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or stay tuned. elizabeth:9 for all the folks going this year, they have the wait one more year to see president trump, but they eventually will see him. thank you for joining us. we'll be back tomorrow. don't miss us on "america's news headquarters." julie: it is day 100 for president trump, and so far the trump presidency has been anything but conventional. and while the president has downplayed the significance of the 100-day marker, he has said that he is very happy with his administration's progress so far. welcome to a brand new hour inside america's news headquarters, i'm julie banderas joined by my buddy, rick leventhal. rick: president trump holding a campaign-style rally in pennsylvania. kevin corke also skipped tonight's dinner and joins us live from harrisburg, pennsylvania, where final
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preparations are underway. kevin, looks like there's already a big crowd developing behind you there. >> reporter: yeah, you're right, good to have you with us today, everybody. i'm going to let our photographer, craig savage, take a look at the crowd behind me. they've been building here since just after 4:00 this morning. the first person in line telling fox news she got here at 4:30 this morning, drove over from northeastern ohio where she has a farm with 500 head of cattle. clearly, she is excited to be here as is the president. and let me share a tweet that mr. trump put out, looking forward to a great rally in pennsylvania tonight at 7:30. big crowd, big energy. indeed, that is the case here already today. of course, the president has had a couple busy days speaking to the nra convention yesterday in georgia as well as a sit-down conversation with our very own martha maccallum who asked the president to describe his
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political philosophy and why he thinks it works. >> well, i'm not really an idealogue. i think i'm a person of common sense, i think, more than anything else. but i think more than anything else i understand what has to be done, i've always been a closer. we don't have a lot of closers in politics, and i understand why. it's a very rough system. it's an archaic system. >> reporter: now it should also be pointed out that, of course, the president will not be at the white house correspondents dinner, and so this rally acting as i guess you could call a bit of counter-programming from a media perspective. he attended the dinner before, he was billlied a little bit by -- pilaried by then-president obama. reagan missed after having been shot, but the president as he is want to do, flipping the script, guys, going to change things up a bit. and we're looking forward to the rally tonight at 7:30, live coverage right here.
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back to you. rick: we hear the president will be at the dinner next year potentially, right? >> reporter: yes, potentially. subject to change. [laughter] rick: of course. thanks very much. >> you know, we have this artificial barrier called 100 days which i'm not a big fan of -- martha: well, you made a pretty good effort -- >> no, no, i fall victim to it also. it is very much an artificial barrier. julie: so what does the president's report card look like at this stage in the term? john mccormack is senior writer for the weekly standard. this just in on twitter, i don't know if you heard, our president tweeting about the coverage of his accomplishments, and he tweets: mainstream in quotations and all caps, fake media refuses to state our long list of achievements including 28 legislative signings, strong borders and great optimism. what would you say is president trump's crowning moment, and do
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you agree with his statement there that the mainstream media, i guess i would say, is not properly giving him credit where credit's due? >> well, you know, i think that there's definitely, you know, the good, the bad and the ugly with the first hundred days. the president is right in saying it is sort of an artificial, ridiculous barrier. on the other hand, he himself seems pretty concerned. hands down the biggest success is the confirmation of judge jue gorsuch. there were a lot of conservatives, myself included, who were skeptical that the president was going to appoint a real constitutional, someone that could get confirmed. he stuck to his list, he nominated someone who was bullet bulletproof, someone who the republicans were willing to do away with the ability to filibuster, and he got him on the court. and i think, you know, there are a lot of people in this election back in 2016, they didn't like hillary clinton, they didn't like donald trump, but they went to donald trump because of the
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supreme court, and he came through for those voters. i think you've got to hand that to the president. julie: yeah, yeah, he does. let's talk about the 28 legislative signings that he says the media isn't covering. >> the problem again is the filibuster. democrats can stop it, but there are certain rules, mechanisms they can use to get around that. one of them is the congressional review act. so that allows congress to pass a bill with a simple 51 votes in the senate, and that means repealing some of obama's regulations. for instance, he did one where they repealed a rule that allows the states to defund planned parenthood if they want to, a big priority for social conservatives. julie: right. >> some with coal regulations, so a lot of regulatory pareback develop on under this president. julie: we're being fair here, what do you believe has been his biggest legislative failure so farsome. >> well, this is one that's a
