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world headquarters right here in new york. president trump is stepping back onto the world stage today and things could get a little bit awkward. he's heading to the g-7 summit in france just days after he clashed with yet another ally while backing up russia and lashing out over the economy. plus a different approach. while most of the 2020 democratic field heads out west, front runner joe biden bucking the trend. civil service, calls grow for civility. among them the widow of senator john mccain. and why bipartisan is the only way to avoid an economic downturn. we start this hour with president trump stepping back onto the world stage. he leaves tonight for the g-7 in france as he embraces russia's return to the group and rebukes long-time allies like denmark. before he takes off, top
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officials in the white house are sounding the alarm about the u.s. economy. a "the washington post" headline reads faced with internal warnings about a slow down, president trump pursued contradictory responses. seems advisers are telling the president, the economy is losing speed putting the president's re-election bid in jeopardy. we have white house correspond dent christen welker, nancy cook, and christopher dickey. kristen, i want to start with you. let's play a sample of things the president has said ahead of the summit. >> i think it's much more appropriate to have russia in, it should be the g-8 a lot of things we talk about have to do with russia. any jewish people that vote for a democrat. i think it shows a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.
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i thought the prime minister's statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea was nasty. i am the chosen one. somebody had to do it. >> so what are the administration's priorities heading into this meeting? is there a goal here? >> well, morgan, look, i think some of the key issues that president trump is going to want to tackle will clearly revolve around things like trade, the economy, as well as climate change. that's an agenda item that french president emmanuel macron is going to be pushing, by the way. but as you point out, more begabega morgan and you're right, president trump is signaling he's ready to shake things up once he gets there. in addition to what you just played he's pushing for russia to be readmitted to the g-7 making it the g had 8 that's something that royaled allies, including french president emmanuel macron. russia can't be admitted until
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there's progress. and that is a view shared by a number of the other g-7 leaders. the other thing we're going to be watching closely is the fact that president trump is going to be meeting for the first time with the newly minted british prime minister boris johnson someone probrexit, someone compared to president trump himself. the president has had high praise for boris johnson so we have to see how that plays out and what the two discuss particularly as it relates to trade and brexit. it comes against the backdrop of president trump taking fresh aim at fed chair jay powell as well as china's xi jing ping comparing the two, saying who's worse for the u.s. that's important because we're seeing that trade war with china escalating this morning. so all of that is the backdrop and just underscoring the fact that we're sort of all bracing for another summit that could be
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fairly tumultuous. president macron is saying let's not have that joint statement, what's called a communique that they typically sign at the end of the summit, let's not do that this year. >> it's interesting when you talk about this fresh aim. alys i want to bring you in here, he openly complained about military agreements with japan, said germy was controlled by russia and then called the european union a foe of the u.s. so how uncomfortable are these meetings about to be for the president? has he made negotiations with u.s. allies harder? >> it's going to be very uncomfortable. what the president tries to do is sow up some trouble before he gets there. what we see is before he goes to japan, before he went to the g-7 last year in canada, starting
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with justin trudeau, the prime minister there, now as he's headed to france, what he tries to do is mix things up. but he's finding himself the odd man out. what you see is president macron trying to bring the rest of the six together, allot of the rest of the international community is aligned on issues like climate change. everyone is scared about the president's economic plans. and you saw that the fed is saying that this is contributing to, you know, the slowing of the global economy. president trump wanted to get there and start with this discussion about the economy. i think he's going to hear an earful from the rest of the leaders about how his tariffs, his trade policy is affecting. so i think, you know, you might have this situation where president trump wants to make it a g-8 with russia coming back in, i think a lot of these other leaders are saying, you know, we're the g-6 now, the
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president's on his own, and do we -- can we just hang out and weather the storm until a new administration comes out and has new leadership? or is it going to be that we have to go it alone? >> you bring up a really interesting point. chris i saw you nodding your head. is this the g six, seven or eight, how is the possibility of russia being included being received? >> not well. i think you have to go back to the beginnings of what was the g-6 and then the g-7, it was about democracy, the rule of law, western democracies that are rich and japan. that's the way it started in 1975. and that's why, in the 1990s, after the falling apart of the s sof yet union, russia was invited in. but after the crimea invasion it
