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country. just a few minutes from now, a ceremony will begin to honor the 49 people who were killed along with survivors and first responders. they will be there, too. we'll be there with more coverage of this remembrance. thank you for joining us on this hour of "msnbc live." more from my colleagues this hour. >> good morning, everyone. i'm ali velshi. >> and i'm stephanie ruhle. let's get started. >> reporter: accepting gifts from foreign governments without the okay of congress. >> attorney general jeff sessions will testify before the senate intelligence committee. >> reporter: it's still unclear if the testimony will take place in public or behind closed doors. >> public versus private questioning of jeff sessions is key. you can understand why jeff sessions wants this in public. >> it is hard. and there's a level of viciousness that i was not expecting. i think some of the distractions and some of the verocity, i was
a little blindsided by on a personal level. >> when he tells you to do something, guess what? there's no ambiguity in it. there's no, hey, i'm hoping we are friends. hey, i hope this happens but you have to do your job. that's what he told comey. >> today in the white house we have perhaps the worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country. >> we are expecting to hear from the president any minute. we'll bring you that tape as soon as it is available. this as the russia investigation continues to heat up with attorney general jeff sessions agreeing over the weekend, volunteering, really, to appear before the senate intelligence committee tomorrow, five days after fired fbi director james comey delivered his dramatic testimony for the same committee. buzz right now there appears to
be some question about whether attorney general jeff sessions will testify tomorrow or not or if it will be wide open in the public. joining me is capitol hill correspondent in the flesh, in studio, kasie hunt, thrilled to have you here. and msnbc's garrett haag on capitol hill. there's new testimony happening, not happening, who will be in the room? >> reporter: brand new reporting on this, stephanie and ali. this is happening as i stand here. democrats have been slow-walking this testimony because of concerns that it would not be done in public. they were frustrated that sessions had sort of set the terms of this by reaching out with that letter on saturday, wanting to talk to the intel committee on tuesday, and wanted to make sure, senate democrats did, that it was going to be a public hearing. we have been hearing rumblings of this today. and i'm hearing that jeff sessions' spokesperson has now asked as well that the hearing be held in public. so the hold-up to getting this done on tuesday may be merely
logistical at this point because the political forces seem to be aligning on making this a public hearing on tuesday for the attorney general. >> kasie, what's the validity in having this behind closed doors? i entirely understand it with -- what jeff sessions did prior to being attorney general, so what would the secret be? >> nothing stays locked up in washington forever. no, look, if you're a senator, you actually probably want jeff sessions to do both. you want him to testify openly, if you're a democratic senator, anyway, you want an open session but an opportunity to talk to him behind closed doors. the senate access committee can see more detailed information than many other committees. so just think about it. all of those senators who sat will and grilled comey in public, they wanted to see that happen. then he's had all of these instances where he said, hey, i
can't talk about that now but can talk about it in closed session. so if, in fact, if sessions is trying to avoid a closed session, that may tell you as such as, now we are learning from ken delaney, he wants to testify in the open. that could be counter productive to himself. >> we know president trump will be watching and he'll be watching every word, every breath, and he wants those to perform for him. we also know that the president was very aggressive after the james comey testimony saying in a tweet, i believe that james comey's leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. totally illegal? very cowardly. we heard cory lewandowsky say he was not man enough to stand up to the president. what is jeff's comments here? >> sessions is in a much different place. he works for the p. and he resi.
and he's supposed to have some level of independence different from other cabinet members. but donald trump doesn't seem to really draw a line around. i mean, everybody that's -- people defending the president at this point are saying, hey, he still has a learning curve, we're trying to help him figure this out. and sessions is on an island. there have been quite a few reports about him and the president. this is tricky ground for him here. i do think that it is an opportunity for him to try to show, hey, i have nothing to hide. and maybe that is really the calculus going on here. >> we'll bring pete williams in, the justice correspondent in washington. he's got new news for us. hi, pete. >> reporter: just a little more on this, ali. this is a statement from one of mr. session's spokes people who says the following, the attorney general has asked that this hearing be public. let me quote to you from what they say. he believes it's important for the american people to hear the
truth directly from him. and he looks forward to answering the committee's questions tomorrow it. will be up to the committee to decide tomorrow. if sessions says he's willing to publicly testify, then it should be made public. i can't think of why it wouldn't be. there shouldn't be a reason to have it in closed session. that's the basic understanding of what the main questions are here. >> pete, thank you for that. kasie, jared kushner is also talking to the senate intel staffers. he's not testifying before the committee. what's the distinction there? >> well, ali, i have sources telling me that the plan is to have kushner come in this month to talk to senate staff. but the question within the committee is, should they bring him in to do that without also demanding documents and demand egg take questions in some form from senators on the committee?
