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packing his bags for beijing, assuming senate confirmation the next u.n. ambassador to china. the president-elect has a new title today as well. "time" magazine's person of the year, and while we watch the daily ins and outs and donald trump's tower, also here in washington, d.c., the site of celebrations getting underway for bahrain's national day. joining me now to connect all of these dots are cnn global affairs correspondent elyse lavette and jessica schneider in new york. jessica you first. as we hear who is likely to be the next ambassador to china, why branstat? >> governor brenstat earning praise from the trump transition team today saying he as an immense knowledge of china and the chinese people. actually a long-standing friendship with president xi's china dating back to the mid-1980s when president xi was
studying agriculture as an official in china, came to iowa to study things and when he formed a friendship with the governor. in fact, the governor had president xi for an lelaborate dinner. and he will appear with donald trump holding his third rally in des moines, iowa tomorrow when the official announcement is made, and meantime, intrigue swirls over secretary of state. donald trump was asked this morning if one of the lead be contenders for that position still has a chance, mitt romney. here's what donald trump said -- >> yes, he does. i mean, i've spoke ton him a lot. and we've come a long way together. he had some tremendous difficulty together and now i think we've come a long way, but the answer is, yes, he does. >> so this isn't about some case of stringing him along as, as revenge being a dish best served cold for the comments he made during the campaign? >> no.
it's not about revenge. it's about what's good for country, and i'm able to put this stuff behind us and i hit him very hard also. >> reporter: romney and trump, of course, having a contentious relationship. romney called donald trump a fake and fraud in march and recently placed him for his electoral win. >> thank you. turn to elise on this other issue of the donald trump hotel here in washington, elise. you have becauahrain renting th build, already a conflict this is imposing? >> reporter: right. a lot of excitement. steps from the white house. this old, historic building but a lot of questions whether people are booking hotels there to maybe kind of get in with the new administration. in-roads, curry a little favor. i've spoken positive diplomats, look, an easy way and a friendly jess dhogesture to get to the n
president. diplomats treated to lavish receptions, given discounts of rates there, and they're praising it, the hotel, for a lot of good service. there's a lot of excitement in the hotel, you know, because of the owner, because of donald trump. and there are questions from ethics groups that say, look, these are governments that are trying to get in with the administration. this is not a good idea, and there's also some other controversy surrounding the hotel. you know, the embassy of as are azerbaijan holding a reception, one group is protesting. when you hear what we've heard from donald trump on the campaign, messages of intolerance, of disrespect, we shouldn't be having our reception there. so i think it's a little bit of a mixed bag. there's a lot of interest, but also a lot of controversy. >> yeah. and certainly becoming a question as he heads towards the presidency next month. elise and jessica, thank you to you both. time to bring in my panel.
betsy wolfe, political reporter and abby philip also and a cnn political analyst. i want to talk to you about something that donald trump said today in his "today" show interview. talked about selling stock portfolio over the summer. listen. >> i was never a big stockholder but bought a lot of different stocks and had a lot of stocks before then, too, and what i did is i sold them. i just don't -- i don't think it's appropriate for me to be owning stocks when i'm making deals for this country. >> so he says that, which i think some people would say, good. but then his family's running his business. and also, or they're going to be, and the stock sale can't be verified by income tax returns or other documentation. right? >> right. and he seemed to claim he has made this disclosure when it happened, which he did not. we learned about this, this week from his campaign after questioned were raised. so we don't know what the state of donald trump's finances are
and how that could potentially impact his presidency, even with this news. i think we still don't know, in fact, haven't even more questions about when this happened and what stock he actually had at the time. and did he sell all of them or just some of them? we just don't know the answer to any of those questions. >> why does it matter, betsy? >> symbolic and important not to treat it like it is something more. he said he wasn't a big stock guy. might not have had a big impact on his personal finances. we still haven't seen his tax returns. the decisions his family makes we know ivanka is planning a move to d.c. to be part of governing, the decisions they make, as a family. it will have an impact on his finances. selling the stock is sort of a nice gesture, but as far as significance, it's not very big. >> we should hear next week secretary of state, his pick. that's what donald trump said. and when he was asked about this, he said in a romney is still in the running.
