ASEAN Day 2018

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 6, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to congratulate the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the organization’s 51st anniversary on August 8th. For over 40 years, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha

Washington, DC August 4, 2018 Secretary Pompeo met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha today on the margins of the ASEAN-centered ministerial meetings. They discussed the enduring strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, which remains the linchpin of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and across the Indo-Pacific region. The Secretary and Foreign ...
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Press Availability at the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Singapore August 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s been an honor to participate in my first ASEAN ministerial meetings here in Singapore. I want to first thank Foreign Minister Balakrishnan for hosting. We have reaffirmed our strong bilateral relationship, and it’s great to be back in Singapore ...
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[Fact Sheets] President Donald J. Trump’s Administration is Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

July 30, 2018 INDO-PACIFIC BUSINESS FORUM: Administration officials reaffirmed a whole-of-government commitment to enhancing economic and commercial engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.   Today, Trump Administration cabinet members and other senior officials joined American business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, D.C. The heads of the Department of State, Department of ...
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[Fact Sheet] Advancing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Washington, DC July 30, 2018 Secretary Michael R. Pompeo today addressed the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Washington, DC, to launch the economic and commercial pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy. Before top U.S. business leaders and foreign dignitaries at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Secretary Pompeo detailed how U.S. business engagement in the Indo-Pacific ...
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Secretary Pompeo Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well. I’m glad to see, too, many ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, D.C. July 26, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Since the earliest days of his presidency, President Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend the rights of religious freedom at home and abroad, because religious freedom is a universal God-given right to which all people are entitled.  It is ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. July 26, 2018 Thank you, Secretary Pompeo.  To the Secretary, to Ambassador Brownback, to Administrator Green, Director Mulvaney, to the representatives of more than 80 nations gathered here, and especially to the survivors of religious persecution who honor us by their presence here today: It is my great honor ...
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Advisory Released on Sanctions Risks for Businesses With Supply Chain Links to North Korea

Washington, DC July 23, 2018 The U.S. Department of State, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is issuing  this advisory  to highlight the sanctions evasion tactics used by North Korea that could expose businesses – including manufacturers, buyers, and service providers – to sanctions compliance risks under U.S. or ...
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Secretary Pompeo Remarks With Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley

UN Headquarters New York, New York July 20, 2018 [ View Video: 10’36” ] SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  First I want to commend my good friend Ambassador Haley and her excellent team here at the United Nations.  Her leadership in advancing American interest on North Korea and many other issues has been evident here this morning, and ...
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Secretary Pompeo at U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting

MODERATOR: (In progress) the Japan-U.S.-ROK joint press conference by Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan; Mr. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States; and Dr. Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. First, I would like to invite Minister Taro Kono to make a statement. Mr. Kono, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 28, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On June 28, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Kang of the Republic of Korea to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement after the historic Singapore summit. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang agreed that ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in South Korea Prior to Bilateral Meeting

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis June 28, 2018 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Thank you Minister Song and it’s a pleasure to see you again after meeting in Singapore earlier this month, of course in Hawaii as well, as we continue with what you accurately described as our water tight consultations. I thank you ...
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Secretary’s Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC June 28, 2018 [View Video: 7”37’] Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English ] Full Report [Englsih – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report    MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report is available in PDF and HTML formats. The PDF is available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download. Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 132 KB[Korean – PDF 232 KB ] Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Report [ English – PDF 130 KB[Korean – PDF 236 KB ] Full Report [English – PDF 9.9 MB]  Senior State Department Official on the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report  Secretary’s Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony
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Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

The White House June 22, 2018 On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency with respect to North Korea pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. Department of State June 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning, everyone. I’m not going to do all 31 flavors for you as they’re not in my prepared remarks. Frankly, I learned a lot actually from that job working scooping ice cream, things that you all know, right, work hard, tell the truth, perform ...
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(Photo Gallery) Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce Meets WEST Exchange Students

June 22, 2018 – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational And Cultural Affairs Marie Royce  (3rd from left) Addressed Roughly 200 Korean Participants in the Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) Exchange Heading to the United States for Intensive English Coursework and Professional Internships.
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MEDIA NOTE: The 5th U.S.-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations

U.S. Department of State June 21, 2018 The 5th United States-Republic of Korea Bilateral Cyber Consultations were held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on June 21, 2018, to strengthen our joint commitment to an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace. The Cyber Consultations affirmed the benefits of a whole-of-government approach between the Republic of Korea ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: World Refugee Day

