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MSNBC
Jan 17, 2017 1:00pm PST
. look at george w. bush, he was a full 16 points ahead of trump. this of course was after the disputed election of 2000. however, if we dig a little deeper into these numbers, it may not be as simple as it it looks. what we're seeing here may not be that new. it may be more of an extension what have had become the reality of american politics. partisan polarization. used to be that this transition period between the election and inauguration was exempt from polarization. look that the, eight years ago, president obama coming into office, almost two-thirds of republicans. the opposition party, they said, they were willing to bury the hatchet and rally behind the new president. now, flash forward, eight years later today for trump, only 11% of democrats say the same thing. and that is why trump's overall number are so low compared to past presiden. it offering no goodwill. and bringing his numbers way down. now, obviously democrats will say, this is trump's fault because he had failed to reach out since the election, but whoever you point fingers at, look at it this way, trumps numbers n
MSNBC
Apr 13, 2017 1:00pm PDT
, andy card, chief of staff to president george w. bush, now an msnbc political analyst. he joins us now from manchester, new hampshire. andy, thank you for taking a few minutes. let me ask you what you make of it. we've had these reverses, these shifts, whatever you want to call them. the line from the white house is, larks, they, the issues areg toward donald trump, therefore, he can now articulate a different position on them. do you view it more as issues evolving toward trump or trump evolving as president? >> i think donald trump is evolving as president. i actually feel that he became a conscience for the debate and with regard to nato, the world did listen to what he had to say during the campaign and i think nato kind of stepped up to show they could be more responsible and we'll see if they can be, but i do think that he legitimately has come to recognize nato as an important part of the alliance that makes a big counterbalance to what russia is trying to do and actually offers hope to european countries that do worry about what a russia could do if they became more expansionis
MSNBC
Dec 13, 2016 1:00pm PST
. george h.w. bush nominated a former republican senator for secretary of defense. the senate voted down that nomination. that's the last time it happened. there is rare and really rare. think about this. in 1989, bush's party didn't control the senate. those were democrats rejecting a republican nominee. the last time the president's party controlled the senate like trump's party is going to control the senate and reject the nominee, you have to go back to 1843. recognize this? john tyler was the president back then. he was a member of the whig party. the whigs controlled the senate and they were at war with their own president. they knocked down six of the cabinet nominees. that's the last time a president's party defeated the nominee for a cabinet spot. those are the stakes. keep in mind the balance of the senate is republican and will be republican in january. 52-48. that means republicans have the numbers to pass the president's nominee if they want to, but it means would not take many defections. take a look at this. marco rubio has concerns about the nomination and keep an eye on
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2017 1:00pm PST
first, first-year republican president to address cpac since reagan back in 1981. george w. bush did address it, just not in his first year. anyway, the trump camp right now pushing back on reports that chief of staff reince priebus asked fbi officials to refute news stories on the trump campaign's ties to russia. white house insisting priebus did nothing wrong from more i want to bring in kelly o'donnell at the white house, kelly, take us through this. what is reince priebus accused of here and what exactly is the white house's defense? >> reporter: well this is about the story of the fbi investigating russian interference in the 2016 election season and also looking at associates of donald trump. campaign advisors w may have had contact with russians during the campaign period. that's a bad story for the white house, one ty have tried to push back on. so what happened? we are told by senior administration officials that reince priebus was in a meeting with a senior white house official and that fbi -- i'm sorry, fbi official and that fbi official said to priebus, we don't think tha
MSNBC
Apr 21, 2017 1:00pm PDT
versus george w. bush, he decimated the democratic party's ranks all over the country. he didn't build the infrastructure inside the democratic national committee. to george bush's credit, for eight years i was on the national committee, it was building the ground game to elect sheriffs, county counsel, governors, house members and that was because he had a history of party building. so the president certainly to me owes the democratic party a tremendous amount of work and service to help them try to get back in some sort of power after losing the governor shegovernor and senate all under his watch. em a guy who believes in political parties and believes we need two of them. that's what i'm looking for. let me see if he's really besides lip service, will he come in and do what governor rendell said, try to lead the charge back. right now it's easy to criticize president trump. he's an easy target. so was obama. but you have to have an organization to win and get your farm team out there and he left them literally decimated. >> louise, very quickly before we go, because we are getting a
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2017 1:00pm PST
disgraceful, president george w. bush's attorney general alberto gonzalez is going to weigh in, that's next. wth prese? american express open cards can help you take on a new job, or fill a big order or expand your office and take on whatever comes next. find out how american express cards and services can help prepare you for growth at open.com. trust number one doctor recommended dulcolax find out how american express carconstipated?ces use dulcolax tablets for gentle overnight relief suppositories for relief in minutes and stool softeners for comfortable relief of hard stools. dulcolax, designed for dependable relief >>> i won't ever call a court biassed, so i won't call it bias, and we haven't had a decision yet, but courts seem to be so political, and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read a statement and do what's right. and that has to do with the security of our country which is so important. >> president trump taking aim at the judges who last night heard arguments on his controversial immigration ban. and that court set to decide any day now whet
