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Jan 18, 2017 3:00pm PST
rest of us. nobody. imagine, george bush, of course, had to go through it, clinton. can you imagine that transition? >> no. i thought about this because people fascinate me and you are the most important influential human being on the planet for four, eight years and obama's case eight years, and he's going to wake up on friday and at 12:00 noon, he's just going to be like everybody else. i always imagined what it must be like to get on that plane because, you know, every president, they're there for the inauguration of their successor, whether they like them or not, at least that's how it's been in my lifetime, then they get on that plane, which is, you know, no longer air force one, and that's it, man. nobody cares. nobody cares what they say anymore. at least for not a good long while. and i think what president obama was trying to do today was balance his responsibilities as a president handing off the office with his desire to remain active in democratic politics. i think he is still trying to find his way somewhere between the up and comer and politician that he was, and in a
MSNBC
May 30, 2017 3:00pm PDT
committee. with me, george will, a pulitzer prize winning columnist, howard fineman, direct est of the huffington post, and white house counsel who also served as president obama's personal counsel, the same role now played by michael cohen for president trump. good evening, gentlemen. first to you about the breaking news that now -- i'll go to you, george -- that michael flynn will provide some documents to the house or to the senate intel. >> i'm not a lawyer, although i play one on television. we have a real one here. how optional is this, i'd like to know? when congress subpoenas things, you're supposed to give them up, not say mother may i, or please. second, this is an example of where we're going to get overlapping jurisdictions here because you have mr. mueller just gearing up for what will be a comprehensive investigation that is going to run up against conflicting subpoenas and maybe conflicting grantsf immunity. this could be a mayor's nest. >> you're a lawyer, real white house counsel and president obama's. what does michael flynn, what is he obliged to do? let me ask you a
MSNBC
May 10, 2017 3:00pm PDT
investigation or select committee at this point. >> with me syndicated columnist george will who is an msnbc contributor, his recent article donald trump's dangerous disability, had some tough words for president trump and went firing. nice to see you, george. >> good to be with you. >> george, when the news broeke when president trump firing the fbi director, i heard some people calling it nixonian. is it overhyping it >> i was ten months into my career on saturday night. this is deja vu. washington at that point was in the midst of clearly what was a criminal conspiracy and cover up. that's not the case here obviously. as you lawyers say, let's stipulate a few things. there were good reasons for changing the head of the fbi. the reputation of the fbi, the fact that by his behavr durg the campaign, when he had no happy choice to make, m comey had destroyed any constituents he had on either side of the aisle. the question is not should he have been removed, but why now. now let's begin with the razor, the principle that when in doubt take the simplest explanation. we have an impulsive presid
MSNBC
Apr 18, 2017 3:00pm PDT
2018. greta? >> casey, thank you. with me george will, pulitzer prize winner and governor dean. first to you, democrats feeling energized but they have to be energized, they need to get 50%. >> it's going to be much easier -- it's the best way we could win. we do have a shot if he doesn't get 50%. i think they're probably going to nominate karen ham who has lost two statewide primaries in the republican party. but nonetheless, tonight getting 50 is a big deal. they've got to get the turnout and i think they will. >> george, this is an all eyes are on this race. this is one race tonight and it is going to either fuel the democrats a lot for the june 20th maybe. but big picture, how important is this? >> it's important. first of all, as a measure of intensity on the democratic side, and what kind of candidate generates that intensity. i don't know if howard dean would say mr. ossoff would have said of howard dean which is that ossoff rents the democratic wing of the democratic party. he's a true believer. he doesn't strike me as that way. he strikes me as someone who has accommodated hi
MSNBC
May 15, 2017 3:00pm PDT
. nice to see both of you. george, senator mark warner says it's slap in the face, hardly seems as serious as at least this could be revealing classified information. >> it wouldn't be the first slap in the face because during the transition he was skeptically to put it politely about the intelligence community. this was a man who discussed the crews missile strikes in a public dining area with the president of china during a dinner at maurg maurg at mar-a-lago. the country wanted someone new to politics and this is what it looks like. >> one is being green and another is putting the country at risk. which is this? >> it's both. putting the country at risk. you used the phrase several times being off skricht. >> that was in the article. i was citing the article. >> remember how long it took to get him on a teleprompter and how little difference it made. for a while he said if he'd just get on a teleprompter and with become predictable and somehow presidential. it didn't work. >> needless to say you can tell by the way i've been refusvved on it, it's very disturbing. your thoughts?
