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he is using that right now to judge how he's doing. >> we will see what the president has to said, he will be heading to that boeing plant in south carolina shortly. great to see you guys. thank you so much. thank you all so much for joining me for a double dose of at this hour. brianna keilar will take you through the next hour. that's all. this is cnn breaking news. >> hi there i'm brianna keilar in for wolf blitzer today. we begin with breaking news this hour. we are now just moments away from president donald trump speaking live in south carolina and as soon as this event begins we are going to bring you his remarks live. president trump actually just arrived in north charleston about an hour ago and this is where he's meeting leaders and also workers at the boeing aircraft company and he will be watching the debut rollout of boeing's new wide body aircraft called the 787-10 dreamliner. we have jason carol in north charleston right now.
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jason, most of south carolina of course went red in november but where you are charleston county did not. what has the president's reception been like so far there? >> well, here in this room the reception has been very favorable. these are thousands of boeing employees who have come to hear the president speak. outside a short while ago there were a number of protesters who were outside voicing their opposition to the president being here, but most of those here inside the room, many of those who i have spoken to say they support the president. here is what's interesting about that, brianna. even those who i spoke to who support the president say -- one said he likes it best when the president, quote, stays in his lane. what he was referring to was jobs and economics here and that's why so many are looking forward to him talking about the 787-10 made here in the united states and those supporters who are here in in room who are boeing employees after watching that press conference yesterday they said that they did like it
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when they saw the president go after the media, but what they like even more is when he encourages companies like boeing, like ford, like harley-davidson, whatever the case may be, encouraging their products to be made here in the united states. remember it wasn't just that long ago when the president was at odds with boeing when he balked at that $4 billion price tag to have two air force ones built here in the united states, he said that was too much, he tweeted out, he said, cancel order. it was shortly thereafter that the ceo of the company dennis muilenburg came out and said maybe there is a way we can give taxpayers a break on that. dennis muilenburg one of those greeting the president here in south carolina today, also south carolina's new governor who took over for nikki haley also greeting the president as well. when i reached out to the governor officer's governor henry mcmaster he said he was very much looking forward to the president being here, that's what his office is saying. a number of dignitaries here to
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meet the president. he should be speaking in just a few moments from now. brianna. >> all right. jason carroll, we will keep an eye on that. we will bring those remarks live to our viewers once they start. all of this is coming as president trump is searching for a new national security adviser to replace lieutenant general michael flynn after his latest choice turned him down. we are talking about vice admiral bob harward. he says that he rejected mr. trump's offer because he wouldn't be able to make the necessary commitments, but then a friend of harward's offered a less nuanced reason. the friend telling cnn harward said the white house was too chaotic and called the job offer a quote expletive sandwich, i'm sure you can use your imagination and know what he really said there, we can't say that on tv. and trump says that four people are now being considered, one of them is retired lieutenant general keith kellogg, another possibility is david petraeus. i want to talk about this and
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more with adam kissinger. he serves on the house foreign affairs committee. thank you so much for bringing these two areas of expertise to this conversation because the idea that you have a military man like harward where service is so obviously, serving the country, serving the president that he turned down president trump on this job offer. what does that say to you as some people are saying maybe this is part of a vote of no confidence in a way? >> well, it's really hard to tell. you have the words from the friend and then you have the words from harward himself who said, look, it's a time and family commitment issue so we don't really know why. i think there's no doubt that after the departure of flynn and everything that led up to that the nsc is in a little bit of chaos. i think it's incumbent on the administration and the president to get somebody that can step in there, find out where, a, where leaks are coming from, where dysfunction is happening but also get the nsc together
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because this is a very important function for the president of the united states. hopefully we will see some positive changes here pretty soon. >> when you hear someone say it's a time and family issue, if i can make an analogy it's being asked out on a date and saying i can't, i'm washing my hair, right? this is sort of double speak for -- >> i've been told that. >> i would be surprised by that, but that's very funny. is that how you read this, that this is just there's really some other reason like what his friend would have said? >> i don't want to confirm that that's the case because obviously i just don't know. that was -- truthfully that was a little bit of my suspicion. you look at again with the departure of flynn, the questions that happened there, i think even flynn's discussion itself with the russians was improper but not necessarily illegal, but it was everything that followed after that, the cover up and everything else and the questions that were -- we have and we're finding out answers to. so i wouldn't be surprised if the general said, hey, look, i'm in a position right now i may not be the best person to step into a bit of a chaotic situation and handle this, or it
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literally could be he has family stuff and he is just like it's not my time. >> but what about this idea that -- part of it is you have a number of flynn ak owe lights who are still in the white house. he came in and it's not as if flynn came in by himself, he brought in apparatus around him. do you think that that needs to be cleaned out? do you need to clean house to get somebody to come in as the new national security adviser? >> i don't think you necessarily need to. i don't know all the people in that apparatus. flynn may have put very good people around him and i think you have to evaluate that on a case by case bases. what we've seen from a foreign policy action as a republican i've been happy with as far as pushing back against iran and everything else. the question is within that inner structure there seems to have been chaos related to flynn, it's time to take a big breath, find the best person to lead that and the general said for whatever reason that's not me and we are on to the next
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one. >> who are you interested in when you hear these names being floated? is there a certain person that you think would make a good national security adviser? >> all the names i've heard, the general you mentioned i don't know extremely well. david petraeus, obviously he had his issues in the past but there's nobody that understands military matters and matters of military and state combined frankly like he does. military can't act in a vacuum, the department of state can't act without the military backing it. so somebody that understands both those functions with the intelligence experience he has i think would be very good, but that's a question up to whether the president wants him or anybody else. there are a lot of good names out there and i sure hope he -- and expect that he will pick somebody good. >> law enforcement officials are telling cnn that flynn changed his original story to fbi agents after first saying he didn't talk about the sanctions. you said the cover up is worse than the crime, i think you mean quote crime.
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do you mean actual crime? do you think that there is perhaps a criminal thing that has happened here? >> well, it's hard for me to evaluate. this is the issue of logan act and the issue of should flynn have talked to the russian ambassador when an administration who was president at the time, president obama, was figuring out sanctions. i think it was highly improper and maybe a violation of the low began act. what came after, lying to the fbi -- lying -- potentially from what we hear, being dishonest with vice president pence, that part of the coverup seemed to be the issue of what took him down. if he came out and said the ambassador brought it up, i brought it up. i would have been upset about that but i wouldn't have called for a resignation. >> okay. what do you think when you're looking -- you are someone who i think is -- you take a balanced look often at your party and we're seeing this -- this has to do obviously with hillary clinton's server. you've heard, for instance, jason chaffetz announcing he wants criminal charges brought
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against a former clinton aide who set up her former private e-mail server. we haven't heard anything about when we're looking at what happened here at flynn which you have said previously it was arguably or questionably a crime. >> right. >> are republicans using a double standard here? >> i hope not and so my hope is -- see, i'm an american before i'm a republican. i'm a republican because i happen to believe the things the republican party believes, but i'm a republican -- or an marn first. so in my view i think all this stuff needs to be looked at in totality. you have some people calling for special commissions, 9/11 type commissions. i wouldn't go that far. that makes it a partisan issue. in the intel committees these folks can look at all the information in secure settings, do it in a bipartisan way and we get to the bottom of anyone and everything else. the american people want it and deserve it and i think it's the right thing for our country. >> i want to read you a treat from an outsmoker russian
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lawmaker he writes trump hopes to make a deal with russia. tillerson is playing a second ca kerry. three hoo lines from one administration. what do you make of this and if there are three lines which is the one that prevails or is this a collaborative effort you hope? >> look, i think this is actually a collaborative effort with the administration. now, where the confusion comes is like in the president's press conference when he says things about russia and all that and that's confusing to me, too, but the administration frankly has had a very solid message of it's one thing to engage russians and have conversations, we are not against that, but we also can't look past the fact that they occupy crimea, indiscriminately kill thousands in syria. with nikki haley at the u.n. saying sanctions will remain in place with general mattis stressing the importance of nato the message coming out of the
