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that empowers federal agency to gut the law, even before congress moves to formally repeal it. also this morning hundreds of thousands will be marching here in washington and around the world. they're deeply worried about the trump white house and impact on women's rights and civil liberties. covering all of it from the policies to protests. let's begin over at the white house. cnn's athena jones is joining us with the latest. athena? >> reporter: good morning, wolf. president trump soon after taking the oath of office said in his inaugural address the time for empty talk is over. now comes the hour of action, now arrives the hour of action. he did take several actions within a few hours of taking the oath of office. among those actions as you mention, signing of an executive order dealing with obamacare. that executive order does not change the law. what it does do is directs agencies to interpret the
regulations of the law as loosely as allowed in order to try to minimize the financial burden on individuals, on health care providers, on insurers and the like. that means agencies can waive or defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of requirements that cause burdens. this is president trump showing that he was serious about his promise to take action against obamacare on day one. another action the administration took, chief of staff reince priebus issued a memo calling on agencies to freeze work on recent regulations that haven't taken effect. this is a common move from incoming administrations. president obama's chief of staff in 2009 and president bush's chief of staff in 2001 issued identical memos. one more action i want to talk about that the president took yesterday that isn't exactly in line with his populous message, the president suspended a mortgage premium rate cut for homeowners. that means less money in the
pockets of mortgage holders. another interesting move among several on that busy, busy first day in office. we expect the day to be less busy as you mention. back to you, wolf. >> athena, thank you. let's go to the national cathedral in washington where president trump will attend an inaugural prayer service, long held tradition allows the incoming president to pause, reflect on the momentous burden he now carries. our senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny is at the cathedral with more. set the scene for us. >> good morning, wolf. president trump and vice president elect mike pence will make it here to the washington cathedral. this is an episcopal cathedral. today it is an interfaith service inside. the seats are filling up from trump supporters but also a mix
of denominations, wolf. this is the program that people will get. just flipping through, there's a diversity of prayer when it starts in an hour's time. muslim call to prayer, jewish call to prayer. there are some evangelical supporters and ministers who supported donald trump on the campaign trail who are speaking here as well as the archbishop of the washington diocese, wolf. this is an inter denominational service. not without controversy. some members of the parish asked to have this cancelled but the dean of the parish said it is important to not support president trump only but to pray for him and set a good example, wolf. this is a moment where we're not going to hear from president trump himself. he and his wife melania and the pences will be inside listening to reflections. it will take an hour to 75 minutes time. it gives president trump a chance to see a little more of
washington. wolf, this is a historic building as you know so well. three state funerals have been held inside, president woodrow wilson is buried inside this church here. a moment of history for donald trump before he begins his first full day in office. wolf? >> and it is significant, jeff, as you point out, the imam, executive imam of adams center in sterling, virginia, outside washington will be participating with prayers as well, right? >> he will indeed. that is something that really speaks to how much interfaith and traditional service this is. wolf, this has happened the morning after the inauguration for every president, beginning with george washington, not all at this cathedral. this took almost a century to build and was completed just in the early 1990s, but this is a diverse moment of prayer that we will see president trump arrive
here in just about an hour, wolf. >> we will have coverage of that as well. thanks very much, jeff zeleny at the national cathedral. meanwhile, thousands of women are already converging on the nation's capital, preparing for the march on washington. protesting president trump policies, demanding equal rights for women. this is an event that began with a fairly modest call to action on facebook right after november 8th election. it could become one of the largest political demonstrations in washington. and it is not just in washington, it is in fact coast to coast, around the country, continent to couldnntinent, aro the world. more than 600 sister marches as they're called are planned around the country and in fact around the world. cnn is covering several of these marches, including ones in new york, boston, and london. let's begin with cnn's kyung lah in washington. the women and a lot of men are
just getting started where you are, kyung. >> reporter: it hasn't officially been started yet, but crowds started gathering at 6:00 a.m. eastern time, wolf. you can hear them singing. it is a very friendly audience. i want you to take a look at the size of this crowd. for some perspective, we're in the shadow of the capital. this is just one section, one small section of this entire crowd. jordan will take a sweep of the entire crowd. look to the right. as it continues to sweep, again, this is one part of the stage. the entire area stretches much, much further and i also want to give you a look at the diversity of the crowd. these ladies marched in the 1970s, when women were fighting for equal rights. so they're marching again. a lot of young girls who are here, saw a woman carrying her child. you can see from their faces, it is a very friendly crowd. they say that this is very
urgent for them, that they want washington to see the crowd here and hear their voice. their voices are for a number of issues, a number of platforms. the most important is that they want the president's attention. wolf? >> tell us about the pink caps that so many of the women are wearing. >> reporter: okay. let's take a look at some of the hats. you can see what this woman has done is, if you can spin for me, this is something that is a viral sensation. so wolf, what we have been seeing is a lot of these women are wearing these hats because they knitted them themselves. it began as something that they could pull the map, the pattern off social and then you can see for yourself again as we take a look at the crowd, a lot of women here are wearing these caps and men frankly. >> kyung lah in the middle of it. we will be getting back to you.
