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    Why Diplomacy Matters

    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas - - (April 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following transcriptions of remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Why Diplomacy Matters:










    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. And thank you, Jerica, for that kind introduction. Now, as the Secretary of State, we do diplomacy, which means you have to get the protocol right. So, howdy.


    AUDIENCE: Howdy.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be in Texas, one of the greatest countries in the world. (Laughter and applause.) Yeah, I just came back from South America, now Texas, and I’ll return to the United States in the morning, yes. (Laughter.)


    Seeing you all here reminds me of a George Patton quote. He said, “Give me an Army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a battle. But if you give me a handful of Texas Aggies, I’ll win a war.” (Cheers.) That’s tough to take from a West Point graduate.(Laughter).


    Look, I understand that this institution has sent more of its graduates into the military than any other university other than our military academies. It’s because you all are tough, you’re committed, and you want to serve. You should be proud of that, and I love it. And it’s why I really wanted to be here today. I want to thank, too – I want to thank the Wiley family for making this series possible.


    Like Jessicasaid, everyone here – Cadets, Bush school students, anyone looking to give back to America – should consider potentially one day working for the United States Department of State.


    Now, I know, I get it, diplomacy doesn’t sound as thrilling as firing anti-tank weapons, flying F-16s, crawling through mud. There’s no “Top Gun” version of the State Department. Instead we get “Madame Secretary.” No offense to Tea Leoni, those of you who are her fans.


    But there’s a good reason that many former military officers end up working as diplomats serving our country. It’s because the work that we do is important for our soldiers, the soldiers need us, and we need them. Neither diplomacy nor the military can succeed at delivering for presidents and for our country without the other.


    And I’m not the first guy to figure this out. In 1946, President Truman was traveling. President Truman was traveling with Winston Churchill to Missouri, where Churchill would deliver his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. He delivered it there at Westminster at a local college.


    On the train, Truman showed Churchill a recent re-design of the presidential seal. The eagle’s head was turned to the right, so it faced the talons holding olive branches. Now, that represented diplomacy. But rather than having the eagle turn to face the arrows, which represented war, Churchill pondered for a moment and he said, “I think the head should be on a swivel, back and forth.”


    In other words: Diplomacy and military strength go hand in hand. They are indeed intimately related. Each relies on the other.


    I saw this as a young Army captain way back in the 1980s, when I patrolled that very Iron Curtain that Churchill spoke about. I had the incredible privilege, along with my fellow soldiers, we were there to deter the Soviets and indeed prepare this country for the worst. But ultimately, it wasn’t our tanks that delivered that victory. It was diplomacy, backed by the credible threat of force that we had projected.


    Aggies have a long history in the military. But you also have a long history serving America’s diplomatic mission at the State Department, and I’d love that to continue. If you join us, if you work, it will make a difference in the life of every American.


    Now, I’m going to speak just for a couple more minutes because I want plenty of time to take your questions. But before I do, I want to talk briefly about three aspects of my life, of the State Department’s work.


    First, it’s an incredible element of promoting national security.


    As they did during the Cold War, diplomats build relationships to ensure that disagreements never boil over into military conflict.


    Take Jerica, you just heard from, and her team. They’re talking to Mexican authorities to alleviate migrant crisis and to secure our border.


    Her colleagues are confronting the opioid crisis by encouraging partners to cut off the drug flows, that fentanyl that comes in the United States and wreaks so much destruction.


    Just a few months ago, we saw the announcement that China made that they would do their part to deny fentanyl access to our country. It was State Department’s diplomats who sealed that deal.


    And farther from home, State has helped grow the ranks of the Defeat-ISIS coalition, an enormous victory. We’ve seized back 100 percent of the caliphate, liberating millions of Syrians. American diplomats were at the center of creating that coalition and reducing threats to our citizens.


    Just this morning, I spoke with our ambassador, who is working to bring peace in Afghanistan. There’s another graduate of this fine institution, a young lady named Melissa. She is supporting our work there to broker peace between the Taliban and the Afghan Government. We’re trying to end the longest war in United States history and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike.


    Or take a man named Steve Biegun, a truly remarkable fellow. He’s one of my special reps. He’s working on the North Korea file.


    His team has gotten an international coalition together to put the toughest sanctions in history on Chairman Kim Jong-un and his country. But Steve’s work is also important in that we are keeping the door open, working to achieve a diplomatic outcome where North Korea will be denuclearized in a way that brings peace to the peninsula.


    Steve and our team have gotten enormous results. I was privileged to be in North Korea where Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim were able to climb on an American airplane and return home from their – to their families from being held hostage in that country, a remarkable diplomatic achievement. Indeed, I’ll never forget the moment, the very moment when they met their families on the tarmac. President Trump was there to greet them too, and I was thinking that morning –it was 3:00 a.m. Washington D.C. time – about the amazing work that our team had done not just that day, but in the weeks and months before that. Absent that great work, absent the work of people like you who decided to join the Department of State, they might well still be held in the hands of the North Koreans.


    The second thing we do every day at the State Department people don’t truly see directly: We make sure that our diplomacy impacts the American people by strengthening the United States economy.


    The truth is we have to compete in a global economy. The United States businesses need access to markets all across the world. President Trump is determined to open those markets for our products. That’s certainly true of companies and businesses here in Texas where exports benefit your economy to the tune of $260 billion a year. It supports more than 900,000 Texas jobs.


    And we help. We help by supporting these economic opportunities through our diplomats. We work to open these markets where there are some 1,600 economic officers stationed all across the world. We try to take down barriers. We try to make the case for American companies and why they can deliver true value to nations all across the world. Indeed, it’s the case that there is seldom an engagement – I was in South America just before coming here today. Not a single one of my conversations– not in Chile, not in Peru or Paraguay or in Colombia did we miss the opportunity to make sure they understood that America was there prepared to help create value for their countries as well.


    You’ve seen it in the work we’ve done to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.


    But you should know it’s more than just commerce. There’s a strategic element to this too. In Houston last month, I spoke to a group to talk about how energy impacts each and every one of us, how there is a national security component to America’s capacity to deliver energy all around the world. We watch as a pipeline is being built in Europe, which will tether Germany to Russia in a way that is not good for German security or the security of the United States of America. The work that’s being done here in Texas and Kansas and Oklahoma, all of the energy fields and in North Dakota – if done well, can work with our diplomacy to deliver true security not only to America, but to Europe as well.


    And you should know Aggies are also helping State create a program to transport excess natural gas from right here in Texas to the Dominican Republic, so it can be sold throughout the Caribbean. We want to make sure the lights are on for your next spring break. (Laughter.)


    We’ve got another team, a team that’s working to warn our friends and partners against buying Chinese 5G technology and build out their infrastructure with Chinese equipment. These are companies like Huawei, which will take your private information and transfer it to the Chinese Government. It makes no sense. And American diplomats are at the forefront of sharing this information with the world.


    None of us want our privacy, our freedom falling into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.


    The final thing before I close: The State Department helps with our American diplomats promoting and protecting our values – indeed, our very way of life.


    The U.S. is the global standard-bearer for democracy, for freedom, for liberty, and for human rights as well. If we don’t speak up, no one else will.


    A few months back, the United States made the decision to leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. We did so because it had become under the control of authoritarians and dictators, people that didn’t really care about human rights. We made the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing facts on the ground. And our diplomats are even, as we speak, all across the world promoting American values and human rights all across the globe.


