Presidential Message on Ramadan

With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

President Donald J. Trump met with President Joko Widodo today at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. The two leaders emphasized their commitment to strengthening the United States-Indonesia strategic partnership, which is grounded in the interests and values shared by two of the world’s largest democracies. They discussed ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade between their ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Interfaith Religious Leaders

Today (April 20), Vice President Mike Pence participated in an interfaith dialogue with faith leaders of Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Confucianism at the conclusion of his tour of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to Indonesia for its shared commitment to religious freedom and reaffirmed that the United States ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Cabinet Ministers

Today, Vice President Mike Pence met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Cabinet Ministers in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ strong, enduring commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and the Strategic Partnership with Indonesia. Vice President Pence expressed appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for its commitment to tolerance and peace. ...
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Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press

April 20, 2017 Remarks by the Vice President and Indonesian President Widodo to the Press Merdeka Palace Jakarta, Indonesia PRESIDENT WIDODO: (As translated.) It is an honor for Indonesia to welcome the visit of the Vice President of the United States, His Excellency Michael Richard Pence. This is my first meeting with the new administration ...
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Vice President Mike Pence To Travel to The Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii

WASHINGTON, DC – Vice President Mike Pence will travel to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, and Hawaii from April 15-25, 2017.  This trip will serve as the Vice President’s first official travel to the Asia-Pacific region.  During his trip, the Vice President will emphasize President Trump’s continued commitment to U.S. alliances and partnerships ...
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President Donald J. Trump Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of ...
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A Message from President Obama on Indonesia’s Independence Day

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States of America, please accept my congratulations to you and the people of Indonesia on the 71st anniversary of Indonesian independence this August 17. The strong bond of friendship between our two democracies is a point of pride for both our nations.  The U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, which ...
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President Obama Announces Joseph R. Donovan, Jr. as Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary July 13, 2016 President Obama said, “I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service.  I look forward to working with them.” President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following ...
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President Obama in YSEALI Town Hall, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Remarks by President Obama in YSEALI Town Hall, GEM Convention Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Thank you very much.  Xin chào.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Tu, for the excellent introduction and your outstanding work to help more young people in Vietnam ...
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President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam

Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Vietnam National Convention Center Hanoi, Vietnam 12:11 P.M. ICT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Xin chào!  (Applause.)  Xin chào Vietnam!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have ...
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President Obama on Plan to Close the Prison at Guantanamo Bay

Remarks by President Obama on Plan to Close the Prison at Guantanamo Bay Roosevelt Room 10:30 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  In our fight against terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIL, we are using every element of our national power — our military; intelligence; diplomacy; homeland security; law enforcement, federal, state and local; ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

Sunnylands, California February 15-16, 2016 We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit.  This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the ...
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President Obama at U.S.-ASEAN Summit Press Conference

Remarks by President Obama at U.S.-ASEAN Summit Press Conference Sunnylands Center The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands Rancho Mirage, California 1:52 P.M. PST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Let me begin by thanking the Annenberg Foundation Trust, and everyone here at beautiful Sunnylands and the people of Rancho Mirage for their incredible hospitality these past two ...
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President at Islamic Society of Baltimore

Remarks by the President at Islamic Society of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland 1:04 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Well, good afternoon.  And, Sabah, thank you for the wonderful introduction and for your example — your devotion to your faith and your education, and your service to others.  You’re an inspiration.  You’re going to be a fantastic doctor.  And ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Indonesian President Widodo

Vice President Biden hosted Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a lunch meeting today at the Naval Observatory.  The Vice President and President Widodo exchanged views on respective political, economic, and foreign policy issues of mutual interest.   The Vice President thanked President Widodo for his focus on elevating engagement through the U.S.-Indonesia strategic partnership.  The Vice President ...
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Joint Statement by the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia

At the invitation of President Barack Obama of the United States of America, His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, visited the United States in October 2015. On this occasion, President Barack Obama and President Joko Widodo held a meeting at the White House on October 26, 2015, and adopted this Joint ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Widodo of the Republic of Indonesia After Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 3:55 P.M. EDT   PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Selamat siang. It is a great pleasure to welcome President Widodo to the Oval Office, along with his delegation.  And it is a useful occasion for us to emphasize the strength of the bilateral relationship between two of the world’s largest democracies. Obviously I ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Joko Widodo of Indonesia

President Obama will welcome President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to the White House on October 26.  President Widodo will make his first visit to the United States since becoming President of Indonesia.  The President looks forward to charting with President Widodo a new phase for the U.S.-Indonesian partnership.  As leaders of two of the largest ...
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GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK

Remarks by the President at the GLACIER Conference, Anchorage, AK 5:00 P.M. AKDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  (Applause.) It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Alaska.  (Applause.) I want to thank Secretary Kerry and members of my administration for your work here today.  Thank you to the ...
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President Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal

Statement by President Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal 7:02 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Today, after two years of negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not — a comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal demonstrates ...
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Statement by the President on the Trade Agenda

I applaud the Democrats and Republicans in Congress who came together to give the United States the chance to negotiate strong, high-standard agreements for free and fair trade that protect American workers and give our businesses the opportunity to compete. With bipartisan majorities, Congress also voted to expand vital support for thousands of American workers ...
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President Obama’s Proclamation on Earth Day 2015

