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

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    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: Oh, okay.

    QUESTION: I don’t have anything that I think is worthy of opening because – at least anything that you’ll have an answer to, so I will defer to —

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. Yes, ma’am.

    QUESTION: A question about Venezuela.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: So the administration has been saying that Maduro should step down and there should not be negotiations, and now there are negotiations between the opposition and the Maduro government.

    MS ORTAGUS: Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: What is the view of that? Do you think that’s a mistake or do you think something can be achieved?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, we don’t view that decision as – to send – for Guaido to send people to Oslo as a concession. We are not the Venezuelan people nor their government. This is their negotiation. But I think that we – and I think the Secretary has been clear that we do not support any kind of, quote/unquote, “democracy” under Maduro. We know that’s false. We know Maduro is not stronger today than he was one year ago, and I think our position remains the same.

    QUESTION: And do you think those negotiations will be able to lead to the end of Maduro, if that’s your goal?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t want to speculate. We’re not a part of them, but we’ll leave that to the Venezuelan people.

    Andrea.

    QUESTION: Hi. Welcome.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you.

    QUESTION: A question about Iran.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay.

    QUESTION: There’s a German delegation in Tehran.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: I’m wondering if there is any effort to work through the Europeans to send messages of restraint or otherwise to the Iranians.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. The Secretary actually talked about this a little bit in the past week, in the sense of his broader discussions with the Europeans. We met with the E3 foreign ministers when we were in Brussels last week. And he said that he appreciates any and all efforts to de-escalate tensions in Iran – with Iran, and of course, I think both he and Acting Secretary Shanahan have continued to talk about how our main goal and everything that we’ve pursued over the past few weeks is deterrence. We’re not seeking a war with Iran, and we certainly understand that Germany has diplomatic relations with Iran. They have for a long time. They’re clearly still a part of the JCPOA, so we think that this is normal behavior between two states, and we appreciate any efforts by the Germans to help de-escalate the situation.

    QUESTION: And could I just follow up very briefly?

    MS ORTAGUS:
    Mm-hmm.

    QUESTION: The ayatollah gave a very harsh speech —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: — criticizing both Zarif and Rouhani for the first time, calling them out by name for signing on to the JCPOA. Do you see this as continued escalation, given that this is the first time he has been —

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think I want to – yeah, sure.

    QUESTION: — talking about a Hizballah government.

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think I want to step in the middle of Iranian politics. I’ll let them do that for theirself. But I think that we have been clear that the regime should be aware that the only way out of this is negotiations for a new and more comprehensive deal for the 12 steps that the Secretary has outlined for Iran to turn to the path of the behavior of a normal nation. And we continue to hope that they will see the light and pursue that.

    Yeah, hi.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sorry, remind me of your name again?

    QUESTION: Francesco Fontemaggi, AFP.

    MS ORTAGUS: That’s right, Francesco. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So more broadly than the German delegation —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: — the Iranian officials have said that there are many foreign delegation these days traveling to Tehran on behalf of America. So can you confirm that you are sending some messages to Tehran by the German or the Oman – or other delegations? And if yes, what is the message?

    MS ORTAGUS: I understand. So I think that we’ve been quite overt in our messaging to Iran, actually. And the Secretary said this on the Hill as well. We clearly went to Baghdad a couple of weeks ago. Some of you – we talked about this yesterday – were on that trip in which we spoke to our counterparts in Iraq about the threats. We went to Brussels where the E3 was meeting, met with our counterparts there, with others in the European Union and NATO, and we have said very publicly that we want people – anyone who is – has a vested interest in this situation to urge Iran to de-escalate this behavior. And then, of course, we’ve taken our own steps to deter it.

    So I don’t think that there is any sort of private signaling going on here. I think we’re actually quite public and quite overt about our intentions.

    QUESTION: But it is true that one of these delegation is – or more are traveling with a message on behalf of America?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think I have anything – anything specific on that. I’m not aware of the reports that you’re referring to, but I would say that we’re very overt in our public messaging, that we appreciate any efforts by any of our allies that would like to help us de-escalate the tensions with Iran.

    QUESTION: Is the Secretary taking binary talks on Iran?

    MS ORTAGUS: Can I ask all of you a favor? Just while I’m learning faces and names, do you mind just saying your name and your publication, and that will help me? Thank you.

    QUESTION: Sorry. David Brunnstrom from Reuters.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. Yes. Thanks, David.

    QUESTION: Is the Secretary taking part in talks on Iran today? Is he – they’re hearing maybe there’s a White House meeting of principals today. And what is the Secretary’s view of the sending extra troops to the region?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I don’t have anything specific to say on the Secretary’s schedule today. Of course, when there’s meetings with his counterparts, we always read those out; we’ll be happy to do so. I would say that the Secretary was asked this question this morning. He did a few television appearances, so I’d always recommend that everyone go to his remarks first. And in his remarks, when he was asked this question, he said “the threat is real,” it’s very credible, and he also echoed what the President has said, was that we “will ensure that we have all the resources necessary to respond” in the event that there is some sort of attack – we hope not – from the Islamic Republic of Iran. And I think the Secretary addressed that this morning.

    Hey, Nick. Yeah.

    QUESTION: Hey, Morgan. As you mentioned, the Secretary did a couple of television interviews up in New York today. Did he have any other meetings there at the UN or non-media-related events while he was in New York?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t have anything further to read out on his public schedule in New York.

