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latest. >> reporter: john and alison, this has the major showdown potential in the early days of the trump administration. calling for a full investigation into russia's role in interfering with the election. among them, powerful senators. republican john mccain and democrat chuck schumer. >> they did hack into the campaign. were they hacking the republicans the same way? if so, why -- there's a lot of issues out there. it requires an investigation. >> the fact the cia and fbi disagree shows the need for a bipartisan investigation that gets to the bottom of this. the investigation should be tough, strong and bipartisan and access to all materials, classified and not. >> reporter: both schumer and mccain making the argument this is not a partisan issue. mccain said it is democrats this time around, but republicans could be the victim of the hack
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the next time around. one person who doesn't think this is something that should be investigated that thoroughly? the current president-elect. donald trump. he said he doesn't believe the assessment the russians are behind the hack and he strongly believes it had nothing to do with the outcome of the election. john and alison. >> one of the important things going is an apparent difference of opinion with the fbi and the cia. the cia reporting believes the russians hacked democratic and republican groups. hacked both the democratic and republican national committees, but only leaked documents from the democrats. the fbi concluded that the republican national committee was not hacked. only people connected to the party, including conservative groups and pundits. a law enforcement source said the fbi did not find clear evidence the hack was done to help trump. the cia feel there is isa
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preponderance of evidence there. russia was trying to meddle overall in the u.s. election. all right. president-elect trump expected to announce his choice for secretary of state as soon as tomorrow. the candidate that tops his list is thought to be exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson. long ties to vladimir putin. tillerson joined the company in 1975 as an engineer. he has been chairman and ceo since 2006. he made more than $27 million last year. his ties to the middle east and russia is what is getting the most attention. vladimir putin awarded him the order of friendship. that's a top designation to foreign nationals. that came after a multibillion dollar deal that tillerson signed with resneckt.
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trump defended tillerson's experience over the weekend saying he is a successful deal maker. >> i want to discuss all of this with ellis henican. ellis, thanks for being with us. >> good morning. >> all of a sudden a lot tied up in the secretary of state nomination that is not just about finding the top diplomat. rex tillerson is a ceo with ties to vladimir putin. this on the heels of the reports, although a disagreement with the fbi and cia. agreement that russia trying to meddle in the election and now trump picking a secretary of state with close ties to russia? >> this is getting more burdensome for rex tillerson. >> let's play some of what john mccain said about this. the chairman of the senate arms services committee. >> a matter of concern to me he has a close personal
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relationship with vladimir putin. they have done enormous deals together. that would color his approach to vladimir putin and the russian threat. that is a matter of concern. we will give him his chance. >> john mccain joins marco rubio with his concerns. if three republicans were to flip and all democrats stuck together, it would be enough to defeat the nomination. >> i'm glad you pulled up the mccain byte. on this issue of russia, don't forget, john. the republican party has a long anti-russian tradition. we had the cold war. that's been exacerbated by some of the more aggressive actions that have been coming out of the country lately. there is a wedge here you can drive between trump's views on the topics and those of so many
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establishment republicans. >> china's one policy is discussion this weekend with trump's comments saying we don't have to adhere to the longstanding policy. the global times editorial calling him a child. the one child pol china policy bought and sold. will he come to realize that china and other international powers are not to be bullied. is there a point in time where you think someone in his soon to be administration say the words you are saying matter. they resonate globally. >> tough times an eerie phrase coming from the chinese. they have ability to extract tough times. i think the conversations, alison, are already going on. how much do we want to push? how far do we want to go? what might they do in response?
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>> there is every reason to believe this is a change in policy. trump will be tougher on whine china? the taiwanese president and now the one china policy. he made clear he will be tougher on china and closer to russia. these are two things that seem abundantly clear. >> one thing with trump is believe what you hear. we think there is a new trump. that was a casual friendly congratulations phone call from trump. >> can we play the one china stuff that trump said with chris walla wallace? >> reconsidering the policy. let's make a deal. let's use that as a negotiating pl ploy. >> let's use that into the russian hacking into the u.s. election.
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will this undermine the presidency in any way? >> i would say it is too soon to say that. clearly the sides are teaming up at this point. the democrats are looking for ways to get underneath the skin of the trump administration. they can't attack every single thing. one million crazy tweets and policy questions. those choices are made right now. clearly the relationship with russia is at the very top of the list. tillerson is a big reason for that. >> tillerson aside. what is to gain from trump in the trump administration and say let's not bother investigating? no one is talking about overturning the election results here. they are not. >> how can you be against the investigation? particularly frankly if there is some nuance of differences with the various intelligence agencies? the only answer is let's investigate. >> ellis, great to have you here. >> always up for investigating.
