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>> thanks to the restaurant in melbourne, florida. he'll be there in the "after the show show". >> run to the radio, karl rove and so much more. >> bill: great show. good morning, everybody. fox news alert awaiting remarks by mike pompeo secretary of state at the state department at a meeting of the global coalition to defeat isis. we're watching this for headlines and we'll bring you the headlines inside "america's newsroom" today. the state of the union address last night. the president called congress to choose greatness over gridlock. 98 applause interruptions and a lot of headlines the next three hours. good morning, i'm bill hemmer. >> sandra: late night. i'm sandra smith. the president doubling down on his push for a border wall with a deadline now just days away to keep the government open. he also touched on his second
summit with kim jong-un, a booming economy, and more. watch. >> president trump: members of congress, the state of our union is strong. [cheering and applause] since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom. most of the people in this room voted for a wall. but the proper wall never got built. i will get it built. [applause] wealthy politicians and donors push for open borders while living their lives behind walls and gates and guards. meanwhile, working class americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration. tonight we renew our resolve that america will never be a socialist country.
[cheering and applause] we are born free and we will stay free. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: live fox team coverage. big wednesday morning here on "america's newsroom." jonathan swan of axios with reaction to the address. griff jenkins with the migrant caravans in mexico but we begin with kevin corke at the white house. what's the news on north korea? >> i can just tell you this, there were so many interesting parts of that address last night but as you point out, north korea a very, very big headline. the president announcing that he and kim jong-un will meet once again. the thing -- not just partners in the region. clearly the entire world hanging in the balance making sure that we are safe against what could be an absolute catastrophe. the president announcing that second summit coming up february 27th and 28th. he said the very fact that we're in talks with pyongyang is making the country and the world safer.
>> president trump: if i had not been elected president of the united states, we would right now in my opinion be in a major war with north korea. much work remains to be done, but my relationship with kim jong-un is a good one. chairman kim and i will meet again on february 27th and 28th in vietnam. >> this morning as you can imagine there is plenty of analysis of that announcement. more granular detail about what deliverables the president should focus on, when once again the two leaders meet. >> what the president has to do at the second summit, incentivize or make clear to kim that he has got to move towards negotiations or he is not going to get another summit. my biggest concern is that he will cut a deal with kim on
icbms, right? let's get rid of the icbms that threaten the united states and not worry so much about the nuclear weapons that threaten the rest of the region. that's my biggest concern. >> the choice of vietnam is important. the u.s. is trying to telegraph to pyongyang, you can have your independence and your country be the way it has been with respect to its own leadership, its own decisions and yet open up to the world and make the world safer in the process. again coming up february 27 and 28 in vietnam. >> sandra: another strong applause line last night coming when the president urged peace and legislation, not war and investigation. we all remember that moment. what can you tell us about that? >> the quintessential 2019 washington line, right? this idea we can't do the bidding of the american people if we're constantly infighting here in washington that has been the real challenge not just for this president but obviously for presidents before this particular president. he also made note of that in
context, sandra, while trying to protect the american people along the border. again, hopefully without once again shutting down the government over politics. >> president trump: tonight i'm asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country. no issue better illustrates the divide between america's working class and america's political class than illegal immigration. if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. it just doesn't work that way. >> as you can imagine, democrats are skeptical on the hill. a great many of them say they aren't willing to work with the president on this as long as there is going to be a border wall. a busy day here at the white house as well. we expect to have a couple of
opportunities to see the president, sandra. we'll pass that along to you this afternoon. for now back to you. >> sandra: good stuff. kevin corke, thank you. >> bill: so much to go through. the democrats rising star stacey abrams delivered the response last night. >> under the current administration, far too many hard working americans are falling behind. the republican tax bill rigged the system against working people. we can do so much more. but none of these ambitions are possible without the bedrock guarantee of our right to vote. let's be clear, voter suppression is real. >> bill: abrams narrowly lost an election for gov in atlanta for brian kemp in georgia. the first african-american woman to give a rebuttal. here is jonathan swan national reporter for axios. good to see you again and welcome back here. what are you hearing from the white house last night or today
about the biggest takeaway from this speech? >> well, democrats reacted in some -- as the white house hoped they would. they crafted this speech to create these moments of choice and so you had three, really. you had one where trump spoke in very forceful language about late term abortion. you had one where he talked about getting coyotes and drug dealers and criminals, illegal immigrants out of america. and the other one escapes my mind but those two in particular. the democrats sat on their seats emotionless while he made these very forceful pitches. i'm sorry, the other one is socialism. so these are moments. you can now see a roadmap for how the president wins in 2020.
these issues that actually a lot of americans agree with him on. you do see a rise in popularity of socialism but it is still an issue that, you know, a lot of voters are uncomfortable with. you saw how trump used those issues in that speech last night and the reaction was quite telling. >> bill: another moment from last night. this is what the white house said we would hear throughout the morning into the afternoon and evening and here was the delivery on that. >> president trump: we must choose between results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction. tonight i ask you to choose greatness. [cheering and applause] >> bill: when you think about the comment and the three things you just outlined, was there a singular message the white house was trying to drive home? >> what they were trying to do
is to present the president as reasonable, as somebody who supports 70/30 issues as some advisors describe them. issues that most people should be able to agree on. of course, some of the issues are not 70/30 issues. we're in a very divided country. that is certainly the way they constructed that speech and it was designed to sort of test democrats to see whether they would stand in applause on these key moments. >> bill: very interesting all an sis. another story that escaped the attention last night. elizabeth warren on a form for the texas state bar she listed in her own handwriting that she was american indian. how is that reverberating today? >> it's important because it's the first time we've seen her in her own handwriting claim native american identity. in other circumstances it hasn't been in her writing. they haven't disputed it is
authentic. this whole episode which -- she has apologized for and dragged on with the dna test has encouraged the trump campaign officials that i've spoken to because they just see it as the fact that she would think it would be politically useful to do this dna test and announce the results as an encouraging sign of her political skills heading into 2020. >> bill: much of the reporting so far she hadn't listed herself as a minority. this would counter all of that. we'll see where it goes. great to have you back, jonathan swan from axios. >> sandra: now to mexico where some 2,000 migrants are arriving at our southern border as thousands more troops make their way there as well. griff jenkins is live on the scene in mexico. griff. >> good morning. the authorities certainly have things under control here. i'll let you have a look around. the shift change between the military police down there, the federal police. still the show of force.
you can look inside the gates. they took a family in on the other side. not sure if you can tell. this is a few of the migrants coming a day late. you know, the officials were out here, the governor of this mexican state as well as the mayor and they are saying no more caravans, please. they are saying they won't accept another caravan. there are a few there. they're cognizant of the larger issue at play. here is the mayor of piedras negras talking about what is the solution. >> it would make it better if the democrats and republicans, the u.s. government, the mexican government, the honduran government, everybody worked together to put on the table something that will resolve this. >> so the headline in the local paper really is no more caravans. we'll see what happens if another one arrives here in the coming days, guys. >> sandra: thank you for your continued coverage there, griff jenkins in mexico. >> bill: president trump
doubling down on his push to withdraw from parts of the world. watch here. >> president trump: we have spent more than 7 trillion dollars in fighting wars in the middle east. great nations do not fight endless wars. [applause] >> bill: the war in afghanistan nearly two decades old. what the president is calling for there and in syria senator john barrasso will react to all of that in a moment live. plus there is this. >> president trump: we also have more women serving in congress than at any time before. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: that was certainly a big moment from last night. president trump getting a standing ovation from house democratic women, many of them dressed in white to show solidarity. we'll have much more on this in just a moment. >> bill: continued uncertainty in virginia. the governor northam if he does not step down over the racist photo from decades ago while
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thank you for being here. are you coming around to the idea on syria? where are you today on that, sir? >> yesterday the commander of centcom talked about fact we've gone from over 30,000 square miles to 20,000 square miles that isis occupies. that's because of the american presence. it is because of what our brave men and women have done on the ground in syria. i support the president's efforts to get our troops home as soon as we can. you want to do it as safely as we can because we don't want isis to raise -- to be able to raise its ugly head again. we need to fight them there so we don't need to fight them here. we have done a great job. a little more work to do. >> bill: is he listening to that argument? >> i think the president is listening to that argument. he made an announcement about bringing troops home but he hasn't set a definite date to do it. it is important to leave some stay-behind troops to make sure
isis doesn't reform. >> bill: let's move to afghanistan when he remarked this way in the house chamber last night. >> president trump: my administration is holding constructive talks with a number of afghan groups, including the taliban. we do not know whether we'll achieve an agreement, but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace. >> bill: similar argument, senator. >> i think it's important to listen to the men and women in the field. i think it's a great idea that president trump went overseas at christmas to be with the troops. i agree with the president, they are now coming to the table. but it is because of the force of the united states military. we have rebuilt our military. we are strong, we are effective. you see it not just there but you see it around the world.
