Travel of Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham to Mali

30 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Dr. J. Peter Pham will travel to Bamako, Mali from September 30 to October 3.  The Special Envoy will meet with the transitional government as well as civil society, religious leaders, and officials from the United Nations, African Union, G5 Sahel and the diplomatic community.  He will urge the transitional government to honor the commitments it has made to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), including holding free and fair elections within 18 months.   He will also encourage efforts to combat corruption, address human rights concerns, reform electoral processes, and implement the 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

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Joint Statement on the Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP)

30 Sep

Office of the Spokesperson

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan on the occasion of the Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP).

Begin Text:

Japan and the United States reaffirmed their joint commitment to maintaining open and competitive energy markets and strengthening energy security in the Indo-Pacific region at a virtual Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP) meeting on September 24 (EST)/25 (JST), 2020.  Both sides praised this year’s JUSEP achievements and recognized the importance of ongoing bilateral energy cooperation with an emphasis on LNG and emerging energy technology.  In addition, while working to mitigate the global effects of COVID-19, each country highlighted the progress of U.S.-Japan joint projects and discussed the importance of continued commercial engagement. The two governments also reviewed progress under the Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP) to strengthen Mekong power sectors, detailed in the Japan-U.S. Joint Ministerial Statement on JUMPP released on September 8, 2020 and Mekong-U.S. Partnership Joint Ministerial Statement released on the occasion of the First Mekong-U.S. Partnership Ministerial Meeting on September 11, 2020. Looking to the future, the United States and Japan discussed plans to hold a public-private event in the Indo-Pacific region in the coming months, and to further develop JUSEP to include a wider range of energy technology.

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Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response On Full Display At Last Night’s Debate

30 Sep

Trump’s failed coronavirus response was on full display last night as he downplayed the virus, dismissed experts, politicized the vaccine approval process, and defended his rallies that put more Americans at risk. Trump failed to respond to the pandemic and he continues to fail to lead or even make a plan to contain the virus. As Biden said to Trump, “It is what it is because you are who you are.”

Trump continues to ignore the experts and puts his ego ahead of public health by holding rallies in dangerous coronavirus “red zones.”

USA Today: “Asked why he continues to hold large rallies against the advice of his own health experts, Trump responded: ‘Because people want to hear what I have to say.’”

Washington Post: “President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call for increasing social distancing in the state ‘to the maximal degree possible.’ The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus ‘red zones,’ the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post.”

Trump continues to downplay the importance of wearing masks and has fallen far short of his goal to supply enough masks in time for flu season.

The Hill: “President Trump on Tuesday downplayed the importance of wearing masks, saying the administration’s top scientists have changed their minds about it.”

Yahoo News: “The Trump administration is falling far short of its goal of having 300 million N95 respirators available in time for the flu season, according to internal documents reviewed by Yahoo News.”

Trump continues to politicize the vaccine approval process and undermines the credibility of the FDA, which they need to ensure public trust.

STAT: “Trump’s debate highlights his hunger for a rushed, election-eve vaccine approval”

Washington Post: “7 former FDA commissioners: The Trump administration is undermining the credibility of the FDA”

Trump continues to downplay the threat of coronavirus to young people and children as more evidence comes out that they can spread the virus.

TRUMP: “Now we’ve found that elderly people with heart problems and diabetes and different problems are very, very vulnerable. We learned a lot. Young children aren’t, even younger people aren’t.”

NPR: “When Young People Get COVID-19, Infections Soon Rise Among Older Adults”

Associated Press: “COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen”

ABC News: “Evidence is mounting that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, according to two studies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association published a study on Tuesday that showed that the number of children infected with COVID-19 rose sharply from April to September.”

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Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response On Full Display At Last Night’s Debate

30 Sep

Trump’s failed coronavirus response was on full display last night as he downplayed the virus, dismissed experts, politicized the vaccine approval process, and defended his rallies that put more Americans at risk. Trump failed to respond to the pandemic and he continues to fail to lead or even make a plan to contain the virus. As Biden said to Trump, “It is what it is because you are who you are.”

Trump continues to ignore the experts and puts his ego ahead of public health by holding rallies in dangerous coronavirus “red zones.”

USA Today: “Asked why he continues to hold large rallies against the advice of his own health experts, Trump responded: ‘Because people want to hear what I have to say.’”

