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>> it is the first weekend after donald j. trump was elected president of the united states. you're watching the cnn newsroom. i'm fredericka whitfield. donald trump will make big decisions as president-elect, selecting his chief of staff among them. trump campaign manager kellyanne conway telling many reporters this morning the announcement is imminent. >> it is imminent means coming soon and perhaps mr. trump is up there making a lot of important decisions, taking counsel of many people. i thnk he can't go wrong with the decision. >> also happening soon, the president-elect is set to receive his first two top level intelligence briefings. trump will learn about the nation's most secretive intel gathering programs and u.s. spying programs overseas. the timing is playing a part in the ongoing legal woes as well,
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his attorneys in the trump university lawsuit asked a federal judge to postpone this month's trial until after trump's inauguration. the attorneys arguing the trial would take time away from trump's quote critical and all consuming transition process. meanwhile, protests against the president-elect are entering a fifth straight day. thousands marched in major cities across the u.s., not even backing down overnight. we'll continue to monitor these demonstrations as they progress throughout the day. >> one of the biggest issues facing president-elect trump is what to do with his sprawling business empire when he takes office. trump has vowed to turn the business over to his children but some worry that would create possible conflicts of interest and are calling on trump to place the business in a blind trust. on cnn's state of the union with jake tapper, trump adviser rudy
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giuliani said it would be wrong to expect trump family members to not run his business. >> there's a big issue -- >> thank you. >> big issue at play here as you prepare for the trump administration. i know you're more than cognizant of the fact that trump has hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars in business interest around the world. during the campaign he was asked what i would do with his businesses if he won. take a listen. >> if i become president, i couldn't care less about my company. it's peanuts, i have ivanka and eric and don. run the company, kids, have a good time. i'm going to do it for america. i would be willing -- >> you'll put your assets in a blind trust. >> i would put it in a blind trust -- i don't know if it's a blind trust if ivanka and don and eric run it. is that a blind trust? i don't know. >> that's not a blind trust. if your kids run your business it's not a blind trust. they direct it without your
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input or any input from anyone around. you do you think to avoid conflicts of interest, not to mention questions by public, do you think it would be best for mr. trump to set up a true blind trust with no involvement from him or his kids? >> well, first of all, you realize that those laws don't apply to the president, right? the president doesn't have to have a blind trust. for some reason when the law was written the president was exempt. he's in an unusual situation, basically put his children out of work if -- they would have to start a whole new business and that would set up the whole set of new problems. so it would seem to me that if he set up a situation in which the children were running it, there was a legal or clear document that meant he would not be involved, no interest in it, no input into it, he would just have a passive interest, that
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would be the kind of thing that would work here. it's unrealistic to say you're going to take the business away from the three people who are running it and give it to some independent person and remember, they can't work in the government because of the government rule against nepotism. so he would be putting them out of work. i think you're going to have to fashion something that is very comfortable, something that's fair and something that assures the american people as he said he has no interest in what's going on in the business. and that his children get to run the business they know how to run. and stay out of all government matters. >> but mr. mayor, his children are as i don't need to tell you, they are a huge part of his advisory committee. they are advising the transition ivanka and eric and don and jared kushner is talked about
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coming on board and working at the white house, even if he is not paid for it. how can the american people have confidence when he makes a decision that he isn't at least partly making it to enrich himself? >> well, even if he turns it over to a independent trustee and it was the trump corporation, you can't -- i mean, there's no perfect way to do this. you have to have some confidence in the integrity of the president. the man is an enormously wealthy man. i don't think there's any real fear or suspicion that he's seeking to enrich himself by being president. he wouldn't have run for president. i think there could be a way to do this. once he gets into government, they will not be advising him. they'll be -- they'll have to be a wall between them with regard to government matters and something i'm very familiar with from my days in the justice department, which is recusing
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yourself from decisions that involve you or any financial matter involving you. >> all right let's talk more about this and empire of the trump family. let's take a closer look at this blind trust for starters, joining me now, steve, good to see you. steve, rudy giuliani saying this blind trust does not necessarily apply to the president. is he right? >> technically he is right. they govern how most employees can or cannot be involved in financial transactions outside of their public job, don't apply to the president and vice president. at least legally, a president trump is not bound by those rules but the larger point is practically and politically, he probably is because it would just look bad if you had a president who was making policy decisions, foreign policy
