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later she'll take part in his first news conference as commander-in-chief. tomorrow the president holds his first phone call with his russian counterpart vladimir putin. trump says he's open for better relations with russia, but tensions with mexico after their president canceled a meeting. trump tweeting mexico has taken advantage of the u.s. for long enough. massive trade deficits and little help with the very weak border. >> reporter: donald trump will host prime minister theresa may. she already has stopped by arlington this morning to lay a wreath there when she comes to the white house, she and the president will meet, hold a press conference together. take questions from the press and also have a working lunch. this will allow them to talk about potential trade deals going forward. senior advisers say they have a
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common ground on how they came into office on sort of a wave of dissent from the people, kind of breaking tlul the political norms. this is just the beginning of what is going to be a very busy day for donald trump. we're also expecting him to head to the pentagon later today where he may sign additional executive orders. it's also an opportunity for him to meet with his secretary of defense james mattis and lay out some objectives for how he wants to defeat isis. he will dip his toe back into diplomacy tomorrow. donald trump is expected to have a phone call with russian president vladimir putin. obviously this is a much rockier relationship than the one the u.s. enjoys with britain. take a listen to how donald trump described what he knows about putin and what he wants to see from that relationship. >> i don't know putin but if he can get along with russia, it's great for russia, good for us, we go together and knock the hell out of isis. the whole isis thing is a real
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sickness. if we get along with russia, we should get along with everybody if we can. in some cases you won't be able to, but we've got to try. >> reporter: of course donald trump defies political convention. he does not play by the normal rules, particularly when it comes to diplomacy. we saw some of the fallout from that yesterday as we see these escalating tensions between the u.s. and mexico. mexican president pena nieto officially called off the meeting scheduled next week with president trump. trump is insisting it was a mutual decision. >> sara murray live at the white house, thanks so much. tension, as sara mentioned, already flaring with mexico. and president trump's fueling the fire saying mexico has been taking advantage of the united states for long enough. now the white house is floating a 20% tariff, all of this after the mexican president cancels
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his meeting with president trump's over demands mexico pay for trump's border wall. joining me is leyla santiago and chief business correspondent christine romans. leyla, i want to start with you, the latest tweet from mr. trump, has it made its way to the president's office in mexico? >> reporter: people are just waking up here in mexico city. we're starting to see people get off the buses to go to work, traffic is certainly picking up and trump is the talk of the town right now. we still haven't heard response from president enrique pena nieto. let me give you the flavor of what the feeling is here just through the head leans coming out. one says [ speaking foreign language j. it says mexico has reached its plimts with trump's insults. another one, trump has unleashed
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a crisis in the relationship with mexico and the united states. i've got to tell you, when we went to the stand where this was being sold, the gentleman there actually said to us he's picking a fight with everybody. it's a little feel of how people are reacting here. but along with that stance, people are also sort of seeing that cancellation as a sense of pride, given what this relationship is like right now and what could come. a lot of senators applauding the mexican president and even former president fox said the president of mexico made the right decision in canceling that meeting. he also said that he doesn't believe that trump will start a trade war. listen to this. >> i don't think he will do it because there's so much to lose for united states starting with 10 million jobs, where mexico is
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accountable for u.s. citizens by what we import every year into mexico, $250 billion u.s. dollars. the first big loss to united states is 10 million u.s. workers' jobs which he's promised to protect. he's doing exactly the opposite. >> reporter: so what will happen today? the mexican president, enrique pena nieto is scheduled to meet with business leaders and senators and get the report from a delegation of top officials here that was in d.c. meeting with the white house this week. so i think today you'll hear even more reaction from not only the mexican president, but perhaps a lot of legislators here that will get a better idea of exactly what the delegation came back from washington with. >> you're right about that. the fight has only just begun.