what do you think? >> i think he is. i think we wouldn't be having this conversation if he weren't. i'm not sure mitt romney would appreciate being kind of strung out like this, if it weren't, at least somewhat real. >> it would be humiliating if he wasn't picked. >> already been fairly humiliating for him, i think. this situation being out here. if romney knew he wasn't really in the running i think we would hear that by now. i do think there is real debate going on in trump world, in trump's own mind about what he wants and the kind of person acceptable to his inner circle and to the senate who has to confirm that person. >> what do you think as you see what appears to be an expanding list, at least publicly, instead of a contracting list? >> interesting he brought up rex tillerson, ceo of exxon mobile. tillerson has a decent relationship with vladimir putin. ran exxon operations in the '90s. got to know putin then and in
2013 putin gave him an award, order of friendship, the highest honor a non-russian can get from the russian government. trump looking to pick someone with a good, personal relationship with putin, tillerson is the pick. also a conflict of interest, too. >> sure. may end up becoming problems in a confirmation hearing. that relationship with putin may line up with trump's foreign policy, but is it too close? i think democrats would make that a huge issue in a confirmation hearing. >> and some republicans, too. all right. the "time" cover, because donald trump is "times'" person of the year. it's fascinating, because it says, divided states of america, and donald trump was asked about this. he told matt lauer, i'm not president yet and didn't do anything to divide. he says of the divided states of america, i didn't divide them. but he talks about -- wanting to put it back together. what is your read on his
awareness of how divisive his campaign was? >> pretty low. i mean, he has, i don't think a particularly good view of the impact his candidacy had on the country, i don't think he's fully accepted the fact he lost the popular vote by 2.5 million votes. a huge deal and tough, i think to simultaneously want to celebrate winning this historic victory and accept that things are kind of a mess and really deep anger and frustration. i think trump is sort of, has to be careful about courting delusion here. >> one of the things we're seeing from trump is a sort of slow process of coming in to this role. last night at his rally in fayetteville, subdued. stub to the script. talked a lot about reconciliation, about unifying the country. he made a point to note even though he wanted to tout his election results, hey, i don't, i don't need to talk about that. i can't talk about the numbers. i want to unite the country.
so we are seeing him come into it slowly. i mean, a week ago he was gloating from the stage. there were a lot of concerns raised about that. and i think we're seeing some of that permeating his persona. changing his behavior slowly, and that's actually not unusual for him. >> it's hard to see how he fixes this, though? right? is this something he can turn around? do you think, betsy? or no? >> it's tough. i think trump is trump. over the course of his entire candidacy people expected him to change and the change didn't happen. he sned the interview, a classic trump sentiment, that he thought the consensus, basically the consensus of the u.s. intelligence community the russians were connected to the wikileak hacks and said it was incorrect and might have been politically informed. that's a conspiracy theory. it is a conspiracy theory to say the u.s. symbol community was pushing out false intelligence. floated that as -- >> as was his explanation for the popular vote count and how
he says actually he won when he did not nap aside, betsy, abby, thanks to both of you. up next, he hasn't even taken the oath of office but donald trump may already be on a collision course with china. we'll tell you why and get to know his choice for ambassador to beijing, coming up. pe to see. whoa, whoa, i got this. just gotta get the check. almost there. i can't reach it. if you have alligator arms, you avoid picking up the check. what? it's what you do. i got this. thanks, dennis! if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. growwwlph. it's what you do. oh that is good crispy duck.
