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leaving government service. cnn's sara murray has the latest on the trump transition. >> reporter: good morning, christine and george. donald trump spent wednesday in trump tower taking visits from his top aides and family members. all of that was happening and some top staffers were pushing back on the notion that transition was in disarray. particularly hitting back hard at the idea that jared kushner is shaking up some of the transition staffers and ousting others as a way of getting revenge for the fact that chris christie put his father in jail. in fact, they are saying that trump was taking a look at some of the staffers in the transition. his top aides were and saying these were not the people they wanted running government. they wanted to get the lobbyists out and others, they felt, simply weren't doing their job. they are insistent things are calm and organized and different agencies in washington, d.c. will see landing teams to get the work of the trump administration started in the coming days.
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but not all of donald trump's visitors were admirers. mayor bill de blasio stopped by with a warning. >> i tried to express to him how much fear there is in communities all over this city. a whole range of people in the biggest city in the country are fearful about the current dynamic. and how we need to see things that will give people more assurance that all new yorkers and all americans will be respected. >> reporter: yet another reminder as trump's top staff is working around the clock to staff a government, trump may have some work to do to continue to unite the country. back to you. sara, thank you. later today, shinzo abe becomes the first world leader to meet with donald trump. he said he is eager to build trust and safeguard the decades old alliance. trump argued the u.s. should withdraw the military from japan
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and south korea and they should obtain nuclear weapons to protect themselves from north korea. top aides to abe say members of the transition team say do not take all of trump's remarks literally. >> that is interesting. a top republican official claims president-elect trump is commitme committed to making sure his conflict of interests are fixed when he takes office. the president-elect is not addressing obvious conflicts. something the rnc chief strategist insists will be cleaned up. li listen. >> everybody is aware of trump's successes and holdings. there is pa this is part why he was elected. we will have a great presidency and he will do whatever it takes to make sure all of those conflicts of interests are resolved properly and assets are handed down and the company run
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by the kids. >> legal experts tell cnn if trump trans aftfers assets to t children and puts them in charge of the corporation, that does not meet the definition of a blind trust. if you are talking to a relative orch child or whatever, you sti have active interest in the business. >> it is not like assets traded or put in place and not paid attention to like with mitt romney, he had holdings around the world which would be put into a blind trust overseen by a trustee who would make the decisions. let's break everything down in trump tower. we have managing editor zach wolf. good morning. this discussion about blind trust or turning the reins of the business over to the kids. he has a new big hotel just down the street from the white house.
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i think it just highlights how we never had a president like president-elect trump. >> we have been talking about that for more than a year now. the idea that he is so different than anybody who has been in politics. his business not only is it large, but it's complicated. we don't know everything about it. we don't know who all he has loans to or from. we haven't seen his tax returns. the idea he needs to have an arm's length from the business is obvious to most people. how that will happen, there is no rule book for this for anyone. >> let's talk about the development now seeing with new york's chuck schumer to stand for democratic issues against the new republican trump administration. i want to hear what schumer had to say and how he defines it
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himself. listen. >> we're ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with republicans. working with soon-to-president trump on issues where we agree. we will go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we made is under assault. >> obviously, these two know each other. they have a history. i remember schumer defending donald trump when the issue of new york values came up. when ted cruz made that statement during the primaries. how will this relationship go between these people who have a deep history? >> i think we have to see what kind of president trump shows up to see how it goes. we know there will be republican congress and a republican senate. they will be trying to move a lot of legislation. something says it is more toe-to-toe than shoulder-to-shoulder. a lot of people may not know who
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chuck schumer is. when president obama leaves office, he will be the highest democrat to hold office. he will be the face of the party in a lot of ways. he will represent their ability. he says they will work with republic republicans. i'm sure that is true. he will be the guy standing in the way of the things that donald trump and the republicans want to do. >> a photo op yesterday afternoon between mike pence, the vice president-lengelect ans wife and the current vice president in washington. to me, it was joe biden continuing the president's trend of a couple days ago or tone of a couple days ago. trying to almost will on to the new administration gravitas and stability. >> no administration is ready on day one.
