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>> bret: welcome to the dwight d eisenhower presidential library and museum in abilene kansas. this monument to the nation's 34th president is located in his hometown of abilene. good evening. i am bret baier. this is another road trip edition of "special report." we will be talking about president eisenhower and his legacy and we will speak live with the governor of kansas. but first the newest american president is standing up to his counterparts around the world whether they be a friend or foe. reaction is coming in from around the world. he started his day at the national prayer breakfast, an annual event that began under president eisenhower. today president trump reiterated
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his warnings to iran and is about to back it up with new sanctions. chief white house correspondent john roberts has details tonight from the north lawn. >> good evening. it is the first punitive action that the newly minted administration has taken against another country. a sharp response to iran violating the united nations security council order. >> nothing is off the table. >> white house sources say the president will impose new sanctions against iran for its recent test of a medium-range ballistic missile as soon as tomorrow. the white house insists it violates a u.n. security council resolution though it does not abrogate the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by the obama administration. sanctions will target more than 20 iranian entities for terrorism and missile related activities. the white house had to get creative with the application of sanctions for fear of itself violating the nuclear agreement. the missile launches in the of how president trump will deal with the nation who he claims
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ruled the united states in a bad deal. our on his -- iran is thumbing his nose at the president. there is plenty of support for new sanctions on capitol hill. >> when you hear about the telephone calls happen, don't worry about it. just don't worry about it. speak at the president is finding less support for his dealings with a strong ally after what is described as a frank phone call with the australian prime minister malcolm turnbull. the president is said to be disappointed in a deal cut by the obama administration in november to take in refugees living in offshore australian detention camps. >> president obama said they were going to take probably well over 1,000 illegal immigrants who were in prisons, and they were going to bring them and take them into this country and i said why? >> the president took to twitter, writing "i will study
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this dumb deal." it was too much for senator john mccain who telephoned the australian ambassador to apologize on behalf of the united states. >> in my view, it was an unnecessary and frankly harmful dispute. >> the president agreed to honor the deal with the provision the refugees would be subject to extreme vetting which seemed fair enough for the australian prime minister kenny sticker you've got to remember what the president is doing. and i thanked him for that. he committed to honor a deal done by his predecessor that no doubt he would say he would not have done himself. >> in a move that provoked concerns with conservatives, the treasury department modified sanctions the obama administration put on russia. under pressure from u.s. companies, treasury rollback restrictions on the sale of some information-technology items to russia. the white house said the changes
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in the works during the final days of the obama administration but took a while to complete. sean spicer insists the treasury department was not rolling back russian sanctions, simply an adjustment that created a carve out american companies have been clamoring for. >> bret: john roberts live on the north lawn. thank you. ron is already responding to the president public rebuke of its latest ballistic missile testing. jennifer griffin has the latest. tell us that bout this reaction from the hill, the pentagon, and turn on -- tehran. >> the u.n. security council has referred the issue for further investigation. the pentagon believes these ballistic missile tests are a clear violation of u.n. security council resolution 2231. there are reports defense
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secretary mattis watered down some of michael flynn's statement. this watered down the message on iran's ballistic missile breaches. the white house received strong support from the house speaker. >> i would be in favor of additional sanctions on iran. i would like to put as much toothpaste back in the tube as possible. i think the last administration appeased around too much. they went too far with iran and i think as a result, iran isn't far more active than it otherwise would be. >> president trump repeated that iran is "on notice." one thing to keep in mind, the u.s. does not have a aircraft carrier in the persian gulf. it's only the second time since 2008 that that has been the case. it curtails military options at the moment. >> bret: defense secretary mattis was out of the country
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when this happened. >> that's right. he is making his first trip overseas to asia. he arrived in south korea today and will visit japan. all eyes are on iran and its missile test. the pentagon is more concerned about north korea and the possibility that it is close to achieving an intercontinental ballistic missile. north korea has been accused of sharing missile technology with iran in the past. it's notable that mattis' first trip was not to the middle east but to asia, where tensions are also running very high. >> bret: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. thank you. let's get some analysis of the iran situation and diplomatic moves. charles krauthammer joins me no now. charles, your thoughts on the latest statements about iran and the move towards the new sanctions. >> we have to understand that ever since the obama administration signed the nuclear agreement, it has been very reluctant to do anything
