indelible voice and his chart topping hits. cnn's ian lee live outside michael's home in north london for us this morning. looks like folks are gathering there, ian. good morning to you. >> good morning. yeah, that's right. you can just look behind me. people have been coming in all day. there's been a steady stream of fans, really, in shock about the death of the 53-year-old. we're hearing from his manager that they believe it was heart failure that was the cause of his death. but they're still looking into that. it really is quite a sad time for the music world, as well, as george michael had over 100 million albums sold. this is someone who's won two grammys, and fans here, we're talking to, people in this community, are just giving us these personal stories about when they met and how nice he was. a lot of times you hear about celebrities, and then people saying when they meet them they turn out to be different people. well george michael wasn't that kind of person. he was someone who was warm and
welcoming to everyone he met. and of course, he was a music legend. take a look. ♪ wake me up before you go-go ♪ don't leave me hanging on like a yo yo ♪ >> reporter: global superstar george michael launched into pop culture history in 1984 as half of the british band wham!. singing the chart topping ballot "careless whisper." ♪ time can never mend the careless whisper ♪ >> reporter: by 1986, michael launched an incredible solo career. his number one album "faith" raising eyebrows with the first single. the risque lyrics and video drawing sharp criticism of those wanting to bring awareness to the growing aids epidemic and need for safe sex. ♪ i gotta have faith "faith" producing four number
one singles. including "father figure." ♪ i will be your father figure ♪ put your tiny hand in mine >> reporter: "one more try." ♪ you >> reporter: and "monkey." ♪ why can't you set your monkey free ♪ >> reporter: by the '90s, michael became a more serious artist, celebrating his independence from the pop machine. ♪ freedom, freedom >> reporter: refusing to appear in the video freedom 90 which featured cameos from top models lip-synching his lyrics. but the late '90s were rough for the pop icon, he was arrested by an undercover police officer and charged with engaging in a lewd act in a park in beverly hills. sp leading him to reveal in a cnn interview that he was gay in 1988. >> i don't feel any shame and neither do i think i should. >> reporter: in later years
drug-related arrests and a nasty car accident in 2010. he served a month in jail for driving under the influence of marijuana. but his career continued to flourish thanks to his powerful vocals. at nearly 50, michael once again found critical success with his sixth and final album "symphonica." a creative masterpiece backed by a full orchestra. ♪ first time ever i saw your face ♪ >> i've been so lucky. amazing, amazing life. ♪ i will be the one who loves you until the end of time ♪ >> of course, he's going to be remembered for his music. but other things he'll be remembered for is his advocacy for the lgbt community, as well as aids awareness. also, he's going to be known, remembered for being part of wham, which was the first band
to perform in china after the cultural revolution in 1985. there has been a lot of outpouring of sympathies on madonna, she said farewell my friend, another great artist leaves us. so this is someone who was truly loved by fans and as well as other artists. >> yes. and so young. ian lee, thank you. appreciate it. so many of those songs bring back so many memories for me. >> yep. >> my first boyfriend. >> oh, okay. well we don't want to go there. but -- should we be talking about the '90s, and seeing all the supermodels, what is it freedom 90 fashion. it was big in the '90s. this song would come on. this is the era of the advent of the supermodel. and you would see naomi campbell, and christy turlington like all swinging on these big swings at the roxy in manhattan.
