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happening now. palace intrigue. a fierce infighting as donald trump tries putgate cabinet. top insiders are said to be jockeying for key roles in the new administration while others are being ousted from the trump team. why did trump rival turned surrogate dr. ben carson take himself out of the running? putin's praise. new details between donald trump and vladimir putin. the conversation coming just hours before trump received his first presidential daily brief. and a warning from senator john mccain against resetting relations with russia. how closely will trump and putin work together? democratic depression. the party is demoralize asked in disarray in the wake of election losses. tonight leaders are looking for lessons while looking at trump. now a postponement of the election.
will nancy pelosi be challenged for her job? and game of drones. a militia group believes it knows the whereabouts of the isis leertd on the run in the face of a massive offensive against terrorist forces. tonight, the pentagon says it will take him out. is the administration determined to killal baghdadi before president obama leaves office? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer and this is "the situation room." sources are describing a transition and turmoil tonight as donald trump tries put together the inner team will accompany him into the white house. the infighting among his closest advisers is being described as a knife fight and some key inside players suddenly out. as factions within the trump team jockey for control. the president-elect received his first presidential daily brief temperature same one given to president obama outlining the
most sensitive threats to the united states. tomorrow, vice president-elect will also start receiving the brief. and we're also learning the details of trump's phone wall with russian president vladimir putin and what it says about their relationship going forward. tonight, john mccain is warning trump against any too close to putin saying another reset with russia would be complicity with what mccain calls the butchery in syria. we're also learning new information about the hunt for the leader of isis. he is believed to be on the run as iraqi forces assault the former isis strong hold in iraq. the pentagon is determined to take on al baghdadi if they can find him. we're covering that with our guest, chris murphy. a key member of the foreign relations committee. and our analysts are standing by. let's begin with the trump transition. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta has the very latest.
tell our viewers what you're hearing. >> we are also hearing about the chaotic scene. donald trump received his first presidential breef presidential briefing. trump advised mike pence to continue hashing out who will join the cabinet in the incoming administration and the fight is on over who will land where. >> don't tell mike pence vice presidents don't have much power. he now has a critical mission tofrl end the infighting over who will snatch up the most powerful positions inside the new administration. among front-runners, jeff sessions for attorney general. senator tom cotton for defense. trump finance chair. and former u.n. ambassador john bolten and rudolph giuliani for secretary of state. giuliani is jockeying to be the
top choice. >> is there anybody better? >> but giuliani may not beer it as they worry that his past business dealings overseas. and bolten was a strong supporter of the iraq war which trump insisted he opposed. >> does everybody believe me? i was against going into iraq. >> you want to have a diplomat in charge of diplomacy. you don't want a bomb thrower. >> inside the transition team, one source describes a knife fight, as cnn contributor mike rodgers has stepped down along with chris christie. one former bush administration official tweeted after his own exchange with the trump transition team applicants should stay away. they're angry, arrogant, screaming you lost. er dr. ben carson says he's also out. >> hive lots of offers but i don't particularly want to work
inside the government. >> they're howling over the breitbart news executive as steve bannon as chief strategist accusing them of putting a white nationalist in the west wing. >> i want to outline this. bigot 50 bad for business. >> after once criticizing donald trump, house speaker paul ryan is defending wabannon. >> trump appears to be sensitive to critics who point out he'll be the fifth president to have lost the popular vote after once slamming the electoral college, he has changed his tune saying it is actually genius and it brings all states including the smaller ones into play. campaigning is much different. if the election were based on popular vote, i would have campaigned in new york, florida and california and won even bigger and more easily. one victory he can point. to he appears to now have much of the gop on board. >> we got these hats at
conference. it is not just a great slogan. but inside the tag you see, made in the usa. >> meanwhile, not all the transition team's paperwork is in order. it still needs mike pence to sign necessary documents deep transition moving forward. until pence signs off and replaces christie's signature, the white house says the process is frozen and a couple other housekeeping notes. mike pence's presidential daily briefing will happen tomorrow in washington. and donald trump had one interesting visitor. ted cruz, his old rival from the primaries. if donald trump is going to be shifting around in those campaign promises, one person he has to keep happy in washington is ted cruz. >> very interesting. given the history of the campaign and especially since the convention, the ted cruz speech did not endorse donald trump. thank you for that. as jim mentioned, president-elect trump mentioned
his first presidential daily briefing. jim sciutto is joining with us this part of the story. you've been in the room where they've prepared these daily top secret briefings. walk us through the difference between what trump is receiving now as the president-elect come fired what he received as the nominee. >> i think two headlines. one more in depth and secret. the briefings they got while nominees were general overviews of the threat picture. it will get more specific but will include information. information that might have been gleenld from covert operations from intercepted communications, things that reveal the true extent of u.s. intelligence gathering capabilities and i'll give you an example. on the issue of russia, russia state responseored activities, into the democratic party, et cetera, you might then see exactly why is it that u.s.
intelligence committee, the community blamed russia for those attacks? revealing some of the cyber clues, the digital finger prints that we believe were minld assessment. he would now know. and the open question as to whether that might change at least his public view of whether russia was behind the attacks as expressed before the election. >> jim, we know that trump and putin spoke on the phone yesterday. what does that tell us about the relationship that is emerging between these two leaders? >> you look at the public statements. the kremlin statement on this call and the trump transition team statement on the call. and they were very much on message. they talked about the importance of the relationship. they talked about how both sides wanted to improve the relationship going forward and enduring relationship as donald trump described it. but they also specifically talked about economic ties, the importance of trade ties. that's important because you'll remember, many senior russians
leaders currently under u.s. economic sanctions for military activity. the annexation of crimea. that's deterrence against military action in europe. if he followed through, that might signal a change in that key u.s. policy issue here which is punishing economically the russian state for that military action. >> our cheat military correspondent, jim sciutto. thank you very much. let's get more on this. chris murphy from connecticut is joining us. he is a member of the foreign relations committee. thank you very much. >> sure. thanks fortune having me. >> we've heard a lot of names thrown around in the incoming administration as a member of the senate. you will to have vote to confirm these nominees. i want to get your reaction to the top names emerging. rudolph giuliani for secretary of state. would you confirm? >> first of all, i find it under believably iron pick donald
trump who spent a good part of the campaign trying on convince people that he was against the iraq war is considering people like rudolph giuliani and john bolten who were some of the primary cheerleaders of the iraq war and to this day don't admit that it was a mistake. if donald trump will nominate someone like rudolph giuliani who has no experience in foreign policy, or somebody like john bolten who is determined to invade no countries. who has learned nothing from our failure in iraq and afghanistan, i don't think many will get many democratic votes at all of right now it appears that donald trump is putting loyalty to him ahead of the security of the nation. the jock of secretary of state is neighbor most important that he can fill. it is really a matter of life and death for people in ukraine, for people in east asia, for people in the united states. by putting a political supporter, a crony from the campaign in that position, it sends a really dangerous message to our allies and to the american people. >> are there any names that you have heard listed in all the
discussion over these past few days by the trump transition that you might consider voting for secretary of state or secretary of defense? >> well, i don't agree with bob corker who is a senator from tennessee. but i certainly have confidence that he understands the perils of the united states faces. i probably differ with him on how we approach them but he is someone who would bring a sober understanding of the challenges we face. so certainly somebody like corker would get a fair hearing from democrats. i don't think there would be a lot of support for giuliani or for bolton. i think they would be active opposition. not just from democrats with you a lot of republicans to those two names. >> what about richard haass who served in the state department during the bush administration? his name has been floated for secretary of state. and steve hadley, the national security adviser for bush, his name has been floated for defense secretary.
