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it is friday afternoon. you are watching cnn with me. i'm brooke baldwin. i appreciate it. for the first time in 15 years, president of the united states held no end of the year news conference but did take questions from members of media before jetting off to florida for christmas break. here is the president shaking some hands, taking some photos before he spends his holidays with his family at mar-a-lago. as i said, he did talk to reporters earlier signing into law tax cuts. president trump says he doesn't plan to try to sell the cuts to the american people. this despite the fact that majority of people cnn polled oppose those tax reductions,
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which will add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over ten years. >> i don't think we'll have to do much selling. i think the corporations that are giving billions and billions of dollars away to their workers, and many more are coming, i think that's really what's selling this maybe better than anybody could, including myself. but i think come february, when they open their checks and see, wow, what happened, i have a lot more money in here, i think that's really going to be something very special. >> let's go to forest sanchez live in palm beach there near mar-a-lago. so what did he do? he signed it. >> that's right. brooke. there was some speculation about how he would handle the signing of this historic tax bill just a few days after the president said he doesn't watch that much
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television news, he admitted it swayed him to signing this bill today, a symbolic gift to the american people, just before christmas. he says he was keeping a promise. before he signed that tax bill, he also signed this continuing resolution to keep the government funded through january 19th, included in that stop gap is an extension to funding for chip, a children's health insurance program, as well as a $4 billion missile defense spending plan, not included in that cr though, is a solution to the issue of dreamers and their legal status, something that democrats were seriously hoping for in negotiations when it comes to funding the government. as well as an $81 billion recovery plan for areas that were badly hit by hurricanes earlier this summer. those things lawmakers will likely focus on early in the new year. and the president in that short interaction with the press in the oval office added yet
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another one. started talking about infrastructure bill saying he believes there will be bipartisan support for it. listen to more of what the president said. >> i really do believe, and i said on social media today, i really do believe we are going to have a lot of bipartisan work done, and maybe we start with infrastructure. because i really believe infrastructure can be bipartisan. >> he also admitted that it likely would have been essasiero start off his agenda by focusing on infrastructure because common ground between republicans and democrats. the president was in christmas spirit with the press offering the press pens that he used to sign the legislation into law. however, he did stress it wouldn't be christmas spirit, eggnog and golf during his time at mar-a-lago. he told reporters he was going
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to working on agenda including any responses for north korea aggression that might be on the horizon and issues along with unrest in mideast. >> thanks. let's take a deeper look at president's year ahead and year behind him. with me now is political reporter for politics. cnn democratic strategist and doug high who is the former communications chief for the republican national committee. and so great to have you all on on this friday afternoon. and, doug, you first, just on the way in which the president, very honest with the american people, the way in which he described, all right, he said he was going to sign this thing by christmas and watching tv, we know he watches a lot of tv, and he signed the bill into law today. what did you make of how he handled that? do you give him credit for following through and doing it on the spot? who was it a missed opportunity
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to go into the country and maybe do it as a business, listen, this is about the people? >> yeah, i wish the president would have had a press conference, like any of us do more press conferences, but i go earlier in the week when sarah huckabee sanders kicked off her press briefing and did so by 90 seconds of talking about what the administration views as their key accomplishments. >> the list she read, yeah. >> over the last couple of years. and i might disagree with some of those, maria will probably disagree with all of them, but i thought it was impressive telling of what the administration tease priorities were, and i think this is missed opportunity for the president to be best advocate to make the last thing before the holidays to have cement in the voters mind. because he ended this week, whether you like it or not, this was accomplishment by the president, something that we don't see something that hasn't happened in generation. i would have loved see the president being his own best advocate. >> i can tell you he did sit
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there and say he doesn't think he's getting enough credit for what he thinks has been a really big year. and sited some of those items on that list. maria, i hear you chuckling. >> yeah. you know what, he does desperately need to try to convince the american people that they have done a lot. because the american people ain't buying it, number one. number two. >> you think he needs to sell it? >> yes, he needs to sell it. because first of all, i don't know if it would work, because i don't think he has that much to sell. there is a reason why he is at a record low approval rating. there is a reason why republicans are at record low approval ratings. there is a reason why the ganer particular ballot for 2018 midterm elections democrats are running away with it in double digits. the american people are not buying what this president and gob congress is putting down as priorities. doug talked about priorities that is the problem. let's look at the priorities, last thing they desperately
