[WHCA Print] [WHCA Supplemental] [WH Pool] WH Travel Pool Report 6a

From: "Bierman, Noah"
Date: June 16, 2017 at 2:39:49 PM EDT
Subject: RE: [WHCA Print] [WHCA Supplemental] [WH Pool] WH Travel Pool Report 6a

Quickly was able to get a senior WH official on DACA/DAPA. Said yesterday’s filing on DAPA was to meet a court deadline and not intended to affect DACA. Official did not know whether White House is still reviewing DACA but said generally “Quite frankly, immigration is something that needs to be resolved by Congress.”

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To: Giovanna Coia; Hicks, Catherine F. EOP/WHO
Subject: [WHCA Print] [WHCA Supplemental] [WH Pool] WH Travel Pool Report 5

POTUS began speaking at 1:30 pm after an introduction from Vice President Pence.

He opened by thanking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for working to get University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier back from captivity in North Korea.

He thanked Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot during a congressional baseball team practice Wednesday and remains hospitalized in critical condition. “My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us.” He added that he hoped the attack would help unify the country.

Trump thanked the Cuban-American community for its support, and joked that he didn’t even mind the stifling heat inside the small venue. “I don’t even mind that it’s 110 degrees up here.”

Trump then thanked Gov. Rick Scott for his support, and asked him to run for the Senate next year. “I hope he runs for the Senate.”

He then turned to the substance of his speech, reminding his audience that he had promised last autumn to help the Cuban people fight “repression” by their government.

“You voted, and here I am.”

“America will expose the crimes of the Castro regime and stand for the freedom of the Cuban people.”

Trump criticized the “deal” that his predecessor made, saying it did not help the Cuban people. “They only enrich the Cuban regime.”

“Therefore: effective immediately, I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.”

Trump said that his policy will “keep in place” the end of the policy that encouraged them to risk dangerous trips to reach the United States. “We will be safeguarding those people.”

[This is referring the wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which actually enjoyed broad support in the Miami Cuban-American community. It was ended under the policy adopted by Obama.]

Trump said that when Cuba is “willing to take concrete steps” toward free elections and freeing political prisoners, a “much better deal” awaits.

“Our embassy remains open in the hopes that our countries can forge a much better path.”

Trump told the story of a Cuban who, as a boy, was asked to play the violin for Cuban leaders. He played the Star Spangled Banner. Trump brought the now grown man to the stage, where he played the national anthem on his violin.

Trump then signed a document at a desk set up on stage which he said would implement his policies.

Pool was loaded onto vans at 2:08 pm, while POTUS was still on stage.

At 2:18 motorcade was rolling back toward Miami International Airport.



S.V. Dáte

Senior White House Correspondent


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