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about the other aggressions that iran has been involved in, meaning nonnuclear stuff. meaning supporting terrorists and terrorism around the region, meaning supporting the proxies and of course the most important, the legal ballistic missile launches which threaten israel, europe, and ultimately the united states. in a sense, the obama administration was self deterred. it was afraid that if it imposed sanctions or doing anything more drastic, iran will pullout of the nuclear agreement. it is already collected up front billions of dollars and revived its economy. also cashed in on the dissolution of the international sanctions which will never be reinstated. china and russia won't go along with it. with the trump administration is doing is saying those days are
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over. we are not afraid of you doing something to the nuclear deal. we are going to respond point by point to the violations in terms of aggression in the region and especially the ballistic missile launches which we object to and we are going to punish. it appears to be for now with sanctions. >> bret: made clear today from the white house point of view they were not pulling back on russia's sanctions. i want to ask about the call with the australian prime minister and the reaction to it. this is about a refugee deal that was done with the obama administration roughly 1200 refugees that australia did not welcome into their country, kept them off australian property, if you will. the u.s. said they would take them in exchange for many things that australia does with the u.s. what about this in the dustup around it? >> the first thing to remember
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is australia is our most style worked ally. australia is the only country in the world to have stood with us in every war, good and bad, winning and losing, including for example the vietnam war and now of course iraq and afghanistan. it's a special friend of the united states. you must say this is a puzzling deal that obama agreed to do. why are we taking in refugees? that is what was so upsetting to trump. one possible answer is that in september of last year, the australians agreed to take in refugees in central america who are now in costa rica. no one ever linked the two. the two sides have denied it safe quid pro quo. but nonetheless it looks like it was a kind of swap. the good news is that trump said
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we are going to honor the agreement because we have to. the uss were going to do something, even if you are a new president, you've got to honor it. >> bret: australia, one of their closest partners. they have military personnel in 31 states in the u.s. we will follow this. charles, thank you. confirmation battles today make for more very hard feelings as the process crawls along on capitol hill. mike emanuel is live on the hill with the latest. >> democrats tried to put the brakes on confirmation of more members of the trump cabinet. it aggravated some of their g.o.p. colleagues. >> we had an election last november. the people spoke and now it's time to set up a functioning government. >> democrat boycotted again. this time, a vote on the next epa administrator. republican suspend of the rules
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and voted 11-0 to approve scott pruitt and send his nomination to the full senate. the republican chairman called out the senate democratic leader by name. >> is obviously a concerted effort by the entire party. it is not just scott pruitt. this is a play that's been called by chuck schumer. i think it's a mistake but it's in an effort to try to obstruct donald trump from getting a cabinet in place. >> senator schumer defended his delay tactics by saying this isn't a normal cabinet. >> if they prove unfit for the austere and powerful roles they are about to take up, it's our responsibility as senators to reject the nomination. >> democrats showed up for the vote on mick mulvaney's nomination. the vote was 12-11 along party lines and he will go to the full senate for a confirmation vote. also supreme court nominee judge neil gorsuch continued making the rounds meeting with four
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more republican senators. west virginia, bob corker of tennessee, ted cruz of texas and lindsey graham of south carolina. some democrats have decided before meeting with gore -- goh that they cannot support them. >> the nomination is a huge gift to the giant corporations and wealthy individuals who have stolen a supreme court seat. >> after cruz met with gorsuch, he made the case why democrats should vote for the judge prayed >> my hope is that my democratic colleagues will put aside the partisan anger of their base and instead vote to confirm a good man, good judge and a worthy successor to justice scalia. >> judge gorsuch avoided questions from fox news about how he could win over democrats. no surprise he is saving his talking for behind closed doors one-on-one with senators. >> bret: mike emanuel. thank you. you've heard a lot in the last three days about the so-called
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nuclear option under consideration in the u.s. senate as a way to get the presidents supreme court nominee confirmed. some collect the thermonuclear option period what exactly does that mean? chief washington correspondent james rosen explains. >> the year was 2005 when katrina rained down from the sk sky. president george w. bush grew frustrated over democrats blocking his nominees for federal courts that the republicans weighed whether to change protocol so that nominees would only need 51 votes, not a super majority of 60 to advance toward confirmation. senator trent lot adopted the nuclear option because stripping the minority of its ability to filibuster or debate endlessly until 60 votes can be mustered, a tactic known that is -- seen as blowing up the design of the framers. >> republicans rollback our rights with no check on their power. >> i pray god when the democrats