it was a big -- >> you weren't there partying. >> oh, yeah. late part of the '90s when i moved to new york city. but when you think about now, i can't tell if i like the videos or the songs or both of them equally as much. when you think about the i want your sex which is so controversial. >> yeah. >> then. >> but some radio stations wouldn't even play it. >> now it's no big deal especially considering what we said on our airwaves within just the last year about grabbing private parts and all those things. this is nothing. it's interesting how the culture evolved -- >> but interestingly he did not want to be portrayed as this sex symbol. got in a big legal bat with sony -- >> he lost the rights -- >> right. and that landed the supermodels in the video. >> yeah. >> what a voice. >> yeah. there you go. yeah. he will be missed. >> we'll talk about -- >> a lot. >> get me in trouble -- >> all right. >> definitely turning to much more serious news now. turning to politics. israeli prime minister benjamin
netanyahu apparently running out of patience with president barack obama, irate over the u.s. refusal to veto u.n. security council condemning israeli settlements in the west bank. netanyahu indicating an interest to start working soon with the trumz. we're live in jerusalem with the very latest. look this is nothing new but benjamin netanyahu not mincing his words here. >> what's new here is the level of criticism. we've known these two had a trained relationship. it's incredible to see the speed at which it's deteriorating here in its final days. prime minister benjamin netanyahu breaking effectively diplomatic protocol in his criticism, lashing out not only at president barack obama but also at secretary of state john kerry. think about this. on christmas day here in jerusalem, here in the holy land, netanyahu summoned not only the u.s. ambassador but ten countries that voted for the u.n. security council resolution. but they all met at the foreign ministry. it was the u.s. ambassador in
particular who met privately with netanyahu. netanyahu expressing his fury not only in the that meeting but also at the cabinet meeting. >> over decades, american administrations and israeli government have disagreed about setments. but way agreed that the security council was not the place to resolve this issue. as i told john kerry on thursday, friends don't take friends to the security council. >> netanyahu making it very clear he's very willing to work with president-elect trump when he takes office in a few weeks. don, the story isn't over yet. israel is still concerned about what might be a follow-up resolution that would try to set paramet parameters, conditions for negotiations between israelis and palestinians. >> i want to bring in the ambassador now ron durmer, the israeli ambassador to the united states and former senior adviser to prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> merry christmas and happy n hanukkah. >> to you, as well. do you know anything about this
meeting yesterday? >> the american ambassador? >> yes. >> yeah, i just want to say something. the reason why the only ambassador that the prime minister of israel met with was the american ambassador is that's the only country where we have any expectations to actually stand with the at the united nations. look it's an old story that the united nations gangs up against israel. what is new is that the united states did not stand up and oppose that ganged up. and what is outrageous is that the united states was actually behind that gang-up. i think it was a very sad day and really a shameful chapter -- >> ambassador, what's the evidence that the united nations is behind this gangup? i've heard that a lot. >> we have clear evidence of it. we will present that evidence to the new administration. through the appropriate channels. and if they want to share it with the people -- >> why not now -- >> like i said, we will present the evidence to the new administration, and if they want to share it with the american people, they're welcome to do it. we are deeply disappointed by this decision that was made. look, i listened and heard a lot of the talks over the last three
days about what this security council resolution means. very important to understand it. because people can get lost in all the details. the palestinians are trying to wage a diplomatic and legal war against israel. they do not want to negotiate peace with us, which is why they've avoided negotiations for eight years. it's why arafat awalked away from -- from prime minister barack at camp david. it's why abu mazen never answered to ehud olmert's offer in 2008 and why they avoided negotiations with us for eight years. what do the palestinians want? what they want is to blame israel for the lack of peace and to internationalize the conflict. to have boycotts and sanctions against israel, to take israeli soldiers to the ipc and what this resolution just did is it gave the palestinians ammunition in their diplomatic and legal war against israel. and the unz not only didn't stop it, they were behind it. >> okay so i have to ask you ambassador, because this is only the first resolution that's critical of israel that the
obama administration has allowed to pass. it doesn't impose sanctions on israel. previous presidents have gone further. george w. bush allowed multiple u.n. resolutions -- >> that's all false. >> that's not false -- >> i am going to tell you the facts. my history goes back beyond brexit. what happened was in president bush's waning days of his administration there was a resolution that had to deal with the end of the war in gaza and israel acquiesced to that resolution. we're never happy with security council resolutions -- >> so you're saying it didn't happen? >> not only -- >> you're saying it didn't happen? it did happen. >> no i said that it did happen but israel acquiesced to it. look at the time what israel said in response to it, and you'll see -- >> so my question is -- >> the last time -- >> -- for president obama when it happened since 1967, technically since 1967, consecutive u.s. administrations starting with lyndon johnson and continuing through george w. bush they've made it clear to their opposition against the settlement. again the question is why do --