    We’re working on various missions, including making sure that the nature of Chinese Orwellian systems, particularly their clampdown on people of faith, are impacting us right here at home. I recently had the privilege to meet with a group of Uighur Muslims that came to my office. They talked about the systemic imprisonment, they talked about oppression, and even torture happening in parts of China today. This cannot be allowed to stand.


    We’re exerting maximum pressure to change the very nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran to make sure that that regime simply behaves like a normal country and does not spread terror throughout the world. Today as we stand here, Iran is engaged in conducting an assassination campaign throughout Europe. Our diplomats are working to push back against them so this will stop.


    And my most recent trip was part of the effort that’s being led by the Organization of American States and the Lima Group as we work to restore human rights and democracy in Venezuela. I know that we will ultimately be successful and that Mr. Maduro will leave that country.


    Our diplomats also go on offense to promote American values, in part simply by building and maintaining a set of relationships that are centrally important to our country. These deep friendships matter as time moves on.

    Jerica mentioned some of the work that she does with the youth in Ciudad Juarez.

    That’s a long-term investment in our relationship with our partners to the south in Mexico. We trust that the young people that she’s working with will come to understand America, that they will come to understand how much we care about them. And when it’s their time to lead, they will become good partners for our great nation.


    We do something different on a truly national scale as well with foreign aid. We provide assistance to countries like no other country in the world.


    Our goal is often to turn struggling nations into strong, long-term partners, democratic partners for the United States.


    And in times of crisis, when we’ve offered a hand, I can tell you that people like Melissa, the former Aggie stationed there in Afghanistan today, will benefit from the American aid which we’ve provided to that country.


    About four years ago Melissa was in a tour in Nepal when a devastating earthquake hit that country, killing nearly 9,000 people.


    She said it was one of her proudest moments as an American diplomat. She watched as the embassy rallied to the people’s side, allowing those in need to come seek services at our embassy, to shower and to seek food and shelter at the American embassy.


    For her next tour, she went to Kabul. And just moments after she landed, another earthquake. Everyone in the airport thought it was an explosion, but she knew. She’d been through this before.


    She next traveled to Mexico City. The year was 2017.


    You’ll all remember it was one of the most devastating earthquakes to hit the Mexican – Mexico City in decades. And Melissa saw the great work that the embassy did to make sure that the people of Mexico City got back on their feet.


    I made sure that Melissa did not come to visit with us today. (Laughter.)


    She will tell you that as a diplomat, there was nothing more rewarding than watching American excellence, American graciousness, American resources in power, to meet and help people in times of adversity. This is the life of an American diplomat, and a noble undertaking, and one of true public service.


    There is a story. It’s about President Reagan’s secretary of state, Secretary George Shultz. He understood diplomacy.


    He would meet with our ambassadors as they went to the field. He would ask every ambassador who came by his office just before they went out for their first assignment – he would give them a pop quiz.


    He would take them over to the side of his room, he would point them to a globe, and he would ask them – he would say, “Now that you’ve been confirmed by the Senate, point to the country that you now represent.”


    And they’d all fail, because they’d point to the country which they were leaving. Indeed, the correct place to point for every one of our diplomats is their service to the United States of America.


    Secretary of State Shultz knew that, President Reagan knows that, President Trump and I know that too.

    I know that you all have a tremendous sense of duty, a tremendous sense of service. I hope that today you can see that America’s State Department is committed to living up to those standards.

    And if our mission appeals to you after your time serving elsewhere, we would love to have you come be part of our team.


    Thank you all for letting me be here today. Thank you for allowing me to be with you. Good luck, God bless you, and I look forward to taking your questions. Thank you. (Applause.)












    MR PETROFF: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Well, welcome to Aggieland.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be here.


    MR PETROFF: I wanted to start first by asking about – if there are some young people in the crowd that really did hear that call to serve, what are the steps they should take in order to join the State Department and make a difference in the world?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Talk to the team standing right in the back on your way out. We’ll sign you up.(Laughter.) So there’s lots of different ways to serve at the State Department. We have folks from all different backgrounds – engineers, event planners, speechwriting teams, all the skills that the Lord gives different people. You can go take a look on our website, and then for those who want to make a career working in the Foreign Service, study hard and prepare for the Foreign Service exam, and then the process is pretty straightforward from there.


    MR PETROFF: Okay, great. As we sort of look towards the future, what does – how does the State Department meet the technological challenges that the 21st century presents?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So there’s two things as we look forward that I think are absolutely paramount. As Jerica said, I’m now two weeks short of being Secretary of State for one full year. There’s two things, as I stare at the State Department to make sure that we’re ready for the 21st century. One of them is what you identified. We need the capacity to move at the speed of our adversaries. They move quickly. Whether that’s al-Qaida or ISIS or the Russians or the Cubans, they make decisions quickly. They – none of those are democracies, with all the process that’s attached to that. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world, don’t make – don’t confuse. But we have to make sure that American diplomacy can move at that speed. There’s an information component to that, there’s a technology component to that, and there’s places that we have real work to do.


    The second thing we need – and by the way, that space, that information management space, we saw this with the Russian efforts to impact our elections. We see this in the information space in Iran today. That information space is an incredibly important component of being able to deliver the American message around the world in ways that it wasn’t 20 or 30 years ago. The capacity for cheap, simple information readily available on your handset is different and presents a different information challenge for us. And we need to make sure that we’re sitting there right on people’s handset sharing the American message in the same way that our adversaries want to share in those countries as well.


    The second piece is cultural, inside an institution. I have run a tank platoon. I was an executive officer in a cavalry troop. I ran two small businesses then was the director of the CIA, and now I am running the State Department. Every organization has to have an ethos, a central mission set that is clearly understood so that every single officer of the State Department understands the commander’s intent.


    And so we’re working to build out life-cycle training programs and making sure that the ethos of the 21st century diplomat, the commitments that I spoke about in my remarks, are at the forefront of every officer’s mind. So when you get to a place and you get to a time when there is a decision to be made, and perhaps the guidance isn’t detailed sufficiently, you’ll have the principles, you’ll have the core understanding of what it is the expectations are for American diplomats, and you’ll make a really good decision. I’m confident that we’re in a good place there, but there’s always more that can be done.


    MR PETROFF: Great. Our campus is so excited to welcome you here today, and in the leadup to today we gave the community the opportunity to submit some questions. And Wiley has gathered some of those great submissions, and so now I’d like to turn to our audience for some more questions.


    Can you please stand?


    QUESTION: Howdy.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Hi.(Laughter.) Howdy. Get it right. I got it. (Applause.)


    QUESTION: Good job. Good job.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m from Kansas. I can – (laughter).


    QUESTION: So my name is Riley Ferrell (ph). I’m a sophomore here, and I have a question for you. Here at Texas A&M we have a very strong tie to the military, which is very similar to your alum, West Point. How has this exposure to military culture when you were younger shaped your perceptions of diplomacy?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, that is a fantastic question. You do have that same culture here for sure. Throughout the whole institution, the commitment to duty and service permeates this institution in the same way it did the place that I did my undergraduate time.


