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recognizes the system is broken and he wants to work with congress to fix it. hunter. >> does the white house believe there's such a thing as the deep state actively working to under mine the president? >> i think there's no question when you have eight years of one party in office that there are people who stay in government affiliated with joined and continue to espouse the agenda of the previous administration so i don't think it should come to any surprise that there are people that burrowed into government during the eight years of the last administration and may have believed that agenda and want to continue to seek it, i don't think that should come to a surprise to anyone. >> will the director of the cia purge them out? >> that's not part of the cia's purview on that one, so no.
>> it is president obama who deserves the credit for the february jobs numbers, a statement that was brought out -- >> i'm sure they did. >> how much do you feel president trump should be recognized. >> look, numbers are going to go up and down, there's no question when you look at the ceos that hire people and the krrk eos th -- ceos, you can look back over the last several administrations i don't believe i've seen the number of ceos and businesses come out and talk about the expansion of investments or hiring based on the vision and agenda of a administration the way they have in this one, so it's not just a question of what we believe. i think if you look at the auto makers the other manufacturers and frankly some of the service industries that have come out and talked about the investment that they're going to make or
the continuation of a project they had going or the movement of one of a manufacturing plant or job investment those speak for themselves it's not a question of what we believe, i think it's a question of the commitment that u.s. manufacturers and job craters are make because they want to buy into the president's agenda and envision for creating a more tax and regulatory business friendly environment to grow here and i think those speak for themselves. >> do you believe though that the polices already have had an impact. >> absolutely. look at the confidence indexes, they're all going to the top. the stock market has generated over $3 billion of additional wealth since he was elected. there are several several economic indicators that show his vision an agenda, that's no secret, when you talk to
economists and business leaders, they have confidence in the president's agenda that will yield for a more favorable business compliant to hire more americans, based in america, to make us more competitive around the globe so i do believe that, if you look at what outside economists and business leaders do you can see that. >> reports of jobs report phony or fiction, does the president believe this was fair and accurate? >> i talked to the president and said to quote him they may have been phony in the past but it's very real now. >> could you clear up what seems to be tension what you said yesterday when the administration or the president was made aware of general flynn's foreign lobbying ties and today the transition team was informed of --
>> there's a big difference when he filed, two days ago and what happened then. what the a.p. is reporting, just so we're clear is that a personal lawyer of general flynn's contacted a transitional lawyer and asked for guidance on what he should or should not do the lawyer instructed that wasn't the role of the transition and up to the personal lawyer to work with the appropriate lawyers or subject matter experts to determine what was appropriate and not appropriate in terms of filing, but this was a personal matter, a business matter not something appropriate for a government entity when they should file for an individual citizen. that was in guidance of what should be done and shouldn't be a shock to anybody if you're asked a government lawyer what you should do in your private capacity as a citizen they're going to tell you you should consult experts in that area to
determine what you should or should not do. >> if the transition was aware of that advice why wasn't the president made aware that that recommendation -- >> there are tons of individuals that consult with the lawyers and with ethics experts an say i own this stock, will i have to sell it? i own a business, this house, and for the most part they're given guidance to go seek professional help, a entity, asking for tax advice if you call the irs and say i want to know what i should do with that they will tell you to consult a tax attorney. that's not the job of the government what you should or should not do as a private citizen, so it's a vastly different scenario regardless of what department you call in government. you call the department of education and ask them and education standards they'll probably refer you to a local
entity or to a teacher if you're asking about your own child. they're very clear about the line between private action and government action. >> does the president agree with house conservatives that the sunset dater t for the medicaid expansion should be moved up to next year? >> i think the bill pfr tbefore house, the reconciliation piece is a three-prong process, number one it's the first time you're going to have a full addressing of an entitlement like this in decades. it is actually a very, very good thing for conservatives when you look at how we're going to address medicaid and entitlement that many conservatives have fought for years need to be addressed, but that being said the president has also been very clear through all the discussions and commentsed throughout the week as he meets with members of congress angd
