From: Rebecca Ballhaus
Date: August 26, 2019 at 9:03:43 AM GMT+2
Subject: Travel Pool report 2 - China and Zarif news
Pool was brought into the room where Potus and Sisi are meeting at 8:49 a.m.
Potus praised his relationship with Sisi, says they met during the 2016 campaign. “I didn’t ask for an endorsement but I think if i would’ve asked I would’ve gotten it.”
Potus says they’ll discuss trade, military. “A lot of things are happening in your part of the world as usual,” he says.
Potus says “very big things are happening with China.”
“They want to make a deal,” he says. “That’s a great thing.”
Potus also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping. “One of the reasons that he’s a great leader - Xi - and one of the reasons China’s a great country is they understand how life works.”
“China called last night out top trade people and said let’s get back to the table,” he said. “I have great respect for it. This is a very positive development for the world.”
Potus said he’ll have a further statement on China and noted the presser later today. “I’m assuming you want one,” he told reporters. “We’re gonna have a news conference which i think you might want.”
He then returned to praising Sisi. “Egypt has made tremendous progress under a great leader’s leadership. I want to thank you and I want to congratulate you.”
Potus also praised the trade deal with Japan he announced yesterday but criticized the media coverage of it. “When we make a really big and really great trade deal like with Japan, the media never writes about it.”
“They only like to write about the bad things,” he said. “There aren’t too many of them.”
In response to Qs, Potus says the U.S. has gotten two calls from China. “It’s why President Xi is a great leader. He understands.”
Asked if he is speaking with Xi directly, he said: “I don’t want to say.”
On Zarif’s arrival in Biarritz, Potus says the media “got it wrong.” Asked if he was surprised Zarif was here, Potus said no.
He says he has a “very good relationship” with Macron. He says macron “asked me for approval” on inviting Zarif.
“He asked me. I don’t consider that disrespectful at all.”
Still going. Pls check quotes against transcript.
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