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because that is going to be what drives economic growth at the end of the day. >> all right. we'll see if we're going to break 20,000 before the end of the year. cristin cristina alesci. thank you for joining us. i am martin savidge. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. i sense a great and sad disturbance in the force. "the lead" starts right now. losing leia. nothing but dazzlingly human. actress and writer carrie fisher dies at 60 years old. for many of us part of our childhood goes with her. i do solemnly tweet president-elect donald trump's thumbs at it again slamming the united nations as his incoming press secretary says twitter will make his presidency really exciting. plus, how far we've come. president obama appearing in just moments along with japan's prime minister during a visit to pearl harbor. remembering a day that will live in infamy.
will there be an apology from the prime minister for the infamous sneak attack. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we'll begin today with the pop culture lead and the loss of yet another icon. actress carrie fisher, the wise cracking truth telling, beloved pop culture fixture died today in los angeles. she was 60 years old. fisher was best known for her role as princess leia in the "star wars" series. >> i think you just can't bear to let a gorgeous girl like me out of your sight. >> i don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain. >> laugh it up, fuzz ball. you didn't see us alone in the south passage. she expressed her true feelings for me. >> what? why, you stuckup, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.
>> who is scruffy looking? >> she was much more than just an actress. she was an author and a screen writer. a relied upon script doctor. the photo here shows her handwritten notes from the empire strikes back screen play trying to improve dialogue. she was also a hero to millions of americans for her openness about her struggles with mental health issues and drug addiction, hoping to destigmatize the topics. her death comes four days after suffering a cardiac event on a flight to leagues from london. saying she was one of a kind. brilliant, original. funny and emotionally fearless, she lived her life bravely. "rolling stone" last month asked fisher if she feared death. no, she said. i fear dying. if i was going to do it i would want someone like me around. and i will be there. paul is in los angeles covering the story.
do we know anything more about the circumstances surrounding her death? >> reporter: what we know is last friday she was approaching los angeles, just about 20 minutes away from landing, when she reportedly suffered a massive heart attack. there were some nurses on board. they tried to revive her. she was transported to ucla, a hospital there, and she remained there throughout the weekend. there had been some talk that she was in stable condition, but she was in intensive care the whole time. and at 8:55 this morning she passed away. >> carrie fisher told "rolling stone" that she was, quote, trained in celebrity. of course, it was a family business for her in many ways. >> reporter: absolutely! hollywood royalty. think about this. debbie reynolds was her mother. eddie fisher was her father. at one point liz taylor was her mother-in-law because of his remarriage. she got a heavy dose of that hollywood royalty, and she talked a lot about that, openly, in her book including some of
her passages from "postcards from the edge," where she reckoned with the royalty, the pressures of the fame, it was quite a tale to tell. >> we read a quote from harrison ford with whom she became a star at the same time. this year fisher discovered the journal that she kept during the making of "star wars." this year it was published. it was called the princess dirist. >> it might have been the most revealing part of all the diaries. she talked about basically being leia and han during the week and on the weekend it was carrie and harrison. she told this to npr's terry gross. >> how did the affair effect the chemistry on-screen? >> i think it made us more
comfortable with one another. it made me more able to wise-crack to him. even if i was insecure. we were having an affair, so there was something to base some security on. i don't know. we were -- there was chemistry there, and you can see it. so i don't know which came first, the chemistry in the film or the chemistry in the world. >> and, i mean, your characters end up having a child together. >> a really good child, don't you think? hitler. that is sort of perfect. i think that's perfect. harrison and i have hitler as a child. >> and paul fisher -- >> reporter: well known throughout hollywood. >> go ahead. >> reporter: i was going to say well known throughout hollywood for how absolutely unvarnished her opinions were. deprecating. open beyond belief and
celebrated for that on many different levels. >> if you read in the book she talks about at age 19 about this rather unsatisfying relationship with harrison ford, even at the age of 19, talking about issues, trying to find herself. it was really interesting. she also was known as a sex symbol. there is this obviously iconic but somewhat controversial gold bikini seen from "star wars." she wasn't necessarily comfortable in that role. >> reporter: no. i am smiling because carrie fisher -- she was absolutely funny, razor-sharp wit. at one point she said something to the effect of, about that bikini. why would i keep a stupid outfit like that. she made a lot of wise-cracks about it and talked about that in the scene they didn't want to see any creases in the bikini.
