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i . east jerusalem, typically the u.n. vetoes measures chr s critf its closest ally. a point not lost on its prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> over the decades, disagreement about settlements but agreed the security council was not the place to resolve this issue. we knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace further away. and as i told john kerry on thursday, friends don't take friends to the security council. >> so last night netanyahu took his complaints directly to the u.s. ambassador there during an in-person meeting. today we heard more from the israeli ambassador to the united states right here on cnn. >> what this resolution just did is it gave the palestinians ammunition in their diplomatic and legal war against israel and
the united states not only didn't stop it, they were behind it. >> calling the israeli position, in their words, hysterical and irrational and republicans and democrats in congress are now talking cutting u.s. funding to the u.n. if it does reverse course on this resolution. now to cnn correspondent warren lieberman in jerusalem and elise labott in washington. a long time in jerusalem covering the relationship there. oren, he had a lot to say about the resolution. what is the prime minister of israel saying now? >> reporter: he's not backing off at all. prime minister benjamin netanyahu is doubling down in his criticism of president barack obama, the secretary of state kerry saying his response was responsible, measure pd and vigorous. not only that, netanyahu goes on to say there will be no long-term diplomatic fallout. in fact, he says quite the opposite. countries around the world will respect israel more because it shows it can stand up for itself. as for what we've seen, this is
unparalleled criticism from netanyahu directed right at president barack obama calming it a "shameful move" irresponsible and not how friends treat friends. he hasn't backed down at all. christmas day he summoned not only the u.s. ambassador but ambassadors from ten other countries who voted for the resolution. the u.s. ambassador met directly with prime minister netanyahu when what we've seen as a continued criticism of president obama. >> elise, oren says he's quoting the prime minister saying that he doesn't believe there's going to be any diplomatic fallout. what's your take on that there? is that just diplomatic speak? what happens next here? >> reporter: i think there's going to be huge diplomatic fallout on both sides, kate. i mean, look, you've heard about these efforts to defund the u.n. the u.s. is really up in arms about this, and senator lindsey graham has told us directly that
he has a bunch of republicans that are willing to defund the united nations if they do not repeal this vote. so that sets the u.s. up with the united nations on a kind of are standoff there, and then, you know, as ambassador determi dermer says, the ambassador is worried what the fallout is for them, calling settlements illegal to set the israelis up for boycotts, sanctions, claims that the international criminal court, they're very worried what this does and that's why they've been very -- not only because they don't want, you know, to take the negotiations to the united nations, they want to work with the u.s. on mediating it, but they don't want the palestinians to internationalize the conflict, because then that sets them up to action by the international community. on the palestinians part, they say, look, we tried to direct negotiations. we've tried dealing through a third party.
we need to internationalize this. we need international legitimacy because we're not getting anywhere from israel. i don't think this is over. i don't know what the united nations is going to do about these efforts to defund, but the diplomatic fallout has just begun, kate. >> elise, oren, stand by. i'm adding to the conversation now. josh rogue sn here, cnn political analyst and columnist for the "washington post" and errol louis is here, cnn political commentator and anchor for spectrum news. thanks for sticking around. errol, to you, i want to get your take on the additional -- not fascinating. well it is fascinating, element to all of this, it's that donald trump has very quickly jumped in to the conversation. he is the president-elect and he is known to weigh in on a lot of things before, obviously, he takes office, but on this especially. there's always this kind of conventional notion there is one president at a time, and this kind flouts that notion of there
being one president speaking for the country at a time. is this being seen as inappropriate, though, what donald trump has done in terms of weighing in? >> well, it might be the last piece of china in the china shop getting wrecked by this outsider who has come in and shaken up the political system. the historians will figure whether it was a good or bad thing. you tweak the facts a little and people would be outraged. at a minimum, causes a great deal of confusion and raises questions what will happen when the next international conference about these issues takes place in paris. because it will take place before the inauguration. so we'll have, in effect, the two presidents or sort of one and a half presidents speaking out publicly on a matter of great international importance, and the confusion alone i think becomes problematic. we saw what happened just the other day when there were very sharp words exchanged between two nuclear powers.
