SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good afternoon. I’d like to start by acknowledging the incident in Barcelona which has the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack.
On behalf of the United States of America, our best wishes to the people of Gabon on the occasion of the Gabonese Republic’s 57th Independence Day. The United States values its partnership with Gabon and will continue to support the Gabonese people in strengthening democracy, human rights, and economic progress.
This is an historic day for the United States. Today, for the first time, we will start negotiating to revise a major free trade agreement. American politicians have been promising to renegotiate NAFTA for years, but today President Trump is going to fulfill those promises.
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:
The Department of State has designated Hizbul Mujahideen—also known as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, also known as HM—as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
We strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso and Mali. Our prayers are with the families of those killed and injured in this senseless violence.
SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report.
VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: Thank you, Chargé Cooney, Minister Faurie, Hector Orlando, elected officials, distinguished leaders in the business community, and honored guests.
The U.S. Congress recently overwhelmingly approved, and President Trump signed into law, new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. These sanctions were in response to Iran’s flagrant support for worldwide terrorism, arms smuggling, provocative and destabilizing missile launches, and gross human rights violations.
President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Emmanuel Macron of France. They discussed the need to confront the increasingly dangerous situation associated with North Korea’s destabilizing and escalatory behavior.