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[ laughing ] i guess, is that a camel? >> how do you count the insects? that has to be the hardest job nmpblt zoo. >> "america's news held quart s quarters" starts right now. >> news alert, congress is back in session and ready to get down to work. hello, i'm melissa francis. this is a live look at both the house and the senate right. now vice president biden swearing in incoming members, senate minority member chuck schumer saying this will be an accountability congress. republicans preparing an aggressive agenda from the rapid repeal of obamacare to tax in trade reform, only minutes ago wisconsin congressman paul ryan was re-elected as house speaker. he will speak shortly before swearing in new house members. we have fox team coverage in all of this, laurie standing by but we'll start with chief
congressional correspondence mike emmanuel, live capitol hill. kem drats already speaking out on the hill today. is it safe to say they're coming out swinging or watching paul ryan walk in, by the way. >> no question about it. it's funny, the optics here. you have a lot of family members up here, a lot of people posing for photos and looking around capitol him. you have senate democratic leaders firing warning shots. you have vice president biden swearing in new members of the senate, this hour. and on the senate floor, a short time ago, you have the new senate democratic leader taking aim at the president-elect launching this attack on the president-elect's basically like of using social media. >> america cannot afford a twitter presidency. we have real challenges and we have real needs to get things done. and many americans are afraid, mr. president-elect, that
instead of rolling up your sleeves and forging serious policies, for you twitter suffices. >> behind the skeerns on capitol hill, democrats are frustrated, they're the minority party in the senate and the house. so tough language from the new sen the democratic leader saying to his democratic colleagues they're going to fight when necessary against the new president from the other side of the aisle. >> so much for the niceties of the honeymoon period that,'s not happening. what about the first order of business, is it repeal owing bam a care? we have heard a lot about that. it's not going to be easy. >> yeah, there's no question about that. that remains a top priority of all of the key leaders in washington. the new president, when he is sworn in, also top republican leaders here capitol hill, they believe they have the votes to repeal obamacare. the trickier spot will be replacing it. there are a variety of ideas on how to do so. but on the senate floor a top republican senator basically
took this shot across the aisle. >> obamacare is one of the big reasons our democratic colleagues find themselves currently in the minority. as one of our colleagues put it this morning if we can't do better than obamacare, we might as well look for another line of work. >> and tomorrow, the i.p. republican coming to capitol hill to talk about repealing obamacare. mike penls meets with house republicans in the morning, expected to meet with senators at lunch, and getting rid of that healthcare law is going to be a top issue on the agenda. melissa? >> mike emmanuel, thank you. are you watching there on the side of your screen, paul ryan walking around and shaking hands. we will bring that you address as soon as it happens. but in the meantime, we want to go to stephen hayes, eldtor and chief of the weekly stan darted, also a fox news contributor. there's a lot of hope in this moment for some. fear, others have described. you see a lot of handshaking
there. what do you make of what's to come, steve? >> well, it's an interesting moment. you are seeing republicans more united than many people an tils participated, certainly before the election and month after the election. it was just a few months ago that we were talking about whether paul ryan would survive as speaker of house. here he's been elected as speaker with more votes than last time he was elected as speaker. the key question is how house republicans and senate republicans coordinate their priorities with president-elect trump. are they working from the same set of priorities, are they emphasizing the same things. all indications early on are that they will be. there might be differences on tax reform. trump will emphasize certain things, house republicans other things. it seems that republicans are much more unl fied than many people anticipated a couple of months ago. >> they did get in the dustup about oversight and the house committee on basically policing
themselves. we'll listen in in here when they get ready to speak. meantime, they had a bit of a dustup. donald trump come out and tweet that republic answer should leave things the way they are for now. that wasn't the first order of business. they seem to respond. so there you guy, right, steve? >> trump had to speak out on that, given that he's the candidate that got e leekted on drain the swamp. there's a good argument to be made against the ethics panel they were talking about dissolving. but think about the message that sensdz as one of the things that the new corn gres does to dissolve this. you knew the media would take the story and run with it, blow it up. it was an unforced error? he barks and republicans seem to jump on that. so it seemed like they were listening to what he had to say even though it went against how they said they would come out. interesting back and forth when you say they seem to be together on one hand.
