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Sep 19 2017 Trump Presidency
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Sep 14 2017 - Burma

We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi in her leadership, but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power sharing in that government that this is unacceptable. This violence must stop; this persecution must stop. It's been characterized by many as ethnic cleansing. That must stop.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Iran

In our view, Iran is clearly in default of the expectations.feedback

Sep 14 2017

Once a solution is ready to go, we are going to put it to work as soon as we can.feedback

Sep 14 2017

Our working groups have also identified areas where we can improve our human resource functions, empower leadership at all levels, improve management support services to reduce redundancies while ensuring you have the tools you need to do your job.feedback

Sep 14 2017

That's why we call it a process redesign.feedback

Sep 14 2017

The most important thing I can do is to enable this organization to be more effective, more efficient and for all of you to take greater satisfaction in what you do day in and day out. Because if I accomplish that, that will go on forever, and you will create the State Department for the future.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Syria conflict

We already see elements of ISIS in the Philippines, as you're aware, gaining a foothold. Some of these fighters have gone to the Philippines from Syria and Iraq. We are in conversations with the Philippine government, with Indonesia, with Malaysia, with Singapore, with Australia, as partners to recognize this threat, try to get ahead of this threat.feedback

Sep 03 2017

I think Americans should sleep well at night. I have no concerns about this particular rhetoric over the last few days.feedback

Aug 31 2017

We want to work with Pakistan in a positive way, but they must change their approach.feedback

Aug 30 2017 - Trump Presidency

I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us.feedback

Aug 30 2017

I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.feedback

Aug 30 2017

We're going to be conditioning our support for Pakistan and our relationship with them on them delivering results in this area.feedback

Aug 28 2017

Today, nearly 70 such positions exist within the State Department, even after many of the underlying policy challenges these positions were created to address have been resolved.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Terrorism

I think he's completely wrong. I think it shows a lack of understanding of the president's broader policy when it comes to protecting Americans at home and abroad from all acts of terrorism.feedback

Aug 27 2017 - Trump Presidency

Those who embrace it poison our public discourse, and they damage the very country that they claim to love.feedback

Aug 23 2017

We hold the Cuban authorities responsible for finding out who is carrying out these health attacks.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Afghanistan

We believe we can turn the tide of what has been a losing battle over the last year-and-a-half or so, and at least stabilize the situation and hopefully start to seeing some battlefield victories on behalf of the Afghan forces.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Taliban

Obviously, we have some leverage that's been discussed in terms of the amount of aid and military assistance we give them.feedback

Aug 22 2017 - Taliban

There's been an erosion in trust because we have witnessed terrorist organizations being given safe haven inside of Pakistan to plan and carry out attacks against U.S. servicemen, U.S. officials, disrupting peace efforts inside of Afghanistan.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

You're born with a clean slate, with your personal integrity. No one can take it from you. Only you can relinquish it. And you express that integrity every day in so many actions that you may not even think about.feedback

Aug 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

Populist Hero' Stephen K Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart.feedback

Aug 18 2017

Racism is evil; it is antithetical to America's values. It's antithetical to the American idea.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We, too, today should seek to bind up the wounds. We must pursue reconciliation, understanding and respect regardless of skin color, ethnicity or religious or political views.feedback

Aug 18 2017

America's best and brightest are not just from the Ivy League, but they're from a lot of other places in the country: Laredo, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Roanoke, Virginia.feedback

Aug 18 2017

The State Department must redouble our efforts to increase diversity at the highest ranks of the department, including at the ambassador level.feedback

Aug 18 2017

Obviously we express our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual and obviously the others who have suffered loss of life, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to their families as they're going to be dealing with a very, very tough few days ahead of them.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We do honor, protect and defend freedom of speech, First Amendment rights. It's what sets us apart from every other government regime in the world, in allowing people a right to expression. These are good things.feedback

Aug 18 2017

This enriches the quality of our work. We know we are a stronger organization when we embrace, incorporate diverse points of view into our work product.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We have a great diversity gap in the State Department. We need a State Department that reflects the American people, reflects who we are.feedback

Aug 18 2017

We need a more deliberate process to cultivate the abundance of minority talent we already have in the State Department.feedback

Aug 18 2017 - North Korea

Our effort is to cause them to want to engage in talks but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion than talks of the past.feedback

Aug 18 2017 - Trump Presidency

And those who embrace it poison our public discourse and they damage the very country that they claim to love. So we condemn racism, bigotry in all its forms. Racism is evil; it is antithetical to America's values. It's antithetical to the American idea.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - Japan

We agreed to bolster our alliance capabilities to deter and respond to North Korea's unacceptable behavior and other challenges to regional security.feedback

