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perhaps in of these things he promised will yet come to pass. faced with a string of protests and disapproval rates, the first 100 daze have proven more complicated than he expected. >> thanks to you and thoovrngs our viewers. erin burnett "out front" starts right now. >> "out front," breaking news. the entire senate summoned to the white house. was it productive or for show? the trump administration proposing a massive tax cut for businesses. how much will the trump organization gain? and a crucial witness who almost died after a mysterious four-story fall. it's a story you'll see only here. let's go out front front. good evening. i'm erin burnett. the most dangerous spot on the planet, words of senator ted
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cruz. the entire senate summoned to a hi highly publicized meeting. president trump even made a brief appearance. the message according to people inside the meeting was "sobering." >> north korea is the most dangerous spot on the planet right now. it remains very, very dangerous and unfortunately, there are a lot of outcomes in north korea where if military conflicts occurs, there could be a very, very significant loss of life. >> what the briefing lacked apparently was just revelations on president trump's military plan, specific military plands to deal with kim jong un. no new information on that despite asking the entire senate to come to the house white house. a caravan of seven buses transporting the united states senate for a two-mile move from the capital to the white house.
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this senator left the briefing and is my guest. i want to begin with jeff sciutto. we have to have this meeting, you have to come right here to the white house. but there are big questions ability the 079ics. roimt and a lot of questions as to whether this was 079dics over substance. chris murphy telling me it was a hyundai photo op for the president. people agree, north korea is a clear and imminent danger. question is why they had to go all the way down the hill to hear something they already knew. they bussed the entire u.s. senate to the white house for a briefing on north korea. signalling growing alarm about the threat from the nuclear state. >> it was a sobering briefing and an important opportunity for the entire senate to hear emerging plans of the trump administration to confront what is a very real threat.
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>> reporter: the meetings led by mattis,ings dunford, secretary of state rex tillerson and dan coats. senators from both parties stressed the seriousness of the threat but said no new information was given, raising questions about whether a trip to the white house was necessary or just for show. >> reporter: you were inside. what was the revelation? >> no rev layings. i think the white house wanted to convey to the congress that they're serious about north korea. they clearly are, putting a lot of their cards on the table with china to try to get them to change their policy. >> i didn't hear anything that's different from public knowledge. >> reporter: he says he's taking the north korean leader at his own word, that he is developing a weapon capable of hitting the u.s. >> we're looking at it as if kim
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jong un will do as he says. >> my forces are ready to fight tonight if called on to do that. >> reporter: admiral harris announced that the anti-missile system will be ready to operate within days. >> this week north korea threatened australia with nuclear attack. north korea's missiles point in every direction. >> reporter: admiral harris took the blame over confusion for when the uss vinson will arrive in the area. it's now nearby in the philippines, he a1450urs. >> as president trump and secretary mattis have made clear, all options are on the table. we want to bring kim jong un to siz senses, not to his knees. >> reporter: one option we're
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told the white house is considering, is putting korea back on the list of state sponsored terroristism. those negotiations, those agreements didn't work. it shows you how limited the options are that haven't been tried before. >> certainly. of course how limited negotiation is when they haven't kept their word in any case that we can see. thank you, jim. will ripley is in pyongyang tonight. will, you had the chance -- this is important for our viewers to know. you spoke with a senior north korean official. >> yes. >> what did he tell you? >> it is very rare to have a north korean official sit down and go on the record with us, erin. we talked about a wide range of topics. one thing he made very clear, even though north korea hasn't conducted its sixth nuclear test, he said there will be more nuclear tests, more missile
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launches, more provocative behavior than what we saw this week. showi ining their military equipment. all because of one reason. >> translator: this exercise is a direct response to acts of aggression by the united states. >> reporter: and also a response to what we saw happening in south korea. a joint military exercise between the united states and south koreian forces, fighter yet, tanks on the ground, south korea and the u.s. trying to send their own message that they have more firepower than north korea. what officials here are telling me, erin, is this type of exercise is why they feel a sense of urgency here, to move on with their plan to build an
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intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead. they believe that will be their ace in the hole against invasion. erin? >> thank you very much. now to the democratic senator jeff americaly. he was at that white house meeting today. you heard ted cruz talking about north korea as the most dangerous spot on the planet. you're slow well aware of the threat here. how imminent and grave is the throat from north korea? >> it's not imminent in the sense that they don't have a missile at this moment that they it is certainly a program that will develop that ability. we certainly are at a key moment right now because what the administration has laid out is they have a mission. the mission is not to freeze the nuclear program. it is not regime change. it is to eliminate the nuclear
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program and they've expressed a willingness to act unilaterally if necessary. they're counting on two strategies. one is working with china to apply ex stream economic pressure and the second is to move military forces into the region, which they have already done with destroyer doing, if you will, exercises was japan. >> yeah. >> another one with south korea. then moving in the very substantial cruise missile submarine that carries 154 cruise missiles. the question becomes what might happen if there is a ballistic missile test, how will the united states respond and if we respond with an attack on north korea, do they attack seoul? and this could be the death of tens of thousands of people should that happen. we learned about the detailed
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thinking around move/countermove without triggering a major war. >> you heard the dmoirkians talking to will ripley saying they're going ahead with this. there's no question about it. they want the icbm. that is the ultimate goal to strike the united states. they're going to do anything they can to get there. the satellite pictures we have from south korea show activity at a nuclear test site. did you get any comment from the trump administration as to whether the president will strike north korea militarily? any answers to that question? >> no answers to that question at all. the application of rising, if you will, pressure needs to be combined with a clear sense of your mission and your off ramp. what is it you're seeking to achieve and how do you get there. one thing that was very clear is the administration saying we are %-p. we're not talking to them
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directly or indirectly. we don't think there would be any value in doing to. it's external pressure. how do you create the dialogue to get to the place you want to be? that's a key question we had no insight on today. >> no insight on that and no military plans that the president has. i know he stopped by for 14 minutes is what we understand. did he add mig at all? >> no. and it wasn't 14 minutes. he came out from behind the curtain. he says he has a very good time, i'm sure they're developing a good plan. something like that. he said thanks for coming and he disappeared. >> why do you think he had i all come? >> complete optics, saying he thinks it's important enough to summon us to the white house. this kind of a breeflg you could have anticipated that the administration might be
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preparing to say they have a new strategy, a trump doctrine, if you will. they say the era of strategic patience is over. do they have a new strategy? the answer is not yet. are they able to share how they're working out the series of options so the pressure converts to achieving the goal? they're not sharing that yet. we learned nothing you couldn't read in the newspaper. >> patty murphy said it was a 100 o-day photo op. would you concur? >> that's right on. it's important for the senate to have these briefings. you're in the room, you're focused on the question, your colleagues are asking questions. by the way, it was a shorter question period we'd have than 23 we'd held it in the senate. in this case it was cut off painful after the chairs of the key committees had their questions answered and we didn't
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learn as much as we would have in a snowstormal briefing. >> certainly troubling to hear about a place called the most dangerous place on the planet right now. thank you. >> you're welcome. >> how much does president trump's businesses stand to gain from a tax return? and a scandal stretching from new york to the kremlin. the man investigating it mysterily falling from a fourth floor. to three counties where counties flipped big from obama to trump. >> i'm not a fan of the twitter and all that kind of stuff. but i don't care. [team member] we're proactively advancing our security to find better ways to help keep your finances safe. over here, we're working on voice recognition. [customer] oh, uh, question. [team member] yes. [customer] a lot of people say that i sound like my brother. he wouldn't be able to sign into my account, would he?
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. tonight the white house unveiled its tax plan, sort of. in a press conference with press secretary and white house are director were extremely light on details. >> the core principles of this, we have agreement on and we will work forward on the details. >> you're going forward on micro details. >> very important. >> i agree. >> we're working on details. >> tax consult. >> how much? >> going to mean a tax cut. >> we'll be working with ko
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congress on that. >> jim acosta is "out front." >> reporter: get ready for trump-onomics. it would be a boon to big business and make the deficit go boom. >> this is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country. and we are committed to seeing this through. >> reporter: the white house tax plan includes what officials are calling tax relief for h middle income families and help with childcare costs through the tax code sequels a massive reduction in the tax rate which would plummet to 15%. that would come in if form of doubling the standard ducks for families. while repealing the alternative minimum tax and estate tax, a big break for wealthier americans. the trump administration would
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pay for the cuts. raising the big question, how is the white house going to pay for any of this? >> will it pay for itself? again, i think as weave seen, we're working lots of details on this. we have over 1450 people in the treasurely. this will pay for itself with growth. >> reporter: during the campaign then-candidate trump promised to eliminate the national debt. >> i will bring our energy companies back. they'll be able to compete. they'll make money. they'll pay off our national debt. they'll pay off our tremendous budget deficits, which are tremendous. >> reporter: he slammed president obama for failing to bring the debt under control. >> we've doubled our national debt to $20 trillion under president obama. in less than eight years. ten drill ondolla10 trillion do.
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>> the fabbri indicator in chief can't talk his way through the next four years. >> reporter: now, on another front, the trump administration is making it clear that at this point president trump is considering whether he will sign an executive order that would announce that the administration is declaring its intent to withdraw from nafta. that is, of course, the free trade agreement from the clinton era between u.s., mexico and canada, but we should caution our viewers tonight senior administration officials are really trying to turn down the temperature on some of these expectations saying this is the beginning stage of the process. the president is considering it but it may not lead to a total withdrawal from nafta. it might lead to a renegotiation of nafta, which is something the president promised during the campaign. if he renegotiates a withdrawal
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from nafta, that will be a promise kept. >> now steven moore and cnn's senior economic analyst zaun goolsby, chicago's school of business. ok, steve. so i was actually with donald trump on the day in the campaign when he rolled out one of his tax plans. >> uh-huh. >> it's almost four pages single spasd. this is during the campaign. we've got chafrts, what's going to happen to your taxes. >> ok. >> ok. today i got one double spaced page. very, very light on details. ok. where are they, steve? >> well, this is a vision. this is a fulfillment of a campaign promise, keep the taxes down, modernize and simplify our tax structure. most persons saying hoorah, the idea of getting the standard tax form down to the size of a post
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card. why does it have to be so complicated. but it's reorganized towards jobs and workers. it's about time. we haven't cleaned out our tax system in 30 years. on two pages, not a lot of details. >> one page, double spaced. >> one page or two. but the point is this is really -- look, the house of representatives and the senate are going to write a tax bill that is sort of oriented towards the goals that donald trump set out. >> ok. austin, what do you make of it? if there's a lot less detail than we had at the end of december in 2015. >> exactly right. i think they got confused. i think they thought they wanted people's tax returns on a post card. instead they combined all their ideas and that doesn't even fill a post card. they literally have one page and the one page is a massive, unbelievably large tax cut for
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very high income people and very big corporations. >> so -- >> and so i don't see what -- why they did this. it doesn't enhance their negotiating position. it makes it worse. >> let's talk about that. because n steven, you know, the treasure secretary ma mnuchin was asked if the president woot release his tax returns. he didn't offer up another delay tactic. he actually answered the question. i give him credit for being the first person in the administration honest about it. >> the president has no intention. i think he's given more financial disclosure than anybody else. >> ok. so he's not going to do it. thank you for the truth, secretary any mnuchin. the thing is, steve, we don't have his taxes. we can't tell specifically how much he benefits. i tell you this, it's a lot. he's going to benefit a lot. >> look, erin, i'm sort of -- i'm disappointed in you that
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you're bringing this up. we're talking about a major tax reform that could have a huge impact on our economy for a decade or decades to come and you want to talk about donald trump's tax return? i think it's preposterous. >> ok. look -- >> talk about it. >> look. if people didn't want to vote for donald trump because he wasn't going to release his tax returns, they had that opportunity on november 7. >> hold on for a second -- >> he promised -- >> -- on that september day -- >> ridiculous topic. >> hold on. he said he would end up paying more. that's what he told me. yet we know he paid $31 million in 2005. he wouldn't be paying n that. he wants to lower business taxes to 15%. trump, obviously, the trump organization is a lot of pass-through organizations so he would benefit from that. he could go to 15%. people at the top would go from 39 poison 6 to 35.
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he will be an incredible bishy, far from what he said back then. >> do you really believe he's putting forward this tax plan to benefit himself personally? there are tax breaks that are going to benefit him but don't forget that we're also taking away massive amounts of deductions. wealthy people don't have ways to hide and disguise their income. the point is this is a jobs program. why don't we talk about how this is going to impact the economy. most people don't care whether donald trump is going to benefit from this. what most people care about is whether they're going to benefit themselves from it. i'm hire to tell you, millions of americans will have benefits from this. >> that's not true. any objective observer that looks at this recognizes that this is the same nonsense that they argued in the state of kansas where they said we'll have massive cuts for very high income people and their pass-through businesses and that
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will generate growth. it did nothing of the sort. it loses massive amounts of money. it does not pay for itself. it didn't work when george bush cut taxes for high income people and corporations, it's not going to work this time. donald trump, i do not think it's coincidental that he'll save himself and his family an estimated $1 billion in taxes. >> i just have to say, look, we tried it your way for the last eight years and it didn't work. it gave us the weakest recovery. we ran up the debt. now the obama people are saying we can't have there. wages have fallen over the last eight years. we've got to try something new and this is something. it worked for reagan. it worked for kennedy. >> can i say, steve, that was cutting taxes from 90 to 70%. right.
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>> right. >> you're talking cutting from 39.6 to 35. >> erin -- >> rate of growth isn't -- >> it's a fair point. the major benefit of this tax plan comes from cutting the business tax rate which right now as you guys know is the highest in the world. we're seeing every country, germany, france, italy, spain, ireland, consulting taxes. the united states has become hopelessly uncompetitive. we've got to bring it down -- >> you're saying you're going to shut the deductions down, which would defeat the whole plan you just laid out? >> right now we have a poor tax system where some are saying 40% and some are paying nothing. >> austin. >> that's not the plan. the thing is if you were going to do this in a revenue neutral way, you could get a lot of people on board with it. >> maybe that's the basis for
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negotiations. >> if we were to cut corporate rates that would generate growth, let's look around the world and see where rates lowest. >> ireland. >> uzbekistan. western europe also has the lowest growth. there is no direct relationship between -- >> vurve been to -- >> i want to -- >> have you guys ever been to dublin? they have the lowest tax rates in the world. i want to bring them back to america. there's no question we've been -- erin you've covered this story. 5u78 these companies that have left the united states because of high corporate rates. >> i will say, trump says on his single spaced faj he's going to tax money fromovers and keep those people to account. thank you both. next, breaking news, son-in-law jared curb her, going to be scheduled to testify between house committee jegting trump
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. >> breaking news. top trump associates expected to meet in adds few as two weeks to testify on their ties with russia. finally a date and it is soon. sources tell us the list is extensive including michael flinlt and president trump's son-in-law jared kushner. out front, the senior advisor to president obama david axlerod, the founder of the institute of politics and chris saliza. we have a date. we know many of the names on the list. could we be weeks away in knowing, was there collusion between the trump campaign and russia? >> i doubted it. i doubt you'll get that clean a conclusion from those discussions. >> yeah. >> i think we'll learn more. each of these people have exposure that has been written about and that congress is going
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on the want to explore. i think the focus of interest may be on kushner because he has been examined less in all of this. i think the focus of all of that is going to be his meeting in december with the head of russian-owned bank, apparently arranged by the russian ambassador, neither of which were disclosed on his application for security clearance. he cleaned that up after the fact. >> yeah. >> and this is a recurrent problem with the trump crowd is that they have not been forthcoming about all these contacts with the russians. i think that may be cleared up to some degree. what exactly were all these meetings about when they appeared before the committee. >> chris, that is the big question, though. when will there be something definitive? >> i'm with david. >> yeah. >> i always think betting on congress to be less defensive tin and later than you think is usually a pretty safe bet.
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>> sadly, yes. >> but i think we'll get some clarity. i think it is remarkable on the 97th -- we're so close to 100s day. i'm going to round up. you get some news on russia. this has been the cloud hanging over the trump administration since the transition. you would think. their strategy to the extent there is one about turning over documents baffles me. if you want to be exonerated. if donald trump says there is no there-there. >> take it, take it. >> out of our way. >> yeah. so as we come -- >> that's big. >> three more days. i'm scared to round.
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lot more can happen. david, you have the president coming out tonight slamming judges dwen again, right, off of a narrative he would want. so he gave an interview today. he said he's "absolutely considering proposals to break up the ninth circuit court." adding and i quote this here "there are many people who want to break up the ninth circuit. it's outrageous." does this latest comment hurt him? he's continue ally taking on judges. >> no. the way i read this -- i know you mentioned this about his decision to stand down in the budget discussions about the calm. i any he threw some red meat to his base on the ninth district play. it was all about the sanctuary city ruling. it's his way of saying i'm trying to do this stuff and
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these judges aren't letting me do it. i viewed it as part and parcel of the back and forth that's going on and he's trying to keep his base on board and signify, i think it's dangerous, yir sfonl. it's also chris and you both, erin, will remember that during the obama administration, it was always the fifth circuit where all these suits against administration actions were coming, rather conservative circuit and there are people on the democratic side upset about it. the president never called for breaking up the fifth circuit. >> chris, if it is as david suggests, something to throw red meat to the base, president trump is backing down over this wall. it's not going on inn the funding fund this week unless they flip hch flop. there were warnings. here they are, chris. >> they're going to lose the trust of our base if we don't keep our promises, our base is going to walk away. >> it looks like president trump
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is caving on his demand for a measly one billion dollars in the budget for his wall on the border with mexico. >> how damaging to the base, chris? >> potentially, very. he was electled on the idea that everything would be easy. he knew how to fix it and he would fix it. governing is more difficult. it is easy for a rush limbaugh to say we've got to just do this. why can't they make it happen, than to get the actual votes fiscal hawks are concerned about how you pay for it. >> thank you both very much. next, a witness about to spill secrets about the russian mob. silence after the serious fall from a fourth story window. did the united states try to warn him? it's our exclusive. and a visit to obama country
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. new tonight, is the effort to repeal and replace obama care alive this evening? a big step in that direction. the house caucus endorsing a plan. that may be seen as a complete nonstarter. sun person telling us, this isn't helpful. but for those swing state voters who went big time for trump, what does it mean? >> reporter: what do you think? >> he's shaking things up. i like it. >> he's not fail but he's stuks in a hard spot. >> i think we're all screwed.
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>> reporter: ohio, michigan, and pennsylvania and three counties in them flipping from blue to red. what do the voters think now? >> i think he's sending the right messages in a way but he doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut. >> tony, third generation farmer and owner of vin yards in ohio's wine country, a registered democrat who voted for trump. >> is he the perfect guy? no he's not. >> reporter: but you voted for him. >> he was the only guy there that showed a sign of change. >> reporter: nine ohio counties flipped from obama to trump. none mor than here in ashtabula county. trump did better, beating clinton by 19 points, a whopping 31.7-point swing. >> i voted out of rebellion of
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what's happening in washington. >> a common rereare freezing rain. fighting between democrats and republicans. >>! ducrow was swept in on the trump we've. >> first hundred days in office, how is he doing? >> hm -- >> it's a question some republicans wrestle with. >> how do i answer that question? >> he says it is his promise of jobs, above all that trump will be judged on. >> we have had a tough time. we've lost a lot of manufacturing over the years. >> reporter: then there's tourist destination and fishermans paradise lake county michigan. largely democratic, or at least it was. >> i'm a true trump believer. >> i usually go democrat but i voted for trump. >> reporter: in 2016, lake
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county flipped by more than any other. in 2012 obama beat romney by just over five points. nearly 23 points in the last election. a massive 28-point swing. this man had never voted in his life ever till trump's promise to bring back jobs and fix health care. >> i took it as maybe he might try to do like canada, pay a little extra in taxes and get free health care for everybody instead of whoever can afford it. >> reporter: bridget owns, cooks, and serves. you live upstairs? >> check. >> you're here 24-7 is what you're saying? >> yes. p he's very biz savvy. that's what i felt we needed to get into office. >> reporter: what are you
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feeling now? >> i like it. he's definitely eccentric. i'm not a fan of the twitter. >> reporter: john is the local tree trimmer and the only democrat to survive a contested race in lake county. >> out of 848 votes, up won by 13. >> reporter: lucky 13. >> lucky 13. >> reporter: he can't account for why the county went so hard for republicans. >> this is a democratic county, has been for decades. >> reporter: what happened? >> that's a tough question. >> reporter: she now scoops ice cream. the independent voter has no health insurance. she says trump scares her but -- >> if they can get things done, i'm ready to give them a chance. >> reporter: finally, there's lose earn county pennsylvania only one of three in the keystone state to go blue to
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red. trump easily won the county by more than 19 points, a swing of 24.2 points. anne marie has worked in the family business for 53 years. she flipped and likes trump's aggressive foreign policy. >> he's not going to take no baloney off anybody. he's going to be and he's going to kick it! >> reporter: richard and eileen both volunteered and voted for obama. you're a democratic county councilmember for luzerne county. >> yes. >> reporter: and you voted for donald trump? >> yes. >> reporter: both flipped but watching closely. >> he stride to go with the health care act. it was really a disaster. >> reporter: at chocko's family bowling we caught up with
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construction worker andrew coleman who has a wife, two kids. they have insurance. he doesn't. >> right now i don't have insurance through my employer and i can't afford it. the way it's going now. that's a big thing for me. that's the reason i voted for him. roimt krisz teen a republican and mother of two gives the president so far an a. >> i think the president is doing well. first time has not had government experience before. >> reporter: clinton voter and veteran daryl smith says trump's lack of experience still worries him. >> and he's ticking off a lot of people. i'm afraid that it's going to end up backfiring on him. >> reporter: swing voters still sizing up the new president but expecting results soon. miguel marquez, cnn in patriotism, michigan, and ohio. >> another fantastic look from the front lines of voters in this country. next, trump doing something no
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>> donald trump is a businessman and he talked a lot on the campaign trail about approving the keystone pipeline, amount of environmentalists were upset. in fact we don't know how many jobs it would create. >> these monuments, they exist thanks to teddy roosevelt, and his legacy is something donald trump once wanted to honor, as recently as december, extolling the memory of roosevelt. >> honoring the legacy of theodore roosevelt, one of our great environmentalists, we will protect national viabilimonumen future generations.
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>> if you look back in history, it kind of reminds me of teddy roosevelt. >> you had all these op-eds that talked about the link between the two, he's now blowing that out of the water tonight. >> no doubt about that, they're both big personalities, they're both from very wealthy new york families, but when it comes to the idea of preservation, roosevelt will go down and has gone down in history trying to preserve these federal lands for future generations, but donald trump will probably go down as a result of his actions a few hours ago as trying to open them up for energy companies and mining companies, and we don't even know if these lands were to be open how many jobs it would create and would it offset jude tourism and recreational opportunities. and next a russian lawyer, a key witness in an upcoming trial, falling from a fourth story window, were the secrets
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tonight a mysterious death and a near fatal accident linked to an investigation that could go to the very top of the russian government. a russian lawyer and key witness almost killed after falling four stories, russian media says he fell out of a window while trying to move a bathtub. we knew what american officials have long feared that he was in danger. >> reporter: a russian attorney accidentally fell four stories, out of this moscow apartment window, while attempting to move a bathtub, perhaps, but cnn has
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learned u.s. prosecutors once feared for goracov's safety and that he could be in danger because of a tax fraud investigation that could eventually reach the upper hierarchy of russian government. >> i think that foul play was involved. >> bill browders, once a moufrl investment anyway was the target of a massive scheme in moscow, allegedly involving almost every layer of the russian government, courts, police, ministry interior officials, even tax officials. $230 million taken from the russian treasury and distributed to russian organized crime figures and government officials in the form of tax refunds according to u.s. court documents. browder fled russia fearing for his life, but one of his
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associates wasn't so lucky. he was arrested, thrown in prison, beaten and tortured with rubber hoses, he died in prison in 2009, nikolai gorocov fell out of that window the day before he was to present new proof of russian involvement in the fraud scheme and magnisky's death. >> he was going to release evidence showing that russian organized criminals were communicating directly with the russian police to try to cover up the death. >> gorocov was also a witness in a u.s. federal money laundering case. the stolen money ended up here, invested in several new york properties.
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now cnn has obtained newly unsteeled documents showing at the time of gorocov's involvement in the case, former u.s. attorney said that individuals in russia could threaten to harm mr. gorokov from testifying at trial. now he is recovering from his injuries from an alleged accident. >> if you challenge them, the russian state will find ways to potentially retaliate and there will be consequences. >> aaron nikolai gorokov has yet to release evidence that -- he has said nothing publicly while he recovers from his injuries. >> thank you very much, an
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incredibly sobering piece, anybody could be subject to retribution. don't forget, you can watch outfront, any time any where, just go to cnn go. acc 360 with anderson cooper begins right now. good evening, thank you for joining us, a busy day at the white house, the president announcing his tax plan but what will it mean for you and who will pay for it? and about the president's unusual statement that he's looking at options to break up the appeals court where judges have blocked some of his kb executive action. but we begin with a meeting at the white house that was so unusual that not even -- president trump all but summoned them there for a briefing on the increasing tensions with north korea. some said on leaving that