tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC July 27, 2017 12:37am-1:37am EDT
♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- jim gaffigan. nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. music from fall out boy -- featuring the 8g band with brad wilk. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, everybody! i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: wonderful to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. in a series of tweets this morning, president trump announced that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the u.s. military, which brings us to the new segment called, "so, that was a lie then"?
♪ >> seth: first up -- >> as your president, i will do everything in my power to protect our lgbtq citizens. [ light laughter ] >> seth: this has been -- >> so that was a lie then? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: newly appointed white house communications director anthony scaramucci said today that he's not a backstabber, but more of a front-stabbing person. [ laughter ] and it's very telling about this administration that they think there is a right way to stab somebody. [ light laughter ] "i stab from the front, underhand, like a gentleman." [ light laughter ] at a rally in ohio last night, president trump said that abraham lincoln is the only president more presidential than him. and then this is weird. trump invited him to the white house. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ]
"i think we would enjoy each others' company." [ applause ] according to politico, president trump and attorney general jeff sessions are no longer on speaking terms. though come to think of it, trump by himself is barely on speaking terms. [ laughter ] >> bing, bing. bong, bong. bing, bing, bing. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: hillary clinton's new memoir on the 2016 presidential race will be released in september. it just has to be transcribed from the car she keyed it into. [ laughter ] president trump today wrote an all-cap tweet saying, quote, "in america we don't worship government, we worship god." though, i think most of us would happily worship whichever one gets you out of office first. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] the ride-hailing app uber annound
will have to pay a $15 delivery fee for returning forgotten items in cars, but it's all worth it to get little timmy back. [ laughter ] "honey, it's 15!" "no, i know! of course -- i know!" yes. [ scattered applause ] mexican food chain chipotle will reportedly debut a first drive-through window at an ohio location this fall. and if you've ever eaten at chipotle, you know the food is also drive-through. [ laughter ] new york state police this week reportedly pulled over a suspicious vehicle with no doors, no windshield, and an axe in the roof. and i'm going to go out on a limb here, new jersey plates? [ laughter and applause ] and finally, a squirrel in california was reportedly responsible for a recent power outage that affected
in the squirrel's defense, it was his first day on the job. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we've got a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] get out of here, squirrel! he is currently out on his all-new stand-up comedy tour, "noble ape." and the audio version of his netflix special called "cinco," the album is out now. the great jim gaffigan joins us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] she is the chief foreign affairs correspondent for nbc news and host of msnbc's "andrea mitchell reports." andrea mitchell is here, you guys. [ cheers and applause ] and it's a great day to talk to her about everything that's going on. also, we're gonna have music from fall out boy. so happy they're here. [ cheers and applause ] but before we get to all of that, right now the gop is trying to pass a healthcare bill without telling anyone what's in it. and the president is attacking his own attorney general for not shutting down an investigation of himself. and both of those things are a
for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: after weeks of prohibiting cameras from broadcasting the white house press briefings, today the cameras were turned back on, and the white house used the opportunity to try and paint a softer image of the president, although, i don't know if it succeeded. white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders read a letter to president trump from a 9-year-old named dylan. >> i'd like to read you a letter from 9-year-old dylan. "my name is dylan harbin, but everybody calls me 'pickle.' i'm 9 years old, and you're my favorite president. i like you so much, that i had a birthday about you. my cake was in the shape of your hat. i don't know why people don't like you." me either, dylan. [ light laughter ] >> seth: things are so bad at the white house, they're just doing viewer mail now. [ laughter ] so how did the press corps react? well, when the networks took split screens of reporters watching this happen, they were not that into it. >> and then, dylan goes on to ask
"how old are you?" dylan, president trump is 71 years old. "how big is the white house?" the white house is 168 feet long. it's 70 feet tall on the south side and 60 feet, four inches tall on the north. and it takes 300 gallons of white paint to cover the exterior of the white house residence. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: look at his face. he's like, "should i be taking notes on this?" [ laughter ] and the reporter next to him was like, "hey, at a press briefing. you will not [ bleep ] believe what's happening." [ cheers and applause ] but the end, the end of the letter had some very good news for dylan. >> "you seem very nice. can we be friends?" i'm happy to say that i directly spoke to the president, dylan, and he would be more than happy to be your friend. >> seth: and friendship for trump is forever or until the day you cross him. [ light laughter ] "i am very disappointed in dylan, which is why as of today,