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we weren't ready on day one. i never met one that's been ready on day one. i'm confident on day one everything will be in good hands. >> the question that was shouted was will they be ready to go on day one? all of the talk on the transition turmoil. transitions are full of turmoil. when obama was elected, they had to stack this cabinet in the time when the marketing were in freefall and jobs lost. it is always in turmoil. what do you make of joe biden trying to calm the fears? >> joe biden is known for saying things that pop into his head. that is what's on everybody's mind. will they be ready? joe biden is plain spoken. he is trying to be reassuring about it. never before has an administration, not in modern times, come in and been so at odds with major parts of the
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party and had a shallow bench, i guess, of people and supporters to call on for cabinet positions. there is not a lot of obvious choices for a lot of these positions because so many were opposed to trump during the primary and general campaign from his own party as well. it is a totally unique situation yet again. we're not sure what's going to happen. we are getting to the point where you wonder and looking at your watch and you wonder when they will start an poippointing talking about senate confirmations. >> world leaders are reaching out to the president-elect. shinzo abe of japan, will be meeting with donald trump. it is interesting here. apparently he is being told by his aides not to take the president-elect literally. such an interesting concept for world leaders who every word matters. >> certainly every word matters. with world leaders and donald
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trump, they have to repeat over and over again. especially considering his rhetoric eveover the campaign. he said that japan should consider having nuclear weapons. i don't think that's something they want to do to protect themselves. i think they are more interested in working with the u.s. and other nuclear countries. there's that. there is also his rhetoric about muslim countries. he will have to tell them, well, maybe i didn't quite mean all that stuff or not. it will be interesting to see how it plays out on the world stage. again, we're sensing a theme here never before. >> never before. thanks, zach. nice to see you. new remarks overnight from hillary clinton. her first public speech since she conceded to donald trump last week. clinton spoke at a gala for the children's defense fund. that's the organization where she started her legal career in the '70s. the former presidential
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candidate admitted it wasn't the easiest thing to come to the event. she urged the supporters to stay strong in the face of the trump administration. cnn's joe johns was there. >> reporter: christine and george, hillary clinton going back to her roots with a speech before the children's defense fund in washington, d.c. the first speech she has given since the concession speech after the crushing defeat by donald trump. she did not mention the president-elect by name. it was intended to be an encouragement for supporters to stay the course in public life. >> i know this isn't easy. i know over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether america is the country we thought it was. the divisions laid bear by the election run deep. please listen to me when i say america is worth it. our children are worth it. believe in our country. fight for our values and never,
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ever give up. >> reporter: secretary clinton agreed to make the appearance before the election. the children's defense fund is the first group bill clinton spoke to after he was elected president. christine and george. thank you. americans are signing up for obamacare. 1 million people signed up for insurance through the federal exchange in the first 12 days of open enrollment. that's more than this time last year. the pace picked up after the election with 300,000 people selecting plans in the three days after trump won. the white house posted this video on youtube yesterday. the president, president obama, encouraging people to enroll. if trump repeals and replaces the law, customers may not see changes until next year. trump is suggesting he will likely keep the rules on pre-sipre pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on parents plans until they are 26.
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agreements they worked hard for in the last eight years. now that donald trump is threatening to upend. what they are arguing is these countries work better together and trump's election has given the boost to the far right nationalist movements here in europe. in many ways, he wants to protect the legacy. you think of merkel as the anti-trump. cautious and pragmatic. she is the strongest leader in europe to defended liberal democratic values. it will be interesting to see when they meet today. president obama and chancellor merkel. they will have a press conference to answer questions. you will know it will focus on the incoming administration. >> thanks for that, atika
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shubert, in p berltt berlin. thank you. he received more first place votes than any other american league pitcher. his girlfriend is tweeting her d displeasure. that has andy scholes with the bleacher report next.
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welcome back. major league baseball announcing the cy young award winners. model kate upton is not happy. >> she told her twitter
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followers about it too. andy scholes. >> good morning. not happy would be an understatement. kate upton engaged to justin verlander. she wrote an epic twitter hand after he came in second to porcello. he got more second and third place votes. upton tweeting, he, verlander, had a majority of first place votes and two writers did not have them on the ballots. she went on to tweet, sorry, rick, you didn't get any first place votes. you didn't win. keep up with the times and fire the writers. upton had another tweet as well, but it is not tv friendly. congrats to cnn's hines ward. he was named one of the semifinalists for the hall of fame class 2017. the former super bowl mvp and steelers great speaking about the honor last night. >> i was shocked.
