tv CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow and John Berman CNN March 1, 2017 7:00am-8:01am PST
dow's success? >> up 21,000, amazing. next hour of "newsroom" begins right now. good morning, i'm john berman. >> i'm poppy harlow. so glad you're with us. what a night. the white house is basking in the glow of the president's pretty well received address to congress. polls show that the majority of americans liked it. >> the majority of people who watched it or a disproportionate number of people who watched it were republicans, people supportive of the president, that always happens there so that does skew the numbers a bit. nevertheless, a good number. the president delivered a different tone, a much different tone than we've heard in his inaugural address, to be sure. and this morning, the president is making clear that he likes how people are receiving this speech. he wrote on twitter this. he says, "thank you." and we can assume he's talking
about the speech last night. >> don't go making assumptions. >> maybe we shouldn't assume that. >> he is. >> the question is what does this all mean in terms of specifics? will he be able to get his plans through congress? what are his exact plans? listen to this. >> the time for small thinking is over. the time for trivial fights is behind us. we just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts, the bravery to express the hopes that see our souls, and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams into action. >> sara murray in washington for us. sara, you know the press office and communications office in the wh white house are pleased with this response.
>> reporter: they're certainly breathing a sigh of relief, especially republicans on the hill. i think they'll continue to ride this out, to sort of try to keep this high going for as long as possible. they were originally supposed to release the new version of the travel ban today. now they're not doing that, because they really want to give the president's speech a chance to breathe, and especially when you look at some of the big moments he had last night. i wanted to take a look at one of these, when he paid tribute to a fallen s.e.a.l. >> ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation. ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. thank you. [ applause ]
>> reporter: now, this was of course a casualty from the raid that the president had ordered in yemen. but it also showed sort of a different side, a more presidential side of donald trump, something that his allies in the republican party were certainly hoping to see come out. i think it's worth noting, john and poppy, it wasn't a change in policy that we saw from the president last night. he continued to sort of lay out some of his hard line policies that give democrats heartburn. but it was a change in tone. and he did go further in some things that will make republicans happy, like for instance going further out on that limb and embracing the health care repeal and replace plan that house republican leadership has embraced. that's certainly going to make some of his friends on the hill very happy today as well.
>> some of them, not all of them. i mean, some of them have come out and said they'll vote no because of that tax part of it, which he certainly doubled down on last night. sara murray in washington, thank you so much. jeremy diamond, david drucker, and lynn sweet. nice to have you all. when you look overall at this, jeremy diamond, you have interesting reporting from the administration. they were going to announce the new revised travel ban this morning. they're not going to now because of how the speech went, is that right? >> that's right. around the time that the president and his top advisers were getting back to the white house, a senior administration official told me they had just decided to delay signing the new executive order which would be revised travel ban. that was scheduled for signed today. following the positive reception that the speech got and the overwhelmingly positive coverage
that we've seen, you know, they've decided maybe it's best not to cut into that. they also want to give the executive order its own moment, is what this official told me. certainly there is some political considerations at play there. that's gotten some blowback from folks who pointed out that the president has said it's a national security order to sign this as soon as possible, now it seems like split considerations are coming into play as they look to enjoy this moment and allow the positive coverage of this speech to continue before cutting into that with a really controversial executive order. >> democrats don't give it the same positive reviews, obviously, as the republicans who watched it, david drucker, so the question is, what effect does this have? chuck schumer called it just a speech, we'll forget about it in a week. but does this create space for president trump in working with the republicans on the hill for a little while? >> it creates space if he uses
it. the reason why the tone is so important is because we've seen in the polling for several weeks that there is a lot of goodwill toward the policies, many of the policies that trump has proposed, just not so much goodwill for him. so if he can put together a more popular image personally with policies that many americans already like, it's going to make him a stronger political force in washington. and it's going to improve his chances of getting republicans in congress to push through an agenda. so what i'm looking for now, and i think that's why, i have to say, even though i understand why democrats are still panning the speech, that's why the tone and the presidential nature of the speech is so important politically. now the question is will trump get more involved as a negotiator and a consensus builder with republicans on the hill? he's largely been absent. this is why you've seen a lack of consensus on things like health care reform and even tax reform. if they're going to get these things done, and they're big,
