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was to go after aqab, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. we hear about isis but still a threat. >> always at the top of their list in terms of threat potential. >> jim sciutto, thanks very much. that's it for me. thanks for watching. "erin burnett out front" starts right now. "out front" next, the senate voting right now on senator jeff sessions nomination for attorney general. we're live on capitol hill. and the president supreme court's pick says president trump's attacks on judges are demoralizing. more on what he's saying about trump behind closed doors. and trump says he's serious about the wall even though his secretary is raising red flags. what's the reality on the ground? good evening. i'm erin burnett. "out front," the senate voting on the nomination of president
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trump's pick for attorney general, senator jeff sessions, tonight's vote capping off an especially bitter fight marked by allegations of racism. that fight boiling over when mitch mcconnell used a rarely invoked senate rule to silence senator elizabeth warren. she was reading a 30-year-old letter from martin luther king's widow opposing jeff sessions' nomination for federal judge. today an angry warren spoke out to our manu raju. >> you knew it was potentially a violation when they warned you, why not just move on? >> i was moving on. i was moving on to talk about the facts of what jeff sessions had done when he prosecuted civil rights workers who were trying to help black citizens vote. i thought quoting coretta scott king's letter to the united states senate about what was absolutely relevant. >> manu out front on capitol
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hill for us tonight as the votes are coming in, moments away from sessions' confirmation. despite incredibly vocal opposition from democrats and that elizabeth warren moment. >> reporter: yeah. he'll be confirmed. it's just a matter of moments. we're expecting one democratic senator to vote with the republicans as a conservative senator joe manchin ouf west virginia. but other than that, democrats strongly opposed that letter that elizabeth warren tried to read from the floor yesterday before she was silenced from republicans actually saying that as the u.s. attorney in alabama in the early 80s that jeff sessions tried to, quote, intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. republicans believe that was an effort to impugn the integrity of a standing united states senate which is why they invoked that rarely used rule. but i asked elizabeth warren, do you think that as attorney general jeff sessions would intimidate and frighten elderly
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black voters and she said, quote, yes. so it just shows how deeply personal this has become. republicans coming to her defense and coming to sessions' defense and saying that they have no regrets about silencing elizabeth warren because they believe she was out of line. but to no avail. he's going to be confirmed in just a matter of moments as donald trump gets most of his cabinet nominees confirmed. >> as we await that final confirmation, incredibly controversial, jeff sessions, then of course the swearing-in. we'll see if that happens tonight or in the morning. criticism from trump's nominee from the supreme court about trump. jeff zeleny is "out front" at the white house. talking about judge gorsuch. what are you learning? >> reporter: it was only eight days ago he was nominated and now we are hearing these sharp words from the judge. this comes after the president has said so-called judges. he's been going on a firestorm against the judicial branch.
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tonight of course judge gorsuch speaking out in a meeting with a senate democrat saying he is disheartened by these comments from the president, that the president is so focused on that court ruling on his key immigration order. >> i've learned a lot in the last two weeks and terrorism is a far greater threat than the people of our country understand. but we're going to take care of it. we're going to win. >> reporter: stark words today from president trump raising the specter of terror threats as he takes legal challenges to his travel ban into the court of public opinion. >> i listened to a bunch of stuff last night on television that was disgraceful. it was disgraceful. >> reporter: at a meeting of police chiefs and sheriffs from across the country, the president lashing out against the judicial branch and a three-judge panel considering challenges to his immigration order. >> i don't ever want to call a court biased so i won't call it
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biased, and we haven't had a decision yet, but courts seem to be so political. >> reporter: the president clearly souring at his first taste of checks and balances in the u.s. government after judges from the 9th circuit court of appeals raised sharp questions tuesday night over the order restricting travel from seven predominantly muslim countries. >> the president simply say in the order we're not going to let my muslims in? >> reporter: defending his action is a way to protect the nation's security, the president belittled the judges. >> a bad high school student would understand this. anybody would understand this. suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer tried to defend the president's tone. >> calling is disgraceful, is that the type of language -- >> the president, when you look at the u.s. code and how clear it's written and the authority and power it gives the president to do what is necessary to keep
