tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News January 11, 2017 3:00pm-5:01pm PST
more good-looking in europe, the united states, australia. how about that? >> men and women. >> yeah. >> set your dvr. never miss an episode of "the five" ." >> bret: president-elect donald trump defiantly denies news reports that the russians have embarrassing information about him in a fiery press conference filled news. this is "special report" ." ♪ good evening. i am bret baier. this is a two hour special edition of "special report." we are coming to live from daytona beach, florida. we are on the campus of embry riddle aeronautical university, the first stop of special report on the road this week. will explain more about this beautiful place later. we begin tonight with the long-awaited first news conference from president-elect donald trump since last summer.
the president-elect went after one of his favorite targets, the news media, and some organizations coverage of an unsubstantiated report that trump had been shown documents by u.s. intelligence officials showing russia had compromising information about him. , sr., national correspondent john roberts is outside trump tower tonight with the latest. >> good evening to you. senior source inside the transition tells fox news that contrary to reports, the intelligence she's never handed donald trump a written summary of these unsubstantiated allegations that russia was compiling russia -- information on trump. allegedly given to him on friday when he was briefed on russian cyber spying. at his press conference today trump was on the warpath about those reports. to donald trump, it was merely another attempt by opponents to diminish his presidency. the release of a dossier of damaging and some cases
salacious allegations that were completely unverified. >> disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake. that is something that germany would have done and did do. >> the allegations have been quietly circulating for months among politicos and reporters. senior transition source tells fox news it was "barely mentioned in passing by the intel chiefs on friday and that trump saw the substance of the allegations later." >> it is fake news, phony stuff. didn't happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know, because he reported it, and so did many of the other people. it was a group of opponents i got together, sick people. >> as trump's team was searching for a way to battle back, trump was thrown a lifeline by vladimir putin whose spokesman said the kremlin never collected compromising information on trump, calling the document and under fabrication and nonsense. >> president putin and russia
put out a statement today that this fake news was fake news. somebody would say of course he's going to say that. i respect the fact that he said that. >> trumps praise for putin had its limits. in a response to a question from fox news. >> as far as hacking, i think it was russia. >> trump pledged the relationship with putin will be very different. >> he shouldn't be doing it. he won't be doing it. russia will have much greater respect for our country when i'm leaving it then when other people have led it. i want to be given a reset button like hillary. >> trumps attorneys announced he would place all of his assets into a trust but not a blind trust because that wouldn't work. >> president trump can't un-know
he owns trump tower. >> trump will also resign his offices and turned control over the company to sons eric and donald, jr., and associate alan weitzel berg. they will not have to sell the post office hotel in washington despite a clause in the federally say no elected official may hold an ownership stake. the company argues mr. trump is exempt from the clause because he signed the lease before he ran for president. mr. trump promised that all payments derived from foreign governments would be donated to the u.s. treasury. trump waited on obamacare, revealing its his preference to tackle it all at once. >> it will be repealed and replaced. most likely be on the same day or same week but probably the same day. could be the same hour. >> trump also said he would wait until the monday after the inauguration to start signing
many of the executive orders he plans to issue to undo a lot of what president obama did in his last four years. he said he's going to wait until monday because the weekend is taken up with inaugural festivities bread he also said he would appoint a justice or nominate a justice to fill the vacancy by the staff -- anson scalia within two weeks of taking office. >> thank you. president-elect trump has named his pick for veterans affair secretary, david shulkin, the va's top health official. he has worked in hospital management for more than two decades. he has expressed support for closer ties with the private sector. let's look at the russia story from the intelligent intelligef the coin. catherine herridge in washington with that story. >> the dossier was known to senior intelligence officials
and the fbi was working to confirm or discredit the claims. last night, cnn was first on the air and busby went further posting the document from a former british spy who was paid by republicans and democrats for opposition research. "we have always aired on that side of publishing," buzzfeed said. there are serious reasons to doubt the allegations, as we noted. publishing this document was not an easy or simple call. people of goodwill may disagree with our choice. after the news conference, cnn released its statement. "our decision to publish carefully source reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than busby's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. the trump team knows this.
hillary clinton's former campaign manager accuse the fbi director of a double standard. james, he was given information about trump exchanges with russia last year. no letter to congress and the voters. mr. trump said he concluded after a briefing that the leaks have come from the intelligence community. >> what happened is, i had my meeting. nobody knew, not even my executive assistant for years, she didn't know. i didn't tell her. nobody knew. the meeting was had. the meeting was over. they laughed. immediately the word got out that i had a meeting. >> no response from the head of the intelligence community this evening. separately the episode was described fox news as unfortunate because in private the relationship between mr. trump and the intelligence community leadership is respectful, even good. bret. >> bret: thank you. do you think the russia story will hurt president-elect trump in any way. what was your take on the news
conference? let me know on twitter. @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport. let's get some perspective on the president-elect's news conference. , sr., political analyst brit hume is with us. a little southwest of here. good evening. your take. >> it was an interesting news conference. it was packed with news. what i sense may happen here is that people will be mesmerized by the force of his attack on the news media that published information about these scurrilous rumors that apparently were circulating during the campaign that nobody thought were worthy of publication until, you know, just yesterday by one news outlet referenced by other news outlets. it may distract attention from some of the things he did today. he took steps to try to eliminate conflicts of interest and in doing so, i think he won't satisfy everybody but i
think we can infer from the reaction of the trump supporters to his refusal to release the tax returns that his -- doesn't care about this stuff. he'll be fine. the other thing is he was firm on russia. acknowledgment that putin's russia was behind the hacking of the democratic party emails was a first, basically. we sense from that, i think, bret, that the intelligence briefing he got, he took it seriously. i think it was probably impressed. >> bret: here's more from the president-elect on the relationship with russia. >> we have a horrible relationship with russia. russia can help us fight isis. if putin likes to donald trump -- likes donald trump, that's an asset, not a liability. i don't know that i'm going to get along with vladimir putin. i hope i do but there's a good
chance i won't. and if i don't, do you honestly believe that hillary would be tougher on putin then me? does anybody in this room believe that? give me a break. >> what do you think about the tone, the tender, the delivery, what we can learn from today that may forecast into his time in the white house and interaction with the press. >> it's pretty clear he regards his potential relationship with vladimir putin as very much a work in progress. what he seemed to be telling us that it remains to be seen whether he will have a chummy relationship with vladimir putin. that attitude was very much reflected in the testimony on capitol hill today from his nominee to be, secretary of state rex tillerson. he was dubious that russia is any kind of friend to the united states prayed he put those two things together, and a lot of the hand handwringing ts been going on about what a great
pal trump is going to try to be of putin's i think it's badly misplaced. >> bret: his supporters on social media seemed fired up. >> well, they respond to that kind of thing. when he takes on the news media, they like that. the question i would have about that is this. this story that bus feed published yesterday was the subject of widespread condemnation within the news media itself. the lurid details of things that are almost certainly false. they were not picked up widely at all. what is the effect of mr. trump, who had important information to communicate, the information of about what he's going to try to do to avoid conflicts of interest. the comments about the relationship with russia. the announcement of the va secretary. these things were important today. he sent his press secretary
did announce theing before he news media on this. then the vice president, who spoke next, mentioned it. the president-elect himself mentioned it, there by calling attention to a matter that i think wasn't going very far and wasn't going to receive wide circulation and would have been forgotten in a matter of days. it may still be but it raises an interesting question of when you go out after something like that, you simply end up feeding the story. we'll see. >> bret: we will see. as always, thank you. >> thank you. >> bret: we believe the u.s. senate, as you look alive, will begin shortly a series of votes on the budget that will clear the way for them to pass legislation launching the repeal and replace process for obamacare. we've been talking about it for the past few days. it is being termed a vote -oram -orama. we are told it will start to
form entirely. -- momentarily. they hope to send the bill to the house for a friday vote. the president-elect's pick to the top diplomats was very diplomatic today during his confirmation hearing. some of that questioning came from his own party. much of that focused on rex tillerson's business and personal relationships with russia. >> it was a republican senator who asked the most piercing questions of the republican president-elect's secretary of state nominee. >> is vladimir putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> let me describe a situation in aleppo. >> it's his relationship with russia, its president and state owned oil company that has attracted the most criticism.