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wanted to get done to try to show they could achieve something legislatively was a huge tax cut for millionaires and billionaires and the wealthiest corporations who have record profits. who did they not care about? the 9 million children who are about to lose their health insurance and whose families are desperate because they can't sleep at night. >> sure. >> that right there is a stark contrast in what the priorities are for this republican congress. and it's not going to bode well for them in the midterm elections. >> hopefully for the 9 million kids and parents, hopefully they'll fund that through march. but listening to how america ain't buying it when it comes to some of the tax plans. but what others may not buy, the president tweeted to reenforce this on the point of infrastructure he's saying i predict we'll work with democrats on my next big priority, which is infrastructure. talk to me why you think infrastructure is next on his
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list and if that's a smart move. and maria i'll ask you if you believe him. but you first. >> sure. republicans are facing a very different political reality than they were heading in last year compared to this year, because they will be down one u.s. senator. remember doug jones from alabama is going to cut into their margin next year. so it could be tax reform is the last big republican agenda item that they can get through before the midterms. on infrastructure, yes, there is always wide bipartisan support for infrastructure. but always the devil is in the details. we saw a lot of democrats express support for the idea of tax reform before they got to the actual legislation. and no democrat went over the aisle and signed it. which i think is one of the more interesting stores of this year politically. no democrat, from red states, especially the states like west virginia, north dakota, states that trump won overwhelmingly, no one felt the incentive to cross the i'll and support anything with his name on it. we'll see if that's a big risk
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on their part or gamble, or next year they might start seeing the tide turn a little bit. we do have a year until the midterm elections, but looking at that generic congressional ballot, it's a 1 point differen 11 point difference, head winds are certainly facing republicans. >> i want to ask a follow-up on that and you were handed this piece of paper. doug, i'm going to put this to you, because we were talking at the top. >> oh, oh. >> we all wish the president talk more to the press, just fact. so now what we are now getting from jeff zeleny our cnn reporter, the president was eager to take questions and hold ha news conference to tout his accomplishments before leaving for mar-a-lago but his advisers argued against it. they were eager to avoid him being besieged with questions about the russian investigation and other distractions, this is
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according to two white house officials telling cnn. smart move? >> obviously they want to avoid these questions they've been trying it avoid for months. anything about the investigation. anything that involves the word russia is something the president and his team to not just dismiss but also discredit. that's the risk of doing any press conference, you can't control what questions you are asked even. but i think this is a good week for the president. i think by and large he's more measured as far as tweeting, less, less outrageous things. i would have loved to see him go out on a high note and really emphasize why he supports and why he pushed this package especially given the good news, not just of reducing the corporate tax rate, but so many companies that we have heard just over the past day and a half given $1,000 bonuses
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because of this tax bill. he had good news and i would have liked to seen him promote tt. >> maria, what do you think? >> i agree with doug on the one hand, but on the other hand he would have definitely gotten besieged with questions about the russian investigation, and especially whether he's going to fire robert mueller. and he does not do well on the cuff. he does not do well in improvised situations. because he will say whatever is it on his mind at that moment in time, and we all know that has not boded well for him and the republicans. and in fact one of the reasons why he has such a low approval rating because they don't believe he has temperament to be president of the united states. because he does govern from the hip. in fact he governs by cable news commentaries as he said this morning, he reacts to what he hears on televisions. i think people want a more measured president and a
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president who understands what the american people are going through and has a strategy moving forward. and the fact that his own advisers didn't want him to do a press conference, i think they also understand he has no political strategy moving forward and it's up to them. so i think all of these things do not bode well going into 2018 midterm election where the head winds are against them and the wind are at the backs of the democrats. >> maria, you got the last word. we'll leave it. >> she usually does. >> i won't talk to you until next year, so i want to wish you all happy holidays, happy knnew year. >> thanks. next up here twroe cnn poll says the fight against isis is going well. but less than half are giving the president credit for that. plus the hispanic caucus rips into democrat leader chuck schumer for taking a stand on the dreamers.
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and gutierrez will join me live. and later two former miss america speak out about emails sent out by the ceo of that pageant their reaction to this huffington post, and how the miss america organization is responding. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. until she got quickbooks. now she sends invoices, sees when they've been viewed and-ta-dah-paid twice as fast for free. visit quickbooks-dot-com.
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weraise their voice to sayo lethat this presidentle is unfit for office and needs to go. i love it! yes! yes! [ chuckles ] there it is -- over there! mcminnville, tennessee... poughkeepsie, new york... milton, indiana... chattahoochee, florida... wow... we're looking at the whole country. not just the coasts. even in utah, we're starting to realize trump has been doing things that are against our laws. i definitely worry about war. north korea. i don't want that guy's hand near the bomb. sick to my stomach. he's not the kind of person that should be running our country. the things that he does has consequences. is this going to be here for my grandchildren? he's not being held accountable. if we have the vote, like we have for election day, they will impeach him. times square is the crossroads of the world. we need everyone to go and put their name down at needtoimpeach.com. we need to speak up together and demand an end to this presidency.
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the pentagon is accusing russia of intentionally violating agreement designed to prevent accidents in the skies over syria. accusations following this recent encounter russian su 22 jets that nearly resulted in a collision. with me now is retired kirby and
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states department. good to see you. first, ryan, in response, russian envoy to syria say it's time for u.s. to pack up and get out. what do you know about this violation and potential fallout? >> well, brooke, we are told that the russian military in syria has violated this agreement multiple times in recent weeks, as many as eight times a day in november, according to u.s. officials. >> wow. >> now, they have said that the number of violations has gone down, as the amount of return activity in the area has been reduced. but both the u.s. and russia maintains sizable military presence in syria, the u.s. has some 2,000 troops there, russia has own forces. so while they are fighting different groups, they have come into contact with one another. this deac conflict agreement.
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there may have been accidents. but the pentagon saying these incidences were not mistakes and concerted effort by russia to break this agreement. >> that's what i wanted to ask you about, specifically secretary mattis says it's unclear whether they were violating this. i don't expect perfection but dangerous maneuvers either, key word is intentionally violating air space. why would russia be doing this? >> to get the united states out of syria. period. and what you are seeing, brooke, in addition to these intentional violations and this tension along the demarcation zone, you are also seeing out of most could political statements, as recently as yesterday, where putin spokesman is talking about how the united states has absolutely no role left in syria, no business being there. they should just get out. and i think that's what they are trying to ratchet up the
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pressure. this is classic russian strategy. ratch et it up to get your adversary to change their behavior and the behavior they want is want the united states out of syria. >> good luck to you. on this polling on cnn, this is isis, more than 6 in 10 americans say u.s. military action against isis is going well. here are the numbers you can see for yourself. this is the most positive assessment since the u.s. began these air strikes just three years ago. we know that iraq l the president there has claimed victory. but is this positive shift reflected, you know, in reality on the ground? >> yeah, i think it is, brooke, i really do. if you look at what's happened in the last year, isis has lost almost all of the ground that it once held in iraq and syria. i wouldn't say all, but almost all. and half of that territory lost was lost in just the last 11
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months. of the two and a half million people that have returned home in syria, more than half of them return home in just the last year or so. now i do think that the trump administration gets a little credit. they did loosen up delegation of authority to lower levels chain of manned, let them on the ground make more tactical decisions faster. that's part of this. also what's part of this is momentum built before trump took office, under obama and kerry this was pounding away and isis ground capabilities as well as financing. so a lot of this is momentum coming to the united states in coalition overtime. >> we keep hearing this losing so much territory and this is something the president touts all the time, decimating isis. but also in the same polling, 48% of americans, so less than
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half, actually, approve of the president's handling of terror overall. why do you think that is? >> i think that's because he tends to couch terrorism in religious terms. and i think this is the biggest -- that and the fact that he isn't really showing an honest effort to get at the root causes of radicalization. look at his strategy about self radicalization and getting at the terrorists narrative, it's mentioned but not in great detail. they like to couch this as religious conflict. that's turning a lot of americans off. second thing i would say reasons why people are still worried about isis, and they should be, because isis has met a morphed into an inspirational organization. so they don't have as much ground, but they are metastasizing to other regions around the world and trying to inspire self radicalized
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individuals in other countries including the united states to have attacks. and had is the new isis we are dealing with. >> that is the untangible that is scary part. >> it is. >> thank you both. coming up next on cnn, miss america ceo in big trouble after a stunning series of emails published by the huffington post. there is name calling. fat shaming. and retaliate against former miss americas that didn't toe the line. two of the winners named in the emails join me live to respond.
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a bombshell report involving the miss america organization. this is revealing. how some of the page ends biggest stars were fat shamed and humiliated behind the scenes. "the huffington post" published this with shaming email between sam haskell and public officials. and the one raising concerns is this, where he writes, we are no longer going to call them forever miss america, please change all script copy to reflect they are former miss america. the official responds i've changed forever to the c word, does that work for you. and ceo haskell responds, perfect, baja ha ha. now former miss americas are calling for the board members to resign immediately. two are with me now kate shin dell crowned in 1988 now president of the actors equity situation and 2013 mall arery h
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inis on the phone with me now. so thank you to both of you. >> thanks. >> hi. >> hi. but, all right, before we get to how all of this feels and especially having it so out there thanks to "the huffington post." how bad was it at the worst moments in times? >> you know, i'm not even sure we know how bad it was. i have a suspension this is more to come. i've heard things all across the spectrum ranging from financial issues to different types of communications. >> what about you directly? >> for me the worst part was to call my mom hey there is an article posted where a bunch of people wished i was dead. by the way, they all work for the organization that taught me how to be a leader and activist, but this is how they do it now. >> how crushing was that to read that?
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>> it was bad. it was bad. but, you know, you can only go up from here, frankly. and i think that as long as they were going to say these things, i'm kind of glad they were dumb enough to put them in emails to become public. >> you feel it, you say it. mallory, how do you feel? what's the worst of it directed at you? >> you know, i have to echo, kate, in no one wants to see the f word. and their name in the same sentence in print where someone is talking about your personal life in a way that they can't possibly understand your personal life. so to me that's pretty bad. and i feel -- i feel bad that this is happening and the woman that are part of the miss america organization is learning this is how the organization is really run. but i'm hopeful that will are going to be plenty of volunteers and more miss america
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titleholders that stand up and say this is not how we want to see this organization we know and love run. and we'll do better. >> disappointing because this looks like this beautiful shiny perfect organization and smiles, and there are clearly cracks. i need to read this though. we reached out to all the miss america officials mentioned in the story and the organization responded with a statement. they say when they learned of these emails they started an investigation. and that, quote, at the time in question, three to four years ago, mr. haskell was under unreasonable distress results from intense attacks on his family. tas a result the board voted to deteriorate the investigation. in addition the board has started process of insurance stutdi instituting policies and procedures. takes seriously the reputation of the representatives and
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apologizes for any i'll feelings the situation has caused. moreover, the board is taking specific policies and protocols to directly address this matter and to prevent any issues moving forward. and we should also say that the employee who is fired told the "the huffington post" that he couldn't comment because of pending litigation and a board member implicated in those emails has also resigned. all of that though, that mr. haskell was under distress and apologizing, how does that statement sit with you? >> well, it's one of those i'm sorry if your feelings got hurt kind of things. i don't really had hear apology in there. but the truth is there is no apology that covers this. they could apologize for the bad words. they could apologize for throwing around language that we all would agree was inappropriate in any environment. but you can't apologize for creating a toxics culture of abuse in which people are passing around a picture and making fun of a woman's weight.
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or conspiring, you know. there is an email in which the board members are conspiring to crush mallory's business and not allow her to be successful financially. they changed the rules of the pageant so that she couldn't help contestants by coaching. and so you can say you are sorry all you want, but until you take some ownership and maybe take a couple steps back, it's just words. >> here is what i thought, mallory when i read this piece this morning, i was wondering, just with everything happening with women right now, all of these voices being lifted, and i know some of this has happened long before the me too movement and women speaking up, what are you starting to see chip away at miss america, perhaps you wouldn't have seen six months ago or perhaps six years ago, what do you think? >> i mean i would like to hope that no matter when this came out, people would react the same
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way. this type of language is in excusable no matter what industry you are in. and i equated it today to -- i mean, basically principal of your child's school and principal sending around photos of a student and calling them names or conspiring against them. >> they would be fired. >> you would immediately call for that principal to be fired, hands down, no question asked. so the situation isn't any different, whether it was today or six months or six years ago, i would hope people would understand this is no way for a man who runs a women's empowerment organization to talk about the women as part of it. >> last question. how do you want young women to view this organization? positive experience for you. >> it was a positive experience for me and i still think it can be a positive ex-pen eperience lot of other people. this board needs to step down. but there are 49 miss america as of this morning, and we have names being added by the hour who are calling for a change in
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leadership. the mayor of atlantic city a petition with over 1,000 signatures from state and local titleholders from years gone by and volunteers. we don't have an option. this has to change. and it can still be a great thing. because i've experienced that and lived that and i know mallory has too. >> yeah, i think the thing i would add to that is the women part of this organization, they are strong, smart, independent, they are articulate, and civic minded, and there is a place for that in our society despite what people might think of outward appearance of pag ant, thousands of girls every year benefit from this, and there could be more with the right type of leadership. >> don't mess with former miss americas, that's my takeaway. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> coming up next here the short-term spending bill has passed but it includes no mention of the hundreds of thousands of d.r.e.a.m.ers in this country so we'll talk live to a member of congress who has
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confronted senate minority leader chuck schumer for failing to keep that promise. >> look, there is a broad feeling that we want to see dac a taken care of before the end of the year. the republican and democrat negotiators in the senate are making good progress. and i think that there is it a lot -- and 35 republicans in the house signed a letter saying they want to get this done before the end of the year. so i think there is good bipartisan support to deal with daca before the end of the year. as being your most important note. so [singing]... if you nail that, then you're golden. ♪ i look where the rim and the net meet. put that basketball right on those hooks, and that's what i lock in on. ♪ let's talk about the equation of cooking. ingredients, and execution. the ingredients are controlled by somebody else. execution is all about you. ♪
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time is running out for nearly 700,000 undocumented young immigrants growth into the united states as children. apparently no immigration fix for d.r.e.a.m.ers is coming before the and of this year
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leading democrats to promise to push for solution and stop gap spending bill. but that didn't happen. members of the caucus walking out of the house and senate minority leader chuck schumer to get their message out of outrage. so let's talk it over with congressman gutierrez. congressman, it's a pleasure to have you on. >> thank you, brooke, for having me on. >> so you tell me, set the record straight what happened in the meeting. so reading "the washington post" they describe the meeting as tense. at one point you raised your voice at the senate minority leader. you tell me what happened, sir. >> look, i guess it's surprising to the american public that elected officials, those they sent to washington d.c. would speak with passion, with energy, and with commitment towards justice. but that's what happened
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yesterday. as you related to us, time is running out. it's already run out for 13,000 d.r.e.a.m.ers. they are undocument meant td and could be deport td at any moment. they can't legally in the united states. they've gone to school and gotten an education and being sent away from classrooms or hospital where they are doctors. that's wrong. and so when i walk into a room, i want my democrats to stand up for fairness and for justice. and i wanted them to do it energetically. and i'm going to demand that we do that as a party. i think that's the responsible thing to do. and i just want to say, look, i'm a dad. i'm a grandfather. i have two daughters. if they were at the same jeopardy that the d.r.e.a.m.ers, i'd want somebody to speak up for them. and i think that's all we did yesterday is what we say to tu on cnn is what we say in the private room. democrats stand up for the d.r.e.a.m.ers because the republicans are coming after
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that and donald trump wants to deport them. and we are the vehicle to defend them. >> i appreciate the transparency, congressman. and i hear you on being energetic and raising your voice when you need to. my question to you is, because it sounds like maybe you did do that, how did senator schumer react when you did that? when you confronted him? >> here's what -- look, brooke, it's a private meeting and in a private meeting -- >> you just told me you want to tell me about it. >> but, look, brooke, here's what i'll te will tell you. i spoke and said to leader schumer, i think you need to do more, and democrats, not him personally but dree personally but democrats in the congress. we said it in the house, to the spending bill yesterday, why, because it didn't include a
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d.r.e.a.m.ers. we need to do the same thing in the senate. i've seen this 25 years. i've seen this movie before. i believe we need to get the chip program reauthorized. i believe we need to make sure medicare and medicaid is there and properly funded. look, i believe in those things. and i think we are going to get those things. what i want to make sure is that when the negotiations are ended, we don't say tomorrow to the d.r.e.a.m.ers. we have to say today. they are losing 122 lose their status by the time the 19th of january comes about, whether the ne f when the next spending bill ends, they'll be a few more thousand of them. so i just said to senator shoe manage, schumer, we need to do. we shook hands.
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here's what i put on twitter at the end of the day. dems are on the same page. we are marching forward. >> do you then, last quick question, since you have been in office for many years and seen this movie play out before, when they shay this is all about january, right, bringing a bipartisan daca bill for a vote in january, do you believe that that will happen? >> here's what i believe, i bloo e believe the democrats are on the same page. while republicans have paid a huge price, just their hatred towards immigrants in terms of their public policy, i want to tell the immigrant community they have champions and people that are on their side. i want my party to be on their side. >> so you want a yes but sounds like i'm not hearing a yes or a no. >> brooke, am i more optimistic after the meeting than before the meeting? absolutely. >> got it. >> do i think chuck schumer and nancy pelosi and i are going to work more closely and strongly together to get it done? absolutely. absolutely. but d.r.e.a.m.ers keep the fight
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up. >> okay. congressman gutierrez. thank you so much. happy holidays. >> happy holidays to you, brooke. >> thank you, sir. coming up next a new report shows the employees of the environmental protection agency are leaving under this new straks, president trump, what the low moral tan shrinking staff means for the important work the agency does. when you really want to save big
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a mass exodus at the environmental protection agency since president trump took office reported by "the new york times" say more than 700 people including 200 scientists have left the agency.
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most of these employees will not be replaced. but this is something that the president warned about back on the campaign trail. >> department of environmental protection, we are going to get rid of it in almost every form. we're going to have little tidbits left, but we're going to take a tremendous amount out. >> cnn's justice correspondent jessica schneider is with me now. so this is only a fraction, i suppose, of their goal to shrink the epa, but we are talking about scientists, you know, leaving en masse. why? tell me more. >> reporter: well, you know, brooke, as you heard there from the president, this is all part of that broader goal from the administration to drain the swamp. it was back in april when epa officials put out a memo saying it did plan to streamline its workforce through buyouts and that, of course, was after the president issued an executive order aimed at cutting back agencies all across the board. the report here from "the new york times" reports 700 people have left the epa since
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president trump took office and that number includes more than 200 scientists. so the problem it appears that these scientists are actually not being replaced. according to the report, of the 129 people hired at the epa this year, just seven, brooke, were scientists. it's the scientists that really have the knowledge to best protect the nation's air and water. so here's what the spokesman at the epa says. i spoke with him at length today. he says we currently here have over 1,600 scientists at the epa, and less than 200 chose to retire with full benefits. he continued on to say with 10 months on the job, administrator pruitt is inequivocally doing more with less to hold polluters accountable and helping our environment. referencing actions taken in texas. you know, brooke, the epa spokesman, he also says -- he explains it this way, saying this is a natural progression.
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he says 50% of epa employees are eligible to retire over the next few years, five years, in fact, but it really, brooke, doesn't look like the epa will be be replacing a lot of them. all of this effort to scale back and concern at the epa because of it. brooke? >> jessica schneider, thank you. just in, cnn confirming why president trump did not hold a year-end news conference. it turns out the president wanted one. wanted to answer questions from the press. who told him no? that's coming up.
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a san francisco police officer is credited with saving
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nine lives all because she donated a kidney. cnn's stephanie elam shows us how she went beyond the call of duty. >> i listened to a story about a woman who donated through a website -- >> reporter: san francisco police officer and army veteran anna cutting betterson hadn't considered organ donation before. >> it looked like personal ads. the more i looked into it, i more i realized there wasn't a reason not to. >> reporter: instead on the website she found a very compelling reason why she should donate her kidney, joan. >> she's been pretty miraculous. >> reporter: joan has kidney disease. for five years, she was on a wait list for a new one. >> someone in my kidney support group had heard about matching donors. i found it online and enrolled myself there. to my amazement, within an hour, anna called me. >> joan is about the age that my mother would have been if she was alive. joan's got kids that are about
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my age. i imagined if i had my mom back, you know, what would i have done to, you know, how far would i have gone to have kept her? >> reporter: she sees a correlation between her career in uniform and her desire to give. >> i think that my time in law enforcement, my time in the military, i spent trying to make a difference to somebody. this was an instant gratification for me. >> reporter: during the months of testing, the women forged a bond. >> were you at all let down when you found out she wasn't a match for you? >> yeah, i think she and i would have liked that very much. >> reporter: but by being part of a kidney paired donation program. other duos with the same problem were found so matches could be made among them. in all, nine people got a new kidney thanks to anna's generosity. >> you bring a good kidney to the table and suddenly a whole list of people are able to get a donation. >> it's magical.
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it's things of which dreeams ar made. it can bring tears to my eye. >> reporter: joan's kidney came from an anonymous man in southern california, but she considers anna her donor. >> i may not have gotten her kidney, but without her doing what she did, i wouldn't have gotten a kidney either. >> "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. thanks, brooke. president trump arrives at mar-a-lago for what will be day 106 at one of his own properties since taking office in january. wow. "the lead" starts right now. it's beginning to look a lot like christmas, but behind the scenes at the white house, it's festivus and the airing of grievances has begun. a historically unpopular president spending 20 minutes talking about how great this year has been for his administration, with many issues outstanding and both chambers of congress in jeopardy, are republicans actually terrified about 2008? and you have