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this sunday, a presidency in crisis. the shutdown. much of the government closes its doors as president trump insists oor ar wall. >> now it's up to the senate and it's really up to the democrats because we need their >> after getting pressured from his right wing. >> the wall, the wall, the wall has to be built. >> democrats say, no way. >>resident trump, you will not get your wall. >> the resignation. president trump announces a withdrawal from syria denounced by fellow republicans. >> this is akin to surrendering. >> and praised by vladimir putin. james mattis resigns in protest. >> if i can do anything to help him reconsider, i would do it. >>ck the smarket. >> the stocks continue their
slide today. >> the worst year for stocks so far sin the great threcession. e worst december since the great depression. with all this happening have we hit a turning point in the trump presidency? my guests this morning, republican senator pat toomey of pennsylvania and dick durbin of illinois, the democratic whip. and off and running -- >> i'm exploring a candidacy for president of the united states. >> my interview with former san antonio mayor, housing secretary and now presidential hopeful julian castro.e join are amy walter ocothe okolitical report, joshua johnson from npr, hugh hewitt from the salem radio network and yamiche alcindor, white house coronado for t pondent for the pbs news hour. welcome to sunday. it's "meet the press." >> from the longest running show in television history, this is
"meet the press" with chuck todd. good sunday morning. a week when much of washington talked about a shutdown which came at midnight fr ay, the word many mentioned around this city was actually meltdown. there were a lot of other words and phrases that emerged as the week ended among questions if the trump presidenc has so lost its footing it may not recover. mr. trump likes project an image of independence and strength. the president's growing dependency on the base for political survival was exposed when he appeared ready t give up funding for the border wall temporarily in order to keep the government running. mr. trump's be revolted with righting provocateur ann coulter writing gutless president in wall-less country. on the basis of his self-interest alone he must know if he doesn't build the wall he has zero chance of being re-elected and a 100% chance of being humiliated. unfollowed ump
coulter on twitter but followed her advice saying no wall, no deal. at the same time his dyense secretnd point man on isis quit over the president's abrupt decision to with draw from syria based on a phone call with the turkishpresident. this happened as stocks suffered their worst december since1931. many noted despite mr. trump's self-inflicted wound his presidency benefitted from not having to face a financial or international crisis. perhaps now we need toace thi uncomfortable question -- what if the president is the crisis? >> the shutdown hopefully will not last long. >> reporter: president trump ended a week ofs chaos cracks emerged in his fragile republican coalition. >> it's really the democrats' shutdown. >> reporter: days ago, the president claimed credit. >> i will take the mantle. i will be the one to shut it down. ca>> reporter: some repub are making it clear they hold him respoheible for third government shutdown this year after he rejected a deal negotiated earlier this week.
>> i'll just remind the president the republicans are in charge. so the shutdown is on us ife can't figure this out. >> reporter: on friday, the president ylded to pressure from conservative supporters. >> the wall, the wall has to be built. >> i agree. >>t is a scandal that it hasn't been built. >> the potsident hasten word to me he's either getting funding for the border or shutting the whole thing down. >> reporter: bob corker responded, do weucmb to talk radio show hosts? we have a couple of hosts that get the president spun up. reliable republican allies were shaken by the resignation of jim mattis who broke with then presidentis decision to pull u.s. troops out of syria writing pointedly, you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours. >> i think he's sort of a democrat, if you want to know
the truth. >> reporter: senate republicans nesponded uneasily. mitch mcc who rarely breaks with the president publicly called himself particularly distressed that he's resigning due to sharp differences with the president. >> i'm very concerned about secretary mattis' decision to leave. >> ambassars of our allies have been reaching out to . nators to say what the hell is going >> reporter: the president also alienated republicann hawks o the syria decision which he abruptly announced on twitter on wednesday. >> we won. that's the way we want it. that's the way they want it. >> this is akin to surrendering. >> syria is a total quagmire. it's possible to make it worse.r >> reportesian president putin hailed the move. reliable trump ally fox news denounced it. >> he's giving russia a big win. vladimir putin praised him. he also is doing exaly what he