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this country safe and regulate who comes into this country, i think it's a very clear reading and the president was very -- you know, i think he further went on and said it doesn't matter what level of education you're at, i don't think you could misread this. >> reporter: erin, late in the day judge gorsuch making those comments to senator richard blumenthal in a meeting with him imsaying he was demoralized and disheartened by all the comments we awe saw right there. this could be a bit of strategy at play as well. if he is to be confirmed, he does not want to be tied too closely to this president or these comments. white house was quick to confirm that the judge made those comments but the reality is lawyers here at the white house and at the justice department cringing at some of what their own president was saying here about the judicial branch. >> all right. jeff zeleny, thank you very much. "out front" now, the independent senator angus king who sits op the senate intelligence, armed
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services and budget committee. you heard judge gorsuch calling trump's comments disheartening and demoralizing. does this make you more likely to support judge gorsuch's nomination to the supreme court? >> it's a good indication he is going to call them as he sees them. i haven't yet met with him and i'm about to dive into the reading of his opinions as a circuit court judge so i can't say that this changes my mind in any way because my mind isn't made up. i think it was striking he was willing to say what he did, which by the way was totally appropriate. but it's important he would say that today. apparently the white house didn't deny it. listen, i used to practice law. the first thing you tell your client is don't talk about the judges before the decisions are, one. and two, the utter disrespect for the separation of powers for the constitution, for the independent judiciary to try to
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delegitimize the courts and use things like so-called judge and anybody with a high school education could make this decision. that's out of bounds. it's inappropriate and it goes to the heart of what our system is supposed to work. >> you know, we are watching the vote on jeff sessions for attorney general, and i know, and thank you for talking to us, because i know when you're done you'll cast your vote against his nomination. >> yes. >> are you going to succeed in stopping any of them? i know you oppose some of the ones on the docket. >> i've supported a number. i voted for general mattis and general kelly, rex tillerson, elaine chao, but i've also voted against several including last night on betsy devos or the night before. i'm calming them as i see them. i'm taking them one at a time. will any of them be rejected? it doesn't look like it. it looks like the republican 52-vote majority is going to stay right where it is.
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they had to bring in the vice president, first time in history, to take betsy devos across the finish line. but i think as a practical matter they have the vote and that's what's going to happen, but on the other hand, i think it's important if you think that a nominee is not qualified or is not the appropriate nominee for that job, you've got to say no, and that's what i'm going to do. >> you think they're all going to end up prevailing and not be reject as you say. last night senator elizabeth warren read a letter from coretta scott king. here's elizabeth warren. there were others who read other parts from the same letter. this is senator sanders you see. three men, three men go on -- go there and read parts from that same letter from coretta scott king net only senator warren was reprimanded and told she was not allowed to speak because of this. was this sexist?
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>> i don't know if that was the cause but you can't avoid the conclusion. i understand two or three men read parts of the same letter today and nothing happened. what bothered me was the select enforcement of this rule. i've been on the floor and heard a snr call another senator a liar and if that isn't a violation of the law of not impugning your colleague, i don't know what it is. no vote, no silencing then and to have suddenly pulled it out last night, and it was a pretty questionable call, i think, the fact that it was a woman, but i think more importantly i don't think it was appropriate, particularly when it had been ignored in other situations fairly frequently and since i've been around here. >> gop leadership aides are telling us that she was doing this to fund raise for her own base, her political ambitions. manu raju, our reporter, as you know, asked her about that today. here's how she responded. >> what do you say to some who