    I will tell you the other thing that I really took away from my time as a young officer in the military that I think is of enormous value in my current role, and I ask all of our diplomats to do this, which is to listen. I remember – I’ve told this story before – there’s an E7 named Sgt. 1st Class Petry, who, when I was a young second lieutenant, I went to my first assignment. I got out of what was an MI51 Jeep. Very few of you would remember these. And I climbed out and I walked over to him, and I had my gold bar and I’d been commissioned for all of, I don’t know, 90 days or 120 days. And I walked up to Sgt. Petry, and he saluted and said, “Young man, you’ll do well if you just shut up for a while.” (Laughter.) He was right. I was also afraid of him, so it all worked. (Laughter.)


    The capacity to understand, the capacity to listen in the military, is critical – to listen to your soldiers to make sure you understand, to listen to your commanders so you understand exactly what it is they’re trying to get at – the same thing as here. I spend a great deal of my time talking and engaged with my counterparts around the world. I was with Chilean President Pinera a few days back, right? I wanted to not only hear him, to hear what he’d said, the things he had on his mind, but to listen in a way to try and comprehend what it was he really wanted and how our two countries could work best together.


    If you said what’s the one thing that I remember from my time in service, I learned a lot about leadership, but one of the things I truly did come to appreciate was the value of listening and taking onboard the ideas of others so that you can execute the mission more effectively. I hope all of the folks who work here at the State Department take that lesson onboard as well.


    Thank you.


    QUESTION: Thank you so much for your answer and for joining us here in Aggieland.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Riley.


    QUESTION: Hi, Mr. Secretary. Thank you for the opportunity. My name is Angelita Garcia (ph). I am a third-year Ph.D. student. My question to you is: How does the State Department handle time-sensitive issues such as the humanitarian crisis currently gripping Venezuela? Thank you.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So you have a big government, and that means sometimes we don’t move just as fast as we need to. The great news is, is when a crisis breaks, we’re good, we’re very effective. So we have a group that is called the USAID. They provide aid and assistance, usually medicine and food. And literally within a handful of days of the recognition that the crisis, the humanitarian element of the crisis in Venezuela, had spiraled, it had spiked – it had been difficult; this has been years in the making, but it had taken a step change in the wrong direction– we were able to move not only food and medicine, but water. We were able to mobilize airlift from our military, C-17s flying to – I flew in here from Cucuta, Colombia, to take it to the border. The American people are enormously generous. It’s still sitting. I walked through the warehouse, where there is still food and medicine sitting.


    We can’t always get it– as in the case of Venezuela, we weren’t able to get it to the people who needed it. Maduro is still denying food to the starving and medicine to sick children. I saw some of those sick children yesterday who had crossed the border into Colombia. It’s truly tragic. But you should know the State Department in a crisis, and those crises can range from humanitarian crisis to– I recall very early in President Trump’s term – I was not in this job, I was the director of the CIA at the time – when Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people. Your government was able to, in the course of a very eventful 36 hours, do all the groundwork that was needed to make sure that we could respond, to let them – the leader there in Syria understand that this was unacceptable and this administration wasn’t going to allow the use of chemical weapons – Assad to use chemical weapons against his own people. We moved quickly, we moved accurately. The Department of Defense did its task flawlessly. It was a demonstration of American capacity to move in crisis moments in a way that is very effective.


    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, thank you for being here today. I am a Dreamer. What would you tell the Dreamers in this country who have love for this country, who attended these universities like I have, and who fear this administration?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So --


    QUESTION: And thank you for being here.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much, sir. Look, this administration has been clear: There was a –there was work that was done early on in the administration, try to achieve comprehensive immigration reform which would have impacted many. I don’t know your particular situation, but would have impacted many. Couldn’t make the political machine work.


    It is also the case that President Trump is determined. He is determined to ensure that there’s American sovereignty on our southern border and that we know who’s coming in and out of our country. That seems like a – there seems to be widespread agreement – I served in Congress for six years, so I suppose you could say I’m part of the problem too, but suffice it to say I think there’s consensus there, and yet we can’t get our laws tweaked in a way that I think would fundamentally recognize the central values of America in a way that would do honor to all those who want to come here and want to come here in a way that is lawful and those that are trying to come here legal, which is something President Trump has made clear. And I think there’s consensus on both sides of the aisle, frankly, that that’s something that we need to be capable of stopping as well, so --


    QUESTION: Excuse me, Mr. Secretary. I’m 100 percent disabled veteran, and she is – the lady here –she’s active Army. And due to my service to the country and her service to the country – I (inaudible) – that we are not able to go to see our family, as you know better than everyone in this room. And I just need my family. I have not seen my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law for seven years. And your subordinate in Embassy Dubai – they denied the case, although we dealt – we told them we just need to see them for 12 days to show them the country and see me. And –but they denied the case.


    And I served the country, I – disabled 100 percent. After (inaudible), I lost 25 friends just in my last deployment, but no one taking care of my kids. And I told them they’re not going to be staying here as an immigrant, they just want to come here to see me, to see my home, and that’s all I need, for just 10 days. And they did even not listen to me, sir. Okay, thank you.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, thank you. Thank you for your service. I can’t comment. I don’t know your particular case, so I just can’t – I apologize. I can’t answer your question about that particular situation.


    MR PETROFF: If we could please hold questions to those with the mike, please. (Applause.)


    QUESTION: He is the state representative.


    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, with the new designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization, I was wondering how heavily the United States would be pursuing sanctions against companies with alleged dealings with this organization.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Vigorously. (Applause.) So I’ll – so we never talk about sanctions, any particular sanction before we get to the place where we can make a decision, but this was – if you back up a step – it’s – you have to back up a step. Our mission is to try and create peace and stability in the Middle East. That’s the macro objective. And so we’ve worked on that by building out an enormous coalition to defeat ISIS. We’re still working to take down the remnants of ISIS. There are various estimates, from 5 to 12 to 21,000 members of ISIS who are still there, moving around in Iraq and Syria and Turkey. Our efforts to continue to prevent them from attacking around the globe are real and serious and will continue.


    The second piece of that has been to identify the other great threat, which is the Islamic Republic of Iran, which remains the largest sponsor of terror, who has supported Lebanese Hizballah, has supported Hizballah’s actions in Syria. The Shia militias under the stranglehold of the ayatollah who are working in Iraq aren’t working for the best interests of the Iraqi people. You see what’s happened in Yemen – an enormous – an enormous humanitarian crisis. The UN did good work in Stockholm to reach an agreement, but the Iranians won’t let the Houthis actually implement the Stockholm agreement. So the second piece of this is to convince Iran it’s not in their best interest to continue to foment terror and engage in malign activity all throughout the Middle East.


    So a – so the next step down from that is how do you do it. One of the pieces of that is our sanctions effort. We have lots of efforts apart from that. With respect to the designation, which actually came into effect just this week, some – the unclassified – some 20 percent of the Iraqi economy is controlled by the IRGC. So my wisdom for those of you who are connected to companies that might be doing business with them or if you’re the general counsel for a European bank that’s doing business with a company that might have a 20 percent share holder, the IRGC, is you should check your work.


    QUESTION: Howdy, Mr. Secretary. My question for you is: Given your experience as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, can you elaborate on the intersection between U.S. intelligence operations and U.S. diplomatic operations, as well as how the two cooperate or clash?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, ma’am, I can. Howdy to you. So it’s amazing – I’m the only person ever in American history to hold both of those jobs consecutively. We’ll find out if that’s a good idea or a bad idea. The history books will get to write that. (Laughter.)


