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this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news. the move to repeal obamacare collapses. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. the senate does not have the votes to pass a health care bill. tonight president trump calling on republicans to repeal obamacare now and just start from a clean slate. can that happen? we'll discuss now. i want to begin this hour with cnn's white house correspondent kaytlin collins and political commentator david swerdlick. good evening to both of you both. this is from the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. he said regretfully, it is now an apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of obamacare will not be successful. he said the next move will be in the coming days the senate will vote to take up the house bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by
then president obama. a repeal of obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives americans access to quality affordable care. what do you make of his statement? >> well, we're seeing mitch mcconnell throw in the towel on repeal and replace which is really surprising because this is something that republicans have promised for several years. and now with the president's tweet also calling for repeal and replace sounds a lot different than what he was saying in january when he said that the obamacare would be repealed and replaced immediately within hours. now we're looking at a whole new thing that didn't have a lot of support in january when it was first broached. we're not thinking it's going to have a lot of support now. they want to at least say had he tried because this is something they've promised hair they're constituents for years. >> so david, so replace it with what? it sounds like he's saying there
is some interim way that it can go from one thing, they can repeal it and work with something in the interim till they come up with something better. explain that. >> can i take a step back and say the republicans in congress and president trump have the same problem they had going all the way back to inauguration day and before. president obama passed a bill that was basically mitt romney's health care plan that at one time was a republican health care plan. if democrats had done something that was more liberal, if they had done medicare for all, republicans would probably be trying to replace it right now with what is now obamacare. that's problem one. problem number two for the republicans is republicans didn't expect to be in the position they're in and so they've talked a lot over the last however many years about getting rid of obamacare, repeal and replace without having that alternative plan and problem number three is that the president's natural position, don, is to actually favor health coverage for more people. he has said going back to 2000,
17 years ago, he wrote in his book "the america we deserve," that he was a conservative on most issues but he was a liberal on this one. he wanted to cover more people. now he's leading a party though that has a bill that essentially will shrink care according to the cbo. so it's an unnatural position for the president and he has not campaigned forcefully for it. that's where we are right now. >> kaitlan, will they have the votes if mitch mcconnell wants to do, will they have the votes for a straight repeal. >> it's not likely. but like i said, it will give them the chance to say that they tried. tonight as these senators, mike lee and jerry moran came out and said they were not going to support this bill, donald ltrum and mike lee were at the white house supporting other senators in hopes of get g more support for the bill. they're starting over here. these senators said they weren't going to support any kind of changes to this bill, they wan odd start from scratch. mish mcconnell definitely has his hands full with this.
>> david, how do you repeal something? he says what he wanted to do. he wants to do -- the first amendment in order of being what a majority of the senate has already supported in 2015, that was vetoed by then president obama. so this is something they tried in 2015. that was vetoed by president obama. a repeal of obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period, a patient centered health care system that gives americans access to quality affordable care. you're going to replace it with something you don't know what it is. how is that going to fly among their constituents? how do they go back home and say we don't know what to replace it but we're definitely going to repeal it. that should be good enough. >> right. and that's what that two-year delay is for, to get them past the 2018 mid terms to soften the blow of having to explain that to constituents out there. you have a republican constituency that's still as salena said in your large last segment largely with the
president who have been conditioned to think of obamacare as terrible. it has a lot of problems, we know, but the problem is without having that replacement for it and potentially repealing it and upsetting insurance markets is what republicans are trying to avoid and at the same time, keeping the promise to their base that they were going to get rid of obamacare because obamacare was so bad. >> the president talked about repealing obamacare just this afternoon. i want you to listen to this. >> we do have to repeal obamacare. and we will end up replacing it with something that is going to be outstanding. far, far better than failing obamacare. the republican senators are great people. but they have a lot of different states. some states need this. some states need that. but we're getting it together and it's going to happen. right, mike? >> yes, sir. >> i think. >> yeah. right, mike? yes, sir. okay, i think. >> republicans -- what did you
