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way of living and a great way of life. they're going to be thrilled. we're going to be thrilled and you're going to be seeing some very, very major changes. you've already seen them. i don't know if anybody has looked recently, but you looked at optimism indexes that are just coming out. manufacturing in particular, where it's up to the highest point it's ever been. 93%. it was at 27% increase over the past, over the last one. so i just want to thank everybody for being here. this is such a privilege for me to sign. it's the beginning of a whole new way of life that this country hasn't seen in really many, many years. i want to thank you and i want to god bless america. thank you. thank you, everybody.
and we'll be having a big announcement on wednesday having to do with tax reform. the process has begun long ago but it formally begins on wednesday. >> thank you, mr. president. >> thank you very much, everybody, for being here. >> you were just watching live president trump signing three executive orders dealing with the banking industry, taxes and there at the end also saying there will be a big announcement next wednesday dealing with tax reform. one of his campaign promises. i want to bring informer wa a fl street executive to discuss just what happened. there was a lot of pomp and circumstance there but some of what he signs is to review what the current system is and then figure out a plan moving forward. did he just do anything that changes where we are currently at? >> it doesn't change where we're at at this moment in time but it
was really shrewd. let me explain a couple of reasons why. he called the tax simplification, identifying and reducing taxes for consumers. it's going to allow the tax treasury in this tax reform process, which will take far longer than the initial august timeline, it will allow them to get to work and scrub some of those tax regulations put into effect in 2016 and see how, as they reform the tax code, what are those that are the most cumbersome. for example, as he talked about corporate taxes. some corporations are overseas because of tax breaks. let's bring the money back in to the united states. that's one. number two, when you think about the liquidation of banks or asking the financial stability oversight council to look at what are systemically risky institutions, what's really important about this is the financial stability oversight council is a representation of
treasury, the federal reserve bank and the other core financial institutions. but what's most important about it is, it will give them insight into, are there more systemically risky financial institutions that we should be overseeing or not and ultimately at the end of the day shouldn't it be at the taxpayer's risk to be the one to stand there if a financial institution was to go out of business? >> is that a good thing for a business? >> that they are really trying to scrub it. so just to really contexualize this for you and make it simple, to me what this is saying is we're going to look at the way that financial institutions are set up today and maybe we need to look back at glass steagall and asks ourselves, should commercial banks and investment banks be together? number one. who is responsible for them if they are too big to fail? and how does it affect the
taxpayer? and ultimately the reason they are looking at this right now -- and i think this is extremely intelligent -- is because we want to create jobs. we want to get small businesses back out there to get the lending that they need to create investment in the economy. >> we heard that from the secretary of the treasury there, steve mnuchin. >> right. in order to do that, you need these banks to have a little bit of a loosening of the regulations so that they can offer out that capital to people. so at the end of the day, this is a really smart process that they are undergoing right now. >> alexis glick, thank you for simplifying what we just witnessed. i want to bring in white house correspondent jim acosta. i know you have reporting and insight into this tax reform package which we heard the president allude to, at the very least, at the very end of that press moment. jim? >> reporter: right. ana, that's right. you heard the president there at the end of the event with the treasury secretary steve mnuchin, which is really about
unwinding banking regulations, some that the president has made a priority for his administration, you heard him there say that we're going to have an announcement on wednesday on tax reform. he said something similar about this today to the associated press. when checking on this within the last couple of minutes, i contacted a white house official who told me, well, that timing is a little bit squishy. it could be wednesday. it could be, as the president said, shortly thereafter. the indication i was given is that this may not even happen next week. but of course, just in the last several minutes, you heard the president of the united states say we're going to be having this announcement on wednesday. this may be a situation when the president says it's going to happen on wednesday but just to give our viewers some caution on this, steve mnuchin, the treasury secretary said in the last several weeks that, yes, they definitely want to do tax reform. it's a high priority for this president. they have indicated earlier on
in this administration that they wanted to start doing this and get this done by august. but just in the last several days, the treasury secretary has said, well, august may not be a realistic deadline. it may not happen until 2018. so i think it's safe to say at this point this is not exactly nailed down, although you heard the president say there that there is going to be an announcement next week. >> jim acosta, our thanks to you. i want to bring in david drucker, also cnn political analyst jennifer granholm who served as the democratic governor of michigan and alex burns, national political reporter for the new yorks timetime "new york times." david, can this really get done next week? >> well, the president could introduce it next week but what we really don't know yet is are we dealing with a tax reform package that would simplify the code and eliminate carve-outs
