tv Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs CNN March 1, 2017 1:00am-2:01am PST
♪ i am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment, believe in yourselves, believe in your future. and believe once more in america. >> a dramatic change in tone, as president trump lays out ambitious agenda in his first address to congress. how far did he go on immigration, health care and other issues affects american families? all that, plus the emotional high point everyone will be talking about today. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm dave briggs. 7:00 p.m. eastern time speech
next time, christine. >> it's almost like watching the big sports games. i'm so tired. i'm christine romans, 4:00 a.m. in the east. every some of his critics say that was the presidential tone they've been waiting for. the president's big speech provides a reset of sorts in the adjustment of a settle of congress. the president casting a more presidential image. spent mostly sticking to the teleprompter, as he ran through his policy goals, he got a lot of answers how to pay for them. the president offered up this challenge to lawmakers. >> the time for small thinking is over. the time for trivial fights is behind us. we just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. the bravery to express the hopes for our souls and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams
into actions. >> now, there were some polarizing aspects as president trump recapped many of the greatest hits from his campaign. at several times we saw all of the republicans standing and all of the democrats stuck in their seats. cnn jim acosta at the white house with more. >> christine and dave, president trump put the divisive rhetoric of the early days of his administration behind him and embraced a moderate more softer tone. during his address, the president talked about open immigration reform. backed obamacare, and even voiced a support for nature together, an alliance he criticized in the past. the most striking tribute is when paid tribute to karen owens, the widow of ryan owens killed in yemen at the opening [ applause ] administraon.
>> reporter: but the president did not tone down his rhetoric across the board using the term radical islamic terror in his speech. >> first on immigration, president trump striking a new note of compromise. hours before the speech, he surprised many when he said he wants congress to take up an immigration reform bill that could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants in the u.s. >> i believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goal. to improve jobs and wages for america. to strengthen our nation's security. and to restore respect for our laws. republicans and democrats can work together to achieve an
outcome that has eluded our country for decades. >> now, a path of citizenship, the president's proposal would offer legal status to undocumented immigrants who are not criminals. he peted his pledge to build a wall. although this time he did not insist, dave that mexico pay for it. >> he did call it a great, great wall. the president is not backing down from his campaign promise to repeal and reblase obamacare. mr. trump outlining his goals for a new health care system during last night's address. he wants to keep coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, the key there. and calling for a guaranteed transition for americans insured through exchanges. he also wants to help americans purchase their own insurance
exclusively through unmandated government plans. and he said bringing down costs is critical. >> action is not a choice. it is a necessity. so, i am calling on all democrats and republicans in congress to work with us to save americans from his imploding obamacare disaster. with reforms that expands choice, increase access, lower costs and at the same time provide better health care. the way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance. and that is what we are going to do. >> later today, republicans will try to get on the same page on obamacare, when house leaders brief their senate counterparts on repeal plans at a meeting called by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. action on repeal bill should come as soon as next week. the president also calling on congress to fund a $1 trillion infrastructure bill which would make good on our
charge. invoking dwight eisenhower. he said it would folks on capital and create millions of new jobs. >> america has spent approximately $6 trillion in the middle east, all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. with the $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country twice, and maybe even three times if we had had people who had the ability to negotiate. >> infrastructure may be one of the rare areas of bipartisan agreement. bernie sanders also ran on a pledge to spend $1 trillion on roads, bridges and other inf infrastructure. america's nato allies perhaps relieved after the speech. mr. trump in his one of his few unscripted moments of the night,
trump took credit in turning that around. >> we strongly support nature together, an alliance forged through the bonds of two world wars that dethroned fascism. and the cold war. and defeated communism. but our partners must meet their financial obligations. and now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that. in fact, i can tell you the money is pouring in very much. >> now, per the claim that the president succeeded in pushing allies to, quote, pour money into nato, so far, the administration has not offered proof of that. other countries in the alliance
have agreed to increase defense spending, but some of that was in the works before mr. trump took office. former kentucky governor steve beshear delivering the democratic response speaking from a diner saying the president is not helping the working class calling him wall street's champion. also attacking the efforts to repeal and replace obamacare. >> you and your republican allies in congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of americans who most need it. does the affordable care act need some repairs? sure, it does. but so far, every republican idea to replace the affordable care act would reduce the number of americans covered. >> many of the democratic women in attendance wore white in a nod to the women's rights movement in the early 1900s which encouraged supporters to dress in white as a simple of