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2017 3:00pm PST
up, helping the democrats redirecting efforts. >>> george w. bush out and about making comments about the media. the former president saying that was not not inintention. >> i'm asked the question do i believe in free press. and the answer is absolutely. i answered that question. the headlines was bush criticizes trump. i would not criticize president obama and i feel the same way about president trump. i understand sometimes my remark can be construed as criticism but they are not meant to be. >> we'll be right back. ooh... >>psst. hey... where you going? we've got that thing! you know...diarrhea? abdominal pain? but we said we'd be there... woap, who makes the decisions around here? it's me. don't think i'll make it. stomach again...send! if you're living with frequent, unpredictable diarrhea and abdominal pain, you may have irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea or ibs-d - a condition that can be really frustrating. talk to your doctor about viberzi. a different way to treat ibs-d. viberzi is a prescription medication you take every day that helps proactively manage both diar
MSNBC
Apr 26, 2017 3:00pm PDT
. >> jeffrey rosen is ceo of the national constitution center and law professor at the george washington university law school. and paul butler is a law professor at georgetown university and former federal prosecutor. paul, first to you. last night the remark coming out of the white house, the statement that the federal judge is unelected, the constitution gives the president power to appoint. they are not elected. if i can just appoint a freeman court justice. >> appoint a supreme court justice. he doesn't get how the rule of law works. more troubling is the consistent pattern of personal attacks against the institution of the court or specific judges. so, the judge robart who decided one of the muslim ban cases against him, he said if there is a terrorist attack it's going to be this judge's fault. judge curiel, he said he's a mexican when he was born and raised in the united states and also called him a hater. it's one thing, lots of presidents have concerns about individual opinions, but when you start attacking the integrity of the judicial process, that's a problem. >> you know, j
MSNBC
Mar 24, 2017 3:00pm PDT
for "the washington post," george will, i'm going to let you have the stage, what do you think? >> it's interesting that the speaker and the president are speaking from the same hymnal, they're saying obamacare is going to collapse from it's internal contradictions, it's an inherent possibility. they may be right about this, i don't know. the speaker came out today and said doing big things is hard, yes, but conservatism teaches you that when something is hard because you're crying to micromanage a section of the economy, it's not just hard, it's imprudent. i don't consider this a failure today. when edison was trying do come one a fillment for the incandescent light bulb, he kept failing, he said i didn't fail, i have learned 88 things that don't work. now they have learned what doesn't work. the freedom caucus, they're sort of the republican wing of the republican party, and they said, i'm sorry, this is not what we came here to do, try again. >> michael, the president and the speaker blaming the democrats, but they own the white house, and they have the number of republicans
MSNBC
Jun 15, 2017 3:00pm PDT
for others in the west wing. jeffrey rosen, national ceo constitution center and professor at george washington university school of law, and paul butler, george university law center. your thoughts on the vice-president hiring a lawyer. no big deal, no one should assume anything or is it a turning point? >> it's a smart move. they came to me and said, paul butler, you're under investigation for the assassination of abraham lincoln . i wouldn't say, i wasn't even born then. i would say, i need a lawyer. >> there's no sign that vice-president pence is under investigation. >> the sign is that the special counsel wants to talk to him. there are 4,000 federal crimes out there. justice scalia of all people said if the government wants to charge you with a crime, they can always find one. it's just safer to have somebody on your side, even if you're the vice-president. >> all right, jeffrey, your thoughts on the vice-president pence getting a lawyer tonight. >> paul and i taught at gw together a few years ago. the first lesson we would teach our students is if you are under any kind of inv
MSNBC
May 24, 2017 3:00pm PDT
it along to an operative for george soros. again, this is three levels of hearsay. what the post discovered was it was among people who barely know each other and had not -- >> all right. and after the july fifth press conference when comey essentially, in my word, went rogue, he had that press conference without talking to his boss loretta lynch, she was the subject in part of this e-mail saying she was going to quash this investigation. when did the fbi talk to her? >> not until after the announcement. >> according to the washington post, she said she doesn't know any of these people and she said i'll do a formal interview. you can talk to everybody on my staff. >> and beyond that, it turns out that the operative for the clinton campaign who supposedly had this information knew a loretta lynch, but it was another person named loretta lynch. so, it was a complete -- >> and debbie wasser man schultz was named in it. when the washington post contacted her she said she didn't know any of these people. did the fbi contact her? >> finally the washington post had a conversation with h
MSNBC
Jun 20, 2017 3:00pm PDT
