Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks: Interview With Margaret Brennan of CBS 60 Minutes

Interview Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC MS BRENNAN: Rex Tillerson admits he was an unconventional choice for Secretary of State. He had no prior government experience. But as CEO of ExxonMobil, he had crisscrossed the globe striking deals with foreign leaders. Secretary Tillerson, a man who still considers himself a Boy Scout and ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: Celebrating the Lunar New Year

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I wish people around the world good health, peace, and prosperity on the occasion of the Lunar New Year on February 16, 2018. Let us endeavor to continue to foster closer cooperation, promote greater understanding, and build a better world for each other and ...
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Co-chairs’ Summary of the Vancouver Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Statements From  Global Affairs Canada On January 16, 2018, Foreign Ministers and representatives of 20 countries from across the globe met in Vancouver, Canada, to demonstrate global solidarity in opposition to North Korea’s illegal and dangerous actions, and to advance diplomatic efforts towards a more stable, secure and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Nearly seven decades after these states ‎stepped ...
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Opening Statement by Secretary of State Tillerson at the Vancouver Summit

Vancouver Convention Centre Vancouver, Canada FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: So what we’re going to do now just so everybody knows, we’ll have some brief opening remarks open to the press from me, Rex, Minister Kono, Minister Kang, and Boris. And then we will bid our journalistic pals farewell. For me and Boris that’s a particular sadness, as ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks With Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland

Vancouver, Canada FOREIGN MINISTER FREELAND: Sorry to be a bit late. We had a lot we had to pack into the day. And thanks to everyone for joining us. I’d like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the territories of ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson: President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting to attack our homeland, ...
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Secretary Tillerson Speaks at the United Nations

Press Availability Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City View Video (5’35”) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon, all. And I do want to, again, thank the Government of Japan for using their opportunity at the chair to convene today’s session on North Korea. Also appreciate Secretary Guterres’ comments and framing of the situation for us. ...
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Secretary Tillerson Remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K.

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City View Video  (6’03”) SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak today. On behalf of the United States, I thank Japan and Foreign Minister Kono for convening this ministerial session on the growing threat from North Korea. Upon taking office, President Trump identified ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement On International Human Rights Day

Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. For those who ...
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Secretary Tillerson Speaks at a Joint U.S. – EU Statement to the Media

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini Brussels, Belgium MODERATOR: (In progress) ladies and gentlemen, and welcome. High Representative Vice President Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just had a bilateral meeting and will deliver press statements to update you on their discussions. High Representative, you have ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to live free from ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Participation in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit

On November 12-14, the Secretary will join the President in Manila, Philippines, to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance and the ASEAN-centered regional architecture. The Secretary will join the President in celebrating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and in participating in the U.S.-ASEAN 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit. He will also join President ...
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Secretary Tillerson Travels to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Burma

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 2, 2017 Secretary Tillerson will accompany President Trump on his travels to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Secretary will also make an additional stop in Burma. The Secretary’s six-country trip demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to our alliances and partnerships in ...
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Remarks by Secretary at the UNSC Session on Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State The United Nations New York, NY September 21, 2017 [View Video: 19’53’’] 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 ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson September 19, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: On President Trump’s Address to the UN General Assembly 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 ...
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President Trump Participates in the 72nd United Nations General Assembly

President Trump THE WHITE HOUSE September 18, 2017  President Donald J. Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, where he will participate in approximately 20 meetings with world leaders and other events. In addition to the President’s engagement, Administration staff and State ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks : North Korea’s Missile Launch

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 14, 2017 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 ...
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On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC September 11, 2017 Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 [ View Video: 8’34” ] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Republic of Korea National Day

[View Video 34″: English | Korean ] On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate your national day on August 15th. On the anniversary of your independence, we also congratulate the people of the Republic of Korea on the election of President Moon Jae-in. We ...
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12/28/16 – A message of peace as Obama and Abe honor fallen at Pearl Harbor

ShareAmerica By Leigh Hartman December 28, 2016 :  Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined President Obama at Pearl Harbor on December 27 to commemorate the anniversary of the attack that launched the war between their countries 75 years ago. Though Abe is not the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, he is the ...
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12/18/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Press Statement on International Migrants Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 18, 2016 : TOP-META END CENTERBLOCK START International Migrants Day is an opportunity to reflect upon the many ways that migrants enrich our cultures, economies, and societies. Like no other time in modern history, the world is on the move. In 2015, some 244 million ...
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12/16/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Call With Mr. Rex Tillerson

