Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2020

Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2020 Issued on: November 25, 2020 On Thanksgiving Day, we thank God for the abundant blessings in our lives.  As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this season of generosity, hope, and gratitude, we commemorate America’s founding traditions of faith, family, and friendship, and give thanks for the principles of freedom, …

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Presidential Message on Rosh Hashanah, 2020

The First Lady and I wish our Jewish brothers and sisters Shana Tova and hope the millions observing this sacred day in America and around the world have a blessed start to the High Holy Days. As this 10-day period of celebration, devout prayer, reflection, and repentance commences, we are reminded of how important faith, family, and …

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Proclamation on Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, And Constitution Week, 2020

Proclamation on Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, And Constitution Week, 2020 Issued on: September 17, 2020 In the summer of 1787, fifty-five delegates from throughout the fledgling United States gathered at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, intent on erecting a government that would stand the test of time and protect hard‑won freedoms secured during the Revolutionary …

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Abraham Accords: Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, and Constructive Diplomatic and Friendly Relations

The White House Issued on: September 15, 2020 His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to open an era of friendship and cooperation in pursuit of a Middle East region that is stable, secure and prosperous for the benefit of all States and peoples in the region. In this spirit …

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Presidential Proclamation on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Proclamation on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment Issued on: August 18, 2020 On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, securing the right to vote for women and marking a monumental step toward the “more perfect Union” envisioned by our Founders.  This milestone in American history …

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Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the …

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President Trump Signs the Great American Outdoors Act, Preserving and Protecting U.S. National Parks

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 1957, The Great American Outdoors Act Issued on: August 4, 2020 White House, East Room 10:41 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Well, thank you very much. Please. Great honor to have you the White House. And we’re here today to celebrate …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America

Issued on: July 5, 2020 White House, South Lawn Delivered: July 4, 2020 6:50 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Wow. Are you having a good time? (Applause.) Members of Congress, members of my cabinet, and my fellow Americans: The First Lady and I are delighted to welcome you to the second annual Salute to America. (Applause.) …

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President Trump’s Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom

On June 2, President Trump signed an Executive Order advancing International Religious Freedom. The order defines international religious freedom as a moral and national security imperative, further solidifying religious freedom as a foundational principle of American foreign policy. Under the order, the United States will prioritize religious freedom in our foreign aid programs and other …

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Remarks by President Trump at Kennedy Space Center after the NASA Space X Crew Dragon Launch

Remarks by President Trump at Kennedy Space Center after the NASA Space X Crew Dragon Launch May 30, 2020 Kennedy Space Center Moments ago, as we witnessed the launch of two great American astronauts into space, we were filled with the sense of pride and unity that brings us together as Americans.  That same spirit …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day May 8, 2020 Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that …

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President Trump’s Letter to Pope Francis on the Seventh Anniversary of His Election

March 13, 2020 Your Holiness, On behalf of the American people, I am honored to congratulate you upon the seventh anniversary of your election to the Chair of Saint Peter. Since 1984, the United States and the Holy See have worked together to advance peace, freedom, and human dignity around the world.  I look forward …

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Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” and causes the disease …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Issued on: February 19, 2020 In the long record of American heroism in combat, few episodes capture the indomitable will and the stouthearted spirit of the American warrior better than the triumphs on the island of Iwo Jima in early 1945. Seventy-five years …

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President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address February 5, 2019 9:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow Americans: We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential.  As we begin a new Congress, …

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Vice President Pence’s Visit to Rome and Vatican City

Vice President Pence’s Visit to Rome and Vatican City January 28, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence visited Rome and Vatican City on January 24, 2020. Their visit began with a private audience with Pope Francis, further illustrating the importance of America’s enduring diplomatic partnership with the Holy See. In an …

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Proclamation on National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

Proclamation on National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz, 2020 Issued on: January 24, 2020 On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and pay tribute to the American soldiers and other Allied Forces who fought tirelessly …

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Presidential Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020

Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020 Issued on Jan 21 2020 Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value. Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must …

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Presidential Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020

Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020 Issued on: December 31, 2019 Human trafficking erodes personal dignity and destroys the moral fabric of society. It is an affront to humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the world, including communities across our Nation. Each day, in cities, suburbs, rural areas, and tribal …

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FACT SHEET: President Trump is Committed to Protecting Religious Freedom in the United States and Around the World

Published September 23 on WhiteHouse.gov “Each of us has the right to follow the dictates of our conscience and the demands of our religious conviction.” President Donald J. Trump ADVANCING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD: President Donald J. Trump is putting religious freedom on center stage at the United Nations. President Trump is hosting the Global …

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Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2019

Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2019 Issued on: September 10, 2019 On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001. With gratitude, we honor the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day. We …

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Five Takeaways from President Trump at the G-7 Summit

Published August 26, 2019 on WhiteHouse.gov Today, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump return home after attending this year’s G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France. President Trump met with world leaders to strengthen our alliances, secure better trade deals, and—as always—keep the interests of the American people front and center on the global stage. Play 00:59 …

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Remarks by President Trump on the Mass Shootings in Texas and Ohio

Issued on: August 5, 2019 10:08 A.M. EDT Diplomatic Reception Room THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  My fellow Americans, this morning, our nation is overcome with shock, horror, and sorrow.  This weekend, more than 80 people were killed or wounded in two evil attacks. On Saturday morning, in El Paso, Texas, a wicked man went to a …

