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The World in 2018 from The Economist highlights key global themes to watch for next year

20 Nov 17:09 | World

The World in 2018, the annual publication from The Economist, predicts that 2018 will be a nerve-jangling year as people across the world attempt to escape the tensions of politics and the frenzies of technology. read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Before Their Meeting

16 Nov 18:48 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC November 16, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Sudan Commits To Sever Ties With the DPRK

16 Nov 17:57 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 Today, following bilateral meetings in Khartoum with Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry formally announced Sudan’s commitment to sever all trade and military ties with North Korea. The United States welcomes the Government of Sudan’s pledge and will continue engagement on this issue to ensure that this commitment is fully implemeread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 11/16/2017, #32

16 Nov 17:14 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:43 P.M. EST MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. Apologies for the delay. It's great to be back with everybody. Certainly missed seeing most of you who weren’t on the road. Q Most of us. MS. SANDERS: Most of you. I gave myself a little wiggle room there. The President's historic five-country trip to Asia was an incredible success. He rallied the world against the menace of North Korea; strengthened our alliances and showed our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region; and took a stand for fair and reciprocal trade. As a result of the trip, American families will be safer and more secure, and American workers and companies are one step closer to competing on the level playing field they deserve. Speaking of leveling the playing field for our workers and businesses, the President applauds the House for passing the Tax Cut and Jobs Act -- a massive stread more »

Bernie Marcus: Tax reform bills give small businesses plenty to be thankful for

16 Nov 16:31 | US Politics and Govt

“This long overdue relief would finally address the overtaxation that most small business owners say is the biggest hurdle they face.” Tax bills give small businesses plenty to be thankful for By Bernie Marcus The Hill November 16, 2017 Small-business owners have a lot to be thankful for next week. The recently introduced tax-reform bills in the House of Representatives and Senate make small-business tax cuts a centerpiece. This long overdue relief would finally address the overtaxation that most small business owners say is the biggest hurdle they face. … Partially as a result of years of overtaxation, American small businesses — like the communities where they locate — have not recovered from the Great Recession. New business formation remains at historic lows. Boarded-up shops dot Main Streets throughout the country. I believe tharead more »

National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony

16 Nov 16:20 | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, November 21st, President Donald J. Trump will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. This year, the President will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, as he reflects on our Nation’s rich Thanksgiving traditions and wishes American families a safe and healthy holiday. After the pardoning, the turkeys will join last year’s turkeys at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the university’s teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Both birds were raised in Western Minnesota under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife Sharlene, along with five young women from the Douglas County 4-H chapter. The National Turkey Federation will also bring two turkeys from Jaindread more »

Statement from the Press Secretary regarding the House of Representatives Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

16 Nov 14:52 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — a big step toward fulfilling our promise to deliver historic tax cuts for the American people by the end of the year. We are working together to allow hardworking, middle-class families to keep more of their money, and to empower our companies and workers to dominate their global competition. A simple, fair, and competitive tax code will be rocket fuel for our economy, and it’s within our reach. Now is the time to deliver. read more »

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Energy

16 Nov 14:50 | US Politics and Govt

Presidential Determination No. 2018-1 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY SUBJECT: Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, after carefully considering the reports submitted to the Congress by the Energy Information Administration, including the report submitted September 12, 2017, and other relevant factors such as global economic conditions, increased oil production by certain countries, the global level of spare petroleum production capacity, and the availability of strategic reserves, I determine, pursuant to section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the Natioread more »

Press Releases: President Pahor's re-election as President of the Republic of Slovenia

16 Nov 14:48 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The United States congratulates President Pahor on his re-election as President of the Republic of Slovenia. Slovenia is a close U.S. partner and NATO Ally, and we value the contributions Slovenia makes to regional and global peace and stability. We appreciate President Pahor’s work to strengthen the U.S.-Slovenian relationship and, during his second termread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State Supports Energy Diversification in the Caribbean

16 Nov 13:02 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The U.S. Department of State announced $4.3 million in funding to support energy diversification in the Caribbean. The announcement was made at the U.S. and Caribbean Prosperity Roundtable November 15 in Miami. This funding, programmed through the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, USAID, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will advance the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative and the Carread more »

ATR's Alex Hendrie: "Passing tax reform will prove GOP is serious in its commitments to Americans"

