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handling now, trump takes on the cia chief. china, and "saturday night live." but on mlk day, it's the feud with john lewis that is causing concern. i'll speak with martin luther king iii. international disorder after the president-elect calls the nato alliance obsolete, slams the
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european union and lashes out at german cars. and omar mateen's wife arrested. and hillary clinton is stepping back into the spotlight. now she will take the very tough step of attending her rival's inauguration. we want to welcome our viewer this is the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the" situation room." donald trump meets with the son of martin luther king jr. even as he feuds with congressman john lewis now just days before he's sworn in, the president-elect is facing fallout, an inaugural boycott bidens of democrats. trump stirring up more conspiracy city home and abroad.
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he slammed john brennan suggesting he leaked information. bren nap warns in return that trump's open cop tempt for the intelligence community could undermine national security. trump is raising anxiety in europe after calling the nato alliance obsolete and saying german leader angela merkel made a catastrophic mistake in accepting millions of -- a million refugees. the president-elect is not saying whether he trusts merkel and a key u.s. ally more than russian president vladimir putin. and seven months after a pro isis gunman slaughtered 49 people at a night club, federal authorities have now arrested his widow, charging she knowingly aided her husband and ob structured the investigation. i'll speak with martin luther king iii. and our correspondents, analysts and guests are standing by with full coverage of the top stories. let's begin with our senior white house correspondent jim acosta outside trump tower in
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morning city. jim, trump may be sparring with one civil rights legend, but he did meet today with the son of dr. martin luther king jr. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. and donald trump did decline to talk to us about his meeting with martin luther king iii. king did come up and said he disagreed with touchdowndonald tweet that john lewis is all talk and no action, but it is creating alarming headlines. >> reporter: on the heels of his battle with john lewis, he met behind closed doors with martin luther king iii. >> isn't there something that just cuts to your core when you hear the president-elect refer to john lewis as all talk and no action? i mean nothing could be further from the truth, isn't that right? >> absolutely i would say john lewis has demonstrated that he's action. as i said, things get said on both sides in the heat of emotion.
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and at some point we have to move forward. >> but it was only a brief reprieve from the controversy swirling around his inauguration. he's slamming angela merkel from allowing syrian refugees in to her country. >> i have great respect for her. i felt she was a great, great leader. i think she made a catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals in -- taking all of the people from wherever they come from. and nobody really knows where they come from. you'll find out. >> reporter: that drew sharp response from secretary of state john kerry to christiane amanpour. >> i thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the united states to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner. and he'll have to speak to that. as of friday, you know, he's responsible for that relationship. >> reporter: trump appears to be placing merkel in the same category as vladimir putin.
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>> i start off trusting both. but let's see how long that lasts. may not last long at all. >> reporter: trump is once again signaling a new softer policy on russia hinting in a published interview that he wants to work out some sort of deal with putin. russia is hurting badly because of sanctions. but i think something can happen that a lot of people will benefit. and trump sounds like he's not sold on the nato alliance. >> and i said a long time ago that nato had problems. number one, it was obsolete because it was designed many years ago. number two, the countries aren't paying what they were supposed to pay. >> reporter: the president-elect is still fuming over the disclosure that u.s. intelligence officials briefed him on unsubstantiated allegations that russian operatives claim to have compromising information on him. trump is slapping back at outgoing cia director john prepare in an who said the incoming president should treat russia with caution. trump tweeted couldn't do much
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worse. just look at syria, red line. was this the leaker of fake news? >> it was john brennan, someone who the president-elect is supposed to be trusting who attacked him on his depth of understanding of russia. >> reporter: trump again raising questions about how he will repeal and replace obamacare telling the "washington post" oig is insurance for everybody. but the transition is offering few details. >> president-elect made it clear to the leadership in the congress that he wants to do repeal and replace simultaneously and we're working earnestly to do that. >> reporter: and cnn has confirmed that monica corrally tapped to be national security council spokesman will be foregoing that position after it was discovered that she had plagiarized portions of her book. wolf. >> jim acosta in new york city at trump tower, thank you. donald trump's feud with
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john lewis has led more than two dozen democrat beiic lawmakers boycott his inauguration. it began when lewis questioned the legitimacy of trump's election win. >> i don't see this prg as a legitimate president. i think the russians participated in helping this man get elected. and they helped destroy the candidacy of hillary clinton. >> reporter: trump quickly fired back saying lewis, quote, should spend more time on fixing and helping his district which has been horrible shape and falling apart not to mention crimefalse complaining about the election results. trump said all talk, talk, talk, for action or results. sad. let's bring in jeff zeleny. things actually went south from there. >> they did indeed. and there was particularly those words, all talk no action, that
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really agitated and outraged people across the political spectrum. it defies history for one, but for two, on a day like this when the country is celebrating martin luther king jr., it defies what john llewes lewis did, bloody sunday so viv individual in everyone's mind. but john lewis was in miami celebrating the legacy of dr. king and he chose not to respond athlete directly to donald trump, but listen to his message he gave young activists there. >> never give up.directly to do, but listen to his message he gave young activists there. >> never give up. never give in. stand up. speak up. when you see something that is not right and not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something, and not be quiet. >> so that in fact is what congressman lewis is doing, not being quiet on this. and you could say that he perhaps started this by
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questioning the legitimacy of the election, but some democrats also say look, donald trump actually started this by questioning president obama all this time. but john lewis is now one some of 26 or 27 democratic congressmen and women who are not going to the inaugural which is really extraordinary. i can't recall anything like that in resin august raccent in. >> and you're saying he started because of the birther comments. >> exactly. saying barack obama is not a u.s. citizen, so should not be president. of course it's all history. regardless of who attends, donald trump will be inaugurated four days from today. >> he yes, he will. jeff zeleny, thanks very much. by the way later this our, i'll speak with martin luther king iii about the meeting he had over at trump tower in new york city today with the president-elect. and i will ask about what they said about president-elect's feud with john lewis. joining us now, chris coons of
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delaware. senator, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. it's been a very busy weekend. >> it certainly has. do you agree with the outgoing cia director's assessment that donald trump doesn't understand russia? >> i'm gravely concerned that donald trump not only doesn't understand russia and vladimir putin, but doesn't understand how to conduct himself in a balanced and thoughtful way. over this weekend, donald trump has been very busy picking fights with nato, with chancellor merkel of germany, with the head of the cia, with china over the one china policy. with republicans in congress over the aca repeal. and with living civil rights legend john lewis. i can't imagine a more destabilizing weekend. >> and what about the assertions that nato is an obsolete alliance? >> well, to try to be gracious for a moment, i think the one point donald trump tried to make
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there was that nato wasn't originally created to confront terrorism. but it is far from obsolete. anyone who knows the recent history of nato knows that the one time nato has come together to defend a member state was when all nato members came to our defense after 9/11. thousands of nato troops from western europe have joined our troops in afghanistan, many have died, hundreds of millions even billions of dollars of european funds have been spent in our joint effort in afghanistan to suggest that it's obsolete in the face of the terrorist attack on the united states on 9/11 and in the face of resurgent russia is to show a lack of historical knowledge and i suspect somewhat naive. the nominee to become the next secretary of defense retired general james mattis has a much harder line when it comes to russia in than the president-elect. says he wants to maintain the strongest possible relationship with nato at the same time. how much influence do you think he will have the incoming
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defense chief on the president-elect? >> i hope he will have strong influence. as we are newly deploying american troops in to poland, the eastern edge of nato facing potential russian aggression i think general mattis in his confirmation hearing spoke on a number of important issues in ways that really differed from what touchdown said as candidate and in ways that i think were reassuring to both republicans and democrats on the armed services committee. >> do you believe that the u.s. military exercises taking place in eastern europe are an effective deterrent to putin? >> they're important. i think we need to strengthen them. i lead a bipartisan delegation to ukraine in august and i'm convinced we need a stronger presence. the united states has withdrawn too much from western europe. we need to strengthen our nato alliances in particular to protect the baltic states from
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russian aggression. >> what do you make of the kremlin's assertion that these military exercises are simply a provocation? >> well, russia has engaged in many more so-called snap exercises all along the eastern border of nato. in recent years they have moved significant troops, new material, equipment and supplies and have engaged in much larger and more know vprovocative acts crossing into the naval space and above the territory of nato countries. russia has been very provocative in recent months. >> many of your democratic colleagues say they won't attend the inauguration on friday. john lewis says trump won't be a legitimate president. are you sending -- are they sending the democrats who are boycotting the presidential inauguration, are they sending the right message?
