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hey, back on snapchat, by the way. took a hiatus. right now more news and much more action with tamron hall back in new york. >> right now on msnbc, president trump is expected to sign a series of executive orders. one order is his intent to renegotiate nafta and the other is to withdraw from the transatlantic partnership. >> and is president trump varie violating the constitution? plus breaking news out of houston. an update on former president george h.w. bush and former first lady barbara bush. we're expecting that later this hour and we'll carry thative
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as soon as the doctors start speaking. right now we're waiting for president trump on what he's calling a day of action to sign executive orders fulfilling a key campaign promise, namely to renegotiate trade deals. the executive orders he's expected to sign are to declare his intention -- his intention to renegotiate nafta between the u.s., canada and mexico and to pull the u.s. out of the transpacific partnership, known out of the tpp, a deal that has yet to be ratified by our congress. earlier this morning the president met with business leaders telling them he wants to bring motor vehicanufacturing bs country and cut regulations. he also had a warning for those executives. >> if you go to another country and you decide that you're going to close and get rid of 2,000 people or 5,000 people, if that happens, we are going to be
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imposing a very major border tax on the product when it comes in, which i think is fair. >> this afternoon the president will meet with union leaders and workers followed by meetings with congressional leaders from both parties. kristen welker standing by with the developments we're following. kristen, we were expecting to get more information on these executive orders around 10:30 eastern time. what's the very latest, though? >> reporter: we expect him to sign a series of executive orders. as you laid out, tamron, we do anticipate at least two of them will be focused on trade. in terms of announcing his intention to renegotiate nafta, that gets tricky, that is something that requires congressional approval. he also has to get mexico and canada on board. he's of course going to meet with the leaders of those two countries in the coming weeks. you have a number of republicans who are wary of renegotiating and tearing up nafta. the president said, look, this
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is one of the worst trade deals ever negotiated but free trade proponents say it could ultimately have unintended consequences. it could cost american jobs. so this could be a little bit of a battle with congress but as you point out, tamron, this was a key campaign promise that candidate trump made out on the campaign trail so he's trying to make good on that promise today. in terms of tpp, that big, international trade deal that prom pla fought for, it was never approved by congress so he can pull out of the deal but i'm tolds me going to sap some of his advisers to negotiate in those countries with the tpp. this is being build as a day of action. he already met with a number of ceos. this is his next step before he meets with those leaders today. trade a key top ek for thic for.
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>> we'll talk with stephanie ruhle later. she has exclusive information. again, this warning to american businesses that somehow they would be punished through a tax if they don't adhere to some of the things that the president is now saying are necessary to do business in this country. >> right. and he doubled down on that today, tamron. he said, look, if you outsource jobs, we're going to slap higher taxes on you. he said he's going to try to lower taxes for middle class americans and lower regulations by 75%. we saw during the transition, he took some of these companies on head on, over twitter, calling them out for outsourcing jobs, companies like gm, for example. today in that meeting, dell, lockheed martin, among other companies. >> what could these executive orders on nafta and tpp mean for you? let's bring in ali velshi. as you well know and kristen has reiterated, there are critics
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out there who say these actions could have unintended consequences for american workers and what we pay for goods coming into this country. >> that's what donald trump tends to leave out. in theory, more things get manufactured in the united states and wages improve, but if you put a border tax on things coming in, goods get more. >> what nafta opponents talk about is that in co, remember ross perot talking about that giant sucking sound of jobs going to mexico. what nafta does in particular, donald trump -- you just spoke to kristen about, donald trump talks about this border tax he wants to impose. he can't do that under nafta. he has to do something about nafta in order to impose that border tax. nafta currently allows the united states to export without
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duties to canada and mexico and the u.s. exported $270 billion worth of good and services to mexico in 2015. that's the latest year for which we have full figures. of the stuff made in the united states that mexico buys, heavy machinery, vehicles, petroleum and a lot of raeg rahal products. so and it is important to remember that while we talk a lot about china, canada and mexico remain the largest place for u.s. exports. >> thank you very much. we'll get back to the executive actions from the president but i want to talk you to houston methodist hospital for an update on former president h.w. bush and his wife, barbara. >> he is sitting up, watching tv, waiting patiently for his favorite oyster stew for lunch.