make that have moment? they promised to repeal obamacare for seven years now. >> yeah, don, lets me give you one number from our abc/"washington post" poll out today. that's that by 50 to 24, americans are saying they prefer the current affordable care act to whatever the sort of unknown republican replacement is. there are 25% who are saying they don't want either. think it's fair to say over the last however many years, obamacare is unpopular and has a lot of problems and needs fixes, even democrats will tell you that. the problem is when you look at that clip from president trump, you don't see exactly what had they want to replace it with. >> tonight the president tweeted saying i think they should just repeal it and then the democrats will come along. come along. let's bring our panel in. more of our players, political commentator peter beinart, margaret hoover, bakari sellers and scott jennings join us, as well. so i want to get all of your reactions to what happened tonight. the failure of repeal and replace in the senate and what will come next. peter? >> i think this is really a
historic moment. it shows that the republican assault on obamacare playing out since it got passed probably will never end up succeeding in destroying it. and the question was why republicans didn't see the writing on the wall earlier. this has been incredibly unpopular from the beginning and it's really not what donald trump ran on. i mean, if there was a message for republicans in donald trump's primary campaign it's that what the republican's party's own voters were motivated by were issues like immigration and not an effort to repeal a health care bill that for all its flaws is benefiting a lot of them. >> margaret? >> the only place i push back on that is certainly trump voters may have different motivations for voting for trump than traditional republicans. remember, 90% of republicans voted for donald trump. even though this man professed everybody knew -- but just as many republicans have in the republican party voted for a free market solution to health
care for fixing obamacare. all the other candidates. >> he was the primary guy who said i'm not going to touch medicare or medicaid. >> the republican party is divided. >> exactly. that's the problem. >> that's exactly why we're here today. that's exactly why we're here in this moment. frankly, this is a deeply tragic moment from the perspective of a center right person who believes we should have as close to universal health care as possible through the free market and free market solutions. and that fixing some of the problems with obamacare was necessary but ultimately, reorganizing the incentive structure, the transparency in the health care system, and the ability to be able to truly purchase and have freedom in had your health care rather than moving closer and closer to single payer which we have in a third of our economy when you consider veterans and veterans affairs and medicare and medicaid. >> bakari, i want to hear from
you. it sounds like if we can't get this, we're going to get this, now we're going to do this. now we're going to do this. we have to do something. is that what's going on here? >> i think most democrats people part of the resistance are probably celebrating. i would warn them and guard them against that because this is not a moment to celebrate. i mean, i know that the republican party has had seven years to come up with some idea and all they have been the party of no, the opposition party. and they haven't been able to come up with some policy that they can pass. however, right now, if the republican party is successful in simply repealing obamacare, then i guarantee you that our markets are going to go -- obamacare markets are going to be further destabilized. our economic markets are going to be destabilized, and we're going to have a problem. i know that corker, alexander, and cotton voted against this and a few of moderates voted against this repeal before. i expect that to be the same way. just maybe something that margaret has been looking for, something i have been looking for for a very long period of time, democrats and republicans will come together in a bipartisan fashion and begin to
work ways to fix obamacare. obamacare is not going anywhere. it's here 0 stay. it helps too many people. and unless we come together and start thinking about a transparent process which we can fix obamacare, then republicans will continue to fail. >> scott? >> i'm thinking about the grassroots conservatives who wrote checks to and vote ford republican members of congress all over this country on a simple promise to repeal and replace obamacare and the fact that the united states senate couldn't even get to a place where they could open up the floor to debate and amend and have a free-wheeling discussion of this bill is going to disappoint a lot of them. there's now new plans in the water tonight that are unsure. we're unsure if the votes to do that. so i just, i think about seven years of elections where republicans went to the polls thinking they were voting for people who wanted to repeal and replace obamacare and they must be thinking tonight are they serious about this or not right now, i'm not sure they are.