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>> i think there was an important development in the senate late last week when the republican chair and democratic co-chair, vice chair of the senate intelligence committee agree that had they are going to proceed to hold hearings into whether or not there were inappropriate connections between the trump campaign and the russian government or russian intelligence. i'm going to attend the inauguration. i think it's important to be there along with president obama and vice president biden and hillary clinton as we witness the peaceful transition of power. but i do think that a significant number of democratic members of the house, several dozen now, are sending a signal this they intend to challenge president obama be forcibly and many of us republican and democrat will question his views on vladimir putin and russia and what role they may or may not have played in undermining the independence of our electoral process. >> senator chris coons, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. just ahead, we'll get the president-elect's side of the
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controversies right now. when he was asked in these newspaper interviews over the weekend, the president-elect who he trusts more, angela merkel or vladimir putin, the president-elect said he will start off trusting both. is that a mistake to trust putin as much as he trusts a key u.s. ally angela merkel? well, i think what donald trump is saying is that it's a new day, he's turning the page. there is no question germany has always been a great ally. we have major issues with russia and if russia could come on board and help us defeat isis or he could somehow negotiating with vladimir putin as he has said reduce the nuclear threat, reduce our weapons, he's just saying he will start with a f r fresh slate and move forward from there. i don't think he was in any way trying to denigrate merkel. he said he's turning the page. it's a new day.
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he will move forward and put america first and keep america safe. so i don't have any problem what he said. i think it's been taken out of context. >> but you see the way the reaction has been in germany, elsewhere, in europe that he seems to be putting angela merkel a long time u.s. ally basically on the same platform as he's putting putin who has been an adversary. you understand the concern that generates. >> yeah, but what he's really saying is he will turn the page about and start fresh with russia, with putin. have discussions. he knows from his security advisers and certainly general mattis that we have major concerns and reasons not to trust russia, but i don't have a problem with him saying let's start fresh, let's move forward. and i don't think he was connecting that with merkel. the press has done that in the way it came out, but i don't believe that is how he intended it. >> he can clarify it with another statement or at least tweet saying he wasn't trying to equate merkel and putin, but he hasn't done that yet.
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congressman, he also caused a lot of stir by once again saying that i toe, the north atlantic treaty organization, is obsolete. it alliance. coopera couldn't those remarks yupd mine the important relationship especially with the european allies and canada for that matter a member of nato? >> well, it goes back to what donald trump has said he will put america first, he's been troubled by the lack of financial commitment by our european allies. he and his staff, his security staff, his new secretary of state, secretary of defense and the like are going to have discussions. we all know the value of nato being and you nighted as we stand up to the threat of russia as well as other nations.nighted up to the threat of russia as well as other nations. clearly north korea. so i don't have any qualms whatsoever that we're not going to be standing with our european allies even as then president trump is going to try to negotiate a better financial deal for the country.
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but the people he is surrounding himself with, they understand the importance of nato and i'm confident myself we'll move forward. nato will continue. and donald trump will be a very strong leader on that front. >> the president-elect called the german chancellor angela merkel's refugee policy of letting a million refugees come in from syria and elsewhere, he said that that was catastrophic. and in response secretary of state john kerry told cnn it's inappropriate to wade into other country's politics especially close u.s. allies like germany. do you believe kerry has a point? >> well, i don't think john kerry has been a very effective secretary of state. so we'll put that on the side. but there is no question the illegal immigrants that have come in that have not been vetted from some of these terrorist nations, donald trump is really contrasting his immigration policy to keep america safe with angela her
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kell's position of really bringing in over a million immigrants without really knowing for sure where they came from. and nowic r i think that is a piece of the brexit pie where then immigrants could go to the uk because they have open borders within the european union. i think that was a big piece of the uk through brexit withdrawing from the european union. and i think the biggest piece here was donald trump is contrasting his position on immigration, the extreme vetting he's going to do from countries that have terrorists active and involved in those conditions to the actions of merkel and it's a contrast more than anything that i would say he was making. and it's a big contrast. >> let's talk about some domestic issues. the president-elect told the "washington post" over the weekend he wants insurance -- health insurance for everybody. he says that is not a single payor. how would you pay for insurance for everybody? he says that once repealed and
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replaced, obamacare, there will be insurance for everybody. >> well, wolf, we have been saying in the republican conference in congress being we want affordable insurance for everyone and there will be a way to help those on lower incomes whether it's tax refundsable credits, there is other things being discussed. but i use the term affordable insurance which we don't have today. for every american that have lower deductibles, lower premiums, competition. and donald trump was clear when he said it's not single payor. because single payor would be a government run european canadian style through some kind of income tax. while it ensures everyone, it's not the kind of insurance everyone wants. so i would more likely use the term affordable insurance for every american, lower deductibles, more affordable premiums and they can pick their doctor, they can pecan pick the
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plan. >> so what i hear you saying is that donald trump's plan to replace obamacare will guarantee affordable health insurance for every american citizen whether they have the money or not, they will have health insurance everyone will have affordable health insurance, is that what i'm hearing from you? >> yeah that's what you're hearing. i can't tell you every american will take advantage of it, we have medicaid for the poor. and for the lower income folks that do struggle, we'll have something along the lines of refundsable tax credits which means you can pay no taxes but still get a refunds back using that money to buy insurance. you will to use the money it buy insurance, you can't use it for other purposes. but we use the term we're going to have affordable health insurance for all americans with lower deductibles, lower premiums. and where we have to help through something like refundable tax credits, that's what we're planning do. >> we look forward to the details.
