tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN January 19, 2017 4:00pm-5:01pm PST
>> reporter: absolutely, wolf. some argue it ratchets up the threat because they learn from their mistakes. >> thanks, brian. that's it for me. thanks for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. breaking news, donald trump hours away from taking the oath of office. he's about to arrive at an inauguration dinner. we'll go there live. new details about how donald trump will run america on day one. is he ready? and the obamas saying a final good-bye to america. we have the emotional images from their last day in the white house. let's go out front. good evening to all. i'm erin burnett. welcome to a special edition of "out front." we are live in washington tonight. breaking news, president-elect donald trump on the.
>> efan: of h-- >> efan: of his inauguration as the 45th president of the united states is about to arrive for a candle lit dinner. it has been a day filled with extraordinary moments. these are live pictures. this is the red carpet, such as it is, at union station. vice president-elect mike pence, donald trump and his family. cabinet picks will be here, congressional leadership, as well as, a big theme over the past couple days, some of the biggest donors. the soon-to-be first family arrived in washington earlier today. they flew in for the first time not on trump's plane, his boeing 757, but on a u.s. military plane. his daughter ivanka carrying a 10-month baby, her boy, theo, behind her, her husband jared, their two older children. tiffany trump coming off and then you see donald and melania.
this was a moment they sort of paused. i'm sure this is -- as they start to see the extreatment important of what has happened to their lives. he ool assume the reign of power swearing in at the capitol in less than 17 hours. trump will take the 35-word oath of office from chief justice john roberts. it is forecast to be much colder than it's been the past few days, 40 degrees and rain. trump made a brief stop at arlington memorial ceremony. he laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. just a short time ago he attended a live outdoor concert at the lincoln memorial, something barack obama had done. keeping with tradition today. making a promise there to the nation. >> 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. >> just moments ago following trump's remarks the fireworks, a spectacular display. another iconic moment from that event, the trump family taking the moment before the statue of abraham lincoln, pausing and standing there. trump will take the oath of office with his hand on a lincoln bible. sara is out front live with me tonight. as you watched this, the pause as they got off that -- on that jetway, standing in front of abraham lincoln at the lincoln memorial, does it appear the enormity has sunk in? >> reporter: up with of the things you learn covering donald trump this long is this is not someone who spends a lot of time on self-reflection or on ceremonial events like this. we have not seen things like that this from him throughout the course of the campaign, but
there were a number of moments today watching him with his family in front of these historic monuments at arlington national secemetery where it ses like the weight, the gravity of the responsibility he is about to take on began to finally set in. donald trump is leaving his gilded trump plane behind in new york trading it in for an air force jet as he and his family touched down thursday in the nation's capit capital. he arrived in washington to spend the night at the blair house. friday he'll move into his new home for the next four years, 1600 pennsylvania avenue. >>ly see you tomorrow and i'm going to be cheering you on. >> reporter: the magnitude of the duty that lies ahead as the next commander in chief evident at his first official inaugural event. a wreath laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. with "taps" echoing in the
background, trump and his soon-to-be vice president mike pence looked on, hands over their hearts. the somber moment give weigh to celebration later in the afternoon at trump's inaugural concert. as military bands played against the backdrop of the lincoln memorial. part of trump's effort to highlight the armed forces throughout his inaugural festivities. >> i also have to thank our incredible military talent right here. thank you. stand up, please. you guys were great. thank you very much. >> reporter: trump, a billionaire businessman turned reality television star, is no stranger to the spotlight, and even he wasn't sure this day would ever come. >> who would want to leave the white house? right? you're in there -- no, seriously. who would want to leave the white house? although i'm building a hotel right next door, which is also located on pennsylvania. i have my alternative. if this doesn't work out, i'll still be on pennsylvania avenue. >> reporter: friday surely marks the biggest stage of his
