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this inauguration weekend we've got a lot on tap here. beginning with the white house press secretary sean spicer telling cnn, quote, we are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject. we're talking about moving the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. that was one of president trump's pledges during the campaign. we also know that there was a phone call between president trump and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. jeff zeleny joining me live. we watched the senior staff being sworn in. the president, vice president there, no mention about this phone call. what more do you know about this phone call? >> well, fredricka we do know that president trump talked to prime minister netanyahu just more than an hour or so ago, about an hour and a half ago, actually for a call that lasted less than 30 minutes. we do not have the exact details of that call. we know topics included syria, included the iran nuclear deal
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and perhaps even talk of moving the embassy, but when donald trump when president trump was in the east room there of the white house, reporters asked him, shouted a question how that call went with mr. netanyahu. he said it was very nice. that's all he said. we still do not have any details specifically about the call, either out here or from the netanyahu side. but it definitely is the signal of the beginning of a different relationship here with the u.s. and with israel. >> and jeff, the president underscoring that he has a busy couple of weeks ahead, meeting with the prime minister of the uk, also meeting with the leader of mexico. what more do we know about the expectations of the visit/upcoming conversations? >> fredricka, one thing i was struck by first and foremost was just the change in tone with the president. president trump yesterday we know was defiant when he talked at the cia. he was talking about crowd sizes
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and talking about how he was being unfairly covered in media. there was no mention of that today. this is his first real formal address from the white house. and it certainly he was striking a different tone, a presidential tone, if you will. he said that, look, he and his staff would not be led by a party would not be led by ideology. he also went on to say we will prove ourselves worthy of this moment in history. that is something that clearly is weighing on all the people there who were sworn into office, but fredricka, perhaps more importantly than anything, these are people who we don't often see. they're behind the scenes people. steve bannon, reince priebus, jared kushner, kellyanne conway, the front row there, the top advisers to president trump, so seeing them out in the open, now i can tl you they're back to work in this west wing of the white house. >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. let me welcome our panel now, discuss further on the plate here. cnn correspondent phil mattingly, cnn political commentator alice stewart, brian
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morgenste morgenstern, a republican strategist, alice henican, good to see all of you. to brian, your thoughts or reaction to discussions about moving the u.s. embassy or at least some of the first steps being taken to moving the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. this is a big commitment, a big deal given it was a promise on the campaign trail. >> yep, well, it's a shift in tone of u.s. policy. it's symbolic for that reason because i think that's been viewed by the obama administration as sort of a provocative act that, you know, maybe would cause people to have more angst and not lead to more peace. the trump administration's approach is he says it all the time, the ronald reagan line, the peace through strength. we're going to stand with israel strongly. we're going to have their capital wherever they want it. and you know, anybody else's opinion be darned, we are going to stand strongly with them. this is the first step in that regard of sending that message, a shot across the bow at anyone
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who would threaten israel. you know, don't mess with us. >> do you see this as a step in domestic policy or a step toward foreign policy for this president? >> both, it's wonderful if you don't care about peace in the middle east. if all you want to do is say, israel, you can do whatever you want, we will support it no matter what, which i guess is the direction we're going in. this is certainly a potent, symbolic step, it is a bit provocative. but if you cling to the notion that the united states could be some kind of honest broker here trying to bring the palestinians and the israelis together, it certainly doesn't help that. >> how is this perhaps mending fences considering it was a very tenuous relationship between president obama and netanyahu and there have been a lot of promises that president trump has made in terms of reassuring the relationship between the u.s. and israel? >> i think it's an important step at least on its face. worth noting here. there's caution in what they're doing now. they made a lot of bold promises
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including the potential of moving the embassy on day one. they're not doing that right now. that's because there's a recognition when you talk to foreign policy advisers behind closed doors, this isn't easy. there's a lot of dominoes that fall when you try to move an embassy, particularly this embassy. >> there's a lot of promises of day one activity. >> this is a bipartisan issue in the sense that a lot of people make a lot of promises oton campaign trail and they get in the oval office and they realize these things are a little bit harder to do when you're actually trying to put them into place. but in terms of the relationship with the israeli government and the u.s. government there's no question it couldn't have gotten any worse than it was at the end of the obama administration. everything president trump has done has moved towards making that relationship better. low bar, certainly clearing it at this point will be interesting to see as the rubber meets the road here and it goes beyond promises how this relationship actually evolves and if it maintains the current level that it's at. >> there was a long list that
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president trump said my first day in office i will do this. and everything from revepealing obamacare to getting that wall built. we're seeing incremental steps in the first 48 hours. >> absolutely. the priorities that he has and the way he's laying them out, meeting with the cia, expressing 100% support for the cia and taking the first steps to re-establishing a good relationship with our greatest ally that we have in israel. and already outlining what is on tap for the next few days, executive orders dealing with immigration and trade deals. these are things he promised along the way. i think it's important as he does, as the vice president has said, last week, they're going to be promise keepers. these are promises they were elected on and they're taking the first steps to do so. no one has seen the readout of the call with netanyahu, but i'm sure nuclear arms deals will be a big part of what they're working on.
