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tv   The 11th Hour With Brian Williams  MSNBC  November 29, 2016 11:00pm-11:31pm PST

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"the 11th hour" begins now. good evening once again from our new york headquarters. so much to talk about, so little time, beginning with a night out here in new york this evening at a fancy french restaurant not trump's branded buildings here in new york city tonight. donald trump sat down to dinner
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with mitt romney. trump brought a wing man, his chief of staff reince priebus. no word is where romney now stands in the overall selection process for secretary of state. after the meal, mitt romney you can think it, we'll go ahead changed. i had a wonderful evening with president-elect trump. we had another discussion about and these discussions i've had with him have been enlightening and interesting and engaging. i've enjoyed them very, very much. i was also very impressed by the remarks he made on his victory winning. and was unsuccessful in accomplishing. and he continues with a message
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of inclusion and bringing people something the last few weeks he's been carrying out a transition effort, and i have to tell you, i've been impressed by what i've seen in the transition effort. members of his cabinet are solid and effective, capable people. some of them i know very well. nikki hailey and i go way back. leader. tom price is actually someone that came to my office before he ran for senate and we spent time what an expert and solid thinker jeff sessions was someone i knew through my campaigns. he helped me very early on. he has a distinguished record deboss and a long list of i happen to think america's best i think you're going to see america continue to lead the i've seen through these discussions i've had with president-elect trump, as well
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as what we've seen in his speech the night of his victory, as well as the people he selected of those things combined give me increasing hope that very man who can lead us to that better future. there, the flashing lights of the trump motorcade departing. reminder it was mitt romney who, a few months ago, said this about donald trump. >> think of donald trump's personal qualities. the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the mysogeny, the absurd third grade theatrics. donald trump is a phony, a fraud. a degree from trump university.
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>> and to be fair, trump called romney a disaster and said he choked as a gop candidate. now in other transition news, cabinet selections, including a big one, treasury. trump's campaign finance chair steve minuchin is the pick for treasury secretary. minuchin is a former partner at like "avatar." a pick for transportation, secretary elaine chow, former labor secretary under president george bush. of senator majority leader mitch mcconnell. georgia veteran tom price and is trump's pick for health and
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human services secretary. in the meantime, trump tower here in new york has become quite the place to see the once and future leaders of american politics and the republican today they included former vice president dan quayle who paused to speak with reporters. this morning, a few minutes after a fox news segment on flag burning, donald trump tweeted about flag burning. allowed to burn the american flag. consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail. more on this topic later, but for the record, that will be unconstitutional and revoking citizenship for descent would be the stuff of fascism. nobody in the united states can citizenship. carrier announced they would the
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workers, at their indiana base, that they plan to idle, moving their operations to mexico. this reverses a decision by us we will be in fact, trump said it himself on twitter tonight, a big let's talk about this day in politics. starting us off tonight, vaughn hilliard, who is covering the just back from dinner. chief for american urban radio network. and ken vogel from politico is with us private life because you were there to cover some flavor of dinner tonight. surroundings? brian, i did not have the sauted
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frogs or the chocolate cake that they had, but it was several hours from now at trump tower where donald trump left with his motorcade about eight blocks down, from the restaurant you mitt romney and his chief of staff reince priebus. semi-private room where there were multiple tables. bar and i ask him the question whether mitt romney was his question. he turned and walked outside, it was at that point in which mitt romney addressed reporters in which you heard quite the message. the first being in westminster. you heard donald trump saying where this is at right now, while this is the second meeting, i was also told by trump transition sources that rudy giuliani was also going to be speaking to donald trump tonight, and bob corker, senate relations committee senator out
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of tennessee, also met with donald trump today and just yesterday retired general david >> vaughn, our thanks as always. ken vogel, you have written about what's going on inside trump world, specifically kellyanne conway comes out very publicly, very forcefully with chuck todd on "meet the press" this weekend, comes out against mitt romney, and the rest of the political world looked on and said, how can someone with her seniority be allowed to do that if romney's candidacy for secretary of state is still alive? here? game right now with mitt romney, and it's pitting advisers, donald trump's closest advisers, against each other. there are certainly those like
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kellyanne conway who feels like mitt romney's attacks on donald trump during the campaign were from other folks lower down in campaign said that when mitt romney called donald trump a fraud and a phony and a con man, they felt like he was that by re that, even as mitt romney has groveled a bit to donald trump, it would be a blow to supporters because they wanted to see the status quo change. to them nobody represents the status quo as much as mitt romney. the same people criticized him earlier and he being seen as having won them over. that's certainly the case here with mitt romney.former aide to president obama on social media say, don't be fooled by what he
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called the flare of flag burning. a tweet like that is for the base. the fact that establishment types are getting appointed slowly to this cabinet. top of the broadcast now to you, what happened to the swamp drainage project? project continues, but donald trump is very good at he'll throw something else out there bigger to take the attention away from that issue that was the initial issue. i mean, today we saw elaine chao. administration. and listening to those on the ground, grassroots people like mark moriel, the head of the national urban league, she was great as head of the national secretary.
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ka place people who were evacuated from new orleans, to put them in jobs, so that's a plus for that one when it comes to bringing but when it comes to the possible treasury secretary wall street. you have to remember, both democrats and republicans over done the same thing, pretty much their picks for financialnation. and then also with that same treasury pick, there is a problem when it comes to the subprime lending issue that so there is a lot of controversy also on congressman price. that's a big issue as well.
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congressman price is going to have a big fight from many grassroots communities when it comes to defunding or changing the affordable care act which is known as obamacare and the obama administration is now calling it trump care when president trump the united states. two questions for you. one, will we ever see the president-elect's tax returns, question of conflict of interest? chiefly today, the concern over the old post office building, now the trump international lease it says you can't be a partner of this lease and be an elected official. >> yeah, we're seeing numerous concerns around these conflicts of interest, the overlap between trump's coming role of leader of the free world, president of the united states, and his
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wide-reaching business empire. it's not just here, the trump building that you mentioned, the hotel a few blocks from where i'm sitting right now is hosting an event today or, rather, we event that the governor of bahrain is hosting some event there. foreign interests, company officials who would seek to through these far-flung enterprises or otherwise seek to curry favor with the administration through the it's going to be a heavy lift, i think, for the incoming white house counsel don mcgann, who was the campaign's general counsel, to be able to extricate these things. possibilities being floated from children of donald trump taking over.
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advisers formally to trump, so it would be difficult to trust that he has a blind trust. it's difficult to have a blind trust when you have your name emblazoned on these properties. that would be thefirst break, th from baltimore and washington, respectively, thank you both for broadcast tonight. we'll take a break here, and trump said his pick for supreme court justice will be like the what justice scalia said about the right to burn the american flag. y pause a spontaneous moment? cialis for daily use treats ed and the urinary symptoms of bph. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas® for pulmonary hypertension,
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he wears his army hat, he gets awalks aroundliments. with his army shirt looking all nice. and then people just say, "thank you for serving our country" and i'm like, that's my dad. male vo: no one deserves a warmer welcome home. that's why we're hiring 10,000 members of the military community by the end of 2017. i'm very proud of him. male vo: comcast.
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as we mentioned at the top this evening, donald trump managed to make burning the american flag a topic of the national conversation today. shortly after a segment aired on fox news about demonstrations at hampshire college when someone did just that, trump wrote this again, no one should be allowed to burn the american flag. consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail. illegal to punish someone who burns the american flag. the supreme court has weighed in on this before. justice antonin scalia joined the majority to rule on a 5-4 decision back in '89 that flag burning is protected by the
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speech. explained his opinion. >> if i were king, i would not allow people to go about burning the american flag. however, we have a first amendment which says that the right of free speech shall not be abridged, and it is addressed in particular to speech critical i mean, that was the main kind of speech that tyrants would seek to suppress. burning the flag is a form of expression. speech doesn't just mean written words or oral words. it could be a symbol for -- burning the flag is a symbol that expresses an idea. >> one more important note, trump suggests that americans can be punished by rescinding their citizenship that would also be unconstitutional. let's talk about this with our
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friend and frequent guest michael beschloss, a historian who is with us tonight from washington, d.c. because donald trump knows to mention justice scalia. his death gave us the current vacancy. trump says he wants a nominee in does not know the story of william j. brennon, who president eisenhower called his great mistake who wrote beautifully about the majority however sickening and abhorrent we all find it, this has been a protected part of american law. >> that's for sure, brian. and, you know, you're absolutely right about justice brennan who wrote, as you said, the opinion of the court, in this case, texas versus johnson, 1989 when he said -- i remember the words. he said, it is poignant but
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fundamental that the flag protects those who hold it in contempt. that's what brennan said and also what scalia subscribed to. >> the man who co-authored a book with justice scalia said tonight on television, our president-elect needs a basic lesson in civics. i've almost taken to referring to it as old america and new america separated by what we witnessed happening 20 days ago in the election. what do you think is going on here? theorized, these are flames shot cause the kind you said, this ca he saw this fox news segment about a flag being burned at the stake.
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burnt on the campus of hampshire in 1988, george bush said that campaign -- i think he was was defending dan quayle about the draft ordinance. he said quale didn't burn his draft card and he didn't burn the american flag. george bush went to flag factories to try to get a constitutional amendment against flag burning. senate 51-48.
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>> michael, you sent out today on your terrific daily twitter feed the picture of the oval office during a transition of a death of jfk transitioning to lbj. trump world? they faced real constitutional questions as the first president-elect with so many foreign and domestic business entanglements, to name another area. >> well, you can only hope, and i think one thing we can hope, is that maybe once he gets his cabinet and the top level of his sometimes in the past you've seen presidents get a little bit more serious. and i think this might have surprised some people about president obama two days after the election, he gave every sign that he was chastened by what he learned, and perhaps the
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everyone who enters, and we'll see if that applies this time. >> presidential historian and michael beschloss joining us from washington. >> good to be with you, brian. president obama gives out 12 purple hearts today.
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from dinner at the restaurant
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john george here in the trump building tonight, the three people, mitt romney, reince priebus and donald trump. tomorrow morning on "morning joe." a.m. eastern time. here tonight has to do with with he went to walter reed. while that would be expected of perhaps surprising is that his visit today, perhaps his last as president, was his 23rd. and we have very few pictures of past visits to show you because they've been below the radar. he normally likes to keep his visits private. most are photos the wounded vets themselves and their families have posted. today, the president has sacred duty while in office. the two wards he visits at walter reed, four west and four center, are humbling places.
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and women come back to be put together or at least to heal their wounds and prepare for today the president met with 13 soldiers and decorated 12 of them with the purple heart. president-elect donald trump as long as he is president and continue to volunteer to serve our country. that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being here with us. "hardball" with chris matthews begins right now. tweet to tweet. let's play "hardball."
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good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. donald trump was down, he knew he could rally his base by saying or tweeting something provocative, something many in crazy. well, the campaign is over but president-elect donald trump pattern. since winning he's attacked the said millions of people illegally voted. today we awoke to a new tweet. trump wrote, nobody should beequ citizenship or a year in jail. well, to repeat trump's earlier declaration of another matter, there needs to be some form of punishment. his story about military veterans protesting a flag being burnt on the campus of hampshire college in massachusetts. they recently said burning a flag is protected by the first amendment.


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