outside groups that if somebody has an idea that can make this legislation more accessible more choice to the american people drive down costs he wants to listen to it, but i think right now that's where the bill stand. we're going to continue to l listen and work with members of the house and the senate. i don't want to prejudge the bill itself, but it was crafted in the way of the president's thinking and a very smart way of addressing entitlements and going forward. >> the president is willing to negotiate on the sunset of the expansion -- >> right now the date that's in the bill is what the president supports. he's willing to listen to individuals on dimpfferent aspes of the bill that might achieve the goals he set out but it's not a question of negotiation. we have a date in the bill an that's the date in the bill, but i think as the bill continues to work its way through the house,
that goes for speaker ryan, he's got members approaching him with ideas senator mcconnell is probably dealing with the same issue, and i made it very clear from the get go, this is going to where we take the best ideas listen to individuals an try to achieve the goal that is the president has laid out and the principals he's laid out. >> piggy backing off john and john, at a breakfast this morning when he referenced nancy pelosi said it couldn't possibly be true against the former president because that's not how our system works, she also said obama would not do that and would be a waste of time to investigate that allegation, does the white house have any information to refute house minority leader, nancy pelosi's
claim an why the president hasn't asked the fbi chief about this. >> i think we spoke very directly the about this. they have the appropriate forum and process and staff to report and look into this matter and report back. >> sean, can you see that the president was informed at all about this arrangement. >> no, no. >> -- to a foreign agent. >> just so we're clear, you wouldn't -- general flynn filed with the department of justice two days ago. how would anyone know -- that's sort of like asking -- >> what about the need to file. >> that's up to his personal lawyer. again, each person that goes through the process in government seeks counsel in the activities they own and conducted as to what they have to do and not do, but this is like asking someone needed a file whether they had a kleclie
they have to file a lobbying form, that's up to their counsel whether they engaged in activities in the past or whatever it is, if a doctor needed to go and up their certification, that's not up for the government to determine, there are certain private activities that you conduct and seek counsel on, that's not up to the government and exactly how the system worked. >> how did that not raise a red flag -- >> you already got your question answered, john, john. >> you have an attorney calling the transition saying that -- >> no, no. >> the person in line to be the national security adviser may need to register as a foreign agent an that doesn't raise a red flag? >> it's the question of whether they gave them advice they were supposed to, it's not up to them what you need to do or not do, there are certain activities that fall under each of these
requirements, the flush hothres is not appropriate nor legal for the government to go into private sincitizens, seeking ade and that would be like a tax return and saying that's not a deduction you should take, that's why they tell you you should seek counsel, professional advice or expertise, that's not up for them to determine, plain an simple. >> moving beyond the legal question. just to follow-up with john. moving beyond the legal question here, this is an issue of judgment about who you guys wanted in your administration, if there were published reports that your potential national security adviser had dealsings with the government of turkey, congressman cummings sen a letter to mike pence during the transition informing him of this and raising a red flag, mr.
pence was on television i believe yesterday saying twice he had no knowledge of that letter. >> that's right. before you accuse the vice president of certain things, what he said is he was not aware of the filing, and he wasn't. >> in terms of the larger question, forgot about filling out forms and legalism, what does this say about the transition team's judgment about still appointing him as national security adviser when you had knowledge of this information? >> you're asking me forget about the legalisms. that's what we ask people to do is follow the law. you can't forget about the legalism. that's what we did. they consulted a lawyer, which everyone who had something is advised to do. that lawyer consulted the transition lawyer who said it is your job to consult the appropriate lawyers -- >> beyond the legal issues i'm saying moving beyond the issue of the papers here, talking
about the judgment of the president, the vice president and your team made to select this man as a national security adviser when you had information he had these dealings with turkey. >> what dealings are you referring to, the fact that he had a client, also head of the defense intelligence agency, unbelievably qualified impeccable credentials, what is exactly are you getting at? because so far he had impeccable credentials, stellar career in the military and widely respected and for you to impugn -- >> he wouldn't have -- >> but again there was no disclosure at the time and the question is if his counsel determined that he didn't, that's up to him, but it was up to him the burden is on the individual to seek the legal advice or professional ex-per tee to decide what to file or
