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hello, everyone. thank you so much for joining me on president trump's 100th day in office. i'm fredricka whitfield in the nation's capital. president trump marks the day with a huge campaign style rally. this after repeatedly dismissing the milestone as a ridiculous measure of early success. we'll take a look at his administration's accomplishments, stumbles and the work in progress. and just hours after the white house rallied international pressure on north korea, the regime fires back with a defiant launch of a ballistic missile.
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the test considered a failure but effective in sending a message. also being heard today, protests and rallies across the country some in support of the president, some angrilily opposg what he accomplished or is proposing and the largest ens j encircling the white house later today. we begin this hour with north korea and its latest brazen refute of international pressure. the missile launch coming just hours after secretary of state rex tillerson chaired a special meeting at the united nations and called for increased pressure on the regime. cnn's will ripley is in pyongyang, the only western television journalist in the north korean capital. will? >> tensions are at the highest level in years. it's so bad this is the most pressing global security concern right for you for the trump
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administration and in trump's first 100 days in office, kim jong-un ordered nine missile launches. not all successful including the latest launch in the early morning hours here. u.s. analysts believe the missile traveled 22 miles before exploding over north korea territory. they thought it had flown for 15 minutes and exploded in the waters near the japanese coast. that was enough to issue a nationwide alert. a missile alert in japan that halted subway and rail service in the country for ten minutes. it shows how tense the situation is in this region. the kind of missile they testified was a modified scud that we saw unveiled in the country's large military parade earlier this month and that's significant that they would test this particular kind of missile on the very same day that we've confirmed the aircraft carrier strike group arrived in the waters off the korean peninsula and is now conducting joint
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naval drills with the south korean navy. north korea sending a message they will continue to test weapons that they believe essential to protect their national sovereignty and protect against what they believe is hostility and aggression on the part of the united states. they're watching the words from president trump saying that a major conflict with north korea is possible but they listen to secretary tillerson urging the world to put more diplomatic isolation and economic pressure on this country. the north korean response, that will not stop them from testing missiles and nuclear weapons. fred? >> president trump joining the chorus defying the missile launch and trying to nudge china into applying pressure on its communist ally. joe johns is at the white house for us. what's the response from the white house this morning? >> reporter: good morning, fred. well, among other things, the white house very much trying to
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downplay this latest activity by north korea. the president tweeting that among other things, north korea had disrespected the wishes of china's president by launching this missile. a clear indication that the administration wants to put onus on president of china to interact with north korea to bring resolution to the nuclear ambition of that country. the white house statement from the press secretary officially just two lines saying that the administration was aware of the missile launch and the president was briefed. there was reason for concern for the missile launch but also saying north korea has always been provocative in response to a question about the timing of
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the missile launch occurring a few hours after the secretary of state chaired that big beating at the united nations. quiet at the white house as the president prepares to go to pennsylvania to celebrate the 100th day of his administration. he'll meet before he goes with his cia director. fred, back to you. >> thank you so much, joe johns, at the white house. we'll check back with you. shortly after news broke of another north korea missile test, cnn spoke with secretary kelly who believes it will be up to president trump to stop north korea before it has a missile that can reach the u.s. >> just a few days ago on sunday on "state of the union" you told dana bash that north korea will have a missile that will reach california by president trump's second term. is the development of the ability to launch such a missile in itself a red line? meaning, if it becomes a
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certainty that they have that technology, would the u.s. without question strike to prevent it from happening? >> i don't have too much insight actually into the intelligence of how they're doing other than to know that certainly when i was on active duty they were doing very well and i don't -- i believe they will have the technology. unfortunately for mr. trump, all of the attempts and brief administration somehow get them to be more responsible, that is to say to stop their technology, missile technology, development, they tried to do it and they failed. i don't criticize them. they did try. mr. obama, mr. bush, mr. clinton. it has fallen on this president that they will, in my opinion, have a workable missile that can certainly hit the united states. not all of the united states but
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hit the united states and they're working hard to develop a weapon to put on that missile. i would say that i think if with can predict it would happen on this day, we need to stop it before they get to that point. >> all right. let's bring in our panel, david and jackie. also with us is lynn sweet. clarissa ward. welcome to allclarissa, what ise that north korea is sending by this latest missile test? >> well, this is actually a strategy that we've seen the north koreans implement for years now. it's this kind of endless cycle of we do something erratic and crazy is that puts the hold world on edge and previously the world responded by saying let's sit down at the negotiating table and we'll give you more aid and you can extract some more concessions from us and this is why the trump administration said we want to
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end this era of strategic patience. well, the problem with ending strategic patience is you have to replace it with something else. as of yet we don't know what that is. while we don't know what president trump's red lines are, we also don't know what the young kims red lines are as well. that's what gives me some real cause for concern. i think obviously this is a response to heightened tensions in the korean peninsula. u.s. naval presence there. joint military exercises going on. the rhetoric he's hearing coming from president trump. the question is how far is he willing to take it. how serious is he about developing a nuclear weapon and it appears that he's very serious about it indeed. >> when it's a failure, this is considered a failed attempt, is north korea sending a message that we're not ready but the message that we're continuing to revise and working on it so that's a message of strength? >> i think that from perspective of north koreans as clarissa noted, you're dealing with a
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regime intent on getting there. as a u.s. official said in recent days, every failed test is something they can learn from and it gives them an opportunity to get further along. the reason this is so urgent and the reason the trump administration is paying such close attention to it, it's no longer a question of them developing nuclear weapons. it's about them developing means to deliver them, nso for the trump administration it's understandable and commendable that they've brought a level of urgency to this and they're trying to find a new way of dealing with this because previous democratic and republican administration have failed to put a cap on kim jong-un and his father before him. the question is relying on china as the check that's going to get this done is not a strategy that doesn't make any sense. it makes sense given china's
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influence with pyongyang and their proximity but china has no interest in making life better for the united states so president trump has a lot riding on this personal relationship that he believes he's developed with president trump xi in china when i think that the chinese frankly would be happy to let the u.s. be caught up in this problem so it gives them a chance to further develop their influence in the region, build those bases in the south china sea that we think are illegal and keeps us spun up. i'm not sure how much president xi wants to solve this problem for us. >> except that in a tweet this morning, the president is challenging, is he not, china to be more involved by saying this was disrespectful. north korea disrespected the wishes of china and its highly respected president when it launched. isn't that the white house just as we heard our joe johns say the white house saying come on. you get involved now. this is tough talk saying if you don't let him do that to you, china, are you going to step up?
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>> instigating. they call is that instigating on the basketball court. >> that's what it seems like. a failed missile launch, fine, but it's a challenge to the americans to say i do what i want. they've been warned. you heard administration escalate talks and right now the message is we don't care. >> escalating talks. we hear secretary tillerson say there will be consequences. that's more than tough talk. that is the u.s. threatening other countries to get more engaged here on a different lev level. >> yes and no. this is where the administration is trying to figure out how much of this do they want to outsource to other countries and in the case of a serious strike,
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we sent 59 missiles in on our own in a unilateral move. you're dealing with a country that's more complex because we have multiple relationship issues with china and with all of this commotion going on, we put pressure on south korea to help pay for the defense that the u.s. provides, which then puts another element of uncertainty in this fraught time. >> i think that's a good point because there's a mixed message being sent by the trump administration in recent days. when you pressure south korea to pay for missile defense and message is we won't provide it if you don't write us a check, north koreans can look at that and wonder how close our relationship is with south korea and how far we're willing to go to defend them and obviously the reason our options are so limited is because attacking
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north korea can be catastrophic for seoul. the administration is doing a good job trying to stake out a new north korea policy has to be careful from the top of not sending mixed messages giving j kim jong-un the freedom to invoke. >> michael flynn under investigation for taking money from foreign groups without properly approval and now the white house has been blaming the obama administration saying you're the one who vetted him. you didn't do a good job. aren't we talking about different levels of vetting for his job at the time versus national security adviser being brought on by another administration. why doesn't the white house see there's difference? >> the trump white house likes to blame the rain some days on obama. we get that.
