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Press Releases: Quartet Envoys' Joint Press Statement - July 22, 2017

22 Jul 16:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 22, 2017 The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations are deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded. Notiread more »

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

21 Jul 17:56 | US Politics and Govt

The President’s Weekly Address is now available to watch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and WH.gov. read more »

Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran

21 Jul 17:17 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad.  The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without just cause or due process. For nearly forty years, Iran has used detentions and hostage taking as a tool of state policy, a practice that continues to this day with the recent sentencing of Xiyue Wang to ten years in prison.  Iran is responsible for the care and well-being of every United States citizen in its custody.  President Trump urges Iran to return Robert Levinson home, who has been held for over 10 years, and demands Iran release Siamak and Baquer Namazi, who were taken during the Obama administration, along with all other American citizens unjustly detained by Iran.  President Trump is prepared to impose new and serious consequences on Iran unless all unjustly imprisoned American citizens are read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Fourth Wave of United States Attorney Candidate Nominations

21 Jul 17:05 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his fourth wave of United States Attorney candidates.  The United States Attorney serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer within his or her Federal judicial district.  These six candidates share the President’s vision for “Making America Safe Again.”  Accordingly, the President today announced his intent to nominate these individuals to serve as United States Attorney: If confirmed, Mark A. Klaassen of Wyoming will serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming.  Mr. Klaassen is currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Wyoming, where he has served for more than eight years.  From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief of Staff to the General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, and he also served as General Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2007.   Mr. Klaassen began his career as read more »

Remarks by President Trump at Visit with Survivors from the USS Arizona

21 Jul 16:51 | US Politics and Govt

Oval Office 2:51 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Today it's my distinct privilege to welcome to the White House three of the five living survivors of the USS Arizona.  This is their first time to our nation's capital -- Ken, Lauren, and Don.  I hope this trip does honor to you and your truly heroic service and we wanted to thank you all.  That is so good.  Thank you very much.  Thank you for giving me the nicest hardware, plus a beautiful patch.  Thank you. For these three World War II veterans, December 7th, 1941, the brutal attack on Pearl Harbor is forever seared into their memories.  It's also seared into America's memory because, on that grim day, this mighty nation was roused to defend freedom itself. Each of them has a harrowing story of courage to share.  They tell us of the American spirit under fire, and of the wiread more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon

21 Jul 15:47 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump will host Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the White House on July 25. The two leaders will discuss issues of mutual concern, including the fight against terrorism, the economy, and refugees. This meeting will serve as an important opportunity to strengthen the bilateral relationship and will encourage other international and regional partners to support Lebanon as it faces a wide range of challenges. read more »

Press Releases: Poland: Independence of the Judiciary 

21 Jul 15:30 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial independence and weaken the rule of law in Poland. We urge all sides to ensure that any judicial reform does not violate Poland’s constitution or international legal obligations and respects the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers. Poland is aread more »

Press Releases: United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker Travel to Ukraine, France, Belgium, Austria, and the United Kingdom

21 Jul 14:23 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker will travel to eastern Ukraine on July 21 to meet with those who have been affected by Russian aggression and to discuss the importance of security and safety for all Ukrainians. On July 24, he will be in Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian officials to discuss the path to restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He will then travel to Paris toread more »

Remarks by the Vice President and Secretary Price at a Roundtable Discussion on Healthcare

21 Jul 13:21 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office 1:11 P.M. EDT VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  On behalf of the President, welcome to the White House. I’m truly honored to be able to welcome organizations that literally represent millions of Americans and millions of businesses back here to the White House at such a critical time in our efforts to rescue the American people from the disastrous policies of Obamacare.  I’m grateful to be joined by groups ranging from the Chamber of Commerce and NFIB, to Concerned Women for America, the National Taxpayers Union, American Conservative Union, Club for Growth and the like.  But thank you to each and every one of you for the way your organizations have stepped forward to make the case to the American people that we can repeal and replace Obamacare with policies that are built on freedom, that are built on state-based reform, and that will give the American people access to thread more »

Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States

21 Jul 12:41 | US Politics and Govt

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - -  ASSESSING AND STRENGTHENING THE MANUFACTURING AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  A healthy manufacturing and defense industrial base and resilient supply chains are essential to the economic strength and national security of the United States.  The ability of the United States to maintain readiness, and to surge in response to an emergency, directly relates to the capacity, capabilities, and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains.  Modern supply chains, however, are often long and the ability of the United States to manufacture or obtain goods critical to national security could be hamread more »

