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thanks for starting our morning with us. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. let's hold on the this music if we can until the show starts. 2016 goes out with a bang. the president makes a controversial claim that sets off his successor. >> i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if i had run again and articulated it, i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> could obama have taken down trump? trump says that question will stay unanswered. >> he called me. we had a very, very good talk generally about things. we talked about it. smiled about it. >> and the obama administration
isn't leaving 1600 pennsylvania avenue quietly, including a hard-line with an old ally. >> here is a fundamental reality. if the choice is one state, israel can either be jewish or democratic, it cannot be both. >> and payback for vladimir putin's election year meddling, but will a president trump reverse all of obama's december decisions? "inside politics," the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics" on the first day of the new year. i'm sitting in for john king. who could have predicted we would begin 2017 with a throw back to the cold war or president-elect trump praising a great move by a very smart vladimir putin. it started when president obama hit russia with sanctions what
the u.s. government calls cyber attacks. on thursday the u.s. ordered 35 russian diplomats to leave the country, demanded the russians close two compounds and sanctioned russian spy agencies individuals and companies the u.s. government says were involved in the hacking. in a statement president obama also said that his administration will do more and all of those puts winishmenpunie made public. here to share their insights is our panel. president obama's move to punish russia for meddling in the election are a two written sentence statement from president-elect donald trump. it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. nev nevertheless, in the interest of
our country and its great people, i will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation. >> the whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on. we have speed. we have a lot of other things. but i'm not sure we have the kind of security you need. >> karen, remarkable to see an incoming republican president seeming to reluctantly want to have an intelligence briefing in seeming so far to say there's nothing to see here when it comes to russia and putin. how did we get here >> well he talks about moving on to bigger and better things. i don't know how you get much bigger than this. this is a new form of warfare. it is something -- how did we get here? one question is why we haven't gotten here sooner. this is something that's been going on for at least nine years
since russia hack ed estonia. it will be a major geopolitical issue going forward. donald trump deciding after these sanctions that he's going to hear from intelligence community is significant in two ways. it's possible that this will give him a way to sort of recalibrate on this, to say he has new information to quit poo-pooing the intelligence. the other thing it could be a reset in his relationship with the intelligence community which he has also been sort of dismissing. >> if there's any doubt about how he feels about putin, at least, he teethed on friday, trump did, great move on delay by vladimir putin. i always knew he was very smart. because, of course, putin, the expectation was that putin would respond in kind, maybe eject
some u.s. diplomats. he didn't do that. matt, what's your sense of how long trump's stance towards putin, some might call it a bromance, how long can he maintain that? >> i think we're set up for a clash very early in trump's administration with john mccain, lindsey graham, people on the hill ready to challenge trump on some of his rhetoric on russia. so i think they are setting that up as a test of powers, really. within the republican party too. the other thing going back to his intelligence briefings, he has been briefed on these things. for a while. he's had the opportunity to be briefed even more. and the way that his statement came across it was as if he was doing us a favor by taking those briefings when it's an obligation of the president to take those briefings. so i think that's another thing that he'll be challenged more with in his respect of the intelligence community.
>> it's not even going to wait until he's inaugurated. john mccain this week has a hearing that will begin looking into this. rex tillerson will have his confirmation hearings. one of the first questions he'll get is about this issue of hacking and because he has such a close relationship with vladimir putin. so before trump takes the oath of office there will be a debate within his own party and this isn't a partisan issue. let's make that clear. but in terms of what he's saying and what you heard republicans saying last week, saying that there were too few sanctions, too little, too late. paul ryan, mitch mcconnell, most republicans who were hawks were saying that. so they are talking past each other and at some point they are going to have to meet. >> lindsey graham has been very much out front, john mccain as well. here's what graham had to say. >> we believe the russians did this. we'll have hearings.
we'll put sanctions something to hit putin and his inner circle for interfering in our elections. they are doing it all over the world not just the united states. >> it will be hard for trump to maintain this idea that this is a partisan witch-hunt, if you will, that is what he's said, that's what some of his aides has said when it's republicans who are leading the charge and certainly democrats will join. >> i love the phone behind lindsey graham. it was amazing. you know, i do think, though, the idea that the trump transition team goes to politics first, you know i heard kellyanne conway earlier this week say that it was politic, you know, she's hoping it's not politics from president obama but has seen that before. there are ways to win elections and there are elections and there are also things that are facts and as matt was talking about with president-elect trump being able to take daily intelligence briefings and kind of setting those aside saying
they are repetitive and now saying he'll meet with them to be updated on facts. there are only two people right now who could push back against the intelligence community and say open up the documents, show me everything you got. if you're skeptical between donald trump and barack obama the only two people who could do that right now and passing up that opportunity seems strange. >> and one of the things we also saw this week in terms of the contrast between this administration and the incoming administration, on foreign policy, was on israel and john kerry the outgoing secretary of state commented on two state solution. here's what he had to say. >> despite our best efforts over the years, the two state solution is now in serious jeopardy. friends need to tell each other the hard truths and friendships require mutual respect. >> matt, you have covered john kerry.
why did he give this speech? some people saw it as in some ways a eulogy for the two state solution and also about his legacy as well, john kerry's legacy. >> i interviewed him two weeks ago and it was very clear even this this was much on his mind, exiting the administration, seeing tends of his career in office. and i think what led him here feeling the two state solution was slipping away and they wanted to do something to put this back on the agenda and he got ridiculed in congress. but talking to the state department they feel comfortable they put this back on the radar where israel and its settlement policy is very much in the news, in israel there's a fierce debate going on right now and internationally there is. so they are about to give up the
reign reins of the state department and rex tillerson if confirmed will go in a different direction with israel but they set it up. >> certainly signaled that trump's nominee for ambassador to israel is very -- >> friedman. >> the hinge point of u.s.-israeli relations and u.s. involvement in the middle east peace process and that speech is the hint. >> maybe you wouldn't have seen as strong a comment from secretary kerry if hillary clinton had won election, let's say, because you have such a stark difference as karen is pointing out in policy between what barack obama has done and what donald trump wants to do as far as a two state solution or mid east peace that i think the obama administration and people like john kerry want to point out this has been fairly consistent 40 years of policy to say they are against settlement expansion. and that jerusalem should be,
you know, is up for some negotiation for who runs which parts. you know, i think the obama administration wants to put a stamp on that and go out legacy wise to say, you know, this is breaking with u.s. precedent over the last 40 years. >> you have to say, you know john kerry better than i do, but this also was very personal speech. very emotional speech for john kerry. so as much as it was a legacy play this also was kerry's legacy in a speech he wouldn't have had to give had hillary clinton won and if i'm remembering correctly he wanted to give this speech earlier and they said no, no, they put it off because they thought hillary clinton would win. you're seeing this in real-time calibration from the obama administration trying to rush and hurry to get everything done that they thought would be golden. >> you'll see, matt, like lin congress some efforts to undo
trump's -- obama's legacy even on this u.n. resolution, congress slipping in to slap this down and sort of say they don't agree with this u.n. sanctioning or u.n. vote on israel. >> yeah. i think that's very much in play. funding for u.n. and things like that are under threat. to jackie's point i do think there was a personal aspect about this for john kerry. he spent the first year in office as secretary of state trying to get these two parties together, you know, do don quixote-like. but he path lot on the line to get them together. the last few weeks he talked about the ripeness of diplomacy and very frustrated that the conditions were there, that he felt like to give these parties to talk but he couldn't force them to come to the table. >> jackie, trump has talked about the israeli-palestinian
conflict resolving it and it would be his ultimate deal, if he was able to do that. what would that look like? do we know? >> no. it wasn't too long ago he said he was neutral in the dispute which obviously can you not be. particularly when you're a world leader. i don't think we know that. i don't think we know that yet. a lot depends on his ambassador. but what his ambassador is supporting right now sort of negates -- if he decides to support settlements, if they move the embassy to jerusalem this will be a nonstarter on the other side. so we'll have to see. there are a lot of open questions on what his policies will be because he didn't start with any. it was sort of -- made it up as he went along. >> up next trump's economic mantra. i did that. the good news the president-elect says belongs to him and why he claims there's much more to come.
but first a politician say the darnest thing flashback. when then candidate trump met toddler trump. >> what's your name? >> name. >> now, he's supposed to look like donald trump but he's actually much too good looking. you are really handsome. where's your daddy? and your mommy, right? you want to go back. do you want to go back to them or do you want to stay with donald trump? >> donald.
president-elect donald trump hasn't even taken office yet but he claims the country can already see and feel what some of his aides have called the trump effect on the economy. there was this tweet monday, the world was gloomy before i won. there was no hope. now the market is up nearly 10% and christmas spending is over a trillion dollars. then this on tuesday, the u.s.
