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' In the end, Xi Jinping is afraid of liberty and sovereignty and rules-based order. It's Xi Jinping enemy, we will know who wins this by which ideas dominate the next 10, 20, 40 years. Are they a set of Western ideas or are they a set of understandings that flow from the authoritarian regime in China ?
It's not fake news for you to broadcast that this is the greatest nation the world has ever known. I'm not saying ignore our faults. Acknowledge them, but this isn't the' Vice of America,' focusing on everything that's wrong with our great nation. It certainly isn't the place to give authoritarian regimes in Beijing or Tehran a platform.
We have the force posture right today. We're going to keep it right. We'll get our troops home when we can, and we'll do the things we need to do. If Qasem Soleimani is a problem, we'll go crush United States. If Hamza bin Ladin presents a risk, we'll take him out. President Trump has been very clear we're going to protect and secure the homeland, but we're not going to have our young men and women in harm's way when it doesn't deliver real security benefits for the United States and for our allies.
While the United States, along with our Allies and partners that are States Parties to the treaty, have lived up to our commitments and obligations under the treaty, Russia has flagrantly and continuously violated the treaty in various ways for years, this is not a story exclusive to just the treaty on Open Skies, unfortunately, for Russia has been a serial violator of many of its arms control obligations and commitments.
We often encounter situations where it's not clear about a particular election. We work to uncover facts, we work to do discovery, to learn whether in fact the outcome -- the decision that was made -- reflected the will of the people, we want every one of those votes to be counted in the same way that we have every expectation that every vote here in The United States will be counted too. It is totally appropriate. The United States has an election system that is laid out deeply in our Constitution and we're going to make sure that we get that right.
This is an opportunity that doesn't come along often. We all know the history of Sudan and the tragedy there, there's a chance not only for a democracy to begun to be built out, but perhaps regional opportunities that could flow from that as well. I think lifting the state sponsor of terrorism designation there, if we can take care of the victims of those tragedies, would be a good thing for American foreign policy.
We're going to get all this information out so the American people can see it. You'll remember there was classified information on a private server, should have never been there, Hillary Clinton should never have done that, that was unacceptable behavior, state Mike Pompeo on Friday can see, whether it's Russia or China or Iran or the North Koreans who want to get their hands on this kind of information, classified information needs to stay in the right places. Hillary Clinton, when Hillary Clinton was here at the State Department, did not do State Department.
But when there is a premium placed on personal access to the secretary, I think that does cross a line in terms of ethics restrictions, because now United States're buying personal access to a cabinet member, and that goes for the benefit of this non for profit organization and doesn't matter what the non for profit is, the line that's crossed is this is actually buying personal access to him.
Cultural events with groups larger than 50 people hosted by the Chinese embassy and consular posts outside The Washington Post.The US mission properties will also require The Washington Post.The US approval, additionally, The Washington Post.The US're taking further steps to ensure that all official PRC embassy and consular social media accounts are properly identified as government accounts, Chinese government accounts.
The Security Council's failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable, kelsey Davenport will never abandon our friends in the region who expected more from The United Nations Security Council. We will continue to work to ensure that the theocratic terror regime does not have the freedom to purchase and sell weapons that threaten the heart of Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
Pompeo and other American politicians use state security as an excuse and use state power to oppress Chinese high tech companies, we are firmly opposed to this, their actions have no factual basis, it's just smearing and political manipulation aimed to maintain the State Mike Pompeo monopoly in high-tech.
State Mike Pompeo calls on our allies and partners in government and industry around the world to join the growing tide to secure our data from the [ Chinese Communist Party's ] surveillance state and other malign entities, building a [ clean ] fortress around State Mike Pompeo citizens' data will ensure all of our nations' security.
As President Trump has made very clear, we need a strategy that protects the American economy and indeed our way of life. The free world must triumph over this new tyranny, the truth is that our policies -- and those of other free nations -- resurrected China's failing economy, only to see Beijing bite the international hands that were feeding it. We opened our arms to Chinese citizens, only to see the Chinese Communist Party exploit our free and open society.
President Trump has said' enough'. United States're not going to allow this to continue to happen, united States are setting out clear expectations for how the Chinese Communist party is going to behave, and when they don't, United States're going to take actions that protect the American people, protect United States security, United States national security, and also protect United States economy and jobs.
