tv CNN Newsroom With Carol Costello CNN November 10, 2016 6:00am-7:01am PST
good morning. thank you so much for joining me, i'm carol costello live in washington, d.c. president obama just a couple of hours away from meeting with the man who vowed to dismantle the key pillars of his legacy. behind closed doors obama will sit down with his successor, president-elect donald trump in the oval office. it's a long-held tradition to assure americans that even the most bitter folks will work together on a peaceful transition. but few presidential races have been this bitter and polarized. in fact, just hours after trump's stunning victory, angry protests bubbled up in at least 25 american cities. from new york to san francisco, and seattle to nashville, thousands rallied in the streets to disavow their next president. cnn's athena jones previews the trump/obama meeting this morning. jason carroll looks at the huge challenge of assembling a trump administration. but let's begin at the white house. good morning, athena.
>> good morning, carol. a lot of anticipation of this meeting just a couple of hours from now. in the oval office plaped for 11:00 a.m. we do expect to see some video from president obama meeting with president-elect trump at the bottom of that meeting. we don't expect them to make extensive remarks. but we could hear some brief remarks. but there is a lot else going on today at the white house. melania trump is going to be meeting with first lady michelle obama. vice president biden later on this afternoon will be meeting with vice president-elect mike pence. but a lot of the focus of course is going to be on this morning meeting at 11:00 a.m. between two men who haven't had a lot of nice things to say about each other for months, president obama has been saying he doesn't believe trump is ever going to be president. he called him temperamentally unfit, uniquely unqualified. on the trump side you have the man who led the birther movement, who questioned the president's citizenship and his legitimacy for the office. it could be an awkward meeting. but one thing the white house is stressing is that you heard from the president and his staff about how much they appreciated
the professional and smooth way that george w. bush's team handled the transition back in 2008 and 2009 and the president said yesterday in his speech in the rose garden that he's directed his staff to follow the example set by president bush. now the white house says -- the white house press secretary josh earnest said it's too early to say what kind of impact trump's election will have on president obama's top policy priorities. but, carol, we know that trump has run on plans and promises to undo many of obama's legacy items. so, france, we expect trump to get to work right away on trying -- on repealing and replacing obamacare. he says he wants to roll back and reverse executive actions on immigration, on regulations, at power plants and the like. trump has also said he wants to withdraw from agreements like the iran nuclear deal. the trans-pacific partnernership trade deal and the paris climate accord. and we've already gotten some
indications from congress that tpp, that trade bill, is all but dead. so a lot to discuss as these two men get together. a lot that could change with a trump presidency. carol? >> all right athena jones reporting live from the white house. now let's turn to trump's top priority. the thousands of jobs that will shape his administration, jason carroll is outside trump tower with that. hi, jason. >> good morning to you, carol. as i stand here in front of trump tower i'm thinking about how we were standing here last night with thousands of protesters out here. some of those names being thrown out that they were protesting against, some of the names that are on donald trump's short list for key cabinet positions. so let's take a look at what lies ahead for the trump administration. there are 72 days, including today, until inauguration. some 4,000 appointments that need to be made, 1100 of those require senate confirmation. some of the key positions that are up for grabs, chief of
staff. and some familiar names on that short list including newt gingrich, chris christie, rudy giuliani, reince priebus. secretary of state, another key position, senator jeff sessions on the short list, along with john bolton, and senator bob corker. two of the key men who were part of helping donald trump get to where he is, governor chris christie, and former new york city mayor rudy giuliani, speaking out this morning about being part of a trump administration. >> would you want to be chief of staff? would you want to be attorney general -- >> that's what is called a pregnant pause. no. >> you really don't think i'm answering any of these questions, do you? you know me better than that. the answer is i am not committed to doing anything in a new administration, or not. you know, the bottom line is that i have a job to do to help get the administration ready. if there's some role for me that i want to do, and that the president-elect wants me to do,
we've known each other for 14 years. we'll talk about it. >> do you have it in you to be attorney general? do you feel that you have the energy? do you feel -- >> oh, my god. >> -- the desire? >> i certainly have the energy and there's probably nobody that knows the justice department better than me. >> and, carol, we're just getting word that trump's motorcade has just left trump tower. he's now heading to washington, d.c. for that meeting with the president. you know, going back to governor chris christie, he said that the bridgegate scandal that's be been -- possible positions, that he might have a trump administration. you know, as we see trump's motorcade leaving, washington insiders, washington corruption, his critics already, carol looking at many of his potential picks and saying all of these people for the most part are
