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In-town pool report #2 - troop greeting & another comment on Afghan
Jordan Fabian • The Hill
July 20, 2017: 12:51 PM


No news from POTUS' meet and greet with troops after natsec meeting, but he did answer a couple of questions.

Asked about the meeting, POTUS said, "the meeting was great a very good meeting."

He praised Pentagon personnel for doing great work.

Asked about an announcement on Afghan troop levels, POTUS said, "You'll be hearing." He did not elaborate.

He ignored a question about AG Sessions.

Now the color ....

Around 11:15 AM, pool was escorted into a hallway inside the Pentagon lined with portraits of former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where more than two dozen service members clad in dress uniforms from different branches of the military stood against the walls.

White House says it will provide a list of names.

A besuited Sean Spicer, who is a Naval Reservist, and Keith Schiller were on hand to watch.

At 12:42 PM, more than an hour behind schedule, POTUS emerged with VP Pence and SecDef Mattis.

He spent roughly a minute going down the lines and shaking hands. His comments were mostly inaudible but at one point, he said "what a group."

Motorcade rolling from the Pentagon at 12:47. Your pooler spotted Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin boarding vehicles before we left.

Photo of handshake line attached.



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