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a look inside president-elect donald trump's resort in palm beach, florida, where the soon-to-be first family is spending the weekend. the club is a playground for the rich and famous. but what was trump's original plan for the historic estate. and one of america's most beloved sitcom mom dies, florence henderson. we're going to look at what she did before and after "the brady bunch." we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm brianna keilar. you're in "the situation room." >> we're following breaking news. president-elect donald trump filling two more key positions in his upcoming administration. he's named national security
analyst k.t. mcfarland and don mcgann for white house counsel. a source tells cnn trump spoke to romney, and cnn has learned the secret service is considering leasing a full floor inside of trump tower at a cost of $1.5 million, which would go to donald trump. officials are looking at setting up around the clock center to protect trump while he's there and his wife as well and young son who are staying in new york through the spring. and tonight, "the washington post" is reporting that the russians helped amplify false stories about hillary clinton throughout the presidential campaign. this operation allegedly used so-called botnets, teams of human trolls and networks to echo right wing sites portraying
clinton negatively. we're covering all of that this hour with our correspondents and analysts. let's begin with the latest on the trump transition. jim acosta has the details on this. these appointments were fairly straightforward, but there's some infighting taking place over the secretary of state position. >> reporter: just a bit, that's right. mitt romney is still in the running for secretary of state i'm told by a source familiar with transition discussions that romney and trump spoke briefly over thanksgiving. the trump transition did announce picks for two important posts but that was a far less complicated task than sorting out this battle over the state department. now that he's finished with his thanksgiving turkey, donald trump is stuffing his white house staff, naming k.t. mcfarland his national security adviser and don mcgann his white
house counsel. mcfarland accused russia of meddling in the u.s. election last september. >> it's not a russian state entity and he smiled. what's that? an admission that in fact they're doing it. why do they do it? because they can get away wit. >> reporter: but trump still faces the task of choosing his next secretary of state. a source says in addition to mitt romney and rudy giuliani, retired general david petraeus, and senator bob worker and retired general john kelly are in a running for the post. senior trump adviser kellyanne conway said -- >> i would aught there are a lot of other people that are more qualified than romney in foreign policy and who are also have not been as actively as hostile as
he's been. >> i'm still very unhappy that mitt did everything he could to derail donald trump. he attacked 4i eed him on a per level. >> reporter: rudy giuliani said, i probably traveled as much as hillary clinton did as secretary of state. as for petraeus, who was sentenced to two years of probation after sharing classified information with his lover, said he's open to serving in government again. >> i've been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the oval office in a difficult moment, and turned without any pleasantries and said i'm asking you as your president and commander in chief to take command of the international security assistance force in afghanistan. the only response can be yes, mr. president. >> reporter: during the campaign, trump defended
petraeus, saying he received far worse treatment than hillary clinton did. >> after reading all of these items where she's so guilty, he let her off the hook, while other lives, including general petraeus and many others, have been destroyed for doing far, far less. >> reporter: as for the infighting over secretary of state, tensions are building in response to some of the grumbling over romney's past criticism of trump. one romney loyalist says who needs who more? with the trump transition team floating more names, it's possible this may not be a battle between romney and rudy giuliani anymore. >> jim, thank you so much. let's get more from cnn's ryan nobles. ryan, although donald trump hasn't been seen in the past few days, he did tweet yesterday letting everyone know he's working hard. >> reporter: the president-elect
likes to use twitter as a way to communicate with the american public. trump talked often during the campaign about bringing jobs back and keeping jobs here from going overseas and he would publicly go after big american companies like ford and nabisco and the furnace maker carrier. carrier announced they were moving 1400 jobs from a plant in indianapolis to mexico. trump really went after them on the campaign trail. now that he's president-elect, trump says that he's in negotiations with the company to keep those jobs here. trump competing over the last couple of days that he's made real progress with the furnace maker in keeping those jobs here in the university and keeping them from moving to mexico. now, carrier the company itself, did respond to trump's tweet, saying that they have nothing new to announce at this time. now, the transition team could not provide anymore insight into what's happening with these negotiations with carrier.
