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>> thank you very much. our breaking news on president trump's national security adviser michael flynn, the fallout from telling iran that it's officially on notice. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm john vause in los angeles. >> and i'm isa. thank you for joining us. australia's prime minister is refusing to comment on a heated phone call over the weekend with u.s. president donald trump. sources tell cnn mr. trump rejected an agreement to take in more than 1,000 refugees. many of the seven countries from the travel ban. one source says mr. trump
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abruptly ended the call. and a short time ago he tweeted the obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from australia. why? i will study this dumb deal. >> i'm not -- i'm not going to comment on these reports of a conversation. australians know me very well. i always stand up for australia in every forum. >> joining me now j brennan o'conn o'connor. also rick francona. also here in los angeles talk radio host may kelly and john thomas. has there ever been a moment like this, a public dispute like this one between the united states and australia? >> no, there hasn't been. so this will be shocking to a
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number of people in the australian political class. i think the assumption in australia is that australia is a friend. it's a bit like being cruel to your cousin. there was disputing during the wittman period where the prime minister of australia didn't get on at all well with fricrichard nixon, but that was behind closed doors, not on twitter. it makes it remarkable, a sign of disrespect toward the australian prime minister. >> some have likened it to kicking the family dog. how will most australians view this conversation between the prime minister and donald trump? >> well, i think some people love the view that if you play the fire you get burned. the idea that you can have trump and talk behind doors is clearly not the case. i think a new approach has to be
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taken. tony blair approached it somewhat with george w. bush. it didn't work out well for tony blair. i think a lot of it is saying if you disagree with trump, do it in public. negotiate in public. if you negotiate in private, the big part of the story is trump wanted something back here, and what trump wanted back is going to be, i think, much more detrimental to australia than taking the refugees given the world's refugee crisis. something backed could have been related to china which australia shouldn't engage with. a revealing conversation that i think will send a shot of shock waves through australian politics for the next few weeks. >> what about long term? how does this change the dynamics of the relationship? >> well, that's a wait and see matter. i think australia needs to be more cautious regarding trump. we need to see if his talk has been the case true in terms of
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borders and the mexican war, is he going to want to trade war with china? that's not in australia's interest. australia takes the status quo. that sits australia pretty well. the idea that someone is going to come along and change the rules is not suitable for australia. i think the longer term strategy has to say they're putting the relationship a little more on hold. it's on pause, and we want to see if trump really means what he said regarding chinese american relations, because australia has a lot to lose if there's some kind of trade war orring aggravation between the nations. >> thank you for being us. an associate professor at the university of sid nit. john, first to you, a lot of people pointed out donald trump in a heated argument with one of the united states' oldest and most trusted allies, but yet,
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while russia is escalating the violence in ukraine, the administration is silent. >> well, the question is, first of all, who leaked this conversation? i don't know if it was australia or if it was trump first. for one thing we know about trump is the relationship in the past is really irrelevant. it's what have you done for me lately. and trump threw down the gau gauntlet on refugees. he's not going to -- >> on the issue of the leaks, the sources that we're getting, it's coming from those who were close to the donald trump end, coming from within the administration. if you look at the reporting in the washington post and our reporting as well. we're 13 days into this administration. it's leaking. >> but i would say the leaks are really irrelevant. if only because you then have the sitting president go on twitter and affirm that whatever was leaked was actually true. and if anything, if people within your own administration are so willing to leak, that
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says to me that there is cause for alarm in the sense of being on one unified front as far as believing in the president, his vision, and also how he's handling his diplomacy. if people are going to leak now, what happens as we get further down the road and more people are going to dissent? >> we also have information, a leak about the phone conversation between donald trump and the president of mexico. this was on friday. apparently the president said to the mexican president, you have some pretty tough hombres in mexico that you may need help have. they need to be knocked doubt and you have not done a good job knocking them out. this sounds like a contentious phone call. >> it sounds like it was, but this is who donald trump is. and i'm fine with it. he's laying out the case. we need your help. we're going to do some of the lifting, but you're not doing your half of the job.
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i think it's refreshing that he's being so tough, and here's the other thing. it's in stark contrast to the last eight years. >> i don't think it's the past eight years. how about the past eigh80 years. you have a dismissive language and it almost highlights his insensitivities as far as the complexity of this nature. >> he didn't bring up taco bowls. >> not that far away. >> don't you get more if you build bridges and you have a partnership rather then a trying to bully people and force them into hanging up on phone calls, i'm going to send the troops in? >> that's trump's temperament. that's who he's been, and he's trying to train these other countries that look, it's kind of my way or the highway. it will be interesting to see how rex tillerson juggles that dynamic as our lead spokesman. >> we're also hearing from the
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washington post the president bragged about his electoral win, not just to the president of mexico but also to the prime minister. and also bragging about the size of crowds at his inauguration. this sounds like it's becoming obsessive. >> well, the president's always been keen on ratings and how successful he is, and how his products are great. this is just who he is to his core identity. i wouldn't expect anying to change. i think he's also trying to make it clear to the other leaders that he's a popular president and came in with a mandate and he knows what he's doing. he's never done this before. he's got a lot to learn. but i also think there's something refreshing about it as an american citizen, it's kind of neat that i can tune into twitter and see diplomacy in action versus working in smoke filled rooms which is what happened before. >> diplomacy is like sausage making, it's better if not seen. >> that doesn't appeal to me. first, i don't agree he has the mandate. he didn't have the popular vote.
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if voters were rearranged differently, he would have lost the election. and i know a president to move to me because he's the lead -- we because he is the leader of the free world. it speaks to his relationship with other countries. is australia our enemy or our friend? is mexico or enemy or our friend? and the point has been made he needs something from mexico. he does need something from australia. it would be in his best interest to do a little more listening and be a little bit more conciliatory if he's going to make the deals. >> we're also hearing from sources that this is, he had a long day. the conversation with the australian prime minister was one of five. this is what he signed up for. this is the job. >> he asked for the job, and i would be concerned, was his hanging up for lack of a better phrase on the australian prime minister the result of frustration, or are is juggling
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too many balls at the same time, and all the fights with congress and foreign policy getting to him. i'm not sure what it is. >> apparently from sources every time one of the world leaders challenges him on foreign policy he got upset or chafed or hung up. is that the way the united states is going to be doing diplomacy? >> i would be surprised with rex tillerson -- i think he's a very even keeled temperament. >> you don't think -- >> well, no. he's going to be the one doing most of the talking. president trump is getting his sea legs. it's not easy. >> stay with us. earlier on monday the national security advisor made a surprise appearance and delivered a blunt message to iran over a testing of a ballistic missile. >> president trump has severely criticized the various agreem t agreements reached between iran and the obama administration as well as the united nations as being weak and ineffective.
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instead of being thank. to the united states in these agreements, iran is now feeling emboldened. as of today we're officially putting iran on notice. >> rick frank cocona joins us. it sounds like a threat, almost like a red line. >> yeah. i think that's what it is. i think what we're seeing are the initial steps of the donald trump administration to roll back the iran deal. he's setting the ground work for what he believes needs to be overturned. and one way to do that is to find the iranians in violation of certain agreements. the general is right. the iranians have been more emboldened since the signing of the iran deal. i think the obama administration believed this deal would rehabilitate the iranians and change their behavior and make them easier to deal with. that's not the case. they upped their ballistic
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missile tests and became more aggressive in the persian gulf and conducted attacks in the red sea. whatever that belief on the obama administration was, it was obviously incorrect. so i think the trump administration is going to look at rolling back that agreement. this is the first step. i'm not sure it's going to work. and i know your next question is what does on notice mean. that's not in the military play book, so i don't know what it means. >> that was my next question, but i will ask you, what do you make of the dramatic entrance and surprise appearance at the white house briefing, talking for 20 seconds, taking no questions and then leaving? >> i think that's the -- that's going to be the hallmark. this is the new sheriff in town. this is how they're going to do things. they have that very brash approach. here it is. this is the way we're going to do things and as i think one of them said, it's our way or the highway. i think he's taking his lead from the president, and we're going to hear more of this, and i think we're rushing fast
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toward some sort of crisis. they're going to test the president, the chinese, the russians, and they're going to have to be prepared to push back on all of this, and i think the cracks are beginning to show. >> okay. thank you. we appreciate the incite. back to our panel. this is the point. it does feel as if with the threats and the red lines and the warnings of official notice that this is moving toward a n confrontation. what happens what the iranians test another ballistic missile? what's the response? >> president trump on day one is starting with his back to the wall. he was handed a raw deal. the iran nuclear deal in republican opinions and president trump was a terrible deal. iran has been able to walk all over america in the last eight years and they're testing him. it's just like a little child. if you let them get away with anything on day one, they're going to take more and more chances. so trump is coming out and saying if you step any further,
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we're going to put you in place. i think it's the right thing to do. the problem is what is the next step in i don't have that answer. but i think trump's trying to teach some of these different bad actors a lesson. >> the problem is you don't have the answer to that question, and mo, does the administration? >> what is the wisdom of this diplomacy or diplomatic action against iran if you're having to juggle other balls of isis. you still have to deal with russia. you're not sure that you're going to have the support of australia going forward. you're not going to be as easy to develop a coalition if you're going to have a military conflict with iran, heaven forbid. >> is there a feeling that donald trump is operating from a point in time when the united states carried a lot more weight and could go it alone? we're no longer in that world anymore. the united states is no longer the biggest, baddest actor on
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the block, and that's why president obama, bush, clinton, built all these coalitions around the world, because that was the way after the cold war that these global coalitions actually kept the peace? and that was the way the world was working? >> and look what we're in now. >> we haven't had a war. >> iran is spinning centrifuges to build a nuclear weapon. we have to walk that back. the president could be dealing with a nuclear crisis. the way we've been doing business has gotten us to this point. >> is it obama's fault? we're talking about a nuclear weapon. it's not like that science is not out there. i believe this these different countries will get a bomb because it's inevitable. now, we can either deal with that eventuality or try to blow them off the face of the earth to keep them from getting the bomb. that seems like the only two
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choices that we're being presented with. >> we gave them a fast track pass with the obama administration. >> we're up for interesting days. i appreciate you all being with us. a violent protests erupted at the university of california forcing the cancellation oh of a speech by the right wing commentator. some of the demonstrators destroyed property and tried to create chaos. the speaker told his facebook followers that the left is terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down. we are joined now from the site of the protest. what's the latest on the demonstration? >> reporter: well, the demonstration, the large demonstration that shut down that speaker, john, largely over what we're seeing here are just a small, small hand full of some hard core agitators that are walking around downtown
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berkeley, but you can see there's still a sizable university protest. the reason why is what we saw earlier this evening. we got a bit more context from the university spokesperson, and he told us that there were about 1500 protesters who took part tonight. the protests started about 5:00. and about 5:30 the university believes approximately 150 outside agitators, these are nonage day or thes to the city of oakland then decided to show up. they are the ones that the university says are responsible for the violence. now, there were some strong themes of free speech, of trying to stop the speaker from speaking. that they found that the speaker was propagated hate speech. that was coming from the students. the violence the university believes was coming from the outside agitators and that's what spiralled out of control. there was a large crowd, though. when i looked through the crowd
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there were students who decided to stay, but the violence the university is putting on the outside agitators. >> why is the speaker such a lightning rod? >> reporter: it's because of what he does. he is a self-described troll, a social media troll. that's how he describes himself. that he is somebody who is a celebrity, and the way he is finding that celebrity is through primarily saying whatever he thinks. a lot of it is insulting people here on campus say that they find what he says about lesbians, about feminists, about gay people and the speaker also identifies as gay, that all of that they find to be reprehensible, and that he should not be allowed to say it on this campus. this is the campus that was the birthplace of the free speech movement in the 60s. a campus that fought hard to have the ability to stand up and
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say unpopular things when politics is not necessarily their way. so there is quite a bit of irony here in that. thank you for that, live at berkeley where it's just gone 18 minutes past 10. still to come here on cnn news room, the new u.s. defense secretary is on his first official overseas trip trying to reassure asian allies that washington will keep its security commitments. critics say the immigration ban won't protect america. it will have the opposite effect. ahead, what's showing up in jihadiist communications. both those stories right here on cnn news room. if you're gonna make an entrance...
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this is news room louisiana. >> i'm is a soares. james mattis is in south korea on his first official overseas trip. he hopes to reassure south koreans that the u.s. is committed to their security. paes especially in light of the evolving north korean threat. he's also expected to reaffirm the u.s. commitment to a
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controversial missile defense system. we have more. paula, how much of this trip is about gauging the north korean threat? >> reporter: well, what we've heard from secretary mattis at the end of his flight here is he is effectively on a fact finding mission. he's said he wants to come here to listen, to engage, to find out exactly what is going on and then he'll have a better understand, a fairly measured start to this trip from the defense secretary. he will only be on the ground for less than 24 hours. what he wants to do is meet the people who would be making the decisions here. he's currently meeting with the u.s. leadership of the u.s. military down on the base here in seoul. he'll then be coming to the blue house, the presidential palace. you can see it behind me with
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the blue roof. he'll then meet with the active president. he's meeting with the leadership across the board. he says to find out exactly what is needed and what the problems are. he was asked about north korea. he did say that north korea as hauchb acted in a provocative way. it's hard to anticipate what they do and specified they needed the missile defense system here in south korea because of north korea and the threat. isa. >> and paula, let me ask you. you were talking about the controversial missile defense system. explain to our viewers around the world why is it so controversial? >> reporter: well, for those in south korea and the u.s. military, it's believed that the threat from north korea is so high that the ballistic missiles that they have, and they frequently test certainly in 2016 more than 20 of those
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ballistic missiles were tested. they believe it is necessary to have this defense system here. china and russia disagree. they are very much against this system. china, for example, quite frankly doesn't want more military hardware from the united states on their doorstep. they believe that it would be used against them, that it could be focussed on china. the u.s. military insists it won't be. it will only be focussed on any potential ballistic missiles heading toward south korea. this is effectively the reason to, for and against the system. but the u.s. and south korea are adamant, it will go ahead. it will go ahead this year, and it will be put in place. isa. >> paula for us in seoul, south korea. the time is 1:26. thank you paula. john. we'll look at the center of the dispute in just a moment.
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don't let directv now limit your entertainment. only xfinity gives you more to stream to any screen. welcome back to our viewers in the united states and right around the world. i'm is a soares. >> here are the headlines. a speech was cancelled after protests in berkeley. some of the demonstrators set fires and destroyed property. the speaker said the left is terrified of free speech and will do anything to shut it down. u.s. defense secretary arrived on his first overseas trip since confirmation.
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the trip underscores the importance on asian allies. mattis is expected to assure both countries the u.s. is committed to their security. sources tell cnn president trump had a heated phone conversation with the italian prime minister over the weekend. the president objected to an agreement for the u.s. to receive more than 1,000 refugees. one source says mr. president trump ended the call abruptly. >> some critics of president trump's travel ban call it strategic suicide. they say the policy will become a key tool for isis to demonize the united states. a policy analyst joins me now. julie, thank you for coming here on the show. i was reading your article. you said the travel ban lacks compassion, but it is also strategic suicide. why? >> absolutely. thank you for having me. i think it will be counterproductive to making
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america safe again. if you want to say so. i think it is the problem is that isis has been exploiting grievances resulting from both foreign policies but also national policies within muslim communities, and this policy really risks to drive communities further apart and to result in almost identity wars that we have seen in france. >> how have jihadists taken to the executive order? what have you been seeing online? >> in their telegram channels they have clearly celebrated the latest travel ban. they have, in fact, called it a blessed ban. that's something they refer to, for example, they have also called the iraq cwar an inblessd invasion because they use it as a recruiting tool. and similarly we've seen pictures circulating within telegram channels. one of them, contests of jihad
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where they posted a picture of trump holding a sign that referred to the doomsday because they see the end of times coming, and final battle created by this chaos and these divisions within our communities. >> yesterday on the show roughly at this time we had a guest to said this is a muslim ban. we know the administration saying it isn't. this guest said if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it is a duck. is there a fear that many people see it as discriminatory against one religion, that that could help isis in many ways in terms of recruiting internally within the united states? >> absolutely. it's much more about perception than about the policy. it sends a message that it could indeed help radicalize or it could indeed increase the threat of home grown terrorism. so actually most of the threat that the u.s. is facing is coming from within the borders. so looking for problems outside
