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performed in three concerts. fans say he has stayed mum about his huge honor. that's it for "the lead." i am jake tapper. i now turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." i'll see you tomorrow from las vegas. thanks for watching. happening now, corroborating witnesses. "people" magazine takes donald trump's dare, identifying six people who back up a former writer's story about being assaulted by trump. now trump's daughter ivanka has harsh words for her father's comments on the 2005 video. will allegations about trump's behavior derail any comeback? stop whining! president obama blasts trump, calling his claims of a rigged election unprecedented and irresponsible. but trump is not backing down. not so short-list. wikileaks reveals the inner workings of the clinton campaign, including a list of vice presidential prospects that was longer than we knew. generals, ceos from apple and
starbucks. even senator bernie sanders. are the constant revelations just a distraction or a real threat to clinton's campaign? and pandering to putin? donald trump says, if he is elected president, he might meet with russia's vladimir putin before the inauguration, causing president obama to blast what he calls trump's flattery of russia's leader. i am wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. we're following breaking news. barnstorming in colorado this afternoon, donald trump complained he is under constant attack over what he calls phony allegations of sexual misconduct. trump, trump's wife and daughter backing up his denials. "people" magazine just named six witnesses who crorroborate a writer's claim that trump attacked her during an interview. standing by for another trump rally. at the white house this
afternoon president obama said there are no facts to back up trump's claims that the election is rigged. the president scornfully told the republican nominee to, quote, stop whining cl! . the president accused trump of flattering vladimir putin. trump says if he wins the election he might meet with the russian leader before taking office. i will speak with trump's special counsel, michael kohn. and our correspondents and analysts and guests have full coverage of the day's top stories. starting with jason carroll who is waiting at donald trump's next campaign stop in colorado. jason, trump isn't backing away at all from the claim that this election is rigged. >> reporter: not backing off at all. in fact, wolf. despite members of his own party who have come forward to say it's not the case trump keeps pushing this unfounded claim. he did it at his last stop and expect him to do it again when
he takes the stage a few minutes from now. donald trump is escalating his talk that the election is being rigged against him. >> this is an election about truth. and you're not going to get it from the dishonest media. >> reporter: the gop nominee is blaming the media for playing a role in the rigging process by reporting on sexual misconduct allegations against the gop nominee, which he continues to assert are all false. >> they have rigged it from the beginning, by telling totally false stories, most recently about phony allegations where i have been under constant attack. >> reporter: in the case of one of trump's accusers, "people" magazine writer natasha stoynoff, six people are corroborating to the magazine her account of being attacked by trump in 2005 while covering trump and his wife melania. one of stoynoff's friends, a former journalism teacher, says she called him soon after the alleged incident. >> she was distraught.
crying and angry and very confused. >> reporter: for her part. melania trump is defending her husband amid the controversy, telling cnn's anderson cooper that former "access hollywood" host billy bush encouraged trump to make the comments caught on mike in 2005. >> they were kind of boy talk. and he has lead on, like egg on, from the host to say dirty and bad stuff. >> you feel the host, billy bush, was sort of egging him on. >> yes. yes. >> reporter: all as donald trump digs in his heels, charging, without evidence, that there is a conspiracy to undermine the electoral process by allowing dead people and undocumented immigrants to cast ballots. >> people that have died ten years ago are still voting. illegal immigrants are voting. i mean, where are the street smarts of some of these
politicians? they don't have any is right. so many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is very, very common. >> reporter: some of trump's fellow republicans are strongly rebuking his unfounded claims, including former primary opponent marco rubio. >> there is no evidence behind any of this. so this should not continue to be said. >> reporter: as the campaign enters its final weeks, trump looking to go back on offense against hillary clinton by seizing on her latest e-mail controversy after newly released documents by the fbi raised questions as to whether a state department official sought to have the bureau declassify the contents of an e-mail from clinton's private server. >> there is worse than watergate. >> reporter: trump is still feuding with house speaker paul ryan, suggesting the top republican in congress is not defending trump because he has his eyes on the white house in 2020. >> maybe he wants to run in four years. or maybe he doesn't know how to win.
>> reporter: and, wolf, a few moments ago the trump plane landed, so he will be taking the stage any minute from now, where he is also sure to unveil one of his new campaign messages called drain the swamp. he wants to clean up washington, and impose term limits on members of congress. what's frustrating to members of his own party is that they say he keeps stepping on his message. wolf. >> jason, thanks very much. jason carroll reporting. let's get to president obama right now. he is insisting this election is not rigged, and he is telling donald trump, i am quoting him now, stop whining. let's go to our white house correspondent, michelle kosinski. the president let loose on donald trump today during his news conference. >> it's clear he sees questions like today's as an opportunity because we see him take that question and then run with it. in fact, it's hard to believe it was a few weeks ago the president said he was tired of talking about donald trump, that he didn't feel like he had to make a case against him because he feels like donald trump was doing that himself.
evidently now the president feels much differently, because we see him more than willing to make that case and go farther than expected, even in the rose garden during a foreign leader's visit. >> democracy by definition works by consent. not by force. i have never seen, in my lifetime, or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. it's unprecedented. >> reporter: president obama directly takes on donald trump from the rose garden during an official visit by the italian prime minister. calling trump's claims of a conspiracy to rig the election against him irresponsible. >> it happens to be based on no facts. every expert, regardless of
political party, regardless of ideology. conservative or liberal who has examined these issues in a serious way will tell you serious instances of voter fraud are not to be found. >> reporter: this just steps away from the oval office. >> doesn't really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you would want out of a president. you start whining before the game is even over? if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else? then you don't have what it takes to be in this job. because there are a lot of times when things don't go our way, or may way. >> reporter: while trump's opponent, hillary clinton, is in las vegas spending days off the campaign trail preparing for her final debate matchup with him wednesday. >> like a lot of women, i have a tendency to over prepare. >> reporter: she continues to face her own tough questions and
criticism over e-mails. now wikileaks releases more stolen from her campaign chairman john podesta. the latest show him e-mailing clinton a list of potential vice presidential picks. podesta said he, quote, organized names in rough food groups. groups that, while not labeled as such, fall clearly along gender, racial and ethnic lines. it included apple ceo tim cook and microsoft founder bill gates and his wife melinda. adding to the swirl of questions over how this debate will unfold, beginning with that opening moment, will they even shake hands. we also heard the president take a strong shot today not only at donald trump's praise of russian president vladimir putin but also republicans who continue to support donald trump. and of course, with days remaining now before this election, we're going to see both the president and the first lady again out on the campaign trail this week. wolf. >> three weeks from today. election day here in the united states.
michelle, thanks very much. michelle kosinski at the white house. joining us now, donald trump's special counsel, michael kohn. thanks very much for joining us. >> my pleasure. good to see you. >> let's talk about president obama today. he said bluntly in front of the visiting italian prime minister, he said to donald trump, stop whining before the game is even over. here is the question. why is donald trump questioning the validity of this election even before the election day, even before people vote? >> sure. when mr. trump talks about it being a rigged system, there are really two parts to it. the first is the media. and the second is the voter fraud. that's what he is referring to. when it talks about the media, if i am not mistaken, there was a study done, 96% of all of the donation by media companies, including time warner cable, your parent company, all went to the clinton campaign. this is clearly -- >> time warner, by the way, time warner cable is no longer part
of time warner. so time warner cable has nothing to do with time warner. >> time warner, your parent company, is one of the seven largest donors to the clinton campaign. when it comes also to voter fraud, which is what mr. trump is talking about, i think the number was 1.8 million deceased people, according to a study that was done on 10/17, meaning today, shows that they're still registered on the roll. >> everybody -- one second. let me just interrupt. >> one second. 2.75 million are registered in more than one state. and that's by -- by pew. i mean, these are serious numbers. >> let me point out a couple things. cnn's policy is that journalists who work at cnn cannot make any political contributions. that's the first thing. secondly, all of the major fact-checkers and the major organizations that look into alleged voter fraud have found out it is rare in the history -- at least in modern american
political history. take a look at all the studies that have come out over the past many, many years. >> let's talk about this election, not about past years. not only do you have that, but you have 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state. >> who says that? >> that is done by pew center of the states, and the study was done actually as -- it was released today as well. you also have approximately 24 million. one in every eight voter registrations in this country are no longer valid and are significantly inaccurate. and that study was done also by the pew center. >> yeah. but the bottom line is, and i think the pew center themselves say, even though there are some problems it doesn't prove that an election was part of fraud, was rigged, if you will. and that's the key issue right now. >> okay. >> the key issue is that there is no evidence that there has been major rigging, if you will, of elections.
but i want to get to the point that the president of the united states made, and i want your response. donald trump seems to be blaming the media, rigged elections, the speaker of the house, paul ryan, other republicans, if he fails. he seems to be already, three weeks before the election, laying out blame if he loses instead of potentially blaming himself. that's the criticism the president of the united states is leveling. your response. >> okay. so the media has 23 times attacked mr. trump on these alleged accusations by these women, than the total amount of air time that was dedicated to the wikileaks, the hillary clinton e-mails. and when you start to -- 23 times. you have to put that into perspective. you are talking about a massive amount of air time dedicated to nonsense. you know, wolf, truth be told, there is 21 days right now left
till the election. wouldn't it be a marvelous thing if the media would all agree that the american people are no longer interested in all of these scandals, whether it's hillary's, whether it's the alleged mr. trump scandals, and they really want to hear from the candidates the important issues like taxes, the economy. jobs. health care. >> michael. that's definitely a fair point, but the question is this. why is trump continuing, including today, i listened to his 45-minute speech earlier in colorado. he spent so much time talking about these allegations, talking about a rigged election, talking about these women who have made these sexual accusations against him. he is the one who keeps talking and talking and talking about it. have you had this conversation with him advising him as his special counsel, you know, what, maybe you should talk about the issues instead of all of these -- let's call it these minor issues. >> sure. wolf, mr. trump wants to talk
about these important issues because none of this is going to help to put a single dollar into the pockets of the american people. >> so why doesn't he do that? >> when it comes to feeding their children, paying their rent or mortgage or health care. so why is he responding to it? because the media, again, 23 times more coverage on these issues. mr. trump must respond to them. these are serious allegations -- >> you know, michael, when it comes to these kinds of things, usually the presidential candidates are above that. they have aides who go out on television and do what he himself is doing. i know his instinct is, when somebody hits him, he hits back harder, but is that really presidential? >> i think mr. trump is extremely presidential, and i think that he would do a great job for the american people, especially on the issues that count. >> when the election -- he was suggesting in the republican primaries that the election was rigged as well. he won those primaries. he beat, what, 16 other
republican senators, governors. was there -- >> wolf. >> let me ask you a question. >> if i could stopper. >> was there voter fraud in the primaries? >> i don't know. if you look at some of these wikileaks e-mails, you certainly see there was a conspiracy against bernie sanders. >> what about against him? he won. he says -- he says there was fraud against him. >> donald trump is an anomaly. you certainly see that there is a lot of internal things going on that probably should not be going on. >> do you believe there was voter fraud in the primaries? >> i don't know. i don't have any information to corroborate or deny those -- >> he is getting a lot of heat. the ohio secretary of state is a republican. he called trump's comments about a rigged elections irresponsible. he is a republican. you heard marco rubio say the same thing. what does he say to those republicans? this is dangerous. it questions the entire american democracy. what do you say to that? >> it actually does question our democracy. i am certainly not ecstatic about that either.
however, mr. trump has a belief, and the believe is that, between the media with the 23 times coverage, along with the things that are going on in terms of voter registrations and people who are deceased that are still on the rolls, these are serious issues. mr. trump is in this to win. he is not in this to play games. since the very first day that he came down those escalators everybody has been making fun, saying he is not really interested in being the president, this is some sort of publicity stunt. it's not. mr. trump truly cares about america. he loves this country. he cares about the american people. he knows what it's going to take to fix it. he knows how to create jobs. he knows how to protect our borders. >> all right. >> he knows how to increase our military. he has a real game plan, along with some really great people. >> quickly -- >> who will be beside him. >> very quickly. if he loses will he concede and congratulate the winner?
