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Pool report #5
Michael Schmidt • The New York Times
January 28, 2017: 05:11 PM


At 4:38 p.m., the pool was brought into the Oval Office, where POTUS sat at the desk surrounded by a phalanx of advisors, his chief of staff Reince Priebus and VPOTUS.

POTUS signed three documents that were some type of executive action, although he did not say whether they were orders. The first was for a reorganization of the National Security Council, the second was for a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials, and the third was about a plan to defeat the Islamic State. After signing the documents, POTUS was asked about Friday's immigration executive order, saying: "It's not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared. It's working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over."

Below are quotes POTUS made after signing each document.

ON LOBBYING BAN:

"So this is a five year lobbying ban, and this is all of the people -- most of the people standing behind me will not be able to go to work."

"It's a two year ban now and it's got full of loopholes and this is a five year ban. So you have one last chance to get out. Good, I had a feeling you were going to say that."

"This was something, the five year ban, that I have been taking a lot about on the campaign trail."

ON NSC:

"This is the organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council, you know pretty much what it represents, it represents a lot, and also a lot of efficiency and I think a lot of additional safety. People have been talking about this for a long time, like many years."

ON ISIS PLAN:

"This is the plan to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, in other words ISIS. I think it's going to be very successful. That's big stuff."



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