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briefed on national security secrets and zeroing in on cabinet picks. we're getting new details about the road ahead. the agony of defeat. hillary clinton urges supporters to keep an open mind about the man who crushed her presidential dream. are democrats ready to give trump a chance? balance of power. trump is getting credit for helping republicans keep control of the house and the senate. but tonight, one gop leader in congress already is signaling that the next president won't always get what he wants. world reaction. russians are toasting trump's victory, while the headlines in mexico reflexing high -- reflect high anxiety. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."
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>> this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news tonight. we're following the first urgent hours of donald trump's transition from political outsider to president of the united states. after his early morning election victory, we're told trump's team is hitting the ground running, planning for his first 100 days in office, and narrowing his choices for top positions in his administration. tonight, hillary clinton is urging her supporters to give trump a chance to lead. she gave an emotional concession speech, b. president obama is saying he's rooting for trump to unify the nation. the president and the president elect, they are set to be at the white house tomorrow. the house speaker paul ryan says he's talked to trump about the work ahead, with republicans now set to control the white house and both chambers of congress. ryan is promising gop unity, after distancing himself from
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trump during the campaign. i'll ask two prominent congressman about what's ahead for trump and the nation. democrat adam schiff and republican chris collins are both standing by. along with our correspondents and analysts, as we cover all the breaking news on this historic election. first, let's go to our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, donald trump and his team have been huddled inside trump tower all day long, working through shock of this election and planning for a new administration that promises to transform the nation. and as the president elect likes to say, drain the swamp in washington. it's no longer mr. trump, it's president elect trump. and the incoming 45th president of the united states is so far trying out a new, more unified message. >> now it's time for america to bind the wounds of division. we have to get together. >> reporter: and that theme is
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filtering down to his top aides. in response to hillary clinton's concession speech, adviser jason miller said, very classy speech from hillary clinton. and trump's critics are saying the right things, too, from jeb bush, to john mccain and mitt romney, after a campaign that alienated -- >> it's a group comprised of americans from all backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people and serve the people it will. [ applause ] >> reporter: even the proposals trump talked about in his victory speech have broad appeal. >> we are going to fix our inner cities, and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. we're going to rebuild our
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infrastructure. we will also finally take care of our great veterans. >> reporter: but trump has promised a more partisan agenda, repealing obamacare, building a wall on the mexican border, renegotiating trade deals and improving ties with russia, even waterboarding terror suspects and a republican congress led for now by paul ryan, backing some of his plans. >> donald trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard. he connected with -- he 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. >> reporter: trump's administration should have plenty of familiar faces. rnc chair reince prius and chris christie are mentioned as white house chief of staff. and top campaign officials kellyanne conway and stephen bannon are likely to become senior advisers.
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>> he went way out to make sure everybody heard him loudly and clearly he will be the president for all americans. >> reporter: these potential new members of the trump administration say americans need to give the man they know intimately a chance. >> he is a reflective person. he isn't a bombastic guy that the media tries to portray. he is a gracious, personable guy with a lot of qualities that makes him very endearing. he wants to be a great president, and he will be. >> reporter: and donald trump is already being swept into the important business of running the country. he's been cleared to receive those national security briefings that are given to the president of the united states. and as you said, wolf, he's extended abinvitation to donald trump to immediate him at the white house tomorrow. a president donald trump viewed at one time as not born in this country. >> thank you very much for that. now to hillary clinton's concession speech and the after shocks felt by democrats who
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were expecting her to become the first woman president of the united states. let's go to brianna keilar. brianna? >> reporter: wolf, the clinton campaign entered election night thinking they were going to win, and by the end, they were crest fallen, many in tears this morning, audible sobs as hillary clinton gave her concession speech in new york. hillary clinton ending her run, shocked, saddened, and gracious. >> 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. >> reporter: apologizing to those who worked on her campaign. sthz is not the outcome we wanted or worked so hard for. and i'm sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country. >> reporter: with a nod to young supporters and to women. >> especially the young women who put their faith in this
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campaign and in me. i want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. >> reporter: as polled closed, cheers gave way to tears and concern. battleground florida, where the campaign was confident about victory, going red. north carolina doing the same. then the blue firewall went up in flames. trump scooping up democratic wisconsin, surging in michigan, still too close to wall. and pennsylvania, where clinton consistently led in the polls, ending her hopes as it turned red. gathered beneath the glass ceiling, her supporters expected a triumph. >> although we weren't able to shatter that glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks. >> reporter: instead, workers emptied confetti cannons, meant
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to imitate shattered glass. >> 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. >> reporter: in the end, the polls were wrong. almost all of them, and clinton, damaged by her own deeds, including the use of a private e-mail address and server as secretary of state. >> the server will remain private. >> reporter: president obama's argument that clinton would protect his legacy not enough. >> it is no secret that the president elect and i have some pretty significant differences. everybody is sad when their side loses an election. but the day after, we have to remember that we're actually all on one team. we all want what's best for this country. that's what i heard in mr. trump's remarks last night.
