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concerns over donald trump's family ties. the president-elect meeting silicon valley's titans of technology with his three grown children and his son-in-law also at the table. >> the trump white house looking more than ever like a family affair. we'll learn that the president-elect's daughter, ivanka, may have an office in the east wing with her husband, jared, possibly occupying the west wing. 36 days until donald trump is inaugurated but everything is already well in play. let's begin in new york with sara murray. sara? >> a spokeswoman says no final decisions have been made about the role of ivanka trump in the white house and it's true not what the official titles will be for ivanka trump or her husband, jared kushner. they appear to play a big role in the white house. >> you call my people, you'll call me. it doesn't make any difference. we have no formal chain of command around here. >> reporter: donald trump's
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unconventional white house quickly shaping up to be a family affair. trump's three eldest children all sitting in on a meeting with the nation's top tech executives wednesday. some who openly supported hillary clinton. >> we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. there's nobody like you in the world. in the world. nobody like the people in this room. and anything we can do to help this go along and we'll be there for you. >> reporter: kushner helped organize the meeting which the group says will happen quarterly. he will get an office in the west wing and an advisory role similar to the one he held throughout trump's campaign. ivanka is also expected to take on an active role, including some duties for the first lady. with aides planning to overhaul the traditional office of the
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first lady turning it into the office of the first family. >> she's so strong and child care and so many things nobody could do better than her. >> reporter: as both donald jr. and eric take hands on roles in their father's transition, he was heavily involved in vetting candidates for the interior secretary position while eric was included in on one meeting with mitt romney about the secretary of state job. the brothers also set to lead trump's businesses. raising red flags over potential conflicts of interest. but trump's camp argues it's all about transparency. >> conflicts of interest arise when you're not, when you're sneaky about it and not transparent about it. if you tell everyone, here's what's going on. here's the process and here are the people playing a role, that's being transparent. >> reporter: all of this as house democrats call into question trump's lease agreement with the u.s. government for his new hotel just blocks from the white house. >> as soon as he's sworn in on
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january the 20th, he will have violated the law. >> reporter: citing trump's lease which says no member of the government can share in any part of the agreement. now, the gsa says it's still premature to determine whether trump he is not in the white house yet. we hoped to learn today how trump was going to separate his business interest from his interest in the oval office, but now that press conference that was originally slated for today has been kicked to january. chris? >> all right, sara, thank you very much. let's bring in the chief strategist for the rnc sean spicer. good to see you. >> good morning, chris. let's keep on your theme of transparency. do you believe that you will be the press secretary for the administration? >> here's what i believe, that every single decision is made by donald trump and until he makes it and announces it, it's not final. so, there's nothing to announce on that front. >> do you have reason to believe
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that you could be the next press secretary of the administration? >> like i said, i'll refer to my first comment, but thank you. >> what's the point? the point is that i wish you well, but also that transparency is very subjective. that gets us into the discussion of the conflicts. you had a very interesting interview with kate baldwin yesterday. at one moment you said here's how conflicts of interest arise when you're sneaky. that's not true. a conflict of interest exists all on its own. donald trump has conflicts of interest because he has business concerns and now public duty. his kids same analysis. the question is what will you do about the conflicts of interest? they're not potential, they're real. the answer isn't transparency, do you believe we had enough transparency? >> thank you. so, number one, let's take these in order. number one, the president by law can't have a conflict of interest. number two is that the reason you know about the children being involved are two things. one, they're on the website and
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they were publicly named being part of the transition and, two, we brought the press in to show who was at the meeting. not like anything nefarious going on or sneaky or transparent. we've been very clear about the role of his family and the role that they play and the advice that they give him. i think there's a difference if you're not being sneaky and telling people what is going on. we brought the press in and showed everybody who is there. they're close and their father appreciates their counsel and their advice. as we work through these remaining 36 days to the inauguration, mr. trump and his lawyers and accountants will go through a process to make sure that there is a clear delineation between his business and his desire and commitment to serve the american people. >> a conflict of interest, as you know, as much an ethical standard as much as a legal one. the idea that there isn't a specific law governing this idea does not end the responsibility. this is ethical. >> correct. >> but, sean, here's the question. the kids are going to be running the business. they're also sitting in on
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government meetings and selection processes. that is conflict of interest. what would help understand the impact of that conflict is knowing more about the businesses. knowing what's in the tax returns. knowing what is being done here. we don't know any of that. is that fair? >> well, look, i think donald trump filed 170 some odd pages of a financial discloser firm laid out by law who he owes debts to and what he has in terms of assets. that's required by law. i get what the press wants. but the american people have understood exactly what they are getting and they voted overwhelmingly about him. he was very clear about what he owns and his family since he announced he was running for president. and they overwhelminglyly eelecd him with that on the table.
