Category: US Politics and Govt

Press Releases: Global Counterterrorism Forum Deliverables Fact Sheet

1:45 pm Eastern | 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 »

Thomas J. Butler Named an Associate Regional Director for Examinations in New York Regional Office

1:00 pm Eastern | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Thomas J. Butler has been named an Associate Regional Director for the Investment Adviser and Investment Company examination program in the agency's New York Regional Office.  Mr. Butler is leaving his current position as Director of the SEC's Office of Credit Ratings (OCR), a position he has held since June 2012. "I am delighted to welcome Tom to the team," said Pete Driscoll, Acting Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. "The New York region is responsible for more than 2,800 registered investment advisers with more than $18 trillion in assets under management and over 200 investment company complexes. Tom's significant industry experience and leadership prior to and at the SEC will be invaluable to the experienced and dedicated staff in the New York examination program." Prior to his 2012 appointment as the inaugural Director of OCR, Mr. Butler was a Managing Director at Morganread more »

Thomas J. Butler Named an Associate Regional Director for Examinations in New York Regional Office

1:00 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Thomas J. Butler has been named an Associate Regional Director for the Investment Adviser and Investment Company examination program in the agency's New York Regional Office.  Mr. Butler is leaving his current position as Director of the SEC's Office of Credit Ratings (OCR), a position he has held since June 2012. "I am delighted to welcome Tom to the team," said Pete Driscoll, Acting Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. "The New York region is responsible for more than 2,800 registered investment advisers with more than $18 trillion in assets under management and over 200 investment company complexes. Tom's significant industry experience and leadership prior to and at the SEC will be invaluable to the experienced and dedicated staff in the New York examination program." Prior to his 2012 appointment as the inaugural Director of OCR, Mr. Butler was a Managing Director at Morganread more »

Remarks by the Vice President to the UN Security Council

12:58 pm Eastern | 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

12:54 pm Eastern | 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”

12:52 pm Eastern | 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 »

CEO Charged With Using Secret Accounts for Insider Trading in Company Stock

12:15 pm Eastern | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the former CEO of a Silicon Valley-based fiber optics company with insider trading in company stock by using secret brokerage accounts held in the names of his wife and brother. The SEC alleges that Peter C. Chang, who also was the founder and chairman of the board at Alliance Fiber Optic Products, generated more than $2 million in illicit profits and losses avoided by trading on nonpublic information and tipping his brother ahead of two negative earnings announcements and the company’s merger.   According to the SEC’s complaint, Chang was the company’s largest shareholder and required under the federal securities laws to disclose his ownership of company securities as an officer and director.  Chang allegedly traded company shares secretly in the family member accounts, often times from his work computer after attending board meetings where confidential information was discussed.   He also allegedly tipped his broread more »

Political Polarization? Don't Blame The Web, Brown Study Says

12:13 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Despite the popular narrative that the web is to blame for rising political polarization, a study by a Brown University economist has found that recent growth in polarization is greatest for demographic groups in which individuals are least likely to use the internet and social media.read more »

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

11:23 am Eastern | 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

11:20 am Eastern | 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

10:40 am Eastern | 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

9:58 am Eastern | 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

9:55 am Eastern | 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 »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar

9:15 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met today with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar at the United Nations General Assembly. The two leaders discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and advance security, stability, and prosperity across the Middle East. The President and the Emir emphasized the benefits of increasing bilateral investments, which create jobs and stimulate growth in both countries. The leaders also discussed the importance of resolving Qatar’s ongoing dispute with its neighbors and restoring unity in the region among partners of the United States in order to promote regional stability and counter the threat of Iran. The President acknowledged Qatar’s progress implementing the United States-Qatar bilateral memorandum of understanding on counterterrorism cooperation and stressed the importance of taking additional steps to follow through on commitments from the Riyadh Summit to cut off funding for terrorists, discredit extremist ideology, and defeat terroriread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Luncheon with World Leaders

9:14 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. President Trump pledged his support for the Secretary-General’s efforts to reform the United Nations, focusing on three pillars: peace and security, development, and management reform. ### read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak

9:12 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met today with President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak. President Trump welcomed Minister Lajcak to his new position as head of the UN General Assembly, underscored the pressing need to reform the UN’s bureaucracy, and pledged his support for those efforts. ### read more »

President Donald J. Trump at the United Nations General Assembly: Outlining an America First Foreign Policy

9:10 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

“Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust, and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies all across the globe.” – President Donald J. Trump America First Foreign Policy: Before the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald J. Trump outlined the Administration’s foreign policy of “Principled Realism,” a strategy of acting in America’s national interest and in accordance with our values. America First means America will, put its citizens, its values, and its concerns, first, like all nations should. Strong sovereign nations are key to international peace. President Trump reiterated that he will make foreign policy decisions based on outcomes, not on ideology. America will remain an international leaderread more »

All Nations Should Embrace Their Sovereignty, US President Tells World Leaders

9:05 am Eastern | U.S. News

Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair. read more »

WTAS: Praise for President Donald J. Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

8:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu: “In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech. President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin: “President Trump forcefully outlined a path forward for sovereign nations across the globe to unite with a purpose and address the threats posed by rogue regimes and reckless leaders.  The President made it clear that the United States will not allow oppressive rulers in Iran or North Korea to hold the world hostage while they perfect their weapons of mass destruction, and that we expect our allies at the U.N. to join our coalition to promote security, prosperity and peace.” Former U.S. Ambassador to The United Nations John Bolton: “This was the best speech of tread more »

WTAS: Praise for President Donald J. Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

8:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu: “In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech. President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin: “President Trump forcefully outlined a path forward for sovereign nations across the globe to unite with a purpose and address the threats posed by rogue regimes and reckless leaders.  The President made it clear that the United States will not allow oppressive rulers in Iran or North Korea to hold the world hostage while they perfect their weapons of mass destruction, and that we expect our allies at the U.N. to join our coalition to promote security, prosperity and peace.” Former U.S. Ambassador to The United Nations John Bolton: “This was the best speech of tread more »

Press Releases: United States and Cuba Hold Sixth Bilateral Commission Meeting in Washington, D.C.

8:19 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2017 The United States and Cuba held the sixth Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 19. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer led the U.S. delegation. The Cuban delegation was led by Josefina Vidal, the Foreign Ministry’s Director General for U.S. Affairs. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the incidents affecting diplomatic persread more »

Press Releases: Regarding the Earthquake in Mexico

19 Sep 21:39 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Mexico affected by today’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake and other recent natural disasters. We stand ready to provide assistance should our neighbors request our help. Our embassy in Mexico City has sent out public messages to U.S. citizens in Mexico, and the embassy stands ready to provide consular assistance to any U.S.read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France

19 Sep 20:29 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met last night in New York with President Emmanuel Macron of France.  They exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran and how to curtail Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.  They also discussed how to accelerate the destruction of ISIS and help resolve the Syrian civil war in a manner consistent with American and French security interests.  The two presidents discussed how best to protect the environment while promoting economic growth for both countries.  President Trump and President Macron also discussed ways to address North Korea’s dangerous and destabilizing behavior. read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France

19 Sep 20:29 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump met last night in New York with President Emmanuel Macron of France.  They exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran and how to curtail Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.  They also discussed how to accelerate the destruction of ISIS and help resolve the Syrian civil war in a manner consistent with American and French security interests.  The two presidents discussed how best to protect the environment while promoting economic growth for both countries.  President Trump and President Macron also discussed ways to address North Korea’s dangerous and destabilizing behread more »

Press Releases: On President Trump's Address to the UN General Assembly

19 Sep 18:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 19, 2017 Today, President Donald J. Trump presented to assembled world leaders his vision of security, prosperity and peace led by sovereign nations. That vision requires a recommitment to the founding principles of the United Nations — to promote peace in troubled times. The President has clearly illuminated the challenges facing the community of nations, including those poseread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Before Bilateral Meeting

