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mr. trump will be speaking shortly. bret baier is up next. he is live at the lincoln memorial. good night, everyone. >> ♪ american girls and american guys ♪ >> bret: this is a fox news alert. we are coming to you live tonight from the make america great again welcome celebration and concert right in front of the lincoln memorial on the national mall. i am bret baier. 583 days ago billionaire businessman donald trump descended the escalator in trump tower with his wife, melania, to officially enter the republican race for president. over the next 582 days, the country witnessed the most unique and unusual presidential race ever. now we are a little less than 18 hours from the peaceful transition of power as donald j. trump places his hand on the lincoln bible and his family bible and is sworn in as the
45th president of the united states. we are waiting for the president-elect to address the crowd, expected to be his final public comments before his inauguration speech. this is toby keith as we wait for the president-elect. >> ♪ and it feels like the whole wide world ♪ ♪ is raining down on you ♪ brought to you courtesy of the red, white, and, blue ♪ they are here tonight. ♪
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welcome term and of the presidential inaugural committee, tom barrick. [applause] >> good evening everyone. welcome the 58 inauguration of the president of the united states to welcome the 45th president of the united states, donald j. trump. i have to tell you. this is the most incredible setting and structures i've ever seen, at least of those that president-elect trump has not billed. when this started, and inauguration is a typically american event. it's the only time in the world that you have this passage of partisan power that transpires in the snap of a finger.
tomorrow at 11:27 when the president-elect, his wife, and family are sitting on the west end of the mall looking at us... and that power of the free world transcends with respect from what was a great man doing his best to do a great job to the anticipation of a new president as the global leader of the world in 3 minutes, you have reflection and you have expectation. every president puts their own fingerprints on and inauguration. this president-elect was a very specific about what he wanted. what he wanted was a "you" ," wanted it to be of the people. he meant the united you. in the setting of this
reflection pond that sits between three unbelievable monuments of three of our profound leaders. what you see are these incredible stone, beautiful incredible tributes that stand above us for the purpose of reflecting, of thinking of what went before them but what really stands out. you can hear it in the silence amongst you in the moment is the mortar, not the stone, not for e granite, knock the marble. it's the thousands of lives, millions of hopes. the 10,000 aspirations of all the people, of the themes that went into these great men. along the road, we've had 45 men that have left their footprints and their fingerprints throughout the mortar in the middle of this title basin. as you reflect on those who came
before us and as you have expectations before you, i would like you to pay a tribute to the courage, stature, strength, commitment, loyalty of a man who was going to lead you with his footprints to diversity, to put the campaigns behind us, unite behind one man as one american. he will show the rest of the world that we can argue. we can fight. we can debate, and tomorrow at 11:30, we are one country and he will be the 45th president of the united states of america, donald trump.
[cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much, everybody, i am thank you, tom. i'd like to congratulate our incredible entertainers tonight. toby and lee greenwood and all of the great talent. it was really very special. i also have to think our incredible military talent right here. thank you. stand up, please. you guys were great. thank you very much. thank you. this journey began 18 ago. i had something to do with it but you had much more to do with it than i did. i am the messenger. i'm just a messenger.
and we were tired. and i love you. believe me. i love you. we all got tired of seeing what was happening, and we wanted change but we wanted real change. and i look so forward to tomorrow. we are going to see something that is going to be so amazing, so many people have poured into washington, d.c., . this started out tonight being a small, little concert. and then we have the idea, maybe we'll do it in front of the lincoln memorial. i don't know if it's ever been done before but if it has, very seldom. the people came by the thousands and thousands and here we are tonight, all the way back. all the way back. so it's a movement that began. it's a movement that started, and it's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the
world, they say. there's never been a movement like this. and it's something very, very special. and we are going to unify our country, and our phrase. you know it. make america great again. but we are going to make america great for all of our people, everybody, everybody throughout our country. that includes the inner cities, that includes everybody. and we are going to do a special job. and i can only tell you that 18 months ago, we never knew, and a lot of people didn't know. some people had a feeling. a lot of people didn't give us much of a chance, but we understood what was happening, and that last month of the
campaign when i traveled around to every place that you can imagine. state after state after state. speech after speech. and we had 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 people. there was never an empty seat. just like tonight. we didn't know if anybody would even come tonight. this hasn't been done before. you look. it was the same way. we all knew that last month of the campaign, i think a lot of us knew the first week of the campaign. but that last month of the campaign, we knew that something special was happening. and i can only tell you this. the polls started going up, up,
up, but they didn't want to give us credit because they forgot about a lot of us. on the campaign, i called it the forgotten man and the forgotten woman. well, you are not forgotten anymore. that i can tell you. not forgotten anymore. so i want to thank my great family, my incredible wife melania. they've been so supportive. and it wasn't easy for them. but they have been so supportive. i want to thank you most importantly, and i promise you that i will work so hard. we are going to get it turned around. were going to bring our jobs back. we are not going to let other countries take our jobs any longer. we are going to build up our great military. we are going to build it up.
