Pres Obama Travels to KSA, UK & Germany

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March 16, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom

President Obama, in the context of the previously announced travel to Germany, will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 21. While there, he will participate in a Summit with leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd alAziz Al-Saud, the gathering will be an opportunity for leaders to review progress in strengthening U.S.-GCC security cooperation since the productive Camp David Summit hosted by President Obama in May 2015. It will also provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss additional steps to intensify pressure on ISIL, address regional conflicts, and de-escalate regional and sectarian tensions.

The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch. He also will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting and joint press conference. The visit will allow the President to offer his gratitude to the British Government and people for their stalwart partnership with his Administration and the American people throughout his Presidency.

The President will conclude his travel by visiting Germany, where, as previously announced, he will participate in the Hannover Messe – the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology – and meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/16/statement-press-secretary-presidents-travel-kingdom-saudi-arabia-and

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Hannover Messe 2016

Hannover Messe is and has long been the largest industrial trade show in the world and one of the premier event platforms to spark international business opportunities. The greatest and most-advanced manufacturing technologies are showcased and economic development growth is facilitated. This upcoming April, SelectUSA will head the U.S. Investment Pavilion, and, for the first time ever, the United States will be the official Partner Country of trade show. President Obama will also become the first sitting U.S. president to attend the trade show when he opens Hannover Messe with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As Partner Country, the United States will attract unique and focused attention from the international business, manufacturing, and media communities. U.S. exhibitors will have the highest amount of exposure to over 200,000 visitors and thousands of journalists and bloggers, as well as 6,000 other economic development and industrial exhibitors from 27 exhibit halls.

Hannover Messe 2016 will present U.S. economic development organizations with golden opportunities to attract FDI to their states, territories, and regions.

For more: http://selectusa.commerce.gov/events/selectusa-hannover-messe-2016.html

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President Obama’s Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Germany Itinerary 

Tuesday, April 19

President Obama departs the White House for Saudi Arabia
South Lawn

President Obama  departs the Joint Base Andrews for Saudi Arabia
Joint Base Andrews

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Wednesday, April 20

President Obama arrives in Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
Ramstein Air Base, Germany

President Obama departs Ramstein Air Base, Germany for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ramstein Air Base, Germany

President Obama arrives Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

President Obama is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama overnights in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Thursday, April 21

President Obama meets with leaders and delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama attends a working lunch with leaders and delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud deliver remarks
Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama holds a Q&A with the Press
Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Obama departs Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for London
King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

First Lady Michelle Obama departs White House
South Lawn

First Lady Michelle Obama departs the Joint Base Andrews for London
Joint Base Andrews

President Obama  and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in London
Stanstead Airport, London, England

President Obama  and First Lady Michelle Obama overnight in London, England

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Friday, April 22

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
London, England

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Windsor Castle, Windsor, County of Berkshire, United Kingdom

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a private lunch with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Windsor Castle, Windsor, County of Berkshire, United Kingdom

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gives Queen Elizabeth II a custom photo album chronicling her visits with U.S. presidents and first ladies to commemorate her 90th birthday
Windsor Castle, Windsor, County of Berkshire, United Kingdom

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
Number 10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron hold a joint press conference
Number 10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a private dinner hosted by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Kensington Palace, London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama departs London
Stanstead Airport, London, England

President Obama overnights in London, England

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives the Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives White House
South Lawn

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Saturday, April 23

President Obama tours the Globe Theatre
London, England

President Obama participates in a townhall discussion with British youth
Royal Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, England

President Obama meets with UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Royal Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, England

President Obama attends a private dinner hosted by U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and British Prime Minister David Cameron
Winfield House, London, England

President Obama overnights in London, England

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Sunday, April 24

President Obama departs London for Hanover, Germany
Stanstead Airport, London, England

President Obama  arrives Hanover, Germany
Hanover/Langenhagen International Airport

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a bilateral meeting
Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel participates in the Hannover Messe
Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

President Obama delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe
Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

President Obama hosts a dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and business leaders from the United States and Germany
Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

