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

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    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 remarks or briefing next week. And I would say the goal is as often as possible. I don’t know that it will be five days a week, but I’ve said this I think from the very beginning that my hope was to make these as routine as possible. So I’m hoping at least three days a week.

    And then, of course, travel will be a little bit different. So those of you who will be on the – some of you have traveled with us already and the Secretary has gaggled quite a bit. I’ll try to make a more regular habit of that now that I’m formally doing gaggles and briefings. So I hope to be as accessible to all of you as possible. I think I’ve – I have tried to be over email and phone since – in the six weeks, or I don’t even know if it’s been six weeks yet – but in the six weeks that I’ve been here I’ve attempted to do that and of course want more communication with all of you.

    QUESTION: Do you think there’s something unique about the State Department that makes the briefings more necessary than, say, other buildings?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t know if it makes it more necessary. I would say I have been watching – this makes me sound like a nerd. I’ve been watching State Department press briefings probably my whole career. I mean, literally, I remember watching these in college, and so this is – I think I’ve told all of you – this is something that, for me, is the honor of a lifetime to be representing the diplomats around the world here in the building. Some of you know I’ve worked in a couple of embassies, and while I’m a political appointee obviously in this job, most of my career has been as a career servant in some form or the other.

    So I take speaking for the Secretary and speaking for everyone in this building and everyone in our embassies around the world very seriously. And I appreciate what all of you do. I think that this is a very serious and substantive press corps. We’re dealing with real issues around the world every day, issues with – of serious consequence. So I hope that I have treated all of you with respect; I hope that you will treat me the same way. And we all, I think, have a good working relationship and I hope that continues.

    QUESTION: You watched the briefings when you were in college? (Laughter.)

    MS ORTAGUS: I actually – I will admit I had a picture of – maybe it was my first job. I kind of remember I printed out this big picture of Condoleezza Rice and her bio and I used to, like, stare at it in college. I’m – yeah, level 10 dork.

    QUESTION: Was Matt Lee in those briefings?

    MS ORTAGUS: He was in the briefings when I was in college actually.

    QUESTION: Great. (Laughter.)

    MS ORTAGUS: I watched an old one this morning when I was getting dressed and you were in there. It was definitely college days. You’re the OG, Matt, the OG.

    QUESTION: Oh God.

    QUESTION: I have an Afghanistan question.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes, ma’am.

    QUESTION: Zal Khalilzad was up on the Hill today briefing members of Congress, and I just wondered if you can give us a sense of what kind of progress he’s made with his talks with the Taliban and when he intends – when he hopes to get the Afghan Government involved in this peace process.

    MS ORTAGUS: So I will defer largely to what – to the statements that he made. Were they on the record?

    QUESTION: No.

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, they weren’t on the record, okay. So let me get back to you on that. I mean, I would say writ large on the peace process, I think that the ambassador has done an amazing job at bringing the parties to the table that many in the U.S. Government probably thought would never be able to get to the table. He’s making slow and steady progress on these talks. I know he completed another round recently. And while he has an incredibly tough job, I think that he is doing something that is important to the President, to the Secretary, and to the American people: to try to get a peaceful solution in Afghanistan.

    So I’ll be happy to. I know a few of you have asked me about getting to speak with him when he’s in town, so I’ll be happy to take that as a follow-up for anyone who’s asked me. I think Nick did.

    QUESTION:
    Does the – does the Secretary have kind of a timeline for this, or is this open-ended? I mean, is there —

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, clearly, we have until, what, January 20th for – in this administration until the President is sworn in or not. So, I mean, if it relates to a timeline, that’s an obvious timeline for us. I think I actually have – some of you heard my interview with Guy Benson on the radio show on Fox. I have on my wall in my office, and I change it every day, we’re at 608 days until the end of this administration. That’s something I think about every single day because that’s the amount of time that I have for my dream job and to help make an impact, and I think the ambassador and I know the Secretary, that we’re all thinking about this. This is our moment in time to make a difference, and that’s what we’re working towards.

    Yes, sir.

    QUESTION: Good morning.

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sorry, I don’t know everybody’s names, so —

    QUESTION: David Brunnstrom from Reuters.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. And you’ll be going on the trip, right?

    QUESTION: That’s right.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, great.

