tv CNN Newsroom CNN February 18, 2017 1:00pm-2:01pm PST
just a few days short of marking a moth in office, president donald trump is already hitting the campaign trail. set to hold a major rally in florida and a small crowd of protesters have gathered. you see the people there toe see trump inside the airport hangar. while it's not clear what mr. trump is campaigning for, two things are understood. the president is in need of a serious boost. he wants to take a bleak control of the narrative coming out of the white house. this morning mr. trump tweeting, don't believe the mainstream fake news media the white house is running very well. i inherited a mess and am in the process of fixing it. one thing the president hopes to fix this weekend, that's finding a national security adviser to replace michael flynn. so far mr. trump has been turned down by at least one person. we're hearing reasons why, including concerns the white house is too chaotic. cnn's athena jones is following the president.
athena, can we expect to see classic campaign trump today? >> hi, pamela, i would say absolutely. the answer is yes. we know that campaign rallies are where the president has felt most comfortable. these are events that energize him. his goal so to get around the media filter. he doesn't want to be edited or contexturalized. he wants to speak directly to his fans, his crowd. we expect to hear a lot of the kind of rhetoric we heard on the campaign trail. we'll be talking about repealing and replacing obamacare, the need to build a wall on the southern border. we expect he could go through the list we heard him detail at thursday's press conference, the accomplishments he feels he's achieved in his first four weeks in office. something we know the president is very much looking forward to. and as you mentioned, the white house is describing this as a campaign rally. the campaign is paying for it and we should note that he filed a form with the federal election
commission on inauguration day indicating that he plans to run again. so the campaign continues, pamela. >> that is the big question. is this what we're looking ahead already to 2020? as all this is going on, as he's heading to florida right now. i know it's tough to hear at the rally. what's his latest in terms of his search for a national security adviser? the three candidates that he's interviewing, is there a front-runner? >> that's right. he is talking to several potential candidates. i believe we have photos of some of them. one is lieutenant general h.r. mcmaster. another is the acting, current acting national security adviser, keith kellogg, a retired lieutenant-general. but the front-runner that has emerged is the former ambassador to the u.n., john bolton. bolton has the support of people like texas senator ted cruz. who told cnn that he sees bolton as a very, very strong potential national security adviser. because he understands the threat from radical islamic terrorism.
bolton also has the support of several political staffers on the national security council who say he's something of an outsider, something that would appeal to president trump. but that he also has a deep knowledge of washington and of the way the foreign policy process works. so those are things that are acting in the former ambassador's favor. we also understand that he is close with c.i.a. director mike pompeo and with the vice president, mike pence. a senior administration official saying that pence is extremely powerful at this point so he may have some sway over who gets the job. but of course it's all going to come down to the president himself. and who he feels most comfortable with. pamela? >> and whether they take the job. athena jones, thank you very much. let's talk it over with sarah westwood, white house correspondent for the "washington examiner" and david fairhold, a reporter for the "washington post." david to you, is this unusual
for a president to hold a campaign event less than a month in office when there's no specific reason other than to want to go out there and connect, reconnect with the american people? put it in context for us. >> it's quite unusual. most presidents want to spend their first months, their first month and maybe their whole first year focusing on the problems they had run with the promise to solve. and to sort of take a step back from that and go back out object the campaign trail with no obvious electoral goal, there's no election coming up for him for the next three-plus years, that's unusual. and it's weird to hear it sort of described as kind of a psychological benefit for trump. that president trump is doing this because he wants to feel better about himself. it's fine for him to do that. the question is, the things that he set out to do in office. the things that he promised to do, does this end up being a distraction from those tasks? which is really what he's supposed to be doing right now. >> it comes on the heels of this press conference just a few days ago, sarah, where he took a defensive posture and said i've
accomplished a lot in less than a month in office and i've inherited a mess from the previous administration. now we're learning his approval rating according to gallup is at 40%. our campaigns like the one tonight the key to turning that around or to donald trump to say the media isn't getting my message out, i'm going to do it this way. >> it's an avenue for him to recenter the narrative on his earliest accomplishments, that's what he wants the media to be focusing on. by all accounts, he's frustrated when the media is reporting on disarray in the west wing or intelligence community leaks and not focusing on his earlier executive orders. that's what you can expect him to talk a lot about. he wants to bring the conversation back to where he thinks it should be. which is, the things that he's already managed to put in place administrati administratively. >> you're talking about disarray, david, republican senator john mccain had this criticism of the trump team after the firing of his national security adviser, michael flynn. let's listen.
>> i think that the flynn issue obviously is something that is, is -- shows that in many respects, this administration is in disarray. and they've got a lot of work to do. >> so david, is that a fair criticism? or is this more typical of most incoming presidents? >> i think it is not typical of incoming presidents to have this level of upheaval, chaos, disruption within the white house. usually they come in with a good team from their campaign, a good agenda from their campaign and they sort of set to work. what sarah said is interesting, i think she's right. if trump was going out to do the rallies as a way of advancing particular policy goals, he was going to go out and say i really want to do x and now i'm going to get people riled up to call their congressman to support me in doing x. that's one thing. if it's another chance to rant and rave at the media. i don't see how it helps president trump set out to dot things in office.
it seems like a diversion. >> obama did early on, after he was elected president. it had to do with the stimulus package, pushing that. and obamacare. and you wonder if he's going to rant about the media, you wonder how many of the people inside the airport hangar care about that. the consternation he has with the media and the other branches such as the judiciary and his travel ban. >> well i think that he's preaching to the choir when he's railing against the media in a room full of his own supporters. they distrust the media more than just about any institution and they love to hear him throw barbs at the media. his press conference on thursday played well with the exact kind of person who would attend one of these rallies. even though in t might have alienated some of the independents that ended up holding their nose and voting for him. it's the exact kind of things that his supporters want to hear. and it can raise the morale of supporters who might be watching
the failures of his early moves and thinking -- you know, president trump, can you really deliver on all the things you said you were going to. they might like to be reassured by hearing him resort to some tactics that were effective during the campaign. >> david, president trump is vowing to find and punish leakers. let's take a listen to what he said on thursday. >> leakers, mr. president? >> we're going to find the leakers. we're going to find the leakers. they're going to pay a big price for leaking. >> so it was michael flynn who said to have misled the vice president about his conversations with russia. is trump just looking to change the subject here? or do you think it's working, david? >> i think he would like to change the subject from michael flynn. but i'm not sure he's going to be able to. the question of you know, he's going to try to find and punish leakers, obviously president obama did a lot of things, more than past president, to prosecute or punish people who leaked within government. there's a risk for president trump, by doing this he adds an
extra level of chaos. in the white house. where everybody is under suspicion and aides are taking care as we've seen reported to make sure that their emails are not tracked. they're not talking on the phone if he's adding another level of paranoia to folks who could be and should be doing the jobs and carrying out his agenda. one thing that's interesting about trump, he seems to view a lot of the presidency as the interaction with the media. he doesn't see the government beneath him that could do all these things. he seems to see it as a way of getting better coverage for himself. and to improve that coverage through various means. >> we have a lot more to discussion. coming up is there a storm brewing inside the white house? "time" magazine takes on president trump's tumultuous first month in office. >> i see stories of chaos. chaos. yet it is the exact opposite. this administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.
>> and we're standing by for president trump's first rally since taking office. what will he say to the crowd. we'll bring you his speech, live, when it happens. new girl, huh? yeah, i'm -- i couldn't help but notice you checking out my name your price tool. yeah, this bad boy gives you coverage options based on your budget. -oh -- -oh, not so fast, tadpole. you have to learn to swim first. claire, here's your name your price tool. -oh, thanks, flo. -mm-hmm. jamie, don't forget to clean the fridge when you're done.
she seems nice. she seems nice. [ door closes ] she's actually pretty nice. oh. yeah. for millions of baby boomers there's a virus out there. a virus that's serious, like hiv, but it hasn't been talked about much. a virus that's been almost forgotten. it's hepatitis c. one in 30 boomers has hep c, yet most don't even know it. that's because hep c can hide in your body silently for years, even decades, without symptoms and it's not tested for in routine blood work. if left untreated, hep c can cause liver damage,
even liver cancer. but there's important information for us: the cdc recommends all baby boomers get tested for hep c. all it takes is a simple one-time blood test. and if you have hep c, it can be cured. be sure to ask your doctor to get tested for hep c. for us it's time to get tested. it's the only way to know for sure. you fand together, of your dreams... you had the kid of your dreams. now you can put them in the car of your dreams... for a lot less than you might think. with a certified pre-owned mercedes-benz, you can enjoy legendary safety, innovation and performance at a price you can afford. and that's a pretty sweet dream.