President Obama  overnights in Hannover, Germany

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Monday, April 25

President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel, opens and tours the Hannover Messe Trade Fair
Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

President Obama delivers remarks at Hannover Messe Building 35
Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

President Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

President Obama  departs Hannover, Germany for White House
Hanover/Langenhagen International Airport

President Obama  arrives Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews

President Obama  arrives White House
South Lawn

 

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    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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    President Obama departs the White House for Saudi Arabia
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    President Obama departs the Joint Base Andrews for Saudi Arabia
    Joint Base Andrews

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    President Obama arrives in Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
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  2. Pres Obama Travels to KSA, UK & Germany

    March 16, 2016

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom

    President Obama, in the context of the previously announced travel to Germany, will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 21. While there, he will participate in a Summit with leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abd alAziz Al-Saud, the gathering will be an opportunity for leaders to review progress in strengthening U.S.-GCC security cooperation since the productive Camp David Summit hosted by President Obama in May 2015. It will also provide an opportunity for leaders to discuss additional steps to intensify pressure on ISIL, address regional conflicts, and de-escalate regional and sectarian tensions.

    The President will then travel to the United Kingdom, where he will be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for a private lunch. He also will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting and joint press conference. The visit will allow the President to offer his gratitude to the British Government and people for their stalwart partnership with his Administration and the American people throughout his Presidency.

    The President will conclude his travel by visiting Germany, where, as previously announced, he will participate in the Hannover Messe – the world’s largest trade show for industrial technology – and meet Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/16/statement-press-secretary-presidents-travel-kingdom-saudi-arabia-and

    • President Obama’s Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Germany Itinerary

      Tuesday, April 19
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      President Obama departs the White House for Saudi Arabia
      South Lawn

      President Obama departs the Joint Base Andrews for Saudi Arabia
      Joint Base Andrews

      President Obama arrives in Ramstein, Germany and Air Force One refuels
      Ramstein Air Base, Germany

    • President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

      Wednesday, April 20
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      President Obama departs Ramstein Air Base, Germany for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      Ramstein Air Base, Germany

      President Obama arrives Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
      Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama overnights in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      • April 20, 2016

        Readout of the President’s Meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

        President Obama met tonight with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Both leaders agreed the April 21 U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit offers an important opportunity for the United States and its Gulf partners to strengthen cooperation against ISIL and also to address regional conflicts. The President welcomed the cessation of hostilities in Yemen. He and the Crown Prince agreed on the urgent need for all parties to reach a political settlement of the conflict, which would help deny space for al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIL to operate in Yemen. On Libya, the President and Crown Prince agreed on the vital importance of consolidating international support behind the Government of National Accord and of mitigating the actions of potential spoilers. The President and Crown Prince also discussed the challenges posed by Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region, agreeing on the importance of an inclusive approach to de-escalating regional conflicts.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/20/readout-presidents-meeting-abu-dhabi-crown-prince-sheikh-mohammed-bin

      • President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
        Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    • President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

      Thursday, April 21
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      President Obama meets with leaders and delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
      Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud deliver remarks
      Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama holds a Q&A with the Press
      Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      President Obama departs Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for London
      King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

      First Lady Michelle Obama departs White House
      South Lawn

      First Lady Michelle Obama departs the Joint Base Andrews for London
      Joint Base Andrews

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in London
      Stanstead Airport, London, England

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama overnight in London, England

      • April 21, 2016

        Statements By President Obama and His Majesty King Salman of Saudia Arabia

        Diriyah Palace
        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        3:52 P.M. AST

        KING SALMAN: (As interpreted.) Mr. President, on behalf of my brothers, the leaders of the GCC countries, and on my personal behalf, I’d like to thank you for attending this constructive and fruitful summit, which will contribute to enhancing the consultation and cooperation between the GCC countries and the United States.

        I commend the constructive discussions and the points reached. I would like to emphasize the keenness and commitment of the GCC countries to develop historical and strategic relations between our respective countries and the United States of America to serve our mutual interest as well as the security and peace of the region and the world.

