COVID-19 Information

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Read More»

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

This year’s May 17 marks 16 years since the first International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). In the intervening period, the United States has endeavored to reaffirm the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons. To be sure, we have encountered challenges and ... Read More»

U.S. supports the human rights of transgender people around the world

“While progress has been made, human rights abuses against transgender persons, particularly trans women of color and non-binary persons, remain all too common in many countries around the world,” said the State Department’s Scott Busby at a virtual event to honor the Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31. “Governments have an obligation to protect, ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

President Biden spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to convey the U.S. commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. President Biden updated ... Read More»

Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Working Together for Global Climate Action

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, May 13-19, 2021, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on enhancing global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.  In Rome, Special Presidential Envoy ... Read More»

2020 Report on International Religious Freedom

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ... Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to Europe

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry will travel to Rome, London, and Berlin, May 13-19, 2021, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on enhancing global climate ambition ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year.  In Rome, Special Presidential Envoy ... Read More»

NASA readies its best asteroid punch

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s real. NASA scientists will soon launch a mission to change the course of a distant asteroid in a test of technology that could one day save planet Earth from disaster. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spaceship could launch as early as July. It ... Read More»

U.S. supports prosperity in the Western Hemisphere

The United States stands with partner nations and civil society to ensure the Western Hemisphere remains free and democratic. “The Western Hemisphere is our home,” Vice President Harris said on May 4 during the virtual 51st Washington Conference on the Americas. “And because it is our home, because the people within it are our neighbors, it is imperative ... Read More»

Vice President Harris: ‘We will do everything possible to help India’

The U.S. government, the private sector and the American people are rallying together to deliver emergency assistance as quickly as possible to India as it battles COVID-19. “We will do everything possible to help India,” Vice President Harris told an audience of Indian diaspora communities May 7. Speaking of her Indian heritage and her family members in ... Read More»

Blinken: America stands for peace and cooperation

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken says the United States will work with other nations to uphold the rules and values that support international peace and cooperation. In May 7 remarks to the U.N. Security Council, Blinken defended a rules-based international order that ushered in the most peaceful and prosperous era in modern history and remains essential ... Read More»

State Department honors its forgotten heroes

The U.S. Department of State is commemorating forgotten heroes who gave their lives decades ago advancing America’s diplomatic mission. An ambassador born into slavery, a hero of the War of 1812, and diplomatic envoys to the Republic of Texas stricken with yellow fever are among the 71 historical names recently added to the memorial to ... Read More»

Meet the woman who represents the United States in trade

Tai is the 19th person sworn in as U.S. trade representative since an act of Congress created the position in 1962. Before then, the U.S. Department of State conducted U.S. trade and investment diplomacy. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative was created 13 years later. Today, the agency employs 200 professionals with specialized experience in ... Read More»

Reducing vehicle emissions in the U.S. (infographic)

In the United States, government policies, innovations from the American auto industry and consumer interest in clean air have combined over recent decades to reduce emissions from passenger vehicles. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes a $15 billion investment for a national network of 500,000 charging stations to give electric vehicle drivers charging options where they need ... Read More»

A beginner’s guide to America

Hakakian and her mother had arrived — as Jewish Iranian refugees — in the U.S in 1985, after Hakakian had come of age during the upheaval and aftermath of the 1979 revolution in her home country. Hakakian is a human rights activist, poet and author whose new book is A Beginner’s Guide to America. On a day ... Read More»

World Press Freedom Day

Tomorrow, the United States joins the international community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Information and knowledge are powerful tools, and a free and independent press is the core institution connecting publics to the information they need to advocate for themselves, make informed decisions, and hold governmental officials accountable.  The United States advocates for press freedom ... Read More»

How the U.S. supports workers’ rights around the world

The United States partners with other countries and international organizations to protect and empower workers around the world. By supporting international labor groups and leveraging trade and development projects, the United States contributes to the protection of workers’ rights and better working conditions for many of the world’s workers. Read More»

What do U.S. religious leaders say about vaccination? (photo gallery)

Throughout the United States, religious leaders are urging their followers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, dispelling myths and misinformation about the vaccines. Some leaders participate in public health campaigns or offer houses of worship as vaccination sites. And many are getting vaccinated in public or sharing photos of their jab. Read More»

Ceremony for the donation of medical equipment to the Policlinico Umberto I Hospital in Rome

On Tuesday, April 27, CdA Thomas Smitham participated in a ceremony at the Emergency Medicine Unit at Policlinico Umberto I for the donation of medical equipment worth approximately 259 thousand euro.   The donation to the Policlinico Umberto I’s ICU consisted of 10 tilting beds, with integrated scales and anti-decubitus mattresses; 10 central multi-parameter monitors, equipped ... Read More»

World leaders pledge to cap global emissions

Leaders from around the world committed to reducing carbon emissions and transitioning to clean energy at President Biden’s virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. “We made great progress,” Biden said on April 23, the second day of the summit. “I’m grateful to all the leaders who have announced new commitments to help us meet the existential ... Read More»

Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).  The goal of AIM ... Read More»

Statement from the Embassy of the United States of America, April 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose unprecedented risks to travelers. In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad. As travelers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has updated its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control ... Read More»

A Proclamation on Earth Day, 2021

On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans rallied together to protect the right of all of us to live free from environmental hazard and harm.  On that first Earth Day, they gathered all across America — on college campuses, in public parks, and State capitals — galvanized by a vision of a healthier, more prosperous ... Read More»

Earth Day 2021

Today, the 51st Earth Day, we must work together to combat the climate crisis and restore our Earth for the benefit of everyone.  Each year, an estimated one billion people around the world mobilize for action on Earth Day, and this year, the United States joins this wave of action. This morning, President Biden will welcome leaders from around the globe to the ... Read More»

Opening Remarks at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate

As President Biden and Vice President Harris have made clear, this administration intends to do more than any in U.S. history to meet the climate crisis.  What the United States can do at home can make a significant contribution toward keeping the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  That’s why we’re raising our ambitions, as ... Read More»

Italy Travel Advisory: Level 4: Do Not Travel, April 20, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in country. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Italy. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Italy. Read More»

For Earth Day 2021, download this free poster

April 22 was established as Earth Day in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to encourage Americans to protect the environment. Since then it has become a global day of of action to restore our Earth. For Earth Day 2021, President Biden will convene a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. On U.S. plans to address climate issues, the ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy Kerry at Leaders Summit on Climate

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will join President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and several U.S. cabinet secretaries and private sector and civil society leaders at the Leaders Summit on Climate. President Biden will host leaders from around the world in discussions highlighting the urgent need ... Read More»

U.S. rallies support for global vaccine distribution

Many citizens of developing world nations will receive COVID-19 vaccines thanks to funds being raised by the United States and partner organizations. The recently launched COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility Advance Market Commitment (AMC) aims to raise $2 billion to procure and distribute up to 1.8 billion safe and effective vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. Read More»

Tackling the Crisis and Seizing the Opportunity: America’s Global Climate Leadership

Well, good afternoon, everyone.  And Will, thank you for a wonderful introduction.  And thank you for lending us this absolutely spectacular setting and backdrop – certainly the best setting and backdrop I’ve had in my brief tenure as Secretary.  And thanks so much to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for your lasting commitment to save the ... Read More»

Diversity is an essential component of the U.S. diplomatic corps

American diplomats represent U.S. values abroad and embody a core tenet of American life: diversity. In the United States, anyone — regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background — can become a diplomat and represent America abroad as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. One of the many ways the State ... Read More»

A Proclamation on National Park Week, 2021

The renowned environmentalist and author, Rachel Carson, wrote in her seminal book Silent Spring that, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is something healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  ... Read More»

U.S. and NATO partner to face global challenges

The United States and its allies are calling on Russia to stop its military buildup along the border of Ukraine and abide by its international commitments. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told reporters after an April 14 meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels that representatives of 30 allied nations unanimously opposed Russia’s military ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on Russia

Good afternoon, everyone.  Earlier this week, I spoke with President Putin of Russia about the nature of our relationship — the relationship between our two countries.  And I was candid and respectful; the conversation was candid and respectful.  Two great powers with significant responsibility for global stability.  And President Putin and I have had a ... Read More»

Holding Russia To Account

We have engaged Russian authorities to share our concerns about their actions and the steps we are taking in response. The President is signing a new Executive Order on Russia that will broaden the scope of our sanctions authorities. Under this new Executive Order, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is issuing a directive prohibiting U.S. ... Read More»

State Department creates new position to advocate for diplomatic diversity

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced April 12 that former Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be the U.S. Department of State’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The State Department supports racial equity both abroad and at home, and has created the position to ensure a diverse and inclusive diplomatic corps. Read More»

Sister Parks program links countries around the world

Through the Sister Parks program, national parks in the United States share a mission of environmental stewardship with similar parks around the world. Participant countries enter a five-year agreement, overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Affairs, with the United States allowing park rangers from both nations to share conservation tips and best practices for ... Read More»

What makes a National Historic Landmark?

The United States is not as old as some other nations, but it includes many historically important cultural sites. The National Historic Landmarks Program helps preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations. Each National Historic Landmark represents an exceptional aspect of American history and culture, according to the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). Read More»

A Proclamation on 160th Anniversary Of The Unification Of Italy And The Establishment Of United States-Italy Diplomatic Relations

Today we commemorate over 160 years since the unification of Italy as a single state and the establishment of United States-Italy diplomatic relations.  Our nations share a deep and enduring friendship, bolstered by the bonds of family and culture that tie our peoples together.  It is a particularly meaningful relationship for the millions of proud ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Di Maio celebrated the historic U.S.-Italy relationship, including the establishment of diplomatic relations 160 years ago, and committed to renew the deep and productive ties between the United States and Italy. Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio Before Their Meeting

We are working in so many ways on so many different levels, the United States and Italy, to strengthen the prospects for our people across many, many different issues.  We have a lot to discuss today.  But it’s particularly fitting because this is the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United ... Read More»

Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s ... Read More»

Muslim stars are rising on American stages and screens

Muslim actors, singers, directors and comedians are representing their experiences more authentically in the entertainment industry, from Broadway to Hollywood. In the United States, Islam is the third largest religious demographic and, according to the Pew Research Center, is set to become the second largest by 2040, making it important that Muslim Americans see themselves reflected ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 7, 2021

The potential for anti-COVID lockdown and anti-COVID vaccine demonstrations exists in many cities throughout Italy.  On April 6, 2021 outside Piazza di Montecitorio in Rome, groups of protestors faced off and clashed with police who responded with crowd control tactics and arrests.  Italian authorities expect the potential for these kinds of demonstrations to continue in the ... Read More»

The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians

The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.  This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peacebuilding programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden Marking the 150 Millionth COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

