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tv   MSNBC Live With Steve Kornacki  MSNBC  January 27, 2017 1:00pm-2:01pm PST

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instagram. tv kate snow, up next, steve kornacki. i don't know what day of the week it is. how are you? >> i got that. i know it's friday. that's the one -- >> tgif. >> there you go, kate snow, good afternoon, everybody, i'm steve kornacki live in new york today. day eight of donald trump's first 100 days. topping our agenda right now. more executive action. the president expected to round out hisirst full week in office with a slew of executive orders this afternoon. which could cover vetting of imgraduates, military readiness, and the national security council. we are expecting the details within this hour. live from the department of defense, that is where the president is. we will bring them to you right here. also on our agenda, the global stage. >> we could have a great relationship with russia and with china and with all countries, i'm all for that, that could be a tremendous asset. no guarantee's. >> donald trump sharing the stage with a fellow world
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leader. british prime minister theresa may, but his latest diplomatic shake-up stealing the spotlights from previewing his call tomorrow with russia president sclooun, also the latest in his border wall battle with mexico. we will bring you those details too. also on our agenda. another march in washington. >> this administration. will work with the congress to end tax payer-funding of abortion and abortion providers. and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across america. today the first time a sitting vice president has spoken at the annual march for life and anti-abortion rally. obviously a devisive issue in politics for a long time, but where do americans fall right now on the clash over the issue of abortion rights? that's our most important number of the day. and it might surprise you, but we begin with our top story.
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president trump's first visit to the state department -- excuse me, the defense department as commander in chief. a live picture here from the pentagon, donald trump there for the intering in of james mattis as his defense secretary. now mattis was confirmed by the senate last friday. he was officially sworn in that evening. he has been on the job since then. this is the most ceremonial swearing in. cameras, speeches, pomp, circumstance, that sort of thing. we are also expecting though that on this visit to the pentagon, trump will announce new executive orders. dealing potentially with refugees, with military readiness, and with national security. more on that in just a second. but to the matter at hand right now. the swearing in of james mattis, this is taking on new significance in light of several comments from trump this week that have caused quite a stir with the president insisting several times that he believes torture is effective. that is a declaration that has set off all kinds of alarm
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bells. trump also repeatedly saying that he will defer on the subject to mattis. to his defense secretary. this came up again a few hours ago. and this is what the president's saying. >> we have a great general who has just been appointed secretary of defense, general james mattis. and he has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture. or waterboarding, or however you want to define it, enhanced sborgs i guess would be a wort that a lot of people would like to use. i don't necessarily agree, but i would tell you that he will override because i'm giving him that power. >> a lot going on right now. joining us right now, hans nichols at the pentagon, kristin welker at the white house. hans, let's start with you. at the pentagon, so, this statement we just played from
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donald trump about james mattis, about deferring to his defense secretary on torture saying hey, ting works, but i'm not going to do it, i'm giving him that power. a very unusual arrangement he's talking about here in terms of a president and the power of a cabinet secretary. >> well, and it's also by nature a temporary arrangement. any time donald trump wants to revoke this arrangement, he can. here's what mattis has said inside the building. and that is he's given his opinion and he's given his word against torture. his opinion is simply that torture doesn't work, it's not effective, he's been on record several times, but he's given his word both to congress, foreign leaders, and around the building. you know, mattis has a lot of friends here. a lot of the conversations he's been having here through video conference or in person, they start with good to see you. again. is the man that knows this building. has a lot of institutional support, and will really try preserve the institutional strength of the pentagon. but i've got to say today, there's a lot of symbolism and there's also some substance. the symbolism is clear, not that
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common for a president to cross the potomac and come to the pentagon. they were in the tank earlier, that's the secure room where the joint chiefs meet, and substance, we could have major changes to how quickly the fight against isis is going. that has implications not just for america, but for allies, how quickly this will go and what the next steps are. we need more clarity from the president, what he signs in these orders, but we do know that there's a wish list that upon officials or ground commanders actually have. and that is directly arming the kurds, apache helicopters and artillery in syria. >> kristin welker on the subject of executive orders. expecting to hear something this hour. can you tell us all sorts of signals throughout about what this potentially might be. what are you hearing? >> reporter: this is what we think is likely. it is never finalized until the president actually signs it. what we are hearing at this hour
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is that one of the executive orders will deal with vetting. blocking refugees from certain countries. countries including syria, iran, iraq, yemen, obviously predominantly muslim countries. critics say this is effectively a muslim ban. and say that no, this is just banning people who come from countries that have high rates of terrorism, but again, we don't know if that's specifically what this vetting executive order is going to look like. also going to have an order that deals with military readiness, effectively giving more supplies and resources to the military. and then one that deals with the national security council, again, important to stress the details are murky at this hour, steve, but those are the three buckets that we think they're going to fall under. and the broader theme, of
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course, of national security, this comes on the heels of that press conference with theresa may. they covered a whole range of topics, including russia, the president saying it's too early to say whether he's considering reversing sanctions against russia. he is set to have a phone conversation with vladimir putin on saturday, but he also addressed the issue of mexico and of course the president of mexico cancelling a planned meeting with president trump on the heels of president trump signing that executive order to get the ball rolling on building a wall and insisting that mexico's going to pay for it. listen to what the president had to say about his conversation with the president of mexico. >> the president and i and we had a talk that lasted for about an hour this morning. and we are going to be working on a fair relationship and a new relationship, but the united states cannot continue to lose
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vast amounts of business, vast amounts of companies, and millions and millions of people losing their jobs. that won't happen with me. we're no longer going to be the country that doesn't know what it's doing. and so we are going to renegotiate our trade deals and we are going to renegotiate other aspects of our relationship with mexico. and in the end, i think it'll be good for both countries. but it was a very, very friendly call. >> reporter: steve, of course this all comes as the administration is floating a possible 20% tax on imports from mexico, a lot of consumers saying that's just going to cause u.s. taxpayers to ultimately pay for that border wall. it has been a frenzy first week here at the white house. and tomorrow, president trump preparing for another busy day, not only poised to speak with russia's president vladimir putin, but also the leaders of france and germany, steve. >> all right. kristin welker at the white house. thanks for that.
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hans nichols over at the pentagon. appreciate your reporting as well. and as kristin was just detailing, president trump facing the international muse media today. this his first joint news conference with a foreign leader. british prime minister theresa may. trump and may offering short remarks on the special relationship between the united states and great britain. they also took several questions from the press overall this was a fairly brief press conference as these things go. the focuses and shifts in foreign policy trump ignited in just his first week in office. including coming this week that trump may consider dropping sanctions against russia. trump also as kristin just reported gearing up for a call with vladimir putin tomorrow. here's what he had to say about that. >> well, i hear a call was set up, steve, and we'll see what happens. as far as the sanctions, very early to be talking about that. but we look to have a