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. hi, everyone, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me on this friday afternoon. we have major developments breaking right now from the current president and the future one. first, let's begin with donald trump ahead of a stop on his thank you tour. president-elect trump just returned to the campaign trail rallying voters not for himself but the last senate race m in the nation, it's a runoff between louisiana republican john kennedy who he's there rooting for over democrat foster
campbell. as plimp looks forward to tomorrow's election, president obama has officially directed his teams to look back at the presidential election. he has specifically ordered this full review to investigate the influence of russian hacking in the 2016 race. we'll have more on that in just a moment. but first to louisiana, let's get to ryan nobles who's there live in baton rouge following up on trump's event there. he's late, ryan nobles, we're waiting to hear from him, obviously stumping for the republican for senate. let's begin with new headlines we have adding to and taking away from secretary of state post. go ahead. >> reporter: two major developments in the search for secretary of state which has, of course become the great palace drama in washington, who will be the next secretary of state. and we're learning that the ceo of exxonmobil, rex tillerson, has moved in to serious
consideration by president-elect trump for that position. now, tillerson is someone that trump interviewed for this position a while ago. he was considered to be outside looking in but apparently trump is intrigued by his world view and has now moved him into that upper teier of potential candidates. and while tillerson's moved to the front of the pack, we're learning that former new york city mayor rudy giuliani has moved to the back. in fact, our sources telling us he's out of consideration. our sources telling us he will not be the next secretary of state so that is a very important development because he was still considered to be a front-runner even within the last 24 to 48 hours. now, we should point out that a final decision has not been made. this is something that the president-elect is still deliberating and that mitt romney among others is still considered to be a serious candidate. now we're also learning that john bolton, who is the former ambassador to the united nations under george w. bush, he's being considered for the position of deputy secretary of state and
there's a possibility that next week tillerson and bolton could be announced as somewhat of a package deal to head up the state department. but as you know, brooke, this drama with secretary of state has gone back and forth for some time and we've never gotten a clear picture so a lot could happen between now and what that official announcement has been made but right now we're told to keep an eye on the name rex tillerson as a possible candidate as the next secretary of state. brooke? >> a lot of news on this friday as we're watching and waiting for donald trump and listening to that play list. amazing. ryan nobles, thank you so much. so far no word of a reaction yet from trump's team. perhaps he'll speak about it when we hear from the next president in baton rouge on this massive review of the election but donald trump gave an interview to "time" after he was named the magazine's person of the year and he said this about russians hacking into this election. this is what he said, "i don't believe it. i don't believe he interfered."
short and sweet. we have great political minds to talk through all of this. kristen soltis anderson is a columnist for the washington examiner, also with us cnn political director david chalian, cnn national political reporter maeve reston and carlos watson, founder and ceo of aussie. so great to have all of you on. david chalian, let me kick it off with you. what ryan just mentioned in addition to the name of rex tillerson as a possible state post perhaps i think the headline is that giuliani is out. >> yeah, this is quite a development because you know we had seen over several weeks since the election inside the transition that there were different factions when it looked like it was giuliani and romney as the top contenders and we saw kellyanne conway on the giuliani side and presenting the blowback that would exist from the grass-roots on romney. giuliani the loyalist. but on the other side there was a heap of potential conflicts of interest digging into all of
giuliani's private sector work, running into his paid speeches, his work overseas. in fact, a lot of the same critici criticisms the trump campaign leveled at hillary clinton for her tenure during her years as secretary of state. so although he i'm sure may have gotten confirmed in the end, rudy giuliani, it was going to be a bumpy road and clearly trump as he expanded the serge has been intrigued by others like rex tillerson. >> and it was was he, was he not being governor romney. reports perhaps he was seen in spitting distance of trump tower as he was in new york giving his speech. would he have met the new name -- >> as a dark horse. >> exactly. what do you -- does this tell us anything about the direction he could be moving or just further adds confusion. >> well, i think he's trying to make this as complex as possible for us to figure out what this signals are. i have been hearing from my sources certainly that huntsman for a little while was rising as
a candidate and also, of course, bob corker, that with romney they certainly were considering him seriously but there was a lot of concern about the blowback that you mentioned that they would get from their supporters. but it is so interesting the way he is putting this cabinet together because it's -- you know, he's having meetings with people like scott pruitt and choosing him as his choice for the epa, yet also talking to al gore about climate change and so it's very difficult to figure out what policy exactly he's thinking about forming at this point as he put this is cabinet together. what we do know is that it will be a huge repudiation of the obama agenda. that's been clear with virtually every mick so far and that's what we'll keep watching for. >> you mentioned an important word, policy, and that loops back to the meeting he had with speaker ryan today. we'll get to that in a second but quickly to you, kristen, on
tillerson, he's the exxon ceo. tell me more about him and why trump would be interested. >> well, as ceo of exxon he's had dealings in countless countries around the world and what's fascinate is that donald trump in running his campaign ran on the idea that, hey, companies like goldman sachs, big oil companies, they've had too much influence. this kind of populist message that appealed to bernie sanders-type voters and now in choosing his cap in the he's willing to choose more than one person involved in whether it's goldman sachs, exxon ceo, the sorts of folks you might find at home in any republican administration which is no doubt sort of causing a lot of heartburn, i think, especially on the left. i think the big question is how much leash does donald trump have his w hwith his own suppor say to the very same people we need to drain the swamp if he's putting people in position that
are like that. so how much will it give him the leash to say you're picking the best people, we support you. >> on that -- and carlos let me put this to you although i'm stealing a line from david chalian, he said it's almost like the kwab fit room has become the board room and he's picking billionaires some of whom we heard from trump last night saying he would only give them a dollar a year to work. let's play sound. this is trump last night on his thank you tour. >> one newspaper criticized me. "why can't they have people of modest means?" because i want people that made a fortune because now they're negotiating with you. okay? it's no different than a great baseball player or a great golfier. we want the people that are going to bring -- and they're so proud to do it. these people have given up fortunes of income in order to make a dollar a year. and they're so proud to do it.
>> carlos watson, what do you make of the point he's making and, you know, hey, it's corporate sensibility. does he have a point? >> it certainly seemed to strike a positive chord with his audience, the idea that america was struggling, that we were losing out in trade deals so the argument you're bringing on folks who have had some success with that, hence the rex tillerson conversation and others but you know, one of the interesting things, brooke, i have not heard enough pushback about the fact that we are going to arguably go from the most diverse cabinet, most representative cabinet in american history under president obama to the least diverse cabinet. 13 of the first 18 announcements are white men. almost all are over the age of 50 or even 60. the average age is a full decade older and that certainly doesn't disqualify people or say the experience isn't there but you have to wonder in an increasingly divided country whether or not putting together that sort of team will allow you
to, a, take advantage of the best talent the country has, and, b, whether or not you'll put together policies and programs and execute them in a well in a way that brings people together. i haven't heard enough criticism and i think it will be a worry because if you were looking at successful business people your choices aren't only men and aren't only older white men. there's a wealth of people that you could choose from if, in fact, that's a key driver for what matters. >> you're right to call it out. we talked about linda mcmahon as the fifth woman but you're talking about more mature white men, a lot of admirals, potentially a general and a lot of billionaires, how will they help working class america? i don't think we know the answer to that but when it comes to policy, let me play sound. i mentioned this was a very important meeting between speaker of the house paul ryan. cameras caught speaker ryan on the way out. >> very exciting meeting. i enjoyed coming up here and