>> i certainly hope so. i think whoever loses, the concession speech is extremely important. as a country we're very fractured. you start to see people, whether they're wearing a "make america great again" outfit or a hillary "i'm with her" t-shirt, getting assaulted. they put this naked statue the hillary somewhere in manhattan, by caused a raucous. it's not right. it's disrespectful. i don't want to start infringing on anybody's first amendment right. just because you have the right to do it doesn't make it right. so i truly hope that whoever loses, that the concession speech is something that will help to bring america back together as a people, because, you know, we're much better than that as a country, and we're much better than that as a people. >> michael. i need you to stand by. we'll continue our conversation. i want to look ahead to the debate. tomorrow night in las vegas. i'll be heading out there for that debate. we have more questions, more of your answers right after this.
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let me read to you what she said. my father's comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive. i am glad he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the american people. does her father, donald trump, and you know him well, you have worked with him for ten years, does he agree his comments to billy bush were inappropriate and offensive? >> the answer to that is yes. i believe it was october 7th he put out what -- i also believe was a 90-second video where he apologized to the american people. i too agree with both ivanka as well as melania who i thought did a wonderful job last night. i certainly commend anderson cooper on a fantastic interview. i thought melania was great. she was strong. she spoke her mind. the thing i appreciated most about melania last night was the fact that she said, please don't feel sorry for me. i much stronger than that. please don't say poor melania.
she is. and i have gotten to know her very well over the years. she is wonderful and a lovely person. i too condone the statements by both of them. in all honesty, i think every person watching the show today, at tsome point in their life, hs said something that we're thankful that we were not miked or it did not get out there because it was completely inappropriate. and i really commend mr. trump for coming out and apologizing to the american people for those statements. and i think it's really time to move on. i don't think -- >> let me press you on one point, though. you have known him for ten years. you've worked closely with him or ten years. was this just a one-time deal when he said these kinds of things to billy bush, have you ever heard him -- have you ever had locker room talk, boy talk, as melania trump called it yesterday, with him along those lines? >> wolf, i have never heard mr. trump say anything even remotely close to the statements that i
heard. when i first heard there was a tape that would be coming out i said it's got to be fake because -- and i spend thousands of hours with mr. trump a year. and i can tell you i have never heard him say anything, anything even close to that. in honesty -- truthfully, mr. trump actually respects women very, very much. it's indicative of the company and the number of women that are executives and the way that he promotes women is identical to that of men. >> do you agree with melania trump that billy bush egged him on? >> that's melania's opinion. i am not, certainly, going to refute it. do i think he egged her on? you know -- that he egged mr. trump on? i don't know. i didn't hear what led up to it. i wasn't paying that close attention. i don't know whether or not the full clip was ever actually released. but any way that you slice it, the words that came out of both of their mouths were terrible. they never should have been
said. again, mr. trump apologized. i believe the american people understand that he was extremely sincere in that apology. he was embarrassed by that scenario. i know melania certainly wasn't happy with it. i know they had their discussions, and she has forgiven him. i think the american people have forgiven him. i think it's time for us to start talking about important issues. i'm going to go back to them. jobs, economy, national security, health care, et cetera, because none of this stuff is going to help the american people put one single penny into their pocket to help them. and right now america needs jobs, we need to fix our economy, we need to stop this crazy debt of $20 trillion. we need to really fix america. >> here is -- you're a lawyer, and a good lawyer. donald trump said -- and mike pence, his vice presidential running mate, said they would produce evidence exonerating him
from the nine women who have come forward and made these sexual allegations. "people" magazine today published accounts from six people who say they can corroborate the former writer natasha stoynoff's story of being attacked she said by donald trump back in 2005 at mar-a-lago in palm beach in response to trump saying these were all lies. let me quote from this woman, the former "people" magazine writer. we cannot be silent anymore. i didn't tell my story for politics. i told it for the women. your reaction now that six people say almost contemporaneously she spoke of what she called this attack. >> those are all statements that she has made to other people. i don't believe that any of these people were there with them at mar-a-lago. what i can tell you is that the accuser -- and i would never want to turn around and tell an accuser that, you know, the story that you're relaying is a lie.
