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>> all right. thank you so much. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. turning you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." see you tomorrow. happening now, breaking news, travel ban backlash. president trump's ban on travel from seven mostly muslim countries is greeted by protests and lawsuits as the white house takes heat from both democrats and republicans. diplomatic dissent. dozens of career foreign service officers disagree with the travel and immigration ban, but the white house says they can, quote, get with the program or get out. what's the president hearing from world leaders? obama's back. the former president is already speaking out and endorsing the protests against the travel ban. a statement says barack obama believes, quote, american values are at stake. and seat at the table.
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concern from both parties over the appointment of president trump's top political adviser, steve bannon, to the national security council. the former head of the far right media group will have a full seat but attendance is optional for the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the joint chiefs. i am wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." the white house today is playing defense as president trump's order banning travel to the united states from seven mostly muslim nations triggers protests, lawsuits and a congressional counter attack. while demonstrators take to the streets across america, indeed around the world, democratic lawmakers are about to stage their own protest, but a growing number of republicans are also criticizing the president's move. in his first public statement since leaving office president obama criticizes the travel
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order saying american values are at stake. he says he is heartened by the level of engagement taken place across the country. president trump taking heat for putting steve bannon on the national security council. while he gets a full seat, the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff will be called in only as needed. senator john mccain calls the move radical, while obama national security adviser, susan rice, calls it, i am quoting her now, stone-cold crazy. i will speak with democratic congressman hakeem jeffreys. our correspondents, analysts and guests will have full coverage of the day's top stories. we begin with the extraordinary upheaval follow president trump's ban on travel from seven predominantly muslim nations. pamela brown is with us right now. in the face of protests and lawsuits, what is the white house saying? >> tonight, wolf, president trump is defending his executive
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order banning travel from those seven majority muslim countries for at least 90 days, an order that prompted an army of lawyers to defend passengers in parents throughout the country and sparked confusion among officials about how to enforce the ban. >> actually had a very good day yesterday in terms of homeland security. we had to make the move and we decided to make the move. >> reporter: tonight trump justifying his travel ban in the face of chaos and confusion at airports across the country. the president tweeting, if the ban were announced with a one-week notice the bad would rush into our country during that week. a lot of bad dudes out there. >> if you wait, you're going to be reacting. what i think i want to be clear on is the president is not going to wait. he is going to make sure he does everything in his power when he can to protect the homeland and its people. >> reporter: cnn learned homeland security officials
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including john kelly were shut out of the process. >> protection of the nation from foreign terrorists' entry into the united states. big stuff. >> reporter: weren't briefed on the details until the president was signing the executive order friday. >> the people that needed to be kept in the loop were kept in the loop. >> reporter: the last-minute notice sending dhs officials scrambling about what the executive order meant for newly band passengers on u.s.-bound planes and green card holders in the seven countries. two days after the ban was imposed, dhs secretary john kelly released a statement clarifying green card holders will be allowed into the u.s. on a case-by-case basis, absent significant derogatory information. >> look at how it worked. when you talk about the 325,000 people. 109 were temporarily inconvenienced for the safety of us all. >> reporter: as democratic leaders in congress jostle to put forward a bill rescinding the order.
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civil rights groups lining up with lawsuits to try to strike it down. >> this is a muslim exclusion order. >> reporter: the white house points out that the order itself does not specifically mention muslims but rather identifies dangerous areas of the world that need more vetting. >> the plaintiffs will claim that it is, in fact, a muslim ban or motivated by antipathy towards muslims. the key will be the way in which the courts characterize the order. if it's simply seen as a president exercising his national security authority to implement certain kinds of protective measures, then they're very likely to defer. >> reporter: federal judges have temporarily barred the deportation of those detained in the u.s. after the executive order. a california judge ordered an iranian man be returned after being deported to dubai. the government has not
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challenged the judge's rulings. while democrats are in arms and about to stage a protest on capitol hill, the president's travel ban also threatens to drive a wedge between the white house and congressional republicans. going to manu raju. the president is getting it from both sides. >> a growing number of republicans tonight pushing back on the executive order, saying they were kept out of the loop and they believe this order is too broad and it would have far-reaching, unintended consequences. tonight the question is will the republicans join democrats in pushing legislation to reverse the order. tonight, president donald trump in a bipartisan fire storm, facing growing criticism over his new executive order. preventing immigrants from seven muslim-majority nations from entering the u.s. >> big stuff. >> reporter: the order, signed friday night, says refugees cannot travel to the u.s. for
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120 days, keeps out immigrants from predominantly muslim nations for three months, and effectively suspends the entry of syrian refugees indefinitely. angry protests broke out around the world. prompting former president barack obama to issue his first statement since leaving office. saying through a spokesman that he fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith and religion. at the same time, more and more republicans called on trump to reverse a policy they believe is overly broad and poorly executed. >> so mr. president, the worst thing you can do in winning the war against radical islam is to declare war on everybody in the faith. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham says the new policy unfairly denied a legal u.s.
