Statement from the President

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2018 Statement from the President Today, following seven weeks of public notice, hearings, and extensive opportunities for comment, I directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to proceed with placing additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion of imports from China.  The tariffs ...
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USTR Finalizes Tariffs on $200 Billion of Chinese Imports in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

September 17, 2018 Washington, DC – As part of the United States’ continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs.  ...
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Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mattis: Excerpts from Closing Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue

SECRETARY POMPEO: This is my first trip to India as Secretary of State, and it is an honor to travel here for such an important and successful event. Later today, Secretary Mattis and I will meet with Prime Minister Modi. We look forward to discussing how best to advance the U.S.-India relationship, one that is ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Conviction of ‎Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Today’s conviction of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act is deeply troubling for all who support press freedom and the transition toward democracy in Myanmar. The American people have long stood with the people of Myanmar in support of democracy, and we continue to support civilian rule and those ...
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USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

Washington, DC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and ...
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Press Availability at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s been an honor to participate in my first ASEAN ministerial meetings here in Singapore. I want to first thank Foreign Minister Balakrishnan for hosting. We have reaffirmed our strong bilateral relationship, and it’s great to be back in Singapore again after having been here in June. We remain grateful for ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S. Security Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 4, 2018 For more than seven decades, U.S. engagement has advanced freedom, openness, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The President’s National Security Strategy identified advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific among our most important priorities. The United States aims to ensure the freedom of the ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi 

READOUT August 3, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Singapore.  Secretary Pompeo underscored the importance of pursuing a constructive U.S.-China relationship that ...
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Fact Sheet: Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 30, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo today addressed the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC, to launch the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Before top U.S. business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Pompeo detailed how ...
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Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as ...
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Press Availability With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne

07/24/2018 03:40 PM EDT Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Palo Alto, CA July 24, 2018 ________________________________________ SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I want to first thank Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and the Minister of Defense Senator Marise Payne, as well as their team, for joining us here in California. Since ...
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Remarks With Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State UN Headquarters New York City July 20, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. First I want to commend my good friend Ambassador Haley and her excellent team here at the United Nations. Her leadership in advancing American interest on North Korea and many other issues has been evident here ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT June 28, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone today with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They discussed ongoing ...
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Statement by the President Regarding Trade with China

  FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: June 15, 2018 My great friendship with President Xi of China and our country’s relationship with China are both very important to me.  Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time.  This situation is no longer sustainable.  China has, for example, long been engaging in several unfair ...
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Secretary Pompeo visits China

Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese President Xi Jinping Opening Remarks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a Press Availability Remarks by Secretary Pompeo and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before their Meeting  
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release READOUT June 14, 2018 Secretary Pompeo’s Meetings with Chinese Officials including President Xi Jinping, Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On his first trip to China as U.S. Secretary of State, ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese President Xi Jinping Opening Remarks

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS June 14, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese President Xi Jinping Opening Remarks June 14, 2018 Beijing, China PRESIDENT XI:  (Via interpreter.)  Secretary Pompeo, it is, indeed, with great pleasure that I welcome you to China on this trip.  I understand that ...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi June 14, 2018 Beijing, China STATE COUNCILOR YANG:  (Via interpreter)  Welcome to China.  It will be a great pleasure to meet you.  We spoke on the phone on 5th of May, and I was greatly impressed by the constructive approach to the China-U.S. relationship. ...
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Press Availability With Korean Foreign Minister and Japanese Foreign Minister

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to now begin the Korea, U.S., and Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting joint press conference. Today, we have been joined by the Minister Kang Kyung-wha, the Secretary Pompeo, and Foreign Minister Kono. They will speak for five minutes. And as was consulted previously, Minister Kang is going to speak in ...
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Press Conference by President Trump

Press Conference by President Trump   FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: June 12, 2018 Capella Hotel Singapore 4:15 P.M. SGT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  We appreciate it.  We’re getting ready to go back.  We had a tremendous 24 hours.  We’ve had a tremendous three months, actually, because this has been going on for quite a while.  ...
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Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un

STATEMENTS & RELEASES Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit     FOREIGN POLICY  Issued on: June 12, 2018 President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at Signing of a Joint Statement

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________     For Immediate Release June 12, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CHAIRMAN KIM JONG UN OF THE STATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA AT SIGNING OF A JOINT STATEMENT Capella Hotel Singapore 1:39 P.M. SGT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  So we’re signing ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Press Briefing at the White House

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, I’m going to take a couple questions. (Laughter.) A couple. Good afternoon. It’s great to be joining you all here today. Early in his presidency, President Trump made a commitment to address the threat of North Korea, which has been a threat to our nation for far too long.
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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference (Excerpts) Issued on: June 7, 2018 Rose Garden 2:22 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: … As I prepare to meet next week with Kim Jong Un — and I want to bring up the fact that the Prime Minister Abe and, also, President Moon ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2017-China Includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau

The constitution states citizens have freedom of religious belief but limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” The government continued to exercise control over religion and restrict the activities and personal freedom of religious adherents when the government perceived these as threatening state or Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ...
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Remarks by President Trump At Arrival Of Americans Detained In North Korea

