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reporter. are you a friendly reporter? watch how friendly he is. go ahead. >> so, first of all, my name is jake terps. i haven't seen anybody in my community accuse either yourself or anyone on your staff of being anti-semitic, we have an understanding -- [ inaudible ] however, what we are concerned about and haven't being heard addressed is how the government is planning to take care of it. there are reports that 48 bomb threats have been made against jewish senators across the week. there are people committing anti-semitic threats -- >> he said he was going to ask a
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easy question. -- okay sit down i understand the rest of your question. folks, number one, i am the least anti-semitic person that you have seen in your entire life. number two, racism. the least racism. we did relatively well -- quiet, quiet, quiet, see he lied about what was going to be a very straight simple question. i hate the charge. i find it repulsive, i hate even the question because people that know me and you heard the prime minister, you heard netanyahu yesterday, did you hear him bb, he said i've known donald trump for a long time and said forget it so you should take that instead of getting up and asking
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a very insulting question like that. just shows you about the press but that's the way the press is. >> from the ppbs nugs -- news hour. on the daca program for immigration, do you plan to continue the program or end it? >> we're going to show great heart. daca is a very, very difficult subject for me. for me it's one of the most difficult i have. because you have these incredible kids, in many cases, not all, in some cases they have the daca, drug dealers and gang members too, but absolutely incredible kids, i would say mostly they were brought here in such a way -- it's a very tough subject, we're going to have to deal with daca with a lot of
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heart and i have a lot of politicians don't forget, and i have to convince them what i'm saying is right and i appreciate your understanding on that but the daca situation is a very, very difficult thing for me because i love these kids. i have kids and grandkids. and i find it very, very hard doing what the law says exactly to do. and you know the law is rough. i'm not talking about new laws i'm talking the existing law is very, very rough, it's very, very rough. the new order is going to be very much tailored to what i consider a very bad decision, but we can taylor it to get in some ways more, but tailoring it now to the decision. we have some of the best lawyers in the country working on it the and the new executive order is being tailored from the decision we got down from the court, okay?
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[ inaudible question ] >> she does a lot of great work for the country as well. can you talk a little bit and what first lady melania trump does for the country, by opening the white house visitor's office what does that mean to you? now that's what i call a nice question. >> who are you with? >> unf news. >> thank you very much. we had dinner with senator rubio who by the way his wife is very lovely and we had a very good discussion on cuba, and they were very good to me, and i think melania is going to be outstanding opening up the
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visitors tour s of the white house, she feels very strongly about women issues, she's a very, very strong advocate. i think she's a great representative for this country and a funny thing happens because she gets so unfairly -- the things they say, i've known her a very long time, she was a very successful person, very successful model, she did very well. she would go home at night and didn't even want to go out with people. she was a very private person, always the highest quality, and the things they say, i've nokno her a long time, and things that were said were so unfair, but ill just tell you this, she's going to be a fantastic first
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lady, and representative of the people and working with her will be ivanka, who is a fabulous person and fabulous woman. they're not doing this for money or pay, they're doing it because they feel it personally, and after baron finishes school because it's hard to take a child out of school with a few months left, she and baron will be moving over to the white house. thank you, that's a very nice question. >> go ahead. this is going to be a bad question, but that's okay. >> mr. president, i need to find out from you you said something as it relates to inner cities one of your platforms. >> fixing the inner cities. >> what will be that fix and your urban agenda as well as your hbcu executive order that's coming out this afternoon.