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temporary failure. he'll be judged whether or not they actually pass something to repeal and replace obamacare. that was a huge promise from congressional republicans and this president. it hasn't happened yet. you know, it took president obama 15 months to pass obamacare, and ultimately, you know, they're going to be judged on whether they can repeal it and replace it with something that actually lowers premiums, increases choices. it's really difficult because, as i said, obamacare was passed originally with 60 votes in the senate. is so they're trying to write this bill in congress to get around these rules, and it's creating a big headache. it's creating kind of a mess. that's basically congress' choosing the honor these rules instead of passing something that could really work. it's in fits and starts, and they're not there yet. julie: yeah. you've got to talk about this 100-day benchmark. it seems unrealistic to be able to pass such large legislative issues such as obamacare. i mean, it took president obama and his administration some 14,
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15 months to sign obamacare. was it a big mistake for republicans to make such lofty promises, especially when it comes to repealing and replacing our health care? >> well, i think, you know, i think they had to promise to do it. i think they need to follow through on it. they need to find a way. and, you know, people are going to be really disappointmented. i don't know if their voters will turn out if obamacare's left in place. while they can blame democrats for filibustering and the complicated rules, they've got the senate, the house and the presidency, it's going to be really hard to explain to voters if they can't do that. people's premiums are going the up still by thousands of dollars, and they're paying for stuff that barely even covers anything. julie: right. >> real huge problem there, and republicans now own that. julie: okay. so going back to president trump's tweet, just to make sure we cover our bases here, he mentions fake media refuses to talk about his strong borders and great optimism.
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i'll give you an opportunity to do that. >> well, on the border there are some indications that just simply president trump's election has maybe decreased the number of people that are coming in, sort of more sending a signal. he hasn't gotten the wall so far, i think right now he's learning more about which parts of the border -- julie: do you think he's learning that it's actually impossible? >> you know, i think what you can learn is there are some parts of the border that don't need a wall, they've got natural barriers. i personally have thought a border fence makes sense as did hillary clinton and barack obama when they voted for it back in 2006. julie: coloradan mccormack, thank you very much. appreciate it. >> thank you. rick: a fox news alert, north korea test firing yet another mid range ballistic missile, but officials say the test appears to have failed. it's the country's third straight unsuccessful missile test this month, and president trump says the rogue nation's latest move disrespects china. kitty logan is live in london
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with this story. kitty? >> reporter: hi, rick. not surprisingly, this latest launch has drawn widespread international condemnation. and south korean officials who observed the test say it flew just a few minutes before that missile broke up. now, it's thought that this is a medium-range ballistic missile. it was fired in a northeasterly direction from an area north of the pyongyang. north korea has repeatedly continued to test these type of missiles despite strong objections from the international community. the launch came shortly after a u.n. security meeting to discuss the threat from north korea. speaking at that meeting, u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson washed of -- warned of, quote, catastrophic consequences if the north korean leadership continued to develop its missile program. a u.s. aircraft carrier has arrived in the region to begin a joint exercise with the south korean navy. that aims to improve capabilities to track and
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intercept missiles from north korea. now, in response north korea's state broadcaster has criticized the exercise, calling it an intrusion. it says it increases the chance of an actual military confrontation. now, so far u.n. sanctions and international pressure have not discouraged north korea from continuing to develop its missile program and continuing with this kind of rhetoric. rick? rick: kitty, thank you very much. the north's missile test comes shortly after secretary of state rex tillerson urged the u.n. security council to impose tougher, new sanctions against pyongyang and issued a dire warning -- >> each successive detonation, north korea pushes northeast asia and the world closer to instability and broader conflict. the threat of a north korean attack on seoul or tokyo is real. and it is likely only a matter of time before north korea develops the capability to strike the u.s. mainland.
