U.S. Foreign Policy statements

This morning Secretary Pompeo was welcomed to Lambeth Palace by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for a roundtable discussion on Religious Freedom (May 08, 2019)
This morning Secretary Pompeo was welcomed to Lambeth Palace by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for a roundtable discussion on Religious Freedom (May 08, 2019)

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September 05, 2019
Remarks by Vice President Pence and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting
We’re anxious to do that. We’re anxious to stand with you and to do everything in our power to strengthen what has been a historic and special relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. And it is embodied in the very warm and personal relationship that you have forged with President Trump, with myself, and with our administration.

August 25, 2019
Joint Statement Following the Meeting of President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Today, President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in the margins of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France. They celebrated the enduring Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom and reaffirmed the value of transatlantic partnership.

August 25, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom in Working Breakfast at G7 Summit
“And there are clearly huge opportunities for the UK to penetrate the American market in the way that we currently don’t. And we’re very interested to talk about that with you.”

August 14, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence to travel to Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Ireland
The] Vice President will spend September 4-5 in the United Kingdom, where he will focus on strengthening and expanding our bilateral economic relationship following the UK’s departure from the European Union, countering Iranian aggression in the Middle East and beyond, and addressing the threat of Chinese malign influence, including in the development of 5G telecommunications networks.

June 24, 2019
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director to Visit United Kingdom
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier arrives in the United Kingdom this week to advance U.S.-UK science and technology ties, marking his first international visit as director.

June 24, 2019
Joint Statement by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States on Yemen and the Region
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America express their concern over escalating tensions in the region and the dangers posed by Iranian destabilizing activity to peace and security both in Yemen and the broader region, including attacks on the oil tankers at Fujairah on 12 May and in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June. These attacks threaten the international waterways that we all rely on for shipping. Ships and their crews must be allowed to pass through international waters safely. We call on Iran to halt any further actions which threaten regional stability, and urge diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions.

June 196, 2019
Secretary Pompeo on the Prosecution of Four Suspects in Malaysian Airlines MH17 Case
The United States welcomes the announcement today regarding the indictment of four individuals for their role in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, 2014.  This is an important milestone in the search for the truth, and we remain confident in the professionalism and ability of the Dutch criminal justice system to prosecute those responsible in a manner that is fair and just.  We fully support the work of the Dutch authorities and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), an independent criminal investigation led by the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, and Ukraine.

June 06, 2019
Remarks by President Trump on the 75th Commemoration of D-Day
“Seven decades ago, the warriors of D-Day fought a sinister enemy who spoke of a thousand-year empire. In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last not only for a thousand years, but for all time — for as long as the soul knows of duty and honor; for as long as freedom keeps its hold on the human heart.”

June 04, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May in Joint Press Conference

June 03, 2019
Remarks by President Trump and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at State Banquet
“On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long, cherished, and truly remarkable reign of Her Majesty the Queen.”

May 29, 2019
Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK
The Secretary’s visit to Europe will underscore the visit of our relationship to our transatlantic security and economic prosperity for which so many Americans and Europeans have sacrificed across generations to build and to safeguard.

But then note the final leg of the trip, the Secretary will travel to the United Kingdom to join President Trump’s state visit there and, of course, support the administration’s engagement with one of our oldest allies.  Of course, this follows onto the trip the Secretary made himself to London a couple of weeks ago.

May 20, 2019
Department of Commerce Issues Limited Exemptions on Huawei Products (Commerce.Gov)
Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would issue a Temporary General License (TGL) amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to authorize specific, limited engagement in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items – subject to the EAR – to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its sixty-eight non-U.S. affiliates, which were added to the Bureau’s Entity List on May 16, 2019. This license will be effective on May 20, 2019 and lasts 90 days.

May 11, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Gala: “A Foreign Policy From the Founding” (State.gov)

May 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo – The Special Relationship
As the Secretary of State, I see a landscape that is far more complex than the one that we faced together in the Cold War. We faced Islamist terrorism as Londoners, and those who live in Manchester know so well. We faced the re-emergence of great power competition in the likes of China and Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

May 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at Beginning of Religious Freedom Roundtable
President Trump has made clear that he wants religious freedom to be a central part of what his administration stands for, and so you’ve seen us do that at the American State Department. … It’s in the First Amendment, this idea. It’s central to our founding.