    It was fascinating. It was great preparation, because I had a couple of advantages coming into this job. I had had a chance to work on almost every one of these same problem sets from a different optic in this administration, so it gave me a good jump start when I came to be Secretary of State.


    The two institutions have very different mission sets. The CIA’s mission set is clean and simple: deliver the best data set to the most important leader in the world and deliver it in a timely fashion and a consumable fashion. So as CIA director, you spend every moment worried that you didn’t get the president of the United States or the secretary of state or the secretary of defense the information they needed to make a really world-class decision in a tough space. So that’s the CIA mission.


    It doesn’t come into conflict with the Department of State all that often. Indeed, I spoke with Director Haspel just this morning. I had a handful of questions about a particular problem set I was working on. I asked her to go make sure that tomorrow when I have the opportunity, I get a chance to see their latest and best information set. So they will be providing a tool for us. Done well, the Intelligence Community – more broadly than just the CIA, there are many other elements, we have folks that do lots of other pieces of intelligence collection– the Intelligence Community will provide that fundamental underpinning.


    I talked about the Syria chemical strike. The first in the barrel to respond to that was the CIA. The President wanted to know immediately were they really chemical weapons that were fired or was this – right? We’ve all seen YouTube videos that turned out not to be true. Were the chemical weapons actually fired by the regime? Did they actually hit civilians? What was the magnitude, what was the scope, what was the nature of those chemical weapon systems? Before he could make a decision or even consider a recommendation by his secretary of state about how to respond, he needed to have best-in-class data.


    And we were under the gun. The CIA, the Intelligence Community doesn’t get things right every time. It has a history, it’s made mistakes, it’s imperfect like the rest of us. So we were under the gun. The President gave us just a handful of hours, and we deployed an amazing team – a team of chemists and physicists and engineers and battlefield experts and explosive device experts and folks who spend their whole life looking at potholes in the road to decide what it was that actually created that crater. It’s a great life.


    It took us a few more hours than I wished, but in a matter of hours I was able to deliver a very clear response to the President, identify places that were risks, what we knew, what we didn’t know, but it gave him sufficient information that he could then move on to look for the then-secretary of state to give him a recommendation about the foreign policy that we ought to pursue there, and then in this case he turned to the Department of Defense to consider potential responses as well. It was a place where you see a perfect example of America’s military and diplomacy and intelligence all working together to deliver to the President of the United States a clean set of options based on real data.


    QUESTION: Thank you, sir.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, ma’am.


    QUESTION: Howdy, Mr. Secretary.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Howdy.


    QUESTION: My name is Sanjay Letchuman (ph), and I was wondering, in the light of recent diplomatic efforts abroad with nations such as North Korea and Syria, which you talked about a little bit, do you see sanctions being lifted off these nations in the foreseeable future?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Sanjay (ph), I hope so. I would love nothing more than to lift the sanctions on North Korea, I truly would, because it would mean we were successful. It would mean that North Korea no longer had a nuclear weapons program or a weapons of mass destruction program. It would mean we’d had the opportunity to verify that that was the case, so we knew we weren’t taking anyone’s word for that. It would be a glorious thing. President Trump talks frequently and tweets almost as often – (laughter) – about a brighter future for North Korea, right?


    We desperately want that. Steve Biegun – I mean, the work that he’s done and our team has done – we have – it’s remarkable. We have the toughest sanctions in history on North Korea today. And frankly, the work that’s been done at the United Nations –they’re not American sanctions. These are UN Security Council resolutions. These are the world’s sanctions on North Korea. They’re the toughest in history, and yet we have also made more progress on negotiating the leader of North Korea to make a strategic shift, to make this decision that says, no, it’s the – these – the history which said that a nuclear weapon system is the only defense, it’s our only lever for security, to make the shift to say no, that’s actually what threatens our nation the most.


    We haven’t gotten there. Chairman Kim signed a document in Singapore in June. He’s told me no fewer than half a dozen times that he is prepared to denuclearize. I’ve now spent more time with Chairman Kim than Dennis Rodman. I’m very proud of that. (Laughter.) We’re not home yet, but I pray that one day that President Trump gets to announce that we’re removing the sanctions regime from North Korea.


    Syria – I put Syria in the same bucket. There are those who think that Assad has prevailed. I don’t know that there’s a need to declare winners and losers, but the facts on the ground are that today Assad rules over a very broken country with 6 million displaced persons. He controls, depending on how you count it, a third to 40 percent of the real estate of Syria. Much of the oil wealth, the thing that has driven Syria’s economy for an awfully long time, is not in the control of the Assad regime, and he faces a determined coalition put together in part by the institution that I am so privileged to run, whether they are European countries or Gulf state nations or countries even in Africa who recognize that we can’t begin to rebuild Syria until there is a political resolution there.


    And so before those sanctions go away, before not only the UN sanctions but the American sanctions, the sanctions that the European Union has put in place go away, UN Security Council Resolution 2254 will have to have been fulfilled, which means a political resolution to the outcome, so the migrants who have left Syria for Turkey and for Lebanon and for Jordan can return home and a political process can begin to move forward. These sanctions are never something we do with glee, and we do them only as a means to try and achieve an outcome that’s good for the United States and good for the world.


    QUESTION: Thank you so much.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Sanjay (ph).


    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary.


    SECRETARY POMPEO:
    Yes, sir.


    QUESTION: My name is Oren Shed (ph) and I am a freshman at A&M, and it’s an honor to have you here. My question is: What are some important parts of the State Department’s work that many people are unaware of?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: I talked about the economic work we do. You cannot have an effective national security policy without an economy that is growing. We should all be mindful that America remains $22 trillion in debt. That is a challenge. For those of you who – my son is 28 years old. I figure we’ll pay the bills while I’m here. I wonder if we will for his whole life. You have to have an economy that is thriving and flourishing, and the State Department takes this mission on.


    There is no other American institution that has officers in the field at nearly every American embassy – 180-plus American embassies – where we have economic officers who, for those of you who go decide to start your own business or run a company or become part of a global operation, touch base with our team. We are unabashed in the Trump administration about making sure that American businesses get every opportunity to go compete.


    I talked about the aid distribution that we do. I don’t think people often connect up the State Department with the humanitarian assistance work that we do, not only the money but the work that we do to coordinate. It is almost always the case that when you see a catastrophe like you saw in Mozambique now a few weeks ago, it is almost always the case it is a State Department officer from the United States that among – that are among the first people that the government of that country turns to to begin to coordinate and develop effective responses. We’re incredibly proud of that work.


    The last thing that I didn’t get a chance to talk about that we do is we run big programs that are cultural exchange programs. You would have students here at Texas A&M who came in from other parts of the world to come and study and be part of America. We also work to make sure that students here in America get a chance to go study in other nations. It is remarkable how often I’ll be meeting with a foreign leader and I find that his English is better than mine. That is often because of a State Department program that gave them the opportunity to come visit, understand the United States of America, and the dividends that that pays to our nation from having invested those resources are really important.


    So there’s a couple, three thoughts about things the State Department does that don’t make the front page of the local paper.


    QUESTION: Thank you very much.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, sir.


