DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/STATES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Why should the people and taxpayers of America be bailing out poorly run states (like Illinois, as example) and cities, in all cases Democrat run and managed, when most of the other states are not looking for bailout help? I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, […]

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CHINA/HUMAN RIGHTS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday [11-26-19] stopped just short of endorsing legislation that would punish violent crackdowns against pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, a plan that could imperil trade with both the Hong Kong government and China. In wide-ranging remarks at the State Department, Mr. Pompeo took care […]

Read More… from 11/26/2019


AMBASSADOR/EU/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “A diplomat at the US embassy in Ukraine told lawmakers last week he’d ‘never seen anything’ like the call Gordon Sondland placed to President Donald Trump at a restaurant in Kiev, according to a transcript of his deposition released Monday [11-18-19] night. David Holmes, the political adviser at the embassy, said he was […]

Read More… from 11/18/2019


CORRUPTION/REX TILLERSON/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday [11-18-19] that ‘clearly asking for personal favors and using United States assets as collateral is wrong,’ a swipe at President Donald Trump as the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine intensifies. PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff asked Tillerson at an event in Texas what […]

Read More… from 11/18/2019


DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “George P. Kent, a senior State Department official, appeared on Capitol Hill for testimony Wednesday [11-13-19] during public hearings as lawmakers consider whether to impeach President Trump for what Democrats say was an effort to use the power of his office for political gain. Mr. Kent said that efforts to ‘gin up […]

Read More… from 11/13/2019


BRITAIN/LEGAL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The grieving family of the British teenager who was killed in a motorcycle crash involving a US diplomat’s wife has criticized both the US and UK governments for their handling of the incident, accusing the Trump administration of abusing its power. In an interview with CNN’s Hala Gorani, family spokesperson Radd […]

Read More… from 11/11/2019


INVESTIGATIONS/MIKE POMPEO/RUSSIA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “As President Trump’s first C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo was briefed by agency officials on the extensive evidence — including American intercepts of conversations between participants — showing that Russian hackers working for the government of Vladimir V. Putin had interfered in the 2016 American presidential campaign. In May 2017, Mr. Pompeo testified […]

Read More… from 11/4/2019


RUDY GIULIANI/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “John Sullivan, the deputy secretary of state, said on Wednesday [10-30-19] that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was involved in a smear campaign to oust the ambassador to Ukraine, publicly confirming a key part of the saga behind the impeachment inquiry. Jumping into an impeachment fight that so […]

Read More… from 10/30/2019


BRITAIN/LAWSUIT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The family of Harry Dunn, the teenage motorcyclist who was killed in a crash in Britain in August, is suing the Trump administration for ‘lawless misconduct,’ a spokesman for the family said on Tuesday [10-29-19]. Mr. Dunn, 19, died after his motorcycle collided with a car that the police said had been […]

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FOREIGN AID/INVESTIGATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The top U.S. envoy to Ukraine told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday [10-22-19] that President Donald Trump sought to withhold critical military aid to Ukraine and refuse a White House meeting with the country’s president unless he pursued politically motivated investigations into Trump’s rivals. The diplomat, William Taylor, painted a damaging […]

Read More… from 10/22/2019


JOE BIDEN/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “A career State Department official told impeachment investigators this week that he raised concerns with a senior White House official in 2015 about the son of then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. holding a position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. But the warning from George P. Kent, then […]

Read More… from 10/18/2019


INVESTIGATIONS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE : “Michael McKinley told investigators he resigned last week as a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo out of frustration with an increasingly politicized State Department — particularly the way the Trump administration wrestled Ukraine policy away from career diplomats. He warned that efforts to pressure Ukraine ‘to procure negative […]

Read More… from 10/16/2019


DEMS/INVESTIGATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “The State Department’s request went in early March to Marie L. Yovanovitch, a longtime diplomat who had served six presidents: Would she extend her term as ambassador to Ukraine, scheduled to end in August, into 2020? Less than two months later came another departmental communiqué: Get ‘on the next plane’ to Washington. […]

