DNC on Trump Order Excluding Undocumented Immigrants from Congressional Apportionment

21 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Donald Trump issued a memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from being counted when U.S. congressional districts are next redrawn: 

“There is no end to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. First, he tried to put a citizenship question on the census but got blocked by the Supreme Court. Now he’s back at it with an unconstitutional order that has no purpose other than to silence and disempower Latino voices and communities of color. Trump wants to strip these communities of their fair share of representation and resources for education, health care, and nutrition assistance. But Democrats will not let this stand. We will keep fighting Trump’s efforts to intimidate and undercount immigrant communities. And we will put an end to the hateful tactics of this administration once and for all on November 3rd when we elect Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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FACT SHEET: Trump Failed To Build A Caring Economy, Doesn’t Understand The Challenges Working Families Face

21 Jul

Our country is experiencing a caregiving crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s disastrous response. Trump has failed to deliver on his childcare promises, doesn’t understand the challenges working families face, and has only made things worse for American families.

Trump’s failed response exacerbated the economic fallout from coronavirus, which created further hardship for parents who were already struggling due to Trump’s broken childcare promises.

  • When the pandemic hit, schools and day care centers shut down, impacting about 55 million students at K-12 schools and 5 million children in day care and preschool.

  • Trump has failed to live up to his many promises to reduce the cost of childcare. Trump’s tax law reduced the value of the child and dependent care credit for low- and moderate-income families and left 10 million low-income kids out of any significant increase in the child tax credit.

  • Trump’s budget proposals failed to boost funds to a level sufficient to address the problems of child care affordability and low pay for child care workers.

Trump failed to secure real progress on paid family leave and even scaled back paid family leave requirements during the pandemic.

  • More than three years into his presidency, Trump has broken his promise on paid family leave. In fact, Trump scaled back paid leave requirements for employers during the pandemic, allowing many companies to decline to provide sick leave for child care.

  • Trump touted paid family leave proposals that wouldn’t let workers take paid leave to care for sick children or other family members, would force workers to borrow from their future selves, and could force states to increase unemployment insurance taxes on employers as a pay-for.

Trump is pushing all schools to fully reopen and threatening to withhold funding, but has no plan on how schools, teachers, and caregivers can do so safely.

  • Trump opposed CDC guidelines and other school safety measures, in part because they wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing, and DeVos wouldn’t say schools should follow CDC guidelines on reopenings, claiming they were meant to be “flexible.”

  • While Trump and DeVos continue to downplay the risks, millions of teachers and older adults who live with children are at high risk of complications from coronavirus, and studies show older children actually spread the virus at higher rates than adults.

As coronavirus ripped through nursing homes, Trump failed to provide facilities with needed resources and pushed ahead with efforts to relax regulations.

  • Nursing homes, which account for 40% of all coronavirus deaths in the country, have been devastated by the Trump administration’s disastrous response to the virus.

  • The Trump administration refused to mandate universal testing at nursing homes and failed to coordinate regular testing of nursing home staff. The Trump administration was slow to track cases and ultimately gave nursing homes a pass on reporting prior to early May, obscuring the full toll.

  • Months after coronavirus began spreading across the country, many nursing homes and long-term care facilities still report that they lack needed PPE.

  • The Trump administration relaxed training requirements for caregivers during the pandemic, and continued consideration of pre-pandemic plans to weaken infection control rules at those facilities.

Trump’s coronavirus response has failed to look out for the physical safety and economic security of frontline health care workers.

  • Hundreds of frontline health care workers have died and over 100,000 have been infected as Trump botched his response to the crisis and failed to learn his lesson as cases spike nationwide.

  • Trump was slow to fully invoke the Defense Production Act to address supply shortages, and now the country is once again suffering from shortages as cases spike.

  • Trump’s Labor Department used a broad definition to exclude health care workers, who often are paid low wages, from paid sick leave under coronavirus response legislation.

Trump’s repeated efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and slash billions from Medicaid pose a threat to long-term care for seniors and the wellbeing of their caretakers.

  • Trump’s efforts to repeal the ACA would weaken resident protections at nursing homes, limit options for seniors, and strip health care from employees.

  • Trump’s health care repeal bills and budget proposals called for massive cuts and structural changes to Medicaid that could reduce services for seniors.

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab At a Press Availability

21 Jul

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

London, United Kingdom

Lancaster House

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Really delighted to welcome Secretary Pompeo back to London.  We’ve been discussing the full range of issues today.  We’re going through a whole range of challenges in the world, I think it’s fair to say, but there are also great opportunities, and Britain and the United States are absolutely keen and focused on making sure that we grasp them.