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the american people are clearly satisfied with what they got but since he's been elected his approval rating has gone up 20 some odd points. >> i thought you guys didn't like polls. but if we want to play with them, we know that more people are concerned about his business dealings than those who are not. we know that his approval rating is low compared to where other president elects have been at this point. but let's dismiss the polls. you said they overwhelmingly voted for him. there is no definition of overwhelming. >> it's one of the lowest electoral margins we had. 46 out of 50 something. one of the lowest in the last few cycles we had. he won. he is the president-elect and he will be the next president of the united states. but if you want to be straight about it and transparent, it wasn't overwhelming. >> hold on. chris, there is nobody on your network and the rest of the
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media that gave him a chance going into election day. none. the headlines -- >> how? >> to say he was going to get crushed. hillary clinton was planning fireworks on the hudson. he wins with 306 electoral votes and 9 of 13 battleground states, 2,300 counties and you're saying you doubt whether that's overwhelming. >> it's about 100,000 votes, it's one of the smallest electoral margins we had and he lost the popular vote by millions. but he won. i'm not disputing that and i know you like that as a distraction. i'm not giving it to you today. >> it's not a distraction. it is a fact. >> of course it is. you are assuming the is a premise involved that is absent from this discussion. there is no suggestion of delegitimizing the victory. what i'm saying transparency that you were touting yesterday is woefully lacking where it matters most. we do not know what the business dealings are for the kids or for trump and you were supposed to
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tell us today and you delayed it. >> first of l we have been unbelievably transparent. we literally brought the press into meetings. we've listed the kids and jared on websites. we've been very clear since day one who's on the transition, who's on the landing team. >> you're letting us know what you want us to know and we appreciate it. what about what you're hiding. that's what news is. what you don't want us to see. >> no, because it's all about what you want. we've been unbelievably transparent. the american people are unbelievably supportive. i get what you and some of the media want. but at the end of the day everything that is happening is happening -- you can see every single person go up and down trump tower. there is a camera, for goodness sake who is coming up and going down. >> are any of those people in business with donald trump right now now? i don't know the answer to it. but that's the question. >> mr. trump has some of the most iconic properties throughout the world. he has put his entire focus on
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building a cabinet, which you've seen and which you would note he is almost finished with. >> very active. >> not just by naming people. not just active but world class people. every single one of them, boom, boom, boom from the epa to the department of state to the department of interior. these are the best and brightest. he put his focus there and said i will have a press conference but he realized with talking to lawyers and accountants it would take more time because he put his focus on the american people and having a government upright. he will get it done and it will happen in january. we'll all be good, i promise you on that. >> look, i appreciate your promise, sean. i always take you at your word. what i'm saying is the conflicts are real. the only way you know what happens. two main ways. one is you know what you have going into it, which we do not. the federal disclosure is what he wants to put out. it is not an exacting review of his business dealings. and you know that because it's not put through any filter
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except his own. the second way is to wait for something terrible to happen and the concern politically is you're setting yourself up for that. you're creating an agenda for those who oppose him in government and for journalists to have to dig because you're not giving them the answers and are you worried that this will become a distraction to motivating your own agenda? >> no. i'm not. frankly, as i said, in january he will lay out in detail how he is going to separate himself from his company and who is going to run it and how he can make sure his entire focus is on making the country better again. but he will lay that all out and he will take questions and it will all be answered. but it takes a lot more than a few weeks because he chose to put his focus on building a cabin cabinet and filling key positions and to make sure his agenda was ready to go on day one. >> sean spicer, always appreciate the robust dialogue. good luck to you going forward. fast-moving developments in
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syria. evaciogs are finally getting under way in eastern aleppo, but under very challenging conditions. a new cease-fire barely holding as activists say that regime forces fired upon ambulance convoys that were trying to evacuate civilians. cnn's senior international correspondent frederick pleitgen has the latest in beirut for us. tell thus situation there, fred. >> yeah, alisyn, we're watching this very closely. when the pro-government forces fired on that first convoy that at least one person was killed and several others were wounded and that, of course, stopped this process for a while. but as you say, it is now on, once again. now at the end of this process what is going to happen is that all the civilians and all the rebels in that little enclave are going to be evacuated. go through government territory and back through another part of syria that is held by the rebels. the first people getting out are the ones that need the most attention. the wounded and the ones who
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need immediate medical attention. that's why the first convoy that we're seeing is ambulances and not, for instance, buses or people carriers. now, of course, all of this happened after some of the worst fighting we have seen in aleppo at all and to see the scene with an orphanage in eastern aleppo subject to some of these bombings that have taken place. some posted good-bye messages. let's listen to some of those. >> to everyone who can hear me. we are here exposed to a genocide in the besieged city of aleppo. this may be my last video. >> i am going to be killed. that's what's going to happen. i'm going to be killed. >> we didn't want anything else but freedom. i hope you can remember us. i don't know. thank you very much.