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2016 1:00pm PDT
so far as to call the polls phony. and in a way with 92, george bush senior said annoy the media. donald trump is ratcheting this talk up. >> nobody attacks the media. i have been writing a the respect for the media has gone down. the way they feel about the politicians, they will turn around and say. >> it is not going to carry him across the finish line. here's the other thing. i must have missed the memo telling the public to fall in love with hillary clinton. does everyone remember what it was like when everyone fell in love with barack obama? there is a point where you say dude, you have to wear some of this yourself. everything that is happening to you is not everybody else's fault. >> it's interesting talking about trump and his relationship with the media, recordings are coming out and this is from somebody who is going to write a biography in 2014 and we got interviews with donald trump and they put the tape and he wanted to help and this is intro expectative. >> the first time i saw my name in print was in a little paper up in that area of new york. i had had three sing
MSNBC
Oct 31, 2016 1:00pm PDT
. they are both of rk accused of orchestrating lane closures of the george washington bridge as cal pay back of a reelection bid. they called christie and members of his inner circle cowards for not testifying at the trial. back now to politics. just eight days away from election day and donald trump campaigning in the very blue state of michigan. this is part of the last minute strategy on the part of the trump campaign. call it a blue state strategy. we saw donald trump in colorado, a state we have been thinking of as a clinton state in new mexico and a state we have been thinking of as a clinton state. he is up there in michigan. you can see the reason why the campaign is thinking about blue states. hillary clinton, our projections say she is in good shape in states equalling 272 electoral votes. even if trump won every undecided state on this map right now, hillary clinton would still be over 270. if you are donald trump and the trump campaign, thgz to winning all the toss upstates and that is a big hurdle, in addition you have to find in the next eight days, one state on this m
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2016 1:00pm PDT
christie charged with plotting that lane closure at the george washington bridge. they sent several questions to the judge today. one of them asked request bill barone and bridget ann kelly can be convicted if they don't believe the closings were meant to punish the mayor and the judge told the jurors they could convict regardless of the pair's motive. bill cosby spending today in a pennsylvania courtroom as they argue over key issues in the sexual assault case against him. cosby's lawyers want to keep potentially damaging testimony from a previous lawsuit out of this trial and also to stop 13 other accusers from testifying. the comedian is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in 2005. the national transportation safety board is trying to piece together what led to a deadly early morning next baltimore. people were killed when the collision involving a school bus, commuter bus, and a car. no children were on the school bus, thankfully, at the time. the fbi investigation continuing into the e-mails that may be connected to hillary clinton's personal server on a computer belonging
MSNBC
Apr 24, 2017 1:00pm PDT
that when he entered the white house, george w. bush remained very quiet, never critiqued barack obama, stayed out of the spotlight. so, for all the benefits of that that barack obama enjoyed, he wanted to extend that to donald trump as well and also it reflects on him. he wants to emerge as a post-president with his own set of agenda items. he wanted to talk about civic leadership and engagement and the next swren ratigeneration o. so the way they structured this was to have three students on either side of the former president. they had been sort of sought out. they were not all from the university of chicago. although that was the setting. from high school to post-graduate level with differing political views, to have a conversation amongst themselves, that avoided questions from the audience which almost certainly would have included some kind of reference to the larger current political environment. so president obama, former president, was not drawn into that kind of dialogue by having the conversation that he led on stage with the students. the timing is notable as well because
MSNBC
Jan 10, 2017 1:00pm PST
speak to former attorney general michael who served under george w. bush. he said he remembers how well a day like this feels if you are the person in the chair. hard to put a real experience on that for anyone who has not gone through it. jeff sessions who knew he would face tough questioning has a team of people helping him to prepare and learn some of theless sons of 30 plus years ago where he was derailed. that's been a wound in his resume. something he didn't to want see repeated, they've done a lot of work to try to prepare his answers to give more information to soften positions, to redefine himself if he's able to do that today, steve. >> all right, kelly o'donnell there on capitol hill. kelly, thanks for that. let's reset here. that room behind where kelly o'donnell was just standing. that is where the confirmation hearing is playing out right now at the same time, john kelly, his don fir mags hearing to be the homeland security secretary, that is going on live. also one other major storyline playing out on capitol hill today, it involves the question of u.s. intelligence and t
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2017 1:00pm PDT
