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us. >> nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> we will build a great wall. >> there is no way mexico will pay for a wall like that. >> the wall will get built. >> so help me god. >> the newest member of the united states supreme court. >> i'm humbled by the trust placed in me. >> i got it done in the first 100 days. >> all right. welcome to our special coverage of the president's 100th day in office. i'm fredricka whitfield live in washington. we begin with north korea and the defiant missile launch that ratchets up international tensions and it comes just hours after u.s. 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? >> fred, tensions here on the korean peninsula are at their
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highest levels in years. it's gotten so bad this has become the most pressing global security concern right now for the trump administration. and in president trump's first 100 days in office, north korea's supreme leader kim jong-un has ordered at least nine missile launches. not all of them have been successful including the latest launch in the early morning hours here. u.s. and south korean analysts believes the missile traveled just 22 miles before exploding over north korean territory. they had initially thought it traveled much further, possibly flying for 15 minutes and exploding 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. this goes to show how tense the situation is here in this region. the kind of missile that north korea tested was a modified scud that we saw unveiled in this country's large military grade this month and that's significant that they would test this particular kind of missile on the very same day that we confirmed the "uss carl vinson"
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aircraft carrier strike group has arrived in the waters off the korean peninsula and is now conducting joint naval drills with the south korean navy. north korea clearly trying to send a message to the united states that they will continue to test weapons that they view as essential to protect their national sovereignty and protect what they believe is hostility and aggression on the part of the united states. they're watching very closely not only the words from president trump, saying that a major, major conflict from north korea is very possible, but they also listen to secretary tillerson at the u.n. security council 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? >> all right. will ripley, thanks so much in north korea. so president trump had some rather strong words about the failed launch, saying on twitter yesterday, north korea disrespected the wishes of china and its highly respected president when it launched
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though unsuccessfully a missile today. bad. as the president marks his 100th day he will sign an executive order on trade this evening. he posted this moments ago on twitter, looking forward to rally in the great state of pennsylvania tonight at 7:30. big crowd, big energy. and you can catch that rally right here on cnn later on. so shortly after news broke on yet another north korean missile test, cnn spoke with homeland security secretary john kelly and secretary kelly believes it will be up to president trump to stop the north koreans before that country has a missile that can reach the u.s. >> is the development of the ability to launch such a missile in itself a red line? is it -- if it becomes a certainty that they have that technology, would the u.s., without question, strike to prevent it from happening? >> well, i don't have too much
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insight, actually, into the sbenls intelligence of how they're doing other than to know 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 of previous administrations to somehow get them to be more responsible, that is to say to stop their technology missile technology development and the atomic development, they've tried to do it and they essentially failed. i don't criticize them. they did try. mr. obama, mr. bush, probably mr. clinton, but it has fallen on this president that they will, in my opinion, have a workable missile, icbm type missile that can hit the united states, not all of the united states, but hit the united states, and they're working hard to develop a weapon to put on that missile. >> all right. let's talk more about this with cnn military and diplomatic analyst rear admiral john kirby.