nato contributed $100 billion additional dollars because of the strength of this president. so we continue to negotiate from a position of strength. >> bill: what did you think of this phrase? great nations don't fight endless wars. >> sometimes usually great nations are attacked endlessly and we need to continue to protect ourselves, our borders, our nation. if we want to be safe and secure at home, we need a world that is peaceful and stable. and that's why what the president announced with regard to north korea and the summit coming up again, this meeting in vietnam i think is so critically important to continue our safety and security at home. >> bill: do you expect success from that in vietnam? >> well you know, you and i talked before the first summit. i called it a rodeo and a rollercoaster. lots of ups and downs. rocketman hasn't been rocketman for almost a year and it is because of the strength of president trump.
and now the leader of north korea knows how serious we are in terms much sanctioned, continued military exercises and our ability to continue to show that strength. >> bill: last question. i don't know what you felt overall about last night. sarah sanders yesterday said yet again the democrats need to make a choice, do they love the country more than they hate the president? how real is that feeling in the halls of congress today? >> you know, you see it. i think the president was right. the nation, the state of the nation is strong. we're strong economically, we're strong militarily, we're strong politically. at home and around the world. but you can see it when some people on the far left, this hard left turn that the democrats are taking, they wouldn't even stand up against socialism. they wouldn't stand up against late-term abortions. they are going so far to the left and you see that lead by their presidential candidates on the left. it seems that they have lost touch with the american people and are just going so far off
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>> bill: another testy exchange at a judicial confirmation hearing. president trump's nominee to replace brett kavanaugh taking cory booker, responding to his questions on the diversity of her staff. it went like this. >> have you ever had an lgbtq law clerk? >> i have not been a judge so i don't have law clerk. >> someone working for you? >> to be honest, i don't know the sexual orientation of my staff. i take people as they come irrespective of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation. i treat people as individuals. >> bill: some of that commentary got a lot of comments. she had it correct explaining she had never had law clerks because she just become a judge. the senate judiciary committee scheduled to vote on william barr tomorrow. stay tuned for that headline coming up.
>> sandra: virginia governor ralph northam still resisting calls to resign over a racist school on his medical school yearbook page. the man who replace him if he does resign is denying a sexual assault allegation against him. the women accusing justin fairfax of assaulting her in 2004 has retained the attorneys who represented dr. christine ford. we're live in richmond, virginia for the new details. what is the governor saying now? >> in public he is not saying anything. it has been four days since we heard from governor northam. behind the scenes he continues to try to build support for him to remain in office and have a little more time to try to clear his name. within his own party it's not clear how much progress he is making. yesterday a republican came out and said northam deserves a chance. state senator richard stewart, a close friend of his in the legislature said people who have been elected to represent
virginia should have the right to say that poor judgment 34 years ago should not outweigh a selfless service to people from every walk of life. notable with almost the entire democratic party calling on him to resign, so far his cabinet is sticking by his side, sandra. >> sandra: the woman accusing the lieutenant governor of sexual assault is coming forward now as well. >> she is. her name is vanessa tyson, a 42-year-old college professor. she claims that lieutenant governor justin fairfax sexually assaulted her 15 years ago. she hired the same law firm who represented dr. ford. democrats were quick to condemn kavanaugh but many aren't as anxious to talk about the accusations against fairfax? >> we should focus on what is happening with the governor. i know you guys will focus on a lot of things right now.
my focus right now is on calling for the governor to step down. >> the key thing now is governor northam needs to resign. what he has said is completely disqualifying. >> two days after the allegations came out the democratic party of virginia released a statement saying alabama gaitions of sexual assault deserve to be taken with gravity. we'll continue to evaluate the situation regarding lieutenant governor fairfax. the lieutenant governor is fiercely denying the allegations and says he plans to take legal action against those who are pushing them now. sandra. >> sandra: garrett in richmond, virginia. >> bill: surprise ruling by a military judge as edward gallagher awaits trial for the killing of an isis militant. the key charges dropped in his case in our live report coming up from the pentagon. >> sandra: president trump making his case for a border wall. last night's state of the union address calling it a moral
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economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when i took office. unemployment has reached the lowest rate in over half a century. we passed a massive tax cut for working families and doubled the child tax credit. after 24 months of rapid progress, our economy is the envy of the world. >> bill: from last night to today reports treasury secretary mnuchin and they'll have more meetings next week in beijing. >> sandra: the president talked about the economic boom his policies created and got applause and standing ovation from some democrats when talking about unemployment levels in this country. the lowest in decades. big night for the president. >> bill: took a while.
9:33. >> president trump: this is a moral issue. the lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security, and financial well-being of all america. we have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. >> sandra: that was president trump strongly reaffirming border security saying he has ordered more troops to our southern border to protect it. ken paxton is here. texas attorney general. how did he do last night? >> i thought he did great. i was very pleased to see him focus on the immigration issue. it's an important issue not just to texas but all the border states and the entire country. >> sandra: how do you think his message went over with democrats? >> i don't think they're
listening. they don't seem to want to do anything about the issue. i wish more would come to the border and see what's going on with the drug cartels and crime and what's going on with the human trafficking issue. if they could see lives impacted by this it might tug on their heart a little bit so they would do something about this. >> sandra: the president is overseeing 3750 fresh u.s. service members deployed to the southern border to help protect it. additional support includes a mobile surveillance capability among other things. ken, is all of this necessary? >> absolutely. we need more border security whether it's troops, a wall, more technology, whether it's more border agents. it is clear that we need more help down here. we have an illegal immigration problem and it is affecting our states. it is costing us a lot of money. the real cost is what it is doing on the border with drugs, human trafficking and the crime. >> sandra: more from the president on that last night.
>> president trump: mexican cities, in order to remove the illegal immigrants from their communities, are getting trucks and buses to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection. i have ordered another 3,750 troops to our southern border to prepare for this tremendous onslaut. >> sandra: all of this is happening and the president doubled down on this last night ahead of another deadline to fund the government. what is going to happen here now that we're days away from that february 15th deadline? >> i hope he keeps pushing the issue. i don't know how long the democratic congressmen will ignore the problem. i appreciate the president continuing to push. no one has pushed like him ever that i've seen. so i think it matters and i think he has to keep pushing forward. >> sandra: one democrat jackie
spire of california, the congresswoman reacting to the president last night. >> i wish he was sincere about negotiating on immigration reform. we do need to do immigration reform. i would have liked him to talk about the daca kids. at one point he was willing to embrace them and give them a pathway to citizenship. that should be a component of any immigration reform. >> sandra: he has been talking about that, right, ken? >> absolutely. that's what's interesting about her comments. he has proposed that. offered it on a silver platter to the democrats and to the nation and no negotiation from the democrats on any point. no matter what he offers, they say no. i don't feel like the other side has been willing to negotiate in any form or fashion. >> sandra: what do you think is the headline from last night listening to the president's speech? >> i think it's -- it was a positive message about america. if you look at what's going on with the economy, job creation, unemployment, it is a good
message. i think that's the message he wanted to get out. >> sandra: i have to ask you quickly before i let you go about what is happening in the state of virginia and the governor there and his potential replacement should he resign, fairfax, justin fairfax is now facing this sexual assault allegation from 14 years ago. third in line would be the attorney general. i want to get your thoughts as we continue to watch this situation develop there. >> it's interesting for me as the former resident of virginia. it is interesting to watch. i know the attorney general there. a pretty decent guy. it's up to the people of virginia to decide what they want to do with their governor, lieutenant governor and how much they trust or don't trust them. it will be an interesting process. it is up to them to make that decision. >> sandra: ken paxton. great to catch up with you this morning. thank you. >> have a great day. ♪
>> what can blame him. late night. one guest couldn't keep his eyes open. 11-year-old joshua trump. good looking man there. no relation. sitting beside the first lady. he was invited as a special guest. he has been bullied at school for having the same last name as the president. won't be very happy with that shot. he was there in the arena last night. good for him. >> sandra: don't want to make light of the issue. he was a guest there. it was a long speech. he decided to take a little snooze. >> bill: going to school today, right? it's late. >> sandra: it's late. >> bill: well done, josh. >> sandra: new information on the decorated navy seal facing a war crimes prosecution. military judge dropped two charges against edward gallagher. he still faces charges of premeditated murder and aggravated assault. lucas tomlinson is live at the pentagon with more on this. lucas. >> the charges stem from chief
gallagher's mraiment to iraq in 2017. he stabbed to death a wounded isis teenage fighter and shooting at civilians and posting for a photo with the dead isis member. his participation in a reenlistment. in a statement following the judge's ruling his attorney said, quote, we're grateful that these two character smearing accusations won't be part of the trial. there has to be a limit on what kind of accusations can be brought against our warriors fighting isis in a combat zone. the 39-year-old navy seal chief is a married father of three and remains in a navy jail in california. he is also a highly decorated seal with many deployments over 19 years in seal teams. his wife said on facebook this entire investigation is a farce and black eye on everyone involved. eddie, a decorated war hero,
has been in jail for five months due to a corrupt case built on a mound of lies. earlier today i spoke to a navy seal officer who served with the former group one sailor of the year. if i could pick any navy seal chief to go to war with it would be gallagher. his trial begins later this month. >> sandra: lucas tomlinson at the pentagon. >> bill: there are new revelations, senator elizabeth warren's troubled past. she listed herself as american indian several years ago. we'll get behind that story coming up in a moment here. plus this from last night. >> president trump: one century after congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in congress than at any time before. >> sandra: that got one of the
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his demonization of latinos is nothing less than racist. it is wrong and it also happens to be factually inaccurate. >> bill: bernie sanders giving his own reaction after stacy abrams gave hers. not liking a lot of what he heard last night. california democrat congressman john garamendi, northern california back with us. how are you doing and thank you for coming back to our program? tell me something you liked last night. >> well, i liked the tradition. i like the tradition of the state of the union. i watch it over these many, many years and the half of the congress that is of the same party stands up and cheers, the other half sits on their hands. it was our turn to sit on our hands this time around. but it's a great tradition and an important part of the american democracy. >> bill: bernie sanders called him racist and trying to divide us. does he speak for you on that issue? >> i think bernie sanders
speaks for bernie sanders. he is not a democrat. never has been a democrat. he has been an outlier. he played a major role in the last presidential campaign but i think he is not going the play much of a role in this coming election. >> bill: i want you to take a look at this moment. you talked about synth on your hands, right? that was the phrase you used i believe i heard. >> it was our turn. last year -- two years ago it was the republicans. >> about halfway in, this happened. >> president trump: no one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women, who have filled 58% of the newly-created jobs last year. [applause] >> bill: he got them off their hands. it took a while. >> he did.