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>> among the promise, if elected i will release my taxes. now kellyanne conway saying on "meet the press" this morning that president trump will not be releasing his taxes after the completion of the audit. this is her this morning. >> the white house response is that he's not going to release his tax returns. we litigated this all through the election. people didn't care. they voted for him. let me make this very clear. most americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while president trump is in office not what his look like. you know full well that president trump and his family are complying with all the ethical rules, everything they need to do to step away from his businesses and be a full-time president. >> alice, problematic? >> you know, yeah, we said all that stuff, but no, we're not going to do all that stuff. you can frankly apply that kind of logic to a hundred issues right now. you just went through half a dozen that will happen on the first day, now they're maybe off
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on some murky future. but listen, in this administration, saying you're going to do something is a long distance from doing something. >> brian, trust is a big deal. i mean, especially your first few days in office as the president. you want those who voted for you, those who didn't vote for you to trust you and you have to earn that trust. it doesn't help if at the very beginning, does it, that there is a reneging of promises. >> this particular promise. >> that's not a renege. >> that's a bit of a 180 there. going from saying we're going to do it to not going to do it, is about as clear a 180 as we're going to get. this is a little bit inside baseball during the course of the campaign the purpose of releasing the tax returns is to have this sort of et having of -- >> transparency. >> conflicts right, transparency and things. you'd be hard pressed to find a voter that would make up their minds to vote for or not for
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trump based on the tax return issue. it's a little bit outside the dispositive factor universe. >> we saw that was inconsequently. >> this is the crux when you talk to trump advisers behind closed doors and on the last ten months this is their rationale, if we don't see any impact on support, then why should we release them? it would only give us as reporters a lot of ground to start digging into a lot of concrete issues that would be problematic for them to face. they were never punished on the campaign by voters or supporters for not releasing the returns. the idea they were withholding them until an audit was finished was always a farce. if you talk to them, they were candid. >> but there's even more to hide now. >> but that's always been the case. as we've been reporting on it and trying to get information, that's always been kind of our perspective as reporters on this. the reason they're not releasing
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this is because it's not good for them. there's stuff in here that could be problematic or at least on its face be perceived as problematic. they were never hurt by it, they won't change their tune now. >> working on the cruz campaign, begging with them or ordering them to release it, raise your hand in america is you believe he was going to release them. nobody really believed that. the voters weren't concerned with that. he's been elected now. i don't expect to see any more documents that he has planned to release. but he has released a lot of information. at the end of the day, people are concerned about their jobs, concerns about their taxes more than that. this will be in the rearview mirror soon and we should stop worrying about it. >> releasing more than people really need or want. >> we'd love to see it. >> that's right. >> we'll never. >> all right. phil mattingly, brian
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i'm fredricka whitfield in the nation's capital. an update on the 41st president. doctors say president george h.b. bush could be moved out of the icu in the next day or two. and they say his vital signs are normal and his health sim proving. the former president was admitted to a houston hospital on january 14th because of complications from pneumonia. his wife barbara was admitted days later for bronchitis. doctors offered to let her go home today but she chose to stay the night to continue recovering and stay close to her husband. we wish them both well. the nearly year-long fight to fill the ninth seat on the
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supreme court could come to an end soon or enter a whole new contentious phase. president trump hinting this week that he has a pretty good sense of who he plans to nominate to fill the seat that became vacant after justice scalia's death last february. and trump wants to do that soon, but on "state of the union" this morning chuck schumer made clear democrats are prepared to fight nominees they don't agree with. >> if the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely would keep the seat open. i'm hopeful that maybe president trump would nominate someone who was mainstream and could get bipartisan support. we shall see. but if they don't, yes, we'll fight it tooth and nail as long as we have to. >> for more now, i'm joined by cnn supreme court reporter arianne devogue. he wants to do this soon within the next two to three weeks? >> that's what he said. the question for schumer is
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there anybody on this list that he would consider mainstream? and trump said last week that he was close to making a decision, and it's been a bit of a journey for him, right? he started out early in the campaign and conservatives, judicial conservatives were worried, is he going to put someone on the bench that's a real conservative? and he stepped forward and did something that no other president has done. put out this list of 20 judges that all have strong conservative credentials. at the top of the list, bill pryor, he's from alabama, and diane sykes those two were mentioned on the campaign. so they got a lot of attention. pu there's a handful of others including a judge out of colorado, neil gorsuch, a real conservative on religious liberty issues and he's young. that's a big criteria for presidents who are putting people on the list.
