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the president is back at the white house strategizing on how to kwi jet the creshendo on his new administration. an official tells cnn today that it's a work day in the west wing adding that president trumpb is trump is likely to meet with his legal team and aides. he was confronted with new reports about son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner. >> mr. president, did jared try to set up a back channel to the russians? >> let's go to cnn washington correspondent ryan nobles at the white house. so far the administration has refused to comment about a proposed secret administration line to the kremlin. anything more today? >> reporter: yeah, we did hear from some members of the administration, fredricka. they did not specifically respond to questions about jared
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kushner and the trump transition. they talked about the issue broadly. this follows a pattern that we've seen with administration officials. h.r. mcmaster says it's not that uncommon and then this morning homeland security secretary john kelly said something similar. listen. >> do you think back channelling is normal and acceptable? >> it's normal and acceptable. any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing. and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, it comes back into the government and shared across the government. so it's not a bad thing to have multiple communication lines to any government. >> using their commitment in their diplomatic facilities?
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>> well, again, i don't know if all of that is true. i would just say that any line of communication, particularly a country like russia, is a good thing. again, it comes back into -- >> even using their equipment? i know you don't know whether that's true or not, but -- >> i would say -- i mean, using their equipment, you know, that would cause you to be -- that communication would be considered to be, you know, kind of somewhat compromised. but the point is, any line of communication to a country like russia is a good thing. >> and my apologies. that was from abc. you can see homeland security secretary not confirming or denying whether or not this actually happened, whether or not jared kushner did attempt to set up this back channel. meanwhile, we're starting to get some sort of a response from lawmakers on capitol hill. among them, lindsey graham, the south carolina senator, he's not necessarily been a defender of
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the trump administration but in this case he's skeptical about the report. listen to what he said this morning on "state of the union". >> i don't know who leaked this suppose conversation but think about this. you have the ambassador of russia reporting back to moscow on an open channel. hey, jared kushner is going to move into the embassy. i don't trust this story as far as i can throw it. i think it makes no sense that the russian ambassador would report back to moscow on a channel that he most likely knows we're monitoring. the whole story line is suspicious. i've never been more concerned or suspicious of all things russia than i am right now. >> it's important to point out that the south carolina senator is suspicious of the report and, of course, we do only have those reports from the media because the white house won't tell us one way or another if this is actually true. but it points to this broader issue that the white house has with these investigations into russia. we have a lot of questions but don't often have a lot of answers. >> and if the white house would just simply say, not true, we
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can assure you it didn't happen, then maybe it would move on. but with this "no comment," it makes it appear that there is something there. meanwhile, today, president trump is meeting with staff and perhaps lawyers at the white house. what who are do you know about that? >> reporter: we actually just spotted one of the attorneys that is reportedly working with the president, his outside legal counsel as it relates to the investigation in russia and that attorney is marc kasowitz, a long-time attorney connected to president trump in miss private life. it was reported last week that he had retained kasowitz's counsel. we know that he was here at the white house. we spotted him with ivanka trump, the daughter of president trump, leaving the white house not too long ago. we don't know if kasowitz met personally with the president but we know it was at the white house and we know that part of the meetings that the president was planning to have today was
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with the legal counsel. fred? >> ryan nobles, thank you so much. i'm quoting now, my dashboard warning light was on. that was the response from former director of national intelligence james clapper. you just heard a moment ago about these reports on jared kushner. here's what he told "meet the press" as well this morning. >> my dashboard warning light was clearly on and i think that was the case with all of the intelligence community, very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the russians. at the time i left, i did not see any smoking gun evidence of collusion but it certainly was appropriate forgiven all of the signs, certainly appropriate for the fbi to -- and necessary for the fbi to investigate. >> all right. let's discuss this further now with ron brownstein, senior
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editor for "the atlantic." good to see you. james clapper has always been very sober when talking about this topic, saying that his dashboard light was on. what does that say specifically to you when you hear from him, you know, some real eyebrow raising concerns here? >> well, it crosses an important threshold. the president has argued repeatedly that this is either fake news or sour grapes and now you have james clapper saying what john brennan said this week as well and what james comey has said, that while they don't know where all of the evidence leads, there was clearly enough evidence there of contacts to raise concern and to warrant further investigation. it shatters the argument that this is simply democratic sour grapes or people wanting to relitigate the election. you now have three senior national security law enforcement officials all saying
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in various phrases that their dashboard lights were on and they saw evidence of contact that concerned them. >> okay. and also very concerning, we've heard from so many people about the disclosure and lack thereof from jared kushner before he filled out -- while he filled out that form, fs-86, which grants him security clearance. so here the president went on this trip, he called it a great success, and you heard him from italy yesterday kind of take off all of the high points from his trip and now he's back at the white house and he tweets but he's tweeting really about likes and his disdain -- continued disdain for the media, saying that, "it is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the white house are fabricated lies made up by the fake news media." but we're not hearing the white house say, let's dismiss this report, not true, didn't happen. we're not hearing that. >> no. >> there's a big "no comment"
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coming from mcmaster while in italy. >> that's right. and as we said, the president's core argument has been throughout the entire question of any contact, much less collusion with russians during the campaign is fake news. as i said, you now have a series of national security officials saying they saw enough to concern them. it's striking. there's another angle to this. it's angela merkel's remarks in germany and she said we are essentially alone in europe. we cannot count on others the way we did in the past. >> she's holding a rally and she says we truly have to take our fate into our own hands. we have to fight for our own destiny. she said the times in which we completely depend on others are on the way out. i've experienced that in the last few days. >> yes. >> a very profound statement. what is to be interpreted of that? is that, you know, germany, europe, we're going it alone, we
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can't count on the u.s.? >> well, i think that is a profound statement. it's a remarkable statement and goes along with the remarkable communique that came out of the g-7 yesterday in which they said essentially all of us are together in affirming the climate agreement and emissions and combatting climate change except for the u.s. and i think there was a very stark kind of plurality in this trip where the president felt more comfortable when he was in saudi arabia than he did certainly in the last 48 hours with european alleys where gaffes that we haven't seen before occurred in terms of the distance between the u.s. and traditional european allies. this was, in many ways, what the president talked about during the campaign. there a lot of indications earlier in the administration that they were sanding down the edges of that. not criminal cal of the european union, did not endorse marine le
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pen. although he certainly praised her. back in the last 48 hours, you saw a shift in direction that leads toward this level of conflict and i think it was rather remarkable remarks from angela merkel, quite unlike anything we've heard from other leaders. >> i want to break into this and introduce professor jonathan turley. in addition to the concerns domestically here at the white house in terms of the investigation, the latest reports involving top adviser jared kushner in this reported back channel, a direct line to the kremlin. and so now you've got members of the dnc calling for kushner's security clearance to be revoked. here's what congressman schiff had to say about that very notion. >> there was another question about his security clearance and whether he was forthcoming about his context on that. if these allegations are true and he had discussions with the
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russians about establishing a back channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem. but i think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid. if not, there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance. >> is this the kind of case where security should be revoked? >> if there was material evidence left off the form fs-86 -- i've had clearance since the reagan era off and on and you have to detail any russian contacts that you've had or foreign contacts. to leave out a meeting with russians where you talk about a secret back channel would obviously raise alarm for most security officials. there's a legitimate issue here. >> it might be louder when there's an omission of including that and the discovery is that that potentially did happen and you didn't put that on the
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sheet? >> well, i think that mcmaster is accurate, the national security adviser, when he says back channels have been used in the past. cuban missile crisis is a good example of that. but those are back channels usually done with the knowledge of security officials. you don't have this type of profile where you suggest, according to reports, a secret communication channel, something like the russian embassy. i don't know of any security officials that would feel anything but alarm over that. so it does raise questions. what's curious is, the white house has been conspicuously silent. i was hoping that the white house would come out and say, well, he did talk to security people. they knew about the meeting, and this was a communication channel that people wanted to establish. >> and so if indeed the case of president -- the white house is meeting with their attorney, one attorney was seen arriving at the white house, what kind of
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preparations are under way right now to either bet tell handle that question, better answer that question if at all and, really, thousand navigate governing potentially and having this war room, setting aside this legal team to take on these accusations that continue to grow? >> well, you know, there's an interesting dynamic here in terms of legal side. there's not a clear underlying crime even though we had mounting evidence of a coverup. collusion itself is not an identifiable crime in this context. so there's a question of why they're doing all of this but the lawyers now have serious problems because you have an investigation in the field. these people are very close to the president. conversations with the president are likely to be touched upon and that raises a slew of privilege issues and confidentiality issues and everyone should in general get their own lawyers.
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it's a nightmare for white house counsel. >> john, just real quick, whether there's an underlying crime and clugs collusion, it's a political capital offense. it would be a devastating blow if there was actual evidence of collusion. and that would be certainly a logical thing to do if there was collusion, you do not want that out and if the crime is simply hiding the underlying activity, whether or not there's a crime there, it still would make a lot of sense because i think clear evidence of collusion, for example, on targeting the russian fake news or, you know, what leaks to pursue, all of that i think is a political capital offense. >> the coverup sometimes bigger than the alleged crime. we've learned that already from history involving the white house as well. gentlemen, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> jonathan turley, ron, stick around. we're going to talk later in the hour. all right. coming up -- >> i'm not going to rush to
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new revelations about the russia investigation and president trump's conversations with then fbi director skbrams comey are fueling calls by some for impeachment proceedings. but cory booker made it clear to dana bash that he would not be adding his voice to that chorus. listen. >> there was a major speech at wellesley college by hillary clinton and she talked about the
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mood back in 1969 when she was still a student. take a listen. >> we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice. after firing the person running the investigation into him at the department of justice. >> now to be clear, nixon was never impeached. he resigned before that happened. but are democrats getting ahead of themselves by imagining the demise of trump's presidency? >> well, first of all, cut secretary clinton some slack. listen to the whole speech. it was a very beautiful speech, many inspiring words for folks. we often take little sound bites out. >> to be clear, that wasn't a
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criticism. >> she's had an incredible career. >> that was a question about whether you agree. >> oh, i just wanted to tell you right now, i'm not going to rush to impeachment. i think we need to deal with this in a very sobered way. this can't be a relitigation of an election that has now passed. this has to be an objective assessment of what is going on right now. i know i'm very satisfied that we have an independent investigation now going on through the justice department as well as both houses are -- seem to be moving not as fast as i'd like but moving towards independent congressional investigations. we need to make sure that the united states of america is protected. nobody disagrees with the fact that the russians attacked us in terms of their cyberattacks and we need to get to the bottom of what happened and if americans colluded with the russians, they should be held to account. >> cory booker, thank you for
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he was killed in a tragedy in dallas in 1963. to help ensure his legacy lives on, his daughter caroline and his grandchildren put together a video message honoring the former president. and here it is. >> i'm caroline kennedy. may 29th would be my father's 100th birthday. i've thought about him and miss him every day of my life. growing up without him was made easier thanks to all of the people who kept him in their hearts, who told me that he inspired them to work, fight and believe in a better world, to give something back to this country that has given so much to so many. i remember hiding underneath my father's oval office desk when i was little and sitting on his lap. he would point out the white shark and purple shark who always followed the boat, although i could never quite see them. he said they especially would like to eat socks and would throw them over board, which i
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loved. president kennedy inspired a generation that transformed america. they marched for justice, served in the peace corps, in the inner cities and outer space. his brothers fought against poverty, violence and war, championing human rights, health care and immigration. as my father said in his inaugural address, this work will not be finished in our lifetime. it's up to us to continue to pass these values on to our children and grandcildren. >> one of the defining relationships in my life is with someone i've never met, my grandfather, president john f. kennedy. it's odd to be connected to somebody you don't know, especially when everyone else has access to much of the same information about him that you do. throughout my life, i have been able to connect with my grandfather through the study of history, which i know he loved. both studying his life and the eras and patterns that fascinated him. to me, that is where he lives. as an historical figure rooted
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in the past and also connected to so much of what came after him through his writings and what my relatives have told me. while he had reverence for the past, he knew america was a country where change was possible. we are not bound by tradition if we understand the paths which with we are breaking. >> i'm inspired by the father's sense of equality, his courage and naming the injustices in american society and his call to action. his words and ideals mean so much to me and to the world we live in today. we are still faced with tremendous inequality and injustice from voting rights to our criminal justice system and mass incarceration. my grandfather would be proud of how far we've come as a nation since 1963, but he would be the first to tell us we have a long way to go. i hope everyone, regardless of age or party, will remember what president kennedy told america decades ago. this nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds.
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it was under toed he principlesa platform of challenges and not promises, not for what he would offer the american people as president but what he would ask of them. my favorite speech is one that president kennedy gave at rice university where he makes a case for sending a man to the moon. he said if that challenge was worthwhile, not because it would be easy, but because it would be so hard. my generation will inherit a complicated world with countless problems. climate change is one of them. my grandfather cared deeply about science and technology and recognized that only if america leaves the world in solving problems can we ensure it's done right. from that speech at rice and from the space program he helped launch, we can learn a simple but important lesson. great challenges are opportunities and it is each generation's responsibility to meet those challenges with the same combination of energy, faith and devotion that president kennedy dismayed
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decades ago. i know we're up to the takes being but we have to vote. >> as his family, we're so proud of what my father stood for during his life and how powerful those values remain today. i hope these reflections on president kennedy's life and influence on those of us who share his legacy will encourage people across the united states to look at challenges in their own corner of the world and seek solutions that heal, lift up the forgotten and make a difference in the lives of others. thanks for watching. >> caroline kennedy, president john f. kennedy's daughter and former u.s. ambassador to japan also spoke to cnn's jake tapper in a rare, exclusive interview and they spoke about politics and that video message. >> thank you. i think it was a labor of love for me and my children and i think they each really so he
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will kwepteloquently as to what means to them. >> your father's 100th birthday is coming up on monday. i'm sure there was a lot of people wanting you to talk and wanting your children to talk. >> as he becomes part of history, i think it's important to show sort of what he still means to us as a person and i think each of my kids had a different slightly take on it but there's a lot of emotion there and i think that is probably something we could share better on camera. >> i love that story about your dad telling you about the white shark and purple shark following you and throwing socks into the water. it's such a great, corny dad joke. i wonder hearing it, is it difficult having your dad be this icon that the rest of us feel like we have a sense of and we have a take on and he's part of our lives, in a way, and you actually knew him.
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>> well, i think really he's sort of -- growing up he was part of everyone's life and so that was a very special and unique thing for me. but i think it meant a lot and made it a lot easier. and i had so many relatives as well. so the fact that people would come up to me every day and say, you know, i got involved in my community because of your father's inaugural speech and even when i was in japan, people were telling me that they had memorized that speech and they were so inspired by president kennedy's message of service and american leadership that i think that really kept him alive. >> there aren't a lot of inaugural speeches that people are still quoting from, you know, when you think about it. why was it important to see your kids in it? we don't often see them. they are private figures. >> well, i think the point here is that he is a historical figure. 100 years is a really long time but i think his leg dacy is
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timeless. we want to encourage people today who are still curious about president kennedy to connect with those values and with his message of justice and service and courage and innovation and experimentation and the belief in america. so they, i think, are the best people to take that message forward into the 21st century. >> your daughter, i believe it was rose -- it might have been tatiana, that said growing up she never met him so she learned about him the same way i learned about him in school. what did your kids ask you about him when they were growing up? >> i can't -- well, now they are older so i think that they were both interested in anything that i remembered, which are mostly childhood memories so when they were little we could talk about those things and hiding under the desk and my pony and my pets and i know when my uncle teddy came to talk to their class, he would always talk about the pets that lived in the white house,
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things like that. as they got older, i think they really became interested in the issues and their relevance today. so many issues that are now in the headlines had their roots in the 1960s, whether it's working through institutions like the u.n. or the environmental movement and civil rights around the world. i think that really -- studying history really isn't just about the past. it's about what kind of a world do we want to create for the future. >> your dad was so proud of his intellect and his wit. what do you think he would make of politics today? that's maybe going to be a tough one. >> well, i think that, again, i went back and i was looking at a speech that he gave right before he became president and he said history will judge us by four qualities. courage, integrity, dedication and judgment. so i think that that is how he would judge politics today. and i think, you know, everybody
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can make up their own mind. >> one last question and that is, you don't do a lot of interviews like this about your father. is it tough to do? >> well, it's a lot easier to do with my children and i think i'm so proud that they are, you know, proud of his legacy and i think having a chance to share it with them and with another generation makes it a lot more fun for me or enjoyable. >> and there's more. "a special jfk night" airs tomorrow at 7:00. we'll be right back. will you be needing anything else? not a thing. beautyrest black. get your beautyrest.
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all right. welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield. fresh off her meeting with fellow global leaders, angela merkel had sobering comments about going forward with america and britain. >> translator: the times when we can completely count on others,
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they are over, to a certain extent. i've experienced this in the last few days and that is why i can only say that we europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. >> merkel went on to say a friendship with the united states and great britain and as good neighbors, wherever it is possible, also with russia and also with all of the other countries but we need to know that we have to fight for our own future and destiny as europeans. let's talk more about this with ron brownstein, cnn senior political analyst and senior editor for the atlantic and alice stewart, former communications director for ted cruz. ron, you first. you said that this really is pretty stunning. is it also worrisome? >> look, it's unusual for world leaders to talk so candidly and directly about the kind of reaction to the actions of other world leaders and when she said over the last few days there's no question what she was talking
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about. she was talking about the meetings that donald trump and europe, both the eu and nato over the previous 48 hours. the president is a disruptive force and the idea -- and for many of the supporters, that's exactly what they like. but the idea that he was being domesticated by traditional foreign policy, a traditional embrace of the alliances that we build after world war ii because it was in our interest to encourage the spread of stability and that has faded. this is putting the traditional republican internationalist wing i think on notice. they are at a moment where the president is envisioning a very different relationship with europe and the question is will they stand up for what they defended for the previous 50 years. >> what do you interpret about angela's words there and what this means moving forward between the u.s. and germany or the u.s. and the rest of europe? >> first and foremost, i think in terms of the president's trip
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abroad, more than anything, i think it was important to talk with these people instead of about them and i think he made a good first step but angela merkel made it quite clear that they are going to start protecting their own self-interests and president trump has been very similar. the united states, certainly the most powerful nation in the world and i think clearly president trump went on this trip to try and flex those muscles. he made great strides. >> are you in agreement that this is a different kind of messaging coming from an angela merkel as a result of the messaging from the president of the united states while they met in brussels? >> absolutely. clearly, the president had some off meetings with some of these people, rubbed people the wrong way. clearly a lot of the optics of this trip were not good. i think what he did with regard to nato and telling some of those members that it's time to pony up, we all knew where he stood on that issue but saying
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it right there in their face was not a good step. what we, more than anything coming out of this foreign policy trip, we're seeing a lot more nations saying that they are going to go it alone more than anything else and i think clearly president trump is doing the same. >> okay. and ron, is that -- they are going it alone because the president has sent that message and -- >> right. right. this is not the preference. you know, the argument of the populist conservative party, that had been ascended in europe was about unraveling the western alliance but there's been kind of a counter-trump effect where the parties with that kind of insular approach, an unwinding of national cooperation, it faded in the polls in germany. the europeans are feeling more confident that a consensus is holding on the value and
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standing up against vladimir putin whose own goal is to unravel the western alliance and then you have president trump coming in from the other end saying essentially there was almost nothing in these 48 hours that he presented as a positive from our relations with europe. it was all kind of impositions and burdens upon us. that's a different vision than the one that has ascended again in europe post these other elections. >> let me take a shift to the other politics here. at home, cnn confirming that president trump's sons held two meetings last week. does this raise any concerns given that the sons are managing president trump's business interests, alice? >> clearly, one of the biggest rules with regard to that is to not talk about business interests when they are having these political conversations. i think it's important for the rnc to have talks about what we're going to do about midterm elections and certainly -- >> but the sons who were charged with the trump business?
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>> that's the point i was going to make. they may not be the exact right people that need to be having these conversations. i think the most important thing is to keep that line of separation between the business interests and the politics. they clearly are trying to do that. we also know that the daughter-in-law is now involved in the political arm of this all of this. it's going to be very difficult to -- >> ron, can they do that? can they have it both ways? and the lines not be blurred? >> no. i think there have been issues and there are issues all the way through. i mean, this is just -- you know, we have seen -- i remember george w. bush did -- as a son of a president, did have interactions with the rnc as kind of a defender of the father. so that's not -- i don't think that's unprecedented. what is unprecedented is this kind of mingling of how often, for example, the president is at trump properties and all of these questions about whether
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they are truly separate. can i pivot about the substance of this meeting? >> yes. >> we've had three special elections in the house and they have given us some signals about the political environment that we are in. the republicans underperform where they did in 2016 in these special elections and we saw them in montana underperform less than they have elsewhere. that says to me that you've got a situation in which the president's approval rating is quite low. one which would put those warning lights, to use clapper's te term, he has a lot of support in those blue collar and nonurban areas and if they have a chance, the road is going to look like it does in the george election than in montana when the president seems still very strong. >> potentially pivotal and, alice, do you want to button this up? >> certainly. to ron's point, in some areas the president is still doing
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very strong in georgia. karen handel distanced herself from trump more than any of the other candidates in the race and she said she will be a check and balance to president trump. i think it's important to connect with the base, reignite with the base and reaffirm constituents that you will be a check and balance to the administration. >> and tom price's health and human services secretary. this is a red state but a contentious race. >> white collar affluent suburbs look like the biggest point of vulnerability. that's where trump is most conspicuously underperforming what you'd usually see. a place like suburbs of philadelphia, even los angeles, are going to be critical ground zero. >> ron brownstein, alice stewart, thank you so much. appreciate it. we'll be right back.
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some health insurance companies now say it is the uncertainty with the new health care bill that's driving up their premiums. blue cross/blue shield of north carolina is now predicting a 23% rate hike. and this is happening as criticism continues over president trump's medicaid plan which could cause millions to lose their health care benefits. cnn's miguel marquez traveled to. kentucky, a state trump won by 30 points for a look at what could happen there. >> open that for me. >> reporter: dr. anthony says hazard's constants health care is in motion. today he employs 50 people, his practice expanding. >> i would 70% of our economy is driven by health care. >> you think 70% of your xr economy. that's living here what you see. >> yes.
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health care is the driving economic force in our area. >> reporter: kentucky, which expanded medicaid and created its own insurance exchange under obamacare, has seen both patients and the health care workers who surge them skyrocket. >> it takes a big team to run a clinic like this. >> reporter: dr. jonathan piercy at university of kentucky's center for rural health in hazard trains future doctors. >> we've seen a lot of clinics open lately. we've seen some new clinics that have come around. we've just built a huge new wing on the hospital. >> reporter: all of that comes with jobs, jobs now at risk if the obamacare medicaid expansion is eliminated by 2020 as congress is now considering. since 2014, as states expanded medicaid, some 1.1 million jobs were created nationwide. eastern kentucky, coal country. the fifth congressional district stands to lose more jobs than any other district in the entire country. >> by one study we would lose
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20,000 jobs in the 5th congressional district. >> 20,000 jobs. >> 20,000 jobs, which is about double the number of jobs we've lost in the coal industry. it would be the other shoe to drop on the economy of eastern kentucky. >> how good is it to be a nurse in eastern kentucky right now. >> i mean if you love taking care of people and that kind of environment, it's really good. like i say, there's not a shortage of jobs. >> reporter: nurses in high demand here, and well paid, evidence of a driving health care industry everywhere. this mall, once a walmart -- now a super-sized medical center. >> we're constantly growing. >> reporter: kentucky river community care now has 70 facilities, has hired more than 150 employees in the last few years and can't expand fast enough. >> how big a piece of the fact that they can pay for it with medicaid. >> 80%. for our programs we have to look at revenue to expand. >> reporter: health care jobs on the rise here, ending the medicaid expansion, another devastating blow.
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hello, everyone, and thank you so much for being with me. i'm fredricka whitfield. the president's legal counsel arriving at the white house, right there. the cameras spotting him with ivan ka trump, a senior administration official telling cnn the president is meeting with senior aides as well today, strategizing on ho

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