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hello. i'm wolf blitzer. it's one p.m. here? washington. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks for joining us. following breaking news. the u.s. presidential election lived up to its billing -- historic. a businessman with no political experience has risen up to become commander in chief. donald trump promised he could deliver the working person's vote, and that's exactly what pro ppelled him to thmost impor
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job in the world. easily topping the 270 needed for victory. former secretary of state hillary clinton, the first woman to lead a major party's presidential ticket, she fell short. here's the popular vote. look at this. hillary clinton actually leads by a small margin. this morning she delivered her concession speech conceivably the toughest speech she's ever had to give. >> i know how disappointed you feel, because i feel it, too. and so do tens of millions of americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. this is painful, and it will be for a long time, but i want you to remember this -- our campaign was never about one person or even one election. it was about the country we love, and about building an america that's hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted. we have seen that our nation is
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more deeply divided than we thought. but i still believe in america, and i always will. and if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. donald trump is going to be our president. we owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don't just respect that. we cherish it. >> hillary clinton also extended thanks to president obama and the first lady for their efforts, and just moments ago, we heard the first reaction from president obama. >> and i know everybody had a long night. i did as well. i had a chance to talk to president-elect trump last night, about 3:30 in the morning, i think it was, to congratulate him on winning the election, and i had a chance to
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invite him to come to the white house tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies. now, it is no secret that the president-elect and i have some pretty significant differences, but, remember, eight years ago president bush and i had some pretty significant differences. president bush's team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running, and one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency and the vice presidency is bigger than any of us. so i have instructed my team to follow the example that president bush's team set eight years ago and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect. because we are now all rooting for success in uniting and
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leading the country. >> president-elect donald trump struck a similar tone last night in his victory speech with talk of unity and healing new wounds of division. >> working together we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the american dream. i've spent my entire life in business looking at the untapped potential in projects and in people all over the world. that is now what i want to do for our country. >> right now we're waiting to hear from the white house press secretary josh earnest, with the white house briefing. we'll go there once it gets going. first a want to bring in our cnn senior white house correspondent jim acosta who spent last night over at trump headquarters in new york city. our senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny, with the clinton campaign, been there for a long time, and our white house correspondent michelle
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kaczynski, over at the white house right now. we've heard a lot from president obama, just a little while ago. what's his message to the supporters, to the democrats and his bottom line message to the country? >> reporter: yes. he really wanted to strike this upbeat tone as he came out. that's the demeanor he projected but it do not have ban more surveal scene in a hastily arranged gathering in the rose garden on this beautiful, perfect day, and the press surrounded by a crowd of staffers, many of whom were openly crying, clutching tissues and hugging each other. but the president wanted to get across a positive message. he wanted to say that americans are all on the same team, that democracy is hard sometimes, it's not always inspiring, bud but he urnged americaning to move forward with the presumption of good faith in fellow citizens. what this was not the time for was to get into what is an
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enormous negative for him and his legacy. the fact that donald trump has promised to dismantle these key policies of his. of course, those are the kinds of questions that the press secretary is about to get in a few minutes. remember, on his time on the trail, his unprecedented time and energy that he put into stumping for hillary clinton, his goal there was also to reassure at certain points to tell america that in terms of what donald trump had been saying, that this is not who e are. that president has faith, that the judgment and values of americans would prevail, as he put it and elect hillary clinton, and that america is not at divided as some people say. well, clearly, that is not the case, and you have to wonder, does the president now see america differently? was he mistaken in trying to make that argument? he also at one point on the trail called it a personal insult if voters did not elect hillary clinton. so he has to be feeling the sting of that right now, but
