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children that still remain hospitalize and six of them in intensive care. >> those poor parents and children. that's it for the lead. i turn you over now to wolf blitzer and he is next door in the situation room. hatching now, breaking news, reverse course. donald trump drops the pledge to prosecute hillary clinton saying that it would be very divisive for the country. he says that he condemns and disavows hate group that is have cheered the election to win. this is setting the tone for the administration and calling it cancer and then the questions on the president-elect picked for adviser after the reveal that michael flynn called islamism a vicious cancer inside of the body of 1 point approxima.7 bil. school bus horror.
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a driver of a tennessee bus is charged with five counts of homicide after driving at a high rate of speed and crashing the vehicle into a tree and killing five children. and terror warning and heading into the holiday. the u.s. warns the citizen of dangers aabroad and after a the terror arrest after home, it's beefed up along the new york thanksgiving day par raid. i'm wolf blitzer, and you're in the "the situation room." this is cnn breaking news. >> cnn breaking news donald trump enters the lions den and sits down with new york times. an aide says that trump wants to help hillary clinton heal after taking heat for his response, the neo-nazis that cheered he
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say that is he condemned them. if i thought he was a racist or alt-right, i would not think of hiring him. growing concerns that trump and his family are doing business deals during the white house transition and the president-elect concedes and his brand is hotter and the washington hotel is more valuable. he also insists the laws on his side and arguing that a president can't have a conflict of interest. he complains that if it were up to some people, i would never ever see any daughter, virksaga. security is beefed up along the root of the new york thanksgiving day parade and adding to the concerns of a vehicle attack along the lines of last summer's attack in france. i will speak with a member of trump's circle and republican
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congressman adam and he will also join us. our correspondence will have full coverage. now, donald trump is breaking the media silence in an on again and off again meeting with the new york times. now the senior correspondence that's joining us from new york. >> reporter: that's right wolf. some interesting answers. donald trump did leave new york for thanksgiving and florida without holding a news conference. he sat down and offered some answers revealing that he maybe leaving it for the campaign behind him. >> today donald trump met face-to-face with one of his favorite targets the new york times, and the newspapers and reporters were live tweeting the highligh highlights. to all the supporters calling for hillary clinton to be jailed and the e-mails for the clinton
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foundation, he say ns that he i leaning against that saying that it would be divisive for the country. >> i am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there's never be so many lies and deskepgs. >> steven bannon and trump says that it's hard on bannon. i they he is having a hard time with it because it's not him. trump moderated the stance on global warming that he called a hoax saying that there's some check t connectivity with humans and it. the trump foundation admit today the irs that it was engaged in
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self-de self-dealing. trump told the times in theory i could run the business perfectly and then the country perfectly. there's never been a case like this. >> we're facing another i sm. >> and there are questions on michael flynn for the trump adviser after the retired general's comments last august. >> this is islamism, and it's a vicious cancer inside the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet. >> even though a carson adviser said that dr. carson does not think that he is qualified for the agency. he is trying to by pass it since the election.
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>> my agenda is based on a simple corp. principle putting america first. >> the top message to the press. >> get used to it. >> donald trump is is going to make his own way with the press, and going to do a lot of the videos and it's straight to the american people and go around the press. >> reporter: now, a source familiar tells me that mitt romney is seriously considering joining donald trump's administration of secretary of the state. the source says that romney is likely having the discussions right now with family members that serve as his closest advisers and the decision is not expected until after the holiday weekend. >> okay. we're going to be speaking to shawn spicer, one of donald trump's top advisers. thank you very much, and we will get the reactions to the developments. right now i want to speak to adam and thanks for joining us.