    QUESTION: I’ve got one on Turkey. Can you bring us up to date on where things are heading, but can – especially on the S-400 issue? There’s a delegation in town. It’s fairly sort of mid-level, I suppose. But will there be any interaction with that delegation?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t know the answer to that, and – but if there’s interaction with the delegation, I’m happy to – happy to check into that to see who’s maybe meeting with them. Did you have another question in there?

    QUESTION: Just on the S-400 issue, I believe there’s – I mean, what happens next on that? There doesn’t seem to be any movement on the Turkish side.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: And then what happens if there isn’t any movement?

    MS ORTAGUS: So, listen, I think that our position on the S-400 has been pretty consistent. The Secretary’s spoken to it, and we have said that the S-400 defense system, the acquisition of that would have serious consequences for the United States and NATO’s defense relationship with Turkey. We’re clearly willing to engage with them and have continued to engage about our – regarding our concerns on this acquisition, but there will be very real and very negative consequences if that happens, and I think that the Secretary has been very forward-leaning on that. So nothing new from what the Secretary has said and continues to say.

    Yeah.

    QUESTION: Lalit Jha from PTI, Press Trust of India.

    MS ORTAGUS: PT what?

    QUESTION: PTI, Press Trust of India.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay.

    QUESTION: It’s an Indian wire service.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you.

    QUESTION: I have a question on the Indian elections.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Almost all of the results will be declared tomorrow. So what is your expectations of the new government on India-U.S. relationship?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I would say from the U.S. perspective we’re very confident in the fairness and the integrity of the Indian elections, and we will obviously work with the – whoever is the victor and whatever the outcome is there. We have a very strong relationship, obviously, a lot of cooperation with the Indian Government on a full range of issues, and the Secretary has said numerous times that we have a true strategic partner in India – largest extra – I thought this was fascinating. Someone pointed this out to me today that their election, India’s election, is the largest exercise in democracy in human history. And I think with everything going on in the world, that’s a thing that we can pause and think about and certainly commend the Indian people for that brave act.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. Hey, Shaun.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can I follow up on your statement yesterday on Syria?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: You mentioned suspicions of chemical weapons being used. I wanted to see how confident you were on that. Is that just something that’s being investigated at this point? What’s the process now? Is there going to be – is there somebody in the United States Government that’s actually looking into that?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I think Jim talked about that a little bit on the Hill this morning, and we’re not confirming that, but we are – as Jim said, we’re watching that closely. Certainly the regime has shown that they’re willing to use them in the past, and I believe the White House has already spoken – has referred – talked about this as well. But we will quickly and appropriately respond to any use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. The use of chemical weapons shows no human decency, violates human rights, and we will hold anybody accountable, especially this regime, for the indiscriminate killing of men, women, and children which results from the use of chemical weapons.

    So I don’t know that I have anything further than that other than to speak to my statement yesterday, and of course, Jim’s statements on the Hill today. We’re watching this closely.

    QUESTION: You said the White House is today saying something, or has said something? I missed it.

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t know if they – I don’t know if they officially said it. I know that I’ve spoken to them about it. If they haven’t gone on record, I would tell you that in my conversations with the White House today about this, they of course saw my statement and let me know that they were fully in line that – in letting the world know that we’re watching the Assad regime and that we will respond quickly and appropriately.

    QUESTION: Well, what was it specifically that triggered that statement? Was it this report from the Syrian medical group, or was it some of your own information?

    MS ORTAGUS: I think that it’s speaking writ large, like if you look back holistically at any of these things, there’s normally never one report; it’s typically a combination of things that we’re looking at and investigating. So other than that, I don’t think I’m going to have many specifics.

    QUESTION: Morgan, do you know what – have – do you know if anybody from State has spoken to the Russian Government since this alleged attack?

    MS ORTAGUS: Mm-hmm. Since – I don’t know if anyone has since the attack. I will tell you, well, Conor was with me on the last trip, and of course I was in the meetings with the Secretary and Lavrov in which many, many issues around the world were brought up, and of course Syria was one of them. So I do know that the Secretary and Lavrov spoke about that in Sochi. I do not know in the past 24 hours who has spoken, but we can certainly follow up on that.

    Yeah. Hey, Conor.