U.S. Department of State June 20, 2018 On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record ...
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Joint Press Conference of Secretary Pompeo, ROK FM Kang and Japanese FM Kono

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seoul, South Korea [ View Video: 2’34” ] MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to now begin the Korea, U.S., and Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting joint press conference. Today, we have been joined by the Minister Kang Kyung-wha, the Secretary Pompeo, and Foreign Minister Kono. They will speak for five minutes. And as was ...
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Written Statement of Harry B. Harris, Jr. to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Senate Committee on Foreign Relations June 14, 2018 Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Menendez, Distinguished Members of the Committee. I’m honored to be with you today as President Trump’s nominee to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. I’m humbled the President has ...
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WTAS: Support For President Donald J. Trump’s Summit With North Korea

Members of Congress Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “Today I congratulate the President on this major step and share his hope that it will begin a process that leads to an historic peace.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “For decades, American policy toward North Korea has failed, and I commend @POTUS for not accepting ...
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Press Briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

JW Marriott Singapore SANDERS:  Good afternoon.  Thank you so much for your patience.  It’s certainly worth the wait.  Welcome to Singapore and the filing center here.  We’ll keep this short. I’d like to welcome the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who will answer questions specific to the summit that will take place tomorrow.  And we’ll ...
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Remarks by Secretary Mattis at Plenary Session of the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue (Excerpts)

[…] Today I come to share the Trump administration’s whole-of-government Indo-Pacific strategy which espouses the shared principles that underpin a free-and-open Indo Pacific. […] Standing shoulder to shoulder with India, ASEAN and our treaty allies and other partners, America seeks to build an Indo-Pacific where sovereignty and territorial integrity are safeguarded –the promise of freedom ...
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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Holds Change of Command Ceremony

UNITED STATES INDO-PACIFIC COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE CAMP H.M. SMITH, HAWAII 96861 (808) 477-1341 Press Release CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Adm. Phil Davidson relieved Adm. Harry Harris as Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), in a ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wednesday, May 30. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis presided over the ceremony. ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On May 24, Secretary Pompeo spoke by telephone with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed their shared commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and to the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of ...
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Background Press Briefing by A Senior Administration Official on North Korea

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:35 P.M. EDT SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Thank you. Good afternoon. So this morning, the President sent a letter to Kim Jong-un. And the President dictated every word of the letter himself. He told Kim Jong-un that, “I was very much looking forward to being there with you.” He said ...
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President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals key positions in his Administration: Christopher Fall of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. Dr. Chris Fall is the Principal Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. Dr. Fall served most ...
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President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

Briefing on the Release of New HIV Treatment Results From the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief on its 15th Anniversary Special Briefing Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Via Teleconference MR GREENAN: Good morning, everybody, and thank you for joining us for this on-the-record conference ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Release of Three Americans

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the North Korean leadership released three American detainees.  President ...
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Fact Sheets: President Trump is Ending United States Participation in an Unacceptable Iran Deal

“The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” President Donald J. Trump PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: President Donald J. Trump is terminating the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-imposing sanctions lifted under the ...
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President Trump Proclaims May 2018 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have contributed immeasurably to our Nation’s development and diversity as a people.  During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we recognize their tremendous contributions, which have helped strengthen our communities, industries, Armed Forces, national security, and institutions of governance.  Through their industriousness and love of country, our Nation ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Interview With Jonathan Karl of ABC’s This Week

Interview Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Riyadh, Saudi Arabia QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, thank you for joining us on your very first trip as Secretary of State. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Jonathan. It’s great to be with you. QUESTION: So I want to start with those incredible images that we saw of Kim Jong-un stepping into South Korea – ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Moon Jae-In of the Republic of Korea

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to discuss the April 27 meeting between President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  President Trump thanked President Moon for the close coordination between the Republic of Korea and the United States in the lead-up to his meeting, ...
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Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on the Inter-Korean Summit

The fact that North Korea has come to the table without the United States making any concessions speaks to the strength of President Trump’s leadership and is a clear sign that the intense pressure of sanctions is working. The Korean peace agreement is a step toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but it is just ...
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Mike Pompeo Sworn in as Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th U.S. Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department, which includes the Foreign ...
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Meet Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Inter-Korean Summit

