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page. end game and the pulse of america right here on msnbc where your voice could be heard in real-time. here are the stories we want to get your pulse on today. we want to take a closer look at some of the issues that we're fighting for. >> i didn't shed blood to defend this nation. i didn't give up literally parts of my body to have the constitution trammepled on.
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>> we are marching to rewrite, reclaim and reimagine the humanity that has been taken and stripped from these women. >> now president trump is responding to those protests. will that have any impact on how he governs. also for you today the president is receiving criticism for his comments at the cia. with many pressing issues facing him is his national security team ready to handle a foreign crisis. and one of the president's first executive actions takes aim on obamacare. i'll talk to former press secretary who was responsible for getting the affordable care act off the ground. president trump is promising to keep jobs in america. we want to know if you think he is steering us in the right direction. first breaking news we're watching here. some dangerous storms threatening to strike the south again after severe weather overnight left 12 people dead in
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georgia. the state's governor declaring a state of emergency in several counties impact bid ted by the and moments ago president trump giving his condo danlencescondo >> tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong and they suffered greatly. so we will be helping out the state of georgia. >> you just getting there hours ago, sara, and the picture is very clear. what is the very latest? >> reporter: well, let's show you the destruction that people here in the path of the tor ray doe are dealing with. just complete devastation. these cinder blocks used to be the base for three tall silos, which were picked up and carried off. you can see just how strong those winds were. continuing down in the path of the tornado right now you can see trees stripped bare of their
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bark. you can see some of the out buildings that were here. it looked like it was some sort of carriage house. you can see carriages on their side a little further down. so the damage quite extensive in the areas wihere these tornadoe hit. 12 people dead in georgia. officials caution that number could go up. we have 23 people injured. and the bad news, the worst could still be to come. if you look up at the sky right now, you'll see some gray clouds. we've got warm temperatures right now. perfect conditions for tornadoes and we're told a storm system is moving in here in about a half hour expected to be pretty bad. our friends at the weather channel already cautioning people to take shelters not just in their cars, but in sturdy buildings already -- sturdy buildings, excuse me. it has been dangerous weather
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across the south. we saw deaths in mississippi, in arkansas, louisiana and texas. some strong winds and funnel clouds spotted there. in fact, january is already above average for tornado activity, richard. as we all know, there is still a week to go. back to you. >> as a former georgia yan, we do not expect to see that in a january month. of course, so much will be happening in the next day or two. nbc will be touching base with you. thank you so much for the latest on that. now we will move back to our pulse questions of the day and politics. our first question for you, log on and there you can participate by selecting your response. and a reminder you can vote as often as you like throughout today's show. you can use whatever digital device you like. we will start at the white house where a number of president trump's aids have been sworn, including his son-in-law.
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but as the trump white house is officially assembled little by little, the new administration is faced with saturday's images, these just some of them. hundreds of thousands demonstrators marching in opposition to this new presidency in part. president trump responding this morning on twitter to that writing. here, quote, peaceful protests are a hallmark of our dmomsy. even if i don't always agree, i recognize the rights of people to express their views. which brings us to our first question of the day. do you agree nationwide marches will have an impact on how president trump governs. let's go straight now to nbc's kelly o'donnell at the white house for us. as you have been watch whing wh the president just did, the swearing in of his 30 inner circle apprentices or assistants, we have got some guidance about what we will be
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doing in the first few days and the next five. okay. it looks like we are having some technical difficulties. kelly, i apologize. we will try to reconnect and get back to you. kelly o'donnell at the white house. and again she is looking at what was a somewhat busy sunday for this new president, his second full day of work. he had a call earlier with israel's prime minister. he then came to the east room where you saw some of the pictures there. did not make comments about the march there. but he did tweet earlier and for the rest of the day, we don't have full guidance yet but we'll get back to kelly. now at the march, which i was eluding to, a number of democratic women stood up to speak to marchers. >> let's make today a beginning. let's buckle in because it's going to be a bumpy ride. and then let's go back to ohio