lifetime as he prepares to take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address. aides say trump is personally writing his remarks and still honing his final draft. >> i think it's going to be less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document, a vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government, the role of citizens. >> reporter: amid the pomp and circumstance, questions still linger about whether trump and his team are prepared for the challenge ahead. >> i'll tell you what, we have by far the highest iq of any cabinet ever seen. >> reporter: trump will head to the white house as many of his cabinet nominees are still awaiting senate confirmation and gaping holes persist in key leadership roles across the government. trump's team downplaying those challenges as they insist the next president is prepared to kick off his agenda on day one, beginning with executive actions. >> it will be a robust not just day one but i think first week, first month, probably first
term. >> reporter: of course the real work begins on friday when donald trump does become the next president of the united states. and we are expecting there could be executive actions as soon as tomorrow. we know that obamacare repealing it moving the ball in that direction is high on donald trump's list as well as a number of immigration actions. we'll see exactly what order those come out in and just how quickly. >> thank you very much. obviously that would be a break with precedent as well depending how quickly he moves tomorrow. mark preston, david gergen, nia-malika henderson, our senior political reporter, doug brinkley, presidential historian, john lon from the daily beast, jamie gangel, and bakari sellers. doug, i was commenting on those moment where is you see donald and melania trump pausing
getting off the plane, pausing in front of abraham lincoln, which is sort of a sobering moment for anyone who approaches that memorial. 17 hour to go. has it sunk in? >> ronald reagan said about this inaugural it's both commonplace and miraculous. >> sounds like giving birth. >> it is. well, there you go. giving birth to a new administration and a great american tradition. so he's still being trump but obviously it will set in. all of us have been looking at the capitol and the fireworks and we've all been touch ld by it. he certainly is a person who will be touched. i think today at arlington when he was looking at washington and recognizing he's in charge of our armed forces, the navy, army, air force, marines are counting on him, that's a heavy responsibility. >> it is just behind us. you heard them practicing some of the singing, sounds sort of
ethereal when it comes off the capitol as they get ready for tomorrow morning. it's not as if he's going to just kind of enjoy the moment tomorrow. he has not ruled out coming in and starting to sign executive orders, which would be a break with tradition. >> in many ways. he said today in a closed luncheon he would sign some meaningful pieces of paper. we have no idea who they are. the irony is he's taking oath at the capitol but his executive oath allows him to bypass congress to exert his power as the commander of chief on many issues barack obama pushed, whether the environment, terrorism, immigration, talks about building that wall. that will be started by executive order. of course internally for himself, lobbying limits he'll put on those who work for him about never being able to lobby for a foreign government and also a ban on how much they can lobby once they leave. >> he has talked about not just what he's going to do when he comes in but on day one, whether that is monday or saturday or actually the day he's sworn in.
here's what he said. >> on day one, i'm going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country. day one we're going to announce our plans to totally renegotiate the worst trade deal ever made, nafta. i'm also going to take a series of actions on day one to protect american workers. we will also repeal and replace the total disaster known as obamacare. we're going to stop it day one. >> could be a verbal tic here. what it's sounding light to me. these are serious and big things he said he would do at the instant he took office. >> the day will open as ritual, as one of the most important civic rituals we have. i think all of us will show a great deal of respect, power passing to donald trump. he won it and he's got
precedent. and we need our presidents to succeed. i think after the parade ends and he goes inside and gets his team together and starts signing orders, that's when political controversy is going to break out. roit sers reporting tonight, i haven't seen it elsewhere yet, according to trump aides he's going to let that dhaka, the program for dreamers, 750 of them, let those authorizations expire. no more. this is it. that will be hugely controversial where there's been no latino named to a cabinet. he told israeli reporters today he's moving forward with moving the capital to jerusalem. that is going to be very controversial if he tries. he'll clearly try to do the wall quickly. there are a lot of things he'll do. he's going to show the american people he's serious, he meant it, and a lot of his supporters will cheer because that's what they're looking for. other americans will say he's going to be worse than i thought. >> i think that's right. the 65 million essentially of
course voted for hillary clinton tomorrow will be about donald trump who's been this very unorthodox candidate or really following the rituals of washington. so that's going to be fascinating to watch. it's also going to be fascinating to watch whether or not, and we've heard from some of his advisers it is dawning on him, the weight of this moment and obama of course talked about that, too, the sobering moment when you go into that oval office. it's also about is donald trump himself transitioning from the donald trump who was the private citizen and used to certain rituals and behaviors. i remember, for instance, obama famously thought he could go back to chicago every six to eight weeks after he became president. of course that didn't happen. so it will be interesting to see how he's transitioning from donald trump private citizen to president. >> and of course barack obama had taken oaths of office before. this is amazing that donald trump never has, right? unprecedented moment in so many ways. outgoing administration is
concerned the trump administration isn't ready. he isn't actually ready to assume the reins of power, which, if true, is very concerning. all americans would hope he is ready and everybody in his office is. >> we've had chaotic transitions before. we've always gotten thu them and we will again. but i think sol many senior positions still open and donald trump uniquely among american presidents not having a civic background, whether it's elected political, military, or cabinet appointed, that raises the bar to surround himself with people who are really connected to government. many of the cabinet people also share with donald trump a lack of executive or government experience. so that raises the onus, especially as we saw if north korea starts to test the new administration from day one as well. you can sign a lot of executive orders. the mandate he has, he still needs to unite the american people and do it beyond just the inaugural address. when politics and policy come after that inaugural address, that's going to be where the rubber meets the road. >> do you expect lots of signing
to go on tomorrow or will he perhaps do a couple things for ornamentation? >> it all depends on whether they want to do shock and awe or whether -- and i like shock and awe. >> by nature, he would do shock and awe. >> right. >> because it befuddles everybody because what do you focus on? you have so much you can't really focus on anything. i think that's a good idea. but even if they just do what david suggests, number one, he's keeping his campaign promises, two, he's following the law. the thing you just mentioned are the law. it's just barack obama's decided not to enforce the law. so with donald trump, if you listen to the folks who came um here on capitol hill, one after another said i'm just going to follow the law, sir. sessions, all these nominees said we're not going to do what this other president did, which is if the congress doesn't do what i want i'm going to make it up and do it myself. i'm going to follow the law. if you want to change the law, if you want to do immigration, then change the law. but until that law is changed i'm going to follow it. that's what his people are looking for. >> we hit pause until of course
republicans won't work with him and he has to govern the same whey barack obama did. next, democrats threat on the slow down the hearings for trump's cabinet picks. none have been confirmed so far. none. we'll talk to one leading democrat with breaking news tonight. and a special preview of what to expect as when. it all starts in less than 17 hours as donald trump becomes the next president of the united states. for second day both president bush 41 and his wife barbara remain hospitalized in texas. we'll have the latest on their conditions.
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arrived at the big dinner tonight. wayne lapierre, the executive vice president of the nra. just hours ago on capitol hill, though, it was a rough hearing for one of trump's most controversial nominees, democrats warning that trump's administration will be missing many of his picks on day one. manu raju is out front. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump says he wants his team to hit the ground running on day one but senate democrats have other ideas. agreeing to confirm just two cabinet nominees on inauguration day. retired general james mattis to lead the defense department. retired general jon kelly to head homeland security. and they're threatening to block eight other nominees, accusing them of ethical lapses and pursuing policies out of the mainstream. >> if republicans continue to stone wall and cover up the serious issues that many of
these nominees are trying to avoid, they should be prepared to have those debates on the floor of the full senate. >> reporter: if only two nominees are confirmed on the day trump takes office, it would be the fewest of any new president since george h.w. bush in 1989. and it would be a far cry from january 2009 when the senate confirmed seven of barack obama's nominees. >> i'm more worried about the impact it will have on the country. it serves no useful purpose for democratic colleagues to delay for delay's sake. >> reporter: some trump nominees have self-inflicted wounds, including congressman mick mulvaney, who acknowledged he failed to pay taxes on a sitter taking care of his triplets. even some top republicans are warning mulvaney's nomination as trump's budget director could be in trouble. >> it could create problems. i haven't studied it so i don't know for sure. >> reporter: republicans are trying to quickly confirm rex tillerson as secretary of state.