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he's on oxygen, laughing and joking with the doctors. >> he still has a fair amount of coughing. we are addressing that with various breathing treatments to help his bronchial tubes be a little less twitchy, for lack of a better term. not nearly the amount of phlegm, and we'll still be working on that as he transitions out of the intensive care unit. he'll need a fairly aggressive breathing medications and we'll finish off antibiotics as well. i would anticipate the rate of improvement at this point and
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dr. minuteors and i were here back with the full team back2012, which was quite a long stint in the hospital, but if everything continues at the pace of improvement that we're currently enjoying, i would imagine -- let's see, today's monday, continued improvement throughout the course of the week, a friday discharge might be a little bit optimistic but friday or over the weekend. literally it's a bit of a moving target. it is fluid on him in terms of leftover residual inflammation in his bronchial tubes, in his lung and that influences his oxygen and his coughing. can we get him improved to an extent where we can manage him
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with a home regimen of home breathing medications, et cetera. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> everything is actually proceeding nicely. he had the roughly 48-hour need for that ventilatory support, with the tube down the throat, hooked up to a ventilator. once we were able to identify the bacteria and caught up with the inflammation, we turned down the ventilator to a low setting. about as close to breathing on your own as you can with a tube still in your throat and looking at his numbers, looking at his oxygen, looking at what we call the mechanics of breathing, sort of t strengths of breathing
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and if all that looks well, looks enkurjing we were able to remove the tube, obviously continue some oxygen through the nose but he has done very well in that regard. we did not see a rebound of difficulty breathing, of tiring out. x rays continue to improve. so no obvious reaccumulation of material in his air ways that would then again put him behind the eight ball. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> sure. absolutely i agree.
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any time you hear of a 92-year-old gentleman with a pneumonia requiring intubation, it's a very serious situation. we never really know how the patients are going to do at that point. the fact that he is doing so well just five days after the event that caused him to need to be intubated i think is a real testament to the pulmonary team that's been taking care of him, the doctor and our icu staff. but also to him. he's a really strong person. he's not your average 92-year-old. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> unfortunately, with the patients that most frequently have these kind of complications are older patients.
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so we're both very versed in taking care of, you north carolina 80-year-olds and 90-year-olds that areacing pneumonia. really you just have to,ike i said, take extra precautions. you have to adjust medications accordingly but -- and just take into consideration that their baseline strength is not the same as somebody who's 40 or 50. when you're trying to get them off the ventilator and things like that. so as dr. door of mentioning, they were looking at the mechanics to make sure he was strong enough to come off the ventilator. as mentioned, he's done quite well. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> he hasn't really been talking about it much. he watched the tv but he didn't -- and was making, you know, just "oh, look, look who's there," commented on seeing his
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son there or things like that. >> no input into the opinion or thought process, that he shared with us anyway. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> yes, ma'am. i just left the bedside shortly before our conference here and she was -- actually, i had gone up to the floor where she has been. she was already gone out of her room. she was down in intensive care sitting right next to him, watching tv, interacting with him. >> they truly do have just such an amazing love for each other and that really came across here. like i said, part of why she ended up i think in the hospital was because even though she was ill, she was trying to be by his
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bedside all the time and wasn't able to get the care she needed. so when we put her in the hospital, the hospital has been really great about giving her her breathing treatments down there and trying to make sure that they're together. but other than sleeping in separate rooms, they pretty much have been -- she's been sitting at his bedside most of the time, getting most of her mefd casedi. >> they're essentially therapy for each other. >> yes, they are. >> they're help in our complian compliance. when one of them doesn't want to get on a breathing treatment, the other one says "get on that." it helps our cause. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> i believe she's -- i believe if she hasn't yet, she's going