under rex tillerson's leadership, he substantially expanded business with russia. rubio seized on the relationship to probe tillerson's belief on russia. >> you are not prepared to say that vladimir putin and his military have violated the rules of war and have conducted war crimes in aleppo. >> there's so -- those are very, very serious charges. >> do you believe that vladimir putin and his cronies are responsible for ordering the murder of countless dissidents, journalists, political opponents? >> i do not have sufficient information to make that claim. >> tillerson says the u.s. and russia are unlikely to be friends because of their different value system spread he calls the invasion of crimea legal, demanding a stronger response with u.s. provided intelligence, surveillance, and weapons of national security weapons endorsed it. >> there should've been a show of force, military response, a
defensive posture. >> tillerson drew criticism from democrats and rubio by imposing mandatory sections on russia for interviewing on the u.s. election. tillerson says he supports granting the incoming administration the authority increase sanctions at its discretion. the senate top democrats as the response is tantamount to sweeping russia's flouting of international norms under the rug. democrats questioned whether tillerson will ever stop serving the country he worked for for more than 40 years prayed >> ask you, sir. if you would be willing to recuse yourself from any matter dealing with exxonmobil's economic interest. >> any matter that might involve exxonmobil or has the appearance that it could lead to some type of conflict, i will seek the guidance of the ethics counsel. >> this hearing ended 2 minutes ago. before it concluded, they moved
beyond exxon and russia. tillerson says he does not see climate change as an imminent national security threats. he says he opposes fully lifting the embargo against cuba and says the united states needs to be more aggressive against china in the south china sea. >> bret: live on the hill, thank you. how did rex tillerson perform today? charles krauthammer joins us from washington with his reaction. your take. >> i thought he did very well. there were moments that were somewhat uncomfortable, like the one you showed with rubio, assa assad, and war crimes. the theme of what tillerson was saying was i'm not into making gestures or make pronouncements prayed we saw what he said about ukraine. his critique of obama was not that he was insufficiently demonstrative but that he didn't give defensive weapons or intelligence to actually help
the ukrainians defend themselves. that's a pretty hardheaded approach. even though he wouldn't exceed to demand that he go around denouncing putin and assad for war crimes, he seemed to be saying we are going to be tough. as for the sanctions imposed for the interference with our elections, i think he is right. they are puny, insignificant party won't repeal them but he leaves it an open question as to whether, once they decide how to act, how putin reacts to the new administration. seems to be a reasonable position. >> bret: opportune we are talking about this, analyzing this hearing. seconds ago, the senate minority leader chuck schumer put out a statement and part saying this. "rex tillerson's testimony was incredibly troubling. first on the day when even
president-elect trump admitted russia was actively working to undermine our elections, the nominee for secretary of state couldn't even bring himself to state that he supported the existing sanctions." i want to play more about rubio exchange with tillerson and get your reaction. >> you mentioned in your statement about the invasion by russia of crimea. does russia have, in your view, a legal claim to crimea? >> no, sir. that was a taking of territory that was not theirs. in that instance, i would've done something different. >> military force. >> a show of force at the board of the country that already had territory taken. >> a american military? >> ukrainian supported by the u.s. providing them with capable defensive weapons. >> bret: that wasn't the rubio
exchange rate he had a number of exchanges today. charles, is there anything you see potentially hear that trips up the president-elect's state department nominee? >> i really don't think so. the schumer attack is what you would expect from democrats who were really rather quiet and obama didn't lift a finger basically when crimea was absorbed by russia. the real question is whether mccain and lindsey graham and rubio, the three hardliners in the senate, if you lose those three, you could lose a nominee. whether they might go against tillerson, i think not. >> bret: charles krauthammer live in d.c. thank you. this was day two of the confirmation hearing for the president-elect's pick of attorney general. alabama senator jeff sessions was confronted in an unprecedented instance by
new jersey democrat cory booker. >> his record indicates we cannot count on him to support state and national efforts towards bringing justice to the justice system. people on both sides of the aisle who readily admit that the justice system as it stands now is biased against the poor, drug addicts, the mentally ill, and against people of color. >> bret: experts said sessions did well in day one and a two. we will have a report live from capitol hill in our next hour. up next, what did you think of president obama's farewell address and what is next for the outgoing president? some of our fox affiliates around the country. fox 45 in baltimore, the mayor's office says the city and the u.s. department of justice have reached an agreement requiring that city to perform its police department. negotiations are said to be done but the deal has not been signed.
fox 10 in phoenix, a watchdog group says veterans are still dying while waiting for treatment at the va hospital. they are facing excessive wait times. more than a dozen veterans have been harmed or died because of delays. this is a live look at san francisco from fox 2. the big story there is the weather. a tornado touched down south of sacramento yesterday. heavy rains have caused widespread flooding and prompted evacuation. emergency crews have been called on to rescue trapped residents. the back-to-back storms have brought the heaviest rain in a decade to parts of northern california and nevada. that estimates live look outside the beltway from "special report." we are outside the beltway too. in daytona beach. we'll be right back. ith me when i was too busy with the kids to get a repair estimate. i just snapped a photo and got an estimate in 24 hours. my insurance company definitely doesn't have that...
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>> bret: six top employees at volkswagen have been indicted by a grand jury over that company's admissions cheating scandal. vw has agreed to pay a $4.3 billion penalty, the largest levy ever against an automaker. on the market survey, stocks were up. the dow gained 99. s&p 500 finished ahead. president obama is back at at e white house tonight after last night's farewell address to the nation from chicago. it was, as expected, part pep rally, part warning, part defense of his presidency. kevin corke takes a look. >> what a difference eight years makes.
>> we, in fact, all share citizenship. >> the farewell address took place last night a little over a mile away from where he gave his first speech after being elected. his remarks diverge dramatically. gone were the promises of hope and change, replaced by concern over growing threats to our democracy. the president warned that left unchecked rising income inequality, growing racial tensions, the fear of terrorism, and an increasingly fractured media could gradually erode our democratic institutions. people are democracies threatened whenever we take it for granted. >> that includes taking for granted that race relations will continue to improve. >> i've lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago no matter what some folks say. >> while that may or may not be true, a recent abc news/"washington post" poll
showed that americans surveyed thought race relations were bad, up from 22%. the president reserved some of his harshest criticism for social media, calling it one element feuding the great sorting of america. >> have become so secure in our bubbles that we start excepting only information whether it's true or not that fits our opinions. >> that comment was perceived by some to be a thinly veiled reference to president-elect donald trump whose embrace of social media has been the subject of much consternation among political and media elites. >> without a willingness to admit new information and that science and reason matter, we are going to keep talking past each other. >> paul ryan said, sincere as he was, president obama has steered our country in the wrong direction. here's the good news. things are about to change. >> indeed they are.
