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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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. 

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 — …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, April 17, 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 30, 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, March 27, 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 — …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Welcome back to Naples, Ambassador Eisenberg!

During a full-day visit to Naples, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg had the opportunity to tour the three digital academies created by U.S. companies Apple, Cisco and Deloitte at the University of Naples, Federico II. After meeting with the rector of Federico II University, Gaetano Manfredi, Ambassador Eisenberg interacted with students of the digital academies that …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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“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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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“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. …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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“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.”

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For Italy, No Better Partner Than America (op-ed in La Stampa)

The strengthening friendship between President Trump and Prime Minister Conte was clear to see on Monday in Washington.  The President’s invitation to the White House early in the Prime Minister’s tenure underscores the unique historical ties and special bond between our two countries.   As Prime Minister Conte aptly stated, ours is a “privileged” and mutually …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Independence Day Celebration

Buonasera e benvenuti a Villa Taverna! Vi ringraziamo per essere qui a celebrare con noi il duecentoquarantaduesimo (242) anniversario dell’indipendenza degli Stati Uniti d’America. Oggi ricordiamo l’anniversario della firma della Dichiarazione d’Indipendenza, che ha sancito la libertà come principio fondamentale degli Stati Uniti. As President Ronald Reagan wrote, “freedom is the most important thing to …

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Message from President Mattarella on the occasion of Independence Day

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella sent the following message to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump: «The anniversary of July 4 grants me the opportunity to extend our warmest wishes on behalf of the Italian people and myself. The United States and Italy are united by a long-standing friendship, …

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Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan at the BEST Program at Radio Dimensione Suono

Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to join you today at the Radio Dimensione Suono headquarters to celebrate the Business Exchange and Student Training program, or BEST, as we call it. I would like to begin by thanking our host this evening, Mr. Montefusco and Radio Dimensione Suono (RDS), whose cooperation in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

We are here today because a young American Senator, J. William Fulbright, conceived the idea in the aftermath of the Second World War to establish a cultural and educational exchange program between the United States and countries around the world. The Fulbright program was established in Italy in 1948.  Since its inception, more than 10,000 …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Fulbright 70th Anniversary

I am delighted to be here today to celebrate with you the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Italy.  This program was conceived by the young American Senator J. William Fulbright and approved by the Congress in 1946. He suggested selling surplus materials from World War II and putting the proceeds toward an international …

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Assistant Secretary Mitchell Speech at the Heritage Foundation

That task begins at home by making America more prosperous and secure. The President’s focus is on rebuilding our defenses by shoring up our depleted armed forces and recapitalizing our nuclear deterrent; on rebuilding our economy by making American businesses more competitive, stimulating investment, restoring manufacturing, and fighting to give American companies a fair playing …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Iftar Dinner

Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to Villa Taverna. This is my first Ramadan as the American Ambassador to Italy, and I am honored to continue our Embassy’s tradition of hosting an Iftar for our Muslim friends.  Thank you for joining us tonight.  Ramadan is a special month because it embraces solidarity, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg on Rome Chamber Music Festival

Good evening, and a warm welcome to Villa Taverna, including our young musicians and Maestro Robert McDuffie. In 2002, Robert came to Rome on a sabbatical year from Mercer University and developed a true passion for one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Rome inspires everyone who comes here, so I’m not surprised Robert also …

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“The U.S.-Italy Relationship in a Changing World”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to Villa Taverna for this timely conversation. Our partner in organizing today’s event is Rome’s preeminent think tank, the Institute for International Affairs, or IAI. We’re honored to have with us today the President of IAI, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, who will be speaking in …

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The National Police Week

As we observe National Police Week in the United States we seek to highlight the U.S. partnership with Italy’s Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU). Created in 2005, this is a joint effort to improve the quality and capability of formed police units (FPUs) deploying to United Nations (UN) and regional peace operations. …

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U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic.