my 9-year-old friend." [ laughter and applause ] but it make sense. but it makes sense the white house would read a letter from a 9-year-old because if there's one group trump seems to be popular with, it's children. and on monday, we saw that yet again, when trump attended the annual boy scout jamboree, an audience of 12 to 17-year-old boys, and turned what should've been a non-partisan event into an political rally where he bragged about his election victory and slammed his opponents. >> do you remember that famous night on television, november 8th, where they said, "these dishonest people" -- where they said, "there is no path to victory for donald trump." but do you remember that incredible night with the maps, and the republicans are red and the democrats are blue, and that map was so red it was unbelievable? my opponent didn't work hard there because she was told -- [ audience boo's ]
by the way, just a question, did president obama ever come to a jamboree? [ audience boo's ] >> seth: do you really think you can hurt obama with booing? [ laughter ] the wind from your boos only powers his kite surfing. [ cheers and applause ] every time -- every time you boo him, all it does is undo another button on his shirt. [ laughter ] but trump, the great supporter of the blue-collar working man, used the rest of his time with the scouts to share his memories of camping with his kids, and i'm just kidding. he told a long, rambling story about a manhattan real estate deveper and his yacht. >> i'll tell you a story that's very interesting for me. when i was young, there was a man named william levitt, and he was a very successful man. and then, he was offered a lot of money for his company. and he sold his company for a tremendous amount m
and he went out and bought a big yacht, and he had a very interesting life. i won't go anymore than that because you're boy scouts. so, i'm not gonna tell you what he did. [ audience boo's ] should i tell you? should i tell you? [ cheers ] oh, you're boy scouts, but you know life. you know life. >> seth: no wonder teenage boys love trump. he talks about sex in the vague terms they do. [ laughter ] "and then we went under the bleachers and i'm not going to tell you what he did." [ laughter ] "you're boy scouts, you know. you know. "boobies were touched." [ laughter and applause ] now part of the trump's boy scout diatribe was part about his push to repeal obamacare, a push that seems to be making headway in the senate this week. yesterday, the senate voted on the first procedural hurdle toward repealing obamacare. what they voted on yesterday, to be clear, was not a bill.
debate and voting on several possible bills, but here's the thing. they don't even know what they're voting on. in fact, even trump, himself, admitted yesterday at a white house press conference that republicans were going to get together now after already starting voting to start to come up with something they could pass. >> one healthcare, i'm extremely happy that we got this vote. this is -- they say, if you look historically, this is the tough vote to get. now we're all going to sit together, and we're going to try to come up with something that's really spectacular. we have a lot of options and a lot of great options. i believe now we will over the next week or two come up with a plan that's going to be really, really wonderful for the american people, and we're going to come up with a great healthcare. >> seth: you're going to come up with it now? [ light laughter ] they already started voting on it. you're like a doctor who looks down at his patient halfway through surgery and says, "you want to hear something exciting? [ light laughter ] i'm starting med school in the fall. [ laughter ]
so what happens now? well, there's gonna be a series of votes. so far the senate has, as expected, voted down a plan to repeal obamacare and another plan to repeal and replace it. and now, they're moving on to the third step, which will be a vote on some kind of a new mystery plan that we still haven't seen yet. basically, it would do somewhat less of the original bill, repealing obamacare's mandates and some taxes. and because of that, it's got a new name. >> i hear that there's something called "skinny repeal." >> they're calling it "the skinny repeal." >> the skinny repeal. >> skinny repeal. >> skinny repeal. >> skinny repeal. >> skinny repeal. >> skinny repeal. >> the skinny repeal. >> seth: what the hell is a skinny repeal? it sounds like a gwyneth paltrow diet you find on goop. [ laughter ] "you look so skinny." "thanks. i repealed carbs." [ light laughter ] so republicans are rushing to pass their secret healthcare bill. meanwhile, the president is currently threatening to fire his own attorney general and replace him with someone who will shut down the rus
just in the last week, trump has called him weak and beleaguered and said he would have hired someone else, which is surprising since sessions was the first senator to endorse trump during the campaign. and at the time, trump could hardly contain his excitement when he was introducing sessions during a campaign event in alabama. >> you know, i was saying that i have a little surprise, okay? [ cheers ] i have a little surprise for you today. i was so honored because i have a man who is respected by everybody here, greatly respected, and somebody that i have a lot of respect for. and i want to just introduce you to him for a sec. you know who i'm talking about? who am i talking about? nobody knows right now. [ laughter ] >> seth: nobody knows because you could literally introduce anyone, and it wouldn't be a surprise anymore. [ light laughter ] "please welcome to the stage, a bear on a tiny tricycle." [ light laughter ] "isn't he great? what a tremendous bear." [ light laughter ] "we have the best bears. don't we have the best bears?
