From: Date, Shirish [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:18 PM
To: Velz, Peter
Subject: Pool report #1
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 – Pool report #1
The Pool was led into the Oval Office at 11:47 am.
POTUS, wearing a dark grey suit and a striped, dark blue and grey tie, was seated with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in a pair of tan leather chairs in front of the fireplace beneath the portrait of George Washington.
In eight minutes of remarks, President Obama urged the Senate to “work through” the recess to figure out how to deal with provisions of the Patriot Act that allow the NSA to collect phone data. Those authorities expire at midnight Sunday. He again urged Republican Senate leaders to pass the House-passed USA Freedom Act, which modifies the NSA provisions to leave the records with the phone companies unless and until the NSA obtains court permission. “This needs to get done,” Obama said.
Obama also offered condolences to the victims of storms and flooding in Texas, and said he had spoken with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
And Obama discussed the issues facing NATO, particularly Russia’s aggression regarding the Ukraine, and NATO’s role in Afghanistan.
Obama’s meeting with Stoltenberg began at approximately 11 am, and wrapped up with the pool spray.
Discussion topics, according to the WH press office, included:
n Russia’s actions and their effect on European security, NATO’s new “challenges” from the south;
n NATO’s ongoing mission to train and advise the Afghan National Security Forces;
n Member nations’ progress on defense spending targets agreed to at a Wales conference in September 2014;
n Priorities for the NATO summit scheduled for July 2016 in Poland.
Also in the room where Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Dep. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The Pool was ushered out of the Oval Office at 12:02 pm.
A more full synopsis of POTUS’s remarks to follow.
White House Correspondent