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immigrant with a ph.d. the right to return to her job after she was visiting her family in iran. >> the travel ban was poorly written, and she is a victim of it. >> reporter: at the white house thursday, spokesman sean spicer strongly defended the order, saying trump was taking bold action to keep the country safe. >> it's a shame that people were inconvenienced. obviously. but at the end of the day we are talking about a couple of hours. i would rather, you know -- i am sorry that some folks may have had to wait a little while. we are the greatest country on earth. being able to come to america is a privilege, not a right. >> reporter: spicer insisted that key lawmakers were consulted before issuing the executive order. >> there was staff from appropriate committees and leadership offices that were involved. >> reporter: yet sources tell cnn that house judiciary chairman bob goodlatte and michael mccaul had no involvement in drafting the executive order. some influential republicans say
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the trump administration failed to fully understand the ramifications. >> this was an extreme vetting program that wasn't properly vetted. >> reporter: nevada senator dean heller, a republican facing reelection in a state trump lost, tweeting, i am deeply troubled by the appearance of a religious ban. the use of an overly broad executive order is not the way to strengthen national security. >> just here from syria -- >> reporter: senate democrats are pushing legislation to kill the executive order, hoping to win gop support. >> this executive order -- was mean-spirited and unamerican. >> reporter: but trump remained defiant. >> i noticed that chuck schumer yesterday with fake tears. i am going to ask him who is his acting coach, because i know him very well. i don't see him as a cryer. if he is, he is a different man. >> reporter: now, wolf, any
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moment from now, the senate democratic leader chuck schumer will go to the floor of the senate and ask for a quick vote on a bill to repeal that executive order. but it's likely that a republican is going to object to a quick vote, meaning there will be further negotiations to determine when that vote will take place. and also in a few moments, wolf, the senate expected to break a filibuster to advance the nomination of rex tillerson as secretary of state, a final confirmation vote could come wednesday. big question is how does he come down on the executive order. wolf. >> big question. thanks very much, manu raju reporting for us. joining us now hakeem jeffreys of new york, a member of the judiciary committee. thank you for joining us. you called this order by the president unconstitutional and unamerican. why do you believe that? >> well, this country was founded on the principles of religious freedom. that has been embedded in our country from the beginning. we, of course, have a first amendment that protects the freedom of religion and probst government from establishing any
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one particular religious faith above and beyond any one else. that's exactly what has taken place here. it's an executive order that quite simply is poorly masked as a ban on muslims from several countries in terms of being able to come into this great united states of america. including, as i witnessed yesterday at john f. kennedy airport, permanent legal residents of the united states who essentially were detained trying to reenter their own country and reunite with family members. it's shameful. >> it does deal with seven predominantly muslim countries. there are a few dozen other predominantly muslim countries that are not impacted. as a result, they insist, the trump spokespeople that this is not a, quote, muslim ban. >> what's interesting is if you look at some of the other countries, such as egypt or saudi arabia. what they have in common with the countries that have been left off the list is that those
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are actually places where the trump organization does a significant amount of business. and so you have to wonder what actually motivated the inclusion of some of these countries on the list and why were others left off. saudi arabia, i would note, wolf, you had 17 of the 9/11 attackers -- >> 15. 15. >> i'm sorry. 15 of the 19 attackers come from saudi arabia, an overwhelming majority of them from one country, that has continued to be a hot-bed for terrorist activity in terms of fostering sentiments harmful to the united states of america. and it's not clear to me or many others why that country was particularly left off, other than raising the question, is it because the trump organization does business? >> because there are plenty other predominantly muslim countries where there are no business dealings between the trump organization and individuals in those countries. let me get to what you were doing over the weekend at jfk airport in new york. you were clearly protesting the
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president's travel ban. tell our viewers about some of the interaction you had with families you met there. >> it was both heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time. many of the families there who were waiting for loved ones who were detained unexpectedly they were caught in the air in many instances when the order came down and when they landed often on saturday morning instead of reuniting with families, they were detained. the family members are individuals who believe in the graciousness, the well-being, the spirit of this country, and they maintained that spirit all throughout. while, of course, being troubled about what was happening with those who were detained. what was shocking to me was the fact that there were several individuals who were legal, permanent residents of the united states who were detained. there were others who were family members, for instance, in one case of an american sergeant from the 82nd airborne who was stationed in fort bragg, his
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65-year-old mother who had just lost her husband was detained for more than 30 hours. and in some instances it appears that she was handcuffed during some period of time. so there were some unfortunate, unamerican things that were taking place at john f. kennedy airport as a result of the manner in which this poorly executed, poorly implemented, poorly designed order was set in motion. >> you also had a chance at jfk to speak with some customs and border protection agents. did they know the specifics of what they were enforcing? what was your impression? >> well, there was a lot of confusion, both because of the nature in which this executive order was developed and then implemented, in a manner where there was not a significant amount of vetting that took place in advance. then of course, with the federal court decisions that took place all across the country, including in brooklyn, which impacted jfk airport, those customs and border patrol agents were doing the best that they could under very difficult
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circumstances, which suggests why, when you make decisions that have such a broad impact on people throughout the country and, in fact, could impact our relationship with other countries across the world, it's got to be done with some due diligence and some care. that did not take place in this instance. >> can you agree, congressman, that there is room for improvement in the vetting process? >> we can always improve the vetting process. i think there has been no real example that the trump administration has been able to point to, particularly as it relates to refugees that have resulted in individuals being let into this country who have then engaged in terrorist activity or criminal behavior. in fact, the average american is about 100 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to being viem victimized by a refugee let into this country. we have serious vetting already in place. >> as you know, congressman, the
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white house pointing to president obama who took what they say similar particulaactio. it slowed down at that point almost to a standstill while the obama administration implemented tougher vetting procedures, this after two iraqi refugees were discovered in kentucky, and apparently they'd been involved in terrorist activity in iraq, including planting bombs to kill u.s. soldiers. so why is what the trump administration doing now any different than what the obama administration did in 2011? >> well, the manner in which it was developed and implemented, apparently without any consultation with the secretary of homeland security. no consultation with the secretary of defense. there didn't appear to be significant involvement from career officials at the state department or the department of justice. the policy put in place by the obama administration was done thoughtfully, deliberately, and it did not occur in the context, i would point out, wolf, of a
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campaign where donald trump clearly stated that he was going to implement a muslim ban. that was a central tenet of his campaign. he has had a week in which he has engaged in activities designed to keep his so-called promises made over the last 18 months. and in mind apparently this fell within that situation. >> congressman, we are getting word now more substance on some career diplomats at the state department protesting this new policy. we'll discuss that and more when we come back. hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer and i finally found our big idaho potato truck. it's been touring the country telling folks about our heart healthy idaho potatoes, america's favorite potatoes, and donating to local charities along the way. but now it's finally back home where it belongs. aw man. hey, wait up. where you goin'? here we go again.
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extraordinary statement of concern from career u.s. diplomats. bringing in elise labott. what's the diplomatic fallout? >> career foreign services officers and civil service serve both administrations. we have here a rare show of opposition to president trump's visa and refugee policy from a group of u.s. diplomats. what started as dozens is now hundreds. and cnn has obtained a draft of that memo, this dissent memo. and it warns that not only will this policy not keep the u.s. safe, but it will prevent the u.s. from preventing terrorist attacks. it says it will immediately sour relations with these six countries as well as much of the muslim world which sees the ban as religiously motivated by alienating them we lose the intelligence and resources needed to fight the root causes of terror abroad before an attack occurs within our
