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interview with one of the menendez brothers. do not miss this. the debut of the new original series "how it really happened with hill harper" that's at 8:00 tonight on hln. >> thanks so much for joining us at this hour, everybody. inside politics with john king starts right now. >> john and kate, thank you. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing time with us today. another busy and consequential day. the donaltrump presidency as we speak now hitting the one week mark, and what a hectic and fascinating week it has been. a live look right now here at the annual march for life out on the national mall. the anti-abortion movement is re-energized because of actions and promises from the new trump white house, and this year's march is getting unprecedented white house attention. vice president mike pence will speak to the marchers in just a few minutes, and we will take you there live when it happens. and happening now at the white house, a big face-to-face first step on to the world stage.
president trump, this meeting with the british prime minister theresa may. stay right here as we gear up for the new president's first white house press conference. that scheduled for just one hour from now. it is a giant test. the new president's first steps on the world stage have been sufficed to say, a bit rocky. a war of words and threats of a trade war with mexico. whose president abruptly canceled a planned trip to washington when president trump signed an order for fast action on the wall. >> unless mexico will treat the united states fairly with respect, such a meeting would be fruitless and i want to go a different route. we have no choice. >> both the president and prime minister owe their jobs to blue collar frustration with globalism and immigration, but these are two very different leaders. president trump calls the nato alliance obsolete. prime minister may calls it essential. he talks with making friends
with vladimir putin. she says be very careful. president trump's america first mantra has allies rattled. the prime minister is here first and foremost hoping, hoping, to learn firsthand that such blunt talk is more slogan than strategy shift. >> we are two countries together that have a responsibility to lead because when others step up as we step back, it is bad for america, for britain, and the world. >> with us to share their rorgts and their insights, lisa layer of the associated press, jonathan martin of the "new york times", jackie kusinich and ed o'keefe of the washington post. as we wait to hear from these two leaders today, let's just step back for a second. a week in, if there's a trump doctrine on the world stage, it's the same as it is on the domestic stage. it's disruption. do things differently, challenge the status quo. what's your biggest question today as we look for the president to stand side-by-side
with the key u.s. ally, the british prime minister. >> it is remarkable. there's been no terrorist attack. there's been no global unrest of any kind, and there's been chaos across the world as a result of trump coming into office. i think people are going to be watching to see if he understands the dynamics of this relationship. theresa may is in a difficult spot. on the one hand, he has been a strong supporter of brexit, and she needs to get a trade deal with the u.s. when the u.k. eventually leaves the e.u. on the other hand, she's also trying to cut a deal for the exit from the e.u. with the e.u. who has been very skeptical of trump and is very concerned that he is working to weaken the european alliance. she's dealing with her own difficult political dynamics, and it's going to be interesting to see how cognizant president trump is of those politics at play. >> he has already made that kind of awkward. he cheered brexit. she didn't really support brexit. he said that nigel -- who is not a friend of theresa may, should
be the ambassador to the u.k. i mean, so there are several things that have already happened to make this quite an awkward first meeting between these two leaders. he has already met with some of her -- the opposition in the u.k. they'll have a lot of talk about. i wonder if they'll talk about those kind of topics. >> she's frying to make the most of this. it's important for her to have the security relationship and to get a new economic relationship, a bilateral trade agreement. she was impressive when she spoke before republican congressional members. donald trump has said nato is obsolete. does he really mean that? does he want to break up the alliance, or is it just his words for his criticism that a lot of the other nato nations don't pony up. they don't pay their dues. they don't spend enough on the defense budget. listen to theresa may saying america must stay engaged, but offering president trump a little help. >> america is strong and prosperous at home is a nation that can lead abroad.