they're both seen as moderates. would you be open to them? >> those are less dangerous picks. again, you're talking about individuals who supported or were architects of the iraq war. these are not people who understand in fundamental ways the lessons from almost ten years of misadventure in iraq. and now ongoing 15 years of a war in afghanistan that has frankly not worked the way it planned to work. i think those are much more establishment names but they'll to have convince a lot of us that they won't repeat mistakes of the bush administration. >> but remember you supported hillary clinton. she voted for the iraq war as well. >> and listen, she voted for the iraq war and then admitted later that it was a mistake. a lot of these names that you're talking about to this day believe that the iraq war was a just war, as we are dealing
today with a terrorist group isis that sprang forth from the u.s. occupation of iraq. it is hard to understand how anybody couldn't admit that was a colossal mistake. >> do you think that democrats in the senate will be able to work donald trump, the president-elect and his new administration? >> well, it remains to be seen whether he will put forth nominees who actually have experience in the department, in the field that they are going to occupy, or whether he is going to appoint loyalists. political cronies to these positions. i do believe the president deserves some deference but i would like to know the people he is putting in these positions know what their job is about. someone like rudolph giuliani who has no experience in foreign policy, has never represented the united states abroad, is not going to inspire the kind of confidence in democrats that some of the other name that have been floated might.
>> senator, donald trump spoke with vladimir putin by phone yesterday. they agreed to try to improve the relationship between united states and russia. do you think trump understands the complexities of this relationship? >> no. i don't think he understands the complexities of the relationship but i hope he is committed to spending time with people over the transition period that can explain how important it is that we stand for a free crima and ukraine. our worry is that he will cut a deal with putin and give away ukraine to the russians. essentially abandoning one of our key allies in the region, walking away from our longstanding effort to try to rid ukraine of russian influence. so i hope that he will spend the time to get up to speed. if he spends time with people understand what russia is trying to do, he will continue the policy of supporting the
ukrainian government and support all efforts by putin to make ukraine a proxy state of moscow. >> what's the most pressing concern you have right now about the trump presidency? >> well, my most pressing concern is the threat to the united states of terrorism abroad. if donald trump sticks on his plan to ban muslims from the united states, even if he doesn't achieve it through an act of congress. if he continues to talk in a way that makes muslims in the united states make them feel like they're not part of the collective, i hope the smart people can say the way we protect ourselves against lone wolf attackers is to build communities. not to continue this talk that every muslim in the united states is to blame for the threats presented to this country. so clearly, acts of terrorism are the most important threat to the country right now. and many of us have long worried that the kind of rhetoric that
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democratic party. >> it was indeed. the entire democratic party is reeling from this loss as it searches for a new direction. tonight that is starting in the house of representatives where nancy pelosi is feeling the winds of this change election herself. one week later, president obama is still talking about bruising lessons learned from the election. >> there is a mismatch between frustration and anger, perhaps the view of the american people was that just need on shake things up. >> now the democratic party is facing a shake-up of its own. as outgoing democratic leader harry reid takes forceful aim at donald trump. >> to control his aggressive behavior and normalized. especially the millions of young people who are watching and wondering. >> the democratic rank and file is restless. today house democrats voted to delay the election of its leaders. a warning shot to nancy pelosi that she may face a challenge of
her own. she walked into a closed door meeting today confident of keeping her title as the democrat iic leader. >> her efforts failed. challengers now have two weeks to step forward. she walked away quickly, saying she doesn't own the stinging democratic defeat. >> you got beat pretty badly here. >> that speaks to the presidential race. >> the democratic party is demoralized, decimated and in disarray. it is seeking new direction at the dnc and beyond. the place to start rebuilding is on capitol hill where young rust belt lawmakers appeal to voters. brendan boyle said his state should not have been such an easy win for donald trump. >> our party needs to do a much, much better job of reaching out and represent bloog collar and working class voters. for me this election should be the final wake-up call that we get. >> the democrats' finger
pointing is giving way to soul searching and who should be the face of the party. >> we have to show he. we got an unexpected defeat and we have to recalibrate and decide how to go forward. like death. different stages of grief that you go through. >> pelosi still enjoys strong support from many fellow democrats but tim ryan is considering mounting a challenge. saying it is time for a new direction. >> this isn't about in the past election. in my mind. fw this is about the next election. what does the leaders look like? in order to pick up the seats that we need to pick up the majority. >> so far there doesn't seem to be a center of gravity for those in the house and democrats across the board on capitol hill have praise for pelosi but many said, it is time for a fresh start. the same is true for the democratic national committee which will be selecting a new leader. one thing i heard over and over again, geographical diversity to