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borders. and of course, the diplomats say six countries, because the seventh country, iran, the u.s. does not have relationships with. the memo goes on to say, in addition to the economic impact from the loss of revenue from travelers and students, it will also increase anti-american sentiment, including those who may be at the tipping point of radicalization, wolf. the diplomats say the u.s. is really better than this and this policy harkens back to a very dark team in american history. they compare it to the internment of japanese-americans during world war ii. that was a very tough response, reaction to this dissent memo that hasn't even been sent by white house press secretary sean spicer. take a listen. >> i think they should either get with the program or they can go. hold on. hold on. this is -- this is about the safety of america. and there is a reason that the majority of americans agree with the president. it's because they understand that that's his number one
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priority, and it's his number one duty has it should be with any leader to keep our people and institutions safe from attack. i know the president appreciates the people who serve this nation and the public servants, but at some point, if they have a big problem with the policies that he is instituting to keep the country safe, then that's up to them to question whether or not they want to stay or not. >> reporter: now, wolf, these diplomats say that they're really surprised. i have spoken to a lot of them. they say the white house clearly doesn't understand what this dissent channel was. it was set up after the vietnam war to voice concerns about major policy issues without fear of retribution, reprisal. that's exactly what they were doing just as they did during the iraq war under president bush and president obama's what they called inaction against syria last year, two policies that both president trump himself has criticized. they say, wolf, that the u.s. will live to regret this
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decision. >> very interesting indeed. thanks very much, elise, for the report. back to democratic congressman hakeem jeffries of new york, a member the ju judicia judiciary committee. how should the trump administration now go about repairing some of these relationships? >> adapting a my way or the highway mentality as evidenced by the white house press secretary in terms of his view toward the diplomatic core, the non-partisan diplomatic core here in the united states of america hopefully will not be a sign of the approach that will be taken. this is a very complicated world that we live in. in order for us to be successful in the war on terror, we need the cooperation of the overwhelming majority of individuals who are part of the muslim world. we have experienced that in new york city, the muslim community has worked hand and glove with the new york police department in terms of dealing with any
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threats that may emerge as it relates to the safety and security of the people of new york city. there is a similar premise that applies throughout the country and in terms of our interaction with the rest of the world. that's why this executive order was so harmful and so damaging. and i am hopeful that the trump administration will see the error of its ways, rescind it, and to the extent that there is interest in trying to figure out how to improve our safety and security, work in a more thoughtful and deliberative fashion moving forward. >> what's your reaction specifically when you rather the white house press secretary tell these career state department foreign service officers, the career diplomats, if you can't get with the program, maybe you should think about going? >> well, there has been a level of arrogance that we have seen in the first ten days of the trump administration that is shocking, particularly when you consider the fact that donald trump didn't win the popular vote, he lost the popular vote. a majority of americans didn't vote for him, they voted against him. and you would think that the administration would take an
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approach that would be embracing of individuals, particularly members of the federal government that they now head and individuals who are part of the foreign service, the best foreign service corps in the country, in the world. they are speaking out of the best interests of the united states of america. and to be treated with such disdain and disrespect has been par for the course in what we've seen but hopefully will not be the pathway the white house chooses it pursue moving forward. >> congressman, thanks for joining us. coming up, president trump gives his chief political strategist, steve bannon, a seat with his panel of top national security advisers. tiki barber running hambone!a barber shop?t hut!
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we're following the breaking news, shortly democratic members of congress will be marching from the u.s. capital to the u.s. supreme court to protest president trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven muslim majority nations. let's bring in our expert analyst. phil mudd, starting with you. the impact, you believe, of this executive order on america's efforts to fight terrorism. >> that's about a nice round number, wolf. i would give this one a zero. it's not because the president asked the wrong question. there is a fair question to be asked about whether we can improve procedures in the united states. it's about why we took this avenue. if you look at the countries involved. where is pakistan, afghanistan, saudi arabia? where is the source of some of the most significant foreign fighter flows that went to fight in syria? tunisia, morocco.
