From: Glenn Thrush
Date: March 3, 2017 at 10:59:59 AM CST
Subject: VPOTUS Pool Report #2 -- Ryan, protesters, Pence's brother
Wheels down at the teensy Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport at 10:25 CST after an uneventful descent over fallow brown-gray farm country.
VPOTUS, Secretary Price and Sen. Johnson were greeted under a frigid blue sky by Janesville's most famous native son, Speaker Paul Ryan, who hailed them with what seemed like an authentically happy 'Hi guys!'
Ryan proceeded to joke about the weather, from what pooler could overhear, telling his visitors that the sub-20 temperature wasn't particularly cold for this time of year. He said something about wearing a 'short-sleeved shirt' under his suit coat to prove his imperviousness to the whipped-plains chill.
Observer next to pooler noted that Pence and Ryan were the only two dignitaries whose hair remained immobile in the 20 MPH wind.
One additional passenger on AF2 pooled failed to include: the Vice President's brother, Thomas Pence.
About 40 to 60 protesters braved the cold outside Blain's Farm & Fleet, the small-box store where a roundtable on the Affordable Care Act was being held. They held handmade signs that read 'Russiagate' and 'Trump is unfit to serve!'
Also: Pence press secretary Marc Lotter provided a statement in response to the Indy Star story on Pence's use of a private AOL account for some public business during his tenure as Indiana governor.
"Similar to previous governors, during his time as Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account. As then-Governor Pence concluded his time in office, he directed outside counsel to review all of his communications to ensure that state-related emails are being transferred and properly archived by the state, in accordance with the law, which outside counsel has done and is continuing to do. Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state and are being managed according to Indiana's Access to Public Records Act.," Lotter said.
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