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breaking overnight. an extraordinary move from the white house. president trump fires his acting attorney general after she refused to cooperate with his travel ban. who is in charge now and how will it effect the executive order? a major distraction hours before the president is set to make first nomination to the u.s. supreme court. will the battle over attorney general effect the nomination to the high court? so many questions this morning. a lot happening. good morning. welcome to "early start."
i'm george howell. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, january 31st. 4:00 a.m. in the east. it is hard to overstate the nature of the rapid developments we saw in washington overnight. in a move that evokes president nixon's mass firings in 1973, the trump administration creating a level of chaos after a week and a half on the job. a new acting attorney general has been sworn in to replace the old acting ag sally yates after she did not defend the travel ban in court. the u.s. attorney for eastern virginia, dana boente took the oath and quickly rescinded yates' order. more on that in a moment. evan perez joins us with the latest. >> reporter: george and christine, in an extraordinary series of events, president trump fired sally yates, the
acting attorney general, because she ordered the justice department not to defend the travel ban. the travel ban to the united states from seven countries deemed to be security risks. yates is an obama appointee. on monday evening, they told justice department lawyers, quote i'm responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court is consistent with the obligation to seek justice and stand for what is right. she did not think the executive order was lawful. she was attacked for being weak on illegal immigration. she detrabetrayed the departmen justice. defying a legal order designed to protect the united states.
the new ag is dana boente. he will remain in office until the senate confirms jeff sessions later this week. christine and george. >> the new acting attorney general issued a statement reversing the predecessor's earlier directive. based upon the office of legal counsel analysis, which found the executive order lawful on its face and properly drafted, i hear by direct the men and women to do our sworn duty and defend the orders of our president. >> reaction has been strong on both sides. lawmakers highlighting different legal interpretations of the ban and the widening political gulf. the firings of sally yates under scores how important it is to have an attorney general to stand up to the white house. the attorney general should be loyal and pledge fidelity to the law, not the white house,
something the administration doesn't understand that is chilling. >> senator ted cruz said this, it is fitting and sad that the very last act of the obama doj is for the acting ag to defy the newly elected president. former eric holder to loretta lynch. the attorney generals who put interests above fidelity to law. the white house foreon chshd the approach. the diplomats opposed to the travel ban. he responded by saying they need to get on board or they should quit. >> i think they should get with the program or they can go. hold on. hold on. this is about the safety of america. it is the number one duty with any leader to keep our people
and institutions safe from attack. if somebody has a problem with that agenda, then they should -- that does call into question if they should continue in that post. >> these are likely to be busy times for the lawyers at the justice department. the lawsuits aimed at overturning the travel ban. dana boente's time may not last long. jeff sessions is one of four cabinet nominees set for committee votes today. that along with betsy devos and tom price along with steve mnuchin. the travel ban may complicate those nominees. democrats will demand all of them come out against what democrats call the muslim ban. the secretary of state nominee rex tillerson is moving to a senate vote. over the objections of senate
democrats. they are calling for delay until they can question him about the travel ban. the final vote is expected tomorrow. new criticism from a top republican from the chaotic rollout of the travel ban. the chairman michael mccaul says it goes too far. his statement, we should not turn away people who have lawfully approved to come to the united states. this could have been avoided with better coordination and white house and people on the frontlines which is more important than ever. the administration standing bit order trying to both things over. mike pence and john kelly will meet with republican leaders today. sara murray has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, george and christine. donald trump beginning the week under fire by democrats and republicans for the rollout of the travel ban. members of his own government agencies who weren't sure how to implement this ban when it was
passed. a number of republican allies on the hill said they were not consulted and taken by surprise. if they do agree with the travel ban and what it includes, they do not agree he with the sloppy rollout. despite all of that, the white house vig obvioorously defended move. >> if we announced this earlier, this would give time for people to flood into the country to do us harm. the people that needed to be kept in the loop, were kept in the loop. >> reporter: no indication however that president trump plans to slow down the breakneck pace. he will have a meeting on cyber security and we are expect him to sign executive order on that front. we expect donald trump to announce his pick for supreme court justice. >> thank you. president obama speaking out against president trump's travel
ban. the former president said he might step into the debate if he felt any of the policies of his successor conflicted with american ideals. he is doing just that. a spokesman says mr. obama disagree was the notion of discriminating against individuals on faith or religion. donald trump denies it is a discrimination against muslims. the former president is disheartened and he expects to see protests when american values are at stake. a lot of developments. another personnel move. president trump named acting director of immigration enforcement. thomas homan takes over. unlike the turbulent situation of the justice department, he continues to keep his job as
