tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS January 19, 2017 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
captioning sponsored by cbs glp mr. trump comes to washington, ready to take the reigns of power, the next commander in chief salutes the nation's military heroes and the capitol tunes up for the inauguration. also tonight, rick perry's change of heart about the agency that once slipped his mind. >> i regret recommending its elimination. >> pelley: an avalanche in italy and the frantic search for survivors. and women head to washington to celebrate-- >> yay, we did it! >> pelley: and to protest. >> i to, because if i'm not doing, some i'm going crazy. this is the "cbs evening news"
with scott pelley, reporting live from washington. >> pelley: this time tomorrow, donald trump will be president. tonight at the lincoln memorial, mr. trump promised to create jobs, expand the military, secure the border, and unite the nation. he flew here this morning from new york. this time, aboard a plane that bore not his name but the nation's. he is still working on the inaugural address he will deliver at noon tomorrow right back there at the capitol. here's our chief white house correspondent major garrett. >> reporter: first, by car, then on a military plane that soared over the new york city skyline, donald trump and his family made their way to washington. upon arrival mr. trump saluted the troops he will soon command as the 45th president of the united states. vice president-elect mike pence: >> it is a momentous day before a historic day.
( applause ) >> reporter: the president-elect's first stop in the nation's capital was a lunch at his own hotel. ( laughter ) ( "taps" ) >> reporter: later, the president-elect and vice president-elect paid solemn tribute at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery, a preinauguration tradition. mr. trump and incoming first lady melania, then attended a concert at the lincoln memorial. >> and i promise you, that i will work so hard we're going to get it turned around. we're going to bring our jobs back. we're not going to let other countriess take our jobs any longer. >> reporter: earlier, the trump transnition need of experienced personnel in key posts, announced that 50 senior-level obama administration aides have agreed to stay on borkd including adam
szubin, and brett mcgurk, obama advisers at the center of the strategy to defeat isis, the implementation of the iran nuclear dealing diehl, and sanctions against russia. incoming white house press secretary sean spicer: >> there are limitations to what some of these individuals can do in terms of enacting the agenda, but in terms of being ready to go and being able to respond to an incident, we're ready to go at 12:01 tomorrow. >> reporter: the president-elect announced that his-- the president-elect announced that his-- one of his biggest donors and the owner of the new york jet, woody johnson, will be the next ambassador to great britain. and, scott, as is tradition, mr. trump and his family will spend the night at blair house, across the street from the white house, before coming here to be sworn in on the west front of the capitol. >> pelley: major garrett, before the stage where donald trump will be sworn in. major, thank you. well, for their part, democrats in the senate are tapping the brakes on several cabinet nominations. today, they raised objections to the former governor of texas who is to head energy department and
to a wall street financier, nominated to lead treasury. nancy cordes is at the capitol. >> and i've been trying to get my arms around the mnuchin weap of bank accounts and shell companies. >> reporter: after 15 contentious confirmation hearings, tempers have begun to frey. >> senator wyden, i've got a valium pill here that you might want to take before the second round. >> we have many colleagues waiting-- >> fine, ron. i'm done. >> reporter: the source of the tension is this-- eight nominees who democrats say need to be vetted more thoroughly. how long do you think you can drag this process out? >> first, we're not trying to drag anything out. these cabinet nominees have huge, huge say over the lives of tens of millions of americanss. >> reporter: republicans say democrats are trumping up ethics concerns for political effect. >> delay for delay's sake doesn't serve anybody's interest. >> reporter: today's target
