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we'll go to the grand canyons one day. >> reporter: the day we landed in beattiville, the stock market hit a record high. but dow 20,000 doesn't help many folks here. >> for the majority of the people here, the stock market is something interesting to look at. >> reporter: it's factories like this one where melissa and hundreds more made a decent living, that president trump has promised to resurrect. it's a promise so many here are holding onto tightly. what gets you by every day? >> hayden. >> reporter: do you believe hayden can have a different life? >> i hope he does. i really do. like i said, i don't want him to struggle like i do. good morning, everyone, i'm john berman. >> i'm poppy harlow. so glad you're with us this morning. we begin with politics and the white house gearing up for a
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legal showdown. president trump's controversial travel ban front and center today, the fate of that ban in the hands of the ninth circuit court of appeals. >> the justice department is facing a 6:00 p.m. deadline to defend the ban. this is a battle that is very likely to go all the way to the supreme court. also happening this hour, president trump is expected to leave march al mar-a-lago. you're looking at live pictures of air force one. we're covering every angle with our team of reporters. cnn's dan simon is in san francisco outside the ninth circuit court where this legal fight, we're right in the middle of this fight, dan, waiting for each side to weigh in. >> reporter: that's right, john. the ninth circuit's job is to determine whether this suspension should remain in place. the next step in the process is for both sides to file their briefs. we know attorneys for minnesota and washington have already done
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so. the federal government has until 6:00 p.m. eastern time to make its position known. in the meantime, we also have a lot of other voices joining in the chorus as it relates to this immigration ban. you have 97 technology companies filing an amicus brief, saying that what this immigration ban does is, it's bad for business and discriminatory towards immigrants and their families. we also have a lot of former fell government officials ranging from john kerry to madeleine albright, susan rice, saying they're not aware of a specific threat anywhere in the world that could justify this kind of ban. ninth circuit, you have a three-judge panel. this could be a hearing, either in person or by phone or by video, or there could be no hearing, they could simply issue their ruling based on briefs. but whatever happens here, the conventional wisdom is that ultimately this will go to the supreme court. >> just the beginning. dan simon, thanks so much. as you heard, the beginning
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of this legal fight taking shape. today, president trump heads to tampa to address the troops and meet with officials at u.s. central command. let's get to the white house have we find sara murray, good morning, sara. >> reporter: good morning, poppy. that's right, donald trump has a busy day ahead of him, heading to central command. we're expecting him to give some remarks there. then afterwards he's going to be having lunch with enlisted personnel. he's also going to be getting a briefing while he is at central command. all of this before he heads back to the white house later today. >> and sara, there is a lot of back and forth right now, if you're reading the papers, but the inner workings of what's going on in the white house or what's not working, depending on how you look at it, power struggles between chief of staff reince priebus and steve bannon. you have some reporting on this. >> reporter: there is a lot of fascination about sort of the palace intrigue, what's going on inside the white house. i think what we saw is the trump administration really took a beating on the sloppy rollout of the travel ban, the fact that
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members of congress didn't know what was going on, government agencies that are supposed implement this didn't know what was going on. they decided reince priebus would be the point person, to ensure that these things move in an orderly fashion. they're trying to downplay the notion that there is any kind of staff innight i nighfightinginf. my colleagues tell me that's not exactly the case, there still tensions between bannon and other parts of the white house. this doesn't necessarily bother trump, this is how he's always managed his business. he's perfectly happy to have that continuing. what he does not like is getting hammered in the press over a policy priority he wanted to move quickly on when he got to the white house. >> the realities of the presidency certainly upon him as they are every new president.
