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ot so much more to give when you have the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant. ameriprise the buck does not stop here. >> you shouldn't be talking to me. you should be talking to fox. >> 60 days in, the trump white house faces a credibility crisis. >> the president only has so much political capital to expand and so much moral authority as well. >> plus, testing time. at home, a big health care boat. >> i want people to know i'm 100\% behind. >> and on the world stage openly discussing a preemptive strike against north korea. >> if they elevate the threat of their weapons program that option is on the table.
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>> "inside politics" the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your sunday morning. a defining early test this week for the president and for republican congressional leaders. a thursday vote on an obamacare replacement plan that is still short votes because of conservative objections. >> the last is really mad about it. the right is really mad about it. the middle is really mad about it, and so far it just seems to be a constituency of one which is washington insiders. >> plus an important new red line on the korean peninsula. the secretary of state says no more negotiating over north korea's nuclear program. >> the policy of strategic patience has ended. we're exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. all options are on the table. >> first though the credibility question. >> i have not seen any evidence
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that this occurred based upon the briefings that i've seen. we've not seen any evidence that there was a wiretap or a fisa court order against trump tower or somebody in trump tower. my bottom line is i've seen no evidence of this occurred. >> with us to share their reporting jackie kunz nick of the "the daily beast" and margaret at all bat, mary bacon of 538 and mary katherine ham of the federalist. president trump knows but instead of saying he was wrong. here's the question asked on friday by a german reporter if maybe there are some tweets he regrets. >> probably wouldn't be here right now. very seldom. we have a tremendous group of people that listen and i can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth and i like that. as far as wire tapping, i guess, by, you know, this past administration, at least we have
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something in common perhaps. >> if you caught her face there, his guest, chancellor angela merkel clearly less than pleased to be drawn into the president's fantasy land, and he didn't stop at annoying just one key ally. he went on to echo his press secretary's latest justification. a knocks news common tator said it was the british who conducted the wiretap. >> all we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. i didn't make an opinion on it. that was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on fox. you shouldn't be talking to me. you should be talking to fox. >> okay. let's unwrap this one. he's the president of the united states. his justice department sent a letter to the house intelligence committee saying it doesn't have any records to justify it -- the wire tapping allegation that he made two weeks ago yesterday. the fbi director is going to testify tomorrow at a public hearing, that the republicans are allowing the public hearing
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tells you how annoyed they are by being asked about that every day but to that right there. angela merkel, germany key ally was upset. the british are upset because sean spicer repeated when judge napolitano said on fox news and fox news saying he's a commentator and he said that and the news division says they can't back that up so where are we. >> we started an international incident because the white house won't back down at this point. this has become -- there's been time, money, man hours, that have been wasted because of an errant tweet that seemed to be to distract from what was going on that week which was sessions was in trouble for saying that he talked to the russian ambassador when he said he didn't and he did, and now there's this whole mess that is completely of the president's own making. this started with him and twitter. >> it's a mess of the president's own making without a doubt, but are there consequences? he made a lot of messes.
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and everybody said that's the end of president trump and he made some messes and many said that's not presidential and now pick a word for it as president, are there consequences? >> that's the key part of his quote. he's asked if he regrets his tweets and he said i probably wouldn't be here if i regretted or if they were the wrong moves so that's the world he's operating in, and he has a bit of a point even though his responsibility is to be the president and to say things that have things to back them up. let's put that out there. also, when you have this hearing it will be interesting, comey will likely say there's no evidence for this wiretap. he'll also probably say there's no evidence that there's collusion between the russians and trump campaign so there are two sides of this coin when comey comes to testify. >> the white house will seize on that if it happens. comey may say it's too soon to get there and the white house will seize on that and say forget about this other stuff. if you listen to democrats, the ranking democrat on the intelligence committee adam schiff and after the news
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conference with merkel took it to the next level. >> for him to repeat once again in the presence of one of our most significant allies this outlandish claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, it really ought to apall all americans and just reflects so poorly on the united states around the world. this should have never been a topic of debate, a flippant remark or discussion and a flippant remark in that press conference, and -- and it's just mortifying. >> he used the word mortifying. covered the white house for nine and a half years and never seen anything quite like this, but, again, are there consequences, or is it just a trump drama? >> there are two reasons why this is semi-contained at this point. one is that britain and other countries are already beginning to be tempered by trump's own past remarks, so there's kind of a built-in leeway clause that past presidents wouldn't necessarily get and part two of
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this is a very swift move by the national security council and by h.r. mcmaster and sort of that column to make sure that this was sort of contained as quickly as possible, so you saw within a couple of hours of sean spicer's remarks from the podium about judge napolitano as britain reached out to complain to the white house, a pretty swift chain of events that involved like multiple layers of apology or maybe not apology, hard to say. i mean, it kind of -- but a restraint, constraint, an agreement that they would not continue to make this statement from the podium but i've got to tell >> you but then the president did on friday know. >> and immediately afterwards a group of reporters caught sean spicer, you know, leaving the east room and said, you know, does the administration regret what happened and he said no, we don't have a lot of regrets. a lot of mixed messaging by this white house but what this does signals to britain and other country that they need to deal with staff a lot of the staff.