so democrats on the committee are pretty adds mamant they don want him to receive these documents and will receive that testimony. so the committee itself seems to be moving forward at this point with this agreement. so we're trying to nail down exactly when it is that that will all kickoff. we have to talk about the republicans. no matter where they land on this, there's more and more of this idea they are frustrated. whether they want to see the tapes if they exist or just in general. while the president didn't tweet during the james comey testimony, he had a lot to say since then. here's what lindsey graham had to say. >> you seem to be hinting there are recordings of those conversations. >> i'm not hinting anything. i'll tell you about it over a very short period of time, okay? do you have a question here? >> reporter: when will you tell us about the recordings? >> over a fairly short period of time. >> reporter: like tomorrow? now? are there tapes, sir? >> you're going to be very
disappointed when you hear the end, so don't worry. >> here's what is so frustrating for republicans like me. you may be the first president in history to go down because you can't stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that if you just were quiet would clear you. it's frustrating for me to want to help a man who i think will do big things, no other republican would do, like immigration. >> how about that level of frustration? i mean, and after michael dreeban gets hired by robert mueller. robert mueller is stacking the deck with power-players while the president won't stop talking. >> if you are a republican president who has indications that lindsey graham or john mccain at any given time would like to help you, you should take that offer. >> you should. i mean, look, they have been back and forth and all over the place a little bichlt at. lindsey graham knows the best defense is to say and do absolutely nothing. however, that does seem to be the one block that this president has. he is sort of incapable, it
seems. he was about to break the tweet record for the longest time he went. two minutes. >> it was don jr. tweeting for him. are we really going to say, no tweets, 39 tweets went out. the president just didn't have his name on it. there was a jr. attached to the end. >> details. >> so the issue is, though, it's becoming frustrating because of the stuff that you follow on a daily basis. there is in theory some conservative republican agenda they would like to gets done. and it's worth reminding people, after all this reporting every single day that you do there, they have not succeeded in completing health care. they keep talking about the tax reform bill that exists nowhere but in somebody's mind apparently. and then they, last week was infrastructure week. and -- >> this week it's workforce development week. and there's a lot to talk about there. they've got $16 billion in budgets spent every year on apprenticeship programs and workforce development across 137 different agencies. guess what? they probably need streamlining
and improvement. >> they need something other than a bullet-point. let's go back to garrett at cab toll hill. what have you got? >> reporter: low-tech television here, but i just got an e-mail from the senate intelligence committee from chairman richard burr's office confirming jeff sessions will testify tomorrow at 2:30 in the afternoon in an open hearing. so that's how fast this is moving in the last seven or eight minutes we have been on tv. now jeff sessions on the hill tomorrow in an open session. >> we need to just keep you right there and kasie right here and news will just keep continuing to come out. they are like news leeches getting it all out. kasie, good to have you here. >> i don't know how i feel about that. >> i don't mean like a leeches -- >> he meant news leaders. >> that's my canadian pronunciation. >> leeches and leaders, there you go. coming up, garrett, thank you for that reporting. >> she's like, not so great to see you, ali velshi. coming up, leaders are set
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welcome back to msnbc. thousands are taking to the streets in what is being called a day of nationwide demonstration against corruption. the associated press reports at least 118 protesters have been arrested in moscow alone. russian main opposition leader alexi novali is also under arrest. richard engle is live in moscow. richard, give us an update. >> reporter: so activists are saying that several hundred people, 400 or more, have been detained. i just returned from the protest that took place in downtown moscow. and there were several thousand people there. they were probably several thousand riot police as well. it started out peacefully.