huge political lifts, he needs to be the one that works out the differences. so let's see what comes next from him. we didn't get a lot of detail. we got broad themes. we didn't get hard details. that's what they need from him next. >> and he has not tweeted this morning, all he tweeted was "thank you," the last three days leading up to the speech, nothing controversial, no attacks on twitter. whether this is truly a page turn, we'll see. but the details he did give, lynn sweet, some of them a worried departure from republican orthodoxy. he talked about spending a lot of money, $54 billion on the military, a trillion dollar infrastructure plan, that will be a public-private partnership, but still. and the obamacare plan, his own fellow republicans, many of them see it as adding to entitlements. it's not going to sit well with all of them. >> no, it has not. here is what has not sunk in yet in the way trump presents his plans. there has to be a way to pay for
it. when you say a tax credit, that's another way of saying we're going to have less money in the federal pot to spend on other things. if that's what you want, okay. that's called policy. and that is the tougher thing. in a sense, trump will be negotiating with himself as well as congress, because you can't just make a speech to say i want this shopping list, without going to congress, who really cares about this, especially speaker paul ryan, to show me how you're going to pay for it. that's always the issue. that transcends party affiliation. you have to, in the famous phrase from the movies, you've got to show them the money. >> that's been important to paul ryan up until now. we'll see if it continues to be important to him now that he has a republican president. jeremy diamond, you are the insider's insider in terms of white house coverage, that's why i'm directing this question to you. poppy was talking about specifics to david and lynn. on the border adjustment tax, i'm asking you this, do you know for sure whether or not
president trump supports a border adjustment tax, yes or no? >> no, i don't think we do know for sure. but last night we heard him come pretty close when he basically outlined the broad strokes of the border adjustment tax that paul ryan and house republicans are pushing by saying that, you know, imported goods into the united states aren't taxed in the same way that exports are. that's the brougad strokes. again, it could also be in line with what the president has talked about in the past, a tariff on imports, which is very different, of course. it's unclear. one thing we do know is the president's top adviser, steve bannon, has been working closely with house republicans on those proposals as well as others of course. but it is something that the president is considering. but we don't know for sure yet whether he supports it. >> and the reason i'm asking, it matters, that's not a little thing, it's a big thing. in fact it's everything in terms of the tax reform debate on
capitol hill. likewise, with obamacare, we don't know for sure, jeremy, how much he supports the idea of tax credits. he mentioned it last night. but is he going to fight for it? especially among those recalcitrant republicans who say they won't vote for a bill with tax credits. do you get the sense he will fight for it, jeremy? >> this is part of president trump's strategy, to say he's not going to fully commit to anything until it's really signed, sealed, delivered. the president likes to keep things open. he likes to make sure he still has wiggle room and leverage to continue to negotiate. but yeah, while house republicans made sure the president was supporting the broad strokes of their obamacare repeal and replace plan, he didn't go into details and say i support this particular version of the house plan versus this other member's version of the repeal plan. so there is a lot that remains to be seen as far as whether president trump is going to go to bat for house speaker paul ryan and his agenda or whether he's going to compete with it and seek to leverage support
from other parts of the house republican caucus. >> david drucker, the reacting from democrats, as john said earlier, you heard some groans certainly, but here is how house minority leader nancy pelosi put it, "the president's speech was utterly disconnected from the cruel riyeality of his conduct." that's what she said. is that in some ways an admission that, well, the speech wasn't all that bad but don't pay any attention to that, just pay attention to what he's done beforehand? >> look, i don't blame the house minority leader for maintaining her opposition to the president. what she's saying is, great, he's given one good speech, one civilized speech, that doesn't wipe away everything that came before it. in fact it doesn't. as we've been discussing, at any moment the president could decide to drop a tweet or pick a fight with political opponents or us in a manner which i think has not served him well since he's been inaugurated parking
lot. it clearly helped him in the campaign. and so, you know, i think for all of us, we should take a wait and see approach. i do think that one of the ways the president can overcome all sorts of issues is to get things done, and the only way he's going to do that is to actually stop playing it cool, stop being noncommittal, and tell house republicans and senate republicans what he wants. there are plenty of freedom caucus conservative republicans in the house that will roll over and give the president what he wants if he calls them up and tells them to do it, because their voters like him. that is in the polling as well and it has been for months. their voters are more interested in him than they are in their members of congress. and they'll respond to him 23 he picks up the phone. >> that's a great point, the question is will he do that. lynn? >> here are a few things to take w away from this conversation, as we look ahead. trump has to submit his budget plan to congress pretty soon and that's going to have a lot of specifics in it.
we know that he said the other day he's just discovering that health care is very complex. now we'll get to the whole how many thousand pages of a budget. he's dealing with a new constituency to him. it's not just the voters. i believe he will make every phone call, have every lunch, have every dinner that's necessary, because that's his style, to try and get things done. and this is just my informed guess right now, that these details that are so important to so many lawmakers, especially to paul ryan, the speaker, who comes out of -- he is mr. budgeteer, that may not be as important to the president, as long as he says, tax credit, tax whatever, pay for it, you figure it out, let's just get it done. he might not be wedded to the exact details as long as he can get the end result. >> the 435 people who vote on it, though, do need to know
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the dow jones doing very well today, up over 21,000 for the very first time. investor ss say they like the calmer tone the nation heard from president trump last night. >> some of the morning headlines from the papers this morning, "trump's speech to congress marks a shift in tone." "trump tries on normal." "trump in optimistic doctor's asks guess to end trivial fights." congressman dan donovan from new york sits on the house homeland committee. good to have you. >> good to be here. >> what do you prefer, the trump we saw last night or the trump we heard at the inauguration? >> i think what he did last night was asked the american public to come together. but he also asked congress to come together. i think the tone last night really set what he wants to put forth in making america move
forward again. he talked about our infrastructure is crumbling, how he wants to rebuild that. he told every american family, your child is important to me, when he said that the civil rights issue of our time is children's education. >> just to put a fine point on it, if you could send a message to the white house, do you want to see more of what we saw last night and less of the inauguration type speech? >> this was such an important speech because he was speaking to the american public for the very first time in joint session. i think this is the tone we'll see going forward. the president is who he is. there's no doubt that this man loves america, loves our nation, and he wants to see it moving forward again. he thinks that we're not the great nation that we once were. so he's talking about building up our military. i think very telling was the people that he brought as his guests, talking about law enforcement people who have lost their lives to protect our inner
cities, talking about that young lady who overcame her health issues and challenges and now is 20 years old, a student at notre dame university, when doctors didn't give her a chance to live past 5 years old, and certainly that tribute to the great american hero, owens, whose family was there last night. as the president said, it broke a record for a standing ovation. i think it's difficult in an hour's speech to getting into the details. a lot of people had heard through the campaign and through his first 40-odd days what the president wants to do for america. i think people were hoping to hear how he plans on doing that. you heard some of that detail last night. >> i mean, let's look, by the way, at the senate floor right now, you've got chuck schumer of new york ripping, criticizing the president's speech. he says, look, this is just a speech, there is no substance. and don't you think, congressman, that there could have been more details? i mean, it is an hour address, and this is his chance to really tell the american people how
he's going to get some of these things done. he really did not give any details on those important things. would you have liked to hear more? >> i would have liked to, but the speech could have been three hours then. if he had given details about how he wants to repair the health care system, what he really wants to do with infrastructure, then people would have criticized him for leaving things out of the speech that they would have said he doesn't think is important. he had an hour to tell the american public what he wants to do and some little detail on how he's going to do it. more detail will come out. >> congressman, do you know if the president supports the border adjustment tax? >> you know, the president has said this is something that he's examining. if that's supporting it or that's examining it or trying to make a decision -- >> do you know if he supports tax credits in terms of replacing obamacare? >> he mentioned that that's one of the things he will consider. >> do you know -- >> changing a health care system that's been in place for six
years, some folks are a little ambitious on how quickly -- >> congressman, he is the one who as the candidate was ambitious, he said repeal and replace on day one. when john brings these things up, they may sound mundane but they really matter, a border adjustment tax really matters, it could mean huge increases, 15% increases, the national retail federation says, for every american consumer struggling to get by. so these details matter. >> they certainly do. we have to give the man a chance to examine them. the man has been in office for 40 some-odd days now. we have a broken immigration system, we have a tax code that needs to be repaired, certainly we need to repair or broken health care system. last night he told people, these are the things we're looking at. what we have to do is health care is make sure we help the people who are harmed by the affordable care act without harming people who are helped by it.
