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VP pool report #3
Ashley Parker • The Washington Post
February 18, 2017: 12:40 PM


After his speech, Vice President Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel did a brief pool spray before their bilat. The spray — the two shook hands in front of the U.S., EU, and German flags — lasted no more than 25 seconds, and neither uttered a word, despite a boom mic hovering, optimistically.

After the bilat, Pence walked from the lobby of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where the security conference was held, to a Commerzbank directly across street, where his remaining bilats will take place. The vice president was mobbed by crush of people already in lobby and paused to chat several times, but your pool was too far away to make out what he said.

Per CNN's Kevin Liptak, whose cameras picked up a bit of the exchange, there was no real news (at least not caught on audio/video), but Pence was handing out Challenge Coins he'd just been given, including, he said, his first one.

Your pool is now holding in the Commerzbank, and will be here for the next several hours, brought in and out for the pool sprays at the top of the various bilats. Assuming the rest are similar to the one w Merkel — perfunctory handshake, no words — your pool will not provide individual updates from each one. Below, for planning only sked of the meetings, provided by the VP's office:

12:30 PM (CET)

EVENT: Bilateral Meeting with President Ghani of Afghanistan

LOCATION: Commerzbank

PRESS: Pool spray at the top, Press Readout

1:45 PM (CET)

EVENT: Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq

LOCATION: Commerzbank

PRESS: Pool spray at the top, Press Readout

3:15 PM (CET)

EVENT: Quadlateral Meeting with President of the Republic of Estonia, President of the Republic of Latvia, and President of the Republic of Lithuania

LOCATION: Commerzbank

PRESS: Pool spray at the top, press readout

4:30 PM (CET)

EVENT: Bilateral Meeting with President Poroshenko of Ukraine

LOCATION: Commerzbank

PRESS: Pooled spray at the top, press readout



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