Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Election to the UN Human Rights Council

Illegitimate Maduro Regime’s Election to the UN Human Rights Council PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 17, 2019 The UN High Commissioner report on Human Rights issued this past July documented egregious human rights abuses of the former Maduro regime in Venezuela.  It is sadly no surprise that Maduro shamelessly sought a ...
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The United States and Turkey Today Announced an Historic Agreement

The United States and Turkey today announced an historic agreement putting an end to a week of hostilities in the border region of Syria: Turkey is implementing an immediate ceasefire. The two governments committed to safeguard religious and ethnic minorities. Both governments are increasing cooperation to help detain ISIS fighters. Relations between the United States ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary

Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will welcome a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He for continued trade negotiations between the two countries starting on October 10, 2019.
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U.S. Department of Commerce Adds 28 Chinese Organizations to its Entity List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 7, 2019 News Media Contact: Office of Public Affairs U.S. Department of Commerce Adds 28 Chinese Organizations to its Entity List WASHINGTON – Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce announced that it will add 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to the Entity List ...
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Press Statement on North Korean Talks

Office of the Spokesperson, October 5, 2019 Press Statement on North Korean Talks The early comments from the DPRK delegation do not reflect the content or the spirit of today’s 8 1/2 hour discussion. The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts. In the course of the discussions, the U.S. ...
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Ambassador’s Welcome Remarks for 40th Anniversary Reception and Photo Exhibit

Ambassador’s Welcome Remarks for 40th Anniversary Reception and Photo Exhibit 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019 (Atrium) Good evening, everyone! Thank you for joining us tonight. We are here to recognize the importance of people-to-people exchanges over the past 40 years of U.S.-China diplomatic relations. Since my early days as governor, I have always believed ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York September 24, 2019 10:12 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, distinguished delegates, ambassadors, and world leaders: Seven decades of history have passed through this hall, in all of their richness and drama.  Where I stand, the world has heard from presidents and ...
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Joint Statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

Information technology is transforming modern life, driving innovation and productivity, facilitating the sharing of ideas, of cultures, and promoting free expression. Its benefits have brought the global community closer together than ever before in history.  Even as we recognize the myriad benefits that cyberspace has brought to our citizens and strive to ensure that humanity ...
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Advancing Religious Freedom Around the World

ADVANCING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD: President Donald J. Trump is putting religious freedom on center stage at the United Nations. President Trump is hosting the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event, calling on the international community and business leaders to work to protect religious freedom. The President is calling on all nations to ...
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Statement on the United States Deputy-Level Trade Talks with China

Office of the United States Trade Representative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2019 On September 19 and 20, deputy-level negotiators from the United States and China met in Washington, D.C. to continue discussions aimed at improving the trade relationship between the two countries. These discussions were productive, and the United States looks forward to welcoming ...
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Special Representative Biegun Remarks at the University of Michigan

Remarks by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen E. Biegun at the University of Michigan’s Weiser Diplomacy Center STEPHEN BIEGUN, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 In June of 2018, the decision of President Trump to meet at a summit in Singapore with Chairman Kim Jung Un of North ...
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Sanctioning of Vast IRGC-QF Petroleum Shipping Network

Today, the United States designated 16 entities and 10 individuals and identified 11 vessels that are part of a large shipping network enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, to sell illicit oil for the benefit of the brutal Assad regime, Hizballah, and other terrorist actors.
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis

PRESS STATEMENT, MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external ...
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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo Participates in Media Interviews in Indiana

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. August 27, 2019 [Excerpts of interviews conducted August 27, 2019] Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Rafael Sanchez of ABC WRTV *             *             *             * SECRETARY POMPEO:  So any time there’s difficulty, anybody – any time there’s a job loss or someone’s got a ...
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The United States Ratifies Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement

The United States is the fourth party to ratify the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean after Canada, the Russian Federation, and the European Union. The Agreement will enter into force once all ten Signatories ratify. There are currently no commercial fisheries in the Arctic high seas, with most ...
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Assistant Secretary Stilwell Travels to Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore

Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell Travels to Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore Assistant Secretary David R. Stilwell will visit Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore, August 27 to September 7, 2019 in his first visit to each of these countries in his new role. Assistant Secretary Stilwell will be in Dili August 29 to 31, where ...
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U.S. Continues to Push for Action Two Years after Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

Two years ago, Burma’s security forces engaged in a brutal attack against hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children in a grossly disproportionate response to attacks by militants on security posts in northern Rakhine State. The Burmese military’s horrific atrocities against Rohingya villagers caused an exodus of more than 740,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh ...
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Women’s Equality Day, 2019

Women’s Equality Day, 2019 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On Women’s Equality Day, we commemorate the 99th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment as part of the United States Constitution, which secured for women the right to vote.  This historic event was the culmination of the decades-long ...
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Secretary Pompeo And Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland At a Press Availability

FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND:  (Via interpreter) I’d like to thank everyone for being with us today.  First, I’d like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Algonquin people.  To my colleague, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, thank you for being here in Ottawa today.  Thank you for being with us today.  Secretary ...
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USTR Statement on Section 301 Tariff Action Regarding China

Washington, DC – Today, China announced it will impose unjustified tariffs targeting U.S. products.  In response to China’s decision, and in order to achieve the objectives of the China Section 301 investigation, President Trump has instructed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to increase by 5% the tariffs on approximately $550 billion worth of Chinese ...
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White House Announcement

White House Announces Actions to Crack Down on Trafficking of Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioids and Better Position Private Sector to Protect the Homeland Today, the United States announced actions to crack down on international fentanyl trafficking and increased information sharing with the private sector to protect the interior of the United States from fentanyl trafficking. ...
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International Commitment to Protect Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Today we mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. This day serves as a reminder of the need to promote and protect the unalienable right of religious freedom, and the consequences when countries fail to do so. Promoting freedom of religion or belief is a ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today in Ottawa, Canada. They emphasized the strong bilateral relationship and economic ties between our two countries, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Secretary Pompeo stressed the United States’ unwavering commitment to NATO and the ...
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China Escalates Coercion against Vietnam’s Longstanding Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

 STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON August 21, 2019 China Escalates Coercion against Vietnam’s Longstanding Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea The United States is deeply concerned that China is continuing its interference with Vietnam’s longstanding oil and gas activities in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) claim. This calls into serious question China’s commitment, ...
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Pacific Islands Forum – U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands

The United States has long been committed to Pacific friends and neighbors in promoting a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific region.  The United States is committed to the Pacific Islands’ future security and prosperity. On the occasion of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, the United States is increasing contributions to the partnerships with the Pacific Islands ...
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The United States and ASEAN: An Enduring Partnership

With a population of 650 million, average GDP growth of five percent nearing $3 trillion, and a young, tech-savvy demographic, the ten ASEAN countries make up one of the world’s most dynamic ‎regions.  Over the past 42 years, the United States and ASEAN have worked together to promote peace, stability, and prosperity.  The U.S.-ASEAN relationship ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on the U.S. in Asia: Economic Engagement for Good

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SIAM SOCIETY BANGKOK, THAILAND AUGUST 2, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Peter, thank you for the kind introduction.  I also want to thank the Siam Society and your president for hosting me.  I know too we have many prominent businesspeople here in the room with us today. I ...
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USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China

Washington, DC – The United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports. On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent ...
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Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator

Washington – The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to analyze the exchange rate policies of other countries. Under Section 3004 of the Act, the Secretary must "consider whether countries manipulate the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar for purposes of preventing effective balance ...
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Assistant Secretary Royce Remarks at the EdUSA Forum

Assistant Secretary Royce Remarks at the EdUSA Forum July 30, 2019 Marie Royce Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs EducationUSA Forum, Washington, DC Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Remarks as prepared The United States Welcomes Chinese Students   International students are welcome in the United States. We want future students and ...
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U.S. Government Statement on Trade Negotiations in Shanghai