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>> schumer is promising it will be a fight if democrats do not agree with. clearly they would not agree with a conservative. they would want somebody more moderate. but the chances of a president trump nominating a more moderate or more in the middle, i mean, surely no one on capitol hill thinks that would happen. >> well, certainly if you look at trump's list, these are solid conservatives. and a lot of people were looking at the sessions hearings, remember, and saying this would be a dry run for the supreme court hearings. but in fact, there will be a couple of thins that will be difficult when these hearings come up. a, unless he surprises us, trump will not put a senator up. so there won't be that senate collegiali collegiality. the senators won't be giving sort of soft questions. but the big thing in this hearing will be merrick garland. he was the appointee from alabama. the democrats are seething mad that he is not up this time. they think that the seat is stolen. they'll make these hearings
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really difficult. it's going to be a big fight. >> there wouldn't be the chance or the conventional wisdom is that there wouldn't be a chance that president trump would consider merrick dpar lagarland stretch of the imagination. >> it wouldn't seem that way. trump has said he will stay on this list. >> he wants to look for a more scalia-like candidate. he's said that. >> a the conservative groups helped him mae this list and they expect him to make the list when he makes his pick. >> good to see you. we'll be back with much more of the newsroom from the very rainy, soggy, nation's capital. boost it's about moving forward not back. it's looking up not down. it's feeling up thinking up living up. it's being in motion... in body in spirit in the now. boost. it's not just nutrition. it's intelligent nutrition.
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all right. welcome back. donald trump spending his first two days in the white house the same way he spent much of the campaign, at war with the press. one of his top aides railed against the media and coverage of the inaugural ceremonies. >> why the president asked the white house press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood. why did he do that? it undermines the credibility of the entire white house press office. >> no, it doesn't. don't be so overly dramatic about it, chuck.
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you're saying it's falsehood and they're giving sean spicer our press secretary gave alternative facts to that. >> all right. cnn's brian stelter is following the story. alternative facts. what does that mean? >> alternative facts are lies. there's only one set of facts. when it comes something like crowd size on the national mall, alternative facts are distractions if we want to be really generous about this. that phrase "alternative facts" now being mocked and being made fun of on facebook and twitter. we're seeing the trump administration trying to present an alternate reality to its voters. all administrations mislead. you know that, i know that. there's lots of attempts to spin, politicians are great at it. we're seeing something different here with regards to how clearly false some of the statements are from sean spicer and some other trump aides are. he was about to take the new job as press secretary. he was talking to cnn's own david axelrod at the university of chicago.
