Fwd: Travel pool report 3c - POTUS statement

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From: Andrew BEATTY >
Date: July 8, 2016 at 11:58:00 AM GMT+2
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Subject: Travel pool report 3c - POTUS statement

Some final quotes from POTUS, this time re Brexit.

"Our meeting comes, as I think everybody is aware, at a critical moment for the European Union."

"The vote in the United Kingdom to leave the EU has created uncertainty about the future of European integration."

He dismissed suggestions that this would lead to the "entire edifice" of integration to crumble or damage the transatlantic relationship.

"Let me just say, as is often the case in moments of change, this kind of hyperbole is misplaced."

POTUS said based on discussions with Cameron he was "absolutely confident, that the UK and the European Union will work together  in a pragmatic and cooperative fashion to ensure the UK's transition is orderly and smooth."

"No one has an interest in protracted adversarial negotiations. Everybody has an interest in minimizing any disruptions."

Echoing his remarks in Hanover, Obama said "we cannot lose sight of the extraordinary achievement that European integration continues to be."

The pool is now holding while POTUS meets NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg. We will go in for spray shortly.

FYI, The WH sends this list of participants from the US-EU meeting:

Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, NSA Ambassador Susan Rice, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Ambassador Anthony Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, DNSA for International Economic Wally Adeyemo, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Charlie Kupchan, NSC Senior Director for European Affairs, Brian Johnson, NSC Director for Central and Northern Europe.

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