*From:* Gillman, Todd <xxx@dallasnews.com>
*Sent:* Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:51 PM
*Subject:* Pool report #3/NATO meeting in Cabinet Room - "animals" and other topics

Another spray that lasted nearly 15 minutes, this one in the Cabinet Room.

On his use of "animals" he bristled.

"I'm referring and you know I'm referring to the MS-13 gangs that are coming in. I was talking about the MS-13. And if you look a little bit further on in the tape you'll see that. So I'm actually surprised that you're asking this question 'cause most people got it right."

"MS-13 -- these are animals... We need strong immigration laws. ...We have laws that are laughed at on immigration. So when the MS-13 comes in, when the other gang members come into our country, I refer to them as animals and guess what, I always will."

At the outset of the spray, the president praised the increased defense spending of many NATO members and listed those that are fully hitting the 2 percent benchmark. Reading from a text on the table in front of him he spoke about a range of security challenges.

On hand among others Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison. VP Pence sat at POTUS' left with NATO chief Stoltenberg on his right.


Stoltenberg echoed and expanded on his comments in the Oval pool spray.

"In uncertain times we need a strong NATO.... We are stepping up our efforts in the fight against terrorism. ...On defense spending I have to say I agree with you. We have to do more.... Your leadership on defense spending has really made a difference."

Trump took a few questions, as he had in the Oval.

First question was on "animals."

On Syria: "I think we helped Syria by pulling out of the Iran deal.

Does he deserve a Nobel for progress on North Korea?

"I want to have peace in the world. That's what I really want, more so than the Nobel Peace Prize or any other prize I'd like to see, ideally in the Middle East but in the entire world. I think we have a chance to do it. North Korea's going to be very important."


Asked about a comment from the EU's president said Wednesday about Trump, "With friends like that who needs enemies."

"I could reverse that. Look, the European Union has been terrible to the United States on trade. They've been terrible to our workers.... I know Jean-Claude very well and I know Donald very well... Frankly, the European Union outside of China a couple of others treats us, on trade, as badly as you can be treated ...They can call me all sorts of names... Say hello to Jean-Claude." (although it was actually EU president Donald Tusk who'd made that particular comment)

Also pool note: report #1 was just a lunch lid. Nothing exciting, in case you didn't see it.


Todd J. Gillman
Washington Bureau Chief
Dallas Morning News
202-xxx-xxxx cell

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