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cnn contributor sell lean that zito. cnn white house reporter steven colinson and political commentators, ana navarro and see moan sanders. good to see you all. welcome to the table. admiral, let me begin with you. the message from the white house is, there could be a major conflict. what is north korea -- what is the message it is sending by the failed test missile. >> they're giving us the finger. giving china the finger, the un the finger. one finger salute, no doubt about it. it's -- he's sending a very clear message for all of the pressure you think you're going to bear on me, whether it's military, diplomatic or economic, i'm not going to stop. these weapons are key to my survival and this is a young man that wants regime survival above all else and he sees nuclear weapon technology and ballistic missile technology as the key to do that. he cap ratchet up the escalation very quickly and very high and
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he knows that the west and the rest of the international community won't be inclined to want to go there. so he's sending a clear message. no doubt the timing of this missile launch was to go with the u.n. meeting as well as some of the comments that china has made. >> selena, you spoke with the president, what did he have to say about north korean's leader? >> he takes it very seriously. he talked a lot about during the interview about the importance of diplomacy and that that's the way he wants to resolve this. and he did put pressure on the president of china and said that that relationship is building and that's important to getting this resolved. he said ult ma limately there'sg to be a point where it will get too bad and i have have deal with that. >> an issue of style of diplomacy. most presidents will say the first instinct is diplomacy. last instinct would be military conflict, even though the president is using the word
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major conflict. is this diplomacy at its best? >> well, in many ways, the white house is following the classic strategy that previous administrations had when confronted with north korea, basically put pressure on china, try to further isolate kim jong-un and the north koreans and try to isolate them diplomatically. we talk about more sanctions. the difference here is the rhetorical piece. on the one hand the white house issues one snens statements saying we're aware of the missile test. the president has been briefed. who hours later a tweet from the president basically escalating the rhetoric over this. the thing we don't know upping the rhetoric in this way is going to be productive. is it going to get the north koreans to a place where they haven't been and they haven't sort of [ inaudible ] previous administrations or does it get you into a cycle of escalation which you don't want to be in at this point. and then there's the question of the pressure on china. it's been very public. i'm not clear right now whether
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you can keep that pressure on publically because the president of china xi jinping doesn't necessarily want to be seen publicly in china to be bowing to pressure from president trump in a personal way. >> how is this incentivizing china? >> you know, that's a very hard question because if we've seen in the last 100 days is that president trump's foreign policy and the way he deals with foreign leaders is all over the map, right. he's had his challenges in the last 100 days with the prime minister of canada, president of mexico certainly, with angela merkel. the problem is, all of those folks are sane, relatively rationale normal human beings. little boy kim jong-un is a manic person. >> trying to make a point on the world stage. >> how you deal with him is frankly a question more for
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psychiatrists. this guy is not normal. >> david, do you believe it or is it realistic do you think when the secretary tillerson says potentially, hinting at some sort of face-to-face meeting with the north korean leader? you know, do you see that that is embarking on some real potential change since every administration who has tried ends up unsuccessful in trying? >> every administration has tried what we're seeing right now. the difference is this president doesn't have the luxury to wait for eight years. >> if it's the greatest threat right now, the obama administration told him that. >> not just to the united states but to the globe. they're on the verge of miniaturization of a nuclear warhead and capable to deliver it to the west coast of the united states. no other president had to face that. that's within the next 12, 16, 18 months. other administrations had a great deal of luxury of trying to go it with, you know, with sanctions, with the chinese. we've seen reports from the u.n.
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saying that some of the failed rockets have chinese parts in them. so i'm not so sure we're going to get through that. this president number one responsibility is to protect the homeland, protect the american people, and i have a great deal of confidence he'll do what's needed in that case. >> this foreign policy is as you go. we've seen with the administration since the pledge was america first, but now, this administration find itself, you know, in the throes of formulating its foreign policy really on the fly. >> on the fly, yeah. it's kind of we wake up and we'll see what our foreign policy is today. what is the president tweeting. it's important to note here that president cannot unilaterally lead us into war. and when we talk about escalating the situation, when we talk about like that's what this is, if there's a military action we could potentially be going to war. there are real live implications, national security implication, international implications. what we're talking about. that's why it's important the president gets his bearings and his administration gets some