Washington Post: “President Trump has scheduled large campaign rallies this weekend in Wisconsin despite recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force that call for increasing social distancing in the state ‘to the maximal degree possible.’ The task force has further flagged La Crosse and Green Bay, the metropolitan areas where Trump plans to gather thousands of supporters Saturday, as coronavirus ‘red zones,’ the highest level of concern for community spread of the virus, according to a report from the group released Sunday and obtained by The Washington Post.”

Trump continues to downplay the importance of wearing masks and has fallen far short of his goal to supply enough masks in time for flu season.

The Hill: “President Trump on Tuesday downplayed the importance of wearing masks, saying the administration’s top scientists have changed their minds about it.”

Yahoo News: “The Trump administration is falling far short of its goal of having 300 million N95 respirators available in time for the flu season, according to internal documents reviewed by Yahoo News.”

Trump continues to politicize the vaccine approval process and undermines the credibility of the FDA, which they need to ensure public trust.

STAT: “Trump’s debate highlights his hunger for a rushed, election-eve vaccine approval”

Washington Post: “7 former FDA commissioners: The Trump administration is undermining the credibility of the FDA”

Trump continues to downplay the threat of coronavirus to young people and children as more evidence comes out that they can spread the virus.

TRUMP: “Now we’ve found that elderly people with heart problems and diabetes and different problems are very, very vulnerable. We learned a lot. Young children aren’t, even younger people aren’t.”

NPR: “When Young People Get COVID-19, Infections Soon Rise Among Older Adults”

Associated Press: “COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen”

ABC News: “Evidence is mounting that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, according to two studies. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association published a study on Tuesday that showed that the number of children infected with COVID-19 rose sharply from April to September.”

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What They’re Reading: Trump’s “Shameful” Debate Performance Called Out In The Battlegrounds, Press

30 Sep

Argumentative,” “shameful,” “a reason to vote for Joe Biden” — that’s what voters in the battlegrounds are reading in their local news outlets about Trump’s disastrous debate performance. See for yourself:

In Arizona: 

Arizona Republic: “‘Joe Biden met the bar,’ said Kirk Adams, a Republican and former chief of staff to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey … ‘If you’re looking for a reason to vote for Joe Biden, or if you’re looking for a reason to not vote for Donald Trump, you might have gotten it tonight.’”

In Georgia:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “[University of Georgia Communication Professor Edward Panetta]: “Trump did little to address the concerns of white, college-educated women in the suburbs who are concerned about the president’s behavior. These are the voters who left the Republican Party in the 2018 election cycle.”

In Nevada:

KTNV: “One issue in particular struck a chord with viewers from both parties … ‘200 thousand deaths. That’s a lot,’ said [local resident Ben] Barteau.”

In Michigan:

Detroit Free Press: “Ronda Clements, 60, of West Bloomfield, an undecided voter and retired worker for the state: ‘President Trump … had no direct answers to any of the questions. He was argumentative toward the moderator and Vice President Biden and did not allow the debate to be conducted correctly … President Trump did not allow the public to hear (the answers). (He) focused on what others have done and not what he plans to do if he wins the election.’”

WXYZ: Metro Detroit voters react to first 2020 presidential debate: ‘I found it very painful to watch.’ “‘I just felt like he was kind of a bully, Trump. And just bulldozed over everybody, the moderator and Joe Biden,’ [said Florencia Solis of Oak Park]. ‘Maybe they should start turning off the microphone off who’s not supposed to be talking to allow the other person to talk.”

In New Hampshire:

WMUR: “‘Donald Trump made a mockery of this. It was shameful.’”

Boston Globe: Editorial Board: It wasn’t a debate. It was a national embarrassment. “Much like the Trump presidency, it was a national embarrassment. It was an embarrassment before Trump again refused to condemn white supremacists, a travesty before a frustrated Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, addressed Trump and spoke for a weary nation: ‘Will you shut up, man?’ Biden, the former vice president, did what he could. But this was no place for civility, rules of order, detailed policy discussions or, as Pelosi predicted, truth or facts — not with Trump at the other podium.”

In Ohio:

Cleveland.com: “Trump, seeking to lift what appear to be waning re-election prospects, was looking for a boost, with advisers saying beforehand he was taking debate prep seriously. Instead, the public was greeted by Trump largely reverting to his normal routine – interrupting, name calling and outright ignoring the topics at hand. In fact, the debate got so bad, Wallace was forced to give Trump a stern talking-to.”

In Pennsylvania: 

Penn Live: “Matt Flinchbaugh is a big Donald Trump supporter. But he didn’t have big praise for the president’s performance during his debate against Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday night … Asked what Trump had done to help his case in a close election, Flinchbaugh, 42, said ‘absolutely nothing.’”