but if trump was able to pull something off like this and keep even a small number of these jobs here in the united states, it would be a major coup for his administration in its early case. brianna? >> sure would be. he has this announcement of two positions today. what is he expected to do this weekend and into monday? >> reporter: he's expected to stay behind the walls here behind me and not emerge over the weekend. he and his family will stay here through sunday. no more announcements are scheduled to be released about appointments, but he's returning to new york sunday night and has a very busy monday. eight different people will come to trump tower to meet with the president-elect and the vice president-elect mike pence. among them will be milwaukee county sheriff david clark. he gave a speary speech during the republican national convention. he's an african-american, his
name being floated as a potential secretary of homeland security. >> ryan, thank you so much. let's get more now on all of this with democratic congressman john garumendy of california. thank you for being with us. we appreciate it. >> good to be with you. >> you're watching this drama, the arguments over who should be secretary of state. there's rudy giuliani, mitt romney, there's also other possibilities here, including david petraeus, who served in the obama administration. not that you do get to pick, sir, but which of these would give you more comfort? >> oh, that's a tough question, because i don't know all of the details that are going to have to be asked by the u.s. senate as they go through confirmation. that will be a very interesting and penetrating series of questions asked of these of these. rudy giuliani, what did he do overseas? who were his clients overseas?
how much money did he receive from them and so forth, all the way through all of those people. and romney, as you said so clearly, he has a very interesting interpersonal relationship with the president-elect. so i'm not going to guess one or the other. what i'm going to say is it has to be somebody that understands the extraordinarily difficult position that the president-elect has put the united states in. big questions all around the world as to what is the united states' foreign policy under the trump presidency? we don't know, they don't know, whoever secretary of state is going to be will have to be out there telling the world where we're going, and why they should not be worried. >> what about general petraeus as secretary of state? he's obviously someone who is pretty popular with democrats and republicans. he's been confirmed before. not since he's stepped down in
disgrace as cia disgrace over how he handled classified information. but i wonder if you think he would be a good choice. >> well, i really don't know. i would have to measure it up against the question i just put forward, can this individual successfully tell the rest of the world what the administration's policies are, for example, nato. we heard some disturbing remarks coming out of the president-elect's campaign about the role of nato and about the role of nuclear weapons for japan or korea. these are extraordinarily difficult and important questions. the secretary of state is going to have to be on the front line. could petraeus do it? probably he could. but he also comes at this with a military record and the cia and the troubles he has there. so i guess the answer is, there's no perfect person, but there has to be a very competent
person. >> i want to ask you about what we learned about a service member. a service member was killed in northern seeia from wounds sustained from an ied explosion. we now know his identity, senior chief petty officer scott cooper dayton, the first service person killed inside of syria. it's very clear that this assistance role comes with a lot of danger. how do you see this changing or sort of changing perception of what people think about the mission of special forces inside syria and nearby? >> well, first of all, i share your condolences to the family. it's got to be and extraordinarily difficult thanksgiving for them. but we do thank the family and certainly our service members around the world for their service, and they are in
extraordinarily dangerous places. certainly iraq and all that's going on in mosul, and the surrounding area, and we have thousands of troops either on the front lines or in harm's way. syria is a very dangerous place, no doubt about it. and we have perhaps 300, maybe more, special operations forces in that area, and they are definitely in danger zones. and we should expect to see more faciallies, and that's the nature of this conflict. once again, here we are in a major foreign policy question that the new president is going to have to address. so what will be the role of the united states in syria? will we go all-in with even more troops or will we not? what is turkey's role going to be as they have been pushing hard against the united states to address the issues of the