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administration except for these press conferences is very good. >> those press conferences are key, though, as you know of course, congressman. perhaps the most important one -- or not perhaps -- the most important word is the one coming from the president himself. >> absolutely. >> congressman adam kinz i thinker thank you for your time. what you're looking at on your screen is the beginning of this event in south carolina where donald trump is going to speak. this will be the first time that we will hear from him since retired vice admiral bob harward turned down the role of national security adviser. we will bring you those remarks live as soon as he begins speaking, should be pretty soon here. while we wait i am joined by congresswoman jackie speier of california, she is a member of the armed services and also the intelligence committee. very helpful as we discuss these issues of pertinence today. what is your reaction, congresswoman, to harward turning down the role of national security adviser? >> i think harward has turned it down for a number of reasons and
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i think part of it's probably financial, part of it's probably a belief that he was not going to be able to fill the slots with people that he deemed appropriate and would somewhat be frustrated in the position. >> so you think part of it may have been financial, that when he's sort of talking about personal issues that there really is a there there? >> i'm sure there is. i mean, it's one thing to come forward and be there for your country again if you feel that you can really make a contribution, but as long as steve bannon has a seat at the table and he's a political operative, as long as the national security adviser can't choose those who are going to surround him and provide him advice, that becomes a serious problem. right now there are about 50 vacancies in the national security council staff and i'm truly worried about what's going to happen as there is an effort to exploit the fact that our
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foreign policy is in chaos and what countries are going to do that want to diminish us or weaken us because there has just been a wholesale change in state and we know that there are many vacancies in the national security council and we don't have ahead of it right now. >> donald trump is saying that there's four people now being considered, one is retired lieutenant general keith kellogg and another possibility that i imagine some democrats might be happier about is former cia director and retired general david petraeus. as you assess those candidates what are your thoughts? >> i will tell you i think that general petraeus is a great mind. i don't think you reward a criminal and while he pled to a misdemeanor what he did was share classified information with his mistress who was writing a biography about him. i just don't think that that is appropriate to place him in that
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position. so i would urge the president and those around him to -- there's lots of talented people out there. he should get someone who has credentials, has the ability to provide the kind of advice the president desperately needs in assessing these various situations around the world and i don't believe that it's general petraeus. >> some people believe that in this particular case that maybe should not disqualify him. you obviously think very differently. do you think that that would scuttle any potential appointment from other members of congress, too, from what you're hearing? >> well, because the national security adviser is not confirmed by the senate, the president can select whomever he chooses. >> sure. but do you think the public -- what would the outrage factor been like? flynn likely would not have been concerned if congress had a said in that and petraeus as well.
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but would there be an outrage level from what you're hearing from members of congress that this would basically be a political impossibility? >> i believe that there would be a great outrage among many members of congress from both sides of the aisle, but that doesn't seem to prevent the president from acting as he has on many occasions over many issues. i mean, right now we have a situation with russia where they are testing us, they're buzzing us, our destroyers in foreign lands, they're coming very close to our borders in the united states, they're violating treaties by shooting off ballistic missiles and there hasn't been a peep, not one peep from the president or from his leadership slapping down russia. and i think we're really in a very crisis situation and we don't have the leadership. the president spends his time talking about his electoral college vote.
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it's truly a frightening situation. >> i want to talk about something you tweeted yesterday, you said -- describing potus is unhinged at today's press conference is kind. this is scary #25th amendment. and the 25th amendment details the procedure for replacing the president in the event of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation. can you explain that in more than 140 characters for us? >> well -- >> what you want to see there. >> the 25th amendment is there to, you know, you provide a backstop if in fact the president becomes incapacitated. >> do you believe he's incapacitated? >> i think that we have got to be very careful. he needs to start acting presidential. he needs to start recognizing that as president you don't go around and shoot down the media as if it's, you know, some kind of a game you're playing. you don't take on people saying nasty things about them.
