Fw: Out of Town Pool Report #3

From: Baker, Peter [mailto:xxx@email.com]
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Subject: Out of Town Pool Report #3

Out of Town Pool Report #3

Philadelphia

July 14, 2015

Potus was joined on AF1 for the short flight by Reps. Chaka Fattah, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Brendan Boyle and he was greeted on the tarmac by Mayor Michael Nutter. They shook hands of people waiting behind a barrier under a cloudy sky. Potus then jumped into a motorcade and arrived at the convention at 4 p.m.

More from the gaggle: Josh Earnest said the White House will make a concerted effort to reassure Congress about the Iran deal and does not anticipate any veto being overridden. “At this point that’s not a scenario that we think is going to happen,” he said. There’s some evidence to indicate that there is strong support particularly in the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives.” He cited a letter signed in the spring by “enough Democrats to sustain the president’s veto” expressing support for the terms of the preliminary agreement reached in early April.

Earnest said Potus has informed congressional leaders but did not know whether Senator Chuck Schumer was among them. “There will be extensive briefings on Capitol Hill,” he said. He added that if lawmakers put aside their “political partisan identity,” they would see a lot to like in the deal. Reminded that a number of critics like Schumer are Democrats, he added, “We’re going to make a case to them as well.” He noted that in today’s flood of reactions, there were “not very many surprising statements” from either side.

He had little to add about the call with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Asked if Potus would talk with President Rouhani, Earnest said, “At this point, no, I don’t have any calls like that to tell you about.” He went on to emphasize that the United States still has many concerns with Iran’s behavior in the region and other issues.

As for American businesses that will still have to abide by non-nuclear sanctions that will remain in place as opposed to competitors that may have more access to Iran’s market, Earnest said, “This is a tradeoff that we have acknowledged and has existed for quite some time.”

Earnest said Potus invited Vpotus last night to stand by him when he made the announcement It should send a pretty clear signal to everybody across the country and around the world about the sustained commitment that was required on the part of the united states to reach this agreement and the firm commitment on the part of the administration to implement it effectively.”

As usual, please check transcript when it comes out. Also on the trip are Kristie Canegallo and Broderick Johnson.

Correction: Thanks to iPhone, a previous pool report suggested that Earnest was “haggling” when AF1 landed. He was, of course, “gaggling.” Any haggling would require several weeks at a luxury location in Vienna.

Peter Baker

NY Times

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