the spectrum. when you have a popular president at a mid term election. george w. bush, 2002, a year after 9/11, he was 63% approval. his party gained seats in the 2002 mid terms. you almost never see that. a popular president wads able to do that. bill clinton, 1988. the country sided with clinton. the democrats gained seats. even 1990, george h.w. bush. it wasn't a blood bath. that's not where donald trump is. that 38% would right now put him more in this category. you can see here. what do all these approval ratings have in common. their parties really took it on the chin this midterm elections. look at bill clinton, 1994. his party lost 54 seats. they call that the republican revolution. newt gingrich who comes from this same district in georgia. this is the backdrop for it. democrats want to put win on the board and say that puts us in line for this kind of gain next year. republicans psychologically they want to say not so fast. close but not close enough. >> last november when price ran for that seat. he won by 23 points. it's a hugely republican district. president trump only
MSNBC
May 9, 2017 3:00pm PDT
george w. bush. and i said what do you think is going on with jim comey? i think he got himself so isolated, there was no one left to seek advice from. he is an incredibly moral man to his admirers. but probably a rather sanctimonious man to his dree detracters. he made these unprecedented political implications without stopping the bolder from running down the hill. >> a man you know well, arizona senator john mccain added his voice to the reaction on the senate floor a few moments ago. >> i regret that that took place. the president does have that authority. so, i respect that. thank you. >> our error, not on the senate floor but captured on the camera. >> if you are a republican or democrat, who cared about getting to the russian investigation, wow is going to be your reaction today. >> we're reacting to this in real time. >> yes. >> again, we have three-page letter from the deputy attorney genel. you guys were speed reading along with pete williams. the letter, you believe, lists mostly prior grievances. >> that's correct. and the letter basically has dates in it. so, this is a
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2017 3:00pm PST
north koreans during the george w. bush years and subsequents went talk to them in the same room. but the north koreans have wanted to talk to the united states and the president-elect on campaign trail said he would have a hamburger with kim jong-un, i don't think that's going to happen but i think the administration is go to str to reach out this some way directly to the north koreans. >> go ahead sir. >> if i can jump in, i spent 35 or 40 negotiating sessions with the north koreans when were not cham roan bied the north koreans i have went to talk with them to view that their facilities. i don't think the problem is we have not chase face-to-face respect to the north koreans. the problem is they are not interested in giving up their weapons. the issue is can china have some role in this. clearly north korea's economy defend on china. that would be a bad day for north korea if china closed down boarder. that's the problem that's going on for a few thousands years. the question is can they deal without china for now they are making the assessment for whatever reason, i have to think
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2017 3:00pm PST
mclaughlin was acting director of the cia under president george w. bush, now at johns hopkins and signed that letter that was submitted to the court. nice to see you, sir. >> good to see you, greta. >> who was the organizer of this letter? >> came basically from a law professor at yale, john ko. >> why did he happen to mutt it together? >> i think he just had a view that this ban was not appropriate and had negative effects and circulated it. came to me very late on the night before it was issued and i read it and fundamentally agreed with it on several grounds and signed on. >> all right. you have said, or at least it's attributed, you warn of long-term damage from this executive order. first, is that something that you've said or something similar? >> i don't recall saying exactly that, but i wouldn't -- >> maybe the letter says -- >> i wouldn't dispute that. that's in the letter. >> and what is that long-term damage? >> well, let me back up just a bit here and say there's nothing crazy about looking at our visa policy and asking can it be improved? i think -- my first reaction
MSNBC
Mar 31, 2017 3:00pm PDT
russian denial seriously. it's funny they keep using this "read my lips" line, which is the george bush line, no new taxes. a funny historical footnote. i think the more we learn about the connections between trump and his associates and the kremlin, the more disturbing it gets and it doesn't -- you just can't put much faith in what putin's people are saying. >> malcolm, is putin winning? >> oh, putin is doing a great job at winning this game. i've gone on record many times and said that we may be witnessing the single greatest intelligence operation in the history of russia and i'm talking back to the czar era. he is definitely winning. when he made his comments the other day, he is just executing a very long-standing russian, you know, old-school kgw, which kgb officer, which is deny, deceive and make counteraccusations. i'm on -- putin is playing to his base as well, which is russia, trying to make russia appear benign and also to the americans that he actually called out for to support him. so vladimir putin is doing very well in this, even though we have caught him in the operation
MSNBC
May 17, 2017 3:00pm PDT
