tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN December 8, 2016 3:00pm-4:01pm PST
happening now, cabinet of critics, as we learn more about the president-elect's nominees. there's new reason to question the future of some government agencies. will donald trump's choice to head the environmental protection agency improve the organization or try to dismamtle it? death threats. a union boss says he's being targeted by trump supporters after the president-elect bashed him on twitter for criticizing the carrier deal. launch potential. we're getting new information about north korea's ability to launch a nuclear weapon. one u.s. official revealing to cnn why the threat from kim jong-un is "keeping me awake at night." and james bonds' boss, the real-life mi-6 chief comes out of the shadows to offer a rare glimpse into the britain spy
agency, global threats, and more. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we heard from the president-elect just moments ago calling it an honor to meet with victims of the isis inspired attack at ohio state university. this hour he's headed to iowa, taking another lap in his thank you tour as he keeps working to build his cabinet. a source tells cnn he selected his labor secretary. and hillary clinton is diving into a sensitive issue for the trump team. she's warning about the dangers of so-called fake news. she called it an epidemic that's putting lives at risk beyond any influence it may have had on the election. also this hour, we're learning that the u.s. is stepping up contingency planning to deal with the threat from
north korea. this amid growing concern that kim jong-un's regime is edging closer and closer to being able to deploy a nuclear weapon. and the head of britain's spy agency is publicly criticizing russia for supporting the syrian regime in its brutal syrian war. the mi-6 chief breaking his silence. republican james langford is standing by, along with our correspondents and analysts, as we bring you full coverage of the day's top stories. first, let's go to sarah murray, who is in columbus, ohio. tell us more about the president-elect's visit there and his remarks just moments ago, sarah. >> reporter: wolf, donald trump just wrapped up a relatively brief visit here in columbus, ohio. he met privately with first responders and victims of this attack here, and he spoke briefly to the pool of reporters afterwards, expressing his
feelings about the bravery of not only the first responders but the victims and the heroics of the families that have come through. all of this is happening against the backdrop of donald trump building out his white house team, and this afternoon, the trump team made it official, putting out a press release saying andy puzner will be his pick to be labor secretary. just because donald trump is president-elect doesn't mean he's shying away from his twitter takedown of after touting his deal with carrier to keep jobs in the u.s. just a week ago. >> now they're keeping over 1100 people, which is so great. >> reporter: now he's unloading on the president of the union that represents the indianapolis carrier plant. that's after chuck jones said trump lied by overstating the number of jobs he convinced carrier to keep in the u.s. the actual number is 800, not 1100. trump went on the attack on twitter, saying, chuck jones,
who is president of the union, has done a terrible job representing workers. no wonder companies flee the country. jones says even though he's been receiving threats -- >> i've been doing this job for 30 years and had a lot more serious threats than what people are making now. >> reporter: he doesn't regret his remarks. >> he didn't tell the truth. he inflated the numbers, and i called him out on it. >> reporter: the twitter sideshow playing out as trump continues building his cabinet. a source telling cnn trump has chosen andy puzner to serve as the labor company. he's both an advocate for scaling back regulation and a critic to raise the minimum wage. even as he acknowledges states have a right to do so. >> working in a cabinet, working in the federal government, there's nothing you can do to stop states from raising the minimum wage. >> reporter: trump meeting today
with the former ceo of ford, as well as retired admiral, a potential cabinet for the coveted secretary of state slot. he was once vetted as a possible running mate for hillary clinton. >> had a wonderful meeting with the president-elect. we talked about the world, we talked about defense. >> reporter: all of this as the billionaire businessman continues to revisit the battleground states that delivered him the presidency, making a stop in ohio to meet with first responders and victims of the attack at ohio state university. >> these were really brave people, amazing people. >> reporter: before heading to iowa for a victory rally. but even as trump turns his dwaz to the white house, questions linger about how far he's willing to go in separating himself from his business. so far, there's little indication he willfully divest from his company, but may add an additional person to the leadership structure, someone outside his family.
