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to perhaps his most memorable campaign promise. >> i would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and i'll build them very inexpensively. i will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and i will have mexico pay for that wall. mark my words. >> also on tap, executive action to add border patrol agents, step up enforcement of immigration laws and to abolish so-called sanctuary cities. the immigration focus will continue tomorrow where the president will detail to restrict refugee flows into the united states and ban u.s. entry for residents of several majority muslim nations. >> in the cold war we had an idealogical screening test. the time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.
i call it extreme vetting. i call it extreme, extreme vetting. >> plus, in a very, very busy first full week, the president says he is closing in on a supreme court pick, and, again, he is putting fellow republicans in a tough spot by repeating his false claims that he lost the popular vote because millions of undocumented immigrants voted illegally. >> look, i have already commented on that. i see no evidence to that effect. i have made that very, very clear. >> with us to share their reporting and their insights, cnn's jeff zellany, margaret of bloomber bloomberg, nia malika henderson and -- he goes over to the department of homeland security, and he is, again, in this first week using the power of the pen, his executive actions to keep this one particularly -- it was a signature campaign promise. >> jobs, jobs, jobs, and build a wall.
everything else is extraneous. these are the core central messages of the campaign, and that's the process that's going to begin today, but really it's just beginning today. >> this is the part of the immigration roll-out. it's also part of him seeing now firsthand the government that he is now controlling. he has visited the cia. he will be visiting the department of homeland security in the northwest washington, a few miles from the white house. he is getting a sense of the establishment, the government he is inheriting, but immigration is something that he campaigned for mightily, but we're going to hear a lot of talking about the wall and, as it comes up, who is going to pay for it. he said mexico, but -- and how much it is going to cost here. i am told this is part of a few step process. the refugees will be coming potentially tomorrow or later on, but today is about directing this dhs, his agency now, to build this wall. >> to jeff's point, we don't know how much it will cost. we do know, and there's a mebs can delegation coming to the white house today. we do know the mexican government has said no way no
how they're going to pay for it. we also don't know -- donald trump talks about a wall. >> the great wall. a beautiful wall. >> how much it will cost. a lot of the governors don't want that and his own homeland security secretary said they don't know if it will be that effective. >> we've seen great theater from donald trump over the last couple of days. the idea of sitting at a big desk and signing orders and essentially proclaiming what he wants to do. now it's about the details, right? it's about how much this wall costs, how he actually gets it done, and whether it actually addresses the problem. if you think about who is coming over and a lot of those folks are from central america. a lot of them turned themselves in at the border. it's not the -- it's not what it used to be in terms of people climbing over, and also there are a lot of -- there are more border agents there than there have ever been, but, listen, this was his promise, and we'll see what it looks like, and we'll see how the actual
governors in these different states and the congress reacts. this is never something that they really liked. they wanted to do different things in terms of immigration reform, but, listen, he is the president now. >> one of the big differences within the republican party is there is a scism about how border states and the rest of the country feels about immigration. they are much more for a sort of comprehensive reform because their states are the ones that deal with it. their states are the ones that are engaged in billions of dollars in cross-border trade with mexico, and making any of this -- making any of that sort of international exchange harder is going to have a negative impact on arizona, on texas, on california, on new mexico and states that actually share a border. >> if you are a trump voter, this was one of his biggest applause lines. if you are a trump voter, you are happy the president is doing this, but we do see some conservative grumbling on the dreamer issue. the younger, you know, undocumented who were brought
here when they were very young by their parents. essentially carried across the border before they could make that decision themselves. during the campaign, the candidate trump talked about rounding them up. he sounded much more compassionate. here's what he told time magazine a little more than a month ago. we're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud that got brought here at a very young age. some are good students. some have wonderful jobs, and they're in never never land because they don't know what's going to happen. he sounds compassionate there. speaker paul ryan has said no way are you going to round these people up and throw them out, but a lot of conservatives say why hasn't the president, as promised during the campaign, also repealed president obama's executive orders that allow them to stay? >> i remember it was one of the early interviews that he did when he was running. he was in the iowa caucuses, i believe. he told our friend chuck todd at nbc news, he said, chuck, they all have to go, and we'll figure it out later. that was a stunning thing that even these children would having to go. someone asked a question about these dreamers yesterday in the whose briefing. sean spicer, the white house