/11 and served as ten years under george bush and on to time with president obama. he is a former marine. he knows rod rosenstein because it's a very small club, probably knows him because they are both united states attorneys. rosenstein, a u.s. attorney before he became deputy director of the justice department. he was a u.s. attorney himself. nbc's pete williams has more. >> here with a major development in the investigation into russian influence as it may pertain to the trump white house and the trump campaign. we want to go right now to pete williams with word of the appointment of a special counsel to lead an investigation. pete? >> lester, after serving as the deputy attorney general for 22 days, the deputy rod rosenstein today took himself out of overseeing the russia investigation, turning that over to robert muller. he is the former fbi director who served 12 years in that job. he was actually held over two extra years before james comey became the fbi director. he will have the full authority to investigate that any u.s. attorney would, including the power to file crim
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2017 3:00pm PST
george bush. good evening sir. >> good evening. >> what do you make of the argument about the nominees. it has to be issue about voter id and voter suppression. >> i support voter id. suppress does not exist. some people may not be able to travel to get sufficient id. so long as state laws are not being used to suppress the vote, i have no issue with voter id laws. >> i take it you support nominee for attorney general. >> i do support jeff sessions. he was fair with the department of justice i think given his experience, history, background i think he is well qualified to be the attorney general. there's issues with actions or taken or made in the past, it's job the judiciary committee to investigate those. i didn't get to see all of the hearings, i thought senator sessions did a good job. >> how can we be confident when we she president doing something agree with, president donald trump at the time, that he will stand up to the president. >> that's going to be the job of the nominee to convince the members of the judiciary committee that he is capable of standing up to the president.
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2017 3:00pm PST
george bush 43, he saw no problem were the conversation. jeremy bash, saw no problem. the not thickens. he may have dodged a bullet on this one. let go to you kelly, tell me the latest there. >> i can tell you this was an opportunity for president trump to try to answer questions that have been nagging his administration about michael flynn. the president believes what he did was within his job as a part of the transition, so giving him cover there. saying flynn was not fully forthcoming was issue that lead to his resignation. when the president was pressed on other matters related to his relationship with russia he said he had no contacts it to the best of his knowledge, which gives him a wiggle room he was trying to be unkwif can't that he or those close to him had not been in conversation during the campaign. he pointed out what was known at the time that paul manafort had gone business representing overseas clients, as part of po portfolio politically. so, because of this brief with the vice president had to go. at the same time the president defending himself on the russia issue s
MSNBC
Jun 21, 2017 3:00pm PDT
have been discussed here that the russians will be back. >> george, does it matter if the president says yes or no with certainty that it was putin and russia or are we in the media just obsessed with making him answer this. >> i think it matters but there's a confusion here. part of the problem is he doesn't make clear distinctions and in one of the principal tweets involved he said russia talk is fake news. there are two kinds of russia talk. there's russia talk about did they try to influence the election about which there is a consensus in the intelligence community. the president might be thinking russia talk means that my minnons and i were complicit. he has been since he lost the popular vote he's been obsessed and insecure because some tanin he feels attaches to his election. that may be keeping him from saying i agree. >> you're totally right. i can't emphasize enough how insecure the president is about perceptions the reality he didn't win the popular vote and the election might have been tainted by russian interference. in private he rants about this constantly. he said i
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2017 3:00pm PDT
pulitzer prize winner for the washington post. george, donald trump won this district by 27 points in november. so, that should be a hugely resounding republican victory. but they're saying that it's a little bit closer than that. >> well, first of all, 65% turnout last november. he just said maybe 30% turn out. now, the question is who is motivated. i think in politics anger is a more powerful voter than happiness. happiness breeds contentment, contentment breeds lacitude. who is angry, it will probably work against the president's party because this is the only way people have of expressing themselves at this point. whether it matters a lot, i don't know. we're 574 days from the 2018 elections. >> so, this is just fun for people watching eleio or is this of consequence, does this mean anything? >> well, if it's a narrow victory by the republican, it means something. if it's a defeat for the republican, it will be a self-fulfilling cascading media phenomenon. clouded by the fact that one of the problems is that the republican governor might draw -- who is unpopular at this point for
MSNBC
May 18, 2017 3:00pm PDT