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rick: ambassador john bolton is joining us now, former u.s. ambassador to the united nations, senior fellow at the american enterprise institute and a fox news contributor. welcome, sir. >> glad to be with you. rick: ambassador, secretary tillerson told the security council business as usual is no longer an option, but you're saying that north korea, asking north korea to give up its nukes is like asking kim jong un to give up his regime. >> well, in effect, the policy that was articulated in the security council on friday is business as usual from the united states. it's really not that different from what the obama, bush and clinton administrations have pursued over the past 25 years, and that is through a mixture of diplomacy and sanctions to try and get the north koreans to give up their nuclear weapons. it hasn't worked for 25 years and, indeed, secretary tillerson himself said that a few weeks ago. so why anybody thinks that more pressure now will succeed in
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year 26, i'm afraid we haven't seen yet. i'm all in favor of more pressure on north korea, but realistically i think we've got to get something more here, otherwise this'll be like the movie groundhog day in north korea all over again. rick: well, secretary tillerson said had the sanctions been applied vigorously in years past, that maybe we wouldn't be where we are today. and he also singled out the chinese, because the chinese, he says, could force action. they are, they handle 90% of north korea's economy, 90% of their imports. so maybe if china does play ball, then they are on to something real here. is that possible? >> sure. and maybe if pigs had wings, they could fly. [laughter] rick: okay. >> the pattern that we've seen in these past few days is entirely consistent with the way china has behaved for 25 years. when this spotlight is on, they apply pressure to north korea, their rhetoric is fierce be, --
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fierce, and then when american tension turns elsewhere, the pressure eases off, the sanctions are disregarded and north korea proceeds on its way. look, it's possible this time that it's different, but it's equally possible that what we're talking about now is not news and hasn't been news for about 20 years. i think you have to go bigger than simply trying to get the north koreans to stop their nuclear weapons program. i think you've got to persuade china that it's in their interests as well as ours to reunite the peninsula, to eliminate the regime entirely. because that's the point of the north koreans seeing a call to give up their nuking lahr weapons as a call to end the regime. the nuclear capability is synonymous with regime survival, in their view, and i don't think that's changed. rick: but the administration is talking, and perhaps prior administrations have said equally tough things, but now we have this naval strike group in the korean peninsula, we have a
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carrier and a submarine loaded with tom a hawk missiles and a president who's saying better stop or things might happen. and they seem to have the pieces of the puzzle in place to make things happen if north korea doesn't play ball. >> well, you have to define what that means. are they going to attack tomorrow, next week? this is -- i'm just very worried, and i have to say i hope this new policy succeeds. but i have seen it over and be over again. over and over again. that an american president talks tough, moves military forces to the area, the chinese step up, the north koreans take a lower profile, and three months later it is literally back to the business of usual that secretary tillerson has feared. so we'll see. i just think they're shooting too low on this. i think that as long as that regime is there, it will never be talked out of its nuclear weapons or forced out of its nuclear weapons because china won't apply enough pressure fearing catastrophic collapse. what we need to do is persuade
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the chinese that controlled collapse and reunification is the only long-term solution. as long as the world's only hereditary communist dictatorship is there, the threat will remain. rick: ambassador, i have more questions, but we're short on time. this other bit of breaking news, there are reports that say president trump and russian president vladimir putin could have a meeting next month when president trump visits europe for a g7 summit. what is the likelihood that that would happen, and what do you think that meeting would look and sound like? >> well, i think it's important to have that meeting. it's actually later in time than some meetings between u.s. and russian leaders in recent administrations have taken place in the president's first year. i think there'll be a lot of discussion about syria, the iranian nuclear weapons program, the middle east, obviously, the north korean program, hopefully ukraine and the continued russian troop presence there, the annexation of the crimea.
