tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN November 14, 2016 1:00pm-2:01pm PST
supporters with working with those who disagreed with him and members of congress and reaching out to constituencies that didn't vote for him, i think it's important for us to let him make his decisions, and i think the american people will judge over the course of the next couple years whether they like what they see, and whether these are the kinds of policies and this is the direction that they want to see the country going. and my role is to make sure that when i hand off this white house, that it is in the best possible shape and i've been as helpful as i can for him in going forward and building on the progress we've made.
and my advice, as i said, to the president-elect when we had our discussions was that campaigning is different from governing. i think he recognizes that. i think he's sincere in wanting to be a successful president and moving this country forward, and i don't think any president ever comes in saying to himself, i want to figure out how to me people angry or alienate half the country. i think he's going to try as best he can to make sure that he delivers, not only for the people who voted for him, but for the people at large. and the good thing is there are going to be elections coming up, so there is a built-in incentive to try and do that. but it's only been six days. and i think it will be important for him to have the room, to
staff up, to figure out what his priorities are, to be able to distinguish between what he was campaigning on and what is practical, what he can actually achieve. there are certain things that make for good sound bites but don't always translate into good policy. and that's something that he and his team, i think, will wrestle with in the same way that every president wrestles with. i did say to him, as i've said publicly, that because of the nature of the campaigns and the bitterness and ferocity of the campaigns that it's really important to try to send some signals of unity. and to reach out to minority groups or women or others that
were concerned about the tenor of the campaign. and i think that's something that he will want to do, but this is all happening real fast. he's got commitments to supporters who helped get him here, and he's going to have to balance those. over the next coming months and years, my hope is that those impulses ultimately went out. but it's a little too early to start making judgments on that. >> have your obligations changed after meeting with him? >> i think that he successfully mobilized a big chunk of the country to vote for him, and he's going to win. he has won. he's going to be the next
president. and regardless of what experience or assumptions he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up. and those aspects of his positions or predispositions that don't match up with reality, he will. reality has a way of asserting itself. and some of his gifts that obviously allowed him to execute one of the biggest political upsets in history, those are ones that hopefully he will put
to good use on behalf of all the american people. scott horsley. >> thank you, mr. president. you're off to europe. when you spoke at the u.n., you talked about the immigration and building walls. what choice do you think the american people made last week, and is there still a chance for what you call the coarse direction some pole ma-- people made. >> i think the american people recognize that the world has shru shrunk, that it's interconnected, that you're not going to put that genie back in the bottle. the american people recognize that their careers or their kids' careers are going to have to be more dynamic.
this they might not be working in the single place for is on 0 years why. they might have to retool or retrain. . they want to make sure that the rules of the game are fair. and what that means is physical you look at surveys americans' attitudes on trade, the majority of the american remember, americans still enjoy trade. but they're concerned before wlr fair. we've got the same access as what they might have relating to us. i made an argument, thus far
unsuccessful unsuccessfully, that the trae ga gark. >> we have compiled what we think would be good for american businesses and american practices. but thaet a big. part of what i think this election reflected is peopling sfp -- people stopping circles of immigration, not creating new trade deals that may be unfair. i think those were themes that played a prominent role in the campaign. as we now shift to government, my argument is that we do need
to make sure we have an orderly, lawful immigration process, but that if it is orderly and lawful, immigration is good for our economy. it keeps this country young, it keeps it dynamic. we have entrepreneurs and that's part of the reason why america historically has been successful. it's part of the reason why our economy is stronger and better positioned than most of our other competitors is because we have a younger population that's more dynamic when it comes to trade. i think when you're governing, it will become increasingly apparent that if you were to just eliminate trade deals with mexico, for example, well,
you've got a global supply chain. the parts that are allowing auto plants that were about to shut down to now employ double shifts is because they're bringing in some of those parts to assemble out of mexico. and so it's not as simple as it might have seemed. the key for us -- when i say us, i mean americans, but typically progressives -- is to say your concerns are real, your anxieties are real, here's how we fix them. higher minimum wage. stronger worker protection so workers have more leverage to get a bigger piece of the pie. stronger financial regulations, not weaker ones. yes to trade but trade that ensures that these other countries that trade with us aren't engaging in child labor,
for example. being attentive to inequality and not tone deaf to it, but offering prescriptions that are actually going to help folks in communities thavt have been forgotten. that's going to be our most important strategy, and i think we can successfully do that. people will still be looking to the united states. our example will still carry great weight. and it continues to be my strong belief that the way we're going to make people feel a part of this strong economy is not by shutting ourselves off to each other, even if we could, but rather by working together more effectively than we have in the
past. >> what are some of the harsh words you had about mr. trump calling him temperamentally unfit. did anything surprise you when you met with president-elect trump in your office? and does anything concern you about a trump presidency? >> well, we had a very cordial conversation. that didn't surprise me to some degree, because i think he is obviously a gregarious person. he's somebody who, i think, likes to mix it up and to have a big risk debate. what's clear is that he was able to tap into, yes, the anxieties,
but also the enthusiasm of his voters in a way that was impressive. and i said so to him, because i think that to the extent that there were a lot of folks who missed the trump phenomenona, that connection that he was able to make with his supporters, that was impervious to what might have sunk another candidate. i also hope he is coming to this office with fewer set hard and fast policy prescriptions than other presidents might be running with. i don't think he is idealogical.