    QUESTION: I want to raise a question about scheduling —

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: — and all this year.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: In my experience, when the Secretary is traveling and doing public events, we – it’s on the schedule. And if anything had happened anywhere in the world overnight, we would not have known he was in New York. Could we respectfully ask that when he’s doing something that public that we know when he’s out of the city?

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure. Absolutely. I’ll check with the team on the proper procedures for that, and we’ll make sure it’s addressed. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    QUESTION: Hi Morgan. In those interviews this morning, Secretary Pompeo touched on something he’s actually spoken about a few times in the last couple weeks, saying that Secretary Kerry – former Secretary Kerry and as well as Wendy Sherman and Ernie Moniz may have violated the Logan Act by talking with the Iranian diplomats. And he said that Kerry had asked them not to – asked the Iranians not to call this administration. Secretary Kerry’s people have denied that; they say that you are getting the substance of any conversations they may have had wrong, and that you are also misreading the act.

    So I wanted to ask if you have any evidence that that is, indeed, what he told them to do, not to call or negotiate with the Trump administration, and how that’s a violation of the act.

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t think – I don’t have anything further to say beyond what Secretary Kerry and the Secretary said in his interviews, both today and recently. So I think I’ll leave it there. I’d just say that we would hope that every American would support American foreign policy, and I think the Secretary’s remarks have been consistent there, so nothing more on that.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi. Nick Kalman from —

    QUESTION: Just to follow up on that —

    QUESTION:
    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Just to get a fine point on that, when he says that he believes that these former officials violated the Logan Act, that’s a – is that a personal opinion, or is that a legal determination that the lawyers in this building agree with?

    MS ORTAGUS: So I’m looking at the transcript here, which – what I believe is a transcript, and we can double-check. He did not actually say – he did not – what you just characterized it, that’s not what he said. So we can pull the transcript and get it for you.

    QUESTION: Well, what did he say?

    MS ORTAGUS: Let’s pull the transcript and give it to you. I think that’s better. But I think the way you just characterized it is not actually what he said verbatim.

    QUESTION: Well, I’m just taking it from what Carol’s question —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: He has in the past, though. He has in the past, though, suggested this would be a violation —

    QUESTION: I don’t know. I didn’t read that part of the transcript. But I just assumed since you didn’t object to Carol’s – the premise of Carol’s question, that he had said that. So – but, I’ll —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I think he’s made a lot of public statements over the past two weeks, so if it’s okay with all of you, I’ll just refer you to his statements.

    Go ahead.

    QUESTION: Nick from Fox News. Senator Feinstein had dinner with Foreign Minister Zarif last week. Her staff says that was in consultation with the State Department. Can you elaborate on that consultation, and did the senator report back to State after the dinner?

    MS ORTAGUS: I can elaborate. I can take that and see if she did report back. I’m not aware that she did, but she may have, so let me take that back. I’ll get back to you.

    Yes, sir.

    QUESTION: Michel Ghandour with Al Hurra Television.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: On Syria, do you have anything —

    MS ORTAGUS: Syria? Is that what you said?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. Okay.

    QUESTION: Do you have anything new on the chemical weapon use by the regime and on the escalation in Idlib today?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. So as it relates to the purported chemical weapons use, we’re continuing to investigate these reports. This attack, of course, is being investigated by organizations on the ground. I think – and you know this area quite well, of course, given your prolific reporting. The location of the attack is at the frontlines, and so access – it does make access to that site limited. But we do have numerous sources, including interviews of those president – present during the attack that did report that a number of opposition fighters were taken to local hospitals and presented symptoms that were consistent with chemical exposure. We know, of course, that this is a pattern of behavior, unfortunately, by the Assad regime. But we don’t have any definitive conclusions yet, because we – as we continue to investigate.

    QUESTION: When do you expect to have it?

    MS ORTAGUS: I’ll let you know as soon as we do.

    QUESTION: And on the escalation in Idlib?

    MS ORTAGUS: What specifically?

    QUESTION: The fights are escalating there between the opposition and the regime.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I mean, listen, I see that Ambassador Jeffrey has spoken about this quite a bit and he continues to call for a halt in the escalation of violence. We, of course, want a de-escalation agreement and a return to the political process, and Ambassador Jeffrey is working quite diligently to pursue those goals. And we will continue to ask and to call for a halt to the violence in northwest Syria.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi.

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

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: Follow up on the topper on India.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: You said that you expect the relationship to reach a new height in the years to come. If you can elaborate on that, which areas do you think you would focus on and where do you want to reach there?

    MS ORTAGUS: I think that I’ll largely leave that for the White House and for the President to say. I think, again, we – as we said yesterday, that we’re confident in the fairness and the integrity of the Indian elections. They are a crucial partner for us on many areas, especially counterterrorism, and we – I’ll defer you over to the White House for that, for specific policy areas that we might be able to advance. But again, I think it’s – we are certainly underscoring today a historic democratic movement of at least 600 million people voting. I think it’s pretty amazing.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. Hey, Courtney.

    QUESTION: A follow up on that question. The Indian ambassador told us today that the government has halted its imports of Iranian oil, but that they are still looking for alternative sources. And we’ve been told that the U.S. was working to help identify those for countries that no longer have SREs. What’s the status of that?

    MS ORTAGUS: Right. And no SREs because we’re going to zero. So in terms of the specific help that we may or may not be giving the Indian Government, I’d have to get back to you on that and talk to the team. I would just say that our messaging writ large, as it relates to these is – as it relates to the oil is that we should all be getting to zero. When we withdrew from the JCPOA a year ago – I think we said this yesterday – that we said and telegraphed very publicly that that was our intention. And so that’s something that we’ve been consistent about for the past year, and we certainly appreciate the reports that we’ve seen of the countries that are complying with U.S. sanctions and getting to zero, as is mandated by our sanctions.

