Subject: Travel pool report #9: Trump/Merkel bilat - Addresses Erdogan and says Giuliani OMB calls “no big deal”

From: "Rogers, Katie"
Date: December 4, 2019 at 1:21:02 PM GMT
Subject: Travel pool report #9: Trump/Merkel bilat - Addresses Erdogan and says Giuliani OMB calls “no big deal”


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The POTUS bilat with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, began at 113 pm, or about 45 minutes behind schedule.

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POTUS addresses Erdogan meeting:

“We had a meeting. I discussed with him everything. We had a meeting — unscheduled.

We discussed Syria, we discussed the Kurds.
The border and the safe zone is working out very well, and I give a lot of credit to Turkey for that.

“The ceasefire is holding very much ... maybe someday they’ll give me credit but probably not.”

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He said Turkey had been “very good” in honoring security in Balkans.

On Rudy Giuliani talking to OMB: “You’d have to ask him. No big deal.”

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On NATO meeting: “There’s great spirit. A lot of people are putting up a lot of money.”

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On meeting with Merkel: “We have many things to discuss, including trade.”

Responding through a translator, Merkel agreed that the morning had gone well and that the leaders had a “constructive debate” in earlier meeting today.
More TK; check against transcripts.

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Katie Rogers
White House Correspondent
The New York Times
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Katie Rogers
White House Correspondent
The New York Times
(646) -xxx-xxxx


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