i'm from new york. a lot of people are covered by the expansion of medicaid and we have to be sure those people don't fall between the cracks. the president has promised that that won't happen. >> congressman, thanks for being with us. >> thank you for having me. tonight, don't miss it, we'll hear from two key republican senators who have been very critical of the president. who do they say now, what's their take on the president's address? john mccain and lindsey graham together on one stage in a panel moderated by dana bash. it airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. ahead for us, one area where the democrats can work with the president on this trillion dollar infrastructure plan he announced last night. the president does have some bipartisan support on that. the issue, though, how are you going to pay for it? also details behind his historic tax reform that he's promising. what happens when the rubber meets the road? i'm so frustrated. i just want to find a used car without getting ripped off.
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good morning, everyone, i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. great to see you. >> so this is a president that wants to spend some money. a lot of money. he wants to pay a whole lot more for military expansion. he wants to cut taxes big league, and at the same time he wants to introduce a trillion dollar infrastructure plan. this is a plan that actually has some bipartisan support. >> to launch our national rebuilding, i will be asking congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure of the united states, financed through both public and private capital, creating millions of new jobs. >> how does this math add up? here with us to discuss, former obama administration council of
economic advisers chair austin goldsby, and stephen moore. austin, i remember when president obama liked the idea of public-private partnerships for infrastructure spending. what exactly does that mean and do you still believe it will work? >> well, we don't know exactly what it means, because there weren't a lot of details in this speech by president trump, which is fine, this is not normally a big policy-heavy address. if you look at previous presidents. i think in this case, there was a subtle shift of language when you saw there. in the campaign he had been saying it is a trillion dollar infrastructure program and now it is to be a program to induce a trillion dollars of spending, which i think means some kind of tax credit for private building
of infrastructure. so there the whole question is going to be, is this stuff that was already going to get built -- be built anyway, and how do private sector projects qualify as infrastructure? i think it's not going to be a trillion dollars of what we normally think of as infrastructure, which is sort of building bridges and roads and things that are run by the government. i think it's going to be much more private sector stuff like stadiums or that kind of thing. >> maybe. but we heard i mean, the president talk so much during the campaign about rebuilding our roads and bridges and tunnels. >> airports. he does not like la guardia. >> third world. >> but you advised him on this stuff. what is he talking about here? and how is he going to pay for it? because our jeff zeleny asked steve mnuchin, his treasury secretary said, we're going to look at a lot of things, thanks
so much, goodbye. >> you're right, austan, there was a little shift in the way he talked about this last night, he said public and private infrastructure. by the way, on this issue, he sounds more like a traditional democrat than he does a republican. the last 20 years or so, it's been democrats and unions that want all these public works programs and republicans who generally resisted them. what i hope that he means, and i think we're going to have to see as this unfolds, is that this would include private infrastructure, not necessarily government financing of it. let me give you one example, pipelines. pipelines are certainly a vital part of our infrastructure. we need not just a keystone but we need a network of pipelines. that could be built with private sector money. it just needs permits. hopefully it means that. hopefully what it does not mean is that we'll see more of these projects like in california, the
$70 billion high speed bullet train that nobody is going to ride. >> the hyperlink. we already bought tickets. >> okay, there will be two people riding that train. >> stephen, you said "i hope it means." the reason i bring that up is you don't seem to know. you're advising president trump. we heard before from a congressman about the border adjustment tax, he says "i don't really, the president is considering it." tax credits for obamacare, we don't really know, the president hasn't come down on one side or the other. and these are things that matter a lot. >> that's true. and look, this was a visionary speech. it wasn't high on the specifics. i think that's appropriate for a president's first essentialliy y state of the union address, where the president wants to take the country. now over the course of the next months we'll see some details. there wasn't a lot on that tax