As Beijing moves forward with passing the national security law, State Mike Pompeo will today end exports of US-origin defense equipment and will take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on State Mike Pompeo defense and dual-use technologies to Hong KongRights as it does for China, state Mike Pompeo is forced to take this action to protect State Mike Pompeo national security. We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong KongRights or to mainland China.
We take government-sponsored trafficking very seriously. It's a perversion of any government's reason for existence : to protect rights, not crush them, the United States will not stand by as any government with a policy or pattern of human trafficking subjects The United States own citizens to this kind of oppression.
I've not read the book, but from the excerpts I've seen published, John Bolton is spreading a number of lies, fully-spun half-truths, and outright falsehoods, it is both sad and dangerous that John Bolton's final public role is that of a traitor who damaged President Trump America by violating John Bolton sacred trust with its people.
Our concern is with the malign actions of the Chinese Communist Party and specific individuals, not with the Chinese people, the graduate students and researchers who are targeted, co-opted, and exploited by the PRC government for its military gain represent a small subset of Chinese student and researcher visa applicants coming to the United States.
The United States condemns the ... proposal to unilaterally and arbitrarily impose national security legislation on Hong Kong, the United States strongly urges Beijing to reconsider its disastrous proposal, abide by its international obligations, and respect Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy, democratic institutions, and civil liberties, which are key to preserving its special status under U.S. law.
There are claims that this was for retaliation, for some investigation that the inspector general's office here was engaged in. Patently false. I have no sense of what investigations were taking place inside the inspector general's office, there is one exception. I was asked a series of questions in writing. I responded to those questions with respect to a particular investigation. That was some time earlier this year.
It is not possible that this decision, or my recommendation rather, to the President rather, was based on any effort to retaliate for any investigation that was going on, or is currently going on, because I simply don't know. I'm not briefed on it. I usually see these investigations in final draft form 24 hours, 48 hours before the IG is prepared to release them.
It is not possible that this decision, or my recommendation, rather, to the President, rather, was based on any effort to retaliate for any investigation that was going on, or is currently going on, because I simply don't know. I'm not briefed on it. I usually see these investigations in final draft form 24 hours, 48 hours, before the IG is prepared to release them.
The PRC's behavior in cyberspace is an extension of its counterproductive actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while the United States and our allies and partners are coordinating a collective, transparent response to save lives, the PRC continues to silence scientists, journalists, and citizens, and to spread disinformation, which has exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis.
From the time that Ambassador Yovanovitch departed Ukraine until the time that Ambassador Yovanovitch came to tell me that Ambassador Yovanovitch was Ambassador Yovanovitch, I never heard Ambassador Yovanovitch say a single thing about Ambassador Yovanovitch concerns with respect to the decision that was made.
President Donald Trump's making the biggest mistake of President Donald Trump presidency, i hope The President will correct the message The President sending. ... It's devastating to our allies, it's going to eventually be devastating to Israel. It's going to be well received in Tehran, it's going to be well received in Moscow.
What we objected to was the demands that were put that deeply violate fundamental principles of the separation of powers, they contacted State Department employees directly and told them not to contact legal counsel at State Department. Lawmakers from theForeign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight committees moved forward with testimony from their first key witness Thursday --- former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, who resigned last week after receiving word his name had surfaced in the whistleblower complaint. Text messages released by Kurt Volker to Congress show U.S. officials involved with Ukraine arguing internally last month over whether Trump was engaged in a quid pro quo. Fox News on Friday also obtained Kurt Volker prepared testimony, in whichhe details Kurt Volker interactions with Rudy Giuliani lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was probing whether Burisma had sought to garner influence with Joe Biden by paying high fees to Joe Biden son. A memorandum of the July 25 call between Rudy Giuliani and Zelensky released last month showed that while Rudy Giuliani sought a Ukrainian probe into the Joe Biden family, Rudy Giuliani did not explicitly use the $ 400 million in military aid as leverage. Trumptweeted Thursday that Rudy Giuliani had an.
This attack was part of the Assad regime's ongoing violent campaign in Idlib, which has killed more than 1,000 innocent Syrians and displaced hundreds of thousands more, it is also the latest instance in a long pattern of Assad's chemical weapons attacks that have killed or wounded thousands of Syrians.