    QUESTION: But is there a concern that —

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Sorry. That —

    MS ORTAGUS: That’s okay.

    QUESTION: — that absent intervention or location of alternative sources of energy that countries could find themselves in a rough position and have to revert?

    MS ORTAGUS: I don’t – no, because it’s something that we’ve been talking about with our allies and partners for quite some time. This wasn’t – this was not something that happened overnight. It was something that we’ve been telegraphing quite publicly for the past year. So I don’t – I think that’s all I have on that.

    QUESTION: On the SREs, when the exemptions or exceptions expired, were there any shipments in transit or about to be in transit delivered to importers after they would be covered by sanctions that were not, that didn’t – did not draw sanctions?

    MS ORTAGUS: That – so this whole discussion that you’re asking for is quite technical. I’m very aware of it. I think I’d probably prefer to get a more technical expert than I am on this to answer that question for you, so happy to follow up with that.

    QUESTION: Just the long and short of it is – because the question is: Was there activity that was sanctionable that you guys basically chose to ignore or to not respond to after these – after the expiration of the waivers?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I’m not aware of that, but I’ll certainly get back to you on it.

    QUESTION: Would you say today that the eight countries are now respecting your ban on Iranian oil exports?

    MS ORTAGUS: Not just the eight countries. We – yeah.

    QUESTION: Because Turkey said yesterday they are. India said today they are. Is China abiding by the ban?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I mean, I certainly don’t speak for the People’s Republic of China, but I am aware of those reports on Turkey. We welcome those reports. That’s – it’s not just these eight countries that we want to comply. We want the whole world to comply with these sanctions, and we’re grateful for our partners and allies that are respecting them.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi. Guy Taylor, Washington Times.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi, Guy.

    QUESTION: Hi.

    MS ORTAGUS:
    This is easier to spot all of you than in the room yesterday.

    QUESTION: Yeah, just to change topic to speaking of China and North Korea. There’s a big trade fair that’s going on in Pyongyang right now, and North Korean state media has said there are about 500 international companies there, and China is one of the places that has sent companies, and there are also reports of about 250 companies are from China. And I’m wondering if you have any awareness of this or comment on it, particularly because there seem to be indications that there are a lot of Chinese-North Korean joint venture companies, which are – which are explicitly banned by UN Security Council resolutions.

    Do you have any comment on that? And if not, could you give us an update on the activities of North Korea envoy Steve Biegun and whether or not you have anything to announce vis-a-vis meetings that he could be having amid this moment of stalled denuclearization talks?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, “stalled” is your characterization, not mine. I was with Steve this morning, actually, by the way. And he continues to – we said this yesterday – we continue to say that talks and discussions are ongoing, and we think that this is, of course, one of the most important national security issues that we will face and that we will deal with. We have said, the President has said very publicly, that some of the more recent developments were disappointing, but we remain very open and we hope that Kim Jong-un and his government will see the path towards a brighter future that we have offered. Saying that, sanctions remain in place and they will remain in place.

    QUESTION: Is there anything to announce vis-a-vis Mr. Biegun’s schedule in terms of —

    MS ORTAGUS: No. No announcements.

    QUESTION: What about the companies, the first part of the question?

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sorry, who’s speaking?

    QUESTION: I’m Aaron from Fuji TV. I just was curious as to the first part of his question about the companies that they had met with.

    MS ORTAGUS: I’ll have to look into that. I didn’t see that report, but I’ll be happy to look into it.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a North Korea question?

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: Ben with NHK.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi, Ben.

    QUESTION: There are some reports in Japan that U.S. Government officials are telling allies that if there was another missile test by North Korea, the United States wouldn’t ignore it. I was just wondering if anyone from the State Department is sending that message to allies.

    And then a second question. The North Korean envoy to the UN criticized the U.S. seizing their cargo ship, calling it a hostile act. Do you have any reaction to his comments?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, so the first question is about Japan?

    QUESTION: There’s reporting that government officials —

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, right.

    QUESTION: — are saying that the U.S. wouldn’t ignore another missile test.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. I mean, listen, I don’t – I wouldn’t comment from here on – from this podium on any sort of negotiations or talks that the U.S. is having with our allies. When we do have meetings, we attempt to try to get – like for the Secretary’s meetings, we try to get readouts to you – to you as much as possible.

    And I don’t think that we’ve ignored anything. In fact, as I just said, the President has expressed his disappointment with those actions. But again, we remain open and committed to having talks, to having dialogue. The President and the Secretary have said numerous times that Kim Jong-un has promised to denuclearize, and we are – we remain hopeful that he will keep those promises.

    QUESTION: Then on the cargo ship that was seized?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, and who – what was the question about it?

    QUESTION: The North Korean envoy to the UN called it a hostile act by the U.S., and I was just wondering if you have a reaction.

    MS ORTAGUS: Got it. So we do everything within accordance of international law. We are incredibly respectful of that, and I’ll just leave it there.

    QUESTION: Morgan?

    MS ORTAGUS: Hey, Conor.