but you cannot and should not do so alone. it's time for others to step up, and i agree. suffering countries cannot outsource their security and prosperity to america, and they should not undermine the alliances that keep us strong by failing to step up and play their part. >> she kind of is trying to massage there what trump has said about the alliance. you can be certain, president trump will speak in the first conversation with vladimir putin on saturday, and also with the leaders of germany and france. those conversations will be saturday. i'm going to put some money here -- i don't know who wants to take the bet -- when theresa may is going to be clear of the white house, angela merkel and president hollande is going to want to talk to her about what he is like, how much do we follow the words? >> there's going to be a robust game of telephone going on. what actually is he like in private? i actually talked yesterday to a fellow who is very important in
the trump white house who was telling me about the panic that actually ensued the day after election day in embassies all across washington because they all thought that hillary clinton was going to win. they were getting ready for that. they literally didn't know anybody in the trump circle. they had to find literally his phone number to call him. i think you see the brits have had to deal with that here in recent weeks to try to get in there fast and first. nobody knows how he is going to greet the world. >> that's what his supporters do, take him literally but not seriously. it doesn't seem like that's what world leaders do or congress. he also has a learning curve here where he is learning that once you are president, your words really matter. >> to that point, he does have a learning curve i think of how to speak and act in these settings that are designed by protocol. he wants to bust a lot of the protocol, so they're going to
have to learn too. this will have to be a two-way street or there will be a lot of misunderstanding. >> i think there's more pressure on may, especially back home, to deliver here in the next three hours. if this does not go well for her, the press, her own party, and the british public may be very concerned that she rushed over here before really understanding the new government, the new administration and may not walk away with the ashussurances she needs to say we still have brexit, but we still have the americans. everything is going to be okay. >> she gets the protester iej of being the first world leader to get the first face-to-face. one of the big questions here, the european alliance has, is what about all this talk from donald trump about being more friendly with vladimir putin? kellyanne conway has said in a television interview this morning that easing sanctions against russia is one of the things being considered at the white house. the western alliance leaders don't want that. listen to theresa may here, the prime minister, giving her review of how president trump should deal with the president of russia. >> when it comes to russia, it
is on so wise to turn to president reagan during his negotiations with his opposition mickal gorbechev used to abide by the adage, trust but verify. with president putin, my advice we should eage with russia from a position of streth, and we should build the relationships, systems, and processes that make cooperation more likely than conflict. >> an effort to kind of gently lightly move him. >> good advice by the staff at 10 downing street to make sure the speech to republican caucus, included a good reagan shout-out knowing that that would go over well, and, also, by the way, a tory female prime minister, who does that remind you of? >> this is not that relationship yet.
>> her invoking reagan's name -- >> they revere ronald reagan. it makes sense. whether it's jim mattis or theresa may, there is a sort of fairly strong consensus, among a lot of people about putin is not to be trusted. >> john mccain just issuing a statement. senator john mccain of arizona saying that if you -- he hopes the president rejects any advice to ease these sanctions, but if he tries to move that way, he will work to make law the sanction. this is not just a big question as world leaders begin to get to know our new president. it is a source of tension early on with his fellow republicans. >> and this is an administration that's not speaking with one voice on this issue. what we heard from some of the nominees in the confirmation hearings, they took a much tougher line on russia than the president himself, says so if you are a world leader trying to decipher where they are, i mean, given the many messages coming out of the white house, that can be an awfully hard thing to sort out. >> you mentioned the point, jonathan, that a lot of global
leaders were shocked. they thought the election was going to go the other way. one of the things that concerned them is the overriding theme. as lisa said, a lot of people around trump, close to this president, very loyal, say don't take him literally. he is trying to send a signal with his words, but then follow his actions, but these words right here in this inaugural address, this is what a lot of people inorld capitals, friends and foes, are sayi, wait aminute, is the united states about to make a big retreat from the world stage? >> every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit american workers and american families. we must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries, making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.
protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but, rather, to let it shine as an example. we will shine for everyone to follow. >> this is what they're asking in paris and in berlin and in london, and for that matter in tehran and moscow. what exactly does that mean when it comes to nato alliance? what does it mean when it comes to the iran nuclear deal? >> and china. >> i'm sure he is happy to call up mexico and strike some new deals as a result. we don't know that i will ld to more prosperity. that is not clear, and trump hasn't really taken steps to clarify any of this. he hasn't sort of laid out his foreign policy in a big address or any sort of comprehensive way. he has done sort of interviews
here and there. the plans during the campaign were left vague. perhaps deliberately. he is not giving assurances. >> i was skimming spanish newspapers this morning regarding the mexican president's decision not to come across mexico, across latin america, over to spain. a lot of those countries saying good for him for cancelling that meeting amid the uncertainty, amid the disrespect that they believe he was shown. we should all take cue from mexico on what to do here. yes, democrats on capitol hill who represent texas and other border states, other business leaders have warned china is ready, willing, and already there not only in mexico, but across latin america, building factories, exporting goods. they are more than happy to step in and that will be one of the big counter arguments to all of this. if you do this, this only helps china. >> that's a great issue because of the long game and short game. politicians often play the short game in the sense that for both president trump and the president of mexico, this helps
them. this helps them in the moment to stand up for their supporters to look tough, to look like they're ready to have a fight. the question is whether it's mexico, whether it's china, in the long-term,ing what disruption does it cause. in incredibly valuable economic relationships, the president is right. he says he wants to address, but five million jobs in the united states dependent on their relationship with mexico. what happens if you get into a fight there. as we continue the conversation, listen to these words. we are just meeting the new trump team, and their words are one thing. we will see in the days and weeks and months ahead what it means on the world stage. this is the new ambassador to the united nations, the former south carolina governor nikki haley, showing up at the united nations, an organization that all republican administrations in recent years have heaped a bit of scorn on. you want to know if there's a new sheriff in town? listen to this. >> there is a new u.s. u.n. we talked to the staff yesterday, and you are going to see a change in the way we do business. our goal with the administration is to show value at the u.n., and the way that we'll show value is to show our strength,
show our voice, have the backs of our allies, and make sure that our allies have auerbach as well. for those that don't have auerbach, we're taking names. we will make points to respond to that accordingly. >> it's remarkable. we're taking names. >> hang tight. we're taking names from nikki haley at the united nations. another big signal early on from the administration. the vice president of the united states, first time this has happened, speaking to the march for life here in washington. let's listen. >> thank all of you. on behalf of president donald trump -- [ cheering ] -- my wife, karen, our daughter, charlotte, i would like to welcome you all to washington d.c. for the 44th annual march for life.
>> it's a good day. i'm deeply humbled to stand before you today. deeply humbled to be the first vice president of the united states to ever have the privilege to attend this historic day. more than 240 years ago our founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages. they declared these truths to be self-evident that we are, all of us, endowed by our creator with
certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 44 years ago our supreme court turned away from the first of these timeless ideals. but today three generations hence because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again. in america. that is evident in the election of pro-life majorities, in the congress of the united states of america. but it is no more evident in any way than in the historic
election of a president who stands for a stronger america, a more prosperous america, and a president who i proudly say stands for the right to life president donald trump. president trump actually asked me to be here with you today. he asked me to thank you for your support, for your stand for life and for your compassion for the women and children of america. one week ago today on the steps of the capitol we saw the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states. i can tell you firsthand our
president is a man with broad shoulders and a big heart. this vision, this energy, his optimism are boundless, and i know he will make america great again. from his first day in office, he has been keeping his promises to the american people. i like to say over there at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, we're in the promise keeping business. that's why on monday president trump reinstated the mexico city policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that perform abortions worldwide. that's why this administration will work with the congress to
end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across america. and that's why next week president donald trump will announce a supreme court nominee who will uphold the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution in the tradition of the late and great justice antonin scalia. life is winning in america. today is a celebration of that progress. the progress that we've made. i long believe that a society can be judged by how we care for our most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn.
we've come to a historic moment in the cause of life, skps we must meet this moment with respect and compassion for every american. life is winning in america for many reasons. life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminate when life begins more and more every day. life is winning through the generosity of millions of ado adtive families who open their hearts and homes to children in need. life is winning through the compassion of care givers and volunteers, at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based
organizations administer to women in the cities and towns across this country. and life is winning through the quiet counsels between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables and over coffee at college campuses, the truth is being told. compassion is overcoming convenience, and hope is defeating despair. in a word, life is winning in america because of all of you. so i urge you to press on. as it is written, let your gentleness be evident to all. let this movement be known for love, not anger.
let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation. when it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness. i believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if we, each of us, do all we can to meet them where they are with generosity, not judgment. [ cheering ] to heal our land and restore a culture of life, we must continue to be a movement that embraces all, cares for all, and shows respect for the dignity
and worth of every person. enshrined on the walls of the jefferson memorial are the words of our third president who admonished us so long ago to remember that god who gave us life gave us liberty. on behalf of the president of the united states and my little family, we thank you for your stand for life. we thank you for your compassion. we thank you for your love for the women and children of ameri america. be assured, be assured, along with you, we will not grow weary. we will not rest until we
restore a culture of life in america for ourselves and our po posterity. thank you, and god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. >> the vice president of the united states mike pence, the former indiana governor, former congressman before that, doing something unprecedented. the highest ranking official ever to personally address the march for life here in washington d.c. the big annual event of the anti-abortion movement. ronald reagan used to telephone in from time to time during these events. never before has someone with the rank of vice president directly addressed the rally. earlier today the president of the united states tweeting out from the -- @vp mike pence will be speaking at today's march for life. you have our full support. hard sometimes to get into full context the sea change that is hang in wash walk but we're going to move from the march for life unprecedented there to a
ways. it is a great honor. >> well, thank you, mr. president. i'm very pleased. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you. zoo see right there ask excuse the shaky shots. the white house press pool gets jostled at the end of those meetings. there the prime minister of great britain meeting with the president of the united states at the white house in the oval office. again, more change. in the past administrations such a meeting they are usually seated by the fireplace, and we get brief hello remarks, cardial remarks. just small talk about an event that is very significant to the united kingdom, the britsz, a, to this president who was not during the oval office has been
restored, but, again, to my point, more change. a lot for these two late leaders to discuss, a lot of agreement wrrks also a lot of potential disagreement, which i'm guessing is why they did it a different way so you don't have the mess of shouted questions. >> their risk of improvization for a president who is not as comfortable on his feet when it comes to dealing with substantive policy issues than past presidents. i think his staff wants him to be more pressed for the formal press conference and if you happen to speak there, you risk a gaff. obviously pointing to the churchill bust is easy straight forward politics. >> by the way, some things, john, don't change from presidents, and that is the saying of thank you. thanks, you guys, to usher the press pool out of the office there. >> it never works. we like to stick around. >> exactly. >> often, though, you do hear a lot of shouted questions. sometimes reports because they're being pushed out start shouting questions. that was actually a pretty calm there, and you are getting a look at -- let's remember, this president has this first meeting, a lot of his team is
not in place. his secretary of state has not been confirmed yet. he does have this meeting at the white house. again, we talked a little bit at the top of the program, this is big for both leaders. both leaders -- for donald trump it's his first introduction to the world stage. a key u.s. ally. he knows it's going to be, as you mentioned, on the phone with other world leaders saying what was he like in private because one of the things we learned in the campaign is that in the big rally setting, there's one donald trump, but often in the smaller oneone or small group conversations, it's a very different donald trump. >> one of the perilous things these leaders will have to deal with is that sometimes the private donald trump, the person they spoke to in the meeting, doesn't remain the same donald trump. they walk out, and all of a sudden on twitter 24 hours later he is tweeting about a different impression of the meeting that was given publicpublically. there seems to be even more hurdles than in a trirm format. >> the list of questions, we could sit here for an hour if we wanted to go through them, but some she wants a commitment that donald trump will stay in the paris climate change accord. the administration has not
answered that definitively, but he himself, the president, has questioned the science of climate change. she wants to know about the nato alliance. if i help you to try to get some of the allies to increase their defense spending, increase their dues spending, will you stop calling the nato alliance obsolete? how do we deal with sclvladimir putin? are you still going to be friendly about syria? what about the fight about isis? i could go on a bit. >> he is not necessarily ready to unpack all of that. again, that's -- as i said earlier, there's a lot of risk for her if she goes home without answers to those questions. will the british public accept the fact that she made this trip at all. >> yet, she is a test case for what the president says he wants to do. get away from these big trans-pacific partnerships and do it one nation at a time bilaterally. the u.k. wants one desperately right now as it pulls out of the european union. >> this is i think an important moment for us as sort of watchers of president trump to figure out which faction is sort of winning out inside the white house. it was clear from that