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look, a lot of decisions happen at the staff level anyway, but this is like you're dealing now the secretary of state, national security adviser, other top level staff but maybe not necessarily the president. >> but we say that like it's normal. >> it's not normal. >> we say that like it's normal, saying it early in the trump administration where his own staff says don't take him literally or don't pay attention to what the president tweets but what he does. you're saying foreign governments are saying talk to the national security adviser and secretary of state. don't worry what the president says or what his press secretary says standing on platform that says the white house, the united states government. that's kind of nuts. >> the consequence is we think of the president as the leader of the free world. we use that phrase all the time. it's hard to see this man when he makes comments like this and the rest of the government says no, no, no. what he meant was "x" or what we're really doing is "y." really hard to take his comments about national security issues seriously hand that does have implications because allies have to listen to what does mathis think and mcmaster and tillerson
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and about trump. we sort of new barack obama spoke for the u.s. government in most cases and i'm not sure you're clear on that right now. >> are there consequences to the president down the road, or is this just a drama from which it's sort of a sideshow i? want you to listen here. these are republican house members, not democrats, republican house members saying they believe over the long run, the president's trustworthiness and credibility if he has issues here it will matter somewhere down the line, when he needs votes maybe more when we're in a big crisis. let's listen. >> i think the president, you know, president obama is owed an apology in that regard because if he didn't do it, we shouldn't be, you know, reckless in accusations that he did. >> the president only has so much political capital to expenned and so much moral authority as well so any time, you know, your credibility takes a hit i think in many ways it weakens the officeholder. >> if the president has evidence, i wish he would share it with us. i haven't seen evidence of mass voter fraud and i have not seen
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evidence of wire tapping by president obama. >> now, again, these are republicans saying down the line the president's credibility will hurt him. is there any evidence of that today because we'll get to the specifics of the health care debate in a few minutes but if you talk to people in town, the president is perhaps exaggerating vote, the president has helped win votes and bringing people over on health care and he's doing his job and he's doing what he's doing. is there evidence that this will hurt him? that's the only way it's going to stop. >> theresa may is the easy stuff. this is britain, a right of center person that you can work with, and so it's like why with reflubbing -- why are we flubbing on this of all things but when it comes to convincing congress people and such, look, i think it remains that even though trump acts this way you see the polling that means -- that shows that democrats are less trusted. how can these things operate at the same time, but that speaks
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to some leeway that he has with the american people and that matters. >> but this hasn't been tested by crisis yet, and i have to say these republicans who you see in the video clips saying, you know, obama is owed an apology or this needs to stop whatever, they by and large are not trying to hurt president trump. they might be trying to distance themselves a little bit to protect themselves, they are police. >> they don't have the same leeway. >> they are trying to help him. when you come out publicly and kind of say quit doing, it they are -- they are trying to help him. >> because this also does become their problem, to your point, when they have a million reporters running are up to them asking them what they think about what the president did over and over again. they don't want to be talking about this. the other place where this might hurt him is -- continue to hurt him actually is with the intelligence community. he hasn't had a good relationship coming into this administration with them, and this certainly doesn't help. >> well, there are a many number of occasions that say this is a big event that's going to be a page turner and it's a pretty big event that the fbi director
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will testify. the republicans run the short. if it's their way of trying to help the president, saying, sayre, see, there's consequences to your actions maybe. >> they do what they can. >> all right. we'll leave that there. coming up the art of the obamacare replacement deal. can the president sway the final votes? first though, more big agenda challenges against a budget blueprint that keeps big campaign promises and proposes cuts even many republicans say go too far. ♪ when i got into my accident i broke almost every bone in both my legs. when i came home from the hospital i needed to be able to recover. tempur-pedic allowed me to do just that. because i don't have the average body type anymore i feel like my tempur-pedic really conforms to my body shape. power is not giving up, it's choosing to thrive. tempur-pedic. this sleep is power.
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i won this 55 inch tv for less than $30 on visit for great deals. and start bidding today! welcome back. congress always changes a president's budget, but a new president's first budget proposal says a lot about the administration's thinking and philosophy. president trump's clearly makes a statement. remember during the campaign? he promised to increase defense spending. his budget proposes that and prompted more immigration and border enforcement and his budget reflects that, an increase of 7% and promised to help the veterans and the budget proposes to do that but to do this the budget also proposes pretty significant cuts in other agencies, nearly a third of the environmental protection agency and 29% at the state department and 21% at labor and talked a lot about infrastructure during the campaign and the army corps of engineer budget down and rural areas that voted for trump
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down. you get the picture. across the government to fund those increases in the big three, everything else goes down, and down. now, republicans in congress, democrats in congress say thanks, mr. president, we'll take that as a start. we write the budget. as this goes forward though his budget director trying to answer critics, not all of them democrats who say programs like meals on wheels and other cuts, republicans say they go too far. the trump budget director says we have to make tough choices. >> we can't spend money on programs just because they sound good and meals on wheels sounds great. again, that's a state decision to fund that particular portion to take the federal money and give it to the states and say, look, we want to give you money for programs that don't work. i can't defend that anymore. >> again, any budget, any budget, democrat, republican administration. it's a blueprint, it's a start. congress says this is our power, but what did we learn this week, a, about the philosophy and, b, i thought what was interesting was the quick pushback from republicans that say thanks,
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mr. president, but. >> they don't want to defend a lot of cuts and when you talk about paul ryan's congress this is a guy who was spent a bulk of his entire political life about ent time life. that's where cuts would make a difference. a lot of the cuts he has proposed are sort of around the edges. not really anything that's going to make a dent anywhere. >> yeah, i think the problem is not that the cuts are too big. the problem is that we're not dealing with the systemic problem. i do think a lot of people also seem to need a civics lesson. the trump budget is not the budget. not the law. a lot of panic out there and it needs to go through congress and it will look very different. why? because no one wants to cut anything and that was the most revealing thing as it often is we cannot have a grown-up conversation about actually making priorities in government. meals on wheels gets thrown out there and everybody goes oh, my gosh, why do you want to hurt old people? the community grant program is high with cronyism and
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corruption and most of the funding from meals on wheels comes from states and other federal programs. are we actually looking at cutting that because we don't have the conversation. we just have the first one. >> it's a big challenge and we'll get to health care in a minute because they control everything and they have been talking about these things for a long time. paul ryan was the budget committee chairman and then speaker and he bends the arc towards a balanced budget, the dev lose, get some programs out of washington and send them back to the states. this is what they have been saying for a long time and will they do it now they have the authority? hal rogers, a leading republican from kentucky, he says this. while we have a smoenlt to reduce our federal deficit i'm disappointed many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the president's skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive. we'll review this but congress ultimately has the power of the purse. that's true, cook but for a republican to say draconian, careless and counterproductive. >> on the other hand, the budget
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is always a symbolic document. the budget communicates the idea trump wants to blow up washington showing the epa and doj. trump wants to increase defense spending. the manly man and it fits with some of trump's general ideas in terms of a message and then after that the details of the budget will not be worked out by him anyway. >> if he gives it to congress though does he lose the i blew up washington. washington was broken and i said i would change everything. if he signs a budget written by congress that puts most of that money back in, who wins? >> well, i don't think he has any choice but to give the final decision making to congress. my initial thought was, look, for all the flack that that's going to take over this, this is actually like a pretty clear and honest representation of what he campaigned on and give him props for that but my second wave this really reveals the mulvaney/trump campaign split in the sense that mull veiny is committed to making a lot of cuts and just owning it.