>> don, can i jump in real quick? look, this whole conversation is pointing out the fundamental tension for republicans. margaret is right. 90% of republican voters voted for president trump in your "washington post" poll, 82% of republicans are still with the president. but the problem is, president trump didn't campaign on a conservative policy platform because he's not a conservative. what scott is saying is right. you have members of congress ho did campaign on a smaller government, let's get rid of obamacare platform and these two things are not quite meshing up to get them to the 50 votes that they need in the senate and then a bill they can merge with the house bill which was probably more conservative. >> i think that analysis is right, but the main problem the reason this failed wasn't because of tension between trump and conservatives. this failed because of conservatives and moderates. there isn't a trump health care policy that's vying for ink at the table here. the problem is trump was absent. there was no bully pulpit in the presidency pushing this policy through.
he was hand wringing tonight with three senators at the white house but he needed to do that two weeks ago instead of attacking msnbc and others. and all of these dalliances that we've had on twitter, he should have been driving his agenda and trying to force senators to feel they had to go along with republican health care policy. >> the question is why did trump take this on to begin with, given that he has no enthusiasm for it? >> it was a great campaign rhetoric. we'll do it on day one, repeal and replace. >> he was the republican candidate. but if donald trump, again, it's a little bit like bill clinton. when bill clinton, if donald trump had pushed infrastructure, right, he could have created a different kind of coalition with his voters and maybe some democrats as well. instead, he had enthusiasm for this, if he understood it, if it was ted cruz or marco rubio but this isn't who donald trump is. >> that's the major point. margaret and peter both hit the nail on the head. i always think back to 2009 when
barack obama went to the press conference, he stood in the well and he sat there and deliberated and talked and answered questions for 50 minutes on what was in obamacare. what was in the affordable care act. there is no republican that's leading this charge. you have mike lee and ted cruz out here on a limb, senator mcconnell doing his own thing, paul ryan doing his own thing. there's no force there driving the party. barack obama was that force and that's why the affordable care act got passed. donald trump, i mean, with all due respect in his ability to speak to the common man does not have any idea about health care policy. that is an apparent. and because he doesn't november know or have that knowledge base, it's not necessarily an indictment against him. it's just not his bailiwick. but to start off with that first piece of major legislation, you have to be a drum major for something. they're a banded with no drum majors. that is the republican party. >> do you want to respond to that, scott? because you know, they're saying that you're saying that the
voter, the conservative voter who voted for donald trump thought they were going to repeal and replace. might they have not understood that donald trump didn't have a passion for this or maybe he didn't understand exactly how health care works? maybe they don't. maybe they didn't understand how obamacare works. if you look what's happening now according to this poll this "washington post" abc poll, obamacare is more popular than ever. 50% obamacare, 24% prefer the gop plan. >> if obamacare is so popular, i don't understand how republicans took control of the congress, won the white house. if obamacare was as popular as people want us to believe, democrats ought to be in charge of the entire federal government because republicans made a staple of their campaigns for the last seven years we're going to repeal and replace obamacare. >> but scott, scott, hold on. you just made my point. might they have not, that i asked you. might they have not understood exactly what was in obamacare and how tough it might be to repeal and replace it and they voted on a campaign slogan, of
repeal and replace, not necessarily understanding how this already, would. >> yeah, it's a good question and a good point. i think the slogan worked. i do think maybe we oversimplified it as a republican party. we told people it was going to be easy to repeal and replace obamacare. obviously, it's not that easy. but that doesn't mean it can't or shouldn't be done. i think that's where the disappointment among the grassroots conservatives will lie. whether it's easy or hard, they didn't vote for people to come back and say well, we tried. sorry. they voted for people to go and solve problems and make major changes in washington, no matter how arduous it is. i think that's the real impact on the 2018 midterm. if the republican party doesn't figure out how to get this done, then are the grassroots conservatives, the base conservatives who they depend on in the midterm elections will they turn out? are they going to turn out? because there's going to be a level of disappointment here that's really high. i think people are underestimating how high the disappointment is going to be among people who want to see this happen.
>> all right, i want earn to hold your thoughts, hold your thoughts. we have another segment with you guys. stay with me everyone. when we come back, the white house can't get its story straight on donald trump jr., his meeting with that russian lawyer before the election year and a blistering editorial from a conservative newspaper with a warning for the white house. come clean or else. what if we could bring you better value
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cnn national security analyst juliette kayyem, a former official at the department of homeland security. so good to have all of you on. listen, i think it's important that we should bring up, because this "wall street journal" editorial is scathing. this has been a paper that is has been largely supportive editorially supportive of the president. they released this. it's called "the trumps and the truth." the best defense against future revelations is radical transparency. so here's part of what they write. mr. trump somehow seems to believe that his outsized personality and social media following make him larger than the presidency. he's wrong. he and his family seem oblivious to the brutal realities of washington politics. those realities will destroy mr. trump, his family, and their business reputation unless they change their strategy toward the russia probe. they don't have much more time to do it. more quotes to come. what do you think of that? peter? >> radical transparency is a good strategy if actually there's not that much there.
right? it's not a good strategy if it turns out actually that there was serious collusion with the russian government. let's not forget, donald trump jr., whatever you want to say about him, actually practiced radical transparency when he released his e-mails. his problem was that the e-mails said i love it. let's include. that's the problem. so yeah, this is a guy who didn't release his tax returns last year. was that just because he has a philosophical objection or because actually he knew there was something that was there that was going to hurt him. >> scott jennings, as a conservative, as a trump supporter, what do you make of that line, the quote that i just read you from the "wall street journal"? >> well, i think in this case, radical transparency means one clear thing. they have to schedule a date to go testify before the senate intelligence committee. that has to happen. it should happen in public. >> if i were donald trump jr. -- >> who should testify?
>> well, donald trump jr. for sure needs to go testify, because he said he wants to. that's the thing. he and kushner both said they want to go testify. i think the pr answer right now is, we're not going to talk about this any further till we get to go tell our story in full in public under oath in front of the senate intelligence committee. that would be a strong move and they need to get it on the books. >> okay. so did you hear what i read? that donald trump, mr. trump somehow seems to believe that his outsized personal and social media following make him larger than the presidency which a lot of people have been saying. he's wrong. he and his family seem oblivious to the brutal realities of washington politics. those will destroy mr. trump, his family and their business reputation unless they change their strategy toward the russia probe. they don't have much more time to do it. it's saying he thinks he's larger than the presidency and the family does, as well. they're dead wrong. >> yeah, i don't know whether they think they're larger than the presidency or not. i know this, the reality of the russia issue is threatening to engulf this particular presidency. there's a way for them to get a
handle on it, a, they should go testify. donald trump jr. at least and kushner. b, i think i would ask for the russia sanctions bill immediately. c, i would have the intelligence community come to the white house, give me a full updated briefing on the meddling. and d, use that information to create a task force that gives the measure people confidence there won't be any meddling in the future. those are bold and confident strokes. if he took those actions i think it would show he's somebody who wants to get his arms around us instead of arms around him. >> all right. here is more. even if the ultimate truth of the tale is merely don junior is a political dunce who took a meeting that went nowhere, the best case the trumps made is to appear as if they have something to hide. do you hear that? as if they have something to hide. they have created the appearance of a conspiracy that on the evidence don junior lacks the wit to concoct and they handed their opponents another of the swords that by now could arm a roman legion. don't you get it, guys?
they're speaking directly to the trump administration. special council robert mueller and the house and senate intelligence committees are investigating the russia story. everything that is potentially damaging to the trumps will come out. one way or another. everything. denouncing leaks as fake news won't wash as a counter strategy beyond the president's base. as mr. trump's latest 36% approval ratings shows. margaret? >> i mean, what you have here and the journal argues this, you end up, they've inadvertently in their defensiveness taken on the strategy that the clintons had embodied. right? which is stonewall, block, pretend there's nothing here to see and all that does make people want to see more and ask harder. you end up, it's death by a thousand cuts as they say. that is true. that is why radical transparency whether there's something there or not is what's best for the country. forget about for his presidency. it's best for america. it's best for the republican party. it's best for everybody.
we live in a government for the people, by the people, of the people. the people need to know. and he appears to be blocking information from the american people. >> margaret is either channeling or both have read "the wall street journal" because the first paragraph says even donald trump might agree that a major reason he won the 2016 election is because voters couldn't abide hillary clinton's legacy of scandal, deception and stonewalling. yet on the story of russia's meddling in the 2016 election, mr. trump and his family are repeating the mistakes that doomed mrs. clinton. >> that's the only way you get trump's attention is to compare them top hillary clinton. they're using a little bit of jedi mind trick to get his attention. >> let's bring in bakari. what do you think, bakari? >> i'm kind of sitting back and just pondering and kind of giggling a little bit. first the comparison between bill clinton or the clintons and the trumps is i don't think it's accurate because i think everybody on this panel agrees that the clintons just have a superior intellect and wit about
them. here we are excusing donald trump jr.'s behavior because as "the wall street journal" so elegantly called him a dunce. >> nobody's excusing his behavior, bakari. >> i didn't say that. >> no, nobody. >> well, and just one further point. i think to expect radical transparency from this trump administration, that's just not going to happen. donald trump is a president who will not pass a russian sanctions bill, who is on the verge of giving russians back their compounds, who refuses to acknowledge that the russians interfered in our elections or meddled in our elections. so why all of the sudden doo we believe he is going to do a 180 and have radical transparency? the facts are that donald trump and his family are incapable of telling the truth. their relationship with the truth and what's going on is a hundred miles apart. the american public deserve better. donald trump's not going to give it to us. yes, it's going to be a death by a thousand needles. and none of this matters.
absolutely none of this matters. i know the "wall street journal" is coming along. but until one republican, until a john mccain or a senator flake or someone stands up and has some fortitude and says enough is enough, you're destroying our democracy, we're going to do something about it, all of this is nor naught. it's good tv but doesn't matter. >> here's why it matters with it has something to do with what we talked about in the last segment. there are two groups maybe more but at least two groups of republicans at the table here. there are a lot of republicans even though 90% of them voted for donald trump didn't like donald trump that swallowed their pride, they pulled the lever for him because they believed that with unified control of government, we would get policy solutions that conservatives and republicans have wanted for decades to pass. really, throughout the entire obama era. this editorial is coming from those group of republicans. they're basically saying if you don't do these things, you are getting rid of the opportunity that we had once in a lifetime
opportunity to fix these policy problems along the lines of a center right sort of world view. this is the chance to do that. they're saying it's this or it's over. >> juliette, go ahead, please. juliet hasn't spoken yet. let her. >> i think that let me just -- it's a good conversation. it assumes that there is no conspiracy to hide. this the crazy thing about "the wall street journal" editorial. what's clearly happening now at this stage is that the conspiracy is unraveling. what you're seeing is a collective action problem. none of the participants know what the other participant is planning. even as late as tonight, donald trump jr.'s lawyer seemed to suggest that he got thrown under the bus. they were prepared to say everything about the meeting but someone in the white house sort of undermined them. you have all sorts of speculation about who is throwing whom under the bus. this is how a conspiracy both unfolds and unravels. it's too late for radical transparency. it is far too late.
whether it began with collusion during the campaign or whether that can be proved or the cover-up that we're seeing now, it's a nice gesture and statement by the "wall street journal" but the trump people are not stupid. i don't buy into the bumbling don junior scenario. i think they know exactly what they're doing. which is they did something wrong or they think they did something wrong or think it can be proved that they did something wrong, and this is what a conspiracy looks like. i think that's what's happening. > right. >> we can. >> go ahead. >> we can say what, we can say what a conspiracy looks like but no one on this panel can show me what a republican with courage in the united states congress looks like. that's the point. i'm waiting for someone because marco rubio will stick his thumb in the wind, john mccain will do the same thing, senator flake and lindsey graham put their finger in the wind and move on. but no one has taken a stand. this isn't about policy. this is an american issue.
this isn't about tax reform. >> bakari? >> yes? >> the editorial board addresses what you're saying partially. first of all, it's interesting because they're saying he should release part of his tax returns which i've never heard that. include every relevant part of his tax returns which he will resist, but mr. mueller is sure to seek anyway. here's the part that applies to you. it said if his approval rating stays under 40%, republicans will begin to separate themselves from an unpopular president and a probably for lorn attempt to save their majorities in congress. if democrats win the house, the investigations into everything in the trump administration empire 2016 will multiply. impeachment will be a constant undercurrent if not an active threat. his supporters will become demoralized. >> i'm not sure that's right. what we've seen so far is although trump is unpopular around the country as a whole, his support among republicans is holding pretty steady. still over 80%, only down a couple percentage points from
where it was at the beginning of his presidency. i don't -- unfortunately, i think what bakari is saying is right. i don't think we'll see courage from republicans because republicans who come out against donald trump will lose part of their base. and that will be very dangerous for them. they will have talk radio folks, trump loyalists going after them. the only hope is for democrats to take the house and for democrats to be able to push this forward because i think republicans, they're so compromised at this point. the question is given all of the things that donald trump has already done that republicans have stuck with him on, what could he possibly do that is in a different category? >> it's going to be interesting to sit back in ten years and see how history records this and which side of history do you want to be on this at this point. i don't think a lot of republicans are thinking about that because they're thinking ideaologically at had point. >> i know nobody likes to hear this because this isn't sort of the pure and righteous thing and it would be so heartening to
have at least from my perspective somebody who has not been a fan of the president to see more republicans elected in congress do exactly what you're talking about. but the truth is them have made a bet they can get some policies passed. and you know, they have gotten very, very close on health care. tonight has been a demoralizing setback which may be the end of health care. if all of these policies unravel. >> at what cost. >> at the cost of repealing and fixing obamacare. something that's run on for serve years, despite donald trump before he had a reality, a chance at the presidency. i mean i understand it's easy to say they should be righteous but at the same time, the reason 80% of republicans are for him is not because they approve of his behavior. it's not because they think he's of moral standings. > that's why people voted for him. >> no, they believed a lot of republicans believed he was a guy that was going to be in the executive branch and help get some of these positions passed. >> i'm saying what you're saying is they thought his behavior, they didn't like it but thought it was the opportunity to get
what they wanted. >> the irony is they would have a much better chance of getting these things through with mike pence as president than donald trump. >> exactly right. >> with any one of the 16 candidates. >> donald trump. >> donald trump. >> he's not actually proving to be a very effective agent for actually pursuing the conservative republican agenda. >> they made a deal with the devil and they get what they deserve. >> exactly. amen. >> donald trump's presidency is not built on legislative victories or policy. donald trump's presidency is built on antagonism. every single day he goes out there and antagonizes another fundamental tenet of our democracy. that wins over his base. i like the fact that we want to say his base voted for him because they thought we were going to repeal and replace obamacare. >> i didn't see the base did that. i said all the other republicans did that. >> the base -- >> i've got to go. it's interesting. if you read this, and if you think about you know, in the ideological world we're in, democrats would read this and they will say i told you so. how could you guys not know this.
and it looks like something hillary clinton could have written for the "wall street journal" herself. >> except for all the slams on hillary clinton. >> yeah. >> all right. thank you guys. coming up, as health care was foundering or floundering and the russia probe deepening, the president kicking off made in america week at the white house. but do the trumps practice what they preach when it comes to their own branded products? we'll take a closer look next. you won't see these folks they have businesses to run. they have passions to pursue. how do they avoid trips to the post office? stamps.com mail letters, ship packages, all the services of the post office right on your computer. get a 4 week trial, plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again.
as health care was coming down to the wire today in congress, the white house unveiled their theme for this week, made in america. promoting products that are made in this country and looking to grow american jobs, but does the first family practice what they preach? david cay johnston is here, the author of "the making of donald trump", editor-in-chief of dcreport.org. william cohan, the author of why wall street matters, and steven moore, the senior economic adviser to the trump campaign. david, the president is pushing made in america week all week here in this country even though products made by donald trump and ivanka trump's brands are made elsewhere.
he says to buy american, to hire american, but his companies haven't always followed those rules. >> oh, they aren't following them today. they continue to use foreign manufacturers and when donald was building his hotel towers in las vegas and chicago, he went to great lengths to conceal the fact that he was buying chinese steel and chinese aluminum. there's no integrity on donald trump about this issue at all. he has no moral authority to make these points. >> steven, shirts, shoes, handbags, neckties with the trump family name are often manufactured in countries such as bangladesh, indonesia and china. here's donald trump before he was president talking to jake tapper. this is june of 2015. >> my ties many times are made in china -- not all of them, by the way, but a lot of them are made in china because they've manipulated their currency to such a point that it's impossible for our companies to compete. >> when it comes to outsourcing
jobs, laborers are paid a lot less and the standards are worse when it comes to the environment and health care and worker safety. >> many problems. i agree with it. >> but what do you say when somebody says. >> it's hard to get them. >> why don't you be a leader and make these in philadelphia? i'd be willing to pay more for this tie. >> you would. and unfortunately, you would see that it's very, very hard to have anything in apparel made in this country. >> today, the president argued that making products in the united states was an act of patriotism and national security. so why isn't he leading by example? >> sorry, is that for me, don? >> steven. >> oh, look, i think i'm a patriotic american. you caught me i believe red, white, and blue. i do people should buy american if the prices are relatively the same. i check for the american label. there's a great theme for donald trump. should his companies have bought more american products? probably yes. i don't know of the special circumstances of all these things. one of the things we always
talked about when i was with donald trump on the campaign is we said sir, look, if you get our tax code fixed, if you fix some of these regulatory problems and get rid of obamacare and reduce costs, american products will be more competitive and people will buy american. you've got to lower taxes, regulations and get rid of obamacare and you'll have a situation where american products can compete with mexican and chinese and taiwanese products. >> william, sean spicer was asked about the trump organization and ivanka trump bands being made outside of the united states. here's what he said. >> with respect to his own companies, obviously it's inappropriate to discuss how anything would affect their own companies. but i can tell you in some cases there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country. i'm not going to comment on specific products but i will tell you that the overall arching goal of course, though is to grow manufacturing to grow investment here in the united states and to grow u.s. workers here.
so that remains the overall objective. >> william, what do you make of that defense? >> well, first of all, don, it's nice to hear from sean spicer again. and so you're asking me how i feel about donald trump being a hypocrite? donald trump has been a hypocrite for a very long time. this is just part of who he is. part of his appeal i guess. has no appeal to me. it shouldn't have any appeal to the american people. it's hard to take somebody who is hypocritical in their acts and behavior and their words seriously when they suggest that we should buy american, which we steven moore's right. it's a nice ideal. it's something we should aspire to. but if the president of the united states himself who should not even continue to own his own businesses and should have divested those businesses continues to pretend that somehow he's above it all, well, that's symptomatic of this presidency so far. >> he blame. >> let me say one thing about this. to say buy america it means you want to encourage people to buy american.
it doesn't mean we're just going to shut down our country from other nations and not buy any foreign products. i don't think anybody on this panel believes we should do that. you know, look, donald trump has the right to buy a cheaper product for his company so it can retain competitiveness. >> what's the point. >> what's the point of made and buy in america? what's the point of this special week? i don't get it to. >> it's to make america more competitive through tax reduction, regulatory reduction and things like that that will make america more competitive. >> so stephen, why argue why he himself said that buying and making products here in america was an act of patriotism and national security. >> it is. >> donald's being unpatriotic because he goes out of his way to buy from foreign countries. donald is selling luxury priced goods. a candy bar in the trump store at trump tower is $18. and the idea that donald trump can't have his neckties made in
america and make a profit is absolutely absurd. this is bill is right. this is utter hypocrisy. steve is going off on all sorts of tangents about other issues. >> no, i'm not. >> you have to walk or talk or you have no moral authority authority. >> go ahead, stephen. >> well, look, you talk about the big profits. when have you ever made a profit selling anything? this is what business is about. you have to provide the best product you can. >> i'm sorry, steve, i founded a successful company that makes a profit. >> right. >> well, look. >> i founded a successful company that makes a profit, steve. >> you never bought anything that was made abroad? >> nope. never did, not once. >> you never bought anything that was made abroad. >> never. >> you never made anything made in mexico or china or taiwan? i find that a little bit hard to believe actually. >> let me just interject another point. david cay johnston might be able to expound on this a little bit more. donald trump is, of course, famous for stiffing all sorts of
contractors and suppliers who have done business with him and who helped him build americans real americans who have helped build the towers that he so famously touts wherever he goes. he's of course, stiffed them whenever they came around to try to get paid by him. so he's buying american and then stiffing real americans who are trying to get paid. i believe that's absolutely correct. maybe david cay johnston can elaborate on that. >> right now, don, right now, the doral country club that trump owns is under a foreclosure order because trump refuses to pay his paint contractor and his expert testified mr. trump feels he paid enough. that's not how the law works. but i wonder if we can get to the larger issue here about trade agreements because of the -- >> i was going to say he said that president trump blamed the problem, i was letting you guys get your i've never bought outside of america get that out of your system. he blamed the problem on unfair trade deals and regulations. listen to this. >> for decades, washington has
allowed other nations to wipe out millions of american jobs through unfair trade practices. wait till you see what's up for you. are you going to be so happy. my administration is removing the burdens and regulations on your companies so that you can compete, thrive and grow. how many of you have noticed this so far? because it's a big, big difference. right? >> so go ahead and finish your point. but is the president making a difference by rolling back regulations? >> not really at all. that's the thing we focus on at dc report. let me point out by withdrawing from tpp which i was one of the leading critics of tpp, trump has aided china. we now have the regional economic cooperation partnership. 16 countries, not 12, china and india and australia and japan among others, and the u.s. is not part of this. so the leaders in beijing are laughing all the way to the bank at how smart they have been and
they are getting all these other countries to pivot towards beijing and away from washington. the fact is while donald has a degree in economics he doesn't understand anything about economics. >> he's going to be tough on trade with china, too. but look, i think the important point here is we do know that regulatory relief can create jobs here. we've seen it in the coal industry and energy industry. we've created about 60,000 new jobs since the day trump was elected. i've heard people on cnn say donald trump's never going to bring those coal and energy jobs back and they have come back. deregulation can make a difference in terms of creating jobs in the united states. we're just getting started. >> do you think coal and energy jobs are coming back? >> yeah, well, there's no question about it. >> even the coal industry says they're not coming back. >> they are. >> even the coal industry acknowledges. >> you look at, you're just wrong. look at coal production in this country is up 15% already this year. >> because of machinery. because of machinery, not because of coal miners. >> who makes the machines?
who makes the machines? who sells the coal? it's steel jobs, it's trucking jobs. it's coal mining jobs. >> you should be totally in favor of wind power, steve, because wind power creates far more jobs than coal. >> it's really successful. >> many more jobs. >> yes, it is. >> you know this. wait a minute, you know this. you're an expert on it. the only reason there is a wind industry is because we give massive tax breaks. we give billions of dollars to the industry. >> just like we do to coal and oil and natural gas. >> no. not 1/1,000th of the benefits. >> no. >> you know that. you're supposed to be an expert on tax policy. you know that the wind industry says without those benefits. >> absolutely. the wind industry is heavily subsidized. but it is also becoming much more efficient and much of the world is moving to it. >> but wait a minute, don. it pays a negative tax rate. you're the guy who wrote the book on tax subsidies.
the wind industry pays a negative tax rate. do you support that? >> no. and cool also is heavily subsidized. can i make one other point, don? one other point on manufacturing. from the point where the economy turned around, obama added just short of 11,000 manufacturing jobs a month on average. trump bragged today about all the jobs he created. he is doing 8200 jobs a month. so under obama we got a third more jobs a month in manufacturing in growth and jobs. that's not a good record for trump to brag about. you have to look at the historical numbers, though. >> all right, thank you, all. we'll be right back. what if we could bring you better value by having better values? at blue apron, we work directly with more than a hundred family farms. so instead of spending on costly middlemen and supermarkets, we can invest in the things that matter most: making farmland healthier. cutting down on food waste. and bringing you higher quality, fresher ingredients
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