on the other hand, they do of this golden moment where they seem to have a lot of wind at their back to step forward and do what they wanted to do. do you think they're going to make the most of it or are there any signs they may squander it? >> there's been a lot of discussion among republicans about the wisdom of going forward and trying to repeal and replace obamacare as one of the first items on the agenda. i think they ought to do it. they have made the promise to the voters for years now that's what they would do if they took power in washington. they have power with a. they need to make good on the promises. it's easy to see some republicans getting squeamish about what they might mean f they don't do it, it would be a mistake. they do seem to be rather united on other things. good coordination between speaker ryan's office and mike pence, in particular the vice president-elect, i think that they seem to be singing from the same sim natural. >> democrats are sort of daring republicans to step forward and do something on obamacare.
nancy pelosi right here, said likening obamacare to a china shop, if you break it you own it. implying it's still in good shape. and sort of saying, be careful, if you touch this we're going to hold you accountable down the road. do they respond to that dare and go forward anyway? they have to have some trepidation. >> well, look, it's not really a dare in my view. her analogy is wrong. what she's saying is wrong. it's not actually picking up a piece of fine chien and breaking it. the piece of china is in at that timers. look around the country, the statement of the u.s. healthcare system now. i think if you gave people the option of going back to the pre-obama healthcare system, or going forward with obamacare the way that it's been carried out so far, people would choose the former. i think republicans have to make a case what we have seen from obamacare has fell short of many of the promises that democrats made and the dire predictions that republic answer made in the debates before obamacare was passed have, in fact, come true.
necessity need to establish that palestine before they make their broader case. >> amazing as we watch this right here, we will listen in as soon as speaker ryan comes up to the microphone. but how this has shaken out f you think back to speaker ryan attacking donald trump, the animosity that was between them, to nancy pelosi fighting to retain her seat. and here we have those two back at the helm, you have donald trump coming to the white house. how do these figures work together, do you think, or do they not? >> well, i think in the case of speaker ryan and nancy pelosi they don't. i don't think you're going to see a lot of house democrats cross the aisle, particularly given the polarization on the house side. not only are republicans more conservative but democrats are far more lacks than they were 10, 15 years ago. you might see more democratic support for the republican agenda, the trump agenda in the senate. when you look at the number of
democrats up for re-election in 2018, the same democrats who were elected in the 2012 wave that president obama brought into office with him. those are going to be vulnerable democrats, particularly those coming from red states. republicans are going into the congress with the understanding that they will be able to target and hopefully persuade from their perspective many of those democrats to come along with the republican agenda, to come along with the plump agenda. and i think you will see that as an emphasis of congressional republicans. >> real quick, before we go in, let me ask you, donald trump setting himself up to try not to be on either side, almost. obviously he's on the right. but you see him smacking republicans out of the gate, saying no i'm not going to go along with that. is he able to keep himself a bit separate and try to act like the outsider through all of this or does that mement away as he takes office? what's your bet? >> well, on the one hand he did it throughout the campaign and people who wanted him to clean up washington liked him for that reason. they said we're sick of republicans, sick of democrats,
we like donald trump is bringing together these heads and clunking them together. on the other hand, the practical realities of governing, of policy implementation, require that he have support from the requisite number of people n this case probably mostly republicans. he'll have to do a lot of, i say care and feeding of republicans in congress to get them to come along with his agenda. particularly the parts where they're not sort of predisposed to want to agree with him. >> speaker ryan has been obviously a lot more supportive since he was elected. you saw him do the "60 minutes" interview where he talked fondly about talking to the president-elect on the phone. what do you think the relationship is like at this point? >> i think they have at the staff level a better relationship than was probably appreciated before the election. ryan's staff was working with the trump campaign stuff, staff, working with mike pence's staff well before the election and certainly since the election to
come up with this governing agenda. you know, i think paul ryan is realist. donald trump is the next president, the next president. and he's a republican f paul ryan can work with trump to do the kinds of things that ryan has wanted to get done, for years, since he thought about leaving congress after the 2006 mid-term elections, he will do that. donald trump is the same way. we've seen trump be willing to make alliances with a wide variety of people from various ideologies. if trump thinks that he can cozy up to paul ryan to pass his agenda, he'll do that. >> yeah. let's bring in david drucker, senior political correspondence at the washington xaer. -- examiner. we watch this and it has the feel of something new beginning. i don't think we know exactly what to expect. i don't think all the people in that chamber know exactly what to expect either. what do you think the mood and the sin timent is there today? >> well, look, i think if you're a democrat today you are a little frustrated and trying to
