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Aug 15, 2017 2:00pm PDT
. is it george washington and thomas jefferson the week after? he really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop? >> they were there to protest. excuse me. you take a look the night before. they were there to protest the taking down of the statue of robert e. lee. >> you heard the president there at the very end of those remarks in that clip we just played echoing some of the complaints of the white nationalists who were showing up to protest on saturday complaining about the removal of the statue dedicated to robert e. lee going on to say what's next? are we going to start taking down monuments for george washington and thomas jefferson. a lot of people would take exception with the president of the united states putting robert e. lee and george washington and thomas jefferson on the same level. he was doing that time and again. one of these things he noticed as all of this was unfolding was that his chief of staff, general kelly, was watching this. the president comes out and makes those kind of remarks. the president declined to stand behind as chief strategist, steve bannon. he
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Nov 29, 2016 3:00pm PST
. tapping elaine chow, labor secretary you understand george w. bush and the wife of mitch mcconnell. >> doctor from george, price has led the republican charge on health care in the whous proposals to transform medicare see about a voucher program for seniors and dozens of attempts to repeal obamacare. >> this is not only harming the health of many americans in many ways but the health of our economy. >> democrats vow they're ready for that battle. >> it is clear washington republicans are plotting a war on seniors next year. every senior, every american he, should hear this loudly and clearly. democrats will not let them win that i fight. >> inside the transition, the real fight is over secretary of state as the president-elect met we senate foreign relations committee chairman bob corker. a top candidate for the post. be some are aghast at that job going to mitt romney. >> a number of outstanding individuals that he's talking with. i was glad to be here. >> in addition to staffing his new administration, strumpb igniting newer controversies, insisting nobody should be allowed to b
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Aug 31, 2017 3:00pm PDT
quote the hobby airport and george bush intercontinental airport opening. more important we saw the hope in the people. this is a real partnership to complete the work that needs to be done in texas. we as the federal government will be supporting the state and its people. the not for profits here hugely important, congress, everyone it is important that we all come together. i think what was most momentous to me led by the survivors we met with today was how much hope, joy and love is still in texas and i just pray that that flows throughout the world and grows in the united states and beyond. we will continue with the infrastructure recovery. we expect search and rescue to continue for the next couple of days. the waters to peak, hopefully within two days and then as we recede we can get out of the search and rescue mode and more further into recovery for the survivors in the area. again, i thank you. it's an honor to be here and be able to support this. and take the energy back to dhs where we will continue to work with the people of texas. thank you. i would like to turn it over now.
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Aug 16, 2017 3:00pm PDT
it's robert e. lee. i notice that stone wall jackson is coming down. i wonder, is it george washington next week and is it thomas jefferson the week after? you know, you really do have to ask yourself where does it stop. >> reporter: with the president back at bedminster, one michigan republican recommended go back on vacation. i think america needs more unity and less divisiveness. donald trump should focus more on golf and have less press conferences. >>> now, some white house official i'm told are upset by the president's comments, but consider how one aide put it to me, wolf. nothing surprises me. people around this white house saw president trump survive the access hollywood video scandal. they think, he can survive this, too. wolf? >> we'll see. jim accosta, thank you very much. let's go to charlottesville, virginia right now where the pain from the white supremacists rally is very, very deep. still very raw. let's go to brian todd outside the site of the memorial service for heather heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed during a counter protest. brian, heather heyer's moth
CNN
Aug 17, 2017 2:00pm PDT
. >> george washington was a slave owner. was george washington a slave owner? so will george washington lose his status? are we going to take down status to george washington? >> reporter: president trump tweeted today you can't change history but you can learn from it. is there merit to that argument? douglas says it is more complicated. >> they are not memorials to the confederacy but expressions of white southerners messages when they wanted to make clear to black americans that they were never going to be able to vote and have access to the courts and never real citizens. >> he predicts there will be more confrontations in america over confederate monuments and says politicians may start to take legal action banning the removal of the monuments. that is happening in alabama tonight. birmingham's mayor has ordered covering of a confederate monument. alabama's attorney general is suing the city for violating an act that protects the monuments. >> this controversy has made its way to washington where we are and the halls of congress. >> there are actually ten confederate status inside the u
CNN
Nov 10, 2016 3:00pm PST
being said, we have to prepare for a peaceful transition, from the days of george washington to the election and re-election of the nation's first african-american president, we've enjoyed peaceful transitions. that being said, i would note this -- the president elect was elected without the popular vote. likely with suppressed votes. he's in a position now, if he's to be called our president, he has to understand that our president means that "our" implies that he's accountable to the whole of the country, immigrant americans, muslim-americans, african-americans, latinos, asian-americans, native americans, and certainly the largest slice of the citizenry, namely women. that suggests he has to speak in ways that bring the country together. >> he says he wants to be the president of all americans. he's been saying all the things he should be saying since he defeated hillary clinton. what was your reaction -- he met for 90 minutes with president obama today. they were both very complimentary and the president emerged saying it was an excellent meeting. >> let's put it this way. it's s
CNN
Sep 6, 2017 2:00pm PDT
dangerous core of irma is expected to pass near or just before puerto rico. george is in puerto rico for us now, george. what are the conditions there, george? >> it's getting worse hour after hour. you can see the winds. just a few moments ago, we felt one of those intense wind gusts come through. those come by one after another after another. that's the situation right now with the winds, keeping in mind we're very close, as you say, to that eye of the storm that will get some 30 miles close to the north shore of this island. so officials telling people to seek shelter. there is a mandatory evacuation here for people to go to safer ground, to go to any of these 500 shelters that are available. let's talk about the flooding, the possibility of storm surge and also storm swell. that could be anywhere from two to three feet storm surge, and then storm swell later, wolf, can get anywhere from 25 to 30 feet of water. you're talking two to three stories of water that can come in on any part of this island. again, the north and eastern parts that are affected. what we're watching right now, c
CNN
Mar 24, 2017 3:00pm PDT
quote believed it should be 60 votes, you call it a filibuster, but it should be 60. the two george bush nominees, roberts and alito, the two barack obama nominee s, kagan and sotomayor, all passed the 60 votes. there is no reason why gorsuch shouldn't. if he can't is not change the rule, change the nominee. >> alito had 58. >> there was a cloture vote where he had over 70. >> he wound up in the end with 58. >> i said each justice met a 60-vote threshold. >> the american bar association says that neil gorsuch is highly qualified. do you believe that he's highly qualified? >> the issue is what his ideology is. he says he's going to call it down the middle. someone sofer eventually supported by the federalist society which has a history of moving the courts to the right. why are they doing that and spending $10 million these hard right groups to support him? is it because he's going to be a neutral judge and call balls and strikes? i don't believe so. if you look at his early history and court cases that doesn't support that. he has an instinctive reaction in too many cases to side with th
CNN
Nov 2, 2015 2:00pm PST
struggled to use against rubio. also included, some gentle ribbing from george h.w. bush about his son's swearing in photo. the former president saying, i love the photo of your swearing in, it's so good of you that i have gotten over my being cropped out by the photographer. the big question for the man hoping to become the third president bush is whether this latest push will resonate with republican voters. bush argued today that this election is not about personalities but about leadership. he also said he's not going to play the angry agitator role because it's not what's in his heart and it's not the kind of attitude that will win the general election. wolf. >> all right. athena, thank you. joining us now in "the situation room" our cnn political commentator ana navarro who supports jeb bush and also a friend of marco rubio's and senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. guys, standby for a moment. we have a lot to assess right now. we've got to take a quick break. much more right after this. ♪ just look at those two. happy. in love. and saving so much money on their car insurance by
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Oct 20, 2015 2:00pm PDT
wrote an article, pointing out donald trump has a point when suggested george w. bush as president could have done more, done more to prevent 9/11 from happening. and all of this is becoming a vulnerability potentially for jeb bush. i know you don't agree with donald trump on a lot but in this in area you think he has a point? >> absolutely. it's not just me, it's the men many former counterterrorism advisers from the bush administration themselves. we've forgotten a lot of this richard clark, counterterrorism czar under bush wrote a book in which he talked about how despondent he was in summer 2001 because of frantic efforts to get the bush administration focused on the bin laden threat didn't pan out for him at all. he asked to be reassigned. he took -- it took until september 2001 for clark to be able to get the cabinet to sit down and talk about the issue of terrorism. so, yes, i think trump here is actually making a very important point. this is one of the strange things about trump. the fact he doesn't pay attention to what's considered respectable discourse leads him to say
CNN
Nov 4, 2016 3:00pm PDT
cause a traffic jam on the george washington bridge as political payback of a mayor who refused to support chris christie. trump, who had christie on his vp short list and is in charge of his presidential transition team, once had this to say about the bridgegate scandal. >> here's the story. the george washington bridge, he knew about it. >> reporter: during the primaries, trump insisted christie's aides must have told him about it. >> they didn't say chris, tonight, we're closing up the bridge because the mayor of a certain area is against you. oh, okay. they didn't mention it. nobody believes that. >> reporter: it's a late election distraction for trump who is trying to stay on script. even his message discipline has limits. >> they're so much more brave than me. i'm financially brave. big deal, right? >> reporter: twice today, trump claimed that the fbi says that their investigation into hillary clinton, wolf, will lead to an indictment. that appears to be a reference to a fox news report, wolf, that said an indictment is looming. however, we should also report that fox news ha
CNN
Jul 14, 2017 3:00pm PDT
your criticism of the president of the united states. you at times compared him to george wallace who was the governor who presided over those state troopers who attacked you on the edmond pettis bridge. that's pretty tough criticism. >> well, you know, i think the person we have in washington today is uncaring, knows very, very little about the struggle and the history of the civil rights movement, that black and white people died. they gave their lives. i think about andy goodman, james chainy. i think about this white house wife who came from detroit who was shot, murdered on a highway between selma and montgomery by the klan and countless individuals just gave everything they had. >> but george wallace, i mean, what about the president and his actions suggests to you that he is in that tradition, the tradition of a famed notorious segregationist? >> well, i think this president right now is asking for the records, the voter registration records of people all over america. that is a form of intimidation. that's a form of harassment. >> this is his voter integrity commission, vi
CNN
Jan 25, 2017 2:00pm PST
administration uses phrases like alternative facts, george o rwe ll's famous novel 1984 in which big brother controls a totalitarian future is now once again a best seller. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news, president trump signs orders to build a wall along the u.s. border with mexico, to strip federal funds from sanctuary cities which the white house says harbor illegal immigrants. the white house says federal agencies will una poll jet cli enforce the law. in his first interview since taking office, the president says the border wall construction will begin within months and reveals that mexico won't be funding the wall in the way he promised. instead he tells abc news that u.s. taxpayers will foot the bill and that mexico will somehow at some time reimburse the u.s. meantime the president is not backing down from his false claim that he lost the popular vote because millions cast ballots illegally. instead he's doubling down demanding what he calls a major investigation into voter fraud. key democrats say t
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Dec 5, 2016 2:00pm PST
of the specifics of it next week. we have a problem. i walked by the statute of george washington today, and most people don't think about it, but he would be a multi-billionaire with his holdings if he were there today. there is always a problem. but george washington, both as a general and as president, had to write home to martha instructions on what to do for the farm. there is a reality when you, in fact, elect a person with substantial wealth and businesses. there is a reality that you can't fully separate, but at the same time he's made it clear that he cares about this country, he cares about the presidency, and he doesn't care about those businesses anymore. he's going to turn away control. >> should he finally go ahead and release his tax returns? people out there, the american people, will have a better understanding of this huge business he has entails. >> i would subpoena every year he's the president, he would be anticipate to make some discloegss against the tifrt. >> he said he's not going to take the $400 r paycheck. he knees a. he's made it clear he's not going t
CNN
Nov 14, 2016 2:00pm PST
control, and how you respond in those moments. you heard george w. bush talk about that, you heard barack obama talk about that. i think that's what the president meant when he said reality has a way of asserting himself. there are moments that come and that is when the president is tested and that's why it's so important to have the staff set up that the president was talking about. >> as the president said, he's not idealogical talking about donald trump, he's pragmatic. he sees it as the way -- he's willing to moderate his views as a result of this practicigmatis. >> i was with a lobbyist and we were talking about how donald trump would govern. this lobbyist happened to be a lobbyist and not a trump supporter. he said, what will be interesting is when trump comes to town, he will alienate the social conservatives, the wackos, as this lobbyist described. he said, don't be surprised if trump tries to cut deals with nancy pelosi. listen, paul ryan, i can get 40 boats over here. what do you have to get things done? that's what i think we'll see, trump willing to cut deals to get thi
CNN
Jun 2, 2016 2:00pm PDT
george h.w. bush called ronald reagan's policies voodoo economics and then got to be vice president as those policies really reformed our economy and got us into the highest historic areas of growth. you know, people say a lot of things in the primary. that doesn't make it true. it doesn't even make it accurate. donald trump dreams big, says big things and believes america needs to do the same. that's not any different than ronald reagan who took the malaise of the four years leading up to it and said, no, our best days are ahead of us and i'm going to show you. >> so when these republicans, like lindsey graham, mitt romney, marco rubio said con artist, he's a phony, a fraud, i don't believe donald trump has the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief, was that simply receipt rick. do you believe at the time they didn't mean that? >> i think they found the most effective way to try to disqualify an opponent but it doesn't make it any different than voodoo economics. >> well, the voodoo economics, that was a question of policy. they were discussing economic issues. but this is
CNN
Aug 28, 2017 3:00pm PDT
. currently i'm at the george r. brown convention center which is a large emergency shelter that we have in downtown houston and so we're trying to get people access to the resources that they need. 911 has been a resource and we obviously have been utilizing that, but we've got a lot of folks coming in to also help and support us. we've got a lot of partnerships and support from outside the city as well. >> so, what do you need most, then, to get a handle on exactly how many people are still in need of rescue? but then, of course, to get to them, to get them to safety? >> right. so, we've been assessing what are the safe routes for people to travel right now. a lot of our highways are under water. a lot of our roadways are under water and so unless -- unless you consider it to be an emergency circumstance, we are not encouraging people to get on the roadways. those calls are going to continue to roll in and so predicting how many calls are still left to come is very difficult at this particular moment in time. but what we are trying to do is make sure we are clear -- making sure that peopl
CNN
Sep 11, 2017 3:00pm PDT
storm warning for north george goernlgs including the atlanta area. enough is enough. we'll never have another harvey or irma. the last time we had back-to-back retirement names was rita and stan 12 years ago. >> very quickly, tom, what about jose? >> jose came very close to the northern islands. in fact, after they were hit the first time, 24 hours later they had another hurricane watch. missing the islands direct hit, sliding into the northern atlantic. great question, wolf. do not worry at all about jose. it will go in the books as quickly behind this one but no threat to the u.s. mainland. >> thanks very much, tom sater. >>> ahead, new information on the destruction? florida that's still unfolding right now. our correspondents are all across the area that took a real beating from irma. we'll get a live update after a quick break. (vo) dogs have evolved, but their nutritional needs remain instinctual. that's why there's purina one true instinct. nutrient-dense, protein-rich, real meat number one. this is a different breed of nutrition. purina one, true instinct. another day at the o
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Jul 13, 2017 3:00pm PDT
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Nov 7, 2016 3:00pm PST
