Secretary Rex Tillerson Addresses Media at State Department 4/19/17 Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump News.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing
10:30 am || Meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin
11:30 am || Signs S. 544 the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act; Roosevelt Room
1:20 pm || Greets Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the Oval Office
2:30 pm || Holds an event with the Patriots on the South Lawn
3:30 pm || Meets with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster
All times Eastern
Live stream of White House briefing with Sean Spicer at noon
Trump administration is quickly rekindling Washington’s once-ailing relationship with Saudi Arabia, and it’s on full display this week.
On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited Riyadh as the White House continues to mull greater support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, which has been star-crossed with plenty of civilian casualties.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke at a U.S.-Saudi business summit in Washington, touting bilateral business ties a way for the two countries’ relations “to be taken to new heights.”
Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Tillerson told a crowd of U.S. and Saudi CEO’s and senior Saudi officials, including Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi, the State Department’s officers in Saudi Arabia “are at your disposal” to boost trade and investment. The Kingdom is working to revamp its overwhelming economic dependence on oil with an ambitious program called “Saudi Vision 2030,” which would require plenty of foreign capital.
9:45 am || With the first lady, hosts an Easter Egg Roll breakfast reception; Blue Room
10:30 am || Participates in the White House Easter Egg Roll; South Lawn
1:30 pm || Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson
All times Eastern
Live stream of White House briefing at 2:00 pm.