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the intruder arraigned today. he told a secret service officer, i'm a friend of the president and i have an appointment, end quote. the president's response straight ahead. meanwhile, the fallout growing after a swamp of forced resignations within the justice department. a federal attorney refusing to leave his post saying i will only step down when i hear from the president himself. let's begin with the security breach at the white house. it was security condition orange, one of the highest levels for the secret service. now we're getting our first response from the president about that intruder. cnn's athena jones at the white house with more on this. athena? >> reporter: hi, fred. the president is speaking to reporters or spoke to reporters just a few minutes ago who are there covering this cabinet meeting or partial cabinet meeting the president is having at his golf course in virginia. here's what he said.
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the service, the secret service did a fantastic job. it was a troubled person. it was very sad. white house press secretary sean spicer expanded a little bit and said the president has confidence, full confidence in the secret service despite this very serious breach, as you mentioned, this suspect who we can now name, jonathan tran, a 26-year-old with the california driver's license, was able to breach several fences according to the police report and make it all the way to the south side of the building from the north and not the first such breach. one of the most serious previous breaches was in 2014 when a man was able to make it through the front door, the north you see behind me and all the way into the east room of the white house which is an important room for
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all kinds of events, press conferences and award ceremonies, the like. that suspect had a knife in his pocket. this suspect from last night was carrying a backpack, later found not to have any hazardous materials, but that doesn't change the pact that this wfact serious. the suspect made it a couple hundred tefeet from the president's bedroom. >> thank you so much, athena jones, appreciate that. the other major story we follow this afternoon. the high profile u.s. attorney from manhattan, baja yn ra, will not submit a letter of resignation and make president trump fire him. this coming after dozens told to step down this week sparking outrage over how the process was handled. most of them getting the notice last night, yesterday at the end of the business day. cnn's justice reporter laura jettit. what more do we know about
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bahara? >> reporter: we're learning just this hour, a source familiar with the situation says the acting deputy attorney general dana bente called to discuss the matter with him but he wasn't able to reach him so he left a message and the sources are telling us that he's repeatedly tried to call back but not been able to reach him and so as of right now, he has no plans to resign, frederi rfrederica. >> this meeting was last november, sorry, not this video but last november, bahara came outside of trump tower, addressed reporters and said the president-elect donald trump asked him to stay on. the burning question is, what's happened since then? he's known to tackle high profile cases with great
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success. laura, you still with me? okay lt lo okay. looks like we lost our connection with laura. trying to find out what changed since bahara came out of trump tower and said he's been asked to stay on and now we understand that he among 46 other u.s. attorneys across the country have been asked to resign but now he is digging in his heels saying he would want instead the president to fire him before he leaves that post. we'll have more on that as we get it. in the meantime, another big story we follow. all of this happening as the vice president has been trying to promote the gop health care plan. he made a sales pitch today in louisville, kentucky, promoting the republican's plan to repeal and replace obamacare. the vice president appearing with the state's governor there, matt beavan, who is not fully behind the plan. cnn political producer in louisville with more on this.
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dan, we know kentucky senator rand paul is also having a little trouble getting on board, so is this a microcosm of what's happening within the gop? >> reporter: it was really a fascinating kind of road show for the vice president. he was here at train distribution center behind me to basically sell the bill, sell the health care plan the trump administration wants to get through congress and listened to a few small business people and took their ideas during a round table but what was striking was the fact that he was here to almost suddenly browbeat these republicans, these conservative republicans who are not really fully behind the bill. and as you mentioned, governor matt beavan was with him and told reporters he wasn't fully behind the bill. look at what mike pence said about those republicans and the needs that the white house has for those republicans to get behind them. >> folks, let me be clear. this is going to be a battle in washington, dc. and for us to seize this
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opportunity to repeal and replace obamacare once and for all, we need every republican in congress and we're counting on kentucky. president trump and i know at the end of the day after a good and vigorous debate, we know kentucky will be there and we will repeal and replace obamacare once and for all. >> reporter: we're counting on kentucky, he said. that was not so subtle message to rand paul. it's also worth noting he mentioned mitch mcconnell in the speech but not rand paul. he becowelcomes the vice presid copping here but also, democrats came out against pence. there were a few hundred protesters down the street and the vice president seemingly saw them as he drove by. they were chanting things like, save our care and chanting things, anti-pence messages. so this event has really been a symbol for the problems that the trump administration has both
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with democrats and republicans in selling this health care bill. >> thank you so much. this week, cnn will host an exclusive health care town hall with health and human services secretary tom price. it will be moderated by wolf blitzer and dana bash. emotions running high as vice president issa takes on hot topics like health care. stay with us.