May 08, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Press Availability With British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
So I have great confidence that the United Kingdom will never take an action that will break the special relationship, just so you should know upfront more broadly.

May 08, 2019
Determination Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act (State.gov)
The Jerusalem Embassy Act called on the Department of State to open in Jerusalem not just the offices of the U.S. diplomatic mission to Israel, but also a chief of mission residence for our Ambassador to Israel. In March 2019, in consultation with the Government of Israel, we established a chief of mission residence in Jerusalem. I have therefore determined that the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, including the chief of mission residence, is officially open, consistent with the Act.

May 08, 2019
Message to the Congress on Designating Brazil as a Major Non-NATO Ally
In accordance with section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2321k), I am providing notice of my intent to designate Brazil as a Major Non-NATO Ally.
I am making this designation in recognition of the Government of Brazil’s recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil.

May 07, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to Traveling Press En-Route to London, UK
Secretary Pompeo visited Iraq and met with Prime Minister Al Mahdi and President Salih to reinforce our friendship and underline the need for Iraq to protect diplomatic facilities and Coalition personnel. U.S. and Coalition troops are helping the Iraqi Security Forces ensure that ISIS remains defeated.

May 07, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to Traveling Press En-route to Baghdad, Iraq
So the reason we’re going is you’ve all seen the reports that there have been escalating – information that indicates that Iran is escalating their activity. I wanted to go to Baghdad to speak with the leadership there, to assure them that we stood ready to continue to ensure that Iraq was a sovereign, independent nation, and that the United States would continue to help build out partners in the region – the Jordanians, the Saudis, the Emiratis, all of the Gulf states who want to see a free, independent, sovereign Iraq.

May 06, 2019
Europe and Eurasia: Looking North: Sharpening America’s Arctic Focus (State.gov)
Remarks by Secretary of State Pompeo at the Arctic Council meting in Rovaniemi, Finland (China, Russia, US environmental policies)

May 06, 2019
The United States Recognizes the United Kingdom’s Continued Sovereignty Over the British Indian Ocean Territory
The United States supports the U.K.’s continued sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and the April 30 statement by the U.K. Government. The joint U.S.-U.K. military base on Diego Garcia plays a critical role in the maintenance of regional and global peace and security.

May 03, 2019
Secretary Pompeo Tightens Nuclear Restrictions on Iran
The Trump administration continues to hold the Iranian regime accountable for activities that threaten the region’s stability and harm the Iranian people. This includes denying Iran any pathway to a nuclear weapon. As part of the administration’s unprecedented maximum pressure campaign to address the full range of Iran’s destructive activities, Secretary Pompeo has today tightened restrictions on the regime’s nuclear program

May 02, 2019
Senior State Department Officials Previewing the Secretary’s Upcoming Trip to Rovaniemi, Finland; Berlin, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Kangerlussu
In London, Secretary Pompeo is very honored to be delivering this year’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Center for Policy Studies. In his remarks, the Secretary is going to discuss the Special Relationship that binds the United States and the United Kingdom in a relationship that has indelibly contributed to the prosperity, security, and freedom of both countries and our people

May 01, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Rovaniemi, Berlin, London, and Nuuk
On 9th May 2019 Secretary Pompeo will travel to London to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Hunt to discuss shared global priorities. He will also give a speech on the U.S.‑UK Special Relationship.

April 30, 2019
Great news for U.S.-UK Partnership and Cooperation on the High Seas
During a day of engagements that included discussions between senior leaders of the Royal Navy and U.S. Navy leadership, they signed a statement reaffirming their commitment to continued cooperation, with a focus on nuclear capability, carrier operations, force development and interoperability. They also agreed to further strengthen their collaboration in the North Atlantic and underwater battlespace.

April 30, 2019
State Department on the Death of Senator Richard Lugar
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Senator Richard Lugar on April 28. Senator Lugar is well known for his contributions to the diplomatic history of the United States, particularly in the field of non-proliferation. He was twice selected to serve as the Chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We are grateful for his tireless work and advocacy to reduce global threats from weapons of mass destruction.

