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president obama defending his legacy as president-elect donald trump vows to repeal his policies. and trump says he knows things others don't. questioning the reports that the russian government meddled in the election. what does he know and what will he say? a manhunt under way. the man responsible for killing at least 39 people and injuring dozens in istanbul still on the loose and breaking news.
isis claiming responsibility. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. donald trump is back in new york city. just 18 days left until mr. trump's inauguration. his white house spokesperson making clear his administration is going to have a fast start. sean spicer will undo big chunks of the predecessor's works. >> he will sign a number of executive orders. repeal the regulations taken by the administration that have hampered economic growth and job creation. he will implement things and bring a new brand to washington and start a lobbying ban. >> sean spicer not specifying what trump will repeal.
something mr. trump was vocal about of president obama's sanctions against russia imposed in response to the hacking of u.s. elections. president-elect stepping out before party at mar-a-lago. claiming he knows things other people don't know about the hacking. cnn's ryan nobles has the latest from mar-a-lago. >> reporter: john and christine, this week will be filled with meetings at trump tower and an intelligence briefing to learn more about the russian hacking. donald trump continues to downplay the intelligence community conclusion that the russian government is behind the hack. this is by both democrats and republicans who have been briefed and describe the evidence as overwhelming. during the holiday at mar-a-lago, he remains skeptical of the overall assessment. >> i want them to be sure.
it is a serious charge. i want them to be sure. if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, they were wrong. it is unfair if they don't know. i know a lot about hacking. hacking is a very hard thing to prove. it could be somebody else. i also know things that other people don't know. they cannot be sure of the situation. >> what do you know that other people don't know? >> you will find out on tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: in addition to the trump private briefing, we would learn more about the alleged hack during the hearing of the senate armed services committee. republican john mccain who has a different view than the president-elect called for the briefing. trump has just three weeks to go to round out his staff. there are a few major cabinet positions open. including the secretary of veterans affairs and secretary of agriculture. john and christine. >> overnight, 35 russian
diplomats expelled by the united states. landed in moscow according to russian media. they were ordered to leave in retaliation for russia cyber meddling. tomorrow, the nation's 115th congress will gavel in session. republican leaders are vowing to get to work almost immediately to rollback obamacare. democrats are trying to fight back including the nation's current senior democrat. president obama will visit capitol hill on wednesday for a rare joint meeting with democrats from the house and senate to try to create prop protectio protections. donald trump was asked about the meetings over the weekend. >> he is president until january 20th. and after that, it's our turn. we'll see what happens. he has to protect what he wants to do and perhaps you can say his legacy. you know, if you look at
obamacare where in many cases, over 100% increases, it is unaffordable. it doesn't work. bill clinton said it. maybe he shouldn't have said it during the campaign. he said it. it is unaffordable. it doesn't work. it has been crazy. >> obamacare doesn't just touch those, all have felt the effects. what would dismantling mean for you? 58 million americans would be uninsured by 2019. fewer people may enroll after the tax credits that help pay for premiums disappear. that means tax bump for many low and middle class households. with those with work-based insurance could see a rising cost. the average family pays $4400 less. seniors pay $700 less. obamacare introduced cost saving measures like free preventive care. republicans have promised to keep that last measure in place.
the pre-existing conditions. no detailed replacement plan yet. advocate s worry. president obama will spend the next few weeks to frame his legacy. touting job growth and access to health care and fewer troops overseas. president obama concluded that tweet storm by writing it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your president. i look forward to standing with you as a citizen. happy new year. with the inauguration fast approaching, battle lines drawn in congress before the session begins. in the senate, confirmation fights are shaping up. democrats complaining the nominees have not submitted materials they have requested. senate democrats say the nomi e nominees should not get hearings until paper work is in.
jeff sessions has omitted years of speeches and more of the tens of thousands of pages he submitted. they are calling for his hearing to be delayed. in the house, republicans are set to condemn the handling of the vote on the israelis settlements in the west bank. finding members who break rules of decorum of those streaming live video on the house floor which democrats did last year. breaking news. isis claiming responsibility for the nightclub attack in istanbul. it injured 39 people. one american identified overnight by the state department as william jacob raak. cnn's ian lee is live in istanbul with the latest. i ian, the new claim of responsibility.
