Statement by the President (June 1)

Statement by the President (June 1)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  My fellow Americans: My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great country and the American people.  I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do. All Americans were …

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U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31)

U.S. Embassy congratulates Georgian Police in Celebrating Police Day (May 31) On May 27, Ambassador Degnan presented a certificate of appreciation to Minister of Internal Affairs Vakhtang Gomelauri to congratulate the Ministry on Police Day and demonstrate the respect and gratitude of the U.S. Embassy for the support and achievements of the Ministry and its …

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Remarks by President Trump After Viewing SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch (May 30)

Remarks by President Trump After Viewing SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch (May 30)   Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral, Florida 3:25 P.M. EDT Q    Mr. President, what did you think?THE PRESIDENT:  It’s incredible — the technology, the power.  I’m so proud of the people at NASA — all the people that worked together, public and …

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USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)

USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)   By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Over nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development …

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Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)

Iranian regime official authorized police to kill protesters (May 29)   A senior Iranian regime official authorized lethal force against peaceful protesters during nationwide demonstrations last November, leading to the killing of many civilians, including children, U.S. officials said. On May 20, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced sanctions against the Iranian regime’s …

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NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29)

NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer (May 29) By Lauren Monsen NASA, the U.S. space agency, will name its next-generation space telescope in honor of Nancy Grace Roman. Roman (1925–2018) was the agency’s first chief astronomer and was dubbed the “Mother of the  Hubble Space Telescope ” by her colleagues. She joined the agency in 1959 and created its …

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In Defense of Democracy in Venezuela (May 29)

In Defense of Democracy in Venezuela (May 29)   The United States reaffirms our commitment to Venezuela’s legitimate National Assembly and the 100 deputies across all party lines under interim President Guaido’s leadership, who daily face threats and intimidation by the illegitimate former Maduro regime. We strongly condemn the illegitimate former Maduro regime’s most recent …

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Statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along ABL, as well as disinformation campaign against Lugar Center

U.S. Embassy statement on continued ‘borderization’ activities along the ABL, as well as the disinformation campaign against the Lugar Center (May 27) As the world honors the anniversary of Georgian independence and celebrates Georgia’s success in combating COVID-19, the United States protests ongoing, provocative “borderization” by Russian-led security forces along the administrative boundary lines of …

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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and No

Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook And Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Dr. Christopher A. Ford on Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you so much, and thanks, everybody, for the second call of the day late in …

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Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)

Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program (May 27)   Today, I am announcing the end of the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the export of Iran’s spent and scrap research reactor fuel. …

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Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (May 27)

Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS’s Small Group (May 27)   U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo looks forward to co-hosting, with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, a virtual meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on June 4 to review next steps in the …

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Hon. Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad congratulates Georgians on Indep (May 26)

Hon. Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad congratulates Georgians on Independence Day (May 26)   Greetings from New York. I am Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. Scripture tells us to love the stranger, for once we …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan offers heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on the 102nd anniversary of Georgian Independence (May 26)     On behalf of the United States Embassy, I am pleased today to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Georgia on your Independence Day. Georgia and the United States share a …

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Georgia National Day (May 26)

Georgia National Day (May 26) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Georgia as you celebrate your Independence Day. The United States and Georgia have a strong strategic partnership built upon shared values and a deep love of freedom, independence, and unity. The United States remains …

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This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 22)   “Our maximum pressure campaign also entails demanding that the regime in Tehran treat its own people with respect and dignity.  Today, the United States announces that it is imposing sanctions on 12 Iranian individuals and entities under human rights authorities.” -Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Podium Briefing, …

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Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)

Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad (May 22)   “The Iranian regime also continues to export cruelty outside its own borders.  Last week, an Iranian dissident, Massoud Molavi, was assassinated in Istanbul after he defected to Turkey from Iran.  The killing of Mr. Molavi is yet another tragic example in a long string of suspected …

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Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy on U.S. Support for Combating COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (May 21)

Briefing With Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Tibor Nagy on U.S. Support for Combating COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa (May 21)   MR BROWN:  Thank you.  Good morning, everyone.  Welcome to this on-the-record briefing with our Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor Nagy, who has one of the very best names in the …