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see that wasn't bad. >> that was very professional. >> i'm very professional. >> i will let the order speak for itself, but we'll talk to you about that after the announcement, as far as the inner cities, i think it's what got me much higher the african-american vote, we did much higher, i was honored by that and including the hispanic vote, which might i add the women vote which was much higher than people thought i was going to get, so we are going to be working very hard, having to do with education, having to do with crime, we're going to try and fix as quickly as possible. it take as long time, 100 years or more for some of these places to evolve and many of them very badly but working very hard on health and health care, very,
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very hard on education and also we're going to be working in a stringent way on crime, you go to some of these inner city places and it's so sad -- we have people and i have sort of witnessed it in fact two occasions actually witnessed it. they lock themselves into apartments petrified to even leave in the middle of the day. they're living in hell. we can't let that happen. it's a great question and it's a very difficult situation because it's been many, many years, it's been festering for many, many years, but we have places in this country that we have to fix. we have to help african-american people that for the most part are stuck there, hispanic american people that are in the inner cities and are living in hell. you look at the numbers in chicago. there are two chicagos as you
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know, there's one that's incredible, luxurious and safe, there's another chicago that's worse than almost any of the places in the middle east that we talk about and that you talk about every night on the news casts so we're going to do a lot of work on the inner cities, i have a lot of great people lined up -- >> when you say the inner cities are you go you think to include the cbc in conversations with urban agenda, inner city. >> include who? >> the congressional black caucus. >> well i tell you what do you want to set up the meeting? are they friends of yours set up a meeting, set up the meeting i would love to meet with the congressional black caucus, i think it's great. i actually thought i had a meeting with congressman cummings and he was all excited then he said oh, i can't move,
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it might be bad for me politically i can't have that meeting, you know, we called him and called him, all set, i spoke to him. >> i hear he wanted that meeting with you as well. >> he wanted it but we called called called, they can't make a meeting with him. every day i walk in and i would like the meeting but he was probably told by schumer or somebody like that some other lightweight he was probably told don't meet with trump, it's bad politics and that's part of the problem in this country. one more. go ahead. >> one question, two -- this room can't handle two. give me the better of your two. >> it's not about your personality or your beliefs, we're talking about a rise in anti-semitism around the country some of it by supporters in your name -- >> can i be honest with you, this has to do with racism and
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horrible things put up, some of it written by our opponents, we do know that, do you understand that? you don't think anybody would do anything like that. some of the signs are not put up by people that love donald trump they're put up by the other side and you think it's playing it straight, no, some of the signs and anger is caused by the other side. they'll do signs and drawings that are inappropriate. it won't be my people. it will be the people on the other side to anger people like you. okay. go ahead. >> what are you going do about it -- >> oh, stand up. >> what are you going to do about the tensions -- >> i'm working on it. i'm working on it -- look, hey, just so you understand, we had a totally divided country for eight years in all fairness to president obama long before
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president obama we have had a very divided -- i didn't come along and divide this country, this country was seriously divided before i got here. one of the questions asked was about the inner cities, that's part of is, but we're going to work on education, stop atry an stop crime, we have great law enforcement, we're not going to try and stop, we're going to stop crime. it's very important to me but this isn't donald trump that divided a nation. we went eight years with president obama and many years before president obama, we lived in a divided nation, and i am going to try, i will do everything within my power to fix that. i want to thank everybody very much. it's a great honor to be with you. thank you very much.
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>> wow. what an amazing an hour and 15 minute briefing by the president of the united states. pretty tough questions by the news media, it was really a remarkable, remarkable, i don't remember a time when a president of the united states has gone into what we could describe a potentially hostile environment and denied any wrong doing when it comes to russia. >> he made some news and talked about an obamacare alternative early march, said next week offering a new executive order on travel and immigration to replace the old one that the courts held up, looking into the leaks and when asked about any communications to russia he said
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quote nobody i know of talked to anybody about russia. >> he kept saying rush is a ruse. >> well, it was a wild press conference. and i think that first of all purportedly the purpose was to introduce his new secretary of labor nominee, alexander acosta, he talked about jim acosta, more than him, talked more about hillary clinton than him. he talked about the media, fake media, whatever he wants to call us we're not paying too, but instead of offering an optimistic positive view of what he's doing for this country it was an airing of grievance.
