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reports." democrats dominate across the country with delegates voting trumpism the day after the election. >> va irginia has told us to en the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry, and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> tonight we declare the days of division are over. we will move forward together. >> the blame game. the former democratic party leader donna brazil taking on democrats, including barack obama and hillary clinton and her campaign in a blistering critique. bottom line, why did they lose? was it, at the end of the day, arrogance? >> yes, joe. i felt like it was a cult. you couldn't penetrate them. >> coming up, we will talk to
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donna brazil about her new book and the blowback by democratic leaders. and storm warnings. president trump gets bogged in. can't make a surprise trip he wanted to make to the dmz. he speaks to kim jong-un from their capital. >> today i speak for all countries and all civilized nations when i say to the north, do not underestimate us and do not try us. coming up here, former secretary of state madeline albright about the president's foreign trip and a lot more. good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington where democrats are celebrating and house republicans are rethinking whether they want to even run for reelection next year. the party of trump took a thrashing from coast to coast
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with a skatatewide sweep in virginia, some rare democratic wins in rural pennsylvania, and even some democratic pickup in deep red georgia. was this a real barometer for the climate ahead for the midterms or even the white house in 2020? joining me now is mike murray, political editor, and steve kornake, late night editor. steve, are we overthinking this? are they putting too much stock in this or is there something real going on here in the first barometer of the trump era in the white house? >> andrea, we still have a long way to go until the 2020 midterms, and one election doesn't mean you're destined for big wins, but we had two major stories last night that should make the democrats feel they have the wins at their back. the first is the trump factor. even in virginia we see trump
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job approval rating at 40%. more importantly, half the virginia voters saying trump was a factor in their vote, and the opposition to trump was a 2-1 margin with 40% saying their factor was opposing him compared to 17 in support. we saw similar numbers in new jersey, too, as well, andrea, so that trump factor is very real. the second factor is just the democratic resistance showing up, in some ways which should be very surprising to people that you end up seeing key parts of the democratic base talking about women, talking about minority voters who either were showing up at the same pace as they did for hillary clinton and barack obama, or in some cases even more so, particularly in some of the key counties and suburbs. so, andrea, the democrats were very fired up last night. the question is can they sustain it for the next year? >> and, steve, let's talk about the suburban factor.
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loudoun county, virginia, a great case in point. take us to your boards. >> we call this one revenge of the suburbs, especially in virginia. last year donald trump lost virginia. one of the reasons he lost virginia was he did especially bad for republicans in these suburbs outside washington, d.c. small area geographically, like a quarter of all the votes in the state just inside this area. if you're ed gillespie, there are basically two ways a republican can perform in this area. they usually struggle, but with trump last year, the bottom just completely fell out. so the gillespie theory was get back to that more normal republican level. you're not winning, but you're not getting blown out. let's show you the luck he had and the lucky guess he didn't have with that. you mentioned loudoun county. right here is loudon county. he won last year. it was close, but he won.
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last year donald trump lost it by 17. he said, donald trump lost it, i won it. i want to get somewhere in between that. last night ed gillespie loses loudon county by 7 points. ed gillespie lost it by 3 when he lost it in the senate last year, donald trump 23. the margin just got worse. what you're seeing, big area of the state, suburbs, type of voter here, college educated. didn't like trump to start with. ed gillespie thought he could peel off a little bit of that. he peeled off none. not only that, as mark said, the turnout was through the roof here for an off-year election. one other thing i can show you, we talk so much about that social class divide. college educated, white, non-college white. last year perforesident trump's election, the story of non-white. here's the election poll.
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college graduates, they've all been in the 40s. ralph northam, the democrat last night, an outright majority of the white college-educated vote. clinton got 45% last year. the trump era blew through the ceiling last night, ralph northam did. >> back to you, mark, on issues. i was really struck by health care as such a big issue in virginia, more than any of the others. >> that's been the issue that's galvanized democratic voters, andrea. you are right. those voters in the exit polls said health care was their biggest issue. ralph northam drubbed ed gillespie on that. you'll see them continue using health care as their road map for 2018. >> mark murray and chris -- thank you so much, steve kornake, sorry about that.
