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a possible vice presidential pick for hillary clinton. overnight, the transition team announces the pick for the head of the epa. oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt. this will be a controversial nomination. he is a denier of climate science and critic of the agency he would actually now run. for the latest on the transition, let's bring in sara murray at trump tower. >> reporter: good morning, john and alison, the transition barrels on and while as a candidate on the campaign trail, trump may have said dismissive things about the generals. he is relying on them as he builds his team. trump has chosen retired general john kelly to be the head of the homeland security. it is one of a number of staffing announcements that appear to be taking shape this week. another one of the trump tra transition team made official is linda mcmahon. that is trump's pick to lead the
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sba. trump is impressed with her business experience. the reason he felt she was right pick for the job. he won't spend all day at trump tower. he will head to columbus to meet with the victims and first responders of the ohio state attack. and then he will go to des moines as part of his victory tour and opportunity to reveal a staff pick. iowa governor terry bran stestb the next pick to be ambassador of china. >> governor branstad is known to have a close relationship with china. including a decades long relationship with president xi jinping. believe it or not, has long ties to iowa himself. i want to bring in matt rivers live in beijing. matt, the reaction from china to the nomination really warm. calling terry branstad an old
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friend of china which is very high praise. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. you rarely hear chinese officials specifically refer to american officials with high praise. at yesterday's ministry foreign affairs briefing in beijing, they singled out the governor as an old friend. that is a term of endearment here. it is more than saying i have known that guy for a long time. that is a phrase you refer to someone who you hold in high regard. that is because president xi jinping and governor branstad go a long way back. when jinping was 31 years old making the first trip to the united states, he met governor branstad on a tour in iowa. he slept in an average person's house in a small town in iowa in 2012. he returned to the same area and told reporters that the trip to iowa in 1985 shaped his vision
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of america. the fact that both of these men referred to each other as old friends really signifies something that is different, i would say, than what you heard from the president-elect trump over past week. there has been a dust-up over president-elect trump taking a call from the taiwanese president. that goes against decades of international norms from the u.s. and china. this could easily be seen as an olive branch from the incoming trump administration which is what is considered to be a complicated relationship. >> the chinese leader has a unique relationship with the state of iowa. so you send the governor of that state to china. matt rivers, thanks. okay. now to donald trump lashing out at a union leader as a carrier deal halfway promised delivered. >> we have members when the word
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is coming out of 1,100. they thought that they would have a job. then they find out the next day that most likely they weren't. 550 would still lose jobs. >> and a few minutes after that interview, trump tweeted this. chuck jones, president of the uaw has done a terrible job representing workers. no wonder companies flee the country. then an hour later, tweeting this. if united steel workers was any good, they would have kept the jobs in indiana. let's give you the facts. initially carrier planned to move 1,400 jobs to mexico. trump and carrier struck a deal to save 1,100 jobs. 300 are administrative that will never move to mexico. in total, 800 workers will stay employed. those jobs were saved. carrier is still shifting about
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600 jobs to mexico some time next year. >> i want to bring in eugene scott to talk about all this. eugene, if you were watching cnn overnight, this was an interesting back and forth. chuck jones, the union leader saying the numbers donald trump has said out loud don't add up. he is saving jobs, but not all the jobs he said he was. then donald trump responding and calling him out by name. yes, on twitter. it doesn't matter. when you have the president-elect, the man who will be president, calling out someone by name, has an impact. now chuck jones is getting death threats. >> now he needs to be mindful of where his kids are. the thing that is interesting is it is awesome to save 800 jobs before the holidays. if the number that was given to the media wasn't accurate, it was going to come out eventua y
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eventually. why not give us the correct number and take credit for that? >> it is one thing to go after a company. he went after boeing. to go after an individual, it feels a bit more personal. we did see robert rice talk about his thoughts about how donald trump is handling all the criticism coming this way. >> let me just say because president-elect trump is watching right now. let me say with all due respect, mr. donald trump, you are president-elect of the united states. you are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty, thin skinned and vindictive. stop this. this is not a fire side chat. this is not what fdr did. this is not lifting people up. this is actually penalizing people for speaking their minds. >> so he is saying stop this. will trump heed these words? >> we don't have track records to suggest he will.
