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VP pool report #3
Ashley Parker • The Washington Post
February 19, 2017: 07:05 PM


At exactly the appointed time — 6:30 p.m. local — Vice President Pence and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel arrived for dinner at the Domaine De Val Duchesse, an old mansion and estate in the Brussels municipality of Auderghem.

Your pool had been promised "pleasantries," and pleasantries there were: The two shook hands and took no questions, speaking, one at a time, for just over a minute.

Michel greeted Pence, saying he was "very happy" to have him there. "Welcome to Brussels," he said "It is a very beautiful city."

"Well, thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for welcoming me into this beautiful place," Pence said. "It's an honor to be with you... I bring greetings from President Donald Trump and I also bring the warm appreciation of the American people."

"I very look forward to our meetings tomorrow with the European Union and the leaders of NATO," the vice president concluded.

Your pool would send a full transcript, but camera clicks garbled parts of the audio. (Will send more if we get something clearer, but: No news). We have been advised there will be no more action tonight, and your pool is holding in a smaller castle, waiting to motorcade back to the hotel after the dinner.



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