and deductions that have a lot of vocal constituencies or are we talking about a tax cut plan, cut corporate taxes for individuals which would also affect many small businesses that file as individual taxpayers. and so that to me is the key there. what exactly is the president going to introduce? and are we going to find out for the first time -- and we've known for a long time that he favors tax cuts in reducing regulations broadly but we've never really been given an indication about where he stands on broad reform that would overhaul a lot of the ways in which people file their taxes, get things deducted and things of that nature. >> so a simplification of the taxing system? >> that is correct. and don't forget, house republicans have been working on a plan that would include border adjustability and completely
overhaul how we tax imports and exports and we're still not totally clear on whether or not the president supports that plan. it's very contentious on capitol hill. republicans in the senate hate it. there's a lot of unanswered questions here. next week would be interesting where we can at least learn where the president stands if he unveils something that's more broad in scope rather than simply relying on cuts. >> jennifer, is this a 100-day win if this tax reform legislation is introduced next week? >> an introduction is not completion. i mean, the 100-day calendar for him means that he's going to have to jam about 40 items through congress to be able to meet the promises that he made. he actually made 44 -- he said he was going to do 44 things in the first 100 days. some of those have begun, for example, the muslim ban, et cetera. some of them have completely come off the table. this tax reform piece is a part of that. but he's not going to certainly,
as dave suggests, it's way to complicated and also if he just did tax cuts, it would be trillions and trillions of dollars added to the deficit. this is going to -- we thought health care was hard. tax reform is going to be so much more difficult. dave camp from michigan two years ago did a very long effort of trying to simplify the tax code, remove the loopholes. but he, behind the scenes, could not get everybody to agree. and, in fact, you're not going to get close to anybody agreeing because every single loophole is something that somebody is attached to. you're not going to eliminate mortgage deductions, which is a huge part of what the tax code allows. it's a huge addition to the deficit. i'm not sure those focused on deficit spending are going to like that. >> you mentioned in there somewhere health care which is what we were talking about and the possibility of revisiting
health care before the 100-day mark, which had been a discussion among the gop who were in the house and the president as welcomes out with this headline on taxes. does this take some of the heat away from trying to get something accomplished on health care? >> i think as david alluded to, we don't know a lot about what exactly the president supports on taxes or even the timeline that he wants to enact tax reform. he initially suggested after the first health care proposal, a crash and burn, that he was going to move on to taxes and then suggested that he needs to do health care first. we really need clarity on this and when you talk to republicans in washington who are somewhat closer to the details of the legislative process, they hear these pronouncements from the white house and see them as totally detached from the actual mechanisms of government. because if you did drop a tax bill next week and ask congress to take some kind of serious action on it in short order and demand a vote on health care and actually pass legislation to fund the government, that is a recipe for, you know, the
legislative equivalent of an 18-car pileup. >> it ain't going to happen. >> it could happen, though. let's pretend it could happen. let's pretend for a second. >> we live on mars. >> the question is, that would be huge, right? i mean, david, is this the trump that has a lack of experience in governing and that's why they are throwing out these huge pieces of legislation that are very complex and in saying that they can do it by this day and arbitrary deadline? >> there's always tension between the white house and congress. we saw this with the obama administration when he had a democratic congress and there was always a lot of frustration there. that's part of what we see in washington. i think what's different here is that often this white house has put out general goals but not a lot of parameters or principles by which they want republicans in congress to deliver.
and i think that has created a lot of confusion and sometimes has made things more difficult and i think that with some of these high stake negotiations on health care, the fact that the president's point man did not have any experience in negotiating high-level legislative deals or low-level legislative deals, played a huge part in why the deals didn't necessarily come together the way they might have. so i don't think we should make too much of the fact that the white house wants things that congress may not be in a position to deliver. i do think it's important for the president to start to tell congress what it is he wants as tax reform. what is he for and what is it against? i think that would help republicans in congress deliver for him and i think his failure to do that, other than to say i want to win and get it done, is part of the problem that republicans in town have been dealing with. >> jennifer, really quickly. >> 100% -- the president does not have a core. his core is about getting a
victory in congress or somewhere. he's not going to say, i will only accept this. he wants to be able to show at 100 days that he has more than five things that he's been able to achieve and that's a big problem. >> david, jennifer, alex, we have to leave it there. thank you. up next, for the fourth time in a week, russian military planes flew close to the alaskan coastline amid reports that the russian troops are getting close to the korean border. how the kremlin is responding. plus, how the mother of all bombs was dropped on afghanistan and what the top brass at the white house knew and when. (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a coupe soup. [woman] so beautiful. [man] beautiful just like you. [woman] oh, why thank you.
