pool report #1 - POTUS remarks/Kelly

From: John Bennett [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2017 9:49 AM
Subject: pool report #1 - POTUS remarks/Kelly

Pool report No. 1 | July 31, 2017

(Disclaimer: Please check all quotes against transcript.)

Pool entered the Oval Office at 9:33 a.m. President Trump and John Kelly were seated across the room from the Resolute Desk, and POTUS announced Kelly had just been sworn in as White House chief of staff.

The president - wearing his signature red tie, white shirt and dark suit - said he has “no doubt” Kelly will do a “spectacular job” leading the West Wing staff.

“What he’s done in terms of Homeland Security is record-shattering,” POTUS said of Kelly, who has been DHS secretary. The president pointed to Kelly’s efforts there on border security, saying Kelly got “tremendous results” in that area. POTUS said even given “a controversial situation,” Kelly got results at DHS “very little controversy.”

POTUS congratulated Kelly on his news position and said: “We look forward to - if it’s possible - an even better job as chief of staff.”

The president responded to John Roberts’ shouted question about what he expects will be different under Kelly by saying he believes his administration “has done very well” and set “lots of records.” He added that “the stock market is the highest it’s ever been,” and that the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in 17 years. He cited unnamed polls to say businesses’ confidence is high.

“We’re doing very well. We have a tremendous base,” POTUS said.”The country is optimistic. And I think the general will just add to it.”

President Trump did not respond to your pooler’s shouted question about whether he intends to green-light the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, incoming Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and Kellyanne Conway were in the Oval Office. Outgoing Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were spotted in the outer office.

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John T. Bennett

White House Correspondent

CQ Roll Call

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