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clinton, clinton, obama obama, george w. bush were bigger than that, but if you are a soldier in harm's way right now, if you are a hungry child in apla cha or the inner city, if you are an unemployed worker in the hollow shell of a small town that's not a president focused on your needs and wants that's a president focused on bad press, it was unhinged, wild and i can't believe there are republicans on capitol hill and in the white house that don't understand that might play well for the population that voted for the president but a lot are going to watch that and say that guy isn't focused on me, i don't
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know what he's focused on. >> it was almost a half an hour opening statement that he made very little as you point out nominee secretary of labor. jim acosta you asked a few questions from the president of the united states and he started to take questions from the mainstream news media. >> reporter: you heard the president, he's as scrappy and feisty as ever and determined that the news coming from the mainstream media is fake news. he finally said in his own words what his problem was with michael flynn. that he did not inform the vice president properly, he said in not so many words an that's the reason why we had to go and it took a few tries as jake mentioned but president trump
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finally said no, not that he's aware of in terms of whether or not any of his campaign associates or aids or advisor were in touch with the russians during the course of the election. it did take some prodding and i wonder if there's more in the long run because it took two or three different questions for him to finally acknowledge that and this whole back and forth between what is real and fake news leaks, he called these reports about contact with the russians fake news but called the leaks real so i pressed him on that, if the leaks are real how can the news be fake? i'm not sure he had a very convincing answer on that, but i think same time he was taking on other colleagues, asked about the russian spy ship, he said it
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is not good, but when pressed about what he was going to do about it he did not give any specifics and went back to the campaign that he's not going to tell anything he's going to do to his adversaries, he talked about hillary clinton getting questions before the debate. what that has to do with anything is not at all clear, but when he delivered the remarks at the beginning of this news conference he was clearly frustrated str frustrated frustrated with the time magazine about the white house being in chaos and he talked about it as a well-oiled machine. as you heard in that back and forth i had with him, he is just as determined as ever to go
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after the news media when there are stories he doesn't like but as i try to remind him, wolf, we are not fake news, we are real news. >> we certainly are. stand by john king, your thoughts. >> the closest was bill clinton where he had to express his relevance. this is two years after a significant defeat, this president has 1,438 more days. he came in and said you all think this white house is a mess and how it is a well-oiled fine-tuned fine-tuned machine. he needs to have conversation fs with his staff, not hold overs from administrations.
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this information about infighting, if you're a trump supporter, you probably like this. this is a president around 40% in the polls, trump supporters will love this. he walked in and said i inherited a mess, there's no question about that. however, he inherited a mess, when president obama came to office the economy was bleeding more than 600,000 jobs a month. donald trump came into office in the last month of office the economy added 227,000 jobs, he has every right to say there are problems but the idea that he came into this swirling sess
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pool is just not a fact. david chalian, i want to get your thoughts. >> for those throughout the whole campaign season i think this is vintage trump. especially the primary season, it reminded me a lot of his endless interviews he would do and talk until he would sweep away things he didn't like. as jake said, wolf, there was something untethered about him from the job at hand. he was a president who seemed far more consumed by his reviews than by the business of the nation. and if indeed as i said going into this press conference i thought maybe this was going to be an attempt to try to reset, but it seems more that it was a
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frustration expression because he couldn't deal with the swirl of bad headlines anymore and he just wanted to fix this. i can't wait to find out two things, how republicans on the hill observed this press conference today separate from his own base of support in the country, because i think that will tell us a lot about how challenging it may be for him to govern and i can't wait to learn the back story of how this emerged. this does not seem to me to be a well-thought out strategy, this seems to be a president who want today grab the microphone, do what he thought worked best for him during the campaign by dominating the conversation and i can see on my phone that many news organizations including friendly ones like the new york post are using the word rant.
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it will be interesting to see if donald trump thinks he did successfully reset today because it seemed to me somebody really untethered from the job at hand. >> let me get jake to weigh in as well. i think all of us were pretty much stunned by the course of this hour and 15 minutes. >> everybody at home needs to ask themselves how would you react if that were your boss giving a speech, how would you react if that was somebody in your family, you would think this is very difficult to assess in a positive way. the person is not dealing with with world in which we live. he said things not true, called out you said you had the biggest
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electoral win, and said it's not true, he said well, somebody gave me that information. you own it you were wrong, but it's that he's still fixated, president trump if you're watching you legitimately won the presidency, now get to work and stop whining about it. >> there was a rodney dangerfield deal with this, never get respect and this is the team that's going on with donald trump. he wants to berate the press, he spent more time talking about cnn than he talked about any of his campaign promises, the wall and i think those are things that people on the hill want to hear and i suspect people who support him want to hear more, about what he's going to do in
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these communities. at times he doesn't even sound like he's the president. it's very vague, we're going to fix it, we're going to stop crime, we're going to fix the education system, how? he's got all terms of details of what's going on in the press, what's on don lemon's show, but he is saying he's inharpterited mess, well, how are you going to fix it. >> there are main ways, he said -- all of these are perfectly legitimate, your government is not doing enough to protect you on trade, not doing enough on undocumented immigrants, washington is broke, i'm going to drain the swamp. where was that message at that press conference?