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and new york and florida and california and let's lget to work. >> this is the moment of the beginning of the revival of the women's movement. this is the moment you will remember when women stood strong and stood firm and said never again. >> just a portion of the energy that came from saturday. and today the question remains, who will sustain that energy and that political opposition along the way. join me now is amy howe. we have beth, senior editor for politics and jonathan love visits senior vice president. beth, starting with you on this, we were loni ilistening to the comments of some of the leaders speaking at the marches across the country, is this the revival of a women's movement or a revival of a democratic party? >> i would say it is the first
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step in the revival of the progressive movement. i feel this showed the basic irrelevance right now of the democratic party. there was little democratic party per se involvement in this march. these. >> reporter: grass movement marches that grew out out of facebook and social media. certainly you saw democratic elected officials jumping in and wanting to be part of it. yes, it was immediately about women's issues. but it was really more about the progressive movement, reorganizing, saying we're still out here and we will make a difference during this presidency of donald trump. >> some say it is great to see activism reborn in a way we haven't seen. people taken to the streets, right, using those leg muscles. many of these demonstrators were focused on reproproductive rights and opposing donald trump. all this together as we look at what they were trying to accomplish. from the perspective what might be handled in the courts and that is the supreme court,
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right? what is your reaction to what you saw as you were looking at all of these different gatherings? >> well, i think, you know, justice ginsburg is one of the icons of the women's movement right now and she is certainly the leader of the courts more liberal wing. she can only do as much as justice anthony kennedy is willing to do with her. and, so, a lot of people are watching the supreme court. donald trump is expected to name his nominee to the supreme court in the next few days or weeks. we don't know exactly when and we don't know who that would be. but we expect that to be much along the lines of justice anthony skoo leah. the difference is that had hillary clinton been elected or had barack obama been allowed to appoint a justice to the supreme court, i think that liberals would be looking at making
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progress on a lot of these issues, rather than playing defense, which is what they're likely to be doing in the months and years to come. >> jonathan, i want to share what the president said in reaction to this, these marches across the country. and he said this in a tweet, why didn't these people vote. so the question is, why didn't these people vote or did they all vote and also react to that which is said so far about what does this represent. >> i think regard lgs of vote, what we see here a tremendous movement of visibility for those with voices that want to be heard, that deserve to be heard and particularly when you are looking at this moment about opportunity in using that newfound lev rack that we have as a diverse nation to make sure the platforms we stand for are seen and heard by this administration, by this new congress. so this government, which is talking about jobs, jobs, jobs
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is also making sure they recognize the important of communities like the lbgt community, which created over 33,000 jobs. >> so 1.7 trillion dollars contributed to the economy and 30,000 jobs kree yakted? >> yes. and you can't separate that. when communities of color do better, so do we because we're all fundamentally connected in the economic development of the united states. so any -- right now it is so important that we focus and make sure everyone has a seat at the table. and as our report shows that everyone's economic voice is heard and leveraged correctly. >> beth, there has been some criticisms as well as those that said this is very good. obviously it totally blueew awa the expectations, the numbers. but i want to read something that was said when he spoke with a veteran organizer on the good and bad of yesterday. the untraditional organizing
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showed up in good and bad ways, reaching folks who had never done something like looking and feeling truly organic. bad, lack of traditional organizers and advance folks to help on staging, crowd movement. depending on how many we get, then we'll know where we're going. as we know from yesterday, they had so many, they didn't no they were going. >> in chicago they actually had to cancel the march because they were so overwhelmed, they felt like they couldn't do it safely. so people milled around and walked the streets themselves. there was a lot of energy. but there was no way to har necessary it for what comes next. i didn't see organizers out there taking people's e-mail and phone numbers. certainly there is some of that in these facebook pages. but are they going to be lost to this movement? they came out. they marched. they went home. how do you get them organize and effect change in politics.
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>> they were all really saying we're up for grabs here. listen to us. amy, one of the signs we saw concerned ant immigration rights. it's already been a flash point as you know as we look at some of the legal action that we think will be happening in the coming years. how do you think these marchers animate organizations like the aclu or legal defense funds going forward? >> i think they could give it or at least have the opportunity to give it tremendous energy. i think that what the aclu will be up against, obviously, is congress and the executive branch that have -- don't seem to be particularly receptive to immigrants rights. the supreme court is going to be again, once again, predominantly conservative court. so it will be hard to make leeway as well for them. >> thank you so much, amy, beth.
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thank you for stopping by on that as we are discussing our first question today. which is nationwide marches will have an impact on how president trump governs. let's share with you the results overall. and we are showing the total now 66% agree, 34% disagree to that, that these marches will have an impact on how president trump will govern. looking at gender, men mostly neutral. women more agreeable by at least 14 percentage points here. democrats and independents fairly neutral right down the middle you see right there. republicans disagreeing more. and then the final scoreboard for you overall, 42%, 41% disagreeing. close to 60% saying it will affect the way he governs. up next for you president trump comes under fire from the former cia director for comments made
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by donald trump at the agency. you can now voice your opinion on that second pulse question. do you agree or disagree with this, that president trump's national security team is ready to handle a foreign crisis. that's our second question of the day. you can go to to our website. back in a bit. seeing is believing, and that's why
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has their back. >> i am with you 1,000%. i know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you have wanted. and you're going to get so much backing. maybe you are going to say, please don't give us so much backing. >> during the visit, trump paid respects to the cia wall of stars. that's where he was standing in front of, the memorial that honors the lives of fallen agents and he also aired his personal grievances. take a listen. >> i have a running war with the media. they are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. i turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. i said, wait a minute, i made a speech. i looked out. the field was -- it looked like a million, million and a half people. we have the all-time record in the history of "time" magazine. like if tom brady is on the cover, it's one time because he won the super bowl. i've been on it 15 times this
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year. >> this prompted a blistering response from john brennan calling it a despicable december play. trump's pick to run the cia had not been confirmed yet. senator republicans blocking his vote. the senator only confirmed two of trump's nominees. james mad dis was confirmed. but there are still dozens of crucial roles that need to be filled. which brings us to our fuls question for you. agree or disagree. president trump's national security team is ready to handle a foreign crisis. let us know. joining us right now msnbc editor and editor at large at the atlantic. you have covered international security for decades. this is something you understand. how did he do at the cia?
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what is the word that you are hearing? >> yeah. listen, i think to that audience it was interesting. it was a saturday at the cia, so it wasn't a workday. there was some disingenuous talk there. the "time" magazine thing is easy to knock down. he has not been down "time" magazine cover more than anyone else. richard nixon holds that honor during water gate. we talk about the domestic policies. we have been overwhelmed by the pooift, the massive 180 we are seeing from the obama administration. what we haven't talked enough about is the pivot that we are going to see to foreign policies, to overseas nation. the inauguration address was going to be and was undoubted by a big hit in places like russia and china. and i think we should take donald trump, president trump at his word when he said he was going to do all these things. it now seems like he is.
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specifically today there has been communications between the israeli prime minister and president trump. israeli channel two has been reporting there will be restrictions lifting on expansions in jerusalem and the west bank. so the things donald trump said he was going to do during the campaign he is now doing. >> they are speaking today, israel's prime minister and the president, president trump. your thoughts on the very issues that he is bringing up, this question of whether to move the embassy to jerusalem. has been talked about. donald trump would like to do. flip side, he is supportive of what has been at least the lack of support to israel in the u.n. very recently, too. these are two streams going in different ways. how is it being seen from the seat offize raley prime minister
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here? >> the trump administration is per received by everyone as a bundle of con there dictions, not just israel's prime minister but others. i think you are going to have leaders like theresa may. i imagine japan will be back here soon trying to figure out where reality is. what is sand and what is hard rock when it comes to u.s. positions, u.s. policy and whether we are going to standby certain gaurnties of security and alliances we have had in the past. i just came back where i was traveling with vice president biden on his last trip and it was fascinating because there where you have got a lot of the world's elite and a lot of government leaders, they are seriously confirmed by this president. and you saw china walk in and essentially take over dabos. it became wholly acquired. china is now seen a more responsible player in global
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viern environment issues. when it comes to israel, they have to figure out to what degree they will have latitude to proceed or not with expansive housing and occupation policy as much push back might he get back on the palestine question. >> to you on this and steve brought it up. teresa may to talk to trump on friday. first foreign leader to meet with donald trump. some of the topics, russia, nato, british trade deals and what that bilateral may or may not look like. as you look at what steve says, that relevance of america, that question of what donald trump might be when it comes to foreign relations on key issues like this, theresa may, is she going to be the person, the leader that might, if you will, trump donald trump in the relevance of america? >> i'm not sure. that's a tall order.
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i mean president trump has sort of seen the brexit vote in many ways as reflective of his victory here in the recent presidential election. i think steve is 100% correct. i think a lot of foreign leaders are trying to figure out where the united states now stands on some of these issues. israel is a good example. we have talked about this idea of moving the embassy. well, what are the after effects of that. how are the arab nations going to react to that. whether you talk about terror im, you have to walk yemen and syria. you have to talk china and russia. and you are not talk about interests that are always going to align. i think this administration and as we ask the viewers are they ready to handle a crisis, i think there is an understanding of the complexity of poll sicks that is there. but certainly we will find out answers to these questions quickly. the israelis will move to expand that construction in jerusalem
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because the opportunity is there. russia may start moving some of its forces around because the opportunity is now there. china, you heard how china basically took over that meeting in dabo. countries are seeing this as an opportunity to corey out policies they haven't been able to do in the past eight years. >> according to the washington post, the president has nominated some 28 of 660 cabinet positions. back to that question, steve. is president trump's administration ready to handle a foreign crisis? >> well, i mean, i'm going to be candid here. i don't think they're ready. i hope they're ready. i think there are people on his team who have experience and i don't want to be trief when it comes to the kind of challenges that he's going to have because i believe they're coming. i believe that both big nation states are going to test us in various ways and i think nonstate actors are going to find ways to test us. one of the things we haven't seen donald trump exhibit is
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restraint. and oftentimes in these conflicts that are brewing around the world, restraint is often a much, much more important asset to detroy than actually taking action and hitting someone because you could end up in an else ka la toir trakt that goes to very bad places. i'm hoping that they are going to be those that balance him out. they are not all there yet. but i don't think they're ready yet. i just hope that when those challenges come and i think they are coming, we do have a team in the white house who can respond in a mature way that keeps america's priorities intact and doesn't let us get off in escalations that get into ways that no one wants. >> yeah. and president trump swearing in some 30 today. we'll see at what pace he will be filling in all of those vacancies that will need to be filled in the coming days. thank you so much. great conversation as always. >> thank you. >> so we have been asking this,
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agree or disagree. president trump's national security team is ready to handle a national crisis. let he share what you have been saying so far. 90% disagree. 10% agree. we go by political party for you. democrats and independents strongly agree. republicans are down the middle. that continues to change. and then by gender for the most part, men and women disagreed. women slightly more. and then the final scoreboard 88% disagreeing, 12% agreeing that the current administration is ready to handle a foreign crisis. all right. let us know your opinion on your third pulse question. agree or disagree with this, republicans will replace obamacare with a better health care plan. let us know. okay. former health and human services secretary, kathleen sa beel i can't say joins us coming up and she'll tell us what is going to happen next for the millions of
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you've got a shot against shingles. i think it's great that some americans that have no health insurance now have it. that's a wonderful accomplishment. at the same time what about people that had it who were happy with it and who lost it. counselor to the president kellyanne conway right there speaking about the affordable care act. on his first day as president trump signed an executive order targeting the health care law signaling to republicans this is a top priority for the new administration. but a new pole shows 45% of americans believe the health care law is a, quote, good idea. that's the highest percentage since hfs asked eight years ago. which brings us to our pulse question of the day. agree or disagree, republicans will replace obamacare with a better plan. joining us now is kathleen
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sebelius. great to see you. what do you think of the polls that shows people more happy than ever with the now aca. >> well, i think it makes sense. once people have benefits, once they figure out how the law works, once they enroll in insurance and then somebody comes along and says we're going to take this away, i think that becomes a very difficult puzzle. up until now, it has been very theoretical. we'll change it. but these folks are saying we're going to get rid of it. and i think what you see is an american public that says, wait, i may not like parts of it. i think the costs may be high. i would like more choice of doctors, but don't get rid of it. that to me makes great sense. and i think that's what's going to make it very complicated for the republican congress to actually move to the next step of repealing and replacing the law that's been in place for almost seven years.
