From: "Jackson, David M"
Date: July 18, 2019 at 2:11:36 PM EDT
Subject: Pool Report 9/Rutte meeting/Turkey/Amazon
Pool Report 9
July 18, 2019
First: Trump clarified his earlier comments about Turkey; in an earlier spray, he no commented on the question but had some ambiguous language.
This time he made clear: He hasn't made a decision yet:
Question: HAVE YOU RULED OUT SANCTIONS ON TURKEY?
ANSWER: "We’re looking at it. We’re looking at it. Very very difficult situation for a lot of reasons. Things could have been done better in the previous administration. The previous administration made some very big mistakes with regard to Turkey and it was too bad. So we’re looking at it and see what we do. We haven’t announced that yet.”
Also, More quotes on the Pentagon and Amazon: “So I'm getting tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon ... And I will be asking them to look at it very closely to see what's going on.”
US and Dutch press entered the Oval at 1:40 p.m. for bilat between President Trump and the prime minister of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte
Trump praised the PM, saying the U.S. and the Netherlands are cooperating on trade, intelligence, and the military.
"The relationship has never been better," Trump said of the Durch.
Rutte returned the favor, saying he and Trump are interested in jobs and security for all of their people.