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happening now, breaking news. isis intel ignored as we get new video of the deadly truck attack in germany. we're learning the fugitive suspect had been on the radar of authorities for months. tonight, disturbing details about his terror connection, his travel plans, and questions whether investigators dropped the ball. nuclear tweet. the president-elect drops a bombshell on twitter that raises concerns about nuclear tensions between the u.s. and russia. and now trump aides are scrambling to clarify what he said and ease the fallout. unprecedented move. cnn learned why donald trump issued a tweet on a hot button issue with israel, putting him at odds with president obama. stand by for details on that. and new allegations that some chicago area mcdonald's
restaurants are ripping off customers by promoting an extra value meal that anything but a value. tonight, disgruntled cheese burger fans are going to court. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off. you're in "the situation room." >> breaking news this hour. we are getting our first glimpse of the christmas market attack as it was unfolding. dash cam video showing the truck barrelling into a berlin square and people running for their lives. police found the prime suspect's fingerprints in that truck as they launch new raids across germany in a manhunt to find him. tonight, new evidence that the suspect was on the radar, german and u.s. intelligence, months before the attack, raising questions about warning signs that were missed. investigative files revealed he
had ties to an isis recruitment cell and talked about launching an attack in germany. we're learning that he prepared to travel to join isis in syria last year. also breaking. the israeli government reached out to president elect donald trump urging him to weigh in on a u.n. security council resolution to condemn israeli settlement activity. a senior official saying that israel had no choice but to appeal to trump after failing to persuade the obama administration to veto the measure. trump urged mr. obama to reject the u.n. resolution. also tonight, the trump transition team is trying to clarify the president-elect's position on nuclear weapons, after he declared the u.s. must strengthen and expand its nuclear capability, raising the specter of a nuclear standoff. aides say trump was talking about preventing nuclear proliferation by terrorists and
rogue regimes. our correspondents, analysts, and guests are standing by as we bring you full coverage of the day's top stories. first to cnn's erin mclaughlin live in berlin with more on the terror investigation. erin? >> reporter: brianna, today there were police raids in cities across germany. there was even a raid on a bus to the south, and a raid as far north as coastal denmark. so far, though, no significant arrests, as authorities are coming under increasing pressure to find the main suspect and bring him to justice. tonight, cnn has learned police had been tracking for months the man they suspect of mowing down 12 and injuring scores. compiling hundreds of pages of intelligence. a police informant said he had "spoken several times about committing attacks." raids continued tonight across germany for the most wanted man in europe.
investigators say they found amri's fingerprints on the door of the truck used in the deadly attack. adding to their confidence that he carried it out. as more is discovered about his background are his links to radical islamists. >> translator: we have additional information that the suspect is the attacker. in the driver's cab, we found fingerprints and there are additional indications to support this. >> reporter: the lengthy investigative file connects him directly to a terror cell in germany. other members of the group also stalked of carrying out attacks, including driving a truck full of gasoline and loaded with a bomb into a crowd. the five men connected to the cell, including a close friend of amri, were arrested in november and charged with terrorism offenses. two of amri's brothers say before he left tunisia as a teenager, he was a very different person. he drank alcohol and didn't pray. they say they believed he changed while in prison in italy. he served a four-year sentence
