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In-town pool report No. 3
Philip Rucker • The Washington Post
May 31, 2017: 03:56 PM


President Trump and Vietnamese Prime Minister Phuc attended a bilateral meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Monday afternoon, following their one-on-one visit in the Oval Office.

Trump gave brief remarks in the presence of your pool, welcoming Phuc to the White House and highlighting trade between the two countries.

The room was noisy, with press contingents from both countries crammed into the room taking pictures and at times jostling. As such, your pooler could not make out a few words in the audio. Here is what Trump said:

"Thank you very much. It's a great honor to have Prime Minister Phuc with us from Vietnam. And we are already in discussions [on] some very major topics, including trade. We have a major trade deficit with Vietnam, which will hopefully balance out in a short period of time. We expect to be able to do that. They've just made a very large order on the United States and we appreciate that, for many billions of dollars, which means jobs for the United States and great [could not hear this word] equipment for Vietnam. And I just want to thank you very much for you and all of your representatives to be with us today. Thank you very much."

Phuc then delivered a set of remarks in Vietnamese. The English translation was delivered via earpieces to the U.S. delegation and not played in the room. Your pooler is not fluent in Vietnamese and does not know what Phuc said.

President Trump sat in the center of the Cabinet Room's long wooden conference table, his back facing the windows that look out to the Rose Garden. To his right sat, in order, Vice President Pence, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner. To the president's left sat, in order, Secretary of State Tillerson, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell and Matthew Pottinger of the National Security Council.



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