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going to be a great senator. and i, i'm very happy with that. i spoke to him last night. i never met him, i never spoke to him. i'm very happy with him and i have to say, luther came a long way from the time i endorsed him. and he ran a good race, but roy ran a really great race. and i know what they did and they used him very much in the campaign. but he works hard and i'm sure things will work out. i just wanted to say, though, on health care, we have the votes for health care. we have one senator that's in the hospital. he can't vote because he's in the hospital. >> are you talking about cochran? >> he can't vote because he's in the hospital. we have two other votes that are coming and we will have them. but the problem is we can't have them by friday because of reconciliation ends on friday. so we'll have to do it in january or february. but i feel we have the votes. i'm almost certain we have the votes. but very importantly, i am also,
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during this period of a couple of months, i'm also going to meet with democrats and i will see if i can get a health care plan that's even better. so i will negotiate with democrats, but from the republican standpoint, we have the votes. we'll vote in january, february, or march. [ inaudible question ] >> are you considering an executive order? >> i am considering an executive order on associations and that will take care of a tremendous number of people with regard to health care. and i'll probably be signing a very major executive order, what people can go out, across state lines, do lots of things, and buy their own health care. and that will be probably signed next week. it's being finished now. it's going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people, millions of people. >> all right. so let's begin right there with dana bash, our cnn chief political correspondent. when i heard him say, we have the votes, we're going to hang tight and wait for this vote, i want to work with democrats, and then he talked about -- he wants
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to sign this very major executive order. news to me! what do you know about that? >> well, there are some things that the president, any president, can do by executive order. and this particular notion that he's talking about allowing people to buy health care across state lines, that is kind of at the core of republican credo when it comes to health care. and has been for a long time. in fact, during the campaign, brook, when we would ask then candidate donald trump about his health care plan, that was kind of the chief thing, maybe the only thing he would say about health care. so he is -- it sounds like he's working on doing something to get conservatives to understand that they're at least trying to keep the campaign promise that they had. on the idea of having the votes for the so-called graham/cassidy bill, that would fundamentally change health care, so-called block grants, it would send all the money that the federal
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government has back to the states, that might be true, eventually. but they're just -- you don't really know, until you go through the process, that they are saying that they are going to do what they call regular order. have committee hearings. go through the legislative text with a fine-toothed comb, as one should when you're talking about completely changing the health care system in america. we'll see if that happens. but they all are connected. as i toss back to you, the idea of working with democrats. well, if he works with democrats, which a lot of people would applaud him for doing, if democrats are willing to work with him, it just depends on what the terms of the discussions are, then he's throwing the overboard the idea of a conservative republican solution to the health care issue. so, you know, it sounds like he wants to go on a dual track. i'm not so sure how realistic that is. >> and continuing on your whole thought bubble and adding on, that wouldn't sit well with a perhaps, roy moore, if he were
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to go all the way and take, you know, the former senator sessions' spot down in alabama. this was not the -- this was not the guy that the president had backed and we have all this reporting, the exact quote from our sources is that the president went to bed, after his guy lost, he was embarrassed and pissed, quote, following that loss. and multiple sources say he's furious with mitch mcconnell, who wanted him to back luther strange and feels outdone by his former aide, bannon. all the while, he just said there leaving the white house that now roy moore is a super-strong candidate. what do you make of all of that? >> well, saying that roy moore is a super-strong candidate is, it's actually kind of quite typical, if you are a party leader and one person wins in an intrarepublican fight, you traditionally back the person who won. that is about as traditional as it gets for donald trump, for him to hsay that hays going to support roy moore, even though he called him ray and didn't really know his name i think yesterday or two days ago.