visit the certified pre-owned sales event, now through february 28th. only at your authorized dealer. mercedes-benz. the best or nothing. abdominayou may have ibs. ask your doctor if non-prescription ibgard is right for you. ibgard calms the angry gut. available at cvs, walgreens and riteaid. a portrait of chaos inside the white house. this week's "time" magazine cover illustrates a literal storm brewing around president donald trump and the oval office. along with an article describing a crippling anxiety among officials inside the white house. it says in part quote, some aides now refuse to communicate by email, many have taken to using encrypted apps to get around the investigations trump has ordered to clamp down on leaks. others are skittish about even
picking up the phone, assuming someone is always listening or monitoring calls, joining me, a reporter for the "washington post" david farrenhold and sarah westwood, white house correspondent for the "washington examiner." welcome back to both of you. sarah, you cover the white house, the president denies any chaos in the white house. and insists that his administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. which portrayal is accurate here? >> the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. there's no question there has been some chaos in the earl will i days of the west wing. and we don't know that that chaos isn't there in new administrations of all presidents. but we do know that this is playing out in a much more public way than we've seen in recent history. there's so much loose chatter going on with members of the media. it's not clear if that's coming from disgruntled former campaign aides who were left out of the white house, lingering obama apointes or disgruntled
bureaucrats, but what's clear is president trump and his senior staff have to get a grip on the unsanctioned chatter with the media. because it's undermining his agenda and painting the white house in chaos. >> if we're talking about disarray inside the trump administration, how does this stack up from your experience to past administrations? >> in any administration there are obviously rival factions, ambitious people who want to push one another around, there's always leaks. i think trump himself could do a lot to reduce leaks by listening to people internally. give you an example -- the questions about mike flynn, the former national security adviser. trump knew for days that flynn had misled the vice president about what he talked to the russian ambassador about. but trump didn't act until that fact got into the news media. if trump continues to behave that way, reacting to the media,
he rather than to what people tell him in his ear in the office, there's going to be a lot more leaks, because that's how you influence him. >> the "time" article says little takes place in the white house these days without a complication or contradiction and points to the dismissal of michael flynn. trump's former national security adviser, as senior aides were getting ready to announce his resignation, kellyanne conway went on tv saying flynn had the full confidence of the president. where is the disconnect here, sarah? does it just come down to what david said, that he did, and then the "washington post" breaks the story. and then that's what led to the resignati resignation? >> well kellyanne conway an interesting case, because she has in the past not been afraid to go off-message and what seems to be an attempt to push the president one way or the other. or recall that when president trump was weighing who to choose as his secretary of state, she broke with the rest of trump world and in saying publicly that she opposed mitt romney, who was then under serious consideration. that she thought it would be a slap in the face to trump supporters if he chose romney.
and that was shocking to people because they were surprised to see kellyanne conway go rogue like that. she did the same sort of thing again with mike flynn. and the following morning, she said that flynn had resigned of his own volition and then sean spicer, the press secretary, again had to walk her comments back, by later making clear that it was president trump's decision to remove mike flynn. >> they clearly seem to be some sort of a disconnect here. former obama white house communications director jen psaki wrote an op-ed on cnn.com, offering advice to sean spicer and kellyanne conway and the entire trump team. she said you need something to sell. the reason everyone is so spun out about who is up and who is down on the staff is because there's nothing else to talk about beyond toothless executive orders. this administration isn't making policy. isn't laying out a plan for legislative action, simply saying you are busy and active isn't cutting it push the need for an agenda. david, your take on that?
>> i think it's a good way of describing what's going on in the trump white house. trump, president trump promised a huge set of changes in the country. many of them focused on jobs. the idea that you would see the results of what he was doing by primarily the improvement in the jobs situation. and what has happened instead the first few weeks seem to be a lot of focus on how he's portrayed in the media. the one sweeping thing they've done policiwise has been this travel ban that turned out to be written in poorly, blocked in the courts, something that created a lot of sympathy for the other side. rather than sort of policy outcomes that president trump would want. i think that's good advice. there is a huge amount of focus on who's up and who's down, that's detracting from the actual things that president trump said he should be judged by. which is policies that create jobs. >> we'll have to wait and see what he says as the trump rally in melbourne, florida. you can see the crowd in the airport hangar awaiting his arrival. before we go, i want to get your best guess on what these two were talking about over dinner.