>> we're -- >> i will let you answer. why the ire for president obama when no ire for george w. bush or previous presidents? >> look, the fact that we have a difference of agreement with the united states over settlements is not new. that's an ongoing disagreement that we've had. but this is the first resolution in the united nations, in the security council, since the days of jimmy carter. 36 years ago, which by the way, also happened in december at the end of his tenure. of his administration. so to bring a resolution to the security council is not just something that israel opposes, it's something that barack obama opposed. in september 2011 he stood at the united nations, and he said, these issues should not be handled at the u.n. security council. they should be handled through negotiations. we agree on that. we have a disagreement with the administration over settlements. but you don't take, as the prime minister just said, you don't take your friends to the security council. and this is why it was such a breach of american policy. let me ask you a question, don,
does the united states government believe that the western world is occupying palestinian territory? yes or no. >> you'll have to ask the united states government that. but i want -- >> well you ask them -- >> in response to what you just said before that, the obama administration says that this abstention is in line with previous administration stances on settlement activity. this is ben rhodes -- >> not since jimmy carter. and i would -- >> absolutely not, jim. the fact of the matter is bipartisan policy, the u.s. government, for decades has been to oppose settlements. we've seen an acceleration in the growth of these settlements. and frankly, if these current trends continue, the two-state solution is going to be impossible. and the peace that people say that they want, that we badly want for the people of israel, security israel living side by side with the palestinian state, that goal will become impossible. >> what's your response to that? >> the response to that is you have to separate the issue of us having disagreement with the united states over policy, with bringing something to the u.n. security council. this is totally against american
policy, as it was enunciated by president barack obama himself. i don't believe that this administration, publicly will say that they think the western world has occupied palestinian territory. but they just didn't veto a resolution that says precisely that. i don't believe that this administration will say publicly that they support boycotts and sanctions against israel. but this resolution actually encourages that. i don't think this administration will say publicly that israel should return to the 1967 line. but this resolution says that. i don't think that this administration will say that settlements are illegal. you know what last week the administration pulled back from when their own spokesman misspoke at the state department, they pulled it back and said no we think settlements are legitimate not illegal and there's a difference in international law but yet they did not oppose it. this resolution was against american policy and guess what? we're not done yet. what you have right now with the administration is a runaway train when it comes to israel's policy and we may see another u.n. security council resolution against israel before january
20th. >> you say it's a runaway train, but in september the obama administration offered israel its biggest military aid package ever, $38 billion over ten years. this is the most military aid given by america to any country. is that action as administration is that an unfriendly act against israel? >> no of course not and we expressed appreciation at the time. but this act is an unfriendly act because it gives ammunition to our enemies waging a diplomatic and illegal war against israel. and we hope very much that the administration will not do more damage to israel before they leave. and i want to say something, we do not believe that this action represents the will of the american people. the president-elect donald trump opposes, he publicly called to the administration to veto it. members of congress of both parties, democrats and republicans, were against it. and i don't believe the american people believe that the -- >> -- recent brookings poll finds that nearly two-thirds of
americans favor u.n. resolutions demanding a halt to settlements. that's a majority. democrats, republicans, that there should be some sanctions toward israel to bring about peace. >> why don't you do a poll and see what percent of americans think the western world has occupied palestinian territory? we're celebrating hanukkah this week. 2200 years ago the maccabis were lighting that menorah on the temple mount. and now all of a sudden, 2200 years later the united nations is going to say that we're on occupied palestinian territory. this is absurd. look if people thought that this resolution was going to make israel capitulate and go down on its knees they're sadly mistaken. israel will stand taller than its ever been and we will respond to this action by the international community. you saw what the prime minister did yesterday but i think that's just the beginning. >> benjamin netanyahu said he's going to review his ties with the u.n. do you think he's going to pull out? >> no i don't think that we're going to pull out. i think we want a seat at that table as biased as the u.n. is, we are a member of the community of nations and we will fight for our rights there. but i hope that the new administration will have the
