tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News December 3, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PST
have a great weekend. "special report" is next. new indications about the president-elect's possible pick for secretary of state. new controversy about a call with a world leader. a new take on presidential speech making. this is "special report." good evening. welcome to washington. a cavalcade of candidates filed into trump tower again today with a few surprises. the president-elect is slowly filling in the blanks on the list of his key advisers. we may be getting a better indication of how donald trump plans to present himself as president. we are seeing and hearing how bitter the defeat remains for some in hillary clinton's campaign.
peter doocy is live outside trump tower. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. a big surprise late this afternoon, early this evening came when governor chris christie popped ou eped out of tower's elevator. his name is floated as a possible next rnc chairman. the big work of the day here at trump tower was filling key cabinet slots. another name from the secretary of state short list was on the trump tower guest list today, former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor john bolton. his first meeting with the president-elect about the possibility of becoming america's top diplomat. today we heard for the first time what it is that mr. trump likes about another contender for the job, mitt romney. >> he has been very gracious. i hit mitt pretty hard. so i understand how it all works. he has been very, very nice. we had dinner the other night. it was great. there was good chemistry.
it was really good chemistry with him. >> reporter: mr. trump says an announcement will come soon. that may have his senior staff on their toes because some say the mention of a general james mattis nomination last night in ohio -- >> he is the closest thing to general george patton that we have and it's about time. >> reporter: was a complete surprise. >> we did not have a clue he would do that. i didn't. that's okay. >> reporter: mike pence is telling "the wall street journal" the trump administration will pursue big ticket promises saying, i think the own thing that will surprise them is that washington, d.c. is going to get an awful lot done in a short period of time. part of the transition process is figuring out how. that's why republican senator david purdue from georgia came to new york today. >> i committed my position in the senate to full support about getting this 100 day plan executed. >> reporter: other guests included former defense secretary robert gates, florida
attorney general cam bondy and north dakota's senator who is the only elected democrat to meet with the incoming president and who is the only elected official we have seen sharing an elevator car with famous new york street performer the naked cowboy. the transhas been civil. when trump and clinton staff met for a conversation in massachusetts, there was chaos. >> i would rather lose than win the way you guys did. >> no, you wouldn't. >> a forum held every four years at harvard between winning and losing political operatives soured last night when clinton communication director accused trump campaign manager of catering to white supremacists because she works in the same office as the polarizing former breitbart ceo steve bannon. conway fought back.
>> reporter: fresh off the big job saving carrier announcement, the president-elect told us today he is going to start relying on a forum of ceos to advice him while he tries to bring jobs back to the united states from companies like disney, walmart and ge. >> peter, every day or so we get a new list of world leaders president-elect trump has talked to. today, in particular, one particular call is raising eyebrows here in washington. and probably in another world capital. >> reporter: right. that's because the president-elect spoke on the phone we learned just a few minutes ago with the president of taiwan. it's the first time in nearly four decades that an american president or president-elect has spoken to a president of taiwan because we haven't had diplomatic relations with them in that entire time. the transition office says the two spoke about the close economic, political and security ties between the u.s. and taiwan. this is possibly going to start causing problems with china,
which disagrees very strongly with taiwan about their status as a province. we don't know if there's going to be a new china policy, if this is a hint of what it is. china was a target of mr. trump on the campaign trail, especially when he talked about global economic problems he thinks are caused by their manipulation of currency. >> that's one to watch. just to be clear, the naked cowboy is not under consideration for a position. >> reporter: they are tight lipped about his status. >> i had to clarify that. thank you. wisconsin's recount of presidential votes is in its second day. trump supporters filed a lawsuit to halt the recount claiming it is unconstitutional. one of the state's 72 counties has completed the count in that county. with hillary clinton gaining a single vote on donald trump. one. late this afternoon, a judge rejected trump's request to stop the recount.