we are going to strengthen our borders. we are going to do things that haven't been done for our country for many, many decades. it's going to change. i promise you it's going to change. so i'll see you tomorrow. and i don't care, frankly, if it's going to be beautiful or if it's going to rain like crazy. makes no difference to me. i have a feeling it's going to be beautiful. but i will see you tomorrow, and i'm going to be cheering you on. you're going to cheer me on but i'm going to be cheering you on because what we've done is so special. all over the world, they are talking about it. all over the world. and i love you, folks, and we
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>> no matter how you voted, no matter your ideology, the images in this moment at the lincoln memorial are powerful. the trump family, president-elect looking at the lincoln statue here at the memorial. in 17.5 hours, he will put his hand on the lincoln bible along with his family bible and take the oath of office to become the 45th president of the united states. the u.s. army band, purging's own and the u.s. army chorus providing the backdrop and music to a powerful fireworks display
over the national mall. let's get some analysis of the moment in this time and peaceful transfer of power. stephen hayes is editor-in-chief of the weekly standard. mercedes schlapp, columnist for "the washington times" and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. charles, i don't know if it translates over the airwaves but you kind of get goosebumps when you're standing here. >> the solemnity of the occasion, starting with the laying of the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier in arlington and then of course if you say, seeing the gathering, looking up to lincoln, understanding the majesty of the office and of the transition is very inspiring. i am afraid this speech came up a little short. it seemed to me the last campaign speech and tomorrow he will have to be a presidential speech. i'm sure it will be. this is kind of a very short,
quick victory lap. i think the inaugural speech, the unity message which i assume will be sort of animating it, it's very important given the fact that the democrats appear to have declared war even before the game has begun. it's going to be a rocky time and it will demand a lot from the new president, and we'll see whether he can come up to the challenge, starting with the inaugural address tomorrow. >> bret: 's is a candidate, donald trump talked about not seeing the crowds at events. this event, we showed the crowd. we can tell you it goes pretty much all the way down the mall. people out and about for this moment. >> donald trump feeds off that kind of crowded. we saw that in the campaign and i think we will see that kind of energy perhaps tomorrow. he does come in to the
inauguration day with the lowest approval rating of any incoming president. and a lot of people will be looking to that speech as, you know, a way to kind of fix those numbers, promote unity and that sort of thing. there are always questions about how long that will last. i do think what tonight represents is a significant moment in terms of really turning the mood to his direction right before this important day. washington is typically very energetic during this time. the mood is a little different here in d.c. now. i think an event like this really serves to kind of inspire people, remind people of that important part of our democracy, peaceful transfer of power. i think trump was smart to keep it short and sweet tonight. >> bret: mercedes, there is this feeling that these images, these moments, it is real. i talked to a bunch of people here. they don't care about poll numbers. they don't care about anything
that is up on how people feel about him in numbers. they care about this moment. they think they fought for it in the campaign and now it's here, and it's real. >> absolutely. i disagree with charles in that the remarks fell short. i think what you've got to understand the trump supporter. he spoke to them directly tonight. it's a concert. it's a bit more of a celebratory moment and he took that opportunity. there was a point in which i could see that he felt, he was humbled of the enormity of the task he's going to move ahead with. for his trump supporters, it was a personal message to them, saying that it's because of you, it's because of you that we created this movement. it's because of you that we are here standing today and when he looked at president abraham lincoln's statue and he saluted it, there was where i te
understands that this nation is divided and what inspiration can you get from a president lincoln who really came in during a time where our nation, it was a war-torn country during turbulent times and it was a moment where i had to bring the american people together. i think donald trump understands that. >> bret: that moment was striking, that silent moment where you have the cameras sweeping down in the family looking at lincoln's statue. your thoughts. >> this is a moment we all knew was coming for the past two years. from the moment he came down that escalator, everyone predicted this. so we've been basically expecting it. [laughter] this has been a wild ride. everybody was putting $100 on donald trump the whole time. this is the end of a long and very wild ride, and what donald trump did was profoundly changed american politics by profoundly disrupting american politics.
the only thing we can say about what's to come is that he is going to do the same thing. he will profoundly change american governance by profoundly disrupting american governance. we have seen hints of that throughout the transition. we know there is more to come and i think the most important thing donald trump said tonight and his off-the-cuff remarks echoed sentiments he used or articulated as a candidate when he said we're going to do things that haven't been done for our country for many, many decades. it's going to change. it's going to change. there is no doubt that it's going to change. >> bret: yeah. charles, he did change the paradigm not only in campaigns but it seems in transitions as well. he's likely going to change the paradigm for what we have always expected from a president. >> his presidency, if the path is any indication, it is going to be nothing like previous presidencies. they direct communication with
the public through twitter, the lack of political correctness, the idea that he would make new foreign policy off the cuff in a transition. he became essentially the president and was acting like one. he made the dollar slipped a couple days ago with a single tweet. he knows what is within his power, but i want to reemphasize the unity issue is going to be a big one. here i blame the democrats. before he is being sworn in, a third of them are not going to show up to what is supposed to be a civic, glorious moment in our civic life. this is the lowest partisanship, apart from the fact that he's got the lowest popularity numbers which i'm not sure really matters. he's got the highest partisanship index coming from the other side that i have ever
seen. and they intend to make this rocky so it's going to be a challenge right from the beginning. >> bret: panel, standby. we will have you back in a minute. first, a live look at the transition headquarters. ♪ 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.
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good evening. >> bret, good evening. they are getting shot set to st down this office. donald trump faces the biggest challenge of his life, assuming the mantle of the most powerful leader in the world. donald trump touched down at andrews today, trading his 757 for a far more modest military version. first stop for the president-elect was a leadership luncheon in his new signature hotel just down the street from the white house where trump revealed a budding bromance with speaker of the house, paul ryan. >> to arlington national cemetey for the traditional placement of the wreath at the tomb of the unknown. as trump prepares to take offic
office, fox news finds his approval rating at 42%, down a bit from december but up from just after the election. 66% now saying they are optimistic about the economy, a huge bump since january of last year. as he prepares to sign his first executive orders, they poll finds the public's desire to appeal obamacare at a new low. 23% of voters favor a complete repeal, down from 32% 18 months ago. 34% want to change at least parts of it. while trump was winging his way to washington, his incoming press secretary sean spicer held his first on camera briefing, accusing democrats of playing political games by slowing down confirmation of trump's nominees. after sonny perdue was nominated as agriculture secretary, spicer was left to defend why since the first time since 1988 no hispanic was named to the
cabinet. >> there's going to be a tremendous number of hispanic americans to fill the post. this is the first time we've ever left cameras up here. >> and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the transition office, fox news was shown the mock hearing room where nominees were in practice sessions. >> this would be known as a murder board. >> how tough were you on the nominees? >> they had code pink mock protesters to people getting up and yelling to replicating the senators that will be up there. they are presented with questions that we believe would come from the person questioning them. >> trumps team is crying foul that the democrats are only pledging votes on two nominees, james mattis for defense secretary and john kelly for dhs tomorrow when republicans approved seven cabinet members on president obama's first day. in an exclusive, the incoming vice president waiting. >> we would like to see the senate come together around the
nominees for these various critical positions who have already been considered by committees. we are still hopeful that we will see a productive first day on capitol hill. >> donald trump is already making good on his promise to cut spending, transition announcing they came in under budget and will return 20%, $1.2 million of their $6 million budget back to the u.s. treasury. bret. >> bret: john roberts, thank you. there's a real push to get still significant business finished ahead of the transfer of power tomorrow. mike emanuel is live on capitol hill with an update on the cabinet confirmation process. >> good evening. inaugurations are a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power, yet as the trump team seeks confirmation of key players, there are signs of partisan warfare. >> senator, i've got a valium
pill here that you might want to take before the second round. just a suggestion. >> we have many colleagues waiting. >> fine. i'm done. >> tempers flared at the hearing for steven mnuchin to be treasury secretary. he defended his role during the financial crisis with democrats portraying him as a foreclosure machine after he bought subprime mortgage lender from the government. >> intending to stop foreclosures. i ran a loan modification machine. we had the most effective loan modifications of any bank. >> mnuchin said he would like to avoid a crisis this spring regarding the government's borrowing limits. >> i would like us to raise the debt ceiling sooner rather than later. we don't want to risk defaulting. >> i am grateful for that
answer. >> rick perry also faced a confirmation hearing to service the next energy secretary. joe machen announced support for perry. >> i believe rick has the experience and tenacity to serve in the cabinet. >> the top democrat mocked perry. >> in case you may have forgotten, you once called for the abolishment of this agency. i suspect that now, having had a chance to learn about the importance of this department, you have a very different opinion. >> perry told senators he regretted calling for eliminating the department of energy during the 2012 campaign. perry tried to take on a potentially controversial topic very >> i believe the climate is changing. i believe some of it is naturally occurring but some of it is caused by man-made activity. the question is how we address it in a thoughtful way. that doesn't compromise economic
growth. it affects the affordability of energy or american jobs. >> than the issue of confirming members of the trump team. democrats rejected complaints from republicans that they are unfairly holding up the process. >> we have -- we intend to have a full and rigorous debate on the remaining nominees. >> some republicans suggest there could be a softening among democrats to get a few more noncontroversial nominees confirmed tomorrow. that may depend on the mood they are in following the inaugural festivities. >> bret: mike emanuel, thanks. there's a massive security operation by the scenes that you can imagine ahead of tomorrow's inauguration. most of it is secret but tonight we have an exclusive look at some of it. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is live from the multiagency command center. for security reasons, fox news was asked not to identify the exact location. good evening.
>> thank you, bret. security is intense because of the protest. fox news is the only television network reporting live from the multiagency communication center that oversees the entire security operation. i'm going to step back and we are going to take a wider look at the room. you can see the mac is up and running and operational. 47 individual workstations, one for each agency involved in the security plan. they are side-by-side and working together. if there's a specific or credible threat, there is an information and intelligence surge into this command center. at this years inauguration there's a hardened security perimeter. they are using trucks with sand, salt, cement. this is a direct response to these isis-inspired plots in france and germany were
terrorists used vehicles to mow down civilians. secret service has been doing drills with drones. it's a practice. this scenario has a drone overhead that's been weaponized with a chemical agent. you cannot fly drones in d.c. airspace. the secret service has the ability to identify them and bring them down. >> when you look at your spectrum of problems, you don't draw the line of what the last problem was. you have to look beyond that, and we do want personnel to be able to have the aptitude to manage a crisis they haven't seen before. we are not just chasing what we know now. we are trying to look beyond what we know and what we can anticipate. >> they will remain totally focused on the inaugural events and will do so until the final event saturday and then president trump will return to the white house. >> bret: catherine herridge, life at the multiagency command center. thank you. many people who had never
attended a presidential inauguration will be here on the washington mall tomorrow. a significant number of them came from points all across the country in rvs. rich edson is at an rv park in maryland to talk to some of the folks. >> 72 trump supporters boarded six buses to drive nearly 650 miles overnight and see their candidate take the oath of office. >> i think it's good. i think it's going to be one of the greatest moments in history for the united states and i think he's going to be one of the best presidents we've ever had. >> danny hamilton owns star coaches and these buses. during the campaign, he trumped out one of them. >> ride around georgia and hopefully turn georgia red. >> he says he has rented luxury
coaches to paul mccartney, tim mcgraw, mary jay lodge and hillary clinton. >> i don't turn down money. i am like trump when it comes to that. >> six months later he wrapped five more buses and offer drives to the inauguration. >> we are having a good time. >> it was great. we had a smooth ride, typical traffic here and there, a lot of support. people driving by and honking their horns and waving. really a lot of support. >> the caravan reached its destination, sort of. they have arrived in an rv park outside washington. they will have a few hours downtime and early morning wake-up call and then into d.c. to watch the inauguration. >> i am super excited for where the country is headed. i know there's a lot of controversy going on. i don't know if we've ever seen it in our lifetime, this much controversy over the presidency. this is the land of the free, right? this is what we are made of.
>> even though they have an early start in the morning, you really can't spend the evening in an rv park without having a cookout for they will do that, have an ear call and probably embark on the most difficult part of the journey, the 10 miles between here and college park and the u.s. capitol building, complete with a metro transit ride, large crowds, and security checkpoints. back here by around midnight where they will head back to atlanta, georgia, and their first road trip of the trump administration. bret. >> bret: rich edson grabbing the s'mores. thank you. down day for the markets. nasdaq fell 16. president obama made one last batch of commutations today. he is cutting short the sentences of 338 federal inmates of drug crimes. the final number for the
president, 1715 commutations, more than any other president in history. breaking news. we are learning that mexico's most notorious drug kingpin has been extradited to the u.s. guzman was handed to u.s. authorities this afternoon. he said to be on an airplane to new york. he will face drug trafficking and other charges. next up, the big inauguration party and the incoming presidents nominees face tough questions on capitol hill. we approach life...
