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good morning, everyone. top of the hour. i'm poppy harlow. john berman has the week off. a day after president trump insisted his base is bigger, stronger and closer than ever, a new cnn poll shows otherwise.
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the core just 35% now strongly approve of his presidency, a decline from 47% in just february. overall 38% of americans approve of the president's job performance six months in. that's the lowest yet in polling. now look at this. only 24% of all americans say they truth most of what comes out of the white house. almost three americans in four say they do not. 73%. break that down by party. 93% of democrats mistrust the trump white house, no surprise there, but here is what's remarkable, guys, only half of republicans say they trust most of what they hear from the president and his inner circle, only half of republicans. jointing me now, cnn political director david chalian. i would say ma strikes you most, but i would suppose that's it. >> and it's so interesting, that number you just cited that
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presents new challenges for getting your legislative agenda through. republicans are not fearful of you on capitol hill if their own voters are feeling that they can't always trust what is coming out of the white house. it creates a lot of complications. never mind of effect the overall number you showed not trusting, that's a huge trust deficit. that is the credibility gap we so often talk about that trump has with the american people. this is a credibility gap, we have pointed out time and time again what he's said that have proven to just be false. let's talk about the honesty and trust worthy numbers as well. that's another area where he's
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falling. >> take a look at this. 60% of americans say he is not. 36% say he is. his supporters would say this doesn't concern us so much, this attribute about the president, because he wasn't deemed trust worsty back in the fall and he won the election anyway. that of course was when he was being compared to hillary clinton, another nontrust worthy candidate. and then look at this number about effectively managing the government. this is a really startling number because of president trump's background. he said he was going to bring his business acumen to the federal government. 59% say he can't manage the government effectively. that was a core promise, to come in and shake things up. >> drain the swamp, make it work. we have not seen that. the base, this is what he harped on again. my base is stronger than ever, closer than ever. that is not what these numbers show as you noted at the top,
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you are seeing a bit of erosion. we looked at republicans who say they strongly approve of the president, how they became over time. these are the most fervent, who said they strongly approve. in february, 73% of republicans said that. in march it was 69d%. now it's down to 59%. that's just among republicans, his strong approval numbers, so he's losing ground with some of thinks host fevant supporters. >> also the social media. a lot of folks like thinks twitter. certainly journalists like to hear from him since he doesn't give a lot of interviews to independent outlets, but they also see some risk in the way he is tweeting. >> you're right. they do see this as definitely a way to get around the media, get your own message out there. there's no doubt americans soo that as a tool to be used that way. but look at this 71% say, yes,
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donald trump's tweets are a risky way to communication and, you know, we see that day in and day out. he retweeted this morning about a north korea story that wasn't think any significant channels and yet can have impact. his u.n. ambassador reacting to it. it's seen as a risky form of communication and i think president trump provides evidence for that day in and day out. >> instead, david chalian, i think it was 13 tweets yesterday? >> something like that. >> thanks, david. >> thanks, pop,. political analyst alex burns is with us, a reporter for "new york times" who wrote a store over the weekend that the white house didn't like very much alex, let's start with you. we'll get to your story in a
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moment. what stands out to you more, the fall in some of his core base, in strong approval or the trust deficit here? >> i think it's sort of one and the same in a lot of ways. a lot more convince all white house teams would look at that and see there's a total political crisis, right? when 75% of people say you cannot truth basic information coming out, that makes it difficult for the president to persuade people who don't already like him to give his policies a chance. let's say he gets great news, who will believe it when he tries to sell it, let alone he gets bad news. i think the number you touched on, can he effectively manage the government, is a huge deal. that's the kind of criticism that can cut across party lines and goes to the heart of his value proposition, which is i'm a business guy, i can do this. >> i'm not one of them. tara. i wonder how you think what alex
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brings up, tots his legislation through, get the point out there. if you're sitting in a rather vulnerable seat, and you're saying, well, i have to go with the white house on this one, but whoa, so many americans, even republicans don't trust the white house on a lot of things, are they goods to trust what the white house is saying, does that change your calculus? >> this has been the story of it is white house. he's alleges felts insecurity that he doesn't have a true mandate. that's why you always hear him talk about the historic election, this great win. the truth is that it does hurt his influence on the hill and hurts when he's trying to put forward the legislative agenda. a lot of his members just are willing to stand of and say no, i choose to be an antitrump, but it's a huge problem for him. he already hasn't been able to
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pass the health care bill, but at the end of the day the policy numbers aren't great and they wasted a lot of that trust equity in the beginning when they were squabbling about little things, like the size of the crowds. the thing that trump had during the election is there were so many anti-hillary republicans out there who could just not vote for hillary clinton, but the next person he's up against will likely not be hillary clinton and not have that strong of a sentiment, or they may not have that strong of a sentiment against another republican on he's in a difficult position. they need to who, on that trust. >> if alex's story is telling you may be on to something there in 2020. i think it's important to note of course the positives here. the positives is how americans are feeling about the country and the direction of the country overall. 53% of americans in this poll say they think things in the
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country are going in the right direction. that is up and it's compared to 45% who think things are going badly. this goes a reflection, is it not of this stellar stock market surge, job growth, et cetera? some credit here to the white house on that one? >> certainly. i think the problem for the white house is the president doesn't seem to be getting credit for the economic gains. in numbers on these polls is the fact that more americans who responded disapproved than approve of how the president is handling the economy. more than half feel that he's doing a poor job. that itself is a major sleeper issue for the presidents. if he doesn't get credit for any for that economic gains he wouldn't have one of -- it also means there would be more pressure than ever on the white house and congress to get tax reform done.