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you don't take foreign leaders and hang up the phone with them or besmirch them as he has with some of the european leaders. he has got to get a grip. so the 25th amendment is there if a president becomes incapacitat incapacitated. woodrow wilson was incapacitated, his wife actually was the president in waiting for most of the end of his term. certainly eleanor roosevelt played a role. i don't believe that melania trump is in a position to do that but certainly -- >> is this a eququip or are you serious about this? >> i'm serious about conveying to the president that he has got to get serious. that we have efforts under way around the globe attempting to exploit our dysfunction right now. he's got to act presidential, he's got to stop being a campaigner. >> what else are democrats doing right now to actively counter
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donald trump in a message when it comes to developing even talent among your ranks or among folks we don't even know, maybe obviously outside of washington, d.c.? what's being done as democrats are so vehiclely opposed to president trump? >> frankly we spent the last month trying to repel some of the dangerous actions he has undertaken by executive order. certainly the muslim ban stands out, but there are many others where he has basicaly passed by executive order opportunities for methane gas to be spewed into our atmosphere, that mining can continue in areas polluting our rivers. >> but i guess my point is he's clearly trying to make your party and members of your party in congress irrelevant and argue that you are infect ul. when you're talking about the travel ban that was something that really it came down to the
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court system dealing with that. how do you -- is there a way for -- do democrats have a clear way forward about how to not be, i guess -- actually fit into those roles that donald trump is trying to push them into? >> i think what the american people are seeing is that when you have a president like donald trump and a congress that is populated majority in both houses now by republicans that there are no checks and balances. and that's critical for our democracy to survive. so i think part of our message moving forward is we need to retake the house so there is at least a check and balance on the president and the senate. >> all right. thank you, congresswoman jackie spear for being with us today we appreciate it. coming up president trump is going to speak any moment at the boeing facility in north charleston, south carolina. that's what you're looking at now, this is the prelude to him speaking. we are going to take that live as soon as it begins and also we have some breaking news from the
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ask your doctor if switching to eliquis is right for you. we have some breaking news. the senate just moments ago voted to confirm scott pruitt to head the environmental protection agency. cnn is there live for us on capitol hill. democrats have been trying to block or delay today's vote but this went ahead. >> reporter: that's right. they failed to do just that. this nominee was confirmed by a 52-46 vote where there was a couple of democrats who actually voted for mr. pruitt's nomination, that is joe manchin
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and heidi heitkamp, two democrats who are conservative democrats up for reelection in 2018, one more moderate senator voting no is susan collins. this came after a very contentious confirmation process. democrats boycotted the confirmation vote in the committee in order to try to delay this vote from going forward. the republicans came out and changed the rules of the committee so they could advance this to the floor of the senate and then last night the senate -- the democrats held an overnight session to rail against pruitt's record, they think he will be hostile towards environmental protection, they think he will be hostile towards the epa and you've also seen some epa employees getting on their phone and calling on senators to reject the nominee, this coming as the industry pushing hard for his nominee and they were successful in getting him confirmed. watch for a lot of contentious battles ahead including next
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week when a lawsuit that was filed and actually will lead to the release of a number -- thousands of e-mails that mr. pruitt had between him and the industry in oklahoma. we will see what this he have to say when those e-mails come out next week. brianna. >> we just heard from mitch mcconnell, you were at this q & a and i dare say you got one of the more interesting answers from him. tell us about what you asked him. >> reporter: senator mcconnell has been making comments in recent days about some of donald trump's tweeting and p his comments themselves, taking the focus away from the republican agenda on capitol hill and i asked him if he's concerned about that. take a listen. >> yesterday's news conference a concern that the president is taking your party off message. >> well, i've been pretty candid with him and with all of you that i'm not a great fan of daily tweets. what i am a fan of is what he's been actually doing. as i look at what we might have
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expected from a president mitt romney or a president marco rubio or a president jeb bush at the beginning of their tenures in office, i can't see much difference between what president trump is doing and what they would have done. i like what he's doing, i've not been a fan of the extra discussion that he likes to engage in, but we are going to soldier on. we like his positions. >> reporter: and brianna that is certainly a sentiment that i'm hearing throughout congress, including jeff blake just telling me that was a distraction all these comments that donald trump has been making over the last few days. >> speaking of donald trump, here he is and we are going to listen to him speak there at the boeing plant in north