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to shortly. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> she actually has some things to take care of at home and said she's coming back to spend the afternoon with him as a visitor, not as a patient. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> we did. just to define the terms of the same fiber optic technology that is used for colonoscopies and such, we have the same for the lung, it's obviously a smaller, where we can go in, take a look around the bronchial tree -- >> the doctors are giving a press conference of the condition of formes president h.w. bush and mrs. bush. chris jansing also following the
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latest. understandably the concerns when you have a 92-year-old individual being treated for pneumonia, as well as the come b -- >> no presidential couple has ever been married longer, 72. even though she wasn't feeling well, she was by his bedside as much as she could be. i think the key here, the sentence, otour average 92-year-old." as you mentioned, pneumonia is very serious in any senior citizens. the fatality rate is almost exclusive for people over 65 and when you listen to his sons talk
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about him, they talk about how resilient he is. we saw him many so she has been released. she was suffering from fatigue and a cough, as you just heard, brought on by trying to take care of him. everyone obviously feeling very good about the fact that he is doing better. they'll be watching him very closely. but this press conference very good news for everyone who admires the bush family. tam ron? >> according to organizers, 3 million people took part in peaceful women's rights marches around the world to voice opposition to president trump. the women's march on washington attracted more than half a million people. there were more than 600 sister
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matches and in dozens of cases, president trump responded sunday morning with a tweet. "watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election. why didn't these people vote? celebs hurt cause badly. peaceful protests are a hall mark of our democracy. even if i don't always agree, i recognize the rights of people to express their views." here you had the inauguration highly representative of the red states. and the next day, saturday, states that some may see as blue states, even though this is global and there are no blue sits in after friday and
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saturday. so what happens next? >> there were marches even in red states, texas, alaska. we saw them in tennessee. i think the main message of it all was that while we have a new president, we want to make sure he is talking about the jand that's going to push america into the future and that is the issues of pay equity, reproducti reproductive, even when it comes to global issues. today they announced ten initiatives you can do in the next ten days. yesterday was the beginning of action. we have to make sure people are constantly present but more importantly that they're participating. we do voter registration and that's not going to stop. >> so when we look at those ten actions and i'll compare it in many ways to the black lives
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matter movement in that there was a tremendous amount of attention at the very beginning and some of the members of that moveme decided that they would not be involved, at least early on, in the election. we saw that change clearly toward the end but some of the criticism, whether it's deemed fair or not, was that there was not a unified direction, a list of demands. do you believe that the march saturday and the party moving forward needs a list of demands? >> black lives maher was part of the woman's march. people will still continue working on criminal justice, that doesn't stop. >> is it possible to bring so many agendas together with a single voice? if that is possible, what is the single voice?
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that you don't want donald trump to be re-elected? >> i think that's one, we need team people to run for office. we have to make sure while donald trump is going to have his own agenda, the easiest targets are going to being members of congress and the senate. >> is that similar to and not to compare obviously the agenda did, they targeted tmembers of the senate to stand in the way of president obama, to prevent him to be able to move forward with some of his policies. is that kind of what you see this movement doing to the sense that we saw the tea party right in front of the capitol protesting and with their signs and making their voices heard to members of congress
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specifically? >> what are the issues your members care about and making sure congress is going to pay attention. the gop was going to remove the house of ethics, weaken that was a real republican and democratic issue. this idea is if the election of donald trump, what he did was actually make sure that, one, americans were engaged. we came out into the streets on saturday. and putting their money where their mouth is and that contacting their members and running for office. >> greatly appreciate it. with some breaking news to ut south to report, out of georgia, officials are holding just absolutely heartbreaking video coming in as well. >> it is unfathomable what happened out there.
