VPOTUS Pool No. 2 — Remarks

VPOTUS Pool No. 2 — Remarks

*From:* Gabriella Orr
*Date:* March 14, 2019 at 9:15:50 AM EDT
*Subject:* *[EXTERNAL] VPOTUS Pool No. 2 — Remarks *

The Vice President spoke to an intimate crowd for about seven minutes,
talking about his Irish grandfather and fond memories he has of visiting
Ireland.

Your pooler is awaiting a list of guests, but did spot Reps. Greg Pence
(R-Ind.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

The VP’s sister “Annie” gave a blessing before breakfast. She is here on
behalf of Karen Pence, who is currently traveling abroad as part of a
delegation to the International Special Olympics.

Some quotes from the VP’s remarks below:

“I know President Trump is very much looking forward to welcoming you back
to the White House for what I know will be substantive conversations.”

“Today is actually a perfect time to dwell on our relationship and what the
Irish have done for America. The contributions of Irish Americans to this
country … its incalculable to think. Today the partnership between our
two countries… has never been stronger.”

“I want to assure the Taoiseach, this administration is committed to
growing these economic ties and making them stronger than ever before.”

The VP also said he received an invitation for an
official visit to Ireland under one condition — that he bring along his
Irish-born mother.

“I am happy to report that I have spoken with mom and she has now confirmed
that she will travel with me and we are making plans to return to my
grandftaher’s homestesd as we speak.”

“People often ask me what I felt on Inauguration Day when I raised my right
hand… as I looked out at that vast throng of Americans and took that
oath, I thought about my grandpa… He was proud to be an American, but I
can still hear that Irish brogue in my heart when my grandfather used to
talk about the old country and his home across the pond. His love for the
Irish people, his love for the Irish heritage is bone marrow deep.”

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