thank you very much. cnn brynn is traveling with a group from new york to the march. what are the women you're talking to saying about all of this? >> reporter: wolf, right now there's a ton of anticipation building. we left new york union square about 5:00 this morning. we're an hour outside d.c. took a quick rest stop. everybody can feel we're getting closer and closer as they talk to friends in d.c. now already at the festivities. there's a lot of people that haven't met each other on the bus behind me but getting to know each other, getting to talk about why they felt compelled to congress. the stories are deeply personal. talked to a woman in d.c. in 1963 when martin luther king junior gave his famous speech, march to the civil rights movement. went back to d.c. for two other marches. this will be her fourth time going to d.c. for a march. she said this one is the most
important. why does she say that, wolf? because the other marches are about issues. this is about protecting america's values. this woman next to me, karcarol this is her first march. she says the reason she's going is because she wants to be against hate. she wants her voice heard. that's what we're hearing from this small group of women. we know that diversity, all these personal reasons are what we're going to experience once we get to d.c. of course again, an hour out. very excited women and men, fiances, boyfriends joining as well. >> that bus an hour away from washington. we'll check back with you as well. in the president's hometown, thousands are expected to march the united nations building to trump tower on fifth avenue. jessica schneider joins us from new york city with more. what are you seeing, jessica? >> reporter: wolf, president
trump maybe be in washington, d.c. but his to your in manhattan remains a focal point for the women's march. people are already going by us. i'll give you a look at the crowd. these are the harmonics. a woman's group that will be singing here. these are women that are gathered. this march starts at the united nations and then they'll head uptown about ten blocks and over a few avenues to trump tower. that's where they're gathering today. this march takes off in waves, starting 11:00 a.m. and goes through the day. it isn't just about the women. they're inviting anybody, men, women, children, any gender or race. this is about equality, maintaining civil rights. they want to get that message to president trump. he is down in washington, but they'll be taking their message to trump tower in manhattan. wolf? >> jessica, we will be watching together with you. the march in boston is the
second largest outside of washington, d.c. we are told senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts is expected to speak there. cnn miguel marquez is in boston for us. set the scene there. >> reporter: they're kmexpectin over 100,000. expected 25,000 at first, now expecting over 100,000. there's over a thousand here already, give ayou a sense of what's happening. this is the main stage. people are gathering throughout this area. if you look around, you can see pink hats everywhere like these individuals here. people are coming from all over new england. over 100 buses bringing people from all over new england. they have the oldest marcher, expected to be 96 years old. a fairly short march around boston. what they consider this is a first effort, first nationwide committee meeting essentially to put the president and trump administration on notice that they're watching, organizing,
and this is only the first step. wolf? >> miguel marquez in boston for us, thank you. the women's march on washington is in fact spreading overseas, london, paris, sydney, hong kong, having their own rallies. nina has more from london. how is it going? >> reporter: hi there, wolf, i am at the end of the two mile route from the embassy to this landmark. there's a lot of people converging on the streets. estimated that thousands of people joined up for the march, and still said to be thousands making their way through towards the stage here as you can see later on, we have pop stars and celebrities who are going to be having a concert, having speeches and so on and so forth. it is a woman's march, but as you pointed out earlier, not
just women present, i would say anecdotally 40 to 50% male attendance. some of the men wearing the famous pink hats as you see some of the ladies are, too. and many generations who are here as well. lot of people brought their children. some people even brought their pets. yes, they're protesting against divisive political rhetoric in the united states during this electoral cycle but also protesting against local issues like brexit. >> what are you hearing, you're speaking to a lot of folks in london. what are they saying about the new american president? >> reporter: there's a lot of come patriot ats in the crowd, a lot of them talking about divisive rhetoric, veins of mi soj knee, they were saying, quote, unquote during the political campaign. really here in london, people are saying they want this to be a celebration of women's rights
and lgbt rights and so on and so forth, but there are other issues as well. people have come in great numbers to highlight, too, proliferation of nuclear weapons, for instance. as i mention, brexit. it is a hugely divisive topic, and donald trump's relationship with the uk will help shape that debate from here. many things people are saying and many things people are also saying about donald trump, a lot of them i should point out are in some of the signs we're seeing in the crowd, too, wolf. >> you see the crowd on the left side muof the screen in paris, e right is in london. still to come. signed, sealed, delivering a first blow to obamacare. more on the president's first moves in the oval office. and moments from now, donald trump is kicking off his first full day on the job at a national prayer service. the president will be there with his family, we'll be there as well.
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women and a lot of men are marching, protesting the new trump presidency here in washington. you see crowds beginning to develop. the demonstrations will begin shortly. in boston, huge crowds are there and overseas as well, in paris and london. thousands and thousands of people have gathered. we're going to have extensive coverage of all of this coming
up. meanwhile, hours after donald trump took the oath of office, the senate approved two of his cabinet picks. retired general james mattis defense secretary, and retired marine general john kelly secretary of homeland security. both men confirmed with ease, sworn in last night by the new vice president, mike pence. but there are many trump cabinet positions unfilled. let's go to sunlen serfaty on capitol hill. the senate certainly has a lot of work to do. >> they certainly do, wolf. as you know, there's been a lot of back and forth and fighting about the pace of the confirmations. you have senate democrats trying to slow things down and trump administration saying look, they need their cabinet in place here. there has been small agreement overnight about a way forward on a few of them. on monday, two things to look
for. leadership reached an agreement where they will now have six hours of open debate on mike pompeo, trump's pick for cia director. then they'll hold a confirmation vote. and on rex tillerson, he gets a committee vote monday. that is expected to be very, very close. so some small movement going into next week but it is very nosab notable that he is in his first days of office with only two members of the cabinet in place. far short of what he had wanted, far fewer than president obama had on his inauguration day. so trump is sending some very specific words to the senate in a statement he issued last night saying, quote, i call on members of the senate to fulfill their constitutional obligation and swiftly confirm the remainder of my highly qualified cabinet nominees so we can get to work on behalf of the american people without further delay. this sets up a critical, important week on capitol hill, wolf, for the incoming trump
administration. >> it will be critically important indeed. sunlen, thank you very much. it was a busy first few hours in the white house for president trump. trump signing executive order on one of his top campaign promises, dismantling obamacare and welcoming his first two cabinet members, general james mattis and john kelly who lead department of defense and homeland security. they were overwhelmingly nearly unanimous as far as mattis is concerned, nearly unanimous among the 100 members of the senate, confirmation of him and general kelly get ago decisive majority as well. here to discuss this and more, cnn politics director david channian, tim na that will ee, daily beast, washington bureau chief jackie kucinich, chicago sun times lynn sweet. how much fight can the democrats put up resisting cabinet
nominations? >> not much in terms of the end result. most of these people, if not all of them, are going to have these jobs at the end of the day, because the republicans have the votes. the one where that may still be up for discussion is rex tillerson, for the big secretary of state job. haven't seen marco rubio or john mccain, lindsey graham come on board yet. there may be enough there to cause some potential trump for the tillerson nomination. what the democrats believe they have is opportunity to layout their message in opposition at the start of this administration, to layout in each of these policy areas, identified five or six nominees now that they really want to target and make a message argument because fweagain, not about stopping the confirmation, it is about setting boundaries of debate on these issues. >> even if you have two, three, four republicans that are resisting say rex tillerson for secretary of state, there are
some democrats who might go ahead and vote to confirm, especially democrats from states that donald trump won decisively in the election, who themselves, these senators, are up for re-election in two years. >> those senators, i think there are about ten of the democrats up in trump states, they're going to be i would imagine people who get a lot of attention from reince priebus, jarrod kushner, steve bannon in the months ahead. i think there will a rester investigator from states that will feel the pressure of trump support. remember, donald trump is not coming in now with some huge sense of tail winds and wind in his back, not a big approval rating now. i am not sure the pressure is there now that they feel they have to be on board with trump. >> in his first executive orders, the president signed an executive order to scale back obamacare, the affordable care act, at least taking initial step. not a formal repeal, certainly