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very humbled. when my agent told me, i had a smile on my face. it is still hard to believe. to have my name mentioned on the semifinal list of the hall of fame. i don't want to pinch myself. i'm very humble and honored. >> the 2017 class will be selected on the day before the super bowl between four to eight players get in. before president obama leaves office, he is handing out the medal of freedom honor. vin scully made the list and josh earnest called him to mabrk the news. >> you get to a handful of people. this year he will give it to you. >> oh, my gosh. no! >> yes. >> are you sure? that's an old baseball
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announcer. i'm rather overwhelmed and humbled. thank you so much, josh. >> my pleasure. take care. >> bye for now. >> how cool is that? >> that is cool. michael jordan and robert die niro will be included. it will be quite the party. >> bill gates. who has had a bigger impact on american culture. putting a pc on every table or desktop. michael jordan? >> vin scully's reaction. authentic and amazing to hear. thanks, andy. she was tough on donald trump during the campaign. now she may be up for a job in his administration. more on nicki haley's trip to trump tower today. coming up. what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever? heart healthy california walnuts.
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a one-time critic of donald trump could join the trump administration. south carolina governor nicki haley meets with the transition team today. a world leader meeting at trump tower in a matter of hours to pay president-elect trump a visit. these two world leaders get together this morning. it is president obama's farewell visit with angela merkel. welcome back to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. new this morning, word of a transition source that donald trump is interesting nicki considering minicki haley. the transition team is putting some teeth into trump's promise to drain the swamp.
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announcing overnight that any registered lobbyist would have to unregister before being v vetted for a senior job. they would be banned from lobbying for five years after they leave office. let's bring in sara murray. >> reporter: trump spent wednesday in trump tower taking visits from top aides and visits from the family members. some staffers were pushing back on the notion that his transition was in disarray. particularly hitting back hard that the idea that jared kushner is shaking up the staffers and ousting others as a way of revenge for chris christie putting his father in jail. in fact, donald trump was looking at the staffers and saying these were not the people they wanted running the government. they wanted to get the lobbyists out and others simply weren't doing their job. they are insistent things are
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calm and organized and different agencies in washington, d.c. will see landing teams to get the work of the trump administration started in the coming days. but not all of donald trump's visitors were admirers. de blasio, a liberal democrat, stopped by with a warning. >> i tried to express to him how much fear there is in communities all over the city. a whole range of people in the big of the city in the country fearful about the current dynamic and how we need to see things that will give people more assurance that all new yorkers and all americans will be respected. >> reporter: another reminder as the staff is working around the clock to staff a government. trump may have work to do to continue to unite the country. back to you. sara murray, thank you. later today, the prime minister of japan is the first world leader to meet with the president-elect. shinzo abe is eager to build
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trust hoping to build the safeguard alliance. trump argued that the u.s. should withdraw the military from japan and south korea and those countries should obtain their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves from north korea. top aides say members of the transition team have told them not to take donald trump's remarks laterally. and president-elect trump is committed to making sure his conflicts of interests are cleared up by the time he takes office. he talked about set up a blind trust and turning business over to his children. the critics say the president-elect is not addressing obvious conflicts. something the rnc chief strat t strategist insists will be cleared up. >> everyone is aware of trump's holdings. i think we will have a great presidency that he will do whatever it takes to make sure all of those conflicts of
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interest are resolved properly and legally and the assets are handed down and the company run by the kids as he mentioned. >> legal experts tell cnn if trump transfers assets to the children and puts the children in charge of the businesses, it does not meet the definition of a blind trust. >> a lot to talk about. blind trust. nicki haley. let's bring in political managing editor zach wolf live in washington. good morning. let's talk about nicki haley. a star of the republican party during the election and primaries. a stormy relationship between her and trump. now she meets with donald trump at trump tower. possibly for the role of secretary of state. how will she take on that role? >> trump said things contentious
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in the general election. it is a powerful thing for a republican to have the white house. in the coming weeks and months, we will start to see republicans opposed to him come to terms with the fact they will be in power with him next year. they have to figure out a way to deal with it. it is not outside the realm of the possibility of those opposed to him come on board. you saw that with republican voters who voted for him. that said, nicki haley is the rising star among republicans. she is adding diversity to the party. she is the female governor of a southern state. she is from a different ethnic group. those are all really interesting eleme elements. >> i'm not hearing you say foreign poll icy chops. >> being the governor of a
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southern state doesn't qualify you to be secretary of state where you will be outside talking to foreign leaders and things like that. that resume problem could be a real issue for her. >> we're nine day ys into the transition here. the first few days marked by pushback by steve bannon. the pick for the very important senior strategist role. now, i feel like yesterday, the storyline started to turn a bit. again, this morning, talking about nicki haley. last night, you heard from bernie sanders reviving his real anger over one of the top picks from the president-elect. listen. >> i call upon mr. trump to rescind the appointment he made of mr. bannon. a president of the united states should not have a racist at his
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side. unacceptable. >> that pick will be a rallying cry for progressives in the democratic party. won't it? >> it will. it will continue to be. it is not a senate confirmable job. the special adviser thing in the white house. he can choose steve bannon and ignore the criticism. it is clear this was a person who basically got him over the finish line in his presidential campaign. you know, if there is any loyalty involved, it is not clear trump would get rid of him. he knew going in. he appeared on radio programs with this guy. everybody knows what breitbart, the web site and company, that steve bannon used to lead. none of this is a surprise to donald trump. now he is saying he wants to be president for all americans. that changes maybe the dynamic a little bit. i don't think there is any indication that he will get rid
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of steve bannon anytime soon. >> there is a sentiment as donald trump is set to take office among world leaders. shinzo abe, his top aides are telling him not to take trump literally. that is the sentiment with the many things that were said during the campaign season. i want to play this sound bite from senator bob corker talking about the iran deal. you remember all of the things said about that. let's listen to what he is saying now. we can talk about it on the other side. >> i don't think he will tear it up. i don't think that's the way to start. i think what he should do is build consensus with the other countries that they're definitely violating the agreement. he will have congress with him on that. i think that is a much bett better approach. >> there was a lot said in the campaign season. now there seems to be a re-reading of what donald trump would really mean.
