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>> happening now, failure to disclose. growing controversy over former national security advisor retired general michael flynn who only disclosed this week that he was a foreign agent paid to represent turkish interests, even as he advised president trump. the white house says the president didn't know about it. so, why now? no evidence congressional leaders who met with the fbi director say they've still seen no evidence to back the president's claim that he was wiretapped by president obama. is the fbi chief ready to go public? willing to deal, as conservatives dig in against an obamacare replacement plan, the president may be willing to meet them halfway. but would that be far enough? and would it be too far for moderates who worry how the voters will react? and burrowed in government,
the white house spokesman refuses to reject what's called the deep state conspiracy theory, saying there are people burrowed into the government still promoting the obama agenda. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the white house says president trump was not aware that his former national security advisor retired lieutenant general michael flynn was a paid foreign agent. flynn's preelection activities on behalf of turkish interests came to light when he retroactively filed paperwork just this week. president trump removed flynn in february for not coming clean about his contacts with russia. leaders of the house intelligence committee say they still see no evidence to back president trump's claim that he was wiretapped by president obama. that just a day after fbi director james comey met secretly with the gang of 8 congressional leaders who have
top security access. top house democrat nancy pelosi says the fbi chief needs to publicly dispel any mythology, her word, mythology about the wiretap claim. there are suggestions comey may be willing to address the matter in an open hearing this month. president trump today met with committee chairman responsible for health care legislation, telling them now is the time to get it done, but the president is caught in the middle between the house gop leadership pushing the obamacare replacement and conservatives who oppose the plan. the wild card, moderates who worry about facing voters if they approve a plan which could leave millions of americans without health insurance. i'll speak with former national security counsel ned price. analysts are standing by with full coverage of the day's top stories. but first the president's former national security advisor michael flynn was fired last month for concealing contacts
with russia and now the white house claims surprise in learning this this week that he was a paid foreign agent working with another country. let's go to cnn's jessica snyder. jessica, what are you learning? >> you know, wolf, we're learning general michael flynn pet met with turkish officials at the same time he was at rallies with then candidate trump and advising the campaign. the white house, though, taking a hands-off approach saying they never knew flynn was a foreign agent even though the documents show they should have. tonight the white house saying president trump had no idea when he chose his first national security advisor that lieutenant general michael flynn had been a paid lobbyist for turkish concerns at the height of the campaign and through election day. but a source tells cnn white house counsel was well aware both before the inauguration and after general flynn was named national security advisor that his company was planning to file a foreign agent disclosure form. >> he didn't file until two days
ago so therefore nobody would have known that because he hadn't filed as a foreign agent until two days ago. >> reporter: a senior administration official confirming that flynn's lawyer contacted the transition counsel and said there were business dealings that needed to be addressed. >> what advice was the transition aware of that advice, why wasn't the president made aware that that recommendation -- >> wait a minute, sara, there are tons of individuals that consult with the lawyers and with ethics experts and say, i own this stock, will i have to sell it? i own this business, i own this house. and for the most part, they are given -- go seek professional help. >> reporter: vice-president pence telling fox news he had no knowledge of flynn's involvement with turkey until a story was published this week. >> well, let me say hearing that story today was the first i heard of it. and i fully support the decision that president trump made to ask for general flynn's resignation.
>> you're disappointed by the story? >> the first i heard of it, and i think it is, it is an affirmation of the president's decision to ask general flynn to resign. >> reporter: but last move congressman elijah cummings sent this letter to then vice-presidential candidate mike pence raising conflict of interest concerns and pointing out that michael flynn wrote this op-ed titled, our ally turkey is in crisis and needs our support. >> please welcome to the stage michael flynn. >> reporter: general flynn on the campaign trail. he was hosting government officials from turkey including the foreign minister of foreign affairs, and minister of energy on september 16th. flynn's tenure at the white house was a short one. he resigned after he withheld information about discussions he had with russia's ambassador to the u.s., even then president trump continued to defend him. >> and general flynn is a
wonderful man. i think he's been treated very, very unfairly by the media. as i call it the fake media in many cases. and i think it's really a sad thing that he was treated so badly. >> reporter: i reached out to general flynn's attorneys. no comment from them tonight. but his company did secure that $530,000 contract to lobby for the turkish government in september. operations now, though, for flynn's firm have shut down. they shut down in november. wolf? >> thank you very much, jessica snyder reporting. meanwhile president trump is trying to broke her a seemingly impossible deal on health care even as he's caught up in another big problem of his own making. let's go to our white house correspondent athena jones. athena, the wiretap charge seems to be coming back to bite him. >> reporter: hi, wolf. it certainly is continuing to raise questions and the president and the vice-president are continuing to avoid answering those questions in any sort of direct way. the president spent part of
today meeting as he has many days this week, meeting with people and talking about repealing and replacing obamacare, but more than once officials have been asked about these wiretapping claims and have not provided any evidence. have instead pointed to the call made on sunday by the white house to have the congressional intelligence committees look into this, look into whether there is evidence. but my colleague on capitol hill spoke today with the chair, sorry, the ranking member on the house intelligence committee who said he has seen no evidence. this is congressman adam schiff who has seen no evidence that has been presented that shows that president obama did any sort of wiretapping or tapping of any sort of trump's phones and communications in trump tower. this, of course, is something that the president in a statement over the weekend vigorously denied. also something that former intelligence officials have said did not happen. so, that has been part of the focus today. but again, the white house
continues this push to get -- to make sure that this top campaign promise of the president's, to have obamacare repealed and replaced is able to happen. the president continues to promise that it will be done quickly. he tweeted yesterday it would end up in a beautiful picture. it doesn't appear it is going to happen quickly because of this consternation among conservatives who want to see -- who believe it doesn't go far enough in dismantling obamacare. the former president's signature domestic achievement. there had been some talk that the white house, that the president was open to one of the conservative provisions or provision backed by conservatives that would end the medicaid expansion, the expansion of the medicaid program under obamacare. conservatives want to see it end this year. that is not what is in the house gop's bill, the bill the president announced his support for earlier this week. and, so, the white house made clear today that the bill that has been presented is the one that the president supports which means he supports that
2020 sunset date for medicaid. wolf? >> all right, athena, thank you very much. athena jones over at the white house. joining us now ned price, he's i the former cia employee. he served during the obama administration as the national security council spokesman. full disclosure, last year he did make some political cri contributions to hillary clinton's campaign. thank you for joining us. >> good to be here. >> the ranking member of the house oversight committee, elijah cummings, democrat from baltimore, maryland, he wrote this letter back in november. it's dated move 18 to the honorable mike pence, vice-president elect of the united states in which he raised questions about general flynn and his lobbying activities on behalf of turkish government interests. he was being paid, the letter says, to lobby the u.s. government on behalf of a foreign government's interests. but only now that he has formally filed his paperwork with the justice department foreign agents registration unit are they expressing surprise that he was doing it.
you're sort of smirking and smiling. why? >> well, it's clear, wolf, that they should have known. there are reams of paperwork that go into any job like this, especially the job of national security advisor. there is a form called the sf-86 that's dozens of pages long that mr. flynn and everyone else in the national security council staff had to file before they could take their positions. so, clearly there is absolutely no excuse for them not knowing of this critical fact. especially when the contract involved about $500,000 which is not chump change. >> $530,000, more than half a million dollar to be precise. why do you think he waited until this week to go ahead and do the paperwork with the justice department? because if you are lobbying on behalf of a foreign government and you don't register with the justice department, potentially they could go after you as a felony. >> well, wolf, that's another question. apparently mr. flynn's lawyers had even approached the white house about this much earlier which adds a bit more doubt to the white house's claims that they were unaware of this. but still, it's clear that he was trying to do the job on
behalf of his turkish clients, even well after the nomination process was over when he should have been turning his focus to the chore of governance. we know on election day he wrote this op-ed criticizing pennsylvania-based turkish cleric and in that -- >> actually criticized him saying he should be deported. >> absolutely. that did not disclose his ties with this turkish government's contract. >> that letter, that op-ed was published in the hill newspaper here in washington and it was a pretty serious, almost down the line expression of support for the turkish government. but there was no disclosure that he was being paid by these turkish interests. all right. he has been forced out, and you heard mike pence say, glad that happened. let's talk about something else. the gang of 8, the top leaders, democrats and republicans in the house and the senate, with top secret security clearances, they met with the fbi director
yesterday to talk about president trump's assertion, his claim that president obama wiretapped him at trump tower in the last months or so of the campaign. today, at least three of them have publicly said they still have not seen any evidence to back up president trump's claim. so, at some point, maybe on march 20th when he appears in open session before the house intelligence committee, comey, he'll say what he has to say publicly. so far it looks like the president has no evidence to back up that claim. >> well, sean spicer has repeatedly said the white house has not asked director comey or anyone in the department of justice whether the president's claims had any truth. and the reason why is very simple. because they know the answer. they want to have this plausible deny ability having not asked director comey or anyone else in the department of justice about the accuracy of these claims. until they do that, they can continue to say, well, we need to push this issue off. congress needs to look into it. we don't want to get ahead of things. but they all know where this is going to end, would have.