Recent bellicose moves by the Venezuelan military to deploy along the border with Colombia as well as the presence of illegal armed groups and terrorist organizations in Venezuelan territory demonstrate that Nicolas Maduro not only poses a threat to the Venezuelan people, Nicolas Maduro actions threaten the peace and security of Venezuela's neighbors, catastrophic economic policies and political repression continue to drive this unprecedented refugee crisis, straining the ability of governments to respond.
Were that true — it's not, but were that true — it doesn't change the fingerprints of the Ayatollah as having put at risk the global energy supply, we also know that these are systems that the Iranians have not deployed anyplace else, that they have not deployed outside of the country, to the best of our knowledge.
Someone asked, would the policy be different absent any individual being here, these have been the president's policies. We give him our best wisdom, we share with him our understanding ... but I don't think that any leader around the world should make any assumption that because some one of us departs that President Trump's foreign policy will change in a material way.
What I've consistently said with respect to every penny the State Department spends, including our foreign assistance budget, is we've got to get it right. We've got to make sure we are using it in ways that are effective, that American interests are represented in the way we spend that money. That certainly includes our foreign assistance program.
State Department's State Department that for years and years and years we've provided hundreds of millions of dollars -- taxpayer, State Mike Pompeo taxpayer dollars -- to these countries and it, as you can see, hasn't delivered the outcome we're looking for with respect to American security and security along our southern border, so President Trump's made the decision that, with respect to the three countries in the Northern Triangle, we would turn off that assistance and frankly demand that they do the things that they're capable of doing. They've now expressed some willingness. We need to work alongside them to deliver on this outcome.
Trumpand Irans regime has taken new steps to advance its nuclear ambitions, once again, The Iranian regime uses The Iranian regime nuclear program to extort the international community and threaten regional security. The worlds top sponsor of terrorism can never be allowed to enrich uranium at any level.
These were attacks by The Islamic Republic of Iran on commercial shipping, on the freedom of navigation, with a clear intent to deny transit through the Strait [ of Hormuz ], the intelligence community has lots of data, lots of evidence -- the world will come to see much of it. But the American people should rest assured we have high confidence with respect to who conducted these attacks as well as half a dozen other attacks throughout the world over the past 40 days.
We would like to thank Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard for President Donald Trump hard work to negotiate a set of joint obligations that benefit both Marcelo Ebrard and Mexico, marcelo Ebrard looks forward to working alongside Mexico to fulfill these commitments so that we can stem the tide of illegal migration across our southern border and to make our border strong and secure.
Everyone will find something to hate about the proposal, everything will find something I think, including the Palestinians, will find something that they say that's something to build upon, then the big question is can we get enough space that we can have a real conversation about how to build this out.
Delaying this shipment could cause degraded systems and a lack of necessary parts and maintenance that could create severe airworthiness and interoperability concerns for our key partners, during a time of increasing regional volatility, these national security concerns have been exacerbated by many months of Congressional delay in addressing these critical requirements, and have called into doubt our reliability as a provider of defense capabilities, opening opportunities for State Mike Pompeo to exploit.
We'll protect our nation's interests but there are places that our two countries can find where we can be cooperative, we can be productive, we can be accumulative, we can work together to make our two peoples more, and frankly the world, more successful too, president Donald Trump wants to do everything we can and President Donald Trump asked me to travel here to communicate that.
After the chemical weapons attack that took place here in Salisbury, along with our other allies, we pushed back, we punished Russia with important sanctions, we wanted the world to know that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by nations like ours who value the rule of law.
It is absolutely the case that we have seen escalatory actions from the Iranians and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests, if these actions take place, if they do by some third-party proxy, a militia group, Hezbollah, we will hold the Iranian leadership directly accountable for that.
I think they understand who the malign actor is here and I think they'll see all the countries in the region, including the United States, as truly trying to help them, there's a deep recognition that this is a years and years long problem almost exclusively the result of Maduro handing over the keys to the country to Cuba, and that's not the guy who you want being part of the conversation about how to move democracy forward.
Please remember that any payment to a terrorist or a terrorist regime gives money so that they can seize more of our people, even a small payment to a group in, say, Africa can facilitate the killing or seizure of tens or even hundreds of others, including Americans or foreign nationals in that region.