i am not going to be one of those people that attack and accuse somebody who has been attacked. it's not who i am. however, i will say, for example, the woman that was on the airplane in first class, i think most people who heard the story are somewhat, you know, confused as to her accounting of the story, that she sits down next to a stranger, and for 15 minutes, he is all over her. now, remember in first class, you have the steward and the stewardesses. they're on top of you from the moment you sit down until the second you leave offering you champagne. it's hard to believe somebody was all over another person who was a complete stranger. that person didn't in a second say, what are you doing and make a scene or somebody who was sitting next to her. >> let me ask you this. >> we actually found somebody
who is from overseas that states that he was the person -- the male that she said was sitting next to her when this all took place. and he has a very different rendition of the story. >> people have -- people have -- hold on one second, michael. people have raised questions about his credibility. but go ahead. make your last point. >> the point is, you know, we do have a process here. innocent until proven guilty. just because somebody says something doesn't make it right. and i think mr. trump is entitled to that same. >> but if six people corroborate and say they almost contemporaneously heard these allegations from this writer, that has some standing, right? >> i would turn around and i would like to speak to each one of these people and find out how they heard the conversation, were they there, did they witness it. please understand, wolf, and you know this very well, mr. trump is never alone, especially not at mar-a-lago where there is always an employee or security
that surround him. it's very hard to imagine that he was by himself, sitting by a bar, because we know mr. trump doesn't drink alcohol. >> that was a nightclub in new york. in mar-a-lago the writer says she was doing a piece about their anniversary and he took her into an empty, big room, where he allegedly made these moves. >> but mr. trump is never alone. i have been trailing him on many of these sort of reports, whether it's with a "people" magazine, or "time," forbes. someone is constantly with him all the time. if it's not someone like myself in my position, security is always around him. 24/7. so, you know, look, again, i don't want to be the guy that turns around and says, hey, you know, you claim that you were abused and nobody should ever touch anybody or abuse anybody. it's wrong. again, he is entitled to his
day. and -- >> were you -- michael, question quickly. were you uncomfortable when he is youing suggested these women weren't very attractive? >> i don't even want to talk about that. beauty is in the eye of the beholder. some people may think they're beautiful. others don't. i don't think it's relevant to the conversation. >> he is the one who said, take a look at them or whatever he said. he was suggesting that they weren't attractive enough for him to make such a move. >> i think what mr. trump is really trying to say is that they're not -- they're not somebody that he would be attracted to, and therefore, the whole thing is nonsense. >> that's what he is saying. a final question on paul ryan, the speaker of the house. trump said in an interview that ryan doesn't want trump to be president because paul ryan, he suggested, has his own presidential ambitions looking ahead to 2020. do you think it's appropriate at this stage with only three weeks
to go for donald trump to get into a fight like this with the speaker of the house, the top republican in congress? >> i am going to -- i'm going to tell you, i am very disappointed in so many of the republicans, which is fine for me because i am a registered democrat. i am so disappointed in the republican party. many of them made the pledge. some of them adhered to the pledge that they made that they held mr. trump to and others didn't. shame on paul ryan and any republican that doesn't want to support their nominee. and they need to remember that potentially one day they may be lucky enough to be in the position that mr. trump is in and, you know, not to have your party stand behind you -- you may not agree with mr. trump on everything that he says, and nobody should agree with everything that hillary clinton says either, but at the end of the day your party has to be behind you because, without your party behind you, it's very, very difficult and it becomes a
