Today, the President signed an Executive Order modernizing and expanding sanctions to combat terrorism. This Executive Order – the most significant update of terrorism designation authorities since the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks – enhances the United States’ ability to target and deprive terrorists and their enablers of financial, material, and logistical support worldwide.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced today that the Dominican Republic’s former Consul General to Jamaica, JEREMIAS JIMENEZ CRUZ, and a co-conspirator have been charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and conspiring to launder money. JIMENEZ CRUZ was arrested on September 6 and presented on September 7 before United States Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn. The second defendant has not yet been arrested. The case has been assigned to United States District Judge Kimba M. Wood.
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led a U.S. interagency delegation to participate in the second high-level U.S.-Russia Counterterrorism Dialogue in Vienna, Austria with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for counterterrorism Oleg Vladimirovich Syromolotov.
In the coming days, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will lead a delegation on behalf of the Trump administration to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda regarding one of the most serious global health challenges facing the world right now: the Ebola outbreak in the eastern DRC.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green traveled to The Bahamas on September 8 to oversee the United States' humanitarian operations in The Bahamas in response to Hurricane Dorian, the strongest hurricane ever to hit the country. Administrator Green traveled to Abaco, where he met with members of USAID's Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) working on search and rescue and other humanitarian response operations with Bahamian authorities. Administrator Green also participated in aerial assessments over Abaco and Grand Bahama to survey the damage caused by the devastating storm.
On September 6, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Asunción, Paraguay, with President Mario Abdo Benítez. He was joined by Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump. They discussed our shared interest in efforts to create economic opportunity, combat corruption, and build a strong, self-reliant Paraguay in support of regional national security.
The United States welcomes the news of the release of 35 Ukrainians held by Russia, in exchange for 35 prisoners held by Ukraine.
U.S. and Turkish military forces began joint ground patrols in northeast Syria today for the first time since the establishment of the combined joint operations center (CJOC).
The United States extends its condolences to all those in The Bahamas who have lost loved ones and we stand with the communities affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Miami, Florida September 6-8. While there, he will visit a USAID warehouse, which contains pre-positioned emergency relief supplies.