warning they'll try to advance his nomination next week. even if gop senator marco rubio joins democrats to reject him in committee. >> yes, i mean, i plan to move tillerson to the floor. >> no matter what happens in the committee. >> absolutely. >> reporter: but democrats and some republicans are concerned about tillerson's ties to russia. and his record as the head of exxonmobil and plan to drag it out. also under fire from democrats, steven mnuchin, trump's pick to head the treasury department, who faced a grilling on capitol hill today. >> we unfortunately did foreclose on certain people in the military. it was quite unfortunate. it was inappropriate. we responded to those people and made them whole as -- >> i wouldn't be proud of all these findings. >> reporter: but democrats seem more willing to accept former texas governor rick perry. nominated to run the energy department, an agency he once promised to eliminate. >> after being briefed on so
many of the vital functions of the department of energy, i regret recommending its elimination. >> reporter: trump will eventually get most if not all nominees confirmed but any one senator could delay the process and we saw that happening today and tomorrow when congressman michael pompeo, the cia director, was expected to be confirmed by republicans, but one oregon senator, ron widen, has concerns about his views on surveillance issues and he wants to delay that nomination until sometime next week. erin? >> thank you. out front now, the democratic senator from ohio, the ranking member on the senate banking, housing and urban affairs committee, sits on the senate finance committee. appreciate your time. we just saw part of a heated exchange between you and steven mnuchin. where do you stand on him tonight? >> i'm going to vote no on his
confirmation. the president-elect talked about draining the swamp but we're seeing increasingly a white house that looks like a goldman sachs executive retreat. too much influence in wall street, too many people who were connected with the housing crisis and all that happened. the zip code my wife and i live in in cleveland ten years ago had more foreclosures than any zip code in the united states and i know how it turns families upside down long term and what foreclosures mean and i don't want more of the same from this administration. >> so you're going to vote no on this nomination. i want to play something about -- i guess how you really put your reasoning to steven mnuchin today. here you are, senator. >> i don't want to talk about your situation. i understand your defensiveness both in individual meetings, mine and others, and in this committee about what happened at onewest, but let me lay this out. in 2006, businessman donald
trump responded to a question about the possibility of a real estate crash by saying, "i sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy." now, you didn't just buy properties. you bought the bank. you bought the ability to help families stay in their homes. that's not what you did. >> at the depth of the financial crisis, the country was at risk of falling apart as you were saying, people losing their homes, put out on the street. at that time there was only one buyer for indie mac, one of the largest buyers in the united states, to take that risk and possibly save manager people's live hi hoods. i'm trying to understand, does the actual act of making the money during the crisis in real estate make him unfit to serve in your view? >> no. his purchasing the bank was one thing. frankly i'm not particularly quarrelling with that. that may have been the right thing to do. it's what he did after purchasing the bank. the procedures they followed, the foreclosures that they
accelerated, their unwillingness to do modifications the way that they could have to keep people in their homes, they apparently made, it seems to us, made more money by encouraging people or by foreclosing on people than they did helping them stay in their homes. and that's one of the disagreements that mr. my knew chin and i had. then when he sold the bank most of the profit he made from selling it came from the federal dollars that he was -- that the bank attracted if you will from fdic and others to supposedly help these homeowners. >> so of the eight nominees, the democrats are are going after in particular, can you support any of them, betsy devos, steven mnuchin, you're a no there, mick mulvaney, tim price, scott pruitt, andrew putzer in, rex tillerson, are you a yes on many? >> i've made a decision on only three. i'll vote for the secretary of defense and homeland security
and secretary of the department of transportation. i lean to voting for the secretary of hud. i expect this will be -- i like very much the pick for secretary of the va. i think he's the best pick of all. so i assume i'll vote for more than half of them. but when he nominates somebody that's a climate fear of epa or to run medicare who believes we should raise the eligibility age for medicare, thinking about the barb barber, the person that works retail, the construction worker, the restaurant worker, wait until they're 67 or 70 to get on medicare is just cruel. >> all right. thank you very much, senator. i appreciate your time tonight. thanks again. >> thank you. >> my panel is back with me. bakari, democrats, you heard him say he'll vote for some but there's eight nominations they are actively trying to stop. are they being obstructionist just for obstructionist sake?
