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happening now, russia summit. as donald trump downplays russian cyberattacks, it calls for a good relationship with moscow, the kremlin makes plans for a meeting between trump and vladimir putin. is the president-elect ignoring intelligence warnings? hearing noise. amid complaints about the lack of vetting, the trump team hopes to push nine cabinet nominees through the confirmation process this week. but on the eve of the hearings there is another ethics concern as trump's son-in-law is named a senior white house adviser. taking it to the street. actress meryl streep gets under donald trump's thin skin with some thinly veiled criticism. and he tweets back at the
19-time oscar nominee and three-time winner is over. north korea says it could launch an intercontinental missile whenever and wherever it chooses. is kim jong un's regime sending a bold message to president-elect trump? i am wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." 11 days before his inauguration, president-elect donald trump is moving full speed ahead despite a blunt warning from u.s. intelligence agencies trump is down-playing russian cyberattacks and touting better ties with moscow. the kremlin calls the u.s. intelligence assessment a witch hunt, the same term recently used by trump and says a summit between trump and president putin is being planned. trump has tweeted that only fools would object to a good relationship with moscow, but senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said today trump's
hopes will be dashed pretty quickly. that comes as democrats dig in for a fight over trump's cabinet picks. hearings start tomorrow. nine nominees will go before the senate this week. an ethics watch dog says several have not made financial disclosures or completed ethics reviews. in a move that requires no confirmation but may raise ethics concerns, trump's son-in-law, jared kushner will be a senior adviser to the president in the white house. a source says ivanka trump will be called first daughter. in what may be a message to the president-elect, north korea's increasingly aggressive regime says it can launch an intercontinental ballistic missile anymore and anywhere kim jong un chooses to do so. defense secretary ash carter warns the u.s. could shoot down any missile aimed at this country or any ally. i will speak with senator tom cotton of the armed services and intelligence committees and our correspondents, analysts and guests are standing by with full
coverage of the day's top stories. let's begin with our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto. president-elect trump is talking about better ties with russia. is he shrugging off the intelligence report on russia's cyberattacks? >> that's right. on better relations with russia it's him virtually against his entire party. tonight while the president-elect is no longer publicly casting doubt on the intelligence community's assessment he has not explicit i ly called out the russians and appears eager to turn the page on other issues, including a better relationship with russia. tonight president-elect donald trump ignoring reporters' questions about the briefing he received from the intelligence community. >> we will talk about that at another time. >> reporter: this as a spokesman for the kremlin says plans are in the works already for a meeting between trump and russian president vladimir putin, the man who intelligence leaders say ordered the hacks.
over the weekend trump reiterated his intention to seek warmer relations with moscow tweeting, quote, having a good relationship with russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. only stupid people or fools would think that is bad. congressional democrats today calling for an independent commission to investigate the hacking which u.s. intelligence says it believes was designed to help trump and weaken his democratic rival, hillary clinton. >> our intelligence agencies are warning us, and they are screaming trying to tell us that, if we do not respond now, the russians will attack us again. >> reporter: the trump team, meanwhile, trying to turn the page on the issue, pointing to a series of other high-profile hacks by china and north korea and arguing that the democratic national committee's lack of cyber protections made them targets. >> cyber attacks have been happening for years, granted,
but we have an entity that's allowed through a wide-open door a foreign government into their system. >> reporter: other trump advisers claiming that congressional outrage is politically motivated. >> i think there has been selective outrage about russia only because some people want to conflate that with the election result. >> reporter: outgoing cia director john brennan says any unwillingness by trump to stand with the intelligence community puts the nation at, quote, great risk and peril. >> i expect that the president of the united states will recognize that the cia and intelligence community were established by statute for a very important reason. >> reporter: you'll remember that mr. trump praised the work of wikileaks during the campaign and since the election as well. today wikileaks founder julian assange called his own press conference to dismiss the intelligence committee's report as embarrassing.