Aug 17 2017 - North Korea

Any diplomatic effort in any situation where you have this level of threat that we're confronted with… has to be backed by a strong military consequence if North Korea chooses wrongly.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Daesh

ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and death. ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis , Christians and Shia Muslims in areas it controlled. ISIS is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups, and in some cases against Sunni Muslims, Kurds and other minorities. The protection of these groups – and others who are targets of violent extremism – remains a human-rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Aug 16 2017 - Human Rights

Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Human Rights

The protection of these groups and others subject to violent extremism is a human rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Aug 15 2017 - Slavery

As we make progress in defeating ISIS and denying them their caliphate, their terrorists members have and continue to target multiple religions and ethnic groups for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and even death. I would put our record on religious freedom up against anybody in the world.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

We are replacing the failed policy of 'strategic patience', which expedited the North Korean threat, with a new policy of strategic accountability.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - North Korea

We have other means of communication open to them, to certainly hear from them if they have a desire to want to talk. Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.feedback

Aug 11 2017 - Nuclear weapons

We don't think having a dialogue where the North Koreans come to the table assuming they're going to maintain their nuclear weapons is productive.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - China

I do not believe there is any imminent threat in my own view.feedback

Aug 09 2017

We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - North Korea

I think in fact the pressure is starting to show. I think that's why the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang has gotten louder and more threatening. Whether we've got them backed into a corner or not is difficult to say. But diplomatically you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out. Talks. Talks with the right expectation of what those talks will be about.feedback

Aug 08 2017 - Afghanistan

To just say we're going to keep doing what we've been doing, the president is not willing to accept that, and so he is asking some tough questions.feedback

Aug 08 2017

We want to continue to grow that relationship, even in its ups and downs.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Wiretapping

We're providing them some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that are not like most people have ever had to deal with. I see no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of other human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counternarcotics activities.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

Per NBC's Abigail Williams and Phil Helsel . . The best signal that North Korea could give us that they're prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches. We've not had an extended period of time where they have not taken some type of provocative action by launching ballistic missiles.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

We're not going to give someone a specific number of days or weeks. This is really about the spirit of these talks, and they (North Korea) can demonstrate that they're ready to sit with a spirit of finding a way forward in these talks by no longer conducting these missile tests. So this is not a 'give me 30 days and we're ready to talk': it's not quite that simple.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - Human Rights

I see no conflict – no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter narcotics activities.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - North Korea

I think perhaps the more important element of that is just the message that this sends to North Korea of how unacceptable the entire international community finds what they're doing to be.feedback

Aug 07 2017

We talked about it in the discussion we had with Minister Lavrov yesterday – and trying to help them understand just how serious this incident had been and how seriously it had damaged the relationship between the U.S. and the American people and the Russian people, that this had created serious mistrust between our two countries and that we simply have to find some way to deal with that.feedback

Aug 07 2017 - China

I think the world is also expressing a view to China and Russia that they do have an expectation that you will do everything you possibly can to help North Korea understand the reality of their future as well and bring them to the negotiating table.feedback

Aug 07 2017

The president is asking, I think, some very, very pointed questions.feedback

Aug 07 2017

I think your point is well taken. When do these actually have a practical bite on their revenues?feedback

Aug 06 2017

It is to be expected that we will go through some morale issues early on.feedback

Aug 02 2017

I talk to him just about every day. I see him several times a week. He calls me late at night, on the weekends, when something comes into his head and he wants to talk. He may call me at any moment, at any time.feedback

Aug 02 2017

We have been dealing with a lot. We've accomplished a lot and we continue to progress a lot because there are remarkable, talented professional Foreign Service officers in this building. And every one of them has stepped up and not a one of them has said, I don't want to do that.feedback

Aug 02 2017

I decided that maybe if I start naming people to office when they're eight or nine years old, they'll be of age by the time we can get them through the process.feedback

Aug 02 2017

One way people can look at that is they can take it as a lot of criticism and complaining and moaning. When I look at that information and what they're saying to me, I hear them saying, Help, help, please help us fix this!feedback

Aug 02 2017

We have had individuals who did not want to serve in a certain role, and I said, Fine, find something else for them to do.' I don't want to force anybody into a position they're not committed to. It is to be expected that we will go through some morale issues early on. I hope as the redesign goes forward that people become more engaged.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - Iran

We hope that at some point they will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - Sanctions

Of course it makes our lives more difficult.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - Sanctions

The action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did, neither the President nor I were very happy about that. We were clear that we didn't think it was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that's the decision they made, they made it in a very overwhelming way. I think the president accepts that.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - North Korea

We have reaffirmed our position toward North Korea.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - South China Sea