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thanks very much, leyla. now to you, christine. president trump's seemed to float the idea of a 20% tariff or tax on imports from mexico to the united states. is he sticking with that or is he backing off? >> it looks like they're backing off a little bit. the white house yesterday saying this is one of the many things we're considering, a point open for discussion. you heard leyla say, the talk of the town is trump where he is. the talk of the town on wall street is this idea of a tariff here. the idea that this would be a way to pay for a border wall, it just doesn't make sense. here is why. that wouldn't be mexico paying. the person who pays the tariff is the importer of record. that is the american company buying the produce, computer screens, auto parts from mexico and bringing it into the united stats. there are two things they can do with that cost, they can eat it in their profit, not likely, or pass it on to consumers, highly likely. you're talking about higher
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prices for produce, higher prices for computers, higher prices for cars. that's what the big concern is here. you're also talking about the potential that mexico could put a 20% tariff on top of the things united states exports to mexico which is not an insignificant number of goods including agricultural products and car parts and cars as well. so that becomes something that leads to a trade war here. this is something a border wall that would be paid for by the american consumer and by american businesses, not by mexico and the government of mexico. >> when we talk about trade war -- we as journalists like to throw out that term. what does that exactly mean to consumers? >> it's a dangerous, very bad idea. many say that a trade war, putting tariffs on goods is something that made the great depression longer and more protracted and worse. that's where we look at a country -- the united states looks at a country and says we're going to put a 20% tariff on everything you import.
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that country turns around and puts a tariff on things we export. even now in a very globalized world, you've got things that are exported from mexico. a car, for example, exported from mexico to the united states, 40% of that car actually started in the united states as something made by an american worker sent to mexico and incorporated in that car. then you start to hurt each other. and those self-inflicted wounds hurt economic growth and actually cause job loss. that's what you really want to avoid. >> all right. christine romans reporting live. i'm sure we'll be talking mof about this in the days to go. let's talk about mr. trump's meeting with british prime minister theresa may. with me nic robertson and david swerd lick and david salazar. they'll get together and talk and appear before reporters
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later this afternoon. i want to talk about the optics of this, nic. theresa may is the opposite of trump. she's not flashy, doesn't tweet. she was not in favor of brexit, although she's stuck with it now. what might that meeting be like between the two leaders? >> she joked on the plane on the way over that opposites attract. this is a prime minister famous for wanting to know all the details, consider her options, consider and consult with those around her before she makes her decision. yes, this is somebody who is in many ways the antithesis of president trump's. what she's tried to do here and we heard this from her yesterday speaking at the republican retre retreat, was really detail how much britain is in step with the united states, no longer interventionalists, we only want to intervene where national interests are at stake, not for
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nation building. she's going to use, if you will, the common threads there, the shared blood and treasure that's been lost over the years in wars and this commonality that britain and the united states help build a future. >> it's interesting you say that because i just want to explain the pictures that my viewers were seeing. that was theresa may at arlington national cemetery, placing a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns, doing that precisely because of what you're saying, nick. >> absolutely. yesterday she spoke about it. here she's putting those words into action. british soldiers dying side by side since the special relationship between the united states and britain were formed during the second world war. so much blood and treasure lost there, iraq, afghanistan. this idea that we can work together in the future, this is how she wants to, if you will, persuade president trump's and the republicans that they can do business with britain. but she's also going to want to
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get in her view that nato is still important, the un is still important. we can change them, but let's not throw them away. >> along those lines, david, a question for you. nato and vladimir putin will be a hot topic as well. trump is not a fan of nato. britain is. trump is a fan of putin, britain is not. how might that play? >> i think there's a couple of things going on, one thing they're not opposites, may and trump, they're both new in their roles, carol. they can make of this relationship what they want. they're starting with not quite a clean slate, but almost. in terms of some of the hard realities, i think trump and may might want to strike an accord on a bilateral relationship both with diplomatic policy and trade. britain won't be out of the european union until 2019. there's going to be some time it will take for that sort of component of their relationship to shift, to develop. when you're talking about nato, right, as you said, britain is more in favor of keeping a robust nato presence as an
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opposition to russia's influence in eastern europe. and even though president trump has said over and over again that certain nato nations are not ponying up their share, their 2% of gdp that they're supposed to for national defense, what has gone missing in this discussion is that president obama brought that up over and over again. he brought it up in germany last year. he brought it up in 2014 in estonia. this is not an easy problem to solve for trump or may. >> julian, this will be mr. trump's first presser with the foreign leader. reports are allowed to question. how might that go, during the run-up to the election, mr. trump met with the mexican president and that did not go well. >> i think there's twoish yoo us to look for. the first is literally their personal interaction. as you said, they're very different in terms of their style. in these press conferences including the one you just
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mentioned, that style can become a problem for president trump's. we'll see how they interact. this is in part about bidding a relationship. the second issue is how much the press goes after these points of tension. there are serious points of tension over nato, over brexit and probably most important over russia. that's partly why she's here. and reporters who have been hearing in the last few days that this administration is launching a war against them, i think will be ready to ask some pretty difficult questions. we'll see how much that comes out and shapes the presser. >> nic, i want to talk about nigel farage, the anti immigrant british politician. he's been a thorn in the prime minister tear reza may's side. he's a trump fan. met with trump before may did, something that didn't sit well with the british government. i asked farage about that in november. listen. >> here is the thing, and this is what critics say, you
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actually met and talked with mr. trump before the british prime minister did. they say that's not a great message to be sending to britain's prime minister. what do you think? >> well, it's unfortunate, isn't it, that nearly the entire british government said derogatory things ability donald trump and his team during the election campaign. they're not getting off on a very good start. whereas i said that while i didn't agree with every single thing that mr. trump said, i felt his direction of travel was absolutely right. >> nic, farage is now a fox news contributor and trump is buddy-buddy with fox. will farage play some sort of role? >> he's absolutely not gone away. after the brexit vote which, again, he was the one that helped lead the way on that, retired from the leadership of his party. there have been actually fist fights in the european parliament over who should take over leadership. it's been a messy picture. nigel farage is not going away,
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remanes absolutely a current and very present speaker, not just with fox, but also has his own chat show, radio talk show in the uk. he's not gone away. theresa may would like to marginalize and eclipse him as much as possible. will he applauded her speech last week on brexit. he's not gone away. in this relationship with president trump theresa may likes to be in the driving seat and wants farage in the back seat, way back behind economy, if you will, in the cheap seats at the back where he can't be heard. that's probably not going to happen. he's a voice out there. britain people are used to him and his views. he's absolutely going to remain someone that president trump can turn to if he chooses to get the temperature of the british feeling unvarnished by the sort of political spin, if you will, that theresa may is putting on.
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let's not forget, he went on the campaign trail with president trump. he es feels brexit, the vote it sevlgs energized and helped president trump win the election here. >> he also has a direct line to steve bannon. they're very close. might be interesting. nic robertson, thank you very much. david and julian, stay with me. we have more to talk about. one week echbt his administration, president trump is still talking about voter fraud. ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis isn't it time to let the real you shine through? introducing otezla, apremilast. otezla is not an injection, or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. some people who took otezla saw 75% clearer skin after 4 months.
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president trump expected to sign an executive action launching an investigation into unsubstance eighted claims that millions of people voted illegal. his parent source is a man named greg phillips. he has a phone app and he was on "new day" this morning. >> if we jumped out there with just our initial analysis rather than refining it and quality checking it, we'd be out there with accusing people that aren't
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committing felonies of felonies. >> how did you not do that in your first tweet just as a matter of fact? you said we know 3 million illegally voted. you already did that. >> we didn't name a soul. >> we still haven't. >> do you have the proof? >> yes. >> can i have it? >> no. >> the rest of the tweets, there was a whole series of tweets, those were taken slightly out of context. one of the key tweets tweets we've stuck with is we'll release all this to the public, the methodology, the raw data, we'll release our conclusions, release everything to the public. >> when? >> as soon as we get done with the checks. >> so last hour president trump showing his support to that man gregg phillips saying he's looking forward to seeing the results whenever he chooses to release them. we don't know exactly when that will be. with me is david swerdlick, cnn
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political commentator and julian sel lits from princeton university. >> i've talked to more than one secretary of state. there is just no widespread voter fraud. is he talking to secretaries of state across the nation? i've never heard of him. i've talked to many secretary of state. >> i watched chris cuomo do that interview live in the prior hour. i would say i'm on the same page with you and chris and with president trump's team for that matter. i, too, look forward to seeing the information that that information, votestand, has to provide. if they have something that suggests there are upwards of 3 million fraud leapt votes in the 2016 election, i would anxiously want to see their data set. i think this is a distraction from what's going on this week, what's going on in the world.
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it's unfortunate. it suggests a credence to conspiracy theories being lent by the president of the united states. i would echo what my "washington post" colleague, dan balls wrote earlier this week. he's the most respected journalist in washington and he wrote, paraphrasing, that the plausible explanations for president trump giving credence to this theory are either that he wants to encourage distrust in our system or he wants to lay a predicate for potential future voter suppression laws or he simply is someone who is willing to, without evidence, engage in speculation about voter fraud. >> perhaps it's more about this quinnipiac poll. they put out this poll and president trump's approval rating right now is 36%. you've got to believe that this voter fraud thing, julian, is part of the reason the approval ratings are so abysmal.
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>> yes. let's start by saying the voter fraud allegations are not true. there has been so many studies over the years including by the bush white house that never could find what the allegations were, never con fermd any of this. it's not true now. i don't know who this individual is. but we should remember that. it's not even relevant that the president has now broadcast him because it's based on nothing that we know of. >> shear there is the point on julian. it's relevant only in light of this. so this guy will put out these statistics. they may be bogus, maybe not, who knows? even if they're bogus, president trump will launch onto that and present it to his supporters and his 20 million twitter followers as something that's true. he'll continue to say it's true. he'll continue to say it's true until he feels that it is, and that's a dangerous. >> that part is relevant. i meant the study itself and
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waiting for the data. it's very significant he's putting this out there. many republicans believe it's true. that's what the polls are finding. it's not just dangerous to kroo eighting questions about the legitimacy of the question or the election. as david said, this is a setup for more voter id laws have been taking place in the states for years now based on the allegations of voter fraud and have the effect of suppressing votes. that's where president trump is going with this, it's very clear. the consequences are very serious and very significant. >> david, logic and reason and informed argument isn't working. so maybe lies will. is that the new motto in this country? >> i'm going to have a little more optimism that we are going to, as the trump era progresses, we in the media, members of government, the body politic, are going to get their arms around this and realize that we have to deal from a common set
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of facts. people can disagree on outcomes, people can disagree on policies. people can fight hard for their positions, but we've got to find a way to come around to some common understanding of facts. right now we don't have that. >> david swerdlick, jewel jan salazar, thank you very much. trump welcomes theresa may to the white house. how this meeting could teft some of the most controversial foreign policy decisions. the classes, the friends, the independence. and since we planned for it, that student debt is the one experience, i'm glad she'll miss when you have the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant. ameriprise oh, how waso good!en house? did you apply? oh, i'll do it later today. your credit score must be amazing.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me. it is a day of firsts for prpt. this morning he welcomes british prime minister theresa may to the white house. his first meeting with a world leader since the election.
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among the topics on today's agenda, trade policy. today's meeting could be a critical test for trump when it comes to some of the controversial foreign policy views he holds. with me to talk about that and more is peter wes macaw, a former uk ambassador to the united states. welcome, sir. >> thank you. >> how do you expect this meeting to go between theresa may and donald trump? >> i think it's a meeting likely to go very well. she has done her homework. there was a warmup act at the republican retreat yesterday evening where she made a cleverly balanced speech which appealed to republicans but also made policy statements which moved her a bit more toward where donald trump is coming from, which gave her the space about making firm remarks about how to deal with putin and what about european security and the importance ensuring those left behind by globalization are looked after in the years to come. i think there was a number of
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substantive issues where she's said a number of things which are not quite where donald trump is at the moment, but give the agenda for a substantive and useful conversation in the oval office. >> one of the topics is sure to be torture because of the british prime minister making it clear that britons do not see torture as a legal alternative, and they don't think it works. but mr. trump has conflicting views on that. listen to what he said on fox news last night. >> waterboarding used to be used because they said it really wasn't torture. it was the one step slightly below torture. >> that's why it was legal. >> torture is realtor tour. water board, i'm sure it's not pleasant, but waterboarding was just short of torture. all of a sudden they made it torture. i spoke with people the other day who are in this world that we're talking about. they said absolutely it works,
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absolutely. now, general mattis said that he doesn't intend to use it. i'm with him all the way. do i believe it works? yes, i do. >> so what if president trump says that sort of thing to the prime minister? >> i think the clip you've just shown shows the message is a little confused. on the other hand he says it works. on the other hand he says he'll follow what general mattis says. general mattis is a highly experienced theater general who knows what does and doesn't work. i think the important point from the british prime minister's perspective can we cannot under law, never mind principle of effectiveness, condone torture. we have a number of court cases in the uk courts in recent years about uk complicity oren decision or allegations of torture. this is all not acceptable as a matter of policy for the uk. to the extent this comes up during the conversation -- and i don't think it's going to be a