>> so, what happens if comey appears on march 20th before the house intelligence committee in open session, he's obviously going to be asked about the president's assertions, president obama wiretapped him and he dice putz it, is it just political embarrassment? what happens then? >> well, wolf, i think we've heard from director clapper and at least privately from director comey what they know to be the case, that there wasn't in fact, no wiretapping. we also know a president of the united states pursuant to a post watergate reform, could not certainly order the surveillance. so, we know the president's claims are false on their face on both counts. but, you know, the question is will the president apologize? i believe mr. spicer was asked this today and he didn't offer a firm answer, but i think an apology is in order if it is determined his tweet was categorically false as we know it to be. >> what if there is something else, some surveillance not of donald trump specifically, but the trump organization, the
business parts and maybe there was some concern about dealings with russia, for example, that's different obviously, but then he would have a little bit of wiggle room presumably, the president. >> wolf, i wouldn't be in a position to know if there were such surveillance. as a cardinal rule, the obama white house did not involve itself in any department of justice investigations. if there were that type of surveillance of trump tower, it would mean one of two things. one, that the department of justice had gone to a court and convinced a court that someone within the trump network was acting as a foreign agent, a foreign agent on behalf of whom, of course, we don't know. but there, of course, are some possibilities out there. or two, that the department of justice, again, relying on information from professionals from the fbi intelligence community and potentially elsewhere, would have convinced a court that someone in the trump network was engaged in criminal activity. so, if that is the case, which again we don't believe it to be true, based on what director clapper, director comey and
others have said, the trump team would still have some serious questions to answer. >> do you believe there is any evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and russia? >> wolf, i believe there is a lot of smoke. there is a gathering plume of smoke tying this administration to russians, to russian government officials, to wikileaks which is an arm of russian intelligence, to other entities that raise profound questions. and, wolf, throughout all of this, the trump team, first the trump campaign and now the trump white house, they have been nothing but nontransparent with how they have dealt with this. we saw what happened to mr. pence. we've seen what's happened with attorney general sessions and others. they have not come clean about the nature of these ties. and frankly, i think that just raises more questions. >> circumstantial in your opinion evidence, but no hard actual evidence, at least not yet. i want to pickup what you just said, the charge against wikileaks and russia. we'll discuss that, much more right after a quick break.