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>> yeah. this is what makes covering donald trump so very difficult. what does he mean when he says words. does he mean the words or does he mean something sort of like the words. it is difficult to cover him as a journalist and you can imagine where english is your second language and you don't understand the bravado behind what donald trump is saying. the words escape me to describe how you shouldn't take a president seriously or literally about his words. that is what you must do with presidents. >> the best thing i read during the whole process was the media, public figures, mainstream, they heard donald trump and they took him literally and not seriously. the supporters took him seriously, but not literally. two different ways of reading trump. now we are all trying to adjust to what president trump would be like. do we take him seriously and not
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literally? we don't know yet. zach, thank you. new remarks overnight from hillary clinton in her first public speech since she conceded to donald trump last week. she spoke at the children's defense fund. the organization where she started her career in the early '70s. the former presidential candidate said it wasn't the easiest thing to come to the event, but urged her supporters to stay strong in the face of the trump administration. cnn's joe johns was there. >> reporter: christine and george, hillary clinton going back to her roots with a speech before the children's defense fund in washington, d.c. the first speech she has given since her concession speech at the new yorker hotel after the crushing defeat by donald trump. she did not mention the president-elect by name. it was intended to be an encouragement for her supporters to stay the course in public life. >> i know this isn't easy. i know that over the past week a lot of people have asked
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themselves selves whether america is the country we thought it was. the divisions laid bear by the election run deep. please listen to me when i say this. america is worth it. our children are worth it. believe in our country. fight for our values and never, ever give up. >> reporter: secretary clinton agreed to make the appearance before the election. the children's defense fund happens to be the first group bill clinton spoke to after he was elected president. christine and skrorj. > george. a boycott of pepsi over something that actually never happened. some twitter users circulating the bogus quote from the pepsi ceo. claiming she said trump fans should quote take their business elsewhe elsewhere. that quote came from sites designed to trick people, including truthfeed. it is fake. she never said that.
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it is spreading on twitter. now all these trump supporters say they will not buy pepsi. also the pepsi stock plunged 5% because of the statement that never happened. she never told trump supporters she did not want their business. they congratulated trump last week. she condemned the ugly rhetoric of the campaign and discussed the many paimpact of the electi her employees. it is interesting. some of the trump supporters get fired up about it. they are calling for a boycott. >> just make it up. president obama and angela merkel meet in a matter of hours. donald trump is sure to be part of the conversation. cnn is live in berlin next. ...w. introducing a new way... ...to create a gift from the heart... ...that could only come from ...the new pandora boutique at jared.