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they aren't breathing a sigh of relief with their big election wins, but the party is as divided as republicans about messages for their candidates. we have a new book by democratic leader donna brazil which goes after hillary clinton, barack obama and the former department leader debbie wasserman schultz. her new book is called "hacks," the inside story of the break-ins and breakdowns that put donald trump in the white house. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> a question about release time. a lot of democrats in the last 48 hours were really nervous, and they were prepared, as you well know, you've seen it, you've heard it on line, on twitter, in every other way. they were prepared to really blame you if they lost virginia. bring out all the dirty linen within a day or two of this very important election. >> you know, andrea, when i was campaigning in north virginia, kicking off a candidate campaign
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for a state candidate delegate over halloween, i kept asking mist, what am i doing in northern virginia just a few days before the election? when i saw, you know, some of the delegate candidates, i called susan, the chair, and said, let me help with fundraising. they should take a page from my book. just get out in the streets and talk to people. last night was a victory for grassroots democrats all across this country. they took control of the party. this was a bottoms-up strategy. i'm proud of what tom perez is doing inside the democratic party. i'm proud of all the dnc staff who spent the weekend campaigning in northern virginia. but this was a victory for grassroots democrats. let's not take away the joy they're feeling today. they're winning. they're winning in maine. 85,000 people now will have access to health care. they're winning in georgia. they took back mayoral seats in north carolina.
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let's give them their due and stop talking inside the beltway. >> inside the beltway is what you expose in the book. in the book "hacks," you write that you became so frustrated that in the days of hillary clinton's shocking collapse, i nearly replagced her as the party's candidate. truth be told, you couldn't replace her. you could have called the dnc and governor's association. then you added, you considered book booker. and again and again i thought about joe biden. a couple questions there. why would you, if you were worried about hillary clinton's health, try to remove her? think about removing tim kaine. he was nominated by a roll call vote by the democratic party, and his help was not even at stake there. >> first of all, that's why i'm so glad the book is finally out and people can reach out for themselves, because i think it's
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very important to understand that when you're a chair of the party, there are procedural rules that we must follow. as i mentioned in the book, the former chair of the party suggested in a political article that the democratic party may have to gather. at that moment, although i was, you know, reluctant to do anything, in fact, charlie baker who was with the hillary staff, came down to d.c. to join me, essentially said, look, this is what i have to do as party chair. i have to be open if something is going on. what i did later, not only did we tamp down the rumors, but i went on tv and said, she's fine, she's going to resume everything. that's in the book and it happened, andrea. >> what's also in the book, i'm reading your words, "i nearly replaced her as the party's candidate for president." you wouldn't have had the right to replace her. and two, the clinton pushback from this, of course, is you were buying into the donald trump, you know, weak hillary
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meme and the russian propaganda. she had pneumonia, other candidates have been sick, and you dwell so heavily on this in your own writing. >> andrea, i kindly want to disagree with you, because if you look at what i said in the book, i said the charter says that the chair can confirm with the democratic party leaders. that's what i wrote in the book. i never gave myself some power. what i did was i put out to not just the party leaders who were calling me, but also the media. it was the media that kept calling and critiquing. in fact, i said, i unplugged my phone because the press was calling. i went on, as you all read in the book, to say that we were going to stick with our nominee, she was strong, she was coming back, and as you can read in the book, i went on to say that we were proud of her. >> the other criticism that really stands out here is of
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barack obama, the former president. you write "as i saw it, we had three democratic parties, the party of barack obama, the party of hillary clinton and this weak little vestige of a party, debbie wasserman schultz. as i saw it, these three eeg owes, barack, hillary and debbie. barack obama also cared about his image. your words, not mine. >> and as you read in the book, i talk about when i essentially had an opportunity to figure out what was going on -- remember, i was not interested in being chair of the party. i was chair of the party twice. when this fell upon me, i thought it was my responsibility, andrea, as a democratic party activist and an officer, to get to the bottom of why the dnc was broke, why there was this separate memorandum of understanding. it was my responsibility to do what i thought was best to not just ensure the integrity of the
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party but to ensure that we could fight and to help elect democrats from the courthouse to the white house. >> now, you also write about joe biden, that you thought joe biden would be the best ticket with cory booker. if you were going to dump hillary clinton or start the process, why wouldn't you consider bernie sanders? didn't bernie sanders come in second in the parties and caucuses? >> andrea, when i sat down and wrote my book, i decide to d to share with the reader what it's like to be in that position when your candidate, your nominee, a woman who has done so well for so long for so many is seen on national tv as being, you know, sick or whatever, and i wrote in the book that i kept my own counsel, i did not talk to anyone, and yes, i had to come up with scenarios in my head. and that's what i wrote in my book. >> so did you consider turning
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to bernie sanders who was the second place finisher? >> andrea, the reason why i didn't add all the other scenarios, i added a couple, but i was thinking and praying hard. first of all, i wanted hillary to get back up, and when i learned she was up, she was resting and that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia, something i've experienced, i said, you know what, i want her back on her feet. she went back on her feet, she went out there and fought her you-know-what off to try to get a victory in november. >> do you think joe biden could have won? >> i didn't speculate on any of that in the book. i'm not even focused on 2020, i'm focused on 2018 and the years ahead. we have a race on november 17. i want the party to continue to unite together. that's my focus. i wrote my book at a time when i thought it was important to look at what happened.