>> that's a rich question when you look at the last eight years of barack obama, are you being obstructionist for obstructionist sake. i think mattis, pompeo, i think nikki haley, ben carson and rick perry will have an easier time in the united states senate than some would imagine. tom price has problems. tom price doesn't just have ethical problems. i like shchuck schumer believe may have legal problems. i think rex tillerson has problems. mr. my knew chin, i hope i got his name correct because the card gets butchered all the time, mr. mnuchin has problems. he is part of the reason we face the economic and housing crisis we did.mr. mnuchin has problems. he is part of the reason we face the economic and housing crisis we did. democrats don't have the ability to stop much here but to not fight is a greater sin. you'll see many democrats who are going to fight and many of these individuals have issues and to not raise those issues i
think the counterproductive. >> you can't get confirmed until he's president. if he becomes president in the morning, the senate can start voting. you won't have seven confirmations tomorrow it doesn't seem like. >> maybe two. >> so how troubling is that that you'll have so many vacancies on day one? >> there are going to be vacancies, but i want to go back to what bakari said about it's one thing to fight and there's no question they'll bloody them up and they're going after them and they're going to delay and they're going to try but i've spoke on the a number of people who still think that all of these nominees are going to get through. at the end of the day it's smath and the republicans have the votes, and david wants to fight with me about it, but that's what we're hearing that, you know, it's going to be ugly but he can get them through. >> it's also about leverage. marco rubio, and i haven't talked to marco about this so i'm just putting it as an example, marco rubio is making a
point and trying to -- >> on tillerson. >> on tillerson. widen is making a point on sessions. this is what senators do. you plant your seed, you get leverage, you get concessions from the nominees so you have a working relationship them. it looks like they're fighting, what they're doing is making a deal. >> making a deal. which of course very appropriate given the situation. we are awaiting on the president-elect black tie candle lit dinner, union station in washington. moments ago trump spoke after a concert at lincoln memorial and he spoke about uniting the country. >> we're going to unify our country and our fray, 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, everybody, everybody throughout
our country. that includes the inner cities. that includes everybody. >> big question, though, remain what is will tomorrow, the big day, look like? will he be divisive or inclusive or what? tom foreman is out front. we're expecting a lot of people to show up right behind where i'm sitting, right there. we can see the grandstands for donald trump's inauguration. >> reporter: take a look at these numbers, between 700,000 and 900,000 people are expected for this inauguration. mauler than what we saw at barack obama's first swearing-in but about equal to his second or another way of looking at it, it's like two woodstocks. all those people coming together in a few square miles here in downtown d.c. where they will be met by 28,000 security officers. local police, federal police, members of the national guard, the coast guard. what are they trying to do? they want to set up a secure perimeter around everything here. inside this red zone there will be a lot of people but they're
not letting any vehicles in. how are they keeping them out? they're putting up barricades, buses across intersections, trucks packed full of sand, and then they're closing the air space, of course, and eve haven't plans no-in place to make sure no drones can come in and do something untoward. the most severe security for the people who get in beyond the vehicles will be right down here in front at the capitol. there you'll need a ticket to get in and even if you're in an unticketed area you'll have to pass through one of 300 different magnetometers or many of the checkpoints out there, past bomb-sniffing dogs, all of which will also play a role after the swearing-in as the procession leaves the capitol, goes down pennsylvania avenue and back up to the white house up there. now, for all this, authorities say they want to make sure that protesters can also do what they need to do. that includes the marijuana advocates who want to hand out some 4,000 marijuana cigarettes for free that day. that includes the people who generally just object to donald
trump's policies out there. it includes the bikers who say they're going to come in to help stand up for the pro trump forces. in all there are going to be about 100 different groups expected to take action, including a big rally the day after the inauguration for women out there. it's a lot of people. it's a lot of officers and a lot of security to keep an eye on the whole weekend. erin? >> all right. thank you very much, tom foreman. the panel's back with me. jodie cantor author of "the obamas" also joins me. david, you have been at so many inaugurations, right, you've seen this, the tradition of it, which is i think part of what makes, you know, people get goose bumps. donald trump has been the kind of guy that wants to throw tradition away. but today he's really stuck with it. he did that at the lincoln memorial, had the concert there. where do you expect him to be unconventional tomorrow?
>> i think this is my 11th inauguration. i think in general he showed today a solemnity we haven't ordinarily associated with donald trump. it did seem as doug said earlier on it was now beginning to hit him, you know, because you can't be surrounded -- you're surround by so many soldiers. that in part gives you a sense of the enormous authority that goes with the office. but he was still donald trump today. the preposterous statement of the collective highest i kwfshgs of any cabinet in history. really? i think even rick perry would say look he was preceded in this office by the chair of the physics department of m.i.t. and his predecessor was a nobel prize winner. rick perry had a somewhat upbringing and different professional place. i don't think we're going to see donald trump disappearing, the old donald trump. and i also think that there's
going to be an enormous amount of controversy as he starts down this -- >> what about the speech himself? he tweeted out a picture of himself writing his speech. a lot of people said there's nothing on that paper. >> i talked to him early in december down at mar-a-lago and he made it very clear he wanted to write it and keep the draft of it. he didn't like the ytd that people were going to be ghost writing it for him. i think maybe because he's being beat up so much as being a nonintellectual, jokes of him writing wit a crayon and the like. i think he said i can do this and i'll do the first draft. he also said he wants to keep it pretty short. he said people don't need to stand out and listen to long, boring, winded speeches. he said my long career of going to rubber chicken dinners and things, i never heard anybody say, god, i wish that speech was longer. >> he's right about that. anybody disagree? go ten, it should be five.
