President Trump, President Xi and the entourage strode through the patio dining area at Mar-a-Lago and retreated to the formal dining room around 7:10 p.m.
Pool was soon escorted in for a two-minute spray. The president ignored shouted questions about North Korea and Syria.
"It is a great honor to have the president of china and his incredibly talented wife, a great, great celebrity in China, a great singer. It's a honor to have you in the United States."
We had a long discussion already. So far, I have gotten nothing. Absolutely nothing. But we have developed a friendship. I can see that. I think, long-term, we are going to have a very, very great relationship and I look very much forward to it."
He received applause both in the room and on the patio, where club members ate.
A number of the president's top aides and Cabinet members were there, including Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, Stephen Bannon, Ivanka Trump,
Kushner was seated by the Chinese couple. Bannon was near the end of the table.
The White House has not answered whether we can expect any more movements tonight -- or whether we will get any details on the president's thinking or meetings on Syria. Pool is holding until further notice on a beautiful but muggy Florida night.