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>> this is a very big issue, as you know so well personally. trillions of dollars here. as you look at some of those specifics that president trump would like to do here, he's looking at keeping some of those parts that are good, pre-existing conditions, coverage there, allowing young people to stay with their parents insurance up to the age of 26. but then on the flip side, right, re-doing and replacing, repealing as you were just saying here something that lowers the cost of health care overall. there is a revenue cost problem there. >> well, i think there is. and again if they can come up with that plan, making sure that the people who now have coverage don't lose it, lowering costs for everyone, making sure that insurance companies don't get to go back to picking and choosing who gets coverage based on a pre-existing condition, based on the fact that you could get pregnant, based on the fact you are a cancer sur visor,
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terrific. president obama said, i say, everybody said, we'd endorse it in a heart beat. seven years after the law has been passed, they have never come up with a plan. they voted 50 times to repeal the law as it is. you know, i was in a little butcher shop. i'm spending more time in kansas these days and i was in a little butcher shop the other day. the woman behind the counter, who is probably early 60s said to me i didn't like this law. didn't know much about it. but i didn't have insurance. i finally went on. my brother insisted i go on the website and get coverage. i love my coverage. what is going to happen to me? and i told her sign up in 2017. and by the way, open enrollment is still underway until the 31st of january. sign up this year. you have a contract with an insurance company at the price you choose. and we don't know what's going to happen next. but hopefully you will keep your coverage. hopefully they will do no harm
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to those of you who actually have insurance coverage. >> and the removal of the individual mandate then makes it difficult for insurance companies to actually keep costs low or spread costs, if you will. how might they make that work, though, based on the statement and what donald trump did with that executive order? >> well, the executive order is, i think, all about symbols and no real meaning. the executive order basically says any cabinet secretary should use all of their authority within the law to do whatever they can, to not impose burdens on people. that's the authority they would have as soon as they were sworn in anyway. so this really doesn't change anything. but it's symbolic gesture toward the rush to repeal a crowd who wanted to. first they raent dolly care what's next. i think what happens, though,
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the there are winners and losers in that old system, in the days before the affordable care act. if you're young and fehealthy a had health and finances you did pretty well. insurance company you a good deal and you could extra money in a health savings account and pay for your kids braces and pay all your copays. if you had any kind of pre-existing condition, and that's one-third of the country, if you are a woman that might get pregnant, if you had any kind of disease in your past or if you were older, you didn't do so well. so you now have better coverage, cheaper coverage, better benefits than you ever had before. if you're in any of those categories, if you're a woman, some people who are young and healthy policies did cost more. >> as you look at what costs more -- >> that said. >> we have to go quickly here, secretary. >> right. sorry. >> what would you say the
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percentage you would tweak. any different model, at this moment, what percentage would you tweak or remove? >> i think we could tweak about 20% of it. around costs, around prescription drug costs, everybody pays too much, around making sure that we pay out of the government plans for procedures and prescriptions and diagnostics that really work, make patient improvements and spend some more on preventive care, keeping folks have becoming diabetics or high blood pressure in the first place. there is some things we could do to lower everybody's costs and to make the market more stable. >> okay. madam secretary, thank you for spending your sunday with us. it was great to have you. >> thanks. >> you can still make your voice heard on this topic, by the way. our pulse question, do you agree or disagree. republicans will replace obamacare with a better health
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all right. back to pulse of america. we've been asking you this, agree or disagree. republicans will replace obamacare with a better plan. right now 92% disagreeing. 8% agreeing with that. look at the age groups here. all groups pretty much disagree. younger agree a little bit more. and then finally when you look at this, by gender, men disagrees, women strongly disagreeing at least to some point there. you see in that graph and overall. 91% to 9% disagreeing republicans will replace obamacare with another health care plan. we'll have another question for you next.