director for the are affair working under both president's george w. bush and former president barack obama thanks for joining me really appreciate it. >> thank you for having me on. >> i want to first talk to you about these tensions. set the scene. you heard the warning there from the north korean officials. do you think that this is reaching a boiling point or is this more bluster? >> well, i do think north korea has conducted more provocations. so i do expect north korea to fully go through what they said and conduct more missile tests. now that said, they might not conduct a six nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests that could reach mainland united states. because that would be truly a red line for washington. >> are tensions higher than you have witnessed under past presidents? and is that a result of president trump? how do you calculate that at this point. >> >> well, i've been following north korean issue for two decades now. and i have never seen tensions this high. and that's because particle it's kim jong un who has really escalated tension the last fiv
MSNBC
Dec 15, 2016 1:00pm PST
bolton. that's donald trump's potential pick for secretary of state. bolton worked in george w. bush's state department, served as u.n. ambassador briefly. he remains an ardent defender of the iraq war. if picked, bolton would be number two to rex tillerson, that is, if trump confirms tillerson as secretary of state. bolton is facing opposition within his own party, especially officials that worked with him in the bush administration. that includes condoleezza rice, bob gates, former national security adviser. tillerson himself may be expressing concern for bolton being his deputy. he remains in the running for that post. trump is going to be speaking in hershey, pennsylvania tonight as part his thank you tour. one of the states trump is visiting. i don't think he's visited a blue state yet. interesting news here, though, on the john bolton front. that name obviously remains a lightning rod when it comes to foreign policy. a lightning rod in foreign policy. >> we are in hershey, pennsylvania and this is one of those that donald trump put together, a must-win of those states tha
MSNBC
Apr 10, 2017 1:00pm PDT
, the wife of george wallace, back in the '60s was the first. kerry sanders in montgomery. quite a day there. kerry, thank you for that. we're going to keep monitoring that situation, of course. >>> and still ahead, an unbelievable moment on a united airlines flight. >> hey! hey! >> no! >> hey, hey, hey. come on. come on. >> that emotion you're seeing there, a man being forcibly removed from his seat. he was overbooked by the airline. they dragged him off. you can see it right there. huge outcry. not just on social media, across all media today. now what united has to say about it. >>> plus a historic day in washington for one of our three branches of government. but is it anything different? our most important number of the day. that, too, is ahead. ♪"all you need is love" plays my friends know me so well. they can tell what i'm thinking, just by looking in my eyes. they can tell when i'm really excited and thrilled. and they know when i'm not so excited and thrilled. but what they didn't know was that i had dry, itchy eyes. but i knew. so i finally decided to show my eyes some
MSNBC
Apr 7, 2017 1:00pm PDT
in some ways with past presidents. i think george w. bush, obviouslin 2000, he said he's not going to be a nation-builder as president. >> right. >> of course, afghanistan, iraq, even barack obama, he ran on a lot of skepticism of that sort of bipartisan foreign policy establishment in washington. he ended up launching some air strikes of his own. >> right. >> in iraq. i'm looking at this today. this just crossed the wire, ann marie slaughter, she was under hillary clinton in the state department, the obama administration, she just went on twitter and praised what trump did. she said "donald trump has done the right thing on syria. finally! after years of useless handwringing in the face of hideous atrocities." is there a think that happens? are we seeing it here with all presidents where they campaign on skepticism of that bipartisan foreign policy establishment and find themselves drawn into it once in office? >> yeah, the job is a reality check real quick. i think that's what the president saw and is diealing with right now. of all the world events that he's had to look at and w
MSNBC
Nov 17, 2016 1:00pm PST
think people underestimate what she's done as speaker. nancy pelosi was the one who helped george bush bail the economy out, which saved not only the u.s. economy but the worldwide economy. nancy pelosi shuffled the affordable care act through. do she might need to train the bench as we go forward, but i believe nancy pelosi needs to go out on her own terms, and i don't think it's time for her to go out yet. >> november 30 is when those elections are set. appreciate it. >>> don't miss "all in" with chris hayes tonight. his exclusive interview with senator harry reid. they'll talk about president-elect donald trump tonight. >>> and up next, it's our most important number of the day. it could help explain why the results of that election last week took so many americans by surprise. and talked about that breaking news at the top of the hour. mitt romney under consideration to be donald trump's secretary of state. we played some of the sound of romney slamming donald trump over the last few months. here's what trump has been saying about mitt romney. >> this poor mitt romney is sad,
MSNBC
Apr 12, 2017 1:00pm PDT
george w. bush fried the same thing and couldn't get results. i think ft. trump is right to try this and it was interesting he downplayed the putin relationship and he really played up his relationship from mar-a-lago, the phone call last night with president xi jinping. >> here's trump on the current situation in the world. "you look at it, wherever you look at it, it's got problems. so many problems and ultimately i believe we're going to get rid of most of those problems and there won't be fear of anybody." your reaction? >> well, i wish we could live in such a world. this is a complex environment. the president should be careful not to overreach in delivering the american people what he can deliver on. it was an interesting day, brian, because finally after 18 days of donald trump saying nato is obs lolete he said today nat is no longer obsolete. after 18 months when he said nato is not fighting terrorism, he said nato is now fighting terrorism. the fact is, brian, nato has been fighting terrorism since it entered afghanistan in 2003, but nonetheless, it was good to hear these words.
