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out just this morning says retired general michael flynn shared classified information without permission and now flynn's son who was fired from the trump transition team is calling that "washington post" story fake news. this as trump goes on his victory tour and defends rex tillerson as his pick for secretary of state. senator durbin, illinois, will join me. today's plans to evacuate thousands of civilians from aleppo, syria, appears to be on hold. is the cease-fire falling apart? we'll have a live report for you. the federal reserve is expected to announce a hike in a key interest rate today. the possible impact for homebuyers, savers and the stock market. we'll have it all covers for you. good morning, everyone, i'm tamron hall, coming to you live from msnbc headquarters in new york. nbc news has confirmation from two senior intelligence sources about a "washington post" report. this morning that reveals
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president-elect donald trump's choice for national security adviser general flynn, quote, inappropriately shared classified military information with foreign military officers in afghanistan while serving as u.s. military intelligence chief there. the report quotes the findings of a secret u.s. military investigation in 2010. "washington post" reporter craig whitlock broke the story. he appeared on msnbc in the last hour. >> we have an adverse information report about general flynn and it found, as you said, that he inappropriately shared classified material with foreign military officers while he was serving in afghanistan. now, the investigation also found he did not do so knowingly. he was not disciplined by the army as a result. he was summoned back to washington. he was promoted to lieutenant general. this is a significant disclosure
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into general flynn's career because of course during the presidential campaign he was among those who were leadi inine chants of "lock her up" about hillary clinton. >> michael flynn jr. reacted, tweeting out another article by the failing fake news, that is the compost, should they continue to operate when they continue to get everything so wrong. >> he went on to say he seemed to forget he was twice appointed by the senate after the investigation. nbc's peter alexander is covering the trump transaction for us this morning. a lot to get to. have we an official response from the transition team on this report, peter? >> i reached out to trump officials speaking to them within the last half an hour or so. they really had no comments about this. not only about the report but also about michael flynn jr.'s tweets about it as well. i think, as you've been speaking about, what's notable here is flynn, and i traveled with trump for much of this campaign, was among those who is heavily
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critical of clinton for, as it was described, mishandling classified information. he was one of those folked who sort of rallied supporters with those lock her up chants. what's notable now, as he's the national security adviser to the president, that doesn't require confirmation by senate. it's an appointment. he is already, according to sources inside the trump transition, the individual who has been providing, now, we are told, on a daily basis, those intelligence briefings to donald trump. >> and yesterday trump was continuing his victory tour. and he spoke about rex tillerson and the secretary of state. >> rex is friendly with many of the leaders. some people don't like that. they don't want him to be friendly. >> he likes what this is all about. a lot of the opposition, though, peter, as you well know and reported, it's not just from democrats, there are republican
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leaders who say they are concerned here. >> that's exactly right. frankly rex tillerson could only lose three republican senators, assuming all the democrats stayed together on this in order to be confirmed. tillerman coming under heavy scrutiny for those ties not just to foreign leaders but specifically to the russian president vladimir putin. yesterday, the trump team got a series of seals of approval, as it were. some of them coming from individuals like the former secretary of state kocondoleezz right and former defense secretary gates, both of whom we should note have ties to exxon mobil. the trump team vumed that as a good day for them in theft. they want to keep the focus on exxon mobil and tillerson and away from trump and putin. the republicans like john mccain lindsey graham and marco rubio have already expressed some serious concerns. mccain who referred to putin frequently as a butcher said that's one of the things he
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wants to focus on in the confirmation hearings expected to start in early january according to the senate foreign relations committee chairman, bob corker who also this morning said he thinks that tillerson will do just fine. >> peter, let's talk about the other announcement. former texas governor rick perry, the choice for energy secretary. we've talked a lot about the fact he wants to ax the agency he would lead in that now infamous debate moment. now his close ties to texas oil industry, other conflicts of interest, yet another pick with major concerns about where his alliance would truly be if he gets this could be fir mation. >> yes, to be clear, the energy department, the secretary of energy's primary focus has a lot less to do with what governor perry has said is would be of his expertise, which is the issues of fossil fuels and energy officially and more to do with national security and the nuclear arsenal in this country now.
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it certainly has and will come under new scrutiny right now. he is getting some high profile support already from the former governor of florida jeb bush, the texas senator ted cruz, both of whom were during the course of this primary opponents of both perry and donald trump. but rick perry's is among a series of these nominations that are now going to get a lot of focus for the positions they take on issues of energy and national resources and also climate change. >> and the positions in two cases that they've taken against the agency they want to lead. it's a big day there. >> the oops moment. >> greatly appreciate it. now to the developing news on the desperate situation in the syrian city of aleppo. once the country's largest city. despite a cease-fire intended to allow the evacuation of thousands of civilians and medical staff, there are new reports of intense air strikes shelling and gunfire happening right now. government forces are on the brink of recapturing the now ruined city from rebels who have
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largely been in control since 2012. the u.n. alleges now more than 80 men and women and children were shot by assad in cold blood. trapped civilians are terrified. they've been sending out what they're calling their final messages. >> don't believe any more in united nations. don't believe any more in the international community. it's okay. this is life. at least we know that -- we were free people. we wanted freedom. i hope you can remember us. i don't know. thank you very much. >> nbc news chief global correspondent bill neely joins us now from beirut, lebanon. wa what's the latest, bill? >> yes, good morning, tamron. you can hear the despair in that young man's voice.
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it was another cruel twist in the aleppo story. last night, we understood that the battle was all but over and that a cease-fire deal had been brokered by turkey and by russia that would allow a lot of civilians and, indeed, rebels, to leave on buses at dawn this morning. dawn came and went. the buses were idling. no one got on. it was pretty clear quite soon why that was. because the cease-fire broke. suddenly, there was shelling. there was tank fire. warplanes appeared. there were air strikes. cluster bombs. all of that from the many people who have been posting videos on social media and, indeed, admitted by the russian defense ministry and by the rebels themselves. each side blaming the other. we're not sure exactly why that cease-fire broke down. the fact is, it has. the west completely powerless to do anything about this. last night, the u.s. ambassador
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samantha power was absolutely blistering in her condemnation. >> to the assad regime, russia and iran, three member states behind the conquest of and carnage in aleppo. you bear responsibility for these atrocities. when one day there is a full accounting of the horrors committed in this assault of aleppo, and that day will come sooner or later, you will not be able to say you did not know what was happening. you will not be able to say you were not involved. are you truly incapable of shame? is there literally nothing that can shame you? >> well, in reply to that, the russian ambassador vitaly churkin simply said you americans, you can't take the moral high ground given what you did in iraq. today, there have been deaths in
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aleppo. we don't know how many. there has been talk of six civilians, i think it's got to be much more than that. there were miserable scenes yesterday as thousands of people trudged out of aleppo in the rain. we thought that many more would escape today. that hasn't been the case. one thing finally to point out, tamron, even if aleppo falls, even if the battle there is over, the war in syria is not over. it's raging. at least four different places. sectors involving isis who recaptured palmeira. it involves the kurds. it involves the turks. it's in the north, it's in the south. so even if aleppo completely falls in the next few days, this war is so far from over, tamron. >> bill neely, thank you. for more on the developments you just heard, let's get some insight from senator dick durbin of illinois. senator durbin, thank you so much for your time. >> thanks, tamron. >> let me get your thoughts on u.s. ambassador samantha power,
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the scathing remarks direct the at russia, iran and assad regime. you heard the response from russia's leaders the u.s. can't take the moral high ground here. what failure, what accountability need also to fallen at shoulders of this administration, this country? >> president obama and secretary kerry had an aggressive effort to bring a real cease-fire in syria be syria,en eneand it's long overd. the recording we heard from one of the survivors in aleppo gives testimony to that. russia has not been helpful in this situation. together with iran, they've stood by assad and continued the killing. samantha power's speech before the united nations i think hit the nail on the head. >> the critical view, though, senator, what different measures do you believe the u.s. could have taken when you hear bill neely saying the west is powerless at this point?
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>> we have to understand this was the situation in syria, involves many different wars at the same time. the united states sending in troops would be sending them into the middle of a cross fire. we don't want to do that. we have advisers. we're doing our best to try to disable those elements like isis. and other terrorist groups. there's no easy answer to this or we would have come up with it long ago. sadly, it's not taken hold. >> let me transition to this developing news. "the washington post" now reporting this morning that general michael flynn inappropria inappropriately shared classified information. according to this report, it was not intentionally done. however, the very thing that flynn and the president elect criticized hillary clinton for mishandling critical and classified information.
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if this report is true, now falls on the steps of this general. >> that's happening all too often, isn't it, with this new trump administration. many of the very things they criticized hillary clinton for turning up in their own nominees and their own members of leadership. the sad reality, when it comes to this general, his national security adviser position is not subject to senate confirmation. we may never get to the bottom of this, we may never be able to get to the important questions. i'm not going to chant lock him up until the evidence is in. but let's be honest about it. some of the charges against hillary clinton now turn out to be baseless. reminders time and again of a political position that didn't have any grounding in reality. >> let me play what general mccaffrey said on msnbc last week. this is the report of the fake news circulating about pizza gate and it had been retweeted by general flynn that his son
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had also gone to social media with this clearly fake news story. here's what mccaffrey said about flynn. >> i must admit, i'm now extremely uneasy about some of these tweets which don't sound so much as if they are politically skulduggery. but instead border on being demented. i think we need to aggressively examine what was going on with general flynn and his son dealing with these transparent nearly demented tweets that were going out. ihink it need s closer scrutiny. >> this is what he said about someone who will be a national security adviser to the president. >> i can tell you the national security adviser is one of the most important advisers to the president. in matters of life and death and national security. the national security adviser's often the last person in the room with the president.
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we count on his experience and his judgment. and these issues, his release of some of these tweets of outrageous charges and outrageous ideas really raise a question about the judgment of this general. and whether or not we can trust him to advise the president on important national security matters. >> i know that you and nine other democratic senators have sent a letter yesterday to the director of national intelligence, james clapper. you want more information on russia's involvement in the general election, what was their intentions, how did it happen. will we see some movement on this? the near future? how does it go beyond the letter here? >> this letter that eight of my colleagues joined me on from the senate is asking for the disclosure to the american public of unclassified information. about the russian involvement in this election. tam ron, imagine, if you will, that we discovered at some point that some nation, russia, another nation, put secretly millions of dollars into our political campaigns. it would be an outrage across
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the board. this is as bad or worse. the effort to try to influence the outcome of an american election goes to the very heart of our democracy. it needs to be taken seriously. bipartisan select committee on capitol hill. an investigation from the executive branch. using all of the intelligence agencies. and the american people have a right to know. i know it's a delicate matter for the trump administration coming into power. it raises questions about their legitimacy. we still have to get to the bottom of it. this is absolutely unacceptable. >> there's no way to concsively prove that russia hacked the election or their involvement here, there is no way to prove that. >> with all due respect to the president elect, he is refusing to sit down for intelligence briefings and now he's giving us his opinion as to what the value of those intelligence briefings might be. the experts in the field have told us there's a serious concern about russia's involvement. we ought to take it seriously
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and so should the president-elect. >> let me transition to the last question, rex tillerson now the nominee for secretary of state right now. you haved an least three republicans expressing serious concern about mr. tillerson's relationship with russia and where his priorities would lie if he is confirmed. do you believe that he will be confirmed? if these fears, if these reports are true? >> we have a right to continue to be concerned about the impact of vladimir putin on the trump administration at the highest levels. now his nominee for secretary of state is a man who received from vladimir putin recently an award. now, putin, remember, was with the secret police. the kgb. of soviet union. to be on his good side and to be receiving an award from him is no credit when a man wants to be at the highest level of diplomacy in the united states. mr. tillerson has a lot of
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questions to answer. >> with what you know right now, should he be confirmed for this position? >> well, i don't want to prejudge. he has a right to a hearing under oath to answer questions. at that point, i think every senator ought to look seriously and honestly at his qualifications. >> senator dick durbin, thank you. i appreciate you sticking around to react to all these big developments, thank you. the federal hate crimes trial against charleston shooter dylann roof. the prosecution's final witness is on the stand. the woman says roof let her live so she could tell the public what he'd done inside that church. the jury also shown chilling video of dylann roof during target practice. we'll have a live report. plus, actor alan thicke died suddenly of an apparent heart attack. of course, he's a beloved television host and tv star. we'll have a look back at his career, his life. gone at just 69. we'll be right back. take one.
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the 73-year-old woman, one of three survivors of that bible study that night who, as you described, dylann roof spared, so she could tell the world what happened on june the 17th 2015. she testified she wasn't even planning on going to that bible study that night.
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but her friend asked her to stay because she was leading bible study that night. she said, i was going to sneak out and my friend myra kept looking at me to stay. she just described, tamron, when she all started praying, the defendant, dylann roof, started shooting. she heard a woman by the name of felicia say, he's shooting at everybody. this in that courtroom as dylann roof just stares on. not looking at poly shepherd. yesterday jurors saw more evidence, a chilling attention to detail dylann roof undertook in planning this massacre. his gps showing he drove to charl son several times, sat in the parking lot of the church, and that's how he found out about the wednesday night bible study. video of him at target practice, shooting at cans, shooting at wooden boards, dozens of shots. so after all that methodical evidence we've seen in the past couple of days, tam rron, the
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prosecution hoping to rest their case with shepherd's testimony. we talked about it last week, they started this case with the one witness, and hoping to book end this case with the story of survival. coming up, new details in the police shooting death of a 73-year-old california man. so, mr. harris, we have your fingerprints on the safe.
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little bit. the fed's been signaling for a long time. it's not all that familiar to the market but the markets are headed upwards. it's going to have three main effects. if you are a borrower, you'll see some fixed costs increase. if you carry credit card balances, if you're getting a new car, if you're looking for a new mortgage. even though the mortgage rates are not set by the fed for last month in anticipation of this, mortgage rates have gone up. if you've got great credit, about .48% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. if you're an investor, you're going to see some investors realize that interest bearing investments are becoming a little more attractive. so the stock market loses a certain amount of appeal. that is not to say the stock market's are going to go down or it's not going to get to 20,000 on the dow. here's a little bonus. if you're a saver, tamron,
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you've not been getting any reward for the last seven or eight years. you can't even really get one full percentage point in a savings account. now you might be able to in a cd or a savings account, get close to or maybe a little more than 1%. if you're a siver, it's a little bit of good news. even that 1% isn't close to inflation. so you're still losing money by being a saver. those are the general net effects of what's going to happen when, at 2:30 eastern time, the fed announces that it is increasing interest rates by a quarter of a percent. >> coming up, microsoft co-founder bill gates was at trump tower yesterday. what he said about donald trump and a comparison perhaps to jfk. >> in the same way president kennedy talked about the space mission. i think whether it's education or stopping epidemics, other health break throughs. >> this comes as trump hosts a
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technology summit today with leaders from powerful companies like apple, google and amazon. plus, millions of americans are waking up to below zero windchills and temperatures are only expected to drop throughout the week. we have the latest forecast for you live after a short break.
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welcome back. we continue now with the one-two punch of extreme winter weather across the northern part of this country. right now, 33 million people under windchill advisories with windchills ithe negative 20s already reported today in montana and minnesota. plus, a fresh winter storm is expected to create dangerous travel conditions from the rockies to the northwest over the next few days. nbc's blake mccoy live for us from chicago with the very latest, blake. >> well, tamron, here in the land of lincoln, it is the land of the frozen right now. that's because that polar vortex has started to dip down from
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canada, bringing that arctic air with it. actual air temperature in chicago at this moment, 16 degrees. similar scenes in milwaukee, indianapolis, even colder in minnesota today. let's take a look at some of the problems this has created all week long. i-70 yesterday in indianapolis, multiple crashes because of icy roads. ten-car pileup involving several semitrucks. not far away in greenwood, indiana, a school bus ended up sliding and clipping the back of a truck. and check out some images we have from lake superior. keep in mind, the water is still pretty warm this time of year since we're just approaching winter. so it creates that steam effect off of the lake. we're not seeing a lot of ice on the water just yet. that's because big bodies of water still take some time to cool down and create that ice. tomorrow is going to be even colder. here in chicago, we're talking single digits. it is going to be brutal. same is true for a lot of this part of the country. tam ron, even stretching down
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into washington, d.c., they're going to see some of the coldest temperatures they've seen in december in years tomorrow. >> all right, blake, thank you very much. let me bring in msnbc meteorologist bill karins with more on what we can expect. >> cold, then snow. it will be quite a storm going coast to coast. 36 million people under windchill advisories all the way from montana, all the way over here into areas of pittsburgh and even west virginia. the arctic front, the siberian air, here's the leading edge of it, now rolling through indianapolis. windchill, negative 19. international falls at negative 32. only topped by north dakota at minus 33. this is how we'll feel. this is 6 a.m. over the next few days. notice the improvement after a mohorrendous morning tomorrow a negative 24. slight improvement friday. much better by saturday. that's the theme. this is like a 48-hour shot of really cold air. it will reach areas of the east coast as we go through thursday.
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friday morning looks the worst around binghamton. look at bangor maine, negative 26. even boston, negative 16. new york city, negative 1 windchill for early friday morning at 6:00 a.m.'s morning commute. then we got this storm that's going coast to coast. it's starting now with the snow in areas of northern california, oregon and idaho. and then this is the snowfall map. as the storm tracks on friday, out into the plains. watch out, minneapolis, horrendous cold, possibility of 6 inches of snow. chicago to milwaukee's snowy for late friday into saturday. then even areas of the northeast will get some snow but the difference is it will go from snow over to rain for a very messy saturday. so tamron, you know, quite a week of winter. this will lead to a white christmas for a lot of people. >> all right, bill, thank you very much. we're now following new details about the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 73-year-old california man. his family says he was suffering from dementia. it tops our look at stories around the news nation.
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the "l.a. times" supports that he did not have a gun on him while walking in a bakersfield neighborhood just after midnight on monday. he was carrying a crucifix. the police chief says a neighbor called 911 to report serna had apropped her while acting strangely. he said he had one hand in his pocket and she noticed a dark coll colored object sticking out of his pocket. he said he walked towards them with both sides inside his pockets, ignored their request to stop and show his hands and when he got about 20 feet away, an officer fired seven rounds at serna. all of the officers are now on administrative leave. a florida woman accused hiring a hitman to kill her husband. the judge has declared a mistrial. nbc's kerry sanders is live in west palm beach florida. for the very latest on this case that's garnered a lot of national news. >> it has. 34-year-old dahlia dipilito accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband in 2009 has now gone and survived what
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appeared to have been a pretty strong case by the prosecution because of the value of those videotapes. the videotapes that the prosecution had from the police showing her allegedly hiring a hitman and then showing a reaction when she was told that her husband had been murdered. many believed that she was just acting at that point. the jury in florida after listening to testimony said they were deadlocked on trying to come to a unanimous decision. when the judge revealed that in court, the attorney representing her reached over, tapped dalia on the shoulder. she seemed to smile. it was a little hard to see because it was off to the side. but clearly the defense will consider this is a victory. remember, it was in 2011 when the trial first was presented to a jury. she was found guilty and was sentenced to 20 reyears in pris. so now the question is what did the jurors find that was not a
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unanimous decision? the judge has decided to exercise the option to have the jurors go back into a room without signing their names. each of them filling out a form so we can look at the actual forms to determine who it was who felt she was guilty and how many felt she wasn't guilty. i'm being told off camera, do we know how many it was? oh, it was apparently 3-3. those fors have been returned back into the courtroom. it was very much a split case here between the jurors seeing guilt or not guilty. and so now the real question is dahlia dipilito who we found out during the closes of this trial, who has an infant child, whether the prosecution will go ahead and present yet another case and impanel another jury and retry this all over again. sometimes that happens. just as often, there are negotiations that take place and a plea agreement. so we'll see whether dahlia
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dipilito is presented with that and whether her attorney accepts that. we have a full course on this really bizarre story because of the way it unfolded, on a special on "dateline" that will be airing this friday. so those who have been following this case will get a chance to see every twist and turn in that "dateline" special. >> all right, kerry, thank you. we'll be right back.
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new developments this morning from "the new york times" about russia's alleged involvement in the presidential election. the fbi first warned back in september that their computer system had been compromised by a team linked to the russian government. "the times" report claims it was the cryptic first time of espionage. what started as an information gathering operation ultimately
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morphed into an effort to harm one candidate, hillary clinton. joining me now, one of the journalists who wrote this report, eric lipton. thank you for your time. we know that the president-elect has disputed these reports. i don't feel this one would be any different here in that he says and insists there's no way to prove that this was an attempt to put him in office. with that said, it is clear from this information and many other reports there was a hacking and it seemed to all fall on the shoulders of the democratic party. >> i think there's a real debate that you can engage in whether or not this was done to try to elect donald trump versus trying to hurt hillary clinton. that is supple the subject of d valid debate. the question of whether this was a russian government involved operation to try to disrupt the election, there's unanimity on that. the evidence is quite overwhelming there was -- this originated from russia and was
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coordinated in some way by the russian government. so donald trump to some extend is on his own in questioning that conclusion. >> in your report which is intriguing, it talks about the white house and long-term consequences. the failure to grasp of scope of the attacks. and the white house's reluctance to respond forcefully means the russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions. a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks. congressman schiff saying over the weekend he wanted something more forceful from the administration. a clear and more pointed wording from the president about what happened. >> there was a lot of frustration within the democratic party. as this went on for weeks and, in fact, months. they're waiting for the obama administration to, first, attribute this to the russian hackers, our russian government, so the public knew this was not simply a domestic hacker just trying to create some chaos, that this was a foreign entity.
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and secondly to potentially take some type of retaliatory action to say to russia this is unacceptable for you to try to intervene in a presidential election. there was great debate internally, privately, within the administration. it went on for weeks and several months. it was not until just a month before the election they finally formally attributed this to the russian government and there still to this date has been no public retaliation. which would come in the form of, you know, sanctions on specific individuals who were believed to be involved in this. at least it's a public statement that someone needs to be held accountable. >> let me play what the senator said about the hacking. >> the hacking piece is -- i mean, i don't think we ought to have our hair on fire about that, i'm sorry. that's what people do. at the end of the day, trying to understand what resh is doing not only here in the united states but in elections around the world.
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is an important thing for us to know, right. >> here you have a u.s. senat, a republican, a leader, saying this is not something your hair should be on fire about, but there are important things to know. what did you learn about how this is really being processed beyond this administration? >> here's the difference -- yeah, here's the difference in why i disagree with him. there's no question for decades both the united states and russia and other foreign governments have been doing all kinds of surveillance and tracking what's going on with elections, snapping on various political parties to try to, you know, be prepared for the outcome of that election. that's intelligence gathering. that's espionage. we do it, they do it. it's different than to take the information you obtain through that effort and release it in the public to try to influence the outcome. to disrupt the process. to undermine democracy. that is extremely unusual. and we know of no precedence in which a foreign government has been involved in a hack and released it in a way to damage the united states.
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that is very unusual. that i disagree with corker on. >> we'll see if there ultimately is a hearing or a larger investigation by our leaders regarding this. eric, excellent report, thank you. today, donald trump is hosting a technology summit with leaders from companies like apple, google and amazon. even some business he's accused of sending jobs overseas and dodging taxes. this happening one day after microsoft co-founder bill gates said trump has the opportunity to be like jfk when it comes to innovation. we'll be right back. world ugly and messy they are the natural born enemy of the way things are. yes, ideas are scary, and messy and fragile. but under the proper care, they become something beautiful.
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president-elect trump is meeting with silicon valley leaders today. on the guest list tim cook, sheryl sandberg, jeff besos, elan musk and larry schmidt. donald trump has called out many of these countries including accusing bias against him.
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yesterday donald trump met with bill gates at trump tower. >> we had a good conversation about innovation, how it can help with health, education, impact foreign aid and energy. a wide-ranging conversation about the power of innovation. >> joining me now news editor of tech republic, connor, thank you very much for your time. >> thanks for having me. >> what's your analys of donald trump's relationship with the tech world? he called for the apple boycott february 19 of 2016 when apple didn't want to provide information at unlocking the cell phones of the san bernardino shooter. he said boycott all apple products until apple gives cell phone info to authorities regarding radical islamic terrorist couple from cal. >> absolutely. his relationship with tech has been strained, to say the least. there were a host of technology
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leaders in silicon valley that signed an open letter calling him a disaster, i believe, in terms of innovation. as you mentioned, his conversations with apple ceo tim cook haven't been on the best terms regarding manufacturing and things of that nature. i think this meeting is important for donald trump if he wants to rebuild bridges or build bridges to begin with with the tech industry and get them on his side or get on the same page about some of the major issues facing businesses today. >> what do you see as the priority for the group going in? what's the ask if there is one. >> sure. h 1 b visas, a work visa used among the tech industry to bring in workers from outside the u.s. for specialty situations will likely be high on the topic list. tech has long lobbied for an expansion of the program.
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the current demand outstrips what's available. they are not readily available at all times. a limited number are given. with donald trump's stance on immigration and things he's said about the visas will be a major issue he'll want to come to terms with as he speaks with the technology leaders. >> connor forest from tech repub rick, thank you very much for your time. >> thank you very much.
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come on, dad. ( ♪ ) ♪ they tell me i'm wrong ♪ ♪ to want to stand alongside my, my love ♪ ♪ whoa, talkin' 'bout my love ♪ ♪ talkin' 'bout my, my love ♪ you ready, dad? ♪ whoa-ooh ♪ ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh ♪ we have sad news out of hollywood you may have already heard. alan thicke, the sit com star many of us knew has passed away from a heart attack. he was playing hockey with his son in california. his sudden death was shocking to his family and fans. for decades he was a familiar face on both the big and small screens, always in demand in hollywood. he was also a husband and father of three.
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>> there's been a marriage of my real life as a father, a single father as it turns out. and the jason siever character. >> he was on "this is us" and "fuller house." he was 69 years old and was often a guest on the 9:00 hour of the "today" show of which i am the co-host. i can tell you he was an awesome guy. thanks for watching this hour. i'm tamron hall. now to "andrea mitchell reports." thank you, tamron. right now on "andrea mitchell reports," standing by his man. donald trump defending his choice of exxon mobil's rex tillerson. >> rex is friendly with many of the leaders in the world that we don't get along with. some people don't like that. they don't want him to be friendly. that's why i'm doing the deal with rex. >> vintage trump. the president-elect's new
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appreciation for paul ryan -- sort of. >> honestly, he's like a fine wine. every day goes by i get to appreciate his genius more and more. now if he ever goes against me i'm not going to stay with that, okay? >> trapped in aleppo, thousands trying to flee as the city falls around them. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations says no one can escape the blame. >> when there is a full accounting of the horrors committed in this assault of aleppo and that day will come sooner or later, you will not be able to say you didn't know what was happening. you will not be able say you were not involved. we all know what was happening and we all know you were involved. good day, everyone. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. the global business

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