    QUESTION: Just to follow —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Just briefly, is – I mean, is there anybody actually actively looking into it right now on the part of the U.S. Government? Do you have a timeline for when this is going to be determined?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think we ever have a timeline for investigations when it’s happening. I think that we have – we’ve been very loud about our – about watching what happens as it relates to the Assad regime and their use of chemical weapons. We think that sort of thing is intolerable. So I don’t think we have any – certainly any timetables to announce, but the Assad regime should know that we are watching this incredibly closely and we won’t stand for it.

    Conor.

    QUESTION: A follow-up on this as well. The last time the administration has taken military action has been in response to the use of sarin gas.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Not chlorine.

    MS ORTAGUS: Right.

    QUESTION: When you promise swift and appropriate response, does that mean for the use of chlorine or is this if there’s a wider use of sarin or something else?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I’m not a weapons or munitions expert, but my understanding is that chlorine is considered a chemical weapon when it is, of course, weaponized and used against people. So we would – I would never from the State Department podium preview any sort of military action. But I think the statements that I’ve given you today about – that we’re closely watching this, we’ll be working to investigate it, and we’ll hold the regime accountable if it’s found that they are using chemical weapons.

    QUESTION: On the —

    QUESTION: Just a follow-up —

    MS ORTAGUS: In the back.

    QUESTION: Hi.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi.

    QUESTION: I’m Guy Taylor from Washington Times. How are you?

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh. Hi, Guy.

    QUESTION: Hey, how are you?

    MS ORTAGUS: You’ll be on the trip too, right?

    QUESTION: I think so. Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. It’s going to be a party.

    QUESTION: I want to ask an Iran question. Yesterday —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: — 62 organizations – mainly NGOs – wrote to every member of Congress, calling on lawmakers to urgently pursue legislation that would basically require the administration to get congressional approval to do any military action against Iran. Do you have a response to that? Is that something that is a good idea, that legislation, or do you feel like the – that Congress has been sufficiently briefed now after yesterday’s briefings on Iran?

    MS ORTAGUS:
    I haven’t seen the note that the – that you’re referencing from the NGOs. Feel free to email it to me. I’ll be happy to look at it.

    I was with the Secretary yesterday in both those House and Senate briefings and I think that they were – and it wasn’t just the Secretary, of course. We had General Dunford and Acting Secretary Shanahan, and I’m forgetting the name of the other briefer. We can get him to you. But I think that they were very thorough. They went quite long, longer than we expected, so I think that you’ve seen a number of members of Congress make statements on what they thought about that briefing. But my perception is that they were briefed on the current threats and where we stand at the moment.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up on that?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: The Secretary yesterday – I think it was yesterday when he said that it was possible that Iran was responsible for these tanker attacks.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Do you have any sort of further evidence on who may have been responsible, or is there any – anything new that led to him to say that? Is the U.S. getting a greater sense that Iran may have been behind that?

    MS ORTAGUS: We continue to work with the Saudis, with the Emiratis, and with other partners to investigate. I don’t have an outcome of those investigations to announce. I would assume that those countries that were affected will probably be the ones that would be announcing the outcome of those investigations. But they’ve asked for assistance, and we are cooperating.

    QUESTION: Can you bring us up to date on the diplomacy around Iran? I mean, has the Secretary made any more calls on the subject? What’s the state of play?

    QUESTION: And is Oman acting as a possible middle party in this?

    MS ORTAGUS: What’s your name? Sorry.

    QUESTION: Oh, Edward Wong from The New York Times.

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, Ed. Hey, sorry.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nice to meet you.

    MS ORTAGUS: I know – well, I knew everyone’s names, not necessarily faces. Okay. So your question is: What’s the update on the diplomacy effort?

    QUESTION: Yeah, just on the – has there been any – I mean, other than the Hill with foreign governments.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay.

    QUESTION: And is Oman acting as a middle party in this since they traditionally have served that role?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I mean, I – as it relates to diplomatic efforts, I don’t know that we would have an update. I mean, I think that we have – the Secretary said yesterday and so did Acting Secretary Shanahan – I actually think that their public statements are what I would refer to – in which they said the – what we’ve engaged in over the past few weeks is really looking at protecting our people, first and foremost. Also, deterring any sort of additional threats by the Iranian regime to us or to our allies and our interests. And I think that the immediate discussions right now as it relates to protecting our people and to deterring the Iranians from taking any further escalating behavior.