On July 30 and 31, 2019, the United States trade negotiating team led by United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin traveled to Shanghai, China, to discuss the United States–China trade relationship.
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The U.S. To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm for Purchasing Oil From Iran

The United States To Impose Sanctions on Chinese Firm Zhuhai Zhenrong Company Limited for Purchasing Oil From Iran PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2019 Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime by imposing sanctions on the Chinese ...
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Chinese Coercion on Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea

Chinese Coercion on Oil and Gas Activity in the South China Sea PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 20, 2019 The United States is concerned by reports of China’s interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea (SCS), including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities.  China’s repeated provocative actions aimed at ...
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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

China (TIER 3) The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; therefore China remained on Tier 3. Despite the lack of significant efforts, the government took some steps to address trafficking, including by ...
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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2019

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2019 July 20, 2019 On Space Exploration Day, we marvel at our country’s accomplishments in space, commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, and pledge to launch a new era of discovery and exploration of our universe. For more than a half century, the United States has ...
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Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, 16-18 July 2019 Secretary Pompeo will host the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington on July 16-18. The Ministerial will reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom for all and focus on concrete outcomes that produce durable, positive change. A broad range of stakeholders, including senior government representatives, ...
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Fourth Anniversary of the 709

On this fourth anniversary of the Chinese government’s July 9, 2015 crackdown on defense lawyers and rights defenders, we remain deeply disturbed by China’s continued detention of its own citizens who worked with in China’s legal system to defend their fellow citizens’ rights and advance the rule-of-law. The “709 crackdown” began when the Chinese police ...
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America’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom

America’s Independence Day: Celebrating Freedom By U.S. Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad Every year on the fourth of July, families around the United States gather to celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the United States of America’s birthday.  This year America turns 243 years old. Independence Day is also a time for us to remember ...
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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump in G20 Press Conference

So, with that, I just want to say that these meetings have been great.  The one that I guess most people are interested in is China.  We had a great meeting.  President Xi.  And we've known each for as long as I'm President.  And many of you were at the event in China a year ...
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Worth a Pound of Cure: Treating Drug Abuse as a Medical Condition

By  Andrew Thompson on June 25, 2019 June 26th marks the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day to draw the world’s attention to the growing threats of drug abuse to our societies. On this day every year, the  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime  (UNODC) releases the World Drug Report, an exhaustive collection of data on drug use around the ...
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Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address

U.S. MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA STATEMENT For Immediate Release June 25, 2019 Condemning Vice Governor of Xinjiang’s Human Rights Council Address On Tuesday, June 25, the Vice Governor of China’s Xinjiang Province Aierken Tuniyazi addressed the UN Human Rights Council and attempted to justify the Chinese government’s widespread ...
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Statement on the Imposition of Financial Countermeasures on Iran

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 21, 2019 Today, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) responded to Iran’s willful failure to address its systemic money laundering and terrorist financing deficiencies by requiring increased supervision of Iran-based financial institutions. The Islamic Republic of Iran regularly seeks to use deception and subterfuge to fund ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General Guterres

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan spoke by phone today with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to convey deep concerns regarding Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov’s planned travel to Xinjiang, China. The Deputy Secretary expressed that such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang ...
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Notice

On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide. Applicants should complete the application fully and honestly to avoid any delays in processing. For additional details, please see the “ About Visas C The Basics” FAQ page on our website.
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On the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 3, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC On June 4, we honor the heroic protest movement of the Chinese people that ended on June 4, 1989, when the Chinese Communist Party leadership sent tanks into Tiananmen Square to violently repress peaceful demonstrations calling for democracy, human rights, and an end to rampant corruption. The hundreds ...
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Readout of Acting Secretary Shanahan Meeting With Southeast Asian Counterparts

Secretary of Defense Spokesperson LTC Dave Eastburn provided the following readout: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met today with ministers and heads of delegation from across Southeast Asia on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to discuss the United States’ vision and strategy for the Indo-Pacific region and to listen to ...
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Excerpts: Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada in Joint Press Statements | Ottawa, Canada   Q    And my follow-up question for both of you is on the Canadians detained in China.  Mr. Vice President, can you tell us exactly what the United States is doing to help — assist in securing ...
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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in Joint Press Conference