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take back control we don't make the kind of naked power grab you are doing. >> i urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but protecting free and democratic debate. >> fast-forward to 202013 wind blurred lines was a hit and barack obama was president. he grew frustrated with the minority blocking his nominees so democratic majority leader harry reid used the nuclear option, and a nearly 225 years of precedent to allow lower court judges to advance with only 51 votes. >> circumstances have changed for the worse since 2005. >> fast forward to wednesday. >> we end up with the gridlock, i would say if you can, mitch, go nuclear. >> republicans say they hope they won't have to go nuclear but are clearly threatening to change procedures the same way democrats did four years ago so supreme court nominees can
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advance on 51 votes and once again democrats are urging republicans to take their finger off the button. >> if you don't have that atmosphere and you break down that, then you basically disintegrated what we are as assented. >> if democrats hold their artillery fire for a nominee whose succession to the court would more dramatically alter its composition, then the republicans will likely hold off on thermonuclear conflict until the next epic showdown. >> bret: thank you. what do you think? do you think republicans should use the nuclear option if judge gorsuch installed? let me know on twitter at @bretbaier using the hashtag #specialreport. or on facebook at facebook.com/bretbaiersr. up next, a fox news exclusive with the new homeland security secretary as he goes to the southern border. here is some of what our affiliates are covering.
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dover, delaware, one correctional officer dead following a hostage situation at the state's largest prison. authorities say inmates used sharp instruments to take over the james vaughn correctional center near smyra. they held a counselor hostage. the siege ended today. fox 29 in philadelphia has punxsutawney phil seeing his shadow. the world's most famous groundhog came out at dawn. in reality, here is a spoiler alert. i didn't know this. the groundhogs prediction is decided ahead of time by members of the groundhog club inner circle on gobblers knob. this is a live look at daytona beach grade one of the stories they are, florida's governor an4 grant awards worth $25 million to develop a vaccine against the zika virus.
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researchers will attempt to devise new testing methods and study the impacts of the mosquito borne virus. that's tonight's live look outside the beltway. we are outside the beltway too. we are in abilene. this part of the museum deals with general eisenhower's time in london planning world war ii. this table is the table at which d-day is planned. general eisenhower with the allied commanders, field marshal montgomery, lieutenant general omar bradley and the other commanders meet at this table to plan the operation the changes world war ii. the interesting thing about the table is that years later, nelson rockefeller spots it in the british dental association office. he buys it and presents it to president eisenhower in 1955, the 10-year anniversary of the
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end of the war. end of the war. "special report" continues after
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and add phone and tv for only $34.90 more a month. call today. comcast business. built for business. >> bret: welcome back to the dwight d. eisenhower presidential library and museum in abilene, kansas. also the boyhood home of the 34th president. humble beginnings for the man from abilene. about 1700 miles west of protest getting scrutiny. president donald trump is questioning whether the university of california at berkeley should continue to receive federal funding after rioting last night prevented an appearance by a conservative speaker. protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows, started a bonfire, prompting university officials to cancel a talk by breitbart news editor milo yiannopoulos. say that three times.
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the 32-year-old right wing gay provocateur is a trump supporter. students called him a racist, misogynist, anti-muslim, and white supremacist. on his facebook page, he quoted "the left is terrified of free speech and will do anything to shut it down." 12 people have been killed in eastern ukraine. battles between ukrainian armed forces and pro-russia separatist troops have intensified. the head of the homeland security department says he thinks a wall along the mexican border could be ready much sooner than many people believe. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge has an exclusive interview with homeland security secretary john kelly. >> i hope to have it done within the next two years. >> on the first trip to the
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southwest border, homeland security chief john kelly said in a vicious titan table for the wall. >> it will be built where it's needed most and then beef filled in. >> he saw the challenges firsthand. over my shoulder we have mexico. one of the most heavily traffic areas along the border. border control agents pick up at least 600 people any given day. they call it the rgb sector. the rio grande valley is notorious. it's about 100 miles as the crow flies but more than 300 miles to secure their shoreline. >> the protection of our border involves discussion of physical barriers but also of technological sensors, things like that. it's a layered approach. >> the strategy is pushing more resources to the border.