Read More… from 10/11/2019


AMBASSADOR/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UKRAINE: “The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine abandoned diplomatic discretion and accused the Trump administration of recalling her based on false claims and of eviscerating the State Department, an act that may end her career but drew praise for her courage. Three-time ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled from Kiev in […]

Read More… from 10/11/2019


AMBASSADOR/DEMS/EU/IMPEACHMENT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats on Tuesday [10-8-19] issued a subpoena to a central witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump after he bowed to a State Department order to skip a deposition earlier in the day. Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, had been expected to testify Tuesday morning as […]

Read More… from 10/8/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @ByronYork: So State Department inspector general asks for ‘urgent’ briefing on Capitol Hill. Trump and Ukraine! Then admits he’s had ‘u…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 3, 2019 6:37 am […]

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CONGRESS/IMPEACHMENT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The cryptically worded request marked urgent from the State Department’s independent watchdog set Congress on edge. The message, according to Steven A. Linick, the department’s inspector general, was that he needed to meet — and right away — with senior congressional staff members to give them copies of documents related to the […]

Read More… from 10/2/2019


DEMS/E-MAILS/HILLARY CLINTON/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘State Department has stepped up Hillary Clinton Email probe.’ @foxandfriends You mean the 33,000 Emails that she has deleted and acid washed so they can never be found, even though she said that all 33,000 pertained only to her daughter’s wedding, and her Yoga!”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, September 29, 2019 7:30 […]

Read More… from 9/29/2019


AMBASSADOR/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Shortly after being named the U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations in mid-2017, Kurt Volker attended an invitation-only strategy session at the Atlantic Council with a small group of foreign-policy hands. There, he encouraged the people gathered at the downtown D.C. think tank to publicly praise President Donald Trump for his handling […]

Read More… from 9/27/2019


REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump plans to reduce the annual refugee cap to 18,000 in the coming fiscal year, the State Department said Thursday [9-26-19]. The lower ceiling follows a trend under Trump of cutting refugee levels every year. The administration considered dropping the cap to zero, but ultimately opted to keep the program […]

Read More… from 9/26/2019


ISRAEL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday [9-18-19] that Israeli officials ‘played’ President Donald Trump in their conversations with him, warning that a ‘healthy amount of skepticism’ is needed in dealings with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The comments came during a panel discussion at Harvard University in which Tillerson, […]

Read More… from 9/19/2019


NATIONAL SECURITY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor. I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!” –Donald Trump, […]

Read More… from 9/18/2019


EDUCATION/IMMIGRATION/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Cottey College, a women’s college in Nevada, Mo., accepted six students from Ethiopia this year, and officials were disappointed when two of them were denied visas. They were puzzled by the reason: The students, the State Department said, did not have strong enough ties to their home country and might not return. […]

Read More… from 8/28/2019


ARMS-WEAPONS/CHINA/MILITARY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is moving forward with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, American officials said Friday [8-16-19]. The move is certain to further anger China at a time when a long-running trade war between Washington and Beijing has upended relations between the world’s two largest economies and […]

Read More… from 8/16/2019


CHINA/ECONOMY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UK: “Euro zone government bond yields went further into negative territory on Thursday [8-15-19], reflecting concerns of an impending global recession after the U.S. yield curve remained inverted for the second straight trading session. Risk aversion globally among investors also increased after U.S. President Donald Trump appeared on Wednesday [8-14-19] to tie a […]

Read More… from 8/15/2019


CHINA/PROTESTS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump’s top aides are urging him to back Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, but the president isn’t interested, multiple people familiar with the administration’s internal debates say. In recent days, national security adviser John Bolton, China hands at both the National Security Council and the State Department, and several economic advisers have […]

Read More… from 8/14/2019


CHINA/PROTESTS/STATE/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said on Wednesday [8-14-19] that China wants to make a trade deal but it should treat Hong Kong ‘humanely’ first, explicitly tying a trade agreement to a peaceful resolution of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong…A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said earlier on Wednesday that the United States was […]

Read More… from 8/14/2019


DEMS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Democrats and many in the State Department are increasingly exasperated that they have yet to see the results of an investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s political appointees mistreated career staffers. The delayed release of the State Department inspector general’s findings has generated rising suspicion that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is […]