coup attempt. these are really, really important questions the administration has to get its act together quickly. >> certainly they are important questions. you are on the armed services committee. what do you want to see done? >> i would like to stay the course. i think we're seeing a successful course laid out by the obama administration -- >> do you mean current troop levels or do you mean stay the course on the mission, and you might want to see more troops? >> i don't think we're going to need more troops. what we need to do is finish what we're being successfully moving forward in iraq, the army -- the iraqi army seems to be back together again. we seem to be able to provide the necessary aerial, reconnaissance, and support necessary and the advisers on the ground. syria is going to be a very difficult situation. i don't think it's any place for a large number of american ground troops. we have to work with the countries in the area, certainly turkey. with you know that the
turkey/kurdish situation is complex. that's -- >> i'm sure you've seen this washington post report that donald trump has only received two intelligence briefings since he won the election. and he's been turning away these briefings. we know that his vice president-elect has not been doing this. you give briefings as a member of congress. so i want to understand how important these briefings are, how this shapes your opinion. >> the briefings are extraordinarily important, particularly for somebody like president-elect trump that doesn't have the foreign policy or the military experience, and has not been watching it closely, at least from all that we've learned from him as he went through the campaign. he really needs to come up to speed on this. ultimately, these critical decisions are only his. they can't be made by the secretary of state or the defense department secretary. he's got to make those
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>> well, your vote, my vote, is the most precious thing we have in the democracy. it's imperative that you and i and every other american have confidence in the electoral system. obviously, issues have been raised, whether they're correct or not, to certainly i don't know. but they should be explored and put out of the -- questions should be put out of the way as quickly as possible. swz a recount, you think? >> you can start with that, but it means there's going to be a look at the veracity of the election in this case in wisconsin. i suspect she'll also file in michigan and pennsylvania. you're looking at some 10,000 vote difference in michigan. it's easy enough to imagine that one or another ways that that could change quickly. but we need to have confidence and a quick look at it, a recount doesn't mean you go through each ballot.
usually it starts with a statistic aa aalabl aa aal anal. but we need to make sure every vote was counted correctly and recounts are not unusual. in fact, they're very usual. in a presidential race, astz close as this one is, i think it's appropriate to see if there's any fire behind what some people say is some smoke. >> i want to ask you about what democrats are planning for the years ahead. in 2012, after mitt romney lost, the rnc did an autopsy toying your out how they lost. do you think democrats need to do something similar? >> well, we do know where some of the problems are. we do know that our presidential candidate received 2 million
votes more than the president-elect. so there is an issue with the way in which we select a president. the electoral college is an issue that needs to be looked at across this nation. and frankly, i think it has to change. secondly, we know that redistricting is a major problem for those of us in problem. there is gerrymandering in stating controlled by the republicans that have guaranteed somewhere around 220 safe republican seats. and i don't know that there's any way for us to break through that firewall that they've put up to protect those seats using jerry mangerrymandering as a wa that. >> but you say the electoral college needs to change. >> yep. >> are you -- i mean, if you're on the other side of this
equation, i think there are a lot of democrats who would say something different. are you worried about destabilizing the system that's been in place for years and years? >> years and years and proving several times it doesn't work well. we usually say that your vote is worth as much as my vote. but that's not the case with the electoral college. >> some say it's so that all states sort of have a say and that there's this misrepresentation and it's not just the popular vote. >> have you heard of the u.s. senate? >> i would take your point if they did much, congressman. but they don't. >> that's another question. but i represent more people than who you are in north dakota and i'm one of 53 in california. but one vote is not as good as the next vote but not in an electoral college system. we need to have a national popular vote system put in place
