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But forecasters and outside analysts expect the Fed to hedge on exactly when the “taper” might begin, and tie it to a rebound in job growth following the disconcertingly tepid report in August, when only 235,000 jobs were created. While August job growth was disappointing, U.S. nonfarm payrolls swelled by just over 1 million in July and have increased an average 716,000 since May. Fed officials, however, may decide they need more time to assess the risk from a handful of evolving issues before deciding to push ahead with the reduction in the bond-buying program. Leaning in the other direction: The surge of COVID-19 infections driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Some measures of service activity have dipped, prompting forecasters to mark down their outlooks for economic growth this year.
Persons: Jerome Powell, Graeme Jennings, Aneta Markowska, Thomas Simons, nonfarm payrolls, Powell, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Federal, House, Capitol, Jefferies, Fed, Financial, China Evergrande Group, Kansas City Fed Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
But forecasters and outside analysts expect the Fed to hedge on exactly when the “taper” might begin, and tie it to a rebound in job growth following the disconcertingly tepid report in August, when only 235,000 jobs were created. The Fed is due to release its latest policy statement and economic projections at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), with Fed Chair Jerome Powell holding a news conference half an hour later to discuss the outcome. While August job growth was disappointing, U.S. nonfarm payrolls swelled by just over 1 million in July and have increased an average 716,000 since May. Leaning in the other direction: The surge of COVID-19 infections driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Some measures of service activity have dipped, prompting forecasters to mark down their outlooks for economic growth this year.
Persons: Fed’s Powell, Jerome Powell, Aneta Markowska, Thomas Simons, nonfarm payrolls, Powell, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Federal, Jefferies, Fed, Financial, China Evergrande Group, Kansas City Fed Locations: U.S
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoSept 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will have an online meeting on Wednesday with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director-general of the World Trade Organization, Tai's media office said, weeks before it holds an import ministerial conference. Tai spoke by telephone earlier this month with the head of the WTO and acknowledged the "difficult logistical challenges" facing the upcoming WTO conference. read moreThe global trade watchdog is due to hold a ministerial conference of its 164 members in November and December, which is set to be a critical test of Okonjo-Iweala's leadership. WTO members are set to negotiate a range of topics at the meeting, including trade, the COVID-19 pandemic as well as agriculture and fisheries.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Susan Walsh, Ngozi, Tai, Kanishka Singh, Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel Organizations: Trade, Senate, Capitol, . Trade, World Trade Organization, WTO, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Bengaluru
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, December 2, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo(Reuters) - SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund had invested in a $2.5 billion private equity fund set up by former U.S. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Financial Times. Mnuchin’s Liberty Strategic Capital, which was launched earlier this year, recently raised funds from sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East including Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the report said on Wednesday.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin, Greg Nash Organizations: Financial, Fund, U.S, Treasury, Financial Times, Liberty Strategic Capital, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Locations: Washington, East
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, December 2, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo(Reuters) -SoftBank Group will invest in a $2.5 billion private equity fund set up by former U.S. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Japanese conglomerate said on Wednesday without disclosing the size of the investment. The fund, Liberty Strategic Capital, will be backed by SoftBank’s $40 billion second Vision Fund and Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, which said it will contribute roughly 2% of the total amount raised so far. Liberty Strategic Capital was launched this year and is based in Israel, according to startup data platform PitchBook here. The Financial Times here had earlier reported that Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) will also take part in the investment.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin, Greg Nash, SoftBank’s, PIF Organizations: Financial, U.S, Treasury, Liberty Strategic Capital, Fund, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, Reuters, Bloomberg Locations: Washington, Abu Dhabi, Israel, Middle
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Australia on Wednesday morning, causing shaking in Melbourne, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries following the earthquake shortly after 9 a.m. local time (7 p.m. A woman in the Melbourne suburb of Carrum Downs told Seven News that she ran out of her house. They are very rare events in Australia, and as a result, I am sure people would have been quite distressed and disturbed," Morrison told reporters. South Australia Police said the earthquake was felt in Adelaide, which is around 450 miles from the area of the epicenter.
