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Statement by the Press Secretary on Jerry Lewis

20 Aug 22:00 | US Politics and Govt

Jerry Lewis kept us all laughing for over half a century, and his incredible charity work touched the lives of millions.  Jerry lived the American Dream—he truly loved his country, and his country loved him back.  Our thoughts are with his family today as we remember the extraordinary life of one of our greatest entertainers and humanitarians.  Thank you, Jerry.  You will be missed. read more »

Statement from the Press Secretary

20 Aug 15:36 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump will address our Nation’s troops and the American people tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) from Fort Myer in Arlington, VA, to provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia.   read more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims August 20 through August 26, 2017, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week

20 Aug 14:00 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE WEEK, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Throughout our Nation's history, Americans from all walks of life have made tremendous sacrifices in defense of our freedom.  Today, more than one million citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen continue this proud legacy as members of the National Guard and Reserve.  During National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, we express our gratitude to the employers and communities who support those brave men and women. Employer support for the National Guard and Reserve is important to our ability to sustain an all-volunteer force.  Employers play a vital role in easing the transitions our national guardsmen and reservists must make from civilian life to milread more »

Press Releases: Assumption of Legislative Powers in Venezuela

18 Aug 20:58 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the assumption of legislative powers by the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. This power grab is designed to supplant the democratically-elected National Assembly with an authoritarian committee operating above the law. In our view, the democratically-elected National Assembly is the only legitimate legislative body. We join Vread more »

Press Releases: ICC Arrest Warrant for Major Mahmoud al-Werfalli in Libya: Joint Statement by the Governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America

18 Aug 20:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The following is the text of a joint statement by the governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin Text: The governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the announcement on August 17 by the Libya National Army (LNA) that it will investigate reports of unlawful killings in Benghazi. We note that the LNA has recognized the arrest warranread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain

18 Aug 17:26 | World

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mariano Rajoy of Spain to extend his condolences to the victims and families of the August 17 terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. President Trump pledged the full support of the United States in investigating the attack and bringing the perpetrators and their associates to justice. read more »

Press Releases: Special Representative Volker To Travel to Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine

18 Aug 17:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to Minsk, Belarus, where he will meet with a representative of the Russian government to discuss Russian-Ukrainian relations on August 21. He will then travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, to meet with senior government officials to discuss the way forward in Ukraine. On August 23, he will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he will joiread more »

Press Releases: Hungary National Day

18 Aug 15:31 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the United States, we extend our congratulations on the occasion of Saint Stephen’s Day this August 20th. The United States and Hungary are bound by strong connections between our people, a robust trade relationship, and a commitment to global security. Our membership in NATO, mutual efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and common mission to combat teread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 18, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Afghanistan Independence Day

18 Aug 14:54 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 98th anniversary of independence on August 19th. The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future. Afghanistan has made significant economic, politiread more »

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense

18 Aug 12:35 | US Politics and Govt

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SUBJECT:       Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command Pursuant to my authority as the Commander in Chief and under sections 161 and 167b of title 10, United States Code, and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I direct that U.S. Cyber Command be established as a Unified Combatant Command.  I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend an officer for my nomination and Senate confirmation as commander in order to establish U.S. Cyber Command as a Unified Combatant Command. I assign to U.S. Cyber Command:  (1) all the general responsibilities of a Unified Combatant Command; (2) the cyberspace-related responsibilities previously assigned to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command; (3) the responsibilities of Joint Force Provider and Joint Force Trainer; and (4) all other responsibilities identified read more »

Press Releases: Afghanistan Independence Day

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 98th anniversary of independence on August 19th. The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future. Afghanistan has made significant economic, politiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks Addressing State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

18 Aug 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 18, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

18 Aug 11:23 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 17, 2017 read more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command

18 Aug 10:24 | US Politics and Govt

I have directed that United States Cyber Command be elevated to the status of a Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.     This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense.  The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries.      United States Cyber Command’s elevation will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of such operations.  Elevation will also ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded.     In connection with this elevation, the Secretary of Defense is examining the possibility of seread more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to Santiago, Chile and Panama City, Panama

