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>> it's not the end of the story. gentlemen, i'm so sorry. i've got to leave it there. up against the clock. thank you both. we'll have you back because there's more to discuss certainly. thank you for being with us at this hour. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. thank you, ana. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your day with us. rocky early morning calls between president trump and key allies blunt talk on the border wall and a deal with australia that makes the president look like a doop. plus, the 200-day mark is around the corner and the president signed just one piece of major regulation. russia sanctions we made clear today he despises, and the president's poll numbers, moving the wrong way. from very bad to even worse including parts of the trump base, which helps explain this -- >> for decades the united states was operated and has operated a
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very low-scaled immigration system. issuing record numbers of green cards to low-wage immigrants. it has not been fair to our people. to our citizens. to our workers. >> let's begin there with the president and a presidency in trouble. just wait for the second 100 days. a big white house line at the 100-day mark when reviews noted lack of a big legislative victory and west wing in ckoco constant personnel chaos. and infrastructure still in the starting gate at best and no health care bill. the president's approval rating, 33%. disapproval, 61%. lowest approval and highest disapproval of the trump presidency as he approaches the 200-day mark, and some trouble with the trump base. white voters without a college degree, the president is under water. 50% of those voters key to his victory disapprove. 43% approve. the shift, approval roiting down
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ten points in the last month. one slice of the trump base. another, white men. the president breaks even. 47% approve. disapproval up among white men. key part of the trump base. what do the american people think about the president on issues? take a look at this. under water on everything except terrorism where he breaks even. economy. 47% approve. 48% disapprove. whopping disapproval on health care. these numbers, frankly, are damns. 71 percent of the american people say the president of the united states is not level headed. 63% say a bad leader. 62% say he's dishonest. 63% say he doesn't share their views. six in ten americans, 59% there, say the president does not care about average americans. trouble with the base is one reason you see the president moving back to issues he likes.
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issues from the campaign. west virginia trip tonight. yesterday, the president at the white house and then his senior adviser on immigration, stephen miller, playing up big issues from last year's campaign. >> it's the divide between how americans think about imgriggs and how washington thinks about immigration. so to everyday americans, this is the most rational, modest, common sense basic thing you can do. of course, you shouldn't have foreign workers -- of course you shouldn't have foreign workers displacing american workers. in washington, this present as sea change from decades of practice. depends what lens you're looking at it through. >> with us this day to share reporting and insights, margaret talas, and michael bender, sunlen kim and lowest approval, highest disapproval of presidency. easy for people in the country to say it's just one poll, but as we approach the 200-day mark, you see the ramifications of it
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everywhere. the white house returning to immigration, other base issues because of the slip in the trump base. all he's had since day one of his presidency and see it on capitol hill. more and more people say, sorry, mr. president. you work in the building every day. fake news, fake polls? they see it before we do because of their own polling from the republican national committee? >> of course, all white house's keep their eye best as they can on internal numbers like this. look, this is a vital time for so many reasons and helps you understand what happened with anthony scaramucci didn't happen in a vacuum. there already were financial marketers bui marketers -- factors building up and important to have a reset and organizational reset to bring things under control and move forward with, if possible, one more cohesive plan. the times ahead of the august recess and recognition when members come back, talking about it all the time, there a minute before the they run for
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re-election. essential for the president to hang on to republicans to win together and republicans don't split away from him. >> and you see, beginning to see evidence of that. the president's ranking among republican, 79% approve. 17% disapprove. the would us can say, still have 79% republicans. down from early on. cracks. not a splintering but cracks. can a president -- he didn't win the popular vote. that's bothered him since day one. that's an understatement, i know. but can a president with a 33% approval rating govern? >> not very easily, and especially when he's not helping himself, like going to margaret's point about he needs to work with republicans to advance this agenda. this morning he's tweeted -- blamed the congress which is run by his party, for both bad relations with russia and the health care debacle. and -- you know, so paul ryan, mitch mcconnell and the rest of the republican majorities are going off on respective vacations and sniping at him. it's like a bad marriage, which the spouse is going off on
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separate vacations, contemplating divorce. >> going home to places, again, some house members from say republican districts, going home, people saying, the president isn't getting things done. a lot of people blame the congress more than the president. the big and diverse states, 71%, not level headed. 63% bad leader. 63% doesn't share our values. 62% dishonest. wander the halls of capitol hill every day. no fear factor anymore about this president? >> definitely a urn itting point between relations between republicans on capitol hill and congress. now with the house guys in those conservatives districts, where trump is still very popular you don't get a fear factor just yet. covering the senate, senators represent entire states much more diverse populations you really see this act of defiance against the president in these past several days. first of all, the russia sanctions, major slap at the president. you have republican lawmakers drafting legislation on kind of,
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what to do if he does end up having a special counsel, firing bob mueller? a very big development on capitol hill and senator jeff flake. it's not new he's a trump critic but wrote a scathing indictment of his own party aiding and abetting this week. >> and in august. closer to 2018. if the numbers don't change, you see republicans walking away now it will be a full sprint. tweeting, by the president, thank congress. same people that can't even give us health care. come back to the russia question later, the sanctions. the idea yesterday the president invites two senators down, immigration bill in congress for months. talks immigration. now bashing congress. sounds like candidate trump to me. this sounds like donald trump the guy running for president talking about immigration, bashing the establishment washington of both parties. trying -- his mojo in the campaign. why now? >> well, i think that the poll
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numbers are the reason why, and candidate trump is the version of trump that's had success. president trump hasn't had really, obviously, any major legislative success. been successful on the regulation front and that's not nothing here, but what's going to get you coverage on major fundamental changes on the hill, he's not having any success, and it's a clear effort, to your point before, to go back to the base. the immigration issue, no clear path forward on it. stephen miller, you show a little clip before, encouraged to go out tlhere and tangle up with the president, get into it and battle because they know that plays with their people. >> and got what they wanted. the conservative media today, dust up with cnn jim acosta, stephen miller talking in general, dominating a lot of conservative media. my question is, do you run the risk? this immigration stuff is -- am i wrong? is it going anywhere in congress in this short time? >> look at the senate.
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no democrats would ever support anything like that. and no pro-business republicans, allied with the chamber of commerce, more pro-immigration, pro-labor will no support it either. straight to nowhere. >> the president's own line, you can tell from statements and his approach, which is -- is the problem that when he's been governing he's less pure trump than he was when campaigning? hats why he should return to that? or the problem, harder to govern than campaign? and that that is the reason for the sort of diminishment of his popularity amongst the most crucial republican voters? as long as he struggles with that you'll see a move to the right, move back to the center, move to the right, move back to the center. fundamentally the question. >> in west virginia another rally tonight. he just noted, some big announcement. we'll see in west virginia going bab back to one of the issues. going back to a place he won.
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trying to advance things ever go into a place you're 50/50 or perhaps under water? at the 100-day mark, i said, he's new. yes, staff issues. all new presidents do. maybe his more magnifiemagnifie. give it a second 100 days. look at it. obamacare, some progress with the house bill. at the moment going nowhere. tougher trade deals. talk about it a lot. china deal could come. mostly talk and trying to renegotiate nafta. and progress and crackdown on illegal immigration. borders crossing down. immigration in the states, the president can claim some success, but build a wall? unclear. stuck in congress. tax reform? stuck in congress. infrastructure is an idea not a plan. if you're thinking -- yes. regulations reduced. some executive actions. but if your big legislative victory at this point is the one you despise, russia sanctions what does it say about this white house's effectiveness? >> well, there is -- look, i
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don't any it's that different than the dry erase boards in steve bannon's office. 100 different things not a lot of check mark there's either. this is the strategy now. barrel down through this with the base. i mean, the pew poll showed earlier, last week we can agree, the most tumultuous week of a very tumultuous presidency, which is saying something. >> absolutely. and polls taken about scaramucci. no one wants to be embarrasses. the trump voters don't want to be embarrassed, desperate for a victory and if they lose that base as all, they're toast. they have to, like -- have to pull it back together before moving forward on anything. >> as we move on the conversation, counted out before as a president, as a candidate. see what happens. no question, the numbers tell you something especially everybody home for summer vacation.