not. we could have a argument and somebody who made something on their tax returns, at the owned-townedend of the day, they are advised to seek expertise and legal council what's appropriate or not. that's not up to the transition attorney to go through someone's livelihood, they were given the proper advice at the time, to seek expertise, he had already obtained counsel. >> the transition officials were not overly concerned by his relationship -- >> it's not a question of overly concerned, glen, did they provide him the avenue they were supposed to, did they tell him to seek counsel and he did. plain and simple. >> the question would be very simply right now does this raise concerns there may be other members of this administration or served in the transition that were or are currently lobbying on behalf of foreign gompts
governments that may be advising the president of the united states. >> we trust people to fill out the appropriate forms and the president -- >> he may have been taking action though. >> you're asking me, look -- this is like saying can you tell me that the executives at nbc has gone through every single person's backgrounds, we trust them that they're filling out the forms in the legal manner, we advised to do the proper and legal thing, we did the right thing then and we expect every employee to follow the law, this president when it comes to ethics, he has ran on a commitment to drain the swamp, very committed to making sure that we institute high standards here around held to them. at the end of the day when he
found out that general flynn betrayed the trust of the vice president back in day, he let him go. the president has high standards for everyone that works in the administration, so the answer to your question if somebody does something not kept in standards of the president and the administration they will be let go. i believe that everybody has done what is legally required of them. but i can't tell you that ever single person has done everything. i can tell you the president has made clear to every person in this administration you are expected to live up to the high standards that he's set for them an if you don't, you will be dismissed. >> as for the removal of the south korea's president what is the reaction to have white house and we know there will be a presidential election in south korea and know several leading candidates, they prefer less
confrontation with -- and also oppose the deployment of -- so does the white house look into the impact of the election? >> i believe they would have to have an election within 60 days there's an acting president who we have strong relationships with and we will continue to work with south korea, they're both a ally and friend in region, this is an issue we continue to keep up with on the developments there, it's a domestic issue which the united states takes no position, it's up to the south korean people to determine the future of their c c country, we continue to be a steadfast ally and partner to south korea.
>> the president tweeting within an hour -- a violation of the federal rules i'm wondering if there's counseling in you and the president's future but also you say generally to critics the risk of doing this is criticizing non-partisan by the books. >> i understand that rule was instituted to deal with mark fluctuations, i think tweeting out a great way to start a friday, here are the actual numbers that you all have reported is a bit -- don't make me make the podium move. i mean honest to god every reporter here reported out that we had 235,000 jobs 4.7. there isn't a tv station that didn't go live to it so to tweet out great way to start a friday,
i don't think that's a mark disruption, i think there's a lot of excitement in this country when we look at the policies that the president has instituted to help put more americans back to work, so i understand the rule, but let's -- >> the obama white house for instance went out of their way not to comment in that hour long period, rearranged the president's schedule. >> i get it. it's not about commenting, it's one thing to give analysis, literally tweeting out great news, i think yes, we're excited when the president and the rest of the team saw the news this morning as reported on every television station, twitter, internet and every major news site around the country and world we're excited to see so many americans back to work, so i apologize for being so excited to see so many americans back to
work. >> the vice president in november did lay out general flynn was being paid to lobby for turkish interest during the campaign, why did that not raise a flag. >> it's not a question of raising a flag, we keep forgetting something, his attorney went to a transition tth who was told you need to seek kouns se counsel on this, it's not for us to adjudicate whether somebody needs to file under the lobbying registration act, it's not the job of the transition attorney, it's to tell them to seek additional counsel, not to tell them what to do or not to do. >> the vice president specific sli sayi ly saying when this was brought to the vice president's attention didn't he raise questions, bring it to the president and look into it further? >> it's fairly simple to say why didn't this occur, did they seek
the appropriate advice an counsel and that's the answer. >> i have a health care question for you. >> oh, good. >> aren't you relieved. >> makes me feel better. >> is the president willing to sign legislation flexible about the refundable tax credit portion of the house bill, would he be willing to sign legislation that avoided that because conservatives are concerned that's an additional entitlement? >> i think more and more the president talks to members of congress and outside groups number one i think they're excited to understand the totality of this and addresses this in the weekly address and you can find it whitehouse.gov that continues to explain, the comp h comprehensive piece, the additional legislation, buying health care across state lines allowing small businesses to
