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breaking news. president obama lands in europe. his new mission, reassure the allies about president-elect trump. power struggle at trump tower. aides at odds over cabinet position. trump's adult children could get top level security clearance. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. the breaking news. air force one has landed in
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athens carrying president obama on the last scheduled foreign trip of his presidency. you see the pictures of him here descending the plane. this is part of the three-nation tour to take him to germany and peru. the purpose of the trip and the goal is far different. to ease concerns over president-elect trump. the current president serves as an unlikely ambassador. >> in my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships. and so one of the messages i will be able to deliver is his commitment to nato. >> this is to the the trip that president obama had initially planned.
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international diplomatic editor nic robertson live in athens this morning where the president just arrived. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, john. when president obama came down the steps, ironing out in international diplomacy. the red carpet to the right of the steps. piece of red carpet to get to the bottom of the steps as president obama came down. showing the international diplomacy showing all wrinkles can be ironed out. that is the tone of the trip. meeting with the prime minister and president here in greece, but going to berlin later in the week and meeting with chancellor angela merkel and president
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hollande. president obama is reassuring the message of nato to the united states and trump's view of the united states going forward. here in greece, the economy is in a tough situation and they will be hoping to hear words of wisdom from president obama about debt relief and they would then hope that donald trump as president, might echo some of that in his policies going forward. for europeans, the message of stability going forward and relationship with nato, that is what they want to hear. >> nic robertson, thank you. president obama holds a news conference in a few hours. we will bring that to you. thank you, nic. here at home, vice president-elect mike pence heads to trump tower to go over cabinet positions with donald trump. he will go over picks for the
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department of education and commerce and state. some could be named today. the meeting comes what one insider called a knife fight over appointments to the cabinet and national security posts. a source tells cnn the sharp split puts operatives like chairman and chief of staff reince priebus against outsiders like steve bannon who is the chief of strategist. division of power among those two and jared kuschner is unclear. let's bring in jim acosta with the latest on the transition at trump tower in new york city. >> reporter: later on today, john and christine, mike pence will be here to meet with transition officials to begin the process of narrowing down the names filling the most important cabinet positions in the trump administration. among names talked about rudy giuliani for secretary of state and alabama senator jeff sessions for attorney general. top trump officials are
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defending the selection of steve bannon and kellyanne conway says bannon will make an excellent chief strategist. >> i worked close with bannon. he has been the general of the campaign. you need to look at the full resume. he has a harvard business degree. he has success in entertainment and he was a goldman sachs managing partner. >> reporter: the opposition to bannon is building. house democrats circulating a letter using trump's words against him calling to unify the country and asking how bannon fits into the picture. >> jim acosta, thank you. the issue is steve bannon as chief strategist. the president-elect trump is strongly considering the media
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bashing laura ingram to be his press secretary. brian stelter has more. >> reporter: every incoming presidential administration makes controversial appointmen appointments. steve bannon is the best example. highly criticized since he was appointed chief strategist on sunday night. we heard from people who believe his web site has white supremacist views. that is a few that breitbart and bannon reject. he says the movement that supported trump and led him to victory is a populous victory. he says there may be fringe elements who hold racist views, but it is not what it is about.
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bannon is on board and another i issue on the way. laura ingram. we had talk radio host was the job before. tony stone was behind the podium for about a year. ingram would be different. i critic of the press corps. if she is chosen, so far she hasn't confirmed or denied it. sources seem so suggest it is happening. if so, this is another example how the press corps are in unchartered territory together. thank you. at the top of the short list for treasury secretary, steve mnuchin. in may, he joined the trump campaign as finance chairman. sources tell cnn he made it
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known early he wanted the post. he is already recruiting deputies. the treasury secretary overseas financial markets and banking regulation and debt. he has a controversial past. he was sued trying to recover money from bernie madoff's ponzi scheme. he led the group that bought failed subprime lender indymac. he sold it for $3.4 billion. that madoff thing was interesting, john. he had his siblings managed to cash out their mother's estate years before the scandal was known. later, the trustee tried to reel back. the court said it has been too long ago. interesting side note. >> he is part of the global finance structure. it will be hard to escape it
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completely. questions about lines this morning about the nation's business and family business. word that donald trump is asking for top security clearance for eric, don jr. and ivanka and jar jared. none of the children have filled out the necessary paper work. granting clearance raises questions of conflict of interest. the children will, as far as we know, will run the corporation. >> it shows how tightly held this family is frankly in decision making and their father's run for the white house. the mexican government is working on a plan to deal with a possibility of mass deportations. spokesperson for pena nieto said
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it will be under consideration. trump said he would lock up up to 3 million of criminals. and trump and putin speak by phone. the kremlin says the russian leader congratulated trump by phone. the russians also report the two men discuss the need to work together and struggle against international terrorism and mutually agreed relations which is unsatisfactory. >> mutual respect. early volleys into diplomacy. after tearing into president obama on the campaign trail, president obama has a message for the harshest critics. that is next on "early start." introdg protein shots from 5-hour energy. protein shots from 5-hour energy are smooth and tasty, and still deliver 21 grams of protein with 100 calories.
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after months of blasting candidate donald trump as unfit
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for office, president obama is urging americans to give president-elect trump a chance. president obama spent most of the hour fielding questions about his successor. cnn's athena jones has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. president obama spent much of his press conference touting the administration's achievements from the economy to the iran nuclear deal and health care and climate changes. after months spent slamming donald trump as unfit to be commander in chief, the president declined to continue his qualifications. i asked if he still thought trump was unfit to lead. here's what he had to say. >> the people have spoken. donald trump will be the next president. the 45th president of the united states. and it will be up to him to set up a team that he thinks will serve him well and reflect his
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policies. and those who didn't vote for him have to recognize that that's how democracy works. >> reporter: i asked the president what message president-elect trump is sending by tapping steve bannon to be chief strategist and adviser in the white house. breitbart news has championed white nationists themes. >> campaigning is different from governing. i think he recognizes that. i think he is sincere and 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 make people angry or alienate half the country. i think he's going to try as best he can to make sure that he
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delivers. not only for the people who voted for him, but the people at large. >> reporter: the president also offered trump advice because of the nature of campaigns and bitterness surrounding the campaigns, it is important for trump to send signals of unity and reach out to minority groups or women or any other voters who may not have been supporters and may be concerned about the direction the country is going. he also sounded on a hopeful note saying he found trump in the 90 minutes discussion in the oval office last week to be non ideologue. >> thank you. we are hearing from michelle obama for the first time. the first lady spoke at a conference of veterans homelessness. she offered bipartisanship. >> i want to take a moment to
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echo what my husband said last week about the results of our election. he said we are all on one team. not democrats first or republicans first, but we are americans first. patriots first. >> first lady plans to spend her final days in office to cement her legacy. violence breaks out at ohio state university. watch a student in a striped shirt rushing down the steps yelling you idiot. taking the trump supporter into custody. the crowd started chanting shame as he was ushered out of the campus building. two men in connecticut were arrested for kicking and punching a trump supporter. he was waving an american flag
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so journalism lost a giant and a really terrific person. gwen ifill, one of the most respected journalists died of cancer at the age of 61 surrounded by family and friends. president obama called her a
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powerful role model who did the country a great service. former president bill clinton wrote gwen ifill was a trailblazer and bright light. she informed and challenged us with grace. i will miss her. house speaker paul ryan wrote i'm sad to learn of the passing of gwen ifill. and from trump executive kellyanne conway, this is shocking and incredibly sad. condolences to her family. god bless your soul, gwen. >> a fixture in washington and for journalists. especially young women. all journalists looked up to her. >> she wrote for "the washington post" and at nbc news and she did it all. she was a good person. paul ryan expected to be reelected as speaker when house republicans hold leadership elections today. ryan is seeking a second term. the wisconsin lawmakers clashed with donald trump during the campaign. now pushing for the republican party to unite behind
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president-elect trump. on the democratic side, nancy pelosi faces a potential challenge in her bid for another term. house democrats seeking a delay in house leadership elections set for thursday. three dozen lawmakers reportedly signed a letter asking pelosi to give more time to digest the election results before voting on leaders. minnesota congress member keith ellison is looking to head the party. he is backed by bernie sanders and outgoing senate minority leader harry reid. challengers for the post, howard dean, former presidential candidate martin o'malley. >> other names could get in there. four key cabinet positions in the new trump administration up for grabs. could be named as early as
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today. some sources describe the selection process as a knife fight. i don't think it is the kind of positive knife fight you ever read about. who has the inside track? that's coming up.