MSNBC
Nov 29, 2016 1:00pm PST
elaine chow. she was the labor secretary under george w. bush. she was the wife of senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. with those two picks in the books, all eyes on that big pick trump yet to make for secretary of state. trump set on sit down for dinner with mitt romney. romney who appears to be at least one of the front-runners for the top assignment. a source told nbc news trump will speak with rudy giuliani today. another contender who of course was very loyal to donald trump throughout the campaign even at very difficult moments. all of this after days of reports that trump's top aides are concerned about mitt romney. they didn't like the intense criticisms that romney levelled against trump in the campaign. now more suggestions that trump may be widening the net in the search for a secretary of state. he just met with bob corker. he may be a contender for the spot and yesterday coming to trump tower, the former cia director david petraeus who may be on the short list for secretary of state. a lot of names in the air. a big decision that donald trump is going to have to ma
MSNBC
Nov 3, 2016 1:00pm PDT
but strong ties to an unfriendly foreign power. it's the kind of combination of george wallace and henry wallace. it's really troubling. so, one of the things the conservatives tend to believe is the election is the last election that will ever happen, there are these tipping points. you have the tipping points, politics stops and freezes. the politics is never over. should the republicans lose this election, there will be opportunities to come again to try in 2018 to expand majorities in the house and senate, to try for the presidency in 2020. the game will continue. if donald trump is president, however, you have to wonder, does the game continue as we've known the game? george washington warned us in his fare well address. people seek to address the ruins of public liberty. it's things people say, it's a hyper bollic and overstated. i don't think it is in this case? something else i wanted to ask you about. you made an observation comparing hillary clinton and barack obama. you are coming in as a republican disagrees with both. you made an interesting distinction here, if obama
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2017 1:00pm PST
attend donald trump's inauguration on january 20th, also apparently that george w. bush, the former president will be there, jimmy carter, the former president will be there, george h.w. bush will not be, he's well into his 90s now. might be some physical limitations in terms of attending, but his son, george w. bush will, hugh hooult from donald trump's standpoint, the reason this is news obviously, not news when the former presidents go to an inauguration, dold trump at one point saying george w. bush lied this country into iraq, you had him taking shots at bill clinton over all sorts of sorted sex scandals from the 1990s, he said hillary clinton would be in jail if he were president. this is not your normal level of rhic betwe an incoming president, some of these dignitaries in the audience, how should trump handle that? >> graciously. it's a very good thing that former secretary of state clinton, former president clinton are coming. they've had to do this before, of course. secretary clinton had been defeated by president obama when she and her husband showed up for president ob
MSNBC
Jan 23, 2017 1:00pm PST
constitutional ban on foreign gifts. president says the sees this without merit. former president george h.w. bush is being moved out of intensive care. though he will stay in the hospital for now, his doctors said today the 41st president was hospital ieed for pneumonia last week, barbara bush has been discharged from the hospital after being treated for bronchitis. spokesman jim mcgraph tweeting a short time ago, president and mr h.wbush thank americans for their prayersnd good wishes. and in the soutast, 19 people are dead after storms and tornados ripped through several states over the weekend. president trump pledging federal assistance for georgia, florida, and alabama. which were hardest hit by that. organizers of saturday's women's march say that around three million people demonstrated in more than 300 cities around the world. he will support a variety of causes for women, immigrants, and health care. and super bowl is now set, the new england patriots and the atlanta falcons. they will square off sunday, february 5 in houston, texas. we're going to have a little bit more on tha
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2017 1:00pm PST
leader in the u.s. house for 14 years. that spanned the reagan, george h.w. bush and part of the clinton administrations. michael known for being able to compromise with democrats. his retirement in 1994 marked a major turning point in american politics. his successor, newt gingrich, credited with moving republicans into a far more aggressive and partisan posture. and pittsburgh steelers -- pittsburgh penguins superstar sidney crosby celebrating a major milestone, 1,000th nhl point scoring the goal in last night's game. he did it in just 757 games. and now another big story this week in washington. donald trump and his search for a new national security advisor. the white house saying the president offered the job to retired vice admiral and navy s.e.a.l. robert harward, he then turned it down telling associated press it was for personal reasons. that comes just days after the president asked michael flynn for his resignation for not being completely forthcoming with vice president mike pence about his communications with russia's ambassador to the united states. joining us now t
MSNBC
Nov 11, 2016 1:00pm PST
george bush bring in a democrat with ma netta. those were just two examples. he has the world to choose from and i think he's going to put together a team that is going to make the protesters happy even. it will be diverse. he will have women and geographic diversity and a racial diversity. i'm very excited. >> quick question for you. do you have interest in joining the administration? >> i enjoy being with the campaign. i think it was a very effective group. if they want me, i would certainly try to help them. i wanted to be the most successful president in the history of our country. they need to be able to pick who will serve him the best. >> a diplomatic answer there. thanks for taking the time. >> thank you, steve. >> i want to bring in senior editor beth fui. let's start with chris christie. i followed the story and it's amazing for me to watch this unfold right now. chris christie wanted to be president. that didn't happen. he endorsed trump and wanted to be vice president. a lot of reporting suggested that the reason he was not picked, jared curbner and he prosecuted his
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2016 1:00pm PDT
to go back to 1968 when george wallace was the segregationist won a bunch of states in the south running independent that year. this could have significance consequences. look at the map. this is a stretch. if things were to change and donald trump were to recover that strength he lost, if he were to run the cable in the toss upstates, if trump were to win these states that are tossed up right now, in iowa and arizona and nevada. if mcmullen wins utah, nobody gets to 270. you know what happens if nobody gets to 270 in a presidential election. the race is decided by the house of representatives. congress gets to pick the president. that is the idea behind the evan mcmullen campaign. he is want issed by conservatives that don't like donald trump and don't want him to be president. they feel they could get it to the house of representatives, the republicans in the house wouldn't want trump or clinton and would want mcmullen. joining us now is the perfect man to talk to from utah. evan mcmullen for president. we took you through the scenario. it is that. i don't think it's an oversta