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dominant subject -- i think theresa may will be very clear where the british government stands. >> mr. trump's favorite politician is nigel farage, right, who now has a job on fox news and has a direct line to steve bannon, one of mr. trump's senior advisers. do you suppose the two men talked and crafted a message that mr. trump needs to send to the prime minister? >> well, i don't know what private conversations nigel farage has with his friends. my guess is that donald trump will have done quite a bit of homework, he'll have worked out where theresa may is coming from. he will have seen what her policy positions are on everything from china to russia to the iran nuclear deal, to free trade and so on. i think they will get stuck into those issues in their bilateral meeting. my hunch is whatever nigel farage's views are -- his main interest, of course, is the uk leaving the european union,
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which is an issue at the moment he has very little difference with theresa may. i wouldn't expect him to be trying to influence the agenda on this meeting on any other subject. >> a final question. you wrote an op ed, quote, there's much to learn from such a bruising political year and much we can teach each other. neither british nor american democracy clofrd itself with glory during this year's referendum and election campaigns. do you still feel that way? >> i do still feel rather like that. i think there was much in our referendum campaign where there was false allegations, a degree of dishonesty, people promised certain things that didn't happen. much made on immigrations from countries like turkey to the european union which wasn't a real issue. pop took their decision on the basis of incomplete if not wrong information. during the campaign in the united states there was a lot of disinformation, there was false facts, artificial, alternative
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two of prince's family members says $7 million are missing and may have gone to promoters. white house chief strategist steve bannon ignites the tension between president trump's administration and the media by calling journalists the opposition party that need to, quote, keep their mouths shut. last night president trump piled on. >> i've seen now "the new york times," cnn, nbc, they've used the word liar to describe you as it relates to talking about crowd size -- >> these are very hostile people, very angry people. >> but they also colluded against you in the campaign. >> yeah. >> they're very dishonest people. the media is very dishonest. i say it openly. >> i say journalism is dead, so we agree. >> never dead, but they're very dishonest people. >> let's talk about this and bring in editor in chief of the daily wire and breitbart's former editor at large ben shapiro and host of cnn's "reliable sources" brian
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stelter. good morning. >> good morning. >> ben, i want to start with you. steve bannon's comments. first of all, your initial thoughts. >> first of all, i think you have to quote steve completely. when he says the media should shut up, what he said is the media should shut up and listen more to the american people so they can get better at their job. as everyone knows, i'm not a big steve bannon defender, not a big fan, one of the worst people i possibly know. that has nothing to do with what he's saying here. what he's saying is not entirely correct. there's a vast gap between the media's perception of itself and the public perception of the media. the reason trump keeps picking fights with the media is because it's a fight he can win. the american people don't trust the media because they seem like they're representing their own interest as opposed to people defending the interests of the american people. the more we get into slap fights with the administration and politicians, on behalf of the press, on behalf of the media,
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instead of on behalf of the american people, the more pliekly the american people will ignore it. >> i understand where you're coming from and i understand there's a lack of trust in media, but people are watching. if you add up the numbers of cbs, nbc, abc and cnn, there are millions of numbers. >> i tried to pick 6:30 p.m. it's the best way to show who is tuning in. about 27 million on an average night last week. that's a snapshot in time. not everybody tunes in every day. over time most of the country is still paying attention to these traditional media outlets as well as new digital outlets like the one ben is at, like the "huffington post" and buzz feeds and daily callers of the world. we hear trump attacking the media in general. there is no one media, and there is no one american people. many, many americans are
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demanding that the press fact check the new president, but at the same time many americans are skeptical of the press. it's a very complicated situation. >> let me put this by you, ben. if a media entity is a cheerleader for donald trump and never puts his feet to the fire, won't you lose the trust of the american public, too, if you continue to do that consistently? >> i certainly would hope so. here's the thing, every white house treats opposing media as the opposition: the trump white house i think rightly looks at a lot of the mainstream media and said you're the operation during the campaign,out don't particularly like me, so you're going to be more critical than friendly outlets like fox news, for example. the job of the media should be to understand we're always the opposition. if we're the fourth estate and it's our job to check the government and check the white house, it shouldn't matter whether you like or dislike the person in the white house particularly. you should be treating the white house as your opposition. the fact the media did not treat
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president obama as much as the opposition as they are president trump is giving the opening to slap you guys around. i think he's largely correct in slapping the media around by saying there's a bias that exists for trump that didn't exist for obama. the best way to respond to that is not to say that's an attack on the press or the media. it's to say, say what you're going to say, it's either true or false. treat it as a true/false statement as opposed to a fight between the media and donald trump. he's going to win that fight every time in the eyes of the american public. >> here is the difficulty for us, and i think you'll agree, whether there is a blatant untruth told by president trump, for example, the crowd size at the inauguration, should we not call him out on that and ignore it because it doesn't really matter, or in calling it out does it make it seem like we're opposing him in some way since we're not givings him the benefit of the doubt for something inconsequential.