19 Sep 17:44 | World

Lotte New York Palace Hotel New York, New York 4:06 P.M. EDT   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It's my great honor to be with the Emir of Qatar.  And we've been friends a long time; people don't realize that.  We know each other for a long time.   And we are right now in a situation where we’re trying to solve a problem in the Middle East, and I think we'll get it solved.  I have a very strong feeling that it will be solved pretty quickly.     But we're talking, also, trade and many other things.  And we've had a tremendous relationship for the last short period of time, especially since our meeting in Saudi Arabia, which I think was an epic and very important -- really a very historic meeting.  And now we want to make the most of it by getting things settled.  But we also want to continue tradread more »

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the 70th Anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency

19 Sep 16:58 | World

Yesterday marked 70 years since the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and as President, I am honored to mark this important anniversary. Since its formation in the wake of World War II, the CIA has served as the first line of defense in confronting the foreign challenges facing our country.  The CIA’s intelligence has long shaped our foreign policy in steering a safe and steady course for our Nation. Today, CIA officers help our government confront the full range of threats to our Nation’s security, including from terrorists, rogue states, weapons proliferators, transnational criminal organizations, and malicious cyber actors.  Through it all, they resolutely protect our citizens as well as our friends throughout the world. I proudly salute the brave men and women of the CIA who serve as America’s silent heroes, quietly strengthening our national security and often putting their lives on the line.  Their sacriread more »

Press Releases: UVA Darden School, Concordia and U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Partnerships Announce Sanitation Marketing Systems in Bangladesh as Winner of 2017 P3 Impact Award

19 Sep 16:56 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, Concordia and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships is pleased to announce during the 2017 Concordia Summit in New York City today, the winner of the fourth annual read more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Jewish High Holy Days

19 Sep 16:52 | US Politics and Govt

As Jewish families across America and the world come together to mark the beginning of the year 5778 in the Jewish calendar, we join them in this time of reflection on the past year and hope for the year to come.   The High Holy Days are also an opportunity for us all to remember the extraordinary perseverance of the Jewish people throughout the centuries. They have endured unthinkable persecution, and yet, through it all, they have filled civilization with hope, love, and freedom. Today we thank God for the ancient faith of the Jewish People and the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel while wishing a blessed New Year to those preparing to commemorate the upcoming High Holy Days. read more »

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19 Sep 16:35 | US Politics and Govt

William J. Emanuel, of California, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2021, vice Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, term expired. (09/19/2017 legislative day)read more »

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19 Sep 16:35 | US Politics and Govt

Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States, vice Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., resigned. (09/19/2017 legislative day)read more »

Catherine McGuire to Retire After More Than 40 Years at the SEC

19 Sep 15:30 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Catherine McGuire, Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets, is retiring after 44 years at the SEC. Ms. McGuire has received more than a dozen awards for her service, including the Distinguished Service Award, the SEC’s highest award, in 1992, and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award, in 2000.  She began her SEC career in 1973 in what was then the Division of Market Regulation and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as Counsel to Commissioner Bevis Longstreth from 1982 to 1983.  She was named Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the division in 1993 and has advised the division as Counsel since 2008. “Catherine McGuire has been an outstanding advocate for investors and a guardian of safe and efficient markets throughout her career at the Commission,” said Division of Trading and Markets Acting Director Heather Seidel.  “She has beread more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Call With Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

19 Sep 14:42 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Tillerson called Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on September 19, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Burma’s Rakhine State. The Secretary welcomed the Burmese government’s commitment to end the violence in Rakhine State and to allow those displaced by the violence to return home. He also urged the Burmese government and militaryread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Luncheon Hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations

19 Sep 14:41 | US Politics and Govt

United Nations New York, New York 1:33 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, Mr. Secretary General.  I have to say that, as someone born in New York and raised in New York, it is a great honor to have the United Nations in New York, and always has been. For years I've been a critic, but I've also been somebody that said that the United Nations has tremendous potential.  And under your leadership -- and I've seen what you've done and working with Nikki Haley and all of her friends.  She's made so many friends here, and Rex Tillerson, likewise, has become, really a fixture here.  We're working very hard to solve world problems. But there is no better forum; there can be no better forum.  And certainly there can be no better location where everybody comes together.  So, I want to congratulate you -- the word is “potential.”  Tread more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen Pence’s visit to MercyFirst in New York

