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tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced, unafraid. we'll have another show at 11:00 eastern. "the story with martha maccallum" starts right now. >> martha: breaking tonight, the president is about to take the stage at a make america great reality in youngstown, ohio. i martha maccallum. good evening, everybody. this is "the story." it is the fourth story, he is at the covelli arena. word is they got about 20,000 people who have requested tickets and it is filling up quickly, as you can tell. kevin corke is our man there this evening, and ed henry here with us with all defects and skip tonight, and charles krauthammer standing by with his thoughts on the president's handling of the attorney general. all of that coming up moments away. as we watch them file in, we have been hearing that they are on time.
the president tends to run a little bit behind time, but the crowd is filing in. melania, his wife, the first lady is there as well, white house correspondent kevin corke joins us now. he is they are on the scene in ohio tonight waiting for the president to come out. hey, kevin. >> yes, we are. great to be with you. they are calling this the rally in the valley. i have been to youngstown many times, good to get out here and see what the people in the midwest really feel and what they are talking about. and as we get into this packed arena once again, just show you, show him what is happening right here. you can see the crowd is excited, very loud. keep this in mind -- i guess if you can look at is one way, you're saying, let's build on the momentum, build on the energy in west virginia. on the other hand he might say
to yourself, well, he's come here amidst the turmoil, especially given everything that is happening back home in washington. but no matter how you shape it, no matter how you look at it, the crowd here is very interested to see the first lady and the president come here tonight. he has been here before. they said earlier -- they will be back here, i feel like this really is a true test of the american electorate. we'll bring you the coverage i said as he steps to the podium. for now, back to you. >> martha: no doubt. the president loves a good rally and ohio was good to him over the course of the election, something he likes to hearken back to especially . it was really an extraordinary day. on the process of repealing, perhaps replacing, obamacare. they did sell following a speech by senator john mccain who was back today from a very dramatic
and emotional moment as he came in, a large scar over his left eye, and he spoke eloquently, as he often does. he embraced the mission of what he sees as the great legislative body, the deliberative body, as it is often referred to. he reminded his fellow senators that they share equal power with the executive branch. all of that is the president continues to put pressure on his attorney general, a former member of that chamber, putting him essentially in a box. he is under pressure in terms of the questions the president has about the deep state and the leaks. he would like to see that pursuit with more vigor from his attorney general. he also as mentioned reopening the investigation into hillary clinton's actions, the secretary of state. these are things the president feels are important and he would like to see more focus on them
from his attorney general. this was the president a short time ago in the rose garden. watch this. >> i am disappointed in the attorney general. he should not have recused himself. almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and i would have, quite simply, pick somebody else. i think that is a bad thing, not for the president, but for the presidency. that is the way i feel. >> martha: chief national correspondent ed henry live with me in new york to take us through the latest on this fascinating , fascinating to watch. we know president trump does not say these things lately. he set them deliberately. he has a strategy. he's trying to provoke an outcome here. >> sarah huckabee sanders, when i talked with her this morning on fox and friends, this is a president who doesn't send mixed
signals. conservatives are pushing pack. so on your show last night when he told you, loyalty is a two-way street, and president trump should appreciate jeff sessions carrying his agenda on big issues like illegal immigration. this got more intriguing today at a time when steve bannon is again said to be on the outs at the white house, the conservative news outlet he wants men took sides against the president. breitbart went after the president by declaring, "highlights his own weak stands, meaning the president is now slamming sessions were not going after bill and hillary clinton even though during the transition, president-elect trump said he did not want to hurt the couple. another key conservative news session, declaring "sessions in dog, republicans on brink of central war." maybe that is a stretch, but after early morning tweets, a got serious.
