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In-town Pool Report #4 -- Cabinet Room lunch
Kaitlan Collins • The Daily Caller
May 3, 2017: 12:50 PM


Pool was ushered into the Cabinet Room at 12:34, where the two leaders and co. were about to be served a steak and halibut lunch.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence flanked the president. H.R. McMaster, Gary Cohn, Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner and Dina Powell were also seated.

President Mahmoud Abbas was sitting across from the president and was flanked by his delegation.

"It's a great honor to have President Abbas with us," Trump said. "We are having lunch together. We will be discussing details of what has proven to be a very difficult situation between Israel and the Palestinians. Let's see if we can find the solution. It's something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years. We need two willing parties. We believe Israel is willing. We believe you're willing. And if you are willing, we are going to make a deal."

"I want to thank Rex Tillerson for being here," he continued. "Rex, do you have anything to say?"

Tillerson: "I think it's a historic opportunity because there are a number of positive conditions in place, and I know under your leadership that we hope good things will happen."

Then Mike Pence, who the president called "a longtime supporter of peace, spoke.

"I just want to welcome the president and his entire delegation here to the White House," Pence said. "It is good to see you again. My family had the privilege of your hospitality during a Christmas visit just a few short years ago."

"He's made great progress you see," Trump added.

The pool was then ushered out at 12:36.

When Peter Alexander asked the president if he is going to go to Israel, he smiled and responded with, "You would ask me that question."



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