where, go out and get your votes all around the country, not just focus on a handful of states. but go to every american and say hey, you're important, i need your vote. i want your vote. i deserve your vote. that's not the way it is today. and so it really is an antiquated system set up when it took perhaps a month to travel from some of the western states or some of the states to get to philadelphia. or to washington, d.c. as the case might have been back in the 1800s or even the 1700s. so it's time for us to become modern. a national popular vote can be done without changing the constitution. simply how the states choose to apportion their electoral votes. keep the electoral college in place, but instead, apportion the votes based upon the national, popular vote. that would do it without changing the electoral college. and frankly, that process is in
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more breaking news. a law enforcement official tells cnn the secret service is considering setting up around the clock command center inside of trump tower to protect the president-elect and his family. cnn justice correspondent pamela brown is work thing story for us. your source says the secret service may lease an entire floor? >> reporter: that's right, that is under consideration, to put up this 24/7 command post. we know that melania and baron will be there until the spring for baron to finish school and trump is expected to visit on the weekends. so the secret service wants to be prepared for that. we know that this is going to be a large price ptag, $1.5 millio to rent one level, on top of $1 million a day in new york city for security and not including the cost for the agents, the officers and the overtime, that there could be more than 400 officers and agents by the end
of this. all the plans are still being ironed out, a lot to consider, but a hefty price tag there. >> how unusual is this setup? >> reporter: well, the secret service is in charge of protecting the president and the first family. so wherever the president goes, the secret service goes. what's unusual is the fact that trump tower is right there on 5th avenue, a busy corridor in one of the busiest cities in the world. it's also unusual that the secret service would be paying them rent, so trump's company would getting money from the service to protect trump and his family. so it's unclear what deal might be worked out. and the secret service apparently paid rent to joe biden for a cottage next to his house in delaware because he would often travel home on the weekends. we spoke to a secret service expert who said it's standard for the secret service to have these kinds of costs. it's a practice that goes back to the nixon administration. but there are some different
circumstances here surrounding trump tower and the future first family, brianna. >> pamela brown, thank you so much. i want to get more now on this with our panel. and i want to go do you first, bacari sellers, i asked anna navaro this, what did she think about $1.5 million a year being paid to donald trump because he is the land lord? she said, whatever, this is sort of what happens. i wonder what you think as a democrat. >> well, i do think there are a lot of ways that donald trump is going to make profit off his campaign run. i think we've seen that. i think we'll continue to see that. but i don't have any problem with the secret service doing whatever they need to do to protect the first family, wherever that may be. i do think if michelle obama and sasha and malia decided they were going to stay in chicago and not move to washington, d.c., then the fervor of the money spent would be a little bit higher, especially for my
colleagues on the right. but i don't want to go down that rabbit hole. i think you should do everything to keep the first family safe and secure. it goes against that notion that he's a man of the people looking out for little people throughout the country. >> i want you to listen to something a donald trump loyalist, congressman chris collins, the first member of congress, to get behind donald trump. and he and others have taken a whole lot of incoming, as you can imagine, in the last several months. and he and others are, i guess you could say bitter about this idea that mitt romney is being considered for secretary of state. let's talk after we listen to what he said. >> it sounds like it's difficult for people like yourself who were fully on board and fully on board early, to look at someone who -- i mean, it's not just -- you said nikki haley.
