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Press Releases: On-the-Record Briefing With Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning

12:38 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning, State Department New York, NY September 21, 2017 MR HOOK: I think the Secretary’s participation in the Joint Commission Ministerial I think was a highlight of the UN General Assembly because it allowed the Secretary to – for the first time in this administration at the ministerial level – meet with the signatories of the Iran nuclear deal and present the comprehensive threat that the Iranian regime poses to international peace and security. He walked through the full range of the Iranian regime’s malign activitieread more »

Press Releases: Civilian Victims of Syrian and Russian Airstrikes in Idlib and Hama Provinces

9:19 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 The United States is concerned by reports of airstrikes in Idlib province and northern Hama province on September 19 and 20 that killed at least three medical personnel and damaged a number of medical facilities, emergency equipment, and civil defense centers. These attacks fit an all-too-familiar pattern in which medical facilities and personnel – and tread more »

Press Briefing by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley

6:40 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

New York Hilton Midtown – Rhinelander Gallery South New York, New York 4:37 P.M. EDT AMBASSADOR HALEY: Good afternoon. Well, we have had a very productive and strong week at the U.N. You saw the United States had a very strong presence with the President, the Vice President, and many members of the national security team, as well as his economic team. The United States was out in full force, and I think the U.N. felt it, but I think it was extremely productive. If you look at the beginning of the week, and we started with U.N. reform. You had the President and the Secretary General rolling out massive reforms for the U.N. What was extraordinary was we had 130 countries that have now signed on to that reform. That's over two-thirds of the General Assembly, which is who is going to vote on this at the end. So that was a great start to the week. Then you saw the President's address to the General Asseread more »

Press Releases: U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

6:23 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 Maintaining its steadfast commitment to getting lifesaving support to the people of Syria impacted by conflict wherever they are, the United States today announced more than $697 million in additional humanitarian assistance. State Department Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees Acting Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw made this announcement at the UN General Assembly. It brings U.S. humanitarian assistance to nearly $read more »

Press Releases: Zoohackathon 2017 Launches in the United States, the U.K., and India

5:51 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 The U.S. Department of State will host the second annual Zoohackathon on September 22-24 at the San Diego Zoo and on October 6-8 at the Zoological Society of London and the World Wildlife Fund in New Delhi. Wildlife trafficking – the poaching, illegal transit, trade and sale of wildlife – is the world’s fourth largest transnational crime. In addition to decimating populations of Earth’s most iread more »

Press Briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

5:48 pm Eastern | World

New York Hilton Midtown – Rhinelander Gallery South New York, New York 3:03 P.M. EDT SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Hello, everybody. Nice to see you. Glad to be here with all of you. It's been a very productive week at the United Nations. I've been pleased to be here with the President. Today, the President strengthened -- he signed an executive order that strengthened the U.S. government's ability to cut off funding to the North Korean regime and its weapons development program. Despite multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continues to threaten the world and his neighbors with provocative nuclear and missile tests. President Trump's new executive order significantly expands Treasury's authorities to target those who enable this regime's economic activity wherever they are located. For too long, North Korea has evaded sanctions and used thread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Erdoğan of Turkey Before Bilateral Meeting

5:12 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 3:13 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s a great honor and privilege -- because he’s become a friend of mine -- to introduce President Erdoğan of Turkey. He’s running a very difficult part of the world. He’s involved very, very strongly and, frankly, he’s getting very high marks. And he’s also been working with the United States. We have a great friendship as countries. I think we’re, right now, as close as we have ever been. And a lot of that has to do with the personal relationship. So, President, thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have you in the United States. Thank you. PRESIDENT ERDOĞAN: (As interpreted.) Thank you so much, Mr. President. We are here in New York, in the United States, to attend the General Assembly of the United Nations. And my dear friend, Donald, we are getting together with you as the delegations, and wread more »

Press Releases: Joint Statement From the Ministerial Discussion on Syria

5:00 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 Ministers of Canada, Denmark, Egypt, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States met September 18 to discuss Syria and related issues. They agreed on the following points, which will guide their united efforts: 1) There is only a political solution to the Syria crisis to be arrived at through read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Department of State and espnW Join Forces for the Annual Global Sports Mentoring Program

3:16 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 21, 2017 From September 25 to October 31, seventeen international delegates and American sports sector mentors will take part in the annual U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP). In its sixth year, this program supports the U.S. Department of State’s global efforts to advance the rights and participation of womread more »