harder challenge. and the democratic machine, as we all know, is very strong, and they're very organized. and the truth is we need the republicans to all unite around mr. trump. again, there are 21 days. it's about time that they stop with all this nonsense and let the american people hear from the candidates on what's important. and i really hope that tomorrow's debate is substantive and not more of that sort of nonsense that you see on bravo. >> donald trump said at the rally today he doesn't believe in these polls anymore. for much of his campaign, the primaries, and now he's often talked about the polls. now he says even if he is winning in some of the polls he doesn't believe them. is that where he stands right now? because most of the polls, the national polls, are showing he is considerably behind. >> the last time we talked about polls i got myself in trouble on this show. but you weren't moderating at the time. i will tell you that, right now
with the polls, i believe that nationally there is the "l.a. times" that has mr. trump up by one. you have ohio, north carolina, nevada, iowa, colorado, and new hampshire all within the margin of error. and to anybody that thinks, like the "washington post," who, again, is very anti-mr. trump, that this race is over and that mr. trump should concede tomorrow, i just want to remind you of something called brexit where they also didn't think something was going to happen, and mr. trump's supporters are very loyal, and it's going to be a large turnout. that's my prediction for this -- you know, for this election. >> all right. i know you still believe that donald trump will win, right? >> i hope he wins. that's certainly for sure. i do believe that he'll win. >> michael cohen. thanks so much for joining us. >> wolf, good to see you again. coming up, what will dominate tomorrow's third and
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as donald trump slips in the polls he is ramping up rhetoric about voter fraud. he is casting doubt on what he believes will be a rigged election. president obama has two words for donald trump. stop whining! let's discuss with our political experts. david chalian. let me go to you first. how damaging is this kind of rhetoric from donald trump on the whole democratic process, if you will?
>> well, it's potentially damaging because, if indeed he is successful at delegitimizing the election results, wolf, and if he loses the election, imagine what his supporters will feel. they will have listened to him for the better part of a month at that p point saying that the system is rigged and it's not a legitimate result. how are they going to feel represented by the new president-elect if indeed that is hillary clinton? so that could create such a terrible breach in our society, and that is where i think the potential danger comes from this. i think that's why president obama, you know, took the opportunity when asked, to really drive the message home about it. >> abby. abby phillip. trump keeps saying that it's rigged, and he often refers to some major urban areas that could be stolen, he says from voters in certain cities. he often mentions philadelphia, st. louis, chicago, all these cities have high
african-american populations in these urban areas. trump even said he gets called racist for saying this. what do his supporters hear when he says, when he makes that suggestion? >> i think they hear exactly what you are saying, which is that they need to go out there and make sure that places that have typically high democratic turnout, maybe urban areas with high african-american or minority populations, they need to do their part to monitor those places. the problem is that there are actually rules for how you are supposed to do this sort of thing. if you want to make sure the election is operating fairly, there are rules in many places for how to do it. trump is not equipping his supporters with that information. and so they could end up crossing that line from monitoring to intimidation pretty quickly. and i think that's the big risk here for both parties. >> trump just arrived, by the way, grand junction, colorado, showing our viewers live pictures right there. he'll be having a rally momentarily. we'll watch that as we will,
this the day before the third and final presidential debate. dana, you know, the whole allegations, the sexual allegations against him, the former reporter from "people" magazine, natasha stoynoff. she now says -- "people" magazine has corroborated her story with six people who say almost contemporaneously they learned of this attack, what she calls this attack, by trump in mar-a-lago in palm beach. trump keeps promising that he has got evidence to back him up, mike pence said the evidence would be coming out later, one day earlier in the week. we still have not seen the evidence, have we? >> no. and what we've seen are, you know, one accuser's cousin saying, no, no, this is not true. a letter they sent out. michael cohen, just on with you, saying they have an eye witness who didn't see something. which on its face doesn't make any sense at all.