Press Releases: State Department Amendments to the Terrorist Designation of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade

21 Jul 10:24 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2017 The Department of State has amended the designation of Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 to change the group’s primary name to Khalid bin Al-Walid Army and to add new aliases. U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with the Khalid bin Al-Walid Army, and all property and interests in property of the organizatiread more »

Press Releases: Remarks With Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah Before Their Meeting

21 Jul 10:12 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC July 21, 2017 read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his Administration

20 Jul 18:16 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: John R. Bass of New York to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  Mr. Bass, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988.  He is currently Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, a position he has held since 2014.  He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Georgia from 2009 to 2012.  Mr. Bass has spent much of the past decade supporting Federal Government efforts to mobilize allies and marshal resources to combat terrorism and instability in Iraq, Syria, and Southwest Asia.  He has served at six read more »

Three Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

20 Jul 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Bart M. Davis, of Idaho, to be United States Attorney for the District of Idaho for the term of four years, vice Wendy J. Olson, resigned. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., of Utah, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation. Joshua J. Minkler, of Indiana, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana for the term of four years, vice Joseph H. Hogsett, resigned. read more »

Press Releases: 40th Annual British American Parliamentary Group Arrives in the United States

20 Jul 17:15 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On July 24, eight British Members of Parliament (MPs) will begin the 40th annual British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) exchange program in Washington, D.C. The MPs will meet with Republican and Democratic members of Congress before traveling to their counterpart U.S. Representatives’ homeread more »

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, 7/20/2017

20 Jul 17:15 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:27 P.M. EDT MR. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Before we get into the briefing today, I wanted to reiterate the President's statement from last night and say that the thoughts and prayers of the entire administration are with Senator John McCain, his wife Cindy, and their entire family.   As the President said, throughout his life, a distinguished career in public service, Senator McCain has always been a fighter, and we know that he will bring that unflappable spirit to his latest challenge. This morning, the Office of Management and Budget released the first unified agenda update of the Trump administration, which shows that we are blowing away our initial one in and two out goal for regulatory reform. And with that, I'd like to bring out Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to talk more about the administrationread more »

A Message to the Congress of the United States

20 Jul 17:01 | US Politics and Govt

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: 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 prior to 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 with respect to significant transnational criminal organizations declared in Executive Order 13581 of July 24, 2011, is to continue in effect beyond July 24, 2017.  This notice superseded the notice regarding this topic submitted to the Federal Register on July 19, 2017. The activities of significant transnational criminal organizations have reached such scope and gravity tread more »

Notice of Withdrawal Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations

20 Jul 17:00 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS I hereby withdraw the notice "Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations," submitted on July 19, 2017, and submit in lieu thereof the following: On July 24, 2011, by Executive Order 13581, the President declared a national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701–1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the activities of the significant transnational criminal organizations. The activities of significant transnational criminal organizations have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of iread more »

Press Releases: Colombia Independence Day

20 Jul 16:18 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Colombian people on the 207th anniversary of your independence. As the first Independence Day celebrated since the historic peace agreement which ended half a century of conflict, this is an especially meaningful day for the people of Colombia. Colombia and the United States are key partners in maintaining securitread more »

Press Releases: Dialogue and Counterterrorism Cooperation With Sudan

20 Jul 16:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 The United States welcomes the recent announcements by the Governments of Sudan and Saudi Arabia underscoring Sudan’s commitment to sustain positive dialogue with the United States and to continue collective efforts to fight terrorism. As outlined in the 2016 U.S. Country Report on Terrorism issued July 19, the United States notes Sudan’s improved counterterrorismread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Pharmaceutical Glass Packaging Initiative Announcement

20 Jul 15:50 | US Politics and Govt

Roosevelt Room 3:05 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  Very exciting -- and exciting times at the White House.  A lot of things happening that are so great for our country.  I want to welcome Made in America Week.  This is what we call Made in America --right here, and they’re all here.  Some of the great business minds, businesses geniuses.  Congratulations fellas, that’s not a bad statement.  (Laughter.)  But they’re right here with us, and I’ll tell you it’s an honor to have them.  We’re continuing our celebration of American manufacturing, and it has been something very important to us -- Made in the USA, Made in America -- and our tribute to the skill, dedication, and grit of the American worker.  We’re showcasing products from all around the country that are stamped with the beautiful letters "Made in the USA."   Today I’m proud to read more »