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that's not what he wanted to focus on. i think the best reassurance he could give america right now in his view is to focus on a peaceful transition of power, wolf. >> a smooth transition. jim, what have we been hearing from the trump camp today? are they focusing in on this smooth transition? >> reporter: they are, wolf, but i think the most important thing right now is that we're getting a sense that both sides are laying down their swords after this very hard-fought campaign. jason miller, senior commune caucuses adviser foredonald trump tweeted after hillary clinton's speech, very classy speech from hillary clinton, important step in bringing our country together. his first tweet since late last night when all of this was coming down. wolf, i think it's important to note there, there was no reference to crooked hillary. you know, that is something you would see tweeted by the trump campaign. their top officials over and over and over again. not using the term crooked hillary. she is no longer their opponent. i do know from talking to
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officials with the trump campaign, they are getting busy with the process of putting together a transition. meetings this morning over at trump tower, among top advisers to the president-elect. and i talked to mike pence. very briefly last night, wolf, after it was all over. mike pence was leaving the room. i asked, what's going to happen tomorrow? he said get about the business of getting this transition going and that he looks forward to it, but, wolf, keep in mind, a lot of people inside this campaign in very high, senior level positions were not anticipating this result. to think they'll have a transition, plan for a trump administration up and running today on november 9th, even tomorrow is really kidding themselves. they're just not at that point at this stage. however, we should note that they have a very capable team over there led by chris christie, the new jersey governor. he's been working at this throughout this campaign. and as well as other top names.
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we're hearing jeff sessions, senator from alabama. rudy giuliani, former mayor of new york city. reince priebus, rnc, talked about as the next white house chief of staff. there are certainly names out there of people who will take on these very important positions inside a trump administration, but, wolf, the other thing we have to keep in mind here looking at donald trump and his next moves here is, what does the president-elect say to the country after this hard-fought campaign? keep in mind that the night before the election he was still referring to elizabeth warren as pocahont pocahontas. she's not going to take that lightly. if the trump campaign, the trump team feels they're coming into washington with a huge mandate, they may be kidding themselves. thamp not winning the popular vote 59 this point. yes, won a resounding electoral victory but not at this stage win the popular vote. a lot of democrats, hillary clinton and barack obama aside, sore feelings in washington
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about this campaign that donald trump conducted. so i think a lot of this will hinge on his next steps, his behavior as we move forward. >> yeah. gracious last night in that victory speech. it was relatively brief. jeff harks to be a lot of soul searching among democrats now. just a little while ago we heard from hillary clinton, thanking supporters. what does she and her team say about the next step? >> i was in the room with secretary clinton as she was giving that speech and watching the anguish on the faces of these senior democratic operatives. a lot of them also worked for president obama. so they were very much onboard with the idea of campaigning for what essentially was a third obama term in the white house. the country clearly rejected that. so it's a -- almost a double loss for them. right now, wolf, they really are soul searching what exactly went wrong? but secretary clinton gave one of the most uplifting and
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honest, you know, really real speeches that we've seen her give in some time. she said, look, donald trump, he deserves a chance to lead. and she urged democrats to approach him with an open mind. but, wolf, these feelings are very raw behind the scenes and the reality here is, we talked so much going into this election, had the outcome been the other way, seen so much in-fighting inside the republican party this year, a reversal. republicans usually fall into line. that didn't happen this year, as we know. the in-fighting now is coming inside the democratic party. the recriminations here, and those conversations are starting quietly on the edges here, but first and foremost, i just asked a couple advisers what happened? were you surprised? they said, up until last night, 8:00 seeing florida go south and then as the hours went along, when they started seeing that blue wall crumbling, no one thought wisconsin was in play. one top adviser said, we simply had the numbers wrong.
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didn't see this coming. so sort of akin to what happened on the other side in 2012 when mitt romney's campaign was convinced on election day they were winning. the obama campaign, or the clinton campaign, excuse me, did not model the electorate properly that has won early analysis. going through everything, but simply the numbers and data did not work and they underestimated donald trump. >> and hillary clinton never even visited wisconsin after the democratic convention. >> she didn't. >> over the summer in july. all right. everybody stand by. i want to talk a little more about what happened last night, and what it means for the country moving forward. joining us now from tallahassee, florida, is the governor of florida, governor, thanks for joining us. >> wolf, exciting night last night. clearly america want add washington outsider. somebody that's going to clearly upset the washington elite's applecart and work on making this country great again.