purity. president trump repeating one of his favorite claims about the labor market last night. >> tonight, as i outline the next steps we must take as a country, we must honestly acknowledge the circumstances we inherited. 94 million americans are out of the labor force. >> he likes to talk about that 94, 95 million americans out of the labor force. it's technically true. it's actually 95 million americans. a little higher than his 94 number. they are not part of the labor market. but of those 95 million people, they don't all want a job. they're not all looking for work. they're not out of the labor market because they've been sidelined. 44 million of them are retired. baby boomers, by the way, a huge bubble that's going to add to those numbers. more than 15 million are in college or job training. another 15 million are disabled. they're not part of the labor force. another 12 million are taking care of a family member, a child
care in some states is more expensive than college. either a child or elderly parent or grand parent. there are some people that want a job and can't find one. when we distill those numbers of people who are looking for a job, we're talking about 5.5 million people who have looked for work in the past year. they're not part of the labor force. another 7.6 million are unemployed and considered part of the labor force. we saw that many felt that the economy has left them behind. the president capitalized on that masterfully. it's misleading at best to bend those numbers. the president has said there are 94 million that want a job. that is not true. >> clearly, the most dubious claim he made in the night, one that you would expect him to walk back, don't you think in the days ahead?
>> i think he's trying to put his finger on the fact that people have been sidelined. that is how he got elected. when i talk to ceos, they're looking at finding the labor to do that. mr. trump is talking about the 95 million people ready to work. because the labor as a matter of fact so tight. >> talking what, 300,000 plus high-tech manufacturing jobs still open. >> open and ready to go right now. president trump paying tribute to the navy s.e.a.l. who died in january during the raid in al qaeda in yemen. corinne owens, the widow of william ryan owens openly sobbing as the president honored her husband's sacrifice. it was by far the most emotional moment. evening. >> ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation, ryan's legacy is
>> two long ovations, david, it was 2 minutes and 11 seconds total. owens was the first member of the u.s. military to die in combat under president trump. who once again called the deadly mission a success. despite the importance that it generated. >> van jones called it the moment that he became the president. >> that's right. >> and that was a moment that really resonated with all sides. >> the way he started with condemnation of hate of all kinds. the way he talked about the kansas city attack last week. the way that he honored the widow of mr. owners, all of those things were incredibly moving. >> yeah, right out of the gate, started with the message condemning the hate that we've seen. probably should have come earlier, nonetheless, nice to see last night. president trump willing to go where his predecessor would not, on the terror threat.
how is the middle east reacting to the president's call to fight radical islamic terror? the valiant taste times of death, but once!! uh, excuse me, waiter. i ordered the soup... of course, ma'am. my apologies. c'mon, caesar. let's go. caesar on a caesar salad? excuse me, pardon me. what's not surprising? how much money matt saved by switching to geico. could i get my parking validated? fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
last night's congressional address was so welleceived the white house is scrapping the travel ban. the new travel ban will be signed next week. and will exclude green hard holders. last night, president trump used language his own national security adviser will not use when it comes to combatting terrorism. >> our obligation is to serve, protect and defend the citizens of the united states. we're also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical islamic terrorism. >> so, how is the president's speech playing in the middle east? i'm joined right now by cnn's
jomana karadsheh. over here, he's getting even high marks for sounding presidential. for laying out his america first policies very clearly and sticking to the prompter. >> well, you know, christine, we haven't had any specific reaction when it comes to the speech in this part of the wrorld. but i can tell you there has been a lot of concern when it comes to the trump administration and how its policies are going to impact the arab and muslim world. and we saw that happen last month with the travel ban that really increased those fears and concerns in the region. when it comes to the term "radical islamic terrorism" you can't expect people in this region to accept this or be happy with the use of such a term. we've already so many american allies, for example, king abdullah of jordan for the past couple years has really been
speaking out about this, saying that the west needs to make this differentiation. they need to separate between the religion and ideology saying that this extremist jihadist ideology is not a true form of islam. that they are the enemy of muslims. also you'll have others tell you in this region over and over again that the biggest victims of this kind of extremism, terrorism, are muslims themselves. if you look at countries in the region, for example, like iraq and syria. end iraqis are very proud of the fact that they are at the forefront of this war against terrorism. they, as muslims say they are in the front line in the fight against terrorism with the support of the united states. so, there's always this concern, christine, that jihadist extremists will exploit this kind of terminology trying to exacerbate those feelings that united states is fighting muslims in islam.