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i think this is displaying another example of how much trump is a neophite. and for valid reasons for putting out ideas of what you have been able to accomplish and they are not actually accurate. >> supporters say why back down? why would he change? being president is different than being a dcandidate. i want to talk about scott pruitt. he sued the epa many times. in some ways, he would like to live without the epa. scott pruitt has challenged the climate change. he said earlier this year, global warming inspired the debate. that debate is far from settled. scientists have continued to disagree of global warming and connection to mankind. this is something that climate
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change kept particulskeptics sa. the overwhelming number of scientis scientists. overwhelming research and science says that humans do contribute significantly to climate change. this is a clear sign to environmentalists they will not get what they want from the epa. >> this is something the environmentalists have been concerned throughout the campaign when donald trump put out ideas that seemed to be rejecting climate change. i think it is a bit odd because just in the last week or two, we have seemed to see trump open to it. he met with al gore. even trump said he is entertaining it could be possibly some human activity involved in it. this seems to be going in the other direction. >> scott pruitt's record is going in the other direction. he is now in a position to do something about it. it is different than meeting with leo difficuand al.
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>> there is criticism over that nomination. donald trump yesterday said that he is talking to or talked to president obama and actually got some and is listening to the advice about his picks. >> i thought that was interesting. in that interview, he said i really like obama. i love his ideas. i think he said that he put forward one name, one appointment that the president spoke very highly of. we got an idea shortly after the election that the two would be talking more and trump said he would look to the president for counsel. i have no idea where this relationship will go. it will be interesting to cover. >> considering it was so hostile. >> our dana bash did terrific reporting on this. president obama who believes he can influence trump or trying to influence where he can. it is not about affection. it is about trying to make a
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two teenagers facing arson charges in connection with the deadly tennessee wildfires. because they are minors, police are not releasing their names. they are being held in a detention center. this could be moved to adult court and more charges could be filed. let's get the latest from cnn's polo sandoval. >> reporter: good morning. officials in tennessee will say these two are juveniles that are from tennessee, but not from sevier county, t. the region that was scorched by
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the fires two weeks ago and spread to gatlinburg, tennessee. the two arrested yesterday as part of the arson case that is worked by local, state and federal investigators. local district attorney saying they do believe that other charges are possible. according to him, they are keeping all option on the table and including seeking the transtrans fer of the cases to the adult court. 1,400 structures damaged or dough str destroyed. you see smoldering rubble left of what is typically a very picturesque area in tennessee. recent heavy rains helped firefighters extinguish the flames and residents are rebuilding their lives. they have been able to access
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the area for self dveral days. the public will be able to access the area on friday. guys. polo, thank you. a dramatic day in court in the dylann roof murder case. the 22-year-old is accused of killing nine people last year during bible study at ame church in charleston, south carolina. prosecutors described him as cold and calculating. one shooting survivor called him evil in testimony. we have more from cnn's nick valencia. >> reporter: the court started with 67 jurors whittled down to 12 jurors and 6 alternates. we heard from the prosecution and defense. dylann roof sat motionless. his hands clasped in his lap as the prosecution laid out the case as to why he should be guilty.
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earlier, i spoke to state senator kimson about what he saw in the courtroom on wednesday. >> it is sad. what we have to do is not just cry about it. we have to do something about it. he is a ninth grade dropout. very live hope. basis his whole life existence on racism. as odd as that is to you and i, there are people in this country who are dylann roofs. there are more dylann roofs out there. what we have to do as a nation is recognize the next one early on. >> reporter: according to a source early on in the courtroom, roof's mother collapsed in the lunch recess and had to be transported to hospital. also the first witness was called to the stand. one of the survivors of the attack. she had to take a break as well. some of the most gut-wrenching testimony we heard. john and alison. thank you. joe biden appearing to throw
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cold water on the hot water he put on the possible 2020 white house bid. the outgoing vice president raised eyebrows this week when he said or just joked he planned to run for president in four years. he told stephen colbert never say never. yesterday, he seemed to walk those comments back telling reporters this, i have no intention of running. john is reading between the lines saying? >> in the language of politics, no intention is not know. it is maybe some time i'll change my mind. i think joe biden has learned in a long up and down career, why rule anything out. you don't have to rule anything out. he said i have no intention which is honest, but leaving the door open. from presidents to kings. lebron james usually does his talking on the court. now he is doing it in a new arena. the political arena.