Can we work together to address this global threat where we have a common objective? And where we have differences – in the South China Sea, and we have some trading differences that need to be addressed – can we work through those differences in a way without it leading to open conflict and find the solutions that are necessary to serve us both?feedback

Aug 01 2017 - North Korea

We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek a collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th Parallel. We are not your enemy ... but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond. And we hope that at some point they will begin to understand that and we would like to sit and have a dialogue with them.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Iran

The conversation on Iran does not begin and end with the JCPOA.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - China

China and Russia bear unique and special responsibility for this growing threat to regional and global stability.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - North Korea

We initiated a sustained, continued and intensified campaign of what I like to call peaceful pressure because the options available to us ... are limited, particularly if we think we are operating under a short period of time.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - China

We felt the appropriate thing to do first was to seek peaceful pressure on the North Korean regime to have them develop a willingness to sit and talk with us and others, but with the understanding that a condition of those talks is that there is no future in which North Korea holds nuclear weapons or the ability to deliver nuclear weapons to anyone in the region, much less to the homeland.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - North Korea

He's told me that. I believe him. If I were China, I would believe him, too, and do something about it. You can stop North Korea, militarily or diplomatically.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Iran

There are a lot of alternative means with which we use the agreement to advance our policies and the relationship with Iran, and that's what the conversation generally is around with the president as well.feedback

Aug 01 2017

I have a lot of open slots.feedback

Aug 01 2017 - Iran

He and I have differences of views on things like JCPOA, and how we should use it.feedback

Jul 25 2017

The situation doesn't seem to be getting any better, and in some respects appears to be getting worse. There's a desperate need for American leadership in the world and that's where the secretary's focusing his attention. I knew what to expect and we had very long-standing disciplined processes and decision-making. Those are not the characteristics of the United States government.feedback

Jul 24 2017 - Egypt

We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Qatar

I hope the four countries will consider as a sign of good faith lifting this land blockade which is really having the most, I think, negative effects on the Qatari people.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Sanctions

When sanctions are imposed, they by their design are going to harm American business.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Qatar

So we are satisfied with the effort they are putting it forward. I think they have also indicated a willingness to sit with the four parties and negotiate and discuss the four demands. They have indicated that the sovereignty and dignity of all five countries most be preserved.feedback

Jul 21 2017 - Qatar

I hope as a sign of good faith they will lift that blockade. That would be a positive development.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Sanctions

We do not support sanctions, generally, because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensibly and that's a very hard thing to do. The U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered these particular sanctions.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Sanctions

To my knowledge, Exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - Iran

Our policy toward Iran is to push back on this hegemony … and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government.feedback

Jul 17 2017

It's largely not a highly disciplined organization, decision-making is fragmented and sometimes people don't want to take decisions; coordination is difficult through the interagency.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - China

Mr. Liu dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and humankind, and to the pursuit of justice and liberty.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - China

Today, I join those in China and around the world in mourning the tragic passing of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving a lengthy prison sentence in China for promoting peaceful democratic reform.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Qatar

The agreement which we both have signed on behalf of our governments represents weeks of intensive discussions between experts and reinvigorates the spirit of the Riyadh summit. The memorandum lays out a series of steps that each country will take in coming months and years to interrupt and disable terror financing flows and intensify counter terrorism activities globally.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Qatar

Together the United States and Qatar will do more to track down funding sources, will do more to collaborate and share information and will do more to keep the region ... safe.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

I take this moment to recognize their courage and honor the victims of the events of July 15, 2016.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

I miss all of you. I miss you as colleagues, I miss you as partners, I miss you as competitors.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

Energy is fundamental to economic growth and prosperity, it's fundamental to lifting people out of poverty the world over. That it requires massive investments over long periods of time and requires enormous risk-taking and risk management. Whenever those elements are present, investors will make the massive investments, they'll take the risk, and they'll persevere through the challenges in order to achieve the objective.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

It's just a fact of geography that Turkey sits at the crossroads of vital energy resources along supply routes and routes to consumers. It was on that day that the Turkish people exercised their rights under the Turkish constitution, defended their place in a prosperous Turkey, and we remember those who were injured or died in that event.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Turkey

On behalf of the United States, let me just say, I hope I am there in 2020.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

It is necessary for Russia to take the first steps to de-escalate the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine. This is necessary for us to make any movement. We do call on Russia to honor its commitments that were made under the Minsk accords and to exercise influence over the separatists in the region that they have complete control over. We want to acknowledge that, (but) we still have more to do. This is all about securing Ukraine's future: making the place attractive for investors, being attractive to their European neighbors.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine has come a long way.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Trump-Putin

You know, the past, I don't know if we will ever come to an agreement, obviously with our Russian counterparts on that. I think the important thing is how do we assure that this doesn't happen again.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Syria conflict