Persons: Mount Buller, Scott Morrison, Morrison Organizations: Geological Survey, Carrum Downs, Seven News, Washington , D.C, South Australia Police Locations: Australia, Melbourne, U.S, Mount, Carrum, Washington ,, Adelaide, Victoria
WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation Tuesday that would fund the government through Dec. 3 and extend the debt limit until after the 2022 elections. House Republican leaders pressured their members to oppose the bill. Pelosi said the debt limit "is about paying bills already incurred." After all, they control the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate," he said. Democrats, however, noted that there was bipartisan support for raising the debt limit during the Trump administration.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Dan Meuser, Tom Cole, Trump, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Marcy Kaptur, I'm, Israel, Stephanie Murphy, Hoyer placated Organizations: Republicans, Democrats, Senate, Republican, Democratic, White, Trump, Israel's, Party, Moderate, Iron Locations: Ky, Ohio, Afghanistan, Israel, America
That would have the effect of letting Republicans avoid voting for a debt limit increase ahead of next year's congressional elections. After the House vote, McConnell and fellow Republican Senator Richard Shelby said they had introduced a bill to fund current government operations through Dec. 3, but without raising the debt limit. Democrats have resisted doing that so far, saying the vote to raise the debt limit should be a bipartisan one. The Treasury Department will some time in October exhaust its borrowing authority unless the debt limit is raised. Republicans said they would support a temporary spending bill to avert a shutdown if the debt limit extension were stripped out of the bill.
Persons: Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell's, McConnell, Richard Shelby, Schumer, Pelosi, Joe Biden, They’re, Republican Steve Scalise, Donald Trump's, Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell, David Morgan, Scott Malone, Kieran Murray, Peter Cooney Organizations: Capitol, J6, REUTERS, Republicans, Senate, White, Democratic, Treasury Department, Democrats, Social Security, Republican, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, America, U.S
On Monday, two plaintiffs filed what are believed to be the first lawsuits against a Texas doctor who admitted that he performed an abortion apparently in violation of the state’s new abortion law. The Texas law is unique in that it’s not enforced by state officials. Those realities could well persuade a Texas court that the Legislature overstepped its authority in deputizing citizens of other states to enforce Texas law. The Texas law appears to allow any person to sue those involved in providing unlawful abortions for money damages. But that point has absolutely nothing, zero-point-zero, to do with a complaint against Braid pursuant to the Texas abortion law.
Persons: Alan Braid, it’s, Oscar Stilley, Felipe N, Gomez, , he’s, Braid, Roe, Wade, It’s, Stilley, , ” Stilley, Braid couldn’t Organizations: Washington Post, U.S, Supreme, Texas Locations: Texas, Antonio, Arkansas, Illinois
REUTERS/Mike Theiler/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said its executive board met on Tuesday to discuss a report prepared for the World Bank alleging that IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva pressured staff to alter data to favor China while serving as the bank’s CEO. The board agreed to meet again soon for further discussions, an IMF spokesperson said, but gave no specific date. The board emphasized “the importance it attached to conducting a thorough, objective, and timely review and agreed to meet again soon for a further discussion,” the spokesperson said. Georgieva on Friday denied allegations that she pressured World Bank staff to alter data as it prepared its Doing Business 2018 report on country business climates. Neither in this case, nor before or after, I have put pressure on staff to manipulate data,” Georgieva told IMF staff, according to a transcript of the meeting provided to Reuters.
Persons: Kristalina Georgieva, Mike Theiler, Georgieva, ” Georgieva, WilmerHale Organizations: Monetary Fund, International Monetary Finance, IMF, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, World Bank, Reuters Locations: Washington , U.S, China
Damaged buildings (Betty's Burgers) following an earthquake are seen along Chapel Street on September 22, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. The epicenter of the quake was near Mansfield, Victoria with tremors felt as far away as Canberra, Sydney and Tasmania. A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday, Geoscience Australia said, one of the country's biggest quakes on record, causing damage to buildings in the country's second largest city and sending tremors throughout neighboring states. He knew of no serious damage near the quake epicenter, although some residents reported problems with telecommunications. No tsunami threat was issued to the Australian mainland, islands or territories, the country's Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Mark Holcombe, Holcombe Organizations: Geoscience, Geoscience Australia, ABC, country's, Meteorology Locations: Melbourne, Australia, Mansfield, Victoria, Canberra, Sydney, Tasmania, Geoscience Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, New South Wales, Washington, Newcastle
CANBERRA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - An Australian-EU trade deal would be mutually beneficial and allow EU members a greater presence in the Indo-Pacific, said Australia's trade minister, as Canberra tries to repair ties with Paris after the scrapping of a $40 billion submarine deal. In solidarity with France, EU lawmakers have publicly questioned whether a trade deal with Australia could be possible. Australia's Minister for Trade Dan Tehan on Wednesday urged the EU to progress ahead with a trade deal. Australia and the EU are set to hold the next round of talks on a trade deal on Oct 12. Morrison is in the United States to attend the quadrilateral security dialogue, made up of India, Japan, the United States and Australia - which convenes later this week.
