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run-off election in june against republican karen handel who finished second. the district has been a gop stro stronghold since 1979. >> the president injecting himself in the race claiming victory before it was called. it is day 90 of the trump presidency with joe johns at the white house. >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. if it was a referendum on the man in the oval office, republicans side stepped what could be a humiliating moment in a rock solid district in georgia. democrats despite the anger and anti-trump energy come short of making a clear statement. >> you ready to flip? >> reporter: the closely watched special election for the sixth district headed for a run-off
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after 30-year-old jon ossoff fell short of an out-right win in a district held by republicans since 1979. >> there is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages. >> on june 20th, we keep the district red and kick a little ossoff. >> reporter: ossoff faces off against karen handel. in a contest seen as a referendum on the trump presidency and a preview of the mid term. president trump hailing the run-off as a win despite the strong showing. tweeting despite major outside money. fake media support and 11 republican candidates, big r win in georgia. glad to be of help. the president was invested in
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the election. bashing the contender and tweets and recording a robocall to urge republicans to out and vote. >> ossoff will raise taxes and destroy health care and flood our country with illegal immigrants. >> reporter: president trump beat hillary clinton by 1% last november. compared to mitt romney's diseaecisive victory in 2012. democrats pumping $8.3 million in ossoff's campaign. this comes as the president signed executive order. >> we are going to defend our workers and protect jobs and finally put america first. >> reporter: mr. donald trump touting the successes of the presidency. >> no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days. >> reporter: today, the president is expected to meet
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with his national security adviser and v.a. secretary. also expected to sign a veterans health bill and meet with the new england patriots to congratulate them on the super bowl victory. chris and ali. >> thank you, joe johns. joining us is david gregory andrade drucker and a.b. stoddard. david gregory. how is it a win for the gop in a district they held since 1979 and have an upstart get almost 50% of the vote? >> i don't think it is a resounding win. they come away at least. i think, you know, this is a strong showing for a democratic candidate in a really conservative red district. but despite that strong showing, i think there are some reasons to temper the enthusiasm. i think there are limits to the
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anti-trump progressive democratic wing of the party as you look ahead to the mid term race. i think they have to find a way to coalesce around the message other than anti-trump. you don't have to particularly be for something, but go back over the role of government and health care. i don't think it can be just anti-trump. in a lot of districts, tried and true republicans will come home. what made it close here, of course, these are more college educated republicans. more might rtt romney republica than donald trump. >> david, the guy got almost 50% of the vote and came out as a new democrat. wouldn't you think in a district with newt gingrich and dr. tom price. you held it since '79. what gives the confidence?
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>> i think it is a strong showing for sure. i think they came up a bit short. again, this is not solid trump territory as we've shown in the election. it is a vulnerable area for republicans, but still the issue of republicans coming home. they are out spent and a big field. that has to be added. >> a.b., this is not solid trump territory as david just said. he only won by less than two points. how can this be a referendum on donald trump given this district? >> it will be a referendum on what the republicans are not doing in congress with the unified republican government. it will be hard for karen handel, the republican candidate now, campaigning for the run-off for june 20th to campaign on the
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successes of the republican congress. at that point, will they have a government shutdown and deep in tax reform and on the way to passing it by the end of the year? will they have done anything to repeal and replace obamacare? will she distance herself from donald trump? what position will trump be in politically? mitt romney in '12 and in '16, tom price, won by 23 points. these are not trump republicans. there is apathy she needs to work with. there is time and republicans scare and motivate to come out and keep it in the red column before june 20th. they have time now. i just think that it will depend on what the record is in the congress and how unified and productive. it is not looking good. >> how do you see it, david? >> i think republicans would be more nervous if the election were this november rather than