In all candidness, we did not expect an answer other than the one we received. And so I think that was about the way we expected the conversation to go.feedback

Jul 09 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

The election interference really shows how complicated the use of these types of tools are becoming. We have to find a way to begin to address that, and it's not going to be only about Russia, it's going to be about international engagement as well.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - G20

We went another hour after she came to see us, so clearly she failed.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

There was not a lot of re-litigating the past.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

It may be simply an intractable disagreement at this point.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

Just about everything got touched on to one degree or another.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

North Korea went ahead and proceeded with its program.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

China has taken significant action and then, I think, for a lot of different reasons, they paused, and they didn't take additional actions. They've then taken some steps, and paused. … In our own view, I think, there are a lot of explanations for why those pauses occur, but we've remained very closely engaged with China … about the situation in North Korea. … There is a clear understanding between the two of us of our intent.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

The "peaceful pressure campaign … requires calculated increases in pressure, allow the regime to respond to that pressure, and it takes a little time for these things to happen. … It's going to require some level of patience. We're going to follow this all the way to its conclusion.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

That's what we want to talk about. We're not interested in talking about how do we stop where you are today. Stopping where they are is not acceptable to us.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - North Korea

There is a difference in terms of view around tactics and pace, and so we will continue to work with them to see if we can't persuade them to see the urgency we see.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president opened the meeting by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in 2016 election. Putin denied such involvement, as he has done in the past.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Syria conflict

I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

There was so much to talk about. Neither one of them wanted to stop.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

I think the president is rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point.feedback

Jul 07 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Trump Presidency

We began this process with no preconceived notions about the outcome. Our goal is, and always has been, to address challenges to the way our department operates.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Syria conflict

While there are no perfect options for guaranteeing stability, we must explore all possibilities for holding the line against the resurgence of ISIS or other terrorist groups. The United States and Russia certainly have unresolved differences on a number of issues, but we have the potential to appropriately coordinate in Syria in order to produce stability and serve our mutual security interests.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Syria conflict

This cooperation over de-confliction zones process is evidence that our two nations are capable of further progress. The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground ceasefire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance. If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria's political future.feedback

Jul 05 2017

Global action is required to stop a global threat.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - Trump-Putin

The president asked me to begin a re-engagement process with Russia to see if we can first stabilize that relationship so it does not deteriorate further, and then can we identify areas of mutual interest where perhaps we can begin to rebuild some level of trust and some level of confidence that there are areas where we can work together. The president has been clear to me: 'Do not let what's happening over here in the political realm prevent you from the work you need to do in this relationship.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - ICBM

The United States strongly condemns North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world. All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons.feedback

Jun 30 2017

There's never been a guarantee that anyone would have a clear offer or a pathway to Foreign Service.feedback

Jun 28 2017 - Qatar

We hope all the parties will continue to talk to one another in good faith.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Sex

Responsible nations simply cannot allow this to go on. We call on any nation that is hosting workers from North Korea in a forced labor arrangement to send those people home.feedback

Jun 27 2017 - Burma

Regrettably, our challenge is enormous. Human trafficking is becoming more nuanced and more difficult to identify. Much of these activities are going underground, and they're going online.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Egypt

We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal, which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism. Each country involved has something to contribute to that effort. A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Trump Presidency

Frankly, the biggest criticisms really amount to he works for Trump and he doesn't act like Kerry or Clinton. He doesn't like pandering to the media, and he is perplexed by Trump's tweeting. That's pretty vapid stuff.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - Trump Presidency

I'm listening to what my people tell me are the challenges facing them and how we can produce a more efficient, effective State Department and USAID.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - China

The more we bide our time, the sooner we will run out of it.feedback

Jun 23 2017 - China

Countries around the world and in the UN Security Council are joining in this effort, and we hope China will do their part as well.feedback

Jun 22 2017 - Nuclear weapons

We both call for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. And we call on the DPRK to halt its illegal nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missile test, as stipulated in the UN Security Council resolutions.feedback

Jun 22 2017

If our demands is met [sic], we can negotiate in terms of the moratorium of such [programs] as weapons testing.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - United Nations

We reiterated to China that they have a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - Qatar

We understand a list of demands has been prepared and coordinated by the Saudis, Emiratis, Egyptians and Bahrainis. We hope the list of demands will soon be presented to Qatar and will be reasonable and actionable.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - North Korea

We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We've not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

I understand what his objectives are. When I'm not clear on what his objectives are, we talk about it.feedback

Jun 17 2017 - Egypt

We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - Human Rights

We are motivated by the conviction that the more we engage with other nations on issues of security and prosperity, the more we will have opportunities to shape the human rights conditions in those nations.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