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think you are doing this to help position yourself for a possible run in 2020? >> i say i'm doing any job. this is my constitutional responsibility to debate jeff sessions has attorney general of the united states. >> do you think she did the right thing in reading that letter? >> well, i think it's a close call. and here's an important -- maybe this is too lawyerly, but the whole rule 19 is about not casting aspersions on a fellow senator in a debate. this is a little different. this is a senator but who's a nominee for the cabinet and how do you talk about a nominee if you don't think they're appropriate without somehow saying some negative things if you think that's what they were. but, you know, in terms of the fund raising, what they did to elizabeth warren last night was a gift. i have no idea, i haven't seen her today, but my guess is it was a bonanza but not because of
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what she said but because of what they did. i think it was a terrible mistake. >> so the mayor of chicago rahm emanuel spoke out today about the situation. you talk about the 52 votes that the republicans have in the senate. he said it's just not going to happen each in midterms, it's not going to happen that democrats are going to take power anytime soon. here's what he said. >> it kint going to happen in 2018. take a chill pill, man. you got to be in this for the long haul. >> of course you're an independent. you caucus with the democrats, though, senator. are you powerless against the trump administration for at least the next four years? >> well, there are a number of items that are going to require 60 votes. legislative changes, significant legislative changes, a justice of the supreme court, that still is going to require some level of bipartisan support. and ultimately i think that's going to be necessary and i think we are going to find our way back to some bipartisanship. this has been a very rough and tumble difficult two weeks and i think we're going to have a
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little bit more of this. but hopefully we'll be able to get back to working together and finding some solutions. >> all right, senator. thank you for being with us and we're watching those votes. i know you'll go in and cast your vote on the sessions nomination. thanks for your time. >> thank you. glad to be with you. going to head to the floor right now. >> as we watch that floor vote, we are waiting any moment on confirmation. we'll be bringing that to you. when we come back, the president tweeting my daughter ivanka has been treated so unfairly by nordstrom. the retailer dropped her clothing line. the president of the united states intervenes. is he abusing the office? now president trump says he wanted to wait a month before rolling out his travel ban. could saying that hurt him in court? and comedians around the world with a question for trump. >> it's going to be america first. but can we just say the netherlands second. ke that? i did... n't. hey, come look what lisa made. wow. you grilled that chicken?
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a showdown between president trump and nordstrom. escalating tonight after the luxury retailer dropped ivanka trump's clothing and accessories line. we've obtained a new statement from nordstrom. here is part of it. "we made this decision based on performance. over the past year, particularly in the last half of 2016, sales of the prand have steadily declined to the point it didn't make good wiz sense to continue with the line for now." president trump has jumped into this morning, six days after
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nordstrom announced the decision. he claimed my daughter ivanka has been treat sod unfairly from nordstrom. she is a great person, always pushing me to do the right thing. terrible. i don't know what he's admitting when he says that but moments later the official potus account retweeted that attack sites not just the @realdonaldtrump, but @potus, which is supposed to be less inflammatory. press secretary sean spicer defend t it all. >> i think this was less of a family business and an attack on his daughter. for someone to take out their concern with his policies on a family member of his is just not acceptable and the president has every right as a father to stand up for them. >> "out front" now, our senior political reporter, malina henderson, jamie gangel, mark preston. mark, this whole thing is shocking. >> is it?
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i suppose one must have a relative evaluation. >> put us where we are in the moment of time. first of all it's e gr ee's egr outrageous and he shouldn't be doing it but it's not shocking in the sense that this is donald trump and for all the times we thought he would turn the corner and act more presidential, we're still waiting and i think we'll be waiting on that street corner for him to make that turn. it's never going to happen. >> jamie, it is not surprising when we say shocking but not surprising that donald trump would do this. and yet it is. he's taking on a company because the company said his daughter's clothes weren't selling. he's slamming a company -- most companies when you slam them go down in the stock market. i want to note for the record nordstrom went up 4% today. >> first they went down but they closed up. there are people in the white house who know better and should be saying, stop, slow down, wait, count to ten, don't do this. but reality check.