also last night, the president called on all americans regardless of political affiliation or interest to help restore the sense of common purpose that is so badly needed right now in the country. a call that's gone largely unanswered over the past eight years. bret. >> bret: kevin corke live on the north lawn. thank you. let's get some analysis of the speech last night. john avalon is editor-in-chief of "the daily beast" and author of the new book "washington's farewell,." he joins us from new york. thanks for being here. i want to get your take on the speech broadly. >> it was a fascinating speech, a rally for the faithful but also a rejection of fear. he clearly laid out threats to our democracy, continuing the tradition of warnings in presidential farewell address is that you are familiar with. warning about the role of media, partisanship, polarization as well as global forces, whether
it is radical islamic terrorism or the rise of a liberal democracy and some of those temptations. a lot of storm clouds on the horizon. president obama trying to put an optimistic face on the country and a fundamental belief that our independence is guaranteed by our interdependence. >> bret: he hearkens back to basically what you wrote about, washington's farewell address, the first farewell address. let's take a listen. >> in his own farewell address, george washington wrote that "self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty. but from different causes in different quarters, much pains will be taken to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth. that we should reject the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or two in
feeble the sacred ties that make us one." >> bret: you talk about unity, john. i think there were some, especially trumpet supporters, who thought they were not so veiled messages directly to the president-elect and his incoming administration >> there are deep differences, and a lot of the change that seemed to be coming away is counter to president obama's political beliefs but he took great care to route his progressive profession of faith in the founding fathers and fundamental american values. the quote from george washington was an interesting one very washington was warning about the forces he felt could destroy our republic. partisanship, excessive debt, foreign wars. folks who try to divide us, whether it be political reasons or pushing a foreign agenda. those of the people to watch out for.
they are never working in america's greatest interest, trying to divide rather than unite us. >> bret: it was part pep rally rally. something about reviving his own party, wasn't there? what role do you see president obama, after he leaves, will play in the democratic party? >> i think it will be very different than a typical presidency. democrats don't have a deep bench. barack obama's approval ratings have been going up, somewhat unusual. he will still be the head of the democratic party. to remain as an ex-president, he's got to remain at least somewhat above politics. that's a difficult line to walk. eisenhower, you wrote the great book about, went to gettysburg. washington went to mount vernon. obama's gonna stay in washington until his daughter finishes high school and then is going to move to chicago. he's going to be called on to unite the dispatch party.
>> bret: thank you. the book "washington's farewell." thanks for being here. why doesn't the u.s. have a detailed plan to fight in cyberspace? the latest from the pentagon on that issue when we come back. hey, need fast heartburn relief? try cool mint zantac. it releases a cooling sensation in your mouth and throat. zantac works in as little as 30 minutes. nexium can take 24 hours. try cool mint zantac. no pill relieves heartburn faster. new girl, huh? yeah, i'm --
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with cyber threats. more on this from jennifer griffin at the pentagon. good evening. >> good evening. president-elect donald trump has given his national security team 90 days to come up with a plan to defend the nation's infrastructure and secrets from hacking. >> we are hacked by everybody. the united states, our government, out of a list of 17 in terms of intel is the worst. it is number 17 in terms of protection. >> based on what i've been able to read and have been briefed, we do not have a cyber security policy. we do not have a comprehensive strategy around a rapidly emerging threats. >> trump acknowledged he believed russia was behind hacking of the dnc. it was the first time he had said so publicly. he also pointed out other nations have penetrated u.s. systems, blaming china, which is accused of stealing sensitive security records of 22 million
americans. that cyber attack occurred in 2014. one of the most damaging government heists in u.s. history. later that year, the state department had to take down its entire unclassified email system due to foreign hacking. in 2015, a cyber hack into the office of the chairman of the joint chiefs affected more than 4,000 unclassified email accounts of the pentagon. those accounts were kept off-line for ten days. in other words, foreign hacking is not new. >> aware that the u.s. -- russian was hacking into the u.s. election. >> u.s. officials admit that the u.s. government does not currently have a well articulated cyber defense strategy. >> we have tried to up our game defensively. we have, you know, selectively
responded. >> the american people are getting a picture on how big this is, how ubiquitous it is, how dangerous it is and that something has to be done about it. >> defense secretary leon panetta warned about a future cyber pearl harbor. >> bret: thank you, jennifer. let's talk more about cyber threats. former president and ceo of ibm. he joins us from new york. thanks for being here. we had you on the set in washington about the commission and the reports. i want to get your thoughts. we have that national intelligence folks on the hill answering questions. they seemed to not say they had a plan in place. it seems like it's been a long time to come up with a cyber attack plan. >> as you know, i spent a year going through and starting all elements of this.
our focus really was not on national security by the direction of the executive order but more on the commercial, economic side. having been through all the work that was done, we had multiple hearings. i agree there is no conference of plan and it's a combination of policy, technology, research and development. and it's also a combination of international relations, trade agreements, acts of war. if you stand back. i spent a year looking at this. there really isn't an end end-d plan paired we came up with some recommendations but we are only focused on the commercial side of things, not the national security side. >> bret: after looking at it as closely as you did, where would you rate where the u.s. is as far as its ability to deal with this issue broadly? >> my opinion, i spent a lot of time on the national security side when i was working with the
cyber command center as well as work i did with the council on foreign relations. good within that establishment. doesn't mean things aren't going to happen but if you had to rank the things in the u.s. as far as our ability to deal with cyber to protect our society and economy, honestly, national security, the intelligence agencies and the military are the best we have within government. from there it goes downhill very, very quickly. on the commercial side of government, the opm hack, those sorts of things, there's a significant amount of work that needs to be done to clean up the infrastructure of the support systems of the u.s. government paired we also need a lot to do to enhance the internet for the citizens. authentication, identification management, access points and the like. all that needs to be done. i talk about a conference of reports. like a lot of things in large organizations, it's fragmented. no one has to back. the president has never asked
for a strategy. it's not just the past administration paired we went back to the clinton administration. nobody has asked or given a strategy that is dealing with this problem. not only national security not only commercial, economic, banking. an end-to-end strategy. and we need to have somebody in charge paired we have no one in charge. >> bret: are you encouraged by what you hear from president-elect donald trump about his plans, his administration's plans? >> in light of all the attention it's getting because of the russian hack on the election, the dnc, et cetera. we have a heightened awareness. somebody needs to do something, bret. i've been on this subject for almost ten years. someone needs to take action. i would suggest and we say in the report the president should appoint somebody who is in charge of a cyber strategy that
if something occurs they can convene the meeting with the appropriate people. someone needs to be put in charge. it's that simple. then a lot of work has to occur. i would start with putting somebody in charge. there is no one, of today, in charge. >> bret: we talked last time about how extensive this is. it also includes the internet of things. anything essentially connected to the internet. there are some amazing stories out there about what hackers are getting access to and what they are seeing and what they are doing. >> you are absolutely correct. you had a speaker a couple nights ago who talked about the internet of things. all these devices today, even the home devices, are connected to the internet. basically, we call them access points. they are points of entry. a camera, sensor. whatever it happens to be.
those devices need to become more secure. we recommend a cyber star, like the energy efficiency star. you get a reading on its security on that device itself. secondarily another thing we need to educate people. if you are a high-profile person, if you have alexis or something in your home, you need to understand that as you interface with that device, it's building a pattern of your behavior in the cloud. it is creating your profile. somebody like you or somebody in a high position in the private sector or public sector, they need to understand. people used to say well, i deleted my email. delete never stood for erased until all these embarrassing situations occur. it's the same thing today. as you use these devices, there
is a profile being built. my point is that they are terrific devices and they are wonderful for personal convenience. the user needs to be educated to the associated implications as they interface with these kinds of technologies. >> bret: sam, it's scary stuff. we appreciate you coming on and we will follow this issue. it's big for the country. i may go to carrier pigeons. i'm not sure. thank you so much. next up, president-elect donald trump takes on the media over russia. he says he will either get along with vladimir putin or he won't. it gets fiery at times. we will get reaction from the panel when we come back.
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♪ >> i have no dealings with russia. i have no deals in russia. i have no deals that could happen in russia because we have stayed away. and i have no loans with russia. we could make deals in russia very easily if we want to do, i just don't want to because i think that will be a conflict. >> bret: donald trump, president-elect him his first news conference since july. he got fiery at times.he did wir reports unsubstantiated that russia had some details, personal information, financial information on him, that he pushed back hard on. he also went on to a number of different topics about the wall in mexico, his financial ties with his business, let's break down this news conference with our panel from washington. matt schlapp's is contributor h "the hill." susan page, from "usa today,"
and james rosen. all right, james, first, an overview about this news conference in your assessment. >> the hand-to-hand combat with selected conference of the news media whom mr. trump deemed especially dishonest or irresponsible in their reporting. there was a lot of news. we learn, for example, that the repeal and replace for obamacare will happen, as mr. trump said, essentially, simultaneously. we learned that we are expecting a major report on the hacking defenses within 90 days and that we should get a supreme court nominee within the first two weeks of the trump presidency. there was a lot to it, substantively, quite apart from the sort of raucous flavor of the thing. i think in all, it made good on his promise that he made when he visited the carrier plant in indiana and november. he said, if it is not presidential, that's okay. that's okay. i think he is going to redefine what it means for us to have a presidential news conference. >> bret: i didn't invite you on here for the impression,
added bonus. susan, the pushback from the president-elect from the transition team could not have been stronger to these reports. >> yes, absolutely. a lot of criticism today by journalists of the decision by buzz feed to publish salacious, unsubstantiated versions of that report. cnn, with their reports. in any case, the pushback i met could not have been dear sir, i. he used a four letter word in describing it as outrageous and at medical, democrats try to ask a question, he wouldn't let them ask a question because it criticizes organization. this was a situation, he was pretty perilous for any politician to have had a story like that come out, to be dealing with it in a few hours. he dealt with it with some real confidence and certainty. it doesn't mean that story is away. i thought he was pretty
effective in answering the questions about it, just the morning after the stories had surfaced. >> bret: 17 questions he took, matt. this is an indication, perhaps, of president trump interacting with the press. we have seen him on twitter go after different reports. this was confronting these things head on in person. >> yeah, and he likes to do this. i mean, his last press conference was quite a long time ago and he broke a lot of news in that press conference. i think some of his new handlers at the campaign cassette, hey, we have to stop this for a while. if it was up to donald trump, i think he would take -- i hate to say enemies in the press -- those who push them in the press, he likes to take them on. by the way, he was incredibly effective in knocking down what i really think is a outrageous story that came out of buzzfeed. i also think he was particularly effective in knocking back somehow russia has got the goods
on him or somehow, they financed his business career. i think he knocked back those answers very effectively. i agree with james. he made a lot of news. he is recasting what a presidential news conference is. >> bret: just to be clear, senior trump transition advisor are telling fox tonight that he didn't -- he wasn't given this two page document, that was the original cnn reports. they are telling us that that is not accurate, either, that it was kind of an aside, a mention. i want to play sound bite about the split in the finances and how that is going to play. >> i could actually run my business and when governments of the same time. i don't like the way that looks but i would be able to do it. these papers are all just a piece of the many, many companies that are being put into trust to be run by my two sons. i hope at the end of eight years, i'll come back and i'll say, oh, you did a good job.
otherwise, they do badge up, i'll i'll say, you're fired. >> bret: his sons, james, running the company. he is saying he's essentially pulling himself out. it is likely not going to satisfy all the critics about these ties in washington. >> if you are one of the trump sons, that would probably a daunting moment to be equated with the idea that you could be fired as a signoff sauna from r father. not from the business, you are fired as a son. there are, we have seen them in this town, some of them have been dining out in the purported trump conflicts of interest stories for three months now. professional givers of ethics flack and i doubt those people would have been satisfied by anything short of some kind of corporate harry carey to the trump organization. i think by most objective standards, by the standards of the people, this will look like he went pretty far along the way to do everything he needs to do, in fact, to avoid, even the appearance of conflict of interest. >> bret: susan, i mean, the
lawyer comes out, he steps inside, she lays out exactly what is going to happen. any money that goes to the properties that he will still own, he will donate, he says, much of the treasury. what about the appearances and the practicality of this? >> i think james is right. he took some steps. probably, at some cost to himself. may be some pain to himself. with his business empire that he has helped build. he didn't -- maybe it is not possible to deal with the appearance of conflict of interest that are likely to follow, as his sons from his empire, which is of course, called "trump." the second bit of surprise, dealing with the trump sons, their father is the president of the united states. this will be a continuing story. one point that donald trump made today was that when the question was about why don't you release your tax returns, he said, the only people to care about that our reporters. voters don't care about that. if that is the case, then even if there are questions about the appearance of terms, it doesn't
hurt him with the people who are behind him right now. >> bret: yet, matt, democrats on the hill will likely continue to bring that up as a big problem. is this going to somehow hinder his ability to make deals or get along with them, to get things across the finish line? >> look, i think that everything he decides, when he doesn't follow the normal order of things, it has to withstand public scrutiny. along the lines of the taxes, the american people have to think that, he is not doing anything improper. when it comes to how he handles his business empire, what i am shocked at is obama, head of the government ethics, taking trump on directly, saying, this is not a real plan. i listen to that press conference. we all did. it is a serious way to approach what we haven't seen before, a multibillion are becoming the president of the united states with these marquee assets cap that you really can't click
liquidate. it seems like a common sense plan. if the american voter and american people somehow think that he is profiting off the oval office, from everything i can see, a new way of doing it, he is passing the test of scrutiny. >> bret: yeah, james, quickly. it's not like he has to just get rid of some stock. i mean, he's a real estate developer. >> he is putting things into a trust. he is donating the proceeds from foreign governments when they state has hotels. one final point i want to make great if you listen care select all my carefully to mr. trump, the big star, so to speak, isn't the news media, it isn't john brennan at the cia, it appears to be big pharma. what he said was, we have to get our drug industry back, pharma has a lot of lobbies and lobbyists. he said, they are getting away with murder. if you are a lobbyist for big pharma i don't know if you should be raising or lowering right now.
♪ >> bret: welcome to the second hour of "special report." we are coming to you life from the campus of embry riddle aeronautical university in daytona beach, florida. that, by the way, either up or call of the original wright brothers plane behind us. the first top of a florida spring for "special report" tonight. i am bret baier. our top story tonight comes out of new york. the first news conference since the election for president-elect donald trump. senior national correspondent john roberts was there, in fact, ask for the first question. good evening, john. bret, good evening to you. i asked donald trump directly if he ever received a two page
written summary detailing the unsubstantiated allegations that russia was compiling compromising evidence on him. trump with an answer the question directly, but late today, a highly placed source inside the trump transition told me that the intelligence chiefs on friday never gave him anything on paper. at his press conference early today, trump was incensed that any of this ever made it into the public domain. >> i think it was disgraceful. disgraceful. that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake. and that is something that germany would have done and did do. >> the allegations have been quietly circulating for months among politicos and reporters. the senior transition source tells fox news it was "barely mentioned in passing by the intel chiefs on friday. and that trumps the substance of the allegations later." >> it is all fake news. it is funny stuff. it didn't happen. and it was gotten by opponents of hours, as you know, because
he reported it, so did many of the other people. it was a group of opponents that got together, sick people. >> as trump's team was searching for a way to battle back after its release, trump was thrown a lifeline by vladimir putin, who spokesman said the kremlin never collected compromising information on trump, calling the document and utter fabrication and nonsense. >> president putin and russia put out a statement today that this fake news was indeed fake. they said, i totally never happened. no, somebody was a come of course he's going to say that. i respected the fact that he said that. speak about trump's praise for britain had its limits. and a response to a question from fox news, he acknowledged that putin likely hacked the dnc. >> as far as i can come i think it was russia. >> trump pledged that the relationship with putin will be very different. >> he shouldn't be doing it, he won't be doing it. russia will have much greater respect for our country when i am leaving it then when other people have let it.