consumer confidence index for december surged near lie four points to 113.7. the highest level in more than 15 years. thanks donald. on wednesday the president-elect announced he was personally responsible for bringing 5,000 jobs back to the u.s. >> i was just called by the head people at sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the united states. taking it from other countries. they are bringing them back to the united states. one web, a new company will be hiring 3,000 people. that's very exciting. >> so, if you look beneath the headlines and beneath what he's saying there in that press conference, this was a deal that was made in october. it really doesn't have anything to do with trump. >> he had already announced -- it was basically based on a japanese bank's financing that he had already taken credit for once. he was double counting. >> seems to be good for the
companies to get these kinds of headlines and certainly good for donald trump even if it's not quite true. >> what it really speaks to is he's promised change. he's promised progress. he'll be under a lot of pressure to produce it in very tangible ways. it's going to be his effort and i think we'll see this every day, him getting up and sort of pointing to something tangible, however small, however, you know, tangental to whatever he's doing and to give people the sense that things are changing, that they are moving in a way that these big broad economic statistics as barack obama learned the hard way don't. >> don't really tell the story and obama was never very good at selling even when there was relatively good economic news he would sort of say there's still more work to be done. >> this approach makes a lot of sense from a brand marketing standpoint. like we were talking about, when barack obama took office, you know, they pointed to a lot of
economic statistics to say how things have improved or changed. people don't really feel or get that. they understand carrier because they might have heating or air conditioning unit or understand a bank name because they might be there or not. so that's what trump is trying to do. it's incumbent on us look below the surface, make sure those things that add up whether or not they go to real statistics and do wind up going to make real improvements. i think it's important to have a sensitivity benchmarks from 2009 when barack obama took office to 2017 when donald trump takes office and maintain some consistency for comparative sake. >> what kind of bench marks, jackie, for trump should we be looking at. he doesn't come in promising a certain number of jobs. he's only said that he would be the best job creator that god ever created i think is what he said. he's talked about growth as well, promising maybe as high as 6% growth. what are the metrics here? >> checking the facts carefully,
it's going to be very important. you mentioned carrier. he was inflating the numbers of carrier and we know that because i spoke to a work who are said that's not the number that's coming. so that's going to be critical. but in terms of benchmarks and he's talked about manufacturing. manufacturing coming back. he's talked about infrastructure. he's going to need congress' help with that. >> bringing the coal industry back as well. >> look at the industries he's spot lighted which a lot of this is gone because of globalization. >> right. >> globalization. >> we've been wrong in the past. maybe key do it. >> beyond globalization which he has spent a lot of time blaming that on trade, the majority of manufacturing jobs that have been lost have been lost to automation. >> right. >> productivity has gone up -- >> which is difficult to reverse. >> but also some of the trade policies that he's talked about could actually hurt some of his
goals. things like auto parts. they are not manufactured in the united states. american cars -- american cars are put together here but the parts come from somewhere else. he could be shooting himself in the foot with these other policies he's talking about implementing. he has to find a balance. >> one thing he's talking about and instagramed this on thursday kind of a slogan, i guess. he said my administration will follow two simple rules, buy american and hire american. matt, what do we think that actually looks like in terms of a policy? is it about, you know, he only has american products in the white house or in these different agencies, american tvs, whatever it is? >> he won't have ivanka trump's products in the white house. his own things are made overseas. as a businessman he made decisions and his daughter whose businesses are successful by some standards have, you know, relied on overseas manufacturing, overseas labor to make those products.
so i think, you know, he's talked about apple, for example. apple has huge manufacturing facilities in china. and does he penalize apple somehow and force them, to you know, levy some tariffs. >> some of his businesses filed to bring foreign workers here. >> hire american, buy american both sound like great slogans but how does he deliver on that. that's what we're talking about. that's something that you have to, you know, hold him to account for. how do you bring those jobs back that you're suddenly promising and how do you get people then to hire folks. sean it non-union labor, for example? that's one thing that democrats have been worried about when you watch the increase in car manufacturing, for example in a place like alabama. >> one of the things we're also waiting for him to talk about is his businesses, how he's going to extricate himself from those businesses and be more transparent. here's what he had to say.