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you literally have a trailer park that looks like it's been disintegrated. >> tornadoes and severe thunderstorms killing a least 19 people this weekend and now a nor'easter is threatening millions of others along the east coast. us there now despite concerns over tiller and you's t-- tillerson's nomination. we'll be right back. ♪
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in georgia emergency management officials are pleading for president trump to assist them after storms ravaged their state. >> we've been begging for assistance. we're not asking for money right
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now. we're asking for resources. to get caught up in the bureaucratic red tame -- tape at this time is unacceptable. i would ask president trump to cut through the red tape and get some people on the damn ground. >> now people along the east coast are bracing for that weather system as it makes its way north. let's bring in mariana atencio. let's start with what you just heard from that city official saying they need people on the ground, pleading with president trump and fema to get some assistance there. what else can you tell us about this delay, if there is one here? >> well, tamron, doubtry county
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sheriff's office is telling us three people are dead. we're about three hours south of georgia. the county coroner's office said they are trying to idea the four bodies. you can just see the scope of the damage from these forms me. 70 mile-an-hour winds destroying homes and businesses and turning over a huge 18-wheeler truck to my right. i spoke to the owners who told me just how lucky they felt be alive and that they weren't driving this truck when the deadly tornado hit. >> oh, my gosh. it's unbelievable. i've never seen one like that. pertaining to me. i've seen them on the road but
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to happen to us, it's devastating. yeah, something you'll probably never forget about. >> reporter: tamron, we have seen people starting to trickle back into their nakeeighborhood searching for their loved ones and their belongings. authorities telling them it's not safe to be walking around. 18 people have been found dead across the south because of these deadly twisters. tamron? >> nbc's blake mccoy is on long island where they're starting to feel the effects of the nor'easter moving through. what's the latest there, blake ? >> you can hear the winds whipping around. we could see wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour as the day progresses. i want to show you precautions they've been taking ahead of the nor'easter. they've had tractor out there all morning building this giant sand dune to protect the sand
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from this coastal flooding. we'll see rain moving into the new york area. the big concerns are these winds. 60 mile-an-hour gusts will knock down trees and will topple power lines. that is the greatest risk for damage with this storm. it's a little unusual for a nor'easter not to have snow with it. inlander will see snow but it will be a rain event for most of philadelphia, new york and new jersey. the storm will then move into new england in the overnight hours. tamron? >> thank you very much. coming up, back to politics. did donald trump violate the constitution? a new law alleges that trump's business and tv interests are illegal. up next, i'll talk live with one of the lawyers behind the lawsuit. i don't want to live with
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trump here in federal court in manhattan. the suit was filed by citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington, arguing that president trump is violating the emoluments clause. thank you for joining me. let's get this out of the way first. there's been a report that the attorneys and many of those who have aligned with this lawsuit have political motivations, that somehow you are a supporter of either hillary clinton, bernie sanders and the democratic party and that's why you're doing this. what's your response to those
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folks? >> crew is a non-partisan organization. richard painter and norm eisen, the crew is a nonptisan organization, it's a watch dog group tha cares about good government and that's the motivation for this lawsuit. it's not about partisan politics. >> in the lawsuit it brings up the many trump properties, we're going to talk about the trump hotel in washington, d.c., which specifically in the lease says cannot be owned by an elected official. but going to some of the business ventures, this is what the attorney advising president trump on how to separate from his business, this is what they said about being in violation of the constitution. >> this is not what the
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constitution says. paying for a hotel room is not a gift for a present and it has nothing to do with an office. it's not an emolument. >> what do you say in response to that? >> i think the problem is that it's not a gift or a present maybe, but it is an emolument. an emolument is an 18th century word, we don't use the word very often. merriam webster apparently is getting more searches for this word than any other. it doesn't just mean salary. the framers thought a lot about this. present means i give you something and you get nothing in return. emolument means i give you something and maybe there is something in return. whenever there's an exchange of money for services, there's an opportunity for corruption. if you were going to hire somebody to negotiate with the