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that's what i heard when i spoke to him directly. and i was heartened by that. >> reporter: clinton also urging unity, but acknowledging the hurt her supporters feel. >> 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. >> reporter: there is sot finger pointing going on within the democratic part. i spoke with the bernie sanders biographer who said we told the party about the bernie movement. no, they had to anoint her. it was like an alcoholic family not willing to have an intervention. wolf? >> i've got to add, she got almost 59 million votes
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yesterday, so she can say there are now almost 60 cracks in that glass ceiling. let's talk a little bit more about donald trump's victory, what to expect in his administration. joining us now, congressman adam schiff, the top democrat on the house intelligence committee. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. >> donald trump says he wants to get together with republicans, democrats, and independents. are democrats ready to work with president elect trump right now, are you? >> i am ready to work with him, and i think democrats are, as well. i think we'll bear very much in mind what secretary clinton said we ought to go into this with an open mind. this is all about what's in the national good. we have to try to find a way to bridge the divide in the country. we have to find a way to grapple with some of the challenges that we have here at home and abroad, and that requires us to work together. i think it's going to be important as a member of the minority when the other branch -- all the other branches are controlled by one party to
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make sure that we vigorously protect the rights of all americans against discrimination, to give them every opportunity to succeed, and to counter any attempt to violate either the values or the constitution. so that will be a very important role for us in the opposition. >> he always said he knows how to negotiate. do you see him reaching across the aisle quickly to folks like you? >> i think he will. i think at heart he may be very pragmatic, and on some issues like infrastructure, he may have more of a problem with his own party than he has with democrats. so i think he will try. i think it's going to be fascinating to see how the gop congress reacts with him. but i certainly stand ready to see where we can find common ground. i do hope that we don't spend a lot of time trying to roll back the progress we've made over the last eight years. on that, i think he'll find some
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very strong opposition. but there ought to be ways to work together to move forward, and we are going to approach this with an open mind. >> given some of the problems he's had with the republican establishment, the leadership and the fact that over the years, he's changed his positions on a lot of sensitive issues. do you believe he's really a republican? >> you know, i don't know what he is, really. you're right, if you look over the years, his positions on things, even normally ones of great conviction, have been very ma malleable. i'm terrified that the kremlin finds his election something to applaud. that's a very disturbing prospect to me. what does that mean in terms of our nato allies and in terms of maintaining the pressure on russia to get out of ukraine, to abide by the minsk accords, to stop bombing civilians in aleppo.