>> reporter: we just got this n few minutes ago. isis tweeting this out. it says that the attack was carried out by one of the soldiers against a popular nightclub while christians celebrating the holiday. it is important to note that many people killed and injured in the nightclub were muslims celebrating the new year. they also said that the government of turkey should know that the blood of muslims who get killed by the planes will be set afire in their own country. recently, turkey has been on the offensive against isis in the city of al baab. we cannot independently verify this claim. nor has isis given details about the individual who carried it out. there is a massive manhunt going on. the prime minister confident
they will catch him saying the strong coordination with the security services. >> 39 people dead, ian, in the atta attack. still no identity of the attacker. what is the latest on the manhunt? >> reporter: right now, turkish police and authorities have been tight lipped about what they are doing. apparently with the information that isis saying they carried it out, authorities will look for anyone who helped him. the attacker changed clothes after the attack and slipped away into the chaos. it has been over 36 hours and like other attacks we have seen in europe, it is likely this gunman is going to try to make his way to syria to escape turkey. that is something that authorities are going to be looking for. they will try to identify the nationality. was this a turk or was this someone else from another
country who carried out the attack? >> still many questions. that country reeling from the atta attack. ian lee, thank you. queen elizabeth sick at home. missing the second church service in a row. we will go live to buckingham palace with the details. i'm being so serious right now... i really want to know how your coffee is. it's... sfx: (balloon squeals) hahahaha, i had a 2nd balloon goodbye! oof, that milk in your coffee was messing with you, wasn't it? yeah. happens to more people than you think. try lactaid, it's real milk, without that annoying lactose. mmm. good right? yeah. lactaid. it's the milk that doesn't mess with you. i wanti did my ancestrydna and where i came from. and i couldn't wait to get my pie chart. the most shocking result was that i'm 26% native american. i had no idea.
this morning, health concerns for queen elizabeth. she did not attend the new year's eve church service. she had a heavy cold. that also had her miss christmas mass. the 90-year-old queen is up and working according to sources. we have phil black outside buckingham palace with more. good morning, phil. >> reporter: good morning, john. we can assume the queen is feeling awful from what is described as a heavy lingering cold. she is recovering. there are concerns since
christmas. you mentioned the christmas church service. you mentioned the new year church service which she missed just yesterday. it is extraordinary for the queen to miss these events. because she takes her role as the head of the church of england so seriously. these are significant absences. but the palace behind us, her advisors, are going out of their way to tell journalists and the wider public, that the queen, the 90-year-old monarch is doing okay. she is up and about. she is, they say, working. that means she is receiving the documents and briefing papers she receives from government and stays on top of as her official role as head of state. her absences from church are a precaution. it is probably fair to say that britain's winter weather is no place for anyone with a cold. let alone a 90-year-old whose health has been knocked around for a couple of weeks.
>> phil, how is the duke of ed i inborough? are they stepping into the roles? >> reporter: we saw the queen's husband. he did attend church. he fell ill around the same time. he bounced back. he was at the christmas service and at the new year church service. this time for the queen at sandringham estate, it is personal time. that is what she gets up to. spending time with family and explore the grounds of the estate near norfolk in england. we believe that that's what she is still doing, but confined indoors. she is not out and about. not a lot of royal business or appearances at this time. we will get a sense of her
health. she is due to appear publicly next week in sandringham estate. she will be in residence at the estate through january. another point her advisors stra stress she is still there. she is not moved away for medical care at this stage. >> phil black for us outside buckingham palace. 16 minutes past the hour. 2016 was the deadliest year in chicago in nearly two decades according to the chicago police department. 762 murders in the city. the most since 1977. the city saw a surge in gun silence. 3,500 shooting incidents. a dozen which were fatal in the last week of december. 2015 was the bloodiest year with 482 murders. the hunt is on for the vandal caught on video lending a
little "high" komcomedy to the hollywood sign. calling it hollyweed. authorities have since changed the sign back to its original form. >> i have almost nothing to say about that. that is cool. >> on the subject of almost nothing to say about that. yes. mariah carey blaming a malfunctioning ear pierce for the breakdown on new year's eve. ♪ >> all right. we didn't have a check of this song. we'll just say it went to number one. that's what it is. ♪ feels like >> you can hear her say they did not have a sound check on the song for "emotions."
