From: Lee, Carol
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 9:40 AM
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #1
January 21, 2016
Vice President Biden is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his first of five bilats today.
Pool entered the room at the Intercontinental at 8:50am. VPOTUS and Mr. Netanyahu were standing in front of Israeli and American flags. They were talking but pool couldn't hear.
Steve Clemons asked Mr. Netanyahu for his thoughts on Nusra and ISIS near Israel's border. The prime minister didn't answer. Mr. Biden smiled. The two of them were a bit stiffer than the bilat photo-ops pool witnessed last night. The whole thing lasted about 30 seconds.
Participants, per the VP's office:
H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel
Mr. Eli Groner, Director-General
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Jacob Nagel, Acting National Security Advisor and Head of the NSC
Brig. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister
Dr. Jonathan Schachter, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister
United States Delegation
T.H. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
T.H. Amos Hochstein, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
T.H. Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President
PMs. Kate Bedingfield, Director of Communications, Office of the Vice President
The Wall Street Journal