"We are not here to lecture—we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all."
President Donald J. Trump
To honor Holocaust victims, to preserve the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial and Museum so future generations never forget, and to further efforts to combat contemporary forms of anti-Semitism, the Department of State, working with Congress, intends to contribute an additional $2 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Marie Royce will travel to India from January 28-February 3 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in India.
Moderator: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Media Hub of the Americas in Miami, Florida. I’d like to welcome our participants dialed in from the United States and across the region. This is an on-the-record conference all with Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Today at the Judicial Studies Institute (JSI) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor addressed 24 judges from El Salvador, Mexico, and Panama as part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) training program for the judiciaries of the Western Hemisphere. Justice Sotomayor stressed the importance of their contribution to rule of law in the hemisphere and lauded them for their role in the transformation of Latin American justice.
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we remember the millions of precious souls who perished as a result of the horrific crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime. We also reaffirm our steadfast commitment to confronting the vile poison of anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it arises.
The United States is monitoring with grave concern the situation in northwest Syria where the combined forces of Russia, the Iranian regime, Hizballah, and the Assad regime reportedly are conducting a large-scale assault upon the people of Idlib and western Aleppo provinces.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. Secretary Pompeo expressed his outrage at the continued assaults by Iran’s armed groups against U.S. facilities in Iraq, including yesterday’s rocket attacks against our Embassy, which resulted in one injury.
“…our mission set is twofold: to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and then to make sure that that country, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, can’t inflict harm on Americans. So we do everything we can each day to reduce that risk, all the while trying to deliver on the President’s commitment, which says we want to make sure we’re taking care of Americans. So reducing our risk, reducing the number of American young men and women who are at risk in the Middle East is a twin objective for President Trump.”
Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker will travel to Israel and Oman January 27-30. In Israel, Assistant Secretary Schenker will meet with government officials to discuss bilateral and regional issues, and he will also participate in the Institute for National Security Studies’ annual conference in Tel Aviv.