Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2020 11:27 AM
Subject: In town pool report # 5 — POTUS on Bannon
Quick quotes by potus in Oval Office during meeting with Iraqi PM. Will send fuller quotes soon:
Re: charges against Bannon:
I feel very badly. I haven't been dealing with him for a very long period of time.
Haven't been dealing with him at all.
Don't know anything about the project at all.
It's a very sad thing by mr. Bannon
I don't like that project. I thought it was being done for showboating reasons.
(Regarding the efforts to fund a wall with private funds:)
It was something I very much thought was inappropriate to be doing.
Michael D. Shear
White House Correspondent
The New York Times