16 Nov 12:05 | US Politics and Govt

“This week, with a House floor vote and a Senate Finance Committee vote, members of Congress can prove their commitment to tax reform and take a leap forward in ensuring tax reform is soon signed into law.” Passing tax reform will prove GOP is serious in its commitments to Americans By Alex Hendrie The Hill November 16, 2017 After years of campaigning in support of tax reform, Republicans in both the House and Senate can take a giant step forward this week to keep their promise to pass comprehensive tax reform. … While there are minor differences between the plans in the House and Senate, the broad objectives of tax reform are shared by both chambers. Both bills provide tax cuts for Americans of every income level and drastic simplification of the 70,000+ page tax code. They also provide a much-needed overhaul to the outdated tax code so that businesseread more »

Press Releases: END Wildlife Trafficking Report Submitted to Congress

16 Nov 10:30 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The Department of State has submitted the first annual report to Congress as required by the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016. Wildlife trafficking remains a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health. The U.S. government is combating this illegal trade at home and abroad by tarread more »

Press Releases: Initiative To Address Homegrown Terrorism Launch Event Held in Valletta, Malta

16 Nov 10:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 The United States and the Kingdom of Morocco, under the auspices of the Global Counterterrorism Forum and in partnership with the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, launched a global initiative to address homegrown terrorism on November 15–16, 2017. ISIS’s prolific use of social media has expanded its reach throughout the world, allowing the group to direct or inspire adherents, incluread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson Hosts the Ministerial on Trade, Security, and Governance in Africa

16 Nov 10:03 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host discussions with foreign ministers or their representatives from the African continent, including the African Union Commission Chairman, in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 2017. The discussions will be based on three themes: trade and investment, security, and good governance. This meeting will advance the U.S. agenda, working with African partners, to promote a shared commitmread more »

WTAS on the President's Foreign Policy Remarks

15 Nov 19:50 | US Politics and Govt

Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL): “Great recap from @POTUS on his incredibly successful Asia trip! It is wonderful to see [an] American leading on the world stage again.” NBC’s Ali Vitali: “Challenges Trump faces on world stage were ‘inherited’ from past admins – ‘mistakes…born of indifference and neglect’ or ‘naïve thinking and misguide judgment,’ he says.” Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering: “Trump says the world saw ‘a strong proud and confident America’ during his trip to Asia.” CBS’s Mark Knoller: “In talks with Chinese Pres Xi, Pres Trump says he made it clear that ‘time is running out’ for North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs. Reiterated that all US options ‘are on the table.’” Axios’ Erica Pandey: “President Trump gave a full-throated defense of his ‘America First’ approach to foreign policy Wednesday, fresh oread more »

Press Releases: Eighth Anniversary of the Death of Sergey Magnitskiy

15 Nov 18:45 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 We honor the memory of Sergey Magnitskiy, who died on November 16, 2009, while in custody in a Moscow prison. An investigation by Russia's Presidential Human Rights Council found that Magnitskiy had been severely beaten in prison, and members of the Council said his death resulted from beatings and torture by police officials. Magnitskiy uncovered a vast taread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

15 Nov 18:33 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Johnny Collett of Kentucky, to be the Assistant Secretary of Education for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Mr. Collett is the Director of Special Education Outcomes at the Council of Chief State School Officers. In this role, he supports states in their work to raise expectations and improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. He previously served as Director of the Division of Learning Services and State Director of Special Education at the Kentucky Department of Education. In this role, he provided oversight to a division that included special education, as well as other program areas such as English Learners, gifted and talented, response to intervention, the Kentucky School for the Blind, and the Kentucky School for the Deaf. He also served on the board of directors of the National Aread more »

Remarks by President Trump on His Trip to Asia

15 Nov 18:26 | US Politics and Govt

Diplomatic Reception Room 3:35 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Last night, I returned from a historic 12-day trip to Asia. This journey took us to five nations to meet with dozens of foreign leaders, participate in three formal state visits, and attend three key regional summits. It was the longest visit to the region by an American President in more than a quarter of a century. Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation, myself included, with incredible warmth, hospitality, and most importantly respect. And this great respect showed very well our country is -- further evidence that America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now. When we are confident in ourselves, our strength, our flag, our history, our values -- other nations are confident in us. And when we treat our citizens with the respect they deserve, othread more »

Remarks by President Trump on His Trip to Asia

15 Nov 18:26 | World

Diplomatic Reception Room 3:35 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Last night, I returned from a historic 12-day trip to Asia. This journey took us to five nations to meet with dozens of foreign leaders, participate in three formal state visits, and attend three key regional summits. It was the longest visit to the region by an American President in more than a quarter of a century. Everywhere we went, our foreign hosts greeted the American delegation, myself included, with incredible warmth, hospitality, and most importantly respect. And this great respect showed very well our country is -- further evidence that America’s renewed confidence and standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now. When we are confident in ourselves, our strength, our flag, our history, our values -- other nations are confident in us. And when we treat our citizens with the respect they deserve, othread more »