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>> all right. fred is frozen there. fred pleitgen, thank you very much for the reporting. he has been taking us through the desperate attempt to get the stranded civilians out of aleppo. also developing this morning yahoo! says hackers stole information from more than 1 billion user accounts. that's with a b. alison kosik is here with the latest. alison, so this isn't the first time. >> no. >> you can't protect yourself from hacking. it is just when. >> for many people it is bound to happen. for yahoo! things can't get any worse. this hack seems to really take the cake because it's separate from the one that yahoo! revealed in september where 500 million or more accounts were hacked into. no, no. this one eclipses it because it involves more than 1 billion accounts and here's the rub. it happened back in 2013 and
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yahoo! is only learning about it now. you can only imagine what the crooks have been doing with that information for more than three years. up on the screen there you see what they got. they got names, e-mails, passwords and dates of birth. it did not include credit card data or bank account information and you almost wish it could. you can't change your name but you can change your credit card information. what can you do? there are steps to protect yourself. obviously, changing your password. one thing i would definitely recommend is that two-factor authentication that yahoo! does offer. because when you put in your password, you can also get a text to put in that text code to make sure you are the only one trying to get into your account. >> good tip. >> easy to say. it seems to be increasingly tough to do. >> no, i just did it. >> but will it work? >> i sure hope so. >> me, too. >> get back to us on that. thanks so much. democratic senator chris
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democrats in congress are gearing up to work with president-elect trump. one democratic senator meeting with mr. trump. also leading democrat on the senate foreign relations committee which will hold the meetings for rex tillerson. good morning, senator. >> good morning, alisyn. >> you went over to trump tower to visit with mr. trump to talk to him about the national prayer breakfast and officially invite him. how did your meeting and conversation go? >> it was a relatively brief and positive meeting. senator john bozeman and i went as the partisan co-chairs as the 2017 national prayer breakfast and our goal was to explain to him the long history of this big national event where we have representatives from more than 70 countries around the world. more than 3,000 people come and attend this breakfast. it is a nonpartisan,
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nonsectarian, inclusive breakfast where frankly we pray for our country and its leaders and reflect on the year ahead. we typically have an aspiring keynote speaker and mr. trump was gracious and welcoming. >> i assume he said yes that he will go to the national prayer breakfast. yes? >> he expressed very strong interest and will get back to us on a specific commitment, but seemed nearly certain that he would come and he would continue this long-standing bipartisan tradition. >> so, senator, what were your impressions of the president-elect? the reason that i ask is because you were quite vocal during the campaign. i'll just remind people of what you said about him then. you famously called him "a thin skinned reality tv star and cheat cheaty face --" >> i regret some sharpness of
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some of those comments. i didn't bring it, he didn't bring it. we had a conversation about the national prayer breakfast and a lot of other things i would have brought up if this was a partisan meeting i would have demanded that he release his taxes and urged him to hold the press conference that was scheduled for today to discuss his conflict of interest. but the point of the prayer breakfast every wednesday morning in the senate is that we don't talk partisan politics and we get to know each other as people and reflect our common interests. it is frankly pretty tough to throw a punch on the floor of the senate if you held hands with prayer with them in the morning. some of my best relationships come from the prayer breakfast. that doesn't mean that i'll step back from raising legitimate questions about his nominees. whether it's the complicating relationship with vladimir putin and rex tillerson or scott pruitt who has been nominated to
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head the epa. >> you are on the senate foreign relations committee that will be holding the hearings. so, what are your questions about rex tillerson? what are your reservations and do you think it's possible that he will not be confirmed? >> well, my questions about rex tillerson's close and long relationship with vladimir putin and with russia really derive from the fact that we don't know enough about president-elect trump's relationships with russia. he's the only president-elect in the modern era who hasn't released his taxes. we don't know whether they have invested in his development properties around the world to the tune of tens of hundreds of millions of dollars. we don't know who he owes. for rex tillerson, i'm simply quo going to ask whether he's clear between being the big ceo of an oil company and being secretary of state where you have to fight for human rights and for free press and for democracy.