Presidential Executive Order on Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea

2:51 pm Eastern | U.S. News

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - IMPOSING ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO NORTH KOREA By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (22 U.S.C. 287c) (UNPA), section 1 of title II of Public Law 65-24, ch. 30, June 15, 1917, as amended (50 U.S.C. 191), sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code; and in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2321 of November 30, 2016, UNSCR 2356 of June 2, 2017, UNSCR 2371 of August 5, 2017, and UNSCR 2375 of September 11, 2017, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of read more »

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

2:48 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued the enclosed Executive Order (the "order") with respect to North Korea. The order takes further steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, as modified in scope by and relied upon for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders. In 2008, upon terminating the exercise of certain authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act (TWEA) with respect to North Korea, the President issued Executive Order 13466, declaring a national emergency under IEEPA and the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the existence of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the attendant riskread more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Increases Pressure to Cut off Funding for North Korea

2:46 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

STRONG FINANCIAL SANCTIONS: President Trump today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to North Korea. The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, and, economy of the United States and a disturbance of the international relations of the United States. The United States is committed to targeting all means used by North Korea to earn, access, and transfer funds that North Korea uses to further its WMD programs. We must maximize pressure on North Korea to demonstrate to its leadership that the best and only path is to return to denuclearization. The E.O. also authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions on persons involved in: read more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Increases Pressure to Cut off Funding for North Korea

2:46 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

STRONG FINANCIAL SANCTIONS: President Trump today issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to North Korea. The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, and, economy of the United States and a disturbance of the international relations of the United States. The United States is committed to targeting all means used by North Korea to earn, access, and transfer funds that North Korea uses to further its WMD programs. We must maximize pressure on North Korea to demonstrate to its leadership that the best and only path is to return to denuclearization. TARGETING TRADE AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: These new authorities target individuals and entities that engage in trade with North Korea as well as the financial institutionsread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Bilateral Meeting

2:25 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 1:34 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's wonderful to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- doing a wonderful job, doing a great job for the people of Japan. We have had numerous discussions already today, and this is a formalization of the discussions. We've made a lot of progress, both on trade and obviously, very importantly, we've discussed in great detail North Korea -- with also South Korea as you just saw. So we will continue the dialogue. The relationship has never been closer, I believe, with Japan and the United States, and it will continue onward that way. I look forward to discussing some things that the group is here specifically to discuss. And we'll be reporting back to you later. So thank you all very much. You heard about China; you heard what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That wread more »

Remarks by President Trump, President Moon of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Trilateral Meeting

2:23 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 12:15 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Today I'm announcing a new executive order I just signed that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. As I outlined at my address to the United Nations General Assembly, North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development is a grave threat to peace and security in our world. And it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime. The brutal North Korean regime does not respect its own citizens or the sovereignty of other nations. Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind. The order enhances the Treasury Department's authorities to target any individual or entity that conread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of the Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

2:21 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 11:32 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's a great privilege to be with President Moon of South Korea. As you probably know, we've had a few discussions over the last number of months, and I actually think we're making a lot of headway in a lot of different ways. We are on a very friendly basis working on trade and working on trade agreements, and we'll see how that all comes out. But much more importantly, frankly, than trade is the other aspect of our relationship that we're working with -- and that has to do with North Korea. So we are meeting on a constant basis. We'll be meeting in a little while, also, with Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and that will be a tri-meeting. So we will see. But I think we're making a lot of progress in a lot of different ways. Stay tuned. Stay tuned. Would you like to sayread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Poroshenko of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting

21 Sep 11:44 | SciTech

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 10:22 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's wonderful to have President Poroshenko with us. We spent some time recently in the White House, and I know you've made good progress since then -- a lot of progress, actually. And I wouldn't say it's the easiest place right now to live, but you're making it better and better on a daily basis. And I do hear very, very good things. So Ukraine is coming along pretty well -- pretty well. And at the borders, maybe you'll tell them how you're doing. Thank you. Thank you for being here. PRESIDENT POROSHENKO: Thank you very much indeed, Mr. President. That's a real great honor for me to be here in the city which is so close to you. And I'm really happy to hear the words about the progress we both demonstrate after our last meeting. But first of all,read more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Ghani of Afghanistan Before Bilateral Meeting