We think we have achieved very little in terms of changing the behavior of the regime of Cuba and its treatment of people and it has little incentive to change.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Sanctions

I would hope to allow the diplomatic efforts to attempt to make some progress. If we cannot make some progress, and I have told others in the Senate, I have had conversations with them, I may very well be coming to you and saying the time has come now to do this in order to motivate some movement on their part.feedback

Jun 15 2017

We think it's time to start dealing with a lot of these challenges in a more regional integrated fashion instead of just trying to solve it one country at a time.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - South China Sea

We cannot allow China to use its economic power to buy its way out of other problems, whether it's militarizing islands in the South China Sea or failure to put appropriate pressure on North Korea.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I think it is important that we be given sufficient flexibility to achieve the Minsk objectives. It is very possible that the government of Ukraine and the government of Russia could come to a satisfactory resolution through some structure other than Minsk. My caution is I wouldn't want to have ourselves handcuffed to Minsk if it turns out the parties decide to settle this through another, a different, agreement.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Sanctions

We would ask for the flexibility to turn the heat up when we need to, but also to ensure that we have the ability to maintain a constructive dialogue.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We have asked that they take the action, but President Trump has also been very clear with President Xi that if they either don't want to take the action or they do not take the action, we will act on our own.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - North Korea

Our expectations have been very clear with the Chinese. Their cooperation, I would say, has been notable, but it has been uneven. We continue that dialogue with the Chinese, specifically around their actions that support revenue streams to North Korea, but also taking action against entities inside of China that may be supporting revenue streams as well. We have made it clear to them, and we have provided them a list of entities that we believe they need to take action against.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - China

They have affirmed their policy is a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

We are supportive of the continued economic development, as long as it is done in full compliance with our existing statutes to not provide financial support to the regime. That's the focus of our current policy review.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Trump Presidency

How do we bring that back into compliance with longstanding statutory obligations.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - Sanctions

I certainly agree with the sentiment that has been conveyed by several members from both parties that Russia must be held accountable for its meddling in U.S. elections.feedback

Jun 13 2017

At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Mr. Warmbier is en route to the U.S. where he will be reunited with his family.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - North Korea

At the direction of the President, the Department of State has secured the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea. Mr. Warmbier is en route to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Russia

We have some channels that are open where we're starting to talk. And I think what I wouldn't want to do is close the channels off with something new.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Syria conflict

Our relationship's at an all-time low, and it's been deteriorating further. Our objective is to stabilize that.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Clearly we are engaged with our allies to ensure that they know where our common interests lie. And for our adversaries, we are engaging and will engage. But they have to know that we are engaging from a position of strength.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Qatar

This is the biggest testimony to U.S. failure in the Gulf. (It) gives others the impression the U.S. does not know how to manage the relationship with its allies or is incapable.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Qatar

Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Ramadan

We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Ramadan

We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Qatar

The blockage is hindering U.S. military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Russia

Our relationships with Russia are at a very low point and they've been deteriorating.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Terrorism

And I think every country in the region has their own obligations they need to live up to, and they have their own challenges to live up to that commitment to terminate support for terrorism, extremism, however it manifests itself anywhere in the world. And I would say that's true of all the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries; they have their own work to do in that regard.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Extremism

I think in terms of the president's message in Riyadh, remember, was to motivate all of the Arab and Muslim nations worldwide and the Arab Muslim summit that all nations needed to take action against extremism and take action to also terminate the support, financial support, in any ways that they can.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Qatar

If there's any role that we can play in terms of helping them address those, we think it is important that the GCC remains unified.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Qatar

I think what we're witnessing is a growing list of some irritants in the region that have been there for some time, and obviously they have now bubbled up to a level that some countries have decided they needed to take action in an effort to have those interests addressed. We'd certainly encourage those parties to sit down together and address these differences.feedback

Jun 06 2017

On Paris, I think the President again felt that this just simply wasn't an agreement that served the American people's interests well. And having said that, as he made that decision I think he made clear that he welcomes (the chance) to talk about a subsequent agreement.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Russia

He's been quite clear with me to proceed at whatever pace and in the areas I think we might make progress. I really am not involved in any of these other issues. The president has his own unique ways of communicating with the American people, and the world. And it's served him pretty well, and I don't intend to advise him on how to communicate. That's up to him. That is what has to be done. Only the Muslim faith can handle this.feedback

Jun 05 2017

That's why we're here.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Qatar

I think what we're witnessing is a growing list of irritants in the region that have been there for some time, and obviously they have now bubbled up to level that countries decided they needed to take action in an effort to have those differences addressed.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Qatar

He's not walking away from it. He's simply walking away from what he felt was an agreement that did not serve the American people well.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Daesh

