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we do not know why it's being evacuated. it is being evacuate and a bit of a chaotic scene on fifth avenue. one of the busiest weeks between christmas and new year's in one of the busiest parts of new york city. we will bring you more on it as we learn about it. that's going to do it for this hour. mtpdale we peter alexander in for chuck todd starts now. on a historic day this holiday season, we begin with breaking news. at trump tower, the building's lobby is being acuated, all
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indications that he is not in new york. he is in florida. right now, more breaking news as you look live at pearl harbor. president obama and shinzo abe are set to speak at the podium. the japanese prime minister will speak first. this is likely the last time he will deliver remarks after meeting with a foreign leader as president. for japanese prime minister abe, he became the first japanese leader to visit the memorial above the uss arizona battle ship that was sunk in the infamous sneak attack that thrust the u.s. into world war ii. both participated in wreath laying at the historic site following a bilateral meeting. abe's visit comes after president obama made a similarly
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historic trip to japan in may, becomes the the first sitting u.s. president to visit and 71 years after they dropped the first bomb on the city towards the end of the war. that's against global uncertainty that resonates at the site. uncertainty over the future of the foreign policy ono e next administration and uncertainty over nuclear policy following donald trump's comments and suggesting he is open it an arms race. there are questions about the future of u.s.-japan relations along with a fate of decades old alliances built in the wake of world war ii like nato and united nations designed to avoid a global conflict. nato and the un are being scrutinized as either outdated or out of step with american interests. we are joined by my colleague in honolulu covering the president
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on this day. this is likely the last time the president will meet with a foreign leader. what are we expecting to hear from him moments from now? >> it's a somber mood and a large contingency of japanese press out here and a handful of survivors who were personally invited to attend today. i spoke with a number of them. they told me they really never thought this day would come. these two foreign leaders would be on the same soil at pearl harbor where so many lives were lost. about 20 minutes ago, both the president and the prime minister headed out to the uss arizona memorial and that's where hundreds of sailors and marines are entombed. let me describe what it looks like. it is all white and on the wall there are 2400 names of all of those who lost their life that
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day. i am told that the president and the prime minister walked in and they stood for a moment of silence in front of the names. they then walked over and picked up two wreaths and laid them at the names. walking outside to throw purple flowers in the water as an offering of remembrance of these soldier who is lost their lives. i am told that the prime minister will not be making an apology today. that is not what today is about. today is about looking forward and building on the bond that as the united states and japan has been working on for so many years. peter? >> tammy lightner is covering this visit at the historic site. i thank you. as we continue to wait the president's remarks, a national security correspondent. this is quite a backdrop.
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>> in many ways, while it seems to be about closing up the future, it is really very much about president obama trying to leave an image of what he tried to do with the japan relationship and the broader asian relationship. he came to the conclusion about halfway through his own presidency that the biggest single impediment with dealing with china and north korea was the fact that japan had not resolved with its own neighbors. the only way to begin to do that was to start with the u.s. and japan and hope that spreads to japan and south korea and china. this is a big part of that. >> how much should we be looking for commentary overtly or covertly about the next president, donald trump given comments in recent days off camera. speaking to my colleague and saying let there be an arms race
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going forward. do we anticipate anything would be directed towards the administration that will follow him? >> if so, it will be in code words and you have to read between the lines. what has come through in the interviews that mr. trump has given in the conversation with mika and interviews at the times have been that he doesn't yet think in terms of alliances. he thinks in terms of transactional relationships. you ask him about japan and he will talk about the trade deficit. you ask president obama about japan and he will talk about having a long-term relationship that is the work in dealing with china, north korea and southeast asia. >> we top the show our guests and audience a live picture. this is president obama and shinzo abe at the uss arizona memorial built in 1952 on top of and not touching the sunken
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battle ship, the uss arizona. 2335 sailors, soldiers and marines died as a result of the attack as well as 68 civilians on that day. david, i will ask you to stay with us and while we keep our eye on that, we will go back as soon as he starts talking. president-elect trump is not only voicing opinions on the united states and nuclear weapons. he is at odds with the obama administration over the un resolution with israeli settlements in palestinian territories as well. israel is accusing the u.s. of orchestrating that, a charge the white house denies. the republicans are threatening to yank funding from the un a others say the obama administration is being petty, reckless and betraying a key ally. trump tweeted that the un has great potential, but right now is just a club for people to