comprehensive review of policies at the u.n. not just towards israel but also towards the united states. the u.n. is a cesspool of anti-americanism and anti-israel activity. i hope the new administration with bipartisan support in congress will look at those programs, and not simply give a blank check to all of the anti-american and anti-israel hostility. >> ambassador, thank you. appreciate your time. >> thank you. all right. japanese prime minister shinzo abe preparing to write a new chapter in u.s.-japanese relations with a visit to pearl harbor. abe arrived in hawaii today ahead of a joint appearance with president obama tomorrow. on board "uss arizona" memorial. more than 1,000 americans were killed in the japanese bombing back in 1941. this meeting comes just months after president obama visited hiroshima with the u.s. dropped a nuclear bomb in 1945. >> a magnitude 7.7 earthquake off the coast of southern chile. you can see it chopped up this road. a tsunami alert was issued
afterwards. but has since been pulled. at least 5,000 people by the coast evacuated as a precaution. and fortunately, there were no deaths reported. fortunately no deaths reported poppy. >> look at this. this little boy melting hearts -- oh. around the globe. this is a picture of michael taken after he was adopted. just look at that pose. look at that smile. the picture taken after more than 800 days in foster care. the 3-year-old found his forever family, and became an internet sensation. at last check this picture has more than 57,000 retweets, and more than 142,000 likes. oh. >> what do you say after that except for aw? and congratulations to the forever family. don't cry on me. >> i'm not crying. pretty cute kid. i love the hug. >> congratulations to the family as well. they have a great kid there. in the meantime donald trump says he will dissolve his
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steps that he's going to take to separate himself from his business empire. cnn's ryan nobles live in washington with more. good morning to you. >> don, good morning. and we're still waiting to learn how donald trump will separate himself from his global business empire. and the details on that aren't expected until after the new year. but dissolving his charity is another step by the president-elect, to remove his personal life from his presidency. in a statement, trump wrote, quote, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as president, i've decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways. now logistically, it shouldn't take much to shut the charity down. it currently has no employees, and hasn't raised funds in some time. but legally, it is a different story. a spokesperson for new york attorney general eric schneiderman, who was a hillary clinton supporter, has launched an investigation into the charity during the campaign, said the foundation cannot dissolve itself until his investigation is complete. schneiderman has been investigating how trump used the foundation to settle personal
business dealings. now this news comes at the time -- at the same time i should stay of a staff shake-up for trump's incoming administration. white house communications director jason miller has said that he's not going to take that job because it would be too demanding for his young family. poppy? >> thank you so much for that. let's discuss all of it and more with congressman scott perry of pennsylvania. he's a conservative republican. merry christmas, sir, thanks for being with us. >> merry christmas, and happy hanukkah, good morning, ma'am. >> good morning. i'd like to get you take on what ryan was just reporting. the praek coming out this weekend saying he will dissolve his charitable foundation, by eight of a roadblock is the current investigation but that brings up the bigger, broader, more important question, and that is what is he going to do with all of these business ties, all of the ways he's interconnected with these global businesses and he takes office in 25 days. does it concern you at all --
during the campaign, does it concern that he has come out and said okay i'm going to get rid of the charitable foundation but nothing else has been clarified and he postponed the press conference where he was going to explain all of it? >> i think this is probably fairly intricate stuff at the president-elect trump level. every single federal elected official goes through this, it's stand fare that they have to dissolve and distance themselves from previous or current allegiances from business standpoints so that there is no conflict of interest. like i said, it's standard fare. it might be more complicated in his case just because of the scope and the level of his dealings. but i'm sure there are literally teams of lawyers working to make sure that he is in compliance with -- >> it's just that he hasn't -- it's just that he hasn't come out and said that he necessarily would extricate himself fully. he hasn't said that indeed he'll use a blind trust. he hasn't said indeed that he'll have someone else completely overseeing this. he hasn't made indications or said publicly that the americans
should be concerned because he will do that. in fact, he's noted the law that sort of odd part of the law that exempts the president and the vice president from having any financial stake while they are running the country. >> once again i think that he's leading it into the lawyers' hands. i'm not an attorney, but i suspect answering prematurely might be problematic for anybody at that level and you want to make sure you get it right. so with all due respect he's probably waiting for them to come up with all the answers so that it can be comprehensive and correct. >> we have a lot i want to get to. but he did say throughout the election that he thought he was going to win, therefore he could have had his attorneys working on this for months and months ahead of time so that when he takes office in 25 days there would be no questions to the american people. but i want to move on, because don just made some news in his interview with the israeli ambassador, and i'm not sure if you heard it. >> right. >> good you heard it. so you heard him say -- >> i did. >> to don essentially at the
