Previewing the Secretary’s Upcoming Trip to London, UK and other Countries

 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 ...
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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. Testimony Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Opening Statement Before the House Committee on ...
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U.S. aid will help feed Venezuelans

To address this ongoing crisis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced $20 million in aid in initial humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans, on top of the $140 million in humanitarian and development aid for surrounding countries to support the more than 3.6 million Venezuelans who have fled Maduro’s tyranny.
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President Donald J. Trump to Withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement. We’re going to pull out The White House February 01, 2019 RESTORING ACCOUNTABILITY TO ARMS CONTROL: President Donald J. Trump is taking decisive action to hold Russia accountable for its violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Violations must have ...
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Readout of Vice President Pence’s Meeting with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom

The White House Statements & Releases January 24, 2019 Vice President Mike Pence met today with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom.  The Foreign Secretary updated the Vice President on the status of preparations for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union and both reaffirmed a mutual desire for a U.S.-UK bilateral ...
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Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 8, 2018   Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 ...
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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PRIME MINISTER MAY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM IN JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE Chequers Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom   1:52 P.M. BST PRIME MINISTER MAY: Well, good afternoon. And I’m pleased to welcome the President of the United States to Chequers today on his first official visit to the United Kingdom. No ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Today’s topics:  U.S. Women at the Olympics /  Blue energy / U.S. Army ‘Mad Scientist’ program / China human rights / Helping Libya against ISIL U.S. Women at the Olympics 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 ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 03 August 2016

Today’s topics:  Happy birthday State Department / Past Olympians / Murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet / North Korean missile launch / Anti-ISIL Efforts in Libya and Iraq Sporting Greats of Past Olympics 02 August 2016 U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos     As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro bring us new heroes from around the world, we’re taking ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Scotland holiday closure / Free State of Jones / Millennial voting / Gymnastics at Rio Olympics / Munich attack / Restoring vision /  DoD on Counter-ISIL Efforts Scotland Holiday The U.S. Consulate-General in Edinburgh , Scotland, will be CLOSED on Monday, 01 August 2016 for the Scottish Summer Bank Holiday . The Consulate will re-open the next business day, on Tuesday 02 ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 21 July 2016

Today’s topics: Cuba update / Turkey / Solar power / Telehealth / Carter on counter-ISIL fight Cuba 1 Year On 20 July 2016 A year of strengthening Cuba-U.S. ties  Though separated by just 140 kilometers of water, the United States and Cuba have endured strained relations for more than half a century. In 2015, the two countries began to chart a new ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Today’s topics: Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson / Iraq Pledging / Anti-ISIL update / U.S. Elections FAQs Secretary Kerry Meets PM Theresa May, UK’s Johnson   Secretary Kerry traveled to London, 18–19 July where he attended multilateral meetings on Yemen and Syria.  He also met with U.K Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today’s topics:  Iraq Campaign update / South China sea territorial claims / THAAD  deployment in South Korea / NATO Warsaw summit /   NATO Summit Summary 09 July 2016 Landmark NATO Summit in Warsaw draws to a close   NATO’s Summit in Warsaw concluded on Saturday (9 July 2016), following two days of decisions to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence, and plans to ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 11 July 2016

Today’s topics: Farnborough International Airshow  / Treasury’s Lew travel to UK / South China Sea / Open Disclosure Law changes Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) The Farnborough International Airshow 2016 is a biennial international trade fair for the aerospace industry to demonstrate both civilian and military aircraft to potential customers and investors.  The show was first ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Today’s topics:  SelectUSA 2016 summit / Kerry with Angelina Jolie Pitt on refugees / Alert for possible N. Korea missile launch / Silicon Valley / Security networks SelectUSA2016 This years’ SelectUSA summit will be held in Washington D.C., on 19-21 June 2016.  This Summit is the highest-profile event promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Condolences for Orlando Shootings / The meaning of LGBTI / Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Prepcom / Ukraine energy diversification /   Condolences for Orlando Shootings The U.S. Embassy joins all those worldwide in expressing their condolences to the families and victims of the horrific Orlando shootings. If you would like to leave ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 13 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Orlando shootings / Automated passport control at U.S. airports / upcoming U.S. Supreme Court rulings / DoD’s “Force of the Future”   Orlando Shootings (Updated 14 June 2016)      Condolence message from TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall 14 June 2016                         13 June 2016 Orlando Shooting Renews Focus on How to Identify, Stop Extremist Attacks    Attacks like Sunday’s ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday 10 June , 2016