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sara murray, thank you. joining us now, former u.s. attorney general and former counsel to president george w. bush, alberto gonzales, currently the dean at belmont college university of law. nice to have you on the program. >> good morning. >> we have a lot to get to with you. >> mr. attorney general, there's a back and forth now between the president of the united states, at least from his side and the judiciary. he wrote just over the weekend about this federal judge who made the order to put a pause on his travel ban. he said, "just cannot believe a jump would put our country in such peril, if something happens, blame him and the court system," he said. should the president of the united states be talking like this about someone on the federal bench? >> you know, our founding fathers gave life tenure to federal judges precisely to help them make tough decisions and face criticism. having said that, however, i
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don't believe that this is something that under the bush administration -- this is not the manner in which we would have responded. we would simply say, we disagree, we respectfully disagree with the judge's decision and intend to appeal. obviously there are many instances during the bush administration where we vigorously disagreed with the decisions by a judge. and so, you know, we would have done it i think a little differently. >> but beyond that, because i've heard a lot of supporters of the president and members of congress say, including the vice president say, this is just how the president talks, basically you have to get used to it and those who voted for him expect it. i just wonder if you think that it undermines our equal branches of government, if it undermines, you know, the judiciary branch, and if it is dangerous in that way. >> listen, i think if we've put the right people in place on the federal bench, they're not going to be affected by this criticism, even if it comes from the president of the united states. >> what i'm asking is about the
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american public's perception. is it dangerous because of what it does to the american public's perception of these separate but equal branches of government. >> potentially. obviously you have to be careful about constant criticism of a branch of government. and so that's something that i would be concerned about. but again, with respect to the federal judiciary, they should be immune from this kind of criticism even though it comes from the president of the united states, but because it may undermine public confidence, i think everyone in the government should be careful about comments they make about a particular judge or the work of a particular judge. >> what's your assessment, mr. attorney general, of this white house and this president, how he's handling these separation of powers? i ask because john yoo, who worked with you in the bush administration, wrote in "the new york times" this morning, "i have grave concerns about president trump's use of presidential power." from the outside looking in, what's your observation? >> i think we need to be mindful
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of his experience with these kinds of issues and these kind of constraints. he doesn't have that experience. this is very much a learning period for donald trump. and it may take him some time to understand the checks and balances that our founding fathers wisely put into our system of government. it's a learning period, not only for donald trump but his staff. your previous reporting talked about tensions within the white house. it takes a period of time to figure out everyone's role within a particular white house. that period is still ongoing with respect to this white house. and they're dealing with some very difficult issues, high profile issues. it's not surprising we've got tensions, some mistakes that have been made. hopefully these things will get straightened out over a period of time. >> you were white house counsel under george w. bush also. one of the things we read in "the new york times" this morning is that president trump did not know the contents of one
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of the executive orders that he was signing, he didn't know he was giving steve bannon a permanent seat on the national security council. during your time with george w. bush, did he ever sign an executive order when he didn't know the contents? >> not to my knowledge, particularly one that's high profile and generates some criticism or controversy. i view that as a failure of staffing. there's a staffing process that exists within the white house to make sure that all appropriate personnel within the white house and within the affected agencies comment on an executive order, and the chief of staff, the counsel or staff secretary, their job is to make sure the president understands fully the content of an executive order. oftentimes it's included in a briefing book he's given the night before so he has the opportunity to be familiar with it and ask questions if he has questions. >> let me ask you about your legal take on this legal showdown about the ban.
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you're quoted in "the new york times" arguing that you think the president and the administration would have a stronger case on their travel ban if they could point to a terror attack in the united states that was carried out by a refugee or individual from one of these seven nations. >> again, the congress has a great deal of authority with respect to the issue of immigration. that authority has been delegated to the president, to the executive branch. and the courts have been very clear in saying, with respect to foreign policy, national security and immigration, the president does enjoy a great deal of plenary power to deal with these kinds of issues. nonetheless, again, if you're talking about an existing threat, an actual attack from someone from these countries, that puts the president in a much stronger position. it would make me much more comfortable. i'm not suggesting the president doesn't have the authority to do what he's done, because there is statutory authority given to him by congress to take actions that are similar to this. but, you know, as counsel to the president, you always try to put
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the president in the strongest legal position possible. >> mr. attorney general, nice to have you on, thank you. >> thanks for having me. still to come for us, president trump gets a face-to-face briefing from senior officials as u.s. central command this morning. you can see live pictures from west palm beach, air force one getting ready to take off. "think our country is so innocent," those words from the president seemingly in defense of vladimir putin. we'll dig into that, next. why pause a spontaneous moment? cialis for daily use treats ed and the urinary symptoms of bph. tell your doctor about your medicines, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, or adempas® for pulmonary hypertension, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess. to avoid long-term injury, get medical help right away for an erection lasting more than four hours. if you have a sudden decrease or loss of hearing or vision,
