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Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 7, 2019 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, thank you for having me. It’s a privilege to be with you today. SECRETARY POMPEO: Wilfred, great to see you again. QUESTION: So you’re traveling off to the Middle East this afternoon to give reassurance to your allies in the region. Reassurance about what specifically? Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 5, 2019 Today the United States celebrates the swearing-in of the new Executive Board of Venezuela’s National Assembly led by Deputy Juan Guaidó as its President. Chargé d’Affaires James Story attended this important event. The National Assembly is the only legitimate and last remaining Continue Reading
Special Briefing Senior State Department Officials Via Teleconference January 4, 2019 MODERATOR:  Thank you and good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us today for this background call to preview Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City.   We are joined today by [Senior State Department Official Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 3, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone today with Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen. They discussed Denmark’s contributions to Operation Inherent Resolve. The Secretary thanked Foreign Minister Samuelsen for Denmark’s Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC January 4, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Amman, Jordan; Cairo, Egypt; Manama, Bahrain; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Muscat, Oman; and Kuwait City, Kuwait January 8-15. The Secretary will begin his trip in Amman, where he will meet with Continue Reading
Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 3, 2019 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, good to see you. I see this as a massive national security issue. It deals with relations, obviously, with Mexico. It’s about drugs being brought into the country, human trafficking, criminals, gang members, some people that have ties to terror. Why shouldn’t we all view Continue Reading
Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC January 3, 2019 The Iranian Regime’s Ministry of Defense has publicly announced plans to launch three Space Launch Vehicles (SLV) in the coming months. Such actions would once again demonstrate Iran’s defiance of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231, which calls upon the Iranian regime not to Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Brasilia, Brazil January 2, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo in Brasilia, Brazil. The two leaders reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Brazil and discussed opportunities to expand Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Brasilia, Brazil January 1, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Peruvian Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio Bardales in Brasilia, Brazil. The two leaders discussed ongoing U.S.-Peru cooperation on counternarcotics and the importance of implementing a Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. The Secretary discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria and underlined U.S. commitment to Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial Continue Reading
Fact Sheet Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 28, 2018 Secretary Pompeo is leading a Presidential Delegation to Brazil for the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a leader who has expressed interest in closer ties with the United States and our regional allies. We welcome the opportunity to forge a close and comprehensive partnership Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 28, 2018 The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iranian regional actions that endanger Israeli national security and the safety of the Israeli people. Iranian support of and supply to terrorist groups in Syria and across the region that have the clear intent and Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 27, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Brazil and Colombia from December 31-January 2. From December 31-January 2, Secretary Pompeo will lead the Presidential Delegation to Brasilia to attend the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro, President-elect of Brazil. In addition to Continue Reading
Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 21, 2018 QUESTION: Thanks very much for taking the time. SECRETARY POMPEO: You bet, Steve. QUESTION: Is ISIS defeated? SECRETARY POMPEO: We’ve made the caliphate in Syria go away. We remember, you remember this, Steve. You remember cells with people in them being burned. The President made an enormous Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih. Secretary Pompeo discussed the recent territorial defeat of ISIS in Syria with President Salih and reaffirmed U.S. support for Iraq as it continues to fight Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 Canada, a country governed by the rule of law, is conducting a fair, unbiased, and transparent legal proceeding with respect to Ms. Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei. Canada respects its international legal commitments by honoring its extradition treaty with the United Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The United States is disappointed by the Government of Bangladesh’s inability to grant credentials and issue visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission to the majority of international election monitors from the Asian Network for Free Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati today to commend the Albanian government for expelling two Iranian officials, including the Iranian Ambassador to Albania, in response to an Iran-sponsored Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 23, 2018 On December 22, the Venezuelan Navy aggressively stopped ExxonMob‎il contracted vessels operating under an oil exploration agreement with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in its Exclusive Economic Zone. We underscore that Guyana has the sovereign right to explore and exploit resources Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 23, 2018 The United States conveys our deepest condolences for the loss of life and destruction from the tsunami that struck West Java and southern Sumatra, Indonesia, on December 22. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are in close communication with Indonesian authorities. Our Continue Reading
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Begin text: The Troika (United States, Norway, and the UK) join the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in condemning the appalling harassment and abuse of Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 Yesterday, the President signed the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (“Nica Act”), signaling his further commitment to promoting democracy, human rights, and rule of law in Nicaragua. The signing of the Nica Act supplements a series of actions the United States has Continue Reading
Press Statement Robert Palladino Deputy Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 In response to Russia’s dangerous escalation and unjustified November 25 attack on three Ukrainian naval vessels near the Kerch Strait, the Department of State, subject to Congressional approval, will provide an additional $10 million in Foreign Military Financing to further build Continue Reading
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 21, 2018 The text of the following statement on Nicaragua was released by the Governments of Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, pursuant to their collective commitment Continue Reading
Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference December 20, 2018 QUESTION: (Inaudible.) SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure. So the President’s decision to withdraw the couple thousand folks that we’ve had in Syria is based on the fact that the effort there to crush the caliphate, the ISIS caliphate in the region, is now near completion. We had remarkable success: Continue Reading
Interview Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Via Teleconference December 20, 2018 QUESTION: Good morning, Secretary. How are you? SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m very good. QUESTION: I’ll just jump right in, since our time is limited. SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, sir. QUESTION: My first question is kind of a two-part question. And the first part of it is, what is it – from your Continue Reading
Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 19, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. The Secretary thanked the Minister for Oman’s positive engagement on many regional issues, including its role in Continue Reading