The seminary and other houses of worship in the area are partnering with the community health centers to offer vaccination and vaccination sites.  They’re seeing these kinds of partnerships where — and not just there, but we’re seeing them all over the country.  People are coming together across the different faiths to serve those most ... Read More»

U.S. and partners seek to deter human rights violations

The United States is working with international partners to defend human rights worldwide as authoritarian regimes step up repression amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standing for people’s freedom and dignity honors America’s most sacred values,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said March 30, announcing the release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. “At ... Read More»

Report: To Walk the Earth in Safety

The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction, investing more than $4 billion in over 100 countries since 1993 to promote international peace and security by addressing humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries, as well as by partnering with nations to reduce the availability of ... Read More»

The USA is still a birthplace for jazz greats (video)

Rock, rap and hip-hop may rule the charts, but jazz, with roots in the spirituals of African-American slaves, is still America’s gift to the world. “There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble: individual freedom but with responsibility to the group,” a primer from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz explains. Jazz isn’t heard ... Read More»

U.S.-Italy, Common Challenges

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States, dating back to 1861, when Italians came together, propelled by the momentous awakening of the Risorgimento, under the banner of a single, unified Nation. Over the past 75 years, our ties have grown ever closer and our ... Read More»

Easter traditions in America

Some churches hold vigils the night before to greet the new day at sunrise and reflect on the meaning of resurrection. Above, the Capitol Church held a sunrise service at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. With Lent officially over, families and friends gather in their homes and churches for an Easter meal. Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Travels to UAE, India and Bangladesh to Discuss the Climate Crisis  

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, and Dhaka April 1-9, 2021, for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate April 22-23 and the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year. For media inquiries, please contact ClimateComms@state.gov. Read More»

Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science, politics, the arts or other disciplines. The 2019 American Community Survey shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish ... Read More»

2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Later this year, the Department of State will release an addendum to each 2020 country report that expands the subsection on women in Section 6, entitled “Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons,” to include a broader range of issues related to reproductive rights.  The addendum will cover maternal health issues such as maternal mortality, ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

I very much want to thank you, Lisa, and thank the many folks at the department, here in Washington but also around the world – in our embassies, in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – who researched, drafted, and edited these reports.  They brought not only their expert knowledge of the issues ... Read More»

Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

When NASA engineers need a name for a robotic Mars “rover,” they know where to find creativity. They turn to America’s young people. More than 28,000 students — from kindergarten through 12th grade — submitted names for the rover that landed on Mars last month. It was Alex Mather, a Virginia seventh-grader, who won the ... Read More»

U.S. stands with the global LGBTQI+ community

On International Transgender Day of Visibility and every day, the United States defends the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world. The United States works with groups in over 100 countries to affirm a consistent global message that LGBTQI+ people have the same human rights and fundamental freedoms as ... Read More»

President Biden Participates in European Council Summit

Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. participated virtually in a scheduled summit of the European Council. Meeting with the heads of state or government of the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) chaired by European Council President Charles Michel, the President reaffirmed his commitment to revitalizing relations between the United States and the European ... Read More»

Black women who changed our world

Many of the modern conveniences we rely on each day come from the accomplishments of African American women. Black women inventors helped shape the way we watch movies, conduct online meetings, and even heat and secure our homes. They succeeded in developing new technologies despite obstacles, such as resistance to developing their products and other ... Read More»

U.S. and allies adapt to face new challenges

Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to revitalize U.S. alliances to counter modern threats, including economic coercion, disinformation and climate change. In a speech March 24 in Brussels, Blinken affirmed America’s commitment to NATO and allies around the world. He urged nations to cooperate in the face of increasingly complex challenges. Read More»

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State Blinken and EU High Representative

On March 24, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell met in Brussels to discuss ways to strengthen the U.S.- EU relationship and coordinate responses to priority foreign policy, security, and economic issues.  They also committed to cooperate in the face of global challenges, including ... Read More»

Reaffirming and Reimagining America’s Alliances

A few weeks ago, not long after becoming Secretary as State, I spoke directly to the American people.  I said that my number one job is to ensure that America’s foreign policy delivers for them – that it makes their lives more secure, creates opportunities for their families and communities, and addresses the global challenges ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels. The Secretary emphasized the importance of the enduring partnership between the United States and Italy. The ministers agreed the United States and Italy will continue to work together to address shared ... Read More»

America strives for open government

President Biden “is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just, and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said January 25, announcing that an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be present at daily briefings. Read More»

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States at the U.N.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has a new role as the representative of the United States to the United Nations, America’s highest-profile diplomatic position after secretary of state. Thomas-Greenfield is the 31st person to lead the U.S. Mission to the United Nations since the mission’s creation in 1947 by an act of Congress. She brings decades of experience ... Read More»

USAID makes hand-washing more accessible

Washing your hands frequently is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but access to soap and water is a challenge for some 3 billion people worldwide. That’s why the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Water for the World (PDF, 171 KB) programs, provides water and hygiene products and promotes the ... Read More»

Report: Governments target critics during COVID-19

After criticizing the Venezuelan government’s response to COVID-19 in April, human rights lawyer Iván Virgüez was arrested and tortured by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro. Chinese reporter Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan, China, in February 2020 to report on the city’s coronavirus outbreak and was later sentenced to four years in prison. The journalist’s ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Secretary Blinken and Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, UK and Italy

Today marks ten years since the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets calling for reform. The Assad regime’s response has been one of appalling violence. President Assad and his backers bear responsibility for the years of war and human suffering that followed. We praise the brave individuals and organisations who over the last ten ... Read More»

Poetry helps American physicians to heal

Dr. Daniel Becker wakes up around 4:30 a.m. every day, pours a cup of coffee, then disappears into his office for an hour. There, he writes poems before starting his day treating patients. Becker is a physician at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and he is among a growing number of American doctors ... Read More»

Biden: Quad partners boosting COVID-19 vaccine production in India

The United States and Quad partner nations are ramping up production of U.S.-developed vaccines in India to strengthen vaccination efforts across the Indo-Pacific. President Biden announced the vaccine partnership plan March 12 at the outset of the first leaders’ summit of the Quad, a partnership between the United States, India, Japan and Australia. Read More»

Joint Statement by France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States on an Interim Government of National Unity in Libya

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America welcome the vote of confidence by the overwhelming majority of the members of the House of Representatives meeting in Sirte 8-10 March to endorse the cabinet chosen by Prime Minister-designate Abdulhamid Dabaiba for an interim Government of National Unity. Read More»

Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

From fiddle and blues music to Native American beadwork and canoe building, a March 4 celebration by the 2020 National Heritage Fellows showcased many forms of American folk and traditional arts. Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Ann Eilers praised the fellows’ art for illustrating that “there are many versions of American life, and ... Read More»

Joint Statement: The U.S. and the EU Commit to Greater Cooperation to Counter the Climate Crisis

Today in Brussels, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry met with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans, and the College of Commissioners to discus efforts to raise global climate ambition heading into COP26 in Glasgow.  After their meetings, they released the following statement. Read More»

U.S. Assistance to Italy to Fight COVID – Ventilators are Part of $60 Million Assistance Package

As the virus continues to spread throughout the world, and with new variants emerging, it is important to improve preparedness and resilience in the health care sector. These ventilators are part of the United States’ $60 million assistance package to Italy that aims to help Italian healthcare institutions, NGOs, and private sector fight the pandemic ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden on International Women’s Day

On Friday, I submitted to the Senate for confirmation my first slate of nominations for four-star command positions in our Armed Forces — among them, two outstanding and eminently qualified warriors and patriots.  General Jacqueline Van Ovost in the United States Air Force is currently the only female four-star officer serving in our military.  I ... Read More»

Stopping criminals who traffic wildlife

Since 2015, the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking in 2015 has activated a three-pronged strategy to promote law enforcement, build international cooperation, and reduce demand for illegal wild animals and their parts. The U.S. attorney general and secretaries of State and Interior co-chair the task force, which draws upon 17 federal agencies to implement ... Read More»

Exchange students discover diplomacy through virtual simulations

American and international students are connecting through exchange programs and diplomacy simulations that challenge them to work together and design solutions to global crises. These student diplomats participate in online simulations run by the National Museum of American Diplomacy, whose dedicated education program encourages teachers and students around the world to immerse themselves in the world ... Read More»

How NASA fights climate change from space

The U.S. agency that explores outer space is aiding the global fight against climate change. With more than two dozen satellites and other measuring tools, NASA collects massive amounts of environmental data on everything from air pollution to global temperatures. Scientists use that information to better understand climate change and how to slow it. Read More»

A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation.  Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship.  Courageous women ... Read More»

The first U.S. president set his own term limit

America’s first president, George Washington, voluntarily gave up the office more than two centuries ago. The speech he gave announcing his departure is still so important that it is read aloud every year in the Senate. Washington wrote his Farewell Address in 1796, toward the end of his second term as president. He used the address to ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Participation in the EU Foreign Affairs Council

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participated virtually in today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) at the invitation of EU High Representative Josep Borrell.  Secretary Blinken highlighted the United States’ commitment to repairing, revitalizing, and raising the level of ambition in the U.S.-EU relationship. He emphasized the importance of close cooperation with the EU and ... Read More»

Shifts in the new U.S. Congress (infographic)

The new Congress most notably features an evenly divided Senate, with 50 Republicans on one side of the aisle and 48 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats on the other. Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, will be the tiebreaker, so Democrats will control the agenda and the Senate’s various committees. Read More»

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

Black women in the arts have long formed the backbone of America’s cultural landscape. As Americans were reminded at President Biden’s inauguration, young Black artists such as poet Amanda Gorman are emerging and sharing their vision for the future with the world. For Black History Month, we look at past and present defining figures in music, literature and ... Read More»

Readout of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks at Day One of the NATO Defense Ministerial

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III participated in his first NATO Defense Ministerial as the U.S. Defense Secretary today, providing remarks during two separate sessions.  The first session discussed deterrence and defense, burden sharing, and Secretary General Stoltenberg’s ‘NATO 2030’ initiative.  The second session discussed trans-Atlanticism, NATO-EU relations, Alliance resilience, and emerging and disruptive ... Read More»

Why freedom of the press is important

Freedom of the press is an essential right in the United States and a core principle of democracy. Protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a free press helps maintain the balance of power in government. Numerous journalists worldwide have been killed while working to fulfill their essential role in free and open societies. Read More»

America’s culture of innovation spans the country

California’s Silicon Valley is known for its startup culture. So are commercial hubs in the Northeast — think Boston and New York — or Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Startups in these tech corridors have long benefited from the investment of venture capitalists. But Americans in every part of the country love to innovate. Investors increasingly ... Read More»

Biden-Harris Administration Launches American Innovation Effort to Create Jobs and Tackle the Climate Crisis