for setting fire to a refugee center and other violent offenses. when released early in 2015, italian authorities trying to send him back to tunisia, but officials refused to let him back in, citing improper documentation. instead, he moved to germany where he connected with an isis recruiting network. this year, he was arrested for trying to travel to italy with fake documents. police were also aware of his attempting to obtain a gun. tonight, german officials fear several people could have been involved in monday's attack. despite all the authorities know about him, he remains on the run, likely armed and dangerous. christmas market, the scene of the attack, reopened this morning. as you can see, even at this late hour, people are still gathering there at a small makeshift memorial. they're laying flowers and
lighting candles in an incredible act of solidarity to remember the dead. brianna? >> erin, thank you so much for sharing that with us. i want to dig deeper now into the attack suspect's terror connections. we're joined by paul crookshank. you're getting new information about the attacker. tell us about this, paul. >> we've been looking through this 345-page investigative file. and that revealed there was a police informant inside this radical network that was feeding information back to german investigators, feeding back information about amri wanting to launch a terrorist attack. feeding back information on him preparing to join isis all the way back last december, going on long hikes with backpacks with other members of this network, as they prepared to travel to syria and iraq to join isis. but those travel plans fell
through. he wasn't able to get out of the country and to make that trip. it appears that made him more and more frustrated. so all these details coming in to cnn of lots of missed opportunity in terms of stopping this attack. but they were able to go off to senior members of this network. they made a number of arrests in november. five people taken into custody and charged with terrorism offenses. but they didn't go after foot soldiers in this network, including amri. the worry now is that other members of this network may move forward to launch attacks before several of them were discussing launching truck atracks, other kind of attacks inside germany. >> and no update obviously on his whereabouts, but are german officials confident that they will be able to track him down. >> what they've got going for
him, brianna, they know a lot of information about this network through their investigations over the last year or so, so they know a lot of addresses, a lot of phone numbers, where to look. but the flip side of that is, he was deeply connected, part of this isis recruitment network, who were very good at hiding people and smuggling people out of the country. and they might have already had a plan in place to get into a safe house in germany. we saw with the paris attacks in november of 2015 with salah abdeslam who ducked out of that attack, were able to hide him for months and months in brussels, and the worry is we could see that play out again while they take a breather and prepare for a sort of second wave of attacks. >> paul, thank you so much. let's get the latest on what u.s. officials knew about the berlin attack suspect.
evan perez is here. i spoke earlier with the state department spokesman and he said he wouldn't confirm that he was known to the u.s., but he said that wouldn't be unusual because of intelligence sharing. what are you hearing from your sources? >> we're told the german intelligence had developed information about the danger that this suspect posed, and they did pass this to u.s. intelligence, which put him on a no-fly list, and that happened some months ago. and the reason for this was he belonged to a group that the germans and other intelligence agencies in europe believed were plotting attacks in central europe and that they were in communication with members of isis back in syria. so that was the big concern. so one of the first things they did is put him on the no-fly list. >> so your sources believe that isis was directing these attacks or it might have inspired them? >> that's the big concern right now. the intelligence agencies here
and in europe believe that despite the pressure that isis is under in syria, in iraq, that they are capable of directing, still doing command and control operations, directing attacks in europe, in turkey, that's at the top of everybody's mind, how to stop that communication and how to prevent these attacks, because these guys have all of the advantages. only they know where they're going to strike next. >> we're going to bring in more of our terrorism experts. we have peter bergen, bob baer, and former cia military analyst tara muller. so peter, we're learning that obviously berlin was very familiar with this individual. the u.s. was familiar with him. is it possible that this was a failure on the part of german officials, but that it's also something that is just very difficult to prevent, this idea of slipping through the cracks?
