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president trump citing they can provide a lot of jobs for americans. keystone and dakota pipeline projects advance for government approval. day two, right? >> it is only tuesday. [laughter] >> we have a bunch of initiatives. the keystone thing was a big republican versus democrat issue. >> we have been on air for almost six years. we've been talking about that pipeline for about that long. democrat strong people along saying they had all these permits to review and they needed more time. epa don't do reviews concurrently. they were sequentially. the epa said it they needed more and then the state department. hillary clinton was using it as a way to hold off the unions from being mad at her and she had to make a decision. side with the climate wing of the party or go with the workers? ultimately the climate change
folks -- there was not good logical reason for them to deny the keystone pipeline permit. today you saw keystone pipeline, the company, saying they will reapply. one of the questions i had is do they have to start over in the permit process? looks like they were able to pick up where they left off. >> trump administration so they were going to expedite the approval process. trans canada, may be about an hour ago, they were thinking president trump in saying that pipeline would create thousands of well-paying jobs and add $3 billion to u.s. gdp. democrats have to like that, right? >> i think environmentalists have a complaint but i would argue this, you know what? go right ahead. let's see what happens. to my mind, you know, digging up these oilsands which are very difficult and expensive and potentially damaging to the
environment, especially drinking water, and a republican governor, by the way, objected to this initially prayed we will see what happens. my key complaint. >> canada. >> no big jobs going to come from this. >> trump cited 28,000 jobs. trans canada, the owner of the pipeline, said thousands of well-paying jobs. the oilsands are in canada. >> that's what they were doing in canada. you have to transport it. considered such environmental threats. >> in two days, he's accomplished possibly more than former president obama accomplished in many, many years. >> that's what happens when you don't play golf. i want to address what i call the pipe lie. before the left freaked out about keystone, there were 2.4 million miles of pipe in the united states. at 72,000 crude oil lines.
they exist in america already, and remember how much safer it is to transport oil by pipeline rather than railcar. and if you hate pipelines for oil, why aren't you protesting against indoor plumbing. maybe you should start transporting your indoor sewage by trains from your bathroom to go right across your living room out the door, carrying your poo-poo. that's more dangerous. the pipeline is entirely underground, doesn't cross any land owned by the standing rock tribe three doesn't endanger water. you are moving the water inlet from the pipeline. trains are transporting oil owned by the tribe, the standing rock reservation, they don't mind. there are already eight pipelines underneath the lake. the u.s. army corps of engineers met with these 55 tribes about 600 times.
or 400 times. it's not about the tribes. it's not about the oil. it's about activists using this as a way to go after fossil fuel fuel. >> if the u.s. is paying for the pipeline, you've got to use u.s. steel. >> i like it. consistent with things donald trump said during the general election. hillary clinton's own state department, the keystone pipeline was heavily reviewed. hillary clinton's own state department said they would be minimal impact on the environment. what i think more broadly this is is the fact that president obama's days of hamstringing the economy in the name of environmentalists is over. numerous ways president obama with these roadblocks in the way of energy expiration and job creation using the clean power plan to try to shut down the coal industry. roping of federal lands to energy development, shutting down the pipelines, we know that would create jobs and create energy in the country.