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a lot of profound questions. how much of what donald trump was saying was election posturing and how much does he really believe? none of us have any way of knowing. >> he's vowed to diminish the u.s. commitment to nato if nato allies don't pay more. he's vowed to renegotiate nafta or get rid of it. wants to get rid of the iran nuclear agreement. he says iran, from his perspective, they will break that agreement. he really has various views that you totally disagree with in a trump presidency. how are you going to deal with him on those sensitive issues? >> i'm hoping when he comes to understand a lot of the difficulties and complexities, he'll understand this is not so simple. the iran nuclear agreement was an agreement reached not only between the united states and iran, but many other countries, as well, and has had the effect
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of rolling back iran's nuclear program. let's say we annul it or don't abide by it, what does that mean when iran turns back on its nuclear program in a mad dash to move forward? that is a terrifying prospect, as well. so it's easy to make these pronouncements, like his pronouncement about repealing and replacing obamacare. but as of this point, he's never had to say what he would replace it with, and what do you do when you essentially kick 20 million people off their health insurance plans? so again, these have made good electionary slogans, in fact, winning slogans. but whether they can be translated productively into action, i think he's going to find that's problematic and would be a disservice to the country. >> the defense secretary ash carty has urged a peaceful transition of power. he said, i am committed to overseeing the orderly
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transition to the next commander in chief. do you think trump has a plan to defeat isis, or do you see the u.s. military in the first 100 days, he said he's going to listen to some of the generals. but when it comes to isis, he says he knows more about defeating isis than the generals do. >> you know, i have to hope that this was frankly election posturing, and we have to hope that we have a president frankly that has the humility to know he doesn't know everything and can rely on people that have expertise and draw on it and know when to go with one opinion, when to accept the validity of the underlying arguments made by the military or civil leadership within the pentagon. we hope that he has both that humility and that judgment. in terms of the plan for isis, the secret plan, i have to say i'm skeptical there is a secret plan. i do think he'll listen to the generals and be persuaded to
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continue the prosecution of the war that's making such progress against isis militarily. be in syria, and there again, i have profound concerns about cozying up with the russians and anything that preserves assad in power. because i think as long as he is there, that terrible churning civil war is going to go on. >> speaking of the russians, what about the role of the russian cyber attacks? do you think the russians did, in fact, have a direct impact on the u.s. presidential election? >> you know, they certainly had an impact. you know, the hacking that they did, the dumps of documents. it did sow discord between some of the clinton and sanders people. but did it have a dispositive impact? i'll leave that to the expects to determine. but it certainly had an influence. i hope that frankly that mr.
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trump will listen to the intelligence professionals when they talk about russia's role in that. it was very disturbing to me that even after getting briefed, he denied russia's complicity. that said to me he may be willing to deny even sound intelligence and expertise when it contradicts his personal interest. and that is not a quality we want to see in a president of the united states. so he'll have to be briefed. he should be briefed. he will know the dearest and closest held secrets of the country, because he will need to know them to satisfy his constitutional duty to protect the country. and we have to hope and play that he can maintain the sanctity of that information. but also have the good judgment to know how to rely upon that information and that expertise. >> starting today, he gets that presidential daily brief, the most sensitive national security, the most highly classified information.
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one final question, congressman, before i let you go. who do you think the leader of the democratic party is right now? >> well, nancy pelosi is our leader in the congress. i think she does a fabulous job. she is among the toughest and smartest people i've ever worked with. and i'm only sorry she won't have enough tough, smart woman in the white house to work with. but she's been an extraordinary leader for us. this was a tough election at a time when the outsiders really prevailed, and notwithstanding having a superbly qualified candidate for president, it didn't prove to be enough. at least not in terms of the electoral college. it was enough for the popular vote. >> congressman, thank you very much. >> thanks, wolf. just ahead, i'll get a republican view from congressman chris collins of new york. will he be part of a trump team? guess what? i'll ask him when we come back.