On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we wish the Korean people well. We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula.  The United States appreciates the close coordination with our ally, ...
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Biography: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Term of Appointment: 04/26/2018 to present Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as ...
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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a country, and the United States will continue to ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental ...
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MEDIA NOTE: Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton Travels to Seoul and Tokyo

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 22-24, followed by Tokyo, Japan, April 24-27.  During her visits to our treaty allies in Northeast Asia she will reaffirm U.S. alliance commitments and coordinate on issues of importance for the maintenance of security and prosperity in ...
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Statement from the President on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that ...
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Excerpts from Secretary of State Nominee Pompeo’s Prepared Remarks

Below are excerpts from the opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at the April 12 confirmation hearing of former CIA Director Mike Pompeio as Secretary of State. America’s Duty to Lead “Make no mistake: America is uniquely blessed, and with those blessings comes a duty to lead.  As I have argued throughout my time in public ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Haley on Another Historic UN Sanctions Package on North Korea

Today, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations secured Security Council support for the largest-ever UN sanctions designation package on North Korea. The UN Security Council’s 1718 North Korea Sanctions Committee unanimously approved 49 new UN designations – 21 shipping companies, one individual, and 27 ships – all aimed at countering North Korea’s illegal maritime ...
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Fact Sheet: New U.S. Trade Policy and National Security Outcomes with the Republic of Korea

“The improved KORUS agreement reflects the President’s leadership in delivering more reciprocal trade outcomes benefiting U.S. workers, exporters, and businesses. The United States and Korea have strengthened an important economic relationship by agreeing to substantial improvements to KORUS that will help rebalance our trade, reduce our trade deficit, and expand U.S. export opportunities.”  – U.S. Trade Representative Robert ...
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Joint Statement by the USTR Robert E. Lighthizer and ROK Minister for Trade Hyun Chong Kim

Today, Ambassador Lighthizer and Minister Kim are pleased to announce that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on the general terms of amendments and modifications to the United States-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).  The nations have also agreed on terms for a country exemption ...
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Readout of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s Meeting

Readout of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster’s Meeting with National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of the Republic of Korea and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster of the United States, National Security Office Director Chung Eui-yong of the Republic of Korea, and Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan held ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Minister Kang

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: On March 16, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with ROK Foreign Minister Kang in Washington, D.C. Deputy Secretary Sullivan and Foreign Minister Kang reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the lynchpin of stability and security in the ...
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Readout of a U.S. Briefing to the UN Security Council on North Korea

The U.S. Mission hosted members of the UN Security Council, the Republic of Korea, and Japan today for a briefing from U.S. National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster. General McMaster briefed the U.S. strategy and emphasized that maintaining the global maximum pressure campaign until North Korea denuclearizes is an essential element of making these historic ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Xi Jinping of China

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Xi Jinping of China about recent developments related to North Korea.  The two leaders welcomed the prospect of dialogue between the United States and North Korea, and committed to maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.  President Trump ...
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Winter Paralympic Games Highlight Importance of Adaptive Sports Diplomacy Programs

As the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games commence on March 9, the U.S. Department of State is recognizing the important issues of disability rights and equal access by expanding its support for adaptive sports diplomacy exchange programs worldwide in 2018. The State Department’s International Sports Programming Initiative is supporting a delegation of American coaches and young ...
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Statement from the President on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many incredible contributions made by women of all ages in the United States and around the world.  We honor the vital role of women in our communities, businesses, civil society, and government.  And we reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to ensuring that every person has the opportunity to succeed. ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: U.S.-ROK Special Measures Agreement Consultations

Representatives from the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will meet in Honolulu, Hawaii March 7-9 for the first round of consultations to develop the 10th Special Measures Agreement (SMA), which will enter into force in 2019.  Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements Timothy Betts from the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2018 as Women’s History Month

Our history is rich with amazing stories of strong, courageous, and brilliant women. Since America’s founding, women have played an integral part in American innovation and productivity, while simultaneously raising generations of lively children and providing leadership in their local communities. Time and time again, women have demonstrated resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges. ...
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Joint Statement by United States President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull

The American-Australian alliance is rock solid and based on a common purpose: to promote peace and prosperity. Our friendship is underpinned by a deep alignment of interests and our societies’ shared commitment to the values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. We recognize that it is more important than ever to defend our ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland 2:02 P.M. CET PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Klaus, very much.  It’s a privilege to be here at this forum where leaders in business, science, art, diplomacy, and world affairs have gathered for many, many years to discuss how we can advance prosperity, security, and peace. I’m here today ...
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U.S.-ROK Hold Second Meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group

The United States of America and the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) held the second meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington, D.C., on January 17, 2018. This executive meeting provides a forum for comprehensive discussions on strategic and policy issues regarding extended deterrence against North Korea, including how to better ...
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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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President Trump Proclaims January 15, 2018, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dedicated his life to a vision:  that all Americans would live free from injustice and enjoy equal opportunity as children of God.  His strong, peaceful, and lifelong crusade against segregation and discrimination brought our Nation closer to the founding ideals set forth in the Constitution and the Declaration ...
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Vice President Mike Pence to Travel to Republic of Korea

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will lead the Presidential Delegation to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and attend the Opening Ceremony on February 9, 2018. The Vice President will also visit Seoul, Republic of Korea and Tokyo, Japan to participate in bilateral meetings with leaders to discuss security ...
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Spokesperson statement on Talks between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics

The United States welcomes the January 9 meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  The United States remains in close consultations with ROK officials, who will ensure North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics does not violate the sanctions imposed by ...
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Defense Secretary Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Discuss Alliance Issues

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2018 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo spoke on the phone today to discuss a range of matters pertaining to the U.S.-South Korean alliance, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. In a statement summarizing the call, White said Mattis and Song “recognized the dangers of ...
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Recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

There are an estimated 25 million victims of human trafficking throughout the world. To raise awareness of this major issue and the United States’ efforts to address it, President Donald J. Trump  proclaimed  January 2018 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. “During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the ...
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Designations Under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

In far too many places around the globe, people continue to be persecuted, unjustly prosecuted, or imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief. Today, a number of governments infringe upon individuals’ ability to adopt, change, or renounce their religion or belief, worship in accordance with their religion or beliefs, or be ...
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President Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.  Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation.  It has no place in our world.  This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.  We also pledge to do ...
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Ambassador Haley on the Adoption of Strong New UN Security Council Sanctions on North Korea

December 22, 2017 View Video: 6:37 Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2397 imposing strong new sanctions on North Korea. The U.S.-drafted resolution imposes groundbreaking new measures on energy, export and import sectors, overseas North Korean laborers, and includes new maritime authorities to ...
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FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2397 on North Korea

In response to the November 29, 2017 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch by North Korea, United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2397 imposes strong new sanctions on North Korea’s energy, export, and import sectors with new maritime authorities to help shut down North Korea’s illicit smuggling activities. UNSCR 2397 builds on UNSCR 2375 (2017), which ...
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Press Briefing on the Attribution of the WannaCry Malware Attack to North Korea

The White House James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 9:09 A.M. EST MR. BOSSERT:  Good morning, all.  Sorry for being a little tardy this morning.  I’d like to talk to you today about a cyber issue of significance. In May of this year, a dangerous cyberattack known as WannaCry spread rapidly and indiscriminately across the ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Administration’s National Security Strategy

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please.  I want to thank Vice President Pence, along with the many members of my Cabinet here with us today. I also want to thank all of the dedicated professionals — military, civilian, and law enforcement — who ...
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Fact Sheets: President Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” By: President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling ...
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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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Remarks on the Adoption of the Agenda Following a Procedural Vote to Allow a UNSC Meeting on Human Rights in North Korea

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 11, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. You know, this is an issue that is repeatedly a problem. We continue to think that there’s a separation between peace and security and human rights, and ...
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Ambassador Haley Remarks at a UN Security Council Meeting on Human Rights in North Korea

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02/10/17 – Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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01/20/17 – America First Foreign Policy

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ShareAmerica January 3, 2017 Hillary Clinton may have lost her bid to be the first female president, but elsewhere in the U.S., women in the 2016 elections made historic inroads at all levels of government: federal, state and local. “It is impossible to deny the substantial progress women have recently made in government and politics,” ...
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12/16/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Call With Mr. Rex Tillerson

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12/15/16 – Readout of the President’s Drop-By with Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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12/13/16 – President-elect Trump picks Rex Tillerson to lead State Department