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>> right. right. >> but having said that, there is no question that this was a very scrambled situation politically. because the trump voters or the trump insurgents who helped push roy moore over the finish line in a very successful way, they're all trump voters. they are the steve bannons of the world. and they were not happy, you know, a month or two ago, when donald trump decided to endorse the quote/unquote establishment candidate, luther strange. and, yes, they -- maybe he's blaming mitch mcconnell and other people, but at the end of the day, he, the president, decided to listen to those who told him that supporting the guy who was already in the senate, appointed there, who has been working on your agenda, is the right thing to do. a and we'll see what kind of lesson he takes from his decision. >> dana bash, as always, thank you so much. we'll talk much, much more about the politics of all of this, but let's get straight to puerto rico. turning now to the scene of a humanitarian crisis unfolding
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in the wake of hurricane maria, the president considering lifting current restrictions on shipments into puerto rico. he was commenting also moments ago on the situation there. >> and puerto rico is a very difficult situation. i mean, that place was just destroyed. that's not a question of, gee, let's dry up the water, let's do this or that. i mean, that place was flattened. that is a really tough situation. i feel so badly for the people. >> one week later, millions of americans, in fact, most of puerto rico, remain without power. how long they will have to exist in this state of fear and desperation, they're saying likely months. >> we need to prevent a humanitarian crisis occurring in america. puerto rico is part of the united states and we need to take swift action. >> the governor pleading, while a tearful san juan mayor tells cnn about a horrific discovery. >> just yesterday, we have been canvassing one by one all of our
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elderly homes, finding our elderly, and i'm not kidding, we have to transfer 11 of them near-death conditions. no food, no water, no electricity. >> commercial airlines doing what they can, shipping supplies to puerto rico, packing the few returning flights with evacuees. and with each passing day, growing concerns of a mass exodus because of the desperate conditions on the island. but the main airport in san juan is still barely operational. and fema is restricting flikt flooi flights, despite passengers who have already been waiting days and days to get off the island. cnn is there, hearing the pleas of desperation from the americans. >> translator: i had bought a plane ticket before the hurricane and i'm here since friday and i haven't been able to leave. sleeping on the floor without air-condition air-conditioner, it's horrible. >> how would you describe the level of desperation? >> oh, to the highest level.
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and not even here in the metropolitan area, but in the center of the island, is very, very bad. >> reporter: there has been looting, the mayor tells me. there have been robberies. and when it comes to the feelings of the people of this will town, we're saddened because we're still looking for people. >> but all -- one message says it all, an sos written on a street corner meant to be seen from the air. you see it, s.o.s. let's go live to san juan. boris sanchez is standing by for us. you're at the airport. people have been waiting for days and days. long lines. no a. ju just how desperate is the situation at the airport? >> reporter: there's tremendous frustration here. i actually just spoke to the young man we've been tracking of since we got here, he said that some of his friends have been sleeping in a tent in a pickup truck in a parking garage since shortly after the storm, trying to come into the airport every
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single day to find out when they would be able to get off the island. he actually just told me that apparently american airlines lost his information, so he is essentially stranded here, like so many others, since hurricane maria swept through puerto rico about a week ago, thousands of people have come to the airport. it's become a de facto shelter for many who were either here on vacation or for those who simply don't have anywhere else to go. their homes are no longer there. i actually spoke to one young man from great britain who is vacationing here, who said that initially, he had gone to a sanctioned shelter and that he was forced to sleep outside, because there was no ac. he told me at one point that he feared for his life because people around him were being robbed of the mres, of the emergency food kits that they had been handed. and he was terrified. he got very emotional talking about reconnecting with his family. fortunately, he has been able to get a plane ticket and get confirmed, because what you find is, again and again, with so many flights canceled and so many people showing up to the
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airport, the airlines have sold tickets that are now unable to be confirmed. on a typical day at this airport, you have 120 commercial flights. they're now down to 18, yet the yeah of the airport tells me that that is a success, because just a few days ago, they were down to 9. yesterday, they had 10. today they're up again to 18. but, as you mentioned, the air-conditioning isn't working. something as simple as printing a boarding pass is impossible. not to mention the amount of energy it takes to turn on some of the tsa screening equipment, that which isn't damaged, is simply too much. they're running on emergency generators right now, that the ceo says use about 5,000 gallons of fuel a day. he says that if the situation continues like this, it could become unsustainable. and that's the big fear. not just that the damage that maria caused has devastated the island structurally, but that over time, there are fewer and fewer resources to go around. it is certainly a frustrating thing. not only because of a lack of
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physical resources, but also a lack of information. you'll have to remember, there's not much internet access here following the storm. and cell service, at best, has been spotty. so what we've heard from a lot of people, especially with family that live in the center and southern part of the island is that they don't know how their loved ones are doing. i heard from a doctor that works in the intensive care unit in a hospital in san juan that told me that she has no idea how her parents are. she fears for their health. they're elderly people with diabetes. she told me that she hiked for seven hours on foot to get to their home and when she was about to get to that town, she couldn't get there. the road was cut off by a giant sinkhole. so the resources are getting to puerto rico, but it's just logistically impossible to get to places that are either cut off because of destruction on the road or because of large boulders blocking roads. it is a nightmare here, and the fear is that unless resources get here immediately, they will continue to dwindle and the situation will continue to get worse, brook.