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>> if we could surge the court proceedings, that would act as a huge deterrent. >> is the wall worth the political cost with mexico? >> does it protect america? the answer is yes then i'm sorry but were going to build the wall. >> despite political differences, kelly, whose military service included south and central america, wants to work with mexico and other countries to disrupt smuggling operations. >> we have an insatiable appetite for drugs in our country and the profits that come out of the united states are massive and they are available to pay off just about anyone. we've got to help those countries. >> after 45 years of military service, kelly was not looking for another job when he got a call from the trump transition team. >> send me income a coach. >> catherine herridge, fox news.
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>> bret: this was secretary of state's first day on the job. he had a message to diplomats. >> i know this was a hotly contested election and we do not all feel the same way about the outcome. each of us is entitled to the expression of our political beliefs but we cannot let our personal convictions overwhelm our ability to work as one team. >> bret: secretary tillerson warranty might make changes to how things have traditionally been done at the state department. the ceo of uber is quitting the business leaders forum. he says in an internal memo that his membership in the group was misinterpreted as an endorsement of the president. the ridesharing company has been buffeted all week by boycott campaigns that began when people perceived they were trying to break a taxi strike at the jfk
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airport. stocks were mixed. the dow and nasdaq lost 6. s&p 500 was up 1. here in kansas republican lawmakers are weighing proposals from the governor to close the shortfall in the budget. let's talk about what's going on here and back on capitol hill with kansas governor sam brownback. >> welcome to kansas. good to have you. >> bret: i want to talk about eisenhower and your thoughts in a minute. first i want to start on capitol hill. you were a senator before becoming governor and you were actually on the judiciary committee. >> roberts and alito. >> bret: what's your assessment? do you think democrats are going to try to filibuster judge gorsuch? >> judge gorsuch to serve 60 votes. he's a quality candidate. he has the credentials that need
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to take place to be on the united states supreme court. he has clerked there for two judges, served with distinction. he deserves 60 votes. the question is whether the base of the democrat party going to allow democrat senators to cross over and vote for him. he deserves to have it. he deserves to be on the court. i think it's really going to be up to democrats whether they are going to be fair with the process. >> bret: do you sense they are going to be? >> that's a mixed bag. a number of senators that are up in states donald trump won are probably looking, how do i figure my way to vote for him? is there enough to get to the 60 vote threshold? this is a man that deserves to be on the united states supreme court. >> bret: i want to talk about another issue in washington and here, refugees. the president's executive order got a lot of pushback. it was controversial but something he pledged on the campaign trail.
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you here in kansas have done something about refugees specifically. >> we did the same thing for it i used to chair the committee on the refugees coming to the united states and i've advocated for refugees coming to the united states, but you have to do it in a situation where the american people are going to be safe. that is the first duty of the united states government, provide for the safety and security of the american people. that's why we said we would take refugees from many places but not from countries that have been identified by the state department as terrorist countries. that's what the president said. we will take them from other places, other muslim countries. but not from countries that are identified as places that send terrorist. >> bret: pushing back against the muslim ban, saying there are others not included. the reaction to president trump and the australian dustup about not taking those refugees, a deal made in the obama
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administration. >> well, i think the president is doing the same sort of thing there. he is saying i've got to first protect the united states and we have had situations in this country where refugees who came here ended up being charged with terrorist charges. he is trying to do the thing he's called upon which is protect the safety of the united states. i don't like the dustup particularly was such a good ally like australia. >> bret: the president is also dealing with a budget. the debt ceiling coming up. here in kansas you are trying to deal with your own budget. $900 million shortfall in the budget and you're trying to do a number of things. are you, how are you going to get it done? >> we are going to do a lot of the same things he's talking about. we've got to cut our costs, and we been doing that. we've got to be able to get growth taking place. we are starting to see that.
