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donald trump poised to pick the ceo of exxon mobile as his secretary of state, but there's already plenty of push back of rex tillerson and it is not just coming from republicans. late night tweet from donald trump vowing to leave his business before the 20th. and new details about rus a russia's meddling into the u.s. election. why moscow is trying to
influence the outcome to donald trump. welcome to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. it is december 13th. breaking overnight. donald trump is set to name his pick for secretary of state this morning. multiple sources tell cnn he has chosen exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson for the job. there are signs of trouble for the nomination and certainty over his views of climate change and his close relationship are vladimir putin raising concerns on both sides of the aisle. the latest from phil mattingly from trump tower. >> reporter: the pick is in. the president-elect will announce the exxon ceo will be his selection for secretary of state. nominating him because the two just hit it off. they found a hit with one another. they share similar world invovi
and business backgrounds. it comes down to three who all recommended rex tillerson to the president-elect. the two did not have a relationship before the process started. now he will be the president-elect's top diplomat. that doesn't mean he will have clear sailing. democrats have already raised concerns about his potential nomination. not just democrats. republicans have has well because of tillerson's ties to russia. exxon has done numerous deals with russia and his relationship with vladimir putin. that is raising concerns by john mccain and lindsey graham. the republicans just hold a four-seat advantage. what does this mean for the other candidates? the many candidates who have
been cycled through the last couple weeks. obviously they did not get the job. mitt romney taking to facebook saying he was honored to have been considered for the position. he has very high hopes for the trump administration. this is a long way from when he called the president-elect a phony and fake through the general election process. the two formed a mutual respect of one another through the process. the president-elect calling mitt romney on monday night to tell him he did not get the position. he appreciated his willingness to participate at all. obviously that is on the cabinet side of things. a big question on the conflict of interest side of things. the president-elect was supposed to answer questions this week. touting his news conference on december 15th where he would announce he would separate himself from his business. reality is he is focused on personnel and cabinet decisions. that has been backed up by the
steady stream of individuals going in and out of the building the last couple weeks. there is this fact. this is an incredibly complicated process according to trump advisors. the trump organization legal team hasn't gotten their heads around want. trump wants to remove himself from operational side, but he wants to maintain a stake and figure out a legal structure to pass this down to his children. >> donald trump plans to diseven tank disentangle himself from his businesses. even though i'm not required by law to do so, i women be leaving my business before january 20th. two will be managing the team and no new deals will be done during my term in office. in the final tweet, he promised
to hold the press conference in the near future. we have been expecting that press conference this week. we know his daughter and son-in-law were house hunting in georgetown. the two adult sons managing the business. so many questions about his role. we will wait longer to find out. >> interesting that word. new. not old deals, but new deals. >> what about financing the current deals on the books? loans backed by foreign governments? we he don don't know yet. >> phil mentioned the concerns of the pick for secretary of state and close ties to russia. some of those concerns so great he may not get past the committee hearing stage. manu raju spoke about it with democratic leader harry reid. reid said if it makes it to the floor for a full vote,
bipartisan opposition could very well kill it. >> i don't know if he can get 50 votes. it may be hard for him to do that. >> reports you are seeing about the russian connections concern you? >> it is in keeping with trump. he has already stated he likes putin better than he likes obama. it is obvious he likes russia. that is concerning to the world and certainly concerning to america. >> if rex tillerson is nominated and confirmed, he would be the american ambassador on climate change. he mislead new york share hol r holders. since taking the helm in 2006, tillerson shifted the exxon mobile stance admitting climate change is a problem. in 2007, he said the risk of greenhouse gasses could be significant. he endorsed a carbon tax on
businesses in 2009 over cap and trade policy. exxon mobile supported the paris agreement. speaking at the conference last month, tillerson said it helps world governments work together to solve the issue. his history could put him at odds with donald trump who ripped into the paris agreement on the campaign trail. said over the weekend nobody knows if climate change is real. the kremlin is lastly rej t rejecting the cia assessment that the russians hacked into the u.s. election. state media is reporting that vladimir putin's press secretary called the claims of russian interference allegations unsupported by any evidence. let's go to moscow and matthew chance. matthew, the russian government is expressing interest into the investigation into the outcome of the matter. all the while saying if there is evidence, prove it.
