Tag Archives: State Department

Pompeo: I’m Here Until Trump Tweets Me Out Of Office

The Hill reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quipped on Monday that he intends to stay in his role until President Trump “tweets” him out of a job. Pompeo was asked at a speaking engagement in Kansas how he liked being secretary of State and how long he planned to stay on the job. “I’m going to be there until …

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VENEZUELA: US To Withdraw All Diplomats As Situation “Deteriorates” With Blackouts And Water Shortages

ABC News reports: The U.S. is withdrawing its remaining diplomatic personnel from the embassy in Venezuela, citing the “deteriorating situation” given days of blackouts, increased water shortages, and the threat of further protests. The decision also comes amid growing concern that American diplomats could become a pawn in the battle with President Nicolas Maduro as the U.S. tries to push …

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US Cancels Awards For Journalist Over Trump Criticism

Foreign Policy reports: Jessikka Aro, a Finnish investigative journalist, has faced down death threats and harassment over her work exposing Russia’s propaganda machine long before the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. In January, the U.S. State Department took notice, telling Aro she would be honored with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award, to be presented in Washington by Secretary of …

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Nikki Haley Tapped For Boeing’s Board Of Directors

CNBC reports: Boeing announced Tuesday the nomination of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for election to the company’s board of directors. Haley served as ambassador to the U.N. under President Donald Trump from January 2017 until December, when she resigned. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to Boeing’s continued success as a cutting …

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Trump Nominates US Ambassador To Canada Kelly Knight Craft To Succeed Nikki Haley As UN Ambassador

From a Fortune report posted earlier today: U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the frontrunner to replace U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who resigned in December. Craft as a UN contender comes after State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert withdrew her name over the weekend as Haley’s successor. A Kentucky native, Craft is backed by …

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Trump Unaware Of Push To Legalize Homosexuality: Says, “I Don’t Know What Report You’re Talking About”

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump drew a blank Wednesday when told about his own administration’s push to legalize homosexuality across the globe. A reporter asked Trump in the Oval Office about “your push to decriminalize homosexuality around the world,” asking, “Are you doing that and why?” Trump said, however, “I don’t know which report you’re talking about. We have …

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Richard Grenell Claims GOP And Christian Groups Back Campaign To Decriminalize Homosexuality Worldwide

NBC News reports: U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell says the Trump administration has strong backing at home from Republicans and even religious conservatives for its push to end laws that criminalize homosexuality in foreign countries, telling NBC News that he’s “wildly supported by both parties.” In an exclusive interview in Berlin, Grenell says he has no concerns that the …

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WH Aides Again Discuss Ivanka As UN Ambassador

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump is considering four people to be his next UN ambassador: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner Dina Powell, the current ambassadors to Canada and Germany, Kelly Craft and Richard Grenell, and John James, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Michigan, according to people familiar with the matter. The people asked not to be identified because …

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State Dept Spox Heather Nauert Withdraws From UN Ambassador Consideration Over Issues With Nanny

The Washington Post reports: President Trump’s pick to be the next United Nations ambassador withdrew from consideration Saturday, the State Department said. The department’s spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, had been tapped to succeed Nikki Haley at the United Nations, but her name was never formally sent to the Senate for confirmation. The withdrawal is related to the employment of a nanny …

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State Department Hires Former Fox News Reporter To Head Counter-Propaganda And Disinformation Agency

CNN reports: A former Fox News reporter is expected to be appointed to lead the State Department agency in charge of efforts to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation, two officials told CNN. Lea Gabrielle is expected to be officially named the special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center as soon as Thursday, the official said. The GEC was …

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State Department Condemns Renewed Attacks On Gays By Chechnya: Russia Must “Investigate These Abuses”

Posted to the State Department’s website: We are deeply disturbed by credible reports out of Chechnya about renewed attacks against individuals perceived to be members of the LGBTI community. Civil society groups report that at least 40 individuals have been illegally detained since December, including two who reportedly died in custody after being tortured. We call on Russia to live …

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State Department Issues Travel Warning For China

Issued today by the State Department: Exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have asserted broad authority to prohibit U.S. citizens from leaving China by using ‘exit bans,’ sometimes keeping U.S. citizens in China for years. China uses exit bans coercively: to compel U.S. …

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State Department Pledges $5 Billion In Aid To Mexico

The Associated Press reports: The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their …

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Trump Taps Former Fox News Host As UN Ambassador

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump has decided to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace departing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, according to three people familiar with the decision, Bloomberg News reports. Nauert, 48, is an unorthodox choice for the UN role given that she had little experience in government or foreign policy before joining the administration in April …

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US Condemns “Escalating Attacks” Against LGBTs By Tanzania Government After Arrests Of Ten Gay Men

Via press release from the State Department: The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the Government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination. We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and …

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State Department Issues Warning For LGBT Americans Living In Tanzania: Review Your Social Media Profiles

The Hill reports: The State Department is warning U.S. citizens in Tanzania of a crackdown against gay people in the East African country. The State Department said in a notice on its website that citizens should “employ sound security practices” and review their “internet footprint and social media profiles.” “Remove or protect images and language that may run afoul of …

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State Department May Ban Terms Like “Sexual Health”

Politico reports: 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 Department and other agencies, including Mari Stull, …

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Another Mar-A-Lago Member To Get Ambassadorship

The Palm Beach Post reports: President Donald Trump is said to be ready to nominate couture handbag designer and Palm Beach resident Lana Marks to become ambassador to South Africa, making her the fourth member of the Mar-a-Lago Club that the president has tapped for an ambassadorship. The potential nomination of yet another Mar-a-Lago member to a top post in …

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20 Democratic Senators Petition Pompeo To Reverse “Cruel” Denial Of Visas To Partners Of LGBT Diplomats

Politico reports: Twenty Democratic senators on Thursday urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reverse course on the “unnecessarily cruel” decision to end an Obama-era policy that granted visas to the same-sex partners of LGBTQ diplomats whose unions are not recognized by their home countries. In July, the U.S. mission to the United Nations informed foreign delegations that beginning Oct. …

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Tony Perkins Celebrates New Anti-LGBT Visa Policy

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: The rainbow didn’t just color the White House — it colored Barack Obama’s entire legacy. For eight years, Americans watched the 44th president’s obsession with LGBT activism eclipse every other urgent issue. And the U.S. State Department was exhibit A. No sooner had Hillary Clinton taken over as secretary than the …

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