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by the way, terry cage to my office talking about trade. i think there's no one who knows mob about trade. one of those when dealing with china, you would be our prime candidate to take care of china. >> talking about iowa governor terry branstad, two days before being elected president. now making it official selecting branstad to become his ambassador to china. branstad has known china's president for decades. a question how deep that relationship is, but the decision comes at a time of heightens tensions with china after trump abandoned decades of diplomatic protocol and critical of china's current policies and military buildup. discusses with think cnn chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. what does this pick signal to
china? >> interesting. you heard donald trump there saying, if anybody can deal with trade with china it's branstad. the reason it's true is because iowa, his state has done an enormous amount of trade with china. statistics, mostly agriculture, u.s. agriculture states sell food, stuff to china. they have a lot of people to feed. right? in the last year, growth in exports to china from iowa, 257%. it's been going up exponentially. so an odd person to pick if you're going start a trade war with china. unless, perhaps, this is as my colleague dana bash was saying, a good cop/bad cop. tough here but can also do business because we know we have common interests and so on. >> is it being well-received by chinese officials? do they think, oh, this is good? a good call? >> too early to say. they haven't said publicly. the two things chinese officials care about in a u.s. ambassador. one, that ambassador is close to
the president? when they speak to the ambassador, can they be confident he's telling them what the president truly believes and when they tell him stuff, he's going to go right to the president. the ambassadors to china that worked have had close relation. sh shipships to the president. he picked his college roommate. they knew it would go right to president bush's ear and in both directions. the other thing is, they don't want a governor who's, or an ambassador, rather, hostile to china. the reason previous ambassadors have had trouble. huntsman had an issue. he showed up at an anti-government protest in beijing. once that happened, not quite persona non-grata, but he was. someone with a relationship. something of a personal relationship with xi jinping, visits in the past. received, at least an open mind someone they could work with. >> and know him. right? important? >> right. >> and recent reporting that's interesting about chinese bombers that circumnavigated taiwan before donald trump made
his call to taiwan's leader. those were intercepted by japanese military aircraft. tell us more about this. >> to be clear it did happen before president-elect trump made this call there, but in the context of this relationship. it so chinese bombers, they didn't quite fly over taiwan but flew close enough that people noticed including the u.s., and certainly the japanese military did. so they launched planes to intercept them. nuclear-capable bombers. this kind of thing happens to send a signal. the u.s., for instance, after north korea tested a nuke, we flew nuclear-capable b-52s and other planes over south korea, a show of force. you do that for a reason. this happened, it was not quite over but closer than usual. so that's a significant message coming from beijing. you know, historically, said it on the air before. china looks at taiwan as a renegade state. sort of hawaii creed ceded from
uni union. delicate and these signals matter in terms of what they're thinking. does the u.s. military believe china's about to bomb or invade taiwan? no. but they do that to show, listen, we're going to stay tough on this issue. >> we're the big dog. >> exactly. >> jim sciutto, thank you for that report. coming up, we'll talk about inside the city where the sound of gunfire and shelling never seems to stop. a live report from aleppo, syria, as calling for a cease-fire to get desperate families out. he is.errible at golf. but i'd like to keep being terrible at golf for as long as i can. patented ensure enlive has hmb plus 20 grams of protein to help rebuild muscle. for the strength and energy to do what you love. ensure enlive. always be you.
the u.s. and five other western world powers are sending a message to the syrian regime and russia. they want an immediate cease-fire in the besieged city of aleppo and accusing russia of blocking efforts to halt the bloodshed. this comes as syrian government forces made their biggest push yet into eastern aleppo, grabbing control of areas held by rebel fighters for the past four years. meantime, caught in the middle of thousands of civilians fleeing trying to get help. joining us on the phone like from aleppo is cnn senior international correspondent fred pleitgen, and, fred, we're used to seeing horrific scenes out of syria. but we're talking about a situation that is much worse than even the usual difficulties people are facing there? >> reporter: yeah.
unbelievable what these people are facing. we went into the old town of aleppo after it was just taken back by the syrian military a couple hours before and sought literally thousands of civilians trying to flee there. i mean, many of these people, brianna, i can't tell you how weak many of them look, how malnourished many look and how tired many of them look, and then, also, how many elderly and how many children were among those who were trying to get out of those areas. the youngest child i personally saw being carried out of there was only 7 days old, and the parents said born as bombs were raining down on their heads, jets in the air. fire going on from one side to the next. as they fled, fired on as well. they managed to get out with only a few of their belongings and many other people had the same fate. at the same time, the syrian military is going through a lot of these districts, clearing a lot of these districts and, of course, are very bold at this point and confident they believe they can take away all of the
rebel areas within the next couple of weeks if not within the next couple of days. >> how likely, fred, is a cease-fire, and if it were to happen, is it something that can be trusted? >> reporter: i don't think at this point it's likely at taall cease-fire will happen. the syrian government and yesterday told me again, e only option for the rebels right now, that leads to either, they need to lay down arms and get out of aleppo and go to another place held by the rebels or continue facing the onslaught currently going on. anything outside of that, doesn't look as if the momentum the syrian government has now, the backing they have right now from the russian air force, from russian ground forces, quite frankly, seeing as well. it's really going to look as though any sort of cease-fire that would be brokered at the u.n. or by the u.s. is not going to happen. >> do people, do the people of aleppo, fred, have any
confidence that the international community can help them? >> reporter: i don't think that many of them do. many of them have been living in this civil war for the past five years. there's been so many efforts to try and bring the syrian civil war to an end. quite frankly, most people don't believe that's going to happen. they think it is going to happen on the battlefield. looks like that's what the syrian military and russians are trying to do now. essentially to force a decision especially near aleppo. you know, aleppo is the last urban stronghold where the rebels have any sort of territory. and if they lose that altogether, very difficult for them to maintain any momentum in the syrian civil war. many people here feel very much abandoned and right now also those who are fleeing to areas the government is taking back, very, very little aid, very difficult for them to get support from the outside world.