President Donald J. Trump's Visit to Asia Advanced America First Priorities

15 Nov 16:39 | US Politics and Govt

“I'm here to advance peace, to promote security, and to work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific, where we are proud and we have sovereign nations, and we thrive, and everybody wants to prosper.” – President Donald J. Trump INVESTING IN AMERICAN WORKERS: During his trip through Asia, President Donald J. Trump secured new projects and deals that will bring investment back to the United States and employ American workers. In China, trade and investment deals potentially worth $250 billion were announced that will create jobs for American workers, increase United States exports to China, and stimulate investment in American communities. South Korean companies announced 64 new projects that will invest more than $17 billion in the United States over the next four years, as well as plans to purchase $58 billion in United States goods and services, including $23 billion read more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence's Visit to Ascension's Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas

15 Nov 16:37 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence traveled to Austin, Texas. There, she visited Ascension’s Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas to learn more about the hospital’s art therapy program. Upon arrival, the Second Lady observed an art therapy session with a six year old girl. After the art therapy observation, she toured the hospital’s art gallery where they have artwork created from art therapy sessions on display. Then, Mrs. Pence participated in a discussion with an art therapist and physicians. “The art therapy program at Ascension’s Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas serves an important role in the healing process for our children,” said Mrs. Pence. “I enjoyed the opportunity to observe an art therapy session and speak with an art therapist and physicians about the significance of offering art therapy as a viable option in hospitals.” “We are grateful to Mrs. Pence for raising awareness and educating the public about art therapy hread more »

WSJ: "U.S. Manufacturing Rides Rising Tide, Buoyed by Global Growth, Optimism"

15 Nov 14:41 | US Politics and Govt

“The U.S. manufacturers have added 156,000 workers since Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, according to government data.” U.S. Manufacturing Rides Rising Tide, Buoyed by Global Growth, Optimism By Andrew Tangel and Josh Zumbrun The Wall Street Journal November 14, 2017 American manufacturing has picked up pace over the last 12 months thanks to steady global economic growth, a rise in energy and other commodity prices, and increased business confidence. … The sector “absolutely has improved relative to where we were a year ago,” said William Strauss, a manufacturing economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, who described the growth as modest. Employment numbers point to the overall progress. The U.S. manufacturers have added 156,000 workers since Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, accordingread more »

Press Releases: U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue

15 Nov 12:41 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 On November 16, 2017, the Department of State will host the fifth annual U.S.-African Union High Level Dialogue, continuing our robust partnership across a broad spectrum of issues. The bilateral discussions will focus on strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, trade, and investment, advancing peace and security, and promoting opportunity and development. The United States looks forward to hostiread more »

Press Releases: Global Water Strategy To Create a More Water-Secure World

15 Nov 12:26 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 Today the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development are releasing the U.S. government’s Global Water Strategy. Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to human health, economic development, peace and security. Globally, three in ten people lack safe drinking water in their homes, and six in ten people lack safe sanitation. Water scarcity is forecasted to intensify in the years read more »

Press Releases: Congratulations to Argentina on Winning the Expo 2022/23 Vote

15 Nov 11:54 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2017 The United States congratulates the city of Buenos Aires and the Government of Argentina for winning the right to host Expo 2023 as a result of today’s vote at the 162nd General Assembly meeting of the Bureau of International Expositions in Paris, France. While we are disappointed that the Expo will not be hosted by the United States, we remain proud of the strong proposal presented by the Minnesota World’read more »

Betsy McCaughey: "Democrats are trying to block Trump's judge picks with vile, hypocritical smears"

15 Nov 11:41 | US Politics and Govt

“These judges will decide cases based on what the US Constitution says, instead of rewriting law to suit a progressive agenda.” Democrats are trying to block Trump’s judge picks with vile, hypocritical smears By Betsy McCaughey New York Post November 14, 2017 Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with supposedly “unfit” judges. Nonsense. Trump’s nominees have impressive credentials. … Look for fireworks in the Senate Wednesday, when the American Bar Association tries to justify rating several of Trump’s nominees “not qualified.” Such ABA ratings are a political hit job masquerading as high-minded objectivity. Consider the ABA’s “not qualified” rating of Leonard Steven Grasz, a Nebraska attorney nominated to the appeals court. One complaint: During 11 years as Nebraska’s chief deputy read more »