    QUESTION: Howdy, Mr. Secretary. Could you please share more with us about how you see the relationship between the United States and Latin America developing in the areas of trade and immigration?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So our administration is an enormous beneficiary of the changes that have taken place in South America. For those of you who know the history of South America, democracies have been too few and free-market economies have been far too scarce. Today, South America is turning back in the right direction. You see that in Peru, you see that in Chile, you see that in Brazil, you see it in Ecuador, you see it in many, many South American countries where people have recognized that the old model – call it – I don’t want to use a pejorative, but these weren’t free-market economies – but that the old model had failed them and that they need to rejoin the global world and compete and produce product and add value.


    So on trade I think there’s an enormous opportunity for American businesses to go to these places, to go to South American countries and sell our products. There’s growing middle classes in these countries as well. And they will also continue to deliver product into our country, so they will continue to move up the value chain and deliver goods for American consumers at prices that are affordable. I think that trade opportunity down there is enormous.


    When those countries become successful, the migration issues become mitigated, right? People want to stay in their own countries. When I was on the – it’s been – 36 hours now. I was on the bridge between Colombia and Venezuela. I watched hundreds of people streaming into Colombia. This was on Palm Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of people steaming in there. And I had a chance to talk with a couple of dozen of them. With one exception, they all wanted to return home to their own country. They had family there, they had deep roots there. But they had nothing. There was no economic opportunity for them. Indeed, many of them said that they had stayed in Venezuela longer than they probably should’ve. I met two mothers who had begun to feed their children every other day. That’s breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking.


    So as – so the solution to that, there’s now a million-five migrants in Colombia, there are three-quarters of a million migrants in Peru from Venezuela, hundreds of thousands strewn in other countries in South America. The solution to that is creating democracy and opportunity inside of Venezuela. That’s – the answer to the migration problem which is burdening Peru and Colombia and Chile, and now Ecuador, the solution to that is creating economic opportunity at home so these people can stay in the first instance.


    Now, some 3 million of a population of roughly 30 million – 10 percent of the people of Venezuela –have been forced to flee their country. We need to do two things. First, we need to fix that, allow the Venezuelan people to fix that so that the next 10 percent don’t leave. That’s the estimate for 2019; somewhere between another 2 and 3 million people will have to flee Venezuela because of economic hardship. And then if we do it well and are good enough to do it quickly and begin to rebuild Venezuela, we can get some of the 3 million who have left back home – back home to their families, back home to their homes, back home to what they know and love so that they can be part of the rebuilding of Venezuela. I see those same opportunities with respect to migration issues all throughout South America and Mexico too.


    MR PETROFF: All right, I think we have time for one last question.


    QUESTION: Hi, Mr. Secretary. My name is Ben Allen (ph), and I’m a civil engineering student. My question for you is: How do you balance condemnations with concessions in diplomacy with a controversial government such as Saudi Arabia? Thank you.


    SECRETARY POMPEO:
    So I always begin with a deep understanding that no secretary of state gets through their first day without recognizing it’s a tough world out there. We don’t appreciate how glorious it is to be here in the United States of America on a consistent enough basis and with enough fervor. Maybe you do here at Texas A&M, but I think too many Americans don’t understand how blessed we are. These are – are many, many tough places out there.


    Having said that, not all tough places are the same. They each present a different set of challenges. I – it reminds me, you would know this as – it’s a bit of an aside. But in terms of how you think about problem sets, I – when I was a cadet, what’s the first – what’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. (Laughter.) It’s – it was like – we had entire training courses. (Applause.) It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.


    And so when you deal with these countries, you have to just recognize they’re not all the same. Some of these difficult, nasty places want to partner with the United States and just haven’t gotten to the right place yet, just haven’t been able to move their own institutions. And some of them may only be trying half as much as they ought to be trying, but they’re trying to move in the right direction. That presents a very different way of thinking about how the United States ought to address them. In those cases, we ought to assist them.


    We should never shy away from calling them out. We have to be consistent. The State Department puts out every year a Human Rights Report. It’s just a compendium of bad acts around the world during the last 12 months. It’s way too long a book. But you should look at it. We call out friends, we call out adversaries, we call out everyone in between. But we have to find places where some of these countries that aren’t living up to our human rights standards – we address it, we work to fix it, we hold them accountable as best we can, and then we work to make sure those things don’t happen again.


    There are another set of bad actors who’d just as soon see you all perish from this planet. That calls out for a different American response. And so sorting those through, figuring out exactly the right mix of American tools – diplomatic tools, economic tools, political tools, military tools, figuring out precisely what the right mix is the task that we engage in at the State Department, but we do it with all of our partners in the national security apparatus as well. So the leadership in the White House, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Treasury – we were talking about sanctions – all of those have an important piece of figuring out what exactly the right mix is.


    And so just two things. One, we need to constantly evaluate if we have that right with respect to every one of those actors. Have we got the right balance? Are they still in the same place? Are they still making progress? Are they still serious about addressing the shortcomings that we identify? And then second, we have to be relentless, whether they are friends or adversaries, in making sure when a nation falls short that America will never shy away from calling them out for that behavior that didn’t rise to the level that we hope every nation can achieve.

    MR PETROFF: All right. Well, I think that’s all the time we have today. Thank you so much for taking our questions.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all very much. (Applause.)


    MR PETROFF: It was a pleasure to meet you, sir.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thankyou. I appreciate it. Thank you all. (Applause.)














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    Agencies issue Final Rule regarding the Treatment of certain Municipal Obligations as High-quality Liquid Assets

    Agencies issue Final Rule regarding the Treatment of certain Municipal Obligations as High-quality Liquid Assets | site |

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency




    (May 30, 2019) - - Today (May 30, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information contained in a joint press release of the Board of Governors
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    United States Restricts Travel and Vessels to Cuba

    United States Restricts Travel and Vessels to Cuba | site |


    Washington, DC - - June 4, 2019 - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson peovided the following information:


    Today, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels
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    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

    Federal Reserve Board issues Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households | site |



    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    The Federal Reserve Board's latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households found that most measures of economic well-being and financial resilience in 2018 were similar to, or slightly better than, those in 2017.

    Overall, the financial experiences reported by the 11,000 adults surveyed in 2018 were largely positive, and many families
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Argentina-based Goldpharma

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Sanctions Argentina-based Goldpharma | site |


    Treasury alleges that the Goldpharma network of illegal online pharmacies traffics opioids to the United States


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified the Argentina-based Goldpharma Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization (Goldpharma DTO/MLO) as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services Statement - - - Delay in Final Chimeric Antigen Receptor --CAR-- T-cell therapy National Coverage Determination

    Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services Statement - - - Delay in Final Chimeric Antigen Receptor --CAR-- T-cell therapy National Coverage Determination | site |




    (May 17, 2019) - - Today (May 17, 2019), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:



    Delay in Final Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy National Coverage Determination

    From a CMS spokesperson:... read more
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    Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travel to Singapore

    Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson Travel to Singapore | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 24, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson will travel to Singapore
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    Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with Microsoft to Improve how Rural Veterans Access VA’s Online Services and Benefits

    Department of Veterans Affairs Partners with Microsoft to Improve how Rural Veterans Access VA’s Online Services and Benefits | site |



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Microsoft Corp., recently formed a partnership that aims to improve how Veterans living in rural areas can access
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    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Receives Major Public Safety Award

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Receives Major Public Safety Award | site |



    Global Public Safety Organization Recognizes FCC Chairman for Leadership in Communications Policy



    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received the
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Temporary Pay and Leave Guidance for Upcoming WMATA Project

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Releases Temporary Pay and Leave Guidance for Upcoming WMATA Project | site |



    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released a memo to agencies releasing telework and alternative work schedule guidance for Federal employees who will be affected... read more
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

    Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom | state |


    Washington, DC - - (May 24, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, provided the following information:


    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom from May 30 to June 5.