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here's what he said about how important it is to have credibility as press secretary. >> the one thing that, whether you're republican, democrat, independent, you have your integrity. i might tell a reporter i can't comment on something or i'm not able to discuss that but i've never lied. and i don't intend. i would argue that anybody who is an aspiring communicator adhere to that. because if you lose the respect and trust of the press corps, you got nothing. >> talking about the trust of the press corps. that's what's on the line now. a lot of white house correspondents will pour into the briefing room tomorrow for his first on-camera briefing. will they be able to trust the new press secretary is the question? >> trust is a big thing because you hear president trump who is already saying on the campaign trail now from the cia that you can't trust the media. and now with this message coming from sean spicer -- >> right. >> -- and kellyanne conway
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saying alternative facts, a message is being sent to americans. they're not sure whether to trust even what's going to come out of this administration. it's going to get confusing, i think, for people. is it the media they're not trusting, the message coming from the white house, the challenge coming from the white house press corps. >> and is the aim here just to make people throw up their hands and say they can't believe anything. we see that sometimes in countries that have not nearly as free a press as we do in the u.s. in more authoritarian climates, we see this so much confusion, that people don't know what to believe. >> is this the goal potentially? >> i don't know if that's the goal of trump aides. i don't want to read their brains. i think a lot of observers and political scientists say that's what it feels like right now. spicer and his aides and trump himself, they seem genuinely angry at the coverage they received the past couple of days. there have been a couple of mistakes. and we should be honest about that. there ar couple of small
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mistakes. >> like what? >> there was a report on friday night that maybe the bust of martin luther king jr. had been moved out of the oval office. this reporter from "time" magazine tried to look for it, he couldn't see it. he said it wasn't there. half an hour later he apologized and corrected it. that's a small mistake, but it was a mistake and he had to apologize. spicer made it into a big deal and sue did trump himself. wi we didn't see the obama administration make small mistakes into big deals. journalists have to be even more careful right now not to give any reasons to doubt our reporting. >> but the largest grievance that we're hearing from the white house was on the whole crowd issue. >> right. >> disputing whether what was conveyed, whether pictorially or even by words, by various mediums whether that is -- whether that was true. so that was -- >> bottom line, there were bigger crowds here for obama. that's okay. there's also a beautiful crowd here on friday. a lot of trump voters who loved the ceremony on friday.
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trump could talk more about that. >> brian, thanks so much. appreciate it. you can watch brian's show "reliable sources" right here on cnn. this friday as donald trump took office i joined a lot of folks out in the crowds there who were right there on the mall behind me on the west end of the capital and i talked to them about their expectations of the first 100 days, what their interpretation was of many things they heard from president trump during his inaugural speech. what do you believe president trump means when he said this moment belongs to you. >> starting right here and right now, because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you. >> it means that we are one and we are with him and he's with us. >> and what do you see transpiring in perhaps the first 100 days? >> the first 100 days, we're going to get some adults in the
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white house. i think our secretary of state is fantastic. i think he'll repeal obamacare. i think he's going to probably appoint a supreme court nominee and i believe that he's going to have a few little surprises as far as the economy for us. >> when he says from this day forward a new vision will be given to this land, from this day it will be america first, what does that mean to you? >> from this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. from this day forward, it's going to be only america first. america first. >> the first means we take care of us first. we're under no obligation to feed the world other than morally. we just don't have the money. where is that going to come from? you know, i'm all for equal rights, but not extra rights. >> i think it's just like a common sense ceo would run a
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business like put yourself first before you start giving out the charity like a family budget. you don't want to give all your money to charity and not be able to pay the bills, then you get electricity turned off, get your water turned off and you're like, well, at least we gave to the poor, no, we want america to be strong so that she can be a global force for good. >> how soon do you see or do you expect to feel a difference in a new administration? what are your hopes? >> i can already start feeling the difference. the aura around d.c. and the d.c. metro area, i can already feel the tension being lifted away from everything that's been going on in our country. i see a prosperous future for our country. >> all right. talking to a variety of people who showed up this weekend during inauguration festivities and, of course, the swearing in there on the west side of the u.s. capitol. still to come, donald trump begins his new relationship with israel speaking with benjamin
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netanyahu just a short time ago. detail on that next.