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welcome back to "early
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start." president obama is in berlin this morning preparing to meet with angela merkel. an ally he calls his closest international partner. the two leaders have faced challenges over the past eight years, including the global financial crisis and climate change. with donald trump set to assume office, the legacy they forge san diego ned is now on the line. we have cnn's atika shubert live in berlin this morning. >> reporter: good morning, george. he has the one-on-one meeting with angela merkel coming up today and additional dinner tonight. he will meet with other leaders joining in tomorrow. this is a huddle to fix out what to do about the incoming administration of president-elect donald trump. there is a lot of concern in europe about what kind of a president he will be especially with what he said on the campaign trail. namely, the u.s. should take a
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backseat on nato. the bedrock of security in europe in the post-cold war environment. also, what to do about the trade agreements that donald trump says he wants to throw out. such as trans-pacific partnership and climate change. donald trump has said in the past is a hoax. this is something close to the heart of angela merkel. she pushed for green energy in her country and reducing climate change worldwide. these are thing we are all taking a look at. merkel is the strongest leader in europe to defend the global point of view. in many ways, president obama wom will be handing over to her to look after his legacy. >> cnn's atika shubert live in berlin. let's see what is coming up on "new day" with the lovely and talented alisyn camerota. >> thank you very much for that. you read it just like i wrote
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it. we will talk to bill de blasio this morning. he will be on the program. mayor de blasio is interesting. he met with president-elect trump yesterday. de blasio is one person who is recommending blunt talk about and to donald trump. that is different from the conciliatory words from president obama. when mayor de blasio is on, we will ask him what was said in the behind closed doors meeting. also as you guys know, there are reports of hate crimes, both physical and verbal assaults, since president-elect trump was elected on both sides. people who support trump and people who oppose donald trump. we will have two victims of the crimes to tell us their stories. all that when john berman and i see you at the top of the hour. >> oh, you stole my berman today. >> i know. >> be nice to him. >> i'll take care of him. the stock market has been in rally mode since donald trump won the election.
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welcome back. 21 minut 21 men and women, including bruce springsteen and tom hanks will receive the highest honor at the white house. michael jordan and bill gates highlighting the list of the medal of freedom award winners. it is for significant contributions to the national interests of the u.s. or world peace. among the other recipients. actor robert de niro and ellen degeneres and vin scully. in the meantime, musician bob dylan has decided not to accept his nobel peace prize in person. he told the committee he feels
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honored to win the nobel prize for literature, but has previous commitments. the committee says it is unusual, but not unprecedented. if dylan wants the waraward, hes to deliver a speech by next june in stockholm. a surprise policy move out of japan. a rising u.s. dollar has global markets mixed right now. the dow's seven-day winning streak is over. fell 54 points yesterday. with the dip, the gains over the last week and a half, stunning. 5.4% up. nearly 1,000 points in a week and a half. the big surge last month seems like history. that came as it looks like hillary clinton would win the election. then, trump won and the markets freaked out and turned around. gains rolled on as trump proclaimed victory. some say the stock market has come too far too fast.
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other metrics are resetting ahead of the trump administration. the u.s. dollar. highest in 13 years. on hopes the federal reserve will raise interest rates more quickly under a trump presidency. is there a big irony. trump criticized janet yellen for keeping rates low for so long. fed officials have been pleading with lawmakers to pass fiscal policy and help boost the economy. the fed did not want to do it alone. the trump administration may give the fed exactly what it wants. shares of target jumping 6%. making it the best of the day in the s&p 500. the stock having a rocky year. traffic at the stores is picking up and target expects that to continue into the holidays. shoppers want discounts and low prices. especially back to school deals and apple products. target still struggling with the grocery store venture. walmart will report earnings before the opening bell.
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it spent billions giving everybody a raise. that has helped results over the past two quarters. the investment walmart has been saying into paying people more and investing in the customer experience has helped with turnover. it worked out for them. we will listen. that's "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. there are more names in the mix for the trump cabinet post. "new day" starts right now. >> beginning of any transition has turmoil. >> i know the president-elect is very happy with how transition is going. >> no administration is ready on day one. we weren't ready on day one. >> he will pick someone he trusts. >> i unleashed my twitter account against you. i still may. >> we are going to drain the swamp. >> we're not going to have lobbyists involved. >> when you bring in an outsider, you get a better
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product. >> america is worth it. believe in our country. fight for our values and never, ever give up. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to "new day." it is thursday, november 17th. 6:0 6:00 in the east. chris has the day off. john berman is with us. up first, donald trump's transition team is taking steps to quote drain the swamp. if you think lobbyists are a problem. announcing a ban on lobbyists in the administration and a five-year lobbying ban once they leave government. >> and the trump team says things are going fine, thank you. enough with the reports of chaos and turmoil. still, the transition has yet to contact federal agencies, including the pentagon. this as we learn surprising
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names. including one kept particulskep. we are covering this from every angle. let's go to >> good morning, john. trying to reclaim the narrative one that has been played by reports of infighting and making this big move today. a ban on lobbying and all people trump administration and harkens back to donald trump as a candidate's core promise that he will shake up washington. president-elect donald trump's transition team now moving to uphold this campaign promise. >> we are going to drain the swamp. >> reporter: unveiling a new lobbying ban, requiring anyone under consideration for a job in the trump administration to sign a written pledge to terminate their lobbying. and when they leave office, they will be banned from

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