21st Deputy Secretary of State. Strong believer in principled, effective, and just public leadership. Spouse, mother, grandmother, and colleague.

Washington, DC
Joined April 2021
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My statement on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision:
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Putin’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine is having a devastating impact on global food security. The Kremlin is preventing over 20 million tons of wheat from leaving Ukraine, denying countries around the world resources they need to feed their people. stories.state.gov/what-is-fo…
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President Putin’s war of choice could force food prices to surge by up to 22% and threaten nearly 49 million more people with starvation. This crisis was entirely preventable, yet Putin would rather continue his unjustified war than let Ukraine help feed the world.
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Russia misappropriated terms such as genocide, Nazism, and the Holocaust in false and disrespectful propaganda against Ukraine. In reality, the Russian government is carrying out an unprovoked and unjustified war. #StopTheLies stories.state.gov/this-is-a-…
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U.S. intelligence provides compelling evidence that Russia is destroying Ukrainian grain silos. While the Kremlin is actively denying the world access to critical food sources, the U.S. and allies are working to increase access.
Newly declassified intelligence sheds light on Russian forces' attacks on Ukrainian grain terminals – including an attack on the Nika-Terra Grain Terminal in Mykolaiv on or around June 4. The world must hold Russia accountable for its actions that undermine global food security.
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It was a pleasure to meet with Pacific Islands, Australian, and New Zealand Heads of Mission with @INDOPACOM Admiral Aquilino to discuss security, economic, and development cooperation. Our shared interests and values underpin a free and open Indo-Pacific.
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At the @StateDept, @ECAatState’s #SportsDiplomacy programs promote the spirit of #TitleIX by increasing women’s and girls’ participation in sports in every corner of the world—and empowering, strengthening, and building confidence in women and girls.
The Sports Diplomacy Division is proud to host the Global Sports Mentoring Program @SportsEmpower 10th Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Thank you to our partners at @espnW and @SportandPeaceUT !
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Our #WorldRefugeeDay week of spotlights continues with Mustafa Popal. Mustafa is a proud diplomat who went from fleeing Kabul in 1980 to assisting in the Kabul evacuation last August during #OperationAlliesWelcome.
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We’ve been saying it all along: Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. The U.S. will work with Ukraine, Europe, and Allies around the world to support Ukraine and the future they want. Thanks to @AtlanticCouncil for hosting me and my friend @SanninoEU for the #EUDFF22.
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The United States has sent $565 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since February. Humanitarian assistance that is needed because Russia is waging a brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. #StopTheLies stories.state.gov/this-is-a-…
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#WorldRefugeeDay reminds all nations—including our own—to protect the most vulnerable, engage refugees directly, and support host communities worldwide. Join me in revisiting some of my team members' stories of coming to the U.S. as refugees. invidious.fdn.fr/watch?v=spQGFZX4…
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#Juneteenth is a day with immense weight and power. Today, all Americans can learn from our history, celebrate progress, and grapple with how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to travel.
Juneteenth is both a joyful day and a somber one. We celebrate the achievements and resiliency of Black Americans while reflecting on the meaning of freedom, the stain of slavery on our nation's history, and the work we still need to do to live up to our ideals.
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Delighted to welcome Desirée Cormier Smith, the @StateDept's first-ever Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice. Desirée will be central to our efforts to empower marginalized people worldwide, advance human rights, and fight against discrimination.
Advancing equity and justice in our foreign policy is essential to national security and strengthening democracy. Today we welcome Desirée Cormier Smith as our new Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice to lead the @StateDept’s continued work.
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Had a great meeting today with Greenlandic Prime Minister Múte B. Egede and Foreign Minister Vivian Motzfeldt. We discussed cooperation on critical minerals, trade and investment, and sanctions related to Putin’s brutal war of choice. go.usa.gov/xJmjp
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Enjoyed seeing Latvian Foreign Minister @edgarsrinkevics. Latvia has shown impressive leadership in supporting Ukraine, working with Russian journalists in exile, and leading the #ThreeSeas Initiative. We are proud to strengthen European security together. go.usa.gov/xJmj9
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Today I met with ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Gunn to ensure a strong, coordinated, international response to the DPRK’s ongoing destabilizing activities.
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