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Trump signs order directing State Dept., USAID to take action on global religious freedom

Added 06-02-20 04:57:03pm EST - “President Trump on Tuesday quietly signed an executive order directing the State Department to take more concrete action in countries identified as violating religious freedoms, assigning $50 million to support such efforts.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Trump signs order directing State Dept., USAID to take action on global religious freedom”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE on Tuesday quietly signed an executive order directing the State Department to take more concrete action in countries identified as violating religious freedoms, assigning $50 million to support such efforts.

The executive order, called “Advancing International Religious Freedom,” tasks the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to fund programs that promote and protect religious freedoms abroad.

The order also calls for diplomats to increase efforts raising concerns with partner countries over religious discrimination. The president did not hold a public ceremony for the signing nor make public remarks about the implementation of the order.

The signing occurred after the president and first lady visited the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon, and amid tense protests occurring in the capital and across the country for over a week in response to the video-taped killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in Minnesota.

The day before, the president took a photo outside St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House, but drew intense criticism over federal law enforcement’s use of tear gas, rubber bullets and physical force to disperse peaceful protesters for Trump’s short walk to the church.

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