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happening now, breaking news. giuliani out. the former new york mayor no longer in the running to become secretary of state. stand by for new intrigue in the race to lead the state department. one contender's prospects are rising tonight. suggesting fraud. donald trump back on the stump talking again about his concerns that voting might have been rigged. i'll ask the head of the naacp for his take on that, as well as the president-elect's stunning reversal of his opinion of president obama. punishing putin.
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president obama orders a review of russian hacking aimed at influencing the u.s. election. how will it all play out with the president-elect? and calls on a plane? new moves are under way toward allowing phone calls in flight. tonight, the feds are buckling up for the possibility that passengers will behave badly. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." ♪ >> this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news tonight. one of donald trump's most loyal supporters no longer a contender to be secretary of state. the trump transition says rudy giuliani has removed his name from consideration. but sources tell cnn the former new york mayor was told earlier that he would not be getting the state department job. cnn has learned that the president-elect is looking more
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closely right now at exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson to be america's top diplomat. also right now, donald trump is traveling to michigan after campaigning for a republican candidate in louisiana's senate runoff. we're standing by for his remarks at a rally tonight. also this hour, we have new information about president obama's order for a full review of russian hacking, amid allegations that vladamir putin may have tried to influence the u.s. election. cnn has learned the obama administration is preparing possible sanctions and other options for punishing moscow, depending on the results of the investigation. u.s. officials are preparing for the day when airline passengers they be allowed to make phone calls in mid-air. but there are important conditions that regulators may impose to prevent talkative passengers from angering others. stand by, we have details.
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cornell william brooks is standing by live, with our correspondentis and analysts. up first, sara murray. what are you learning about rudy giuliani's exit in the race to be secretary of state? >> reporter: well, even though giuliani took his name out of the mix, sources are saying it went down a little differently, that he was informed that he would not be get thing coveted slot of secretary of state. now what you're seeing is an effort to save face. donald trump's secretary of state options, down one, with rudy giuliani withdrawing his name from contention for that or any other cabinet position. >> my desire to be in the cabinet was great, but it wasn't that great. and he had a lot of terrific candidates and i thought i could play a better role being on the outside and continuing to be his close friend and adviser.
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>> reporter: but sources say giuliani didn't voluntarily withdraw his name from the mix, he was informed he wouldn't be getting the state department position. this, as cnn has learned exxonmobil ceo rex tillerson's stock is rising for the state department post. that's as trump faces fresh questions about his business empire. on the campaign trail, donald trump easily shrugged aside his business interests, insisting the allure of the white house was far more important. >> i don't care. it doesn't matter to me. it's nice when you don't have to care, but i don't care. what i care about is making america great again. that's much more important. much more important. >> reporter: but now the president-elect is showing little sign of stepping back from his corporate calling. and yet another potential conflict of interest, sources say trump will remain an executive producer for nbc's "celebrity apprentice," even as he serves as president of the united states. trump hosted 14 seasons of "the apprentice," but in 2015, nbc
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said it was cutting ties with remark after his controversial remarks about undocumented mexican immigrants. >> i have a big chunk of that show and i could have done it for another five years if i wanted to. a lot of pressure on arnold. it's a number one show and i did it for 14 seasons. i have a big stake in it. >> reporter: now a top adviser, kellyanne conway, is defending trump's decision, saying he'll remain involved in the show in his free time. >> were we so concerned about the hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president? i mean, presidents have a right to do things in their spare time, or their leisure time. >> reporter: of course, trump and other republicans were sharply critical of the time president obama spent on the links. >> and he gets on this plane, flies to hawaii. he's there for a long time, golf, golf, golf, golf, more, more, learning how to chip, learning how to hit the drive, learning how to putt. oh, i want more. >> reporter: the latest news on
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trump's business dealings comes days before he's slated to hold a press conference on who h run his company as he heads to the white house. and trump is using his thank you tour to defend the picks he's already made. >> by the way, some of the people i put on to negotiate, you've been noticing, are some of the most successful people in the world. one newspaper criticized me, why can't they have people of modest means? because i want people that made a fortune, because now they're negotiating with you. okay? >> reporter: that road show continues today with an evening rally in michigan. as well as a stop in louisiana to campaign for a republican senate candidate. and paul ryan is putting aside his past criticism of trump in favor of a show of unity. >> we're very excited about
