Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 21, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Morning, everyone.  How are you all?  Pretty good, healthy?  Awesome. Look, today I want to talk about a number of multilateral initiatives that we’re advancing here at the State Department.  We’re cooperating with our partners and allies and friends across the world in unprecedented ...
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Joint Letter to Presidents of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates

Joint Letter to Presidents of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates Regarding the People’s Republic of China OTHER RELEASE MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BETSY DEVOS, SECRETARY OF EDUCATION OCTOBER 9, 2020 Dear Presidents of American Institutions of Higher Education and Affiliates, At the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, we share a mission to ...
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On Transparency and Foreign Funding of U.S. Think Tanks

On Transparency and Foreign Funding of U.S. Think Tanks 10/13/2020 10:38 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Department of State maintains close ties with the academic community, think tanks, and various external sources of expertise in foreign affairs to advance the interests of the United States. We welcome diverse views when doing ...
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On the UN Human Rights Council’s Embrace of Authoritarian Regimes

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 13, 2020 In 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to its well-established pattern of anti-Israel bias and membership rules that allow the election of the world’s worst human rights abusers to seats on the Council.  Prior to making this decision, and after ...
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State Legislatures and the China Challenge

State Legislatures and the China Challenge SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE ROGER ROTH, WISCONSIN STATE SENATOR WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL, MADISON, WISCONSIN SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, everyone. Good morning. Make sure we got that right. Well, good morning, everyone. It’s great to be back here. It’s great to be back in the Midwest. When I was flying in today, ...
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China’s Catholics and the Church’s Moral Witness

The human rights situation in China has deteriorated severely under the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, especially for religious believers. Credible reports have exposed the Chinese Communist Party’s program of forced sterilizations and abortions of Muslims in Xinjiang, its abuse of Catholic priests and laypeople, and its assault on Protestant house churches—all of which are ...
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The United States Sanctions Chinese State-Owned Entity for its Role in Corruption in Cambodia

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 China is the world’s largest emitter of environmental pollution including of greenhouse gases and the exploitation of natural resources around the globe.  Today, the United States again took action by imposing sanctions on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-owned Union Development Group, Ltd. (UDG) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which ...
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CBP’s Continued Enforcement Actions To Combat Forced Labor in China

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The Trump Administration has led the world in calling attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and we’ve taken action to back up our rhetoric.  Today, we continue this record as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five new Withhold Release Orders (WRO) ...
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The Enduring U.S. Commitment to ASEAN

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 America has long been a friend to ASEAN countries. At the ASEAN-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ meeting recently, I reaffirmed U.S. support for ASEAN’s role at the heart of the Indo-Pacific. The ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy share a respect for sovereignty, the rule of law, transparency, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo joined the annual ASEAN-United States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states via videoconference on September 9. Secretary Pompeo and his ASEAN counterparts highlighted the breadth and depth of U.S. engagement and ...
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The Hypocrisy of the PRC’s Propaganda System

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 Today, the Chinese Communist Party’s main propaganda newspaper, the People’s Daily, refused to run an Op-ed written by our Ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, citing a litany of grievances. Ironically, the Op-ed called for more positive relations between our two countries and asked to “build relationships through unrestricted engagement and ...
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On China’s Continued Coercion of the United Kingdom

The United States is dismayed to learn that the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues. In the latest example, British bank HSBC has reportedly prevented Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media, a well-known publisher of pro-democracy publications, from accessing their credit cards and personal bank accounts. The ...
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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology 08/17/2020 08:06 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly. Today, our government enacted several measures to protect ...
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Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East

Historic Day for Peace in the Middle East PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 13, 2020 Today is an historic day and a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East. After vigorous diplomatic outreach, President Trump, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, announced an agreement to fully normalize ...
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U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut

U.S. Government Response to the Explosion in Beirut PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 7, 2020 We mourn the loss of life from the horrible tragedy that caused such tremendous destruction to Beirut earlier this week.  We pray for the survivors and their families and for all the Lebanese people as they struggle to put their lives and ...
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On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections

On the Postponement of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Elections 08/01/2020 10:45 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone by one year upcoming Legislative Council elections originally scheduled for September 6. There is no valid reason for such a lengthy delay. It is likely, ...
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Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE July 28, 2020 Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020  The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia on the occasion of the 30th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020. ...
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Communist China and the Free World’s Future

Communist China and the Free World’s Future SPEECH MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA THE RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM JULY 23, 2020 GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, thank you very much, Chris. Most generous. I’m not sure your grandfather would have recognized me. I have the great pleasure – in addition to welcoming all of you to the Nixon ...
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Secretary Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Raab At a Press Availability

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab At a Press Availability 07/21/2020 01:00 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State London, United Kingdom Lancaster House FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Really delighted to welcome Secretary Pompeo back to London.  We’ve been discussing the full range of issues today.  We’re going ...
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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom

Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdom to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership on Global Priorities 07/20/2020 08:32 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson “Our two nations are twin pillars for the security of our people, for economic freedom, and for liberal values, the rule of law; all of the things that our two nations hold dear…our ...
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U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic 07/20/2020 09:38 AM EDT Office of the Spokesperson “Authoritarian regimes are poorly designed to deal with the kind of crisis that this pandemic has engendered.  Democracies, where we are free to critique and comment … these are the ...
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21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release July 20, 2020 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO 21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong Since 1999, the Communist Party of China (CCP) has sought to eradicate Falun Gong, a spiritual practice originating in China, and its peaceful practitioners and ...
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Designation of PRC Foreign Nationals and Entities

Designation of PRC Foreign Nationals and Entities under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act 07/17/2020 12:26 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The Department of State joins the Department of the Treasury in announcing the designation of five People’s Republic of China foreign nationals – Ji Songyan, Zhan Longbao, Cheng Guifeng, Zheng Guangfu, ...
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On the Pan-Democratic Primary Election in Hong Kong 

I warmly congratulate Hong Kong’s pan-democrats for their successful primary election.  More than 600,000 Hong Kongers cast ballots in the first territory-wide, pan-democratic primary election. Their enthusiasm clearly demonstrates their desire to make their voices heard in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to suffocate the territory’s freedoms. 
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Welcoming the United Kingdom Decision to Prohibit Huawei from 5G Networks

We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks. With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for their national security by prohibiting the use of untrusted, high-risk vendors.
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U.S. Position on Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific. Today we are strengthening U.S. policy in a vital, contentious part of that region — the South China Sea. We are making clear: Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control ...
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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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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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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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Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at Organization of American States

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Organization of American States Washington, DC January 24, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. The United States is a friend of Venezuela and of the Venezuelan people. We have watched Venezuelans suffer for far too long. We know what they know, that the tyranny of the now defunct ...
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Excerpts of Secretary’s Remarks to the World Economic Forum

As you all know, we face many new threats, some of them not so new. They range from North Korea’s nuclear program, to Iran’s foreign adventurism, to China’s state-centered economic model, its belligerence toward its neighbors, and its embraces of a totalitarian state at home. Radical Islamic terrorism remains a persistent threat that we will ...
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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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