April 11, 2019
WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Computer Hacking Conspiracy (Dept. of Justice)
Julian P. Assange, 47, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested today in the United Kingdom pursuant to the U.S./UK Extradition Treaty, in connection with a federal charge of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer.

April 10, 2019
Secretary’s Remarks: Department of State FY 2020 Budget Request (state.gov)

April 01, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the U.S. Army War College
The world has changed. The geopolitical circumstances have certainly changed. New weapons, new technology, the methods of warfare are different.
But what has – fundamentally has not changed and will not change is the massive need for leadership, both military and civilian, both here at home and abroad. Leaders’ defining qualities haven’t changed much either.

March 27, 2019
State Department’s Foreign Policy Strategy and FY 2020 Budget Request
Thanks for the opportunity to discuss the administration’s FY 2020 budget. It’s designed around the National Security Strategy to achieve our foreign policy goals. The request for $40 billion for State Department and USAID puts us in position to do just that.

March 26, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press
“Good morning, everyone. Today I’m making two announcements about the State Department’s ongoing efforts to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize or promote abortions.The first announcement concerns the so-called “Mexico City Policy.”

We are also fully enforcing federal law prohibiting the use of U.S. funds, including foreign assistance, to lobby for or against abortion, otherwise known as the Siljander Amendment.”

March 22, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. They discussed plans for the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers to be held April 3-4 in Washington, DC where Allies will mark the 70th anniversary of NATO’s founding and take stock of the Alliance’s efforts to address the full range of challenges facing the Alliance.

February 21, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Interview With Maria Bartiromo of Mornings With Maria on Fox Business Network
“So we have spent time not just at this ministerial in Warsaw last week where we had some real successes, but over the past months we’ve been out around the world just making sure everybody had the same information, that countries understand the risk of putting this Huawei technology into their IT systems. We can’t forget these systems were designed by – with the express work alongside the Chinese PLA, their military in China. They are creating a real risk for these countries and their systems, the security of their people. Europeans care deeply about their privacy. The risk to privacy from this technology is very, very real.”

February 13, 2019
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Pompeo reiterated the U.S. determination to hold Russia accountable for its use of a chemical weapon in Salisbury, UK through sanctions as required by the CBW Act. Secretary Pompeo also underlined the United States’ position that, unless Russia comes back into full and verifiable compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Treaty will terminate six months after February 2. They also discussed the situation in Venezuela and a peaceful transition to democracy that is in the best interest of both the United States and Russia.

February 11, 2019
Accelerating America’s Leadership in Artificial Intelligence
Continued American leadership in Artificial Intelligence is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States.

January 31, 2019
Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Vice Premier Liu He of the People’s Republic of China (Whitehouse.gov)

January 30, 2019
Venezuelans walk out to support democracy
Venezuelans from across the country responded to interim president Juan Guaidó’s call for a National Walkout Day on January 30 to protest the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro.
Chanting “free elections” and holding signs demanding Maduro leave power, Venezuelans left their homes and workplaces to take to the streets. They called for a transition to democracy after years of Maduro’s autocratic rule.

2018

December 18, 2018
To Walk the Earth in Safety 2018
This 17th Edition of To Walk the Earth In Safety summarizes the United States’ CWD programs in 2017. CWD assistance provides the United States with a powerful and flexible tool to help partner countries manage their stockpiles of munitions, destroy excess small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) and clear explosive hazards such as landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and UXO.

December 06, 2018
DOD Statement on Open Skies Flight Over Ukraine
Today, the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.‎
The United States is resolute in our support for the security of European nations.

December 04, 2018
Four defendants charged in Panama Papers investigation for their roles in Panamanian-based global law firm’s decades-long scheme to defraud the U.S.
Four individuals have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in the Southern District of New York with wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and other offenses in connection with their alleged roles in a decades-long criminal scheme perpetrated by Mossack Fonseca & Co. (“Mossack Fonseca”), a Panamanian-based global law firm, and related entities.
Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations  New York made the announcement today.
“Law firms, asset managers, and accountants play key roles enabling entry into the global financial system,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “The charges announced today demonstrate our commitment to prosecute professionals who facilitate financial crime across international borders and the tax cheats who utilize their services.”

