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sney land in 2001. he was seen as too progressive for the regime. he wanted reform for north korea. and then when kim jong-un stepped in, as we all know, he has not favored any kind of rivals to his leadership, and there have been apparently several assassination attempts before according to south korean intelligence. jake? >> thank you so much. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper turn it over now to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. >> happening now, borderline u.s. lawmakers inspect the area where the president wants to build a wall as the secretary of state and the homeland security chief go to mexico to try to build a new relationship. and mexico warns they won't take orders from the new administration. confronting congress, voters vent at republican lawmakers during town halls. the white house suggests the confrontations are partly staged, but there is real anger out there. where will it lead? white house reset, president trump says he'll soon reveal a
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plan to replace obamacare and makes it clear budget cuts and tax cuts, they are coming. and body snatchers? security is boosted at the malaysian morgue where the body of kim jong-un's half brother is kept. officials say there was an attempted break-in as they step up their investigation into north korea's role in the apparent assassination. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." president trump is pushing ahead with his campaign promises saying a plan to replace obamacare is moving along nicely and will be unveiled in the weeks ahead. and at ehud l on the budget, the president vowed to clean up the country's finances indicating budget cuts and tax cuts are coming saying we'll have to do more with less. but it looks like u.s. tax payers may get the bill to build the president's border wall as congressional republicans today visited the southern border.
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the secretaries of state and homeland security flew to mexico looking to rebuild the relationship. the white house calls that relationship phenomenal, but mexico's foreign minister warns his country will not accept the trump administration's new immigration policies. and as republican lawmakers hold town halls across the country today, furious voters are once again making themselves heard. president trump dismisses them as so-called angry crowds. the white house suggests some are professional protesters and that worried voters should be applauding plans to replace obamacare. i'll speak with republican congressman mark sanford. and our correspondents, analysts and guests, they are standing by with full coverage of today's top stories. let's begin with our white house correspondent sara murray. sara, the president is pushing ahead with his agenda today. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. this was a key campaign promise to repeal and replace obamacare. and today president trump insists he is forging ahead on it. but it's happening at a time when there is a lot of unease
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about some of the administration's other priorities, particularly when it comes to immigration. >> finally -- >> reporter: today donald trump is going back to basics. >> health care is moving along nicely. it's being put into final forms. >> reporter: revisiting his core campaign promises and announcing he'll reveal a plan to repeal and replace obamacare in early to mid-march. after pledging on the campaign trail to slash spending, today trump previewed his first presidential budget. >> the finances of our country are a mess, but we're going to clean them up. >> reporter: as the president turns to his legislative agenda, concerns continue to swirl about the administration's other priorities. trump huddled with secretary of state rex tillerson before tillerson and homeland security secretary john kelly headed to mexico today for meeting with the mexican president and other officials. the meetings come at a point in u.s.-mexico relations. this week the trump
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administration released new guidelines dpee signed to crack down on undocumented immigrants living in the u.s. mexican officials are already voicing concern about the new enforcement measures, not to mention the proposed border wall. but white house press secretary sean spicer insisted the relationship isn't under strain. >> is this a clean up? >> no, i think that president pena nieto and president trump spoke again, foreign ministers had several contacts with our staff. i would argue that we have a very health and i robust relationship with the mexican government and mexican officials and i think they would echo that same sentiment. president pena nieto has echoed that as well. but i think the relationship with mexico is phenomenal right now. >> reporter: all of this as the administration finalizes the new executive order limiting immigration. after their first crack at a travel ban created chaos and was blocked by the courts. trump's top policy advisor said on tuesday the new executive action expected later this week will closely resemble the
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original. >> these are mostly minor technical differences. fundamentally, you're still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country. >> reporter: the trump administration is also diving into social issues today. the white house appears poised to reverse obama administration directives that allowed transgender students to use whichever bathroom they choose. >> i've made this clear and the president has made it clear throughout the campaign, that he is a firm believer in state's rights. certain issues like this are not best dealt with at the federal level. >> reporter: now, we're still waiting for the white house today to issue their guidance on that bathroom issue for transgender students. one of the things that sean spicer, though, did address today, he refuted reports out there that there were cabinet secretaries, including education secretary betsy devos, who were not on board with this saying the entire trump administration is on the same page when it comes to this issue. wolf? >> it's a sensitive issue indeed. sara, thanks very much. republican lawmakers are holding
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a full splat of town halls today. voters are making their anger felt. president trump dismisses them as angry crowds and suggests the confrontations are at least partly staged. >> i think some people are clearly upset, but there is a bit of professional protester manufactured base in there. but obviously there are people that are upset, but i also think that when you look at some of these districts and some of these things, it is not a representation of a member's district or an incident. it is a loud group, small group of people disrupting something in many cases for media attention. no offense. it's just -- i think that necessarily, just because they're loud doesn't necessarily mean that there are many. >> our national correspondent is at one of those upcoming town halls in new jersey. you've been to these meetings. is that what you're seeing now?
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>> reporter: well, in a word, no. professional, no. organized locally, yes. small groups, no. these have been very large, wolf. and from the people we've met -- and it's not just us dipping into these town halls looking at pictures or dropping by. we've actually sat down and tried to meet the people and listen to their concerns, try to figure out where they're coming from. it's been a grandmother of a toddler who said, hey, she preferred to stay at home with her toddler. a nurse who is a new mom who says she wanted to become involved. these are people who live in the district who are truly concerned. and comments like what they're hearing from sean spicer, we actually just stopped here and talked to somebody back here. she said frankly it's just making her more mad that that is just not true. i want to give you a look just at what we're seeing. we're two hours, wolf, before this all kicks off. you can see there's a large police presence. there are already people who are gathered here. they brought their signs. they're anticipating hundreds of
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people showing up here to the representative's town hall. and this is similar to a number of town halls that we're seeing. bill cast difficult in louisiana, it became quite heated over there, wolf. and all of this is back and forth between the gop and some of these local protesters, it's just adding to the crowds. it's adding to the passion in these town halls. >> i want to show our viewers some live pictures coming in from louisiana. a town hall for senator cassidy. let's listen in for a second. >> i will absolutely get to questions, but we will address the questions if we can actually go through this. [multiple voices] >> if all you want to do is vent, this will not be profitable. but if -- if we can go through this, we will start -- we will
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start answering questions that are on the cards. now, i will get to you, but let me go right here. >> please let her ask. >> i think that it might go easier -- and i hear what you're saying. when you speak [ inaudible ]. so, my question to you which is simply a you go through, would you give people an opportunity to ask questions contemporaneously with your presentation. [ applause ] >> we get a little sampling of what's going on. this is senator bill cassidy's town hall in louisiana. we'll continue to monitor it for you. in the meantime i want to bring in republican congressman former governor of south carolina, a member of the budget and oversight committee. congressman, thanks very much for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> you held a town hall of your own in south carolina. was that a productive event?
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>> i think it was. it was spirited and it lasted for a number of hours. but at the end of the day, i think people were able to convey some ideas that were awfully important to them. >> what was the primary concern you heard from some of your constituents who were angry? >> i think more than anything else, wolf, it was health care. i think i've gotten more e-mails, phone calls and letters on this issue of what comes next with regard to health care than any other issue since i've come back to congress. >> were these people concerned they would lose health care if obamacare is replaced and repealed and replaced? >> very much so. and, so, i think a lot of it is fear of the unknown, fear of the unplanned. at this point there isn't a consensus around the republican plan. i think that the amount of political heat, if you want to call it that, that has been generated across this country has moved from a debate on simply repeal to repeal and
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replace. i think that the two are coupled together. and i think it's going to be incumbent on all of us as republicans to say, okay, here's where we think we ought to go next and here's the way in which we think this makes your health care ultimately more sustainable, more affordable, and more transparent. i go down the list, but particularly portable with regard to its ability to go with you. >> yeah, there were about 20,000 -- 20 million americans who received health care under obamacare, and many of them are deeply worried that whatever you guys come up with on the republican side, they might lose they are health care benefits. and they're also worried about preexisting conditions. we're not going to get into all of that right now, but i understand there are concerns. i'm sure you do as well. the president and the white house say at least some of the outrage is manufactured. did you get that sense at your town hall? were these your constituents or are these people came in from outside your district, outside
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your state? >> nobody that i was aware of from outside the state. certainly people from outside the district, some people who traveled down from pauly's island, some folks traveled down from columbia. but the bulk of folks were local. they were from the district and they were passionate about what they believed. this wasn't an artificial crowd. it wasn't manufactured. it was real people with real concerns in terms of what came next on health care. and i think one of the points to your last point is what come next, part of what's generate ed in this conversation in the tension is the plan that we have in place right now in south carolina. with the affordable care act it's not sustainable. last year premiums went up by 29%. we've gone from three providers down to one in the last 2 1/2 years. so, the question is where do we go from here? and it's building to be a big debate. >> easier said than done. i know there are a lot of different ideas that the republicans have and there's no consensus yet. you're right in the middle of it. i know you're working closely with senator rand paul among
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others. would you encourage other republican members of congress to hold these kinds of town halls, knowing what they might -- what they might get? >> yeah, i would. you know, i went to virginia for business school and there they believe in the case method. it was sort of the socratic arguing long enough and hopefully the truth fell out at the bottom. so, i think that you learn a lot more from zis senting viewpoints, from viewpoints other than your own. and, so, i think that the give and take that exists in any of these, however unpleasant they might be at the front end, at the end of the day you walk away thinking, i'm hearing some thoughts, you know, we walked away with several legal sheets of different ideas that people had brought up, different concerns that they brought up. and it causes each congressional or senatorial office to act on those ideas. >> as you know, democrats face some similar town halls, angry town halls back in 2009 while congress was working on health care reform. many people credit those town halls with galvanizing the
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conservative movement which eventually led to the tea party. do you see similarities now? >> yeah, i mean, you know, dissent is part and baked into the american political system. that's a good thing. we want to have that. and in fairness to the republicans out there, and in fairness to paul ryan and leadership, this has been a bottom-up process. unlike with due respect to the affordable care act, when it went in straight line party vote, little debate and sort of read it and you can discover what's in it approach, it's been approach of senator paul and i, for instance, have a plan. there are a number of different -- cassidy i heard his voice a moment ago on the program, there are a number of different plans out there. as a consequence of those different ideas and the contest of those different ideas, i think we're going to end up with something that really helps people. >> a questioner at your town hall asked if you were proud to have donald trump as your
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president, and you answered -- this is the quota corresponding to the charleston post and courier, "i think we're all struggling with it." is that as sentiment widely shared among your republican colleagues in the house? >> i can't speak for other republican colleagues. i'd say the obvious, though, in terms of the district that i represent. many people are struggling with it. they applaud the supreme court appointment. they applaud many of the cabinet appointees. they plaud the way in which he's beginning to roll back on regulation. but some of the weird stuff, standing up at the prayer breakfast and comparing your ratings in the apprentice show to schwarzenegger is weird. that does give them pause. it does give them concern was he's got a big job. they want him to succeed and they want him at times to let go of these fairly minor tail chasing endeavors he seem to engage in on a regular basis with twitter and others. >> congressman, i want to you stand by. we're going to take a quick
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break. we're going to show live views coming from south carolina. this is the town hall. it's getting very lively over there as we have been seeing all over the country. people asking tough questions, a lot of these republican lawmakers, and then we're just seeing this over and over and over again. we're going to continue to watch this. let's take a quick break. we'll be right back. >> it does not stop at the state level but rather flows straight to patients. now, under our plan -- what makes this simple salad the best simple salad ever?