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was clear putin had nothing to do with that and we're seeing donald trump doesn't fit in well with those ideals. i think we could soon see a g-6 instead of a g-7. in fact, trump doesn't care about this organization. he doesn't care if he's excluded or not, if he's going to go it's as disrupter in chief. it's like going to a card game with the seven people and the richest member comes in and throws the cards in the air you thought you were playing poker, no we're playing 52 pick up, that's my game, i'm the richest i'll dictate the terms. they don't want to play that game anymore. >> you said he doesn't fit in with the deals, but he does have one ally, the new british prime minister, boris johnson. does that change the balance of power inside this group? >> yes, it does. i think that the president, president trump is very much looking forward to his meeting
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with boris johnson. and i think boris johnson similar to trump, is going to be someone people feel like is a bit unpredictable in his actions, no one is sure how he'll react. there was a photo of him and french president macron yesterday and johnson had his feet up on the table. i think that's an excellent metaphor for how johnson will act. you have to remember it's unclear what will happen with brexit. johnson set a deadline of the end of october to decide whether or not britain can get out of the european union. so there's a lot of uncertainty in the u.s. economically and britain, so i think they will share not only the title of disrupter in chief there but also the sense of countries that are in a bit of uncertainty right now. >> i want to go back to you, nancy, based on some of the reporting we heard from kristen just a moment ago. "the washington post" reports
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that senator lindsey graham blames the economic downturn on the trade war with china. is there an ally that could perhaps convince president trump to perhaps rethink the trade war? >> i don't know if he is willing to listen to that yet. i think he's been polling his group of informal advisers about the trade war and trying to sell them on the idea that it's good for him to double down on this trade standoff with china, but the fact of the matter is, it's not just senator graham who's urging him to end this stand off, you have economic experts, business leaders i have spoken to have said this is causing a lot of uncertainty in the business community in terms of spending and investment. so he is getting a lot of pressure from capitol hill, from business leaders from wall street to stop this standoff, and he has shown this week through his comments and actions that he's not backing away. and some officials tell me the reason he's doubling down is
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he's not sure how to end it. and until he figures it out it'll be prolonged. >> interesting you describe that uncertainty because in that same "the washington post" report it says trump says he thinks he can convince americans that the economy is rattled through a public messaging campaign. is the white house's first priority dealing with the rhetoric or the problem? >> the president's first priority is blame somebody else for the mistakes he makes. we see him blaming in the last couple minutes jerome powell at the fed, it's his fault the economy is not going well. he's going to be at the g-7 and he'll blame everyone else at the g-7 except maybe boris johnson, if we're talking about messaging we're talking about blaming other people. >> i want to go back to this also, when you talk about blame, president trump thinking big picture he made a surprise call to women at a trump event this
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is last night. listen to what he said at the 2020 election. >> i'm with you all the way. we'll have a great race. i think it's going to be easier than last time, but let's pretend it's tougher so we work hard. >> he says this race will be easier than last time. is that the sense you're getting from the people around him? >> i don't think so. i think you've seen numerous articles and evidence that his allies are very concerned. you have a lot of people speaking out now, you know, around former officials, i mean, i know there's a tendency to laugh off anthony scaramucci, but this was someone who until very recently was praising the president. and now coming out and criticizing his actions. i think there's a widespread concern you hear it from lindsey graham, from others around the margins that they feel his behavior is negative for his message, for the good things
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that they feel he's done, such as the economy, such as tax cuts, and that this rhetoric and that this nastiness, and i mean, i think it's rich that the president is talking about women when, you know, he's talking -- calling the danish prime minister nasty. i think there's a concern that the president's rhetoric is belying what he could call, they think, is a strong record to run on. so i think you're going to see more and more people speaking out. i think the question is, will there be some kind of widespread republican call for him to tone it down. for him to kind of get in line with what the republican party has always been about. and i don't think there's any evidence that the president is ready to do that. he's running with a very narrow base, and the republicans, you know, recognize that and they're willing to go along. >> we will see as these tensions now continue to play out on the
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world stage. thank you all so much. thanks for joining us this morning. coming up as the 2020 democrats spend the weekend on the west coast trying to impress party leadership, there will be one notable absence. why front runner joe biden is skipping the dnc meeting and instead courting another key group. civility in politics, as the rift between both parties get deeper, a number of current and former politicians are calling for a change in tone, among them former congressman barney frank, who's calling for more bipartisan. he joins us live coming up next. . ♪ like a drifter i was-- ♪ born to walk alone! ...barb! you left me hangin' on the high harmony there.
