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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 well because of tillerson's ties to russia.
exxon as an oil company has done n a number of deals with russia and he knows vladimir putin. that is drawing scrutiny from john mccain and lindsey graham and marco rubio. what does it mean for the other candidates? the many candidates we have seen cycle through the last couple weeks? obviously they did not get the job. most interestingly, mitt romney taking to facebook, saying he was honored to have been considered for the position and saying he has high hopes for the trump administration. this is a long way from calling the president-elect a phony and fake through the general election process. the two formed a mutual respect for one another. the president-elect even 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's on the cabinet
side of things. there is a big question of the conflict of interest side of things. president-elect was supposed to answer those questions this week touting his conference on december 15th to announce he would separate himself from his business interests. well, no longer. reality is the president-elect has been solely focused on personnel and cabinet decisions. that is backed up by the steady stream of individuals going in and out of the building behind me the last couple weeks. also this fact. this is an incredibly complicated process according to trump advisors. the trump legal team hasn't gotten their heads around yet. donald trump wants to maintain a stake in the company. he wants to remove himself from the operational side, but maintain a stake and figure out a legal structure to pass this down to his children. george and christine. >> phil, thank you for that. president-elect trump says he does still plan to disentangle
himself from the business empire. he under scored that in a series of tweets. although i'm not mandated by law to do so, i will leave my businesses before january 20th so i can focus on the preside y presidency. two of my children, don and eric, and executives will manage them. no new deals done during my terms in office. a final tweet, mr. trump committed to hold the press conference in the near future to discuss the business cabinet picks. so busy that the december 15th press conference has now been cancell cancelled. a lot of questions. no new deals. what does that mean? what entanglements with foreign governments with loans to properties? as phil mentioned, concerns of the likely pick for secretary of state in the senate and the close business ties to russia. some concerns are so great, he may not get past the committee hearing stage. cnn's manu raju spoke with the
nomination with retiring senator harry reid. he said if it makes it to the senate floor or a full vote, opposition could kill it. >> i don't know if he could get 50 votes or not. >> did the reports you are seeing about the russian connections concern you? >> it is keeping with trump. he stated he likes putin better than he likes obama. it is obviously he likes russia. that is concerning to the world and certainly concerning to americans. >> surprising harry reid. concerned about that pick. if rex tillerson is nominated or confirmed. the big oil ceo would be the ambassador on climate change. he is under investigation for misleading shareholders. tillerson is by no means a climate change denier.
since taking the helm in 2006, he shifted the exxon stance admitting the climate change is real. in 2007, he said the risk of greenhouse gasses could be significant. in 2009, he endorsed a carbon tax on businesses over the proposed cap and trade policy. exxon mobile supported the paris agreement recently. speaking at a conference last month, tillerson said it helps world governments work together to solve the issue. tillerson's history could put him at odds with donald trump who ripped into the paris agreement on the campaign trail and said nobody really knows if climate change is real. there is strong reaction to the tillerson nomination and it is all from moscow. let's get the latest from cnn's matthew chance live in moscow. >> reporter: george, the potential nomination of rex tillerson as secretary of state, has been greeted enthusiastically here before
that expected tweet of his name from donald trump has been made. russian politicians have been following over themselves to heap praise on the texas oil man. kremlin spokesman told cnn earlier this was a positive thing. rex tillerson was a pragmatist and contests kocontacts at the level of the kremlin government. he has done many deals with the russian government and exxon. also the head of the russian parliamentary foreign affairs committee has gone further saying this is a sensation. this demonstration the seriousness of donald trump. you get the sense that not only donald trump is going to take on the white house and be the president of the united states, but rex tillerson, a friend of russia, so much of a friend of russia that he was awarded a
medal for being a friend of russia by vladimir putin himself in 2013. all of the anticipation that the rocky relationship under that government and the united states between russia and the united states could change significantly. >> matthew chance, thank you. a lot to talk about for sure. especially trump's likely pick for secretary of state. to break it all down is the questions about the tillerson nomination. cnn political reporter tal kopan and author ellis henican. we are hearing from many people on both sides of the aisle. they question his ties to russia. let's listen to what we hear from senator mccain talking about rex tillerson. >> anybody who is a friend of vladimir putin must disregard
the fact that vladimir putin is a murderer, thug, kgb agent whose airplanes as we speak, have been targeting with precision weapons hospitals in aleppo and have committed atrocities throughout the region and has destabilized ukraine. invaded ukraine. destabilizing baltic kcountries. the list goes on and on. >> ellis, i'll start with you. the simple fact there is a relationship or a friendship. is that a positive or is that a negative as senator mccain states? >> that is fine. i don't have a problem with the secretary of state who knows people in the world. rex tillerson does. that's on the good side of the equation. you have to take some pause with the name is greeted with high five notis in the kremlin and h
shaking on capitol hill. we don't know the political issues in washington. it is still coming together. does the russian hacking investigation have anything to do with it? there will be questions. >> when someone is so closely tied with the russian president at a time when we are having the questions about the russian hacking. donald trump's point is this is a guy who knows how to get stuff done. he picks up the phone and kings and prime ministers pick up the phone. diplomacy is more powerful than washington insiders realize. this is someone because he knows how to get things done, can move things along in america's interests. that is what they need to prove. >> that's right. keep in mind after louisiana voted this weekend, the senate split is 52-48. republicans cannot afford to lose more than three members if democrats vote as one block.