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charlesto charleston. >> thank you. well, good afternoon, boeing team. >> all right. so actually the ceo of boeing is going to be introducing him so we are going to chat over that for a little bit. i want to bring in my panel to talk to them. this is following obviously that -- it was supposed to be the announcement of a pick, right, yesterday but it ended up being this very long press conference. david, this is a chance for donald trump to talk about jobs, right? >> yeah, one of the core messages that got him elected, this notion of bringing back jobs and we know recently that plant also -- i guess they voted against unionizing so that works into his messaging as well. so this is chance one since that sort of rambling press conference to get back on board followed by tomorrow a campaign rally followed in ten days by a joint session of congress. if donald trump feels that a reset is necessary, perhaps he doesn't, but if he feels a reset
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is necessary this is an opportunity to bring that. >> do you think that after that press -- he thinks and he's saying thank you for the congratulations on the press conference but do you think there are folks around donald trump who are saying, do you know what, maybe today we need to be a little more focused on message and on what we want to accomplish? is that who we may see here? >> possibly there are people around him saying that, but i think donald trump very much knows what he wants to do, he likes being donald trump. i think the thing that was reset yesterday was sort of his soul in some ways. i think he was into it. i think he loved it. he said at one point he loves the give and take. he was a little bit demoralized in the beginning but once he get into the back and forth with those reporters he was i think recharged and energized. i think we will see more of that on saturday, too. and these folks here are going to love him in charleston. this boeing plant which is a big, big plant, about 3,000 workers and these are going to be i think his supporters. i think he will get more of that
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recharging his vibe and soul. >> i think this was a setup, that was a little bit of an appetizer for what to expect on saturday. he is comfortable in that campaign environment. that could have been last year that press conference with the give and take. the only difference is it has consequences. >> it's almost like the appetizer was too big. are we too full for the meal? >> never. >> i think the short term gain that he gets out of the adulation that he will get in florida from people shouting trump, trump, trump, trump in the long-term is actually going to be bad for him. what he did yesterday was reckless in how he delivered himself. it wasn't very presidential. didn't rise to the level of the office and yes, yes, people do like it and they say that we are out of touch here, but at some point the supporters that are backing donald trump right now are going to want to see him deliver and if he is not able to deliver on key legislation, jobs, i mean, this is kind of easy, right, for him to go to a plant that's in south carolina that just voted down the right
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to unionize. the workers decided not to do that. but let's talk next year when there's no longer, you know, three or four months of executive orders this year, when he actually has to legislate with congress, when he has to get his agenda through and when you see the tortured response that we just saw from mitch mcconnell about donald trump -- >> that's right. >> -- i think that says a lot. >> here we go. panel, stick with me. donald trump speaking in north charleston, south carolina. >> u.s.a. >> thank you, dennis. and i have to say i love south carolina. i love it. remember we came down all together, we came down and this was going to be a place that was tough to win and we won in a
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landslide. this was a good one. so i want to thank -- i want to thank the people of south carolina and your governor, tremendous guy. he supported us right from the beginning. so i'd like to thank governor mcmaster for the incredible job. he is right here someplace. thank you very much. you have been fantastic. and i have to say also that is one beautiful airplane. congratulations to the men and women here who have built it. what an amazing piece of art, what an amazing piece of work. thank you, dennis, for the invitation to be with you today. you know, in the old days when i made this speech i got paid a lot of money, now i have to do it for nothing. not a good deal, but that's okay. we love it. it's wonderful to be back in
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south carolina, especially with your new governor. where is henry? he is around here someplace. where is he? stand up, henry. proud of you. he helped us so much. and i want to also thank your former governor nikki haley who is doing an awfully good job for us. she's representing america very well as our ambassador to the united nations. she is doing a spectacular job. it's early, but she has just been really great. we're here today to celebrate american engineering and american manufacturing. we're also here today to celebrate jobs. jobs. this plane as you know was built right here in the great state of south carolina. our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the u.s.a.