a move also to protect his children. while trump was here, he expressed his condolences for the passing of john glenn, who was born right here in ohio. trump said he actually met glenn twice. back to you, wolf. >> thank you very much. now to donald trump's choice to lead the environmental protection agency. some democrats are already promising to fight the nomination. let's go to our government regulation correspondent renee marsh. pruitt is a vocal critic of the agency he's slated to run. >> reporter: he's a lightning rod pick. the announcement has generated passionate responses on both sides. republicans have long looked at the epa as a wasteful agency that overregulates, and they say pruitt will cut wasteful spending and useless laws. but on the other side, environmentalists called pruitt dangerous, both to american's health and the environment.
scott pruitt, the man donald trump wants to lead the environmental protection agency, has spent most of his career trying to dismantle the agency he could soon lead. >> we have an epa, a federal government that's actively involved in picking winners and losers, and using regulatory power to penalize fossil fuels. >> reporter: as attorney of oklahoma, the biggest natural gas producing state in the nation, pruitt launched multiple legal battles against key cloy matt change laws. >> attorney general pruitt has been a leader in fighting against excessive regulations from the epa that have driven up
costs for american families and businesses and have been devoid of any real meaningful environmental benefits. >> but tonight, critics are pushing back hard, saying pruitt is a climate change denier. the 48-year-old once said "scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connections to actions of mankind." in a november radio interview, he gave insight on how he would run the agency. >> tell us under a trump administration, what are you looking forward to? >> regulatory rollback. washington has been dictating to the states and businesses and industry, sometimes outside of the constitution. >> reporter: the easiest action pruitt can take on day one without help from congress is to simply not enforce the laws on the books. like the clean air act and the clean power plant. trump has said his administration will value clean water and air, but his epa pick
has sued the agency at least 12 times, challenging its clean power plant, which seeks to curb carbon emissions from power plants. he's also sued the epa for trying to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. >> as head of the epa, it would be like letting the fox in the hen house. >> reporter: pruitt is a strong supporter of the energy agency. in 2014, his campaign committee received more than $700,000 in contributions, more than 17% came from energy donors. a 2014 "new york times" investigation found he collaborated secretly with the energy industry, sending letters lobbyists wrote for him to the u.s. government attacking the epa. in a statement today, pruitt said "i intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for american businesses."
democrats don't have the power to block his confirmation, but lawmakers cnn spoke to said the game plan is to reach across the aisle, have discussions about what's at stake. the big picture for the trump administration, this goes beyond the environment. the philosophy of fewer environmental regulations speaks to president-elect trump's larger goal of economic growth. the thinking, if you get rid of those regulations, businesses will flourish. >> remembthank you very much. let's bring in republican senator james langford of oklahoma, a member of the homeland security committee. you're from oklahoma. this is the oklahoma attorney general who will be nominated by the president-elect to take over the epa. his critics point out he's a climate change denier. what do you see as his vision for the epa? >> let me start by saying scott pruitt is not only a good guy but a friend. i listened to the report. he's sued the epa 12 times because they weren't following
the law. that was the issue. the main focus that i heard from scott over and over again is not an issue of trying to tear down the environment, is the epa has a responsibility, that's outlined in the law, and where epa has exceeded that law and gone beyond it to create regulations to violate the law should be held to account. most of the laws have a state requirement. what the epa has tried to do the last eight years to do the state's job. where scott has pushed back is to say the federal government should do its job, the states should do their job. quite frankly, oklahoma has one of the highest portfolios in the country of renewable energy. that report talks about how much oil and gas we produced, that's true. 20% of our energy is wind power. we have much higher wind distribution in our state than most any other state in the country. so we are truly, in all of the above states, and that's happened in just the last eight
years, as well. >> you know him well, you worked with him. do you believe he doesn't believe in climate change, that humans have a role in the climate? >> his statement came out is clear, there's a lot of dispute on what the effect of man is and how great that is, and that is true. even what happens now and what we do in america, there's all this great conversation about if we do all these limits in all these different ways, what effect will that have? because america is not the leader producer of that. he's said over and over again, this is a policy issue that should be determined by congress, not by the epa. >> the other charge against him, and you're hearing it all day today, he's way too close with the oil industry, the energy industry takes money from his campaign. you saw that report that he forwarded a letter that a lobbyist for the oil industry wrote to the epa challenging some issues. >> if he agreed with the letter and they sent it over, i just don't see the issue with that.
to say this is a letter he agreed -- >> when they get a letter, it looks like it's coming from the attorney general of oklahoma as to opposed where it originated, the oil lobby. >> sure, as that report said, about 17% of his donations came from oil and natural gas. if you came to oklahoma, you would find a tremendous number of companies that are oil and natural gas. so 17% of his campaign based on companies which is a major employer in oklahoma doesn't surprise me. >> do you think he will try to dismantle most of the epa? >> here's what i would think, scott is going to follow the law. there are a lot of democratic colleagues frustrated because the epa has not followed the law. that's why they've been in so many lawsuits, even in the supreme court, they said to the administration, you've everstepped your boundaries.