focus on those big swaths of red states now painted on that electoral map. >> very interesting. reporting for us. thank you very much. we'll be back with chris murphy. do you agree it is time for new leadership? >> i think it is a little overbrought to suggest a party that just won the popular vote, that picked up seats in the house and the senate, is in disarray. we clearly did not communicate our message like we should to many of the voters that supported president obama that moved over to trump and we have to spend some time figuring that out. but there are complicated reasons why people supported donald trump and anybody searching for a quick overnight answer from democrats as to what went wrong is probably looking in the wrong place. ultimately, i think we have to understand that people need on hear from us. that we are on their side. that we have ideas, big ideas, not little incremental fixes that will change their lives. so on college forwardability,
we've been talking about changing the interest rate. that's not a difference maker. that's why bernie sanders talked about debt-free college. that starts to perk up people's ears. so i don't think we need on make sweeping changes overnight. i think we have to take a little time to understand what happened. that we didn't win the electoral college and we have to be unafraid of proposing some big changes to make our economy more fair. >> you did have a good chance to be the majority of the u.s. senate. the democrats failed in that area as well. and didn't pick up many seats in the house of representatives. a lot of people want to know what happened, they want to learn from the mistakes, from the blunders on the presidential side. failing to even go to wisconsin since the convention. she want to learn from those mistakes and they think it is time for new leaders to help them. do you disagree? >> i think this is an example of why there is no easy answer here. so hillary clinton didn't go to wisconsin and she lost
wisconsin. but she was all over pennsylvania and florida and she still lost those states as well. so clearly the answer isn't if you go to a state you win it. if you don't to go a state, you lose it. that's an example of democrats trying to find answers that probably are a little bit too simplistic. ultimately we have to reconcile the fact donald trump's frame worked. hillary clinton built a frame that was someone untoward lead versus someone unready to lead. donald trump built a frame that is the status quo versus not the status quo. i don't think the voters in ohio really believed the democrats were committed to upending the reeconomic of their lives. that's why taking on wall street, the drug companies, making college truly affordable, raising the minimum wage. not just by 50 cents but by $3, $4, $5. >> who is the leader of the democratic party right now?
>> when you're not the leading party, you don't have one leader. so they have to decide. i've supported keith ellison for the chair of our party. i think he represents this very clear idea that the democrats are on the side of the working class, middle class voters. that we are not for sale. i think he saw donald trump coming before a lot of other people saw him coming is that i think he represents the diversity that has to be at the core, at the bed rock of our party. so i think it would be silly to anyone the one leader today. let's see who is interested in taking reins. >> thanks. so for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. >> just ahead, more on the turmoil inside the trump transition. now that knees charge, can vice president-elect take control of his position? if you have medicare
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more on the infighting as the president-elect tries on assemble a cabinet ask a national security team. vorss comparing the turmoil to the game of thrones and a knife fight. let's bring in our political panel. can mike pence, the vice president-elect of the united states bring in some order? he is now in charge. >> that's a herculean task. the whole thing seems to be getting a little out of control. you have a candidate first of
all who was superstitious. didn't want to talk about the transition. and it was a transition a little behind the eight ball. now you have mike pence, you have reince priebus, you have derrek cushner who is the son-in-law who is flexing his muscle, you have some christie people who have been purged from the transition, which christie at one point was running. so that's a problem. and you have a group of candidates for these top jobs with questions around them of questions whether they can be vetted. whether they can be confirmed for the jobs they might want to go to. one of those being rudolph giuliani. so it is like a game of musical chairs at this point. we don't know where it will wind up. >> so giuliani clearly wants to be the secretary of state and he does have some business ties with foreign entities. already, you're hearing democrats say they won't vote to
confirm him. rand paul said he won't vote to confirm him. so there are some problems there. >> that's where the rubber meets the road on this. donald trump can do a lot of things but he cannot escape the confirmation process. you know by the law of averages, at least someone, more than someone, we remember the early days of the obama administration, the clinton administration, someone always falls by the way side. someone with as much back ground as rudolph giuliani, it takes a lot of research. we'll see where this ends up. they're clearly starting from behind hx the other outcome happened a week ago tonight, the clinton administration would have been already announced. but donald trump will take a little time and we'll see. but they do not want to have a lot of failed confirmations. that's one of the reasons these business dealings actually matter now. >> i think you can't guarantee that democrats would vote for rudolph giuliani.
