U.S.Trade Representative Lighthizer and Secretary Mnuchin will travel to Beijing

Statement from the Press Secretary At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing, China, for principal-level meetings starting on March 28, 2019, to continue negotiations aimed at improving the trade relationship between the United States and China.  The ...
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Speeches: U.S. Africa Strategy Speech at Trade and Investment Luncheon (Excerpts)

Excerpts of Remarks John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Luanda, Angola March 20, 2019 As Ambassador Fite said, I would like to speak today about how the U.S. Africa strategy can unlock the many economic opportunities we’ll discuss at greater length throughout today’s luncheon. I look forward to highlighting the many ways we can ...
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Excerpts: Keynote Address and Fireside Chat at the Road to GES Heartland Event

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. Excerpts of Remarks Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Sheraton Overland Park Hotel Overland Park, Kansas March 18, 2019 I know we have a delegation here from the Netherlands in the audience with us. It’s led by Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag.  …. [The United States ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument ...
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Excerpts: Keynote Address at CERAWeek

.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. March 12, 2019 EXCERPTS OF REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Keynote Address at CERAWeek Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel Houston, Texas SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Dan.  Thank you all for joining me. *             *             *             * Our plentiful oil supplies allow us to help our ...
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Excerpts:Ambassador Brownback’s Remarks on Religious Freedom

Samuel D. Brownback Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Foreign Correspondents Club Hong Kong, China March 8, 2019 Introduction I would like to begin by expressing my profound respect for the Chinese people. My youngest daughter is Chinese and now attends school at Baylor University. *** During this speech, I will express a number of ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 13, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The Secretary extended his condolences on the tragic loss of life of United Nations affiliated personnel on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The Secretary ...
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Ambassador’s Statement on Women’s Day: Empowering Women, Unleashing Success

Empowering Women, Unleashing Success Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China Today is International Women’s Day.  Two women who made a tremendous impact in my life are my mother, Rita Branstad, and my teacher, Laura Sewick.  My mother drove home the importance of a good education, “because no one can take that away.”  My eighth grade ...
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Press Releases: Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 4, 2019 The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela. The United States and freedom-loving nations ...
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Press Releases: 2019 International Women of Courage Award Recipients Announced

03/05/2019 02:55 PM EST Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 5, 2019 On Thursday, March 7, Secretary of State Pompeo will host the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world. First Lady of the United States Melania ...
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Secretary Pompeo Remarks to the Iowa Farm Bureau

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Des Moines, Iowa March 4, 2019 AMBASSADOR BRANSTAD: Good afternoon. It is my honor to be back in Iowa today to introduce Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As U.S. ambassador, I have the great privilege of representing the American people in China. (Applause.) The ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Yang Jiechi

Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 1, 2019 The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Member of the Political Bureau of the ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Des Moines, Iowa

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson March 1, 2019  STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Des Moines, Iowa Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Des Moines, Iowa March 3-4, 2019 to discuss how the American agriculture industry’s embrace of free enterprise and innovation helps ...
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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks With Traveling Press

Chairman Kim reiterated on his trip he is fully prepared to denuclearize.  He recommitted that they will not conduct missile tests, that he will not conduct nuclear tests.  Those are good things.  Those remain as a pillar, as a foundation.   You heard the President say that he is committed still not to conduct the major ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Hanoi Summit

February 28, 2019 “President Donald J. Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had very good and constructive meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27-28, 2019. The two leaders discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts. No ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in a 1:1 Conversation

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHAIRMAN KIM JONG UN OF THE STATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA IN A 1:1 CONVERSATION Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam February 27, 2019 6:33 P.M. ICT CHAIRMAN KIM:  (As interpreted.)  So it’s exactly 261 days since we met last time in Singapore, in June, ...
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Remarks by President Trump at 2019 Governors’ Ball

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT 2019 GOVERNORS’ BALL February 24, 2019 We’ll be leaving for Hanoi, Vietnam, and we’ll be meeting with Kim Jong Un.  It’s a very interesting thing to say, but I’ve developed a very, very good relationship.  We’ll see what that means. … I’m not pushing for speed, but we’re not removing ...
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Press Release Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call With Japanese Foreign Minister Kono  