17 Aug 20:45 | US Politics and Govt

The Second Lady started her visit in Santiago, Chile on Wednesday with a visit to Teleton Foundation where she observed an art therapy session with children. Teleton is a Chilean institution dedicated to the integral rehabilitation of children and young people with motor and cognitive disabilities. During the visit, Mrs. Pence received a beautiful piece of art from one of the young patients, which she will hang in her office at the White House. After the visit at Teleton, Mrs. Pence participated in a roundtable discussion at Espacio Crea with Chilean art therapists and university administrators. After the roundtable discussion, the Second Lady joined the Vice President to participate in a meet-and-greet with U.S. embassy employees and their families.   Today, upon arrival in Panama City, Panama, Second Lady Karen Pence joined the Vice President for a visit to Cocoli Locks. There, Mrs. Pence listened to remarks delivered by the Vice President. Following read more »

Remarks by the Vice President and Panamanian President Varela in a Joint Statement to the Press

17 Aug 20:30 | US Politics and Govt

Palacio de las Garzas Panama City, Panama PRESIDENT VARELA:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  I would like to begin by energetically condemning the terrorist act that occurred today in Barcelona.  We share the pain of the people and of the Spanish government.  And we raise our prayers to the victims and their family members.   Vice President Pence, on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Panama, I would like to welcome you most cordially to our country as Vice President of the United States of America, Michael Pence, and his wife, Karen.   We are delighted that you've had the opportunity to visit our canal, a work which is the reflection of over a hundred years of friendship and cooperation between Panama and the United States, and which contributes to the strengthening of international trade.   This meeting has allowed us to shareread more »

Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Deliver Address to State Department Student Programs and Fellowships Participants

17 Aug 18:16 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the current cohorts of the Unpaid Student Internship Program, the Unpaid Legal Intern program, The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program and Summer Enrichment Scholars, the Thomas R. Pickering Fellows, and the Franklin Fellows at 10:10 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the U.S. Department of State. All of these programs serve to expose the paread more »

Remarks by the Vice President at the Panama Canal

17 Aug 17:22 | US Politics and Govt

REMARKS BY VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AT THE PANAMA CANAL Cocoli Locks Panama City, Panama 2:48 P.M. UTC   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you.  Thank you, Madame Vice President, for those gracious words, and for this warm welcome to Panama for me and my wonderful wife, Karen.    Before I begin, I’d like to address the horrific terror attack that occurred just a few hours ago in Barcelona, Spain.  The latest scenes of carnage and mayhem sicken us all, and as the President said earlier today, the United States condemns this terror attack, and we will do whatever is necessary to help.   Whatever inspired today's terror attack, the United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and punish those responsible.  On this dark day, our prayers and the prayers of all the American people are with the victims, their families, and tread more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

17 Aug 17:03 | US Politics and Govt

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding from June 29 to July 1, 2017. Federal funding is available to the State and to 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 severe storms and flooding in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor. 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 Mark H. Landry as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.  Additional designationsread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at a Press Availability

17 Aug 17:02 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC August 17, 2017 read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces United States Strikes Deal to Export Pork to Argentina

17 Aug 15:27 | US Politics and Govt

United States pork to enter Argentina for first time since 1992 WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump today announced that the United States and Argentina have agreed to terms that will allow United States pork to enter the Argentine market for the first time since 1992. The agreement follows the August 15 meeting between Vice President Mike Pence and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina during the Vice President’s visit to Buenos Aires. President Trump first raised the issue with President Macri during their bilateral meeting at the White House on April 27. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer were also fully engaged in completing the agreement.  “Today’s announcement is a big win for American pork producers and proves that President Trump is getting real results for America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Vice President Penceread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement of the Security Consultative Committee

17 Aug 14:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan. Begin Text: I. Overview The U.S.-Japan Alliance (“the Alliance”) is the cornerstone of the Asia-Pacific region’s peace, prosperity, and freedom. This dynamic partnership is also increasingly important in promoting values shared by both nations, including freedom,read more »

ICYMI: WSJ editorial: “Coal Makes a Comeback”

