The United States applauds the courage, determination, and will of the Venezuelan people who tried to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the October 15 gubernatorial elections.
We condemn the lack of free and fair elections yesterday in Venezuela.
Yesterday, Venezuelans once again attempted to make their voices heard, and dictator Maduro once again tried to silence them through reported voter intimidation, manipulation, and obstruction.
The United States welcomes the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), which begins operations today, October 16. We congratulate Haiti for its progress in achieving greater security and stability and recognize the conclusion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) on October 15.
Today’s election is yet another example of why the Human Rights Council (HRC) lacks credibility and must be reformed in order to be saved. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country infamous for political suppression, violence against women and children, arbitrary arrest and detention, and unlawful killings and disappearances, has been elected to serve on what is supposed to be the world’s preeminent human rights body.
The United States is very concerned by reports of violence around Kirkuk, Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely and call on all parties to coordinate military activities and restore calm.
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Sec. of State Rex Tillerson; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks with John Dickerson of CBS on "Face the Nation" in Washington, DC Sunday October 15, 2017.
JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS: Today on FACE THE NATION: President Trump disavows the Iran nuclear deal and moves to upend the nation's health care system.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, we had had an exchange on the margins of the UN General Assembly meeting, and so I think he had a pretty good sense of where this decision the President would take would likely go.
The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Mogadishu on October 14.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. My fellow Americans: As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon taking office, I've ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran. That review is now complete.
GENERAL MCMASTER: Hi. Good evening, everybody. Secretary Tillerson and I are happy to be with you to discuss President Trump's Iran strategy. And I just wanted to quickly, by way of introduction -- and I know you really want to hear from the Secretary about the strategy itself -- tell you that this was the result of months of an interagency process during which Secretary of State Tillerson took a foundational role to view the problem set associated with Iran through the lens of our vital national security interests.