    QUESTION: Hey. Since the Secretary addressed this in one of his interviews this morning, I’m wondering if you could speak to it as well. He said that Secretary – former Secretary Tillerson’s remarks were “pretty outrageous.” One of the other things that Tillerson reportedly told the House Foreign Affairs Committee was that Jared Kushner wasn’t doing enough consultation with the State Department in his dealings with foreign governments, foreign leaders. Is that a view that Secretary Pompeo shares? Has he talked to Jared Kushner about that?

    MS ORTAGUS: Listen, I’m going to refer you to former Secretary Tillerson and to his office for any comments that he may have made there. We obviously were not president – were not present, but I do not think that Secretary Pompeo would share those views.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, related to that, the – in his – in the opening statement that Chairman Engel released yesterday, former Secretary Tillerson’s opening statement, he said that he had consulted with State Department lawyers before this appearance. Can you tell us why he or what – why and what he would have discussed with the department before going to the Hill?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah, I think, well, first of all, largely the conversation between the former secretary and the Congress, I would refer you to their offices, both to the Congress and to him. I do not know if he consulted with our lawyers.

    QUESTION: He said he did.

    MS ORTAGUS: I’m sure; he may have. I’ll be happy to check into it.

    QUESTION: He did. He did say that. And I want to know, because I don’t think it’s particularly – I mean, I’ll ask his office as well, obviously.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: But it’s not like you guys were completely unaware that this was happening, and so I’d just like to know what he felt the need, or was it required, that he talk to State Department lawyers before making this appearance.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure, yeah. Totally understand the question. I’ll have to ask.

    QUESTION: One more thing on that is that Secretary Pompeo said today, when asked about some of Tillerson’s reported remarks, that’s why he’s no longer secretary of state. I think he said “pretty outrageous” and (inaudible.)

    MS ORTAGUS: He did say that, and I will let his statement stand.

    Yes.

    QUESTION: Yes, hi. From Voice of America. Can I please ask about China? It’s about Hikvision, a Chinese video surveillance company.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: Is the State Department weighing in any interagency discussion on whether or not to put Hikvision on the entity list? I mean, from the human rights point of view, would State Department support to put Hikvision on the black list regarding its – the role it plays in the surveillance and mass detention in the Uighurs? Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes, totally understand your concern. Thank you for the question. But the State Department, we do not comment on potential sanctions, investigations, or actions, and so I would refer you to the Department of Commerce, who actually keeps additional information on the entity list.

    QUESTION: Is the State Department consulted?

    MS ORTAGUS: Well, the interagency is always consulted in these matters, but I can’t speak to particular cases that may – potentially may happen. When we have an announcement, we’ll certainly let you know.

    Hi.

    QUESTION: Hi, Deirdre Shesgreen with USA Today.

    MS ORTAGUS: Hi, Deirdre.

    QUESTION: I think Paul Whelan is set to have another detention hearing in Moscow tomorrow. I know that Secretary Pompeo generally raised the issue of Americans detained in Russia when he was in Sochi, but did he specifically ask about Mr. Whelan’s case and the validity of the charges against him? And is there any kind of progress in that case?

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah. So the Secretary often says, as I say as well, that the highest priority that this administration places is on the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens. The Secretary did say on – I believe it was on May 14th that he raised the issue of U.S. citizens who have been detained in Russia and making sure that our citizens are not unjustly held abroad. He also reiterated to Foreign Minister Lavrov that this is one of the – it is one of President Trump’s highest priorities to protect American citizens.

    We do have a recent visit by Ambassador Huntsman about a month ago on April 30th to Mr. Whelan. And we, of course, remain concerned by the lack of evidence in his case, and the Secretary is committed to continue to raise this at the highest levels.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a Israel question?

    MS ORTAGUS: Israel?

    QUESTION: Yeah.

    MS ORTAGUS: Why not?

    QUESTION: I am wondering if you guys have weighed in with the Israelis at all on the, quote, “ordered deportation” of the Human Rights Watch researcher Omar Shakir.

    MS ORTAGUS: What was the – tell me the name again?

    QUESTION: Omar Shakir.

    MS ORTAGUS: Sorry, give me one second.

    QUESTION: He’s been ordered deported —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: — for allegedly activity – activities that they say support BDS.

    MS ORTAGUS: Right. You’re stumping me, Matt, today with your questions. I don’t have an answer, but I’ll get one for you.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Yeah.

    QUESTION: Hi, Jennifer Hansler, CNN. There was a report earlier in the week that —

    MS ORTAGUS: Last question, by the way, if that’s okay.

    QUESTION: — the U.S. has repatriated a family that may have ties to ISIS from a Syrian camp back to the U.S. I was wondering if you could confirm that, and more broadly, if you have any numbers on those repatriations.

    MS ORTAGUS: Can you give me just a second? I don’t think I have any numbers to give you. I’ll check into that and see if that’s possible to give you. I mean, we think the best solution for these foreign family members, especially the children, is voluntary repatriation. Those who have broken the laws of their country through their connection with ISIS or its affiliates should, where appropriate, be subject to criminal prosecution, but just looking here, I don’t think I have any specific numbers for you, but we can certainly get that.

    QUESTION: Okay. Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. What about – Matt, anything final?

    QUESTION: No, no. That’s it. Thank you.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay. Thanks. Thanks, everyone.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: Thanks, Morgan.









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    U.S. Veterans Affairs extends Agent Orange Presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ Veterans

    U.S. Veterans Affairs extends Agent Orange Presumption to ‘Blue Water Navy’ Veterans | site |


    Eligible Veterans may now be entitled to disability compensation benefits


    (July 5, 2019) - - Today (July 5, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for “Blue Water Navy” Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975.

