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Pool Report #8 - vocational meeting
Chris Johnson • Washington Blade
March 17, 2017: 01:55 PM

Pool escorted at 12:50 into the Cabinet room, where POTUS was seated at the center of a table surrounded by advisers and U.S. and German business leaders.

POTUS said an "important time" has come for "training our workforce for the 21st Century."

Making for the case US and Germany to "deepen our partnership," POTUS lauded the "successful model" in Germany of "apprenticeship."

"That's a word I like," POTUS said, referencing his TV show.

POTUS said apprenticeships help prepare individuals for trade and manufacturing jobs and could be a "positive alternative to a four-year degree."

"I've seen people that were not necessarily good students, but they could take apart an engine blindfolded," POTUS said,

VPOTUS was to right of POTUS. Merkel seated directly across from him. Among those at the table were Reince Priebus, Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Making the case for educating workers, Ross said, "This is a monumental problem that needs a monumental solution."

Ivanka commended her father's job creation plans, saying, "ingenuity, creativity often comes from the determination of the private sector."

Other CEOs spoke at the meeting, touting employment in the U.S. and their contributions to apprenticeship programs. Also seated were at least two beneficiaries of apprenticeship programs.

With what he called a "moonshot" request, Salesforce's Marc Benikoff challenged POTUS to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next 5 years. POTUS replied, "Let's go for that 5 million."

Pool escorted out at 1:19. A reporter asked a question after POTUS dismissed the press on whether he talked with Merkel about his criticism of her, but it went unanswered.

Photo attached showing seating assignments.

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