a long time, win or lose. he -- i do think, though, to quote george w. bush, when we say he's reading the teleprompter, that might be the soft bigotry of low expectations. we are saluting him for reading every word that comes up on the teleprompter. [ overlapping speakers ] >> we're going to have live coverage of donald trump's speech coming up. we're getting ready for that. we heard from the president of the united states in the last hour when donald trump goes to the microphones there in scranton, pennsylvania. we'll hear from him. but jim sciutto, you've been tracking potential threats on this election day here in the united states, specifically cyber threats. what are you learning? >> that's right. the department of homeland security is tracking them very closely. there were things like a twitter outage. that was actually a technical thing. you had groups like gucifer, which is a very powerful hacking organization, it claimed over the weekend to have penetrated the federal elections committee. i've spoke with them, they have seen no evidence of successful hacking. the fec
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Oct 27, 2016 3:00pm PDT
on that, these are articles that i've read, we heard that one of george soros' companies has provided some of the machines for some of the states. obviously mr. soros leans left. i haven't personally verified that yet. but we want to make sure that these voting machines are free of politics and policy, because this great american system, this election, is based on the trust of the american people. and i don't think we want to undermine that trust in our electoral process. >> we have to take a quick break. it's republican officials in texas say thing is not a big problem with these voting tablets, if you will. and that george soros issue, is an unconfirmed rumor that has spread out there. but we have not been able to confirm that by any means, that the machines that his company is building are designed to help hillary clinton and not donald trump. that sounds conspiratorial. but let's take a quick break, congressman. we'll resume our coverage right after this. [accountant] my job is to manage and grow businesses. and i've never seen a rocket ship take off like this. [owner] i'm lindsey
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Jun 5, 2017 2:00pm PDT
the ban. these tweets may make some people feel better, george conway tweeted, but they certainly won't help the solicitor general get five votes in the supreme court which is what actually matters. sad. other aides say it's another example of the media taking the president's tweets too literally. >> it's not social media. it's his words, his thoughts. >> it's not policy. not an executive order. it's social media. please understand the difference. >> reporter: now sarah sanders told reporters that her presence should not indicate her superior white house press secretary sean spicer is in any kind of trouble in his role saying spicer is taking ain more duties now that the white house is losing its communications director and she will be filling in at the podium when needed. >> jim acosta at the white house with the very latest, thank you. >>> also breaking this hour, the white house says president trump will not invoke executive privilege to try to block fired fbi director james comey from testifying before congress. our justice correspondent jessica snider is working the story for
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Apr 13, 2017 2:00pm PDT
specifically that i would have done that would have given people that impression, george. >> but you can't say without -- without equivocation that you didn't discuss the easing of sanctions? >> someone may have brought it up. i have no recollection. and if it was, it was not something i was offering or someone -- that someone was asking for. >> these communications are certain to be scrutinized as part of the senate and house intelligence committee's investigation and the fbi's investigation into russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. a source close to the hill investigation tells me, quote, if foreign intelligence agency share with information with u.s. intelligence and it is relevant to the investigation, then of course the intelligence exities will look at it. wolf. >> thanks very much, jim sciutto with his reporting. back with democratic congress woman jackie spear, a member of the intelligence and armed services committees. first of all, does your committee, the house intelligence committee, have any evidence that this individual, a rm toer former policy advise
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Aug 9, 2017 2:00pm PDT
korea well. bill clinton tried to stop the north korean program. he failed. george w. bush failed in that effort. over eight years, president obama tried desperately to prevent north korea from developing nuclear weapons. failed. all of them failed. why do you think they handled it well? >> i think it's a matter of personal constitution, i think it's a matter of personality, i think it's a matter of allowing the experts who you surround yourself with to advise you in a way and for you to identify the information, process the information, learn the facts, learn the information and respond appropriately and diplomatically. >> stand by, congressman. we're going to have more to discuss. we're getting as we always do in "the situation room." we'll take a quick break and be right back. ♪ if you have moderate to severe ulcerative colitis or crohn's, and your symptoms have left you with the same view, it may be time for a different perspective. if other treatments haven't worked well enough, ask your doctor about entyvio, the only biologic developed and approved just for uc and crohn's. en
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Aug 29, 2017 2:00pm PDT
packages to be taken to the george r. brown convention center. i tweeted to my mother about one of the stores that was open today. the line was down the road and people were coming in and hugging the employees, thanking them for opening today and going to work. everyone is a hero in their own way in houston. it's a huge melting pot second only to new york. and at a time when the country is so divided, to see people coming together, brown, white, whatever religion all helping together as houstonians first, as human beings first, really is something to see, and of course it's going to continue. >> it's been evident in the response of so many, not just first responders but average houstonians. neighbors helping neighbors. brian, from a national perspective, this is a test, you might say, for the trump administration. granted, most of the response really is local, but there were federal resources that come to this and the president trying to make his leadership very clear here. how is the president's visit being received there today? >> i think there are two things when a president has to
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Feb 20, 2017 3:00pm PST