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belgium. france, germany. we don't care about people in those countries? i don't understand the rationale. do what he did with the pentagon. ask the professionals at homeland security and the bureau. i want to tighten up immigration. i want to tighten up what we do with illegal aliens. do you have recommendations? i don't know why we did it this way. among my friends we see no reason why you'd pursue the path. >> peter, what do you think the impact of the ban will be? >> nothing. every single attack in the united states since 9/11 had nothing to do with any of the people from these countries. every lethal act of jihadist terrorism in united states since 9/11 was carried out by a united states citizen or legal resident. with one exception which phil alluded to who killed 14 people in san bernardino. she is from pakistan. she was illegally here but married to an american citizen. this is a kind of a feel-good
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set of positions that don't really reflect the actual problem which is really a domestic terrorism problem. people legally here, who are american citizens. >> she was vetted but apparently they never looked at her social media account because there was evidence she had radical views. >> yes. the views were -- she posted them under a different pseudonym. it was not that easy to find them. that said, clearly she warranted more attention than she got. >> i was talking to a senior national security source who served in the last administration. this person said to me these were not counter-terrorism measures that anyone was asking for. to phil's point, if you would have gotten a bunch of people in a room and said, in a perfect world, what would you ask for? none of this would have been on their list. >> jackie, republican senator lindsey graham speaking today reacting to all of this. >> mr. president, i am not trying to start world war iii,
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i'm trying to win the war we are in. we had eight years of barack obama who did not understand how to defeat radical islam. the only way you're going to win this war is praartner with peop in the faith. you need muslims on your side. your order was too broad. you didn't vet it and take the time and attention you need to execute something i agree with. i am not trying to start a war. i am trying to win the war we are in. you don't win the war by lumping everybody into a big pot. >> this is the first really big test for a lot of republicans on how they'll react to the new white house. >> we've gotten used to lindsey graham and john mccain speaking out against donald trump. but the striking thing about this was you heard from bob corker and lamar alexander from tennessee. you heard from tim scott. you heard from tom cotton specifically about the special immigrants visas which bring iraqi translators who have helped u.s. troops here. lawmakers don't like surprises and particularly don't like surprises that affect them and
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their constituents and people they care about. this is something he is going to have to fix or he needs these people on the hill. they're not happy right now. >> do you think they appreciate the uproar at the white house, gloria, that's under way right now? >> it's very hard to tell, wolf. in listening to sean spicer's press conference today. the word he kept using was exaggerated. this was all exaggerated. another word he kept using was overblown. the reaction is overblown. only 109 people were detained. as a result we have made 324 million people in the united states safer. that is not what national security officials believe. i think that they are sort of pushing it aside or live in a different universe and say, you know what, our supporters -- i think they're speaking to it their supporters and saying we did exactly what we said we were going to do. the question i have and others i
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am talking to have is, wouldn't it have been a little better to say, today, you know, in doing it all over again, maybe we would have handled this a little bit differently, but we're learning from our mistakes. next time it will be a little bit better organized. there was none of that. >> everybody stand by. more is coming into "the situation room." we'll take a quick break and we'll be right back. the irs announced delayed refunds till february, so how can you can get up to $1300 today? at jackson hewitt, you can get an express refund advance - a 0% apr loan. can't get that online! visit jackson hewitt, and you could get up to $1300 today.
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analysts. back to phil mudd. phil used to be a career official over at the cia. you worked at the fbi. seeing all these career foreign services officers, the diplomats, protesting, they're writing part of the petition explaining their opposition to what the president has done. the white house press secretary sean spicer reacted today. these federal employees should, quote, either get with the program or they can go. what's your reaction to that? >> well, my initial reaction is unprintable. let me be professional for a moment. going back a few years after president bush declared we had mission accomplished in iraq. people warning that iraq was falling apart. the white house didn't want to hear the message. turned out to be an accurate message. my message for mr. spicer is if you don't want to hear -- i don't view the state department message as a protest. it's an effort to tell the white house these are complicated issues. we have a different perspective.
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one other message i have is personal, wolf. in the next four years fbi officers, cia officers and military officers will take a bullet as they did for president bush and president obama as a result of decisions that president trump makes. how about a little respect. that's all we ask here. they will do what you ask as long as you get out of your arrogant chair and show one modicum of courtesy. that's all we want as professionals. >> peter. >> recall the dissent during the early '90s in the clinton administration. a bunch of state department officials dissented and resigned. a similar dissent during the obama administration over the conduct of the syrian war is the obama administration's lack of kind of real action on this. we didn't hear from the white house podium during either administrations that the state department officials involved should essentially get another job. this is very unusual. >> this level of protest, this opportunity for career diplomats to protest was started in 1971
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during the vietnam war where there was a lot of opposition to what the administration at a time was doing. also for the first time since leaving office today we heard from president obama. spokesman for president obama saying president obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. in his final official speech as president he spoke about the important role of citizens and how all americans have the responsibility to be guardians of our democracy not just during an election but every day. very speedy. only, what, less than two weeks after leaving office, he is already reacting. >> i spoke with someone today who was very involved in the process that barack obama went through before he left office, and thinking about when he would comment and when he would not. he, i was told, would like to have been like george w. bush who kept his mouth shut and didn't say anything for years and gave the new president a chance to kind of gain some traction. but he did, in his good-bye speech, leave us with a hint of