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lebron james says he was not trying to make a statement by not staying at the president-elect donald trump's soho hotel. >> andy, this was the first time ever lebron didn't say with his team on a road trip, right? >> right. good morning. a lot of talk over the last few days where lebron was staying while in new york. despite not staying at trump's hotel. lebron says he wants to see the president-elect succeed. >> just my personal preference. at the end of the day, i hope
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>> andy scholes, great to see you. team trump is growing. the president-elect taps someone who has questioned science behind climate change to head up the epa. scott pruitt has a long history of suing the epa. a closer look at donald trump's picks coming up on "early stat."
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is receiving death threats. this all played out on cnn with chuck jones says the trump team's claim is saving more than 1,000 jobs at carrier in indiana, that claim is inflated. we will get to that and the facts in a moment. first, the president-elect is meeting retired admiral john stavridis who is said to be on the short list for secretary of state. note worthy about the meeting is admiral stavridis was vetted as a vice presidential pick for hillary clinton. overnight, the transition team announced the president-elect has chosen scott pruitt. the oklahoma attorney general to lead up the environmental protection agency. this is a very controversial nomination. pruitt said the science of climate change is debatable. he is a fierce critic of the agen agency he would now run. let's bring in the latest with
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sara murray. >> reporter: the trump transition bathrorrels on. trump may have said dismissive things about the generals. he is now relying on them as he builds his team. he picked retired general john kelly for the department of homeland security. it is one staffing announcement that is appearing to take shape. another nomination is linda mcmahon. the pick to lead the small business administration. and a source tells me donald trump is impressed with her business experience. that is the reason he felt she was the right pick for the job. he won't be spending all day thursday in trump tower. he will head out to ohio where he will meet victims and responders of the ohio state attack. then he will go on to des moines, iowa. a state he won to seal his trip
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to the white house. and also an opportunity to reveal another staff pick. iowa governor terry branstad. the next u.s. ambassador to china. back to you. and one likely reason trump picked branstad as the ambassador to china is the relationship with chinese president xi jinping. for background on the president and governor, let's bring in cnn's matt rivers who is live in beijing. one thing that came to mind is donald trump has certainly not gone easy with his let rirhetorh china. he would fly in with his superman cape after the policies? >> reporter: this certainly could be viewed as an olive branch from the incoming administration toward china after what has been called a difficult week with the u.s. and china in terms of relations.
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it is because of that personal relationship that existing between governor branstad and between president xi jinping. these two men go back decades. in 1985, jinping, a 31-year-old official went to iowa on an agriculture fact finding mission. then two decades later in 2012, then vice president xi jinping goes back to iowa. remeets governor branstad. that leads to a relationship with both men. governor branstad was in china last month in november on a trade mission. so both men call each other old friends. governor branstad has received high praise from chinese officials in the opiniministry foreign affairs. governor branstad has strongly pushed for iowa goods to be exported to china. that relationship has grown. the trump administration will
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certainly rely on governor branstad's relationship with china to navigate what is serious differences moving forward. >> matt rivers, thank you very much. let's go ahead and bring in political reporter eugene scott break down the latest in the transition. let's dig in about the carrier deal and criticism from the union leader who is criticizing the deal that trump touted as keeping jobs here. chuck jones spoke to cnn money on friday saying that he is "lying his ass off." that is just not my feeling. the numbers prove "he is lying his ass off." fast forward to last night. erin burnett. "up front." listen to this. >> we had our members when the word is coming out of 1,100.
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they thought they would have a job. then they find out the next day that most likely they weren't. 550 would still lose their jobs. >> the president-elect watching that interview and began a series of tweets. one said chuck jones, president of the steel workers 1999 has done a terrible job representing workers. no wonder companies knee cflee country. here are the facts. carrier was moving 1,400 jobs. it was negotiated to save 1,100. that is not true. it is actually 800. in addition to that, another 600 that weren't saved that will be moved to mexico. >> 800 jobs is a significant
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number. there is not wrong with going forward saying a saved 800 jobs. the president-elect is learning when you make claims of successful acts, people will look into it. the reality is a number was put forward that wasn't accurate. >> it is taking away from the positive. >> he saved 800 jobs. >> that is nothing to sfeneeze . >> and there is a question of whether he should take on chuck jones and now he is receiving death threats. let's talk about other nominations. scott pruitt. scott pruitt to be head of the epa. he is attorney general of oklahoma. he actually sued the epa. he says the science of climate change is in question. he says it is debatabldebatable. overwhelmingly, scientists say
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humans contribute to climate change. this is a controversial pick. >> if he is nominated, his job is to protect thing earth and development. some are having a hard time understanding how someone who is so unsupporting can do that. especially when we have seen the trump campaign move in a direction that seems a little more receptive to the idea. we saw trump say there is connectivi connectivity. trump met with al gore this week. and ivanka trump is looking into it with millennials. >> and donald trump on the "today" show yesterday. he said i am listening to president obama's advice on who to pick for my cabinet. >> my favorite line of that interview is i love his ideas. i never heard you say that. the reality is they gave us an idea shortly after he was elected they would try to work together to make this transition as smoothly as possible.