>> reporter: yeah. that's what they are saying definitely. they are saying you are making serious allegations about russia's involvement in these hacking allegations. without providing any concrete proof those allegations are true. they have been saying that time and again since this emerged in october at the height of the presidential campaign. they are pointing to what trump is saying. on the issue is a number of other issues. donald trump is saying the same tune as kremlin. when it comes to the hacking allegations, trump is saying there is no concrete proof that hacking came from russia. he is trying to play down the significance of those intelligence concerns that russia may have been implicated possibly for domestic reasons. he wants to distance himself that his election was illegitimate. of course, he has an eye on
making a deal in the future potentially with vladimir putin over a range of issues. that's what he talks about in his campaign. >> and russia at the same time citing as you point out with president-elect who has thrown the u.s. intelligence community under the bus. >> reporter: yeah. he seems to, yes. we don't know. the problem is with the allegations that the u.s. intelligence community has come out with, they are treating an allegation which is the russia gott engagete engaged in the ha fact. without evidence, including russians and donald trump, want to see those facts. whether those facts or evidence will come out later on as a result of this investigation or result of the public pressure remains to be seen. nevertheless, without that concrete proof, it gives the opportunity to the russians and
to trump to say look. there is no digital evidence. no digital footprint. there is no straight line from the hacking straight to the kremlin. you know, if we are going to put this matter to rest, we will see the evidence. no one is doubting russia had the motivation. it clearly backed trump during the campaign. it saw trump more sympathetic to the world view. it had every motivation to support trump. the extent to go to achieve that. that's what is being, i think, disputed. >> it is uncertain where the different agencies would provide their methods and sources into the findings. certainly notable saying they are confidence in the findings. matthew chance live in moscow. ten minutes past the hour.
clinton campaign backing electric to electr electrelec electors asking for findings relating to russia involvement in the election. john podesta calls this a grave issue. despite the chaos, the donald trump thank you tour makes another stop in wisconsin later tonight to be joined by vice president-elect mike pence and house speaker paul ryan. the next stop is hershey, pennsylvania. chinese sending a warning to the president-elect. respect the one china policy on taiwan or risk severing ties. where does this relationship go from here? "early start" back in a moment.
the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff is set to meet with the president-elect here in the coming days. joseph dunford is the military advisor to the president. he is finalizing a new classified military strategy to present to trump and discuss how u.s. forces are deployed around the world. the republican chairman in michigan is donald trump's pick to become the next head of the rnc. the transition source tells cnn this announcement is expected this week. she would precede reince priebus. she is the niece of former gop presidential nominee mitt romney. and donald trump is making it clear he will not back down from china and he has drawn a very sharp response from officials in beijing. saying they are seriously concerned. the president-elect continuing to question whether the u.s. should adhere to the agreement called the one china policy.