21 Sep 11:43 | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 9:35 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Good morning. It's a pleasure to have President Ghani of Afghanistan with us. We're working very well together. We're working very hard. Our military is, as you know, over there right now and doing, really, an incredible job -- more of leadership than fighting. We're leading a lot of wonderful Afghan troops who are fighting very hard. We were just discussing that, and great progress is being made. So it's an honor to have you and all of your representatives with us. Thank you very much. PRESIDENT GHANI: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, first of all, I'd like to pay tribute to American soldiers, officers, and civilians, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. That sacrifice can now result in a stable Afghanistan. I want to thank you on behalf of the peopread more »

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

21 Sep 11:18 | SciTech

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Dana Baiocco of Ohio to be Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a 7-year term beginning October 27, 2017. Ms. Baiocco was born and raised in Yorkville, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 1998 and from Duquesne University School of Law in 1997, cum laude. She served as a federal judicial law clerk to The Honorable Gustave Diamond, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, from 1996-1998. Ms. Baiocco joined the law firm of Jones Day in 1998 in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office, and became a partner 2007. She was one of the founding partners of Jones Day’s Boston office, which opened in 2011. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Bar Associations, served as the chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates from 2009 to 2011 and also serread more »

Press Releases: Armenian National Day

21 Sep 10:51 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 21, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Armenia on the 26th anniversary of your independence. We commend the progress your country has made since independence and are proud of the work we have done together. We are committed to advancing democracy and promoting a robust and transparent economy in Armenia. We tread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

21 Sep 09:47 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump met yesterday with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom. They discussed approaches to end Iran’s destabilizing influence in Syria and Iraq. The two leaders also reviewed next steps on the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump asked the United Kingdom to increase pressure on North Korea to denuclearize. The President and Prime Minister exchanged views on how to improve the two countries’ joint efforts on counterterrorism, including addressing the use of the Internet by terrorists. Prime Minister May briefed President Trump on the status of the Brexit negotiations. ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with African Leaders

21 Sep 09:45 | Weather

Donald J. Trump yesterday hosted a working luncheon in New York with the leaders of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda to discuss how the United States and Africa can work toward prosperity and peace. They discussed a pragmatic strategy to focus on security, infrastructure, economic, and other common interests. The leaders expressed wide enthusiasm that this approach will reduce opportunities for terrorism and increase the possibility for job growth among Africans and Americans. They also addressed other global challenges, including the threat from North Korea. ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

21 Sep 09:44 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority met yesterday in New York to continue working toward an enduring Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. The President noted that he is encouraged by the serious and constructive conversations among all parties. President Trump stressed that it will be important throughout the talks for all parties to do everything possible to create an atmosphere conducive to making peace, and that he is personally committed to improving the economic opportunities available to the Palestinian people. ### read more »

President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Canada to attend the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

21 Sep 08:40 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump today announced the Presidential Delegates that will accompany First Lady Melania Trump to Canada for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 23, 2017. Mrs. Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable David Shulkin, Secretary of Veteran Affairs The Honorable John Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State Ms. Elizabeth Moore Aubin, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Ottawa Mrs. Karen Kelly, Gold Star Mother Ms. Nancy Lopez, Professional Golfer Mr. Wayne Newton, Entertainer, Chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle and Celebrity Spokesperson for the America Indian and Alaska Native Veterans Monument ### read more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves Puerto Rico Disaster Declaration

21 Sep 08:37 | Weather

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Maria beginning on September 17, 2017, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the municipalities of Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Arecibo, Arroyo, Barceloneta, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas , Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Cayey, Ceiba, Ciales, Cidra, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Florida, Guayama, Guaynabo, Gurabo, Humacao, Jayuya, Juana Díaz, Juncos, Las Piedras, Loíza, Luquillo, Manati, Maunabo, Morovis, Naguabo, Naranjito, Orocovis, Patillas, Ponce, Rio Grande, Salinas, San Juan, San Lorenzo, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Toa Alta, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, and Yabucoa. Assistance can include grants for temporary housingread more »

President Donald J. Trump Approves U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Declaration

21 Sep 08:34 | Weather

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and ordered Federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in the territory due to Hurricane Maria beginning on September 16, 2017, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals on the island of St. Croix. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding is available to the territory and to certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in all of the islands in the territory. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the territory. Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Aread more »

WTAS Editorial Boards and Commentators Praise President Donald J. Trump's Address to the UN General Assembly