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fulfill those four things. nobody cares about the ratings of cnn. i mean we do. >> at the very beginning -- >> right, but that's not where his passion was. >> right. he seemed almost despondent. and to his credit he has spent a lot of time focussing on these promises but signing a piece of paper does not make these things happen, working with congress make these things happen. clearly there's a patience question here and i go to a text from a couple of democrats but got a text from a republican senator who said in this text he should do this with a therapist not on live television. >> in the midst of all this, your getting more information. he really went after the court of appeals insisting that over 80% of their decisions are overturned and they are working on a new travel ban that will
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fit more appropriately with the complaints. >> we checked with the scotus blog, a reputable blog and in fact he was right, from 2010-2015 -- >> hold on, of -- heard. >> you haven't let me get to my next point. 70% that all went to the supreme court were rejected so it is higher than average but when you look at the bigger picture, 79% for the ninth circuit, which by the way there are two other circuits that have the higher reversal rate, but what i found interesting is he clearly put the blame on the ninth circuit court, it did not go smoothly. green card holders would not
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have been detained at the airport. i spoke to people who had no idea what was going on and were trying to figure it out real time and the skecretary of home hand security was blamed and the ninth circuit court made its decision and heard that the government put in a filing saying we're not going to further litigate this, but the ninth circuit decision was not something we agree with. >> every leader needs people around him who can say this is not going well, this was bad, the remark you made was just incorrect. et cetera. you need those people around them. people rise to levels where they remove them from their or bit and that's how you end up with scandals and companies being run into the ground. does president trump have somebody around him who can say
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the rollout was not smooth. it went really, really poorly it's still the right thing to do et cetera, but we need to do this next time? does he have those people? >> his daughter ivanka, during the campaign did that from time to time. chris kr cristie came and had lh and i'm told there's no plan to bring him in at the moment but that was part of the message don't get caught in the bubble, you are going to make mistakes every chief executive does, take a breath and readjust, then what happened governor cristie was trashed inside the trump white house again not fake news, not career bureaucrats spread out somewhere in government, but those who have taken residence in the west wing, through his
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people he came to have lunch with his friend and give him some advice. >> i wanted to bring in brian stelter and jeff mason. brian, tell us what surprised you the most about the president's attacks on what he calls the fake news media. >> this is certainly a campaign trail press conference and trump seemed to be enjoying it, rel lishing these battles with the media, perhaps encouraged by his own aids. he's living in a tv reality show of his own making and that may not be healthy for any of us. i think it's far past time for the president to start working instead of watching and reading all the coverage. because he's reacting to all the coverage in instantaneous fashion. we brought up the statement
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about the electoral college win and brought up accurate data, and the president didn't have the answer, the only answer was i was given the information. so you have to wonder who gave it to him but that was the problem that all of us as viewers have kwhiwhile watching these press conferences. >> jeff what about you? >> i think a few things that were good, he took a lot of the questions, questions from a variety of different journalists including the mainstream media, including some who might not be considered part of the mainstream media. the tone was relatively respectful, he had a back and forth with some reporters but in general reporters were able to ask questions, whether they were
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lengthy. >> shutting down the question about the rise of anti-semitism. was uncomfortable. >> bringing up the congressional black caucus and the president saying are you friends with them, can you set up with a meeting for them. >> is the relationship back to what it normally is, or are there still problems? >> it's hard to answer. i think the beginning of a new administration there's always a level of tension and this administration is still finding its footing.
