Explosion in Beirut

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to all those affected by the massive explosion at the port of Beirut today.  We are closely monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this tragedy.  Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a …

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Expansion of the Scope of Iran Metals Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Nuclear, Military, and Ballistic Missile Programs and the IRGC

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Iran’s nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose a grave threat to international peace and security.  To address these threats, I am announcing a major expansion of the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions.  Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic …

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The United States Applauds the EU’s Action on Cyber Sanctions

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes today’s announcement from the European Union’s High Representative Josep Borrell regarding the body’s first designations under its cyber sanctions framework. The United States and the EU share a vision for an open, interoperable, reliable and secure cyberspace, and for responsible behavior on the international stage.  Destructive, disruptive, or otherwise …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Fiscal Year 2021 State Department Budget Request

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON, DC SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you very much.  Today I’m here to present the – and testify about the President’s 2021 Budget.  It requests nearly $41 billion for the State Department and USAID, enabling both agencies to protect U.S. citizens, increase American prosperity, and advance the development of democratic societies.  And critically, …

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Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak On the Administration’s Efforts to Promote Democracy

SPECIAL BRIEFING MICHAEL G. KOZAK, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS VIA TELECONFERENCE MR BROWN: Hey. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for this on-the-record briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Michael Kozak. Ambassador Kozak will discuss the administration’s actions that have deepened democracy in the Western …

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Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Gregory Autry, of California, to be Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Jeffrey DeWit, resigned. Mark C. Christie, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2025, vice Bernard L. McNamee, term expired. Allison Clements, of Ohio, …

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Release of the JUST Act Report

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On July 29, the Department of State released a report to Congress pursuant to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018. The JUST Act Report  highlights the important actions taken by countries to provide restitution of or …

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Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing (July 28)

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 5:20 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Today my administration has taken a momentous step toward achieving American pharmaceutical independence — a very, very big, big step — a focus of our campaign to bring America’s critical supply chains and medical manufacturing back to the USA.  We’ve …

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Public Designation of Former Officials of the Illegitimate Maduro Regime Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption (July 28)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, I am announcing the designation of former Venezuelan Minister of Electric Power and President of Corpoelec, Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez, and former Venezuelan Deputy Minister of Finance, Investment, and Strategic Alliances for the Ministry of Electric Power and Director of Procurement of Corpoelec, Eustiquio Jose Lugo Gomez.  They have been designated for accepting monetary benefits, including bribes and kickbacks, in exchange for awarding …

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Ambassador Degnan attends the World Hepatitis Day event at NCDC (July 28)

  Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze and representatives of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to mark World Hepatitis Day. Viral hepatitis remains a major global health threat, frequently labeled as a “silent epidemic”. Here in Georgia, the NCDC, with the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Georgian Prime Minister Gakharia (July 27)

The following is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Gakharia discussed the importance of the U.S. Georgia partnership and our close coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Pompeo also highlighted the importance of …

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Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State (July 27)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend the State Department team for their extraordinary work to promote and …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks to young diplomats of Mikeladze Institute (July 24)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan discussed the role of diplomats in responding to international crisis such as COVID-19 with new and current Georgian Diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Mikaladze Institute.  Ambassador Degnan spoke about the new realities in diplomacy today and shared her reflections as a diplomat responding to international crises. During her virtual …

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Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24)

Ambassador Degnan attends opening ceremony of USAID-supported Ken Walker University Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation (July 24) Today, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Health, Labor, and Social Affairs Ekaterine Tikaradze to attend the opening of the Ken Walker University …

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Communist China and the Free World’s Future (July 23)

Communist China and the Free World’s Future (July 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA THE RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM 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 birthplace and …

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U.S. rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ claims in South China Sea (July 22)

U.S. rejects China’s ‘unlawful’ claims in South China Sea (July 22)   The United States is standing with its Southeast Asian partners and allies to reject the People’s Republic of China’s unlawful claims in the  South China Sea . U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo,  in a July 13 statement , said most of the PRC’s maritime claims are “completely unlawful” and …

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U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the Media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s remarks to the media after the meeting with Public Defender Nino Lomjaria (July 21)   Ambassador Degnan: Gamarjobat! I had a truly inspiring meeting with Public Defender and her team. The work they are doing here, the very important monitoring role that this office provides, is at the very heart of …

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Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (July 20)

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Best Practices (July 20)   Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, State, and Federal Coronavirus response and …

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Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)

Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day, 2020 (July 20)   Today, our Nation celebrates the essential role that American space exploration plays in the history and character of our country.  We honor our brave astronauts and space industry professionals—both past and present—and we pledge to continue to lead the world in pioneering deeper into space, …

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Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20)

Public Designation of Russian National Ramzan Kadyrov Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights (July 20) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the Department of State is publicly designating Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020.  This designation …

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U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)

U.S. Support for Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 20)   “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 kinds of places where scientists and freedom …

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Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20)

Assad Regime’s Parliamentary Elections (July 20) MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON Yesterday, the Assad regime held so-called Parliamentary Elections in Syria. Bashar Al Assad is seeking to present this dubious election as a success against alleged Western plotting, but in reality it is simply another in a long line of Assad’s stage-managed, unfree votes in which the Syrian people have …

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Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria (July 20)

Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria (July 20) MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a marketplace in Sudju, near Azaz and the Bab al Salam crossing. Initial reports indicate the attack killed eight and injured over 80, some of whom are in critical condition. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those harmed …

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China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)

China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited global business norms to drive its economic rise. Now the CCP is using its economic power to gain leverage over nations and businesses and limit freedoms around the world. In July 16 remarks  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Attorney General William Barr detailed how the CCP is …

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U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)

U.S. Government donates a new firetruck to support Georgia in combating wildfires (July 19)   Wildfires have become an increasingly pressing issue for Georgia, posing a threat to the property and lives of Georgian citizens. To help the local government combat wildfires, the U.S. Government has donated a $232,170 firetruck, equipped with four-wheel drive and …

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Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan congratulates graduates of Rondeli Foundation’s National Security and Public Policy training program (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made opening remarks at the Rondeli Foundation’s graduation ceremony for its National Security and Public Policy training program. The Ambassador was honored to personally congratulate the graduates of the esteemed program. Supported by …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the launch of “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia,” a forum for promoting non-partisan public opinion polling as a key component of Georgia’s democratic development. A …

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Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)

Ambassador Degnan attends capstone exercise for two Georgian interns at Lugar Center (July 17)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan joined NCDC Director Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze and Deputy Director Dr. Paata Imnadaze to attend the graduation ceremony and Internship Capstone Exercise for two Georgian students participating in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAID) …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan makes the first visit to Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region (July 13)   This week, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan toured Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region for the first time. The purpose of the Ambassador’s visit was to explore this magnificent region of the country and to learn more about its economic potential. She …

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Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)

Pompeo urges U.N. to extend arms embargo on Iran’s regime (July 9)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is urging the United Nations Security Council to extend an arms embargo against Iran, warning that the regime poses a continuing threat to international peace and security. Pompeo told a June 30 meeting of the …

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UN Special Rapporteur Gives More Cause to Distrust UN Human Rights Mechanisms (July 9)

UN Special Rapporteur Gives More Cause to Distrust UN Human Rights Mechanisms (July 9) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE We reject the report and opinions released today by UN Special Rapporteur Callamard related to the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Republic Guard Corps Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani.  Ms. Callamard’s conclusions are spurious.  The strike that killed General Soleimani was in …

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NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American (July 8)   NASA has renamed its Washington headquarters to honor Mary W. Jackson, the first female African American engineer to work for the agency. Jackson was among four African American women recently awarded  Congressional Gold Medals  for their contributions to early space flight. Jackson and her colleagues were also …

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Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown (July 8)

Five Years of Injustice Following China’s 709 Crackdown (July 8) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On July 9, five years ago the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide offensive targeting hundreds of defense lawyers and human rights defenders for detention, interrogation, and politically motivated criminal charges. The “709” crackdown, named for the date it began on July 9, 2015, …

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Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)

Ambassador Degnan’s visit in Shida Kartli (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan traveled to Georgia’s Shida Kartli region to participate in a U.S. Government-supported facility’s groundbreaking ceremony, visit a newly rehabilitated kindergarten, and join a round table discussion with women activists living near the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL). The Ambassador’s first stop was …

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U.S. Government supports Kombucha production business near the Administrative Boundary Line (July 7)

U.S. Government supports Kombucha production business near the Administrative Boundary Line (July 7)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of a new Kombucha production facility in the village of Karapila, located in the Kaspi municipality of Georgia’s Shida Kartli region. The new facility is supported by USAID and Startup Georgia …

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15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)

15 achievements of the President’s Malaria Initiative (July 7)   Fifteen years ago, the pediatric ward at the national hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, overflowed with children suffering from malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. Pediatrician Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge remembers anemic babies doubled up in beds and even sick children on …