but i won't be giving a little reset button like hillary. here, press this piece of plastic. think of all the talk about russia was a diversion from its original intent of the conference, to detail how trump will unwind himself from his vast business empire. trump's attorney, sherri dillon, announced he will place all of his assets into a trust. not a blind trust because that just wouldn't work. >> president trump can't on know he owns trump tower. the press will make sure that any developments of the trump organization are well publicized. >> trump also resigned all of his offices, in turn control of the company over two sons eric and don, jr., and associates and don mike allen weisel berg. the trump organization will not have to sell the old post office hotel in washington, despite a clause in the federal lease saying no elected official may hold an ownership stake in the project. the company argues mr. trump is exempt from a clause because he signed a lease before he ran for president. and mr. trump today promised that all profits derived from payments from foreign
governments to trump organization companies would be donated to the u.s. treasury. trump also weighed in on obamacare, revealing, it is his preference to tackle it all at once. >> it will be repealed and replaced, most likely on the same day or the same week, but probably the same day. could be the same hour. >> and trump revealed today that he would announce his pick to fill the vacant seat of the supreme court within two weeks of taken the oath of office. there is no word on whether trump has widow down the field, only saying, he is working out the original list of 20 or 21 original justices that he unveiled earlier and the general election campaign. bret. >> john roberts, live outside trump tower two. john, thank you. mark your president-elect trumps cabinet nominees, to questions from senators on capitol hill. mike emanuel is life life on te hill. tonight, .
bret, good evening. it is not surprised that secretary of state's nominee rex tillerson was a -- he blamed the obama administration for mishandling moscow. >> it was in the absence of american leadership that this door was left open. and unattended signals were sent. we backtracked our commitments we made to allies. we sent weak or mixed signals with red redlines that turned o green lights. we did not recognize that russia does not think like we do. >> it was also day two of senator jeff sessions confirmation hearing to be the next attorney general. sessions did not testify today and said it was former justice officials outside experts, and democratic members of congress testifying for and against his nomination. one who spoke in favor was hired by sessions as the republican chief counsel on the judiciary committee. >> he fought for civil rights. he prosecuted members of the
ku klux klan. and most importantly, he fought for the liberty of all americans, regardless of the color of their skin, or their personal beliefs. >> the hearing included civil rights icon democratic congressman john lewis opposing sessions. even though this photo from this selma 50th anniversary commemoration showed the two of them together. a new jersey democrat senator brooke precedent by testifying against sessions. >> if you want to be attorney general, they must be able to continue the hallowed traditions tradition of fighting for justice of all, for equal justice, for civil rights. senator sessions record does not speak to that desire, and tension, or will. >> there was also a moment to an republican senator lindsey graham challenged naacp president cornell brooks to name a single republican his organization with support for attorney general. >> the report card is based on legislation, not party affiliation. >> well, any kind of guy that one party gives 100% and nobody
else does very well on our side. >> i don't think it is odd, it simply reflects -- >> i think it's really odd. i hope that doesn't make us all racist. >> elaine chao also had a confirmation hearing to be transformation secretary, she talked about fixing the nation's infrastructure and creative ways and chao warns that economic gains are being threatened by our aging infrastructure. bret. >> bret: my, what is the latest on the effort to repeal and replace obamacare in this dumb accented? i talked about the votorama that is going on? because they were about hundreds of amendments, one related to obamacare. if it passes, it would essentially notify the relevant committees to write to repeal legislation of obamacare. the idea is that congress would vote next month on repeal. the goal is to get it on president trump's desk by february 20th. bret. >> bret: mike emanuel life on
the help. we will follow that. if there is any breaking. again, we are following the bizarre controversy over a painting displayed at the u.s. capitol depicting a police officer as a pig. republicans and democrats have been fighting over this for days, putting it up, taking it down, putting it out, taking it down. chief legal correspondent shannon bream is in washington tonight with an update. good evening, shannon. first of all, we want to know where's the painting right now. bret come at last check, it is hanging in the u.s. capitol. maybe not for long. the fighter for the painting is now entering a new phase. democratic congressman william lacy clay who first post of the painting after it won's districts arch contrast, he had to rehang at three different times, is calling on house speaker paul ryan to leave the painting where it is and to prevent further acts of what clay calls, vigilante censorshi censorship. >> we have objection to go to the procedures to get it.
don't arbitrarily take this kid's picture. okay? >> dave reichert himself, a former sheriff, says the painting depicting at least one police officer is a pig violates house rules. >> we did track down some guidelines that have been used in the past, at least as we have been told, to kind of manage, you have children walking through these halls and looking at these pieces of art. >> and a letter to capitol architect stephen ayres today, he said he is not looking to censor individual freedom of speech or expression, but says there are rules in place that govern the art competition and he wants them enforced. "and accordance with the policy, exhibits depicting political controversy or a sensational ballistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. "in his celebration, clay said this, the painting portrays a
colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice. the tragic events in ferguson, missouri, the fingering elements of inequality in modern american society. he cites the description as proof that the painting violates the standards for display in the capital. members of the congressional black caucus suggested it may be time, then, to change the rules. they say g.o.p. congressman duncan hunter, who was the first to take down the painting, should show some remorse. >> my hope is that a representative hunter will to this young man and all of my colleagues will work together to protect the rights of our freedom and expression and work to empower and enhance self-esteem of all of our high school students. >> also has g speaker brian today, clay said it is that simple. if you don't like a painting, you don't have to eat -- you move onto the next one. don't take it down. bret. >> bret: a lot about this painting. shannon, thank you. what would you do about the painting? let me know on twitter, @bretbaier, use the hashtag
#specialreport. or on facebook, facebook.com/bretbaiersr. officials with washington, d.c.,'s much-maligned mass transit system say the metro is under no responsibility to help his passengers in the event of a fire or other emergency situations. that startling claim comes as much or ask a judge to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from an electronic goal -- electrical, rather, malfunction in 2015 that left one woman dead and other passengers stuck on the train in a tunnel for some time. metro says the responsibility in such a matter falls in the fire department. now, news overseas, a top iraqi commander says the operation to retake muzzle from isis could be complete in three months or less. the general tells "the associated press," iraqi forces now control about 85% of eastern mosel. but he said the fight is difficult, calling it a guerrilla warfare. he says, iraqi forces need continued support and encouragement equipment from the us-led coalition.
a new report from a special inspector general for afghanistan says that country needs a stable security environment to prevent it from him again becoming a safe haven for al-qaeda and other militants. but it says, afghan forces are not yet capable of securing all of the country by themselves. the report comes up on the heels of four deadly bombings there. correspondent conor powell has the night from our middle east newsroom. >> after weeks of relative calm, afghanistan was rocked by a series of bombings this week. leaving thousands dead and injured. in kandahar, a bomb headed inside a self at the governors has killed killed at least 13 people. among the dead, five diplomats from the tiny oil-rich nation of the united arab emirates. the afghan governor and the marauding ambassadors or survived the book blast but were severely injured. a u.s. alley and afghanistan served as a base for caliban fundraising. the taliban, however, quickly denied carrying out the attack.