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i wanted them to write a postmortem. they decided not to. bernie has spoken, donebbie has spoken. you don't have to speculate about what's out there. it's in the book. >> as wii bee've been quoting. thank you, donna brazil. former secretary of state madeleine albright joining me next.
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the regime has interpreted america's past restraint as weakness. this would be a fatal miscalculation. today i hope i speak not only for our countries but for all civilized nations when i say to the north, do not underestimate us and do not try us. >> president trump ramping up his rhetoric against north korea last night after delivering a more conciliatory speech talking about negotiations earlier in the day. what is the impact of these mixed messages in south korea? joining me now, madeleine
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albright, former secretary of state. still a professor of georgetown on top of everything else. madeleine albright, welcome. thank you very much. >> good to be with you. >> it's good to be with you. you've spent a lot of time dealing with north korea. there have been pluses and minuses to that. we know this long history. what about the president's approach now? >> well, i think the interesting part is to try to figure out what the approach is, because as you pointed out, it kind of goes back and forth. but i do think that the statements that he made in his official speech about seeing the advantage of talks, i think, is very important, and at the same time pointing out that we have a very strong deterrence with three aircraft strike groups and a nuclear submarine out there, and the art of state craft is trying to combine the various tools to achieve what we want, which is to denuclearize north korea, and the same for the whole peninsula. i think it's the mixed messages
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that are a little bit hard to analyze, but i think on the whole, this whole state craft of using all the various tools is important. >> there is also a little bit of a mixed photo op or publicity message because all day they were saying, and in the weeks leading up, thaeey were not goi to go to the dmz and look out over north korea, that that was a cliche, but in fact they had planned all along to go with president moon, but they twice tried to take off in the black hawk helicopters and twice were flagged down and couldn-- fogge couldn't do it safely. what did he miss by not going there? >> i've been there several times before, and i think what one does miss is to see how dangerous it is. we are there in kind of a cold war posture where the southern side is one that is normal and a functioning base, and the northern side is this kind of
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spooky place with loudspeakers and a coldness, and it is dangerous because you actually do see the cold war back there and the fact that we have not come to some kind of a resolution on the issues between north and south korea. >> one thing is we don't have an ambassador in south korea, not one even nominated at this point. names are being thrown around. but what are we losing? there was a statement by ambassador barbara stevenson today to the foreign service community that they are now down 60% in career ambassadors. and that the applications for the foreign service exam, and i know you teach it at the georgetown school of foreign service, the applications at the entry level are plummetting, plunging from a high of 17,000 a year ago. the state department is is basically hollowed out. >> well, i'm appalled, and you have traveled with the state department of secretaries for a long time, and you know how the place works.