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Ambassador Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan’s opening remarks during her virtual press conference (May 20) Gamarjoba, and thank you for joining us today for this virtual press conference. I’m pleased to speak to you after my first 3 months in Georgia about the relationship between our two countries and the assistance the United States is providing, especially …

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The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)

The United States Designates Company Providing Services for Iranian Airline Mahan Air’s Operations in China (May 19)   The People’s Republic of China is one of the rapidly dwindling number of countries that welcomes Mahan Air, which ferries weapons and terrorists around the world for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Such cooperation has consequences. Today, …

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How to prevent another failure of democracy in Venezuela (May 18)

How to prevent another failure of democracy in Venezuela (May 18)   It’s been two years since the illegitimate election of Nicolás Maduro, during which time Venezuela has plunged into even greater turmoil and suffering. Within five days of the May 20, 2018, election, 46 countries declared the results illegitimate, according to the  Electoral Integrity Project . The …

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Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference

Media Advisory – Ambassador Degnan’s Virtual Press Conference   EVENT: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is pleased to invite you to a live, virtual press conference primarily focused on U.S. response to COVID-19 in Georgia, with Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 20 from 14:00-15:00.  It will begin promptly at 1400 with …

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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)   Today Ambassador Degnan joined Minister Tikaradze in welcoming the arrival of high caliber testing equipment and materials to conduct 4,000 gold-standard RT-PCR tests, as well as almost $20,000 in personal protective equipment, donated by the U.S. …

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Remarks by President Trump on Vaccine Development (May 15)

Remarks by President Trump on Vaccine Development (May 15)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  It’s very hot today.  Please, sit down.  This is going to be a very hot one, and we apologize to everybody out there that’s going to suffer through it.  But you know what?  It’s better …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s virtual reunion with WiSci participants (May 14)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s virtual reunion with WiSci participants (May 14) On May 14, Ambassador Degnan kicked off the first virtual Women in Science (WiSci) alumni reunion bringing together students from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the United States. The U.S. Embassy has proudly supported Georgian high school girls’ engagement in the international STEM summer camp for …

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Briefing With Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (May 14)

Briefing With Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback On COVID-19 Impact on Religious Minorities (May 14)   MS ORTAGUS: Thank you very much and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us for this on-the-record briefing to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on religious minorities throughout the world. Just a reminder that this call is …

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Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for …

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The United States Has Built the World’s Leading Coronavirus Testing System (May 11)

The United States Has Built the World’s Leading Coronavirus Testing System (May 11)   We built the most advanced and robust testing anywhere in the world, and we’ve done more testing than any country anywhere in the world. President Donald J. Trump PROVIDING TESTING RESOURCES: President Donald J. Trump is working tirelessly to ensure that …

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Remarks by President Trump in a Press Briefing on COVID-19 Testing (May 11)

Remarks by President Trump in a Press Briefing on COVID-19 Testing (May 11)   THE PRESIDENT:  We’re here today to provide an update on the unprecedented testing capacity developed by the United States — the most advanced and robust testing system anywhere in the world, by far.  This afternoon, I’ll also announce new steps that …

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Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 11)

Joint Statement by the Facilitators of the Political Dialogue (May 11) The March 8 agreement was a historic achievement by the political forces of Georgia, intended to depolarize Georgia’s political system and create a better environment for the October parliamentary elections following the failure of promised constitutional amendments to move to fully proportional parliamentary elections …

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Leading the World Against Iran’s Threats (May 9)

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Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8)

Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8) Welcome to my home. I’m teleworking today to comply with the guidance from Georgia’s public health experts to maintain social distancing. It is encouraging news that Georgia is gradually able to open some businesses. I know we are all …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (May 8)

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (May 8) Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental …

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Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) (May 8)

Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) (May 8)   Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those who stood up for humanity and freedom in the face of tyranny, and we honor the sacrifices …

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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us early on this on-the-record briefing, which is embargoed, please, until the end of the call.  This is an update …

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Briefing With Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Support for Global COVID

Briefing With Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper on the Political-Military Affairs Bureau’s Support for Global COVID Relief Efforts (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you and hello again, everybody.  Good morning for the second time.  I’m sorry that we’re loading you up on this Friday, but lots of, lots of news today. …