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i think what donald trump is proven is that listening to president obama's advice and views on some of the appointment picks is part of that. >> one last thing. the ceo of wwe. linda mcmahon. she ran for senate and lost twice in connecticut. richard bloomenthal said i may support the nomination. >> if you can go from business to the white house, why not wwe to the sba? >> eugene scott, thank you. a federal judge halted the recount for president in michigan. one of the states where donald trump narrowly beat hillary clinton. foll filed by green party candidate ji jill stein. the suit raises issues, but
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offered no evidence of tampering or mistakes. before the election, stock experts predicted a 1,000 point drop on the dow if donald trump won the election. that did not materialize. now the opposite is happening. dow up 1,200 points or 7% since the election. 500 points away from 20,000. almost 300 of those points came yesterday from the dow closing at a record high. the s&p also hitting an all-time high. the nasdaq now just one small gain away from its own record. this may mean faster growth. even trump cannot stop the rally. he told "time" magazine he wants to bring down prescription prices. these three were the losers on on the dow yesterday, but it had little impact on the broader
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market. and prosecutors now say the deadly tennessee wildfires did not start by accident. we will have new details when "early start" continues.
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two teenagers are facing charges in the deadly wildfire charges in tennessee. they are being held in a juvenile detention center, but the case could be moved to an adult court. we get more from polo sandoval. >> reporter: good morning, alison. the two juveniles are from tennessee, but not sevier county, the area scorched by the wildfires two weeks ago and spread to the nearby down of gatlinburg, tennessee.
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two juveniles arrested yesterday as part of the arson says worked by local, state and federal investigators. local district attorney saying they believe that other charges are possible. according to him, they are keeping all option on the table. that includes seeking the transfer of the cases to adult criminal court. you will recall 14 people lost their lives and 1,400 structures damaged or destroyed. we had an opportunity to travel to gatlinburg, tennessee, to see the devastation for ourselves. you see the smoldering rubble be left of what is a picturesque area in eastern tennessee. recent heavy rains helped firefighters extinguishing the flames. residents now have accessed the region for the past several days. the public will be able to
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access the area on friday. guys. polo, thank you. u.s. senator john glenn is in the hospital this mortganing. the spokeman confirmed he was admitted to the ohio state university hospital last week. he suffered a stroke in 2013 after heart value replacement surgery. the oldest american ever to go to space which he did in the 1990s as well. serving as a senator and ran for president in 1994. we are thinking about him. let's take a look at what is coming up on "new day." another great american joins us. chris cuomo. >> what an adventure that man had taken his life. we are breaking down the numbers on "new day." we will take a look at the carrier deal. here is why. this is not a got ya' game. this is a good look at what may happen with a lot of different
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players in the manufacturing sector. if that will be the earlier focus of then president trump to save jobs like that. we will talk to the union leader about the reality of how many jobs were lost and how many were saved and how he wound up getting into a verbal sparring match with the president-elect of the united states. a conspiracy theory brought a gunman to a restaurant. now the owners of the bookstore next to the pizza place want you to know the conspiracy theories are baseless. we have an important message for people coming up on "new day" my friends. >> thank you, chris. we will be watching. delta airlines may bring back an old staple. how customers will be responding to this. what will they be testing? i'll tell you when we get a check on cnn money stream next.
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most of aleppo is now back in the hands of the seyrian regime. most of the areas in the rebel stronghold have been flattened. now the forces are supporting a five-day cease-fire. bashar al assad says the rebels and the united states are begging for a truce. cnn's jomana karadsheh is tracking the latest. jomana, john kerry and sergei lavrov is trying to negotiate a cease-fire. where do things stand? >> reporter: secretary kerry and lavrov met in germany yesterday. they are scheduled to meet again today. no agreement has been reached so far. it is unlikely we will see a truce coming out of the talks.