but the dishonest media, they're not going to show the bear." [ laughter ] "you're going to watch the news tonight, and there won't be a bear." [ laughter ] "but he's such a good bear. oh, he loves fish." [ light laughter ] "do you remember hillary clinton? she had a fake bear." [ light laughter ] "she said she had a bear, but it was just a fat dog." [ laughter and applause ] so what happened to that great respect trump had for sessions? well, in an interview yesterday, he suggested he actually didn't care about the endorsement and that it was much more of a boon for sessions than it was for him. telling "the wall street journal," "when they he endorsed me, i went to alabama. i had 40,000 people. he was a senator from alabama. he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, 'what do i have to lose? and he endorsed me.' so it's not, like, a great, loyal thing about the endorsement." that story says so much about trump. "look, he saw a crowd of people, and he just lied so he would applaud.
[ laughter ] "i have to build a [ bleep ] wall now because i did it." [ applause ] but let that be a lesson. let this be a lesson to republicans. if you devote yourself to donald trump like sessions did, it will mean nothing to him. if it helps him save his own skin, he will throw you under the bus. just ask the professional speed bump chris christie. [ laughter ] and if there was any ambiguity at all about where trump stood on his attorney general, trump dispatched his new communications director, anthony scaramucci, to clear things up in a radio interview yesterday. >> i think him and jeff were -- attorney general sessions need to work this thing out. >> it's clear the president wants him gone. >> i have enormous amount of respect for the attorney general, but i do know the president pretty well, and if there's this level of tension in the relationship that that's public, you're probably right. >> seth: trump wouldn't just come out and say he wants sessions gone, so he sends scaramucci to do his dirty work. and let me just say, he's the perfect guy for the job.
his name sounds like something a mafia don would ask him to do. [ light laughter ] "anthony, i've got a problem with a guy who won't pay up. how about you scare-a-mooch me, hey?" [ light laughter ] so, now the question is, what will republicans in congress do if trump is trying to oust his own attorney general so he can fire the special counsel who is investigating him? well, so far it seems like they're inclined to do very little. for example, house speaker paul ryan was asked yesterday if he had any problem with trump firing sessions appointing a new attorney general who shut down the russian investigation and said this. >> he determines who is hired and fired in the executive branch. that's his prerogative. if he has concerns or questions or problems with the attorney general, i'm sure he'll bring it up with him, himself. >> will that be obstruction of justice if he fired sessions because he recused himself in the russia investigation? >> it's up to the president to decide what his personnel decisions is and any possible fallout that comes from that. if he has any concerns about anyone in the administration or the conduct of their jobs, i'm sure he's gonna talk to them directly. >> seth: wow. it's a good thing ryan had that podium to grab on to when his spine gave out.