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all right. after eight years of, at times, a frosty relationship with -- between israel and the president of the united states, president donald trump will be embarking on a new era between the united states and israel. he spoke with his israeli counterpart just a short time ago in which the president described to reporters as a, quote, very nice call, end quote. cnn's oren liebermann is live for us now in jerusalem following this story. what do we know about what expectations the israeli and would come from a phone call like this? >> well, as of right now, what you just mentioned, the quote very nice call from president donald trump is all we have on this phone call, the israeli side has not yet put out details and, in fact, has gone very quiet now that this phone call has happened, now that we know
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this phone call is over. we don't know much more about what was talked about. what with do know is what prime minister benjamin netanyahu wanted to talk about, about the israeli/palestinian issue, what's going on with syria, with russia and bashar al assad across the golan and he wanted to talk not only about settlements but also about the iran deal. in fact, he said that was his primary goal at this this morning's cabinet meeting. here is a quote from that cabinet meeting why netanyahu said the supreme goal of the state of israel continues to be stopping the iranian threat and stopping threat from the bad nuclear deal signed with iran. netanyahu was the most outspoken credit si critic of the deal. he now sees a new opportunity with president trump to do something about the deal, whether changing it or appealing, that remains to be seen. that will remain high of his agenda as meetings happen between these two leaders at some point even into the near future, what we know now is the
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phone call has ended and what we know of the details of it is simply what president trump said, simply, quote, it was a very nice call. very few details there, fredricka. >> we all look forward to more details. you can see the calendar, very busy month for president trump planning to meet with leaders of the uk and mexico later on. thanks so much. coming up, president trump jabs at washington insiders during his inaugural address. he'll need them, won't he, as he works to implement some of his proposed policies? so how will the old guard and the new administration coexist? more later. ) i love beneful healthy weight because the first ingredient is chicken. (riley) man, this chicken is spectacular! (jessica) i feel like when he eats beneful, he turns into a puppy again. you love it, don't you? you love it so much! (vo) try beneful healthy weight with chicken. with real chicken as the number one ingredient.
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way to grow, jeanette. get paid twice as fast. visit quickbooks-dot-com. welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield in the nation's capital. one of donald trump's first actions as president signing an executive order to start the repealing process of obamacare. but president trump and the republicans have not presented a definitive plan to replace it,
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something senate minority leader chuck schumer pointed out on cnn's "state of the union" this morning. >> they promised everybody they were going to repeal. but now they've seen all the good things in aca, the 20 million people covered, pre-existing conditions covered, kids 21 to 26 get their parents' health insurance. women treated equally as men. they know that to repeal these things without finding a way to do them, to undo them, would be catastrophic substantively and politically. so they're in ra total pickle. and this regulation does really nothing. >> joining me to talk more about this, cnn political commentator and former rnc communications director doug hyde, presidential historian and distinguished professor at american university allen lickman and cnn political commentator anna navarro. good to see all of you. doug, let me begin with you, president trump saying last weekend he was close to his
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replacement plan, a conglomeration of a number of thins. how close is the president really? >> well, the president and congress aren't anywhere near close. it's going to be a long process. in 2014 i spent six months of my life trying to put together, working with colleagues, i should say, trying to put together an obamacare replacement bill with four chairs of jurisdiction, paul ryan being one of them. and we were never able to get there. why? republicans still haven't come to agreement on what the next step will be after we repeal obamacare. this is going to be a long process and one that's led not by the president but by capitol hill. >> it's interesting, anna, because it wasn't that long ago when donald trump sent a tweet, a message to members of congress on capitol hill and said, be careful. in other words, have a replacement plan before you start the process or talk about repealing obamacare. so has this changed now? >> no, it's interesting, because one of the first things he did as president was sign an executive order instructing the
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agencies to basically lessen the burden of obamacare. now what does that mean in practice? i don't know. but it is symbolic. he has been making all of these promises about repealing obamacare, so it was one of the first things he did. but he also realizes he needs to buy congress some time and he needs to work with congress. congress is now pregnant with this baby. the republican congress is now pregnant with this baby. i think all eyes, all hopes are on paul ryan who is a -- he's a compassionate, he's a conservative, he's also pragmatic and he's very policy focused, policy knowledgeable and oriented. so hopefully he's going to be able to craft something that's politically feasible, economically feasible and will not cause people problems and lives and health care and access. >> and professor lichtman, how do you read this?