pool, allowing health savings accounts to expands. the fda going after medical malpractice. people have to remember if you get your health care through your employer which the majority of americans do you are not taxed your employer is not taxed. it is fairly inadequate and unbalanced for small business owners, ranchers and farmers sole proprietors to have to face a disproportionate tax burden because they're not a big employer, i think this is something that conservatives should be embracing an i think the more they understand the comprehensive nature of this they are beginning to support more -- >> the refundable tax credit provisions? >> oh, yeah, absolutely. >>. [ inaudible question ] asking about why irs
commissioner is still in his job. would you have any response to that? >> i don't. i would refer you to the department of treasury on that. >> the president tweeted for the past eight years during the obama presidency russia quote ran over the united states and in particular picked off crimea and added missiles which the president described in his tweet as weak. given that he seems to be focused on crimea, at least as far as his tweet is concerned will the president use the authority and funding granted him to send lethal defensive weapons to you caukraine, was i party platforms though the republican language was watered down and if he's not going to i asked you this several weeks ago if president doesn't want to do it, is that because he would rather focus his efforts with
russia on partnering to try to defeat isis? >> i think ambassador haley, at the u.n., any annexations to crimea are not -- until that has been resolved. the president has made it very clear that miss philosophy is not one that i'm going to tell you what i'm going to do, he colds his cards close to his vest. >> -- to deal with sanctions. >> i'm not going to get into the president's negotiation strategy. as he continues to engage with the president of russia around secretary tillerson -- brian, it's your birthday. you got a question. >> going back to, my staff we've got about several dozen e-mails on, we talked to congressmen this morning saying if you're going to repeal and replace
obamacare why not give everybody what congress and senators get? can you address that? >> i think part of what we're trying to do, somebody asked the other day about federal benefits right now a third of our counties have a third of a providers, the president understands that, that's not choice and frankly why he's pushing -- why we're doing this is that so many americans have no choice and he wants there to be greater choice and lower cost. by doing the stuff we're doing especially the third prong of this allowing competition over state lines taking the government mandates what they have to include that's really going to institute more choice. prior to obamacare you could go from a variety of different options and taylor what you and your family needed based on the conditions you saw or the deductible you wanted and choice dried up with obamacare that's the point though is that if you
want more of that kind of a system then this is the bill and legislation and the comprehensive approach that you should be supporting. >> but specifically the perception that somehow congress senators and congressmen get better care than the rest of us, can you address that. >> yes. i think that's why we're trying to pass it the way we are. we want more choice, we want more competition, lower cost, the american people deserve a better health care system and that's what the president is pushing for. margaret. >> did the white house sign off on secretary tillerson not to take the press with him on woo should be a important trip to asia and north korean threat, what are the marching orders, what discipline has he given for secretary of state? >> i know that the trip was one of the topics of discussion, i will try to follow-up with that. with respect to the first part
of the question the press is being invited they're traveling commercially, there's a press logistics to make sure they can get everywhere. >> can't possibly go to all three of those cities an commercially cover them. >> they have made accommodations for members to have press to cover everything. >> something you advised -- >> no, we don't get involved in every logistic, they have made aware of the concerns of some of your colleagues and making accommodations in the future respect to the size of the plane, but make no mistake, there's a logistics component to make sure that the press is welcome at every stop an there's lo gist call support. >> would you like for this
administration to be covered going forward -- >> i hope it will be covered fully. >> that reporters should be allowed to be on the plane with the secretary as they have for many years. >> there's a big difference making sure we carve out x number of seats and having transparency and openness, they have logistical support, to make sure you have hotels and travel, this about blocking everybody, not every plane can accommodate every member of the press. >> can't they get a bigger plane? >> there's an element of cost sai savings that the secretary is trying to achieve. but at the end to have day there's been a component to every stop, he's doing everything he can to support the press and who wants to come an cover him and will be open to make sure the secretary is available throughout the trip.
