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clinton. not your average taco bell. a taco bell cantina holding it's grand opening tonight on the las vegas strip. what is being offered that you can't get at any of the other taco bell locations. >> michelle: the owner of tail and fin here to show us what a sushi burrito is all about and how this new food craze has made its way to las vegas. >> announcer: news 3 starts right >> michelle: a fish burrito. we'll get to that. first, thank you for joining us. happy to have you. president-elect donald trump make his first presidential picks beginning with his inner-circle including two top aides meant to appeal to different factions of the republican party. >> krystal: they couldn't be more diverse in that respect. one who has long an tag ahighs ined the establishment while the other represents it. here is nbc's peter alexander.
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shape. rnc chair reince priebus tapped as chief of staff. for chief strategist trump's controversial campaign ceo steve bannon on leave from the ultra-condition conservative bright bar news. known for white nationalists. one campaign source describes the priebus pick an olive branch to the establishment. under under scoring concern nbc news... instead of draining the swamp we put in the head alligator. >> the reason we had an electoral landslide is that donald trump was able to bring different pieces of our party together. >> reporter: in a new interview with "60 minutes" gave a glimpse into what kind of president he'll be. >> i'll conduct myself in a very
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situation is. sometimes you have to be rougher. >> these are the most corrupt people. >> reporter: refusing to say he'll stray from the fiery language he often used on the trail. >> sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated. i don't want to be just a little, nice, monotone character. >> reporter: as for his signature campaign promises? trump pledging to deport millions of undocumented immigrants beginning with criminal. get to the people that are criminal and who have criminal records -- gang members, drug dealers. we have a lot of these people. probably two, 3 million. we're getting them out of our country or we're going incarcerate them. we're getting them out of our country. >> reporter: the president-elect also talked about what would happen if roe v. wade would overturned. >> it would go back to the states. so it would go back to the states. >> some women won't be able to get an abortion. >> no.
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they'll perhaps have to go to another state. >> and that's okay? >> we'll see what happens. got a long way to go. >> reporter: as for appointing a special prosecutor to investigate hillary clinton? so far no verdict. >> i'll tell what you i am going to do. i'm going think about it. i don't want to hurt them. they're good people. i don't want to hurt them. >> michelle: 70 wounded warriors ended their veterans day weekend on a high note literally. they were up in the sundance helicopters treated them to an aerial tour of las vegas yesterday. they flew over the strip, got to see all the cool spots. it's so cool. it was just one of the highlights of the annual salute to troops trip which brings members of our american military to las vegas. we're going dip in to that special report from nbc. let's take a listen to the president speaking. >> here's lester holt. >> good day from new york everyone. we're combing on the air to
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to greece for the final scheduled foreign trip of his presidency. this is his first news conference since the election last week of donald trump as his successor to the oval office. in the days since that victory, president-elect donald trump has turned to the matter of staffing 4,000 jobs for his incoming administration and he's raised some eyebrows. reince priebus the republican national committee chairman tapped for chief steve bannon who served as the trump campaign chairman has been named chief strategist. before we go to the wous we want to note the passing of journalist gwen eiffel who died today of cancer at 61. she was the co-anchor of the pbs news hour. and before that a colleague of many of ours here. ron allen is in the white house briefing room.
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that president obama will take combez the election. the obvious question. what happened? how does he explain it and how much responsibility does he take for the election of donald trump? we know this president said time and time again donald trump will not become president. he said he was unfit to be commander n chief. but the president doesn't explain what went wrong. he going to make an opening statement five minutes long about the peaceful transition of power. the need for that. that's been his mantraa he is going to make it as easy as possible for donald trump to staff the white house and to move in and take over. >> here is the president. >> hello everybody!esident. in a couple hours i'll be departing on my final foreign trip as president. and while we're abroad i'll have a chance to take a few of your questions but i figured why wait. i know that there's a lot of domestic issues that people are
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up some of the underbrush so when we're overseas and people are asking about foreign policy questions people don't feel obligeed to tack on three other questions too. i know you still will. [ laughter ] that i am aware of but i'm trying something out here. first of all let me mention three brief topics. first of all as i discussed with the president-elect on thursday, my team accelerate in the next steps that require to ensure a smooth transition. we are going to be staying in touch as we travel. i remember what it was like when i came in eight years ago. it is a big challenge. this office is bigger than any one person. and that's why ensuring a smooth transition is so important. it's not something that the constitution explicitly required, but it is one of those norms that are vital to a functioning democracy.
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tolerance. and a commitment to reason and to facts and analysis. it's part of what makes this country work. as long as i am president we are going to uphold those norms and cherish and uphold those ideals. as i've told my staff we should be very proud that their work has already insured that when we turn over the keys the car is in pretty good shape. stronger position today than when i came in eight years ago. jobs have been growing for 73 straight months, incomes are rising, poverty is falling, the uninsured rate is at the lowest rate on record, carbon emissions have come down without impinging on growth. so my instruction to my team are that we run through the tape. we make sure that we finish what we started.