>> well, maybe both. it's clearly a failure, but it wasn't like he went out and bought very, very exotic explosives. he hijacked a truck. that's pretty hard to prevent. clearly this is going to be a huge problem for angela merkel. she was already in deep political trouble because of various crimes refugees have been involved in. here we have an asylum seeker carrying out this mass casualty attack. it's going to be politically very hard for her to excuse this. >> so even when he's -- he's in the deportation pipeline. he's run into law enforcement. there's a police informant who knows he's talking about doing these things, that's not enough to go after somebody, or there's just so many possibilities like that, that is it hard for german authorities to say this guy is a priority? >> i'm not sure what the german legal framework is. but the fact is, they got
hundreds and hundreds of germans who have gone to syria, come back. each one of those people takes 25 or more people to follow, if you're going to follow them 24-7. not to excuse any of this, but this is a resource problem, as much as anything else. >> what do you think, tara, that german authorities need to be looking at, at this point and what they are looking at to try to track him down? >> sure. they were at some of the known places he frequented today. so i'm sure they're trying to uncover anything he left in those places, talking to individuals they might have already arrested that may have ties to him. and what's critical in these cases is if they can recover anything like a laptop, a cell phone, all those records to work out the individuals he's in close contact with and who might know those people. and then evidence that was left at the scene of the actual attack, which will allow them to press the actual charges when
they find him. and when they get him, the intelligence can hopefully green from him assuming they capture him alive. >> bob, there's concern that members of this recruitment network could be helping rehide. but there were a lot of arrests when you talk about the top guys in this network. so how much can they really hide him in the way that we might have seen with the paris attacker who was able to evade authorities for months and months? >> if they've had experience getting people out of the country, they may be able to get him out. a lot of these people are involved in criminal activities, whether it's drugs, arms, and the rest of it, and they know boarders, and how to get out. so there is a possibility this guy could get away. if he were on his own, i would say they would have caught him by now. it depends how deep the germans are into this network it's a
source they didn't want to lose, so that's why they weren't so quick to arrest or deport him. they were probably collecting more information at this point. i think it's disturbing that the islamic state is operating a network in germany this efficiently and got around them. >> as he is now on the loose, what is his goal? is another attack perhaps his goal? >> i think if he follows the pattern a lot of these guys, he's going to go out in a blaze of glory, which ends in his death. the question is how and when? that is -- most of these people are effectively hoping to have a suicide by cop at the end of the story. >> you mentioned that, that may be what you're expecting and that's a huge concern of german officials. >> he knows that law enforcement
is looking for him. he was armed at the time of the attack, why not do something else? >> and now he has a vote in how this ends. he now has a role in deciding this. going back to what peter was talking about. in the united states, we have a lot of systems in place, they call them trip wires to try to prevent people from using big trucks like this. they're working with trucking companies to make sure there isn't an extremist that has access to this kind of vehicle. this goes all around that because he just hijacked it. >> you all stand by. we'll talk much more about this, and certainly many things to talk about when it comes to world affairs today. and president obama and president-elect donald trump. stay with us.
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breaking news tonight. the trump transition team is trying to clarify the president-elect's tweet about strengthening and expanding the u.s.' nuclear capability. this is something that came just hours after russian president vladamir putin made similar remarks, sparking concerns of a new nuclear arms race. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr is working the story for us. barbara, you have donald trump's communications director saying that the president-elect was actually talking about the threat of nuclear proliferation, and basically needing to reduce it, but that runs counter to what he tweeted. >> reporter: it does, because essentially both then, vladamir putin and president elect donald trump, saying the same thing today.
both talking about strengthening and expanding nuclear weapons, and a lot of people asking what are they really talking about? did vladamir putin and donald trump just have their first nuclear standoff? today, russia's president declaring more nuclear weapons are needed. >> translator: we need to strengthen the military potential of strategic nuclear forces, especially with missile complexes that can reliably penetrate any existing and perspective missile defense systems. >> reporter: a clear shot at u.s. defense plans in europe, something russia believes is a threat. within hours, president-elect trump tweeted "the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." a transition team statement later said trump was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation, and the critical need to prevent it, particularly
to and among terrorist organizations and unstable and rogue regimes. the statement also noting trump wants to modernize the nuclear deterrent capability. during the second presidential debate, a him of his thinking. >> russia is new in terms of nuclear, we are old. we're tired, we're exhausted in terms of nuclear. a very bad thing. >> reporter: donald trump tweeted on the need to modernize the aging nuclear infrastructure. today, russia has 7300 warheads, the u.s. just over 6900. barack obama began his presidency calling for global nuclear disarmament. >> today, i state clearly and with conviction, america's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.