let's listen. >> when he showed me the outfit, i didn't -- i thought he was kidding. and it made me very nervous. and you know, they wouldn't let me -- i had to sit very straight because i couldn't have lines in the side of -- on my sides, you know, like a little crease. no creases were allowed. so i had to sit very, very rigid straight. >> so did -- do you think there is something fay ray, king kong, about that scene? >> yeah, but i -- you know, what redeems it is that i get to kill him, which was so enjoyable. >> did you see that as like female empowerment? >> oh, absolutely. i sawed his neck off with that chain that i killed him with. i really relished that, because i hated wearing that outfit and sitting there rigid straight. and i couldn't wait to kill him.
>> she often referred to jaba as a disgusting slug. there she is coming to terms with some of the more exploitative parts of the role, but she gets to kill jabba after all. >> reporter: she relished that moment, as we said. she said when george lucas -- you might have wanted to know who she was referring to when she said him. he first brought up the idea of the bikini. we'll call it a worldwide phenomenon. of course, the "star wars" figures. even one who was famously, princess leia, in the golden bikini, being sold around the world right now. >> thank you so much. joining me now is the editor and chief of "people" magazine, jess cagle. thank you for joining us. princess leia was known for hair buns. carrie fisher was known for being brutally, brutally open
and honest and revealing, spread-eagle in terms of how revealing she was. that's how she put it in the interview with terry gross. here see is talking to larry king in 1990 about her struggles with addiction. >> you know why you were an addict, carrie? is that explainable? >> no. well, i don't know. i mean, i think my father is, or was, one. he just got out of betty ford. i was very like him in my tastes. i liked -- i didn't like illegal drugs. i liked legal drugs. so i liked medicine because i like the philosophy of it. you're going to feel better when you take two or eight of these. >> hmm. >> and i always wanted to feel better. and one of the side effects of percodan is euphoria. i thought that was a side effect that i could easily live with. doesn't matter that the rest of them are palpitations, heart attack and death. i couldn't get over euphoria.
>> interesting about this, jess. 26 years ago, and she still is more open and honest about her dependence issues when it comes to drugs than a lot of people in my business, in your business, all over the world. >> right. she lived her life as an open book, which was really fascinating given her background. as you have said earlier, she grew up as a celebrity. she came from the world of hollywood. but there was something about her intelligence. and there was also something about her mental issues that made her always feel like she sort of didn't belong. she was a woman who was somewhat uncomfortable in her own skin. and those two facets of her life kind of gave her this incredible outsider's perspective. so she was able to relate to us her experiences growing up the child of movie stars in
hollywood, you know, succumbing to drug addiction, going into rehab, playing princess leia in "star wars." she was able to tell us about these extraordinary experiences in ways that we could relate to and in really, really entertaining ways. in the -- i guess it was the late '80s when she did "postcards from the edge," it was a semi-auto biographical novel about a woman who was a child tv star and ended up in rehab. people were shocked that she had gone through that, that she was being so honest about it. and also people were incredibly impressed at what a great writer she was. this was the woman in the gold bikini from "star wars." she was brilliant. there were so many sides to her. she really never stopped surprising us. it's been great lately having her once again sort of back in pop culture because of the new
"star wars" films. >> when you think of her as a pop culture icon, you think about the "star wars" movies and you think about harrison ford and their on-screen chemistry. here is one of their most memorable scenes. >> hey! warship, i'm only trying to help. >> would you please stop calling me that? >> sure, leia. >> you make it so difficult sometimes. >> i do. i really do. you could be a little nicer, though. come on, admit it. sometimes you think i'm all right. >> occasionally. maybe. when you aren't acting like a scoundrel. >> scoundrel? i like the sound of that. >> stop that. >> stop what? >> stop that. my hands are dirty. >> my hands are dirty too. what are you afraid of? >> afraid? >> you're trembling. >> i'm not trembling.
>> you like me because i am a scoundrel. i am in a scoundrel in your life. >> i happen to like nice men. >> i'm a nice man. >> i've isolated -- >> it's amazing to watch the scene years later. they have such incredible chemistry. that was one of the most important love stories in film in that decade. >> yeah. she was also great, great casting in that role because she could -- carrie fisher was, you know, the role might have been sort of played as a damsel in distress. but in -- actually, despite the gold bikini and all of that stuff, it was an incredibly strong character. and carrie fisher was so talented and so fiercely intelligent that she just brought a lot to it. you got a sense she could go toe to toe with anyone. >> many people don't know that behind the scenes she was used a
lot in hollywood until 2008 or so as a script doctor. she finessed screen plays for george lucas, "the wedding singer," sister act, the blues brothers. tweeting her notes from empire strikes back. really talented and interesting to have someone uncredited but still making so much money fixing hollywood scripts. >> i think she made a fortune working on -- probably more money that she made on "star wars" until recently doctoring other people's scripts. she was not only funny with a one-liner. she was great with story and character motivations. again, it came from her wit and intelligence and talent for writing. if you go back to sister act, a movie that was an incredibly troubled production with a lot of problems but ultimately became a really entertaining, massive hit, all of the -- a lot of the maggie smith stuff --
maggie smith played the mother superior in that movie. a lot of her dialogue came straight from carrie and the way she made the character make sense and sort of likeable despite the fact that she was at odds with the heroine whoopi goldberg. she was so smart. >> jess cagle. appreciate your time today. a look at carrie fisher in the romantic comedy when harry met sally. >> harry, you and marie are both from new jersey. >> really? >> where are you from? >> south orange. >> haddonfield. >> oh. >> so, what are we going to order? >> well, i am going to started with the grilled ra dickio. >> she orders the best thing on the menu.
>> i think rose tries to become too important. >> i agree. restaurants are to people in the '80s what theater was to people in the '60s. i read that in a magazine. >> i wrote that. >> get out of here. >> no, i did. i wrote that. >> i've never quoted anything from a magazine in my life. that's amazing. don't you think it's amazing? you wrote it? >> i also wrote pesto is the quiche of the '80s. >> get over yourself. >> i did. >> where did i read that? >> new york magazine. >> sally writes for new york magazine. >> you know, that piece had a real impact on me. i don't know that much about -- -- you're smart. you already knew that. but it's also great for finding the perfect used car. you'll see what a fair price is, and you can connect with a truecar certified dealer. now you're even smarter.
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welcome back. our politics lead now. christmas is over. christmas day at least. donald trump has his phone back. as the president-elect vacations with his family at their mar-a-lago resort. he is back on twitter suggesting he has brought back hope and prosperity to a, quote, gloomy world. he is painting the picture of a trump foundation as a beacon in the philanthropy field. dana bash joins me. lots of decisions being made by donald trump and the transition team having to do with national security. >> that's right. few white house jobs are as important with regard to national security and have as much pressure on them than homeland security adviser. it's a relatively new position created by george w. bush after 9/11. well, donald trump reached back to the bush years for his counter-terrorism adviskeptic m hesitant or negative on donald trump these are the kind of hires donald trump makes that are reassuring. >> his position will be elevated in the trump white house, on par with the national security adviser, michael flynn. with bossert in george of domestic security and a special focus on cyber terrorism. >> government in the united states, at a federal level, needs to do something to address the threat. >> and flynn on international issues. >> we must regain our ability to truly crush our enemies. >> because although security issues intersect so often, obama officials tell cnn they think it could lead to confusion in the trump administration and unnecessary turf battles. >> that's right. lock her up.