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part of the reason the stock market has reached such report numbers is because there's a lot of investor confidence and investor optimism that tax reform could happen, but as there's more reporting indicating that tax reform may be on the rocks, some of those stock market numbers could end up slipping and that could underline some of the few lines the president has. stay there. don't go anywhere. we have a lot more to dissect. if americans do not trust this white house, how did the trump administration gain back that trust? also the president this morning say the united states must be tough and decidesives. what does that mean in terms of next steps? this as north korea this morning threatens physical actions in response to new u.n. sanctions. plus google's ceo cuts his vacation short to deal with the outrage over that memo clearly with gender bias, written by one of its male engineers. for your heart...
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i know the one thing you do is every day you try to get the trust of year people. that's part of your job. and the only way to get trust is not what you say, but what you do. and if you look tess actions whether it's with the security council or employment or all the new investment, look at the actions. >> look at the actions says nikki haley, defending the the on trust as the new cnn poll numbers show he is facing and the white house is facing a credibility crisis. 60% of americans don't think the president is honest and trust worthy. 24% -- only 24% say they trust what is coming from the white house. that is compared to 73% who do not. let's bring back our panel, alex, to you, looking at north korea and the situation, north korea coming out this morning threatening physical action. that's the regime's words in
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response to they sanctions, given the crisis and the intense situation with north korea right now, and you've gotten an american public who largely doesn't trust this white house. >> it is the nightmare for folks who have been in the white house before, who have tried to nudge this white house and what they see as a more constructive direction when it comes to public communications and credibility. what if this president had to go to the american people and make the case for military action somewhere. you already have people after the whole iraq war experience extremely skeptical of what they hear from the government about the need to using force. >> look, this president has -- that is what he has based his question over the intelligence community on. >> absolutely. you combine that with a president who has an individual credibility crisis, and suddenly people start to work, people in the sort of national security establishment, the washington establishment in general start to worry, does this president have the leadership position to make the case with the country
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to do something different and scary. >> so then the question becomes, betsy, to you what does the white house, what does the party do to turn this around? it's still early. it's six months in. >> it becomes extraordinarily difficult. the reality is having these trust deficits creates enormous trouble for the white house. another important component of this too is congress itself doesn't have a huge level of confidence in the white house. the president severely damaged his trust relation with that shall the republicans when he said the health care bill they passed was actually mean. it's not just an issue of the american people not trusting the white house. it's also an issue of congress, members of the president's own party not trusting hem to follow through on commitments he makes to them. that speaks to the ability of the republican party to actually advance its agenda now in a rare moment of united government. divorce, if the republican party can't deliver on promises it's been making for nearly a decade,
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mainly the prop to repeat and replace the affordable care act, they're between a rock and a hard place on this one. >> tara, kelly anne conway admitted we have some poll issues. this was her bread and butter before she came to the white house and she said we have to get those numbers up with the republicans. the president said all those polls are fake, but the people around him say we've got to deal with this. >> right. i think it's a bit of a reality check that maybe the president isn't comfortable admitting that his aides are perhaps more comfortable with that, but at the end of the day, you're right. they have to get the numbers of, but how do they do it? maybe tax cuts, in the economy is doing well around 2020, that could be helpful. people don't generally line
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change, and if things are doing well, he could sail into a second term, but between now and then they have to be thinking about how much value the words coming you've white house have. this is a struggle any white house has. even white houses that have a real devotion to the truth in a lot more ways, and this is something that they really need to work on, if trump is going to make it into a second term. obviously the economy will help, tax cuts will be great, but we'll see if that even comes out, if they can push it through. >> alex burns, front page of your newspaper above the fold today, is this report by your colleague, talking about this climate change report. i think it's -- saying the climate temperature has been rapid pace over the last four decades now, that runs directly counter to what this president
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has said and namely what the epa chief scott pruitt has said. how does that factor in with this trust gap and this credibility gap? >> you know, it's one of these climbed changes is one of the issues that's not necessarily a seen every day as a crisis for this admanages, but it goes to the heart of the credibility battle, and the battle by this president to sort of impose his view of the world on a resistant federal government, that when you have all these scientists reaching conclusion, and their conclusions happen to make it into the media while it is still pending -- >> you have to think they were concerned about it not getting out there, they were concerned the white house couldn't sign off on this report. if the white house doesn't sign off on did next week, it wouldn't be public, right? >> and there's a conventional wisdom in washington that climate changes is not a voting
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issue the way other issues are, but when you ask people about the important of scientific information, do you want leadership that trusts data, science, the polls you get back are pretty lopsided. i don't know that people are dying to see the president suddenly reverse everything he's done, but the more this sense builds that this administration is suppressing or can't be trusted with hard information from experts, that certainly feeds the larger -- >> what do you think, betsy? there was a reason this got out there and landed on the front page unfortunate "new york times." >> that also speaks to the trust problem the president has with employees in the federal government and folks in the scientific community. it's something we've seen across federal agencies as more and more employees feel comfortable or feel like they have to leak information that the otherwise wouldn't necessarily be released. the leak of this report is not
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an illegal leak. it's not something that would fall under the purview of the justice department to investigate. that's important for people to understand, but it absolutely gets to this larger problem for the white house, which is the people advising him, the people and allegations gathering research, gatheren information don't thing he trusts them. the result is they feel more comfortable and feel an obligation in some cases to release information like this. you know, one thing -- one important nugget that's highlighted is that the report shows there have been major advances made in what's called attributes in science, which is the way that scientists can connect to human behavior. that's something that would bed a major problem for the president, and something that's an important scientific advancement, because it helps us make sense of what's happening. that will put the president and republicans on their heels, as they may have to change their approach to this issue. >> thank you so much. a lot to get into in these
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action in response to those new harsher u.n. sanctioning, u.n. ambassador nikki haley says it's time to end the tough talk. >> all the balls like in kim's court. he's got to decide how far to get this rhetoric, how much do you want to show your muscle. it's much too much. if he decides if he starts the united states, is that something he can win? >> north korean state media said -- cannot just watch wild dogs pounce on us, their words. will ripley, your perspective given how many times you've to pyongyang reporting on this. your thoughts? >> that's colorful rhetoric, but not unusual for north korea, who do feel in some sense they do have a pack of wild calls, and that lead wild dog would be the united states, which is why they feel entirely justified in
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continues to -- and it's also why officials who i spoke with back as recently as june, they want they were expecting more sanctions. this is not coming as a surprise to them. they say that the missile program, the nuclear program will be the last ones they cut, even if they have to endure financial hardship. they're threatening, of course, to strike back to retaliate against the sanctioning, but they pledge this missile program will continue, and it takes a long time to take effect. that could potential deliver the nuclear warhead. >> it's remarkable. will ripley thank you for the reporting and the important perspective. president trump this morning chose to retweet a fox news story on u.s. satellites that,s according to these sources say detected north korean antiship cruise miisms.
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notably we don't have that reporting. it's also notable this contained classified information two unnamed source, of course the president has railed guns unnamed source. nikki haley was asked about that report on fox that the president retweeted. here's what she said. >> i can't talk about anything that's classified. if that's in the newspaper, that's a shame. it's incredibly dangerous when things get out into the press like that. you're not only just getting a scoop on something, you're playing with people's lives. >> as i said, cnn has not confirmed that fox reporting. barbara starr is with us at the pentagon. nikki haley said incredibly dangerous and a shame it's out in the media, but the president put it out there more. >> he gets to tweet what he wants, but let me take a little different take and discuss some of the substance at hand. this is all about an anti-ship
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miism. i don't want to geek out, but it's important to understand what the president is talking about. it's very different than the bligsic intercontinental missiles that pose a direct threat to the united states, south korea and japan. these are missiles that go on ships and basically defend coast did not lines or make atab shipping at sea. the new yorkance typically haven't put those on the ships in a while, it's important to note, but shipping stays out of the north korean waters, western shipping, at least. there's a good ability to trach any military ship by the new yorkance in either military vessel that would have these on board. so this is something quite different. this is not part of the larger debate about the ballistic missile threat, which are long-distance, causing potentially tens of thousands, if not millions of casualties.
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this is very short-range stuff, very close to north korean shores, in their waters. important for the south koreans, because they're always looking for some north korean provocation at sea, but again different. so it would be interesting to know when the president retweeted this what he really had in mind on about they. was it something that perhaps he thought was not serious enough -- seriously classified enough that he could out there and retweet it? and there some mixing up of the threat here between the shorter range missiles and the ballistic missiles which really is the focus of the threat right now. >> it would be helpful to know indeed. barbara starrty pentagon, thank you for all of that. let's bring in ted lu, also has served this country. thank you for being here. giving your position, the
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committee you sit on and given your service in the armed forces, whats what is your stake on what barbara just reported, you have these unnamed sources in this fox news report that nikki haley called a shame to be out there and dangius and the president retweeted. >> thank you, poppy for your question. it is alarming the casualness with which president trump shares classifieds information. earlier this year he gave classified information to the russians and now retweets an article with classified -- i have a security clearance. we're taught just because something is in the press doesn't make that information no lounge are classified, so the president should not be tweeting classified information just because he as the president. >> all right. you proposed legislation back in january, but you tweeted about it just a few days ago, and it's certainly germane to this conversation. you would like through your legislation to try to prevent the president from having the
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ability of first use of nuclear weapons without congressional approval. now, this is something -- an authority that was given to any sitting president back in 1946. why do you believe, a, the president should have that power and b, that congress would do a better job with that power? >> senator markie and i introduced this legislation, because our view is it is current nuclear launch approval process is unconstitutional. right now one person can launch thousands of nuclear weapons. that's the president. no one can stop him. under the law the secretary of defense has to follow the order. there's no congressional oversight and that would be a declaration of war. our view is only congress can declare war, and the legislate says you need first get approval of congress. >> but congressman you didn't have any problem -- you
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introduced it four days after his inauguration. >> yes, we also introduced it last year when we all believed hillary clinton was going to be the next president. our view is this is a structural fix regardless of who hans to be president, baud we could have the control decided by just one person. >> important point. i was wrong on that. i did not know that. moving on to some of this is polling, i know you have seen it right. the headlines are not good, even his base falling. however, there's an important note that's good for this white house. that's that a 3% of americans right now think things in the united states in the country are going well. 53% that is compared to 45% for those who think are not going well. the president deserve some credit for that? >> the cnn report is quite stunning. it does show we have a president
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with a significant credibility crisis. i don't want to see this presidency fail -- >> they say well. >> but the middle classes not doing so well. one of the way for the president to improve his poll numbers is to work with democrats. i have introduced legislation on infrastructure that will create better jobs, wages and skills. senate democrats have done the same and i urge the president to work with us or come up with his own plan, and i think if he works on a bipartisan basis, he would not have the failures. your party would have more success, certainly if you held a majority of even the house, and there's a fascinating article out by our chris cillizza this morning who cites research from david wasserman, and here's his
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analysis of the election heading into the mid terms, even with the negative numbers in this polling for this president right now. here's what he writes. even if democrats were to win every single 2018 house and senate race for seats representing places that hillary clinton won or that trump won by less than three percentage points, they could still fall short of the house majority and lose five senate seats. does that make you nervous? >> absolutely. that's why as a vice chair of the campaign committee, we're working hair to make sure we have the best candidates. 23 of them hillary clinton did win those districts, an additional nine barack obama won twice, so we are in a good position, but we have to keep working and make sure the american people -- >> i have 15 second. is this leadership to get you there? >> absolutely. they're going to get us there.
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you may have seen it on facebook. it's a series of videos running on his personal page. that's newly minted rnc spokes mer caylee mci nenny, the host of the program, but the woman in charge is laura trump, the wife of his son eric. >> lara trump here, i bet you haven't heard about the accomplishments this week. we wanted to give you a glimpse into his week. the stock market is up, the economy is booming, ladies and gentlemen, and jobs. there have been almost 800,000 new jobs created in this country since donald trump took office in january. >> brian celter, good to have you here. this is the beauty of media in 2017. can you post whatever you want.
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>> the difference is president trump is he's almost on a daily basis den the grated and tried to tear down the news media. what he's increasingly doing is presenting his alternative. whether it's his media allies, he is presenting a counter-narrative to counter the real bad news with a rosier picture online. >> and say things -- not cover, case in point the u.n. sanctions on north korea. waft this. >> this was a gut punch to north korea today. this was a strong day for the united states. it was a strong day for the international community. not a good day for north korea. >> rex tillerson says a unanimous vote yet shows the world is united against the reclusive regime. >> the president also saying he's happy and impressed with
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the latest rounds of u.s. sanctions. >> the united nations security council over the weekend unanimously passed a recent lose imposing new sanctions against north korea. >> north korea is vowing revenge after the u.n. security council led by u.s. ambassador nikki haley unanimously adopted the toughest sanctions yet against that country. >> interesting to note that clip by jake yesterday was actually airing at the moments of president tweeted this -- the fake news media will not talk about the u.n. security council vote. that's just not true. >> there are times his behavior seems almost pathological. the pattern of falsehoods, and it affects his aides as well, because then they have to back up the b.s. he also posted "new york times" is losing money. numbs unless responding we're profitable and our stock is up. i was stalking to "the
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washington post" fact checker, and he says for most of donald trump's life he was also to get away with falsehoods and in the business world there's way toss do it, when you're president on the world stage, it's much more obvious. >>i very significant that sinclair broadcasting has made, they bought tribune, they'll have even more reach especially in some big swing states. they have mandated air times for supporters. >> now he appears frequently on sinclair station with pro-trump commentaries. this deal, it's seeing some opposition from a lot of sinclair's competitors, but sinclair is a conserve leaning broadcaster. and boris' commentary is they're an example of the counter-narrative, presenting pro-trump almost no matter what messaging. i think all of this is about --
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>> but it's mandated. 13 1/2 minutes a week, nine segments are mandated. >> that the anchors have to toss. >> with no pushback. >> i think it's about shoring up the bank. it's about trying to shore up the base for that looming confrontation. >> it might be effective, but the american public has to know this is what you're presented with. be aware of where these things are coming from. >> you have to almost know the source like a nutritional label for your news. >> i'm just picturing that. >> wouldn't that be nice? brian, thank you. offensive and not okay. the head of google, the kreismt off quits vacation, comes back to deal with this incredibly controversial memo written by a male engineer saying women are not biologically fit for those tech roles. next.
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the president taking to twitter saying he is meeting with tom price today at 3:00 on the opioid crisis. that is good news. this comes as we continue our special report, "hooked, america's addicts" looking at the victims you don't always see in this crisis, the children. you are going to see an incredible reunion, a father whose addiction ripped him away from all of his children and we are there when he is reunited with his 12-year-old son for the first time in a decade.
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>> a long time. ten years. ten years, i'm sorry. >> that's up next hour. meantime, a story all over the headlines, offensive and harmful. that's how the ceo of google wrote a letter. now the man behind the manifest toe who says women are not as good for the job as women. he has been fired. laurie segal is here. you have done a lot of reporting on this. >> the ceo comes back from vacation and sent out this memo saying it is harmful. i'm coming back from vacation to deal with this and have a town hall. obviously, a conversation needs to happen about inclusiveness. our job is to build a great job for users. to suggest a group of colleagues
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that have traits that make them less bilogically suited to that work is offensive and not okay. parts were in violation of googles code of conduct. you can read between the lines. if you are in violation of the code of conduct, generally, that means you are fired. doesn't surprise me he confirmed he was fired. >> now, some of the women that worked around him, i would assume some of the men say they feel uncomfortable working around him after they knew he wrote the memo. that's an issue, so is the broader context of what's going on in silicon valley. >> in the memo, he didn't want women to feel worried they would be perceived neurotic if they spoke up in a meeting. they need to be agreeable. i want to drop stats before we
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go. they are important to look at. the women at google, overall, 31%, only a quarter of leadership positions filled by women. tech jobs, only 20%. look at ethnicity, 53% white, 39% asian. this is a problem at google and so many tech companies. this is a story putting it out there. >> they are not alone in these numbers. they are working hard to get them up. until you have parody, it's hard. >> we need conversations like this. >> thank you for covering it. cnnmoney.com. falling approval numbers, widespread mistrust and three quarters of americans say they do not trust what is coming out of this white house. that is a huge credibility gap and crisis. more on that, next. is this a phone?
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