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trump is kind of both. the voters who he won over in a lot of the rustbelt states, whether they are republicans or democrats or somewhere in between believe in small government in concept, but in reality need, rely, count on a lot of the social programs that government provides, and i think to the extent that some of these cuts or a version of them go forward, there will be a real debate playing out in parts of ohio and pennsylvania and through that rustbelt about whether this is really what people thought that they were voting for. >> another big agendaite them week was, of course, the judge in hawaii and elsewhere holding up the president's second version of the travel ban and this time the president says they will fight. they read the ruling in the ninth circuit and said this is the one we'll take through the courts. the president was disappointed in the ruling and the administration has filed the papers to go through the appeals process. >> you don't think this was done by a judge for political reasons, do you, no?
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this ruling makes us look weak. this is a watered down version of the first one. this is a watered down version, and let me tell you something. i think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way which is what i wanted to do in the first place. >> now, they are not going to do that. his lawyers have talked him out of it, but how do you characterize this one? they came into office. something he campaigned on. obviously his language in the campaign has hurt him in the court challenges when he said a muslim ban and now on a minimum it's on hold for weeks and months as you go through the appeals process. >> it's the importance of doing things well, and had they gone through the time in the crafting it would have run through protest and the second decision, it's the right decision to take this one through the courts because the ruling, to put it mildly, was fairly imaginative,
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relying on things said on the campaign trail and not actually what's in the -- in the writing of the statute, and i think that can get dangerous. if you think that trump is an irrational actor and a guy that does not observe important norms, do not violate those norms and act irrationally as well in order to be a check on him. i think that is a real dangerous line that a lot of institutions, a lot of people are walking in an attempt to sort of cut him off at the knees and it's not good. >> i just want to add that at that rally, one of the things he was supposed to be talking about at length was health care and selling it, and he was not selling health care. he wanted to react to this ruling, and you can't blame him for wanting to react to it but he went on and on and on instead of doing what he needs to do which is selling this health care bill to the american people. >> the president is not going to back down now. this is a test of his powers in some way. >> a really good point. . i would just say this. between the first version of the ban and the second version of the ban there was a lot of discussion about how long this needs to last.
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is it just for 90 days or 1 is 20 days or is this going to be policy, this ban going to be a policy for years, and kind of one of the themes that was discussed was the administration's hope that the other six countries can use the intervening time to change and ramp up their practices and give more assurances that they can vet people and the six countries to the extent that they actually want to attempt to that have now several weeks to begin that process before this gets to that high court test. >> if not months if it goes all the way up. >> up next, the first big test as deal-maker. president trump is the closer as the republicans look to get their embattled obamacare replacement plan over its first big hurdle. spring is on. and it's time to get growing. so while you're doing your thing, we'll do what we do best. to get you ready to live life outside. as america's #1 professional lawn care company, trugreen can tailor a plan that turns your ordinary lawn into an extraordinary one. that will thrive and stay healthy throughout the year.
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welcome back. to our viewers here in the united states and around the globe. president trump has a challenge this week, to sway the final votes to squeak the republican health care program through the house of representatives and he
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sees himself as just the man to close the deal. >> you see when they talk about me, i seem to be very popular, at least this week within the party, because we have our highest numbers -- the highest numbers that i've ever had in the party so i think there's a great unification. >> now the house bill is being re-tweaked again because of internal republican disagreements. speaker paul ryan is the man actually doing most of the deal-making, and unlike the president, he says popularity isn't issue. >> i didn't come here to be popular. i came here to get stuff done. i don't care. i mean, i really don't about my stuff. i just don't care. [ applause ] you've known me long enough and know i'm a cause guy and i want to get this stuff done. and i see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity and by the way he is fully committed. >> the he is the president. a vote is scheduled on thursday and as we sit here on sunday by most counts they don't have the votes to pass it.
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you only schedule the floor vote when you know you have the final votes. >> you don't brag about getting guesses and what the president said i went into a room and they were all yeses and immediately you had a republican congressman, more libertarian from michigan say no, no, no, that's not true. you don't count your chickens before they are hatched, i guess you would say and you see the president doing that a little bit trying to boost it but i don't know if that's the right way. >> this is a -- this is the guy, the signature book about donald trump is "the art of the deal" and something he thinks he'll be great at and it's the first big test. >> i think the question is how much he believes this is his test and how much he wants to get behind it. he's not an ideological creature and does not know or care that much about the details of what's in here and also very popular in the districts of the people who are making noise on this, so like without a value judgment of what's actually in the bill he could do a lot of good with those folks from those places. so -- but it remains a big
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question as to whether he'll actually do that. the other thing i'll say is despite the cbo score and the talk in washington, the polling from last week from politico shows that republicans are trusted more on health care than democrats by far, that the outlook on this actual bill is quite a bit more sanguine than what we hear about in washington and he has that going for him and it's a question of whether he wants to go to bat for it. >> i was at an event with several trump voters demanding that the republicans get this done but they had questions about the details. that's one of the things -- they want action done because they want obamacare repealed. it will be six months or a year before they get into do they like what was done if they get it done and one of the changes to get it through the house is to make the medicaid provisions and for those around the world, washington money that goes to states and states use the money to give mostly low-income people health care and they are making those issues more conservative, putting in a work requirement, allowing states to put in a work requirement and ending some of the funding or restrictions a bit earlier. listen to the vice president last night trying to tell this
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bill telling conservatives we're listening. >> because of the voices of conservatives in congress, we're going to be amending the house bill to give states the option for a medicaid block grant in its entire so states can reform medicaid in the way that they see fit, and thanks to the leadership and the collaboration of many of the great conservatives in this room we're going to have an amendment to allow states to include a work requirement for ably-bodied adults hon medicaid so we can ensure the program is there for people who actually need it. >> are they going to take this bill to the right to get it through the house and then have republicans in the senate say no way? >> yes. it sounds like they want to get the bill passed in the house first and everything else second so if you move the bill -- the freedom caucus, the members of conservative district very pro trump so if you move the bill slightly right you dare them. this bill is conservative now and we dare to you vote against
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it. i think that might be a smart strategy to the house and you move the bill to the right so much. you have 15 senators on the record saying i'm nervous about this, particularly senators in medicaid states like arkansas and kentucky and like pennsylvania and like west virginia, so i think this is a strategy only for the house and you might wake up on thursday saying it passed in the house and now the bill is truly dead in the senate immediately and we have to go through had a whole new process of re-writing the bill so i'm not sure this comes as a goal beyond satisfying paul ryan's desire to get a bill passed through the house. >> if this bill doesn't passion the house it's a major political failure and rod block for paul ryan and donald trump for different reasons and even if it does pass the house doesn't even mean that the repeal part is a fait accompli and this is a real test, a lot of the reasons why voters don't like obamacare because it's called obamacare and because they are not getting as much coverage as they want for it, by the way, so if -- if
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the answer is less coverage for people who are in financial need, for some people, for conservatives for whom this is an ideological issue, that's fine, but for a lot of voters who don't like obamacare but really want health care, the notion that it would be harder for them to get access to the system because of their salaries or reduced help from the government, reduced subsidies that could be a problem. >> let me note for conservatives who are ideologically invested in this, the problem for them is often saying someone has coverage does not mean they actually have access to health care, and when you flood the program, medicaid in particular with more people, you get less care, even though you're saying more people have coverage. it actually doesn't work out. >> covered on paper versus actually being able to show up in your community and get and see a doctor is one thing. one of the interesting things here if you look at the plan as it's now drafted it doesn't keep a lot of the president's promises in the campaign and it also who affect some trump voters. his most loyal bloc were elderly voters and the people who said they were nos or maybes, one of them is a republican from
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alabama who said he told the president, mr. president, i've got a lot of older people in my district and a lot of them don't make a lot of money and under the republican plan their premiums would go to 1,700 and ten years their premiums would be 14,000 a year and he said he looked the president in the eye and said, mr. president, these are your voters and he said the president listened to a fact that a 64-year-old person living near the poverty line would see the insurance premiums go up and the president says these are my people and i will not let them down. we will fix it for them. the president is committed saying i'm going to change this. how many changes can we have and then keep it in a way you can pass in? >> that's a great question and in some cases the president's kind of telling people what they need to hear to get them to yes and, unfortunately, that doesn't necessarily get them to yes in their district because they are going to hear from seniors.