beginning of the interview that that israel has evidence that there was essentially collusion between the united states and the united nations that proves that they were pushing this, when it comes to the resolution on israeli set mpts. they were colluding behind the backs of israel. don asked of the evidence. he said we have evidence but they're not going to present it they said until president-elect is in office. and then it will be up to the trump administration whether they want to present it to the american people. there's a sitting u.s. president. do you agree with them on that? >> well, it's the sitting u.s. president that worked against a sitting israeli prime minister, in his last election. so with all due respect i think that ambassador dermer rightly understands this administration is not friendly to israel, is not going to give them a fair shake and not be above board. so what is really the point of bringing the information forward now only to be squashed and kwaushed and put to the back room and the back pages of history by this current
administration. i think they're looking for, and rightly so, a more favorable venue in a president-elect trump administration. so i think -- >> so the fact that the obama administration has signed the largest mou ever to any other country, $38 billion over the past ten years, or the fact that this is the first time in eight years that this administration has supported or has abstained, rather, and has, has, has allowed a resolution critical of israel to pass the u.n. security council, the first time where as with both former president george w. bush and george h.w. bush it happened multiple times, you, you, you still believe that this administration is no friend of israel and should not even have evidence of, of, of alleged collusion? >> well, first of all, when you say it has passed multiple administrations without a veto, it hasn't. this is the first time that it has passed. i mean it makes the western wall an illegal -- an illegal place for -- for jewish people to be, and can't even legally go to
hebrew university if you look at the strict construction of -- of the resolution. so when you say it's the first time, it's the first time that the united states hasn't vetoed it. it's the first time this thing has passed, and so i think it's very different. along with the foreign aid let's remember what that was a response to. that's a response to the iranian nuclear deal, which really puts israel at peril. so, it's cost all americans this, what seems to be a proclivity of one person and an ideology that he himself alone almost holds, and then ask the rest of the government to support. while most americans probably do support reducing or quitting settlements in what's called the occupied territories, they would also probably be in favor of stopping stipends by the palestinian authority to terrorists that murder jews, and get paid to do it. or their families are paid to do it. they just need the information to have the full picture. understand that since 2000 israel has offered to stop settlements, and has offered to come to the table, and give
the -- essentially give the territory back -- territory back to the palestinian authority. but the palestinian authority has not been interested in even negotiating or coming to the table. those facts need to be known, as well. >> congressman, i have one more question for you before you go, and that is, a meeting that you had that you're taking some heat for, controversial meeting you had a meeting with a group called act for america. this is a group that the southern poverty law center calls the largest anti-muslim group in america, the anti-defamation league calls it anti-muslim. the first -- the woman who you met with bridget gabriel, the founder, said this in 2007 about muslims in america. practicing muslims, people who believe the word of the koran to be the word of allah, who goes to mosque and prays every friday, prays five times today, this practicing muslim who believe in the teachings of the koran cannot be a loyal citizen to the united states. your response to those who criticize this meeting? >> my response is that as a
representative of congress i meet with people from all different groups from all different ideologies, from different religions and so on and so forth, whether i agree with them or not. i'm a representative. number one. i just don't meet with terrorist organizations. number two, really look at the southern poverty law center, as the -- as the ar bitter of who is a hate groups or terrorist organizations is ludicrous. they have themselves have listed people like dr. ben carson, the united states border patrol, as hate organizations, and the family research council is another one. so they have very little credibility in this regard. >> so to that point -- >> she had something to say -- >> you say you meet with all constituents, all americans. have you met with any american muslim groups in pennsylvania? >> sure, absolutely. on a regular basis. as a matter of fact, the turkish federation, the local chapter in the district i represent, we have a longstanding friendship and meet on a regular basis, and
attend events together. so, as once again the southern poverty law center which doesn't know the story, which only offers one side of the story, is completely out of bounds on this. >> congressman we're out of time. we'll have you back. thank you. >> thank you, ma'am. i appreciate it. a massive winter storm could wreak havoc for millions of americans heading home. americans heading home for the holidays. from the holidays. back to work. right? live report coming up.
