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In Town pool report #8
Dan Freedman • Hearst Newspapers
February 24, 2017: 03:40 PM


Spray for POTUS meeting in Oval with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was very brief.

Pool ushered in a little after 3. POTUS and President Kuczynski were in chairs, classic foreign-leader meeting format.

``It's a great honor to have President Kuczynski with us. Peru has been a fantastic neighbor. (We've had a) great relationship, better now than ever before,'' POTUS said. ``I've known him for quite a while through reading about the work he has done.''

POTUS said the Peruvian president was about to get an award from Princeton. POTUS asked him what for?

``For being an alumnus who did OK!' he replied, with a smile and laugh.

They bantered about the Peruvian president's daughter, who wants to study medicine.

``So, a very special man, it's an honor to have him in Washington at the White House. I understand you'll be buying some of our military vehicles. They are great vehicles! I just looked at it. And you are proving it. Use them well.''

President K. then addressed the media in English, not Spanish. (A Peruvian reporter later told pooler the Peruvian press contingent did have, or would have, their own opportunity to interview the president.)

``I'm very glad to be here in Washington. .... I greatly respect the U.S. Latin America needs to grow more, and we're going to talk about how to do that,'' he said. ``Maybe you have a few ideas?''

``Yes, I do,'' POTUS responded. ``We're having a problem with Venezuela. Theyre doing very poorly and so we're going to be talking about a lot of different things. So thank you for being here.''

Pool persisted with some questions but was ultimately ushered out.



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