it was interesting to note that nearly all of those women were on the democratic side of the aisle and we've had enormous success as democrats reaching out to women across the nation. many reasons for that. certainly the trump presidency is one of those reasons. beyond that it is critically important as a father of five daughters, i really appreciated the fact that the president raised this issue and even more so i appreciated the fact that most of those women, i guess 80 or 90% of them were on the democratic side. a great day for us. >> bill: a great quote sarah sanders said the other day and i've been asking republicans and democrats how they frame this. she said democrats have to make a decision at what point they help the country and stop hating this president. how real is that in congress today? >> well, there are clearly very, very substantial issues that divide the democrats and republicans. particularly divide congress from the presidency. one of those is the president's
continuing threat to use his emergency powers to really take over the constitutional authority of congress to appropriate money. in this instance it has to do with a appropriations that we have made for disaster relief and the president has threatened to take that money, about $5 billion from california, a good portion of that from my own district as well as from texas and the other places hit by hurricanes. that is a fundamental constitutional conflict between the congress that has the constitutional appropriation power and the president that has the power to spend the money. >> bill: he said not just a simple concrete wall. see-through steel barriers. when you use the word hate it says a lot. is that the feeling you get from some of your colleagues about this president? >> no, not at all. but i would say a substantial difference in policy. >> bill: john garamendi, the
democrat from northern california. come back. much more to talk about. >> sandra: one of the many special guests the president invited to the state of the union last night joins us next hour with his story. a tennessee man who was the first person released from prison after president trump signed the first step act. matthew charles joins us right here on "america's newsroom." >> president trump: matthew is the very first person to be released from prison under the first step act. welcome home. [applause]
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we must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or a pointless destruction. tonight i ask you to choose greatness. this is a moral issue. the lawless state of our southern border is a threat to the safety, security and financial well-being of all america. >> we know bipartisanship could craft a 21st century immigration plan but this administration chooses to cage children and tear families apart. america is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not walls. >> bill: we have complete coverage that begins right now. house minority leader steve scalise is standing by live on the hill. we begin with peter doocy. what did nancy pelosi take away from last night's speech, peter? >> bill, she didn't think the
hat tip president trump gave to the historic number of women now serving in the house was quite precise enough. >> president >> he forgot to acknowledge that 15 republicans and 91 democratic women in the congress of the united states. many on the house of representatives. so it was weird you are bringing this up and look. and look. and i loved the way the women rose to the occasion. >> republicans had fewer lawmakers in the room but made a lot more noise and moving past an address that had a lot of different policy goals crammed into it, the minority hopes the majority makes deals reasonably. >> they have to put their dislike for this president and the country before that. what the president talked about i thought he was very fair to
all. he respected their win and honored them in their win but talked about things every american should support. >> the most pressing issue right now is immigration because that is the impasse responsible for congress only operating on a continuing resolution right now instead of a long-term budget. that's the issue that could lead to another shutdown next week. >> bill: you have this bipartisan committee trying to hammer out a deal on border security. can we talk about progress at this point? >> we could if there was any. but so far we don't know of any progress. they are going to meet again today, though. scheduled to start right now, that bipartisan committee is going to get a classified briefing from dhs officials and some other experts at the border. these are not political people but they are going to go into a classified setting and explain exactly what they think needs
to happen at the border to keep things safe. now, once that happens, we'll see if it moves the needle at all. the needle has not moved since the shutdown ended but again, they've only got one week and two days to figure something out. >> bill: thank you, sir. peter doocy live on the hill. thank you. >> sandra: let's bring in our headliner house minority whip steve scalise of louisiana. sir, welcome to "america's newsroom," great to have you this morning. the morning after the president's state of the union address, how did he do? >> well, good morning, bill and sandra. i thought the president did a great job of showing what's great about america, explaining and highlighting how we became a great nation. the three world war ii veterans in the crowd. think about this, one of those stormed to beaches of normandy, a year later he liberated --
the challenges we face to keep it a great nation. why we need to secure our border. the president laid it out very well. it was a positive vision. what we did, the fax cuts, how it is creating success for everybody in this country. it was interesting that democrats only stood up when it was their personal success. they sat down when it was success for regular americans, working americans. they didn't stand up against socialism when the president said the u.s. will never be a socialist nation. i thought it was alarming that more than half the democrats sat down for that part of the speech. it shows you how far to the left they've moved and what the president wants to do the solve the problems. >> bill: we want to give you more reaction what nancy pelosi thought was missing from last night. she was following along on her papers along the speech last night and this is what she said what was absent. close to your heart, watch. >> the president talked about
security in so many different ways and he totally ignored the gun violence epidemic in our country. just so saddened by the fact that he made no acknowledgement of it while representing that he was talking about keeping american people safe. >> bill: you are a victim of gun violence yourself. should he have said something bit or not. >> first of all, the democrats and just today they're having a hearing on gun control and their answer to gun violence is to limit the rights of law-abiding citizens. frankly, they ought to focus on punishing the criminals. not trying to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens. it was people with guns who saved my life and so many others that morning of 2017. so they need to be focusing on how to help more americans achieve success, have more freedom. again, their approach is more of a socialist approach of limiting freedom. if you think about it.
with healthcare they want a government-run healthcare system where costs are already too high. with guns they want to take away your second amendment rights. on taxes they want to take away more of the dollars that hard-earned americans are seeing in their pockets. families, middle class americans are seeing more money in their paychecks because we cut taxes. their answer is they want to take away more of that money and more of that success. it shows a difference between our parties. but again even on national security and securing our border most americans, the post-trump state of the union speech polls show over 70% of americans agree with the president on securing the border which includes technology, more border patrol agents to a physical barrier including the wall. we need to get this done. >> sandra: want to get more reaction from democrats. dick durbin from illinois -- i'm sorry. he says the basic services of our government are at risk because of president trump's 35-day shutdown and threat to do it again next week.
