The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on Thursday, July 2 with Senegalese President Macky Sall, who thanked the United States for its contributions towards Senegal’s COVID-19 response.
QUESTION: Now, one of the targets of that smear, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, joins me exclusively now. Mr. Secretary, great to see you. Now, I know you feel that Rice’s remarks show a lack of restraint that our country can’t afford to have back in the White House. Explain all that.
Today, on the 209th anniversary of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, the United States reaffirms our solidarity with the people of Venezuela.
In 1776 on this day, our founding fathers created, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend our enduring support to the people of Venezuela, interim President Juan Guaido, and the democratically elected National Assembly as you commemorate the 209th anniversary of your independence on July 5.
High Commissioner Bachelet’s July 2 report vividly documents the continuing deterioration of human rights in Venezuela under the corrupt leadership of Nicolas Maduro. Despite the High Commissioner’s expressions of serious concern last year, the report makes clear the Maduro regime continues to torture, terrorize, and kill its political opponents.
On July 1, the U.S. Government and representatives of the LNA met virtually for discussions on militia demobilization. Battlefield developments and progress in the UN-facilitated 5+5 talks have created a renewed opportunity and an imperative to address issues related to militias across Libya.
The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance.
SECRETARY POMPEO: I am good. And seeing as we’re now on the Fourth of July, or quickly approaching, I thought I’d lead off with some thoughts on America’s founding principles for us this morning. The United States was the first nation established on the premise that government exists to protect our God-given, unalienable rights. I’ll have more to say about that in just a couple weeks.
Today marks a landmark achievement for the countries of North America to increase manufacturing and investment in our region. On July 1, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into force, fulfilling President Trump’s promise to modernize and update trade agreements.