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the death toll and two bombing s in istanbul has climbd to 34. all police officers. a kurdish militant group claiming responsibility for the saturday night attacks. the group calling itself the kurdish freedom hawks has put a message on its web site insisting the turkish people were not the target. let's bring in beck yy anderson from istanbul. this caps off a violent year in turkey. >> reporter: absolutely, becky. this is a group calling itself
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t.a.c. it's signature tactic to strike a blow against the security. it is 24 hours since it claimed responsibility for twin bombings outside a soccer stadium. the first a couple hours after the match with two of turkey's top teams and the second, a suicide bomb attack less than a minute later. the soccer stadium is next to our position here in the heart of istanbul. that is the engine of turkey's economy and one of the main tourist attractions. imagine attacks close to a sporting complex like flushing meadows or yankee stadium for example. it is not surprise that turkish leaders from president erdogan on down. yesterday was a day of mourning
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and today is a day of retributi retribution. targeting the army and the positions were attacked in neighboring northern iraq. reports of more than 100 pro-kurdish political activists rounded up in raids country wide. this is the issue. this is what you were stating. rightly so. saturday's attack in istanbul was the 17th major terrorist attack by either kurdish militants or isis in turkey this past year alone. then you have the political instability and polarization brought by the failed coup in the summer. it would not be an understatement to suggest this is one of the tumultuous years in modern history.
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>> thank you, becky. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he is excited about working with donald trump. he plans to meet with the president-elect soon to discuss other options to the nuclear deal with iran. president-elect trump vowed during the campaign to tear up the pact which the israeli prime minister calls a threat to israel's existence. >> i think his attitude and support for israel is clear. he feels very warmly about the jewish state. about the jewish people and about jewish people. there's no question about that. i had differences of opinion with president obama on most well known is iran. >> the prime minister says despite the differences, his feelings were never personal. boeing finalized a deal to sell 80 airplanes to iran. iran airline will get 50 737s and 30 777s. many u.s. lawmakers oppose the
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sale and president-elect trump opposes the nuclear deal that made it possible. that deal lifted many economic sanctions against iran in september. boeing needed special approach to ensure iran does not use the planes for military purposes. cnn's 2016 hero of the year revealed. >> ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 cnn hero of the year is jeison aristizabal. >> all right. this was a wonderful night. 33-year-old jeison aristizabal who battles cerebral pasrpalsy. cnn named its first superhero. 2012 winner gets additional $50,000 to continue her work helping kids forced to work in nepal's prisons.
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jeison will be a guest on "new day." it was a wonderful night. i can't tell you how honored it was to be in the presence of all of the cnn heroes. >> it is my dose of inspiration for the year. >> it was one of the things where you felt good when you left. it warms your hard to know people are out there working that hard. 25 dead and dozens injured in cairo. an important church targeted, but still no claims of responsibilities. we're live in cairo next.
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are dead. dozens more injured in a bomb blast at a coptic christian church on sunday. no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing which tore through a small church attached to the st. mark's coptic cathedral. cnn's nick paton walsh has the la late latest. >> reporter: alison, the faithful at the coptic church was the scene of the blast yesterday. 25 dead. 31 injured. many were women. three sisters among the dead. it is unclear what caused it. maybe dynamite or heavy explosives used. 26 pounds or so. the police said it is too early to tell. a lot of anger in the crowds around. focus to the media as well before and after asking how
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security could collapse. the president sisi said about 1/10 of the population said he would provide security. this struck the headquarters effectively the coptic christian church. still no claim of responsibility at this point for the action. it really is not clear at this stage. great tension and sadness. carnage inside the ancient church. you have to imagine the blast ripping through on the day of worship on an otherwise peaceful crowd. some were there to enjoy the act of being a christian copt. >> a safe place. now the scene of violence.