We’ve spoken today about our serious concerns about the situation in Hong Kong, particularly in relation to the national security legislation.  We talked a bit about our – the UK offer to BNOs, what we’re doing in suspending the extradition treaty, extending the arms embargo to Hong Kong.  Mike gave me his perspective on it as well.  We’re coordinating together with the Five Eyes, and we also discussed next steps including at G7 level.  We also talked about ongoing discussions in relation to 5G, and crucially how we can diversify our supply chains in relation to telecoms in the 5G network, and also more broadly learning some of the lessons from coronavirus around PPE and other things and the work that we can do together in order to facilitate that.

That, I think, brought us on to talk about the free trade negotiations.  We’re looking forward to meeting British and American businesses shortly, given we’re each other’s biggest investors.  Our annual trade relationship is worth over $300 billion.  We think we can do even better than that.  There are, every morning, just under one half million Americans who go to work for British companies, around the same Brits going to work for American companies.  And I think that illustrates the kind of win-win free trade deal that we’re committed and determined to achieve between our two countries – good for jobs, good for consumers as well.

The UK is really clear that we need to work with our American friends and also with other partners together in the international system to protect our freedoms and interests and stand up – as we’ve shown, I think, on Hong Kong – stand up for our values.  We’re more influential, we have more impact when we work together.  We also discussed Iran, Russia, the Middle East peace process, the broader challenges of COVID-19, and the need to strengthen, reinforce, and keep the team together in relation to NATO.

We discussed bilateral issues, and I think across the full range of international challenges we – of which there are many – we recognized that we’re always a lot stronger and more effective when we work together, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do in the weeks and months ahead.

Mike, over to you.

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you, and good afternoon.  I want to thank Foreign Secretary Raab for the invitation to be here today.  I know it’s not easy to host events, especially at these times, so I want to thank you and your staff for putting this all together and making it work.  It was a very productive conversation.  We of course began with the challenge presented by the Chinese Communist Party and the COVID-19 virus that originated in Wuhan, China.  On behalf of the American people I want to extend my condolences to the British people from your losses from this preventable pandemic.  The CCP’s exploitation of this disaster to further its own interests has been disgraceful.  Rather than helping the world, General Secretary Xi has shown the world the party’s true face.  We talked about how we’ve seen Hong Kong’s freedoms crushed.  We’ve watched the CCP bully its neighbors, militarize features in the South China Sea, and instigate a deadly confrontation with India.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the British Government for its principled responses to these challenges.  You made a sovereign decision to ban Huawei from future 5G networks.  You’ve joined other free nations to condemn China’s broken promises on the Sino-British treaty.  You generously opened your doors to Hong Kongers who seek nothing more and fleeing just for some freedom.  And yesterday you suspended your extradition treaty and extended your arms embargo on China to Hong Kong itself.  We support those sovereign choices; we think well done.  I’ll meet later today with Hong Kong democracy advocate Nathan Law and Sir Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong.  I’m sure those will be eye-opening and important discussions too.

Dominic mentioned free trade discussions.  We’ve completed two rounds, more work to do; a third round scheduled for later this month.  It is a primary focus of the United States to see if we can make progress on this and bring this to a closure just as quickly as possible.  I spoke with the prime minister this morning about this and I hope that we can get it finalized before too long.  When we leave, Dominic and I will sit down with the British-American Business Council to hear about how we can get to the right place, which is reducing trade barriers, and hear more about how we can get opportunities for small businesses and create real wealth and opportunity, good jobs for working people here in the United Kingdom and for Americans too.

And finally, I discussed with both the prime minister and with the foreign secretary the importance of extending the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic of Iran.  We welcome the recent statement from the United Kingdom, France, and Germany recognizing that allowing the embargo to expire would have major implications for regional and security stability.  And I want to thank the British people too and the UK Government for its role in helping lead the international maritime security construct in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.  That’s important leadership from a true ally.

As Dom and I were talking about the Special Relationship, you can see it on days like today, where it translates into the ability to have candid, frank discussions on important matters which really cut to the heart of how we can work together to secure freedom for our peoples and each of our two countries, and both of our countries be forces for good together around the world.  So thanks for the chance to be with you here today.

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Great.  Thanks, Mike.  So we’ll take a couple of questions.  Vicki Young from the BBC.

QUESTION:  First of all, Foreign Secretary, the Russia report today has two central accusations – one, that the present government’s ignored the threat that Russia poses to our democracy, more specifically that your government actively avoided looking for evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.  On both points, why have you turned a blind eye?

And to the Secretary of State, do you want Britain to take more robust action against China?  You have praised the UK Government for what it’s done so far.  Do you think it ought to go further, maybe targeted sanctions of Chinese individuals, for example, banning TikTok, maybe?  Are you happy with China’s investment in the nuclear industry (inaudible)?