Persons: Navy's Collins, Waller, Collins, Trade Dan Tehan, Tehan, Scott Morrison, Charles Michel, Morrison, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Colin Packham, Michael Perry Organizations: Royal, EU, Canberra, Paris, France's Naval Group, U.S, Trade, Wednesday, United Nations, Australia's, Thomson Locations: Sydney Harbour, CANBERRA, Australian, EU, Australia, France, United States, Canberra, Washington, New York, India, Japan
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, December 2, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoSept 22 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group's (9984.T) Vision Fund had invested in a $2.5 billion private equity fund set up by former U.S. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Financial Times reported. Mnuchin's Liberty Strategic Capital, which was launched earlier this year, recently raised funds from sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East including Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, the report said on Wednesday. Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-PhillipsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin, Greg Nash, Group's, Aakriti, Sherry Jacob, Phillips Organizations: Financial, Fund, U.S, Treasury, Financial Times, Liberty Strategic Capital, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, Thomson Locations: Washington, East, Bengaluru
SoftBank backs Steven Mnuchin's $2.5 bln private equity fund
  + stars: | 2021-09-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, December 2, 2020. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoSept 22 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group (9984.T) will invest in a $2.5 billion private equity fund set up by former U.S. Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Japanese conglomerate said on Wednesday without disclosing the size of the investment. The fund, Liberty Strategic Capital, will be backed by SoftBank's $40 billion second Vision Fund and Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, which said it will contribute roughly 2% of the total amount raised so far. Liberty Strategic Capital was launched this year and is based in Israel, according to startup data platform PitchBook. PIF did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for a comment, while Reuters could not immediately reach out to Liberty Strategic Capital.
Persons: Steven Mnuchin, Greg Nash, SoftBank's, PIF, Aakriti, Davide Barbuscia, Sam Nussey, Sherry Jacob, Phillips Organizations: Financial, SoftBank, U.S, Treasury, Liberty Strategic Capital, Fund, Financial Times, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, Reuters, Bloomberg, Thomson Locations: Washington, Abu Dhabi, Israel, Middle, Bengaluru, Dubai, Tokyo
Sometime in October, the Treasury Department will exhaust its borrowing authority unless the debt limit is raised. The bill would suspend the limit on government borrowing through December 2022. The current debt ceiling already has been breached, with debt at $28.78 trillion. Republicans said they would support a temporary spending bill to avert a shutdown if the debt limit extension were stripped out of the bill. Schumer said much of the latest debt is related to spending that Republicans supported during Donald Trump's presidency, including last December's emergency COVID-19 relief bill.
Persons: Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell's, McConnell, Joe Biden's, Schumer, Pelosi, They’re, Republican Steve Scalise, Donald Trump's, Richard Cowan, David Morgan, Scott Malone, Dan Grebler Organizations: Capitol, J6, REUTERS, Democrat, Democratic, Senate, Republicans, Republican, Democrats, Treasury Department, Social Security, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, America, U.S
WASHINGTON — A long-delayed bill to provide financial support to U.S. government personnel believed to be suffering from Havana Syndrome is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk after the House passed it Tuesday. NBC News reported that diplomats affected by Havana Syndrome voiced frustration over continuing challenges in getting medical care and benefits in a tense hourlong conversation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken this month. The first incidents of the syndrome “medically confirmed” by the U.S. government were in Havana in 2016 and 2017. Many U.S. workers thought to be suffering from Havana Syndrome reported hearing a loud sound and feeling pressure in their heads. For years, those who have come forward reporting potential Havana Syndrome have complained about immense bureaucratic hurdles to getting proper medical care.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Sen, Susan Collins, , Collins, Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia, Republican Marco Rubio, Antony Blinken, Blinken, Kamala Harris ’, William Burns, Rubio, ” Rubio Organizations: American, Neurological, White, Senate Intelligence, Democrat, Republican, NBC News, Havana Syndrome, CIA, State Department, U.S, NATO, National Academies of Science Locations: U.S, Havana, HAVANA, Maine, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, Cuba, China, Vietnam, India, Western Europe, Austria, Germany, Russia
FILE PHOTO: An American Airlines Airbus A321-200 plane takes off from Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 28, 2018. It took aim at American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, saying the alliance would cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars. "Plain and simple: American Airlines and JetBlue's Northeast Alliance is anticompetitive." Shares of American Airlines closed down 2.8% at $19.76 while JetBlue was down 4.8% at $14.76. This is not a merger: American and JetBlue are – and will remain – independent airlines."