washington insiders. where are the outsiders? carol? >> okay. jason carole reporting live for us this morning. thank you. oh, to be a fly on the wall when president obama and president-elect trump sit down in the very same room. talk about history, as in bad history. >> i hope he was born in the united states. if he wasn't, it's the greatest scam in history. not political history, in history. >> donald trump is uniquely unqualified to be president. >> he is the founder of isis. >> you don't see him hanging out with working people. unless they're cleaning his room. >> we've got a person in the white house that's having a lot of fun. it's like a carnival act. >> he's erratic. his closest advisers don't trust him to tweet, why would any of us trust him with the nuclear codes? >> ain't american politics grand? let's talk now. with me now cnn political commentator and assistant editor of "the washington post," david
swerdlick, rebecca berg is here a cnn political commentator and national political reporter for realclear politics and heidi p -- presbella -- >> sprinkle some vowels. >> i know, i wish i could. senior politics report for "usa today" thanks to all of you for joining me this morning. >> thanks, caring. >> so heidi, do you think the -- i mean, will the two men sit down and say, hey, how's the wife and kids? >> no. no. we won't be there for that part, though. you know, we will see a small portion of this at the end. which president obama will do justice to the institution itself. and i think that's the way that he maybe gets through this moment. because this has been so personal. between these two men. we've seen that trump, if there was one person that he had gone after even before his unlikely rise in this election, it was trying to basically delegitimize the president. based -- questioning his
citizenship. and secondly, just the efforts and his first priority is going to be to try to basically roll back the president's significant legacyite tell which is obamacare. it's questionable how much they're actually able to do that. i studied this when i was in congress and this reconciliation measure, which requires a lower number of votes to get things done, using that you can only peel back certain portions of obamacare. and so you can't really -- there's -- it's -- it's really a false equivalent to repeal the whole law. >> we're going to get into that much later. i want to go back to this initial meeting because both men have been so gracious in their remarks after trump was elected president of the united states, right? so, will this meeting sort of be, you know, president obama will talk to donald trump and say you know what? here's what you can expect. and here's what i think your top concerns ought to be. you know, based on my experience. >> eight years in the white house -- >> in his remarks yesterday, we
should all rally behind trump and be rooting for him to succeed. and i think president obama genuinely does want president-elect trump to succeed when he is sworn in, because president obama, anyone who is a lawmaker in this country, clearly cares about what happens to the country, and so i think president obama wants to give him as many tools as possible, as many pieces of advice as possible to bring that reality. to make that happen. that said, i mean, you can't suddenly, you know, have president obama trust president-elect trump as, you know, someone who can necessarily be a good steward in the white house. there's still a lack of trust between these two men and still some skepticism certainly. but be that as it may, they both sort of want the same thing. and that's where the country to be in a good place, and so they want -- >> we hope so. >> so i think today we're going to see a meeting that's probably professional, an exchange of
ideas, and -- >> there will be a photo-op, right? and afterwards maybe the two men will say something publicly. >> yeah, absolutely. and that's part of that peaceful transfer of power that we were talking about. a lot of the country is sad about the election of donald trump. a lot of the country is happy about the election of donald trump. but the job of the president and the president-elect clearly is that peaceful transfer of power. i think that president obama like rebecca said and donald trump are skeptical of each other, but also both have incentives to try and have a constructive conversation and work together. >> so the protests overnight. clearly we're a divided country. one half of the country is enthusiastic and excited and full of hope and the other half of the country is quite frankly scared. so, you would think that the two men would talk about that in their private meeting. and find a way to bring the two sides together. >> and i think the democrats from their part have made that clear from the very beginning. very beginning meaning right after the election, hillary clinton, in her speech, which is giving a lot of lauded, for the
