From: "Parker, Ashley"
Date: February 20, 2017 at 1:27:56 PM GMT+1
Subject: VP pool report — #2a
A full Juncker-Pence verbate below (h/t CNN's Kevin Liptak):
"I am very happy to welcome the Vice President of the United States. I am very grateful for the fact that he chose Europe for his first overseas trip. He was in Munich as everyone knows. We were listening carefully to what he was saying. And we will have after the conversation, the vice president’s had with President Tusk, we will address all the items, issues, subjects which are common to Europe, and which sometimes can give the impression that we’re raising divergencies. I don’t think the moment has come to divide the US and the European Union. We are partners for so many decades in the world. The global stability is highly dependent on the good relations between the United States of America and the European Union.
I do think the US needs a strong, united European Union on all possible issues. On defense, where we want to step up our own defense effort, including in the broad understand of what stability in the world means, and defense expenditure, and human aid and development aid.
I think the economic relations between our American friends and ourselves is of huge importance. The US economy is depending more than some in the US would think on the exchanges, the trade volumes, including Indiana, by the way, between the US and the European Union.
This is not a moment for Europe to divide itself and and form a national provincial capitals but to stand united on global issues, and that is what we will discuss in the coming hour."
"Thank you so much President Juncker for your warm hospitality. It is a privilege to be here to bring greetings on behalf of President Donald Trump, and the opportunity to speak about issues of common interest, and the determination of the United States of America to continue to build on the cooperation and partnership with the European community and the European Union.
Thank you so much for your hospitality. I look forward to a substantive and detailed discussion about the way forward."