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Prime Minister Abe, the First Lady and I are profoundly honored to return to this very beautiful nation as Japan’s first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor.  On behalf of the United States, we want to thank the Imperial Family for this gracious invitation and warm welcome.  It was ...
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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo Interview with CNBC Squawk Box

  INTERVIEW May 23, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Joe Kernen, Becky Quick, and Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC Squawk Box May 23, 2019 New York, New York … SECRETARY POMPEO: There is real risk, and you saw what President Trump has undertaken with respect to China. For too long – this ...
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China’s attack on Uighurs isn’t counterterrorism. It’s ugly repression.

ByNathan Salesand Sam Brownback May 22 at 7:48 PM Nathan Sales is the ambassador at large for counterterrorism and Sam Brownback is the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department. The Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang province is drawing condemnation from civilized nations and civil society because of its ...
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Excerpts: Assistant Secretary Breier’s Remarks at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit

Remarks on “A New Era in the Americas” at the 2019 Concordia Americas Summit Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier: I believe China is the big strategic question for the hemisphere. The U.S. Administration has taken a closer look at China’s engagement in the Americas given significant U.S. interest. China is and will remain a significant trade ...
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Looking North: Sharpening America’s Arctic Focus

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ambassador. I know you’re enjoying your time here tremendously, and you are doing an outstanding job. It’s great to look out here and see so many friends, too. Who’d have thought I could come this far north and know this ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan 2019

Presidential Message on Ramadan, 2019 I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Muhammad.  At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer. ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2019 On World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to protecting safety and freedom for members of the press. A free and independent media is indispensable to a vibrant, functioning democracy. Despite some progress, journalists around the world continue to be persecuted, targeted with ...
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Press Releases: On the Occasion of Ramadan

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 5, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I extend best wishes to Muslim communities at home and abroad for a blessed Ramadan. For many Muslims, this month is an occasion to focus on spiritual rejuvenation, kindness and resilience, compassion for those ...
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Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together

Let’s “Reach for Gold” Together The drive to test limits, the thrill of competition, and the awe of watching ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats have fueled our fascination with sports for thousands of years.  Just this month, 19-year-old Chinese basketball prodigy Han Xu made headlines as the youngest player selected in this year’s U.S. Women’s ...
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Press Freedom Day: The Power to Illuminate

Author Ambassador Branstad Images and words in the news capture our attention and shape our understanding of the world.  The photo of a scientist engaged in groundbreaking research.  The sharply-worded headline explaining a breaking news story.  The moment two presidents meet and shake hands, beamed around the world for their citizens to witness.  Like sunlight, ...
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Press Releases: Unconscionable Reports of Secret Executions of Minors in Iran

Press Statement Morgan Ortagus Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 1, 2019 The Department of State is appalled by the Iranian regime’s secret execution of two 17-year old males, Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat, in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, as reported by Amnesty International. According to this report, Iran has resumed its execution of minors, while ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Karim Masimov

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Kazakhstani Presidential Special Envoy and National Security Committee Chairman Karim Masimov.  The two discussed Kazakhstan’s historic presidential transition and upcoming election in June, as well as bilateral cooperation on counterterrorism.  The Secretary welcomed Kazakhstan’s support for ...
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Press Releases: Hong Kong: 2014 Occupy Movement Cases and Fugitive Ordinance Law

The United States is disappointed by the decision of the Hong Kong Government to prosecute and convict several Hong Kong residents for organizing peaceful protests during the Occupy Central movement in 2014. We are concerned that this decision will limit or discourage the people of Hong Kong from exercising the basic freedoms guaranteed them under ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Trade Talks with China

Office of the Press Secretary April 23,2019 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Administration’s Trade Talks with China At President Donald J. Trump’s direction, United States Trade Representative Robert Lightizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing for continued negotiations on the trade relationship between the United States and China. ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Decision on Imports of Iranian Oil