fact that very early on, first priority she made clear is that we need to as americans honor the time honored tradition of a peaceful transfer of power. but carol, no matter how much -- you know, there's limits to leadership messaging at this point. because people are so angry. and you know, this is now from a democratic point of view, the second major election that we have had where a republican has taken over, even though a democrat has won the popular vote. so you are now going to see that rage at the institution that we have seen and the republican side channeled, i think, through a grassroots democratic upraising potentially. i am seeing people already this morning pushing back on the whole notion of the electoral college system. because now we have had two elections like this, and i think there's a lot of questioning about the system that you're now going to see on the left. >> right. i think, though, the salient point is that these two men have to try to figure out a way to
bring this country together, because -- i mean that's the way politics works. law of the land. >> people voted for trump. >> so, perhaps, one of the things that could be done to draw the two sides together is to drop this i don't know what to call it against hillary clinton, but you know -- to prosecute her in some way it's still on the table. in fact, chris cuomo asks rudy giuliani about that again this morning. here's what he said. >> i think that somebody should review that very carefully, as to how bad is that evidence, and if it isn't as bad as some of the exaggerators think it is then maybe the best thing to do is to forget about it and move on. if it is really bad, then somebody's got to look at it who is independent. >> okay, so republicans would say this is necessary. she's a criminal. she got away with something. democrats would say it's a witch-hunt just stop it and
let's work to the. so what do you think will happen? >> it's interesting to me that rudy giuliani in that interview suggested if there's no there there that they could poe lengsty drop this. because this was a campaign promise from donald trump. this wasn't just, you know, if the evidence is there, we'll pursue it. he said at his rallies there will be a special prosecutor if i am president. now he is going to be president, so there might be some political repercussions for him if he weren't going to pursue that. his passionate supporters, this was a big deal for them. that's why they chanted lock her up at his rallies. >> although, i will say, in speaking to trump supporters, even they say you know, sometimes donald trump says things that he doesn't mean them literally. he just says them to get things going to show that he's tough. so, maybe he didn't mean that. >> so, two things, carol, one is that you know there's been a lot of talk in the last 48 hours about this idea that you couldn't have or shouldn't have taken everything donald trump said literally.
i disagree with that. i think that presidents or presidential candidates campaign for a reason. they make promises for a reason. and if they are essentially out on the trail saying things that they don't mean that's a problem with our system in the specific case of secretary clinton, and this legal issue, i think there are two reasons why it would be at least a political mistake for the trump administration to pursue it. one would be that fbi director comey has already said no changes. number two, is that the american people already rendered a judgment on secretary clinton. whether people are happy with it or not is one thing. and she's out of the picture now. he has to move forward, not look back. >> all right. i have to leave it there. thanks to all of you for joining me this morning. i do appreciate it. coming up in the "newsroom," a tall order for mr. trump, pulling off all those huge campaign promises, and fast. can he do it? [burke] at farmers, we've seen almost everything,
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the winds of change in washington are blowing green on wall street. at least today. markets are looking at a higher opening in just a few minutes, keeping up yesterday's surge after republicans bring home a win in the white house. alison kosik live at the new york stock exchange. good morning. >> good morning, carol. well, well, well, the stock market freakout over donald trump winning the election never materializing and instead wall street giving a warm welcome to president-elect trump as we watch the dow get closer and closer to record territory. in fact, this morning, we are expected to see the dow open at its highest level ever. what i think you saw happen yesterday was investors putting aside their concerns about a possible trump anti-trade policy and instead focusing on a
republican controlled president and congress which may be able to push through promise that many believe could help the economy like infrastructure, spending, tax cuts, and lighter regulations. these are the kind of things that can be beneficial to business and stocks. so what were investors buying yesterday? they bought pharmaceutical companies like pfizer and merck, thinking that trump is going to focus on undoing obamacare, to pay attention to high drug prices. defense stocks like northrop grumman and lockheed martin on expectations trump will push for more military spending. engineering and construction on the building block companies for spending on infrastructure projects that trump is expected to push for as well. so, carol, as we begin the trading day, we are watching one number. we are watching 18,636. that's the number that we want to see the dow hit to hit that record high. carol? >> okay.