telling the production set her up to fail. cnn reached out to dick clark productions for a response. you know, it is unclear. yesterday, there was reporting from the new york times culture editor that the technical people said it was all technically okay. there was another meltdown. clearly a live performance on new year's eve. >> it wasn't that live because the whole thing was lip sync'd. she didn't do that part flawlessly. if the technical people messed up, who knows? a lot of people were watching. they did not get the performance they deserved. >> she tweeted happy new year and good health. >> a lot of people talking about mariah carey. kim jong-un says north korea is set to test a ballistic
say hello to internet speeds up to 250 mbps. and add phone and tv for only $34.90 more a month. call today. comcast business. built for business. this morning, north korea leader kim jong-un is putting the world on notice. claiming pyongyang is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. he has made these claims befor., >> reporter: a huge concern, john. we really need to separate the rhetoric from reality to know where we are heading with the claim. very hard to independently confirm it.
we have to rely on north korea watchers and defectors to give us insight into the nuclear capabilities. we know north korea has nuclear weapons. two nuclear tests con duducted 2015. one in september which led to sanctions. that is not stopping kim jong-un. he mentioned in the new year's address. the fear if he has an intercontinental missile and moving toward testing that is the fact that back in february of 2016, they launched a satellite. that means that could be a template to having a long-range missile. the next steps is having a mini nuclear warhead to attach to that. kim jong-un is pushing forward. a few days ago, job, a high
level defector, the former deputy ambassador to the embassy in london said in seoul where he escaped to in the summer that kim jong-un is progressing with the nuclear ambitions. he wants to progress by the end of 2017 and he wants to time that, john, when president-elect donald trump will be in the white house. there will be an election in south korea and a new president in seoul. he believes that, kim jong-un, that is, the two statiadministrs hands will be tied and won't be able to take action against north korea. >> we heard that president obama has spoken to president-elect donald trump about concerns over north korea. saima, thank you. two dakota pipeline protesters making their voices heard at the minnesota vikings game. they hung a protest sign. and had repelling gear
alongside. the protesters were arrest eed after officers got them to the ground. protesters claim the financial institution has links to the project. u.s. bank declined to comment. the new year started with a severe storm and heavy rain along the gulf coast. we have meteorologist pedram javaheri with the latest. >> john and christine, good morning. some severe elements to go with this storm. incredible to think we have gone several months without any rainfall across parts of the southeast. now multiple days of wet weather pushing through. enough rain with flood watches and warnings in baton rouge and new orleans and panama city for the risk of flooding. the highest risk in jacksonville and new orleans where we think large hail and strong winds and isolated tornado across the region would not be out of the
ordinary. you notice active line of thunderstorms expected to come in this afternoon and evening. worth watching across the region. the heavy rainfall right around portions of southern georgia and southern alabama as well. temperatures on the mild side. we take it up to the 60s in atlanta. upper 60s in nashville. new york city at 42 degrees. warmer to the middle of the week. guys. pedram, thank you so much. with his inauguration just 18 short days away, trump focused on repealing some of obama's key policies and questioning the russian involvement in the election. we have that next. e's tural ste, no bitter aftertaste, and zero calories. all the partners agree? even iced tea? especially iced tea. goodbye, sugar. hello, new splenda naturals. goodbye, sugar. (snap) achoo! (snap) achoo! achoo! (snap) (snap) achoo! achoo! feel a cold coming on? zicam cold remedy nasal swabs
protect his legacy. the president-elect promises to reveal information he has that others don't about the russian government meddling into the u.s. election. the president-elect insists there could have been another culprit. the suspect responsible for killing at least 39 people in istanbul still on the loose. the breaking news this morning, isis now claiming responsibility. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. this morning, president-elect donald trump has a secret. he is back in new york city for the first time in two weeks following the vacation at the mar-a-lago resort in florida. he says he knows things the rest of us don't that the alleged russian hacking into the u.s. election. with 18 days before inauguration day, his team is promising to work fast on the obama policies. this was sean spicer. >> on day one, he will sign executive orders to repeal a lot of regulations and actions taken
by the administration over last eight years to hamper economic growth. and start i mplementing things and start a lobbying ban. it is very forward thinking. >> sean spicer did not specify which executive actions that a president trump will repeal. one of the big questions is what mr. trump will or will not do regarding the hacking. will he keep the sanctions in place? that may depend on his secret information. cnn's ryan nobles has the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, president-elect donald trump will have a busy start to the new year. filled with meetings at trump tower and a high level intelligence briefing where he is expected to learn more about the russian hack of u.s. interests. trump continues to downplay the significance of the intelligence community's inclusion of the