        We wish you all health and happiness, and we wish our countries and peoples security, stability, and prosperity. (Applause.)

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much, Your Majesty.

        Once again, I want to thank His Majesty and the government and people of Saudi Arabia for their hospitality, as well as Secretary General Zayani and all OF our GCC for another successful summit.

        I just want to make a brief comment on what we’ve accomplished. Last year, at our summit at Camp David, we agreed to build an even stronger partnership between our nations. We already had strong bilateral relations and, collectively, had a shared vision of peace and prosperity in the region. But we felt that we could do more, given the new challenges that had arisen.

        For more; https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/21/statements-president-obama-and-his-majesty-king-salman-saudia-arabia

      • April 21, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama in Q&A with the Press — Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        Diriyah Palace
        Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

        4:16 P.M. DST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: (In progress.) — the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their hospitality and their generosity, and all my counterparts in the GCC who devoted the time and the energy to make sure that this was a successful summit.

        You already heard my statement, so I’m going to take a couple of question, starting with Kathleen Hennessey of AP. Where’s Kathleen? Where are you? There you are.

        Q Thanks for doing this, Mr. President. In the lead-up to this trip, there was a lot of talk about strains in the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, some of it stemming from your comments about Gulf partners being “free riders,” and specifically that Iran and Saudi Arabia should “share the neighborhood.” I’m wondering if after your meeting you feel like you’ve eased any of those tensions, if that was your goal. And if you can point to any evidence of greater cooperation or engagement in the campaign against ISIL. Do you feel now that the Gulf partners are carrying their weight?

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think that a lot of the strain was always overblown. The fact of the matter is, is that the friendship and cooperation that exist between the United States and the Gulf countries has been consistent for decades. During the course of our administration, the GCC countries have extensively cooperated with us on counterterrorism, on curbing the financing of terrorist activities. They are part of the counter-ISIL coalition that has made progress both in Syria and in Iraq.

        If you think about last year, when we had the Camp David meeting, you were already seeing the onset of conflict in Libya as well as in Yemen. And as we come to this meeting in part because of the collective efforts of members of the GCC, we have a new government in Libya that is very nascent, but has the opportunity finally to organize itself in a way that we haven’t seen in a couple of years. That would not have happened had it not been for the effective diplomatic pressure that was applied by all the GCC countries, as well as the United States and the United Nations.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/21/remarks-president-obama-qa-press-riyadh-saudi-arabia

    • President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

      Friday, April 22
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      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
      Windsor Castle, Windsor, County of Berkshire, United Kingdom

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have a private lunch with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
      Windsor Castle, Windsor, County of Berkshire, United Kingdom

      President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron hold a bilateral meeting
      Number 10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

      President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a joint press conference
      Number 10 Downing Street, London, United Kingdom

      President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a private dinner hosted by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
      Kensington Palace, London, England

      First Lady Michelle Obama departs London
      Stanstead Airport, London, England

      First Lady Michelle Obama arrives White House
      South Lawn

      First Lady Michelle Obama arrives the Joint Base Andrews
      Joint Base Andrews

      President Obama overnights in London, England

      • President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with Embassy personnel and families
        London, England

        • President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gave Queen Elizabeth II a custom photo album chronicling her visits with U.S. presidents and first ladies to commemorate her 90th birthday

      • April 22, 2016

        Remarks by the President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron in Joint Press Conference

        10 Downing Street
        London, England

        5:00 P.M. BST

        PRIME MINISTER CAMERON: Good afternoon, and welcome. It’s great to welcome President Obama again, on his fifth visit to the United Kingdom.

        Barack has been President for more than seven years; I’ve been Prime Minister for nearly six years. And our two countries have been working together through some of the most difficult and troubled global times. We faced the aftermath of the banking crisis, the need to revive growth and create jobs in our economies, new threats to our security from Russia in the east to the rise of Islamist terrorists in the south, and, of course, huge global challenges like Ebola and climate change. And through it all, the strong and essential partnership between our nations has never been more important.

        When, 70 years ago last month, Winston Churchill first described the special relationship, it was not merely and enduring expression of friendship, it was a way of working together. It was about two nations, kindred spirits who share the same values and, so often, the same approaches to the many issues that we face.

        And just as for our predecessors, that has been true for Barack and me, whether we’re working to deliver economic security, national security, or new, emerging challenges. And today, we’ve been discussing all three.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/22/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-cameron-joint-press

      • 2:15 PM ET
        President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a private dinner hosted by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Prince Harry also attends
        Kensington Palace, London, England

          • Michelle Obama brings gifts for young UK prince, princess

            6/17/15 AP

            LONDON (AP) — Michelle Obama didn’t show up empty-handed when she met Prince Harry for tea at Kensington Palace in London during an official visit to Britain.

            The U.S. first lady brought gifts for 23-month-old Prince George and 6-week-old Princess Charlotte, the children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

            The U.S. Embassy in London said Wednesday that Obama brought a red, American-made Berlin Flyer P-Wee Wagonn for George and an Amish rocking chair, a [wooden rocking horse] and a personalized Alpaca baby blanket for Charlotte.

            Obama spent Tuesday in London before traveling to Italy. She also met with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha and promoted girls education.

            Officials say they don’t know if Obama gave the gifts personally to the young prince and princess while she was at the palace.

    • President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

      Saturday, April 23
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      President Obama tours the Globe Theatre
      London, England

      President Obama participates in a townhall discussion with British youth
      Royal Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, England

      President Obama meets with UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn
      Royal Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, Westminster, England

      President Obama attends a private dinner hosted by U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and British Prime Minister David Cameron
      Winfield House, London, England

      President Obama overnights in London, England

    • President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

      Sunday, April 24
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      President Obama departs London for Hanover, Germany
      Stanstead Airport, London, England

      President Obama arrives Hanover, Germany
      Hanover/Langenhagen International Airport

      President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a bilateral meeting
      Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference
      Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama participates in the Hannover Messe
      Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe
      Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama hosts a dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and business leaders from the United States and Germany
      Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama overnights in Hannover, Germany

      • April 24, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel in Joint Press Conference

        Schloss Herrenhausen
        Hannover, Germany

        5:00 P.M. CEST

        CHANCELLER MERKEL: (As interpreted.) Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to bid a very warm welcome to the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, here to Germany on this fifth visit, this time to Hannover. And let me tell you that I am delighted to have an opportunity not only to continue our talks, but today is going to be very remarkable day, because we’re going to open the Hannover fair together. And the United States of America, this year, will be the partner country.

        These are turbulent times. I think we would both agree. And we have an opportunity talk about the whole spectrum of international issues. Our bilateral relations are excellent. We don’t need to spend too much time on this.

        But let me tell you, Barack, that I very much value our candid, open talks that are always based on mutual trust. We talk about the whole range of issues and we do so today, as we have done many times previously, and I hope and trust that we shall continue to do so.

        We used this opportunity here to talk about, as I said, the broad spectrum of international issues, for example, combatting terrorism, tackling the root causes of flight, and also the peace process, but also questions related to migration in general.

        In many ways, the European Union is a target for those — or a destination, rather — for those refugees that do not enjoy peace and freedom at home. So Syria loomed large on our agenda. We, together, support the political process that has to be brought forward. We support the Geneva talks. And I’m greatly concerned that the cease-fire did not hold and hasn’t held these past few days and that there are outbreaks of fights in Aleppo and other places.

        I was able to see yesterday along the border with Syria and Turkey what this means by way of suffering, of the stress of people when there is fighting in their home area. So we want to do everything in order to bring the Geneva talks to a successful outcome.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/24/remarks-president-obama-and-chancellor-merkel-joint-press-conference

      • April 24, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama at Hannover Messe Trade Show Opening

        Hannover Congress Centrum
        Hanover, Germany

        6:58 P.M. CEST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much. Hello, everyone. Guten abend! I want to thank my great partner and friend, Chancellor Merkel, for inviting me here to Hannover. It is great to be with you at the world’s leading showcase for industrial technologies that power our global economy.

        I’m pleased that this year the United States is the official partner country for the very first time. (Applause.) And it is an honor to be the first United States President ever to attend the Hannover Messe. It’s also quite a pleasure to be here as Germans celebrate the 500th anniversary of your beer purity law. (Laughter and applause.) I may join you in that celebration. (Laughter.)

        I’m joined here today by our Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, more than 350 American companies — including more than 200 small and medium-sized businesses — and dozens of economic development organizations from states, cities and communities across the United States. And I am here, and we are here because we are ready to do even more business with Germany, more business with Europe, and more business with the world. (Applause.)

        In many ways, this event reflects the larger story of the alliance between our two countries. After the Second World War, much of this city and Europe lay in ruins. But then, together, we set out to rebuild, with the help of the Marshall Plan. Just a few months after that plan was announced, business people and investors from around the world gathered in Hannover, in a factory, to see how they could help spark what would become a German economic miracle. And for nearly 70 years, the world has come to Hannover to experience the technologies that have helped to deliver unprecedented prosperity to people around the world.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/24/remarks-president-obama-hannover-messe-trade-show-opening

    • President Obama’s KSA, UK and Germany Itinerary

      Monday, April 25
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      President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel, opens and tours the Hannover Messe Trade Fair
      Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama Delivers Remarks at Hannover Messe Building 35
      Hannover Messe, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
      Schloss Herrenhausen Castle, Hannover, Germany

      President Obama departs Hannover, Germany for White House
      Hanover/Langenhagen International Airport

      President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews
      Joint Base Andrews

      President Obama arrives White House
      South Lawn

      • April 25, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel

        Hannover Messe Fairgrounds
        Hannover, Germany

        9:00 A.M. CEST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Guten morgen! Once again, I want to thank Chancellor Merkel and everyone here at Hannover Messe for welcoming us. Angela and I already spoke last night. I’m giving a speech later this morning. So I’m going to be very brief.

        As I said last night, so much of our global economy and the growth that creates jobs is driven by the spirit of innovation –discovery, invention — and then turning those ideas into new products, companies, new industries, new services that create good jobs. So here at the U.S. Pavilion, we are proud to showcase America’s commitment to innovation. You’ll see pioneering companies that are changing the way that we live, the way that we work, the way that we learn. So this is another chance for me to tell everyone to come here and buy “Made in America.” (Applause.)

        Last night, I also talked about why companies around the world that are looking for where to set up shop should select America. And here at the pavilion, you’ll find states, cities and communities from across the United States who are ready to welcome you with open arms.

        Of course, Angela may have different ideas when we go to the German pavilion. (Laughter.) But this friendly competition is healthy. It is what has made our two countries some of the most competitive in the world, our workers the best in the world, our products the best in the world.

        So, again, I want to thank Angela and everyone at Hannover Messe. I expect that as a result of this great event, we’ll see more partnerships, more trade, and more good jobs for our people on both sides of the Atlantic. Angela and I are going to go check out some exhibits, but first I know that she wants to say a few words as well. (Applause.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/remarks-president-obama-and-chancellor-merkel

      • April 25, 2016

        Remarks by President Obama in Address to the People of Europe

        Hannove Messe Fairgrounds
        Hannover, Germany

        11:22 A.M. CEST

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Guten tag! It is wonderful to see all of you, and I want to begin by thanking Chancellor Merkel for being here. (Applause.) On behalf of the American people, I want to thank Angela for being a champion of our alliance. And on behalf of all of us, I want to thank you for your commitment to freedom, and equality, and human rights, which is a reflection of your inspiring life. I truly believe you’ve shown us the leadership of steady hands — how do you call it? The Merkel-Raute. (Laughter.) And over the last seven years, I have relied on your friendship and counsel, and your firm moral compass. So we very much appreciate your Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

        To the members of the Bundestag, Prime Minister Weil, Mayor Schostock, distinguished guests, people of Germany. And I’m especially pleased to see the young people here — from Germany and across Europe. We also have some proud Americans here. (Laughter and applause.)