not a replace, but initial step. is that strictly symbolic. >> part of it is, one of the things it could end up producing is granting waivers against the individual mandate which could set the whole system off kilter. that's how it pays for a lot of things republicans like. that's where this could really gum up the gears and start something that's already complicated and make it even more complicated and start problems before they even have a replacement. so it really depends if this effects people's care. it is going to effect the insurance companies. it is an interesting decision. >> historically, tim, obviously historians for years to come will look at that first day and make some decisions about what he was trying to achieve. >> well wolf, he said in his inaugural speech that the time of action has arrived, paraphrasing. this is a way of saying even before congress can figure out
how to replace obamacare. >> how to repeal it. >> i'm going to stop enforcing it. what's amazing here is what the u.s. government is saying is we're not going to enforce. can't be legal violation, can't break the law, but there are so many regulations that effect obamacare, we're not going to enforce those regulation zb. >> interpret them in the most lax way possible. >> which means plans that haven't followed, including p pre-existing conditions, no one will be taken to court now. it is creating uncertainty in the insurance market. the problem for them is that they don't know the effect this will have. will the insurance market start to shut down before there's a replacement. how will historians look at this. on the one hand, brilliant in terms of rhetoric, i'm in power, i promised you unlike the
republican congress, i'm actually going to deliver. what we're going to have to wait and see, the chaos, possible chaos this will create. this is much more than rhetoric and the effect of it will take time for us to digest. >> lynn, you remember we covered the campaign, during the campaign donald trump as a candidate would say on day one, i'm going to do this, i'm going to do this. there was a lot of decisive action he was about to take. now that he is president of the united states, there's a little bit of a pause. >> takes a lot more than signing a piece of paper in this executive order. i want to amplify what everyone said. the main central part of this promise is paying too much on deductible and for the policy. when you start putting uncertainty in the market, i read that executive order as i'm sure you did, so people know, basically it is ability to have in the broadest language possible any official void any requirement to do anything and if you think this will drive
prices down soon for people or address deductible you think is too high, i don't see how the insurance industry, we're not fronting for them, okay, but we all, everyone is on the receiving end of this. i don't see how this will drive down prices, get people to keep their coverage. insurance is a big part of the economy. by going this approach, by adding more uncertainty to an industry already faced changes, with changes in the obamacare law, i want to see if he can pull this off. no one here seems to think that, right? >> david, showing viewers live pictures in washington. a lot of women and men are wearing pink hats. they're here, demonstrating for women's rights, for civil rights. there's a lot of issues that are on the table right now. and they're trying to make a statement. let's say donald trump is
watching these demonstrations in washington and boston, chicago. all over the world. london, paris, sydney, australia and other places as well. i'm sure he's looking at this and saying to himself what? >> he's saying to himself probably i want to get on with things. i don't think -- if donald trump is wise, he's going to go to the national prayer service, he's going to keep his head focused on his mission. yesterday was his day. as he said, it is time to get to work. today we see the opposition in full force. the resistance. we know that he did not win popular vote. there's a large swathe of the country out there very concerned about the trump presidency. today they get to express that in force and numbers. donald trump would be wise not to get distracted by that i think since he clearly has a different task in front of him. >> this is not the first time there were demonstrations in the united states as a new president takes office.
