With the footnote people, there is always an escape clause. Words are filtered to the point of being meaningless. A yes is a perhaps and a maybe means forget about it. They are often amiable but you sense that is a distraction, much as a magician may flourish a bright handkerchief. What is really going on is always different from what appears to be going on. Options are kept open.
Large meetings are the Serengeti where they feed on the credulous.