    These Veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicide exposure through Public Law 116-23, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which was signed into law June 25, 2019, and goes into effect Jan.
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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Visits Sysco for Signing of the Pledge to America’s Workers

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Visits Sysco for Signing of the Pledge to America’s Workers | site |



    (July 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    (San Diego, Calif., July 15, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today visited Sysco Corporation in San Diego, California to tour the facilities and join the company’s signing of the Pledge to America’s Workers. Sysco is pledging nearly 35,000 opportunities for America’s workers.

    “We are excited to continue our work creating an inclusive environment at Sysco, where all people
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    Fatal Train Collision in South Carolina Subject of National Transportation Safety Board Meeting

    Fatal Train Collision in South Carolina Subject of National Transportation Safety Board Meeting | site |


    (June 27, 2019) - - Today (June 27, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (June 27, 2019) – The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday its intention to hold a board meeting July 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. (EDT), to determine the probable cause of the Feb. 4,
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    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Supports Common Understanding of G7 Competition Authorities on Competition and the Digital Economy

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Supports Common Understanding of G7 Competition Authorities on Competition and the Digital Economy | site |



    (July 18, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph J. Simons has issued the following statement about the Common Understanding of G7 Competition Authorities... read more
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    Agencies propose Rule on the Capital Treatment of Land Development Loans

    Agencies propose Rule on the Capital Treatment of Land Development Loans | site |


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



    (July 12, 2019) - - Today (July 12, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    The federal bank regulatory agencies today invited
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    U.S. State Department Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in Strategic Security Dialogue With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

    U.S. State Department Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Participation in Strategic Security Dialogue With Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov | site |


    (July 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided (today, July 17, 2019) the following information:


    Today, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, accompanied by Under Secretary for Arms Control and International
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Final Investigation Notice: E. coli O26 Outbreak linked to Flour

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Final Investigation Notice: E. coli O26 Outbreak linked to Flour | site |



    (July 11, 2019) - - Today (July11, 2019), the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:


    The final investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of E. coli O26 infections linked to flour has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/flour-05-19/index.html .
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    U.S. State Department provides Update on the Condition of the CITGO 6

    U.S. State Department provides Update on the Condition of the CITGO 6 | site |



    (July 12, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State issued the following statement:

    The United States has received numerous conflicting reports regarding the welfare and whereabouts of the wrongfully detained “CITGO 6” in Venezuela, and we insist
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    U.S. Department of Education says New Data Show Secretary DeVos' Reforms to the Office for Civil Rights are Driving Better Results for Students

    U.S. Department of Education says New Data Show Secretary DeVos' Reforms to the Office for Civil Rights are Driving Better Results for Students | site |



    (July 10, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:


    WASHINGTON—The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released new data today that show students who file civil rights complaints under U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ leadership are served more efficiently and effectively than students who filed civil rights complaints during the previous administration. In fact, OCR has, on average, resolved almost double the number of civil rights complaints per year compared to the prior eight fiscal years. Additionally, OCR has achieved a 60% increase in the number of complaint resolutions that required schools to make changes to protect students’ civil rights.

    “From day one, our approach has been clear and unwavering: vigorously enforce civil rights laws, treat students as individuals, and resolve cases both efficiently and effectively,” said Secretary DeVos. “The backlog of cases we inherited
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry | site |



    (July 11, 2019) - - Today (July 11, 2019), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information:

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the following statement on safety and enforcement during Tropical Storm Barry:
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency and Partners Prepare to Respond to Tropical Storm Barry

    Federal Emergency Management Agency and Partners Prepare to Respond to Tropical Storm Barry | site |


    (July 12, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – As Tropical Storm Barry moves toward land, FEMA urges all residents to execute emergency planning and final preparedness actions now for dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and high winds.

    A large and slow-moving system, Tropical Storm Barry is forecasted to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall on the central Louisiana coastline early Saturday. In the central Gulf Coast, rain accumulations between 10 and 20 inches are expected,
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    The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau publishes Public Notice announcing the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System in Response to Tropical Storm Barry

    The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau publishes Public Notice announcing the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System in Response to Tropical Storm Barry | this site |




    (July 12, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission published a Public Notice titled as follows:



    PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ANNOUNCES THE ACTIVATION... read more
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    Have a Sunnier Tax Season with these Summertime IRS Tax Tips

    Have a Sunnier Tax Season with these Summertime IRS Tax Tips | site |


    (July 10, 2019) - - Today (July 10, 2019), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Buying a home? Working a summer job? Volunteering? Activities that are common in the summer often qualify for tax credits or deductions. And, while summertime and part-time workers may not earn enough to owe federal income tax, they should remember to file a return to get a refund for taxes withheld
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    The United States Takes Action Against Venezuela’s Counterintelligence Agency

    The United States Takes Action Against Venezuela’s Counterintelligence Agency | site |



    (July 11, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    On July 11, the United States sanctioned the Maduro-aligned General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence, known as DGCIM, for operating in Venezuela’s defense and security sector,
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    Federal Reserve System White Paper examines the Effects of Synthetic Identity Payments Fraud

    Federal Reserve System White Paper examines the Effects of Synthetic Identity Payments Fraud | site |




    (July 9, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    Synthetic identity payments fraud is a fast-growing but little-understood problem that affects individuals, financial institutions, government agencies, and private industry. The severity of this type of fraud
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Wheeler Highlights America's Environmental Progress

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Wheeler Highlights America's Environmental Progress | site |