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there's a huge list of issues between the united states and russia, because russia's pursuing its own self-interests, and it puts them at odds with the united states more often than not. rick: yeah. plenty to talk about. they need a lot of time. ambassador bolton, we appreciate your time on this saturday. take care. >> thank you very much. julie: okay. so we know president trump has his hands full with several issues overseas, but as he marks his 100th day in office, what is his domestic report card? coming up, a breakdown of the president's policy changes here at home. plus, the new -- [inaudible] when the president thinks the gop lawmakers could vote on their amended bill. it might be sooner than you think. >> i have confidence in the freedom caucus people, mark meadows and jim jordan and all of the different, you know, all of the different guys. i have confidence in them. i have great confidence in the moderates, these are great, great people. ♪
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different guys, i have confidence in them. i have great confidence in the moderates. these are great, great people. martha mcsally, she flew jet fighters. these are great people. they're all great people. martha: so they're going to get it done. >> i believe they're going to get it done. i think maybe next week sometime. martha: okay. >> they're really coming together. julie: that was president trump expressing optimism for republican efforts to repeal and replace obamacare, but not all factions within the party are on board with this new bill. is it realistic to think there could be a vote next week? let's bring in republican congressman ron desantis, member of freedom caucus which just happened to throw its support behind the amended health care bill. thank you very much for talking to us. all right, so you recently threw your support behind this amended bill. what was it in the bill that you did not support in the original bill, and what has changed your
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mind? >> well, the number one problem with obamacare that people hate about it is that the premiums are high, the deductibles are high, they have narrowed doctor networks. the first bill didn't really get at that problem, this bill provides a path to do that by allowing states to opt out of the onerous obamacare regulations. so i think we have a pathway for lower premiums. now, this is a compromise because we had said we were going to repeal it root and branch for years and years. we may not have the votes to do that, but obviously we want a way forward. i think this is probably the best we can do right now, and i do think we'll have a vote next week, and i think it'll pass the house. julie: is that good enough? it is 100 days, that's not a whole heck of a lot of time when it comes to repealing and replacing something that was worked on for such a great period of time, but i know republicans want to do this. it's a promise they've been making for the last eight years. they couldn't wait to get control so they could change it, and is a vote next week realistic? >> i think it is realistic.
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remember, when the bill kind of failed the come to the floor this march, you've had members that have been negotiating different provisions to try the bridge the gaps and bridge the divides, and i think that's been a very productive process. there's been a lot that's gone into it, a lot of analysis done, so i think people should be in a much better place now than a month and a half ago. julie: what about moderates? do you think they're going to come to the table? >> i think so, i think at the end of the day you want to have, one, doing what we told the voters we would do. pretty much repealing obamacare was something that every republican had run on for years and years. we had people running campaign commercials shooting obamacare, blowing it up. so i think we want to make sure we're honoring those promises. and if you are delivering lower premiums, i think you'll end up being rewarded at the polls for that. julie: absolutely. anybody who's had to sign up to
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obamacare would agree, it's extremely expensive. you're ending up paying massive premiums and you have no choice, because you have nowhere else to turn. president trump says the media hasn't covered what he has accomplished so far. i want you to listen to this portion of the interview. martha: in terms of legislation, you're going to see everywhere on saturday that there was no major legislation passed in the first hundred days. you have a republican congress -- >> you know, that's been wrong, that's really wrong. first of all, we had 28 bills -- martha: understood. >> i was with a reporter the other day who said the same thing, you didn't pass anything. tomorrow it could be 32. i'm not talking about executive orders which are, frankly, equally as important. but i'm talking about bills passed. we have 28, we could have 32 within the next two i days. julie: so 28, possibly 32. compare that to past administrations in his first 100
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days. is that a big number? >> it's more than any administration since truman. i think if you look at the regulatory rollbacks that we did and he signed and some of the executive action in that arena, it's going to save the economy upwards of $60 billion which is a huge deal. he signed a bill to really put some teeth into the v.a. choice program. we have veterans toiling on waiting lines, now they're going to have access to real private care if that's what they need. and then i think it is important, i mean, congress is a big deal, but he has taken action in the realm of immigration enforcement such that you see border, illegal border crossings have plunged 75% in just the first 100 days. to me, i think you'd have to go back all the way to the eisenhower administration to find a comparable drop in illegal border crossings. and, of course, that was one of the core issue that is the president campaigned on, and he's delivering there. julie: let's talk about trump's tax plan. it is a reckoning for republican deficit hawks. and i want to talk about this,
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because a nonpartisan committee for a responsible federal budget estimates trump's plan could reduce tax revenue by $3 trillion to $7 trillion over a decade. but in order to do that, the economy would actually need the grow at a rate of 4.5%. some economists say that is simply impossible. in other words, that would just greaten our deficit by the billions. >> well, so here's the deal, we know we're never going to solve our debt problems if the economy's growing at 1%, 1.5%, 2% like we've seen in the last eight years. so you have to facilitate economic growth. and i'd also say there's nothing preventing congress -- people say, oh, is it going to cause more debt. it only causes more debt if congress continues to spend. there's nothing preventing us from paring some of the mayor tax -- major tax deductions with spending discipline.