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president trump saying while he was on the campaign trail he had a host of executive orders that he wanted to sign into action right away. there have been a handful thus far. really the first couple of ones, one hour, you know, into being sworn into office or one hour into being into the white house, how unusual is this? how precedent setting potentially is it? >> here's what's usual and here's what isn't. >> there's a lot of unusual lately. >> it's usual for presidents to sign orders on politically sensitive issues like environment or abortion. it's not usual to shoot a cannonball with an executive order right through a major piece of legislation without, as doug points out, have any kind of alternative. here's where the republicans are. they're where the democrats are during the first two years of the clinton administration. remember hillary clinton's health care task force. everybody agreed in the
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democratic caucus that you needed to reform health care, but they had three or four different ideas and they never could get it together. and that led to the disaster for the democrats of the crash in the midterm elections of 1994 where for the first time in decades the republicans took over both houses of congress. welcome to their world, republicans. >> so doug, there's a lot of political capital on the table here because we're talking about repeal efforts, you know, more than 60 times that were unsuccessful and now, as you put it, the shooting the cannon, you know, for president trump even though he had already said there has got to be a plan in place and clearly there is no plan in place. so really what is at stake if not just for the gop but for the president as well? >> well, it's not just obamacare. we're obviously focused on that because that's been the issue for the last six years, but it is every legislative issue that the president will be facing. the primacy of congress is
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massively more so today than it was for the democrats under barack obama in his first two years when he had nancy pelosi and harry reid running his agenda through and they were very effective. cog is more ektive today not just because of obamacare but on every issue and because donald trump hasn't laid out a very detailed agenda. that means that every congressional committee chair is more important than their democratic counterparts six years ago. >> ana, a lot of criticism coming from candidate trump that president obama was overusing his executive orders. is president trump running the risk of doing the same thing, especially without this backup plan, a plan particularly as it pertains to the affordable care act? >> you know, that was something that brought rare unity to most republicans. i think a lot of us felt that president obama had gone way overboard with executive orders, had tried to use them instead of legislation, instead of working with congress. some would say, democrats will
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tell you, well, he couldn't work with congress, congresses were obstructing him. he overreached past his powers. he did not respect the other branch of government. so you know, he's got -- if donald trump wants to undo obama executive orders, i think he can spend weeks and weeks just undoing executive orders instead of doing any of his own. and it brings up a big question, for example, on immigration and the dream act kids, daca, what's he going to do with that? there are so many executive orders, on immigration where he's got a lot of cloth to cut from. >> quick point. everyone kind of assuming here that donald trump cares that he has to have a replacement plan in place before he totally torpedoes obamacare. not so. donald trump has shown he doesn't care about things like that. >> he did insinuate that it was necessary to have something in
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place. be careful was his warning to members of congress. >> so far his actions haven't shown any ability to carry that out. you got to take what donald trump says not with a grain of salt but with a mountain of salt. come on, we know that. >> professor, you are the king of predictions. you were on our show before election, before november 8th and your prediction was donald trump would win the presidency when so many others were saying otherwise. and now you're making a new prediction, and this is based on a very different theory. then it was based on a formula, but now you are closely evaluating the demeanor, the words used by donald trump, and you are now making a new prediction. what is that? >> the subject of my next book, by the way. donald trump sent me a very nice note after i predicted his win. i don't think he'll send me a nice note. >> you won't get a note this time. >> why am i predicting donald trump's impeachment? several reasons. first of all, conflicts of interest.
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he has done nothing substantial to get rid of conflicts of interest. he still is going to profit from all his businesses. his kids are mostly managing it now anyway. and this creates enormous potential. for example, in the philippines with his thug duterte is essentially running killing people and he has appointed as a special envoy to the united states trump's business partner in the property in the philippines. and one of the things america is reconsidering now is whether our aid to the philippines is being diverted to this mass killing. anything trump does in the philippines could affect his profits. he knows that. secondly, he has a history of flouting the law. he ran an illegal charity for decades in new york. he used the charity for self-serving purposes, for political contribution. he broke the cuban embargo. that's a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison in 1998.