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president obama's first priority on his last trip to europe calming any fears about president-elect trump. >> deep division in the trump transition team. fighting over key cabinet decisions and questions about who is really in charge. security clearance for the kids? a source tells cnn that donald trump wants to let his adult children in on some of america's secrets. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 30 minutes past the hour this tuesday morning. breaking news. president obama lands in greece on a mission unlike any other
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during his presidency. he is on to germany and peru. his concerns are calming president-elect trump. >> in my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships and so one of the messages i will be able to deliver is his commitment to nato. >> international diplomatic editor nic robertson is in athens with the latest. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. of course, that message support for nato is one that is keenly listened to here. they will look for nuance in that as well. president obama meeting soon with the greek president and meet with the prime minister and perhaps when he gets to berlin later this week and meets with
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angela merkel and teresa may and president hollande and spanish prime minister. the call nato member countries, if you will, will want to know precisely what president obama heard from president-elect trump about nato. how much support will there be? will there be expectation as president-elect trump has talked about. all nato countries will need to step up defense spending to meet that 2% expectation. of course, a lot of nato countries don't do that. britain does, poland does. that message will be listened to. this country has a very heavy debt. the people of greece will listen to president obama about debt
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relief. they hope that president-elect trump -- >> and there goes nic's signal. >> i would say we appeared to have lost the feed. >> nic is always such a pro. i'm sure he was wrapping up. >> the president's got a strange job to do. the president has to sell president-elect trump to the world right now. it's clear this is not something that president obama foresaw or wanted to do. now this current president who is really doing back flips right now to smooth this transition and create confidence domestically and internationally goes overseas to tell america's allies and nato allies that trump will be here for them. later this morning, vice president-elect mike pence is talking cabinet positions with donald trump. up for talks today, education
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and commerce and state. these picks could come anytime. including today. the meeting comes among what one insider called a knife fight over key an pointmenppointmeapp. the sharp pit splits operatives including party chair reince priebus against outsiders like steve bannon who is the chief strategist. trump created this duopoly. you also add in trump's son-in-law jared kushner. i want to bring in jim acosta for the latest on the transition from trump tower. >> reporter: john and christine, mike pence will meet with transition officials to begin the process of narrowing down the names filling the most important cabinet positions in the new trump administration.
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among the names talked about rudy giuliani for secretary of state and alabama senator jeff sessions for attorney general. top officials are upset over steve bannon's appointment. here is kellyanne conway. >> he has been the general of the campaign and frankly, you need to look at the full resume. harvard business degree. naval officer. he has success in entertainment. he certainly was a goldman sachs managing partner. >> reporter: the opposition to bannon is building. house democrats circulating a letter using trump's words noting that the president called for unifying and how bannon fits into the picture. john and christine. >> jim, thanks. the appointment of steve bannon by the president has donald trump's critics outraged.
