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the plain truth, president-elect trump meets with aircraft manufacturers he says are charging the government way too much. this is "special report." welcome to washington. leave it to a man with his own 757 airplane to try to cut a deal on a new version of air force one. donald trump met today with the makers of the presidential plane and the military's newest warplane to see if he could cut costs that he said are out of control. peter doocy has the latest tonight from florida. >> reporter: good evening. the current president once
talked about getting things done with a pen and a phone. now we're seeing the next president get things done with a twitter account. he sat down tonight with the ceos of two companies he called out on social media. boeing and lock heheed martin. he got a concession with boeing, which he had targeted because mr. trump accused them of going way over budget on the next air force one. trump was concerned the price tag for two planes had ballooned to more than $4 billion. but he was assured it won't cost that much. >> we're going to get it done for less than that and we're committed to working together to make sure that happens. i was able to give the president-elect my personal commitment on behalf of the boeing company. >> reporter: lockheed martin manufactures the expensive f-35 military aircraft, which mr. trump reamed while talking about how he plans to cut costs at the pentagon. he said he is working on lowering that price tag.
>> we're going to get cost down. we're going to get it done beautifully. these are great people. amazing people. i'm very impressed with them. good negotiators, too. >> reporter: whatever ends up happening there, the one certainty during the transition appears to be tweets are bringing people to the table. we have seen it with an air conditioning company. now we have seen him two it with two airplane companies. >> i know the president-elect talked about the terror attack in germany today as well. >> reporter: right. the theme of the day here was national security, not just reducing the cost of defense, but also reducing threats from terrorists. the president-elect met with pentagon brass in palm beach to receive a presidential daily briefing and spoke for the first time about the deadly terrorist truck attack. >> it's an attack on humanity. that's what it is. and it's got to be stopped.
>> reporter: mr. trump offered this when asked if he now plans to re-visit a campaign pledge to ban muslims entering the u.s. >> you know my plan. all along is -- i've been proven to be right, 100% correct. >> reporter: he also has a message for democrats upset he didn't win the popular vote. he says che could have if that was the way to get elected. officials are now exploring differf discretionary trusts to help the businessman turned president-elect avoid conflicts of interest from the oval office, something former house speaker newt gingrich says
trump should do even though trump no longer likes to use the term drain the swamp. >> he has to understand and his family has to understand that there's a public interest which transcends them. >> reporter: with 30 days until the inauguration, a new leader contender to become veterans affairs secretary has emerged. it's dr. toby cosgrove who impressed trump. there's a reason it's taking so long to fill this cabinet slot. >> the issue is, is there somebody, number one, who can be a good manager of a good hospitals that exit, because there are good v.a. hospitals and is there someone who has the courage to fight what's going to be a tough bottle, which you would think would be easy to give a veteran a card and then he can go to mount sinai hospital or go to new york hospital or some other hospital.
the union pressure against that is enormous. >> reporter: the this afternoon, mr. trump named carl icahn a special adviser to the president on regulatory reform. e he thinks regulation and the paperwork that comes with them slow growth. he wants to cut a lot of it out. he thinks it will create jobs. >> a busy day. peter, thank you very much. tonight the hunt for the driver of a truck that rammed into a christmas market crowd in berlin is expanding. we learned today the main suspect is a tunisian man with ties to islamic extremists who was on the radar of law enforcement. we have fox team coverage. rich he hadson hedson looks at threat is growing. we begin with greg. >> reporter: he is armed and dangerous authorities say. he is on the loose and they are under a lot of pressure to fine
the man responsible for this attack. you are looking at the face of of a man german police believe could be responsible for the horrible carnage at a berlin christmas market monday which left 12 dead and nearly 50 hurt. >> translator: there's a new suspect, a manhunt is ongoing like everybody i would like to point out that we are talking about a suspect not necessarily a perpetrator. the investigation continues to be conducted in all directions. >> reporter: he is a 24-year-old tunisian man who came to germany in last year's massive refugee wave. he was turned down for asylum this year but remained due to a paperwork snafu. he was arrested for forged documents and let go. the german wanted poster lists his aliases. he was known to have contacts with germany's chief isis recruiter who was arrested last month. isis heap eed praise on him. he was under surveillance for several months. authorities suspected he was
planning something. >> translator: this person has been noticed by various security authorities in context to a radical islamic circle. >> reporter: he was able to go underground in the weeks before the attack. he left his wallet with i.d. papers in the truck. his personal belongings were found a day after the attack as authorities step up their nationwide europe-wide search for the man, they are taking a lot of heat after they have arrested and released another suspect, also for the lack of security at public gathers and angela merkel and her open door refugee policy is criticized as well. more officials saying that's led to insecurity. some germans start to rethink the welcome culture. >> there are several things that have come with the refugees. we regret it very much. >> reporter: there is word
tonight of rage here in berlin in connection with this search for the suspect. no arrests are reported. this as german officials offer a reward of approximately $100,000 equivalent for information tied to him. a small price for a big crime. >> greg, thank you. former new york mayor rudy giuliani says the world is a more dangerous place now than when president obama took office. true, false or a matter of opinion? rich edson looks at the year in terrorism from the state department. >> reporter: isis says this is its work. if it is responsible, berlin joins istanbul and nice in 11 major attacks in europe. last year the group claimed 16 major attacks across the continent. in the united states, over past 12 months, attacks in san bernardino, california and orlando, florida, marked two
deadliest here since september 11, 2001. >> there are hubs for the growth of terrorism, iraq, syria, yemen, libya, afghanistan are really the major hubs. we are seeing a -- the pattern of where groups go to build their terrorist network and to further launch terrorist attacks on the west. >> reporter: attacks have risen steadily since 2001 according to the university of maryland's global terrorism database. in 2012, the frequency of attacks increased substantially through 2015. as the islamic state expanded through iraq and syria. republicans charge the obama administration's military withdrawal from the middle east and restraint in deploying against the islamic state in syria and iraq have allowed terrorist organizations to flourish. the administration denies that. though acknowledges isis remains a danger. >> we knew even before we started to see that pressure
having an affect on them as an organization that they were also going to try to branch out. >> reporter: the administration claimed it degraded isis capability. while the west focuses on terrorism in the united states and europe, most attacks hit countries in africa and the middle east. the state department says last year, terrorism in ten countries acount accounted for nearly three-quarters of the attacks. still, analysts say the west is vulnerable. >> i am pessimistic about whether or not this organization isis and other global terrorists are going to be able to continue to conduct attacks in the west. that's going to continue. >> reporter: as the united states continues fighting the islamic state in syria, russia is driving cease-fire negotiations there as putin's primary objective is the preservation of the assad regime and seemingly only fights the islamic state to that end. >> rich edson, thank you. the kremlin says it's too
early to know who was behind the assassination of russia's ambassador to turkey. there was a claim of responsibility. and russia's president is asking h his people to be vigilant. >> reporter: the body of the slain russian ambassador was given full honors before being flown home to moscow. russian investigators stayed behind to work with turkish counterparts. both said this does not appear toe the work of one man. the 22-year-old riot police officer shot dead by turkish forces on the spot. today, a statement of a c conglomeration of syrian rebels claiming responsibility for the attack. russia has propped up syrian president assad in his fight against the rebels, most recently in aleppo. large protests have broken out outside russian missions in turkey, which had always been on the side of the rebels, in the
days leading up to the ambassador's assassination. president vladimir putin realizing the level of threat addressed his officers at an event last night. >> translator: i have security services to take additional measures to ensure security inside russia and outside it. i ask you to step up work with secret services. >> reporter: russia vowed to not let it harm ties with turkey. he said it was a blow to the prestige. turkey having suffered more than two dozen terror attacks and a failed military coup this year is struggling with security. the president blamed this man for the coup and some say the ambassador's killer was a supporter, that the gunman's rants were a disguise. there were even some innuendos of blame in turkey towards the united states for its harboring
of him. the state department dismissed them saying we must wait and see what the team comes up with. >> thank you. >> president obama has a christmas present for his not so good buddy vladimir putin. more sanctions over russia's annexation of crimea. kevin cork reports on the latest bump in the road of a rocky relationship. >> reporter: so much for the russia reset. >> the relationship between us and russia has deteriorated sadly. significantly over the last several years. >> it has seen the administration increase pressure on the kremlin, extending sanctions on 17 russian entities just this week. each related to ongoing projects in cry meimea. the russians say the moves bit u.s. treasury are part of a pattern of aggressive behavior by washington. >> translator: almost every level of dialogue is frozen.
we don't communicate or we do so minimally. >> i don't know what to make of the comments. you should ask mr. peskoff. i can tell you from our perspective, there's no break in the dialogue. >> reporter: they suggest it's moscow's meddling from its incursion into ukraine, the continued bombing of syria, even itsttaattacks. >> if they went after -- >> reporter: some wonder if the timing of the obama administration's new sanctions was reconciliation. >> this decision by the treasury department had nothing to do with the time on the clock. it had everything to do with russia's activities in support for the separatists in ukraine and for the occupation of crimea. >> reporter: experts believe those waiting for a shift in u.s.-russia policy under a trump administration will do so in vein.