>> all right. fred pleitgen on the phone with us from aleppo, and a time that could be a turning point in the syrian civil war. up next -- the 44th president of the united states has exactly 44 days left in office. so how will he be remembered in the days and decades ahead? and how much a blow does trump's election do to this legacy? putting it in historical perspective, coming up.
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everywhere. at all times, and that includes tactics like waterboarding and at no time has anybody who has worked with me told me that doing so has cost us. >> i want to talk certainly about departures in style. cnn presidential historian joining me, professor of history at rice university and i want to start just really about where the war on terror is heading. clearly, president obama has left a mark on it, and donald trump could, and very likely will, have a different trajectory. >> one similarity between president obama and donald trump. both didn't want to really send ground troops and both believed that george w. bush's iraq war was a mistake. that's the common ground. now, barack obama's tried to bring back -- >> i mean, truly, we heard certainly trump say that initially he did not say that, which when talking about judgment from the beginning to the end, i just want to put that
in here. >> that's true. but i did think, in other words, it's, you know, the cold war we talk about containing soviet tension and now how do we stomp out terrorism? and barack obama has an intricate strategy that's worked in some cases. the key to president obama win the hearts and minds of muslims, not turn it into america the great satan feast. the clip played, if it's waterboarding, keeping torture in guantanamo. go back to dick cheney, darth vader tactics, president obama thinks it's not going to work. we tried that and is hoping that donald trump will continue a legacy of engaging the arab world and in a positive way and not having a war on islam and of course donald trump is going to use rhetoric coming up that barack obama never would have. >> do you think he'll guess counsel? we see generals incoming to his administration. general mattis, as secretary of
defense, if he gets the waiver. they know what happens to soldiers when anti-muslim rhetoric creates fervor on the other side. will he ket counsel on that? >> of course he's going to, and mattis is a great pick, i think. and the difficulty is going to be, we don't -- donald trump feeds on unpredictability. that's what he's marketing to the world. you'll never know what i'm thinking. that gives him a power, but this notion of working with russia on the war on terror, how will putin and trump work together on stomping out isis? will it lead to casualty, deaths, because of quick bombing raids into syria or libya or somewhere? that's the danger we're going to have civilian deaths in the arab world on our hands, because of trump's impetuousness to stamp it out in a marshal way. >> you mentioned donald trump-style. unpredictability. president obama-style, very much
about control in his white house. about being very deliberate. these are very different personalities. >> i can't think of two different personalities than barack obama and donald trump. obama, a constitution lawyer. you almost watch his mind type out words, every word matters in a way. donald trump, likes to be a little reckless, colorful, folksy, doesn't worry about a tweet today, that doesn't hold up tomorrow. so rhetorically, these are so opposite people it's hard to see them in the same room together. >> i want to talk about a moment we will see tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern. cnn fareed zakaria talks with president barack obama and a look back at his presidency. one moment that certain stands out is the shooting last year at the charleston church. take a look at that. >> reporter: no single moment in the obama presidency was at once so ugly and unifying at the
charleston church shooting. >> being investigated as a hate crime now. >> you are raping our women, you are taking over our country. i have to do what i have to do. >> reporter: nine people murdered. the gunman said he wanted to start a race war. ♪ when president obama came to the emanuel church, his hesitance to speak frankly on race -- >> for too long we've been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present. we now realize the way of racial bias is affect us even when we don't realize it. oh, but god works in mysterious ways. god has different ideas! ♪ amazing grace
president had struggled and yet here he was maybe having a breakthrough in how he addressed the issue of race. >> well, he's become our grief counsel in chief. he's had to go to all of these heinous shootings, kind of heal the country, be a grief counselor. at the pull imat the a & e church, hair yit tubman, rosa parks, that's barack obama country. when he got in there and set off the pull flit and, still i'm moved when i hear that "amazing grace," because it reminds us of slavery, of the passage, of jim crow, the barking dogs and birmingham, all of it is there and barack obama coming there and trying to heal that congregation and having, as was said, that hallelujah moment there. >> what do you think, just a general question here. what do you think the hallmark of the obama legacy is going to be?