>> president trump was very critical of chancellor merkel on the campaign trail. how does the white house think that will affect the tone of the meeting tuesday. >> i know that we did a bit of a readout earlier on that, there's a lot of excitement on both sides of the ocean for this trip. i know that we are looking forward to meeting with the chancellor an her team and talked to her folks over there and they're very excited about coming over. there's a lot of trade an economic interest on both sides and obviously there's an element of national security that we share. and so i will let the trip -- look forward to the readout but there's a lot of excitement coming and i think the president looks forward to meeting with the chancellor and discussing areas of national shared interest. >> i gather from today and yesterday, correct me if i'm wrong, i want to make sure i understand the answer to this
question, are you saying the president was not aware that lieutenant general michael flynn was akking as a foreign agent when he appointed him to be national security adviser? >> correct. you wouldn't know that he didn't file until two days ago therefore nobody would have known that. >> they can file a lobbying disclosure with congress in november. >> that's different than filing with the d.o.j. >> it's one question friday. >> the other question is did flynn disclose he was acting as a foreign agent in the security clearance review before he became nsa? >> i don't know the answer to that. >> kwhwhen a former president spillover and the new president stands on his own merit when does that happen? >> i think on january 20th you
begin to assume, what are you specifically asking for? >> numbers from jobs. >> the first full month that encapsulates the president's administration, i think that's a very telling number. i get it these numbers are going to go up and down but for the first full month we're seeing the enthusiasm and spirit that so many business leaders have been drawn to and it's exciting as the first month but this encapsulates a full 30 days of the trump presidency. and so we're going to continue to work forward with policies that will lower taxes create a entrepreneurial business climate to allow the expansion of u.s. companies and grow u.s. jobs. >> other the last couple weeks we have heard all the negative, not all about the affordable care act an how you're looking to make it patient care. >> right. >> with that, are there any
positives that you can articulate from aca that will care into -- >> i think children being able to stay on their parents plans. >> but that's subject to -- >> you're asking about elements, an again, remember, there was stuff part of the aca that is stuff that republicans supported for a while as well, this is making sure the most effective an comprehensive health care policy that achieve it is president's goals. i don't know, i'm sure i can go through the bill an get back. it's very long, 974 pages. >>. [ inaudible ] >> i can confirm. that thank you. have a very good weekend.
>> on this friday afternoon from the white house there, press secretary sean spicer flipping old glory right side up on his lapel at one point saying don't make me move this podium in reference to melissa mccarthy playing him on "saturday night live." essentially the headlines lots of questions on general michael flynn as far as his status filing as a foreign agent. when did the white house know? does that speak to the judgment of the administration when it came to nominating him as a national security adviser, talking about the economy, the numbers out today and the lafter at some of the hypocrisy when sean spicer acknowledged then in the past donald trump talked about job numbers as phony and a hoax and quoted him they have been phony in the past but very real now, asked about the deep state exists undermining the
president and questions about the media access with regard to the secretary of state rex tillerson's trip to asia. david chalian, you're up to bat first. let me begin with you. the back and forth both with john roberts on the red flag question and glen flush with "the new york times" following up and athina also following up what the white house knew and when, let me play the sound and then we'll talk. >> you have an attorney calling the transition saying that -- >> no no. >> the person in line to be the national security adviser may need to register as a foreign agent and that doesn't raise a red flag. >> it's not a question of raising a red flag john, it's about whether they gave them advice sha advice they're supposed to, it is not up to them, there are certain activities that fall as far as the threshold, it is not
up to, nor appropriate or legal telling them what they have to regster or not. that would be the equivalent of walking through a tax return and saying that's not a deduction you should take, that's why when you contact these actcies you should seek counsel professional advice or expertise, that's not up to them to determine, plain and simple. >> glen. >> moving beyond the legal question, just to follow-up with john, moving beyond the legal question here, this is an issue of judgment about who you guys wanted in your administration. if there were published reports that you're potential national security adviser had dealings with the government of occur tu congressman cummings sentence a letter to mike pence informing him of this and raising a red flag, mr. pence was on
television i believe twice yesterday saying he had no knowledge of that letter -- >> before you accuse the vice president of certain things, what he said he was not aware of the filing, just so we're clear and he wasn't. >> in terms of the larger question, forget about filling out forms and legalism, what does this say about the transition team's judgment about still appointing him as national security adviser when you had knowledge of this information? >> you're asking me about forget about the legalism. that's wa we ask people to do is follow the law, you can't forget about the legalisms. what i'm saying is that's what we did. >> david, how do you see this? is this a judgment issue? >> it certainly is a judgment issue. and one sean spicer clearly didn't want to deal with. glen was asking the right question to broaden the judgment issue. the white house is in a position here where they're trying to defend somebody that they fired so they're not looking to