President-elect Trump announced December 13 that he has chosen ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson to be U.S. secretary of state, calling him “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.” “Rex Tillerson’s career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ...
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12/13/16 – Secretary Kerry Remarks On the Nomination of Rex Tillerson

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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

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12/06/16 – Remarks by the President on the Administration’s Approach to Counterterrorism

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12/01/16 – President-elect Trump’s Latest Cabinet Picks Focus on U.S. Economy

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11/15/16 – Meet President-elect Trump’s New Top Advisers

November 15, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has made his first two key personnel appointments. He named Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, as his White House chief of staff and Stephen Bannon, an executive for the anti-establishment Breitbart News, as chief strategist and senior counselor. Priebus is a Republican operative with deep expertise in ...
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11/10/16 – President-elect Trump Visits White House to Meet President Obama

November 10, 2016 In a cordial beginning to their transfer of power, President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met at the White House on November 10. Obama called the 90-minute meeting “excellent.” His successor said he looked forward to receiving the outgoing president’s “counsel.” Obama said to Trump, “We now are going to want to ...
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11/09/16 – President-elect Donald Trump: America’s Next President

November 9, 2016 U.S. voters have elected Republican Donald J. Trump as their 45th president, putting into the White House a businessman who promised to use his financial know-how to help Americans improve their standard of living. The real estate magnate defeated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who had hoped to be the first woman president. ...
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10/26/16 – Secretary Kerry Remarks at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics

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10/12/16 – U.S. Elections 2016 – News Updates

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10/11/16-Assistant Secretary Russel: AP4.0, an Operating System for the Asia-Pacific Region

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09/23/16 – Remarks at a UNSC Meeting on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty

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09/09/16 – Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016

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07/25/16 – Remarks Before Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se

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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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07/12/16 – Statement by John Kirby on Decision in the Philippines-China Arbitration

Press Statement John Kirby Philippines-China Arbitration July 12, 2016 The decision today by the Tribunal in the Philippines-China arbitration is an important contribution to the shared goal of a peaceful resolution to disputes in the South China Sea.  We are still studying the decision and have no comment on the merits of the case, but ...
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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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06/20/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Statement on World Refugee Day

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05/27/16 – FACT SHEET: The G-7 Summit at Ise-Shima Japan

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05/27/16 – G7 Ise-Shima Leaders’ Declaration

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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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05/15/16 – Presidential Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2016 [Source: The White House]

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05/03/16 – Press Availability by Secretary Kerry

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04/01/16 – Joint Statement on Sustaining Action to Strengthen Global Nuclear Security

April 1, 2016 The Nuclear Security Summit process has led to significant achievements in nuclear security at national, regional, and global levels; but the work of building a strengthened, sustained, and comprehensive global nuclear security architecture – consisting of legal instruments, international organizations and initiatives, internationally accepted guidance, and best practices – requires continuous attention. We need ...
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04/01/16 – Nuclear Security Summit 2016 Communiqué

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03/06/16 – Secretary’s Remarks: On the Passing of Nancy Reagan

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC March 6, 2016 Teresa and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Nancy Reagan, a woman whose grace, dedication and love ‎of family were inspirations to us all. President Reagan was one of our country’s greatest optimists, whose courage and foresight helped win the ...
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02/24/16 – Remarks by the President at “In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to Ray Charles”

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02/26/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State  Ben Franklin Room Washington, DC February 23, 2016 View Video: 55’32’’ SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I’m delighted to welcome Minister Wang Yi back to the State Department to the Ben Franklin Room and back to Washington. And we had a – this is about the third time that we have now met ...
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02/15/16 – Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

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02/15/16 – Remarks by President Obama at Opening Session of the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

REMARKS PRESIDENT OBAMA AT OPENING SESSION OF THE U.S.-ASEAN SUMMIT Sunnylands Center The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands Rancho Mirage, California Feburary 15, 2016 3:47 P.M. PST      PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It is my privilege to welcome you to this landmark gathering — the first U.S.-ASEAN Summit hosted by the United States.  This reflects ...
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02/13/16 – Presidential Proclamation: Death of Antonin Scalia

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02/21/16 – FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations

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02/03/16 – Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2016

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01/13/16 – Remarks of President Barack Obama – State of the Union Address As Delivered

Remarks President Obama January 13, 2016 9:10 P.M. EST Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year that I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it a little shorter. (Applause.) I know some ...
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01/13/16 – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks on the United States Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016

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