deputy director. mr. trump wrapped up interviews last week for supreme court. he is said to reveal his choice in the east room of the white house at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. these are the most likely finalists. gorsuch and thomas hardiman as well as william pryor jr. democrats are concerned that republicans would deploy the nuclear option which reduces the threshold for carrying a filibuster from 60 votes to 51. the big question on wall street this morning, will president trump kill the trump storm market rally. the dow had biggest loss since election day. futures are down again this
morning and abrupt pull back after a 10% climb after election day fueled by lower tax rates. the market is a run up of trumpenomics. >> when you look not just at the ups and downs of a market, but consumer confidence and a lot of the other market catindicate on indicators. more businesses want to work with the administration and add jobs and create better jobs and benefits. to find out how the president can ease the regulatory burden they face. it is a process to under take to unleash the american economy. >> george howell, remarkable to hear the press secretary to talk about the ups and downs of markets. they try hard not to talk about
the day-to-day moves on the stock market. what is interesting about the moment in the press conference yesterday, it was happening as the stock market was falling apart. here's why. all of the optimistic things about job creation. the idea of driving wedges within the republican party, many feel could derail all of the hope about tax reform and infrastructure. if you are going to have in-fighting over a travel ban, it takes republicans off course for tax reform. soon, at least. >> this is an administration that likes to take credit for things. the trump bump. as you point out, not keeping an eye to the numbers. >> there are those saying pull back in the stock market is healthy. nothing goes straight up. the growing division in washington. president at odds with his party could delay a tax reform package. that is what the mood was yesterday. what investors want to see is
the republicans can get on message. they have a white house, both houses of congress for the first time in ten years, they want tax reform and they want it quickly. they think the fighting over travel ban. confusion. still over the president's travel ban. not limited to the united states. several european countries trying to understand how it effects travelers th s there. we are live in london next. if you have medicare
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welcome back to "early start." a third day of protests across the country and in europe against the donald trump travel and immigration ban. officials overseas scrambling to define what the executive order would mean for citizens with dual nationality. let's go live overseas to nina dos santos with more. >> reporter: the uk foreign secretary boris johnson took to
the floor in parliament to say the uk government had managed to get exemption for british citizens who hold dual nationalities with seven countries. again, more confusion if the exception still holds. we have other foreign ministers like france and germany trying to get clarification for citizens of theirs who hold passports and also one of the other seven nationalities on the banned list at the moment. here in westminster, this was the scene of heavy protests as people took to the streets of the capital here in london across the cities and across uk as well to protest against the travel ban. the uk foreign secretary thought the move to ban people for 90 days that hold the seven passports was divisive and wrong. prime minister theresa may standing back from outright criticizing the u.s. government. there is a growing fury over the
state visit of donald trump. theresa may extended the opportunity of the state visit from the queen to donald trump when she met donald trump a week ago in washington, d.c. that is something else that people are growing angry about in the uk. they he wawant to see it downgr. >> nina dos santos, thank you. despite the uproar over the travel ban, many of president trump supporters remain in her k his corner. they like what they see working so quickly. we will hear from some of them next. take one.
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president trump's controversial travel and refugee ban struck a nerve with many americans. tens of thousands took to the streets to protest the measure to express outrage. the move also has its share of supporters. some of the backgrounds may surprise you. more this morning from cnn's martin savidge in atlanta. >> reporter: i sat down with some who support trump's travel ban. among them were two immigrants. they all stressed one point. that is national security and immigration in our modern and troubled world go hand-in-hand. donald trump is carrying out his primary responsibility to the american people. >> how can you agree with our president that so many people are left at the airports? i'm saying there is a human side
of it which i think we could have done differently. but intent is right. >> i walked that same street in nice where the truck ran over those people. i'm aware we are a few steps from terrible things that could happen. i'm okay with a temporary stop so we can reevaluate where we are. >> reporter: i pointed out the majority of 9/11 attackers came from saudi arabia which wasn't on the list. the list is not necessarily perfect. it is a start. they all only see it as temporary. george and christine. >> all right. thank you for that. canadian officials say the suspect in the shooting that left six people dead in the quebec city mosque was a lone wolf. alexandre bissonnette faces six counts of murder and attempted murder charges. the attack would be one difficult to prevent.