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illeana ros-lehtinen, she has a lot of elderly people in her district and the florida republicans are not going to get in line either because of that provision. >> and the democrats are screaming, you're making changes in this bill as we speak right up until thursday and we won't know, the quote, unquote score, if you're watching outside of washington. the congressional budget office says this is how much we estimate will lose coverage or the people -- >> an accredited fortune teller. >> i like that, but it's interesting, and the rules by which or the ways congress maybe operating and they may be casting a vote on thursday without information they may not have. >> and trump is making details that he's not authorized to make, again like on the foreign policy point, i'm not sure tom price and paul ryan, people like that want trump to be promising everyone will be taken care of in al. a that's not what the bill does, and i don't think trump is involved in the day-to-day details where he necessarily can
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be negotiating in that way. >> well, 2018 will be the first test if they pass something but the president is on the ballot in 2020. he was very specific during the campaign about what he wanted to do. >> cover everyone. >> who he wanted to cover in this bill. he was broadly specific. he wasn't in the details, you're right about that. everybody sit tight. a preemptive strike on north korea's nuclear program? a blunt warning as the new administration makes its mark on the world stage. ...and hello to t-mobile one. right now, get two lines of unlimited data for a hundred bucks. taxes and fees included! two lines, a hundred dollars, all in, all unlimited. switch today. you may be muddling through allergies.oned with... try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin®. because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. try zyrtec®. muddle no more®.
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welcome back. they are as different as it gets on substance and mostly on style, too. but when they met for the first time friday both president trump and german chancellor angela merkel stressed common ground. >> translator: in the period leading up to this visit i've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another and i think our conversation proved this. >> she got a little smile there. remarkably the trump/merkel meeting was not the administration's biggest mark on the world stage.
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in south korea secretary of state rex tillerson said they were taking a new approach to north korea and its provocative nuclear program and ballistic missile tests. >> the policy of patience has ended. we're exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. all options are on the table. >> it's hard sometimes because that was such a big event, highly anticipated event at the white house and there's so much drama in this new administration that we sort of forget what some other pieces are doing but for a secretary of state to stand on the korean peninsula after meet national japan and in korea and say essentially we're done. we're done negotiating and we're done listening and we're done treating this the way the clinton administration and obama administration treated this and talking about there's a preemptive strike option on the table if north korea does not change its behavior. that's pretty remarkable. >> two things. i think the obama administration was pretty close to done with itself by the end of the obama administration. if you talk to susan rice, the
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national security adviser, what are the biggest things you're worried about in the world? she would say some sort of pandemic flu and north korea so this has been increasingly a concern in terms of north korea and capacity and willingness to act and how close they are, but i think the trump administration also is instructed by obama's sort of red line on syria back a few years ago, and the desire not to go out on a limb and create the impression of a red line that they are not prepared to follow through on so when you say all options are on table, obviously what you're saying is preemptive strike is a possibility, but i think this is much more still at this stage about signalling to china and to other partners in the world, guys, we're moving into a different phase, not so much saying we really want to start a war with north korea. >> tougher rhetoric and not yet a red line. >> moving towards negotiations and an understanding that we're
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getting closer to a red line. >> and that's who trump voters expected and said we'll be tough on this and come to the table and an interesting part is you're looking for help and partners in a region where you just nixed tpp which is one of the other ways you work with that region so it remains to be seen how that plays. >> okay. let's shift to the meeting because this is very highly anticipated because merkel is viewed on the global stage as the preeminent defender of what we call the liberal world order. trump during the campaign very critical of a lot of things. said at one point nato was obsolete, not that it was obsolete but he has his own way of speaking but if you listen to them, just the generalities, they seem to be on the same page when it came to the nato alliance. >> i reiterated to chancellor merkel my strong support for nato as well as the need for our nato allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense. many nations owe vast sums of
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money from past years, and it is very unfair to the united states >> translator: i was gratified to know that the president underlined how important he thinks nato is. nato is of prime importance for us and it was not without very good reason that we said during our summit meeting in wales that also germany needs to increase expenditure. >> so the president won. the president won. he makes his point there publicly. i support the alliance but i want the allies, including you, to put more in. she says, you know, you're right, mr. president, we should put more in so why the morning after does the president go on twitter, some of the media accounts said the meeting was a little frosty, and the president tweets despite what you've heard from fake news i had a great meeting with german chancellor angela merkel and nevertheless germany owes more money. must be paid. more for the powerful and defense of germany. why? >> merkel was president obama's