    (July 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the following information:

    Yesterday, Administrator Wheeler joined President Trump and members of his cabinet to address the progress America has made cleaning up and protecting our nation's environment. All six criteria air pollutants have been reduced, our nation's access to clean drinking water is ranked number one in the world, and under President Trump we have reached the highest number of Superfund deletions in a year since 2005. To read more about the incredible progress our nation is making on improving
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    Federal Government Achieves Small Business Contracting Goal for Sixth Consecutive Year with Record-Breaking 120 Billion Dollars to Small Businesses

    Federal Government Achieves Small Business Contracting Goal for Sixth Consecutive Year with Record-Breaking $120 Billion to Small Businesses | site |


    Eight Federal Agencies Receive A+ Rating on FY2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard



    (June 25, 2019) - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published today (June 25, 2019) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the federal government exceeded its small business federal contracting goal for the sixth consecutive year, awarding 25.05 percent in federal contract dollars to small businesses totaling $120.8 billion, an increase from the previous fiscal year of nearly $15 billion. The Fiscal Year 2018 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard marks the first time more than $120 billion in prime contracts has been awarded to small businesses. Overall, the federal government earned an “A” on this year’s government-wide scorecard.

    “I’m happy to report that for the first time in history the federal government has awarded more than $120 billion
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    U.S. Department of State addresses Turkish Drilling in Cypriot Claimed Waters

    U.S. Department of State addresses Turkish Drilling in Cypriot Claimed Waters | site |



    (July 9, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State issued the following statement:


    The United States remains deeply concerned by Turkey’s repeated attempts to conduct drilling operations in the waters off Cyprus and its most recent
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Urges Doctors to Rapidly Recognize and Report AFM Cases

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Urges Doctors to Rapidly Recognize and Report AFM Cases | site |


    Intense effort underway to understand and prevent this serious neurologic syndrome



    (July 9, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    As the late summer/early fall “season” for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) nears, CDC is calling on medical professionals to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report all suspected cases to their health department. Early recognition and reporting are critical for providing patients with appropriate care and rehabilitation, and better understanding AFM,... read more
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    Complaints about Government Imposter Scams Reach Record High, According to New FTC Data

    Complaints about Government Imposter Scams Reach Record High, According to New FTC Data | site |


    (July 1, 2019) - - Today (July 1, 2019), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:

    As the nation prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding consumers that scammers are increasingly trying to make a buck by falsely claiming to be Uncle Sam. Monthly complaints to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network about scammers pretending... read more
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    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Draft Solicitation to Support Section 846 Commercial e-Commerce Portals Implementation

    U.S. General Services Administration Issues Draft Solicitation to Support Section 846 Commercial e-Commerce Portals Implementation | site |


    Feedback will inform development of the initial proof of concept


    (July 2, 2019) - - Today (July 2, 2019). the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration today issued a draft solicitation to obtain feedback from portal providers
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    U.S. State Department expresses Concerns for Wrongfully Detained U.S. Persons in Venezuela

    U.S. State Department expresses Concerns for Wrongfully Detained U.S. Persons (CITGO 6) in Venezuela | site |



    (July 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, issued the following statement:

    The United States demands that the former Maduro regime release the wrongfully detained “CITGO 6” in Venezuela. These men are suffering serious health
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    Federal Reserve Board Announces it is Seeking Individuals to serve on its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee

    Federal Reserve Board Announces it is Seeking Individuals to Serve on its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC) | site |



    (July 3, 2019) - - Today (July 3, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that it is seeking individuals to serve on its Insurance Policy Advisory Committee on International
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    IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago - - - Tax Pros can get up-to-date Info on Cybersecurity, Ethics, plus Hear from IRS Commissioner

    IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago: Tax Pros can get up-to-date Info on Cybersecurity, Ethics, plus Hear from IRS Commissioner | site |



    Annual Filing Season Program participants and other tax professionals can register at the standard rate of $255 through July 9. Attendees registering after that date or on-site pay $370.


    (July 1, 2019) - - Today (July 1, 2019), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — Tax professionals interested in attending the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago, July 23-25, to... read more
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    U.S. Department of Education hosts a State Education Leadership Conference for key North Carolina Education Officials

    U.S. Department of Education hosts a State Education Leadership Conference for key North Carolina Education Officials | site |



    (June 27, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today, June 27, 2019) the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Education this week hosted at its headquarters in Washington a State Education Leadership Conference for key North Carolina education officials. This was the second in a series of meetings held by the Department to give state leaders the opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions with senior Department officials on a wide range of education-related topics.




    Participants discussed issues important to the Tar Heel State, including... read more
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    U.S. Department of Energy's Public-Private Collaboration Stimulates Innovation to Bolster U.S. Competitiveness, Security

    U.S. Department of Energy's Public-Private Collaboration Stimulates Innovation to Bolster U.S. Competitiveness, Security | site |



    (June 25, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Energy published (today, June 25, 2019) the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). With matching funds from the private sector, these projects will advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and strengthen partnerships between DOE’s National Laboratories and private sector companies to deploy these technologies to the marketplace.

    “Technology transfer is an essential component of our mission at DOE, helping ensure we deliver the maximum return on the investment of the American taxpayer, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Through the Technology Commercialization Fund, we are connecting entrepreneurs in the private sector with researchers at our National Labs to help deliver the innovations and technologies that will keep our nation secure, competitive, and energy abundant.”