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this is a pretty good example of that. it was the president who said in a pool spray earlier today he was going to have one and when reporters went back and started asking his aids about it they seemed as stunned by the announcement as the reporters were so there's still by the seat of your pants operation going on at the this administration. that's certainly affected the relationship with the press corp., but we are working hard on that relationship as we have for months and will continue to do so. >> let's bring in cnn commentator jeffrey lord. let's get your perspective as someone who all our viewers know is a strong supporter of the president. >> guys, i have to tell you i've been listening to you and i think we saw two different press conferences. from my perspective i thought he was relaxed, funny, on point. he took the whole issue of the media and had a very candid
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conversation. this is the kind of conversation i personally had with him a couple years ago which he said some version of this same thing he said today except he was more specific and i think honestly what you miss here is out here in the country side as it were he comes cross as being very candid, very committed and in demand and going to do what he plans to do to get things accomplished. i can tell you this minute that rush limbaugh is exalting on conservative talk radio and there will be a huge positive response there for the kind of things he said today. >> what about some of the back an to forth that he had with reporters? you used to work in the reagan white house, is that really presidential four weeks into a new term? >> i think this is going to be
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his presidential style. every president brings to the office no matter who they are their own personal style. this is his. the american people have seen it on display the 18 month or whatever it was for the campaign and voted for it so now they're going to see it for four years. >> so you think there are going to be more of these news conferences what we call the mainstream news media actually allowed to ask questions? >> i notice his dealing with jim acosta, he didn't ignore him, he took his questions, he answered them honestly, there was a back and forth. that's all to the good. that's not bad that's to the good. >> are you comfortable with the way he attacks the mainstream media, you heard the question about the fundamental role of the news media in a democracy. >> yeah, wolf, i don't think it's any -- he touched on this
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to some degree that the ratings of the media are generally very low and since i had a column about this at news busters saturday, since it was brought out back in november of 1969, a speech going after television kmen ta come m commentato commentators, i think to have this conversation now is a good thing. discuss it have the president himself discuss it with reporters right there on air for all the american people to see then the rest of us will chime in other time. lance the boil as it were, don't let the resentments pile up on each side. get it out there. that's a healthy thing. >> jeffrey, jake tapper here, obviously you're a strong supporter of the president, you have been for years. obviously, i don't doubt for one
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second that rush limbaugh is extolling him, they have similar target, the mainstream media and others and don't doubt those who supported him enthusiastically or am bifantly, what about those who did not vote for him. isn't it a better idea to reach out to them in some way and reassure them that he is their president as well an have a different kind of message than the one with which he won the presidency and the republican nomination? >> jake, my experience with this kind of thing just in general is these people are not going to be supportive of him no matter what he says, if you did everything suggested and more they would have contempt for him. >> george w. bush won the electoral vote but lost the
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popular, and in 2004 he won both. there's way to bring those who didn't once vote for you to reach out in a way that maybe is not off-putting. >> give him time, he's been there what, less than a month. people are going to have to -- people who don't like him are going to have to get used to his style and and he is a very charming guy, a very persuasive person. people like him and the best thing he can do is just be himself and be open and have more encounters like he did today. >> let me ask you jeffrey, there was a moment where president trump claimed he had won the big biggest electoral college win, you know that was not true, clinton, clinton, obama, obama.