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first of all, i'm not sure donald trump asked anybody before he did this. seco secondly, there are a lot of new people working for him in the white house who are feeling their way and then there are loyalists who have been there forever who frankly just don't say no to him. so should there be -- just like any ceo who has people around him to say this is good, this is not good, stop, he needs someone to tell him for something like this. he should not be retweeting this on the official white house account. >> it does seem that the people who are willing to stand up to him are in the oval office every single day. i think that's clear at this point. nia, sean spicer was asked about this in in his press briefing today. why would the president attack nordstrom? by the way, his daughter supposedly is no longer involved in that fashion brand, right? supposed to be completely divorced. no interaction whatsoever. here's how sean spicer responded. >> she's not directly running
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the company. it's still her name on it and there's clearly efforts that -- to undermine that name based on her father's positions on particular policies that he's taken. >> they're trying to say they're dropping the line because of his policies. they're saying it's not performing financially. any evidence to support what sean spicer is saying? >> no. there is this boycott effort going on online and looking at particular businesses that carry trump brands and people saying that those stores should be boycotted. but this also just seems to be about fashion, right? the whole idea of one day you're in and one day you're out. here is the president weighing in on this. obviously ivanka is his daughter but also a white house employee now, representing the country,
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working on behalf of the country. for him to be wading in on this is quite odd and i think it brings to mind all of those conflict of interest concerns that democrats have had, republicans at this point don't seem to have those concerns. but, you know, it doesn't do him any favors. i don't think it does his daughter any favors either. she's trying to cultivate her own brand, separate from the trump brand, sort of have it both ways, profit from the trump brand but also do something different. this doesn't do her any favors or for him to be this sort of helicopter dad commenting on the clothes. remember, these are clothes that are made in china, right, and sold in these stores. this also doesn't seem to be of great concern to donald trump either. >> well, you know, i want to get back to this issue. it's not just that he's spending time getting angry about this and no one telling him not to
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tweet about it. you raised the issue that so he either tweeted himself or he dictated and someone tweeted, problem number one. problem two, @potus retweeted. talk about that. that means people who are tasked with the sole responsibility of managing the formal outward facing account of the president of the united states thought in their judgment that this was appropriate to retweet. >> right. and it's not. i spoke to -- look, he's gone to war with the department store and in the end their stock went up. but i spoke to a ceo of a big company today, a republican, who said from a business point of view, this is a nightmare. to have the power of the white house, and that's -- @potus is the white house, that's official, going after you is -- >> for a personal reason. >> is potentially a nightmare. businesses do not like unpredictable. this is very unpredictable. i don't know who retweets
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@potus. we put the question to the white house. we haven't heard back. but the head of white house social media is someone who has worked for trump, known him since he was a teenager, a very loyal person. i don't know whether he was involved at all, but the @potus account, there needs to be a fire wall between these two accounts. >> just want to note, the breaking news on your screen, jeff sessions has been confirmed as attorney general of the united states a-52-47 vote as you see. jeff sessions will be the attorney general of the united states. awaiting details on when that swearing-in will happen. a crucial position given what is happening at the justice department right now. mark preston, when this comes to what happened to nordstrom, right, the stock ended up going up, the president has been waging thee individual wars against companies. so far most of them at least have been bringing jobs back to america. still concerning because it's a president going after singular companies, but this is obviou y ly completely different.
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this is the kind of thing that gives fodder to those who say he is running an autocratic more putinesque-style government. >> and there's probably some truth to that. when we talk about the potus account, that's 15.1 million people had an opportunity to see donald trump tweet from a federally taxpayer government twitter account where he would defend his daughter and talk about her line. that's outrageous. to your point, we talk about how nordstrom's stock rebounded. this happened very early in the day. it had time to rebound. for someone like yourself who has covered wall street extensively for years, what if that happened at 3:52:00 p.m. eastern time right before the market closed? it probably would no time to rebound. and then that's the big question, and to the ceo that spoke to jamie, just think about it. if you are a ceo of a business and you have the president attacking your company, what can you do?
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you're in a no-win situation. the lines are absolutely blurred and he really needs to take control of himself and not do things like this. >> and start seeing perhaps the power of his office in a way he doesn't even when it comes to the judiciary, sees himself as a businessman where they're the guy against you as opposed to part of governing this great nation. thank you all. up next, the man some say could take down donald trump, he is my guest right here "out front." and only on "out front" a reality check on the border wall. >> a lot of people say, oh, oh, trump was only kidding with the wall. i wasn't kidding. i don't kid. and my discounts. so this year, they're getting a whole lot more. box 365, the calendar. everyone knows my paperless, safe driver, and multi-car discounts, but they're about to see a whole new side of me. heck, i can get you over $600 in savings. chop, chop. do i look like i've been hurt before? because i've been hurt before.