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the transition of power is under way tonight with donald
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trump's team looking at potential cabinet members, floating names for top spots inside a trump administration. let's get some more. republican congressman chris collins of new york is joining us. thanks for joining us. >> good to be here. >> thank you very much. you were the first member of the u.s. congress to support donald trump. do you see yourself potentially as part of a trump white house team? >> i really don't -- i've been thinking long and hard about this. i had a long conversation with president elect trump today and i told him i'm really not interested in joining the administration. i'm in a job now on the energy and commerce committee in congress, that's where i want to end my career. but i do think there's a role i can play, you know, having assisted president elect trump for nine months, with my colleagues in congress. and i actually floated that today with speaker ryan, as well. so i do think i'm going to have
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a role to play, but i don't see myself at this late stage of my career, which has been quite varied over four decades, going and taking something in the administration. i want to stay right here in congress and conclude my career as a congressman. >> so tell us how that call went. what did you discuss with the president elect? >> well, he and ivanka called me. i was honored to have gotten that call. we reminisced about the campaign from february 24th when i endorsed him, to some spots where you and others put me on the hotseat from time to time. he was watching and we chatted about those things. we also, as i said, talked about what's going on in the administration. he asked me actually was i surprised last night? and i said, mr. trump, no. if you remember on february 25th, i drew that exact path of
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victory. going right through pennsylvania and ohio and michigan. i may have missed that one, but i went up into wisconsin. so i said i knew the feelings and the mood of the working class men and women in the rust belt that lost their jobs. i knew there would be massive turnout irrespective of party loyalty. and so i said no, i'm not surprised. but i'm happy it's over with. i was a little worried about florida. so it was just a nice, comfortable chat. but i did make it clear, i want to stay in congress. i have a role to play on energy and commerce. telecommunications and overnight, that's what i enjoy doing. that's what i signed up for four years ago. i'm honored to be doing it for two more. so i think we have an opening here where i could be maybe a go between, between mr. ryan and mr. trump and i think that's a role that i would do very well
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at. >> did you get a sense of what role ivanka might play in the trump administration many >> ivanka being, you know, her dad's daughter, i think he always had respected her opinions. as you do your family members. i think she's got a special place as the daughter. so i don't think she's going to have an official role or title. but i think she'll always be the family adviser that i'm sure mr. trump will appreciate, as well as his sons. >> you're a business guy. how do you think as president of the united states he separates himself from a huge business he's got, all the trump businesses. they're enormous right now. how does he separate himself from that? >> it's not that hard. i've done it with my own private businesses. i have partners that are running those companies. they don't need by day-to-day
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input. it wasn't like he's running one particular hotel. his family has been very involved and it's not hard to step away. he has family that he knows he can trust, which is an important thing. so it's much easier than you can think to let the professional manager do the job, just like he will look at his cabinet officials to give him advice. that's what a ceo does. he gets a lot of balls in the air, and mr. trump made the decision he was going to prioritize our country, put america first, and now that he is going to be president, i don't see any bumps in the road there at all. >> i wonder if you have any sense on whether melania trump, donald trump's wife, will move to washington, live in the white house? i asked the question, they have a young son, baron. she's made a point that her primary responsibility now is raising baron, making sure he does well, keeping him out of the spotlight.
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do you have any idea whether or not they will come and live in washington, she'll uproot him from his school in new york, do you have any sense oh of that? we see baron on the stage last night with donald trump and melania trump, you see him right there. >> well, i don't have any inside information, but i would just say what kid wouldn't want to live in the white house? my goodness. they have movies about things like that. they are a very close family, so i don't have any insight, but i would think he would want to live in the white house, frankly. >> you say you want to be a liaison between donald trump and paul ryan. i assume you think paul ryan will keep his speakership. >> there's no question. we have elections next tuesday. we'll go through the process on monday. i think that's a slam dunk. i don't believe there's anyone even running against our leadership team. heck, we're coming back with 240, 241 members when most of the pundits thought we would be
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coming back with 225 or less. paul ryan raised incredible sums of money to withstand a barrage comes from the other side. he's well respected. i don't even see a challenge to his hooed and i think he'll select him next tuesday. >> mitch mcconnell wouldn't say today whether he actually backs donald trump's plan to build a border wall with mexico and have mexico pay for it. mitch mcconnell said it's always a mistake to misread your mandate. does donald trump have congress' support for an initiative like that? >> well, he certainly has my support. three or four years ago, congress did pass a bill to build a wall. it's a normal thing to have a
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physical barrier at your border, and we'll see how it plays out. but i think everyone's got to say, that was front and center, bringing our jobs back, and building that wall were front and center in his campaign. i would be surprised if any republican at this point with what we've accomplished, the house, the senate, and the administration would stand in the way of pretty much his signature pledge to america that he's going to build a wall. i know i wouldn't stand in the way of that. i can't speak for mitch mcconnell, but i think most republicans say, let's build a wall. >> you honestly believe mexico will pay for it? >> in one way or another. look at the trade deficit that we have. they are dependent on our economy. i think we call all the shots there, there's no two ways about it. if their goods aren't going to flow across our border, that would devastate their economy,
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their way of living. so i think president trump is holding all the cards to say if we're going to have some kind of a new trade deal, you, mexico, are going to have to pay for a wall that will keep your citizens in. that's not unreasonable. i don't know what the final details would be. and mr. trump wrote the book "the art of the deal." i think one way or the other, he'll extract payments for mexico towards the wall. >> donald trump has spent many months saying the election is rigged, you heard him talk about the rigged system. last night, he was elected president of the united states in a free and fair election. many in that time lost faith in democracy. some of his supporters, when he kept talking about a rigged election. was that irresponsible to suggest that the system was rigged? the system clearly is not rigged because he won in a free and
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fair election. >> i never thought he was talking about ballot stuffing, although we know there are instances of folks voting that shouldn't be, but i think he was referring to the liberal press that had such a gross bias against him and that questions in debates were being leaked and provided. i would say what was a trump bashing by some of the networks, unrelenting, that's what he meant. the public was not getting a fair look at the candidates in an unbiased way. there was a media bias there that was disproportionately targeting him. i believe that's what he was referring to, not ballot stuffing. >> because yes, he often railed against the new media, the main stream news immediate yashgs he was very forceful on that. but he also tweeted this, this was october 17th.
