From: Joseph Morton <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:54 PM
Subject: Pool report #5

The pool was brought onto the south lawn at 3:10 p.m. for an open press event on youth sports. Several athletic stations were set up around the lawn, including a batting cage, a couple of flag-football fields, a soccer field and a golf station.

Youngsters were running around playing flag football behind the pool as we waited for POTUS to speak. One field had a boys team wearing the Patriots logo on their uniforms, while the other field had boys and girls playing in an assortment of NFL jerseys.

POTUS walked out to the lawn at 3:39 p.m. and delivered remarks that were open press about the importance of athletics. He introduced his Council on Sport Fitness and Nutrition and said the council will be a great success.

He singled out Herschel Walker, Misty May-Treaner and Mariano Rivera. At his urging, each one made brief remarks.

After concluding his remarks about 3:53 p.m., POTUS officially kicked off the White House field day. He then started making a tour of the different stations, accompanied by Walker, May-Treaner and Rivera, along with HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Ivanka.

Pool was allowed to observe POTUS at each station but for most of the time was too far for your pooler to make out more than bits and pieces of conversation. At no point did he come over to speak to the pool.

POTUS started at the batting cage watching kids hit some balls. Pool was moved to the football station ahead of POTUS, but an eagle-eyed colleague looking back spotted Trump take a few cuts himself.

POTUS posed for some photos with the kids, including at least one selfie, at the football station.

It appeared Walker was demonstrating to Ivanka how to grip the football for a pass before she tossed it to him (he made the catch and they high-fived).

POTUS walked by the soccer field and arrived at the final station, which was golf, at 4:04 p.m. It sounded like he asked Any stars here? as he walked up and watched a couple of kids hitting balls into a net.

Nice, high backswing, POTUS said as he watched one young golfer. Beautiful.

After the kids finished, POTUS stepped up and struck a ball himself.

The pool was then moved off a bit, but could observe POTUS lingering at the golf station for a few more minutes. He walked off the lawn and into the Oval Office at 4:13 p.m.

Joseph Morton
Omaha World-Herald


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