    “Working alongside the private sector through initiatives like the Technology Commercialization Fund ensures our innovators in the National Labs are plugged into the engine of our economy, American business,” said Chief Commercialization Officer and OTT Director Conner Prochaska. “The TCF creates an effective pathway to putting these lab-derived technologies to work and helps to maximize the impact of our research investment for the benefit of the entire nation.”

    Secretary Perry has championed the Department’s commercialization and technology transfer activities by further empowering OTT to execute its mission across the entirety of the DOE research enterprise. To lead this effort, the Secretary named Conner Prochaska DOE’s first Chief Commercialization Officer, who also serves as OTT Director.

    The TCF was created by the Energy
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    U.S. Agriculture Department says USDA Research is Driving Technological Innovation

    U.S. Agriculture Department says USDA Research is Driving Technological Innovation | site |


    USDA scientists and researchers reported 320 new inventions in 2018



    (June 28, 2019) - - Today (June 28, 2019), the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Salinas, California, June 28, 2019) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released its annual Technology Transfer Report, which highlights innovations from scientists and researchers that are solving problems for farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers; and... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press July 8, 2019

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press July 8, 2019 | site |



    Washington, DC - - (July 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of remarks to the press made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. In my address at the Claremont Institute back in May, called “A Foreign Policy from the Founding,” I made clear that the Trump administration has embarked on a foreign policy that
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    Final Report on DuPont, Washington, Amtrak Train Derailment Published

    Final Report on DuPont, Washington, Amtrak Train Derailment Published | site |


    (June 24, 2019) - - Today (June 24, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (June 24, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board published its final report Monday for the agency’s investigation of the Dec. 18, 2017, fatal, Amtrak train derailment in DuPont, Washington.

    The
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Overhauls Religious and Spiritual Symbol Policies to Protect Religious Liberty

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Overhauls Religious and Spiritual Symbol Policies to Protect Religious Liberty | site |


    (July 3, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently revised its directives permitting religious literature, symbols and displays at VA facilities to protect religious liberty for Veterans and families while... read more
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    Federal Communications Commission to hold Open Commission Meeting Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Federal Communications Commission to hold Open Commission Meeting Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | site |



    (July 3, 2019) - - Today (July 3, 2019), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published following information:

    The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 which is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C.


    ITEM NO. BUREAU SUBJECT
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    CDC Update for am Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Papayas Imported from Mexico

    CDC Update for am Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Papayas Imported from Mexico | site |



    (July 5, 2019) - - Today (July 5, 2019), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:


    A CDC update for an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to papayas imported from Mexico has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/uganda-06-19/index.html.

    Updates:

    • Epidemiologic
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    Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas

    Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Papayas | site |



    (June 28, 2019) - - Today (June 28, 2019), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC food safety alert for an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to papayas imported from Mexico has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/uganda-06-19/index.html .

    Key points:


    • CDC, FDA, and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Uganda infections linked to whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico.


    • Do
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    Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Designated as the 24th U.S. World Heritage Site

    Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Designated as the 24th U.S. World Heritage Site | this site |


    (July 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson publishe the following information:

    The United States is pleased to learn of the decision by the World Heritage Committee to inscribe a group of eight masterworks by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright as a single World Heritage... read more
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    Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Joins American Airlines as they Pledge to Invest in America’s Workers

    Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Joins American Airlines as they Pledge to Invest in America’s Workers | site |



    (June 24, 2019) - - Today (June 24, 2019), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:


    DALLAS, TX – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today joined American Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport as the company
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    President Donald J. Trump and President Moon Jae-in Reaffirm the United States’ and Republic of Korea’s Ironclad Alliance

    President Donald J. Trump and President Moon Jae-in Reaffirm the United States’ and Republic of Korea’s Ironclad Alliance | site |


    (July 2, 2019) - - Today (July 2, 2019), the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson published the following information:

    President Donald J. Trump visited the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.) June 29–30. During this visit, President Trump and R.O.K. President Moon Jae-in affirmed the unbreakable bond between our two countries and committed to further strengthen our bilateral relationship. Both sides reaffirmed that the strong U.S.-R.O.K. alliance is the linchpin of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific.
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    U.S. Department of Education says Today Marks the Beginning of a New Era in Career and Technical Education

    U.S. Department of Education says Today Marks the Beginning of a New Era in Career and Technical Education | site |


    Perkins V, which goes into effect today, will provide more students with access to high-quality training for in-demand careers


    (July 1, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Education published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON—Today, July 1, marks the beginning of a new era in career and technical education as states... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Remarks to Press

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Remarks to Press | site |



    Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea - - (June 30, 2019) - - Today (June 30, 2019), the U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of remarks U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo made to the press:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Go ahead. You all saw it. I don’t need to tell you about the story, but what do you all want to talk about?

    QUESTION: Well, when talks resume, where do you – what’s the next step? Where do you start? Would you start where you left off or —

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, so I think so. And so I think one of the things that hadn’t been written about is even in Hanoi we’d made progress, all right? And so we think we do have a jumping-off point for these discussions, which have put us in a place where
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Emphasizes Importance of Safety at USDOT Summit

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Emphasizes Importance of Safety at USDOT Summit | site |


    (June 20, 2019) - - Today (June 20, 2019), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today hosted the 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Safety Summit at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. In keynote remarks before USDOT
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    What to Expect at This Year's Annual Fourth of July Celebration

    What to Expect at This Year's Annual Fourth of July Celebration | site |



    (July 1, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – This year's annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall, will feature music, flyovers, fireworks, and an address by President Donald J. Trump. Salute to America will honor each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, multiple flyovers including a flight demonstration by the Blue Angels, and much more.