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cities today, writing to a number of major cities like chicago and new york, that they must formally certify that they are complying with enforcement laws in order to receive federal funds. in a statement accompanying these letters, the justice department said many of these jurisdictions are crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime. they even called new york city soft on crime. president obama also required compliance with the statute for grant funding. but as we know, president trump has taken a very hard line stance on sanctuary cities and the attorney general jeff sessions reiterated that threat a couple weeks ago, i should say, that they're going to withhold federal funding from these cities that hinder any efforts to document or deport undocumented immigrants. now, a number of sanctuary cities have sued president trump over this executive order and we're going to be closely watching the local reaction on
this. already the nypd's assistant commissioner is tweeting out, "did doj really just say that nypd is soft on crime?" we're going to be following this closely. >> thank you for that update. overseas now, china has denied reports they put forces on high alert over north korea but there's another issue. coal ships. president trump said that they are turning ships away but they are still docking in china. the president seems confident that china can do something to rein in north korea. joining me now is retired admiral john kirby and former state department spokesman and pentagon secretary. thank you for joining us. what do you make of what is playing out with china? >> well, it's hard to say in terms of their pronouncements that they are not violating sanctions. china has a potspotty history.
i would be careful to take these denials at anything more than face value. i'm not completely convinced that their denials are true. it's right that the path to pyongyang goes through beijing and it is right that the president is continuing to try to put pressure on china to do more because they can do more. now, obviously you need international con ssensus, but remains to be seen. on placing their aircraft on high alert, folks i've talked to at the pentagon, they are kind of poo-pooing that as well and see what china is doing more as a prudent military planning and not necessarily he is ska escal >> i think china has for a long time been concerned about what is going on in pyongyang and their nuclear ambitions. they have been known to favor
stability there because the other thing they don't want is a reunified peninsula that is allied with the west and potentially western troops or american troops on the other side and that's something that they are concerned about. but i do think that they are getting increasingly concerned about the direction kim jong-un is going and they appear to be willing to do more. there's a lot more they may do. they have this kind of influence on pyongyang but it's slipping a little bit. the missile launch they did just before president xi's visit, that was really a message to the chinese more than it was to us. >> i want to ask you about something else. "the new york times" is reporting that general nicholson had not requested permission from president trump, defense secretary mattis before dropping the m.o.a.b. bomb in afghanistan. would it surprise you if he didn't clear it up the chain? >> not necessarily, no.
this is a tactical weapon. it was in theater in afghanistan. he has the authority he needs because he's in combat operations to use it. now, you would think, given that a weapon of this size was used in afghanistan for this purpose, that it would have been floated up the chain of command and folks i've talked to have confirmed that he did raise this up the chain of command in terms of i'm going to do it informing him, not necessarily asking for permission but there was nothing in his rules that would have required him to use this particular bomb. admiral kirby, thank you. >> my pleasure. we are hearing again from president trump while leaving the treasury department. we brought you many of his remarks live. here's what he said moments ago about health care and tax reform. >> it's going to be great. it will happen. >> reporter: health care and tax reform? see what happens.rush but we'll-
health care is coming along really well and government is coming along really well. a lot of things are happening. thank you, folks. >> health care vote next week? >> it doesn't matter if it's next week. next week doesn't matter. >> are you going to do dodd/frank this year? >> we're doing very well on dodd/frank, believe me. thank you. >> you thank you, mr. president. >> again, that was just moments ago. i want to bring in cnn political analyst alex burns. you are here with me. we heard at the end of that saying wednesday is going to be a big day, a big announcement on tax reform and now it seems like he's dialing it back a little bit. >> well, this is part of the confusion emanating from the white house that on the one hand you hear from the president, we heard from him on twitter this morning that 100 days is a nonsense deadline. next week we just heard him say is not a big deal. on the other hand, the white house is clearly using next week as a way to try to spur some of
these slow-moving members of congress to do something. and it's the something that's the big question mark right now. >> you think it's to put more pressure on congress? >> i think it's a combination of applying pressure to congress and frank legal have a nly to g themselves. >> all right. thanks so much. alex burns, we appreciate it. up next, hillary clinton speaking out publicly against the trump administration at a fundraising dinner in new york. but is she the right voice for the democrats moving forward? we'll debate her next move and the future of the party. stay with us. (de♪p breath)
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hillary clinton is issuing a warning to the lgbt community saying that the trump administration could threaten their rights. >> i think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on lgbt issues. i know the election hit a lot of us hard, but i can tell you this, even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your heads, please keep going. >> the former democratic presidential candidate spoke at a fund-raiser for an lgbt community organization and emphasized the importance of the 2018 midterm elections.