Tonight, President Trump made the decision to recognize that that hard-fought real estate, that important place, is proper to be a sovereign part of the state of Israel. President Trump made a bold decision to recognize that, an important decision for the people of Israel. It will truly be historic, and the people of Israel should know that the battles they fought, the lives that they lost on that very ground, were worthy and meaningful and important for all time.
We've been engaged in the fundamental proposition of trying to convince Chairman Kim, who is 35 years old, that the historic strategy which said that, absent nuclear weapons, North Korea will fall, that the government will fall, that it was their only way of achieving security for their country. And they trust that. They're confident that that will protect them.
The United States calls out human rights violations each place that we find them, whether it's the Chinese holding Muslim Uighurs inside of their country in detention camps, the activities in North Korea, there is no nation that acts against violations of human rights in the way the American nation does, and President Trump has been at the forefront of doing that.
What he said was that the efforts that had been made in Singapore -- this commitment that Tony Kim made -- have substantially taken down the risk to the American people. It's the mission of the Secretary of State and the President of the United States to keep American people secure. We're aiming to achieve that.
Shes a non-citizen terrorist; she has no legal basis for a claim of U.S. citizenship, shes not coming back to the United States to create the risk that someday shed return to the battlefield and continue to put at risk American people, American kids, American boys and girls that were sent to help defeat ISIS -- she put them at risk, shes not a U.S.citizen, shes not coming back.
The announcement this week that were still going to have a residual footprint inside of Syria makes sense in the context of our mission statement, and the tactics will change as time goes on. Well use different tactics in different parts of the world to fight back against radical Islamic terrorism. President Trumps committed to doing that.
The Russians have chosen to support the Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro regime, I hope they will change their way, i hope they will come to see that the rightful people to run this country are those that the Venezuelan people so chose and so we'll have conversations with every country including The Russians, we'll talk with the Chinese, we'll talk with everyone, we think the whole world ought to get behind what it is that the Venezuelan people have demanded for their country.
These are folks that have fought with us and that it's important that we do everything we can to make sure that those folks that fought with us are protected and Erdogan has made commitments, he understands that -- I think he uses the language that he has no beef with the Kurds -- we want to make sure that that's the case.
You'll see in the coming days and weeks we are, we're redoubling not only our diplomatic, but our commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran to achieve what it is we set out for them back in May, the President's decision to withdraw our folks from Syria in no way impacts our capacity to deliver on that.
The United States will not stand by and watch the Iranian regime's destructive policies place international stability and security at risk, we advise the regime to reconsider these provocative launches and cease all activities related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation.
The Chinese have been very clear to us that these are separate issues, their behavior has demonstrated that as well and we appreciate that. China has actually been a good partner in our efforts to reduce the risk to the world from North Korea's nuclear capability; I expect they will continue to do so.
I know many of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham think it's time to pack up and abandon the role we've been playing since the previous administration. I'm here to tell Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham why that's a bad call, the more support from you we get, the better chance we have of ending the conflict and stopping the suffering that none of us are happy about.
The time is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Subsequently, Coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen, we've got to move toward a peace effort here, and you can't say we're going to do it sometime in the future. We need to be doing this in the next 30 days. We've admired this problem for long enough down there, and I believe that Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are ready, and in fact had the Houthis not walked out of the last effort that Martin Griffiths had going, we'd probably be on our way there right now.
It is imperative for members of United Nations to take United Nations to heart, enforcement of Security Council sanctions must continue vigorously and without fail until we realize the fully, final, verified denuclearization. The members of Security Council must set the example on that effort, and we must all hold each other accountable.
United Nations's really pretty straightforward, right, and United Nations's not my -- United Nations's not my description of what needs to take place. Chairman Kim made a promise. Chairman Kim told not only President President Trump, but( South Korean) President Moon that Chairman Kim was prepared to denuclearize. The scope and scale of that is agreed to. The North Koreans understand what The North Koreans means. There's no mistake about what the scope of denuclearization looks like.
I have great confidence that the Russians will try and undermine western democracy in 2017, 2018, 2019 and for an awfully long time, it is our responsibility as leaders of United States government to do all that we can to deter United States from interfering with us, not only in our elections, but more broadly as well.