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going to be exciting. >> i know were you a supporter of donald trump. he carried your state relatively slim margin but he did win florida. you can see the results over there. 49.1% to 47.8%. 29 electoral votes, critically important. have you spoken to the president-elect today? >> i spoke to president-elect trump yesterday and i spoke to vice president-elect mike pence. clearly they're excited about what's happening, and they know they have their work cut out for them. but i'm going to do everything i can to be helpful to them. i want them to be very, very successful. wolf, this is exciting for me. i've been governor almost six years and never had a partner in the white house. a partner to call and say, make it better for florida. >> what do you think did it for donald trump in your state of florida? for example, was it the rise in premiums for those individuals, who were on the affordable care act, obama care, if you will, or was it something else?
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>> you know, wolf, i think a lot like my race in 2010. people are fed up with the direction government was going and wanted an outsider. all of the little things added up that the obama care premiums going up, probably just the idea that washington elet elites cod to tell us how to run your lives and people are tired and know washington is not working. so they're going to give an outsider the chance to see if he can make the country great again. >> you ran as an outsider when you won back in 2010. and chided the republican establishment for not having your back. same could be said for donald trump. so much of the republican establishment were not with him. right? >> absolutely. the republican establishment opposed me. they spent millions of dollars to make sure rye didn't win. we bead them back in 2010. the exact same thing that happened to donald trump. now we all need to come together, republicans and
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democrats, and say we all care about this country, our country. how do we make sure that donald trump is a successful president? so we get the jobs back in this country and make sure this is the number one place to raise a family in the world. >> speaker paul ryan, should he stay on? >> well, that's a decision clearly for the house. but i think we all need to come together and say, look, this was, we're fed up. this is, we're fed up with washington outsiders. how do we make this better for americans? i think about, no better than 2010. elites i couldn't win. you're an outsider. we don't know you. the same thing people said about donald trump. his message resonated because people know washington does not care about them. >> in your mind, governor, what's the first thing president-elect trump needs to address, now that he's won this election? among his prothsmises, build a l along the southern bored of mexico. extreme vetting for immigration.
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he wants to repeal and replace obama care, really literally wants to strike doing that on day one and he says from the beginning for months now, renegotiate or simply withdraw from the north american free trade agreement, nafta. what do you think? should he start doing all of those things right away? are you with him on those? >> if you know -- what i would do. step one, focus on the economy. what i did in florida. we've had record revenues in our state. added 1 million 2, 2,000 jobs, focus on the economy. people in washington say it's fashionable. you can't replace obama care. we have to replace obama care. we have to have a plan that works for americans. remember, we were promised you wouldn't lose your doctor, your health premiums would go down. the opposite happened. have to completely repeal obama care and have soming that works for all americans. >> during the campaign kept calling the system rigged. i guess he doesn't think the system is ringed anymore.
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you must be happy with that system. i assume you agree? >> well, what i was focused on was making sure we had elections that everybody felt was fair in our state. we had very hard-working secretary of state and we had a, an election that worked in our state. i was focused on that, and i'm glad we have donald trump as our new president and looking forward to having a partner in washington that i get to work with. >> would you want to pick up a position in the new administration? >> i want to do everything i can to help him but i love my job here. 789 days to go, make sure we're number one for jobs, education and the best place to live because you're safe. i will do everything to help him. >> if he says i need you in the cabinet, you would say -- what? >> i like my job here and i'll pass. i'll do everything i can to help president-elect trump be successful but i like my job here and will stay in florida. >> thanks for joining us, governor rick scott of florida.