we'll know in just a couple of minutes alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. thank you. repealing obamacare, building a wall on the southern border with mexico, defeating isis, just some of the items on donald trump's agenda as president. he'll now have a republican house and senate behind him. so, will trump be able to push it all through? cnn's senior political reporter manu raju joins me now with that. good morning. >> good morning, carol. he will indeed have a republican congress but that doesn't mean he will get everything he wants. already senate majority leader mitch mcconnell throwing cold water on the idea of imposing term limits on members of congress. he's a six-term republican flatly saying that is not going to happen. and other measures, too, causing some consternation within republican ranks including that border wall with mexico that trump championed on the campaign trail but many republicans in congress are nervous about such a provocative move. now yesterday at a press conference carol i asked mcconnell three times whether he supports a wall on the border with mexico. and mcconnell would not say.
>> do you support his central policy idea to build a wall on the border with mexico? >> well, i'm not going to go back and relitigate the events of the past. we have a new president. i'd like for him to get off on a positive start. and i think we should look forward, and not backward and kind of rehash and relitigate the various debates we had both internally and with the democrats over the past year. >> what about the wall? >> we're going to be talking to the president about his agenda. border security is important. i think even our democratic friends realize we haven't done a very good job of that. and achieving border security is something i think ought to be high on the list. >> do you have a personal preference on the wall? >> i want to try to achieve border security in whatever way is the most effective. >> now, today, trump is scheduled to try to align his agenda with the congressional republican agenda meeting in a closed-door session with his running mate mike pence as well as house speaker paul ryan who had differences with trump this
campaign season. it will be an important signal about what direction trump will choose. whether to push some of those more divisive proposals thad meat him a hero among his base or try to work with democrats on an infrastructure, even bernie sanders suggesting he could be open if donald trump were to pursue such an approach. but, donald trump may also push -- talk about pushing the repeal of obamacare. and that could enrage the left, while it unites the republican party and while that repeal may have a chance of passing congress, passing a replacement bill will be much, much harder because of senate procedures requiring 60 votes to get anything enacted. carol? >> okay. we're in for quite a ride. manu raju reporting live for us this morning. thank you. still to come in the "newsroom" obamacare on life support now that donald trump's heading to the white house. but what does that mean for the millions of americans who are enrolled in obamacare? and will the president-elect talk about that with president obama at their meeting this morning? we're on it. listerine® kills 99%
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and good morning i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we're live overlooking the white house in washington, and oh, it's a gorgeous sight, isn't it a gorgeous day here in washington, d.c. a meeting for the ages about to take place in the white house. president obama will sit down with donald trump to help mr. trump get off to a running start. we'll talk about a peaceful transition of power for sure. but some wonder if mr. obama will try to convince mr. trump to reconsider the repeal of obamacare. the president signed that into law six years ago and it became one of obama's signature
achievements, as joe biden so aptly put it. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states of america, barack obama. remember that? but if trump has his way that big deal is about to go down. cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans is here to talk about that. will it be so easy to repeal obamacare? >> i would say for republicans it a curse word. it has been a curse word for some time in a very different way. in a word, carol, it takes congress and it takes a plan here to repeal and replace obamacare. let's talk about what they could do here. they could repeal and replace it then with a brand-new law. that's what congress could do. they could repeal it just like that and return to the old system. or they could remove parts of the law, and keep the broader law. remove parts of it, and basically fix it. but what donald trump has said he wants to do is repeal and
replace it. if he repeals it you suddenly then have 20 million people who don't have that obamacare protection. the points have been that the premiums are too high and the implementation of obamacare has been rough. but the essence of obamacare that people with pre-existing condition would have coverage, remember they used to be ostracized by the health care system and that young people could stay on their parents' insurance, those things, those things what we're hearing from republicans is the broad brush strokes of what is obamacare would have to stay, quite frankly, because those are the popular parts of it. you can see the market is just opening and you're going to see a pop here this morning because there are some enthusiasm for other parts of donald trump's plans like for example, an infrastructure bill for example cutting regulations across all of the government departments, maybe cutting taxes, so with gop control of both houses of congress, and the presidency, there is some enthusiasm actually on wall street that donald trump won't go into a trade war, that many of his trade initiatives will not be