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part of our problem has been the commodity prices have been low. we are a major oil state, a major agriculture state. a lot of what we've got to do is hold our costs down until some normalcy comes back. as we get more growth, that's the long term teeth. you've got to grow and that's with the president is pointing to. we cut taxes on small business to create growth. he is looking at doing that. that's the key piece of long term, get the growth going. under president obama, we had less than 2% growth rates. this country is capable of a 4% growth rate and we've got to get it up. >> bret: you have seen the committee for responsible budget who look at the trump tax plan and they say a 4.5 trillion increase in the debt. they are not factoring in all the growth that you talk about but you can't really deal with the debt, can you, without
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dealing with entitlements? >> i think you need to. president trump didn't run a mat, said he wasn't going to talk about entitlements but ultimately on the federal level in less you start talking about entitlements i don't figure being realistic. i think you need to start now. i think you need to have entitlement reform talked about. it is so much a part of the system that until you start to get some governor on that where you are controlling it somewhat, you're going to be in trouble. the key first step is growth. you've got to get the growth rate above 2%. you need to get it in 3% and 4%. i think you really need to talk about entitlement reform. >> bret: where'd you put put your budget shortfall? >> is not that high. we've been struggling, as much of the midwest has come under low commodity prices paired with got a plan put forward working with the legislature and we will
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be able to work our way through it. >> bret: someone who had a booming economy was president eisenhower. he also worked bipartisan with the democratic house and senate. do you think that can come back to washington? >> it can. i think it's going to be tough now. the democrats have taken atac that we are just going to fight. i've never seen a transition like this. >> bret: republicans did that with president obama. >> not at the outset. the first year, he does obamacare and then they decide they are going to do this. he -- basically he adds another half year on the budget and he puts that in the first 150, 200 days. most of the time you give a person a little bit of a honeymoon in you don't start out with protests the first day after a person is in office. i think it's going to be
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difficult to get bipartisanship back, given the amount of passion that is flowing out there now. it really what you are seeing president trump do is, this is what i campaigned on and he's doing it fast and hard. >> bret: i like your "i like ike" pin. >> glad to have you here. please come back. >> bret: president trump hammers around on twitter. is iran getting the message? we will discuss with the panel. first, a look at it as speech. you have seen some of the eisenhower museum and the boyhood home here in abilene, kansas. this is the library. it holds more than 26 million pages of documents from eisenhower's life, some 400,000 photographs from his life and presidency. including sensitive documents which is why you have to wear the gloves. 600 researchers worked in this library.
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i was one of them, handling sensitive documents like this one. this is the actual farewell address delivered january 17, 1961. the military industrial complex speech. those scribbles on the page, those are from president eisenhower himself. three days in january. "special report" continues after
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>> military action off the table in iran. >> nothing is off the table. >> iran understood that they are on notice. this is not going on responded to. >> what you have seen is standing up to iran for the first time in eight years. >> i would like to put as much toothpaste back in the tube as possible. the last administration appeased around too much. >> when you talk tough and make
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what seemed to be open ended threats, the pressure builds to actually put deeds behind the words. >> any time you have an interruption of the flow of energy coming out of the middle east, the world economy can go into a dive, a deep one. >> bret: iran sanctions on the table is the administration says iran is now a notice after a ballistic missile test and other actions. president trump tweeting "iran has been formally put on notice for firing ballistic missile. should have been thankful for the terrible deal the u.s. made with them. iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the u.s. came along and gave it a lifeline in the form of the iran deal. $150 billion." let's bring in our panel. mollie hemingway, senior editor at the federalist and charles lane. chris, your thoughts. >> when we think about what an