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next november. over the course of the next 18 months or so, so much can change both in the republicans favor or get worse for them. democrats have to win 24 seats to win majority. there are 23 seats that hillar clinton won that republicans hold. this is the kind of seat an educated suburban seat where democrats need to make gains if they claw back to power. the kansas special election last week was interesting because it showed softness for the republicans. that is not the seat they will target. this is the kind of seat they have to show they can win. the challenge now and the finish will do for them is juice fund raising more. allow them to make a case for candidate recruitment. this thunknown kid did really well. better than we expected in georgia. so, you, physician and
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accountant and family man, if you run, you can win. will democrats win seats if they don't direct $10 million into one seat? that is what they did here. i think it is a fresh real evidence that the party is energized and not dead as it sort of looked after president trump was elected. now what will they do? >> david, one reason we paid attention to the race is how heavily involved the president was. he was tweeting. he said it was a big victory. it is hard to see how he had beneficial impact. it came at the same time he is touting his accomplishments. he said his first 90 days has accomplished more than anybody ever. let's put up graphics to quantify and judge it. obamacare hasn't been done yet. i give him an incomplete. border wall. incomplet
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incomplete. travel ban, fail. withdraw from tpp. did it. tax reform. incomplete. those are the big things. he made a claim of quantifiable success. he put out 24 executive orders. >> it is a lot. >> not the most ever. he did more than obama, but less than both bushs. >> that's a lot. >> one less than bill clinton. so yes. there is the context, david. >> what do you make of that? >> i don't buy the idea he is making an argument how much he accomplished. the reality is he has had a staff shakeup. he had to get people around him to get together. the first executive orders were to use his words, disaster. he has lacked discipline. he has been all over the place. no, this is not successful. he knows it hasn't been
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successful. it doesn't mean he hasn't had areas of success and fulfilled promises. the supreme court was not listed there. a huge one. his legacy on the supreme court naming a successor to scalia and gorsuch is huge. a big accomplishment. it is mixed and his handling of foreign affairs is still in process. he has gotten good marks. i think it is mixed. to make the claim he is making is spin. >> it's all about healthcare reform and tax reform. if he gets those done. when i was in college, if i do well on the quizes a and not mi term -- >> that was a big. >> it is the biggest win. >> the longest lasting. >> it wasn't just legislative. >> it is. that was important to deliver on because of the promises he made.
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when you look at repaeal and replace of the health care law and it needs to be fixed. you look at the economic growth he is promising. he will not do it without a big tax bill and tax reform. those are the issues that mid term voters will judge on. >> panel, thank you. stick around. we have more questions. wasn't we want to let you know we will speak to republican candidate karen handel of the georgia house race. does she think this was a referendum on donald trump? what does she think? >> we have the reaction from tom perez. he was feeling good about last night. what does it mean for him going forward? another warning for north korea from the vice president. take a listen. >> there's no question that north korea represents the most dangerous and most immediate threat in the asian pacific. and president trump is determined to confront that
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threat. >> and because of that reality, the question remains, what is the plan to deal with north korea? cnn's dana bash presses exactly that in another exclusive interview with the veep next. i'm thomas and i quit smoking with chantix. i was very grateful to have chantix. at times when i would normally go smoke, i just didn't. it's kind of like "wait a minute, i would normally be running out the door to go grab a cigarette." along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix reduced my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some reported seizures or sleepwalking with chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of mental health problems, which could get worse or of seizures. don't take chantix if you've had a serious
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vice president mike pence addressing thousands of troops aboard the "uss ronald reagan" off the coast of japan and delivering another stern warning to north korea. >> those who challenge our resolve or readiness should know. we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective american response. >> after that, the vice president spoke exclusively with chief political correspondent dana bash. dana joins us live from tokyo. dana. >> reporter: wow.
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alisyn, this muscular expense has not just been rhetoric from the vice president in the region from the president back in washington, but from a show of force militarily. the announcement that the "uss carl vinson" was headed to the korean peninsula. we learned at the time it was going in the opposite direction. that's where i started the interview. >> we're in japan on the "uss ronald reagan." i want to ask about something making headlines in the united states and here right now. last week, the u.s. military and administration announced another ship "uss carl vinson" was headed to the korean peninsula. now we learn it wasn't. it was going the other direction. so, were these misleading comments deliberate?