December 04, 2018
Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order​
Secretary Pompeo addressed the German Marshall fund in Brussels. In his address, he shared his views on the role of the United States, and of the transatlantic partners, in the future of global security.

November 28, 2018
The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital
The Trump administration’s effort to rebuild the U.S.-Saudi Arabia partnership isn’t popular in the salons of Washington, where politicians of both parties have long used the kingdom’s human-rights record to call for the alliance’s downgrading. The October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on. But degrading U.S.-Saudi ties would be a grave mistake for the national security of the U.S. and its allies.
The kingdom is a powerful force for stability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq’s fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West’s interests, not Tehran’s. Riyadh is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war by working with host countries, cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel. Saudi Arabia has also contributed millions of dollars to the U.S.-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organizations. Saudi oil production and economic stability are keys to regional prosperity and global energy security.

October 23, 2018
Presidential Proclamation on United Nations Day, 2018 (Whitehouse.gov)
“On United Nations Day, we recognize the many ways the United Nations has contributed to peace and security among nations. Since it was founded more than 70 years ago with the aim of breaking the cycle of global conflict, the United Nations has provided a forum for nations to resolve conflicts peacefully in an increasingly complex world. The United States is committed to the organization’s future and is confident that responsibility more equally shared among member states will lead to greater effectiveness and efficiency.”

October 23, 2018
Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Fourth Meeting of the National Space Council (Whitehouse.gov)

October 23, 2018
Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Is Launching America’s Space Force (Whitehouse.gov)
To safeguard American dominance in space, President Donald J. Trump is working to form a Space Force as a sixth branch of the Armed Forces.

October 22, 2018
National Security Advisor John Bolton’s interviews in Moscow on the INF Treaty (U.S. Embassy Moscow website):

October 15, 2018
Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy
“President Trump inherited a world in some ways as dangerous as the one faced by the United States on the eve of World War I, the one right before World War II, or that during the height of the Cold War. But his disruptive boldness, first on North Korea and now on Iran, has shown how much progress can be made by marrying clarity of conviction with an emphasis on nuclear nonproliferation and strong alliances. President Trump’s actions in confronting outlaw regimes stem from the belief that moral confrontation leads to diplomatic conciliation.”

October 04, 2018
U.S. Charges Russian GRU Officers with International Hacking and Related Influence and Disinformation Operations
A grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania has indicted seven defendants, all officers in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a military intelligence agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, for computer hacking, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.

September 25, 2018
President Donald J. Trump’s America First Agenda Is Helping to Achieve Peace Through Strength (Whitehouse.gov)

September 25, 2018
President Trump Returns to the U.N.—with a Mountain of Evidence for ‘Peace Through Strength’ (Whitehouse.gov)
President Donald J. Trump helped kick off the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City yesterday. Along with a series of bilateral meetings with allies this week, the President is addressing the full Assembly in a major speech Tuesday morning.
“The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based,” President Trump told the Assembly last September. “They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.”

September 15, 2018
International Day of Democracy
On this International Day of Democracy, the United States reaffirms its unwavering belief in democracy as the form of government with the greatest capacity to advance peace, prosperity, and security, and to safeguard the universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and dignity of every person. Enshrined in our own Constitution are bedrock principles essential to the success of any democracy, including freedom of expression, the right to peaceful assembly, respect for the rule of law, and a commitment to the peaceful transfer of political power through free and fair elections.

September 12, 2018
The Assad Regime/Russia – Disinformation   
The Assad regime and Russia continue to falsely accuse the White Helmets through a massive disinformation campaign, leaving its volunteers at significant risk. The White Helmets are a humanitarian organization that has saved thousands of lives and continues to save civilian lives after bombardments by Russian and regime military forces. The United States and the international community continue to support their heroic work.

September 06, 2018
Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack
We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and take note of the attempted murder charges brought yesterday against two suspects. We commend the work of the UK Police and all those involved in this investigation.