criticized proesident obama for dosig. he said pnt obama is the founder of isis. he just refounded isis. >> joini me now, pat toomey of pennsylvania, a member of the budget & finance committee. welcome back to "meet the press," sir. chuck.d morning, thank you for having me. >> let me start with the shutdown. the fact that you guys aren't even in town. you adjourned and senator mcconnell said, we'll see you in five ys. that tells me you guys don't have urgency oathis. is thi message saying the president is the only one here in town. that means the shutdown is on him to figure it out? >> no. chuck, really this ends up getting resolved in a negotiation between chuck schumer who apparently is a great deal of weight to nancy losi's preferences, and the president. between that group they are going to decide ho go forward. i have to say this is much ado about very little.at unforty it's a big distraction from the resumption that occurred this year of a
pretty much ordinary funding exercise. as you , chuck, we resumed the ordinary appropriations process and as a result we have a very small sliver of the government that's unresolved ann is this shutdown mode. it's a very, very small amount. everyone is going to getpaid. i think it probably gets resolved quickly and it isly comple taking away focus from where it should be on a very strongconomy and really good economic news generally. >> well, but i've got to ask you -- i would tend to agree with what you said except the presiden decid not to go down this path. the president decided to upend things. you have had three shutdowns this year. it's full republican control of gornment. >> well, yeah. >> there's part of me that hears what you s and you see what the president is doing and it's different realities. >> we have a impulsive president. we know that. you know we can't pass any spending bill the senate
without democrat support. it takes 60 votes to get a spending bill across in the senate. >> does the president know? >> he kno it verywell, yeah. >> where are you on lifting the tilibuster? would you move down to 50 votes or would that be a mistake? >> i'm not there as an across the board matter. there are procedural votes that shouldn't be at 60. it's ridiculous that a minority of 41 senators can prevent us from even beginning the process of considering appropriation bills. but i'm not in favor of a universal move on the legislativefilibuster. we don't have the votes to do it. >> let me move on to the resignation of secretary mattis. >> right. >> i want to pull up one part of it to get your reaction. he writes this, one core belief i have always held is our linked as a nation is to the strength of the unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. because you have the right to have a secretary of defense
whose views are aligned with yours on this and other subjects i believe it is right to step down from my position. what's alarming about what secretary mattis outlined there is that's an across the board american foreign policy sort of tenet that democratic and republican presidents have lived truman.e harry he's basically saying this president doesn't share the same world view as every s pgle americsident going back to world war ii. does that disturb you? >> ye it does. i think you're right. i think general mattis has put his finger on where the president has views that are very, very disnct fro the vast majority of republicans and probably democrats electednd unelected. i think the president does not share - i would say my view -- that the pax americana of the post war america has been good for the people i grrepresent, t for all of us. it's taken a commitment of leadership, the abity and
willingness to project force at times. but mostly, as general mattis points out, it is cultivating an alliance. america is rich in many ways. financially, militarily. we have the luxury of two oceans. but the greatest asset we have is that most people around the world wa be allied with us. that gives usab enormous ity -- it's a force multiplier. it is a great ability to achieve our goals. i don't think the president shares the view nearly to the extent the rest of us do. i think senators needo reassert a bigger role for sefining our foreign policy. >> does t extend bigger than that? you know, dan balls wrote this week that many republicans -- he said the question now more urgent as a result of what mattis said is whether tpublicans in positions of responsibility t continue as if these are normal times or whether they sp forward, assess things smartly and exert the kind of leadership they feel
is in the best interests of the country. the question is this, senator. do you get more comfortable criticizing the president knowing he may unleash a twitter attack on you or others that uxpress disagreement with him on this. end up not doing it because you fear his base. >> that's not my practice, chuck. i work with this president. when i think he's right and ive think we one terrific things in domestic policy on taxes, regulation, judicial nominees, criminal justice reform just last weekls i have criticized the president when i disagree. i have disagreed with mh of his trade policy. i strongly disagree with the position to with draw prematurely, in my view, from syria. i think senators should speak t. look, we were elected separately from the president. we don't report to the president. we should cooperate where and where we need to disagree we should be willing to do that. >> yesterday, the treasury