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right here in the u.s.a. it's amazing to think that a little over 113 years ago next door in north carolina orville wright was the first man to sail the skies in a very little airplane. the 1903 wright flier was made of mostly wood and cloth. it was so small that orville's brother wilbur could not join him on the flight. he was always very upset about that. the flight lasted all of 12 seconds, but it was incredible. that night was a testament to the american spirit. i see that same spirit everywhere i travel in the country. i saw that spirit all throughout the campaign. we have the greatest people anywhere in the world.
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we have the greatest spirit and you just look at what's going on today in our country, you look at what's happening with jobs, you look at what's happening with plants moving back into our country. all of a sudden they're coming back. and they're going to be very happy about it, believe me. they're going to be very, very happy. as your president i'm going to do everything i can to unleash the power of the american spirit and to put our great people back to work. this is our mantra, buy american and hire american. we want products made in america, made by american hands. you probably saw the keystone pipeline i approached recently and the dakota. and i'm getting ready to sign the bill.
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i said where is the pipe made? and they told me not here. i said that's good. add a little sentence that you have to buy american steel. and do you know what? that's the way it is. that's the way it's going to be. we are going to fight for every last american job. we've come a long way since the wright brothers and their first flight more than a century ago. your plane is made of carbon fiber, it seats 330 passengers. it's 18 feet longer than the previous version of the 787 and this airplane can fly for half a day before it touches the ground. the name says it all, dreamliner. great name. our country is all about making dreams come true. over the last number of years
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that hasn't been necessarily the case but we are going to make it the case again. that's what we do in america, we dream of things and then we build them. we turn vision into reality and we will be doing a lot more of that, believe me, in the months and years to come. i also want to say a word to all of the members of the armed forces who are here with us today in this record crowd. south carolina has a long very, very proud military tradition and history. we salute all south carolina military families and we salute all the men and women who wear the uniform.
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we are going to fully rebuild our military -- by the way, do you care if we use the f-18 super hornets or do you only care about -- what do you think? well, i thought that was a super hornet. we are looking seriously at a big order and we will see how that -- you know, the problem is that dennis is a very, very tough negotiator, but i think we may get there. we're also working on the air force one project which was a difficult project for previous administrations, but it looks like we're getting closer and closer, and we're going to ensu ensure that our great service members have the tools,
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equipment, training, and resources they need to get the job done. as george washington said, being prepared for war is the best way to prevent it. and that's really what it is. best way to prevent war, being prepared. peace through strength. we build a military might so great and we are going to do that, that none will dare to challenge it. none. we will ensure our men and women in uniform have the latest, the most cutting edge systems in their arsenal. right now it's not that way. it will be that way very, very soon, believe me. you will be an important player in this effort. boeing has built many important aircraft, including, as i said,
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the f-18 super hornet, the f-15 strike eagle and the apache helicopter, just to name a few. and i'm being very, very serious, the new air force one, that plane, as beautiful as it looks, is 30 years old. can you believe it? what can look so beautiful at 30? an airplane. i don't know, which one do we like better, folks? tell me. on every front we are going to work for the american people. nowhere in our focus -- and i mean this so strongly -- and our focus has to be so strong, but my focus has been all about jobs
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and jobs is one of the primary reasons i'm standing here today as your president and i will never ever disappoint you, believe me. i will not disappoint you. i campaigned on the promise that i will do everything in my power to bring those jobs back into america. we wanted to make much easier -- it has to be much easier to manufacture in our country and much harder to leave. i don't want companies leaving our country. making their product, selling it back, no tax, no nothing, firing everybody in our country. we're not letting that happen anymore, folks. believe me, there will be a very substantial penalty to be paid when they fire their people and move to another country, make the product and think that they're going to sell it back over what will soon be a very,
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very strong border. going to be a lot different. it's going to be a lot different. already american industry is roaring back and believe me if we -- not me, i'm a messenger -- if we didn't have this victory we wouldn't be even talking about it. to achieve that goal we are going to massively reduce job crushing regulations already started. you've seen that. that send our jobs to those other countries. we are going to lower taxes on american business so it's cheaper and easier to produce product and beautiful things like airplanes right here in america. we are going to enforce, very strongly, enforce our trade rules and stop foreign cheating. tremendous cheating. tremendous cheating.