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all right. lively over there in louisiana. senator cassidy's town hall. there are angry, angry citizens complaining about some of his proposed policies. let's listen. >> please. now, under our plan, the 30 million that are currently uninsured under the aca would be insured. and the state would continue to receive the dollars it currently costs more than medicaid expansion. and they would also receive the dollars for those who are currently on the exchanges. it's my bill. >> not true. >> i would tell you it's true. it is my bill. i can probably is you that is how the bill is written. if you don't believe me it's because you haven't read the bill. in that case -- >> we've read your bill. >> if you've read my bill, then what you'll see is that we
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actually have the potential to have more folk covered in louisiana than we do now. and, in fact, more potential -- [multiple voices] so, what we also hope to do is give the patient the power. we give the patient the power by requiring price transparency. >> oh, god. >> if somebody -- >> you can hear the heckling going on, senator bill cassidy town hall. complaining about various policies. a few of them were just escorted out by local police. you can see that one individual holding the sign, you're not answering our questions. we'll continue to watch this. i want to bring back republican congressman mark sanford of south carolina. very quickly, your reaction to what your republican colleague
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has to endure right now at that town hall. >> empathy. again, we had a 3 1/2 hour town hall meeting on saturday morning and it was a little energy at the front end, but it became clear that i wasn't going anywhere. i was going to stay for the duration. hear people's points of view, it began to come. i think fundamentally it's a reminder to the degree people want to be heard and there is a certain level of respect that allows folks in being heard. i think it also underscores the amount of energy that's behind this issue. i mean, when you talk about something as personal as people's health care, people really care about it. it's not an academic debate. this goes to the heart of at times life and death decisions. so, it's something they really care about. finally, i'd make this point. i think it was new ton that said for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. and i think that we need to be careful here because some of what, to a degree, donald trump has unleashed in the way he can be crass and cutting at times
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hard edged, we see now at the congressional side, okay, if he can say that kind of stuff, then i can, too, in a town hall meeting. i think we all need to be a awfully careful about that phenomenon. >> what you're saying is your republican colleagues should not necessarily follow the president's lead in terms of his reaction to the criticism, is that what i'm hearing? >> yeah, i think people want to be heard. at the end of the day, we are representatives of 750,000 people in the case of congressional district, obviously the case of a lot -- a number of much higher in the case of a senate seat. and, you know, the president has broken every conventional political rule out there on things that one could say, and i think that to a degree has given people what they perceive to be license to be awfully rough and at times maybe crossing the line with regard to rudeness and some of these town hall meetings and people that ultimately represent them in washington. >> do you think it's going to change people's minds?
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did your town hall change your mind on some specific issues? >> yeah, i've said that this stuff is already having an effect. i think baked into the cake in any republican proposal that come out is, for instance, you know, somebody standing on their plan, their parents' plan until the age of 26. that's baked into the cake. that is was part of the affordable care act. this notion of preexisting conditions, we may come up with different ways of dealing with it. for instance the plan senator paul and i offered does. but baked into the cake is this notion of dealing with preexisting conditions. i don't think you can see any republican plan that doesn't do that at the end of the day. >> very quickly i want to get your reaction to another issue that has come up in the last few days, this escalated rise of anti-semitic incidents including desecration of a jewish synagogue. i want it play a clip of what he had to say. >> there is no place in america
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for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-semitism. i must tell you, the people of missouri are inspiring the nation by your love and care for this place, for the jewish community in missouri, and i want to thank you for that inspiration, for showing the world what america is really all about. >> welcome words by the jewish community and a whole bunch of other people as well. i know you have an old historic wonderful jewish community in south carolina. when you hear what's going on, when you see this rise in the desecration, there you see the vice-president help to clean up that jewish cemetery with tombstones, were desecrated over these past few days, when you see swastikas painted, you see angry, angry threats to jewish community centers all over the country, i want your reaction to this. >> horrifying, troubling, and it's something that needs to be
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snuffed out immediately. this is a cancer that cannot grow in our republic. and i think that the vice-president's words were spot on. >> all right, congressman, thank you so much for joining us. congressman mark sanford of south carolina. always good to have you here on our show. appreciate it. >> sir, thank you. >> coming up, the latest surprising twist with as investigators look into the killing of north korean leader's half brother including an attempted break in at the morgue where malaysian authorities are holding the body. hambone! sal! tiki barber running a barber shop? yes!!! surprising. yes!!! what's not surprising? how much money david saved by switching to geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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we're watching republican lawmakers confronted by angry
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crowds as they hold town halls back in their district. right now you can see live pictures, republican senator bill cassidy of louisiana taking questions from an angry group of folks just outside new orleans. he's been getting a lot of tough questions on health care. he happens to be a physician himself, senator cassidy. and folk want to know what's going to happen to their health care if they repeal and replace obamacare. let's listen in again a little bit. >> do not make that a condition of, okay, you don't get federal aid unless you do what we say. we try to move -- we try to move -- >> 70,000 from it? >> we tried to move the power over child education back to -- [multiple voices]
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>> budgets are not good. >> most folks would think that charter schools have been a good development. >> no! >> no! [multiple voices] >> i'll tell you my perspective. my perspective is that the person who should have the most control over where a child gets educated -- is the child's parents. >> you get a flavor of what is going on not only there in louisiana, but all over the country republican lawmakers facing some angry citizens on various issues, including health care and the repeal, they want