our national security that risk because of threats to nato, a phony caravan crisis at our southern border brought on by this president. when he says it's unlike anything in the history of this country there is no argument that he is right. it was really something to see these responses last night and they continue to pour in this morning after the president did actually receive standing ovation and applause from many of those democrats, women dressed in white. congresswomen dressed in white, congressman. he was applauded by them on unemployment for women in this country, applauded by them when he referenced the growing number of women in congress. there were some really interesting moments there. >> there were. and when you see senator durbin's comments. i don't know what world they're living in when they deny the fact there is a christ ills at our southern border. the president had in the gallery people who are victims
and had family members murdered by people who come into this country illegally. i know one recently. a mom reached out to me. her son was a fire chief in south louisiana and killed. it happens all the time and they're in complete denial. they don't want to support the president. a 35-day shutdown where the president had an offer on the table from day one to secure america's border that was put together by our experts who risk their lives for our country. they put a plan together that said what it would take to keep the country safe. the democrats still haven't put a single counteroffer on the table. not during the entire 35-day shutdown. now we're only nine days away from another potential shutdown. pelosi has to put a dollar amount on the table to secure the border. they don't want to secure the border. they give it lip service. >> bill: seems like the white house is getting ready for the possibility. see how they react. another hot button story was abortion. here is how the president
characterized the state law that was passed in new york two weeks ago yesterday. watch. >> president trump: lawmakers in new york cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments from birth. and then we had the case of the governor of virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth to defend the dignity of every person, i am asking congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother's womb. >> bill: a little bit of that reminded a lot of people about his comment with the third debate in las vegas. you are pushing the bill today. >> what the president was talking about yesterday was these laws in new york and virginia where literally when a
baby is born alive, that they still can kill the baby. that's not abortion, that's murder. i don't understand how anybody can say if a baby is born alive you can still kill the baby. we have a bill, ann wagner moved that i'm a co-sponsor of filed yesterday that said you can't in america kill a baby after it's born. i don't know why we need to pass that law. but right now they are able to do it in new york and virginia they're trying to do it. we need to stop it whether pro-life or pro-choice. if a baby is born alive nobody should have the right to take that life away. so i'm moving a discharge petition on that to force a vote on the floor and hopefully pass it. the president talked about it last night and i applaud him for touching on this important issue. >> bill: everybody has to go on record with a yes or no. >> everybody ought to be for this. pro-life or pro-choice how can you say if a baby is born alive you can still take the life of
that baby? >> sandra: congressman steve scalise, great to get your reaction this morning to the state of the union address last night. >> bill: 12 past the hour. >> we all know there is more work ahead of us. the recent suicide bombing shows isis remains a dangerous threat in territory it does not control. for our victory to be final isis must no longer pose a threat to our respective homelands and our function as a global network. >> bill: mike pompeo wrapping up a speech moments ago saying isis is still dangerous. that speech coming at president trump doubles down on a plan to get troops eventually out of syria. rich edson is following this. >> good morning, bill. senior diplomats from 80 nations are here at the state department. another meeting of the global coalition to defeat isis. secretary of state mike pompeo began the day in a smaller
meeting with representatives from saudi arabia, egypt, u.k., germany and france. the coalition is focused on what they call a very critical phase in this fight of maintaining pressure on isis as it increasingly turns to insurgent tactics to destabilize northeastern syria and iraq and does so as the trump administration announced u.s. forces are leaving syria. pompeo defended that decision in his opening remarks. >> the nature of the fight is changing. we all need to bolster our ability to share intelligence and information with each other. in this new era local law enforcement and information sharing will be crucial and our fight will not necessarily always be military led. that's why president's trumps announcement that u.s. troops will be withdrawing from syria is not the end of america's fight. >> others in the government have opposed the decision. former secretary of defense james mattis not at this
meeting as is the presidential envoy, the former one, bret mcdirk who also resigned and concerns about what happens to captured isis fighters in northeastern syria. countries must punish citizens of their countries and need of aid. he is urging these countries to put the money where their mouth is. president trump is scheduled to speak here this afternoon. >> sandra: a second summit with north korea is in the works. the president announcing the time and place last evening. what can we expect from his big meeting with kim jong-un? >> bill: another major headline last night. the president saying we will never be a socialist country. now self-described socialist alexandria ocasio-cortez is answering that call and we'll tell you what she is saying about that coming up shortly. >> sandra: the first man to be released from prison under the first step act was a special
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>> sandra: president trump giving the third longest state of the union address in our country's history last night. the speech 82 minutes long and packed with emotional tributes to some very special guests. here are some of those moments. >> president trump: on d-day, june 6th, 1944, 15,000 young american men jumped from the sky and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea to save our civilization from tyranny. here with us tonight are three of those incredible heroes. private first class joseph
riley, staff sergeant irving locker, and sergeant herrmann zicec. joining melania in the gallery this evening is a very brave 10-year-old girl, grace eli. last year she was diagnosed with brain cancer. at the same time, she rallied her community and raised more than $40,000 for the fight against cancer. we are also joined tonight by matthew charles from tennessee. in 1996, at the age of 30, matthew was sentenced to 35 years for selling drugs. now matthew is the very first person to be released from prison under the first step act. >> sandra: that last man the president mentioned, matthew charles, joins us now.
thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> sandra: great to see you this morning and wonderful to see you last night. what was that like for you? what was that experience for you? >> it was a remarkable time. it was something i will remember for the rest of my life. in my 52 years of living i've never experienced anything like it. >> sandra: you've been a free man since january 3 this year. you have a whole new start to your life. because of what we've seen as a very bipartisan agreement in washington how did that -- how did you see all of that? >> i was kind of like behind closed doors while all this was going on. i was able to witness and hear about it in the media but the bipartisan effort, the fact that in the house that it passed overwhelmingly and in the senate once mr. jared kufpner and the president spoke to mr. mcconnell and asked him to bring it to a vote before the senate was released and the new one came in.
i was ecstatic when i saw it also passed with overwhelming support, bipartisan support and then the witness to the president not only that they were going to sign it, but to see him on c span sign it. it was just remarkable for everybody that witnessed it. >> bill: matthew, you were traveling down a dark road 23 years ago. >> yes, i was. >> bill: sentenced to 35 years in jail, drug offenses. later you found god. you became a law clerk in prison. >> yes, sir. >> bill: you've been given a second chance by every definition of the word and that in itself has its own salvation. when you think about what others can learn from you, what is that? >> i would say what others and those still incarcerated can learn from this is if they actually change and take advantage of the opportunities
that lie before them, society will give them a second chance. they will walk beside them hand in hand if they are willing to take the advantages of those opportunities. >> bill: why do you think you changed? why you? >> okay. my change was a personal decision that i made in february of 1996. i was in the county jail for the offenses not yet convicted or sentenced for them. i ended up getting a bible from a friend and i read that bible and that bible led me to inquire more about it and then i started attending bible study courses that were offered by the county jail. i was able to pick up a tract as well as hear the minister speak about how to come to christ and once i accepted christ as my lord and personal savior that inward change, the inward spiritual change start evidence to reflect itself outwardly and because of that everything that i did after that was a reflection of what had taken place on that february day in 1996.
>> bill: remarkable and poignant. what is your view how far the law goes? who should be eligible for a second chance like you have been given? can you answer that? can you define that? >> i can kind of answer it because after 22 years of being incarcerated i witnessed a lot of people who had changed. some for spiritual reasons, some because of family situations and some because the sentence they had was so extensive that over a period of time of incapacitation they necessarily changed. so i would say that out of 100% i would say there is at least 70% of people that have been -- and 45 to 50% of thoefs people have changed. i believe it would be a correct percentage of the amount of people that should be able to benefit not only for -- from the first step act but any more
criminal justice reforms that come forth. >> sandra: mr. charles, the white house called your story a story of redemption and last night the president said you represent the very best of america. how do you plan to spend the rest of your life, sir? >> i am very, very grateful for everything that the media as well as the white house has done on my behalf. but i'm still humble. i'll always be grateful. i take things day-by-day and i look forward to continuing to be the voice for criminal justice reform as well as god placed in my heart in 1996 that came to fruition in 2016 to help the poor, the homeless and single parent families. so those are my future goals. >> bill: matthew, god bless you. thanks for sharing your story. >> thank you for having me. >> sandra: thank you. meanwhile presidential candidate senator elizabeth warren's heritage continues to
haunt her. this time a new report, she filled out american indian on a form years ago. we'll dig into that. plus the media blasting the state of the union. >> i saw this as a psychoticly incoherent speech with cookies and dogs. >> what he represented tonight is someone with no attachment to anything he says. >> bill: that wasn't all they said. what problems did the pundits have with the address? we'll ask our a-team right here coming up next.
