Role of Office of Protocol in Presidential Travel Overseas

Taken Question
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 17, 2009

Question: What is the role of the Office of Protocol when the President travels overseas?

Answer: The Office of the Chief of Protocol, working closely with the White House, provides advice on protocol matters for Presidential travel abroad. Protocol, in general, is about respecting the customs and traditions of a host country. The President was simply showing respect.

PRN: 2009/1147