PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. And, Prime Minister Modi, this has been a very special visit — unforgettable, extraordinary. What can you say? Very, very wonderful to be with you. Thank you very much.
America loves India, America respects India, and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people. President Donald J. Trump
MODERATOR: All right. Think we’re close enough to quorum, so you guys have already had one of these before. So now we have – joining us from our Western Hemisphere portfolio, [Senior State Department Official]. This will be on background, attribution to a senior State Department official. He has some remarks up front and then he’ll take some of your questions, okay?
The United States notes the announcement on February 18, 2020 by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan on the results of the presidential election held September 28, 2019 in favor of President Ashraf Ghani. Concerns have been raised about the election process. We expect these concerns to be handled in accordance with constitutional and legal procedures.
The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China (Luo Dingwen, Baoding Shimaotong Enterprises Services Company Limited, Gaobeidian Kaituo Precise Instrument Co. Ltd , and Wuhan Sanjiang Import and Export Co., Ltd) and Turkey (Eren Carbon Graphite Industrial Trading Company, Ltd) for supporting Iran’s missile program.
On behalf of the American people, I extend our warmest wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year to the people of the Himalayan region and Tibetans throughout the world.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Namaste! Namaste. (Applause.) And hello to India. This is such a great honor. Let me begin by expressing my profound gratitude to an exceptional leader, a great champion of India, a man who works night and day for his country, and a man I am proud to call my true friend: Prime Minister Modi. (Applause.)
Cuban human rights defender Jose Daniel Ferrer has endured more than 100 days of unjust imprisonment and repeatedly has been dragged, chained, beaten, and burned at the hands of the regime, which you represent.
The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Iraq’s new Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, to reaffirm the United States’ enduring commitment to a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq.