President Obama’s Town Hall on Race & Policing

President Obama to Participate in Town Hall on Race and Policing With David Muir

Jul 12, 2016, 6:39 PM ET By ABC NEWS

With the recent tragic events in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas still fresh on the minds of Americans, President Obama is expected to participate in a Disney Media Networks town hall this week titled “The President and the People: A National Conversation.”

The town hall will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and held in Washington D.C. It will focus on candid discussions on race relations, justice, policing and equality by the members of the community. ESPN’s Jemele Hill will join Muir.

The one-hour event will come just days after President Obama attended a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead last week by a sniper. It also comes after two black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota — controversial shootings that sparked a wave of protests.

“We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners,” Obama said today during the memorial. “We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. … I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America.”

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22 thoughts on “President Obama’s Town Hall on Race & Policing

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  2. President Obama to Participate in Town Hall on Race and Policing With David Muir

    Jul 12, 2016, 6:39 PM ET By ABC NEWS

    With the recent tragic events in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and Dallas still fresh on the minds of Americans, President Obama is expected to participate in a Disney Media Networks town hall this week titled “The President and the People: A National Conversation.”

    The town hall will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and held in Washington D.C. It will focus on candid discussions on race relations, justice, policing and equality by the members of the community. ESPN’s Jemele Hill will join Muir.

    The one-hour event will come just days after President Obama attended a Dallas memorial for five police officers shot dead last week by a sniper. It also comes after two black men were killed by officers in Louisiana and Minnesota — controversial shootings that sparked a wave of protests.

    “We turn on the TV or surf the internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners,” Obama said today during the memorial. “We see all this, and it’s hard not to think sometimes that the center won’t hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. … I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America.”

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    • July 13, 2016

      Remarks by the President After White House Convening on Building Community Trust

      Eisenhower Executive Office Building

      6:49 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, we have had an excellent conversation. This group in part represents the 21st Century Policing Task Force that I put together after Ferguson in order for us to find constructive steps that we could take that law enforcement and communities could get behind in order to make sure that we’re keeping our streets safe, and we are protecting and supporting police officers who are doing a very difficult job, and we can make sure that our communities are being treated fairly and that people have confidence that the law applies to everybody equally.

      Thanks to Laurie Robinson and Charles Ramsey and the members of that task force, we came up with a set of recommendations. And the good news is, is that over the last several months since the report was issued, we have seen a lot of law enforcement officers, a lot of chiefs, a lot of departments begin to examine these recommendations and figure out how they can implement them. We’ve seen real progress with respect to data gathering. We’ve seen real progress with respect to training. We’ve seen progress with respect to transparency and outreach to communities.

      The bad news is, as we saw so painfully this week, that this is really a hard job. We’re not there yet. We’re not even close to being there yet, where we want to be. We’re not at a point yet where communities of color feel confident that their police departments are serving them with dignity and respect and equality. And we’re not at the point yet where police departments feel adequately supported at all levels.

      So what we’ve done here is to build off the task force report and find out what’s working, what’s not, and what more do we have to do in order to bring the country and communities around the country together and make more progress on this front.

      And I’ll just characterize a couple of things that have been identified. And I want to emphasize that there’s still a diversity of views around this table. That was by design. We have police chiefs and representatives of rank-and-file law enforcement. We’ve got people who have been protesting just this week. And we have sociologists, civil rights attorneys, governors, state legislators. So as you might expect, not everybody agrees on everything. But here are the buckets of issues that everybody identified as worthy of more work, more study, and ultimately more action.

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    • July 17, 2016

      Statement by the President

      I condemn, in the strongest sense of the word, the attack on law enforcement in Baton Rouge. For the second time in two weeks, police officers who put their lives on the line for ours every day were doing their job when they were killed in a cowardly and reprehensible assault. These are attacks on public servants, on the rule of law, and on civilized society, and they have to stop.

      I’ve offered my full support, and the full support of the federal government, to Governor Edwards, Mayor Holden, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Baton Rouge Police Department. And make no mistake – justice will be done.

      We may not yet know the motives for this attack, but I want to be clear: there is no justification for violence against law enforcement. None. These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one. They right no wrongs. They advance no causes. The officers in Baton Rouge; the officers in Dallas – they were our fellow Americans, part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved and needed them, and who need us now – all of us – to be at our best.

      Today, on the Lord’s day, all of us stand united in prayer with the people of Baton Rouge, with the police officers who’ve been wounded, and with the grieving families of the fallen. May God bless them all.

    • July 17, 2016

      Statement by the President on the Shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      5:03 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As all of you know now, this morning, three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge were killed in the line of duty. Three others were wounded. One is still in critical condition.

      As of right now, we don’t know the motive of the killer. We don’t know whether the killer set out to target police officers, or whether he gunned them down as they responded to a call. Regardless of motive, the death of these three brave officers underscores the danger that police across the country confront every single day. And we as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks on police are an attack on all of us and the rule of law that makes society possible.

      Earlier this afternoon, I spoke with Governor Edwards and Mayor Holden, and I offered them the full support of the federal government and reiterated my full support for law enforcement in Baton Rouge and for police officers across the country. I also spoke to the Attorney General, and the FBI has already been on the scene. And through the work of all levels of government, justice will be done.

      Most of all, our hearts go out to the families who are grieving. Our prayers go out to the officer who is still fighting for his life. This has happened far too often. And I’ve spent a lot of time with law enforcement this past week. I’m surrounded by the best of the best every single day. And I know whenever this happens, wherever this happens, you feel it. Your families feel it. But what I want you to know today is the respect and the gratitude of the American people for everything that you do for us.

      Five days ago, I traveled to Dallas for the memorial service of the officers who were slain there. I said that that killer would not be the last person who tries to make us turn on each other. Nor will today’s killer. It remains up to us to make sure that they fail. That decision is all of ours. The decision to make sure that our best selves are reflected across America, not our worst — that’s up to us.

      We have our divisions, and they are not new. Around-the-clock news cycles and social media sometimes amplify these divisions, and I know we’re about to enter a couple of weeks of conventions where our political rhetoric tends to be more overheated than usual.

      And that is why it is so important that everyone — regardless of race or political party or profession, regardless of what organizations you are a part of — everyone right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further. We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts — all of us. We need what we saw in Dallas this week, as a community came together to restore order and deepen unity and understanding. We need the kind of efforts we saw this week in meetings between community leaders and police — some of which I participated in — where I saw people of good will pledge to work together to reduce violence throughout all of our communities. That’s what’s needed right now. And it is up to all of us to make sure we are part of the solution and not part of the problem.

      Someone once wrote, “A bullet need happen only once, but for peace to work we need to be reminded of its existence again and again and again.”

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  3. Kids’ “State Dinner”

    June 08, 2016

    First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, And PBS Announce Winning Recipes In Nationwide Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

    Winners to Attend Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House on July 14

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama, PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge for kids that promotes cooking and healthy eating as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. Winners representing all U.S. states, five territories, and the District of Columbia will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on July 14. The 56 aspiring young chefs and a parent or guardian will join the First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

    “For the last five years, kids across the country have cooked up nutritious and delicious dishes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each year, I continue to be impressed by their talent and creativity,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Kids are truly embracing and enjoying healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for their families, and I look forward to meeting this year’s winners here at the White House for the Kids’ “State Dinner” and trying some of their tasty creations.”

    This is the fifth year of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” in which 8 to 12-year-olds across the nation were invited to create a healthy, affordable, original, and delicious lunch recipe. Entrants were encouraged to reference to ensure recipes met the USDA’s recommended nutrition guidance by representing each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. In addition, in celebration of the MyPlate, MyState initiative, this year’s challenge put a spotlight on homegrown pride across the country and encouraged entries to include local ingredients grown in the entrant’s state, territory, or community. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge received over 1,200 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients. To make the challenge possible for kids and their families across America, support is being provided to WGBH by Newman’s Own Foundation.

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    • July 14, 2016

      Remarks by The First Lady at The Kids’ “State Dinner”

      East Room

      12:12 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you all so much. Yay to you guys! Rest yourselves. Let me start out by saying hi, and welcome to the White House! (Applause.) This is it! This is the main room where we do our fancy stuff. And look who’s here — you guys! Are you having fun?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: Is it exciting?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, let me just say this: This is probably one of our favorite events — not just of our staff and the Let’s Move! team, but the whole house. I mean our chefs, our butlers, our residence staff — we all look forward to this day, watching you guys walk in, so proud and so handsome and beautiful. It just touches my heart. So we are always, always proud and thrilled to have you here. So congratulations.

      Of course, I want to start by thanking Samuel. Oh, man, what an amazing young man! (Applause.) Samuel, you continue to impress us with your poise and your intellect and your passion. You’re just a cool dude. (Laughter.) And thank you for coming and introducing me. I know you have a busy schedule — (laughter) — and I’m so glad you had some time to fit this in. So thanks so much.

      And I want to join Deb in thanking our supporters — again, PBS. WGBH Boston. Newman’s Own Foundation. United Airlines — they got you here. Yes! (Applause.) Blue Apron — that I actually know what that is, even though I don’t need it because I have White House chefs. (Laughter.) But thank you to Blue Apron.

      And of course, my dear, dear friend, who I call my partner in crime, who — we just talked about it, we started talking about this issue was it nine years ago? On the campaign trail. I want to thank Rachael Ray and her team and her Yum-O! organization for all their work. (Applause.)

      To Tanya, you’ve been such a rock star through all this, so thank you. Thank you so much.

      I also want to recognize everyone from the Departments of Agriculture and Education, our teams here. You guys do the hard work on the ground, and then I get to come and do a great announcement and take credit for all the work that you do. Thank you for the help not just on this event, but on so many other Let’s Move! activities over the years. We’re going to give them a round of applause. (Applause.) Thank you.

      And, of course, kids, we have to give a big shout-out to the parents and the family members and the friends who helped get you here today. These young chefs are here today because of the love and the encouragement that you all poured into these young people not just inside, but outside of the kitchen every single day. And as I greeted each of you, I tried to make sure that I thanked you parents, because you raised these wonderful, amazing kids. And I know what it means to be a parent, how much you love these young people, how proud you are.

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  4. Democrats Keep Up Demand for Common-Sense Gun Reform

    June 12, 2016

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    June 21, 2016

    • 1:50 PM EDT
      Senate Bipartisan Gun Control Proposal Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she hopes the House will give her bipartisan proposal to prevent individuals on the no fly list from buying a gun a vote. She reminded her House colleagues that a majority of Americans support such legislation. The Senator was joined by seven other Senators from both parties for this proposal unveiling. A vote on the Senate floor has yet to be determined.

    June 22, 2016

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    June 29, 2016

    • Democratic Law Makers ‘Day of Action to Keep Spotlight on Gun Violence’ by any means whether it be a press conference, roundtable, or telephone town hall in 30 cities across America
      • 9 a.m.  MT –  Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego holds a press call with gun violence prevention advocates.
      • 10 a.m. – Maryland Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes hold an event with gun violence survivors and local faith and community leaders in Baltimore.
      • 10 a.m. – Connecticut Reps. Elizabeth Esty and Rosa DeLauro and Governor Dannel Malloy hold a press conference with gun control advocates at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.
      • 10:30 a.m. – Pennsylvania Reps. Brendan Boyle and Robert Brady will hold an event at city hall in Philadelphia with Mayor James Kenney and local gun violence survivors. Boyle plans to stream the event live from his Facebook page.  10:30 a.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. holds a news conference in Saddle Brook with local public safety officials and representatives from gun violence prevention groups.
      • 11 a.m. – New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney  hosts a sit-in at a park in the upper east side of Manhattan with gun violence survivors and prevention advocates.
      • 11 a.m. – New York Rep. Steve Israel holds a round-table discussion with local elected officials and gun violence prevention and LGBT advocates.
      • 11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. John Lewis holds a town hall in Atlanta.
      • 11:30 a.m. – Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson will hold a meeting at his office in Lithonia with the local chapter of Moms Demand Action. On Thursday, Johnson will meet with local mothers who lost their children to gun violence.
      • 12 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr will hold a symbolic sit-in with constituents in his district office in New Brunswick  to continue the conversation about what can be done to prevent mass shootings.
      • 12:15 p.m. PT – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra and fellow California Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard,  Judy Chu,  Karen Bass and  Alan Lowenthal will  host a round-table at city hall in Los Angeles with local leaders and gun violence victims to discuss ways to secure a vote in Congress to prevent gun violence, followed by a news conference at 12:45 p.m.
      • 1 p.m. PT – Pelosi and fellow California Reps. Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee, Mike Honda and Eric Swalwell, local law enforcement officials, community leaders and survivors of gun violence will hold a “family sit-in to disarm hate” at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.
      • 1 p.m. – Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle holds an event in Pittsburgh with local elected officials, community leaders and advocates.
      • 1:30 p.m. – New York Rep. Joe Crowley will hold a round-table at his office in Jackson Heights with gun violence survivors, prevention advocates and community and faith leaders.
      • 1:30 p.m. –  Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen will hold a meeting in Memphis with local groups concerned about gun violence and local government officials.
      • 2 p.m. – Michigan Reps. John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, and Sander Levin will hold a panel discussion with community leaders in Berkley.
      • 2 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman will host a round-table with community leaders in Trenton. She plans to stream a live feed of the event from her Facebook page .
      • 2 p.m. PT – California Rep. Doris Matsui hosting a virtual roundtable tomorrow with public health experts from Sacramento, CA as part of a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence. The roundtable will be live streamed to the public via a Google Hangout On Air  here .
      • 2 p.m. PT – Washington Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith will join members of the Washington chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network for a “National Day of Action” community meeting in Seattle, calling for action to prevent gun violence.
      • 3 p.m. – Rhode Island Reps. David N. Cicilline and Jim Langevin will hold a public sit-in at the Providence Public Safety Complex.  4 p.m. – Connecticut Rep. John Larson holds a call to action with local elected officials and leaders in Hartford. The event will be live streamed via Periscope .
      • 4 p.m. – New York   Rep. Gregory W. Meeks will join Life Camp, a victim’s family, community leaders, civic organizations and members of the clergy to discuss a recent shooting and how to prevent gun violence in New York City.
      • Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) will lead a series of events in San Diego as part of the national day of action against gun violence. Democratic members of Congress are holding dozens of events across the country to continue calling for votes on bipartisan measures to curb gun violence. Congressman Peters was the first member to live-stream the House sit-in protest last week, and has long been a vocal advocate for commonsense gun safety proposals to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and suspected terrorists.
      • 4:30 PT: Rep. Scott Peters will tour the University of California San Diego Medical Center’s trauma and lead a round table with medical, domestic violence and mental health professionals. At 7:30 PT, he will deliver remarks during the annual Pride Lighting Ceremony at the UC San Diego Medical Center.
      • 5 p.m. – District of Columbia Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and California Rep. John Garamendi will host a roundtable at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in northwest D.C. with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and five District of Columbia residents who have been affected by gun violence.
      • 5 p.m. CT – Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan holds a rally in Madison with local politicians and community leaders.
      • 5 p.m. – Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth holds a press conference and rally in Louisville with local politicians and community leaders.
      • 6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Judy Chu will host an event in Pasadena  called “SPEAK OUT: Enough is Enough” in which public officials, families and victims of gun violence and faith and community leaders will share their personal stories about how they were affected by gun violence.
      • 6 p.m. PT – California Rep. Alan Lowenthal hosts community forum in Long Beach with Mayor Robert Garcia and representatives from the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action. 6:30 p.m. PT – California Rep. Tony Cárdenas holds a forum with community advocates in Sylmar.
      • 6:30 p.m. MT – New Mexico Rep. Lujan Grisham holds a rally in Albuquerque.
      • 7 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern will hold a community rally in Worcester  to discuss current efforts at the local, state, and national levels to address gun violence and how members of the community can do their part.
      • 7 p.m. – New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross participates in the March for Love, a walk in Pennsauken  to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting and spread the message of love and equality hosted by the Camden County Board of Freeholders.
      • THURSDAY 12 p.m. – Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, state, and local leaders and representatives gun safety organizations will hold a rally on the steps of the state house in Boston.

    July 5, 2016
    Congressional Black Caucus members plan disruptions during ‘Day of Action on Guns

    • CBC Members will give speeches pushing for more restrictions on the possession and use of guns
    • CBC Members will attend a House Rules Committee hearing  where legislation on terrorism and gun control will be addressed and will hold up a image of a constituent killed by a firearm

    July 6, 2016
    10:00 AM EDT
    House Democrats Call for Gun Control Legislation

    July 7, 2016

    10:00 AM EDT
    U.S. House Democrats Reading Names of Gun Violence Victims

    July 14, 2016

    7:30 PM EDT
    House Democrats Hold Rally to Call for Gun Control Legislation

  5. Jobless Claims in U.S. Hold at Lowest Level Since Mid-April

    July 14, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT Lisa Du – bloomberg

    The number of applications for U.S. unemployment benefits last week held at the lowest level since mid-April, further evidence of a strong labor market.

    Jobless claims were unchanged at 254,000 in the week ended July 9, according to a Labor Department report released Thursday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey called for filings to increase to 265,000.

    Companies having trouble finding qualified and skilled workers are hesitant to dismiss employees as demand shows signs of picking up after a weak start to the year. Weekly claims have been below 300,000 for 71 straight weeks, the longest period since 1973 and consistent with robust employment conditions.

    There’s “clearly no significant signs of any stress in the labor market,” Jacob Oubina, senior U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC in New York, said before the report. “Claims have remained extremely low in the context of a labor backdrop that still has 5.5 million job openings out there.”

    Estimates in a Bloomberg survey of economists ranged from 255,000 to 282,000. No states were estimated last week and there was nothing unusual in the data, according to the Labor Department.

    Claims data in July typically can be volatile as automakers begin the process of temporarily shutting down plants to retool for the new model year. In Michigan last week, applications for jobless benefits increased more than 9,000 on an unadjusted basis, while claims in Ohio rose almost 2,300.

    Because of such seasonal events, economists tend to focus on a rolling monthly average that smoothes out the weekly fluctuations. The four-week average of claims declined to 259,000, the lowest since the end of April, from 264,750 in the prior period.

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  6. Vice President Joe Biden is Coming to Town


    2016.07.13 11:01 AM BY HONOLULU MAGAZINE STAFF

    Vice President Joe Biden will be making a one-day stop in Hawai‘i tomorrow, July 14—part of a trip that includes Los Angeles, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand. Blink and you’ll miss him, though—this is strictly a work trip. Biden is scheduled to meet with Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Republic of Korea First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, to discuss international relations between the three allies.

    He’ll also be taking some time to visit the USS John C. Stennis and observe the multinational, ongoing Rim of the Pacific exercises and meet with U.S. and international troops. And then he’s off to Australia for a series of activities that include visiting the Boeing factory and delivering a major policy speech on the future of the U.S./Australia relationship.

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  7. July 14, 2016

    Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

    Today marks one year since the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal—known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—by representatives of the United States, Iran, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union. Over the last year, the Iran Deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, avoiding further conflict and making us safer.

    During the past year, Iran has implemented its nuclear-related commitments, as verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Iran has shipped out 98 percent of its enriched uranium, dismantled two thirds of its centrifuges, filled its plutonium production reactor with concrete, and adopted the most intrusive inspection and verification program ever negotiated for a nuclear program. IAEA reports have confirmed that Iran is complying with its commitments. As a result, all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon remain closed, and Iran’s breakout time has been extended from two to three months to about a year. The United States and our negotiating partners have also fully implemented our commitments to lift nuclear-related sanctions, and we will continue to uphold our commitments as long as Iran continues to abide by the deal.

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  8. July 14, 2016

    Readout of the President’s Call With Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

    The President spoke by phone today with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May to congratulate her on her new office. President Obama emphasized that the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom remains strong and will endure and that he looks forward to building a close working relationship with Prime Minister May. The President also offered his full support for the Prime Minister’s efforts to lead the United Kingdom through a smooth, orderly, and transparent negotiation over its exit from the European Union.

  9. July 14, 2016

    Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

    On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

    On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.

    • July 15, 2016

      Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France


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      As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 19, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand thisfifteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


    • July 15, 2016

      Readout of the President’s Call with President Francois Hollande of France

      President Obama spoke today by phone with President Francois Hollande of France to offer his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the American people to the people of France on yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France. The President noted that this terrible attack was particularly heinous given that it struck revelers celebrating Bastille Day. The President offered to President Hollande any assistance the French may require in their efforts to investigate and recover from this tragic loss of life. The President thanked President Hollande for France’s unwavering support to the Counter-ISIL Coalition and in the broader global fight to confront all terrorism, and he reaffirmed the strong and ongoing partnership of the United States with France, our oldest ally.

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