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because my goal is on january 21st america is in the strongest position possible and hopefully there's an opportunity for the next president to build on that. number 2, our work has also helped us stabilize the global economy. because there is one president at a time, i'll spend this week reinforcing america's support for the approachs that we've taken to promote economic growth and glo s in greece. then in germany i'll visit with chancellor murkle who has probably be my closest international partner these past eight years. i'll also signal our solidarity to our closest allies and express our support for a strong, integrated and united europe. it's essential to our national security and to global sta built. that's why the trans atlantic alliance and the nato alliance
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democratic and republic administrations. in peru i'll meet with leaders are of countries that have been the focus of our foreign policy to our rebalance in the asia pacific. this is a time of great change in the world but america's always been a pillar of strength and beacon of hope to peoples around the globe and that's what it must continue to be. finally on a personal note. michelle and i want to offer our deepest condolences to gwen colleagues on her passing. gwen was a friend of ours. she was an extraordinary journalist. she always kept faith with the fund amounts of profession, holden people accountable. i always appreciated her reporting even when i was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews. whether she reported from a
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debate moderator's table or the anchor's desk, she not only informed today's citizens but also inspired tomorrow's journalists. she was an especially powerful role model for young women and girls who admire her integrity, tenacity and intellect and for whom she blazed a trail as one half of the first all female anchor team on network news. so gwen did her country a great service. michelle and i join her family and her c remembering her fondly today. so, with, that i'm going to take some questions. and because josh earnest has some pull around here he just happened to put at the top of the list nelson of the "wall street journal." my understanding is colleen this is wrapping up your stent here and you are going to kansas city. >> yes.
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kansas city. [ laughter ] so i don't know if there was any consequence there but we wish you the very best of luck in your new endeavors. >> [ inaudible ]. you are about to embark on your final foreign trip. what will you say to other world leaders about your successor? they've expressed many of the things you have about donald trump should they be worried? and separately as democrats scramble to regrou your advice about where the party goes now and who should lead your party? >> one of the great things about the united states is that when it comes to world affairs, the president obviously is the leader of the executive branch, the commander-in-chief, the spokesperson for the nation.
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that we have is the result not just of the president. it is the result of countless interactions and arrangements and relationships between our military and other mill taerz and our diplomats and other diplomats and intelligence officers and development workers. and there is enormous continuity beneath the day-to-day nt makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order and promoting prosperity around the world. that will continue. in my conversation with the president elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our full strategic relationships. one of the messages it will be
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transatlantic alliance. i think that's one of the most important functions i can serve at this stage during this trip toss let them know that there is no weakening of resolve when it comes to america's commitment to maintaining a strong and robust nato relationship and a recognition that those alliances aren't just good for europe, they're good for the united states. and they're vital for the world. with respect to the party. look, as i said in the rose garden right after the election, when your team loses everybody gets deflated. and it's hard. and it's challenging. and so i think it is a healthy thing for the democratic party to go through some reflection. you know, i think it's important for me not to be big footing that conversation.
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voices and new ideas emerge. that's part of the reason why i think [ inaudible ] are a really useful thing. the democrats should not waiver our core beliefs and principals. the belief that we should have an economy that works for everybody not just a few. the belief that america at exclusive. that we insist on the dignity and god given potential and work of every child regardless of race or gender or sexual orientation or what zip code they were born in. that we're committed to a world
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doesn't just flow from our extraordinary military it also flows from the strength of our ideals and principals and values. so there are going to be a core set of values that shouldn't be up for debate. but how we organize politically i think is something that we should spend some time thinking about. i believe ideas. but i also believe that good ideas don't matter if people don't hear them. and one of the issues that democrats have to be clear on is that given population distribution across the country, we have to compete everywhere. we have to show up everywhere. we have to work at a grassroots level.
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you know, i won iowa not because the demographics dictateed that i would win iowa. it was because i spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and vfw hall. and there were some counties where i might have lost, but maybe i lost by instead of 50 points. there's some counties maybe i won that people didn't expect because people had a chance to see you and listen to you and get a sense of who you stood for and who you were fighting for. and the challenge for a national party is how do you dig in there and create those kinds of structures so that people have a
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and that increasingly is difficult to do just through a national press strategy. it's increasingly difficult to do because of the spiraling of the press. and so i think the discussions that have been taking place about how do you build more grassroots organizing, how do you build up state parties and local parties and school board elections you are paying and city council races, that all i think will contribute to stronger outcomes in the future. i'm optimist thaik will happen. for democrats who are feeling fletly -- completely discouraged i've been trying to remind them everybody remembers my boston speech in 2004. they may not remember me showing
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lost the election. john daschle the leader of the senate had been beaten in an upset. ken salazar and i were the only two democrats that won nationally. republicans controlled the senate and the house. and two years later democrats were winning back congress and four years later i was president of the united states. but they don't change inevitably. they change because you work for them. nobody said democracy is supposed to be easy. it's hard. and a big country like this, it probably should be hard. mark? >> thank you, sir. >> good to see >> you thank you. good to see you. mr. president, what can you tell
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can you tell us how long it took you before you were fully at ease in the job if that ever happens? and did you discuss this matter with president-elect donald trump? >> about a week ago i started feeling pretty good. [ laughter ] no. look, i think the learning curve always continues. this is a remarkable job. it is like in other job on earth. and it is a constant flow of information and challenges and issues. that is truer now than it has ever been. partly because of the nature of information and the inner-connection between regions. if you were president 50 years
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not even penetrate what the american people were thinking about on a day-to-day basis. today they're seeing vivid images of a child in the aftermath of a bombing. there was a time when if you had a financial crisis in southeast asia somewhere it had no impact on our markets. today it does. so the amount of informati administration has to deal with today and respond to much more rapidly than ever before, that makes it different. i was watching a documentary that -- during the bay of pigs crisis. jfk had about two weeks before anybody reported on it. imagine that. i think it's fair to say if something like that happens under the current president, they got to figure it out in
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response is. so these are the kinds of points that i shared with the president-elect. it was a free flowing and i think useful conversation. i hope it was. i tried to be as honest as i could about the things i think any president coming in needs to think about. probably the most important point that i made was that you staff, particularly your chief of staff, your national security advisor, your white house counsel, how you set up a process and a system to surface information, generate options for a president, understanding that ultimately the president is the final decision maker, that that's something that has to be attended to right away.