>> not a big deal. you people are making it a big deal, the business. number one, when i won they all knew i had a big business all over the place. in fact, i reported it with the federal elections. it's a much bigger business than anybody thought. it's a great business. but i'm going to have nothing to do with it. i don't have to. because, as you know, i wouldn't have to do that bylaw but i do want to do that because i want to focus on the country. >> what's the hold up in terms of this press conference. it was promised december 15th and then his aides said it was complicated. even though in that clip he said it's simple. what's your sense? what's the hold up? >> they want to make sure all the is are dotted and ts are crossed. this is complicated. hopefully they will have a press conference. there's a lot of questions. >> he hasn't had a press conference. >> yeah. >> he's taken questions but that's very different than a
rainbows and butterflies between these two. it all started with this on monday. >> 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 mobilizeed a majority of the american people to rally behind it. i know in conversations that i've had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one. >> what's obama really saying there? if he ran against trump he thinks he would have won. not every day a sitting president makes a comment like that. this was essentially trash talking, right? some people say it wasn't necessa necessary. >> a lnd i think it's largely
academic. this is about obama's legacy. he wants it to be seen as a repudiation of hillary clinton and the campaign she ran. so, i mean i think that is where we're seeing the trash talking. and it's striking, really, the way that, you know, trump seems to be under mining obama a lot or trying to from the sidelines and you wonder whether in a couple of months it's will be role reversal. >> trump did not take too kindly to this. he tweeted out, doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory president o. statements and road blocks. thought it was going smooth transition. not. in some ways this is a reversion to form. these folks didn't like each other initially. then they were friends.
what's your sense? >> if that was the best company do in disregarding it's not very good and i think it's a preview of what lies ahead. i mean donald trump always is reacting to what is the last thing that was said about donald trump. but barack obama seems to have a pretty good talent for getting under his skin. and it would be a very unusual role for an ex-president to play. they usually kind of just fade off, but given that the democratic party is sort of leaderless at this point, this may be the preview of a buddy moving not. >> but obama did seem to know, right, that if he just called trump and maybe said, bro chill out or whatever he may have said this is what trump had to say about that phone call. >> our staffs are getting along very well and i'm getting along very well with him other than a couple of statements that i responded to. we talked about it. we smiled about it.
and nobody is ever going to know because we'll never be going against each other in that way. but it was a great conversation. >> where are things now between these two? >> this is a very delicate thing for president obama try to figure out. knows that he's probably best used if he can get in donald trump's ear. so you know that if your, as karen said nice to him and say something complimentary as the last thing he's heard he's more likely to take your call. at the same time donald trump doesn't like wooses. he doesn't like people who always kiss his butt, so to speak, getting him food or bowing down. he likes people that can mix it up. you saw that crinkle in his eye, a little bit of a smile when he said aside from a couple of statements here and there. i think it's an interesting line to walk. as long as it doesn't get too
personal i think president obama is trying to figure out a way to show that he's tough. >> jackie, this is personal? right? here is donald trump who ran as the anti-obama and is poised to roll back much of what obama has been able to do. >> of course, it's personal. this quickly becomes not about president obama and how trump reacts to other people. to world leaders that might not like him. to members of congress who don't like him. how he reacts to them and how he sort of like takes a punch and moves on. this could be a major distraction during his administration if he doesn't kind of get a handle on this. need to punch back for every single thing. because this could cause an international incident. it's not out of the realm of possibility. >> going back and forth, trump and obama in terms of this relationship, enemies, sort of friends and then frenemies and
this is a snippet of what this relationship has been like. >> mr. president it was a great honor being with you and i look forward to being with you many more times. >> president obama who by the way i've gotten along with so well -- no, no he's doing great. he's been so nice. >> i've shared previously private conversations i've had with president-elect. i will say that they have been cordial regardless of obvious deep disagreements about policy. maybe i can transmit some thoughts about maintaining the effectiveness, integrity, cohesion of the office. matt, that is all post-election. where do you see this going? obama seems to, again, see himself as something of a trump
whisperer, but also trump seems to be antagonized by obama's move to seize on his legacy on any number of things whether it's banning on drilling, whether it's rolling back some of the infrastructure in place where you can track muslim and arab men. where do we see this going? >> i think it's interesting -- there's not like a strong ideological core to him. >> which is what obama said, he's a pragmatist. obama believes put him in a room for 30 minutes he'll convince them to their side. you see that aspect of president obama believing he can influence president-elect trump on the merits of his health care plan, you know, or trying to win him over. which i don't know -- trump is so unpredictable you don't know that. i think that's what leads
