July 8, 2020: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks and answered questions from reporters on a wide-range of topics including Mexican President Andres Lopez Obredor's meeting with President Donald Trump and travel between the United States and other countries in the Western hemisphere facing significant outbreaks of COVID-19. The transcript below was edited to only include issues … Continue reading July 8, 2020: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at a Press Availability

April 24, 2020: Briefing on Developments in the Western Hemisphere

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak discussed how the United States and other nations in the Americas are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the situation in Guyana vis-a-vis the contested election, the increasing authoritarian tendencies of President Bukele of El Salvador, the continued deportation of immigrants during … Continue reading April 24, 2020: Briefing on Developments in the Western Hemisphere

Nicaragua responds to Costa Rica COVID testing by closing border

On Monday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced his decision to closed the border between Costa Rica and his country. The decision came less than two weeks after Costa Rica implemented a policy requiring all truck drivers entering the country to test negative for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press. Sixty-one truckers tested positive with most … Continue reading Nicaragua responds to Costa Rica COVID testing by closing border

Ten migrants deported to Guatemala from the US test positive for COVID

The Associated Press reports, based on information from an anonymous Guatemalan health official, that 10 Guatemalans deported from the United States on a May 13 flight from Louisiana tested positive for COVID-19. The 52 others on the flight will be tested for the coronavirus. Deportees are sometimes tested days before they are put on a … Continue reading Ten migrants deported to Guatemala from the US test positive for COVID

April 24, 2020: Briefing on Developments in the Western Hemisphere

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs led a special briefing on developments in the Americas that touched on a number of topics, including the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador, a political crisis in Guyana, increased pressure on Maduro in Venezuela, and the concerning authoritarian actions of President Bekele in El Salvador. MR BROWN:  … Continue reading April 24, 2020: Briefing on Developments in the Western Hemisphere