August 21, 2018
U.S. Strategy Toward the Russian Federation (State.gov)
Our Russia policy proceeds from the recognition that, to be effective, U.S. diplomacy must be backed by “military power that is second to none and fully integrated with our allies and all of our instruments of power.” To that end, we have reversed years of cuts to the defense budget, begun the process of recapitalizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, requested close to $11 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative, and worked within NATO to bring about more than $40 billion in new European defense spending. At the NATO Summit, we established two new NATO Commands (including one here in the United States), new counter-hybrid threat response teams, and major, multi-year initiatives to bolster the mobility, readiness, and capability of the Alliance.

August 18, 2018
Passing of Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (State.gov)
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and express my condolences to the Annan family and to the people of his home country of Ghana.
Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for peace and human dignity during his long career at the United Nations.
Even after leaving his post as Secretary-General he embodied the mission of the United Nations, by sowing the seeds of peace as Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders committed to advancing the cause of peace and promoting human rights around the world.
I join the international community in remembering his remarkable service to the world.”

June 28, 2018
Statement from the Press Secretary on a Bilateral Meeting Between the United States and Russia (Whitehouse.gov)
President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues.

June 28, 2018
Statement from the Press Secretary on a Bilateral Meeting Between the United States and Russia (Whitehouse.gov)
President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues.

June 25, 2018
Donald Trump Will Protect American Farmers from China’s Trade Retaliation (Whitehouse.gov)
To stop China’s predatory attacks on America’s innovation base, President Trump is instituting a program of tariffs and is considering investment restrictions and strengthened export controls. These tariffs will help pressure the Chinese to stop engaging in unfair practices and fully open up its markets to U.S. products, including U.S. technologies. The correct response from China would be to stop stealing from Americans and give American products a level playing field to compete in China, not to retaliate and reinforce its own position.

June 7, 2018
Press Briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on North Korea (Whitehouse.gov)
“President Trump has been, and continues to be, committed to ridding the United States and the world of threats posed by North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. These programs threaten our homeland, our allies and partners, and the broader non-proliferation regime. North Korea’s past activities also make clear that it is proliferation to other actors that creates a risk, in addition to the primary risks. It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern.”

June 7, 2018
Secretary Pompeo’s Call With UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (State.gov)
The [following] is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: “Secretary Pompeo spoke with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson today. They discussed a number of global issues, including our common fight against ISIS as well as the humanitarian situation in Yemen.”

May 25, 2018
Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 (State.gov)
Spokesperson Nauert: “As the findings of the Joint Investigative Team made clear, the BUK missile launcher used to bring down the passenger aircraft is owned by the Russian Federation and was assigned to the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft brigade near Kursk. It was brought into sovereign Ukrainian territory from Russia, was fired from territory controlled by Russia and Russia-led forces in eastern Ukraine, and was then returned to Russian territory. We urge Russia to adhere to UNSCR 2166 and respond to Australia’s and the Netherlands’ legitimate requests.”

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo in the Press Briefing Room
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivers remarks to the media in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2019. [State Department/Michael Gross]

May 24, 2018
Letter to Chairman Kim Jong Un (Whitehouse.gov)  Singapore summit will not take place.

May 24, 2018
The Shoot Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (State.gov)
Spokesperson Nauert: The United States has complete confidence in the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as presented today by the Dutch Public Prosecutor: the missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk.
Today’s announcement confirms and adds detail to what we have said from the earliest days of this tragedy: MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile fired from territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia and Russia-led forces.”

May 22, 2018
Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at a Press Availability (State.gov) During a briefing at the State Department, Secretary Pompeo provides an update on President Trump’s constructive bilateral meeting with Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the White House and discusses his remarks on the President’s Iran strategy

May 21, 2018
After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy (State.gov) Sec Pompeo: “We’ll continue to work with allies to counter the regime’s destabilizing activities in the region”

May 8, 2018
Background Briefing on President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From the JCPOA (State.gov)   “So the sanctions reimposition that the President talked about is going to come in two phases. There’s going to be one period for wind down that lasts about – that lasts 90 days, and one period of wind down that lasts six months. The six-month wind down – wind downs are, by the way, pretty standard across sanctions programs. So this is not Iran-specific, but oftentimes when we either impose sanctions or reimpose sanctions, we provide a wind down to allow both U.S. companies but foreign companies as well to end contracts, terminate business, get their money out of wherever the sanctions target is – in this case, Iran. Because what we want – we don’t want to do is we don’t want to impact or have unintended consequences on our allies and partners. We want to focus the costs and the pain on the target. And in this case, that’s the Iranian regime. ”

April 30, 2018
Secretary Pompeo on the Iran Atomic Archive  “The documents show that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program for years. Iran sought to develop nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems. Iran hid a vast atomic archive from the world and from the IAEA — until today.”