analysis. i served with conviction under george w. bush, some of whose policies i also found troubling, and i took part in programs that the obama administration criticized and ended. as intelligence officials we're taught to tune out politics. might as well be a political mode, but this administration has flipped that on its head. the politicians are the ones tuning out the intelligence professionals. i want to get your he can ras to those strong words. >> i don't buy it. we have a president, a month in office and he's already decided what his four years are going to look like in terms of his relations with the intelligent committee. second of all, he's confirmed a new cia director who on all accounts is doing a great life, including transitioning from a plate calling life to this life. we have a secretary of defense, a secretary of state and a vice-president who have said things on russia, for example, that reflects the intelligence and is different from what the president says. you can quit, but 28 to 30 days into the presidency you can't say it's because you think intelligence is p
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Aug 10, 2017 3:00pm PDT
rhetoric. >> he seems to be drawing new red lines. >> i interviewed george schultz. when you're a republican you always go back to that time. now this interview took place about two months ago. he said when we had the reagan administration, we knew that words matters and if we said something it would matter. he went on to say if you draw a led line and you don't do anything when this is crossed, your words lose their meaning. i hope that donald trump dunk mean it. that could be a situation where we have a unpredictable leader who very well might pull the trigger himself, and that he could be provoked by president trump. >> just ahead, we'll talk about the feud that developed into a tense situation that may be aggravated on mitch mcconnell's personal connection to the trump administration. >> we're very proud of our secretary of transportation. as you know, as you said, mitch's wife, she is doing a very good job. i'm very disappointed in mitch. ♪ there's nothing more important than your health. so if you're on medicare or will be soon, you may want more than parts a and b here's
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Oct 19, 2016 3:00pm PDT
winner. but the debate was stats squoe. this is 2004 against john kerry. george w. bush went in at 48%. after the debate went up to 52%. using the debate as the springboard into the final weeks of the campaign. 2004 was a close e wlex. 2000 was as close as they get. bush went in 47, came out 51. got a boost out of the third and final debate that carried him to the finish line. the question is what about tonight? those races i just showed you, 2012, 2000, 2004, they were very tight races at the end. this one is not. this is the challenge for donald trump tonight. hillary clinton comes in with a big lead in the national poll of polls. you look at that. eight point lead there. donald trump needs a home run. he needs to change the fundamental dynamic of the race to close the gap. she needs to protect what he's got. if she can win new voters, that is what she'd like. but the she comes out with the status quo she's just fine because both come in tonight look at this. our new map right now, the advantage overwhelmingly for hipt. donald trump can't change phi or six states with a debate perfo
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Sep 12, 2016 2:00pm PDT
why are we giving so much aid already to south sudan? it's because of that. >> thanks pho george clooney. i turn you over to wolf blitzer who is joined by mike pence in the situation room. thanks for watching. >>> happening now, breaking news. transparency questions. hillary clinton has a case of pneumonia, keeping off the campaign trail and raising questions about why this wasn't disclosed until well after. . apparently she said half of his supporters fall into a basket of deplor ashl. new questions about donald trump's charitable foundation and why he hasn't. stunning new video captures what authorities say is an act of arson against the florida ma arsonist. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. >>> let's get to the breaking news. hillary clinton is staying home sick off the campaign trail a day after cutting her visit short to new york's ground zero with a dizzy spell all caught on camera. hours later her campaign announced clinton has pneumonia and is planning to release more medical information this week. while clinton's campaign is saying she'll release her medica
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Dec 9, 2016 3:00pm PST
council for barack obama, and george w. bush, and the author of the book "clinton cash," all raising big red flags about the potential conflicts of interest at home and abroad that the way donald trump seems to be heading towards. so this is something that is going to be an ongoing issue, not only for the news media but for the republicans in congress who have the oversight authority to see whether they will, in fact, raise some of the questions that are being kid of -- echo some of the questions being raised by outside experts. >> more to discuss. just ahead, an intrigues snapshot of the generals being drafted to serve the next commander in chief. (vo) it's the holidays at verizon, and the best deals are on the best network. (both) yes! (vo) with no surprise overages, you can use your data worry free and even carry over the data you don't use. and right now get four lines and 20 gigs for only $40 per line. and, just for the holidays, get a samsung galaxy s7 edge for only $15 per month. no trade-in required. i love you in that, no, i love you in that. no, i love you in that! (vo) hur
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Mar 30, 2017 2:00pm PDT
institute and the center for cyber and homeland secured at george washington unit here in washington, also a former fbi agent. he testified today before the senate intelligence committee on russian meddling in the u.s. presidential election. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> what is putin's objective in this? >> the ultimate objective is to destroy democracies from the inside out. he wants to erode trust and sow division in the u.s. electorate. when we are fighting amongst ourselves it discredits the people that are elected and the institutions they represent. >> when he see it is fighting going on right now, for example in the house intelligence committee, he sits back and says -- >> this is exactly what i wanted to happen. if i'm putin, he is seeing dissension between republicans, democrats, now between the congress and the executive branch. this is a dream come true for him in terms of fomenting chaos, such that we can't focus on his active measures and focus on his foreign policy. >> is there a sense -- and you have done a lot of research into this, you are an ex