necessarily save mike flynn's reputation right now because he's sort of now persona nongra t taclearly -- what does this say about the vetting process that went on in this transition for the administration overall? >> let's take two steps back. bob bear let me ask you,ance what people would understand what a filing as a foreign agent even means, he did this two days with the doj, spicer says the president one aware, the vice president, what does it mean to file as a foreign agent and the questions on vet sng. >> david is absolutely right, it's a violation of the law, you have to file if you are working
for a foreign agent, turkey in this case, an going back to the press conference. i talked about this on this station and cnn has reported his connection with the government of tur tkey and the fact that t white house was indifferent, a military offer cannot leave especially from dia and go work for a government. and why they didn't call up flynn an say are these reports true, it addresses the question of judgment which doesn't seem very good. >> seems to me, an we've asked before with regard to general flynn with regard to let's say russia but in a different way it's what did the administration know and when? and it's the judgment. >> right. i think that was -- >> go ahead. >> that was athina's question,
what clearances did he have early on an who was aware of it. and we didn't get very clear answers from sean spicer, lots of people raised questions about this during the campaign when he was giving trump advice, and is something now that's going to continue to haunt not only the president but vice president pence as well and it's another thi that the administration has to deal with when they want to talk about policy initiatives an not a good week. >> let me move on to the economy. david, let me loop back to you on these numbers today. which are great numbers that the economy added 235,000 jobs for the month of february, unemployment down to 4.7%. when you look at 2015 the number around 5% that was when trump at the time called it a phony number. so in reference to that and you
heard sla heard sean spicer saying he had a confeversation with the president the president said you can quote me directly that perhaps maybe those numbers were phony then but now it's real. >> the president has referred to particular job reports as phony or totally fiction does the president believe this was accurate. >> yeah, i talked to the president an said to quote him clearly, it may have been phony in the past but clearly reel now. >> you heard the lafter. >> and it got lafter from the room. i'm not sure that americans will laugh at it. it is an admission of play tents
hypocrisy. when it's not in my favor i'm going to say the this when it is in my favor i'm going to say that. >> was that a new thing david dylan is right, he said yes, i had a conversation with president trump and got a quote and there you had it. >> well, look, i think there's an extraordinary lack of credibility here and it was on display at least three times. first of all there were the phony jobs numbers, quote that you just played. there's the issue of basically shirking responsibility for the vetting process of flynn if they're not responsible for it an they're just expecting people to check the right boxes that sort of seems like a joke to me and third there was this issue about the media not being able
to come on rex trillerson's plane, the excuse was the plane wasn't big enough to hold reports, certainly previous planes were big enough, i checked with a former obama administration official to confirm that reporters joined secretaries of state. you heard what he said he said they don't even know how to lie well. there's an extraordinary lack of credibility here and it's on display day after day in that briefing room. >> the media won't be on the same plane as secretary tillerson, but about the hypocrisy of what president trump is now saying since he's the one sitting in oval office aped t and the jobs numbers a great today. >> it is hypocrisy plain and simple, it's so interesting as david has pointed out many times in our polls it shows that
americans really do approve of donald trump's handling of the economy. that's the strongest thing he has things going right now. >> the reason he got the job. >> right. so another reason to dance around at the podium an that makes it difficult for them. >> let's move on to this question about whether a notion of the deep state is there to undermine president trump. >> does the white house believe there's such a thing as the deep state actively working to under mine the president? >> i think there's no question when you have eight years of one party in office that there are people who stay in government affiliated with joined and continue to es spouse the agenda of the previous administration, so i don't think it should come to any surprise that there are people that burrowed into government during eight years of the last administration and you
know may have believed in that agenda and want to continue to seek it. >> will the director of the cia or dni have a presidential mandate to seek these people out and fire them or purge them out? >> that's not part to have cia's mandate under any circumstances. >> quickly, bob, he's correct on that, not at all part of the cia mandate. >> no, it is an alt-right term misapplied. i've been from syria to turkey, they mean something very specific, it's a security apparatus that actually runs the state and democracy is just a fig leaf so they don't know what they're talking about it's not the deep state, it's people in the government unhappy about this regime that are leaking it happens a lot and particularly bad now but sort of like water gate when you had an fbi agent leaking stuff to the "washington post."