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>> thanks. republicans have firm control of the white house and the congress. the house and the senate. they fought off democratic challenges, winning virtually all key battleground races to cheap majority in the u.s. senate. right now they're holding 51 seats, democrats 47. some seats still at play right now. republicans maintain their majority in the house olding 235 seats. the democrats 191. the house speaker paul ryan spoke a little while ago praising donald trump for his win. >> donald trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard. he connected with -- connected in ways with people no one else did. he turned politics on its head. and now donald trump will lead a unified republican government. we won more seats than anyone expected, and much of that is thanks to donald trump. donald trump provided the kind of coattails that got a lot of
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people over the finish line so we could maintain our strong house and senate majorities. >> our senior political reporter manu raju is here covering congress closely. where were their surprises? >> wolf, overall, major surprise with the gop stand of losses significantly in congress the party was able to preserve a working majority in both chambers. in the house officials on both sides expected the republicans would lose anywhere from 12 to 20 seats, but their losses will probably be only in the single digits and then the senate and gop looks they'll have at the very worst, 52-48 majority. cnn has not called the new hampshire senate race yet. democrat maggie hassan leading by the narrowest of margins and declared victory over republican kelly ayotte has not yet conceded. and a number of other races fell short. indiana, former senator evan bayh. lost in overwhelming fashion to
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republican todd young and the gop benefited from -- >> hold on. manu, back in a moment. the white house, josh earnest asked of last night's results reflected on president obama's legacy. >> i don't know that anybody has a direct answer to that question because there are relevant facts. first is that secretary clinton won the popular vote. now, winning the popular vote is not what gets you the keys to the oval office. you got to win the electoral vote and everybody i -- i know everybody knew the rules going into the contest. but it does underscore the depth of support and enthusiasm for her message and for her campaign. and that is a testament to her leadership, and her ability to build support for a national campaign. the other thing that happens to be true is there are a lot of
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people, again, the math requires this -- who voted for barack obama in 2008, who voted for his eelection in 2012 and voted for donald trump in 2016. and i think it's -- i don't have an explanation for that, to put it bluntly. but i think certainly all of your networks and all of you are going to spend time pondering that question. spend some time looking at the returns, looking at the exit polls and maybe you can spend time in some of those communities across the country where mr. trump, president-elect trump, enjoyed such strong support. support that exceeded the expectations of everybody, apparently even the expectations of the trump campaign.
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so that's a worthy question, but i'm not going to pretend i have a real direct answer for you. but it's -- it's one that's worthy of careful consideration. >> another thing we heard him say about the campaign trail is that progress was on the ballot, and that if hillary wasn't elected all of that progress would go out the window, down the drain, would be lost. what does the outcome last dmit for leaguesy of the president, that he wants to leave behind from obama care, to the amended deal and supreme court justice, put a justice on the supreme court and more? >> well, again, darlene, just with the caution we're less than 12 hours away from this election being decided, there are some things that we knew to be true before the results started being tallied. and one of those things was that the next president whether it
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was secretary clinton or mr. trump, were going have some difficult challenges and some difficult questions to answer with regard to a range of policies. we know that our economy is facing some pretty intense head winds from overseas. what's the kind of approach that the next president will take to ensuring that our economy can strengthen and navigate those head winds? in a way that benefits the american middle class and not just those at the sdwrtop. that's a difficult question and president-elect trump will have to hand that. handle a country that has deep and passionate political differences, and what will president-elect trump do to unite the country?