I do not expect that this will have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified – the united – fight against terrorism in the region or globally. All of those parties you mentioned have been quite unified in the fight against terrorism and the fight against Daesh, Isis, and have expressed that most recently in the summit in Riyadh.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Qatar

I think the president's decision to exit the climate accord again was his judgment that that agreement did not serve the American people well.feedback

Jun 02 2017

It was a policy decision and I think it's important that everyone recognize the United States has a terrific record on reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions.feedback

Jun 02 2017

That was done in the absence of the Paris agreement. I don't think we're going to change our effort to reduce our emission in the future, either. So hopefully, people can keep it in perspective.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Palestine

He wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we cannot advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine.feedback

May 31 2017 - Afghanistan

The United States stands with the government and the people of Afghanistan and will continue to support their efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country.feedback

May 31 2017 - China

We want to know, will the United States remain committed to the region?feedback

May 30 2017 - North Korea

I think that, frankly, North Korea is maybe more important than trade. Trade is very important. But massive warfare with millions, potentially millions of people being killed? That, as we would say, trumps trade.feedback

May 28 2017 - Nuclear weapons

All options are on the table. North Korea must understand that the only path to a secure, economically-prosperous future is to abandon its development of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and other weapons of mass destruction.feedback

May 28 2017 - Iran

In terms of whether I'd ever pick the phone up, I've never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation.feedback

May 26 2017 - Ramadan

Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate.feedback

May 26 2017 - Immigration

We take full responsibility for that and we obviously regret that that happened. With respect to the release of information inappropriately ... certainly we condemn that.feedback

May 26 2017 - Trump Presidency

They were encouraging continued participation in the Paris accord. We had a good exchange on the difficulty of balancing climate change, responses to climate change and ensuring that you still have a thriving economy, you still offer people jobs so they can feed their families and have a prosperous economy. That's a difficult balancing act.feedback

May 26 2017 - Snapchat

This special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event.feedback

May 26 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

Of course we support Article 5.feedback

May 25 2017 - NATO

I think you can expect the president to be very tough on them, saying, Look the U.S. is spending 4 percent. We're doing a lot.feedback

May 23 2017 - Manchester bombing 2017

While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.feedback

May 22 2017 - Human Rights

I think the way you address those human rights issues and women's rights issues is to improve the conditions in the region. And today, conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terrorism, the threat that Iran poses to instability in the region. But, you know, the primary reason we're here today is to confront this threat of terrorism.feedback

May 22 2017 - Israel

I think he feels like there's a moment in time here. We have the opportunity to advance the peace discussions between the Israelis and the Palestinians … I think the president has indicated he's willing to put his own personal efforts into this if the Israelis and the Palestinians are ready to be serious about engaging as well.feedback

May 22 2017 - Russia

He's doing better than I am. And he's got a few years on me.feedback

May 22 2017 - Russia

I don't know that there's anything to apologize for. To the extent the Israelis have any questions, or clarification, I'm sure we're happy to provide that.feedback

May 21 2017 - South Korea

The ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing and we ask that they cease that.feedback

May 21 2017 - North Korea

We're early in the stages of applying the economic pressure as well as the diplomatic pressure to the regime in North Korea. Hopefully they will get the message that the path of continuing their nuclear arms program is not a pathway to security or certainly prosperity. The ongoing testing is disappointing, it's disturbing. We ask that they cease that because until they cease that testing, clearly they have not changed their view.feedback

May 21 2017 - Terrorism

What I would hope is that Rouhani now has a new term and that he use that term to begin a process of dismantling Iran's network of terrorism, dismantling its financing of the terrorist network. We also hope that he puts an end to their ballistic missile testing. We also hope that he restores the rights of Iranians.feedback

May 21 2017 - Iran

I'm not going to comment on my expectation. But we hope that if Rouhani wanted to change Iran's relationship with the rest of the world those are the things that he could do.feedback

May 21 2017 - Russia

My takeaway from that conversation was not that point at all. I think, again, the president was simply saying to the Russians these issues at home are not going to get in the way of my effort and the effort of my government to see if we can find a way to move this relationship forward.feedback

May 21 2017 - Trump Presidency

We have to defeat ISIS on the battlefield, but we really have to defeat ISIS in the cyberspace. This is their recruiting tool. This is how they message to lone wolves around the world. And this center is going to concentrate heavily on how to enter that space from the standpoint of experts that live in this part of the world and understand how to message to those who might be influenced by radical messaging.feedback

May 20 2017

One of our policy priorities is to get better deals for the United States.feedback