>> the russians cannot be relied upon as a partner or an ally for the united states. as long as mr. putin is in power in moscow, i really don't see how u.s.-russian relations are going to be fundamentally transformed. >> reporter: another possible motivation for the u.s., solidarity in the european union. they just renewed a six-month sanctions package on the russians, a package that will likely continue for many months to go. back to you. >> kevin cork traveling with the president. syrian rebels say they have reached an agreement with the government to complete their withdrawal from aleppo. the opposition agreed to surrender its last foothold in the city several days ago. 3,000 fighters and civilians stood outside in wintry conditions overnight waiting to board buses. the taliban in afghanistan
says it's ready for peace talks with the u.s. under certain conditions. the afghan government has rejected the taliban's demands. the u.s. is preparing to pull a significant number of troops out of the country before the president leaves office. the pentagon producer lucas tomlinson tonight. >> reporter: 12 americans have been killed in afghanistan since early october. five are being held hostage there. this as the u.s. military pulls out more than 1,000 troops by january, part of president obama's july order. the latest partial withdrawal of american forces comes as violence continues. last month, five americans were killed in a deadly suicide attack at the largest american base in afghanistan. roughly a dozen were badly wounded, many still recovering at the walter reed medical center outside washington, d.c. the taliban says it wants to restart peace talks with the united states. the state department wants the afghan government to take the
lead. >> what we support is an afghan led reconciliation process. we believe that's the right approach. we have always believed that's the right approach. >> reporter: complicating matters, the top u.s. commander says the taliban is getting help from iran and russia. >> this public legitimacy that russia lends to the taliban is not based on fact but it is used as a way to undermine the afghan government and the nato effort. >> reporter: the general says he has forced over the horizon that can launch on a moment's notice should they be needed. among the five american hostages held, a taliban fangs are katelyn and her two young children both born in captivity. they were kidnapped four years ago. she was pregnant at the time. the u.s. government considered them the most lethal group in afghanistan responsible for killing hundreds of u.s. forces. it's the same group that
kidnapped bergdahl, later exchanged for five prisoners. they are holding an american professor and a man from massachusetts. a short time ago an official told fox that caitlyn's husband expressed interest in converting to islam and meeting the taliban shortly before being captured. >> thank you. the owe be a mbama administ says 6.4 million people have signed up for health care insurance. that's ahead of last year's pace. it might not be enough to meet the goal of 13.8 million signups. the system has been hampered by an increase in premiums and a decrease in the numbers of ensurers participating. the dow lost 33, the s&p was down six. nasdaq dropped 12.5. up next, fireworks explode at a mexican market leaving dozens dead. here is what some of our affiliates are covering.
new york, police say the man caught on a surveillance camera stealing $1.6 million worth of gold flakes off a truck is a pro. they say the man has been deported several times to ecuador and they believe he might be in los angeles right now. phoenix, a fedex driver tried to keep two men from stealing his truck while he was out making deliveries. the driver hung on to the side of the trek for a time as the suspects drove away. the truck has been found. the suspects are at large and fedex is working to determine how many packages are missing. this is a live look at chicago. the big story there tonight, illinois has lost more residents than any other state in a single year. figures show a decline of almost 38,000 people from july 2015 to this july. the fastest growing state is utah. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back.