"ukrainian efforts -- he tagged, by the way, our own sean hannit sean hannity. taken a very weak possession hillary clinton, where our emails and dnc server? new press secretary sarah huckabee sanders put it up when i asked whether he wants sessions to go, she declared the president's frustration is not going away, and the president himself did nothing to close the door. >> i want the attorney general to beat much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies which are leaking like rarely have the ever leaked before. i told you before, i'm very disappointed with the attorney general. but we'll see what happens. time will tell. time will tell. >> time will tell there. but no waiting on anthony scaramucci's efforts to take a people close to sean spicer. michael short, a former rnc official like spicer and chief
of staff reince priebus resigned today. meanwhile, some intrigue at the state department. will rex tillerson step down or not? they have been some stories suggesting maybe he'll be gone by the end of the year, that he is frustrated. the state department told us, no way, this is not true. the state department saying to nikki secretary has taken a couple of days off which seems odd, but they are insisting he is working at home in texas. but this is a busy time, obviously, all around the world. very rare, martha, to see the secretary of state take a day off. doing it at home from texas, that's only going to get the speculation flowing. >> martha: you look at the people who the president cut the most credit for in terms of filling the cabinet, even people who were detractors of the president. one of the really great things that he has done is assemble this really terrific team, and rex tillerson has gotten a lot of really positive reviews in terms of the way that he is
approaching, dealing with other countries. he is clearly trying to drain the swamp at the state department. it makes him unpopular they are, and that may be some of the heat that he's feeling. >> he has clashed with the white house about how much power he has. i think tillerson has been frustrated that jared kushner has such a big portfolio, that is something obviously the secretary of state wants to have. >> martha: thank you very much. stick around. we're going to watch the president. as we said, the crowd is building in the arena there in youngstown, ohio, tonight, i do want to bring in charles krauthammer tonight. syndicated columnist and fox news contributor. charles, good evening to you. we thought it couldn't get any worse after the president went after jeff sessions, calling him his beleaguered ag. today he outlined quite clearly that he wants them to be tougher, wants him to go after hillary clinton which, during the transition period, the president said was something he didn't want to do. >> i think the bottom line is, he wants him to resign. on friday, i said that sessions
was a wounded man walking. last night on "special report" i said he was a dangerously wounded man walking bridge tonight, he is a dead man walking. there is no way that a president can humiliate a cabinet member, a strong supporter from the beginning, in the way that trump has done, just piling it on and expect that this relationship is going to last. he'll either be fired or, i mean, it could be that he has decided that he is going to dig in his heels and some kind of resistance to stay at office no matter what. but this cannot last. so he is going to be gone, and i think it is really -- the danger to trump is that sessions represents sort of the policy side, the philosophical side, the conservative side of what trump represented, and he held a lot of that coalition brought back to trump. and by getting rid sessions, he
has alienated many conservatives, as you said before. there are some who are already complaining. and that could be dangerous for trump because what sustains them is the power and the loyalty of his face. >> martha: i think the president is about to come out. let me squeeze in one more. there he is. there's the president. charles, thank you. we are going to watch him as he comes out. charles, just keep this open for one second. when you look at president trump, it appears that he really wants to get rid of robert mueller. the chain of people that read to mueller. and he blames sessions for stepping aside and provoking that in the first place, certainly comey as well. >> if that is the grand strategy, this is about as clumsy and self-destructive way of executing that as there is. and i think we will see that play out. >> martha: you think that
jeff sessions, as you say, he can either dig in his heels or he can say uncle, i've had enough of being public humiliated on a daily basis, but we know he loves the job. he said, i never dreamed that i would be in this position as a kid growing up. this is an emotional thing for him, and you've got a lot of the president's closest confidant's really saying this could be a big mistake for him. >> it is a terrible mistake. and for sessions, remember this, it isn't just that he lost the ag job. he lost the senate seat. at his age, his career is over. so instead of ascending to the dream job that he thought he would get by throwing in his lot with trump at a point where nobody was with trump, this is a disaster for him personally, which is why i think he will dig in his heels. but in the end, and it's not going to take that long -- in the end, you cannot sustain a position in the cabinet when the president is humiliating you daily. that's got to end great >>
martha: charles, thank you. here's the the first lady, melania trump, introducing her husband. let's listen in. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "usa"] >> good evening. it is truly great to be back in ohio. [cheers and applause] this state means so much to us. we have been here many my husbas so overwhelmed by the incredible people. [cheers and applause] it was just a year ago that we came to this state where my husband accepted the republican party nomination as candidate of president of the united states.