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so when you look at the map of where democratic presidential candidates are campaigning it's usually a lot of iowa and south carolina. but today things are looking differently. 12 contend ers are in california right now ready to speak with hundreds of dnc delegates. but joe biden is sitting this one out. instead, choosing to campaign in new hampshire. nbc news' road warrior mike is following the campaign. you have some new reporting on biden's trip to new hampshire to share with us today. what can you tell us? >> reporter: morgan, we have at least a dozen candidates and now one former candidate in seth bolton, attending that dnc
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gathering in california. joe biden has anticipated in some of these cattle calls with other candidates before. but today is a day perhaps more than any other that the campaign wants to remind voters of what sets him apart from the field that's his service for eight years as barack obama's vice president. today is the anniversary of when candidate obama announced joe biden would be his running mate. the event he's going to be holding here is about health care specifically, the affordable care act, obamacare was one of the signatures of that administration. when biden has tried to drawn differences with his opponents, it has been on the affordable care act. it's also interesting to note the towns biden will be campaigning today and tomorrow along the connecticut river valley, the boundary between vermont, the home state of bernie sanders, this is joe biden taking the fight to bernie
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sanders, on an issue alexandria ocasio-cortez -- obamacare versus medicare for all, a key issue in this race. >> let's bring in wanna summers and anton searight. i want to start with you because mike pointed out this interesting contrast where joe biden is a similar face but unfamiliar territory as a front runner. how is he handling that status, do you think? >> i think he's handling it well. while people are making noise about him not being at the dnc meeting in california he was with the same group not too long ago in atlanta, georgia. i think people have to put it in context, the primary is a marathon not a sprint. i'm from south carolina my sharecropping grandparents taught me to cook before you eat, plant before you kick.
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>> i'm from north carolina i heard the same thing. >> and crawl before you walk. so for joe biden spending time in early states is so important because those are the states that come first before california on the map. if he's smart, he'll spend more time in south carolina where 60% of the democratic vote will be african-american, 50% women, i believe that's reflective of our current democratic party. african-american voters will set the tone for who will win our nomination. staying on that topic especially when it comes to the democratics and relationships, i want to bring you in because the biden campaign put out a video to commemorate the 11th anniversary of president obama choosing biden as his vice president. take a look at this. >> you were the first decision i made, and it was the best. >> it was a relationship forged in fire. barack obama and joe biden inherited a world in crisis. together they passed the biggest economic recovery package in the
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history of the nation. rescued the automobile industry, make a record investment in clean energy, and passed the affordable care act. president obama called him, quote, the best vice president america has ever had. >> he is leaning in hard to that relationship, and frankly it is a relationship that no other candidate can claim but do you think the campaign is leveraging that relationship properly? >> i think this is a strategic move by former vice president b biden's campaign to point out this is something he has nobody else can draw from, the eight years of being barack obama's vice president. but what's important is this is a former vice president who not only has the record to draw from, he's leaning in heavily on the long-held relationships in the black community.