May 20 2017 - Terrorism

I think there is a great anticipation of the president's trip as to what could be accomplished. The purpose of this trip is really one of conveying a message that America is back in terms of our role as a convener, our role as a facilitator to address the daunting challenges that exist in that part of the world, most particularly the challenge of global terrorism.feedback

May 20 2017 - Iran

If we condition too heavily that others must adopt this value that we've come to over a long history of our own, it really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests. It doesn't mean that we don't advocate for and aspire to freedom, human dignity and the treatment of people the world over. We do. But that doesn't mean that's the case in every situation.feedback

May 19 2017 - Abortion

But we have to remember that this Executive Order came down to make clear that this administration does not want to support or promote the conduct of abortion with our global-health assistance funding. The executive order was very clear in its intent.feedback

May 19 2017 - Terrorism

He strongly believes that it is the strength of the faith of people in these religions that will stand up and ultimately be victorious over these forces of terrorism.feedback

May 19 2017 - Trump Presidency

There is a great sense of expectation and I think a great welcomeness of America returning to the scene. They're ready for re-engagement with America. The people in the rest of the world do not have the time to pay attention to what's happening domestically here. They are more concerned about what they see happening in the relationship with their country and what we are bringing to address these very serious challenges that are affecting all of us.feedback

May 18 2017 - Israel

I paid a military security price every day as the commander of Centcom because the Americans were seen as biased in support of Israel.feedback

May 16 2017 - Russia

During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov6 a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counterterrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed7, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations8.feedback

May 16 2017 - Terrorism

During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov, a broad range of subjects were discussed, among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange, the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.feedback

May 15 2017 - Russia

Russia must now, with great urgency, exercise its great influence over the Syrian regime.feedback

May 15 2017 - Russia

It's in the interest of the American people, it's in the interest of Russia and the rest of the world that we do something to see if we cannot improve the relationship between the two greatest nuclear powers in the world.feedback

May 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

The Russians were playing around in our electoral processes.feedback

May 15 2017

I understand I have to earn his confidence every day.feedback

May 14 2017 - Russia

I think it's important to understand we're not trying to start with a clean slate. I think terms like having 'a reset' are overused. You cannot reset. You cannot erase the past. You cannot start with a clean slate... We're starting with the slate we have.feedback

May 14 2017 - Russia

I think we have such a broad range of important issues that have to be addressed in the U.S.-Russia relationship. Obviously the interference in the election is one of those. I think it's been well documented, it's pretty well understood, the nature of that interference, here and elsewhere. I think we have to look at this relationship in its broadest contours, and there are many, many important areas which require our attention if we are to bring it back to a relationship that we believe is necessary for the security of the U.S.feedback

May 14 2017 - Palestine

The president is being very careful to understand how such a decision would impact the peace process.feedback

May 14 2017

I will never compromise my own values. And so that's my only line. And my values are those of the country.feedback

May 14 2017

I make a distinction between values and policy.feedback

May 12 2017 - Arctic

We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view, and you should know that we are taking the time to understand your concerns. The Arctic Council will continue to be an important platform as we deliberate on these issues.feedback

May 11 2017 - Trump administration

We are appreciative that each of you has an important point of view, and you should know that we are taking the time to understand your concerns. We're not going to rush to make a decision. We're going to work to make the right decision for the United States.feedback

May 11 2017 - Trump Presidency

Was he fired? You're kidding! You're kidding!feedback

May 10 2017 - North Korea

Accounting for 90 percent of North Korean trade, China alone has economic leverage over Pyongyang that is unique.feedback

May 08 2017 - Syria conflict

We shall see. If we can find space for something we feel we can begin to rebuild some level of trust, because today there is almost no trust between us.feedback

May 05 2017

In many respects, the Cold War was a lot easier.feedback

May 05 2017

All I can offer you on the other side of that equation is an opportunity to shape the future way in which we will deliver on mission, and I can almost promise you … that when this is all done, you're going to have a much more satisfying, fulfilling career, because you're going to feel better about what you're doing because of the impact of what you are doing.feedback

May 05 2017

I know change like this is really stressful for a lot of people. There's nothing easy about it, and I don't want to diminish in any way the challenges I know this presents for individuals, it presents to families, it presents to organizations. I'm very well aware of all of that.feedback

May 03 2017 - China

I appreciate the constructive way that China has engaged with the United States.feedback

May 03 2017

In some circumstances, if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can't achieve our national security goals. It really creates obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests. It doesn't mean that we leave those values on the sidelines. It doesn't mean that we don't advocate for and aspire to freedom, human dignity, and the treatment of people the world over.feedback

May 03 2017 - North Korea

We are preparing additional sanctions if it turns out North Korea's actions warrant additional sanctions.feedback

