Michele Kelemen

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State Department Orders 'Non-Emergency' Government Employees To Leave Iraq

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The U.S. ordered non-essential personnel to leave its diplomatic missions in Baghdad and Erbil on Wednesday. The Trump administration says Iran poses a threat to U.S. interests in the region.


Trump Welcomes Hungary's Authoritarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, At White House

Monday, May 13, 2019

Viktor Orban did not get a White House invite when Barack Obama was president, but President Trump welcomed Hungary's authoritarian prime minister on Monday.


Trump Considers Listing Muslim Brotherhood As Terrorist Organization

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Trump administration is considering putting the Muslim Brotherhood, a mainstream movement in some Middle Eastern countries and in the U.S., on the State Department's terrorism list.


Trump Administration Calls On Russia To Stop Supporting Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The Trump administration is calling on Russia to support Venezuela instead of President Nicolás Maduro. Russia says the U.S. is meddling in Venezuela and violating international law.


U.S. Backs Efforts To Remove Maduro

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

In Venezuela, the uprising against President Nicolás Maduro may escalate. U.S. officials are backing efforts to remove Maduro from power.


Maduro Seemed Ready To Leave Venezuela, Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Says

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN on Tuesday Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was on the tarmac ready to leave, but Russians insisted he stay.


Human Rights Groups Call For Response To Russia's Rising Number Of Political Prisoners

Monday, April 29, 2019

The number of political prisoners is on the rise in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Activists say it is time for the U.S. to step up the pressure with targeted sanctions to reverse this trend.


Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Marks A Year On The Job At State Department

Friday, April 26, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is marking a year in office, speaking to his employees about what he calls the "ethos" of the department.


Iran Foreign Minister Proposes Prisoner Swap With U.S.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Iran's foreign minister is proposing a prisoner swap and cooperation with the U.S. on Afghanistan and Iraq. But he says the U.S. pressure campaign won't bring Iran to its knees.


U.N. Resolution On Sexual Violence Watered Down Due To U.S. Opposition

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

United Nations diplomats watered down a resolution condemning sexual violence in conflicts, because the Trump administration opposed language about sexual and reproductive health care for survivors.


Trump Administration Sends Warning To Countries That Continue To Import Oil From Iran

Monday, April 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is warning countries they could face U.S. sanctions unless they stop importing oil from Iran.


Pompeo: No More Sanctions Waivers For Iranian Oil Importers

Monday, April 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announces an end to sanctions waivers it has granted countries that import Iranian oil, such as Japan and Turkey.


Former Diplomats Reflect On Impact Of WikiLeaks Release Of Diplomatic Cables In 2010

Friday, April 12, 2019

Nearly a decade after WikiLeaks published thousands of diplomatic cables, one former ambassador describes it as "the toxic gift that keeps on giving." Diplomats spent years rebuilding trust with other governments.


Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Defends Aid Cuts To Central America

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was back on the Hill Wednesday, defending budget cuts, including to Central America. He says aid is on pause until countries do more to stop migration.


Trump Welcomes Egypt's President To White House Amid Worry From Human Rights Groups

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

President Trump hosts the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, whose government has a track record of killing or jailing thousands in an ongoing crackdown. The U.S. has been a major backer of him.


Trump Administration Designates Part Of Iran's Military As Foreign Terrorist Group

Monday, April 08, 2019

The U.S. moved to list the Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corp as a terrorist group — an escalation of anti-Iran moves that critics say could leave U.S. forces vulnerable to other country's listings.


NATO Members Commemorate 70 Years Of Alliance

Thursday, April 04, 2019

NATO foreign ministers are gathered in Washington this week to mark the organization's 70th year. The head of NATO is appealing for trans-Atlantic unity at a time of tension.


Lawmakers Still Waiting Official Word About Trump's Aid Cuts To Central America

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The State Department says it's carrying out President Trump's order to cut aid to Central America. But lawmakers say they're still waiting for details on a policy announced in a tweet.


Attack Victim Presses U.S. To Suspend Military Sales To Egypt

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

More than three years ago, the Egyptian military, using U.S.-made helicopters, mistakenly attacked a group of tourists — killing 12 people and wounding an American woman.


Trump Vows To Keep Pressure On Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

"Russia has to get out" of Venezuela. That's the message President Trump is sending today after a Russian military contingent arrived, raising the stakes in this conflict and complicating U.S. policy.