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>> oh, i think not. which have an extraordinary commitment of u.s. forces in the region. the "carl vinson" and that battle group are be deployed to the sea of japan and will likely arrive here in the coming weeks. but the presence of u.s. forces as i saw first hand in south korea, more than 30,000 personnel. here in japan, more than 50,000 personnel aboard the "uss ronald reagan" and seeing the soldiers, airmen and marines gives me confidence that the united states presence in the asian pacific is strong and under president trump's leadership it will be stronger still. >> let's talk about north korea and what you have been saying in the region. the strategy of the u.s. will be to reach out to allies in the region and best path to dialogue is through family of nations. i have to tell you, that sounds
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a lot like the six-party talks back in the bush administration that failed. how is your policy different? >> i think that the president has made it very clear that after more than two decades of failed dialogue and what was called strategic patience that the patience of the united states and our allies in the region has really run out. that we are now going to begin to take such measures, diplomatically and economically, to isolate the regime in pyongyang. the encouraging news, dana, for anyone looking on is that because of president trump's leadership -- we're not only seeing al lies in south korea ad japan and wider world. china has taken steps now to economically isolate north korea. given the fact that china represents more than 80% of the
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exports from north korea is enormously important to the economic marketplace. we believe this is an important step forward. >> i want to try to drill down on the diplomatic side of this more. will the u.s. actually sit down in any way, shape or form, for diplomatic negotiations with the north koreans? >> whether you go back to the framework of the 1990s -- >> not that. looking forward. whatever version. will there be any negotiating? whether it is direct? could you see a direct negotiation with the u.s. and north korea? >> not at this time. the policy that president trump articulated is to marshal support of the allies in the region in japan and south korea. nations around the world and china who have taken the position now for decades of a
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nuclear-flee area. >> is there a move or thought as part of the diplomatic steps are you talking about to get the nations like south korea and japan back to the table with north korea and the u.s.? is that something doable and make a difference? >> i think the president's vision for this is very straight forward. that is that we are going to make it clear to the regime in pyongyang that the days of broken promises and the days of running out the clock on agreements with the wider world are over. when you look at two nuclear tests in the last year alone. you look at unprecedented number of ballistic missile launches. there is no question that north korea represents the most dangerous and most immediate
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threat in the asian pacific and president trump is determined to confront that threat by marshaling unprecedented cooperation of the allies in the region of china and the world. >> you have rhetorical strategy down and so does the president. is it rhetorical strategy in search of practical diplomatic approach? >> i think it's eminently practical. i think the president's direct engagement with president xi of china and now you have seen china turning back coal shipments from north korea. making changes in the ability of people to travel by air from pyongyang into china. and other measures that they may well take in the future demonstrates the hands on diplomacy that president trump has brought to this. that's what it will take. >> did the missile test that the
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north koreans launched whilehe e region failed because u.s. used electronic or cyber technology to sabotage it? >> i can't comment on the electronic or technical capabilities of our military. we certainly recognize that was a failed missile test and failed almost immediately just like another recent test. >> but the u.s. didn't have anything to do with it? >> well, i can't comment either way, as you know, dana. what i can say, failed or not, it was one more provocation by a regime that continues to flout the views of the international community and it has to come to an end. >> that question about whether or not the u.s. had something to
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do with the failure of the north korea missile test is something that really is key because officials tonight ta s don't ta. there is a report that is the big part of the united states deterrent or contain north korea by basically messing with the missile tests and other ways that are really under the radar. we don't know officially if that is the case. it would be very interesting to learn a little bit more. i didn't expect, alisyn, for the vice president of the united states to tell me, but i had to ask. >> we appreciate you had to ask. we heard various officials be quite coy about that. understandably. dana, thank you for sharing that. we will have more of your interview. exclusive with the vice president in the next hour and there he will talk about mr. trump's campaign promises and the president's refusal to release tax returns. we know the fbi convinced a
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sources tell cnn that the famous or infamous dosier was used by the fbi to help obtain a warrant to spy on a former trump associate. justice correspondent evan perez broke the story with two co colleagues. evan, the fbi saw on the dossier articulate fact to give to a judge reasonable believe of carter page. the judge bought it. >> reporter: good morning, chris. that is right. u.s. officials tell cnn last year the fbi used a dossier of allegations of russian ties to the trump campaign to get approval to monitor carter page. fbi director james comey has cited the dossier to the
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briefings to members of the congress in recent weeks as a source of information the fbi used to support investigation. this includes approval from the secret court that oversees the fisa to monitor page's communications. to obtain court permission to target page, the fbi and justice department will have to present probable cause he was acting as an agent and possibly engaging in clandestine information gathering for a foreign government. comey would have to sign off on this application. last year, page was identified as an adviser on nation al security. he had little interaction with the campaign as a volunteer. >> evan, how surprising is this? >> reporter: it is quite surprising. comey's briefing to lawmakers stands in contrast by the fbi and by the intelligence
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community. law officials told us that investigators did their own work separate from the dossier to support findings that russia tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election in favor of donald trump. comey hasn't mentioned the dossier. >> page would not be aware this was happening? >> reporter: that is right. you recall page was scrutinized by the fbi in 2013 of the russian spy ring that included the interactions he had with at least one spy. page denies he knew these guys were russian agents. he gave a speech last year in russia. page said he took the trip independently and expressed his own views. he disputed anything was
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illegal. he sent a statement that says in part that he plans to file a privacy act lawsuit that he says he will respond to civil rights violations by obama last year. chris, it points that president trump made and other republicans made, this scandal is really about the obama administration's spying on the trump incoming administration and we'll see where that goes. so far, the fbi is still working on the investigation. >> evan, thank you for the reporting. it seems we are getting further along in terms of steps about the source and all of that. we are not yet at the bottom of it. we will dig more into the reporting on the surveillance and dossier. first, confusion over the whereabouts of the "uss carl vinson." the white house said it was
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headed to the korean peninsula. it wasn't. how did they get that one wrong?