WSJ Editorial Board: "Ruling Out the ABA on Judges"

15 Nov 11:35 | US Politics and Govt

“Mr. Trump followed George W. Bush and scrapped the practice of letting the ABA pre-screen nominees for the White House. Yet the Senate continues to give the lawyers’ guild too much sway.” Ruling Out the ABA on Judges Editorial The Wall Street Journal November 14, 2017 If Republicans are serious about getting President Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed, they will have to rid themselves of the fiction of a politically neutral American Bar Association. The outfit’s recent antics provide ample reason to remove it from Senate vetting. The ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary last week informed the Judiciary Committee that Brett Talley is “not qualified” to serve as a federal judge. … Many nominees have been younger than Mr. Talley, and the ABA called Barack Obama nominee Goodwin Liu “well-qualified” despite no experience aread more »

America Recycles Day

15 Nov 11:12 | US Politics and Govt

On America Recycles Day, we recognize the importance of minimizing waste by reusing and recycling. Recycling supports American manufacturing and conserves valuable resources, protecting our Nation’s economic and environmental health. Today, on the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day, we celebrate Americans whose recycling habits help maintain our global leadership and competitiveness. The rate of recycling in the United States has grown from less than 7 percent in 1960 to more than 34 percent in 2014. Still, materials worth $9 billion are thrown away each year. Rather than throwing away valuable resources, we should return them back into our economy, to rebuild our Nation’s infrastructure and create innovative new products. My Administration is committed to expanding our thriving economy by creating better jobs and promoting products made in America—recycling supports these efforts. In 2007, recycling and reuse activities accounted for 757,000 Ameread more »

Press Releases: Joint Press Availability With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

15 Nov 09:29 | US Politics and Govt

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyidaw, Burma November 15, 2017 read more »

Remarks Followed by Q&A by the Vice President at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Meeting

14 Nov 20:41 | US Politics and Govt

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C. 4:47 P.M. EST THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, John. Thank you for that warm introduction. Thank you all for that welcome. It’s an honor to be here today at the 10th annual CEO Council of the Wall Street Journal. I know this has been an invigorating day and a half for all of you. And I’m humbled and honored to be able to speak to you today. This is a gathering of leaders of consequence. It’s amazing to think that companies gathered here represent $2.5 trillion in annual revenue and millions of jobs across the United States of America. So we thank you for your leadership. We thank you for your investment in America and your belief in America’s future. We know that communities large and small, across this country, depend on the companies that are represented here and the decisions you make each and every day. To the business leaders in this room,read more »

Second Lady Karen Pence Provides Art Supply Kits for Children’s Hospitals

14 Nov 17:30 | US Politics and Govt

Washington, DC--Today, Second Lady Karen Pence, joined by members of The Congressional Club, participated in a service project at the Vice President’s Residence. Mrs. Pence, along with the 60 guests, assembled 800 art supply kits to be donated to 28 children’s hospitals across the United States. The art kits were made on behalf of Emma’s Art Cart, a nonprofit organization started by Emma Stumpf of Indiana, who was seven years old when doctors discovered a brain tumor. Throughout her treatment, she found comfort by working with art therapists. Emma wanted other children to have the same experience, so she started to collect art supplies to donate to young patients, forming her own program called Emma’s Art Cart. Emma is now a teenager and her program has gained national recognition. Emma’s goal is to have 150,000 kits donated to children’s hospitals by the end of the year. Today, she joined Mrs. Pence and The Congressional Club by FaceTime to provide enread more »

Press Releases: Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to Bonn, Germany

14 Nov 14:44 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 14, 2017 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Bonn, Germany, November 15-17. In the absence of Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, who is unable to attend due to a family emergency, Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will serve as the head of U.S. delegation to the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UNread more »

Immigration Reform Law Institute's Brian Lonergan: "America has seen enough tragedies result from its open boarders"

14 Nov 11:48 | US Politics and Govt

“It is a travesty that sixteen years removed from the devastating attacks of 9/11, we are still struggling as a nation to prevent foreigners with bad intentions from entering our country and killing innocent Americans.” America has seen enough tragedies result from its open borders By Brian Lonergan The Hill November 14, 2017 … It is a travesty that sixteen years removed from the devastating attacks of 9/11, we are still struggling as a nation to prevent foreigners with bad intentions from entering our country and killing innocent Americans. Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov, the alleged perpetrator of the Halloween day attack in New York City, came to the United States from Uzbekistan via the “visa lottery.” … The visa lottery awards 50,000 green cards to foreign nationals with absolutely no ties to the U.S. and no special skread more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves New York Disaster Declaration

