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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

State Department calls off border-security conference because of ‘very limited funding’ amid government shutdown

The State Department is postponing a border-security conference "due to the partial US government shutdown," a spokesperson said in a statement.
A policeman patrols around a police station attacked by unknown assailants, in Ciudad Juarez, January 17, 2019.

The US has issued a security alert for a major border city in Mexico after a wave of attacks on police

After a series of attacks on police in Ciudad Juarez, the US Consulate General there issued an alert about violence the city, which borders El Paso.

The government shutdown has gotten so bad that agencies are using legal loopholes to restart critical functions

Agencies including the FDA, USDA, State, and FAA are recalling furloughed employees to keep operations running during the government shutdown.
The Chinese Presidential Boeing 747-400.

The US government is warning Americans that if they visit China they may not be able to return home

The US State Department is warning Americans that the Chinese government may use exit bans to prevent US citizens from leaving China.
Vladimir Putin at the G20 Leaders' Summit 2018 in Argentina.

Russia arrested a US citizen on spying charges, but the government shutdown makes it hard to get answers on how the Trump administration will respond

A US citizen was arrested in Russia on Friday and charged with espionage, and it's not clear how the Trump administration plans to respond.

‘He was dumb as a rock’: Trump lashes out at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

"He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough," Trump said of Rex Tillerson, adding, "He was lazy as hell."

Trump says former ‘Fox & Friends’ host Heather Nauert is his pick to be UN ambassador

President Donald Trump has reportedly asked Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, to replace Nikki Haley as the US ambassador to the UN.

‘Just answer the question and kill this story’: In internal emails, Heather Nauert criticized Rex Tillerson’s refusal to deny report...

Heather Nauert was critical of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's refusal to deny reports that he called Trump a "moron" last year.
Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina November 8, 2016.

The US State Department withdrew Hillary Clinton’s security clearance and those of several former Clinton aides

The US State Department informed lawmakers that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security clearance was administratively withdrawn. Clinton requested the action earlier this year. The security clearances of several Clinton aides were also withdrawn.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with President Donald Trump

‘Let’s go to Fox’: State Department spokesman creatively grilled over diplomatic vacancies amid disappearance of Saudi journalist

State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Palladino faced a grilling during the a press briefing on Wednesday when he couldn't answer whether the US has nominated ambassadors to both Saudi Arabia and Turkey.