those days are over. president trump alluded to when he was running for president. >> also today the president met with ceos of the auto industry. he said he would curtail environmental regulations and make it easier for them to build plants in the u.s. >> we are bringing manufacturing back to the united states. we are reducing taxes substantially. we want regulations but we want real regulations that mean something. we're going to make the process much more simple for the auto companies and everybody else who wants to do business in the united states. i think you're going to find this to be from very inhospitable to extremely hospitable. i think we will go down as one of the most friendly countries. >> the automakers expressed optimism after the meeting. >> we are excited about working together with the president and
his administration on tax policies, regulation and trade to create a renaissance in american manufacturing. >> huge opportunity working together as an industry with government that we can improve the environment, improve safety, and improve the job creation and the competitiveness of manufacturing. >> greg, i think you and i both agree. i think the idea of an important fee, border tax, don't like it. part of the trump plan to keep jobs here. here's a different way of going about it. reduce regulations, make it cheaper for them to produce here. >> there's positives and negatives. tax relief, regulation, hooray. tariffs, who. protectionism is not capitalism. does nothing about automation. he's moving quickly. i -- i hate to say it. he could save humanity because in the future, automation is
going to turn this country into a crazy world of joblessness. they've got to figure it out. you're going to have a vast population of starving, unemployed millions. talk about dystopia. that's something you've got to think about for the next 10, 20, 30 years. >> do you really believe those executives, just like the union guys yesterday, come out and say these nice things about trump. that this is going to transform the american economy or are you witnessing stockholm syndrome. these people come out having been held hostage by the giant new president and his twitter tr feed. >> he is promising to reduce costly regulations and let these companies have more of their own money. that is not stockholm. that is christmas. >> i wonder who saved the american auto industry. thanks, obama. oh, my goodness. you mean the american auto industry was not doing well? the american auto industry right now is doing very well. what they are fearing is that they are going to be --
>> the american taxpayer saved the american auto industry. only to put them out of business. i'm sorry. we had record auto sales. >> let me talk about one of the regulations that i think those executives are counting on to be changed and that's the cafe standards for this is the fuel mileage per gallon. i haven't driven and seven years. can you tell? those are regulations that because of the way technology is an physics, in order to meet that quota, you actually have to make cars lighter. when the ceo of gm was talking there about safety, talking about the importance of making sure our cars are going to be safe enough. do your point on automation, every single one of those ceos has a driverless car technology plan. that kind of innovation is not going to be stopped. i don't know how he's going to save innovation. >> i will contend the only way to save the u.s. auto industry is by reducing their burdens from regulations and costs to
produce and cars here in america. >> reduce their burdens of producing cars in detroit. >> it is not just the auto industry. moving some of these regulations is going to help businesses. in for the first time in our nations history we have more small businesses going under. regulation after regulation, hamstringing businesses, making it difficult for them to survive and thrive. i think it's going to benefit everyone across the board by removing these burdens. i think this is what donald trump talked about the entire election with helping the working class families, helping working-class americans and getting the economy moving agai again. so far, he's delivering. >> isn't helping the working class or the titans of industry and helping the big boys on wall street at the expense of the working class who have two --
>> do the unions represent the working class? yes or no? they went out of their way to say it's fantastic. i can't remember the aftershave they used. they went out of their way to make it seem like it was magnificent. >> how does that help working-class americans to shut down businesses across the country? there are no jobs. >> i don't think we are short on jobs with 4% unemployment. >> shutting down businesses, shutting down opportunity in this country. >> i have no objection to more jobs even on top of the fact that we are almost at a full employment economy. you've got to breathe the air. you want some regulation. you want to make sure you do away with unnecessary regulation. >> we've got a go. sean hannity will sit down with president trump at the white house on thursday. mr. trump for the hour at 10:00 p.m. eastern. coming up, the president is set to make of big government announcement very soon, his pick
>> for nearly a year there's been a vacancy on the supreme court following the passing of justice antonin scalia. senate republicans blocked the confirmation of merrick garland. now the power to save the highest court in the land lies in president trump's hands. he revealed we are going to know his pick very soon. >> i will be making my decision this week. we'll be announcing. next week we have outstanding candidates and will be pick -- pick a truly great supreme court justice. i will be announcing it sometime next week. >> president met this afternoon with a group of senate leaders to discuss the nomination, a potentially ugly confirmation battle looms. eric, even if you are a republican who is may be skeptical of trump from the beginning, you could be convinced the supreme court was the most boring thing i do think it helped him with a lot of states that were on the edge, like wisconsin and pennsylvania, michigan. out of the gate, they are going