>> in 2020, we will have the symbol. in 1913, there was a woman's march the day before woodrow wilson's inauguration in march of 1913. that's the first counter of the inaugural march. i want to stress something else. yesterday president trump talked about the people. he didn't define the people except the american people. today the american people are speaking. it may not be the people i was speaking to, but it is the american people. what we're seeing is don't define, let's not define populism one way or the other. yesterday he had an opportunity to give us a broad view of populism. there's a lot of populism in america. you're going to see some of it today in the streets. >> may i underscore that? i covered, we all have, a lot of demonstrations. people can see behind us, we have a view. this is extraordinary to see this happening because this is kind of organically organized. this has not been months in the making. doesn't have a lot of
professional organizers who have been putting on a stream of press conferences. just like we might have missed, we, pret -- press at large, maybe we will see the other side. >> i remember when the tea party movement was forming, you saw it start with town halls and all of a sudden in front of the capitol and created a political movement that now is very much in charge. so it really will be interesting to see as the year goes on if they can organize, if this is something that becomes very much part of the political climate. >> guys, everybody stand by. we have much more coming up. we're also getting ready to hear at the national cathedral, a prayer service there. president trump set to leave the white house for the national prayer service at the national cathedral only moments from now. we'll have extensive live coverage. and following thousands and
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from boston and london. more from paris and elsewhere around the world. men and women packing the streets of washington as well. the march is happening all over the country, all over the world. more than 600 so-called sister marches have been planned around the country, including in places like boston, new york, chicago, los angeles, and cities elsewhere. there are many other marches planned and under way already around the world. let's go to boston once again. miguel marquez is there. this is going to be one of the largest marches in boston where you are. >> reporter: this is meant to be the second largest march after washington, d.c. with organizers started putting it together, expected 25,000 to show up. today they say they expect over 100,000 people. they're pouring in here. you can see all of the pink hats. that's become a strong sign of this movement, the beginning of the movement they say. also want to mention there are
hundreds of different groups throughout the boston area that are participating, not just women's groups. these individuals from vermont, new hampshire, hadn't seen each other 12 years, they made connections, came down here. old friends getting back together. one thing people say at this march, this is about organizing today and going forward. they say this is the first step toward a larger organization to keep the trump administration on its toes. wolf? >> thank you. we'll get back to you in boston. donald trump's inauguration also drawing swift and sharp reaction around the world as protesters make their voices heard. in london, the guardian taking a line from trump's speech, vowed to make america first. you see the cover there. in italy, headlines ranging from he is super trump to, quote, we are thinking only of america.
and in russian newspapers, proclaiming a jump into the unknown as americans meet the new leader with controversial views. some of the headlines coming in from moscow. let's go to moscow right now. that's where we find senior international correspondent clarissa ward. clarissa, in general from the cl kremlin and russian government, what's been the reaction so far? >> reporter: well, so far i think the reaction is pretty positive, wolf. i mean, the kremlin is definitely taking a measured tone, but we did hear from the spokesperson today that president putin will be reaching out to president trump to congratulate him over the phone in the coming days, and that they're already considering when a meeting might be appropriate between the two world leaders, although he said that would likely take place in the coming months and not the coming weeks. the mood here as i said is definitely positive. we heard one russian lawmaker
who was a big part of the russian tv inauguration coverage throughout the night, he took to twitter and wrote after mr. trump's inauguration, his meeting with president putin will be the most important event in world politics, a defining moment in history. you can see there's a sense that it could be a potential new partnership, a potential new world order, wolf. as you mention, certainly not everybody internationally is celebrating. quite to the contrary, we're seeing protests take place in cities across the globe. in terms of world leaders, we've seen a lot of traditional boiler plate notes of congratulations which are to be expected, but i do think, wolf, there's a deep sense of anxiety, and "the guardian" headline isolated it. from now on, america only first. world leaders are now watching and waiting closely to see how president trump will engage with the rest of the world and to what extent america will really
continue to lead the rest of the world. so a lot of anxiety and apprehension. here in moscow, sort of measured but positive attitude. wolf? >> measured but positive. clarissa, was there any specific reaction in moscow to the inaugural address the new president delivered yesterday? >> reporter: there hasn't been officially a specific reaction. what everybody keeps saying from the kremlin is that it is too early to see what the policies will actually be, but i think unofficially there's definitely a sense that they like the tone that they're hearing from trump, they like the notes of populism. there's a belief that perhaps president putin and president trump could start together a carving out new world or the. new ideology.
>> clarissa ward. thank you. still to come. any moment, the new president will be on the way to the national prayer service in washington. looking at live pictures from the national cathedral in washington. the president will be leaving the white house with his family and the vice president and the vice president's family as well. they'll be heading over to the national cathedral. this is a tradition for every new american president. also coming up, very different story. dozens of democrats boycotted the inauguration. what will it take for them to actually work with the new american president. democratic congressman gutierrez next.