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might not be the smartest strategic move to go about it, and maybe some solutions may on the other hand lie outside of the country. >> and we know that for years now islamic extremists, that the west is at war with islam, and this plays into that narrative, doesn't it? >> yes. absolutely. so it's feeding into that narrative of the united states leading a war against islam and trying to basically trying to undermine all the values -- all the rights that muslim communities have, and it fundamentally undermines the values in the united states. right now muslim americans into the american flag hanging outside their houses. how long with l that last if they see policies like this? >> i want to go back to the jihadists. you're talking about tell gams. explain what it is and the
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undertone since the ban what they've been saying. >> telegram is an encrypted messaging system now that twitter has shut down extremist accounts. they have switched a bit to that messaging app, and there's some groups that are not centrally coordinated by isis, but that are led by isis supporters, and we've seen really enthusiastic comments about the travel bans being made, because they see it as a tool or they see it helpful for spreading their narrative of the west being at war with islam. >> so they're plotting it because it's a positive for them. thank you very much. john. >> more now on donald trump's heated phone conversation with the straulen prime minister over the weekend. we are joined now live from australia with more. there was a hand full of people in the room with the u.s. president when he made that call
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to the australian prime minister. any word, any idea who on the u.s. side leaked the details and why? >> no. i mean, people are speculating wildly, and i've seen interviews with the reporter from the washington post, and of course, he's not going to give away his sources. there is a suspicion here that it's actually been praebreached of the white house. there's been a couple of events in the last couple hours. sean spicer briefed on camera from the white house briefing room yesterday that the deal was on and he even gave a number that 1250 refugees from he said paup knew guinea would be subject to extreme vetting. now, there is a view within the australian government that maybe someone in the west wing, probably whose name is donald
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trump, wasn't too happy with that. and there was then somebody within the white house briefed the australian broadcasting cooperation to say that the deal wasn't done, that it's all still in play. however, what we have on the record is the prime minister as late as a half an hour ago telling radio that donald trump did say he would honor the deal done with the obama administration. we know that the white house press secretary thought it was on and the state department in washington thinks it according to our embassy in washington. what we do know, of course, especially now that donald trump himself has tweeted that he thinks it's a dumb deal. he doesn't call these people refugees. he calls them illegal immigrants, and the time of the tweet is that, well, why should australia dump these illegal immigrants on us. we know from "the washington
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post" and cnn sources now that obama -- sorry, that the president apparently told the prime minister that what do you want to do? you're sending us the next boston bombers. so it's all gone very quickly to mud as far as the australian government is concerned. >> just explain to us, though, paul, what exactly is this deal that they are talking about? why would the united states take 1200 asylum seekers from australia? >> that's a very good question, john. i'm glad you asked it, because it's very hard to get any real answers here. there was talk, you may remember, last year that what was going to happen was australia would agree to take refugees from puerto rico that were bound for the u.s. within the cohort that the refugees that the u.s. was prepared to take, and in a sense, we would take those refugees and our 1200 would take their place.
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but for some unknown reason, a fog of uncertainty here, our prime minister's office says oh, there's no swap, and then you have to say what is the deal, and i suspect that's probably what president trump said to the prime minister. >> okay. what we know from the details we're hearing about this conversation is essentially donald trump gave the prime minister a bit of a hiding. what would be the impact for him politically -- how will most australians see this? >> well, i think it's an embarrassment for the prime minister. he did get kudos for trying to do this deal with obama because his predecessor thought that sending these asylum seekers to a first world country would encourage more to try, because they could use australia as a back door way to try to get to the u.s. or wherever. but turnbull doesn't want to
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leave these peopling wishing. they found it's an illegal agreement, and we, the government is dragging the chain obeying the law of new guinea by not removing them. >> okay. it's all very complicated. there's a lot more complication after we found out the tone of the conversation. paul, so great to speak with you. thank you. >> good evening, john. bye. and still ahead on cnn news room, israel announces plans for a new settlement in the west banks. it's sparking criticism from around the world, but not, it seems, the u.s. we have that story next.