to have a nomination. >> if you remember for the last month of the election, single issue voter, supreme court. think about what we would be doing if hillary was the president. appointing the scalia seat. ruth bader ginsburg is likely to be retiring soon. >> i doubt it. i think she's going to live forever. >> there is a chance three supreme court seats could be filled in the next four years. i hope she retires, spend more time with her family. we wish her well. my point is this, i think it's going to be the most important legacy of donald trump, more so than the economy. if he appoints true conservatives, left the young conservatives. >> i don't think that's fair to
john roberts. anyway. greg, there's three names that are being bandied about. >> i have them here. >> sheriff dave clark. ted nugent. >> that's not the list i have. >> i came up with this list last night at a bar. >> judge william pryor, judge neil gorsuch of denver, and judge thomas hardiman of pittsburgh. >> neil gorsuch seems to be the leading contender. i am pretending to know what i talk about. thanks, wikipedia. according to the press stuff that came out, his background. he has a sterling legal and academic credential. he has a keen legal mind. they say this about every person. >> judge napolitano had nice things to say about him. >> i would like someone to say he's okay, average student, kind
of slow, got in a lot of fights, tends to drink too much. they all sound the same. i would like to have a colorful supreme court judge. >> juan, do you think the democrats are going to be able to gear up and organized in order to try to at least i guess try to thwart it? i don't see how they can. i think it's going to go forward. >> depends who it is. gorsuch, his mom was the epa administrator who got in trouble and held in contempt of congress. >> she had a good defense on that. >> what interests me is who it is. i think that gorsuch is the number-one pick right now according so the tattletale's coming out of the white house, it's because he's not that objectionable. his record is pretty set. >> one of the things i thought about merrick garland. republicans had voted to support merrick garland in the past so president obama thought this would be acceptable to
republicans. you look at somebody like gorsuch, you could make the same argument. >> my money is on ted nugent. this is an important issue for voters. 21% said the supreme court was the number one issue. they decisively broke for donald trump in the election. tactically it's marked for donald trump to put the supreme court nominee next week. he is trying to move through his cabinet choices as well. it's going to be difficult for democrats to fight these battles simultaneously. there are ten democrats and states that donald trump won. five of those states he won by double digits. if these guys -- what fights do they want to use their political capital on? introducing the nominee next week muddies the water to make it difficult for them to narrow in on these different votes. >> i think the democrats have made a tactical, strategic error to try to block all of the cabinet nominees are slow them down. rather than picking two or three they could've had. instead they are fighting on all
fronts. they are going to all get confirmed. >> have you thought that they in fact have not submitted some of their financial records, some of them have said they wanted to destroy their entire agencies. maybe you should ask questions of these people. >> they are going after tom price for not disclosing certain things about his finances. i think after tim geiser set a new standard where i guess he didn't pay his taxes in full from 2001 22004. i don't think you can get worse than that. i have a rule that the longer you live on the planet. >> that is what price should have said. it was turbotax. not my fault. >> the more successful you are in life and the older you get, the more likely there will be a perception of conflict of interest. if you have no conflict of interest, you are boring. you did nothing. >> you've amounted to nothing. you are a loser.
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i don't think in the kitchen tables of america, and i can tell you saturday, people were not talking about the crowd size on friday. i think the speech missed an opportunity to speak to our better angels as a country. >> this guy lecturing people. he claims he doesn't address the issues at the kitchen table while in chicago people are hiding under kitchen tables to avoid getting shot. as of monday, chicago has had 43 homicides, nine more than the same time period a year ago. 60% surge in homicides or rahm-icides. nothing bleaker than those stats. i would shut up and help the police. after eight years of obama, ignoring the bloodied failure, you have a president focusing the spotlight on liberal policies that prevent effective
policing. as liberals in charge and a media question the cape abilities of police, they live play ask why there is an antipolice atmosphere or why cops are holding back. my suggestion to rahm emanuel, ask yourself why homicides are surging in baltimore, memphis, austin, san antonio, indianapolis and what they might have in common and then resign. eric, how can he be lecturing anyone? >> that's it. the hypocrisy. how dare you do that? i am from chicago. i have a little personal history. the top of the numbers, murder, homicide rates. it's as great as new york and los angeles combined it could y those two cities have almost a five times greater than the population of chicago. he said trump was elected on jobs and security. talk about security in chicago.