i think ultimately he is pragmatic in that way. and that can serve him well as long as he's got good people around him and he has a clear sense of direction. do i have concerns? absolutely. of course, i have concerns. he and i differ on a whole bunch of issues. but the federal government and our democracy is not a speedboat, it's an ocean liner. as i discovered when i came into office. it took a lot of really hard work for us to make significant policy changes, even in our first two years when we had larger majorities than mr. trump will enjoy when he comes into office. and one of the things i advised
him to do was to make sure that before he commits to certain courses of action, he's really dug in and thought through how various issues play themselves out. i'll use an obvious example where we have a difference, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming year. and that's the affordable care act. obviously this has been the holy grail for republicans over the last six or seven years, was we have to kill obamacare. now, that has been taken as an article of fate. but this is terrible, it doesn't work, and we have to undo it. but now that republicans are in charge, they have to take a look and say, let's see. we have 20 million people who
have health insurance that didn't have it before. health care costs generally have gone up at a significantly slower rate since obamacare was passed than they did before, which has saved the federal treasury hundreds of billions of dollars. people who have health insurance are benefiting in all sorts of ways they may not be aware of, everything from no longer having lifetime limits on the claims that they can make to seniors getting prescription drug discounts under medicare, to free mammograms. now, it's one thing to characterize this thing as not working when it's an abstraction. suddenly you're going to repeal it. what happens to those 20 million who have health insurance? are you going to kick them off and suddenly they don't have
health insurance? in what ways are their lives better because of that? are you going to repeal the provision that ensures that if you do have health insurance on your job and you lose your job or you change jobs or you start a small business that you're not discriminated against because of a predisposition? how are you going to replace it? are you going to change policy that kids can stay on their parents' health insurance plan until they're 26? how are you going to approach all these issues? now, my view is that if they can come up with something better that actually works, and a year or two after they've replaced the affordable care act with their own plan that 25 million
people have health insurance, and it's cheaper and better and running smoothly, i'll be the first one to say, that's great. congratulations. if, on the other hand, whatever the proposing results in millions of people losing coverage and results in people who already have health insurance losing protections that were contained i the legislation, then we're going to have a problem. i don't think that's unique to me, i think the american people will respond that way. so i think on a lot of issues, what you're going to see is now comes the hard part. now is governance. we are going to be able to present to the incoming administration a country that is stronger, a federal government that is working better and more
efficiently, a national security apparatus that is both more effective and truer to our values. energy policies that are resulting in not just less pollution but also more jobs. and i think the president-elect is rightly expected to be judged on improving on that baseline or things get worse. if things get worse, then the american people will figure that out pretty quick. and if things get better, then more power to him. and i'll be the first to congratulate him. >> mr. president, you had talked specifically about his temperament. do you still have any concerns about his temper? >> as i said, because athena
asked the question, whatever you bring to this office, this office has a habit of magnifying and pointing out, and hopefully then you correct for it. this may seem like a silly example, but i know myself well enough to know i can't keep track of paper. i am not well organized in that way. so pretty quickly. after i'm getting stacks of briefing books coming in every night, i say to myself, i've got to sneak out a pro. and i've got to find some people who can help le keep track.
i think what will. that will not serve with him well, i think, unless he roadways them and krekts them. when you're a canned and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less impact than it does when you're president of the united states. everyone around the world has more attention. national security issues require a level of precision in order to. i think he recognizes that this is different. sole did the american people.