if you go 15, it should be 10. >> the weather won't be so good. it was horrible for obama's first inaugural. you know, donald trump is someone who likes a show, who hikes to feed off the crowd. maybe he's talking about a larger community. >> you've been a speech writer. what tone will we hear? >> normally presidents campaign on being you nirts, not dividers in w's phrase. that has not been donald trump's jam. this is a real challenge for him. he's promised simultaneously a short speech under 20 minutes and also you saw sean spicer saying it was going to be philosophical about the proper role of government. we haven't seen donald trump focus on philosophy a lot. but because he lost the popular vote by an unprecedented amount, the key question will be does he generally try to reach out and try to unite because that is an obligation of an american president. the peaceful transfer of power
is nothing to take for granted. inaugural speeches have a special place. >> the pomp and circumstance of tomorrow morning is significant. it starts off and will be very much traditional, the trumps will go meet the obamas. the world this see it. then they'll have a private meeting. then they'll go together to capitol hill. it will be a solemn meeting. >> he'll begin the day by going to church. right across from lafayette park, from the white house. i think david said it correct, earlier in the program, he will be very ceremonial, very rah-rah america up until about 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 in the afternoon. when the parade ends -- >> then p pen comes out. >> p ten comes out. people start fighting. but you know what, that's what democracy is. there are issues when the
transition of power is not going so well, in africa right now. people don't like donald trump but he is elected president. >> i actually spent the evening of obamas' inauguration with his kenyan relatives who had come for the day. they were so amazed by the peaceful of transfer of power. they couldn't believe their eyes that george h.w. bush with so much politeness and decorum was handing the keys of the white house to barack and michelle obama. it took their breath away. >> that's what we'll sorm tomorrow. on the eve of the transfer of power, president obama a. >> piers: yant good-bye to the nation. and hundreds of thousands of women from across the country ready to march on washington with a message for donald trump. >> that we're not going away. that we're here. that we're going to fight. well, a 103 yeah, 103. well, let me ask you guys. how long did it take you two to save that? a long time. then it's a fortune. well, i'm sure you talk to people all the time
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good-bye today, posting a photo of her and the president on twitter. lovely picture there. it was a lovely day here. and her walking through the white house with the dogs, bo and sonny, for one of the last times. my panel is back with me. pa carry, a poignant moment. it's a bittersweet moment when you see this change of power, you become accustomed to it, is change. >> there's a whole generation of individual who is grew up on barack obama. that's the only president they've ever known. he served admirably for figt err years. he had no senior level executive officials who have been indicted, who have been convicted of anything. it's no drama obama. i know that that bar is really low but -- >> i was about to say -- >> you look at bill clinton, george w. bush, at h.w. bush, ronald reagan, richard nixon, they all had executive level officials who were indicted for a particular crime. barack obama leaves this white house scandal free. even more importantly, there are a ton of people who are going to
recognize tomorrow when barack obama leaves in his marine one, i believe called executive one, leaves with a 60% approval rating. donald trump tomorrow has the lowest approval rating of any president-elect in modern history. his task is to begin to unite the country, something he hasn't been able to do throughout the campaign, but we can't deny that he comes in here with the backing of very few people in this country. >> so let me ask you, jodie, because this is a poignant moment. if you've been on the streets or walked in front of the white house the past few days as most of us have, you see tourists coming in. so many people are here watching this. for the obamas, you see michelle obama's video she put out. how emotional is this for them? this last night? >> well, so, president obama has a really unusual writing assignment. he is going to write a letter to put in the oval office for donald trump to find. think about what a complex task
that is, keeping with who president obama is, he'll probably be very politic and inspiring, but this is his last chance to whisper into donald trump's ear and leave instructions for him and for histo history. so what does he say? >> does listen? >> it all depends what he says. will he list what he wants donald trump to do in his administration? no. but maybe what it means to be president and the struggles he has and provides him insight into the job, then yes, i think he -- >> i think that underscores the transition that's happening tomorrow. inaugural addresses should not simply be extensions of campaign speeches. they are conversations through the generations between presidents. there is an obligation to connect two to a sweep of history and a vision for america.