inauguration speech that the steves, steve bannon and steven miller, had the upper hand in the drafting of that speech. hugely important symbolism. >> nationalist, america first, populist. >> now we're moving from symbolism to substance. you are talking about the actual making of policy, standing there with our biggest ally traditionally of the u.k. how does he respond on that raft of questions that you just mentioned, and that will tell us what's happening internally there who does have the upper hand? the traditionalist, folks like rooins priebus more nationalist flavor adviss like steve bannon? >> how much does it evolve? he is a new president. he has never held office before, never held office or been in the military. he may evolve as he gets more information and more of these relationships. just want to take a quick pivot down to the national mall. rihanna keiller is standing by. you were witness to the highest ranking official to ever address the march for life. it is without a doubt that the
anti-abortion movement has new energy because they have in this administration and in a republican congress new promises for action. tell us about the mood and the spirit down there. >> reporter: that's right, john. in fact, talking to organizers, they feel that for the first time since roe versus wade went through the supreme court, and they feel that they actually have a better shot and having at least a partial roll-back of that, and they say that any sort of roll-back on a federal level of roe versus wade would be, as you can imagine, a huge success for them. it would be a big win for them, and to that point you heard the vice president here, and he was talking about how next week he brought it up. donald trump is going to be announcing his pick for the vacancy on the supreme court, and he said it's going to be someone who shares the values of what he called the late great a antonin scalia. really a pledge here to the people that donald trump is ing to pick someone who is
anti-abortion, and that got huge applause from the crowd here. last year they had a blizzard. it's kind of hard to compare it to last year. the weather definitely got in the way, john, but just from my vantage point on the mall, just to tell you, i'm about right next to the washington monument. there are people really on all three sides here opposite the stage. there is a lot of energy here. whether you agree or disagree with the goal of these marchers, it has been, for many years, one of the biggest events here in washington d.c. the annual march for life. the determination of those marchers should not be ignored, whether you dwrae or disagree. let's come back to the conversation here. again, there's so much happening this week. it's hard sometimes as we're following so many interesting and newsworthy events to put things into context. to have a vice president of the united states -- let me wind back a little bit. normally when a president has a supreme court pick, the official line at the white house is there are no litmus tests. of course, the president wouldn't ask a nominee would you, would he or she volt yes or
no, and the question of roe v. wade, yes or no on some of the other big questions. we know they do the research. for a vice president to stand up and say life is winning again and then connect it to a supreme court nomination, again, another example of the remarkable change. >> this is -- we talk about the nationalist wing of the white house and the establishment wing that's run by rooins priebus. this is the pence wing really having a big moment here. it cannot be understated how big a deal it is to not only have the vice president speak, but mike pence, who is one of the biggest social conservatives being able to do this. this, u know, for him -- this will stand as a big professional achievement and something that guys like him in if the party have strived for, and, you know, it can -- i think this stands even more significantly than other parts of what has gone on this week. four republicans and four social conservatives have stood with this president despite, you know, perhaps some concerns about him and his behaviors in the past. they stuck with him, and they're going to get something they want. >> it's a striking moment
because of who this president is. this is a thrice married, formerly pro-choice president, and he has won the support, and he is going to deliver for the anti-choice movement. >> hang on. >> striking thing. >> to this point, i want you to hear donald trump in his own words. remember, donald trump was once a democrat. then he became an independent. then he ran for the republican nomination. he is now as a republican president -- here he candidly discussed his evolution. >> i'm very pro-choice. i hate the concept of abortion. i hate it. i hate everything it stands for. i cringe when i listen to people debating the subject. you still -- i just believe in choice. again, it may be a little bit of a new york background because there is some different attitude and different parts of the country, and i was originally pro-choice. i will say this. as a developer and as a businessman, i'm not sure i was ever even asked the question. are you pro-life, pro-choice? it was not something that as one