that is certainly something that they'll have to be dealing with. if i just might add to the conversation you were having about voter fraud and whether or not it's real, of course, the inner cities, that is one area that the trump campaign points to alleging that there has been voter fraud in the past. but then even michael cohen with you, wolf, was talking about a pew study and other things. politifact, cnn.com have done a lot of fact-checking on this. and just pew, for example, it did talk about millions of people being registered to vote when they should not be. but being registered to vote and actually going and voting are two very different things. these are -- no question, facts or -- at least studies that donald trump is probably going to raise on the stage tomorrow. and i would imagine that hillary clinton is going to be armed with these facts to try to combat those things. as you heard, the president himself, and on down the line, more importantly, republicans,
are very concerned about what will happen on election day with all of this sort of rhetoric coming from donald trump. >> and tomorrow night, the final debate, mark preston. is it smart for trump to go forward with what some are calling a scorched-earth strategy, if you will? >> absolutely not. he should focus on the issues. he should focus on the idea that he knows how to govern. he should try to hit hillary clinton on the e-mail issue. that is still an achilles' heel. we've seen new information has come out with the fbi, although the president, barack obama, himself said today that that is not true, that there was no quid pro quo as mr. trump has been saying. but the bottom line is for him to go out and go scorched-earth means he's basically giving up the election, wolf. >> everyone stand by. we have more coming up. by the way, be sure to join us tomorrow night when donald trump and hillary clinton face off for the last time before the election. cnn's special coverage of the final presidential debate. it all begins 4:00 p.m. eastern from las vegas.
coming up, donald trump suggests a pre-inauguration meeting with vladimir putin may be in the cards if he is elected. president obama calls trump's embrace of the russian president unprecedented. hillary clinton slams trump for his cozy relationship with putin. we'll bring you the latest details on this controversy when we come back. the heirloom tomato.
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praising vladimir putin. trump is also raising eyebrows for suggesting he would meet with putin before taking office if he wins the election next month. brian todd has been tracking reaction to the comments. >> tonight trump is being roundly criticized for that idea to meet with putin before he takes office. the clinton campaign dismissing trump as a cheerleader for putin. president obama has weigh in the but trump is holding firm saying he can fix a relationship with russia that has been broken by clinton and obama. donald trump pushing hard on one of his most controversial ideas. his embrace of vladimir putin. trump tells radio host michael savage, hillary clinton shouldn't be talking so tough about russia and says if he is elected, he would do something never seen before. >> i can see myself meeting with putin and meeting with russia prior to the start of the administration. >> it's a slap in the face to obama, to hillary. and of course, frankly to many
republicans. i mean, it has long been a part of republican platform to be so skeptical of russia. >> in a statement today, hillary clinton's campaign said she would stand up to the russian president ask quote, not coddle him. they blame obama for the hacking of the democratic party. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> i mean, the notion that someone running for the u.s. presidency is encouraging a foreign power to spy on american citizens, you know, if someone else did this, do you know what trump would call that? treason. >> today, president obama said it is inexplicable. >> the degree to which he seems to model many of his policies and approaches to politics mr.
putin is unprecedented in american politics. and is out of step with not just what democrats think but out of step with what up until the last few months, almost every republican thought. >> trump thinks he can work with putin to defeat isis and slams president obama and clinton for failing to work with the russian leader. >> they insult him constantly. no wonder he can't stand obama and hillary clinton. >> putin himself has teen flattering trump which analysts say is the pure calculation of a former kgb agent. >> i can imagine in the early stages, putin is getting trump to believe everything he says by flattery, by taking trump seriously, by complimenting him on his leadership ability. and then being a negotiator which he always is. >> she points out that putin
tried to manipulate barack obama who did have foreign policy experience before winning the white house and president obama today practically admitted as much. saying he tried work with putin on ukraine and syria only to see vladimir putin turn around and act aggressively in both places. >> we got a response from putin to trump's ideas of meeting him before the inauguration. >> we did. cnn got an immediate response. putin's spokesman saying, president putin has said that he is open for dialogue with any candidate who is ready to talk and cooperate. a boilerplate response there. but there are many out there who think that vladimir putin is waiting for his chance to play donald trump. >> at least there is a quick response from putin on that. thank you very much. we're watching donald trump's rally right now. he is making a new promise to colorado voters. can he bring higher standards to washington, and in his words, drain the swamp.
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