the unemployment in cook county is 30% higher than the national average. he is failing on both of the things he is calling trump out for free jobs and security guard he has no right to talk to trump about any of these issues. >> is that right? i think a lot of this is what it's impacting the black unity in specific areas of the south side. a little bit north. two big black communities that are really the locus of these murders. i don't think it's fair to talk about all of chicago. >> who was a bigger front of the black unity, rahm emanuel or donald trump? >> oh, my gosh. what have you got to lose coming from donald trump? donald trump says most of the murders of white people are due to black people. that's a huge lie. >> that was a retweet. he mentioned crime in his inaugural address. even jesse jackson said that was
refreshing. >> here's the thing. donald trump's prescription is rahm emanuel needs federal help. he should be getting help. i guess he means troops or national guard or something like that. that's not going to solve what's going on where you black men killing each other. it's like a lost generation or something going on. i don't think it is solved by putting federal troops on the ground. >> this is the same guy who went after chick-fil-a while people were dying in his city. he took a stern and brave stance against a fast food chicken outlet over gay marriage. >> i think it would have been an interesting move had rahm emanuel, who i don't think held a press conference to talk about donald trump. he was asked about it because he was the chief of staff of barack obama and he's been a congressman great also i think they want to know will rahm emanuel asked donald trump's help in chicago. the signal he was getting was no.
would have been refreshing had he said i'm not focused on the president. let him get underway. i support him and i would welcome a visit from him to chicago. there's a different way to approach things if you choose do. everybody gets to make a choice. >> shouldn't he resign at this point? >> sure. no, look. president trump ran as a law enforcement candidates barely acknowledged things that were happening in mayor emanuel's backyard. it's important to point out that rahm emanuel admitted that the ferguson effect was real and it's happening. if you look at what is happening to police officers. 56% increase in police murders. 106e7% increase in ambush-style killings, a 10-year high for them. that's important. >> right now they are having protests in chicago against the
dakota pipeline. because the dakota pipeline is killing people. >> hundreds of millions of dollars spent, has said that democrats have to get a new theory, a new motto, new message. >> he has not changed his actual beliefs and he just wants to say it differently. >> what was his line? no one cares about dying polar bears anymore. the environmental movement is not strong and powerful anymore. >> oh, boy. look at the polls. people care about the environment. >> i'm not saying they don't care about it but it doesn't seem to have the political weight. >> not with donald trump in the white house because he seems to think there is no problem with any kind of environmental degradation. go right ahead. >> that's not fair. also his choice -- >> i tell you what he does.
stop and frisk. >> the choice for interior department is actually a very moderate on the issues of conservation paired he comes from montana. there are tons of federal lands in the state. i think it's going to be a difficult argument to be made with him at the helm. >> you know what's amazing about stop and frisk? you find guns. it's a cause and effect. >> rahm emanuel said that. in the press conference he said if you are in new york and you get caught with an illegal gun you will get three years. if you are in illinois or chicago, you get one year. he said he believes the criminals know that. i don't know if that's true because i'm not a criminal. >> you say you're not a criminal. had, fbi director james comey was a polarizing figure during the election. will president trump keep him on? it's a question. we have an answer next. to get this ear hair trimming operation up and running.