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2016 1:00pm PST
strategists and white house aide to george h.w. bush and senior adviser and spokes person for moveon.org. careen, we are just getting this information in and you have been watching the numbers like we have been in terms of fund-raisi fund-raising. when were they going to go forward and hit all three states. six or $7 million. what do you make of this report coming from the wisconsin elections commission? >> not too surprising because i believe there is a deadline today if i have that right to really get moving with this recount. look, i mean the first 24 hours, she raised $2 million to get this effort under way. one thing that if there is anything we learned about this election cycle is that this was the most divicive election that we have seen at least in my lifetime. you have a president-elect who won the electoral college and got to the path of 270 which is how you become president, but clearly lost the popular vote by two million plus votes. this is not surprising that there is so much energy behind this, but i want to say that i think it is good for the democracy to move forward wit
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2017 1:00pm PST
. dwight eisenhower, got us through the second world war and became president in the 1950s, george h.w. bush, he's popular. bill clinton, who succeeded, who defeated george h.w. bush. harry truman clocks in there as well. jimmy carter, he's rounding out the top ten. that's the end of the top ten. then who is the least popular president since the start of the 20th century? no real surprise there, i guess it is richard nixon. so there you go. there's a taste what have people think. it is our most important number of the day. 45, back after this. american express open cards can help you take on a new job, or fill a big order or expand your office and take on whatever comes next. find out how american express cards and services can help prepare you for growth at open.com. [he has a new business teaching express cardlessons.rvices rodney wanted to know how his business was doing... ...so he got quickbooks. it organizes all his accounts, so he knows where he stands. ahhh...that's a profit. way to grow, rodney! visit quickbooks.com. i did... n't. hat? hey, come look what lisa made. wow. you g
MSNBC
Mar 27, 2017 1:00pm PDT
george bush's tax cuts. that's the dilemma we have. if we run a deficit, it's not forever. >> s you see no path to working with democrats. you don't think democrats are going to want to work with you on tax reform. let me ask you, though, could that have been different, if the first major item, republicans in congress, this white house chose to pursue in congress, had not been obamacare replacement? had democrats saying we're going to do this without democratic votes. do you look at it and say, what if we pursued something else like infrastructure that donald trump campaigned on, might be more of a natural interest for democrats, could that have changed the dynamic early on on capitol hill? >> you need a pay for, steve, on the infrastructure plan. as much as we all know we need infrastructure work in this country, there's got to be some kind of pay for, in some way tagging that along with tax reform might have been a vehicle, but as senator schumer said, if there's anything tax cuts for what he calls the wealthy, which in many cases are the job creators across america, the small busines
MSNBC
Mar 29, 2017 1:00pm PDT
scandal. bill baroni and bridget kelly convicted of orchestrating the lane closures on the george washington bridge as a political revenge scheme against a mayor who had refused to support christie's re-election bid. christie, himself, has denied any wrongdoing. >>> how about this one? bob dylan will finally receive that nobel prize for literature this weekend. dylan did not attend the traditional ceremony back in december in sweden, said he had some other commitments at the time. the legendary singer/songwrite scheduled to perform in stockholm this weekend. >>> turning back now to our top political story. leadership from the senate intelligence committee today stressing bipartisan cooperation in its investigation into russia's meddling in the u.s. election. this as controversy continues to build around devon nun devin nu >> if we don't come to some joint conclusion with the manipulation that took place in the election and with the spirit of the american people saying what's going on here, i think we would not fulfill our duty. >> let's bring in michael allen, former republican st
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2017 1:00pm PST
obama got 365 -- >> i'm talking about republican. >> president obama 332. george h.w. bush 426 when he won as president. why should americans -- >> i was given that information. i don't know. i was just given -- we had a very big margin. >> why should americans trust you when you accuse the information they receive of being fake when you are providing information that's fake? >> i was given that information. i have seen that information around. but it was a very substantial victory. >> david, this has been a pattern with trump throughout the campaign now during his presidency. he has made statements like this. if you wanted to be charitable to him, you could say they're factually imprecise, but they're inaccurate. this is something that's not seemed to deter him. >> he asserts them and moves on quickly even if he is challenged or if reporters right stories about them and then he challenges the accuracy of the stories. he keeps coming back to his electoral victory. trying to convince somebody, maybe himself, that he won by a large margin and his presidency is legitimate. the press is no
MSNBC
Mar 8, 2017 1:00pm PST
about how he respected that his predecessor, george w. bush had not said really anything in public during his eight years as president. he did speak out through a spokesman after that first executive order, do you think we are going to start hearing from barack obama himself in the wake of something like this? >> i think that's possible. and i think one strong indicator is that there are so many former obama aids who are willing to give quotes to major news outlets about how wrangled they think that the former president is. the current president has essentially charged him with committing a crime. that said, i think strategically frr trump it wouldn't necessarily be that bad. at least for this month for him to spar label the with obama. remember, right now trump's number one priority is not necessarily uniting the country or getting people to think he's doing a good job in office. his number one priority is making sure that no more than 21 house republicans peel off on his obama carrey peel and replacement legislation. the fact that he's getting criticism right now from top hill re
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Jan 5, 2017 1:00pm PST