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Great American Craft Beer Tasting

Welcome to Villa Taverna. I am delighted to have you here in this beautiful residence to taste and enjoy 15 different American craft beers from Stone Brewing Co., Rogue Ales, and Founders Brewing.  It is an honor for me to celebrate the value, ingenuity, and innovation that American craft beers bring to Italy.      We …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the American Academy

Good evening everyone, and welcome to Villa Taverna. It is a great pleasure to honor the American Academy in Rome and the women and men who contribute to galvanizing the Academy’s position as one of the most prominent cultural institutions not only in Rome, but in Europe. I’d especially like to welcome the Academy’s President Mark Robbins …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the De Gasperi Foundation event

I would like to thank Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and the De Gasperi Foundation for their kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to my fellow panelists and moderator: Ambassador Massari, Ambassador Varrichio, Ambassador Wasum-Rainer, and Mr. Maurizio Molinari. An American poet Wallace Stevens once said, “All history is modern history.”

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at “The Jazz Ambassadors”

Good evening. Dennis, Hugo, alumni of the Young Leaders program, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Villa Taverna.  It’s a pleasure for us to host you at Villa Taverna this evening. I’ve enjoyed meeting you all, and I can really see what a significant role the Young Leaders program of the Council for the United States …

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Ambassador Eisenberg Participates in International Cooperation Discussion at 2018 Cybersecurity Summit in Rome

Ambassador Eisenberg participated in a roundtable discussion on international cybersecurity cooperation along with UK Ambassador Jill Morris.  Ambassador Eisenberg highlighted cooperation to address cybercrime, strengthen cybersecurity, and encourage responsible behavior in cyber space.   He emphasized the collaborative work the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security carry out …

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U.S. Ambassador to Italy and Ambassador-Designate to San Marino Lewis Eisenberg

Most Excellent Captains Regent, Mr. Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to be here in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Marino.  Mr. Secretary, thank you for your words of welcome and friendship. The “Most Serene Republic” of San Marino is rightly proud to be regarded as the oldest surviving constitutional …

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U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg Met San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Minister, thank you very much for the opportunity to meet. I am very pleased to be in your country, which I understand is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.  I am also pleased to know that as many as 10 percent of your country’s population is made up of American …

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Remarks by Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar in Florence

It’s a real pleasure for me to back in Firenze – a city I visited twice in my first 100 days. I am particularly pleased to be here in front of you: We have over 75 delegates from Italian companies as well as representatives from 17 U.S. states present. Our shared goal is to find …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the “48 Hour Film Project”

The 48 Hour Film Project is a U.S.-based competition for young and emerging filmmakers.  I emphasize young because once you know the rules, it is clear only the young have the energy to compete. Teams are given only 48 hours to make a movie – to write, shoot and edit it. They can’t really prepare …

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Sullivan Remarks at the Rome Center for American Studies (CSA)

My purpose in coming here to Rome is to reaffirm, as the President said, the importance of the relationship between the United States and Italy. We have millions of my fellow Americans who trace their ancestry to Italy, we have four million or more Americans who visit Italy every year, a million or more Italians …

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Aspen Institute Italia

The United States and Italy have much in common, not just the creativity of the people, but also in the way that we are organized. Small and medium-sized enterprises are at the core of our business culture, and we both value entrepreneurship and innovation. Italy’s growth and prosperity is important to the United States, because …

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Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation

Through the Treaty’s verification regime, which includes short-notice, on-site inspections at New START Treaty-related bases and facilities, the United States is able to verify information about the strategic nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other’s strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities.

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Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Trafficking in Persons Round-table

Thank you to everyone for joining us today. I would like to thank Cesare Sirignano of the Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office for his crucial collaboration in helping to convene this meeting today.  I would also like to thank Joel Maybury and Mark Carlson of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking …

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Ambassador Kozak’s Remarks at the OSCE International Conference Against Anti-Semitism

This conference is a particularly appropriate follow-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  As President Trump said:  “Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust.  We will stamp out prejudice.  We will condemn hatred.  We will bear witness and we will act.” Absent action, the sacred pledge of “Never again” can become empty …

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