21 Sep 08:31 | US Politics and Govt

New York Post Editorial Board: “Rarely has the UN hall heard a more honest appraisal of the global scene or a stronger vow of resolve to fight threats than President’s Trump’s first address to the General Assembly on Tuesday. ‘In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,’ tweeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Nor could there have been a more stark contrast with the speeches his predecessor, Barack Obama, gave: Trump made no apologies for America’s past and even boasted of US exceptionalism.” National Review Editorial Board: “In his first address to the United Nations, Donald Trump delivered a solid and necessary defense of the importance of national sovereignty, defended an American-centered world order, and spoke forthrightly about threats to international peace and security emanating from North Korea and other rogue states.” The Washington Times Editorial Board: “He gave the delegates tread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Al-Sisi of Egypt Before Bilateral Meeting

21 Sep 08:28 | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 4:35 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It is a great honor to have with us today President Al Sisi of Egypt. We have worked long and hard, and we are making a lot of progress on a lot of different fronts, and we appreciate everything that you’ve done. PRESIDENT AL SISI: Thank you very much. PRESIDENT TRUMP: And I know you appreciate everything that we’ve done. (Laughter.) But the relationship is very good, and thank you very much for your representatives. The relationship really has been very, very good, and we look forward to continuing today and tomorrow. PRESIDENT AL SISI: Thank you very much. (As interpreted.) I thank you, Your Excellency, as well, for making the time to meet. This is a very good chance that we are meeting once more, and I’d like to thank you and extend my appreciation for all the support you’re giving to Egypt. read more »

Press Releases: Remarks at a Press Availability

20 Sep 23:02 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Hilton Midtown Hotel New York City September 20, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good evening, all. I want to begin, first, by extending our condolences to all those who have suffered, continue to suffer, from the devastation from the natural disasters that we are witnessing around the Western Hemisphere. Obviously, thiread more »

Press Releases: A Message of Solidarity for Dominica and the Caribbean

20 Sep 18:14 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Dominica and all those across the Caribbean region affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The United States stands ready to work with you and our international partners to provide immediate disaster relief. We are in the process of coordinating the best possible package of assistance. Thread more »

Press Releases: Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government's Planned Referendum

20 Sep 18:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on independence, planned for September 25. All of Iraq’s neighbors, and virtually the entire international community, also oppose this referendum. The United States urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to accept the alternative, which is a serious and sustained dialogue with the ceread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People's Republic of China

20 Sep 17:32 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Vice President Mike Pence met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People's Republic of China to discuss the increasing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and its repeated provocative and destabilizing actions. Vice President Pence conveyed U.S. resolve to pressure DPRK to change its dangerous path. The Vice President and Foreign Minister Wang reaffirmed the importance of robust enforcement of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and taking additional steps in response to North Korea's defiant behavior. The two also discussed the need to create a level playing field for trade and investment. ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

20 Sep 16:37 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to extend his condolences for the lives lost and damage caused by yesterday’s earthquake in central Mexico. The President offered assistance and search-and-rescue teams, which are being deployed now. The President also pledged to continue close coordination with Mexico as the two countries respond to the recent earthquakes and hurricanes. ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan

20 Sep 16:30 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump met today with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in New York. The President conveyed the enduring commitment of the United States to Jordan’s security and prosperity. The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation on a range of issues. The President thanked the King for Jordan’s important humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees and affirmed the commitment of the United States to Jordan’s security and to the economic partnership between the two countries. The two sides discussed how to accelerate the defeat of ISIS and resolve the Syrian civil war in a manner consistent with American and Jordanian security interests. The President also praised Jordan’s commitment to opposing Iran’s destabilizing actions and to fighting terrorism of all kinds in the region. ### read more »

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting

20 Sep 16:26 | Weather

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 3:30 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's great to have Prime Minister May from the United Kingdom and her representatives, who are people we know very well through recent trade negotiations. I have to say, we'll be doing a lot of trading with the United Kingdom, and we look forward to it. And we have gotten to know each other over the last period of a year, and it's a real honor to have you here. Thank you very much. PRIME MINISTER MAY: Well, thank you very much, Mr. President. It's good to be here. And as you say, we've had many discussions between our representatives and ourselves on a whole variety of issues, including trade, which will be important for us, but some other issues -- foreign policy issues, our security and defense relationship, which of course is the closest -- the U.K. and the U.S. is the closread more »