we had four republican senators they have questions. the mission now is to convince these people that rex tillerson is great because he can do what he did in the business world and make some of the connections. >> it looks to me that fits pell. rex tillerson's pick is well with the other names. gary cohen from goldman sachs. you look at steve mnuchin. these are dealmaker whos who ha been successful and made money by doing what they do well. it is interesting trump the dealmaker is surrounding himself with people he can understand. other dealmakers. >> can i push back on the world connection? anyone who is secretary of state gets calls returned. doesn't matter if you ever heard of the person. if you are head of the state, the american secretary of state is online three, you usually say hello, sir. >> let's talk about rex tillerson, the likely pick of
trump when it comes to the relationship with china. trump made statements that have drawn ire of china. the question focusing on the sensitive matter on the one china policy. tal, is that something that can truly be used as leverage as a businessman? becoming the president of the united states looking to use this as leverage to talk about trade and north korea? will that work? >> we will see. that is what trump said he likes to do. the art of the deal an thuthor. he is all about getting leverage and negotiations. going back to terry branstad who is someone who can communicate with the chinese. you wonder if there is a good cop-bad cop situation going here. as donald trump takes calls from world leaders, he has not talked to the state department. he has not gotten briefings from state departments. the pick, tillerson, may not
follow the tradition about how to handle some of these situations. >> interesting, terry branstad was cheered by the chinese. they have worked with him and hold him in high regard. same with the russian reaction to rex tillerson. donald trump is picking people he knows can talk to people. >> soon he will get someone who can talk to mitt romney for sure. you remember the briefings he is taking right now. he is focusing on north korea. >> interesting. we have not had a president-elect who came in sort of promoting skepticism in his relationship with the american government as it now stands. the cia over the russian hacking stuff sets a tone that is really different from picking a nominee who may be not everyone loves. it raises questions that i don't think we know the answers to yet. >> we will see january 20th.
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beijing. trump is able to move the boundaries of the necessigotiat with china. >> reporter: he is bringing up a topic and item and point of leverage if you listen to what the president-elect says and negotiation. frankly no president has done this for decades in traditional foreign policy in the united states. what you hear from the chinese sa side is they will not entertain that notion. the chinese came out just as strong as trump and said the one china policy is not for sale. not something they will use as a point of negotiation or point of leverage or bargaining in future necessity goigotiation of trade the nuclear program or chinese military in the south china sea. we have heard a consistent line of comments from chinese officials, officially on the
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move in the president-elect relationship with china. >> fascinating to see. thank you, matt rivers. >> interesting to point out the president-elect is aware of the one china policy and that was a planned call. we will see how that relationship continues as he takes the oath of office. still ahead, the crisis in aleppo. thousands of civilians trying to escape carnage with reports of mass executions by syrian government forces. how much longer before the city falls and the fighting stops? we have a live report ahead. the holidays should bring joy. so why are you still putting up with complicated cash back cards? some cards limit where you earn bonus cash back to places they choose... then they change those places every few months. quicksilver keeps it simple. with quicksilver you always earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, everywhere.