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gathered already in london as well. all of this happening on the first full day for the new american president. i want to quickly go to the national cathedral in washington, d.c. where president trump will attend an inaugural prayer service coming up shortly, long held tradition allows an incoming american president to pause and reflect on the momentous burden he now carries. our senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny is on the scene for us there. jeff, once again i take it the vice president mike pence is almost there, about to arrive? >> reporter: he is indeed. vice president mike pence will be arriving at the national cathedral shortly. it is a short trip for him, wolf. he also spent the first night at his new home, the naval observatory in northwest washington, really a few blocks from the national cathedral here. mike pence will be arriving. he will be followed a short time later by donald trump and
melania trump and other members of the trump family. wolf, we have been watching people arrive here at the church for the last hour or so, filling up. this is a very historic cathedral, place in history. mike pence will be taking his position here, followed by donald trump for the interfaith service, scheduled to start at the top of the hour. >> almost all the faiths being represented, during the course of the service, right. >> reporter: indeed. we will hear a muslim prayer, a jewish prayer, reading from the book of romans. we are not going to hear from any politicians at this, not going to hear from the president or vice president, at least they're not scheduled to speak. this is a moment of song, prayer, listening. wolf, as we have seen the protests in washington and around the world as well, should also point out that there was some controversy about the decision to allow this to happen
here, but the reverend here at the national cathedral says they're praying for donald trump and trying to show a message and lesson for the country as well with this interfaith service. >> yes, 24 hours or so ago, the then president-elect donald trump also began the day with a prayer service at a church here in washington. jeff, we're going to get back to you shortly. moments after taking office, document signing actually began for the new american president. following washington tradition, used several pens to sign proclamations. prominent democrats were at his side for this signing ceremony, including nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, leader in the senate. congressman gutierrez from illinois was one of the dozens of democratic members of the house of representatives who boycotted the inauguration. congressman gutierrez joins us
now. any second thoughts about that decision? nancy pelosi was there, she's your leader but you decided you and about 60 other democrats that you didn't want to even be seen there. >> i came on cnn on december 2nd, had a conversation with alisyn that morning, i said i'm not coming. >> because? >> because i had a conversation with my wife and she said honey, we're going but we're not going to the inauguration. we're going to go to the march. and i thought yes, that is what we should do because, wolf, i cannot erase from my mind, i cannot erase from my memory the kinds of terrible, disgusting, despicable things donald trump said about women that he has never apologized for, that he said he was going to take the 12 women and said he was going to sue them, i can't then look at my two wonderful daughters i have been blessed with and my wife, look women in the eye and
stood next to a man and somehow said okay, that's normal in america. saying you're going to make a muslim registry. i have a grandson. his dad is of mexican descent, his mom puerto rican. for viewers, we don't all come from the same country. he said to me grandpa, i feel real puerto rican, real mexican, but here i am 100% american. i have to stand up for his legitimacy, being an american. not allowing to be defined as a criminal or murderer or rapist or drug dealer. >> now he is the president of the united states, mike pence is the vice president of the united states. you remember the house of representatives, there will be areas i assume you will want to work with the new administration to help your constituents and help the american people. where are those areas? >> first of all, i'm going to help the american people by marching with my wife here in
washington, d.c., saying no to this normalization of this very ugly, hateful rhetoric, number one. we have to stand up first for the foundation of our democracy. number one. when those moments come, no one worked more closely with members of the other side of the aisle. it was kennedy and mccain in 2004 that i worked with in introducing immigration legislation. 2013 in march i was with paul ryan in chicago talking about immigration. so we worked together on legislation and had common, but when i came to inauguration of george bush, i didn't feel it was a threat to the fabric of american democracy as i thought this presidency is. so when those occasions occur, here is what i say. donald trump has to earn my respect. has to earn my being reciprocal. he hasn't done that yet. what he said about me and others like me. when he spoke yesterday and said america first, right, i said did
he include me? did he include my grandson? >> he said he included everyone. >> yeah, but that's not the way it felt yesterday, not the way it felt yesterday. yesterday felt so distant. when you say that a community, this is fact, right? he came down to announce his presidency of the united states, did he say i'm going to be president, make sure every kid goes to college, going to be president and reduce crime? i am going to be president, make housing balanceable and employment? he came down, said mexicans are murderers, rapists, drug dealers, there's a few good ones. >> said he wanted to stop the carnage, including carnage in chicago, the deaths. >> then he can come, wolf, to chicago and show us his plan. and if there's a plan that reduces crime and carnage in the city of chicago, he's welcome to do that. but today i'm going to stand up for the democracy that is