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but the larger point that the reporter from nbc brought up was you are calling us fake news yet you are saying things that aren't true. >> i think it was a simple mistake. and jake, again in fairness, i think this is the problem that so many people had with the news media is that they will zero in on some nitpicking thing like that and make a major event out of it. i had somebody say locally during the campaign they recognized me and it was a comment about cnn which i'll be happy to make on air here just so you know and said if donald trump sneezed cnn would spend four days talking about his damage to the environment. that's the perception not just about cnn but about the media at large and that's the kind of feeling he addresses and what you're talking about there is a good example of it. >> jeff, hold on for a moment
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our political director david chalian is with us as well and talk a little bit about this very different impression that people are getting from the hour and 15 minute, jeffrey makes a very good point. his supporters i'm sure were loving it, his critics were not. >> yeah, i think jeffrey is right about these two sides of the country are never going to come together on donald trump's style. i think that's true. i think this is exactly the donald trump that 46% of the country kind of fell in love with throughout the election season. there's no doubt about that, but i do wonder what about governing and accomplishing what you set out to govern. how do you do that? beyond the style, now on the substance, how do you go about as president as the leader to accomplish all of these things that you have promised on the campaign trail to govern the
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country as a whole an get those accomplishments without broadening your appeal? that to me is the part that's going to confound his presidency is all he's doing is appealing to the stylistic enjoyment that his supporters had for him thrurt t-- throughout the campaign and still do. >> when april ryan stood up and gave that question about the cbc, the congressional black caucus, he immediately said go set up the meeting. i understand that she's a reporter, but in other words it telegraphs right there he's willing to sit down with people who oppose him and try to find an agreement and move forward. that's kpa kt willktdly the kin person he is. he is having a conversation with al gore, he's not afraid to sit
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down with people who oppose him. that's the way to get accomplishment is sitting down with other people and let's remember when president obama summoned the house leadership and they were trying to talk to him about ideas he looked across the table at them and said well i won. i don't know that that was particularly helpful but donald trump is going to have people in the room that disagree with them and he's going to talk and try to find common ground. that does not mean he will yield and not speak with principal. he will stick with principal. so did president obama. so i think he's doing it and i think that answer to april on the cbc is a small indication of exactly how this works. >> let me interrupt jeff, what does it say to you april ryan a long-time reporter at the white house i've known her many years a terrific woman, the president of the united states asks her to
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try to set up a meeting with the c congressional black caucus, apparently his staff or at least the congressional black caucus they don't want to deal directly with him, i don't know what the direct answer is i'm going to be speaking with the congressman cummings, but what does it mean? if you can't it organized. >> well, it sounds because of the political correctness issues he would get when he got home. all you have to watch is watch these hollywood -- they say something nice about him an their dissented on and i have no doubt that's probably happening to congressman cummings and this is where as a political leeader
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you have to stand up and say yes, i'm going to meet with the president of the united states. >> david, let me ask you about the topic of leaks which president trump was very focused on in saying i think he said at one point he asked the justice department to look into the leaks and issued many warnings to leakers used the word criminal and illegal to describe it. it escapes no one's notice that he relied on leaks, with wikileaks, he said those were not classified but also the matter of the fbi and others in the government providing lots of information about hillary clinton and her private e-mail server. that was information that president trump talked about quite a bit. in fact the reporter who broke the story of hillary clinton's
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private e-mail server and michael schmidt of "the new york times" was also one who broke to story the other day about questions that intelligence officials have about campaign advisors to president trump and contacts with russians familiar to u.s. intelligence. what does it say to you david chalian about his different standard is it just a question of now he's president and he understands how serious this is? or if leaks help me, good if they're bad for me, bad? >> probably the latter, a little bit jake, and remember part of the leaks he was sort of encouraging when he was saying hey russia go get the 30,000 e-mails we don't have from hillary clinton, there was a lot of presumption that some of those could have been classified or later classified in the process so it's not quite as clean of a line that he only advocated for leaks completely
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about unclassified material. there was a lot of suggestion from the oversight congress that she did have classified e-mails on her server, but what he's doing here, let's be clear, he's trying to move the story from russia to leaks, he said it four times, he said that's not the story, that's a ruse, this is the story. donald trump is not the first president to complain about leaks, george w. bush, barack obama, presidents going back do not like leaks there's no doubt about it. but having encouraged this kind of leaking in the fall now also then in this bind that you were discussing before of the leaks being validated enough to have his concern of information which
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he teams truthful and then calling the media news about it fake. >> folks are reacting in major ways. share a little bit. >> it's interesting i want to circle back about what jeffrey just said. i shared a text i got from a republican senator. this is one who from day one has not been a fan and said in a text he should be doing this in front of a therapist not on national television. i did get one text from a republican house member who said he did not like what he said about the so-called dreamers and how quite candidly it is hard to get conservatives that you would