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government of china, would you want to hire someone who had a lease with the government of china, had them as one of their largest tenants, where they old money to the bank run by china? of course not. you would want someone with undivided loyalty to you. and the framers wanted a president who had undivided loyalty to the american people. they took this stuff very seriously. they were students of history. they understood republics could be subject to corruption. even if you have great people, people who virtuous if you have financial interests. they can be subtle or overt. we've never had a president before who had such vast, complex and secret financial interests as donald trump. >> when you go back to the lack of transparency or i.e. secrecy
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on his taxes, you had kellyanne conway yesterday saying he will not release his taxes and now they're going back to the line that he will release his taxes after an audit is complete. is this about getting a record of his business records through his taxes and not his words, which have been murky at best? >> the point of the lawsuit is not just to get his tax returns, right. but it is important that in discovery in order to figure out what financial interests does donald trump really have. we need to be able it see documents like his tax returns. one of the most troubling things show that there are a lot of financial interests that trigger the emoluments clause and create a constitutional problem, but there's also a lot we don't know about who he owes money to and what financial interests he's has. the purpose of the law is to find out what are those financial conflicts of interest
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and to ask a judge to conclude that there is a constitutional problem here and it has to be fixed. >> deepak gupta, thank you so much. >> you heard the argument made, it's very clear what the lease says, there's a 60-year lease, trump organization pays $3 million a month with that hotel but an elected official is not supposed to be on that lease. >> a lot of that comes back to the long-awaited press conference with the pile of papers but no real plan to create what ethics efforts have said would be meaningful separation. again, to take a step back, if donald trump was not benefiting directly from the hotel, from then we wouldn't be -- he's made
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a different choice, one he says is legal, which is to basically benefit from his ownership in all of these companies and do business with foreign governments. this law makes the argument that it is odd to say weir going to tun -- now what does a federal judge need to do and decide here? >> the big game in town, do those people we just heard from and ethics enex-do they have standing? a federal judge could easily say, no, hey, i don't like what you guys are selling, you're the wrong guys to sell it, you haven't been injured. >> but wouldn't any american citizen be someone that they could argue they are injured in that he is the president of the united states? >> well, many have tried but few have prospered if i could use a
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little bit of made up scripture. the fact is that judges of very, very skeptical of the idea that anyone can say as a citizen i can bring a lawsuit. what's in place is -- >> so a competitor. >> a business competitor would be better. one case that was civil rights abuses were so bad that the business was being harmed because they were dealing with civil rights abuses. if it gets past standing and they start getting the business records, loan records, maybe even tax returns. >> coming up, president trump has met with some top business executives at the white house
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welcome back. we're following breaks news from capitol hill. senator marco rubio announcing in the past hour he will support rex tillerson's nomination as secretary of state. this could be key for his confirmation, despite rubio's testy exchanges with tillerson during his confirmation hearing. >> is vladimir putin a war criminal? >> i would not use that term. >> what's happened in aleppo, you are still to the willing to say that vladimir putin has
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committed war crimes? >> i would need much more information. >> also the vote for director pompeo was supposed to happen on friday. that was delayed until today. kasie, give us more information on whatator rubio is saying and what apprs to be a change of mind if you look at that exchange earlier last week. >> tamron, i think this is an example of marco rubio trying to push these boundaries as far as he thought that they could go. when this hearing initially happened, you saw the sharp, change. there was a lot of concern with how tillerson responded under his questions. there were concern about where senators mccain and graham would come down.
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you'll remember if they go back to the russian hacking intelligence report, they were concerned with how trump was going to react to that. he didn't react in a way that really set them off and they said over the weekend they would support tillerson's none nation. there was a lot of behind-the-scene pressure from the administration to get on board with this. rubio writing "given the uncertainty that exists at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy, it would be against our national interests to have his confirmation unnecessarily delayed or embroiled in controversy. therefore, despite my reservations i will support mr. tillerson's nomination.