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>> bill: first time now, second time house intel committee is postponing michael cohen's testimony on the hill. adam schiff now says it will take place on february 28th instead of this coming friday. about a week -- february 28th -- before the former lawyer is headed to prison. he is set to start his sentence on the 6th of march.
that's a change in the scheduled for the house committee in washington >> sandra: fox news alert. elizabeth warren is once again in the hot seat over heritage claims. a new "washington post" report shows she identified as american indian on a texas state bar registration card in 1986. the report reviving an issue that has caused problems for warren in the past. doug mcelway is in washington >> it was an open records request by the "washington post" that revealed this new document. hard evidence which suggests that massachusetts democratic senator and likely presidential candidate elizabeth warren used her discredited native american heritage to advance her career. this is it. warren's registration card for the state bar of texas from 1986. on it she identifies herself as an american indian. she also identified as a cherokee in a 1984 cookbook.
a family recipe was lifted word for word from "the new york times" and listed herself as a minority in association of faculty from 1986 to 1995. last year warren took a dna test to prove her native american ancestry but it backfired. only traces of native american dna dating back six generations. she acknowledged i am not a person of color, i am not a citizen of a tribe. tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. that admission was met with this reaction from the cherokee nation. we're encouraged by her action and hope the slurs and mockery of tribal citizens and indian history and heritage will come to an end. warren told the post on tuesday i'm sorry for furthering confusion on tribal citizen sh*in and harm that resulted. she will announce her candidacy
for presidency this weekend. her assets range between 4 million and 11 million dollars. well below the hefty tax she proposes on the super wealthy with assets of over $50 million. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: let's bring in the a-team now. a good one. brad blakeman former deputy assistant to george w. bush. marie harf, former state department spokeswoman and co-host of benson and harf and matthew continetti editor in chief of the washington free beacon. warren, 1986, in her own handwriting. what do you think? >> my lawyer hat. a bar registration requires you, if any, to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. it appears this is in her own hand. she claimed on the registration form to the bar to be something that she wasn't. i believe it's a material misrepresentation.
it is a fraud and i believe the state should open an investigation if she is admitted to the bar still. her status is in jeopardy and the state should go beyond that and look at the other material misrepresentations. >> bill: you think this can be prosecuted? >> it could be. the statute of limitations runs when the fraud is discovered. i think she could be in jeopardy. certainly of her license. >> sandra: let's deal with what we're looking at here. the fact that this would be the first known instance of an official document on which she wrote with her own handwriting this heritage. >> i don't think any of us want to get into the business of being a dna police. the dna test showed she had ancestry. we don't want to come up with what percentage is enough to qualify on the bar. i don't think any of us should play dna police. politically is a different question. if warren isn't the nom nee, i
don't think she will be. it won't be because of this issue. democrats believe it's an issue that donald trump flamed. if they don't vote for her in the primary it will be 15 other issues and not this. >> sandra: based on what she has revealed about her own heritage that this would be okay? >> i have no idea what the rules are how to claim heritage. what percentage of your dna has to be heritage. we don't want to get in the business of saying this percentage is enough to claim. >> i do. the cherokee nation is in the business of this and accepted her apology for it and has been a mess for elizabeth warren for years. the issue pre-dated donald trump. it may even post date him. it is potentially fatal to her presidential candidacy in a general election. it goes to the issue of honesty, right? remember how were you able to get john kerry with the swift boat veterans? the issue was honesty. this is the same issue.
>> bill: up until now all the reporting about this has been that she did not use it on a student application, correct? >> she listed it in her harvard documents and then this is an even earlier case of her identifying as an american indian. she is not an american indian. >> bill: you think it could be fatal for her? >> not of the issue of counting genes but honesty. >> bill: i want to take you back to last night how the president said the following how washington and america could be better, watch. >> president trump: our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before. an economic miracle is taking place in the united states and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations. if there is going to be peace
and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. >> that person spoke out of frustration but also reality. the president is saying don't do your jobs or don't have oversight. what he is saying it's singular in nature. it's resistance-oriented investigation. anti--trump investigation. it is not based in a reality. you do your oversight but guess what? your job is to legislate. the president wants balance to get things done. he gets nowhere with congress because of investigations. >> bill: foolish wars, politics and investigations. >> he was setting the stage for the 2020 campaign. if the democrats try to impeach him the president views that as helping him in 2020. more broadly look at the issues he emphasized. border, abortion, and socialism.
this is him framing the 2020 election on cultural war terms that have been favorable to him in the past. >> sandra: vice president mike pence defended this line that the president used last night on investigations, took it a step further and clarified the president's point. watch. >> what the president referred to last night was partisan investigations. you have spoken about the president. you know his feelings about investigations on capitol hill. we don't object to oversight. that's the proper role of committees in the congress but when it takes on a partisan tint. when it seems more intent on becoming a forum for invective against the president and the administration the american people expect better. >> sandra: important point he made there to clarify that we aren't against oversight or investigations. that was vice president mike pence. now to the media response that we have seen since the president delivered that address last night.
here is some of it. >> i saw this as a psychoticly incoherent speech with cookies and dog poop. >> it was strong right wing trump. >> the president of the united states at this moment didn't mention climate change in a sentence is a disgrace. >> he represented tonight is someone with absolutely no attachment to anything he says. >> democratic by stacy abrams, democrat in the state of georgia. >> everything else he said in the speech will be overshadowed by what he said about not being investigations. >> sandra: do you think some of the media went too far? >> it's what cable news is like. if you had watched conservative responses to barack obama's state of the union it would have looked similar. >> bill: i don't think we heard dog poo*p. >> a lot of nastiness on cable
news about president obama. it's how it is played today. that's okay to some extent. this is not "the new york times" saying it, this is not the "washington post" saying it. what i think is interesting, though, is that it -- when you go back to the investigations, that line caught a lot of people by surprise including republicans because he lumped in legitimate oversight investigations that, by the way, most of them haven't even start evidence in the house yet. so for mike pence to say these are all political and all partisan, i think the american people sent a message when they put democrats in charge of the house they want oversight and that's what they are looking for. >> completely out of touch. neither fair nor balanced. this was written a long time before the president even delivered his remarks. and the polling is quite contrary. the polling is the people who watched it liked it across the board. >> sandra: fair to say the criticism did begin before the president even delivered his speech. nancy pelosi, chuck schumer. >> it is okay to criticize the
president. we're allowed to do that. >> bill: you characterize it like jonathan swan when he opened the show. what swan did as characterized these as moments of choice, abortion, drug dealers, illegals, immigration and socialism and he, too, says this is the 2020 path where you can get on the side of issues that people agree on for the country and for a campaign. you see it the same way. >> the democrats are playing into trump's hand if they rush to the left. february is a big month for donald trump. a deal on the border with congress, a deal with china on trade and a potential deal with kim jong-un. if he able to secure those three deals he is well on his way to reelection. >> he will secure none of those. i will put money on it here. >> we will get a wall. >> i will put money on it right
here. >> sandra: they were great. fantastic. >> bill: we'll bring you back. >> sandra: president trump saying socialism has no place in america. new york self-proclaimed democratic socialist alexandria ocasio-cortez is now hitting right back. money man charles payne is on deck and he joins us next. >> president trump: we are born free and we will stay free. tonight we renew our resolve that america will never be a socialist country. [cheering and applause] okay, max...time to help mrs. tyler
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socialist country. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: president trump not mincing words there rejecting socialism in his state of the union address, charles payne is here. if you looked at twitter at that moment a lot of folks pointed out the fact that speaker nancy pelosi did not stand against socialism. >> she might have got up a little later. i think chuck schumer rose to his feet but i think it was for internal democratic political reasons if you get my drift. maybe the pushback against some of the younger folks in that party. but it is amazing the things -- the idea that anyone wouldn't get up and cheer the notion that socialism should never be part of america and it has a long and ugly track record of destruction, of deferred dreams, of economic turmoil. it is just such a proven disaster. it might look great to some people particularly on paper,
but in real life applications it has been unmitigated disasters. >> bill: the white house strategy, to make sure that line was hit at the moment that it came. there was reaction on that. this is what msnbc last night. roll this, guys. >> i agree with senator klobuchar there, there was no plan. there was no plan to address the opioid crisis, forplan to address the cost of healthcare, no plan to increase wages. it was -- i had to ask myself is this a campaign stop or is this a state of the union? >> president trump started by talking about the economic achievements that happened under the two years of his presidency. the third longest state of the union ever. if she wanted it to be the longest we could still be watching if you wanted to go line by line of all his accomplishments it could have been a three or four hour state of the union. it is pretty clear he believes in low taxes, removing regulations, unleashing the
potential of america particularly the -- how the individual parts are greater than the sum. so unleashing the greatness in each individual in this country and by the way, he has done a lot of work, we saw with these folks who criminal justice reform. that is absolutely remarkable. some of the things i saw last night if it happened under president obama we all would be crying. everyone in a major media would have had tears streaming down their eyes. >> sandra: everybody likes to talk about taxes or not i suppose. this is a headline in investors business daily. governor quoumio is right. the rich are leaving high-tax new york. simple economics. cuomo gets it. high income taxpayers are leaving new york for low-tax states making the case you raise taxes here they'll go somewhere else and it's happening. >> it is a fact.