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once you take in flynn who had security clearance under obama, that's true, it didn't mean that they did not have responsibility to do their own scrumming when you elevate somebody to this post. i think that's the issue. not that he had a security clearance but did you take your own vet look before you opponented him in his national security position. >> susan rice had this to say to fareed zakaria about this entire issue. >> the administration says that it's obama's administration's fault that michael flynn got through unvetted. it was on your watch he retained top secret security clearance despite he received money from the russians. what do you say? >> i'm smiling because that's rich. first of all, a former military
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officer such as general flynn who wants to retain security clearance would go through a process to have his clearance reviewed and renewed. that happens at a very routine level. never a political level. that's a separate thing. renewal of a clearance from vetting that goes into appointment of any senior white house official or senior administration official. the trump administration, like its previous administration, had an expectation and an obligation to vet to their satisfaction those individuals that the president was appointing to high positions, which is a separate and much more elaborate process than a security clearance. it gets into the financial information. it gets into your relationships and contacts. it gets into your behavior. it's a much deeper vet than what
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is done solely for the purpose of a security clearance. >> all right. so, david, will this help quiet the white house on constantly bringing up the obama administration in terms of vetting? susan rice's response. or does this even inspire the white house to say we have to stop defending michael flynn? >> i don't think the white house will stop defending the president's decision to hire him as national security adviser in the first place. i think it's clear as we watch this play out during the week that they didn't have a good answer for why he wasn't properly vetted. i understand why conservatives and republicans think susan rice is not a good messenger for democrats on this after the benghazi terrorist attacks and her going on sunday shows with a faulty story, but the truth about flynn is they should -- the trump administration team and the trump white house should have properly vetted him for position of national security adviser and they should have
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done it on their own. they can blame obama and defense department bureaucracy for not doing a proper job but it lies with them and blame shifting is not going to work. >> does anyone expect the white house to do that? >> it's kind of funny. the trust they placed on the obama administration after this talk about how they did everything wrong, a lot of this comes down to loyalty. this is a man who was with the president when no one thought he would win. he's the guy they pointed to as proof he could be a strong commander in chief because this decorated general was standing with him. this president values loyalty. >> i would just say the russians right now are sort of pulling
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welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield in washington d.c. despite a push thursday by republican leaders, this week came and went with no new health care deal making its way to the
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floor of the house. house leaders say they are making progress but americans are less optimistic a deal will ever get done. a new cnn/orc poll says it's 20% likely that republicans will repeal and replace obamacare down 50% from when trump took office in january. cnn national correspondent suzanne malveaux joining me now. good to see you. how close are they to putting together a bill to actually bring to the floor of the house for a vote. >> good to see you, too, fred. the conservatives led by the house freedom caucus blocked the first effort by president trump and republican leadership to replace and repeal obamacare because it really didn't go far enough. last week what happened was they worked with moderate republicans to put out this amendment that they hoped would be acceptable to both sides to bring the plan back and give trump some legislative victory on his first 100 days. it would have given states
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waivers to provide people with pre-existing conditions coverage like everybody else for the same price. so this attracted some of the moderates but not enough to get those votes necessary to bring it to the house floor. so democrats did get a concession as a condition of passing this temporary spending bill which avoided the shutdown that the federal government would provide subsidying to insurance companies to reduce out of pocket costs for low income folks. democrats insisted it was necessary to prevent 7 million folks from being kicked off health insurance. today democratic protesters descend on washington to address climate change as well as fight for keeping their health care. i talked to senator bernie sanders yesterday about the opposition's strategy. >> the rallies that we have seen
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where people are telling the republicans you cannot throw 24 million people off of health insurance. that's another part of it. we need to build a broad grassroots activist movement which says to washington we need a government that represents all of us and not just 1%. >> we'll be looking at concessions or areas where democrats and republicans can work together on next week's budget negotiations. some of that might include a modest infrastructure program. support for mental health and fighting child abuse. things they think they can come together on. at least the government is being funded for another week. >> thank you so much. appreciate that. a new health care bill was just one of the issues trump planned to deliver on. up next, the presidents kept and broken in his first 100 days. >> think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 days of a trump administration.