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________           For Immediate Release May 10, 2018 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AT ARRIVAL OF AMERICANS DETAINED IN NORTH KOREA Joint Base Andrews Prince George’s County, Maryland 3:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  This is a great honor.  Hopefully everything is going to work out at the highest ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss the April 27 meeting between President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  President Trump thanked President Moon for the close coordination between the Republic of Korea and the United States in the lead-up to his meeting, ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan  

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.  The leaders affirmed their commitment to achieving the permanent and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea and to continuing their close coordination in advance of talks between the United States and North Korea.  They also reiterated the need for North Korea to abandon ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Operatives from the United States

March 26, 2018 Today, the United States began the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States. After a review, we have determined that the 12 intelligence operatives engaged in espionage activities that are adverse to‎ our national ...
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Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted in serious injury to three people, including ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

Today President Donald J. Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing. The United States takes this action in conjunction with our NATO allies and partners around the ...
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President Trump has accepted Kim Jong Un’s Offer to Meet

As announced in Washington, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is committed to denuclearization, pledged to refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests, and understands routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States will continue.  Kim also expressed his desire to meet with President Trump.  President ...
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Treasury Announces Largest North Korean Sanctions to Further Isolate Rogue Regime

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the largest North Korea-related sanctions tranche to date, aimed at disrupting North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels to further isolate the regime and advance the U.S. maximum pressure campaign.  Today’s action targets one individual, 27 entities, and 28 ...
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Building on Our Relationship in the New Year

Last June I arrived in Beijing as the U.S. Ambassador to China.  My first day here, I stood next to my wife and family and talked about the U.S.-China relationship with journalists, feeling energized and honored to be representing America. With no time to rest, we got to work right away.  In July, we sliced ...
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Ji Hyeon-A, a DPRK Defector Tells Her Story

 10858 DRL North Korea MS. JULIE TURNER: Hi, everyone. My name is Julie Turner. And in this edition of Human Rights Heroes, we are going to focus on the incredible challenges facing women defectors from North Korea. I’m joined today by Ji Hyeon-a, a North Korean defector, human rights activist, and author. Welcome, Ms. ...
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Joint Statement from Embassies of Germany and the U.S. on the sentencing of Wu Gan and Xie Yang

The embassies of Germany and the United States are deeply disappointed that Chinese human rights defender and blogger Wu Gan and Chinese attorney Xie Yang have been convicted on vague charges of “subverting state power”, and that Wu has been sentenced to eight years in prison.  We call on the Chinese authorities to release Wu ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at the Adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2397

In response to the November 29, 2017 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by North Korea, United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2397 imposes strong new sanctions on North Korea’s energy, export, and import sectors with new maritime authorities to help shut down North Korea’s illicit smuggling activities.
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Press Statement: On the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them must ...
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Efforts To Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 I visited Naypyitaw, Burma on November 15, where I met separately with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment to Burma’s successful democratic transition ...
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The Parasites Feeding on North Koreans

By BRIAN H. HOOK Earlier this month at the National Assembly in Seoul, President Trump highlighted the tragic tale of the “two Koreas” — one free, just and peaceful, the other tyrannical, oppressive and dangerous. This contrast is at the root of America’s most urgent national-security challenge. It is also now on vivid display in ...
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Remarks by President Trump Before Cabinet Meeting

Cabinet Room 11:40 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: One of the primary goals of our trip was to pursue the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. I want to begin this morning by meeting and by talking about the fact that we will be instituting a very critical step, and that will start right now. Today, the ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Visit to Asia Advanced America First Priorities

“I’m here to advance peace, to promote security, and to work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific, where we are proud and we have sovereign nations, and we thrive, and everybody wants to prosper.” – President Donald J. Trump   INVESTING IN AMERICAN WORKERS: During his trip through Asia, President Donald ...
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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP INCREASES PRESSURE TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR NORTH KOREA

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2017 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP INCREASES PRESSURE TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR NORTH KOREA STRONG FINANCIAL SANCTIONS:  President Trump today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to North Korea. The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies ...
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Storm Warning – Talim & Doksuri

The U.S. Consulate General cautions U.S. citizens that super typhoon TALIM could make landfall near Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, China between September 14th to September 15th. Typhoon DOKSURI could make landfall near Hainan province, China on September 15th.  The Chinese government has issued a warning for Fujian, Zhejiang and Hainan areas. If landfall occurs, those ...
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2017 July 4th Celebration: Consul General Speech

Good afternoon, Deputy Director Zhou Zhongxuan, Consul General Shin Bongsup, Consul General Peter Kreutzberger, Consul General Hideki Ishizuka, Acting Consul General Bernard Valezy, and dear friends from local foreign affairs offices and distinguished guests from all over Northeast China. Welcome to our 4th of July celebration party! I am very happy to have you all ...
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Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release January 11, 2017 Statement by Mark Toner: Release of the Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea Today, the State Department released our second report on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) human rights abuses and censorship, identifying Kim Won ...
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