also, have you met the president? he doesn't do direct confrontations. he fired the fbi director through a letter delivered by his bodyguard. he's tormenting jeff sessions via tweet, and he still hasn't responded to the note eric slipped him from under the stairs. [ laughter and applause ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with more "late night," everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: for more of seth's closer looks, be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. cindy, you don't even have a dress. no dress. ♪ uh-uh, you're not going anywhere in those rags. ♪ cindy? ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back! earlier this morning, president trump surprised the nation with a series of tweets, announcing that he will no longer allow openly transgender people to serve in the u.s. military in any capacity. he claimed that transgender people are a drain on the military's budget and a distraction from its core mission. here to comment are four of our writers, amber, ali, dina, and jenny. [ cheers and applause ] >> thanks, seth. we're here because we are upset about the president's discriminatory tweets. >> and because today, it be trans people -- >> but tomorrow, it's gay people. >> the next day, it's black people. >> and after that, it's women. >> and then, it's immigrants. >> oh, he already came for the immigrants. >> oh, and women. >> and black people. >> and the gays! [ cheers ]
>> president trump, you just requested a $600 billion military budget. you think you can't afford healthcare for trans people? the military spends $41 million a year on viagra. what are you guys doing, screwing the enemy to death? [ light laughter ] >> luckily, for all americans, your whole administration isn't closed minded. just last month your daughter, assistant to the president, ivanka trump tweeted, "i am proud to support my lgbtq friends." >> so i'm sure she's going to give a speech any second now in support of trans people. >> ladies and gentlemen, assistant to the president and world-renowned entrepreneur, ivanka trump! [ laughter ] i'm sure she'll be there any minute. >> oh, she's so busy. >> so busy. >> so busy. >> mr. president, you don't fool us. you know what an all-volunteer military always needs? people who want to volunteer for the military!
>> as opposed to people like you who got out of military service by saying they have bone spurs in their feet. >> when we know the bone spurs are really in your wiener. [ light laughter ] [ audience oohs ] >> ooh! >> jenny, that is not helpful. >> but it was fun. >> oh, my god! so fun! >> so fun! >> you know what would be helpful is if someone close to the president spoke out about this. >> and luckily, that's about to happen right now. here she is, as promised, ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your butts, it's ivanka trump! [ laughter ] she's probably just spell-checking her speech. >> oh, my god. >> oh, yeah. >> totally. >> right. >> president trump, you said you consulted with generals when you made this decision, but you don't fool us. the only general you talk to is the cartoon one on the general car insurance commercials. [ light laughter ] >> you know he can't hear you, right? >> you don't fool us. you don't care about the military. the only war you're willing to fight in is a twitter war. >> and you're not even good at that.
able to totally defeat rosie o'donnell. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> we actually thought you'd be more sensitive to trans people since you transitioned from democrat to republican. [ light laughter ] >> from pro-chase to pro-life. >> from white to orange. [ laughter ] >> from married to divorced, to married to divorced, to married to separated. [ laughter ] >> you transitioned more than anyone we know. >> look, you don't fool us. the real reason you're doing this is to distract us from healthcare, jeff sessions, and the whole russia thing. >> so you're willing to throw trans people under the bus as a distraction. >> but don't worry. the hero we need is going to swoop in and put a stop to that. so here comes the number one ally of the lgbtq community, american hero ivanka trump! [ wolf howls ] [ laughter ]
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. and please give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, sitting in with us tonight, he's the grammy award-winning drummer from iconic hard rock bands rage against the machine and audioslave. be sure to check him out in prophets of rage, whose self-titled album is out september 15th, brad wilk is here, everybody. thank you for being here. [ cheers and applause ] >> thanks seth. >> seth: our first guest tonight is an emmy and grammy-nominated comedian and "new york times" best-selling author. he's currently performing his "noble ape" tour worldwide and his latest stand-up special "cinco: the album" is in stores now. please welcome back to the show, our friend, jim gaffigan, everybody. ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
>> has anyone else ever hit the wall? >> seth: no. you came out and you hit the wall on your way out. >> i mean it's -- it's hard to walk. >> seth: yeah. >> i didn't know. i mean this is my first time walking through a doorway. [ laughter ] >> seth: and you're a very accomplished stand-up and that's one of the few things a stand-up has to do is walk out. >> i've never really walked into a door jam before. >> seth: yeah. >> but i did it on national television. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> seth: you had a very stressful year. i know everything is okay now, but your wife in april had a brain tumor removed. >> yes. >> seth: and she is recovering okay? >> she's great. she's backstage. she'd doing great. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so happy to hear that. >> yeah, no, it was -- it was, i mean, i joke around about it in my act and everything, but it was really scary for a while because we have five kids. >> seth: yeah. >> and there were moments when i was like, oh, my gosh. if anything happens to my wife, those five kids are gonna be put up for adoption.