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♪ >> this weekend when president trump paid tribute to law enforcement officials he spotted the fbi director in the crowd and called him over for a lighthearted moment. >> oh, and there is james. he's become more famous than me. [laughter] director comey. >> jim comey became a household name this election season as the overseer of the clinton email investigation. hillary clinton partly blamed jim comey for her election laws. there's been a lot of speculation about whether mr. trump will keep jim comey on as head of the fbi. today we learned he has asked him to stay in the director will remain. lisa, are you happy? >> i don't know. yes. i think for continuity sake. the director was set up with an
impossible task because no matter what decision he made, there was going to be massive criticism. imagine, first of all, doj loretta lynch set comey up. she hamstrung him. sitting on the tarmac with bill clinton. >> wasn't that after comey's announcement that he was not going to go ahead? >> she put the decision-making at the feet of comey. he was facing an impossible task. imagine if he had recommended an indictment for hillary clinton. how would that play out? he would be derailing the election. >> well, now comey has, i think until 2023. he's going to be there for an extended period. he is going to be in charge of the ongoing investigation to trump's ties to russia. paul manafort was under
investigation by comey's fbi. >> we found out, "the new york post" reported that the fbi investigation into general flynn was being dropped. fox confirmed that as well. however there are others involved the investigation come as you pointed out. i think it's great that comey can stand because i'm guessing they are knee-deep in investigations of the clinton foundation, not the emails anymore but the foundation. i think they are going to find a lot more. if comey, and dana would know this, if comey has the support of the agents, the fbi agents who worked so hard to put these investigations to together. >> apparently so. you don't really hear otherwise. i think a 10-year term for an fbi director makes a lot of sense. if donald trump had chosen to replace him, it would be a seismic event. not a headache the white house needs to worry about. obamacare, taxes, supreme court nomination and other things they
need to get done. if i were james comey, now that he knows that he has the support of president trump, i would seek an audience with the president and ask for more resources, not to talk about the clintons or the ties to russia but remember jim comey a year and a half ago said on "60 minutes" that the fbi has opened investigations in all 50 states with concerns about isis. the fbi has -- they are spread too thin and they need more support, and i would ask for it now. >> with regard to the agents you are asking about, especially special agents in charge brit hume made the announcement that he was saying to his most senior fbi agents what strikes me about this is you go back to the campaign and rudy giuliana, -- rudy giuliani. they were putting pressure on comey and even trump said he thought comey made a mistake in the investigation of hillary clinton. seems like now trump is a comey
fan. >> comey, one minute you are for him, against him. he's an american hero not because he brought hilary down but because he brought anthony weiner back for another round of embarrassment. i think -- i enjoyed that because i enjoyed watching it. i think donald trump should hire anthony weiner as a white house gesture. wear a cap with three balls and a harlequin jumpsuit and run around the white house. >> i like it. that plus the train with the stuff through my living room. i like that. i want to say "the wall street journal" and others, conservatives, have at times been highly critical of comey. >> they did. >> that's what i remember. i guess that's all gone. right now the senate is voting to confirm nikki haley, trump's nominee to be u.n. ambassador. i interrupted you, lisa. >> who knew he was that tall?
how tall is he? >> after 9/11, i worked at the justice department. i am probably the shortest person anyone here knows and he had a couple of his aides. they are all 6'8", 6'9". >> that is tallest. >> injustice. i thought you said the long arm of justice. >> it is -- talk show host and comedian chelsea handler embarrassing herself during an interview in which she mocked our new first lady. you're going to see that next courtesy of miss lisa.
juan, i've got to ask, they have accused donald trump of being ignorant, sexist, racist. is it tear down the credibility of the left to say something so ignorant? >> i think it's rude. i think that's the point. melania trump is our first lady. she deserves to be treated with some dignity. she has a strong accent, is that what chelsea handler is talking about? i don't k she can barely speak and that's not true. kind of brutish and rude. i didn't like it. i must say that when you -- >> do you think of that statement was being made, reverse situation, michelle obama. >> i don't -- as i said, i think what she's talking about is her heavy accent. i think michelle obama doesn't have a heavy accent. >> the point i'm making is there seems to be a double standard in the media when someone like chelsea handler says something versus someone on the right.
greg, what do you think? the vehicle you know what i love, she led a woman's march down main street in park city during the second day of sundance. you could not find a more elitist, insulated, white pompous activity than the sundance film festival and a bunch of rich liberal women covered infer walking down a pretentious street in a pretentious event. this is the equivalent of marching through beverly hills in protest of kale prices. you can't take anybody seriously. they are so out of touch and stupid. imagine her being married to a nominee, running for president in a foreign country and having to make a speech before thousands and thousands of people. sober. i couldn't do it. i would be drunk as a skunk. >> she's got books about that. dana, we've got this comment from chelsea handler. madonna has made some pretty crazy comments.
