Secretary’s Remarks: Commemoration of International Day of UN Peacekeepers

Today, on the annual International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, we mark 70 years of UN peacekeeping, and the service and sacrifice of thousands of uniformed and civilian personnel. UN peacekeepers serve under dangerous and uncertain circumstances, and too often pay the ultimate sacrifice. We honor in particular today the more than 3,700 peacekeepers who ...
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Remarks by Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan at 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC May 8, 2018 MR PALMIERI: So it’s my honor – it’s my honor today to introduce our next speaker, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. When we speak about our ambitious engagement in the Western Hemisphere, Deputy Secretary Sullivan has been at the forefront. His – ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan Releases the 2017 Human Rights Reports

“The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. These reports are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch as a factual resource ...
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Vice President Mike Pence will represent the United States at the 8th Summit of the Americas

The Vice President is honored to represent the United States at the 8th Summit of the Americas at President Trump’s request. He looks forward to promoting policy that will lead to an even stronger U.S. economy and working with our close allies in Latin America to collectively hold undemocratic actors in the region accountable for ...
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The U.S. supports Lima Group’s decision to withdraw its invitation to President Maduro to attend Summit of the Americas

We support the decision of Peru, as the host of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to withdraw its invitation to President Maduro of Venezuela. Peru’s decision was made with the support of the Lima Group, which upheld the high democratic standard for Summit participation. The United States welcomes the firm statement from the Lima ...
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Fact Sheet: Trump’s Budget Request for a More Secure and Prosperous World

The President’s FY 2019 budget request proposes $39.3 billion for critical State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) efforts to advance peace and security, expand American prosperity and influence, and address global crises while making efficient use of taxpayer resources. The budget request modernizes State Department and USAID diplomacy and development to advance ...
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Sec. Tillerson’s statement on Department of State and USAID FY 2019 Budget Request

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON February 12, 2018 Today President Trump requested $39.3 billion for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget. This request upholds the President’s commitment, as outlined in the National Security Strategy and the State Department and USAID’s Joint Strategic Plan, to protect our security, rights, and ...
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White House Framework On Immigration Reform & Border Security

The White House Office of the Press Secretary January 25, 2018 White House Framework On Immigration Reform & Border Security BORDER SECURITY: Securing the Southern and Northern border of the United States takes a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the ability to close legal loopholes that are exploited by smugglers, traffickers, cartels, criminals ...
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Learn about the broad goals of the Carter administration’s policy toward Latin America

The Department of State released today a portion of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XXIV, South America; Latin America Region. The two compilations released today, on Argentina and the Latin America Region, were given priority in the declassification process as part of the National Security Council-led Argentina Declassification Project. Unedited versions of these ...
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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Tillerson’s Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation. September 21, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon. And I appreciate the opportunity to address the Security Council again, and I thank this month’s – this month’s chair, Ethiopia. Members of the Security Council talk often of threats to global security. The focus of ...
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Behind the headlines, U.S. Sends $697 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Syria

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

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 21, 2017 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 ...
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Statement of Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan A. Thornton on North Korea

Testimony Susan A. Thornton Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Prepared Statement Before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee Washington, DC September 12, 2017 Susan A. Thornton: Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today for this timely hearing on North Korea. ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: North Korea’s Missile Launch

North Korea’s provocative missile launch represents the second time the people of Japan, a treaty ally of the United States, have been directly threatened in recent weeks. These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation. United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of ...
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Department of State Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

On September 12, 2017, the Department of State released the 2017 Fiscal Transparency Report, consistent with section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2017 (Div. J, P.L. 115-31) (“the Act”).  The Report found that 73 of 141 governments reviewed by the Department met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency.  ...
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Aviation Enhanced Security Measures For All Commercial Flights To The United States

Overview: Change to Global Aviation Security Requirements The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy. Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft, and we have seen a “spider web” of threats to commercial aviation as terrorist pursue new attack methods.  Based on these concerns, the Department of Homeland Security ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the attack in London

Statement by Secretary Tillerson On the Attack in London On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families.  The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom.  We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico City, February 22-23, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Mexico City, February 22–23, 2017. He will be joined in Mexico by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. During their visit, the two Secretaries will meet with President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto and the Mexican ministers of Interior, Foreign Relations, Finance, National Defense, and ...
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Trump Names Gen. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs President Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. General McMaster is a graduate of West Point and received a ...
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Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Secretary of ...
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Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump took action to permanently withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade agreement. The President’s memorandum regarding withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement stated: “It is the policy of my Administration to represent the American people and their financial ...
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DHS Statement on Compliance with Court Orders and The President’s Excecutive Orders

WASHINGTON – Upon issuance of the court orders yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immediately began taking steps to comply with the orders. Concurrently, the Department of Homeland Security continues to work with our partners in the Departments of Justice and State to implement President Trump’s executive order on protecting the nation from foreign ...
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FACT SHEET: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States

WASHINGTON – The executive order signed on January 27, 2017, allows for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals. The United States has the world’s most generous immigration system, yet it has been repeatedly exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us ...
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America First Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our ...
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Daughter of South Asian immigrants becomes U.N. ambassador

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will serve as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Haley on January 25. The U.S. Senate voted 96-4 the previous night in favor of her nomination. Haley, the daughter of immigrants from India, was the first female governor of South Carolina ...
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