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we want products made by our workers in our factories stamped with those four magnificent words, made in the u.s.a. [ crowd chanting u.s.a. ] >> since november jobs have already begun to surge. we're seeing companies open up factories in america, we're seeing them keep jobs at home. ford, general motors, fiat chrysler just to name a very, very few. some moore already. they're keeping and bringing thousands of jobs back in our country because the business climate they know has already changed. in arizona intel announced it will open a new plant that will create 10,000 american jobs.
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they're spending billions of dollars. we will see more and more of that across the country as we continue to work on reducing regulations, cutting taxes, including for the middle class, including for everyone and including for business and creating a level playing field for our workers. when there is a level playing field -- and i've been saying this for a long time -- american workers will always, always, always win. but we don't have a level playing field. very shortly you will have a level playing field again. because when american workers win, america as a country wins. big league wins. that's my message here today.
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america is going to start winning again. winning like never ever before. we're not going to let our country be taken advantage of anymore in any way, shape or form. we love america and we are going to protect america. we love our workers and we are going to protect our workers. we are going to fight for our jobs, we are going to fight for our families and we are going to fight to get more jobs and better paying jobs for the loyal citizens of our country. believe me. you've heard me say it before, and i will say it again, from now on it's going to be america first.
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working together as a unit there is nothing we cannot accomplish. no task too large. no dream too great. no goal beyond our reach. just like you built this incredible airplane behind me, both of them when you think about it, we are going to rebuild this country and ensure that every forgotten community has the bright future it deserves. by the way, those communities are forgotten no longer. the election took care of that. and we will pass on to our children the freedom and prosperity that is their american birth right. our children will inherit from us a nation that is strong, that is proud and that is totally free. and each of you will be part of
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creating that new american future. i want to thank you, south carolina, i want to thank the great people of south carolina. god bless you. may god bless the united states of america and god bless boeing. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you, everybody. thank you. ♪ donald trump finishing up his remarks there in north charleston, south carolina. we are going to with our panel assess some of what he said there. and he at one point was talking about something and he sort of pivoted back to jobs. he's trying to keep focused on this today. what did you think? >> you know, i thought it was a pretty good speech. in some ways it reminded me of his inaugural address without the american carnage part. he talked about, you know, the new american future, america is going to start winning again. a lot of his campaign themes
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obviously wrapped in there. i thought if you took out the boeing stuff this was an address that was pretty hopeful in terms of optimism and could have been his inaugural. >> does he need to get out of up to more? >> i was sitting here watching this, i said i don't know why the white house does not have him out somewhere in a factory like this or out in the country three times a week. he is clearly unbelievably comfortable and happy in this venue, he feeds off the crowd, that is much better for him than sitting in the oval office for photo ops with executive orders. just from an optics standpoint. but i agree hitting the military themes in south carolina, the tax cuts for middle class, for everyone, for businesses, the job growth, that is just some core messaging from the campaign that worked so well for him and this was as clean and distraction-free of a president trump appearance i've seen in some time. >> he's making a lot of promises, the proof will be can he deliver on it. one of the things he specifically said is we need to
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rely things in america and less on imports. that was getting slammed by conservatives who feel like that is going to spell economic demise if you carry that out as he's suggesting. >> creating a trade war. even like that airplane we talked about this last hour, a lot of those parts were made overseas, are you talking about taxing those parts that are coming in, is it going to make that airplane even cost more to build here. it's not as easy as saying we're building an airplane here in south carolina, there are a lot of components and parts that are not actually made here in america they are made elsewhere that need to come in. he talked a lot about tone yesterday, specifically how bad our tone is necessarily, not his tone, probably my tone -- >> did he talk about the media? >> did he talk about the media? >> no. you know what's interesting. jackie and i kind of looked at each other. he did begin the address like this was a campaign rally. and he said what i'm really here for is to talk about the
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airplane. let's move beyond the election of 2016. >> talking about how he did in the primaries. >> people didn't think i was going to win. by the way, i won. and if anybody wasn't sure of anything, i won. we get it. you won. you won. having said that, to david's point too, it is one of the most error-free addresses he gave. and kind of boring in a sense. >> as boring as donald trump can be, i guess. he is making promises. he's making difficult promises. he is saying believe me. is believe me going potentially if he does not deliver on some of these things, is he in danger of that becoming read my lips? >> i wonder if believe me says blame congress later. he needs congress a lot to execute on these things.