figure out how to find your way back. you hope that the republicans and donald trump make the same mistakes that president obama and democrats made back in 2009 and 2010 when they overreached, misread their mandate and focused on healthcare when everybody wanted them to focus on jobs. at least most americans. i think if you are republican, this is the problem you want. the pressure that you can pass multiple priorities but you know you can't do everything, you know that politics, the way our system is designed, things aren't easy, you can't do everything but can you do a lot and the voters expect a lot of you. but you'd rather be in this position than clinton had won, republicans would have been fighting among the themselves, no appetite to compromise. republicans are in the drivers seat. now the pressure is on. but, again, that's the problem you want. >> but what do you think is number one on the list of priority when is you look at paul ryan and donald trump for each man, does it match up in this case? you are right, what they do first and how that turns out matters a lot. >> well, so i think it's the
twin priorities of tax reform and obamacare repeal and replace, which go together, there are so many tax implications with the affordable care act. you have to move on both because there's such an appetite politically on the republican side to deal with obamacare. steve mentioned this, if you don't, if you shy away it from, slow walk it too much, your base is going to kill you. it's been such a big promise. on the other hand, you can't let tax reform live for another six months to a year because you really get one shot at a new beginning. and tax reform is so involved. you need the legislative time to work through committee. what house republicans and senate republicans will try to do is give donald trump the changes he wants on trade without really giving him the change he is wants. they don't agree with tariffs, they don't believe it's good for commit or job growth. donald trump wants to make changes in trade. they have ideas there. that's where i'm going to be very interested to see how and if they're able to come
together. >> you talk about the twin priorities out of the gate. to me tax reform seems so much more straightforward, we've seen the elements of the plan, the three different tax brackets, how they would go through that, the corporate tax rate. but when you look at obamacare, repeal and replace, it's like we've seen the car try and go down the road and we see where all of the problems and potholes are. but knowing how to fix them and what to do differently, what might work, it seems a lot more complicated than managing the tax code. where am i going wrong with that? >> i don't know if you are going wrong. they're both so complicated you could probably flip a coin. republicans are promising to keep as a part of their healthcare plan things like no exclusions for preexisting health conditions. all of those create financial pressures if they're not doing it through the mandate they have to find some other way. the biggest risk as a republican and repeal a healthcare law and replace it, which is basically redoing the whole system all over again, is making sure the people don't lose doctors they might like or healthcare plans
they like. not everything is an overpriced obamacare plan. there are plenty of people who get healthcare through their employer and they're not necessarily unhappy. these are the risks. they tripped up democrats that,'s why we are where we are. republicans don't want to end up in the same boat. >> stevie want to bring you back into the conversation. one of the big complaints, we no longer have the catastrophic insurance. that was something that worked for people, especially young people, i don't want to pay a lot but i want something in case there's a huge disaster. there's some cases like that that seem more obvious. the other problem, about people were pre-existing conditions, if somebody has to pay for that, maybe it's the person with the pre-existing condition and they're guaranteed insurance but they have to pay more. no matter what, some one is going to be unhappy in that situation. how do you solve those problems? >> it's going to be fairly difficult. look, i think your question has been the question surrounding healthcare reform from the very beginning. somebody has to pay for that. what democrats sold when they
passed obamacare was, there's this pot of government money that we can draw from to implement these reforms. the reality for people is that they had to pay for it out of pocket. >> i don't want to cut you off but we have to listen in here as speaker of the house paul ryan set to gavel in the 115th congress. let's listen in. pollution place -- [ applause ] [ applause ] >> wantd to thank madam leader, you know, i stood in this spot a very, very many times. today, though, feels whole lot different. part of it had to do with all of the new faces in the house. you look at all of the proud spouses, these beaming children, at their best. [ laughing ] people's parents. it's hard if not impossible to
resist this rush of enthusiasm. there there's no sense of foreboding, only the sense of potential. it kind reef minds no matter how long you have been here, you haven't seen it all. and so, i just want to say to our new members, and to their families, thank you, congratulations, and welcome. [ applause ] to my own priest, thank you for being with us today. [ applause ] and to my center, my family, jana, liza, charlie, sam, thank you for all you've done to make this possible. thank you. another reason for optimism, that is what we've already achieved by meeting here this moment.