Press Releases: Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

20 Jul 15:10 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 20, 2017 The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union. Begin Text: The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensiveread more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on House Passage of the Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2017

20 Jul 14:20 | U.S. News

I commend the House of Representatives for voting today to reauthorize, for the first time, the Department of Homeland Security.  Since its formation nearly fifteen years ago in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, DHS has been on the front lines of the Federal Government’s efforts to keep the American public safe.      The United States continues to face evolving security challenges posed by terrorists, natural hazards, transnational criminal organizations, human traffickers, drug smugglers, and adversaries waging attacks in cyberspace.  The Homeland Security Authorization Act ensures that Secretary Kelly and the more than 240,000 DHS employees and contractors who work tirelessly to protect our country, and ensure our national preparedness, have all of the tools necessary to carry out their mission.    The Homeland Security Authorization Act also authorizes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enfread more »

Gorka: With Trump, America is back

20 Jul 13:46 | US Politics and Govt

“We are only one-half year into Donald Trump's presidency. In that very brief period, we have seen the nation's economy re-energized, illegal migration plummet, the NATO alliance revitalized, and the president order new measures to secure America from terrorists.” America is back with the first 6 months of Trump By Sebastian Gorka The Hill July 20, 2017  Donald Trump won the presidential election against Hillary Clinton with a very simple message: I will fix the economy, build the wall, and destroy ISIS. In this, he channeled the simplicity of Ronald Reagan's own election platform. Then-Gov. Reagan promised to restore Americans’ faith in our nation, to fix the economic “malaise” of the Carter years, and to defeat the Soviet Union once and for all. For the Trump campaign, and now the Trump administration, our approach is summarized under the “Make Ameread more »

Navarro: A Made in America Presidency

20 Jul 11:06 | Business

“This is ‘Made in America Week,’ and the president’s actions have already shown that this will be truly a Made in America presidency.” Trump White House: We’re seeing strong results By Peter Navarro USA Today July 20, 2017 … President Trump has been hard at work to save our jobs and revive manufacturing. He signed an executive order targeting the abusive use of waivers and exceptions to “Buy American” laws, which are meant to prioritize U.S. government spending on American companies, and we are already seeing strong results. He signed an executive order promoting more flexible apprenticeships to fully equip our workers for the jobs of the future. Around the country, companies are responding by dramatically boosting their workforce training initiatives. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the disastrous Paris climate accord wread more »

President Donald J. Trump's Six Months of America First

20 Jul 10:55 | Business

“Together, we are working every day for the citizens of this country: protecting their safety, bringing back their jobs and, in all things, putting AMERICA FIRST.” – President Donald J. Trump   BRINGING ACCOUNTABILITY BACK TO GOVERNMENT: In six months in office, President Trump has followed through on his promise to the American people to bring accountability back to government. President Trump fulfilled his promise to the American people by nominating and, after Senate confirmation, appointing Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. President Trump implemented higher ethical standards to make sure his Administration works for the American people. President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing tough new lobbying standards for political appointees, including a five-year ban on lobbyingread more »

Press Releases: Belgium National Day

20 Jul 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 20, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belgium on the occasion of your national day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, when U.S. and Belgian soldiers fought and died together in defense of a free and peaceful Europe. Since then, our steadfast alliance has continued to grow and deepen through Worlread more »

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders - 7/19/2017

19 Jul 21:49 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:58 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Thanks for being patient.  Wanted to make sure we had time for the lunch the President was holding to wrap up.  I know there is a pretty high level of interest in that.  And so due to that, we have Marc Short, the President's Director of Legislative Affairs, here to give a quick rundown of the discussion and answer any questions that you all may have.  And then, as always, I'll be back up to follow up with any other questions.  Thanks. MR. SHORT:  Thanks, Sarah, and thank you all for being here.  As you probably saw in the opening remarks from the President, he made the case to the American people and to the members attending the lunch that inaction is not an option.  That Obamacare has continued to implode.  That promises of reductions in premiums of $2,500 have not proven true, anread more »

Statement from President Donald J. Trump

19 Jul 21:47 | US Politics and Govt

Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.  read more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif

19 Jul 21:27 | US Politics and Govt

The United States is very concerned about tensions surrounding the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif, a site holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and calls upon the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to make a good faith effort to reduce tensions and to find a solution that assures public safety and the security of the site and maintains the status quo.  The United States will continue to closely monitor the developments. read more »