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of course there is large-scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. why do republican leaders deny what is going on? so naive. that's somewhat he said only a few weeks ago, before this election. would you agree that there was yesterday widespread voter fraud? >> no, i don't think there was widespread voter fraud, nothing that would have influenced the results of this election. i do think we should be able to do better, especially with i.d., to make sure that we absolutely don't have voter fraud, to make sure the folks voting should be voting. no, i don't think there was anything along those lines. there were probably isolated instances here and there. >> and you're from erie county, how did trump do there? >> hillary got 50%, donald trump got 45%. but in a county that's 2-1
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democrat, it was way closer than hillary clinton would have liked. so she may have won by five points, but she came in with a 2-1 voter advantage. >> all right. congressman chris collins, as usual, thanks for joining us. >> okay. good to be with you, wolf. coming up, details of donald trump's transition to power. what will it look like? there's more breaking news here in "the situation room."
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breaking news tonight, president elect donald trump's team is now working on the transition to power following his truly remarkable white house win. he'll be working with a republican controlled house and senate, as he works to implement his controversial campaign pledges. let's get some more with our panel. let me start with the news from bernie sanders, the democratic -- the independent senator i should say who caucuses with the democrats. he just issued a statement on donald trump. let me read this excerpt. "to the degree that mr. trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this
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country, i and other progressives are prepared to work with him. to the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him." david axelrod? >> listen, i think the appropriate posture to take is to work with him when they agree and vigorously oppose when they don't. but it's interesting to hear bernie sanders make this statement, because there's one big thing they do agree, opposition to these trade treaties. so there may be one piece of the agenda on which the left and right come together here. >> there is one big issue, which is climate change. everything with bernie sanders, not so much with donald trump. >> donald trump thinks climate change is a chinese hoax.
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environmental regulation is gone. the epa, the environmental protection agency is going to be decimated. >> i think the point is, this isn't going to sit well with bernie sanders. >> you know what the democrats are? irrelevant. so what it doesn't sit well with bernie sanders. the democrats don't control the senate or the house. they're irrelevant. >> manu, you had a chance to speak with mitch mcconnell. what did he tell you? >> he was in a good mood because it looked like the republicans were going to lose the majority in the senate but only lost two seats and will have a 52-48 senate majority. but we asked him a lot of questions in the news conference earlier today about donald trump, his positions on some of the key issues. it's clear a lot of the things that donald trump was saying on the campaign trail may not pass muster with the senate republican relationship. one on term limits.