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the repeal and replacement of obamacare. let's bring in our political and legal experts to discuss this. mike rogers [ inaudible ] in the u.s. house of representatives. you did a bunch of town halls in your home state of michigan. did you ever get anger like this directed at you, people screaming to you, do your job, answer the question, tough stuff like that? >> never exactly toward me in that way, but i've had where half the room is screaming at other half the room. different kind of people show up. the bigger town hall you have tells you the bigger the issue and no one shows up to tell you you're doing a great job. those are the folks who are motivated to come because they're angry about something. they think they're going to lose something or gain something in the political process. so, they're there for a very serious reason. so, you also get political activists. so, the people who are shouting and interrupting, a lot of those people came there with a political objective of disruption. i had it in my district. every congressman, republican or
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democrat likely gets that along the way somewhere. and then you have this group in the middle who are very passionate and can get angry and get worked up about it. and some of that i see directed to the senator. i'll just say i think he's doing a masterful job. you can't get upset in these things. you have to let it work its way out, to continue to talk about your position. which i think he's doing. >> at least he's facing these citizens, answering their questions even if they're tough and there is a lot of anger there. he's doing it and some other lawmakers, they're not resisting, they don't want to do these town halls and they're not showing up. ron bronstein, a lot of people are comparing what is going on now to the emergence of the tea party back in 2009 when president obama was pushing health care reform. you see a similarity going on right now? >> i do. i mean, i think health care is a quagmire. it was a quagmire with president obama. it's going to be a quagmire with president trump. there is a reason why every president from harry true man to bill clinton who tried to reform health care could not and obama
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was the only one to even get it to the floor us much less through to passage. it is a very complex interconnected system. when you make changes, you affect a lot of peach and will have the law of unintended consequence to a graetd degree. one of the core divides here is you see from republicans like paul ryan and what he tweeted yesterday that republicans want to give people more freedom, more choice and that may be attractive to some younger healthier people with less health care needs. the problem is that all of their principle mechanisms, ending the mandate, reducing mandatory minimum benefits has the effect of raising costs on older people with greater health needs at a time when a majority of republican votes come from whites over 45. so, the complexities are not yet all worked out, to use congressman rogers' phrase and i think as they go through this, it could get even hairier for republicans as well as their constituents realize the implications of their plans. >> you heard the white house
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press secretary, nia, a lot of these are outside agitators, professionals. the president tweeted something along those lines as well. don't take it all that seriously. >> yeah, and obviously if you're a congress person or senator going back to your district, you have to take it seriously because you've got to figure out what kind of answers that you're going to give to these folks who are asking questions about what's going to happen to their health care. i think one of the problems they're having at this point is there is really no plan yet from the republicans. at some point they'll have that. we are seeing this also happen much earlier than it did with the tea party, those tea party town halls happened in the summer of 2009. this is certainly much earlier on the president's watch. and it's being fuelled by facebook and social media. and they can sort of dismiss it as astroturf protester, but they still have to deal with it. tom cotton, for instance, had to change the location of his town hall two or three times because the crowd was going to be so massive. he's going to have one tonight in arkansas and i think 1100
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people have signed up on facebook. >> back in 2009, 2010, the press secretary in the obama white house robert gibbs, he said this wasn't really grassroots people coming up, as nia says, they were astroturf. he sort of dismissed this whole thing. but it did lead to the tea party and it did lead to the republican becoming the majority in the house. >> and the democrats, especially activists have very intentionally imitated the tea party. a group of congressional aides created a group called the indivisible which has basically created a blueprint for how to go to town halls. the president says, you know, these are liberal activists. well, that's right, and that's called political organizing and that's what political conservatives did and they're doing it now. the question is can they sustain it and can they win elections especially in congressional districts gerrymandered very much to favor the republican incumbent. >> senator bill cassidy in
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there he is shaking hands with the u.s. ambassador to mexico, roberta jacobson. a career diplomat so she stays in her post at least for the time being. we're back with our panel. also joining us global affairs correspondent elise. you're getting new information about mixed messages coming from the trump administration to european leaders about u.s. policy. this causing a lot of confusion. this is a story first reported by the reuters news agency. >> that's right, wolf. well, you saw vice-president mike pence and defense secretary mattis, others in europe last week. and when defense -- when vice-president pence went to brussels, he spoke about this very cooperative relationship between the u.s. and the e.u. he said president trump sent me here to talk about deeply political and economic cooperation. well, we just found out, as you said, just reported first reported by reuters that a few days before that, steve bannon, the white house chief strategist to president trump, had a
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meeting with the german ambassador to the united states, peter widig, in which he was speaking a very derogatory message about the e.u. calling it a flawed organization, saying the u.s. preferred to have bilateral relationships with these countries. and kind of along the lines of what he has said before and a little bit about what president trump has said on the campaign, that you look at what's happening in europe, these populist nationalist movements. they're not really into this kind of european union experiment where they're dealing with multi lateralism. so, european diplomats very nervous. they're getting these mixed messages. they don't know where to turn. rex tillerson, as you just said about some career diplomats, there are very few left at the state department so they don't know who to talk to. and you have elections coming up throughout europe in the netherlands, in france, and in germany. and they're very worried that the u.s. is going to start to support these anti-e.u. right wing movements. a lot of anxiety in europe.