she did have some criticism of donald trump, but it was more genteel criticism, and with mitt romney, i mean, the back and forth was scathing. >> oh, yeah. >> it could peel paint. so when you look at that, somebody who is a loyalist, does it just -- what's your feeling? i can hear that it's -- it would be disappointing. >> well, i referred to governor romney time and again as a loser, somebody that rose to be our nominee, who then walked away from the republican party. i thought that was disgraceful, and i called it out as such. but at this point in time, all of us want what's best for america, to make america one, put america first. if as an individual president-elect trump believes that mitt romney can give him the best individual in that, i will respect that, and we'll move on. but clearly, for a lot of us that were in the firefight, to
have to stand up against both the bushes and romney, it was -- it's not easy. but again, this is donald trump's decision. i respect that, and it should tell america a lot that he's considering this. >> lonny, how does mitt romney, how could he overcome -- i mean, you hear it right there. this is full-blown animosity towards him. >> yeah, it was a very difficult campaign, no question about it. but the election is over, and the question now is, what kind of team is the president-elect going to assemble, and i presume the reason why donald trump reached out to governor romney and others is because he wants to put together the best team possible to put out on the field. so this is going to be donald trump's decision. it's not going to be anybody else's decision. governor romney made no mistake of the fact he wants to do everything he can to help this president-elect be successful. that means putting the campaign behind us and looking forward to
figure out how to govern together to improve america's standing and position in the world. >> it would be fascinating if he and donald trump do it. it would defy the expectations of both men. i want to talk to you about something different now. "the washington post" is reporting that russian propaganda outlets played a role with this fake news throughout the election. they have botnets, paid human trolls. i mean, when you look at that, it just seems a little crazy. >> i think you have to look at two things. number one, what happens in future elections? >> were you surprised by what we've learned, by what "the washington post" is reporting? >> no, i'm not, because the u.s. has little option and what to respond. are you going to invade russia? people talk about what you should do against putin, what's the president going to do? is he going to get into russia's systems? i think the question going forward is, what does the white
house and the congress do in engaging future candidates to say, before you're even a democratic or a republican nominee, you're going to get federal assistance to assure that your servers, that your websites are not compromised by a foreign power. you can't wait till someone is a nominee, because their systems will already be compromised. >> not all fake news is russian intelligence propaganda, but some of it is, and what "the washington post" did is lay out some evidence that this was used in the elections. something we already knew and now we know more about. so there are things we can do. first of all, as news consumers, we can be more discerning about the things we click on. >> but so many are not. >> and the government does have a responsibility to call out the russian government when it is shown that they are doing what it is basically information warfare, in an attempt to under
our democracy and our confidence in our own media. that's a real thing and needs to be approached on a consumer, corporate and government level. and we aren't ready. >> lahnee, this highlights when it comes to this issue of who will be secretary of state, this high its a huge division between mitt romney and donald trump, how to handle russia. how would mitt romney handle the fact that he and donald trump seem to see the u.s./russian relationship so differently? >> yeah, i think there is a fundamental question we have to answer, which is what are the actual policy differences. certainly differences in tone and differences how one may approach vladamir putin. but if you look at the actual policy differences between stuff that governor romney and others have said in the past and what donald trump has said, aside from potentially some similarity in engagement on syria where donald trump has said look, we have to figure out how to work
with the russians on syria, that is a difference in policy from what governor romney has said. aside from that, we have to see what the policies are going to be of this administration. the other issue is that frankly if you look at the fundamental orientation of foreign policy that donald trump has talked about, putting american interests first, that's very much in line with where governor romney has been for years. so we'll have to see how this works out, if this election is made, and if that's the way the president-elect goes. but we have to distinguish between rhetoric and policy going forward. >> "the new york times" is reporting that donald trump is scaling back confronting china about trade. president obama has said the reality might force donald trump to change his positions. how do you think democrats respond to this? how do you think donald trump's base responds to this? do you think he has so much latitude to do this? >> well, i think donald trump
has already abandoned his base for the most part. he's flip-flopped on issues from -- you talk about obamacare, now he's going keep part of that. you talk about the international climate change compact. now he wants to remain part of that. so you'll see these flip-flops throughout the campaign, and usually donald trump bases his public policy on the last person he spoke to. in this case, it's barack obama. so i think when we have a lot of these global issues and you want to go back to russia, the only thing that donald trump has not flip-flopped on is his relationship with putin, is his relationship with russia and the relationship that the united states will have going forward. one of the most dangerous things is that you asked how can we kind of dismantle this russian propaganda that influenced our elections? russia weaponized the united states media, so for all those who partake in the media, they have as big a role in what