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you've got to err on the side of growth because you're not going to solve the debt problem and definitely not going to be able to put the people back to work like i know the president wants to do. julie: the congressional budget office projects the federal debt will grow by $10 trillion if we don't meet that 4.5% increase in our economy in ten years with these tax cuts. >> well, they're assuming that you're going to continue to grow -- or, excuse me, you're going to continue to spend without any reductions anywhere, and i think we all know that's unrealistic. so i think congress needs to be disciplined on the spending side and then err on the side of growth on the tax side. i don't think we should assume that. julie: no, certainly not. and our economy is improving, and we have to, obviously, put some confidence behind that as well. congressman ron desantis, thank you very much. great to see you. >> thank you. rick: as we reported at the top of the hour, president trump wrapping up his first 100 days in office with a big rally in pennsylvania while on the
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international front his term has been marked by major challenges. a close look at the road ahead. plus, with some of the big agenda items on hold here at home, some are wondering if the president's base will keep standing behind him. why our next guest says mr. trump has a long way to go before he needs to worry about that. ♪
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julie: this is a fox news alert, president trump reaching the very first major milestone of his term today, one we have all been watching extremely closely, marking his 100th day in office. later this evening president trump will be holding a big rally in pennsylvania to thank some of his most ardent supporters and tout his administration's accomplishments. but the president's first 100 days have not been without challenges with his domestic agenda taking some pretty serious hits on capitol hill and in the courts and mounting tensions on the international
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stage. kevin corke has more on the president's term to date. >> we will make america great again! >> reporter: it's his signature phrase, but president trump's campaign to make america great again has been almost as tempestuous as the one that brought him to the oval office, a series of political, league and international -- legal and international storms. domestic challenges running the gamut from health care and tax reform, immigration and constructing the wall, jobs, trade, infrastructure and, of course, filling what many expect could be multiple seats on the u.s. supreme court. >> we are going to repeal obamacare and replace it. >> reporter: health care and tax reform have been pitched at the twin sails of the administration, sweep away the affordable care act and create a new plan with more cost savings
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and options, thus setting the stage for the white house and congress to finally partner on meaningful tax reform. >> further consideration is postponed. >> reporter: but the president's first attempt at solving the health care crisis, led by house speaker paul ryan, failed to martial enough votes on capitol hill. despite the embarrassing setback, the president remains optimistic. >> it's been very much misreported that we failed with health care. we haven't failed. we're negotiating, and we continue to negotiate. >> reporter: he says those savings will help fund a major tax overhaul designed to boost the middle class. certainly, jobs, trade and infrastructure all figure to be impacted by any new tax plan, the effort to rebuild america's roads and bridges a jobs catalyst with both domestic and international trade implications. while the president has made renegotiating trade dealses a major priority, it's jobs that are on the minds of many voters, and they're counting on the president to deliver. >> i'd love to see the economy improve, jobs come back.
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>> we need to get down to the basics and let people make a living wage. >> we will build the wall, and mexico will pay for the wall. [cheers and applause] 100%. >> reporter: the president's desire to enhance border security has been a major aspect of his immigration platform headlined, of course, by the construction of a wall between the u.s. and mexico which brings with it weighty political, legal and financial implications for the projected costs of more than $20 billion. this as the legal debate over when gets to enter the country and who's allowed to remain caroms from the congress to the courts. >> i've always heard that the most important thing that a president of the united states does is appoint people, hopefully great people like this appointment, to the united states supreme court. >> reporter: arguably, the president's signature victory for his first 100 days in office
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was the confirmation of judge neil gorsuch to the supreme court, a promise kept from the campaign but one fraught with numerous potential challenges to the trump agenda ahead. from hot button cases involving race are, abortion and faith and the likelihood of needing to find and confirm other judges to the high court. internationally, the president inherited the war on terror, and the evolving mission in afghanistan. >> the challenge as it was for the obama administration ahead for the trump administration is putting that counter-isis operation into a more holistic strategy. >> reporter: the president also faced a potential nuclear crisis with north korea as pyongyang continued to dare the west with repeated ballistic missile tests. >> so far i have gotten nothing, absolutely nothing. >> reporter: add to that an increasingly thorny relationship with china, the ongoing war in syria, renewed questions about the usefulness of the iran nuclear deal and, of course, there's russia. >> i hope that we get along great with putin, and i hope he likes me. >> reporter: though no evidence of criminality involving the trump camp and
