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Pool report #3/comments on Russia subway attack
Todd Gillman • Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2017: 01:28 PM

Trump made brief comments on the St. Petersburg attack.

"Terrible. Terrible thing. Happening all over the world. Absolutely a terrible thing," he said in response to a question at a pool spray in the State Dining Room.

Once the pool settled in, Trump said: "We've made great progress today with Egypt, really great progress." This was at 1:15 or so, just over an hour after Egyptian President el-Sisi arrived at the White House.

Then the shouted question about Russia.

He and assorted cabinet members and other aides were seated at a long table, across from Egyptian counterparts. The table was set with water glasses. Plates were empty. Waiters waited in the hall with salad waiting for the pool to leave.

Moments earlier, the presidents walked the Colonnade, emerging from the Oval at 1:06 and arriving in the Palm Room at 1:08 as cameras clacked from the sidewalk beside the Rose Garden. Tulips, red and yellow, were in their glory and there was a light breeze.

Assorted Egyptian and US officials - including Pence, Priebus, Bannon, Tillerson, Mattis, Ross and others -- preceded them along the Colonnade in small groups. They all only walked the north side, not the part that goes past the Cabinet Room.

One more clarification on Sisi's Oval comment on the "problem of the century" -- just before that remark he said he was going to make a second point, which may lead one to infer a pivot from terrorism to the Israel-Palestinian issue.

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