Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Trump Administration Wants North Korea At Negotiating Table On Nuclear Weapons

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson tells NPR Kim Jong Un has to show up willing to talk about giving up the arms: "We do not seek a collapse of [his] regime. ... We seek a denuclearized Korean peninsula."


Amid U.S. Calls For Release, American Pastor Remains Behind Bars In Turkey

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Andrew Brunson has been in a Turkish jail on terrorism charges, which his family says are "totally false." Vice President Pence has said the case is a high priority for the Trump administration.


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Meets Russia's Putin At The Kremlin

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Trump administration has now come around to the thinking that there is no future for Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, but the United Nations envoy has been struggling to negotiate a solution to this long running war.


Tillerson's Moscow Visit Is Overshadowed By U.S. Strikes On Syria

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip to Moscow has gotten more difficult. The trip originally was to explore cooperation between the 2 countries but it's likely to be dominated by events in Syria.


U.N. Holds Emergency Session After U.S. Airstrikes Against Syria

Friday, April 07, 2017

A day after the US conducted a missile strike on Syria in response to an apparent chemical attack, the United Nations met in emergency session. The US blamed Russia for protecting the Syrian regime.


Trump Welcomes Egypt's Sissi To Washington In Reboot Of Bilateral Ties

Monday, April 03, 2017

President Trump hosts Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the White House Monday. The Obama administration never invited Sissi to Washington out of concerns over his human rights record.


Activists For Egyptian Political Prisoners Monitor Sisi's U.S. Visit

Monday, April 03, 2017

As President Fattah al-Sisi meets President Trump, Egyptians in exile and in jail wonder if the U.S. cares about human rights. They don't want Trump to turn a blind eye to Egypt's political prisoners.


Nikki Haley Calls For Cuts In U.N. Peacekeeping Funding

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is making the case for deep cuts to the peacekeeping budget. That includes in the largest U.N. operation, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Bodies Of U.N. Employees Found In Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Earlier this month, two U.N. investigators went missing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now the U.N. confirms their bodies have been found. Human rights groups are demanding answers.


Tillerson: Defeating ISIS 'No. 1 Goal' for U.S., But Others Should Do More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is hosting officials from 68 countries to discuss how best to take on ISIS. "As a coalition we are not in the business of nation-building or reconstruction," he said.


Secretary Of State Tillerson Plans To Visit Russia But Skip NATO Meeting In April

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is skipping a NATO meeting, but he is planning to travel to Russia next month. His travel schedule is raising alarms in Europe.


Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Calls For New Approach To North Korea

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says 20 years of U.S. efforts have failed to stop the North Korean nuclear program. He's trying to come up with a new approach.


Trump Meets Saudi Prince In Effort To Improve Relations

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia says it has an "exceptionally warm" relationship with the Trump administration. Under Trump, the U.S. restored military sales that were held up over concerns of the high civilian toll in Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen.


Rex Tillerson Travels To Asia Amid North Korea Tensions

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to Asia for a 4-day visit to Japan, South Korea and China. The trip comes at a tense time in the region as North Korea test fires missiles and the U.S. installs an anti-missile defense system in South Korea.