[cheers and applause] what a year it has been. because of your support and the support of millions of hard-working americans around the country, last fall we defied the odds. you voted for a man who has pledged to renew the american dream. as president, my husband will continue to fight each and every day to ensure our security cannot defend our livelihood, and revealed the foundation of fortune that has made the united states the land of opportunity. [cheers and applause] washington has taught him every step of the way, but i know my husband, and he will never give
>> president trump: thank you, melania. america loves our first lady. thank you. i am thrilled to be back in the great state of ohio right here with the incredible men and women of youngstown. [cheers and applause] what an amazing few days it has been. on saturday, i was in virginia with thousands of brave men and women of the united states military. do we love the united states military. [cheers and applause] we commissioned the newest,
largest, and most advanced aircraft carrier in the history of our nation, the uss gerald r ford, into the great american fleet. then yesterday i was in west virginia with almost 50,000 of our most impressive young americans. they are young men who learned to cherish words like duty, honor, god, and country -- the boy scouts. [cheers and applause] then only a few hours ago, the senate approved a vote to begin debating the repealing and replacing the obamacare disaster. [cheers and applause]
finally -- you think that's easy? that's not easy. we are now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this obamacare nightmare. [cheers and applause] and delivering great health care for the american people. we are going to that too. and now tonight i am back in the center of the american heartland far away from the washington swamp, to spend time with thousands of true american patriots.
[crowd chanting "drain the swamp"] we have spent the entire week celebrating with the hard-working men and women who are helping us make america great again. [cheers and applause] i am here this evening to cut through the fake news filter and to speak straight to the american people. fake news. fake, fake, fake news.
defending our values, our culture, our borders, our civilization, and our great american way of life. everyone in this arena is united, and we know that. do we know that. everyone, united by their love for this country and their loyalty to one another, their loyalty to its people. and we want people to come into our country who can love us and cherish us and be proud of america and the american flag.
we believe that schools should teach our children to have pride in our history and respect for that great american flag. we all believe in the rule of law, and we support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. thank you, thank you for being here. we celebrate our military and believe the american armed forces are the greatest force for peace and justice in the history of the world. and, by the way, they are getting a lot of creator fast a lot greater we saw our budget. we are ordering billions and billions of dollars of new equipment, planes for our
soldiers. we are building it up. there has rarely been a time where we have needed the protection of our incredible military more than right now, right here, and that is what we are going to do. we believe in freedom, self-government, and individual rights. we cherish and defend. thank you. it looks like it's in very good shape. our second amendment. congratulations. [cheers and applause] yes, our second amendment is very, very sound again. that would have been gone gone. it would have been gone. but i never had it out.
we support the constitution of the united states and believe that judges should interpret the constitution as written and not make up new meanings for what they read. and finally, we believe that family and faith, not government and bureaucracy, are the foundation of our society. you have heard me say it before on the campaign trail, and i'll say it again tonight. in america, we don't worship government. we worship god.
tonight, we are going to set aside the cynics and the critics because we know exactly why they are so angry and so bitter. day by day, week by week, we are restoring our government's allegiance to its people, to its citizens, to the people that we all love. we are keeping our promises to the people and, yes, we are putting finally, finally, finally, we are putting america first. after years and years of sending
our jobs and our wealth to other countries, we are finally standing up for our workers and our companies. after spending billions of dollars defending other nations borders, we are finally defending our borders. [crowd chanting "build the wall"] don't even think about it. we will build the law. -- we will build the wall.
don't even think about it. i watch the media as they say, well, he has just had some fun during the campaign on the wall. that wasn't fun, folks. we are building that wall, and evolves to work, and we are going to have great people come into our country, but we're not going to put ourselves through the problems that we have had for so many years. [cheers and applause] after decades of rebuilding foreign nations, we are finally going to rebuild our nation. they are pointing to a protester.