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it won't be easy. we know that's for sure. we do know he can count on the support of president obama and secretary clinton who both in the last couple hours pledged their support to him as he works to do that. either president, either secretary clinton or mr. trump would have faced a deeply divided congress. that appears totally dysfunctional, or at least it's appeared totally dysfunctional in the last two years. and it's difficult to know, difficult to see how that's going to change. and they'll have to navigate. president-elect trump and his team will have to figure out how to navigate that situation. and it won't be easy either. so i guess the point is, it's too early to tell exactly what the impact will be. there will be an impact, but we knew there would be regardless of the outcome of the race and
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there certainly were some priorities where secretary clinton didn't agree with president obama, and, you know in a different scenario, she would be, asking me the same question about some of those policy priorities, too, and you know, what's true is that the president-elect has some difficult questions to answer. and some big challenges to tackle, and it's why it's so important for there to be a smooth and effective, efficient transition from president obama's presidency to the trump presidency, because as americans, we're rooting for the success of our president in leading and uniting country. >> are there any more detailing you can share about the phone call between the president and the president-elect? how long they spoke?
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did they get into issues or puerilely congratulations on your victory? >> my understanding, not a lengthy call. it did take place very, very late last night. and based on the fact there was a discussion about meeting in person on thursday, you know, the specifics of any sort of policy discussions will be left until then. >> and -- less than a minute? a couple minutes? >> i don't know with a lot of precision exactly what the times was. it there's nor details than we can provide, we'll do so. okay. jeff? >> josh, on the policy front, is there anything the white house or nyour administration will do in closing months to shore up policies like affordable care act, climate change, iran deal, all of which now president-elect trump called into question during his campaign? >> let me start saying president obama remains in office and will be the president of the united states until january 20th and we
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will pursue policies according, including the kinds of priorities that you have just enumerated. what's also true is that the president-elect in the context of a smooth and effective transition will have an opportunity to get briefed by members of president obama's team, and actually have a conversation with president obama himself about some of these priorities. and i'm not going to speak for him or predict what sort of policy decisions he's going to make, and he's pretty explicit on the campaign trail, but part of a, a smooth transition is ensuring that there is the latest available information about the status of these policies, and that's snag oomet
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our administration is going to provide. >> providing that information, anything this administration will do to sort of put up a firewall to maintain some of these programs ghaens wi s agail probably be efforts to repeal obama care or slow up the climate change or rip up the international agreement -- >> jeff, our position on those issues is well known, we've e e reviewed at some length. i'll spare most of that. i think what i -- the way that i respond to that is, there's no specific thing i have in mind that we're going to do differently now. our plan all along was to ensure the successful implementation of those and other priorities, and we're going to be committed to doing everything we can to ensure the success of those policies between now and january 20th. so the easiest example is the
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affordable care act. this administration is going to continue to make a strong case that people should go to health care .kovsh -- and considers what's best for them pap policy that benefits the american people enormously since the act went into effect, 20 million americans have access to health care and we want to make sure as many americans as possible understand the opportunity that's available to them. the president-elect, when he enters office will have his own opportunity to set the course of health care policy in this country in a way that he sees fit. it's going to require some cooperation with congress. and that won't be easy.
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but there's a lot at stake, and republicans and the congress voted 50 times to repeal the affordable care act and each time were voting to take health care away from 22 million americans. voting to strip critically important consumer protections from people that prevent them from being discriminated against because there is a preexisting condition or paying more for health care because they're a woman. the kinds of protections that don't just benefit 2 20 million americans since it went into effect but the 150 million americans that get health care through their employer. so these are the kinds of decisions that the incoming administration and incoming congress will be challenged to make. >> how do you [ inaudible ] foreign allies -- all right. we'll continue to monitor josh earnest at the white house briefing reporters on this transportation r transition. the president wants a smooth
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transition between now and january 20th when donald trump will be sworn in on inauguration day at the next president of the united states. the 45th president of the united states. earlier the secretary of defense ash carter issued a statement saying, i am committed to overseeing the orderly transition to the next commander in chief. ordering everyone in the defense don't cooperate in this transition with the incoming commander in chief donald trump, and we're also told now that starting today donald trump will receive the most highly classified daily national security briefings, the kind of briefings that a sitting president gets from the intelligence community. that's part of the tradition, part of the process going forward. let's talk a little bit more about all of this with cnn political commentator patti solis doyle, the campaign manager for hillary clinton's 2008 presidential bid. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> you've been down this road before. you remember, she lost the
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democratic presidential nomination back in 2008. this to then senator barack obama. gave a very important speech at the end of that and now has lost this bid for the white house. how surprised were you she couldn't deliver? >> well, in all honesty, wolf, i'm devastated. i'm just -- i felt very strongly that she would have made a very strong and effective president. working on the issues that i personally care very deeply about, like immigration reform and equal pay for women, and it breaks my heart that we, as a country, were on the precipice of electing the first female preftd united states and we fell short. you know, i think it was a surprise to everyone that she lost. i think it was a surprise to the trump campaign to the clinton campaign and a surprise to all of us who looked at the numbers and felt pretty confident she was going to win.
