*From:* Emily Cochrane <xxx@nytimes.com>
*Date:* December 29, 2017 at 1:22:55 PM EST
*Subject:* *Travel Pool #4 - Coast Guard photo-op*

At 12:44 p.m., your pool was brought into Trump International Golf Club for a photo-op with the Coast Guard members. Sound was hard to hear, but the networks carried it live and please check brief remarks against the transcript.

Your pool walked past a handful of golfers at the entrance, a couple of whom were wearing Make America Great Again hats, and deep into the course, about a 7-minute walk, to the 17th hole.

The Coast Guard members (about 60) gathered for a photo-op on the green, in front of a waterfall. Three men held an ivory Coast Guard flag with a yellow fringe border.

The president drove up in a golf cart at 1:04 p.m., wearing a white polo with "Trump Palm Beach," on the left side of his chest, black pants, and a red hat that had USA in white letters and a white 45 on the right side. He had two thumbs up as he walked over.

"I like those hats," he said to members wearing his white Make America Great Again hat as he shook hands with the service members.

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"Nobody wants to play golf," he said to laughter. He smiled and held the flag with the members and referenced the earlier visit with the members.

"I asked, would a couple of people like to play golf? And a few people raised their hands...about 75 people showed up."

"And we know who the best player is." he said as he shook hands with the commander.

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"The media is terrific," he said. "Any sports media here?"

He talked about the people they were holding up on the course.

"Enjoy the course. I think all of you were watching my shot." He said to scattered laughter.

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"Don't say I took a triple bogey, when I actually did a birdie," he said.

"I just wanted to thank you...The job you did in Florida, and especially the job you did in Texas."

16,000 people. It's unheard of."

"I just want to say thank you."

The photo-op just lasted a few minutes. The president did not take any questions and walked away toward the clubhouse.

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It's a beautiful Florida day, with scattered white clouds and a slight breeze.

Your pool is now holding in vans.

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Emily Cochrane | The New York Times
305-xxx-xxxx | @ESCochrane


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