President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor

20 Sep 16:06 | U.S. News

WASHINGTON, DC – On October 23, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to United States Army Captain Gary M. Rose (retired) for conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War. Captain Rose will receive the Medal of Honor for voluntarily risking his life on multiple occasions during combat operations, while serving as a medic with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). From September 11 through September 14, 1970, while his unit was engaged with a much larger force deep in enemy-controlled territory, then-Sergeant Rose repeatedly ran into the line of enemy fire to provide critical medical aid to his comrades, using his own body on one occasion to shield a wounded American from harm. On the final day of the mission, although wounded himself, Sergeant Rose voluntarily exposed himself to enemy fire while moving wounded personnel to the extraction point, loading them into helicopters, and helping to repel an enemy assault on the Ameriread more »

President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor

20 Sep 16:06 | Weather

WASHINGTON, DC – On October 23, 2017, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to United States Army Captain Gary M. Rose (retired) for conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War. Captain Rose will receive the Medal of Honor for voluntarily risking his life on multiple occasions during combat operations, while serving as a medic with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). From September 11 through September 14, 1970, while his unit was engaged with a much larger force deep in enemy-controlled territory, then-Sergeant Rose repeatedly ran into the line of enemy fire to provide critical medical aid to his comrades, using his own body on one occasion to shield a wounded American from harm. On the final day of the mission, although wounded himself, Sergeant Rose voluntarily exposed himself to enemy fire while moving wounded personnel to the extraction point, loading them into helicopters, and helping to repel an enemy assault on the Ameriread more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

20 Sep 15:57 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump continues to receive updates from Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long and his Department of Homeland Security team, who are engaged in lifesaving and life-sustaining response operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The President continues to direct all necessary Federal resources to protect the people of the United States territories affected by Hurricane Maria and to support response and recovery efforts with respect to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He and the First Lady send their thoughts and prayers to all those in harm’s way. read more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of Independence Day in Malta

20 Sep 14:58 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 20, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, we send our best wishes to the people of Malta as you celebrate Independence Day. The United States and Malta are longstanding partners. We look forward to deepening our cooperation in support of peace, security, and economic prosperity for our two peoples in the Mediterranean region and beyond. read more »

Remarks by President Trump at Working Lunch with African Leaders

20 Sep 14:57 | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 1:31 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much, General. I appreciate it. And I'm greatly honored to host this lunch, to be joined by the leaders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa. In particular, I want to thank President Condé, who is representing the African Union. Thank you. Thank you. In this room, I see partners for promoting prosperity and peace on a range of economic, humanitarian, and security issues. We hope to extend our economic partnerships with countries who are committed to self-reliance and to fostering opportunities for job creation in both Africa and the United States. Africa has tremendous business potential. I have so many friends going to your countries, trying to get rich. I congratulate you. They're spending a lot of money. But it does -- it has a tremendous businessread more »

Press Releases: Belize's Independence Day

20 Sep 14:54 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 20, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States, we send our best wishes to the people of Belize on your Independence Day, September 21st. Our countries enjoy a long-standing and strong friendship, rooted in shared values and commitment to keeping our citizens safe, supporting democratic institutions, defending human rights, and promoting economic prosperity. read more »

Press Releases: Global Counterterrorism Forum Deliverables Fact Sheet

20 Sep 13:45 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 Below is the text of the fact sheet issued by the Global Counterterrorism Forum on September 20, 2017. Begin text: September 2017 THE DELIVERABLES FACT SHEET The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) continues to provide an informal, a-political, multilateral platform to identify critical civilian counterterrorism (CT) neread more »

Remarks by the Vice President to the UN Security Council

20 Sep 12:58 | World

Security Council Chamber 11:16 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Chairperson Faki, President Ramos-Horta, distinguished members of the Security Council, it’s a great honor to be with you today in the midst of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. As we gather at this historic assembly, I know all of our hearts are with the people of Puerto Rico as they face Hurricane Maria and its aftermath -- and with the people of Mexico City, even now as first responders and families seek to save the lost and find those that are injured in the midst of the earthquake that's now claimed more than 200 lives. Our hearts and our prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico and the people of Mexico, as we gather. We are here today to discuss what I believe is the most important mission of the United Nations: keeping the peace.  Let me begin by thanking Ethiopia for introducing today’s resolution on peacekeeread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority Before Bilateral Meeting