of the magazines recently said donald trump is a world class businessman. he was never asked those questions before. i made certain changes. i have evolved. >> that is the current donald trump. again, he has been candid and open about his evolution. some people still question whether it's real, but you hear him in his own words. now he has a system pick he will make next week. he is replacing a very conservative justice. even if he names a very conservative justice, it doesn't tip the court. i am told in a conversation about this, he has been told by conservatives if you get this right, you're going to get a second pick, and maybe a third pick, and trump himself lights up and talks about the prospect of being the president of the united states with a court that overturns roe v. wade. >> it cannot be underestimated how much influence mike pence particularly has on this. let's not forget, the pro-life community was not sold on donald trump, and they were not sold that he would carry their message forth. mike pence gave him so much credibility on that particular issue, and you can't -- the supreme court is one thing that
really animates that movement and got them out for donald trump. you can't -- mike pence's influence here is going to be larger than life. that le -- >> the mexico city language may not mean much to your everyday viewer, but the pro-life or anti-abortion movement, whatever label you choose, the early actions of this administration have convinced them it's real. >> to your point, trump has sort of washed away a lot of conventions and norms around politics, and that third and final debate, when he was asked the question right from the get go about the abortion issue, when he said he didn't bother with this sort of word play around this. he said, of course, that was a huge moment, i think, and it reinforced his promise on the court, and that i think is what brought home so many cultural conservatives, and, john, trump was smart enough at the outset of the campaign to realize there are few issues on orthodoxy i cannot violate in the republican primary. one is abortion. one is guns. he was down the line on those
two issues, and i think that was hugely important. by the way, one of the reasons why he fairedgiuliani, did not move on the abortion issue before he ran for president, and it hurt him in the primary. to have pence come out there today, it's an important symbolic movement. they are so used to getting crumbs at best from the gop and to have the vice president out there talking about the court, i think, really drives home the fact that we are not taking you for granted like every other administration has. >> now we watch for policy perspective. the supreme court pick next week. the new republican congress. a lot of republican governors out there. this will be an active issue over the next several years, and, again, the movement energized because they believe they have a president on their side. up next, president trump's big summit with congressional republicans. a lot of shared goals and a lot of differences on just how to meet them. tomorrow's the day besides video games. every day is a gift.
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welcome back. busy day in washington. president trump just yesterday visited a big republican strategy session in philadelphia and said it's time to think big. >> now is the dawn of a new era of american independence, a rededication to the idea that the people are in charge of their own destiny. i want to thank majority leader mcconnell, great guy and speaker paul ry, very, very special, and he is writing his heart out, right? we're actually going to sign the stuff that you're writing. you're not wasting your time. [ applause ] >> president's optimism about signing things? well, that's because republicans control the congress and the white house, and they agree on the big goals. repeeling and replacing obama care, tougher border security. agreement on big goals doesn't always translate into agreement on the critical details. health care is one giant divide,
and gop budget hawks see a golden chance to reign in spending and balance the budget. the president doesn't seem to share that urgency. >> so a balanced budget is fine, but sometimes you have to fuel the well in order to really get the economy going, and we have to take care of our military. our military is more important to me than a balanced budget because we'll get there with the balanced budget. >> a lot of kumbaya. >> we're all -- >> you know, whether you want to use cliches, the devil is in the details or the rubber is about to hit the road, there are a lot of problems here in trying to get things done, get the president and the congress in agreement. >> spending, spending, spending. i think we're going to hear a lot about spending for matter whether we're talking about the wall, infrastructure. >> obama care. >> obama care. how these things are paid for, i mean, i am old enough to remember when republicans said
everything should be paid for, and we're moving away from that. it's going to be fascinating to see how this particular congress who really -- the republicans took over with this message of fiscal responsibility and how they square that over the next, you know, four years at least is going to be fascinating to watch. >> the tea party movement grew out of an opposition to president obama, of course, but also an opposition to policies of president george w. bush. it's interesting to see now given the overlap between trump voters and some of those tea party supporters where the party goes from here. is the republican party going to stay true to those principles, or is trump now changing the we've already seen some evidence that he is. >> ihink the whiplash you saw yesterday on how exactly a wall gets paid for, whether it's a 20% worlder tariff or not, and then just one of the ideas, that had more to do with the fact that very quickly john cornyn, john mccain, other republicans were saying that's not the way you can do that. mexico is the largest trading partner to my state. it would cause great panic and problems with the business community.