Read More… from 8/9/2019


IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The number of Mexicans refused immigrant visas to the U.S. because they might become dependent on government benefits skyrocketed under President Donald Trump, according to State Department data obtained by POLITICO. Between Oct. 1 and July 29, the State Department denied 5,343 immigrant visa applications for Mexican nationals on the grounds that the […]

Read More… from 8/6/2019


AFGHANISTAN/MILITARY/NATO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WAR: “The Trump administration is in the midst of carrying out a dramatic scaling back of the US embassy in Afghanistan, with the goal of cutting half of the embassy’s personnel by the end of September, according to five sources familiar with the matter. The diplomatic draw down comes as the US is […]

Read More… from 8/1/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: JW 60 Seconds: John Hackett, former Director of IPS, which handles records management at the State Dept, testified that…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 7:15 am […]

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STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: BREAKING: John Hackett, former Director of IPS, which handles records management at the State Dept, testified that he ra…”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:49 am […]

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HUMAN RIGHTS/LGBTQ/MINORITIES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration plans to officially launch a new panel on human rights as early as Monday [7-8-19]— one already under scrutiny from Democrats who fear its stated focus on ‘natural law and natural rights’ could undercut protections for women and LGBTQ people around the world. State Department officials are […]

Read More… from 7/3/2019


HILLARY CLINTON/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Wow! The State Department said it has identified 30 Security Incidents involving current or former employees and their handling of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s Emails. @FoxNews This is really big. Never admitted before. Highly Classified Material. Will the Dems investigate this?”  –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 17, 2019 11:51 pm […]

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IRAN/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman….’ @StateDept @SecPompeo https://t.co/sTIB0p1kCE” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 13, 2019 2:01 pm […]

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ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior State Department official on Wednesday [6-12-19] defended the Trump administration’s use of an emergency declaration to push through arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, telling a hostile House committee that holding back the weapons would have offered an opening to commercial rivals in […]

Read More… from 6/12/2019


ARMS-WEAPONS/DEMS/LOBBYING/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congressional Democrats are examining whether a former arms-industry lobbyist serving as a midlevel State Department official played a role in the Trump administration’s decision last month to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without seeking legislative approval, lawmakers and current and former government officials said. A House committee […]

Read More… from 6/11/2019


BORDER/MEXICO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 7, 2019 7:31 […]

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CONGRESS/GUNS/MIDDLE EAST/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is preparing to circumvent Congress to allow the export to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of billions of dollars of munitions that are now on hold, according to current and former American officials and legislators familiar with the plan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

Read More… from 5/23/2019


CITIZENSHIP/LGBTQ/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Roee and Adiel Kiviti have been married almost six years and live in the United States. They are both American citizens, as is their 2-year-old son, Lev. However, they say their infant daughter, Kessem, has been denied birthright citizenship under a State Department policy that considers her ‘born out of wedlock’ — […]

Read More… from 5/17/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/IRAN/OBAMA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pressed this week to define President Trump’s goals in escalating military and economic pressure on Iran, one of his top foreign policy aides ticked through a familiar list: End the country’s support for terrorism, stop its missile launches and then, most important, keep Iran more than a year away from the […]

Read More… from 5/17/2019


FOREIGN POLICY/INTELLIGENCE/IRAN/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, who chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been briefed by the Trump administration about the escalating tensions with Iran. But Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the chairman of the equally powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, had not as of Thursday [5-16-19] […]

Read More… from 5/16/2019


IRAN/IRAQ/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The State Department on Wednesday [5-15-19] ordered the evacuation of non-emergency staff from the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a move that comes as the U.S. government has alluded to risks of an attack by the Islamic Republic or its proxies in the region. The Wednesday order follows a travel advisory posted on […]

Read More… from 5/15/2019


DEMS/FBI/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘The Democrats have nothing. Just want to distract from this President. The FBI was not doing its job, the State Department was covering things up everyday for Hillary. At the end of the day they’re fearful of what they did, and should be fearful. This is a tough…..” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May […]

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FOEIGN POLICY/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named former Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus, a previous critic of President Donald Trump, as the new State Department spokesperson Wednesday [4-3-19]…Ortagus, a Navy reserve officer, was the anticipated pick for the job and has extensive foreign policy experience. But in 2016, she slammed then-candidate Trump […]