and i'll bet his mommy voted for us, right? by the way, so, this morning, i'm watching fox news. [cheers and applause] and they had some people on, and these were democrats that voted for trump, and so far, if anything, they have gotten even more committed. but they had a man on this morning -- they had a man on this morning who was a democrat his whole life. he voted as a democrat. but he voted for it -- i say "us," i don't mean "me." he voted for us in the last 2016
>> you know, anybody knows me, friends of mine, they know how it has been since president trump started running with the election, how much i supported this guy, how much i love this guy. i said, this guy has got something. he is the real deal. everybody else came, and say, or going to fight for you, we are fighting for you. well, this is youngstown, mr. president, but this is also the steel valley. every one of these people love you, sir. and i don't want to see it now seem silly, but i thought, what would i say to the president if i got to meet him. i've thought, i'm just going to tell him something. and, sir, like i said, thank you for justice gorsuch on the supreme court. right? that started it all.
and then, i apologize, i said, mr. president, thank you for melania. could we have a better -- could we have a more outstanding first lady? i'm probably going to be in trouble with my wife, but god bless that woman. and then the last thing i said, and i don't think he thought i was going to take this much time, but anybody that knows me, this is going to happen. i said, thank you, sir, for keeping the promises that you made to these 12,000 people and to the contrary. and my recommendation, sir, look what you can do in the bastion of the democratic party. i don't think there is anybody except one county that has more democratic voters than us. look what you can draw. i go back to washington, i would tell the republicans and the democrats, look, i'm going to go do my rallies. you've got the agenda.
those people are voting for me and mine. do what you want, pass my agenda, or we are going on the road. thank you, sir. [cheers and applause] thank you, sir. thank you. >> president trump: thank you, geno. [cheers and applause] thank you, geno. what a man. i watched him this morning, i said, we've got to find this guy. he's just a great person. always a democrat, now it is gone. and i'll tell you what, i rode through your beautiful roads coming up from the airport, and i was looking at some of those big, once-incredible job producing factories, and my wife, melania, said, "what
happened?" i said, "those jobs have left ohio." they are all coming back. they are all coming back. don't move, don't sell your house. remember, the press gave me a lot of credit because a number of years ago i said, this is the time to buy a house -- during one of my speeches. i said, go out and buy. they did this big story over the trump prediction. let me tell you folks in ohio, sell your house. don't sell your house. do not do it. we are going to get those values up, we're going to get those jobs coming back, we are going to get those factories up or ripped them down and building new ones. that's what's going to happen.
we're going to have it so that americans can once again speak the magnificent words of alexander hamilton, "here the people govern." political correctness, for me, is easy. sometimes they say he doesn't act presidential. and i say, look, great schools, smart guy, it is so easy to act presidential. but that's not going to get it done. in fact, i said -- it is much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we are doing here tonight, believe me.
and i said -- [cheers and applause] and i said, with the exception of the late great abraham lincoln, i can be more presidential than any president that has ever held this office, that i can tell you. it's really easy. but sadly, we have to move a little faster than that. we will never be beholden to the lobbyists or the special interests. we will never be silenced by the media. i want to protect america, and i want to protect the citizens of america. your hopes are my hopes. your dreams are my dreams. i have had a great, successful career. i have built a great, great business. this is the only thing that
matters. this is the only thing that matters. there is nothing. your future is what i am fighting for each and every day. here is just a small sample of what we have accomplished in just our first six months in office. and i'll say this and, you know, they always like to say, well, i don't know. but i think that with few exceptions, no president has done anywhere near what we've done in his first six months. not even close. but they don't let you know. they don't want to write about it. that unemployment last month, in a 16 year 16-year low.
since my election, we have added much more than 1 million jobs. think of that. and remember, i came in and some people said, don't say that. i'd say, what do you have to lose. i did talk about the inner city. and i talk about the crime and the problems and the lack of education, and i'd talk to my african-american friends, and i said, vote for me. what the hell do you have to lose? do you remember that? the hispanic, the african-american, the inner cities. so now, it just came out,
african-americans and teenagers are enjoying their lowest unemployment since just after the turn of the millennium. that's pretty good, right? we have eliminated burdensome regulations at record speed, and many, many more are coming off, and, boy, have we put those coal miners and coal back on the map. you see that, huh? and all other forms of energy. we have achieved a historic increase in defense spending to get our troops the support they so richly deserve. we have signed new legislation to hold federal workers accountable for the care they provide to our great, great veterans.
