Secretary of State

  • Donald Trump Dec 30, 2019

    Pompeo to Visit Ukraine as Senate Weighs Impeachment Trial

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump’s impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a five-nation tour of Europe and Central Asia. Ukraine will be the first stop on the trip, the State Department said...

  • Hillary Clinton Jan 25, 2019

    Someone Intentionally Started Fire at Comet Ping Pong, Fire Officials Say

    A D.C. restaurant that was once at the center of an online conspiracy theory dubbed “pizzagate” was intentionally set on fire, fire officials say.

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2019

    China’s Xi Says Beijing Wants Trade Deal With U.S., Can ‘Fight Back’

    President Xi Jinping said Friday that Beijing wants to work for a trade deal with the United States but is not afraid to “fight back” to protect its own interests. Echoing the upbeat tone adopted by other Chinese officials in recent days, Xi told a visiting U.S. business delegation that China holds a “positive attitude” about the trade talks. “As...

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2019

    Iran Internet Slowly Revives; US Sanctions Telecom Minister

    The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the outage. A week after the gasoline hike, the loosening of the internet shutdown suggests Iran’s government believes it put down the demonstrations...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Hale Defends Work of Marie Yovanovitch

    Under Secretary of State David Hale defended former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, calling her an “exceptional officer doing exceptional work.” He testified that President Donald Trump’s tweets targeting the diplomat were “wrong.”

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Hale Defends Work of Marie Yovanovitch

    Under Secretary of State David Hale defended former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, calling her an “exceptional officer doing exceptional work.” He testified that President Donald Trump’s tweets targeting the diplomat were “wrong.”

  • NBC Nov 18, 2019

    Senior Trump Administration Official Mina Chang Resigns After NBC News Report

    Senior Trump administration official Mina Chang resigned from her job at the State Department two and a half hours after NBC News went to her spokesperson to ask about newly discovered false claims she had made about her charity work. NBC News had previously reported that Chang, the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability...

  • NBC Nov 12, 2019

    Senior Trump Official Embellished Résumé, Had Face on Fake Time Cover

    A senior Trump administration official has embellished her résumé with misleading claims about her professional background — even creating a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it — raising questions about her qualifications to hold a top position at the State Department, according to NBC News. An NBC News investigation found that Mina Chang, the deputy assistant secretary...

  • Department of State Nov 7, 2019

    Memos: US Ambassadors Urged Trump Admin to Keep Temporary Protected Status for Haitian, Central American Immigrants

    U.S. ambassadors from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti sent urgent cables to the White House in the early days of the Trump administration, pleading with them to abandon plans to send hundreds of thousands of migrants back to their home countries. The cables, made public Thursday, expose the divide between career diplomats and a new administration eager to push through...

  • Donald Trump Nov 6, 2019

    In Kentucky, Republican Candidate Seeks Governor Vote Recanvass After Apparent Defeat

    Republican Gov. Matt Bevin asked Wednesday for a recanvass of Kentucky election results that showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear, who discounted the challenge and began preparing to take office. Beshear, the state’s attorney general, said he’s confident in the election outcome, saying any review would show he won the hard-fought campaign....
    With 100% of precincts reporting,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    Trump Approves Plan to Cap Refugees at 18,000 in 2020

    President Donald Trump has signed off on a plan that continues a dramatic drop in the number of refugees taken in by the U.S. to no more than 18,000 in fiscal year 2020. When the State Department first announced the plan in September religious and humanitarian groups sharply criticized the administration.

  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    Trump Approves Plan to Cap Refugees at 18,000 in 2020

    President Donald Trump has signed off on a plan that continues a dramatic drop in the number of refugees taken in by the U.S. to no more than 18,000 in fiscal year 2020. When the State Department first announced the plan in September religious and humanitarian groups sharply criticized the administration.

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    Jeff Sessions Exploring Possible Alabama Senate Run, Sources Say

    Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring the possibility of a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, according to three Republicans with knowledge of the situation. They say Sessions has made telephone calls discussing a potential bid to return to the Senate. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity so they could speak more freely about closely...

  • United States Oct 26, 2019

    US Sanctions Zimbabwean State Security Minister

    The United States has sanctioned Zimbabwe’s state security minister over alleged human rights abuses, just hours after Zimbabwe’s government defiantly marked its first Anti-Sanctions public holiday. State Security Minister Owen Ncube, a close ally of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is banned from entering the United States. The U.S. and others have expressed shock and concern over sometimes deadly crackdowns against...

  • Donald Trump Oct 1, 2019

    Pompeo Was on Trump-Ukraine Call at Center of Impeachment Inquiry

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the July phone call where President Donald Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden and his son, a senior State Department official told NBC News. The July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and a related whistleblower complaint are now at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment...

  • Donald Trump Sep 27, 2019

    Hillary Clinton on Impeachment Inquiry: ‘This Is a Moment of Reckoning’

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers up public comments at Georgetown University following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House of Representatives will begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

  • Donald Trump Sep 10, 2019

    ’His Services Are No Longer Needed’: Trump Fires National Security Adviser John Bolton

    President Donald Trump fired his third national security adviser, John Bolton, with whom he had serious disagreements on Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea and other global challenges. The two men offered opposing account on Bolton’s less than friendly departure. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he told Bolton Monday night “his services are no longer needed at the White House.” He said Bolton...

  • America Aug 8, 2019

    Lawsuit Alleging Bias Against Whites, Men at Harvard University Dismissed

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Harvard Law Review discriminates against whites and men when selecting its student editors and articles. The judge’s Thursday decision says the suit failed to identify anyone who was harmed by Harvard’s policies.

  • Governor Aug 7, 2019

    Puerto Ricans Get Their 3rd Governor in 6 Days

    Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico’s new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island’s Supreme Court declared Pedro Pierluisi’s swearing-in a week ago unconstitutional. Accompanied by her husband, Judge Jorge Díaz, and one of her daughters, Vázquez took the oath of office in the early evening...

  • European Union Aug 7, 2019

    Trump Administration to Seek Britain Trade Deal After Brexit

    The Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after it leaves the European Union, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the country’s new foreign secretary made his first official visit to the United States. Pompeo also thanked the government of new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for agreeing to join a U.S.-led...

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