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a bet wedding tting is the term use. and a drug-infested den and the deal passed on by the obama white house, the president says, makes him look like a dope.
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the most important. on a call with the australian president, mag clcolm turnbull alowns refugees in the united states, president trump brought up a travel ban campaign process and says this shows me to be a dope. i don't do no like this. if i have to do it i will do it but i don't like. i think it's ridiculous and obama should never have signed it. the only reason i will take them is because i have to honorary deal senned by my predecessor and it was rotten deal. the president went on to say. what do we make of this? people say clearly the president speaks in a blunt style, uses language they wouldn't teach you at the school of foreign service but a lot of trump supporters say, good for him. he speaks his mind and as he goes through these issues, he takes affinity to campaign promises which we should applaud a politician for. shouldn't we? >> and helps you understand why president pena couldn't come to the united states, number one
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and people are letting go from a lot of stuff within the white house that's still classified. delighted if a transcript like that landed into my lap, by the way. >> and those are -- actually, my point -- >> an interesting point. you know, anthony scaramucci came in and left. one of his goals, got to him later. stop the leaks of information he thought were damaging to the president. chief of staff kelly, order, discipline in leaking stuff that damages the president. and some find this damages. some won't. >> and that's why scaramucci left. finished his job on the leakers. >> a quick out. more of the mexican conversation. interesting. everyone says trump doesn't have nuance. actually trying to negotiate. you're laughing, but -- listen, you know, the mexican president says my position has been and will continue to be very firm. saying that mexico cannot pay for the wall. president trump, but you cannot say that to the press. the press is going to go with that and i cannot live with that. cannot say that to the press because i cannot negotiate under
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those circumstances. sounds to me like the president is acknowledging you're probably not going to pay for it in the end. we'll negotiate that. if you embarrass me like that i have to punch back? >> it's utterly cynical on trump's part to suggest he knows they won't pay for it -- >> cynical or realistic? or cynically realistic? >> yeah. >> and for him then to suggest -- politics, it's all on his side. worried about his politics. what about pena nieto? and saying things about mexico and not -- he's have zero percent approval if he didn't stand up to the president of the united states on this. >> you see him negotiates here, though. absolutely. and the idea here -- in one reading of this, where he says, this is the least important thing that we're doing. i mean, there's a reading here you can see him trying to convince the mexican president here that, don't worry about it.
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this is, like -- it's easy. you don't have to worry about it. we'll just get past it. as opposed this doesn't mean anything. >> six months in, not past it. move on to the australian conversation. malcolm turnbull talking about a beal negotiated by the obama administration taking 250 refugees and relocate to the united states. the president notes, as a campaign promise. a travel ban. this is going to kill me. i'm the world's greatest person that does not want to let people into the country and now agreeing to take 2000 people i agree i can vet, put me in a bat position. makes me look so bad. the prm said, that's not right. it's not 2000. trump said i heard 5,000 as well in these conversations like with the american people the president's often far from the facts. it's 1,250 and says this will make me look like a dope? >> right. but a commitment to a major military ally. you know?
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and so -- >> right. >> look, this is on one hand fascinating and helps you understand how he thinks and talks with world leaders. actually pretty humanizing, even if you see the problems with the strategy. another element i flag. at one point in this article as he's venting says, the only guy who's been nice to him all day on the phone was -- >> read that part. senator lindsey graham said the leaks of transcripts is a disservice to the president. wants to find a leaker. another leak invest vags. the attorney general a busy man. the president says, look spoked to putin, merkel, abe of japan and france, this, australia, most unpleasant call. i'll be honest with you. i've had it. making calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. putin was a pleasant call. this is ridiculous. >> and remember the consequences on congress, too, over these calls. if you recall, when the information of the initial phone calls leaked back in february, it was senator john mccain, as
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the armed services committee chairman having to make calls to the australian ambassador saying i want to reaffirm our friendship with country of australia. it's not something senator mccain had to do before. wager relations, and the border issue. still a major issue in the funding fight in september. democrats can look to this and say, private calls, least important part. >> sneak in this one. president has to run for re-election one day and a place called new hampshire and the call with the mexican president said, we have the drug lords in mexico knocking the hell out of our country sending drugs to chicago, los angeles, new york. new hampshire. i won new hampshire because new hampshire is a drug infested den. the republican of new hampshire saying i have a great state, mr. prp. >> and both senators. can i just say i agree on some level with senator graham. it's too bad this came out and i enjoy reading them, am greatly
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entertained and invite anyone that wants to leak similar transcripts send them to me, not margaret. >> politico. >> and the "wall street journal." >> and having said that, we really didn't learn anything in these transcripts that we didn't already know about both of those calls, or about him. if only because of his own tweets and subsequent leaks. other leaks that have come out have arguably been in the vein of a public service. the people in the national security and intelligence community so worried about certain things that they leak. and this was not. what i worry about is that it will encourage trump to do just what he did at the g-20 with president putin. which is to go off in a meeting with just one person, no notetaker and no -- 2 1/2 hours and 15 minutes and no record of their conversation like this. >> great point. we didn't learn anything. particular language, and personal dynamics. if you're a trump voter, you'll say good for the president at least in the first week. remembers campaign promises. in washington a lot of shock and
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horror at the language. out in america, especially trump country, good for you, mr. president, to standing up to those guys. see how it plays out. and next, the president hates the new russia sanctions he just signed into law and the kremlin is mocking him for letting it happen. so i tried crest. it does so much more than give me fresh breath. crest pro-health mouthwash provides all... ...of these benefits to help you get better dental check-ups. go pro with crest mouthwash. checkup? nailed it
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welcome back. presidents normally celebrate signing majtsch legislation but president trump is setting sanctions meddling designed to help trump and hurt hillary clinton. this morning the president tweeted "our relationship with russia is at an all-time low, and all-time dangerous low -- excuse me. and often a trump ally, at the trump white house just yesterday for an immigration event but says the president is dead wrong about who too blame for tensions with moscow. >> our relationship is at, not maybe a historic low but pretty low, but ultimately the
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responsibility falls primarily on vladimir putin. he's the one who's invaded countries. we need to push back. >> more on the fallout here at home. the conversation in a moment. first, cnn's matthew chance is in moscow sharing what we call colorful reaction from key coup russian leaders. >> reporter: colorful reaction and in fact the kremlin and others in the upper echelons of power here in russia have been pouring their own score on the fact congress passed sanctions calling it irresponsible, and something that is short-sighted. the prime minister of the country himself, who's been criticized for being a weak figure in the russian political system, has said this -- the trump administration demonstrated complete impotence in the most humiliating manner, transfers sanctions to congress, the american establishment completely outplayed trump. the president of russia is not happy with the new sanctions but
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could not sign them, but he couldn't not sign the law, the president of the united states, of course. these sanctions primarily as another way to put trump in his place. so this is the russians heavily criticized congress. heavily criticizing trump as well for signing this. i think it marks a new phase in this c complex and constantly evolving relationship with russia. we hoped donald trump would be the one to turn the situation around and seem to have abandon all prospects of that taking place. >> the question, where do we go from here? thank you very much for that, matthew chance from moscow. again, international leaders studied the president and know what sets him off. impotence? totally played? put in his place? by the united states congress. the prime minister of russia knew who he was speaking to and what he was doing when he had that facebook posting. >> interested that your translation went to impotence.
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i saw the statement last night, getting it translated at impotent or totally weak. either one of which would have really set the president off, but -- i took sophomoric leave that you went pi impotence. >> we trust our people in moscow, jackie. the question is, where do we go from here? again, the president lashing out at congress. blaming congress for this. the first major piece of legislation he signed and mentions iran and north korea. iranians not liking their part in this either. the president saying this is congress' fault. the same people who couldn't give us health care somewhat inconsistent from what we heard the other day from the vice president. >> in signing the sanctions, our president and our congress are speaking with a unified voice for there to be a change in our relationship with russia. russia has to change its behavior. >> congress, our president and congress are speaking with a
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unified voice. >> clearly not a unified voice now. >> when is he going to learn -- to just not go out and say such things. >> and do not go on a foreign policy trip to speak for the president and speak for the president? the part of the problem -- part of the problem, yes, this legislation totally puts president trump in a box. obama wouldn't have want wered to sign it, or bush, both done signing statements and also would have pass. and part of the reason congress felt they needed to act, a sense there's not a coherent, unified tough enough russia policy. >> aagree both signing statements. they would have talked about infringement on executive power. raised ways the touch legal team did. citing supreme court cases. >> and cited election interference. >> held russia accountable and probably wouldn't have said, congress could not have even negotiated a health care bill after seven years of talkingened go on to say i made billions and billions of dollars.
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i can negotiate better deals. >> interesting about yesterday is that they put out -- two statements. one was the official, technical signing statement. the other a statement by the presidented with all the politics. somebody at the white house understood the importance letting one assignment speak for the actual legislative and -- you know, constitutional concerns. >> so this is a big deal in the sense it imposes sanctions on russia, on north korea. iran saying imposing sanctions now in its view voids the nuclear deal. see if that's rhetoric or take steps from that saying we had an agreement, you've done this. you're outside of bounds. without a doubt at the, especially the president's tweet, adds more poison to something already poisonous as well. and you heard tom cotton. tries to help the president. mr. president, no, got it wrong. john mccain home getting chemotherapy tweets this out today. our relationship with russia is at a dangerous low. thank you putin for attacking our democracy, invading
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neighbors, threatening allies. interesting on the issue of the sanctions bill but a recurring theme for six-plus months saying, mr. president it's time you actually studied this, and putin's not a good guy and you need to start talking about it. >> and children, too, we talked to republican after the signing statement was issued. like, cory gardner i don't like signing statements anyway. but a concern rising to that the pret might actually abide by the law that congress sent him, very overwhelming unanimous votes. on the -- key senators, senators mccain, bob corker, on key alert making they're that they're abiding by this overwhelming law. >> and the president doesn't like them. overwhelming numbers. bipartisan tom tillerson writing a bill saying you can't fire bob nuell mueller? job mccain, lindsey graham,
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their schtick, push back. but a state trump won? >> and moving forward with that legislation and having a legislation, a real difference. >> but -- >> absolute -- >> will the main stream republican senator relatively recently elected willing to -- tells you everything you need to know about the change on capitol hill. >> and tom tillerson up for re-election in 2020. the president will be up, kind of watching out as well. >> the president could have suburb pushed any of these sanctions himself. this white house, could have done sashnctions on their own. the message sent, even vetoed, they want to box him in and they want to keep him in check. >> he can't get out of it down the road without congressional review. important point. could have gotten out ahead of this. decided no the to. that's what happens. stay tuned. can the new chief of staff get the bred president to try the t?
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this is just day four. any grading of the new white house chief of staff john kelly is early, and very, very, very incomplete. but the early reviews coming from everywhere. from happy and rattled to the west wing from capitol hill and just about anyone or any group with any stake where the trump agenda goes from here. one immediate impact, cnn told kelly called the embattled attorney general jeff sessions around sured him his job a safer. another, strict new guidance he gets a first look, kelly, gets a first look at any significant information delivered to the president part of an effort by the new chief of sta of to stop aides from walking into the oval office to fact fact-free con sheersy theory with the president of the united states. a bigger challenge -- ishs getting the president to tell the truth. credibility has been an issue from day one for this white house. just yesterday the white house acknowledging the president was making it up when he talked recently about phone calls from the head of the boy scouts and the president of mexico.
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>> specifically said he received a phone call from the president of mexico -- >> they were actually -- direct conservations not actual phone calls. it was a lie that's pretty -- bold accusation. it's a -- the conversations took place. just simply didn't take place over a phone call. he had them in-person. >> lie, fib, out of context. you make the call. retired admiral gives to his friend the retired marine general. >> i think the biggest danger for john kelly is that he succeeds too fast and arouses jealousy on the part of the president. so i think general kelly has got to very much be low key, off the radar. not on the ridge line, as he would say as a marine, and i think he needs to do his counseling with the president in highly private settings, where that is the ultimate, this can't
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leak kind of conversation. >> what do we know about their personal interactions? the new chief of staff and the president of the united states? we're not supposed to know much if john kelly, especially according to the admiral's view is doing his job? >> i think general kelly is doing his job. he's -- it's true. i mean, he's shut down access to the oval office. there is no more walking in and out, wandering, whatever verb you want to use there. meetings are more structured. people, you know -- i think maybe most importantly right here at the start is that, that kelly has the respect of all of the different factions in this west wing. right? globalists, national security folks, nationalists all admire general kelly and heading this are deferring to him. >> deferring to him you say, but this "washington post" story with the transcripts, we don't know exactly when the leak happened. could have happened five days ago. i suspect not.
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but it hits publication on his watch. one of the ideas clamp down on damaging leaks, leaks damaging to the president. there's one. i want to show you just this morning. sebastian gorgeous, aide to the president. on tv again this morning. i was told earlier this week one of kelly the missions was to change who speaks for the president. he wants the cabinet out more often. you have him on tv. 's steph stephen miller, base person in the media yesterday. okay to continue this or early on and a -- >> we are very early on. seems that his focus in the early days has been -- is house cleaning the right word? changes are necessary. in the middle of imposing that now. may be a case of wait and see with some folks, and may be a case of -- just him having a different set of priorities. if the president wants these people to speak for him, it's general kelly's job to carry out the president's visions. not general kelly's job to shut
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things down. it's general kelly's job to impose order. part of that pecking order, seems particularly in the nfc so far, to say, look, there is a chain of command within each of these different branches including national security and the person at the heads of those command under general kelly has to be able to execute their own personnel and staffing, basically. >> you mentioned the national security about rat is. marine general chief of staff. h.r. mcmaster, recent days let three people go who, holdovers from michael flynn. fired former national security adviser himself. another general. is the fact these three people 2350ire e fired, names on the screen. does this tell you mcmaster is exerting authority and has kelly's backing? >> it tells me. time will tell. there's still a lot of speculation out there that mcmaster is not totally on solid ground, but he's clearly on more
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solid ground for a time with kelly as chief of staff than he was, and kelly got rid of scaramucci right away, and he made clear that sessions -- sort of gave sessions a reprieve. i'm not going to say sessions is there for the long term, but we'll see. >> the president is still mad. >> right. and the tweets did -- seemed a little more restraint, but -- >> every time you say -- every time you say -- >> yes. >> at least i can get my coffee made in the morning. the tweets didn't start until like 8:30 or so. >> and this. "weekly standard" on the practice, this piece in the maing seine saying for some time steve bannon considered leerching the white house. one of lis closest buddies is reince priebus. now gone. the newly emboldened mcmaster could hasten his exit. do you think that's real? >> i think some is real. i don't any steve bannon has been very happy. i don't think that's major news.
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at the receiving end of some of the, the trump anger. guy who works for me a couple months ago. i wouldn't read too much into the mcmaster thing right now. i think these changes may be more of a sign of kelly's -- management style. scaramucci was direct report to kelly. kelly took care of that. these other forkes are direct reports to mcmaster. the sense i get from people who know kelly he's not a micromanager and will give people the room to work or the rope to hang themselves. one of the two. more of a -- on kelly than mcmast e er. >> keep an eye on that, next, scaramucci had a plan for the white house communications office. if only he had followed it. step: point decisively with the arm of your glasses. abracadabra. the stage is yours. step two: choose la quinta. the only hotel where you can redeem loyalty points for a free night-instantly and win at business.
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communications director only ten days. not even a full pay period. his going away party was what's left of his welcome cake. >> fast! if scaramucci was viagra it wouldn't even be time to call your doctor yet. >> he's like the sum of the summer. scaramucci came into our lives, obsessed with him for a week and left us with nothing but memories and a bunch of weird moves, you know? [ hums "macarena" ] ♪ hey, scaramucci well, anthony scaramucci gone, not forgotten. the communications director already misses the spotlight, clearly. remember, he said goal one, stop the leaks? distracting the president's agenda? yesterday scaramucci leaked a memo that was to be his com shop bible. the decision, that means
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discussions like this one distracting from the president's agenda. a lot of them smart stuff, but hard not 20 start with this doo doozy. "people may not like our answers but should always be treated professionally and respectfully." starts with the direct are the commun communications. it didn't start there. and calling reince priebus a -- bleeping -- schizophrenic. and read more about stephen bannon. what do we make of the mooch and his mope oh? >> -- his memo? >> talking about respect, talking month are about the press strategy. >> so be nice to reporters but you can call the -- >> part of what he was talking about in his, in his early days. the early days of his time, was
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the importance and talked about this publicly. desire for a reset between the trump white house and the american press corps. the white house press corps and to a strategic end in his mind, which was, develop a little bit more good faith. turn down the heat and maybe change the way coverage is going. i actually think that may be -- although not the only one thinking that, a discussion will continue. >> and he clearly had conversations with communications professionals. if you read the memo. may be parts you disagree with but well put together. it your point, improving the culture. president, number one customer. create a new cycle. fill the content of cable news, of the internet. of the newspapers, the magazines. emphasize the economy, smart stuff. to your point, went on to say, potus can choose to fight with the media but comes should nocos cannot. general kelly, sent anthony
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scaramucci packing will keep them out? >> seems that a similar strategy that general kelly kind of a no nonsense man would want to emulate as well. i liked one part in the memo where he said, press staffers should not go home until reading every e-mail and call answered . we would love that in the press corps. >> on day one, sitting in the white house briefing room talking about the president as an athlete. >> he's the most competitive person i've ever met. look, i've seen this guy throw a dead spiral through a tire. seen him at madison square garden with a top coat on. standing -- in the key, foul shots. he thinks three-foot putz. >> in t >> -- putts. >> potus is the best golfer to serve as president. perhaps we embrace it with a
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national online lottery or charity auction? >> i mean, this is the kind of thing that stuck in my craw a little bit. hard to get to the point of saying this is like a -- a good memo and a lot of good stuff when things like this, that are just not going to get traction. you know? the piece you showed, the clip, scaramucci, turned out to the high-water mark of the ten days, right? and whether or not kelly sticks to this, and they're now i think more coms plans floating than com s people. down two bodies. one senior staffer and one junior staffer, and press shop already overwhelmed. no clear answers. bringing in his own chief of staff to help, kelly, in a senior level, but what did they do with the com shop is a wide open question? >> to my point earlier, whether kelly likes it or not.
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sebasti gorka? >> and seems to be to have a seriousness of purpose, what he's encouraging at all levels whether staffing, chain of command, the public face. >> telling me he doesn't miss the mooch. thanks for joining us on "inside politics." see you tomorrow at this time. up next, wolf blitzer after a quick break. have a good day. ♪ hey, is this our turn? honey...our turn? yeah, we go left right here. (woman vo) great adventures are still out there. we'll find them in our subaru outback. (avo) love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. get 0% apr financing for 63 months on all new 2017 subaru outback models. now through august 31. mikboth served in the navy.s, i do outrank my husband, not just being in the military,
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hello. i'm wolf blitzer. it's noon in motion coe city. 1:00 p.m. here in washington, 3:00 a.m. friday in sydney, australia. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. we begin with a stunning new look at two phone calls president trump had with key allies during his first days in office. the calls with the president of mexico and australia's prime minister happened in january. several details were reported at the time, but today we have complete transcripts of the contentious phone calls. in the transcripts obtained by the "washington post," president trump boasts about his


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