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he got the 51 votes that he needed on the senate floor and that makes history. i want to thank everyone for being with me. mark stein, ashley webster, now, neil, sir, it is yours. neil: stuart, thank you very much. the net effect of all of that is not much movement in stocks. about a point right now. 20,664. as stuart pointed t,here's it is holding its own. if youwere to get a snapshot, broad futures markets when we first heard of the tomahawk missiles and of course the chinese leader found out himself from president trump, we were cascading south fast, the markets were in a bit of a freefall. futures down 150 but they quickly rebounded. a lot had to do with praise from foreign leaders including likes
of angela merkel in germany and theresa may in britain who praised the move and said it was right an humanitarian thing to do. we have the meeting the president is talking with his chinese counterpart talking about thorny economic issues. he left open the possibility that could include the north korean issue. blake burman is there keeping track of breaking developments. reporter: neil, actually a couple things. he stuck to the script as it relates to china. of course the president is here at mar-a-lago for his meeting with the chinese president, xi xinping. they will, afterç wrapping up e bilateral a little while ago, have a working lunch. it will be the end of a visit between the two leaders. no mention from that message with the president about syria. no mention about north korea. the president somewhat sticking to the script there, essentially trying to declare mission accomplished as it relates to
this chinese visit. going in administration officials were telling us, don't expect any grand compromises or any sort of a grand bargain. rather they want to establish a framework and working relationship for these go leaders and two governments moving forward. the president says he feels a lot of quote, potentially bad problems as it relates to china, i.e., trade and north korea would be going away. but the president also said he feels they have struck a good relationship between the two leaders and the two countries. the backdrop of all of this though, neil as we've seen last 24 hours, syria no comment there from the president. we do expect this to come to the forefront throughout the rest of the day. want to show you one quick picture as it happened last night, getting a little glimpse how this all went down last night, the president surrou by members of his team, his closest advisors, hr mcmass tar, the national security
advisor and steve bannon and gary cohn as the strike took place in the 9:00 hour. so as it stands on the noon hour from palm beach across the water at mar-a-lago, the president expected to wrap up his meeting with xi xinping of china, trade, north korea, other topics appears to be a success the president says, but still syria, something to keep an eye on. neil? neil: do we know, blake, the backstory how the president notified the chinese president on these tomahawk missile targeted attacks in syria that he apparently, you know, reached over to him, gave him a head's up, went out to speak outside of the mar-a-lago resort? how did that all go down? reporter: what we do know he gave the chinese president at least notification i guess we want to put it that way, that this would be happening last night in syria. keep in mind, xi xinping is, was there on the ground at mar-a-lago. they were having dinner. the two sides, the two
delegations. we are led to believe that the president told him this would be coming. i do not believe it was a head's up of sorts, a notification, yes indeed what was happening in syria was taking place and that the united states fully behind him, neil. neil: another quick question, you mentioned it before, among those who were listening to the president, one snapshot there of last night, you had bannon there, you had gary cohn, the national economic council. i noticed in the luncheon today the same principles including steve mnuchin. you have of course the secretary of state but it looks like the entire economic team is there and further down, mr. bannon. i'm wondering, read anything into the seat placements there? reporter: well couple of things on this. so they were clearly brought into this matter when you're talking about wilburç ross, gay cohn, steve mnuchin, that is because of the trade component,
top fend today items at mar-a-lago to take place all of this 24 hour vest it. all of sudden syria gets mixed up into the emitigation and they're at the table. one thing to note, gary cohn the top economic advisor to the president but if you look back at former counterparts of his in other administrations, might have they have been at the table, you almost think that would not have been the case and you're starting to hear stories of gary cohn starting to assert his influence within the administration, starting to move up. you get that picture last night there, neil, gary cohn, front and center seated around the table and you have to wonder where he moves going forward. neil: i read seating very closely. my wife and i would be seated by the band or the loudest air-conditioning unit. thank you very, very much, blake burman in mar-a-lago in west palm beach, florida. those meetings ensued, chris
harmer says this is the beginning here in how the president would proceed. we're told, chris this, is one-off. that is the message we got from the secretary of state. we call these one-offs they're rarely one-offs. what happens now. >> we have regained credibility with our allies. we regained credibility with our enemies. what you want to go into situation known as no better friend, no worst enemy. the fact we took military action in specific response to chemical weapons attacks re-establishes u.s. credibility. it makes all of our diplomatic initiatives easier. i'm not saying that solve anything or that it's a permanent solution but as a positioning element it is helpful in that regard. neil: your 30-year expertise, chris, my own knee-jerk amateur read of this, much of the world, maybe assad, vladmir putin
misread president trump there was impression certainly after the accusations that the russians were actively involved in our election last year and they were very friendly to donald trump, he would certainly do nothing unfriendly to russia. since he was known and frequent it critic of barack obama and his handling of assad we shouldn't get involved and more to the point we shouldn't try to topple assad that they didn't expect the reaction they got after the learning of this chemical weapons attack. what you do you think? >> very directly, i don't do political analysis, i do strategic analysis. neil: so do i. you and i are so alike. that is amazing. >> now that president obama's tenure is in the books, fair to say from a strategic prespective primary objective was aggressive nonintervention. he didn't want to get the u.s. involved. both russia, iran, syria, had the impression that sort of nonintervention would continue indefinitely since this was
relatively small chemical weapons attack. i derstand that the to the victims thereis no small chemical weapons attack. but this is a drop in the bucket compared to all the atrocities. i think this response caught russia and iran off-guard. certainlyç assad off-guard. i don't think bashar al-assad has the knowledge to respond to this. they want to keep a leash on him because they don't want any further u.s. development. i expect no use of chemical weapons by syria for the foreseeable future. neil: wonder why they used chemical weapons. a traditional attack would not have gotten the endings attention this one did. >> the reason the assad regime is narrow margins of viability. they lost a lot of military capability to attrition. they lost a lot more due to attrition. vast majority of syrian people
want assad gone. he has only 15, 20%. that is why iranians pay afghan con vicinities to fight in syria on behalf of assad and shia militia out of iran and iraq. the he uses chemical weapons because he is trying to terrorize his population. because he just doesn't have the depth of conventional weapons to do what he needs to do anymore. neil: all right, that he, very much, chris, good seeing you. >> my pleasure, thank you. neil: as he pointed out these things happen after so-called one-off comment. fox news learned, we're getting confirmation that a russian warship headed into the eastern med train and headed towards two u.s. navy destroyers including those that launched airstrikes into syria. former navy seal michael zapata. welcome to both of you. what do you make of that and the early russian response? having .
former navy seal, now here in new york, so i appreciate it. when you see ships posturing in the mediterranean i don't think it's a surprise. they were expected to posture. they are contingency efforts to counter those and continuation of that over next couple weeks. it will be interesting to see what impacts on the market and our specific investments will be. neil: i'm looking at it too, paul, wondering what the russians do now because obviously they had hoped and if you believe all the press, they had hoped they would have a friendlier, easier time with donald trump. now things are off to a kind of a tense footing. where do you see this going. obviously each side wants to sort of get and takes maximum advantage of whatever pr they can with something like this, what do they do? >> i think they act very carefully. i do agree with the reports that is is a surprise. i think donald trump's comment made some people think he wouldn't do things like this. and then the people around him, congress, et cetera.
now itsis very clear he is who he has always been, a guy who takes charge, he takes action to work his will. the russians under stalin, under brezhnev, crew chef, under everybody, last thing they don't want a war with the united states and they can't win it putin is the weakest with the revolution. he will be very careful to know in back channels, what will you do, what are we allowed to do, that will upset the applecart. i think they will lay low. that frigate was already on its way anyway. they are constantly resupplying toartas, the port in syria. neil: where do they go, at least yourç impression, at least at this stage, michael, you get a sense of it, to all of your kind of analysis here, rarely do things end off in a one off? if you're assad, you have to get clearance or anything from vladmir putin, right?
so everything is going to be directed at toward vladmir putin. >> absolutely and putin has proved himself a master, maybe more so with the previous administration, but he's controlling that very heavily. there is an irani infle controlling assad. and assad is going to depend on them for support going forward. so i think it is important to see the posturing, see what they're going to do. it is also important to point out that president trump is being tested right now and putin knows to be able to test him out, to see what is going to happen and see the reaction. it is important we establish credibility. it is a good move. to be honest it should have been done four years ago with the original red line. neil: i want to thank you you both. meantime we haven't heard anything beyond what vladmir putin is doing, condemning attack that it is unwarrant and provocative. russian press was telling its people was planned long before so-called chemical attack on
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126the ounce. look at defense stocks. no surprise they are up. this fits historically what we've seen. raytheon makes tomahawk missiles. all but one hit desired target. the one that didn't, it was slightly off the target and was blown up in the sky. but obviously, what raytheon has done with these tomohawks since they were last used in the last gulf war was to get them to change their positioning midstream. in other words used to be when they were shot from a ship, that was it, you kept your fingers crossed. now they can reposition in midstream and hit their target, i'm told within half an inch. that is pretty wild. also we're getting word now the u.n. security council is holding a meeting on syria. the russians are expected to condemn the move, this only a day after nikki haley, our ambassador there had been targeting the russians and targeting those at u.n. not doing more to crack down on
syrian human rice abuses, particularly use of chemical weapons in the past. republican senator mike lee joins us now. senator, you are among those who are concerned about the president doing this without congressional okay, more to the point, senate okay. explain your position. >> my positions the president empowered to act to protect the united states from an imminent threat to american national security. but that doesn't mean that the president can start a war without going to congress. that doesn't mean the president can engage in a sustained military action without an authorization for the use of military force, or alternatively, a declaration of war. so i look forward -- neil: he didn't declare war. so you don't buy the notion this could be, as i think his secretary of state said, a one-off? >> well, i don't know yet whether it is going to be a one-off. if it's a one-off that is entirely different issue. if this is part of a sustained action he needs to come to congress.
i'm sure he will do that, present a plan, a plan for explaining how exactly this affects the american people an makes them safer. and what is exit strategy is, what he wants to accomplish in this. then, debate that in front of the american people with the people's elected representatives in congress. neil: you know the argument for against doing what you say, part of a commander-in-chief's role is not to sort of telegraph what he is going to do, and in this case to send an clear unequivocal signal that it is a threat when any leader, in this case assad, is using chemical weapons on his own people because it just means a matter of time before he starts doing so against other people and to consult with you about that and get into the niceties of it is imperilling lives. you say what? >> well in the first place i want to be clear that in no circumstances is it okay to ignore the constitution because it might be inconvenient. i will also say in the event that there are national security
issues that can't be aired publicly, those things can be briefed with members about congress behind closed doors in a secure environment so they don't have to be discussed publicly. but again the imminency of it, the security risks associated with airing public information doesn't obviate the need for constitutional process. neil: i understand what you're saying, senator. but think differently than a lot of your colleagues, fact of matter sometimes working things through the senate and through the house because it would be different to have to notify the senate it takes a while. latest dust-up over handling the whole gorsuch thing and then, you know on into health care rework and all that, that kind of time isn't on a president's side. what do you think? >> no, i understand that. that is why there is an understanding, there is some flexibility, built into the constitution that allows -- neil: wasn't that flexability here is what i'm saying? in other words the president act what is he did on news that chemical weapons were used on syrian people.
that that was all the flexibility that he needed, not to go to war, but to send a clear and strong signal to the guy who perpetrated those inhuman attacks they would not be tolerated? >> yes. to the extent that he can connect that with some kind of an imminent threat to american national security that is entirely he appropriate for the president to act unilaterally. neil: you don't think it is imminent threat to our national security? >> i'm not saying there was or there wasn't. members of congress have not been briefed on this. members of the senate are being briefed in a little while. i look forward to hearing exactly what is behind the decision. neil: but he acted right, so, you don't know for sure whether he acted wisely or brashly, but he acted. so -- >> he did in fact act. neil: okay, so, what are you worried about? if, and in a briefing what do you want to hear to justify your concerns? >> well, look, most of us going to depends what the plan is moving forward.
because what has happened has happened. that is now in the past, but if it is part of a sustained effort, that is where congress really is going to need to get involved and get involved very, very quickly. neil: okay. on the gorsuch thing he is in now. he is going to be the next supreme court justice. a lot of bad and hurt feelings there and that the environment has changed in the senate forever. you heard all of that. what do you think now? do you think that part of the allure, the prestige of the senate has been reduced to you now being like a three-term, you know, representative in the house? that you're no different than they are, just you stay longer? >> to whatever extent that is true, to whatever extent that has happened the change you're describing occurred not yesterday but 3 1/2 years ago in november of 2013. that is when the then democratic majority in the senate made the decision to set a new precedent a precedent saying that to end debate, as to a presidential confirmation, presidential nominee requiring senate
confirmation. it takes only a simple majority, rather than 60 vote supermajority. that happened 3 1/2 years ago. that's done. yesterday was the natural outcome of what happened in 2013. neil: all right. senator, thank you very much, for taking the time. we appreciate it. you have a crazy schedule today. all right. there is also something going on in sweden today on any other day would be leading stories everywhere but on a day like this where we are launching missiles on syria, it is somehow taken a back seat. three people dead. in sweden when a truck rams into a department store. the swedish prime minister says it is looking like a terror attack to him. that was something that, well the likes of donald trump got a lot of criticism when he raised concerns what is going on in sweden. back then they were laughing. i don't think they're laughing anymore. yes?
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see what i mean about busy news day, so much is happening pick and choose your battles. fortunately nicole petallides does not. economic impact of the jobs report had good news and worrisome news, right, nicole? >> big picture you didn't see the job growth they were hoping for. we bottom 98,000 jobs added. did not reach 180,000 expected. that was weaker-than-expected. big picture when you look at three months that is some decent news. the prior two month were revised a little bit lower. look at the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5%. while there were jobs added, dropped from 4.7%, lowest since may of 2007. i have comments from economic advisor to president trump, gary cohn. listen to what he said on "varney" today and optimism about 2017. >> the preside is pushing extremely hard on tax cuts, and everything we can do to generate
economic growth in the united states. >> will we meet the timetable? >> will we meet the timetable? >> before august get a tax reform bill out there? >> we will meet a timetable. the most important thing is that we get tax reform done and get it done this year. >> big picture he noted that he and the president are looking more closely at the u6 rate. that is a broader measure of unemployment they're both looking at that dropped below 9% in the three-month average that is 178,000 which the fed of course keeps in mind, which is still a good pace. so the fed is on track likely for the two rate hikes. big picture i will note hourly wages ticked a little bit higher. we always like to see higher wages year-over-year, up 2.7%. that is a breakdown of the jobs ture. wasn't as great as hoped.
obviously second one under trump's term. neil: thank you very, very much, nicole. all right, you heard we have a timetable, gary cohn saying that. i don't know if that encourages you when you hear that kind of talk. to charlie gasparino on all of that. what do you think, charlie? >> two points. if this job report under president obama you would hear a different commentary from a lot of people at this network. you would hear again this is slow growth. u-6 number still way too high. that is what people would be saying too high. people dropped out. neil: coming down but it is still high, very high. >> this proves that president obama's policies aren't working. it is interesting to see -- neil: i will point out those of different political bent, certainly those in the mainstream are seizing on this, darn near recessionary. somewhere the truth lies. >> here is where i think the truth is. this is again trump consumer confidence boost people were
talking about is not real, okay? it is not happening. it is maybe there but you know it is not enough to produce the type of job growth we need. what we need is real fiscal policy here is the second thing. we need -- neil: in other words you can't get much more goosing from the federal reserve? >> you're not going to lgbt geeing because you you feel donald trump is president or that hillary clinton is not president. neil: what discourages me what cohn was telling stu. we have a timetable. we were working under a belief the august timetable was the one and that was the goal. >> right. neil: now he seemed to intimate that it is not. >> it is really scary who believes in free markets and supply economics that you do to large extent, gary cohn, liberal progress is in there ushering through the tax cuts. neil: do you question whether his heart is in it? >> yes.
i don't think it is. this guy loves spending. we'll see what happens. maybe he has to go what the president wants him to do it, a big corporate tax cut and big individual tax cut. neil: he is a big fan of infrastructure spending. steve mnuchin big fan of infrastructure spending. >> think about this we have progressive liberals in the trump administration allegedly putting through supply-side tax cuts. is that like possible? steve bannon has been downgraded, unfortunately. neil: you see where he was sitting at thing earlier today? >> i heard jared kushner, the son-in-law, another democrat, very close to gary cohn was sneering at him. say what you want -- neil: he is darn close to the kitchen in that table. >> i know. he is blown out. there is no larry kudlow. what do we have in terms of economic policy makers? we have steve bannon, jared kushner, who is a democrat and, you know, wilbur ross in commerce. i don't know. neil: indications are that president trump, and you never know, it's a moving target. there is the thing where bannon
was last night when we got news the attacks were still on but bannon was right near the exit door but one of the thing popped up, the president is a fan of tax cuts, big taxes maybe not for the well to do, but big tax cuts but he can be easily dissuaded or persuaded on things like infrastructure spending, the kind of stuff where you might not get some immediate bang for the buck. where are we going? >>t is impossible to know. he ran on tax cuts -- by the way we should point out, individual tax cuts, not just giving money to the uber rich. to warren buffett. neil: i agree. >> giving money back to small businesses because they file as individuals a lot of these small businesses. we're not talking about small businesses, some kind in his apartment as a freelance writer. neil: individual rate, not the position i liked with george bush, i'm not going to start marking who get as tax cut or who doesn't. everyone get as tax cut.
>> because it is not the government's money, that is the first thing. let's be real clear. small businesses if he doesn't cut. neil: they pay at individual rate. >> if he doesn't cut individual rate a lot of small businesses screwed while ge get as big tax breaks. neil: i understand, that is big corporate tax cut won't do it. >> that is the market. neil: i think these guys are selfish human beings. they want their tax cut. >> they are. neil: i agree makes the math better, corporate taxes go down but for all the other guys you ad lewd to, they wouldn't benefit from that the. >> neil, corporate taxes are, the reason why the stock market likes it, it adds to earnings. neil: you're absolutely right. >> small businesses are not public companies obviously, so the stock market -- neil: would be disappointment. they would welcome it. they have been expects it. if i flip side the administration says i got good news and bad news. good news, lower corporate taxes. bad news, individual rates might have to wait. you and i know, if you have to
wait till next year at that you will not get them at all. >> small businesses are big part of the economy and hiring. neil: absolutely. >> i'm saying maybe gary cohn made a conversion. people make -- donald trump was a liberal. neil: you're right. >> maybe gary cohn is now, you know, praying at the altar of ronald reagan, larry kudlow, arthur laffer. neil: saying all the right stuff to stuart. he heads national economic council and saying he will do this. steve mnuchin is hats been on the show saying all the right stuff. you and i can member the reagan years. there were not rabid devotees to big aggressive tax cuts even in the face of establishment tax cuts of "wall street journal" criticizing magnitude of tax cuts. >> some of it. some people at judgenal were for it. they were authors of it. neil: there were a lot more of those types back then. >> oh, yeah. neil: there are serotypes. >> there is not one supply cider in this administration. not one. not one person who thinks --
neil: even rabid ones who are there, they use as an excuse to look at deficits, look at this debt. we can't risk it. >> they're not rabid. neil: when you're talking about risking tax cuts, the game is over. >> i would say this, if they think this economy is good the way it is we should get it marginally better, people are okay, do your infrastructure, do your mild tax cut. if you think this is great, guess what you're a hypocrite because you were out there criticizing this when president obama was president. neil: see i think these wall streeters though said, whispered in the president's ear, i could be wrong but i doubt it. neil: steady as she goes is good. >> they love it. neil: they have soared, bank profits soared. steady as she goes is fine for them. i think they, whether they succeed at this longer term i have no idea, but i think you keep whispering in your ear, mr. president, got going up to
2 1/2%, that's a home run. >> you're right. you tell you, you criticize, bannon gets a lot of stuff, a lot of guff, about his comment about the alt-right whether his previous job at "breitbart" was a sort of haven for the alt-right, i don't think he really knew what the alt-right meant. neil: i agree with that. >> when you look at what he wants economically, this is the closest thing you ha to a supply-sider in the cabinet. he want lower taxes. he wants to bring jobs back based on on the american con i . he knows that by ushering him to the side bringing in kensyians like gary cohn and jared kushner you have to be worried about a supply side tax cut. it may happen. i'm reading tea leaves. liberals running the economic show. cohn, kushner. neil: not big devotes, they just aren't. not in their dna. >> look at what goldman sachs research is all about. i always laughed at gary cohn