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there is breaking news we're following. arrests in two terrorism cases. both involving broadity attacks on night clubs. police in istanbul have taken into custody the main suspect in the new year's eve attack at a club at least 39 people killed when a gunman opened fire on celebrants and dozens more were injured. a number of foreign nationals were among the victims. isis claimed responsibility for that attack. turkish media also are reporting four other people were arrested along with the suspected night club attacker. also breaking tonight, more than half a year after a pro isis gunman slaughtered 49 people at an orlando, florida night club, federal authorities have now arrested his widow. our justice correspondent pamela brown has the latest for us. >> reporter: and we've learned that the fbi took the widow of the pulse night club attacker into custody this morning after the 7 month investigation based in part on her statements to
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investigators not standing up to the facts. tonight noor salman the widowed wife of omar mateen, the man responsible for the deadly rampage at pulse night club, is in federal custody facing charges of obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting her husband's attempted material support to isis. salman's family in this san francisco area home withdrawn curtains and closed doors refused to comment. >> you can tell me if this is where it happened? >> no comment. >> reporter: a law enforcement official tells cnn authorities believe salman knowingly and willingly be obstructed the investigation into the shooting. >> we said from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this case, every aspect of the shooter's life to determine not the just why did he take these actions, but who else knew about them, was anyone else involved. is there any other accountability that needs to be had here in this case. >> reporter: law enforcement sources allege weeks before the
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attack omar mateen made sure had access to his bank account and added her name to important documents and bought his wife an expensive piece of jewelry. in the middle of the three hour massacre that took the lives of 49, mateen and salman exchanged texts after he asked her if she had seen what was happening. salman also called her husband multiple times after news broke of the shooting. salman also alledgedly told investigators mateen was angry when he left their ft. pierce home the fight of the attack and carried with him a bag full of guns. she claimed that she pleaded with him not to leave, grabbing him by the arm. she maintained she did not know his specific plans. salman talked to the new york times in november about the horrific attack saying, quote, i was unaware of everything. i don't condone what he has done. i'm very sorry for what has happened. he has further will hurt a lot of people. she also told investigators her
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husband was abusive towards her. but according to a law enforcement official, evidence will show salman was complicit of her own free will in her husband's actions. today salman's neighbors were shocked at her arrest. >> all the blinds are closed all the time, so we don't see what happens there. a surprise to know that she was there. so kind of weird. >> reporter: and noor salman's attorney released a statement today saying noor salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what mateen planned to do. we believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person. salman has her first court appearance tomorrow morning in california. >> pamela brown, thanks very much. let's get back to our top story. donald trump involved in
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multiple controversies. let's bring in a political experts. began in dana bash, let me start with you. the feud with john lewis caused a lot of controversy. the meeting that the president-elect had with martin luther king iii at trump tower in new york city today, did that ease repair some of that damage shall we say? >> i don't think it repaired it, but it perhaps will have an affect of temporarily easing it because to have martin luther king jr.'s son go out there and try to say okay, guys, i had an okay conversation with him, let's try to lower the temperature, should lower the temperature at least temp rarelrarel temporarily. but john lewis did as he did so people would follow him and they have. now, this isn't the first time we've seen protests at apinauguration. there were people republicans who maybe didn't makes a big of a deal of it publicly, but they didn't go to barack obama's
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inauguration. and i will say it's not even the first time john lewis has done this, just now his communications director released a statement saying this actually is the second time he has decided not to go. he dpts go to george w. about your's inauguration in 2001 as a form of protesting what he thought was the supreme court inappropriately getting involved in the presidential race and the recount which he thought was not fair. >> the president-elect struggled to win over african-american support even though out on the campaign trail, he said he was going to do it. he had some proposals. his outreach since winnings the election, there have been highly publicized meetings with prominent african-american celebrities over at trump tower, kanye west, don king, steve harvey. but he hasn't succeeded in getting very far at least not yet with the african-american community. >> and i think if he want this