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 22, 2019 Today we are announcing the United States will not issue any additional Significant Reduction Exceptions to existing importers of Iranian oil. The Trump Administration has taken Iran’s oil exports to historic lows, and we are dramatically accelerating our pressure campaign in a ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 21, 2019 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we ...
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Press Releases: Remarks on U.S. Latin American Policy (Excerpts)

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Casa Piedra Vitacura, Chile April 12, 2019 … The Trump administration believes that our two nations and the rest of the Americas have an incredible opportunity, the chance truly to cement a future of democracy, prosperity for all of the people of all of this hemisphere. It’s not ...
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Press Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea President Moon

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 11, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in today in Washington. The U.S. and ROK sides affirmed their commitment to achieving the final, fully ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen 04/08/2019 02:51 PM EDT Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 8, 2019 ________________________________________ The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen. They discussed our increasing economic, ...
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Excerpts: Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning

04/05/2019 10:22 AM EDT Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State New York City April 5, 2019 … QUESTION: How are we fighting back against that Chinese threat? Because you’ve described it as a threat to our democracy from the Chinese. SECRETARY POMPEO: It very much is. They very much want to undermine our Western ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 4, 2019 READOUT Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister ...
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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network

INTERVIEW Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network April 5, 2019 New York, New York *             *             *             * QUESTION:  Thank you so much for joining us.  The IP theft issue is something we’ve spoken about before.  How do you change something that’s really engrained ...
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Excerpts: Secretary Pompeo at a Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 4, 2019 REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability Dean Acheson Auditorium SECRETARY POMPEO:  So good afternoon, everyone.  Seventy years ago today, 12 courageous nations came together to form an alliance that to this day remains the bedrock guarantor of ...
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Excerpts: Remarks by President Trump and Vice Premier Liu He Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 4:31 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with the Vice Premier of China, a highly respected man all over the world.  We’ve had tremendous discussions.  We’re getting very close to making a deal.  That doesn’t mean a deal is made, because it’s not, but we’re ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

For Immediate Release  READOUT April 6, 2019 Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, joined by Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, concluded two days in Dinard, France, leading the U.S. delegation to the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.  ...
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Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl

Director Carroll Statement on China’s Class Scheduling of Fentanyl Washington, D.C. – Today, Director of National Drug Control Policy James Carroll released the following statement regarding China’s announcement that it is following through on its pledge to add fentanyl to the country’s list of controlled substances, effective May 1. “Each year, tens of thousands of ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON March 27, 2019 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Uighur Muslims Impacted by Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met yesterday with Mihrigul Tursun, a Uighur Muslim who survived horrific conditions and abuse in a Chinese internment ...
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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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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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Speeches: Remarks at the National Association of Attorney’s General Winter Meeting

Remarks Kirsten D. Madison Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Washington, DC March 6, 2019 We are all painfully aware of the devastating impact of the opioids crisis in our country. To put it into perspective: at the peak of the ‘70s heroin crisis and the late ‘80s/early ‘90s crack cocaine crisis, ...
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Economic, Energy, Agricultural and Trade Issues: Remarks for International Women’s Day 2019

Remarks Manisha Singh Acting Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Washington, DC March 7, 2019 As we gather to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I am honored to be here with so many business leaders and champions of women’s economic empowerment. In line with this year’s ...
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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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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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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 from the Press Secretary: Delegation to China

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the members of an official United States delegation to China to discuss the trade relationship between the two countries. United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin travel to Beijing for principal-level meetings that will take place from February 14 through February 15, 2019. These ...
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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: Ensuring Venezuela’s Constitutional Order and Safety of Elected Officials

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 12, 2019 We stand with the Venezuelan people, and we praise the fierce commitment to democratic principles of the elected members of the Venezuelan National Assembly. We commend the courage of the National Assembly’s leadership, particularly its president, Juan Guaido, and his decision to invoke the authorities ...
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Press Releases: Appeal Hearing of Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Burma

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 11, 2019 The United States is deeply disappointed that the Yangon High Court upheld the convictions of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo today. A free and independent press should be protected in any democracy. Today’s ruling casts doubt not only on freedom of expression ...
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