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the uproar could grow louder because sources say the president-elect is considering media bashing conservative talk show host laura ingrham as the press secretary. brian stelter has more. >> reporter: every incoming presidents has controversial picks, but one is incendiary. steve bannon is the best example. bannon criticized since he was appointed chief strategist. we heard from people who believe his web site has white supremacist views. that is a view that breitbart and bannon reject. bannon says the movement that supported trump that led him to victory is a populous movement made up of patriots who want to see the country great again. he said there may be fringe
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elements that have racist views but, that is not what it is about. there may be another i controversial appointment on the way. laura ingrhan. we had other controversial figures. tony stone was behind the podium for a year. she is a critic of the press corps she would work with at the white house. if she is chosen, so far she hasn't confirmed or denied it. sources seem on suggest it is happening. if it happens, it is another example of how the white house and press corps are in unchartered territory. thank you, brian. questions about the line between the trump family business and america's business. trump is considering asking for top security clearance for his
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three grown children. eric, don jr. and ivanka and son-in-law jared kushner. the president-elect has not formally made the request. none of the children have filled the paper work out. the mexican government is working on a plan to deal with the possibility of mass deportations for the united states under a president donald trump. a spokesman for the mexican president said it is under consideration. trump said his priority was locking up or deporting up to 3 million illegal immigrants with criminal records. a new phase into the relationship with president-elect trump and russian leader vladimir putin. this is an admiration society from afar until now. the russian leader congratulated president-elect trump by telephone and he is ready for a
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partnership based on mutual respect. cnn's matthew chance is tracking the latest live from moscow. these men finally talked on the phone. matthew, they talked about what could be a very different future for the nations. >> reporter: you know, trump, john, he ran on a platform of that tone with russia. he said would it be great if we get on. that is the tone according to the kremlin according to the conversation they had since he became president-elect trump. that is what we will get. he talked about that relationship of quality and building up bridges in a situation that was very poor. we have been talking about a new cold war with russia and the united states. that could be addressed now. the kremlin talked about increasing economic ties. united states has sanctions on russia at the time when it is undergoing economic hardship with the situations in ukraine
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in 2014. the hope is it could be alleviated. they spoke about syria and spoke with what the kremlin called common enemy number one. international terrorism. in the campaign, trump made it clear he was keen to join forces with trussia about. they have shared views of the world and that could become a possibility. >> exciting is one way to say it. interesting is another way to say it. flat out different. >> reporter: that wasn't the right word. >> i think different is probably for certain. matthew chance, terrific reporting. the chair of the securities and exchange commission is stepping down before donald trump takes office. she will leave when president obama leaves the white house. her term was not slated to end until june of 2019.
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she did not give an official reason for stepping down, but says it is a tremendous honor to lead the sec. she is proud of the agency. white's exit means the sec will be more shorthanded. two of the five commissioners are seated. two of the seats filled. gridlock in washington is preventing the confirmation of obama's nominees. senator warren wrote a letter last month because she he wwasn doing enough. president obama has a few things to say about his successor. president-elect trump. that's next.
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president obama just arrived in greece.
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he holds a news conference in a bit. we will bring that to you live when it happens. if this session holds to form, the current president will receive questions about the next president. president obama has been careful not to criticize president-elect trump. before leaving, president obama considers the next president to be pragmatic. cnn's athena jones has the latest. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. president obama spent much of the press conference touting the achievements on everything from the economy to the iran nuclear deal and health care and climate change. after months spent slamming president-elect trump as unfit to be commander in chief, the president declined to continue the questioning. i asked if he thought trump was unfit to lead. >> the people have spoken. trump will be the next president, the 45th president of
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the united states. it will be up to him to set up a team that he thinks will serve him well and reflect his policies. and those who didn't vote for him have to recognize that that's how democracy works. >> reporter: i asked the president what message he this that president-elect trump is sending by tapping steve bannon, the former breitbart news head to be chief strategist and adviser in the white house. breitbart news has championed white nationalist themes. here is what the president had to say. >> campaigning is different from governing. i think he recognizes that. i think he is sincere in wanting to be a successful president. i don't think any president ever comes in saying to himself i want to figure out how to make people angry or alienate half
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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 the people at large. >> reporter: the president also offered trump advice because of the nature of campaigns and bitterness, it is important for trump to send some signals of unity and reach out to minority groups or women or other voters who may have been concerned about the direction of the country. i should say he sounded hopeful. saying he found trump during the 90 minutes discussion with him in the oval office to be non-ideological. >> thank you, athena. we are hearing from michelle obama for the first time since the presidential election. she spoke at a veterans
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homelessness conference. she touting her groups for providing shelter to at-risk members. she offered up a message of bipartisansship in the donald trump victory. >> i just want to take a moment to echo what my husband said last week about the results of our election. he said that we are all on one team. not democrats first. or republicans first. but we are americans first. patriots first. >> the first lady plans to spend the final days in office at events designed to cement her legacy. protests at an ohio state university event. a student rushing down the steps yelling your an idiot before
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tackling the demonstrator. ohio state police intervened. in connecticut, two men arrested for hopping out of their car and punching a kicking a trump supporter. police say the two men attacked the unidentified victim waving an american flag and holding a trump election sign. the victim told police he exchanged words with his attackers before they pummeled him to the ground. a big reversal for warren buffett. buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stock. we will tell you what he is doing. that's next. finitely my wife. wait, i know what i want. make sparkling water at home. and drink 43% more water every day. sodastream. love your water. "just wanna see if my scorein?" changed..you wanna check yours?" "scores don't change that much. i haven't changed." "oh really?" "it's girls'night. ah huh."