america. look, when you start where i started, right, when you start where my mom and dad started with nothing in this country, you know, you have a great degree of pride and love and admiration for the country. i want to fight for that. >> it is a great country. all of us agree on that. congressman gutierrez. as usual thank you. >> thank you so much, wolf. >> still to come, protesters hitting the streets here in washington and indeed around the country and the world. how do you keep a city safe? i'll speak with a former washington, d.c., police chief. we'll discuss when we come back. knows how it feels to seees your numbers go up, despite your best efforts. but what if you could turn things around? what if you could love your numbers? discover once-daily invokana®. it's the #1 prescribed sglt2 inhibitor that works to lower a1c. invokana® is a pill used along with diet and exercise to significantly lower blood sugar in adults with
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the women's march on washington is set to begin in a few minutes. they're getting started in a few cities around the country. i want to bring in cnn's law enforcement analyst, police chief charles ramsey who is joining us after yoed's violent clashes in washington. chief, how does the city like washington, d.c., prepare? because potentially there could be some more, what, a few hundred people were arrested yesterday. >> about 230 were arrested yesterday. but today will be totally different. the biggest challenge is going to be crowd control and traffic control. because when you have large numbers of people you obviously have to reroute traffic around them. that's the biggest challenge for police. i think today will be a very peaceful demonstration unlike a very few number of people. >> what happened yesterday? why did it get so ugly? >> you had some people that came with the intent of causing problems. i don't even call them demonstrators. i don't give them the honor of being a demonstrator. they're folks that came in to commit acts of vandalism.
they were charged with a felony, rioting. >> at what point did police decide to use tear gas. >> they used pepper spray. >> that can be, too. >> but they had to break the crowd up. they broke out a lot of windows, set a car on fire. so it got pretty bad. you have to quell it as quickly as you can. >> the thousands who are gathering today for this march in washington, almost all of them will do it very peacefully. >> right. >> but there will be -- i assume and police have to worry about this -- an agitator here or there. >> they'll be concerned about it. but i don't think you're going to have that problem today. yesterday was a whole different dynamic. the majority of people demonstrating yesterday were peaceful. there was a small group that started off with the intent of causing problems. >> there are a lot of people, a lot of americans right now who are very uneasy about the new administration and presumably that's going to continue for a while, potentially causing headaches for police chiefs, you're a former police chief in philadelphia, here in
washington. you have to prepare for that kind of scenario. >> i think it's going to be a long year. i think we'll see a lot of demonstrations. metropolitan police in washington there aren't any departments that handle crowds as well as they do because they do it so often. philadelphia is another great example. we'll have our hands full in law enforcement because i do believe we'll have a lot of demonstrations take place. >> you do training exercises, is that what the police do? >> training exercises. exercising people's right to protest, making it our job that they can peacefully protest, deal with counterdemonstrators and make sure the work of city takes place as uninterrupted as possible. so it's challenging, but it's all doable. my biggest concern is the issue of police reform. hopefully that does not get lost. because that still needs to move forward. >> it is moving forward? >> it was under the previous administration. hopefully this administration continues in that direction. >> chief, thanks very much for joining us.
>> thank you. >> charles ramsey, the former d.c., philadelphia meepolice ch. we're watching where president trump and vice president pence will be watching the service. we'll bring it to you live. the next cnn newsroom begins right after a quick break. oh, look! we've got fees ew, really? oh, it's our verizon bill look at them. line access fee, administrative fees, there are even taxes on top of them
hello. i'm wolf blitzer reporting live from washington. once again we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. donald trump the candidate, he thumbed his nose at tradition very often during the campaign. but this morning the new president embraces it. any moment now he's expected to leave the white house bound for the national cathedral to attend a prayer service. the vice president, mike pence, has already arrived. it's a tradition for newly installed presidents dating back to george washington. the only scheduled event on the president's first full day in office. also this hour here in washington a women's march is getting under way. just one of many around the country, indeed around the world. today protesters say they're deeply worried about the trump white house and its potential impact on women's rights and civil liberties. similar demonstrations are being held around the country. and as i said, around the