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Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation (July 4)

Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation (July 4) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE In 1776 on this day, our founding fathers created, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  For the first time in human history, a nation was brought into being recognizing, …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America (July 4)

Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America (July 4)   July 4, 2020 6:50 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Wow.  Are you having a good time?  (Applause.)  Members of Congress, members of my cabinet, and my fellow Americans: The First Lady and I are delighted to welcome you to the second annual Salute …

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Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Visits Israel for Consultations on Iran (July 1)

Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook Visits Israel for Consultations on Iran (July 1)   Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Brian Hook held discussions on Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem, Israel on …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attended the 2020 Democracy Conference (July 1)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attended the 2020 Democracy Conference (July 1)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the 2020 Democracy Conference organized by the Georgian Institute of Politics to speak about the important role the United States plays in supporting Georgia’s democratization. The United States is deeply committed to Georgia’s democratic …

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The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)

The United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian People (June 30)   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE At today’s fourth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union, Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey announced more than $696 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people …

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U.S. works with partners to counter China’s aggressive behavior (June 30)

U.S. works with partners to counter China’s aggressive behavior (June 30)   The U.S. is committed to working with international partners to uphold core values and freedoms. According to a new report published by the White House with input from 20 departments and agencies, the U.S. seeks to protect the widely accepted international order against …

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Statement on the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform (June 29)

Statement on the Passage of Georgian Constitutional Reform (June 29) By Morgan Ortagus Office of the Spokesperson The United States applauds Georgia’s historic adoption of constitutional amendments that establish a more proportional electoral system. Enacted as a result of the important March 8 agreement among a majority of political parties, they will help promote greater …

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Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visits the United Arab Emirates for Consultations on Iran (June 28)

Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook visits the United Arab Emirates for Consultations on Iran (June 28) United States Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook visited the United Arab Emirates June 27-28, 2020. During the visit, Special Representative Hook met with His Highness Minister …

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The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions (June 26)

The Chinese Communist Party’s Ideology and Global Ambitions (June 26) Well, thank you Governor.  That was an extraordinarily kind introduction and for thinking of Kayla and her parents. We had them at the State of the Union. That was a very special occasion for the President and for all of us as Americans. What happened …

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26)   On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world. We observe this day on the anniversary of the date on which the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment …

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U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restri

U.S. Department of State Imposes Visa Restrictions on Chinese Communist Party Officials for Undermining Hong Kong’s High Degree of Autonomy and Restricting Human Rights (June 26) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 26, 2020 President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms.  Today, we are taking action …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan at opening of orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi (June 25)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan at opening of orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi (June 25) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan helped open a newly-constructed small group home – an orphanage for children with severe disabilities in Tbilisi. Thanks to this project, children with disabilities will live in a home type environment and receive …

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Pompeo: U.S. ‘undaunted in our pursuit of bringing terrorists to justice’ (June 25)

Pompeo: U.S. ‘undaunted in our pursuit of bringing terrorists to justice’ (June 25)   The United States is working with countries around the world to combat terrorism through multilateral engagement and international organizations. “No administration has forged closer ties in our hemisphere and alliances working on important problems like counterterrorism,” said Secretary of State Michael …

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President Trump orders police reforms (June 25)

President Trump orders police reforms (June 25)   President Trump has issued an executive order instituting nationwide police reforms to keep communities safe and ensure equal justice and treatment for all Americans. The  Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities  mandates that police departments will receive accredited training on de-escalation, use of force and community engagement. Additionally, a database will track police …

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At the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony (June 25)

At the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony (June 25) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 25, 2020 AMBASSADOR RICHMOND: Good afternoon, and welcome to the TIP Report rollout for 2020. My name’s John Richmond, and I have the honor of serving the team at the Trafficking in Persons Office at the Department of State. I’m …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability on the Release of the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism (June 24)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability on the Release of the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism (June 24)   MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Good to be with you all today. I want to start my remarks, as I often do, on matters relating to China. As many of …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Mayor Kakhi Kaladze (June 22)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Mayor Kakhi Kaladze (June 22)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: Thank you. I had a very good meeting with Mayor Kaladze today. It was pleasure to finally have a chance to sit down and talk about some of the great cooperation that we …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very substantive meeting with the Minister. We have so many areas of cooperation that we are already working on to contribute to Georgia’s economic development. Our goal is to …