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 16, 2016 : The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner:  Secretary Kerry spoke today with Mr. Rex Tillerson, and offered his congratulations on his nomination as Secretary of State. The Secretary offered his personal support, as well as the support of the State Department, for a ...
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12/15/16 – Readout of the President’s Drop-By with Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

For Immediate Release The White House Office of the Press Secretary December 15, 2016 :   President Obama dropped by a meeting today between National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice and outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. The President thanked Secretary-General Ban for his valuable leadership of the United Nations over the past decade. ...
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12/13/16 – Secretary Kerry Remarks On the Nomination of Rex Tillerson

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 13, 2016 : I congratulate Rex Tillerson on his nomination as Secretary of State. The State Department will continue to provide our full support for a smooth transition, so that the incoming Administration can pursue the important work of U.S. foreign policy around the world.
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12/10/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks: Human Rights Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2016 : The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 68 years ago today to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all individuals. On this International Human Rights Day, we recommit ourselves to upholding universal respect ...
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12/09/16 – President Obama’s Statement on John Glenn

Remarks President Obama White House December 9, 2016 :  When John Glenn blasted off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas rocket in 1962, he lifted the hopes of a nation.  And when his Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down a few hours later, the first American to orbit the Earth reminded us that with courage and ...
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12/06/16 – Remarks by the President on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism

Remarks President Obama MacDill Air Force Base Tampa, Florida December 06, 2016 3:56 P.M. EST : THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much, everybody.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Well, thank you so much. Good afternoon, everybody.  I was just told that was going ...
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10/26/16 – Secretary Kerry Remarks at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Chicago, Illinois October 26, 2016 MODERATOR: It is an honor to welcome a Secretary of State to the University of Chicago. It is part of the mission of the Institute of Politics to facilitate these kinds of opportunities for you to interact with practitioners and leaders, and so we’re ...
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10/19/16 – Joint Statement of the 2016 U.S. – ROK Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting

October 19, 2016 Preamble U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter convened a 2+2 meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo in Washington, D.C. on October 19, 2016.  The U.S.-ROK 2+2 session, the fourth of its kind since 2010, preceded ...
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09/29/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Wilson Center Washington, DC September 29, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Jane, thank you for a wonderful introduction. I hugely appreciate your support, your counsel. And obviously, we are living in complicated times. I want to thank you for many, many years of remarkable service to our country. Jane was reminding ...
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09/23/16 – Remarks at a UNSC Meeting on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State New York City September 23, 2016 AS DELIVERED Mr. President, thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you for convening this meeting. To all my colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen, 20 years ago President Bill Clinton entered the General Assembly with a pen in hand, the pen that he ...
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09/21/16 – FACT SHEET: President Obama Takes A Historic Step To Address The National Security Implications Of Climate Change

Fact Sheet The White House September 21, 2016 Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release “Climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water. The present day effects of climate change are being felt from ...
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09/18/16 – Joint Statement Following the U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Ministerial Meeting in New York

Press Statement Trilateral Ministerial Meeting New York September 18, 2016  Today the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, met in New York to ensure that the three countries remain in close coordination in the ...
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09/14/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: The Republic of Korea’s Chuseok Holiday

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State The Republic of Korea’s Chuseok Holiday September 14, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my warmest wishes to the Korean people during the Chuseok holiday this September 15. Like Thanksgiving in the U.S., the Chuseok holiday follows a rich tradition of friends ...
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09/09/16 – Statement by the President on North Korea’s Nuclear Test

Press Statement President Obama THE WHITE HOUSE September 9, 2016 Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States condemns North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test in the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability. North Korea stands out as the only country to ...
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09/09/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: North Korea’s Nuclear Test

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC September 9, 2016 The United States and nations around the world have condemned North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test as a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and security.  This action is as destabilizing as it is unlawful, flagrantly violating multiple UN Security ...
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09/09/16 – Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016

Proclamation President Obama PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE September 9, 2016 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a ...
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08/11/16 – Statement by Secretary Kerry: The Republic of Korea’s Independence Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State The Republic of Korea’s Independence Day August 11, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea on the celebration of your Independence Day on August 15. Our bilateral partnership continues to thrive based on ...
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07/25/16 – Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2016

Proclamation The White House Office of the Press Secretary ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT July 25, 2016 For Immediate Release BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On July 26, 1990, our Nation marked a pivotal moment in history for Americans with disabilities. Fueled by a chorus of voices ...
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07/25/16 – Remarks Before Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State July 25, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Let me just say to my press what a pleasure it is to see Minister Yun Byung-se. The Republic of Korea and the United States obviously have very, very key issues right now, particularly the challenge of the D.P.R.K. and its irresponsible nuclear activities ...
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07/25/16 – Press Availability in Vientiane, Laos