in michigan, the board deadlocked on trump's request to prevent a recount. it will start next week unless the courts intervene. in pennsylvania, a hearing on whether to begin a recount is scheduled for monday. the reviews are coming in for president-elect trump's selection of retired marine corps general james mat tis as his defense secretary. if confirmed the challenges mattis faces managing the bureaucracy at the pentagon. jennifer griffin has that tonight. >> reporter: when asked what he thought of general james mattis, donald trump's pick to help the pentagon, former defense secretary robert gates gave a thumbs up as he boarded the elevator in trump tower to see the president-elect. >> we are going to appoint mad dog mattis as our secretary of defense. >> reporter: the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, an army four star, welcomed the choice. >> he is a soldier's soldier, a
marine's marine. >> reporter: joe plenzler served under mattis and knows the pentagon bureaucracy he will face. >> his biggest challenge is inertia. people get set in their ways. most people don't like change. i served with him, when he goes t to a unit, he brings change. >> reporter: most agree mattis will need a good chief operating officer as i hhis deputy. >> the best choice would be a technocrat, someone who is good with the intricacies of the defense budget. >> reporter: donald rumsfeld was a former navy pilot but ran two fortune 500 companies. robert mcnamara was the president of ford. some say what general mattis brings after 15 years of war is more important, a boost to morale. >> general mattis while far from a war monger will return them to a focus on war fighting.
and a sense of battlefield and strategic reality. that's really what has been missing. >> reporter: in 1947, lawmakers wanted a civilian in charge of the pentagon when they established the defense department fearing military rule after world war ii. at least one democratic senator says she will oppose general mattis' nomination because she believes in civilian rule of the military. the house armed services chair says he doesn't think a waiver will be difficult. >> we occasionally make exceptions. we made an exception for general marshal back in the truman days. and i think general mattis is that sort of situation where an exception is warranted. >> reporter: tonight, defense secretary ash carter issued the following statement. i have known him for many years. i will hold him in high guard. i will help ensure a seamless transition. >> breaking news about the case of sergeant bowe bergdahl.
>> reporter: fox news learned, bowe bergdahl who was held captive for five years after walking off his base in afghanistan, has requested a pardon from president obama. neither the army nor the pentagon knew details about the letter because it was sent not through the military chain of command, according to two well placed sources, he wrote a letter to the president requesting a pardon and thanking him for rescuing him. the letter was sent via the department of justice. last month bergdahl's court-martial trial was delayed for a second time and is slated to begin may 15. >> jennifer, thank you. democrats are having a hard time coming together in the wake of donald trump's stunning victory last month. we have fox team coverage of that tonight. ed henry tells us why the front runner to become the new leader is running into problems. we begin with mike emanuel on capitol hill with the democratic
division on how to deal with the trump presidency. >> reporter: good evening. democrats expected hillary clinton to be the 45th president and their leader. her loss left the party doing soul searching and bracing for a new political reality of republicans in charge. >> if they're going to put in poison pills, you can be sure we're going to fight them every step of the way. >> reporter: a former obama administration czar admits democrats are deeply divided after president-elect trump's victory. >> that's a split in our party. >> every meeting right now, among progressives, is should it be obstruction, war to the knife, stop this guy everywhere or should there be a more c constructive opposition? >> reporter: liberal senators sanders and warren are trying to fight a new president with warren noting the popular vote in this election. >> the american people didn't give democrats majority support. so we can come back to washington and play dead.
they didn't send us here to whimper, whine or grovel. >> reporter: a boisterous opposition would not be unique. early on in president obama's first term, mitch mcconnell led his own resistance hoping to defeat him after four years. >> over the past weeks, some have said it was indelicate of me to suggest that our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny president obama a second term. >> reporter: then there's schumer's approach who has to lead democrats in the senate with 25 of his members on the ballot in 2018. schumer says he with work fellow new yorker. >> the silver lining in the deep clouds of this election is that on many economic issues, president-elect trump in his campaign was closer to us than to republican leadership, which always seems to wind up in the corner of the special interests. >> reporter: the president-elect tweeted nice things about him. i have always had a good relationship with chuck schumer.
