*From:* Jonathan Easley [mailto:xxx@thehill.com]
*Sent:* Friday, February 9, 2018 1:41 PM
*Subject:* White House pool report #5

White House officials who were in the Oval Office spray: Lindsay Walters and Hogan Gidley ushered us into the room. Pool spotted Hope Hicks but did not see John Kelly. Photographs from the room indicate Kelly was indeed on hand.

Pool was brought in to view a meeting between the president and Shane and Donald Bouvet. You can read their backstory here.

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The president explained how he read about Shane Bouvet, a campaign volunteer, and his personal struggles in the Washington Post. Trump said he wanted to help Bouvet out, so he wrote him a $10,000 check.

But rather than spend the money on himself, Shane Bouvet gave the money to his father, Donald Bouvet, who at the time was sick with bladder cancer. Donald Bouvet put the money towards his recovery and is now cancer free.

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"You didn't have anything and you gave all of it," the president said to Shane Bouvet.

Ive always told Shaneone day I wanted to come here or meet you somewhere, shake your hand and look you in the eye and say thank you for saving my life, Donald Bouvet said.

I just think its an incredible story, the president responded.

"That is a tremendous story of the love of a father by his son. You just dont see it often and it's one of the beautiful things."

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