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decisions signing bills that either would or would not directly impact the value and successes of his former businesses now administered by his children. it's not that the law would preclude it, it's that common sense and good judgment and political ram figss should preclude it. >> help explain a blind trust. what constitutes a blind trust? >> this is what mitt romney did back in 2012 to assuage similar concerns, if you were elected president there would be issues with bain capital. the idea is you have this -- all of these assets and companies managed by someone who is wholly independent of and unknown to the person whose assets they were to begin with -- >> not be family members. >> that would not be family members. that would defeat the purpose of it being blind. i think the idea is it avoids even the specter of a conflict of interest if the businesses and all of these assets are being managed by someone who is not under the direct or even
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thee receiptical control of the president of the united states. >> what potential conflicts do you see by trump's children who are also advisers on his transition team, been advisers during the campaign and them continuing to run the businesses of trump. >> sure, just to give you one specific example, there's a building that donald trump through one of his businesses owns in new york, where the bank of china is one of the principle holders of a mortgage note. the bank of china, national bank of the chinese government. is it possible that when president trump is thinking about how he might conduct economic policy with china it might somewhere in the back of his brain weigh on him that the bank of china's stability and health and success is kind of important to this loan that's guaranteed in this building? that's the kind of concern we have in this context. of course, we trust our elected leaders to have better judgment, to not be -- how do i say, led
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astray by those concerns but the whole point is are the appearance of i am propriety, that's why you see all of this effort to suggest that these assets should be put into a blind trust and why we have a federal anti-nepotism statute, not because the president can't be trusted but because you don't want to have a situation -- >> the appearance. >> exactly right, where critics could say that smells funny. >> so all of this needs to be done before the swearing in and if not, then what? >> well, again rudy giuliani is right that the federal ethics laws don't apply to the president and vice president. we're not talking about president trump broken the law by not die investing his assets but the political ramifications could be quite significant, especially on capitol hill. the senate is going to be confirming president trump's nominees to all kinds of senior positions, including senior positions in the treasury department and other areas where finances are key. those confirmation hearings could be a flash point if
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president trump is not moving as quickly as members of congress would like to distance himself from his business empire. >> would donald trump have to not only divorce himself from the business of trump but the fact his name is on all of these properties around the world, does that still potentially lead to a conflict of interest that you just laid out? >> i mean, it could, yes. the real question is whether he's earning income. if you put it in a blind trust, his decisions won't be a bearing on how much income is being earned and political decisions by the u.s. government affect the value of those properties. thank you so much. appreciate it from austin, texas. >> donald trump is considering a special session to repeal obamacare on the very day that he is sworn into office. the bold prediction coming from his campaign manager this morning. >> he also has talked about convening a special session on january 20th after he is sworn in as president of the united states to do this very thing, to
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repealing replace obamacare. it would be a pretty remarkable move. what you see with donald trump is what you get. i believe that's why the voters gave him the election and this mandate. >> let's bring in chris frates to talk about this. does trump need a special session to repeal obamacare, how realistic the day after inauguration? >> you heard from kellyanne conway that a special session would be remarkable. that's true but it would be unnecessary. it suggests that trump and his team don't understand how congress works. congress is in session all year long. so they don't need a special session to repeal obamacare. trump is also making policy news on the immigration front this weekend. his policy positions on that hot button issue kind of been all over the map during the campaign and it seems to continue into his transition. that big beautiful wall trump so famously called for on the campaign trail, could now be
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part fence. >> for certain areas i would and certain areas the wall is more appropriate. i'm very good at this. it's called construction. it could be some fencing. >> what about the pledge to deport millions and millions of undocumented immigrants? >> what we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, could even be 3 million. we're getting them out of our country or going to incarcerate. but we're getting them out of our country. they are here illegally. after the border is secured and everything gets normalized we're going to make a determination on the people that you're talking about who are terrific people. >> that sounds a lot like what trump said on the campaign trail in june when he said he's going to get rid of bad duds who are here and also talked about creating a deportation force to round up and remove the 11
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million undocumented immigrants who are in this country illegally but house speaker told jake tapper today that neither lawmakers nor trump are planning to create that deportation force. he says that they are focused more on border security, fred. >> chris frates, thanks you so much. all right, we're 68 days now from inauguration as the president-elect builds on his future administration, he also has to figure out what to do about dozens of active lawsuits against him. we'll discuss that next. we danced in a german dance group. i wore lederhosen.man. when i first got on ancestry i was really surprised that i wasn't finding all of these germans in my tree. i decided to have my dna tested through ancestry dna. the big surprise was we're not german at all. 52% of my dna comes from scotland and ireland. so, i traded in my lederhosen for a kilt. ancestry has many paths to discovering your story.
