Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 5, 2020   The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu. Secretary Pompeo expressed appreciation for Estonia’s hosting of the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Summit, reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to invest up to $1 billion in Three …

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U.S. Welcomes Estonia’s Action Against Hizballah

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 24, 2020   Estonia is sending a strong message in Europe, and within the European Union, by prohibiting Hizballah affiliates from entering its territory, mitigating the threat Hizballah poses to the security of Estonia and international partners. Like the actions taken by Germany, Lithuania, and Kosovo, and the commitment by Serbia earlier …

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Under Secretary Krach: Clean Vision for Three Seas

  Clean Vision for Three Seas   Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach October 21, 2020 The United States congratulates the Three Seas member states on a productive virtual summit. We commend President Kersti Kaljulaid and the Estonian government for organizing this important event during complicated circumstances. The …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the Three Seas Virtual Summit and Web Forum

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, D.C. OCTOBER 19, 2020   SECRETARY POMPEO:  (In progress) — [The West] stands for the rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression.  We drive economic growth through innovation.  We protect our people. And our way of life is the envy for the entire world. Look at the freedoms for which the people of …

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Press Release: United States and Estonia Sign New Agreement to Support Partnerships in Research and Innovation

Photo: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs   Monday, October 19, 2020   Today, the United States and Estonia signed a new Science and Technology Agreement which will support future partnerships in research and innovation. The United States’ Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach and Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu signed the agreement at a ceremony in Tallinn. Under Secretary Krach outlined …

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United States – Estonia Joint Statement on Secure Telecommunications Infrastructure

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson September 23, 2020 The text of the following statement was released by United States Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Mr. Keith Krach and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Mr. Urmas Reinsalu on the importance of secure telecommunications infrastructure. Begin Text: Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu and …

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Press Release: High-Ranking U.S. Diplomat Highlights Joint Commitment to 5G Security

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 United States Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Keith Krach is visiting Tallinn on Wednesday, September 23.  During his time in Estonia, Under Secretary Krach will have meetings with the President of the Republic of Estonia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister of Foreign …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Prime Minister Ratas

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020   The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas.   Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Ratas discussed the importance of the U.S.-Estonian partnership within the NATO Alliance and international organizations.  The Secretary thanked Estonia for its leadership on …

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Supporting the Aspirations of the Belarusian People

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 20, 2020 The United States has been inspired by the display of peaceful expression of the Belarusian people seeking to determine their own future. We stand by our long-term commitment to support Belarus’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the aspirations of the Belarusian people …

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Joint Statement by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 22, 2020   The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration. Begin Text: Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for …

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Message on the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 22, 2020   The Welles Declaration is a proud moment in the history of U.S. foreign policy and friendship with the peoples of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Eighty years ago, the United States pointedly refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of the Baltic states into the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union’s criminal …

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European Court of Justice Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 17, 2020   The United States shares the values of rule of law and protection of our democracies with our partners in the European Union (EU).  Therefore, we are deeply disappointed that the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) has invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.  The United States is …

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UPDATE: Visa Services Suspension

On March 11, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 9993 titled “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.”  This proclamation suspends entry as nonimmigrants or immigrants for aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Zone during the 14-day period …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Briefing on Current U.S. Foreign Policy

07/09/2020 01:25 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Via Teleconference with the Foreign Press Center MS ORTAGUS:  Great.  Thank you and good morning, everyone.  It’s great to be with the Foreign Press Center today.  This is my first briefing with all of you, actually, and the Secretary, of course, was with you a …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

07/08/2020 12:50 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Hope everybody had a great 4th of July celebrating the founding of this great country, and a week from today I’ll be in Philadelphia talking about the work of the Unalienable Rights Commission.  I’m looking forward …

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Marking The Birth Of Our Great Nation

07/04/2020 08:06 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State In 1776 on this day, our founding fathers created, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  For the first time in human history, a nation was brought into being recognizing, as …

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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Remarks at the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Ministerial

06/30/2020 12:04 PM EDT Office of the Spokesperson Today, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun delivered remarks at the Three Seas Initiative Virtual Ministerial hosted by the Government of Estonia.  The Three Seas Initiative aims to boost economic prosperity through connectivity between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas. Deputy Secretary Biegun reaffirmed U.S. support …

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Entry into Force of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

07/01/2020 10:59 AM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Today marks a landmark achievement for the countries of North America to increase manufacturing and investment in our region.  On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into force, fulfilling President Trump’s promise to modernize and update trade agreements.  More than just the modernization …

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A New Transatlantic Dialogue

06/25/2020 04:19 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum MR LESSER:  Good morning, and good afternoon from Brussels.  Welcome back to Brussels Forum 2020 in its 15th edition.  And today we’re very pleased and honored to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo for a special conversation with us.  We’ve hosted …

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Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19

06/19/2020 01:45 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States has been, and continues to be, the undisputed leader in global foreign assistance, and our leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues that record of generosity. Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our ongoing response …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Virtual Copenhagen Democracy Summit

