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Print pool #3
Astead W. Herndon • Boston Globe
March 24, 2017: 03:04 PM


Pool, the entire cohort, was escorted into the White House's East Room around 2:15 p.m. Inside the room and in the adjoining vestibule, a reception was ongoing to honor Greek Independence Day. Food and drinks were available to attendees, who were mingling as music played.

The East Room was about half full as the ceremony began with a performance by a Greek youth choir at 2:27 p.m.

At 2:33, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was introduced.

"As a proud Greek American, I've had my eye on this event for weeks," Priebus said.

He later praised President Trump's record on the economy and keeping campaign promises, before introducing Trump at 2:37 to heavy applause. At one point, Priebus mentioned the President's bid to "repeal and replace Obamacare." That line was met with applause.

Trump spoke after.

"I love the Greeks," Trump said as he took the podium. He also praised Priebus, saying he's now one of the "top Greeks" in the country. He also praised other staff members of Greek heritage.

"Greek Independence Day celebrates the rebirth of liberty and independence for Greek people," Trump said.

"We celebrate Greek history and celebrate the contributions of your people to our great country," the President said, concluding his remarks.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America spoke after Trump. Demetrios was also present at the President's inauguration in January.

The Archbishop affirmed the long standing relationship between the two countries and finished his remarks at 2:51 p.m.

The President, after posing for a free photos left from the far entrance at 2:54. Pool was ushered out of the room shortly after.



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