>> reporter: putin's nuclear vow came as he boasted of russian military superiority after a year which saw successful russian hacking of the democratic national committee by the russian military, sustained air strikes in syria, and continued occupation of crimea. >> translator: today, we are stronger than any potential aggressor. i repeat, any aggressor. >> the professionalism and the skill and the capabilities that are resident in the united states military are beyond debate. >> reporter: and another sensitive point between moscow and washington tonight. you'll remember edward snowden, the government contractor who went to moscow in 2013 after disclosing some of the most classified secrets about u.s. cyber programs. a newly declassified congressional report about snowden's activities tonight discloses that snowden has
continued to be in touch with russian intelligence. >> barbara starr, thank you for that reporting. we're back now with our experts. bob, i wonder what you think about the idea that there were these two communications between donald trump and -- or not between, but of donald trump and vladamir putin so close together, saying something very similar, what was your impression of that? >> you know, trump's relations with russia have gone down very quickly. he's not even in the white house yet. when you have the russian presidency saying there's no contact with the united states, he's referring to there is no back channel with trump, and trump again, he simply cannot carry out foreign policy on twitter. this is a very complicated issue, going back -- disarmament issues go back to the '70s. you cannot ad lib this,
especially with vladamir putin who is ready to get into an arms race, not to mention the rest of the world who wants nuclear weapons from south korea, to saudi arabia and on and on and on. i think he's playing with fire here. >> he seems to think he can ad lib this. what is the risk here? >> you don't use twitter for foreign policy and you need your intel briefings. if he really looks at this issue, nuclear weapons are one of the key issues for every administration, and for decades, we've been trying to reduce nuclear weapons arsenals. and to just sort of casually tweet about nuclear weapons on the fly without actually sort of giving a policy speech on it or outlining your plan, to me just seems sort of irresponsible. >> what are the worries of this, peter? ultimately, what are the fears of what could happen here? >> diplomacy is based on the basic principle that you know the general approach, and apart from the kind of -- i think the
lack of decorum of the president-elect involving himself in very important foreign policy, whether it's china, israel, or nuclear weapons before he even assumes office, is unprecedented. but beyond that, diplomats want to know where you're coming from. so to be making it up on the fly on twitter, that is not the way the world works. it may be interesting, but it's not responsible. >> donald trump is still not admitting that it was russia that was behind this hacking of the dnc and behind the wikileaks e-mails, even though there's a tremendous amount of evidence that confirms that. and the obama administration is working on this report to investigate it. so where is that at this point? >> we expect that the report is going to come out after the beginning of the year. and look, as barbara was talking about is also what the fbi has found from doing this investigation. they investigated russian
intelligence hacking into the state department, the white house, the joint chiefs, and that's one reason why when they saw what was happening at the dnc, they knew what they were looking at, because they had seen some of the same c signatures. >> bob, about half of americans don't believe russia is behind this and donald trump won't say it is, can he just ignore the resu results or will he be forced to confront it? >> he can ignore it. a lot of this information is top secret. he can just hold it back from the committees once he gets his people in the cia. he can -- you know, just say it doesn't add up to anything. it's too tenuous and presidentks do this. this is the bully pulpit. you look at wikileaks, you look at the fact that snowden is in
touch with russian intelligence, which doesn't come as a surprise to me. he shows up in moscow, the russians would be negligent. the russians, this is a cyber war. whether or not they hemped trump get in the white house i can't tell you, but i don't think we're going to get any clarity on this once he gets into the white house. >> that's sort of depressing. but i hear what you're saying. all right, thank you all so much for a great conversation. just ahead, more breaking news on the terror attack investigation in berlin and questions whether authorities could have prevented it. and why a new lawsuit accuses chicago area mcdonald's restaurants of fraud. there is no typical day.
