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Secretary of State Pompeo’s RNC Speech From Israel Shatters Norms, Spurs Investigation
2020 Elections
Secretary of State Pompeo’s RNC Speech From Israel Shatters Norms, Spurs Investigation

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Tuesday broke tradition, his own recent departmental guidelines and — according to Democrats — campaign law by addressing the Republican National Convention to endorse President Donald Trump during an official visit... Read More

EU Members Protest US Sanctions After Nord Stream Pipeline Threats
Dep. of State
EU Members Protest US Sanctions After Nord Stream Pipeline Threats

BERLIN — Twenty-four European countries lodged a complaint with the U.S. State Department this week over President Donald Trump’s expansive use of sanctions to help influence American foreign policy goals, according to a European diplomat familiar with the communication. The... Read More

Lawmakers Cry Foul Over Firing of State Inspector General
Dep. of State
Lawmakers Cry Foul Over Firing of State Inspector General

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump received criticism from members of his own party Monday for his weekend firing of the State Department’s independent watchdog, with Senate Republicans demanding an explanation for the abrupt ouster of the latest inspector general removed from... Read More

A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
Geopolitics
A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
2020-02-13 16:15:13
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial which resulted, according to the White House press secretary, in his acquittal and his “full vindication and exoneration.”  But... Read More

HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
Health
HHS Stepping Up Traveler Screening In Light of China Virus Woes
2020-01-29 20:43:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The United States will expand screenings of international travelers in response to the outbreak of the potentially deadly new coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. "At this point Americans should not worry for their own... Read More

Pompeo Bars NPR Reporter From His Plane
In The News
Pompeo Bars NPR Reporter From His Plane

WASHINGTON — Following an unusually acrimonious exchange between Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and a senior journalist with National Public Radio, the State Department has barred the broadcaster’s representative from traveling with him as part of a reporting pool... Read More

With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China
Health
With Coronavirus Spreading, US Evacuating Personnel to San Francisco from Wuhan, China

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. State Department announced Sunday that it planned to evacuate personnel stationed in Wuhan, China, to San Francisco because of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials are “making arrangements to relocate its personnel stationed at the U.S. Consulate... Read More

US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations
Political News
US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations

The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean government entities and officials as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to halt people trafficking in those countries, according to... Read More

As Big Cuts In Foreign Aid Loom, State Department Again Endures Resignations And Turmoil
Political News
As Big Cuts In Foreign Aid Loom, State Department Again Endures Resignations And Turmoil

WASHINGTON — Saying he could no longer be “complicit” in the Trump administration, Chuck Park, an eight-year State Department veteran most recently posted to a U.S. consulate in Mexico, last week became the latest American diplomat to publicly and pointedly... Read More

Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
Diplomacy
Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
2019-08-06 20:13:03
by Dan McCue

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, turned in his letter of resignation Monday, telling President Donald Trump that after two years in Moscow, its “time to reconnect with our growing family and responsibilities at home.” “American citizenship is a privilege... Read More

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