coming to the trump administration. goldman sachs was the biggest pusher of keynesian, infrastructure and government spending and -- neil: believes government can stimulate the economy. >> from the lord keynes. that is essentially what roosevelt did during the great depression. neil: they loved him because he was a lord. >> he had one of those british accents. people think because you have a british accent you're smart. neil: i remind people of benny hill. thank you very, very much. our benny hill. >> thank you. neil: i want to go, charlie and i love this kind of stuff when people throw things at each other. the russian ambassador is furious, furious about our attacks at syria. nikki haley is furious at him about him being furious. we're going to the united nations where it is getting ugly, folks. but when family members forget,
reader of body language and this guy seems upset. russian ambassador to the united nations condemning the u.s. attacks last night in syria. we're getting separate reports that russia is saying that secretary of state rex tillerson will be visiting moscow and that no doubt he hadly this will be on the agenda, to which i say, and i don't know the russian word for it, duh. but russia said it expects tillerson to explain washington's stance on syria after this missile strike. we are similarly waiting for nikki haley to respond to the russian ambassador to what is behind these attacks. keep in mind she was very critical of syria and use of chemical weapons on its people. the united nations had an obligation not continue to do what it had in the past and turn away from face of evil. once nikki haley speaks we'll go to her because we speak english. i have it on the highest authority she does indeed speak english.
meanwhile the swedish prime minister says this deadly truck incident appears to be a terrorist attack. once more, swedish police are releasing images after man wanted in connection with this truck attack which would seem to indicate they haven't caught the guy. he rammed the truck into a partnt sto and got out and is still on the lamb. security cameras got images of him and they're trying to find him. they're comfortable saying it appeared not to be an accident, out right terrorist attack. there are reports of separate shootings here. we of only know of one confirmed attack at a don't store. anything broader than we have not heard otherwise. to a security analyst what is unfolding here. paul, what do you think of what you heard thus far and what the swedish authorities are trying to get handle on? >> neil, the bottom line, we need to understand sweden has the second highest population of isis members in europe right behind belgium. so the likelihood this is a
terrorist attack, the likelihood isis is going to claim responsibility for it i think is something we can pretty much bank on at this point. neil: all right, so, i remember that trump was criticized, roundly criticized when sort of throwing sweden into the global terror mix here but it appears, and i know you have told me this in the past it most certainly is in that mix. explain. intelligence reports for some time, neil, this goes back to early april of 2016, when sweden saw this attempt against, in a public place was thwarted only because the terrorists bomb went off prematurely. if it dffectione off they would have seen this happen in april of last year. intelligence reports show us that isis has been growing in sweden for the last 12 months solid. so this is not anything that should be a surprise. we're coming out of sweden, no question about that. neil: is there anything to do
with sheltering or at least separating the muslim population? it is not politically correct to say this, but these so-called safe zones, whatever you want to call them, that a lot of these western european nations are leery to interfere and that breeds a lot of this suspicion, whether justified or not, what do you think? >> i've always been against that. i think especially, we are, we need to understand, neil, we're in the embryonic stage on a war on terror. that is global. not just the united states but everywhere. you simply can not hamstring law enforcement efforts, military efforts by creating zones that make it difficult for them to garner intelligence to protect the general population. to add to that quickly, we're going to know this for a fact. as this develops today and tomorrow we're going to know this guy will be identified, there is no question about it. they will tie him when the truck got hijacked. they will tie i am to visiting this location before. this is well-planned. it wasn't spur of the moment.
so when you get the intelligence from this, from social media or wherever it will come from, we'll see people knew about this before ts happened. hee your question, it's just, it is a very poor decision for any venue in the world to create zones that limit law enforcement efforts to gather intelligence. neil: paul, thank you very, very much, my friend. again the swedish authorities appear not to have captured the person behind this attack. they have put out images of him. so far he has not been apprehended. we have it on highest authority it's a he, young male they are looking for. that's all we can tell you. meanwhile russian relations getting rockier, anyone thought in middle of all this, if the president and view view were so cozy and putin was wanting to get trump in because he was desired candidate and he wanted cozier relations to him and
donald trump would be more happy to return the kindness and favor, something happened. this guy at the united nations going all nights, it's a sign obviously that they don't have a buddy in donald trump. this is just the leap that i am making here because they don't appear to like him that much. they don't appear to like what he did last night that much. just a reminder, sometimes the media gets it wrong after this.
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because the time to think about tomorrow is today. neil: all right, this coming in a few moments ago, from palm beach, florida. i know they call melania trump, first lady of the united states. they're getting a chance to listen to a high school band? doesn't matter. the kids, special moment. first lady of the united states is here. county part in china. these kids will remember the day for rest of their lives. tv, this is quick little image we're sharing with you. will this be with you the rest of your life? you never know. ♪ there we go. meantime neil gorsuch, a swearing-in scheduled for monday morning now, that he has been
confirmed by the united states senate. again they're making a huge deal of this, so-called "nuclear option" was implemented, even though with the simple majority he got more than clarence thomas got back in 1991. that was then. this is now. of course they are waiting for the ninth justice to finally arrive after 13 month of going with eight justices, monday morning. adam shapiro with very latest what is in store. adam? reporter: talk about what is in store, neil. justice gorsuch will be sworn in as you said it, 9:00 a.m., by chief justice john roberts. that takes place in the supreme court conference room. the second oath is the oath to the constitution. the second oath will be a public ceremony, administered by anthony kennedy, a justice on the supreme court the he will take that oath, justice gorsuch, at the white house sometime monday afternoon. as you mentioned, this all came ba after yesterday's "nuclear option" and then the vote to
proceed to the confirmation this morning. there was a lot of concern this would open the door to eliminate the filibuster on legislative issues but, but mitch mcconnell, the majority leader in the senate said, no that is not going to happen. here he is in his own words. >> this notion this somehow bleeds into the legislative filibuster. i'm opposed to it. i would be the beneficiary, and my party would be beneficiary of changing that. i'm opposed to changing that. i think that fundamentally changes the senate. reporter: just to give you an idea what is coming down the pike for justice gorsuch on his thd day on the bench, he is sworn in, a week later resume hearing cases, there is a church-state case that will capture headlines. has to do with an issue in missouri whether the state can prohibit a church from receiving money in the form of ground-up tires to put on the church playground. it will be a big one. neil: okay. adam shapiro, thank you very much for that update.
monday morning two different swear-ins. it is all official and gores gores is off and running as the ninth supreme court justice. newt gingrich on all of this, fallout from donald trump and his response to syria which is not being favorably received, certainly no surprise there, by the russians. after this. ♪ ♪ predictable. and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance. talk to your advisor about a brighter financial future.
>> the second hour on coast-to-coast. if you have a busy hour on a busy newsday, the president continuing that luncheon with its counterpart from china, the fallout from a disappointing jobs report. good on the employment rate. the lowest we have seen since the early days of 2007, not so much on the new york james front, that is very worried. and i on the united nations, they are not pleased depending on the country, particularly russia with the tomahawk is all red in syria last night. the nation's security council getting in and weighing in on that. nikki haley, joint chiefs of staff, outlining a lot of this, senators, how that is falling out. you heard earlier on this broadcast, the president didn't run this by the senate first.
the type of action that should have required unilateral action, the president doing this on his own, rand paul saying this sort of thing dependsn where you are in this. connell mcshane has the latest on these fast-moving developments. >> you are think it is a unilateral action, the reaction to it and support for what the united states did last night has been quite multilateral. a number of our allies have gone public. i give you a sampling of some statements we have seen so you get an idea of support for these strikes, israel's statement from benjamin netanyahu, in word and action donald trump sent a strong and clear message the use and spread of chemical weapons
will not be tolerated. from the muslim world we saw statements of support from turkey calling a positive move, and condemned the use of chemical weapons but the iraqis expressed concern about escalation, one of the questions going forward. out of europe a fair amount of support from our allies, number 10 downing street the british statement reads the uk government supports the us action which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the syrian regime intended to deter further attacks, whether that ends that being the case, blaming assad for the us strike which is interesting they worked together on it but at the same time the detractors have been just as
predictable as the supporters. and us aids saddam's use of chemical weapons, resource to military force over bogus conventional weapon allegations in 2003 and now in syria. not supporters either. neil: connell mcshane. i want to switch to the merrill lago resort, a walk with his inese counterpart, xi jinping is expected to leave today, the chinese president was stunned, and what he effectively announced commenced against the syrian regime last night. where where we. that did not go down well.
it did not interfere with the mission today and the brass tacks today where the chinese can play a role in thwarting another tyrants, the one in north korea, and some influence stopping, into correia, and they were told personally hit it off, they were not strangers with each other. they dealt with each other in the past over these past 30 years, party start in charge of enticing business contracts with each country. donald trump was always critical of the chinese, and a far bigger worry to him. we are following the development closely, tt is why warlive
weekend. monitoring these developments, and on fox news channel, 10:00 to noon eastern time on the fallout of what happened in syria, and to north korea to neil gorsuch to markets confused by this, gold surging out of this, some senators are still wrinkled by this. in the middle of this a two week break for congress which will stymie progress on attacks care front, if there is any reason not to go to your kid's soccer game it is that. come back and watch this. newt gingrich says the strikes are sending a powerful message not just to syria. the former speaker with us, explain.
>> a lot of people matched eight years of barack obama giving speeches and tiny actions and watched him fail on syria and trump within 48 hours changed the narrative like reagan did in 1981 when we shot down two libyan aircraft after four years of jimmy carter's weakness was the world saw this is a president who is not afraid to use force, not going to tell you about an advcet going to signal it but if you push into the wall he will hit very hard and he has an extraordinary national security team so they are able to put this together pretty fast and i thought last night they did a good job. neil: guy like mad dog matus, did he have any equivalent on his economic team, i want to get your sense, calculating when it came to donald trump, he had been critical of his predecessor and warning don't get too involved in what is going on in
syria, acquiescing after he was elected that he had no interest in regime change so i'm wondering whether that was interpreted on the part of the syrian regime to do what it wanted to do and they miscalculated severely so. >> hard to know. the way these chemical weapons were used imagine a local commander in desperate trouble decided he is going to do what he has to do to survive. the fact the weapons are available and syrians lied when they said they got rid of them, the fact the russians lied when they guarantee they were gone and all those things compounded. neil: and important point, the first one to state that part of this un brokered deal so we wouldn't be dealing with redlines or anything like that, they would stop the chemical
weapons, and they lied, they lied. >> and important point to put in context, why we dealt with the russians, clearly militarily, we are coming in to get out of the way, we didn't bargain, didn't negotiate, these are the rules of the road, we are coming and that is an important reminder that in the end we are vastly bigger than they are, project power better than they do, and impossible task if they wanted to contest syria with us, syrians need to take notice. if they do something stupid and destructive again, trump will hit them again and they need to understand this is a president who is willing to be very clear and forceful.
neil: the russians, ships, launching tomahawk missiles last night, very easy to see how this could get crazy. what do you think? >> that ship had to be underway for a good while to be where it is, before the american hammering of syria. they have freedom of the sea, they can hang out with us as long as they stay outside the limits set by international law. we used to do this with the russians and occasionally bumped boats back in the cold war period. neil: would they stand by if we were to launch another missile attack on them? >> their navy's ability to survive is 0. if they were to get into a fight with us, they literally would have 0 potential to survive. they could hurt us but they would disappear in the process. >> sean spicer is in palm beach, florida making a statement to
the press. let's see if it is more involv >> everything is off. >> with respect to the visit, to have a readout later, hopefully we can gather with the pool and the what the rest of the day looks like. we will continue to update that. i want to provide some tick-tock on the president's action. and and with the president took in syria, the questions regarding the timeline, walk you through it, tuesday at 10:30 the president was informed during the course of his daily presidential briefing about the actions in syria. he asked for additional information and updates, spent the day developing and initial
range of options for the president. at 8:00 tuesday night there was a restricted the beauty committee meeting on the situation, preliminary options were presented. >> can you talk louder? >> tuesday night, there was additional, a meeting at the white house where options were presented and refined, interagency guidance was developed, wednesday morning a restricted principal meeti w conducted where interagency options and guidance to refine. >> this is supposed to be a background briefing, we have to get off it, i don't know why. we will honor that. when questions reason we will put the cameras back on, sean
spicer, and forget the tick-tock's, the fact that it was done at all and whether was one off. the secretary of state indicated that was a won and done deal. >> we had a visceral reaction the president, virtually in tears when talking about the babies being hit, even babies should not have to suffer this sort of cruelty. i think he made a 1-off sort of strike. it is a message to mister assad and mister putin but nothing more than that. it was a good conversation starter with xi jinping this morning but i don't think they will go forward with a larger war in syria. i don't think that would be wise. neil: senator mike lee was one of those, critical of the president, didn't run this by anyone else. you wouldn't want to do that
especially given the deliberative nature of other institutions, the senate or the house, i understand why he didn't but afraid some nerves with some, hardly all but what do you think of that? >> i don't take it as much of anything, senators will say what they say and have that reaction no matter who is president but i don't think there is a need for the president to do anything, large consulting with them, take days and weeks to do it. he is the president, the commander in chief, he can do things like this when he sees the need and at that point he had a visceral almost emotional reaction to the strike and he did what he wanted to do which was probably a good thing. you know me, i am happy when we are bombing almost anybody. of the 20 when you advocated doing that against luxembourg -- let me get your sense, saying this is it for now but what if
assad using chemical weapons again let alone lying about the last un brokered deal they were going to get rid of and did it giving up chemical weapons, that was a lie, the russians said they have gotten rid of them, that was clearly a lie coming up for a lie. what if they do this again? would they cheat or be stupid enough to cheat like that again? >> i think they would. we probably hit them again and donald trump has drawn a red line and enforced it at the same time. having use of chemical weapons again is going to draw a response, maybe a larger one. they will be very circumspect about that b tt does not limit what else they are going to do. iran and russia are controlling the battle space in syria and we won't do a lot about that
neil: the mediterranean, both, maybe one, not sure where the tomahawk whistles were launched last night. what do you think they do? if they see either one of these launching missiles again. >> they have rules of the road agreement with us unless they want to start a real naval battle. we have carriers, submarines, those russian ships approaching or force right now, will disappear in a cloud of smoke if they tried to do something like that. warner: the very good seeing you. nikki haley is speaking, some others were highly critical. >> repeatedly expressed outrage. the joint investigative mechanism found beyond any doubt the syrian regime used chemical
weapons against its own people multiple times. on tuesday the assad regime launched a chemical attack on civilians murdering innocent men, women and children in the most gruesome way. assad did this because he thought he could get away with it. he thought he could get away with it because he knew russia would have his back, that changed last night. as i warned on wednesday, consistently failed in its duty to act collectively, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action. the indiscriminate use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is one of those times. the united states will not stand by when chemical weapons are used. it is in our vital national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons. our military destroyed the
airfield from which the chemical strike took place. we were justified in doing so. the moral state of the assad regime could no longer go unanswered. his crimes against humanity could no longer be met with empty words. it was time to say enough. not only say it, time to act. bashar al-assad must never use chemical weapons again. the syrian regime is responsible for the attack, it was not the only guilty party. bears a heavy responsibility, prompt up and shielded serious brutal dictator for years. iran to use to play a role in the bloodshed in syria. the russian government bears considerable responsibility.
every time assad crossed the line of human decency russia has stood beside him. the security council would move forward, russia made it known as it has done seven times before that it would use it veto once again covering up for the assad regime by compromising a watered-down resolution, strengthened assad, strengthening assad would lead to more murders. we were not going to allow that but it is even more than that. russia is supposed to be a guarantor of the removal of chemical weapons from syria. russia is supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons from syria. obviously that has not happens. as innocent syrians continue to be murdered in chemical attacks. let's think about the possible reasons for russia's failure.
it could be russia is knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in syria. it could be russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove chemical weapons, or it could be that the assad regime is playing the russians for fools, telling them there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their basin. the world is waiting for the russian government to act responsibly in syria. the world is waiting for russia to reconsider its misplaced alliance with bashar al-assad. the united states will no longer wait for them to use chemical weapons without any consequences. and a new phase, a drive to a political solution, and we expect the syrian regime and its allies to take the political process seriously, something
they have not done up until this point. we expect russia and iran to hold their ally accountable and abide by the terms of the cease-fire. we expect this counsel to speak loudly and forcefully when the regime or its allies undermine the political process, and countless of error resolutions. the united states took a very measuredtep la night. we are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary. it is time for all civilized nations to stop or is taking place in syria and demand a political solution, thank you. i will now resume my function is the president of the council. and i to the representative of the syrian arab republic.
[speaking in native tongue the] >> translator: want to thank the russian federation and libya that joined us in calling for the convening of this urgent meeting. i have a question at the very outset to the under secretary general, arab republic perpetrated an act of aggression without defining that act by terms of the charter of the united nations. the united states at 3:42 at dawn today, april 7, 2017, waged
a barbaric, flagrant act of aggression against the base of syrian arab air force in the central area of the country using a number of missiles which led to a number of martyrs, many injured including women and children and wide-ranging material damage. this treacherous act of aggression is a violation of the charter of the united nations as well as international norms. the united states attempted to justify it with empty pretexts, fabricated arguments claiming the syrian i'm in -- army used chemical weapons knowledge of what happens, without identifying who was
responsible, the same pretext shouted out by terrorist organizations as well as handlers in washington, tel aviv, london and paris as well as media. the syrian arab republic stressed the syrian arab army does not have chemical weapons in the first place, it would never use such weapons in its operation against armed terrorist groups. it condemns the use of such weapons under any conditions please let me stress it is well known those weapons have been used and stockpiled in many parts of syria by terrorist armed organizations in cooperation with a wink and a nudge by some ruling regimes in the region and outside including
turkey, saudi arabia and some european states. they completely ignore the facts and documented information by terrorists in many parts of the syrian arab republic, this aggression would surely send erroneous methods, emboldening them, and both terrorist organizations and associated terrorist organizations following this did wage many attacks on many parts of syria, syrian arab army and the allies in the war against terrorism confronting them despite desperate attempts to support them. the american aggression is under
this umbrella. this aggression is a grave extrapolation of the same erroneous american strategy that began six years ago of providing all forms of assistance to what the united states called moderate armed opposition groups. this strategy harms terrorism by the syrian arab army and the united states of america a partner of isis and other terrorist groups that since day one of the unjust wargainst syria attacked army positions and military bases as well as infrastructure. let me recording this counsel that the united states of america leaves an alliance against eyesore. the real achievement of that coalition is to kill civilians and strike at infrastructure in syria. it's real objective is to weaken the syrian arab army and its
allies when confronting terrorist groups. in this regard we see the airstrike by the aircraft of this coalition illegally against the syrian arab army in the city on 17 september 2017, in an attempt to protect isis elements falling between syria and iraq he territory. today's aggression aimed at the grave damage that was done to them by the syrian arab army and its allies following their attack on cities and peaceful villages in the region. let me stress media reports tell us the u.s. congress sometime ago appeared -- approved a law allowing the us administration
to send manpower to armed terrorist groups. in this very counsel, colonialists, permanent member states and the security council, three colonialists have a renewed appetite to review their lives and their stories that have bn spread by the united states and the united kingdom 14 years ago to justify the destruction and occupation of iraq. using a major -- wmds, perhaps history has come. in the regrettable scenario when we saw secretary of state colin powell trying to delude the international community and the united nations to justify the aggression of his country against iraq by talking about highly credible information. today the united states of america in its policy, in an attempt to justify aggression
against syria is using fabricated information provided by terrorists. this aggression incontrovertibly proves syria has been correct. successive american administrative will not change their sterile policies which is to target states to make people kneel to their will and strategy around the world. international public opinion and people of the free world have no doubt, the uk and french administrations for decades have not cared for democracy or freedom or human rights, let alone the well-being of op or their security and stability, thesare just pretexts to wage war, occupy other states, divide them, control their wealth and energy resources. what is truly disgusting today as these governments that
supported this thinking, extremist ideology since its creation, if today, orchestrating terrorism and investing in it without any care for the lives of people, even their own people when terrorism reached their own threshold because of these wrong and hypocritical policies. the syrian arab republic strongly condemns the act of aggression by the united states of america which is counter to the principles and purposes of the charter of the united nations. the united dates, a permanent member of the security council which was responsible for maintenance of peace and security. let alone these aggressions really promise total chaos in many parts of the world and will make the law of the jungle the
only way to deal with regional and economic crises without any heed to the charter of the united nations. when you killed millions of innocents in south asia all the way through latin america, what your position. the member from france spoke about exceptions, you should not be the exception, you should be killings ijuly 27.or the
to combat terrorism as respects the ruse of international law, the charter of the united nations calls on the security council to shoulder its responsibilities according to the charter to condemn this act of aggression and to insure that it should not be repeated. it is an act that threatens peace and security in the region and the world. >> i acknowledge the statement from the representative of the syrian-arab republic. the representative of the russian federation has asked for the floor again to make a further statement. >> distinguished members of the security council, taking the floor again just to say that i would have asked the, the speakers from the u.s. and other delegations not to insult my country.
now, there is no moral right to do so. we will not, we do not do so and i'd like to just say that miss haley just assumed her new office, that she does have a genuine opportunity and as the permanent representative of the u.s., member of the security council to esh a healthy, collective worenvironment in the securityouncil buthis will not be done if you give the national point of view full on what is absolute truth. i'd like first of all to insure that we have mutually respectful work in the security council. thank you. >> okay, thank you to the representative of the russian federation. there are no more speakers on the left. and with that, the meeting is
adjourned. neil: there you have it, rather fascinating exchange between the united states ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley arguing for this action, effectively saying that syria and russia together have lied about the presence of chemical weapons and that they had dishonored and agreement that was actually broke heed by the united nations to make sure the chemical weapons would be gone, even though weapons even though syria denied they had been used in past would be eradicated. syria said well we are eradicating them and later on we eradicated them. russia, their sponsor said they had been eradicated. lo and behold after the axe last week, they had not been eradicated but they had been used on syrian people.
what followed up is amazing that the syrian ambassador saying he was offended and found the united states to question the sovereignty and of syria to be offensive. russian ambassador saying same thing. you broke the decorum here, saying nothing about the fact that syrians had poisoned 80 of its own people, vast majority of kids and bibbys they're now dead which seems to rise beyond just offending decorum. retired colonel tony dean. obviously this escalated to the level where you have principled players on the same u.n. council saying, we're getting very different impressions of the same event and trying to put the focus on united states for doing something that went way beyond what was necessary. so i can't imagine there would be unanimity on the response to this from the united nations, or am i missing something?
>> no, i think you're exactly right. i think you know, that the russians and iranians and its block of countries that follow it will say america was the aggressor but i think the good news that happened last night we put tooth back into the policy that america will not stand for the use of weapons of mass destruction anywhere in the world. neil: tony, i don't understand, obviously ambassador nikki haley made it clear, if this kind of thing happens again we're prepared to move again which flies in the face of secretary of state rex tillerson that this is a one off. they are preparing for possibility with russian cover, the president in syria will do this again, then what do we do? >> well i think if the chemical weapons used, what i got from the secretary of state's comments if chemical weapons are used again, we'll use force again, if not, we will work towards a political, a political
way to end the conflict there in syria, i think you know, we can do both. if the syrians continue to use chemical weapons we have to respond. es kate the response. neil: i'm sorry, tony. >> no, no. neil: do you think the powers that be, whether be in syria or be in russia, just misread president trump? either this idea he was not going to do anything to offend vladmir putin, that that was disproven? this notion he was critical of president obama of syria, getting involved in syria, that he wouldn't way the respond the way he did to this? that they just miscalculated? >> that is a big part of it, they miscalculated. in a lot of ways we get into the false choice in these battles. it is either 100,000 troops or no one. i think this was the correct response to the action.
i, you know he, should we be knee deep in syria, no? but can we, do we need to work to end the conflict and use military force to do it? absolutely. i think the syrians and the russians misread it. neil: all right. is there such a thing real quickly as a one-off? can you really be one and done when it comes to something like this? >> well, no. that's on the syrians and bashar. if he stops using chemical weapons. neil: thank you very much. colonel tony dean, u.s. army, served this country very knowably, very proudly. thank you, sir. charlie gasparino has a fascinating story now on the vice president's role in all of this. he does pop up sort of like a zelig character, not only with the other issues concerning reviving health care repeal and replace measure but what he did on this, fascinating after this. ♪ yes?
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we're getting some more details on the role the vice president mike pence played in all the fast-breaking stories particularly in syria. charlie gasparino, i'm sorry, buddy, with more on that. what are you hearing? >> you know it is interesting the media is filled with steve bannon and senior advisor and jared kushner, another senior advisor and gary cohn but a new power player is starting to emerge. these things are sometimes fleeting, vice president pence at least in recent weeks taking outsized role what he has traditionally done in the past in trump white house on key issues. as we reported earlier, basically went to the freedom caucus to try to get them in line on health care. we do hear he made some headway in that respect. as you know the freedom caucus voted down health care initial proposal which doomed the bill. they seem to be moving towards some sort of compromise coming
from the trump white house after pence's visit to them. now we have further evidence pence played a key role in briefing congress and some world leaders on the syrian airstrike. that he was front and center on the decision to do this. that he was out there pitching it to members of congress and to world leaders and we also hear he is expected to play a key role in any sort of tax reform that gets pushed, that president trump does in the months ahead. this is kind of interesting. you know, a lot of conservative, even us we were talking about this in the last hour feel left out of the policy debates within the trump white house but the conservative and we know mike pence is a conservative,ho is the vice president, is now playing a key role in these policy matters, and the latest evidence of that came last night, when he briefed congress and world leaders on the syrian
airstrike f you're conservative i guess this is good news. the conservative vice president is playing a bigger role what is going on in washington. neil, back to you. neil: is it your understanding it will play such a role in tax cuts should they ever get going? >> there is a big if there, right? neil: right. >> we understand he will. and he is now emerging as a player. you know -- neil: by the way he is closest, you and i talk about it, supply-sider, certainly in indiana, and his record indicates that, he was big believer in across the board tax cuts. >> a big member of the tea he party. he was a big supporter of the tea party when he was congressman from indiana. this is, you have to cover this like baseball, the trump administration is in the second inning. this is some of the interplay in the second inning right here. mike pence kind of making his move. interesting. we'll keep an eye on it. neil: buddy, i'm sure you will. charlie gasparino. we're getting a little bit of
more details what went down in stockholm what appears to be a terrorist attack where someone we're told, an individual, althou they have two suspects, they're not saying they're suspects in this truck attack but they're talking to them, two males. it is known of one male that plowed a truck into a shopping center, store, department store. three are known dead right now, but so far no one has been apprehended or arrested per se. so that would imply obviously that the attacker or attackers are still on the loose. more after this.
neil: usually a good flow of support to a president after taking action like this. other presidents of both parties but question to this one whether it applies to busy domestic agenda. lee carter, conservative review president, dineen borelli, last but not least, "wall street journal" dan henninger. crackerjack writer if i say so myself. begin with you, d with you, dan, do you think the good follow-through the president invoice on this is good follow-on his domestic agenda. >> you i think so. what happened with syria is big
plus for trump. he is now getting to get his wings. this is forward momentum. this will cary through into the domestic agenda. after the easter recess they will take up taxes. trump is obviously looking more presidential on the domestic and foreign policy front. not just the domestic game here, neil. overseas, xi xinping sitting next to him while cruise missiles are firing, the middle east understand there has been a reset. the asians understand that there has been a reset. they understand the united states is back and they will lead, obviously so and with much more certainty and confidence than we've had. neil: dineen, i'm the resident nerd here at fox so i follow market reaction. the initial market reaction futures and asian markets were tumbling. i can't assume the timeline but stabled when foreign leaders and merkel and theresa may in
britain, added a certain cachet to this. this renegade president was questioned and criticized roundly in the foreign press is betting praise. that mitigated the selloff, i could be wrong but i think it helped. what do you think? >> i think you're correct. neil: that is the answer i was looking for. go ahead. >> i love being on your show. neil: go ahead. >> defense stocks have gone up since this happened. i think this sends a real clear message that we need to be energy secure here in our country because anytime there is any tension or any inklings of tension in the middle east, oil prices go up and oil prices went up immediately this morning. i also saw that bold prices went up as well because people look at where to put their money in so-called safe place. it went up i think like 1%. neil: right. still hovering around that. >> $1100 an ounce since the president was elected. neil: lee, they both touched on it, the president with the chinese president and apparently
he had to excuse himself from the dinner last night, by the way i just launched a missile attack on syria. goes out, makes announcement outside mar-a-lago resort, goes back in. i don't know what he said like pass the potatoes or whatever. how do you think that went down? obviously the chinese leader good poker face about these things, he has got to, but i'm sure it doesn't go down well. >> i'm sure it doesn't go down well, from the very beginning had him to mar-a-lago at white house, put the president of china off kilter, there is not as many protocols when you're there. neil: the guy didn't even golf. there is no upside. >> to be there, have this happen, saying we're not here to mess around, it was very, very clear message i think to china. i think that had to straighten conversations but at the same time, donald trump said we are here and we are strong. another thing that we haven't talked about that will be really interesting how policy plays outgoing forward, i think the russian conversation will much
less likely to have traction now this happened so quickly because donald trump, nikki haley said in her speech, russia, we're condemning you as well. so why in the -- neil: the bloom, if there ever was one off that rose, right? >> why would they be colluding with each other if this was action that would be happening. that whole argument will take less and less traction with folks. we'll focus more on issues that matter. neil: dan, one of the issues that matter, we want to work, that is the president saying with the russians to try to deal with this nutcase in syria. the president could just easily have been asking the chinese to play a similar role with another nutcase in north korea. was that approach advanced by what happened last night? >> i don't think so, neil. i think we've had reset of a reset with russia as of last night. nikki haley, ambassador haley's speech to the security council was really quite remarkable.
she went so far to say if the russians had gotten into business with assathey had to have been fools to do that. i think we have changed the dynamic over there. neil: called them liars. saying that they didn't have chemical weapons. >> extraordinarily harsh. neil: took advantage of institution, united nations avoided u.s. attacks because you said you would and you lied. and that -- >> so i think we're going to see a shift here. this will give a lot of confidence to the sunni-arab states like saudi arabia, egypt, jordan and i think it is more likely because they're going to feel that the united states after eight years of w you drawing from the middle east is back and obviously leading. you're more likely to see a coalition lead by the sunni-arab states to fight isis now in syria, and in iraq. so i think the shift will be towards our allies in the middle east and away from russia. certainly to try to displace iran. neil: you reminded me, sometimes you have to calculate what can't be calculated.
you have to send a signal to people that means to be say but appear nutty. ronald reagan with the defense shield got the russians to the negotiating table because they thought he was crazy cowboy here, correct? will it have that effect in north korea, looking what he did, he could do this with me, this guy is crazy and might do it and advance that cause? >> absolutely. this sends a clear message to the entire world that we now have a leader in place who is willing to act and you know we're not in the obama era where he was leading from behind. so it's a new die dynamic, it's a new day. neil: final thought. >> be honest, chuck schumer pelosi, mccain, lindsey graham support this. there will be a new day. there is lot of support moving forward. we'll be able to work together. neil: i never underestimate the wormness of washington. >> fair enough. neil: thank you all guys, very, much. the dow up 50 points. to dineen's point, gold is
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else, which is why we are leave this weekend on fox news. a special calls to freedom what next the u.s. could be doing, what next syria might be doing, what russia is threatening of doing and then of course all the neil gorsuch fallout with his now move on to the supreme court come monday morning. to trish regan right now. >> thank you, neil. judge neil gorsuch confirmed as the nation's 101st associate justice of the supreme court. this as the president puts the world on notice by taking swift and decisive action against the murderous syrian regime. take a look at the markets right now you can see we're up 50 points reversing the downside we saw earlier in this session. everyone taking this news pretty much in stride. this is dow up 50, s&p up four, nasdaq composite up nearly eight. i'm trish regan welcome, everyone, to the intelligence report. we've got a whole lot of breaking news right now just as neil gorsuch joins the nation after the senate vo