Read More… from 4/3/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Former Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus, the expected pick to become the next State Department spokesperson, repeatedly criticized President Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, a CNN review found. Ortagus publicly lambasted then-candidate Trump over what she called his ‘isolationist foreign policy approach,’ and blasted behavior she qualified as […]

Read More… from 4/2/2019


HUMAN RIGHTS/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A former State Department official turned congressman questioned Mike Pompeo on Kim Jong Un’s culpability for human rights violations, pressing the Secretary of State to answer how such a person could be likeable. Rep. Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, asked […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


BRAZIL/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “In the past month alone, Brazil has called for a regime change in Venezuela. Iraq is inching forward in discussions with the Kurds. Mexico has threatened to not ratify the new NAFTA. Turkey threatened to nullify local election results. Thailand has passed a troubling cybersecurity law that alarms human rights activists. Guess what? At a time of growing global tensions, […]

Read More… from 3/20/2019


HUMAN RIGHTS/MEDIA/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The State Department’s human rights report for 2018 released Wednesday [3-13-19] notes Saudi Arabia’s killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi without mentioning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who US intelligence services believe ordered the premeditated murder. The annual report catalogs violence, repression and cruelty around the world, under a […]

Read More… from 3/13/2019


NORTH KOREA/NUCLEAR/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior State Department official on Thursday [3-7-19] expressed optimism that the denuclearization of North Korea could be achieved during President Donald Trump’s first term, despite the lack of progress during the recent Hanoi summit and expert assertions to the contrary…The official’s statements come in the wake of a failed summit […]

Read More… from 3/7/2019


MELANIA/STATE: “Melania Trump will help present international courage awards to a group of women for the third straight year. The White House says the first lady will participate in the 2019 International Women of Courage Celebration on March 7 at the State Department. She helped present the awards in 2017 and 2018. In a statement […]

Read More… from 3/1/2019


ISIS/MIKE POMPEO/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump said Wednesday [2-20-19] that he had directed the State Department not to allow the return of an Alabama woman who in 2014 joined the Islamic State terrorist group, days after the woman made public pleas to be let back into the U.S..Muthana left Alabama, where she was a student, […]

Read More… from 2/20/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @JudicialWatch: JW released State Dept docs showing the Clinton-linked Podesta Group run by Tony Podesta (the brother of John Podesta wh…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 9, 2019 4:34 pm […]

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STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The State Department broke its silence on Thursday [2-7-19], holding its first public press briefing of 2019. The number of briefings at the agency have plummeted since the Trump administration came into office, plunging from what was a near-daily occurrence in past administrations to a sporadically scheduled event that regular watchers say […]

Read More… from 2/7/2019


ISIS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump praised the US and its allies for progress made in the fight against ISIS in a speech that failed to discuss the diplomatic and policy implications of his sudden decision to pull US troops from Syria. In remarks to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS ministerial at the State […]

Read More… from 2/6/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [1-29-19] congratulated Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the man the U.S. and other Western nations have recognized as that country’s legitimate leader, for ‘his historic assumption of the presidency’ amid ongoing civil unrest opposing the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro…The Trump administration last week recognized Guaidó […]

Read More… from 1/30/2019


STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VENEZUELA: “The Trump administration is warning U.S. citizens not to travel to Venezuela as Washington tries to pressure the regime of Nicolás Maduro to give up power. The State Department has raised its travel advisory for Venezuela to level four, its highest. That places Venezuela in the same category as countries such as […]

Read More… from 1/29/2019


GUNS/LAWSUIT/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Gun violence prevention group Brady Center is suing the Trump administration over its decision to allow blueprints for 3D guns to be uploaded and shared online. In its statement, the organization said it wants the Department of State to show documents explaining why it cleared the distribution of blueprints to create 3D […]

Read More… from 12/20/2018


MIKE POMPEO/REX TILLERSON/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed. He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell. Now it is a whole new ballgame, great […]