>> there was a really robust debate about the merits of the iran deal before it was completed. i actually was pretty proud of how our democracy processed that. it was a serious debate. i think people of goodwill were on boets. ultimately we were able to support menz of congress, at least the public. at the time they would not abide by the deal. they would cheat. over the years, they have abided by the agreement.
that's the opinion of israeli, military and attend fapd. we had people fmd. when anie electric trat. to unravel a deal that's working and pre suharboring a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain, particularly if we are to have them freed of any obligations and go ahead and pursue a weapon. keep in mind, this is not just an international agreement between us and the iranians, this is between the p5 plus one, other countries. some are closest allies. and for us to pull out would
then require us to start sanctioning those other countries in europe, china or russia that were still abiding by the deal, because from their perspecti perspective, iran had done what it was supposed to do. it becomes more difficult, i think, to undo something that's working than undo. when you're not responsible for it, i think call it a terrible deal, and you are then responsible for the deal and preventing iran from getting a nuclear weapon, you are more likely to look at the facts. that is going to be true in other circumstances. for example, the paris agreement.
there's been a lot of talk about possibly trying to undo this agreement. now, you've got 230 countries who signed up for this thing. the good news is that what we've been able to show over the last -- five, six, eight years is that it's possible to grow the sme and really keep it that day. >>. you've got utilities that are put in solar panels and creating more jobs. you have the record sales and are overachieving on the fuel efficiency standards that we set. turns out that people many.
you've got straits like lindsay lohan tlal. a clean nrs agenda, separate and apart from any federal regulations thavt have been put forward. in fact, 40% of the country already lives in states that are actively pursuing what's embodied in the paris agreement and the clean power plant rule. and even states like texas. you've seen huge increases if. >> you've got some of the biggest companies. but what we were able to do is em bed a lot of theeds practices into how the economics.
smo in india and other countries that are currently polluting work. come aboard so you guys can do the same thing. and the biggest threat when it comes from climate change and pollution isn't going to come from us because we only have 300 million people. it will have china that are over a billion people, in than we did before we became more aware of the s. do i think this new administration will make some
across administration. it turns out they're doing good for us and binding other countries in the behavior that will help us. last question. i'm sorry, you are right about that. with respect to syria, in benghazi, we had a u.s. coalition. we were able to carry out a super mission achieved the role fairly quickly. it's no secret. you know this region well.
. so i wish that i could bring this to a halt immediately. we have made every effort to a politic political. appear fint the fumt. golf states and other parts to try to end the trnl. do we have the capacity to carry out the same tins of military action like we did in libya. the solution is not that pimpl. we don't have as best we can a political solution, and in the interim, put as much distance
between humanitarian sas. and it is something srlt i continue to think about every day, and we continue to find some formula that would allow under the circumstances. it's not surprising to you, because you study this deep many you have a siecivil group that trained to kill and it's supported by russia that now has substantial military assets on
the ground and are actively supporting that regime and iran actively supporting that regime, and we are supporting what has to be our number one national security priority ps r, in iran and mult reply in rocco. obviously r. as i indicate before, in the aftermath of that campaign. . mou as a situation that we have to get back into a better place. i've given you -- okay. last question.
>> mr. president, i wanted to ask about two things that might be on your desk the next couple months as you prepare for a trump administration. one was on at least three-quarters of a million immigrants in this country, i wonder if there is anything you can do to reassure them or shield that information from the incoming trump administration, considering his stance on immigration. and the second is, do you weigh those restraints on you for getting an unconstitutional frenchman, just commander in chief, concerning the gradual transfers. i'm like the time to put certain tested out there. >> those are both excellent
questions. on the deferred action program that we have known as daco for dreamers dedicated to these provisions, i will urge the president-elect in the incoming administration to think long and hard before they are endangering the status of what -- for all practical purposes are american kids. these are kids who are brought here by their parents. they did nothing wrong. they've gone to school. they have pledged allegiance to the flag. some of them have joined the military. they've enrolled in school. by definition, if they're part
of this program, they are solid, wonderful young people of good character. and it is my strong belief that the majority of the american people would not want to see suddenly those kids have to start hiding again. and that is something that i will encourage the president-elect to look at. with respect to guantanamo, it is true i have not been able to close the darn thing because of the restrictions placed on us. what is also true is we have greatly reduced the population. you now have significantly less than 100 people there.