    QUESTION: Right, but I – that’s more of – I’m asking a much simpler question.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay.

    QUESTION: So in the – or since the – this began, the heightened tensions and the national security advisor’s statement on the third —

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, I don’t think the heightened tensions began with the national security —

    QUESTION: Well, no, but since then —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, okay.

    QUESTION: But since then, the Secretary has changed his travel plans twice, flown to Baghdad, flown —

    MS ORTAGUS:
    He did. You were on the trip when he did that.

    QUESTION: — flown to Brussels to talk to the Europeans about this. He’s been on the phone with the sultan of Oman, he’s been on the phone with – he talked about it with Lavrov and Putin, he talked to the Japanese about it. I mean, these are all just public readouts that you guys have —

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: — that have all – including yesterday he spoke to the Norwegian foreign minister. I’m sure there’s others that I’m not – I’m just asking if there have been any more of those since the last call I guess that we know about was the Norwegian.

    MS ORTAGUS: I’d have to check on that. I don’t think so. I mean, I know that he spent a significant amount of time on the Hill yesterday, which is important, obviously. They’re a co-equal branch of government. And I don’t know that I’ve ever worked with anyone as hard-working as the Secretary. I know that he’s talking to our allies constantly, traveling the world constantly. He takes the safety and security of the people who work for him very seriously. He takes the safety and security of the American citizens very seriously. So if there’s any further calls, I’ll certainly let you know. We’ll have readouts. Not aware of any, but he takes the —

    QUESTION: Morgan, after the briefings yesterday some of the members of Congress, both in the House and the Senate, said that they were somewhat skeptical that it was the Iranians who were provoking this. They may have been taking steps designed to thwart the United States, but some of its – it was not clear who was starting this. It could have gone either way. Is there one piece of evidence, is there one thing out there that makes you think that it was the Iranians who were acting in a way that was not responsive to American actions and that made you believe that the threat was imminent?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, first of all, I’d point out for every legislator that was skeptical, you have an equal number of legislators that went out and were very concerned about the threats and that were very supportive of the – actions that the administration is taking to deter Iran. There’s never one piece of information, as the Secretary has said I think to many of you, or at least on the record there’s 40 years of information that you can point to.

    And so – I mean, I think many of you know this, there’s never sort of actions that are taken based on one piece of intelligence, right? Like, I know this from my junior days as an intelligence analyst, that’s never how the U.S. Government makes decisions. This is clearly incredibly highly classified information that has been kept at the very highest levels of government but has now been briefed to the Congress. It’s clearly incredibly sensitive and very serious. This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing, this is about keeping the American people safe, keeping our diplomats safe.

    QUESTION: Morgan?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: On Iran —

    MS ORTAGUS: Wait, just let her really quick, thanks.

    QUESTION: This is related, thanks. A couple members of Congress yesterday hoped that – or expressed hope that you could reveal a little bit, without revealing sources and methods, to sort of demonstrate to the American people the severity of the threat. Is there any plan to do that?

    MS ORTAGUS: To declassify intelligence for the American people?

    QUESTION: Not necessarily to declassify intelligence, but to elaborate a little bit more so that perhaps that skepticism dissipates, or that —

    MS ORTAGUS: I think – I mean, you guys are asking me questions, which I understand, but they’re questions from how a certain group of people see the world. I mean, again, I would refer back to many members of Congress who have been in the Intelligence Community or have served overseas who have very vastly different readouts from the briefing yesterday. So I certainly understand that there may be a few people, of course, that were skeptical and voiced that. I would just refer you back to every member in Congress who wasn’t skeptical, who was quite grateful, and say, obviously, in democracy in America sometimes people disagree about policy and the actions that we take. But I certainly didn’t read an overwhelming amount of skepticism.

    QUESTION: I don’t know that this was necessarily all from members who are skeptical of the administration’s motives or the validity of the intelligence, but I think the goal that some members expressed was just to demonstrate to the American people —

    MS ORTAGUS: To communicate to the —

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, well that is why I’m here, to communicate to the American people through all of you. So thank you for this opportunity to do so. Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Excuse me. Hi, Morgan.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi.