you can't do that. that's why they had to pull it. >> speaking of that, that was the big dust-up yesterday. the president of mexico cancelling his visit to the united states. president trump saying that's fine with me because mexico is upset about the wall. we do want to update you. a little bit of breaking news here. an effort apparently to patch this relationship up. the mexican president and president donald trump did speak on the phone for about an hour. we don't know much about that call, but they did have a one hour long phone conversation. the president said yesterday before this all blew up to the higher levels that they hoped at some point to reschedule this meeting. what do we make by this that at least they're trying. >> sometimes in international affairs, like in politics here domestically, what is said public publically is not what is said privately. for their base political consumption being tough and sort of staking out their turf makes some sense, but obviously i think in private -- they're trying to figure out a way to move forward here. you know, trump has done well, john, i think out of the gate
with executives orders. once his agenda has been moved to that big white building behind us, is he going to have the patience to watch all these committees and two chambers of congress slowly move his agenda or by march and april is he going to say, guys, what do you mean there's a markup in the senate finance committee? well, whatever, man. get to my desk. this is a new world for him. >> i talked to a senior aide yesterday on the way back from philadelphia. a republican who said, look, he is off to a great start. he is a man of action. so far so good. i said what happens in the spring when you guys haven't put stuff on his desk yet? he says, well, that could be a challenge. >> on those executive orders, these haven't been vetted legally necessarily. it's not clear whether they're actually actionable, and it's -- also, even if they are legal and they aren't challenged, which they're likely to be, there isn't necessarily the staffing at these agencies to move forward with them.
>> four have been confirmed. >> four have been confirmed. >> that's it. >> it's unclear how quickly even those executive actions can move. we want our politicians and we should hold them to account. the question will be months from now how many are tied up in court, how many don't have legal standing. we'll see how that goes and plays out. another interesting thing is we mark the one week of the trump presidency. he falls to polls. i personally think it's quick to do that. this was taken when he was in office for three or four days when he was releasing it. 36% approve. 44% disapprove of the president's performance early on. okay. i think the first week in office. another thing we learned today is that steven bannon, the president's sometimes controversial top senior advisor in the white house, has been a subscriber to the "new york times" most of his adult life, he says. in that same article he tells
the media this, "the media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. i want you to quote is. the media here is the opposition part they don't understand the country. they still do not understand why donald trump is president of the united states. you're not the opposition -- you're the opposition party not -- the media is the opposition party. i think we get his point." he said it repeatedly. i tend to disagree with his point. we're trying to do our jobs, and you have had a problem with facts in the white house. we are holding you accountable whether senior staff say things that are simpliment true. what are we to make of this? >> i put this in the same category as trump's tough talk against mexico followed by the hour-long private phone call. you say public consumption that your base is going to love, and then privately you act a little bit differently. >> you say it to the "new york times". >> is that what you are
suggesting? >> american states and trust in united nationss all kinds of institutions. not just government and the media and the -- it's an all-time low. >> they're the bad guy. you know, the media is easier. >> yeah. >> look, one of the reasons donald trump is president is because he ran against a bad candidate. another reason donald trump is president is there are a lot of voters out there who think this town it the china shop, and he is the bull, and they want him to break things up, and we've seen a lot of china broken the first week in office. we've also learned, though, that this president likes to talk about crowd size, he likeso talk about ratings, he likes to be loved. listen to him here talking about -- remember the campaign? remember the campaign how tough donald trump was on -- listen. >> what amazed me is that i was vicious to him in statements. he was vicious to me in statements, and here we are getting along.