loose talk is really, really dangerous always in this part of the world and especially when you add to the cauldron the threat of nuclear misunderstanding. so hopefully donald trump will not continue to play out the campaign politics that i think has been reflected here, and will wait his turn. he'll have plenty of time to wade into the middle east mess after january 20th. >> i think that is one absolute assurance in this whole conversation, errol. josh, with regard to kind of where things stand right now, the white house, you heard from ambassador dermer and other israeli officials saying that the u.s. was behind this resolution. helped craft this resolution, was pushing for this resolution. no evidence offered only they will provide it to the incoming administration and they can decide to release it if they want to. for the white house's part, didn't draft it, push it, introduce it. who's right? >> i mean, mostly the israelis
are right here. a lot of us in washington have been reporting for over a year now -- >> and what does it matter? why is this point important? >> well, because, you know, the obama administration wants to pretend they weren't involved in this. it's not true. first of all, clarity about this. they were involved whether or not they signed it. they were heavily involved behind the scenes. that's just a fact and it's important because it speaks to whether or not this is the international community acting or whether or not it is obama. what happened a year ago president obama asked his team, came up with a memo full of options things to do on the palestinian issue before we leave office. this was one of the options. other options they decided no the to do. laying out parameters putting sanctions on companies that do business in the west bank. considered the least controversial idea, but turned out to be controversial.
saying we were innocent bystanders going along with international communities about settlements. it's misleading and disingenuous and that's an important part of the historical record here. >> when the white house has spoke out about this, we heard from ben rhodes, deputy national security adviser who said this is -- in so many words, he basically said, this is in reaction to the fact they've, in the eight years that obama's been in office they have not seen a slowing down of settlements. they have seen an acceleration of settlements, but it's not even when asked directly, they won't answer to the question is this the parting shot from president obama to the israeli prime minister, because of their very tough relationship? is there any other way to see it? do you see this as a personal shot, a parting shot from obama to netanyahu, elise? >> reporter: i don't think you can take -- it's not either/or. i think it's both. i think that's one of the reasons that president obama has a rocky relationship, at best,
with prime minister netanyahu. because he hasn't been able to move the prime minister on this settlement issue. you remember from back when secretary of state john kerry was working on this long effort with the israelis and palestinians for a peace deal. that was one of the main kind of impediments to a deal. one of the things they really couldn't make progress on. so that whole settlements issue is all wrapped up in the obama administration's opinion that the israelis are not willing to make concessions to make peace. i think, yes, there's a rocky relationship between the two leaders on the iran deal, on other things. i don't think you can take it and say he's just doing it because he doesn't like him. i think that maybe if they had had a better rlelationship, better working relationship on these issues i wouldn't have felt he had to go to the u.n. security council. it is true, this is an effort in the works for some time, a
long-standing effort on the settlements and this was one of many things that the administration has just said, thought that they could do, whether parameters or -- there's also a concern that the israelis have that that will be another resolution laying out parameters of what, of what a peace deal would be and that the security council could vote on that before the administration leaves but i think this was as far, maybe, as this administration was willing to go. especially when you see the reaction from even president obama's own party. >> looks like the fallout, whatever it may be, it nowhere near over at this moment. although the -- obama's time in office and his time in the white house is coming to a quick close. guys, thank you very much. elise, great to see you. thanks, josh. thank you, errol, thank you oren very much. the music world is mourning the death of pop icon george michael today. michael's manager announced that the singer/songwriter died at his london home on christmas day. ♪
george michael's career began as a member of the british duo wham, of course. wham was the first western pop group to ever perform in china, just a fun fact there. when the group broke up in 1986, george michael began his solo career, and a huge career it was winny two grammys selling millions upon millions of albums. ian lee is outside george michael's home right now. so, ian, as the sun sets where you are, what are you hearing right now from the fans and the town? >> reporter: kate, we're still hearing just shock and disbelief about his death. still people are coming to grips
with this news. it's been about, a little over 24 hours since it broke, and so you do have a bunch of fans still behind me. you can see, coming in paying their tributes with their flowers, their candles, their messages. and, you know, of course, it's a shock. he was 53 years old. we're hearing that it could have been heart failure, the cause of death. but this is a man who touched so many lives. he's sold over 100 million albums. back in the '80s when he was the biggest star, he was out selling prince and michael jackson at times, but it really was, you know, when he hit his solo career when, you know, as you said, he won those two grammys, but it was in 1998, which really was a pivotal time when he was caught by an undercover officer in beverly hills in a public bathroom conducting lewd acts. he was charged and then later he talked to cnn and where he came
out as a gay man. take a listen. >> i want to say that i have no problem with people knowing that i have a -- i'm in a relationship with a man right now. i have not been in a relationship for a woman for almost ten years. >> you know, the one thing also when we were talking to people here, kate, about his life, they talk about his advocacy, strong supporter of the lgbt community, also strong supporter raising awareness about hi nness hiv-ai. he was a strong member of this community. more than a musician. >> george michael dead at the age of 53. thank you for bringing us those tributes and that information. coming up for us, president-elect donald trump says he is dissolving his charitable foundation, but democrats, quick to respond saying the effort amounts to a wilted fig leaf to cover up for other conflicts of interest with regards to his business. we'll talk about it.
