Travel print pool report # 2 – NEWS from AF1, 5 on Trump’s UNGA short list

From: Jordan Fabian <jfabian@thehill.com [jfabian@thehill.com]>
Date: October 9, 2018 at 6:24:07 PM EDT
Subject:Travel print pool report # 2 – NEWS from AF1, 5 on Trump’s UNGA short
list

POTUS hosted print, wire and radio reporters toward the end of the flight for an
off-the-record discussion in his office aboard Air Force One. He spoke with
reporters for roughly 33 minutes. Cameramen and photographers were not brought
in.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was present and allowed
selected parts of the talk to be on the record.
– POTUS says he has five people on his short list to replace Nikki Haley as U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations.
He said Dina Powell is on the short list. “Dina would love it,” he said.
POTUS said Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, is not on the short
list but he is willing to consider him for the post.”He is doing so well in a
position that is so important,” POTUS said. “Ric is doing so well that I
wouldn’t want to move him. I’d personally rather keep Ric where he is.”
– He criticized former President Barack Obama’s handling of China’s expansionary
activities in the South China Sea
“The Obama administration was impotent about the South China Sea,” he said.
– POTUS said he signed a “decision memo” on renewable fuel standards. He
predicted the process of changing the ethanol policy at the EPA would move fast.
“It’s all going to go very quickly,” he said.
– POTUS said he is getting a “expedited approval” for a pipeline project in
Texas. It’s unclear exactly what project he was referring to.”We’re adding more
fuel by doing this,” he said.
– POTUS said he wants to hold his second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un
after the November midterm elections. He said he is too busy campaigning to
arrange it.
“I just can’t leave now,” he said.


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