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getting to work in 2017 to put this country back on track. >> reporter: we are expecting a little more news from donald trump tonight in michigan. sources tell us he's expected to announce rona romney mcdaniel to be the next head of the republican national convention. rnc members have to vote on that, but the backing of the president-elect means a lot in that slot. >> thank you very much for that report. now to president obama's just ordered investigation of russian hacking. president-elect trump has insisted there's no evidence that moscow actually tried to influence the u.s. election, but the obama administration sees it very differently. our global affairs correspondent is here with me. what are you learning? >> reporter: you know that the intelligence community has officially accused moscow of hacking the democratic national committee and other political organizations. officials raised questions about russia's meddling in the u.s. elections. so the results oh of this
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investigation could be a pretext to funnish russia on the way out the door. administration officials have prepared a wide range of options from sanctions to possible cyber measures, if president obama decides to order them. it's also being referred to as a list of lessons learned, especially for the incoming administration. president-elect donald trump has dismissed the claims as recently this week, telling "time" magazine he doesn't believe russia was involved. but congress was wants answers. democrats have asked president obama to declassify more details about russian involvement and leading republicans like john mccain are launching a probe into russian meddling and potential cyber threats. we don't know if the results of this investigation will be made public. concerns about revealing u.s. sources and methods. but wolf, the white house says the investigation will be mindful of that. >> what will the incoming trump administration do if the president's report concludes there was meddling, and the u.s.
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before the president leaves office on january 20th, decides to take some specific sanctions, other steps, what would the new president do? >> well, that's a very open question, whether the incoming trump administration will do that. president-elect trump has made no secret he wants better relations in president putin. he could quickly overturn any measures that president obama passed before leaving office. but he would face a lot of heat on capitol hill, not just from democrats but from republicans who have been equally skeptical of russia. if the administration presents compelling evidence in the form of an investigation that congress accepts and donald trump overturns measures against russia, he opens himself up to charges to bowing to moscow. and there's a political price to pay for that. >> thanks so much for that, elise lavin. president obama's successor may be at odds over russia, but in
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louisiana earlier today, president-elect trump tried to stop supporters from even booing the president, even as he renewed questions about election fraud. >> the voting went really early, and we have to discuss that early thing. there's so many things going on, so many things. i wonder what happens during the evenings when those places are "locked," right? but the democrats were the people saying donald trump is criticizing the foundations of our country. give me a break. president obama, who by the way, i've gotten along with so well -- no, no, he's really doing great. [ crowd booing ] >> he's been doing so nice. but eight years ago, he talked about in chicago what goes on, okay? they don't talk about it anymore. and believe me, it's only gotten
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worse, folks. >> joining us now, the president and ceo of the naacp cornell william brooks. thanks for joining us. >> hi, wolf. >> respond to the president-elect suggesting that early voting isn't necessarily safe. do you believe that does a disservice to american voters to suggest this at this point? >> most americans regard the right to vote as the civic sacrament of our democracy. so for the president-elect to mock early voting is quite disturbing. the fact of the matter is, there are people in this country who have sacrificed greatly. heroes and heroins of american history who have given their life for the right to vote. so to suggest that early voting, anything that makes voting easier, and more likely to be used, is something to be knocked
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is shocking, particularly for someone who is about to ascend to the highest office in the land via what? the vote. the fact of the matter is, the naacp literally, we have shed blood, sweat, and tears for the right to vote. and so where we are in a moment in american history, where the person who is about to put their hand on the bible and to take the oath of office to become the president of the united states did not win the popular vote. so i find it ironic in the extreme that he would suggest that anything that makes it easier to vote, to make it more likely that young people and people from all walks of life participate in the franchise, is shocking. absolutely shocking. on the other hand, he should be talking about voter suppression opposed to voter fraud or early voting. >> you also -- cornell, you also heard the president-elect in these remarks, trying to tamp down boos coming from the crowd when he mentioned the president