the "saturday night live" comedian, kate mckinnon, and the woman she portrayed quite often over the past year, that would be hillary clinton. sarah? what do you think? >> maybe hillary clinton was congratulating her on her jeff sessions impression. i think that was almost as good as hillary clinton. >> david? >> i thought the same thing, too, it must have been a fascinating conversation. two people who thought that their next four years were going to be based on hillary clinton being in the white house. >> right. >> exactly. and both of them had to make alternative plans. >> kate mckinnon's next four years, i guess she's going to be jeff sessions, as sarah pointed out. coming up, the reporter at the center of this highly-charged moment with the president speaks out. >> it's not, not a simple question, not a fair question. sit down, i understand the rest of your question. so here's the story, folks.
. when an order dox jewish reporter asked president trump about a recent surge in antisemitic acts in the u.s., the president appeared to dodge the question. in a highly charged moment during his often contentious news conference on thursday. that report certificate now speaking out. cnn's sarah gammons has the story. >> it's one question the president seems either unwilling or unable to answer. >> well we are concerned about
it and what we haven't really heard being addressed is, an uptick in antisemitism. >> for two days. >> we've seen a sharp rise in antisemitic, antisemitic incidents. >> reporters have pressed mr. trump about a spike in nazi-related vandalism. online memes with known antisemitic tones and threats made against jewish americans, including 60 bomb threats called into 48 jewish community centers since january. a rise in hate, the president has yet to denounce. it began on wednesday, at a joint press conference with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> we've seen a sharp rise in antisemitic, antisemitic incidents. >> trump's response? a defense of his election. >> we are very honored by the victory that we had. 306 electoral college votes. >> then on thursday, an even
more bizarre exchange. >> i want to find a friendly reporter. >> when a reporter from "ami" magazine, a jewish publication, told the president he didn't believe he was antisemitic. but was concerned -- >> i haven't seen anybody in my community accuse either yourself or anyone on your staff of being antisemitic. what we are concerned about, and what we haven't really heard being addressed is an uptick in antisemitis antisemitism. >> trump suggested the question was a personal attack. >> he said he was going to ask a simple, easy question, and it's not. it's not. not a simple question. not a fair question. okay, sit down, i understand the rest of your question. >> when reporters followed up, trump lashed out. >> some of it written by our opponents. you do know that. you understand that? >> so why not denounce antisemitism? experts say it may be a political calculation. >> president trump views loyal supporters, as people to give the benefit of the doubt to, but
there are times when his moral position is being eroded by his failure to throw overboard people -- >> brian levin studies hate groups and the radical right. he says whether he wants it or not, trump has garnered the support of neo-nazis and others. >> we are beyond the point of abstract concern. we have holocaust remembrance day commemorated without remembering jews. and by the same token, he had opportunities to address these questions head-on and instead, tells an orthodox jew to sit down. >> tonight, the interfaith alliance says trump's repeated avoidance of the question can no longer be tolerated. the anti-defamation league calls it mind-boggling. the american jewish community says it's worrisome. but the orthodox jewish reporter that president trump told to sit
down said -- >> i was actually very hopeful. it show as president who is so committed against this problem of antisemitism that it bothers him on a personal level, on a deep personal level. and it makes me very hopeful that he will work together with the community. >> sarah gammon, thank you for that report. the woman whose pseudonym is forever linked to the landmark roe versus wade ruling has died. norma mccorvy. the 1973 decision, roe versus wade legalized abortion in the united states. according to a statement by a family friend, norma mccorvy, jane roe, died in texas she was 69 years old. coming up on this saturday in the news room, immigration officials want this woman here, a mother of four, out of the country. but now she's holed up inside a
won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car because you'll get the full value back including depreciation. and if you have more than one liberty mutual policy, you qualify for a
my kids are my life. my family is my life. it's my country, it's my house, it's the house and my kids. it's the country of my kids. so this is your home. >> yeah, it's my home. i'm living more years here than my country. >> desgara came to the u.s. in 1997. she has three children born in the u.s. her oldest, tanya, is 26, with three children of her own. she has legal status through daca, an obama administration policy that protects immigrant youth from deportation. >> she's the backbone of our family. without her, my kids would not know their grandma any more. >> this family's future in limbo
since 2009 when desgara was arrested following a traffic stop. she had a fake social security number on a job application in her car, she's been fighting deportation ever since. >> did they give you specific reasons for denying the stay this time? >> when you have a blanket deportation policy, you don't need to have specific reasons. you just say no. and that's exactly what they did. >> the local i.c.e. office provided the following response. saying jeanette ramirez from mexico has two misdemeanor convictions, on november 18, 2011, a federal immigration judge originally issued her final orders of deportation to mexico. based on these factors, desgara ramirez is an i.c.e. enforcement priority. >> our thanks to ana cabrera. to be clear, there are no laws that prevent immigration officials from arresting ms. ramirez inside a church.
but i.c.e. said it will not conduct operations inside places like churches or schools, unless there's an imminent danger. she knows that could always change under the trump administration. joining me to discuss our cnn political commentators, former reagan white house commentator, jeffrey lord and professor at moorehouse college. >> does president trump in your view need to, what does he need to do to address this? >> well pamela, first of all a situation like this is heartbreaking, terrible. heart-rending. but you have to face the fact that this woman knew she quite deliberately broke the laws of the united states, she came here, and broke them again with the social security law, getting a false social security number. or whatever she did. so twice over she's done this. she came here, she had her children here. you know, you cannot en masse,
have people coming into this country or for that matter, any other country, and doing this. and i assure you, if the situation were reversed, and an american went to mexico and did exactly as she has done, they would be in jail this minute. mark, your take? >> i think this speaks to a larger problem. i think jeffrey is right to say the system as it stands is untenable. but the way to repair the system isn't to criminalize individual people or to demonize individual choices. to understand why someone leaves mexico and comes to the united states is to talk about the american economic policy, trade policies, talk about all the broken systems that have driven people this way. the question for me is not should we do something about the system. the question is what do we do? the answer is not to militarize the wall. not to avoid piecing families back together. to not give amnesty, strong benefit to people who have worked hard and played by the rules once they've gotten here. if they do that, we can have a more humane and realistic
policy. for decades, democrats and republicans have dropped the ball on immigration policy. we have to do something serious, but we can't do that if we're continue to prosecute a war against illegal immigrants as president trump has done. >> some say these people broke the law, why do they have a right to stay here? >> we have to ask ourselves, are the laws fair and are the laws just. part of why you see so many people in economic despair in mexico is because of american trade policy over the last 20 years. part of what you've seen is the impact of what happened when you have programs like nafta. what happens when you see people priced out of their own labor market. forced to buy their own stuff back above cost. what you see is the cost of people being vulnerable and the cost of americans who exploit the labor of people south of the border. so i'm not saying people shouldn't play by the rules. i'm saying let's give people some rules that are reasonable and fair and make structures that reward good choices. >> pamela i have to say --
>> go ahead, jeffrey. >> i have to say my friend mark lamont hill is sounding a little like donald trump there i'm astonished. but i agree with him in part. the trade situation as it has been has unfortunately produced some of this. >> wow, this is a moment that you two are agreeing on immigration. >> kumbayah. >> let me just move along to the sound that the president said when he said at this press conference on thursday, about the defefred action for childhood arrivals program, daca, implemented by president obama. >> we're going 0 to show great heart, daca is a very difficult subject for me. it's one of the most difficult subjects i have. you have these incredible kids in many cases, no the in all cases. in some cases they're having daca and they're gang members or drug dealers, too. but you have some absolutely incredible kids. 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 rough. >> so jeffrey, i is the president saying he will not reverse daca. >> i'm not sure he's made up his mind on this. this is exactly the kind of person you want to have sitting in the oval office, somebody that's got some heart. who has some common sense, who also understands the importance of executing the law. but wants to do it in as careful a way as possible. not to hurt some people. and in fact, people are going to be hurt. there's no question about this. this is why this problem has got to be resolved. >> i want to read -- >> go ahead, mark. >> it's very difficult for me to imagine anyone framing donald trump's stance on immigration particularly south of the border as humane or reasonable or common sense. i mean you're talking about mass round- round-ups, you're talking about building a wall. even if they get done. they come at such a cost, not
just to the americ people, but to the global community we might agree on the fact that the policy is broken. that's easy, anybody can agree on that. the question is, what are the details in how we repair it. that's what donald trump and i think most of not only americans, but even his own party are in a whole other space. >> what do you say to the defenders of trump's policy when you look at the immigration rates, if you want to call it that. the i.c.e. released a statement saying look, 75% of these people were criminals this is our priority. we're going after criminals. mark what do you have to say to that? >> well first of all, we have to ask what we mean by criminal. oftentimes these are crimes of survival. oftentimes these are crimes of desperation. crimes produced by the broken and unjust laws that donald trump just identified. should we go after murderers and rapists? absolutely. my problem with donald trump was never going after murderers and rapists, when he created a stigma and discourse around these people that suggested they were all like that. look, round up people who are breaking laws and try to fiction