April 26, 2018
Meet Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State  Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat.   Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the 70th secretary of state in a line that stretches back to Thomas Jefferson.

March 26, 2018
Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior (State.gov)   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 a police officer. In response to this outrageous violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and breach of international law, today the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia’s bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018.

March 26, 2018
Statement from the Press Secretary on the Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers (Whitehouse.gov) 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 world in response to Russia’s use of a military-grade chemical weapon on the soil of the United Kingdom, the latest in its ongoing pattern of destabilizing activities around the world.

March 22, 2018
President Donald J. Trump is Standing Up for American Innovation (Whitehouse.gov)
President Trump is taking action to address Chinese policies and practices that are harming American innovation.

March 15, 2018
U.S. At OSCE On Use of a Nerve-Agent Attack in Salisbury, UK  (U.S. Mission to OSCE website)  The United States stands in solidarity with the United Kingdom. The U.S. shares the UK’s assessment that Russia is responsible for the reckless nerve agent attack on a British citizen and his daughter, and we support the United Kingdom’s decision to expel Russian diplomats as a just response.

February 05, 2018
PyeongChang Games: A Beacon for Universal Access to Sports (State Dept blog)    Sports have an amazing ability to capture the imaginations of people, promote goodwill, and transcend the boundaries of gender, nationality, race, and creed. This is why the Olympics and Paralympics lift us all to a higher level. These benefits can be fully realized only when we ensure the opportunity to participate in sports is available equally to all people.
As we look forward to the 2018 Winter Olympics, when top athletes will gather in PyeongChang and the world will witness the pinnacle of human performance and endurance in various winter sports, the United States applauds the accomplishments of the ROK government and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee in setting the stage for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

December 18, 2017
A New National Security Strategy for a New Era (Whitehouse.gov)    In his first National Security Strategy, President Trump maps out a vision affirming that strong and sovereign states with diverse cultures are the best hope for a peaceful world.   The president made clear that U.S. national security prioritizes the best interests of the United States and that the U.S. remains a force for good in the world.
Our America First foreign policy celebrates America’s influence in the world as a positive force that can help set the conditions for peace, prosperity, and the development of successful societies,” the president said December 18 as he outlined the security strategy.
The strategy also reiterates that the U.S. is committed to working with like-minded countries around the world to promote free market economies and secure greater political stability and peace. America will pursue “free, fair and reciprocal economic relationships,” the president said.

November 05, 2017
Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Mitchell Travels to Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Warsaw, and Kyiv (State.gov)  Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell will travel to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; London, UK; Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Kyiv, Ukraine, November 6-16, to underscore the U.S. commitment to our transatlantic alliance and to our partnerships.
November 8-9 in London, UK, he will meet senior UK officials to discuss our agenda under the “Special Relationship” that includes tackling international challenges like ISIS and nuclear proliferation, as well as other issues of bilateral interest, including Brexit’s implications on bilateral ties.

November 03, 2017
Media Advisory: Secretary Mattis Travels to Finland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom (Defense.gov) Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will embark on Sunday to re-affirm key partnerships and alliances in Europe.
On November 10, he will conclude his trip with a visit to London where he will meet with United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson.

October 10, 2017
Statement by the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with his National Security Team (Whitehouse.gov)   This morning President Donald J. Trump met with members of his national security team to receive a briefing from Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford. The briefing and discussion focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons

September 19, 2017
Transcript of Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Whitehouse.gov)

September 19, 2017 
Secretary Tillerson on President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly
(State.,gov)

September 19, 2017
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, and U.N. Ambassador Haley at Working Dinner in Honor of Latin American Leaders  (Whitehouse.gov)

September 19, 2017 
Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Working Dinner with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina (Whitehouse.gov)

September 19, 2017 
President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France  (Whitehouse.gov)

September 19, 2017
 Vice President’s Meeting with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Secretary Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini (Whitehouse.gov)

September 19, 2017
Media Note Secretary Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

September 18, 2017  
President Trump calls for a better, more efficient United Nations   President Trump challenged the United Nations to adopt extensive reforms so the international organization “regains the trust of the people around the world.”
Trump urged reform of the global body at an event to support U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ reform agenda. “We pledge to be partners in your work,” the president told Guterres, “and I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, more just, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.”
The secretary-general himself criticized the organization’s bureaucracy, noting: “Someone out to undermine the U.N. could not have come up with a better way to do it than by imposing some of the rules we have created ourselves.”

