Subject: Travel Pool Report #2 — Departing Shannon

From: Gabriella Orr
Date: June 6, 2019 at 8:02:52 AM GMT+1
Subject: Travel Pool Report #2 — Departing Shannon

Shannon International Airport
June 6, 2019

Good morning from Shannon, Ireland, where a heavy fog has finally cleared after rolling in over the emerald hills. Your pooler spotted two rainbows en route to the airport.

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POTUS and FLOTUS boarded Air Force One for Caen, France at 7:58 AM local. He briefly spoke to pool before arriving. Highlights below:

“Mexico was in yesterday. They’re coming back this morning... I think a lot of progress was made yesterday, but we need to make a lot of progress.”

“They have to step up and they have to step up to the plate — and perhaps they will.”

“The democrats in Congress have been a disaster. They want free immigration, they want immigration to pour onto our country... We go to them, we want to fix the immigration laws, they just want it to be badly.”

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“They want to just ride it out. They want to have a real bad time.”

On negotiations with Mexico, POTUS said “something pretty dramatic could happen” in the coming days.

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“A lot of people, senators included, they have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to tariffs. ... we’re the piggy bank.”

“Our talks with China — a lot of interesting things happening. .. I think china wants to make a deal badly.”

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POTUS said he could soon raise tariffs by another $300 million/billion on China. It was difficult to hear and your pooler will clarify asap.

Upon landing, POTUS will head to the Normandy American Cemetery, a final resting place for more than 9,300 World War II veterans at Omaha Beach, Colleville-sur-mer.

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There he will join other world leaders for a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings; the largest joint naval, air and land assault ever undertaken. Two fearless D-Day veterans, both in their 90s, recreated their airborne landings on Wednesday by parachuting once more into the Normandy region — and
your pooler expects today’s ceremonies to be just as remarkable.

Later today, POTUS will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. The two will participate in a working lunch following their bilateral meeting.

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We are wheels up and off to Caen at XXX.

Gabby Orr
White House Reporter

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