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vladimir putin's record makes it clear. he's murdered journalists. he's made his political opponents disappear and invaded neighboring countries and there's real bipartisan concern about this, particularly when john bolton who still thinks the iraq war was a great idea is supposedly going to be nominated to be his deputy secretary. >> we heard some of your republicans, senate colleagues, talk about their concerns about ties to russia. so, do you think it's possible that rex tillerson will not be confirmed? >> yes, i think it's quite possible. when you have senators like marco rubio and john mccain raising real questions about russia's actions to try and hack our election. i'm calling for a bipartisan hearings into the question of russian influence on our elections and then challenging trump's view that putin is someone with whom we can do business. if you nominate someone who has done business with vvladimir putin for years and, in fact,
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received the medal of friendship from putin. we have questions whether we should be cozying up to a strongman of a country and not our business partner. >> i want to end on a troubling note that is what is going on in aleppo, syria, this morning. it is catastrophic but it seems to be at a real tipping point. civilians are caught in aleppo. they're trying to be evacuated and they're trying to escape and sending good-bye messages via social media. i know you have been a vocal critic of president obama's policy or lack there of as i think you would say on syria. what can the u.s. do today? >> well, we are the largest humanitarian contributor to provide relief for refugee and support for their humanitarian needs. but, frankly, the ongoing suffering in syria is tragic and while i understand that president obama and secretary kerry confronted a very complex situation and there was a real risk of our getting pulled in
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further, i think we need to be more actively engaged. we are actively engaged in fighting isis now. there is an ongoing assault against mosul and soon raqqa and the american military is now much more actively engaged in the fight against isis. but i think we need to hold firm against assad. he's committed crimes against humanity and the russians and the iranians have actively participated now for years in the torture, in the murder of thousands of civilians in just unspeakable crimes against people on the ground. innocent syrians and i think we can and should do more for syrian refugees to make sure we're part of the solution to this tragic situation in syria. >> senator chris coons, thanks so much for being on "new day." . >> thank you. president-elect donald trump meeting with tech titans. now, a lot of them were coming after trump during the campaign. so, what was the agenda?
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donald trump's adult children could very well be involved in his presidency at a level never seen before. ivanka trump and her husband could have roles in the white house and have already taken part in transition meetings. is this legal, is it appropriate? does it even matter. let's bring in mark preston and cnn contributor and "washington examiner" reporter selena zito. you talk to trump supporters all the time, why would this not matter to them? the fact that the children and he run this global enterprise worth billions, if you believe him, dollars. if they were in the white house and in meetings with foreign leaders, why wouldn't people care about this? >> oh, i think people would care if that is the end result. but we're in the transition process. i get the impression that the trump family has not figured out
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how to divest all of their sort of dealings and holdings and day-to-day -- >> it doesn't seem like a plan to divest. they are going to continue, it sounds like, from what has come out, that the sons will be in charge of the trump organization. >> right. and if that ends up being the case, i think he tweeted that the other day, right. if that ends up being the case, they can't have anything to do with what's going on in the white house. that's just incredibly inappropriate because there's so many things that they could benefit from. you know, it's the same sort of argument that people made against hillary clinton. >> absolutely. >> so you can't do that. >> so you're saying at some point we will hear some human cries from people who say this is too far. >> i think that's why they delayed the announcement. the announcement was supposed to be today, i think that's why they delayed the announcement. i think they're still figuring this out.
