From: Linskey, Annie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:09 PM
Subject: WH pool report #3 - background briefing on Paris trip
Here's a quick rundown on the background briefing by a senior administration official on the president's upcoming trip to Paris. Do check any quotes against the transcript. (Contact me directly if you want to know who the SAO is, but the briefing is background only so I'm not including in this report.)
On Thursday POTUS is expected to have a working lunch with Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford and other military officials.
Also, on Thursday Trump and Macron will have a bilat meeting. It is sked for up to 1 hour and 15 min, but could go longer. The focus is Syria and counterterrorism. But climate could come up, according to the senior administration official.
The bilat will be followed by a "press event" featuring POTUS and Macron.
On Thursday evening POTUS and FLOTUS will have a private dinner with Macron and his wife.
The senior administration official is aware that Merkel is sked to be in Paris earlier on Thursday, but does not expect POTUS to meet with her. "That's not on the schedule right now," said a SAO.
On Friday, POTUS and FLOTUS will be guests of honor at the Bastille Day events in Paris. POTUS will leave France after the events.
Other quotes of note:
The senior administration official praised France for its NATO commitment, saying the country already commits 1.8 percent of its GDP to the alliance's defense. "Their numbers are trending in a positive direction," said a senior administration official.
"France is far and away one of the strongest military members of the alliance," said a SAO.