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he said that's not going to happen. donald trump said he wanted to drain the swamp. mitch mcconnell expressing his support for nato. that's an institution that donald trump told you, wolf, is obsolete. and also about that border wall with mexico. i asked mitch mcconnell three times at this press conference today whether or not he supports a wall with mexico as donald trump has made it the center piece of his campaign, mitch mcconnell just would not say. he said we need to do something about border security. it really just shows, wolf, the republican party leadership is not quite sure what they're in for with donald trump. will he push traditional republican ideas or champion those populist ideas that were so controversial on the campaign trail? they just don't know yet. >> gloria, in his victory speech last night, donald trump sought to reach out to all americans, including those who didn't support him. listen to this. >> now it's time for america to
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bind the wounds of division. we have to get together. to all republicans and democrats and independents across this nation, i say it is time for us to come together as one united people. [ applause ] it's time. i pledge to every citizen of our land that i will be president for all americans, and this is so important to me. for those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people -- [ laughter ] -- i'm reaching out to you, for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. [ applause ] as i've said from the beginning,
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ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement, made up of millions of hardworking men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family. [ applause ] it's a movement comprised of americans from all races, religions, back grounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people and serve the people it will. [ applause ] >> gloria, how effective is that strategy going to be? >> i think you have to give donald trump credit last night for that speech. i think he did exactly what he ought to do, which is reach out to everybody in his new world, as the president elect of the united states. so i give him credit for doing that. the question is, and we'll just
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have to see, can he continue along that line and still say i'm going to build a wall and have mexico pay for it? i'm going to take away obamacare and undo all the executive actions on immigration, and i'm going to get rid of climate change policy, can we do that and still do all the things that he's promised his supporters he will do? because he wants to keep his base of the republican party in tact, and his coalition in tact. so that remains to be seen. but as for last night, heading into the office of the presidency, i think he did exactly the right thing. >> he'll be meeting tomorrow at the white house with president obama. can he do it, can he govern the way he campaigned? >> not if he keeps the pledge he made last night. the whole essence of his campaign was to polarize the american people and incite his
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constituency. if he's going to govern in a way that brings people together and flish things, he's -- accomplis things, he's going to have to govern differently. but he has the numbers in the congress and in the senate. >> usually in the senate, you need 60 votes, not a majority. >> he has 52, so he could run into that quagmire. but he's going to find that governing is not simply tweeting and holding -- and going on television and inflaming. governing means sitting down, doing the homework, bringing people together and forging progress. and that's a whole different pursuit. >> very quickly, david, but jeffrey, you're suggesting that democrats now with the new congress and the republicans in the majority and in the white house, the legislative and soon the judicial branch, democrats
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are irrelevant? >> absolutely. when you look at the areas of agreement between paul ryan and mitch mcconnell and donald trump, the areas of agreement are much bigger than the areas of disagreement. there are a few disagreements. but abolishing obamacare, cutting taxes, abolishing the consumer financial protection bureau, limiting environmental enforcement. those are all forces that unite them, and they will clearly have the votes to do it. and the filibuster exists currently in the senate, but it is far from clear that mitch mcconnell will allow the filibuster to continue, if the democrats actually do obstruct their agenda. >> i think the point, jeffrey, is that there is the house republicans is a smaller caucus, they've got their own internal issues. the senate does have the filibuster rule. and wylie leaders on both sides of the capital can create
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problems for them in this regard, political problems. so i don't think it's a lay down on the part of the democrats, i think the democrats will be active in thwarting that -- >> but the democrats are going to have their own civil war. you'll have some democrats up in red states in the next campaign, and they're going to be wanting to cut some more deals with republicans than the left wing of the democratic party is going to want to cut. so the democrats are going to have to chart a path for themselves if they want to have the possibility of -- >> a lot more democrats up for re-election in two years. >> exactly. >> how is the transition looking right now? >> we're hearing a lot of names of individuals who might be cabinet secretaries. the most interesting name is rudy giuliani, former prosecutor and former mayor of new york. if he is the top candidate for attorney general, i think it will be interesting to see, to your point about what congress
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will do with trump. actually republicans in congress, whether republicans who have worked on criminal justice reform like senator mike he or rand paul, will say anything or rubber stamp donald trump's choice. >> and rudy giuliani has been outspoken that hillary clinton should be prosecuted in connection with the clinton foundation and the e-mails. this is something that is not dead by any means. >> do you think he will appoint a special prosecuteer? >> i don't think he needs to. he can just have it done in the justice department. i think donald trump abhors weakness and loves revenge. this is something he's written about it, he said it. i think prosecuting hillary clinton is something that will be very much on the table. >> the question is whether he'll move to heal all wounds as he said last night, or wound the people he considers to be heels. and if he acts on the second,
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it's going to be a very difficult four years. >> if it's anybody other than rudy giuliani, i don't know that they would be so eager. there are questions whether giuliani would be likely to become the next attorney general. >> president obama spoke about the importance of this transition earlier today. i want to play what the president said. >> i had a chance to talk to president elect trump last night, about 3:30 in the morning, to congratulate him on winning the election. i had a chance to invite him to come to the white house tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our pot residencies. it's no secret the president elect and i have some pretty significant differences. but eight years ago, president bush and i had significant differences. but president bush's team could not have been more professional
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and gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. and one thing you realize quickly vice presidency is bigger than any of us. so i have struinstructed my tea follow the example that president bush's team set eight years ago and work as hard as we can to make sure this is a successful transition for president elect. because we are now all rooting for his success and uniting and leading the country. the peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. and over the next few months we're going to show that to the world. >> how might the president inspire democrats to work in good faith with the president elect? >> well i think these are similar to the messages you hear at the end of every election, vowing to work together. and so forth.