. we had 16 years of george bush and barack obama. you know something, we're like a doing that has been kicked or 16 years. having said that, though, i think that president trump really needs -- he doesn't have a good grasp of foreign policy, of security policy and intelligence. and he really needs the help of an intelligence counity that wants to serve him and wants to do a good job. and, you know, they have to get off on the right foot. because right now i would say that they're getting off on the wrong foot and that this is going to snowball into a very dysfunctional relationship. >> john nixon, thank you for joining us. >>> when we come back, more on the breaking news this afternoon out of chicago. charges in the beating of a teenager who has mental health challenges. that was broadcast live on facebook. going to have details on that for you next. ♪ everything your family touches sticks with them. make sure the germs they bring home don't stick around. use clorox disinfecting products. because no one kills germs better than clorox. trust number one doctor recommended dulcolax cons
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Mar 17, 2017 1:00pm PDT
she had with president obama. recall her relationship with president george w. bush. we all remember that back rub that didn't go over that well, but they did have an affinity. what we saw there was merkel trying to smile through trump's attempts at jokes, but joking about surveillance in ber lynn with merkel's phone, that was no laughing matter. when that happened, the german's expelled what is reported in wikileaks. the germans expelled the cia station chief from ber lynn. he was declared a persona non grata, then dennis mcdonough, german speak her to fly to berlin and smooth over issues. and internally for merkel, it caused huge problems with the their owen efforts to surveil their people because they want to have potentially a little more surveillance to prevent terrorist attacks and cooperate more closely with the u.s. and that set the counterterrorism aspect back a couple of degrees. so this did not strike me as overtly successful meeting, but merkel is very patient. if that's one thing we know about her, she's deliberative and cautious. and neither of them made a mistake that
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Jan 13, 2017 1:00pm PST
tillerson was very imfattic that he is clear-eyed about putin. as is donald trump. -- george bush said he was going to try to have at least a dialogue capability with putin and i think that's what rex tillerson and the president-elect are also saying. i don't think they want to start out by calling my name of a head of a country that is an adversary. it's a country that we are going to have to deal with in a very firm way. and i think going now into that, in a measured way is the right approach. i thought general mattis was also very clear in his hearing. i think rex and general mattis are going to be a great team to put america's best foot forward in a very judicious, but firm way. >> the critics of donald trump, and that includes from within the republican party, they say hey, look at the public record here. donald trump's comments about russia, comments about vladimir putin. you will be hard-pressed to find critical comments by donald trump when it comes to russia. he'll talk about how strong vladimir putin is. how much respect and support he has from the russian people. you wasn't
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Feb 22, 2017 1:00pm PST
to the days of reagan, the days of the first george h.w. bush, they were the hardliners when it came to the russians, soviets, soviet union, well how times have changed. it takes us to our most important number of the day today which is 61. brand new number from the nbc survey monkey poll. 61% of all voters in this country, they say russia should be regarded as an unfriendly country when it comes to it's relations with the u.s. or even an enemy of the united states. you think back to the cold war, you think back to ronald reagan famously declaring the soviet union was an evil empire back in those days it would have been an overwhelming number. it still is a pretty large number in this country who say russia's unfrndly or it's an enemy, but how about this, how about what's emerging in the era of trump? a stark partisan divide on this question. look at this, the republican party, the party of ronald reagan, the party of reagan who called the soviet union and evil empire. the party of john mccain who said he looked into putin's eyes and he saw kgb today by a tiny margin, republicans mor
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Apr 11, 2017 1:00pm PDT
unforced error. >> and david, it is not the first white house i'm thinking back to 1990 when george h.w. bush was trying to build the case for action against saddam huein and remember then he said he considered hitler and hussein to be equivalent and that caused a stir back then. any time yeinvoting adolph hitler in any context, it seems you're going to get into very dicey waters. >> that's like the number one rule in a political spin meister's playbook, don't mention hitler. and yet spicer did it and had to clarify it not once or twice or three times but four times, he said like, hitler didn't even attack his own people, of course he did. the jews and homosexuals and lesbians and communists and labor leaders were germans. it was absolutely ludicrous. i think a larger point other than he was ignorant and does not deserve to be in this position is that he was just so desperate to make this case against assad. it's a pretty easy case that assad is a war criminal and the bombings are horrific. he's trying to distract from the fact there's no real policy in the trump white house what to
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Nov 23, 2016 1:00pm PST
to the press secretary under george w. bush. we were talking about the education department and nikki haley, the south carolina governor to be the ambassador to the un. she has been seen as a rising star in national politics. i get them wanting to be associated with her, but kristin doesn't have experience in foreign policy. is this the right role for her? >> it's a bit of a surprise and someone steeped in a history of foreign policy, but why donald trump is trying to change things. he is the outsider and wants people also to be outsiders. will she represent him? is she familiar enough and will she pursue his policies that break a few glasses around the world. that's what is important if you are the president. you need to know if they are articulating what you want articulating and with the same passion that you hold it. that's the test and i assume she never would have signed up if she wasn't. >> the other major appointment, secretary of state, a lot of reporting suggests and the "wall street journal" had this that said either mitt romney or rudy giuliani. a very stark choice w
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Jan 18, 2017 1:00pm PST
example, from george bush. who went back to texas and decided that he was going to let the new president do what he was going to do. listen to some of the things that are on this list he talks about if there's systematic discrimination he will speak up. voting rights issues. if there are efforts to silence the press he would s up. he talked abou the dreamers and about how if there was some effort to round up people in this country and get rid of people who have lived here their whole lives. that would be something that would make him speak up. and he also was hopeful, this has been something that people who are on his staff have said from the very beginning that he has been the first one to come around from being depressed about the results of the election to what do we do next? sounding many times throughout the course of this press conference a note of hope, take a listen. >> i believe in this country. i believe in the american people. i believe that people are more good than bad. and my core, i think we're going to be okay. we just have to fight for it, we have to work for i