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president trump claiming he wanted to wait a month to roll out his controversial travel ban. he says his advisers told him that wasn't possible. >> the law enforcement people said to me, oh, you can't a notice because if you gave notice, if you're going to be really tough, one month from now, or one week from now, i suggested a month and i said what about a week? they shade no because people
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will pour in before the toughness -- >> it comes as the white house wake waites on a decision from the 9th circuit court of appeals. pamela brown, some people thought that decision could come immediately after the arguments last night. pretty significant whichever way they've waited this long. could the remarks president trump is making impact the ruling? >> reporter: anything he says right now since he's part of this lawsuit could be used against him essentially by the other side in the sense the states of washington state and minnesota. you've already heard them do that. yesterday during the oral hearings they talked about the comments made on the campaign trail about the muslim ban and what other trump surrogates have said to make their case that this executive order is discriminatory. and so what they could do now is use those comments that president trump made that he had asked for a delay, he wanted a grace period with the implementation to bolster the
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argument that this was a sloppily put together executive order, that this was a hastily done, and so that could be something we see moving forward. >> and say the trump white house wins, prevail in the washington state case, that's not it. you have state after state attorney generals filing other challenges that would do the same thing, right? >> reporter: right. in fact, tonight 17 attorneys general filed an am cus brief on behalf of the commonwealth of virginia against the executive order asking for a nationwide injunction of the executive order. people may be wondering why is that. basically they want to be prepared. it's part of this strategy for people opposed to this executive order in case the circuit court decides to let the ban reinstate it, they want to make sure these other lawsuits that we're see across the country are still moving forward and accomplish the same thing that washington state judge, who as we know halted the ban.
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>> thank you. eric snyderman, one of the attorneys general, filed that am cus brief supporting virginia and filed in washington. president trump today said he is confident he is going to win. how worried you he could be right? >> after watching the argument last night, it seemed that the judges were honed in on precisely the right issues and frankly trump's lawyers were unable to respond to fundamental questions. the jungs honed in on the most constitutionally offensive part of this order which has a lot of constitutional problem bus was the violation of the establishment cause that prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another and from discriminating based on religion. they honed in on that. the government's lawyers really could ant the question when they said could the president issue an order panning all muslims and
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they couldn't answer. the court is focused in on the power of the judiciary to review presidential action and on his power to enact diskrcriminatory orders. >> as you point out the court on the constitutional issue is whether it discriminates against muslims. flentje had questions but so did noah purcell. he was under intense questioning by judge cliff top on whether this is a muslim ban at all. here's that exchange. >> the seven countries encompass a small percentage of muslims. do you have any information as to what percentage or what proportion of the adherence to islam worldwide are citizens or residents of those countries? my quick penciling suggests something less than 15%. >> i have not done that math, your honor. >> i have trouble understanding why we're supposed to infer religious animus when in fact the vast majority of muslims
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would not be affected as residents of those nations. and where the concern for terrorism with those connected with radical islamic sects is kind of hard to deny. >> says he has trouble understanding why they would call this a muslim ban when the vaths majority of muslims are not affected by it. >> a good question. but the establishment clause prohibits you from favoring one religion over a another even if you're only doing it in a few locations. >> even if it's one person or one mosque. >> one location, you can't favor one religion over another. as the argument moved on they came back to that point. as to the intent of the order i think the judges were very well focused on the fact there is language in the order that indicates it's directed at muslims, language refers to honor killings or preferences
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for religious minorities from these countries and they also went outside the order and looked at statements that trump has made outside of the order -- >> during the campaign. >> not during the cam pin. on the same day he issued the order he said i'm going to keep radical islamic terrorists out. and other people in the trump administration and around him have made similar comments. >> you have been persistent about pursuing donald trump on legal issues. the trump university lawsuit which you filed. you investigated his chaitable foundation. the other day politico ran a headline about you, your picture and it said will this man take down donald trump? there you are. do you think you could build a case to do that right now? >> all due regard, i think people who write headlines a tend to get a little hyper bolick at times. we're not out to take down donald trump. we investigate for-profit colleges that rip people off and
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we defend the constitution. if someone is doing go to discriminate based on religion we have no choice but to go after them but also it's important to recognize this is not me. this is attorneys general all over the country as you noted. in virginia we filed a brief, 17 supporting the virginia attorney general. large number has filed a brief supporting bob ferguson in washington, lorry swanson from minnesota in the washington case. this is attorneys general all over the country looking at a blatant violation of the constitution and saying you've got to stop this. all that's at issue is a stay of certain portions of the order while we get to other parts of the order that have even bigger constitution nal problems in my view. >> all of that may be true. but those who criticize you, donald trump being of course the loudest out there, called you a political hack at one point, you donated money to hillary clinton, served as a member of her new york leadership council. this came up during the campaign.