hack. this despite the members of congress, both democrats and republicans, who have been briefed on the matter and describe it as overwhelming. during the gathering at mar-a-lago, he told reporters he remains skeptical. >> i want them to be sure. it is a serious charge. i want them to be sure. if you look at the weapons of mass destruction, they were wrong. i know a lot about hacking. hacking is a very hard thing to prove. it could be somebody else. i also know things that other people don't know. they cannot be sure of the situation. >> what do you know that other people don't know? >> you will find out on tuesday or wednesday. >> reporter: in addition to the trump private intelligence briefing, we could learn more about the alleged hack during the highly anticipated hearing of the senate services committee. john mccain has a different view
of the hack and called for the meeting. in the meantime, trump has a few weeks to go to fill out his staff. there is still the secretary of veterans affairs and secretary of agriculture spots to fill. john and christine. thank you. 35 russian diplomats landed back in moscow according to russian state media. the diplomats and families were ordered to leave in retaliation for russia's cyber meddling in the election. tomorrow, the 115th congress will gavel in session with republicans in control. leaders will get to work quickly to roll back obamacare. democrats are trying to fight back including the nation's current senior democrat, president obama, he will go to capitol hill on wednesday to create whatever protections they can for his signature health care plan. trump was asked about the meetings over the weekend.
>> well, he is president until january 20th. and after that, it is our turn. so we'll see what happens. he has to protect what he wants to do and perhaps you could say his legacy. if you look at obamacare where you have in many cases over 100% increases, it is unaffordable. it doesn't work. bill clinton said it. maybe he shouldn't have said it during the campaign. he said it. unaffordable. it doesn't work. it has been crazy. >> president obama celebrated the new year with tweets framing his legacy as he sees it. the president touting job growth and access to health care and moves toward green energy and fewer troops overseas and leg sags legalization of same-sex marriage. this morning, senate democrats are promising confirmation battles with the
nominees. they claim some nominees, like rex tillerson, have not submitted certainly materials. some democrats say attorney general nominee jeff sessions has omitted materials from the tens of thousands of pages he submitted for confirmation. some democrats are calling for the january 10th confirmation hearing to be delayed. doubtful any of that will happen. in the house, republicans set to condemn the obama administration handling of the israel settlements in the west bank. others will fine members who break decorum. including streaming live video on the house floor. time for an early start on your money. happy new year. global markets closed today for the holiday. the question on wall street this week is will last year's rally continue into 2017? stocks had a memorandumble run
year. it banged through a series of record highs. nasdaq and s&p and dow all with highs. dow with 13% gains. it never cracked the 20,000 mark. what a year with the bull market to turn eight years old in march. many wonder if the trump rally has gotten ahead of itself. investors are giddy over the stimulus plan with tax cuts. other worry it is hype. other concerns is protectionist policies could inspire trade wars and unexpected geo political wars. the final jobs report for 2016 will be released on friday. breaking news this morning. isis has just claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people and injured 70 more. including one american identified by the state
department as william jacob raak. an international manhunt is under way for the attacker still unidentified at this point. cnn's ian lee is live in istanbul. ian, let's start with the new claim of responsibility. >> reporter: john, this attack were the hallmarks of the isis attack. now we're hearing from the group on twitter. allegedly they are saying one of their soldiers ca s carried ou attack. many of the victims were muslims celebrating the new year. they also said that the government of turkey should know the blood of muslims who get killed by turkey, planes and ar artillery, will set on fire in their country. this is referencing the ongoing battle. we cannot independently verify
this claim and isis has not provided any evidence that they were behind the attack. right now, there is a nationwide manhunt under way. we heard from the prime minister who says he is certain they will catch him soon. also, there is strong coordination with the security forces. if this person is an isis operative, likely he might try to slip back into syria. it really is a ticking clock in trying to find him. >> ian, i heard the nightclub described as one of the most popular in istanbul. perhaps with western people or all different countries. >> reporter: that's right. it was a symbol of ice ststanbi. you would see singers and athletes and well-to-do. the place to be seen. it makes it a target for isis to carry outer or attacks.