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is strategy to work, he has to broad the scope of people's reaching out to or people that will come to trump tower so you it get across section of african-americans across the spectrum. have they reached out to robert smith who is the second richest black man in america, an investor in colorado, have they reached out to roland fryer, an economist at harvard? these are the people that you want in addition to the celebrities. people position of steve harvey as the host of family feud, but he has philanthropic organization, he puts on an event called the hoodie awards where he recognizes entrepreneurs around the country. so i think trump could do a lot better, but it's not all bad. >> and there are a couple dozen democrats joining mekocongressm lewieu boycotting the inauguration. >> it was fairly predictable that other democrats would can
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come to lewis' defense. if there is one thing every american knows about lewis, he's not all talk. his life has been defined by the actions that he took in the '60s as a civil rights protester. so i think it's an easy call for some of these folks to say wait a second, we're going to stand with jop lihn lewis, not donald trump. most of the democrats boycotting also come from reliably safe districts where their con statistics u constituents are not happy with donald trump. so i think what lewis has injected is a debate about legitimacy. his argument is that the influence campaign from the russians that our intelligence services says took place is enough for the election to be tainted, that he can't accept donald trump's legitimacy. that is a big important debate to have, what line has to be crossed in an election where we decide it's not legitimate. he won the electoral college.
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the votes with are not tampered with. from my perspective, he was legitimately elected. and i think that is why at the end of the day the most important thing is we feed all the facts to be on the table so we can settle the debate. >> weigh in on the notion whether or not the president-elect will be a legitimate president. >> well, i think ryan is right. he won. of. based on current factses he won the election, he won the electoral college. and it's hard to argue that what russia did, what has been alleged so far, was the tipping point in in election. but on the other happened, there is much more potentially that we need to know about exactly what happened along the way and more importantly, i think whether it's legitimate or not, what is clear is that donald trump will take the oath of office facing more resistance in public opinion than any newly elected president ever.
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we've never had a president come into office in their first gallup poll and have less than majority approval. it is highly likely that he will have less than majority approval. his will almost certainly be in the mid-40s. does that matter? probably not very much. where they agree with him being they will move forward. but certainly in the areas where he needs eight democrats in the senate to get over those 60 vote threshold for the filibuster, they will not feel a lot of incentive to work with him because i can guarantee you that his disapproval rating among voters in the opposite party will be significantly high e voters in the opposite party will be significantly high r than we've ever seen before. >> and remember john lewis, this is where he came from, this is what he does. he mobilizes people for a cause. and now because he has an iconic status, not to mention a seat in the united states congress, he can do that in a different way, without marching, without those tactics. but by using his voice. and to your question to ryan
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about whether or not we expected this to unfold the way it did, i think he very much did and was hoping it would unfolld the way it did. >> okay. we'll resume our analysis after this. boost
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political experts. president-elect got into more controversy suggesting that the angela merkel allowing a million refugees to come into germany from syria and elsewhere a catastrophic mista tamistake. secretary of state john kerry told cnn it's inappropriate for trump to be meddling in effect in ap and ally's decision. do you think he's unaware of the tradition of not interfering this a sensitive issue like this? >> i can't imagine he's not aware. it's happened several times. so if he doesn't know from his own advisers or his own experience, he knows from consuming the news. and this is who he is. angela merkel i think pretty much understands that as do every single leader of our ally. and they are trying to grapple
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with this as well as his fellow republicans. these are unchartered waters when it comes to the leader of the free world and this is what we will see. buckle up, angela merkel. >> is he into to go have trouble achieving his poforeign policy goals if he's constantly angering some key u.s. allies? >> yeah i think it's possible. to dana's point, there is a challenge of him and traditionally not interfering with other country's elections, but also what happens the next time. let's say angela merkel wins and the next time greece needs a bailout or that the president needs to rally europe to put sanctions on russia if that will ever happen or if we need help in afghanistan. you alienated allies who helped us do these things before. what will their reaction be at that point. >> he also seemed to be placing merkel and putin on the same footing if you will when he was asked who do you trust more and he said i trust them about the same. let's see what happens after that. that has caused a big uproar in
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germa germany. >> it has. to be as sympathetic as poll, it may be that he didn't understand the way that he phrased that, what he was doing. now, this is an example of not understanding how diplomatic language works having enormous consequences. when europeans today in europe, in germany, people were aghast, right? >> don't you think he understands, he just doesn't care? >> i don't know. he has appointed a defense second who said before congress that the nato alliance is the most important alliance in that it should be defended. and obviously disagrees with trump on this. >> ron, what do you think is this you've been watching this closely. >> yeah, one other thing that is striking about that interview is that donald trump validated and essentially endorsed the arguments that the far right populist parties will be making in germany and france in the upcoming election there is 2017. essentially when he welcomed, he said other countries
