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and now has new pants he ordered from banana republic. visit and see how affordable renters insurance can be. "special report" up next. thanks for being here. donald trump says thank you to the people behind his surprise election. he says no thank you to a multibillion dollar deal for new presidential airplanes. this is "special report." good evening, welcome to washington. i'm shannon breen in for bret baier. the man behind the art of the deal wants to get rid of the deal to buy two more presidential airplanes. donald trump said the costs are totally out of control. meanwhile, trump continues to maintain control of the process of filling his cabinet,ç meeti with more candidates today. tonight the president-elect continues his thank-you tiour o battleground states that put him over the top against hillary
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clinton. we have fox team coverage. mike emanuel on capitol hill with some of tresistance trump may face. doug mckelway. we begin with john roberts in fayetteville, north carolina, where trump will be speaking at the top of the hour. good evening, john. >> reporter: good evening to you. north carolina where donald trump won by about four points and of course the big news tonight is donald trump will be introducing to the nation his pick for secretary of defense james "mad dog" mattis. with ft. bragg down the road, fayetteville would be a good place to do that. plenty of other news being made at the trump transition headquarters. twice today donald trump made a surprise visit to the lobby of trump tower, once with japanese technology ambassador to announce the two agreed to a deal to create thousands of american jobs. >> this is masa of softbank from japan and he's just agreed to
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invest $50 billion in the united states and 50,000 jobs. >> reporter: while there were few details of the agreement, he has been putting together a $100 billion technology fund and looking to make a big investment in startup companies here if the regulatory environment is favorable. trump's other surprise appearance in the lobby today may actually cost american jobs. the air force has contracted with boeing to replace the aging air force one 747s. when trump discovered the price tag, he blew up on twitter today writing, "boeing is building a brand new 747 air force one for future presidents but costs are out of control. more than $4 billion. cancel order." the president-elect suggested boeing is playing fast and loose with military budgets. >> i think boeing is doing a little bit of a number. we want boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money. okay. thank you. >> reporter: trump today
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continued his search for secretary of state meet with exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson, first time he brougadened his horizon outside of politics for secretary of state. his vice president-elect insists trump is simply looking for the best person for the job. >> he's going to listen to on an ongoing basis a broad range of counselors, a broad range of candidates. i'm very confident he's going to choose a secretary of state that's going to be able to carry the trump agenda, putting america first, onto the world stage. >> reporter: as the president-elect continues his quest for a top diplomat, questions tonight over why trump took a phone call from taiwan's president last week. chinese officials complain the call broke decades of diplomatic protocol. cover governor pence said trump felt it would is been rude not to take the call. >> it was a congratulatory call. it was a courtesy. president-elect was aware of the one-china policy and very aware the united states sold billions
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of dollars in arms to taiwan. >> reporter: trump's choice of ambassador to china will be an important one. >> we had aç wonderful meeting >> reporter: sources say trump is all but settled on iowa governor iowa branstad, longest-serving governor whose state has a long history of trade and agriculture with china. and branstad is close friends with chinese president xi jinping and could help keep the lines of communications open even into the two leaders don't necessarily agree with each other. at the same time, the pick for secretary of defense is running into headwinds on capitol hill. because general mattis has only been out of the military for three years, he needs special permission from congress to serve there. republicans in congress are thinking of putting a measure into this week's budget bill that would help expedite the process to get him through confirmation, but today the house democratic leader nancy pelosi said she is firmly opposed to anything that would give mattis a less than full consideration by congress.