Read More… from 12/7/2018


NIKKI HALEY/NOMINATION/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “I am pleased to announce that Heather Nauert, Spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, will be nominated to serve as United Nations Ambassador. I want to congratulate Heather, and thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her great service to our Country!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 7, 2018 11:16 am  […]

Read More… from 12/7/2018


REX TILLERSON/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Nearly nine months after his unceremonious firing by tweet, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is breaking his silence on his time in the Trump administration, venting that he had to repeatedly tell President Donald Trump that what he wanted to do would violate the law. The former ExxonMobil CEO […]

Read More… from 12/7/2018


MEDIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump will name Heather Nauert, a former Fox News anchor and the current State Department spokeswoman, as his next United Nations ambassador, according to two administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Trump may announce Nauert’s appointment as early as Friday [12-7-18]. Trump has picked several other […]

Read More… from 12/6/2018


AMBASSADOR/NOMINATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, officials familiar with the plans said Thursday [12-6-18]. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his […]

Read More… from 12/6/2018


ATTORNEY GENERAL/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/NOMINATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Trump on Friday [12-7-18] said he intended to nominate William P. Barr, who served as attorney general during the first Bush administration from 1991 to 1993, to return as head of the Justice Department…Mr. Trump’s focus on Mr. Barr, who supports a strong vision of executive powers, had […]

Read More… from 12/6/2018


NIKKI HALEY/NOMINATIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE/UN: “President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be his new ambassador to the UN, positioning a relatively inexperienced newcomer in one of the most high-profile positions in US diplomacy, according to an administration official and a second source. The announcement is expected to come […]

Read More… from 12/6/2018


HILLARY CLINTON/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Clinton Foundation donations drop 42% – which shows that they illegally played the power game. They monetized their political influence through the Foundation. ‘During her tenure the State Department was put in the service of the Clinton Foundation.’ Andrew McCarthy” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 25, 2018 3:39 pm […]

Read More… from 11/25/2018


IRAN/IRAQ/SENATE/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is asking the Senate to approve a new ambassador to Iraq as the U.S. ratchets up pressure on neighboring Iran and as some Republicans in Congress call for a stronger response to Tehran’s influence in Baghdad. Trump on Thursday [11-15-18] officially asked the Senate to confirm Matthew Tueller, who […]

Read More… from 11/15/2018


NIKKI HALEY/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump says he’ll announce a candidate for the post of U.N. ambassador this week. Asked about the opening, Trump told reporters Monday [11-5-18] that ‘I will announce before the end of the week.’ Trump departs Washington on Friday [11-9-18] for a trip to Paris. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. […]

Read More… from 11/5/2018


MIKE POMPEO/NGO/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN/WOMEN: “U.S. diplomats may soon be prohibited from using the phrases ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ under a proposal being floated to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, four people familiar with the issue said. The proposal is being pushed by a handful of conservative political appointees at the State […]

Read More… from 10/31/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “President Donald Trump will meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday [10-18-18] as the White House struggles to contain a spiraling crisis over a journalist’s apparent death at a Saudi consulate. Trump stressed Wednesday [10-17-18] that he does not want to abandon Riyadh as it comes under increasing pressure […]

Read More… from 10/18/2018


MEDIA/MIKE POMPEO/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s smiling photo op with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top US diplomat told the royal his future as king depends on his handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder. A source familiar with Pompeo’s Tuesday [10-16-18] meeting […]

Read More… from 10/17/2018


ASIA/MILITARY/NOMINATION/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “U.S. President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Air Force General David Stilwell to be the State Department’s top diplomat for East Asia, a post that has remained unfilled for more than a year despite major challenges in the region. A White House statement on Wednesday [10-17-18] said Trump had announced […]

Read More… from 10/17/2018


SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’ He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 15, […]

Read More… from 10/15/2018


RUSSIA/SAUDI ARABIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump said Thursday [10-11-18] that Saudi Arabia would redirect its spending to U.S. rivals if he cut off arms sales over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, noting to reporters that the journalist is not a U.S. citizen…Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had been living in exile in the United […]