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israeli official telling me they had no choice but to weigh in with the president-elect, asking him to intervene and to help israel out. this was an egyptian proposal to go through at the united nations. president-elect trump reached out to president al cici asking him to delay the vote. tonight, a dispute over peace, politics, and the role of the u.s. presidency may be coming to a head at the united nations. just hours before the security council was set to vote for a resolution calling for israel to stop building settlements, the ballot was cut off, averting a potential clash between the current and future u.s. president over u.s. relations with israel. >> we'll have to wait and see what the results of those consultations are, to see if the text moves forward. >> reporter: the resolution demands israel "immediately cease all settlement activities," calling it a violation under international
law. cnn has learned that president obama was prepared to let the resolution pass, either by abstaining or voting in favor of it. the u.s. has traditionally seen jewish settlements as an obstacle to a peace process. the move today would have been seen by in as a provocation. a parting shot at prime minister netanyahu, who took to twitter writing and appealing for a u.s. veto. but before the white house could announce its support for the resolution, this morning president elect donald trump sent out this statement calling for a veto saying peace between israel and palestinians needs to be negotiated, not through the imposition of terms by the united nations. a senior israeli official tells cnn, the israeli government reached out to trump to weigh in, after failing to persuade washington to cancel the vote. today, gratitude from israeli
ambassador ron durmer who tweeted "israel deeply appreciate clear call by trump." during the election, he said he would move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. >> this has to be a deal between the palestinians and the israelis. >> reporter: trump says he wants to be seen as an honest broker in the middle east. >> i would love to be neutral if it's possible. it's probably not possible because there's so much hatred. there's so much going on. >> reporter: an israeli official tells me they believe that president-elect trump does want to do something in his administration with a peace process, and they felt that this resolution was tying the president-elect's hands. so they feel now they have a chance in the next administration, brianna. but this is not over. the u.s. is still looking for a
vote. there is still calls going on between u.s. and israeli officials. i was told in one of them, the united states professed its friendship to israel and a very top israeli official says friends don't take friends to the security council. clearly the israelis peel that president-elect trump would be more friendly to their cause. >> and now we are joined by our legal and political analyst. ron, you hear the reporting there. what do you think -- so many people, their jaws seem to be dropping over this. what do you think of the fact that the president-elect weighed into this u.n. vote before the sitting administration had -- before taking office before the sitting administration had taken a position? >> well, first, the process. it is extraordinary for the president-elect to be, as with the china dispute a few days ago about the drone, to be interjecting himself so directly into these foreign policy
choices. he and president obama have managed a non-aggression pact since the election. but this does strain it. you can see the strains developing. but second, and equally important, along with his nomination of the ambassador to israel, it does give you a clear indication that he will define israeli security largely in the same terms that benjamin netanyahu does, which is not necessarily what barack obama or for that matter bill clinton, their definition was. so you have an ambassador designee who has close ties to the settler movement. this is an indication where policy going to go. it does raise the question of whether the u.s. can be an honest broker or is willing to push netanyahu beyond his definition of what is ultimately in israel's best security interest. >> it seems to violate this principle that there is only one president at a time. and even it seems to violate
some of the things donald trump has said about being neutral. >> i don't think it seems to violate it. it does violate it. he's intervening in an ongoing policy dispute in real time. now, there's no law against it, but it is certainly a departure from the traditions. but even more significant than that is the change in policy that it portends. this isn't just democratic presidents. certainly going back to george herbert walker bush, the idea behind american foreign policy has been the negotiation of a two-state solution, a palestinian state and israel living side by side in boarders that are negotiated, not unilaterally taken by israel in the course of establishing more and more settlements. that policy now seems to be ending in deference to whatever
israel wants to do there. >> so allegedly, jackie, president obama and president-elect trump, both of them have said they have a good relationship. but maybe this means that donald trump has a better relationship with netanyahu. >> this certainly doesn't help his relationship with the president. but everything trump is doing is different from what we've seen in the past with incoming presidents, in terms of him basically being the commander in chief, saying he's going to undermine what's happening with the current administration. you don't really -- friends don't do that to each other. frankly. >> that was fascinating what elise said, friends don't take friends to the security council. israel clearly felt this was a breach. >> right. and obama has had a trickily relationship with netanyahu, and clearly netanyahu is ready to throw him overboard and go to the next guy. >> how does this may out for the future, jeff? what do you think the