>> but declaring that bossert will be on kwoequal footing to flynn is also intended to be reassuring even to many republicans who see the retired general as an unpredictable and controversial figure thanks to statements like this. >> islam is a political ideology. it is a political ideology. it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. >> what won't change from the obama white house is people in both positions will have direct access to the president and seats at the principal's table at the president's national security meetings. here is how the current homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, lisa monaco, described the job earlier this month. >> when i go upstairs, about 50 paces from my cave office in the west wing up to the oval office, the president knows it's because something bad has happened, quite frankly. domestically usually, or to u.s. persons abroad.
that is my focus, and he knows it. >> now, it is a reminder that presidents must be surrounded by people like that to help deal with crises which unfortunately happen, large and small, on a regular basis. what republicans here and around the country are pleading with donald trump to avoid are distractions like the one that week with the trump foundation which he said he would dissolve which, of course, jake was only met by the new york attorney general saying, no, you can't because i am still investigating. >> thank you. president-elect donald trump is saying the media is not reporting the good his foundation has done. david fahrenthold may take issue with that. spending months diving into the foundation and documenting hundreds of calls to charity after charity to find any who had benefited. he joins me now by phone. thank you for joining us. president-elect trump tweeted, 100% of my foundation's money
goes to wonderful charities. what does that statement gloss over when it comes to what the money has been spent on? >> this is a really important point. it's sort of the most basic thing you learn when you start a charity, which is, if you are the charity's president, as trump is, you can't take the money out of the charity and use it to buy things for yourself or do things that benefit your business. there are a number of instances where trump spent money from his charity to benefit himself. he used it to buy two very large portraits of himself, including one that is hanging in one of his sports bars. he also used it to pay off his businesses' legal obligation. his businesses were in lawsuits and as a result had to pay money to charities. he used his charity to pay the bills and saved his businesses money. even if the cases where the money ultimately goes to the charity, he is still violating the law. i think that's something most people who run a charity get on day one. >> he also tweeted, quote, i gave millions of dollars to the donald trump foundation, and
raised or received millions more, all of which is given to charity and media won't report. you looked into this. what did you find out about the philanthropic giving by him? >> this is an unusual foundation. most of the times when a rich person sets up a foundation with their name on it, the understanding is it's their money. they give to the foundation and the foundation gives it away. not true with the trump foundation. he has given over $6 million. others have given $9.5 million. he didn't give any money from his own pocket to the foundation between 2008 and 2015. in that period it was all other people's money. that's very, very unusual. >> we know the attorney general of new york, eric schneiderman, a hillary clinton supporter, has said trump cannot shut down his foundation because of the ongoing investigation. what's the status of that investigation? >> well, i know they've requested a number of documents from trump about these instances of what's called self-dealing. cases where he used the money to benefit himself.
and they -- trump has actually admitted to the irs that he, for the first time in november, after the election, he admitted having violated the self-dealing rules at some point in the past. what we're waiting on now is for trump to specify what he is admitting to, what specific acts does he say, okay, look, i broke the law here and here and what sort of penalties will he offer to pay in response. >> is there anything they've admitted when it comes to having broken the law? did they not admit they violated something in the irs code? >> yes. they have admitted without giving details that they broke the self-dealing rules. there is something else. earlier this year in response to something we reported trump admitted to the irs he violated another federal law about charity, which is charities are not allowed to give their money to help political candidates. in 2013 at a time when pam bondi, the attorney general in florida, her office was considering whether or not to join a lawsuit against trump university, trump used his foundation to give $25,000 to a campaign committee supporting
bondi. so that's against the law. trump has now admitted to that and paid a $2500 penalty tax after our story came out. >> also interesting is that trump was very critical of those who gave money to the clinton foundation and expected or did in his view receive some sort of consideration or extra attention when hillary clinton was at the state department. but we know that one of the biggest contributors to the trump foundation was linda mcmahon and her husband, vince mcmahon, of world wrestling fame, and president-elect trump has picked linda mcmahon to be head of the small business administration in the trump administration. >> absolutely right. vince and linda mcmahon gave a total of $5 million in 2007 and 2009. they haven't said why. that's an enormous amount of money for the trump foundation which has always been very small, and it enabled trump to basically run his foundation without money from himself for a long period of time. you remember, trump needs this
foundation because he lives in a world where rich people are expected to give money for banquets and galas and things like that. so the donation enabled him to basically participate in that world and appear philanthropic for free for all those years. now he has appointed her to a pretty prominent position. >> is there anything impeding trump from dissolving his own foundation after the investigation wraps up? >> i believe -- the irs could be investigating. they haven't commented. it might be a holdup if so. the new york ag's investigation is the final hurdle. >> thank you. a moment 75 years in the making. we are about to see the first japanese prime minister to visit the "uss arizona" memorial at pearl harbor in hawaii. and then, kim jong un might have a frightening new year's resolution. why the north korean nuclear threat could be greater than ever before. that's coming up. stay with us.