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>> you bet wolf. thanks for having me. >> let me get the reaction for the latest news. a source familiar saying that milt romney is probably going to serve as secretary of the statement your reaction? >> i would be estatic when i heard the name thrown out there. i said i cannot think of anybody really better qualified. there's a lot of qualified people, but mitt would be great and it would send a strong message to the part and to the country that donald trump is interested in you nauniting and mitt is tough as nails and knows how to negotiate and a kind of statesman that we would need with the really difficult issues around the world. i hope that mitt romney if it's his choirks i hoce, i hope thats it. i think that it's fantastic for the country. >> so you would be assured if he
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picked him to be the secretary of the state? >> i would. as we have talked about in the past, one of my big concerns was the issue of foreign policy and the role of russia and the other issues. mitt understands in a clear way how to world works and understand what americans strength is and that you don't have to use the military power all of the time and the economic power and force and using the energy as a soft weapon and using the incentives is the right way to bring the freedom to the world and that's an example of self-abilities that do not have them. that's a case and like i said since the day, he gave the victory speech and i have been reassured by the tone, and excited to get to work in january when he is sworn in. >> very quickly becoming defense secretary, would that please you? >> i would love that.
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general madd i cis and he says he means and means what he says. he is also not one of the people that's going to use the military force just because. he understands how all of this wo works and the depth of foreign policy, and the troops loved him. this is something like a general typeover thing. the troops that worked for him said that this guy would have walked in hell for them. that's the leader that we need for the position. i would love it if it's him and he gets there. >> if it happens with the secretary of the state, looks like he will be on board with donald trump the president-elect of the united states. how concerned are you congressman about donald trump apparently still involved in ru running the businesses and the children running the company and playing a major role in the transition. today trump told the new york times and i'm quoting him that the law is totally on my side. the president can't have a conflict of interest.
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now, how problematic is that point of view, if you think that it is? >> well, i think that it can be problematic. when you're president of the yierk united states, you have to have one focus and that's being the president of the united states. you don't have to opportunity to think about anything else but what you have to do that morning and in the long term and leave the country in difficult times. through this transition, the president-elect trump realizes that this is a beyond full time job and probably two or three full time jobs. i'm going give him the benefit of the doubt and the transition. we're two weeks into this and this is a man with no political experience and coming to grips with the reality of the presidency. i don't have a problem with the children running the business. the name is trump. it's american to pass the business on to the children. interms of a firewall, we will see what happens. for now, i think it's early and i think donald trump is going to
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come to realize that he is not going have time for doing anything but america. >> do you feel confident with flynn's ability to be the top national security adviser in the white house based on the statements that he has made earlier this year about islam and muslims? >> i have concerns with the general flynn a little bit. some of them are appearing next to putin on russian television and thirngs along that line and i do as a national security adviser that's what he wants to the side and i have said many times that i think that radical islam is a cancer. if the general meant like it's a cancer among 1.7 billion people, it's not. you have te i don't think that he was saying that it's a cancer in that
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1.7 billion people. we have to defeat this and in terms of flynn, i'm going come in this with abopen mind and the president puts people in that he trusts. >> when you look at the people that are involved in the administration from flynn and romney, how do your think that trump reaches a foreign policy with advisers that are on different world views? >> well, i think this is where it's smart of a president to do. you put people with different views around you and take the information and make the best decision. some of the troubled and i would argue that president obama has gotten in to is surrounding to those and the same world view n. that everybody is and hasser errer errors and putting petrole peopu may let you see the things or the strengths or adopts from different views, so surrounding yourself with people is actually
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really good, and it leaves it to president-elect trump to be the decision maker because he knows it at the end of the day that the decision rests on him. >> the president-elect met yesterday over trump tower and a veteran like yourself and do you think that it's smart for trump to include tulsa and then other democrats in the key security positions? >> this one is difficult for me because i am friends with her and know her well. i i disagree with her world view. in fact, the statements that i heard her make about the regime, were the same statement that is she made when i was debating her on this network a couple of weeks before we began to bomb isis and she was against bombing isis. i think she is a great person and i gate long with her well, but i totally disagree with her world view. in the position that i have heard her floating for like the un, she is the wrong choice and
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i think that he is going to have a hard time getting it. >> i need you to stand by. there's more to discuss and also after reversing the key issues, where does don o don stand as he puts together a new administration? i will speak to a insider shawn spicer. he is standing by. when you're close to the people you love, does psoriasis ever get in the way of a touching moment? if you have moderate to severe psoriasis, you can embrace the chance of completely clear skin with taltz. taltz is proven to give you a chance at completely clear skin. with taltz, up to 90% of patients had a significant improvement of their psoriasis plaques. in fact, 4 out of 10 even achieved completely clear skin. do not use if you are allergic to taltz. before starting you should be checked for tuberculosis. taltz may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them.