        I have to admit that I have developed a special place in my heart for the German people. Back when I was a candidate for this office, you welcomed me with a small rally in Berlin, where I spoke of the change that’s possible when the world stands as one. As President, you’ve treated me and Michelle and our daughters to wonderful hospitality. You’ve offered me excellent beer — (laughter) — and weisswurst in Krun. You’ve now hosted our delegation here in Hannover.

        My only regret is that I have never been to Germany for Oktoberfest. (Laughter.) So I will have to come back. And I suspect it’s more fun when you’re not President. (Laughter and applause.) So my timing will be good. (Applause.)

        And as always, I bring the friendship of the American people. We consider the German people, and all of our European allies, to be among our closest friends in the world — because we share so much experience and so many of the same values. We believe that nations and peoples should live in security and peace. We believe in creating opportunity that lifts up not just the few but the many. And I’m proud to be the first American President to come to Europe and be able to say that, in the United States, health care is not a privilege, it is now a right for all. We share that as well. (Applause.)

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/remarks-president-obama-address-people-europe

      • April 25, 2016

        Readout of the President’s Meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

        President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met today for talks at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany. The conversation covered the most urgent issues on the trans-Atlantic agenda. The leaders agreed that the implications of irregular migration to Europe posed a severe challenge that needed to be addressed in a comprehensive and sustainable manner, reflecting the values that Europe and the United States share: this implies ongoing NATO and EU activities as well as efforts to tackle the root causes of flight and migration.

        On Syria, leaders shared the growing concern that the increasing violations of the agreed Cessation of Hostilities by the regime and the continued obstruction of humanitarian access undermine efforts to bring relief to the Syrian people. They called on all parties to respect the cessation, ensure humanitarian access, and contribute to the success of the Geneva talks on political transition in line with the Geneva Communiqué. They also called on those with influence on the parties to the conflict to press them to refrain from any actions that put the cessation and political talks at risk.

        On ISIL, leaders welcomed the Coalition’s continued progress in Iraq and Syria and reiterated their full commitment to defeating the terrorist group.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/25/readout-presidents-meeting-british-prime-minister-david-cameron-french

  3. The White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice

    Published on Apr 19, 2016

    The White House Office of Public Engagement will host The White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice on April 19th, 2016.

  4. WH

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    12:00 AM

    1:00 AM
    President Obama departs Ramstein Air Base, Germany for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany

    2:00 AM
    3:00 AM
    4:00 AM
    5;00 AM
    6:00 AM
    6:30 AM
    President Obama arrives Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

    7:00 AM
    President Obama is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
    Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    7:20 AM
    President Obama and King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud hold a bilateral meeting
    Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
    Erga Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    11:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama Lady meets with, and take questions from, children of Executive Office employees, and young people from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, SchoolTalk, and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency as part of the White House’s annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

    12:00 PM
    12:25 PM
    President Obama participates in Embassy meet and greet
    Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    1:00 PM
    President Obama overnights in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    Ritz Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    1:15 PM
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the American Association for Cancer Research
    New Orleans, LA

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  5. April 20, 2016

    Remarks by the First Lady in Q&A With Children at Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

    East Room

    11:32 A.M. EDT

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, you guys, welcome to the White House again. How many of you have been here before? Oh, gosh. This is old hat for you guys. All right. So let me tell you this, there’s one thing I would say: Don’t say, “Do you remember me?” Because you guys grow every year and you change so much. So who — what you looked like last year is very different, because I can see some faces I do remember, and you guys have grown, okay? So stop it. Stop growing! That’s what I tell my kids, “Please stop growing!” (Laughter.)

    Well, as you know, each year, we guys — get you to come in and see what your moms and dads and families do here at the White House. And every time you come, I thank you guys. And I’m going to do that again, because this is going to be our last year doing this. And I think you guys are terrific, because I know your parents are busy — when they work here, they have a lot to do and it takes up time. I know my kids sometimes, they’re a little grumpy when me and their dad have to travel or we miss something because of work. And I know it’s hard on you guys too.