the nation's temedium terror threat level remains unchanged. in a major shift, the boy scouts of america will begin accepting members based on the gender of which they identify. now opening the door for transgender boys to join. that means the boy scouts will no longer require birth certificates to determine membership eligibility. this comes eight months after an 8-year-old cub scout accused the organization of kicking him out for being transgender. a stunning move. new ag moved in after the old one was refused for defending the travel ban. more on the fast mosqving developments from washington. if you have medicare
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the white house capping a dramatic day installing a new attorney general after booting the old one out. >> the chaos overshadowing the choice for the supreme court. more on the wild night and what lies ahead. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm george howell. it is hard to overstate what is happening in washington. rapid developments overnight in a move that evokes nixon's fires in 1973. the level of chaos that is unusual for any white house. let alone one trying to find its footing a week and a half on the job. a new acting attorney general has been sworn in replacing the old acting ag sally yates after she ordered the justice department lawyers not to defend the travel ban in court. the u.s. attorney for eastern
virginia dana boente took the oath and rescinded the order. we will have more on that in a moment. cnn's evan perez has the latest. >> reporter: george and christine. an extraordinary move of events as president trump fired sally yates because she ordered the justice department not to defend the executive order on immigration and refugees. the president's order rolled out chaotically over the weekend, banned travel to the united states of people from seven countries deemed to be security risks. yates is an obama appointee and a 30-year career lawyer in the just tiice department. she said i am responsibility for ensuring that positions we take in court remain consistent and this institution obligation to always seek justice and stand
for what is right. a statement issued yates for being weak on immigration. she defied the department of justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the united states. the new ag is dana boente. he will remain in office until the senate confirms senator jeff sessions expected later this week. christine and george. >> thank you, evan. the new ag issued a statement overnight reversing the earlier directive. based upon the office of legal counsel analysis which found the order lawful and properly drafted, i hereby direct the men and women to defend the lawful orders of our president. >> reaction has been strong from both sides. lawmakers statements highlighting different interpretations of the ban and the widening political gulf.
chuck schumer saying the firing under scores how important it is to have an attorney general to stand up to the white house. it should pledge fidelity to the law and white house. the fact that this administration doesn't understand that is chilling. >> and ted cruz highlighted the status as an obama appointee. saying it is fitting and sad the last act for the obama ag to defy the newly elected president. sally yates now joins the ign o ignominious of loretta less than much and eric holder. >> and white house press secretary spicer responded to a memo signed by diplomats opposed to the travel ban by saying they need to get on board or consider moving on. >> i think they should get with
the program or they can go. hold on. hold on. this is about the safety of america. this is the number one duty as it should with any leader to keep our people and institutions safe from attack. if somebody has a problem with that agenda, that does call into question they should continue in that post. >> the justice department lawyers will be kept busy growing against the lawsuits seeking to overturn the travel ban. dana boente's time may to the act long. jeff sessions is one of four votes for today. betsy devos and tom price and steve mnuchin. the president's travel ban may complicate matters for nominees. senate democrats will demand all of them come out against what democrats call the trump muslim ban. president trump's secretary of state nominee rex tillerson is moving to the vote over senate
democrats. a final vote is expected tomorrow. also overnight, criticism from the top republican for the administration's chaotic rollout of the travel ban. the house homeland security chairman michael mccaul says the ban as written goes too far. his statement reads, we should not be turning away people who lawfully been approved to come to the united states. this could have been avoided through better coordination with the white house, congress and agencies on the frontlines. which is most important now than ever. despite all the opposition, the administration is standing by the order and trying to smooth things over. mike pence and john kelly will meet with republican leaders today. the white house correspondent sara murray has the latest for us. >> reporter: good morning, george and christine. donald trump beginning the week under fire by democrats and republicans for the rollout of the travel ban. members of his agencies who