Press Releases: Under Secretary Shannon Travel to Vienna, Austria

19 Jul 20:51 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon will travel to Vienna, Austria, July 20-22, to lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Under Secretary Shannon will be accompanied by experts and officials from relevant U.S. government agencies. JCPOA participants attending the Joint Commission meeting will include all the members oread more »

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

19 Jul 19:25 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Joseph Balash of Alaska to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Land and Mineral Management. Mr. Balash currently serves as the Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Sullivan. He is the former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which has management responsibility for one of the largest single portfolios of land and water resources in the world. Previously he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2010, he advised two governors on natural resource policy, permitting, and energy. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2006, he served in a variety of legislative staff positions, including Chief of Staff to the President of the Alaskan Senate. He graduated from Ben Eielson Jr.-Sr. High School in 1993. He is married with two children.read more »

Remarks by President Trump at Made in America Roundtable

19 Jul 19:25 | US Politics and Govt

State Dining Room 3:49 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, who's going to make the first presentation?  I want to buy something.  (Laughter.)  But only if it's made in America, right?  (Applause.)  I want to thank you all.   And Michael was a supporter of ours right from the beginning, which I really appreciate.  It's good to see you here.  It's fantastic.  And I actually bought a couple of pillows, and they're very good.  I have to tell you, they're great.  I've slept so much better ever since.  (Laughter.)  So, thank you very much, Michael. Good afternoon and welcome to the White House.  We're here today to continue our celebration of American manufacturing as part of Made in America Week.  The leaders and innovators around this table create the products that fill our homes, defend our nation, and enread more »

Presidential Executive Order Establishing a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure

19 Jul 19:09 | US Politics and Govt

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ESTABLISHING A PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON INFRASTRUCTURE By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  It shall be the policy of the executive branch to advance infrastructure projects that create high-quality jobs for American workers, enhance productivity, improve quality of life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic growth. Sec. 2.  Establishment of Council.  There is established in the Department of Commerce the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure (Council). Sec. 3.  Membership of Council.  (a)  The Council shall be composed of not more than 15 members.  The members shall be appointed by the President and drawn from the public with relread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence and Elected Officials at the First Meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

19 Jul 15:16 | World

Eisenhower Executive Office Building 11:40 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. President.  And with that, ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to call the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to order. Our first order of business is to recognize each of our members and to make introductions and brief remarks.  I'd like to start with a few comments of my own in addition to the remarks that I made from the podium. First and foremost, let me commend each one of you for stepping forward to serve your country in this capacity.  As you heard from the President and from me earlier, we are truly grateful for your willingness to step forward.  This is a bipartisan group that will perform a nonpartisan service to the American people.  Our goal, as the executive order asserts, is to help promote free and honest federal electread more »

Press Releases: Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell on the Release of Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

19 Jul 13:59 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Justin Siberell Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism  Via Teleconference July 19, 2017 MS NAUERT: Thank you so much. Good morning, everyone, and thanks so much for calling in for this. It’s an on-the-record briefing with our Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell. The call will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call, but we’re glad that you’re here to join us right now. read more »

Eighteen Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate Today

19 Jul 13:36 | US Politics and Govt

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Kurt G. Alme, of Montana, to be United States Attorney for the District of Montana for the term of four years, vice Michael W. Cotter, resigned. Annemarie Carney Axon, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, vice Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, retired. Peter Henry Barlerin, of Colorado, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cameroon. John J. Bartrum, of Indiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, vice Ellen Gloninger Murray. Liles Clifton Burke, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, vice C. Lynwood Smith, retired. Stephen Censky, of Missouri, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, vice Kryread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Meeting

19 Jul 13:01 | US Politics and Govt

Eisenhower Executive Office Building 11:28 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, good morning.  Please be seated.  On behalf of the First Family, welcome to the White House.  And welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Just over two months ago, on May the 11th, President Trump signed an executive order to create a commission to, in his words, help to “promote fair and honest federal elections” -- the foundation of our democracy. Election integrity matters to every American.  President Calvin Coolidge reminded us, in his words, that the “whole system of American government rests on the ballot box.”  And President Reagan declared that the “right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties.”  By establishing this commission, President Trump is taking action to ensure that the ballot box remains inviolate, and that tread more »

Press Releases: State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

19 Jul 12:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation; and contains infread more »

A Message to the Congress of the United States

19 Jul 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: 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 with respect to significant transnational criminal organizations declared in Executive Order 13581 of July 24, 2011, is to continue in effect beyond July 24, 2017. Significant transnational criminal organizations continue to threaten the safety of the United States and its citizens through the scope and gravity of their actions.  Such organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct and overread more »