Persons: Mike Blake WASHINGTON, Trump, Rob Bonta, Robin Hayes, Hayes, Biden, Boston Logan, John F, Doug Parker, Parker, Diane Bartz, David Shepardson, Jon Stempel, Mark Porter, Steve Orlofsky, David Gregorio Our Organizations: American Airlines Airbus, Los Angeles International, REUTERS, U.S . Justice Department, American Airlines Group Inc, JetBlue Airways Corp, U.S . Transportation, American Airlines, JetBlue, DOJ, Justice Department, Kennedy, Newark Liberty, American, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, of, The, America, US Airways, Thomson Locations: Los Angeles , California, U.S, Northeastern U.S, Boston, California, United States, LaGuardia, New York, Arizona , California, of Columbia , Florida , Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, American, Washington
A man walks in front of unfinished residential buildings at the Evergrande Oasis, a housing complex developed by Evergrande Group, in Luoyang, China September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday said it is closely following developments surrounding China Evergrande Group (3333.HK), but believes Beijing has the tools to prevent the situation from turning into a systemic crisis. IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath told Reuters the real estate sector was a big part of China's economy, and China Evergrande's potential default could have implications for China's economic activity and financial stability. "We are following the developments in China very closely," Gopinath said, underscoring the need for regulatory reforms to address the heavily leveraged property sector. "We still believe that China has the tools and the policy space to prevent this turning into a systemic crisis."
Persons: Carlos Garcia Rawlins WASHINGTON, Gita Gopinath, Gopinath, Andrea Shalal, Leslie Adler Organizations: Evergrande Group, REUTERS, Monetary Fund, China Evergrande, HK, IMF, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Luoyang, China, Beijing
FILE PHOTO: A view of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S. January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democrat-backed bill to fund the U.S. federal government through Dec. 3 and suspend its borrowing limit until the end of 2022, cleared a House of Representatives procedural vote on Tuesday, advancing to a final debate and vote.
Persons: Erin Scott Organizations: U.S . Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Democrat Locations: Washington , U.S
Khatibzadeh spoke as Iran's new foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, was in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly, where he was expected to discuss reviving the nuclear deal with other governments. Iran has refused to meet with U.S. negotiators in the nuclear talks; Washington and Tehran must pass messages through European intermediaries, instead. All parties must stay true to the nuclear deal," Raisi said in a recorded speech by video. The monitoring regime was introduced as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. will discuss how to proceed with Iran in talks with European allies and other world powers in New York on Wednesday.