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2019 Robert Palladino: ‎On February 21, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono to discuss next steps on D.P.R.K. engagement. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono reaffirmed their shared commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the D.P.R.K. and to maintaining our ...
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Excerpt: Interview With Jake Tapper of CNN State of the Union

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: [we] built out a coalition, an enormous global coalition we built out through the United Nations, to put that pressure in place to allow us to begin to have what have been real negotiations over the past now six or seven ...
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Excerpt: Secretary of State Pompeo Interview With Fox Business Network

INTERVIEW Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings with Maria on Fox Business Network   New York, New York February 21, 2019 QUESTION:  Joining me right now is the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo.  Mr. Secretary, it’s great to have you on the program. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Maria, it’s great to ...
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Achieving Transformational Peace for the United States, Korean Peninsula, and the World

As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY: President Donald J. Trump is committed to achieving a bright and secure future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and across the world. On February 27 and 28, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will ...
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Excerpt: Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference

Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference | Munich, Germany So while we’re standing with our allies, strengthening NATO, and standing up to aggression, President Trump’s leadership is also bringing about historic change in the Indo-Pacific.  The United States seeks an Indo-Pacific where independent nations boldly pursue their own interests, respecting ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 18, 2019 Statement from the Press Secretary Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will welcome an official delegation from China for a series of meetings starting on February 19, 2019, to discuss the trade relationship between the two countries. Principal-level meetings will ...
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Pompeo and Foreign Minister of Poland: A new solidarity

(CNN)Solidarity is once again popular in Poland — though not in the way you might think. The concept that gave a name to the anti-communist movement in the 1980s now characterizes the strong partnership between Poland and the United States. And solidarity is what we seek from all countries this week in Warsaw, as we ...
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Statement of the United States Regarding China Talks

Issued on: January 31, 2019 For the last two days, high-ranking officials from the United States and China have engaged in intense and productive negotiations over the economic relationship between our two countries.  The United States appreciates the preparation, diligence, and professionalism shown throughout these meetings by Vice Premier Liu He and his team. The ...
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Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Thompson Travels to China and Japan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 30, 2019 Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson will travel to China and Japan, January 30 – February 1, 2019. In China, the Under Secretary will lead the U.S. delegation at the 2019 P5 Conference in Beijing, with counterparts ...
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We hope you and your families have a happy new year and Happy Year of the Pig.

 Are you already back to you hometown or still on your way? In this video, Ambassador Branstad and Mrs. Branstad, along with a few of the embassy colleagues who were born in the Year of the Pig, made dumplings and wrote the character “Fu”. From the Ambassador and all of us at the Embassy, ...
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Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang

 STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON January 29, 2019 Sentencing of Wang Quanzhang The United States is deeply concerned by the sentencing of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang in Tianjin, China on January 28 to four-and-a-half years in prison on charges of “subverting state power.”  Wang was among the first individuals detained during the Chinese ...
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Press Releases: United States Is Ready To Provide Urgent Humanitarian Aid to the People of Venezuela

01/24/2019 12:22 PM EST Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 24, 2019   Today, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the United States is ready to provide more than $20 million in initial humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela as they struggle to cope with severe food and medicine shortages and ...
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Press Releases: Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President

01/23/2019 12:45 PM EST Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 23, 2019   The United States recognizes Juan Guaido as the new interim President of Venezuela, and strongly supports his courageous decision to assume that role pursuant to Article 233 of Venezuela’s constitution and supported by the National Assembly, in ...
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White House Readout

Conclusion of President Donald Trump’s Meeting with Kim Yong Chol White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Readout After the Conclusion of President Donald Trump’s Meeting with Kim Yong Chol: “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 18, 2019 ________________________________ The following is attributable to Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson: Secretary Pompeo and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun met with DPRK Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol in Washington January 18. The Secretary, Special Representative Biegun, and Vice Chairman Kim discussed efforts to make ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Administration Celebrates Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