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is initiating an ambitious innovation effort to create American jobs while tackling the climate crisis, which includes the launch of a new research working group, an outline of the Administration’s innovation agenda, and a new $100 million funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Energy to support transformational low-carbon energy technologies. ... Read More»

Readout of the First National Climate Task Force Meeting

Today, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy convened the first-ever National Climate Task Force meeting as outlined by President Biden’s January 27 executive order on tackling the climate crisis. The Task Force is chaired by the National Climate Advisor and includes Cabinet-level leaders from 21 federal agencies and senior White House officials to kickstart the Biden-Harris ... Read More»

The scientist who helped NASA catch an asteroid

Among those behind one of NASA’s greatest feats of science — collecting samples from a moving asteroid — is a Venezuelan-American immigrant who came to the United States to realize a lifelong dream. This past October, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft took a sample from the asteroid Bennu, the smallest ... Read More»

Biden: We will solve global challenges together

President Biden is vowing to strengthen America’s international relationships and tackle global challenges with the help of other nations. In a major foreign policy speech, Biden said the United States will work with the international community to tackle global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, and to advance freedom and dignity for people around the world. Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today. The Secretary expressed his desire to rebuild and strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Italy. He emphasized the U.S. desire to work with Italy, particularly in its role as President of the G20, and other partners to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Italy, USAID and Rotary International donate tablets to Italian students to support education

I am very happy to be here, with Rotary International, TIM and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. Thanks to this initiative, 300 students will receive tablets and Internet service to facilitate online remote learning. Read More»

Biden-Harris Administration Commits on Climate Change

Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking across the federal government, and re-establishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Read More»

U.S. invests in cleaning up plastic in oceans

Wayward plastic waste has been accumulating in the world’s oceans for years, and it is increasingly harming local industries that rely on oceans and coastal waters — especially tourism and aquaculture. Supporting economic vitality is one reason the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) launched its Ocean Plastics Initiative. By backing specific projects, the initiative will ... Read More»

Presidential proclamation on travel restrictions in the Schengen area

The Federal Government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States continues to pose a grave threat to our health and security.  As of January 20, 2021, the United States had experienced more than 24 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Election in Louisiana’s 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts

The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much ... Read More»

The Biden-Harris plan to beat COVID-19

The American people deserve an urgent, robust, and professional response to the growing public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. President Biden believes that the federal government must act swiftly and aggressively to help protect and support our families, small businesses, first responders, and caregivers essential to help us face this ... Read More»

U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the World Health Organization, which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July. Read More»

Commemoration of the 77th Anniversary of the Allied Landing in Anzio

Today, on January 22, 2021, we commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Allied landings at Anzio and Nettuno, where brave Americans joined allies and partners to liberate Italy.  Over 7,800 U.S. service members remain at Nettuno’s Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, their final resting place.  Today, we draw inspiration from these heroes and their sacrifice.  We shall ... Read More»

The Biden-Harris Administration Immediate Priorities

President Biden will deliver bold action and immediate relief for American families as the country grapples with converging crises. This will include actions to control the COVID-19 pandemic, provide economic relief, tackle climate change, and advance racial equity and civil rights, as well as immediate actions to reform our immigration system and restore America’s standing ... Read More»

Meet Biden’s choice for secretary of state: Antony Blinken

For Antony Blinken, the incoming administration’s pick for America’s top diplomat, returning to the U.S. State Department brings the opportunity to continue both professional and family traditions. If confirmed by the Senate, Blinken would resume a career at the State Department, where he served during the Clinton and Obama administrations. His career in public service ... Read More»

Biden’s inauguration to blend the old with the new

Every four years, the American president is sworn in January 20 in Washington before big crowds. Presidents typically throw in concerts, parades and balls to create several days’ worth of festivities around their inaugurations. But as Joseph R. Biden Jr. becomes the 46th president of the United States on January 20, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds will be ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, January 15, 2021

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, December 22, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and recommends that travelers should avoid all travel to Italy.  Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Smitham thanks Italian Health workers at Policlinico Umberto I

A goodwill gesture from Mission Italy to the staff of Policlinico Umberto I, one of the primary hospitals for treating Covid patients in Rome. Mission Italy has arranged for a caterer to distribute 200 box lunches to essential workers to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the fight against COVID-19. Deputy Chief of ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg’s Farewell Calls with Government Ministers of the Republic of San Marino

Today Ambassador Eisenberg held virtual farewell calls with San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Luca Beccari and Minister of Industry Fabio Righi, together with U.S. Consul General in Florence Ragini Gupta.  During the calls he praised U.S.-San Marino bilateral relations: “Thank you for your strong cooperation, especially in international fora and security.” He ... Read More»

Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

The world recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, a day to heighten awareness about the physical, psychological and emotional harm women face worldwide. The U.S. Department of State sees tackling violence against women as a human rights imperative. Violence threatens women’s and girls’ safety, and it sets ... Read More»

The United States – Leading Collective Action in Global Health Security

For over 50 years the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  The United States has worked for decades to improve global capacity to contain outbreaks at their source and minimize their impact, and we will remain a leader, partner, and advocate on this issue.  We have made ... Read More»

USAID plans for global recovery from COVID-19

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa on October 28 announced the agency’s Over the Horizon Strategic Review, a new initiative to plan for a world altered by COVID-19 by helping partner nations on ... Read More»

Celebrating International Education Week 2020

November 16 marks the start of International Education Week (IEW) 2020. IEW is a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which provides an opportunity to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. This ... Read More»

U.S. Government Support for the Italian Private Sector to Fight COVID-19

As part of the ongoing U.S. assistance to Italy to fight COVID-19, on November 12, Ambassador Eisenberg virtually met with four companies which are the recipients of U.S. government grants through USAID’s INVEST program. Through this initiative, the United States will give funding to businesses to assist with the research, development, or manufacture of therapeutics, ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, November 5, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 28, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 23, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy. Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Voting Assistance, October 16, 2020

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering virtual voting assistance via Zoom over the next two weeks to provide direct support to U.S. citizens overseas.  Voters in Italy can participate in either of the following ... Read More»

Overview on U.S. Elections 2020

The 59th United States Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Wednesday 4th, New Zealand time). Learn more here about how the U.S. election system works below, and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Americans will go to the polls On November 3, 2020 to cast their ballots for the man ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, October 8, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel (including tourism) to Italy. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers defer all nonessential travel to Italy. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Milan, Italy, October 2, 2020

A demonstration against the French government will occur on October 2, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 2:00 p.m. Demonstrators will gather near the French Consulate Building at the intersection of Via Moscova and Via Turati. Police expect between 50-100 participants. Police will be present and may block vehicular and pedestrian ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio at a Press Availability

I came today to reinforce the partnership between one of our closest friends and allies.  The strength of the U.S.-Italy friendship was the foundation of a great conversation today that I had with the foreign minister, with the prime minister before that.  We discussed a broad range of issues, and they include things that have ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Italian Prime Minister Conte

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte today in Rome, Italy.  Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister Conte discussed Italy’s strong effort to combat COVID-19, as well as U.S. assistance to Italy to help fight the pandemic.  Secretary Pompeo highlighted the substantial business and investment ties between the United States and Italy and noted the ... Read More»

The United States and Italy: Longstanding Partners, Friends

The United States and Italy share a deep and enduring relationship, enriched by our people-to-people ties, long-standing economic and security partnership, and a commitment to the same values – democracy, freedom, free and fair trade, and the rule of law. As friends and NATO Allies, we cooperate on confronting some of the world’s most pressing ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By, September 28, 2020

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ... Read More»

NASA Administrator Signs Declaration of Intent with Italy on Artemis Cooperation

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, representing the United States government, signed a joint statement of intent with Italian Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Riccardo Fraccaro, representing the Italian government, articulating strong mutual interest between the two countries in pursuing Italian contributions to lunar exploration activities as part of NASA’s Artemis Program. The signing took ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2020

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It is my profound honor to address the United Nations General Assembly. Seventy-five years after the end of World War II and the founding of the United Nations, we are once again engaged in a great global struggle. We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy — the China virus — ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, September 17, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Rome has resumed scheduling limited notarial services. Please visit https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/notarial-services/ to schedule an appointment.  All individuals entering the consular building must wear a face covering in accordance with Italian government decrees mandating social distancing. In addition, customers requiring assistance in Italy who have not yet completed the required 14 days of isolation will not be allowed to ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy

Democracy remains the aspiration of people all over the world because each of us yearns to be free.  From the time we are children, we instinctively assert our ability to self-govern, to make decisions that shape our lives.  As citizens, we understand that we must be free to engage others in debates over the wisdom ... Read More»

Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg joins Mayor of Rome in 9/11 commemoration

September 11, 2020 U.S. Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg joined the Mayor of the City of Rome Virginia Raggi in a ceremony to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.  The wreath-laying ceremony took place at the 9/11 Remembrance Plaque in Rome.  The two columns recall the Twin Towers in New York.  Every year the Mayor ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the confirmed poisoning of Alexei Navalny. Germany has briefed G7 partners on the fact that clinical and toxicological ... Read More»

U.S. helps allies fight cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts from the U.S. Cyber Command are working with other nations to identify malware and network attacks. Cyberattacks undermine elections and threaten democracy. By working with host nations, Cyber Command has identified more than 40 malware samples since 2018. The best way to fight cyberattacks and false information campaigns is to expose the weapons used ... Read More»

Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day, 2020

Recently, our Nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution.  On the commemoration of this historic day, I was proud to issue a Proclamation honoring the women’s suffrage movement and sign a full pardon for one of its greatest leaders, Susan B. Anthony, who was unjustly convicted for voting on ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, and we continue to ensure ... Read More»

Syria Sanctions Designations

Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta which killed over 1,400 Syrians. Today, in memory of the victims of that brutality, the United States is announcing six sanctions against the Assad regime’s military, government, and financial supporters. As we continue to implement the goals of the Caesar ... Read More»

On the Occasion of World Humanitarian Day

On World Humanitarian Day, we honor the memory of humanitarian workers who made the ultimate sacrifice answering the call to protect the lives and alleviate the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.  We recognize the tireless commitment of these individuals who put the lives of others before their own and who persist in their ... Read More»

Securing Freedom in the Heart of Europe

Thank you all.  Dobry den.  Let me try it that way.  How did I do?  All right.  That’s all you’re going to suffer of my Czech today. Minister Petricek, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Vondracek, Senator Fischer, who I’ll be speaking with after my remarks, members of the parliament, and other distinguished guests: Thank you.  ... Read More»

Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, August 7, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy recommending that travelers reconsider (i.e., avoid nonessential) travel to Italy.  In addition, the CDC has issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and similarly recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy. The European Union (EU), which includes Italy, currently prohibits ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 31, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain third countries. The ... Read More»