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not have a conflict of interest and she not going to prosecute hillary clinton or bill clinton for that matter and joining us now is the member of the inner circle adam that's with us and not a member of the inner circle, but maybe you will be after you're enjoying the potential announcements that he is making of the donald trump inner circle and joining us shortly is shawn spicer and communications director for the exit t committee and you're a combat veteran and let's talk about what donald trump has told the new york types today and he says that he seemed to have changed his mind when it comes to the usefulness of the water boarding and enhance interrogation and then retired marine general james maddis. he said referring to maddis that i never found it to be useful. he said that he found more
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valuable in trust and cooperation with the terror suspects -- trump said that he was surprised be i the answer and he was not going to do what he thought. had he seems to be reversing the position on water boarding and integration. what's the reaction on that? >> i think it's good. i mean look i think, you know, surrounding yourself with people that have been there and understand. look, i have been through various things and escapes and training, and i will tell you the ones that were most affective on me and you're likely to break are the ones with the repore and you find yourself trusting someone and the greatest spy for the germans and the greatest ones for the germans in world war iiin and
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that's most affective. now, i have said that you cannot out ban it because you never know what you never know. there could be a moment when you have a terrorists attack or something happening along that line in which a president may have to make the awful decision, but in general to e default to that or say that it's something that we're going to use regularly is not the answer. i have to listen to senator john mccain who says the same thing and has been through it and said the same. >> he spent an hour answer aing the questions and said general mattis is being seriously seriously considered for the secretary of defense. i think it's time for a general. all right congressman of illinois, thank you for joining us. >> you bet wolf. thanks a lot. >> let's get the insight from
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the political experts. he is having a changeover mind and heart on sensitive issues. >> yes, he seems to be moving from campaign mode to the governing mode and that he did not win every single vote in the last election. he is the most polarizingmen presidents that we have seen. i don't think that we're seeing a radical shift. i think that we know who he is, and we're seeing someone that's dealing with the weight of of the governing beyond the showmanship of politicking and campaigning. >> the news of mitt romney and saying that he would like to be secretary of the state and a source familiar with the transition says that mitt romney is seriously considering the possibility of serving as secretary of the state. what do you think? >> yeah, mitt romney is a sober
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minded conservative. they were both business man that come from the business world. i would -- if they could put that personal stuff asiaside, i would think that they can see things similarly. it's remarkable to see trump drop off the former positions like he's dropping off the l luggage from the water boarding to the prosecuting the clintons. this is stuff that people like me said this is stuff that he cannot do like the convention or he does not have the will to prosecute. it's remarkable the speed of dropping these off. >> we have seen on the prosecuting hillary clinton, we have seen this is the second time. >> yeah. >> it started out at the convention where the supporters were chanting lock her up, and he was saying no. no. no. let's get to the voting booth
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and then he was leading the chant and now he is saying no. no. >> and the process to doing that th and saying that he is not going to prosecute hillary clinton and now that it's water boarding is not a good idea after the conversations with general mattis and maybe bringing mitt romney into the cabinet and secretary of the state. some of the key base and that's disappointed, aren't they? >> yeah he is picking the fights and as david said he is a winner and he is proibably going to loe the poplar vote, and he is starting on, you know, a kind of an unsteady ground and he is being smart in picking the battles. you cannot go over board and that's the senior adviser and he did appoint jeff sessions and he did say that on the first day one of the things is that he wants to undue the regulations and that's kind of undercutting what he was saying today and thinking of leaving the
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agreement and if you simply appeal the mechanism by which you meet the obligations, it's not clear on what staying would mean. i do think that there's a strudness here and the understanding that you cannot fight the battle, and i think that we're a long way from a sense that he is steering his presidency in a way that will be acceptable to a broader range in the plea bargain lick that resisted him on the election day. >> requesting an interview and the trump said that the president cannot have a conflict of interest when it comes to the business dealings. how does he navigate this sensitive issue? >> well, he was being strictly legal accurate when he said that because the government eth licks law do not apply to the president. he was being on point. however, he went on to say that he could see a situation where he could sign the checks and still be president, but he still has not come up with a workable transition from his existing