there was a lead-up to the square just to give you an idea of how tight security was leading up to this. there was a police officer out front yards away. with all that tight security, the gunman got into the club to kill 39 people and slip away. >> ian, this is a period of upheaval in turkey. the russian ambassador assassinated and attempted coup. it seems like an unsettled time there. >> reporter: that's right. there has been a number of attacks, not just by isis, but attacks by the kurdish militants, the pkk, both sides have killed dozens. the pkk mainly targets the police and military and security services while isis goes after softer targets and civilians.
this is a country that is in the grips of terror attacks. the government here is trying to show confidence to the people and reassure them they are on top of it. at the same time, people are wondering after a year and a half with so many deadly attacks. can the government really provide security for the people in the country and tourists. this country relies on tourism. they wonder the same thing. >> ian lee in istanbul this morning. thanks, ian. 40 minutes past the hour. a health scare for queen elizabeth. she misses her second holiday church service in a row. we will give you an update on the 90-year-old queen's health. that's next.
welcome back to "early start." this morning, new health concerns for queen elizabeth. she did not attend new year's service. citing a heavy cold. despite her absence, a source told cnn the queen is up and working. we have phil black outside buckingham palace. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, christine. the word is from buckingham pala palace, don't worry. it is a cold. we can assume the queen is feeling awful. it has stopped her from doing
stuff she normally takes seriously. that is getting to church over the holiday period. she missed out on christmas day. the first time she hasn't att d attended a christmas church service in three decades. she missed the new year's service yesterday. we'll look ahead to next week to see if she attends that particular church service. this is a big deal to the queen. she is technically the head of the church of england. a responsibility that we are told that she does take very seriously. her absences are significant. buckingham palace is going out of its way to make sure people know she is doing okay. the 90-year-old monarch is up and about within her home on sandringham estate. she is working. still going through the paper work and documents she receives from government and those briefing papers she has in her role as the british head of state. she is staying out of the cold
winter weather as a precaution. don't let these rare blue skies fool you. it is fairbritain's winter weather is no place for anyone with a cold, let alone a 90-year-old. >> her husband is older than she is. he had been suffering from the cold earlier around christmas time. what do we know about his health? did he go to church services? >> reporter: yeah, he seems to have bounced back much faster. the duke of edinborough made it to the christmas service. he was seen for the new year's day service. he looked in good health, i think you have to say. as i said, we will look ahead to next week's church service near the sandringham estate to see if the queen makes her next public appearance.
the time over holiday is generally personal time for the queen spending time with family and on the grounds. we know she will be there for the rest of the month through january, we understand. as i say, we get the next indication of how she is doing. the progress of her recovery next week when she is due at next church service. >> phil black, thank you. bright, but chilly london this morning. thank you. 2016 was the deadliest year in chicago in nearly two decades. according to the chicago police department. 762 murders last year. the most in of the city since 1997. chicago saw a surge in gun violence with more than 3,500 shooting incidents. police investigated 27 shooting incidents and a dozen of which were fatal just in the last week of december. 2015 was chicago's second bloodiest year with 480 murders.
the search on for a vandal caught on video lending a little "high" comedy to the hollywood sign. altered to read hollyweed. he used tarps to change the "o"in the sign to "e." >> serious initiative? >> ambition that surprised me. >> and also dorito sales. >> they are looking at the video from the convenience stores. mariah carey is blaming a malfunctioning ear piece for whatever happened on new year's eve. this was it. ♪ >> all right. we didn't have a check for this
song. we'll just say it went to number one. that's what it is. okay. ♪ feels like >> so you heard her say she did not have a sound check for the song. i'm not sure that was the only issue. there may have been more than one issue. that song supposed to be the hit called "emotions." >> stop. you know all the words to it. >> she doesn't apparently. a representative for the singer tells billboard production set her up to fail. cnn has reached out to dick class prop clark productions for a response to this. >> it was a confusing moment. >> people are talking about mariah carey. she is back on the scene. 49 minutes past the hour. kim jong-un says north korea is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. the details of the growing
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welcome back. north korea leader kim jong-un ushering in the new year the way he knows best with extra rattling. he is claiming the country is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile. how is this playing with the neighbors in south korea? we have saima mohsin with more. certainly a way to get noticed for the new year. >> reporter: secertainly, christine. this time, kim jong-un says he is developing an inter ko intercontinental missile.