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>> donald trump's lawyers want his scheduled november 28th
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trump university trial postponed until after inauguration in january. president-elect trump is at the center of three civil cases by former students who accuse of school of defrauding them out of thousands of dollars. trump's lawyers filed the delayed documents in federal court late night and argue he simply doesn't have the time. his lawyer writing yesterday the 69 days until inauguration are critical and all consuming. president-elect trump must receive daily security briefings and make executive appointments and thousands and establish relationships with appointees and members of congress and governors and foreign leaders, end quote. let's bring back cnn contributor and law professor steve vladec. good to see you, professor. that plea that a job -- this transition is all consuming. what are the chances that a judge no less the same judge that donald trump was very critical of in the past, that a
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judge would appease this kind of delay request based on that kind -- >> i think the chances are slim to none, having nothing to do with who the judge is and who his prior history with donald trump. the real problem here is a 1997 supreme court case called clinton versus jones, actually arising out of the paula jones suit against president bill clinton which rejected the argument that a civil suit against someone who becomes president based on conduct that happened before they were president should be put on hold because of the rigors of the job and because of how busy the president is. if the supreme court said unanimously just 19 years ago that the answer to the question is no, it's hard to imagine a federal district judge all of a sudden turning around and agreeing with donald trump that the answer should be yes. >> so conceivably we could have a president-elect -- or at least the trial under way involving the president-elect before his swearing in. now what about the case of
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whether it's -- whether he would have to testify in -- >> sure. >> whether excusing himself, he is especially on the condition of this all consuming transition would be advisable? >> yeah, no, the supreme court in that same case actually went out of its way to say just because the lawsuit can go forward, doesn't mean that the president or in this case the president-elect should be treated like an ordinary litigant. there's very much a possibility that the court will not necessarily require donald trump to testify in person and accommodations will be made as best as possible to take account of how busy his schedule is and how great his responsibilities are. the problem with the filing that donald trump's lawyers made yesterday is that yes, he's very busy now but he's only going to become busier on january 20th once he's sworn in as president. unless you put this case on hold for the entire duration of his presidency, which is exactly what the supreme court in 1997 said should not happen, it's not clear why as president-elect the
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burdens are more demanding than once he inherits the oval office. >> what's the advantage in your view that his attorneys are seeing by delaying it, if that's the case, what you just said? >> i guess you know, if this can delay it now, once he's president they can renew the arguments and suggest now he's in office, concerns of interfering -- >> exactly right. this is why it's unlikely this is going to go anywhere because that argument can't work thanks to this 1997 supreme court decision. maybe the supreme court on the far side of the bill clinton impeachment, which was a direct result of the clinton versus jones may be able to reconsider that but that's going to be up to them not an individual judge as in the trump university case. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> this as anti-trump protests continue across the nation of the we'll have a report from new york after a quick break. what michael moore, the film maker has to say about all of
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where people are still reeling from the outcome of the presidential election. cnn's bryn is joining us live. you continue to walk with a number of people. what's different about today compared to what we saw yesterday there? >> reporter: there's still a significant big rally here today. not compared to yesterday, that was enormous but this is still pretty big. voices are very loud and the purpose is very clear. this is an anti-immigration rally. these people here are saying they deserve to be here and they are against the agenda that donald trump ran during his campaign. that's who we're hearing from, many different languages being spoken during this rally as we head towards trump tower. we're only about a couple of blocks away from trump tower and another day that trump tower will be surrounded by protesters talking about a number of