there is not dispute to your point. you look at the fastest growing places in the country, low to no individual taxes, florida, texas, other places that are just growing enormous. when governor cuomo said we can't go back to the well. the top 1% are paying 46% of the taxes echoing with governor brown said last year in california. the top 1% in california pay 48% of all taxes. that to me is the definition. >> bill: they need to change their tax laws to get the people back. >> they won't. they've expected so much with welfare and freebies. they've put themselves in a jam. i don't think they do it politically. we'll see how far it goes. >> bill: see you at 2:00 fox business. president trump, a second summit with chairman kim is on the calendar for later in month in vietnam. we're live in london to tell
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announcement last night. greg palkot has been to north korea several times and with us live in london. hey, greg. >> that's right. president trump making it official last night he will be yet again meeting with kim jong-un in what he calls an historic push for peace. take a listen to a bit more of what he had to say. >> president trump: our hostages have come home. nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months. if i had not been elected president of the united states, we would right now in my opinion be in a major war with north korea. >> so that end the u.n. special envoy is in pyongyang at this moment meeting with north korean officials trying to work out the details of a summit. we know it will be in vietnam. as for the content, how to move the ball forward after last june's singapore summit, the
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>> sandra: fox news alert. new reaction to the president's state of the union address calling for unity and bipartisanship but not backing down on his agenda. welcome back to "america's newsroom." third hour. i'm sandra smith. >> bill: i'm bill hemmer. good morning. we are here twice as long as the state of the union every day. a different look on the hill. democrats controlling the house for the first time. the trump presidency with the deadline for another government shutdown days away. but the president highlighting successes internationally, domestically while urging democrats to work with him. >> the president laid out a positive agenda for a growing american economy, for a stronger military, for an america that's addressing the real challenges that are facing american families. >> the nation, the state of the nation is strong.
we're strong economically and militarily and politically. >> there were a number of proposals in the president's state of the union that i found encouraging. i will choose to focus on the spirit of commonality that at times prevailed. >> bill: john roberts kicks us off this hour live from the north lawn of the white house. >> the president hit on a lot of themes last night as chris coons saying some he found appealing, which is unusual to hear from democrats or people from the opposition party the day after the president gives his state of the union address. one of the more pointed moments is when the president insisted that all of the investigations of him are threatening the prosperity of the united states. listen here. >> president trump: an economic miracle is taking place in the united states and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or
ridiculous partisan investigations. [cheering and applause] if there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. >> some democrats saw that line as the president trying to undermine the rule of law but vice president mike pence said this morning all president trump is asking for is fairness. listen here. >> we don't object to oversight. that's the proper role of committees in the congress. but when it takes on a partisan tint, when it seems more intent on becoming a forum for invective against the president and against the administration, the american people expect better. >> the white house said last night going into speech it would be about unity. it was written to find some common ground between republicans and democrats. the president touched on issues that had the democrats up on their feet as you see their
multiple times during the night particularly this moment. listen to this. >> president trump: we have more women in the workforce than ever before. [applause] we also have more women serving in congress than at any time before. [cheering and applause] >> i liked when i acknowledged there was the largest number of women and i love the way the women rose to the occasion. >> of course, some democrats offered up the expected criticism of the president including alexandria ocasio-cortez who ridiculed the president's statement that america will never be a socialist nation. ocasio-cortez saying that proves the president is scared of her. a very poignant moment last night when the president singled out a 81-year-old survivor of the tree of life
synagogue. the first time i've heard happy birthday being sung by anyone because it was his birthday yesterday. >> sandra: the president's state of the union address seemed like the opening argument for his 2020 reelection campaign as he touted his successes. >> president trump: in just over two years since the election, we have launched an unprecedented economic boom. our economy is the envy of the world. our military is the most powerful on earth by far. and america -- [applause] >> sandra: joining us now is byron york, chief political correspondent at the "washington examiner" and fox news contributor. good morning to you. did the president do an effective job making his case last night? >> yeah, i think he did. there are a couple of ways to look at the speech. one, it occurred in the context of these continuing negotiations over the border
and specifically the border barrier, the two sides do not agree and there is the possibility of another government shutdown coming on february 15th. so last night was the president's best opportunity to make his case on that issue. he did do that. the speech is much bigger. if donald trump were to deliver a speech head lined why i should be elected in 2020 that would be this speech. >> sandra: what would you say the theme was, byron? >> it was basically the president's strategy or philosophy of peace and prosperity in which he does things cutting taxes, stimulating the economy, fixing our trade situation to make life more prosperous for americans, national security, that's the whole border thing fits into that. by the way he also treated immigration as a jobs issue as well. and then the idea of not intervening in all of the
world's problems where the president said -- came out against endless wars. that's basically what he was saying throughout the 2016 campaign. this is actually very much 2016 trump with an accomplishment list to go to what he said earlier. >> sandra: michael avenatti continues to thrust himself into the spotlight in some way. he has put this tweet out there following the president's address last night saying, quote, in a message to democrats. last night should serve as a wake-up call for dems. trump is not to be underestimated in 2020. too many people think the election will be a lay-up and he will be easily beaten. not true. it will be an ugly battle for the future of the republic and the dems better find a fighter, byron. >> well, it's rare for me to say this i think avenatti is right in two ways. one, the democrats will have to get a very strong candidate to beat trump one-on-one. and two, it is just generally
hard to beat an incumbent president. the incumbent president has a lot of advantages over his challenger. he has the white house, he has the bully pulpit, he has air force one to travel around in. it is really hard to knock off a sitting president. it has been done with bill clinton did it with george h.w. bush, but it is really tough. that's why you didn't see some republicans challenge barack obama in 2012. i think it's going to be something that will give a lot of democrats pause as they consider it next year. >> sandra: good to get your thoughts this morning. thank you. >> bill: thank you. want to get to the growing political crisis in virginia. governor ralph northam ignoring calls to resign. his lieutenant governor justin fairfax has a sexual assault allegation stemming back to 2004. we follow the back and forth
live in richmond. >> good morning. it is not a stretch to say the leadership of virginia is in turmoil. the governor ralph northam is fighting to clear his name over a racist year book photo and the lieutenant governor is fighting to clear his name in the case of new sexual assault allegations. this morning fairfax tweeted a picture of himself praying with a minister and a verse of scripture from genesis saying as for you, you meant evil against me but god meant it for good in order to bring it about as it is this day to save many people alive. he claims his relationship with vanessa tyson at the democratic national convention was consensual. she claims he forced her to perform oral sex. tyson is a 42-year-old professor at scripts college. democrats are not rushing to condemn fairfax, though, and are walking a very tight line with tyson's accusations. >> i believe she is entitled to
due process. we need to always take these allegations seriously. i've said this whenever this issue has come up. we must accord respect to an accuser and we must accord due process to the accused. >> two days after the accusation surfaced, the virginia house and senate democrats released a statement saying the facts here are still being determined. every individual deserves the opportunity to be heard and we respect anyone who comes forward to share their story. bill, today lawmakers are busy at work but nearly everyone we talked to is just waiting to see what shoe drops next. >> bill: thank you, sir. >> sandra: president trump reaching across the aisle urging democrats to work with him on immigration reform. where can they find common ground? dnc communications director will be joining us in just moments. >> bill: also the president focusing on foreign policy laying out a strategy on iran, isis and north korea.
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boyfriend to commit suicide in 2014. carter was 17 when she encouraged her boyfriend 18-year-old conrad roy, to take his own life in a series of text messages. she was on the phone with him as he inhaled carbon monoxide in his pickup truck. at one point he said he was getting out of the truck. she told him to go back inside. michelle carter now 22 was sentenced to 15 months but has remained free pending her appeal. >> president trump: the radical regime in iran is a radical regime. they do bad, bad things. to insure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, i withdrew the united states from the disastrous iran nuclear deal. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: president trump slamming iran in his state of
the union address calling it the state sponsor of terrorism. our next guest is michael anton, former national security spokesman for president trump. good to see you this morning. thanks for being here. the president devoted a big chunk of his speech last night to foreign policy. what were the biggest takeaways on this for you? >> for me one of the biggest, maybe the biggest is that he is still moving ahead with negotiations with the north koreans. the president pointed out there haven't been any tests or missile launches. we know that north korea has not gone the distance to denuclearize as u.s. policy insists on. the important thing is this administration has not made the mistakes of past administrations. the way past administration used to get the north koreans to stop behaving badly was to bribe them and give them heavy
fuel oil. no sanctions, access to the world financial system. this administration hasn't done that and hasn't taken the pressure off yet still is maintaining dialogue with the north korean government is notable and impressive and something we haven't seen before. i know there are a lot of skeptics out there that say if they haven't given everything up yet where is this going? it is going in a positive direction and we ought to be cautiously optimistic. >> sandra: he slammed iran as the world leading sponsor of terror, mike pompeo was talking about that this morning. here is the latest from him. >> in this new era local law enforcement and information sharing will be crucial and our fight will not necessarily always be military led. that's why president trump's announcement that u.s. troops will be withdrawing from syria is not the end of america's fight. >> sandra: interesting point from pompeo a short time ago this morning, michael.