secretary felt the need to put out a statement from the president saying that while he olsagreed with the federal reserveies and the federal reserve chairman that he's aware that he does not have the power to fire the federal reserve ai first of all, does it bother you that the president himself couldn't tweet out that statement that for some reason e secretary/treasurer had to do it almost like they feared he wouldn't say it? >>ok, i don't spend a lot of time focusing on the president's that thed things president says. what i focus more on is what is he going todo. i don't think chairman powell is in any danger of being fired by the president. i think some of the president's comments havbeenunfortunate. chairman powell is not going to let politicsis interfere with decision-making process. i think we owe him a debt of gratitude after a lengthy period
of very dangerous w experimentatioh unconventional monetary policy from predecessors. he put on a path to normalcy. we can quibble about where we should be at the >> would you have this much patience for president trump if you didn't share the se party label? >> if we didn't sha the same party label we wouldn't have done tax reform. we wouldn't have been able to roll back regulations like we have. we wouldn't have the record low unemployment rate we have. upward pressure on wages. we have a goo story in part because this president was willing to work with this congress and accomplish these things. so, you know, there are things i disagree with the president on. i'm going to work h with where i can also. >> i guess the question is -- you haven't runat out ofnce yet. is that a fair way of putting it?n >> i'm still the mode of working with the president where persuade himing to and move in a different direction where we have to. i think with respect to foreign policy in general and syria i
particular, we really have to step up. >> if the president nominates somebody for secretary of defense that shares his world vi that's very different from secretary mattis, could you confirmomebody thatou didn't share a world view with as secretaryf defense? >> let me say historically i have been very willing t defer to presidential nominees. i think i supported three-quarters of all of president obama'smi es. certainly the big majority of president trump's. s is so important and the president's views are so divergent certainlyrom mine that i think i will be much -- this one' going to be tough. i'm going to be looking for a defense secretary that shares a more tonal view about america's role in the world. >> all right. secretary -- excuse me. senator toomey -- unless you would like to apply to be secretary with the president. > no, no. happy where iam. >> i figured you might be. senator tofey, republican pennsylvania, i hope you and
your family have a merry christmas. >> thank you. you, too. joining me now, the number two democrat in the senate. minority whip dick durbin of illinois. welcome backheo "meet press." >> good to be with you. >> let me start with the shutdown at this point. is there any scenario you think on december 27 that t re-opens government before january 3? >> we have offered the presidenv soy specific opportunities. in fact, we just voted on one several days ago, a unanimous voice vote to mov the vernment forward to the first or second week of february which the president rejected after he heard the right wing criticism. >> so what did you make of senator mcconnellg? recess i'm trying to figure out why you guys decided to leave. everybody decided to leave and basically left the president here. is everybody trying to send a message that,hey, this is his? or is this mcconnell saying, i'm out of this. these negotiations are between
schumer and the president whien is whator toomey said. >> i can tell you the president just a few days ag saide was proud to author a shutdown of his own government thawas elected to be the commander in chief and chief executive. it really is in the president's hands to dede. he says it's an issue of border security. i think we know better. it is a issue of his own political insecurity. when the right wingers start screaming aim, he backs off in fro of us. we have reached a depth of dysfunction i hav never seen in washington. >> are you open to anything in between $1.6 billion and$5 billion? >> what chuck schumer and nancy pelosi told the president is we are not going to build wall, period. secondly, if you want to talk about border s many things we can do. understand we are in the depths epidemic. we see fentanyl coming across the border from mexico into the united states and killing thousands of people. we currently are only one out of five cars and trucks