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in 25 days donald trump will be sworn in as president of the united states and in an effort to untangle himself from potential conflicts of interest, the president-elect says that he is dissolving his charity, the trump foundation. but new york's attorney general who's investigating that charity is saying, not so fast. international correspondent ryan nobles is following this and joining me now. ryan, what more do we know about how trump will disband from the charity and how hard will it be? especially if light of what the new york attorney general says?
>> reporter: you're talking about two different parts of this situation and logistically it shouldn't take that much to shut the trump foundation down. currently no employees. haven't raised funds in some time. trump himself hasn't danated since 2008, but it's a much different story when you talk about it from a legal perspective and a spokesperson for new york attorney general eric schneiderman, a hillary clinton supporter and launched an investigation into the charity during the campaign says that the foundation cannot dissolve until his investigation is complete. now, schneiderman has been investigating how trump used the foundation to settle personal business dealings. now, trump is hoping that shutting down this foundation can begin the process of separating his private affairs from his work as president. and in a statement he said, "to avoid eastern tven the appearany conflict with my role at president i decided to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways." the much bigger chore for donald
trump, figure how to isolate films his vast business interests, which are all around the world in a way that avoids potential conflicts of interest. trump has said he's going to outline that process, but the details of that plan won't be revealed until after the new year. kate, many democrats anxiously waiting to see exactly how donald trump lays out this plan that's been a big source of criticism for them before his administration even takes office. so he's going to have to really lay this out in specificity to calm some of those fears. >> democrats and republicans waiting to get that specificity when it comes in the new year. rhine, great to see you. thank you so much. joining me, kailee mcen inny, supporty of donald trump throughout the campaign and maria candona, democratic strategist and supported hillary clinton. great to see you. >> hi, kate. >> yes. >> hi, kate. >> maria, he is getting rid of the charity.
cutting himself off? are you happy? >> it's a wee first baby step he needs to take and i think what he meeds to focus on frankly are his businesses. look, shutting down the foundation? i don't think he can do it until the new york attorney general finishes his investigation of it. so that's going to be interesting, how that finishes up. secondly, i don't think a whole lot of people will miss the foundation, because it doesn't really do a whole lot of charitable work. the people that will miss it the most, donald trump. he won't be able to buy six-foot portraits of himself anymore which is what the charitity in the past. the big focus are his businesses and frankly, this announcement may be to defer attention to what he really needs to be doing. liquidating his businesses. so many experts have said on both sides of the aisle says it's the only way he's going to be able to avoid real conflicts of interests when he has hotels all over the world and you have prime ministers and elected officials from those countries,
all they need to do, to stay in one of his hotels and he is breaches ethics. a very complicated mine field he needs to really focus on. >> so kailee, what's your take? if you listen to maria and democrats when they put out their scathing statement after he announce head was dissolving this charity, it's a smoke jean. is this a smoke screen? >> i don't think so. we're seeing, you have someone with a $10 billion brand. nerve her a president that has the kind of business, massive business that donald trump has. and he's taking all of the right steps. we saw first they figured out that, look, the two sons will run the business operationally. ivanka trump will separate herself from the business. looks like she'll be coming into the white house in some capacity. now we're seeing he's giving um the trump foundation and we have to give him time and space as his lawyers figure this out, as his accountants figure it out and come january you'll see a detailed plan that does separates himself as much as he can be separated, but i do think it's unfair to ask him to put the trump organization in a