>> that he got the country, when everything crashed, in 2008, the president came in, things got better. i once said if he could drive that unimploem rate down below 5% he'sen seen as handling the economy successfully. it's down to 4% and now driven it down. i think everybody will say, are you better off than eight years ago economically? yes. however, donald trump showed that a lot of people are still -- >> tapped into those left behind. >> left behind in the obama recovery. and i think obama care was a signature domestic achievement and now it might be being beat up or gutted or repealed. we'll have to see. >> or maybe just adjusted. that's the thing. back to the unpredictability. we do not know. it's fascinating and always fascinating to talk to you, doug brinkley. thounk so much. appreciate you being with us today joshgs join us tonight for the cnn special "the legacy of barack obama." our fareed zakaria sits down
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you are looking at live pictures of the world war ii memorial here in washington, d.c. on the 75th anniversary of pearl harbor. you can see veterans gathered there to commemorate this day. we're going to be paying attention as we expect a replaying very soon by vice president-elect mike pence. keep an eye on soon here at the memorial for you. this just in to "cnn newsroo newsroom". lindsey graham plans to lead an inquiry into the russia hacking saying before the congress should hold hearings and gone a step further saying he'll liead the charge through two of his
subcommittees. talking about donald trump's stance regarding russia. take a listen. should trump take a tougher tone towards russia? >> trump should take a real tough tone to russia. if he doesn't he's going to allow russia to begin to break apart alines. the european union. >> while manu raju, wow. tell us more. >> reporter: significant, brianna. up to now the calls investigated have come from democrats. as we know, republicans will control congress next year and they're the ones in hacharge of the investigation. a republican senator plans to use those committees to investigate russia's role in the elections. whether or not they tried to house donald trump and the effort they, the russian hack into the democratic national committee. john podesta's e-mail, lindsey graham wants to dig very deep into that saying that he also wants to push congress to impose new sanctions, stiffer sanctions
on vladimir putin. part of the interview he told me he along with his friend john mccain will travel to to georgia, ukraine, la stonia, lat vee yao and lithuania to learn more about russia's involvement trying to interfere in their election. this pressure will come from capitol hill if donald trump does not do more on russia. some from the republican side starting to join calls from democrats to do more, to figure out russia's role in our elections here. brianna? >> trying to sway him. manu raju from the hill, thank you. and sticking for donald trump, likely to stick the next four years that is ceo. the past week, donald trump intervened to keep jobs, factory jobs in indiana, to scrap an allegedly overpriced next generation air force one, lure a $50 billion japanese investment in u.s. start-ups and just today
to bring down drug prices. details of all of these things are complicated. they're sometimes murky. we do have an skiexpert importantly. an economist, a former director of the congressional budget office and top economic adviser to john mccain during mccain's 2008 presidential run. i will say that donald trump has talked to boeing's ceo, doug, and we'll talk about that in a moment. overall, give us a look of how, your assessment of how donald trump is doing as a ceo? >> i think the biggest thing he's done, quite frankly, improve the environment for the business community. since his election we have soon consumer confidence rise. we've seen the confidence of ceos rise, we've seen stock market rally. all in expectation of better economic policy, faster economic growth. and so independent of these one-off episodes with boeing and carrier, things like that, people are excited about the possibilities and the possibility for better
regulatory tax infrastructure policies in the years to come. >> what about main street? always a tension between main street and wall street and you've seen a lot of bankers certainly going into the trump administration. the concerns of people that this may not be a good thing for the little guy? >> i think the premises campaign on taking kash of the little guy. >> has to deliver? >> he has to deliver and indeed some of the back story around his discussions with carrier, workers saying you promised my job wouldn't go away. what are you going to do here? it's interesting to watch him. he's doing now what he knows how to do. he's been a ceo. but this is a transition and people forget it is a transition for a person as well. he's now moving into a very different job. one he's never had. one where it's not really a matter of saving 800 jobs or helping 800 people. he can help millions. the power getting things through congress and putting in place laws and regulations that have enormous implications. >> he's talked to boeing's ceo
