tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN January 19, 2017 3:00pm-4:01pm PST
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flying in from somewhere in the back ♪ ♪ as soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye ♪ ♪ man, we lit up your world like the fourth of july ♪ ♪ uncle sam put your name on the top of his list and the statue of liberty started shaking her fist ♪ ♪ the eagle will fly it's going to mean hell ♪ ♪ freedom start ringing that bell and and it will feel like the whole wide world raining down on you ♪ ♪ brought to you coursy of the red, white and blue ♪ >> they're here tonight right out there, y'all.
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welcome chairman of the presidential inaugural committee, tom barrack. [ applause ] >> good evening, everyone, and welcome to the 58th inauguration of the president of the united states to welcome the 45th president of the united states, donald trump. [ cheers and applause ] i have to tell you, this is the most incredible setting of structures that i have ever seen, at least of those that president-elect trump has not built. but, you know, when this started, an inauguration is typically an american event and it's the only time in the world that you have this passage of partisan power that transpires in the snap of a finger.
tomorrow at 11:27 when the president-elect, his wife and his family are sitting on the west end of the mall looking at us -- [ cheers ] and that power of the free world transcends with respect from what was a great man doing his best to do a great job to an anticipation of a new president as the global leader of the world. in three minutes, you have reflection and expectation. and every president puts their own fingerprints on an inauguration. and this president-elect was very specific about what he wanted. what he wanted was a you. he wanted it to be of the people. and when i say you, he meant the united you. and set in this setting of this
reflection pond that sits between three unbelievable monuments of three of our profound leaders. what you see are these incredible stone, beautiful, incredible tributes that stand above us for the purpose of reflecting, of thinking, what was it? what went before them? but what really stands out, and you can hear it in the silence amongst you is the thousands of lives, it's the millions of hopes, it's the 10,000 aspirations of all the people, of all the themes that went into these great men. and along the road, we've had 45 men that have left their footprints and their fingerprints throughout the mortar and in the middle of this tidal basin. so as you reflect on those who
came before us and as you have expectations before you, i would like you to pay a tribute to the courage to the statue, to the strength, to the commitment, to the loyalty of a man who is going to lead you with his footprints to diversity, to put the campaigns behind us. to unite behind one man as one america. he will show the rest of the world that we can argue, we can fight, we can debate and tomorrow at 11:30, we're one country, and he will be the 45th president of the united states of america, donald trump. [ cheers ]
>> thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much, everybody, and thank you, tom. i'd like to congratulate our incredible entertainers tonight. toby and lee greenwood and all of the great talent. it was really very special. i also have to thank our incredible military talent right here. thank you. stand up, please. you guys were great. thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] so this journey began 18 months ago. i had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than i did. i'm the messenger. i'm just the messenger. and we were tired, and i love
you. believe me, i love you. we all got tired of seeing what was happening. and we wanted change but we wanted real change. and i look so forward to tomorrow. we're going to see something that is going to be so amazing, so many people have poured in to washington, d.c. this started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea maybe we'll do it in front of the lincoln memorial. i don't know if it's ever been done before, but if it has, very seldom. and the people came by the thousands and thousands and here we are tonight all the way back. all the way back. so it's a movement that began. it's a movement that started and it's a movement like we've never
seen anywhere in the world, they say. there's never been a movement like this. and it's something very, very special. and we're going to unify our country. and our phrase, you all know it. half of you are wearing the hat. "make america great again." but we're going to make america great for all our people, everybody. everybody throughout our country. that includes the inner cities. that includes everybody. and we're going to do a special job. and i can only tell you that 18 months ago, we never knew -- a lot of people didn't know, some people had a feeling. a lot of people didn't give us much of a chance, but we understood what was happening. and that last month of the
campaign, when i traveled around to every place that you can imagine, state after state after state, speech after speech, and we had 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people. it was never an empty seat just like tonight. we didn't even know if anybody would come tonight. this hasn't been done before. and it was the same way. and we all knew that last month of the campaign. i think a lot of us knew the first week of the campaign. that last month of the campaign we knew that something special was happening. and i can only tell you this, the polls started going up, up, up, but they didn't want to give us credit because they forgot
about a lot of us. on the campaign i called it the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. well, you're not forgotten anymore. that i can tell you. not forgotten anymore. so i want to thank my great family, my incredible wife, melania. they've been so supportive. and it wasn't easy for them. but they have been so supportive. i want to thank you most importantly, and i promise you that i will work so hard. we're going to get it turned around. we're going to bring our jobs back. we're not going to let other countries take our jobs any longer. we're going to build up our great military. we're going to build it up.
we're going to strengthen our borders. we're going to do things that haven't been done for our country for many, many decades. it's going to change. i promise you. it's going to change. so i'll see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] and i don't care, frankly, if it's going to be beautiful or if it's going to rain like crazy. makes no difference to me. i have a feeling it's going to be beautiful. but i will see you tomorrow, and i'm going to be cheering you on. you're going to cheer me on, but i'm going to be cheering you on because what we've done is so special. all over the world they are talking about it. all over the world. and i love you folks and we're
[ cheers and applause ] >> the new first family saying good-bye to the adoring crowd here at the lincoln memorial. president-elect donald trump is someone who knows a little something about putting on a show. and that was something of a show, a spectacular show end with the u.s. army chorus singing "glory, glory hallelujah" with a fireworks spectacular afterwards. and now they are looking at the sculpture of abraham lincoln inside the lincoln memorial.
donald and melania trump and their adult children. ivanka. there's jared kushner who will be a top aide at the white house. >> it is kind of remarkable for anybody to sit there and look at the giant gorgeous statue of the 16th president. but to be standing there looking at that thinking, i'm about to be the 45th president. must be absolutely mind blowing. >> it was a -- not an official speech. he seemed to be speaking extemporaneously, president-elect trump. talking about how he was just the messenger speaking to the crowd and then afterwards, a lot of cheers of "usa, usa" from his supporters here at the lincoln memorial extending down to the reflecting pond. >> how about the fireworks. >> spectacular fireworks. >> have you been down here for the fourth of july?
>> i have, but those were so much better. >> that was. we talked about maybe sometimes being a little jaded with fireworks. even for the jaded, that was a firework presentation. it was remarkable. >> now we're hearing "don't stop believing" almost as if this is the last episode of "the sopranos." wolf blitzer, back to you. >> a spectacular set of fireworks. really a very, very excellent program as well. gloria borger clearly getting ready for a new first family here in the united states. >> i have to think that it must be, as we saw them all looking at that statue as dana and jake were talking about, how humbling an experience this whole day has been and tomorrow will be, but when you go and you lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier and then you have a concert in your honor at the lincoln memorial and the fe fireworks are for you and your family welcoming them to the
city. and tomorrow the president-elect will be sworn in, get a note in the oval office from the outgoing president wishing him well. he will get the nuclear codes, which is a sobering experience. and you can imagine, even for donald trump, who is a large personality and well known and is the president-elect that it is the most humbling experience i think anybody in this country can ever have when you become commander in chief. there obviously is nothing like it, and i think you can sort of hear it in them a little bit. >> david axelrod, the tone of the president-elect tonight, what does it say about tomorrow? >> i'm not sure. i think in the spirit of a concert where people play their oldies, he reached back and grabbed a couple of his open. talked about his polls and crowds and strengthening the
border, strengthening the military and bringing jobs. but the task tomorrow will be to lift that up and make a speech that really grabs the entire country. and projects a vision that people can see themselves in. and it will be the biggest challenge he's had. and he says he's written the speech himself. it's going to have to go beyond this. >> toby keith was great because he saluted the outgoing president and thanked the outgoing president for his service and welcomed the new president. and i think that should be the spirit here -- >> as did tom barrack. >> exactly. >> only one guy was off script here. but you talk about this being a humbling experience, and indeed, i remember it very well. and humility will be an important quality here. hopefully the speech will reflect that as well. >> much more of our special coverage here in "the situation
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live pictures from the lincoln memorial where we just saw the make america great again welcome celebration concert. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer reporting. we're counting down our special coverage of the donald trump inaugural concert. the president-elect just wrapped up brief remarks on the steps of the lincoln memorial following the concert thanking his supporters and vowing to take action on his campaign promises.