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but what will be determinative of whether or not democrats can work with donald trump is how donald trump forges ahead with his own agenda. does he try to push bills and legislation in which democrats can easily support like a jobs infrastructure bill, for instance? or does he go guns blazing? repeal obamacare, build that wall in mexico. and how do democrats deal with it conversely? there a fundamental divide within the senate democratic caucus between the liberal progressive wing, bernie sanders wing and elizabeth warren and moderate democrats facing very difficult reelection races. five from a deepry red state that trump won convincely. joe manch of the west virginia. said it would be the stupidest thing from the democratic party to fight donald trump tooth and nail. he thinks that it is time to work with him and cut deals and sometimes democrats may agree it
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made sense to fight donald trump and other times the party will be divided. so it is going to be determinative on how donald trump approaches the new congress. but also democrats themselves, whether or not they think it is time to cut deals or time to battle what they believe is bad policy from donald trump. >> mano, good explanation. everybody standby. much more coming up. >> including global reaction to the trump victory. details of the president elect's phone calls with world leaders. what message is russia's vladimir putin sending to the next commander in chief? healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine. all seems beautiful to me.
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president elect donald trump getting phone calls from world leaders. some of them weary but most often congratulations. leaders from russia, israel, mexico, lot of country, they are reaching out to donald trump right now. >> congratulations pouring in from around the world for president elect trump's stunning
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victory. in russia, hope of a new day. tonight, world leaders pledge to work with president elect donald trump but with a healthy dose of anxiety over how he would confront world challenges with his foreign policy of america first. >> i want to tell the world community, that while we will always put america's interests first, we will deal fairley with everyone. we will seek common ground, not hostility. partnership not conflict. >> the question for many american allies, will president elect trump make good on his controversial campaign pledges to rip up trade deal, build a wall against a mexican border and bar muslim immigrants. lawmakers breaking out in applause, and promised to work closely with moscow in syria and in the fight against isis.
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trump has also rejected findings by multiple u.s. intelligence agencies tying hacking of u.s. political groups to the kremlin. an enthusiastic putin sent a telegram to the president elect expressing hope in a trump administration. >> russia is ready and wants to restore full-fledged relations with the use. >> but in asia anxiety. south korea convened an emergency national security meeting, as japan's financial markets tumble. as trump's call for both countries to develop nuclear weapons to defend themselves hit close to home. in iran, a major warning committing to a nuclear deal. >> future u.s. president elect is o bliengd to stay committed to this not bilateral but multi lateral nuclear deal. >> after warning the fate of the world is at risk with president trump. >> this guy is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief. >> now turning the page.
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>> the peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. and over the next few months we're going to show that to the world. >> reporter: across europe, congratulations, but unease that the u.s. will now move closer to russia and away from nato. which trump said he could abandon unless allies pay their fair share. >> i will discuss with president trump the way forward regarding how nato should continue to respond to a new and more challenging security environment and a more dangerous role. >> reporter: and leaders of the european union are holding an emergency meeting this weekend to discuss the implications of trump's election. the e.u. also invited him for a summit as soon as possible to chart the next fur years. some leaders want to talk to the president elect immediately to clarify some of his more controversial policy positions. this election opens a period of
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uncertainty. >> thanks for that report. tomorrow morning 11:00 a.m. eastern. the president elect of the united states will be in the oval office with president obama at president obama's invitation. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight the breaking news around the world. president elect donald trump, a real estate mogul, really televi

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