and in kabul, two bombs i exploded, killing 38. i was doing my business and heard a loud explosion, this man said. i got down and a modifier and debris and explosive debris flew past me. it was very dangerous. the continued violence across the country highlights a dangerous security situation. despite more than 15 years of u.s. military operations there. u.s. commanders had planned on withdrawing the remaining 10,000 american troops in afghanistan by the end of 2017. however, the taliban continued to gain ground. lastly, the pentagon announced it was sending an additional 300 u.s. marines to help battle insurgents. while afghan security forces have greatly improved in recent years, the central government remains corrupt and weak and also, the taliban continued to launch attacks from inside neighboring pakistan. security analysts have argued now is the time for a new
approach in afghanistan. but so far, president-elect trump has yet to offer any indication of what his plan will be. bret. >> bret: our middle east newsroom. thank you. two teachers kidnapped outside the american university of afghanistan and kabul last september are asking president-elect trump to offer a prisoner exchange. the taliban has released a video showing american kevin king and australian timothy weeks. it is the first time they have been seen since the abduction. let's talk more now about the situation in afghanistan and the region. michael waltz is a veteran of the afghan war. he is also the author of the book "warrior diplomat, a green berets battles from washington to afghanistan." he is with us in washington tonight. mike, what is your assessment of afghanistan now, knowing what you know, talking to the repeal of you talk to? bret, the wheels aren't completely off the bus in afghanistan. they are extremely shaky. i am worried about the stability
of the afghan government, led by a very capable president, with a very shaky structure. i am worried about the ability of the afghan army to hold. and most importantly, i am worried about al-qaeda reconstituting and using afghanistan as a base to attack the west, which they are doing. you know, it shocks me a bit that in the hearings today was secretary of state nominee rex tillerson, they were virtually no questions being asked about the strategy in afghanistan, where we still have 8400 troops more than we have in iraq. where is it going, how are we going to bolster the government, is the strategy and overly restricted, none of this was asked, none of this was mentioned in the campaign. i fear that we truly have a forgotten war again and that we are not going -- it is not going to pop up on everybody's radar screens until we lose a major city like mosel, like we did in
iraq with mosel. what that happens in afghanistan, i feared might be too late. >> bret: candidate obama called afghanistan the good work, as opposed to a rock. he increased troops there. let's take a look at the u.s. troop levels since 2009. 51,000 in 2009, going to a peak of 2011 at 100,000. then, i study drawdown, in fact, come back operations, the obama administration said were over. they put in more marines, 300, now, as you mentioned, 8400 is the total number in 2017. is that enough, one, and two, i heard a stat from general keane the other day that the taliban e territory now than i did in 2001? >> they do, bret. the taliban does control more territory. that is according to the united nations. they are staging for attacks on afghanistan's major cities. to your point on president obama, i was in my
headquarters in 2009 when he announced to the surge, the massive increase of troops. but in the same speech, announced a timeline for its withdrawal. one of my officers standing next to me said, sir, that's like, can you imagine franklin delano roosevelt announcing d-day and then, telling the germans when we are leaving, and the effect of that had on the ground? just pulled the rug out from under us. immediately out, both tactically and strategically. then, what what of our enemies,d our allies heard from president obama since? they heard we are going to it withdrawing 2009, we are going to withdraw in 2011, we are going to withdraw in 2014. now, he said, we will withdraw by the end of his term in 2016. but we haven't because our enemies are still at war with us. what is needed, but i hoping to see at the new administration, y different message. i am not calling for hundreds of thousands of troops, no one is. but the message need to be
different, we are standing with you, much like we start with our allies in south korea. we checked with our allies in germany against an ideology of communism. we have to stand with our allies against the ideology of islamic extremism. until we do, we are really going to struggle. >> bret: recently, i just did these two hours about the military and talk to a lot of folks. there was a morale issue about rules of engagement, about feeling like they weren't being unleashed to do what they do in both iraq and afghanistan. i want to ask you, are you encouraged to read what you're hearing the president-elect? do you think the policy is going to change, considering that he hasn't said he would like to get involved overseas as much, at least on the campaign trail? >> ironically, i think the right strategic pieces are in place out on the ground. you have an advisory mission to help the afghan army gets better. you have a counterterrorism
force to continue to take the fight to the terrorist senior leadership. and you have the enablers of the afghans are going to need for a long time. air support, medevac support, intelligent support. but this administration has tied their hands. it is to your issue of morale, it is the worst of both worlds. you are out from our family, then, your hands are tied. so, what i'm hoping to see is, one, that roger broader stratec message, we are in a global war against terrorist extremism. if we are going to deploy our forces, take the handcuffs off and let them do what they have been trained to do. that is what i'm hoping to see. >> bret: mike walt's in washington. mike, as always, thank you. speetwo thinks, bret. >> bret: coming up, melania term, the first lady to be. and straight ahead, the media's coverage of reports that russians have embarrassing information about president-elect trump after the break.
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♪ >> bret: president-elect donald trump slammed many in the news media today for reporting a claim that russia had embarrassing information about him that could be used as blackmail. let's talk about the coverage of that story. with us tonight, fox news media analyst and host of faulkner's media buzz, howard kurtz. in faulkner's politics editor, chris stirewalt. they are in washington. chris, first to you. it wasn't contentious at times today. >> [laughs] yes, that is a word for it. the president-elect refers to a network as fake news and tells them he won't call them, yes, contentious is a word.
it was interesting. the overall set piece for the press conference was a staid and calm. they were trying to evoke presidential authority and have this very serious briefing about his transfer of power. then, donald trump was going to be donald trump before anything was said and done. >> bret: let's take a listen to the president-elect about two news organizations. >> as far as buzz feet, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, i think they are going to suffer the consequences, they already are. don't be rude. don't be rude. don't be rude. i'm not going to give you -- i am not going to give you a question. you are fake news. >> bret: well, buzzfeed put out a statement, the editor, ben smith, notes, there are serious reasons to doubt the allegations. we have been chasing specific claims this document for weeks and will continue to become a publishi not an easy or simple call.
people of goodwill may disagree with our choice publishing this dossier reflects that we see the job of a partisan 2017. really? >> not how i see the job, bret. let's be clear. this is a perversion of journalism for busby to put out this bubbling stew of unverified allegations, serious doubt about these allegations. the editor also called trump a mendacious racist during the campaign. flies in the face of any notion of fairness or standard of proof. now, cnn, which we saw cnn correspondent jim acosta trying to get a question from trump. in a different category in this respect, it did publish a story, saying it was embarrassing information that may have compromised donald trump in the eyes of russia. but it held back the salacious details, so come i think it there was some restraint there. i still don't think i would've put that on the air, either. >> bret: chris, there are significant pushback according to john roberts, the senior trump official said that the
president-elect didn't get these two pages of this memo, this dossier, that was talked about in passing. that was the whole thing that cnn was reporting, i guess, was the two pages were an addendum to this intelligence report about russia. >> and "the new york times" cooperated with cnn had found. whether it was said in passing, whether it was appended to the document, whatever, the first part, i think how we makes a distinction. the first part is responsible journalism when you say, okay, we understand my donald trump was warned about the stuff, and president obama was told about this, and this is aired, it is out there. that is an incremental part of the story about what is russia trying to dig in the u.s. system. interesting. then, buzzfeed says, just throw it out there, i guess everybody ought to see it. there's a reason you don't put stuff like that out there because it is defamatory and hurts people and if you don't know that it is true, you ought not bandied about.