that leak. but don't go around demonizing and criminalizing everybody. that's what the big picture of policy looks like from the trump perspective. at least what he's articulated on twitter and press releases. >> speaking of twitter, i want to read this tweet from it texas democratic congressman joaquin castro. he said this after he attended a i.c.e. meeting at the house. he said it's hard not to conclude that president trump has started his mass deportation plan. jeffrey, what's your response to the congressman tweeting the president has started a mass deportation plan? >> i think first of all, i.c.e. has been doing what president trump asked him to do. president trump had a huge number of deportations here. so but there's no question, i'm sure there's a change of policy on the way here. we've got to get the situation under control. you just can't walk into the united states of america, and then settle in and get social security falsely and do all sorts of other things. if you did that, again if did
you that in mexico, you would be in jail pronto. and we can't have a situation where the guy who came in here, was deported five times, and then he winds up back in san francisco, sanctuary city and kills kate steinig, that's unacceptable. >> jeffrey lord, mark lamont hill. thank you for that civil discussion, do appreciate it. coming up on this saturday, air force one has taken off. headed to president trump's rally in florida. a huge crowd gathered to see him at a florida airport. as a large crowd is also protesting across the street. we're going to go there live after this quick break. knows how it feels to seees your numbers go up, despite your best efforts. but what if you could turn things around? what if you could love your numbers? discover once-daily invokana®. it's the #1 prescribed
sglt2 inhibitor that works to lower a1c. invokana® is a pill used along with diet and exercise to significantly lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. and in most clinical trials, the majority reached an a1c goal of 7 percent or lower. invokana® works around the clock by sending some sugar out of your body through the process of urination. it's not for lowering systolic blood pressure or weight, but it may help with both. invokana® can cause important side effects, including dehydration, which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint,lightheaded,or weak, upon standing. other side effects may include kidney problems, genital yeast infections,changes in urination, high potassium, increases in cholesterol, risk of bone fracture, or urinary tract infections, possibly serious. serious side effects may include ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening. stop taking and call your doctor right away if you experience symptoms or if you experience symptoms of allergic reaction such as
rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. do not take invokana® if you have severe liver or kidney problems or are on dialysis. tell your doctor about any medical conditions and medications you take. using invokana® with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. it's time to turn things around. lower your blood sugar with invokana®. imagine loving your numbers. there's only one invokana®. ask your doctor about it by name.
♪ only at&t offers you all your live channels and dvr on your devices. data-free. entertainment. your way. only from at&t. people opposed to the president and his policies are attending the trump event in melbourne, florida, they're gather aid cross the street from the airport in melbourne. cnn is there on the scene. dan? >> hey, pamela, i'm outside of the hangar where president trump will be speaking. can you look over my shoulder there have been hundreds of protesters here, poe testing a number of trump's policies, the wall, they're making fun of the fact that he has no head of the national security council and a whole host of things, you could note that they're along the road
here, so they're getting a mixed reviews from the people along, along the street here. you have trump supporters who drive by and don't do exactly nice things. and you you have people honking for them and cheering them on. most of them that i've talked to said this is probably one of the first times in their lives that they have been this active politically. it's a reaction to november's election. i want to bring someone in right here. this is elizabeth. elizabeth is from orlando. and you were telling me why you were surprised you were here. >> because i'm a little old for this kind of thing. this is, we did this in the '60s. i felt compelled to come. even though it's a little frightening, because this is not always an easy thing. but i don't want the world to think that, that this gentleman represents how we feel about immigrants, about our environment, about our justice system. about people from abroad. because i'm embarrassed and i'm afraid. i've never been afraid. >> did you vote in the 2016
election? >> of course i did. >> and you voted for secretary clinton? >> i did, yes. >> you told me you were surprised that, if i can say this, at your age that you had to be doing this. why are you surprised? >> because i thought we were secure in certain fundamental principles. i'm a lawyer, i've worked all my life, in believing in the rule of law. i'm afraid now, because it's not operating the way i've always believed it to be. and our country can't survive if we do not if we make fun of our judiciary. if we disparage our separation of church and state. i have children and grandchildren. and i'm kpiled to come here today, instead of playing tennis.compelled to come here today, instead of playing tennis. women, men, just like me, who are saying this cannot be. we cannot allow our america to slip through our fingers this is a nation built on proud principles, here we are, mocking everything that's been important to me. >> thank you so much.