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my doctor recommended ibgard to manage my ibs. take control. ask your doctor about nonprescription ibgard. all right. it's day 100 of donald trump's presidency. the day he promised that we would see record breaking results. >> on november 8th, americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country. just think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 days of a trump administration. just think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 days. there are those that say i've done more than anybody in a hundred days. i don't think there's a presidential period of time in the first 100 days where anyone has done nearly what we've been able to do. >> so let's take a look at some
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of the promises. trump pledged to uphold the u.s. out of the transpacific partnership. he followed through on that. appointment for vacant spot on the u.s. supreme court. put a check on that one. border wall and tax reform, both incomplete. repeal and replace obamacare. a travel ban. labeling china a currency manipulator. he reversed course or failed on all of those. i want to bring in my panel. good to see all of you. one big promise, the border wall with mexico. the president still insists it will happen. listen. >> the wall getting designed
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right now. many people say trump was kidding. i don't kid. we'll soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. >> he promised that mexico would pay for it. you saw what happened in trying to talk about the budget and keeping government going would that be a concession, would u.s. congress agree to pay for it. does this demonstrate all talk and no action? >> when a person is running for office, i've worked for three presidents running for president, you say a lot of things. once you sit in the oval office, reality sets in. there's a learning curve. a lot of presidents going back to jfk bay of pigs first 100 days and look at bill clinton's first 100 days and president obama's first 100 days and george w. bush's first 100 days, it's tumultuous and it takes
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time to learn. that's what we'll see out of the president. >> do we mean part of the problem was he promised a number of these things would be done in the first 100 days and in fact he even started with day one repealing and replacing obama ca obamacare. >> the problem he faces is a divided republican party. people often times forget about trump that he ran against his own party. he ran against the establishment. democratic and republican establishment. it's going to be harder to make deals. >> how long can he blame everybody else? listen. >> obamacare is a disaster. we're going to kill it. let it die. let it die. >> repeal and replace obamacare. we'll get something done.
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>> you were talking about the failures of support from freedom caucus. how long can the president blame everybody else? part of the criticism was he didn't know detail himself. he said he would negotiate. how can you negotiate if you don't know nuts and bolts himself? >> i think all of this will go away kind of how long it took as long as we end up getting a solution in time. if it takes a year or two years, fine. what needs to be delivered is something that's right for the american people, right for the people who gained coverage under obamacare but right in those facing high premiums. if it takes two years, three years, that's fine. as long as it's done in the first term of his presidency. we want a right solution and not a quick solution. >> third pledge, we heard on the campaign and we're talking about the travel ban. we know about its defeats. listen to donald trump on that
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travel ban. >> i issued an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration from places where it cannot safely occur. a judge has just blocked our executive order on travel. this ruling makes us look weak. which we no longer are. we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists. right now we are at risk because of what happened. >> all right. so immigration, travel bans, all being challenged in court. you're an attorney. how does this look for the president particularly when he remains critical of the judges involved? >> judges in the future he may be appointing. i always wonder where is the beef on this? travel ban is unconstitutional.