there was already a street fair going on in central moscow, but one of the most outspoken opposition leaders in this country had called on his supporters to go to this street fair to participate and to show their numbers peacefully. they didn't start to arrive. they were dressed like everybody else. they weren't carrying banners or flags. but then at one stage when the protesters heard that novali was not going to be allowed to join them because he was arrested while trying to leave his house, then things quickly escalated. some of the demonstrators who like i said you couldn't tell who was a demonstrator and who was there attending the street fair, the demonstrators started to shout against putin, calling him a criminal. saying there should be a russia without putin. police who had been nearby quickly converged on the scene. they were wearing all black, black helmets, black batons. they pushed the protesters back and then one by one started
picking them up off the streets. it was not as violent as it could have been, but there were quite a few people taken away and detained. it's not clear how long they will be held if any will be officially charged. they were demanding that vladimir putin allow more elections. specifically, that they were allowing that -- that russia allowed him to run in the next presidential election. currently he's not allowed to run as a candidate. vladimir putin clearly centered this demonstration. we have been hearing a little bit more from putin recently that was that interview with megan kelly. and now the oliver stone with vladimir pup tin is starting to emerge with clips coming out. and when asked repeatedly whether the russia was involved in the u.s. political process, he's sticking to what he always
say says -- >> you do realize how powerfulful your answer could be if you suggebtly said you don't like mr. trump or something, what would win, right? he would win. you have that amount of power in the u.s. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: so he's saying that russia as a matter of policy doesn't interfere in the affairs of foreign countries. there are people in georgia who would disagree with that. there are people in eastern ukraine who see russian-backed militias on their territory who disagree with that. the people of crimea who saw their country joined or their part of ukraine joined up with russia again who would certainly disagree with that.
but in all fairness, no major power is truly not intervention. the u.s. has its own history of intervening in foreign countries as well. >> richard, thank you for that. we talked about the u.s.'s history of intervening. not only crimea and georgia, but georgia has interfered. and i think syria is a place. it was fascinating, the look on putin's face when he tried to tell oliver stone that it's our policy, we don't interfere in other elections. >> oliver stone on cbs this morning, he said, it remains to be seen whether russia interfered. they did with our election. they did. >> the other thing that's important to recognize when wondering about the relations between the trump administration and the trump campaign and russia is that in america, we have a lot of opposition. weapon don't jail opposition politicians for holding protests. it's a distinction we must not
lose sight of. >> this is one of the most recent issues alexei's run into. in the next hour, the attorneys general of the district of colombia and maryland are expected to file a lawsuit against the president over his global business empire. "the washington post" reports that this morning that the suit alleges that the president has violated anti-corruption clauses in the constitution by accenting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the white house. now, essentially that breaks the promise the president made at that very first press conference after the election to keep his private business interests separate from his public role as president. and here's what is significant, the lawsuit could put the president's tax returns, which he's refused to release, in play. joining us right now is the author of "the washington post" report aaron davis. and justice correspondent pete williams.
gentlemen, thank you for joining us. aaron, we'll start with you. what is new about this lawsuit that we hadn't heard from critics of the president as it relates to the clause of the constitution. >> reporter: true, there are a couple things unique. first of all, this is the first time ever in the history of the country that a state that is brought suit against the preside president. charges violations of the emolument's clause. nonprofit groups have done so but this is a state. this could put the particular lawsuit on a different path. one more peril to the one in the white house. because states have a special role in standing to bring this kind of a case. maryland specifically was one of the original signatories to the constitution. and they had a clause like the e
mo emolument's clause. they gave that up to be under the president of the united states. but they assume he'll have to file the constitution and abide by the corruption stay uh statutes. >> pete, what is to stop others from following suit? just the beginning? >> no doubt, there's going to be big questions on this issue for donald trump because he's the wealthiest president in modern times. and there are questions about his entanglements with his business. any lawsuit like this faces two problems. the first is in terms of what aaron was talking about in standing. they have to show some specific injury, but they are basically claiming here that by all these people wanting to do business with the trump hotel to curry favor with the president, they are not doing business with taxpayer-owned or subsidized facilities like the d.c. convention center. they have to show that the d.c. convention center lost business. that's problem number one. problem number two is whether
the emolument's clause is violated by normal commercial business transactions. it's normally thought of as a direct favor to a president. we're sort of in unchartered territory here. as i say, this is going to be continuing legal problem for this wealthy president. whether this lawsuit will make it to first base or not, we'll have to see. >> and aaron, the white house has pushed back on the idea, they have sort of said what president trump said in the first meeting, that first press conference about how he's going to live by the emolument's clause, he's going to calculate all the income from foreign governments used for hotel meetings or -- >> even before that, the president said, of course i'm going to separate myself from my business. having your children run your business is not a blind trust. his children who now appear on television talking about the white house and policy. and who have said we talked to our father about what numbers look like. about what profits like like. so he knows where the money is