thank you. >> so, yeah, they're all out here if you look over here, along the road, here's, that's the hangar where trump will be in mere minutes speaking to, we have to note. there are thousands of people in there right now. they were also lined up for hours. and they, the same way, were lined up on the opposite side of the street. kind of the a symbol of the split america, you had trump supporters on that side and the protesters on this side. so we're going to head inside in a little bit and take a look at what trump says. pamela? >> just to again kind of hit on that point you were just making there toward the end about the crowd sizes, you point out it's a packed hangar there. just across the street from you. how does the crowd size of the protesters stack up to what's happening across the street, if you know? >> there are less protesters here for sure than there are inside. this is supposed to be for president trump. this is basically his first campaign rally since winning the campaign a few months ago.
it's a little unusual. most presidents, most presidents go out to sell their platform. he seems to be going out just to stoke support and sell support. >> dan merika thank you very much for your reporting on the ground in melbourne, florida. air force one has taken off from palm beach and is en route to the rally in melbourne. coming up we introduce you to the guy responsible for "saturday night live's" newest star that would be the high-powered podium. >> you don't have a chance! and it keeps my investments fully mobile... even when i'm on the move. sign up at etrade.com and get up to six hundred dollars. but everybody gets dry skin. feel moisturized without feeling your moisturizer with lubriderm. absorbs in seconds. moisturizes for hours. lubriderm. every body care.
i've been fortunate enough to win on golf's biggest stages. but when joint pain and stiffness from psoriatic arthritis hit... even the smallest things became difficult. so i talked to my rheumatologist... and he prescribed enbrel... to help relieve joint pain and help stop further joint damage. enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis... lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. tell your doctor if you've been someplace where fungal infections are common... or if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure, or if you have persistent fever, bruising, bleeding or paleness. bd get back to the things that matter most. ask how enbrel can help relieve joint pain and help stop joint damage. enbrel, the number one rheumatologist-prescribed biologic.
nonchts often a podium takes on a starring role. but "saturday night live" is on a roll with its rolling podium driven by melissa mccarthy as she terrorizes reporters. cnn's jeannie moos reports. >> when president trump stood behind a hoed yum and asked a reporter -- are you okay? it reminded us about another podium and a fake reporter asking the same question. >> just mentally, though, are you okay? >> okay? -- melissa mccarthy drove her "snl" podium into immortality. the world's most famous motorized podium. >> did you have to teach melissa mccarthy how to drive a podium. >> we did? it was a lot of fun. >> snl did this small
pennsylvania company, monkey boys production, less than 48 hours to create the podium. "snl" first suggested rigging a sevenw segway, but that was deemed dangerous. they took a motorized wheelchair, took out the seat and put a podium over it. mccarthy controlled it with a joystick. >> in the first rehearsal, her driving was a little tentative. >> it's like nothing you've ever done before. >> hee was trying to run people over. >> even nonmotorized podiums have mishaps. >> woo! >> boom. >> hillary's collapsed, and obama's? >> we cannot sustain -- >> whoops. was that my -- >> yeah, your presidential seal. >> all of you know who i am. >> podiums -- >> are always getting abused. by coaches --
>> well -- makes mccarthy seem almost gentle. >> when you take the podium, try not to take it with you. then-prime minister of italy. tripped on a mic cord at the white house -- >> i have to say -- >> silvio berlusconi decapitated the podium. >> we've been calling it the bully pulpit. >> live if new york it's saturday night! a month after taking office, president trump is in florida for a major rally. is the race for 2020 already on i his mind? t! 'saved money on motorcycle insurance with geico! goin' up the country. bowl without me. frank.' i'm going to get nachos. snack bar's closed. gah! ah, ah ah.
well you're live in the cnn newsroom. i'm pamela brown in washington on this saturday. any second, we expect to hear from president donald trump, he's holding a major rally in florida and the white house says this is an official campaign event. it's unclear what the president is campaigning for. he just took office less than a month ago. one thing is apparent, mr. trump needs a boost and this could be a reason why, a brand-new gallup poll showing four in ten americans approve of the job he's doing as