01/10/2019 12:13 PM EST Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 10, 2019   On Tuesday, the President signed into law the last of four bills that together reauthorize and reaffirm the ground-breaking protections of the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 and fortify the foundation of United States’ ...
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Press Releases: Canada’s Legitimate Arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

12/21/2018 02:54 PM EST Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 Canada, a country governed by the rule of law, is conducting a fair, unbiased, and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Ms. Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei. Canada respects its international legal commitments by honoring its extradition treaty ...
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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

12/20/2018 11:33 AM EST   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2018   Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. These Chinese actors used this access to compromise the networks of the ...
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Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Right, and Labor Washington, D.C. December 10, 2018 Report on Serious Human Rights Abuses or Censorship in North Korea Submitted in compliance with: Section 304 (a) of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, Public Law 114-122, enacted on February 18, 2016 Section 304 ...
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Excerpts of Ambassador Brownback’s Special Briefing on Religious Freedom Designations

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. December 11, 2018 Samuel D. Brownback Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Via Teleconference *             *             *             * … Religious freedom is a key foreign policy initiative and issue for the Trump administration. We are serious about it. We hosted the first-ever ministerial on ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Religious Freedom Designations

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 11, 2018 On November 28, 2018, I designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated ”systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious ...
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Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. Good morning to all of you; thank you for joining me here today. It’s wonderful to be in this beautiful place, to get a chance to make a set of remarks about ...
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Presidential Message to the Congress on the Death of George Herbert Walker Bush

December 3, 2018 TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: By this Message, I officially inform you of the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States. President George H.W. Bush led a life that exemplified what is truly great about America.  As with so many of his generation, the Greatest Generation, President ...
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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump in Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. December 2, 2018 EXCERPTS OF REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN PRESS GAGGLE ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE  Aboard Air Force One En Route Joint Base Andrews Saturday, December 1, 2018 11:23 P.M. AST *             *             *             * THE PRESIDENT:  It’s an incredible deal.  It goes down, ...
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Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country ...
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Vice President Pence and Second Lady Statement on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

Statement from Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush “Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush and we send our deepest sympathies to the entire Bush family. President Bush loved his family, loved this country and his ...
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President Trump and First Lady Statement on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

Statement from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush December 1, 2018 Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment ...
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On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding The President’s Working Dinner With China

The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 1, 2018 The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and President Xi Jinping of China, have just concluded what both have said was a “highly successful meeting” between themselves and their most senior representatives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Very importantly, President Xi, in a ...
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Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 23, 2018 Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually. Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence. The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against ...
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Excerpts from Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Pete Mundo of the Pete Mundo Morning Show

Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference November 21, 2018 QUESTION: Good to have you on. We appreciate it. Well, let’s start off with what’s going on here with the Khashoggi murder. President comes out; he’s received some criticism for his handling of this. He said it’s all about an “America first” policy. ...
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Press Releases: U.S.-ROK Working Group

Press Releases: U.S.-ROK Working Group 11/20/2018 04:06 PM EST Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 20, 2018 U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon co-chaired a U.S.-ROK working group in Washington November 20. The working group ...
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Sullivan’s Participation in the APEC-Pacific Islands Countries Leaders’ Informal Dialogue

11/19/2018 07:33 PM EST Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 19, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: ‎ Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with Pacific Island and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders on November 17 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The discussion highlighted mechanisms for closer ...
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Conviction of Khmer Rouge Leaders Noun Chea and Khieu Samphan

The United States welcomes the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia’s issuance of the judgment finding former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Noun Chea guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide. In their capacities as Head of State for the Khmer Rouge regime and as the Deputy Chairman of the Communist Party of ...
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U.S. Position on APEC Statements

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 19, 2018 The United States congratulates Papua New Guinea for a successful year as host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. We are proud of the work that we achieved together to break down barriers to trade and investment throughout the APEC region, supporting positive ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the 2018 APEC CEO Summit | Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Pacific Explorer Marquee Theatre Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 12:25 P.M. PGT Thank you, Scott.  And thank you all for that warm welcome.  Prime Minister O’Neill, Chairman Taureka, representatives from across the region, leaders of the business community, and to all our distinguished guests, it’s my honor to join you here at the “premier economic ...
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MEDIA NOTE: U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE November 9, 2018 U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue On November 9, 2018, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Central Commission of the Communist Party ...
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Mike Pence: The United States seeks collaboration, not control, in the Indo-Pacific