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reports. 21 tornadoes reported there. i want to show you video that shows the damages left in place and we know a large number of fatalities in the region. and you get a large outbreak of tornadoes and that's precisely the case. not as much as what we saw in january. in january, about 141 reports of tornados, 36 is what is normal. and then 76 tallied where 29 is normal. that's over 250% of normal. so, you put that together it has been very active. we're certainly not out of the woods just yet. you take a look, severe weather concerns includes nashville, into pittsburgh, new york, philadelphia and new york. the highest concerns there for gusty winds and large hail and isolated tornadoes, guys. >> that will be a tough day for some of those folks here today.
i am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment -- >> a positive reception for the positive tone in president trump's first speech before congress. we have all of the highlights, including the tearful moment that you don't want to miss. welcome back to "early start" this morning. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm dave briggs. there was a "you had me at hello" moment where he condemned hate straight out of the gate. >> that's right. >> i think everyone felt much better. >> even his critics were talking about the speech saying that was the presidential tone they
wanted. >> it was a tough speech to counter for his critics. 4:31. president trump's big speech provides a reset of sorts. in the address to a joint session of congress, mr. trump cast a more presidential image than we've seen from him so far. after about an hour sticking mostly to the teleprompter as he ran through his policy goals, we got a lot of answers how to pay for them. the president did offer up this challenge to lawmakers. >> the time for small thinking is over. the time for trivial fights is behind us. we just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. the bravery to express the hopes that sear our souls. and the confidence to turn those hopes and dreams into action. >> president recapping many of the greatest hits from his compran promises. several times, we saw all the
republican lawmakers standing and all. democrats stuck to their seats. perhaps the most poignant point in the night came to a tribute to one of the president's special guests. >> christine and dave, president trump but the divisive rhetoric of the early days of his campaign. and during the speech, the obama talked about open immigration reform. backed obamacare with patients with pre-existing conditions and even support for nato an alliance he's criticized in the past. the most striking tribute came when he paid tribute to widow carryn, the widow of ryan owens, the navy s.e.a.l. killed in the administration. but using the term radical islamic terrorism in his speech despite advice from his new
national security adviser general h.r. mcmaster who said he should not use the phrase. david and christine. >> diving into the specifics jim mentioned there. first, president trump striking a new tone of compromise. hours before the speech, he surprised many when he said he wants congress to take u an immigration reform bill that could grant status to millions uth documented immigrants in the u.s. >> i believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goal. to improve jobs and wages for america. to strengthen our nation's security. and to restore respect for our our laws. republicans and democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades. [ applause ] >> while stopping short of the
path to citizenship, the president's proposal would offer legal status to undocumented immigrants who are not serious or violence criminals. the president drew big applause from republicans when he repeated his pledge to build a wall. a great, great wall. although he did not insist that mexico pay the bill. >> the president is not backing down from his campaign promise to repeal and replace obamacare. mr. trump outlining his goals for a new health care system during last night's address. he wants to keep coverage for people with preexisting conditions. he's coined the praise guaranteed transition for americans in exchanges. he also wants to help americans purchase their own insurance. and he says bringing down costs including the price of drugs is critical. >> action is not a choice. it is a necessity. so, i am calling on all democrats and republicans in congress to work with us to save americans from this imploding
obamacare disaster. >> with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs and at the same time, provide better health care. the way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance. and that is what we are going to do. >> later today, republicans will try to get on the same page with obamacare when house leaders brief their senate counterparts at repeal plans at a meeting called by senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. the president also calling on congress to fund a $1 trillion national infrastructure bill. mr. trump said the it would be financed by public and private capital. >> america has spent approximately $6 trillion in the middle east. all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. with the $6 trillion we could have rebuilt our country twice.
and maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate. >> infrastructure may be one. rare areas of bipartisan agreement. bernie sanders also ran on a pledge to spend $1 trillion on roads, airports, bridges and other infrastructure. >> the president's new tone was evident from the very start of this speech. he opened the address by condeath the recent acts of anti-semitic acts across the nation. >> recent threats target jewish centers and vandalism of jewish cemeteries as well as last night's shooting in kansas city, reminds us that we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.