recess next week. >> paul butler is former federal prosecutor now professor at george down law school. and jeffrey, professor at the george washington university school of law. welcome both of you, gentlemen. paul, first to you. do you expect that president trump will testify and he'll be asked by mueller, and will he be testifying under oath or would this be sort of a casual interview? >> i think it will be more of an interview. technically he can be subenaed because he's a president of the united states. i think he's likely to be requested to come in for a nice little chat. and here there's different advice he gets from his personal lawyer which he should absolutely get. now, the president of the united states needs a defense attorney. and his political advisors. personal lawyer is going to say, i don't want you going in there. political advisors are going to say, you're the president, you have to talk. >> jeffrey, if i were -- if i'm thinking about president trump, i think the people who really have to worry tonight are paul manafort and michael flynn, at least from all reports. if
MSNBC
May 3, 2017 3:00pm PDT
. >> mike, thank you. with me syndicated columnist george will. george, what do you think? >> we know exactly where the $8 billion will come from. it's where we get all our money, from people who bought treasury bills will borrow it. this is about numbers and deficits and the deficit doesn't really matter. the republicans have one great political problem. through four cycles, 10, 12, 14 and 16, they said we're going to repeal obamacare. now they are talking about waveers and exemptions, and congressman massy, libertarian republican, member of the freedom caucus from kentucky asked a salient question. you're granting waivers. what are you granting it from? the structure is still there, which bothers people >> it's hard to think of this as anything but obamacare with changes. this whole business about repeal is sort of silly. it's washington talk. this thing hasn't been repealed whether you're for it or against it. it's not going to be repealed. something is going to be done to it and now with this $8 billion, now the 8 billion to solve the problem with the preexisting, i imagi imagine
MSNBC
Mar 7, 2017 3:00pm PST
to george bush -- this is just not the history of america. >> some people believe, is passionate followers believe there was some snooping on him. >> i say as a former prosecutor, bring employee tme the facts an evidence. all we have heard is that couldn't happen. even today the man up for the number two job at justice, under his watch he never heard of anyone in the u.s. wiretapping a civilian in the united states of america that's against the law. >> we have the vice chair senator burr says he has not seen anything. >> right. >>> thank you. >>> so where are the national security leaks coming from. congressman steve king tweeting -- illegal and treasonness acts. joining me -- explain this tweet about president trump needs to percentage from this government. >> i'm addressing this in the broad broader scale, we have known within the cia they have been frying to influence -- out of the state department perhaps even worst and department after department have people embedded in there they are not serving president trump well. and i thought they would have -- in his first days in and
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2017 3:00pm PST
. george cloony saying trump is hollywood elitist himself. all of that in response to meryl streep's speech. a star-studded rally to address concerns of the anti-se matt tick. comedian who is known for impressions of president obama, spoke to the crowd. >> we must speak for those who cannot speak. we must write, act, sing for those who cannot express themselves, for those who feel they have not being represented. that's our job as artists. >> california lieutenant governor, gavin nu some. >> tell me why are you there? >> we're leer because california not going to be intimidated and bullied, i think the message today we're not going to be distracted by trump's antics and policy and trumpism as we know it. >> is there one particular policy or antic that you're there for? >> there's a lot of fear and anxiety in california because of the nature and scope of the size of the stakes. when you think about the environment, it could be impacted more. 2.7 milli 2.7 million undocumented immigrant in this state. from agriculture perspective, from tech seventy and on health care, 4.5 to 4.8 ben fi
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Feb 28, 2017 3:00pm PST
path to -- this is going back to george w. bush. this is what he campaigned against in essence during the republican primary. i think -- if this is true, he going to have bash lash from base on the right. >> he hasn't described what comprehensive means to him. you don't have to go home. >> people that we seen -- people are missing the point. this is not just me speculating, this is reported. donald trump and jeff sessions, the way they view the world, the people who are in country illegally, points of leverage for future negotiations. you can call them bargaining chips. when donald trump talks about reform, it's on his terms. people have gotten completed excited when donald trump says something by immigration. remember, he went to mexico, he was suddenly mr. amnesty. then guess goes to phoenix, i think everyone needs to calm down. he may use words that the left will get excited about, but i'm don't think he will back marco rubio. >> donald trump going to say i'm going to think about giving these people a path to citizenship. he started the campaign by calling mexicans criminal
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2017 3:00pm PST