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eventful couple of weeks this has been, you could argue nothing is more eventful than the moment we have reached now where one of the central threats to the world stability and world order in iran, we are having a fight over a nuclear program. this gets hot, this gets dangerous very fast and i think washington has snapped its head around to notice this event is taking place and this is really happening early in the administration. >> bret: senator graham from south carolina said iran will be and is testing the new president trump. it is the 3:00 a.m. call we heard about four years ago, perhaps. your sense. >> in some ways, this is new and in some ways it's not. the ballistic missile launch that just happened is the latest of about a dozen that have been done since the deal was implemented. the obama administration did tell congress that if they did these lodges, it would be taken
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as a violation of the resolution. then once they did it during the obama administration, they didn't treat it as a violation. what is happening under the trump administration as they are responding by saying we acknowledge this is a violation of the agreement here and we will take it seriously. people were concerned that trump wouldn't do sanctions because of iran's closeness with russia. he's doing it and the fact that it will be announced shows maybe people have not been predicting accurately has relationship with russia. >> well, if i remember correctly, these are alleged violations of u.n. security council resolutions as opposed to the agreement with the united states. be that as it may, it's clearly some kind of provocation or test or attempt by iran to see what donald trump is made of. of course he's going to make the kind of response he did. to say nothing is off the table, i think that is standard. any president would answer the
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question that way. i don't think that's such a big deal but sanctions are interesting. let's remember these are going to be unilateral sanctions. these are things the united states is doing. they are only going to be really effective if you can somehow gather some more international group of countries to apply broader pressure on iran. that's in a way why some of these phone calls and so forth have been so damaging because they highlight the fact that this "america first" president has often sounded like "america only." there is a lot of reluctance in europe and other places to work with him even on things, and we'll find out, that may be in usually the common interest. >> bret: one of the closest allies, australia. this call between the australian prime minister and president trump dealing with the deal that was made under the obama administration with the australians on refugees. take a listen. >> when you hear about the tough
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phone because i'm having, don't worry about it. just don't worry about it. they are tough. we have to be tough. previous administration does something, you have to respect it but you can also say why are we doing this? >> he has tremendous respect for the prime minister and the australian people and has agreed to review the deal. >> they fought alongside us in wars, including losing over 500 brave australians in the vietnam war which some of us remember. >> bret: tweeting further, the president saying "do you believe it? the obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from australia. why? i will study this dumb deal." chris, first of all, how does this call the readout we hear about of this blunt, frank call, whatever you want to call it between the y -- the president
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and prime minister. >> logic tells me it was the aussies who let that go. it's quite a departure. even, much like britain, canada. when the world was against us going into iraq, the dire straits of our foreign policy, these are the countries we stand with and stand with us. the question now is you've got iran, russia, instability in the u.s. relationship with western europe. can we get the band back together? lift russia's aggression intensifies, what are we going to do? >> bret: the aussies say it wasn't them. >> it's entirely possible this
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is a bootable offense. i have a hard time with the story. based on a lot of anonymous sources. the media has trouble accurately reporting what's going on or understanding the framing of stories. we find out later what we are told is not true. this deal makes no sense in the cases never been made to the american people of why will you be taking refugees from australia. it's not like these are refugees on a sinking ship that needed recovery. they have already made it to a free country with plenty of land, plenty of resources, plenty of money. we are expected to take these people, i think most american people would hear the president saying that deal that the lame-duck president put us into with no apparent result and return wasn't such a good one for they want to hear a precedent questioning the deals and saying please don't do, they are dealing with the new administration. >> bret: quickly, chuck.