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journalism has lost a giant and decent person. gwen ifill, one of the most respected journalists died of cancer at age 61 surrounded by family and friends.
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president obama called her a powerful role model. here's the latest from brian stelter. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. gwen ifill will be remembered as a light of journalism. a trailblazer in the profession. a role model for multiple generations of reporters. first in print and on television. ifill broke be racial and gender barriers. she was a moderator of two presidential debates and most recently a co-anchor of "pbs news hour." judy woodruff paid tribute. >> a super nova. so it is no surprise that messages of condolence have flooded in across the journalism spectrum. >> reporter: unknown to most viewers, ifill received a cancer diagnosis one year ago. she took one brief leave of
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absence from the news hour, but got right back to work in may interviewing president obama in june. covering the conventions in the summer and continuing to cover the wild presidential election almost all the way up until election day. in her final days, she was in hospice care surrounded by friends and family. that's where she passed on monday. her family says there will be a memorial service in the future. for now, journalists and viewers across the country mourning the death of one of the best known journalists. a loss for reporting and for america. john and christine. >> brian, thanks for that. let's get a check on cnn money stream. dow futures higher again. all-time high on monday. nasdaq and s&p dropped. stocks in europe rising. shares in asia closing mixed. warren buffett is betting big on u.s. airlines. during the third quarter, he took stakes in american, united
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and delta air. according to a regulatory filing. reports claim he took stakes in northwest recently. all enjoying a buffett bounce. up 7% in pre-market trading. he did not say what caused his change of heart. of course, a big drop in jet fuel prices. stocks are climbing, but bonds crushed. the yield on the ten-year treasury hit 2.3% on monday. a jump from the 1.7% before the election. as low as 1.36 this summer. one described it as a violent move to the trump economic plans. that spike is big. it only happened three times in the past decade. it means borrowing will get more expensive for the government and public. a lot of loan rates are tied to
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government bonds. check out the money stream app. the stories and videos and tweets and topics in one feed. download it now on the app store. >> that is one of the fascinating things to washington. if the deficit hawks and the republican party has a different view with the republican president trump in the white house. >> spending near time that gooses the economy. we will have to see how trump sells that. "early start" continues right now. >> power struggle at trump tower. aides at odds over key appointments. if trump gets his way, his children will get top level security clearance. president obama lands in europe with a new mission. not the mission i think he planned on when he scheduled the
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trip. trying to reassure u.s. allies about president-elect trump. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is tuesday, november 15th. 5:00 a.m. east. vice president-elect mike pence heads to trump tower to go over cabinet positions. they will look at departments of education and commerce and treasury and state. some of whom could be named as soon as today. the meeting comes among what one insider calls a knife fight. a transition source tells cnn the split pits republican operatives like chairman and chief of staff reince priebus against outsiders like steve bannon who is the chief strategi strategist. the division of power with those two and jared kushner is unclear. let's bring in jim acosta for
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the latest. >> reporter: john and christine, later on today, vice president-elect mike pence will meet with officials to begin the process of narrowing down the names filling the cabinet positions in the trump administration. among the names rudy giuliani for secretary of state and alabama senator jeff sessions for attorney general. top officials are defending the selection of steve bannon. kellyanne conway says bannon will make an excellent chief strategist. >> i work closely with mr. bannon. he has been the general of the campaign. people need to look at the full resume. he has a harvard business degree. naval officer. success in entertainment. he certainly was a goldman sachs managing partner. >> reporter: the opposition to bannon is building. a number of house democrats have begun circulating a letter using trump's words against

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