just months ago, our country held a great electoral contest. and at times, it was a little intense. [ chuckling ] as you all know when you're in the heat of it, in the heat of the kind of campaign we had, you start to wonder, will the tempers ever cool? will the system still hold? does our old, rich tradition still have that magic? the clash of opinions, the hue and cry of campaigns, the rancor and dissension in the end they all dissolve in the silent and peaceful transfer of power. [ applause ] in just a few week's time, we will welcome a new president, who offers us yet another new beginning. a new chance to work toward a more perfect union.
for all of our arguments, and all of our differences, we're all united, by a deep, eye biding love of our country. it is this slender but sturdy threat hah holds us together. we always seem to forget this, but it has never failed us. when the votes are counted and the people have spoken, we all accept the verdict. we come back from the campaign trail, we pack up the yard signs, and today, today as one body, we pledge allegiance to one flag, the red, the white, and the blue. [ applause ] that's not the only thing we have in common. i don't care what your party is, find one person in this house who doesn't want the best for america, find one person in this house who does not want to see
help given to the unemployed or care for the sick or education for the young or honor our troops. here, who here among us does not want to open wide the door to opportunity? who here among us does not want every american, every creed, every color to cross the threshold? you cannot find one person in this building, not one. and that, that is a true cause for celebration. [ applause ] we have a lot to build on. but that being said, this is no time to rest on our laurels but to redouble our efforts. it's no secret that millions and millions of americans across this country are deeply dissatisfied with their current situation. they have looked to washington
for leadership and all they have gotten is con desense. for years tlef suffered quietly among shuttered faklys and shuttered lives. now, now they have let out a great roar. now, we, their elected representatives, must listen. i want to say to the american people we hear you. we will do right by you. and we will deliver. [ applause ] we will honor you because you have honored us. we take this sacred trust seriously. [ applause ] you know, it's not enough to say that the condition of your birth should not determine the outcome of your life. no matter how much we mean it. in a few years time i hope that
the people will say of this 115th congress that we didn't just pay lip service to this beautiful american idea, that we made it a reality. for everyone. we are not here to be, we are here to do. we are here to improve people's lives. grow our economy. keep us safe. improve our healthcare and infrastructure. fight poverty. restore self government. friends, we've got our work cut out for us. as your speaker, i intend to keep this place running at full speed. when i came into this job, i pledged to restore regular order. get that committee system working again. hold regular house and senate conferences because only a fully functioning house can really, truly do the people's business. [ applause ]
we've made? pretty good progress on that front. take our work on finding cures for deadly diseases. or beating back that opioid epidemic. or working on mental health. these are all things we should be very proud of. these efforts were directed by the committees and crafted by our members through regular order. there's still a lot of work to do. like having a fully functions appropriations process for example. [ applause ] and so, to the minority i want to say this. we've never shied away from our disagreements and i do not expect anyone to do so now. but however bright of a contrast that we draw between us, it must never blind us to the xhonl ground that we share. we must never shy away from making progress for the american people, wherever we can.
and so as your speaker, i promise to uphold the rights of the minority. i promise to hair you out and let you have your say. [ applause ] i promise to hear you out. if i had to summit, it would be. agreement whenever possible. but at all times respect. [ applause ] to the majority, especially to our returning members, wanted to say this. this is a once in a life time opportunity. this is the kind of thing that most of us only dreamed about. i know because i used to dream about this a lot. the people have given us unified government. and it wasn't because they were feeling generous. it was because they want results. how could we live with ourselves
if we let them down. how could we let ourselves down. i for many months have been asking our members to raise their gaze and aim high. now, today, this congress, let us not be timid, but rather reach for that brighter horizon and deliver. and so this old chamber, old chamber might look the same. but in the hushed whispers and the whirl of activity, you can feel the winds of change. and as i stand here next to that portrait of good old george washington, i am reminded of a line from one of his favorite plays. 'tis not in mortals to command success but we will do more. we will deserve it. and so, my dear friends and colleagues, i say to all of you, good luck and god's speed. thank you very much. [ applause ]
[ applause ] >> you can see a stand oakvation there from the chamber, standing ovation. house speaker majority leader paul ryan. >> i'm ready to take the office. i ask the dean of the house of representatives to join me, john conyers of michigan, to administer the oath of office. >> thank you. if the gentleman from wisconsin police raise his right hand. do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic. that will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.
and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god. >> i do. [ applause ] >> thank you. i now pronounce you the speaker of the house. >> thank you. thank you. [ applause ] thank you, guys. thank you. >> all right. there we go. that was it, now he's officially speaker of the house, majority leader paul ryan. you can see taking the oath of office. we have a panel standing by right now to talk a little bit more about this. some of the very historic things he said, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. simon rosen berg, president and founder of nbn, former clinton campaign advisor. alex conan, political consultant for firehouse strategies and the former communications director
for florida senator marco rubio. alex, let me start with you. when you look at the comments that he made, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, something he had dreamt about for a long time, people have given us a unified government not because they were feeling generous. what do you think about that? >> yeah, i mean, it's like opening day in baseball. anything is possible if you're a republic an right now. for the first time in nearly 20 years, we control every branch of government. and we will for the foreseeable future, 20918 mid terms look very strong for us, donald trump will be president for at least four years, if not eight. and so we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us to do big things, starting overturning a lot of president obama's legacy. that you cls repealing obamacare. overhauling the tax code. persecuting the war on trou in a way that -- war on terror that barack obama never did. it's exciting to be a
republican, you see why so many of them are e lated that paul ryan is returning as speaker. >> simon on the flip side, he said we're not going to just steamroll you minority. he said i'm here to uphold the rights of the majority. he said that he will give democrats respect. what do you think about that, do you believe him? >> well, not really how the house traditionally works. the majority -- >> anything is possible. >> anything is possible. the house, unlike the senate, majority party has an awful lot of power, much more power than it does in the senate, for example. look, obviously big day for the republicans a choppy day. i mean, i think one of the things that reminded all of us, this new trump era is not going to be a smooth ride. i think it's going to be a bumpy, muscular rowdy ride in the next few months. i think alex is right f you're a republican now, this is the best day you have had in a long time. what's most important for them, to focus on making the country
better not just passing legislation. not the same thing. and they have to keep those things in mind as they move forward. >> alex, he said this feels a whole lot different, a rush of enthusiasm, a sense of potential. but let us not forget we are here to improve people's lives. that's what simon was saying right there. the problem is, the group in the minority and the group in the majority have very different ideas about how you improve people's lives. >> that's true. and a lot of what we saw in this election certainly in the congressional election, was rejection of some of the democrats' approaches, big government, more taxes, more spending. and the republican alternative, which was more state-based solutions, not one size fits all from the federal government, that's why we're going to repeal obamacare in the next few weeks and come up with something that services patients better, consumer driven. >> one of the things that makes this moment crackle, though, simon, that makes it so compelling, one of the reasons we're watching, so many people are watching, is because you have no idea what's going to happen next.
i mean, that's part of what is interesting. do you see trump keeping that going? i mean, he kind of wants to keep people guessing so that he's not predictable. everybody is still trying to, you know, sort of find their best route in. does he want to keep people off-balance? >> yeah, look, what's going to happen and we know, this i've been on the democratic side of this, finding things the house and the senate can agree on and then donald trump can agree on, we already saw it today, on this etdzics vote there was disagreement between trump and the house republicans already today on the ethics vote. it's harder than it looks. it's easy to sit on the sideline and criticize people. getting in the game and playing it every day, making this work is hard. you have a lot of new players. part of what paul ryan said was important, a lot of new people in washington. who haven't been around. that's a good thing. but it's also a bad thing in the sense they don't really know how the system works. i expect that this is going to be choppy and bumpy for the foreseeable future.
and, again, the key, as he said, i free with palm ryan, the goal here -- palm ryan the goal is to make the country better, not just pass legislation. i wish the republicans well. >> what do you think it feels like to be one of those new people in the room, alex? speaker ryan reached out to them. new members, here with your families, your kids, welcome. i mean it has to be alive with possibility. i would imagine there's a lot of butterflies in the stomach, excitement, maybe trepidation what lays ahead. >> i think there is a lot of excitement. my former boss who i helped get re-elected to the senate, marco rubio, ron johnson, both sworn in today. they're very excited. for the last six years they have been in the minority, a democratic president who vetoes everything they send to him. now there's an opportunity to get things done in washington, d.c. to move forward and make people's lives betternd the rest
have the country to come up with solutions for everyday americans, not just more partisan fighting inside the city in gridlock. it's exciting. >> simon and alex, stand by. i'm going to bring in right now, kevin cork is standing by, fox news alert. the white house holding its first press briefing in the new year, a lot on the agenda. kevin cork is right at the white house. what can you tell us? >> it's interesting whenever you get a chance to hear josh earnest talk about the administration perspective on things, you can call it spin, can you call it a number of other things. but you've got to give him this, he's committed, to what he is saying and what he believes in. as the president winds down his presidency, they are not taking their foot off the gas pedal. as you know, later this week the president is expected to go to capitol hill where he's expected to meet with democratic lawmakers as once again he attempts to make the sell that the affordable care act, obamacare, should not be undone by republican lawmakers.