06/19/2020 03:06 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Orange County, California MR RASMUSSEN:  It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome our next speaker, the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.  Good morning, Mr. Secretary.  I think it’s morning in your time zone. I know you’ve been traveling from Hawaii where you met …

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Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe

Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 4, 2020   The United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance for more than a half century, saving lives all over the planet. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we …

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Michael R. Pompeo: On the Treaty on Open Skies

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 21, 2020 On the Treaty on Open Skies   Tomorrow, the United States will submit notice of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies to the Treaty Depositaries and to all other States …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability (May 20)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability   REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC MAY 20, 2020 (Video available here .) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  This morning, early, I had the chance to drive through Arlington Cemetery, and as we approach Memorial Day Weekend, I want to reflect on the sacrifices of …

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Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 20, 2020 Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Reinsalu   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 12, 2020   The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Reinsalu discussed cooperative efforts in the UN Security Council aimed at preventing conflict and …

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Europe Day

Europe Day   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 9, 2020   On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the enduring bonds of shared history, democratic values, and a commitment to peace and prosperity …

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Secretary Pompeo: Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO May 8, 2020 Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) Today we mark 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe in the Second World War.  We pay tribute today to all those …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day   The White House Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2020   Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we …

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Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War

Joint Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War   MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2020 The following is a joint statement by the U. S. Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Begin text: Marking the 75th …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba   READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 7, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba yesterday.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kuleba discussed Ukraine’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic resolution to the Russia-instigated conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region and the results of the April 30 Normandy Format virtual Foreign Ministerial.  The Secretary commended Ukraine’s conflict diplomacy …

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World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 2, 2020 On World Press Freedom Day, recognized around the world on May 3, we highlight the critical role of independent media in facilitating the open exchange of information and ideas so vital to free, prosperous, and secure democratic societies. This year, as the world faces the …

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak

Issued on: April 22, 2020 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans.  In Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), I declared that the COVID–19 outbreak in the United States constituted a national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020.  Since then, the American people have united behind …

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The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response With More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2020 For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  Through the American people’s generosity and under the leadership of President Trump, the United States continues this outstanding record in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the announcement …

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U.S. Assistance to Italy

U.S. Assistance to Italy   U.S Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 11, 2020   During these difficult times, the United States is working in solidarity with our partners and Allies to provide humanitarian assistance to countries in need and to take all possible measures to combat the spread …

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STATEMENT: Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance (April 8)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO April 8, 2020 Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. government, the United States has continued to …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press (April 7)

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC APRIL 7, 2020   (Video available here .) SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  Glad we’re all together, everybody healthy, everybody looking good, staying apart – all fantastic. I wanted to start with just a few brief items here this morning, beginning in the Western Hemisphere. First, I want to express …

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U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, SPOKESPERSON April 1, 2020  U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia The United States is committed to the global fight against COVID-19.  We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot …

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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release FACT SHEET March 31, 2020 The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 “Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people …

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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO March 26, 2020 U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that …

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Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus

Updated on: March 14, 2020 On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo On the Release of the 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

03/11/2020 12:06 PM EDT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Press Briefing Room SECRETARY POMPEO:  Hello, everyone.  Good morning.  Every year, for 44 years, the State Department has written the most comprehensive and fact-based human rights report in the world. State Department team members in Washington and our embassies work with experts in …

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Crimea is Ukraine

02/26/2020 08:24 PM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State February 27 will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and the United States reaffirms: Crimea is Ukraine. As underscored in our July 2018 Crimea Declaration, the United States does not and will not ever recognize Russia’s claims of sovereignty …

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Estonia National Day

02/24/2020 12:01 AM EST Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the people and government of the United States, I congratulate the Republic of Estonia on the 102nd anniversary of your independence. I also congratulate Estonia on the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Tartu. Both the Treaty of Tartu and the U.S. …

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President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address

Issued on: February 4, 2020 U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:06 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback.  Tonight, …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Call with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 11, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today to Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu to discuss recent events in Iraq and Iran and efforts to deter further Iranian aggression. Secretary Pompeo thanked Estonia for supporting the United States’ right to self-defense and for …

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Remarks by President Trump on Iran

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                         January 8, 2020 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON IRAN Grand Foyer 11:28 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning.  I’m pleased to inform you: The …

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Secretary Pompeo Press Statement: On the New EU Leadership Assumption of Office

On the New EU Leadership Assumption of Office   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 1, 2019 We congratulate European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, High Representative Josep Borrell, the new College of European Commissioners, and European Council President Charles Michel as they assume office. The United States looks forward to working with this new leadership team, …

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Secretary Pompeo: The World Must Address Iran’s Nuclear Escalation

Statement by Secretary MICHAEL R. POMPEO The World Must Address Iran’s Nuclear Escalation November 7, 2019 Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with …

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On the Death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

PRESS STATEMENT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State OCTOBER 27, 2019 This is a great day for United States, the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and people all across the world who have suffered far too long from the cruelty of terrorism. ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, met the fate that he long-deserved, taken down …