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consequences for the everyday functioning. >> george w. bush did dismiss about 90 u.s. attorneys but he did it in mid-march. there is a whole issue right now unfolding. will it hurt the ongoing criminal investigations that are under way right now with the dismissile of these 40-plus u.s. attorneys. >> it's relatively unlikely they have highly competent careers. staff of the justice department will move into the acting roles. of course, like anytime a principal leaves especially without sufficient process to prepare for it, that can compromise ongoing investigations. it makes the job more difficult. and it's already a hard job. >> yeah, and the issue is u.s. attorney has said, you know what, it's over, clean out your desk by midnight tonight. move on. i guess that's -- >> to do it in one day is very strange. >> yeah, let's move on and talk a little bit about another irritant for this administration. the adam schiff, the ranking democratic on the house intelligence committee he met -- he was among the group of eight that met with james comey, the fbi director and said he still has
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Dec 30, 2016 3:00pm PST
taking office, 41%. compare that to obama, george w. bush, slightly higher. clinton and bush in the 60s. he has a short leash with voters, you might say, based on those numbers. what happens, does it matter if that approval rating continues to decline? >> oh, it could matter and it does matter greatly. he's got to somehow build some momentum heading into his inauguration. as your program has been pointing out, russia is going to be at the forefront of things. john mccain and lindsey graham are just basically attack dogs on donald trump's view of russia. so it's going to be hard to see how he gets that number to go over 50 and 60% approval without successfully navigating through a type of crisis we don't want. further making it difficult that the economy takes any dip downward, it's pretty good now. the stock market has been high. unemployment at good levels. he'll be held accountable very early on. so he'll have to find something out of the gate beyond picking a republican supreme court. he's got to find an american issue that he can bring another 10 or 15% to him. ronald reagan alw
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Dec 12, 2016 2:00pm PST
destruction. colin powell, the secretary of state, went before the u.n. security council. george tenant, the cia director was sitting right behind him and made that case. that case was clearly wrong, but it was because of political reasons why they did that as opposed to good u.s. intelligence, is that what you're saying is going on right now? >> wolf, i don't know. i have not seen the materials. all i've seen is the same kind of information that you had that appear to be the cia or someone else leaking into the media. i haven't seen it. i don't know if it's politicized. i do know and i have some concerns about some of the stuff that's come out from the cia like i said about their assessment of isis. people said it was politicized. there are other cases where i'm concerned about information that has come out. but i don't know and i haven't seen the information. i'm sure that the committee will look into both of those issues. what russia did in this election cycle and how this cia and the intelligence community and whether there are any grounds for the accusation that it would be
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. george w, george hw. this is historic. >> trump has said a lot of controversial things that would have probably gotten other candidates out of here, but he not only survived, he thrived. >> wolf, the republican party at the top of the ticket as the presidential nominee, a man who is objectively a racist, i don't think you can contradict that statement. he is saying someone based on ethnic background is not capable of deciding the law. contradicts everything in the constitution and checks and balances are based on, that someone is disqualifying for. this is unprecedented. the republican party has to deal with this, and it is not just oh, we condemn what he said and we'll move on, it is much more serious than that. >> hoped after the primary there would be a restart, relaunch of donald trump and he would become bigger, more presidential. what we have seen in the last three to four weeks is that he has become smaller and that you are not going to change donald trump. donald trump is what you saw in the primary is what you will get through november. it is what you will get if he becam
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. general george patton. i guarantee you general george patton who was rough as hell, he wouldn't be doing e-mails when he's going to be ready to attack. if he were around, he'd say, i don't like that system at all. >> [ inaudible audience comment ]. >> thank you, darling. i love you. i love you and i think it's a guy. i don't know. who the hell cares. oh, no, it's not. beautiful. thank you very much. thank you very much. now i see you. i like that much better. i appreciate that. thank you, honey. i don't know. hey, the thousands of people on the other side that the fire marshals aren't being very nice to, they don't love me so much right now. but that's okay. and we're going to come over and see them when this is finished. should i do that or stay with you longer? we're going to come over. we're going to come over. so a lot of things happened. we're going to get a lot of bernie supporters, i think. bernie made a big mistake. the mistake he made, and this is the beauty of doing speeches like this. it was late in the night and i saw it. she was thanking bernie and talking about bernie. he's
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Feb 23, 2016 2:00pm PST
world trade center with george w. bush, on to ft. hood, et cetera, the notion that terrorists should not be held there is something that just is not a sell in the republican party and i don't think in the country as a whole. >> on an issue like this, senators cruz and rubio weighing in, looking at donald trump, do you think they seem more like an authority having had that experience? >> you know, in that sense i don't know that it particularly matters. i think the point here is where you come out on this. and if you're tough on this and seeing tough on terrorism which donald trump certainly is. i don't know so much that the experience end of it matter as where you come out on this. he comes out where everybody else is coming out. and they're not alone. >> what do you think about how this plays out on the campaign trail? does it matter in the end? >> yeah, i think it does. i i think candidates who want to show seriousness towards the issue have an opportunity to take it to a broader level. we have gitmo -- >> you don't see where he is to be the same as where senator cruz and senator r