but obviously this is also very big day to talk to the white house for the first time since the much-ballyhooed sanctions against russia. vladimir putin has been the person they've been blaming for attempting to hack or at least being behind the attempted hack of the dnc, and the attempted influence of the u.s. election back in november. the white house has said con sis at any timely they're saying that -- consistently saying he is the guy behind this. here's what josh earnest said they decided to take the actions they did. >> the response to the chinese action has been different than the response to the russian action. they're actions that both countries undertook were different o the part of the chinese, we saw was concerning. with regard to some of the cyber activity that had an impact on the u.s. government. the russian cyber activity was actually a more specifically directed threat to undermine u.s. democracy.
>> trying to get josh to sort of drill down on this idea, melissa, that why did the united states hammer the russians with expulsion of more than three dozen operatives and the shuttering of facilities, and what happened with the chinese attack, you didn't see the public response. he was trying to explain the difference, the nuance between the two responses by the administration. interesting part of the conversation with the press briefing. also what happened on capitol hill, i'm going to try to be generous when i say this, inauspicious beginning for congressional lawmakers who were attempting to sort of undo this sort of watchdog group, this oversight group that might, of course, have to do with ethics. and that seemed to be a big topic during today's press briefing. i want to share, while i have a moment, what donald trump, the incoming. had to say about this idea to allegedly gut ethics regulation.
of course they eventually backpedaled on that. with all that congress has to work on do they really to have make the weakening of the independent ethics watchdog s a unfash as it is, their number one priority. focus on tax reform, healthcare, far greater importance. that from donald trump. here's what josh had to say about that. >> i think that it is rather revealing that the first step taken by congressional republicans in the new congress was t secret, to gut ethics regulations. so i know there is a lot of talk about ethics and revolving doors. but the revolving door that we see is a continual challenge on the part of congressional republicans to skirt responsibility for their ethical violations. >> the man is doing his job there.
never miss an opportunity to push back or punch back in this case. obviously it's something that congressional lawmakers learned the hard way. >> kevin corke, fantastic, thank you. i want to go back to my panel. simon rosen berg is still with us. we also have alex conan here. if you look, you know from afar at what happened this morning with that ethics committee, to me it almost seems too good to donald trump to be true. republicans reached out, they did this thing that looked like the same old business. he smacked them down with a tweet. they reversed course. what a clever, from the marketing standpoint, way to kick off a new presidency where you're saying guess what, i'm the guy from the outside, i'm the outsider, i'm not going to do what they want, i'm not going to do what they want, i'm doing what's right for the people. it's almost too perfect to be real. >> it was good for trump and not the republican party. for the national republican -- all of the news stories tomorrow are going to be a messy first day, the republicans trying to
skirt ethics laws. and reason of the reasons trump acted so quickly he has his own ethics challenges. he's doing a press conference next week, unprecedented situation regarding the holdings around the world. there's a lot of sensitivity in trump world they have to shut it down. it could overtake the first few months of his presidency. >> am lex, let me ask you, simon is talking about messy and bumpy, and his own ethical challenges. i don't know about that, from trumpville, it looks like it was a winner of a day for him. he came out, smacked them down, new sheriff in town and i'm not even there yet. and i'm causing these things to happen. wait until i get there. what do you think? >> as soon as everyone saw those news reports this morning, we knew what was coming rieshgt? we knew that donald trump was going to tweet, he tweeted about general motors, knew he was going to tweet something about the congressional republicans and he did. look, do i think that we should
give the congressional republic answer credit, they quickly reversed themselves, the vote yesterday was obviously an error, paul ryan and leo mccarthy of the times were against the vote. it became a big deal overnight and they were quick to correct it this morning. that was kudos to them for recognizing it, fixing it quickly, now let's move on with the rest of the agenda we can ee night behind and win the support of the american people. >> simon, alex, thank you for joining us and sticking through. that appreciate it. let take oh look at other big political dates. mark your calendar. it is happening. president obama, vice president-elect pence holding dueling capitol hill meetings with party members on obamacare as republicans prepare to repeal it. on january 5, senator john mccain will hold a hearing on russia's alleged hacking of the past election. you remember that story. and on the tenth, president obama will deliver his farewell
address from chicago. the same place he spoke on election night in 2012. on the 11th, donald trump will give his first post-election press conference, over five months have passed since his last one in case you were counting. and on the 20th, mr. trump will be inaugurated as our nation's 45th president, on the western terrace of the capitol. from january 25 to 27, house and senate republicans head to philly for joint retreat to plot strategy for the months ahead. boy, got to be a fly inside those rooms. we have just learned that president george w. bush and his wife, laura bush, will attend president-elect trump's inauguration. the announcement coming directly from the bush spokesman a short time ago. former presidents are traditionally expected to attend the inaugurations of their successors. his father, george h.w. bush will not attend because of age, says a spokesman.