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favorite foreign leader that i assume means donald trump does not like her just by definition of this. that's one thing, not going to be a great personal rapport between these two is my assumption and that's what i've heard about the meeting, too, and part of it in the meeting itself she disaid greed with him and problematic that he framed the tweet like that. not like the germans spend more on defense that goes to the u.s. government. that's not how nato funding works and not how this program works so his misunderstanding of how nato works in the tweet is problematic, but he did move from nato is obsolete and was very critical of it to basically saying things president obama would have said about nato. i'm again not sure what the policy is here and if his words or tweets have any meaning beyond being entertaining. >> germany has already made a commitment to step up its contribution and that's something they talked about and praised her for, praised germany for already agreeing before this meeting to make that move in that step in that direction, so this seemed to be more like
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mostly domestic messaging because this is an issue he wants to hammer on and in the couple of months since he's taken office there has been a movement to reassure allies, yes, i'll stand by nato. these are important allies to us, so he has to kind of do the financial ding there, but i think it's maybe worth noting that obama and merkel were not always close. they became close over a period of years and that took some time but obama and merkel both had these cool intellectual relationships. none of this sort of girthal, y -- gutteral knife fight kind of politics. the u.s. and germany have a necessary alliance. they have to find a way to get together. this won't be a natural thing. >> and this played out on the trade issues that other allies didn't get over. we're in the early getting to know you. our reporters share from the notebook including what might be
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let's close by asking our great worthers to share something from the notebooks to get you out ahead of the big political news around the corner. jackie? >> we're one month away from the primary to replace health and human services secretary tom price and this time there's a democrat named joseph osef, 30 years old, former intern for john lewis hand has raised $3 million. not only that he's drawn attacks from republicans to the tune of $1 million. so this is still a tough race and democrats are looking at this guy as maybe a small bright spot in a state where they are having a lot of trouble making inroads. >> fun to watch that one. democrats could use a little boost. we'll see what happens. a lot of ad money being spent. margaret? >> you've been hearing this name for the last few days, dina
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powell and if you didn't already know her she's once upon a bush administration official and then went over to goldman sachs and is now back in the trump administration, but the reason to keep an eye on her is not her original role which was to advise ivanka on some women's and economic issues. it's her new role as deputy national security adviser. the intrigue or speculation is exactly what is she going to bring to the table? there's one school of thought that says she's real they as a moderating influence and another school of thought that says she's there as jared kushner's kind of eyes on the national security council, but the third is really what she brings to the table for the nsc itself, egyptian-born, arabic-speaking and -- and has earned the trust and is earning the trust now of h.r. mcmaster, so as we see this week unfold, the visit by the iraqi prime minister, a lot of ongoing discussions with germany and kind of the fusion of economic policy with national security policy, dina is going to be someone to keep an eye on. >> adds to the factional
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intrigue, shall we said. per? >> you heard about the freedom caucus, the conservative members, some very opposed to the health care bill. i think the group to watch are the 23 members who are in districts that hillary clinton won in 2016 because those members are worried about, you know, support from the right and also making sure they are moderate enough to win their districts. those people, some of them are already coming out against the bill and this week they may be key swingers. 23 of those members. if 22 bill vote against the bill that will kill it. >> less likely be able to inspire the president because of the districts. >> mary katherine? >> a little local implications spat that has larger implications. in 2015 austin chased out uber and lyft that put them on par with regulations from the taxi and they peaced out after liberal voters and south by southwest was supposed to bef t lyft services and when you want or push services more act like taxis you get services that act
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more like taxis and did not go well on the first weekend. improved slightly but a high-profile test how these major cities will work without the services. >> haven't had peace out in the program for a while. >> i'll close with this. somehow the nomination of judge neal gorsuch to fill the supreme court vacancy has become forgotten in the drama-filled first 60 days of the trump presidency. that ends this week as confirmation hearings get under way. democrats are under intense pressure from their base to somehow block gorsuch and will be looking for a stuck many but the judge has impressed senators during the private meetings, even democrats and his composure very tough to crack. watch his questioning on the issue of presidential authority. the judge's rules on the issue show gorsuch to be a critic of too much executive power and it could be one area where he finds some agreement with senate democrats who want a check on this president, but those democrats nonetheless face intense pressure to vote no. that's it again for "inside politics." thanks for sharing your sunday morning. hope you join us 599:00 a.m.
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