[ laughter ] some of these jokes are just for the fathers. [ light laughter ] but no, she's doing great. and, you know, we are -- you know, really grateful. she had an amazing team of doctors. she had a brain surgeon we found later -- later on he was the best. i don't know how they determine who the best brain surgeon is. maybe there is a competition, you know? [ light laughter ] america's got tumors or something. [ laughter ] and heidi klum thought, why does someone have to be the best brain surgeon? isn't it enough that they're a brain surgeon? i mean none of us could even get in med school. this guy went to med school, graduated, specialized in the brain and then specialized in brain surgery and people are, like, yeah, but is he any good? [ laughter ] yeah! he's good! you know what they do with the bad brain surgeo
[ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] thank you. it's really impressive when you think about it. like, a brain surgeon, they can never relax. at no point when they're at work can they say, hey, it ain't brain surgery. [ laughter ] because it's brain surgery. >> seth: do you think, look, if you were a doctor what kind of doctor do you think you would be? >> well, i had some time to think about this, i think i would want to be an anesthesiologist because i just would like to walk into a room and say "hi, i'm dr. gaffigan. i'm going to give you some drugs so you can't talk or move. [ light laughter ] and then one of these strangers is going to cut you open. [ laughter ] good luck with that." i mean, what would draw someone to anesthesiology? it's like, i like medicine, but i really enjoy getting people high. [ light laughter ] so if i could combine those two. i also prefer to sit during surgery. [ laughter ]
during surgery are always sitting there, like, "i don't know why i have to be here." [ laughter ] yeah, they're still alive. i wish i had my phone. >> seth: is this something that while you're going through it, how quickly did you start making jokes about it? obviously, your wife knows who she's married to, but was this a case where as soon as the tumor came up you were coming up with tumor comedy? >> well, there is something. i should preface this by saying my wife is my writing partner. >> seth: right. >> she got out of a two-hour mri and the first thing she said to me is like, "write down these jokes." [ laughter ] so these are -- you know this is -- i mean she, you know you have to have a sense of humor about this. i mean it's just -- it's something, but you have to be delicate about it. like, you can't really complain around someone who has had a brain tumor. you can't -- you know, my wife is not the type to bring it up. well once she did, she was like, "you know i had a brain tumor," but i couldn't say anything. i couldn't be like, yeah,
[ laughter ] you know? what about my seasonal allergies? you know? they were pretty tough this year. but she's got an amazing sense of humor so. >> seth: that's great. you talked her being your writing partner on the new -- so this, this was a special you did. >> yes. >> seth: but on the album which is really cool, you actually have commentary tracks where you and your wife kind of talk about how you came up with bits. which is really unique and different. was that fun to go back? >> it was fun and it was -- it's -- it's something that, you know, you're always, i think maybe in this podcast world people are curious about every aspect of a creative process. so it was fun to look back on some of these jokes and to see what made it and what the initial idea was and where we ended up. and it's always fun you know, just chatting. and you know, she complains about me. there's like topics of steak and she's like, she'll just be, like, commenting on how, like, when we tour during the summer we'll eat a steak for like ten days in a row. which i think is great.