President Trump Is Leading a Once-in-a-Generation Effort to Ensure Americans Have Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine

The President is using all available means to ensure safe vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics are developed, manufactured, and distributed in unprecedented time and scale in response to COVID-19. Earlier this year, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, a groundbreaking partnership between the Federal Government, scientific community, and private sector to develop and deliver vaccines in ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Speech at the National Constitution Center, July 16, 2020

Human rights advocates won great and laudable victories in our lifetimes, from the defeat of fascism, to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, and to the end of apartheid. But that was then. The great and noble human rights project of the 20th century is in crisis. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 16, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain third countries. The ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 10, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain third countries. The ... Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, July 8, 2020

Well, good morning all.  The White House Coronavirus Task Force met today, here at the Department of Education, as part of our ongoing effort to focus on a mission to save lives, meet the needs of our states and our healthcare workers, to protect the vulnerable, and to safely reopen America and reopen America’s schools. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 6, 2020 (NAPLES)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America

Thanks to the courage of those patriots of July 4th, 1776, the American Republic stands today as the greatest, most exceptional, and most virtuous nation in the history of the world. Our workers, our factories have revolutionized industries and lifted millions into prosperity.  Our artists, architects, and engineers have inspired the globe with transcendent works ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 3, 2020 (MILAN)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 2, 2020 (FLORENCE)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, July 2, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  As of July 1, the European Union (known as the EU, which includes Italy) began lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of certain ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government leads the globe with $12.5 billion allocated to benefit international COVID-19 response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance. We are achieving real results, helping nations around the world respond to COVID-19 and thereby protecting the homeland. We continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message, July 1, 2020 (ROME)

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 25, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories. On June 11, the Italian government released a decree that introduces updated health measures including travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.  Please visit the website of the Italian Ministry ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Milan, Italy, June 24, 2020

A sit-in demonstration is planned for June 24, 2020 at 6 pm in front of the U.S. Consulate General Milan to protest racism and classism. The event is expected to attract approximately 100 participants. While the demonstration is expected to remain peaceful, police will be in attendance. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic near the Consulate General ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg Meets Healthcare Professionals at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome

Thank you, Dr. Branca and Dr. Ippolito, for your warm welcome to Spallanzani. It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate the efforts of your team in addressing the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you also to Minister Speranza and President Zingaretti for the profound dedication and hard work you have employed to manage an ... Read More»

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to discuss local, State, and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, and America’s reopening. Read More»

Sustaining U.S. Humanitarian Assistance Leadership in Response to COVID-19

The United States has been, and continues to be, the undisputed leader in global foreign assistance, and our leadership in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues that record of generosity. Today, we’re providing approximately $93 million in new humanitarian assistance to bolster our ongoing response efforts, helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the devastation inflicted ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 18, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  On June 11, the Italian government released a decree that introduces updated health measures including travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.  Please visit the website of the Italian Ministry ... Read More»

Navy Donates Equipment, Supplies, to Aid Italian Recovery

In coordination with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA) Humanitarian Assistance Program and the U.S. Mission to Italy, the U.S. Navy provided the first of three donations of medical equipment and supplies to local Italian communities. A new ultrasound machine was donated to the City of Gaeta adding a new lifesaving capability to combat the ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States continues to lead the global effort to respond to and end the COVID-19 pandemic. Building upon decades of investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, the American people should be proud of the real results we are achieving through our help to nations around the world, which also helps protect the homeland. ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on Hong Kong

We, the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the High Representative of the European Union underscore our grave concern regarding China’s decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong. China’s decision is not in conformity with the Hong Kong Basic Law and its international ... Read More»

Briefing With Ambassador Philip T. Reeker On Readout From U.S.-EU Foreign Affairs Council Discussion

One of the great accomplishments for me and my team was being able to do this engagement with Secretary Pompeo with the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Union, something we’ve been trying to do for quite a while – for about a year – certainly since I came on board.  Of course, ideally we ... Read More»

There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’

In recent days, the media has taken to sounding the alarm bells over a “second wave” of coronavirus infections. Such panic is overblown. Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and the courage and compassion of the American people, our public health system is far stronger than it was four months ago, and we are ... Read More»

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to update our Nation’s governors on local, State, and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, and America’s reopening, with a focus on supporting America’s small ... Read More»

Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

First Lady Melania Trump is excited to announce Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, an exhibit honoring the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. The exhibit will launch this August and will showcase artwork by young Americans depicting this historic milestone. ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 12, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Rome, Consulates General in Milan, Naples and Florence, and Consular Agencies in Venice, Palermo and Genoa will resume limited regular passport processing on June 17.  Please note that although some passport processing centers in the United States have resumed operations, customers may still encounter significant delays in receiving their passports.  Travelers with an immediate travel ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo at a Press Availability on the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report

Good morning, everyone.  It’s great to be with you all today.  I’m here one more time, proudly, to talk about freedom and free societies.  And while America is not a perfect nation by any means, we always strive towards that more perfect union, trying to improve.  We remain the greatest nation in the history of ... Read More»

Statement from Ambassador Eisenberg

Yesterday the world watched in sorrow as the friends, family, and associates of George Floyd gathered in Minneapolis to commemorate his life. Although our laws provide protections against racial discrimination, it is clear much work remains to be done. The moment calls for us to renew our commitment to combating racism and intolerance and to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Florence, June 6, 2020

A demonstration by “Firenze Antifa” is expected to take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 beginning at 3:00 pm and lasting until at or about 5:00pm. The march protesting Italian policies with regard to COVID-19 restrictions  is expected to draw nearly 1,000 protestors.  Marches are currently banned under public health rules, and police will be ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert (2): U. S. Consulate General Florence, June 6, 2020

A demonstration is expected to take place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 beginning at 7:30 pm and until about 8:30pm. the organization. “Women’s March Florence, Italy” is hosting a silent protest titled “Italy stands with Black Lives Matter” next to the U.S. Consulate General in Florence.  Local reports say that there may be as many ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

Thank you, Foreign Minister Di Maio.  Luigi, I appreciate it.  We are praying for your country also to continue a swift and steady recovery from the coronavirus. To the 31 representatives with us today, thank you for participating, not only this gathering, but over the past couple of months. Finally, as I begin, I want ... Read More»

Joint Communique by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group

At the invitation of Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh/ISIS Small Group met virtually today to reaffirm our shared determination to continue the fight against Daesh/ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and to create conditions for ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, June 3, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may ... Read More»

Readout from the Vice President’s Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Today, Vice President Mike Pence led a discussion with the chief executives of approximately 50 States, territories, and the city of Washington, DC, and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to update our Nation’s governors on local, State, and Federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. To open up the meeting, Chaplain of the United States ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. Government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The American people have given more than $10 billion that will benefit the global COVID-19 response, and we continue to ensure that the substantial U.S. funding and scientific efforts on ... Read More»

Statement by the President

All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd.  My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served.  He will not have died in vain.  But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob.  The ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 27, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may ... Read More»

Keeping the World Safe from Iran’s Nuclear Program

Today, I am announcing the end of the sanctions waiver covering all remaining JCPOA-originating nuclear projects in Iran – the Arak reactor conversion, the provision of enriched uranium for the Tehran Research Reactor, and the export of Iran’s spent and scrap research reactor fuel. The sanctions waiver covering these activities will end following a final, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony

THE PRESIDENT:  I stand before you at this noble fortress of American liberty to pay tribute to the immortal souls who fought and died to keep us free.  Earlier today, the First Lady and I laid a wreath in their sacred honor at Arlington National Cemetery.  Now we come together to salute the flag they ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg Commemorated Giovanni Falcone

I am truly honored to be with you virtually on this important day to remember and commemorate the achievements of one of Italy’s prominent citizens. This year the United States is also honoring Judge Falcone as one of the premiere alumni of its International Visitor Leadership Program, for his collaboration with U.S. authorities and the ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Di Maio discussed the importance of coordination and cooperation as we begin to re-open our societies and restart the global economy. Secretary Pompeo highlighted the strength of the U.S.-Italy friendship and his admiration for the ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 20, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States may ... Read More»

Delivering on American Commitments in the COVID-19 Response with Additional Foreign Assistance

Months into fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at home and abroad, the United States is continuing to lead the global charge against the pandemic, building on decades of leadership in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance. Through the generosity of the American people, our foreign assistance is saving lives and helping to mitigate economic devastation around the ... Read More»

Readout from the State and Local Stakeholder Call on COVID-19 Response

Today, First Lady Melania Trump joined a call with approximately 3,000 state, local, and tribal officials, along with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and other federal officials, to continue the dialogue on the Administration’s response to COVID-19. Discussion topics included implementation of the CARES Act, updates from the White House Coronavirus Task ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Updated on May 19, 2020 Please see: Alert and Messages webpage The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 Level 4 – Do Not Travel to: Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Cabinet Meeting, May 19, 2020

Thank you very much, everybody.  Please.  So, welcome to our Cabinet meeting.  And every member of my Cabinet is working tirelessly to defeat the invisible enemy.  That should have never happened to our country.  It should have never happened to the world.  It’s a disgrace.  It could have been stopped at the source, but they ... Read More»

Readout from the Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response & Ensuring the Well-Being of All Americans

Today, First Lady Melania Trump joined President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in a discussion with approximately 50 of our Nation’s governors and, at the request of the First Lady, their spouses. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force also joined to discuss best practices and ... Read More»

The United States Protects National Security and the Integrity of 5G Networks, May 15, 2020

The U.S. government today took another step to protect U.S. national security and the integrity of 5G networks by expanding the Commerce Department’s foreign direct product rule to restrict Huawei from circumventing U.S. law. We will not tolerate efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to undermine the privacy of our citizens or the integrity of ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 14, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States ... Read More»

Another Concrete Example of Allied Solidarity in the Effort against Covid19, May 13, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, assisted the Italian government in transporting medical and other relief supplies between supply hubs in Milan and Rome, Italy, May 13. The mission is the first in a planned series of U.S. Air Forces in ... Read More»

DAI Request for Proposals – RFP INVEST-044 Italy ESF Part 1: Catalytic Contribution, May 12, 2020

This RFP INVEST-044 (Part 1: Catalytic Contribution) is one of two companion RFPs (RFP-044 and RFP-045). Offerors may apply to either or both RFPs. Should a firm (or consortium) wish to apply to both RFPs, separate proposals must be submitted for each, responding to the specific evaluation criteria outlined in each RFP. However, submissions made to both RFPs from the same firm ... Read More»

DAI Request for Proposals – RFP INVEST-045 Italy ESF Part 2: Technical Assistance, May 12, 2020