Today’s topics:    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II / LGBT/ Muhammad Ali Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 9 June 2016 On the Occasion of the Official Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Secretary John Kerry:  On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I offer our best wishes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and all the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and ...
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U.S. Policy Update for 06 June 2016

Today’s topics:   U.S.–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED)  / Ramadan /  Russia /  Economy /   Ramadan 05 June 2016 The White House Office of the Press Secretary Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. 05 June 2016 On ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 03 June 2016

Today’s topics:     Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 / US-EU eHealth project / DoD’s carter to Shangri-La conference / Clean Energy Ministerial / New Foreign Relations books digitized /   Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 The Country Reports on Terrorism are submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 01 June 2016

Today’s topics:     NATO’s Warsaw summit  / Announcing third “Our Ocean” conference / Preview of Strategic&Economic Dialogue with China / Asia Security Summit   NATO 31 May 2016  NATO Secretary General previews Warsaw Summit in speech at Warsaw University    At the Warsaw Summit, the Alliance will also seek a new level of cooperation with its partners, especially the European Union, on issues such as ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Memorial Day / Failed North Korea missile  launch / UN Peacekeepers / Life in Fallujah under ISIL   Memorial Day Holiday 30 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama on Memorial Day, 2016 28 May 2016 President Obama’s Weekly Address: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes In this week’s address, President Obama solemnly reflected on the meaning of Memorial Day and recognized ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 27 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy  & Consulate Closure /  Memorial Day / G7 in Japan /  DoD Budget Uncertainty   Embassy & Consulate Holiday Closure The U.S. Embassy in London, and our our Consulates-General in   Belfast and in  Edinburgh will be CLOSED on Monday, 30 May 2016 for the U.S. Memorial Day / UK Spring  Bank holidays. In an emergency involving a ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 26 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Return of Nadiya Savchenko / Silk as a Biodegradable plastic /  DoD HQ Restructuring / New  terrorist designations / Countering Violent Extremism /   Nadiya Savchenko 26 May 2016 Analyst: Savchenko Release Shows Russia Wants Negotiations (VOA News)  Russia’s release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, exchanged for two Russian servicemen, was welcomed by rights groups and supporters. They maintain her ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Vietnam /  Hiroshima / World Humanitarian Summit / Vietnam 24 May 2016 Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam President Obama: Xin chào!  (Applause.)  Xin chào Vietnam!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have shown to me ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Today’s topics:    Combating Wildlife trafficking in Vietnam / Criminal Justice Reform / DoD, NATO on death of Mullah Mansur / Antiquities trade   Stoppping Illegal Trade in Antiquities 24 May 2016 Stopping the Black Market in Antiquities    Terrorists in Syria don’t just take sledgehammers to ancient temples and sculptures at cultural heritage sites they have overrun: They sell them. ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 23 May 2016

Today’s topics:  Death of Taliban leader / Obama in Vietnam / China / Turkey’s constitutional amendment / Ukraine battles financial crime / Russian oppression / Satellite tech in climate research   White House on Death of Taliban Leader 23 May 2016 Statement by the President on the Death of Taliban Leader Mansur Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Libya Ministerial / Syrian update / Oregon / DoD on Asia-Pacific & Counter-ISIL / Iraq offensive against ISIL / Memorial Day weekend   Libya 16 May 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Libya Ministerial, Vienna, Austria   “As the communique that we produced earlier makes clear, it is imperative to put the international community’s full weight behind the Government of National ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Today’s topics:     Secretary Kerry arrives in London / Solar plane / South China Sea standoff / Invictus Games Help Heal Invisible Wounds / NATO / Non-Proliferation Secretary Kerry’s London Trip, 10-12 May 2016 11 May 2016  Kerry to Face Questions at Anti-Corruption Summit U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may be gently scolded Thursday when he attends an anti-corruption summit hosted by ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 09 May 2016

