U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers welcome remarks to State Department employees in the main lobby of the Department's Harry S. Truman building on his first day as Secretary of State in Washington, D.C., on February 2, 2017. (State Department photo)

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. And it’s a pleasure to

Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president as Melania Trump holds a bible Trump's mother gave him when he was a boy atop the bible used by President Lincoln at his first inauguration. (© AP Images)

President Trump’s inaugural address

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will

In this photo a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter searches a beach where a father and his young son were swept out to sea. (AP Image)

Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Signing of Agreement on Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue

REMARKS FROM CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES, AMBASSADOR JEFFREY DELAURENTIS Signing of AGREEMENT ON MARITIME AND AERONAUTICAL SEARCH AND RESCUE (As prepared) The United States and Cuba have been working together on search and rescue operations for more than 20 years.  Today we make another advance in strengthening this cooperation between the United States and Cuba in our common effort to save lives. This bilateral

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Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security January 12, 2017 Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals WASHINGTON- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced several changes to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals.  These changes reflect the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and other concrete steps

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Why Americans give thanks over a shared meal

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the U.S. holiday traces its origins to a three-day harvest celebration held in 1621 in what is now Massachusetts. Local Wampanoag Indians taught English settlers how

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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 especially meritorious contributions to the

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Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Cuba Embargo

Remarks at a UN General Assembly Meeting on the Cuba Embargo Share Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 26, 2016 For more than 50 years, the United States had a policy aimed at isolating the government of Cuba. For roughly half of those years, UN Member

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Presidential Policy Directive — United States-Cuba Normalization

SUBJECT: United States-Cuba Normalization I. Introduction On December 17, 2014, I announced that the United States would chart a new course with Cuba, ending an outdated policy that had failed to advance U.S. interests and support reform and a better life for the Cuban people on the island over several decades. Under the new policy, the United States expands and

Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program – Invitation Letters

In August 2016 USCIS issued a series of invitations inviting eligible petitioners to participate in the Cuban Family Reunification Program. If you have questions about this letter, please visit the USCIS website for more information or check our Frequently Asked Questions on the issues. When choosing whether to participate in the program, please weigh your options carefully – information to

A Historic Day in Cuba as First Scheduled Flight from U.S. in Over 50 Years Lands

Today, I was honored to be part of a historic occasion — arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. In addition, I am excited to announce that Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized its selection of eight U.S. airlines to begin

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