    QUESTION: This is Nike Ching with Voice of America. Pleasure meeting you. So kind of a follow-up with Matt’s question about – Secretary Pompeo spoke to Japanese foreign minister and the Chinese foreign minister Monday and Saturday. What is the U.S. asking those two countries to do regarding Iran specifically?

    MS ORTAGUS: I would need to take a look at the readout of those calls. Off the top of my head, I – I’m – Iran may have been discussed, but I would need to go look at the readout and speak to him to fully answer that question.

    QUESTION: If I may —

    QUESTION: Morgan?

    QUESTION: If I may —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, go ahead.

    QUESTION: The – Michel Ghandour with Alhurra Television.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: My question was asked by colleague too, on Oman, if Oman is playing any mediating role between the U.S. and Iran, especially that Oman foreign minister went to Iran after the Secretary’s call with Sultan Qaboos. And the Iraqi prime minister said that he would be sending an Iraqi delegation to Washington to talk about the tension between the U.S. and Iran. Are you expecting any delegation?

    MS ORTAGUS: I have not seen anything official from the Government of Iraq expecting a delegation, so I can get back to you on that. And I don’t think we have any new announcements on – oh, you said on Oman?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, we don’t have anything new on Oman other than clearly they’re part of the GCC and an ally of ours, and a country that we work with quite closely on a range of issues.

    QUESTION: Two questions, one Iran and one on Syria. On Iran: Is there any sense that – do you have any evidence or any observations of whether China is abiding by the end to the oil imports? We know that China – both China and Turkey had said that they don’t believe that the U.S. can impose unilateral sanctions, and so there’s a lot of analysts who think China will continue to import oil whether it’s in the open or sort of in – sort of more covert ways. I was just wondering whether you have any intelligence on that.

    And then the second one is on Syria. I just want to broaden the discussion beyond just chemical weapon attacks, and there’s been this offensive going on in Idlib for a couple weeks now where there’s air bombing by Assad and by the Russians, which you mentioned in your statement yesterday.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: But does the U.S. plan on doing anything about that? Like, the Trump – last fall it was a big deal, and Trump expressed concern that civilians will be killed, and now a couple of —

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, do me a favor. If you ask me one at a time, it’s probably easier for me to get —

    QUESTION: Okay. All right, so those were the two.

    MS ORTAGUS: So let’s go back to China.

    QUESTION: Right.

    MS ORTAGUS: So what exactly do you want on China?

    QUESTION: Are they importing oil? Is there any sense that they’re importing – continuing to import oil from Iran or that they will continue to import oil?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, got it. So listen, the SREs have expired. This is a part of our maximum pressure campaign. We – I think we have been – the Secretary spoke to all of you I believe from the podium about this, about getting to zero, which is something that – since we withdrew from the JCPOA, there is no hiding this, right. Like, the moment that we announced from the – withdrew from the JCPOA, it was something that we said very publicly that we would be getting to zero. We have done that, and we expect all countries to comply with our sanctions. And obviously any country in the world, any sanction in the world that the U.S. has, if a country does not comply with them, there are ramifications for not complying with sanctions. And that goes for any country.

    QUESTION: Right.

    QUESTION: But his —

    MS ORTAGUS: And sorry, the second question about Syria?

    QUESTION: Wait, wait. But his question is specific to do you —

    QUESTION: Is China complying or not?

    QUESTION: Is China continuing to import or have they stopped? Do you know?

    MS ORTAGUS: I’ll have to get back to you.

    QUESTION: Okay. And the second one’s the ongoing offensive in Idlib and that area, which has been going for a few weeks.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Does the administration plan on taking action in regard to that?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, I think the – what you probably heard from Ambassador Jeffrey today on the Hill, and certainly what you’ve heard from this administration, is the importance of a political process and a political solution in Syria. We’re going to continue to call for the halt of violence, for a de-escalation agreement, and we are – I mean, this is what Ambassador Jeffrey is working on every day, right, actively engaging with our partners and allies for three mutually enforcing strategic objectives. We’ve got the defeat of ISIS, which of course the President’s talked about quite prolifically; the removal of Iranian-led forces from Syria; and of course, the resolution of the Syrian crisis through UNSCR 2254. And that’s something that we talk to the Russians about as well.

    QUESTION: North Korea?