Today’s topics:     UK School visits / Stonewall uprising & LGBT rights / New EUCOM commander / U.S. and Europe / Kerry’s Upcoming London trip / Obama on the economy   UK School Visits 09 May 2016  School Talks on the U.S.    Deb MacLean, a Press Officer of the U.S. Embassy in London, visited several UK schools over the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 29 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Embassy Closure /  Airstrike on hospital in Syria / Vietnam War symposium / Malaria / Holocaust museum   UK Bank Holiday Closures The U.S. Embassy in London and our Consulates General Belfast and Edinburgh , will be closed, on Monday, 2nd May 2016, for the UK Bank holiday .  Offices will re-open  on Tuesday, 3rd May. U.S. ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Jazz / 2016 Olympics / Climate Change / ISIL / POTUS travels   Jazz 27 April 2016 The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats   Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Today’s topics:    U.S. Elections / White House news / Climate change Capacity-Building Initiative / U.S. $20 bill / DoD’s Dunford on countering Extremism   U.S. Elections 26 April 2016  The rise of the independent voter     The United States has two major political parties: Democratic and Republican. Ask an American voter which one she or he sides with, and the most ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Today’s topics:    Obama on Europe /  White House Science Fair / 30th Anniversary of Chornobyl /  National Parks / Brussels metro re-opens / Murder of USAID employee / N. Korea / Syria   Brussels Metro 25 April 2016 Brussels Metro Reopens as City Reaches for Normal      Commuters poured out of the newly reopened Brussels Maelbeek metro station Monday, in a fresh sign the ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 25 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama-Cameron press conference / Paris Climate Change Agreement / State Dept news / South Sudan peace process / DoD News   President Obama in London 22 April 2016 Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference : We are so bound together that nothing is going to impact the emotional and cultural and intellectual affinities between our two countries. So ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Today’s topics:     Obama’s London trip / Boston Marathon / British Defense Procurement Minister visits U.S. / Kansas /  State Dept travel   President Obama’s London Trip 19 April 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the United Kingdom   As part of the President’s upcoming travel to the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama will join President Obama for a private lunch hosted by ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Monday, 18 April2016

Today’s topics:    Obama’s London trip /  Kerry’s call with Russia’s Lavrov / North Korea nuclear tests / Japan Earthquake / AS Thomas-Greenfield London travel   President Obama’s London Trip 14 April 2016 Press Briefing Previewing the President’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Germany   The President will be meeting with some of our key allies and partners in the world in both the Gulf and in Europe.  ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 15 April 2016

Today’s topics:    President Obama’s London trip / Foreign Aid / Anti-ISIL efforts /  Zika virus /  new VOA Director   President Obama’s London Trip 16 March 2016 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom   “The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch.  ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Today’s topics: Washington D.C.  / Blinken on WMD / White house press brief including London trip / Kerry at Pacific Council   White House News 12 April 2016 Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 4/12/2016 ( London trip, Panama Papers, Brexit, Brazil’s President Rousseff, IMF and economy): “Well, we’ll obviously have more to say about this later in the week as we ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cuba 21 March 2016  Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba in a Joint Press Conference    ” I bring with me the greetings and the friendship of the American people.  In fact, I’m joined on this trip by nearly 40 members of Congress — Democrats and Republicans.  This is the largest such delegation of my presidency, and it indicates the excitement and interest in America about ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Friday, 18 March 2016

President Obama on Appointment of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court   16 March 2016 Remarks by the President in Conference Call with Stakeholders   “As you now know, I nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Circuit to serve as the next associate justice on the Supreme Court.  This is not a decision I ever take lightly.  I’ve now seated two ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Russia 14 March  2016  Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia    President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss progress on the implementation of the nationwide Cessation of Hostilities between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other. They discussed President Putin’s announcement today of a ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Tuesday, 08 March 2016

      Launched in 2014 around Secretary Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, Fishackathon was established to bring together volunteer coders to create tools to address challenges in sustainable fishing around the world.   Kicking off Earth Day 2016, the U.S. Department of State will hold the third annual Fishackathon from April 22-24. Volunteer coders, technologists, and ...
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