he angered so many democrats with the things he said about president obama, his handling things on the campaign trail. maybe he'll have four or five of these red state democrats who represent states won that donald trump won but getting to 60 is much hard he. and you don't want to mess up out of the gate. >> it was very surprising to me to hear senator rand paul from kentucky really going out and making it clear, he doesn't want rudolph giuliani to be the secretary of state. because he supported the war. he doesn't want john bolton, the former u.s. ambassador to the unl to be the secretary of state because he supported the iraq war. and he is going to oppose those unless they change their minds dramatically. he will oppose those nominations if they were to come forward. >> so rand paul laid down a marker for reince priebus and others on the transition team or the white house team to make the case for why he should accept
either of these nominations should they come down. i think this is an important point. we talk about the democrats opposing these nominations and that's a sailent point. this is not a filibuster proof majority. we shouldn't also assume the republicans will be a rubber stamp on this. we had plenty of republicans who during the course of this election to opposed donald trump. just because he won this election, doesn't mean they agree on everything. at love them have incentives not to agree is this will be a first test of that. >> the one utility player right now that the incoming administration has is senator jeff sessions. because they figure he can do just about any job. >> and get confirmed. >> because as he senator. so he wants to be attorney general, apparently, according to our transition reporting. if things don't work out for giuliani who wants state, he could go to state. if things don't boring out with
who they want on defense, he can to go defense. he can do just about any job. they figure they have sessions in the wings. >> and bob corker. >> but he hasn't been as loyal as sessions and that's the number one quality i think you have to have right now. loyalty. >> i keep hearing, look for trump to have some democrats. i think that will be a sign. he is still thinking about. this i think after thanksgiving, we'll have a much better sense of this. they need some people had are easy through confirmation process and that is a senator. >> paul ryan got a nice vote of confidence from his fellow republicans. it was not that long ago, there were some murmurings, maybe he is not the guy. all of a sudden he is the guy. >> it is amazing what winning does. it changes the entire mentality of the republican party. the conservatives were concerned
they would lose. paul ryan was an easy one because of his handling of trump. in the last couple weeks of the campaign, paul ryan shifted his focus. he talked about republican loyalty. he appeared with mike pence and then the victory deflated the effort to find a scalp. the challenge will be going forward, of course. when do they start moving forward on legislation? can they keep that unity? i can tell right now. interviewing republicans today, they are very enthusiastic about the incoming administration. very few are willing to criticize, even to the controversial steve bannon appointment. >> on the senate side, mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, he sfenl last four years, maybe the last eight years, fighting initiatives. now it is different. he can move policy forward. he has a slim majority in the
senate. >> he does. and there are some republicans, although mitch mcconnell is probably fine in terms of his leadership spot. there are some who feel a little bit disappointed in his leadership and kind of the way he has stood up for some things or not stood up for some things. i think he will be under a lot of pressure to perform by some republicans who want, especially moderate republicans who want to see things get done. of course, it helps when you have republicans in control of all branches of government. but he certainly has his work cut out for him. it is not as easy on the senate side as it will be for republicans on the house side. so maybe in the donald trump tradition, try to make some deals. >> you were on the hill today. you got a flavor of what's going. on as far as nancy pelosi's leadership for the democrats in the house of representatives, how many pressure is she under to maybe think about, it is time for somebody else to take over? >> she is under a little. she was hoping to tend week