implications are for even how say donald trump may be treated in the futcher if this is how he has ditched it out? >> i'm not prepared to speculate about the end of donald trump's presidency. >> i don't necessarily mean the end of his presidency, but the idea that his foreign policy doesn't end or the discussion ends at the water's edge, and just how democrats might just really take him to task on some things. >> you know, i think this is going to be political warfare from day one. and it's starting early. we keep focusing and talking about the relationship between obama and trump. i don't think they have a real relationship. they have interests. and the interests are largely contradictory to each other. donald trump ran for president saying he was going to revamp and change virtually every obama policy, foreign and domestic, and that's how it's going to play out. what happens in the next month
is, you know, only prologued to long, long conflict. >> and real quickly, you look at -- there's an underlying basis in public opinion for this. donald trump will come in to the most polarized reception of any incoming president in the history of polling. you go back to dwight eisenhower, the first post inaugural poll, the highest disapproval rating for a newly e leked president is 25%. donald trump is going to come in at 40% to 45%. he'll have an approval rating with democrats i'm guessing 20 points lower than anyone we've ever seen. so there is enormous pressure on democratic legislators, and once they get out of office to stand against many of the things donald trump is running on, and promising to do. because as jeffrey pointed out, a big chunk of his domestic agenda, whether appealing
obamacare, repealing climate action, is about undoing things that president obama has done. so there's only so long the detaunt can go on. >> we have much more to talk about here as we talk about the trump transition and this idea that they could be imposing tariffs. and we have breaking news, the new video of the berlin christmas market attack and new information about the suspect. plus, new details of the airplane incident involving ivanka trump that got a passenger kicked off of the flight. i'm gonna use this picture on sketchbook, and i'm going to draw mustaches on you all. using the pen instead of fingers, it just feels more comfortable for me. be like, boop! it's gone. i like that only i can get into it and that it recognizes my fingerprint. our old tablet couldn't do that. it kind of makes you feel like you're your own person, which is a rare opportunity in my family. (laughter)
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we're following breaking news in the christmas market attack, including the first video. as you can see here, it shows the truck plowing toward a crowded square. we'll have more on that investigation ahead. right now, we're learning more about a proposal being discussed in the trump transition team to get tough on trade. donald trump, of course, is in florida for the holidays. there is certainly a lot happening behind the scenes, jim acosta. >> reporter: donald trump has kept busy down in florida. the president-elect and his top advisers are signaling he's about to get much more aggressive on a whole range of issues from trade to foreign policy and he's smacking down one of his biggest supporters for suggesting trump is ready to give up on draining the swamp. >> amazing people. >> reporter: on the shores of
mara lago, donald trump is generating waves. >> china, which has been ripping us off, the greatest abuser in the history of this country. >> reporter: sources say trump is considering an executive action to impose up to a 10% tariff on imports to strengthen u.s. companies. critics warn that could spark a trade war, but peter navaro warned, trump will crack down on countries that practice unfair trade. top republicans like house speaker paul ryan have sounded wary of such talk. >> i'll tell him what i have been saying, we can get at it better through comprehensive policies. >> reporter: one day after newt gingrich said trump was ready to give up on his battle cry, drain
the swamp. >> drain the swamp of washington, we're going to have fun doing it. >> it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore. >> reporter: trump is putting gingrich in his place, tweeting -- >> gingrich backed down. >> i want to report that i made a big boo-boo. i talked this morning with president elect donald trump and he reminded me he likes "drain the swamp." i mischaracterized it the other day. >> reporter: still, other trump loyalists are being rewarded. as for trump's other key advisers, his children, they're trying to tamp down on questions of conflicts of area. eric trump talked why he will stop raising funds for his charitable organization. conway said it's new posture
that will hurt the children's charities. >> the idea that these folks are trying to help people in need, and those people will suffer now. >> reporter: but trump's family is under a new microscope as ivanka found out. the passenger on a plane who made good on a threat was removed from the plane. now, as for the idea of trump unilaterally imposing tariffs, he may have have a problem with congress. o brianna, as for eric trump, he told "the washington post" he's suspending operations of his charitable foundation. so a big move there. >> certainly is. jim acosta, thank you for that. back now with our legal and political analysts. so ron, this tariff idea is pretty shocking. one, he's talking about going it alone. and it's an issue that drives a wedge between him and