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only xfinity gives you more to stream to any screen. at least 32 people are dead in a massive explosion at a mexican fireworks market. that total is likely to rise. the powerful chain reaction blast ripped through the market stalls sending up a towering plume of smoke lit up by bangs and flashes of light. a mexican prosecutor says some of the dead were so badly burned that neither their age nor gender could be determined. there are also still several people missing. we report on a tragic accident that is all too common in mexico. >> reporter: the explosions seemed endless as hundreds try to escape. the self-proclaimed fireworks capital of the country erupted tuesday as shoppers stocked up
for the holiday season. it's a mexican tradition to set off fireworks after christmas mass. >> translator: it was very loud. there were several explosions and we saw the smoke. we did think it was the gas station. but then we saw it was the fireworks. >> translator: a series of blasting came one after the other. people started to fall down a lot. they started running and then many people were falling. pieces of concrete and brick started falling all over the street. >> reporter: witnesses captured the blast which kept emergency crews away from the scene. the looked like a war zone as more than 70 were injured, many burned, some transported to u.s. burn units. >> translator: this is a tragic moment for everyone. because many of us have lost family members here. we can't find them. horrible. >> reporter: there were more than 300 tons of fireworks being sold at the marketplace. mexico has a history with explosions and accidents. there have been seven over last couple of decades. this is the third time at this
location since 2005. >> translator: i don't have words now. i can't find my father. i can't find my father. and my mother is very badly burned. >> reporter: local reports say it was inspected last month. emergency personnel suggest a lack of safety measures is likely the cause. the local governor vowed to find who or what is responsible. mexico's president in a tweet expressed condolences to the families of those lost and also a speedy recovery for those injured. >> thank you. state media in china say the dense smog smothering much of the country in the past five days should be clearing soon. schools have been closed, flights canceled and factories completely shut down. china has had some of the worst air quality in the world, blamed on its reliance on coal afrnd older, less efficient cars. the bishop of an african-american church burned and spray painted said the man
arrested is a member of the church. police have arrested a 45-year-old man from mississippi. he is black. he has been charged with first degree arson of a place of worship. north carolina lawmakers are deciding what to do about a controversial law regarding lgbt issues. critics claim it costs the state jobs, economics and public relations. it's a complicated formula. john roberts is live with details. good each. earlier in the week, it seemed to be a done deal. there are twists and turns it seems by the minute. >> reporter: complex is an under statement in terms of what's going on. the sna tenate has taken a rece. the bill stipulates transgender have to use the public rest room of the gender identified in their birth certificate. it was passed in march in response to an ordinance enacted by charlotte back in february. it allows transgender
individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender that they identify with. that bathroom bill ignited a firestorm of criticism against north carolina that cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost business. the ncaa, nba and bruce springsteen canceled events, companies withdrew plans to expand business there and the department of justice sued the state. because of the damage to north carolina's economy and reputation, twice this year, the states republican governor offered to convene a special session of the legislature to repeal the bill if charlotte would repeal its ordinance. charlot charlotte's mayor twice refused. fast forward to november 8. he lost in the election. over the weekend, cooper lobbied city council to move on the deal offered. they accepted. usa mentioned earlier this week voted to repeal the ordinance. mccorey who lost the election
accused cooper and the council of playing politics. listen. >> you know the sudden reversal with little notice after the election has ended sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics. at the expense of charlotte and the entire state of north carolina. >> reporter: we have been watching this all day. it has been delay upon delay upon delay. no way to know at this point which way it's going to go. >> john, what has this holdup been about? it seems like we get a bit of news, there's a new coalition, there's a new measure. any progress you see moving forward now? >> reporter: as you mentioned at the top, it looked like it was a done deal. there are a lot of republicans, mostly from rural districts, who don't want to repeal the bathroom bill. they might lose election in 2018 if it's repealed. there are other republicans who are concerned that if the bathroom bill is repealed, some other municipality, maybe even charlotte again, will move to
enact a similar ordinance to the one enacted in february. the senate bill includes a cooling off period which would prohibit municipalities from doing anything within either a six-month period or until 30 days after the legislatured ajuae aadjou aadjourns. democrats are opposed to this. there are some republicans who fought close races in urban areas who just might join them. the house watching all of this, figuring out how to proceed. could go late in the night or it may go into tomorrow or it may go into the new year. we will find out. >> keep us updated, john roberts. thank you. our series on the first 100 days of the trump administration continues tonight with law and order. it was a big rallying point for the maverick republican candidate. now we get to see if he meant what he said.
we take a look from new york. >> reporter: the thin blue line, the men and women in uniform, were a focal point of president-elect donald trump's campaign. >> to all law enforcement in america, we are with you, we support you and we will always stand with you. we love you. >> reporter: now as mr. trump prepares to move into the white house, officers across the country say law enforcement should remain a top priority. >> what i care about and i think what the administration, what the department of justice homeland security, what everybody cares about is do people feel safe, are people safe in their neighborhood, where they live? >> reporter: a key component of the action plan to make america great again is centered on policing. >> restoring community safety act reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a task force on violent crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist your local
police who are doing such a great job. believe me. >> reporter: his close advisors say he is willing to use the power of the office to get things done. >> it's important for people to feel like they have the resources in the neighborhood. for those that say this is heavy handed federal government, you are to realize, when you are the president and you can give voice and visibility to people's concerns and crime and safety in the community, that's leadership. >> reporter: the dangers police face has been one of mr. trump's biggest talking points. >> an attack on our police is an attack on all of us. law enforcement is the line separating civilization from total chaos. you have to remember that. >> reporter: at least 62 police officers have been killed by firearms in the line of duty already this year. a sharp increase over the 41 gunned down in 2015. this rarely leads to protest marches.
demonstrations against police involved in shootings of civilians have become common place. even when investigations show many of the suspects were armed or resisted arrest. >> there's this expectation that if the police are trained well enough, every encounter we have with the police will end just find. if it doesn't end fine, it's because the police officer did something wrong. well, that's just an unrealistic standard to put on any cop. >> reporter: this man is chief of police in maryland. he is president of the major cities chiefs association and says the challenges cops face in today's environment has made it tougher to find qualified applicants willing to risk their lives. >> the fact is that often times when we're dealing with someone out on the street, it's up to them how the encounter goes. we can do everything as best we can to deescalate it, but
sometimes the person we're dealing with just doesn't allow that to happen. >> reporter: mr. trump's plan promises to pump more money into local police departments for training and equipment. but civil rights advocates worry the support for stop and frisk policies could lead to more hostility between officers and the communities they patrol because studies have shown the vast majority of folks targeted under the policy have done nothing wrong. >> you cannot stop crime by stopping and harassing innocent people. and there is no legitimate business in america that would come into your community or mine and say, we have a product with an 80% failure rate and we want you to buy it. >> reporter: a professor says communities need to work with police and police need to conduct themselves within the framework of the law. >> they are putting their lives on line for us. it's usually important we
support them. but we have to understand they are people, too. they make mistakes like all of us do. a blanket support isn't helpful. we give them one of the most important responsibilities in our society. we tell them that they can use force and they can in very rare circumstances take a life. to give them that responsibility comes with accountability. we have to be able to hold police officers accountable. >> reporter: the nypd put focus on sensitivity training and community policing. hoping to improve the relationship between cops and the people in the neighborhoods they patrol. another agencies are following this lead. it's not clear how a trump administration might influence this trend. our 15 part series looking ahead to the first 100 days of the trump presidency continues tomorrow. with a focus on trump's plans for bringing jobs back to america and discouraging companies from setting up shop overseas. you can watch all of the parts of the series on our show home
it's an attack on humanity. that's what it is. it's an attack on humanity. and it's got to be stopped. >> that was president-elect donald trump today talking about the attack in berlin. let's bring in our panel to talk about that and more. steve haze, julie pace, jonathan swan a swan. steve, he has not minced words
in his statements regarding this issue throughout the campaign. now in the wake of the attacks, what does it mean going forward? what do you think it will mean as far as translating into policy, you know, we're going to wipe these people off the map? how does that work? >> that's a big question. it's one of the real open questions of the trump administration. he has made no secret of the fact that he rejects president obama's willingness or eagerness to wait a few days, even after we have information in some cases to declare a terrorist attack. a terrorist to call radical islamic terrorists radical islamic terrorists. what's unclear in talking to people advising him is how things are going to change on a day -to-day basis. i don't anybody should doubt president-elect trump's resolve to solve the problem, to address the problem. we just don't know much about the specifics. >> today he had meetings on a number of issues. there was a picture that they issued with a number of military
leaders, top officials who had met with him. we understand that he is getting plenty of briefings. there's been a lot of controversy over that, julie. the real world events speed up the need for folk us. >> they absolutely do. in four weeks, these are going to be issues that he's not just expected to talk about but he is expected to make policy decisions around. he talked in the campaign about the rhetoric that he believes that the american president should use. certainly, that's an easy piece for him to address. that doesn't actually solve the problem. i think that he is going to have to really start to get more detailed. world leaders are going to be calling him when events happen in their country, wondering what the american response is going to be. we assume he is discussing that in his private meetings, but none of the details are yet being revealed. >> maybe we will find out on twitter. maybe that's how the world will find out. it gives him an immediacy. it breaks through filters he has not been a fan of. people have attached to that. it's worked in appealing to a lot of folks.
julie mentioned world leaders. right now, angela merkel really in a tough place. trump has been critical of her. how do you perceive their relationship proceeding? >> this is one of the most interesting story lines that people should watch. trump himself doesn't believe in the european union as a project, steve bannon doesn't believe in the european union as a project. angela merkel is a stunningly weak leader at the moment. she opened the borders, refugees and migrants. she's working with the european union in brussels that's issuing, dictating quotas of migrants. we are watching as trumpism arrives, you are watching the crumbling of the european project. these things happening over the trump administration is going to be one of the most fascinating stories. >> how do you see this playing out? as we watch a number of the european countries now have serious concerns and backlash within their own internal
elections. >> i think john nathan is right. one of the things we do know about a lot of these attacks is they would have been prevented had policies been in place such as what donald trump has talked about, about the vetting from places where we know people -- there are really terrible people who want to kill civilized people who want to kill people who are christians, who want to kill people who believe in freedom. i think that that -- this is a big reason why he won the election. you get in a lot of trouble making -- he got into a lot of trouble making that claim and making that suggestion -- suggesting that policy. of course, all of us would like to pretend like we don't need such measures in place. we would like to not have borders. we would like to have neighbors that are nice and not -- that's not the fact. the fact is, there are these people who are trying to kill civilized people. putting measures in place to make sure that those people that we -- that come here for hugh
ahma humanitarian purposes are vetted is a very important first step. >> we would like to not have borders? open borders charlie? >> if we had nice, good neighbors. there's a big caveat there. if we had nice, good neighbors. >> that's what he said. >> that's what this is, fair and balanced. >> we should build on charlie's point. there was an interesting report today on a website by a national security reporter. and he was -- it was a profile of mike flynn, the new national security adviser. in this report that he had, he talked about the national intelligence council and an estimate they were preparing in 2012 in which the u.s. intelligence community was prepared to declare by consensus that al qaeda was no longer a threat to the united states. >> in 2012? >> think about where we are today and how wrong that
calculation was. they couldn't come to a consensus because mike flynn, who is going to be the national security adviser objected and said al qaeda has doubled. he made strong arguments that kept that from happening. the fact that you have so many people supporting i think the ideological outcome of what president obama wanted, which was in effect to say, the war on terror is over because we say the war on terror is over. it's a reminder of how wrong the obama policy is. i would say to a certain extent, the intelligence assessments that supported that policy. >> people, of course, will point to his jv statement about isis to back up that particular theory. i want to talk about this suspect. apparently, he traveled into italy in 2012. made it to germany. did he apply for asylum. was not granted. he was going to be deported. he was arrested. he was being held. because of all the phony i.d.s and inability to identify who he
was, they let him go. >> one of the most i think troubling details that we have seen from german officials is that he had so many different identifications, so many different points of origin that he was claiming when he was dealing with officials there. that is part of the complexity of this issue. europe faces an even bigger challenge in the fact that you have so many countries who do essentially have open borders. you can travel so freely between countries. that's a different situation than we have here. it gets to a similar issue, which is that you are not just talking about simple solutions. you can't just put up a wall. you can't just say you are going to deport people who are living here illegally because you have people who in some cases do have multiple identities, some cases have managed to skirt the information. that's where we need more information. >> asked about list immigration policies or plans, he said something about -- what's happening is disgraceful. he said, you know my plans. i have been proven to be right
100% correct. jonathan? >> trump loves to say that. he said it about anthony wiener. he was very eager to say a statement when it went down. just to pick up on one of julie's points. it's right, i was talking to a source -- senior source in the republican foreign policy committee on the hill. they were pointing out that europeans have terrible surveillance because there's a culture of privacy there. this is another complexity. it's a long running complexity in the relations there. what's trump going to do about that? how is that going to play out? it's hard to see how this is all going to wash out. >> panel, stick around. up next, we will go domestic. the north carolina bathroom law, the debate continues. this is more than just a credit card. it's how adventure begins. and with the miles you can earn, it's always taking you closer to your next unforgettable experience. become a cardmember and start enjoying benefits built to take you further...
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>> i think without any doubt it cost him his re-election. he should have upon. he's good on a lot of things for republicans down there. to lack that political sense to know not to touch something like this is what cost him that. even people who support the notion behind it, disagree with the law. it's just obnoxious. it's like why is the government legislating something like this? not to harp on donald trump, but go back to donald trump. the guy had the political instinct at the time when everybody thought he would jump in and be on -- he said, i got nothing to say on it. it was stupid. >> he was asked would he let caitlyn jenner use which test. >> i support hb 2 and do not favor its repeal. no economic, political or
ideological pressure can convince me what is wrong is right. it will always be wrong for men to have access to women's showers and bathrooms. he went on to say the left has already publicly stated the removal of hb 2 is necessary for the rest of the agenda to move forward. certain city of repealed we will fight this battle all over again with this city or county. jonathan? >> some speculation in north carolina republican circles about what his political ambitions are. this could be platform for that. this has really been from the start genius politics from the democrats. i mean, they love this issue. the longer they can keep it alive, the better. and they are exploiting the fact that the republicans are divided. because as we saw from the presentation before, you know, there are republicans in the legislature who sincerely believe as a matter of social conservative principles this is good policy and they don't want to repeal it others in the business wing who see all these sporting events and various other things leaving the state and they want to repeal it and just get it off their backs. the longer they are divided,
the longer it's an issue the democrats will keep builting them up with it. >> speculation even from the relatively left leaning mayor in charlotte this was a calculation a long time ago that it would help roy cooper in his run for the governorship if they got mccrory and the lemming lay temperature intangled in this thing and if that was the plan mccrory fell for it? >> there is some irony in mccrory being the fall guy for this because his reputation before this past year was more of a business-minded, chamber of commerce republican. he was popular. and everything that he was hoping to campaign for in his re-election was overshadowed by. this in the end he was the governor that signed the law and it became impossible for him to walk away from that. so, politicians play politics. everyone in the game should know that. >> well, when i worked in charlotte i covered both governor mccrory and governor elect cooper in his stair roles there. they have been in the system for a long time. they can calculate some of these things coming down the pike.
cnbc named north carolina number five for top states in business. the commerce secretary there in north carolina says there has been no impact impact, at least not measurable on north carolina's economy. does it matter though if we are seeing the political impact of what it did for conservatives there. >> yeah. well, it wouldn't be the first time that the media focused on an economic impact that was supposedly devastating that wasn't actually born out by the numbers, right? i think the most interesting thing about this looking forward is whether this becomes a model for how democrats operate nationwide. they are taking a position that i think is still a minority position. remember, i mean, to charlie's point, what hb 2 did was in effect say that people should go to the bathrooms assigned with the biology that they were born with. which i think for most americans is not that controversial. it's not that mean spirited. >> that's what the polling shows. >> but what you saw was this massive movement really by the left and by democrats
pushed initially in the charlotte city council and then sort of forwarded or encouraged by left wing groups nationally to make this a huge issue and to suggest that anybody who would support that is somehow extreme. it's really flipping it on its head. you wonder whether democrats won't choose to pick these fights, to move these things through city council that require the response which is, i mean mccrory was baited. i think they would argue this required us to weigh in on this. because of the move that the city council had made. >> exasperation with the fact is the government has a solution here. the government is not involved here. you don't need the government to pass a law like this. >> these parents are people who are upset about this. their argument is i don't want my young daughter going into a restroom where there can be a man in there. in those cases they want the government to. >> most people get said settled quickly. >> according to my twitter
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>> garrett tenney is live for us with the latest. >> we have learned through experience is a potential target for would be terrorists. there are a lot more of those than normal. police departments are stepping up their presents like shopping malls and christmas markets and new year's celebrations anywhere lots of folks will be gathering for the holidays. in chicago police parked their cars in the corners of daily plaza to block anybody from entering the christmas market there. they have been ramped up around christmas markets in new york city. they have been posted with counter-terrorism units to control and stand there as guard. in new york city the comblier said yesterday the heightened security measures will remain through the city's massive new year's celebration. no specific threat, but there will be a lot of reinforcement of the christmas markets.