there are some additional transfers that may be taking place over the next two months. there is a group of very dangerous people that we have strong evidence of having been guilty of committing terrorist acts against the united states, but because of the nature of the eviden evidence, in some cases that evidence being compromised, it's very difficult to put them before a typical article 3 court. and that group has always been the biggest challenge for us. my strong belief and preference would be we would be much better off closing gitmo, moving them to a different facility that was clearly governed by u.s. jurisdiction, we would do it a lot cheaper and just as safely.
congress disagrees with me, and i gather that the president-elect does also. keep in mind it's not what i want to do. being president there are all these rules and norms and laws, and you have to pay attention to them. people are subject to those rules and norms, and that's what i told the incoming president. i was adamant, knock on wood, that we would not leave this administration with significant
scandal. i will put the ethics of this administration and our track record inerms of just abiding by the rules and norms and keeping trust with the american people, i will put this administration against any administration in history. and the reason is because, frankly, we listened to the lawyers, and we had a strong white house counsel's office, we had a strong ethics office. we had people in every agency whose job it was to remind people, this is how you're supposed to do things. it doesn't mean everybody always did everything exactly the way they were supposed to, because we got 2 million people working in the federal government, if you're including the military, and so we had to just try to institutionalize this as much as we could, and that takes a lot of work. and one of my suggestions to the incoming president is that he take that part of the job
seriously as well. again, you wouldn't know this if you were listening to some news outlets or some members of oversight committees in congress. but if you actually look at the facts, it works. and this is just one example of the numerous ways in which the federal government is much better today than it was without people really knowing. you look at va. people remember the legitimate problems that were publicized in phoenix. it was scandalous what happened. what people don't remember is that we've brought in well over a million people who are getting benefits that weren't getting it before, driven the backlog for
disability benefits way down, cut homelessness in half. just made the agency work better, not work perfect, but work better. and one of the mottos i always have with my staff is better is good. perfect is unattainable. better is possible. and so we will try to share the lessons that we've learned over these last eight years with the incoming president, and my hope is that he makes things better. and if he does, we'll all benefit from it. all right? thank you, everybody! you guys -- some of you who are traveling, you all get a chance to ask more questions, all right? thank you! >> president obama leaving the brady press conference room in the white house saying he's leaving the car in pretty good shape as he turns over the keys to president-elect donald trump. it seemed to be something of a keep calm and carry on press conference where he was attempting to reassure jittery
democrats and others about the man who will soon succeed him. he did acknowledge that he thought there were, quote, certain elements of president-elect trump's temperament that are not going to serve him well unless he recognizes and fixes them. but for the most part, he was trying to be reassuring about president-elect trump, saying that with regard to what insurance he has, this was a way of waking people up. generally saying that he was going to reassure allies when he goes on his foreign trip abroad as he's leaving imminently, that president-elect trump wants to keep alliances together.