it's not just about continuing the campaign. it's elevating. >> time isn't on barack obama's side, but he's put these letters out, thank you letter to americans, very poignant, but at the same time he commuted more people in a single day than any person has in history. chelsea manning this week. is it typical to see so much as he comes up to the final moments? >> no. >> he's taking a strong position going out the toor. almost all of these people have been nonviolent drug offenders and he thinks the country has changed its mind about people going to jail and he's at the forefront of that and saying no, you shouldn't be in there year after year after year, shouldn't be, you know, three strikes and you're out. if you're a nonviolent drug offender, he wants to clean the jails out. he's made a remarkable statement in the final days. >> in the letter to americans obama wrote today and when the arc of progress seems slow, remember, america is not the
project of any one certain. the single most powerful word in our democracy is the world we, we the people, we shall overcome. is that a message to trump? to the american people? >> i think a message to the american people. similar to his press conference of this message of hope and optimism, resilience. i thought it was one of the most moving moments of his last days talking about his daughters, how much he looked to their generation. i think you'll see some of his energy go into working with the next generation. he thinks -- it was very poignant. >> no doubt about that. i agree with david, too, it is a message to donald trump in the sense of you're not going in as a dictator, this is not a monarchy, but at the same time, the fact of the matter is, you know, we are brought together as a nation as a we and it isn't just based upon the sole purpose of one person. i think that's very important as we go forward in the trump presidency. >> psychologically i think it will be interesting if trump
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live pictures outside of the dinner washington. there's kellyanne conway, senior adviser to donald trump. mike pence will be attending the dinner. let's listen to kellyanne for one moment. we can hear her i think. >> i would like to say the very first day -- >> we should expect most of his executive actions as he promised on day one to be monday. >> i hope so. >> he is done with his speech? >> he's done with his speech. it's going to be a beautiful speech. beautifully written and powerfully delivered. >> i know you said he wrote it himself but there had to be -- >> well, stevie miller,
brilliant, wonderful speechwriter on the trail, really understands [ inaudible ]. you will recognize much of it as coming from donald trump. >> are you concerned about some of his nominees for cabinet positions not being confirmed? >> i'm very concerned about the process. i'm personally very disappointed because president george w. bush came into office after 35 days very hotly contested decisions. we need a government that functions. i'm sure you're aware some of these conversation hearings have been a an attempt to humiliate
some of our qualified men and women. he said the highest iq cabinet in the country and i think he's got a point. he's nominated very successful and prominent and loyal people. we really hope the senate will expedite the confirmation process. >> talk about monday. [ inaudible question ] >> we're not prepared to say that. >> tomorrow a work day for you? >> tomorrow is a workday. tomorrow i turn 50 years old and it's a workday. yes, it is a workday and those of us going to the white house will be working throughout the weekend.
>> she finished by saying he will be working tomorrow and through weekend. there have been some speculation that he would really maybe have day one be monday. >> yeah, yeah. >> she just said that is not the case. >> you know, this is donald trump, right? part of his work is theater, part of the work is chaos and constant tweeting and diversions. i think it's fitting that he wants to get to work on day one and maybe sign some executive actions, undo the obama presidency. that is what he promised americans, the folks who voted for him are expecting that. not surprising he wants to do that. >> he will start right away. >> i think he'll start day one like he's saying, you'll have that. we began tonight with the north korea report so imagine if north korea tests a missile he'll want to show the country he is commander in chief in charge and if we don't have people confirmed, although mattis probably will be shgt it will be general flynn and flynn will be the one having donald trump's
ear. tells you the power of national security advisor in an immediate situation. people in the world might want might want to make havoc with america tomorrow. >> frustration in kellyanne's voice talking about the confirmation. i want the senate, i sure hope they expedite the confirmations. >> yeah. they're not going -- they'll slow them down but they're all going to get confirmed unless something new comes up. my hope is that donald trump really shake ts it up and appoints a supreme court nominee early next week. you want to talk change of discussion, put all these nominations in rear window, everyone will start focusing on the supreme court. these nominations will sail through and a smart move. need if to get that clock ticking. >> that's fine. one thing we had to talk about is everybody gets caught on on the cabinet nominees and the supreme court justices, donald trump has jobs to fill that are undersecretary, that are not filled and not filled and not because of the democratic senators. he hasn't even made the