>> your understanding is he will follow and implement the law and all the regulations that are part of the laws that are currently in place? >> i have no doubt scott will follow the law. but what i don't expect him to do is exceed the law. that's what the epa has done in the last several years. >> let's talk about john kelly, who has been nominated as secretary of homeland security. third general now in a sensitive national security homeland security position in the incoming trump administration. are you okay with all these generals coming in? >> it doesn't bother me. obviously they're stepping in not as a general but in a civilian position. they've had great military experience. our country has tremendous respect for these leaders in leading large organizations. general kelly was a tremendous leader for southcomm. just in drug enter dictions and what happened in the gulf area, he in his work there was chasing the drug enter diction to the
pacific side. now most of the drugs move to the atlantic because of his leadership. >> it doesn't bother you that the president-elect is interviewing an admiral, the former nato supreme allied commander, for secretary of state, general david petraeus also maybe for secretary of state, that doesn't bother you? >> it doesn't bother me. if they were a good leader and did well in the military, they're civilians now if they've retired. >> who do you want to be secretary of state? >> i don't have a pick, but there are a lot of folks being floated and discussed. >> senator, we have more to discuss, including north korea. there are new threats emerging as we speak right now. much more with the senator right after this. afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road.
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we're back with senator james langford. senator, please stand by. we're getting new information about the north korean nuclear threat. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has been working her sources. barbara, what are you learning? >> reporter: a senior u.s. military official tonight says north korea has the capability, key word, to marry up everything that's needed, a nuclear warhead, a missile, and a delivery system. what is holding them up is reentry technology. that's what it takes to put that weapon back into the atmosphere after you fire it and hit the target. complicated stuff that the north koreans are working towards.
now what the u.s. worries about is, you know, what do you do about all of it? the officials saying special operations are upping their contingency planning if they were to be ordered in the future to take action against north korea's program. this senior u.s. military officer saying it is north korea that keeps him up at night, wolf. >> you're also hearing, barbara, more about the russian threat this coming day after "time" magazine published an interview where donald trump said he doesn't believe the u.s. intelligence community is right when they point to russia's interference in the u.s. election. let me read to you what he said, i don't believe they interfered. why not get along with russia? they can help us fight isis. i believe it could have been russia or any one of any other people, sources, or individuals. what are your sources, i know you have some high-level sources
telling you about the russian threat. >> reporter: for the last several days, u.s. officials have been clear that they do believe mr. trump is wrong, that they have very solid intelligence that russia was behind some of these disturbances, the cyber hacking that has taken place. whether it's the official russian government or russian entities remains to be seen, but it comes from russia. the u.s. military believes that russia remains a very dire threat to u.s. national security, from its actions in syria throughout the middle east and even in eastern europe. as we stand here tonight, wolf, the secretary of state john kerry, and the russian foreign minister, serge lavrov, met today in germany to talk about syria, the u.s. pressing the case under the obama administration that it is russia who ha facilitated syria's ability to literally kill off thousands of people in syria and to right now be killing off aleppo. if you were going to do business
with moscow, you somehow have to come to some way of dealing with that, dealing with the russian support for bashar al assad, and what that has meant to the women, children, men, the civilians of syria. >> hundreds of thousands in aleppo in danger dramatically. barbara starr, thank you very much. let's get back to senator langford of oklahoma. i want to talk about russia, north korea. north korea first. how close is north korea to actually deploying a nuclear weapon? >> north crkorea has been testi over and over again for several years, and the focus has been to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. obviously to get to south korea, japan, and broaden their range on there. there's been no secret on that and they've made that very clear. >> i heard from some experts who are deeply worried about north korea, within a few years, they