we're back with our world lead now. moments ago japanese prime minister shinzo abe and president obama visited the "uss arizona" memorial at pearl harbor in hawaii. both leaders are expected to give remarks, which we expect to hear in just minutes, and we'll bring that to you as we get it. the visit comes 75 years after japan's surprise attack. abe is the fourth japanese prime minister to visit pearl harbor but the first to visit the "uss arizona" memorial which sits above the battleship destroyed. cnn's athena jones is in honolulu covering president obama. athena, the visit is something of a return gesture of sorts to president obama. tell us about that. >> reporter: that's right, jake.
president obama visited hiroshima seven months ago to this day. he became the first sitting u.s. president to do so, to pay his respects to the tens of thousands of people who died there. now prime minister abe coming here today. i should mention to you, i believe we may have pictures of the two leaders arriving not long ago on the "uss arizona" memorial where prime minister abe paid his respects, offering prayers to those who died not just on that ship but on -- all over pearl harbor. more than 2200 who died that day. according to the prime minister's press secretary. he began thinking about making the trip more than a year ago but didn't make it official with president obama until they met briefly on the sidelines of the summit in peru in november. now you have the long-awaited visit 75 years later with the two leaders making history. jake. >> earlier this year we interviewed one of the survivors
of the pearl harbor attack. and obviously a lot of these brave service members, years later, still have very horrific memories of that horrible day. what are we expecting to hear from president obama as he takes the stage? >> reporter: i expect we'll hear some echos of what we heard during his visit to hiroshima. this is not, of course, a policy speech, jake. this is a speech that's much more emotional and poetic in some ways. we could say we know he wants to highlight the power of reconciliation, the ability of the two nations, former adversaries. who 75 years later have become the closest of allies. you hear it often that the u.s.-japan alliance, the friendship, the most important in the asia-pacific. he is also likely to reflect on what it feels like to be out there on that memorial. it's very still. and you can smell the oil.
you can see the oil if the wind is right, in the water. there are more than 900 of those sailors still entombed there. it's an emotional and poignant moment. i expect part of his remarks to reflect in that way. >> it seems unlikely we'll hear an apology from prime minister abe, right? >> no, we are not going to hear an apology from prime minister abe. we asked that last night in the press briefing. we should not expect an apology. instead, they stressed he wanted to offer condolences and his prayers, but his speech will be a forward-looking one. i will remind our viewers that that's pretty much how president obama approached his speech in may in hiroshima. he didn't offer an apology but talked about the friendship that's developed and the need to avoid the ravages of war. i don't expect we'll hear that from prime minister abe when he speaks a few minutes from now.