17 Aug 11:12 | US Politics and Govt

“Yet the Trump Presidency seems to have lifted animal spirits and coal. Weekly coal production has increased by 14.5% nationwide over last year with even bigger bumps in West Virginia (19%), Pennsylvania (19.7%) and Wyoming (19.8%). Exports were up 58% during the first quarter from last year. Apparently coal can be marketable if regulators let it be.” Coal Makes a Comeback Editorial Wall Street Journal August 17, 2017 Not long ago liberals hailed the demise of coal as inevitable while the Obama Administration strangled the industry with regulation. But don’t look now, Tom Steyer, because coal is showing signs of a revival and breathing economic life into West Virginia and other coal states. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy proclaimed in 2015 that coal “is no longer marketable.” She planned to be the lead undertaker. The Obama Adread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi

17 Aug 10:28 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 17, 2017 The Department of State has designated two ISIS leaders – Ahmad Alkhald and Abu Yahya al-Iraqi – as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. E.O. 13224 imposes strict sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreignread more »

Press Releases: Gabon National Day

17 Aug 09:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 17, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, our best wishes to the people of Gabon on the occasion of the Gabonese Republic’s 57th Independence Day. The United States values its partnership with Gabon and will continue to support the Gabonese people in strengthening democracy, human rights, and economic progress.   read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

16 Aug 20:23 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today with the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago. The two leaders celebrated the strong commercial ties, diplomatic engagement and regional security cooperation that define the positive bilateral relationship between the United States and Chile. Vice President Pence recognized Chile for its strong institutions and economic leadership that have served as an influential example throughout the region. The two leaders praised the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement, which has increased bilateral trade by more than 350% since it was signed in 2004, and Vice President Pence also indicated the need for additional improvements on intellectual property rights protection and regulatory transparency to further amplify its benefits. The Vice President highlighted Chile’s participation in the Visa Waiver Program as an indication of the country’s high standards, and thanked Chile for its active support for reread more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s Visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina

16 Aug 20:13 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence started the day with a visit to INECO Foundation, a neurological clinic specializing in treating neurologic and psychiatric disorders. There, she participated in a presentation of a patient’s journey of art therapy; observed an art therapy session with a stroke patient suffering from cognitive and motor complications; and participated in a roundtable discussion with diverse practitioners of art therapy in the greater Buenos Aires area. After the art therapy visit, Mrs. Pence enjoyed lunch with Mrs. Deborah Cooney, the wife of the Chargé D' Affaires at Fervor Restaurant. After lunch, the Second Lady enjoyed a beautiful walk in the city. Then, she proceeded to the Argentina Stock Exchange to listen to the Vice President deliver remarks to the Argentine and Latin American business community. From there, Mrs. Pence joined the First Lady of Argentina, Mrs. Juliana Macri, to visit the Teatro Colon. After the visit with the First Lady of Argenread more »

Remarks by the Vice President on Advancing Prosperity and Economic Growth in the Western Hemisphere

16 Aug 20:02 | US Politics and Govt

Intercontinental Santiago Santiago, Chile 7:40 P.M. (Local)   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Tom, Guillermo Carey, Kathy Barclay, Minister Muñoz, Minister Rebolledo, Minister Cespedes, Minister Krauss, Ambassador Valdez, elected officials, distinguished members of the U.S. and Chilean business community, and honored guests.   It is my great honor to be with you today in Santiago to celebrate 50 years of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and 100 years of the American Chamber in Chile.  (Applause.)    It is such an honor to be here in this historic year, and I bring greetings and congratulations on this milestone from a champion of a stronger economic partnership between the United States and Latin America, the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)   Under Presread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland

16 Aug 18:26 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Today U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosted Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland at the State Department in Washington, DC. Foreign Minister Freeland is visiting Washington for the start of NAFTA renegotiations. In addition to NAFTA, the two leaders discussed North Korea, Venezuela, Ukraine, economic issues, and advancing the Coluread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland Before Their Meeting

16 Aug 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Secretary's Outer Office Washington, DC August 16, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: Indonesia National Day

16 Aug 17:04 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 16, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to the Republic of Indonesia as it celebrates its National Day and 72nd year of independence on August 17th. The United States and Indonesia share much in common as two dynamic and diverse democracies and G20 economies. We continue to reaffirm and reinforce our strategic partnershipread more »

Fact Sheet: Donald J. Trump and Attorney General Sessions Stand Up Against Lawless Sanctuary Cities