appointments. there are a ton of vacancies out there. stoo some of the reasons is because the cabinet secretary -- >> no, no, no. >> the point is it's just not done. >> there's an urgency about this we haven't discussed. if the north koreans really are going to be testing us there's an you aurgency to get -- >> the cia is what happened either in the transition or on literal day one. >> but the senate needs to get cracking on his national security. that ought to be the first thing. get tillerson in there. tillerson doesn't have security clearance right now. i don't know that mattis does. pompeo doesn't. they can't come together and do anything. to your point, there's an equal urgency on the part of the trump team. they are behind. they're not -- and you'll remember when ronald reagan came in, the day after, put the name forward, penn james, hi headhunter, wound up on your doorstep with a notebook saying three choices every major position, make them now and they
got it moving. that's what he need to do. >> i want to dispel the myth, the idea of where whether he'll work this weekend or not. he is going to take the office around noon tomorrow and he's going right to work. you are the president of the united states. you aren days a week. you do not get a day off. you don't look to mike pence and say by the way, i have to go golfing, i'm handing it to you for a few hours. while the trump folks are saying we'll get right at it, of course you are because you have no choice but to get right at it. the question is does he do some things that are politically explosive tomorrow afternoon. >> and what happens the unexpected, right? you can script out what you want to in terms of the executive actions you want to sign, but the presidency is about dealing with unexpected things, whether it's a foreign policy, whether it's sort of violence, any of those things. those are the things to watch he can't plan for and he's frankly not prepared for them. >> there's an obligation to expedite particularly secretary of defense, kelly at dhs. >> they'll go through without a problem.
? but they need to be for the reason of stability of governance. shock and awe is not a domestic communication strategy. we need stability in our government in a challenging time. >> i think stability will be when obama meets because the warmth between trump and obama will surprise people, i think, on their ride down to the inaugural. >> tonight officials are preparing for what could be one of the biggest inauguration protests ever, the women's march on washington. let's get to kenlaw. >> we're, like, let's go, we have to do this, be a part of this. >> reporter: six los angeles women. plotting their path to the other side of the country for the women's march on washington. across california, women are packing, like yasmine diaz. first time in d.c. >> yes. >> reporter: why do this? >> there has been a lot of apathy in the past, you know, but now i think that's a sleeping giant that's been sort of stirred.
>> reporter: apathy. none of these women have felt the need to be political before. donald trump is not the only reason for this cross-country trek they say, but he is the spark. >> we don't know what else to do at this point. the vote doesn't count. the popular vote doesn't count. we have to show up in person. >> we're not sitting behind your computers. we're going to be physically there. we'll make them listen. >> we have to. >> reporter: why not do the protest in l.a.? >> i want to be part of getting out of that bubble and letting this administration know we're not okay with the choices or the rhetoric they've been saying. >> reporter: if 50,000 or more turn out they'll match the women's strike for equality in 1970. that march began as a labor protest. it sparked a new women's movement followed by years of progress in workplace gender equality and sexual harassment. these marchers have a wide variety of causes from climate change to reproductive rights to racial equality. >> one thing i've heard about the women's march, too many
disparate issues, it won't accomplish anything. >> no. it's the start of something. >> the women's march is a gesture of our commitment. >> reporter: what do you want to tell the incoming president since you're going to be in his backyard? >> that we're not going away, that we're here, that we're going to fight, and all our local levels across the country and we're going the make a difference. >> reporter: is there anything donald trump can do to win you over? >> listen, listen to what we're saying. >> and take action. for what we're asking for. >> i do hope he watches. i want him to see us out there and see, you know, the droves, the number of people that are out there and see it's going to be a very diverse crowd. i think that's really important. >> reporter: it's not just women from california. it's also women from alaska and as far away as hawaii. protests organizers are being so bold as to predict they're expecting 250,000 people. erin, we should also mention there are some 600 sister
marches happening in cities across the country. erin? >> all right. thank you very much. a quarter million people, a stunning size, the day after he becomes president trump. let's hand it off to "ac 360" and anderson. good evening from washington. a big day tomorrow. president-elect trump is due shortly at a candlelight dinner at union station. you're waping some of the arrivals. both the president-elect and vice president-elect pence are expected to speak. mr. trump at the dinner, governor pence at the indiana ball. it's the capper to a day that brought moments of quiet ceremony at arlington national cemetery and loud celebrations and clear signals that the next four years will be very different than the last eight. we also heard from the guest of honor, the president-elect making surprise remarks on the st