>> bret: howie, this tone, this tenor, this news conference, fired up his supporters of social media. and what does this say about the president to be and his interaction with the press going forward do you think? >> obviously, it has been a contentious relationship during the 18 month, continuing during the transition. boy, buzzfeed gave the president-elect a big, gift wrapped president. they didn't try to use dismiss this defensively. this was teed up with vice president elect pens, sean spicer, even before donald trump came out, desperate for clicks at all of that. here is where it is really damaging. in the eyes of many people, it is not just about buzzfeed, is not just about cnn's limited story. it is a way for the incoming president, who doesn't have much love for the media to discredit all of us. a lot of people say, that is typical of the mainstream media, even though president-elect trump did point out that most of the organizations, some of them had the material committed in
such a parade in the eyes of the public, looks like we all are we from time to time. >> bret: chris, last thing. we're getting more that the house in the senate are going to get classified briefings from the intelligence community on what we know about the hacking surrounding the u.s. election. barring some other evidence in this particular issue, as this story going to the wayside? >> no. first of all, there will be leaks from what is presented to congress. that always happens. that building has more holes in it than a sponge. so, there you go. that will happen. the other thing is, this is part of a narrative that democrats are building about trump as a stooge or prophet or patsy for vladimir putin. they love anything that they can build into that and they will keep pushing and pushing and pushing. this is going to be something that trump will not be easily shut out as long as democrats have anything to say about it. >> bret: chris stirewalt, howard kurtz, gentlemen,
thank you. with less than two weeks until the inauguration, there are a lot of questions tonight about the incoming first lady, melania trump. people want to know more. how is she going to act as first lady? what is she going to do? what is her issue? correspondent house is just like her husband, mrs. trump defies tradition and convention. >> the trump administration, the office of the first lady is reportedly going to be changed to the office of the first family. it may signal the emergence of dual administration roles for the two most important women in trump's life, daughter ivanka and his wife, soon to be first lady, melania. >> she is the potential to be the next jacqueline kennedy. she is a high-fashion icon. she's a business woman. she's involved with philanthropic and charitable endeavors. >> melania will bring an uncommon backer to the white house come the second verse lady born outside the u.s. the firstborn in formerly communist country. she speaks five languages. the first to open a supermodel and without a doubt, the first to pose.
her decision to stay in new york for the first months of the administration is based on her 10-year-old son, who will finish the school year they are. a second factor may be her discomfort in the political sphere. her first major foray into it, the speech of the g.o.p. convention. >> your work as your bond. >> with findings of plagiarism, she largely retreated from kent, campaign speaking but denied it was because of this. >> my priority is my son. i want to be a mother first. >> her partial withdrawal chorus coincided with ivanka's rise. she announced today that her intention is to help level the playing field for female entrepreneurs and job creators. whomever occupies the office of first family will find a powerful new bully pulpit. >> because it is a podium with a very, very loud voice. and any first lady, when they arrive, i don't think they have any idea about how loud that voice can be. >> melania promises not to shy
away from it, no matter how intense the incoming fire. >> you know, i am very strong, i'm very confident. i could handle everything. >> both trump women have expressed a desire to protect the interest of children. invanka telephoning members of congress. child care deductions for those making it a $500,000 a year. bret. >> bret: doug, thank you. please join me this weekend for a special look at the presidency of another man who won the office despite, or perhaps because he was not a politician. we are talking about dwight eisenhower, the general who led american forces to victory in world war ii, who went on to serve two terms in the oval office. in this excerpt from our our special this weekend, "three days in january," we take a look at how president eisenhower dealt with the soviet union. ♪
>> in 1959, joined by his wife and sons, have made the first visit by a russian leader to the united states. eisenhower escorted the soviet leader and his way through the nation's capital amid maximum security and thousands of onlookers. there were meetings at the white house, visits to washington, d.c., landmarks. these home videos have a rare glimpse of a soviet leaders get to know america tour, that continued on to new york city, los angeles, and it even had a stop at a farm in iowa. then, back to camp david for a private talk with price president eisenhower, followed by a visit to ike's home and family in gettysburg, pennsylvania, . >> this is where you would have meant the soviet premier. >> right here. >> by simply knowing people, is but all entities must do if they are going to put you to dehumanize the other side. i saw this. >> the trip went well.
there was talk of eisenhower visiting moscow the following year. but then, on may 1st, 1960, the soviet union shot down an american spy plane over one of their missile sites. >> gary powers is shot down, and that pretty much puts a halt to this relationship, it seemed like your grandfather was building. >> what this allowed him to do, or forced him to do, was to really think hard about how much the soviets really wanted at that point. >> your grandfather didn't apologize. >> that's right. in the sense that he was made to feel he should apologize, this is probably a measure of the collapse of this effort altogether. >> of course, it is carved into the cold war. >> bret: please join me for they deep view of "three days in january," 8:00 p.m. eastern sunday night. the program is based on the book
of my same name, "three days in january: dwight eisenhower's final mission," which came out yesterday. it deals with the three days from eisenhower's farewell address to john f. kennedy's inauguration. and that is in part why we're here at embry riddle aeronautical university, the first stop in a florida spring with a special report on the road. so, what did you think of president-elect's first news conference? we will get reaction from our second hour panel after a break. per roll more "doing chores for dad" per roll
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question. you are fake news. >> bret: well, that gives you a flavor of the news conference in new york today. let's bring our second hour panel. tim farley is hosted managing editor of the morning briefing potus on sirius xm radio. mollie hemingway, senior editor at the federalist. and tom rogan, columnist for national review. an opportunity lives. your thoughts first on what we learned. we should point out there was a lot more than just the rush of back-and-forth with the media. we will talk about in just a moment, the wall, the southern border, obamacare, his finances. your overall take of this news conference? >> wow. that was amazing. i know there were a lot of important things that came out in the press conference, particularly about conflicts of interest. for me, the big take away is that he took this bold stance against media shenanigans. it wasn't just that he said that buzzfeed was a failing pile of garbage or that he called out another reporter and said he
worked for a terrible news organization. he said that he alone was able to stand up to bullying media because he has a megaphone. i think this is a point that it's really important for understanding the 2016 election. a lot of people think that our media are just treating them, their views, their way of life, the things they care about, with utter disdain. lacey and donald trump, someone who is willing to push back. they also see that this is in a context of a lot of republicans and risked on my conservative leaders who have failed to punch back against this media that is complete the out of control. now, it is not good that the media is having major credibility problems. you need a media to hold politicians accountable. our media are not in a good position to do that right now because they have such bad credibility, not just because of our they had on the 2016 election, also, because of how they handle the last eight years, largely being sycophantic toward president obama. that is not good for us. we need a good, strong media.
we need to stop these temper tantrums, they need to go up, stop behaving like children and start working hard at regaining their credibility and trust with the american people. >> bret: tim, that is what i heard on the campaign trail. i heard people were sick of political correctness. they wanted somebody to fight for them. they wanted some wow somebody to stand up to the media, to shake stuff up. either party wasn't getting it it done in washington. he continues to to tap into that, at least if you read social media. is that what happened today? >> a couple of different things. number one, from a stylistic standpoint, we got exactly what we got during the campaign. in-your-face kind of done donald trump. it was odd that this circumstances was set up, there was an audience of supporters that meant that words applause for the man in the front of the room. i was reminded, either offered with anger, your member in "the huffington post" first got called on by president obama, that is a big thing. all of a sound from a social media was a part of it, or a different kind of media. i think we'll get over a lot of
that. what is really going to play out as time goes by, the fact the business what people people wanted when they voted for donald trump and this is what they are going to continue to get. it also, by the way, was an odd news conference, there was an awful lot of information, john roberts to do the story at the beginning of this two hour marathon, excellent newscast, one of the things that came across is that there was an awful lot and there about what he was going to do with the affordable care act, what he was going to do when it came -- russia, russia actually had committed the hacks. in some ways, the typical thing that happens with donald trump, we pay attention sometimes to the optics. there was an awful lot of meet there. some of which kind of slipped by. i think we will be observing that over the next few days. >> bret: tom, what about the russia side of it? as tim mentioned, he does come to my confront and safe russia was behind these hacks around the u. election. but then, pushes back as hard as he could push back on these unsubstantiated reports.