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you cannot and should not and must not hollow out the diplomatic aspect of our lives. i am stunned. i have always liked working with our foreign service officers and the civil servants that are in the state department. they are loyal americans. and they work very hard on our behalf, and this has started to happen with the budget, which has been absolutely appalling as far as the state department is concerned. and secretary tillerson deciding he's going to reorganize and then also cutting out not only the ambassadors that are around now, but as you pointed out, we are cutting off our pipeline. and i do teach, and there are a lot of students who say, well, do you think i really should take the foreign service exam? will i have a future? what if i work here now? and i'm deeply, deeply troubled by that because you cannot be the major power in the world and not have a functioning diplomatic service, and it's going to be so evident on this trip which i think is an
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opportunity for the united states and president trump, but you need to have the backup of a functioning diplomatic service to carry out all the aspects of being the eyes and ears of the united states in a foreign country. i am absolutely shocked and appalled that anybody would think that the state department is not the most important and the first department in the united states government. >> maybe if there were more diplomats advising the president, just perhaps, or advising his speech writers. take a look at some of the notes that he sounded in his speech in south korea. >> it is interesting that it is one year as of tomorrow that we had our election victory, and it was a great victory, and a victory that made a lot of people very happy. >> the women's u.s. open was held this year at trump national golf club in bedminster, new
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jersey. and it just happened to be won by a great korean golfer. >> i don't know what to say. >> neither do i. what a waste. maybe he should have stuck with the business he was in before. >> speaking about politics, since he brought it up on a diplomatic visit, i know you were involved in the campaign and have been close with hillary clinton, and i don't know if you saw donna brazil's critique or her defense of her book, but how did the democrats come together when you have the divisions that are so apparent now and have been broken open, the scabs have been pulled back? >> i think, andrea, the way to come together is what happened last night in those elections. i think that the virginia victory is fantastic, so is the new jersey one, and then all kinds of others along the way. and what we have to do as democrats is recognize the fact
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that we need to help each other in elections, that we have the best message and that we, in fact, are the ones that can help to heal america and show what the united states can really accomplish. so i am going to treasure and work on behalf of -- and on the basis of what happened yesterday, which i think was remarkable. i'm so thrilled with all of that. >> madeleine albright, thank you very much. thanks for being with us. always great to visit. >> thank you. coming up. more on that big blue wave. "ha "hardball"'s chris matthews is here. his new book on bobby kennedy. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc.
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in 2005, i was head of the dscc. and you could smell a wave coming. the results last night smell exactly the same way. our republican friends better look out. >> well, don't count your chickens or whatever. democratic victories are making lawmakers in both parties reconsider their midterm strategies.
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chris matthews is the host of "hardball" here on msnbc and the author of a new book called "bobby kennedy, a raging spirit." i know you were up late last night because i was watching you. >> these people, i believe the marginal trump voter voted for him because they liked the size of his fight. he was against the establishment. but they don't like his performance. they don't like the behavior, the embarrassment of the tweets and all that stuffful. >> in the philly burbs, it was james comey reminding everybody of the e-mail by me opening it and that's when ed rendell started saying, hey, we're in trouble because those suburban women are not turning out for her. >> the anti-hillary vote was still there and that's gone. he doesn't have her to run against anymore.
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>> but i was really surprised. when we started seeing there was a big turnout in northern virginia right across the river here, i thought, well, it could be ed gillespie, he's got roots there, he's well known there. those were the early exits. the weather was appalling, just a huge down pour, but ralph northam, what he did in virginia -- >> in south africa he carried the whites. it's just white women, and i don't think ed gillespie was ed gillespie. we know him, he's a regular washington -- he tried to run his stonewall jackson. it just didn't work. >> but up and down the race, you had the young former tv anchor who lost his engagement -- >> when she was shot on the job. and the transgender woman beating the old homophobe who was 40 years her senior. i think people wanted to make a statement. the times are changing.
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the statue influence had no influence. >> do you think we'll start seeing more republicans decide to go opt out? >> yes, but the big thing, you and i know impulse runs for office. like tom foley, the last day in 1964. a high schoolteacher in new jersey. i'm going to run. their whole careers are changed because of an impulse. i think this is the time to jump in the water. this is the time to take. i think everybody last night, man or woman, every background, was thinking, i'm thinking of running. i'm going to do it. they think there might be a big wave. >> i was talking to a republican strategist this morning who said another trend is that donors and republican party figures are warning incumbents, don't go against trump. don't pull a corcoran.
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don't go against trump because you migwon't be able to win a primary. a lot of republicans are saying to themselves, but even if i win a primary, i can't win a general against donald trump. >> jones might win in alabama the way things are going. all of a sudden nevada for the senate looks pretty good. and arizona could now be in play. i think it's one of those years -- we have known a lot of people in our lives who were only in office for their whole careers because they wanted to win these kinds of elections. 1958, 1964, 1980. when everything changed. voters have a very crude tool in their hand. it's a vote, and they can't pick the person they want, they have to vote binary, yes or no. and this time they voted no. >> let's talk about 1968. let's talk about the whole life, the sweep of the life, the changes that you saw in bobby kennedy through your research.