weren't sure how to implement this ban when it was passed. a number of republican allies on the hill said they were not consulted and taken by surprise. if they do agree with what the travel ban includes, they do not agree with what some call a sloppy rollout. in spite of all that, the white house vigorously defended the move on monday. here is what sean spicer said. >> if we announced this earlier, it would give people plenty of time to flood into the country to do us harm. that is not a sound strategy. the people that needed to be kept in the loop were kept in the loop. the people that needed to be briefed were. >> reporter: there is no indication that president trump plans to slow down his breakneck pace. he will have a meeting on cyber security and we expect him to sign executive order on that front. the big show comes this evening when we are expecting trump to announce his pick for supreme court justice. back to you. >> sara, thank you. former president obama speaking out against the travel ban
without ever mentions his name. the former president said he might step into the debate if he felt the trump administration policy conflicted with american ideals. now a spokesman says mr. obama fundamentally disagree was the notion of discriminating against faith or religion. president trump denies it is a ban against muslims. president obama says he is disheartenied by the level of engagement taking place. he expects to see protests when american values are at stake. another personnel move to address a campaign priority. a new acting director of immigration and customs enforcement. department veteran thomas homan replaces the acting director daniel ragsdale. ragsdale keeps the job of deputy director. a dramatic 12 hours and more
drama ahead today. president trump preparing the choice for supreme court tonight. that announcement in the east room at 8:00 p.m. mr. trump wrapped up interviews last week. closes source to the issue say these are the most likely finalists. neil gorsuch, thomas hardiman and william pryor jr. despite options, democrats are concerned republicans would deploy the nuclear option and reducing the threshold for declare aing a filibuster from votes to 51. stoking concerns on wall street this morning. the tax cuts are not the priority. the dow tumbled for the biggest loss since the election. the growing fear of divisions
with republicans could stall the number one goal of investors. in a meeting with small business leaders monday, the president brushed aside criticism of the rally he started. >> the stock market has gone up massively since the election. everyone is saying the market will go down. the market's not going down. the smart people know me. the business people know me. they know what i'm about. the market went massively up. when i was elected, a lot of the really smart people went out and bought a lot of stock. they have been rewarded. >> actually as he is speaking, the stock market was tumbling. it is so rare to see a sitting president and the press secretary on the same day talking about moves in the stock market. this is a game changer in the white house. trump says he will do a big number on dodd-frank. the regulation enacted in the wake of the financial crisis to refuel the rally. what is clear trump is watching
the market and he does not want a decline on his watch. news about george h.w. bush. he is back home leaving the houston hospital where he stayed 16 days battling pneumonia and respiratory issues. the 92-year-old bush needed surgery to insert a breathing tube and spend time in intensive care. america's 41st president expressing gratitude. >> they wanted to get home in time for the super bowl. they want to go to the super bowl. >> it's in texas. right. confusion over the travel ban extending beyond america's borders. several countries trying to understand how it effects them. we go live to london next.
straight day. officials overseas are frankly scrambling to clarify what this means for citizens with dual nationality. clarity is hard to come by here. let's go live to london and bring in nina dos santos. we heard companies from google to goldman sachs and ford speaking about how this is against american values and against american interests. some companies are telling employees you don't have to travel. we don't know how to figure this out. >> reporter: just yesterday, i was speaking to the head of the world's biggest advertising company. wpp. he is saying we are still trying to evaluate what this means for 250,000 staff and families who are often living in countries as they have been posted to the countries. including the united states. whereby wpp has 25,000 people. here in the uk and elsewhere
trying to understand what this means for staff. countries as you mentioned, germany and france, trying to find out exactly what this means for dual national citizens of theirs. in the meantime in the united kingdom, the embassy of the united states in london has confirmed and this is reiterated by boris johnson, the foreign secretary said that citizens of the united kingdom who hold a second passport will be exempt from the ban. that hasn't stopped people from taking to the streets here. in westminster, we found thousands of people converge on the streets to protest the donald trump policies and the travel ban and the upcoming state visit that theresa may has promised him on behalf of the queen. >> thank you, nina dos santos. the trump administration is reinstating the cia director to the national security council. the move aimed at quashing the
fire storm when the president appointed steve bannon as a regular committee member. critics objected to the director of the national intelligence and the joint chiefs of staff not having a permanent seat at the table. susan rice took the team to task on twitter describing the move as she says quote stone cold crazy. stone cold crazy has the trump stock market turned cold. will we see more losses today? does the chaos over travel de y delays overshadow the rally? more next.