neither former president publicly endorsed mr. trump. and just a short time ago, we learned that trump's former opponent, hillary clinton, will also attend the inauguration with president bill clinton. they'll all be there. another company targeted by donald trump in an early morning tweet, the president-elect calling out general motors for building cars in mexico and saying they shouldn't be able to be imported tax-free. this as ford says it's scrapping a billion dollar investment in mexico. are the president-elect's twitter attacks working? a heist fit for hollywood, millions of jewels lifted only blocks from the biggest party on earth. all captured on camera. look at those sparks fly. at planters, we put fresh roasted flavor into every can, which has its drawbacks. guys, know anything about this missing inventory?
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day one for the new gop controlled congress, 115th, and they're off. president-elect trurp is showing how much power he has on capitol hill. i'll ask judge andrew napolitano how a single tweet from the incoming president led house republicans to goo back down on their first big move. that's coming up when i anchor "shepherd smith reporting." >> while an estimated one million people celebrating the new year in time square, a $6 million jewelry heist was taking place blocks away. police in new york looking for three suspects who broke in to a jewelry toer in midtown manhattan, stealing from two safes on new year's eve. it is believe they deliberately chose that time, those clever people, the nypd would be focused on security in time square. although, they kind of looked into the camera under those hoodies. clever, not so clever, we will oh see. ford motor company answer ling
plans to build a new factory in mexico of the president-elect trump blasted the automaker. they're expanding in michigan instead. ford ceo saying the decision was based partly on mr. trump's business-friendly, pro-growth policies whmpblts we look at the tax and regulatory reforms that, he's been talking about, that gives us a lot of confidence. this is a vote of confidence that he can deliver on those things. >> charles payton hosts "making money" on fox business network. either that or they saw what happened to g.m. earlier and said, well, no, we change our mind about a lot of things. >> no doubt that they were next on the list of companies to tweet at in 2017. combination of both. it's interesting, i love that interview with neil, hinted around what they call the cafe standards. when they take all of the cars and trucks in the fleet and determine an average miles per gallon that they get.
president obama was fixated on the companies getting outrageous numbers, to be frank can you, unachievable. and the way they put it out there, we're extending this olive branch, we'll get donald trump take most of the credit, but we'd like him to understand we want him to scratch our back with the cafe centers. the g.m. tweet on mexico, that's a tough one. >> let's remind people what the tweet is. he said general motors is sending mexican made models of the cruze tax-free, across the border. make in the usa or bay big border tax. they said they build it in lordstown, ohio. g.m. builds the chevy cruze hatchback for global markets in mexico, with a small number sold into the u.s. they're trying to say, look, we're not really doing what he said, just a few cars we're making down there and sending back.
your take? >> all they did a lot of workers at lordstown late in the year, they have the same problem that ford has with respect to small cars. there's not that much demand in america. but the bigger issue, how do we compete with china, mexico in particular. those are the two battles. this is what donald trump, really of all of the issues, this is the one that elevated him to the white house more than anything else. how do we get free trade so we can get real jobs back in the country. they have an advantage on wages, they have an advantage on the currency 20-1, they have a lot of free trade agreements with other countries. doesn't cost them money to send it out. that tax donald trump was talking about is really intriguing. what they call a value-added tax. every level of production, in mexico, they tax it. and it comes out to about 16%. but, if you export an item to the united states, they'll rebate you. >> then you don't to have pay it. >> dupty free. we're already looking at scales that are tilted.