you'll remember it was russia who shared the hacked materials with wikileaks. >> thanks very much. the battle lines are drawn on capitol hill where donald trump's cabinet picks will begin confirmation hearings tomorrow morning. critics say some nominees have not been properly screened on ethics questions. let's go to our senior political reporter manu raju. do democrats have a chance of scuttling any of these nominations? >> reporter: wolf, at this point republicans have the votes to confirm virtually all of donald trump's nominees assuming they can stay united. democrats can delay a number of the nominees from getting their jobs by january 20th, the day donald trump is sworn into office. tonight, wolf, a top republican tells me that behind the scenes as donald trump's secretary of state nominee, rex tillerson telling sources he'll take a harder line on russia than donald trump. he says he is confident his
picks will be confirmed by the senate as they're set for a public grilling in a round of contentious hearings this week. >> they are the absolute highest level. i think they'll do very well. >> reporter: senators will question nine nominees this week, including jeff sessions to be attorney general, general james mattis to lead the defense department and former exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson as secretary of state. tillerson's ties to president vladimir putin have become a flash point for republicans who want to take a tough line on russia but the chairman of the foreign relations committee tells cnn that tillerson is privately reassuring the gop hard-liners that his views on russia are mainstream. >> one of the reason tillerson will have so many questions on russia, no doubt, is going to be because the president-elect has expressed some views that are
somewhat out of the mainstream. i think tillerson will express a harder line on russia than we've seen from the president-elect. my hopes are over time the president-elect will evolve too. >> reporter: the nominees have spent many hours in mock hearings, all to help republican leaders accomplish their goal to confirm at least a half dozen nominees by the time trump is sworn into office on january 20th. republicans say they gave president obama's nominees a similar courtesy in 2009. >> everybody will be properly vetted, as they have been in the past. and i am hopeful that we'll get up to six or seven, particularly a national security team, in place on day one. >> reporter: democrats say trump's cabinet is filled with multi-millionaires and billionaires. in an extraordinary letter released over the weekend, the director of the u.s. office of government ethics told top democrats that several trump nominees have not completed their reviews.
which he said was a great concern to me and a cause for alarm. four nominees have yet to complete their ethics reviews, including two billionaires. betsy devos to lead the education department and wilbur ross as commerce secretary. on the senator floor monday democratic leader chuck schumer said republicans held obama's nominees to the same standard. >> there is a difference between 2009 and today. president obama's nominees met all the standards laid out in then-minority leader mcconnell's letter. president-elect trump's nominees have not. >> reporter: wolf, tonight republican leader mitch mcconnell and democratic leader chuck schumer are still having discussions about whether or not they can potentially delay some of the hearings, give democrats more time to review the nominees but also confirm six or seven
nominees by the time trump is sworn into office. if not, though, it could potentially delay other aspects of donald trump's agenda, including repealing obamacare. wolf. >> manu raju up on capitol hill, thanks very much. joining us now, tom cotton of arkansas. he serves on the intelligence and armed services committee, he served combat tours in iraq and afghanistan. thanks so much for joining us. >> good afternoon. happy new year. >> happy new year to you too. trump is suggesting he'll meet with putin. is that a good idea so early in all of this? >> it's important to keep in mind that vladimir putin is not a friend of the united states. while it's preeappropriate at t for the president to meet with adversary issues it's done on the side of g-20 meetings, i would not reward vladimir putin with a one on one bilateral summit early in donald trump's presidency. i would probably reach out to a our allies.
france, great britain and some of the gulf states who have been rattled in the past eight years with president obama's foreign policy. >> trump rarely says anything negative about vladimir putin. >> he's proposed policies that would be hurtful to russia. elevating the defense budget, accelerating the nuclear forces. expanding oil and goes production. while donald trump may have said things that may be friendly towards vladimir putin, he is pursuing policies that could fundamentally shift the strategic balance from the united states and russia. >> you think the president-elect trusts putin? >> i can't speak for what the president-elect thinks. i don't trust vladimir putin, and i would counsel him that he should not trust him. ronald reagan used to talk about trust but verify in the context of the soviet union. i would recommend distrust but verify in the case of vladimir putin. >> let me read to you from the conclusions of the intelligence community's report on russian hacking in the u.s. election. we assess russian president
vladimir putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the u.s. presidential election. russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the u.s. democratic process, denigrate secretary clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency. we further assess putin and the russian government developed a clear preference for president-elect trump. we have high confidence in these judgments. when you read that, what was your reaction? you are also privy to the sensitive, classified information, the sources and methods, that were used to come to those bottom-line conclusions. >> i have no reason to doubt the conclusions in the published report. but as a member of the senate intelligence committee, we'll obviously be reviewing the classified version and the sources very carefully. >> have you done that? the sources and methods. >> i have reviewed the classified version. >> do you have high confidence like the intelligence community leadership that what they concluded is true? >> we haven't completed a
complete deep dive which will take months. it's a responsibility as a member of the intelligence committee to conduct oversight of the security services of the country. i haven't seen anything to doubt that it was russian services or their affiliates who hacked the dnc or john podesta. i can't say it's surprising either because that's what russia does. this is one instance of russian provocation over the last eight years. it also says they haven't seen anything like this in the scale and scope and rapid escalation of it. it's a question why vladimir putin thought he could get away with something like this right now. i suggest it's eight years of appeasement by barack obama. >> based on this report, he there three objectives. the first, to simply undermine the credibility of the u.s. democracy. the second, assuming hillary clinton was going to win, to make her look as bad as possible, to weaken her if in
fact she were to become president. the third is they would prefer trump because they think they can get along better with trump. >> vladimir putin has tried to undermine the credibility of democratic processes in countries around the world, but especially the united states and our nato allies. again, this is not surprising that he is doing this. i strongly doubt, though, that vladimir putin had any idea that donald trump was going to win any more so than an american election expert. he probably gets his american election news where we get them. he watches wolf blitzer and reads 538 and goes to the real clear politics app. he was focused on sowing discord. we should hold him accountable and pose a stiff -- >> he would like a stronger reaction from trump. >> not just for these hacks but for what he's done consistently over eight years to undermine u.s. interests around the world. >> we have more to discuss. i'll take a quick break.
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we're back with republican senator tom cotton of arkansas, he is a member of the intelligence and armed services committee. he served in both iraq and afghanistan. senator, i had a chance to sit down with outgoing secretary of state john kerry, and we had some important conversations on some sensitive issues. i want to play this exchange i had with him on a subject close to your heart. >> do you regard the western wall in jerusalem, the holiest
side of judaism, as occupied palestinian territory? >> no. i don't think we've ever referred to it as such, nor do the resolutions that have passed the u.n. or prior references indicated something to that effect. >> is the western wall part of israel? >> i am -- that has to be resolved in the context of final status negotiations. it is the position of the united states that that is a religious site of particular criticality and importance to israel and that the current status quo with respect to those religious sites must be respected. we respect israel's position without speaking to the issue of sovereignty because that has to be resolved between the parties. >> senator, you've spent a lot of time in jerusalem. you know the subject well. you agree with him? >> the western wall is the holiest site and it is part of jerusalem and israel. the resolution which passed the
u.n. which should have been vetoed in keeping with our long-standing policy of protecting israel from anti-israel resolutions at the united nations may not have specifically said that but the inference is clear. it calls anything over the so-called 1967 lines as occupied territory and the western wall is on the other side of that line. it was controlled by the government of jordan until 1967. this is why i think it's time for a dose of realism about the israeli-palesti israeli-palestinian dispute and recognizing the facts on the ground is the most fundamental way to get to some agreement between the parties. >> i asked him also whether or not if donald trump as president were to move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem what the reaction would be because, as you know, successive administrations, republican and democratic, have refused to do so, and donald trump says he will move that embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. and your position is that's a good idea. you agree with trump. >> i believe we should move the embassy.
jerusalem is the capital of israel. no matter what the final contours of an agreement between the israelis and palestinians may be, jerusalem will be the capital of israel. that's where their parliament is, where the prime minister keeps their offices. we have a consulate there. it's time to recognize those facts as the best way to move forward to have an agreement between the israelis and palestinians. we would be offended if a foreign country had its embassy in new york or chicago or los angeles. our capital is here in washington. we should have our embassy in israel. >> no president has agreed to do so. they may have said stuff during their campaigns but none has been willing to actually move the embassy. >> i would encourage donald trump to keep his promise on this one just like i would have the past presidents. here we face also some substantially changed circumstances in the middle east. i think it's time to move our embassy. >> kerry says there would be a negative reaction from even friendly countries like egypt and jordan and really is not
worth it. >> well, the fact of the matter is israel is now closer to our sunni-arab allies countries like egypt, saudi arabia and the united arab emirates than it has before. i think the countries will recognize why the united states has done that and i think the reaction now would be different than it would have been 20 or 30 years ago. >> senate cotton, thanks very much. >> thank you, wolf. is kim jong un getting ready to provoke a showdown with the new president? also ahead, donald trump lashes out after the actress meryl streep's scathing criticism of him during the golden globes awards ceremony. ♪ ♪
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in an unusual live appearance in front of tv cameras today over at trump tower in new york city, the president-elect predicted all of his cabinet nominees will win senate confirmation. however, democrats are complaining they're being jammed through without enough information of potential conflicts of interest or ethics concerns. let's get the insights of our reporters and our experts. sara murray, let me start with you. the news that jared kushner, donald trump's son-in-law, will be a senior adviser to the president in the white house. >> the senior adviser gives him the ability to advise donald trump on anything. what's interesting is the trump team clearly believes they're on solid legal ground. jared kushner is not expected to take a salary for this role, but they feel like the white house is exempt. it is not a government agency and therefore it does not violate any anti happnepotism r.
that puts him right next to donald trump to advise trump as he did throughout the campaign and transition. ivanka trump still has not decided what she wants her role in the white house to be. of course, she'll be going to washington. she is married to jared kushner, but she wants to get the house settled and get the kids settled in and then decide. she has made it clear she wants to work on child care. she has weighed in on climate change issues. jared kushner has had his hand in all different pots. >> he certainly has. he is critically, you can't overstate how important he has been. >> reporter: right. donald trump will take his advice on essentially anything and hold it in high regard because he feels like he can fully trust members of his family. they come to the table and bring advice with no alternative agenda. >> the whole confirmation
process begins tomorrow. mark, it will be complicated but the republicans basically have the votes assuming there are major bolts. >> they had the votes to get about everybody through. we don't see any specific problems. susan collins, a centrist republican who is going to introduce jeff sessions who is arguably one of the most controversial people that donald trump has put up for his cabinet. in many ways what we'll see over the next couple days and weeks are proxy fights through the cabinet officials through democrats asking them what they think about the trump doctrine and quite frankly what is the trump doctrine specifically when it comes to foreign policy. we'll see that with rex tillerson on wednesday. >> phil mud, the whole rex tillerson nomination as secretary of state, he has had a close relationship with the russians because of his business ties. exxonmobil. he was the ceo. is that going to be a serious problem, you think, down the road as far as his confirmation is concerned? because he did receive an award at one point from putin himself.
>> i think it's a challenging confirmation, but i believe that's a mistake. he think he is an inspired choice. look at a couple of issues. number one, eight years of secretary clinton and secretary kerry resets that have failed miserably. our relationship with russian is poor. we have a man who succeeded with a difficult partner, vladimir putin. we have a man who is sponsored by unimpeachable in terms of personality, in terms of history, unimpeachable people in the republican party. condoleezza rice, roberts gates, jim baker, people who have a terrific record across lines, democrats and republicans in washington. finally, if you want to tell me that a man who was president of the boy scouts can't figure out how to leave behind corporate america and represent the higher cause, that is, the american people, if he becomes the secretary of state, my answer is give me some evidence. i have not seen that yet. >> rebecca berg, trump says he
wants to have a good relationship with putin. he says it would be stupid if the u.s. had a bad relationship with russia. will this cause some sort of potential rift among republicans, his desire to open up a new, more positive relationship with russia right now? >> well, i think it already is creating some division among republicans, wolf. i mean, for the most part republicans in the past have been really staunchly, if not anti-russia, at least wary of russia and vladimir putin in particular. so you are seeing some very prominent republicans, especially republicans who are more hawkish on defense, raising alarm bells vocally. lindsey graham, john mccain, on the hill last week raising some major concerns about the way that donald trump has responded to russia's hacking during the election and also russia more generally. they are really just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg. at the same time, you do have republicans who, if not are wholly supporting trump's stance toward russia, they're at least
being relatively quiet, giving him a chance, giving rex tillerson a chance. and i think that will be the more interesting dynamic to watch. so do most republicans go along with whatever donald trump wants to do in regards to russia and let him try this reset and give him some room to run or do they push back in the lindsey graham and john mccain vein? so far, even though the party has been pretty hawkish with russia in the past we're seeing more people sort of going along with donald trump. >> all right. everybody stand by. there is more to assess. new information coming into "the situation room." we'll take a quick break and be right back. taking a holiday in britain, are ya doll?
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as he prepares for his biggest role yet, as the 45th president of the united states, he is under fire from celebrities and, as usual, he is firing back. at the golden globe awards meryl streep tore into trump without saying his name. >> it was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back, it -- it kind of broke my heart when i saw it. and i still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. it was real life. >> reporter: before sunrise trump responded on twitter, calling streep one of the most overrated actresses in hollywood. a hillary flunky who lost big. for trump, it may be good politics to spar with hollywood liberals. streep did support clinton, as seen last summer at the
democratic convention. >> hillary clinton will be our first woman president! >> reporter: it's the latest front in america's culture wars. playing out in elections and spilling over into the theater. on sunday, bill, hillary and chelsea clinton receiving several standing ovations as they attended the final broadway performance of "the color purple." a stark contrast from the reception vice president-elect mike pence received at "hamilton," where he was lectured by cast members from stage. >> what we truly hope the show inspired you. >> reporter: streep was among the celebrities invited to the white house on friday night to say farewell. back in los angeles she used her golden globe platform to make a political plea. >> this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life because it kind of gives permission for other
people to do the same thing. disrespect invites disrespect. violence incites violence. when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. ♪ >> reporter: what's different about this chapter of the country's long-running culture wars is that trump would not have won the white house without his celebrity. ♪ money, money, money >> reporter: from reality television. >> you're fired! >> reporter: to his own cameos. >> excuse me. where is the lobby? >> down the hall and to the left. >> thanks. >> reporter: trump's fame preceded him in politics, yet he drew few celebrities to his side while clinton surrounded herself with a-list stars like sal ri field. she bristled at the mere mention of trump when we caught up with her on the campaign trail. >> she is running against a celebrity, in donald trump. do you think that -- >> you're giving celebrities a bad name by saying that. >> he was a tv star. >> he was not a tv star.