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will that tendency to flout the law -- >> you're saying an accumulat n accumulation, then when we talk down the street at pennsylvania avenue where he touted even if he didn't end up in the white house he still has a property on pennsylvania avenue. the leasing of the u.s. postal office a federal building and the potential conflicts that come with continuing with business interests because he has not divorced himself completely. >> not even remotely. he still profits. and let's not forget the cascade of trump lies which are continuing. not only have they lied. they have waged war on the truth. we are now in the era of so-called alternative facts. that brings us to 1984 double-think where peace -- where war is really peace, right? where famine is really plenty. what's happening here. >> you are seeing the road paved toward impeachment. >> and republicans would prefer the predictable down the pipe
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mike pence than the unpredictable donald trump anyhow. >> if you talk to congressional chairs in the house and the senate they're so excited about what they'll be able to do, forget the trump agenda, to enact on their own that those concerns will outweigh the concerns of conflict of interest and other questions that have come about trump. republicans are excited about what they'll be able to do on issues. >> a quick response on all that you're hearing? >> listen, i don't think there's going to be an impeachment, at least not in the next two years. i agree with doug. i i think they're excited about what they want to do and frankly, i think if he does have these conflict of interests and if he continues acting this way, to put republicans in a difficult position because they were so adamant on these points when it came to hillary clinton and other democrats. . all right. we'll leave it there. thank you so much, everyone. doug hey, allan lichtman, ana navarro. including friday's inauguration right here in our
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nation's capital has meant being able to talk to a number of people who witnessed the swearing in who were also in the stands watching the parade. and i talked to them about their expectations in these first 100 days. >> i was one of the ones booing. this was not the right time for schumer. he had his days. he had his time to prove to america that he's a leader in the senate and he hasn't done it. for him to come on a day like this for all the fans and supporters of the new administration to be speaking negatively, that was not called for. he's very common in his thoughts as minds are, he's very enthused by the positive message on a global level especially by fighting terrorism and fighting the terrorists worldwide. he's very enthused and he's been a very strong supportive of the president's early in the game and looking forward to lead the world, not only america, because
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today we coming from a middle east background, we feel that there is a gap to where things are going sideways and we think that trump is going to bring things in line does president trump also send a message to muslim americans that make a number of muslim americans feel unwelcome or uncomfortable? >> numerous times candidate trump has felt about muslim americans, that he had no qualm against muslims or islamists, period, just those that support terrorism. of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for the strength and energy to get back to doing... ...what you love. ensure. always be you.
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all right, welcome back. i'm fredericka whitfield in the nation's capital. 40 million people are at risk for severe weather today, a deadly storm is sweeping across the southeast, with a possibility for strong tornadoes, hail and damaging winds.
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just a few hours ago, the georgia governor declared a state of emergency for seven counties near the florida border. the same storm system battered that area overnight, levels homes and killing 12 people now. we'll go live to south georgia for a look at the damage and how they are preparing for more storms later today. meantime, president donald trump is expected to have his first official phone call with russian president vladimir putin in the coming days. a spokesman for the kremlin calling the conversation a diplomatic necessity. clarissa ward is in moscow and has more on the significance of this conversation and what exactly they might be talking about, clarissa. >> there is a lot of anticipation as to when this phone call between president putin and president trump will take place and what exactly the two leaders will in fact talk about. we have heard from the kremlin that it's expected to happen in
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the coming days, that president putin is expected to reach out and congratulate president donald trump and we know that one area that president trump actually talked about a possible cooperation with russia on is the issue of fighting isis and fighting radical islamic terrorism. so that might be one issue that comes up that they discuss. but there are also a lot of sticking points, a lot of really thorny issues, that made have this a difficult relationship, i'm thinking specifically, of russian aggression in syria, of russian aggression in ukraine and for the russian part, of course, there is deep seated anger about the u.s. sanctions against russia that have had a tremendous affect on this economy. today we actually heard from russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev, and he doesn't think that those sanctions will be repealed any time soon. he said that russia should not be relying on the arrival of a
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new world leader to rely on that promise. so there's still a lot of questions about what this relationship will look like going forward, an optimistic and positive voice, but also with caution. the president sa's spokesman sa that a conversation will take place, but not in the coming days, but in the coming weeks. we'll have to have a wait and see attitude with regards president trump. next hour of the cnn newsroom starts right after this. bra. the stage is yours. step two: choose la quinta. the only hotel where you can redeem loyalty points for a free night-instantly and win at business. i wanted to know where i did my ancestrydna. the most shocking result was that i'm 26% native american.
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hello again and thank you so much for joining me this sunday. i'm fredericka whitfield in washington this inauguration week. president trump had just made remarks and honored first responders as he hosted the national law enforcement officers and first responders reception that's taking place at the white house. let's listen in.
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[ applause ] >> we're going to have a great eight years ago, as we say. and, again, the inauguration was such a success, and such a safety success and we want to thank you all because it was really a very, very special experience. and general, congratulations, i just happened to see you and your very beautiful wife just sworn in, general kelly was just sworn in by the vice president and it's going to be a great thing that happens along our borders. i campaigned very much on security and border safety and general kelly is going to do an incredible job. again, thank you, i wanted to come down personally. there's the man, right? come on, get over here. what a job. from day one i have fe

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