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President Trump is Promoting a Clean and Healthy Environment for All Americans

FACT SHEET President Donald J. Trump is Promoting a Clean and Healthy Environment for All Americans Issued on: July 8, 2019 LEADER IN ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: President Donald J. Trump is pursuing effective policies to advance environmental protection while promoting economic growth. The United States environmental record is one of the strongest in the world and …

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President Trump is Supporting Women’s Political Empowerment

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security June 11, 2019 Today, President Donald J. Trump released the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security , which focuses both on increasing women’s participation in political, civic, and security endeavors to prevent and resolve conflicts and on creating conditions for long-term peace around the world. The …

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Presidential Message on 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland

Presidential Message in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland Issued on: June 2, 2019 On this day, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II’s historic celebration of the Mass on June 2, 1979, in Warsaw, the opening of a nine-day visit to Poland …

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Presidential Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2019

Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2019 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Whether on the battlefields of Bunker Hill, on the beaches of Normandy, in the jungles of Vietnam, or in the mountains and deserts of the Middle East, brave Americans of every …

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2019

April 30, 2019 JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2019 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world.  Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, …

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Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019

Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019 Issued on: January 31, 2019 In the year 1619, a Dutch trading ship sailed into the Chesapeake Bay and dropped anchor at Point Comfort, Virginia.  The vessel’s arrival marked the beginning of the unscrupulous slave trade in the American colonies.  It was from this immoral origin—and through …

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Presidential Proclamation for Religious Freedom Day 2019

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2019 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.  The right to religious freedom is innate to the dignity of …

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President Donald J. Trump Is Fighting to Eradicate Human Trafficking

FACT SHEETS President Donald J. Trump Is Fighting to Eradicate Human Trafficking   LAW & JUSTICE Issued on: January 9, 2019 “This is an urgent humanitarian issue. My administration is committed to leveraging every resource we have to confront this threat, to support the victims and survivors, and to hold traffickers accountable for their heinous crimes.” Donald J. Trump …

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President Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the President signed into law: H.R. 390, the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018,” which authorizes assistance to entities engaged in aiding individuals and communities in Iraq or Syria who are being, or are likely to be, targeted for genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. …

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Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2018

Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2018 Issued on: November 20, 2018 On Thanksgiving Day, we recall the courageous and inspiring journey of the Pilgrims who, nearly four centuries ago, ventured across the vast ocean to flee religious persecution and establish a home in the New World. They faced illness, harsh conditions, and uncertainty, as they trusted …

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Readout of Vice President Pence’s Call with Cardinal Pietro Parolin

(as posted on whitehouse.gov) Issued on: August 10, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence spoke today with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, to discuss their mutual concern about the on-going political crisis in Nicaragua. Vice President Pence recognized the Catholic Church’s leadership and the Pope’s calls for mediation and the process of …

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“Something I will never forget”: Melania Trump at Vatican Pediatric Hospital

On May 24, First Lady Melania Trump met with Pope Francis, alongside President Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. This private audience followed a half-hour conversation between President Trump and Pope Francis, where the two leaders discussed topics including religious freedom and the promotion of peace. During the private audience, Mrs. Trump, a Catholic, greeted …

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Ivanka Trump Discusses Trafficking in Persons with Vatican Officials

On May 24, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump met with Pope Francis, alongside President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.  This private audience followed a half-hour conversation between President Trump and Pope Francis, where the two leaders discussed topics including religious freedom and the promotion of peace.  Ms. Trump …

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President Trump Visits Vatican and Meets with Pope Francis

On May 24, President Trump visited the Vatican and had a half-hour private audience with Pope Francis.  A White House press release reports that the two leaders discussed how the United States and the Holy See can cooperate to combat terrorism, as well as how “religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions,” particularly …

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Secretary of State Kerry Meets Pope Francis

December 2, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on travel to Vatican City. He met with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning in the Apostolic Palace. Click through our gallery to see more photos of the Secretary’s visit with the Pope. Secretary Kerry will also meet with Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal …

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2016 Trafficking in Persons report released

This week, the U.S. State Department released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons report. The report details the challenges and strategies of combating human trafficking, as well as how well specific countries work to prevent trafficking and modern slavery. “If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is …

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2015 Human Rights Report notes decline in freedoms

Today, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 . The human rights report detailed a decline in “fundamental freedoms” and a weakening of democratic institutions in many countries. Secretary of State John Kerry’s preface to the report can be seen below. The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global …

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Pope Francis visits the United States

From September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States, drawing crowds of thousands and visiting with national leaders and ordinary people alike. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and Ambassador Ken Hackett facilitated many of the Pope’s activities during the trip, including delivering Speaker of the House John Boener’s …

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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at Sant’Egidio’s Conference on Christians in the Middle East

Honorable and esteemed friends, while I cannot be present with you in person, I want to extend my warmest greetings and commend all of you — Sant’Egidio as the organizer and all the participants — for the important work you are doing here. Promoting religious freedom is a priority for President Obama and for me, …

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President Obama and Pope Francis Share a Message of Hope

On the morning of March 27, the Pope’s palace in Vatican City was a slightly different scene. The American flag was waving in the courtyard. The Swiss Guard – the Pope’s bodyguards – stood at attention in ceremonial dress. Dozens of journalists were lined up eager to start clicking as soon as the 13-car motorcade …

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