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this deal, probably 1200 refugees from various countries that australia said, if you paid your way to get to australia, we are going to keep you on the islands. they provided them food and shelter. they didn't make it to the mainland and this was a deal the u.s. was going to take this in exchange for the things that australia does that we don't fully know across the board with the military and intelligence. that's where we are. >> it's a little bit of a misnomer to call them illegal immigrants, as the president did. they may have been illegal immigrants with respect to australia but if they are vetted as they are going to be, they would not be illegal immigrants to the united states. it's kind of inflammatory for the president to put it that way. he had a choice. he could have -- she's going to get to the same place either way. he's going to bring these people in, or some of them. he said that himself. the question was, do i do it
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without creating a diplomatic flap? he has chosen and the reason has to be a domestic political reason. if he's going to take people in, he is going to have to signal to his base that he's not doing it anything but reluctantly. >> bret: we will see how this plays out. standby. next up, free speech issues at the self-declared home of the free speech movement. another look inside this museum dedicated to president eisenhower. here at the museum, you get to see behind the scenes in the white house. this is the general electric stove that i like liked to cook on. this was his set of golf clubs. he was a member of augustine national. it is called the eisenhower tree on 17. he wanted the club to remove it,
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>> bret: some rioting at the university of california berkeley, protest of a conservative speaker, a very outspoken one. as that continued, the president
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weighed in on those protests and the images he saw on the screen paired he chose to do that via twitter. he says "if uc berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view, no federal funds? "we are with our panel. >> is the anti-trump protests in berkeley show, the movement is becoming kind of dangerous. they want to get this idea that trump is a unique threat to the republic, that he's a fascist and threat to free speech. when you look at the behavior of the movement, you are seeing totalitarian tendencies. sarah silverman was calling for a military coup against trump. you have people praising flawless insurrection. there's a lot of scary behavior but i'm not sure if these people realize that to a lot of the country, the scary behavior is coming from them and not the trump administration. >> bret: chris, what about
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milo yiannopoulos? they are, i said it. >> you nailed it. i'm not going to try. the outrage from left to right is a perpetual motion machine that goes on and on. people are offended and it goes on. part of the reason donald trump is president of the united states is people were sick of political correctness. they were tired of it and they wanted someone who would speak forcefully and not care so much but then people were outraged by trump and trump supporters are outraged by the outrage. in the meantime, nobody is talking about the real stuff and figuring out what we can agree upon, what we can do together. instead, they are being satisfied in their bunkers of rage at the other side. >> i think the dash president trump owes the university of california and apology for threatening their funding. what happened is the administration worked with the college republicans to provide a
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free forum for milo and protected it with university police drawn from all over the universities system. then i provided a space for its students to protest peacefully which they did until 150 people dressed in black, the same kind of people who wrecked washington during the inauguration, showed up with their crowbars and created mayhem from the outside which the university of california then repressed, as it should, to restore law and orde order. university of california upheld free speech and law and order through the use of its resources in an exemplary fashion and its reward was to be threatened with the cut off a federal funds by the president of the united states. >> bret: there was a question mark. let's say, what about the prayer breakfast and arnold schwarzenegger? take a listen. >> they hired a big, big movie
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star, arnold schwarzenegger, to take my place and we know how that turned out. the ratings went right down the tubes and i want to pray for arnold, if we can, for those ratings. >> donald, i have a great idea. why don't we switch jobs? you take over tv because you are an expert in ratings and i take over your job and people can finally sleep comfortably again. >> bret: mollie, such outrage to this. there was a laugh in the room but you look on social media, a ton of outrage. >> this is kind of silly it that we pretend we don't understand donald trump is making a joke. he was talking about the importance of religious liberty and there are very important religious liberty questions going on. the trump administration has kept an executive order that
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restricts religious freedom of federal contractors and subcontractors. trump needs to issue another executive order protecting religious liberty from the federal government that has had so much overreach whether it is against little sisters of the poor or outreach. i don't think we should be getting distracted about arnold schwarzenegger. >> bret: all right, panel. thank you from washington. when we come back, a final look at the eisenhower
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>> bret: finally, as we wrap up our live show from the either high eisenhower presidential library and museum. our thanks for making this show will come together. i have spent a good deal of time here. this is the first stop on the final leg of a book to her. thank you for making three days in january, dwight eisenhower's final mission a national bestseller. number two on "the new york times" list, number one on "the wall street journal" list. tomorrow, we will be coming to you live from los angeles. in coming days, we will have shows from the reagan and nixon presidential libraries. spewed beautiful backdrops, while, always bringing you all the news of the day. we leave you with a look at the burial site for general eisenhower and his wife. and the sun they lost at three years old. as president eisenhower left office, he asked president
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kennedy to return his title to five star general so he could be buried in his uniform. that is what happened. on the marble wall and what they called the place of meditation here, memorable eisenhower quotes, including this. "the real fire within the builders of america was faith. faith in a provident god whose hands is supported and guided them, faith in themselves as the children of god, faith in their country and its principals that proclaimed man's right to freedom and justice." that is it for this "special report" from kansas. fair, balanced, and unafraid. "the first 100 days" with martha maccallum starts right now.
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