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up. we'll watch it and bring it to you if there's any news. the president is once again expressing his respect for russian president vladimir putin. >> he did a super bowl interview with bill o'reilly and seemed to create this moral equivalence between the russian leader and the united states. listen to this. >> do you respect putin? >> i do respect him. >> do you? why? >> i respect a lot of people. but that doesn't mean i'm not get along with him. he's a leader of his country. i say it's better to get along with russia than not. and if russia helps us in the fight against isis which is a major fight, and islamic terrorism all over the world. >> right. >> major fight. that's a good thing. will i get along with him? i have no idea. >> he's a killer, though. putin is a killer. >> there are a lot of killers. we've got a lot of killers. what are you i think our country is so innocent? >> i want to discuss this right now, with us dan pfeiffer, cnn political commentator, former senior adviser to president obama. mike shields, cnn political
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commentator, a republican. ron brownstein, cnn senior political analyst and senior editor at "the atlantic." mike, you're the resident republican on the panel here, republicans not exactly jumping to the defense of president trump for these comments. listen to mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, and ben sasse. >> putin is a former kgb agent, he's a thug. they invaded ukraine and messed around in our elections. no, i don't think there's any equivalence between the way the russians conduct themselves and the way the united states does. >> has the united states made any mistakes? of course. is the u.s. like putin's regime? not at all. there ask no equivalence between united states, the freedom loving nation of the world, and the murderous thugs in putin's defense of cronyism. >> not a lot of support for
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putin's comments. >> they have to say those things. the president is taking a different tack. let's look at the bigger picture. we just have eight years of weakness in foreign policy from the obama administration. we had his secretary of state hit a reset button. and then what do we watch? we watched russia invade crimea and attack the ukraine. >> i understand that. that's not what president trump was talking about. president trump said, you know -- >> i'm getting to that. >> he said we're killers too. >> right. my point is he's trying to reset his relationship with a leader of another state, potentially to push them, potentially to get things from them, potentially to engage them so we can have a better relationship that benefits the united states. >> by basically saying it's okay to allegedly poison or help your political opponents be wiped off the face of the map? >> president trump did not say that. >> okay, but he's the president of the united states. he knows the background of vladimir putin and he knows all the controversy that comes with him. >> right, look. it's very difficult.
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the president was criticized by people in this town, in the media, for his america first inaugural address. it's very hard to criticize that person, saying he doesn't put america first and doesn't think of america in a different way than russia. you're taking one statement and saying he extrapolates from that that he's okay with poisoning people. that is frankly absurd. the fact is, look at the president's actions versus his words. he's speaking to putin through the television and the russian people through the television to put himself in a better negotiating position. in the meantime, he had a conversation with the secretary general of nato over the weekend where he reaffirmed the secretary's position on ukraine. he is publicly trying to put himself in a position to negotiate better. i think we have to wait until we've seen the full picture before we spend every day criticizing the things that he's saying, although i understand that's what my democrat friends are going to do. >> again, these weren't democrats, this was mitch mcconnell, who is the senate republican leader. >> here is what marco rubio
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tweeted. >> i was teeing up dan, is what i was saying. >> we'll get to dana second. but ron, to the point, these are republicans who feel the need to comment on this. yes, mitch mcconnell was asked about it, senator sasse was asked about it. marco rubio went on twitter and proactively said, when has a democratic political activist been poisoned by the gop or vice-versa? we are not the same as putin, m.r., which is his way of saying he wrote that tweet himself. >> first, nice to be here on your first day, congratulations. the praise for putin and the desire to look away from all of the unsavory aspects of the putin administration is the bridge too far for almost all congressional republicans. donald trump has done a lot of things since taking office that makes republicans uneasy. criticizing individual companies over investment decisions, attacking federal judges
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individually. they're mostly biting their lip on that. when it comes to russia, it is simply too much. the defense of putin is completely outside of the american political kind of spectrum at this point. there really is no constituency for this either in the republican or democratic party. but it's not unheard of elsewhere. in fact it is a signal kind of element of the populist nationalist agenda that we see moving forward in europe, where many of those countries, which steve bannon has talked about himself in his 2014 speech on the vatican, they view putin as a bulwark against globalization and standing up for traditional christian values in search of social issues. there is a kind of grudging admiration for him. from that lens this looks less unusual than it does through the lens of kind of the american political debate where at this moment donald trump is, as someone said yesterday, an island unto himself. >> dan, as you know, this administration and many republicans point to what they see as failure over the last eight years of the obama administration and secretary
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clinton when she was secretary of state to get a better deal with russia, to get the united states on a better page with russia. the best pushback to that is, you believe, at this point? >> well, i think -- i mean, to understand sort of how illogical trump's position, you have to listen to what mike said, which is, when i was in the white house and we attempted a reset with russia, we were criticized by being naive, criticized by republicans, i'm sure by some of mike's friends. and in defending trumpi ietrump here, defends trump's vision by saying he's trying a reset. there's been a great body of evidence, regardless of what you think about what president obama and secretary clinton tried to do eight years ago, since that time the russians have invaded ukraine, they have become much more aggressive. so if you were against a reset back in 2009, there's much more evidence suggesting that it's a huge foreign policy error in 2017.