[cheers and applause] veterans accountability act. they've been trying to get that done for many, many, many years, even decades. and you understand why it was tough, but we got it done. in fact, her secretary is with us tonight, and we have some just incredible people here tonight, some of whom you've already met. but the job they are doing for the events having to do with choice, having to do with not having to wait on line for days and days and days and getting sicker and sicker and sicker when you could be taken care of immediately? now you go out and you see a doctor. to protect american jobs and
workers, i withdrew the united states from both the trans-pacific partnership potential disaster and the job-killing paris climate accord. believe me. and if we don't negotiate a great deal with mexico and canada, we will terminate nafta, and we will start all over agai again. [cheers and applause] you remember when i was in youngstown, i said, we will either renegotiate nafta or will terminate it. so let's see what happens. but we are right now negotiating with the heads of mexico -- good men, the president -- and the
prime minister of canada. good man. let's see what happens. but we will no longer be the foolish people. we will no longer be the stupid people that get taken care of so badly by our politicians because they don't know what they are doing. [cheers and applause] we will always work with our friends and partners, but we will never again sacrifice ohio jobs or jobs from any state in our union to enrich other countries, which has been what is happening. [crowd chanting "usa"]
and, by the way, while we're on it, the iran deal, which may be the single worst deal i have ever seen drawn by anybody, if that deal doesn't conform to what it is supposed to conform to, there is going to be big, big problems for them. that i can tell you. you're going to see that create believe me. you would have thought when that deal was made by secretary carrie -- might be the worst negotiator i've ever seen. he would have thought that iran would have said, thank you, united states. we can't believe you gave us between $10,150,000,000,000 when
they were ready to fail. we can't believe you gave us 1.7 billion in cash. you know what that looks like? you would have thought they would have said, thank you, united states. we really love you very much. instead, they have become emboldened. that won't take place much longer. the great president from the state of ohio, william mckinley, you know, william mckinley? anybody know who the hell he is? william mckinley understood that when america protects our workers and industries, we open up a higher and better destiny for our people. we don't protect our people. we don't protect. trade comes in.
goods come in. i was with harley-davidson, a great company from wisconsin. who has a harley-davidson? they came to the white house, and they said to me, yeah, it is tough going out of the united states. we are doing great in the united states. but when we sell a motorcycle to certain countries, we have as much as a 100% tax to pay. and i said, tell me, when they sell back to us, meaning reciprocal, so when they sell back to us, what tax do we charge them? the answer is zero! [crowd booing] those days are going to be over very soon. [cheers and applause] unfortunately, like everything
else, there are so many restrictions on doing what is right for our country. there is so much red tape. but don't worry, we're getting through it. the red tape -- you'd think if we could just do it. wouldn't you think you could say, hey, you charge us 100%, we are going to charge you 100%. we can't do that. we've got to go back to congres congress. who, other than health care, today has made some very bad deals. so we're going to start enriching our country, we are going to start bringing back our jobs, and we will be fools no longer, folks. we will be fools no longer. every single president on mount rushmore -- now, here's what i do. i would ask whether or not you think i will someday be on mount rushmore but -- no.
[cheers and applause] but here is the problem. if i did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media it will say, he believes he should be on mount rushmore. so i won't say it, okay? but every president -- they'll say it anyway, you watch tomorrow. "trump thinks he should be on mount rushmore." isn't that terrible? what a group. what a dishonest group of people, i'll tell you. and you know, the funny thing is, you would think they would want to see our country be great again. he would really think so. but they don't. someday they'll explain it to me why.