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vladimir putin. rex tillerson recommended by two former secretaries of state. donald trump postpones his first press conference as president-elect. instead, tweets about turning businesses over to his sons. good morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. breaking news. trump said to name his secretary of state. multiple sources tell cnn he has chosen exxon mobile ceo rex tillerson. before an official announcement, there are signs for tillerson's nomination. uncertainty over climate change and close relationship with vladimir putin. raising concerns on both sides of the aisle. the latest now from cnn's phil mattingly at trump tower. >> reporter: george and christine, the pick is in. the president-elect will announce that rex tillerson, the exxon ceo, will be his selection
for secretary of state. t he intends to nominate the exxon ceo bougecause they found a fitd they have similar backgrounds and it comes down to three people. condoleezza rice, james baker and robert gates. three individuals with extensive government experience. the two did not have a relationship before this process started. now he will be the president-elect's top diplomat. that doesn't mean he will have clear sailing through the nomination process. democrats have raised concerns about his potential nomination. republicans as well because of tillerson's ties to russia. exxon has done deals with russia. and tillerson has a relationship with vladimir putin. that relationship has drawn
scrutiny from john mccain and lindsey graham and marco rubio. that could make his nomination difficult where the republicans hold a four-seat advantage. what does this mean for the people who cycled through the last couple weeks? they didn't get the job, but mitt romney taking to facebook saying he was honored to have been considered for the position and saying he has high hopes for the trump administration. this is a long way from when he called the president-elect a phony and fake throughout the general election process. the two formed a sort of mutual respect for one another. 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. there is a question on the conflict of interest side of things. president-elect was supposed to answer questions this week. touting his conference on december 15th to announce how he
would separate himself from his business interests. well, no longer. the reality according to trump advisers is the president-elect is solely focused on personnel and cabinet decisions. that is backed up by the steady scre stream of individuals going in and out of the building the last couple weeks. there is this fact, there is an incredibly complicated process. the legal team hasn't gotten their heads around yet. donald trump wants to maintain his stake in the company. he wants to remove himself from operational side of things, he wants to maintain a stake to figure out how to legally pass this down to his children. >> phil, thank you. president-elect does plan to disentangle himself from the business empire. he underscored that point in a series of tweets. not a press conference. i am not mandated by law to do
so, i will leave my businesses before january 20th so i can focus full-time on the presidency. two of my children, don and eric and executives will manage the team. no new deals will be done during my term/terms in office. in a final tweet, he committed to holding a press conference to discuss the business the cabinet picks and other topics of business. donald trump has a message for ceos. look out. with the lockheed martin program and the similar tweet last week at boeing, trump is firing a business warning to leaders. here is what is interesting. it is in stark contrast to the optimism overall the ceos are feeling about business. the stock market is up 7% since the election. jobless rate down to 4.6%. the survey of ceos show the outlook for sales and hiring is
the best it has been in years. so what are business leaders supposed to do? ceos should not take trump's tweets literally, but find out what he is serious about and work toward agreement that both sides can live with. carrier did this. saving some jobs in indianapolis. ford did this saving production of the lincoln model in the u.s. after waiting for weeks, we expect to know for sure who donald trump is putting forward for secretary of state. let's break that down and the questions surrounding rex tillerson nomination. we have tal kopan and ellis henican. good morning, guys. somebody like me who covers business, rex tillerson is a known name. this is someone who knows how to talk the language of diplomacy. he has been doing it for years.
will that translate in the eyes of the people who have to nominate him? >> for those of us who are not hanging out with rex? >> the people who are confirming the nomination. donald trump's world view. this is a guy who gets stuff done. he knows all the players. >> that's a good point. i do have the sense of a certain maturity there and some relationships and all of that helps. in the end, what we don't know the answer to, christine, is what are the policies? as we go through the exxon portfolio. on climate change, he is this way. on environmental issues, he is that way. interest groups respond according accordingly. we don't know what rex looks like through the trump filter. >> he is the senior diplomat for donald trump's foreign view. who will guide whom in that? we don't know. >> absolutely.
we were talking about it before. the other thing is keep in mind the state department has thousands of career diplomats who specialize in regions of the world. that is drawn heavily. we have seen the trump transition breaking with that. they are not consulting with the state department before speaking with the world leaders. an indication they really don't necessarily go to some might say they are not thinking things through. some are saying we are not wasting time in going through steps to make the calls. we will go with our guts. the rex tillerson pick is in line with that. you will see from the senators, especially on the foreign relations committee, who are committed to the notion of career diplomats, a lot of questions of interacting with the career service. >> some of the questions, rex tillerson's relationship with russia. all you have to do is go to google. look at the images of tillerson with putin. that is an indication that