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>> one of the issues here, john, is the fact that the president is saying one thing, and then nikki haley at the united nations and rex tillerson, to put a button on it, ron brownstein, the president is saying one thing and his representatives are being much more aggressive against russia. >> four words. get used to it. i think it is something we are going to to see quite a bit in this administration, where, you know, you certainly have had a series of officials, both at the confirmation hearings and after, trying to reassure the conventional political debate and boundaries, and then the president kind of moves in his own place that kind of shatters -- again, look at your previous segment with alberto gonzales about the criticism of an individual judge over a decision adverse to the administration. you know, i think you will hear other folks, you know, in the administration perhaps questioning that. but i don't think you're going to ever get to a point where the president is completely in harness with -- or vice-versa,
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>> > good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> very nice to see you, i'm john berman. this is our big "newsroom"
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debut. >> and the patriots won. during the campaign, president trump said replacing obamacare would begin on day one, but now he says it may not be in year one. >> can americans in 2017 expect a new health care plan rolled out by the trump administration? >> this year. in the process. maybe it will take until sometime next year. but we're certainly going to be in the process. very complicated. obamacare is a disaster. you have to remember, obamacare doesn't work. so we're putting in a wonderful plan. it's statutorily -- takes a while to get. we'll be putting it in fairly soon. i think that, yes, i would like to say by the end of the year, at least the rude imeiments. . >> with us now, you both
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recently involved an alternative plan at the center of your proposal. if states like obamacare, they can keep it. we heard the president say it's probably going to take a while. of course it's very complex. but here is how he put it when he was exchange. campaigning. >> we will be able to immediately repeal and replace obamacare. have to do it. and we will do it and we will do it very, very quickly. we're going to repeal it and replace it. we're not going to have like a two-day period and we're not going to have a two-year period where there's nothing. >> we're going to be submitting as soon as our secretary is approved, almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan. it will be repeal and replace. it will be essentially simultaneously. probably the same day. could be the same hour.
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>> the first order of business is to repeal and replace obamacare. >> okay. so that is not happening. is that welcome news to you, that they're going to take a bit longer on this, that this is going to be more of a year-long, at least, process? or was it misguiding the american people to say it can be done like that? >> i have a different interpretation than you, poppy, on what all this means. clearly we've said all along it will happen simultaneously. in the first reconciliation bill, which will occur soon, there will be parts that are repealed and the nature of the repeal begins the replacement. the president, republicans have always said, we would like to keep provisions such as if a child wishes and the parents agree, the child may stay on the parents' insurance until age 26. that will not be repealed. therefore it is part of the replace. later in the year we'll have another bill that's probably 60 votes required to pass. that will be, again, partly
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repeal, partly replace. and our proposal, we then pass off to the states to choose between options. almost all of which we think will choose what we call the better choice, far different from obamacare. what the president means is next year is when the states choose between those options. if that's what he means, then we're entirely on the same page. >> senator, i read your plan, it is complete, in great detail. i'm wondering if you know what the president's plan is to replace obamacare. >> we've spoken to a high ranking official within the president's inner circle. and the broad outlines of what they're talking about are the broad outlines of what we're talking about. giving the options back to the states to choose between several. having a new relationship -- >> the white house is okay with the idea that if a state wants to keep obamacare, they can? >> under our plan, the states can stay with the status quo. we did not speak to that
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directly. on the other hand, whatever we give the states the option to do, they can theoretically stay with the status quo. we don't think they will. >> that's the core of your plan? >> poppy, you said that earlier. that is not the core of our plan. the core of our plan is there is a new relationship between the federal government and the state government and the federal government doesn't tell the states what to do. we give them a choice. we think they'll opt for the better choice, which is far different from obamacare. >> the president told "the washington post" in an interview a few weeks ago essentially that he wants to see everyone covered, universal health care. that's something that surprised a lot of leaders in your party, including the house speaker. since you've been in close contact with the white house on this, do you get the sense that that is still the president's plan, to have some sort of -- some form of universal health care? >> well, universal health care is different from everyone being covered, because if you will, universal health care might
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imply single payer. i think the president wants a robust insurance market. i can't speak for him but i imagine that's the case. he wants all to be covered, taking care of all preexisting conditions with no mandates, at a lower cost. he speaks passionately about the forgotten person. the forgotten person should not be forgotten when it comes to health care reform. i expect the president to keep those promises. >> just because we want to get you on the record on this, mitch mcconnell talked about this, ben sasse did too, your view of president trump saying "the united states, we're not so innocent," do you agree with that statement about russia? >> there is no equivalence between the u.s. and russia, the ussr, systematically has murdered their people in the past or denied them human rights. there is no moral equivalency between our country and theirs. everyone makes mistakes, we've