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Nov 10, 2016 1:00pm PST
you for that. i want to bring in press secretary for george w. bush as a president, also his campaign in 2000. he knows a thing or two about how these transitions go. ari, thanks for joining us. donald trump, barack obama face to face for the very first time. everyone knows the very implicated back story of this relationship, but you went through one of these before. george w. bush in 2000 meeting with bill clinton. what is going on behind the scenes for a day like this? >> i will bet you anything what president obama did today was take advantage of this one and only substantive long meeting he'll have with the president-elect of the united states to talk about things that are most important and why it may be harder to do some of the things donald trump has said. i think he might be talking about the iran deal. look, i know during the campaign you were against it, but here are the implications if you follow through on what you say. a, b and c. i bet he talked about the debt limit. i know this is an issue that republicans and democrats have fought over. but if the nation ever
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Mar 1, 2017 1:00pm PST
cnn compare? it was 92% for barack obama and 92% for george w. bush, but still howard dean, relatively speaking, i know you say there's a low bar, but it's a high score for donald trump when you think back to the convention speech, the debates, let me ask you about some of the substance of this speech because when i look at what dald trump here. you have some elements that you put out last night that's typical for a conrvative republican president when you're talking about regulation rolling that back. tax cuts for business, tax cuts across the board. that sort of thing. from where paul ryan and the republican party have been. is that combination, more politically appealing than other major republicans? >> chuck schumer has it right here. the problem is he changes positions three times, and that's in a single day. so we don't know. >> he's been like -- he's been pretty consistent on this medicare, social security. i haven't heard him say we have to touch that. if that's one thing i have to say, i've heard him pretty consistent through this campaign. and that is a major diff
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Dec 9, 2016 1:00pm PST
of staff under george w. bush, he served in george h.w. bush's cabinet as the transportation secretary as well. thank you for joining us. appreciate it. let me ask you. >> good to be with you. >> you have been through what the trump folks going through. a presidential transition and putting an administration together between the election and inauguration day. i'm curious what the big picture assessment of the trump administration as we know it right now. what is your sense of the team? are you satisfied with it? >> i'm surprised. it's not how i would do it if i were the president. the important thing to recognize is he is ahead of schedule. he is putting people up for nomination. most of these people have to be confirmed who are credible and have good leading records, if you will. they are definitely credible people. he deserves the benefit of the doubt. he should have the people he thinks are important. it's important to recognize the cabinet is not a governing board. the cabinet itself is more like a sounding board. the cabinet doesn't vote, for example, on policy. the cabi
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Apr 3, 2017 1:00pm PDT
example. remember harriet miers who was a george w. bush nominee who ultimately did not go to a vote, was withdrawn. so this really is a major break from the traditions in the senate. that's why they call it going nuclear. that should give you a sense, it may sound like hyperbole, but for a chamber that's 100 people who stick around for a long time, get to know each other really well, it is really a departure from how they prefer to operate. but it really does give you a taste of just how partisan things have become here. and mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader, has been somebody who frankly has a lot of loyalty to the senate as an institution. he's been around for a very long time. and there was always a sense that he would be reluctant to make this move to change the rules and say, no, we will not do filibusters for supreme court nominees. remember harry reid, the democratic leader at the time, changed the rules for basically everybody else. cabinet appointees for judgeships that were basically anywhere except for the supreme court. there was no filibuster for any of those. th
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Feb 28, 2017 1:00pm PST
the administration. and some of this was done during the george w. bush years, what happens is departments like the department of defense look at rotc funding and the possibilities with an hbcu that could benefit or could help bolster what they are in need of. also for things like engineering. i remember during the george w. bush years with hud secretary jackson at the time, he found moneys, you know, for infrastructure building and gave that to morgan state university. it's things like agriculture, research, you know, places like -- and this is just a hypothetical. places like north carolina and are that has an ag department there for research there. so they're likening this to taking resources that could benefit these schools, at any point for research and things of that nature. so it's just still remains to be seen how this plays out, but that is somewhat of the model of what they want to do. >> so when you say, no announcement of money today, is that something that potentially changes with the direct purview of the white house. it is part of the charge of this now to go and
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Jan 11, 2017 1:00pm PST
came to who republicans came after. the last president, george w. bush, he went out with a lower number, 40%, again, that was actually an uptick for him in the final couple of months-his presidency. he was down in the 20s in some polls in the final months of his presidency. how about bill clinton? look at that, there's a familiar number, 57% for him when he went out of office in in january of '01. here's george h.w bush, highest number we see, 62%, guess what, he's the only one-termer. the only guy who couldn't win a second term. highest approval rating and yet, voters wouldn't give him a second term and bill clinton instead. anyway, 57. the most important number of the day, a quick break here, and i promise you this will be lightning fast, you will not to want miss the other side. we are going to be here live, he is going to break down donald trump in what he is saying about these possible conflicts of interest. >> i could actually run my business. i could actually run my business and run government at the same time. i don't like the way that looks, but i would be able to do tha
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Mar 30, 2017 1:00pm PDT