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so he's talking about that relationship with obama and building on that record and showing he's building something new for himself as well and drawing on long relationships he held even before going to the white house. >> as you were talking i could see antwon giving a thumbs up and nodding his head. what about that speaks to you? do you think he's going to hold the democratic? >> i don't know. there's a lot of time left on the clock. but i know to this point he's been able to keep his vote -- i believe the most loyal block together, and that's the african-american voters. it's because what happens after south carolina is very reflective of what happens in south carolina. if you look at 2008, we launched and secured barack obama, in my opinion, the same thing in 2016, and i do not think that 2020 will be any different. >> i want to switch gears for a moment and move from the demographics to the issues. it seems we saw seth mollton
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drop out of the race but it seems a lot of the single issues candidates drop out, governor inslee on climate, congressman swalwell on guns. do you think that's going to shape how we talk about the issues from here on out without the candidates in the race. >> i think it is. it's one of the worries i hear from supporters of the candidates is that those kind of issues may not have prove innocence. climate is different than the others because msnbc and cnn is having the climate forums next month. as we see the campaign move west we'll hear a focus on climate, which is an issue there. but things like national service one of the big things that seth mollton talked about or perhaps may not be talked about enough. it'll be curious to see of the front runners will they take up those issues to win over those voters?
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>> what do you think? >> some people entered the race not necessarily attempting to be our nominee but to raise an issue, their profile and regions of the country. so these candidates who seem to be dropping off right now, i think in their own way they moved a needle in their own respect because we're talking about issues that may not have come up in the race. if jay inslee had not come up, i'm not sure the level we talk about climate change would be the same rate. when you look at the geographical locations, we've seen a laser focus on these parts of the country because of the candidates. it takes a team effort in order to get this done. it takes a village to raise the child and a village to win the nomination. >> you don't think bernie or pete could have talked about climate change? >> of course they could. but when you are specific and
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you have experience in the issue. mayor pete has done a job talking about issues across the border and he should do that. at some point the field is going to get slimmer and we'll be more focussed on the candidates left in the end. >> i want to thank you both for joining us this afternoon. it's been a pleasure speaking to you both. we're following breaking news right now. the dow is down around 300 points. it started dropping after the president tweeted. we'll check on the markets coming up next. the catastrophic fires burning in the amazon rain forest why the response from brazil's president is sparking international outrage. t is spar international outrage.
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right now we're keeping an eye on the stock market where the dow has fallen more than 300 points following the latest escalation in the trade war with china. bill griffith is standing by for us now. bill, i want to bring you in here. let's look back because the president is attacking the fed chair by name. he had a series of tweets, including one he said as usual the fed did nothing, it's incredible they can speak or act without knowing what i'm doing.
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how does that move the markets? is that to blame for this drop? >> i'll tell you what's moving the markets it's this movement by the chinese government to impose new tariffs on u.s. goods. $75 billion worth, including a 25% tariff on u.s. vehicles going into china. all this means is higher prices and lower demand, lower profitability for these u.s. corporations and wall street hates this trade war. so any time there's an escalation, as we're seeing this morning, the dow moves lower as a result. as for chairman powell, that was supposed to be our big story today, he was out speaking this morning at the federal reserves annual restreet in wyoming, a highly anticipated speech, he's been under pressure to lower interest rates to keep our economy on an even keel as the
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world's economy is going down. he didn't come out. no fed chair is going to come out and say what they intend to do with interest rates. they only hint. so he hinted this morning that he's open to more interest rate cuts if if it's warranted but that wasn't enough, obviously, for the president. he wants a full percentage point cut from the fed. wall street is more looking for a quarter of a percent next month. but it still remains to be seen whether that's going to happen. >> those hints as you mentioned are certainly meaningful -- >> very much so. >> -- especially when they are public. thank you for joining us bill. >> you bet. the rift between democrats and republicans continues to deepen alongside new fears about the economy. former massachusetts congressman barney frank penned a new op-ed entitled "we need bipartisanship to fix the economy".