coming from. let's remind you, you've got trump properties in places like turkey, philippines, places that have complicated foreign policy issues as it relates to the united states. >> they don't seem concerned about this anymore. the white house doesn't seem to worry that the president has to abide by things he already said he was going to do. aaron? >> well, it's interesting, there's another wrinkle in this particular suit, which is that the maryland and d.c. also claim that the president has received favors from the u.s. government already. and the form of being allowed to have his company operate the hotel in d.c. under the terms of the lease, this is a property that the old post office building, the tall historic building on pennsylvania avenue, being leased by the trump organization from the federal government. they say that should have never been allowed to continue. and so that is worth an untold amount of money as well. and within other states, just like last week, the trump sons said they would build a number of hotels in the red state that
is trump has won. >> they are calling them american ideal or something like that. >> part of the chain, yes. and d.c. and up maryland say, this is going to pit state against state. one state is going to curry favor with the trump administration by offering them zoning variances or whatever inducements to bring the hotels to their state. maryland and d.c. obviously are not in the business of trying to appease the president. so this could create tension between the states. that's a part of the emolument clause in the institution to give this case more weight. maryland and d.c. say we won't know the weight of that, whether domestic or foreign, until we see the tax returns. and the generals in d.c. say that's one of the first things they will ask for in discovery to find out his involvements, both foreign and aamong other states. >> i want everyone to take a vote. because kelly an conway in the
first clip said -- raise your hand, who wants to see the president's taxes? okay, at least me and ali do. >> it's a tie. >> thank you so much. we'll take a break. i definitely want to see them. >> it's not because of trump. i just think we should be seeing the president's tax returns. okay. be news from uber. >> the ceo could take a leave of absence over the sexual assault scandal. what that could mean for you coming up. ♪ sorry about the holdup, folks. we have some congestion on the runway and i'm being told it'll be another 15, maybe 20 minutes, and we will have you on your way. ♪
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welcome back, everyone, to "velshi and ruhle." >> the interest rate is being watched closely this morning. it's what the fed said about why it made the decision on what the future may hold. we'll talk about a story i'm all over. "the new york times" and reuters reported uber's ceo may be taking a leave of absence that
uber execs turned a blind eye to corporate misbehavior. nobody knows this better than our next guest who is live in san francisco where uber is located. kara, is this story sort of a cautionary tale, young guy started a business, it gets too big, but a cautionary tale for the president. they brought eric holder in to look at the business practices of this company. and once you get somebody like holder in, somebody like robert mueller in, there's no telling what they might find. >> wow. that's an interesting link. i know people are making it. ben smith from buzzfeed wrote an essay about how uber and trump are the perfect examples of our america right now. but i don't know if you can jump that far, but go right ahead if you feel like it. i think it is an -- i wouldn't compare it in a similar way. i mean, by the way, travis is not that young. he's over 40. he's 43 at this point.
so it is just a ceo that didn't create a company that didn't have issues around sexism, retaliatory behavior, hostility to some employees. so what needs to happen is an overhaul of management. but they will do so with the ceo that they have. travis is going to be staying there. and there's no indication from what i have been reporting that he's leaving. he doesn't want to leave. he wants redemption. that's a word that a lot of people there, including the independent board member talks about. so they are going to put systems in place with executives around him to take this company to the next level. largely because it has a lot of competitors and challengers facing forward, even though it's a phenomena. >> jeff emolt stepping down from general electric after 16 years.
ge shares were down 11%. flight they a right now they are up 3%. he is the fifth to sit on the manufacturing council to step down. what does that tell you, especially at a time when many manufacturing companies are manufacturing more than ever? >> well, there's not a curse of the council, i think, but it's kind of an interesting question of what happens in a company like ge, which is in so many different businesses and how do you create ginnsynergies. and different parts are spinning off. jeff, we interview at our events a couple of different times. it's a really difficult time to be a company like a ge and find where, you know, you do a lot of big manufacturing at the same time. digital is changing everything. at the same time, there's other areas to get into. so i think that is the question
of who is run such an enormously run company like this. or should it be something that should arrange companies, so there is going to be dramatic under him. >> a lot of ceos have taken to twitter to find out how to tweet with them. a lot of the decisions they will watch, they won't tweet donald trump, except goldman sachs' ceo lloyd blankfein -- >> he's only put five tweets out so far. and all five are basically whether it is trolling. his former president and coo
gary cohn. when ceos were criticized, the argument was i don't want to be on the same side of the president. but shifting it all -- >> i don't know why we are criticizing it. the whole point of the country is to have critical discussions on important issues instead of reducing it down to 140 characters in a ridiculous -- i don't know what it is. chest bumping and is exhausting. but i thicked lloyd's tweet. he had a lot of comments on climate change and a lot of ceos talked about. bob egger from disney moved off the climate issue.