could have 50 or 100 nuclear bombs. what are you hearing? >> they have continued to push their proliferation. there's no secret to this. they're also advancing how they're gathering nuclear material. so for north korea, what they have now and their testing capability, we can tell what they're able to do. but we don't know what they're able to do next, because that will be the next test coming out. >> south korea right now, a key u.s. ally, i understand they're extremely nervous about this potential threat from north korea, and they see some north korean cyber attacks against south korea that are very alarming. what are you hearing? >> so you have testing from north korea for nuclear testing. you have advanced actions happening on the ground above. north korea reaching into south korea with a cyber attack to attack the cyber command in south korea. you have instability in south korea right now with president park going through a massive corruption scandal and they're being challenged on impeachment
right now. transition with the prime minister next after the president and disputed by who that prime minister would be. this is a very unstable time in that peninsula and a time for america to express to the south korean people we are your ally and north korea should not make advances. >> we spend a lot of time here reporting on this north korea threat. do you accept the u.s. intelligence community's assessment that russia did, in fact, through cyber warfare, cyber attacks, interfere in the u.s. election process? >> i do. this is very indicative of russia what they've done across the balkans, all through the area and russia. this has been an issue for them and consistent with what they typically do. they try to destabilize every other country by making those countries believe their election is not real. >> the president-elect has been briefed by security experts, he gets these daily briefings.
you saw in the "time" magazine interview, he doesn't necessarily think russia has interfered. >> there's two different sets of information and different rumors out there. russia is reaching in, i have no question about trying to find the ways they're interfering. also, there's rumor that russia was hacking into our election systems. absolutely no evidence for that. there's this whole line that continues to go out, saying russia hacked into our elections and affected the voting. there is no evidence for that, but that line keeps being repeated. whether that's what trump is talking about, i don't know. >> you do believe the russians were responsible for the hacking of the democratic national convention, for the g-mail account of the hillary clinton campaign chairman john podesta, you believe all that originated with russian cyber warfare experts? >> i do. whether those were individuals within russia or officially in the government, we don't know. >> general clapper, the director of national intelligence, says only at the highest levels of
the russian government could this have been authorized. >> right. so what we're trying to figure out who is that highest level. you're determining some unknowns in that, but i have no question the russians were engaged in this in trying to release data and trying to create chaos in our election. >> were they trying to help donald trump get elected? >> that's the unknown. >> all the hacks were against the democrats, not the republicans. >> that's still unknown. they're just trying to create chaos and promote themselves and make everyone else unstable. whether they were trying to elect trump, we don't know that motivation. but i have no question they were trying to engage. >> senator langford, thank you very much for coming in. just ahead, more on president-elect trump's twitter war with a local union boss. sit just a taste of what we can expect when he's in the white house? you've seen britain's spy agency depicted in the james bond movies. now the real-life mi-6 is
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donald trump's latest twitter target says he's now getting death threats. let's talk about this and more with our political experts. david, all involving carrier exactly how many jobs were saved in indiana. donald trump said 1100. the local union chief said closer to 800 jobs. trump tweeted last night, chuck jones, who is president of the united steel workers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. no wonder companies flee country. then he tweeted, if united steel workers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in indiana, spend more time working and less time talking, reduce dues. now chuck jones is receiving threats. what is your analysis? remember, this is the president-elect of the united
states. >> a couple things here. one, i know that to some people at home, we're quibbling over 300 jobs? to those people, that's real. 300 families around kitchen tables experiencing layoffs. that's why we see the union officials so worked up about this. donald trump is going to find himself in a very precarious, daily situation as president if he's going to single out single companies or individuals each day on his tweeter feed. it's going to be very hard to govern overall. he's going to get mired in these individual controversies instead of trying to make the larger point, creating legislation or policy goals that will help him make his larger point, rather than get mired into one on one controversies. >> chuck jones, the local union leader, he was on cnn criticizing donald trump saying he lied about the number of jobs that were saved. obviously donald trump didn't like what he was watching apparently on cnn.