specifically that taiwan is part of china. trump is showing he is willing to provoke chinese officials on the sensitive matter until they agree to new talks on trade and north korea. cnn's matt rivers is following the story and live in beijing. matt, chinese officials have made it clear to the president-elect that the one china policy is not for sale. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. as much as the president-elect says he wants to use the one china policy as a point of leverage in future negotiations on trade and north korea and chinese military expansion in the south china sea, the chinese have countered strongly over the last 48 hours saying this is not something they are willing to negotiate. any bilateral cooperation that exists with the u.s. and china will have to happen under the auspices and both sides
acknowledging the one china policy. we heard strong reaction in beijing yesterday. today, we hear continued strong negative reaction to the president-elect's comments. specifically in state-run media and state-censored newspapers. censored by the communist party. "the truth is this president-elect is inexperienced in diplomatici practices." he has overestimated of dominating the world and fails to understand the limitation of u.s. powers in the current era. it is safe to say that the communist party approve what is is printed here. the negative feeling to the president-elect is continuing just one day after we heard from the first time from chinese officials how unhappy they were about donald trump's comments. >> we heard from the tabloid and officials and we also saw a show
of military force over the weekend. >> reporter: that's exactly right. what we saw actually was december 7th and 8th. between the call that donald trump had with the taiwanese president and the comments he made to fox news. according to officials that spoken to cnn, china flew for the first time over contested areas in the south china sea bombers cape aable of carrying nuclear weapons. it is obvious this could be a signal to the president-elect a show of force, if you will, it was not happy that the fact that donald trump took a phone call with the president of taiwan. a few days later, he is making comments about the one china policy. interesting start to the u.s./china relationship under the incoming donald trump administration. >> interesting to see the current administration pointing out the united states does
adhere to the one china policy. matt rivers in beijing. thank you. back to politics. ballots recounted in wisconsin and the winner is donald trump. the state elections commission saying it cannot only recertify the president-elect is the winner, but award him 131 more votes in the process. green party candidate jill stein financed the recount over concerns of hacking possibilities and voting irregularity. donald trump said the wisconsin win is in and guess what? we picked up additional 131 votes. the democrats can rest. scam. a federal judge ruled last month's election results will stand and trump is the winner in pennsylvania. the judge rejecting the recount bid by jill stein saying suspicion borders on the irrational. up next, the crisis in aleppo. thousands of civilians trying to
aleppo. several groups reporting large numbers of people with ties to rebels have been executed. cnn has not been able to verify those reports. we have jomana karadsheh live for us. jomana, what do we know about the rebels caught in the cross hairs? >> reporter: here is what we know about the situation, christine. we are hearing from residents on the ground and activists from a monitoring group. saying there are reports. unverified reports at this point of mass executions that have taken place. they say it was committed by regime forces in areas that they captured from rebel fighters. they say people who are relatives of rebels have been rounded up and that includes women and children and they were executed publicly. the united nations is receiving the unverified reports and expressed concern and alarm over
what it says are the reports over the atrocities over the executions of women and children. they also express they cannot independently verify these reports. it is very hard to verify reports from eastern aleppo. we have been speaking to people there. they draw very grim picture. it is becoming harder to find the words to describe this situation on the ground. people, thousands have fled the neighborhoods that were captured by the regime yesterday. they moved into the small enclave of what is left of eastern aleppo under the control of the rebels. people huddled together in buildings. crammed in the small area. they are retuunning out of spaco find shelter. the relentless and indiscriminate artillery shelling. people are describing dead
people on the street and wounded with no one to help. you talk to people and you hear the fear in their voices and despai despair. they fear it is a matter of time that aleppo will fall to the regime. they don't know what their fate is going to be. they fear this is it. they could be facing death as the regime closes in on what is left. >> terrifying. what is the status of the rebels if aleppo falls? if the government is able to retake aleppo, is there another stronghold or is that the last stand for the rebels? >> reporter: that's the big question. what we are going to see happen? it seems eastern aleppo or the enclave is on the verge of falling. rebels are on the verge of complete defeat in eastern aleppo. what are they going to do? will they continue fighting until the last minute or will we see sort of a deal to leave?
it is looking unlikely the united states has been working in talks with the russians to try to reach a deal. all indications it is unlikely that any sort of deal will happen to create the safe passage for the rebels to move to the western part of the country to province. it remains to be seen. >> kaucjomana karadsheh, thank . >> we are following the twitter account of a 7-year-old girl in eastern aleppo. tweeted 19 minutes ago. i'm bana. i'm 7 years old. this is my last moment. don't know if i will live or die. still ahead, donald trump is poised to pick exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson as secretary of state. before the nomination, it is a
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president-elect. instead, tweets about turning over his business to two of his sons. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. donald trump set to name his pick for secretary of state this morning. multiple sources telling cnn the president-elect has chosen this pan. t man. ceo of exxon mobile rex tillerson. there are already signs of trouble ahead for tillerson's nomination. there's uncertainty overviews of climate change and questions about his close relationship with vladimir putin. raising concerns on both sides of the alisle. we get more from cnn's phil mattingly at trump tower. >> reporter: george and christine. the pick is in. the president-elect will announce that rex tillerson, exxon ceo is his selection for secretary of state. he intends to nominate the ceo because the two just hit it off.