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of the united states, president obama. do you think personally meeting with the president in the oval office just after he won the election changed donald trump's thinking as far as the president is concerned? as we know, for years, he even questioned his birthplace. >> well, i'm glad that he's come to the conclusion, i think a great many of americans have with respect to president obama, namely that he's an honorable and decent man, and someone who has demonstrated a great deal of grace. that being said, i would like for the president-elect to meet with a great number of americans that come from diverse walks of life and extend that same grace and understanding with respect to those he's nominating to serve in government. so that they might reflect the diversity. the richness of diversity of this country in terms of public
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policy. that means starting first with the chief strategist, that is to say steve bannon, not nominating someone who has given support to the so-called alt-right or white nationalists or white supremacists. so yes, i'm glad to hear he's saying nice things about president obama, because he's certainly gone out of his way to do what has been done by presidents before. that is to say to ensure the peaceful transition of power. >> since winning the election, has the president-elect reached out to you, cornell, or to the naacp? >> certainly we've heard from the transition office. they've reached out to the naacp. i have not heard from the president-elect as of yet. i suspect we will. the naacp as you well know, is the nation's largest, oldest
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civil rights organization. and we, like the president-elect, are charged with the responsibility of serving all of the american people and we've done so for the last 107 years. >> when they reached out -- cornell, sorry for interrupting, but when they reached out to you, what did they say or suggest? can you share with us the conversation? >> we just heard from the transition office. they just reached out in terms of getting contact information and that kind of thing. so it wasn't necessarily a message from the president-elect. perhaps that is to come. >> do you want to speak directly with the president-elect? do you think you can work with him over the next four years? >> well, the president-elect is charged with the responsibility of working with a great variety of organizations and i would certainly expect the naacp to be high on that list. the naacp is a ignore the nami
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someone who is a great advocate -- we are certainly willing to engage anyone advancing civil rights. but we have to do so in the context of an honest, forthright conversation about how to
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advance the nation's interest. we certainly won't soft pedal to move the nation forward. >> the president-elect selected dr. ben carson to be the secretary of the department of housing and urban affairs. -- urban development i should say. nancy pelosi said dr. carson, in her words, is a disconcerting, and disturbingly unqualified choice, the democratic leader in the house. kellyanne conway, who was the campaign manager for donald trump, now senior adviser, just commented, just spoke to "the new york times" saying this, i'll put it up on the screen. i think that nancy pelosi's criticism of dr. ben carson was seen as out of line, and dare i say if someone was saying it about president obama when he first started, they would have called it racist. i think it's unfortunate, very unfortunate to denounce him as unqualified. an african-american man, who came from very humble beginnings.
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is kellyanne conway's criticism fair? >> it's not racist to call into question the qualifications of dr. carson with respect to hud. dr. carson is -- was a brilliant neurosurgeon. he certainly has an extraordinary mind, extraordinary heart for humanity. he demonstrated that in the course of his career at johns hopkins. but whether he is qualified to serve as secretary of hud is all together another matter. hud is responsible for the enforcement of the nation's, in part, fair housing laws. it is responsible for ensuring affordable housing for advancing urban development. these are complex public policy issues. hud is a very, very important
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government agency, and we need someone at the helm who has expertise, experience in these issues. and so dr. carson is well qualified for a great many positions, certainly in the health care field. but leading hud, that is all together another matter. and so it's not racist to simply suggest that he is the wrong person for this job. >> all right. stand by, cornell. there's more to discuss. we're going to pick it up right after a quick break. all her aches and pains. and i said "come to class, let's start walking together" and i said "and i bet you money you'll be able to do that senior walk". that day i said "ok it's me and you girl, me and you!" i said "if you need to stop, there's a bench we'll just hang out in the shade." she said "absolutely not! we are going to finish this race!" and we were the last ones in, but you know what?
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>> a dramatic end to the trial
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of dylann roof, who shot and killed nine people in an african-american church. the jury saw video of roof's confession to police. >> it was a chilling day in this courtroom in charleston, where jurors got to hear dylann roof laugh coldly as he confessed to carrying out a massacre last year. his chilling admission came in a video interview with the fbi. the video was played on the third day of his death penalty trial. he laughed as he said, i went to that church in charleston and i did it. in the video, he's mostly seen answering in a monotone, saying white people are superior to black people. it's just a fact. he says, somebody had to do it. before adding, black people are killing white people every day. what i did was so minuscule compared to what they do to white people every day. jurors yesterday saw surveillance video of roof entering and leaving the church.
