Moderator: Good morning, and greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida. I am Lydia Barraza, the Director of the Miami Media Hub and the Spanish-language spokesperson. I would like to welcome all of our callers who have dialed in from the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
I have to correct the minister on one thing. The minister said that Ms. Trump, Ivanka Trump, wanted to leave the hotel and come out and see. I would put it differently: no one would stop her from coming to see you.
9:30 a.m. Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks to the media, in the Press Briefing Room, at the Department of State. Please click here for more information.
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Today, the United States has affirmed its commitment to use all economic and diplomatic tools to promote accountability for the Ortega regime and to support the Nicaraguan people in their quest for freedom.
Washington – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Banco Central de Venezuela, or the Central Bank of Venezuela, pursuant to E.O. 13850, as amended, for operating in the financial sector of the Venezuelan economy.
“When Venezuela is free, and Cuba is free, and Nicaragua is free, this will become the first free hemisphere in all of human history” – President Donald J. Trump
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Laureano Ortega Murillo, the son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, as well as Nicaraguan bank Banco Corporativo SA (BanCorp). Today’s action, taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13851, targets corrupt financial operations and Ortega regime support networks.
Thank you, Mr. President. And welcome, it’s great to have you join us in the Council today.
Mr. President, over the past days, we have seen a dramatic and significant series of events unfold in Sudan. However, the demands of the Sudanese for a representative government have not yet been met, and the situation remains tense.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Welcome. I’m here to announce an important decision regarding the United States policy towards Cuba.
In 1996, Congress passed the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, also known as Libertad. Until Title III of that act, United States citizens who had their property confiscated by the Castro regime were given the right to file suit against those who traffic in such properties.
MODERATOR: Good morning, everybody.
ASSISTANT SECRETARY BREIER: Good morning, everyone.
MODERATOR: Let’s start with Matt.
QUESTION: Thank you. Ms. Secretary, I – even before the announcement just now, the Canadians, the Europeans, and – have come out against this and vowed to protect their companies – European, Canadian companies that could be sued under – with this decision.