he is smarter than harry reid and has at built to get things done. good news. now democrats are about to become the party out of power. >> our unity is very important. so we will be strategic. we will be unified. we will be unwavering in our support of america's working families. >> reporter: that may be a lot easier said than done. many say it's frustrating being the minority party, especially when the other party is in the white house as well. >> mike emanuel live on hill. it appears the path of minnesota congressman keith ellison to the top of the democratic party ranks will not go as smoothly as many believed. tonight ed henry tells us how his past may be catching up with him. >> reporter: when president-elect trump elected steve bannon to a top post, there was a full court press from the media to get republicans like mitch mcconnell to support or condemn bannon for his ties to the alt right movement. >> i'm not going to comment on
while house personnel choices. >> reporter: chuck schumer teed off on bannon. >> the things he said are reprehensible. i just -- we're going to keep it really careful eye on the president and on him. >> reporter: six days earlier, schumer endorsed keith ellison to chair the democratic national committee. the first muslim american elected to congress, has gotten the backing of sanders and warren. even though he wrote columns in law school defending nation of islam founder's anti-semitism. now an audiotape from 2010 surfaced in which he declares israel is running american foreign policy. >> the united states foreign policy in the middle east is governed by what is good or bad through a country of seven million people. >> reporter: while the anti-defamation league took a balanced view of his candidacy,
saying it appreciated his contrition about past statements, but had concerns about his commitment to israel's security, after the tape surfaced, they blistered him thursday. top democrats say ellison has matured. >> he has apologized, if my memory serves, or he says he regrets some of those things. all of us wish we had not said things we have said. >> reporter: schumer faced pressure to back off. but today, he put out a statement saying, i stand by representative ellison for dnc chair. we have discussed his views on israel at length. i saw him orchestrate one of the most pro israel plan forms in decades. they are rallying because nobody else is running. the only other person mulling it, howard dean, unexpectedly
took himself out today. the congressman rejects anti-semitism they say. >> thank you. there are new questions tonight about whether president obama's secret deal with australia to take in thousands of refugees that country does not want will survive in the new trump administration. kevin cork is at the white house looking into the possibility. good evening. >> reporter: good evening. 2,465, that's the number of refugees already rejected by australia that could be headed to the u.s. that's what the obama administration wants and that's what will happen if the president gets his way. in an unprecedented move, the state department classified details of the refugees to be resettled here in the states thanks to a secret deal you pointed out with australia. experts say the nearly 2,500 refugees would come from iran, iraq, afghanistan and mostly they are male. lawmakers fired off a letter to
john kerry looking for answers, questioning the secrecy of the deal and rush to bring them here when they were offered asylum in cambodia and elsewhere. president-elect trump, who has been a critic of the administration's refugee policy, talked about this very subject last night during his thank you rally in ohio. >> just so you understand, people are pouring in from regions of the middle east. we have no idea who they are, where they come from, what they're thinking. we're going to stop that dead cold. >> we have one president at at time. the commander in chief sets the policies. the president-elect, donald trump, will set policies once he takes the oath of office. >> schultz said the screening will be rigorous. at least one expert told fox news today, there's a reason that australia rejected them and the u.s. should follow suit. >> president obama is bringing more and more refugees who are
going to be -- it's beyond comprehension why president obama wants to bring australia's unwanted so quickly and under these circumstances. >> reporter: the state department is saying that they are interested in this circumstance on a humanitarian basis. it remains to be seen if they will make their way here to the states. we will be watching very carefully. >> kevin cork live on north lawn. fox news has learned the pentagon has transferred another detainee from guantanamo bay to a small island nation off the coast of west africa. the detainee took off late thursday night and arrived early friday morning. there are now 59 detainees remaining at gitmo. president obama says he is asking a white house commission on improving the nation's cyber security to brief president-elect trump as soon as
possible. the commission is calling for an expansion to the $3.1 billion fund administration proposed for upgrading government it systems. it follows the worst hacking of u.s. government systems in history. next week i will interview the commission's vice chair and executive director on this issue. up next, the national debt streaks toward the $20 trillion mark with a "t." here is what some of our affiliates around the country are covering. nashville, the death toll from the wildfires in the southeast rises to 13. the mayor says 85 people have been injured and 1,000 structures have been damage order destroyed. his goal is to reopen the city by next wednesday. fox 8 in new orleans, investigators look into the apparent road rage incident that left a former nfl player dead. joe mcnight was killed thursday afternoon during a confrontation with another motorist. the suspected shooter has been
released from custody. a live look from miami. one of the big stories there tonight, an all clear for another miami neighborhood battling the zika virus. the governor says miami's little river area has been free of local transmission of the virus for 45 days. that leaves just one miami beach neighborhood in the danger zone. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back.
just because he won the election. what can we expect from a president trump? here is james rosen. >> reporter: chalk up another unconventional first for the president-elect bhowhose announcement for his defense secretary was not only a departure from longstanding practice but a surprise to his own staff. >> i gave up a little secret. my people over there are probably saying, you weren't supposed to do that, mr. trump. >> this is the way donald trump communicates with people. he doesn't need to put out a press release. >> reporter: even though obama was a singular president in his heritage, race and overseas upbringing, the 44th president discharged his duties in a classically conventional style, with deference to white house traditions, a certain pinstripe decor decorum. historians call it wearing the suit. >> it's really another way of saying that an individual takes on the mantle of high office and
it changes the individual's demeanor and approach and style. and that does, in fact, happen in most cases. if ever there were an exception, it's going to be donald trump. >> reporter: indeed from his highly choreographed visits from cabinet members -- >> it's about time. >> reporter: to his release of a video complete with its own text graphics outlining his first 100 da days, to his intervention on behalf of a manufacturing plant in indiana, this president-elect signalled he will do things very differently. >> they say it's not presidential to call up these massive leaders of business. i think it's very presidential. if it's not presidential, that's okay. that's okay. >> reporter: can the republic survive a president who doesn't act presidential? >> when they say trump needs to act presidential. don't be emotional? be evasive? is it presidential to dance on "ellen"? just exactly is presidential?
>> reporter: as with his conduct on the campaign trail, donald trump's behavior as president, the many ways in which he might flout convention or uphold tradition from the small, such as whether he always wears a coat and tie in the oval office, to the large, such as casually dialing up foreign leaders the u.s. doesn't ordinarily talk to will be a product of the man's own fluid personality. a blend of the calculated and the improvised. >> could be a wild wide. thank you. more mixed jobs news coming out of the labor department. employers added 178,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 4.6%. much of the decline is being attributed to more people giving up looking for work. the labor participation rate fell again last month to 62.7%. stocks were mixed today as well. the dow lost 21 1/2. the s&p 500 was up one. the nasdaq gained 4 1/2. for the week, the dow increased a tenth of a percentage point.
the s&p 500 was off a point. the nasdaq was down two and two-thirds. you and your family are looking at a $20 trillion national debt in coming weeks. that figure has doubled since president obama took office. what's next? here is rich edson. >> reporter: nothing in law is going to stop the national debt from reaching $20 trillion. the congressional budget office says nothing in law will stop 25 and $30 trillion. at the turn of the century, the federal government owed about $5.5 trillion. now it owes nearly $20 trillion. >> the debt is on an unsustainable path. the highest it has been for any president entering office other than president truman. and it's expected to grow faster than the economy every year forever. >> reporter: in september the 2016 physical year ended. in that year, the federal government added $590 billion to the national debt. the government took in $3.3 trillion in taxes.
it spent $3.9 trillion. how did the government spend that money? more than half went to government health care and social security. healthcare costs more than $1.1 trillion. more than a trillion of that is medicare and medicaid. the government spent more than $900 billion on social security and disability insurance. defense costs about $580 billion. about a trillion dollars on everything else the government does like programs for low income americans, benefits for retired workers, transportation, research, education, international affairs and housing. interest on the existing national debt costs nearly $250 billion last year alone. budget experts say 2016 campaign promises would drive the debt. higher. >> the chatter you hear is tax cuts, infrastructure spending, military spending, don't touch social security, don't touch medicare. that just doesn't add up. mr. trump inherited a very big budget problem from president obama. >> reporter: the consequences according to the congressional
budget office, highest interest payments, lower productivity and income in the u.s. economy, less flexibility for the government to react to a severe recession and a high risk of a fiscal crisis. most significant challenge? health care. even slowing the growth would have a substantial affect on the debt. while entitlement programs are the largest liabilities, making them more sustainable means asking americans to pay more for them or take less from the government. >> rich, thank you. the debt is just one of many issues the incoming trump administration has to tackle. debuting monday on "special report," a 15 part series looking at some of the agenda items awaiting a president donald trump during his first 100 days in the oval office. first up the campaign promise to repeal and replace obamacare. overseas, president obama's top diplomat says he exchanged
ideas about a cease-fire in syria with his russian counterpart. john kerry says american and russian diplomats are scheduled to hold more talks next week. winter is coming. that could make an already dire humanitarian situation there even worse. john huddy has that story tonight. >> reporter: as syrian forces press through rebel lines, thousands of civilians are desperately seeking refuge from the violence and the cold. internar international red cross and u.n. officials say the priority is setting up winter shelter for the thousands of people already struggling to survive. for some, winter could mean the difference between life and death.on is extremely serious because it's cold. the people have left behind all their belongings. they are in these collective centers without heating and anything.
so we are frantically trying to provide shelter, food, water and sanitation. >> reporter: volunteer aide workers say the constant influx of people is putting a strain on resources and help. >> translator: we are having problems. because we have such little aid. >> reporter: the u.n. estimates more than 30,000 people have been displaced from eastern aleppo this week, half of them children. >> every single child under the age of 5 in syria has known nothing but war. >> reporter: the war rages on, rebel fighters are trying to stop advancing forces, but syria's government already controls one-third of eastern aleppo and continues to gain ground by pounding rebel positions with russian-backed air strikes and artillery fire. the fall of aleppo appears
inevitab inevitable. humanitarian aid groups say several hundred people were killed this week alone in eastern aleppo. the u.n. security council held an emergency session about the situation on the ground, a situation one official called a quote dissent into hell. >> john, thank you. america is not the only country where the rising tide of public anger has or is threatening to spark major changes in government. tonight we focus on italy and a popular referendum that is serving as a make or break vote for the country's prime minister. a amy kellogg tells us about it. >> reporter: italy's prime minister is calling for constitutional reform. it downgrades the senate so the lower house has all the power to pass legislation. this to unblock the gridlock in the system that stems from
measures put in place after world war ii to prevent another mussolini. the result, italy has had 63 governments in 70 years. >> we all know that from the fifth of december there could be a stronger more solid country capable of dealing with european and international challenges or there could be a still, blocked country. >> reporter: his detractors say it would concentrate too much power in one party. plenty of italians admitted they don't fully understand the issues or exactly what is at stake. in this regard, the referendum is turning into a vote of confidence in the prime minister. >> it could be on bananas or flying on the moon, whether it's a good idea for italy. who cares? some people i expect more people will say, we want to get rid of him. >> reporter: the self-described
demolition man swept to power on a promise to shake things up. he has made some changes. but he has already been hamstrung by the system he is trying to overhaul. the economy here is not out of the doldrums. he said early on he would go if the country votes no. recent polls show the no camp leading. that would mean a change in government and chaos in italy at a time when a handful of fragile italian banks need foreign investment. a no vote could help sweep the protest five star movement to power in the near future. they have called for a referendum on italy's membership in the euro zone. analysts say the advent of president-elect trump and the brexit vote have been wind in the protest vote sails. with all the emotion around the vote, it's not clear what people are really protesting against. the prospect of change or the status quo. in milan, amy kellogg, fox news. back here in the u.s., the judge in the case of a former
police officer charged with murdering a black motorist has told jurors to come back monday. ready to go back to work. jurors today indicated they were unable to reach a verdict, meaning that a mistrial was possible. michael slager is charged in the shooting death of walter scott who was shot five type times i back during a traffic stop last year. will donald trump mellow as he assumes the presidency? last night is any indication, the answer may be no. do americans okay? is this the new definition of presidential after a change election? what about his decision making already? we will discuss all of it with the panel when we come back.
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at commerce. that's because this guy knows how to make money, folks. i'd like to put on a guy that fail eed all his life, but we don't want that. do we? we are going to appoint mad dog mattis as our secretary of defense. but we're not announcing it until monday. so don't tell anybody. they say he is the closest thing to general george patton that we have and it's about time. >> it was a rowdy event last night in ohio. some teleprommer, some ad lib as you can see there in the announcement of his nominee for pentagon -- retired general james mattis. at the trump tower today, senator david purdue from georgia, retired it admiral jay cohen, bob gates, pam bondy, john bolton, former u.s.
ambassador to the u.n. who is up for secretary of state. perhaps the thing that caught most attention today was a phone call that was read out in the list of phone calls late this afternoon. that was a phone call between the president-elect and the president of taiwan. during the discussion, they noted the close economic, political and security ties exist between taiwan and the united states. president-elect trump congratulated the president on becoming president of taiwan earlier this year. there's a big dust up there because u.s. leaders don'ttie t leaders. let's bring in jonathan swan, leslie marshal and charles
krauthammer. there's a sensitivity here, obviously, charles, in a non-political correct, say what you say, most people would look at this and say, you are making too much of it. in the state department world, their hair was on fire probably. >> and in the chinese world. the chinese are extremely sensitive about these nuances in diplomacy. they have been at it for 4,000 years. the rules were laid down by kissinger and nixon when they made the opening. it was that we would be allies of taiwan but we would have to observe certain rules so that we would not be contradicting the notion that we and the chinese agreed on at the time that taiwan is part of china. once you have communications between the president of the u.s. directly the president of taiwan, then you are impinging on that. it wouldn't really matter. this is politically correct except for the fact that the chinese when they get upset can
do things like take over an island here or there or tear up an agreement or start threatening or do other things that could cause a crisis. i don't think this is going to cause one. trump will have to be briefed on stuff like this, particularly in the middle east, where there's a code language or if you say the wrong word, which is ordinary language, like even-handed, it has a meaning which is not the normal meaning in normal discourse. it could cause a real diplomatic rupture. >> we saw a readout of a call with the pakistani prime minister that was really surreal. it kind of went into all the things the president-elect told the pakistanis in detail. this part of it, as he is waiting to choose secretary of state, is an important part for this president-elect. >> definitely. some of you know and some of you
don't, i lived in pakistan. i know a lot about pakistan. i know a lot about this prime minister. a lot of people i know in pakistan said, i thought he is banning us and anybody from our country, yet praising us the people of our country and our prime minister. i think to charles' point, this goes with pakistan, with taiwan, there are certain rules in place in our government for any president regardless of their party. many of them are not written rules necessarily. president-elect trump doesn't play by rules. he is going to have to change that to a degree, because it could end up being very dangerous when you are talking about countries like pakistan and like charles said i would agree 100% when you talk about middle eastern nations. >> here is what he said about mitt romney who is under consideration for the setting of state and his meeting with president obama. >> he has been very gracious. i hit mitt pretty hard also. so i understand how it all works. he has been very, very nice.
we had dinner the other night. it was great. there was actually good chemistry. it was a really good chemistry with him and president obama. we were supposed to sit down for ten minutes and he ended up sitting down for an hour and a half keeping everybody waiting. but we had a great talk. so i don't know. we will see what happens. we're going to pick our secretary of state. we have some other announcements coming up literally very soon. >> one of them, of course, made at the rally that night, last night. here is the possible secretary of states as we see them right now. it could expand beyond this. some word are looking beyond this. mitt romney, giuliani, corker, petraeus and bolton, who was at trump tower today. >> i don't think there was any secret why reince priebus was at the dinner. he is one of the few who actually supports putting mitt romney in there. this is why it's a fascinating decision. if you look from steve bannon to kellyanne conway, work your way
around trump's inner sickcircle none are supportive of mitt romney. it's pence in a hedged way and reince in a more way supporting him. if donald trump does this, he would be making an incredibly sort of unilateral out there decision. >> meantime, as you look back at the campaign, there was this event where campaign managers came together. it got a little heated between the trump campaign, kellyanne conway and hillary clinton campaign. take a listen.
>> it was like that for a long time, charles. there did seem to be a bit of a disconnect with what the clinton folks thought the problem was. >> well, look, every time liberals lose, they accuse the other side of all kinds of isms. that's been going on for 50 years. at a certain point they run out of steam. you can argue that, yes, there were times when trump might have allowed sort of going beyond the bounds of what was -- what is tolerable in political speech. but to attribute the loss to racism or an appeal to white supremacy i think is ridiculous. she didn't even show up in wisconsin. she lost wisconsin. there were layer and layers of mistakes she made. in the end, the reason she lost is she had nothing to say. she was running because it was
her turn. there was no way -- remember from one of the internal messages that were leaked on wikileaks, someone said, what is our message. this is from inside the campaign. she would like to blame it on the basket of deplorables. i don't think that's going to hold up. yes, you can launch a criticism of some of the things that were happening on the edges of the campaign. but it does not account for the outcome. >> this dust up comes as the party is trying to find itself, the democratic party. you have keith ellison who is having troubles here as far as the head of the dnc. howard dean drops out. a lot of shakeup happening. >> definitely. i mean, i'm a democrat. i will gladly say, we're a hot mess right now. we need to get ourselves together. i hope it doesn't take us six years like it did last time around. the problem is, looking at the reality and the facts and you can't discount what the numbers say. the numbers say certain people
didn't vote, african-americans, the youth, bernie or bust people, certain people our candidate cannot visit wisconsin and didn't listen to bill clinton when he said don't forget about the white working class voters. going forward -- i have to say that i'm not very popular in my group with this. i thought maybe it was time for a change for our party. i say that because i'm from california. nancy pelosi is from california. when you have been a leader and your party has lost the white house, you didn't get the gain in the senate you thought would you have, and you lost seats within the minority in the house, maybe it's time to take another look. why not have somebody from a rust belt state? we're divided. we're divided on where we need to go and how we need to get there, how left of left we want to be. >> and how much the party wants to cooperate with president trump. next up, the friday lightning round. this is more than just a credit card. it's how adventure begins. and with the miles you can earn,
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>> the agreement with the united states. it is a one off agreement. our priority is the resettlement of women, children, and families. this will be an orderly process. it will take time. it will not be rushed. >> our refugee resettlement program has grown considerably in the last year. that's under the president's direction. we engage all countries to find durable solutions for refugees. the president believes that it's important that we do that. >> well, the refugees 2465 of them rejected by australia and now the obama administration is planning to grant them asylum. if you take a look at the numbers here.
these are the total number of refugees admitted to the u.s. under president obama. this is from the state department refugee processing center. and the total number as you see there 562,155. but this is interesting. in that australia is saying no. and the u.s. is saying yes. we're back with the panel. we're fortunate to have an aussie on the panel. jonathan, what about this? >> so, a couple of things. malcolm tremble does sound very confident there we're going to deal with the united states and it will carry over no matter what happens. he might be saying that but his cabinet and people around them very anxious. high level of anxiety that donald trump is going to tear this up on day one or as soon as he can. i got a facebook message from a very senior australian operative said what do you think trump is going to do? it can be very safe to assume that donald trump is not going to look too kindly on this and can get rid of it. >> the refugee issue is a big issue he talks about all the time.
>> it is only trump. i can see the congress rising on this issue. two questions are peculiar here. number one, why is this being done in secret. and nobody explaining anything about what's going on? second, australia is a country that shares our values. it's not as if these are people denied entry into cuba or bulgaria. so if the australians are rejecting them, what is behind that? doesn't that indicate there may be a problem here? the fact that they are being secret about this, i think empowers congress to say unless and until you explain this, this is not going to happen. we're going to deny the funds to do this. >> i saw on twitter someone saying that australia started as a convict, a prison -- a place for brings and now they are rejecting. >> that's they know undesirables. >> leslie, winner first and loser next. >> i would say the winners this week for me were the firefighters of tennessee. those men and women are
working tirelessly to put out wildfires. the losers are anyone i feel fighting the recount. if there is fraud, if there is a rigged, if there is any duplication at all, whether it's a democrat or a republican vote, i, as an american, want to know that i want every vote counted because i think more people will feel their votes count if we do that. >> jonathan, winner or loser? >> oil and gas producers. we are talking about owe obamacare. conservatives can move quite quick solid energy deregulation. and donald trump has oil billionaire around him he will work pretty hard on this. loser i have onto say david broke. clinton attack dog. is he calling around donors and trying to get them buck up again and open their wallets and the democratic donors are not up for it. >> winner and loser? >> winner, obvious winner of the week is magness carlson, the nor we john world champion he defeated his title in a thrilling lightening round in new york
on wednesday. i know this elicits laughs. oxymoron like how do you do the wave in a chess match with your eyebrows. i have heard those. loser chris christie. he aspired to the presidency. the vice presidency, the cabinet. fired his transition head and now is hoping to get the job as rnc head. that's quite a fall. >> if anybody saw the hour we did on you, we know how fired up you get about this. chess. >> i watched every minute of it. i was thrilled, actually. >> next up, your friday feedback. thank you,
trump supporters. ron hiring decisions so far exceptional. looking for more quality picks. piece writes carson and hud troubling. mattis, sessions and priebus are home runs. mike emanuel's piece about democrats working with or against president trump. we asked you what you think will happen. susie says who cares if they do or don't. people have given trump the mandate. yes, they have no choice. golf for fun not at first but will catch on. james rosen's story about trump's unconventional ways we asked you what you think they will continue after he takes office. swim bike run 11 let's hope. i didn't vote for status quo. retired navy 93 why not? it has worked for him so far. that's what we voted for. him being unconventional. and dr. tweets have you seen anything thus far that makes you think there is anything conventional about this man? and that is your friday feedback. thanks for inviting us into
your home tonight. that's it for "special report," fair, balanced and unafraid. make it a great weekend. see you monday. and here comes tucker. and welcome to "hannity." so the alt-left radical left are becoming unhinged. kel kellyanne conway will be here with reaction. first, tonight's opening monologue, liberals, the mainstream media are losing their minds over the fact that donald trump is going to be the next president of the united states. last night the harvard institute of politics, they held a forum with on tperatives from both political campaigns. kel kellyanne attended and had this