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we're following breaking developments coming out of major league baseball right now. kansas city royals pitcher died in a car crash in the dominican republic today. he was only 25 years old. he was a vital piece of the royals 2015 championship season, winning 13 games there. he was known for his fastball that topped out at 100 miles an hour. now, the royals released a statement today sayi ining vent always brought a smile to everyone he worked with. no details of the crash have been released yet. next for you president trump and the economy. that's where we're going. can he keep his promise to bring jobs back to the united states. tell us what you think. agree or disagree. the nation's economy is headed in the right direction under president trump. go to our website to tell us what you think.
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one by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores. with not even a thought about the our shores without even a thought about the millions and millions of american workers that were left behind. the wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world. but that is the past and now we are looking only to the future. >> president trump repeating a campaign promise to bring back jobs in his inaugural address days ago. which leads us to our final question for you. agree or disagree, the nation's economy is headed in the right direction under president trump. you can go to pulls.msnbc.com/america. for more on trump's economic policies, i'm joined by msnbc contributor and former chief
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economic adviser to vice president biden and also from the american enterprise institute, also a cnbc contributor. james, last week we were looking at the headlines coming out of davos and also this discussion. and a point to be made by now president trump during his inaugural address. he's saying bring back jobs, more jobs for americans. folks internationally are saying, we're worried. this could mean an isolationist united states may damage trade and emerging markets. your thought? >> my thought, that we're not going back to the 1960s. that's basically what donald trump has promised. he has promised in that speech and in the campaign that we're going back to the past of american steel. that's not going to happen. if those jobs come back they're going to be done by robots. i've not heard him talk about that. i keep waiting for the speech
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where he will talk about the economic challenges facing modern america in the 21st century. it wasn't that speech and i'm still waiting for it. >> jared, can't we have both, more jobs for americans, more jobs for the middle class, more manufacturing jobs, what donald trump wants at the same time not hurt these emerging markets by stopping or having more isolationist trade policies? >> yes, we can. although, the manufacturing piece, as jimmy suggested, is complicated. you won't bring back coal jobs, for example, another promise that trump made. actually, if you look at the current economy, employment is growing at a solid clip. we might want it to grow faster. remember, the federal reserve is also telling us that they're worried about inflationary pressures and have gone raising interest rates. the idea that there's american carnage and an economy falling apart and rusting at the seams is completely belied by the data. what's true, very important,
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i'll give trump credit for elevating this. lots of people in places have been left behind by globalization. they've been on the wrong side of the inequality debate. the problem is that i can't link up any of the policies that i hear coming out, starting to come out of the trump administration with any of those problems. >> where is the data, then, jim, as you look at this? as jared was saying, most of the data, if not all the data, is very positive. yet there are these groups not being addressed, a wealth gap if you will. where is that data? >> listen, i think you have a portion of the public who has not done well over the last generation due to trade but also due to automation, which president trump has not talked about. i think there's a lot of unease about the future. they are worried about the rise of the robots, if they can afford to send their kid to college. will they have a decent job when they get out? will they have a lot of loans? there's a lot of unease out there. that's not been addressed by president trump or the campaign today.