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when we're talking what we just heard about bill possible problems with the u.s. economy, who needs to blink first? what is the first move and who needs to make it? >> the president has to get himself coherent. two things he said he was going to do, top rate people, he has appointed incompetents, according to him. secondly, he was going to make deals, he was the great deal maker he hasn't made a single successful deal all the way through, and things have gotten worse with mr. xi who he said is his friend. as far as powell, he appointed now most of the governors sitting, and i think you have a president who's worried about what's going to go bad, and instead of trying to fix it, he's trying to find other people to blame. >> you think this is about anxiety? >> nancy pelosi has a record, as
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do the democratic senate leadership of bipartisanship, when george bush was president in 2008, pelosi and harry reed worked with him to do a stimulus and i and others worked with him at their direction to deal with the problems. democrats gave george w. bush more support in the crisis of 2008 than he got from the republicans. >> so it's bipartisanship in action. >> so we're ready to work with him, but how do you work with an adm administration that's incoherent. early on if trump instead of giving enormous tax cuts to the wealthiest people had used that money to do infrastructure program, it would now be well under way, it would be improving productivity and the democrats would have been glad to support him on that. >> i want to interrupt you there for a minute because i want to talk not just about the issues but tone, that's a lot of what you're describing in this op-ed.
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what would it take to bring civility back? >> for mr. trump to say he was willing to work with us. i was shocked when he complained that the prime minister of denmark was nasty to him. >> you were shocked? >> that he -- that he felt that because she said an idea was absurd, which it was, that somehow you can't talk to america that way. this is a man who has set the record for nastiness, for abuse. interesting, by the way, his wording. it was, you can't talk to america like that, especially under me. i don't think most of us think of ourselves as being under mr. trump. but no president in history has done as much vicious abuse of other people and now he's complaining, how can she say i'm nasty? look at the words he said and there's no comparison. >> what's the difference between nastiness and strong words. when you were in office, you were not afraid of a fight yourself. you didn't back down from one,
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you had the dodd frank moment, the health care moment. would you do anything differently? >> when we had partners we worked with them. i am proud, if you read the memoirs of george bush appointees ben and henry, they supported a cooperation we gave them. but you can't have uni lateral disarmament look what happened under george w. bush they were ready to do that the democratic leadership under trump and he had no capacity for it. >> thank you for joining us, we appreciate your time. my colleague andrea mitchell just interviewed cindy mccain as we approach the anniversary of senator mccain's death. they talked about his legacy, the first part of that interview will air in the next hour. the massive fires burning across the world's largest rain forest, environment talists are
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jhe borrowed billions donald trump failed as a businessman. and left a trail of bankruptcy and broken promises. he hasn't changed. i started a tiny investment business, and over 27 years, grew it successfully to 36 billion dollars. i'm tom steyer and i approve this message. i'm running for president because unlike other candidates, i can go head to head with donald trump on the economy, and expose him fo what he is: a fraud and a failure. right now record fires are sweeping across the amazon rain forest which some say could mean game over for our battle against climate change. more than 74,000 fires this year alone are ravaging the amazon region in brazil, it's linked to an increase in deforestation.
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joining me now activist bill mchibben thank you for joining us this afternoon. the amazon rain forest is half the size of the united states i understand. give us a sense of scale here, what does it do for our planet and why is it so serious? >> look, amazon supplies, among other things, about 20% of the oxygen we breathe. so one breath in five, if you look at it that way. there's no way we can maintain a habitable climate on this planet if the amazon disappears. for the last 30 years the brazilians have done a good job of protecting the amazon. scientists explained its importance and the world asked brazil to take that responsibility, which they have. that's broken down now. the new president, who seems like a southern american version of donald trump in his
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intemperance and anger has announced that he wants to end protection for indigenous people in the amazon. that he wants to open it up to economic activity. and as a result loggers and ranchers have quickly begun setting these fires, taking down these trees, removing, hacking at the lungs of the planet. >> bill you talk about the intemperance of the president as you describe it. let's talk about the dnc because they announced there would be no climate change for debate after the possibility was discussed. it still is a major focus for many democratic candidates, for instance, bernie sanders. do you see climate change, bill, becoming more important leading up to the election? if so, why? >> the climate change is actually somewhat to my surprise, i got to say, turning into an absolutely key issue in
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this election among democratic voters it falls at the top of issues and it's the issue and the polling shows which donald trump is the most out of touch with public opinion. so i think it'll be a huge issue. this movement is building very fast. on september 20th, it'll be global climate strikes around the world. the largest day of climate action yet. some of them will be aimed at brazil and what's going on. and some are going to be aimed at brazilian embassies and ko z consulates around the planet because what's happening in the amazon. >> we'll be covering them, too. thanks for joining us. we are staying on top of breaking news, the latest escalation in the trade war with china. the markets are still tumbling on the heels of the president's tweets. kristen welker is back with us.