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the victims are seen entering, and then stretchers carrying their bodies later on. roof told the fbi he sat for 15 minutes alongside these victims in their bible study, then opened fire killing nine people. >> what a horrific event. that was awful. >> thank you very much. i want to get back to cornell william brooks, the head of the naacp. cornell, i wonder if you want to react hearing these awful words of dylann roof, hearing his intentions as clearly as we just heard. >> it's very disturbing, wolf. as you know, i'm a member of the african methodist episcopal church. to hear a young man talk about the killing of black people versus white people. his moral map reduces african-americans and white americans to zero. he saw -- he did not see the humanity of african-americans. he did not see the humanity of
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students of scripture in a historic church. and he laid them to rest. it is unconscionable. it is immoral. but it speaks to a hatred that i'm afraid is not a matter of one lone gunman, but when we think about the fact that there have been hundreds and hundreds of hate crimes over the course of the last few weeks in this country, most of which have taken place in schools, it means we have to be concerned about the unconscionable behavior of dylann roof, but we also have to be concerned about the racial hatred in our country as we speak. so we condemn he is actions but we have to be concerned about our own as a country. >> also this week, cornell, there was a mistrial in the murder trial of michael slager,
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the north charleston police officer who shot and killed walter scott after that april, 2015 traffic stop. the shooting was captured on camera. are you surprised this resulted in a mistrial? there will be a new trial and a federal trial, as well. >> yeah, i confess i am surprised to see a man running away from a police officer, from nearly 20 feet away to being shot in the back like an animal. i was shocked at a mistrial. how many of us have found ourselves on the side of the road in a routine traffic stop? none of us would imagine losing our lives as a consequence of a routine traffic stop. so to have someone who is loved and cared for and someone who had a family, to lose his life in this way, shot in the back in
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cold blood, for that to result in a mistrial is shocking. i'm encouraged and hopeful about a new trial. but this says something about the value of black lives in this country. and it says something about the diminished and devalued humanity of african-americans. i don't think we can ignore that. so am i saddened by this mistrial? i am, but so are many americans across this country. >> the new york city police department said since the election, about 4 1/2 weeks ago, hate crimes are up more than 30% compared to the same time last year. the southern poverty law center cited more than 700 hate crimes around the country in the weeks following the election. why do you think that is? >> well, what i would also note here is most of those crimes have taken place in schools. that is to say, our children
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watching the conduct of adults modeling our bad behavior as a nation. i believe the cause of these hate crimes is, in part, the racial dog whistles that were blown during the course of this campaign. the racist and ethnocentric -- this has pitted our country against one another, neighbor against neighbor. this is a very serious matter, because when you have kids, think about this, wolf, when you have children modeling the bad behavior of those folks who are older than they are charged with their care and responsibility, this is a moment of serious concern for the country. and when we have people spray painting swastikas on sidewalks, lifting up anti-semitic arguments as though this is the
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normal course of civic discourse in this country. calling people the "n" word, this is not funny. it's not a light hearted matter. sit a serious matter. if we take seriously the peaceful transition of power, we have to take very seriously the peaceful transition of power with respect to our democracy, the state of our citizenry. and so we, as a country, need to collect ourselves, come together as a nation, and realize that we, as a citizenry, are far more important than the racial dog whistles that have been blown loud and long, if you will, over the course of these many months oh of this campaign. >> cornell, thank you very much for joining us. cornell william brooks is the president and ceo of the naacp. thanks for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. just ahead, more on why rudy giuliani won't be in the trump administration after all.
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we're following the breaking news tonight, the trump transition team says rudy giuliani has taken his name out
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of consideration to become the next secretary of state. but sources tell cnn the former new york mayor had been informed he wouldn't be getting the job. let's bring in our political seem. sara murray, i want to get your information, because you're learning new information. he was extremely, extremely supportive, very loyal to the president-elect. but now he's not going to get anything. he said he wanted to be secretary of state. that's not happening. >> he was very loyal and at one point he was a front-runner for the secretary of state job. he made it clear that was the position he wanted in a trump administration. now we're seeing the game of trying to save face. sources are telling us that rudy giuliani was informed he would not be getting that position. behind the scenes he made it clear he wasn't interested in any other. so now we're getting a statement from the transition team, a statement from rudy giuliani saying essentially i took my name out of the mix. i don't want to serve in a donald trump administration but i'm still going to remain a close friend and adviser to donald trump. >> it's interesting, because not