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it's been blocked twice. show me the evidence where radicals in thfrom these countr have done something wrong. it's not just being challenged, if you will, it's been struck down. it's been barred. now, the proceedings continue but look for the judges, whether obama judges or whether republican judges, look for them to institute the law and the law just is not going to let executive orders go forward like that. it's not going to happen. he's never going to get that ban. >> these failures and even some of that criticism really has eroded the president's credibility and part of his credibility issue people said we don't believe him. but then he has revealed himself in this reuter's interview as being very honest perhaps with his feelings. how does that kind of change the game or the outlook and landscape of his 100 days? >> i found it very revealing and appreciated the honesty in this reuter's interview talking about
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difficulties of the job. all presidents say something like it. as with many things related to president trump, he says it in a more blunt, honest way. when he was speaking in that interview, i think many people can relate to that. we've seen a lot of psychological victories. meaning things that make his supporters feel like there's progress. executive orders are great examples. they don't actually cause immediate changes in the government but feel like there's progress happening and feels like we're moving in the right direction. >> they make promises that some why in the distance there will be -- >> we're in a city of monuments. monuments are projections of power. president trump has been projecting power like being on an elliptical bike peddling. you can get a work out but you're not getting anywhere. it's not the same as riding a bike. that's a lot of what the first 100 days has been about. for a salesman in chief, he's a very effective salesman. we've seen a lot of successful attempts to boost confidence. we've seen confidence numbers
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up. some of these things even though he's not there yet, he's making supporters feel like they're moving in the right direction. >> before he was president, before he was a candidate, he was a fairly regular on howard stern's show talking openly about his thoughts and feelings and just days now into the presidency howard stern had his own thoughts about this president. >> this is fascinating. >> perhaps biting off too much. et cetera. this is howard stern. >> i really was sincere. i said why would you want to be president of the united states? you're not going to be beloved. it's going to be a [ bleep ] nightmare in your life. he stepped into a situation that's really not a win for him. and it's going to be -- he's a 70-year-old guy. great life. great kids. helicopters. airplanes. >> all of the stuff --
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>> to step into this [ bleep ] mess and for what? you know, there are people who are better suited for this kind of thing and they don't -- he didn't need this in his life. >> pretty remarkable. really talking in large part to the adoration that trump enjoys and needs. sounds like he's campaigning. but how profound were those words to you? >> if you listen to the reuters interview, president trump says what howard stern said. i thought the job would be easier. my last job was hard. i thought this would be easier. harder than i expected. a story yesterday said trump wanted to win but he didn't want to be president. we've had other folks say that mostly privately, mostly unanimously, people around the president saying he wanted that -- he wanted that popular vote win, but not necessarily electoral college win. folks don't think that's true but it explains a lot of what
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the president was saying to reuters. >> you've been supporting him for a long time on the campaign trail and even now. when you hear that kind of assessment from howard stern, president saying this is harder than i thought. what do you think? do you think he didn't really want that job or work that comes with the job or he just wanted title of popularity? >> i think he wanted the job because he knew that he was the person that could fix it. that's how he saw it. those comments dovetail on what president trump said initially which is, look, i didn't want to run for office unless the circumstances forced me to. he said that years. >> he said that in the 1980s. >> he feels the circumstances were such that he needed to run, and he could make a difference for the american people. >> listen, it's about the mind of donald trump is mind of a super narcissist. he may not be happy doing it. he's on the road with supporters doing rallies because he wants to be loved. that's the psychology of donald trump. >> all right. >> you never know why a person
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runs for anything. he's president now. i think regardless of what your political perspective is, we have to do what we can to help the guy be successful. we all benefit. >> maybe in the second hundred days he'll hold a rally not in a red state and an area where he's not surrounded by supporters. i don't know. to me that's something i would like to see in the second hundred days. >> we'll see what happens. thanks so much, everybody. appreciate it. >> all right. 100 days today in office. crowds also are descending on the nation's capital here. not in support but in protest largely. at issue, the white house's stance on climate change. that is next. i noticed it as soon as we moved into the new house. ♪ a lot of people have vertical blinds. well, if a lot of people jumped off a bridge, would you? you hungry? i'm okay right -- i'm... i'm becoming my, uh, mother. it's been hard, but some of the stuff he says is actually pretty helpful. pumpkin, bundling our home and auto insurance is a good deal!