and i think it is healthy. although some are funnier than others on twitter. >> travis from uber was going to be on one of the president's counsels and decided to -- >> he was on it and came off of it. el elan -- and can we come together and accomplish something. >> hopefully we can soon. >> kara, thank you very much. coming up, breaking news on attorney general jeff sessions. he is going to testify and is going to be in public. >> he said he volunteered to do it and wants to tell his story. we'll have a chance to hear what he has to say tomorrow. but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on
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entire cabinet and the president. the confirmation process has been record-setting along, and i mean record-setting along, with some of the finest people in our country being delayed and delayed and delayed. but that's -- much of that is over, and now we are going through the regular process with people at other levels of government. and that's a very long process also in put iting an ethics committee together, which is hard to deal with. now we are our cabinet together and i want to welcome secretary of agriculture, sonny perdue, thanks, sonny. secretary of labor, alex acosta. deck or the of national intelligence, daniel coats and
robert lighthiser. entrepreneurs, business leaders and many others, i choose each person at this table and i chose them not only because of their remarkable experience in success, but because they have all united by one share goal of what they want to do. there's one very simple but very beautiful goal, serving and defending our beloved nation. together we're working every day and we have been working very hard together for our country to protect their safety in bringing back jobs into our country and putting always america first. and when i ran, it was make america great again and that's what we're doing. believe me, we're doing it at a much faster pace than anyone has thought. i will say, never has there been a president, with few exceptions, in the case of fdr, he mad a major depression to
handle, who has passed more legislation and done more things than what we have done. between the executive orders and the jobs that have been terminated, 34 bills in congress signed, the supreme court justice will be a great one and many other great things we have achieved great success. and we have been as active as you can possibly be. and at just about a record-setting pace. and we're achieving these goals by eliminating these job-killing regulations, unlocking american energy, rebuilding our military, pursuing fair and reciprocal trade deals, achieving massive reductions in illegal immigration, transforming the department of veterans affairs and building a new partnership among nations to defeat terrorism, which we have to do. in just a very short time we're seeing amazing results.
and, in fact, there are a couple of major stories today in the newspapers about miners going back to work. actually, they are pretty big stories. people are surprised. it's kicking in very fast. more small businesses are planning to hire than at any point in over a decade. and last month unemployment fell to its lowest point in 16 years. i recently returned from a trip overseas that included deals from more than 350 billion dollars worth of military and economic investment in the united states. these deals will bring many thousands of jobs to our country, and, in fact, will bring millions of jobs ultimately and help saudi arabia take a greater role in providing stability and security in that region. one of the big things that we did and you're seeing it now with qatar and all of the things that are actually going on in a very positive fashion, we are stopping the funding of
terrorism. they are going to stop the funding of terrorism. and it's not an easy fight, but that's a fight we're going to win. there will be -- you have to have the star of the beast and we'll have the star of the beast. secretary price has been working hard to repeal and replace obamacare. the house passed a bill. the senate has it right now. and mitch mcconnell is working very hard, as are the republican senators. we'll have zero backing from the democrats even though they should get in and do something. but we expect to get zero. if we had the greatest bill in the history of the world, we wouldn't get one vote from the democrats. because they are obstructionists. that's what they want to are. they are looking to gain and spent millions and millions of dollars in congressional races.