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it sounds like the president is ordering american companies to find alternatives to china? >> reporter: the president says i hereby order american companies find alternatives to china. the question becomes by what authority? we put that question to a number of white house officials so far they haven't given us any guidance. we asked about the other part of the tweet in which the president is threatening retaliatory action against china. remember where we started this conversation earlier with china retaliating against the u.s., slapping tariffs on $75 billion worth of u.s. goods. now it appears as though the president is poised to take some type of counter measure but officials not clear what that's about either. bottom line, a lot of the officials here, a few of them at least, are still processing the tweets, trying to figure out exactly what the president is
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saying. and hopefully the president or one of his top officials will give us guidance soon but this is an escalation, an escalation against his own fed chair, jerome powell and in the trade war with china. >> it's also an escalation of his own perceived authority. thanks for joining us. i know it's been a long day the tweets are coming hot and fast. >> they are. coming up after an exclusive report from msnbc facebook is moving to ban ads from a pro-trump media company backed by dark money. one of the reporters that broke that story is here and joins me next. oke that story is here and joins me next along with support, chantix is proven to help you quit. with chantix you can keep smoking at first and ease into quitting. chantix reduces the urge so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix,
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mega company facebook banned one of its biggest political ad spenders from buying more advertising. it banned a group called the epoch times after an investigation that found it spent millions of dollars over the last six months on pro-trump advertisements. joining me now ben collins who broke the story. explain to us why this group is such a big deal and what it was doing. >> sure. first of all for the past 18 months basically they were
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spreading wild deep state conspiracy theories on this thing. that had no ties to the truth in any capacity, really. it's secretly run by a chinese religious sect which believes that this is kind of wild, so bear with me here. >> i'm staying with you. >> it believes that donald trump is here to accelerate a doomsday scenario in which all communists will be sent to hell and people in support will be left here in a positive space. and they believe that donald trump is helping to accelerate this. >> so they were buying the ads? >> they were buying the ads. and the coverage is meant to serve that purpose. it's wild but that's not why they were banned weirdly enough. they were banned because once we started calling them and asking them about the origins of the paper and things like that -- >> like what are you doing? >> they started moving all their money -- we don't know where it came from. but they started moving the ad moneys to different things, they moved it to something called
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honest paper -- >> honest paper? >> yes. >> the irony. >> they moved about $500,000 of that over the last couple weeks. >> 500 grand? >> yes. they spent more on advertising on facebook than any trump group at all period. >> nobody knew they existed. >> if you were -- the targeting is aimed at older people, 54 plus who look at their targeting. so they would send physical fliers in the mail to people in that age range, too. they were targeting a very specific demographic. very specific voting -- >> hold on a minute. you've got my shaking here. this is one group. and the reality of it is there are so many others like it that are spreading this type of misinformation. so even though facebook banned this group, what about systematically, has it built in a system where it can keep other groups from doing the same thing? >> obviously not. they moved this dark money to an
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even shadier thing. you have to represent yourself who you are. we didn't -- nobody knew where the money was coming from before this report. >> it sounds like we still don't know. >> we don't know the funding structure from where it's coming from. they're technically a non-profit. they spent $1.5 million for just facebook ads for donald trump. where are they getting the money? we don't know. they got too big for their breeches here. they spent lp this money and they were the largest news organization, if you want to call it that, on facebook, youtube and twitter for several months out of the year. they just got caught because they were larger than everybody else. i'm sure there are smaller operations that are like this that didn't warrant the scrutiny of the press. >> what does that mean for 2020? are there other social media companies looking to get ahead of the curve? it's another thing when it