before thanksgiving with an election under her belt and be the leader. that didn't happen. and so she scheduled, it was scheduled for 15 days from now. november 30th. not a lot of time for someone to oppose her and one of the issues is there is not one person who has a lot of support. there may be two or three. she is in the middle of it. that she is from california, represents california. this is a party that it's trying to redefine itself. >> who are the young leaders in the democratic party? the up and coming leaders? they don't roll off the tongue very easily. and i think as democrats are looking for their young leaders, they're looking at people who have been there. >> she was not expecting the outcome. she thought this would be locked up by thursday or people think
that there would be enough opposition to having a vote on thursday. really just shows the consternation. >> as i've spoken to the younger members, the democrats. they are loyal to nancy pelosi but maybe it's time for some new blood. they look at her and she is 76 years old. >> we heard that the last election cycle. when democrats did terribly after mid terms. they thought they would win this cycle. get closer to winning the majority in the house. there are a lot of concerns. if she is the right person to bring them back. one thing she has going for her, she raises so much money for her party. way more than anybody else. >> all that money they raised, how much good did it do? >> well, let me say one thing about nancy pelosi. she was the first woman speaker of the house. if it weren't for nancy pelosi, barack obama would not have his
signature piece of legislation, obamacare. you ask anybody in the white house about that and they will tell you that. she knows how to get things done. in the opposition, it is a lot more difficult is that a lot more difficult for the people around her who are searching for something new and something different and someone different to lead them. if they were to come one somebody else, would that person be any better? not necessarily. >> the whole leadership team is significantly older. like steny hoyer, james clyburn. >> it is a moment of thinking for the democratic party and this is part of it. >> that's one of the reasons they delayed this vote for three weeks. i think some of the democrats want to send a message to nancy pelosi. you know what? think about what's going on. >> and thinking about challenging her as well. >> all right. stay with us. much more coming up. a sharp condemnation from the senate floor of a top trump white house appointee. ♪ music
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minority leader harry reid. he said bannon is a champion of white supremacy. those are harry reid's words. harry reid is leaving the senate, retiring. is he trying to send a message to his fellow democrats as opposed to the president, the form he secretary of state, the nominee, you know, fight, fight, fight in. >> of course he is. that's what he always does. you know that very well. if you look at the tone president has taken which is, i am just going to be somebody who is going to have a perfect transition for donald trump. just the way george w. bush did for me. and then you compare that with harry reid who can say whatever he wants. and he is leaving the senate. he is no longer leading the senate. he doesn't to have work for donald trump for one minute. and he is speaking his mind. he is, wolf, to answer your question directly, sending a message to other democrats that the only way to beat donald trump is to fight him. from day one.