we have another one coming up. and we have been doing -- we are coming up with something i believe will be very good with zero support from the obstructionist democrats. sad. secretary mnuchin is putting together one of the biggest tax cuts in history. it may be the biggest single tax cut in american history. and that also includes a great deal of tax reform, simp simplyification and other things. senator mulvaney is looking to cut wasteful washington spending and protects the taxpayer. that will come out and, believe me, we'll take care of the people that have to be taken care of. so that's a first step. but we'll be taking care of the people that have to be taken care of. on a human basis, that's very, very important. today we're going to hear from secretary tillerson and
secretary mattis under ways we're combatting isis and defeating terrorism. we've had tremendous success against isis in our fight in the middle east where we're doing very, very well. and we're going to be having a news conference in two weeks on that fight. and you'll see numbers you would not have believed. frankly, if you look back to six months ago, you wouldn't have believed it was possible. secretary schulte will give us an update on his work to make sure the veterans are given the care that they deserve. that was one of the most important things on the campaign trach trail. and we have been pushing for the v.a. compatibility act to make sure that the employees of the v.a. are held accountable if they fail our great veterans. it's passed the senate and the house is voting tomorrow. so tomorrow we have a big vote coming up, david, and i think
we'll be in good shape. but that's something that will be great for our veterans. we're also going to hear from secretary acosta about a major announcement i'll make later this week, expanding apprenticeships and getting back to work. we have the lowest number in terms of unemployment in many, many years. at the same time, i've always argued with that number because it doesn't take into account millions and millions of people that have given up looking for jobs. and we're going to be doing something about that. and we're going to get those people back to work. and it's already starting in ohio. and it's starting in pennsylvania. and north carolina and south carolina and florida. you've seen the numbers. they are starting. i call them the forgotten men and women, but they are not going to be forgotten much longer, believe me. there are millions of good jobs that lead to great careers, jobs that do not require a four-year degree.
and a massive debt that often comes with the four-year degrees and even two-year degrees. these jobs require advanced skills and technical training. and we're going to start that. the apprentice ships, that's a good word from the trump standpoint, the apprenticeships will be a big, big factor in our country. if people with tremendous talent, maybe a mechanical talent or a talent for fixing an engine or a motor, a lot of people that graduated high in their class with the best colleges in the world have in clue and would never be good at it. it's a different kind of an ability, but it's a great ability to have, nevertheless. we're going to help get our young people the technical training that they need to pursue really exciting careers and careers that they can make good money. they can really earn a great, great salary and maybe even open small businesses. if everyone in this room continues to do their jobs, then we can restore american prosperity and make millions and
millions of dollars. and we can make the american dream come true. it will make the american dream come true for a lot of people t have had that experience without the election results that we had on november 8th. so we're here to change washington, return power to the people. we're here to give people a great shot at a great, great job. and even opening small businesses and employing other people. i look forward to hearing all of the reports from the different people in the room today. we have done, as i said, about as much as anybody ever in a short period of time in a presidency. that's despite tremendous opposition from the other side. we have done something that's very special. and you see it in the economic numbers because the economic numbers have been incredible.
one just came out almost $4 trillion in worth has been created in the stock markets of our country. just take a look at that. 700,000 jobs have been created in a very short period of time since the election. 700,000 jobs. if we would have said that on novemberth, nobody would have believed the number. if we would have said that almost $4 trillion in the stock markets has been created, everybody would have laughed at us and said that's ridiculous. but that's what it is. so we're very proud of it. we have a phenomenal team of people, a great group of talent. and we are really now seeing the early fruits of their labor. some of them won't be able to kick in because statuetarily, you have to wait periods of time before you're allowed. we'll be having some major legislation very soon on the dumping of steel in our country.
which is absolutely killing our workers and our steel companies. we're going to be having some very major legislation on the dumping of aluminum and various other things into our country which is killing our workers. and we'll be announcing that very soon. so i think what we'll do, most of you know most of the people around the room. i'm going to start with our vice president, where is our vice president? our vice president. there he is. and i'll maybe start with mike and we'll go around and just you name your position and then we'll ask these folks to go back and have a good day. we're going to discuss our various reports. mike? >> thank you, mr. president. and greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a president who is keeping his word to the american people. and assembling a team that's bringing real change, real prosperity, real strength back to our nation. >> thank you, mike.
>> mr. president, art he can striker, be here and celebrate this group. we are receiving as you know i'm not sure the rest of you fully understand the support but law enforcement all over america. they have been very frustrated. they are so thrilled that we have a new idea that we're going to support them and work together to properly lawfully fight the rise in crime that we're seeing. i'm grateful to be you in that regard. you send the exact right message. the response is fabulous around the country. >> great success including ms13. they're being thrown out in record numbers and rapidly. and they're being depleted. they will all be gone pretty soon. you're right, thank you very much. alex. >> mr. president, my privilege to be here. deeply honored. i want to thank you for your commitment to the american
workers. this week is a full schedule for you. focusing on the american worker. we're very excited at the department of labor. and the apprenticeship program that we're going to be announcing i think is going to make a real difference. >> thank you. congratulations. >> mr. president, an honor to be on the team this last week, i had the great privilege to represent america at in china at the green energy ministerial. good timing. they needed to hear why america was stepping away from the paris accord and they did. and that america is not stepping back. but we're stepping into place and sending some messages that we're still going to be leaders in the world when it comes to the climate. but we're not going to be held hostage to some executive order that was ill thought out. so my hat is off to you for taking that stand. and presenting a clear message around the world that america is going to continue to lead in the area of energy.