there's a lot of snow, freezing rain, forcing highways to close and causing delays and cancellations at a lot of airports. our national correspondent ryan young is at chicago o'hare international airport. i don't know, earlier this morning there were no security lines. then it was bad. now it looks kind of okay behind you. >> it's a mix of both. look that security line checkpoint that we had that shut down really put a ripple effect through the system. early in the morning an hour behind you. now you can start seeing things stack up. no problem. we're going to walk this way and show you the lines. you can see how long the lines are at this point. this has been going on for the last 45 minutes to an hour. people have been showing up here. the average wait time we've been told by some people is over 30 minutes now. and they went from being very happy when they arrived at the airport to now being at a point of serious frustration. in fact, people have been letting it out in terms of being here and saying i can't believe the lines are this long. these lines are shorter than the last hour. more than 25 million people are
traveling by air. 93 million people are traveling the roads. here in chicago, it's actually warmer than regular -- normal. it's about 53 degrees so people are shedding their coats but at the same time, they're getting the long lines, and hoping that that shutdown doesn't happen again. we still haven't figured out why that shutdown happened earlier. we started seeing people moving, still about a 35 to 45 minute wait at this point to get to the tsa. >> don has a gift for you. >> oh, he does? >> i don't know if you can see the monitor. >> see, i don't even want to go here. i can't -- >> i'm going to overnight this to you. >> here's the difference, don. no, no, i don't want it. whatever it is. >> i'm going to overnight this to you, and i won't tell people when you e-mail me. >> it's his necktie. it's his necktie. >> no. look. i know people dress down. that's okay. it's all right. >> you've got people. >> i've got plenty of pictures of you in the field, don. i've got plenty of pictures of you in the field without a tie. any time you want to go there,
let me know. >> you know i love you, ryan. just all a little fun. thank you, sir. >> i love you, too. >> so how bad will this winter storm be and which states will be affected? let's discuss now. cnn meteorologist mr. chad myers with the forecast. hi, schad. >> hi, don, happy. things across the northern part of the country that's all we're talking about. minnesota, south dakota, north dakota, maybe back into parts of nebraska and maybe i-76, i-70 on the way to denver. that's it. everybody else across the eastern half of the country is above normal. now, there still may be a little bit of ice upstate new york. a little bit of ice. but that's all it takes. you don't need six inches of ice to make really roads a lot slipperier than they could be. we are going to see the potential for that ice across parts of upstate from even parts of the poconos into the adirondacks and catskills. that's it. the blizzard conditions are just confined right up there to parts of dakotas, where winds are blowing at 30 miles per hour. windchills are 15 to 30 degrees below zero. it is very cold there.
travel should be in pretty good shape across the rest of the country as we see our warmer than normal temperatures across the eastern half. things look good all rainfall. not really anything to make significant delays but if you're traveling to the airport today, expect 15 to 30 minutes. that should be your biggest delay. temperatures for new york city tomorrow, don, poppy, 17 degrees above normal. poppy i know you don't want that -- >> above normal? i thought you said 17 degrees. >> i like it. i saw someone jogging yesterday in brooklyn with like a tank top on. >> it's christmas. >> thanks, chad. >> you're welcome. relations between the u.s. and israel very tense following the u.n. vote on friday. who is israel talking to? the president? or the president-elect? we'll discuss.