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>> that is unreal. and someone sitting next to me can relate, in terms of trying to get in touch with family members. boris, thank you so much there at the airport. you know, it's not just the people who are in puerto rico who are increasingly anxious. their family members, to boris' point, also back here in the u.s. mainland, pleading for help. jamie harper, a celebrity makeup artist living here in new york posted this emotional video on instagram asking people to please share it and spread the word. she joins me now. jamie, thank you so much for swinging by. exactly what boris said. the fact is that you have all this family in puerto rico and you're barely able to talk to, you said, your mother for 20 second on the phone. >> i talked to my mom for 20 seconds. the reception was really bad. all i could hear was that she made a long line for like two hours to be able to use that person's phone and she told me there are thousands of people waiting. so i have to get off, but i'm a live. >> oh, my gosh. >> but i couldn't ask her how my brothers are, how the kids are doing. i mean, there are so many -- i
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talked to my brother, finally, on sunday, briefly. and he told me that he was scared. that he hasn't had food for two days. that he took over the elderly people that were upstairs, because their apartment was severely damaged and flooded, so they're all trying to help each other. and that's a good spirit of puerto ricans. we unite and we stick together, but when help is not getting there on time, it's been now one week. >> right. >> one week. and my brother didn't have water two days ago. what can i -- i can't contact him again. i don't have a way of saying, hey, are you okay? you know? it's not just me. i volunteered and i heard many stories of isabella, selina, like, there's people looking for their loved ones and they have not been able to reach them. >> i feel your frustration.
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i see it in your eyes, just looking at you. you talk about your brother and this is one to have three brothers you have. >> i have one more in the states. and a sister. and she's worried, too. we're all -- >> have you been in contact with all of your family now, at least, even though it's seconds? >> no. >> no. >> no. >> so you're left not knowing. >> i don't know. and that's the thing, if i don't know how they are, if they're safe, i've been hearing about people not having gasoline. he was telling me about a couple in his building that took their little son to the gas station and they were like, hey, this is my son, i have no cash, can you please give me $2 of gas? how are people supposed to get out money of the atm if there's not a working atm? >> no power, right. >> the simple things. even the hospital, he told me that the windows were wide open, because there's no -- >> air. >> electricity. so if people are coming in sick or all of these things could happen from -- i don't want to
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be negative. i want to think positive, but there's an awareness that was not in the media until recently and i'm just grateful that finally these voices are getting heard and that with your help and with everyone's help that they finally get a bottle of water or food delivered to them. >> with the water, you were trying -- was it your brother you were trying to get water to, through amazon and -- >> i was. >> how was that working out or not? >> look at the price for the shipping on the top? for today. >> $3 million -- >> no, 3,000 -- >> no, i'm looking at the dot. that's 3000063.00. >> for shipping. that was today. and three days ago i tried to ship it and it said $600 for two cases of water. and it's not just amazon. and i don't want to -- i want to
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bring awareness. please, companies, if you see people struggling, do not try to capitalize. i also saw airlines flight -- today they're lower. but there are so many people that try buying them and there were $2,400. people that are going through a disaster like this, trying to get their loved ones, it's not just one person, it's thousands of people, millions of people that want to get out and they don't have the option. >> what -- just frightens you the most? >> i don't want to think of the worst, but if you don't deliver water, food, essentials, people will go crazy. and they will do anything to survive. and that's -- i know puerto ricans have a great heart, they're amazing, but when you're in desperation -- >> you do a lot of things. >> and you don't see the news or see a shopper that just passed by you and they can't do anything and you're like saying, hey, help me, i'm here.
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how -- there's people that are living with a dead person in their house, because they passed away and they're not able to get them out. so i just can't stress the fact that if you know things and you know people and you have contacts, keep reaching out to your congressman, to change laws, to help us. because we are american people. there are so many people that don't know that. >> this is america. >> this is america. >> these are americans that are being stranded in some parts of the island, because there's no access. they need workers for the -- to deliver gas. they can't find the drivers. there's so many things that are blocking the road. and you can't get to one town. >> we have so many cnn crews, it's tough when you just look at the images. the images speak for themselves. but thank you so much. bless you and your family. they need help. >> they need help. >> that's an understatement. jamie, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> for that. just ahead here, we're going to
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keep talking, of course, about puerto rico and the dire situation there. also just a reminder, live pictures out of indianapolis. president trump is turning to tax reform this afternoon, suspecting to outline some of his details on that agenda. we'll take it live next hour. also moments ago, president trump saying that the nfl will, quote, go to hell, if it doesn't change its policy on protesting the national anthem. we'll discuss that, next. hi.
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senator mcconnell? >> well, no one has been more passionate about what we're announcing today than the speaker, for a longer period of time. and he's laid it out is very well. to summarize what this is about, it's about getting america going again and growing again, providing jobs and opportunity, here, rather than overseas, providing middle class tax relief for hard-working american families, so they can get ahead. put another way, taking money out of washington and putting it into pockets of our citizens. >> all right, so you've been listening to republican leadership, obviously, on the house and the senate side there, talking about tax reform. this is all ahead of the
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all-important speech from president trump, which we'll take live when he outlines all the details of this plan next hour. so stay tuned for that. meantime, president trump says that the nfl doesn't change its policy on protests during the national anthem, quote, their business is going to hell. >> i think the nfl is in a box. i think they're in a really bad box. you look at what's happening with their ratings, you look at what's going -- i mean, frankly, the only thing that's doing well in the nfl is the pre-game, because everyone wants to see what's going on. the nfl is in a very bad box. you cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, or our country. and that's what they're doing. and in my opinion, the nfl has to change. or you know what's going to happen? their business is going to go to hell. >> but in today's nfl media availability, several players said the conversation about the purpose of their protest isn't going anywhere. >> we've got to continue to keep talking about it. one thing that we're going to do here is to continue to support
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the players. like i said last week, after the game, we believe in love and equality, so if guys want to keep doing that, we're going to support them, but we can't let that take away from our focus from this week's game. we want to be proactive versus reactive. last week was kind of a special moment, because the president had said something two days before a game, but like i said, we can't let that take away from our focus this week on the football game. >> that's the nfl. meantime, the owners of another american sport are siding with the president on this issue. nascar, richard petty and richard childress have threatened to fire their drivers if they protest during the national anthem. and my next guest says, that doesn't come as a surprise. he is bill lester, one of four african-american drivers since 1961 to compete at nascar's top leve level. pleasure to meet you. >> thank you. appreciate the invite.
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>> so before we talk nascar, i would like to talk about the president's message, the nfl has to change or the business is going to hell. what'd you make of that? >> that's the first time i heard about that. and i'm taken aback by that comment, as well as a lot of the comments that he's made. he's very opinionated. and oftentimes, as far as i'm concerned, to a fault. he should be trying unionize this country instead of polarize it. there are people on one extreme and the other extreme. it seems to me like, you know, every so often, when there's a major catastrophic event, we come together as americans. for example, 9/11, we were all americans. we all bonded and got together with each other. and as soon as 9/11 went away, we all went back into our silos. and it was this person versus that person. they look different, they act different. that sort of thing. the same thing kind of happened recently with regard to the events in houston and in florida, with regard to the hurricanes. i mean, everybody pulled together, essentially as
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americans, and now as the spotlight has shifted, we still have issues here where we're talking about race. >> let's get into that. because, you know, as we've been talking about the nfl, we're talking about nascar, because it was earlier this week the president actually took to twitter, praising nascar, saying, so proud of nascar and their supporters and fans. they won't put up with disrespecting our country or our flag. they said it loud and clear. now, just about 70% of the nfl is black and you know the story with nascar. so, is that a fair comparison for the president to make? >> well, you know, my thoughts about it is that those that are in nascar, that's a culture, you know? these drivers, these crew members and such, they typically grew up in the southeast. they grew up together. they came up through the system, short-track racing, dirt track racing. that kind of thing. they know each other, they have common beliefs, bonds, culture. so, yeah, they're all pretty much peas in a pod, you know? this is an overexaggeration. but for the most part, that's
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the case. as opposed to somebody like myself. who, you know, i came from the west coast, from northern california. i have a technical background with a degree in engineering. i came from a completely different type of racing, which is sports car road racing as opposed to nascar road racing. and when i came over, with i was not really embraced. >> you've been booed. >> i've been booed. i have been booed and it was surprising to me, because, you know, i think that i did a great job behind the wheel. i think that i respected the sport. but for no reason that i can foresee, i was booed. so, that happened mostly at tracks where, you know, it's very non-progressive. and i'll just call it out. talladega, alabama, i have never been so uncomfortable in a racing environment as talladega or martinsville, virginia, which is specifically one of the places i was booed very heavily. and i just couldn't understand why. i have never made disparaging remarks or offended anybody to my knowledge. but for whatever reason, i wasn't really embraced. now, that's not to a man, i was pleasantly surprised about the
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fact that there were some fans that really did, you know, embrace me and say, we're happy you're here. but by and large, for the most part, you know, when you're getting booed loud and clear for nothing that you think you deserve, it makes you sit back and take pause. >> well, good for you for staying in that seat and doing the do, bill lester. and as you were talking about talladega and alabama, i'm thinking about, this is where this whole conversation started, with the president in alabama last week, when he said what he did, the sons of bitch -- forgive me for cursing, i'm just quoting the president -- comment. the president had said that these football players are private employees. who are, he sees it, they're at work while they're taking a knee or standing arm in arm, which he says makes it inappropriate. do you understand this argument? i mentioned richard petty or richard childress and wanting their drivers to be fired if they dare do this. i guess, what are they trying to
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do? just ultimately protect the nascar brand or is it much more than that? >> well, you know, one of the differences between nascar and like football and basketball, baseball, there is no players' association or players' union or anything like that in nascar. it's -- nascar is an independently-owned operation, company. it's not one where, you know, you have, you know, a board or anything of that nature, for the most part. you know, it is independently owned and operated. and the owners are basically those that can come with their money, with their resources, and participate. now, those employees, those drivers, they have no protection. so they are employees of that racing team. and if they go against the wishes and the owners' beliefs, then they can potentially be fired and there's no recourse. so, of course, they're going to stand up and march to the beat of that person that employs
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them. >> that's incredible, what's happened and how this continues, just everything, the comments that the president continues to make. we've got more conversations on this. bill lester, thank you for your voice. nice to have you on, sir, very much. and tonight, please don't miss the anderson cooper town hall. it's on patriotism and the players and the president. it airs tonight at 9:00 eastern here on cnn. you won't want to miss that, speaking of bigger conversations. coming up, candid remarks just in from the former first lady, michelle obama. what she says about the women who voted for trump to be president, next.
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i'm brooke baldwin. former first lady michelle obama just got entirely candid on the 2016 election and specifically female voters. she told this audience, this conference in boston, here's one piece of it. quote, any woman who voted against hillary clinton voted against their own voice. what does it mean for us as women that we look at these two candidates as women and many of us said, that guy. he's better for me. his voice is more true to me. well, to me, that just says, you don't like your voice. you like the thing you're told to like. jeff zeleny is with us. our senior white house correspondent. and we'll talk to dana bash here in just a second for a little analysis. but jeff, first, for her to open up the way in which she did, and that was just a piece of the rest of he her message. what else did she say? >> it's certainly interesting we are hearing from michelle obama here, the former first lady, who did something sort of out of the usual for her at the end of that campaign last year. remember when she went out and gave all of those speeches on
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the ground for hillary clinton. and the history, of course, between the clinton and obamas certainly included michelle obama, as well, but she put herself out there. and i remember being at those campaign rallies across the south, across the country, and mrs. obama was largely making the same argument at the time, that women must vote for hillary clinton. but the reality was different. some 53% of white women voters did not vote for hillary clinton. they voted for donald trump. so that is who michelle obama is talking to, and look, the reality here is that this is a raw emotion. the obamas are watching every day what they believe is an administration that is not, you know, holding on to what they passed. she went on to say in her speech that, look, we wish this administration well, even though they tried to take down my husband. of course, president trump, you know, was the leading birther for years and years he questioned whether barack obama was an american citizen. so there is a lot of history
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freighted in this as well. but one other thing i was struck by, as i've been reading through this speech, brooke. she said, i can't stop thinking about this. it has shaken me to my core in a way i can't have predicted. so this is something that as the months go on, both michelle obama and barack obama are writing backs. and she said this is something she'll be discussing here. but the reality is we have not yet heard from the trump white house. we will ask them. we'll let you know when that response comes in. a lot of women just simply didn't like hillary clinton. and that was a failure on the clinton campaign to connect with some of those women here. a lot of people voted for jill stein, they thought hillary clinton wasn't liberal enough. so michelle obama has a lot of commentary here for women on all sides of the spectrum. not really surprised she's voicing some of this now. she's out giving paid speeches and other things. but it certainly is a pretty sharp, blunt reminder of what is on the top of her mind. >> i suppose for all the people wondering, well, what do you think the obamas are thinking right now, i guess this is just
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a sliver into their window of thought. here's another question. and you alluded to this, jeff, and dana bash, i know we've got you miked up, so come on in after this. this is also what the former first lady said. we want the sitting president to be successful, because we live in this country. he is our commander in chief. he was voted in. she said, adding that she knows from experience that, quote, it is very difficult to lead when you have a peanut gallery of people who don't know what they're talking about, second-guessing what you do. dana, what do you think about all of this? >> well, first of all, that's true. nobody knows what it's like, unless you're in there. and she knows and she was next to the president for eight years, as the first lady. but as for the women and the statement that she made about women voting against their interests, look, she's not the only one to say that. we heard hillary clinton herself talking, as she's going through her book tour, and what she said in interviews and also in her book about the pain that she
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felt, about women voting against her, the first potential female president. but i just go back in my mind and my experience to visiting the suburbs of philadelphia, brook. right after that "access hollywood" tape came out. going to events with ivanka trump, as she was trying to appeal to sort of, you know, moderate republicans in those suburbs, who ended up helping to give donald trump his victory in pennsylvania, for the first time in decades, for a republican. but hearing brooke, from woman after woman after woman that they didn't care about the "access hollywood" tape -- >> i remember that. >> -- that's just donald trump, they just don't like hillary clinton. and they understand that donald trump is not the perfect candidate for women or anybody, but that they wanted to take a leap of faith and vote for him, over hillary clinton. and, you know, sort of woman after woman, voter after voter, would say, you know, we just
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want the person who's going to be best for americans. and they, at that point, thought that was -- even at that point, just a couple of days after action hollywo "access hollywood" came out and the now president said the things that we know he said on that tape, they didn't care. and i think that that is a reality that a lot of hillary clinton supporters, michelle obama on down, still have -- understandably, have trouble wrapping their minds around. >> it feels like forever ago, but it was a blink and we remember all of that and thank you for reminding us. so this is obviously michelle obama, the way she feels about it, with women. but to your point, you know, some of the onus certainly fell on hillary clinton, according to the other ladies in this country. dana, thank you very much. coming up next, the art of deleting tweets. the unusual move by president trump, separating himself from the senate candidate he once fully endorsed. the question is, does the internet forget that? and are there a few other tweets president trump should maybe consider deleting as well
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more now on the human catastrophe unfolding in puerto rico. as the trump administration is being criticized over its response, let me draw your attention to a tweet from the head of fema, accusing the media of not paying enough attention to the crisis. brock long wrote this. while media hasn't focused on maria, fema and its partners have. that tweet, 100% not true. false. cnn crews have been on the ground reporting there since september 13th, one week before hurricane maria even hit the island. and now we have seven reporters there. seven. not to mention dozens of staff members alongside them. so i'm not sure what the whole media thing, which brock long is referring to, but cnn is not one of them. >> reporter: this is becoming
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just ferocious. >> let our cameraman give you a shot of this. it is quite extraordinary. >> it is too difficult, too dangerous to go out there to help people. >> trees are being torn out of the ground. >> look at what just flew by me just a few moments ago. this is a piece of awning. no leaves that were left on the palm trees. >> this is not yet over. >> it's fwal piactually picked d to 175 miles per hour. >> these roads are vibrating. you can see them shaking. >> the worst of times is right now. >> puerto rico is facing the biggest crisis this island has seen in a century. 100% power outage. >> we saw lots of downed trees, downed power lines and telephone poles. >> people driving around town, simply trying to get hold of food. >> they need everything. food and water and power and information. >> some of the roads just completely impassable. >> it's like a lawn mower in the sky came down. the main transmission towers, the ghost of san juan, crushed
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this home. >> frustration is mounting here. there are massive, massive lines and people have been sleeping on the ground. many of them uncertain if they will be able to get off this island. >> bottom line, this is not a time to be pointing fingers, arguing, or playing the tired blame the media game, especially if you are the person in charge of saving lives skp s and rebui them. speaking of tweets, they never go away, yes, with especially when you are the president of the united states. the president deleted these tweets on luther strange after strange lost the alabama senate republican primary. as we told you earlier, the loss left the president, with according to a source, quote, pis r pissed and embarrassed and furious. the tweets he got rid of mentioned his support of strange, like this one. luther strange has been shooting up in the alabama polls since my endorsement. cnn senior media correspondent brian stelter is now here. memo to the president, you can delete your tweets, but they
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don't go away entirely. >> no, they live forever. there's lots of news outlets that keep track of these, and so does the library of congress. the government is required to keep track of everything that the president says. there's even something called the presidential records act of 1978, that requires all communications involving the president to be preserved. that was created before cable tv or twitter or e-mail or the internet, so, you know, maybe we need to have a modern day version of that records act. even if the president deletes his tweets, whether he's angry at himself for endorsing the wrong person, disappointed in the result, there will be records still kept. but i guess maybe to our viewers at home, brooke, it's a little bit like you go through a breakup, you delete those pictures from your facebook feed -- >> that person still exists. >> i think so. it's just interesting to see the president of the united states doing it. >> yeah. >> can i suggest a few other tweets? >> let's go there. if he were to be playing the delete the tweet game. >> if we're going to delete some other tweets, maybe this one involving iran. this is a few days ago. i remember the president tweeted
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a this apparent iran test of a ballistic missile. according to the u.s. government, officials have said in recent days,n there wasn't a test. it was old footage iran put out there. so there wasn't a missile test. maybe he should delete that one, or maybe the more personal ones, he attacked mika brzezinski, maybe take those tweets down. or just this morning he said there was a senator in the hospital. he said this morning, we have the votes for health care, but we have one of our senators in the hospital. well, a few minutes ago senator tad cochran said, i'm not hospital, i did have a procedure and i'm recuperating at home. so technically that tweet is inaccurate, too. >> you heard the reporters asking, who's in the hospital, who's in the hospital? >> it was kind of a mystery until we realized that cochran did have a procedure, but was not in the hospital. maybe want to take some more tweets down. >> brian stelter, thank you very much. coming up, is it the start
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one activist who drove and was jailed for it in saudi arabia left the country for australia, she just talked to christiane amanpour and she warns of a backlash, but did hail the of move by the kingdom's new leadership. >> they're young, they're -- i would call them courageous, to take this step, and there will be a huge backlash from the radicals and from the, i would say, the extremist islamists in my country. >> let me bring in fatima bashen. she has a brand-new job. she is the first woman appointed as spokeswoman at the saudi embassy in washington. so fatima, congratulations to you and welcome. mice to have you on. >> thank you very much, brooke, for having me on behalf of the saudi embassy, i'm happy to be here. >> so no question, this is obviously massive, massive progress. just to you as a woman, how big of a deal is this decree? and listening to the woman there, how will you handle the
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potential backlash from extremists in your country? >> so, just to echo the sentiments of his royal high ne ness, this is an historic moment for saudi history and for saudi society, as well. but i think it's important to keep in mind that, you know, we -- saudi society has been voefling and leading up to this over the past few years. so women have been gaining access incrementally and systemically across the board, into the public space. and we've seen this, in the labor market, with the femmization of specific retail industries. we've also seen this with executive appointments, the saudi stock exchange is shared by a women. there's an airport in saudi arabia that's also chaired by a woman. we've also seen this in the politic. we've seen women by a pointed as council members, advising king salman. and so we've also seen this with municipal elections. so women are running in municipal elections, as electors and also voting. so i think we -- you know, the
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decree to allow women to obtain driver licenses is an historic moment to saudi society, but i think there's been a lead up to this, as well. >> reading on the laws, fatimah, just to be frank, it's wonderful for a woman to be able to drive, but she can't even drive to a restaurant and eat with others unless there's a family section. >> i think, you know -- and thank you for your question, but i think that there are a lot of misconceptions about saudi arabia and saudi society. there are saudi women who have been productive citizens for decades. you know, even since the inception of the kingdom in 1932. there are saudi women who are rocket scientists, there are mountaineers, there are chemists researching cancer research. so i think, you know, i would invite all of us to kind of expand holistically and kind of look at the status of women in saudi arabia has evolved. and you know, the decree to allow women to obtain driver's
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licenses is a reflection of where society has reached. >> i understand. i'm listening to your every word, especially as a woman. but when i read, just for people who don't know, you know, saudi arabia or as are familiar as you are. you can't marry, divorce, travel, open a bank account, have a job, have elective surgery without -- >> brooke, i don't mean to interrupt you, but i really have to stop you there. forgive me for interjecting -- >> sure, please. >> but as a saudi woman, i can tell you, i actually just relocated here and i have to tell you that i think there's a bit of a misconception regarding the guardianship system. so saudi arabia has made tangible strides in facilitating women's rights into the public space and overall with respect to access and choice. and i think there's still, there's going for room for improvement with respect to control, and that's when we talk about the guardianship system. but the gardenship system is very different than what organically happens on the ground. and i think that's a disconnect.
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for example, i just relocated here. when i was living in saudi, i had two bank accounts, i rented an apartment, i changed jobs twice and i had never any kind of permission for that. but a saudi women sit next to me might have a different experience, but that's not the government or the leadership, that's about kind of cultural norms with a very kind of microcosm, family or immediate proximity. and i think we need to make this distinction, because even further with respect to the guardianship system, in may, there was his royal hinghness, king salman, issued a royal decree to review the guardianship system as a check and balance system to this issue, organic implementation versus, you know, the institutional policy itself. >> okay. thank you for interjecting. and i just, i just, i care for women and, you know, when we hear the woman who fled the country after being jailed to australia, you know, i guess i'm just left wondering, in terms of having hope for women in saudi, what do you open -- what's the next step?
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>> listen, i think this -- for saudi women, the sky has been the limit and will continue to be the limit. and you know, there are, you know extrenous certain circumstances across the board and that happens within every society. but i think that the thing to keep in mind is that saudi women have been doing amazing things, irrespective of not having a driver's license, but now that the leadership has issued a royal decree, facilitating obtaining a driver's license, i think this links back to the vision 2030 and crowned prince when he announced vision 2030, there were specific targets to facilitate the matriculation of women into the workforce at greater scale. part of the barriers for women entering into the workforce at scale was actually transportation, mobility is a huge element with respect to that. and i think this will actually expand the choice and allow women to, if they want to, obtain a driver's license. and if they choose saudi society
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is just like every other dynamic society, there are conservatives and kind of liberals and everyone across the board. this is just about choice. no one's going to force a soudi woman to get a driver's license. if she wants to get one, she has the option to get one. and if she chooses not to, she will not. >> well, i'm thrilled for the ladies to be able to drive and do all these wonderful things and drive themselves to get there. fatimah baeshen, thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. all right, we continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. just watching the clock here. we're minutes away from the president making a major speech in indianapolis to sell his plan on tax reform, so we'll take it live and listen in very closely. but moments ago, the president gave an impromptu news conference to reporters before boarding his plane, covering everything from the nfl to the crisis in puerto rico to health care and on that topic, he said he's not giving up and he could be ready to make a deal with democrats. >> health care, we have


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