, no, watch my lips, no. >> wow. reagan's vice president -- george h.w. bush who said that. putin -- i'm curious behind the scenes, do we have a sense, if vladimir putin was trying to influence the election in this country, if trump was his preferred candidate, if he had high hopes for what a trump presidency would mean for the american/russian relationship, just given how this has become the all-consuming controversy in american politics right now, does he feel he's going to get the benefits of the trump presidency that he was looking for? >> yeah, you know, an interesting point that i've heard made, you know, if this was the sort of most dastardly effective russian operation of all-time, it actually was too effective, too blunt, too blatant because there's a backlash now. it's going to be really difficult for donald trump to do some kind of deal with vladimir putin that putin might have been hoping for. you know, if trump had kind of come in not talking so much about russia, these ties had not been exposed, he could have flown under the radar and cut some deals and would have be
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Apr 14, 2017 1:00pm PDT
george w. bush did, that's what hillary wants, that's not what i'm going to do. >> it's interesting, too, mentioned mattis being on the other side. one thing trump talks about is my general, the generals. >> yeah. >> this does seem to be a president from what i can tell from afar, at least, it does seem like the word of a general carries extra weight with him maybe than it would with his predecessor. >> he certainly put a lot of generals in key positions fm his national security adviser, to the secretary of homeland security, to theefense secretary, but that doesn't mean all the generals agree and, you know, i think that they all sort of have a lot of respect. my -- mcmaster's style, by the way, has been one of real deference. i mean, it's a little minor detail, but the policy coordination committee, which is the first tier of the interagency process for coming up with national security policy, hosted the state department now, not hosted at the old executive office building with the national security council. that's just one example of how i think mcmaster has taken a view of letting a l
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May 2, 2017 1:00pm PDT
heard from the crowd, i'm thinking back to 2000 when al gore lost to george w. bush. gore won the popular vote and it came down to this supreme court ruling. a lot of democrats said we ultimately got robbed but we put gore in position to be robbed. sounds to me like democrats just think hillary clinton was robbed this time around, not as much appetite for the self-criticism, at least it feels that way to me. >> obviously some democrats believe that. with the hillary clinton campaign, the external factors that were one of many factors, of course if they had done better in the midwestern states as you had on the board, steve, they would have won. but the external factors, the russian attack on the american system, the comey letter at the end, those are things that were literally beyond her control. al gore not campaigning in certain areas, all within his control. so i think that's the slight dierence between 2000 and 2016. of the many factors that led to her defeat including some that were entirely her fault, there were others that were not her fault and that may have been responded
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Dec 27, 2016 1:00pm PST
. >> i want to play to george mitchell and the leader, obviously a negotiator of good friday accords and the ira. he said they made a mistake here in not vetoing the resolution. here's why. >> president obama would have been wise to veto this resolution. not because of the policy implications, but the timing and the circumstances that it leads to with respect to trying to get the parties together. >> he is not making a philosophical argument about whether it's a good or a bad thing. this causes a problem. what do you say to that? >>>. >> i would not want to question his judgment. he is as experienced as we have. in order to maintain the stance as an honest broker to maintain israel and the palestinians, you have to come down on the side of the formula that would lead to a solution. this is a drift away from the position and by david friedman. and if i leave, i will take it. otherwise the debate is going to shift and with donald trump and his ambassador. he is very much for a one-state solution. president obama probably made that conclusion. i have to maintain our posture as an honest
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Nov 7, 2016 1:00pm PST
party. you had reagan and george bush to succeed him. the fact that bush won that election was bush winning reagan's third term. validating the reagan presidency. is that part of what's at stake in terms of barack obama and how the administration is remembered? did the voters validate him by choosing somebody from his party to succeed him? >> this is more than about history. this is about the future. in this election, voters have a clear choice between a candidate who is vowing to tear down the progress we have made and a candidate looking to build on the progress. because president obama put his heart and soul into the progress we made over the last eight years, he invested personally and professionally into seeing the progress continue. that's why he is a supporter of secretary clinton and on the campaign trail and addressing audiences like this. making a case they need to be tuned in and engaged and turn out and vote on election day. >> the republicans are taking a look at the president's travel schedule. president obama was in michigan a few hours ago. going to be in pennsylvani
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Mar 23, 2017 1:00pm PDT
drug vote. george bush's presidency. this bill seemed like it failed on the floor. 218 no votes. what did republican leaders do in the house? they held the vote open. supposed to be 15 minutes. three hours. held it open in the middle of the night for three hours. cut deals, twisted arms. turned 218 no votes into 220 yes votes and passed it when it looked like they had lost. there are examples where party leaders can gut this out. there is a famous example where a president just did not have the pull with his own party. newt gingrich. republican leader. number two republican in 1990. he went to war with the bush white house. they wanted to pass a tax deal. gingrich led a republican revolt and the thing didn't come close to passing. the power of white house, not always enough. we'll see. the most important number of the day. takes us to this hour. what a day in washington. all sorts of drama. nothing better to watch right now than "mtp daily." starts right now! >>> if it's thursday, the house pulls the plug on a health care bill vote tonight. tonight, what's the deal? >> we have not got
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Dec 8, 2016 1:00pm PST
? >> it very hard. walter mondale who lost 49 states asked george mcgovern who also lost 49 states, how long does it hurt? when do you get over it? he answered never. i think she's handled the last couple weeks with a lot of grace. i think that joke is a gentle way back into the process. when you watch her now, you almost wish this was the person in the last month and a half of campaign that we were seeing every day. she seems very comfortable with herself. but i can tell you, it's really tough to get out there. it's even tougher if you think, for example, as al gore did that he won the election but wasn't going to get inaugerated, and it's tough as well if you think somehow or other you went into that evening, you were going to win, everybody around you told you you were going to win and then you lost. it's a very, very hard thing to absorb. i've seen it with folks. it's painful. she's handling it about as well as anyone could. >> i'm curious, bob, to ask you, too, not just about hillary herself but how the hillary clinton campaign has reacted over the last month. we saw some comments
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