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did russian hackers help donald trump win the election? the cia says they tried. the fbi says maybe. donald trump says he doesn't
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believe it. thousands of residents fleeing aleppo with thousands more trapped within the city. the latest on the fight for syria. welcome back to "early st t start." i'm alison kosik. sdpli . >> i'm john berman. it is 29 minutes after the hour. russia did not just meddle, but did it to steer the race toward donald trump. agencies say they are competent that russian hacking was intended to help trumpn intervi trump scoffed at that. >> i think it is ridiculous. it is another excuse. i don't believe. it they have no idea if it is russia or china or somebody. it could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. >> why would the cia put out the story that the russians wanted y you? >> i'm not sure they are putting
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it out. >> the president-elect discounted the importance of briefings by intelligence officers saying the briefings are repetitive. >> if something should change from this point, immediately call me. i'm available on one minute's notice. i don't have to be told. i'm a smart person. i don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every sing tle day for the next eight years. >> mr. trump has taken briefings sporadically as president-elect which could cause a rift with agencies. a bipartisan group of senators are demanding an investigation into the kremlin's activities. let's bring in ryan nobles at trump tower. >> reporter: john and alison. this has the potential to be a major showdown in the early days of the trump administration. a bipartisan group of senators calling for a full investigation
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into russia's role in interfering with the election. powerful senators like republican john mccain and democrat chuck schumer. >> they did hack into the campaign. were they hacking the republicans the same way? if so, why? there are issues out there. it requires an investigation. >> the fact the cia and fbi disagree shows the immediate ne bipartisan investigation to get to the bottom of this. the investigation should be tough, strong and bipartisan and access to all materials, classified and not. >> reporter: both schumer and mccain making the argument this is not a partisan issue. mccain saying it was democrats this time around, it could easily be republicans the victim of the hack the next time around. one person who doesn't think that this is something should be investigated that thoroughly. the current president-elect trump who said he doesn't
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believe the assessment that the russians are behind the hack and he strongly believes it had nothing to do with the outcome of the election. john and alison. ryan, thank you. the calls for investigation of possible russian interference in the election rest partly on a disagreement with the cia and fbi. the cia concludes that russian meddling was intended to help trump win based in part on the agency's believe the russians hacked democratic and republican groups, but only leaked documents from the democrats. the fbi con crucluded the repubn national committee was not hacked. only third party groups and pundits. a source tells cnn the fbi does not find clear evidence the hacking was done to help trump. there is a disagreement about the russian motives. that russia was trying to undermine the election. >> let's talk about this more.
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joining us is analyst and author ellis henican. great to have you here. >> they hacked. >> a bipartisan group of senators that agrees with you and wants to investigate. they include chuck shum schumer and john mccain. committees have addressed the challenges of cyber security. research shows more must be done. i am not sure i understand the politics of not agreeing with the idea of investigating, ellis. >> it is strange. i think it is not necessarily an analytical reaction. it is an emotional response. i won. i won. quit picking on me. i won. do you think it is deeper than that? >> the thing is, no one is saying you didn't win. >> no one is saying that. frankly, there is no dispute
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that a lot of this happened. at the margins, there is a disagreement. maybe people connected to the republican party and not the party organization itself or the motives are always in question. hugely complex motives here. the basic facts don't seem to be in dispute. if you attended more intelligence briefings, maybe you would know more about this. let's switch to the hunt. >> it is all intertwined. >> rex itillerson. he certainly is getting a push from trump. here is what he said over the weekend. >> he's more than a business executive. he is a world class player. he's in charge of, i guess, the largest company in the world. and to me, a great advantage is he knows many of the players. he knows them well.
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he does massive deals in russia. he does massive deals for the company. not himself. >> he said it there. he knows people well. we are talking about vladimir putin. ties could russia are causing consternation among many on capitol hill. three key republicans are expressing concern. rubio tweeting about it over the weekend. him saying that being a friend of vladimir putin is not an attribute i hope for from a secretary of state. this could be trump's real first fight for confirmation for one of his top cabinet picks. >> you are right. having relationships in itself is not a bad thing. we want people at that level who do have genuine relationships with important people around the world. to me, it is more a matter of sympathy. how do you feel about these people? what kind of relationship and where is the policy heading? that is the key part. >> to have this be now a monday
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where part of the story is did the russians hack into the u.s. election and hand it to donald trump to look at a guy who has a close relationship with vladimir putin. the optics of this are challenging. >> not a good day to have him as the bff to your new secretary of state. honestly, 36 hours ago, i would have said this is sailing through. now i'm not so sure this morning. >> john mccain, a republican whom we all know, chair of the armed services committee. he wants to hear more at a minimum from rex tillerson. listen. >> a matter of concern to me he has a close personal relationship with vladimir putin and obviously they have done enormous deals together. that would color his approach to vladimir putin and the russian threat. that is a matter of concern. we will give him his chance.