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u.s. and israeli relations are getting tense. we spoke with the israeli ambassador to the u.s. moments ago and here's what he told us. >> what is new is that the united states did not stand up and oppose that gang-up. and what is outrageous is that the united states was actually behind that gang-up. i think it was a very sad day, really a shameful chapter -- >> ambassador, what's the evidence that the united states is behind this gang-up? i've heard that a lot. >> we have clear evidence of it. we will present that evidence to the new administration. through the appropriate channels. and if they want to share it with the u.s. people they're welcome. >> why not present it -- >> like i said, we will present the evidence to the new administration and if they want to share it with the american people, they're welcome to do it. >> so we want to get the bottom
line now with cnn senior political analyst and senior editor for the atlantic, mr. ron brownstein. what do you make of that? i don't know if you saw the entire interview. >> good morning. merry christmas, happy hanukkah. look, it's an extraordinary moment. but a continuation, i think, of a pattern we have seen. i mean the relationship between the netanyahu government, and the obama administration has been difficult and rocky and extraordinary from the start. by the way, as it was under bill clinton. for netanyahu. and i think, you know, this is kind of the book-end, i think, to when the israeli prime minister made the extraordinary intervention to come to the u.s. essentially at the invitation of the republican party to oppose president obama's iran deal. and now you have the israeli government saying that the u.s., in essence, signaled to the world that it would be willing to allow this resolution to go through. and it is just a statement of how alienated and antagonistic these two governments are. >> of course when he made that trip to the united states,
addressed the joint session of congress, he did not have a meeting, or was not invited to the white house for a meeting with president obama. the president saying, look, even if it was chancellor angela merkel of germany so close to her election we would not have had a meeting. saying it was because of the proximity to the election. but give us a little history lesson here. if you would, ron, because if you look at the numbers that don rightly pointed out in the interview the $38 billion in aid to israel the u.s. just signed, the fact that this is the first time that the administration has allowed a -- you know, a resolution that is -- >> due to -- i mean anti-israel. >> right. >> to pass. >> and others -- >> -- did not support the fact that the israeli ambassador countered. >> no, exactly. look, you've got -- you have a security relationship that is powerful and strong and sustained over many years. but you have a fundamental difference about what leads to stability and peace in the region. and the obama administration essentially believes and rejects the kind of the netanyahu vision
that is willing to have a, in essence, a deep freeze on any possibility of a serious peace negotiation around a two state solution and views the continued settlement building in effect as an effort to create facts on the ground that would preclude that. what is interesting as you may know is that the incoming defense secretary-general mattis has basically said the same thing. he said the same thing to wolf blitzer at aspen. and so you know, this is not a view unique to barack obama. there are many countries around the world that share this view. >> why does our -- i asked a question he didn't really answer. why this ire with president obama when there have been other presidents, and -- and that this has been the stance about settlements since 1967? >> yeah, well, look, i think it is, you know, it is a uniquely personal level of antagonism between the two leaders it feels like you know, watching from the outside. but i think it is more about this kind of -- the under the u.s. government, under obama they are challenging the netanyahu vision of what is in
the best long-term security interests of israel. they're asserting an independent perspective on that and argues, look, this is really not the way you are approaching this is not a path to long-term stability, despite what you believe. donald trump has said every indication that he's going to be much more deferential to netanyahu's vision and the question is whether that's really going to produce any better results. >> he has -- what's fascinating is the way that he weighed in on so many foreign policy issues, including this one on twitter, and he has sort of turned, you know, precedent as we know it on its head. i mean back in 2001, president-elect at the time george w. bush said we have one president, we will have one president and the current president is president clinton. and our nation must speak with one voice. >> he was asked to weigh in on things -- he just deferred -- >> exactly and that's what president-elect obama did in 2008, as well. >> with quite a bit going on in terms of world financial crisis as well. >> yeah. >> look, yeah, i think what we have seen throughout the campaign, whether it's not
