Fw: VPOTUS pool report #2

From: Lee, Carol
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:50 PM
To: Goodman, Meghan K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #2

Around 1:40pm pool was brought into a room at the Intercontinental in Davos where VPOTUS is meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. It was the start of their meeting. They stood to pose for the cameras. Mr. Biden was asked to move to his left, which he joked was an easy thing for him to do. It was a quick spray, with no remarks.

But, as we were being ushered out, Steve Clemons asked Prime Minister Tsipras if he thought German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and Mario Draghi, head of European Central Bank, had locked Greece into a two speed Europe. Mr. Tsipras did not answer as he and Mr. Biden took their seats. So Mr. Biden suggested Mr. Clemons instead ask the prime minister "if he likes Joe Biden." Mr. Clemons did. And Mr. Tsipras remained quiet.

Delegations, pre VP's office:

Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
- Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor
- Amos Hochstein, Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs
- Mark Schapiro, NSC Country Director for Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece
- Anna Makanju
- Kate Bedingfield

- H.E. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic
- H.E. Nikolaos Pappas, Minister of State
- H.E. Alexandros Alexandris, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva
- Mr. Dimitrios Liakos, Head of Economic Office of the Prime Minister
- Mr. Evangelos Kalpadakis, Director of the Diplomatic Office
- Ms. Danai Badogianni, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on International Relations and International Media

Carol Lee
The Wall Street Journal

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