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>> we expect to be able to vote on general kelly and general mattis tomorrow and look forward to beginning the debate on congressman pompeo. we intend to have a full and rigorous debate on the president-elect's remaining nominees. >> it's a shame to see some of those individuals who we would call consensus candidates. suddenly not being part of senator schumer's list who he will work with us to get done. they are expanding the list and slowing down the continuity of government. >> bret: republicans charging they are slowing things down, the democrats, in these hearings today. you had governor rick perry for
energy secretary and steven mnuchin for treasury secretary facing some tough questions. this is some fox news polls, new one out today, the feeling about the u.s. economy now as president trump gets ready to be sworn in. optimistic, 66%, which is significant from last year. take a look at this next pole. important trump focuses first on economy and jobs. terrorism and isis. you see the rest. health care following behind but we are back with our panel. steve, charles, mercedes, caitlin. what about this nominee shuffle that's been happening? >> one thing donald trump will not change in washington, d.c., is partisanship. we have seen this from chuck schumer. he telegraphed the nominees he was likely to fight hardest on. we have seen this kind of in the hearings. i think steven mnuchin didn't have as many difficult
questions, didn't have as many tough challenges as he might've been expected to because i think democrats are training their fire on other candidates like betsy devoe's, like tom price and others. i think overall today was a recently good day for the trump nominees and we'll see what chuck schumer decides to do in the coming days but it certainly sounds like he's wearing for a fight on a lot of these nominee nominees. >> bret: moving forward with votes, mercedes, on some of the team but to sean spicer's point, there's a number of nominees who aren't facing any pushback and yet they are kind of slow walking. >> those are what i would call the establishment republican candidates like elaine chao, who has served in a previous administration. this is the democrats way of flexing their puny muscles. they have nowhere to go. the only thing they can do is
this war on words with the cabinet nominees. extending the process, making it as painful as possible for donald trump and these nominees. of course these nominees are going to be confirmed. it's unfortunate the democrats have decided to play the partisan politics with the cabinet nominees, especially when you know, bret, that the bigger battles lie ahead. >> bret: charles, president obama, when he came in on the first day, had seven. >> these nominees are going to be approved eventually. this is schumer obstructing forr obstruction's sake to drag it out. mitch mcconnell was excoriated for having said some years into the obama presidency that he wanted to make obama a one term president. you've got democrats on the hill in the house and senate who have essentially declared they want to make trump a no-term president.
it's not going to work. their numbers are too small. they are overestimating their postelection strength. >> bret: caitlin. i >> i agree. these nominees are going to get through eventually. democrats change their own rules that the simple dority approves executive appointments like these. it's interesting because the strategy would be to force donald trump to spend some of his political capital but he really hasn't had to do much yet. you don't really see many republicans dissenting from these nominees with the exception of maybe a couple on tillerson. still you have some democrats coming in and being supportive of some of these. joe manchin introduced rick perry. he has said he will support sessions for attorney general. you're going to see other democrats come on board. i think they might be wise to save up for the supreme court
fight which will require 60 votes. >> thank you very much. coming up next, a confirmation hearing moment you really have to see. and a wrap-up from here at the lincoln memorial. complete with key nutrients we may need. plus it supports bone health with calcium and vitamin d. one a day women's in gummies and tablets.
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>> please. please. please. [laughter] oh, my lord. [laughter] oh, my lord. [laughter] >> well, i think we have found our "saturday night live" sound bite. [laughter] >> bret: [laughs] thanks, everybody. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid. don't forget, complete coverage of the inauguration. we start at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. we go to 5:00 p.m. then, "special report," 6:00 p.m. we leave you here from the lincoln memorial and headed to martha maccallum, "the first 100 days." we will take a look back at this concert. it was a doozy. see you tomorrow. ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ >> martha: breaking tonight, the historic moment millions of americans have anticipated it is now upon us by the president-elect and his family are here in the nation's capital. right now, looking live at washington's union station, where we expect mr. trump to attend a candlelight dinner soon with his family. then, 17 hours from now, he will take the oath of office to officially become the 45th president of the united states. we have been counting down to the first 100 days and they are about to actually begin now. i am martha maccallum. good evening, everybody. it is inauguration eve here in washington. a short while ago, the man of the hour revved up