donald trump -- this is all favorable for russia. the big question among the intelligence community. they are concerned. they believe with confidence that russia had involvement in swaying the vote toward donald trump. donald trump believes that claim is ridiculous. throwing the intelligence community under the bus. here is the question. even his campaign, rather transition team calling into question and calling it a political situation. let's take a listen to kellyanne conway. >> it smells like politics plain and simple. we and the trump presidency do not want foreign governments interfering in our elections. that is clear. we don't want intelligence interfering in our politics. we don't want what we have now. politics interfering in our intelligen intelligence. >> is this politics under
interferi interfering? >> keep in mind this is muddled. there is very good evidence from the private sector and u.s. intelligence agencies that actors working for senior levels of the russian government hacked into the dnc and hillary clinton's campaign chairman and released damaging things online that were intentended to sway public opinion. the statement from the u.s. government was to sew discord and distrust. that is confused a little bit with the notion that somehow this changed votes. that is what you are seeing the trump campaign respond to. they don't like the idea their election is being delegitimized. the push back is they are not recognizing the argument that the russians based on little evidence did attempt to meddle. that is what the intelligence agencies are concerned about. looking to trump to acknowledge
in a more powerful way. >> cyber espionage is a big issue for the next administration and the one after that. >> right. that is a big muddled word. it getting people to behave differently. if you put out a bunch of bad and embarrassing stuff about one candidate and not the other candidate, it is meddling, but melding wi meddling with a purpose. it is not random. >> thanks, guys. nice to see you. happy tuesday. >> thank you. still ahead, donald trump thank you tour is hitting the road again. the president-elect making a stop in wisconsin later tonight. he will be joined by the vice preside president-elect mike pence and house speaker paul ryan. the next stop is hershey, pennsylvania. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff expected to meet with trump in the coming days. general joseph dunford the chief
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day in the united states. let's bring in meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> we have eight days of autumn left. the doors just opened from the origin arctic circle. the first will bring temperatures down to historic values in places. look at disparity in place. barrow, alaska, the sunset on november 13th and will not rise again until january. it is warmer than minneapolis. big time cooling trend compared to yesterday. chicago to the freezing mark yesterday. 18 is the best this afternoon. windchill values as cold as 35 below across the northern tier. in minneapolis, multiple days of single digit temperatures. by saturday morning into sunday, temperatures could drop as cold as 17 below zero in the overnight hours. all of that air wants to shift to the east. modify as it does so, but the
temperature trend cools off for about everyone. especially in new york city out to boston and down into the 20s. guys. >> pedram javaheri, thank you. let's get a check on cnn money stream. dow futures pointing higher. focus on the federal reserve. a two-day policy meeting. the interest rate hike for the first time since last december. the economy is strong enough for it and lots of markets expecting higher markets. stocks in europe are higher. shares in asia closing higher. oil above $53 a barrel. dow hit a record high monday. nasdaq and s&p is down. since the election, dow with 15 record highs. donald trump's pick to lead the national economic council is a top executive at goldman sachs. gary cohen. as nec chief, he works in the white house to be the architect of trump's biggest economic
goals. he joins three other goldman sachs close to the administration. steve mnuchin worked at goldman before going on to a diverse portfol portfolio. steve bannon worked at goldman in the '80s and anthony scaramucci. and two space cowboys set to meet with donald trump tomorrow along with others. jeff bezos is one. he joked during the campaign he would like top send trump into space. trump has targeted him on twitter. the coverage of trump and his coverage. bezos bought the post in 2013. elon musk runs tesla. just before the election. he told a business network trump was quote probably not the right guy for the presidency. the two will join the ceos of
apple and alphabet and microsoft along with facebook's chief operating officer sheryl sandberg and others. as you know, silicon valley slow to warm to donald trump presidency. this is a mending fences. invitation from reince priebus and peter thiel kushner. that's "early start" for today. i'm christine romans. >> and the cabinet will have a new announcement at any moment. "new day" starts now. >> he knows many players. he knows them well. >> all signs pointing to rex tillerson as secretary of state. >> i don't know if he will get 50 votes. >> this guy is a thug and murderer. i don't know how anybody can be a friend of this old time kgb agent. >> this is ridiculous. another excuse. >> he didn't need a security
clearance to figure out who p benefitted from malicious cyber activity. >> i don't have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day. >> our intelligence agencies. if you are not getting their perspective, you are flying blind. this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to "new day." tuesday, december 13th. alisyn is off and poppy harlow is here. >> good to be here. >> big news. donald trump set to announce his pick for secretary of state in a matter of hours. who will it be? sources tell cnn it will be exxon mobile boss rex tillerson. that choice will likely have many in the senate seeing red as in russia because of tillerson's close ties to vladimir putin. >> no question about that. the president-elect also postponing a news conference to discuss how he will resolve conflicts of interest by taking to twitter and revealing plans
to leave his business, he says, before he takes office. also vowing no new deals for the trump organization during his presidency. we have to wait and see we have the transition covered from every angle this morning. let's begin with jason carroll live from trump tower. >> reporter: goodfinally decidi tillerson was the man for the job after the two had a meeting over the weekend where he decided he was a, quote, good fit. but his critics are already coming forward saying that he does not have the foreign policy experience and also that his ties to russian president vladimir putin are just too close for comfort. president-elect donald trump set to pick exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson for secretary of state. sources say tillerson was recommended by former republican secretaries of