This RFP INVEST-045 (Part 2: Technical Assistance) is one of two companion RFPs (RFP-044 and RFP-045). Offerors may apply to either or both RFPs. Should a firm (or consortium) wish to apply to both RFPs, separate proposals must be submitted for each, responding to the specific evaluation criteria outlined in each RFP. However, submissions made to both RFPs from the same firm ... Read More»

Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19

As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for our collective recovery.  In addition to the ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 8, 2020

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is aware of the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. citizens abroad, Service members, and their eligible family members, when voting absentee during the remainder of the 2020 election cycle. FVAP is in communication with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency, and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information ... Read More»

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental struggle.  We pay tribute to those who served for their service and pause ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, May 6, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Persons who are considering travel to Italy should be aware that they are subject to travel restrictions by the Italian government.  The Italian Foreign Ministry has issued English-language guidance for the latest health decree that went into effect on May 4, ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

Good morning, everyone.  It’s been 128 days since Chinese doctor Ai Fen – the director of the Wuhan Central Hospital’s emergency unit – shared information on the internet about a patient with a SARS-like virus.  Her colleague, Dr. Li Wenliang, shared Dr. Ai’s report online with medical colleagues. The next day, December 31st, regional health ... Read More»

Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

As we work together to defeat the coronavirus at home, the United States stands with our global partners in their time of need, as we always have. A healthier world means a healthier United States. For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg on RAI’s Voci dal Mondo

On March 30, President Donald Trump announced a robust assistance package to the beautiful country of Italy worth up to 100 million dollars. The assistance would have two goals:  to help Italy fight the pandemic and to help boost global trade.  As part of the President’s aid package, the United States Agency for International Development, ... Read More»

Update: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Response to COVID-19

Through the American people’s generosity and the U.S. government’s action, the United States continues to demonstrate global leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Months into fighting this pandemic at home and abroad, the United States remains the largest single country donor to the response efforts globally, building on decades of leadership in life-saving ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 29, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States ... Read More»

Deregulation Sparks Dramatic Telehealth Increase During the COVID-19 Response

Encouraging private-sector solutions through targeted deregulation and public-private partnerships is a critical part of the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 response. This approach has successfully expanded testing development, healthcare capacity, and the use of telehealth. Telehealth has grown as the United States continues responding to COVID-19’s challenges, leading to public health benefits. Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response

Okay, thank you very much.  And I’m honored to be joined by representatives of many great American retail companies, some of the greatest companies anywhere in the world.  And we’re talking today about different things, and — including distribution and medical diagnostics, et cetera.  You’ll see in a second, they’re going to say hello. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 22, 2020

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  The CDC advises travelers to avoid all nonessential international travel.  Please see CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories.  Although passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19, travelers with an immediate travel need and a confirmed flight to the United States ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press At a Press Availability, April 22, 2020

Well, good morning, everyone. Happy Ramadan to those of you in time zones where it’s Thursday already. I want to lead off with three commemorations. First, we remember those slain in terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. That was one year ago yesterday. Second, this week the administration honors the annual Holocaust Days ... Read More»

With Excess National Supply, Exchanges Will Allow U.S. Hospitals to Continue Meeting Ventilator Demand

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Government has worked tirelessly to “bend the curve” and prevent healthcare utilization from exceeding the healthcare system’s capacity. Given ventilators’ life-saving role, it is important that demand stay below supply so that no person who is in need of a ventilator is denied one. Read More»

USAID’s COVID-19 Response in Italy

The U.S. Government has pledged to support Italy’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID is committing $50 million to support health security, civil society, and the Italian private sector. Providing this critical assistance will not only help the people of Italy, one of our closest and oldest allies, it will lessen the risk of cross-border ... Read More»

Request for Information INVEST-005 for Economic Support Fund in response to COVID-19 in Italy, April 20, 2020

Through the INVEST Project, USAID seeks to unlock the potential of the private sector to drive inclusive growth in countries around the world.Increasingly, private investors and businesses are looking to emerging markets for better returns and new market opportunities. However, encouraging private investment and activity in high-impact areas important to USAID such as agriculture, financial ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg Interview with Mediaset TV Network, April 20, 2020

Italy and the United States clearly are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.  Our countries have been particularly hard hit and we continue to feel ongoing pain. So I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences on behalf of President Trump and my American colleagues around the world and friends.  We ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg’s video on U.S. corporate contributions to Italy’s fight against COVID-19

In this dark moment, U.S. companies have already donated almost € 30 million to hospitals and institutions fighting #COVID19 in Italy, and there’s more to come. These contributions are a further proof of our incredible, historical friendship. With these words Ambassador Eisenberg expressed himself in a video directed to the Italians. Stressing once again the ... Read More»

Online Daily Fanpage Interviews Ambassador Eisenberg, April 16, 2020

Well, we are several weeks to a month behind Italia, and it has been very fierce. Particularly, I have...my children and grandchildren are in the New York and New Jersey area which has been the hardest hit with over half the cases so far in United States, so it is a great concern as it ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have now committed nearly $508 million in ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Is Beginning the Next Phase In Our Fight Against Coronavirus: Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

"All of American society is engaged and mobilized in the war against the invisible enemy. While we must remain vigilant, it is clear that our aggressive strategy is working." President Donald J. Trump Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 15, 2020

International commercial flight options currently exist in Italy. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in Italy at this time. Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Recovered COVID-19 Patients, April 14, 2020

Well, thank you very much, everybody.  This is a group of people who, in many cases, became quite famous because they went through a lot having to do with the coronavirus.  A tremendous amount.  And a lot of them were covered, and we know them from the media.  They’ve all got very interesting and very ... Read More»

Connecting Americans to Coronavirus Information Online, April 15, 2020

While there is no shortage of coronavirus content on the internet, the American people need access to the most up-to-date public health guidance and most relevant information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing facilities in their communities. The White House and key Federal agencies are working alongside Schema.org to help ensure these critical resources surface ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing, April 14, 2020

Thank you very much.  Please.  Very importantly, I’d like to begin by saying that we’ve just reached agreement — the Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, with the major airlines, all of our great airlines — to participate in a Payroll Support Program.  This agreement will fully support airline industry workers, preserve the vital role airlines ... Read More»

Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19

It is the policy of the United States to take measures to assist State Governors under the Stafford Act in their responses to all threats and hazards to the American people in their respective States.  Considering the profound and unique public health risks posed by the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Healthcare Executives, April 14, 2020

Well, thank you very much.  And I want to welcome many of our nation’s top hospital CEOs to the White House.  It’s an honor to have you.  Friends of mine for a long time, in many cases.  We’re glad to be joined by Vice President Pence, who’s in the other room — he’ll be coming ... Read More»

U.S. Assistance to Italy

During these difficult times, the United States is working in solidarity with our partners and Allies to provide humanitarian assistance to countries in need and to take all possible measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.  Italy, one of our closest Allies and friends, has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, and ... Read More»

Memorandum on Providing COVID-19 Assistance to the Italian Republic

The Italian Republic (Italy), one of our closest and oldest Allies, is being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already claimed more than 18,000 lives, brought much of the Italian healthcare system to the brink of collapse, and threatens to push Italy’s economy into a deep recession.  The Government of Italy has requested United ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 10, 2020

The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. Please review and follow the health decrees issued by the Government of Italy, including the need for social distancing, restrictions on movement outdoors, and the requirement to carry a self-certification document along with proper identification. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 9, 2020

Passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19.  They are no longer printing non-emergency passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad received from overseas U.S. embassies and consulates.  U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports.  If you have an immediate need to travel and have a ... Read More»

Presidential Message on World Health Day, 2020

Public health plays a critical role in building strong, prosperous, and free societies around the world.  Today, as our Nation and entire global community continue to combat the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, care for the sick, and protect ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to the Press, April 7, 2020

First, I want to express my thanks to the dozens of countries that have expressed support for the new Venezuela framework that I announced when I was here last week.  The goal is to replace Maduro’s illegitimate dictatorship with a legitimate, transitional government that can hold free and fair elections, presidential elections to represent all ... Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, April 4, 2020

It’s a busy time.  Very busy time.  And let me begin by again expressing our support, solidarity, and love for the people of our great country.  We’re fighting for you and we’re enduring all of this together.  And we will soon prevail together.  We’re making a lot of progress. We appreciate all of the great ... Read More»

Briefing on COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad, April 3, 2020

Thank you so much, and Happy Friday, everybody. Thanks again for joining us for the third briefing this week by senior State Department officials to provide the latest and most up-to-date information on COVID-19, the pandemic’s impact on the health of the State Department workforce, and the unprecedented, historic mission to bring Americans home from ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 3, 2020

International commercial flight options currently exist in Italy. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in Italy at this time.   Read More»

Statement from the President Regarding the Defense Production Act

America is at war against an invisible enemy.  Unfortunately, the outbreak of the virus has led to wartime profiteering by unscrupulous brokers, distributors, and other intermediaries operating in secondary markets.  This wartime profiteering is leading to hoarding and soaring prices for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves, and N-95 respirators, all of which are ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Energy Sector CEOs

Okay, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to be with the world leaders in American oil and gas and, really, I could say, the world leaders, period, when it comes to energy and American energy.  The biggest companies anywhere — anywhere in the world. I want to thank Secretary of the Interior, David ... Read More»

Memorandum on Allocating Certain Scarce or Threatened Health and Medical Resources to Domestic Use

To deal with the threat that the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 poses to our Nation’s healthcare systems, on March 18, 2020, I issued Executive Order 13909 (Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources to Respond to the Spread of COVID-19), in which I found that health and medical resources needed to respond to the ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 2, 2020

The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  Direct flights to the United States are available through Alitalia, which currently has one direct flight per day.  Book flights ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 1, 2020

The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  Direct flights to the United States are available through Alitalia, which currently has one direct flight per day.  Book flights ... Read More»

A Million American Lives Are Worth Fighting For, April 1, 2020

So many communities, small businesses, and Americans from all backgrounds are patriotically doing their part. President Trump knows these changes are difficult on many. To help as much as possible, he signed unprecedented economic relief into law last week, including major support for small businesses and workers. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 31, 2020

The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  Direct flights to the United States are available through Alitalia, which currently has one direct flight per day.  Book flights ... Read More»

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19

“Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest contributors to organizations like the UN Children’s Fund and the World Food ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing

I want to start today by highlighting several critical developments on both the testing and treatment that will help us win our war against the coronavirus. On Friday, the FDA authorized a new test developed by Abbott Labs that delivers lightning-fast results in as little as five minutes.  That’s a whole new ballgame.  I want ... Read More»

Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

On April 1, 2015, by Executive Order 13694, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the increasing prevalence and severity of malicious ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting with Supply Chain Distributors on COVID-19

Well, thank you very much.  First of all, I’d like to congratulate the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA and everybody else in the federal government, working with state government, but on the incredible job that the Army Corps and FEMA did on building the hospital in New York at the Javits Center.  Two thousand ... Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, March 27, 2020