implemented, and some of these other things, some of these other things will. in fact the whole idea of repealing and replacing obamacare is one reason why you saw a hospital stock crash yesterday. i think hospitals have been treating patients who never had access to the health care system right and you also had drug stocks that soared. quick point carol at 18,662, just a second ago you talk about a record high for the dow jones industrial average here. so as people are trying to get a sense of what a trump presidency would look like for your money, vefrs are saying, wow, we think he's going to build roads, we think he's going to cut taxes. we think he's going to cut regulations which would be good for business. and they're enthusiastic after a freakout yesterday vefrs this morning look like they're enthusiastic. i would say watch construction company stocks. i would say watch steel stocks. anything that has to do with building stuff i would watch that. and watch the health care stuff as well. >> as we continue to watch these numbers i do want to -- i do want to double down on something about obamacare. >> sure. >> if obamacare is repealed and
20 million people are affected, right, because that's how many are enrolled in obamacare right now. >> yep. >> how would that work? would they just not have insurance anymore? would -- like how exactly would that work? >> if you just repealed obamacare, just repealed it, you got 20 million people on the exchanges right now who would have to go find insurance. right? some of those people may not be able to find insurance because they would have a pre-existing condition. and they would not be eligible- >> so their policies would be canceled, right? >> if you repeal obamacare, maybe they would be canceled at the end of the year, they would not be renewed. but you would have to see what that would look like. what we're hearing from republicans carol is they know it is incredibly unpopular to throw 20 million people out into the wild in the health care system. i want to show you percentage of uninsured americans. 11.4% of americans are uninsured today. obamacare has worked in getting people who did not have insurance into the system. right? but it has cost too much. they underestimated what it would cost to insure that people
are sicker and needed more health care than they thought. what the key here would be is to figure out a way to fix the health care system as it is, so that you would have maybe a risk pool that insurers could work from. so that maybe you would have higher fines for healthy young people who don't get into the health care system. but what this president-elect is promising to do is to repeal, and to replace it. what we need to see is the contours of how they would replace it. and what you're hearing from members of congress who want this done, republican members of congress, they're saying that they think that they're going to be able to persuade him to keep the pre-existing conditions and keep young people 26 and under on their parents' health care. but there's no guarantee and there's no real, you know, we don't know for sure yet. >> all right. christine romans reporting live. and we'll continue to watch the numbers for you this morning. thanks so much. >> you're welcome. >> still to come in the "newsroom" russians rejoice as trump seals the deal. are we entering an era of
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well, americans are split in their feelings about a trump presidency thousands of miles away, russians are celebrating. political leaders raised their glasses in a champagne toast and dined on hors d'oeuvres as trump was declared the winner. cnn's clarissa ward live in moscow with more. hi, clarissa. >> hi, carol. well, what a difference a couple of days makes. i can't begin to explain how intense the russian propaganda against this u.s. election has been for nearly a year now russians have been told every day, and every night that the election is rigged. that it proves what a failure western democracy really is. now, we are hearing a very different tune, with people here extolling the virtues of america's democracy, and even the head of the kremlin-owned
russian today channel saying that she would like to drive through moscow waving an american flag. take a look. this was the reaction of russia's lawmakers as donald trump claimed victory. >> myself and the ldpr party congratulate donald trump on his victory. >> reporter: local media, too, could barely conceal its delight. running this clip of presidential look-alikes every hour on state tv. global markets tumbled with the news but russia's held strong. as president putin congratulated president-elect trump. >> we've heard his electoral slogans when he was still a candidate. he spoke about resuming and restoring relations with russia. >> reporter: in recent years, tensions between the u.s. and russia have skyrocketed over ukraine and syria and, most recently, alleged russian hacking of democratic party e-mails. with the relationship deteriorating to cold war levels, anti-americanism is at
its highest here in years. russian coverage of the election has been particularly scathing of hillary clinton. who has even been called a cursed witch. they say that clinton is aggressive and anti-russian. but that relations could improve under trump. do you think that this new trump era can be a better relationship for russia? >> he declared already that he's ready for such kind of future. who knows what's happened, but i just hope that we have a chance now. >> reporter: and he does seem to be quite popular with people on the street here. >> like in america. >> reporter: people we spoke to seemed to agree. do you think that he will be a good president? why do you think he'll be good? >> i think he will be good, this man tells us, because he's been
a businessman a long time, and has had a lot of success. this election became a show, his friend says. maybe with trump coming to power that's going to change, people's attitudes will become more serious. the relationship between the u.s. and russia may continue to be difficult. but for now, many here are celebrating. the kremlin is being a little more tempered in their response officially. that, carol, is because trump is still a wild card, and there are a lot of thorny issues between u.s. and russia that still need to be resolved. carol? >> all right. clarissa ward reporting live for us this morning. thank you. so, what would a trump relationship with russia look like? let's talk about that. i'm joined by jill dougherty, global fellow at the woodrow wilson center and former cnn moscow bureau chief and william courtney, former ambassador to georgia and kazakhstan.
