Fwd: Travel pool #6 -- gaggle highlights

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From: Byron Tau >
Date: June 29, 2016 at 10:48:38 AM EDT
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Subject: Travel pool #6 -- gaggle highlights

White House press secretary Josh Earnest and Senior Adviser Brian Deese gaggled en route. Thanks to co-pooler Jerome Cartillier

Please check against transcript.

The news at the top: President Obama called Turkish President Erdogan from Air Force One. "The president placed that phone call to express his deep condolences on behalf of the American people to the Turkish people for the lives that were lost in yesterday's terror attack at the Istambul airport. In the context of that call, the president will, in addition to expressing his condolences, offer any support that the Turks could benefit from as they conduct this investigation and take steps to further strengthen the security situation in that country."

Deese gaggled first, talking about the energy initiatives being announced on this trip.

Obama worried about his climate legacy if Trump is elected ?
"If you look at what the private sector is doing, you look at what other countries are doing, there is a significant move towards clean energy, that momentum is going to continue"
"We are going to do whatever we can to reinforce that and try to offer the certainty that companies need to make those investments and create those jobs"

Then Earnest:

-- Did Turkey indicate that it would need or want U.S. assistance into the investigation?
"I don't have any updates at this point. There are obviously previous conversations between US and Turkish officials that have taken place in which that support has also been offered but I don't have any updates at this point."

--Does the U.S. have any information on culpability?
"I don't have any an official assessment to share from here. Obviously, we have a range of capabilities to try to learn for ourselves what has happened. Any information that we obtain that could be useful to the Turkish investigation, we will certainly share that information."

--Will the president make a detour to Istanbul during his Europe trip next week?
"I don't have any changes to the president's schedule to share at this point. In the context of that travel to Warsaw, the president will obviously have an opportunity to meet with our NATO allies, including Turkey." Earnest says the president will have an opportunity "in some setting" to meet with the Turkish president and he expects that the attacks will be discussed at today's Three Amigo summit as well. "This is something that will certainly be on the minds of all three North American leaders."

--Does this attack reflect anything about Islamic State's strength?
"We've made important progress in Iraq and in Syria against ISIL." Says there's been "notable progress" in Iraq recently, pointing to the recapture of Fallujah. "This was obviously a significant gain by Iraqi forces and we obviously were pleased by that progress. But we continue to be concerned by the ability that ISIL has to carry out these kind of terrorist attacks, not just in Iraq and Syria but in other places."

--Reaction to Donald Trump's call to repeal NAFTA?
"I assure you that the president's trip to Canada to meet with North American leaders today does not directly involve the 2016 race in the United States," Earnest says, adding that the president is focused on strengthening and deepening the U.S. relationship with Mexico and Canada. Earnest launched into a defense to TPP, saying that it includes enforceable labor and environmental provisions.
"Many people have made the observation that there are a number of US workers and US communities that have been negatively affected by the broader forces of globalization. There's no denying that. The president certainly doesn't deny that. But the challenge I think really is what are you going to do about it? Are you just going to bemoan the impact of globalization on the U.S. economy, on some U.S. workers, and on some U.S. communities? Or are you actually going to do something about it." Earnest says POTUS as actually done something about globalization through his support of the TPP.
"We've already succeeded in renegotiating NAFTA. That's exactly what the TPP does, is it includes obviously countries in the Asia Pacific as well, but it includes Canada and Mexico and it raises standards related to the environment and to labor conditions in all of the countries that have signed the agreement. It also makes those higher standards enforceable in a way that they weren't in NAFTA. So the president promised in 2007 and 2008 - this got a lot of attention - that he would work, that he would engage with our partners to make changes to those agreements to make them more fair to U.S. workers and the broader U.S. economy. That's exactly what we've succeeded in doing."

--Does the president believe there is a chance that Brexit won't happen?
"I think the leaders of the UK have spoken to this. I think they have signaled quite strongly the finality of the decision that British voters have made," Earnest said.

--How much will Brexit be on the agenda in Ottawa?
"I'm confident that it will be discussed because of the impact that it has had on global financial markets. The kind volatility that we've seen in global financial markets has an impact on the economy not just in the United States but also Canada and Mexico," said Earnest, who added that it will likely be discussed but not the "focal point" of discussions in the Three Amigo summit.

-Campaign event with Clinton? Has it been rescheduled?
No updates, but Earnest says news will be announced soon.

Byron Tau
Reporter, Wall Street Journal
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