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zero education policy. he has not talked about how to retrain workers, make college education more affordable. instead he has said don't worry. everything is going to be fine. we're going to somehow bring back all these factory jobs. they're going to be great jobs. that's a fantasy he is continuing to sell. >> as he moves forward, he did that before he was sworn in on friday. where, as we were watching in the news. he also has his cabinet picks, wilbur ross for commerce secretary, steve minuchin for treasury secretary, both widely liked in places like davos, which happen this had last week. are they good for this space we're talking about? these millions of jobs that were created? 11 million jobs created, unemployment rate dropping. they want to keep making that better. are these the right people to make it better? >> we don't know yet. wilbur ross has worked with the steel industry in the past. what we haven't seen, and this
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is the split jimmy and i were talking about. it's so pronounced. we haven't seen any ideas coming out of this administration. and they ran on this. and the members of the cabinet will stand up in front of congress and tell you that they're all about trying to close this disconnect between the growing economy and the folks who have been left behind. instead what we're hearing is repeal obamacare, a bunch of big tax cuts for rich people, deregulate financial markets. the president signed something the other day that will make mortgage purchasing a bit more expensive for low-income people. the bottom line to this, richard, is that you just can't believe what the president says in this space. it's that simple. >> we'll have to cut this short. i apologize. jared bernstein, james, some tape out of the white house. let's go straight to that tape right now.
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>> we're going to have a great eight years together. again, the inauguration was such a success and such a safety success. and we want to thank you all, because it was really a very, very special experience. and, general, congratulations. i happened to see you and your very beautiful wife. just sworn in by the vice president. it will be a great thing that happens along our borders. campaigned very much on security and border safety. and general kelly is going to -- again, i want to thank you. i wanted to come down personally. there's the man. come on. what a job. from day one, i have felt safe.
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thank you. >> thank you, sir. it was a great weekend. >> so, let's -- oh, and there is james. he has become more famous than me. director comey. let's take some pictures and say hello to each other, okay? where is a good spot? right here? >> we're just getting that tape in from the white house. what i was showing you there is a meeting with law enforcement officials there. no particular title to it. but the president having a busy day. you saw james comey, fbi director there at the end, shaking hands with president trump as well as vice president pence. this, on a day that just hours ago, he had brought together some 30 individuals that were sworn in. and now this event, that tape
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coming into us. we fed it to you live right there. we now have some -- andy carney from politico on the line with us right now. your thoughts of what you saw right here. okay. we seem to have some technical difficulties. we will try to get back to her shortly. we're just watching that tape coming in live from the white house, meeting with law enforcement officials, fbi director there and then taking some pictures. this on a sunday, the second full day of work for president trump here. and earlier, having the opportunity to speak with benjamin netanyahu, israel's prime minister earlier today. discussion points, we don't have the specifics. potentially the discussion of the movement of the embassy from the united states or rather to jerusalem. it has been a day of events for president trump here. and this tape coming in with the
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leaders of law enforcement there at the white house and then some pictures at the end. that's what we're following at this hour. we'll show one more time as we are watching what happened moments ago with tape that we just got in. president trump, fbi director james comey. the question, controversy that's been out there, is the release of information or lack thereof related to the investigation into hillary clinton and her e-mail server? okay. let's go now to andie, i believe, is back with us. we've fixed our technical issues. the footnote to what we're watching here, annie, is that shaking of hands and what that might mean for the future of fbi director comey there. your thought? >> sorry. it looks like comey is likely to stay.
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i've heard mixed reviews about comey from some of trump's supporters, who think that he let the clintons off the hook, even though the clintons claim that he sshlly lost the election for her. but that looks like he will have a future with the trump administration. >> yeah. as we're watch iing this, what s a scheduled event, meeting with key law enforcement, it looks like, at the white house after he had finished the swearing in of 30 key assistants. also those who are in his inner circle on this day, this happening before that, the swearing in. some faces that we have seen throughout the election, faces that we saw not only during the general but also post, as they were trying to fill out the transition process. they're now in phase three of the transition. one of the names that came up, jared kushner, senior adviser. he, raising his hand and being sworn in there. this, based

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