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welcome back to "the lead." the world lead now. new information on the movements of the berlin terrorist as he dodged authorities in three different countries in the hours after mowing down dozens of people at a packed christmas market. italian police have released a screen cap of a closed circuit video that they say shows the attacker at the milan train station on friday sometime before police there identified him, shot and killed him. cnn reporter chris burns joins me now with the latest live from berlin. chris, what else are we learning about the terrorist? >> reporter: well, jake, here at the christmas market that was hit more than a week ago, people still coming to pay respects. as this investigation goes on, we are hearing from authorities now in tunisia that they have arrested five more people. that's the native country of the man who crashed into the market
monday last week, killing a dozen people and injuring more than 50. he -- there were five more arrests connected to anti terrorists. there were three before that including one of the nephews of anis amri. we're hearing more from the interior ministry there about how he had been asking his nephew to actually kill another uncle of that nephew. and as well as, of course, asking this nephew to pledge his allegiance to isis. german authorities over here are continui continuing their searches and also the french authorities have come up with a video. what we're seeing is that he went from berlin, somehow got to leon. they have video surveillance of anis amri in leon. we have the italians showing him on the video in millan after which he was killed in a gun
fight with police. there are still a hot of holes. they say in germany we need more video surveillance. 60% of germans believe there should be more video surveillance. but there is also the question about privacy. >> there are calls for more than just increased video surveillance, right? >> reporter: yes. as a matter of fact, chancellor angela merkel's center right group, the cdu/csu have a shopping list they'd like to push through the bundeslag that includes more video surveillance and reregistering with iris scans and fingerprints all of the asylum seekers. they'd like the entire eu to register in that way all of the immigrants coming into europe. imagine what a job that would be. and also, there are some 550 considered terror threats,
people who are terror threats, in germany, and the cdu/csu would like to put electronic ankle bracelets on every single one of them. >> thank you so much. north korean leader kim jong un has a major and ominous new year's resolution. he wants his country to finish developing nuclear weapons in 2017. a diplomat who recently defected made the revelation saying there is not enough money in the world to convince the ruthless leader to give up his nuclear weapon ambitions. bringing in cnn correspondent barbara starr. what can the u.s. and incoming president trump do about this if anything? >> very little, jake. that's the assessment right now. it was several weeks ago, in fact, that the director of national intelligence, the top intelligence officer in the u.s., james clapper, said it really didn't do any good, north korea was committed to its nuclear program and it was a losing proposition to try to
make them change their mind. what this is saying is that kim jong un not interested in money, not interested in economic or financial concessions. he is full-bore aimed at trying to develop a working nuclear weapons program that could attack the united states someday, and he wants to have it done by the end of next year. within the next 12 months. trump may have to deal with this. and his options may be very limited. if he can't convince the north koreans in concessions, he could sanction china, which is said to be supporting the north koreans in this effort. that's unlikely to settle the region. he could order military action, but nobody knows how kim jong un might react to that. >> barbara, we know kim jong un wants to complete the nuclear weapons development program by the end of 2017. how are u.s. officials assessing the likelihood of the north koreans accomplishing that? >> he has a couple of technical hurdles he still has to get
over. one of them is called reentry. what it means is he has got the missile. he is pretty close to having a warhead. he can launch all of that. but after you launch that, that missile has to come back down into the earth's atmosphere, reenter. so it can strike a target. his people have not, by all accounts, mastered that yet. this is what the u.s. intelligence community is watching very closely, where does -- is that point at which north korea crosses the line, has a working weapon, and what do you do about it. jake. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. thank you very much. still ahead. a 96-year-old world war ii veteran who just got one of the biggest surprises of his life thanks to a superstar. stay with us.
welcome back to "the lead." turning to our health lead now. president obama signed the sweeping bipartisan 21st century cures act into law earlier this month, one day before the fourth anniversary of the sandy hook elementary school shooting. a painful reminder to us all. 20 young children senselily slaughtered by a young man with deteriorating mental health as well as sixteenagers. the law paves the way to address mental illness. joining me now is one of the lawmakers who worked so hard on the 21st century cures act. republican congressman tim
murphy. also the author of "overcoming passive aggression" which has been rereleased with a brand-new edition. good to see you. i want to get to your book and to the cures act but first about carrie fisher because she was so outspoken when it came to destigmatizing her struggles with mental health issues. here is a clip from her just a few years ago on the "today" show. >> you say there is still a stigma and you don't quite understand why. >> i don't get it. if you're manic depressive and you are living with it, it takes balls or the female equivalent. and, you know, it's -- people make fun of it or don't want anyone to know. man, i don't care. it's like a war story. >> people who talk about alcohol and drug addiction talk about it's a daily struggle. are you in a daily struggle with depression and bipolar disorder? >> if i am, it's going on right now. >> could you come here tomorrow and i look and go she is completely different today? >> it's not that fast, but it could happen. it's weather.