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>> i like it. i like the optimism, but i don't see the basis for it in reality. we just talked to sean spicer and he said only you and the media care about this. and that lefty liberal, toxic base. the people support trump. they know he's a businessman. they love his kids. and they're good with all this. we'll show you when we're ready how he is going to separate himself, but it's all good. i don't see this expectation that they're going to find an answer to having the kids be on only one side or trump even only on one side. >> this is from a gentleman who talked about going to washington to drain the swamp. which we all agree. it does need to be drained. certainly a little bit. i don't know how his family, how he removes himself from his family. not necessarily his family removing himself from their businesses and then being able to talk with him or to speak with him about major issues. they grew up together at the kitchen table talking about business. i don't think they know anything
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else. quite frankly, donald trump himself has said, look, there's no laws that prevent us from doing anything, but don't worry, i will take care of it. that's the issue. the fact that we actually don't have real laws on the book that would prevent something like this from happening. i'm surprised and shocked and, look, clearly congress needs to do something about it. >> yesterday donald trump invited all these tech titans to the white house. they had a big meeting around a big board table. and these are people who had not necessarily supported donald trump. many of them were quite vocal for hillary clinton. but donald trump seems to have won them over on some level. so, let me play for you a moment of where he was making his case to them. >> i want to add that i'm here to help you folks do well. and you're doing well right now and i'm very honored by the bounce, they're all talking about the bounce. everybody in this room has to like me, at least a little bit.
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anything we can do to help this go along and we're going to be there for you. and you call my people, you call me. it doesn't make any difference. we have no formal chain of command around here. >> the stock market has had a rise since the election. but that is vintage trump right there. i mean, saying there's no chain of command. you can call me. people have his own cell phone number. just interesting to get a little window on how he does business with these folks. >> i always suggested that reporters read "ort of the deal" because everything about him is in there. that's how he talks. that's how he uses words. he doesn't have the same sort of regard for them and what they mean in the way that reporters and people do. and, you know, that's a good meeting that he had. because the jobs of the future, especially the blue collar jobs of the future in technology. technology and automation are robbing jobs of middle america.
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technology. i forget the numbers. like 2,000 jobs a month. >> automation and innovation are, by most economic estimates and a lot of these numbers are soft. let's be honest. you can't put a number to reality all the time. about 08%. but there is a step missing. you go to carrier and say don't take the jobs away and some sort of meddling success but how do you get the workers who are working with their hands right now into the automation business, into the innovator businesses like the people around that table? that's retraining and education and a lot of things he hasn't spoken to yet and that's a big variable. >> he's talking about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the united states. that's not necessarily going to happen on the level that would get us back to people -- >> that's why they talked about the visa yesterday. he asked the people around the table yesterday, what do you want? some of the voices say we want what you were talking against. we want more access to foreign workers and that type of academia. can you help us?
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supposedly he back tracked. >> for us to sit around the table and we talk about retraining and jobs program and what have you, very easy for us to talk about it, but very hard for someone to swallow. it is. hillary clinton talked about that, as well. but not as satisfying a message. >> thank you. president-elect donald trump vowing to repeal obama care. big part of his candidacy. is it going to happen right away? if so, what about the million of people racing to sign up before the deadline? could they change anything right away? we'll talk to health secretary sylvia mathews birwell. answers ahead. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine.
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all right. some new stats are going to shed light on health care situation in the battle that's going to happen in government. as of today more than 4 million people signed up obama care ahead of the enrollment deadline. you got to get it in for the new year. even with president-elect trump and the gop planning to repeal the law in 2017 hhs secretary sylvia mathews burwell has been traveling the country encouraging people to register. that could be a recipe for collapse. that's what she says agent sylvia mathews burwell joins us now. now, this is complicated stuff. let's try to boil down some of the main concerns. the complaint that drove the dialogue in the election was, this is too expensive for too many of us. we couldn't keep our doctor. we couldn't keep our plan.
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fix it. how do you do it? >> i think we need to move from the rhetoric to the reality. for the 150 million americans who have their insurance through their job. since the affordable care act in the last six years we have seen five of the slowest years of growth in their premiums. for those people in the marketplace what we know is for those folks right now we see 4 million folks that have already come in and we see our numbers moving and people coming in before the december 15th deadline for coverage on january 1st. it's a product people want and need and for the majority of the people in the marketplace which, remember, 11 million. 150 in the job market and then 50 million in medicare and another 70 in medicaid. for that 11 million the majority of those people can find a plan for $75 or less in premiums a month with the financial assistance. >> i want to throw out a few other numbers that i think are relevant here. 700,000 people have signed up
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this week for health care. there seems to be a run on health insurance right now. and there are something like 1.1 million new people have signed up for next year. so, does this signal to you that people are feeling very anxious that they might be losing this ability. >> we are getting a lot of questions and a lot of confusions on whether people should sign up. we want to encourage everyone to do that. this is insurance for 2017 and this deadline of december 15th means you can get your coverage january 1st, which is a lot of those numbers are people working towards that deadline. and, so, we've heard from everyone from the president-elect, members of congress to the insurers saying that for that coverage for 2017 that it won't be disrupted. now, the issue of repeal could affect many other things whether that's coverage beyond 2017 and for those who are in the
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employer-based market things like pre-existing conditions. your child on your policy up to 26 or preventative services like contraception at no extra charge. that p's for people who have insurance in the job market. >> there is always a rush at the end of the sign-in period. is it necessarily an anxiety or an anxiety based on the specific need and not wanting to miss the deadline? >> hard to tell. but as you're reflecting, we're seeing what we usually see at this time and what we have seen for the last three years. >> correct me if i'm wrong, a quarter million more than you saw last year or previous years. >> that's right in terms of the signps. that 4 million number that we put out yesterday which is the first 40 days we do see a quarter million more folks coming in. >> i'm just saying if we want to make sure we're not mischaracterizing the urgency. it could be anxiety that it is going to change and people are going to get stuck but so much politics involved in this.
