FW: Pool report #1

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From: Anita Kumar [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:33 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report #1

October 15, 2015

POTUS spoke in the Roosevelt Room about the drawdown in Afghanistan.
He spoke for about 17 minutes, primarily sticking to a speech on a TelePrompTer.

He announced that the US will maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016 and then 5,500 after that at a number of small bases, including Bagram, Jalalabad in the east and Kandahar in the south. The troops, he said, would only be involved in two distinct
missions: training forces and fighting Al Qaeda.

He called the mission a "modest bit meaningful" one that can "make a real difference."

"Afghan forces are still not as strong as they need to be."

"I do not support the idea of endless war."

He said he made the decisions after speaking to Afghani leaders, members of congress and international partners. He said the U.S. a commitment to the country endures.

He spent much of the start of the talk praising the military and then at the end spoke directly to the Afghani people, the American people and the military.

"I do not send you into harm's way lightly," he said to troops.

He entered the room at 11:24 and was accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. Carter occasionally nodded in agreement while the VP crossed his arms occasionally.

More quotes to come.

Anita Kumar
White House Correspondent
McClatchy Newspapers
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Anita Kumar
White House Correspondent
McClatchy Newspapers
xxx-xxx-xxxx (office)
xxx-xxx-xxxx (cell)
xxx@email.com
Twitter: @anitakumar01

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