Readout of Vice President Harris’s Meeting with President Yoon of the Republic of Korea

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Vice President Kamala Harris today met with President Yoon Suk-yeol of the Republic of Korea (ROK) in Seoul. The Vice President underscored that the U.S.-ROK Alliance remains a linchpin of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. The Vice President emphasized the importance of upholding the international rules-based order and welcomed our close cooperation with the ROK across a range of issues to strengthen rules and norms and to stand up for our common values and interests.  Vice President Harris underscored that the United States is committed to defending the ROK and strengthening our combined defense posture. The Vice President reaffirmed the U.S. extended deterrence commitment to the ROK, which is underwritten by the full range of U.S. defense capabilities.  The Vice President and the President reaffirmed our…
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FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Continues to Support Hurricane Fiona Response Efforts in Puerto Rico

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President Biden remains focused on response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. The President has made clear that Puerto Rico officials, first responders, and all those impacted by the storm have the full support of the Federal Government. He approved an Emergency Declaration prior to landfall and immediately approved the Governor of Puerto Rico’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual and Public Assistance. He has been in regular contact with Puerto Rico Governor Pierluisi and asked FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell to travel to the island as soon as the hurricane made landfall.  At a briefing in New York last week with the FEMA Administrator, the Governor of Puerto Rico, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York Mayor Eric Adams, and other Federal and local officials,…
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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Calls to Florida Local Officials

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today made separate calls to the Mayors of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sarasota and the Chair of Charlotte County, Florida to let them know their communities have the full force of the Federal government behind them as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida. President Biden was able to reach Mayor Kevin Anderson, and they discussed Fort Myers’ ongoing needs including support for the elderly members of the community, families that live in mobile homes and other community members who are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the storm. Messages were left for the Mayors of Cape Coral and Sarasota, as well as the Chair of Charlotte County. ### The post Readout of President Joe Biden’s Calls to Florida Local<span class="dewidow"> </span>Officials appeared first on The White House.
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Israeli National Security Advisor Eyal Hulata

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Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan hosted Israeli National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata at the White House on September 28.  They discussed the launch of the U.S.-Israel Strategic High-Level Dialogue on Technology that same day, a new vehicle announced by the President and Prime Minister Lapid in July in Israel to enhance technological collaboration to address pandemic preparedness and climate change, promote trustworthy artificial intelligence, and protect our technology ecosystems.  They consulted on a wide range of global and regional issues of mutual concern, including the need to counter threats from Iran and its proxies.  Additionally, they discussed the importance of concluding the maritime boundary negotiations between Israel and Lebanon as soon as possible.  Sullivan stressed the need to take steps to de-escalate tensions in the West…
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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Meeting with his Economic Team 

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The President met with members of his economic team – including the Secretaries of Treasury, Energy, and Labor and the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – for an update on global financial and energy markets. They reported that the United States economy remains resilient in the face of global challenges, thanks in part to the President’s economic plan, which has helped spur a historic recovery. The team discussed the need to continue to making progress in reducing prices and implementing the Administration’s once-in-a-generation fiscally responsible public investment plan in our infrastructure, manufacturing, and the clean energy transition. The President directed his team to stay in frequent touch with partners, allies, and key market actors, and to brief him regularly as conditions evolve. ### The post Readout of President…
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Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Rose Garden  11:21 A.M. EDT THE FIRST LADY:  Hello.  Wow.  What a beautiful day for this. Thank you, and welcome to the White House.  You know, it’s wonderful to be with so many friends here today.The story of the disability community — of all of you — is a story of fearlessness and resilience.  It’s the story of tireless dedication and overcoming incredible obstacles, both figurative and concrete.Who could forget the image of then 8-year-old Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, leaving her wheelchair behind to crawl up the Congressional steps along with dozens of other disability rights activists, showing the world what it was like to be denied access to the People’s Capitol.Because of the work of thousands of courageous people like Jennifer, who refused to be silent about the indignities that they faced;…
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Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by First Lady Jill Biden to the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at the Commander’s Conference

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Alexandria, Virginia Thank you, Major General Angle, for that introduction and for your decades of service to our country. I also want to thank your wife Jennifer, along with Leigh Beth and her husband Command Sergeant Major Munter, for such a warm welcome here today. You, the members of our special forces, do work that is unseen by so many Americans. Your names don’t make our headlines. And your missions continue, through wartime and peace, without end.   That’s a heavy weight to carry at times. But you don’t carry it alone. Your families serve alongside you, loving and encouraging and praying for you, often without knowing where you are or what dangers you face.  Through every mission, families—so many of you—carry a heavier share of the child care and…
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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Iran’s Missile and Drone Attacks in Northern Iraq

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The United States strongly condemns the drone and missile attack launched against Iraq’s Kurdistan region earlier today.  We stand with Iraq’s leaders in the Kurdistan region and Baghdad in condemning these attacks as an assault on the sovereignty of Iraq and its people.  Iranian leaders continue to demonstrate flagrant disregard not only for the lives of their own people, but also for their neighbors and the core principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity enshrined in the UN Charter.  Iran cannot deflect blame from its internal problems and the legitimate grievances of its population with attacks across its borders.  Its flagrant use of missiles and drones against its neighbors, as well as its providing of drones to Russia for its war of aggression in Ukraine and to proxies throughout the Middle…
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FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration’s Preparation for Hurricane Ian

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As Hurricane Ian approaches Florida, President Biden has directed the heads of Federal agencies across the government to surge all available resources to the region in preparation for potential impacts and to support response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm. Yesterday, the President held calls with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, Mayor Jane Castor of Tampa, Mayor Ken Welch of St. Petersburg, and Mayor Frank Hibbard of Clearwater to discuss preparations for the potential impacts from Hurricane Ian. In the last week, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell has held calls with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina, and Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia, and she visited Florida on Monday, September 26. On Saturday, September 24, President Biden approved an Emergency Declaration for the…
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FACT SHEET:   The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces More Than $8 Billion in New Commitments as Part of Call to Action for White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

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Today, for the first time in more than half a century, President Biden is hosting the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to catalyze action for the millions of Americans struggling with food insecurity and diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. The Conference will lay out a transformational vision for ending hunger and reducing diet-related disease by 2030 – all while closing disparities among the communities that are impacted most. Achieving our goals will require more than just the resources of the federal government. That’s why, this summer, the White House launched a nationwide call to action to meet the ambitious goals laid out by the President. Across the whole of society, Americans responded – and advanced more than $8 billion in private- and public-sector commitments. These…
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