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>> matter of concern. >> matter of concern. we will give him his chance. a lot of meaning in those few words. >> the other part of this interview that donald trump did with fox news. the one china policy. we know he and the president of taiwan talked. that concerned china. this part of the interview certainly took it one step further. listen to this. >> i fully understand the one china policy, but i don't know why we have to be bound by a one china policy unless we make a deal with china. having to do with other things, including trade. >> this could be a hint of a change in policy. this may not just be a phone call. those in taiwan are expressing hope while those in china are extremely concerned. >> the chinese officials are putting out signals saying this is serious. we take this seriously. there's some stuff we can do to do guys if you want to push this. >> china is saying one china
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policy, taiwan is not a different country. they say it is not necessigotia. i don't think it is fair to say it is loose talk anymore when he accepted that call from the leader of taiwan. he thinks they should reassess the united states relationship with china. >> when you have an ongoing relationship with people and you step forward and say the thing we agreed to all this time. unless you give me something. that starts to feel like extortion. >> he is a disrupter. why should we adhere to the policy? >> no one can accuse donald trump of inadequate disruption. we are safe on that one. >> ellis henican, thank you for being here. top executives from apple, google and microsoft are scheduled to meet with trump on wednesday in new york city.
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many leaders in silicon voluall spoke out against trump during the campaign. they could speak out on net neutrality and immigration. sources say the high powered executives are expected to attend. some of them are tim cook, larry page, ceo of alphabet. facebook's ceo sheryl sandberg and satya nadella. they will join cisco systems and ibm ceos. absent is jeff bezos whom trump targeted after the coverage of his campaign. >> the president-elect invites you, largely, you go. sunday night football. two heavyweights colliding. giants trying to snap the 11-game winning streak of the dallas cowboys. hines ward has the highlights this morning in the bleacher report. that's next. as a control enthusi i'm all-business when i travel... even when i travel...
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the giants stepping it up on monday night. no, not monday night. last night was sunday night. snapping the cowboys win streak. >> we have hines ward with more. >> the cowboys don't lose often. when they do, it is to the new york giants. dallas hasn't lost a game since the season opener against new york. the weather was brutal. both teams had a tough time. in the third, eli manning finds beckham over the middle. and he runs over everyone to the end zone. he does the moon walk dance. dak prescott finds dez bryant who fumbles the ball. the giants win 10-7. check out the bills/steelers
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game in buffalo. it was snowing like crazy. the start of the second half was delayed after the ground crew tried to remove the snow, but the tractors had a tough time with the build up. they had to use snow shovels and leaf blowers. bell ran all over the place. the bills had no answer for bell who set a steelers single game record with over 236 rushing yards. my steelers have a big road win. 27-20 in buffalo. congrats to louisville sophomore quarterback lamar jackson. the youngest quarterback to win in 19 years. he is the first player from louisville to do it as well. jackson pretty much came out of nowhere to win the heisman. he was a 50 to 1 long shot before the season started. amazing. i love his blazer.
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rocking the red and black blazer. >> sharp, sharp dressed man. hines ward, thank you. let's see what is coming up on "new day." chris cuomo joining us. >> good morning. good to see you both last night. j.b. and alison. good to see you this morning. we had a weekend of a lot of events and hot talk. on "new day" we settle it down and get the record straight. president-elect is questioning the intelligence that russia was behind the hacking happening during the election. how do we know? we will put it out there. there is the motive for why russia would have been involved in this. the president-elect questions that as well. even more aggressively than the under lying premise. we will get into that. what is galvanizing the lawmakers in the house and senate on both sides of the aisle in opposition to the president-elect on this issue? we will take you through that and the latest on the transition team. what still needs to be filled
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syrian government forces waging battling up against the clashes in the ancient city of palmyra. this as the regime reclaimed another neighborhood in aleppo today forcing thousands of civilians trapped in the middle of the country's five-year-old civil war to flee and run for their lives.