meeting with the president-elect. we had a great meeting to talk about our transition. we're excited about hitting the ground running in 2017 to put this country back on track. thanks, guys. >> david chalian, when i was watching that, is that speaker ryan saying "nothing to see here, move along, move along." >> short on specifics from the speaker. i do think that could have been -- we'll get more reporting hopefully out of this in the hours and days ahead, brooke but a critically important meeting. we're very fixated on the cabinet picks but remember how much time do we spend once the administration is in place talking about the large segment of cabinet secretaries? this is policy dictated by the white house and a legislative agenda that has to move through the hill so before paul ryan goes off on his break now that the house is out of session, for them to come to terms about that priority order, what they're stacking up that on the 20th of january they're coming out of the gate it will be important to learn what that is. >> carlos, do you agree? >> there are also so many things
they have disagreed about on the campaign trail so it's going to be -- the capitol hill will be the most fascinating place to watch next year because there's such a difference of opinion with donald trump among republicans on trade for example. how quickly does he move on immigration, what are the openings for that. and that will be the most fascinating story as we head into the new year. not necessarily always face the cabinet picks that we're looking at right now. >> you're totally right. and speaking of capitol hill, let me pivot and move along because we heard from hillary clinton yesterday. she was there as part of senator harry reid's good-bye but she made news talking about fake news, blatant falsehoods passed off online as truth spread sbi these conspiracy theorists. let's play a clip. >> 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. >> carless and chr leslos and k said had real world consequences, obviously in reference to the recent shooting but do you think she might have been talking about herself and her loss? >> no two ways about that. not only fake news but arguably thin news or bubble news is increasingly going to become part of the conversation. what i wondered as i heard secretary clinton there at harry reid's good-bye is what kind of role she's going to play in the next year or two. here thatally there's a huge vacuum on the democratic side that we haven't seen anyone step up and fill. it was interesting when president obama won office in
'08, very quickly republicans coalesced around a few leaders and had strong spokespeople on capitol hill but even with the dnc race for leadership there sand a former candidate like bernie sanders still in the senate, i think democrats are bereft of that. it will be interesting if you see the 2020 prrun efforts -- >> did you just say "2020?" >> i'm talking to democratic donors who have heard from a half dozen potential candidates who are lining up support and some who have thick pockets themselves. out here in california we have a few billionaires thinking about running themselves. >> amazing. kristen, just quickly, last note from you? >> look, fake news is something that we've seen in supermarket tabloids, conspiracy theory chain letters forwarded around, that's not new. what is new is the ability to spread it fast and have a friend putting a seal of approval on it
on something like a facebook platform but it's not why hillary clinton lost the election. i think fake news and the spread is a symptom of a bigger problem which is when you have people who can look at a headline from a rheeputable news source and a headline created by a mass donian teenager and think they have the same weight, that's a fundamental lack of trust in institutions and society, much bigger than a tech issue and not why hillary clinton lost the election. >> it is a frightening thing, to her point, though, it has real-world consequences. kristen and maeve and david and carlos, thank you so much. >> good to join you. >> thank you. coming up, we are still waiting to see the president-elect arrive in baton rouge holding a rally for the republican party there trying to galvanize support for republican john kennedy for that big senate runoff election. we'll listen in and take him live. also we have learned about the national security briefings that trump has been receiving since
winning the election -- or perhaps not receiving. why he isn't taking as many as perhaps the intelligence community would like him to. more on that. also major developments in the case in charleston, south carolina, the man accused of killing nine people, the trial under way, his own mother had a heart attack just this week. his confession tape was played in the courtroom today and cnn has chilling video of the accused gunman leaving the church with a gun in his hand. more on charleston next. and it's the worst outbreak in a decade. what is behind this unusual number of mumps cases. mumps in this country? where this outbreak is being felt the hardest. we'll talk to chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta for that. i'm brooke baldwin, you are watching cnn.
