From: "Parker, Ashley"
Date: August 1, 2017 at 7:45:12 PM GMT+
Subject: VP pool report — #7
Vice President Pence arrived Villa Gorica — a government building here in Podgorica, Montenegro — at 7:12 p.m. local for dinner with Montenegro's president, prime minister, and speaker of Parliament.
Outside the building, he shook hands with the three men, and then everyone proceeded downstairs for group photo with the larger delegation.
Your pool was also brought into a brief spray at the top of the dinner, where Pence and Montenegro President Filip Vujanović both gave short toasts, reading from prepared remarks. No news, but a few quotes from Pence:
“I am deeply honored to be in your great country and to celebrate the longstanding relationship with the people of Montenegro and the people of the United States of America. It is my particular honor to be the first vice president of the United States to ever visit Montenegro.” (At this point, a photographer’s lens accidentally clanked one of the glasses on the table, and the vice president, misunderstanding the sound, said, “And I’ll cheers to that.”).
“I bring greetings from President Donald Trump. He sent me here as a tangible sign of our commitment to Montenegro as the newest member of NATO. I had the privilege of being with you prime minister during his visit to the White House on the very day that Montenegro enjoyed is accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and I offered my congratulations to him then, and the president and I offer our congratulations to you again now.”
(At this point, the translator cut him off to start translating, and he joked, “I was on a roll.”).
“America is honored to celebrate our relationship with the strong and free people of Montenegro, and let me assure you, I am here as a testament to the fact that America has no small allies— only strong allies — and I hope my presence here today affirms that.”
“Your courage, particularly in the fact of Russian pressure, inspires the world, and I commend you for it,:
After each toast, the entire table clanked small glasses of a clear liquor (which one attendee dubbed “strong”), though Pence did not have a sip of alcohol.
Your pool is now holding outside.
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