    Photo by National Park Service

    One-of-a-kind
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    U.S. Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan to Travel to El Salvador and Honduras

    U.S. Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan to Travel to El Salvador and Honduras | site |


    (July 1, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – On July 1, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador for a two-day visit to discuss continued collaboration in addressing the
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    U.S. Participation in the 49th Organization of American States General Assembly

    U.S. Participation in the 49th Organization of American States General Assembly | site |



    (July 1, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:


    Assistant Secretary of State Kimberly Breier led the U.S. delegation to the 49th Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia, June 26-27, 2019.
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    U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary says One-Sided Hearing Puts HVAC Bipartisanship at Risk

    U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary says One-Sided Hearing puts House Veterans Affairs Committee Bipartisanship at Risk | site |



    (June 25, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie released a letter he wrote to House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano regarding the committee’s decision to exclude VA from testifying before the committee during a hearing on the department’s handling of whistleblower complaints.
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    Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issues 2019 Annual Report; Recommendations target Identity Theft, Refund Fraud

    Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issues 2019 Annual Report; Recommendations target Identity Theft, Refund Fraud | site |



    (June 19, 2019) - - Today (June 19, 2019), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Electronic Tax AdministrationAdvisory Committee (ETAAC) today released its annual report to Congress,featuring recommendations focused on the prevention of identity theft... read more
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Bill Implementation Progress Update

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Bill Implementation Progress Update | site |



    (June 26, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019)
    — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced an update on the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this Farm Bill into law on December 20, 2018, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promptly began implementing key programs. In addition, USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public specific to each agency’s respective mission areas.

    “America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers depend on the certainty and availability
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to Chair White House Council on Affordable Housing

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to Chair White House Council on Affordable Housing | site |


    (June 25, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON - Today, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing, and named Housing
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    U.S. State Department addresses Mobile Data Shutdown in Burma’s Rakhine and Chin States

    U.S. State Department addresses Mobile Data Shutdown in Burma’s Rakhine and Chin States | site |



    Washington, DC - - (June 29, 2019) - - Today (June 29, 2019), Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, issued the following statement:

    The United States is deeply concerned by the ongoing shutdown of mobile data services in violence-affected areas of
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Press June 23, 2019

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Press June 23, 2019 | site |



    Joint Base Andrews - - (June 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of remarks U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo made to the press:


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Hi. Well, good afternoon, everyone. I wanted to say a couple things as we head off on this extended trip. First, I think it’s really important for everyone to understand that the Iranians are out sowing disinformation in lots of places. First of all, you’ve seen the childlike map that Foreign Minister Zarif put
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    U.S. Department of Interior’s BLM analyzes 11,000 miles of Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin to Combat Wildfires

    U.S. Department of Interior’s BLM analyzes 11,000 miles of Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin to Combat Wildfires | site |


    Trump Administration works to proactively curb wildfires with strategically placed fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Utah



    Washington, DC - - (June 21, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published (today) the following information:

    Boise, Idaho – Today, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management released the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Fuel Breaks in the Great Basin for a 45-day public comment period. This Draft Programmatic EIS analyzes a system of up to 11,000 miles of strategically placed fuel breaks to control wildfires within a 223
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    FCC Commissioner Starks announces Workshop on Security Vulnerabilities within our Communication Networks

    FCC Commissioner Starks announces Workshop on Security Vulnerabilities within our Communication Networks | site |


    (June 21, 2019) - - Today (June 21, 2019), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:


    COMMISSIONER STARKS ANNOUNCES WORKSHOP ON “SECURITY VULNERABILITIES WITHIN OUR COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS: FIND IT, FIX IT, FUND IT”


    WASHINGTON, June 21, 2019 — On Thursday, June 27th, 2019, Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications
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    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos - - Final "Supplement, not Supplant" Guidance Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility

    U.S. Education Secretary DeVos: Final "Supplement, not Supplant" Guidance Helps Promote Effective Spending, Flexibility | site |


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

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released final non-regulatory guidance to support school districts’ compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement,... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea | site |



    (June 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued the following statement:

    Secretary Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea June 23-30 to discuss issues of regional and mutual concern, and to broaden
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    National Transportation Safety Board issues 10 Safety Recommendations following Investigation of Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Crash

    National Transportation Safety Board issues 10 Safety Recommendations following Investigation of Oakland, Iowa, School Bus Crash | site |


    (June 18, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:


    A driver’s failure to maintain control of a school bus – for reasons that could not be determined – and the failure of the Riverside Community School District to provide adequate oversight by allowing a driver with a known physical impairment to operate a school bus led to the fatal Dec.
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes Important Step to Further Protect Children from Exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Takes Important Step to Further Protect Children from Exposure to Lead-Contaminated Dust | site |



    (June 21, 2019) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published (today) the following information:

    Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, announced new, tighter standards for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from the harmful
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    USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer to Depart

    USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer to Depart | site |



    (June 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, June 19, 2019 – USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has announced the departure of USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer, effective July 13, along with the appointment of Deputy Board Chair Dr. Mark
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Statement on Iranian Disinformation

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Statement on Iranian Disinformation | site |


    Washington, DC - - (June 22, 2019) - - Today (June 22, 2019), the U.S. Department of State published the following statement of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:


    Iran’s leaders know the truth is a dangerous thing. It is important to correct the record.

    First, President Trump did not pass a message through Oman
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