press secretary said, listen, is he going to focus first and foremost on the people that pose a tlehreat to this country and work on the dreamers later. this is not a priority. there is some grumbling on this issue specifically. >> the numbers he has given on that are something like two million to three million. we know obama did deport something like two million people. got the nickname deporter in chief, among many hispanic groups. it is true that i think there is a part of donald trump's base, particularly people who are active on conservative radio, people like laura ingram, who are very disappointed with what seems to be his soft pedaling and back pedaling on this issue. >> the wall, to some extent, is a shiny object that's distracting from the much more far-reaching stuff we're expecting in the coming days. these major shifts in terms of visa policy, refugee policy, the u.s. role in the world sort of in that sense. that's a big deal. also really interesting to watch will be whatsoever leverage donald trump has to pay for this wall. he has already sat down this
marker, this forcing mexico to say i'm not paying for the wall. you pay for the wall if you want the wall. what leverage does he have? the nafta negotiations? will it be tied to that. >> he is very -- he it is today he is going to end sanctuary cities. candidate trump was scathing in his criticism of san francisco and other cities that he says are protecting the undocumented. especially when they commit crimes. the california governor jerry brown, among the democrats that say mr. president, you can issue orders in washington, but we will fight you. >> we may be called to defend those laws and defend them we will. let me be clear. we will defend everybody, every man, woman, and child who has come here for a better life and
has contributed to the waell being of our state. >> this is not going to be easy. >> no, jerry brown ate his wheaties yesterday for the state of the state address. he laid out a lot of sort of areas of op zpliposition on immigration on health care and on -- well, i mean, pretty much everything else the trump administration has promised so far. california has set itself up as the van garde -- or the bullworth against some of trump's most aggressive moves. especially on immigration. just before that speech he swore in javier, the now former congressman who is the new attorney general. specifically to take on the trump administration on everything from immigration to climate change and anything else that might be subject to federal rules. to margaret's point earlier, though, one of the sort of longer term impacts that trump is going to have beyond even his presidency is going to be nafta. what does nafta look like in the long run as he sits down to
renegotiate this thing? he has always talked about getting better deals for the united states, but he has never defined what provisions of any of these television trade deals he actually objects to. whether it's the tvp or nafta or trade agreements that congress has passed earlier. >> the details. >> yeah. yeah. >> we talked so much about who is the leading democrat, who is the leader of the democratic party? well, jerry brown, the governor of california, he is not in this building here, but he may have the biggest imprint in terms of what the democratic party is doing to fight back against donald trump, and they have hired eric holder from a firm here in washington to represent california and other states who will join in on this. that is going to be a fascinating thing to watch in the next four years, and javier bassara is in a great position to emerge as a leader in this party as well. >> and jerry brown likes a good fight. >> i donald j. trump will
propose. now they've modified it some. we are told what he is going to do is suspend the refugee program for at least for months and indefinitely suspend syrian refugees coming into the united states. again, he is going to face a constitutional fight on this, and there are a lot of people around the world who say there is a clever way of essentially implementing a muslim ban. >> yes. >> without question. >> yeah. >> you know, it is scaled back from what he first proposed in december of 2015 in south carolina, but it is essentially that. the white house has been very cautious about details on this. there's a lot of chatter out there. i am told that they are not yet certain on the final proposals on this, but it is so controversial in every way. i saw something that the pentagon tweeted out this morning. it was a soldier -- it was a marine, excuse me, and it says from refugee to marine, and it showed someone in a uniform, and for all the talk here about how agencies aren't supposed to be sending out messages on social media, that was a powerful message from this pentagon --
this defense department showing that refugees are in our armed services where. >> and the other idea of does it even address the problem? if you look at the past couple of terrorist attacks that have happened here, they've been essentially self-radicalized citizens who, you know, may have traveled abroad, but, you know, kind of fell into it through on-line, you know, portals or whatever. it's not clear what he is going to do is going to actually address this problem. >> one of the fascinating elements that's happening sort of under the radar right now is the states and city governments are trying to find a new way to relate to the federal government. we saw a lot of states during the obama administration, texas, oklahoma, kansas, suing the obama administration at every turn. now they're trying to figure out how to work with the trump administration and this is one of the issues on which there is still some difference between the states and the feds. there are a number of states that are suing the federal government, now donald trump's administration, but the lawsuit
began under obama's administration, to try to essentially remove themselves from refugee resettlement programs. this is a big area of divide that's going to continue. >> there are evangelical christians that think that taking refugees in is part of the expression of their christian faith, so there's some of that divide too. >> you sign papers. you have bold actions, and then it's going to take us weeks and months, court cases, maybe even years actually for some of the stuff to filter in to find out exactly what it is and what it does and how it works. up next, there is zero evidence, none, that three to five million undocumented immigrants illegally voted for hillary clinton, but that fact is lost on one very important person. the president of the united states.
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welcome back. beautiful, warm day in the capital today. president trump takes his official presidential portrait. he is president. he is quickly using his powers to shake up washington, to keep campaign promises, but -- but, but, but -- he just can't let go of a few things. over the weekend it was the fact that president obama had a bigger crowd for his first inaugural that provoked a trademark trump tyrade, skps it still gets under his skin that hillary clinton won the popular vote. at a reception with congressional leaders monday night, the president insisted that only happened because millions of undocumented immigrants flooded the polls and voted illegally.
>> would it be hundreds of people, governors, secretaries of state? what would need to happen? >> probably thousands of people. i can't even conceive of -- it would be easier to fake a mars landing than it would be to do that. >> well put. easier to fake a mars landing. donald trump this morning, though doesn't want to let go. he tweeted i will be that meptd giving states more resources, but a lot of democrats think this is just the opposite. >> it's that last clause that scares democrats so much. republicans in state legislatures across the country have pushed a lot of measures to essentially restrict access to the voting booth, whether it's
reducing the number of early voting sites, whether it's requiring photo identification laws, photo identifications to come out to vote. is this the prelude to the next push at a state level -- there are a number of states that are still working on their legislation, but at the federal level, and some kind of -- this was the first presidential election we've had in almost half a -- half a century without the voting rights act in effect. now we're seeing what is happening in the post-voting rights era. >> that's an important policy conversation. what is it that makes him say these things? there is zero, zero evidence. before we jump in, there's just no evidence. is there voter fraud in the united states? yes, there are cases here and there, but you have the republican governor of texas, the republican secretary of state of ohio, the secretary of state of california saying we look at our elections and have seen nothing like this. i think both of you were at the white house briefing yesterday where this was a big deal. let's listen. >> does the president believe
that millions voted illegally in this election, and what evidence do you have of widespread voter fraud in this election, if that's the case? >> the president does believe that. he has stated that before. i think he stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally during the campaign. he continues to maintain that belief based on studies and evidence. >> what evidence? senator ryan said there's no evidence. the national association of secretaries of state say they don't agree with the president's assessment. what evidence do you have? >> i -- as i said, i think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has. >> do you believe there was widespread voter fraud? >> my job is not -- look -- >> you got the last word there. i feel his pain in the sense that he has to stand there and try -- he can't say, oh, the president is, like, you know, this is a crackpot conspiracy theory because that's his boss. >> exactly. the reason i asked that do you believe that, sean spicer isn't someone who arrived on the scene this week. he was the chief strategist for
the republican national committee. reince priebus the chief of staff was the chairman of the republican national committee. they are as close to the election process as really anyone can get. i wanted to ask sean if he believes that, and in that -- the answer to the question, he said he believes what he believes. the reason i am told that they sort of announced this investigation this morning, they realized that that whole briefing did not to go well, and they knew they could not put an end to this unless the president himself addressed it. i still think he will be asked about it, and i believe we'll hear some sound from that later today. the thing is, though, says this investigation -- it would have to be a state investigation. wonder if the justice department should be turning its time up with this. >> there is this thing called the constitution. >> yeah. >> that says the states run elections where. >> i mean, this has echos, right, of donald trump the birther, right? donald trump theoryist, and he embraces conspiracy theories that he thinks benefit him.