they found a fit. they share similar world views and business backgrounds as deal makers. it comes down to three people. condeleeza rice and two others who recommended rex tillerson to the president-elect. now he will be the president-elect's top diplomat. that doesn't mean he will have clear sailing through the confirmation process. democrats raised concerns about the nomination. republicans have primarily because of tillerson's ties to russia. exxon as an oil company has done numerous deals with russia. tillerson has a relationship with vladimir putin. that relationship has droawn scrutiny from lindsey graham and marco rubio and john mccain.
what does it mean for the other candidates? many candidates we have seen cycle through the last couple weeks? obviously they did not get the job, but most interestingly mitt romney saying he was honored to have been considered for the position and has high hopes for the tru the trump administration. this is a long way from when he called trump a fake and phony. the two formed a mutual respect for one another. the president-elect calling mitt romney on monday night to tell him he did not get the position. he appreciated his willingness to participate. that is on the cabinet side of things. there is a question on the conflict of interest. the president-elect was supposed to answer those questions this week. touting the conference on december 15th to announce how he would separate himself from his business interests. no longer. reality is the president-elect
has been solely focused on personnel. cabinet decisions. that is backed up by the steady stream of individuals going in and out of the building in the last couple weeks. there is also this fact. this is an incredibly complicated process. one that trump's lawyers and organization legal team hasn't gotten their heads around yet. trump wants to remain a stake in the company and figure out a legal structure to pass this down to his children. george and christine. >> phil, thanks for that. the president-elect says he does want to disentangle himself from the business empire. there is a plan. he underscored that in tweets. quote, i'm not mandated to do so, i will leave my businesses before january 20th to focus on the presidency. two of my children, don and eric, and executives will manage them. he added this.
no new deals will be done during my terms in office. in a final tweet, mr. trump agreed to hold that conference in the future to discuss cabinet picks and all topics. busy times. >> tweeting about that. hasn't held a news conference in some time to answer questions from reporters. as phil mentioned, concerns in the senate about the likely pick for secretary of state and his close business ties to russia. some so great, he may not get past the hearing stage. manu raju spoke with democratic leader harry reid. reid says if the nomination makes it to the floor for a full vote, bipartisan opposition could very well kill it. >> i don't know if he can get 50 votes or not. it may be hard for him to do that. >> the reports that you are seeing about the russian connections concerned you in any
way? >> it is in keeping with trump. s he's already stated he likes putin better than he likes obama. it's obvious he likes russia. that is concerning to the world and concerning to america and concerning to me. >> we will look for that later today about the official nomination. the kremlin flatly rejecting the cia assessments that the hackers meddled in the election to help trump. state media reported that putin's press secretary called it allegations unsupported by any evidence. let's go live to moscow and bring in cnn's matthew chance. good morning, matthew. >> reporter: christine, that's right. that's the position the russian government has had and kremlin has had since the allegations floated in october at the height of the campaign. they said this is something that is just out there by critics of russia to try to make the country look bad, particularly
to the president-elect as he tries to form his new administration and tries to work out which positions to adopt with russia. they also said there is no evidence of this. trump is repeating that line like on other issues. the trump incoming administration and kremlin singing from the same song book when it comes to the issue of hacking. of course, they have a point. there is no digital footprint or concrete evidence to categorically proof the line between kremlin and hacking. the kremlin is motivated. it made no secret it supported donald trump and had antagonism toward hillary clinton.