    But as I’ve said each year, because you guys do what you’re supposed to do — you do your homework, you listen to your parents most of the time — you make their jobs easier. And we’re all doing this for you. Everything you see us do — whether we’re working on making the environment healthier or making sure people have health insurance, or the work that I do to make sure that kids are eating healthy — all of that is to make sure you guys have the future you deserve so you can be great people, sing and dance, playing a sport, studying science.

    So I’m proud of you.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/20/remarks-first-lady-qa-children-take-our-daughters-and-sons-work-day

  6. 1:15 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the American Association for Cancer Research
    New Orleans, LA

  7. We The People on US Currency

    The New US $5, $10 & $20 Bills

    4/20/16 US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced changes to the U.S. currency involving the  Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence (ACD) program that aims to monitor and communicate counterfeit deterrence issues. The ACD’s focus is to stay ahead of counterfeiting, which is the primary driver for currency redesign to the following:

  8. WH

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    First Lady Michelle Obama departs White House
    South Lawn

    First Lady Michelle Obama departs the Joint Base Andrews for London
    Joint Base Andrews

    4:00 AM
    4:05 AM
    President Obama takes a family photo with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders
    Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    4:10 AM
    President Obama meets with leaders and delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
    Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    5;00 AM
    6:00 AM
    President Obama attends Session Two of the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
    Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    7:00 AM
    7:10 AM
    President Obama attends Session Three of the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
    Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    8:00 AM
    8:15 AM
    President Obama delivers a statement to the press
    Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama departs Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for London
    King Khalid International Airport, Riydah, Saudi Arabia

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in London
    Stanstead Airport, London, England

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama overnight in London, England

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  9. 4:10 AM ET
    President Obama meets with leaders and delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
    Diriyah Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  10. U.S. Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Drop to Lowest Level Since 1973

    April 21, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Jobless claims unexpectedly decreased to the lowest level since 1973 as the U.S. labor market remains a pillar of support in the world’s largest economy.

    New applications for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 to 247,000 in the week ended April 16, data from the Labor Department showed Thursday. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 265,000 claims. The number of Americans already on benefit rolls declined to a more than 15-year low.
    Limited dismissals signal that employers are still optimistic about the U.S. demand outlook. Economists are banking on the job market to support consumer spending and help prop up economic growth after a weak first quarter.

    “Overall the trend remains one of low initial claims for unemployment and is generally still indicative of a strong labor market, which should remain supportive of spending and housing activity,” Gregory Daco, head of U.S. macroeconomics at Oxford Economics Ltd., said before the report. “It’s reassuring to see that businesses are still hiring and that they’re not laying off as much.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-21/u-s-jobless-claims-unexpectedly-drop-to-lowest-level-since-1973

  11. 9:00 AM ET

    Advancing Active STEM Education for Our Youngest Learners

    April 21, 2016

    FACT SHEET: Advancing Active STEM Education for Our Youngest Learners

    WASHINGTON, DC – The White House, in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services and Invest in US, will host an event today to highlight the importance of promoting active science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning for our youngest children and to celebrate a broad range of public- and private-sector leaders committed to promoting STEM learning across the country.

    The White House received over 200 submissions of innovative STEM work from leaders across the country, representing state and local entities, foundations, non-profits, media organizations, technology companies, research institutions, and museums. Collectively, the commitments of these leaders have the potential to bring new active STEM content for our youngest children to millions of households across the nation. Today’s early STEM learning announcements also mark progress on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and the efforts of the Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all young children can reach their full potential, including students underrepresented in STEM. You can learn more about the full set of commitments being made HERE.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/21/fact-sheet-advancing-active-stem-education-our-youngest-learners

  12. West Wing Week 4/22/16 or, “13 Hours, 15 Minutes”

    Published on Apr 22, 2016

    This week, the President traveled overseas to Saudi Arabia, beginning a three-nation, seven-day trip abroad. He also met with award-winning news photographers, and sat down with Charlie Rose. That’s April 15th to April 21st or, “13 Hours, 15 Minutes.”

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