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Pool Reports of November 26, 2020

November 26, 2020

Pool Reports by Philip Wegmann, RealClearPolitics

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November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #1: WH Departure

?The motorcade left the White House at 10:08, and we are now rolling, presumably, to Trump National for a few rounds of golf.

The president has one event on his schedule, a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the military. It is scheduled for 3:00 pm and listed as closed press.

Earlier this morning, the pool received COVID tests and received no news which is good news. Otherwise, nothing to report.

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #2: Arrival at Trump National

?The motorcade arrived at Trump National at 10:46. Shortly after, the president tweeted "Happy Thanksgiving" in response to news that the Supreme Court had blocked New York Gov. Cuomo from enforcing attendance limits at religious services.

Pool has since split off and will be holding nearby, I'm told, at a local IHOP.

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #3: Leaving Trump National

?The motorcade departed Trump National at 2:03pm. About a dozen supporters waved flags and cheered from the sidewalk. We are rolling.

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #4: WH Arrival

The motorcade arrived at the White House just now after an uneventful trip.

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #5: Lunch Lid Until 4:30

The White House announced a lunch lid until 4:30pm. Also, the White House moved its teleconference with members of the military until 5:00pm.

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #6: Teleconference

?Trump entered the Diplomatic Room at exactly 4:59 where a desk with the presidential seal was set out for him in front of a television screen to conference in members of the armed services.

He wished the press "Happy Thanksgiving."

His official remarks are ongoing. Updates to follow. You know the drill: Check quotes against transcript.

White House passes along the following:

Today, President Donald J. Trump will participate in a VTC with members of the United States Military and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

Expected participants include:

Army: Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion 36th Infantry Division (HHBN 36th ID); Camp Arifjan, KU


Marine Corps: Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC); Kuwait

Air Force: 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and Expeditionary Readiness Squadron (386 ESFS/ERS); Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait

Space Force: 11th Space Warning Squadron (Space-based Missile Warning); Buckley AFB, CO

Coast Guard: USCG Patrol Forces Southwest Asia; Kingdom of Bahrain

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #6B: More Teleconference

?The president spoke to representatives of each of the armed forces, including Space Force.

Asked about his plans for his last Thanksgiving in the White House, he said you "can't say what's first or last." He added that it might be the "first one of a second term."

"No one wants to see the kind of fraud this election has come to represent," he said.

"The Biden administration," he said "wants to get rid of America first."

"I know one thing, Joe Biden didn't get 80 million votes," he adds before saying that Biden didn't beat Obama's vote total with black voters.

More TK...

Earlier he thanked each branch for their service, talked about increased funding for the military over the past four years, and seemed to be in good spirits.

When a member of the Coast Guard mentioned his golf game, Trump promised to keep driving the ball "straight and long."

"Only form of exercise," he quipped about his game.

"Don't eat too much turkey," he told the troops joking.

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #6C: News

?"It's going to be a very hard thing to concede," Trump says when asked about what he will do if the Electoral College elects Biden.

"If they do they made a mistake," Trump says of Electoral College electing Biden.

"Certainly I will, and you know that," he says when asked if he would leave the White House.

"This was a massive fraud," he says of the election.

"We are like a third world country," he says of voting infrastructure.

Check quotes. More TK

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #7: News: Georgia Trip

Trump says he is headed to Georgia to help Loeffler and Perdue "probably Saturday."

He says people there are "very disappointed we were robbed."

November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #7: Georgia Clarification

?Judd Deere clarified that "when the President said he would be going to Georgia on Saturday, he means Saturday, Dec. 5, not this Saturday."


November 26, 2020

In-Town Pool Report #8: Remarks Over

?Trump left the room shortly after 5:45.

Donald J. Trump, Pool Reports of November 26, 2020 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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