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punish these people who their parents brought in when they were young. but when is he going to reach out to hillary clinton voters, people who have doubts for him, those who voted for him but voted reluctantly, still has reservations for donald trump. but this is trademark trump. when these difficult moments come up he rallies the base. my brain clicked a bit when he talked about rush limbaugh, remember what happened in the last few days, senator corker saying let's have a very aggressive investigation on russia but let's not rule out an independent investigation if it gets to that point. the president says russia is a ruse, members of his open party don't believe that. he barely dwelled on it but had to announce a new labor of secretary, because 12 of six
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republicans were ready to vote no. by giving a rally to base rally supporter, trademark trump,s won't let me change washington, fight, we've seen this in the past for him and it has worked for him, so we may question some of this but the way he operates through his grievianse grievanc the way it works. >> the president walked into the oval office and told his top aides let's do a press conference, it was the president's idea 100%, he just wanted to do it the official said when press whether the flow of leaks pressed trump to want to do this. clee
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clearly it worked for him often during the campaign and i suspect the president thought it would work for him at this critical moment four weeks into his presidency. >> that's right. after he gave his laundry list of what he thought his accomplish. s were and when he was duking it back and forth he was saying he had a good time. it definitely felt like an impromptu report. you saw people there just standing up and raising hands. i want to get back to the congressional black caucus saying sure, april go out and set up a meeting, not sure why he would think she would do that, we got a statement from the congressional black caucus and this person said donald trump hasn't reached out to the congressional black caucus that
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in fact the congressional black caucus has sent a letter a few weeks ago questioning a meeting but haven't heard back from him or his teams so under minmines idea of jeffrey that he wants to meet out with anyone, they haven't heard back, they haven't heard back with having meetings with heads of historically black colleges haven't been invited to join that either. >> a wall street journal record yesterday suggesting there are people who don't want toshi sha information with the trump white house because they fear it might be leaked to russia. but trump said mike pompeo put out a statement saying it's not true, which you would expect the
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cia director to do, and also that he didn't understand why the wall street journal didn't call him. the fourth paragraph was a denial that the story was true, they did reach out to the white house. did they call the president? i doubt it. >> that doesn't typically happen. >> i'm sure they don't have his number. i thought that was very odd. i really do wonder what his people around him are telling him. did somebody say there's a story but nobody even called you. he blames bad information for his false claim and the electoral college vote. who are these people around him and what are they telling him? >> and is he doing his homework? we often read he's not too keen on briefings, he necessarily doesn't read very widely and i think sometimes in these press conferences at the end he said he was all about unification, he was going to unify the party and the country and at some point
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said he wanted to reset the relations with the press and felt like going forward the relationship could be better then you saw the next hour of him berating the press even the question on anti-semitism which keeps come ing up, he didn't answer it other than saying he was the least anti-semitic. >> he went to say there was people against him putting up posts. if anyone is practicing hate or racism in my name i denounce it -- there was a chance for a presidential moment and his answer was these are my opponents somehow trying to smear me. >> about being briefed and so forth what stood out to me as a reporter covering the russian connections and the fact that
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people in his campaign were talking to known u.s. intelligence in russia known to multiple sources across the board he was pressed repeatedly did anyone in your campaign speak to anyone in russia, finally he said nobody that i know of, but my colleague and i were told he was briefed about this, briefed about the fact that some people in his campaign were talking to people in russia known to intelligence, so that stuck in my mind that yet he was briefed about it though saying nobody he knows of brought it up. >> man tort wafort was fired as campaign manager and when pressed he said you will i can tell you is what paul told me
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which is not really a denial. he's saying well, paul says no. >> paul says no, then it went to well i didn't then -- >> the reporting that we have had is that some of his campaign aides were in constant communication with russian intelligence officials known by u.s. intelligence. >> and frankly, they could be russian intelligence officials, but we have not specifically been told intelligence officials we've been told russian officials known to the u.s. government and what we have been told is due to the frequency of these communications that really sort of raised red flags. stand by, there's a lot to discuss. max iine waters, a member of th congressional black caucus will
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react to the president's news conference, we'll have much more after your break right after this.
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you're watching cnn moments ago the nation witnessed an unprecedented venting by the president of the unite. call it a rant, whining, reset, you pick the word, we just watched. a hastily called conference, his first labor secretary of pick, delayed travel ban the president took the time to fight back this criticism that his administration is in chaos, he says no, no, it's a finely tuned machine, also targeted mostly the media, but in his bashing of news reporters, he finally took questions they have been clamoring to ask him. including this did he instruct his former national security adviser mike flynn to talk about sanctions with the russian