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just rudy giuliani, a very high profile, very loyal supporter, but others like chris christie, very high profile, very loyal. he's out of the mix. newt gingrich, mike huckabee, they're not going to get anything either. unclear if they wanted anything. but what does that say to you? >> they're all kind of related. you go back to rudy giuliani. he was asked about it right after the election. and he said, i'm going to be secretary of state, almost like it was a given. newt gingrich was very local about his talents going into the white house. and then you had chris christie who many of us thought was positioning himself should donald trump win, that he would get in, as well. i do think we have to give trump some credit for not just rewarding his allies and those who went out and were very supportive of him and are looking at other people, as well. he's always going to get rudy giuliani's advice any way, but he would have been a very difficult confirmation pick. we know if newt gingrich was in
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there as chief of staff, newt gingrich in many ways would have thought he was the president. and rudy giuliani was more qualified to be the head of the department of homeland security. it's a job he did not want. >> obviously he's out of the mix right now for secretary of state. lahnee, let's chuck about your former boss, mitt romney. he's still in the running to be secretary of state. rudy giuliani in this interview today, he made it clear where he stands on that. listen. >> i thought mitt went over the line in the things he said about donald trump, and the president-elect is going to make his decision. i will support that decision. but my advice would be mitt went just a little too far to -- you can make friends and make up, but i would not see him as a candidate for the cabinet. >> do you think that mitt romney, a man you know well, and
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the president-elect, can have a very cooperative, constructive relationship, that he might emerge still as secretary of state? >> i do think they can have a productive relationship. governor romney made it very clear after the election, his priority was to help the president-elect be successful in governing and actually moving forward, particularly in the conduct of u.s. foreign policy. and the other issue is just a little bit about who mitt romney is as a man. anybody who spent time with him, certainly sara and mark know this, he's a man who is driven by a desire to serve the country. at the end of the day, that desire to serve and do well for the people of this country is something that motivates mitt romney and ultimately i think would be key in the relationship with donald trump going forward if he were to be selected. >> donald trump, the president-elect of the united states, has made it clear he will remain executive producer
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of "the celebrity apprentice" on nbc, even though he's president of the united states. what does that say to you? >> look, yesterday we were talking about the extraordinary spectacle of the president-elect tweeting criticism of an individual american citizen who criticized him. today we are talking about the extraordinary circumstance of a president-elect maintaining an economic interest in a television program that is produced by one entertainment conglomerate and aired by another. that tells you donald trump is going to be pushing against norms that have been accepted for many years on many fronts. on the ethics side, it really is the tip of the iceberg. there was an extraordinary letter out today from the former ethics council for barack obama, and george w. bush, and the author of the book "clinton cash," all raising big red flags about the potential conflicts of interest at home and abroad that
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the way donald trump seems to be heading towards. so this is something that is going to be an ongoing issue, not only for the news media but for the republicans in congress who have the oversight authority to see whether they will, in fact, raise some of the questions that are being kid of -- echo some of the questions being raised by outside experts. >> more to discuss. just ahead, an intrigues snapshot of the generals being drafted to serve the next commander in chief. (vo) it's the holidays at verizon, and the best deals are on the best network. (both) yes! (vo) with no surprise overages, you can use your data worry free and even carry over the data you don't use. and right now get four lines and 20 gigs for only $40 per line.
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tonight, we're getting a unique look at generals drafted by president-elect donald trump to serve at the highest levels of his national security team. i want to bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what do we know about the relationship these generals have? >> reporter: this is a group of generals who have unshakeable ties. they come to these jobs having worked together for years. it's a telling 2013 photo of the most senior marine corps generals at the time. three of them who fought in iraq now set to become donald trump's inner circle on national security. now retired general james mattis nominated to be secretary of defense. retired general john kelly, nominated for homeland security
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secretary. and general joseph dunford, the current chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. all three achieved the rare rank of four-star general. the first time there have ever been that be in the corps. dunford is making it clear he's not wordied about mattek taking the top civilian job. >> do i have any concerns? no. >> reporter: nobody can yet say how these four stars will deal with the controversial national security adviser, retired three-star army lieutenant general mike flynn, who was junior to them. these marines have personal bonds that are as deep as can be. on november 9, 2010, dunford broke the news to kelly his son, robert kelly, had been killed in afghanistan. a brotherhood of battle hardened senior marines, forged back in 2003, when mattis commanded the
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first marine division and dunford and kelly served under him. it was a war their new commander in chief donald trump opposed. >> watch out behind you, behind you! >> reporter: cnn's martin savidge was embedded with the marines at the time. what is i remember most is how hard it was, hard in many, many ways. the leadership that this unit had expected great things. mattis expected great things. kelly expected great things. it wasn't just that they were projecting great plans. they projected that feeling all the way down to the average marine. >> reporter: mattis' division fought in the initial high-speed attack, from kuwait to baghdad and beyond, it would be the longest ground march in corps history. but it was a war that saw marines struggle in western iraq. spending months fighting an insurgency in fallujah, eventually more than 4,000 u.s. troops killed, more than 30,000 wounded.
