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Statement on Hoda Muthana

Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.

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Secretary Nielsen Announces Historic Steps with Northern Triangle Security Ministers to Confront Irregular Migration, Caravans

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met Northern Triangle security ministers in San Salvador, El Salvador to discuss the development of a “regional compact” and action plan aimed at addressing the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis of irregular migration and the formation of migrant caravans.

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Joint Statement on Escalating Conflict in South Sudan

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) are alarmed about the escalating conflict around Yei, which represents a flagrant breach of the December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement. These military actions, and the trading of blame, must stop.

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Excerpts of the Department Press Briefing – February 19, 2019

QUESTION: One more follow-up. Another American, an ISIS fighter from Alabama named Hoda Muthana, is being held in a Kurdish detention camps and is being asked to return to the United States to face justice. CBP has referred to State. I wonder if you have any comment on that.

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Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Carr Travels to Jerusalem

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr will travel to Jerusalem February 20-21.

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Remarks By President Trump To The Venezuelan American Community

MRS. TRUMP: Thank you. (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here today in the beautiful city of Miami. (Applause.) The President and I are honored to stand with all of you as we together support the people -- great people -- of Venezuela. (Applause.) I'm proud to be here with you in the United States of America as your First Lady. (Applause.) Many of you in the room know what it feels like to be blessed with freedom after living under the oppression of socialism and communism. (Applause.) In Venezuela, the people are on the brink of reclaiming their own liberty.

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Freedom of Movement for Internally Displaced Persons in Rukban

The United States applauds the recent success of the United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) humanitarian convoy which brought life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people at the Rukban informal camp in south-eastern Syria.

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On Heather Nauert’s Consideration for the Nomination for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Today Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration for the nomination of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The President will make an announcement with respect to a nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations soon.


Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎

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U.S. Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

The United States remains steadfast in its support of Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido, the transitional government, and the Venezuelan people. We will continue to use the full weight of U.S. economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy.

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