2021 Speeches

Speeches Shim

Last updated: December 02, 2021

November 30, 2021

I think the spirit of the Democracy Summit is that many countries now, including the United States, are dealing with these challenges at the same time. And we have a lot to learn from our engagements internationally as well. From how people keep their elections safe; what are the best tools to fight vaccine hesitancy? We haven't cracked the code on that; we've made some headway. The sources of vaccine hesitancy and the disinformation is different in every country I visit. I was just in Moldova where vaccination rates are quite low, and a lot of that, again has to do with what certain actors are putting on the internet, but also certain traditions that lead communities not to trust government.

November 23, 2021

Good morning everybody, thank you for gathering. Thank you Karen for your heartfelt introduction which we can always count on. Such a deep relationship with all the people we get to send out into the world. It’s a great pleasure to have the chance to swear in our next Mission Director to Indonesia: proud Michigan State alum, passionate fan of the band Phish, and Detroit Tiger devotee, Jeff Cohen

November 21, 2021

I would like to acknowledge High Representative Josep Borrell for inviting me to speak today. And Commissioner Urpilainen for her remarks, her introduction, and for her strong ethic of partnership across a range of issues and challenges we face.

November 19, 2021

And I just wanted to underscore why I've come as a member of President Biden's National Security Council, as the Administrator of USAID, as the Vice Chair of the Development Finance Corporation, as an American citizen, I have come to Moldova because what is happening here is of great interest around the world.

November 17, 2021

Thank you very much, Madam Prime Minister, and good afternoon to all of you. I am so very pleased to be here in Moldova, my first time in your beautiful country.  And I'm really pleased that Moldova could be the country that I could come to on my first trip to Eastern Europe as the Administrator of USAID, America's Development Agency.