Fw: VPOTUS pool report 7 -- Davos

From: Steve Clemons
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 16:22
To: Goodman, Meghan Hays K. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report 7 -- Davos

17 January 2017 -- Davos, Switzerland

While there was no pool press access this morning in the main hall of the Congress Centre, Vice President Biden attended the public address by Peoples Republic of China President Xi Jinping at the World Economic Forum this morning.  Your pool did not accompany the VP to the hall but watched in a separate facility.

According to the Vice President's staff, just prior to attending the Xi Jinping address where President Xi defended globalization, VP Biden dropped in on a roundtable hosted by FCLT Global on "Short-Termism".  FCLT stands for "Focusing Capital on the Long Term."  Your pool was not present at this drop by, by the VP's staff report that he stayed there for no more than five minutes before departing for the Xi Jinping plenary address.

At approximately, 1:45pm VP Biden held a closed press bilateral meeting with Kurdistan Region of Iraq President Masoud Barzani.  Your pool has been told by the VP's team that a readout of the meeting will soon be issued by the Vice President's office.

At 3:30 pm, Vice President Biden met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i?, and there was a pool spray for photos.  Vu?i? has been Prime Minister since April 2014.

This bilateral meeting with Serbia is the LAST bilat of the Obama/Biden administration.

The Vice President's delegation then met with President Nikolic and his team.

Those in the Vice President's delegation for the bilateral meeting with Serbia include:

*   Colin Kahl, National Security Advisor, Office of the Vice President
 *   Anna Makanju, Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia, Office of the Vice President
 *   Kate Bedingfield, Director of Communications, Office of the Vice President

Your pool asked, "Mr. Vice President -- Do you see a way to avoid the collision course Serbia and Kosovo are on?"

Vice President Biden responded, "Yes". And he smiled.

Your pool asked "how?" but no response.

This evening, the schedule for Vice President shows him attending a World Economic Forum reception in honor of visiting members of the US administration.  VP Biden plans to attend.

About 71 hours left of Vice President Biden's official tenure.

Your pool hears that Secretary of State John Kerry may also attend. This is closed to press and thus your pool will not be reporting on the reception.

Steve Clemons
Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
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