U.S. Sanctions Moron Brothers for their Role in Regime Corruption

23 Jul

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

The United States is sanctioning brothers Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez for their sustained support of corruption by the illegitimate Maduro regime.  By enabling an illicit gold scheme and other blatant public corruption, these two men have turned a blind eye to the suffering of the people of Venezuela who are the victims of their corrupt enterprise.

With this latest Treasury Department action, the U.S. reaffirms its commitment to promoting accountability for all those who facilitate corruption inside Venezuela.  We will continue to hold accountable those who perpetuate the suffering in Venezuela in the interest of lining the pockets of Maduro, his cronies, and themselves.

 

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The Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia

23 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

In a display of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador to Windhoek Lisa A. Johnson, Deputy Foreign Minister, Honorable Jenelly Matundu, and Mayor of Windhoek, Her Worship Fransina Kahungu, broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy campus in Windhoek, Namibia.

The new U.S. Embassy will provide a state-of-the-art, modern, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in Namibia.  Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill of San Francisco, California is the design architect for the project and B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, is the construction contractor.  The project is expected to be completed in 2023.

The United States plans to invest more than $17 million in the local economy as part of the construction contract and to employ more than 2,000 Namibians to complete the project.

These workers will learn leading industry technical skills and safety awareness that will help provide lasting skills that will benefit the workers and Namibia’s construction industry.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 162 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 51 projects in design or under construction.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support the Department’s achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.  These facilities represent American values and the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov or visit www.state.gov/obo.

 

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On the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Steering Group’s Joint Statement

23 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

Today all members of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Steering Group released a joint statement. The United States remains firmly committed to achieving a world that is safer and more secure from infectious disease threats. The United States is proud to join this multisectoral and multi-stakeholder effort to achieve sustainable and measurable results toward GHSA 2024 targets for building and maintaining health security capacities.

Launched in 2014, the GHSA is a multilateral initiative of nearly 70 countries, international organizations, civil society, and private sector partners working together to keep the world safe from infectious disease threats. The GHSA brings together a range of sectors, including foreign affairs, health, agriculture, finance, and defense to build countries’ capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental.

For more information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov.

 

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DNC on Trump Canceling Jacksonville Convention

23 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Donald Trump canceled the RNC Convention in Jacksonville, Florida:

“From the very beginning of this pandemic, Democrats have put the health and safety of the American people first. Unlike Trump, we followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and worked through plans to protect lives. That’s how we made the decision to hold a responsible convention that will bring our country together, ensure our delegates can take care of official business without risk to public health, and still shine a spotlight on our host community of Milwaukee. Next month, we will showcase our candidate, our values, and our vision to the nation while keeping people safe and engaging more Americans than ever before. That’s the kind of smart and steady leadership America deserves. And that’s the leadership Joe Biden will bring to the White House.”

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DNC Statement on Trump Campaign Fundraiser

23 Jul

Ahead of the Trump campaign’s fundraiser in Colts Neck, New Jersey today, Democratic National Committee spokesperson John Weber released the following statement:

“Thousands of New Jerseyans have lost their lives in this pandemic, and hundreds of thousands have lost work. At every turn, Donald Trump’s incompetence has made this crisis worse, leaving working families to pick up the pieces. As cases continue spiking across the country, we need a president who will put our health and livelihoods first. We can’t afford four more years of Trump’s chaos, and we’re going to bring this failed presidency to an end come November.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S FAILED PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Promise: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” [CNBC Interview, 1/22/20]

Promise: “We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people.” [Oval Office Address, 3/11/20]

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Donald Trump Got Played By China — Mike Pompeo Can’t Spin That Failure With A Photo Op

23 Jul

Ahead of Mike Pompeo’s photo op in California today, Democratic National Committee spokesperson John Weber released the following statement:

“Pompeo can’t spin his boss’ incompetence with a photo op. From starting and losing a disastrous trade war to groveling for reelection help, Donald Trump has always failed to stand up to China. Now, working families across the country are paying the price for his broken promises. It’s no wonder Trump told President Xi that Democrats would be tougher — he knows he’s not up to the job. ”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES

Promise: “China will come to the table. They will give us everything we want. That won’t even be a hard negotiation.” [Trump Press Conference, 5/15/2015]

Promise: “We will have better relationships with China. They’ll respect us. They don’t respect us now. They think we’re the dumbest people on Earth, led by the world’s dumbest people.” [Trump Campaign Speech, 3/3/2016]

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U.S. Passes 4 Million Cases As Trump’s Failed Response Takes Us Back To The Beginning Of This Crisis

23 Jul

The United States just hit the tragic milestone of 4 million confirmed cases — the most by far of any country. Over four months into this pandemic, new cases are surging more than ever, deaths are rising and hospitalizations are approaching peak levels, and we are still experiencing testing delays and supply shortages. Trump still has no plan and his failed response has brought us right back to where we were at the beginning of this crisis.

CORONAVIRUS SKYROCKETS: Cases are increasing at an exponential rate. More have been reported in the past two weeks than in all of last month.

CNN: “The US is heading in the wrong direction with Covid-19 numbers, and it’s doing so with astonishing speed.”

CNN: “In the past two weeks, the US recorded more than 915,000 new cases of coronavirus — that’s more than the cases reported across the country for the whole month of June.”

DEATHS ON THE RISE: More than 1,000 new deaths were reported in a single day for the second straight day — bringing us back to where we were two months ago.

New York Times: “The 1,130 deaths announced on Wednesday across the United States were the highest single-day death total since May 29, with the exception of two anomalous days in June when large numbers of deaths from unknown dates were reported.”

NEAR RECORD HOSPITALIZATIONS: Hospitalizations are rising across the country and are nearing the peak levels seen in April.

CNN: “After falling for months, Covid-19 hospitalizations across the US are on the upswing and approaching the peak levels seen in April. The reason is simple: the US is experiencing a surge in cases, with states such as Florida, Texas and California reporting thousands of new confirmed cases in recent weeks.”

THE SAME TESTING TROUBLES: We are still experiencing testing shortages and delays as laboratories still lack key supplies.

New York Times: “‘It’s Like Groundhog Day’: Coronavirus Testing Labs Again Lack Key Supplies”

Associated Press: “Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are undercutting the pandemic response.”

THE SAME SUPPLY SHORTAGES: States, hospitals, and frontline workers still can’t get the critical supplies they need.

Washington Post: “As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb, state and local officials nationwide are sounding the alarm, warning that they’re missing key resources to confront the surge.”

Vox: “Hospitals are running out of staff, supplies, and beds for Covid-19 patients — and this time could be worse”

Bloomberg: “American health-care workers still face dangerous shortages of personal protective equipment as the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 fills hospitals across the nation and threatens patients and workers in long-term care facilities.”

TRUMP STILL HAS NO PLAN: More than four months into this pandemic, Trump said earlier this week that he is still in the process of developing a strategy.

TRUMP: “The China virus is a vicious and dangerous illness, but we’ve learned a great deal about it and who it targets. We are in the process of developing a strategy that’s going to be very, very powerful.”

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DNC on U.S. Passing 4 Million COVID-19 Cases

23 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after the United States reached 4 million COVID-19 cases, more than any other country in the world:

“At 1 million cases, Trump said it would simply ‘go away.’ At 2 million cases, Trump was busy on Twitter celebrating violence against peaceful protestors. At 3 million cases, Trump threatened to cut federal funding for schools that refused to reopen during the pandemic. Now we’re at 4 million, and Trump is bragging about passing a cognitive test where he correctly identified the shape of an elephant. Meanwhile, he has failed every single test of presidential leadership. He has no plan to tackle this pandemic, no empathy for the people suffering from it, and no desire to show anything but ego, arrogance, and incompetence. Americans have had enough. They deserve a president who actually cares about their well-being, a president with the courage and experience to lead us out of this crisis and into a better future. They deserve Joe Biden. As we head toward November 3, the American people won’t forget about Donald Trump’s betrayals. They have five words of their own they’ll remember: Register. Organize. Vote. Trump. Out.”