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business environment to the children or to his children or to anybody else that will pass normal mustard. they say simply not going o to be possible. so you're left with one of two things. you accept the unacceptable with the conflict or he does have to do the assets and that's not likely to do. >> that's not simple to do. he has the investments and cannot go out and start to sell everything. richard, for the first time ever the dow jones today and the industrial average ended above 19,000. that's a record and that's a record high and investors are confident right now or at least right now as far as the economy doing and maybe as a result of donald trump. >> absolutely wolf. they're focussing on the lower taxes and the greater spending and the expansion of the fiscal
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policy or three or hopefully four in donald trump's world. they're not focussing on the trade war as a result of the tpp or indeed an imbalance of trade or de rupgs as a policy. the market is focused on the starter tim of expansion. >> david, the conflicts of the potential conflicts of interest and a lot of focus on that right now. does it bring a serious problem to the next president of the united states? >> i don't think that it brings a serious political problem although that we did see in the most resent poll that people think that he is not gone the majority of americans say that she not far enough in separating. i do think that it's a problem for his own ability to convince people and government that he has to work with that he is doing things for the right reasons and not for any business reason. i do think that just being in the room and going to a sway
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people concerns that i vanka is on the phone with foreign leader. i thought his words. >> i am interested to your thought sns. complaint that is the republicans had in the election is the clinton's family of the mingling, and not being able to see through all of that and having the members of the family and o official capacity, and so it's just a remarkable again that trump is facing the same set of circumstances and not trying to walk out of it. >> yeah, go ahead. >> yeah, it's easy to imagine the counter factual.
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if hillary clinton had won the election and after being elected president with senior donors to the clinton foundation to way that donald trump met with business partners or if chelsea clinton sat in a meeting, the head would be exploding live in the "the situation room" right now. so the question is whether republicans are doing donald trump any questions by not raising questions. while these are annoy yanss, if you move down the road without any affective check, the odds are high that you're going to get into a bigger problem that's not going to be swept aside at some point over a four year presidency. i think whoever is the white house counsel, is going to have the work cut out for them and frying to establish meaningful lines that's going to protect the president from his own instincts. >> yeah, richard quickly on this
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i know that you have looked into this and donald trump recommending that the uk send him to washington as the next ambassador to the united states. that's you causing a stir, isn't it? >> yeah it has indeed. the british prime minister says that it's not going to happen and the uk say that is they have a good ambassador, but it's making to even suggest that the them cyst and that's like asking for jeb bush, mark rubio or mitt romney to be appoint in the trump cabinet. it's not going to happen, and the british is going to be viewing this with some concern. >> it's pretty ex trod fatraordr president-elect tweeting to the allies and they're always sensitive so that and
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recommending who they should name as an am aabass door to washington. >> yeah, that's a primary p prerogative and i think that we have to say extraordinary when discussing the trump transition and the trump business. >> real quick wolf, the thing about it is that it's not only doing it but the analogy may not be jeb bush but closer to david duke. in that sense, given the position and the british political environment is an environment that was headed and ran, and i think it's more extraordinary to make the suggestion. >> want to answer onhis point? >> we have to get used to donald trump especially using social media to put out into the world his impulse. without that filter of wondering is this appropriate or usual? >> everybody stand by top adviser now to the president-elect of the united states and the chief strategist of the republican national
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joining us now is a key innerner circle and then the communications director for the public committee. shawn, thanks for joining us. >> thanks wolf, i appreciate. . >> today the president-elect said and i am quoting him now," the law is totally on my side and the president cannot have a con fwlikt of interest". what did he mean by that? >> well, the law is clear and they carve out the president of the united states, so that can