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enters our mainstream process. >> people know this. they found these smaller operations, there's a diaspora of sketchy sites they use to push out their messages. they try to do another big thing is e-mail lists. they try to do it in smaller spaces so they don't get caught. they spend enormous amount of money. >> it's scary. >> this is what dark money is now. they used to talk about ad spends on tv and all these things. it's much harder to attract the stuff down now. >> dark money seems like it moves differently. >> oh, my gosh, yes. that's the thing, like we said we don't know the funding of these things, but there are other, you know, large money donors that spend on much smaller sites. and we need to -- like, the facebook ad transparency tool allows you to see the stuff at the top. the stuff at the bottom doesn't help. that trool is broken all the time. there's really no regulation
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here. the fec has nothing to do with it. it's the press trying to susthis stuff out. >> making money moves in the worst possible way. >> yes. we're staying on our breaking news. the president just ordered u.s. companies to find an alternative to china for business. right now, the dow is down more than 300 points. it has been in the green just this morning. we'll be following this story on msnbc throughout the afternoon. plus, a quick programming note. congressman seth moulton, the latest democratic to drop out of the 2020 presidential race will join msnbc to discuss his decision. that's coming up at 2:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. . eastern right here on msnbc. ♪
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this morning, there is a moment of rare bipartisan agreement in d.c. on an issue we've probably all experienced. robo calls. as nbc's tom costello reports, the attorneys general from every single state are joining forces to fight them. >> reporter: it's a unified nationwide attack on robo calls.
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all 50 state attorneys general plus d.c. joining forces with the 12 biggest telecom companies leading the fight, north carolina, ag josh stein. >> more than an annoyance, it's a source of massive fraud where people are losing their entire life savings to these criminals. >> reporter: in july alone, 4.7 robo calls. >> this call is from the legal department of social security administration. >> reporter: another call every 1.7 seconds. >> that was an invalid entry. >> if you wish to speak with our executive, press one. >> reporter: and another. >> receive coverage for unlimited doctors visits, emergency rooms, hospitalizat n hospitalization. >> reporter: most trying to steal your identity or money. >> i'm very busy when my phone rings i think it's a client or emergency. when it's a robot, it's very frustrating. >> reporter: all too often the victims are elderly, trusting and vulnerable. the cities receiving the most
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include washington, d.c. with 48 calls per person last month. baton rouge, 43, memphis with 35, and san antonio with 31. now the telecom companies have agreed to deploy new call blocking technology, free to customers to use screening technology to determine if a number is being spoofed to look like someone you know or government agency. trace calls the callers. for most americans it can't come soon enough. >> come on, man. >> just trying to watch netflix. that was tom costello with that report. and that wraps up this hour of "msnbc live." i'm morgan radford. thank you so much for joining me this afternoon. "andrea mitchell reports" starts right now. and right now on "andrea mitchell reports," the choice. the democratic field narrowing as the party debates whether it's better to be electric or electable. >> no election has been more
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consequential than this one. >> we not only want to win this election, we want to transform america. >> they need a leader who is not afraid. i am not afraid. odd man out. world leaders at the g7 in france brace for president trump's arrival later tonight, hoping to avoid a storm over climate change and other topics likely to set him off. as the trade war with china escalates today and the markets dr dr drop. >> people are regretting his arrival to get this stage to himself, to belittle others, to show everybody how great he is. and acts of civility. a year after john mccain's death, cindy mccain takes on his life's work. >> we are in a gridlock and we're not talking. it's time to be civil a

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