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russia has been discovered, ongoing investigations and the resulting political rhetoric could cloud the chances of improved relations with the kremlin, exacerbated by a decision to launch missiles into syria. meanwhile, the president has raised the stakes with north korea which has threatened to strike the west with a nuclear warhead if provoked. analysts say it's clear that the new president will have his hands full well beyond his first 100 days. >> it's like a surgeon, and you're -- you get in there, and you can easily cut the wrong thing. and this is an age of nuclear war, and he's inherited some huge problems. anything can happen. >> the great irony, of course, is that this is a president who said he campaigned for america first. it's all about jobs. and a very significant part of his first 100 days has involved
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foreign policy, national security. actually, the projection of american power. >> reporter: now, there is one challenge that we did not discuss in that piece, and that's the challenge of dealing with the so-called mainstream media. white house officials tell us they really feel they're seeing a melding of the editorial pages with the straight news reporting, and that's creating, in their view, a constant chorus of criticism of the trump administration, something that is unlikely to abate anytime soon. in washington, kevin corke, fox news. julie: kevin, thank you. rick: so to mark today's 100-day milestone, the president holding a rally in pennsylvania to thank the base that has stood behind him so far. but will their support last? a recent fox news poll asked if voters believed president trump was keeping his promise to put america first. 62% believe he is keeping his promise while 32% believe mr. trump abandoned his pledge. i'm joined by jay --
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[inaudible] former senior adviser to john kasich and don callaway, a democratic strategist. thank you both for being with us on this saturday. the president could have attended the white house correspondents' dinner tonight, but he's holding this rally in pennsylvania instead. why? jay, you go first. >> the white house correspondents' dinner, that's not really where his base is. no one watches that thing. it's really for the media elite. this is probably a smart move on the president's part to go back to where he won a very short margin, it's a smart political move for him. rick: don, i'm guessing you will not agree with that assessment. [laughter] >> good guess. the president has shown this tendency to want to be loved and continue to surround himself with people and his base, folks who he knows approves of him. that's why he's leaving washington, he doesn't want to stand there and be the subject of ribbing to his face. so go out to a state that you
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want, and he can continue to feel the love which he's not consistently felt from the mainstream or opinion media over the last 100 days. rick: don, do you think the president set the bar too high for the first 100 days? like repealing and replacing obamacare? >> well, the first 100 days has been something we have traditionally stuck to since fdr. however, it is a bit of an arbitrary measure. i do think he set the bar for himself a bit high when, throughout his campaign, part of his political bombast was on day one i'll do this and that. that's a very, very difficult bar to meet when you're faced with the realities of governing with -- even if you hold both chambers of congress, you're having to herd a whole bunch of disparate opinions as well as the public opinion on the outside. it's very, very difficult to execute the things that he promised throughout the campaign. rick: jay, you told our producer you thought the president deserved a longer leech.
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. -- leash. >> his hard core supporters are going to be with him for a couple of years. the ones that the 35, 40% that are going to stay with him the whole way through, they're going to stay with him for another couple of years, and it's going to take that amount of time for them to feel better about their jobs, if the jobs are starting to come back and the prospects are going to take place, that's when they're going to start to feel it and really criticize him if he's not coming through are. rick: to that end, you believe the midterm election will be the big test here. >> 100 days is an arbitrary thing, but that is a great time when you sweep to power getting two branches of the house and the senate and then the executive branch too, that's a great time to get legislative victories. they haven't been able to do that yet. every day we get farther from the last election is a day closer to the midterm elections, and we all know congress is not a courageous bunch. they care more about their own re-election than policy
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sometimes, so it's going to be really hard for them to get a hot of hard things done. rick: i can't wrap my head around another election right now. [laughter] don, you described the first 100 days of president trump as abysmal, mentioning several policy failures. can you elaborate? >> yeah, absolutely. i think it was the great john wooden from ucla who said never confuse activity with achievement. we've seen a lot of activity with all of the executive orders and all of the continued red meat and bombast thrown out to his base, but we've seen very, very little achievement. we've seen the violent face plant not once, but twice of obamacare. we've seen his two major immigration initiatives both slapped down by various federal courts, and we've seen a one-pager bullet point of a tax reform plan, and that's just not sufficient for the american people. we've seen very little substantive progress, if any, that's pushed the ball forward for the american people. and can i just say quickly, we've got to stop framing this gorsuch nomination as some type of victory.