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shannon? >> yeah, john roberts, thank you very much. we're going to talk about that with the panel coming up. as you just heard, trump said boeing is in his words doing a little bit of a number on the airplane contract. correspondent doug mckelway looks into the deal and whether or not can really stop it. >> reporter: to replace the aging air force one, last two series boeing 747 in operation in the u.s., the air force signed a single-bid contract with boeing earlier this year for three new 747 8 series to be ready by the year 2024, later reduced to just two planes. the president-elect threw the agreement into doubt when he fired another warning shot, threatening to cancel the contract because of what trump alleges were cost overruns. >> going to be over $4 billion. it's for air force one program. and i think it's ridiculous. >> reporter: at today's opening bell, boeing's stock dove 1.6% before climbing back. boeing responded after trump's comments that it's in the early stages of designing the new
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planes and has only spent $170 million thus far. the air force told fox news its budget at $2.7 billion in 2017 but, quote, expect this number to change as the program matures. critics of pentagon procurement noted the new marine one helicopter fleet announced in the obama administration's infancy was also grossly over budget. >> the helicopter is now going to cost as much as air force one. >> the helicopter i have now seems perfectly adequate to me. of course, i've never had a helicopter before. >> reporter: the obama administration canceled the program to replace the fleet after the projected cost more than doubled. one expert suggests there's a common thread in cost overruns. >> what i believe is driving air force one 747 is requirements that are far too excessive. and that's where they have to get a handle on it. >> reporter: observers say trump's remarks were clearly designed to send a signal to the pentagon about its bloated
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procurement process. >> if the president-elect's intent is to say we need to reform how the pentagon does business, he's absolutely right. >> reporter: trump may have been reasserting a campaign theme, again urging big u.s. manufacturers to stay put. boeing and lockheed martin proposed plans toç build f-18 fighters in india, both argue it would not lead to a loss in the u.s. trump's remarks may have been inspired -- an illinois manufacturing group last friday where he said the u.s. needs to take a leading role in shaping trade agreements. he said, "if we do not lead when it comes to writing these rules, our competitors will write them for us." shannon? >> thank you very much. even though republicans control both houses of congress, that doesn't mean lawmakers will be a rubber stamp for the new republican president. in fact, some might be extremely difficult. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel has that story tonight from capitol hill. >> reporter: the trump administration agenda is already
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facing some resistance on capitol hill. even with vice president-elect pence starting discussions here. the president-elect floated the idea of a 35% tariff for companies that move jobs out of the country. top house republicans have dodged question about it. >> what the president-elect is talking about is how do we create more jobs here? the first way we do that is with tax reform. >> it's consistent with our goal to make america businesses and american products more competitive in the global economy. we believe the best way to achieve that goal is through comprehensive tax reform. >> reporter: a top priority for the trump administration and lawmakers is repealing and replacing obamacare. republican leaders suggest there could be a transition period of up to three years from the affordable care act to a new health care system to make sure 20 million americans don't lose coverage and to allow the insurance industry to adjust. but the new leader of the house freedom caucus says that's not good enough. >> the repeal and replacement i think needs to come together and be in no more than two years as we look at it.
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>> reporter: then there's resistance coming from democrats. the new trump administration cabinet will need to be confirmed by the senate. but already the minority party is threatening to slow walk the president-elect's nominees, giving them the so-called garland treatment after the gop refused to consider supreme court nominee merrick garland. >> for any of these nominees i think the watch word is a thorough, thorough vetting. don't say absolutely not, but they have to answer and satisfy the american people about a whole lot of questions. >> reporter: today majority leader mitch mcconnell told reporters thanks to democrats changing the senate rules in 2013 from a 60-vote threshold to 51 votes, there isn't much the minority party can do. >> there are some advantages being in the majority, particularly with a 51-vote threshold for confirmations of most executive branch appoint appointments and certainly intend to take advantage of it.d
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the obamacare repeal resolution will be the first item up in the new year. i'm told the replacement won't be another 2,000-page bill. it will be a series of steps over a period of time. >> all right. ones that folks may actually be able to read before they vote on. mike emanuel on the hill. thank you. effort to impeach john koskinen in the house was turned away late this afternoon. critics say he lied to congress about the deleting of e-mails regarding the agency's targeting of conservative groups. koskinen denies the accusation. house voted today to refer the impeachment resolution to the jedie committee effectively killing it for this session. iran's president says his country will not allow donald trump to tear up the nuclear deal with the west. rouhani is warning iran will react to any extension of american sanctions. rouhani did not say how he would force either threat. trump campaign promised to renegotiate the iran deal. congress just renewed a law