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never exist. now what it mean social security that for all of the talk he is going above and beyond what the law requires in a way that he is going to make sure that there's no evolvement in the business and the way that he governs. the way it was set up and done so-me that the president of the united states was not legally in a conflict of interest and he was answering that correctly and legally. >> so what kind of wall is he talking about? is the adult children going to be in charge of the business and going to be talking to them obviously. what do you suggest that they do? >> well, two things number one is back as far as the first debate he has been opened and very clear how much he loves the family and businesses and set up. he said i'm going to run for president and leave the business to the kids. this is something that the american people have known where he stood from day one. number two, over the next 60 days as he transitions to be the
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next president of the united states, he is going o work with the lawyers and legal team to make sure that all i's are dotted and t's are crossed and aaallow the transition to take place and being a successionful business man and a successful president. >> well, why is his daughter involved with meetings and phone calls with the foreign leader? >> he is not president of the united states yet. >> he is president-elect. >> i understand, but some of them are the casual meetings. he talked ant the role -- somehow this is new and interesting he has been clear since day one that he values the opinion of the family and loves the opinion and values on the decision making process. so the idea that something that he has been talking about for a year and a half is new, is interesting. >> he said there would be strict
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guidelines if he became president of the united states. i quick question on ivanka trump, did he just listen in or was she part of the conversation? >> i don't know the details on that. >> okay. the confusion that's emerging and he pledged to prosecute hillary clinton and today he said that he would though the do that and taking it off the table. he does not want to hurt the clintons and that prosecuting hillary clinton in his words in this new york tiechmes intervies very divisive. do you want to clarify what he intends to do? >> yeah, he put out a video yesterday -- >> no, if anything about hillary clinton? >> in, i'm answer aing the question. i think that right now he was elected to bring back jobs and change the way that washington works. he started to lay out yesterday on what is the first executive actions and going to lay out where the legislative problems
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are. he realizes the country is in deep trouble and going to help us grow the jobs and restore the border and then the health care system and that's affordable and allows greater choice. he realizes what is at hand and the number of appointments and the number of people that he has to give to people and he has had over 60 meetings so far and then the relationship that he has with the clintons and it's on creating the jobs and restoring a strong border and better immigration system in the country. when you look at the level of the priorities and the amount of work, he made it clear. >> so i want to be precise, so all of the chantings of lock her up when he suggested that he name a special prosecutor and said that she belongs in jail, that was just talk them then and then she is going focus in on the economic issues is that what you're say something. >> he did not rule it out and it
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was not a priority. the priority was that he did not want to hurt the clintons and wanted to focus on making them better and lifting people up and creating the jobs and securing the border, so it's a question of priorities and question of intent. he is the president of elect and goals that americans are lifted up from one coast to the other. >> he denounced white supremacists and said that it's not a group that i want to energized, if they are, i want to look in it and find out why. specific words. tell us a little bit more. should he go out and deliver a speech denouncing the neo-nazis? >> well, he is -- >> i'm asking -- >> i get it. >> should he go out there and make a speech and saying that he does not want to support and condemns them?
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>> when is it going to be enough. he has condemned everyone that's come out and supported him and every group. at some point you have to take the position and go and move on. over and over again somebody will come out and say that i support donald trump and someone will tweet and he has to rebut the tweet. he say that is he refuses that and not the support, and not the kind of people that he wants to be associated with. i don't know how many more times donald trump can make the position clear, but it's crystal clear for a long time and over and over again with every tweet, you name it and facebook posts. he has to have responded to it. he made the position clear, and it's time to move on. that's not his focus. >> why do you think that shawn and the groups and white groups that we saw here in washington over the weekend and you saw the video. why do you think that they still support him?