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U.S. Embassy hands over digital equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (June 22)

U.S. Embassy hands over digital equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (June 22) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over 89 computers and printers to the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia in support of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) elimination program, …

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak (June 22)

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak (June 22)   The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted Americans’ livelihoods.  Since March 2020, United States businesses and their workers have faced extensive disruptions while undertaking certain public health measures necessary to flatten the curve …

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IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution, Calls on Iran To Cooperate Without Further Delay (June 19)

IAEA Board of Governors Adopts Resolution, Calls on Iran To Cooperate Without Further Delay (June 19)   Today, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution calling on Iran to provide IAEA inspectors the information and access they have requested and that Iran is obligated to provide. Iran’s denial …

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Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19 (June 19)

Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19 (June 19)   The United States has been, and continues to be, the undisputed leader in global foreign assistance, and our leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues that record of generosity. Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our …

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Briefing with Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson and Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration

Briefing with Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James L. Richardson and Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration Carol O’Connell On Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19 (June 19)   MR BROWN: Hey, good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for dialing in. Today’s announcement, which you may have seen in the Secretary’s statement …

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Father’s Day, 2020 (June 19)

Father’s Day, 2020 (June 19)   Fathers are instrumental in helping prepare children for life, instilling in them the values essential to one day becoming responsible, grounded, and successful adults. As a Nation, we are grateful to the men dedicated to raising well‑rounded children. On Father’s Day, we honor and celebrate our fathers and father …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Kakheti (June 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Kakheti (June 16)   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan made another trip out of Tbilisi to get to know Georgia’s unique regions. In Telavi, the Ambassador met with Telavi Mayor Shota Nareklishvili and Kakheti Governor Irakli Kadagishvili to discuss the region’s plans for tourism development, economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15)

Ambassador Degnan attends closing ceremony of GDP-RSM Certification Exercise at Vaziani (June 15) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of attending a ceremony marking the completion of the Certification Exercise for the Georgia Deployment Program – Resolute Support Mission (GDP-RSM). This exercise is another bright point in the more than 10-year history of this …

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The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)

The Conviction of U.S. Citizen Paul Whelan in Russia (June 15)   The United States is outraged by the decision of a Russian court today to convict U.S. citizen Paul Whelan after a secret trial, with secret evidence, and without appropriate allowances for defense witnesses. We have serious concerns that Mr. Whelan was deprived of …

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The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election (June 15)   Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis.  Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a new, regime-aligned National Electoral Council (CNE). Venezuelans deserve an …

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Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (June 15)

Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (June 15)   First Lady Melania Trump is excited to announce Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, an exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. The exhibit will …

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Proclamation on Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2020 (June 12)

Proclamation on Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2020 (June 12) On Flag Day and throughout National Flag Week, we pay tribute to the American flag, the most recognizable symbol of the principles for which our Republic stands.  For more than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes has represented liberty, justice, and the rule of law.  Recently, as …

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State Department Releases Women, Peace, and Security Implementation Plan (June 11)

State Department Releases Women, Peace, and Security Implementation Plan (June 11)   The United States is leading by example in women’s empowerment on the global stage. Today the Department of State released its  Plan to Implement the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security .  The Strategy focuses on supporting women leaders around the world who make contributions to global security, including by ensuring the Department …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Gori (June 11)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan visits Gori (June 11) Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan had the honor of making her first visit to the city of Gori. The Ambassador met with Gori Mayor Tavzarashvili and Shida Kartli Governor Khojevanishvili to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the city and the region, as well as the devastating effect on local communities of the continued illegal borderization activities along the Administrative Boundary Line and for …

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DCM Rood and Col. Bagley visit the newly renovated clinic in Lamiskana, near ABL (June 11)

DCM Rood and Col. Bagley visit the newly renovated clinic in Lamiskana, near ABL (June 11) Today Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood and Defense Attache Col. Stephanie Bagley visited a newly renovated health clinic in the village of Lamiskana. Together with Zaza Maridashvili, Deputy Mayor of Kaspi Municipality, Kaspi Sakrebulo Head Davit Leonidze, and Clinic Director …

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Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker On the U.S.-Iraq Dialogue and Developments in Libya (June 11)

Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker On the U.S.-Iraq Dialogue and Developments in Libya (June 11)   MS ORTAGUS: Great, thank you. Welcome back, everybody. It’s our busy day. It’s our third briefing of the day, so thanks to everybody that had the time to dial in. And I’m glad we have …

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