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Pool report #5a: Gary Cohn aside
Tara Palmeri • POLITICO
May 26, 2017: 12:48 PM

Your pooler pulled aside White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn aside at the entrance of the Greek theater for a quick interview on the record. No other reporters were present.

On "very bad" Germans comment reported by der Spiegel:

"He said they're very bad on trade but he doesn't have a problem with Germany. He said his dad is from Germany. He said 'I don't have a problem with Germany, I have a problem with German trade.'"

On G7 conclusions:

"I'm not sure whats going to happen. The president is very open to hearing the views of the other leaders."

"He was very clear and transparent on what his point of view has been. We want to have an open dialogue. It's intimate, it's a small group, so you don't know where it's going to go."

"[Many G7 members] some new ,some old are very much in tuned with the philosophy of let's get together and talk and see what we can agree on."

"If you know how it's going to go then what's the point?"

On Paris climate agreement:

"I think he's leaning to understanding the European position. Look as you know from the U.S., there's very strong views on both sides. Both sides are running ads. So he knows that in the U.S. there's very strong opinions on both sides but he also knows that Paris has important meaning to many of the European leaders. And he wants to clearly hear what the European leaders have to say."

Did Trump tell French President Macron that he supported him instead of candidate Marine Le Pen?

"I don't have a comment on that."

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