Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas February 1, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Thank you, thank you so much.  And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today.  And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to ...
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On the Expulsion of Cuban Officials from the United States

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC October 3, 2017 On October 3, the Department of State informed the Government of Cuba that it was ordering the departure of 15 of its officials from its embassy in Washington, D.C. The decision was made due to Cuba’s failure to take appropriate steps to ...
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Actions Taken in Response to Attacks on U.S. Government Personnel in Cuba

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 29, 2017 Over the past several months, 21 U.S. Embassy employees have suffered a variety of injuries from attacks of an unknown nature. The affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty ...
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Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla

September 26, 2017 Press Corps colleagues, The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla in Washington, D.C. The conversation was firm and frank and reflected the United States’ profound concern for ...
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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ...
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On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 1, 2017 As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Welcome Remarks to Employees

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. ...
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Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary January 12, 2017 Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which ...
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Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day, 2017

The White House Office of the Press Secretary January 13, 2017 RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2017 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Believing that “Almighty God hath created the mind free,” Thomas Jefferson authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom after our young Nation declared its independence. This idea of religious ...
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President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom   THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 16, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made ...
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Address by President Obama to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations New York, New York Mr. President; Mr. Secretary General; fellow delegates; ladies and gentlemen:  As I address this hall as President for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made these last eight years. From the depths of the greatest financial crisis of our time, we coordinated our response ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba in a Joint Press Conference

My wife, Michelle, and I brought our daughters -- and by the way, they don't always want to go with us; they’re teenagers now. They have friends at home and they have things to do -- but they wanted to come to Cuba because they understood, and we wanted to show them, the beauty of ...
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Remarks by President Obama at an Entrepreneurship and Opportunity Event — Havana, Cuba

Now, I’m not here to give a big speech. I’m going to do that tomorrow. What I really want to do is hear from you and have a conversation about what we can achieve together. But I do want to begin by stepping back and talking about the forces and hopes that bring us together ...
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Remarks by President Obama at U.S. Embassy Meet and Greet — Havana, Cuba

Back in 1928, President Coolidge came on a battleship. It took him three days to get here. It only took me three hours. (Laughter.) For the first time ever, Air Force One has landed in Cuba, and this is our very first stop. So this is a historic visit, and it's a historic opportunity to ...
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Asked and Answered: Sending Direct Mail to Cuba for the First Time in 50 Years

An American president has not traveled to Cuba in almost 90 years. But on March 20, President Obama will become the first president to set foot on the island country that’s only 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The visit is a historic milestone after more than a year of progress from the day in December ...
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Statement by the President on the Anniversary of Cuba Policy Changes

One year ago, I announced that after more than 50 years, America would change its relationship with Cuba and put the interests of the people of both countries before the outdated ways of the past. Since then, we have taken important steps forward to normalize relations between our countries
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Announcement of Cuba Policy Changes

For five and a half decades since, our policy toward Cuba has remained virtually frozen, and done little to promote a prosperous, democratic and stable Cuba. Not only has this policy failed to advance America's goals, it has actually isolated the United States instead of isolating Cuba. Since 2009, President Obama has taken steps
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Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes

In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests, and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people, ...
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