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type of uniform foreign policy. we don't know what -- there's one thing coming from the white house, another thing from the press secretary's podium, something else from nikki haley at the u.n. and something else coming from tillerson. this white house has to get on the same page. there's real implications for the world if we don't. >> david, why do you disagree. >> i think the white house has been singularly focused on this since the president took office. i mean, just because people are -- have different opinions and may be speaking in different terms they're singularly focussed in achieving a diplomatic resolution to this crisis. nobody wants to see a shooting war on the korean peninsula. >> except when ambassador nikki haley does say we're not trying to pick a fight, is the perception that the trump administration is trying to provoke by using this language of, you know, there could be a major conflict? is that kind of picking a fight? >> at some point when your intelligence community tells you that north koreans have the ability to deliver a nuclear warhead to your soil, you have
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to make the decision. the president will make the decision by himself. >> he will need to go to congress. >> surrounded by his -- >> he will need to go to congress. >> i'm not so sure. >> that going alone thing -- >> people don't understand how foreign policy works. you cannot just -- the president cannot unilaterally decide to take us into war. we do not have a dictatorship. this is the united states of america. >> i understand. >> the president -- >> the congress has the say in what goes on here. >> the president's sole job is to keep americans safe. foreign and domestic threat. this is an existential threat to the american people. >> it is. >> the president will act unilaterally if he needs to take out whatever weapon system -- >> we're not trying to sensationalize. >> it is. >> we need to bring down the rhetoric. >> separation of powers. this isn't a dictatorship. ana -- >> there's a lot of things the president can do unilaterally at a given moment when they want to and then they go and ask for permission. a reason he had the field trip
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with the 100 senators to the white house this week. they want some congressional buy-in. and there were many members of senators who said it was under whelming. >> action towards north korea would get support, particularly from republicans who are in charge of congress right now. >> i would say part of that tour may have been not necessarily for the consumers or senators but for foreign audience to demonstrate how serious our government is. >> so tonight, the white house correspondents dinner, you'll be there. you know, selena. the president will not be there. he will be holding this rally this evening. >> in my home state. >> of pennsylvania. the message being sent by the president it's very important for him to be in a crowd, to get that kind of, you know, positive reinforcement. what's the statement the president is making to this rallying base in harrisburg, pennsylvania, this evening? >> i believe that he is overriding the prths preess, thr
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of the press, going into the areas where he won, historical win, first since 1988 for a republican. he's going to a tool and die maker i believe. sin signing an executive order. meeting with some of the people from pennsylvania that voted for him and a lot of them are democrats. and then he's going to go out and he's going to talk and he's going to enjoy his 100 days the way he sees fit. >> it's interesting, steven, he's not going to be at the dinner this evening. he has been there before whether it be as a, you know, celebrity or as someone who was thinking about, you know, being president and running. is it his message that he is dismissing the journalists who will be in attendance, is this, you know, an under whelming moment and he doesn't need to be there? i mean what is he saying by this? >> donald trump's a showman. he's setting up a split screen moment, setting up donald trump with his base, the people that sent him to washington, he's
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going back to his anti-establishment roots and everyone in washington, what he would say, are the purveyors of fake news, the people of the swamp are wallowing in their dinner jackets at this big washington establishment dinner. the message is very obvious and clear. >> he's doing -- >> i think he's doing us a great favor. >> we've all been to that dinner. >> he ain't funny. his comedic timing ain't -- is not exactly the best. something that frankly hillary clinton would have been great at. >> isn't this a missed opportunity, isn't it a missed opportunity because most presidents get an opportunity to say -- >> the longest time -- >> self-deprecating, humorous. >> people complain about the chumminess of the washington press and president. i think the benefit of this happening is that the focus goes back on journalism. this dinner raises funds for journalism scholarships. cnn will have their tables filled with guests who are journalism students punt the focus back on on journalism.
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>> to put a fine point on what steve is saying about the split screen. the president going to the farm show complex. >> yeah. >> in harrisburg where they have 4 h festivals and agriculture affairs. >> rodeos. >> it is middle america and he's taking his message directly to the people as he did throughout the campaign and that's how he got there. >> we'll see it unfold this evening. thanks to everybody. appreciate it. >> still ahead, activists, protesting the trump administration's stance on climate change. they're all about to march to the white house right now. "how to win at business." step one: point decisively with the arm of your glasses. abracadabra. the stage is yours. step two: choose la quinta. the only hotel where you can redeem loyalty points for a free night-instantly and win at business. so we sent that sample i doff to ancestry. i was from ethnically.
