Department of State

  • Health Jan 24

    Coronavirus Concern Triggers New Guidance for Travelers

    The U.S. Department of State has issued new guidance for travelers due to concerns about an outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and U.S. health officials are recommending that people avoid all nonessential travel to the city. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Level 3 travel warning (“avoid nonessential...

  • Attorney Oct 15, 2019

    Trump Policy Puts Migrants in Danger in Mexico, Advocates Say

    Constance Wannamaker wanted to scream and cry at the same time. The Texas immigration attorney had just heard what should have been great news: Her client, a 21-year-old Guatemalan woman, was getting released from the El Paso Processing Center after weeks in detention. But that’s just a sliver of the story.

  • Department of State Jan 2

    As K-9 Deaths Climb Overseas, State Department Halts Sending New Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

    Many K-9s deployed overseas as part of a State Department program intended to help partner countries detect and prevent terror attacks suffer or die from neglect by their foreign handlers, according to a report from the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

  • Donald Trump Dec 2, 2019

    Trump Administration Quietly Releases Lebanon Military Aid

    The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday and...

  • NBC Nov 27, 2019

    How Did Mina Chang Get a State Department Job in the First Place?

    Mina Chang figured out how to work the levers in Dallas and in the nation’s capital, making connections with key figures and cultivating an online image, until her overblown credentials and claims crumbled under scrutiny. Chang resigned last week from a senior State Department post after an NBC News investigation revealed she made misleading claims about her charity work and...

  • Department of State Nov 27, 2019

    US Criticizes China for Abuses Against Minorities Revealed by Leaked Cables

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China, as a number of foreign governments expressed serious concern about the scale of the campaign. Pompeo said the documents underscored “an overwhelming and growing body of evidence” that...

  • Donald Trump Nov 24, 2019

    US Citizen Jailed in Lebanon as Country Deals With Crisis

    In September, Amer Fakhoury closed his New Hampshire restaurant to take his first vacation in years to visit family in his native Lebanon — a country he hadn’t been to for nearly two decades. He hasn’t returned to the United States. Soon after his arrival in Lebanon, the 57-year-old American citizen was detained by authorities and remains jailed there. Doctors...

  • Department of State Nov 23, 2019

    New Documents Show Contacts Between Giuliani and Pompeo

    Newly released documents show Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in contact with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the months before the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was abruptly recalled. The State Department released the documents Friday to the group American Oversight in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. They show that Pompeo talked with Giuliani on...

  • Donald Trump Nov 22, 2019

    Mystery Grows Over Trump Administration Hold on Lebanon Aid

    The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Key Moments From Impeachment Hearings With Gordon Sondland, Laura Cooper

    Here are the key moments from Wednesday’s public impeachment hearings, which included testimony from Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union; Laura Cooper, assistant deputy secretary of defense; and David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs.

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    WATCH: David Hale’s Opening Statement From Impeachment Hearing

    David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, makes his opening statement during an afternoon impeachment hearing on Nov. 20, 2019.

  • Donald Trump Nov 20, 2019

    Ukraine Asked About Aid on Day of Trump Call: Official

    In a blow to GOP defenses of President Donald Trump, a Defense Department official said Wednesday the Ukrainian government asked “what was going on” with U.S. military aid as early as July 25 — the very day that Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate Democrats. Testifying in an evening hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper told lawmakers her...

  • Donald Trump Nov 20, 2019

    Gordan Sondland: Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo Through Giuliani

    Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine at the “express direction” of President Donald Trump and pushed for a political “quid pro quo” with Kyiv because it was what Trump wanted. “Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were...

  • Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Cooper Sheds New Light on Ukrainian Assistance Timeline

    Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testified on Wednesday and revealed a new timeline for when Ukrainian officials began to inquire about previously allocated military aid being withheld.

  • Donald Trump Nov 19, 2019

    Diplomat Says of Trump Ukraine Call: ‘I Remember It Vividly’

    The phone call State Department official David Holmes overheard between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland lasted just two minutes. But it won’t be easily forgotten. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Holmes told Trump impeachment investigators, “someone calling the President from a mobile phone at a restaurant, and then having a conversation of this level of candor, colorful...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    US Angers Palestinians With Reversal on Israeli Settlements

    The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements...

  • 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...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    US Draws Fewer New Foreign Students for 3rd Straight Year

    The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report, but the Trump administration says the drop should be blamed on high tuition costs and not students’ concerns over the nation’s political atmosphere. An annual report from the Institute of International Education found that the number of newly enrolled...

  • Donald Trump Nov 17, 2019

    Iran’s Top Leader Warns ‘Thugs’ as Protests Reach 100 Cities

    Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gasoline prices by 50% after days of widespread protests, calling those who attacked public property during demonstrations “thugs” and signaling that a potential crackdown loomed. The government shut down internet access across the nation of 80 million people to staunch demonstrations that took place in a reported 100...

  • Donald Trump Nov 16, 2019

    Trump Emissary Ties President Closer to Ukraine Pressure

    Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation,” a U.S. official told lawmakers. Burisma is the...

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