our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is with us. trump has had a full day already but he has a full night ahead of him. >> that's right. donald trump is sounding an inclusive tone, but as he is taking command of the most powerful office in the world, he is definitely doing things his way. the moment few saw coming has arrived. donald trump in the nation's new first family touched down just outside washington, not on his private jet but on u.s. military aircraft and climbed into his motorcade for a ride the world will never forget. >> this is a gorgeous room. a total genius must have built that. >> reporter: within minutes trump arrived at his glitzy new d.c. hotel where he praised his cabinet choices. >> we have, by far, the highest
iq of any cabinet ever assembled. >> reporter: and appeared to assign his new ambassador to the united nations a task normally set for the secretary of state, a trip to china. >> i'm going to send her over to speak to china. and when i send her over to speak to everybody, we'll do a lot of great things. >> our job is to be ready on day one. the american people can be confident that we will be. >> reporter: earlier in the day across town, vice president-elect mike pence boasted the new administration is ready to launch even as the press secretary accused democrats of holding up trump's cabinet. >> there's so many issues facing this country we need to get moving on and the idea democrats would use these stall tactics is not in the country's best interest. >> reporter: trump just finished filling out his cabinet selecting sonny perdue. he will begin without a latino
in the cabinet. >> is he hiring the best and the brightest? >> democrats are questioning why former texas governor rick perry was named secretary of energy, a department he once said should be eliminated. at his hearing, the gaffe prone perry showed he can provide humor. >> i hope you were -- as you were on that couch. >> may i rephrase that? >> please, please. oh, my lord. oh, my lord. >> well, i think we found our "saturday night live" sound bite. >> reporter: another sign trump isn't quite ready? he's holding on to obama administration officials in key roles such as bret mcguirk, his envoy in the battle against isis. but the trump team insists the
incoming president who laid a wreath at arlington national cemetery is approaching his biggest deal yet with the seriousness it deserves. at a preinaugural concert at the lincoln memorial, trump sang along to "proud to be an american." ♪ god bless the usa >> reporter: and offered a preview of his speech to the world tomorrow. >> we're going to unify our country and our phrase, you all know it. half of you are wearing the hat. "make america great again." but we're going to make america great for all of our people. >> reporter: trump's children are making it clear their father will adhere to some presidential norms. ivanka declaring her stepmother melania will indeed be first lady. >> i think it's an inappropriate observation. there's one first lady. and she'll do remarkable things. >> reporter: trump's team concedes this will be a
presidency like we've never seen before. >> their first dance. what song? >> probably "my way." >> and there were other unusual moments today like when trump gave a shout-out to woody johnson as the next ambassador to britain. we didn't see that one coming. before his transition had announced it. transition officials have confirmed that. and i'm told after tomorrow, trump and his team will get right to work after the inauguration. they're all expected at the office, as in the white house, this weekend. wolf, as for his inaugural speech tomorrow, they are saying look for donald trump to be, quote, philosophical. that's not a side of donald trump that we've seen very often. >> and he says he actually wrote his speech tomorrow, although i'm sure some of his aides helped him. >> he's had the help of his aides, steven miller and main speechwriter has workod this as well as steve bannon who will be an influential adviser. >> that new team getting ready. the transition is concluding tomorrow. jim acosta, thanks very much.