president obama trying have a relatively seamless transition but also trying to convince him, you know, to keep intact as much of his policy prescriptions as he can. >> jackie, we'll see obama go to this, meet with democrats about obamacare on thursday. >> i do wonder what kind of reception he'll get because he's someone who hasn't made congress a priority. he hasn't -- >> the party. >> -- over his last eight years. just at the end there did he start kicking in and trying to get -- trying to make up, i guess, for lost time. that will be really interesting, in addition to him trying to save obamacare. be interesting to see how democrats in that room receive a man who led them the last eight years in a lot of ways hung them out the dry. >> what are you looking for in terms of middle easting with trump that obama will have in terms will we see more moves for him trying to secure his legacy on any number of items? >> democrats have a real choice to make on where they stand in
the way and try to with republicans or try to work with them. so, you know, you might expect the president try to pick out some areas that are really important to him, to tell democrats that they need to try to protect in whatever way that they can and choose their battles and lay out a prescription for here are some things he wants him to do. also what he might do post-presidency because he's been talking about recruit some talent to lead the new democratic party. >> maybe look at gerrymandering, redistricting, working with eric holder on that. we'll have to see. coming up president-elect trump's inauguration inconspiraciation possibly a bit of jfk? >> my fellow americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> but who else is trump
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president-elect donald trump takes the oval office in just 19 days and those close to trump said he spent some of this week writing his inaugural address. our historian met with trump and found out trump wants to keep his speech short but impactful. could the incoming commander-in-chief be taking a page from his past playbooks like this moment at the republican convention. >> nobody knows the system better than me.
which is why i alone can fix it. >> the hand motion there, always fun to look at those. trump also expert at sound bites but it's also true, i think, a lot of inaugural addresses aren't necessarily that memorable. what does he need to do in this speech? what are your expecting. it will be interesting to see if he can avoid verbal ticks for instance putting in believe me at the end of every line. there are actually memorable lines, as, you know, you played earlier, john f. kennedy was, you know, ask not what you can do. but, you know, you don't get the sense trump will be summoning the country to a greater purpose. the inaugural thing is just taking shape. we don't have a lot of details. we already know where you might have expected an over the top production from donald trump he's talking about -- he's only going to have two inaugural
balls plus the military ball. >> obama had ten. >> bill clinton had close to a dozen. he's hoping to get the parade down to an hour. you do get the sense, you know, surprisingly, that donald trump doesn't seem to be that invested in all the hoopla around this and beyond that you're going to have a whole lot of protesters in the city as sort of the backdrop. >> one of the folks that he's looking at is reagan. his speech. reagan, kennedy and nixon. here is one of the more memorable lines from reagan's inaugural address, the first one. >> government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem. all of us need be reminded that the federal government did not create the states. the states created the federal government. >> matt, it seems to be that one of the reasons that trump is
looking to reagan, looking to n kenne kennedy, less to nixon, kennedy was a fresh incoming president and reagan had the whole morning in america as a candidate incoming as a president. can he summon that? does he have that in him to be more optimistic? >> it's interesting. his mode of speech, you know, he does have memorable lines but he's not eloquent by traditional standards. at one point in the campaign i analyzed their speech level and what grade level they are speaking of. donald trump by far was speaking the a fourth grade level. you appeal to more people. speak northrop grumman people. john f. kennedy, ronald reagan are speak at an 11th grade level. they are speaking at more eloquent terms. you can't expect trump to take
on that type of language and rhetorical skill but you can expect him to have lines that try to appeal to broad swaths of the country. >> you wonder how optimistic this speech will be. you remember the convention speech you wanted to hide under your bed. it was very dark. he has the same people working on this speech. he said he's writing a lot himself but also steven miller who is one of jeff sessions close aides is also working on it. if he puts in levity and light. >> post-election he tried have that unifying message to say this is something that the country needs to do to be able to come together. we know he'll keep it short because doesn't want to be out there in the cold for that long. >> maybe it will be a sunny day. >> maybe a sunny day but january in washington, d.c. he wants to keep it short by
historical standards. william harrison gave an hour and 45 minute speech in a snowstorm and a month later dead of pneumonia. >> this topic came up with douglas brinkley and donald trump when they were chatting. president obama was at pearl harbor, met with the japanese prime minister and seemed to be talking to trump in some ways in some of his statements. this is what he had to say. >> this is the enduring truth of this hadllowed harbor. even when hatred burns hottest, when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal we must resist the urge to turn inward. we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different. >> karen, obama also set to give
