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In-town pool report No. 2
Philip Rucker • The Washington Post
May 31, 2017: 03:43 PM

President Trump and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday afternoon. Both men sat in yellow arm chairs, along with translators on the sides.

Trump's comments on the Paris climate accord, responding to questions by your poolers, were distributed in pool report no. 1. What follows are the remarks Trump and Phuc made about their visits.

Trump was the first to speak, welcoming Phuc to the White House:

"It's an honor to have the prime minister of Vietnam at the White House, in the Oval Office. Prime Minister Phuc has done a spectacular job in Vietnam, led so many different categories in trade and other things. We're going to be discussing trade. We're going to be discussing North Korea. We have many things to talk about and we look forward to being together, very much so."

Trump delivered his statement in full, with one of the interpreters simultaneously translating his comments into Vietnamese for Phuc.

Phuc then spoke, pausing after every sentence or two to allow the second interpreter to translate his comments into English for Trump.

Pluc said, "Let me begin by thanking you, Mr. President, for inviting me to make this official visit to the United States. I bring with me the warmest greetings from the Vietnamese people to each and every American and greetings to you all, dear friends."

Phuc continued, "The relationship between Vietnam and the United States has undergone significant upheavals in history, but today we have been able to become comprehensive partners."

Phuc continued, "I have had the great pleasure of having a phone conversation with the president last December and also an exchange of letters. I was very impressed by the openness and friendliness of the president and I am confident that our meeting today will be equally candid and open. It would be fruitful to set out major directions for our enhanced Vietnam-U.S. cooperation on the basis of mutual respect and equality in the interests of peace, stability, cooperation and [could not hear this word], in the Asia Pacific and the world."

Phuc continued, "We very much look forward to welcoming you, Mr. President, to Vietnam to attend the APEC economic leaders meeting in [could not hear the name of the city] as well as to pay an official visit to Vietnam in November this year."

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