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: “His partisans may celebrate it, but the pure fact of the matter is that Trump was revealed for what he is: a thug with a paper-thin ego, who is so afraid of losing, that he tried to bluster through the paucity of his achievements, to downplay the unfathomable tragedy of the pandemic, and to take a sledgehammer to the underpinnings of our electoral system. Biden, generally, kept his cool. But, speaking for all of us, at one point, he snapped ‘Will you shut up, man?’”

In Texas:

San Antonio Express-News: “If Trump’s goal was to create havoc and get his most rabid loyalists howling in glee, he succeeded. If he wanted to persuade anyone that the next four years under his leadership will be calmer and more hopeful, he failed miserably.”

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What They’re Reading: Trump’s “Shameful” Debate Performance Called Out In The Battlegrounds, Press

30 Sep

Argumentative,” “shameful,” “a reason to vote for Joe Biden” — that’s what voters in the battlegrounds are reading in their local news outlets about Trump’s disastrous debate performance. See for yourself:

In Arizona: 

Arizona Republic: “‘Joe Biden met the bar,’ said Kirk Adams, a Republican and former chief of staff to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey … ‘If you’re looking for a reason to vote for Joe Biden, or if you’re looking for a reason to not vote for Donald Trump, you might have gotten it tonight.’”

In Georgia:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “[University of Georgia Communication Professor Edward Panetta]: “Trump did little to address the concerns of white, college-educated women in the suburbs who are concerned about the president’s behavior. These are the voters who left the Republican Party in the 2018 election cycle.”

In Nevada:

KTNV: “One issue in particular struck a chord with viewers from both parties … ‘200 thousand deaths. That’s a lot,’ said [local resident Ben] Barteau.”

In Michigan:

Detroit Free Press: “Ronda Clements, 60, of West Bloomfield, an undecided voter and retired worker for the state: ‘President Trump … had no direct answers to any of the questions. He was argumentative toward the moderator and Vice President Biden and did not allow the debate to be conducted correctly … President Trump did not allow the public to hear (the answers). (He) focused on what others have done and not what he plans to do if he wins the election.’”

WXYZ: Metro Detroit voters react to first 2020 presidential debate: ‘I found it very painful to watch.’ “‘I just felt like he was kind of a bully, Trump. And just bulldozed over everybody, the moderator and Joe Biden,’ [said Florencia Solis of Oak Park]. ‘Maybe they should start turning off the microphone off who’s not supposed to be talking to allow the other person to talk.”

In New Hampshire:

WMUR: “‘Donald Trump made a mockery of this. It was shameful.’”

Boston Globe: Editorial Board: It wasn’t a debate. It was a national embarrassment. “Much like the Trump presidency, it was a national embarrassment. It was an embarrassment before Trump again refused to condemn white supremacists, a travesty before a frustrated Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, addressed Trump and spoke for a weary nation: ‘Will you shut up, man?’ Biden, the former vice president, did what he could. But this was no place for civility, rules of order, detailed policy discussions or, as Pelosi predicted, truth or facts — not with Trump at the other podium.”

In Ohio:

Cleveland.com: “Trump, seeking to lift what appear to be waning re-election prospects, was looking for a boost, with advisers saying beforehand he was taking debate prep seriously. Instead, the public was greeted by Trump largely reverting to his normal routine – interrupting, name calling and outright ignoring the topics at hand. In fact, the debate got so bad, Wallace was forced to give Trump a stern talking-to.”

In Pennsylvania: 

Penn Live: “Matt Flinchbaugh is a big Donald Trump supporter. But he didn’t have big praise for the president’s performance during his debate against Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Tuesday night … Asked what Trump had done to help his case in a close election, Flinchbaugh, 42, said ‘absolutely nothing.’”

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: “His partisans may celebrate it, but the pure fact of the matter is that Trump was revealed for what he is: a thug with a paper-thin ego, who is so afraid of losing, that he tried to bluster through the paucity of his achievements, to downplay the unfathomable tragedy of the pandemic, and to take a sledgehammer to the underpinnings of our electoral system. Biden, generally, kept his cool. But, speaking for all of us, at one point, he snapped ‘Will you shut up, man?’”

In Texas:

San Antonio Express-News: “If Trump’s goal was to create havoc and get his most rabid loyalists howling in glee, he succeeded. If he wanted to persuade anyone that the next four years under his leadership will be calmer and more hopeful, he failed miserably.”

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