ame church. the jury heard this accused gunman clearly say "i went to that church in charleston and i did it." yesterday jurors were shown closed circuit video of the suspect arriving at the church where the bible study was under way and then leaving through that very same door, a gun clutched in his hand. before this trial began earlier this year, i was invited into that very bible study room and spoke with those whose lives were spared, including polly shepherd who said that accused gunman allowed her to live to tell her story. she asked he wouldn't kill them all, as many of them had their eyes closed in prayer. police released this security camera footage of the gunman entering the side door of mother emanuel ame church, ill lis ting help from the public to catch him on the run. >> there was some anxious
moments as we were waiting for confirmation they had him in custody because anybody who would commit this type of crime, you never knew what they were going to do. >> cnn was given rare access inside the bible study room where the shooter sat among a dozen church members for an hour before eventually targeting them in his ram pain because of the color of their skin. i spoke exclusively to those left behind. >> there was no doubt in my mind that it was a hate crime. >> he was not insane. he was a racist bigot. he came here because he hated black people and he wanted to cause a race revolution. >> 40 years ago, joseph reilly was elected mayor of the city of charleston. i spoke with him on his last day in office. >> i ran for mayor to build bridges between the
african-american and white community. what was so extra doubly tragic about the 17th of june was that that was, of course, a bigot who lived 120 miles away. >> if he were sitting here, is there anything you would ask of him or say to him? >> i would ask him why. >> you would? >> uh-huh. and ask him to pray for god's forgiveness, repent and god will forgive him. it doesn't mean you don't have to pay for your sins, but he will forgive him. >> just before the madman ran outs of the room, police say he stood over a witness and uttered a racial slur. he then told polly shepherd he would let her live to tell the story of what happened that night, but polly says it wasn't
roof but god who left her here. >> my memory is -- it comes and goes. >> of that night? >> anything is delayed. i can put clothes in the washing machine and forget them, two days later i'll remember and by that time they'll have to be washed all over again. >> what did you do with the clothes you wore that night? did you hold on to them? >> i have them. >> did you wash them? >> i washed them. >> why have you held on to them? >> well, i plan to wear them again for one thing. >> how about that? let's talk about what's happening in charleston with cnn legal analyst joey jackson who is also a criminal defense attorney. joey jackson, nice to see you, sir. you know, let's go back to this confession tape where, you know, he -- i can't imagine being a family member in the room and hearing him say "i thought i
killed four" and when he's told it was nine and how did he feel he said "that makes me feel bad." how will all of this factor into this case? >> in multiple ways, brooke, good afternoon to you. it's hard not to be touched by the piece you did in that community which has been shattered by this horrific crime. a come fegs in any criminal case is very compelling because it's the words of the very person who engaged in the activity and is responsible for all of this and with respect to that confession tape it's sickening and i think it will have a chilling effect on the jury for multiple reasons. remember it's a case involving murder but involving engaging in that act of murder for pure hateful reasons predicated upon race and in the confession he speaks about that in terms of why he engaged in it, his support of hitler, his disdain for african-american -- the african-american community. the fact that he wore two flags of south africa and rhodesia
because those are countries where white people preside over black people, talking about the nature of his crime, why he did it and the premeditation of it, standing there thinking about whether he should and could carry out the crime and so i think, you know, in balance when you look at the confession match with everything else and just the pure carnage he wreaked, it's difficult for it not to have an emotionally compelling impact upon that jury as to cry for his guilt. >> just reminding everyone, depending on the way this case goes, this is a young man who could be spared, his life, or not. >> we're watching it closely. joey jackson, thank you. >> thank you, brooke. coming up next here, back on politics russian influence? president obama ordering a full review of alleged hacking by russia. also ahead, president-elect trump taking some heat for critics for not taking national security briefings as regularly as past leaders have been.
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the president stepping in on allegations moscow tried to sway the 2016 presidential election. president obama calling for a full review into a series of cyber attacks on democrats even as trump says he is skeptical about these reports. let's go to jim sciutto, cnn's chief national security correspondent. and so what we expect -- the president said by the time he leaves office -- so that's 42 days. what do we know about what
they're looking for and how it would affect the trump transition. >> a couple things, the president ordered this investigation this week. he wants to have it done in a little more than a month and then at that point the hope is his spokesman was saying to release the results of that review perhaps with some evidence backing it up. the back story here is that many democrats n particular have been pushing the president to get some of this information out there particularly with it in mind that his successor, the president's successor has said before and after the election he doesn't buy the intelligence community's assessment that russia in particular was behind hacking this election. to be clear, this review goes back to 2008. the president says not just the 2016 election but back to his first election which means you could be talking about other countries, china, north korea. but let's be honest, the most unprecedented, most expansive attack relating to elections is
one recently that the u.s. intelligence community has already pointed the finger at russia. >> so there's that. you also have reporting that the president-elect has been receiving, what, one presidential daily brief ago week? >> that's right. this is the pdb, the presidential daily briefing designed for the sitting president to get everyday both in writing and face to face with a briefer from the office of the director of national intelligence designed to be a daily episode but our understanding from officials i've spoken to is that donald trump is getting one a week, mike pence getting five or six a week, his vice president. i'm told that that relates to the pdb that donald trump has requested a more focused briefing with respect to north korea and the north korea threat but that frequency is something you're hearing criticism from bereaves you directors of the cia, leon panetta, michael hayden saying, listen, you need to get this deepest darkest intelligence on a regular basis