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just extraordinary. we knew you were a kennedy scholar, but i think you learned so much. >> i worked hard on this one. i have to tell you that bobby kennedy fought everything his father stood for, and i think that's the best thing you can say about him. the old man was not a good guy. he was successful but not a good guy. bobby, from his early instincts, cared about little people. he cared about people in trouble. things like father figurieeney,h i grew up with. we had a catholic priest we grew up with. we weren't supposed to read his poetry anymore because he came up with a doctrine of no faith outside the church. if you don't worship faith, you're going to hell. bobby attacked this priest, saying, how can you say things like this? it ran against bobby's basic
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generosity. when ralph bunch agreed to come to speak at the university of indiana law school -- >> american ambassador. >> he had won the nobel peace prize, and the all-white students who went to school with bobby said, no, we can't have that. that will cause trouble in our political careers. and bobby said, no, we're going to do this. >> that night that mlk was killed, going into that club with a flashlight, you saw the video -- >> by the way, thanks to our nbc connections, i was able to get the tapes of him going into indianapolis that night. it was a tough neighborhood, african-american audience. he said to the person next to him, do they know yet? and the guy said no. he had to tell that audience that a white guy had just killed the greatest man in african-american history, and he had to tell them! >> and told them with such empathy relate to ing to his ow loss. >> that's the word. >> we're going to show the back cover and we have the graphic up
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because we want to show the extraordinary picture. >> i read the book. >> this is a picture of -- >> not even working class. poor family. the wife, dirt all over the kid, no shirt, dirt all over him, dirty face. the father obviously had some military experience. correct salute. this affectionate regard for a patriotic leader. >> the funeral train is passing. >> and the african-american audience is doing the same thing in the beginning. look at this picture. i know you like the art in this book. >> the pictures are extraordinary. >> i hope i hold it right. but there's a huge family of five kids, all dirty faced, african-americans. >> poor whites and poor blacks marching. >> all at the train station. 25,000 americans sang spontaneously "the battle hymn of the republic." this affection for the guy in both communities, not that they
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were united in those communities, but they had a shared affection for this guy. something we've missed, i want a gut patriotism connected to our leaders again. i want the common feel for the country that unite themselves with their leaders. we don't have a moral compass anymore and we need it. we need empathy. that's what we don't have. >> you have it in great, great measure. >> thank you, andrea. you and i have known each other a long time. people that you and i may not agree with politically, there is a tremendous feel for this guy who believed that law could be just. it isn't -- to him it wasn't about black lives and cops. he said law should bring justice, and he really believed that we're fighting the segregationists and we're fighting mobsters. law could be good. that's what we need to get back to. "hardball" tonight at 7:00 right here on msnbc.
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talking tough, threatening military action, opening diplomacy? what do you think is the right course? >> well, from my perspective, the whole key now is for president trump to be able to convince president xi to put a vice-like grip on the north korean economy. the president said that in his address to the north korean -- to the south korean assembly, but now his words must become action. he has to persuade the chinese to actually cut off the oil that flows into north korea, cut off the revenues that come from slave wages, cut off the drug money, cut off the cryptocurrency revenues flowing into the regime. that's the only way, with tough sanctions, we're going to force the north koreans to go to the table so we can have a realistic conversation about stopping this hydrogen bomb and ibc program
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they are quickly advancing. >> senator, do you think there is even a reasonable or viable military option? >> there is no military option in north korea. it would very quickly escalate. the pentagon has already done an analysis of how quickly it could escalate. i don't think there is any question that it would become very dangerous very quickly. we have 30,000 soldiers right there on front lines, we have 200,000 americans who are there in south korea. we have hundreds of thousands of others in guam who would be potentially affected by any quick military escalation on the part of the north koreans. there is no military solution. there is only a diplomatic one, and the path to that is through very tough, crippling sanctions on the north korean economy. we did it in 2006. they came back to the table within a month. that is our last best chance. >> but the president said again
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last night that they have to denucleari denuclearize. they have to give up their weapons program before he will start talks. >> well, from my perspective, what the president has to do is to make that his goal but to go to the table in order to accomplish that goal. if he makes it a precondition that the north koreans have to agree before the talks even start that there is going to be a complete denuclearization, then there will be no talks. so chthe chinese have been sayi as part of their willingness to partner with us that they want the u.s. to engage in bilateral negotiations with the north koreans. if we can do that in conjunction with crippling sanctions by the chinese by the north korean economy, then i think we can get something with the north koreans and the united states of america. >> how do you think he can make
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this work, to try to get president xi to help on north korea but also beat up on him about trade, which is what he's doing? >> obviously the issue is the nuclear program in north korea. the chinese are concerned about it, and so are we. from my perspective, it's absolutely essential that the president put that at the very top of his agenda and then put all of the other issues underneath it. then if he gets a result that helps provide additional security for our country and for the korean peninsula, the president could conduct all of the other discussions with the chinese leader. but absent that, all we're going to see is the number one national security issue that is facing the planet continue to escalate and ultimately, potentially turn into a catastrophe. >> senator ed markey, some dire warning indeed.