come on. no. >> reporter: donald trump wore the disdain as a badge of honor. >> and by the way, i didn't have to bring j-lo or jay-z. i'm here by myself. >> reporter: in 11 days trump will have the last word. a script hollywood cannot rewrite. some hollywood liberals and many democrats have been slow to accept the reality that donald trump is going to be sworn into office next week. how you view these streep comments is likely shaped by whether you are in red state or blue state america. that divide, wolf, seems as wide as ever. one more note. in 2015 donald trump told the hoir hollywood reporter that he admired meryl streep. he called her excellent. >> interesting. stay wuss. i want -- stay with us. i want to bring back the other experts. he tweeted last night, she is one of the most overrated actresses in hollywood. did this sort of come down to
trump always wanting the last word? somebody goes after him, he goes after right back? >> no insult can be taken silently if you are donald trump and you have the power of twitter at your fingertips. two things are at play. there is no downside in donald trump's view of picking a fight with a liberal hollywood actor, even though you could say he was a liberal hollywood actor a few years ago. he does like to be respected by these people too as the way he's trotted these people through the lobby of trump tower. he likes when people of big platforms like him. so when someone uses a huge platform like that to diss donald trump you can bet he'll fire back on twitter. >> some say he likes to do this to distract from other news, the russia, the hacking, the problems with the confirmation hearings. do you buy the notion that he has a strategic incentive here to go ahead and go right back at meryl streep? >> wolf, that is comical!
this is not about policy or politics. this is about personality. as jeff zeleny said a month or so ago, the vice president-elect goes to a play, instead of as any high school debate coach would tell you, instead of attacking the idea, please don't interrupt the vice president's opportunity to see a play on a weekend. he attacks the play. in this case, we take a step forward, all he had to say was, miss streep represents the west coast elitism that allowed me to win. instead he attacks the person. a third-rate chump change debater is told by a high school debate coach, don't do that. we have a president with a notoriously thin skin who can't resist that. this is not complicated. it's not politics or policy. it's personality. >> mark preston, what's your take? >> i talked to someone very close to donald trump recently. he said his greatness weakness is the fact that he is thin-skinned. he can never let anything go and he always has to be right. when we see a situation like
this where he has to get the final word, that's okay with the hollywood actress in this case, what happens when we're dealing with major foreign policy issues, when there is an issue with north korea that is put forth on the table, when we are dealing with iran or syria. will he always have to try to get in the last word? diplomatically. might not always be the best thing. >> she was in a broadway play, "the color purple." she got standing ovations from the crowd when she was there. stark contrast to when vice president-elect mike pence went to see "hamilton," the cast basically lectured him there from the stage. it was a bit awkward. what -- what's your analysis of the different reactions that they received on broadway? >> well, it was certainly a bit awkward for mike pence but it wasn't totally surprising, wolf, because this is new york, manhattan, where hillary clinton won with more than 500,000 votes compared to around 50,000 or
60,000 for donald trump. this is not donald trump territory in manhattan. and this really does illustrate what won donald trump this election, this divide between not only urban centers but culturally liberal centers in this country. hillary clinton had no shortage of celebrities on the campaign trail for her in this election. musical artists. celebrities like meryl streep. broadway actors supporting her. but it didn't win her the election ultimately because this election was won in states where those influences don't necessarily matter as much. and i think, for donald trump and mike pence moving forward, having the cast of "hamilton" call them out. having meryl streep call them out, it's not really a net negative. it real reinforces all of these cultural influences that drove their campaign in the first place. >> that's a good point. all right, guys. stand by. we have more coming up, including north korea. it now claims it could launch an intercontinental ballistic
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he then be? >> kim jong-un is likely to be more aggressive with an icm than without it. it is not the fear that he will use it but the fear is that he will use conventional force, cyberforce and other provocations against us, because he thinks we can do nothing about it. >> what will president trump's options be for countering that? former defense secretary william perry says the u.s. should consider shooting it down? >> disrupt teeing in flight would have to be on the list. >> if north korea actually fired a missile toward america or it's allies, current defense secretary, ash carter, has just promised the u.s. forces would shoot it down. one reason the u.s. and its allies should hesitate to hit north korean missiles on the launch pad would be the threat of kim's retaliation. he would launch a massive conventional attack on south korea's capital, seoul, which
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