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getting to and talk and have a good time. with punctuation, so sad. halle jackson spoke to the special envoy to the mideast, george missal who disagreed with the decision, saying while there is historic precedence, it may interfere with the peace process. >> president obama would have been wise to veto this resolution not because of the policy implications, but because of the timing and the circumstance that is leads to with respect to trying to get the parties together. we have a new administration coming in and they will make a new initiative. this moves israel further away from being willing to negotiate with the palestinians and makes the palestinians less likely to negotiate which is difficult. park are joining me is the oklahoma congressman,
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congressman cole. today on "morning joe" you called the decision petty. president obama was hardly the first u.s. president to abstain or support a resolution critical of israeli policy at the un. 2003, george bush's administration voted in favor of a resolution calling for a settlement freeze. how is this different? >> i think it's different because it's one-sided. if you read the resolution itself, it is not remotely even handed. frankly doing something like this at the very end when you know something different is coming that in a matter of weeks there is no reason to do this. particularly if the israelis prove to be right. if the unid states actually colewded in this. do you have evident? >> i don't. they said they will make the evidence forth coming to the new administration. >> the white house insists it's
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not true. >> that's certainly their right, but the record here i think is a poor one. in terms of israeli security or the rhetoric that has been levelled with prime minister netanyahu by the president himself. this is good ally and we shouldn't just have republicans, but democrats as well disagreeing with the decisions and the incoming leader of the party in the senate. it's not as if this is partisan. they said that friends don't take friend it is to un security council. they speak the truth to one another. they withdrew from the gaza
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strip unconditionally and thousands of rockets rained down on that part of the territories. and that's the way they achieve peace with the egyptians and they are showing they have a willing partner. they want to have the negotiation and a decision imposed. that's never going to happen. frankly it forestalls a discussion that could be productive. >> republicans spent a lot of time bashing the united nations and mike huckabee called it a joke. arkansas's tom cotton said it failed to do much good in the world for a long time. how should the incoming trump administration make it a stronger force.
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>> youy i lost the sound, but i think you have to be nuanced in how you look at the united nations. had itself done good in the world. it becomes sort of a breeding ground for anti-western opinion. it's very unbalanced and the american taxpayers have every right to demand accounts when they are paying for almost a quarter of the total budget. >> appreciate your time. as we are joined now again by david sanger from the new york times and the panel is joining us as we anticipate predent obama to be speaking at the site of the uss arizona memorial and we will take you there as soon as he does. our panel is joining us from
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"the chicago tribune" and the former bush-cheney adviser and msnbc contributor. if i can to you quickly as we anticipate this president speaking, i want your take on this moment. it is filled with significance beyond the relationship between the u.s. and japan as it dates back over the past 75 years and filled with anticipation of what that will look like and the relationship to asia more broadly will be in the years going forward. >> first, i don't think you can underestimate the impact of standing above the uss arizona. we took our grandsons and we explained to them, the war seems to come back at you. while to americans it seems strange we are having this ceremony 75 years later, for the japanese they live with it every day. i was a correspondent there and
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you would feel that and still see the remnants of the war. the trick now for president obama is to reassure the alliance. it is not about to come a sunder. they visit mr. trump at trump tower, but the japanese despite that feel uncertain about what's coming next. given what mr. trump has said about nuclear weapons and pulling back american troops and about trade, you can see why they are uncertain. >> to you as david just indicated. you can see why they are uncertain. good reason and in effect the basing agreements they come to their own security and its position in that region. >> there is and it's a blunt
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instrument known as twitter. one's feelings or plans. it could be that donald trump is merely spinning webs and thinking about possibilities and thinking about moving in the direction of a foreign policy. one hopes and perhaps he will learn more about how much of an impact a simple 120 characters are and however long the message is. they have good reason to be 234e6rs about what trump is up to. the whole region. north korea indicated they have a first strike posture and they are rate to go to war immediately. we don't know if they are blowing smoke either.
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this is a very dangerous situation with a lot of question marks in the air. very little clarity. >> as he failed to do a sufficient job in communicating his position with japan and frankly asia. >> the president-elect very quickly after he is inaugurated has to address the nation as well as the trump doctrine. not only in the mideast, but in asia and super as well. he needs to articulate what his vision is for the next four years to calm people's fears to clarence's point and to other people's points out there. a lot of people are nervous and the reason why is the president-elect tends to make policy impulsive on twitter. clarence mitchell a few moments ago, a shade of gray and nuances and that's what people live by.
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the other question is whether or not speaker ryan and mcconnell. >> will you excuse me as i interrupt. the president of the united states is now taking the mike and about to speak at the uss arizona memorial. take a listen. >> on behalf of the american people thank you for your gracious words and thank you for your presence here today. a historic gesture that speaks to the power of reconciliation and the alliance betwe the american and japanese peoples. a reminder that even the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and lasting peace.
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distinguish guests, members of our enforcers and most of all, survivors of pearl harbor and their loved ones, aloha. to americans, especially those of us who call hawaii home, this harbor is a sacred place. as we lay a wreath or toss flowers into waters that still weep, we think of the more than 2400 american patriots, fathers and husbands, wives and daughters manning heaven's rails for all eternity. we salute the defenders who pulled themselves a little straighter every december seventh and we reflect on the heroism that is shown here 75
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years ago. as dawn broke that december day, paradise never seemed so sweet. the water was warm and impossibly blue. sailors ate in the mess hall and readied themselves for church, dressed in crisp white shorts and t-shirts. ships floated. the california, the maryland, and the oklahoma. the tennessee, the west virginia and the nevada. on the deck of the arizona the navy band was tuning up. that morning the ranks of men's
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shoulders defined them less than the courage in their hearts. across the island americans defended themselves however they could, firing training shells, working old bold action rifles, and african-american mess steward who would typically be confined to cleaning duties carried his commander to safety and then fired an anti-aircraft gun until he ran out of ammo. we honor americas like jim downing, first class of the west virginia. before he raised to the harbor, his new band pressed into his hand a verse of scripture. the eternal god is thy refuge and underneath are the
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everlasting arms. as jim fought to save his ship, he simultaneously gathered the names of the fallen so he could give closure to their families. he said it was just something you do. we remember americans like harry payne, a fireman from honolulu who in the face of withering fireworked to douse burning planes until he gave his last full measure of devotion. one of the only civilian firefighters ever to receive the purple heart. we salute officers like chief petty officer john flynn who manned a machine gun for more than two hours and wounded more than 20 times, earning him our nation's highest military
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decoration, the medal of honor. it is here we reflect on how war tests our most enduring values. how even as japanese americans were deprived of their own liberty during the war, one of the most decorated military units in the history of the united states was the 442nd infantry regimen and the 100th battle yon, the japanese american. in that 442nd served my friend and houd hiproud hawaiian. he was a senator and with what do you mean i would find myself proud to serve in the senate
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chamber. a man who was not only the recipient of the medal of honor and the presidential medal of freedom and one of the most distinguished states men of his generation as well. here at pearl harbor, america's first battle of the second world war roused a nation. here in so many ways america came of age. a generation of americans including my grandparents, that greatesteneration did not seek war, but refused to shrink from it. they all did their part on fronts and in factories and while 75 years later, the proud ranks of the survivors have thinned with time, the bravery
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we recall here is forever etched in our national heart. i would ask all our pearl harbor and world war ii veterans who are able to to please stand or raise your hands. a grateful nation thanks you. the character of nations is tested in war, but it is defined in peace. after one of the most horrific chapters in human history, one that took not tens of thousands,
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but tens of millions of lives. with ferocious fighting across this ocean, the united states and japan chose friendship and they chose peace. over the decades, our alliances made both of our nations more successful. it helped underwrite an international order that prevented another world war and that lifted more than a billion people out of extreme poverty. today the alliance between the united states and japan bound not only by shared interests, but also rooted in common values stands as the cornerstone of peace and stability in the asian pacific and a force for progress around the globe. our alliance has never been
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stronger. in good times and in bad, we are there for each other. recall years ago. a wall of water bore down on japan and reactors in fukushima melted. america's men and women in uniform were there to help our japanese friends. across the globe, the united states and japan worked shoulder to shoulder to strengthen the security of the asian pacific and the world, tning back piracy, combatting disease, slowing the spread of nuclear weapons, keeping the peace in war torn lands. earlier this year near pearl harbor, japan joined with two dozen nations in the world's largest maritime military exercise. that included our forces from u.s. pacific command lent by
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admiral harry harris, the son of an american naval officer and a japanese mother. harry was born in -- but you wouldn't know it from his tennessee twang. thank you, harry, for your outstanding leadership. in this sense, our presence here today the connection is not just between our governments, but between our people and the presence of prime minister abe here today. they remind us of what is possible between nations and between peoples. wars can end. the most bitter of adversaries can become the strongest of
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allies. the fruits of peace always outweigh the plunder of war. this is the enduring tre ining this hallowed harbor. it is here that we remember when hatred burns hottest and when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward. we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different. the sacrifice made here, the anguish of war reminds us to seek that divine spark that is common to all humanity. it insists that we strive to be what our japanese friends called
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[speaking foreign language] . with and for each other. that's the lesson of captain william callahan of the missouri. even after an attack on his ship, he ordered that the japanese pilot be laid to rest with military honors wrapped in a japanese flag sewn by american sailors. it's the lesson in turn of the japanese pilot who years later returned to this harbor, befriended an old marine bugler and asked him to play taps and lay two roses at this memorial every month. for america's fallen and for japan's.
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it's a lesson our two peoples learn every day in the most ordinary of ways. whether it's americans studying in too, young japanese studying across america, scientists from our two nations together unraveling the mysteries of cancer or combatting climate change or exploring the stars. it's a baseball player like ichiro lighting up a stadium in miami, the shared pride of two peoples, american and japanese, united in peace and friendship. as nations and its people, we cannot choose the history we inherit. but we can choose what lessons to draw from it. and use those lessons to chart our own futures. mr. abe, i welcome you here in
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the spirit of friendship. the people of japan have always welcomed me. i hope that together we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war. that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution. here in this quiet harbor, we honor those we lost and we give thanks for all that our two nations have won together as friends. may god hold the fallen in his everlasting arms and may he watch over our veterans and all who stand guard on our behalf. may god bless us all. thank you. you just heard from
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president obama speaking at pearl harbor. we are joined by by our panel and my friend david sanger and we just heard from the president speaking about the power of reconciliation saying the deepest wounds of war can give way to friendship and lasting peace. he said the alliance between the countries has never been stronger. what was striking though as we talk about the current politics of this day related to the relationship with japan among others. he had thoughts i think may reflect on the relationship we may now have with other countries with donald trump. he said it's important to resist the urge and the risk to demonize those who are different. is there anything to read into the comments? >> i think there is. that was a powerful speech, but it was a very obama speech and incredibly personal. it brought up the experiences of those who had been there just as his speech at hiroshima brought
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up the experiences of japanese who had been victims of the bomb. both prime minister abe offered no apology. snead he was making it as moment to move on on and president obama was doing the same. in the line you cited, it was saying to donald trump, look, i have left this alliance in about as good shape as one could leave it. if in a yr or two from now it's not in that good shape, if we have eroded it because of trade disputes, that's on you. >> let me ask you on that issue the asia pivot was a critical element of this president's administration and its desire to improve relations with that part of the world. where was the president successful and where did he fail? on transpacific partnership, something he and abe agreed on
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and put time and energy on, it comes to an end. >> the tpp is a prime example on where this administration maybe struggled. at the end of his term, president obama had hillary clinton and bernie sanders, democrats who were fighting for the nomination and hillary clinton winning that nomination, both were opposed to the tpp. it was an issue that donald trump could throw back at hillary clinton and talked about the point where it looked like she was going to be the that would support that issue. when i went on the campaign trail and talked to people in rural pennsylvania or ohio, thank not just talking about the economies and bringing jobs back, but a lot about tpp and feeling as though the trust of president obama was eroded because of that alliance. that was definitely something to go back to the point that you made about the idea that he was talking about demonizing people different from us, he was in some ways talking directly to donald trump. a lot of people and not the
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people who voted for him, but his campaign was about demonizing people who are different. muslims or people of different nationalities or cultures. president obama there is hoping that his words might i some ways hope and motivate donald trump. >> this was a historic set of remarks and a moment not just because it was the president speaking with the prime minister of japan, but because this was one of the last times they could see this president speaking publicly. likely his last private meeting with a foreign leader before he leaves power on january 20th. what struck you as we witnessed this unique day in hawaii? >> i was very touched by the historical moment of it being a vietnam era veteran, i know how it feels to be surprised that this day has come. there is such peace and reconciliation and productivity in the relationship between our
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two countries. we are facing a new administration & strategic policies are going to be. it'smportant for president obama as he leaves that he leave this is relationship in about as good of shape as it could be in. in a stable and predictable shape. we are moving into what looks like it will be unpredictable and let's hope not too unstable. >> how will history remember this president as it relates to asia and japan and that region? >> that's a good question. we don't know yet. weill have to wait at least five oren years to see what crops forack of a better term that president obama laid whether or not they will grow or not. when you look at the world globally, the president is leaving it a little bit fractured. the reset with russia is
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fractured and when you look at the mideast, there is a lot of strain there. when you look at turkey and china going back to the asia, there is a lot of fragile pieces. the question is whether or not donald trump will be abl to fix those pieces or wheth or no he is going to shatter them more. we don't know yet. everyone's points are well taken that he left the world in as good of shape as he possibly can. >> coming up after this break, the latest on the evacuation of the lobby at trump tower. while trump transition staff was working inside, many as you can see were forced to head to the exits. we will have the latest. there is an all clear. more details on what police found. you are watching mtp daily after this. earned overnight. it's earned in every wash... ... and re-earned every day. tide. america's number one detergent.
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back live with an update on the breaking news. the nypd has given the all clear at trump tower after the lobby has been evacuated. a suspicious backpack was found near the niketown that is there. it turns out that children's toys were found inside. as a precaution, the bomb squad was called to investigate. as we said at the top of the shou, the president-elect is at his property in palm beach, florida with his family and members of his core staff. there are transition staffers inside that building and their office is getting back to work after the holiday weekend. a bomb scare in the lobby of trump tower. we'll be right back. bl with humira. humira works by targeting and helping to block a specific
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after a bruising elections, president obama said he could have bridged the schiffs that partition voters. take a listen to his candid interview with his former senior adviser david axelrod. >> the culture actually does d shift that the majority does buy into the notion of a one america that is tolerant and diverse and open. i am confident in this vision because i'm confident that if if
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i had run again and articulated it, i tnk i could have mobilized the majority of the american people to rally behind it. >> donald trump said president obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. he would say that and i would say no way. jobs leaving and isis and obamacare, etc. he spoke with the pollster from the two winning campaigns about the divides that are shaping politics and his book about how to overcome them. >> and joining me now with this book, a plaque man in the white house. a triggering of president obama's racial aversion crisis. >> let's begin with simply defined racial aversion first. >> well, it's another way to talk about racial resentment. without saying racism. that's such a loaded term and
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quite frankly when i talk about the book, it's we have to get beyond the negative loaded terms and finger pointing to bring the country together. we grow more diverse. if we don't come more together, we cannot win the future. >> i have been thinking about this a lot. when political parties are divided by race, it is something that is fraught with peril every election cycle. you will have one side feeling he is not my president. we have seen this. the right said that about obama and the left said that about trump. it donned on me, "we are the world's" first social experim t experiment. every other democracy is homogonous. i don't mean to be apocalyptic about it. >> nowhere else do we have
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diversity and a history of racism or racial clashes. we talked about it in the book. we talked about this. we are at a tipping point demographically. in the next decade, we will be close to a plurality minority country. as group alludes the power and others gains power, it causes slashes and how we deal with this polarization will tomorrow how we win the future. chuck, we are not going to lose the future because of terrorism and because someone comes and invades us. black and brown and white people can't get together in this country. >> let me ask you this question about the election. will we look back and say oh, this is a reminder that all the demographic changes that we were noticing, for every action there is a reaction. michigan, minnesota, iowa and
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wisconsin will continue to move in the republican direction because of your thesis here. this isn't a dead cat bounce for the republicans. or is it? >> i think -- >> you don't like that phrase. it's old school. the idea is that the dead cat bounces more time. >> if you look at south carolina where you had democratic senators and they won for a time, those states were growing and you see whites growing in the strengtd for voting republican. you see republicans gaining more white voters. and this is the thing right here with trump. he won 1% more than mitt romney, but a small percentage of the overall electorate. i would argue this is the last time we will see someone elected president at 46%. i think it was an outliar that is problematic for republicans
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because of the conversation they had to have in their party about how they win the future. they are not going to have it now. there is a doubling down on quite frankly the same sentiment that donald trump has been talking about. i don't think that helps the republican party long-term and i don't think it helps the country. >> it's a provocative book. that's the most important part. congratulations on the book. >> thank you, sir. >> that was chuck's interview and before we head to a break, the sci-fi world is mourning a star that will be remembered in this galaxy and those far, far away. she died four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from london to los angeles. she was an accomplished actress and author, but best known for her role as princess leia in "star wars." remembrances are pouring in from costars. mark hamill said he was devastated and harrison ford
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even when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward. we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different. >> that wapresidenobama just moments ago, speaking at pearl harbor, alongside the japanese prime minister, shinzo abe, with comments that some folks might interpret as perhaps a parting shot at the next president, donald trump. it's now time for our lid, our panel is back, robert paige, clarence thomas and yamiche alcindor. yamiche, what's striking as we
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heard from this president, it's a man who's celebrated by those who love him as professorial, c contemplative in his thoughts and public commentary, and he's a stark contrast to donald trump, who's much more visceral, reacts from the gut, by his instincts, as he's the first to indicate. how will the world have to change his understanding of what america is communicating from a new president, an incoming president who is so different in delivering his message than this president is. >> i think what they're going to have to in some ways get used to is the fact that donald trump is really not afraid to use these new age ways of communicating to people. so, of course, he's someone who will be on twitter, tweeting about all sorts of policy issues, tweeting about people that he thinks are his adversaries, of course, with president obama, we didn't have that. i think the other thing he's going to be pushing back on is the norms. you think about that idea where you had a phone call with the president of taiwan, and this idea that he's willing to kind
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of look at these kind of norms that have been around for decades and break them. i think the world is going to have to get used to someone who's really going to be a completely different person than president obama. i should say, though, that one of the things i thought was interesting, i wrote a story before the election about the idea of people who had supported president obama and who then were supporting donald trump. and in that, a lot of voters i talked to said they saw both men as really wanting change, really pushing change, really trying to make america its best self. the supporters of those two people, i would imagine, vehemently disagree, most of the supporters. but i should say that i think that world leaders are going to have to get ready for someone who's going to be way more outspoken than president obama, anded ready to voice his opinions unfiltered, not through the media. >> so on this day, robert, as we looked at the president of the united states and the prime minister of japan, a relationship ultimately that dates back decades, not just between these two men, but between these two countries. 75 years to world war ii, what is the future of nuclear policy
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in a trump administration? >> i don't know. and i don't think anyone knows. i don't think donald trump knows. i think what you're going to see from the president-elect over the next four years is very declarative statements. it's going to make people feel very uncomfortable. but you're going to know what he stands for and know what he believes. the whole nuances and shades to have gray and talking in code and so forth, i think those days are over for the next four years. >> those days are over, but in 140 characters, since it doesn't allow for nuance, as you say, you'll know where it stands, it's easy as you read his position recently on twitter about nuclear policy and this arms race, you can go a lot of different directions, as you read into that. >> there's no doubt about it. which goes back to my early point, which is, i'm not sure i know what he believes. i think he's thinking out loud here. the real question, peter, when he goes into the white house and gets the presidential daily brief, and he has an accomplished staffer around him that says, mr. president, this is really what we think, this is really what the capabilities
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are, is he going to change? we shall see. and if he does change, i think east going to be very, very clear about where he stands. and again, i think that's going to make a lot of people uncomfortable. there's no doubt about it. >> clarence, last thought to you. the president and donald trump are pulling this country in different directions. what does the u.s., the public want? >> i just want to say, very quickly, i can't wait to read cornell belcher's book, first of all, because i really respect him a lot. but let us not forget how many people tout there voted for obama twice and then voted for donald trump in several hundred accounts. and this shows you, as david axelrod has said, that you can reach these voters. and that's what any politician is supposed to do, reach all those voters. hillary clinton fell short. she didn't campaign enough, if at all in wisconsin and michigan. those are states that they could have won. you can go on and on about this. nothing is permanent. both parties have better listen to the public. >> clarence, i'll pick up this conversation the next time i see you. i appreciate all your time.
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together, we're building a better california. in case you missed it, 77-year-old outgoing senate majority leader, harry reid,s nope for being soft spoken, but sharp tongued, and his one liners aren't reserved for republicans. according to "new york" magazine, here's what reid said when asked if he would support joe biden for president in 2020. "it depends on who's running,"
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reid replied. "it appears we're going to have an old folks home. elizabeth warren will be 71, biden will be 78, bernie sanders will be 79" yes, in case you missed it, septuagenarian, harry reid, referred to much of the democratic field as an old folks home. that's all for tonight. ayman mohyeldin is picking up our coverage right now. >> hello, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin, and it's 6:00 p.m. on the east coast. an historic visit. the first japanese prime minister to set foot on pearl harbor in decades. the president versus the president-elect. are cracks appearing in the warm relationship on display since the election? response to russia. a new report that the white house is about to unveil messages punishing vladimir putin for meddling with the u.s. elections. and the death of actress carrie fisher, famed for her role as princess leia in the "star wars" series.

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