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is any of this personal? >> not at all. i represent the people of the state of new york and i represent a lot of people who are hurt by this ban. i represent people who had to make a choice between keeping their jobs and getting back to their families who were separated by this ban. it is unprecedented to say -- even those holding legitimate visas going through the vetting process. they're hurting the people in the state of new york, hurting our institutions, colleges, hospitals, finance, tech industry. i represent those people. i have no choice but to go and pursue this. >> do you have a prn who is an american citizen or green cardholder that actually lost their job, you can prove irreparable harm? do you have that person. >> there's irreparable harm to travel plans who had travel plans -- >> with u.s. constitution nal protection. >> yes. initially this doms the issue of why it was rushed out so quickly and i can't quite keep up with the arguments that keep coming
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out, because this was issue sod quickly with so little notice there were people in transit and frankly we had people out at kennedy airport and there were lawyers trying to seek to deport detainees and it became clear there were inconsistent instructions given to the people on the ground. yes, there was irreparable harm to new yorker who is couldn't travel for important purposes, canceled plans to travel for important purposes -- >> you are confident you'll be able to put out u citizens, green cardholders, who say i was irreparably harmed. you have those people. >> the establishment clause -- it's clear constitutional law. the state issue raised by the court in the 9th circuit is states have their own proprietary interests. we have state institutions. and the court seem sympathetic. consistent with constitutional
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law. the main point is attorneys general all over america are standing um for the people we represent. people are suffering and we're out to protect them. >> thank you very much. appreciate your time. next a story you'll only see "out front," rare foot anl of the u.s.-mexico border. wait till you see this. trump saying he is dead serious about the wall. and jeanne moos with late-night comics lining up to mock trump. if america is first, can he be second? >> denmark lovious. forget the netherlands. they're a disaster, okay, and holla holland, too, total disaster. it is one of the most powerful tools our species has created. and now we unleash it on your taxes. hello my name is watson.
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tonight president trump saying he's got kidding about a wall on the u.s.-mexico border. it's ooh being deseened right now. >> it will be a real wall and a lot of things will happen positively for your cities, your states, believe me. >> some people don't love him. ed lavandera has traveled the bordter in the air, underground, on the river. he's "out front."
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>> reporter: the idea of building a wall along the u.s.-mexico border isn't terribly popular in border communities even among trump supporters like greg hennington. he runs an outdoor adventure business in the remote big ben region of west texas. hennington calls the border wall idea ludicrous. >> the wall's not going to make a difference one way or the other. it's just going to cost us a ton of money. >> reporter: speaking to the national sheriff's association donald trump vowed again, the wall is coming. >> the wall is getting designed right now. a lot of people say, oh, oh, trump was only kidding with the wall. i wasn't kidding. i don't kid. i don't kid. >> reporter: at times it appears trump still envisions moving quickly to build a solid border wall running seamlessly from southern texas to california. >> we will have a wall, it will be a great wall, and it will do a lot of -- it will be a big
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help. >> reporter: it's not clear it will become a reality. his homeland security secretary jon kelly said the wall will likely be built in pieces and there may be gaps. >> is president trump's promise to build a 2,000-mile big beautiful wall that will cost $14 billion and paid for by mexico a viable option? >> the president has tasked me to take a look at we need on the southwest border. there's no one single solution but for sure in my opinion barriers and patrolling of the southwest border is a big part of it. >> reporter: along the nearly 2,000-mile u.s. southern border there is already about 700 miles of fencing and barricades already in place. in arizona, this steel see-through fence stretches for several mimes but as you approach the end of town it abruptly comes to an end like these border fepss often do as
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it stretches out into rugged, remote terrain in the arizona desert. in the past, donald trump has said he wants the wall to be a solid impenetrable wall, unlike what exists in most parts of the border today. >> it is the rio grand valley. >> yes. >> reporter: this is a common sight here. >> this is very common sight. so this is the wall that george bush built us. ha, ha. the fence. >> reporter: secretary kelly says federal agents on the ground want barriers they can see through not the solid walls trump has talked about and there are some areas that might not need a wall at all. >> we won't build it all in an afternoon so we'll build it in the places that people that work that border say we need it right now. maybe there are some places that are too rugged to put a wall and we that with patrolling and technology. >> eddie, you're live in dallas. is there a disconnect between the president and the rest of his administration on this? you saw the people who live on
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the boarder, some trump supporters saying they don't think it will work or is realistic. >> reporter: right. there seems to be. donald trump speaking about this seems to continue to talk about this grand vision of this impep trabl wall that seems to suggest that it's a long concrete barrier very different from what secretary kelly was talking about in that hearing and he's been making several trips down to border regions speaking with federal agents on the ground. as you heard in the report talking very differently about what the agents on the ground would like to see. one interesting thing, erin, donald trump didn't talk about who would pay for it today. >> yeah, right. obviously that would be a huge shift. but in all the reporting you've done i think some of the most fascinating stuff has been the ladders you've found, that you've gone underneath there's a wall. there are so many ways to get around the wall. a lot of people forget what you've been showing us which is there's already hundreds of miles of a wall already there.