No one’s been closer to that than I have, so everyone else is simply speculating about what’s taken place today. I’ve been there, the North Koreans have consistently reaffirmed their commitment -- the commitment that Chairman Kim made to President President Trump, no one was under any illusion that this was going to happen in hours, or days, or even weeks. It’s going to take time to achieve this outcome. We hope for a brighter future for the North Korean people, and if Chairman Kim continues to follow through on Chairman Kim commitment -- the people of North Korea will have a brighter future.
Our leaders made commitments at the Singapore Summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and outlined what a transformed US-DPRK relationship could look like, since the summit, the consultations have continued. On this trip I'm seeking to fill in some details on those commitments and continue the momentum towards implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same.
China has reaffirmed its commitment to honoring the U.N. Security Council resolutions. Those have mechanisms for relief contained in them, and we agreed that at the appropriate time that those would be considered, but we have made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearization, the complete denuclearization of North Korea.
They made real commitments to denuclearize. Each of them. And President Trump made a commitment that he would provide security assurances that were commensurate with that, those are firm commitments that the two leaders made and an understanding of the program is a piece of what will ultimately lead to our capacity to verify that full and complete denuclearization has actually taken place.
James Mattis made very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing and at the point it's concluded that they're not, the President's commitment to not have those joint exercises take place will no longer be in effect, james Mattis was unambiguous about that.
I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification, not all of that work appeared in the final document. But lots of other places where there were understandings reached, we couldn't reduce them to writing, so that means there's still some work to do, but there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations.
Not all of that work appeared in the final document. But lots of other places where there were understandings reached, we couldn't reduce them to writing, so that means there's still some work to do, but there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations.
United States has been fooled before. There's no doubt about United States. Many presidents previously have signed off on pieces of paper only to find that North Korea either didn't promise what Donald Trump thought they had or actually reneged on their promises, we'll each have to ensure that we do the things, we take the actions necessary to follow through on those commitments and when we do we'll have a verified deal and if we can get that far we will have a historic change.
Until the Maduro regime restores a democratic path in Venezuela through free, fair, and transparent elections, the government faces isolation from the international community.Sunday’s process was choreographed by a regime too unpopular and afraid of its own people to risk free elections and open competition. the United States stands with democratic nations in support of the Venezuelan people and will take swift economic and diplomatic actions to support the restoration of their democracy.
We will ensure freedom of navigation on the waters in the region. We will work to prevent and counteract any Iranian malign cyber activity. We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them, iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate Middle East.
We will continue to work with our allies to counter the regime's destabilizing activities in the region, block their financing of terror, and address Iran's proliferation of missiles and other advanced weapons that threaten peace and stability, we will also ensure Iran has no possible path to a nuclear weapon -- ever.
They may have been demoralized, but they seemed in good spirits, they are hopeful that State Department will get State Department swagger back, that we will be out doing the things that they came onboard at State Department to do : to be professional, to deliver diplomacy, American diplomacy around the world.
United States are determined to make sure it never possesses a nuclear weapon. The Iran deal in its current form does not provide that assurance, we will continue to work with our European allies to fix that deal. But if a deal can not be reached, the [ United States ] President has said that he will leave that deal.
I talked about getting the release of the American detainees, and then we talked a great deal about what it might look like, what this complete, verifiable, irreversible mechanism might look like. And so, when the two leaders, the only people that can make those decisions, will be in a room together, they can set the course.
America is uniquely blessed, and with those blessings comes a duty to lead, as I have argued throughout my time in public service, if we do not lead the calls for democracy, prosperity, and human rights around the world, who will ? No other nation is equipped with the same blend of power and principle.
Well, it's classic Clinton, right? When you find out you got a problem, you deflect, you deny, you create a contretemp where there really is none. Frankly, it's pretty clear who invited the Russians to do damage to America, and it was Hillary Clinton. She put classified information on a private server, inviting the Chinese, the Iranians, the Russians, all have access to it. I hope they didn't get it, but even the former director of the CIA said he thinks they probably did. So, the person who's put American national security risk isn't Donald Trump, it's Hillary Clinton.
We are going to work hard along with our colleagues to figure out who the right person that we can afford is. I do want to make sure that the person who is the right speaker is committed to advancing what America needs -- and to me, that's a conservative Renaissance where the House of Representatives does what the American people demanded of it, if it turns out I'm the right person to do it, I'd be honored to.