extraordinarily in manufacturing in mexico. that does even more. >> charles you dove to the heart of the issue. a lot of reporters got hung up on what is the truth in the tweet, how many cars are coming back and forth, how many are sold. everybody in the end agreed that, yes, there are some cars that are made there and come back over the border. while they were fighting over the number, one or a million, you dove to the real issue, which is if he's going to strong arm companies into bringing production back into the u.s., he has to make it words it to them in the long run, he has to make it work for the customer, company, taxpayers, the government in order to keep it there. there are a lot of things you mepgs. the cost of labor. but there's also, correct me if i'm wrong, when somebody makes a car it costs money to move that car to where you're going to sell it. they would like to manufacture it right next to the lot where they're going to sell it. but costs have to make sense. they would save on transportation but taxes have to be lower. the regulation has to be lower. you have better manufacturing here in the u.s. you can trust the workers better. >> the workers in mexico, to
donald trump's point, these facilities have become amazing. which makes it more complicated. volkswagen has a plant and mercedes, building in mexico as well, are you going tax them as well. items not as cut and dried as a lot of people like to believe. this is a problem we should have dealt with a long time ago. just to underscore what donald trump talked about, nafta for instance that, went into existence in 1994. the last time we had a trade surplus in mexico. >> wow. >> 1992, we had 6.5 billion dollar trade surplus. it's at 16 billion deficit right now. >> give me that paper so can i sort that out later and pretend i looked it up myself. smart point. fantastic, charles, thank you. >> happy new year. >> delay in the sentencing of dillon roof, why it's being postponed, for how long?
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news alert on a delay in the sentencing phase for the convicted killer in the south carolina church massacre. with the court postponing that part of the trial for one day. that means tomorrow. the jury will return to court to decide whether or not dillon rooch gets the death penalty. jonathan seary is live in charleston, south carolina. jonathon, why is he representing himself, again some remind the viewers. >> lot of speculation. everyone has a different opinion. the fact he is representing himself is the reason behind the delay. he had asked the court for one more day to prepare. now, his decision to act as his own attorney goes against the advice of his own defense team, that defense team argued unflukfully his plan to call no with its and offer no evidence raise as question whether he's fit to defend himself against a
possible death sentence, adding, quote, at a minimum it suggests that he may lack the mental capacity to assume the role of his own lawyer. in a horrendous mass murder case where roof admitted xwoo tult and remained unrepentent, he has few options. some say representing himself in the penalty phase could actually be a strategy. listen. >> dillon roof has the to argue in his favor. about the only thing he can do, and it sort of a "hail mary," is to stand in front of the jury himself, and make his opening statement, and make the closing argument. because they get to hear from him personally. >> yeah, this also will allow roof to directly address the jury without facing cross-examination. melissa? >> hmm, ibtsing. as a -- interesting. what guidelines does kill dillon roof face acting as his own attorney, though? >> yeah, he has, actually, will have a lot of leeway in terms of
what he's able to tell the jurors. but he will face some strong restrictions in terms of his physical movement in the courtroom. the judge has ordered that while he's speaking, while he is addressing the jurors, dillon roof at no point is allowed to approach the jury panel. at no point will he be allowed to walk towards any of the witnesses. and then when he's seated at the defendant's table he murnt sit in the chair the furthest away from the jury and the furthest away from family members of the victims the church shooting. >> wow. jonathan seerie, thank you. a 2-year-old toddler called a hero. what he did that saved his twin brother's life. oh!
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the 2-year-old boys had been climbing on the open draws while the dresser tipped over. the twin pushed the furniture off of him. you have to attach that to the wall! >> the president-elect is flexing his social media muscle today. the new congress started to work, it also stirred up controversy. house republicans are making moves to weaken an ethics watch dog that keeps an eye on members. after president-elect trump questioned their priorities, they backed down. and the president-elect called out g.m. for sending jobs to mexico. but g.m. is fighting back. president-elect trump focusing on the overwhelming murder rate in chicago. thousands shot, hundreds dead. he says if chicago's mayor can't stop it, it's time for the feds to step in. let's do the news.