she also mentioned at the march on saturday, alluded to blowing up the white house or saying she's thought about it. got "vanity fair" tweeting something about kellyanne conway being very critical, saying she is going for attention. seems obvious to me, this double standard. >> i will stick to the melania trump piece. i don't think chelsea handler would be granted an interview with melania trump. what would be the point? what cause are you advancing? i do think that first ladies deserve a lot of room and they should not be criticized. she didn't ask to be the first lady of the united states but she's proud to be and i think she has conducted herself with dignity purge she was absolutely gorgeous. not just what she wore obviously but her demeanor, i thought it was wonderful to have poise and grace. i think all first ladies can bring back.
none of them would need to give an interview to chelsea handler. >> what do you think? >> isn't the left supposed to be inclusive? could you be more bigoted than to make this comment about melania's accent. she speaks english, french, italian, german, and slovene. chelsea, how many do you speak? she tweeted in october, hopefully an interpreter will be present when donald and melania give their speeches. she is doubling down on some pretty disgusting rhetoric. >> it's been a rough week on this front because of the nbc, "saturday night live" writer who tweeted out something about barron. i don't like it. it doesn't advance liberal causes, that's for sure. we have seen this with the obamas, now with the trumps. it's rude and unnecessary. >> we remember when the
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limousine on fire. they thought it was a rich fat cat. turns out it was a small business owner. i will bring you some additional dark irony. the limo was owned by a muslim immigrant just trying to make a living. he has one employee. the employee was hurt. the damage to the limo could be as high as $100,000. our producer spoke to him for he said he's concerned, he is not sure if insurance will pay for the damage to his limo. the protesters may have just put him out of business. >> they should try to make that right. >> or someone on the right. speak of the left definitely should. someone will help him. >> let's see if we can help him. i know were not supposed to be doing that kind of thing. dana, you're up.
>> anyone know where the best places to hide $20 million? >> i tried it once. >> in a mattress -- box spring. this guy from brazil, living in westborough massachusetts, involved in some type of pyramid scheme. they investigated him, they track it down and this is where they found the money. >> in the mattress? >> in the mattress. you are not earning a lot of interest on that but apparently it's a safe place for a while. >> god forbid there's a fire. >> it is time for this. greg's man-bun news. take a look at joakim noah. new york knicks. he's not happy. watch it again. watch this. okay. [laughter] this guy is a professional basketball player. this happened on monday. how is this possible that a professional basketball player cannot make a free throw?
there's your answer. man-bun. it saps you of your strength. every man with a man-bun has a problem. >> do you know who his dad is? >> he had better hair. he had dreads. >> didn't have a man-bun. >> cut it off, everything's going to be fine. trust me. >> you sound like a cranky old guy. >> i am. i have entered the second half of my century. >> it is national school choice week. i am supporting this scarf. while betsy devos, trump's pick for education secretary is having a surprisingly tough time, you know what, there is no controversy about school choice in my book which is why i am supporting this scarf. school choice opens more opportunities for students to
find the best schools and for their parents to find the best schools to meet their needs. that's especially true for low income kids but it's also true for schools all across the country as the nation faces increased global competition. new ideas and competition should always be welcomed for our kids. good luck to all the people participating in school choice activities this week. >> good. we like that. >> i don't know have to -- i don't know how to go after the man-bun news. 4-year-old brody was having a birthday party in clearwater, florida, and police officers caught wind of it so they crashed his party and made a visit there. sergeant tom rogers, , and other officers brought brody a special flag that they signed and gave to him as a gift. pretty cute. >> i love those flags. with the blue strip.
>> they had police cars outside. adorable. >> we will leave it there. set your dvr so you never miss an episode of "the five." that's it for us. "special report" coming up. >> bret: the dismantling of the obama legacy. one executive order at a time. president trump resurrects two major oil pipelines, fulfilling campaign promises and enraging environmentalists. this is "special report" ." good evening. welcome to washington. i am bret baier. workday number two for president trump brought more executive action, more meetings with business leaders, and word that a new supreme court nominee is only days away. the decision to jump start work on the keystone xl and dakota access pipeline projects is both a shot across the bow to environmentalists an