but is she signaling that her work in politics isn't done? joining me now to talk more about this is cnn contribute toe j.d. vance, author, and also the national grassroots for the hillary clinton campaign and former national field director for the dnc. adam, you know clinton. you've worked with her. some losing candidates go away. they disappear. that's not been the case for hillary clinton. >> no. i think she's got a career of taking her own advice and doing exactly what she's told everyone throughout her career to do when you get knocked down, get right back up. i think she's taken a little bit of a break, which was much deserved but in the meantime she's been doing what she's committed to do and made promises to do, including transferring all of her campaign data over to the dnc, which has added about 10 million new names that they didn't have. >> j.d., what do you see as the impact of clinton speaking out
against trump like this now? >> well, she obviously has a lot o visibility. she's maybe the most visible woman in the united states of america right now. certainly one of the most visible people in the country. so whenever she criticizes trump, she's going to make news. i think hillary clinton is a controversial figure not just in the country but even in the democratic party and i know that a lot of my friends on the democratic side of the aisle, they are cheering with hillary clinton when she comes out and criticizes the president and a lot of people are asking for fresh blood and new faces to sort of inject themselves into the conversation and lead the party in a new direction. so i don't think it's totally clear that she will be a really central figure even in the democratic party moving forward. it just really depends on how a lot of these activists respond to her. >> adam, do you think she wants to be a central party? she's been political at these events. do you think she's not finished? >> well, i think if you look at the election results from this
past election, the democratic party is not dead, first of all. we picked up seats in the house and in the senate. we've won a lot of seats in states like kansas where there were more seats picked up in a single year than in 30 years and there's a lot of rebuilding to do, especially on the dnc side. hillary is somebody, who if you look at a state like virginia that i live in, in virginia, not only that, she won by a larger margin in virginia than barack obama and virginia is one of the two states that has won state elections in this year. we've seen seven republican incumbents announcing that they were not going to run again. when you're looking at this, she's got a fire and a burn in her to do what she's done her
entire life, which is building the party and i think we'll see her out there doing exactly that. but it started with doing what she promised on the campaign trail in making sure that everything that she built was transferred to the dnc. >> but you wonder if it could backfire. i say it that way because, as you point out, adam, democrats are trying to rebuild and in some ways rebrand. j.d., you're very much in touch with the working class that helped trump win the election and in areas where democrats in the past have had success but then failed this time with hillary clinton running for president. does her presence help or hurt the democratic party and the future? >> well, i think that it's hard to argue that it really helps, especially in the areas where democrats are weakest, because one of the big trends of the democratic party over the past 10 or 15 years is that while it collects a lot of votes, this attempt to bury the democratic party doesn't make a lot of sense. people are still democrats, like adam said. it's really a geographically
constrained party. it's not especially competitive in fly-over countries and in working-class areas that used to be the strength of the democratic party and now they are fundamental weaknesses. the question i have for hillary clinton is not whether she's an effective or visible critic. the question is does she help expand the democratic party and my sense of that answer is no. >> what's your answer to that, adam? >> my answer is that, you know, she won more votes in the democratic primary than any of her opponents. she won more votes than donald trump in the general election. she's the first woman ever to be nominated for president of a major party and if you look at the general election, there's a lot of things that came out of that that the democratic party needs to focus on in terms of rebuilding and i love president obama but as we talk about regularly, the dnc, you know, lost a lot of its infrastructure over the last eight years and we really are in a position where we were in 2005.