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Briefing on Russian Engagement in the Middle East (May 7)

Briefing on Russian Engagement in the Middle East (May 7)   JAMES F. JEFFREY, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA ENGAGEMENT AND SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE GLOBAL COALITION TO DEFEAT ISIS HENRY WOOSTER, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE MAGHREB AND EGYPT BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON, DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS MS ORTAGUS: Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Good to be on with everybody this Thursday afternoon. …

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Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War (May 7)

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Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)

Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)   USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman spoke to TV Imedi this week about what USAID is doing to help Georgia better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to helping the people of Georgia respond to COVID-19. The United States …

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Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger to the Miller Center at the University of Virginia (May 4)

  Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger to the Miller Center at the University of Virginia (May 4)   The following is the English language version of a speech that was delivered by Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger in Mandarin Chinese.  Click here for Mandarin version. Good morning everyone.  I’m Matt Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor, …

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Briefing With Senior Administration Official and Senior State Department Official On U.S. Global Leadership in the International COVID-19 Response

Briefing With Senior Administration Official and Senior State Department Official On U.S. Global Leadership in the International COVID-19 Response (May 4)   SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:  The United States and President Trump are leading the global effort to combat this pandemic.  The United States is the single-largest health and humanitarian donor in the world, and the …

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World Press Freedom Day (May 2)

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Ambassador Degnan Makes First Visit to Administrative Boundary Line, Near Odzisi (April 30)

Ambassador Degnan Makes First Visit to Administrative Boundary Line, Near Odzisi (April 30)  Today, Ambassador Degnan made her first trip to the Administrative Boundary Line, near Odzisi.  In comments to the media during the visit, the Ambassador denounced recent borderization activities, “especially in the time of COVID when we need to be working together to …

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Ambassador’s comments at Administrative Boundary Line, near Odzisi (April 30)

Ambassador’s comments at Administrative Boundary Line, near Odzisi (April 30) Question about the visit   Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This is my first opportunity to come up to the occupation line and I really appreciate the chance to see this very important region of Georgia.  I have to say, seeing it myself, I see more the tragedy of …

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Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War (April 30)

Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War (April 30)   MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. Happy Thursday afternoon, everybody. We will have an on-the-record briefing today. Per usual, this is embargoed until the end of the call, please. As Secretary Pompeo indicated yesterday, …

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Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria (April 28)

Terrorist Attack in Afrin, Syria (April 28) The United States condemns the act of terror carried out today in Afrin, Syria, claiming the lives of dozens of people shopping in the central market as they prepared to break the Ramadan fast. Initial reports indicate many victims were civilians, including children. Such cowardly acts of evil …

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 27)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 27)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you.  We continue to see evidence that our aggressive strategy is working and working at a very high level.  Nationwide, the percent of tests that come back …

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response (April 27)

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response (April 27)   THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much.  And I’m honored to be joined by representatives of many great American retail companies, some of the greatest companies anywhere in the world.  And we’re talking today about different things, and — …

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Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful (April 25)

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USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24)

USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24) During these difficult times, we reaffirm our support for the Georgian people. This week, Georgia’s Parliament ratified amendments to our Development Assistance Agreements with the Government of Georgia. This allows USAID/Georgia to move forward with more than $64 million in funding to strengthen Georgia’s self-reliance and Euro-Atlantic …

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Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at Tree Planting Ceremony in Recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day (April 22)

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at Tree Planting Ceremony in Recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day (April 22)   THE PRESIDENT:  Hi, Mike.  Hi.  David, hi.  Please, thank you.  Everyone is very far away from each other.  That’s good.  We’re learning, right?  Hi, Kevin.  That’s really nice.  Well, this is great …

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Briefing with Dr.Walters and Principal D/Assistant Secretary Brownlee on COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for U.S. Citizens Abroad

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Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 18)

Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 18)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Good afternoon.  We continue to see a number of positive signs that the virus has passed its peak.  It’s been very devastating all over the world.  A hundred and eighty-four countries.  Probably …

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Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2020 (April 17)

Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2020 (April 17)   Our Nation’s annual observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, calls on all Americans to pause and reflect on the horrific atrocities committed by the Nazi regime against minority groups and other “undesirables” in the years leading up to and during …

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Release of U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19 (April 16

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Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hugo Yon, Burea

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, Bureau of Medical Services; Deputy Assistant Secretary Hugo Yon, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 16)   MR BROWN: Good afternoon, …

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U.S. Embassy statement on Irakli Okruashvili (April 14)

U.S. Embassy statement on Irakli Okruashvili (April 14) The timing and circumstances of Irakli Okruashvili’s arrest raised concerns about political interference and the selective use of justice. The case casts a shadow over the impartial application of justice – a concern the March 8 Joint Statement was intended to dispel. We urge all signatories to …

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COVID-19:  Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 14)

Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Brownlee, Bureau of Consular Affairs On COVID-19:  Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (April 14)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you so much.  Good afternoon, everybody.  Welcome to our daily briefing call.  So since January 29th, …

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 14)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 14)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  My administration will do everything possible to help those communities get back on their feet.  We’re speaking with the governors and representatives.  FEMA is already on its way, …

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Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Recovered COVID-19 Patients (April 14)

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Recovered COVID-19 Patients (April 14)   THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  This is a group of people who, in many cases, became quite famous because they went through a lot having to do with the coronavirus.  A tremendous amount.  And a lot of them …

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Political Situation in Iraq (April 13)

Political Situation in Iraq (April 13) The United States looks forward to the formation of a new Iraqi Government capable of confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, ameliorating the country’s current economic distress, and bringing arms under state control.  We welcome that Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish political leaders seem to have arrived at a consensus on government …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13) Gamarjoba – For nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. As you know, U.S. Government assistance has helped Georgia to strengthen its defense and security, …

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Briefing With Dr. William Walters, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung, Bureau of Western He

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 10)

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Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to the press after meeting with Minister of Health on (April 10)

Ambassador Degnan’s remarks to the press after meeting with Minister of Health on (April 10) Thank you very much.  We had a very useful conversation.  Of course, we at the United States Embassy are following the situation here in Georgia very very closely.  The Minister and I had a chance to discuss not only the …

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U.S. companies helped China in its time of need (April 7)

U.S. companies helped China in its time of need (April 7) The people of the United States care for the people of China. As the People’s Republic of China grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, U.S. companies sprang into action to provide assistance, relief and containment efforts. From beverage companies to shipping businesses, …

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 7)

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United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)

The United States Designates Russian Imperial Movement and Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 7)   The State Department has designated the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM) and members of its leadership as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, the first time in history the Department has designated a white supremacist terrorist group. As President Trump has said, “In one …

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)

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Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Amb. Sales On the U.S. Designation of Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists

Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales On the United States Designation of the Russian Imperial Movement And its Leaders as Global Terrorists (April 6)   MS ORTAGUS:  Good morning, and thanks for joining this briefing.  Today, the State Department has announced the designation of Russian Imperial Movement, or RIM, and members of …

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 5)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 5)   THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a busy time.  Very busy time.  And let me begin by again expressing our support, solidarity, and love for the people of our great country.  We’re fighting for you and we’re enduring …

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This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 3)   “… As we’ve said for the detainees in Iran, now is the most appropriate moment to use this humanitarian challenge as a reason to allow these people to return to their families and their loved ones. State Department’s working hard to get them back.” -Secretary of State …

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Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela (April 2)

Restoring free and fair elections in Venezuela (April 2)   The United States released a framework that builds upon the proposals put forward by the interim government of Venezuela for a path to free and fair presidential elections in that country. “This framework can provide a path that ends the suffering and opens the path …

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USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)

USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)   Cybersecurity is crucial to protecting democracy. Today, Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) signed an agreement with UGT, a private-sector IT company, to provide critical software and hardware to protect the country’s democratic elections from external malign influence. Electoral cybersecurity is …

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Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30)

Restrictions on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continued (March 30) The United States is renewing four restrictions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program for an additional 60 days.  Iran’s continued expansion of nuclear activities is unacceptable. The regime’s nuclear extortion is among the greatest threats to international peace and security.  As President Trump said earlier this year, Iran …

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Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Press Briefing (March 30)

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