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iraq was a troubled war by many accounts. but i spoke today to one senior officer who worked directly for mattis for two years, and he said simply, i would do anything for him. wolf? >> you hear that from a lot of people out there. thanks, barbara, thank you very much for that report. with just six weeks to go before donald trump's inauguration, president obama is racing to investigate russian hacking and whether it actually influenced the u.s. presidential election. sara, as you know, the president today ordered a full review of these allegations that the russians hacked computers, e-mails of democrats, supposedly with the intention of trying to help donald trump win the election. let's say the review is completed by january 20th. president obama imposes new sanctions or whatever. what is donald trump likely to do as president of the united states? >> i think that's an interesting question, wolf. what we do know is that donald
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trump has certainly had a number of intelligence briefings. so there's no doubt that as part of this concerns of russia have been brought up, and that has not changed donald trump's tone people. rex tillerson is a potential example of secretary of state who do soo close ties to russia. close ties to the vladimir putin. donald trump is on a different playing field when it comes to russia than many members of his own party. so how do people on the hill react as this investigation is ongoing and whether we see more republicans falling in line with their view or with donald trump. >> and a krae of the exxon mobile now apparently on the short list to become secretary of state.
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-- said russia is america's number one geo political foe. he was attacked at the same for saying that but clearly right now it doesn't appear that the president elect glees with him. >> yeah. this is an area of policy where obviously the two of them have had a very different tone and i certainly think that governor romney and his concern about russia, the need to be clear-eyed is very important. i do think though it is important to think about the differences in tone versus actual differences in policy. it is not clear that the president elect, beyond sort of intimating the u.s. might wok together with russia on the syria crisis really has policy essentially different from what most republicans would certainly espouse. the tone is different but on the policy we'll have to a wait and see once he takes office. >> that has always been i think the biggest space between mitt romney and donald trump in terms
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of them trying to get over for secretary of state. but look, donald trump has taken aza ra said a very different tone on this. continuing to downplay and dismiss the idea that there was russian intervention in the election. and i think it is going to be very striking to see how he reacts as this -- if the obama administration in fact goes public and impose to move sanctions. also rob portman has introduced legislation on russian disinformation in europe. so you do have a divergence here that is going to be one of the flash points in foreign policy once the president elect takes office. >> stick around. don't go tofr away. don't miss jake tapper's exclusive interview with the vice president joe biden on state of the union, this sunday morning 9:00 a.m. eastern and again at noon eastern right here on cnn.
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tonight we're following moves that could lead to a big change on airlines. allowing passengers to make phone calls on flights. that would be a huge convenience, or a huge annoyance especially if you are next to someone who won't hang up. these would be wifi calls, not
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necessarily cellular calls. we know there is already technology for all of this. the real concern is about passengers potentially behaving badly. >> right. and the transportation department envisions one day inflight calls will be an option. while airlines like united currently prohibit they have left the door open to the possibility of loufing phone calls one day. the transportation committee fears it will cause a spike in air incidents. and requiring passengers to let passengers know long before they get on the flight. most other airlines like american and delta, they show no indications they will low inflight calls. we do know that flight crews. they are against the idea and delta airlines said they did a
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survey of passengers and the majority of them think it would be too disruptive. still though the department of transportation preparing for that day trying to make sure they protect passengers from those who may be a bit chatty 30,000 feet up in the air. >> how soon could this change happy? >> right now this proposal is open for public comment so that will take some 30 to 60 days and they will review the comment. one thing we do know, this will fall in the hands of the trump administration. >> amtrack from new york to washington or washington back to new york. they got a quiet car. you can talk in your cell phone on the other cars. maybe there will be a quiet plane down the road at some point. all right renee.
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thanks very much. we're standing by. donald trump the president elect, getting ready to speak in michigan. a huge crowd already developing for that. we'll have coverage. until then thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in the situation roma. erin burnett "outfront" starts right breaking news. donald trump about to speak live in michigan as we learn new details about why rudy giuliani and chris christie will not be serving with donald trump. and what does the host of "the celebrity apprentice" think of trump staying on as executive producer? and more. let's go "outfront." "outfront" tonight the breaking news. donald trump is about to speak live in michigan. this is part of h

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