what does that say about him? because a lot of people say he has a thin skin. it's one thing to reply if you're a private citizen, but you're president-elect of the united states. >> it suggests thin skinness as you said, and to david's point. a dispute about 300 jobs, he is basically pushing back on the number that donald trump announced himself. if the trump campaign has a problem with his math, they should push back on that math. but it's a real situation if he's going to push back on individual personalities. in that second tweet that you read, president-elect trump talked about the fact that the union chief was doing a bad job, implying that's why jobs are going overseas, even though for 18 months we were hearing it's the washington insiders and the corrupt system that's causing the jobs to go overseas. now the blame is on the unions. >> i want to bring in retired general mart hurtling. what is your take on russia interfering in the election?
you heard donald trump said he doesn't buy it necessary hi. you heard intelligence experts, including general clapper, the director of national intelligence saying at the highest levels of the russian government they were hacking into democratic national committee computers and other democratic party institutions, if you will. >> yeah, wolf. i can't understand it. in the intel community, there are hundreds of analysts who have made their career over decades looking at the russians, monitoring and analyzing the russians' every move. these are experts who have spent their lives doing this. i can't imagine why mr. trump could not ask them their opinion, but also not listen to them when he might -- they might tell him something he doesn't know. as a commander in europe, i used to get an intel briefing every morning and i thought the knew the russians pretty well. but every day they surprised me.
in these dangerous times, we need to be looking at them a lot closer and looking in and investigating some of their actions. >> so you want the president-elect to be taking these daily presidential intelligence briefings. he's taking four or five, i think. we don't know how many, but he doesn't do it every day. you think it's critically important that he does this >> it's important he takes the intelligence briefings, as many as he can before he's elected so he's prepared day one. but the congress of the united states would be irresponsible, irresponsible, wolf, if they did not investigate russian actions in our elections and what's going on in terms of them talking not only us but european countries. >> everybody, stand by. more is coming up. we're learning a little bit more about hillary clinton's new warnings about the consequences of fake news. what inspired her to speak out here in washington today? and could james bond get a job as a real-life spy? the head of the british intelligence agency is spilling
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we're back with our political team. we're getting new insights into hillary clinton's warning about the dangers of fake news. we just learned that hillary clinton spoke with the owners of a pizza restaurant here in washington. an armed man stormed into the shop sunday to investigate very false claims online that it was the center of a child sex slave ring that apparently included hillary clinton and john podesta. a clinton aide tells cnn the story prompted her remarks today. david, let's listen to the comments that hillary clinton made today on this issue. >> the epidemic of malicious, fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year, it's now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences. this isn't about politics or partisanship. lives are at risk. lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to
do their jobs contribute to their communities. it's a danger that must be addressed, and addressed quickly. >> she was speaking at an event honoring harry reid. this is important what she's saying right now, the consequences of fake news. >> yeah, and when she said "addressed," she was talking to legislatures. she wants them to look into this. she wants silicon valley to do its part of getting involved in how to handle fake news and make sure that the real world consequences are not as dangerous as they have proven to be. she and john podesta were at the center of this conspiracy, so she feels it personally, because these were her supporters, and podesta and she were tied into this. so i think if you're looking for what hillary clinton's post election life is going to be about, obviously this shows that
she still wants to remain in the public dialogue. >> jake tapper had a sit-down interview with the outgoing vice president of the united states, joe biden, anna, and asked him what went wrong for the democrats. listen to this. >> i'm really proud of what barack and i -- the president and i were able to do on the economy. but if you notice the last two years in the president's state of the union, there's been a shift and a focus now that we got the car out of the ditch and running, on focusing on the real inequities that exist for working class, middle class people that were left behind. and what happened was, that wasn't the central part of the campaign moving forward, in my view. >> that's joe biden. what's your view? >> well, at least he didn't say what went wrong is i didn't wrong and i wasn't the nominee. i could have won. look, i think there's so much right now, 20/20 revision of