it's -- these are moods that happen independently of what's going on in your life. so it's pretty freaky. >> that's one of the reasons so many millions of people around the world admired her, for how outspoken she was. why do you think people are so reluctant to talk about mental health issues still? >> one of the major reasons is you can't get help for it. so oftentimes when you have a breakdown, crisis, you end up in jail or lying in an emergency room bed for hours and hours. people don't want to talk about it. it's the old cultural thing. what carrie fisher did that's so important. she outlined it's okay to talk about it and push for those things. very courageous. her life was a story of what happens to someone. her life with addiction, trying to self-medicate. people with mental illness tend to die 15 to 20 years earlier than the rest of the population. we need to continue to treat this and not run away. >> talk about your mental health legislation that you and your
colleagues worked on. you started working on it after the sandy hook shooting. is there anything in the bill that would have stopped either the sandy hook shooting or anything like that? any incident where somebody with mental health issues got their hands on a weapon. >> the key features is, if someone is getting help, you reduce the likelihood. a-mile-an-hour with serious mental illness in treatment is 26 times less likely to be violent than someone not in treatment. it was hard for him to get treatment. some of those facts died with the mother's death too. there is a 100,000 bed shortage for people with mental illness. they're often discharged and not getting help. they're not getting medication. 70% of psychotropic drugs are prescribed by non-psychiatrists. we address increasing the number of beds and increasing the number of psychologists and
psychologists. increasing the doctor-patient space between doctor and parents. there are a lot of things we're pushing out there. we didn't get everything we needed but we needed everything we got. it's a major step in moving mental health treatment forward. >> talk about the book. are you giving this out to your colleagues on capitol hill? >> i have given them out to house leadership. i said that's the mother's milk of how people work in congress. it is an insipid problem that happens in politics. we can smile at one and say, boy, you're my friend and in the meantime trying to undo what they're doing. look at all the fake news meant to hurt or destroy someone. your field is like that just as mine is too. we recognize it can destroy relationships. people probably saw a lot of it when relatives came over and continued on years-long battles. >> what's the biggest mental
health -- not using it in the pejorative sense but the biggest mental health challenge you see in public life, whether it's media, politics? what is the thing that people do that is unhealthy on a prescription level for the likes of you? you are a licensed physician. >> oftentimes what we do worse is we do lousy communication. we are not aware of how we come across. we steam-roll over people. we are not very clear in our message, oftentimes not clear in ourselves. that leads to unnecessary stress. an additional thing we have in society now. much less sleep so we end up with sleep disorders. we try to hide from trauma. we're building more things on top of each other there. the fact that it's been so hard to get help, jake. you have been a great outspoken voice in that. i appreciate it. the country appreciates that. until we have more providers out there and until people feel more willing to talk about these things it's still a disease without treatment. but we know treatment works. >> new year's resolution for both of us.
do a story about ptsd because i know that's an issue you work very hard on. >> thank you. president obama and prime minister abe of japan are at pearl harbor where they just participated in an historic wreath laying ceremony at the "uss arizona" memorial. abe is the first japanese prime minister to visit that memorial. let's take a look.
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taylor swift playing for cyrus porter. his wildest dreams came true over the holidays. a surprise visit the day after christmas from his favorite singer. he was diagnosed with cancer last year. he has been to her concerts before. he wanted to see her perform again. he didn't know she was coming to his own living room. his family was pretty excited. [ cheers and screams ] >> she took time to hold a baby, looked at newspaper clippings about porter's army service and left a lipstick stain on the veteran's cheek. on to more sad news, the author of the beloved english children's book "watership down" has died. richard adams was 96. he was persuaded to write down the bedtime story he told them about rabbits who banded together to search for a better
life. some readers saw deeper things in the book about religion, faith and exile and the brutality of life. he insisted it was a story he made up to amuse his young daughters. richard adams, rest in peace. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i turn it over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." may the force be with you. happening now, breaking news. iconic star, actress carrie fisher, known and beloved around the world for her role as princess leia in the "star wars" movies died today. tributes pouring in from celebrities and her many fans. russia's role. president-elect donald trump continues to dismiss the role to russia's cyber hacking played in the presidential election. but republicans john mccain and lindsey graham say the entire u.s. senate disagrees with trump. i'll speak with him in an exclusive interview. and alliance of hope.