blind trust, because that would be depriving his children of their control, deprivs them are their livelihoods and jobs. i think he'll ache the appropriate steps, it's unprecedented and he's doing a great job so far. >> i think the kids can survive. i don't think their livelihood is in question here, and if he really -- >> maria, if you're so concerned, go change the statutes. >> hold on. go ahead, mar -- >> if you're concerned about this, change the statutes. section 202 says the president doesn't have a conflict of interests. exempt from the laws. so concerned, lobby congress and change the laws. >> it's not me that -- i'm not the only one concerned. the majority of the american people believe that he will have massive conflicts of interests and frankly if he wants to really do what he says, which is avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest, he wouldn't have been so flippant when he got elected to say, oh, i'm the president. i don't have any conflicts of interest. you know what? actually, you will have a conflict of interest the day
that he becomes president, kate, when he is inaugurated. it's very possible he will be in breach of the gsa lease on his trump hotel here in washington, d.c., the capital of the united states. let's see what his lawyers come up with. i will give him a chance as kailee says to see if he is serious about putting his money where his mouth is, and -- >> to that point. >> see what he comes up with. >> to that point, maria, when you read the statement that the democratic party put out, in part it said, a wilted fig leaf. about the foundation. this is a wilted fig leaf to cover up his remaining conflicts of interest and pitiful record of charitable giving. when you put it as you have, maria what i marry from the trump transition and trump supporters is, no matter what donald trump announces, he's dissolving his foundation, or no matter what donald trump announces regarding his business, democrats, critics, will never be satisfied. is that fair? >> well, i think what would be
fair is if he comes out in january before he's inaugurated and he says that he is liquidating his 111 or how many ever, companies he has. >> right. >> and putting all of that money in a blind trust, i bet you democrats would come out and congratulate him. i bet you -- >> i guarantee you he's not going to do t. you're a betting woman. a bet between you and kailee and i will not take part in it. your take quickly on an extensive, new, exclusive interview with president obama. he sat down with david axelrod, and he had an interesting comment about the 2016 race on a podcast saying if he'd run again on his vision of hope and change he would have won. listen to this. >> in the wake of the election and trump winning, a lot of people have -- have suggested
that somehow it really was a fantasy. i am confident in this vision, because i'm confident that if i -- if i had run again, and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized the majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> maria, if i had run again, basically, i could have won on this. what's that message he's sending to hillary clinton there? >> well, i don't think it's a dig at hillary clinton, because let's remember that his message and her message was a actually the message that the majority of the american people voted for. hillary clinton got almost 3 million more votes than donald trump. and a win by donald trump by a razor-thin edge of less than 80,000 votes in three states -- >> clearly he thought something didn't go the way democrats wanted in the election? >> sure. >> i don't think he would have articulated it that way. >> what didn't go well for democrats and what president
obama would not have the had to contend with, the jim comey letter 11 days before the election. >> kailee? >> blaming everything on the fbi and russia and recounts and -- what happened here, the president's right i think he's a more likable figure than hillary clinton. his approval ratinging are above 50%. he's a popular president. that is true. democrats have forgotten when obama touts wage increases and touts a robust economy, he's knee glegting the pain of workers in wisconsin and factory workers has lost their jobs, ultimately pra propell lly whatd trump to victory and it's why donald trump is the president-elect. >> interesting you say that. one quick thing. kailee says this, if you look at the reasons, what people voted for in those three states and set the economy were the number one issue, those people voted for hillary clinton more than
they did for donald trump. >> that's just not true, maria. >> barack obama was asked in this interview about hillary clinton and he did say, maria, to your point, i think that hillary clinton performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances. he also went on to say that the problem is that -- the problem is we are not there on the ground communicating's not only policy but also that we care about these communities. when democrats are kind of doing their post-mortem still looking ahead as they kind of the year comes to an end, the president said, if you think you're winning you have a tendency just like in sports to maybe play it safer. do you think that is what happened, maria? they played it safe? >> well, i think, you know -- monday morning quarterbacking is everybody's favorite game to do, especially democrats are doing it. as we should, after this loss. and, sure, there are things that hillary clinton should have done. she should have gone to wisconsin. she should have spent more money in michigan. you know? you can say, should have, would have, could have, right? but the fact of are the matter is, that her message resonated
