MR PALLADINO: Thanks. Thank you all for coming today, for joining us for the rollout of the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request for both the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Happy to at the top turn this over to the Deputy Secretary of State, John J. Sullivan, and the USAID Administrator Mark Green for opening comments.
The President’s FY 2020 budget request proposes $40 billion for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. Secretary Pompeo affirmed that the United States stands with the people and government of India in the fight against terrorism.
Today, President Trump released his Budget Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which includes a total of $40 billion for the U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to South Africa and Angola from March 12 to 18, 2019. His visit will focus on promoting U.S. trade and investment, as well as advancing peace and security, including with respect to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, will travel to Brussels, Belgium to attend the Third Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” co-hosted by the European Union and United Nations March 12-14.
Today, President Trump requested $40 billion for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget. This request upholds the President’s commitment to protect our country and put American interests first.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for being here. I want to make some brief remarks about the situation, an update on the situation in Venezuela, an update on U.S. activity related to Venezuela. Over the past few days, Venezuelans have been thrown literally into darkness thanks to a massive electrical blackout.
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Senior Official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Michelle S. Giuda travels to the United Kingdom March 11-12.
Today, the United States sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela. With this action, we are targeting a financial institution involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy.