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>> look at the cheeks. >> so cute. the brotherhood and family are the most important thing to them. >> we will leave it right there. juan williams at 8:00. stick around. "special report" next. donald trumpç gets his communications team in place and says he wants his finger to be on a more powerful nuclear button. this is "special report." welcome to washington. donald trump announced his communications team hours after he made headlines again via twitter. one of hillary clinton's major lines of attack against donald trump during the campaign was that he lacked the temperament to have his finger on the nuclear button. today the president-elect treated it's time for a major nuclear
peter doocy has the latest. >> the next press secretary is a long time ally of the white house chief of staff. he will be responsible for communicating with the public on behalf of a president who we saw again today doesn't always like it when people speak on his behalf. >> it is time to drain the damn swamp. >> the next president says one of his classic campaign lines isn't going anywhere. tweeting, quote, someone incorrectly statedç the phrase drain the swamp was no longer being used by me. actually, we will always be trying to dts. opportunities out, that someone was one of mr. trump's top surrogates. yesterday, former house speaker newt gingrich said this of the famous line about cleaning up d.c. >> i'm told he disclaims that. >> today he tweeted, i goofed. draining the swamp is in. the alligators should be worried. on the day mr. trump received
his second consecutive presidential daily briefing, he tweeted this. mr. trump was tweeting from florida. his daughter headed that way from new york. she and her family were harassed by a passenger who disagrees with her father's politics. the passenger tweeted his intention to confront ms. trump and was so aggressive he was removed. jetblue said in a statement, quote -- that flight manifest shrunk but theç trump team grew today. in addition to naming sean spicer as press secretary, three our communication staffers from the campaign and transition were given similar jobs at the white house.
the president-elect is forming a new national trade council and has asked the china critic to head it up. giving kellyanne conway the title of counselor to the president, making her the highest ranking woman in the white house. >> i think when you have this opportunity, it's an honor. but it's very humbling. >> reporter: the president-elect tweeted this, based on the cost overruns of the lockheed mountain f-35, i have asked boeing to price out a comparable f-18 super hornet. mr. trump met with the ceos of boeing and lockheed martin. said to reporters he thought he would get the costs of the f-35 down. this is either him negotiating in public or moving on. >> peter, a lot of tweets today. how did the trump team expand on the president-elect's tweet about wanting to expand the nuclear arsenal. ,> reporter: something else we got was a clarification.
they say when the president-elect talks about a desire to expand the nuclear arsenal, he was alluding or reminding people that there are threats out there from terrorists and rogue nations and that the president does want to modernize the nuclear arsenal that america has. however, he only wants to do so to pursue peace through strength. >> we will talk about that with the panel. in the final months of the election, kellyanne conway made a name for herself. getting parodied on saturday night live. she has a new white house role. we're learning tonight more about her from kristin fisher. >> reporter: just in case anyone dv made it clear this morning that she believes she can do both jobs well. maybe even better than the men. >> i wouldn't say that i don't
play golf, i don't have a mistress. i have time that the other men don't. >> reporter: it's that shock statement mixed in with her sweet delivery that made conway an indispensableç asset to tru. she brought discipline as her third campaign manager for a millionaire notorious for not listening to his advisers. he seemed to listen to her more than most. for a man who had problems winning over women voters, conway was a reassuring force. especially after the leak of the "access hollywood" tape. >> i was there when he learned this. exactly the contrition and humility and the apology that he expressed is what i saw privately as well. >> reporter: after becoming the first woman in history to manage a winning presidential campaign, she proved to be a formidable force on the transition team by openly stating her opposition multiple times to mitt romney as secretary of state. >> i'm all for party unity. i'm not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state
position. >> reporter: her position will tap into her experience. she became a favorite for conservative candidates like mike pence when he was running for governor and at the beginning of 2016 senator ted cruz. she's having a harder time winning over her own kids on their impending move to washington. >> when you are a pollster and you have 75% agreement on anything, you are really excited. when you are a mother, 100% agreement would be fantastic.ç >> reporter: the 75% she was referring to was her -- three of her children. the fourth, her 12-year-old daughter, is the holdout. conway says her daughter started a keep the conway kids from moving to d.c. online petition. she has over 200 signatures. like mother like daughter. >> we did a big move across the country when i was 12. i know it's a hard time to move. >> reporter: it's tough around that age. thank you. questions persist about how donald trump will separate himself from his business empire once he becomes president.
as james rosen reports, the questions surround the people who surround donald trump. >> reporter: experts, including some previously critical of donald trump, told fox news they see an intensifying seriousness of purpose on the part of the president-elect and his family to separate the white house from their business empire and charities. >> there seems to be either a learning experience or an increasing sensitivity to if not actual conflicts the appearance of conflicts. i think it's been heartening to see that development. >> reporter: in the weeks since he postponed a news conference on the issue, pressure has mounted on the trumps to addresç it. >> they need to set up arrangements where they divest themselves potential conflicts or put it into a blind trust. >> reporter: this week, eric canceled an auction for a chance to have coffee with his sister that was raising money for saint jude's childrens research hospital. he told "the new york times" as unfortunate as it is, i understand the quagmire.
separately, family withdrew their names from a fund-raising appeal that was offering donors a chance to share a hunting trip. >> they will do everything they need to do. >> reporter: kellyanne conway bristled when a cnn anchor liked it to the allegations of pay for play that plagued the clinton foundation. >> they were selling off a million dollar trip to hunt with the boys and hang out with the president. that sounds like paying for access. >> how that's the same as bill clinton giving a million dollar speech in russia and hillary clinton while secretary of state turning around and giving 20% of the u.s. uranium interest away. a little different. >> reporter: the trump family is considering a partial blind trust for the holdings, some an lists see parallels with the clinton foundation. >> while they may be aç differt situation, which is what the trump people would argue, the optics are that it raises some of the similar issues.
>> reporter: late today, according to published records, eric trump went further and announced the foundation is suspending all operations, including fund-raising of any kind. over the last decade, it has raised close to $8 million for the saint jude's facility in memphis which treats children with cancer. >> james rosen, thank you very much. a house intelligence committee report says former contractor edward snowden is still in contact with russian intelligence. some see the report as a warning to president obama against pardoning snowden. supporters consider him an heroic whistle breauxe er-bloww. snowden ended up in russia. this is a fox news alert. a potential foreign policy nightmare for president obama, president-elect trump and benjamin netanyahu. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening. in a major u.s. policy reversal, the obama administration was going toç abstain from voting against a resolution critical of israel, breaking with the israel position on this for quite some time here. this is all according to reuters. usually the united states will protect israel from these types of votes. this particular resolution would have demanded israel halt settlement construction in east jerusalem and elsewhere. an associated press reporter tweeted john kerry was planning to make a long awaited statement on the middle east peace stalemate at 11:30. that never happened after egypt pulled the resolution and announced an indefinite delay in the vote. reuters reports pressure from israel and the potential to alienate the trump administration forced the delay. despite the report the state department refuses to say how the u.s. would have voted. >> we just don't preview our
view in advance of votes inside the u.n. security council. we have been clear about our position on settlements and the degree to which we don't find them to be constructive to the overall cause of peace. >> reporter: earlier this month, john kerry said he cannot accept the notion that israel's settlements are not a barrier to peace.ç last night, israel's prime minister tweeted, quote, the u.s. should veto the anti-israel resolution at the u.n. security council on thursday. the state department says kerry this morning discussed the resolution with netanyahu. officials refuse to provide more detail on that conversation before the vote was postponed. netanyahu urged the united states to remain consistent. >> israelis deeply appreciate one of the great pillars of the u.s.-israel alliance, the willingness over many years of the united states to stand up in the u.n. and veto anti-israelism. i hope the u.s. won't abandon this policy.
>> reporter: had the u.s. let this vote move forward and had abstained from voting against the resolution, the united states would have broken with israel and the incoming trump administration. the president-elect tweeted last evening the u.s. should reject this vote. also, a trump transition official tells us that the president-elect did speak with egypt's president about moving forward on a way on a middle east peace process. of course the president-elect might catch criticism there in that the obama administration is still occupying the white house. back to you. >> another thing we will talkço the panel about. rich, thank you. there's new video tonight of monday's terrorist attack on a christmas market in berlin. that market has reopened. there's extra security. there's no music or bright lights and little joy at the spot where 12 people were killed, dozens injured, including two americans. the manhunt for the suspect continues tonight. we have the latest from the german capital. hello, greg.
>> reporter: hi. the latest we are getting is that the dramatic new video which appears to show the truck crashing into the christmas market here monday night. it's shot from the dash cam of a taxicab pulling up nearby. the truck is seen moving from the left to right. the 40 mile per hour speed and the size of the truck evident in the video. people are seen running from the market literally for their lives. they were the lucky ones. one eyewitness told me today it took just seven seconds for the truck to do the horrible damage. this as berlin tried to get back to normal. open for business tonight amid high security, the christmas market in berlin. it was the sceneç of monday night's deadly truck attack. the search for the prime suspect kicks into high gear. officials confirm his fingerprints were found on the
cab of the truck that did the lethal damage. >> translator: we can inform you there's more evidence that this suspect was the perpetrator with high probability. >> reporter: authorities conducted raids thursday in berlin and western germany. both places where he had lived in recent months. the hunt conducted not just in germany but europe-wise. a raid in denmark. this as more information emerges. before coming to germany, he was jailed in italy and committed crimes in tunisia. >> translator: i just want to blame him for what he has done. >> reporter: months before, authorities reportedly heard him say he was going to conduct an attack. but didn't have the evidence to hold him. even u.s. authorities reportedly put him on a no fly terror list after doing their own intel on the guy. more criticize german chancellor merkel for her immigration policies, maybe adding to insecurity here. she said today she wasn't surprised by the attack. >> translator: we have been aware for a long time that we are also a target for islamist
terror and still when something >> reporter: at the reopen christmas market, there was quiet as people came out to show they wouldn't be beaten. >> having it open right now, it's not just having feelings but also for me it's a strong signal. it's a sign. >> reporter: of what? >> that we are back on the road. >> to show the terrorists that we stay strong. >> reporter: we talked to another eyewitness today. he told me it was terrible. he saw the speeding truck smashing into bodies. he was at his stall today at work. life goes on. >> greg with the latest from berlin. thank you. let's get perspective on the incident and how it affects europe and the u.s. steve hilton is a former adviser to david cameron. he joins us from new york. thank you for your time tonight. how do you think this will
impact the conversation about the reality of the influx of millions of refugees throughout europe and just although people have very charitable impulses, being able to protect people at the same time. >> that'sç exactly right. i have family in germany. i know that over the last year or so when this problem has been building on an individual human level, people in germany have responded very compassionately. they have taken in refugees. they have looked at they have. they have given to charity. actually, when you look at it in terms of government policy, it's been a complete disaster. there's been a disaster not just for germany but for all of europe. it pointed out the flaw in the central idea really in the modern european union which is this notion of open borders. when angela merkel said to those refugees come to germany, you are welcome here, actually, she wasn't just doing that for germany. she was creating an incentive for them to come all the way through europe.
you can't just keep it in one country. so that caused problems throughout the continent. now you are seeing the political response to that throughout the continent where people say, we have had enough of this system of centralized bureaucratic control that means we as individual countries can't take the action that we think is necessary to protect our own security and our own long-term interests. >> my understanding is that the suspect in the berlin attack actually entered in through ç italy, wound up in germany. we have some numbers and when it comes to asylum seekers. germany is at the top of the list with over 360,000 people seeking asylum there. italy is a distance second with less than 50,000. is there an undoing of this? is there a righting of this? we know that chancellor merkel is facing re-election next year. sounds a little different tune than we heard from her before. >> it's very difficult to see the present leadership in europe
doing anything about it. for them, the idea of open borders is sacrosanct. it's part of what the european union is. for example, in the negotiations over brexit, over the uk leaving the european union, one of the arguments is, well, could the uk still have access to the single market, the economic benefits of the european union, while controlling its borders? basically, the message is coming back from germany, no. the only way this is going to change is through the political system through electing new governments that actually have a different view. next year, there is the prospect of that. because in çfrance, for exampl you have lepen doing well. she said she's not just in favor of having a referendum on being in the eu but would begin the process of leaving. it's possible to see the whole
unraveling of the institution that until brexit happened, i guess we all thought would be there forever. >> obviously, there's an indirect impact ultimately on the u.s. as well. this is something the president-elect talked about endlessly on campaign trail. now he is getting new questions about what it means as far as his plans regarding people entering our country from other countries and certain places. here is a bit of what he had to say yesterday when he was asked about the berlin situation and his policies or proposals. >> it may have been tough for you to hear. he was asked has this caused you to çrethink this? he said, you have known my plans all along.
i have been proven to be right 100% correct. your reaction? >> i think that to me that sounded very much like if i may say a pretty typical politician's answer. which donald trump i'm sure wouldn't luke ike me saying. it wasn't committing to anything.that he has been right in his characterizization of the threat that we face from radical islamic terrorism. that's true. his plans have evolved during the campaign. he started off clearly indicating just over a year ago that there would be -- he suggested banning all muslims from entering the u.s. that changed over the campaign to this notion of extreme vetting. i didn't take what he said yesterday as confirming in any way the muslim ban or the muslim registry. i think it was just something that he said in order to just sort of keep the issue quiet until he is actually in office and can start to really implement his core plan, which i think is about extreme vetting.
>> steve hilton, we have to leave it there. thank you so much. >> thank you. up next, why obamacare might not be on itsç last legs after all. first here is what some of our affiliates is covering tonight. nashville, a federal lawsuit alleging the driver of the school bus that killed six children actually had a habit of driving dangerously and slamming on the brakes to discipline the students. the suit says school officials were deliberately indifferent. he is charged with six counts of vehicle lar homicide. los angeles, another good reason to quit smoking. an e-cigarette explodes in a man's pants. it was caught on video. it happened on a bus. he suffered burns to his side and hand. the fda reports about 66 similar explosions last year and early this year. this is a live look at las vegas from fox 5. one of the big stories there and all over the country tonight, the christmas holiday travel
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the u.s. has taken out 28 ableal qaeda affiliates. it came in nine separate air strikes between september 23 and december 13. syria says it has taken full control of aleppo for first time in four years. the last opposition fighters and civilians have been bussed out of eastern districts. it's the assad regime's most significant victory against the uprising start the start of the
civil war in 2011. efforts to repeal north carolina's bathroom bill haveç failed. republican lawmakers and incoming democratic governor thought they had a deal to get rid of the measure requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. the legislature was unable to come to an agreement. one of donald trump's big campaign promises was to repeal and replace obamacare. that may have become harder after the release of the latest enrollment figures. kevin cork is traveling with president obama in hawaii and takes a look at the numbers and the politics. >> reporter: in a year of political surprises, there's one more left yet. despite a looming change in the white house and a gop led congress bent on its destruction, the affordable care act got what its backers would call a dose of good news. enrollment went up by 7% according to government figures.
6.4 million people signing up for obamacare this year, an increase of 400,000 new enrollees over the same period a year ago. >> reports of obamacare's deaths have been exaggerated. this is something that withstood two supreme court challenges and presidential elections and a strategy fromç republicans to sabotage it. >> reporter: the five states with the most people signing up during the latest enrollment period were from florida, texas, north carolina, georgia and pennsylvania. ironically, all of them were carried in the election by president-elect trump. mr. trump made it clear what he thinks of the affordable care act. at points calling it flawed, expensive and saddled with triple digit rate hikes in some states. >> if we don't act, the damage will be irreversible. we're going to act. that's why we're going to repeal and replace obamacare. we have no choice.
>> reporter: trump says repeal, replace, and where possible retain was good. >> when you replace it, are you going to make sure that people with preconditions are still covered? >> yes. because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. >> you are going to keep that? >> reporter: that and at provision that allows chirp s to be covered by their parents until 26 years of age. critics say there's a big difference between criticizing and fixing the problem. >> the challenge for the incoming administration is they need to find a way to stabilize theç current situation, make se people have access to health insurance even under the aca basic structure while they put in place something that would follow it. >> reporter: for all the chest thumping the administration would like to do, keep this in mind. from the premium increases to the stagnant signup among younger, healthier americans, it's you and me and the folks watching at home, the american
taxpayers, who could be on the hook for billions more in subsidies in 2017. the reason for lawmakers to get to work. >> nothing is free. kevin cork, thank you very much. our series on the first 100 days of the trump administration continues tonight with another of the president-elect's signature issues, keeping american jobs in america. we have the story tonight from miami. >> reporter: outside the indianapolis plant in november, workers and supporters protested the company's plans to shut down its operationsç and ship 300 js to a new plant in mexico. >> we're losing our jobs. our careers. you don't get more than that in common. >> reporter: kelly has worked here 43 years. gary, for nine.
both have kids and mortgages. now uncertainty and a sense of betrayal. >> definitely. it's tearing america apart. the backbone of the country. we built this place. middle class, working men and women. we're being dumped left and right, one after another. >> reporte >> the mexican workers are going to make eight crepts le cents l started with. >> reporter: donald trump repeatedly hammered home his plan to reduce offshoring. >> establish tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the united states tax free. >> reporter: so did bernie sanders. >> our message to corporate america is that if they want us to buy their products, start
manufacturing thoseç products california and vermont and america. >> reporter: trump suggested imposing a 35% tariff on american companies who move to another country and sell their products back to u.s. buyers. last month, president-elect trump was to carrier to keep 740 jobs in indiana while at least 500 jobs still go to mexico. that involved promising carrier corporate tax reductions and millions of dollars in state tax breaks. >> companies are not going to leave the united states anymore without consequences. not going to happen. >> reporter: nabisco transferred jobs from chicago to mexico triggering protests. offshoring jobs in its purest sense is basic profit boosting free market capitalism.
it's been going on for years. the labor department reports since the year 2000, the u.s. has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs, although partly due to automation. >> we need our companies to understand that it's in their economic benefit toç stay in t states. >> reporter: joe donnelly, a democratic is hopeful there can be bipartisan cooperation in the new trump administration to get an end offshoring act passed in congress. >> this is not democrat or republican. this is america. this is about those folks not only in indianapolis but in pittsburgh and johnstown and around this country who go to work every day, work really hard. their companies do very, very well. all we're asking is that the companies have as much of an investment in making the american promise come true as the workers do. >> reporter: trump tweeted this month --
giving springer and kanter a hope that maybe their jobs can be saved. >> he made promises to us. this was going to go on no more. we're going to hold him to that. >> reporter: this will be one of trump's bigger challenges. he promised to incentivize american companies not to leave. compared to 8ayroll, those are minor expenses for most companies. in orlando, bill keating, fox news. our series looking ahead to the first 100 da 000 days of th presidency concludes tomorrow. you can watch all parts of the series on our home page, foxnews.com/specialreport. stocks were down today. the dow lost 23, the s&p 500 was off four. nasdaq dropped 24. donald trump makes some big additions to his team and says
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not up to the united nations to really go with the solution. it's really the parties that must negotiate a resolution themselves. they have no choice. they have to do it themselves or it will never hold up anyway. the united states can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling israel that it must be -- and really that it must abide by some agreement made by others thousands of miles away that don't even really know what's happening to israel, to anything in the area. it's so preposterous. we're not going to let that happen. >> that was the president-elect
in march speaking. as part of being on the campaign trail. sounded like what he had to say today. let's bring in our panel. steve haze, a.b. stoddard, mercedes schlapp and charles krauthammer. this sounds like what we heard from him today.ç >> more than a slap on the done permanent damage to israel, which is why even obama himself several years ago vetoed the resolution, because it sets conditions that takes away all of israel's bargaining chips. it gives everything over to the palestinians in advance in return for nothing from the palestinians, no recognition of a jewish state, no concessions at all. i think what happened today was very important. the reason is that had obama
done what it looks like he was going to do, which is to have the u.s. abstain, the resolution then passes. and it will never be reversed. because in order to be reversed, you gotta get security council to vote to reverse it. the chinese and russians would exercise a veto. this would have been one last shot at israel, and particularly at israel's prime minister from obama. an act of kind -- i don't know if it's ideological, but personal revenge. what trump did was unprecedented. for a president-elect to step in to publically oppose it and essentially to tell egypt that introduced the resolution, you better withdraw this or you won't have a friend in the white house at a time when egypt needs a friend in the white house. it was extremely effective. and extremely daring. you don't normally get that from a president-elect. >> what do you make of that? as charles said, there was the public and private with the president-elect reaching out to egypt's president.
they were the ones who were promoting this resolution and passing it around. he is not waiting to be sworn in. >> you know, i think it's the power of trump's words. i also -- speaking to someone who was close to the negotiations, they were basically surprised that egypt took this forward and pushed forward this resolution, speaking so strongly against the muslim brotherhood that the president is involved in. the fact that they would go against israel in this critical time. but i think it does show for the most part that israel is still remaining very vigilant. they are concerned another resolution can come up before january 20. here is the deal. it's a new political order. they want to make sure that we're seeing more of a strong bilateral alliance between israel and the united states as opposed to the hostile relationship that we have seen between obamaç and netanyahu. >> had this moved forward -- we don't have this conferred that the u.s. was going to abstain.
those would have been seismic results that would have moved forward. you gotta wonder how it would have impacted our relationship with israel. >> obviously, the damage could have been done. i'm not speaking about the policy. i'm not weighing in. but he is choosing when he can be about to be president and when he can sit back and say there's just one president. when you ask his aides and his spokes people about aleppo, about russia's role in war crimes in syria, their complicity in what is going on with assad killing his people in this way, they say, there's just one president at a time. they choose to step back from any kind of specifics about isis policy, the way to handle the conflict in syria. he has mentioned safe zones in passing. but then when it came to something like this, he felt he could flex his muscles.
he went ahead and did it. i see how effective it is. i'm not weigh being in ingç in policy. the guy still chooses when he can be president and when he can be president-elect. >> something else that we got from him today. he was very busy on twitter. he said the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes. there were questions after that tweet. from jason miller part of the new white house communications team, he said, president-elect trump was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the need to prevent it, particularly terrorist organizations. he has emphasized the need to improve and modernize our deterrent capability. also this comes on the heels of us hearing from putin talking about coming up with systems to overcome deterrents systems and missile shield systems.
>> there's a real risk to making policy 140 characters at a time. we're seeing it. we don't know what the president meant. did he mean more warheads, going back to buildup? there's so many different ways you can interpret what president-elect trump said there. the transition team is having to explain what he did.ç my view is it's better to do it in the reverse. it may be the case people love this because donald trump is going around. there's no question if you take the totality of the kinds of things that donald trump has done, he is sending a message he gets stuff done. if you think about the results here on israel, think about carrier, think about the meeting with boeing in which boeing came out and said, we're going to lower the cost, trump was out tweeting a short time ago about new fighter jets and lowering the cost on those. i think for the american people,
they're not likely to be offended that trump is not doing things the way people in washington have wanted them to be done for a long time. that's a pr win. we have to be mindful of the fact that there are consequences to making policy this way. what might seem like a short-term political gain could have real long-term political consequences, particularly if the president-elect is showing confusion among our allies. >> i want to read what we heard from putin today. he had a lot to say in his speech today. the translation of what i was referring to, he said, we need to enhance the combat capability.ç it will penetrate future missile defense systems. >> the rush shap sians have bee obsessed with missile defense systems since reagan invented the idea. they know that we are technologically advanced. they are only a superpower because they have nukes. the economy produces nothing but
oil, gas and vodka. which you -- >> a lot of fans of those items. >> not advanced products. that's what makes them at our level. they have always been afraid the -- that's why reagan would not accept a constraint on our missile defenses. he is saying we're going to reassert ourselves by finding ways to penetrate american defenses. that's why the trump response is puzzling. he is not talking about strengthening our defenses which i think would make a lot more sense. increasing our offensive capacity. you don't quite know why he said that. nonetheless, i think what he is saying to the world and to our own foreign policy establishment is, we are not going to adhere to all the beliefs and myths of the last 50 years which is that more nukes are çbad, less nuke are good. that's not always true and we're not going to be pursuing nuclear reduction agreements with the
russians in the hungry way obama did and then end up with little and perhaps making us worse off. >> all right. that's it for this topic with the panel. next up, how much power will kellyanne conway have in the trump administration? my heart beats one hundred thousand times a day, sending oxygen to my muscles. again! so i can lift even the most demanding weight. take care of all your most important parts with centrum. now verified non gmo and gluten free.
>> what that means going to west wing to2continue my service to president-elect donald trump and vice president-elect mike pence. i'm very excited. when you have this opportunity, it's an honor certainly. but it's also very humbling, the gravity and responsibility of serving at a senior level for the president of the united states. it's difficult to pass it up. >> we're back with our panel to talk about some big moves in trump world today. mercedes, kellyanne conway has four young kids as we
all know. she says she is going to be able to manage this because she doesn't play golf and doesn't have a -- i believe is what she said. >> i find it so interesting the double standard that they won't ask the dad that they have four or five kids but they will ask the mother if they have four or five kids and can they manage the job? kellyanne conway is incredibly talented. she obviously has been committed to getting donald trump elected. a masterfu masterful communicatd very much prepared to do this job. i think for kellyanne it will be a key about basically setting boundaries and saying this is the hours i'm going to work. i will be on my phone. it's a wonderful thing about technology you will be able to be in contact. i think it was key for kellyanne to stay in the inner circle. to be part of the jared, ryans, bannon group. i think she will be allowed to shape the message and also be able to be part of the poli(d discussions to push through donald trump's agenda. >> we got more of the team today. sean spicer there has been a lot of speculation he is
officially going to be the white house press secretary. jason miller and dan who were all part of the trump machine moving into this victorious win spicer, of course, is at the rnc. whats to it say to you. we are getting this interesting mix of people that would be called quote, unquote establishment and people who play by a different set of rules that it seemed like it was the right combination of trump to get to the white house. >> well, sean and reince priebus did their -- they gave it all to help donald trump once he was the nominee. and basically sean spicer became part of the team. he was spending a lot more time in new york and really helping him over the finish line and through the transition. the fact that reince priebus is chief of staff is not as so surprising that sean spicer would be given another job. because he has grown in the relationship of trust with donald trump. and he and ryans are trusted now. they have been very effective as a bridge to the rest of the partyç i think
the rest of the team if you look at it, he continues to make picks that please people. he has not gone off the reservation with his selections. for kellyanne, you know, i think she can be credited for from august 13th to september 26th with totally turning that campaign around. she tempers his worst instincts of being impulsive, of being attracted to trauma and -- dramd chaos. she knows the electorate. she knows the daughter and son-in-law very well which are very important. she know as lot more about this process than they do. it's really great news for them. if you actually look at the communication, a lot of people have the title assistant to president. he abhors a chain of command. there is no chain of command. not everyone is in assistance to the president and in a sense no one is in
assistance to the president. people have been there all along. there is going to be a small power center i'm glad kellyanne is in it. >> do you think different camps are coalescing? do you think they will work together? do you think at some point there will be competing interest between what people on the outside think look like two very different teams? >> yeah there are already competing interests. talk to people working on the transition who are setting up this whiteç house and they will tell you that it's not actually just the factions that people might imagine sort of steve bap none faction on the one hand. reince on the other. blending of fakdzs. evolving rivalries inside the white house. i think it's going to be very interesting. make it interesting and challenging to cover this white house. i agree with a.b. and mercedes on kellyanne. she really distinguished herself throughout the campaign. she is one person who came out of campaign looking better than just about everybody. she will be a calming influence, i think, on president trump. the communication team is interesting. this is going to be one of the most difficult, challenging jobs in this white house as being part of that team.
you know, it really reverses just what we were talking about in the last panel. when donald trump comes out and tweets something, the communications team is going to have to scramble to explain what it was the president of the united states just meant. it used to be years ago you had the policy teams fighting one another to get language into a presidential speech that would then become policy. the situation it seems to me reverses itself where now you have the president sort of blurting something out on twitter or wherever and you will have these policy teams racing to the communications shop to try to get their word, get their language in these clarifications that we'll see. continues to tweet the way he does now as president? i mean, he likes to taking away that barrier and people liked feeling like they had access to his thoughts and where he was coming from. it worked well for him. but does it work as president? >> well, whether it works or not, he is going to do it. he is going to be the president. in is no one to stop him. as you say, he likes doing it. he feels he goes around everybody who wants to stop him. he has a direct
communication, it worked for him. and i really feel sorry for the people who are going to be on the communications team. they are going to get old very quickly. they are going to be gray very quickly because every week they're going to have a puzzle ling tweet like the one on the nukes they are going to have to work on it. i think the real -- i would agree, incidentally that kellyanne is a great choice. she showed it in the worst of times when they had the access hollywood tape. she was a calm, very articulate. but the real hero here is her 12-year-old who has gone online to get a petition up to prevent her having to move. i think she ought to be appointed our trade negotiator with china. >> nothing moving. no jobs. no factories. no 12-year-olds. no one is moving. >> one tough girl. >> well, she has had a very strong role model in watching her mgtier. all right, panel. stick around. come up, if this video we show you does not make you smile, i'm definitely going to say you're a scrooge.
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