monday night quarterbacking over what happened and what went wrong. i think joe biden makes a good point. there was a lot of things that went wrong. the fbi director's letter. the timing. the wikileaks. you could go on with all these ifs, ifs, and ifs. but i think you're seeing a man who would have liked hillary clinton to probably tout their successes, their administration's successes much more than she did, tie them to her agenda, and also a man who for the last couple of days has been toying and teasing us with the idea that in four years we might see him run again. >> he's going to be 77 years old. but he says he'll be a healthier 77 years old than donald trump will be at 74. >> age is just a number right now. happy birthday in a couple of weeks. >> david, let's get back to russia. clearly, there's a disagreement between donald trump, the u.s. intelligence community on russian involvement in the cyber
attacks, if you will. but other republicans seem to be aligning themselves, defending russia. i want you to listen to a republican congressman of california, the exchange he had on yahoo news. listen to this. >> when i worked with ronald reagan, i wrote most of his speeches. >> what would ronald reagan think about your thoughts? >> he would love it. maybe you forgot thronald reaga reached out to gorbachev -- >> are you comparing gorbachev and vladamir putin? >> absolutely. they're both leaders we need to have peace with. >> so for right now, wolf, it looks like republicans in congress are just picking their spots where they're going to
challenge president-elect trump. i think it's good that the congressman was challenged just because you have the intelligence establishment saying they're pretty confident that russia was involved in the election, and that it seems to me congress should at least give that credence absent some other evidence to the contrary. >> it's a really serious dispute. general hurtling, we spoke about russia just a few moments ago, but in the scheme of things, what's the biggest threat facing the u.s. right now, russia, would it be isis, north korea? you get a lot of these briefings, as well. >> yeah, i haven't in a while, wolf. but i'll tell you right now, there are five major ones. you named three of them. and they're not in the order that a lot of americans think. the disruptions by russia in europe to not only nato but all the countries in europe, is critically important. that's where 27 senators signed a letter saying we need to support ukraine. so russia is up there, north korea is up there, isis is on the list, and there are several
others. but that's the thing. this is a quiver full of a bunch of different arrows of all different dimensions. and you can't paint them all in the same light. each one is extremely complex and affecting a different area of the globe. and all of them are critically important going back to mr. trump not getting intelligence briefings, it's radically important he gets them so he's ready on day one. >> david, there's now indications that donald trump is going to remain as executive producer of the program, "the apprentice?" >> yes. we're now learning what variety had reported earlier, he's not going to give up his stake in the show. his spokeswoman says he has a stake, he help create this, he's going to earn money while he's the sitting president of the united states from "the apprentice" but now arnold schwarzenegger will be hosting. >> if you ask me, the way we're
going about selecting a secretary of state feels like the season finale of "the apprentice." >> all of the decisions he's made to try to eliminate as much of that conflict of interestlim everybody stick around to. our viewers. i you can see by the way, jake tapper's entire exclusive interview with joe biden. surround morning 9:00 a.m. eastern and once again at noon only here an cnn. just ahead if you are a james bond fan you may think you know something about the british spy agency but wait until you hear this, next.
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toornt we're getting a rare glimpse tinto one of the most powerful spy agencies in the world. let's bring in our global affairs correspondent elise lab. very unusual to be speaking out at all. >> really unprecedented. james bond made m.i. 6 one of the best known intelligence agency, and m. the world's intelligence boss.
and in a world of james bond, she's known as m. and the agency doesn't officially exist. its agents notebook by those three numbers. >> not quite 007. >> good morning, i'm -- >> reporter: but today big screen fiction and real world fact made an appearance in london. >> our value relies on the ability that which to keep secret which we must. >> reporter: to dispel myths about his agency. >> i'm conflicted about james bond. he's created a powerful brand for mi 6. see the real life version of m. there are a few people who will not come to lunch if i invite them. >> reporter: the agency's
fortress like complex on the south bank, blown up on screen in the "sky fall." and attacked in real life but the ira in 2000. he said britain is faced high bred warfare from cyberattacks. and threats on democracy. and also pointed to russian president vladimir putin support of syria's civil war of one of his country's biggest threats. >> reporter: we cannot be safe until the civil war is brought to that an end. >> reporter: and while it is not the model his actual allegiance. >> were he to join mi 6 today he
would have to change his ways. >> reporter: he does admit all of those gadgets are rooted in a little bit of truth. >> we do enjoy and indeed need a deep grasp of the gadgetry. but there is a pretty much where the similarity ends. >> reporter: u.s. and britain are the closest partners. and the need for intelligence sharing and cooperation is only going to grow, wolf. >> thank you elise. finally tonight u.s. senator and astronaut astrona astronaut john glenn died today at the age of 95. ohio voters elected him to the u.s. senate where he served four secretaryive terms. senator glenn flew in space one
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