September 18, 2017 Ambassador Haley’s Remarks at a High-Level Event on “Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development” (USUN)

September 18, 2017 Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel Before Bilateral Meeting (Whitehouse.gov)

September 18, 2017: Remarks by President Trump and President Macron of France Before Bilateral Meeting (Whitehouse.gov)

September 18, 2017: Transcript of On-the-Record Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield on Syria (State.gov)

September 17, 2017: Readout of Secretary of State Tillerson’s Participation in the Second U.S.-India-Japan Ministerial-level Trilateral Dialogue (State.gov)

September 17, 2017: Readout of Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (State.gov)

14 September 2017 Secretary Tillerson on North Korea’s Missile Launch  (via State.gov)   “North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks.
These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation.
United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.”

11 September 2017 Almost 10,000 Total Army Personnel Engaged in Hurricane Irma Response (Defense.gov)   The Total Army, which includes active duty, Reserve, and Army National Guard personnel, remains involved in or prepared to support state, territory and other federal agencies as part of Hurricane Irma relief operations,

06 September 2017 U.S. Engagement in the Pacific (State.gov)  The United States is a Pacific nation with deep and long-standing ties to the other countries of the region. The United States – through more than 17 of its departments and agencies – committed more than $350 million in FY 2016 to our engagement with the Pacific Islands via projects, assistance, and operations that directly benefit the 9 million people of the region. The United States partners with the Pacific Islands to tackle global and regional challenges, including promoting sustainable growth and prosperity, ensuring regional stability, addressing environmental challenges, and strengthening our people-to-people ties.

06 July 2017 President Trump: U.S.–Europe bond ‘as strong as ever’   (ShareAmerica) President Donald J. Trump affirmed on July 6 the U.S. commitment to Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, and the NATO alliance while emphasizing support for national sovereignty and independence.    The president visited Poland in advance of the July 7–8 meeting of the world’s 20 largest economies, to be held in Hamburg, Germany. It is his second overseas trip since assuming office.
“A strong alliance of free, sovereign and independent nations is the best defense for our freedoms and for our interests,” President Trump said in a July 6 address to the Polish people in Krasiński Square in Warsaw.

23 May 2017 On-the-Record-Briefing: The President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID (state.gov)   “As Secretary Tillerson said today, the budget is responsive to the realities of the world in the 21st century. It ensures that the State Department and USAID can quickly adapt to an ever-changing international environment. The FY2018 budget supports the President’s commitment to make the U.S. Government leaner and more accountable to the American taxpayer while also maximizing our diplomatic and engagement efforts, including with our international partners. As we advance the President’s foreign policy priorities, the budget will also help lay the foundation for a new era of global stability and American prosperity.”

17 May 2017  Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Kelly Co-host the Strategic Dialogue on Disrupting Transnational Criminal Organizations (State.gov)     U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly will convene a high-level dialogue with their Mexican counterparts on strategies to combat transnational criminal organizations on May 18 at 9:00 a.m., at the Department of State.   The dialogue will identify fresh strategic approaches to disrupt the business model of the multi-billion-dollar transnational criminal organizations that bring drugs into the United States and wreak violence across Mexico. The meeting is a direct result of commitments Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Kelly made during their visit to Mexico City February 22-23, 2017, to continue the productive dialogue between our two countries on security issues.

16 May 2017 Remarks by President Trump and President Erdogan of Turkey in Joint Statement (whitehouse.gov)

11 May 2017 Remarks by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the London Somalia Conference (Defense.gov)   “We will frame our support on two principles.
First, we support the new national security architecture, recognizing that it is essential for Somalia to have a professional, trusted military and proper police force that answers to civilian authority.
Second, we encourage Somalia’s international partners to stay the course and work together. A strong and committed partnership is required to provide the resources needed for long-term stability in Somalia.”