he surrounded himself with a strong team, and also justice matters. he would not bite when asked about steve bannon of breitbart, the website who is a haven for individuals who traffic in white supremacy and racism. coming on board with the trump administration, he would not bite to see saying he didn't think it was important. i'm sorry, president's own words that he thinks are important. gloria, just a touch of the shade was brought in for hillary clinton when asked about the future of the democratic party. we'll turn to trump in a second, but i just want to acknowledge that he did talk about how when he campaigned in iowa, he went to all these small towns and talked to people. even if he didn't win the county, he would reduce the
margins. that seems quite pointedly aimed at clinton campaign. >> there was a little bit of shade thrown there, but he obviously refused to criticize hillary clinton outright. he refused to participate in what comes next for the democratic party. he didn't want to sort of get involved in that discussion at this point. >> didn't want to bigfoot anyone, he said. >> that's what he said. i think overall, though, you would have to say this president -- i was just writing down some words that came to mind. prudent, i would say, de deferential to the president-elect, and clear in his comments. it was clear he went through things one by one and this is what they did. i think he was trying to defuse donald trump a little bit when he was asked about donald trump changing his position, changing his mind. and he said he thought the
president-elect was trying to battle what he said in the campaign and reading out where the congress is, and he said, just let him make his decisions. in other words -- >> it was very interesting. he said president-elect trump, and this is perhaps the most important thing he said in his press conference. he said he didn't think that he was particularly idealogical. he thought he was pragmatic and that might serve him well. >> right, so what he was saying was you don't have an idea log here. give him time to adjust where he is, how he manages that. he did fwauk how hard it is to get your arms around the and figure out how he can work with the koj, socongress, so i thoug president was just saying give this guy some space, give him some time here. >> and when he said he would be
reassuring our allies that president trump was going to continue the alliances, especially in nato, you know a little something about that on an unofficial, mid level. you went to brussels. >> matt mattingly also served in nato. i was there about three weeks ago. we talked about their mission being extremely important, which is containment of russia. that's the original mission. at the same time they are helping train some troops in the middle east that could be used to fight isis. that's not quite their mission, but they're very aware what's going on. also reassuring the baltics. those are things we all agree on. i say we, democrats and republicans alike. also just making sure that even though some nations are falling behind on their dues, and we believe everybody should be paying their dues, that's not something that stops the game. so i think the idea of nato's
mission being important to the trump administration and all administrations, i think it's as timely today as it's ever been. >> what do you make of the president's tone? >> two takeaways for me. one was this idea that president obama was very clearly setting up the case that things are better now and we're handing over a country that's in great shape. i think he went through three different times some of the accomplishments. he used that word, we're handing it over to you. i think trump won because a majority of the country does not feel that way. and so this sort of bragging about everything that's gone right over the past eight years, i think, was an interesting decision. on the flip side of that, i found his restraint in answering our athena jones' question about the steve bannon appointment to be remarkable. remember, the past eight years
is very singularly tied to president obama. the birthism, all of that fermented largely because we had a black president. so for him to remove himself from this led him to say, i'm not going to remark on this. i just thought it was reportedly generous. >> i think restraint is the perfect word. somebody put on twitter, i can't remember who it was, that this is the press conference where you want to see the angry obama -- remember his alter ego from the press white house dinner a few years ago? because you know that what is going on in his head is so different from what he has to say out of respect for the office that he holds and respect for the democracy that elected donald trump. he has to be on the straight and narrow. and that is precisely what you
saw and herd him say sdpim. they were asking him legitimate questions about how helpful he was, but also that he was voting against donald trump. it's also for people out there who are feeling fear, who are feeling despair, the people who wanted hillary clinton in the white house and wanted another effective term of the obama presidency. >> and david gergen, i think one of the things that had to have been motivating president obama had to have been, what will my words mean and how will they affect the country. millions of americans are scared of what a trump adminisation might mean for that.
what would you advise president obama to do? i assume what he did. sdplz i thought he and he would it hope echld very wishes him well and that he hopes. it was a velvet glove with a steel fist inside. this is a man who is extremely proud of his own administration, does feel like he accomplished a lot, and he wants to make it clear that he has strong, sharp differences so when protect starts to want and president obama served notice that he's not going to walk off the world stage and just let all these things be ripped apart. he will willingly engage in conversation and argument to convince the american people it
is not wise to do these things. you're going to destabilize the world. he's going to be going and facing a group of europeans when he gets to europe in the next 24 or 36 hours that's very, very skeptical. i was surprised he was going to bring a commitment to nato from president-elect trump. we haven't heard that from mr. trump. he tles end nato, as you know, but i thought that was reassuring. i thought underneath all of that was a deep concern, if not contempt, of the things he didn't kpm pm. >> you have to remember, too, you recommended to president-elect trump that he extend an olive branch and reach out to minorities and to women, and he did start the remarks by talking about how his white house was.