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some of these issues, particularly taxes, are not something even runs believe in. he is one of the people meeting with congressional leaders. it seems like every day sometimes about issues like this, about health care, about a range of things that the administration has promised. those details have to be worked out. i promised you. i want to deliver. they aren't helping me and how much will shift once these start getting tied up in the legislative process. >> i want to bring in a global economic analyst. it speaks to something mark preston was just talking about, sort of the global enterprise that it is to put together an airplane as donald trump stands in front of it talking about made in america. we are going to rely less on imports. >> i wrote about the dreamliner
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in my book. this is one of the most complex global supply chains known in aviation. 100 different companies were involved. various parts coming out of different countries. the first iteration couldn't take off. it was so heavy because all of these companies were working siloed from each other. it is a made in america example here. i want to say one other thing. donald trump is being very, very politically savvy about righting a trend of resurgence in u.s. manufacturing since 2010. there has been a bit of a shift, not replacing all the jobs we saw lost the last several decades. but a shift of localization for ava right of reasons. the fact that consumers want products faster made closer to them fplts a lot of trends are driving this. he is being savvy about exploiting something that was
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already out there. >> that happens as we know sometimes, for instance, president obama was able to talk about how certain fossil fuels were being increased under his administration when it had to do of this development on private land. >> even if it's something a plant planted eight years ago, you get the credit. >> we saw the thing with the jobs, intel jobs in arizona. those jobs were in the pipeline for a while. they made that announcement. he's lucky. he's looking that 4.7% unemployment rate and the trends in terms of manufacturing that ron was talk building. >> he is talking about we're getting rid of job crushing regulations that send jobs to other countries. yet we know most of these manufacturing jobs that have been lost have been lost because of automation. >> which he does not talk about at all. >> not at all. >> it is an amazing thing.
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there is a piece of this where he can prepare the nation for the next generation of jobs. automation is not going away, obviously. skphe does not address that when he deals with this jobless issue. >> we saw what happened yesterday with the executive order. he decided to do a news conference that was off the rails. but he rolled back regulations that democratic and republican senators along appalachia wanted to see as well. he said if we didn't roll them back, we would lose jobs overseas. >> he is not talking automation. he won't be able to explain if the promises he made aren't cut. that is one of the details that are extremely important that could help explain why it is not as big as he has promised. a lot of people who voted for him because he said he would bring their jobs back. >> in a way, if he is successful -- this is the point
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you're making right -- 13% is a small piece of the pie. even if he is successful, he can't bring all the jobs back. >> right. he risks dulling his own impact. maybe he has done a lot of work to bring back the jobs that he could. you want to underpromise and overperform. >> thank you guys so much. david, jackie, mark. that is it for me. i'll be back at 5:00 eastern on the situation room. the news continues right after this. the joy of real cream in 15 calories per serving. enough said. reddi-wip. (flourish spray noise) share the joy.
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you're watching cnn on this friday. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. one day after the president's comprehensive grant diatribe, restart. you name it. now the news conference hit many controversies he is currently facing. he is focusing on the reason he won the economy and jobs. his whole mantra, america first. he became the first sitting president to visit boeing's campus in south carolina. the president helping unveil the new 787 ten dreamliner airplanes. he praised the corporation that he once accused of overcharging the government. remember that tweet a couple months ago about canceling a