coming across our boser. let dramatically increase the technology there in something called a z-portal. that's the d investmentocrats want to see for real border security, not a medieval wall. >> sounde you're saying you will go up in the price tag. you are open to the pri tags long as it's not for the wall. >> absolutely. >> okay. >> if you ask the experts, even in the administration, they'll nd l you technology personnel, those are the things that are desperately needed and quickly. the president ought to be making down with us and the border more secure by making investments. he'll have democrats on board. >> you would give him twice the money,f the money goes to what you described and not the wall, you would double it and g we'd out of this tomorrow? >> there is an appetite among democrathi to do som sensible at the wall. for example, to stop the fw of drugs into this country and to stop the flow of weapons and laundered drug money outhi of country that build the cartels
in mexico and central erica. >> is daca for the wall the compromise that was alive for a few days back in the day, is that still -if the president said i'll take that deal now, would you have the support ity your po accept it? >> well, i touched that hot stove in february. i can tell you this president's word when it comes to these young people who are in desperate situations because he eliminated daca. the president's word didn't stand up when we got down to real bargaining. the day will come and soon, when the court protection of these young people and their families is going to end. we will have to face the reality of either abandoning them orrk g together to find a solution. >> let me turn to secretary mattis. you sent a series of tweets after the news of his resignation broke. you t called him last adult in the room, i believe at one po t. do you think secretary mattis should have stayed regardless of his views becau he was
supposedly the last guardrail or one of the few lsguardr that some thought were in the administration? >> chuck, there was something very interesting about this. i was one of many senators who privately sat down with general mattis and said, please stay, stay as long as you can. desperately need your mature voice, youratriotism in the room when this president is making life or death decisions about national security. it obviously reached a breaking point. i thank him for his years of service in the marines and at the department of dense. it breaks my heart that he's going to step aside. we counted on him to be there and to stop this president from his worst impulse. >> i'm curious. you are somebody who on policy, i'm guessing you are pleased that we are going to start seeing troops come home from afghanistan and syria. how do you square the president's announcements about ings? you have called for both in one
way or the other. >> well, i can tell you17t was ears ago when 23 of us -- 22 democrats, one republican -- voted again the invasion of iraq for so-called weapons of mass destruction which never existed. ed v with virtually every other senator to invade afghanistan at the time and go after the sources of the attack on 9/11. little did i know i washeoting for longest war in the history of the united states and that vote would be used as a rationalzation for us to move to syria, africa and places i never could have envisioned. i thi the constitution makes it clear the american people should have been making these decisions along the way. we do this by congress and its declaration of war.d we n to reassert our authority and responsibility when it comes to that insyria, in afghanistan, in iraq and other places that have been rationalized by the vote 17 years ago. >> i wanthe to go back to decision itself. it looks like the president is
tting - he's said it himself. his national security adviser wants to stay longer than even his defense secretary did. but it was the turkish president who tked him into doing this withdrawal. how does the senate even hold theresident to account over how this decision-making went down? >> well ultimately, we have learned through history that it takes the power of the purse strings. congress has the authority when it comes to appropriaons to assert itself on foreign policy. we learned the hard way after decades ofebate over the war in vietnam. but first and forest, this congress -- house and senate -- have to reach the point where we understand our constitutional authority and responsibiliee. i haven't that in a long time. and with this president, we need to do it me than er. >> does the turkish phone call make you think the president is compromisable? >> i do. whether he's talking to vladimir putin or erdogan, these
autocrats have him enthralled. after a conversation he'll make snap judgments and avoid the best advice he could from people like general mattis. to me that's the height ofbi irresponty. there are thousands of kurds risking their lives to help us defeat isis now in jeopardy because of this impulsive decision by donald trump. >> do you question his fitness for office? >> i can tell you every day i question whether or not we can endure another two years. i think we can. i think this constitution is strong. the american people are strong. i'm hoping my republican colleagues will step up and join us in a bipartisan effort to put this government back on trghk. >> all you have brought up two years. two years from now, are y o going to b a ballot in illinois in november of 2020? have you made adecision >> tell people i'm raising money and trying to lose some weight.t that first indication that you're up for re-election. >> all right. senator, durb democrat from illinois. i hope you enjoy the holidays and you and your family have a