20 Sep 12:54 | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 10:32 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have President Abbas from the Palestinian Authority with us and his representatives, who have been working very hard with everybody involved toward peace. I mean, we're looking seriously at peace, and maybe, ultimately, peace in the whole of the Middle East. And I think we have a pretty good shot -- maybe the best shot ever -- and that's what we're looking to do. And I just want to thank you for all of the time, all of the meetings, all of the work. It's a complex subject; always been considered the toughest deal of all. Peace between Israel and the Palestinians -- the toughest of all. But I think we have a very, very good chance, and I certainly will devote everything within my heart and within my soul to get that deal made. Our team is expert; your team is experread more »

New York Post Editorial Board: “Tough, proud and honest: Trump at the UN”

20 Sep 12:52 | US Politics and Govt

“Rarely has the UN hall heard a more honest appraisal of the global scene or a stronger vow of resolve to fight threats than President’s Trump’s first address to the General Assembly on Tuesday.” Tough, Proud And Honest: Trump At The UN Editorial New York Post September 19, 2017 Rarely has the UN hall heard a more honest appraisal of the global scene or a stronger vow of resolve to fight threats than President’s Trump’s first address to the General Assembly on Tuesday. “In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” tweeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Nor could there have been a more stark contrast with the speeches his predecessor, Barack Obama, gave: Trump made no apologies for America’s past and even boasted of US exceptionalism. “America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history ofread more »

The White House Announces the 2017-2018 Class of White House Fellows

20 Sep 11:23 | US Politics and Govt

Today, the President’s Commission on White House Fellows announces the appointment of the 2017-2018 class of White House Fellows. The prestigious White House Fellows program provides professionals from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to engage in public service for one year by serving in various roles in Federal government. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program was designed “to give the fellows first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” The fellowship was created as a non-partisan program and has maintained this tradition throughout both Republican and Democratic administrations. The mission of the White House Fellows program is to encourage active citizenship and service to the Nation. Throughout the year, fellows actively participate in an education program that expands their knowledge of leadership, policy-makread more »

Press Releases: Violence and Death of Burundi Nationals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

20 Sep 11:20 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The U.S. government is dismayed by the violence and death of more than 30 Burundian nationals and a Congolese soldier in Kamanyola, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (D.R.C.) on September 15. We call upon the Government of the D.R.C. to work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN peacekeepers to ease tensions between Burundiread more »

Remarks by President Trump and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan Before Bilateral Meeting

20 Sep 10:40 | US Politics and Govt

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 9:38 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. It's a great honor to be with the King of Jordan, who has been our partner and ally for a long time. And I think never has the relationship been better than it is right now. And we're working together on many problems, and some things that aren't problems that are very, very good. But we're going to make some of the bad ones turn out good. I just want to thank you for everything you've done, in terms of the refugees and taking care of people that -- who knows what would have happened without you. So I want to thank you and I want to thank everybody involved with you, and you have done an amazing job. Thank you. KING ABDULLAH: Mr. President, thank you very much for having us here. And again, we've met several times this year, and I think that just shows theread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of Pakistan

20 Sep 09:58 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met for the first time with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in New York today. The Vice President and Prime Minister Abbasi had an important conversation about the President's South Asia strategy that was announced late last month. The Vice President highlighted ways that Pakistan could work with the United States and others to bolster stability and prosperity for all in South Asia. The Vice President reiterated President Trump's belief that "Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort" in the region. ### read more »

Statement by Vice President Mike Pence on the Jewish High Holy Days

20 Sep 09:55 | US Politics and Govt

Jews around the world today begin the Ten Days of Repentance, the most reflective period of the Jewish year that begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends on Yom Kippur. The most important word during this most important period of the Jewish year is “Teshuvah,” or Repentance. Teshuva tells us we can change. It tells us that what we have been until this moment need not limit what we can become from this moment. It says we can be better tomorrow than we were today, and that in the affairs of humankind, nothing is fixed. Of all the manifold gifts bestowed upon us by the Almighty, is there any gift greater than the power He gave us to change? Today, it is not just the Jewish people who find themselves and their freedoms imperiled. It is all of us. Therefore let us all approach this Jewish New Year with unity, solidarity, and a renewed strength of purpose. On this Rosh Hashanah, may God bless the Jewish people here and around the world, and may it be Hisread more »

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