Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

In An Afternoon, Trump And Tillerson Appear To Contradict Each Other On Qatar

Friday, June 09, 2017

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted to heal a deep rift among Arab partners with a carefully crafted statement, Trump called out Qatar for its "very high level" of terror financing.

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In Response To Trump's Tweets, Some U.S. Envoys Push Back — Diplomatically

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The president's tweets are complicating the work of U.S. diplomats. Some are distancing themselves via their own tweets. They're "entitled to use social media," says the State Department spokeswoman.

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Accuses U.N. Human Rights Council Of Bashing Israel

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

United Nations Envoy Nikki Haley says the UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes brutality" and instead singles out Israel for criticism. The U.S. is considering pulling out of the council based in Geneva.

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Trump Calls Democrats 'Obstructionists,' But He's Only Nominated 11 Ambassadors

Monday, June 05, 2017

A spokesman for the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responded by saying Trump should be spending more time actually filling open positions.

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Trump Postpones U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Thursday, June 01, 2017

President Trump has waived the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — at least for now, according to the White House. Moving the embassy had been a key campaign promise.

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Hungary Proposes Closing University Founded By Financier George Soros

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Hungarian government wants to close a university founded by the financier George Soros. Students and faculty have appealed to the U.S. for help, but some Republican lawmakers think Soros is the problem.

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After Mixed Messages, NATO Officials Anxiously Await Trump's Visit

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Trump administration has been trying to allay fears of the Baltic states and other newer NATO members that the U.S. remains committed to the military alliance. But officials are anxiously awaiting President Trump's visit to hear directly from him.

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24 Million Children At Risk In Mideast Conflicts, Says UNICEF

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, countless children are dying in silence from diseases that could easily be prevented and treated," the group reports.

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Aid Workers In Yemen Express Alarm At U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia got praise and an arms deal from President Trump last weekend. But there was little mention of Yemen, where a Saudi-led military campaign is causing civilian casualties.

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Deadline Approaches For White House Decision On Keeping Iran Deal Alive

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thursday is the deadline for the White House to renew a key part of the Iran nuclear deal, currently "under review" by the State Department. President Trump campaigned against the deal.

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Syria Has Covered Up Prison Executions By Burning The Bodies, U.S. Says

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Trump administration says a building at a Syrian prison is where thousands of bodies have been burned. The assertion is an attempt to persuade Russia to rein in Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Erdogan Says He Wants A 'New Beginning' In U.S.-Turkish Relations

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A look ahead to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, D.C. next week, and his promise of a "new beginning" in U.S.-Turkish relations.

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Crisis In South Sudan Merits A High-Level U.S. Envoy, Proponents Say

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is trying to reduce his department's number of special envoys but one may be necessary for South Sudan, a young nation ravaged by war and famine.

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U.N. Aid Workers Question Russian Calls For De-Escalation Zones In Syria

Friday, May 12, 2017

Russia's calls for "de-escalation zones" in Syria sounds rather Orwellian to a top United Nations aid official. Kevin Kennedy says it is not clear how people living there would be protected, and he worries that countries will try to return refugees to those zones.

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Trump Bars U.S. Reporters From Meeting With Russian Officials

Thursday, May 11, 2017

U.S. reporters were shut out of Wednesday's meetings between President Trump, the secretary of state and the Russian foreign minster. They had to go to the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., to learn what happened.

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After Firing FBI Director, Trump Meets With Russian Foreign Minister

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

President Trump meets with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Washington, D.C., the day after he fired the head of the FBI.

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John Sullivan Reassures Senators About State Department Cutbacks

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Questions about the direction of U.S. foreign policy as the State Department operates without a full complement of staff are expected at the deputy secretary of state nomination hearing for John Sullivan.

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After Maintaining Low Profile, Rex Tillerson Addresses State Department Staff

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is addressing his staff on how he plans to cut the budget. The former Exxon Mobil CEO also hired a consulting firm to survey employees across the globe on ways to make the department more efficient.

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Trump's Foreign Policy Reversals

Saturday, April 29, 2017

In his first 100 days in office, President Trump has reversed course on major foreign policy issues regarding NATO, Syria and China.

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Tillerson Urges U.N. Security Council To Take Action On North Korea

Friday, April 28, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chaired a United Nations Security Council session Friday on the threat posed by North Korea. He urged council members to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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