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the off-year election
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results being widely viewed as a referendum on donald trump, who's making his first trip to china today. in a recent "new york times" column tom friedman criticized the president's approach to foreign policy saying, quote, trump is a person that does not connect dots, even when they're big, fat polka dots that are hard to miss. rather he thinks inside narrow boxes from his simplistic approaches and applause line that's leading us into a web of contradictions abroad. joining us now, tom friedman, his new book "thank you for being late" just out in paperback and it's a lovely read. tom, how do you connect the dots in this twitterverse? >> it's hard. you know, one of the points i make in the book, quoting my friend lynn wells, in this integrated world you can't think in the box, out of the box. have you to think without of the box. that was about niger. we lost four soldiers in niger. >> you had been there -- >> i did a documentary there.
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people are saying, why are we there? why is al qaeda or isis there? the story is massive population explosi explosion, massive climate change. they experienced global warming far beyond what we have here in our hemisphere. the two together were completely destroying small-scale agriculture, leaving all these young men basically leaving their homes and on the loose, ready to take $50 a month to join al qaeda. so, what do we do? we send troops there to kill the bad guys. at the same time we have an administration killing all family planning programs and appointing climate change deniers to every environmental position. how is that going to work out? if you're not dealing with the underlying causes of this and then you're just telling young people to go over and make the ultimate sacrifice. >> i mean, that is one of the things that is so remarkable. we, because of all these investigations and other thins we're doing, we don't have the band width to follow what's happening in epa, what's happening in agriculture, the science adviser sam clovis has withdrawn because he's implicated in this other
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investigation, but no background in the science. in the regulatory -- in the departments, facts are being ignored. >> you know, i find from a journalism point of view donald trump is a brain-eating disease. he does so many outrageous things on a daily basis. he talked about sam clovis, this guy appointing to head the agriculture department, $3 billion research budget, an iowa talk show host, shows such contempt for science and the department. as a journalist or columnist you think, how can i not write about that, it's so outrageous? if i write about it every week i don't go out and learn all these other things. it's a danger that donald trump is going to suck the brains out so of many reporters and columnists, you spend four years being outraged at him, and you can't even keep track of them. >> i don't want to explode your brain but last night telling the south korean assembly about the woman who won the lpga at --
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>> trump course. >> trump course, of course. he's being investigated about some outside group about the emoluments clause, ethics police shouting from the rooftops and he's bragging on a global stage about his courses. >> such contempt. not only for our laws, but good taste of an american president. he's representing all of us over there. and bragging about his golf course. it's such bad taste. >> you have really moved in -- a lot of people have as well, because something's happening in this country. you used to be more academic, more agnostic about your conclusions. is that fair? >> there's no question, i'm really worried about where the country's going. i am -- i'm pretty independent, political person from minnesota. my politics come, as i explain in the book, in a small town at a place where politics worked, people really worked together.
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i feel like what trump is doing, andrea, he's attacking two principles that are foundation of our democracy -- truth and trust. if we cannot believe facts, facts that come from our white house, facts that come from our cia, because our cia director has also made up stuff now, if we can't believe truth and if we can't trust our elections are free and fair and have normal rotations in power, you are attacking the very two principles, truth and trust, that uphold our democracy. i think that's what's going on. no one should be neutral. >> no one is neutral about you. tom friedman, the new paperback is "thank you for being late." thank you for being here. >> thanks so much, andrea. >> safe travels.
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in the first true test of the president's popularity. but is an anti-trump message enough for democrats to keep winning? obama, an intimate portrait, nearly 2 million photos taken. new assault allegations. the mother of a then-18-year-old teen accuses actor kevin spacey of sexually assaulting her son last year in a restaurant bar. will he face charges? but let's start with the message from party members to president trump. tone it down, that was the comment from one of virginia -- from a virginia republican congressman today after the president's party took a drubbing in the commonwealth's off-year election. democrats notched gains small and large across the country, but it was in virginia,

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