11 May 2017 Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting (state.gov)   The United States concluded a successful two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council with concrete achievements that have enhanced Arctic Ocean safety, security and stewardship; increased economic development opportunities in the Arctic region; and strengthened the resilience and adaptation capabilities of the Arctic communities. At the meeting, Secretary Tillerson recognized the Arctic Council as an indispensable forum for cooperation and affirmed that the United States will continue to be an active member as it transfers chairmanship of the Council to Finland.

Deliverables from the Ministerial included the signing of the Fairbanks Declaration in which the Council reaffirmed its commitment to maintain peace, stability, and constructive cooperation in the Arctic. The Fairbanks Declaration recognized the key accomplishments during the 2015-2017 U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council to advance Arctic Ocean safety, security, and stewardship and improve economic and living conditions. At the Ministerial, Secretary Tillerson also announced the signing of the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and the United States. This is the third legally binding agreement negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council.

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24 April 2017 Appointment of Heather Nauert as State Department Spokesperson  The Department of State is pleased to welcome Heather Nauert as the new State Department Spokesperson. Nauert ‘s media comes to the Department with more than 15 years of experience as an anchor and correspondent covering both foreign and domestic news and events, including the 9-11 terror attacks, the war in Iraq, and the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Nauert’s media experience and long interest in international affairs will be invaluable as she conveys the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the American people and the world.

18 April 2017 What do U.S. vice presidents do?    Vice presidents play a big role in the U.S. government, the most important of which is immediately stepping in and assuming full powers should a president die in office.   That’s happened eight times in history. A ninth vice president filled the vacancy when a president resigned. Vice presidents have also run for president themselves, and five have won. All told, 14 vice presidents — almost 30 percent — have moved into the Oval Office.
Vice presidents do more than just stand ready. They are confidants and counselors to the president, persuaders of Congress and the U.S. public, and often emissaries on missions abroad.

11 April 2017 Remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson at a Press Availability in Italy  “The United States priority in Syria and Iraq remains the defeat of ISIS.  We are calling on our G7 partners to sustain the fight against ISIS well after the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa.  Whether in Iraq and Syria, online, or on the ground in other countries, we must eliminate ISIS.  G7 support will be critical.”

05 April 2017 U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis  The sobering news of March 30 that the number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria has topped five million is a devastating reminder of the urgent need for continued humanitarian assistance from across the international community. Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria wherever they are, the United States announced that it is providing more than $566 million in additional assistance.

20 January 2017 Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary (via Defense.gov)     By a 98-1 vote, the Senate today confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense, and Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.
Mattis is the first retired general officer to hold the position since General of the Army George C. Marshall in the early 1950s. Congress passed a waiver for the retired four-star general to serve in the position, because law requires former service members to have been out of uniform for at least seven years to serve as defense secretary. Mattis retired from the Marine Corps in 2013.

2016

10 August 2016 U.S. women a major force at the Olympics For the second straight Olympics, women athletes outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team, 292 to 262.
In fact, the 2016 Team USA has the most women competing for any nation in a single Olympic Games.
A tradition of top women athletes can be traced back in part to a groundbreaking piece of U.S. civil rights legislation that leveled the playing field for women in sports. In 1972, Congress passed a law known as Title IX. This law requires schools that receive federal funding to provide both sexes with equal opportunities to participate in sports, and equal access to coaches, facilities and other resources.
It sparked a revolution of women in sports. When Title IX was passed, only about one in 27 girls in the United States participated in sports in secondary school. Now, one in three are on a team of some sort.

28 June 2016 Happy 227th Birthday to the Department of State!  On July 27, 1789, Congress created the State Department, which became an important part of the Executive Branch established under the new Constitution. Since then the Department of State has grown significantly over the years.
The first Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson (1790-1793), oversaw a small staff of one chief clerk, three other clerks, a translator, and a messenger and only maintained two diplomatic posts, in London and Paris, as well as 10 consular posts.
The number of diplomatic posts increased from 41 in 1900 to 168 in 2004 and continues to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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