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the rate of increase is kind of what you expected. the big question is going to be repealing is easy. that's a sign away. what they do with it. what is your head in where you think the plan winds up three years from now? >> i think right now the conversation in washington and everywhere across the country is shifting, as i said, from slogans and rhetoric and the reality. the reality is that many of the benefits. many people don't know they're from the affordable care act. we heard the president-elect keeping up to 26, your children on your policy up to 26. pre-existing conditions and many of the benefits that are occurring in the affordable care act are now in the fabric of health care in the u.s. no longer can women be discriminated against because of their gender and no annual limits or lifetime limits for people who have cancer or other diseases. i think those are the things that are here to stay. >> secretary burwell, thanks so much for being on "new day." >> thanks for having me. an american family is caught
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an american family caught in the brussels terror attack. five of them critically injured. their beloved mother and wife killed. now they're opening up exclusively to cnn about the day that forever changed them. cnn's chief pentagon correspondent barbara starr sat down exclusively with the martinez family. tell us about it, barbara. >> good morning. you know until now they have never spoken about what happened to them on march 22nd. now, they're ready to talk. they want to tell the world what did happen. >> i'm pushing through it every day. it's difficult. to go through the pain. but you have to look forward. >> reporter: for 18-year-old kiani martinez, her brother and sisters, there is utter devastation beyond the pain of burns, shrapnel and broken bones. their mother gail was killed.
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all four children and their father, air force lieutenant colonel cato martinez were among the americans critically wounded in the march isis suicide bomber attack on the brussels airport. lieutenant colonel martinez was just back from afghanistan. they'd been waiting to check in for a flight to go on vacation. >> local media are reporting an exchange of gunfire and they're reporting that this is a bomb blast. >> reporter: 35 people were killed. 300 wounded. when the isis attackers detonated bombs hidden in suitcases at the airport departure area. in their first interview ever, the family wants the world to know what isis took from them when gail died that day. tell me about your mom. what do you want people to know about her? >> i live every day because of her. i live every day for her. and to remember her. and to honor her.
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>> reporter: she says her mother was everything to the family. this young teenager is unflinching. >> i think it's important for me to talk about this. at 18, when you're supposed to be going to college. becoming independent. having been prepared for everything by your parents, and then trying to learn for yourself what the real world is like. the real world slapped me in the face on march 22nd. i'm not going to forget that. >> reporter: kianni was supposed to be in college by now. >> when i heard news that i was awarded an air force scholarship the first person i told was momma. and she was so proud.
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>> it's tough. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel martinez now raising four children on his own, grieving his wife and recovering from his own injuries. photos of happier times with gail in europe while lieutenant colonel martinez held a nato job. >> i later learned that i took most of the shrapnel, because my son took the second air wave, and he got the burn, the flame. i didn't lose consciousness, i was blasted forward, i knew i was bleeding because i felt blood coming from my ears. >> reporter: he instantly feared the worse. >> my first instinct was to look for my children and my wife. i couldn't find my son or my two youngest. i heard screaming and i found kianni. the fact that she was screaming, she was alive, she was coherent, and i went to look for her mom. i said i'll be right back. i went to look for her mom.