that is the subject of the al significan ga allegations at the moment. >> you and i have covered rex tillerson for years now. what is the reaction in russia about the talk that there will be a nomination today of rex tillerson to be secretary of state? >> reporter: they love him over here. they already been heaping praise on the texas oil man even before the nomination has been announced. the kremlin spokesperson told us yesterday, told cnn yesterday, he was a pragmatic man and has contacts at the highest level in the russian government. the head of the russian parliamentary affairs committee said that this is a sensation and it proves the seriousness of trump. a great deal of expectation of rex tillerson if he is confirmed
t could cause a change with u.s. and moscow. with rex tillerson at the state department and donald trump in the white house, the expectation in moscow that could really start to change. >> interesting. all right. thank you for that, matthew chance, in moscow. the donald trump thank you tour hitting the road again. president-elect makes a stop in wisconsin later today and he will be joined by the vice president-elect mike pence and the speaker of the house paul ryan. the next stop on the thank you tour is hershey, pennsylvania. it is set for thursday. donald trump has a message for ceos. look out. the tweet yesterday about lockheed martin's f-35 program and another last week at boeing, trump is firing a warning to business leaders. many businesses are feeling optimism right now. the stock market is up 6% difference the election. record highs. jobless rate down 6%. the survey last week shows
outlook in sales for hiring in the retail sector is the best in years. what can business leaders do? ceos should not take donald trump's tweets literally. should find out what he is serious about and working toward reaching agreement. carrier did this with the deal to save some jobs in indianapolis. ford did it as well. keeping production of a mildly popular lincoln model in the u.s. this is what the business community is really grappling with. donald trump fires off a tweet. stock will fall. overall, they want tax reform. they want to see inflation in the economy. they want to see strong growth policies. on the one hand, trump can hit a business, but overall, they think he will be good for business. >> not to take him literally. >> exactly. president-elect pushing beijing's buttons talking about the one china policy over
being deployed. and the republican party chairman in michigan, ronna mcdaniel is picked to be the head of the next rnc. mcdaniel would takeover for reince priebus who is now the chief of staff for the president-elec president-elect. she is the niece of mitt romney. donald trump will not back down from china. that has leaders in beijing concerned. whether the u.s. should adhere to the longstanding policy that taiwan is part of one china policy. he is willing to provoke chinese officials until they agree to talks on trade and north korea. cnn's matt rivers tracking the latest from beijing. the president-elect seems blunt to include the recognition of one china as leverage for trade
concessions, perhaps. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. what you are hearing from the chinese said is a flat out absolutely not. we will not even entertain the notion of bringing up the one china policy when it comes to any sort of negotiations. trade or military expansion in the south china sea or chinese/american cooperation on nuclear deterrent in the north korea development programs. what you hear from beijing is a consistent line that the one china policy is not up for sale. very negative reaction officially and unofficially from the communist party. we heard from the minute ciistr the foreign affairs and state run media. here in beijing this morning, we saw an editorial in the tabloid called "the global times"
censored by the communist party. quote, the president-elect inexperienced probably has no idea of what he is talking about. he has greatly overestimated the u.s. capability the u.s. domination and fails to understand the powers in the current era. it is worth noting that anything in the newspapers sanctioned by the communist party. very strongly worded statements here. >> and he moved the starting line in negotiations. the chinese can say it is not up for negotiation, but the fact we are talking about it means it has shifted. matt rivers in beijing. thank you. two tech titans are joining silicon valley leaders meeting with donald trump tomorrow. hint, they both love launching rockets into space.
executed. cnn has not been able to verify the reports. cnn's jomana karadsheh is following the story. >> reporter: according to residents and activists and observatory for human rights, the monitoring group, they say they have reports that cnn cannot verify, that there have been mass executions that took place after the regime captured several neighborhoods from the rebels yesterday. they say people, civilians, including women and children, rounded up and executed. these people are relatives of rebel fighters. the united nations received these reports as well. they say they cannot independently verify them. they say the reports are mass atrocities committed against civilians, including women and children. it is a very grim situation right now as you can imagine in eastern aleppo. the people we have been speaking to are absolutely terrified. the territory the rebels hold is
shrinking. there are thousands of people who are crammed into this little area. they are currently living under heavy intense and indiscriminate and relentless shelling going on. people fear these may be the final moments alive as the regime closes in on the area. >> jomana, you have done reporting over the weekend of a family of a 7-year-old girl and her mother tweeting from eastern aleppo. what are we hearing from her this morning? >> reporter: well, george, 7-year-old bana and her mother have been trying to tweet daily out of eastern aleppo to let people know what the situation is like, especially for children there. a couple of weeks ago, their house was bombed. the family has been on the run for a couple of weeks. we have been in touch with them. yesterday, the house that they have been in where they took shelter in another neighborhood was hit.