with more voters and more americans across the country than donald trump's did. and so you can go back and say, she should have done this, she should have done that if it wasn't for the russians should, have gone to michigan. yes, all of that, we could say all of those could have played big factor. the fact of the matter is that her vision was the one who won out with the majority of the american people, and donald trump would actually do himself some good if he realized that he is coming in to be president of a divided states of america, and he had a lot to do with that division, and he's got to challenge, but an opportunity to bring people together and he has not done that. >> you see in this conversation, president obama spending some time looking back as he now is starting to look ahead as the clock ticks down from his presidency to his post-presidency. thanks for joining us. coming up, a massive search and rescue operation is under way for a russian jet that crashed. 92 people onboard. divers out there right now
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killed. so far, 13 bodies have reportedly been found in the massive recovery operation that is under way right now. russian authorities say pilot error or a mechanical problem could be to blame for the crash. obviously, they're still investigating, but they are, as of right now ruling out terrorism as the cause. russia's observing a national day of mourning today. more than 60 of the victims were members of a very popular army choir. meantime, president-elect donald trump, his comments about his relationship with russia and specifically building up the u.s. nuclear capability and his use of that old cold war term arms race are raising eyebrows. let's talk more about this with evelyn farcus, former departmenter of defense for russia, ukraine and eurasia. thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. >> you're a longtime expert in this field inside government, outside government. when you saw donald trump tweet this, i want to know what you
thought. he tweeted this -- >> the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity until such time agency the world comes to sensibility regarding nukes. >> i thought he had some information. he knows we have nuclear weapons. he knows there's a nuclear issue as stake in our relationship with other countries in the world, but i think that he still has incomplete information. it's possible he was briefed by his generals and admirals. getting a lot of briefings. some discussed already in the media. maybe he's aware that, you know, we clearly have a nuclear arsenal, we're working to lower it down to levels that we agreed with russia. remember, while there are nine nuclear weapons countries, unfortunately the ninth one is north korea, but the first two are the united states and russia, and 93% of the world's nuclear weapons are held by us. what we do, what we negotiate, is very important. we negotiated to lower limits to about 1,500, deployed, strategic
warheads, and we're getting there. the russians are behind us, but they'll get there as well. >> could this turn this on its head? >> it could turn it on its head. that treaty first of all doesn't come into -- you don't have to actually fulfill the requirements of the treaty until february of 2018. so there's a little bit of time for both sides, although the united states, we're right on track. the russians could fall behind. the other issue, they have violated something called the interimmediatary nuclear treaty, a treaty negotiated and agreed to by ronald reagan and by mikhail gorbachev so the leaders at the time in 1987 when they signed it. the treaty got rid of a whole class of nuclear weapons frankly shorthand to threaten our european allies. the russians went ahead and violated the treaty, created a new missile that could, again, fall within that range of 500 to 1,000 kilometers thereby threaten our allies in europe. donald trump, he's going to have
to deal with that, because president obama has not succeeded in basically getting the russians, first, to publicly admit they violated the treaty and then to actually get rid of those missiles. >> on that point, i want your take on the approach donald trump has taken before getting into office with regard to russia. >> right. >> they seem to be on two opposite ends of the spectrum with regard to how to approach vladimir putin. if donald trump is on one end of the spectrum, barack obama may be on the other. who do you think is right? in your opinion? >> yes. i think they're both right -- well, how do we put it? they're both recognizing russia is a power we need to deal with especially in the nuclear realm. president obama, although he deeply upset vladimir putin calling russia a regional power, he recognized when it came to nuclear weapons, we are the only two big dogs on the block if you will. so president-elect trump, i think he's recognizing that. i believe he's recognizing that. we don't know really what mo
