what will they focus on next and are they willing to work with democrats? those are the two big questions. here we are on day 67 of the donald trump presidency. let's start with sara murray at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, chris. the white house needed a win last week. that is not what they got. they will regroup and refocus and this time on tax reform, but little indication that will be easier. the white house desperate to move forward after a bruising defeat on health care. >> we are moving on tax reform. we have the budget coming up. >> reporter: the trump administration turning focus to the next battle. cutting taxes. which would prove more challenging. that after failing to deliver on the president's promise to repeal and replace obamacare. despite republicans having control of the house and senate. >> if you analyze what went wrong with aca, if he repeats them in tax reform, he will get
nowhere. >> i think there is plenty of blame. what happened is washington won. >> the house moved too fast. 18 days is not enough time for major legislation. >> reporter: president trump shifting the blame from democrats to the conservative whos who stood in the way of the bill. as the chief of staff, reince priebus is leaving the door open to bipartisan compromise. >> if democrats come on board with a plan, we will welcome that. >> they have to reach across the aisle and democrats say we will work with you to improve and fix the plan for people. >> reporter: a long time member of the house caucus ted poe is resigning. poe writing in a statement saying no is easy. leading is hard. house speaker paul ryan under scrutiny in the wake of the
defeat. president trump tweeting to watch a fox program which began like this. >> paul ryan needs to step down as speaker of the house. >> reporter: the white house is insisting donald trump didn't know the host would make the comments and the commander in chief is sdatanding by the speaker. >> he thought paul worked really hard. >> reporter: republicans gearing up for the supreme court pick neil gorsuch. >> i an applaud the republicans obeying the rules and not changing the rules. the rules for good reasons are 60 votes. >> reporter: now one of the other changes coming to the white house, we are expecting the president to announce a new american innovation office led by his son-in-law jared kushner. it is designed to make the government leaner and meaner.
back to you chris and alisyn. >> so president trump's first legislative loss comes after promising major wins if he were to be elected. >> we don't win anymore folks. if you elect me, we're going to win. we're going to win so much. we're going to win with our military. we're going to win on trade. we're going to win at the bord r border. we are going to win so much, you will get so sick and tired of winning. >> we are tired, but not from winning. let's discuss with our panel. we have david gregory and white house bureau chief philip rucker and a.b.stoddard. to be fair s there a maker on earth to wrangle the republicans and democrats to pass this in 17 days? >> that is the question.
steve bannon and donald trump in the white house thought because of donald trump's popularity in the district of the freedom caucus members who have been such a pain in the side of house speaker boehner and house speaker ryan, that they would be swayed by trump's popularity with their voters. that was the wrong call. if they were watching the group, they would have known they would have been the problem at the end. 17 days is not going to do it. maybe a year and a half would not do it. maybe a quick win or trump hold an emergency session of congress to repeal and replace on day one or week one was misguided. they didn't work on a path to bring outside pressure to bear. that was the complaint about speaker ryan. did he go get enough stake holders to the table to bring pressure on the 30 members?
>> just like everything in life, timing is everything. david, they tried to do it quickly. 17 days. then you had the larger timing in question. what have you been doing for the last seven years other than complaining of the current law. and mulvaney talked about that. listen to this. >> why didn't you have a bill to pass in the seven years or acknowledge you need more time? >> there's a lot to be done. we need to get rid of obamacare. we need to fix the system to help folks back home and move on to tax reform. the president wants to do a lot of things and not willing to do what other polliiticians. he will not do things the same way. it will be different. >> mulvaney talks fast, but these things take time. put up a graph for the audience of how long things have taken in the past. this was 17 days. '96 welfare reform.
56 days. and medicare part d. >> obamacare took 187 days. look at the difference. >> the word they use is forced. it was two different bills. this would have required two reconciliation bills. david, the idea of timing, could they have done this a different way or prepared with something or was this inevitable? >> i think one of the pieces of the forensic study, the obituary of the trump effort is they were not so committed to replacinrep. conservatives in congress, particularly the speaker was more tepid on that idea. we need somebody to replace obamacare. they wanted to repeal it. remember former speaker boehner who said they will never have a replacement bill because republicans never agreed on what to do about health care reform and extending those who don't
have insurance. extending insurance to them. that was a fundamental problem. the white house came in light and unprepared on what replacement would look like. a lot of presumption that paul ryan had complete control over the caucus and trump could threaten because of his win. they were wrong. >> so phillip, now the question is how to move forward and president trump sent out this tweet about who he basically blames for this. democrats are smiling in d.c. that the freedom caucus that the help of club for growth and heritage saved planned parenthood and obamacare. >> he certainly is not laying the blame at his feet. this is what the white house is trying to do. they're trying to regroup. i was there yesterday meeting with the senior advisors.
they said we knew there were mistakes in the process. we are moving forward. they are trying to learn lessons. tweaking the processes. i don't think in the future as they look at issues like tax reform and infrastructure plan, they will trust the house as much to take the lead. the white house will try to develop its plan and take the lead on its own strategy to win over the republican members and most importantly persuade moderate democrats to join them at the table. >> this is not pure being humble. this is someone who ran on a messiah complex. he is a leader. all of these other people are incompetent. he ran as a messiah. to say he is humbled. not saying phillip is saying this. they knew what they were getting into. people in the white house who understood the politics of the town. they could not have their way with him.
the president would not listen and wanted to burn everyone in the process. i have questions about how humble the president will be at the end of all this. >> we have seen zero humility. that is his calculation. you can't find anybody close to him to say he understood this bill and he wanted to fight for it as a signature thing. he wasn't invested the way he needed to be. do you think the right poe reference for what this means about the caucus, is to use the nev nevermore line from edgar allan poe? do you feel ted poe leaving is nevermore or is this going to be the steady beat in the party that trump has to deal with or he will loose every time? >> nice illusion. >> i think there are caucus members that could follow ted poe out the door. there is a hardy center that
they wielded more power than last week. do you think we will vote for a debt ceiling increase when mick mulvaney used to be a member of the caucus and never voted for an increase? no, no, no. this plan, this planned parenthood battle. this precedes any mileage on their feet under tax reform. this is a tough couple weeks and months ahead. i think the freedom caucus has dug in. i don't see them backing down. >> phillip, everybody likes tax reform. they should hit that one out of the park. of course, there's a domino effect. health care and the failure of that has a ripple effect. >> it certainly does. tax reform is hard to get done. one area you could look at for some possible action here would be the infrastructure plan. something that democrats in the
broad scheme support. $1 trillion in new roads and bridges and projects that trump wants to dig in and do. he has his own people at the white house develop through the american innovation office how to do it and how to find private partnerships within businesses to get the roads going. that could be easier to get through congress than tax reform because tax reform is a complicated issue. there is a reason years have gone by and it hasn't been done. >> this is the issue of reforming the code and the way we take in taxes. you could tailor something to industries and middle class families that they may get purchase on. that is what they are thinking about now. let me ask you, philip, you interviewed kushner. how much weight do you put it behind and what it can achieve? >> it can be influential.
kushner will have far reaching authority throughout the federal government to overhaul the bureaucracy to focus on v.a. v. they are looking at chris christie to chair a drug commission. this office is basically going to be an internal think tank at the white house where they will deal with ceos like tim cook at apple and elon musk at tesla to come up with how to fix the federal bureaucracy. and for those watching, the important thing is it signifies the expanding power of jared kushner. the president's son-in-law. he is a shadow diplomat and focus on this project. >> so many voter was welcome progress on those things. panel, thank you very much. coming up on "new day" ted poe who resigned from the house freedom caucus will join us live. we will take you inside an
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so can house intel chairman devin nunes truly lead an independent investigation into allegations of anything, really? after what we just saw here let alone with trump and rsussia? this comes after the hearing. let's bring back a.b stoddard and david gregory and phillip mudd. david, first, do we seal cancelling the hearing as another brick in the wall of his resistance to this or is this just process at play? >> well, it may be a little bit of both. i think he has a lot of recovery work to get back hold of some
independence in all of this. he cannot be a cheerleader for the white house. he cannot be out there ahead of the committee trying to, you know, win the political arguments in the fight. he has to pull back and use the independence he has as chair of the committee and go where it takes him or it should be taken out of his hands. there should be some select committee. this is where the integrity of their committee, the intel committee and house leadership needs to take hold. if you want to get to the bottom of the questions and you are the white house, despite how dismiss s dismissisev they have been, you have to let it play out. in the course of the last week, it was not responsible. >> phil, some of the people in mr. trump's campaign who have said to have the dubious ties, roger stone, they have been
tapped to testify. will we hear from them? >> i don't think we should. this is like my ncaa bracket. it is hosed up from day one. i lost on the first weekend. let's step back. a critical point we are blowing through. the purpose from the outset is to understand russian involvement in the election and to have the congress ask appropriate question. is there a congressional role? and ensuring the next elections that we can protect candidates and the american people to vote free and fair. i think congress should look at whether they provide cyber protection for candidates like the secret service provides physical protection. what are they doing? calling witnesses. who can call witnesses for their cell phones or travel records? who has the investigative tools and walk across the street to the department of justice and ask someone be considered for
prosecution? the fbi. they already told us they are investigating. the fbi should look at people. congress should be looking at elections and they are not. >> you agree with that a.b.? i heard from that by another prosecutor this weekend. what did you think nunes was going to do? he is a politician. he will cover for his own. they always do. that is the perspective from the law enforcement on this. fair one? >> i think phil is right. it sounds good, but it is a catch-22. the congressional responsibilities of oversight the executive branch. in 2016, he broke a lot of rules. he really hurt his credibility. he was investigating trump and investigating clinton. he made the public declarations about her. injected himself in the political process. i think members of congress feel it is their job to find out what is going on at the doj and find
out that they are monitoring and providing oversight of the executive branch investigation. that is when it gets confusing. phil is right. it is better if there were clear distinctions to do all of the investigations and the associate relationships and collusion while congress focused on cyber security. that is a pressing bipartisan issue. >> we have not heard anything of russian interference from the committees. they are talking about is trump dirty on this. the trump side is saying are these leaks dirty. >> that whole cyber meddling thing is getting lost. >> you know, interestingly, david, though devin nunes has been compromised by lots of accounts, you are not hearing democrats calling for him to step down as chairman. we had jim hines last week.
he said what you know is better than what you don't know. and despite the hiccup and they don't know how to work with a different chairman. >> he has had good days. he ran to the white house with information. went around his committee. came up with a crazy story. that was written off as a bad day in politics. >> they have to figure out if heads need to roll. that doesn't solve the bigger problem. this was an attack on the united states. that's what john mccain called it. russia using its influence to manipulate our election. they don't want to stop here. this is a larger problem that congress should get a hold of and the fbi should be investigating. the president of the united states whomever that is, must be worried about. we have to pull back and look at this in a competent way and not
an overly partisan way. you know, it is on both sides, like you said, chris. you heard senator schumer yesterday on abc. he was saying before we start confirming gorsuch, let's wait a few more weeks on the russian investigation. that is political as well. it has to be taken out of that conte conte context as much as it can. >> elizabeth warren tried up that trial balloon last week. she said no supreme court until we figure out the russian thing. phil mudd, it has been reported that donald trump has been at trump properties 1 out of 3 days. he moves around a lot, but mostly mar-a-lago. do you want to know who goes to mar-a-lago and who has this now apparently unique access to our president? >> sure, i do.
if you look at the transition of the president from the private sector to the public. we pay his paycheck. there is a responsibility for me like cia to explain why and why i was doing. as the president's presidewe su know. you saw it earlier in the show. you saw the segment of how little time was spent on negotiating the bill. the president is not realizing the responsibilities with congress or opening the records, he is responsible to us. i think that is another example. i don't care if he travels. we should pay for it. if he wants to go to mar-a-lago, fine. i don't care if he plays golf. we should know who he is talking to. >> panel, stick around. we have more questions for you. including the strategy on isis. dozens or possibly hundreds of innocent civilians were killed
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the pentagon and iraqi officials investigating the collateral damage from the u.s.-led coalition air strike targeting mosul. dozens, possibly hundreds of civilians were killed in the strike. we have pentagon correspondent barbara starr live in washington. do we know how it started? >> reporter: not yet, alisyn. officials investigating all of this to try to sort out exactly what did happen on that street in the neighborhood in western mosul. what we do know is that an air strike was called in on that block where we have seen such devastating damage. some 60 bodies or more now pulled from the rubble. the air strike was called in and houses collapsed. what caused all of this collapse and damage? we don't know. the iraqis are saying they don't
see evidence of an air strike on the buildings. the u.s. knows it did call in an air strike. there may have been a suicide bomber there in a truck. those explosives might have caused the secondary explosion and all of the devastation. it is all under investigation right now. i think one of the things that needs to be under scored is it is isis that is holding civilians hostage in the areas. this is really an isis atrocity. the u.s. and iraqis investigating and trying to find out exactly how it all happened. chris. >> barbara, terrible. thank you very much. i appreciate the information. you might remember candidate trump shouting that he knew more than the generals and had a secret plan to beat isis. he never showed it. as president, he said he was waiting on the generals. that they should give him a plan. they gave it to him. what is that plan? when will we hear about it? next.
of them. >> we're going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction. they will have 30 days to submit to the oval office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating isis. >> we will work with our allies and our friends in the muslim world, to extinguish this violent enemy from our planet. >> the top general did deliver that plan to defeat isis to the white house last month. so what do we know about what's in it and how it is working? let's bring back our panel. a.b. stoddard and david gregory and philip mudd. david, we found out the plan delivered by the generals, put u.s. troops near the frontlines and end the limits on the number of u.s. troops stationed in iraq. possible long term presence in iraq. that is different, obviously, than how president trump talked
about iraq on the campaign trail as one of our biggest national disasters. >> that is right. there is still a lot of questions that even those bullet points create. the long term presence looks like. a loosening of air strikes. we have seen casualties. the administration wants to get iraq and making iraq the tip of the spear against isis and perhaps creating safe zones in syria. this is complicated stuff. it requires a lot of work with allies. you have been seeing more u.s. allies wanting more information and greater sense of overall world view from president trump. that goes beyond talking bombing and eliminating isis. isis has been degraded to a considerable degree. it has lost a lot of its territory. it is still a potent force.
po potent online. still firtle ground. there is a human cry now for the president to very clearly distill the approach. >> obviously the standing off. they have not talked about it. phil mudd, where is the timing of all this? you are using the authorization of the use of military force from 2001. there is a congressional component about them not owning the constitutional duty when it comes to war and war acts. then you have the functional approach of what's going on in iraq right now. this most recent horrible outcome with the civilians getting killed. according to military sources, they were taking the cues from the iraqis. these are the targets. you know the intel methods over there and what the reliability
is. do you think that is a recipe for success? go >> i don't. i believe congress should talk about this. we have a bigger question. we keep talking about military solutions. there is an end game solution that dave was talking about earlier. you can look at the president's plan of one simple question a practice ti practitioner would ask. who owns the territory? we're the away team. classic strategy, the home team, iraqis and syrians have to own it. if we expand a u.s. military presence, my question 14 years after the iraq war started, when does the home team start owning the territory? will we allow assad to own the villages? will the u.s. army own them? rex tillerson has to have a role here. all we are talking about is who we bomb.
that's the end of the c conversation. >> your thoughts, a.b.? >> doubling forces in syria is high risk and leads to mission creep and if that is interested in working with the russians in syria. that is a controversial conversation. congress is abdicating its role. they did when obama was in charge. they said it has to come from you. they run into their connrners wn the conversation comes up. what i see in the trump plan is an amplified obama plan constantly reevaluating the support role and expanding the support role. what does that mean? phil raised questions for later on. trying to use soft power in terms of the obama targeted financing of isis. use intelligence and obviously
change the rules of engagement on bombing. it is the same path unless we go into a full substantial occupation of syria. no one wants that. >> look at what is on the table. let's bounce back to mudd. yemen has come up. the american audience is not monitoring it. it is the biggest humanitarian situation in the world. this houthis rebel thing is not going away. maybe we should become more involved. >> there's a classic approach i saw at the cia when we started down this road. two prongs to successful operations. you mentioned yemen where things aren't going well. leadership of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and yemen. leadership of asiri and seisis . we are better working on the ground.
the problem with yemen, we don't have local forces to work with. the long term solution is how do we come up with a strategy in yemen to figure out to own territory. >> panel, thank you very much. severe storms and funnel clouds moving across oklahoma. where is it going? we have chad myers with the forecast next. two become one. then you're a couple. think of all you'll share... like snoring. does your bed do that? the dual adjustability of a sleep number bed allows you each to choose the firmness and comfort you want. so every couple can get the best sleep ever. does your bed do that? only at a sleep number store, where queen mattresses start at just $899.
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tums fights heartburn fast. >> all right. we know the final four. we have new faces along with the perennial power. let's bring in andy scholes with the bleacher report. how do you like the four? >> chris, a four that not many people picked in their brackets. gonzaga and south carolina. never been this far in the tournament. oregon only to the final four once. nothing new for north carolina. the tar heels and wildcats with an epic game yesterday. under 20 seconds. malik monk ties the game. roy williams doesn't call a time-out. that is a great decision. unc comes down with luke maye with the three. 75-73. they are heading to the final four for the second straight year. check out the locker room celebration.
the players showering coach williams with water. that looks like lots of fun. south carolina is playing in the final four for the first time in history after beating florida 77-70. before this year, the gamecocks have not won a tournament since 1973. frank martin players are not inn temperatu tim dated by him. look at the water attack after the game. coach martin calling this a dream come true. it will be south carolina taking on gonzaga. you have oregon playing north carolina. i have a fun fact, alisyn. oregon won the very first ncaa tournament in 1939. they have not been back to the final four until now. >> i knew that, andy. everybody knows that.
thank you for that fun fact. great to see you. to serious news. threat of severe thunderstorms looms in the battered south and southern plains. we have aerial video captured by koco. it shows a funnel cloud there about to form. that is forming. that is 75 miles outside of oklahoma city. where is the severe weather heading? meteorologist chad myers has the forecast. >> slightly farther east. st. louis to nashville into parts of mississippi and alabama. that is where it is now. we had almost 60 reports of hail. if you want to get entertained, go to twitter and look at the hail reports. not entertained under one of those. a major hail event for oklahoma and texas. wind and hail from nashville to memphis. not severe weather, but severe flying weather with delays in the northeast with the rain
coming in. temperatures still mild for the northeast. take 61 and rain shower in new york city. chris. >> chad, i appreciate it. keep us on top of what we need to know. let's look at president trump and 67 days so far. health care. travel ban. wall paid for. what happened to all the winning? we're only a couple months in. what will be the first victory? where will the momentum come from? next. ♪ sometimes, the only difference between a moment that fades from memory, and a moment that stays with you forever, is where it happens. that's why we're proud to help families like yours, live a lifetime of memories on beautiful, healthy, lawns. live like it's spring. make life better, with a beautiful,
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all right. we're at a pivotal moment. what will happen next? president trump needs a win. momentum is a big thing in politics. it has to start with something positive. democrats need to stop smiling and make moves of their own. joining us to break it down is cnn political analyst is john avalon. good to have you here, brother. let's look at the obvious category of what should be a could be a win. supreme court nominee judge
gorsuch. however, there is going to be the issue of the big word in the middle. filibuster. hit that donkey. >> you get bipartisan support. you avoid judges far left or right. if the nominee can't get 60 votes, you don't change the rules. you change the candidate. >> here is the problem. the democrats changed the rules. they said we preserved supreme court nominees. we didn't blow up the filibuster for that. they started us down this road. how do you see it going with gorsuch? >> i think gorsuch's performance did not help the cause of democrats who say we must filibuster no matter what. they are angry about merrick garland. i get that. at the end of the day, republicans have the leverage on gorsuch. that will not setoff a cycle to benefit. >> can they get 60? >> look, i think -- >> why do they need 60? they don't need 60 to get the
judge in, but to break debate. whether or not they change 60 to 51. >> this is about breaking the filibuster. it depends on the red state democrats. this is the idea of the senators in the center should have the balance of power. look at joe manchin and heidkamp. if they fall short and someone on the left decides to filibuster. >> you think it goes trump's way? >> i think mcconnell will pull the nuclear option. >> tax reform. where are we heading in. >> my economic team is developing tax reform to reduce the tax rates on companies to compete and thrive. at the same time, we will provide massive tax relief for the middle class. >> all right. how has this changed? everybody likes tax cuts. >> especially republicans. >> people in general, say if you give me a tax cut.
health care changed the calculus on tax cuts. what is at play? >> it showed that hurting conservative cats in congress is a problem. paul ryan doesn't have control. tax cuts article of faith for republicans. if donald trump can expand the middle class tax cut portion, he has a chance of winning over central democrats. if it looks like it will only exacerbate income equality, that will be a problem. he has to do simplification. >> if he is too aggressive and does what he wants, he risks have the freedom caucus saying you have to cut in order to pay for this tax cut. trump doesn't want to touch social security or medicare. he may have to in order to please them. you are seeing a tailorred tax
plan? >> i think there is little to suggest this president and this congress can get a grand bargain together with deficit and debts. not a priority for this president. this is an area where maybe he can reshuffle the deck with a broader coalition. he needs to do it. >> you give the elephant an x on this? >> the white house. in the long run it may exacerbate. >> i'll give it to him. infrastructure. not to under cut you, this seepseems like a long shot. these are make work jobs to the people on the political right. they don't see it the way the people on the left do. >> this is the obvious win for the president. they sidelined it and said it is not a priority. that is stunning. it is malpractice. this president, if he has any credibility, it is as a builder. this is an issue with broad bipartisan support. no matter who won the election, you had the opportunity to get this gone. private and public infrastructure.
reducing out and building out. >> why the delay? >> he is throwing out the $1 trillion number. that scares any deficit hawk. it will involve a broader coalition. he hasn't shown a lot of interest. >> will thes democra democrats this? >> chuck shum hchumer would plal on this. this is a big move. he could get a bipartisan coalition which alluded him. >> it could be a win for everybody. >> i think it is a win-win-win. >> you don't get it. health care. this seems like it has gone away. that doesn't make sense. i was working the phones this weekend. it is not dead-dead. for right now -- >> it is sleeping. >> it could come back. what do you think the timing is and reality? >> he has said he put it aside. that may be a negotiating position. this is a big fail for the
conservative movement and republicans who have control over washington. some fantasy baseball that democrats have the massive upper hand. don't hold your breath. what is interesting to see is if any democrats start to work with the president to address the problems with the aca. otherwise known as obamacare. is there an attempt to reform? the deal emotionally republicans are attached to repeal and replace with the emphasis on repeal. the idea of reform could seem small ball. >> democrats too passive? do you think they have to step up and say more than the aca needs fix. >> i understand they will not go out of their way to try to rescue this president in terms of successes in the first 100 days. at some point you have a responsibility to govern. you may find a couple of targeted things to work with the president on. >> john avlon, i ignored the win
boxes because it was unclear. you were clear. thank you very much. thanks to john. thanks to you. our international viewers for watching here on "new day." next for you is cnn "newsroom." for the u.s. viewers, let's get after it. >> we're going to be living with obamacare for the future. >> a victory for the american people. >> everybody up here survived. that is another day america suffers. >> it is time for both parties to come together and get to reform. >> stop undermining aca and we'll work with you. >> this is not a republican health care. this is democrat health care. >> this is not easy. >> is congress capable of investigating this president? >> the chairman has to make a decision to act as a surrogate of the white house or lead an independent investigation. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome to new day. donald trump. what happened to all the winning? desperate to get the presidency
back on track after a stinging defeat on healthcare reform. he is now pinning the humiliating setback on conservatives after blaming the democrats. >> our report is there is in-fighting among staffers. the white house wants to move on to tax reform. could democrats be key to the president getting that win? it is day 67 of the trump presidency. let's start with sara murray at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. the white house needed a win last week. they not get it. this week, they are going to try to regroup and try to prove they can get something done in washington. the next move is tax reform. it may not be as systiysteimple believe. the white house desperate to move forward after a bruising defeat on health care. >> we're moving on to tax reform. we have the budget coming up. >> reporter: t