U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos visits the Netherlands

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos , travelled to the Netherlands for an official program on June 11-12, as the second stop on a three country trip to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, to explore the vocational education, decentralized school systems, and apprenticeship programs within Europe. Her visit to the Netherlands, planned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Dutch Foreign Minister Blok

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Mike Pompeo met with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok on May 18, in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Blok for Dutch support in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali, and for the Netherlands’ ...
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Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Remarks by President Trump at Swearing-In Ceremony of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I must say, that’s more spirit that I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time — many years.  (Laughter.)  We can say many years, and maybe many decades.  It’s going to be a fantastic start, ...
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Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Secretary of State Pompeo

STATEMENTS & RELEASES Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State Issued on: April 26, 2018 I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 18, 2017 ________________________________ The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting ...
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Secretary Tillerson speaks on The U.S. and Europe: Strengthening Western Alliances

Remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson The Wilson Center Washington, DC – November 28, 2017 The Wilson Center has made many important contributions to public policy over the years, and therefore it’s a very fitting venue for our discussion today on Europe, considering that 100 years ago this year the United States entered World War I ...
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Senate Confirms Peter Hoekstra as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The U.S. Senate confirmed Peter Hoekstra as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Mr. Hoekstra is a prominent politician and business executive who served as a member of Congress from 1993-2011, representing Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District.  He was the Chairman of ...
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President sends official nomination of Peter Hoekstra for U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands to Senate

Yesterday the White House announced that President Donald Trump sent 16 nominations to the Senate.  One was the official nomination for Peter Hoekstra, of Michigan, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.   Read the full text ...
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President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Peter Hoekstra as Ambassador to the Netherlands (subject to Senate confirmation).

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts Peter Hoekstra of Michigan to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Hoekstra is a prominent politician ...
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Remarks by President Trump at NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials

NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium 4:39 P.M. CEST PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  Chancellor Merkel, thank you very much.  Other heads of state and government, I am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the world. Prime Minister May, all of the nations ...
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Dutch Military Awards U.S. Army Europe Commander Meritorious Service Medal

The Commander of U.S. Army Europe Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges received the Meritorious Service Medal in Gold from the Dutch Minister of Defense on Monday, March 13th during a visit to the Netherlands. The award recognized LTG Hodges for his outstanding meritorious achievement as Commander, US Army Europe.  He was surprised at the ceremony ...
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President Trump’s First Address to Congress

The following is the full text of President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017 as prepared for delivery and released by the White House press office. TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: TRUMP: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the ...
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Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross

Remarks by the Vice President at the Swearing-in Ceremony of Commerce Secretary Ross February 28, 2017 THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Thank you for joining us.  On behalf of the President of the United States, it’s my great privilege to administer the oath of office to a man who will become the 39th Secretary of ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Munich Security Conference February 18

Thank you, Ambassador Ischinger.  Chancellor Merkel, Secretary General, distinguished colleagues, and honored guests, I bring greetings on behalf of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.  In my still new capacity as Vice President, I am honored and humbled to have the privilege to address this important annual forum. I’m also pleased to ...
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson: Welcome Remarks to Employees

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. ...
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Thanksgiving in the home of the pilgrims

In many ways, this is where it all started: Leiden’s Pieterskerk in the Netherlands. In 1620, 35 pilgrims departed Leiden for Plymouth in England. From there, they sailed onward aboard The Mayflower to the new colonies of Massachusetts. The first harvest festival celebrated in the new colony is seen as the origin of Thanksgiving. And here, ...
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All American Night in Leiden

More than 1,000 students and faculty attended the 13th edition of Minerva’s All American Night in Leiden’s magnificent Pieterskerk. Organized by the student members of Minerva Society, it was a night of politics, music, and even a play – the latest edition of a tradition that stretches back to the U.S. Presidential Election of 1968. ...
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Liberation Concert Margraten

Since 2006, the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten has held an open-air Liberation Concert as a tribute to and in remembrance of the liberation of the Netherlands that began in September 1944 and those who died to secure it. CDA Shawn P. Crowley gave the opening remarks below at the concert on September 4, 2016. ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visits the city of Rotterdam

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley visited the city of Rotterdam September 1, 2016. He met with Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to discuss areas of mutual cooperation. During a visit to the Essalam Islamic Center, he discussed religious freedom and tolerance and had a tour with the Director and staff. The day ended with a tour of the ...
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New Deputy Chief of Mission: Shawn Crowley

  Shawn Crowley assumed his duties as the Chargé d’ Affaires in The Hague in July 2016.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he worked in Washington as a member of the Executive Secretariat, a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and a desk officer for central Europe. His most recent foreign assignment ...
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