State Department

Biden Faces First Major Foreign Policy Test in Georgia

Admin urges all sides to deescalate while pro-Russia regime consolidates power

The Georgian government's Tuesday raid on the opposition party's headquarters and arrest of its leader, Nika Melia, threatens to cripple the only democracy in the South Caucasus and is an early foreign policy test for the Biden administration, which has yet to take any concrete action aimed at holding Georgia's pro-Russian government accountable for its crimes.

Biden Admin Snubs GOP Leaders on New Iran Diplomacy

State Dept says Iran envoy Malley has engaged Congress; GOP leaders say he has yet to meet with them.

The Biden administration says it is ready for direct negotiations with Iran but has not consulted with any Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress, despite public statements claiming otherwise.

State Dept. Deputy Spox Has History of Anti-Cop Rhetoric

Jalina Porter described a problematic 2016 remark as a product of 'passion,' but she's a repeat offender

The State Department deputy spokeswoman who said the “largest threat to U.S. national security are U.S. cops” characterized her 2016 comments on Tuesday as a one-off. But Jalina Porter made similar comments about the police as recently as 2020.