Thank you very much.  Great to have you. And thank you all for being here.  My administration is taking new action to ensure that America has the medical resources and equipment needed to fight the global pandemic.  It’s been a brutal pandemic for over 150 countries all over the world. We’ve had great success over ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 26, 2020

The Italian government has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  Direct flights to the United States are available through Alitalia, which currently has one direct flight per day.  Book flights ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 24, 2020

U.S. Mission Italy has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departurefrom any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and ... Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, March 24, 2020

Thank you very much.  Been a very busy day.  I want to thank the American people for the incredible sacrifices that they’re making on behalf of our nation.  And I want to encourage everyone to keep following our guidelines on social distancing: avoiding large gatherings and hand washing, and all of the other things that ... Read More»

Department of State’s Global Effort To Bring Americans Home, March 24, 2020

The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. We have no higher duty than to protect American citizens, and have launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every corner of the globe. As of today, we have ... Read More»

USAFE supports Italy COVID-19 response, March 22, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, transported an En-Route Patient Staging System (ERPSS) to Aviano AB, Italy, for delivery to the Italian Ministry of Defense. This mobile, or fixed system, provides 10 patient holding/staging beds and can support a maximum throughput ... Read More»

Coronavirus, Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus on SkyTG24

We want the Italian people to know that we are in this battle together.  Italy and the United States have a solid, historical bond.  Just think, for example, of all the Italian-Americans who go back and forth between our two countries.  Just a few days ago I spoke to the Italian Ambassador to the United States and I ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Approves Washington Disaster Declaration

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Washington and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available for Crisis ... Read More»

U.S. scientists work tirelessly on coronavirus vaccines

U.S. innovators are rushing to combat the new coronavirus, with vaccines already in development and new treatment options being tested in the United States and Asia. The rapid response received a boost this month as President Trump signed into law $8.3 billion in federal funds to fight COVID-19. The funding is helping federal agencies and their private-sector ... Read More»

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing, March 20, 2020

Thank you very much.  I had a very good telephone conversation — extremely good — with Senator Schumer a little while ago.  We’re working on various elements of the deal, and the Democrats are very much wanting something to happen, and the Republicans, likewise, are very much wanting something to happen.  And I think it ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Is Taking Necessary Safety Measures at the Border to Prevent Further Spread of the Coronavirus

The United States has reached mutual agreements with Canada and Mexico to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders. The United States will expeditiously return aliens who cross between ports of entry or are otherwise not allowed to enter the country, as the facilities in which these aliens would normally be held cannot ... Read More»

COVID-19 Emergency: Ambassador Eisenberg Praises Efforts by Italian Companies

We are delighted the Italian company Copan Diagnostics continues to produce COVID-19 testing swabs in sufficient quantity to satisfy Italian need and sell abroad. Italian private enterprise is helping to save lives around the world. I applaud this effort. The US will continue to buy these swabs from Italian companies as needed. The US and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Video Teleconference with Governors on COVID-19

Well, thank you very much.  It is great having FEMA involved.  We’ve had tremendous success working together, and we appreciate all of the people here.  And it’s an honor to be with all of you.  You’re doing a fantastic job, by the way.  And so now we’re, as of yesterday when we — when we ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Di Maio emphasized the strength of the U.S.-Italian relationship in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. Secretary Pompeo praised the resolve and resilience the Italian people have demonstrated in this difficult time. Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 18, 2020

U.S. Mission Italy has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departurefrom any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence in a Briefing with Nurses on COVID-19 Response

Well, thank you very much.  And today I welcome the great nurses of our country to the White House and express our gratitude for those on the frontlines in our war against the global pandemic.  And it’s been something, but we’re winning it.  We will win.  It’s a question of when, and I think it’s ... Read More»

White House Announces Partnership with Ad Council, Major Media Networks, and Digital Platforms for COVID-19 Messages

President Donald J. Trump today announced a major partnership with the Ad Council, major media networks, and digital platforms to effectively communicate accurate and timely information directly to the American people. This partnership is another important component of the all-of-America response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and will benefit high-risk populations and the general public with public service announcements ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Tourism Industry Executives on COVID-19 Response

Well, thank you very much.  We have the tourism industry executives, the biggest anywhere in the world.  These are the great ones, and they’re going to say a couple of little words pretty soon, I think.  We’ll talk about their company quickly and the number of employees and what’s happened since the Chinese virus came ... Read More»

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn: “Be Wary of Anyone Claiming They Can Cure COVID-19. Talk to Your Doctor.”

Part of the FDA’s mission is to protect Americans from health fraud. This includes warning about the dangers of purchasing and using medical products or devices that have not been proven safe and/or effective for the uses they claim. Health fraud scams can cause delays in proper diagnoses and treatment and may even lead to ... Read More»

Coronavirus Guidelines for America

This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part. The new recommendations are ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 15, 2020

Due to reduced staffing, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Consulates General Milan, Naples, and Florence. The CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Italy and State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel. See CDC information regarding high-risk traveler categories. Read More»

President, Vice President and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing

Thank you very much.  We just completed a very good meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force.  And we — we’re really — they’re really doing a great job, our professionals.  The results are very — very, very good.  And when you compare this to what’s happening around the world, we’re very proud of our people. ... Read More»

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this ... Read More»

Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, has determined that the virus presents a serious public health threat, and CDC continues to take steps to prevent its spread.  But CDC, along with State and local health departments, has limited resources, and the public health system could ... Read More»

Letter from President Donald J. Trump on Emergency Determination Under the Stafford Act

I have determined that the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency determination under section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). My decision to make this determination pursuant to section 501(b) of the Stafford ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference

We’ve been working very hard on this.  We’ve made tremendous progress.  When you compare what we’ve done to other areas of the world, it’s pretty incredible.  A lot of that had to do with the early designation and the closing of the borders. And, as you know, Europe was just designated as the hotspot right ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Has Mobilized the Full Resources of the Federal Government to Respond to the Coronavirus

President Trump is exercising statutory authorities to declare a national emergency in response to the coronavirus. The unprecedented action the President is taking invites States, territories, and tribes to access over $42 billion in existing funding to combat the coronavirus. Read More»

Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

The spread of COVID-19 within our Nation’s communities threatens to strain our Nation’s healthcare systems.  As of March 12, 2020, 1,645 people from 47 States have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.  It is incumbent on hospitals and medical facilities throughout the country to assess their preparedness posture and be prepared to surge ... Read More»

Memorandum on Expanding State-Approved Diagnostic Tests

It is the policy of the United States to take proactive measures to prepare for and respond to public health threats, including the public health emergency involving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”) on January 31, 2020, pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service ... Read More»

Mission Italy, Embassy to the Holy See, and USUN Rome Change in Operations due to COVID-19

The U.S. Missions to Italy and to the United Nations Agencies in Rome and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See have limited their operations as of March 11, 2020, in accordance with the Government of Italy’s March 9 decree establishing a country-wide protective zone to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Reduced levels of staff will ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 12, 2020

Due to reduced staffing that went into effect March 11, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Consulates General Milan, Naples, and Florence. The CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Italy and State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel. See CDC information regarding high-risk traveler ... Read More»

Global Health Advisory, Bureau of Consular Affairs, March 11, 2020

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel ... Read More»

President Trump Has Taken Unprecedented Steps To Respond To The Coronavirus

President Trump is issuing a proclamation under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to restrict travel to the United States from foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries. Section 212(f) of the INA only applies to the movement of human beings, not goods or cargo. Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Address to the Nation

My fellow Americans: Tonight, I want to speak with you about our nation’s unprecedented response to the coronavirus outbreak that started in China and is now spreading throughout the world. Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic. We have been in frequent contact with our allies, and we are ... Read More»

Proclamation – Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” and causes the disease ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Bankers on COVID-19

Well, thank you very much.  And we are having a meeting — a very important meeting — with the, I would say, the greatest bankers in the world, the most important banks in the world, financial centers, and having a good discussion.  We’re discussing the economy.  We’re discussing how it relates to jobs and all ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence on Coronavirus, March 10

Well, thank you very much.  We’re meeting with the top executives of the health insurance companies, the biggest companies in our country — probably the biggest companies in our country, probably the biggest companies in the world.  I can’t imagine being much bigger. But these are the great — the great health insurance companies.  And ... Read More»

Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force

Well, let me say, the recommendations that you have and that every American now has at Coronavirus.gov apply to every jurisdiction in the country, every state and every community, irrespective of whether or not there’s been a coronavirus case established. I will tell you that we’re working very closely with California, Washington, New York, Florida to develop ... Read More»

Readout from the Vice President’s Discussion on Covid-19

Vice President Mike Pence today participated in a discussion with nearly 50 of our Nation’s governors to provide an update on the work of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to continue coordination with governors and state and local officials to respond to and prepare for the coronavirus, and to thank governors and state and ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the health situation in Italy and recommends that individuals follow Italian official health guidance and avoid government-designated affected areas. American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Italy. Due to staffing limitations, only emergency visa services are available. On March 8, 2020, the Government ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Coronavirus Briefing with Cruise Line Executives and Port Directors

As many of you know, Florida had its first two COVID-19-linked fatalities yesterday.  And so we are stressing to folks that if you look at how this virus impacts people, the folks who are elderly and have underlying medical conditions are at much greater risk to have serious complications.  So we’ve been working hard with ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump After Tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

That was many weeks ago.  So they saw there was something going on in China long before anybody even heard of it.  That was actually before it was even in the print. They heard there was a problem in China.  That’s when they started working on this, and that’s pretty incredible.  That’s why we’re in ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

I think, you know, a lot of people are staying here and they’re going to be doing their business here.  They’re going to be traveling here.  And they’ll be going to resorts here.  And, you know, we have a great place.  That’s where — so, foreign people come, but we’re going to have Americans staying ... Read More»

Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

Let me begin, as always, by saying that according to all the experts gathered here and on our task force, the risks of the American public of contracting the coronavirus remains low. But that being said, we’re continuing to lean into this effort in full partnership with state and local health authorities around the country ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Press, March 5, 2020

Let’s start with our efforts, the State Department’s efforts on coronavirus.  The State Department continues to support President Trump’s strong leadership and whole-of-government approach to protect Americans.  There’s no higher duty for us. I’m sure you’ve all seen the President’s briefings and updates from CDC and HHS, and the good news that Deborah Birx from ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence in Meeting at the 3M Innovation Center

As the President said, we’re all in this together.  And he wanted me to be here in Minnesota to build on the strong partnership that we have, with your administration, here to protect the people of Minnesota as our nation deals with the coronavirus.  But I’m also here, as Governor Walz said, because not only ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 4, 2020

The Government of Italy has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  As of 12:00 AM March 3, all passengers on U.S.-bound flights whose temperature is higher than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit are not being permitted to board.  Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with ... Read More»