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>> you're making it sound like a no-win situation. i think the majority of the evidence want the evidence, want us showing the photos and the video and letting the facts stand where they may be. this is a president with a 36% approval rating according to quinnipiac, 40% from the cnn poll before the inauguration. this is not a president that the majority of the country wants to only here positive things about. there are some viewers that only want to hear the positive. that's the minority. there are many different constituencies, many different audiences that want different news in this very divided america. >> interesting topic. thanks to both of you for stopping by, ben shapirshapiro, stelter. protesters man to make history today, this time on the side of the anti-abortion movement. this time how they're getting a big boost from the white house.
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an historic moment for supporters of the anti-abortion movement. cnn has learned president trump might address the right to life rally today by phone. the rally begins at noon but people have already gathered. the vice president will address the rally, as will kellyanne conway. this is in many ways a counterpunch to the women's marches that erupted around the world last weekend. cnn's brianna keilar joins us. she's on the national mall. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i'm here not far from the washington monument. you can see the crowds starting
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to gather ahead of what's going to the speaker's program for this event. after this, a little after 1:00 p.m., we'll see participants marching up to the supreme court, which is something that is going to take a few hours, is what we're expecting. this is in proximity to the roe versus wade decision anniversary last sunday. organizers say this is the first time they could get a permit for the mall. you said a little counterpunch to last week, and it's definitely seen in that context. these folks are antiabortion, and people for abortion rights were part of that liberal women's march last saturday, one of a myriad of issues they were dealing with. immigrants' rights, muslim rights, in addition to a number of other women's rights. they're hoping, especially with donald trump now in the white house, carol, that their issue,
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and i think they're more hopeful now than they have been in decades, their issue of trying to get some sort of at least partial rollback of roe versus wade can actually be accomplished. donald trump is expected to announce his pick for the supreme court next week, certainly a day that the organizers and participants of the march for life are looking forward to. >> brianna, i know these demonstrators are looking at this as their moment, this is the time they can finally achieve their goal. you have to believe, though, there will be a counterpunch to that movement. what might that look like? >> reporter: oh, certainly. and i think the goal, for instance when you saw the women's march last saturday, it was in conjunction with a number of groups. prominently among them was planned parenthood. the expectation we're hearing from organizers of that national movement and even from states and cities is that they're going
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to try to continue making their case. here today, this is a group that is going to be seeing vice president mike pence, the highest ranking official by far to address right to life. they're hoping that their cause gets a little more attention because of that and that they draw more participants. >> all right, brianna keilar, cove covering this for us. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break.
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and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. one week on the job, and president trump is pushing ahead with his foreign policy agenda, defining how he things america
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should fit into the world. british prime minister theresa may will visit the white house and later take part in a news conference with the commander in chief, mr. trump. tensions are rising with mexico after its president cancelled a white house meeting. trump tweeted, mexico has taken advantage of the u.s. long enough, must change now. and tomorrow, the president holds his first phone call with his russian counterpart, vladimir putin. trump says he is open to better relations with russia, further raising concerns of his critics. we're covering all the angles on this busy morning. let's start with sara murray at the white house, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. busy is exactly the way to put it. donald trump will host his first world leader at the white house today, that's theresa may, the british prime minister. they're expected to meet, and also to

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