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that does it for us. thanks for watching. i'm handing it over to don lemon. "cnn tonight" starts now. a secret meeting on a remote island, a trump associate and a putin confidante. what was on the agenda? it happened in the islands just days before donald trump's inauguration. but what did vladimir putin want from that undercover meeting? i'm going to talk to the reporter who broke that story. plus, president trump's latest defense for his in defensible wiretapping claim. no surprise it comes from fox news. and no surprise it does not support the president's claim that the obama administration
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spied on him. and what does a 30-something new york real estate heir know about the middle east? jared kushner is president trump's unofficial secretary of everything. but is he in over his head? first a word till we get started. it has been one month since the president of the united states falsely tweeted that former president barack obama wiretapped him. one month later, the white house and the president are still trying to make a lie true. and they're using the president's twitter account, the white house press briefing podium and right wing media to do it. today it's a claim that president obama's former security adviser susan rice obtained information. and evelyn farkas admitted spying on the trump team. she said no such thing.
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the president said he was vindicated by nunes. he was not. the "washington post" today called claims by susan rice an anatomy of a fake scandal, ginned up by right-wing media and trump. let's get this straight. there is no evidence that president trump was spied on illegally. there is no evidence that backs up the president's claim. on this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending otherwise, nor will we aid and abet the people trying to convince you with a diversion. there was a subway attack in st. petersburg, russia. jim sciutto and jim from the
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"washington post." jim, i want to start with you because you can bring us the details on this story. president trump once again sees all of this as vindication for his false wiretap tweets when it doesn't at all vindicate that. tell us what you're reporting tonight. because i understand you have been speaking to a person who is close to ambassador rice. >> that's right, this is the first comment we really have from the rice camp, in effect, on this allegation. and i'm told in simple terms that the allegation that ambassador rice improperly unmask the the identities of americans is false. and that this is -- unmasking is something that happens when you're a senior financial security official. that's a statement from the rice camp. leave that as it be, because i also spoke to former senior u.s. intelligence officials who serve both republican and democratic administrations, and they say consistently a couple of things. one, unmasking identities in certain circumstances is not unusual and it's not illegal. why would you do it?
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you would do it to get more background on an intelligence report that your briefer brings you. it's legal, and, in fact, there were protocols put in place and updated after 9/11 to allow this under certain circumstances. when you do, it's very well logged. one former senior u.s. intelligence official said it's better logged than irish baptismal records. a little bit of a joke, but you can't do it in secret. a couple other points. one, a security national official, whether they are the national security adviser susan rice or anyone can't do it on their own. they ask the intelligence committee to unmask that identity, and it's up to the intelligence committee, specifically the nsa, to do so. they have to decide that it is justified to do that. and finally, how broadly is that information shared, don? i'm told that when an identity is unmasked, it is between the briefer and that senior national security official. it is not put in a memo, it's not tweeted out, it's not put on the whitehouse.gov website.
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there are exceptions here. that official could share that information more broadly with the administration. we don't know what happened in this case. we also don't know what justification was used to unmafunmask in these particular cases. but the issue of masking, masking by itself is not leaking, it's not illegal, and i'm told by officials that serve both parties that it is not unusual, either. >> if you hear that talking point, you're being bambooz ler led there. >> you said susan rice was the national security adviser reading a report of foreign officials discussing u.s. persons coming into wh, this isn't odd or wrong. tell me about that. >> she's reading about
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diplomatic officials. she needs to know, are they being vulnerable? are they going to try to manipulate our government? she has a need to know. she asks the intelligence committee then, will you please unmask this so i can understand the context? then it informs their policy divisions as well. >> speak as if president trump is watching right now. what is he missing about the intel community or willfully ignoring when else shooting off these tweets? >> this doesn't take anything into context as to how this works. really, it is trade craft 101. when you have a need to know, and especially if you're national security adviser, you have the right to be able to ask the intelligence community for more information and more context. >> so adam, to you now. there is no evidence that president trump was directly wiretapped or surveilled, zero evidence of it. the more president trump tries to distract, the more attention it gets. why do it? >> i'm not sure why he keeps on
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doing this. obviously the reporting about connections with russia are distracting from his agenda, and by maybe trying to point to incidental collection cases in which members of his campaign or transition team were unmasked is a way of pointing everyone in a different direction. i really don't fully understand what his motivations are here except for maybe an attempt to distract. i mean, i do think incidental collection, which is what we're talking about here, is a legitimate topic for a discussion, and does warrant attention. there are specific rules that are applied if people are unmasked. if a lawmaker, for example, is unmasked, there has to be a notification to the congressional oversight committees that oversee the intelligence community. so it is a legitimate issue, but it is, as your other guests have said, something that happens probably several times a week.
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you know, if not more often than that. >> in this particular case, it is a diversion and it's trying to get people to look at something else rather than what the president originally said. michael, it's good to have you in studio. i want you to speak to this. this is eric swalwell who sits on the intelligence committee. he reacted to bloomberg today. >> just because susan rice would have been able to, quote, unquote, unmask this information does not mean that anyone else is able to see it. it's orften the case that only one individual or someone on their staff sees it. this isn't sent out a reply all to the whole intelligence community where names are being released. it's usually just one person. >> what do you think, michael? >> look, exactly right. and as it goes to motivation, if you remember when the whole tweet storm started, march 4th on a saturday, just before that, the big issue in washington that was blowing up in the trump white house's face was jeff
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sessions and did he lie to the senate judiciary committee. and did he have to recuse himself or go further? did he commit perjury? did he have to come back before the senate judiciary committee? as soon as president trump started tweeting about the wiretapping at trump tower, that discussion pretty much dropped off the table. so in one sense, it was effective. it diverted public attention from what was the issue du jour at the time. >> didn't he open up a terrible can of worms now? >> obviously he opened up a completely different issue that in some ways is plaguing him even more. look, i agree with what all the guests have said. there is nothing that has come out, nothing we've learned in any way justifies the wording of those tweets. but, you know, there are issues about incidental collection. that was a big issue for civil
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libertarians in the wake of the snowden disclosures, that americans' conversations were being scooped up by the intelligence community, by the nsa, and were being incidentally collected. and what was the procedures by which those were guarded? and we do know that in at least one instance, mike flynn, it did get publicly disclosed, his conversations with kisliak became public. now, that is potentially problematic. it doesn't mean that it isn't worth knowing that when he had these conversations, there was good reasons for the obama white house to want to know if flynn was undercutting the sanctions that they had just imposed on the russian government as a result of the hack. but, you know, to be a stickler about the rules, it was probably not okay under the rules and perhaps even under the law for that name to be leaked to the public. >> they know where that name
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came from and to connect it to the former national security adviser, it's just -- >> that's a leap that goes beyond available evidence. all right, everyone, stick around. when we come right back a secret meeting between a man calling himself unofficial envoy to donald trump and close to vladimir putin. y282uy ywty
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stays in the sacials. now there is talk about a secret meeting on a remote island between a black arab prince and someone close to putin to create a putin backchannel. tell us what you found. >> what we learned was that basically there was a secret meeting in new york that was attended by the crown prince of abu dhabi in mid-december with several of trump's top advisers. a few weeks later, eric prince, who was a supporter of trump, and, of course, the brother of the education secretary-to-be, he approached the crown prince and said he was representing trump and that he would like a meeting with an envoy for putin. you know, the crown prince of abu dhabi, and frankly, the eue
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was anxious to be helpful. they wanted to get putin and france back together, because they believed if that occurred, iran gets squeezed out of the picture. so they set this up in the satials which is an island far away from the media. we have not identified at this time the russian official person who went representing putin in those talks. >> adam, can you just explain a little bit more to our viewers who eric prince is? while he didn't have a formal role with the trump campaign, he happens to be the secretary of education. betsy devos's brother, who gave $250,000 to the campaign. >> basically a private contractor who got into some hot water in iraq several years ago. since then he lived partly for a few years, a couple years, maybe, in the uae where he got to know the crown prince who he
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later would approach about this meeting. you know, during the campaign last year, prince was not officially part of the trump campaign. the people we talked to who were part of the transition said that he was, though, a frequent presence in their transition offices in new york last year, including in december, and that he was sort of an unofficial adviser on certain issues to the campaign. he has ties with bannon, the strategic adviser to the president, and appeared regularly on breitbart, the news organization that bannon was running at the time. so there was a connection there, and what we really don't know at this point is, you know, who, if anybody, basically asked him to make this outreach effort. >> i know you said the white house and prince denied it had
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anything to do with the trump folks. jim, with all this backchannelling, it was just last week we learned that jared kushner was interested in a backchannel. how many backchannels did they need? >> we should be clear that the trump administration was not the only administration who sought backchannels. remember the iran administration wanted a backchannel between washington and the iranians, which was secret. i suppose you have to watch who you're backchannelling with. one, you don't want it to get public which has happened twice in the span of a week. and two, are you going with people you can trust to give you that actual backchannel? you saw the dangers last week with kushner's interaction with a russian bank that's under u.s. sanctions. that obviously raises questions. it just shows that as you're doing this kind of thing, which goes back, you know, many
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administrations of both parties, you have to be very careful and it raises questions about the oversight of these kinds of decisions on key national security issues, the most key ones, arguably, for this administration. >> let's talk about this a little bit more. the trump campaign in transition had a direct channel. they had meetings with a russian ambassador, also one of the transition officials who went on to become u.s. ambassador to russia under president obama. he tweeted this. this story just gets weirder and weirder. doing the obama transition in 2008, if was his russian advise back then. we met with zero russians. zero. >> using unofficial channels is commonplace, but it's done with the city government. i don't understand what the rush was. they could have waited until after inauguration. i also question the use of eric prince, if he was directed by the white house.
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i don't know why you would user i can prince. it seems like a conflict of interest. he's worked with the nato government and has close ties there. i don't think he's the best person, also, in a position to do this negotiation. >> michael, you had news of a canceled meeting between president trump and the bank when the bank was suspended of mob ties. what was that all about? >> this is perhaps another dimension when we talk about a russian influence campaign. there is a guy, alec torsion, he is deputy adviser of the central bank, he is a close ally with president putin, and he has forged relationships with a lot of people in the republican party. he's a life member of the nra, goes to its annual meetings. he was heading the russian delegation to the national prayer breakfast and was on the schedule to meet with president trump just before the prayer
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breakfast when somebody in the national security council discovered that he also happens to have been the target of an organized crime money laundering investigation by the spanish national police. in fact, as we reported this weekend on yahoo news, the spanish national police had mounted an operation to arrest him at the myorka airport when he was flying this to meet the head of the russian organized crime syndicate in spain. he got tipped off, didn't show, but continued to come to the u.s., was having dinner with republican congressman dana rohrback, tom massey of kentucky and was showing up at the prayer breakfast. the meeting got canceled, but it was a look at one of the many ways that interesting people from russia are forging relationships and perhaps trying to influence our political
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process. >> that sounds like a pitch for, in our day, what we called movie of the week. remember that? >> let's hope so. >> donald trump jr. actually met with his banker last year. jim, there is also this. a former trump campaign adviser carter paige telling buzzfeed that he met with a russian diplomat named victor -- i can't say his last name -- back in 2013 in new york. this diplomat was later charged in 2013 as working with a secret agent. he tells buzzfeed, mr. carter, that nothing was sinful there. this is just another point of contention hanging out there for them. >> we're at least advising trump during the campaign at certain points and russians. now, it does show the risk of having what was an unformed, i suppose you could describe it, campaign structure where you had people with varying degrees of qualifications, frankly, and
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even also closest to the candidate himself who were meeting, at least claiming to be speaking for trump or claiming to have access to him through this campaign. and that shows you one of the risks of having what was a largely unformed operation even as you got into the transition period where you have a guy like eric prince doing the representation or even a son-in-law, right? this kind of thing, it makes sense to have people with experience and to have a structure, a decision-making structure, an oversight of all these things. because when you don't, that's where you'll end up with these strange and somewhat risky relationships that create problems for the president down the line. now he's president, now he has a chance to build out that staff, but even in that case we know many of these key positions aren't filled in the state department and elsewhere. still doesn't have that structure that allows you to avoid some of these pitfalls along the way. >> perfect segue to my next
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segment, jim. thank you very much. sdp >> that's why i do that. when we come back, the president's son-in-law in iraq. also slimming down justice and solving middle east peace. is jared kushner the secretary of everything? and whether you have hundreds or millions... we think you deserve the financial freedom to sleep like this at night. this is the new success story. and at t-i-a-a, we're with you. start today at t-i-a-a dot org. guests can earn a how cafree night when theypring book direct on choicehotels.com and stay with us just two times? spring time. badda book. badda boom. or... badda bloom. seriously? book now at choicehotels.com
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jared kushner is a very, very, very busy man in the trump administration today. the president's son-in-law was part of american delegation meeting in baghdad with iraq's prime minister. also he likes diplomatic experience. the white house explained his presence this way. >> he has a team that he oversees and i think there is a lot of areas that he has been working very diligently on behalf of the government, on behalf of the president's agendas. >> i want to bring in jane ross, writ writer, daniel w.dresner as a professor of international politics at tufts university and mr. andre bower, commentator.
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emily, you first, emily. here's the jobs jared kushner is responsible for. advising the president, brokering middle east peace, office of american innovation, and he seems to be the shadow secretary of state for mexico, canada and china. what do you think he's doing with all these very critical assignments? >> it's probably not a whole lot. he probably has a lot of free time on his hands. the way it was explained to me by someone who is close to him, who has known him for a while in the private sector and is now familiar with what he's doing in the white house, sometimes when one chooses to have a lot of balls in the air, what you're able to do is to distract everybody and not really have responsibility for keeping any of them up in the air. all you need is one success, one ball to stay in the air and everyone else will forget about the other ones. it's kind of a smart strategy
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there. >> it's very interesting. but you know him. >> yeah, i would say -- i would be a little skeptical that there's any overarching strategy there. i think a piece of it is donald trump doesn't seem to have a lot of overarching strategy for how he delegates, so it may just be a function of trump wanting to delegate something and jared putting his hand up. it might be as simple as that. >> actually, someone close to him said to me, donald asks a lot of him and he simply just says yes. >> oeven though some believe -- it's not my assessment, but some believe it's a 30-something real estate heir that he's out of his depth here. secretary sean spicer was asked about jared's incredible portfolio of responsibilities. listen to this. >> it's our understanding that mr. kushner is involved with mexico, that he's involved with saudi arabia, that he's involved with canada, that he's involved with a number of different issues, china in particular? >> i think there has been, as he has made clear initially during
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the transition, he played a very key role in helping to facilitate a lot of things. now that the state department is up and running, he's tried to push a lot of those. there is a lot of relationships that jared has made over time with different leaders, mexico being one of them, you mentioned, that are going to continue to have conversations with him and help facilitate. that doesn't mean, by any means, that it's being done without coordination by the state department. quite, in fact, the opposite. sdp >> i'm going to ask a similar question that i asked elizabeth speiers. does he have the complications involved with any of these countries? >> as a 32-year-old guy i got elected lieutenant governor. i didn't have any background with that, but i met with margaret thatcher, fidel castro, the princess of jordan. nobody briefed me ahead of time. jared kushner is donald trump's most trusted adviser. the guy graduated magna cu
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magna cum laude in college. more than anything, he can assess what he sees unbiased and go back to the president of the united states and say, here's what i see from 40,000 feet and give his opinion. then the president is able to get a person that he trusts that doesn't have an agency he's looking out for or a certain entity he's trying to protect, just a viewpoint of somebody he actually trusts and i think that's a good thing to have for a president. >> okay. go ahead, mr. dresner, because it looks like you want to react to this. >> i just assume jared kushner stayed in the best holiday inn express imaginable last night, because that's the only explanation i have for anyone who has the huber to think you can solve u.s. relations with mexico, u.s. relations with canada, u.s. relations with china, bring peace to the middle east, solve the opioid crisis, solve the va problem, and by the
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way, reform all the federal government. tis is insane. let's just be honest about this, okay? this is a 36-year-old guy who probably has some intelligence but has no actual knowledge about any of the policy areas we're talking about beyond the two months he's been in office. and demonstrates no staff or no ability to implement solutions. his one qualification is that he married well. >> what do you say after that? >> i would agree with dan to a large extent. i think it's preposterous to talk about the situation in the context of anything other than his relationship to donald trump. if you look at the fact that he went to iraq yesterday, it's -- it has nothing to do with anyone in the pentagon believing that he has any value to add on a foreign policy basis. it's about the pentagon looking for other channels to influence and communicate with president trump who so far has eschewed conventional channels.
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>> they're trying to get time or at least get the president's ear, right? so they brought jared kushner in so that they might be able to do that. that's an interesting strategy, emily. >> well, it's family. who better to have donald trump's ear, a man who is famously loyal to his family, someone whose own children work for his family business and children who work for him in the white house. who better to get to donald trump than his own flesh and blood or in-law. >> i love my mom, but i wouldn't hire her as a producer on my show. she's not qualified. >> you don't act like the trumps do. the greatest qualification for working for donald trump is having the last name trump. >> or in this case kushner. >> or in this case kushner. >> i think it's also safe to assume since he trusts jared that he tals hkes his advice. we all have family members we trust but we wouldn't take advice from them. >> an update on the campaign to defeat isis.
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else not making policy, he's going back and reporting to donald trump, from my understanding, and giving him an overview of what he sees. he's just analyzing what he sees in each one of these different scenarios. i gu a guy, in his own right, he's a very accomplished young man, so donald trump trusted him. i don't see what the harm is to send someone you trust, get information, come back and inform the president of the united states to make a better decision. >> isn't that what the secretary of defense and the secretary of state would normally do, that's why you hire them because they have the experience and you can trust them? how would jared kushner -- let's just be honest. if he saw a fight or skirmish or a scuffle in a war zone, what would he know a to z? he wouldn't know. that's what the secretary would know. he hired a bunch of generals and we haven't talked about that. you're reporting in the "washington post," you said, the loony strategic disaster in
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mar-a-lago this week, the president meeting with the chinese president thursday and friday. it's one of the most important relationships the u.s. has. why do you say that's going to be a disaster? >> because everything that donald trump believes when it comes to foreign policy is that what he wants out of countries like china or germany or what have you is pledges of investment in the united states. he wants sort of shiny deliverables to say, i have reached an agreement where china will bring $5 billion worth of investment in and that will create so many jobs. the question is, what is the quid pro quo for that? what will china ask for that? i think there is genuine concern where you will see u.s. foreign policy for rent. not all that value, either. they're going to charge low prices where the u.s. agrees to step out of the south china sea, for example, in return for a couple billion dollars of investment. the problem is, those pledges of investment, china made pledges of investment to russia, for
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example, that actually haven't borne out. but changes in foreign policy are very tough to reverse. so i worry, frankly, that the summit will go extremely well. that you'll see a lot of declarations about agreements between china and the united states that don't actually end up with much and china ends up leading foreign policy. >> he's supposed to be leading this office of government innovation to modernize and stream line the government. you worked with him at the observer for 18 months. that was back in 2011 and 2012. you said you don't believe he's qualified for that position, either? >> look what it's designed to do. what you're really talking about is reforming government, which largely requires operational expertise that jared doesn't have and he doesn't really have that kind of experience, either. he comes out of commercial real estate, which certainly is a competitive and difficult to be competitive industry, but it's 90% transactional and the 10% that isn't transactional is really about cost cutting.
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and if those were the only two things that mattered in terms of reforming government, maybe he would be qualified to advise, but they aren't. you really do need the operational expertise. >> we're not done yet. stick around, everybody. when we come back. me la melania trump goes glam in her first official portrait. you may never even sit in the back seat. yeah, but maybe you should. ♪ (laughter) ♪
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she was wearing a black tuxedo style jacket and a sequinned scarf. the photo was taken inside the private residence at the white house. back with me now, my panel. i want to get everyone's reaction to this, melania's official portrait. i want to start with you. >> she looks beautiful. i think the lighting is very reminiscent of maybe the '90s, '80s soft photo. >> it looks like a glamour shot. doesn't it look like a glamour shot? >> yes. she looks like a very '80les la. >> she looks like a bond girl.
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she looks stunningly beautiful, but there is something bond-like about it. >> she's a stunning lady. one of the most beautiful first ladies we've ever had. >> what do you think, dan? >> i'm not going to argue against melania trump being an attractive woman. >> so let's look at some of the other first lady portraits. >> i feel like we need to join hands and sing kum-by-ya. >> it's a little bit of a departure from michelle obama, hillary clinton and barbara bush. >> everyone is in black. >> they are all in black. >> you've got an article out in vanity fair about kellyanne conway's role in the white house. you wrote, what does kellyanne conley do when she is not on tv? there is some confusion about
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what she does day to day. one white house aide tells me she has an agenda of the issues she wants to work on and is very passionate about the plans to help out with. but it's less clear how she is working on them on a daily basis. so what is she doing? >> well, it is very related to what we were just talking about with jared kushner, actually, what she's doing on a daily basis. if we go back to february, kellyanne was on with jake tapper on cnn and she wanted to do work with veterans and the opioid addiction. someone close to jared kushner said, jared really isn't sure what her place is here so let's keep her focused on those two issues. flash forward to this week when his commission was announced. suddenly his commission is tasked with veterans issues and issues in the country. those were the two issues that
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kellyanne was going to be dealing with. she is answering to jared kushner, who is 14 years younger than she is and far less experienced in politics. the two are definitely tied and related. >> i think a piece of this is the entire administration takes valued expertise across the board as being inherently valuable, and as a result they're willing to assign a variety of tasks to people. jared is managing an epically broad portfolio and so is kellyanne. there is overrising sentiment that you can do that job and do it well. >> kellyanne conway has been one of the most controversial of the president's advisers from talking about fact, microwaves, turning to candidates and pitching ivanka's products. she has experience in politics but little experience in
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actually governing. is that an indication of how the first 70-some days have gone? >> that's a huge part of the problem. if you look at trump's white house staff, none of them coming in had any experience whatsoever working for the federal government up until this administration. furthermo furthermore, it's worth pointing out between kellyanne and jared, the burn rate is incredibly high given we haven't reached 100 days yet. you have michael flynn who was forced out. we're getting word that the national deputy adviser is on her way out, and i believe kelly walsh, the deputy chief of staff, also went out. i think that explains one of the reasons why you have jared kushner assuming a larger portfolio and why the lines of command seem to be so confused. trump's inner staff is becoming smaller and smaller. he's not expanding it, he's actually shrinking it. which is going to mean, by the way, that governing will get harder for him over time, not
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easier. >> jared kushner, ivanka, kellyanne conway. nobody really understands exactly what their jobs are. the lack of definition, is that a problem with getting things done or getting a coherent me say aj o-- message out of this administration? >> possibly so. it would be more clear if they knew what their roles were. knowing a delineated job title as to what her undertakings were. >> i have to go. quickly. >> i think it's a good thing for jared and kellyanne not to have their roles defined. they're not responsible to anybody if no one knows exactly what they're supposed to be doing. sdplz ve >> very good point. when we come back, donald trump changing the rules of his country and that's raising a lot of questions.
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new questions tonight about potential conflicts of interest for president trump. here discussing a chief white house ethics lawyer under president bush. i want to start with this whole report today that revealed there
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have been changes made quietly to the president's trust. now according to a report, a new clause was added. "the trustees shall dist rickute net income or principal to donald j. trump at his request, as the trustee s deem necessary for his maintenance, support or uninsured --" >> he has plenty of money for maintenance for medical expenses already. what this is about is that this trust was set up to benefit him. and allow him to do with his money whatever he wants when he wants. we've known that all along. they're just another way to hold the assets that belong to donald
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trump as president. he still has a conflict of interest on those assets. whether they're in a trust, a corporation of partnerships or whatever. this is just about a way to hold those assets for the benefit of donald trump. >> let me ask you this. sean spicer was asked about the costs surrounding a trump family trip. >> third is i would know ironically this is a day the president just donated a significant amount of money of his salary back to the federal government. so respectfully, at what point does he do enough? he just gave a very sizeable donation. >> to be able to say he's not taking a salary, he's walked away from a lot.
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i think at some point he's done quite a bit in terms of making a donation to the government. >> seriously, when it comes to his business, exactly what has president trump walked away from? >> he still owns the businesses, he just has other people managing the businesses for him and he's getting a lot more updates than he said he would but he still owns the businesses. he's making a ton of money in the private sector while he's president of the united states. he has conflicts of interest and insists the president cannot have conflicts of interest. that's wrong. he does. and now he's taking these trips to mar-a-lago with all the secret service in tow and the members of the club pay $200,000
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to join. they raised that fee right after the election. so they can hangout with the white house staff and the president and that's just -- and they tell us they don't have records and that's just utter nonsense. i don't think he wants to share that with the secret service. and the taxpayers are paying for it. we need a president who's going to focus on doing his job as president, not just on making money and hanging around his winter white house as he calls it with no visitor logs and no accountability. >> and the money he's donated so far, i was told it would only cover one hour of secret service in one visit of a couple hours. that's a lot of money. let's talk about this new report
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that michael flynn, president trump's form eer national secury advisor failed to announce he received money from russian authorities. >> that's a false statement. if he made a false statement orally or in writing and i believe he signed this form. if he knowingly made a false statement to the united states government in the conduct of its official business, it would be a crime. so the question is if he happened to forget he was paid $45,000 by an edity linked to the russian government to give a speech the year before. if someone had paid me $45,000 a year to give a speech, i
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