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we shortened the headline. sinday we learned from the senate rs target ld muelle tuesda a judge rejects the michael flynn plea wednes the president on twitte announces syria withdr thursd defense secretary resign saturd we officially have a govern shut. oh, the week that was, amy walter >> and just a normal week here . >> i felt like i honest dw this
is the week of the peak trump era. >> and to senatortoomey's point is this the week when the senate finallsays, okay. we've put up with a lot of things that weon't really like. but on foreign policy, this is where really going to push we'rg to push back on back. whoeve the secretary of defense nomine is. we're going to push back on syria. have the purse string we have power. we don't have to be held hostage to wha impulsivity of the president is. and it's ou opportunity show that. and,yet, i don't know. th will be tome that will be the turning point, chuck. that's where we'll have hitdi a er phase in this relati between the presid and his party. >> there was a great blind quote from a trump supporting republ senator that talked about it sort of bearo on. and all of the mattis resign and all of this stuff and erodes beach and erodes more beach and this is
before the mueller tidal wave hits. and when mueller hits, how much beach is left? >> thats a very apt metaphor. oe last few issues we've been discus kind hit what are -- and the president said this. his kind of core respon you know, mattis, t syria and border wall are all matters of nation security. you deal with what is happening with the stock market, that is person prosperity. those are two big iues that presid came into office saying he was going to be very strongon. i feel like as we have gotten throug this week, the president is getting closer to the edges of his presidentia authority things condition you were rign the get done because you want them to get done and you've got people moving in the admini out. admini feel likthe president is finall getting to the point where is saying, okay, i want all the people around m to get me what i want when i want it. there are certain things he's not going to be able to get the way he wants them. and at a certain point, the
struct on just being presid is going to butt up agains reality. now that it reached matters of snagsna nation and per prospe is where i wonder president's core base is thinking. >> you said we're soared inform this. hugh hewitt, ther is a great scam n bobwoodward's book the works as defenseet sey. donald of emotion, phoned secretary of defense james mattis on theorning of tuesda april 4th, let's kill said.the president legali go in and let's kill them! a lot of them. yes, mattis said. he wou right on it. he hung up the phone. we're not going to do any of that he told a senior aide. we're going to be much more measur this is in response to the first chemic attack by assad. he gone now. >> secretary mattis disagreed with t president a lot. he wanted to stay in randeal. he disagreed on the paris
accord he wanted to stay in. the pr took us out. he disagreed on a number of ffer things including the syria are some senators who ar not unhappy to see general mattis go provided that t execut branch action acts like the nfl, nest man enif carsongoes down, you better have a nick foles. i heard the same thing that amy heard. not send us an outlier. send u someo in the mainst of national security. this had is for president trump what the red line controversy was forob president a. except when president obama erased theed line, there wasn't crisis. here there is a crisis because somebo resigned over the policy >> line or ten times bigger than that? >> the thing that really struck me is when senator toomey said we don't report to him. if you start hearing more senatoay that and start acting like they're not eport to president trump but really to hisse and to his voters who they share, i think that's when we start seeing presid trump saying, wait a minute these people who are
pothe part of body of elected offici going toh back on me. i think the worst thing for the presid is that he is sitting in washington by minimuself. that his wife and his child had to be flown back from florida, turned around to be told you have to come here to be with hide it's this that it's because he's sitting in washington as everyo else is going homers unnding that does own this shutdown. and he said he was going to be proud to shut down the govern and th he wasn't going to blame democrats. you ca go back and forth on whethe what he shut down the government for was what he said. is this idea that messag the thing that the pres d really loves to he is losing on and the conser media is reminding him of cat. e now or later. >> right. this was -- the 2018 was a referendum exactly on this. do you want to fight or do you want to fix stuff? democr on we're going to come and try to fix stuff. thisen impulss, this way of govern is not working. and democrats ended up wiing e popular vote by almost nine points picking up 40 seats.