motivated his tweet. the day before, president putin gave a pep talk to his highest defense officials saying we've modernized our nuclear weapons 60%, and bragging about everything they've done in syria, et cetera. it's possible that trump was responding to that, or he was responding again to the briefings that he got from military -- u.s. military officials telling him, you've got ta problem. you might want to cooperate with vladimir putin in syria, and on a whole host of other issues, but when it comes to the nuclear issue, you've got to negotiate with him and frankly speaking i think donald trump would understand he's got to negotiate from a position of strength. >> that is a position that donald trump likes to be in, at least show. >> yes. >> great to see you, evelyn. thank you for coming in. appreciate it. coming up for us, blizzard conditions create a dangerous situation for some holiday travelers. obviously, a huge holiday travel days. roads closed power out. when will it clear up and what
sounds so nice in the graphic. everybody sings about white christmas but few probably hope for the weather they are are looking at now in north dakota pap foot or so of snow, layer of ice, 60 mile-an-hour winds making travel there dangerous if not impossible. the words of the national weather service. meteorologist tom sater is watching all this now. tom, how is it looking right now, and when's it all going to clear up? >> well, for those families that have had guests in town, kate, for days, waiting for them to leave today, not looking great. just don't talk politics. right? the heavier snow moved into
ontario. still bands of snow, but parts of i-90 are shut down. like you mentioned. the two, three-foot snow drifts power lines down too. a big concern. winds are strong enough to have blizzard warnings. the light flan st. louis ending. rain in chicago moving to the east. light rain from louisville moving into indianapolis to cleveland and detroit. towards new england, it's sleet and freezing rain. spot spotty, but moving through upstate new york throughout new hampshire, snow and rain. warm air fast approaching changing it to rain. the warnings, northern tier states, in the colors of orange, still a blizzard warning. this is critical here. just do not venture out as the winds are still strong enough. now, minneapolis could see wind gusts up to near 40, maybe a half inch of snowfall. still coming down and make the roads quite treacherous, but, again, chicago, 51, not bad. windchill of 3 in minneapolis. the warmth into the southeast,
christmas in dixie, kate did not have snow in the pines. a number of record highs on christmas day from the upper 70s and low 80s, from tall has tahao birmingham, mainly rain, new york to boston to philadelphia as well. big concern, the northern tier states. safe travels. >> exactly. what a tale of two stories. up north, blizzard down south looking at 32 records broken with high temperatures. wow. amazing. tom, great to see you. thank you so much. 2016 is expected to end up being the busiest ever, busiest year ever for u.s. air travel. that combined with the weather just talking about with tom what does it mean for you? ryan young is thrown into the front lines at o'hare airport in chicago. i have seen that line behind you, ryan, ebb and flow, and it looks pretty good right now. what are you hearing from people? >> reporter: absolutely. first things first. tom said, not bad in chicago,
51-degree weather. that is like summer sometimes here. so i'll take that 51 degrees. in fact, uber driver and i high fived over the idea, so warm here today. take it. people coming in pi smiles and can't believe it is this warm here and expected to drop later on. look, talk about this line, because so far this is what we've seen today. this line behind us, hey, like odell beckham jr. haven't seen it since a brief shutdown with security. people walking in the doors surprised they're breeze through security pap moment you wish you could hold the security line at this point and you can understand why folked talked about that. back to the board here. looking at boards for cancellations. there has been delays, but no severe cancellations. four we've seen on the board here. 15 total for the airport. the story, roadways, people talking about that.
93 million people hitting the roads, but so far a lot of smiles as people head to the tsa line, and that's a big surprise on a day like this. kate? >> absolutely. good to see you smiling. good to see the faces in o'hare airport smiling too. thanks, ryan. >> reporter: no doubt. so what do you think for the top ten moments in this presidential election? how can we narrow it down to just ten? oh, we tried and succeeded. in a race for the white house filled with twists and turns we'll count down those top ten for you, just ahead. v8 or a powdered drink? ready, go. ahhhhhhhh! shake! shake! shake! shake! shake! done! you gotta shake it! i shake it! glad i had a v8. the original way to fuel your day.