14 Nov 11:41 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding from May 2 to August 6, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the counties of Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Seamus K. Leary as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requread more »

One Nomination Sent to the Senate

14 Nov 11:28 | US Politics and Govt

Thomas D. Homan, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, vice Sarah R. Saldana. read more »

Four Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today

14 Nov 10:50 | US Politics and Govt

Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Thomas Price, resigned. Jason Klitenic, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, vice Robert S. Litt. Robert Frank Pence, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Finland. Timothy R. Petty, of Indiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, vice Anne Castle, resigned. WITHDRAWAL SENT TO THE SENATE: Timothy Kelly, of Michigan, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education, vice Brenda Dann-Messier, which was sent to the Senate on October 3, 2017. read more »

President Donald J. Trump's Trip to the Philippines

14 Nov 08:38 | US Politics and Govt

“I speak to you on behalf of 350 million Americans with a message of friendship and partnership. I’m here to advance peace, to promote security, and to work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific region, where we are proud and we have sovereign nations and we thrive—and everybody wants to prosper.”—President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump’s trip to the Philippines to meet with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and participate in the East Asia Summit (EAS) reaffirmed his personal commitment to promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region based on shared principles. STRENGTHEN INTERNATIONAL RESOLVE TO DENUCLEARIZE NORTH KOREA: President Donald J. Trump strengthened international resolve to address the security challenges presented by North Korea. President Duterte, ASEAN, and EAS leaders reaffirmed the region’s commitmeread more »

Remarks by President Trump in Press Gaggle After 12th East Asia Summit | Manila, Philippines

14 Nov 08:33 | US Politics and Govt

Philippine International Convention Center Manila, Philippines 2:43 P.M. PHT   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  (In progress) -- to the plane now.  We'll be going back to Washington.     We'll make some comments probably tomorrow afternoon, only because we have to let the media recover.  (Laughter.)  They want to recover.  When I said we'll do it on Wednesday morning, they all said, will we do it later than that?  So I'm going to do that for the media.  So maybe Wednesday afternoon or maybe Thursday morning, whichever is most convenient.    But we've had a tremendously successful trip.  Tremendous amounts of work was done on trade, not only on the deals -- and we have at least $300 billion worth of deals, but that will be, I think, way triple that number in a fairly short period of time.   But I thiread more »

Remarks by President Trump in Press Gaggle Aboard Air Force One en route Honolulu, Hawaii

14 Nov 08:29 | US Politics and Govt

Aboard Air Force One En route Honolulu, Hawaii 3:18 P.M. PHT    THE PRESIDENT:  It's been a really great 12 days.  And I made a lot of great friends.  You've probably heard the closing remarks, but we made a lot of great friends.   So we look forward to going back, but we really enjoyed it.  We really enjoyed it.     Q    And we left a little early or something.  What happened here?   THE PRESIDENT:  No, we had a lunch, and I was able to make my final remarks at the lunch.   Q    Oh, you were.  Okay.   THE PRESIDENT:  Yeah.     Q    We didn't hear that.  Can you kind, maybe, summarize --   THE PRESIDENT:  The opening remarks?  I could give them to you if you want.&nread more »

WTAS: Support for President Trump's Nominee for HHS Secretary Alex Azar

13 Nov 18:43 | US Politics and Govt

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role. The Secretary of HHS oversees some of the nation's most important programs, including Medicare and Medicaid in addition to safeguarding public health at the Centers for Disease Control, advancing cures at The National Institutes of Health, and working through the Food and Drug Administration to get those cures to patients. I look forward to meeting with him soon to discuss his outlook and vision for the department, particularly the opioid epidemic that has hurt so many Kentuckians and so many Americans across the country.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Alex Azar is an experienced and highly capable leader who knows what it takes to tackle big challenges in health care. The Senate should swiftly read more »

WTAS: Support for President Trump's Nominee for HHS Secretary Alex Azar

13 Nov 18:43 | US Politics and Govt

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “Alex brings a wealth of private and public sector knowledge that will prepare him well for this crucial role. The Secretary of HHS oversees some of the nation's most important programs, including Medicare and Medicaid in addition to safeguarding public health at the Centers for Disease Control, advancing cures at The National Institutes of Health, and working through the Food and Drug Administration to get those cures to patients. I look forward to meeting with him soon to discuss his outlook and vision for the department, particularly the opioid epidemic that has hurt so many Kentuckians and so many Americans across the country.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Alex Azar is an experienced and highly capable leader who knows what it takes to tackle big challenges in health care. The Senate should swiftly read more »