there are political advantages to for five years claiming that obama might have been born someplace in kenya, and there are political advantages now for him to say that there were three million to five million illegal immigrants. i mean, that's essentially what he is doing. focussing, again, on the bad ombres and those sorts of things. yeah, it's a problem. he is thin-skinned and insecure, so he comes up with these conspiracy theories that i think he believes them in his mind because they paint a picture where he is still the winner and he is still the dominator. >> there are things true tore democrats in terms of what democrats are concerned about, and one is this will become a predicate on the federal level, so whatever extent it's possible, to create structures that make it more difficult to vote, particularly in southern states, right? that's one issue. the other issue from the democrats' perspective is that every minute we spend talking about this, we're not talking about gag orders, the e.p.a., or hhs or the interior department or refugee and visa limits or
supreme court nominees or any of these kind of other real -- actually real policy things that are happening. >> for any kind of mass illegal voting scheme to have happened, the number of people who would need to be involved are literally in the tens of thousands, maybe even in the millions. they would have to be republicans. they would have to be democrats. it's just -- it's not going to happen. >> easier to fake a mars landing. >> yeah. >> if there is some kind of federal investigation, the result is going to conclude -- and maybe there should be -- the result is going to conclude that there is no voter fraud on a massive scale, and secretaries of state for both parties conclude that. >> is the trump justice department going to write a report saying, mr. president, you are wrong? we'll see. drop in, everybody. up next, more members of the trump cabinet are on the job,
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gorgeous view of the washington monument. welcome back. it's a busy and contentious week on capitol hill for president trump's cabinet nominees. his choice for health secretary congressman tom price was grilled again yesterday. democrats accuse him of investing in companies he then helped with legislation, and they're openly frustrated with what they consider evasive answers about the new administration's policy plans. >> thank you. president trump said he is working with you on a replacement plan for the aca, which is nearly finished and will be revealed after your confirmation. is that true? >> it's true that he said that, yes. >> thant he has ever done this before, but did the president lie? did the president lie about this? that he is not working with you? he said he is working with you. is that -- i know we don't use the word lie here because we're polite when presidents make statements that aren't true, but did he lie to the public about
working with you? >> i've had conversations with the president about health care, yes. >> well, it's frustrating for the democrats because they can't get any answers about the executive order that the president signed in obama care and what it's going to do. will people be protected, and they've had -- congressman price is not the first of the nominees. he has dodged the question there to concede that i haven't had any deep policy conversations with the president. >> one of the fascinating things about the nomination process -- we've heard from rex tillerson, scott pruett, rick perry, a couple of other nominees, that they believe that climate change is happening and it has caused at least in part by man. we've had more republicans acknowledge the facts of climate change in just the last few weeks than i think we have in the last four years. these confirmation hearings, it's clear that trump's nominees are very well coached. they're by and large answers their questions correctly and not stepping on the land mines that have been laid out for them by democrats. there's a very realistic chance
that every single one of their nominees -- of trump's nominees will be confirmed unlike george w. bush, unlike president obama, unlike president bill clinton who lost two attorney general nominees for the same thing that the office of management and budget nominee lu mva ney is going through, not paying taxes on a nanny. >> i'm told inside trump tower during the transition when these things came up, the president-elect, now president said fight. don't give up. fight. >> a lot of these folks have been very vague. they've been coached in some ways to be vague, and i think that it helped that a lot of them hadn't talked to donald trump in terms of deep policy on any number of issues and in some ways you can't really imagine trump doing that with many of them. one of the most interesting exchanges, i think, was around medicaid and trying to get him to admit whether or not the policy of this administration is going to be to block medicaid, and we, of course, heard from kellyanne conway that that is the policy to make that a block
grant. send it out to the states, let them decide. of course, progressives don't like that because they think the economy turns south, then the first thing to go or to be cut will be whatever funding would come from medicaid. tom price would not say whether or not that is going to be the policy or that's what he -- >> it's not just the democrats who are frustrated. bob corker, during the campaign, if you remember, donald trump was not always a republican. a republican candidate. he didn't always talk like a republican. he says he has no interest in cutting social security, no interest in cutting medicare. he said if he is president, it will not happen. this is senator corker trying to do some math with nominee mulvaney. >> candidate trump said some things that i wish he had not said. they're totally unrealistic, make no sense whatsoever. when you talk with him about the fact that it's impossible for us to imbalance the budget with 31
% % of our spending being discretionary, do you think he understands that? >> i haven't been quiet and shy since i have been here. it's fairly easy to find quotations from me and so forth. >> don't take too much time with the answer. >> i have to imagine that the president knew what he was getting when he asked me to fill this role. >> maybe. >> maybe. this is an interesting question. it's only the first week, but he is a budget hawk. he is such a budget hawk that john mccain says he may not vote for him because he has cut military spending and repeatedly tried to cut more military spending, and john mccain said i don't know if i can go for this. >> i think on the domestic front, these potential disparties betwedisparit dispariti disparities. they're generally in the same world view, and so is the party that's controlling the congress. on a couple where the president has a lot of plans, including the obama care replacement that costs a lot of money and promises to cut taxes and we
have no understanding of how the two meet in the middle. >> on the foreign policy front. rex tillerson never spoke about russia in depth with him. >> does it matter, the mixed messages? we'll find out if they get confirmed. does the president listen to them or stick with his campaign promises? mike pompeo was sworn in as cia director. donald trump essentially accused john brennan about leaking that dossier about him, and he had a big fight with john brennan. mike pompeo says i follow the directorship of a distinguished cia veteran and devoted patriot. that's mike pompeo praising john brennan there. that's not what the president thinks of john brennan. >> it's not at all, and i think, look, in a lot of confirmation hearings we've all seen so many of them. a lot of nominees are trying not to answer questions i am not
getting the sense that this is a cabinet that's going to have a lot of influence in the west wing. they come in as governors and think they're going to shape the government, and they're often mistaken about that. most of the shaping of the government happens inside the white house, but, you know, we don't know so much about this president and his ideas and policies that around the edges they could shape it some, but it's donald trump's view that is going to send the message, and all these mixed messages here, says it leaves our allies wondering what is the u.s. policy? >> that's the interesting part there. a quick break. when we come back, donald trump is wrapping up his first television interview as president much the united states with abc news. a little bit of that. what he had to say about the wall and the southern border after a quick break. wahhhh... right. in. your. stomach! watch this!... >>yikes, that ice cream was messing with you, wasn't it? try lactaid, it's real ice cream, without that annoying lactose. lactaid. it's the milk that doesn't mess with you.
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immigration. in his first one-on-one network television interview he sat down with david muir and he discussed the wall. let's listen. >> are you going to direct u.s. funds to pay for this wall? will american taxpayers pay for the wall? >> ultimately, it will come out of what's happening with mexico we're going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon, and we will be in a form reimbursed by mexico. >> so they'll pay us back? >> absolutely, 100%. >> so the american taxpayer will pay for the wall at first? >> all it is is we'll be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we make from mexico. >> mexico's president said in recent days that mexico absolutely will not pay adding it goes against our dignity as a country and our dignity as mexicans. he says we're simply not paying. >> he has to say that. he has to say that. i'm just telling you there will be a payment. it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form, and have you to understand, what i'm doing is good for the united states. it's also going to be good for mexico. we want to have a very stable, very solid mexico.