george w. bush calling us a filter but he doesn't make distinguish between that and the things we get wrong. instead he calling everything the entire industry, the entire architecture of the mainstream media fake. >> that's like the so-called judge. >> exactly. that's like with the -- >> from the platform -- >> you're watching what you're seeing with your own eyes. >> particularly among that floor of '30 odd sup pore -- >> every one needs to suck it up and get on with their work and stop complaining. this is what trump does to everyone. if it he has a dispute with a developer. they were disgusting piece of whatever, this is language he uses. >> we really would like the american people to -- i would robust discussion free press and first amendment and free speech without the name calling. >> it's all countries that aspire to be democracy like us. that's why you have monitor groups that monitor democracy ratings in britain are giving him a hard time about coming over there. >> if you take a highlighter to a lot of stories, we can get a lot on the record. >> -- >> is that what's everybod
MSNBC
Jun 9, 2017 3:00pm PDT
former white house chief of staff to george h.w. bush, governor john sununu. lots of criticism of the president, lots of support for the president. today he did meet with the president of romania. he spoke to prime minister theresa may of the u.k., he's done business. yet the question is have you changed your mind about him? at one time you called him a phony. >> well, i is you ported him very aggressively in the 2016 election against mrs. clinton so i think it's obvious i'm very happy trump is in the white house. >> so, what do you make of all this other -- today, i mean, the episode today he is dangling out there there are tapes. that he'll testify. what are your thoughts on that? >> this all flows from the testimony of james comey. i think as this thing gets dissected a little bit better by calmer heads, i think people are going to begin to see that the president may be right. yesterday may have been a much better day for president trump than people are giving him credit for. i think jim comey really created some problems for himself when he talked about the memos that he leaked to
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2017 3:00pm PDT
george w. bush and the six party talks in 2003. we've ended up with an arrogant beijing and nuked up north carolina. >> it's not just nuclear weapons, they have conventional weapons, chemical weapons. look at the half brother that was just murdered, and everything going in the direction of very bad? >> yes, well, they already have three missiles that can hit the lower 48 states. they haven't been tested or adequately tested. they're based on proven technologies, within four years or so, they'll be able to make a nuke to those. and hold us to ransom. they can make a nuke to an intermediate range missile. that can reach american forces in asia. >> what is the trump policy against north korea? >> they don't have one yet. it's very complicated 37 you're tealing not with just north korea, you're dealing with iran and china. tillerson's brief from the white house was a couple things. find out what china's position is and how far they can push them. it's going to take them quite some time. >> nobody else has been able to solve this last week, the president of south korea got the boot. i don
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Apr 3, 2017 3:00pm PDT
rule and put a lot of thought into it. ask george bush and barack obam had much more success leveraging the power they have. >> and it's such a big promise. >> that's the least of them. i have a whole laundry list i can give you. >> that was a big one his supporters expected him to do. >> he had all the republicans, speaker ryan. in some ways, i'm sympathetic to the president. he outsourced it to the hill. it appears the house said, we've got this taken care of for you. >> i think it goes to show if you make a promise you have to know what's in your back pocket to fulfill it. >> that's letting the president off a little. if he ran a transition the way a republican typically does. they would have thought what can we get through. >> most transitions start in the summer. i don't think president trump actually thought he would need a transition team until the night of the election. >> he had a huge transition team. >> they picked it up. >> they did start early and could have been working on snilt. >> why did they get rid of that transition team led by chris christie? >> he was pu
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Apr 13, 2017 3:00pm PDT
happened. we said -- we heard george h.w. bush said read my lips, no new taxes. he raised taxes. when you're president, the reality sets in and nuance is important. and i think what's happening here is a lot of west wing staffersre saying, we've got to figure this out. we have to roll up our sleeves and actually do policy work and the campaign rhetoric that actually won the presidency readily admit is not going to work when it comes to governing from the center, which is instinctively where donald trump wants to be. you have to remember, he is not an ideologue, he is not someone who came to wash twaington, d.c with core beliefs, not core politic political beliefs. >> he said, i told them to cut it out and make things nice. the one that struck me the most is when he said, look, this is a guy who works for me. what are you hearing and what's going to happen next? i mean -- >> i think you could probably draw a line to that february time article titling -- titled the great manipulator about b bannon, that he was the puppet master behind trump. trump did not like that at all. >> like the b
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Feb 9, 2017 3:00pm PST