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Dec 31, 2015 2:00pm PST
. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: even insinuating former president george w. bush carries some responsibility for 9/11. >> when you talk about george bush, i mean, say what you want, the world trade center came down during his time. >> reporter: and trump went to war with the media. >> you haven't been called -- go back to univision. >> reporter: making crude comments about fox host megyn kelly. >> you could see blood was coming out of her eyes. blood coming out of her wherever. >> reporter: and reportedly mocking a "new york times" reporter's disability. >> you got to see this guy, i don't know what i said, i don't remember. he's going like i don't remember. maybe that's what i said. >> reporter: but instead of going down in flames, trump blazed a path to the head of the gop field. using current events like the terrorist attacks in paris and san bernardino to appeal to anxious voters and launch contentious policy proposals. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states until our country's representatives can figure out wh
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Dec 28, 2015 2:00pm PST
trusting george w. bush when it came to terrorism over president obama. i know that's not a number that the white house would welcome. what do you think is behind that? >> i think it's difficult on one end you have leaders of many nations who demonize america and public and behind closed doors they are asking for our help. i think in many ways our motives have been impugned or questioned as it relates to our presence there and motivation behind their natural resources but it is clear our military and intelligence efforts helped. they helped with training purposes and helped to neutralize many extremists threats. er the larger question becomes as the u.s., russia and europe, as we debate what must happen to bring forth a democratic syria, it's clear our combined efforts have helped to decimate the isil threat. >> stay with us. we're getting more information about threats in european cities and obviously wondering if they are credible. we'll ask you about that after the break. our most popular sma. like the samsung galaxy s6. buy one get one free. so spread some cheer. and capture ev
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dinner hosted by george and amal clooney, the actor agreeing with sanders but making a jab at the senator. >> it is an obscene amount of money the sanders campaign when they talk about it is absolutely right. but the overwhelming amount of the money that we're raising is not going to hillary to run for president. it's going to the down ticket, to the congressman and senators to try to take back congress. >> reporter: as the battle reaches a critical moment, "saturday night live" poked fun at sanders for his lack of specifics of how he will fulfill a campaign promise with a guest, elaine from "seinfeld". >> how exactly are you going to break up the big banks? >> once i'm elected president, i'll go to the big banks, sit them down and yada, yada, yada, they'll be broken up. >> reporter: and dinged clinton for her stance on raising the minimum wage. >> i said 12 and/or 15. >> that is not true? >> yes, it is. >> no. no. no. >> yes, it is. >> fine. >> reporter: now, bernie sanders is saying that polls are underestimating his support in new york. the last nbc/"wall street journal" poll h
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george washington university says that it's almost unpresentecedented, recruiting people to go ahead and join this movement. is enough being done to stop this movement from growing here in the united states? >> we're working on it but it's difficult. >> why are they so good in social media and the u.s. basically created and developed social media not so good at it. >> they have a simpler message, wolf. it's always easier to preach to people who have nothing to lose and who are disaffected by what is going on. i met with the nsa director. part of the problem is that isis is smarter about this stuff. once they find someone they work with, they encrypt everything and it's hard to get access to that information. look, social media appeals to the lowest common denominator. that's the real threat. in all of this concern about the syrian refugee, they go through a two-year process and are vetted very, very carefully. they can recruit people who we don't even know. >> who are in the united states. >> and a lot of times, no connections. they are just people who, as i said, disaffected is a po
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blare in which the two world leaders spoke bluntly about george w. bush, vladimir putin and princess diana. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news. a white robed gunman who officials now say confessed to acting out of a loyalty to the islamic state fires 13 shots at a philadelphia police officer sitting in a patrol car. the wounded officer bleeding heavily fires back hitting the suspect. officials say the ambush was an attempted assassination and the weapon was a stolen police firearm. now, new york city is warning its officers to be vigilant. fwo middle eastern men meanwhile who came to the united states arrested on terror charges. a source says the two suspects, one from texas, one from california, communicated with each other about going to fight in syria. both are now accused of lying about alleged ties to terror groups. and one is accused of trying to support isis. >>> and a collective sigh of relief in mexico as the notorious drug lord known as "el chapo" is re-captured in a bloody raid. he escaped from a maximum securi
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apologies, the president that has more awards than george bush did, the president that has failed miserably when it comes to foreign policy. so i don't really take what the president is saying as anything other than politics. and the world leaders should be concerned because we have the president of the united states who is more concerned with america and americans than anyone else. >> when he says that the president of the united states wants to impose economic sanctions on america, what does he mean by that. >> who said that? >> i'm asking you what donald trump means about i that. >> he's talking about our current state of affairs and right now mr. trump has been the only person out theren republi side talking about how it's unfair. including bernie sanders supporters don't want to see happen. those essentially are economic sanctions that we're talking about losing more jobs in this country, shipping more jobs overseas, more regulations. it's hurting americans. so americans today, whether you're a bernie sanders supporter or donald trump supporter, they want commonsense governan