russia was doing as anyone else, because we spent day after day talking about e-mails and wikileaks without pushing back on the fact that this was interference from a foreign government. >> but the information is still out there even though you said where it came from. phil, on the issue of intelligence briefings, the fact that "the washington post" is reporting that donald trump has only had two. you're someone that's been involved in putting together briefings. what's your reaction to that? >> don't get overexcited yet. my real question would be -- >> come on, will. >> no, come on, let's chill out here. half of this story is the president-elect. in new york city, money talks. in washington, d.c., power talks. in is how the intelligence people say hey, we may not have access to the oval office. they are worried about this, because in washington, d.c., it's access to the president of
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reagan had his california ranch. the bushes kennebunkport in maine. and donald trump will use his estate in palm beach, florida, as at least one of his presidential retreats. cnn's ed lavandera has a closer look. this is now an exclusive club, but the president-elect has a private home on the property. >> reporter: he does. his relationship with palm beach has been extremely contentious over the years. but now the president is coming home. walking inside the 20 acre estate is like a journey into a gilded age of ornate wealth and extravagance. >> it's like walking into a place that, you know, is a fairy tale, like cinderella's castle. >> reporter: it was built in the 1920s. the post family founded the post
seri cereal empire >> she would have square dance parties every friday night. it was very coveted invitation. >> post died in 1973, and she willed the presidential retreat but presidents never uses it and ill became so costly to maintain that the federal government decided to sell it. that is when donald trump moved in. >> donald trump bought the estate and all the antique furnishes inside for nearly 10 million dollars. last year he bragged to the post how that deal went down. according to trump his initial property was rejected so he turned around and bought a adjacent property and threatened to build a large hideous house on it. trump claims that drove the property value down here and
that is when he was able to come in and snatch up mar-a-lago. >> the deal of the century. >> but early on frank described m mar-a-lago as a financial albatross for trump. the maintenance alone across a fortune. >> when he became crunched with money and needed to do something this house was sort of a weight on around his shoulder and he had to co-something wis. >> eventually trump came up with the idea of turning mar-a-lago into that exclusive club many members would day a hundred thousand membership fee and 14,000 annual dues. this is where trump married his wife melania in 2005. >> as the tremendously successful club and i'm so glad i did it and i'm very very proud
of it. >> reporter: and more than 40 years after her post death. >> it is now exactly what zhe dreamed it would be. >> a presidential retreat on the florida coast. >> reporter: i think the only thing that story was missing my impression of the robin leech from the rich and famous. i do hear the new year's eve part there every year is quite a spectacle. >> i can only imagine and e she did get her way in the end. great story. thanks for tearing shah was. just ahead we remember would have been america's favorite sitcom moms. (vo) your love is purely thoughtful, purely natural, purely fancy feast. delicious entrées, crafted to the last detail. flaked tuna, white-meat chicken, never any by-products or fillers.
finally tonight we remember florence henderson who died unexpectedly on thanksgiving. the 82-year-old act residence was carol brady to many of her fans but she had a broad career. cnn stephanie elam has more. >> reporter: she captured hearts across the country as one of television's myself iconic mothers, krarl brady. >> do i look okay mom? >>. >> i created the kind of mother that i wished i had. and i think that everyone longs
for. >> reporter: ticking on the role was something she embraced. >> i get so much fan mail from all over the world and everybody wants a hug from me. >> yeah. >> and i hug everybody. >> reporter: in the decades following the show she never shied awayer from limelight. returning to her beloved carol bra brady. she kied of heart failure thanksgiving night at a los angeles hospital surrounded by her family. her tv family sharing their grief. berry williams saying he was proud to call henderson his mom and lifelong friend. >> i want to remind the people, and there are many, many of us that will miss us. that she was a genuine person. >> maureen mccormick posting this picture with the words you were in my heart forever,
florence. it was mccormick's appearance on dancing with the stars that drew henderson back to television appearing monday night to cheer on her tv daughter. henderson appeared on the show herself in 2010, dancing her way to a new generation of fans. >> and i loved to pick her brain about her career and the people she'd worked with. and she just was -- she was just a lovely, lovely person. and i still can't believe that i won't see her again. >> henderson's career took off at the age of 17 when she landed a leading role in "oklahoma" in 1951. becoming a bona fide broadway star, her tv career progressed as she became nbc's today girl in 1959 and broke barriers as the first woman to guest host the tonight show in 1962. in 1996 earned her star on the
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