if this is the continued strate that the white house wants to take into 2020, their only hope is thoc dts in 2019 overreach and l do of in fighting. and that's what he wants. he wa fichlt h >> they to me, joshua, decide whethe the president finishes his term ordoesn't. pure and simple. for sure. well, if we -- >> and that's why this jim mattis resignation is so harmfu pu it a big deal. the syria out is a big deal. if the democrats decide sto go for impeachment, that makes a big difference. had it not been for jim mattis and ria, this would be a differ conversation partic the shutdown. i don' think a lot of americans will will feel except for maybe this weekecause you have tsa agents and tirffic contro furloughed. be nice to the people in line
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one person who has made his intent clear is julian castro he is a three term mayor of san antoni hud secretary under presid and possible clintonor hillary in 2016. this y looking to be at top of . he joi me now from san antoni welcom the press." lcom back. >> gre chuck. >> let me start with something that senator durbin said at th
end of ou interview today. i asked him if he thought the presid was fit for office and he said he thought that the countr could make it through anothe two years. what is yourew on that? >> well, i can tell you e thing. he's not behaving like he's fit for office. 's behaving extremely errati he's not giving the american people our allies around the world any sense that there'raa on for the decisions that he's making. and the events of ekis last w were just another example of that, whether it'sudden announ of withdrawal in syria turmoil with his staff. he's just so ea rratic. t i think yo around the country for him have reasse him. and hlks understand we need different leadership and the sooner we get that the tter >> i'm just curious. on policy, would you have troops
in syria right now if you were presid >> i think that man recogn that it was time for us pull out syria. howeve here's the thing. once you're the, you have to su for your operations there and also for your withdrawal. so i'm not a big fan of the commit has made over t whether it was the iraqor war this commit howeve i do believe and i agree with folkaythat that for our own sake and sake of our troops and for the sakef our allies you're there, you to ac o an for how you're going withdr and what we saw this week is no a president. you know, somebodo run fo president, its no the just abouthether you're --ou think you're ready to be presid but you have to make a case of why you and not them? th year there is a lot of get to at you have t before you have an opportunity
to face president trump. why you and not the other30-odd people running for president? what makes you the answer for the democrats in 2020? >>elall, i have an announ january 12th. in if i decide to run, chuck, the reason i'm decide to run are three things. numberone, i have a strong vision our country's future. second that i've shown both the local level and the national level an ability t done especially to create opport for peple. and third, i've lived a life experi of com neighb a family where we wer struggling and i can identi with those folks that are struggling to reach their dreams and i've actually reached my dreams. i can identify with all of those folks out thereho feel like they'v had success and they've reache their american dream. and i when you're presid you have to work with congre and you have to work with folks and states and local
gond the private sector as well to make sure that ever can prosper in this countr >> you know, in an era beforeld doump, your resume would have been seen as not long enough yet to run for president. maybe not enoughoreign policy experi that might have been something. obviou you already have more i think political experience than president trump. but answer that. you're going to be running agains a lot of people with a lot more experience and some vors ma i say, you n% voterssay, you know what, went inexperienced with want somebody with a longer resu >> i think you have to start earlie than that, right? we needomebody right now that is president that has common sense and hase some impu contro it's a plot mors more with thi presid than that. i'd say that opport during the last few years to travel to nearly every statin the country.
in my visited different foreig countries. i've taken the job of whether it waayhud sector of san antoni seriously. i tried to make sure tt i uld work with folks that have differ views from me. and whatan the amer people ant right now, i think, they want somebody who, number one, they believe that they can trust, that has integri second is trying to unite americ and not to divide them. and then somebody that they think is going to actually ta this office seriously and try and work with folks to mak sure that everybody can prosper in the unstates. and th thing is, right now each of those things is missing in this president. >> you know, there is some -- a bunch of texas democrats that wish you and your fellow texan at is thinking about running for prbeto o'rourke uldn run for president. dear beto and julian, one thing the 2018on elec results made clear is that texans have a real chance make this a purple