>> when does construction begin? >> as soon as we can. as soon as we can physically do it. we're -- >> months? >> i would say in months, yeah. i would say in months. certainly planning is starting immediately. >> planning starting immediately. the construction the president hopes starts within months. he said a lot of that before, insisting mexico will ultimately pay for it. we learn anything new from that? >> i think we did. every time he says something now, he is saying it as president. it is the first time he is saying it. he says we will be reimbursed in a format a later date of payment. it may be a complicated form. he is definitely not talking about, you know, mexico writing a check. he is talking about, as margaret said earlier, something to do with nafta and a border tax, other things here. explain whag th explaining what that complicated form is and working it out to me seems complicated. >> i don't think they quite know yet. during the campaign he talked about capturing remittances that
mexicans send back home. it also takes food out of the mouths of children. now he is talking about doing it as the nafta renegotiation or a part of the boarder t eborder t. he is into optics. >> and building things. >> if he wants to go to that southern border and say, look, i told you, we're building this. >> this is part of laying the foundation for whatle sean spicer might call alternative facts. if we get four years down the road and president trump is running for re-election, says how is he going to claim that mexico has paid back the wall if it's under this complicated form? the fact is the money will come out of the pockets of american taxpayers first and then it will be income bebt on the white house to prove somehow that mexico has paid this back. one wonder, though, given the credibility of the white house and claiming illegal votes and all these facts that are not accurate or not true, says whatsoever credibility are they going to have then when they're trying to claim that the money
has been -- >> you can imagine them still making that claim, right? you can imagine him in 2018 or 2020 some sort of video of him walking along the great wall that in his mind seems to be akin to the great wall of china. yeah, i mean, i think for his supporters who have wanted this, this is a deliverable -- it's tangible. it's visual. it's a story. it's just -- i mean, it's so essential to his identity as president as a candidate and as a strong person who is going to stand up to mexicans. >> one of the most interesting clues is when he says of the mexican president, of course he has to say he is not going to pay for it. >> well, he has to say -- >> then there is a little bit of a reveal, which is to say we both have our messages to audiences, and we can both be right at the same time. >> excellent point. there's a mexican delegation coming to the read-out. they're meeting with the president's tom team to begin this conversation and to begin
more broadly the conversation about modernizing after the president during the campaign, candidate donald trump talking about ripping it up. now they're approaching it more gently and saying it's been 20 something years. let's modernize. the wall and the immigration reprofessionals have our neighbor to the south rattled a little bit. other allies around the world are questioning things. one of them is going to get the first meeting. the first foreign leader to get a meeting with president trump will be theresa may, the british prime minister. they have an awesome system. the parliamentary system, the one great benefit of it, question time. she's about to head to the united states, and her critics want to send her a message. listen in. >> on the issue of my visit to the united states of america, on my -- on the issue of my visit to the united states of america, i am pleased that i am able to meet president trump so early in his administration. that is a sign of the strength of the relationship between great britain and the united states of america. on the special relationship he and i intend to build. can i also say to the leader of
the opposition, i am not afraid to speak frankly to a president of the united states. i am able to do that because we have that special relationship. a special relationship that he would never have with the united states. >> there's word today about a draft memo saying you could recreate the black sites around the world where you hold people who are detained, and you are not subject to u.s. law. she wants a trade deal from the president. >> without question she said i'm not afraid to speak frankly to him. there's a lot of frank discussion to be had here.
we'll see how substantive it is. all of the meetings so far that the president has had this week with congressional leaders, with automakers, with union members, to a person we've talked to, they've been more ceremonial. this really will be one of the first substantive meetings, so we'll see what the read-out of it is here. you know -- >> the nato alliance. we could go on. >> domestically and economically this is all going to be about trade and a bilateral trade agreement, pulling away from the e.u. and trump is turning inward. he is turning away from these multi-lateral trade deals. she is turning towards them. that is interesting. much more broadly beyond any u.s.-u.k. trade deal. a couple of issues, nato and also u.s. and u.k. intelligence sharing at a time when there are big concerns all across europe, including the u.k., about russia and the trump administration's relationship with russia. >> just the visual, right? this is president trump,ing and there was some concerns going in about who he would be on the
world stage, and we know he likes that visual, and it will be interesting to see just what comes out of this sort of side-by-side. >> also on the world stage, the "new york times" is reporting that the trump administration is preparing another executive order for the president. this one that would clear the way for the cia to reopen the black site prisons that were shut down after 9/11, shut down late in the bush administration. senator john mccain said this in a statement. the president can sign whatever executive orders he likes, but the law is the law. we are not bringing back torture in the united states of america. he says in the united states of america -- >> landing strip in some random country at the airport. >> john mccain was one of the harshest critics of the bush administration's use of this, and the obama administration as well, and their foreign policy. this is another scism between the traditional republican party and donald trump, and i would say that one of the things we've learned from this president in his first week in office is that he liked -- and during the entire campaign is that he likes to break tradition.