    MS ORTAGUS: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: On Iran?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: One of the other things that Congress expressed was concern about if there was military force used against Iran, whether or not the administration would seek a new AUMF. And I wondered if there was any evidence that al-Qaida was associated with any of the recent threats that you’ve been speaking to regarding Iran, or if they had any direction in those threats.

    MS ORTAGUS:
    No. The Secretary and the administration have not announced any connection with – as it relates to these specific events they’ve been talking about over the past two weeks with al-Qaida. I think that we all know quite well that they are given safe haven in Iran, and we know that there are deep connections. But this is not necessarily connected, and I think the Secretary’s been clear about that.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi, Morgan. It’s Ben with NHK.

    MS ORTAGUS: Ben, right. Hey.

    QUESTION: Could I ask you about North Korea?

    MS ORTAGUS: Why not?

    QUESTION: The South Korean Government said that they were going to provide some food aid to North Korea in the hopes that it’ll restart negotiations. Is the United States taking any kind of active action to restart negotiations, or is the State Department just waiting on North Korea right now?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I want to make sure I heard you correctly. I probably don’t have the best hearing from all of my years in the marching band. It goes along with the nerd thing we were talking about. So your question —

    QUESTION: What instrument?

    MS ORTAGUS: Huh?

    QUESTION: Please don’t say tuba. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Trombone?

    MS ORTAGUS: It’s worse than that. I was the drum major.

    QUESTION: Oh.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, queen of the dorks, and the saxophone. That was my instrument. So, saying that, you’re going to have to speak up. I’m sorry.

    QUESTION: Yeah, sorry. What’s the State Department doing —

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m going to get in trouble from Greenan for making jokes.

    QUESTION: What’s the State Department doing to try and restart negotiations with North Korea? Is the State Department just waiting to hear back from them or are you guys —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: — doing anything to reach out?

    MS ORTAGUS: So what the President said recently is that – is – I believe it was a tweet, I’ll have to double-check, but what the President said is that he was disappointed in some of the recent developments, but that the President has remained very clear, and so has the Secretary, that the United States is open to negotiations. The Secretary has said that Kim Jong-un has told him at least six times that he would denuclearize. He has said that to the President as well.

    And so these talks, these discussions, are ongoing. I don’t think that I will ever probably in the next year and a half, hopefully, that you see me, get into the specifics on that, but this is clearly one of the most important national security issues of our time, and that’s – I really don’t have anything more than that.

    QUESTION: Just a quick follow-up: Is the U.S. mission at the UN and the North Korean mission at the UN having any kind of conversations?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, that’s not something that I would telegraph from the podium. I would just say that talks and negotiations are ongoing. The President has made it quite clear, and so has the Secretary, that they see a vision of a very bright future for the North Koreans if they would like to continue along the path that they have committed to.

    QUESTION: Just the same – a little more granular detail —

    MS ORTAGUS: Could we – I’m sorry, guys. Look, there’s some people that haven’t asked a question yet.

    QUESTION: Oh, okay.

    MS ORTAGUS: Do we mind for the people who haven’t asked yet – who hasn’t asked one yet?

    QUESTION: Can I ask a Venezuela?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: Jennifer Hansler with CNN.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hey.

    QUESTION: What is the latest with Venezuela? It seems things have come to a standstill on the ground and now we have envoys from both Guaido and Maduro’s camps meeting in Norway for talks. What does State make of these talks? Would you accept something that came out of those talks where Maduro stays in power?

    MS ORTAGUS: So, I mean, the fundamental elements as it relates to Venezuela have not changed. Our position remains that we clearly recognize Juan Guaido as the rightful leader of Venezuela. This is – of course, we’ve made this decision about recognizing him based on the constitution of Venezuela, based off of the action from the countries in the region, from the Venezuelan people, from the Lima Group, from the Organization of American States. And we would say any transition that Maduro tries to oversee, we would see as a phony process, right? The problems of Venezuela – Maduro has proven that he cannot solve these problems, and so the sooner he leaves, the better.

    MR PALLADINO: Would you like to take maybe one more and wrap up?

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. Anybody who hasn’t gone – did you not go yet? Okay.

    QUESTION: Francesco Fontemaggi for AFP.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, hi.

    QUESTION: Back to Iran, if I may.

    MS ORTAGUS: Are you going on the trip too?