By Mike Pence, vice president of the United States Source: Washington Post Published: November 9, 2018 at 6:19 PM https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/mike-pence-the-united-states-seeks-collaboration-not-control-in-the-indo-pacific/2018/11/09/1a0c330a-e45a-11e8-b759-3d88a5ce9e19_story.html  Last year in Vietnam, President Trump laid out the United States’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific. This week, on the president’s behalf, I will lead a delegation to that region to discuss our progress on ...
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Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with General Wei Fenghe

Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with The Minister of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China, General Wei Fenghe Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with General Wei Fenghe, the Minister of National Defense of the People’s Republic of ...
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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. November 2, 2018 EXCERPTS OF ON-THE-RECORD-BRIEFING Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions Via Teleconference SECRETARY POMPEO:  … Earlier this year, President Trump withdrew from the fatally flawed nuclear deal and implemented a new campaign ...
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#What X means to me# – Combating the opioids epidemic

 #What X means to me# – combating the opioids epidemic. Do you know that more Americans died due to opioid overdoses than car crashes in 2016? In this video, Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee talks about how serious the opioids crisis in the U.S. and the importance of controlling fentanyl (a form of opiates that is ...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces New Initiative to Combat Chinese Economic Espionage

Washington, DC Thursday, November 1, 2018 The President has made clear that this country remains open to friendship and productive relationships with China.  Nothing is more important for the world.  We want our relationships to improve, not get worse.  But these problems must be solved.  These threats must be ended. This Department of Justice—and the Trump ...
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Excerpts: Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Laura Ingraham of The Laura Ingraham Show

10/31/2018 01:29 PM EDT Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference October 31, 2018 QUESTION: CNBC reported yesterday, Mr. Secretary, that North Korea is reportedly preparing nuclear and missile sites for international inspectors. What can you tell us about – I know you are going to go meet with your North Korean counterpart ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Hugh Hewitt of the Hugh Hewitt Show

INTERVIEW Via Teleconference October 26, 2018 QUESTION:  Welcoming back now the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Mr. Secretary, good morning to you. Mr. Secretary, in the past two weeks I’ve had on Vice President Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton and now you.  They both indicated a clear turning in our strategic posture vis-a-vis ...
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International Religious Freedom Day

International Religious Freedom Day Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 26, 2018 Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It ...
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Readout:Secretary of Defense Mattis’ bilateral engagement with Chinese Minister of National Defense

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-301-18 Oct. 23, 2018 Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ bilateral engagement with Chinese Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe at the 2018 ADMM-Plus Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Remarks to the Press

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC October 23, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I want to start off by offering a somber commemoration. Thirty-five years ago today, a Hizballah terrorist, trained by the Iranian regime, drove a truck packed with explosives into the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, ...
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Assistant Secretary A. Wess Mitchell Speeches: Remarks at the Atlantic Council

A/S Mitchell: Thank you, Damon, for that warm introduction, and I’d like to thank Atlantic Council for having me here to speak today at a very important conference. I appreciate the work that Atlantic Council does, both here and in Europe, and I have to say the title of today’s event I think is very ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Sabrina Bacal of TVN

So America wants good things for the people of Panama and for the region, and so we want to make sure when there are countries that invest, China included, that they’re done in a way that is consistent with international law and they’re good for the Panamanian people. And we’ve seen times when that was ...
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Mattis Confers With Chinese, Southeast Asian Officials

BY  JIM GARAMONE OCT. 18, 2018 Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is making his eighth trip to the Indo-Asia-Pacific area to help tend the many partnerships and alliances the U.S. maintains in that important region. He is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Meeting in Singapore as a way to improve cooperation. The association ...
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The White House statement on the Universal Postal Union (UPU)

Statement from the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump received a report from the Department of State pursuant to the August 23, 2018, Presidential Memorandum on “Modernizing the Monetary Reimbursement Model for the Delivery of Goods Through the International Postal System and Enhancing the Security and Safety of International Mail.”  The report noted that sufficient ...
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Speeches: Remarks on Navigating Challenges and Prospects in the Indian Ocean Region