Persons: Saeed Khatibzadeh, IRNA, Khatibzadeh, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Ebrahim Raisi, Trump, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, We're, Biden, Raisi, Antony Blinken Organizations: Foreign Ministry, General Assembly, European Union, Iranian, U.S, Biden, U.S ., U.K, General, ., Capitol, Trump, International Atomic Energy Agency, . Security Locations: WASHINGTON, Iran, Vienna, Tehran, Iranian, New York, France, Germany, U.S, Washington, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Australia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Divisions between progressives and moderates are bedeviling U.S. Democrats as they struggle to advance President Joe Biden’s agenda, with the fate of the $3.5 trillion social spending legislation they hope to pass hanging in the balance. “If the Senate can’t do 3.5, we’ve got to see what they can do,” Hoyer said. “I will not vote for a reconciliation package lower than 3.5. trillion,” Representative Jamaal Bowman declared outside the Capitol. Moderates like Manchin, who represents heavily Republican West Virginia, say they will not vote for $3.5 trillion in social spending. Another House progressive, Representative Rashida Tlaib, said she was “absolutely” worried about the social spending package being cut back too much.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joe Biden, Gavin Newsom, Leah Millis, Steny Hoyer, Joe Manchin, we’ve, ” Hoyer, , Jamaal Bowman, Bowman, Manchin, Rashida Tlaib, , Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, ” Ocasio Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Democrats, California, Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus, REUTERS, Progressive Democrats, Capitol, Republican, Senate Locations: Long, Long Beach , California, U.S, Republican West Virginia, Detroit, Cortez
From 2001 through April, about 66,000 Afghan military and police members were killed in Afghanistan, alongside 2,448 U.S. service members. The abrupt U.S. exit from Afghanistan likely forced the Afghan military to fight under unfamiliar conditions, ultimately leading to collapse — and the humanitarian catastrophe we are now witnessing. Our military allies in both countries simply do not know how to fight effectively on more conventional battlefields without U.S. support. If we are willing to maintain huge troop numbers to support our allies in Europe and East Asia, then why not even a small footprint in the Middle East? Indeed, if we are willing to maintain huge troop numbers to support our allies in Europe and East Asia, then why not even a small footprint in the Middle East?
Persons: Joe Biden, ” Biden, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, quagmire, , “ Biden, Biden, Bashar al, Assad, Organizations: United Nations General Assembly, Afghan, U.S ., Islamic State, ISIS, Iraqi, Kurdistan Regional Government, Global Coalition, United, Syrian Democratic Forces, Coalition, NATO, East Locations: Afghanistan, , United States, U.S, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, Iraq, United, Iraqi, Syria, Kobani, Turkish, Kabul, Europe, East Asia, North Korea, East
Some House Democrats objected to a provision in a stopgap spending bill to provide the additional funding so Israel can replenish its “Iron Dome” missile-defense system. The U.S. company Raytheon produces many Iron Dome components. That could set the stage for another dispute over military aid for Israel. The United States has already provided more than $1.6 billion for Israel to develop and build the Iron Dome system, according to a U.S. Congressional Research Service report last year. Israel said most of the 4,350 rockets fired from Gaza during the conflict were blown out of the sky by Iron Dome interceptors.
Persons: adjourn, Jamaal Bowman, ” Bowman, Yair Lapid, Israel Organizations: Democratic, Israel, U.S ., Raytheon, United, U.S, Congressional Research Service, Republicans, Israeli, Iron, Iron Dome Locations: WASHINGTON, Israel, U.S, United States, Gaza
U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue, White House says
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Clouds pass over the White House in Washington, U.S., September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsWASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's administration will continue to argue that the U.S. debt limit is not a partisan issue and push Republicans and Democrats to vote to raise it, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday. "We will continue to make the case that it should be" raised, Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "It is not a partisan issue to want to protect the full faith and credit of the United States, and... we will continue to press for bipartisan support for moving forward." Republicans have refused to vote to increase the debt limit, citing Democrats' spending plans on infrastructure and social programs.
Persons: Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON, Joe Biden's, White, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Donald Trump's, Heather Timmons, Chris Reese, Dan Grebler Organizations: White, REUTERS, Air Force, Republicans, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States
In his first meeting with the cohort of State Department staffers affected in Cuba and China, Blinken spent more than an hour offering reassurances and fielding questions, with most affected staffers joining remotely by phone. “It's confounding and puzzling to everyone who works on this that we have not been able to determine the cause or attribution,” the senior State Department official said. Diplomats have bristled at the fact the FBI did not directly interview the diplomats affected. On the Sept. 10 call, when Blinken asked how the department could reduce the skepticism, at least one diplomat encouraged the State Department to publicly refute that report. “The FBI study is one I have actually read,” she told the diplomats, according to notes from the call.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Blinken, “ It's, they’re, , , Trump, Biden, “ That's, , Kamala Harris, William Burns, Pamela Spratlen, Spratlen Organizations: WASHINGTON –, State Department, NBC, Havana Syndrome, State Department’s Bureau of Medical Services, Pentagon, National Intelligence, NBC News, CIA, U.S, White House National Security Council, FBI, Diplomats Locations: WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON – U.S, Havana, Cuba, China, U.S, Vietnam, India,
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