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♪ >> controversial, unprecedented and unexpected. 2016 was an election year for the ages with an ending meant to disrupt washington. and that it did. the fight for the gop presidential nomination hit new lows in 2016, as republicans scrambled to beat front-runner donald trump at his own game. >> and you know what they say about men with small hands? you can't trust them. you can't trust them. you can't trust them. >> the unsalts got under trump's skin. >> he referred to my hands. it they're small, something else must be small. i guarantee you, there's no problem. i guarantee you. >> reporter: gut nothing could knock the billionaire from the stop spot. >> all right, everybody. >> reporter: in a remarkable display of gop hesitation and consternation about donald trump, house speaker paul ryan,
the top republican in government refused to endorse the presumptive gop nominee. >> to be perfectly candid with you, jake, i'm just not ready to do that at this point. i'm not there right now. >> reporter: touche. trump parroted it in the "washington post." >> i like paul but there are horrible times for our country. we need very strong leadership. we need very, very strong leadership and i'm just not quite there yet. >> reporter: ryan offered a temp it endorsement but the party persisted through election day. on the democratic side, there was hillary clinton's rhetorical fumble about trump voters. >> you can put half of trump supporters into what i call the basket of deplorables. right? the racist, sexist,sexist,
homophobic -- you name it. >> reporter: she issued an apology but trump embraced the moniker. >> remember what hillary clinton said, basket of deplorables? what? >> reporter: months of intraparty fighting culminated in two historic conventions. each party tried to repair their rips before the general election. in cleveland, a public display of gop disunity. trump's former rival, senator ted cruz, invited to speak but refused to endorse the nominee. >> stand and speak and vote your conscious. >> reporter: trump ever the showman stole cruz's thunder appearing in the family box in the middle of the speech, and in philly it was an unknown couple. the khans who took on trump. >> let me ask you, have you even read the united states constitution? [ cheers ]
i will -- i will gladly lend you my copy. >> reporter: trump took the bait going after the gold star family in interviews and on twitter, and handing hillary a postconvention lead. for president obama, 2016 was personal. >> donald is not really a plans guy. he's not really a facts guy, either. >> reporter: obama eviscerated trump on the campaign trail and trump hit back. >> he is the founder of isis. he's the founder of isis. >> reporter: but after years of stoking conspiracies about president obama's birthplace, trump reversed course for the sake of his own presidential run. >> president barack obama was born in the united states, period. >> reporter: then there were the debates. the candidates performances in three face-to-face fights were must-see tv for voters.
>> hello, hello. >> reporter: clinton used matchups to lure trump off message. >> he calmed this woman miss piggy. then he called her ms. housekeeping because she was latina. donald, schae a name, her name is alecia machado. >> reporter: painting clinton as more of the same, part of the problem in washington, which turned out really resonated. >> doing it 30 years and why shean he made the ay agreements better? >> the monster political storm rocking donald trump's campaign. >> reporter: october brought an unwelcome surprise for the trump campaign. an instantly infamous caught on tape moment from a 20095 "access hollywood" appearance where the republican nom nip is heard making extremely lewd comments about women. >> when you're a star they let you do it. you can do anything. >> whatever you want. >> reporter: those led to a string of women saying trump
sexually assaulted them. with only a week before the election, seems the contest might be over. in a stunning move, fbi director james comey broke historical precedent, handing the clinton campaign their own october surprise. comey had more power than usual, since attorney general loretta lynch was compromised after bill clinton boarded her plane during the investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails. comey decided not to bring charges against clinton in june. but then he sent a letter to congress a week and a half before the election saying the fbi was looking into additional e-mails discovered on anthony weiner's home computer. >> it is incumbent upon the fbi to tell us what they're talking about. >> reporter: he cleared clinton again before november 8th, but her team points directly to his actions as a key reason for her loss. >> i accept your nomination for president of the united states!
>> reporter: after trying in 2008, hillary clinton did make history in 2016, becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. still, her heartbreak was palp about wh able able. >> i know we have not shattered that highers glass ceiling, hopefully someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. >> reporter: for the political world, 2016 will be remembered with one head-spinning day. november 8th. >> cnn can report that hillary clinton has called donald trump to concede the race. she has called donald trump to say that she will not be president. >> reporter: even donald trump himself appeared surprised. >> as i've said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement.
>> reporter: voters certainly call ford change in 2016. the test for 2017 is whether donald trump a first-time politician and unconventional candidate and president-elect can deliver his promise to fix washington. thank you so much for ja joining us. our conk continues next with jake tapper. e drop approved for the signs and symptoms of dry eye. one drop in each eye, twice a day. common side effects include eye irritation, discomfort or blurred vision when applied to the eye, and an unusual taste sensation. do not touch the container tip to your eye or any surface. remove contacts before using xiidra and wait for at least 15 minutes before reinserting them. if you have dry eyes, ask your doctor about xiidra.
hello. i'm jake tapper in for wolf blitzer. 1:00 p.m. here in washington, d.c. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks for joining us. we start with anger from israel aimed at the united states, more specifically at president obama. at issue is that united nations security council resolution condemning the construction of israeli settlements in those disputed territories. isra