>> so interesting to see the man who will succeed harry reid, chuck schumer, has been almost silent about it. he did make some remarks last night but it was well after harry reid's spokesman came out with a blistering statement attacking steve bannon, issuing an inflammatory statement on friday going after donald trump. so it shows a difference in the personalities of the styles. and it is a signal of a concern that people, some democrats have that there may not be someone who is willing to go toe to toe against donald trump. >> during the republican primaries and the general, all the attacks didn't necessarily work all that well, did they? >> no, they did not. this is something that makes democrats feel somewhat better about themselves in what has been a pretty lousy week for them. again, just a week. it seems longer than that. he is definitely trying to send a message and trying to be a distraction. chuck schumer said, talk about
the most important democrat in town. he may not be the leader of the democratic party at large but he is in this town and he is willing to deal with donald trump. and harry reid can go after him. boy, he believes it. president obama today caused a bit of a stir in his remarks in his news conference in greece when he had criticism of the clinton campaign. >> we have to compete everywhere. we have to show up everywhere. i wanted iowa and not because the demographics indicated that i would win iowa. it's because i spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and hall. >> that was yesterday at the white house just before he left for greece, rebecca. so what is the reaction now to
what the president suggested among his fellow democrats? >> you don't even really have to read along the lines to see what the president is saying. he's saying the democratic party needs to appeal to working class voters as he did when he won iowa and had a coalition with many white working class voters are that in this election supported donald trump, and so he's laying it out there that democrats cannot forsake this demographic, that they can't just blame the demographics for their loss, that they need to speak to the entire country and he's certainly implicitly saying that hillary clinton did not do this in this election and bernie sanders has, you know, made a similar point. i think we'll be hearing a lot more from democratic leaders over the coming weeks, months and years about how the party needs to change its messaging and tone and even some of its policy prescriptions to make sure they are appealing to this segment of the population. >> you think the internal incriminations are just
beginning? >> yeah, you already are seeing that. it's fascinating to see obama deal with donald trump after going after him aggressively but on the world stage trying to reassure the public maybe donald trump isn't so bad in having to actually point out democrats made some mistakes, as well as the reason that donald trump got elected. fascinating way that the president is balancing this. >> obama wasn't going to say it was my policy and that's why hillary clinton lost. he was going to say, well, you threw a little shade. >> you should have spent time campaigning and raising money and not campaigning. >> it was one week ago this hour we were getting ready to make our first projection as the polls were closing -- >> how long did it take, wolf? >> it's a week later. by the way, please be sure to check out the first ever book from cnn politics called "unprecedented, the election that changed everything." in stores starting december 6th but you can preorder at
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we're learning new information about the hunt in isis. what are you hearing about the whereabouts of abby backer al baghdadi. >> the rumors are swirling on the ground in syria and iraq but the question now is can the u.s. really get to him? tonight, pentagon officials say they do not know where isis leader abu bakr al-baghdadi is
hiding but if they find him, they will kill him. cia director john brennan has long warned baghdadi will be dealt with. >> his time is limited so it's a question of whether or not he'll be removed this week, this month, next month or in the coming months. >> it had been thought baghdadi was hiding somewhere around raqqah, isis' declared capital in syria but a local militia group now says it believes he's in iraq somewhere between tal afar and baaj. they said we know baghdadi fled mosul and headed in a western direction. we also have confirmed intelligence information that al baghdadi is not in tal afar. baghdadi clearly knows he is a hunted man. >> the reason he's alive is they
really do practice tremendous operational security. they know we are looking for them. >> but even as the country moves towards a trump press didencpre killing baghdadi may do little to reduce the terror threat. there is worry a san bernardino story lone wolf attack could be launched. >> we also need to operate against wherever it arises, libya, afghanistan and absolutely we need to protect our own people. >> inside iraq the fighting for mosul is likely to grow worse, much worse as iraqi forces inch forward and get closer to the densely populated city center. this latest isis propaganda video shows fighters making their stand with gunfire and even showing explosions from truck bombs. and tonight cnn has learned that the u.s. military is considering asking president obama to authorize sending even more u.s.
troops to syria as military advisors to fight in that next door country against isis. currently, there is just under 300 there. no word on how many more the pentagon may want to send. wolf? >> barbara starr, thanks very much. that's it for me. erin burnett "out front" starts right now. "out front" next, trump's team racked by disarray. who is bringing any order to the chaos and president obama overseas talking about donald trump, does he feel responsible for trump's win and a man who is correctly predicted every president since 1984 including donald trump. wait until you hear his new prediction for trump's presidency, let's go "out front." good evening i'm erin burnett. trump tower turmoil in fighting among