[ light laughter ] >> seth: you're on a world tour. you went to beijing, you brought all five kids. >> yes. >> seth: how did they like beijing? >> i mean well beijing -- china is amazing. i mean it's so incredible and i was lucky enough to bring my kids. we went to the great wall. we went to the forbidden city. we, you know rode in a ricksha. and when we were leaving i turned to my 5-year-old and i said, "what was your favorite part of china?" and he said, "i like the time we the truck with the pigs on it." [ laughter ] because at one point we were stuck in traffic and this truck pulled up with pigs in cages. that was his favorite part. [ laughter ] after the 15-hour flight, and i remember seeing those pigs in the truck and noticing that they seemed very happy, but i realized they were just looking at me and my five kids and going, "well, at least i'm not that loser." [ laughter ] you know? >> seth: your kids were sort of instant celebrities in beijing. explain. >> wele,
i'm not -- i might look chinese, but i'm not. [ light laughter ] and my children are pale and blond like me. and so they stuck out. and the chinese were very nice. they're very nice, but many times people would want photos with my kids. they didn't really ask, they would just kind of, like, grab a child. [ laughter ] can i have a picture? and i'm, like, "i guess you're gonna." and after the picture they would rub the blond child's head. you know, because they're my children, but they're also lucky objects. [ laughter ] and after this happened a couple of times i turned to my wife i was like, said, "hey, we should charge." you know? [ laughter ] and so. >> seth: but you did something even nicer in china. you have video here, this is a real thing you did. you just lined your children up at a wall and let chinese people take their picture. >> it eventually got to that. >> seth: this is an actual video that you posted. >> this was when we were at the aquarium in beijing and people were just, like -- [ laughter and applause ]
>> it was amazing. >> seth: that's great. >> it was amazing. >> seth: did they enjoy it? >> oh, they loved it. >> seth: that's great. >> they loved it. >> seth: man, it is always so great to see you. i'm so happy to hear your wife is doing better and it's such a pleasure. thanks so much for being here. >> thank you. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: jim gaffigan, everybody. "cinco: the album" is in stores now and check out jimgaffigan.com for "noble ape" tour dates. we'll be right back with andrea mitchell. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ugh, no bars. oh no, looks like somebody needs a new network. when i got this unlimited plan they told me they were all the same. they're not. verizon has the largest, most-reliable 4g lte network in america. it's basically made for places like this. honey, what if it was just us out here? right. so, i ordered you a car. thank you. you don't want to be out here at night 'cause of the, uh, coyotes. ok, thanks, bud. bye. be nice to have your car for some shelter.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our next guest is an emmy6-winning journalist and the chief foreign affairs correspondent for nbc news. she hosts "andrea mitchell reports" weekdays at noon on msnbc. please welcome to the show, andrea mitchell, everybody! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> seth: welcome to the show. >> thank you! it's so great to be -- wow! >> seth: isn't it to nice to see, because you have a show in the building. >> yeah. >> seth: but you don't have a live audience. >> we don't have a live audience. we've got cameras. >> seth: you've got cameras. yeah, well i know. i've seen the shows. [ laughter ] >> but all these people, come on down at noon. >> seth: so, okay, you've been doing this for a while. you've been covering washington for a while. a lot of people say, this is the most unprecedented time we're living in. the last couple of days, voting on a health care bill that nobody knows what's in it. is this as unprecedented as we've been led to believe? >> it's wild. it's crazy. i mean, nobody knows what they're voting on. they don't know how much it's going to cost. how many people are going to get knocked off of health care. who's gonna get it, who isn't gonna get it. they don't have a score from the budget office, the cbo which is nonpartisan. and so they're just going through these bills trying to get something to say we didn't fail. >> seth: and, you know, while this is happening and this is something that's gonna affect so many people and so many people's
health insurance which is a big deal, and then you have something like this morning where all of a sudden, you know, he starts tweeting about how transgender people are not gonna be allowed in the military. i've heard that the pentagon was completely taken by surprise by this. is that what you're reporting has led to? >> yeah. i mean, it's a little scary that the pentagon, you know u.s. intelligence did not know that the president was gonna change the policy for trans people. and i don't think that the defense secretary knew. he was away on vacation for a couple of days. we've got a lot of big military issues. it's gonna expand -- >> seth: do you think he spoke to the generals? i know he was saying that. is that something that we can be led to believe is true? >> don't know. >> seth: yeah. >> can't say. but the fact is that the generals have other big things. afghanistan, syria, you know, how to deal with north korea whether missiles are going to go up as early as tonight or tomorrow. >> seth: as early as tonight? >> yeah, maybe. >> seth: oh, i hope they wait until after this airs. [ laughter ] i would love to get one more in. and then, i mean, there's a lot of theorieoa