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>> i don't know. that's really not my focus and why certain groups support him. he won the election with tens of millions of people. i have not sat down and seen why certain groups supported him. the focus is on making the country better. at some point take the word at what it is. to continue to ask him over and over again the to denounce the same people and same words and groups over and over again is getting old. his focus and words is uniting them and moving forward and creating jobbings. i don't know how many times he can talk about that. he is asked on this and other area as to repeat the position over and over again, and it seems silly because that's not his focus. >> he does it in response to questions and is tough in the response to questions and does in the do it necessarily on his own initiative for initial he hits the news media when there's a story that's unfair and tweets when he is outraged and what happened in the broadway musical
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and he does not steeem to go ou of the way for people hailing him and the nazi salutes. why does he do not more dramatically and that he wants no part of the people? >> because it's asked and answered wolf. you have asked me eight times for the same question. i told you the position. that's not the focus. it's for making it better for all americans and a great education system for all americans and rebuilding the inner indust inner city. i get it and that you want to ask it over and over again and denounce it until sunday. that's not what he wants to talk act. aagain, you're right it's the news media over and over again asking the same question. i don't know how many times he has to answer that question, and you fig yuging out the way and fashion to do it next. if he goes out and givens a speech, should he write it in
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the sky? i don't know but i think that he has been clear, and it's time to move on. >> i think what a lot of people would like to see is a formal statement similar -- >> no, they would not. >> he did a two and a half minute video yesterday outlining the plans for the first 100 days. why not do another video and say and directly address the people and say you know what, you're not apart of my team. i don't want the support. i hate what you're doing and end it once and fora all. >> i think donald trump has done a pretty good job of communicating an affective message to the american people and while i respect and appreciate the ideas on what the to do, i think that donald trump has done a great job on his own and how to affectively communicate what the american people want right now. they voted on november 8th on that favor. >> well, i don't know about
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unanimously, but he is the president-elect of the united states. he won the -- >> he won the electoral votes. >> that's all that matters. in the new york times interview today and assuming that you were over there with him and saying that his son-in-law could play a key role in the palestinian peace agreement. talk about that. would he be a special middle east on voi? >> well, if question is what position would gerard kushner play. there are area in the middle east and riz risrael that he is passionate about. he said that he could play a role maybe. nothing is formalized and he asked a question and made it clear that he is not looking for a formal role and that the expertise maybe helpful and trying to make the world a
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better place. >> the over site committee and who is going to be joining us in the next hour and just sent a letter inquiring about the trump foundation and reading in part and let me read it to you. i'm writing to request additional information on the apparent information on donald j. trump foundation and they have violated the legal prohibition to benefit the leader or family members or other disqualified individuals commonly known as self-dealing. i want your reaction to that letter and statement that was just released? >> well, i think that it's ironic that she suddenly cares ability foundations and the activities after ignoring all of the concerns for the clinton foundations. in newfound ones and how they operate is interesting. the trump foundation will continue to apply and abid by all of the laws as you have seen
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in new york. they had issues that the new york attorney general brought up and they addressed those. >> one final question on the incoming national security and the president retired michael flynn and said this about islamism and i will put it up on the screen. actually, i have to sound bite. this is what he said back in the summer. >> we are facing another ism like we faced communism, this is a vicious cancer inside of the body of 1.7 billion people on this planet. it has to be excised. >> is that appropriate? >> well, nuller one i think that it's appropriate to recognize that we're phasing the terrorism. we have a threat that's coming after us that wants to destroy us, and i think that general flynn understands that threat
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more than everybody because of the post of dia. he wants to confront it and keep america safe. number two every one of the people is here to carry out donald trump's vision and his thoughts on what things are. he is qualified to carry that out:it's not what wants, but what donald trump thinks. donald trump wants to confront that islamic radicalism head on and keep the country safe. >> general flynn is also tweeting, and i will put it up and saying the fear of muslims is rational. he is going to deal with the leader and the jorder of jordan and a great friend of the united states is a muslim, when he makes statements like that, isn't he alienating some is of those in the united states that we need to fight isis? >> well, i think this president-elect crump has confidence in flynn's