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>> the president himself has said he wants bilateral trade deals with the united states and individual countries. he doesn't like those multi lateral trade deals like with nafta or any of these other international trade deals. and that was presumably the message that bannon was sending to the german ambassador. >> well, i mean, the german ambassador we understand kind of gave as good as he got. he gave a passionate defense of why europe is important. diplomats are telling me we don't even -- this administration understands what the europeans do that they don't understand how important they are. and that's fine. but they need to respect that this is the way europe wants to go and they're saying, don't tread in our front lawn. >> everybody stand by. there is more news coming into the "the situation room" including some bizarre new twists and the killing of the north korean leader's half brother. could the killing have an impact
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on president trump's north korean policy?
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very bizarre new twist tonight. investigation into the murder of kim jong-un's half brother including an apparent break in attempt at the morgue where the body is being held. brian todd has been investigating. >> wolf, the intrigue surrounding this case is only deepening tonight. police say they're looking for more suspects. they have new information on the training of the female suspects and they find themselves guarding against someone trying to steal or tamper with the body of kim jong-nam. >> reporter: stepped up security at the morgue in kuala lumpur where the body of kim jong-un's
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half brother is being kept. a top malaysian police official says someone tried to break into the mortuary. he wouldn't say if this was north korean. >> it looks like north korean. >> what would they want to do with the body. >> that's a good question. maybe ship it somewhere else and cremate and destroy it and argue the evidence isn't true. >> reporter: it's another bizarre twist in a case boiling over with intrigue. the female suspect saying she thought she was participating in a reality stunt is not true. >> these two ladies were trained to swab this -- to before that the four suspects will give them the liquid, would put the liquid
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on their hands. they're supposed to rub it over the deceased face, and after that they went -- they were instructing to clean their hands, and they know it was toxic. >> reporter: south korean officials say kim jong-un's regime ordered the hit. the north korea government denied it calling it defamation. but experts say they used this tactic before. >> the method may differ, but they're known to use poison against defectors. >> reporter: in 2011 north korean spies were that ward r warted when they tried to kill a known defector in seoul. a poison needle inside a ballpoint pen. tonight indications of a broader conspiracy in kuala lumpur. the malaysian police say they want to question two additional
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north korean suspects who they say is in malaysia, the assassination in broad daylight could complicate how the trump administration will deal with kim jong-un's regime. and a decision will come soon whether to approve visas for a north korean delegation to come to new york city. informal talks with proposed for next month between north korean officials and former u.s. officials. joel wit has attended similar talks. >> it sound weird but you can brainstorm with north koreans if you know them and they know. in that context, we've had very productive discussions about the future of north korea/u.s. relations and about their nuclear weapons and missile programs. >> reporter: now analysts say while any talks with north korea might provide a positive opening, they warn not to expect too much. experts point out north korea has often reneged on agreements
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in the past and they say the kim jong-un regime should never be expected to completely give up its nuclear weapons plan. >> you're picking up some new information on the investigation tonight. >> more and more twists, wolf. the malaysian inspector say the two women who had attacked kim jong-nam had poison on their bare hands and they swiped his face. the male suspects say they poured the liquid. the two women carried out trial runs at two malls in kuala lumpur, of course, refuting their claim this was an innocent stunt, they were duped into doing. >> brian todd on the story for us. coming up furious voters venting at republican leaders during town halls. the white house says the confrontations are partly staged. but clearly there is some real anger out there. where will it lead?
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