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Rome - 1 October 2019
1. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte awaits Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
2. Pompeo walks up and the two shake hands
3. UPSOUND (English) Alice Martinelli, an Italian journalist, walks up to Pompeo with a block of Parmesean cheese:
"Mr. Prime Minister knows what I'm talking about. This is Parmigiano Reggiano and is what we make best in Italy. So it's something our farmers make with their hearts every day. So we hope you can help us and take it to Trump.
(In Italian, addresssing Conte): Thank you. I hope this is going to help the situation."
4. UPSOUND (Italian) Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy, speaking to Martinelli:
"Don't worry, I am doing my job."
5. UPSOUND (English) Alice Martinelli
"Can you take it to Mr. Trump, please. Tell him that we make it with our hearts, please..."
6. Martinelli is escorted away, Conte hands the cheese to someone off camera
7. UPSOUND (Italian) Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy:
"This is not the way to defend Italy. Let me do my job of Prime Minister. Please leave.
(Turning to Pompeo, in English) But it's a good one, I promise."
8. UPSOUND (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"I have no doubt, I have no doubt..."
9. Conte and Pompeo shake hands, pose for photos and shake hands again
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his meetings in Italy Tuesday, kicking off a four-nation tour of Europe.
During a photo opportunitiy with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a journalist from a popular satirical program handed Pompeo a piece of Parmesan cheese to call attention to President Donald Trump's threats of tariffs on European imports.
The journalist, Alice Martinelli, told Pompeo the cheese is "what we make best in Italy," adding that Italian farmers make it "with their hearts every day."
She asked Pompeo to bring the cheese back to President Trump along with her message. Prime Minister Conte urged her to leave and "let me do my job of Prime Minister."
Meanwhile, as Pompeo met with Conte, questions grew about his involvement in President Donald Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president that is at the heart of the impeachment drive.
Pompeo met earlier in the day with Italy's President Sergio Mattarella and ignored reporter questions about the issue. He has said previously that he does not believe any State Department official acted inappropriately in contacts with Ukraine's government.