Press Briefing Vice President Pence and Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force

Finally, with regard to testing, we had a meeting today that gave us great hope for great progress in the near future on expanding testing across the country.  We have a ways to go yet, and I’m pleased to report, as we’ve been able to convey to state governments — governors around the country — ... Read More»

Readout from the White House Coronavrius Task Force Meeting

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield provided the latest update on the Coronavirus including the actions taken to implement the announcement yesterday from President Donald Trump. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun discussed the measures taken for screening ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: Updated Travel Advisory for Italy February 29, 2020

Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures. There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Italy. Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: Updated Travel Advisory for Italy February 28, 2020

There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Italy. Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported in Italy.  Sustained community spread means that people have been infected with ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, February 23, 2020

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor the health situation in Italy and recommends that individuals follow Italian health official guidance and avoid government-designated affected areas.  Due to reduced staffing levels, the U.S. Consulate General in Milan has suspended routine visa services until March 2, 2020.  Both routine and emergency American Citizen Services will continue at ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Naples, Italy, February 7, 2020

Location: Italy Event:  Since January 30, 2020, the Italian Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of Novel Coronavirus in Italy.  On February 5, 2020, Italian public health officials implemented mandatory thermal screening at all Italian air and maritime ports of entry in response to the recent Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Travelers should be prepared for travel ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address

Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback.  Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results.  Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again.  (Applause.)  America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the ... Read More»

Pasta Cooking Presentation

The Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome organized a Pasta Cooking Presentation in honor of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to raise awareness about the quality and value of U.S. durum wheat.  The presentation highlighted the various levels of protein that impact the color, texture, and consistency of pasta ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic Before Bilateral Meeting

Well, thank you, President Mattarella.  Thank you for your warm hospitality.  Thank you for welcoming me here in my very first visit to the Italian Republic as Vice President of the United States.  And let me also say: It was a privilege to be in Jerusalem with you yesterday, as we marked the 75th anniversary ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Registering to Vote

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on Iran

Good morning.  I’m pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.  We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases. Our great American forces are prepared for ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Conte

Thank you very much.  We just met with the Prime Minister of Denmark.  Had a great meeting and discussed a lot of things, including trade. And now we’re meeting with a friend of mine — a good friend of mine, the Prime Minister of Italy.  And we have many things to discuss, including trade and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

Vice President Carfagna, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests, veterans, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you all for being here today.  Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for honoring the service members here who rest in peace.  I am deeply humbled to be standing with you today as we pay tribute to these brave men and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Repatriation Ceremony

It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate with you the 50th anniversary of the Carabinieri Cultural Heritage Protection Deparment – or TPC.  I am doubly pleased to mark the occasion with the return of an important artifact to the Italian people. I’d like to thank Cultural Heritage and Tourism Minister Franceschini, and ... Read More»

DCM Thomas Smitham Remarks at Aspen-Italy Award Ceremony

I would like to start by thanking Aspen-Italia Chairman Giulio Tremonti for inviting me to share this award ceremony with you tonight. It is an honor, as well, to share this opportunity with Dr. Anna Ascani, Deputy Minister of Education, University and Research (MUIR). In preparing my remarks for this award, I thought: This is ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Council for the U.S. and Italy

I am pleased to join Ambassador Varricchio today in giving you a warm welcome to this fantastic event. Allow me to take a moment to recognize Foreign Minister Di Maio and Economy and Finance Minister Gualtieri. Ministers:  Benvenuti once again to the United States.  I trust your meetings in Washington have been productive, and I ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic at a Reception

Well, thank you very much, everyone.  It’s an honor to have you all at the White House.  You hear that beautiful music in the background?  Normally, we wait until it ends, but you’re Italian; we move fast, right?  (Laughter.)  You definitely move fast.    Tonight, we celebrate the extraordinary friendship between Italy and the United ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of Italy in Joint Press Conference

Thank you very much.  Today, it is my honor to welcome President Sergio Mattarella of Italy to the White House.  We've known each other for a while.  We've dealt with each other for a while.  And we've had some really great conversations.  We've had a very productive discussion throughout the day with our staffs and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic Before Bilateral Meeting

Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have the President of Italy with us.  He is a man of great distinction.  He’s highly respected in this country.  And it’s nice to have you at the White House.  Thank you very much, Mr. President. We’ve had a great relationship with Italy for a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception on the National September 11

The world changed after this unforgettable crime. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum seeks to honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993and September 11, 2001. The Memorial and Museum also recognizes the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg at Coding Girls 2019 Opening Event

Let me begin by thanking Mirta Michilli and Alessandra Donnini and their staff from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Together with Microsoft, the Fondazione has been an outstanding partner since Coding Girls was launched in 2014 with a pilot project in Rome. Thank you to Ms. Cominelli from Microsoft and Professor Catarci from La Sapienza. Your ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg Remarks at 4th Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia

Those of us working in government, as I do as the United States Ambassador to Italy, rely upon the expertise and insights of those outside of government.  Listening to, and engaging with, those outside of government is the best way to determine how to address the great challenges we face – to debate the issues ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio At a Press Availability

Back to first principles.  Your – the predicate of your final question about objecting to what the folks on Capitol Hill have asked is fundamentally not true.  What we objected to was the demands that were put that are – deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers.  They contacted State Department employees directly, told ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Maurizio Molinari of La Stampa

So I’ve seen the results of the decision today.  They – they’re consistent with what we’d anticipated.  We believed all along that the WTO would rule in this way.  We’ll now work through it, what the appropriate response is.  I will certainly talk to the EU and we’ll get to the right outcome. As I’ve ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Giovanna Pancheri of Sky TG24

Yeah, so I’ve seen that decision.  Frankly, it’s what we had expected.  We – our view has been all along for a long time now that these subsidies were illegal.  We’re working with your government and we’re working with the EU government to try and find the right mix of the way to respond to ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Travels to Italy to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership with Key Ally

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Rome and Abruzzo, Italy, October 1-3, where he will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to discuss the importance of Transatlantic unity and our strong and enduring bilateral relationship.  The Secretary will also travel to his ancestral home ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece from October 1 to 6. The Secretary will attend the U.S.-Holy See Symposium on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations, where he will deliver keynote remarks.  He will have a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, and meet ... Read More»

Reception in Honor of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia & Parkinson’s Disease

Welcome to Villa Taverna to celebrate the work of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease. I want to thank the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, and Antonio Pisani of the Department of Systems Medicine, for organizing this event. Let me also recognize my dear friends Bonnie Strauss and Nancy Rackoff. Your cause is ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2019

On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001.  With gratitude, we honor the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day.  We will always be grateful for the heroic men and women of our ... Read More»

Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit

The VAU is the interim diplomatic office of the U.S. Government to Venezuela, located at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota‎, Colombia, and has been established with bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress.  The VAU is continuing the U.S. mission to the legitimate Government of Venezuela and to the Venezuelan people.  The VAU will continue to ... Read More»

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise.  Dating back to at least the mid-2000s, Russia developed, produced, flight tested, and has now fielded multiple battalions of its noncompliant missile.  The United States first raised its concerns with Russia in 2013.  Russia subsequently and systematically rebuffed six years of U.S. efforts seeking Russia’s return to ... Read More»

Art Repatriation Ceremony, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank General Claudio Vincelli and General Fabrizio Parrulli for being here today with officers from the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Italy is a nation with an amazing historic, cultural, and artistic heritage.  I would like to thank you for your work in protecting and preserving that heritage for ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Independence Day 2019

Nearly two and a half centuries ago, across the Atlantic Ocean, an extraordinary group of people launched an experiment – radical at the time – to create a new nation, “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” They did so by signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. That day, ... Read More»

U.S. Applauds Italy’s Foreign Terrorist Fighter Repatriation

The United States commends the Government of Italy for the repatriation of an Italian foreign terrorist fighter from Syria.  Italy is a key partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and we appreciate its commitment to countering terrorism.  With this repatriation, Italy has provided an important example to all members of the Global Coalition ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini.  They reiterated the value of the United States’ longstanding relationship with Italy, including as NATO Allies and members of the G7.  They also discussed confronting regional security risks from Russia and Iran, the threat posed by ... Read More»

2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The 2019 Summit will take place June 10-12, 2019, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.  The three-day program will include plenary and breakout sessions featuring global CEOs and high level U.S. Government speakers, prescheduled one-on-one matchmaking meetings between potential investors and EDOs, an exhibition hall with representation from EDOs across the United States, an ... Read More»

Fulbright Annual Meeting 2019-20 Italian Grantees and 2018-19 U.S. Grantees

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international education exchange program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.  Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 Fulbrighters, 8,000 from Italy, have participated in the program. 71 years ago, in 1948, the Fulbright Program in Italy was established. At the inception of the bi-national Fulbright Commission ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Republic Day in Italy

The United States and Italy have a long, shared history of friendship and strong ties. Italian-Americans have played and continue to play an integral part in the United States’ success and its generous spirit. The United States values Italy’s vital role in NATO, strengthening security and defense cooperation in the Mediterranean region. Together, we collaborate ... Read More»

Memorial Day at Sicily-Nettuno Cemetery, by Chargé Kelly Degnan

Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for honoring the service members here who rest in peace.  I am deeply humbled to be standing with you this evening as we pay tribute to these brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.I would like to thank cemetery Superintendent Melanie Reston ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Iftar Dinner

Ramadan is an opportunity to remember the value of religious diversity and religious freedom. Tonight we welcome friends of many faiths at Villa Taverna to emphasize the need to work together, continue the dialogue and promote tolerance. We are also grateful to the representatives of the government who are with us today to share in ... Read More»

Celebrating Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of today’s most challenging environmental problems and to celebrate the progress we’ve made in conservation and environmental protection over the past decades.The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) serves at the forefront of U.S. diplomatic efforts to confront some of these ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Announces Intent To Designate IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Good morning. I’m here to make an important foreign policy announcement concerning the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today the United States is continuing to build its maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime. I am announcing our intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Qods Force, as a foreign terrorist organization in ... Read More»

70 Years of NATO: Shared Values, Historic Achievements, and Defending our Future Together

NATO Allies agree sanctions are our best diplomatic tool to bring Russia back into compliance with the values that we share with Europe.  We do not want war.  But we cannot accept such brazen violations of international law and norms.  Inaction is not an option.  And it’s clear dialogue has proved to be insufficient.Relaxing sanctions ... Read More»

“NATO’s 70th Anniversary – The Alliance is as important as in 1949”?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the most successful alliance in history.  The United States, Italy, and ten others gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1949, and over the past 70 years, NATO has helped to create the most secure, stable, and prosperous period in its members’ history.  From deterring the Soviet Union ... Read More»