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issues. specifically this one about his immigration policy. take a listen to some of the people we talked to who came out today, sometimes they were here yesterday -- some people were here yesterday and others this is the first time rallying but they want their message heard. >> to tell donald trump that he can't just deport 11 million undocumented people, that they are here to stay. we stand in solidarity with them. it's unprecedented this kind of appeal to hatred and bigotry and still hasn't been denounced by the president-elect is unprecedented and has a lot of people angry. >> reporter: the first woman you heard from, she is actually an immigration attorney and said that's why she came out today. she has a number of clients that have come into her office since tuesday's election fearful for themselves and fearful for their families. she's here among a number of groups here advocating for similar purposes. there's a lot of messages being
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said today but particularly immigration the main topic. we're going to continue to follow, we're a few blocks from trump tower. >> among the people you've talked to yesterday and today, are any of them saying they want to hear a specific message from donald trump himself or are they looking to hear from anyone in particular address their calls out there? >> reporter: yeah, you know, a lot of people are frustrated, not only frustrated with how this election turned out but frustrated that the president-elect hasn't come out with any response towards these protests and anger and frustration that all are feeling right now. one man said no matter what, if you're frustrated or not, the point of a democracy is to hear the people. he says if anything, that's what these protests are for, to have a stance to speak up and make the message heard because that's what this democracy is about, listening to the people and having those elected listen to them. fred, we'll see if he actually
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does make some sort of response, that's what the people want. >> thanks so much there in manhattan. >> film maker michael moore also took to the streets to the protests there in new york. he was there yesterday morning and then this morning on "state of the union" he told jake tapper what he thought democrats should be doing in the future. >> you know, democrats would be better off if they ran oprah or tom hanks or -- why don't we run beloved people? we have so many of them, the republicans do this, they run reagan and terminator and other people. why don't we -- why don't we run somebody that the american people love? that they are really drawn to and they are smart and have good politics and all of that. why don't democrats do that? i'm telling you, jake, my sincere hope is that the dnc, that there is a clean sweep in this party, they have -- they all have to go and they have to
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you're watching cnn, you're in the newsroom, i'm fredericka whitfield. one of the campaign issues that helped trump win the election is the promise of a stronger economy. the president-elect proposed
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major changes in trade and american tax policy. during trump's campaign, house speaker paul ryan disagreed with trump's stance on trade and imposing tariffs but here's what ryan told cnn's jake tapper this morning. >> if he comes to you and says this is what we're doing. what are you going to say? >> i think we can achieve what he's trying -- he's triesing to make america more competitive and make it so american businesses stay in america and we believe the smartest and best way to do that is comprehensive tax reform, which makes america much more competitive without any adverse effects and any collateral damage to the economy. >> let's talk more about this with arthur laffer. >> how are you today? >> i'm doing pretty good. >> do you agree with trump's
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plan on making american workers more competitive, being able to help spawn more industry in this nation? >> yes, it's fairly obvious if you -- we have the highest corporate tax rate in the oecd. we have the fourth lowest tax revenue as a sheriff gdp, which is a perfect example of the curve. if we bring those companies back, which bringing the corporate rate from 35% down to 15% will make the incentives all for bringing jobs back to the u.s. i think it will work enormously and inversions will stop and this will benefit lots of americans in many different states. >> when you look to analysis from the university of pence's wharton school, donald trump's alma mater, reduce taxes on business as you just laid out, higher income and higher income, americans which would result in more economic growth. in the long run according to this analysis, the trump tax
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plan increases federal debt more than the current policy resulting in less economic growth. do you agree with that asse assessme assessment? >> they are totally wrong. there's nothing like economic growth to reduce the deficit and stop the accumulation of debt. he's going to get rid of the inheritance tax and personal income tax rates, 100% expensing of capital purchases, what's not to love about that from the standpoint of economics, it's just beautiful. it's exactly what this patient needs in the u.s. we need this type of ee lix ir to get america growing again. >> do you see it as being realistic? >> i think it's totally realistic. we did a lot more in reagan under some propoe asle, jerry brown wanted to get rid of all federal taxes and have two flat rate taxes. that would have fired us to the moon. that would have been the best thing ever so this is a very reasonable proposal and not over the top.
