Presidential Papers, July 2016

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Author: Barack H. Obama  | Date: July 13, 2016

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Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Deployment of United States Armed Forces Personnel to South South Sudan

July 13, 2016

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Mr. President:)

In response to the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan, I have ordered the deployment of additional U.S. Armed Forces personnel to South Sudan to support the security of U.S. personnel, and our Embassy in Juba. The first of these additional personnel, approximately 47 individuals, arrived in South Sudan on July 12, 2016, supported by military aircraft. Although equipped for combat, these additional personnel are deployed for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. These deployed personnel will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that their presence is no longer needed. Additional U.S. Armed Forces, including approximately 130 military personnel currently pre-positioned in Djibouti, are prepared to provide support, as necessary, for the security of U.S. citizens and property, including our Embassy, in South Sudan.

I have directed this action consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93–148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.

Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA

NOTE: Identical letters were sent to Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Orrin G. Hatch, President pro tempore of the Senate.

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Chicago: Barack H. Obama, "Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Deployment of United States Armed Forces Personnel to South South Sudan," Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for July 2016] (Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, July 13, 2016), Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4AHEV4Y8DUM96BF.

MLA: Obama, Barack H. "Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Deployment of United States Armed Forces Personnel to South South Sudan." Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for July 2016], Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, July 13, 2016, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4AHEV4Y8DUM96BF.

Harvard: Obama, BH July 13, 2016, 'Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Deployment of United States Armed Forces Personnel to South South Sudan' in Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents [Collected for July 2016], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C.. Original Sources, retrieved 9 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4AHEV4Y8DUM96BF.