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Day 4 — Press Pool Account Of POTUS’ 17-day Vacation

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Day by day White House press pool account of POTUS’ 17-day vacation. This day-by-day report will be regularly updated and posted in its integral version through the day. Refresh the page for the most recent updates. 

Day 4  August 7, 2017;  Bridgewater, N.J.

Pool Report #1

Good afternoon from the Marriott Hotel in Bridgewater, N.J.

The pool will be moving at 1:30 p.m. at the clubhouse at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J where the President will give a statement before a meeting on the opioid crisis, per deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters.

Attendees of the meeting will include: First lady Melania Trump, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, General Kelly, Jared Kushner, Kirstjen Nielsen, Andrew Bremberg, Kellyanne Conway, Reed Cordish, Robert Porter, Acting Director of ONDCP Richard Baum, HHS’s Nina Schaefer

There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting when the President will give an update on a White House review of the opioid crisis.

Following the meeting, Secretary Price and Conway will travel back to the Marriott Bridgewater to give a readout of the meeting to reporters on camera. They are expected to arrive at 5 p.m. The pool will be given a 30-minute notice before they leave the property.

Walters added that Trump had his daily intelligence briefing this morning, but did not include details on attendees.

Pool report #2
President Trump speaking at a roundtable in a side-room in his Bedminster, N.J. golf club about the opioid epidemic:

“It’s a tremendous problem in our country, and I hope we get it taken care of as well as it can be taken care of. Hopefully better than any other country that also has these same problems. Nobody is safe from this epidemic that threatens all — young and old, rich and poor, urban and rural communities. Everybody is threatened. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

“Opioid overdose deaths have nearly quadrupled since 1999. It’s a problem, the likes of which we have never seen. Meanwhile, the overall drug prosecutions have gone down in recent years.

“At the end of 2016, there were 23 percent fewer federal prosecutions than in 2011, so they looked at this surge and they let it go by. We’re not letting it go by. The average sentence for a drug offender decreased 20 percent from 2009 to 2016. During my campaign, I promised to fight this battle because as President of the United States my greatest responsibility is to protect the American people and to ensure their safety, especially in some parts of our country, it is horrible.
More statements to come.
Pool report #3a
Rest of President Trump’s transcript on the opioid crisis:

“Today I’m pleased to receive a briefing from our team on ways we can help our communities combat this absolutely terrible epidemic and keep youth from going down this deadly path. The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. If they don’t start, they won’t have a problem. If they do start, it’s awfully tough to get off. So if we can keep them from going on and maybe by talking to youth and telling them: No good, really bad for you in every way. But if they don’t start, it will never be a problem.

“We’re also working with law enforcement officers to protect innocent citizens from drug dealers that poison our communities — strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society. I have had the opportunity to hear from many on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, and I’m confidant that by working with our healthcare and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win. We’re also very, very tough on the southern border where much of this comes in, and we’re talking to China, where certain forms of man-made drug comes in and it is bad. We are speaking to other countries, and we’re getting cooperation. But we’re being very, very strong on our southern border — and I would say the likes of which this country certainly has never seen that kind of strength.

“So, we’re going to do our job, we’re going to get it going. We’re going to have a tremendous team of experts and people that want to beat this horrible situation that has happened in our country — and we will. We will win. We have no alternative. We have to win for our youth. We have to win for our young people — and, frankly, we have to win for a lot of other people, not necessarily young that are totally addicted and have serious, serious problems. So, we thank you all for being here. And we’re going to get on with out meeting. Thank you very much. Thank you all. Thank you.

Day 3 August 7, 2017, Bridgewater, N.J.

Travel Pool Report #1

On this rainy day, a lunch lid has been called until 6 p.m.

Lindsay Walters told the pool that a series of senior policy advisers and cabinet secretaries will come up in the days to come to discuss health care, tax reform, and other issues. Vice President Pence will come up for a day.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have been here all weekend and are still here. John Kelly has been here all weekend and will be here during the week. Rick Waddell, the deputy national security adviser, is here. Kellyanne Conway will be coming.

Elaborating on the presidential tweet from earlier this morning, Walters says Potus will spend part of the first half of next week in New York. Details to come.