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While Trump Campaign Flubs Bus Tour, Maine Democrats Slam Trump’s Broken Promises to Women

23 Jul

Ahead of the Trump campaign’s bungled bus tour kick off in Maine yesterday, the Maine Democratic Party hosted leaders from across the state to call out Donald Trump’s broken promises to women. Read more below:

WABI: “Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra said of the situation, in part, ‘While the rest of the country deals with the fallout from Trump’s failed coronavirus response, the Trump campaign can’t even get a photo op right.’”

Portland Press Herald: Women for Trump make campaign stop in Old Orchard Beach. “Earlier Wednesday, the Maine Democratic Party held a virtual round-table discussion with state party Chairwoman Kathleen Marra, Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, and Rep. Lois Reckitt, D-South Portland, to highlight the ways the president has broken his promises to women in the U.S. during his term in office.”

  • “Breen detailed myriad areas where Trump had disappointed and let down Maine women, from his opposition to the Affordable Care Act to his poor response in preparing the nation for the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Breen called Trump’s slow response to the virus ‘a complete and utter dereliction of duty.’”

  • “She also said Trump’s nominees to federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, were opponents to reproductive rights, and women in Maine are concerned that could lead to the court overturning a women’s right to reproductive health care, including abortions.”

  • “‘Before he entered office, Trump repeatedly promised that he would ‘do more for women than anybody else’ and look out for their reproductive health and their personal safety,’ Marra said. ‘Over the course of the last three and a half years, Trump has repeatedly broken that promise. His policies on health care, reproductive rights, workplace issues and sexual assault are a disaster for women.’”

WMTW: ‘Women for Trump’ event draws supporters and protesters to OOB. “Hours before the event, Maine Democrats held a virtual event hosted by part chair Kathleen Marra to discuss what they call ‘Trump’s Broken Promises to Women.’”

  • “‘Joe Biden doesn’t make empty promises about doing more to help women. He takes action. When we restore the soul of the nation to the White House with President Joe Biden you can rest assured he will do everything in his power to address issues important to Maine women,’ Marra said.”

WGME: Trump campaign makes stop in Old Orchard Beach before leaving for New Hampshire. “‘Rather than enlist and use all the tools the president has at his disposal, he has absolutely put his head in the sand and that has had a disproportionate effect on women and women in Maine,’ Maine Senator Cathy Breen said. ‘As we know, women are the vast majority of direct care workers, especially [women] of color.’”

WCSH: Freeport brewery cancels Women for Trump event after supposedly being misled by campaign. “In response to the event confusion, Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra released the following statement: ‘While the rest of the country deals with the fallout from Trump’s failed coronavirus response, the Trump campaign can’t even get a photo op right. As they spin their wheels to explain away Trump’s attempts to strip health coverage from thousands of Maine women, his efforts to undermine reproductive rights, and his regulations designed to turn our schools back to a time when sexual assault and harassment were swept under the rug, Maine women will be waiting to vote him out come November.’”

WMTW: ‘Women for Trump’ campaign stop moved to OOB after Freeport brewery claims it was misled about event. “Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra said of the situation, in part, ‘While the rest of the country deals with the fallout from Trump’s failed coronavirus response, the Trump campaign can’t even get a photo op right.’”

The Hill: Maine brewery cancels Women for Trump event, claims it was misled by campaign. “Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra poked at the Trump campaign in a statement on the matter, saying, ‘While the rest of the country deals with the fallout from Trump’s failed coronavirus response, the Trump campaign can’t even get a photo op right.’”

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