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this is cnn breaking news. >> all right.
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the massachusetts department of corrections confirming to cnn that former new england patriots committed suicide in prison an hour ago. a shock. he was in there doing life for the murder of odinloyd. >> that was for the killing of two other men. the boston nightclub shooting. acquitted of that a few daysing on. you mentioned odd ain lloyd. you can imagine already knowing the life sentence. now on trial for the two other men. department of corrections found dead aaron hernandez. the department confirms. the massachusetts department at 3:00 said it occurred. hernandez taken to the hospital where he died. hernandez used a bed sheet and
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attached it from a window. tried to block the doors from the correction officers so they could not get in. we will keep you up to date as the morning progresses. i have the chills. this is the nfl brethren. he lost his way. he was a guy in the locker rooms. his life took a turn for the worse. hearing this news is shocking and stunning. >> even somebody who is not a sports follower. it is just the latest tragic turn in the case. just so tragic. up and coming star as you can tell us. then the fact something weird and mysterious happened that night with his friend. and nobody could figure out what that beef was about. then he got life without parole. now the suicide. horrible. >> it is horrible. obviously it hits home being a former nfl player. what if i was his teammate? why couldn't i get through to him? so many questions left. you mention him being a great
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player. he was a great player. this was the next guy before gronk was the superstar tight end. he was that guy. >> he was a big deal. known as a kid with a hard past. known as a tough guy. to be clear, the victims in the story of aaron hernandez are the family of odin lloyd. and odin lloyd himself. a cold blooded murder. that judge wanted to see hernandez in the jail cell for rest of his life. let's not forget the victims. we will learn more about the circumstances surrounding hernandez's life in prison. we will have you back. coy, thank you for bringing us the news. we'll take a quick break. stay with cnn.
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phil mudd. cnn has never reported on the dossier because cnn has never been able to confirm. we know it exists, but we have not reported on the contents because they are sensational. how did the fbi get a judge to agree to this fisa warrant based on the contents? >> let's step there this. a judge has to have probable cause to do something that the fbi records as an iintrusive technique. i can listen to russians talking to you. i can have a human source listen to what you say. we have a retired british security official has a source or sources in moscow. they may have sub sources. we are in the game of phone a
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couple lines down. that information is back and forth. you want to tell me we went to a judge and we will be that i intrusive? i think there is more information here. intercepts to implicate you or something that led a judge to say that. i cannot believe this is a primary source. >> nobody said this is a primary source. they said it is helpful. >> helpful? how is that in. >> they say the fbi used parts of the dossier in making the case to the judge. they did not say it was all they used. >> okay. >> they believe this guy to be a credible source. the british agent. some of the stuff is fanciful. i would not call it infamous dossier. if it it is legitimate. the point it comes to, david, getting a warrant and brother
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mudd knows this better than any. it is not easy. you have to articulate fact to a judge they used to find probable cause which means they have a reasonable belief that the crimes you are selling them on may be true. >> how often have applications to the fisa court been denied in the realm of national security however? not very often. in this case, we have a fact. the intelligence community confirmed its belief that russia attempted to manipulate our presidential election and took steps to do that which were verifiable. in support of that, trying to figure out what happened if they worked backward. they have information which at the time they said about the dossier, they could not confirm the contents. as you say, chris, a reputable source bringing the claims forward. it would make sense to me that
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part of the information base to go to the judge to say we need to do more here given what we know the outcome was which was manipulation of the election. >> that make sense? >> no. one of the questions i have here -- you talk about the british official as a reputable source. that is not the individual providing the reporting for moscow. i have to go through a krob ration process. >> who got the information? >> that's right. who got the information. we don't know. >> don't you use intelligence, circumstantial things all the time that come from other source? >> that is not evidence. that is intelligence. >> phil, we don't know the complete picture of what they went to the fisa court. >> this is one part of it. it is interesting that this dossier came up again. it is not the first time we heard things in it. david, while we have you. give us a quick take on tillerson saying iran seems to be following most of the agreement, but still a bad by
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sponsoring terror. >> nobody disputed bad guys supporting terror. this is a big deal. the fact that the administration is backed off. don't forget, candidate trump said we tear up the deal on day one. now he is looking at it and say leave it in place. another sign that you have more mainstream thinking. even from hard liners like james mattis on iran. now the secretary of state saying they are compliant. let's let it ride out. that is a significant development. >> david gregory, phil mudd, thank you. this may be the twitter equal of dropping the mike. mayor bill de blasio released his taxes publicly and took a swipe at the president at the same time for not doing so. the mayor joins us next with why he's doing this. ord suty. the only high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy body heavy duty pick-up. it takes first place in every measure of tough:
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president trump still refusing to release his tax returns despite growing calls to be made public even by some republican lawmakers. new york city mayor bill de blasio took his own position yesterday. he released his taxes online and he's calling for greater transparency from the president. mayor bill de blasio joins us. great to have you here. >> happy to be here. >> why did you make your tax returns public? >> it is part of public service. by the way, democrat and republican candidates for president for decades have considered this their obligation to the public. >> it is not a law.