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you are watching cnn's live coverage. israel is doing something it hasn't done in about 20 years. planning to build a new west
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bank settlement. israel has already said it will put thousands of new homes in existing settlements. under international law they're illegal because the west bank is considered occupied territory. on wednesday the israelis evacuated outposts on private palestinian lands. some settlers left peacefully and others fought. the evacuation was ordered by the high court. joining us is a researcher at the ucla researcher for -- >> israel has always described the new housing in the settlement as simply adding to existing neighborhoods. they said they're making the settlements larger in population but not taking more land. that was kind of controversial in and of itself. now what we're hearing is something different. a new settlement and they're now looking for a piece of land to build it. this is a very big departure from what we've seen. >> the status quo is changing. just when you think things can't
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get worse in the middle east, they do. i think there's several implications. it puts the united states in a difficult position. because this is something that is not welcomed by the palestinians. obviously, and the united states is supposed to present itself as this neutral figure in the negotiations between the israelis and the palestinians, and if they do accept this, it's not going to look for favorable in their terms and make it much harder for the americans to negotiate a settlement in this -- >> so beyond the israeli palestinian conflict if the united states loses the role as the honest broker in this conflict, what impact does that have on other areas of the middle east where the united states is trying to implement policy? isis as one example? >> it can hurt it. think the settlement issue is not that big a deal. i think the issue if the united states moved the embassy to jerusalem would be a bigger deal and hurt the relations with the arab and muslim world. but the settlements, because the
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settlements have been growing. and obviously this dynamic is a little different. but at the end of the day, i don't think it's going to change things that much. i think it might have an impact on the palestinians and you might see the palestinians respond very aggressively and potentially violently to this development. >> for the palestinians we keep hearing this. this is the land they want for a future state and they continue to lose more and more of this land to the settlements. there was always an argument that there would be swap for land in northern israel because it's an area. if the settlement building continues there's an opinion that that's an indication that the israelis are giving up on a two state solution. >> >> true. it's undermining the possibility for a two state solution and pushing toward annexation. you had a palestinian state that looked like swiss cheese. >> the argument the palestinians say will the settlement, should
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they continue to build the settlements, they won't have a viable fate. >> true. >> what are their options? >> the palestinians? >> yeah. >> they're going to contest it. probably with the united states. internationally as well. i have to be honest, i don't think they can do very much. i think it shows how helpless and also how weak the palestinian leadership is, particularly the pa, and i think it's going to result in violence. eric, thank you for coming in, clearly this seems to be like another turning point in the region and we'll see what happens. thank you. now, president trump is staying quite busy in his new role, but what about the first lady? melania's quiet life after her husband took office. we'll have more after a very short break.
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the president takes medication for his hair. he takes the prostate drug, propecia to promote hair growth. mr. trump is very sensitive to his hair. the white house has not responded to mr. bornstein. and the first lady has not been by her husband's side for the first two weeks of his presidency. here is the white house reporter. >> congratulations, mr. president. >> reporter: it's been 12 days since her husband was sworn in, and melania trump has yet to return to washington, d.c. without her living under the same roof as her husband, the responsibilities of the office of the first lady are in limbo. with the white house visitor center on staff that means no white house tours and with no appointed social secretary, there is no one to plan state
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dinners or the annual easter egg roll. >> we must find better ways to honor and support the back goodness of our children, especially in social media. >> reporter: mrs. trump has said she plans to take on cyber bullying as first lady but has not yet announced a social platform of causes, a schedule of events or her washington calendar. she has not yet hired a full staff, all things first ladies do immediately after their husband takes office. in november, the office told the reporters that mrs. trump would delay moving to washington until 10-year-old barron completes his school year, moreover, the family will return to d.c. on weekends. but melania trump has not been seen in washington since she returned to new york the sunday after her husband was sworn in, which was also their wedding anniversary. the only sight of the first lady since leaving d.c. was on monday night when the paparazzi caught
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her running errands in new york. she made few appearances on the campaign trail, a decision she told anderson cooper was hers. >> they would have me on the trail all the time. they wish to have me there. but i made the decision, i would be a parent to our boy, to our child. >> she spoke at the republican convention in august where she was met with controversy regarding her speech, saying she plagiarized her speech from michelle obama. >> he is tough when he has to be but he is also kind and fair and caring. this kindness is not always noted but it is there for all to see. >> reporter: and she defended her husband when the "access hollywood" tapes were released, calling it boy talk. >> i told my husband, the language is inappropriate, it's not acceptable. i accept his apology, i hope the american people will accept it as well. and it was many, many years ago.
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he is not the man that i know. >> reporter: she traveled to washington for the inauguration. looking every bit the first lady in a jackie kennedy-inspired ensemble. and gave brief remarks at the armed services ball, thanking the attendees for their service. >> i'm honored to be our first lady. we will fight, we will win, and we will make america great again. >> reporter: well we found out where melania is, you have been watching cnn news room live from los angeles. i'm john vause. we'll be right back after a very short break, don't go anywhere. and now, i help people find discounts,
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breaking news, donald trump berating the prime minister, same day a blunt issue was given to iran. more on the details between the hostile conversation with president trump. rick francona will have more on president trump's blunt warning to iran. with the consultant john thomas. and also the u.n. secretary on his first trip overseas, matt rivers is standing by along china's border with north korea. >> we'll start with that extraordinary phone call with the u.s. president and malcolm turnbull, the conversation was heated with a deal negotiated during the obama administration which would see a thousand asylum seekers to the u.s. many