howard dean understood the two-party system and understood that we need to compete in every single corner of the country and also invest in local parties and state parties. really, we've been here before and we're going to do it again but this time the dnc needs to rebuild it and do it in the long run and hillary clinton isn't going anywhere. as a former -- i've worked for her on and off for almost 14 years so i naturally get folks reaching out to me making requests. look at the results in kansas and georgia. >> democrats got closer but ultimately there weren't victories. there weren't outright victories. >> yeah. and one of the things that we need to do as a party is we need to make sure that every single entity on the national level, whether it's the dscc and dnc are coordinating as one and provide the resources we need to. a lot of this is getting a i way from wasting money on tv and research over and over. michelle obama went out there and talked about five or six
votes that we needed in every single precinct to win statewide. we need to start to invest in every single corner. there's candidates out there that were inspired by hillary clinton to run for office. they never thought they'd be running. in virginia this year, susan platte, joe biden's chief of staff is running for lieutenant governor. she would be the first woman lieutenant governor ever elected in virginia. >> thank you to both of you. up next, new details about the handwritten suicide notes that aaron hernandez left behind in his prison cell. plus, the mother of the man he was convicted of killing reacts to hernandez's death. stay with us.
i'm ana cabrera. aaron hernandez's death has been ruled as a suicide by the examiner. his family has filed papers asking the court to preserve all evidence odin lloyd's mother is speaking out. she said she wants to be a voice for mothers who have lost loved ones. >> it's not even about odin lloyd. it's about the person that committed the crime for odin lloyd. if it wasn't for that, you guys wouldn't be here to ask me questions about odin lloyd. so today i'm speaking up for odin lloyd and for the families out there that is fighting for justice and doesn't have the voice that i can provide for them. you will never know. you will never understand also you're in that boat of this
tremendous loss. i lost my best friend. i lost my son. i lost the love of my life. i lost the strong boy in my family. >> with me now, deborah feyerick, cnn national correspondent. deb, have investigators said what are in the notes and any connection to that bible verse that was written on hernandez's forehead? >> they haven't said specifically what was said but it was next to the bible. it's a picture of aaron hernandez's final moments and one thing he tried to do was make sure once prison guards got into that cell, there would be no way to revive him. we are now being told by officials he had jammed cardboard into the tracks of his single inmate cell making access difficulty and jammed various positions that he had with him and also we are learning that the biblical verse you referred
to, john 3:16 it was not only written on his head in a red substance but also on the walls of his cell. so really there was thought that had gone into the final moments of aaron hernandez. we are also now told by prison officials that he was locked into his cell at 8:00 in the evening. he was not checked on by any sort of a prison official until 3:00. that is seven hours in which aaron hernandez had time to tie a bed sheet around his neck, block access and then die in his cell. and the family's really upset over the fact that there was no guard that had checked on him specifically after this dramatic finding where he was acquitted by court. >> so you talked about how his family is upset with how this death was handled. what are they trying to accomplish exactly? >> well, they are very upset and angry. they say that prison officials not once allegedly did they reach out to the family to give them details of this particular suicide, that everything that
they have learned has actually been through twitter and the news, including what the hernandez family lawyer says essentially was news reports that hernandez had put some sort of soap onto the floor, again, making it very difficult for any sort of rescue. he wanted to make sure that whatever happened, there was no way he was going to be revived. the hernandez family lawyers wanted access to the cell but a judge today said he wasn't going to rule on that. what he did do was order the department of corrections to preserve a lot of the evidence, including video recordings of hernandez and the cell eight hours leading up to the death, the sheets and the bindings that hernandez used in order to kill himself. again, his death ruled asphyxia by hanging and they also made sure that photographs of the cell will be available to the family. the family wants to get a lot of insight into what was happening in the moments leading up to it. but they are very angry. they feel that they have been cut out and so they are filing this lawsuit to see exactly how this was allowed to happen and
why no one from the prison either saw this within seven hours or notified the family once they did. >> deborah feyerick, thank you. a reminder tonight at 11:00 eastern, don't miss "downward spiral: the rise and fall of aaron hernandez." president trump announcing moments ago that he's hoping to have a tax reform program on the table next week. and that's ahead of a looming budget bill that could lead to a government shutdown. but can any of it get done before the 100-day mark? that's the big question. stay with us. ♪ ♪ i'm dr. kelsey mcneely and some day you might be calling me an energy farmer. ♪
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