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we're back with ned price, the former cia official who served in the obama administration as the national security council spokesman. wikileaks rocked the u.s. intelligence community this week by publishing what it claims are files revealing worldwide cia cyber spying, including the ability to hack into smartphones and smart televisions. let's discuss this. how damaging are these leaks to the cia and to u.s. national security, ned? >> well, wolf, let me be clear up front i can't vouch for the authenticity of these documents. let's also remember what this is and what this is not. this is the most recent attempt by, as i said before, a veritable arm of russian
intelligence to discredit america. >> wikileaks is an arm of russian intelligence? >> we from january 2017 intelligence report into russia's meddling in the 2016 election wikileaks is acting as a cut out for russian intelligence, specifically russian military intelligence in this very operation. we know there are close ties between these organizations and reflected in their coverage. this is the latest attempt on the part of wikileaks to discredit the united states. but let's also remember what this is not. there is nothing in this tranche of documents that i have seen that speaks to anything that would be construed as illegal, improper, or anything that wreaks of mass surveillance. this is a can far cry from the documents edward snowed in, whatever you think of him, put out. what these documents i think show or purport to show, i should say, is that the cia is going to great lengths to target individual terrorists, individual spies, individual proliferators to gain access to
their communications. frankly, if the cia weren't doing that, i think there is a case to be made that they were derelict. >> but is there hard evidence to confirm that wikileaks is working directly for the russian government other than circumstantial evidence that the information they often release is very negative [ inaudible ]? >> not only is it almost uniformly negative to the u.s., but i certainly have never seen wikileaks publish anything that is all damaging towards the russian federation. now, again, that is circumstantial. we know what was declassified or was put out publicly by the intelligence community in the january 2017 report. and i wouldn't want to speak to other intelligence, but i think there is a strong case to be made that the ties between wikileaks and russian intelligence are strong. >> well, are they under the control of the kremlin? >> again, i wouldn't want to go too far here and get into potentially classified manners, but the relationship there is something that should not be overlooked in assessing these leaks. >> the information that was
leaked by the wikileaks leak, very damaging to the cia from your experience, you used to work at the cia was this someone on the inside who provided this information to wikileaks, or was it the russian government that got this information and provided it to wikileaks? because we've heard both theories. >> well, wolf, i understand the fbi is [ inaudible ] very question, so there is an active law enforcement investigation into this. look, i think what is interesting are the public reports that the cia as of late last year knew that something was missing, the sensitive data that was missing. it wasn't until just this week that wikileaks came out this w this latest tranche. that raises the question, what accounted for the delay? did wikileaks acquire this and provide it to the russian government as a heads up or did the russian government go through it and assess it and then as they did in the context of the 2016 election, provide it to wikileaks to publish? these are all questions we don't yet know, but i think there is a
possibility investigators will look into. >> ned price, thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you. >> coming up concerns about instability on the korean peninsula after historic impeachment and violent protest on the streets. will north korea's kim jong-un try to take advantage of the political crisis in south korea right now? stay with us. here in the situation room. and two in the reserves. our 18 year old was in an accident. when i call usaa it was that voice asking me, "is your daughter ok?" that's where i felt relief. it actually helped to know that somebody else cared and wanted make sure that i was okay. that was really great. we're the rivera family, and we will be with usaa for life. usaa. we know what it means to serve. call today to talk about your insurance needs.
turkish interests. also unanswered, questions about whether the president will apologize if it turns out there is no proof of his explosive [ inaudible ] that president obama wiretapped him. let's bring in our political experts and mark preston, if there is absolutely no evidence, no proof at all that president obama was wiretapping donald trump in the final days of the campaign, how does he get out of it? how does the president emerge from this? does he formally have to say, you know, i made a mistake, i misunderstood, i apologize? >> i think in his own mind he's already emerged, right? i seriously doubt he will apologize. he was so solidly behind the fact that, in fact, that it did happen that i think that he's going to try to ignore it and move on. that's what we see his administration doing right now. they are basically trying to deflect questions and try to move on to the next issue. >> he rarely does admit that he made a mistake, right, david? >> [ inaudible ]. he started out this administration with such a powerful weapon. his twitter account was followed by all these people that believe
whatever he said. the more he cries wolf and keeps turning it up to 10, 11 to get attention and it turns out not to be true, it's going to hurt him. >> it took years. you've been covering him a long time to finally acknowledge that barack obama was born in hawaii. >> that's right. and he barely admitted it at that when he finally came out in that press conference at his new hotel here in d.c. but if there is no evidence and it shows that he was not wiretapped, it basically leaves him on an island all alone here. there is no one else that is making these claims, so, i think what will be interesting to see what he does next. he could either back off the claims, like you said, just ignore it, let it go. he could apologize, sean spicer indicated today probably not going to happen. we'll see. but interesting sean spicer also said we're not going to necessarily accept the findings if we have a problem with the conclusions. we'll let it be known. that is giving us a big clue how he could react. >> it is interesting. he could be on an island of his
own right here in washington, d.c., but he doesn't necessarily care, right? he's the outsider and he has his supporters that will believe him no matter what. so, i do agree with sun lan that he may be standing by himself here in washington. but he doesn't care. >> won't it be embarrassing for congressional republicans who want to move on and get past these kinds of issues? >> that's the thing. i think trump [ inaudible ] things ha helped him that actually advance his agenda, they're going to be bogged down in this and they're going to find the time was wasted he spent everybody about this. >> we're going to wake up this morning to what we woke up to last saturday morning, the first e-mail, terrible, found out obama had my wires tapped in trump tower. nothing to be found. this is mccarthyism. he went on, 6:49, 6:52, 7:02.