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extending sanctions authorities by ten years. the iraqi army pushed into another neighborhood controlled by terrorists on the southeastern edge of mosul. an iraqi commander says his troops took over a hospital building that was serving as an isis base. clashes continue in that neighborhood. president obama says his counterterrorism strategy is breaking the back of isis. the president made his last major national security speech today at the florida air force base that houses u.s. central command and special operations command. correspondent kevin corke has more tonight from the white house. good evening, kevin. >> reporter: hi there, shannon. you're right. the president also talked about specifics like the use of drone technology as well as his belief that the prison at guantanamo bay cuba should be closed down and for good measure. he offered a bit of advice for the incoming trump administration. the president spending a lot of his time today over in florida as he addressed service personnel about, well, he just really wanted to talk about the criticism, if you will. it was a full-throated
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reputation of some of the major criticism that he has received over the past eight years. >> so rather than author false promises that we can eliminate terrorism by dropping more bombs or deploying more and more troops or fencing ourselves off from the rest of the world, we have to take a long view of the terrorist threat. and we have to pursue a smart strategy that can be sustained. >> reporter: sound like he's been listening to the critics, right? the president also said it was thanks to the outstanding work of the women and men of the armed services that there had been no terrorist attacks on u.s. soil since 9/11. in the fight against isis. >> we are breaking the back of isil. we're taking away its safe havens and we have -- [ applause ] and we've accomplished all this at a cost of $10 billion over 2 years which is the same amount that we used to spend in one
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month at the height of the iraq war. >> reporter: but shannon, experts on capitol hill today said the problem with the president's narrative is it really doesn't take into account the fact for the past 15 years u.s. service personnel have been fighting overseas, to say nothing of the trillions of dollars the million taxpayer has already spent. >> isis, most successful terrorist organization in history, affiliated now with 35 countries even though it's still losing its caliphate. the taliban, frankly, have more territory in afghanistan under their control than at any time since 2001 and that war on the current policy is not winnable. we have to deal with that issue. >> reporter: great to see general keane there on the hill. the president, byç way, also talked about the fact congress has not given him a renewed authorization to use military force and ultimately laid out a six-point plan he said would be
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a proper pay forward in the ongoing battle against terror. shannon? >> kevin, of course, you're covering the president today but i understand the vice president is also making some headlines. what's that all about? >> reporter: okay. now here's the deal. you're going to read about this tomorrow. people probably have been following this online today. vice president joe biden was asked, hey, what would you think about running in 2020 for president? well, the vice president kind of halfheartedly or maybe half jokingly suggested that, yeah, why not, man? i think i will. he, in fact, said i'm going to run in 2020 for president. when he was asked again today, he said, well, okay, i'm going to announce tomorrow. then he joked, he said, listen, i don't make decisions that far in advance. i want to give you this idea, shannon, he was asked yesterday, you going to do it? he's leaving open the door for a bit. today he probably backed off. i think you can probably guess he's unlikely to run in 2020 but you already know. >> of course we have to talk about 2020 because the president-elect hasn't even been sworn in yet.
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that's the way it works. kevin corke live at the white house. thank you zblmp. there's a huge controversy around a report, pentagon tried to bury massive waste in the defense budget. jennifer griffin tells us what it's all about. >> reporter: 77-page report prepared bay group of business executives found $125 billion in defense savings over 5 years, enough to pay for 50 army brigades or 10 aircraft carrier deployments. the businessman who oversaw the defense board said the pentagon didn't want to hear anything about it. >> ash carter stopped it. >> reporter: bobby stein a private equity investor appointed by chuck hagel to head the defense business board to look for ways to streamline the pentagon's massive budget. >> we had specifics and we'd love to sit down with anybody. we tried. we tried to meet with secretary carter and he would not meet with us. >> reporter: the report found more than a million contractors
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filled back-office jobs to support 1.3 million active duty troops. the equivalent of 40 pentagons. half a million back office d.o.d. -- the defense department pushed back on the findings, "while well intended the repoins specific actionable recommendations appropriate to the department." the house arms service committee chairman reacted. >> we did bury it. as a matter of fact, in last year's bill passed by the house, we made specific reference to this report because we're on two tracks. one is reform so we get more value from the taxpayer dollar, and the other track is we've got to rebuild the military. >> reporter: his senate counterpart joined him in a statement saying "we have known for many years that the department's business practices are archaic and wasteful and its inability to pass a clean audit
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is a longstanding travesty. the reason these problems persist is simple. aç failure of leadership and a lack of accountability." the last two defense authorization acts mandated a 25% reduction to pentagon administrative support, 25% reduction to bloated headquarter staff and a 12% reduction in the number of flag officers. one of the more shocking findings in the pentagon report, the average administrative job at the pentagon costs the american taxpayer more than $200,000 in terms of salary and benefits. shannon? >> we'll talk about not only the report with the panel but apparently the scuttling of the report as well. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. thank you. up next, a live report from the scene of that horrific warehouse fire in oakland, california. first here's a look at what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 8 in new orleans with the arrest of a motorist in the shooting death of former nfl player joe mcknight.