19 Sep 14:39 | US Politics and Govt

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence visited MercyFirst, a non-profit human services agency, in Syosset, New York.  Upon arrival, Mrs. Pence was greeted by the MercyFirst staff and youth. Following the greeting, the Second Lady viewed an art exhibition titled, “Hope Holds No Borders: Children’s Art of Compassion and Inclusion.” The artwork, created by children who participated in the art therapy program at MercyFirst, was displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City earlier this year. After viewing the artwork, the Second Lady joined an art therapy session with youth and reviewed a case summary to explore how art therapy positively impacted one of the youth who has participated in MercyFirst’s art therapy program.  The visit concluded with the children showing Mrs. Pence the facility, including their meditation labyrinth garden. “MercyFirst works with children who have been traumatized; grew up without parents; and teenagers who haread more »

Press Releases: 100 International Women Leaders in STEM Connect in Silicon Valley for TechWomen 2017

19 Sep 13:03 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 One hundred women leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields from Africa, the Middle East and South and Central Asia arrived in the United States this week for the U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen 2017 exchange program. Through mentorships with U.S. women leaders in STEM fields, the TechWomen participants will gain access aread more »

Press Releases: Harlem Globetrotters Sports Envoys Visit Estonia and Lithuania

19 Sep 12:34 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 Members of the legendary American basketball team Harlem Globetrotters are traveling September 19-30 as U.S. Department of State read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Secretary Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini

19 Sep 12:32 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The leaders agreed to work together to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its aggressive actions, and the Vice President emphasized the United States' desire to work with allies and partners to end Iran's destabilizing activities. The leaders highlighted the importance of supporting the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the countries of the Western Balkans and agreed to work in concert to promote a peaceful, prosperous, European future for the people of the region. The Vice President thanked Mogherini for the European Union's partnership in addressing shared challenges, and the leaders looked forward to future cooperation. read more »

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19 Sep 12:31 | US Politics and Govt

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.  As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid.  The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high -- a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and read more »

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19 Sep 12:31 | US Politics and Govt

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.  As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid.  The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before. Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th.  The stock market is at an all-time high -- a record.  Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and read more »

Press Releases: St. Kitts and Nevis Independence Day Message

19 Sep 11:44 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 19, 2017 On behalf of the United States we offer our best wishes to the people of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis as you celebrate 34 years of independence. The United States is proud to be a longstanding partner and friend to the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Our history of collaboration on citizen security, energy, and economic development has been benefiread more »

Press Releases: State Department Terrorist Designations of Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie

19 Sep 11:43 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 The Department of State has designated Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie 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, foreign policy, or economy of theread more »

Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Four Counties

19 Sep 08:36 | Weather

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Working Dinner with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina

19 Sep 08:03 | US Politics and Govt

Last night, President Donald J. Trump hosted a working dinner in New York with President Michel Temer of Brazil, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, and Vice President Gabriela Michetti of Argentina.  President Trump thanked the Latin American leaders for their advocacy in support of the Venezuelan people and condemnation of the Maduro dictatorship.  The group discussed the importance of working together to help restore democracy to Venezuela and reaffirmed the principles of the Lima Declaration from August 8, 2017.  The leaders agreed to continue working together to resolve the Venezuelan crisis. They discussed multiple ways to improve security in the Western Hemisphere, advance prosperity, and ensure sovereignty through democracy and rule of law.  This week, foreign ministers from across the region will meet to further build on the ideas discussed at the working dinner. read more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson Launches PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

19 Sep 07:35 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 19, 2017 Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the new U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which reaffirms U.S. support for HIV/AIDS efforts in more than 50 countries, ensuring access to services by all populations, including the most vulnerable and at-risk groups. The Strategy also outlines plans to accelerate implementatioread more »

Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

18 Sep 23:38 | Weather

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Federal Aid Programs for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

18 Sep 23:37 | Weather

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico

18 Sep 23:37 | Weather

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Puerto Rico

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Press Releases: On-the-Record Briefing With Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield on Syria

18 Sep 22:09 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson The Palace Hotel New York City September 18, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. QUESTION: Hi. How are you? MS NAUERT: Oh my Gosh, such a steamy room here. (Laughter.) Let me just come on up with you and introduce you to our guest here. Come on up, Ambassador. read more »

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