>> right, look, the president i know this upset some people, his decision to get out of syria. it didn't upset his supporters or the people who really paid attention to the president's rhetoric all throughout the campaign. he said he supported a limited u.s. military presence in the fight against isis in the destruction of the physical caliphate but not as a long-term matter and certainly not to get in any way involved in the syrian civil war. he is following through on that promise. the secretary of state is right in that the physical caliphate is mostly destroyed, 99% or something like that. isis as an organization exists, the fighters will go underground and it will become primarily an intelligence and law enforcement matter to track them down than a military matter to take over territory, states, cities and towns which has been accomplished mostly. >> sandra: the president making news on north korea last night. he said this. >> president trump: if i had not been elected president of the united states, we would
right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with north korea. [applause] >> sandra: touting the success he sees that he and his administration have made when it comes to north korea. the news he made was the long-awaited second summit with kim jong-un will indeed be happening february 27th and 28th in vietnam. >> think about where we were the first year of the trump administration in 2017. the north koreans woke up from a quiet period and started acting very belligerent. a lot of missile and nuclear tests and belligerent action happening. the president used tough rhetoric against the north koreans, many of his critics criticized but followed it up by saying i'm willing to talk if you are but the bad behavior has to stop in the meantime. more than a year later we've come a tremendous bay. we still don't know what the end of the road is. we know the north koreans
haven't fulfilled any of their pledges but we haven't bribed them like we used to do or paid them to stop. and they are still willing to talk. the process seems at least to be moving in the right direction. i think we should all, as i said before, be cautiously optimistic. we're in a better spot now than we were at the end of 2017. >> sandra: the president also said described his relationship with kim jong-un as a good one. final thoughts. is that perhaps too much optimism for the president on the relationship there? >> he should always be cautious in knowing he is dealing with a dictator who is not out to make a good deal for our side. he is out to make a good deal for his side and the head of a regime that has routinely cheated past administrations and that's a threat to its neighbors and allies. i'm sure the president is cautious but also a negotiator and knows to say publicly after he has had some positive talks to be overly critical of someone he needs to go back to the table with and talk to
isn't helpful. the good relationship as long as it's focused on getting what our country need and narrow grounds it's a net positive as the regime is seen clearly for what it is, which is not a friend. >> sandra: that will be the next move happening. that meeting happening at the end of the month with north korea. >> bill: president trump asking lawmakers from both parties choose greatness over gridlock. his appeal for bipartisanship coming as he faces criticism from within his own party. was he able to move the needle? senator john thune will react on that coming up live. >> sandra: the president defending his immigration policies saying walls save lives. we will be speaking to a former u.s. border patrol chief who served under president obama about that next.
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>> sandra: six crews seized cocaine from drug smuggling vessels worth a half billion dollars. intercepted off the coast of mexico and central and south america. they originated in columbia and were headed to the united states. >> president trump: the savage gang ms-13 now operates in at least 20 different american states and they almost all come through our southern border. not one more american life should be lost because our nation failed to control its very dangerous border. >> bill: president trump slamming the ms-13 gang during the address last night warning numbers of americans are murdered by illegal aliens
every year. want to bring did he make the case last night? >> i thought the president did an outstanding job addressing the nation with respect to both the humanitarian crisis and the national security crisis on the southwest border. a couple of things stood out to me that i think are very important. one is he laid out a clear plan, which has been passed on a bipartisan way in the past. and two, what really stood out to me as well, bill, is that he really told american people how he got to this plan and that was by listening to facts, historical data, and the experts. there is a couple of things i think he put a couple of false narratives to bed on that. he talked about the wall but he talked about it as being steel slats so you could see through. that's what the experts asked for. in addition to that he said it is not going to be on all 2,000 miles along the southwest
border but a strategic locations driven by the experts whose job it is to protect the border. he knocked it out of the park on those issues. >> bill: here is on the wall last night or whatever form it takes. >> president trump: san diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in our country. in response, a strong security wall was put in place. this powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal crossings. simply put, walls work and walls save lives. [cheering and applause] >> bill: there is another moment in that speech where he says it doesn't have to be a concrete wall. it can be the see-through steel slats is how he described it. is that the concession he is giving to try to get a deal? >> no, i think it's part of the false narrative that it's concession. i understand that maybe that was part of his platform early on but the experts have never
said that they wanted an opaque concrete wall, china-type wall along all 2,000 miles. if you go to 2006, they have always wanted a barrier you could see through so you can see what's coming from the other side. in addition to the barrier, technology and personnel he laid out that strategy again last night as he has done before, bill. again, this has been passed by both sides, by both parties in the past. i thought he did a good job as well as really i think hammering home the true nature of the threat. when he talked about ms-13. as an f.b.i. agent i supervised that hispanic ms-13 gang task force in los angeles and i can tell you he is absolutely right. he was listening to the experts. ms-13 is the most violent, trans national gang this country has seen in countless cities in this country. we saw what happened at the hands of ms-13 member. >> bill: right here in queens,
new york. you are right about that. stacy abrams had a chance to respond last night. the democrat from georgia. >> democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders. but we must all embrace that from agriculture to healthcare to entrepreneurship, america is made stronger by the presence of immigrants, not walls. >> bill: what the president dealt with on that about the presence of immigrants, he is pushing a legal immigration system. do you see a resolution that comes out of this committee of 17 that can be seen as a compromise and as a victory for both sides? >> you know, bill, i wish i could say yes but so far what's been out there i don't have hope. you have the speaker of the house that laid down the gauntlet and has made a mockery out of what not just the president asked for but what the experts have asked for,
that physical barrier by saying no wall. she has laid down that gauntlet. a statement by her as well that no wall, it doesn't make sense. the experts are saying we need technology, yes, we need personnel, yes and a physical barrier. i don't understand. they've passed that and agreed in the past on that. why is it different now that all of a sudden they'll support two elements of the strategy but not a physical barrier? it doesn't make sense. >> bill: you aren't optimistic? >> i'm not, unfortunately. >> bill: let's see what decision is made if that's the case. thank you for your time in washington, d.c. thank you. sir. >> sandra: this morning we're awaiting court action on the jayme closs kidnapping case. the suspect accused of holding the teen captive after killing her parents. moments away. he is facing a judge. what we're expecting in that courtroom this morning. >> bill: president trump making a pitch for bipartisanship.
democrats largely unimpressed. the dnc communications director coming up next. >> there will always be resistance. when you look at some of the things the democrats refused to stand for. the fact that the state of the union is strong. when you see the democrats not standing for that, those are things we can all agree on. ppin) every day, visionaries are creating the future. ( ♪ ) so, every day, we put our latest technology and vast expertise to work. ( ♪ ) the united states postal service makes more e-commerce deliveries to homes than anyone else in the country, affordably and on-time. (ringing) ( ♪ ) the future only happens with people who really know how to deliver it.