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made it likely even worse. >> look at the last four presidential elections. george w. bush, the last republican to win, ran nine points behind him on the latino votes. john mccain, minus 36. mitt romney, minus 34. at the moment, donald trump is underperforming mitt romney. he's minus 48 among latino voters. this survey was taken before the controversy about the judge in the trump university case. donald trump starts with a deficit and that deficit matters because this is 2012. look at these swing states. colorado, new mexico, nevada, virginia, florida. latinos are key constituencies. mitt romney ran 52 points behind him and colorado, you see these other states here. why i mentioned those other five states, nevada, new mexico, colorado and florida, george w. bush won all five in 2004. can you see trump winning those states today, wolf? not today. >> we shall all see soon enough. john, thanks very much. joining us in "the situation room," our senior political commentator david axelrod. real clear politics reports rebecca berg, ron brownstein, atlantic magazine and mark preston. david a
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together. we saw president george w. bush work with ted kennedy, john mccain to get t. they weren't able to do so. in the long term, the fact of the matter is if he does not stick by his pledge to try to compromise and get something done, then that's going to come back to bite him, even though he might have sent a dog whistle in that speech last night, you know, pushing forth a very hard line approach to illegal immigration. >> i just -- i don't think he was elected with a mandate to solve comprehensive immigration reform. so, i don't know -- i agree with you as a political strategic initiative for the republican party as reince priebus when he was rnc chair said, this is a problem that was dividing the party that they want to get past. i think it could help the party in the long run, but i don't know that donald trump feels that he has some sort of mandate from the voters or that his election had anything to do with deliver on some promise of comprehensive immigration reform because that just wasn't part of his proposal. >> a senior administration official tell a journalist, the pr
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this actually is the second time he has decided not to go. he dpts go to george w. about your's inauguration in 2001 as a form of protesting what he thought was the supreme court inappropriately getting involved in the presidential race and the recount which he thought was not fair. >> the president-elect struggled to win over african-american support even though out on the campaign trail, he said he was going to do it. he had some proposals. his outreach since winnings the election, there have been highly publicized meetings with prominent african-american celebrities over at trump tower, kanye west, don king, steve harvey. but he hasn't succeeded in getting very far at least not yet with the african-american community. >> and i think if he want this is strategy to work, he has to broad the scope of people's reaching out to or people that will come to trump tower so you it get across section of african-americans across the spectrum. have they reached out to robert smith who is the second richest black man in america, an investor in colorado, have they reached out to roland frye
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efforts is he's a popular president. >> yeah. >> george w. bush had an approval rating in the 20s in 2008, and that really doomed john mccain in many ways. barack obama now has an approval rating in the 50s, and so rather than being a burden, he's actually a help to the nominee of his party, and so that's been big. >> he's leaving office with a similar job approval number that bill clinton left office with, that ronald reagan left office with. when you get a 55% job approval number after two terms, that's very, very strong when you think of all the american peoples. i want everyone to stand by. there are several major events coming up tonight. we're going to have full coverage of all of these events. we're standing by to hear from donald trump. he's going to be speaking as well, the third rally. he's got two more later tonight, and the president and the vice president, the first lady, they'll be joining hillary clinton later tonight in philadelphia with jon bon jovi and bruce springsteen. we have extensive live coverage coming up right here in "the situation room." (sigh) my insurance rat
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. rushmore. land that brought us george mcgovern, who in 1972, the first convention that practiced affirmative action exchanged the face of the democratic party delegates forever, half were women and all minorities were represented. we proudly cast our 25 votes, 10 for the senator, bernie sanders, who inspired us all. and 15 for the 45th president of the united states and the first one who will be called madam president, hillary rodham clinton. >> south dakota, you have cast 15 votes for secretary clinton and 10 votes for senator sanders. >> and history has just been made. hillary clinton gets more than the 2382 she needs on get nomination. she will become the first woman in american history to lead a party into a presidential election. she now, jake, has done it. it is official. she's gotten more than 2382. even though people in this hall are waiting for more. >> it is a moment in american history. the first woman to head a ticket, a major party presidential ticket. a moment women have been trying on run for president in this country since 1872. and it is an historic moment. i don
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to a member of the george w. bush administration who negotiated with north korea. i asked him what would happen if the u.s. were to pull out of this deal and he said it would make the u.s. seem fickle on the international stage. remember, it has consequences, not just for this deal potentially and, again, if it goes down the path that admiral kirby just described there, it has consequences not just for this deal but if the u.s. is offering the possibility of negotiations with the country like north korea, they and other countries, even our partners, can reasonably ask the question, what does a deal or potential deal mean if the u.s. is pulling out of a deal that it made here? it raises real questions and you hear that from our allies right now very pointedly. >> when the president sends this to congress, how is congress going to react? >> well, they are not happy. i can't imagine that especially the democrats are happy about having this land in their laps. they believe, as jim was saying about diplomats, that this undermines american credibility in the world and now they have a 60-
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