welcome to both of you. jill, what does mr. putin exactly want from donald trump? >> well, you know, there's the personal relationship, and they've heard all the right words. you know, mr. trump wants a better relationship. why don't we get along with russia, et cetera. but when the rubber hits the road, it's not just that personal relationship, it's some of the policies. and i think, you know, he wanted to name like three, one would be crimea. remember the part of ukraine that russia annexed a couple of years ago? they want that recognized by the united states. and donald trump has said, i might think about that. that might be -- we might do that. now, there's a long way between saying that sounds like maybe a good idea, and actually doing it. but that's one thing that president putin would very much like. the other thing that's probably even more important is sanctions. sanctions that were imposed because of ukraine and because of crimea.
these economic sanctions are hurting russia, and it's a big priority for the government to get them removed. so, i think there is a feeling that maybe, if the relationship improves, they could get rid of the sanctions. and then overall, better relations. really for mr. putin, it's transactional. he wants -- he wants, you know, real things. not just kind of a buddy-buddy relationship with donald trump. >> interesting. also, also, william, i think that russia yearns again to be a superpower, right? it's not a superpower right now. its economy is in the tank. right? and, to appear on the same stage with the american president might give the illusion that russia is again a superpower? >> it certainly contributes to the idea that russia is a great power. which it is. it's a large country in between china and europe. two of the three richest markets in the world. has a lot of potential influence both global affairs and affairs closer to home. the problem for putin is that
just establishing relationship with president trump will not be enough. in order to improve relations there have to be some real changes. and that could be in syria, more cooperation. it could be pulling russian troops out of eastern ukraine where there's a simmering conflict. or it could be something else, for example, there's a nuclear arms treaty, the inf treaty, which russia is apparently violating. so some kind of concrete progress has to be made in order to have a better relationship. >> but see i just want to go back to that notion because i know that putin does yearn to be very respected on the world stage, and to have a good relationship with the united states, maybe be invited to the united states, you know, for a state house dinner or something like that. is that something that -- that putin would want, jill? >> oh, definitely. i mean, you know, if you look at the way they have been injected into this presidential campaign in the united states, you know, here in the u.s. we say, oh, isn't that terrible, russia, you
know, is involved in the u.s. election. but in russia, they're ecstatic. i mean, they are thrilled, and i'm using that word, you know, technically, they are thrilled that vladimir putin and russia are center attention in this election, have been, in this election campaign because it means that they're back on the world stage again. they don't like being ignored. that's one very basic part of president putin's foreign policy. doesn't want to be ignored. and he wants to be at the table on any major decision. so you know, look at what he said when he said, oh, maybe we can improve relations, congratulati congratulations, as he gave it, to donald trump. he also said on the basis of equality and mutual respect. and what that means is that russia wants to be back in the position it had as the soviet union as a major superpower. and as we just heard, it's not economically or militarily. but it is key, it plays a very
key role, sometimes just as a spoiler, in relations. that it's important. they do play an important role, but we will have to define how president newly -- you know, minted president trump can actually establish some type of concrete relationship. >> it's just fascinating. and my final question for you is why does putin dislike hillary clinton so much? >> well, she -- president putin believes that mrs. clinton was promoting color revolutions. popular uprisings, democratic uprising against authoritarian rulers around the world, including in ukraine and georgia, for example. neighbors to russia. so, he kind of thinks that president trump will be more of a realist. he'll pull back a bit and not be so involved. he'll be more accommodating with authoritarian rulers around the world. >> interesting.