>> mr. trump meaning kansas, not kansas city. this, as law enforcement officials tell cnn that threats targets jewish centers and day schools likely originated overseas. officials did say some of the phoned-in threats are likely copycats. former kentucky governor steve beshear delivering the democratic response to president trump. beshear said the president is not helping and attacks to repeal and replace obamacare. >> you and your republican allies in congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of americans who most need it. does the affordable care act need some repairs? sure, it does. but so far, every republican idea to replace the affordable care act would reduce the number of americans covered. >> many of the democratic women in attendance wore white, as you can see in a nod to the women's
rights movement in the early 1900s. when encouraged supporters to dress in white as a simple of purity. and rattling offer companies who he says are bringing jobs back to the u.s. >> since my election, ford, fiat chrysler, general motor, sprint, softbank, intel, walmart and many others have announced they've invested billions and billions of dollars in the united states and will create tens of thousands of new american jobs. >> as some of these executives have credited the president for his pro-business stance on tax reform and deregulation. that's one of the reasons so many of these stocks are r rallying here. some of these cases the jobs were part of a preannounced plans. intel with $7 billion in an
arizona factory creating 8,000 jobs but iel announced that back in 2011 with president obama actually on hand there for the photo op. a strong demand for trump policies is the reason it's reinvesting now. chrysler ceo said he wishes he could give trump credit but those plan were in place. the ford cites the pro business environment but says it did not cut a specific deal. with president trump. other companies like carrier did cut deals with the president and he deserves credit for creating an environment, they say, where companies want to promote their u.s. workforces but again, some of these jobs are not new. president trump's tribute last night to the navy s.e.a.l. who died in january during a raid on al qaeda in yemen, carryn owens, the widow of william ryan owens openly sobbing as the president honored her husband's sacrifice.
two long ovations totaled 2 minute and 11 seconds. owens was the first member of the military to die under the presidency of donald trump. and citing the important intelligence it generated. >> i just can't imagine how difficult that was for her. >> the courage just to be there. remarkable. >> yeah, it's really still tough days for them. steadfast refusals from the prior administration over using the term, president trump declares the thread exists from radical islam. how much does that affect the terror fight? what does the terminology mean here? we're live in the middle east, next. ♪ there's nothing more important than your health.
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but last night's congressional address so well received, the white house is scrapping that plan. capitalize on the positive buzz. the new travel ban will be signed later this week. and cnn has learned it will exclude green card and visa holders while revising or eliminating language that prioritizes certain religions. last night, president trump used language his own national security adviser will not when it comes to combatting terrorism. >> our obligation is to serve, protect and defend the citizens of the united states. we're also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical islamic terrorism. >> so, how does the president's speech play in the middle east. let's go live to jordan and bring in cnn's jomana karadsheh. good morning to you. unites this country is one
thing. uniting folks over there, an entirely different accomplishment. can he do it? >> well, 2 is going to be tough right now, you know, dave, when you talk to governments in this region, government officials, you talk to people, it's very much still a wait and see. they really don't know what to expect from this new administration. and when it comes to things like the travel ban that was a negative start for so many in this part of the world. but overall, people want to wait and see what comes next. when it comes to that term of "radical islamic terrorism" this is not something that many or most in this region are happy about. it's not something they'll accept. key allies in this region have been very vocal of trying to separate religion from ideology. for example, king abdullah of jordan has been in the middle east for a couple years saying the united states needs to make
that differentiation, that the ideology is not the true enemy of islam. an others would tell you that the biggest victims of extremists, terrorists of these jihadi groups in iraq and syria, and iraqis will tell you they're at the forefront of this fight against extremism. not a term that many would be happy with in this part of the world. absent of the president's speech, any direct message of russia. but he did say this. >> we want peace wherever peace can be found. america is friends today with former enemies. some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these terrible, terrible wars. this history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world. >> all right. so how is trump -- the speech
being received in russia? we're going to go live to cnn international correspondent matthew chance. matthew is in moscow this morning. he did not mention russia by name. that clip we just played you, many are wondering if the president is softening his tone and setting us up for another russia reset? >> i think this continues to be mixed messages coming from the trump administration when it comes to its policy on russia. president trump mentioned nato. he affirms his support for the american military alliance and previously dolled it expansion which is music to the ears for some people in the kremlin who shared that point of view. at the same time, that sound bite you just mentioned, he said america is willing to find new friends and forge new partnerships. which is being referred to some here in a bleak reference that the united states could cooperate, for instance, on international terrorism.