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cnn's frederik pleitgen has the late latest. >> reporter: john and alison, the battle for aleppo is fierce and continues to be brutal. the latest information we gotten literally just a couple hours ago is that the syrian army has taken another key district in aleppo and now controls 90% of syria's second city. this is the district in the southern part of the aleppo. i was on the frontline there on saturday. we could see literally tens of thousands of people trying to flee that area. all this was happening while fierce fighting going on. children too weak to walk. some almost falling asleep while walking because they were so tired. people we saw malnourished. others were walking while wounded. all of them trying to just escape that fighting that was going on. the syrian military says it controls 90% of aleppo's city pushing the rebels further back. the syrian army losing on other
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fronts here in syria and isis back on the scene. isis militants over the weekend managing to take back the ancient city of palmyra with the ancient roman ruins. these are of grave concern because isis is known to destroy archaeological sites. they attacked under cloud and fog cover. the offensive was pushed back. the syrian government is trying to muster a force to launch a counter attack. john and alison. fred, thank you. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he is excited about the prospect of working with trump. netanyahu plans to meet with the president-elect soon. specifically to discuss other options to the nuclear deal with iran. trump is vowing to tear up the pact which netanyahu calls a threat to israel's existence. >> i think his attitude and support for israel is clear. he feels very warmly about the
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jewish state and about the jewish people and about jewish people. no question about that. i had differences of opinion with president obama on most well known of course is iran. >> and the prime minister says despite the differences, his feelings toward president obama were never personal. boeing has reached agreement on a $16.6 billion deal to sell 80 airplanes to iran. iran to get 50 737s and 30 777s. president-elect did not like the deal to allow the plan to happen. boeing needed special approval to make sure iran does not use it for military purposes. a huge headache for 40 million people. we have meteorologist pedram javaheri request twith the late
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forecast. >> this is an area where we think some of the heaviest snowfall left in the forecast for the immediate future here for the next several who arehou. you see up to a foot has come down in parts of the favorable areas in the great lakes. much of the lake-effect snow beginning to shutdown. we will see snowshowers scattered in interior new england. lunchtime, it will taper off. the temperatures up in the 40s in new york city. lower 60s in atlanta. temperatures in new orleans, 77 degrees. look what happens up in the upper midwest and the plains. arctic door open in the next 24 hours. in the middle of the week, northern tier of the country sees the coldest temperatures we have seen in two years time. chicago bottom out and with the high temperature of 5 in minneapolis. only around 4 and 20s in new england and into the northeast. in chicago, the overnight low temperatures very dangerous when you talk about 3 below by wednesday and thursday morning.
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guys. pedram, thank you. let's get a check on cnn money stream. will santa claus rally come early for the stock market or is donald trump stolen st. anything nick's thunder? the dow and s&p and nasdaq at fresh highs. gains for the year with 14 trading days left. dow up 13%. the double digits were not expected this year. the nasdaq is almost 9% higher. the s&p 500 gaining 10.5% on the year. about one-third of the gains coming this past month as investors give trump's economic plans a big endorsement. as for today, futures are down slightly. stocks in europe are edging lower as well. shares in asia closing with losses overnight. the tone we are seeing this morning comes as investors wait on the federal reserve. janet yellen and company are beginning a two-day policy
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meeting tomorrow. at the meeting this time last year, the fed hiked rates in almost a decade. investors are expecting the same. there is now a 95% chance the fed will raise rates on wednesday. what that will do is make mortgages and credit cards and car loans more expensive. wall street will be reading the fed statement very carefully to see what clues it may give to when the next interest rate hike is coming. also getting more expensive this season, gas prices because of this. huge run up of crude oil prices which are topping $54 a barrel for the first time in a year and a half. that's thanks to a 5% jump just this morning. that is coming after russia and several other big oil producers agreed to cut production. opec nations vowed to do the same last week. that means higher gas prices. the national average is at $2.21 a gallon this morning. up 4 cents over the past month.
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what usually happens is gas trails crude by two weeks. you will likely feel it at the pump in the new year. i didn't notice a change over the weekend. >> $54 a barrel is in that range where all of a sudden oil companies feel they can exist again. exploration is not down where it was. interesting to see. donald trump dismisses this cia assessment that russia was trying to interfere in the election to help him. "new day" begins right now. >> i think it's ridiculous. i think it is another excuse. >> what we know is russia hacked us. >> we cannot see a single thing. >> i'm going after russia every way you can go after russia. >> disagreement with the cia and fbi. >> take a look. they are not sure. they are fighting among them selves. >> you cannot make this issue partisan. >> i understand the one china policy.
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i don't want china dictating to me. >> get ready for a disruptive year. >> we need to make sure the secretary of state represents u.s. interests. >> bob corker and mitt romney. these are different people. when you ask me about rex, these are world class players. >> this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and chris cuomo. >> welcome to "new day." monday, december 12th. up first, rejecting the claim that russia influenced the election in his faevor. mr. trump calls that ridiculous. also, a big editorial saying that donald trump operating with the ignorance of a child when talking about foreign policy. no matter, the president-elect will question whether or not the u.s. has to stick to the one china policy that his officials in
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39 days to go before donald trump is inaugurated but he is already very much in the mix. jason carroll live from the white house and trump tower in manhattan. jason? >> the chinese government has made it very clear that china one is what they call the bed rock of u.s. chinese relations and the president-elect in the meantime also challenging u.s. intelligence assessment that russia is behind the hacking during the u.s. election. >> i think it's ridiculous. i think it's just another excuse. i don't believe it. >> reporter: fiercely, the president-elect dismissing the intelligence community assessment that russia meddled in the election to help him win. >> they have no idea if it's russia or china. could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. >> reporter:

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