and did this after talking to the cameras yesterday, and raising the spectrum of cancelling what he said was a $4 billion contract. boeing careful to say, look, $170 million contract, a preliminary look at this airplane and working on a future airplane. okay. the ceo, dennis muhlenberg, promises president-elect donald trump in this phone call the company will work to limit the cost of the new air force one. it's at least a symbolic, positive for donald trump. is this really going to happen, though? can he turn the screws on every company? >> no. i mean, i will say, you know, i'm an economist. he may be a president that cares about the price of something instead of running of the tab pap great moment but it's not about the cost of the boeing contract. it's about him sending the message that you're going to do your job. your job's to hold down costs
and deliver good products and now deliver to the american public a higher standard of living. no ceo likes to have the spotlight shine on them and are uncomfortable with this. >> he seems comfortable with it. the ceo, talking about donald trump. comfortable shining the spotlight using it as almost sort of an incentive, i guess you could say? >> a long history of presidents using this, their position as a bully pulpit, john f. kennedy lecturing the steel companies back in the '60s. it's not new, but interesting, how early he started. it reflects the appetite the american people have for better performance. his appetite to get going and make things better. >> he talks to "time" magazine saying i'm going to bring down drug prices and pharmaceutical stocks fall. what do you think about that? >> everybody's concerned about drug prices. hear it all the time. public opinion polls. >> blown up in recent years.
skyrocketing drug 3r50prices fo some. epipens up 100%? >> i acknowledge epipens and things like that but turn into the nerd economist on you. drugs are still 10% of national health care spending, 10%. >> you're saying not as big a problem as -- >> the broad picture is not nearly as catastrophic awe you might think. >> plays well with people. >> it plays well with people. look, he won the presidency. he's a very good politician. all of this is good retail-level populist politics. no question about that. the trick for any president is turn that ability into succe successful policy and thus a legacy. >> really appreciate it. quick programming note. tune in this sunday for the tenth annual cnn all-stars tribute hosted by anderson cooper and kelly ripa. we have a sneak peek.
>> reporter: they are the kind are, caring, strong and brave. the one whose see a need, fill a void, make a difference. >> i'm trying to give them all opportunities they deserve. >> this has become my life. a i don't ever want to do anything else. >> reporter: they don't do it for themselves. they do it for all the rest of us. they are a reminder of what's going in this world and what it truly means to be a hero. >> we give them the foundation from which they can thrive. the feeling of family. >> we have transformed the lives of thousands of children. >> reporter: this sunday night, cnn presents a very special live event. the tenth annual "cnn hero's all-star tribute." >> tonight we gather to celebrate extraordinary men and women highlighting the best of what humanity has to offer. >> join anderson cooper and special guest kelly ripa honoring ten extraordinary people. the tenth cnn hero's all-star tribute live sunday night at 8:00 on cnn.
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and you are looking at live pictures of world war ii memorial here in washington, d.c. down on the national mall. and mike pence, the vice president-elect, has just shown up at this service that they are having there to honor the armed forces, as well as civilians who served during world war ii on this day, this 75th anniversary of pearl harbor. we're going to listen in, just to a brief moment of the program. >> -- honorable paul "chip" janican. [ applause ] and from the military district of -- >> we're looking obviously at introduction there's to some of the people who are going to be taking part in this program there on the national mall on
this certainly very momentous occasion. japan's surprise attack on december 7, 1941. 7a years ago. it killed more than 2,000 americans. it triggered the united states entry into world war ii. veteran senator bob dole and former president george w. bush are, george h.w. bush, keynote speakers at texas a&m in texas. entered the army in 1942, half way through college. awarded two purple hearts, two bronze stars for his service. former president george w. bush became a decorated -- george h.w. bush, flew torpedo bombers during world war ii. in 1944 shot down over the islands and i want to show you as well live pictures coming to us from pearl harbor. where there's a -- where there
is a program going on there right now, as well as what we are seeing down at the national mall. and i'm going to toss over now as we look at these pictures with so many beautiful memories, memorializations today. wolf blitzer, he's are such an important day happening all over the country. >> certainly is brianna. commemorating an infamous day in american history, looking to the future as well as a new administration takes shape. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. welcoming viewers here in the united states and around the world. these are live pictures coming in from hon lou honolulu from harbor, the pearl harbor hickam joint base there. the ceremony just beginning to get under way. the ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. here in washington, vice president-elect mike pence attends a separate