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disagreeable but they don't do procedures we do. they tell people no. well, okay. you have a right to your opinion, and i have a right to
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mine. the fact -- >> cnn's national correspondent kyung lah. is there an exchange feeling this is a productive effort? >> reporter: whether or not it's productive, they're not walking away when you talk to some of the people at the end of the town halls with their questions sufficiently answered. you could hear this back and forth. they are basically jawing at the congressman for not giving a sufficient enough answer and when they disagree, they let him know it and interrupt him. it's a continuation of what we see at other town halls across the country. contentious, extremely passionate. this one even more passionate, especially since the rollout of the gop plan to overhaul obamacare. the obamacare questions
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overwhelmingly have taken over the two town halls. i want you to listen to one of the questions and the response from the congressman. here's what he said. >> health care in the united states is a multibillion dollar business. that protects those at the top earning the billions of dollars. >> please get to your question. >> what are you willing to do to bring the cost down? >> in those places, they prescribe less because they're less afraid of being sued. that's part of the fix that we don't have here today. >> reporter: what we're hearing outside are protests as well. there are some few hundred people still outside loudly chanting, holding up signs so
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loud at times, you could hear it from inside while the congressman is trying to answer questions about health care. so frederica, what this is a slice of is voter discontent that is still out there, even as the gop unrolls its plan. frederica? >> kyung lah, thank you so much from oceanside, california. it's been more than a week, and still no word from the president of the united states on his wiretapping allegation predecessor. was it just a way to distract the press? isjust wanna see ifa again? my score changed... you wanna check yours? scores don't change that much. i haven't changed. oh, really? ♪ it's girls' night they said business casual.
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trump accused former president obama of wiretapping and since that tweet, he has not commented on his own accusation. look at what happened at the white house yesterday. >> thank you all very much. we're going to get to work. thank you. >> all right, the question
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repeatedly, not a peep from the president. let's talk to cnn senior media correspondent, brian stelter. a week ago today, we were talking about the tweets that came out. there were five of them and the president spoke as fact that he had heard that indeed that his predecessor had wiretapped him. so what is the feeling about why this was done? was this intentionally to distract? >> certainly is, president trump is critical of the press. we know that. we see that all the time, but you wouldn't normally call them press-shy, at least this week. he has been press shy. he's been avoiding answering questions about the wiretapping allegations or other topics, situations where the press is brought into the room for a photo op. he won't answer. or today down at the golf course in virginia, he made a few comments at the cameras but avoided any situations he's actually being interviewed or
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answering questions. i think or the president not on camera at all. that's not normal for the 50 or 100 days when there's so much going on. what we see is an attempt to shield him a little bit from some of the topics that are distractions from the message he'd like to be sending. >> so training you said the word shielding him when he did this on his own volition. he was not surrounded by his regular white house staff and the representation of media that is in this pool. and the daily signal which is an
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extension of the heritage foundation and being described as kind of advocacy journalism, the daily extension is part of the pool. why is this ruffling so many feathers? >> certainly, a number of news outlets. the pool closest to the president every day keeping rack of his whereabouts, a wide variety whether it's huffington post and cnn or buzzfeed and the new york times. some liberal and some conservative leaning. it's different because it's part of the heritage foundation, so an advocacy group and the involvement has raised some eyebrows, however, i think it is an example of like a broad array of news outlets covering the white house and the dust-up with the briefing con spear tal blowout. and the birther and then dust-up
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with the gateway pundit. and it can also create tension and not trying to break news the way the cnn or the washington news or abc are. they're more there as an opinion outlet and that has ruffled some feathers at the white house. >> so distrust, you know, roughing the feathers and then it also means that there's kind of a suspicion swirling amongst many members in the white house press corps about motivations behind reporting. brian bri brian stelter, thank you, and "reliable sources" airing tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. we'll be right back. (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything,
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when we get them. in the meantime, despite what you heard on the campaign trail, president trump insists the jobs report is real after february numbers showed a healthy 235,000 jobs created. this is a different tune from the phony numbers that candidate trump talked about before the election. cnn's tom foreman has details. >> we're pleased to see the jobs report this morning. it's great news for american workers. >> reporter: more manufacturing, more work in health care, education, and mining, almost a quarter million added jobs have the first unemployment rate report down to 4.7%. the president tweeting, great news and much more than expected. but hold on. democrats say this is just a continuation of a trend started by barack obama, noting ever since the recession ended, the unemployment rate has steadily
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dropped but when obama spoke a year ago of a barely higher unemployment rate of 4.9%, listen to what candidate trump said. >> don't believe those phony numbers when you hear 4.9% and 5% unemployment. the numbers probably 28%, 29%, high as 35%. i even heard recently 42%. >> reporter: it was a standard part of the trump stump speech calling the federal jobless rate misleadi misleading deceptive and fake. >> it's a phony number. these are an absolute disaster. the unemployment number is a total fiction. >> reporter: now zusuggesting t driving force behind the better than expected jobs report is optimism over the trade, immigration and tax policies. never mind some analysts say the unusually warm winter weather also deserves credit for enabling more construction work.
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as for all the past claims about phony government figures. >> i talked to the president prior to this and said, quote clearly, it may have been phony in the past but it's very real now. >> reporter: another reason to embrace this report. he has pledged under his leadership, voters will see 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years. with these numbers, at least for now, that promise is on track. tom foreman, cnn, washington. >> thanks for being with me today. i'm fredericka whitfield. i'll be back tomorrow. "smerconissho "cnn newsroom" begins at the top of the hour but first, "vital signs with dr. sanjay gupta" starts right now.
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