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jefferson parish sheriff was criticized for arrowillowing hi go free following the incident. he said it was necessary in order to build a case against gasser. fox north dakota, weather conditions pounding protesters at the dakota access pipeline site. a blizzard warning in effect with the windshield forecast to drop to minus 30 degrees. even though the u.s. army corps of engineers halted the project for now, many protesters are staying for as long as it takes to permanently derail the pipeline. a live look, the arrival of the first cuban migrants since the death of fidel castro. authorities say 13 people landed on u.s. soil via a homemade vote today. coast guard officials say it's too soon to tell whether castro's death triggered an increase in immigration. that is tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back.
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search crews in oakland say they believe they have found all the bodies of victims from friday night's warehouse fire. the death toll is 36. now the investigation into what happened picks up steam. senior correspondent adam housley is in oakland again tonight. hello, adam. >> reporter: hello, shannon. yes, investigators do believe they have found the area where the fire began and getting closer to finding the cause. i can give you a live look as they knocked out a three-foot section above a beam of what was the building which housed the ghost ship. that section of wall above the beam, again, about three feet, was what was threatening firefighters, investigators inside. they knocked that down in the last hours. light but impending ra ining ra
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here as well. the investigation involves multimillion multimillimult multiple agencies. federal agents are here, 35 we're told helping interview the many people who were either inside or nearby when this fire took place. we had a chance to speak with the atf a very short time ago and, too, agree while they don't have a cause, they're closer to finding it. >> they're looking for the potential source of ignition of the fire. sometimes that can't be found. sometimes the determination is that it's undetermined because the evidence may have been consumq in the fire. so right now, we don't exactly know. >> reporter: and they are also looking at the pictures that have come in of the ghost ship before the fire. you can see all sorts of things inside. in fact, the manager, the warehouse manager, did give an interview with nbc earlier today. it was a bizarre interview, and this was his response when he was asked whether or not he should be held responsible. >> can i ask you if you --
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>> i'm a credible man, i'm a proud man, no, i'm not going to answer your questions. i'd rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents. i'd rather let them tear my flesh than answer these ridiculous questions. >> reporter: once again, shannon, the death toll stands at 36. firefighters do not believe that number will go up. the d.a. has said all charges are still on the table, not only for the managers of this facility but also for the building's owner. shannon? >> all right. adam housley live with the update. thank you. there is more security than usual in and around the los angeles subway system tonight. that's because of what officials believe to be a credible terror threat. chief correspondent jonathan hunt is in universal city, california, tonight. >> reporter: a conspicuous display of force outside l.a.'s universal studios metro stop. designed to reassure commuters and tourists alike after an apparent specific and imminent
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threat. law enforcement throughout l.a. was in no mood to take chances, while the fbi sought to establish the credibility or otherwise of a tip that came in via phone overseas and passed on by what the fbi called a partner country. >> we're taking all appropriate action to address this threat. everybody that needs to be informed is being informed of the detailed information so that we can follow up appropriately, not only as you see us united in los angeles but with international partners. >> reporter: eric garcetti sought to allay fears by traveling via train. >> we wanted an aonbundance of caution and reassure people we have the necessary forces around, near, in our public transportation system to ensure today is a safe day to go around our business. >> reporter: officials say they get threats all the time and don't usually make them public but because of the specificity
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and imminent nature of this one they had little choice but to act with this show of force. still, they say, the public should not change their routi routines. shannon? >> jonathan, thank you. another record close for the dow today after gaining 35 1/2. the s&p 500 was up 7 1/2. nasdaq finished ahead 24. tonight we continue our 15-part series on the first 100 days of the donald trump administration. with a look at how the new president will affect the judiciary in general and supreme court in particular. we start off by meeting the young person at the center of one of the high court's biggest cases this term. >> i'm a normal kid. i'm not out, i don'tç have an agenda other than using the bathroom. >> reporter: gavin grimm, a 17-year-old from a quiet town in virginia, is the student at the center of one of the supreme court's most highly anticipated courses of term. born a biological female, the high school senior now
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identifies as male. and wants the ability to use male-designated restrooms at gloucester high school which would violate school board policy. >> people who are transgender are not looking for special rights, not looking for any special treatment. we're just looking for equal treatment. >> reporter: gavin's case is one of many transgender legal challenges scattered around the country winding their way through the court system. just outside chicago, a group of parents is fighting back against what they call an invasion of their children's privacy. saying they shouldn't be exposed to students of the opposite biological sex in school facilities. some students have resorted to wearing their gym clothes underneath their school clothes so they don't have to disrobe in school locker rooms. >> this issue i don't think is a democrat or republican issue. there are many people in our community, we may be on different sides, on, you know, politically, but we can all agree that this -- this has just gone -- this is a bridge way too far and that we need to protect the minor children in our schools. >> reporter: the supreme court
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agreed to hear in the spring regardless of what it has eight justices or nine, centers on whether the federal government has the right to dictate to local school districts how they navigate the issue. it's j many hot-button topics likely to be impacted by the hundreds of federal judges president-elect donald trump will nominate. starting at the top with the supreme court seat left open by the sudden death of justice antonin scalia. mr. trump released two lists for a total of 21 possible high court nominees which he has pledged not to deviate from for his first supreme court pick. >> only from that list i'm going to pick, only. we're not going outside that list. >> reporter: religious right voters who helped put trump over the top say they expect him to deliver on his promise to avoid a staunch conservative in the mold of scalia. >> all the evangelicals who voted him because of the issue of judges and the supreme court are going to be looking laser focus on this appointment to the supreme court. >> reporter: front-runners
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include federal appellate court judges thomas hardeman authored and amendment -- not violated by prison officials who strip searched all arrestees, a finding upheld by the supreme court. raymond ordered a list of tear party members who have been targeted. bill pryor who harshly criticized roe v. wade and made it to the bench after initially being filibustered by democrats. diane sykes was appointed by president george w. bush. as the politics of the next speak court pick rage on, most americans admit they have a rather abstract view of the supreme court and cases it hears but many of them start in towns like this one. a friendly community at a local high school facing a very controversial issue. forç now, gavin waits along wi
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advocates on both sides of the debate to see whom mr. trump nominates and how it would impact landmark cases like this one. >> i have immense confidence in our judicial system and in the ability of justices of whatever background to look at the facts of the case and to understand the principles that animate our civil rights laws and to come to a good decision. >> i think any justice looking at that would reach the conclusion, schools have a duty to protect privacy and dignity and the federal government has no business telling local schools what they must do with showers, locker rooms and rest rooms. >> reporter: it's a legal debate that will almost certainly not be resolved before gavin graduates. >> my high school experience has been, frankly, ruined by this situation, but my main concern more than anything else is i want to set a positive precedent for people who come after me. >> despite suggestions to the contrary, sources tell me trump's unlikely to nominate a potential justice before election day because until he's
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sworn in, he cannot launch the fbi background checks on supreme court finalists. it is possible, though, given his unconventional way of doing things. tomorrow we continue our series with a look at the expected actions from the trump administration to end illegal immigrati immigration. a group of republican senators is calling on museum of african-american history and culture to include clarence thomas, saying thomas should have a prominent place in the museum. critics charged thomas' omission was politically motivated. a spokesman for the smithsonian says while thomas' story is compelling, the museum cannot tell every story. tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on u.s. forces at pearl harbor, hawaii. japanese planes killed more than 2,400 americans that day. forcing the u.s. into world war ii. most of the 429 sailors killed on the battleship "oklahoma" could not be identified until
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now. correspondent trace gallagher tells us what's changed. >> reporter: on a recent rainy autumn american an american hero navy seaman second class norm phipps of portland, oregon, finally returned home. accepting the flag draped over his uncle's casket was paul who as a 9-year-old in 1941 heard the knock on the door telling them their beloved norm, stationed on the "u.s.s. oklahoma" was dead. >> i was there with my grandmother who was norm's mom and we feared the worst when we hadn't heard anything then when they delivered the message that he was killed in action at that time, it was a shock. you know, that's all you can say. >> reporter: the family knew that phipps was buried in a mass grave with his shipmates at the
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bunch powe punchbowl cemetery overlooking pearl harbor. the military exhumed the men believing modern techniques could finally identify the sailors. >> we've come so far that now we hqv capabilities for accounting for persons that just didn't exist in the 1940s. >> reporter: dr. john berg runs the pentagon's p.o.w. m.i.a. forensics lab yards from where the "oklahoma". >> forensic identification that convinced everybody we should do this. >> reporter: the remains have been well preserved, enough for his scientists to microscope and examine. incredibly, a reason for the preservation is the ship's oil which leaked into the water and the rooms where the men were entombed for weeks after the attack. >> whenever i'm around the remains and i smell the oil, it always makes me think of that day. that incident and that day, you know, this sailor was there.