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>> let me play a clip, what she said in her concession speech today. listen to this. >> and to all the women and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and in me, i want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. i know -- i know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. >> what was your reaction when you heard her speech today? >> well, i cried, and i'm almost going to dry now. it's just that tough. emotional time for all of us who supported her with everything that we had. she's had a long journey, wolf, and oftentimes really hard journey. but she has broken so many
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barriers, for so many women, and now i'm grateful for it, because she's made it easier for me and for my daughter and for all women to sort of make decisions for their own life that best suits their own life. and for that i'm grateful. i'm gratful to her, and i think about what she said and what she believes and that is to do all the good you can for as long as you can for as many as you can, and i believe that's what she's going to continue to do. >> and you can see that she was upset, because so many of her supporters, her staff, they worked around the clock to get her to become president of the united states, and you could see how badly she felt not only for herself and her failing, but certainly for all of those people, especially the young people who worked for her. >> right. working on a campaign is just -- it's excruciating. 18, 20-hour days. you devote everything you have
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to it. it affects your family, your friends. and you do it because you believe in a cause, or you believe in a candidate. you believe in something bigger than yourself, and when you lose, it's excruciating and will be feign. as she said, for a very long time. to this day a do a would have, could have, should have in the '08 campaign. put more in the caucuses or talked more of humanity than experience. i feel for these people. they're going to be talking about what have, could have, should have for a while. >> thanks very much for joining us, patty solis doyle, cnn political common dater, former hillary clinton campaign manager. and from china, to mexico, reaction from around the world pouring into cnn now. the global response to president-elect donald trump.
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donald trump been just breach hillary clinton's so-called blue wall of defense, he shattered it.
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trump's support among white working class voters, a key part of his president's victory. discuss with our panel. gloria borger, and dana bash and politics eder juana summers and political commentator ryan lizza for the "new yorker" magazine. help us understand, viewers around the country and around the world how much donald trump has now changed the political landscape in the united states. >> he really has. i think what we're seeing is that the blue wall the democrats felt they had in the rust belt is dissolving, and what he did was he got out new voters in large numbers from rural areas in this country. voters who feel disenfranchised, feel trade deals don't benefit them. feel left behind. haven't had a raise in 15 years. he also got non-college educated white voters to go with him, including women.
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and the obama coalition just kind of fell apart and hillary clinton could not garner enough new latino voters to make up for it. i mean, donald trump got a higher percentage of latino voters than mitt romney did. think about that. and i must say, she helped this. you know? she has an integrity problem that never went away, and focused so much on the fear of trump that she didn't focus enough on getting rid of her own problems, and so the election happened. >> listen to this radio interview. a clip from a radio interviews trump campaign ceo steve bannon gave describing the strategy behind yesterday's truly remarkable win. listen to this -- >> really concentrated heavily on foreign events. certain areas throughout the country in both north carolina and in ohio that we really
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looking at, and as those started to come in i think we felt quite confident, and so it was never, there was no lack of confidence. the analogy was really what the, the exit polls showed of how people's desire for change, right, and desire for real change, just not the change that gets talked about. so that's when i felt that, well, if this is correct, if the thesis is correct, you'll start to see it where we had to win multiple, which was florida, north carolina, ohio and iowa. and we already felt that, you know, pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, places bike tha s lik wisconsin, would always be in play because of this populist message. >> he was right. is there a hidden vote the pollsters did not determine?