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intelligence landscape and will do a fine job as the national security adviser. >> he said that fear of muslims is rational. forward this to others and no questions. that's the kind of statement ast all of them are wonderful, decent hard people. and he seems to be casting this wide net. >> i think we have to be much more careful in making sure we're clear that it is radical islamic terrorists and it is a sect within that. making sure going forward, that we're much more careful on who we have to be clear of. we should not be so concerned with political correctness as much as making sure this country is safe and take them head on. >> inhe had of saying fear of
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muslims. instead of fear it. we'll continue these conversations. i'm sure many times down the road. thank you for joining us and i hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving. >> thank you, too. heading into the holidays, the united states is warning citizens about dangers abroad and the terror at home. they're getting ready in new york city. >> we're learning of extraordinary measures being taken at the thanksgiving macy's parade. it comes after the terror group called on followers to stage truck attacks and told them how to do it. tonight new york police and counter terror officials taking extra security america urs along the route of the macy's thanksgiving parade. thousands of officers will be on the streets. time? ers on roof tops.
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officials say they have this attack on their minds. the horrific truck attack in nice, france, last summer during the bastille day celebration. >> we didn't need anything else to clue us in that it was an indicator of something we have to make adjustments because of and changes. that's why the sand trucks are there. and you will not see vehicles crossing the route of the parade. >> law enforcement officials say there is no specific credible threat to the thanksgiving parade. 37-year-old mohammed naji arrested early monday in brooklyn had ideas for a spectacular attack on times square. tonight he is accused by prosecutors of providing material support to isis. his desire to attack officials say, fueled by nice. according to the criminal complaint, he said if there is a truck, i mean a garbage truck and one drives 30th to times
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square, times square day. >> isis has one message for its followers and one message only. kill as many people as you can. it sees truck attacks as was carried out in nice as a practical way of doing it. >> they have laid out a how-to for conducting a truck attack like the one in nice. under a picture of macy's day parade, a caption. experts warn about an ever present lone wolf. >> you're hoping when they radicalize 1,000 people, 5,000, who never even to have travel to syria. if you miss those guys, you have a problem. it is whether you miss any of them over the years. >> americans being warned that terrorism abroad during holidays. the state department warning americans to be careful at holiday festivals in europe. recent arrests in france, according to french media,
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thwarted a potential attack in a christmas market in the city of strasburg. >> people are going to areas in which we can't fully secure. we can't make sure every single bus station, every train station is fully secured. >> terrorism experts say when makes thanksgiving and the other holidays a more enticing target for sthois year is the fact the terror group is losing battles on the battlefield and they're saying stay home and attack. >> this suspect did try on join isis in the middle east. >> according to federal prosecutors, did he. he first traveled to yemen in march of last year. he tried five times to get into isis territory. when he couldn't do that, he returned to new york and then became fixated on possibly attack times square. >> brian todd reporting for us. thank you. coming up, donald trump drops his pledge to prosecute
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hillary clinton saying it would be very divisive to the country and he disavowed the hate group that's have cheered his win. is he setting a new tone for his incoming administration? .
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happening now. breaking news. president trump appears to change heart on some of the most controversial positions he took during campaign including
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hillary clinton. trump addressed his questions about conflicts of interest between the oval office and his global business dealings, telling "the new york times" in theory he could run both perfectly. where will he draw line between businessman and president? and trump says he believes he can succeed where others have failed and forge a peace agreement between israel and the palestinians. trump says he would love to be the one to settle the decades old conflict. is he planning to put his son-in-law in charge of that effort? and the driver of a school bus is arrested and charged with homicide after a crash that left at least five children dead. many more are injured. some in intensive care. was the driver speeding when the bus spun out of control? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."

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