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Vicki, thanks very much.  First of all, you mentioned the suggestion that the UK actively avoided investigating Russia – I think in fairness you’ll find that wasn’t in the ISC report.  It was the comment of one MP, Stewart Hosie, and we categorically reject that.

I think if you look, we’ve got a long period recognizing the enduring and significant threat posed by Russia to the UK, including in relation to cyber, Russia’s top national security priority.  We call out Russia when it’s necessary.  We’ve shown that in relation to the cyber attacks on research and development facilities in the U.S., the UK, and Canada.  We’ve done that together with our partners, and we are not for a second complacent about the threat Russia poses when it comes to cyber.

Mike.

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Your question was about whether we would like the United Kingdom to do more to confront China.  I don’t think about it that way; we don’t think about it that way.  We think that the entire world needs to work together to ensure that every country, including China, behaves in the international system in ways that are appropriate and consistent with the international order.  You can’t go make claims for maritime regions that you have no lawful claim to.  You can’t threaten countries and bully them in the Himalayas.  You can’t engage in cover-ups and co-opt international institutions like the World Health Organization.

We want to see every nation who understands freedom and democracy and values that and knows that it’s important to their own people, their own sovereign country to be successful, to understand this threat that the Chinese Communist Party is posing to them and to work both themselves and collectively to restore what is rightfully ours.

We – look at President Trump on trade.  All he simply asked for was a fair and reciprocal trading relationship with China.  We just no longer wanted them to steal intellectual property, denying citizens of the United States who’d worked hard to create something, to invent something, to get a patent or a trademark, and then the Chinese Communist Party directed its state-owned enterprises to steal that property from Americans.

We want every nation to work against that kind of activity.  It’s those actions.  It’s not about language.  It’s not about words.  It’s about we want every nation to work together to push back against the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts in every dimension that I described to you today.  That certainly includes the United Kingdom.  It includes every country.  We hope we can build out a coalition that understands this threat, will work collectively to convince the Chinese Communist Party it’s not in their best interest to engage in this kind of behavior.

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  John Hudson from The Washington Post.

QUESTION:  Thank you very much.  Mr. Secretary, Secretary Pompeo, what is the ultimate goal of U.S. actions against Huawei?  Does the U.S. want to crush the company, or does it want it to make certain reforms in order to continue to do business with it?

And Secretary Raab, how do you respond to critics who say the UK is being strong-armed into its — into its China position by U.S. officials, including Secretary Pompeo, who met this morning with MPs who are China hawks?

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Would you like to go first?

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  I’m relaxed.

SECRETARY POMPEO:  I’ll take your question, too.  (Laughter.)

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Look, we – when I go to Washington, I meet with folks on the Hill in all parties, all sides – quite right.  Look, we – the reality is as a result of U.S. sanctions, we’ve, of course, got to look with a clear-sighted perspective at what that means and we’ve taken a decision based on that, but I don’t think there’s any question of strong-arming.  Mike and I always have constructive discussions, and actually a vast majority of the times our views overlap and we work together very well, as we have with our Five Eyes partners on Hong Kong, and I think you can see that in the various measures we’ve taken.

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Yeah, look, the prime minister’s decision was reflective of what he believed was in the best interests of the people of the United Kingdom.  I have absolutely no doubt about that.  We’ve had a number of conversations about a broad range of issues, not all of which we agree on, not all of which we’ve come to the same conclusion about.  I think the United Kingdom made a good decision, but I think that decision was made not because the United States said it was a good decision but because leadership here in the United Kingdom concluded the right thing to do was to make that decision for the people of the United Kingdom.

As respect to Huawei, we don’t have an end state that we seek from Huawei.  We have an end state for the people of the United States, which is to make sure that the data sets – the private data that belongs to Americans – doesn’t end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.  So our efforts aren’t aimed at any one particular company or one particular business; they are aimed at protecting American national security.  And we will continue to take actions against every entity that engages in trade behaviors that are inconsistent with American national security or uses telecommunications infrastructure in ways that pose threats to the United States of America, whether that’s to our military information and our high-end national security information or the average citizen’s private information that ought not be in the hands of the Chinese national security apparatus.  No American should engage in ordinary activity on their cell phone or on their laptop computer or talking on their phone – no American should have the risk that that data set is going to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.  We’re determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.  So the actions you have seen us take against multiple companies, including Huawei, are reflective of that security mission that we have.

QUESTION:  Is Huawei savable?  Is it salvageable?

SECRETARY POMPEO:  We’re going to protect American national security.

FOREIGN SECRETARY RAAB:  Great, thanks very much, folks.

SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thanks, everyone.

 

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with UK Prime Minister Johnson

21 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson today in London, England. Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Johnson discussed key global priorities, including secure 5G telecommunications and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Secretary and the Prime Minister also discussed ongoing negotiations on a U.S.-UK free trade agreement.

 

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Secretary Pompeo Travels to the United Kingdome to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership on Global Priorities

21 Jul

Office of the Spokesperson

“Our two nations are twin pillars for the security of our people, for economic freedom, and for liberal values, the rule of law; all of the things that our two nations hold dear…our commitment to these time-honored principles is unchanging.”

— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, August 7, 2019

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to London, UK, from July 20-22, 2020.  During his time in London, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to discuss global priorities, including coordination on COVID-19 recovery and issues related to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  He will also discuss the ongoing negotiations for a U.S.-UK Free Trade Agreement.

THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED KINGDOM HAVE LONG PARTNERED TO PROMOTE DEMOCRATIC VALUES AND MUTUAL PROSPERITY

  • The United States has no closer partner than the United Kingdom. The strong relationship between our two countries reflects our common democratic ideals and values, which are reinforced through cooperation on political, security, and economic issues.  We truly enjoy a “special relationship.”
  • Our partnership promotes mutual prosperity. S.-UK trade totals more than $300 billion a year.  Eighty-six percent of British companies that export goods and services to the United States are small- and medium-sized enterprises.  Nearly 20 percent of British exports go to the United States – more than twice as much as any other country.
  • Our people enjoy a special bond, linked together by a common language and an enormous number of cultural, educational, and economic exchanges.  Nearly four million Americans travel to the UK annually.

IT IS INSPIRATIONAL TO WITNESS THE COLLECTIVE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN AND BRITISH PEOPLEIN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.

  • There can be no doubt about the impact COVID-19 has had on the world.  But our countries have overcome tough challenges before, and together, we will do it again.  This is a team effort, and American companies are in the vanguard of creating crucial solutions.
  • In the early days of the pandemic, Google helped No. 10 deploy a critical message, “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives,” across all of its digital services, and  helped NHS workers quickly triage COVID-19 patients using big data and artificial intelligence, undoubtedly saving lives.  Amazon shipped more than 500,000 COVID-19 testing kits to NHS staff, many of which were developed by ThermoFisher, helping the UK quickly reach its testing goals.  Microsoft transitioned 1.3 million NHS frontline healthcare workers to the cloud in just four days, one of the largest – and fastest – workforce digitization efforts in history.

THE UNITED STATES LOOKS FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE UK GOVERNMENT ON THE EXCLUSION OF UNTRUSTED, HIGH-RISK VENDOR COMPONENTS FROM 5G NETWORKS

  • We welcome news that the UK will prohibit new purchases of 5G equipment from Huawei and phase out existing Huawei equipment from its 5G telecommunications networks.  The UK made this important decision to protect its national security interests, just as countries around the world are doing.
  • Allowing untrusted, high-risk vendors, such as Huawei, into any part of 5G networks makes critical systems vulnerable to disruption, manipulation, and espionage, and puts sensitive government, commercial, and personal information at risk.
  •  We will continue to work with the UK on fostering a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem, which is critical to Transatlantic prosperity and security.

THE UK IS A GLOBAL LEADER AND OUR CLOSE PARTNER IN PROMOTING AND PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS

  • If the PRC wants to regain the trust of Hong Kongers and the international community, it should honor the promises it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.
  • We welcome the UK’s recent decision to grant British Nationals Overseas the right to work and eventually apply for citizenship in the UK.
  • The United States commends the UK’s continued global leadership on the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment of a Global Human Rights sanctions regime.

 

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Subsidiary Body Chairs Introduce Reports on Development, Human Rights, Status of Women, as Economic and Social Council Continues Management Segment

21 Jul

Continuing its 2020 Management Segment in a virtual format today, the Economic and Social Council heard updates from across the spectrum of its subsidiary bodies, each of which have grappled with the pervasive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it considered reports on the recent work of committees ranging from the Commission on the Status of Women to the United Nations Forum on Forests.

Terrorist Attack near Azaz, Syria

20 Jul

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack near a marketplace in Sudju, near Azaz and the Bab al Salam crossing. Initial reports indicate the attack killed eight and injured over 80, some of whom are in critical condition. We extend our deepest sympathies to all those harmed in this senseless tragedy.

As we have stated in the past, such acts are unacceptable by any side in this conflict, and attacks against civilians are never justified.

We again remind all parties that violence impedes the hope for a lasting political resolution to the conflict in Syria in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254. We also reiterate our support for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, as called for by UN Special Representative Geir Pedersen.

 

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