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Cooperation

October 8, 2019 Joint Statement on U.S.-Estonia Cooperation The United States and Estonia are close Allies in NATO, share fundamental values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, and work closely together to advance the security, prosperity, and stability of our shared Euro-Atlantic area and the wider world. The United States and Estonia recognize …

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Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO August 2, 2019 U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty August 2, 2019 On February 2, 2019, the United States provided its six-month notice of withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty due to the Russian Federation’s continuing violation of the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal pursuant to Article …

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Release of the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security

PRESS STATEMENT Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State JUNE 11, 2019 Women around the world have an essential role in conflict prevention and resolution, security provision, peace processes, and countering terrorism.  For over a decade, the United States has been a leader in promoting global peace and stability by empowering women to take on those …

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Looking North: Sharpening America’s Arctic Focus

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Rovaniemi, Finland May 6, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ambassador. I know you’re enjoying your time here tremendously, and you are doing an outstanding job. It’s great to look out here and see so many friends, too. Who’d have thought I could come this far north and know this …

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Press Availability at NATO Foreign Ministerial 2019

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC April 4, 2019   SECRETARY POMPEO: So good afternoon, everyone. Seventy years ago today, 12 courageous nations came together to form an alliance that to this day remains the bedrock guarantor of Western security and democratic liberties. Today, our 29 nations believe …

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Interim President Juan Guaido’s Return to Venezuela

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 4, 2019 The United States applauds the people of Venezuela for their actions to create a peaceful democratic transition, and congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on his successful diplomatic efforts in the region and safe return to Venezuela. The United States and freedom-loving nations …

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Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2019 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN PRESS CONFERENCE JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019 2:15 P.M. ICT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking the Prime Minister and President of Vietnam.  We’re in Hanoi.  It’s an …

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Secretary Pompeo: Crimea is Ukraine

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 27, 2019   Five years ago, Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula fueled an escalation of Russian aggression. Russia attempted to upend the international order, undermined basic human freedoms, and weakened our common security. The world has not forgotten the cynical lies Russia employed …

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Press Statement: Boris Nemtsov

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC February 26, 2019 Four years ago, former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, a leading figure in Russia’s democratic movement, was gunned down outside the walls of the Kremlin. Although five men were convicted for carrying out his assassination, the United States continues to call on Russian authorities …

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Estonia National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 24, 2019 Congratulations to the people of Estonia on your 101st anniversary of independence. On behalf of the United States government, I want to thank Estonia for your unwavering commitment to our transatlantic community and your dedication to promoting peace, prosperity, and freedom. The …

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President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Issued on: February 5, 2019 Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential.  As we begin a new Congress, I stand here ready to work …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 4, 2019 Recognition of Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s Interim President by Several European Countries We welcome the decision today by Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to recognize …

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Remarks by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 1, 2019 Press Briefing Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  At the core of President Trump’s foreign policy are a few very, very simple truths.  The security of the American people must be our greatest consideration, the agreements into which we …

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Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2019 For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the …

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Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 28, 2019 Today, the United States has taken necessary actions to prevent the illegitimate former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela’s assets and natural resources. The United States has determined that persons operating in Venezuela’s oil sector may now be subject to sanctions pursuant …

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Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State United Nations New York City January 26, 2019 Good morning. On behalf of President Trump and the American people I first want to thank Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas of the Dominican Republic, the current president of the Security Council, for scheduling this meeting. My former colleague, Ambassador Haley, …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO January 25, 2019 Greece Ratifies Prespa Agreement The United States welcomes the decision by Greece’s Parliament to ratify the Prespa Agreement.  The leaders of Greece demonstrated vision, courage, and persistence in their pursuit of a solution to the name dispute, which will allow the future …

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Joint Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen

Chinese Actors Compromise Global Managed Service Providers   Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2018 Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers. These Chinese actors used this access to compromise the networks …

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Sanctions Announcement on Russia

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 Today, the Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms. Specifically, the State Department added 12 individuals and entities to the List of Specified Persons (LSP) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s …

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On EU Resolve in Holding Russia Accountable

Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 15, 2018 The United States welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. The European Parliament’s December 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of …

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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State United Nations New York City December 12, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much, and good morning. Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate them. Just two days ago, the head of the IRGC’s airspace division, Amir Hajizadeh, boasted that Iran is capable of building missiles with a range …

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Press Availability at NATO Headquarters

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good evening, everyone. I want to begin this evening by expressing my condolences to the Bush family on the passing of a great man, President George H. W. Bush. He embodied literally the best of America in his devotion to public …

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Remarks: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  REMARKS Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction.  Good morning to all of you; thank you for joining me here today.  It’s wonderful to be in this beautiful place, …

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Presidential Proclamation Announcing the Death of George H.W. Bush

Issued on: December 1, 2018 It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018. President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to …

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Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, …

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Remarks to the Press

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Secretary Pompeo  released  the State Department’s report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation.  Download the report»   Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy» . (pdf – 4,42 MB)

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Secretary Pompeo  released  the State Department’s report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation.  Download the report»   Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy» .

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Joint Statement to the Media

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