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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

President Donald J. Trump met today with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. This was the President’s first engagement with the Holy See. In their meetings, the President focused on how the United States, the Holy See, and the international community can work together to combat terrorism.

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom.

The President also renewed the commitment of the United States to fighting global famine. As he relayed at the Vatican, the United States is proud to announce more than $300 million in anti-famine spending, focused on the crises in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria.

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

President Donald J. Trump today held meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The leaders discussed the alliance between the United States and Italy, as well as priorities in the areas of defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and efforts to deny terrorists safe havens from Mali to Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. President Trump thanked Italy for its contributions to global counterterrorism efforts, especially its participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS and its active role in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also complimented Italy on its important diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Libya.

President Trump reaffirmed transatlantic unity in holding Russia accountable for its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and noted the importance of convincing Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk Agreements.

The leaders also discussed goals for the G7 Summit, where heads of state and government from the world’s strongest economies can forge consensus on the most pressing diplomatic and economic issues of the day.

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The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) bolster U.S. national security, assert U.S. leadership and influence, and advance our economic interests across the globe. The combined budget request of $37.6 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 reflects the President’s commitment to a leaner, more efficient government, and ensures that every tax dollar spent is aligned with the Administration’s foreign policy objectives.

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Today, President Trump requested $37.6 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This budget request reflects the President’s “America First” agenda that prioritizes the well-being of Americans, bolsters U.S. national security, secures our borders, and advances U.S. economic interests.

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

President Donald J. Trump spoke this morning from Jerusalem with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom about the apparent terrorist act in Manchester, England.

The two leaders agreed that this attack—which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event—was particularly wanton and depraved.

The President reassured the Prime Minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism. He offered American aid in the United Kingdom’s investigation and vowed to continue the mutual fight against terrorism.

Both leaders commended the courage, speed, and professionalism of those who responded to the wounded, secured the innocent, and tended to the survivors and their families.

The President said he looks forward to seeing Prime Minister May in person this week and discussing America’s unbreakable commitment to the United Kingdom and the ways both countries can work with allies and partners around the world to defeat terrorism.

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Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Manchester Attack

Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K.

While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack.

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Earlier today, President Trump delivered remarks with President Rivlin of Israel.

President Trump spoke of strengthening the partnership between America and Israel saying, “the United States and Israel can also bring safety and greater prosperity to our people through stronger ties of trade and commerce.” #POTUSAbroad

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Starting soon - President Trump gives remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Watch live at #POTUSAbroad

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President Trump has arrived in Jerusalem where he will meet with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, and lay a wreath at Yad Vashem. He will then deliver remarks at the Israel Museum celebrating the unique history of Israel and of the Jewish people. Later that day, the President will meet with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. They will be joined by First Lady Melania Trump and Mrs. Sara Netanyahu for a private dinner.

President Trump will also meet the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem and will urge Palestinian leaders to take productive steps toward peace. The President will also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall.

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The United States and Saudi Arabia mark years of partnership with a visit from the president of the United States. This milestone comes after decades of strong diplomatic ties that will continue far into the future.

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