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this amounts to rubio backing down from a fight with the president. >> as we mentioned, president trump finished a breakfast meeting earlier with corporate executives at the white house. in that meeting the president promised, quote, a very major border tax and a cut in regulations by 75%. >> we think we can cut regulation business 75%. maybe more. but by 75%, have in a certain way better protections but when you want to expand your plant or when mark wants to come in and build a big massive plant and when dell wants to come in and do something monstrous and special, you're going to have your approvals really fast. >> stephanie ruhle joins us now. you were one of the first if not the first to report this meeting. a, how did it come together, who was there and we all know we
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hate meetings because a lot of times nothing comes out but talk. >> that may be the case. what was donald trump successful at? changing the conversation. over the weekend, there was a lot of noise that came out what was he doing? kellyanne conway had a lot of bad moyes. donald trump goes to cray and got down to basics he said people voted for me because independent the guy who brought jobs in the economy and in the last 24 hours, the ceo of dow chemicals pulled together ceos from across the board and donald trump says we're going to cut taxes, we're going to bring jobs back to this country and i want you to manufacture here. he doesn't mention when he was making products or his daughter ivanka, the majority of products
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she makes aren't made here but it sounds great. >> breaking news, president trump just signed get more specc on that, by bringing in nbc's kristen welker. we've been having this headline all morning long of the executive action. what is the meat behind? >> reporter: he just signed announcing his intention to pull out of tpp, the multinational trade agreement that president obama tried to put in place but congress had not yet approved that. he is going to task his top economic advisers with renegotiating deals country to country so one on one deals with all of the countries that were initially involved in the tpp trade agreement. we're also told he signed an executive action related to mexico. we'll need to get more details about that and a third one that imposes a hiring freeze on all federal employees with the
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exception of the mitary. that is something we were anticipating. thiss part of what he has said he was going to do as a candidate, and so is that call that he's going to pull out of tpp. he could get some backlash on that from members of his own party. lot of them were in favor of tpp, but again, it had never been authorized by congress, so he does have the authority to do that. now, we think that he's going to try to renegotiate nafta as well so we have to see if he says anything about that later today he's going to be meeting with union leaders this afternoon. tamron? >> so kristen, going back to the complexity of tpp, we know where bernie sanders stood on this. he could have problems within his own party on this, and to say we withdraw or supporting withdrawal from tpp when this was not a complete action yet how do you withdraw from something you're not in. >> that's a good point. it hadn't been finalized yet. he's saying i'm putting the
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prakz on that, i'm going to pull out of what required congress n congressional approval. we common ground with progressive bernie sanders. on the campaign trail he talked about bernie sanders supporters coming over to him, because they did see eye to tie on this issue of trade. they think some of the trade deals have favored american corporations over american workers so he has vowed to put in place trade deals that would enhance salaries, american workers' jobs, but you have free trade pro poents who say payment it's a little bit more complex than that. if you increase tariffs you could ultimately end up costing jobs. >> nothing on nafta? >> reporter: not yet. we anticipate he will be talking about it and obviously meeting with union leaders later on today, and i'm told that ultimately he's going to announce if not today, at some point in the coming days his intentions to renegotiate that trade deal, which was put in
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place in 1994 under former president bill clinton. that's a lot tricki, though, tamroncause that requires congressional approval. it also requires a sign-off from mexico and canada. tamron? >> thank you very much, kristen. let's bring in mark murray standing by. let me get you in on this. we start this morning if stephanie is still here with the administration it seems trying to change the conversation from the huge march on saturday, i think it's fair to say a debacle from kellyanne conway, the alternative facts is now trending to now trying to talk about jobs. we have this headline of executive order, and yet again still no clarity behind the words of executive order and what this administration plans to do. >> yes, tamron. even if the march hadn't happened, if if you didn't have the sean spicer moment from saturday night, every new administration wants to have a sense of urgency, we are getting down to work and how the executive orders come in.
