PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGES; Congressional Record Vol. 163, No. 209
(Senate - December 21, 2017)

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                         PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGES

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   REPORT RELATIVE TO THE ISSUANCE OF AN EXECUTIVE ORDER DECLARING A 
NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT 
  TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY, AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED 
 STATES POSED BY SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE AND CORRUPTION AROUND THE 
                              WORLD--PM 23

  The PRESIDING OFFICER laid before the Senate the following message 
from the President of the United States, together with an accompanying 
report and papers; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, 
Housing, and Urban Affairs:

To the Congress of the United States:
  Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as 
amended (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have 
issued the enclosed Executive Order (the ``order'') declaring a 
national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat 
to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United 
States posed by serious human rights abuse and corruption around the 
world. In addition to taking action under IEEPA, the order implements 
the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-
328) (the ``Act'') and delegates certain of its authorities.
  The order blocks the property and interests in property of persons 
listed in the Annex to the order. It also blocks the property and 
interests in property of any foreign person determined by the Secretary 
of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the 
Attorney General:
  (1) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or 
indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse;
  (2) to be a current or former government official, or a person acting 
for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or 
complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in:
  (a) corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the 
expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related 
to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or 
bribery; or
  (b) the transfer or the facilitation of the transfer of the proceeds 
of corruption;
  (3) to be or have been a leader or official of:
  (a) an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, 
or whose members have engaged in, any of the activities described in 
(1), (2)(a), or (2)(b) above relating to the leader's or official's 
tenure; or
  (b) an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked 
pursuant to the order as a result of activities related to the leader's 
or the official's tenure; or
  (4) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in 
(1), (2)(a), or (2)(b) above.
  The order also blocks any person determined by the Secretary of the 
Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney 
General:
  (5) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, 
material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in 
support of:
  (a) any activity described in (1), (2)(a), or (2)(b) above that is 
conducted by a foreign person;
  (b) any person whose property and interests in property are blocked 
pursuant to the order; or
  (c) any entity described in (3)(a) above where the activity is 
conducted by a foreign person;
  (6) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to 
act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose 
property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the order; 
or
  (7) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in 
(5) or (6) above.
  In addition, the order suspends entry into the United States of any 
alien listed in the Annex or determined to meet one or more of the 
criteria above.
  I have delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury the authority, in 
consultation with the Secretary of State, to take such actions, 
including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers 
granted to the President by IEEPA and the Act, as may be necessary to 
implement the order and relevant provisions of the Act. I have 
delegated to the Secretary of State the authority to take such actions, 
including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers 
granted to the President by IEEPA and the Act, as may be necessary to 
implement the provisions of the order and the Act suspending entry into 
the United States of certain aliens. All executive departments and 
agencies are directed to take all appropriate measures within their 
authority to implement the order.
                                                     Donald J. Trump.  
The White House, December 20, 2017.

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