travel ban struck a nerve with many americans, but gained share of supporters. we get more now from martin savidge in atlanta. >> reporter: good morning. i spoke to several people most support donald trump on the immigration executive order. among them were two immigrants. they all stressed one point. that is national security and immigration in our modern and troubled world go hand-in-hand. donald trump is carrying out his responsibility to the american people. >> how can you agree with our president that so many people are left at the airports? i'm saying there is a human side of it, which i think we could have done differently. but the intent, i think the intent is right. >> i walked the same street in nice where the truck ran over those people. i'm aware that we're just a few steps from terrible things that
could happen. i'm okay with a temporary stop. >> reporter: when i pointed out the majority of the 9/11 atta attackers from from saudi arabia and that is not on the list. they see that. they all see this as temporary. thank you, martin. retaliation for the executive order. banning iranian travelers from entering. the iranian tv stating they will come up with reciprical measures. the directives designed to ensure iranians are treated with dignity. a closed door meeting with the united nations after iran condemned the medium-range missle test over the weekend. defense secretary james mattis is gearing up for his
inaugural overseas trip by reaffirming the u.s. commitment to defend south korea against the involving north korea threat. he spoke with the south korean defense minister ahead of the trip to japan and south korea. they agreed to proceed with the thaad missile system. we know the identify of the nail navy s.e.a.l. killed. ryan owens. he said the u.s. would not long exist if it were not for the selfless commitment of warriors like owens. this is the first combat death under the trump administration. canadian officials say the suspect in the shooting that left six people dead at the quebec city mosque on sunday was
a lone wolf. he is alexandre bissonnette. he faces six counts of first-degree murder and five attempted murder charges. the safety minister says the attack would be difficult to prevent. the nation's terror threat remains unchanged. on monday night, marchers held a vigil to honor the victims. in a major shift, the boy scouts of america will now accept members based on their gender identity opening the door for transgender boys to join. they will no longer require birth certificates. the move comes eight months after an 8-year-old cub scout filed a lawsuit claiming he was kicked out for his gender. we have more on the weather
with meteorologist pedram javaheri. >> big dip in the jet stream allowed some of the action to rolla cross the region with snowshowers over the past 24 hours. the cold air certainly in place here to support the sticking around into the afternoon hours as well. notice this, at this hour, in detroit, cleveland, we are seeing snowshowers come down. punxsutawney is the place to be in a couple of weeks. winter weather advories are in place. this disturbance moves to the east and into the afternoon hours, we get snowfall that will accumulate in new york city at 1 to 2 inches. boston could get 4 to 6 inches. decent snow level for the northern periphery cities. new york on the cusp of the lighter accumulations and back out to the great lakes. lake enhanced snowfall as well. temperatures generally in the low to mid-30s. again, dip into below freezing into the evening hours. we get some of the snow to stick around into tomorrow morning as well. beyond this, a little bit of
warming trend across the south. guys. pedram javaheri, thank you. let's get a check on cnn money stream. the big test for the stock market trump rally. maybe donald trump himself. the market suffering the biggest drop since last september. the fallout from the travel ban as investors worry as tax cuts and deregulation may be delayed. the travel ban has the stock market at a turning point. a huge week for wall street. trump's executive order and supreme court pick will reveal the priorities. the federal reserve starts a two-day policy meeting today. a rate hike is not expected, but expect clues on the timing of the next move. hundreds of companies report earnings. exxon and apple. how much money are they making and what do they think about the quarter ahead? finally, the first jobs report in the trump presidency is friday. how will the administration
rea react? it has blasted this number in the past and phony, fake and misleading. what will the trump white house say about jobs? today is the last day to sign up for obamacare. if you missed the deadline, you can likely not get coverage for 2017. the penalty if you do not have insurance is $695. so far, 11 million people have signed up on the exchanges. final days are crucial for attracting younger consumers which is a problem for the program. the department of health and human services pulled the final cord of $5 million of advertising. promoting the end of open enrollment. president trump and republicans strart e started the process of repealing the program. the program is still law. it continues this year. maybe even next year. you have to have insurance. insurers have signed contracts to provide coverage through the end of the year. personal finance people say don't ignore open enrollment.
all right. "early start" continues right now. breaking overnight. president trump fires his acting attorney general after she refuses to cooperate with the travel ban. how is in charge now? all of this a major distracti distraction. hours before the president is set to make his first nomination to the supreme court. will the attorney general battle effect the nomination? goal line. welcome to "early start." it has been a busy 12 hours. i'm christine romans. >> it has been busy. i'm george howell in for john berman. it is tuesday, january 31st. 4:59 in the east. it is hard to overstate what is happening in washington. rapid developments that evoke the mass firings in 1973. the trump administration
achieving a level of chaos that is unusual for any white house, let alone one trying to find its footing after a week and a half on the job. new acting attorney general sworn in replacing the old ag sally yates after she said not to defend the travel ban in court. the u.s. attorney for eastern virginia dana boente took the oath and quickly rescind the order. cnn's justice reporter laura jarrett has more from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it is fair to say we saw a truly extraordinary turn of events last night. the story started at 6:30 p.m. when my colleague evan perez broke the story that sally yates had told her team of lawyers that she was not convinced the executive order was lawful. she instructed her team at the justice department to not defend the order in court.