so you're prepared to deal with these crises once you take office but to this point before the inauguration not the frequency that past presidents have had. >> not the frequency. you talked to republicans and they say let's wait until he puts his hand on the bible and we'll see how things will change. jim sciutto, thank you for bringing that up. it's important. coming up next, though, just before midnight the state of alabama put a convicted killer to death but it's what happened to this death row inmate for 13 minutes after the lethal injection was given that have many people talking today. we'll speak with someone was who was there, who witnessed the execution, what could have gone wrong, what needs to happen in the future next. ♪ put some manwich on the table... and give boring weeknight meals, the night off. ♪make tonight a manwich night
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an execution overnight inialal is raising pertinent questions about how the death penalty is administered in this country. convicted killer ronald b. smith was among several death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of alabama's execution procedures. before he was put to death, a flurry of supreme court decisions delayed the execution until finally smith was executed by lethal injection last night. according to a number of witnesses, smith coughed and heaved for 15 minutes before dying. according to one person, kent faulk, the reporter for the alabama media group, kent, thank you for taking the time. i think it's important to mention the victim in this whole case because we know this man was convicted of the 1994 murder of casey wilson.
casey wilson. so to you, tent, this is the fourth execution you have witnessed. tell me what you saw. >> correct. >> last night as in previous lethal injection cases or lethal injection executions the window was opened and mr. smith was strapped to the gurney. the death warrant was red by the warden and then a chaplain came over. he had also declined comment prior to the execution starting. the chaplain came over and started talking to him and it appeared they may have prayed and then first drug in the protocol was apparently
administered during that time. then he started coughing. he started struggling for air, gasping, if you will and he was not quite flashing but it was close to it. he was struggling to catch his breath and at one point the -- during 13 minutes of this. a department of corrections officer checked him twice to see if he was -- met the unconscious test even while he was intermittently coughing and the test consists of calling out his name loudly several times and then pinching his arm and brushing his eye back but they
did that twice this period -- 13-minute period and then after that second time they administered the test, the second drug, a paralytic, was administered and then followed by another drug that's supposed to stop his heart and so that's what happened, he did go still soon after the second test. >> let me just jump in, ken, because i've never witnessed an execution and i hope never to, but since you have, for those 13 minutes, were eyes looking around the witness box and wondering if something is wrong? >> well, obviously something didn't go to plan although the department of corrections said they followed the protocol and the protocol was met but
something obviously that i hadn't seen in two previous lethal injections executions, i had not seen the inmate act like that. >> this begs, then, the question. we know this inmate was involved in challenging -- involved in challenging the drugs used and the supreme court twice delayed his execution. where does all of this stand? do we need to take a good long look at how this country is administering these drugs to execute people? well. >> well, thereby very examples of what happened last night previously around the country. most notably in arizona in which that inmate was described as looking like a guppy out of water gasping for breath which
is similar to what i saw last night. in both of them they used the same first drug in the protocol, me disaster lam. so it's not up to me to say whether we need to continue looking at this but the attorneys in alabama certainly want to use this as a -- an example. >> a reason. >> as why we shouldn't. >> we should be looking into it. kent faulk, appreciate you describing what i am sure was not easy for you to witness but it's an important piece of the conversation and we needed to talk about it. thank you very much from birmingham, alabama, for us. next, it's a frightening statistic. the highest number of mumps cases in a decade. we'll tell you what's causing the outbreak and how you can protect your family. sanjay gupta will join me live. and we'll get back to our breaking news. cnn learning through sources that former new york city mayor rudy giuliani has been told he's
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it turns out the u.s. is being hit with the most mumps cases in a decade, the centers for disease control and prevention says there have been more than 2800 reported cases this year, six states are reporting mumps outbreaks, more than 100 cases. they include -- this is the worst outbreak since 2006 when more than 6,500 people contracted the virus. so i know we're throwing a lot of numbers at you. let me go to sanjay gupta our chief medical correspondent for the first why. why is this happening? >> well, we do see this fluctuation from time to time in the number of mumps cases as you point out but this is a significant increase compared to the last few years. in part it ends to occur in these situations where people are more closely clustered together so when you show those states, if you drill down even
more, a lot of times it occurs within college campuses and specifically within dormitories. as the weather gets colder people are inside more so you see these spikes in the fall and winter and again in the early spring when it's cooler outside and even among people who are vaccinated, brooke, the vaccine tends to wear off about 10 to 15 years so most people get the vaccine for mumps between four and six years old, right around the time they're starting college and being in these dormitories is coinciding with the time the vaccine starts to lose its effectiveness so it's a combination of all these things. >> how would you know if you had mumps? >> well, the symptoms of mumps can be somewhat vague but also characteristic because people tend to get swelling. that's what people tend to think of, the perrot tid glands, those get swollen. that can be characteristic.