do you think that this is something, an issue that is near and dear to his heart or that he's playing to his base or that he's using it to distract from the health care issue that people talk about less when he does a tweet about transgender soldiers. >> it's hard to say what's going on in his mind. and you know what he's thinking. [ light laughter ] i'm -- seriously i can't interpret it, but it certainly has been a distraction from the failure on health care. it does play to the base. it's a social issue, and it contradicts completely what he said during the campaign. so it's hard to figure out that this is near and dear to him if it's not something he was thinking about when running for office. >> seth: you -- one of the things covering foreign policy, you have to cover the secretary of state, rex tillerson. he has not been taking a lot of questions. would you say this is the least? >> yes. >> seth: in your time, there's never been a secretary of state that's been -- have with less access? >> absolutely. >> seth: and you've tried very hard, a very noble effort. here you are asking him some questions at the end of photo-op. let's take a look real quick. >> mr. secretary, china has said there will be consequences for the deployment now of
mr. administer, are you sure that the trump administration will be strong against vladimir putin? >> thank you, guys we're leaving now. >> thank you. >> can you assure us that russia will not be able to move further in ukraine? [ talking over each other ] >> thank you. >> we haven't had any time in here. >> i'm so sorry. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i'm -- you know what? >> that is humiliating. >> seth: that, yeah. you looked like a woman who was lost in a shopping mall at the end. [ laughter ] also, it's that interesting when people say thank you, and you get the sense they're not that thankful. and you know, the other thing is he is not letting the press fly with him. and here is a guy who has taken trips to obviously everywhere across the globe and so you have to -- the press has to fly commercial to try to catch up with him. has that made your job even harder? >> oh, it's impossible because you can not fly from here to there from country to country without a military plane. i don't have one.
and you know we pay our way on this, so this is not a budget issue. they say it's a budget issue, but he doesn't want to have the press corps around. so he has one person with him -- one person from the media now that he sort of represents all of us. but the fact is that for decades now secretaries of state have briefed us on the plane or had their top officials briefing us. he doesn't have that many top officials because they haven't filled the vacancies, which is another whole issue. [ light laughter ] but it really is hurting american diplomacy. it's not good for us as a country to not have the press able to say, well this is what the goal is of this administration or this secretary. it also sends a really bad signal, i think, to regimes in china, in turkey, in russia where reporters, don't only not get press conferences, they get locked up. they get killed. i mean there has always been a tradition where the u.s. secretary of state, republicans and democrats, bring the press corps along and if they don't have press conferences there, theyhe
press conference to show that we believe in freedom of the press. >> seth: that is very disturbing. i mentioned, you've been doing this a long time and you are sort of a trailblazer as a female journalist and very early on you noticed a bit of a distinction that people in charge will make between female and male reporters. you covered three-mile island which was obviously, a big story, and what was your beat that you were in charge of three-mile island. >> i covered it, i was the nbc energy correspondent, so i covered nuclear energy, and this was a potential meltdown. so it was on my watch. >> seth: and so what happened when you tried to go report from three-mile island? >> well, a very kindly paternalistic bureau chief, a lovely man said when i noticed that five days in, i was the only correspondent not going in and covering this thing. i went and said, "how come i'm the only one who's not going to three-mile island and he said because you are a woman of child-bearing age. >> seth: wow.
to you that men's balls are as vulnerable to radiation as women's ovaries? [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: it's very -- >> i mean, i got there the next day. >> seth: you got there the next day. also, i want to say that's very noble because for all of the doors that weren't open to women for so long, the one that you would think they'd be happy to have closed is the door to three-mile island. but you -- i think that speaks a lot to the integrity you have as a journalist and please keep up the good work andrea. it's just lovely to have you here. >> thank you. >> seth: andrea mitchell everybody. "andrea mitchell reports" airs weekdays at noon on msnbc. we'll be back with music from fall out boy. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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