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations

19 Jul 12:23 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - -  CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS On July 24, 2011, by Executive Order 13581, the President declared a national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701–1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the activities of significant transnational criminal organizations. Significant transnational criminal organizations continue to threaten the safety of the United States and its citizens through the scope and gravity of their actions.  Such organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct and overwhelmingly demonstrate a blatant disregard for human life through acts of violence and abuseread more »

Press Releases: Respecting Religious Freedom in Russia

19 Jul 10:59 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2017 The Russian Supreme Court’s decision this week against the Jehovah’s Witnesses is the latest in a disturbing trend of persecution of religious minorities in Russia. We urge the Russian authorities to lift the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ activities in Russia, to reverse the closing of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrative Center, and to release aread more »

Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - July 18, 2017

18 Jul 19:18 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT MIDDLE EAST PEACE TURKEY read more »

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

18 Jul 19:18 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation. Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman. He currently serves as Chairman of both the Atlantic Council, a premier foreign policy think tank, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. His robust record of public service includes service as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore, Deputy United States Trade Representative, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. He was also twice elected Governor of Utah. In the private sector he is a director on numerous corporate boards including Hilton, Chevron, Ford Motor Company, and Caterpread more »

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

18 Jul 18:59 | World

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Russian Federation.  Governor Jon Huntsman has had a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat, and businessman.  He currently serves as Chairman of both the Atlantic Council, a premier foreign policy think tank, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.  His robust record of public service includes service as U.S. Ambassador to China and to Singapore,  Deputy United States Trade Representative, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development.  He was also twice elected Governor of Utah.  In the private sector he is a director on numerous corporate boards including Hilton, Chevron, Ford Motor read more »

Press Releases: U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Policy Planning Dialogue

18 Jul 17:11 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2017 Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning Brian Hook will hold a trilateral meeting with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Foreign Policy Satoshi Suzuki and Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General of the Policy Planning Bureau Ma Sang-Yoon in Washington, D.C. on July 19. The three plan to exchange views and coordinate policy on a widread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa’id Al Sa’id of Oman

18 Jul 16:45 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al Sa’id of Oman. President Trump underscored the importance of close bilateral cooperation. The two leaders discussed ways to resolve regional conflicts, and President Trump emphasized the need to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region. read more »

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 7/18/2017

18 Jul 16:19 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:34 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS:  The second door was already open.  You guys must be ready for me.  I apologize for the delays.  Good afternoon.  Today, the Trump administration continued to shine a spotlight on the people, products, and principles that have made this country great with an event hosted by Secretary Zinke, celebrating the American outdoor recreation industry.  The United States has a long tradition of preserving the all-American outdoor experience, dating back to the days of President Theodore Roosevelt.  And we've developed a booming industry to support that tradition that employs 7.6 million across the country, building boats and RVs, or supplying campers, fishers, and hunters. The importance of exploring, innovating, and building here at home has always been a central part of our country's heritage.  read more »

Remarks by President Trump at Luncheon with Servicemembers

18 Jul 14:03 | US Politics and Govt

Roosevelt Room 12:35 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I’m pleased to have Vice President Pence with us and four great soldiers who spent a lot of time in Afghanistan.  And I’m going to be talking to you about Afghanistan -- what you think, your views.  These are people on the ground -- know it probably better than anybody.  You know it pretty well, right?   And we’re going to be getting some ideas because we’ve been there -- it’s our longest war -- we’ve been there for many years.  We’ve been there for now close to 17 years, and I want to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.  I’ve heard plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from the people on the ground.   So this is actually a very important luncheon, and it’s a great honor to have you with us.  And I lookread more »

Remarks by the Vice President to the Retail Advocates Summit

18 Jul 12:10 | US Politics and Govt

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C.  10:35 A.M. EDT VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Matthew Shay.  Thank you for that very kind introduction and your great leadership here.  And I offer all of you a warm -- very warm -- welcome to our Nation’s Capital.  Welcome to Washington, D.C. It’s an honor to be here with you today with so many great American success stories, cornerstones of American communities, large and small, the members of the National Retail Federation here at the 83rd annual Retail Advocates Summit.  Great to see you all.  (Applause.)  And I bring greetings this morning from a friend of mine, who’s a businessman who knows just a little bit about retail, who’s fighting every single day to unleash a new era of American opportunity and prosperity, I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America -- President Donread more »

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