in rare cases it could cause an inflammation of the brain and that can be serious and even more rare deadly. someone hasn't died of mumps in quite some times but that's what you would see and you can get tested for that in a hospital. >> so if you think you might have it you go to the hospital, you get tested, then what? >> well, there's not a mumps medicine per se. it's typically one of those things that the symptoms will go away on their own but people may need fluids, may need to be given medication for the discomfort associated with this and people will recover. it's a few days of the worst symptoms then another week or so of milder symptoms, it can be pretty crummy for a few days but getting the diagnosis and what is called supportive treatment is typically what happens. most of the time that can be done at home, people don't need to be in the hospital but they have to be careful not to spread
it because it's so contagious. >> just something we needed to talk about today. i never thought i'd be talking about mumps, the most cases in a decade. sanjay, as always, thank you. >> you got it, thank you. straight ahead, we are watching, baton rouge, louisiana, where president-elect trump is set to take to the stage any moment. we will take you there live when it starts. plus from the inner machinations of trump tower we have learned few information with regard to the secretary of state search. who's in, hwho's out, lots to talk about on this friday. we'll be right back.
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two teams prepare to meet for the 117th time, army is hoping to snap that 14-game losing streak to navy. coy wire is in beautiful annapolis, maryland hanging out with some midshipmen, i see. i was there at navy memorial stadium. i love that place. take it away. >> as you know, it's a great place, brooke, at the naval academy but this army/navy game puts the spotlight not only on men who dream of playing the game they love in front of the nation but men who aspire to serve and protect our nation when they're playing days end. >> army/navy game is -- it's the greatest game in college football, the greatest rivalry in sports. >> you can play at a big stadium, you can play a big-time team but when you come to the army navy game, it's a different feeling. >> when you go on the field, the crowd is roaring, the mid-sh midshipmen, the cadets, it's
awesome. >> it's awesome to play each other on such a big stage and do it for your country. >> as bad as we want to beat them and as bad as they want to beat us, there's still a great respect for each other. >> this game is a fight. blow for blow it will be a 15-round heavyweight bout. >> now, brooke, these teams are getting ready to go toe to toe. each team will don special uniforms, armies are inspired by that which their 82nd paratroopers wore all black and gray, netted helmet representing the divisions' tactical era during the world war ii and navy stepping back in time to 1963 with throwback uniforms the, year heisman trophy winning quart erwining quarter back rog rog rog rog roger stabach was there. they're winning me over in annapolis. speaking of throwback, commander dave mckinney gave me a
throwback cardigan and what do you think? is it go navy? >> beat army! >> brooke, back to you. >> you can tell those guys i have a navy brotherhood football jersey hanging in my office. i love the army, but, you know where my loyalty is. all right, guys, thank you so much. we continue on hour two, you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. let's get to the breaking news in what may with the hottest competition since donald trump won the election, who will become his secretary of state, a source tells cnn it will now not be former new york mayor rudy giuliani and then it could be the ceo of exxonmobil. the source says rex tillerson is now getting a closer look for this post at state. tillerson has ties to russian presidents vladimir putin who once awarded him the nation's order of friendship. it is an interesting note as cnn also l