plan, was there, austan, he said basically "i want to cut taxes on people." the devil is in the details and that will be coming in the weeks to come. >> something else, austan, that we didn't get details on is whether or not he likes the border adjustment tax or not. he did talk about how it's unfair, he essentially said other countries tax our goods coming in but we don't tax their goods coming in. the only way a border adjustment tax really works and doesn't raise prices for the american people is if the dollar rises 20%. where do you see the president falling on this, austan? >> i think they're in a terribly tough spot. the reason that you didn't hear any details is because if you start getting into the details, there are going to be a lot of people who do not like a border adjustment tax. he seemed to be sort of teetering between calling for outright tariffs, and you've heard over the last couple of weeks from the white house, various things that maybe they
would consider actual tariffs. i'm afraid if they do that, we're well on our way to a trade war that escalates in ways they didn't predict. on the border adjustment tax, let's center around what it is. a border adjustment tax says we don't want to tax production so let's replace the corporate income tax with basically a national sales tax or tax on consumers. the thing is, there are reasons you might want to do that, but consumers are going to notice if you put a $2 trillion tax on them. and you've already seen the retailers and the gas stations and the various people that face consumers say, whoa, wait a minute, what kind of adjustment is that? so i think they will back away from it. >> austan, because i did work on this part of the plan, this is a very controversial thing, no question about it. i want to take issue with something that austan said, though. it is true, austan, for example, if you're a walmart shopper, and
so many of the things that walmart sells are made in china, those things, you're right, austan, will cost more. but things that are domestically produced, things produced in chicago or virginia or michigan where i am, domestically produced things will cost less. >> i don't agree with that. >> look, what you're doing is you're essentially imposing a tax on things that are imported into the country and reducing the tax on things that are exported out of the country. >> no, but you aren't. what you're doing is you're reducing the tax on production. and it will encourage production. >> right. >> it is putting a v.a.t. of the same rate on all goods. that's why it doesn't violate the wto rules. it's not a tariff. it is a -- >> you can see it's a complicated issue. >> i'm hesitant to cut this off because this is better than any economics class i ever took.
we'll bring this up again, this is an important discussion. >> we tax what we bring into the country but not tax what we produce, that's good for workers, austan. >> take it outside, guys. >> it can be both of those. >> take it outside, guys. we'll have you back soon. way to get them excited. >> riled up. reaction to the president's speech here in the united states, how is the rest of the world responding, what's russia saying? that's next. what took you so long? i know, i saved a ton of money on car insurance. that's what i'm talking about! geico also gives you 24/7 access to licensed agents! booooyah. good game, you really crushed it. no son, geico crushed it. ♪ ♪
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vehicle for expressing the will of the people and america respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. my job is not to represent the world. my job is to represent the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] >> national correspondent clarissa ward joins us from london. clarissa, we shouldn't be surprised, this is a president who has been talking about a nationalist and somewhat isolationist agenda for some time. but he also said something that struck me, he said we strongly support nato. so two very different things in the same address. >> reporter: yeah, i think there was some mixed messaging. he said we strongly support nato but with the caveat that we will not continue to blindly support nato, other countries will need to pay their fair share. what we were hearing from him is america is ready to lead but
we're not going to use the traditional mechanisms that the u.s. has used in its global interaction, whether that be foreign aid, whether that be a disproportionate amount of spending on nato, or whether that be trying to project u.s. values to an international audience. president trump was saying, we're going to mind our own business to a certain extent, if you want to go about your ways in your own country that's your prerogative provided they don't affect america or challenge world peace. he talked about forging new friendships and finding new partnerships, potentially with a nod to russia. >> america is willing to find new friends or forge new partnerships where shared interests align. we want harmony and stability, not war and conflict. we want peace wherever peace can be found. america is friends today with
former enemies. some of our closest allies decades ago fought on the opposite side of these terrible, terrible wars. this history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world. >> reporter: you heard that there, it does seem clearly to be some kind of a reference to russia if not some other countries included in that as well, he didn't mention russia specifically by name. and the kremlin has said they are still waiting to hear from the president to see some actual action behind the words, poppy and john. >> all right, clarissa ward, thank you very, very much. the president's big speech before congress, who were the biggest winners and losers of this address? we're going to speak to a former presidential speechwriter, next. when heartburn hits, fight back fast with tums smoothies. it starts dissolving the instant it touches your tongue. and neutralizes stomach acid at the source.