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was part of this historic event. >> reporter: so far, 20 "oklaho "oklahoma" sailors including norm phipps have been identified and returned home. >> i'm sure he'd be humbled by the ceremony today. we're all honored these people would go to such extremes, you know, for a member of the service. >> reporter: and of course, hundreds of men who died aboard the "oklahoma" still have not been identified, but the military is now confident it can do so sooner rather than later. as for the attack, itself, it happened 75 years ago tomorrow at 7:55 in the morning and that's when the primary ceremonies will begin. shannon? >> so happy to hear this news for tear loheir loved ones and families still remembering those heroes. trace, thank you. donald trump says thank you to his voters and no thank you to boeing. we'll talk about it with the panel when we c
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we're going to talk about a lot of things to a lot of people. we have a lot of people coming up. this is masa of softbank from japan and just agreed to invest $50 billion in the united states and 50,000 jobs. >> i said this is great. united states, u.s. will become great again. >> we had a wide-ranging conversation about things that are important to washingtonians. >> i'm really excited about the quality of people that he's attracting to the cabinet. >> i think he's doing great. i mean, if you're conservative, you have to be very happy today. >> some of the voices there from trump tower today but the fact is there's a lot of resistance waiting for mr. trump on capitol hill, some from republicans, some from democrats. our panel, jonathan swan, national political reporter for
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with t "the hill." mercedes schlapp for the "washington times" and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. i want to start with the conversation about obamacare. the freedom caucus, the more conservative group of gop folks on the hill going to be led by congressman mark meadows want to get things going. they're not for the three-year plan. they want to speed it up. here's a little bit about what they're saying about that issue. >> i think health care will be better and cost less when obamacare's gone, so why would we want to take three years to get rid of it? >> i think the american people are tired of us kicking the can downç the road waiting for som future congress to make a decision. the freedom caucus will be pushing for a shorter timeframe on that. >> jonathan, folks who voted for mr. trump say they wan it done now and worried what sounds like a bit of compromise coming from him that may be a bridge too far for him. >> this is i think of all the issues going to be the toughest for donald trump and it's really simple. most republicans agree it needs
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to be repealed. almost nobody agrees on what it's replaced with or the timetable. i've been talking to conservative leaders and outside groups saying they're worried they're going to rush through something that's inadequate. there are people on the hill who would rather just do exactly what mark meadows said and just repeal it and let whatever comes next. then there are some moderate republicans, particularly in the northeast states there there's wail a lot more people on these programs and they're working better who are worried about the benefits going away and all these voters pulled off insurance. >> her dsome want it done in tw years, that's not a congressional session, they don't want this bleeding over and want it done. >> the reality is congressman meadows is right. let's remember he's a trump supporter. the mere fact if you push it off to the two, three year, you lose the momentum to get it done. obviously those first 100 days of congress are critically important to be able to dismantle obamacare. most of it can be done through the reconciliation process
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through the budget, but at the same time we have to remember there is a complexity involved with, for example, medicaid expansion. what's going to happen to the 6.5 million people, that's one of the complex issues they need to hash out if they move forward and dismantle this in less than three years. you have to move quicker rather than wait. >> charles, the republican, gop leadership, the white house need the freedom caucus to stick around with him. democrats aren't going to help withest esfforts. >> this is going to be the signature trump measure, signature gop measure. for eight years they've been campaigning and saying the one thing the republicans have stood for for the repeal and replacement of obamacare. the fact is as we learned with obamacare, itself, when you do something this large, you're actually changing, really uprooting one-sixth of the economy. you own it the minute anything
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happens. whatever happens in health care, you're responsible, you own it. obama learned to his chagrin and democrats learned when they suffered through three elections when they were damaged as a result. you got to get it right. the idea the freedom caucus is saying we have to have a timetable and have to do it less than three years but that haven't come up with a plan, a positive one, that explains how it gets done. there are 20 million people who depend on this. if you all of a sudden cut them off, you're going to have an anger four times the size of the anger against the obamacare and obama, himself, when he canceled 5 million policies at the end of 2013. they have to get it right or it will be a complete mess and they will suffer the backlash thatç obama did for his eight years and that's why i think it makes no sense to start with a timetable. you start with the details of
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the replacement and that will dictate the timetable. >> there's also some back and forth, jonathan, i wonder if you heard much about this on the hill today, about tax reform. something the gop leadership wants to get done. this weekend there were a lot of tweets from the president-elect talking about if you leave this country and try to bring your products back, a 35% tariff. the house majority leader, of course, kevin mccarthy saying i think tax reform gets to what we're trying to do, which is create american jobs. let's not mess with that right now. >> yeah, i've been amazed, i've been having conversations with republicans on the hill who i thought were purist sort of reaganite free traders. they are quietly saying to me, i don't know about, you know, he's making some good points and i kind of like what he's saying about bringing american jobs back. so i'm having some really interesting conversations. i think it's actually a lot softer, the ideological commitment to free trade than we thought. i really do. and i think this is a real test for the republican congress. >> i don't know if i agree with
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you, jonathan, actually, because i think the tariff question really is something that so many republicans just disagree with. and that is why i think you have seen mccarthy come out so strongly and say, we're going to move this on tax reform, we don't need the tariff. tair t they're trying to stay away from that word, the business community, they don't woant to see that. many leaders fall into that realm. that's going to be one of the challenges and fights you're going to see between a donald trump administration and congress. >> okay. i want to make sure we talk about one of the fights coming between donald trump and athe democrats. his nominees and people he wants to put out there. a thunumber of democrat senator say they're going to get the garland treatment, the way the republicans held up on moving on the president's nominee judge merrick garland. that's going to help to trump nominees. here's something that incoming senate my noinority leader chuc
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schumer had to say on that point. >> when republican colleagues say let's do that fully without full buster, they don't come here with clear, clean hands. after what they did to merrick garland, hold him up for a full year, let's get a mainstream nominee but let's not jump to conclusions because what the republicans did, past is sometimes prologue. >> yeah, and senator feinstein, charles, said what goes around comes around. >> revenge is not a good strategy for the republican -- for the democrats. the one thing they don't want to be tagged with immediately is obstructionism. that worked against republicans in the senate for eight years as a political hatchet. if the democrats want to invite that, this is going to look like naked partisanship and obstruction for its own sake. remember when obama came into office, the congress approved eight of his cabinet members on day one. if these guys are going to stand around and do procedural stuff that you just show on television is going to look ridiculous,
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it's going to be obvious obstructionism and no reason. i can understand the drawn-out hearing onúsfmebody you think is extreme or unqualified, but if they want to do it as a way to get revenge for garland, be my guest. they will suffer from that for eight years. >> yeah, mercedes, sounds like one of their main targets is one of their own colleagues, jeff sessions obviously tapped to be the attorney general. the democrats, harry reid introduced the nuclear option and that in and of itself just opens it up for republicans to move forward on pushing forward cabinet members, pushing forward possibly the supreme court nomination although that requires 60 votes. democrats can flex their muscles all they want. it's the republicans and mitch mcconnell who has clear control in terms of procedures and moving forward. day want they want to show the dirty laundry of any of the cabinet nominees. >> they can drag it out. all right.
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stick around, next up, donald trump versus boeing over air force one.
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well, the plane is totally out of control. it's going to be over $4 billion for air force one program. and i think it's ridiculous. i think boeing is doing a little bit of a number. we want boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money. >> if the president-elect's intent is to say we need to reform how the pentagon does business, then he's absolutely right. >> okay. we are back with our panel, jonathan this pegs off of a tweet from donald trump talking about the multi-billion-dollar deal for two new a ... he
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was elected to a second term. he may never even fly on these. boeing is building a brand new 747 air force one for future presidents. the costs are out of control. more than 4 billion. cancel order, exclamation point. >> you can imagine being a cooperative executive in the age of trump twitter feed wondering if you are next. in the inner circle this is to me. and i don't have insight into donald trump's brain at 8:00 this morning it seems to me likes negotiating from a position of strength. and he likes corporate america to be on watch and for them to say, you know what? i better be nice to this guy. i better make some concessions to this guy. it seems to me that this is a negotiation tactic. >> there is speculation this is in response to a speech by the ceo of boeing where he talked about democrats and republicans and had rhetoric that wasn't positive for trade and commerce issues. this is the statement from boeing today though say we are currently under contract for 170 million to help determine the capability of
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complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the president of the united states. we look forward to working with the u.s. air force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the american taxpayer. mercedes? >> sounds like incredibly politically correct statement by boeing. >> just doing our job. >> donald trump, here is the deal. he didn't negotiate the deal with boeing. i think it's his opportunity to go back and say how can we make this better? with that being said, these are the guys who make the planes that you're goingç to be in. you are going to travel across the country. you ought to be kind of nice. >> by all accounts, it's got to be very special. >> it is. >> operating room and communication. >> terrorist attack or dealing with nuclear war. and the other thing is that the air force one, they haven't built a new plane since the 1980s it is clearly time for a new fleet and obviously boeing very much in line to be able to do. this the question is donald trump wants to be how will donald trump be the one to
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make the deal? that's what he wants to be part of. >> charles, is he all about the art of the deal is this phase one of the negotiations to saving all of us as taxpayers money? >> it's just weird. [ laughter ] where did this come from? it's amazing. we wake up every day and an issue that really hadn't -- how many people had thought about the taiwan straits for the last six years? nobody. you wake up. all of a sudden it's issue number one. all of the sudden this air force one that nobody has been thinking about. i have been reading a little bit about it apparently this is extremely early in the process. it's not like an aircraft carrier that's seven years overdue and way over -- it's at the very beginning. they are doing the studies. the plane is going to be so complex it's going to make the shuttle look like a right flyer. this thing has to operate during a nuclear war. that's not easy to do. it isn't even easy to think about in advance. and who knows if the price tag they come up with is reasonable or not.
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i'm not sure where it comes from, i don't know what it means open negotiations. you are going to cut it down by half a billion? you are going to reduce. so capabilities? i'm not sure. but trump is a showman. he picks a company. he picks a carrier. he picks a ford. he picks a boeing or he picks up japanese company that is doing good stuff he decides to showcase it he makes a more general point and then i suspect he will sort of disappear on this i think the bottom line is what people say about trump, you take him seriously but not literally. >> all right. i want to make sure we touch on this other report about the pentagon apparently commissioning a study to look at where there could be waste. where they could cut. internally apparently the second highest rated man at the pentagon ordered this. when it came out according to "the washington post they got a memo that essentially showed it was going to be scultsed and done away with. it showed and $125 billion. i had to double-check that
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because i thought it was million. it said billion, jonathan, in administrative waste that this board recommended that they could get rid of and then the pentagon said the report wasn't accurate. it's no good. essentially. >> on one hand it's wholly unsurprising because this is what the defense exphiewnt has been doing for years which is protect the budget of all costs and defense companies have wisely set up shop so that parts developed all around the country. on the other hand, it's an extraordinary number and extraordinary report and i would be stunned if donald trump doesn't take this as a negotiating tool whether it comes time to actually get his budget together. >> mercedes, 10 seconds. >> it's the infish sift bureaucracy. that's something that donald trump has been running on. the fact is how do you clone up wasteful government and this is clearly one of those examples. >> well, we will see what he but kudos to the "the washington post" for unearthing this. we will keep talking about it. up next, police officers rise to the challenge by busting out their very best dance moves. you don't want to miss that.
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raising challenge. officers from the cleveland, tennessee police department got into the spirit as you can see here by pumping up the spirit and busting out some dance moves at a local kettle donation spot. now, apparently this is all part of a competition against the bradley county sheriff's office, they were taking it very seriously and apparently the rivalry was good for inspiring shoppers to give. the police department says thanks in part to this fancy foot work, its officers raised more than $1,100 just at that kettle site just within a few hours. i asked everybody about their best dance moves. mercedes is the only one. she is awesome dancer. good night from >> it is wednesday december 7th. breaking overnight a key post in the trump administration just filled. the announcement coming hours after the president elect rallies a crowd on the thank you tour promising to put veterans
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>> i am still stuck on the coffee technology. >> any time there's coffee technology i want to know about it. >> you are watching "fox & friends first." i am clayton morris. >> a rainy morning. thank you for starting your day with us. let's start with the top story. breaking overnight president elect trump naming iowa's governor as ambassador to china. >> that's just after mr. trump flexed his national security muscl muscles introducing general mad dog mattis to a roaring crowd vow to go put veterans first. >> good morning heather and clayton. this official announcement come coming in the next 20 to 24-hours at a rally in iowa tomorrow night. he comes well egypt in china. sources close to this say the longest svi


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