some sort of farewell address at some point. is this a preview of what we might hear from him? said message to trump? how do you see that? >> i think it's a framing device for his own presidency as much as anything. it's always difficult for a president when he goes out of office and the country has decided to turn the page. not only -- especially after hillary clinton ran very explicitly as continuing obama's legacy and the country went in a different direction. we'll hear him framing his own presidency. he'll get the biggest book deal in history as well to give himself another shot at it. >> jackie, congress getting to work next week. and really trying to figure out what they are going to do. what do you think is on their agenda starting tomorrow? >> the two marquise events will be this meeting obama has with
the democrats and mccain kicking off the cyber hearings this week. that's what everybody will be talking about. and continue to talk about. throughout this period where before trump is sworn in until the confirmation hearings start which is the week after next. >> i think sessions on the 10th. >> and the 11th. >> matt, how do you see obama, how successful do you see him being in terms of securing parts of his legacy when he's got a congress that is going to work against him starting tomorrow, and then, obviously, this incoming president. >> i think it's going to be tough, you know. i think what we've alluded to a couple of times but just, the democratic party right now not necessarily having one leader. they are in position very much like republicans were in 2009 where they united fairly strongly against everything that obama stood for and i don't know
how the democrats will necessarily do that and you have a sense that trump, to borrow a phrase the clintons with t triangulate. i think it will be hard for obama to hold on to -- at least his legislative accomplishments. cultural there are aspects of his legacy that he can point to. >> the symbolism. >> the legislative pieces will be more difficult. >> next up the reporters share from their notebooks including if we'll see a commander-in-chief shift as trump goes from president-elect to president.
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each week "inside politics" brings you a bit of tomorrow's news today as our reporters share a tidbit or a scoop they are hearing from their source. let's find out what stories have caught their eye for 2017. >> donald trump and change. he's a radical departure from just about anything we've seen in modern politics. so 2017 to me will be marked by change. and sort of him taking over these things like estate dinner, the white house correspondent's dinner. the press conferences. tweeting. his relationship with congress. i think he's so unconventional and taking over an office that's steeped in tradition.
so the question is how much will he conform to these offices and how much will he up end them. and we saw a little bit of both during his transition and barack obama also transformational figure found out how hard it was actually to change this town .think the story for me watching 2017 is donald trump and can he change. >> how much change can he bring. jackie >> republicans very quickly made them a force to be reckoned with and could not be ignored. can democrats do the same in 2017? who is going to emerge as the leader of that effort? they are about to watch everything they hold near and dear either changed or dismantled entirely. how hard are they going to fight and will they be effective in getting their way on anything. >> they didn't think they would be in this position. >> matt mentioned change and trump and change. i look at white house changes.
reince priebus chief of staff and the new press secretary have promised different changes to the protocol at the white house and haven't been specific what they will wind up doing. things like press conferences and assigned seating which sounds kind of arcane, but actually started in 1981 as a way for administrations both republican and democratic to not show favoritism or an appearance of favoritism towards any specific reporters but what's gotten under the skin of some of the trump transition officials is that they think that a lot of reporters do a lot of show boating in the white house. mostly tv reporters. look if npr gets more questions i'm okay with it. >> karen, what about you >> i don't know. after two solid years of politic, politic, politics, i'm in mood for policy. so i'm anxious to see what repeal and replace obamacare actually looks like. do the republicans have a plan?
will they be able to come up with a plan that can actually cover all these people who 20 million or so who have gotten benefits under it, but also can the democrats face up to the fact that there have been some problems in affordability, in the scope of coverage in obamacare as it stands. is the fact that 20 million people could be losing benefits, is that going to be enough to finally actually for the two parties to sit down at the table and talk policy? >> that is -- we'll see. thanks very much for spending the first day of 2017 with us. john will be back at the anchor desk this tuesday for "inside politics" at noon. "state of the union" with jake tapper is next. what's the best way to get
new year, new president. >> you'll be so proud of your president. you'll be so proud. >> with just days until his inauguration what do we know about how trump will run the country? plus advise and consent. what capitol hill will and will not work on with trump. >> speaker paul ryan, he's been terrific. if he ever goes against me i'm not going say that. >> top members of congress will be here with insights on 2017 agenda. and moving day. >> michele and i only get an