Pool Report #2; 10:08:05 AM EDT

Lindsay Walters updates on Potus activities so far today: “This morning the president received his intel briefing. He also had an hour long call with the Secretary of State Tillerson and Chief of Staff General Kelly to discuss North Korea and receive an update on Secretary Tillerson’s trip.

Pool Report #3; 5:37:21 PM EDT

We have a travel/photo lid as of 5:35 p.m.
Hope everyone has a good night.

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Day 2 August 6, 2017,  Bridgewater, N.J.
Travel Pool Report #1 ; 11:01:31 AM EDT
Good morning.
The pool is once based out of a conference room at the Marriott in Bridgewater, N.J., where ABC News is playing on a large flat-screen TV to the right of a podium and a roughly 10-foot-tall American flag. More than a dozen journalists in the pool were provided tea and coffee, jars of hard candies, and kits of office supplies equipped with scissors, tape, permanent markers and Liquid Paper white-out.
TRUMP-CRASHES-WEDDINGThe hotel is located about 12 miles southeast of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster — a 20-minute drive with no traffic.
The White House has called a lunch lid until 6 p.m.
A White House official declined to give details on POTUS’ agenda for the day. The official provided no update on the crash of U.S. military Osprey off the coast of Australia.
The official would not say whether POTUS plans to play golf, and declined to comment on photos posted yesterday to Instagram showing the president commiserating with guests and driving a cart on a golf course.
Travel Pool Report #2;  12:03:50 PM EDT
A brief tidbit came in as the pool sat quietly watching CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
The president’s Chief of Staff John Kelly is providing updates to POTUS on the crash of a U.S. military Osprey off the coast of Australia, a White House official said.
In two emails sent roughly an hour after meeting with the pool at the Bridgewater Marriott to call a lunch lid, the official said the chief of staff was “keeping the President apprised” of “an outstanding question on the V22 from this mornings gathering.”
The second email sent 18 minutes after the initial update, corrected a typo.

Travel Pool Report #3 — final

The White House called a travel/photo lid at 5:43 p.m.

The pool spent the day in a windowless conference room at the Marriott in Bridgewater, N.J., watching ABC News and CNN. The pool did not travel to the Trump National Golf Club, located about 12 miles northwest of the hotel.
A White House official said earlier in the day that Chief of Staff John Kelly was keeping POTUS updated on the crash of a U.S. military Osprey off the Australian coast.
The official declined to comment on the situation this evening and did not provide information on POTUS’ activities for the day.
Your pooler now begins his journey back to New York City and wishes you all a restful Sunday evening.
Travel Pool Report #4 — addendum
The pool received an update on POTUS’ activities at 7:11 p.m.

“The President of South Korea has requested a call with President Trump this evening,” a White House official wrote in an email to the pool. “We will provide a readout following the call.”

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Day 1, August 5, 2017 

Travel pool report #1 ; 10:53:38 AM EDT

Good morning from the Marriott in Bridgewater, N.J., where the pool is holding roughly 12 miles southeast of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

The White House has called a lunch lid until 6 p.m.
POTUS has been briefed by Kelly on reports of a U.S. military helicopter “mishap” off the coast of Australia, according to a White House official.
The official briefed the pool on POTUS’ activities today and for the rest of his “working vacation.”
“The President will be having meetings with Chief of Staff General Kelly, other White House advisors, and lawmakers while at Bedminster over next two weeks,” the official said.
The official said POTUS plans to meet with Kelly today but provided no further details about future meetings with lawmakers or other advisers.
The official would not say if POTUS plans to play golf today and provided no other details on his plans for the rest of the day.

Travel pool report #2  

The White House has called a travel/photo lid.

Your pooler did not see POTUS today and the pool was never brought onto the grounds at Trump National Golf Club. White House has not provided any updates on POTUS’ activities today.

Have put in a request for White House reaction to the UN Security Council vote on new DPRK sanctions. Will pass along if and when the pool receives it.

One update on aides traveling with POTUS this weekend: In addition to Kelly, Kushner, Ivanka Trump and others, Rick Waddell is here in New Jersey as the National Security Council representative and Rob Porter, the WH staff secretary, is also here.

With that, hope you all enjoy your Saturday evening.

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White House press pool day-by-day report will be regularly updated through the day and posted in its integral version. Refresh the page for the most recent updates. 
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