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people who voted for donald trump even if they didn't say they were going to do so to pollsters? >> yes. it's blatantly obvious. either a hidden vote or every single polling model and approach was just wrong. never mind the actual data mo l modeli modeling, voter modeling, goes well beyond the polling, and the clinton campaign and the republican national committee did that. the rnc said that they had it basically within two but on the lower part of that. but i think that he is absolutely right that this is a global movement that has just reached the shores of the united stat states. that it was as donald trump said so many times in the last of his campaign, brexit-plus. he was right. people are so fed up with the way things work or don't work in this town by business at usual and more importantly to his
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point about the populace message, the fact they feel they're sit on the sidelines watching and not feeling whatever prosperity others are. that was real. that tapped into it let's not underestimate, juana, the enormity of what's happened yesterday. the president of the united states controlling the executive branch of the u.s. government. the republican control the legislative branch of the u.s. government. the majority, remain in m majority, house and senate, and once donald nominate supreme court justice, breaking the 4-4 time. a 5-4 republican basically conservative advantage on the u.s. supreme court. the whole picture here in washington has shifted. >> absolutely has. you've gone from an era i feel like particularly on capitol hill has been republicans in disarray. now donald trump in a matter of 70-some odd days will be inaugurated with an immense
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amount of power and why you see some republicans not clinging to him as stronglies you expect, people like paul ryan and others clinging to him, saying they want to do whatever they can to make sure donald trump is successful. this is an enormous opportunity for republicans on capitol hill and across washington to really consolidate power in a way they never have before. >> will he be able to do it? on day one, try to repeal and replace obama care. he's going to try to get rid of the iran nuclear deal. he wants to get rid of all of the climate change subsidiesubs spending a lot of u.s. taxpayer dollars on. he wants to move quickly in these areas. is that reasonable? realistic? >> absolutely. he will be one of the most powerful presidents in recent times. the fact that the executive branch has grown so much under first george w. bush and then barack obama means that trump comes into a white house with expanding powers. on day one he can rescind every
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single obama executive orders. they're at the will of the president, can be signed and unsigned at the stroke of a pen and obviously, when you have one party rule in washington, legislation gets passed. we saw that in 2009 when barack obama had a democratic congress. on obama care, republicans have a plan to dismantle that, using a complicated process from reconciliation, no requiring the normal 60-vote majority in the senate. he will be able to move through supreme court immediately, a supreme court nominee, if democrats try to filibuster, they'll get rid of the filibuster in the senate. yeah. he's going to have, with one-party control, very power president for sure. >> stay with us. more coming up. heads of state from every corner of the world, they are now weighing in on trump's presidential victory. we're going live overseas for the global reaction to this historic moment here in the united states.