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sometimes they reflect deep policy changes and other times guideposts or north stars. as you and kristen welker were talking about tpp, given there is no tpp anymore, donald trump's executive order about it is pretty much meaningless but it is a big signal to his supporters and his objectives when it comes to the broad point on trade. >> this is video we've just gotten in, i apologize for interrupting, i think we have audio as well. let's listen. >> everyone knows what that means, right? we've been talking about this for a long time. thank you. okay. great thing for the american worker, what we just did. >> next a federal government employee hiring freeze. >> except for the military. >> except for the military.
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>> except for the military. >> next is the policy in regard to mexico city. >> okay. >> that's it. >> thank you, press. >> thank you very much. >> mr. president, reaction to the lawsuit today? >> that's it. without merritt, totally without merit. >> thank you, appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> just you heard there at the tail end a reporter asking the president about this lawsuit filed against his organization to reveal more about the
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business dealings of trump organization as it relates to the constitution and if the president is in violation or of the constitution with some of his business interests, including a hotel not very far from the white house, which is a 60-year lease for trump organization, specifically reads that an elected official cannot be on the lease of that building, so that is a part of this lawsuit filed. let me bring back stephanie, she's been so kind to sit here and listen in. so you have this withdrawal from tpp. we know that is in conflict with some of the members of congress within his own party and not worked its way through congress. the american worker hiring freeze, except the military. >> but also just think about tpp for a minute. there's a lot of businesses pro-tpp. donald trump is clear i'm going to stop this, stop that but what does he want to do? upon meeting with the ten ceos he said i'd like to give you 30 days, come back to me to give me a list of what you can do to help plans.
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they walked out of the building, mark fields great day for the american economy, business and worker. within an hour he says tpp you're over and done with. what exactly does donald trump want to do, who does he listen to? he doesn't have his treasury secretary in place and making moves likee and never during the campaign provided an alternative to it. it is in line with what bernie sands was planning and hillary clinton. this was not a big reveal but the then what was not answered during the campaign and we got very little of that today. let me bring back mark murray, is mark still there? >> yes. >> let's go through the two other executive orders. american worker ordering freeze except the military. >> there should be no more civil servants in the federal
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government, they're not going to grow the size of the government with federal workers, and of course we saw that for a good chunk of the obama presidency once congress took over republican control. tamron to the third one on the mexico city, this has to do with abortion and taxpayer monies that sent to overseas and any organization overseas that ends up using it for abortion purposes, or having that, that during a republican administration they put a freeze on that. democratic administrations always overturn it, so this is a common thing of what happens when you go from a democratic administration to a republican administration. >> mark, thank you very much. greatly appreciate it. stephanie, thank you for sticking around as well. that does it for this hour of msnbc news. lot of breaking news we covered. thank you for joining me. we're turning thing over to msnbc's "andrea mitchell reports." >> thank you, tamron hall. starting over, after a rocky weekend, president trump sets a new course, a course correction, highlights jobs and trade today,
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signing three executive orders including one to withdraw from tpp. and talking taxes to business leaders in the white house today. >> so essentially i'm talking about no tax, because if you stay here there's no tax so somebody says trump is going to tax. there is no tax. none whatsoever. and i just want to tell you, all you have to do is stay here. don't leave. don't fire your people in the united states. >> and ethics challenge just days into office a group of lawyers and ethics experts some with democratic ties are suing the new president over alleged conflicts of interest. >> there is an undisputable violation of the constitution that started happening the moment donald trump took his oath of office. we are gonna need to see the president's tax returns. >> alternative facts, in the first 48 hours, the new president blasts the media about inaugural crowd counts in front of a cia memorial wall and sends
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his press secretary out to repeat false claims. >> looked like 1.5 million, whatever it was, but it went all the way back to the washington mob monument. >> this was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe. >> don't be so overly dramatic about it, chuck. you're saying it's a falsehood and they're giving sean spicer our press secretary gave alternative facts to that, but the point remains -- glsh alternative facts? alternative facts, four of the five facts he uttered, the one thing he got right. four were not true. alternative facts are not facts. they're falsehoods. >> good day, everyone. i'm andrea mitchell in washington, on the first day of a very busy first week for es

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