. >> joining us now, george will. big picture politics assume tonight president trump wins? >> if we wins, he will gloat. it's his nature. he will say i would have won any way. professor says he ought to be more prudent, take his time, a split supreme court would wind up supporting. i'm not sure this is liberal for justices case. i think that the supreme court law pertaining to presidential power is such that i think there l be great deference to the president in this case. >> if the president loses tonight, what do you expect tomorrow? >> he said if he loses the court will have the burden of future attack. that's another reason why professor advise to the president would be ignored, that is the president said we have to get this out in the hurry because there's a clear and present danger of terrorism from people coming to the country. that's a presidential national security judgment and a great deal of deference to that. >> how is it the part of the order that applies to people not citizens, out of the united states. how is that they get before the court? what are their rights? it seems they
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Jan 20, 2017 3:00pm PST
with a package. joining us. editor and former speech writer for former george w. bush. what do you think of today? >> it's not eemotional disturbs people saw were confined to small part of the city. it is astonishing that donald trump is president of the united states. the speech was -- you talk earlier about how the peaspeech could have been more gracious, donald trump is never dishonest about who he is. he is not a gracious person so why should he be today. >> most of the people who would likely attend inaugural speech, 90% voted for the other person. >> everybody in d.c. turned out in 2009. >> in 2009 it was 2 million people. with population of 500,000. >> we got the county. >> it was a spectacular kind of event. people are talking about the crowd that did not surprise me much. >> i think the magnitude of it. on the statement today new president, i think as governor said, the speech was not designed to reassure opponents. more troubling it did not assure allies abroad. he has close relationships with some adversaries. he made nervous many of friend. there was not a word of comfo
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Jan 19, 2017 3:00pm PST
bush and gor george w. bush was in a better position. >> why did he go down? >> i think because people are ready to take a breathe ask give an incoming president a chance. >> you think numbers would go up a little? >> yes. his rhetoric has been divisive. he has not done that yet. tomorrow we'll see -- oppo do that. the numbers could come up quickly. >> they say what he has been doing has been working for him. so he reluctant to change and it's tough to answer when he says look, i have played it to here. i'm reminded of a extregs george w. bush said if you're the president why don't you do that. >> reality sets in there are 800,000 young kids who came out of the shadow at president obama's question, the dabbing ta order. if you throw them back the number will drop more. i have a bill to give him a 3 year legal status -- >> what durbin means, you can just say when durbin -- >> what are you going to do with me and my daughter, you're not going anywhere. nobody wants a crook. here i am. if the republican says you're back in the shadows, it would be a disaster. being a wall is not go
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Apr 24, 2017 3:00pm PDT
office, it would be his preference to hold back the same way george w. bush did when president obama became president. let him have those early months to step out of the way but he reserved the right to jump in. i'm surprised he jumped in this early. i do think the wiretapping comments may have played into this to some degree. i think the blame to some of the democrats on president obama for the state of their democratic party right now also may be prompting him a little bit earlier back into the limelight. >> do you think he's out early? >> i think he's doing what's smart. he's doing what george w. bush did, stay off the president's radar. >> fast forward eight years, do you expect president trump to do the same thing? >> no. >> i said it w a smart move. i don't think that would be obama's instinct to get off the radar. the best job in the world is being an expresident as i'm sure president obama is discovering. i think it's the right tone and approach. he's tapping into what was relevant about president obama was his coal ligs and the millennials who didn't show up. with progressiv
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May 31, 2017 3:00pm PDT
presidency of george w. bush. there were lots of investigations going on. we had the leak investigation. it was a stressful place to work when there is an outside counsel. and, look, think thesident is going to shake things up. and actually i think the president is right to want to shake things up. the average tenure of a white house staffer is 8 or 9 months. these are not long-term jobs. >> except, matt, to say the problems at the white house, take the communications department, i don't know how they could do a better job. if you've got someone who wants to go out there and talk about the crowd size or if you've got someone who is tweeting in the middle of the night, someone accusing the former president of wiretapping, i don't know how -- i don't know what communications director -- where are you going to find somebody who can do a better job? >> i agree. josh ernst was a good press secretary which i was proud of. he was my deputy when i was running the dnc. but he was working for a guy, he was predictable. he gave the full briefing. he was great at it. obama helped him be great at it
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Mar 1, 2017 3:00pm PST