    In Berlin, Secretary
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Notice: CDC Foodborne Outbreak Investigations Updates: Raw Oysters and Raw Tuna

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Investigation Notice: CDC Foodborne Outbreak Investigations Updates: Raw Oysters and Raw Tuna | site |


    (May 23 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    CDC posted updates regarding two separate investigations: a multistate outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses linked to raw oysters, and a multistate
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    Statement of FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr - - On Senate Passage of the TRACED Act

    Statement of FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr - - On Senate Passage of the TRACED Act | site |



    (May 23, 2019) - - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published (today) the following information:



    STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER BRENDAN CARR

    On Senate Passage of the TRACED Act



    WASHINGTON, May 23, 2019—Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement
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    Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga To Lead Closing Session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

    Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga To Lead Closing Session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 24, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, provided the following information:


    Today, the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to announce Advisor to the President
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    Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion, Discusses AO Request and Draft Interpretive Rule

    Federal Election Commission Approves Advisory Opinion, Discusses AO Request and Draft Interpretive Rule | site |


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – At its open meeting today, the Federal Election Commission discussed an advisory opinion request and a draft interpretive rule. The Commission issued an advisory opinion... read more
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    En el año 2019 se cumplen 25 Años del Indice UV, sin embargo el Cáncer de la Piel sigue siendo el Cáncer más común en los Estados Unidos

    En el año 2019 se cumplen 25 Años del Indice UV, sin embargo el Cáncer de la Piel sigue siendo el Cáncer más común en los Estados Unidos | Enlazar |


    La aplicación del Índice UV ahora está disponible en español para el “Día de No Freírse” en dispositivos IOS y Android


    23 de Mayo de 2019


    WASHINGTON – La Sociedad Americana del Cáncer estima que en 2019 ocurrirán más de 96,000 nuevos casos de melanoma; la forma más peligrosa del cáncer de la piel. Teniendo esto presente, la Agencia
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    EPA says 2019 Marks 25 Years of the UV Index, Yet Skin Cancer Remains the Most Common Cancer in the United States

    EPA says 2019 Marks 25 Years of the UV Index, Yet Skin Cancer Remains the Most Common Cancer in the United States | site |


    The UV Index app is now available in Spanish for “Don’t Fry Day” on iOS and Android devices


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 96,000 new cases of melanoma – the most dangerous form
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Builds on "Rethink Higher Education" Agenda, Expands Opportunities for Students Through Innovative Experimental Sites

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos Builds on "Rethink Higher Education" Agenda, Expands Opportunities for Students Through Innovative Experimental Sites | this site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education publisihed the following information:


    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the launch of the first new higher education experimental site during her tenure and is inviting new participants to join another experiment already underway.

    The new Federal Work-Study (FWS) Experiment will provide institutions with increased flexibilities that
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    U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Awards of 10.6 Million Dollars

    U.S. Department of Energy Further Advances Nuclear Energy Technology through Awards of $10.6 Million | site |





    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding selectees for multiple domestic advanced nuclear technology projects. Three projects in three states will receive varying amounts for a total of approximately $11 million in funding. The projects are cost-shared
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation and Trade Disruption

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Support for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation and Trade Disruption | site |


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., May 23, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief... read more
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    Federal Reserve to Offer Seven-day Term Deposits on May 30

    Federal Reserve to Offer Seven-day Term Deposits on May 30 | site |


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    The Federal Reserve plans to continue its previously announced periodic testing of the Term Deposit Facility (TDF) with one operation in May. These operations are aimed at ensuring the operational readiness of the TDF and providing eligible institutions with an opportunity to maintain familiarity with term deposit procedures. The TDF test operations are a matter of prudent planning and have no implications for the near-term conduct of monetary policy.


    On May 30, 2019, the Federal Reserve will conduct a floating-rate offering of term deposits with an early withdrawal feature through its TDF. The Federal Reserve will offer seven-day term deposits with a rate set equal to the sum of the interest rate paid on excess reserves plus a fixed spread of 1 basis point. The maximum tender amount per institution will be $250,000,000. The operation window will be open from 10:30 a.m. EDT to 12:30 p.m. EDT, and awarded deposits will settle the same day the operation is executed.



    Description of Operation and Tender Parameters

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is now Transplanting Kidneys that are Positive for Hepatitis C

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is now Transplanting Kidneys that are Positive for Hepatitis C | site |


    VA says Some Veterans on waiting list may be eligible for procedure


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    Underscoring its mission of improving the quality of life for Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began offering a new option to patients awaiting kidney transplants: organs that are positive
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    National Transportation Safety Board says Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal Amtrak Train Derailment

    National Transportation Safety Board says Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal Amtrak Train Derailment | site |


    Investigation of December 18, 2017 accident of Amtrak Cascades train 501, in DuPont, Washington


    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information regarding the December 18, 2017 accident of Amtrak Cascades train 501, in DuPont, Washington:

    Failure to provide an effective mitigation for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer led to the overspeed
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    Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson, U.S. State Department, holds Special Briefing, May 23, 2019

    Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson, U.S. State Department, holds Special Briefing, May 23, 2019 | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 23, 2019) - - Today, in a special briefing, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, provided the following information:

    MS ORTAGUS: Good afternoon.

    QUESTION: Hello.

    MS ORTAGUS: All righty. Got a couple of things to give all of you up front. Happy Thursday. It is Thursday, yeah?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, good. Good, good, good. So first of all, the presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia had a historic meeting with President Trump on Tuesday of this week. They also met with Secretary Pompeo on Tuesday, Secretary Interior on Monday, and Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan on Tuesday. All three presidents laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Wilkie on Monday that honored their citizens’ service in the U.S. armed forces.

    These meetings highlighted the unique and special partnership the United States has with these countries, who are critical partners in creating a free and open Indo-Pacific region. After the meeting with President Trump, we released a joint statement with all three countries that reaffirmed our commitment to a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific and the Compact of Free Association, and to partnering on maritime security, combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and strengthening the rule of law.

    And I would also like to offer congratulations to Prime Minister Modi and his National Democratic Alliance on their decisive victory in India’s national elections. India’s elections, as I said yesterday, are the world’s largest exercise in democracy, a marvel of logistics and planning with 900 million people, an eighth of the world’s population, eligible to vote. We applaud the high turnout, estimated at around 66 percent or roughly 600 million people, and the Government of India for their excellent execution of this incredible event. The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected government to continue to accelerate our strategic partnership, which includes cooperation on a range of critical issues, such as counterterrorism and ensuring a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. As President Trump has said, the U.S.-India partnership has never been stronger and never been better, and we certainly expect it to reach new heights in the coming years.

    And with that, Mr. Lee.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I actually don’t have anything that is worthy —

    MS ORTAGUS: Is this a record? (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: — of opening – no, no, it happens occasionally.