May 03 2017 - Russia

That's what we are hoping that we can begin to build a way where we can learn how to work together. I don't know whether we can or not. I characterized to President Putin our relationship was the lowest since the Cold War. He did not disagree.feedback

May 03 2017 - Russia

Work some small things, can we work one big thing together.feedback

May 03 2017

We just kind of lost track of how we were doing it, and I think things have gotten out of balance.feedback

May 03 2017

I don't want to say we are off to a great start on this. It's in its very early stages and I don't know where it will go.feedback

May 03 2017

We were promoting relations. We were promoting economic activity. We were promoting trade with a lot of these emerging economies, and we just kind of lost track of how we were doing. And as a result, things got a little bit out of balance. We want to take a fresh look at where's this relationship going to be 50 years from now.feedback

May 01 2017

We need your help to identify how you are going about completing the Department of State's mission. My commitment on that first day was to deploy the talent and resources of the State Department in the most efficient way possible. In order to do that, we need your help in identifying processes that we all need improved.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - China

Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences.feedback

Apr 28 2017

We must have full and complete compliance by every country.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - North Korea

It is likely only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland. Indeed, the DPRK (North Korea) has repeatedly claimed it plans to conduct such a strike. Given that rhetoric, the United States cannot idly stand by, nor can other members of this Council who are within striking distance of North Korean missiles.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Sanctions

I urge this council to act before North Korea does. We must work together to adopt a new approach and impose increased diplomatic and economic pressures on the North Korean regime.feedback

Apr 28 2017

The era of strategic patience is over. President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change. We want to see North Korea abandon its reckless path of the development of nuclear weapons, and also its continual use and testing of ballistic missiles is unacceptable.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - North Korea

North Korea must take concrete steps to reduce the threat that its illegal weapons programs pose to the United States and its allies before we can even consider talks. We will not reward their bad behavior with talks.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Conditions must change before there is any scope for talks to resume.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - North Korea

North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - North Korea

All options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table. Diplomatic and financial levers of power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary. In light of the growing threat, the time has come for all of us to put new pressure on North Korea to abandon its dangerous path. I urge this Council to act before North Korea does.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - Sanctions

We must levy new sanctions on DPRK entities and individuals supporting its weapons and missile programs, and tighten those already in place.feedback

Apr 28 2017

The more we bide our time, the sooner we will run out of it. All options for reacting to future provocations must remain on the table.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - North Korea

We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang. They confirmed to us that they had requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test. We do not seek regime change in North Korea. ... What we are seeking is the same thing China has said they seek – a full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. But North Korea has to decide they're ready to talk to us about the about the right agenda, and the right agenda is not simply stopping where they are for a few more months or a few more years and then resuming things. That's been the agenda for the last 20 years.feedback

Apr 27 2017

And indications are in the past that when certain events have happened, he has taken – made rational choices.feedback

Apr 27 2017

Obviously, that will be the way we would like to solve this.feedback

Apr 27 2017

All indications, Bret, by intelligence agencies ... are that he is not crazy. He may be ruthless, he may be a murderer, he may be someone who in many respects we would say, by our standards, is irrational. But he is not insane.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Nuclear weapons

We want to change that calculus of theirs and we have said to them: your pathway to survival and security is to eliminate your nuclear weapons and we and other countries will help you on the way to economic development.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - North Korea

We do not seek a regime change in North Korea. We are not seeking the collapse of the regime.feedback

Apr 25 2017 - Iran

I think this was one of the mistakes in how that agreement was put together, is that it completely ignored all of the other serious threats that Iran poses.feedback

Apr 22 2017

Allies must increase defence spending.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Venezuelan protests 2017

We are concerned that the government of Maduro is violating its own constitution and is not allowing the opposition to have their voices heard, nor allowing them to organize in ways that expresses the views of the Venezuelan people.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - North Korea

We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us, but re-engage with us on a different footing than past talks have been held.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Iran

The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region, and the world. As I indicated at the beginning, the Trump administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy. Once we have finalized our conclusions we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Iran

The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Iran

This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face in North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran. The evidence is clear Iran's provocative actions threaten the U.S., the region and the world.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Iran

The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran. It only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Iran

An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea – and to take the world along with it.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Iran

President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - Iran

Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods.feedback

Apr 17 2017 - Syria conflict

The longer time goes by, it's possible that the case will be made. And there are certain individuals who are working to make that case.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Russia

We discussed our view that Russia, as their closest ally in the conflict, perhaps has the best means of helping Assad recognise this reality.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Russia

I'm not a big media press access person. I personally don't need it. I understand it's important to get the message of what we're doing out, but I also think there's only a purpose in getting the message out when there's something to be done.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Syria conflict

And we expect that Washington will have a constructive reaction.feedback

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