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made our share. there is no moral eequivalenqui between us and they. i did not hear the president's remarks, but as you represent them, i disagree with them. >> senator bill cassidy, we appreciate your coming on. we have live pictures of president trump's motorcade, we're told it's heading to the airport. there he is. heading to the airport in west palm beach, heading to tampa for a face-to-face meeting with officials from u.s. central command. stay with us. 7
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president trump boarding air force one now, heading from mar-a-lago to macdill air force
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base. he'll speak with coalition representatives and senior commanders and will have lunch with some of the troops there. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says he welcomes the u.s. actions against iran. president trump says the actions aren't bullish but warranted. >> sanctions. that's how you'll start with them. but you're moving a carrier, right? >> i never talk about military moves. i always criticized president obama that they have an announcement when they're going into mosul or someplace, they give the name, the date, the time. i don't agree with that. >> you're not bullish on iran? >> they have total disrespect for our country. i would live with the deal if they said, we're all together now. but it's just the opposite. it's like they're emboldened
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where they follow our planes, they circle our ships with their little boats, and they lost respect, because they can't believe anybody could be so stupid as to make a deal like that. >> so the president didn't want to talk about about it but it turns out the u.s. has deployed the uss cole, a destroyer, to the gulf of aden. retired commander curt lippel, a former commander of the "uss cole." our sources tell us the "cole" was headed to the gulf anyway. nevertheless, it does show a u.s. presence in the region. you have commanded there face-to-face with iran in some cases. what are the dangers? >> well, the biggest danger is going to be that we saw last week with the attack by the houthi rebels sponsored by iran when they attacked the saudi ship out there, unfortunately killing two saudi sailors. the u.s. navy is typically at the tip of the spear, defending the sea lanes of communication to make sure the world economies can sail on the oceans.
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so it's good that we are putting "uss cole" there. it's not a signal but a routine deployment maneuver. >> this comes in the same week, commander, that general flynn said we're putting iran on notice. he didn't give any details as to what that means. the president echoed those words with no further details. do you think that's a good thing, just to raise the alarm bells, i suppose, in iran, or do you think that it is potentially just more confusing than anything because they didn't say what that means? >> i think it's a good signal to send in that when you put someone on notice, you're saying you're raising the profile, that we are watching you, we are watching your moves, we are going to keep track of what's going on. i do agree with the president, though, we don't need to be discussing to the length and depth we used to of the military maneuvers and who is going to be where. the "uss cole" is in a position where if they needed to conduct
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missions with tomahawk missiles, for example, they can do that. but we don't need to tell the world where our ships are positions and what operations they're prepared to conduct. >> there are people who look at that message, putting iran on notice, and saying it's a different message that the united states is sending to the russians, in the ukraine and crimea. president trump has not put the russians on notice, not officially, not general flynn nor the president himself. do you think that the difference in language is warranted? >> i think it is warranted, because right now the middle east, especially with iran, is extremely volatile. when you look at what iran has done in the last few years, with their extensions and power moves, the houthi rebels in yemen, in syria, they're meddling in iraq, the cross-border stuff going into afghanistan. iran is truly a regional threat. and we need to look at it in
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that measure. they have already threatened to shut off the world's oil supply in the strait of hormuz. russia, while they've done bad things in georgia, clearly in the invasion into the ukraine, they're not arising to the level where they are an immediate and direct threat to the united states. overall they're a destabilizing influence in eastern europe. we need to keep an eye on them, keep the nato coalition of partnerships strong. but if you are to prioritize, iran is clearly a much more immediate threat than russia. >> all right. former "uss cole" commander curt lippel, thank you for joining us and giving us your expertise. >> thank you, glad to be on. still to come, a game that may have -- >> not "may." it did. >> okay, it cemented tom brady's legacy. the unbelievable come from behind victory is next. >> past, present, and future. also i understand there were
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what a night. what a comeback by none other than this guy's favorite team, the new england patriots. . >> it was the biggest come back ever, the first overtime game in super bowl history. tom brady is the first quarterback ever to win five super bowls. there was this catch by julian edelman. this guy was a college quarterback, seventh round draft pick, never played receiver before he got to the pros. somehow he miraculously kept the ball off the ground. i spoke to tom brady in houston. >> i saw the catch on those beautiful screens in that stadium. that was a ridiculous play. i mean, just unbelievable. he's always someone i'm looking for. it was a big situation. and, you know, we've had a few catches like that go against us.