was treasury secretary nominee steven mnuchin. >> so you helped others avoid paying taxes. >> again, i'm not going to make comment-- again, they didn't avoid. they followed the law. >> reporter: democrats slammed the billionaire banker for leaving a few key details off his financial disclosure forms. >> the caymen island fund, almost $100 million of real estate, six shell companies, and a hedge fund in an gila. >> reporter: the former goldman sachs executive said it was an honest mistake. >> i think as you all can appreciate, filling out these government forms is quite complicated. >> reporter: by contrast, the hearing for former texas governor rick perry-- >> may have i rephrase that, sir? >> please. >> reporter: seemed downright cordial, even though he once proposed abolishing the agency he now wants to lead. >> in fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital evenings functions of the department of energy, i regret recommending
its elimination. >> reporter: so far, democrats have agreed to at least two confirmation votes tomorrow, for the secretaries of defense and homeland security, but republicans warn that democrats will be playing games with national security if they allow other key positions, like c.i.a. director, to go unfilled starting at noon tomorrow. scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. thank you, nancy. mr. trump said today that his nominees collectively have the highest i.q. ever assembled for a cabinet. we talked to his new press secretary, sean spicer upo sean. have you told him it might be better for you if he didn't exaggerate so much. >> i think, look, he has been highly successful as a negotiator and businessman. i don't tend to tell him what to do. he's done very well on his own. >> pelley: what should the american people think when they look at the 16-member cabinet and see 13 white men? >> that it's not about the color of their skin. it's about the success they've
had. but they should also look at people like elaine chow, nikki haley, ben carson. there's a tremendous amount of diversity that's not just about the color of someone's skin, but it's gender diversity, ideological diversity, and that's where the focus is. >> pelley: it's been recommended that president trump will make his first fora on saturday to the c.i.a. why is that? >> well, he understandses the importance of our intelligence community and the work they do to keep our nation safe is of the utmost priority. >> pelley: is he fence mending? >> no, his respect and understanding for the work that the people of the intelligence community do, the men and women who toil, frankly, in darntion so many times to make sure our country is protected has been unwavering. >> pelley: given the differences in the two administrations, we couldn't help but notice the last name of the white house press secretary is changing from ernest to spicer. this week, we've been talking to the voters who changed history.
and jericka duncan has met women headed to the inauguration with very different agendas. >> reporter: theresa mungioli is chairman of the oakland county republican party other just outside of detroit. she and her friend pam williams -- >> i just stopped at macy's! >> reporter: ...are preemg prooepg for their trip to the nation's capital to attend the 58th presidential inauguration. what do we have here? >> so these are the official tickets. >> reporter: and that's not all. you have the parade. >> the parade. >> reporter: the concert. >> the concert. >> reporter: and the ball. >> and the ball. >> reporter: how thrilled are you that you have an opportunity to tanned your first inauguration. >> it is an exceptionals opportunity to go and be able to celebrate with all these people who have worked so hard to get donald trump where he is. and i'm truly looking forward to being able to say, "yay, we did it." >> reporter: we still have this divisiveness. we still have a congress where members are saying they're not going to recognize this ceremony. >> i'm hoping they give him a
chance. he has promised to be a president for everyone, not just the people that voted for him. >> this is amazing! >> reporter: women who didn't vote for him, women who were shocked when trump turned a blue state red, assembled just 30 miles south in detroit. they're preparing it to attend the women's march on washington this saturday. phoebe hopps is organizing michigan's delegation. why mobilize more than 5,000 women to go to washington, d.c. the day after the inauguration? >> we saw a huge need for our voices to be heard in d.c. >> reporter: pamela wall signed up. why are you going to washington? >> because i have to. because if i'm not doing something, i'm going crazy. >> reporter: they fear a roll-back of progress on women's issues, but they hope the rally sparks an outpouring of activism. when it comes to donald trump dp specific she, for those who support him and say, "give him a chance," what do you say? >> we are watching.
what we're doing is actually going to help him learn what are the types of things that he can do to help us. >> reporter: there are similar efforts happening in all 50 states, scott. organizers of the women's march say they have a permit for 200,000 people. >> pelley: jericka duncan, listening to the voters for us. gepreaka, thank you. cbs news coverage of the inauguration begins tomorrow on "cbs this morning," and continues all day long, including a special one-hour edition of the cbs evening news. we have breaking news tonight. the infamous drug lord known as "el chapo" is in the air, headed to the united states to face criminal charges. the cartel boss has twice escaped from mexican prisons. margaret brennan has the very latest on this breaking story. margaret. >> reporter: scott, well, he's one of the world's most notorious drug lords, and he's wanted on a variety of drug
trafficking and organized crime charges across the united states. guzman reina cartel, which was one of mexico's deadliest drug gangs. he was arrest aid year ago and he has been fighting extradition for most of that time. he is best known for being a daring escape artist, having slipped out of mexico's highest security prisons twice, once captured here on video disappearing through a hole in his shower, and another time fleeing inside a laundry cart. scott, the extradition comess as the mexican foreign minister is expected in washington next week for his first meeting with the trump administration. >> pelley: margaret brennan breaking the story for us tonight. margaret, thank you. the west is in for another round of rough weather. snow in the mountains and heavy rain and strong wind along the coast. storms overnight uprooted trees, and triggered mudslides. four earthquakes set off a massive avalanche in italy.
a hotel was destroyed, and dozens of people are missing tonight. allen pizzey is there. >> reporter: the avalanche slammed into the 43-room hotel shortly before 6:00 in the evening. it broke walls and actually shifted the building. a guest who had gone outside to get something from his car called emergency services, but they didn't believe him. by the time a rescue effort was mounted more than two hours later, specialist alpine troops had to ski and snowshoe more than five miles through a blizzard. they found rooms and corridors clogged with snow and debris, but no one called out for help. the only sound was rescue workers scrambling through the devastation. heavy snowfalls cut off the only road to the hotel. the rescue effort turned into a seemingly endless snake of vehicles behind a struggling snowplow. the hotel is only 55 miles from the epicenter of a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that have battered the region since
august. thousands of people are cut off without electricity or phones and only sprat spraddic cell phone service. in exchange of text messages with hotel guests reads, "stay calm. tomorrow you will come down." a few hours later, it was too late to get out. the hotel was built to withstand earthquakeses and it had. but the avalanche they triggered of unstoppable, scott, and tonight there is little hope of anyone being dug out alive. >> pelley: allen pizzey in italy tonight. coming up next on the cbs evening news, we'll give you an inside look at the intense security for the inauguration. and later, bob schieffer looks back at the meaning of the obama years.
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washington, not the president, the city. but he has covered 10 presidents, and it's now going on 11. bob. >> reporter: thank you, scott. in the early days, most americans never saw their presidents or even their likenesses. in the modern era, we can't avoid them. their images are everywhere. they are part of our lives. >> i, barack hussein obama. >> reporter: for me, the enduring images of barack obama came in those first empties as president, when millions of people, probably the largest group ever to descend on washington, saw america's first black president sworn in to office. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: whether you were democrat or republican, whether you voted for him or not, when you saw the joy in those faces, it was hard not to feel the country had done a good thing. as modern presidents do, he went
on to share our best of times, victories small and large. >> the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> reporter: and he was there to share our worst days, pictures forever etched in our hearts and means. >> every time i think about those kids. >> reporter: he had accomplishiments to be proud of-- getting people back to work for one thing. but many times, few things went his way. >> there's some real collaboration. >> reporter: she showed so little zest for the give and take and deal making that legislating requireses, i once asked film if he even liked his job. he was ready for the question. >> let me tell you, bob, i love this job. >> reporter: saddled with an oversized, unrealistic list of expectations and promises he was assigned superhero status before even settling in. he won the nobel peace prize before actually doing anything of note. maybe not surprising, since he was the one who said... >> yes, we can.
>> reporter: beyond what he did or didn't do, i keep thinking back to those first minutes of his presidency. maybe that's when we saw his real legacy. after that, african american grandmothers could finally say to their grandsons and granddaughters what my granny said to me, "see? one day, you can be president, too." until barack obama, there was no proof of that. >> pelley: bob schieffer. and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. our all-day inauguration coverage begins first thing tomorrow on "cbs this morning." with thanks to the jones day law firm for this window on washington and for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org by peggy lee playing ]
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