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also looking at a count of armed burglary and kidnapping. the hearing should be brief unless attorneys for patterson elect to waive the preliminary hearing. it could move on to charges if that is what he and his attorneys decide to do. he hasn't denied his participation in the murders and kidnappings. he spotted jayme closs getting off a school bus and put his plan in motion. bogus license plates on the car. removing the internal release from the truck so she couldn't escaped. kept her trapped under a bed with weighted tubs and had guests in the house while jamie was trapped under the bed. the most patterson could face is life in prison. jayme closs escaped from patterson left the house and ran to neighbor's house. there had been a $25,000 reward for jamie offered by a store where his parents had worked and a reward offered by the f.b.i. so since jamie freed herself the food company is giving the
money to jamie. the f.b.i. makes a point of not commenting on rewards. jamie has been living with her aunt, the sister of her slain mother. sandra. >> sandra: thank you. >> bill: the state of the union has outlived its usefulness. it has become a show. and when it's over there is very little policy extracted from what the president says. >> just his rhetoric of undermining our immigrant communities, talking about the wall again. it was an opportunity to move past that. >> his foreign policy part of the speech was just ridiculous, i thought. you know, it was an isolationist policy. >> bill: democrats largely critical of the address last night not seeming to buy the call for unity and bipartisanship. saw joe manchin stand up once or twice. xochiti hinojosa, communications director of the
dnc. live in washington the morning after. thank you for your time. tell me something you liked last night. >> well, i think that this was -- the speech wasn't about unity but red meat for his base. one of the things he talked about was infrastructure and paid leave. he hasn't done anything on those two issues the two years he has been in office. those are issues that democrats would love to work with him on. we haven't seen anything from this administration. another thing that i think that was omitted from the state of the union, important issue, was the shutdown. almost a million workers who were impacted. they didn't get checks for a month and the president didn't even have an apology for them. that's very concerning. instead you heard a bunch of divisive rhetoric from him. things that the american people don't want to hear. they want our country to come together. and this is also why they voted for democrats in november. >> bill: he put out the olive branch. you didn't like anything last night. >> i would have loved a
proposal -- i would have loved a proposal and meat on the bones on infrastructure and paid leave and issues of that sort. >> bill: border security. there is a deal to be had. you look at the list each side is requesting. you are that close to saying look what we have done for national border security. >> well, i am hopeful for our country that we do not have another government shutdown. that's not what the american people want. only 24% of americans >> i didn't ask you about that. i said a deal on border security. >> exactly. >> bill: it's there for the taking. why not go ahead and do it? >> what i'm saying is there is the threat of another shutdown if he continues to push the wall. democrats are serious about border security and we are serious in the sense that we understand that there should be investment in technology and investment in immigration judges. these are the things that we believe that you can invest in and have meaningful border security but a wall is not one of them. >> bill: you don't need a
concrete wall. see-through slats the latest reriver active. i won't get a yes out of you on that. what about elizabeth warren as american indian on a form in 1986? >> i don't speak for her campaign. the dnc is staying extremely neutral in the primary process. we've made that very clear. we want to make sure all candidates have a level playing field and that's why we're having a debate process and primary process that is fair for each candidate. so i don't have anything to say on that front. >> bill: does it imperil her campaign now that this went public? >> i'm sure elizabeth warren is looking at the polling. i don't have anything to say about that specifically. we're remaining neutral and i leave it up to her campaign. >> bill: ralph northam is under a lot of heat in virginia. should he resign? >> absolutely. we've been very clear his
actions were inappropriate and that he should resign immediately. our party was very quick to condemn those actions and that is something that is very different from the republican party. the republican party you didn't even have the president going out and condemning steve king and so the democrats have been very clear about where we stand with ralph northam. >> bill: a lot of republicans who were critical. >> the leader of the party did not. >> bill: we're talking about this and want to bring this to you. crossing now out of richmond, virginia, associated press. i'll read the line. i'm getting it the same time you're getting. virginia's democratic attorney general said he wore black face at a college party in the 80s. he admitted at one time he dressed up as michael jackson at one point and did something similar. your reaction. >> the first time hearing as well as you and if that is true that's very concerning and has no place in our party. i don't have the details about that and i am not sure.
what i will tell you is that we -- racism of any kind has no place in our party. >> bill: did you hear sarah sanders this week? she -- i will quote her. will they, meaning democrats, at some point love our country more than they hate this president? do you think that feeling is present in washington, d.c.? it's pretty strong. >> we love our country and i think that is very clear with the policies that we have put forward and the fights we've been taking for the american people. i think that is also clear from the election in november. americans sided with democrats when it came to our policies because they understand we're fighting for them whether it's wages, whether making sure we lower prescription drug costs. these are all issues that we stand with americans on so i think. >> bill: you love the country. do they hate this president? >> i hate what this president
is doing to our country. you saw this last night. he is dividing our country and he isn't offering policies that will help the american people. last night which i think was very unpresidential he started talking about investigations involving him. that is something that the american people don't want to hear about that. they want to hear about how you are going to lower their prescription drugs cost and healthcare more affordable. >> bill: did you like the message on the economy? pretty good middle of the part country. >> i will tell you i'm glad the economy is doing well. but i would also say there are people around the country who aren't feeling that and they are working three jobs and we have to do something about that. these are gains that we've been making for some time now and we're glad those gains continue. >> bill: i've got a long list. hope you come back. spokesperson for the dnc out of washington
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>> bill: here we go back to virginia. the story gets deeper by the moment here. the attorney general has now been accused of wearing black face at a college party in 1980 when he was 19 years old. this would be the third in line of succession if the virginia governor resigned and the lieutenant governor were to sue come to the allegations he is facing but denies. the attorney general is saying it was a one-time occurrence. i accept full responsibility for my conduct and he has a long statement out that we'll go through in a moment. it happened back in the 1980s during a party which he dressed up as a black rapper during a
party as an undergraduate student at the university of virginia. the a.g., mark haring. third in line if it goes that way. 15 minutes before the hour. >> president trump: we must choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction. tonight i ask you to choose greatness. [cheering and applause] >> sandra: president trump making his pitch for unity in washington and ending gridlock in congress but can he mend the rift in his own party over his threat to declare a national emergency over the border wall? joining us now chair of the senate republican conference john thune joins us now. senator thune, thank you for coming on "america's newsroom." what a speech last night. the president's goal was to
unite and to put out a bipartisan tone. did he do that? >> i thought he did. it was a great speech. it was strong across the board both with regard to substance and delivery and kind of the soaring rhetoric designed to inspire people. i think it had the desired effect. i thought it was a very impressive speech, incredibly well delivered and i think it will be very well received by the american people. >> sandra: where do you stand on the president's push for a wall or a barrier on the southern border? a deadline is quickly approaching to fund the government next friday. what do you want to see happen here, senator? >> i'm a big believer in walls, sandra. i was the senator who offered the amendment in the 2013 immigration bill to build 800 miles of wall. i support what the president is trying to accomplish and i hope that this conference committee that is meeting right now will come to the conclusion that you cannot effectively defend the border absent at least some
amount of physical barrier whether it's a structure, barrier, wall, whatever, it is pretty clear in addition to having technology and additional manpower you have to have a certain amount of physical structure. we know it's worked. it worked in the past and works currently and the president wants to take every step possible to prevent the types of things we're seeing happening at the border and that means gangs and human trafficking, drug trafficking and weapons coming across our border. >> sandra: it would take every step possible. would you support the president declaring a national emergency to get this done? >> i've said i hope that's a last resort. i think the right way to do it is for congress to do its job, to sit down and for the democrats to come to the table who said when the government reopened that they would come to the table in good faith and be willing to negotiate. we haven't seen -- i haven't seen any evidence of that yet. i'm hoping we will because that's the best way to get a
solution. the president should not be put in a position where he has to declare an emergency in order to get this done. but i know he is willing to do whatever is necessary and i think the american people support him in that. that's a tough vote up here in the senate and we pointed that out to him. i think in the end again if we can resolve this here through members of congress sitting down across the table in good faith and negotiating a solution, that's the best way to get this done. >> sandra: sounds pretty good. we'll see if that can happen. thank you. >> bill: "outnumbered" is next. harris and melissa str a preview. >> we're ready on this hump day wednesday. back to business after the president's big speech. he stressed unity and went after democrats on border security and said, quote, he will get his wall built. this as negotiators got a briefing from border agents just a little while ago today. whether a deal is possible or if the president will act alone. >> virginia's governor now reportedly hiring a private detective to get to the bottom
of the racist year book photo and a possible double standard as some democratic lawmakers quick to condemn brett kavanaugh are very quiet when it comes to virginia's lieutenant governor. we'll debate that one. >> our guy in the middle. "outnumbered" top of the hour. >> bill: breaking this morning now former trump attorney michael cohen's congressional testimony has been delayed, postponed for several weeks and testify the 28th of february. we'll explain why the delay as come about as of today. that's coming up next. ♪
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again. he was supposed to appear behind closed doors before a house committee. that will happen now late february only days before he reports to jail. catherine herridge is on this live in d.c. why the delay, catherine? >> good morning. cohen's congressional testimony and ground rules for a number of committees whether public or behind closed doors has been in flux for over a week. just this morning two hours ago the democratic chairman issued a brief statement to reporters that the testimony from cohen has been postponed until the end of the month. there is considerable time pressure here. cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in early march after pleading guilty to lying to congress over a moscow real estate project and violations of election finance laws. within the last hour fox news reached out to cohen's attorneys who also had no comment on the decision to postpone their clients's testimony. we heard from chairman schiff a short time ago.
>> i can't comment any further than our statement on that. we look forward to his testimony on february 28th and mr. cohen has been fully cooperative with us and we hope and expect that will continue. but we felt it was in the investigation's interest that we postpone to that date. >> bill: the committee chairman made news on the russia house investigation transcripts. schiff said they'll be available to the special counsel and justice department to examine for evidence of perjury or other efforts to mislead congress and other crimes. ranking republican devin nunes is calling for all unclassified transcripts to be publicly released. releasing the transcript could cut both ways. republicans allege there is conflict between certain witnesses,. the contacts that simpson
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state of virginia. the car and don might commonwealth of virginia. >> sandra: we will continue to follow all that. it's been a big morning. the morning after the state of the union address. think of it during a service money. we'll see you back your tomorrow. "outnumbered" starts right now. >> harris: we will pick up on the breaking news now. controversy in virginia escalating. the state attorney general, democrat mark herring, now says that he too wore black face to a college party back in 1980. herring is number three in the state behind governor northam, and then-lieutenant governor justin fairfax is embroiled in controversy, too , for gang controversy of assault. ralph northam is still clinging to power after being asked to resign. he is reportedly hired a private investigator to identify the people of the picture. virginia's attorney general just released a statement. "although the shame of the mo