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you don't get credit for things you're supposed to do. a reasonable nominee is supposed to get approved, and the only reason it's special whatsoever is because of the epic obstruction we saw last year with the merrick garland nomination. i guess it's a feather in his cap, but it's not a stamm win for this administration -- substantial win for this administration. rick: well, i think president trump would argue with that. real quick, the keystone state played a big role in winning, how important is it to be with that base tonight? quickly, gentlemen. >> the base is absolutely critical for him because that's been the wall for him going forward. he does need to start reaching out and getting back to the people that gave him a chance, the clinton voters, the blue collar democrats, those kind of folks. he needs to start reaching up -- rick: don, can he keep it? >> i think he can keep the base, but he's got to show some absolute achievement over this next 200 days, or else he's going to go into the midterms with historic chi low ratings. rick: we've got a hard break
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julie: an extreme weather alert now, the nation's midsection is bracing as another rounds of heavy rains cross the region. some areas already getting several inches, and now the national weather service is issuing flood warnings. meteorologist rotle adam klotz. >> yeah, this is a big system continuing really throughout the rest of the weekend. here's your set-up, a lot of moisture in the middle of the country pumping in off the gulf of mexico. areas where we're seeing the most rain stretching anywhere from oklahoma running all the way up into the upper midwest. the largest really section we're paying attention some of the heavy crest rain pushing towards the st. louis area, you could be seeing as much as 3 inches an
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hour, this total 7-10 inches in some isolated places. we've got watches and warnings, everything in the red is actually a flash flood warning, and those are some of the areas where that rain's really piling up. we've already seen it, this is precipitation from the last couple of days. so there's already an area where we're seeing the rain included where you're looking at 4-6 inches, and this rain is far from over. it's going to be lingering from now all the way through the rest of the weekend. when the ground's already saturated, that's when you see this flooding pile up. here's our future radar and, again, the large area where this moisture is, you just don't see it moving very quickly. all the way into sunday and monday, and that moisture just continues to beat up areas where you're talking about getting down towards portions of western tennessee, down towards arkansas, all areas where we're seeing really high rainfall totals. four -- your forecast, more spots where we're getting up to that 6-8 inches range, yeah,
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this is a story we're paying very close attention to sunday into monday. this is a big one with, guys. rick: pope francis brushing off safety concerns to make a deeply symbolic trip to egypt to comfort the faithful under fire. plus, thousands taking to the streets in the nation's capital to protest the president's environmental policies. a report from the national mall, next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ i'm dr. kelsey mcneely and some day you might be calling me an energy farmer. ♪ energy lives here.
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julie: pope francis visiting egypt today where just weeks ago two coptic christian churches were brutally attacked on palm sunday. the to pontiff reminding the clergy to not be discouraged by negative and disparaging voiceses and to be a positive force. rick: and thousands packing the national mall today for the people's climate march. demonstrators protesting the the president's policies and executive orders dismantling obama-era environmental protections. and hundreds of sister marches are planned across the country and around the world. caroline shively was at today's event and filed this report. >> reporter: angry and organized, the perfect description for the people's climate march. people are dancing, they're
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singing, some people are blowing bubbles, they're chanting, but people are, indeed, angry at president trump. march organizers call president trump's policies a catastrophe for our climate and our communities. mr. trump has rolled back environmental protections, proposed cuts to the epa and eased up on oil and gas regulations. the president says his moves will create jobs, generate billions of dollars and get the government's nose out of business. people here aren't buying it. you can tell by the signs they're holding and their chants, plus here's what they said to us. >> this is our future at stake. we're the generation that has a chance to do something about climate change, and we have to stop the attack on health that's coming from the trump administration and congress. >> i'm here to make a statement about the stupidity of denying climate change, and it's urgent. we need to do something now. >> the irresponsibility is not just to you and your family and to enrich them, but i to help the american people.
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truth, not lies. >> reporter: and this is just one of 365 marches happening across the country today. rick? rick: thank you, caroline. on an 89 degree day in the nation's capital. julie: yeah. didn't seem to stop them. well, busy day for president trump on his 100th day in office. a big mark today caption it off with a make america great again rally tonight in pennsylvania. we're going to take you there live when it happens.
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