Read More… from 10/11/2018


AFRICA/EDUCATION/MELANIA/STATE: “Melania Trump spent Thursday [10-4-18] in southern Africa promoting the work of a U.S. international development agency whose funding President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third. Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests. Mrs. Trump toured classrooms at Lilongwe’s Chipala Primary School, which gets textbooks and other education assistance from the U.S. […]

Read More… from 10/4/2018


FOREIGN POLICY/MUSLIMS/NATO/RELIGION/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Evangelical Christians came out aggressively for Donald Trump in 2016. As president, Trump has returned the favor, delivering for the Christian right — not just at home, but also overseas. Trump defied international opinion and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The White House rattled relations with NATO ally Turkey by imposing […]

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CHINA/MIKE POMPEO/NORTH KOREA/RUSSIA/SANCTIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned members of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that they must ‘set the example’ by enforcing sanctions on North Korea as China and Russia suggested the council consider easing the tough measures. China and Russia said the council should reward Pyongyang for […]

Read More… from 9/27/2018


HUMAN RIGHTS/MILITARY/MUSLIMS/MYANMAR/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The State Department on Monday [9-24-18] quietly released the results of its investigation into Myanmar’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims, detailing a slew of atrocities but stopping short of calling the crackdown either a ‘genocide’ or ‘crimes against humanity’ — two designations that carry legal ramifications. The department posted its report […]

Read More… from 9/24/2018


DEFENSE/IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It has been strange and unsettling to watch how much effort the Trump team has put into damaging the U.S. government’s own refugee resettlement program, but give them points for effectiveness. On Monday [9-17-18], Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the refugee ceiling for the coming fiscal year will be […]

Read More… from 9/18/2018


IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will admit no more than 30,000 refugees to the U.S. in the coming year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, down from the current cap of 45,000. Pompeo announced the lowered ceiling during a press conference Monday [9-17-18] at the State Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom. Pompeo said […]

Read More… from 9/17/2018


IMMIGRATION/MIKE POMPEO/REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump plans to cap the number of refugees that can be resettled in the United States next year at 30,000, his administration announced on Monday [9-17-18], further cutting an already drastically scaled-back program that offers protection to foreigners fleeing violence and persecution. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, announced the […]

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MILITARY/SOUTH KOREA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six P-8A patrol aircraft to South Korea for an estimated cost of $2.1 billion and 64 Patriot Advanced Capability missiles for $501 million, the US State Department announced Thursday [9-13-18]. If approved by Congress, the aircraft sale will provide an upgrade over […]

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CYBERWAR/MIKE POMPEO/SENATE/STATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A bipartisan group of senators called out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the State Department’s failure to meet federal law on cybersecurity standards, including basic protocols used by major internet companies. The lawmakers sent a letter to Pompeo on Tuesday [9-11-18] citing a General Services Administration report that found the State […]

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MEDIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The unnamed insiders who claim to be working clandestinely to resist Donald Trump are not heroes. As a State Department whistleblower who lost his career to tell the truth about the Iraq war, I am burdened by how the interviewees in Bob Woodward’s new book, ‘Fear,’ and the anonymous writer of that […]

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REFUGEES/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On Jan. 19, 2017, Aden Hassan’s long wait to start a new life ended when he stepped off a plane in Columbus, Ohio, half a world away from the Kenyan refugee camp where he had lived for a decade. Years earlier in Mogadishu, Somalia, Hassan’s father, a community organizer, was shot dead […]

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ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST/PALESTINE/SANCTIONS/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration ordered the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington on Monday [9-10-18] and threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it pursues investigations against the U.S., Israel, or other allies. The moves are likely to harden Palestinian resistance to the U.S. role as a peace broker. […]

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IRAN/MIKE POMPEO/MILITARY/RUSSIA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday [9-3-18] warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to ‘recklessly attack’ Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed…The northern province and surrounding areas are the last major enclave held by insurgents fighting Assad, […]

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IRAN/RUSSIA/STATE/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “US President Donald Trump has warned the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies against ‘recklessly’ attacking rebel-held Idlib province. In a tweet he warned of “a grave humanitarian mistake” in which hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Syrian government forces are said to be preparing a huge offensive […]

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PALESTINE/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday [8-31-18], a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.S. supplies nearly 30 percent of the total budget of the U.N. Relief […]

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