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more of agreements when it comes to the humanitarian situation in aleppo. also the united states had floated this u.s. led initiative that would allow for safe passage of the remember bels in to other parts of the country that are rebel held. the russian government could be on board for this u.s. initiative. so it really seems at this point, john, that the rebels are on the verge of defeat. possibly in eastern aleppo. that little part of the city that is still remaining under control. ten neighborhoods from what we heard. it looks like they are on the verge of defeat. what would this defeat look like? will they surrender through agreement where they allowed safe passage? we have seen that in other parts of the country where the rebels have done that in the past. will they make a last stand and
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fight until the end? that remains to be seen. john. >> thousands of people, maybe runs caught in the middle. thank you, jomana. so joe biden is throwing cold water on the hot water this week when he joked he planned to run for president in four years. he even told stephen colbert never say never. yesterday, maybe, he walked those comments back. he told reporters i have no intention of running. i'll just point out that is different from i'll never run. john boehner has a lot to be thankful for this season. he said being on the sidelines of the mayhem of the presidential race. listen to the former house speaker say in an interview if he wishes to be more involved in the process. >> oh, my god. no. really?
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every day i watch i think i'm thankful i'm not in the middle of this. it was the most bizarre political year we have seen in 100 years. >> the least surprising statement. the former speaker really does want to be retired. nowhere near the political back and forth. he has no regrets of walking away from congress 14 months ago. he likes to mow his lawn and smoke and drink his merlot. let's get a check on cnn money stream this morning. the dow and s&p 500 have never been higher. both hitting records at the close on wednesday. we are seeing futures up slightly right now. stocks in europe are trading mixed. shares in asia posted solid gains. since the election, the dow surged 1,200 points or 7%. an incredible run-up especially when you consider the predictions for a huge drop if trump won. the dow is up 12% this year. if something happened to you or your job, could you come up
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with $2,000 to pay for it? research shows 47% of americans under 40 years old say they would not be able to come up with the money if there were an emergency. that is the lowest level this year according to the new york federal reserve. the data in the economy shows positive signs. unemployment is low. consumer confidence is high. the thing is many young americans are not just feeling it when it comes to how they feel about the future. are you sitting? delta could bring back a major perk. free meals in coach. the airline is testing the service to passengers who will fly between new york and los angeles or san francisco. what is on the menu? morning flyers offered a honey maple breakfast sandwich. and afternoon travelers, a mesquite turkey sandwich. delta will decide to make the meals standard next year.
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free perks and snacks are coming back as they try to lure in more flyers and profits boosted. we heard that united airlines started charging passengers to use overhead bins. >> that doesn't seem nice. free food would be nice on the cross country flights. thank you, delta. >> i'm down with that. that's "early start." i'm alison kosik. >> i'm john beks for donald trump. "new day" starts right now. >> scott pruitt. he has been involved in lawsuits against the epa. the very agency he is nominated to head. >> pruitt has great qualifications. >> donald trump adding another general to his cabinet. >> i know everybody. no one is saying this person is not qualified. >> we're saving the jobs at the carrier plant. >> he misled the people. >> there is no merit or value to
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attack a union leader just for disagreement. >> mr. trump, you are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty and thin skinned and vindictive. stop this. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to "new day." it is thursday. 6:00 in the east. one month after the election, donald trump is churning out his cabinet picks. a climate change challenger to head the epa. he added another military general to lead homeland security. >> what is the up and down side of putting so many military in power of civilian agencies? we will go deep in that. we have proof that mr. trump will not change as president trump. he attacked a union leader accusing him of getting the numbers wrong. still 43 days away from inauguration day. we have it covered with sunlen
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serfaty live in washington. >> reporter: good morning, chris. there has been a flurry of announcements in the last 24 hours coming from the trump transition team. the president-elect making big picks for the key roles in the administration. trump is spending his time taking getting into a war of words with a union leader over jobs actually saved at carrier. president-elect donald trump naming two more hardliners to his cabinet. elevating climate change denier and fierce epa critic oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt to run the agency. >> there was a number of qualified candidates that the president-elect interviewed and he said attorney general pruitt. >> reporter: intent on reversing president obama's move to reverse climate change. trump also tapping another general tahis cabinet. retired general john kelly to head the department of

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