>> i think in terms of controversies, two things that came out, as tim says, the first point, the obamacare repeal, sooner rather than later. and you see through that, the extension is a breakdown in personal relations between mr. trump and mr. obama, the president. the second point on russia, what is going to happen here, i think, in the next couple of weeks, if nothing more comes ou out, i think it goes away. i think the russia issue generally goes away because at that point, it'll be all about policy. but i suspect more things might come out. the reason i say that is if we have any credibility at the u.s. intelligence community, the source for the report has performed in the past, in terms of collecting accurate information, if that was not the case, i think the british government would have put a lot of pressure on him as a performer british intelligence officer not to do this because it puts him in a very, very difficult position with mr. trump going forward.
they are already extremely concerned about that. i think there are other things going on here that might come out. >> bret: let's turn to this other issue. he was asked about the southern border wall. mollie, take a listen to the sound bite. >> there will be a major border tax on these companies that are leaving and getting away with murder. if our politicians had what it takes, they would have done this years ago and he would have millions more workers right now in the united states that are 96 million, really wanting a job and they can't get. you know that story. the real number. >> bret: that, obviously about the border tax for companies that build things overseas and then bring their products in. he also talked about the wall, saying, it is happening. i do mexico will essentially be billed for it, mollie, a different turn of phrase. the same message. >> it is a turn of phrase. it is one of the things we haven't done a good job of talking about over the last
year. building a wall is something that actually isn't something people have talked about for years, wanting to to do, increg border security. this idea that we are going to get mexico to pay for it through this means makes more sense than just an outright, that they will outright pay for it. it is also speaking to the need for donald trump to come up with an economic policy that is much broader than this. he is talking about penalizing a company here or there or working and throwing a lot of benefits that a company to keep a few employees here. we need a broad-based, comprehensive reform and not so much the stick but the carriage. making the united states a place that is very friendly and hospitable to large corporations with large number of employees. that is hopefully what he is thinking you have, more than this type of border security plan for fixing the economy. >> bret: tim, does the layout that they made on the financial separation, if you will, from the trump company, was it
significant enough, do you think, for notch people in washington, but people at home? >> it is pushing the envelope. there is no question about it. quoting his attorney, sherri dillon, the conflict of interest laws simply do not apply to the president or vice president. they are not required to separate themselves from the financial assets. she went on to quote some of the legal statutes. i think what he is tried to do is push the envelope and say i am the president, if it is legal, even the off the government ethics came out and said this is something that has the appearance of a problem, whether it is a difference of legality and appearance. i think what donald trump is doing what he did during the campaign, trying to push at the end or to whatever level he can what he can get away with. he did it with taxes when he was a businessman. he was served as president. i think it puts us into the position of having to evaluate a most everything he does on that basis. it may not be illegal, but he will push it from a political standpoint. >> bret: tom, quickly, we haven't seen this before.
we haven't seen the billionaire businessman who takes office and is a real estate developer. it's not like he is just selling a portfolio of stocks. >> grow, it isn't. i think the link there between the economic policy, i think this is why i would agree with mollie on the idea that he has to very quickly, i think, two things, get around corporate tax reform and in terms of reducing rates. but unless he does that, what is going to keep happening is that it will be the sound bite, i got a few jobs here, they are. but it's also going to dredge up the political past, right, if you don't put this business element to the side or at least put a position of clarity that has the appearance of being credible in terms of the balancing of his interest, it is just going to keep going and going and going. it will degrade his perspective is the president. >> bret: on the flip side, there people on capitol hill that they when he gets in, his executive orders start flying and stuff is moving on capitol hill, very fast, that may give him some breathing room
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freedom and regimes resumes the oppressive are often at threat and these things happen to them. i am not willing to make conclusions at what is only publicly available or been publicly -- >> none of this is classified, mr. tillerson. these people are dead. >> your question is, people that are directly responsible for that. i'm not disputing these people are dead. >> bret: senator marco rubio questioning rex tillerson. we are back with the panel. let me start with you. how did you think tillerson did? what about the questioning? >> i actually think he did a good job. he was coming at it from a position of weakness that he is unpopular with with republicans and democrats because of those views on russia and potentially because of previous exxonmobil dealings beyond the realm of sanctions. but look, i think he was firm, he articulated what he could based on the availability of
knowledge. senator rubio, as well, pushing back, i think bringing up very necessary issues. but what senator rubio knows and i suspect rex tillerson knows is that the specific, tangible information linking putin to a lot of these activities is classified and so, the open forum of the senate is perhaps not the best place to bring it up. >> bret: tim. >> i think that in a way, i thought this was almost like two hearings today. the early part is about russia. there were some weak moments when mr. tiller's and was unable, he said that he and donald trump had not really discussed russia. we'll take them at his word. i actually thought, though, and the exchange with marco rubio was in it an example, i wondered if they were a couple republicans might have some doubts. the later session, the company target, getting to more depth. when he talked about china and the islands that they were trying to install and actually manufacture, when he talked about other parts of the world.
he actually got into some areas where i think he showed his expertise. he was clearly calm all day. he was a little petulant a couple times in the morning. you cite after that they are. but i don't think anything happened today that would make me say that he would have a problem getting confirmed. i think basically he came through the day, if not so manly, i think he was pretty solid most of the day. at the end of it, especially. >> bret: mollie, take a listen to rex tillerson, ceo of exxonmobil, and the issue of climate change. >> i don't see it as an eminent national security threat that perhaps others do. the facts of the ground are indisputable in terms of what is happening with drought, disease, insect populations, all the things you cite. the science behind the clear connection is not conclusive. there are many reports out there that we are unable you have to connect specific events to climate change alone. >> bret: mollie.
>> this should not be such a dramatic thing for him to say except that for the last eight years, we have been told that climate change is the greatest national security threat we face. which i think a lot of people have found frustrating and a world with global threats that are imminent. but it does speak to rex tillerson's realism and how he, one of the things he said was about not dealing with how you wish things were but how they actually are. this is a man who has a lot of experience dealing with global partners. he has been held accountable for how well he deals with those his partners. a lot of people in this hearing commitment differently than with sessions, in part because it is a proxy battle about whether to have a fundamental shift in how we do foreign policy. and that is something that donald trump repeatedly said he wanted to do throughout the campaign and republican voters and that up supporting that, somewhat surprisingly, teared up winning the general election, as well. the people in d.c. are still struggling to come to terms with the frustration that a lot of american people have with how we have been doing foreign policy and whether there is too much
coziness with russia. but the fact that he is friends with putin -- or he has been -- done work with putin, it is not necessarily a bad thing. it is good to be able to negotiate with dupont have relationships with them. speed, asked me to quickly tom, he has some high-quality supporters, bob gates, condoleezza rice in his corner. as are others. i heard supporters saying he had a presence today. do you buy that? >> i do. i think there's an interesting dynamic dam going on here. on paper at the press conference, very personally angry with people putting different points of view across to him. and yet, in the defense, and tillerson, through the proxy of bob gates, who is incredibly respected, there is a difference there that i think is tangible. it shows he is reaching out and it disconnects of the press conference. >> bret: panel, thank you very
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that is it for tonight's "special report." fair, balanced, still unafraid. tomorrow night, we are near orlando. allegedly, america's friendliest hometown. "the o'reilly factor" starts right now. >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on tonight. >> can you give us a question? >> don't be rude. >> can you give us a question? >> you are fake news. >> bill: donald trump lashing out at cnn and his press conference today. it is a complicated situation and talking points will deal with what mr. trump told the country this afternoon. >> i think it is a disgrace, that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public. >> bill: wow unsubstantiated allegations against donald trump and his campaign were reported yesterday. bernie goldberg on the ethics of that. >> i will be the greatest jobs producer tt