FW: In town pool report #1

From: Edward-Isaac Dovere [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2015 11:35 AM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: In town pool report #1

Pool was led into the Oval Office at 11:19 AM, at the beginning of the meeting between President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif.

Susan Rice and Tony Blinken were among those in the room, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, who spent most of the time that reporters were in the room toward the back of the crowd, against one of the windows.

Obama began:

“It’s wonderful to welcome back Prime Minister Sharif and his delegation to the Oval Office. Obviously the United states and Pakistan have a longstanding relationship, work and cooperate on all sorts of issues—not just on security matters, but also on economic and scientific and educational affairs.”

“We’re really looking forward to this meeting as an opportunity to further deepen the relationship between the United States and Pakistan. I should note that we have extraordinary Pakistani-American community that is helping to build this country. Those people to people ties are part of what make this relationship so essential.”

Sharif thanked Obama for inviting him and his delegation, and said he was looking forward to the meeting adding “depth to our relationship.”

The president ignored several shouted questions, including about the vice president’s decision on the 2016 race.

Pool was led out by 11:22.

The White House called a lunch lid, with the exception of the briefing, immediately after.

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Edward-Isaac Dovere

Senior White House reporter

POLITICO

@IsaacDovere

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