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and i admittedly am biased, some of the smartest, hardest working, good people in my administration that i think any president's ever had. as a consequence of that team, i've been able to make good decisions. and if you don't have that around you, then you will get swamped. so i hope that that advice. what i also discussed was the fact that i've been encouraged by his statements on election night about the need for unity and his interest in being the president for all people. and that how he staffs the first steps he takes, the first impressions he makes, the reset that can happen after an election, all those things are
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about. and i think it's important to give him the room and the space to do that. it takes time to put that together. but i emphasized to him that, look, in a election like this that was so hotly contested and so divided, gestures matter. and how he reaches out to groups that may not have how he signals his interest in their issues or concerns i think those are the kinds of things that can set a tone that will help move things forward once he has actually taken office. >> how long did it take before you were at ease in the job? >> well i didn't really have time to worry about being at ease because you will recall we
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ways my experience is atypical. it's hard to find an analogous situation. by the time fdr came into office the depression had been going on for a couple of years. we were in the midst of a free for all. financially system was locking up. the auto industry was about to go belly up. the housing market had entirely collapsed. so one of the advantages that i had was that i was too busy to worry about how acclimated i was feeling in the job. we just had to make a bunch of decisions. in this situation we're turning over a country that has challenges, has problems, and obviously there are people out there who are feeling deeply disaffected. otherwise we wouldn't have had the results that we had in the
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at the basic indicators of where the country is right now, the unemployment rate is as low as it's been in eight, nine years. incomes and wages have both gone up over the last year faster than they have in a decade or two. we got historically low uninsured stable. the stock market is hovering around it's all time high and 401ks have been restored. the housing market has recovered. we have challenges internationally, but our most immediate challenge with respect to isil we're seeing significant progress in iraq and mosul is
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by iraqi security forces supported by us. our alliances are in strong shape. the progress we've made with respect to carbon emissions has been greater than any country on earth. and gas is two bucks a gallon. so he will have time and space i think to make decisions. the incoming administration doesn't have to put out a huge number of fires. they may want to take the country in a significantly different direction, but they've got time to consider what exactly they want to achieve. and that's a testament to the tremendous work that my team's done over the last eight years.
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athena jones. >> you said more than once you did not believe donald trump would ever be elected president and that you thought he was unfit for the office. now that you have spent time with him for an hour and a half in the oval office do you now think that president-elect donald trump is qualified to be president? if i can do a compound question. the other one is you mentioned staffing and tone. what do you say to the those americans who may not doubt that there will be about some of the policies and president-elect trump himself or his supporters that may seem hostile to minorities and others, specifically i'm talking about the announcement that steve bannon who is a prop pent of the so-called all right movement is going to have a prominent role in the white house under president trump as his chief strategist and senior advisor, what message does that
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world? >> athena, without copping out i think it's fair to say that it would not be appropriate for me to comment on every appointment that the president elect starts making. if i want to be consistent with the notion that we're going to try to facilitate a smooth transition. look, the people have spoken. donald trump will be the next president. the 45th president of the united states. and it will be up a team that he thinks will serve him well and reflect his policies. and those who didn't vote for him have to recognize that that's how democracy works. that's how this system operates. when i won there were a number of people who didn't like me and
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and, you know, i think that whenever you've got an incoming president of the other side, particularly in a bitter election like this, it takes a while for people to reconcile themselves with that new reality. hopefully it's a reminder that elections matter and voting counts and so, you know, i don't relearn this lesson because we ended up having 43% of the country not voting who were eligible to vote, but it makes a difference. so given that president-elect trump is now trying to balance what he said in the campaign and the commitments he made to his supporters with working with
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members of congress and reaching out to constituencies that didn't vote for him, i think it's important for us to let him make his decisions and i think the american people will judge over the course of the next couple of years whether they like what they see and whether these are the kinds of policies and this is the direction that they want to s in. and my role is to make sure that when i hand off this white house, that it is in the best possible shape and that i've been as helpful as i can to him in going forward and building on the progress that we've made.


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