    QUESTION: Yes, I am I think.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, good. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Back to Iran, if I may.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: The Secretary also said yesterday that there are plenty of ways to have a communication channel with Iran.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: My question is: Has the U.S. used any of those channels in the recent days to reach out to them to – at least to avoid miscalculations? And if yes, are you confident that this could work out and that —

    MS ORTAGUS: Right.

    QUESTION: — this is a – the de-escalation period after escalation?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I’m not going to telegraph the Secretary’s conversations, obviously, on this. I think it’s important to note – and the Secretary has said this emphatically, the Acting Defense Secretary has said this, the President has said this – we are not seeking a war with Iran, right. This is all about deterrence. It’s not about going to war. Our main focus right now – and Shanahan said this yesterday – our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation, and we do not want the situation to escalate. And I actually don’t think I could say it any better than Secretary – Acting Secretary Shanahan said it.

    MR PALLADINO: All right, great.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you for having me.

    QUESTION: Morgan, can I ask one tiny follow-up? Can I ask one tiny one?

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, Christina.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

    MS ORTAGUS: You’re making me feel bad.

    QUESTION: Can you – just – but on that nature —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: — can you characterize – because everything yesterday was about deterrence and preventing Iranian miscalculation.

    MS ORTAGUS: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: Can you give us any kind of guidance about the current nature of the threat? Do you feel like U.S. action repositioning assets has deterred it, has it lessened it, is it the same, is it going forward, are we worried it’s going to pick up again? Like, can you just – because it’s so vague, it’s hard to quantify it, and can you give us some sort of —

    MS ORTAGUS: Mm-hmm. Sure. Well, I mean, again, we would hope that the actions that we’ve taken over the last two weeks – well, longer than the last two weeks, but if we’re just looking specifically at what’s gone on the past couple of weeks, two and a half weeks at this point, certainly the goal is deterrence, and that’s the reason why we have taken the position that we have. I mean, listen, the —

    QUESTION: Do you have any evidence that it has deterred it, that it’s worked?

    MS ORTAGUS: I think it’s difficult to answer that. I would just say, as it relates to deterrence and as it relates to the conversations and the actions of the Iranian regime writ large – and I’m going to keep going back to this every time, I know you guys have heard the Secretary say this – he laid out, I think it was at least a year ago or nine months ago at least, in between nine months and a year ago, 12 steps for which the Iranian regime can be welcomed into the national – international community, 12 steps for how they can relieve sanctions.

    If they want sanctions gone, there are steps that we have laid out very clearly and communicated to them publicly by which they can become a normal member of society, they can have the sanctions gone. We welcome any efforts by the Iranian regime to take a serious look at those 12 steps and enter into dialogue with us around that, and that’s going to be our steadfast position.
    And with that, I will see all of you tomorrow.

    QUESTION: Thanks a lot.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thanks for having me.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Thank you, Morgan.

    QUESTION: Anytime.









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    (June 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following:


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    (June 10, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following speech:



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    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

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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:

    ***


    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
    ... read more
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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
    ... read more
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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
    ... read more
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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
    ... read more
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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
    ... read more
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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
    ... read more
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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
    ... read more
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    Federal Communications Commission announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting

    Federal Communications Commission announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting | site |


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following:

    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2019:


    Clarification
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    U.S. General Services Administration Launches New Cloud Information Center

    U.S. General Services Administration Launches New Cloud Information Center | site |



    New Initiative Creates Repository of All Things Cloud for Federal Agencies and Industry Partners



    (May 16, 2019) - - The U.S. General Services Administration says it has launched a new "Cloud Information Center". The announcement was made as follows:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today launched its first central... read more
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Public Input on Draft Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Public Input on Draft Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input on a draft study of oil and gas extraction wastewater management. Today, the EPA announced its intentions as follows:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on a draft study that takes a holistic look at how the agency, states,
    ... read more
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    Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request

    Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury published (today) the following link (to a letter) titled, Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request:



    Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request





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    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Todd Willens as Chief of Staff

    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Todd Willens as Chief of Staff | site |


    (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) provided (today) the following information regarding the appointment of Mr. Todd Willens to the position of Chief of Staff:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the appointment of Todd Willens to serve as Chief of Staff. Mr. Willens joined the Department
    ... read more
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