we're riding up pennsylvania avenue. we doemt even mention it. i guess that's the world of politics, but i was tough on him. he was tough on me. i like him. he likes me. i think he likes me. i mean, you are going so have to ask him, but i think he likes me. >> i think -- >> that's who he is. >> there's a reason why he is fascinated by the world of pro wrestling and play acting and what not. he also has a tendency to sort of read the stage direction at times and say things out loud that perhaps you weren't supposed to, which is i hope he likes me. i think he likes me. >> it's no different than any other political figure. >> he says it out loud. >> he is just a little more dramatic and extreme about it. >> they all care about the clips and -- >> how often am i on tv? >> president obama also saw an opportunity there to influence the incoming president speaking about major legacy items like the health care plan.
that's what they do. >> i'm not sure the fox news audience cares so much that president obama likes donald trump. we'll see how that plays out. a little rock 'n' roll hour. that's what makes it fun. president trump and theresa may just moments away, we're told, from a joint press conference from the white house. coverage of that picks up right after a quick break. what's with him? he's happy. your family's finally eating vegetables thanks to our birds eye voila skillet meals. and they only take 15 minutes to make. ahh! birds eye voila so veggie good seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
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news conference. this will be the first news conference for president trump since he took office. exactly one week ago today. the president and the prime minister, they met face-to-face for the first time at the white house just a little bit earlier in the oval office. there you see the video. they pose near a bust of winston churchill, brought back to the white house, the oval office, by prime minister may. our panel is standing by for analysis of president trump's first news conference since he was inaugurated exactly, once again, one week ago. let's bring in our panel for some discsion. we have a great panel. actually, we have some breaking news. we're going to go to leila santiago, our correspondent in mexico's city. she's joining us on the phone right now. there's news on this very contentious 24 hours that has developed between the trump administration and the mexican government, but there's a new development. update our viewers. >> reporter: well, we're getting confirmation from the white
house that mexican president and president donald trump spoke today on the phone. we're not getting that confirmed yet from the mexican president's office. this is the same group that really pressured him to cancel the meeting with president trump next week, about ut what will he say to that group will really be telling given that now he has information from his delegation that met with the white house staff, and he has now spoken to president trump himself. leyla, description of this very lengthy phone conversation that president trump had with the
mexican president from the white house? >> reporter: i just reachter: j to his office, and they are saying that they have -- they are not confirming that yet, but it really wouldn't be wise that he go into this meeting with that sort of a background, having spoken to the president himself. that will certainly give him some more to say and some more ground to stand, and that has been sort of what has been applauded here in mexico among not only mexican senators, but also the people of mexico who asked him to not go to this meeting, stand his ground, not be bullied and protect the interest of mexico. >> leyla, we'll get back to you. leyla santiago, joining us from mexico. our panel is with us. david gregory is with us. nick robertson is here. our chief political analyst,
gloria borger, john king. the anchor of "inside politics." guys, thanks very much for joining us. gloria, this is the president's first formal foray into a major diplomatic issue with the british prime minister, and it comes on the heels of a rather contentious development, relationship with mexico over the past few days. >> we'll have to see how he does this time. she's new too, so for both of them the stakes are high. she is somebody who opposed brexit, and she has to come over here now and make sure that the united states and the united kingdom can establish a great bilateral trading relationship. that's kind of issue number one for her. she also has to let the president know how committed britain is to nato and get the president to kind of say to her,
okay, i understand, and i'm with you on that, and she also has to talk, i think, and you would know this more than i would, nick, this notion that the president somehow says torture works and has opened the door for torture potentially, again, to be used. i know it has to go to congress, et cetera, but there is a big thing that folks over there would say, which is we will not share intelligence with you if the intelligence is gathered through the use of torture because that is against our law, and, you know, british intelligence has been very important to us over the years. >> nick, you just came to us from washington. both leaders have a strong interest in putting forward a very positive, friendly relationship. >> absolutely, they do. there's one thing here that we haven't talked about in the relationship so far, the sort of secret weapon that theresa may has. let's not forget president trump's mother was british. she came from scotland. there's that really strong connection there. we can certainly expect