Remarks Alice G. Wells Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Indian Ocean Conference Colombo, Sri Lanka October 11, 2018 Ambassador Wells: — I want to thank our hosts for this vitally important Track 1.5 dialogue. It’s a real pleasure to be here. I’d like to focus my remarks on two distinct ...
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We cannot let e-cigarettes become an on-ramp for teenage addiction

By Alex M. Azar and Scott Gottlieb October 11 at 8:05 AM Alex M. Azar is the secretary of health and human services. Scott Gottlieb is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly ...
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IMFC Statement of Secretary Mnuchin October 2018

Bali – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement at the International Monetary Fund Conference: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to discuss global economic developments at the IMF and World Bank Annual meetings in Bali.  Global growth is stronger than it has been since the financial crisis, and our challenge ...
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Secretary Pompeo and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun’s Remarks With Traveling Press

REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun With Traveling Press Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul, Republic of Korea October 8, 2018 QUESTION:  So how close are you guys on the logistics for a second summit? SECRETARY POMPEO:  Pretty close. QUESTION:  Like, so an announcement should be — SECRETARY ...
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READOUT: Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Beijing, China

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT October 8, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Beijing, China The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On October 8, Secretary of State Pompeo met separately with Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Seoul, Pyongyang and Tokyo

East Asia and the Pacific: Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings in Seoul, Republic of Korea Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 7, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visited Seoul October 7-8 and met with President Moon and Foreign Minister Kang to give a readout of his October 7 trip to Pyongyang. Secretary Pompeo briefed on his meeting with Chairman Kim, which included his introducing Chairman Kim ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration’s Policy Toward China

October 4, 2018 REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT PENCE ON THE ADMINISTRATION’S POLICY TOWARD CHINA The Hudson Institute Washington, D.C. Over the course of the past two years, our President has forged a strong personal relationship with the President of the People’s Republic of China, and they’ve worked closely on issues of common interest, most importantly ...
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On the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

On the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Special Briefing John J. Sullivan,  Deputy Secretary of State Robert Palladino,  Deputy Spokesperson Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, N.Y. September 27, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you all for coming. We are privileged today to have with us the Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, who will be speaking ...
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On the Ministerial Meeting on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

Special Briefing John J. Sullivan Deputy Secretary of State Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Robert L. Strayer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, NY September 28, 2018 MR PALLADINO: Thank you, again – all of you – for coming. Welcome today’s roundtable discussion. We are privileged ...
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Creating Fair and Balanced U.S.-China Trade Relations

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Journalist colleagues, The following statement is on the record from Secretary Mike Pompeo: The President and the entire U.S. team are looking forward to tomorrow’s summit.  We have had substantive and detailed meetings to date, including this morning with the North Koreans. I would like to thank our Singaporean hosts for their gracious hospitality in helping ...
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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I’d like to begin by saying that based on the recent statement of North Korea, I have decided to terminate the planned summit in Singapore on June 12th. While many things can happen and a great opportunity lies ahead, potentially, I believe that this is a tremendous setback for ...
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Ten years ago, Sichuan was struck by a powerful earthquake which unleashed devastation throughout the region and claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 people, many of them children. Tragedies like this remind us all of our shared humanity, and people throughout America mourned the victims, prayed for survivors, and sent relief supplies and assistance. In ...
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A few announcements to start out today. First, I’d like to start with recognizing all of you. As many of you journalists know today, today is the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. Journalists shine a light on many issues around the world, keeping citizens informed, prompting robust debate and discussion – we certainly ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Inter-Korean Summit

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G7 Finance Ministers Joint Statement on North Korea

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Another Historic UN Sanctions Package on North Korea

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Section 301 Fact Sheet

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State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, March 22, 2018

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STATEMENT: Death of Human Rights Attorney Dr. Li Baiguang

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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on New U.S. Actions Against North Korea

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Press Statement by Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson: Prosecution of Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

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Statement by Spokesperson Heather Nauert

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