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hey there, everyone, i'm alex witt at msnbc headquarters in new york city. it's 1 past the hour of 1:00
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p.m. in the east coast of the u.s. hatitiesberg one of the many areas in the southeast damaged by severe weather this weekend and the death toll now standing at 15, 11 people killed in georgia and four in mississippi. power li powerful tornadoes are being blamed for these deaths. the governor had declared a state of emergency in at least 7 counties, parts of florida and alabama also facing threats of severe weather this afternoon. in valdosta, georgia, a damaging tornado destroyed dozens of homes. >> reporter: i just spoke to a person who suffered some very severe damage. a home knocked down, a home
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standing, frees then stripped of bark, pieces of metal wrapped around their trees. so the area where they're seeing is very clear, they say you can see the path that this tornado took through in the middle of the night, the good news for the moment is that the rain has stopped, it is calming down here, no winds right now, and in this immediate area, that tornado watch has been lifted which is giving people a chance to kind of take stock of everything now that it's daylight and now that it's clear outside, but right now we are told 11 people now dead in central and south georgia, that number could rise, 23 injured, alex. >> we'll check in with you once you've gotten on location. thank you so much. let's go now to the first 100 days, we'll bring you a live picture of the white house in just a moment. that's where president trump is expected to talk by phone at the white house.
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it is certainly at the top of his agenda as he wraps up his first weekend as president and it comes amid fallout over his administration's latest rift with the media. here's kellyanne conway talking about remarks sean spicer made yesterday about the size of trump's inauguration crowd. >> me as a pollster, chuck, and you know data well. i don't think you can prove those numbers one way or the other, there's no way to really quantify crowds. you can laugh at me if you want. >> i'm not laughing at you, i'm p befuddled. >> meanwhile the senate prepares to vote on the confirmation of rex tillerson for secretary of state. but senator graham is also issuing a warn to president trump about vladimir putiputin. >> there's a vote tomorrow and additional sanctions against russia would get over 75 votes
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in the senate. there's bipartisan belief that russia did interfere with the election. if you forgive putin and forget about what he did, that screams weakness to putin. beware of the teddy bear, president trump. >> also new today, president trump is responding for the first time to the hundreds of demonstrations for women's rights and equality held across this country as well as around the world yesterday. in one of his first tweets he said, watched protests yesterday, was under the impression that we just had an election, why didn't these people vote? then he tweeted, peaceful protests are part of our democracy, even though i don't always agree, i respect people's rights to express their views. we know that mr. trump is about
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to make a very high profile diplomatic move, the first of his administration, his phone call with the israeli prime minister. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: these calls to foreign leaders who have a prominent relationship with the united states, they are important, they have an opportunity to begin a very new relationship. the president has already been on the phone with other world leaders including the prime minister of great britain, the president of mexico. today benjamin netanyahu, presideprime minister of israel. these are high stakes, ramifications that go beyond just the long-standing relationship between the united states and israel. it can't be looked at out of context of the administration of former president barack obama who had a testy, difficult relationship with benjamin netanyahu. donald trump who has known netanyahu personally over the years, is trying to forge a new relationship, he's trying to
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form a relationship with the ambassador to israel, with a more hard line, with the common parlance of that as compared to the most recent u.s. position toward israel on things like the settlements. so this is a phone call, we're told it will happen in the situation room as is expected. this is one of those gestures that begins a conversation. meetings will happen at some point down is line. this is significant. we can tell you that the first meeting will happen with great britain's prime minister teresa may. they are not just gestures, they're an important part of building relationships. >> and that phone call will be followed by the president of mexico. joining me now, political reporter for the los angeles times and political importa correspondent for "the
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washington post." good to see you both. i want to get your thoughts on kellyanne conway's -- >> i think this is an extension of what we saw during the campaign. we're not supposed to be best buddies, we're supposed to cover them. there were things that sean spicer said that were demonstrably false. >> kellyanne said that sean spicer was presenting alternative facts during his remarks about the media coverage of the inauguration. what does that mean? >> i honestly don't know. i mean, i think as reporters, we think facts are the only -- the only thing in front of us, right? it's what we are supposed to present to our readers and
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viewers and to find out as much about them as many of them as we request. string them together with context. there's really no such thing as alternative facts, there can certainly be alternative interpretations and maybe that's what she meant and clearly, from their perspective, there's an alternative way to see the same set of facts and, you know, events. they do at certainly by their own words believe that they are being treated unfairly and being held to a different standard and i think you saw that in her exchange with chuck this morning. and i mean, i don't know, i don't know how that plays out. day one, that was very confrontational. >> i'm curious to both of you, but ann, i'll let you answer this. are you buckled up here? are you expecting this to be the tone of things for the next four years? >> yeah. i mean, i think we're all buckled up, certainly at "the
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washington post," we're staffing up, we have hired a whole lot of people. i think there's going to be an enormous amount to cover. and whether it retains the same kind of confrontational tone remains to be seen. i don't think that it has to be that way. we can treat one another respectfully and still do our jobs on both sides. but i honestly don't know. >> but if donald trump does not like what is said, reported or anything else about him by the media, i mean, he's shown, he's just going to come after you. >> i think a lot of people questioned after he became president-elect and once he became president whether he would tone some of that down and lei leave it to his press secretary to have these discussions. >> that first tweet that he put out there this morning, that was very trump sounding and two
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hours later, it's much muted. it's much more respectful. >> we have seen that over the past years, a number of times often at 3:00 in the morning, he will say something that's very inflammatory and several hours later he might say something that's completely different. so this isn't new, but i'm fascinated that it's continuing since he became president. >> let's get to confirmation hearings, the senate panel is set to vote for rex tillerson tomorrow. he does have support from john mccain and lindsay kbrgraham. >> senator mccain and senator graham grilled him exten sily last week. >> what about those like mike
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pompeo and tom price, who do you think is likely to get through? >> we haven't seen any strong indications that any of them will be voted down. i mean mnuchin that many people were a week ago were points to as a sack firm lamb and maybe price as well. none of their hearings went great from the administration's perspective, but they both represented themselves very, very well. tillerson's did not go well in that he really struggled to answer anything that had to do east we are some of the particulars of exxon's business dealings and climate science or anything that had to do with elements of the trump foreign policy that you couldn't really tell where it was going and yet, i think, rubio being his only obstacle, there's no chance that, you know, at this point really that he'll be voted down
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and democrats weren't frankly look for him to be voted down either. in many cases, democrats have said, well, if it were to be voted down. >> reporter: many of her friends and former aids had told me
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. hello, women of massachusetts, we have to find a way to fight back. >> that large crowd supporting women's rights on trump's first full day as president.
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an estimated 100,000 turned out for that boston event. 120,000 in seattle. 100,000 in portland. tucson had 6,000, many rallied in park city, utah, 5,000 turned out in boise, idaho, in anchorage, about 2,000 marched through the snow all to send a message for solidarity. raquel willis was one of those crowds in washington, d.c. one of my dearest friends attended and said it made her feel emboldened and empowered like never before. is that the result you expected? >> i completely agree with that sentiment, this was a historic event and just to know that we were all standing and marching and yelling and just living our truth in solidarity with folks all around the world with so amazingly powerful.
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>> and those numbers, they were huge, were they what you expected? i just want to make that note, with half a million in washington, d.c., and not one arrest? >> definitely. i was not completely surprised. i expected there to be a lot more folks to come in. people don't necessarily know the ins and outs of organizing sometimes so they think they can just show up and not necessarily give notice before hand and that turned out to be true. so it was great that people came in whether they gave prior notice or not and just bared their all. and i do want to say that it is important that we are clear that this protest around the world is great. and we have to support what's going on in terms of resistance. >> yeah. >> but it is very jarring that when we think about black lives matter and we think about other groups that protest a lot of times there isn't as much
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concession given to them, so i do think we want to take a stand against this kind of privileged, security that can be given to a march that had a lot of white attendees. >> you mentioned the international component, was that expected? i mean this stretched -- it went to australia, mexico, italy, britain, france, it's extraordinary, how did that come about? >> i think just word got out, i think people around the world are watching the united states and watching what's happening politically and we know that in other countries, there continues to be unrest and a feeling of disillusionment. so i think, everyone just had their ears to the ground on what was going on and wanted to get involved and put a spark into realizing our real power and as citizens, we need to stand up, we need to have more of a voice and we need to always be present in what's going on in our world.
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>> raquel, i want to get a comment that madonna made at the d.c. rally. and here's that. >> yes, i'm angry, yes, i am outraged, yes, i have thought an awful lot about blowing up the white house. but i know that this won't change anything. we cannot fall into despair. >> okay, so a trump administration official reacted saying, quote, comments like these are absolutely unacceptable and had they been said about president obama, the main stream media would be an uproar. the trump administration welcomes a robust discussion surrounding the nation's women and families. and we have reached out to mad don donna's rep for a response.
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did this comment go too tar? >> i don't think so. i think it's very valid to acknowledge that people are feeling angry, people are feeling sad, the thing that we need to do is make sure that we put that into an organized plan and strategy to realty change what's happening politically. and so part of that is being in tune with what's going on in marginalized communities, including women, including people of color, including lgbt folks and especially the transgender community, muslims and the like. i think -- a lot of people are getting their resources together, i know specifically in the transgender community, we are making sure that people have access to getting their id documents changed. you know, as far as names and gender, all of that is very important to safeguard against what could be coming with this
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administration. >> yeah, and you're certainly talking about issues, but i think it's important to note that nobody's condoning violence against the white house or anything else to make that point, correct? >> i don't think anyone is condoning violence, but i think we also have to be very clear that there's a violence happening from our government right now. there are still big issues like police brutality, still issues as far as anti-translegislation, still women's rights being under attack. so we need to be outspoken about this violence that's coming from our government. >> well done yesterday, good job. resetting a special relationship, new remarks from the british prime minister teresa may today regarding donald trump, we're going to hear comments she made about things that are unacceptable.
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welcome back, everyone. i'm alex witt here at msnbc headquarters here in new york. here's what we're monitoring for you. the death toll now from severe storms in the southeast now stands at 15 tornadoes confirmed in georgia and mississippi. a tornado outbreak remains a threat across southern georgia. the governor there has declared a state of emergency in at least seven counties and parts of florida and alabama bracing for severe weather this afternoon. weather channel meteorologist maria la rosa has the details. >> dangerous weather setting up from the southeast to the northeast. let's start in the southeast, dangerous storms expected to develop as we get into the afternoon. our biggest concern will be tornadoes, but not just regular tornadoes, destructive long
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track tornadoes, that takes us into the evening. by tomorrow, a concern for the neve nor'easter, some of those low lying roadways will be susceptible, especially during times of high tide. some of the snowfall totals, northern new england and maine, maybe as much as five to eight inches of snowfall, some spots picking up close to a foot of snow. those winds, damaging threat here, 40 to 50-mile-per-hour gusts from philadelphia, new york to boston and nantucket, but not just in the morning, alex, on into the evening, with driving cold rain. alex, back to you. let's go to the first 100 days now, new remarks, a british prime minister ahead of their scheduled face to face meeting in washington later this week. with a good day to you across the pond, lucy, what more can
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you tell us about what teresa may said today? >> teresa may confirmed that she will be visiting president trump on friday, the first world leader to do so since his inauguration, she's expected to discuss trade issues with the u.s., and may voted to leave the european union which means eventually they're going to have to negotiate all of the trade deals from scratch. she was interviewed on british television, praising trump's inauguration speech, saying she liked the america first message, she also said that trump was committed to nato, despite comments that nato was obsolete. >> he recognizes nato as an
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organization that is helping us defend europe and all the allies that are defted by nato. >> she sai that she will challenge his comments about women and minorities, she has criticized him for that in the past. and just yesterday, some 80,000 people protested here in london. she was asked today whether she'll raise women's rights with mr. trump and here's what she said to that. >> first of all, i have already said that some of the comments that donald trump has made in relation to women are unacceptable, some of those he himself has apologized for. when i sit down, i think the biggest statement that are will be made about the role of women, is that i will be there as a female prime minister, prime minister of the united kingdom. >> so it doesn't sound like she'll be raising that in person, but may is expected to fly to washington attend of the week, the talks will be at the
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white house on friday. in return, we're learning donald trump is likely to come to the uk for a state visit later this year, although the queen has yet to extend a formal invitation. >> did she elaborate at all on her posture that donald trump supports nato despite what he has said. was there anything further that you glean on how she knows that? >> nope. this is what we heard from her, those very limited remarks, perhaps very optimistic remarks, but that's all she said. president trump issued an executive order aimed at rolling back the affordable care act on saturday. rit now kellyanne conway and senate minority leader chuck schumer. >> it's a great big step toward replacing obamacare with a plan that works for more americans, that truly makes it affordable and successing the.
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>> the president's comments minister error -- >> the understanding here, these implications of this executive order, how do you read it? >> nice to see you again, too, alex, you're putting in a long shift today. >> happy to do so. but what do you make of it? >> i read the executive order. and this is really something, it's something i have been kind of musing about over the last month or so. the republicans have completely and utterly and comprehensively painted themselves into a corner with their attacks on the affordable care act. you know, i have been in the congress for four years, i think we have had 56 votes to repeal obama care and donald trump himself has said that his first
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act as president will be to sign the repeal of obamacare. but i think they're all sort of working out now that this is not what they want to do. we're just not talking about 20 million or 30 million people who will go without insurance, we're talking about 129 million people with preexisting conditions. i hear from them at home. i had a letter last week from a lady in pennsylvania who said her parents both have preexisting conditions and to take away their rights with preexisting conditions would pretty much be a death sentence for both of them. 129 million people is a huge voting bloc and i think that trump is paying attention to that. so if you read this order, it is absolutely toothless. it uses the phrase to the maximum extent allowed by law. so this is not a repeal of existing law, alex, this is an
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executive order that honors explicitly honors existing law and it doesn't do anything at all. >> do you think this is a direct appeal to those who voted for him, when he says i'm going to replace obamacare, repeal and replace it that this was a gesture to them? >> alex, i think it's an escape route, as i say, i have been musing for the last month or so, how are they going to get out of this corner, as they start to figure out big, big parts of the affordable care act are hugely popular, and the only way you pay for the preexisting people is to have a mandate, and if they wipe out the mandate, we're talking about an enormous deficit of money as much as a trillion dollars a year. so what you're talking about is trump is trying to backtrack, he
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has issued this order to try to say well i stood by my pledge -- but it's a stretch to say that he's doing that. >> do you think a repeal is inevitab inevitable, and if so r you willing to work with republicans on replacing the affordable care act? >> of course, i'm willing to work with republicans, i have been doing that for four years, and all along, i have said, look, aca is not perfect. and there are a lot of tweaks and fixes that we'll be doing over the years, and i'm willing to work on those. i don't think anybody has said aca is perfect, since it got passed in the first place. but we have to do it in a way that benefits all americans, that protects these people with preexisting conditions, that protects, you know, doesn't treat women as having -- being a woman is a preexisting condition, that it treats america fairly. this is something that i think that the republicans are working out in their heads right now that the aca is popular.
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and tread carefully when you go to repeal it. >> i'm curious about the rallies that we saw, the marches around this country, what do you think that means for the incoming administration, how do you think the administration will interpret all those people? >> well, alex, i'm here in washington today, i'm here for the weekend, i came in for the inauguration, i attended then august ratithen -- the inauguration, i thought the best speech was given by the senate minority leader chuck schumer, i was dismayed that he was booed by the crowd. the reason i went to the inauguration was out of respect for the process and the peaceful transfer of power. so i was disheartened to see that senator schumer got some disrespect. even as he read the letter of the rhode island civil war volunteer, sullivan ballew to his wife a week before he died at bull run.
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>> that was sentimental. >> that was wonderful and i couldn't believe they were bo booing why they did it. i had bus loads of women from pennsylvania come down and i had a meeting in my office, served them coffee and hot chocolate and let them take a load off. these are ladies that were spending all day on their feet and i think they welcomed the respite in my office. >> i bet they appreciated that, the couch and the coffee and the hot chocolate and all of it. may i ask you about donald trump's speech at the cia yesterday, because he said we have been restrained about fighting wars and specifically in the fight against isis. have we been restrained and what does this mean as you look ahead to all this? >> as i said, i have been musing about president trump and how do we take him, and i think it can be overdone paying too much attention to the things that come out of his mouth, i think what we really have to train our
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focus on is what is he actually going to do? i saw the comments of the former cia director brennan saying he really disliked his speech, but again, let's focus on what the man does, we're all going to have to get used to president trump and i do hope that he puts his thumbs down and steps away from the twitter account. but we're going to have to get used to him and my idea is let's focus on what he does and maybe step back a little bit from what comes out of his mouth. >> maybe actions speak louder than words. it was a difficult challenge facing some demonstrators who rallied in washington yesterday and how they managed to overcome it. and next on meet the press, chuck todd speaks with senate minority leader chuck schumer.
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an estimated 100,000 people hit the streets in solidarity. hundreds of people took part in a sister march in rome. those organizers reportedly where are denied permit force a sound system so they resorted to megaphones to make that cry out for equality. of course here in the u.s., huge crowds poured into the 68 square mile city in washington, d.c. those crowds -- what's this all about? >> i don't know how accessible, i actually had the opportunity to go down to d.c. this weekend, and people traveled there from all over the country, and what i learned is there's actually a boon in this shared way of traveling and doing business? >> the women's march around the
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widely known and used, in 2013, 1,300, and this year's a,000 plus represents a 10-fold increase. chris la hain says the service is doing more than just putting roofs overheads, it's actually uniting. >> we actually have some hosts that are hosting both people coming coming to demonstrate and those who are coming to protest. they are actually going to be staying in the same homes together. >> and becky says their government gro group got more than just a place to stay. >> they were on the floor making their signs together. and the hotel bookings were up a staggering 927%.
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and in that same sort of shared economy vein, uber x did not exist during the last inauguration and this weekend, prices were surging more than five times. >> at least you got a silver lining, like minded people. like i cannot believe the hotel prices. >> so insane and they actually said they would not have been able to come had they needed to stay in a hotel so it gave them the opportunity to do that. >> i have used air b & b during events where there was crowd dense places. g new cars.
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. let's go now to the first 100 days. republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham announcing their intentions to support rex tillerson.
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that vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow. join me now is professor of political science at stanford university, michael mcfall. he is the former u.s. ambassador to russia. it was awfully fun to see you on the elevator bank the other day, too. it is fun when you are front and center instead of all the way across the country. let's talk about your level of surprise to mccain and graham. they have decided to support his nomination. were you surprised? >> no, i'm not surprised. at the end of the day, it is very rare for the senate to disapprove cabinet level officials, especially secretary of state and those core cabinet level officials. both senator mccain and lindsey graham and also marco rubio, we don't know yet where he comes down have these concerns. they have expressed them very
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clearly. but they also got a reaction from mr. tiller son that they liked. he said some things about russia that are at odds with what president trump said about russia. he said there is no rule of law in russia, and he flatly criticized president putin for what he did in ukraine. so i think they saw that as sufficient to think they could approve him and they did not want to have a battle that would go on and on when we need somebody to be running the state department right now. we need a secretary of state in place. >> yeah. michael, i just want to see if my director can pop up some pictures. we are taking a look at -- that is the podium, and we do expect donald trump to take to that podium or at least one of his spokes people. that would be on the heels of the discussion we had over the phone that was scheduled about 25 minutes ago with israeli prime minister. what do you think would be the content of that conversation. what is pressing issues for this first official communication
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between the newly elected president of the united states and the prime minister of israel. >> you know, i went to work in the white house january 1st, 2009. and one of the first orders of the day is to prepare for these calls. i am pleasantly surprised that president trump is calling and talking to our allies and neighbors first and is saving the other calls for later. there was some worry about that, that maybe he'd be talking to putin first. that's a good sign. but the second thing i would say, these are just congratulatory calls. i don't think there is a lot of substance to them yet. he needs to make a lot of calls in the next couple of weeks, and i hope they're just reaffirming especially with our allies that just because we have had a change in government, we're not going to have a change in relationships with our closest allies, including israeisrael. >> we are going to stay on this
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picture. that said, as we talk about the fall out from the president's visit to the cia yesterday, all the rethaction that you know about, his former deputy chief of staff said former director brenen is saddened and angered of trump's behavior in front of the wall of agency heroes. brepen says trump should be asamed of himself. how much of this reaction is political? any of this reaction about national security issues actually? >> well, i worked if john brennan for five years in the u.s. government. those words quoted in that statement are highly unusual for him. he is not a political actor. he served for decades at the cia. i consider him a true, you know, patriot for his service to the united states government. so for him to say those things, he is obviously annoyed. and he's annoyed because president trump had a great
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opportunity to try to amend some differences that he, himself, created as president elect trump with the cia and in part he did that, and i think he should acknowledge that. but in part he focussed on himself and his inauguration and his numbers. and i just think the president needs to transition for all of his professional life, it's been about him and me as a television personality, as a ceo. now he needs to shift to its about us. >> yeah. >> he serves the american people. there is a word that we call, it's government service when you go into the government. and i just think he needs to start understanding that that's what people want to hear from him, not just about himself but about how he appreciates what other people in the service of the united states government do as well. >> all right. from stamford university, michael mcfall, former u.s. ambassador to russia. thank you so much for your time and for all of you as we wrap up
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