something that the trump administration has spoken about in the past. the kremlin has commented in the past few minutes saying without two countes working together it'smpossible to be effective. they simply think, the kremlin, there are areas for cooperation on that issue and other issues as well. >> all right, matthew chance with a view from moscow. thank you, sir. all right. the view from wall street. what in the world is going on. this has been quite a string of broken records. and now we enter the month of march. i'm going to give you a little progress report on february, when we get back. always wins.
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i've got to say the reaction overall in the papers and online pretty positive to that speech last night. the president's congressional address. you've got to imagine that the white house i pleased according to a cnn/orc poll 57% said a positive response. the republican which is typical of a republican president, what was the reaction of the speech live as it happened. cnn's tom foreman was tracking realtime reaction from viewers. >> hey christine, hey dave. more than 39,000 people cast about 15 million votes moment to moment, tells us what they thought of the speech. the line goes up if they like it. democrats if blue, independents in purple, republicans in red. early on, when they talked about hate crimes watch the lines. >> recent threats targeting jewish community centers and vandalism of jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting
in kansas city, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms. >> that is what any president would want. look, everybody's clustered together here. up in the positive territory. but these moments were very hard to come by, especially when he talked about policy. yeah, they agreed when he talked about helping out veterans. yeah, they agreed a little bit when he talked about jobs. we saw plenty of area where is they disagreed, particularly on policy, particularly when he brought up obamacare. watch the lines. >> tonight, i am also calling on this congress to repeal and replace obamacare. >> yeah, big applause lining the room. they all jump up, look, democrats hated it. independents didn't like it. interestingly, the republicans in our sample, look at that, they're falling off, too.
at no point did these lines ever cross. democrats never liked it more than independents. independents never liked it more than the republicans. and interestingly enough, men always liked what he had to say more than women. christine, dave. >> all right, tom foreman breaking it down for us. thanks, tom. let's get a check on cnn money stream this wednesday, the first day of march. the dow streak of record highs is over. the dow fell slightly tuesday, finally ending that ridiculous run that we were counting with bated breath. the s&p 500 gaining 4% over the month. the futures are higher right now, stock markets in europe are solidly higher. that's a sign that investors there liked president trump's speech. it's like basic material stocks doing well here. infrastructure play. shares in asia higher as well. now, despite the dow finally snapping that record, the trump stock market rally far from over. one of america's policymakers is
paying close attention. here's what the president of the new york federal reserve told my colleague richard quest. >> there's no question animal spirits have been released most the election. stock market is up a lot. household and business confidence is increasing. there's a survey of small businesses that showed a very large increase that december and sustained that increase in january. there's no question that sentiment has improved quite markedly post the election. >> but bill dudley warns if the government increases spending on the military by cutting back domestic programs the net effect, he says, may not give a powerful boost to the economy. he would know, he's number three at the fed behind the chair and vice chair. he overseas decisions affecting millions of americans. a major bidding war in the book industry is over. penguin random house is signing a deal of pair of books by
barack obama and michelle obama. it had surpassed $60 million. paying random house. these bookings are likel to be released in 2018. the obamas will donate a portion to chaty including the obama foundation. former president obama's previous books were published by the same company. both of them will be writing books. it's unclear whether the same publishing house that would get each of them but $60 million. >> you've got to generate a lot of revenue to make up that. >> they don't give up that kind of money unless they think they'll sell a lot of books. probably instant best-sellers. and maybe the first word we hear from these two. >> the return to politics is coming with barack obama. "early start" continues right now. i'm asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment and believe in yourselves. believe in your