From: Andrew BEATTY [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 03:33 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel pool report 6
Here is a fuller account of POTUS remarks after touring the ship:
He began by thanking the hosts – which according to the White House included guide Captain Vince Sibala, Commanding Officer of BRP Gregorio Del Pilar --- saying “it’s wonderful to be back in the Philippines.”
“I want to acknowledge the American service members who are here, and who are part of our unbreakable alliance.” (While on the ship POTUS appeared to give a challenge coin to one of service members).
“The United States has been committed to the security of this region for more than 70 years, we have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally the Philippines, who can count on the United States.”
“My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation.”
“This watch center was built with US grants, the ship that I just toured, a former US coastguard vessel, helps the Philippines respond to disasters, perform counterterrorism missions and patrol the South China Sea.”
“Today I can announce that we intend to transfer two additional ships to the Philippine navy, a research vessel to help map its territorial waters and another US coastguard cutter to bolster the navy’s ability to conduct long-endurance patrols.”
“It’s part of larger plan to increase maritime security assistance to our allies and our partners across the region, $250 million over the course of two years. More capable navies and partnership with the United States are critical to the security of this region.”
He again thanked his hosts and said that “I can tell you that after inspection, your ship looks like it is in tip-top shape.”
At 3:32 the pool is currently holding in a tent awaiting POTUS’ bilateral meeting with PM Turnbull of Australia.