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i knew i was bleeding out. and my body was going into shock. so i closed my eyes, and welcomed it. and figured i'd join my wife and my three kids. but as i was slipping away, i heard this little girl call out to me. daddy, don't you go. don't you leave me. and just when i thought, you know, i was enveloped by a darkness and ready to go to sleep, i heard her voice and decided to come back. >> reporter: then the unimaginable, gail, the love of his life, was gone. >> the story i got from one of the first responders regarding my baby, the youngest one, was that they found her in gail's arms. when they got to her, they told
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she's going to be okay. and that's when she looked up to them, and smiled, and closed her eyes. for the last time. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel martinez would not lesh the rest of his family survived until he woke up in a belgian hospital. initially he could not be moved out of bed to even see them. military buddies came to the hospital to make sure the children were never alone. >> they did shifts around the clock making sure my children were taken care of, and they were always a friendly face there. >> reporter: now, home is texas. the family is very slowly getting through its days. the two youngest, 7-year-old kilani and her 9-year-old sister nolani recovering from their injuries. now, tiny master chefs in the kitchen. >> and we're waiting so we can
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put it on top, smush it down. >> reporter: at physical therapy, 13-year-old kimo loosens his burned scar tissue that covers his lower body so he can play sports again. this american military family grief-stricken by honoring their mother, killed by terrorists, by recovering and regaining the lives they know she wanted for them. >> i see her in the faces of my children. i see her in this house. i see her in the people that come to help us. i see her in all the things that are done for us to support us, to help us. all the good things that have happened. >> reporter: it's more than just physical therapy to climb this wall. for the martinez family, total determination to get to the mountaintop, and ring that bell.
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>> that's what i'm talking about. >> reporter: barbara starr, cnn, san antonio. >> boy, barbara, what a beautiful, but heart-wrenching story. god, those last moments that he recounts. are so intense. did you get a sense from them of how they plan to move forward? >> well, there is still a reality for all four children. they are all in grief counseling for their mother. but, look, they are moving ahead. kianni, the young lady you saw there, she is sticking with her college plan. she wants to get in to that rotc scholarship and she wants to study artificial intelligence, and robotics. i asked 13-year-old kimo if he's now thinking about college. he informed me he'd been thinking about college since he was 6 years old. his plan is to go to m.i.t. and study mechanical engineering so he can begin to design high-end sports cars. i hope someone from m.i.t. is listening this morning because i
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suspect this young man is coming their way. >> it was nice to hear all of the littlist kids there giggling together on the sofa. you know, obviously we pray for them and hope that they can preserve all of that during these next months and years. barbara thanks so much for sharing their story. we're following a lot of news this morning. >> he's made it very clear how much he values the input of his family. >> jared kushner will have a place in the west wing. >> president-elect trump should divest himself of any and all conflicts of interest. >> as of january 20th, he doesn't represent trump inc., he represents the united states of america. an unmitigated humanitarian disaster. >> we are here exposed to a genocide in the city of aleppo. >> evacuations finally resuming. >> we didn't want anything else. but freedom. >> they have battled infections, fevers, and seizures to get here.
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for the mcdonald twins. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo, and alisyn camerota. >> good morning. welcome to your "new day." it's thursday, december 15th, 8:00 in the east. it looks like the white house is going to be occupied by more than one trump. when the president-elect takes office. cnn has learned ivanka trump may get an office in the east wing space that's usually reserved for the first lady. and her husband, son-in-law jared kushner is on track to occupy an office in the west wing. >> and the line between business and family already blurring, mr. trump, his three grown children, and his son-in-law were all at the table as they met with silicon valley ceos yesterday. 36 days until donald trump is inaugurated, and we've got the transition covered for you starting with cnn's sara murray. good morning, sara. >> good morning, alisyn. well a spokesman for the transition says ivanka trump's role is not finalized but sources are telling us while it is true that jared kushner and ivanka trump do not have official titles yet they certainly are poised to take on
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big roles in the white house. >> you'll call me, it doesn't make any difference. we have no formal chain of command around here. >> reporter: donald trump's unconventional white house quickly shaping up to be a family affair. trump's three eldest children, donald jr., eric, and ivanka, and son-in-law jared kushner, all sitting in on a meeting with the nation's top tech executives wednesday. some who openly supported hillary clinton. >> they wouldn't want me to keep going with the incredible innovation, there's nobody like you in the world. there's nobody like the people in this room. and, anything we can do to help this along, and we're going to be there for you. >> kushner helped organize the meeting. which the group says will happen quarterly. sources saying he will likely get an office in the west wing. and an advisory role, similar to the one he held throughout trump's campaign. ivanka's also expected to take on an

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