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jury room knee had made a historic mistake by allowing in so many refugees for the deutschmark party in germany. so in effect, he is supporting what will be the core arguments of parties that have been on the fringe of the political debate whose goal is fundamentally to unravel the western alliance in a way he raised rationalbly little concern about and even seemed to abet, so a very unprecedented moment where in some ways trump is making arguments similar to what putin is making from the other end who has been allied with many of the same parties, for example, lending money to marine le pen to fund the last campaign. i think it's a very unsteady moment for the more center left and center right parties in europe about what they could be caught in, in terms of a pincer
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movement between trump and putin. >> but dana, he could easily, donald trump, tweet 140 characters or less a clarification saying, i wasn't putting putin on uneven footing if he wanted to. >> sure, and the fact he wasn't, and maybe he will see the controversy bubble up and he will, you know, do that with all caps ending with an exclamation point, but maybe not. and i think that ron's point is very important when you take a step back and look at it from the perspective of what he and the people who helped get him elected and the steve bannons of the world who have the global perspective of this would like to see in a france and in a germany. they said she wasn't going to meet with anybody in trump tower, but marine le pen was actually in trump tower last week, which is remarkable. >> she got a lot of publicity for that. >> she did. and they said she didn't meet with anybody. >> i think you make a great point.
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hillary clinton has been stepping back into the spotlight after her stunning election loss. this week, she'll take the biggest step yet when she attends the inauguration of her rival. cnn's jessica schneider has a closer look.
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hillary clinton is ready, apparently, to move on. >> yeah, it certainly seems that way, wolf. hillary clinton has been more and more visible lately, and certainly has not gone into hiding after her election loss. instead, she's snapped selfies, made surprise appearances and made a hash tag still prominent, post election. when hillary clinton appears seated behind donald trump at friday's inauguration, it will be her most public appearance since losing to him. but it won't be her first for ray out of the political woods. inspe inform in fact, she's been captured in a succession of selfies, showcasing her with supporters who still tweet, hash tag, i'm with her. even a twitter handle, with 33,000 followers, documenting the former presidential contender's every move. hillary clinton has maintained a subtle yet steady presence, first speaking out about the agony of defeat at a charity
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gala november 16th. >> there have been a few times this past week when all i wanted to do was just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again. >> since then, clinton has left her home time and time again. she honored pop star, katy perry during a surprise appearance at the unicef snowflake ball, drawing on perry's steadfast spirit in a speech. >> someone's whose creative voice and lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up. >> and reemerged in washington. >> hi! oh, thank you all so much! >> showing her comedic side at the unveiling of senate minority leader harry reid's portrait. >> this is not exactly the speech at the capitol i hoped to be giving after the election. >> she sat front and center at a state department museum
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dedication, one of four secretaries of state honored at an exhibition hall in her name. >> i'm sure you will notice it is the most transparent part of the entire project. >> but it's those unscripted moments clinton's fan base seems to treasure most, like showing up at broadway show, "the humans" on sunday afternoon and "the color purple" last week. or when she was spotted at her granddaughter's ballet recite tall al. >> someone who didn't like to get her guard down, didn't like to show people who she was outside of candidate clinton. and now after having lost, she feels more comfortable doing that. it's not a total surprise. she's not running any more. >> and, of course, the question of whether she will run for some office continues to swirl. but meanwhile, the inauguration isn't hillary clinton's last scheduled appearance. on february 16th, she'll honor her friend and fashion designer, oscar de la renta when a stamp
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is issued featuring him. wolf? >> jessica schneider, thanks very much. and please be sure to join cnn for special live coverage of donald trump's inauguration from the swearing in to the inauguratal parade and balls this friday 9:00 a.m. eastern. that's it for me. thanks for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. and next, a special edition of "outfront." live from washington, breaking news tonight atop donald trump cabinet pick facing major questions this evening, did he use his power in capping to try to line his own pockets. the breaking details coming up. and more democrats announcing they're boycotting the election as the fight between donald trump and john lewis escalates. and more breaking news. the wife of the orlando nightclub shooter, arrested. was she an accomplice. let's go "outfront." and wel

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