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across the globe, world leaders have had reactions to
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donald trump's victory in the united states. in his address, trump attempted to allay concerns over the uncertainty of his future presidency. >> we will get along with all other nations willing to get along with us. i want to tell the world community that while we will always put america's interest first we will deal fairly with everyone. with everyone, all people and all other nations. clarissa ward is joining us live from moscow. our international diplomatic editor nic robertson in erbil, iraq, and elise labott is here with me. clarissa russian president putin seems very pleased with america's choice of president. let's listen to what putin said today. >> translator: russia is ready
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and wants to restore the ful full-fledged united nations with the united states. we understand this will be difficult but we will be ready to play our part in it and do everything to return russian-american relations to a stable and sustainable development track. >> clarissa, is this a pivotal moment for u.s./russian relations? >> well, wolf, i think it's no secret that if you look at the past few years that the breakdown of the russian-u.s. relationship to cold war levels, the rising anti-americanism you see here, the phobia we see in the u.s., all of this has been a major problem. there have been several key issues that have been instrument toole the deterioration of that relationship, the situation in ukraine, of course, the situation in syria, sanctions against russia and, of course, the sanctions against russia and of course sanctions against russia -- forgive me, and, of course, these allegations of
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hacking. hacking russian influence trying to gain influence in the u.s. election russian people saw that as deep evidence of a hatred against russia. clinton is seen as a continuation of the status quo. she's seen as ainnti-russian, aggressive, someone actively fomenting regime change in countries across the world. regime change is something of an anathema to the kremlin. donald trump has seen as someone who is not bogged down with the trappings of being the part of the political establishment. one lawmaker here today to me "today is my birthday but this is the best gift i could have got." but another the same time, donald trump can be erratic and he is a wild card and it remains
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to be seen as what kind of action he is will take in terms of his actions toward nato and having a more isolationist foreign policy which the russians approve of. so too early to say this is a pivotal moment but russians are branding this as a moment of excitement and opportunity wolf. >> they are. nic, the middle east is embroiled in a number of wars, economic turmoil, the fight against isis. how has the region reacted to the news of trump's win? >> wolf, there's a degree of concern here. you have to iraqi prime minister abadi congratulating president-elect trump. you have president barzani, can t kurdish leader here congratulating president-elect trump as well. but both of them are saying, look, we want him to continue, we want the united states to continue in its support against crackdown against terrorism
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here. trump has said this is something he will do. he will go down hard on isis, he said he might cooperate with russian in syria to crack down on isis there as well. but that raises concerns in this region for the united states' other allies here like saudi arabia, like turkey. because if the united states goes in behind supporting russian policy in syria as part of a process to tackle isis, those countries like saudi arabia will see the united states therefore lining itself up with president assad and lining itself up with iran and there are deep sectarian tensions here so you could fuel further problems. this is a house of cards in this region built on sand, inherently unstable and on top of that in this muslim region you have concerns about what they've heard president trump or flex trump saying on the campaign trail so so they want that crackdown on isis.
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how he goes about it is the really big question. those concerns as well. inherently how stable is he going to be erratic or not? those are going to be the issues they're looking at here, wolf. >> on the campaign trail trump said he would end all syrian refugee immigration to the united states. elise, donald trump has been speaking about building a wall, mexico will pay for it. you've been speaking to diplomats. what's the reaction you're getting that donald trump is president-elec president-elect. >> there's a lot of anxiety. mexicans feel there's a history of discrimination of their country, this peeled back the veil, allowed it to be okay so there's concern about what it will do to the economy. you see the peso is falling. there's a concern about what will happen to these immigrants and some of these documented workers that do go back and forth from mexico each day. i think mexicans right now and
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diplomats from the u.s. and mexico i've spoken to both here and mexico city feel this is a moment for mexico. trump has pledged to renegotiate nafta so what they're say iing mexicans want to think about what kind of relationship they want to have with the united states and how that affects the relationships they want with other countries so they think this is a real fundamental shift in u.s. mexican relations. a lot of anxiety right now. >> and donald trump will be getting these daily highly classified national security briefings as president-elect of the united states some u.s. officials believe maybe those briefings will moderate some of his views on international affairs. we'll see what if anything they do. guys, thanks to all of you for that excellent round-robin of reports. noo's that's it for me. i'll be back at 5:00 eastern in the situation room. cnn's special coverage of donald
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trump's election continues right after a quick break.
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take a look for yourself here, live pictures, washington, d.c., blue skies, the sun is up. the sun is up over the white house here in washington, i'm brooke baldwin. we are live in the nation's capital with cnn special live coverage the day after this historic presidential election. thank you so much for being with me. let me bring you up to speed. moments ago hillary clinton gave her concession speech after her deneat t defeat in the most spectacular and stunning political shakeup