John Kerry Secretary of State Vientiane, Laos July 25, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good afternoon, everybody. On behalf of President Obama and all of the American people, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of those whose loved ones were killed in the horrific attack in Sagamihara, Japan this morning. And our ...
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ASEAN Regional Forum: U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

ASEAN Regional Forum John Kerry Secretary of State U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting Vientiane, Laos July 25-26, 2016 Secretary Kerry traveled to Vientiane, Laos, from July 25-26 to participate in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting. At these ASEAN meetings the ...
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07/04/16 – Remarks by the President at Fourth of July Celebration

Remarks President Obama 4th of July Celebration July 4, 2016 THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much!  (Applause.)  Ms. Janelle Monáe!  Come on out here and give a bow!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  So in addition to Janelle Monáe, please give Kendrick Lamar a big round of applause!  (Applause.)  Here he is, right here.  (Applause.) ...
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06/23/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Opening of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Stanford University Memorial Auditorium Stanford, California June 23, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY:  Thank you so much.  You’re the best.  I love you.  You are terrific. Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Cheers.)  Patricia, thank you.  Thank you so much.  Good morning, everybody.  Are you all energized?  (Cheers.)  I saw that ...
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06/20/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Statement on World Refugee Day

Statement John Kerry Secretary of State World Refugee Day June 20, 2016 Today, we honor refugees’ resilience and courage. We also recognize the tremendous contributions made by local and international non-governmental organizations on the front lines of delivering life-saving assistance. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when brutal conflicts are forcing record numbers of ...
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06/06/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Public Event on Oceans

Remarks John Kerry Public Event on Oceans June 6, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. (Inaudible) extraordinary experience. That’s really wonderful. I’m privileged to be here with everybody. I want to begin by thanking China’s oceanic administrator – Mr. Wang Hong, thank you very, very much for your leadership. I want to thank Cathy Novelli, ...
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05/27/16 – Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan at Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Remarks President Obama Prime Minister Abe Hiroshima Peace Memorial May 27, 2016 PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.  A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. Why do we come ...
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05/26/16 – Remarks by President Obama in Press Availability — Ise-Shima, Japan

(Note: President Obama’s remarks on North Korea in bold) Remarks President Obama Shima Kanko Hotel, The Classic Ise-Shima, Japan May 26, 2016 6:25 P.M. JST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody.  So, as all of you know, we’re going to Hiroshima tomorrow.  And in the interest of getting you all home at a reasonable hour, we’re not going ...
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05/24/16 – Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam

Remarks President Obama National Convention Center Hanoi, Vietnam May 24, 2016 12:11 P.M. ICT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Xin chào!  (Applause.)  Xin chào Vietnam!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have shown to me on this ...
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05/15/16 – Presidential Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2016 [Source: The White House]

Proclamation President Obama ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH May 15, 2106 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are the fastest growing racial group in our country, growing over 4 times as rapidly as the population ...
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05/03/16 – Press Availability by Secretary Kerry

Special Briefing John Kerry Secretary of State  Washington, DC May 3, 2016   SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. QUESTION: Good morning? What? QUESTION: Good afternoon. Yes? SECRETARY KERRY: That too. QUESTION: Are you still on Geneva time? SECRETARY KERRY: That too. In Geneva time, it’s good evening. Anyway. So before we get started today, I want to just quickly say something ...
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04/22/16 – Email from President Obama: “Our Responsibility to Act”

April 22, 2016 On Earth Day, the United States joined about 170 other countries in signing the Paris Agreement, a historic deal to reduce carbon emissions across the globe. President Obama sent the following message to the White House email list to reflect on the America’s leadership in the fight against climate change. Didn’t get ...
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02/24/16 – Remarks by the President at “In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to Ray Charles”

Remarks President Obama White House East Room February 24, 2016 8:05 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  (Applause.)  Well, good evening, everybody, and welcome to the White House. Over the past seven years, Michelle and I have set aside nights like this to honor ...
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02/03/16 – Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2016

PROCLAMATION President Obama National African American History Month February 3, 2016 America’s greatness is a testament to generations of courageous individuals who, in the face of uncomfortable truths, accepted that the work of perfecting our Nation is unending and strived to expand the reach of freedom to all. For too long, our most basic liberties ...
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