:56 A.M. EDT     THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all.  Thank you to Attorney General Sessions for that warm welcome and warm introduction.  And let me say -- let me say thank you -- thank you to this Attorney General for your leadership at the Department of Justice.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a law-and-order Attorney General.  And I and the President are proud and honored to have him at our side.  (Applause.)   It’s truly an honor to be here at the National Summit of Crime Reduction and Public Safety.  And I'm bringing greetings this morning from a tireless champion of the men and women of law enforcement in the United States of America, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)   From the very start of this administration, President Trump has promised to support, in hread more »

ICYMI: MT’s “Great Falls Tribune” Praises President Trump’s Beef Export Deal With China

21 Jun 11:09 | US Politics and Govt

“China's ban on U.S. beef imports meant that the entire time former Montana Sen. Max Baucus was the Ambassador to China, from 2014 to earlier this year, he could not get a steak from a U.S.-raised cow in China. The persistence of many paid off and now Montana ranchers and our state's economy will benefit. We owe them all thanks.”   US beef exports to China will be good for Montana Editorial Great Falls (MT) Tribune June 21, 2017 China's 1.4 billion people will buy about $2.5 billion in beef this year. Next month for the first time in about 14 years, U.S. cattle producers will have access to that market. … The news is good for Montana's $1.78 billion cattle industry. Montana's ranchers are mostly cow-calf operations, with calves sold to feedlots, where they are finished before they are harvested and the read more »

Press Releases: State Department Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of Hizballah and al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula

21 Jun 10:26 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 21, 2017 The Department of State has amended the designation of Hizballah as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to add aliases including Lebanese Hizballah, which is frequently used to refer to the group, as well as the Foreign Relations Department (FRD) and the External Securitread more »

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