Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha 

Jill and I send our warmest greetings to those celebrating Eid al-Adha around the world. The Eid traditions and Hajj rituals of providing for those less fortunate in commemoration of Abraham and his son’s devotion to God carry a special meaning this year as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and work to …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel

JUNE 28, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel to honor President Rivlin as he approaches the conclusion of his term and to demonstrate the enduring strength of the U.S.-Israel partnership. President Biden conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and his commitment to …

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President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Nine More Individuals to Serve as Ambassadors

JUNE 15, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals – including four career members of the Senior Foreign Service – as ambassadors to represent the United States on the world stage: Julie Chung, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Democratic Socialist Republic of …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the New Government of the State of Israel

JUNE 13, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between …

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Statement from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Election of Isaac Herzog as the 11th President of the State of Israel

JUNE 02, 2021 STATEMENTS AND RELEASES On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my warm congratulations to Isaac Herzog on his election to serve as the 11th President of the State of Israel. Throughout his career, President-elect Herzog has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to strengthening Israel’s security, advancing dialogue, and building …

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A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021

JUNE 01, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement — a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our Nation’s promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all. Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Rise of Anti-Semitic Attacks

MAY 28, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES In the last weeks, our nation has seen a series of anti-Semitic attacks, targeting and terrorizing American Jews. We have seen a brick thrown through window of a Jewish-owned business in Manhattan, a swastika carved into the door of a synagogue in Salt Lake City, families threatened outside …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Visit to the Middle East

MAY 24, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Following up on our quiet, intensive diplomacy to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, I have asked my Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, to travel to the Middle East this week. During his trip, Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders about our ironclad commitment to …

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Remarks by President Biden on the Middle East

MAY 20, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS Cross Hall THE PRESIDENT: Folks, I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Earlier today, I spoke with President Al Sisi of Egypt. And Minister — Prime Minister Netanyahu informed me that Israel has agreed to a mutual, unconditional ceasefire to begin in less than two hours. The Egyptians …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MAY 19, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today. The two leaders had a detailed discussion on the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States. The President …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MAY 17, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks. The President welcomed efforts to address intercommunal violence and to bring calm to Jerusalem. He encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

MAY 15, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES President Biden spoke today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to convey the U.S. commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

MAY 15, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime …

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Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Biden spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians. He also conveyed the United States’ …

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A Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2021

APRIL 30, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress. It is a quintessential American experience — one that is connected to key tenets of American identity, including our Nation’s commitment to freedom of religion and conscience. This month, we honor Jewish Americans — past and present …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of Orthodox Easter

MAY 02, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Jill and I extend warm wishes to all our friends in the Orthodox Christian community observing Easter. On this occasion of joy and renewal, Orthodox Christians worldwide rejoice in the miracle of the Resurrection and affirm commitments to spiritual disciplines and service to those in need. This is …

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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Tragedy in Israel

APRIL 30, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES The United States stands with the people of Israel, and with Jewish communities the world over, in mourning the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron. I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu today to offer my profound condolences on behalf of the American people to our friends in Israel. The …

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Statement by President Joe Biden on Armenian Remembrance Day

APRIL 24, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by …

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A Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2021

APRIL 04, 2021 • PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS On Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — we stand in solidarity with the Jewish people in America, Israel, and around the world to remember and reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust. An estimated six million Jews perished alongside millions of other innocent victims — Roma and Sinti, …

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Remarks by President Biden on the More Than 500,000 American Lives Lost to COVID-19

FEBRUARY 22, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS Cross Hall 6:01 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Each day, I receive a small card in my pocket that I carry with me in my schedule. It shows the number of Americans who have been infected by or died from COVID-19. Today, we mark a truly grim, heartbreaking milestone: …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Introductory Remarks for President Biden

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 4, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. Today I get to say something that brings me tremendous happiness: President Biden, Vice President Harris, welcome to the State Department. For more than two decades, I’ve had the privilege of watching President Biden at work. …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

JANUARY 27, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Today, we join together with people from nations around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering the 6 million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and many others, who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoah. …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America …

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