he was relentless last saturday morning. as we experience something like that tomorrow morning? >> you know, other i am go to go out on a limb and say i don't think so because i think that those who have surrounded him have told him he needs to reign that back in. it will be interesting to see if las vegas will start putting odds on when he would tweet and what he would tweet about because as you said we were all caught off guard by that. i think all of washington, his staff, everybody was caught off guard by that. but i do think that given everything that's on his plate right now, giving to say no. >> do you think it makes a difference he's in washington at the white house this week, last weekend he was in palm beach, mar lag owe his estate there, does it make a difference where he is when he starts tweeting stuff like there? >> it's an interesting question. it could make a difference. when he's down in mar-a-lago, the pattern is he's largely [ inaudible ] the saturday tweet storm he he was very angry at his white house aides.
so on saturday morning, it will be interesting to use this weekend as an example, a test case to see if he goes offer the rail. >> i suspect he's more disciplined in washington at the white house than down in palm beach. you know, as the russia related investigation, david, continues, pressure is coming from members of the house and the senate to actually go out and as part of the investigation subpoena the white house for the president's tax returns. is that going anywhere? >> i think you've seen a lot of interest among democrats of doing that. i don't see any movement among the people of the republicans who actually run congress, run these committees that actually indicates we're getting close to doing that. that would be an amazing impressive thing if they got that. i don't think it's going to get that far. >> what do you think, mark? >> i'm with david. david is someone who has been following this all last year and did unbelievable reporting on tfrmt i think you're absolutely right. it is where it is right now. democrats want to see it but they have no power to get those tax returns. >> go ahead. >> it's showing that he wants to keep those tax returns private no matter what. >> what about the lawsuits that
are underway involving potential conflicts of interest, could the tax returns be subpoenaed in connection with those lawsuits? >> they certainly could. i think that's sort of the unstated purpose of those lawsuits, maybe not to win, but to get trump's tax returns. the problem is the people who are suing president trump, they have hard hills to climb in terms of their standing. do they have enough legal standing to get far enough down the road to actually subpoena, ask for his tax returns. >> let's talk about michael flynn. he was fired for not disclosing honestly to the vice-president, to others, that he had in fact met with the russian ambassador during the campaign. now word comes that he, this week, was forced into registering as a foreign agent with the justice department because he was lobbying during the course of the campaign on behalf of turkish interests, was paid more than half a million dollar. this is a huge embarrassment for this administration. >> it certainly is. and it raises major questions about how mike flynn was vetted by the transition team, the fact that he not only was advising
the campaign and the transition, but went on to become national security advisor for about 34 days, i think the total was. and we saw some interesting reaction from mike pence about this. he basically said, you know, this is one of the many reasons essentially he got fired. but it was interesting to go back and look at what president trump's statement about mike flynn was when he basically tried to phrase it as he resigned and he's a good man. the time line is so important here. what did the white house know, when did they find out about it, all that so important, those details. >> read this letter from elijah cummings, the congressman from md dated november 18, 2016. he goes into a lot of specific details. not only the turkish connection, but the russian connection to mike flynn. at one point in december 2015, he went to moscow. he was paid to go there by a lecture agency to speak at a dinner honoring the kremlin backed media rt according to this network.