he accepted a phone call from the president of taiwan. what is that going to say about the special relationship that theresa may referenced with the united kingdom? there is no closer ally for the united states than the united kingdom. is that relationship going to last through an administration that has clearly shown that it doesn't mind ruffling feathers and breaking precedent? i have to say the best thing about prime minister's question time is how well prepared they all are to take shots at their opponents in person on the fly. you saw theresa may there taking a pretty good shot at jeremy corbin. >> feisty. got to love that. reports share from their notebooks next, including the one person to keep an eye on. she's had big public differences with him. will she be able to keep airing them?
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jeff zellaney. >> keep your eye on philadelphia. our founding fathers had many important meetings there. there's an important meeting starting tonight there with the republican party. the house and senate republicans are gathering there for a retreat, and the president and vice president are going tomorrow. now, this is something that is fundamental for the future and the shape of the republican party. it will be fascinating to see if they allow these disagreements to be aired. i am told that leadership has urged the disagreements to be kept to a minimum, to learn more things about donald trump as opposed to having him hear more things about them. >> uh-huh. >> we should see. >> to be a fly on the wall. margaret. >> we talked about reading clues on the differences between cabinet nominees and the president himself. to me the one really to watch is nikki haley. for so many reasons, this is the new u.n. ambassador confirmed with this huge margin. 96-4. also, she's indian-american, the
daughter of indian immigrants from india, but perhaps more importantly, she not only holds a lot of different positions from the president, but she actually campaigned very strongly against him, and is opposed to, a, a muslim ban, b, strongly supports nato, c, support the u.n. i guess to me the question is, a, will she have the band width to articulate these differences at the u.n., and, b, how much is the suis the u.s. going to enga in the u.n. in the months to come? >> i think the new york is in new york. >> we talked a little bit about javier bassara, who is the attorney general of california, and 20 other democratic attorney generals of the list of people to watch in terms of how democrats are really going to fight this administration. we saw republicans do the same thing when obama was in office, and i think we're going to see the same thing from this group of 21 attorneys general who are democrats on any number of issues held on immigration and
certainly the environment. >> keep an eye on that and maybe see a new rising star. >> sticking in california we talked about governor jerry brown and his effort to be at the van garde of the democratic comeback. jerry brown is term limited in 2018. the race to replace him is already well underway, and all of the candidates running on the democratic side are very well aware that they will become, if they win the governorship, the -- essentially the lead opponent to donald trump until there is a democratic presidential nominee. whoever wins will immediately be in the conversation for the white house even if they have no plans of running, and on the other hand, though, democrats have never nominated a candidate for president farther west than nebraska or texas. if it's california's turn, it would break precedent, but this could be the time. >> be fun to watch. largest state out west. i'll close with this programming note. the president much the united states will be leaving the white house momentarily. he is going to head over to the department of homeland security. you can drop that. we're not going to do that today. head over to the department of homeland security and sign new executive orders on immigration. that coverage will continue. that's it for "inside politics."
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hello. i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. here in washington. wherever you are watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. up first, we're standing by for the start of today's white house press briefing. the press secretary sean spicer will be briefing reporters looking at live pictures coming in from the west wing of the white house. the briefing room. we'll bring you that briefing live as soon as it begins momentarily. also, we just heard from president trump in an interview with abc news about his promise to build a wall along the border with mexico. listen. >> are you going to direct u.s. funds to pay for this wall? will american taxpayers pay for the wall? >> ultimately it will come o