>> thank you. >> thank you, mr. president. it's a new day at the united nations. we now have a very strong voice. people know what the united states is for. they know what we're against and they see us leading across the board. so i think the international community knows we're back. >> thank you. it's true. >> mr. president, thank you for the kind words about the budget. you're right. we are going to take care of the people who really need it. at the same time with your direction, we were able to also focus on the forgotten man and woman who are the folks paying those taxes, i appreciate your support and direction in pulling that budget together. >> thank you. >> good morning, mr. president. good to be back in the united states. i arrived back at 1:00 from italy. the g-7 summit focused on the environment. the united states will be focused on growths and protecting the environment. it was received well. >> good job. >> morning, mr. president. intelligence community has never faced such a diversity of threats to our country. in our lifetimes.
we have men and women who are working it 24/7, seven days a week to make sure that we are on top of all these threats. it's a joy to be working with the people that i have inherited. and we are going to continue to provide you with very best intelligence we can so that you can formulate policies that deal with these issues. >> thank you, dan. >> mr. president, it's a privilege to serve. to serve the students of this country. and to work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to get a great education. and therefore, a great future. >> thank you, betsy. >> mr. president, what an incredible honor it is to lead the department of health and human services at this pivotal time under your leadership. i can't thank you enough for the privilege that you've given me and leadership you've shown. seems like there's an international flair to the messages delivered. had i an opportunity to represent the united states in berlin and at the world health assembly in geneva. i can't tell you how excited
folks are about the united states leadership as it relates to global health security. >> thank you. >> mr. president, as your s.e.a.l. on your staff, it's an honor to be your steward of our public lands antigen rater of energy dominance. i'm deeply honored. i am committed and optimistic we can be both great stewards and be the world's largest producer of energy. >> good. and you can do both. thank you very much. thanks. >> rex? >> thank you for the honor to serve the country. it's a great pring you've given me. clearly, we are engaged with our allies to ensure they know where our common interests lie, what our expectations are that america will continue to be a leader but they must do more and meet their obligations both from a national security standpoint but also for creating conditions of stability, prosperity and for our adversaries, we are engaging and will engage but they have to know we will be engaging from a
position of strength to protect america's national interests and we expect to make progress on resolving some of these differences. >> mr. president, it's an honor to represent the men and women of the department of defense. and we are grateful for the sacrifices our people are making in order to strengthen our military to our diplomats always negotiate from a position of strength. >> thank you. >> mr. president, thank you for the opportunity to help fix the trade deficit and other things. the other countries are gradually getting used to the fact that the free rides are somewhat over with. and they're not happy with it, but i think there's a growing recognition. i'm thrilled to have a chance to help you live up to your campaign promises. >> good. thank you. >> mr. president, last week was a great week. it was infrastructure week. thank you so much for coming over to the department of transportation. hundreds and hundreds of people
were just so thrilled, hanging out, watching the whole ceremony. i want to thank you for getting this country moving again. and also working again. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> mr. president, proud to be here. certainly very proud to represent the quarter of a million men and women that be the country in dhs. in the five months i've been on the job. we have a long way to facilitate the improve the legal movement of people and commerce across our borders. at the same time, have gone a long way to safeguarding our borders, particularly the southern border working with our partners to the south. 70% drop in illegal immigration. while we still welcome legal immigrants to the tune of over 1 million a year, we are no longer a welcome for illegal border crossers. >> i apologize for being late to work. i got bogged down in the swamp
you've been trying to clean. i also have traveled. i just got back from paris where we met with the wto. the message was similar to. it was deficits do matter and are coming down. great to be here. >> i know they are. >> morning, mr. president. thank you for the opportunity to serve at sba. i can tell you that as i haven't been traveling internationally but traveling around the country. and what i'm continuing to hear is this renewed optimism from small businesses higher than it's been in about 16 years. so those people returning to the workforce a lot of them are because small businesses are creating new jobs. so portfolios are up. mentoring and our outreach with other programs are being so successful. we're on a good trajectory. still a lot of work to do. >> and behalf of the entire