>> but for spicer to be using that language, brooke, burrowing into the government over the last how many years i thought was really telling that has become the language of this administration that is being adopted by the press secretary and something we should pay attention to. >> a whole article in the "washington post" about the political lexicon that president trump is using. dylan, bob says it's an alt-right thing, it's a deep state -- >> it actually used to be sort of a left wing idea or left wing suspicion but it shows one thing that the trump administration shares whether it's alt-right or far left is sort of this conspiracy use of the term deep state. these people are in power now, they should know how the government functions and how it
works and to continue to sort of banding about the conspiracy theories about the deep state and defending them in the briefing room would be humorous if it weren't so alarming. >> the health care bill, sean spicer at one point was asked about whether or not he would roll back this medicaid extension, expressed president trump would be open to notio negotiations and is scaring republicans. >> scaring republican partners trying to get this bill through, mcconnell and ryan an others, the federal government outlay is part of what expanded health insurance for half the people that got it under obamacare the portion that the federal government is paying for right now in this proposed bill is to
phase out in 2020, conservatives are saying can you phase that out in 2017. this is a key component, not like some small part that donald trump can negotiate on the side and not have it rock the boat. it's a key component that the white house was part of the deal that they were going to go forward with, so the question is if donald trump is open to trying to get conservatives on board this piece of it, does he ri risk up ending the entire legislation? paul ryan might argue yes, so they're going to need to get on the same page to continue to unite an fight a united front to bring about 218 votes. >> what about -- this is to you, what about president trump answering questions on this, we know the vice president is going to louisville tomorrow and will obviously make a push for this an saw paul ryan sleeves rolled up yesterday, his intimate
knowledge of this and the pool spray today with the president and critics would question maybe even his knowledge of the process and we're hearing from republican sources they want trump out there and more visible on this. where is he? >> i think what i've been hearing from people who have been talking to trump is that he really will be out there and campaigning for this, but this is a really difficult balance he's going to have because not only is he dealing with the conservative wing of his parties but a lot of the people who voted for him were affected by the medicaid expansion under obamacare that was a provision a lot of people didn't think of as being associated with the bill. and so trump may get out there and be talking on the stump about this and find that his voters don't necessarily want that part repealed quickly, so it's a very difficult issue for him. >> we're going to jump.
thank you all so much. i appreciate it here on topics on today's white house briefing, parl part of the discussion has been about a national security adviser working with a pass as a foreign agent and the president was apparently unaware. what are the implications of all this? we'll continue looking at that ahead. you're watching cnn i'm brooke baldwin.
first lady. >> reporter: in september 1998, 28, two years after the first lady arrived in new york city, came a chance meeting that would change her life forever. >> we met at a fashion party. a big fashion party that my friend organized. a fashion week and he invited me. that's how i met donald. >> reporter: donald as in donald a. trump. she met her future husband in who would become the nation's 45th president at the kit kat club. >> i was supposed to meet somebody else. and i was supposed to meet this super model and i said forget about her, what about the one on the left. and it was melania.
only filed two days ago, he was unaware working as a top advisor to trump's presidential campaign. >> you have an attorney calling the transition saying that -- >> no no. >> the person in line to be the national security adviser may need to register as a foreign agent. >> it's not a question of raising a red flag john, it's whether they gave them the aid vice they' -- advice they're supposed to. there are certain activities that fall under the requirements, it is not up to nor is it appropriate nor is it legal for the government to start going into private citizens seeking advice and telling them what they have the register or not. that would be the equivalent of walking through a tax return and saying that's not a deduction you should take, that's why when you contact these act --