establishment republicans. >> it is the pit in the cherry for the business community in particular, which is obviously a pillar of the republican coalition on many different fronts. this is shaping up to be the most friendly pro corporate administration since ronald reagan in terms of appointees and the big tax cut he's promising, the rolling back of federal regulations. we mentioned climate, consumer protection on finance, dodd frank. a lot of different ways he's going to give the business community what it wants. the price is a very different posture on trade issues. both the occasional calling out of individual companies and also his preference, which really goes back for protectionists trade measures. the question also be, one, is it really effective? because to some extent, american manufacturing is dependent on a global supply chain that allows
us to manufacture prices here so that part of the cost is this will mean higher prices at the cash register for many of the economically had pressed voters. >> that is the hard choice. >> and trump talks about the auto industry. american cars are a symbol in the united states. the auto parts come from somewhere else. that cost will be passed on to the american consumer as ron was saying. this is going to -- i couldn't talk to a republican economist todayidea. i was asking what would be the reason to do this, and they would say i don't know, we have to wait and see. >> don't you think that the way that president-elect thinks about this is i'm negotiating with china and this is the stick and there are also carrots. so even wrougchven without impo
tariff, wouldby talking about a tariff, i can make a better deal down the road. >> and that assumes china doesn't retaliate and start a trade war. okay. jeff, check out this tweet of donald trump's today, he says the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nuke. i've been to nuclear nonproliferation summits with president obama just dayton o, y reporters covering them. and the idea is that nukes are bad, let's tamp it down. so shortly after the tweet, they said that he was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the critical need to prevent it. at a certain point, is clarification not going to cut it? >> the clarification was he said
yes, but he meant no. that was the clarification. but i think that, you know, this is an area where presidents since ronald reagan and even before have been dedicated to trying to reduce the threat in number of nuclear weapons. this has been a bipartisan effort and presidents on both sides of the aisle have tried to lower the risk and number of nuclear weapons. here we appear to have donald trump at least raising the possibility, who knows whether this was a fully thought out policy or just something he just tweeted, but remember, if he is talking about expankd the number of nuclear weapons and the technology, we're not just talking about increased risk, we're talking about many, many billions of dollars. >> talking about a lot. all right. jeff, ron, i'll have to leave it there. jackie, thank you guys so much for the conversation. coming up, we have breaking news. what u.s. intelligence knew about the suspect in the berlin christmas market attack.
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addressed to the leader of the scottish government at the time. and he had harsh words about the wind farm saying the people of scotland will suffer forever, you seem hell went on destroying scotland's coast line and therefore scotland itself. i will never be on board. and then a month later, he said do you want to be known for centuries to come as mad alex? the man who destroyed scotlansc. and then again a month later, you said your economy will become a third world waste land that global investors will avoid. i love scott the land and only there have its best interests at heart. he did shift gears and try to play nice saying that he would become the first minister's greatest cheerleader if he followed along. butt the first minister declined. >> very interesting. so is there any reaction there to the release of these? >> we did reach out to alex about the letters and he said
that the letters are genuine. they show a scottish first minister refusing to bow from the pressure from donald trump. but he was able to stand steadfast against mr. trump, but what about president donald trump right after trump won the presidency, did he meet with a prominent uk official and according to local media reports here the wind farm was brought up. so the question, will donald trump be able to abandon advocating for his business interests when he becomes president? >> and is that something that is really concerning -- just real quick, is it concerning that he brought this up as president-elect, not a businessman, concerns people where you are? >> reporter: it does. because when you are president of the united states, that carries a lot of weight.
and so there are questions about what kind of pressure he will put on different government officials about polihis busines interests. >> all right. thank you so much and thank you for watching. a erin burnett outfront otherwise starting right now. new video showing the final seconds as the truck bears down on a christmas market. and tonight the family of one of the american victims is "outfront." also about putin and front both calling for beefd up nuclear arsenals. are we headed for a new arms race? and ivanka trump harassed on a flight. while went on, i'll speak with a penlg who was sitting right in front of her. let's go "outfront." good evening. i'm poply harlow in for erin