state. good democratic candidates can win. there is work to be done here. and it's important work. run for presidenand the messag that you're not especi interested in that work. and just maybe texans shouldn't be that interested inin you." why not run statewide in texas? johncornian's senate seat. can yo run for governor. what do you make of that wish by some texas democrats that yourse and beto would stay in state? >> well, i'm sure there are ing to be great candidates that will run not only against john cornian but in 2022 for govern and other stewide office and so, you know, that's not what i'm focused on. edat i'm focon is that i have a strong vision for our countr futur and on january 12 i'm going to make an announ my plans. >> is there room for both you and bet oechl o'rourke in this ? >>t i have no do that there are going to be a bunch of folks runnin time. he's a very talented, ve impres guy. my brother and i were proud to
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i asked pat toomey at what point, if this were a democratic presid all over it. right? u'd krcriticizi the behavi >> i'm frustrated because so g. two supreme court appeal court justices, massive tax cut, massive tax rerm and we hav talked about the prison reform, farm bill on tuesda embassy. he has a long list of accomp built he does always seem to step on his story. and in foreign policy, the ssivrebuild is good if you keep secretary pompeo and ambass john bold innocent room and listen to them. he has a great national security team. team. he'll gept a n nald trump. d i'll take any bet anybody wants to make, he could not beat donaldtrump. they'r not bigenough. ey have to go after a long list of achievements and a huge personac >> but i go to can the presid keep -- you know, how m sort of mainstream conservatives
have? >> i think mainstream conser and far right conser you can see patien waning thin this ek. you ha rush limbaugh saying the presid caving. you had laura ingr saying bring on the shutdown. you ha republicans who usually sing donald esump's pra basica telling him, look, you need to be a little stronger on this and figure out messag i think the thing that is really import here is that president trump said he wanted a wall and pra promis that to people. a lot o republicans we can get border security money out of chuck schumer if you give up this idea of a wall. he promised this so so many people a simple thing he used as a messag rhetoric he can't let go. amy, he can't seem to -- th reason he doesn't hs wall is because republicans won't give i that's h denied him for two years and now we're at the . >> right. and there is this inability to get a win. right? if you're the great negotiator who is going to get the deal or to at least make what is not a great deal look better in a pr way, he's had plenty of
opport do that. and on the question of mainst republicans left him, they did. in 2018. he lost every suburban county, orange county. that used to the most conser of conservative now it's mainstrea ser conser the path to 2020 now gthes ug the small town rural americ vote which he believea that the is a thing to get them motivated on this. but if there's no wall at the end of the day and nothing -- n and he selling the other parts of his message because he's so focused on i got to get this done, h then what does to voters that want to keep votin for him? >> there is a big picture remind this the end of the republ house. >> yea >> the in with a near budget shutdowrsin the 100 days, joshua. they leave after three shutdown year. they ousted a speaker in the middle in many ys, donald trum is --
freedo caucus president. in a way. and this is what it's gotten us. >> failed to repeal and replace the affordable care act on day one. that changed a little bit. it's still in place. i am beginning to -- and i think the wall is a serious thin one of the key rules in televi show, don't tell. right? it's nice that you got all the things done on paper nice you can have all the things that yo. but wall is a visual reminder. things will look at this big thing he did. it's a testament in the person i believ and voted for and going to shake up washington. i doowot see donald trum will let this go. becaus it is a signature acntev he can p to and say, what i did? i think for a presidentho we know was kind of raised on s broadc that' how he made it to this point, i don't see a, how he lets the wall go. b, how a democrat who can challe him can challenge him wiou saying vote for m
becaus i can beat the snot out of donald trum and we're going to march him down pennsylvania avenue i feel like the next two years, regard who runs the house and senate is going to be very m about the optics 2020. what are you going to see teat e end of 2020 that made you feel like you spent you or time? your >> the number one promise that donald made was to deliver this wall. that's why we're not giving it up. joshua talking about is they'r literally saying out ud, and i thinmocrats have to find somebody, maybe who julian castrif he's going to a. i think what democratic b is lookin for is someone that is going to be in your face kind of candid someon who is not going to be the aall ni all passive and i'mi beat h >> you said something during t kavanau kavana they back off on m,t will be a disast republican party. if he backs off this wall, is ?
>> no, thise is wh people misread the republ it isoverstated, overvalued, overhe shutdown if, he def it, chuck schume is keepin the government shut over four t of he wins. whatev he gets in the end, and what dick durbin told you, the news out of the show is the democr will raise the money if they change the wording. presid trump should takehat and get the drugs and get the drugs go poi ott that new poi entry. >> he afraid of making it look like a cave because it' not about the wall. merry christmas to around table. happy and merry much twet's all have. merry christmas to all of you that celebrate it. we you have a safe and restfu holiday break. as for us, we'll be back next week because we're not shuttingo . if it's sunday, it's "meet the press. i want y'all to give a big round of applause