former new jersey governor christine todd whitman was president george w. bush's first epa administrator from 2000 to 2003. welcome to both of you and first to you, governor, are you in any way skeptical of the new epa add strait administrator, that he'll do the right thing? >> well, i'm fairly skeptical because it's not going to be up to him as jina well knows. as an administrator, you carry out the policies of the president. it's a little hard to figure out this president, though, he'll say one thing in one minute then find some member of his cabinet is doing something else which you have to believe is coming from him. so the signals are very mixed. i hope fervently that the kind of message that the add straiter gave t gave the other day to people who work at the agency, the career staff, where it was a pretty balanced approach, that's the tone we're going to see, more respect for the mission aagency it does, about protecting human health and the environment. we don't want to lose that in an effort to ensure that regulation in place are the ones the administration wants,
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Feb 6, 2017 3:00pm PST
people watched. president george hw bush, days out of the house, they are strong, taking the field, the most memorable coin toss we have ever seen. getting a standing ovation from everyone. all love him. and whether it come to sport mans ship and doing the right thing, look to president 41. president bush still called trump to congratulate him on defeating hillary clinton. bottom line, for being shot down in world war ii, white house to the super bowl, george h.b bush is a class act. follow me on twitter. go to facebook. "hardball" with chris matthews starts in about ten seconds. you don't want to miss that. go to facebook page before chris starts. >>> a so-called judge. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews. is the country on early course -- if it continues on current course to constitutional crisis. whether executive order remains frozen or will it resume. it began late friday and
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Feb 22, 2017 3:00pm PST
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Feb 23, 2017 3:00pm PST
hall. give ford quoting have faith, hold town halls. with me george will. >> good to be with you. >> with cpac in town is this president trump republican party? >> the president trump cpac. the cpac is young people full of enthusiasm but they sometimes have a high ratio to decertainment. ran paul always won because spirit of the young people. i'm not sure this resonate beyond that gaylord hotel. >> last year candidate trump didn't show up. this year he going to show up. he sent steve bannon and reince priebus. is there message sent by that? >> two of them made nice together because of the tension in the white house because it's not running like a finely tuned machine, but clearly, they came out to say all is well. stay the course, be with us. >> in terms of the speech that the president is going to give, to you anticipate market different speech than what you here tuesday night? >> no. he has one speech which is incident what he said to cpac in the past, on the campaign trail, what he is saying now. he think this is what got him there, and he is going to stay with it. >> there's
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Feb 15, 2017 3:00pm PST
, president george w. bush. nice to see you. >> nice to be here. >> okay. first the basics. i tipped you off, i was going to ask you this, what does national security council do? >> national security council established in the national security act of 1947 only has 4 4 members, president, vice president, secretary of state, secretary of defense. advises the president. it's not a decision-making body. it tries to coordinate policy across diplomacy, economic and defense. that's what it does. >> what was the job that general flynn had? >> he had the national security adviser which is a staff position and it really does two things. it runs the national security council process and all the subcommittees under the national security council that are established. it supervises the nsc staff. those 100 or 200 and so people who staff the president for his role in foreign policy. and then the national security adviser serves as an adviser to the president of the united states on national security and foreign policy. >> hypothetically, i'm trying to get the fact, i always have to say this because th
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Jun 5, 2017 3:00pm PDT
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Apr 21, 2017 3:00pm PDT
accomplishments, like obama and the stimulus or george w. bush and the 2001 tax cuts. he hasn't gotten anything through congress. and particularly this stands out because of the way that he sold himself on the campaign trail as a businessman who makes deals. that he would be superior in this regard and bring people together. so, if you are that coal miner or that unemployed manufacturing worker in johns town, you're wondering what it is that he's delivering for you, because greta, i just remember these people and talking to them all over the place thinking this is a businessman who is going to come in and push some of this onto me, some of this wealth and make the country flourish economically. >> annie, if he does this on the 120th day, i think even the fact he didn't get it in 100 days is nothing. i think this is somewhat of a construct we in the media have created. he's taken the bait and we created it because he made all these promises. >> it's completely arbitrary 100 versus 120. but for him it's a marketing thing, like this is a deadline that he's trying to show. he knows there will be a
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