every president on mount rushmore believed in protecting american industry. we have to protect our industry. and now we are going to start. we are reclaiming our heritage as a manufacturing nation again. bob kraft, the owner of the new england patriots -- i don't know if you like new england but, the hell with it. that's okay. but he came to the gnomic oval office and he brought a sheet within the just came out. manufacturing enthusiasm in the united states is at an all-time high. isn't that great? because we are going to bring back our jobs, bring back our
record, record numbers. and in fact, the i.c.e. folks and the border patrol, they are phenomenal people. they are working with general kelly. and just so you understand, we've already started fixing much of the gold ball that's already there. we have already started fixing it. but we are breaking records. and it was actually told me the other day by somebody in mexico that is very high up, and said it is incredible, because their southern border is getting very little traffic. nobody is coming anymore because they know they can't get through our southern border, so they don't even come. [cheers and applause]
never again will america's surrender of the gnomic of our people, the safety of our communities or the sovereignty of our nations. we are cracking down hard on the foreign criminal gangs that have brought illegal drugs, violence, horrible bloodshed, to peaceful neighborhoods all across our country. we are throwing ms-13 the hell out of here so fast. hard to believe that we are talking about our great country. we are actually liberating towns and cities. we are liberating people who are
screaming from their windows, thank you, thank you, to the border patrol and two general kelly's great people that come in and grab these thugs and throw them the hell out. we are liberating our towns and real liberating our cities. can you believe we have to do that? [crowd chanting "throw them out"] earlier this year, immigration and customs enforcement conduct of the single raid on transnational gangs in the history of our country. we are dismantling and destroying the bloodthirsty criminal gangs and, well, i will just tell you this, we are not doing it in a politically correct fashion. we are doing it rough. our guys are rougher than their
guys. [cheers and applause] i asked one of our great generals, how tough are our people? how tough are they? he said, sir, you don't want to know about it. then i saw one guy come out, a customs officer who is a monster. and i said, so, general, you think i could take that guy in a fight? he says, "mr. president, sir, i don't even want to think about it." and i said, "you're right, actually." we have tough people. our people are tougher than their people. our people are tougher and stronger and meaner and smarter than the gangs.
[cheers and applause] one by one, we are finding the illegal gang members, drug dealers, thieves, robbers, and killers, and we are sending them the hell back home where they came from. and once they are gone, we will never let them back in, believe me. the predators and criminal aliens who poison our communities with drugs and pray on innocent young people, these beautiful, beautiful innocent young people, will find no safe haven anywhere in our country. and you have seen the stories about some of these animals. they don't want to use guns.
because it's too fast and it's not painful enough. so they will take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15, and others, and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die. and these are the animals that we have been protecting for so long. well, they're not being protected any longer. and that is why the administration is launching a nationwide crackdown on sanctuary cities.
american cities should be sanctuaries for law-abiding americans, for people that look up to the law, for people that respect the law, not the criminals and gang members that we want the hell out of our country. sanctuary cities legislation has passed the house, along with kate's law, named for kate steinle, who was brutally killed by a 5-time deported illegal immigrants. we are asking the senate to vote on sanctuary cities and kate's law legislation. we have got to get it passed.
the trump administration has the backs of backs of our i.c.e. officers and our police officers, and we have their back 100%. we are also going to protect them like they protect us. this month in chicago, there have been more than two homicide victims per day. what the hell is going on in chicago? better tell that mayor to get tough, because it is not working, what they are doing. we are going to get criminals off our streets, and we are going to make america safe agai again.
we also strongly believe that our borders must always be closed to terrorism and extremism. we don't want radical islamic terrorists in our country. [cheers and applause] we have seen the total devastation in europe, and we have seen the murderous attacks from new york to boston to san bernardino, exactly one year ago next month, i came right here to youngstown to deliver a major address on how my administration would protect our country from terrorism and radical islamic terrorism. we only want to admit those into
our country who share our values, who love our people, and who always will love our people. we don't want people coming into our country who have bad intentions even before they start. >> you are watching "tucker carlson tonight." the president has been speaking for about 50 minutes. we are going to continue watching him until he finishes. >> president trump: we also believe that those seeking to immigrate into our country should be able to support themselves financially and should not be able to use welfare for themselves or their household for a period of at least five years. as we speak, we are working with two wonderful senators, tom cotton and david perdue, to