will the real president trump please stand up? is it inauguration donald trump or last night's speech to congress donald trump? see the difference. >> this american carnage stops right here and stops right now. >> i'm here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength. and it is a message deeply delivered, from my heart. >> is this the new president trump? is this a one-off? let's bring in clark judge, the former speechwriter for president ronald reagan and founder of the white house writers group. it's nice to have you back, my
friend. of all the speechwriters we had on the show yesterday, you were the one who expected we might see the president trump we saw last night. he has not tweeted anything controversial or attacking in three days. is this the pivot? >> well, it was exactly appropriate for the moment. a big part of speech writing is having a sense of the moment and what's appropriate in it. the president nailed it. so he -- all i said yesterday is what was appropriate for the moment, what he needed to do. i thought particularly brilliant was his opening about civil rights and the attacks on the jewish centers. it immediately galvanized the audience, brought them all to their feet. the democrats, the big danger of this speech was that the democrats were going to let their inner child out and we would get some acting out on the floor. it didn't happen, in part
because he opened so strongly. this is probably the best state of the union style speech we've seen in a generation. >> so that's high marks from you, to be sure, and as poppy said, you were right, you predicted this would happen in terms of the tenor and tone of the speech. >> i'll have to ask you to speak up, the sound is low. >> i'll do the best i can, sir. senator markey, democrat of massachusetts, disagrees with you that this was just about the moment. he thinks this doesn't reflect what will happen going forward. listen. >> there's no indication thus far that anything that he said on one day is now going to be followed up on the next day with a permanent change in tone, in temperament, in how he deals with these issues. without a respectful engagement with all americans, i'm afraid we're going to have a repetition
syndrome where there's a constant reenactment and escalation of the divisions which already exist in our country, largely created by the very divisive tone that he has adopted over the last year and a half. matters what happens going it - forward, do you think the president will continue this going forward? >> well, i think we're going to have some back and forth according to the moment. there are going to be c contentious moments. the rhetoric on both sides will be contentious. mr. markey might keep in mind the rhetoric coming out of his own party over the last month, really since the election and during the election, "deplorable" stuff and all the rest. so i think that the president is very much trying to engage, and he signaled it last night, with both parties, with the entire country. and as i said yesterday, he's going to have to have some patience. the other party is pretty
bitter. and is not going to be terribly receptive. but he set out a very strong agenda last night. i'll just add one thing. there's been criticism of what he said as too vague. well, the fact is, for a state of the union style speech, that was a tremendously specific speech. the detail he went into, and you do not go into heavy detail in state of the union style speeches. >> understood. >> the degree to which he did and argued for his positions is, first, the best of his administration, and secondly, ranks well against any past president. >> understood, there are still some questions about what exactly his positions are. >> it's always going to be the case. because you're in a dynamic situation. you're putting down broad objectives as a president on this level. >> all right. >> and the broad objectives are
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a hyperextension. durant has been leading the warriors in points, rebounds and blocks. now he hopes he'll be ready for the playoffs. another devastating injury, this time from the world of tennis, at a tournament in acapulco. american taylor fritz trying to humanely usher a moth off the court. in steps the ball girl who ends the moth's career. taylor is laughing, that's one way to handle the situation. some drama in college hoops, boise state hosting fresno state. the ball gets wedged in between the shot clock and the bar. players say, we've got to get this thing out. they tried throwing a ball at it, they bring a tall guy with a mop stick, he still cannot dislodge it. a hero would emerge, 8-year-old hunter hails climbing the goal like it's a tree in his backyard, and he strong arms
that thing, guys, he pulls it out, saves the day. crowd started chanting "mvp." i have a feeling this isn't the last time we'll see hunter on national tv. >> they should have sent berman out there. >> thank you all for being with us. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. "at this hour" starts right now. hello, everyone, i'm kate bolduan. the performance ends and the political reality begins. president trump's surprising new tone could be setting up epic showdowns on capitol hill with democrats and his own party. he's embracing key parts of obamacare as republicans try to convince their own to jump on board. he's calling for both parties to compromise on immigration now. and he's calling for a massive infrastructure package, something you would normally hear from a democratic president. the question now, is any of this possible in the current political environment?