bana's father was injured according to the family and they had to flee again to the small portion of eastern aleppo where there are thousands of civilians right now. they are telling us the children, because bana has two brothers are all there and they are absolutely terrified. bana just tweeted. her mother did. a short time ago saying, my name is bana. i'm 7 years old. i'm talkings to the world from eastern aleppo. this is my last moment. either live or die. these are messages we are hearing from people who still have access to social media. saying these are their final messages and they is nowhere else left to run. >> thank you. 5 minut5 minutes past the h. developments in the bill cosby sex crimes case. a pennsylvania judge will hear
arguments on letting to hear as many as 13 accusers testify in court. prosecutors say they want to show a pattern of behavior over decades. the defense is expected to argue that only constand should be allowed to testify. cubans will enjoy a benefit of restored relations with the united states. faster youtube videos. google just inked the deal with the cuban government to speed up access to the services like g-mail and youtube. this agreement won't expand access to the internet on the island. that is something google offered, but the cuban government rejected. cuba has some of the most restricted web access in the world. let's get a check on cnn money stream. dow futures higher. focus is federal reserve. beginning the two-day policy meeting this morning. stocks in europe are higher. shares in asia closing with gains. oil back now above $52 a barrel.
dow hitting a record high monday. nasdaq and s&p finishing lower. since the election, dow has hit 15 record highs. all of that over just 24 trading days. all eyes on the fed. by the way, the fed is expected to announce raising rates. we will get that decision tomorrow afternoon. donald trump's pick to lead the national economic council is a top executive at goldman sachs. gary cohen part of the wall street firm. he would work inside the white house to frame the debate on trump's biggest economic goals. he joins three other goldman sachs alums close to the incoming administration. treasury secretary pick steve mnuchin worked at goldman before embarking on a business strategy. steve bannon worked at goldman in the '80s and anthony
scaramucci had two stints at goldman. two space cowboys set to meet with donald trump tomorrow along with a slew of other silicon valley titans. jeff bezos is one. he joked he would like to send donald trump into space in one of his rockets. trump targeted him on twitter. bezos bought washington post in 2013. and elon musk. he told the business network that trump was probably not the right guy for the presidency. the two will join the ceos of apple, alphabet, microsoft and facebook sheryl sandberg and other executives to meet with president-elect tomorrow. "early start" continues right now.
>> donald trump poised to pick the ceo of exxon mobile as secretary of state, but already push back on rex tillerson. late night tweet from president-elect. vowing to leave his businesses before january 20th. does that mean he will no longer own the trump organization? welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. it is tuesday, december 13th. 5:00 a.m. breaking overnight. donald trump set to pick his secretary of state. multiple sources have told cnn he is set to choose rex tillerson as the man for that job. before the official announcement comes out, there are signs of trouble ahead for tillerson's nomination. uncertainty over his views on climate change and the questions about his close relationship with the president of russia vladimir putin. raising concerns on both sides
of the aisle. we get more from cnn's phil mattingly at trump tower. >> reporter: george and christine, the pick is in. the lekesiz wipresident-elect w announce that rex tillerson will be his selection for secretary of state. t he intends to nominate the ceo because the two hit it off. they found a fit with one another. share similar world views and similar business backgrounds as dealmakers. it comes down to condoleezza rice and james baker and robert gates. three individuals with government experience and three individuals who all recommended rex tillerson to the president-elect. the two did not have a relationship before this proc s processprocess started. now he will be the top diplomat. it doesn't mean he will have clear sailing. democrats have already raised concerns about his potential nomination. not just democrats. republicans have as