16 Aug 16:44 | US Politics and Govt

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AND ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS STAND UP AGAINST LAWLESS SANCTUARY CITIES “It’s time to support our police, to protect our families, and to save American lives.”—President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICANS NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE: Today, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions delivered remarks outlining the danger of sanctuary policies, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to bring law and order to America’s communities. Today, AG Sessions delivered a speech in Miami-Dade County regarding the county’s reversal of sanctuary city policies shortly after President Trump’s inauguration. In February, after President Trump made it clear he would not stand for lawlessness in the country’s immigration system, Miami-Dade County reversed its years-long sanctuary city policies. Earlier this month, the Deparead more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Mattis To Co-host the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee ("2+2")

16 Aug 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera for a Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) meeting on August 17 at 9:45 a.m., at the Department of State. The meeting will focus on how the United States and Japan can coordinate their response to the evolving regional security environread more »

Remarks by the Vice President and President Bachelet of Chile in a Joint Press Conference

16 Aug 15:11 | World

La Moneda Palace Santiago, Chile PRESIDENT BACHELET:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. Vice President of the United States of America, Mr. Michael Richard Pence, and distinguished delegation, Mr. Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, representatives of the diplomatic corps of the U.S., and dear friends, today, we received the Vice President of the United States, Michael Pence, in our country, and his visit is an example of the strength of our ties.  It's an expression of interest of working with Chile in a broad agenda -- regional, multilateral, and national issues.   The relationship with the United States is strategic -- politically and economically.  We share views on democracy, human rights, and opening of markets.  And today, we've approached different issues of interest.  Among them, the program related to visa waiver U.S.  And Chile the only country of Latin America -- of the 38 read more »

Press Releases: The Republic of Congo National Day

16 Aug 12:41 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2017 On behalf of the United States Government, our best wishes to the people of the Republic of Congo as you celebrate your 57th Independence Day. Our strategic collaboration on regional security, economic development, and health remains strong. The United States of America will continue to support the efforts of the Congolese people to build a more prosperous and democratic Congoread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designation of Hizbul Mujahideen

16 Aug 10:20 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 16, 2017 The Department of State has designated Hizbul Mujahideen—also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as HM—as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. These designations seek to deny HM the resources it needs to carry out terrorist attacks. Among other consequencesread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Cameron Quinn as Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Department of Homeland Security

15 Aug 21:19 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint Cameron Quinn of Virginia to be Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.  Ms. Quinn previously served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; as a senior policy advisor in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; as counsel to the Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board; and as an assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Ms. Quinn has also served on the Virginia State advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Ms. Quinn has served as Virginia’s chief State election official, the United States elections advisor for International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), and more recently in the Federal Voting Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of Defense.  Ms. Quinn has taught election law for more than read more »

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to attend the 2017 Astana Expo

15 Aug 20:58 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to attend the EXPO International Fair on “Future Energy” in the city of Astana on August 28, 2017. The Honorable Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, will lead the delegation.  Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable George Krol, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan The Honorable Kevin Cramer (R-ND, At-Large District), U.S. House of Representatives  Mr. Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation  Ms. Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia, National Security Council  Mr. Ronald J. Pollett, Vice President of General Electric, President and CEO of General Electric Russia/CIS   read more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Works to Rebuild America's Infrastructure

15 Aug 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WORKS TO REBUILD AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land.” – President Donald J. Trump MODERNIZING AN OUTDATED SYSTEM: The old system for completing environmental reviews was fragmented, inefficient, and unpredictable to the American people. The Federal Government currently lacks a system for tracking the costs of the environmental review and permitting process for major infrastructure projects. The Executive Order will require agencies to track the costs of conducting environmental reviews and making permitting decisions.   With regulatory red tape to jump through, major infrastructure projects are held up for years at significant cost to our ecoread more »

Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

15 Aug 17:46 | US Politics and Govt

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - -  ESTABLISHING DISCIPLINE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING PROCESS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that the Federal environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects is coordinated, predictable, and transparent, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Purpose.  America needs increased infrastructure investment to strengthen our economy, enhance our competitiveness in world trade, create jobs and increase wages for our workers, and reduce the costs of goods and services for our families.  The poor condition of America's infrastructure has been estimated to cost a typical American household thousands of dollars each year.  Inefficiencies in curead more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina

15 Aug 16:32 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina at the Quinta de Olivos Presidential Office in Buenos Aires. On behalf of President Trump, Vice President Pence recognized President Macri for pursuing a bold reform agenda and improving the investment climate as a model for the region. The two leaders discussed bilateral trade issues, expressing their desire to finalize resolution of key agricultural priorities, and reiterated their commitment to deepening commercial ties. Vice President Pence highlighted Argentina's emerging global leadership role in forums like the G20 and WTO, and reiterated support for the country's bid to start the accession process for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Vice President Pence and President Macri reviewed the strong and growing bilateral security relationship, and recommitted both countries to cooperation on counternarcotics, anti-corruption and the fight against terrread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community

15 Aug 16:20 | US Politics and Govt

La Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina 3:41 P.M. Local ET VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Chargé Cooney, Minister Faurie, Hector Orlando, elected officials, distinguished leaders in the business community, and honored guests.  It is my great honor -- and a great honor to my wife and I -- to be here today at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.  Thank you for such a warm welcome, for both of us.  In fact, with that rousing round of applause, would you mind welcoming my wife of 32 years, the Second Lady of the United States of America?  (Applause.)  My wife Karen will be joining your First Lady later today, and she’s already been enjoying the extraordinary experience of healthcare for children here in Buenos Aires, earlier today.  This is a historic moment of progress in Argentina and in freedom-loving countries across Latin America.  And I’m read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Macri of Argentina in Joint Press Conference

15 Aug 15:14 | US Politics and Govt

Quinta de Olivos Buenos Aires, Argentina PRESIDENT MACRI:  (As interpreted.)  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  And thank you joining us on a special morning.  I would like to welcome and thank the Vice President of the United States for this official visit.   This truly certifies the level of interest and enthusiasm with regard to our country, given that we've started to build trust, to become predictable, and, clearly, that is the beginning of a process of employment generation in our country as it brings investments, most definitely -- investments which are necessary for our country's development. In addition, this reflects a relationship which began to heal 19 months ago, by starting to look for common areas.  And this was obviously certified when I went to Washington and met with President Trump.  This involves the affection there is between our countries. read more »

Press Releases: Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

15 Aug 14:31 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Via Teleconference August 15, 2017 MS NAUERT: Well, welcome to our call today with Ambassador Mike Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak will talk about the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which Secretary Tillerson released about an hour ago here at the State Department. This call is on-the-record, although it’s embargoed until the end of the call. With that, I’ll turn it over to Ambassador Kozak. Thank you, sir. AMBASSADOR KOZAK: read more »

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

15 Aug 11:32 | US Politics and Govt

Dear Mr. Speaker:     (Dear Mr. President:) Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice, stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001, as amended by Executive Order 13637 of March 8, 2013, relating to the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979 is to continue in effect for 1 year beyond August 17, 2017. Sincerely, DONALD J. TRUMP read more »

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Export Control Regulations

15 Aug 11:24 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY  WITH RESPECT TO EXPORT CONTROL REGULATIONS On August 17, 2001, the President issued Executive Order 13222 pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).  In that order, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States related to the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (50 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.).  Because the Congress has not renewed the Export Administration Act, the national emergency declared on August 17, 2001, must continue in effect beyond August 17, 2017.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency decread more »

Press Releases: India Independence Day

15 Aug 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate their independence day and continue the journey we began together 70 years ago. The United States is proud to stand with the people of India, the world’s largest democracy, in the cause for freedom and prosperity around the globe. Prime read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

15 Aug 00:13 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to congratulate the 1.2 billion citizens of India, who will celebrate 70 years of freedom and independence on August 15. The leaders resolved to enhance peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region by establishing a new 2-by-2 ministerial dialogue that will elevate their strategic consultations.  As the leaders of two of the world’s largest and fastest-growing major economies, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi looked forward to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India this November.  President Trump has asked Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to lead the United States summit delegation.  President Trump further welcomed the first ever shipment of American crude oil to India, which will occur from Texas this month, pledging that the United States would continue to be a reliable, long-term supplier of energy.  Prime Minister Modi thanked President Trumread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Telephone Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

15 Aug 00:11 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.  The two leaders exchanged views on the growing threat from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the DPRK’s most recent threats to United States and Japanese territory.   President Trump reaffirmed that the United States stands ready to defend and respond to any threat or actions taken by North Korea against the United States or its allies, South Korea and Japan.  President Trump and Prime Minister Abe also discussed a range of other regional and global issues of mutual interest. read more »

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