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it was nice for once to go for us. >> ten years ago they had one go against them like that. this one was much, much better to watch. cnn's cory wire is joining us now live from houston. coy, this game was ridiculous. >> reporter: yeah, i'm looking down at the screen just because your joy is helping ease my pain a little bit, job. i played three years for the falcons. my former teammates, i wept with them all night long. the falcons were the most explosive team this season. a few words by bill belichick kept the team locked in. i'm going to show that catch again, it is what some are calling the greatest catch in super bowl history. and darn it, i agree. julian edelman, my goodness, you're like houdini, pulling a rabbit out of a hat. we're watching this in slo-mo. this led to the game-tying
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touchdown two-point conversion, which sent the game into its first overtime in super bowl history. james white would take the toss on the first drive and go ahead for the game winning score. an historic win over the falcons. i was amongst the men who all season felt like it was them against the world in the wake of deflategate scandal, people calling them the cheat-riots. all they had was their family and friends. what an emotional win for brady there with his family. his mother has had health issues the past 18 months, she didn't make it to a game all season. they was there for this one. you can see the love, the record-setting four-time super bowl vp, tom brady, hoisting that lombardy trophy. i caught up with them on the field and they all said tom brady was incredible. i wish the confetti were a different color, john berman,
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but i congratulate you and the entire patriots nation for giving us one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. super bowl li, i want to forget it by i'll never forget it. >> cory wire, you're such a mens mensch, thanks for being with us. my wife woke my kids up with the news and they wigged out. one of my sons still things she's messing with him. >> cnn is going to have her jersey this afternoon. still to come, for so many the super bowl is about the ads. not so much this game. a different tone, though, from all of the ads this year. we're going to dive into that with brian stelter, next. (vo) data plans aren't one size fits all.
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all right. the super bowl made a whole lot
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of news. yes, it was a record setting game which changed my life. there were also the commercials, which made a lot of news for political reasons. ♪ ♪ >> inside these lives, we bring out the best of each other. united inside. these lines. >> some of the more high profile ads this year with provocative, you just saw some of them, a reflection of the polarized political climate we're living in. cnn's brian stelter is with us now. what's your overall takeaway?
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>> some folks are saying these advertisers, coca-cola and other big brands were trying to troll president trump with messages of diversity and inclusiveness. the reality is these ads were worked on many months ago. one ad was made at the last minute, airbnb decided to make this ad, they said, just the other day, with the hashtag of #acceptance. an ad showing a mother and child seemingly trying to cross the border into the united states. the website crashed during the game, i'm still having a hard time getting on to it, you had to go to the website to watch the rest of the ad. >> it may be not necessarily patrolling president trump but responding to the culture right now where these things are being discussed. >> right. >> in that sense do you see it as taking a stand by some of
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these companies? >> certainly. corporate america, across the board, we've seen many companies come out against the travel ban, for example, so many companies reaffirm support for equal rights for gays and lesbians at a moment when there was concern about trump maybe rolling some of that back. there was also some comedy, one reference to trump from a hair care company. >> awful hair. it's up to you to do your part by making up for it with great hair. and we mean all hair. his hair. their hair. that baby's hair. >> there we go. four years of awful hair, a reference to the president. we don't know if the president was watching by then. he left his super bowl party early and headed back to mar-a-lago. i'm assuming he was still watching when your team won. >> at the end of the game, he did tweet about tom brady and bill belichick.
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great to have you on the debut of the show. >> thank you very much. do you want to come back tomorrow morning? >> let's do it again. >> all right. he'll be back tomorrow morning. i'll be back tomorrow morning. we hope you'll be back tomorrow morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm john berman. "at this hour" with the great kate bolduan starts now. hello, everyone, i'm kate bolduan. moments from now, addressing the troops. president donald trump will be landing in tampa, florida, the headquarters for u.s. central command and u.s. special operations command. the president will receive a briefing, have lunch with service members, and deliver a speech. we'll bring you that speech live. could be an important day for the president. at the same time we're keeping our eye on the courts, the legal face-off over the president's traveler ban and immigration order, escalating by the day, sometimes by the hour. right now the clock isic


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