releasing the tax returns or his children sitting on transition meetings is that donald trump is a disruptor who does not accept many of the norms that have governed the way the kinds of boundaries of our politics over the years. and this is going to be a consistent theme on many, many fronts. so we are constantly going to be asking ourselves do these can these norms hold because he is going to be he is showing he's going to run over them in many cases. >> ron brownstein, thank you very much. appreciate that. >> thank you. >> up next a truly memorable christmas for a family we have been following for months. conjoined twin brothers separated an moving forward with their new lives we'll check in on their progress, next. your path to retirement may not always be clear. but at t. rowe price, we can help guide your retirement savings. so wherever your retirement journey takes you, we can help you reach your goals. call us or your advisor t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
for months now we have been following the journey of two adorable little boys. separated twin jaden and anias mcdonald. they underwent a very risky 27-hour surgery. >> guess who was there? chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta in the operating room when doctors separated the boys. he has another exclusive update on the boys' progress. >> jaden and anias. jaden means god has heard. anias, good has answered. and for mom and dad, nicole and christian mcdonald, their prayers have been heard and answered. >> i never doubt that they are a miracle. >> not just that they were
miraculously separated. it's then the miracle that took place every step of the way. >> miracle's like jaden's first taste of peas. >> are you excited for peas? >> yeah, we're learning. there we go. >> reporter: or first words. and the simple miracle of the entire mcdonald family, mom, dad, 3-year-old aza and his two little brothers, jaden and anias being all able to spend time together as a family. conjoined at the head, jaden and anias were born sharing 1 1/2 centimeters of brain tissue fused together. but they defied the odds. they've endured four different operations. the most recent, lasting 27 hours to separate the two of them. i came to visit them one last
time at their hospital before they moved to a children's rehab facility. >> dr. gupta. >> how are you doing? le. >> good to see you. >> yeah, yeah. love it. >> good. >> oh. you guys have changed a lot already. >> just a few weeks. so jaden was starting to talk babble before the operation. i remember you mentioned anias liked to look at those books, the read books and things. >> yes. >> do you think they're sort of back at that sort of level from before the operation? >> yeah, anias has become my talker. he talks all day. >> it is two months to the day that they've been separated. does that surprise you? christian, did you have any expectations to how long that part was going to take? >> i didn't have any expectations. you know, i knew it was just going to kind of depend on them and depend on god. the doctor said they had, you
know, came back from this quicker than any set of twin. >> i heard that. >> recovered quicker than any set of twin. said they defied all the textbooks. he said thankfully they didn't read the book. so you know, they are doing -- they're flying. you know, they're doing really well. >> are you nervous to leave? >> yes. >> pretty excited? >> i'm excited. there are different things. there's different things, you know. a new set of people to teach all their nuances, you know. i know that they're going to take care of them, you know, but i just have to reinforce the trust with a whole new group of people. so -- >> and now -- and now this. >> now this. >> separated. doing well. interacting. >> poking each other in the eye. >> they're going to be -- they're going to be true brothers. i love how jaden smiles after he gives his brother a little poke in the eye. >> yes, why he. say yes. >> stop teasing, mommy.
le. >> when the boys were first born, nicole and christian would take them for rides around the hospital in a red wagon. and now, they're leaving side by side in another red wagon. >> all right. >> but the mcdonalds, good-bye is bittersweet. >> thanks for everything. i'm sure we're going to see you again but it's been great. you've all been doing a great job. the whole world is watching you guys. the whole world. i know that for a fact. >> hi. hi. >> and now it is time to say good-bye to their adopted family, and adopted home. >> are you ready to go for a ride? >> reporter: but it's also hello to a new home. >> do you see your new home? >> reporter: and hopefully to some more miracles. >> look.
your eyes are everywhere. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, new york. >> what do you say after that but aw? >> my favorite story of the year. >> yeah. >> pretty brave kids. amazing family. amazing family. >> and it's good for the holiday season. they're doing well. thank you for joining us, everyone. i appreciate it this early. thanks for putting up with me. "newsroom" -- >> he's back tomorrow. >> in for carol costello begins right after this short break.
good morning, i'm suzanne malveaux in for carol costello. thanks for joining me. happy holidays. some sad news to report. it happened on christmas day. it is the sudden death of pop singer george michael, shocking and saddening entertainers and fans around the world. ♪ wake me up before you go-go don't leave me hanging on like a yo-yo ♪ >> the wham singer shooting to fame in the 1980s with this cult classic. later his solo career went on to sell more than 100 million albums. tributes now pouring in as fans learned the news. his manager suggesting heart failure may be to blame. our cnn's ian lee is live