Forty-five years ago, millions of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day in cities across our Nation. Having borne witness to years of environmental neglect, these ordinary citizens gathered in the streets, in parks, and on college campuses to demand change and commit to leaving a healthier planet for the next generation. Faced with contaminated rivers ...
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Statement of President Barack Obama Commemorating International Women’s Day

As half the planet, women make immeasurable contributions to our world.  They are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, scientists, artists, soldiers, mothers, heads of state – the list is endless.  Without them, economies would collapse, political systems would deteriorate, and families and communities would fall apart.  Yet in too many places, women are treated as second-class citizens.  ...
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Closing of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Remarks by the President in Closing of the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism South Court Auditorium 4:20 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, thank you, Lisa, for the introduction.  Lisa is an example of the countless dedicated public servants across our government, a number ...
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Statement by the President on Chapel Hill

Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In addition to the ongoing investigation by local authorities, the FBI is taking steps to determine whether federal laws were violated.  No one in the United States ...
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Remarks by President Obama at The University Of Queensland

University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia 1:11 P.M. AEST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you so much!  (Applause.)  Thank you!  Thank you, everybody.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Hello, Brisbane!  It’s good to be back in Australia.  I love Australia — I really do.  The only problem with Australia is every time I come here I’ve got to ...
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Fact Sheet: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

Today in Rangoon, Burma, President Obama announced a significant expansion of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at a town hall with 400 youth from the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). YSEALI is the President’s signature initiative to strengthen leadership development across ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall

Yangon University Rangoon, Burma 3:43 P.M. MMT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody! AUDIENCE:  Hi! PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Myanmar Luu Ngae Myar Min Galarbar!  (Applause.)  It’s wonderful to be back in Myanmar.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  Oh, we got some signs — “Reform is fake.”  “Change…” — okay, well, you guys will have a ...
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Remarks by President Obama and President Widodo of Indonesia Before Bilateral Meeting

Beijing, China 11:46 A.M. CST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, it is a pleasure to meet President Widodo.  I want to congratulate him on an inspiring election.  And as many of you know, I have a very close association with Indonesia, having spent a good deal of my childhood there. I think that in watching President Widodo’s ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia

The President will travel to China, Burma and Australia from November 10-16. In China from November 10-12, President Obama will attend the APEC Leaders Meeting and APEC CEO Summit. Upon the conclusion of the APEC Leaders Meeting, the President will participate in a state visit with President Xi Jinping of China. In Burma from November ...
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Statement by the President on the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and ...
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President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Joko Widodo, President-elect of the Republic of Indones

President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Joko Widodo, President-elect of the Republic of Indonesia on October 20, 2014. The Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Robert O. Blake, ...
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President Obama’s Address to 69th U.N. General Assembly

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 24, 2014 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY United Nations General Assembly Hall New York City, New York 10:13 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between ...
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President Obama on Degrading and Destroying ISIL

In this week’s address, President Obama reiterates his comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL. His plan brings together a campaign of targeted airstrikes, increased support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces already taking on terrorists, assistance from allies and partners, expanded efforts to train and equip the Syrian ...
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Address to the Nation

September 10, 2014 Washington, D.C. My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several ...
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A Message from President Obama on Indonesia’s Independence Day

Dear Mr. President:   The American people join me in congratulating you and the people of Indonesia on this 69th anniversary of your nation’s independence August 17. The United States values and appreciates its important partnership with Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy.  Our countries, united by shared values and strategic interests, have deepened ties ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Indonesian President-Elect Widodo

Yesterday evening President Obama called Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo to offer the American people’s congratulations on his election as the next President of the Republic of Indonesia.  The President noted that through this free and fair election, the people of Indonesia have once again shown their commitment to democracy. The President reaffirmed that the United ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Indonesian Presidential Election

We congratulate the people of Indonesia on the successful completion of their historic presidential election.  The high voter turnout, spirited campaign, and strong participation by Indonesia’s public, civil society, and media underscore the strength and dynamism of Indonesia’s maturing democracy. As the world’s second and third largest democracies, the United States and Indonesia have many ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 04, 2014 Twenty-five years ago, the United States deplored the use of violence to silence the voices of the peaceful demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square.  Twenty-five years later, the United States continues to honor the memories of those who gave their lives ...
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Statement by the President on Elections in Ukraine

On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Ukraine for making their voices heard by voting in their presidential election today. Despite provocations and violence, millions of Ukrainians went to the polls throughout the country, and even in parts of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatist groups sought to disenfranchise entire regions, some courageous ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall

University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3:54 P.M. MST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, good afternoon.  Selamat petang.  Please, everybody have a seat.  It is wonderful to be here and it is wonderful to see all these outstanding young people here. I want to thank, first of all, the University of Malaya for hosting us.  I want ...
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Statement by the President on Elections in Afghanistan

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the millions of Afghans who enthusiastically participated in today’s historic elections, which promise to usher in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history and which represent another important milestone in Afghans taking full responsibility for their country as the United States and our partners draw ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Asia in April

The President will travel to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April as part of his ongoing commitment to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic and security engagement with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In Japan, the President will meet with Prime Minister Abe to highlight the historic steps the United States ...
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