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>> it is not a law. in today's day and age, it is easy to do. that is my point to the president yesterday. you can put it online. everyone can see it. it is easy. does not hurt. it is not hard. here's the thing. when you give them to the public, you show them you have business interests that affect your judgment or business. with this president, did russia influence our election? is he beholden to business interests in russian banks or businesses? what happens to sending jobs overseas that america needs here? all of that will get revealed if we see where his money is and where his investmeninvestments. so it is unconcionable. >> president trump's argument
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seems to be i won. the voters knew this about me and i did not release my taxes during the campaign. just ly obviously there is not much interest. >> he won with 3 million fewer votes than hillary clinton. the first time in the history of the american people and repub c republic. let's put this in perspective. secondly, unlike any other president, every president previously, a public servant or military leader. this president as a businessman with interests around the country and obviously exceptional interests in russia, which is a country antagonistic to us in many ways, we need to know. does russia have something over him? is there anything in taxes that would lead to controversy for him and compromise? how can he hold that back from the american people? and he talked about tax reform. i've said for a long time, his
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tax reform will provide tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations. we don't know if that benefits him and his family. >> that is the party line the democrats such as yourself are taking. how can we cooperate on you when we don't know what benefits you. is that what democrats are going to do? that is not thinking of the american people. >> no. >> everybody wants tax reform. shouldn't the democrats get on board or will they stick on this? >> listen to his version of tax reform. refo reform, we know he said it out loud, tax breaks for corporations and tax breaks for the wealthy. that is bad for the american people. we have a lack of opportunity for so many. that was the election was about. people felt left behind. especially in the rust belt states. they felt they didn't have opportunity. tax reform makes it worse. it is against our interest. we don't know what he is
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thinking or he is serving. look who he put in his cabinet? millionaires and billionaires. will they benefit? how can he tell the american people he wants to change the tax code. >> how much it has cost to protect the president and first family. the first lady and barron are still living in new york city. is it true it costs about $500,000 a day? >> at the high point, which was between the election and inauguration, it was costing almost $500,000. president-elect in residence. huge staff. major anti-terror concerns. >> now it is less. >> it is less now. still a major expense. nypd had done a great job of protecting trump tower and everyone in it. it is ridiculous that a city or friends in florida or new jersey anytime the president is there.
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how can you ask a locality to pay for this? >> who is paying for it? >> we are paying for it trying to get it reimbursed from the congress. that money is coming from the nypd. money that could go to our workday to day is tied up with security work. >> is congress saying they won't reimburse? >> to be fair, congress will treat it in the continuing resolution which is coming up in the coming days. we hope to get a good resolution now and path forward. florida is feeling it big now with mar-a-lago. >> right. they have to provide all sorts of extra secret service profession there. president trump is a billiona e billionaire. have you asked president trump to pay for that protection? >> people said if you asked him to pay, i think he has a right to be in his own city. i encouraged him to see the impact of the policies.
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i said there are things are yyo doing that have negative impact from the city you come from. understand how you are affecting the people. i think the expense is a public expense. i'm not asking him to pay for it personally. i think if you ask any town in the country to pick up the e expense by a president, that should be a federal responsibility. >> last thing. do you think president trump will release taxes? >> i think the pressure is mounting. in the campaign, it did not. there were so many things going on. it wasn't the focus. now when more and more republicans are coming out and i want to express the republicans who broken with orthodox. the pressure is mounting. if he wants to try for tax reform, he will actually tie one hand behind his back if he doesn't release. >> mayor de blasio, thank you. thanks to the international
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