From: Joseph Morton
Date: June 26, 2017 at 5:16:51 PM EDT
Subject: Pool report #3 - Cabinet Room pool spray
Pool lined up around 4:15 or so and after a period of waiting packed together in the hallway outside we were ushered into the Cabinet room.
POTUS sat in the middle of the table opposite pool with VPOTUS on his right and Secretary of State Tillerson on his left. WH has said they will send comprehensive list of those around the table but among those on the POTUS side were: Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, adviser Jared Kushner.
Modi sat opposite Trump with back to pool.
POTUS made remarks first:
“Thank you very much. It’s a great honor to have Prime Minister Modi with us, his representatives, we’ve had a lot of discussions already. So we’re making great progress. The relationship with the United States and India is very, very strong and very, very powerful. We agree on most things and I would say by the end of the day we’ll agree on everything. I have a feeling. But I just want to tell you Mr. Prime Minister it is a great honor to have you in the United States. Thank you.”
Modi spoke for about a minute. It appeared those around the table had devices providing a simultaneous translation but pool did not have one so did not catch it.
POTUS then spoke again: “Well, thank you very much. And thank you very much for the equipment, ordering equipment from the United States. Always makes us feel very good. There’s nobody makes military equipment like we make military equipment. Nobody even close so we want to thank you very much and we look forward to getting on with the meeting. Thank you.”
After about 3 minutes in the room, pool was ushered out.