the united states can't sit there and say, russia, you're bad. he said in that speech, we don't know how much he was paid. he has not disclosed how much he was paid for that trip to moscow. but there's a lot of other stuff that came there. we're going to continue to follow all of this. let's take a quick break. we'll be right back. i'm always on call. an insulin that fits my schedule is key. ♪ tresiba® ready ♪ (announcer) tresiba® is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes. don't use tresiba® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis, during episodes of low blood sugar, or if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. don't share needles or insulin pens. don't reuse needles. the most common side effect is low blood sugar, which may cause dizziness, swtiting, confusion, and headache. check your blood sugar. low blood sugar can be serious and may be life-threatening. injection site reactions may occur. tell your prescriber about all medicines you take and all your medical conditions. taking tzds with insulins like tresiba® may cause serious side effects like heart failure. your insulin dose shouldn't be changed without asking your prescriber.
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republicans who are adamantly opposed in the house and the senate. he has some republicans who are moderates adamantly opposed from other issues. he's the great deal maker. can he close the deal and get this passed? >> that is the big question in washington this week and will continue into next week when health care really hits a critical impasse on capitol hill. it's been interesting to watch president trump as he's, quote-unquote, tried to sell this deal. there's been a lot of hurdles and a lot of that created by some floating of ideas coming from the white house indicatesing that they might be open to parts of the medicaid expansion when they signed onto this deal with house speaker paul ryan before. so, they're create aig few hurdles in the path, but president trump has largely been behind closed doors meeting with lawmakers, not necessarily the public salesmanship that we expected when the white house said they'd be making this big push, and interesting that mike pence is really largely been filling in on that role this weekend. >> my own sense is he might be able to squeeze something through the house p representatives, but he got very little margin in the senate.
52 republicans, 48 democrats. he loses three republicans, moderate republicans who, for example, might not like the elimination of funding for planned parenthood. >> right. >> it's over, they lose, because all the democrats are going to oppose it. >> what we're going too see next week or the following after that, his biggest strength now in all this is he is not an ideologue. he's going to stick with paul ryan in this plan until he needs to, then course correct to try to get something done. he always talks about how he can make a deal and sunlen is right in this. i think in the end he's going to go for the deal and get something done as opposed to let it die. >> can he make a deal? >> i think the interesting thing here is that i don't know if trump knows what he wants. how does he go into these deals if he's the one doing the negotiating and there's no core to him of what he thinks health care reform has to happen, does if have to be something called health care reform or is there some particular policy he thinks has to be in, has to be out?
if he doesn't have that, i don't know how he makes any deal with anybody. >> i think he wants something so he can say i promised we would repeal and replace obama care. we have repealed and replaced obamacare. that's what he wants. >> change the name. >> let's talk about jobs. very good jobs number has come out once again today, 235,000 jobs created in february, 4.7% unemployment, very good. the white house press secretary sean spicer was asked about that today. >> i talked to the president prior to this and he said to quote him very clearly, they may have been phony in the past but it's very real now. [ laughter ] >> and a lot of people were laughing because remember, when he used to say the bureau of labor statistics, these are phony numbers, 5% unemployment. it's really 20 or 30 or 40% when you really add it up. >> right. i don't know how else to react to that other than to laugh as well. clearly sean is gritting his teeth with a smile when he's saying that. but the best part about these
jobs numbers today is you had democrats saying that it was barack obama that did it. you had republicans saying it was donald trump that did it. in the end who really cares who did it? the fact we have seen so many jobs come into the market place is the most important thing. >> david, this whole issue of deep state, it's a theory out there, there are a lot of obama supporters planted in the government bureaucracy here, there is they're still staying there, they're working to promote obama agenda items and sabotage, if you will, what the president wants to do right now. sean spicer was also asked about this so-called deep state conspiracy, whether it exists in the federal government. listen to his answer. >> i think that there's no question when you have eight years of one party in office, that there are people who stay in government, affiliated with -- joined and continue to espouse the agenda of the previous administration. so, i don't think it should come at any surprise that there are people that burrowed into government during eight years of