The U.S. Supports the People of Venezuela as They Strive for Democracy

In a statement, the White House Press Secretary said, "The United States will continue to take steps to pressure Maduro, his regime, and those who support him, until they step out of the way and allow a democratic transition to occur under Interim President Guaido and the National Assembly of Venezuela." This action underscores President Trump's ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy on Saturday, March 23, 2019

Beginning at 3 PM,various environmental protection groups plan a large demonstration to highlight the importance of climate change and pollution to the Italian government. The demonstration is sponsored by various groups. Due to potential security concerns, the police may limit foot and vehicle traffic in or near the areas of the demonstration. Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg at 2019 DEA Maltz Challenge Commemoration

I am pleased to join you to reflect on the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women in uniform, both in the military and in law enforcement agencies. We cannot have a nation without safety and security. Without the sacrifice of those in uniform, we ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, March 8, 2019

Approximately 5,000 participants will gather on Women’s Day.  The movement called “Not One Less” is protesting for women’s rights.  The march will follow the route of:  Piazza Duca D’Aosta (Stazione Centrale), Via Galvani, Via Gustavo Fara, piazza San Gioachimo, Via Galileo Galilei, Via Montesanto, Piazza della Repubblica, Via Tarchetti, Via Manin, Piazza Cavour, Via Manzoni, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, March 2, 2019

Approximately 50,000 participants will gather for the “People First” demonstration promoted by various organizations, associations, NGOs, and trade unions protesting against the Italian government’s fear and discrimination of peoples and against general themes of racism and fascism.  This demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 between 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Read More»

Reception in honor of Moses Pendleton and the MOMIX Dance Company

Good evening and welcome to Villa Pinciana. We are privileged to have with us tonight Moses Pendleton, one of America’s most innovative and accomplished choreographers.  We are also honored to host the  MOMIX troupe.  MOMIX is an internationally-acclaimed  dance company that Mr. Pendleton founded in 1980.  It is known world-wide for creating works of exceptional ... Read More»

Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

Today has been a historic day. Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned out in peace to face down a dictator and helped to carry life-saving humanitarian aid to their fellow citizens. Sadly, this day has not ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: The United States Pre-Positions Aid for Venezuelans on the Brazil-Venezuela Border

On February 22, the United States and its partners began pre-positioning additional humanitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil in proximity to the Brazil-Venezuela border. This life-saving humanitarian assistance is made up of 178 metric tons of locally-procured food supplies and is ready to be delivered to Venezuelans suffering from severe food shortages inside ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the Venezuelan American Community

As we meet today, the people of Venezuela stand at the threshold of history, ready to reclaim their country and to reclaim their future. Not long ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest nation, by far, in South America.  But years of socialist rule have brought this once-thriving nation to the brink of ruin.  That’s where it ... Read More»

Venezuela in crisis: Quotes and facts

The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly and the people of Venezuela as they peacefully restore constitutional order and democracy to their country. Below are the latest quotes and facts to share, categorized by theme: Maduro’s corrupt regime; Venezuelan people unite; U.S. supports Venezuela; The human toll; and ... Read More»

United States Supports the Venezuelan People With Humanitarian Assistance

Former President Nicolas Maduro's systematic economic mismanagement, corruption, and violent oppression have caused severe shortages of food and medicine and needless human suffering, resulting in an exodus of millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries. The spiraling effects of this political and man-made economic crisis have dire humanitarian consequences. The United States is staging emergency humanitarian assistance ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Democratic Aspirations of the Venezuelan People

The United States continues to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people.  On February 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated via video conference in the 10th ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Ottawa. In his remarks, the Secretary emphasized helping interim President Juan Guaido restore democracy and hope to the people of ... Read More»

Commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Landings

On January 22, 2019, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg participated to a ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in the memory of the service members who fell during the Allied landings at Anzio and Nettuno. This ceremony will include the illumination of over 7,800 graves, and is part of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, December 19, 2018

There will be a march/demonstration today beginning at 16:00 when approximately 200 street market workers will gather at Bastioni di Porta Venezia to protest against the future “Area B,” an area where it will be impossible to access with polluting vehicles.  Demonstrators will follow this route:  Viale Majno, Viale Bianca Maria, Viale Regina Margherita, Viale ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar

It’s a pleasure to be here in Lucca – a proud city with a long history of independence and enterprise. Before I begin, let me thank Confindustria Toscana Nord President Grossi for hosting today’s seminar. President Grossi and I agree we can still improve the already impressive economic ties between the United States and Tuscany.  ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy

During the holiday season security measures in Italy remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by ... Read More»

U.S. Mission to Italy and Consulates General will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The President has declared a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in honor of former President George H. W. Bush. The U.S. Mission to Italy (Embassy Rome and constituent posts), the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies will therefore be closed on December 5. Read More»

“U.S.-Italy Dialogue: The Economics of the bilateral relationship”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

In the United States, the Administration notified our Congress on October 16 it intends to negotiate a trade agreement with the EU. We are now in a public comment period that ends December 10. With a free and fair trade agreement, we can reduce our trade deficit. Our economies can thrive.   Thanks to pro-growth policies, ... Read More»

President Trump message on the death of former President George H.W. Bush

Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, “a ... Read More»

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past four years, the international community has spoken with a strong, clear, and largely united voice denouncing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The United States, the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue

The United States and Italy strengthened their ongoing commitment to the bilateral relationship during the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue, November 19-20, 2018. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte launched the dialogue at the White House on July 30 to focus on improving security and stabilization efforts in the Mediterranean region. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Milan, Italy on November 16, 2018

There will be a march/demonstration beginning at approximately 9:30 am, sponsored by COORDINAMENTO DEI COLLETTIVI STUDENTESCHI (Student Associations) of Milan and province and by the Social Centers Cantiere and Lambretta against the Italian Government and immigration policy. The organizers expect approximately 1,000 to 1,500 participants. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Demonstration/March in Rome, Italy on Saturday, November 10, 2018

A march on November 10 beginning at Piazza della Repubblica, ending at Piazza di Porta San Giovanni.  The route will take the marchers through Via Delle Terme, di Diocleziano, Via Giovanni Amendola, Via Cavour, Piazza dell’Esquilino, Via Liberiana, Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, Via Merulana, Viale Manzoni and Via Emanuele Filiberto. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Public Transportation strike in Italy on October 25-26, 2018

There will be a transportation strike throughout Italy impacting train service from 9:00 pm Thursday, October 25 through 9:00 pm Friday, October 26. City transportation services will also be affected throughout Italy, although some cities may offer limited transportation. For example, Rome city transportation will be striking on October 26 from 8:30 am to 5:00 ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception in Honor of Sigourney Weaver

October 23, 2018 Villa Taverna, Rome (As prepared for delivery) Good evening, and welcome to Villa Taverna. We are privileged to have with us one of my country’s most acclaimed actors, Sigourney Weaver. I want to thank the Rome Film Festival team for all of your hard work in preparing for the monumental task of ... Read More»

Cyberattacks: Toward attribution beyond a reasonable doubt

As DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in revealing the October charges against the seven Russian GRU officers, “the defendants believed that they could use their perceived anonymity to act with impunity, in their own countries and on territories of other sovereign nations, to undermine international institutions and to distract from their government’s ... Read More»

“American Perspectives on Russia and the Changing Security Environment”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Thank you to the Center’s President, Gianni De Gennaro, for the opportunity to be here today. And a special thanks to Director Paolo Messa and his staff, along with everyone at the Centro Studi Americani, for organizing this wonderful event. One of the things I enjoy most about being Ambassador in Italy is that we ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at NMWA

Buona sera! Thank you for joining us this evening to honor emerging women artists and recognize the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Let me start by thanking the NMWA’s Italian partner, Gli Amici del NMWA, for promoting emerging women artists throughout Italy. It is a pleasure to celebrate with you the strong cultural ... Read More»

USDA-Endorsed USA Pavilion at TUTTOFOOD 2019

The USDA recently announced its endorsement of the USA Pavilion at TUTTOFOOD 2019 in Milan, Italy, scheduled May 6-9 at Fiera Milano.  While 2019 will mark the seventh edition of TUTTOFOOD, this will be the second with a USA Pavilion, and the first with the USDA’s official endorsement.   Exhibiting at TUTTOFOOD provides US exporters with ... Read More»

“Transatlantic Relations: Charting a New Course”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank Under Secretary Manlio di Stefano for his remarks and Noel Lateef, President and CEO of the Foreign Policy Association, for the kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President and Director of ISPI, for his generous introduction and to our distinguished panelists and guests. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Press Conference on Coding Girls

Good morning, ladies on the panel and ladies in the audience.  I see I am in the minority today and rightly so as we introduce the fifth annual Coding Girls project.  First of all, I would like to thank Mirta Michilli and her staff from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.   Together with Microsoft, the Fondazione has ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks to the Media

Good morning, everyone. I want to update you on three issues, four if you want to count the – my upcoming trip to Asia, including North Korea. First, the situation in Iraq; the second, a statement about the ruling this morning from the International Court of Justice; and finally, I want to talk about my ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Location:  Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy (Please see attached map). Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on September 30, 2018, beginning at 1:30 PM and ending on or around 5:30 PM. The Police expect approximately 25,000 participants. A group sponsored by the “Democratic Party” in response to Italian government policies will hold a ... Read More»

Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Secretary Pompeo released the State Department's new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime's destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran's support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Read More»

Remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit

It’s an appropriate but sad irony that we’re talking about Iran during the 73rd UN General Assembly. So many times over the years, the UN – during the UN, Iranian regime leaders and diplomats have used this occasion to turn on their charm offensive with foreign governments, obscure what they’re really up to at home ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Presentation of the Legion of Merit

Good morning everyone. General Graziano, Admiral Girardelli, General Vecciarelli, Admirals, Generals, and distinguished guests, welcome…  I am very pleased and honored to have you all in the historic “Red Room” here at the United States Embassy Rome.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to attend today’s ceremony in honor of ... Read More»

“Seen by the USA, Italy Does Not Seem Divided”, Ambassador Eisenberg’s interview.

“The Italian government?  To us in the United States, we don’t get the message that it is divided” so said Washington’s Ambassador in Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg in an interview with Corriere.  And on the Libya question, he said:  “Italy plays the role of guide.  I think it should do so collegially with France.” Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, September 5, 2018

This summer Italian health authorities have identified at least 123 human cases of West Nile virus in parts of northern and central Italy.  The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While most infected people develop no symptoms, approximately 20 percent develop fever and other symptoms.  In less than 1 percent of ... Read More»

Voices from the Border: a new approach to migration and integration

Though integration and diversity have long been important issues for both the U.S. and Northern Italy, they have become even more central in recent months. Several projects and proposals have been advanced by Northern cities in an effort to foster discussion on these issues as Italy em