a spectacular set of fireworks, a very impressive concert earlier at arlington national cemetery. a very moving ceremony at the wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknowns. david chalian, it's a whole new world right now here in washington that we're about to see. >> it is. and i think what we saw looking at jim's piece, the images of today coming off the military aircraft, going to arlington. being up there in the shadow of abraham lincoln. we saw for the first time donald trump start wearing the cloak of the presidency. and for someone who has been such an unconventional candidate and didn't look like what we were used to seeing as a presidential candidate necessarily out on the campaign trail. there are certain sort of rituals and traditions and a conventional nature at times to the presidency. as an institution. the person in it sort of carries that institution. and i thought today we got a sneak preview of looking at
donald trump starting to embody that institution which is totally different from how i think we have seen him to date. >> ryan lizza, david makes an excellent point. he was more subdued than he normally is out there on the campaign trail. >> he was. the pageantry of this is perhaps having an impact. i'll be very curious to see what steven miller and the team of steven miller, steve bannon and donald trump come up with for their inaugust address tomorrow. often inaugural addresses are about a story about where america is at this moment in time. and where the president wants to take the country. for instance, in 2009, obama's was about the crisis, the economic crisis and the wars in iraq and afghanistan and a call that we've been through tough things before and we can come out of it together. there's always a great note of unity. trump and the people around him have a very different view of where america is at this point. this populist, nationalist
message that him and his aides have campaigned on. it will be striking where he wants the country to go but what is the story he tells of america. >> he has a unique opportunity, david axelrod, tomorrow to start his presidency on the right foot. >> he does. you know, i think he has a challenge, for example, president obama didn't have in 2009 in that he starts off with rather low standings in the polls. this is an opportunity to really reach out and build support and speak to those who aren't with him now and who are concerned about him. so i do think that this is a big moment for him. but i agree with david. i remember so well what it was like to see someone invested with the power of the presidency and it changes everything. >> jackie, you wanted to weigh in. >> one of the things they've said, it's going to reiterate some of the things of the campaign, his speech. jobs, for example. and they've also been comparing it to jackson's inaugural speech
in its length. but one of the things jackson's inaugural speech had it was very vague so people could take it and make it apply to them. you might hear a little bit of that so everyone can take a piece of it and think he's speaking to them. that's mrimportant as far as unifying the country. >> he looked at reagan's, jfk and richard nixon's inaugural speech. if you look back to richard nixon, he had a divided country. he won with 43% of the vote in a three-way race. and what he did was give really a unifying speech at his inauguration. and in the short term, it worked for him, and he said we cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another. and that was richard nixon saying that. and so a lot of people thought nixon would never do that. well, maybe -- maybe a lot of people think that donald trump can't do that. let's see what he does tomorrow and what his overall message is.
we remember when he won, he gave a real uniting kind of speech, and i think he might do that. >> i think he will do that tomorrow morning when he speaks and addresses not only the american people but the world to set the right tone. >> absolutely. whatever he does say on that stage, one of the biggest stages you can have in politics it will have a major impact on setting the tone for his administration. but it's only the first step, really, wolf. he is going to need to follow up on that speech with actions that reflect those priorities. and you mentioned his speech on election night, his victory speech where he did profess to really focus on that unity, on bringing the country together and bringing a president for all americans. but in the transition, has taken a very different tone and has lashed out at his critics and has not maybe united the country as maybe some of his detractors had hoped he would. we'll have to see what he does after this. >> david swerdlick, he's going to start taking action
immediately, tomorrow, saturday, sunday and monday. signing executive orders. getting that process started. >> yeah, i mean, the trump administration, i think both from the point of view of wanting to get things done early on before, you know, the natural rhythm of washington politics sets in is one reason. and another reason is they want to send a maeessage this is not like a typical politician's administration. they branded themselves as businessmen and the idea of, look, we have a ceremony and then let's get to work, right to work, goes along with the trump brand and trump message. >> everybody stand by. our special edition of the "situation room" continues. i want to show our viewers a spectacular set of fireworks at the end of the concert over at the lincoln memorial. let's take a quick broadcaseak. we'll resume our special coverage right after this.