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and i think it would work beautifully. >> potentially reducing tax rate of 35% to 15%. what more do you know about this tax plan that donald trump might be formulating? >> well, it also has 100% expensing of capital purchases, instead of depreciating them over lots of years, 100% expensing, which is a big stimulant and cuts the highest personal income tax rates as well and it gets rid of the inheritance tax which is a huge killer. i'm 76 and got six kids and 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, the only reason i work is for them. if they put barriers in there, they are going to get people like me to go out of the labor force and not invest. >> there were campaign promises made by trump about bringing back factory jobs, many of which closed in this country going overseas, we know there was a lot of criticism of donald trum
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many himself, he had an opportunity to have things made in the usa and had many products made overseas. why do you believe that he'll be able to get those manufacturing jobs, those factories to return to the usa? >> well the reason you'll get them returning is because of the lower tax rates on corporate profits, that's why they'll come back. they'll find it more advantageous to move here. i don't think protectionism helps america or anyone else in the world. free trade is by far the best thing. you cannot punish people into doing something. whenever you punish people you get them to stop doing something but don't encourage them to do something. negative incentives never, never work unless you want to stop that activity. you don't bring jobs back by threatening tariffs. in my view and i think free trade is by far the best way to go in this world. >> laffer, pleasure talking to
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you. >> lovely being on your show. >> come back. come back. >> anytime. >> appreciate it. straight ahead, top trump adviser rudy giuliani explains the president-elect's plans for extreme vetting of syrian refugees. >> we would be foolish to allow th these people to come into the united states. . we found lower co-pays... ...and a free wellness visit. new plan...same doctor. i'm happy. it's medicare open enrollment. have you compared plans yet? it's easy at medicare.gov. or you can call 1-800-medicare. medicare open enrollment. you'll never know unless you go. i did it. you can too. ♪
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his adoration of russian president vladimir putin but the team is pushing back against claims that trump had any conflict and contact with russian officials during the course of the campaign. here's what adviser rudy giuliani had to say on "state of the union". >> i know of no such contacts with the russian government. i was pretty deeply involved in the campaign and with donald trump, you know, day and night for about 100 days actually at one period. so if that's going on, it's going on somewhere where i didn't see it. it is true that i think donald trump wants to engage russia in areas where we can work together in a way that hillary clinton and john kerry and barack obama failed to do. but remember, he's going to do it from a different point of
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view. >> i want to bring in kim dozier, a cnn global affairs analyst and contributing writer for the daily beast. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> how might trump's willingness to work with putin impact shared concern between the u.s. and russia and particularly as it relates to the threat from isis? >> the war of words could lead to a resolution, at least a partial resolution to something like the syria crisis. president-elect trump has indicated that he would be willing to work with russia against isis and he's even hinted that he might withdraw support to the u.s. backed rebels that are currently working with the u.s. against isis. but some of them were also fighting against the bashar assad regime. if you see president-elect trump working with russia or president
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trump working with russia and two of them turning forces on isis, that's a positive. the negative part of that could be that these rebel groups that are currently working with the u.s. might then be driven into the arms of the various al qaeda linked groups and become an even harder and more intractable enemy to fight. pluses and minuses to that. we also haven't seen how president trump would react once he's had his intelligence briefings and he understands what russia does behind the scenes -- >> some of that happening this week. >> it's -- you know, there's one thing reading stuff in the "new york times" or getting a broad global kind of briefing that he's gotten from intelligence agencies, but when he gets to read the transcripts of intercepted conversations and gets to sit down with nsa experts to explain here's how
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they are hacking into data bases and u.s. politicians and companies, et cetera, that might start to get his hagles up. the other thing that happened in the past with the clinton -- pardon me, with the obama administration is that there was a warmth between the two sides. there was the russian reset and things seemed to be going well and russia invaded crimea. the obama administration didn't react very badly to that. they imposed sanctions but i think a trump administration will have to see. they might be much harsher in their reactions. >> giuliani was also asked about trump's plan to restrict muslim immigration to the u.s. and this is what he had to say when talking to jake tapper today. >> you could do vetting in egypt. yemen, a lot more volatile, a lot more difficult to do vetting. i think this is going to be a
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country by country decision. pakistan you can do pretty good vetting. so a lot of this will depend on you know, how cooperative is the country we're talking about, how many records can we get? the reason the syrian problem is so babd, the syrian refugees, it's not that you can't vet them, which actually director comey and i think about five members of obama administration have made clear, that you can't vet these people, these refugees from syria. >> and all right, so the kind of vetting he's talking about, how might this potentially impact foreign policy as a whole? >> well, if the next administration isn't going to be taking syrian refugees they can't pressure european nations to do the same they have to work to find a solution in the region. perhaps convincing turkey and jordan to take more refugees where they are and provide for them. you hear from agencies like the u.n. that are providing for these people on the ground that
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countries haven't paid up, haven't given the kind of resources they need to educate and house these people just outside syria for an eventual return. that's a big problem that will land on the doorstep of a new trump administration. >> kim dozier, thanks so much in washington. all right, let's take a moment right now and take a look outside and this is in manhattan where once again, there are anti-trump protests taking place. thousands of people marching towards yet again trump tower. more from the cnn newsroom right after this. now we'll see what happens. these are my great grandparents. and ten thousand relatives i didn't know existed.