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what he would talk about, and one of those was anything regarding american values and a so-called ban on religion or a so-called muslim ban which the administration says this is not. and i was told he thought very long and hard about when to weigh in and how to weigh in. he did not want to do it, but he felt that, in the end, given what happened with the immigration executive order, that this was a moment he had to say something. >> you think, jackie, we'll hear a lot more from barack obama? >> it depends on the issue, as gloria said. seems like this is something he was kind of loathe to do. he didn't want to weigh in. he said in his farewell speech if he is compelled to, he'll do it. >> he obviously felt compelled and spoke out through a spokesman. guys, thank very, very much. coming up another white house controversy as president trump gives his chief political strategist a seat with his panel of top national security aides. ♪
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the white house is defending the move to give controversial chief strategist steve bannan a key role on the national security council. president obama calls the latest reshuffling and i'm quoting, stone cold crazy. looking into all of this for us, brian, what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, tonight the trump white house is firing back at critics of this move. they are saying the administration is growing the national security staff not downgrading it. tonight political adviser steve
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bannon to a full seat on the staff is drawing bipartisan fire especially considering the people partially pushed away from a seat at that table. >> tonight growing concerns from both parties over the appointment of president trump's top political adviser steve bannon to a full seat on the national security council. bannon, former head of right leaning breitbart, known as hard line nationalist and opponent of globalism will have a seat on the council's so-called principle's committee. but director of national intelligence and chairman of joint chiefs of staff will not, even though they say their post is critical to every decision nsc makes. >> appointing steve bannon is a radical departure from any national security council in history. it's of concern this, quote, reorganization. >> deputy national security adviser under president obama said bannon's presence on nsc is risky. >> concern is decisions on national security and foreign
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policy should be a politics-free zone to the greatest extent possible. >> national security council created after world war ii for the president to be able to handle immediate threats facing the country. >> it was designed to stabilize presidential policy and constrain the president a little bit so he wouldn't talk to anybody. >> core members were president, vice president, secretaries of state and defense, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. sometimes other secretaries like treasury or energy have been added in. the secretaries make up the principle's committee. >> the security council does not make decisions, the president makes decisions. he doesn't have to follow their advice. >> reporter: if president trump's nsc it would have included dan coates and chairman of chief of staff but under president trump the principles committee will not include dunford or coats except when
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expertise is called for and will include steve bannon to spent years as a naval officer. points out president obama's political adviser david axelrod sometimes attended meetings and president trump would benefit. >> having a chief strategist present in the meetings who has a significant military back ground to help guide what the president's final analysis will be is crucial. even though as sean spicer pointed out political advisers to the president have attended nsc meetings historians say there's never been a political adviser who has actually had a fulltime seat on the nsc's principle's committee as steve bannon does. during the last republican administration president george w. bush made a point of telling his chief political adviser karl rove he could never come to an nsc meeting. despite our inquiries steve bannon did not comment on the story. >> sean spicer announced a move the white house believes might
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cover for absence of director of national intelligence on nsc. >> spicer announced cia director added to nsc. traditionally we're told cia director has not been a member of nsc. cia director has gone to meeting. they do go to meetings and advise the council but not members of it. >> thank you. coming up we'll have much more on the breaking news we're following. president trump's ban on travel from seven mostly muslim countries is greeted by protests and lawsuits as the white house takes heat from both democrats and republicans. no matter how the markets change... at t. rowe price... our disciplined approach remains. global markets may be uncertain... but you can feel confident in our investment experience around the world. call us or your advisor... t. rowe price. invest with confidence. what's the best way to get v8 or a fancy juice store?s? ready, go!
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happening now, breaking news, travel ban protest as the global outrage intensifies over president trump's new executive order democratic lawmakers are rallying this hour demanding an end to what they call a historic injustice. we're following demonstrations, lawsuits and the fate of muslim travelers detained for hours. get with the program. the trump white house putting career diplomats on notice if they don't like the travel ban, they can quit their jobs. tonight administration's unwavering defense of its immigration crackdown insisting the president is putting its security first. reengaging. barely after leaving office president obama is making his opinion of mr. trump's travel ban very clear. we'll take a closer look at his new statement and whether it will have an impact on democrats
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or on president trump. six people dead after gunman ran into a crowd of worshippers. stand by for details on this act of terror. the possible motive. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer here in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. breaking news this hour on the growing backlash against president trump's new immigration crackdown. democrats in congress are preparing a march from capitol hill to the supreme court. they are demanding the president roll back his executive order temporarily banning citizens from seven predominantly muslim nations from entering the united states. they say it's unconstitutional. the travel ban sparking outrage and protest around the country and, indeed, around the world and


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