    MS ORTAGUS:
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    SEC, NASAA, and FINRA Issue Senior Safe Act Fact Sheet to Help promote Greater Reporting of Suspected Senior Financial Exploitation

    SEC, NASAA, and FINRA Issue Senior Safe Act Fact Sheet to Help promote Greater Reporting of Suspected Senior Financial Exploitation | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:


    In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the passage of The Senior Safe Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have issued a fact sheet to help raise awareness among broker-dealers, investment advisers, and transfer agents of the Act and how the Act’s immunity provisions work.

    The Senior Safe Act Fact Sheet provides information on the immunity and training provisions of the Act, as well as additional resources from the SEC, NASAA, and FINRA.

    The Senior Safe Act was included as Section 303 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law on May 24, 2018. The Act addresses barriers
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    Briefing by U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, May 22, 2019

    Briefing by U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, May 22, 2019 | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following transcript of a special briefing Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus presented:

    MS ORTAGUS: Thanks, everybody, for having me. I appreciate it. Hopefully, the first of many. I just got something for you on Africa Day that I’m going to read and then we’ll jump into the questions, if you’re ready.

    Okay. This Saturday marks Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union. In the 56 years since the AU was formed, the continent has made significant democratic and economic strides. We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the AU’s vision for a free and prosperous continent, and the United States will continue to promote stronger trade and commercial ties with Africa. We are proud of our partnership with the governments and people of Africa, and we’ll continue to work with them to advance our common interests and goals. There you go.
    Mr. Lee, I’m sure you have something for me.

    QUESTION: Okay. That was – yeah, but let’s talk about Africa Day. Welcome.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. It’s lovely to be here.

    QUESTION: I do hope that it will be the first of many.

    MS ORTAGUS: Me too.

    QUESTION: I’m going to start with something that has come up within the last hour or so, and I’m pretty sure we can dispense with this pretty quickly, and that is there’s concern from Democrats on the Hill, particularly Senator Murphy, that you guys are going to use an emergency authorization provision of the Arms Control Act to circumvent congressional approval of some arms sales to Saudi Arabia —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: — and that it could happen this week. What do you say about that?

    MS ORTAGUS: The only thing is we do not confirm – we do not comment to confirm or deny potential arms sales or transfers until Congress is formally notified.

    QUESTION: So you can’t say if anything is in the works, if his concern is justified?

    MS ORTAGUS: That’s it, sir.

    QUESTION: Okay. Is there an emergency exemption?

    MS ORTAGUS: We do not comment to confirm or deny arms sales.

    QUESTION: Does the law contain a provision that allows you to bypass congressional – the answer is yes, it does.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. I’ll look that up.

    QUESTION: That’s all for me.

    MS ORTAGUS: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: I actually wanted to ask what you can tell us about sort of what your plans are for briefing, returning to briefings.

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, okay, sure.

    QUESTION: And if you’re going to do this, off-camera but on-the-record gaggles, for a few days, or if you could tell us what you have in mind –

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: — and how often you think they may happen.

    MS ORTAGUS: I think that we’ll do this or maybe even perhaps off camera from the podium tomorrow. I was planning on taking Friday off. That may or may not happen given world events. But then I think next week – so I’m in town Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday next week before I leave with the Secretary. I think all of you have the FFPO on that; some of you are coming. And so I’d like to try to make those on-camera podium
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    Fulbright Program Unveils Updated Brand Identity

    Fulbright Program Unveils Updated Brand Identity | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 22, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson published (today) the following information concerning the Fulbright Program:


    The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs unveiled an updated Fulbright Program
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    U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Applauds President Trump for Historic Meeting with Presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia

    U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Applauds President Trump for Historic Meeting with Presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia | site |


    Important Washington Meetings Reaffirm Relationships under the Compacts of Free Association


    (May 21, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today at the White House, President Donald J. Trump held a historic meeting with the Presidents of the freely associated states (FAS) in the Western Pacific: President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr, of the Republic of Palau; President Hilda C. Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); and President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

    “I applaud President Trump for holding this historic meeting” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. "This was the first time that the Presidents of these three sovereign Pacific Island
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    Library of Congress announces that News Dispatches from The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930 Now Online

    Library of Congress says News Dispatches from The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930 Now Online | site |


    Collection Includes AP Dispatches from Sinking of the Lusitania, World War I, Women’s Voting Rights, Charles Lindbergh’s Flight and Stock Market Crash


    (May 15, 2019) - - The Library of Congress (LOC) published (today) the following information:

    Historical news reports and breaking news bulletins published by the Washington bureau of The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930, documenting a full chronology of world and national events, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With the Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Republic of the Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, and Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With the Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Republic of the Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, and Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo | site |


    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus provided the following information:

    Secretary of State
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    Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Swears in Two New HSAC Members, Announces New Council Tasking Focused on the Security and Resiliency of Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations

    Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Swears in Two New HSAC Members, Announces New Council Tasking Focused on the Security and Resiliency of Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations | site |



    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:

    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to discuss a range of homeland security
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Limited Exemptions on Huawei Products

    U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Limited Exemptions on Huawei Products | site |


    (May 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Commerce published (today, May 20, 2019) the following information:


    WASHINGTON – Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would issue a Temporary General License (TGL) amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)... read more
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    FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast Episode Featuring San Jose CIO Shireen Santosham

    FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast Episode Featuring San Jose CIO Shireen Santosham | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    This morning, Commissioner Rosenworcel released the most recent episode of her podcast Broadband Conversations—the podcast dedicated to amplifying
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture issues Statement on Support for Farmers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture issues Statement on Support for Farmers | site |


    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following statement:


    From a USDA Spokesperson: “Details on the new farming support program will be forthcoming shortly, but we want to be clear that the program is being designed to avoid skewing planting
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    Federal Reserve releases Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, April 30-May 1, 2019

    Federal Reserve releases Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, April 30-May 1, 2019 | site |


    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following F
    ederal Open Market Committee (FOMC) information:

    The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held... read more
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    Federal Election Commission Names Tony Baptiste Acting Inspector General

    Federal Election Commission Names Tony Baptiste Acting Inspector General | site |


    (May 22. 2019) - - Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has named Tony Baptiste as Acting Inspector General.

    Mr. Baptiste will join the Commission from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC),
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    Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan

    Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of remarks made (at a press availability) by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and U.S. Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: First, we shared with both the House and the Senate
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Input on Testing Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Technologies

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Input on Testing Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Technologies | site |


    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued advance notices of proposed rulemaking
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    United Nations Official says Libya on Verge of Civil War

    United Nations Official says Libya on Verge of Civil War | site |


    The United Nations, New York City - - (May 21, 2019) - - In a strong plea for attention and action, Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), warned the United Nations Security Council (today) of the seriousness of the situation in Libya. The following is the account of the appeal as reported by the UN:


    Libya on Verge of Civil War, Threatening ‘Permanent Division’, top United Nations Official Warns Security Council
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    U.S. Statement on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons by the Assad Regime in Northwest Syria

    U.S. Statement on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons by the Assad Regime in Northwest Syria | site |



    (May 21, 2019) - - Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State issued (today) the following statement:

    The United States continues to closely watch the military operations by the Assad regime in northwest Syria, including indications of any new use of chemical weapons by the regime.
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    National Institutes of Health Study finds Heavily Processed Foods Cause Overeating and Weight Gain

    National Institutes of Health Study finds Heavily Processed Foods Cause Overeating and Weight Gain | site |


    Small-scale trial is the first randomized, controlled research of its kind


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a National Institutes of Health study. The difference occurred even though meals provided to the volunteers in both the ultra-processed and minimally processed diets had the same number of calories and macronutrients.
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    Holding My Applause

    Holding My Applause | site |


    For_Immediate_Release:

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    Holding My Applause


    by
    Reverend Clarence William Page




    High Point, North Carolina - - (May 21, 2019) - - A wonderful thing happened at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on the occasion of the 2019 Commencement activities. I think a wonderful thing happened; but, I am holding my applause.