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all right, welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield. so, michigan has one of the largest populations of muslims in the u.s. while on the campaign trail, then candidate donald trump threatened a ban against muslims. and although trump is said to have won michigan in the electoral college, the state is still officially too close to call in the popular vote. but that hasn't stopped many muslim americans to speak out about trump's campaign and what happens next. cnn's jessica schneider has more now from dearborn, michigan. >> reporter: in michigan, where muslims make up a large portion of the population -- ♪ -- there is widespread uncertainty about a trump presidency. are you angry at the things he
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said throughout this election? >> oh, yeah, definitely. i mean, you've got to be kind to people. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states. >> reporter: trump made that promise last december but dialed it back by the time his party's convention convened in cleveland. >> we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place. the muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into an extreme vetting. >> reporter: but tonight his statement calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states is still on his official website. for some muslims and many others, the rhetoric crossing the line. >> i don't know how he got elected. i'll be honest.
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>> reporter: her parents immigrated from lebanon. she works on immigration issues at the detroit mayor's office and says trump's divisive rhetoric has made muslims' lives more difficult. >> i'm definitely angry. i don't want to say i'm fearful, because style have faith in the democratic process. >> it's inexcusable, the things that he said. it was very shocking just to hear. it was very scary as well. >> reporter: tanya shatila runs this muslim bakery. she is still hopeful. >> we can't stand against him, you know. we have to support him and wish for the best. so, hopefully, he will instill that unity that he's been saying in his speeches ever since he won. >> reporter: nadal tamir has a very different view. >> and mr. trump should be held as a trophy, as an image of the american dream. >> reporter: tamir voted for trump and convinced his family to vote for him, too. as a small business owner, he sees trump as a role model and believes he speaks from strength. he wants his fellow muslims to see it the same way. what do you say to them when
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they have this shock or anger? >> i say to them, the country's going to be great. >> all right that was jessica schneider reporting from michigan. all right, coming up in our next hour, we'll talk about what it's going to take to heal a divided nation. naacp president cornell brooks joining me on the task ahead for president-elect donald trump. and we'll be right back. ♪ everything your family touches sticks with them. make sure the germs they bring home don't stick around. use clorox disinfecting products. because no one kills germs better than clorox.
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any excuse to come to japan is a good one. i feel healthier already. for a reason -- it's awesome. in this episode, we're going back to japan with masa takayana. >> he's a character. >> probably the greatest and most respected japanese chef in america. how do i hold a saka ka? >> no, not woman. >> he said i do it like a girl. his restaurant is certainly the most expensive in america. hard core. that's so beautiful. >> yeah. >> and we're going back to japan with him to find out why -- >> what happens next? [ laughter ] >> where it all came from. [ speaking foreign language ] >> and where it's going.
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>> mm, oh! [ laughter ] >> all right. watch a brand-new episode of "parts unknown with anthony bourdain" tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern on cnn. the next hour of the "cnn newsroom" begins right now. hello, again, everyone. and thanks so much for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. donald trump will soon make his first, among his first big decisions as president-elect, selecting his chief of staff, among them. trump campaign manager kellyanne conway telling many reporters this morning the announcement is imminent. >> it is. imminent means coming soon, and perhaps mr. trump is up there making a lot of important decisions, taking the counsel of many people. i think he can't go wrong with the decision. >> also happening soon, the president-elect is set to
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receive his first two top-level intelligence briefings. trump will learn about the nation's most secret intel-gathering programs and u.s. spying operations overseas. but the timing of all of this playing a part in trump's ongoing world right now, the legal woes. his attorneys in the trump university suit, lawsuit, have asked a federal judge to postpone this month's trial until after his inauguration. his attorney's arguing the trial would take time away from trump's "critical and all-consuming" transition process. meanwhile, protests against the president-elect are entering a fifth straight day now. thousands marching in major cities across the u.s., not at all backing down overnight. we'll continue to monitor these demonstrations as they progress throughout the day now. but first, more evidence that donald trump may be waffling on some of his defining campaign promises.

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