>> when i say differential, i mean he was differential to the office and the fact this is where our next. he just restated what his presidency has been about. you know, there is not a diverse group -- if you look at the potential list of nominees for positions, high positions in this incoming government or in this white house, it's not very diverse at all, and i think it was his way of saying, you know, maybe that's what we will be remembered for in many ways is the way we approached the office of the presidency. and, you know, i don't know whether he was referring to steve bannon or not, but i do
think it was pointed. sg >> dana? >> the other thing, as i'm listening to our colleagues and thinking about the way president obama was comporting himself, it was almost as if he was trying to send a signal to donald trump that he's trying to set an example. this is how you do it. when will you don't agree with somebody you act when you are president of the united states in governing mode and not in campaign mode. >> what do you think, congressman? >> i think that he was a little bit of all of the above. he kind of had both candidates abandoning him, but when he talked about guantanamo bay, he acknowledged that he couldn't do it, but we all know he released prisoners there. ment he also didn't have a good way to go about it. i think his signal, too, donald trump but also to protesters was to say this is how the system works. there was a little bit, as
always, of essential studies lesson. >> well, i think his point in talking about some of the things that he wished he could have done was to say to donald trump, president-elect, that reality sets in once you get into the white house, and it's not always as easy to do the things you talk about, he said, in this town and also to donald trump specifically, whether that's iran or gitmo. and i think that's a message he would send to anyone coming into the psi that being president is hard. he wasn't asked about it but he also didn't bring it up or use this as an opportunity, i just tell you that this is a
difficult job. >> did he say anything about the results of the election? >> he did sort of say we need to get on with it. what he did do was say that, you know, it's traditional for new presidents to send out signals of unity. i thought he was making that point somewhat subtly, but nonetheless people who were no longer fearful ormaechen remember. there's no question. and the other thing i'm thinking about is the way the president sort of is reminding people that donald trump is not a hard and fast idealogue, and in the world of gov eerning and lejs lagt aid deal making, that's not
necessarily a bad thing. however, as he gets the people around him who will help make decisions and will be guiding lights on very, very important issu issues, and having those ideas, except the ones he campaigned strongly on, like trade and so forth, makes it difficult, and the president called it that he was not practical, he's coming at him with pretty hard policy questions. what it means is we don't really know what he plans to do.
pot potty. what we are seeing with donald trump is this kind of softening, if you will, or changing, and that's -- you know, that's more difficult, i think, than coming in as president and saying, this is what i want to do. and hoping that the people of. the commonalities of immigration security of repeeling and replacing obamacare recall, unleasing american energy, building the infrastructure, but when it comes down to the individual issue, there will be compromise because you just have to have it. >> i agree but there is also
some pretty glaring differences between paul ryan and mr. trump, president-elect trump, over entitlement reform, for example -- >> trade. the law. the muslim ban. >> right, certainly. tone. the administration would be wise to sort of adopt the better way platform and then make some of his ownon confessions towards the chap a never trump kefsh active or nefrl. to work with both sides in pretty your honor expected ways. >> i want to bring in jonathan greenb rg and the appointment of steve op ban on no.
thanks for being here. president obama delicately avoided answering the regarding naming the steve 3rks, and 4rks. we were troubled by some of the rhetoric which stereo drs sli, loosely as racists and anti-semites. we were enthusiastic on the president-elect's comments tuesday night about the election, about bringing the country together. we believe he's a president for all the people, so it's troubling to see him point us. the campaign manager was asked about bannon retiring earlier this afternoon or giving in to this. >> i'm personally offended that
you think i would manage a campaign where that would be one of the going philosophies. it was not. and i think 56 million-plus americans or so. >> she said she's offended by the idea that anyone would think in the all-out philosophy or that 59 million americans didn't see it that way. what was your response? >> we have a lot of respect for kellyanne conway. there are a lot of great people who worked in the trump organization. but the fact of the matter is we saw anti-semitic campaigns. there was great reason to be determined. >> president-elect trump was asked about some of the vitriol of some of his supporters. on "60 minutes," he called on them to stop. we think that was a good start,
but let's across t-- face it, a shot of a muslim wearing a head job in san diego, swastika right here in bethesda, maryland. statements are great. we'd like to see actions following the words. >> i do want to give you a chance to respond. >> ivanka trump is jewish. donald trump has had a very diverse population ethnically. i believe donald trump will do everything he can to rule out anti-semitic behavior, but remember, he has said things and i think we would know about it. >> he was sued. his father was 25 years ago and
they were part of a class action that was dismissed. >> all right. we'll be talking more about this in the coming days, weeks, months. i now turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks so much for watching. i will see you tomorrow. happening now, the people have spoken. in his first news conference since the election, president obama talks candidly about donald trump, saying becoming president was a way of waking you up. the president also reveals. many loose bannon is raising questions about how much his outright views will affect the administration. his performance is sparking outrage among democrats, moderate republicans and hate crime dogwatch groups. at the same time reince