    I would love to applaud the fact that the Commencement Speaker, Robert F. Smith, promised to provide funds to pay off all the college
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    FEMA says Buy Flood Insurance Now, Before It’s Too Late

    FEMA says Buy Flood Insurance Now, Before It’s Too Late | site |


    Hurricane Season Begins June 1



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today (May 17, 2019), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:


    DURHAM, N.C. – Hurricane season begins in two weeks. Homeowners, renters and business owners should consider purchasing flood insurance now. It takes 30 days from the date of purchase
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Phone Call With Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Phone Call With Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following statement issued by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:


    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to discuss Japan’s engagement
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    Department of Interior says it is Improving Transparency and Accountability, Eliminating Waste & Fraud in Financial Assistance Programs

    Department of Interior says it is Improving Transparency and Accountability, Eliminating Waste & Fraud in Financial Assistance Programs | site |


    (May 17, 2019) - - In the following article (published today), the U.S. Department of the Interior says it is improving transparency and accountability and eliminating waste and fraud in financial assistance programs:


    WASHINGTON – To ensure the responsible use of the $6 billion awarded in annual grants
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    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference

    Remarks by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference | site |



    (May 8, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following:


    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference

    (As prepared for delivery – May 8, 2019)



    Thank you, Tim for that kind introduction. I’m excited to be here. I must admit when I first heard the conference was in Atlanta, my initial reaction was, “Atlanta, that’s not rural!” On a more serious note, I would like to thank the National Rural Health Association and all of you…for your hard work and commitment… to improving healthcare in rural America. Our Administration shares that commitment and our Rethinking Rural Health Initiative
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    International Competition Network Adopts Framework for Competition Agency Procedures and Recommended Practices on Investigative Process and Announces the U.S. Agencies will Host the 2020 ICN Annual Conference

    International Competition Network Adopts Framework for Competition Agency Procedures and Recommended Practices on Investigative Process and Announces the U.S. Agencies will Host the 2020 ICN Annual Conference | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information regarding the proceedings and actions of the International Competition Network:

    At its annual conference, the International Competition Network (ICN) established a Framework on Competition Agency Procedures (CAP) that reflects... read more
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    SEC and CFTC Participate in the Signing Ceremony for the IOSCO Enhanced Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cross-Border Enforcement

    SEC and CFTC Participate in the Signing Ceremony for the IOSCO Enhanced Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cross-Border Enforcement | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:


    Washington D.C., May 20, 2019 — At the 44th Annual International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Conference in Sydney, Australia, the
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    Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison’s Travel to Vientiane, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand

    Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison’s Travel to Vientiane, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided (today) the following information regarding Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison’s Travel to Vientiane, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand:

    Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
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    Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes' Visit to the Appalachian Region

    Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes' Visit to the Appalachian Region | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published the following information regarding Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes' visit to the Appalachian Region:






    PA House of Representatives Roundtable

    On Thursday, Under Secretary Menezes participated in a roundtable discussion with Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai, Policy Chair Donna
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    U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso

    U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued (today) the following statement:

    The United States condemns in the strongest terms last week’s terror attacks in Niger, as well as recent attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, which have taken the lives of security
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with the Pasteur Institute

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with the Pasteur Institute | site |


    (May 18, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:





    Today, May 18, 2019, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar participated in a meeting with the Pasteur Institute . He and other U.S. health officials met with Stewart Cole, President of the Pasteur Institute, and other members of the
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Receives Microstrategy's 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Receives Microstrategy's 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award | site |


    Department receiving award for advancements in data analytics and digital transformation


    (May 17, 2019 - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday received
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    IRS' Large Business and International Division Announces Large Corporate Compliance Program

    IRS' Large Business and International Division Announces Large Corporate Compliance Program | site |



    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a key advancement in how it identifies its biggest and most complex large corporations.

    On May 15, the IRS's Large Business and International Division (LB&I) began a
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    U.S. Education Groups Speaking Out on Political Issues

    U.S. Education Groups Speaking Out on Political Issues | site |


    (May 20, 2019) - - At least two major education organizations in the U.S.A. are commenting on issues being raised in the current national political campaigns. Two examples follow:


    Example 1: American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
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    Food Safety Alert - Salmonella outbreak linked to Karawan brand Tahini

    Food Safety Alert - Salmonella outbreak linked to Karawan brand Tahini | site |


    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC food safety alert about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Karawan brand tahini has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/concord-05-19/index.html

    Key points:


    • CDC, public health and regulatory
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Community-focused Public Health Model to Prevent Veteran Suicide

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Community-focused Public Health Model to Prevent Veteran Suicide | site |


    New initiative encourages shared responsibility among stakeholders to promote protective factors and mitigate risks


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
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    Political Prisoners in Nicaragua

    Political Prisoners in Nicaragua | site |


    (May 18, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, issued the following statement:

    More than 500 Nicaraguans unjustly languish in Daniel Ortega’s jails and courts on political charges. Yesterday, Nicaraguan police killed one of these political prisoners — U.S. citizen Eddy Montes.

    We vehemently condemn
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    U.S. Administration Recognizes Federal Employees’ Contributions with Gears of Government President’s Awards

    U.S. Administration Recognizes Federal Employees’ Contributions with Gears of Government President’s Awards | site |


    (May 6, 2019) - - The U.S. Administration published (today, May 6, 2019) the following information:

    Washington - Today, the Administration announces the winners of the Gears of Government President’s Award. Established as the Gears of Government Awards, this program recognizes the contributions of individuals and teams across the federal workforce who make a profound difference in the... read more
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    Department of Homeland Security Issues Waivers to Expedite Border Wall Projects in Tucson and El Centro

    Department of Homeland Security Issues Waivers to Expedite Border Wall Projects in Tucson and El Centro | site |


    (May 15 2019) - - Today (May 15, 2019), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided the following information:

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two waivers, which will ensure expeditious construction of new bollard wall within the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson and El Centro Sectors in Arizona and California, respectively. The projects covered by the waivers include up to approximately... read more
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

    Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi | site |



    (May 18, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided (today) the following statement made by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:


    Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They
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    Boeing Statement on 737 MAX Certification and Return to Service

    Boeing Statement on 737 MAX Certification and Return to Service | site |



    (May 16, 2019) - - Today (May 16, 2019), Boeing issued the following statement:


    CHICAGO, May 16, 2019 – Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours
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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on the Removal of Section 232 Tariffs

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on the Removal of Section 232 Tariffs | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., May 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after the Section 232 Tariffs were removed from Canada and Mexico:

    “Today’s
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    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Poland, Germany, Italy

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Poland, Germany, Italy | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following overview of Assistant Secretary Carl Risch's Travels to Poland, Germany and Italy:


    Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Launches 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Launches 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey | site |



    (May 15, 2019) - - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provided (today) the following information regarding the launching of the 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey:

    WASHINGTON, DC – OPM has launched the 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The survey will go
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