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i think he's a straight up type of individual. >> all right. welcome back. i'm fredricka whitfield in the nation's capital. high praise for the trump presidency from members of the national rifle association. that's a stark contrast from environmentalists around the nation who right now are descending on washington for what has been dubbed the people's climate march. cnn's brian todd joining me now from the starting point of the march. pretty big turnout, brian? >> reporter: it is. you can really feel the energy building at the foot of the u.s. capitol. tens of thousands of people expected down here today. our photo journalist and i are going to show you sights and sounds and look at the colorful slogans and signs and people gathering here getting ready to march toward the white house. gathering here and then we'll turn you in the direction that they'll march come this way. it's going to be logistical challenge. heat is factor. it will get up to 93 degrees out here. marchers will come this way and
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march to the white house and try to surround the white house and then do a collective heart pounding to signify the heartbeat of the environmental movement and call attention to trump's initiatives they feel puts them under assault environmentally. we'll bring you sights and sounds all day. this is where it's all starting, fredricka. >> very good. we'll check back with you. brian todd, thank you so much on the national mall. we'll be right back. no one's the same without the game of football... like @squirrelgirl52, who writes, "no football on sundays has left me with a lot of free time, so i've constructed a sanctuary for local squirrels." try watching the nfl draft. maybe watch with a friend. or doctor. this is brooke's yard with ugly bare spots. but scotts ez seed changes everything. our finest grass seed plus quick-start fertilizer and natural super- absorbent mulch grow grass anywhere. guaranteed. this is a scotts yard. secrecy in government is not around this year.came
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scared tone act h enact his age. it's fantastic. >> all right. some high praise for the president in atlanta yesterday outside the nra annual meeting. we'll have more on the president's hits and misses during his first 100 days all day long here on cnn. so over these 100 days there has also been quite a bit of internal power struggling within the white house. some aides who helped get president trump to the oval office found themselves fading into the background while his son-in-law jared kushner and daughter ivanka gained power. >> when donald trump won the white house, ivanka's plan was to keep her distance. >> people think you'll be part of the administration.
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>> no. i'm going to be a daughter. >> and a mother settling her three children in washington d.c. >> every week i take my children to a different museum or cultural institution. >> now ivanka has a seat at the table. an office in the west wing and her own chief of staff. >> i realize that having one foot in and one foot out wouldn't work and the reality is that it all happened very organically for me. >> organically maybe. unusual, most definitely. ivanka and her husband are the ultimate washington, d.c. power couple. in a building where proximity to the oval office telegraphs importance, kushner's digs are prime real estate sharing a wall with the presidential office suite. >> jared, i'll let you take over. >> moderating a meeting with ceos in february. i want to thank jared kushner who has been so involved in this. >> and taking a key role in u.s.
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foreign policy with mexico, china and iraq where he recently visited. >> there's a lot of relationshipses threlationship he has made over time. >> a controversial proposal. >> can i reveal how long we've known you? >> it wasn't publicly anticipated. asked in november what kushner's role would be in his administration, the preside president-elect said maybe nothing. next door to kushner, steve bannon. close quarters despite a feud that recently prompted the president to tell the two aides to straighten out or i will. bannon the loser in that fight. a reversal of fortunes for the trump campaign ceo and former breitbart chief. >> we never had a doubt and donald trump never had a doubt
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that he was going to win. >> labeled by "time" magazine as the great manipulator, bannon secured a seat on the national security council. an odd place for a political strategist to be bumped when national security adviser general h.r. mcmaster flexed his muscle. bannon gets along with few others. >> i think the biggest misconception is everything that you're reading. >> including chief of staff reince priebus whose office is upstairs from the president kellyanne conway mocked as donald trump's cleanup artist. >> this tweet is taken out of context. of course mr. trump thinks that mexicans can read. actually, what he wants them to read the most is hillary clinton's 33,000 missing e-mails. >> recently sweeping up her own messes like this one after the president alleged the obama administration tapped his phones at trump tower.
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>> you can surveil them through phones and television sets and any number of different ways. microwaves that turn into cameras. i don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the trump campaign. >> in the white house she's described as an island onto herself though still in trump's good graces if not always on the same page as her boss. conway vouched for then national security adviser michael flynn in mid february. >> general flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president. >> trump fired flynn that very day. >> thanks brianna keilar. so much more straight ahead live from washington d.c. stay with us. this
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hello again. thanks so much for joining us. i'm fredricka whitfield in washington d.c. north korea fires a missile and sends a message to president trump and to the world. it will answer to no one. the president marking his 100th day in office with a massive campaign-like rally later on. this after dismissing the benchmarks measure of early success. we'll look at the administration's early victories and stinging failures. and a day of divisions, protests and rallies are planned across the country. some in support of the country. many opposed. the


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