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Don't let the' grandmother with the scarves' persona fool Jared Kushner. She is a phenomenal and adept politician, she has lasted this long in no small part due to her bureaucratic maneuvering. This isn't just about what she knows about disease, or her experience. This is a shrewd and deft political veteran.
Diplomatic Security and other law enforcement agencies rigorously vet new hires at our missions overseas, and all employees are also subject to ongoing reviews to ensure they are fully complying with their security responsibilities and Department security requirements, when we identify an employee in violation of security directives, we take appropriate action at the appropriate time.
Democratic governance and human rights deteriorated dramatically during the year as the result of a campaign of the Maduro administration to consolidate its power, the most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial killings by security forces, including government sponsored' colectivos' ; torture by security forces ; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions ; widespread arbitrary detentions ; and political prisoners.
Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Alotaibi has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism, designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system.
The ultimate responsibility, of course, rests on the Cabinet official. In this case, it'd be the secretary of state, but we do it in close coordination with DOD. … The only considerations that are factored into the foreign military sales program is the furtherance of foreign policy objectives of the United States of America and not the efforts by external groups to lobby, as you say, or to influence that decision.
The State Department will be denying in full seven email chains, found in 22 documents representing 37 pages, the documents are being upgraded at the request of the Intelligence Community because they contain a category of Top Secret information ... These documents were not marked classified at the time they were sent.
We have worked diligently to come as close to the goal as possible, but with the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule we have not met the goal this month, to narrow that gap, the State Department will make another production of former Secretary Clinton’s email sometime next week.
We are aware of reports that several U.S. citizens are detained in Yemen. Due to privacy considerations, we do not have any further personal details or information to share. The protection of U.S. citizens overseas is one of the Department of State's highest priorities. We strive to assist U.S. citizens detained abroad whenever possible.
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