he says it can reach potentially up to 30,000 kilometers. the kind of capability the russians and u.s. have. we know they have nuclear weapons. two nuclear tests in 2015. the fifth largest under kim jong- jong-un's watch in september. whether they have the abilities, we can't independently verify. what we know in february of 2016, north korea launched a satellite. many say that is a template for launching a long-range missile. christine. >> how serious is the threat? what are experts saying whether they can do this? >> reporter: it is hard to tell, really. we know as i say, they can launch a long-range missile. the majority of tests,
apparently over the last few years, missile tests in addition to the nuclear tests we have reported on have been short and medium-range tests which have been successful. the long-range tests have not been successful. if kim jong-un is making this announcement that he is close to successfully testing them, that means we have to sit up and listen and we know he wants to do this in 2017 when there will be a new president in the white house. president donald trump. where he believes washington, d.c.'s hands will be tied to a action. >> saima mohsin in seoul. thank you for that. back here. two dakota pipeline protesters making their voices heard at the minnesota vikings game. hanging up a sign saying no dpl. and hung from repelling gear alongside the banners.
they were arrested after officers got them to the ground. u.s. bank declined to comment. security stepped up at the rose parade in pasadena. thousands of people will take part in the festivities. local police are teaming up with agencies, including the secret service and homeland security. one measure they are taking, set up water-filled barricades along the perimeter of the parade. you see that in new york city, too. big construction trucks and servicing trucks. idea to prevent any truck attacks or vehicle attacks in the likes of which we have seen in europe. let's get an early start on your money. global markets are closed today for the holiday. the question on wall street this week is will last year's rally continue into 2017? it was a run in 2016. the market recovered from one of the worst ever starts to hit a
series of record highs. dow up 13% for the year. falling short of the elusive 20,000. i'll tell you, most people made money in the stock market last year. with the bull market on track to turn eight in march, many wonder if the trump rally has gotten ahead of itself. the final jobs report for 2016 will be released on friday. >> the 2016 hangover. >> no hangover for the auto industry. on track for another record year barely. car sales could top 17.5 million vehicles sold last year. a record of 10,000 vehicles. that caps off seven years of rising sales. that same cheap fuel has killed mid side and small cars. pickup trucks make up 60% of all car sales. millions of the lowest paid workers got a raise on january
1st. 19 states in 21 cities. biggest increase is arizona to $10 an hour. some were minor. several states jumped between $1 and $2. it can provide a full-time worker with another $80 a week. no action at all on the federal minimum wage, many states have taken it upon themselves to do so. >> i would not expect federal action. "early start" continues right now. >> president obama defending his legacy as trump's team vowing to repeal his key policies. the president-elect says he knows things that other people don't. donald trump is questioning intelligence reports that the russian government immediameddl the u.s. election. breaking this morning. isis claiming responsibility for the terror attack in istanbul.
a manhunt for the suspect. we'll tell you where the investigators think he may be. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. happy new year. monday, january 2nd. 5:00 a.m. in the east. president-elect donald trump is back in new york city for the first time in two weeks. following his vacation in mar-a-lago resort in florida. he says he knows things the rest of us don't when it comes to the alleged russian hacking into the u.s. election. with 18 days to go before inauguration, his team is promising to get to work reversing president obama's policies. this is sean spicer. >> on day one, he will sign a series of executive orders to repeal the actions that have been taken by the administration that hampered job growth and economic growth. he will bring in a new brand to
washington. institute a lobbying ban. >> sean spicer did not specify which executive actions and regulations that the president trump will repeal. one of the big questions this morning is what will mr. trump do or not do regarding russian hacking. will he keep the obama administration sanctions in place? this may depend on his secret information. cnn's ryan nobles with the latest from washington. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump will have a busy start to the new year. filled with meetings at trump tower and a high level intelligence briefing where the president-elect is to learn more about the russian hacking. he is continuing to downplay the intelligence community conclusion that the russian government is behind the hack. this is despite statements from republicans and democrats who have been briefed on the matter. during the gathering at mar-a-lago during the holiday, he told