Press Releases: Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun Travels to the Republic of Korea

13 Nov 17:45 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Special Representative for North Korea Policy Ambassador Joseph Yun will travel to Seoul and Jeju from November 14-17 for meetings with the R.O.K. government. Special Representative Yun will also to participate in the Northeast Asia Platform for Peace and Cooperation Conference and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

13 Nov 17:20 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Timothy R. Petty of Indiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Water and Science). Dr. Petty serves as Deputy Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant on issues of water, natural resources, environment, science, technology and telecommunications and space for U.S. Senator James E. Risch of Idaho, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Previously, Dr. Petty served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science at DOI under President George W. Bush. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; an M.S. from University of Maryland University College; and a B.S. from Purdue University (Indiana). Prior to his current Senate service, Dr. Petty worked for U.S. Senators Connie Mack of Florida and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. In read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

13 Nov 17:20 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Timothy R. Petty of Indiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Water and Science). Dr. Petty serves as Deputy Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant on issues of water, natural resources, environment, science, technology and telecommunications and space for U.S. Senator James E. Risch of Idaho, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Previously, Dr. Petty served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water & Science at DOI under President George W. Bush. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; an M.S. from University of Maryland University College; and a B.S. from Purdue University (Indiana). Prior to his current Senate service, Dr. Petty worked for U.S. Senators Connie Mack of Florida and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. In read more »

Press Releases: Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria

13 Nov 16:30 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to France, Sudan, Tunisia, and Nigeria from November 14-21. In Paris, the Deputy Secretary will advocate for the Minnesota-USA 2023 Expo Bid and hold bilateral meetings. He will then travel to Khartoum, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Ghandour and other government officials to discuss ways to build on progress following the completion of the Firead more »

Press Releases: Earthquake Near the Iran-Iraq Border

13 Nov 16:20 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 The United States expresses its sincere condolences to all of those affected by the earthquake in Iran and Iraq. We keep the families of those who were killed, and injured, in our thoughts as well as the communities that have suffered damage to homes and property. read more »

Presidential Message on Antibiotic Awareness Week, 2017

13 Nov 14:15 | US Politics and Govt

During Antibiotic Awareness Week, we recognize the often underappreciated threat that resistance to antibiotics poses to our Nation’s health. We remind our Nation’s medical professionals, veterinarians, and researchers to learn about the appropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics, and remind them of their role in helping patients use antibiotics appropriately so that we can better combat this emerging health concern. Since they were first marketed in the 1940s, antibiotics have helped to revolutionize modern healthcare, offering cures to previously untreatable infections. Millions of people owe their health to the healing power of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance, however, limits—and can even eliminate—the power of antibiotics, putting individuals and communities at greater health risk. Antibiotic resistance arises when bacteria survive despite encountering antibiotic medicines designed to kill them. As a result, many infections have become increread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin

13 Nov 13:55 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Vice President Mike Pence welcomed to the White House Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to reaffirm the strong and enduring cooperation between the United States and the Holy See. The leaders underscored the fundamental values shared by the United States and the Holy See and their mutual commitment to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom. The Vice President expressed gratitude for the Holy See's efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela and looked forward to Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Burma and Bangladesh. The leaders agreed on the need to address humanitarian and stabilization needs across Iraq and Syria, including for Christians and other vulnerable minority communities. The Vice President also commended the Holy See's efforts to counter trafficking in persons and expressed the desire to expand cooperation between the United States and the Holy See on this issue, which is a priread more »

Press Releases: Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch To Travel to Mexico

13 Nov 12:50 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch will travel to Mexico November 14-17, to review consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as well as at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey. While in Mexico, Assistant Secretary Risch will head the United States delegation in a bilateral consular dialogue with Mexican counterparts, as well as liaise with interagency partners. The read more »

Press Releases: International Education Week Kicks Off With Record Number of Students Studying Abroad

13 Nov 12:39 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2017 From November 13-17, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education will celebrate International Education Week (IEW) by encouraging Americans and international students to seek opportunities to study abroad, make connections with peers in other countries, and ultimately see themselves as actors in and shapers of both their local communities and an interconnected world. To open IEW, the State Departread more »

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