the last administration and, you know, may have believed in that agenda and can want to continue to seek it. i don't think that should come as a surprise to anyone. >> keyword burrowed into the government all these deep state obama supporters. >> well, the cool thing about the government is it gives you an option. if you're the new administration for putting your stamp on the agency is to put your people in the agency. the deputy secretary, under secretary. the trump administration has not done that. they appointed the top people of these agencies but not the political appointees who carry out the agenda. you can't really blame these agencies for resisting you or blame a deep state if you haven't put your own people in to run the agencies yet. >> there are about 2000 jobs that have still not -- political appointees that have still not been fill. >> that's right. that seems to be one chief problem that the white house is having. there are now 50 days into this administration. these are jobs that desperately need to be filled and it's interesting in that comment, that is such like an us versus
them comment coming from sean spicer, not really, you know, completely rejecting this notion that it's quote-unquote deep state exists. >> he was honest in his response. >> very quickly. >> the interesting thing is president trump wants the government to do big things, build the wall, create new trade deals. you know, build a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. he needs the government to do that. if you're going to start out by alienating the people in the government i don't know how that helps you. >> potentially a problem. good point. stand by. a point to all of our viewers, next wednesday dana bash and i will moderate a town hall on health care reform. our special guest will be dr. tom price, he's the health and human services secretary. be sure to join us wednesday, 9:00 p.m. eastern, only here on cnn. up next, south korea's impeached president is ordered out of office. protests in the streets turning deadly. will north korea's kim jong-un try to take advantage of the political chaos? tomorrow's the day we'll play something besides video games.
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there is growing concern tonight that north korea may try to take advantage of the turmoil in south korea right now after the impeachment of that country's president. brian todd. >> tonight huge concern for security on the peninsula. and we're told officials are watching this carefully. this comes days after a missile test by kim jong-un regime. what the u.s. is south korea military are guarding against is a possible move to strike during this political chaos in south
korea. >> reporter: violent protests in the streets of seoul. the impeachment of president park geun-hye creates political instability in south korea. while across the border, north korea dictator kim jong-un, who the malaysians say ordered the murder of his half brother is taking advantage of south korea's trouble. north korea's news agency which once labeled park geun-hye a dog and disgrace is greloating over her demise and the acting south korea president has an ominous order. >> translator: the north could worse enour confusion by staging provocations. >> reporter: how kim jong-un will try to take advantage of this regional instability and sew more changeos. >> we could see more missile launches, a nuclear test,
provocations in the maritime space. commander raids are part and parcel of the special forces of north korea. they're always ready to conduct small operations from abductions to assassinations. >> reporter: some believe kim may not have to do anything to get what he wants from south korea and weaken america's position there. >> this is to the advantage of kim jong-un. he hasn't had to intervene to make this happen. she -- these were self-inflicted wounds. >> reporter: when south korea holes elections in two months, a left wing candidate could win. he may be softer on kim jong-un. >> a left wing candidate or prerogative canned date will try to likely try to revisit some of the critical decisions that were made under president park including the decision to deploy
the s.a.d. missile. >> reporter: the secretary of state rex tillerson is headed to south korea, japan and china in the coming days. is america ready for in upheaval? >> the trump administration is making the right statements about the alliance with south korea but they don't have a team on board. we're vulnerable to not being successfully engaged with our south korean ali. >> reporter: analysts say a left leaning south korea president might go against america's wishes by helping kim jong-un finalry and opening a economic zone between north and south korea that's been shut down, helping with north korea infrastructure products and infusing kim with the help he needs. one left leaning candidate helped out. >> is there concern that south
korea might not be able to respond adequately if kim jong-un does not respond. >> they will see if south korea will respond to him. the acting south korean president is very forceful and very behind the u.s. and south korea alliance and, they've got to be there. it's tense right now. coming up, former national security adviser michael flynn said he was a special agent who advised the turkish government. did the president know about it? healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine.
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happening now. red flags. the white house tries to downplay revelations that ousted michael flynn was acting as a registered foreign agent while he was advising the trump during the campaign. did flynn expose this information while his security clearance was being vetted. new hints that fbi director james comey may be preparing to publicly counter president trump's claim that he was wiretapped by obama. the white house is refusing to say if president trump will apologize if it's debunked. harrowing details about the u.s. raid in yemen that killed dozens of citizens you and manner navy s.e.a.l. how does it square with the president's claim that the mission was success. job growth, the white house is