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tower in new york city earlier this morning. he was on his way to the airport to board a plane. he will be flying into reagan national and then traveling to the white house to sit down with a short meeting with president obama. the two men will talk about the peaceful transition of power. then we believe the two men will make public remarks after that meeting just to calm things down in the country and to show this is a democracy and this is how democracy works, and all will be well despite it all. at least with one half of the country, right? when mr. trump arrives at reagan national, i will bring you back out there. while millions of americans celebrate the donald trump victory, others have mobilized in anger across the country in at least 25 cities, thousands marched in protest against his win. >> not my president! >> not my president! >> not my president! >> not my president! >> in chicago, los angeles, new york, here in washington, d.c., frustrated men and women
protesting at trump properties carrying anti-trump signs, even burning a paper machier trump head. there were 120 arrests across the country. let's talk about why these people are protesting. i'm joined by zoe hannah, a senior at the university of pittsburgh who helped organize some of the protests that took place in pittsburgh. good morning. >> hi, carol. >> so i'm just curious, donald trump was elected president of the united states so why protest now? >> yeah. well, we have been protesting. when you see the black lives matter protests, students against debt, these are things we have been protesting throughout the campaign and even before that. >> still, i'm going to interrupt you here because yes, there were protests before the election but now the election has taken place and the people have spoken. so why continue to protest? >> yeah. i think -- i think right now,
the protests are mostly about solidarity and being together. people are really scared and sad, basically anybody who is not a white man doesn't know if they're going to be safe in this country for the next four years, and even if everything is going to be fine, the shock that people were feeling on tuesday night and on wednesday is just so paralyzing and i think people are hitting the streets because they're really angry and really scared, and they need to be together. >> tell me, you say people are scared. what specifically do they fear happening? >> i mean, for example, the comment that president-elect trump made about grabbing women, that specific event has happened to me with somebody else, so
like these moments where you see somebody who is going to be our president bragging about the sexual assault that's happened to you, that's terrifying. it makes me feel like i don't know if i'm going to be safe on the streets. i have heard hundreds of stories already about people being antagonized for their skin color or i know of a woman who had a hijab ripped off of her in public. it's a violent climate right now. >> so there is a good portion of america who are very enthusiastic about a trump presidency. i just want you to listen to a few of them to see if there's any middle ground. let's listen. >> my health insurance alone just for me, you're looking at almost $360 a month. >> the other day, social security is going up $3.69. oh, boy. i can get a loaf of bread now.
i worked all those years and i see all that money went into social security and i'm not benefiting, really. >> everybody's sick and tired of the lies. >> okay. so a lot of trump supporters have fears about the economy. they want mr. trump to fix the economy. they want wages to rise so that they can have a better life. so surely the people who are anti-trump can relate to that. >> of course. yeah. i think that's what's so sad right now is that the dnc really overlooked this entire group of people that were forgotten and that's why trump won. people felt like they weren't being heard and they wanted to speak out and now they have somebody who they feel represents them. but i think trump's campaign relied on fearmongering and it's
not rooted in truth or reality, so i think people voted for him because they were scared and i don't think that he's going to be able to make it better. >> but here's the thing that trump supporters would say. if young people felt so strongly anti-trump, why didn't more of them go out and vote for hillary clinton? >> i wish that i had a better answer for that question. it's so sad to me. i mean, i heard, i don't know if this is true, but i heard on twitter that 11,000 people wrote in on their ballots and i can probably bet those are young people and it's so upsetting that people just threw out their chance to have their voice heard, especially right now. i think it's because this is just a time of complete
confusion and desperation. i don't think young people realize that their votes count and matter. i think a lot of people are disillusioned because they had a lot of trust in bernie sanders and he was treated really unfairly during the primaries, and because of that, he didn't win and young people didn't trust hillary clinton. and then it kind of culminated in -- >> i understand. thank you so much for being with us this morning. i do appreciate it. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break.
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