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>> reporter: there are, as close to 700 miles in all so the question becomes secretary kelly says there are portions where he's heard from agents talking about they could use ten miles here, 20 miles there, if they would like that done as quickly as possible. but what people on the ground will tell you as these walls have gone up the people moving drugs and people trying to sneak across the border have always adapted and found different ways of doing this. secretary kelly talked extensively about when asked directly about whether or not this would be one seamless wall, kept going back to this idea of a multilayered defense where there would be border patrol agent backing up these walls, aerial reconnaissance and ground sensors and that kind of thing but little talk on his part on whether or not a seamless wall would be realistic. >> thank you, eddie. ed's amazing reporting for us along the u.s.-mexico border will air in a special this weekend. it's called "before the wall: a journey on the border."
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it is truly stunning stuff, incredible stuff, if you haven't seen it all on the show, make sure you watch saturday afternoon at 2:30. next, jeanne moos on comics mocking trump and pitching their countries to be second best. here's switzerland's pitch. >> the sexiest country in europe. look at those mountains. those big fat mountains. [burke] at farmers, we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a rodent ride-along. [dad] alright, buddy, don't forget anything! [kid] i won't, dad... [captain rod] happy tuesday morning! captain rod here. it's pretty hairy out on the interstate.traffic is literally crawling, but there is some movement on the eastside overpass. getting word of another collision. [burke] it happened. december 14th, 2015. and we covered it. talk to farmers. we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪
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trump promises to put america first but who wants to be second? here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: when president trump laid down his policy -- >> america first. >> reporter: who knew he'd set off a competition? >> switzerland second. denmark second. italy second. kazakhstan second. not the stupid netherlands. >> reporter: the naernd started the trend when a dutch comedy show -- >> dear mr. president. >> reporter: created a video introducing the netherlands to president trump -- >> we totally understand it's going to be america first. but can we just say tnetherland
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second. >> reporter: they followed. extolling their attributes. switzerland. >> the sexiest country in europe. look at those mountains. we're not flat like this netherlands. >> reporter: many of the videos feature trump impersonators like greg shapiro. >> his eyes are never fully open and his mouth is never fully closed. >> reporter: organizers set up a website. who wants to be second? has this ever happened before? late-night comedy shows unite in a global comedy campaign. a german host seemed to be one of the ringleaders. >> when the whole world is standing up to make fun of you -- >> reporter: the german video mocked trump and germany's own history. >> germany hosted two world wars in the last 100 years. they were the best world wars in the world. and we won both of them. bigly. anyone who says anything else is fake news. >> reporter: slovenia chimed in. >> our country is only 25 years
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thanks for joining us. see you here tomorrow. "anderson cooper 360" starts now. good evening. thanks for joining us. president trump continues to attack the judicial system for considering arguments about his travel ban. there's word tonight his choice for supreme court is not thrilled. we'll speak with the senator who neil gorsuch met with in just a moment. first jim acosta has the latest. >> reporter: a stunning development this afternoon when it was revealed by senator richard blumenthal, a democrat from connecticut, that during his meeting with supreme court pick neil gorsuch that basically the judge agreed with some of these concerns that have been voiced up on capitol hill about e


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