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protesters. organizers say the crowd will march to the white house and try to encircle it. brian todd is at the starting point of the march and rene marsh is at lafayette park outside of the white house in d.c. brian, begin with you. the marching taking place, what are protesters saying, what's their ambition here? >> well, fredricka their ambition is to call attention to what they believe is an assault on the environment that they think that president trump has undertaken in his first 100 days in office. they're concerned about the president possibly trying to withdraw the united states from the global climate change agreement. they're concerned about the executive orders he has signed exploring the possibility of drilling and protected lands and off america's coast. we are right here at the basically the start of the march where this banner is. this is basically where the mrch will start, third street, lined up way down third street, tens of thousands of people
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we're told are expected for this and you can see all the colorful signs, banners, slogans all over the place. walter and i will kind of pivot over here and walk this way. i did speak to one of the protest organizers eugene carpinski of the league of voters and he hammered away at the message they want to send to president trump. take a listen. >> this is the 100th day of the trump administration. the most anti-environmental precluder administration in our history and today is a critically important day to send a message to the president that the public is against all that he's doing to destroy our clean energy economy, to roll back clean air and clean water protects. we're here in force to send a strong message that the public is on our side and not the pro-polluters like president trump. >> reporter: now protest organizers were quick to point out to us that this is not just about environmentalists gathering here. they say at least six labor unions have come here,
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indigenous people from all over the country, from poor neighborhoods, they want to call attention to climate justice. they say this is an economic message and affects people all over the country. you have a cross-section of people here about ready to get started to march to the white house and will start in a couple minutes from now and within a couple hours they say they are going to surround the white house. fredricka. >> okay. so renee, that's where you are, outside of the white house there at lafayette park. their plan to encircle the white house, how are they going to do that? and what are they hoping the president will hear before he does depart for pennsylvania? >> right. fred, you know, they are hoping that their voices are loud and clear and we are told by the organizers that they have permitted this march for some 100,000 people. we don't have an official count yet, but that is -- we could see as many as 100,000 people. right now, there's a sprinkling where we are because, of course, you saw with brian, they're all making their way here, but you
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still have a few people here with signs, you've got the globes, the planets. essentially they all have the same message, which is, they do not like the sort of regulatory rollback they've been hearing about here, fred. of course we will be here when they arrive around the white house at around 2:00 and just really quickly, fred, we have one guest here, julien, you live in alaska and you're saying today is a perfect example of climate change. it's 91 degrees. it feels like summer. what do you see in alaska? >> for 91 degrees, being here itself, what we've been seeing in alaska this is the beginning statement of what we've not just been going through but the amount of exacerbation and acceleration of climate change. >> you're seeing it in alaska? >> we're not just experiencing it, we're actually suffering from this. you know, from the pollutions that's in our waters and our streams, the different changes in our oceans. it's just been something that we have to fix. >> all right. and that is what we've been
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hearing over and over, fred, again in another two hours, all of those protesters will be surrounding the white house right here. back to you. >> all right. thank you so much, renee and brian. we'll check back with both of you. all right. coming up, 100 days of a donald trump presidency. 100 days of russia drama, with no end in sight, and another name that isn't going away, michael flynn, his former national security adviser. president trump now saying all of this vetting, he's not the only administration to blame. hey, the future, what's her problem? apparently, i kept her up all night. she said the future freaks her out. how come no one likes me, jim? intel does! just think of everything intel's doing right now with artificial intelligence. and pretty soon ai is going to help executives like her see trends to stay ahead of her competition. no more sleepless nights. - we're going to be friends! - i'm sorry about this. don't be embarrassed of me, jim. i'm getting excited about this! we know the future. we're going to be friends! because we're building it.
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he hasn't kept his end of this contract. >> when has he had time? >> he's at 100 days. >> he's had 100 days but he's had the russia thing throwed at him, he's got a big problem with korea throwed at him. it's not like he's been sitting down sitting on his thumb doing nothing. >> all right. the sentiments of americans
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across the country. welcome back to our special coverage of the president's 100 days in office. nothing has placed a cloud over president trump's first 100 days in office like the issue of russia medal ling into the election and the white house's perceived relationship with moscow and this week more trouble for trump's former national security adviser general michael flynn. the pentagon inspector general is investigating whether flynn failed to disclose payments from russian interests after being warned not to take such money in the first place. in an interview yesterday, the president laid the blame for any mistakes in flynn's vetting on the obama administration. cnn's fareed zakaria spoke to susan rice obama's former national security adviser about the shift in blame. listen. >> a former military officer, such as general flynn, who wants to retain his security clearance, would go through a process with his home agency, in
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this case the defense intelligence agency, to have his clearance reviewed and renewed. that happens at -- you know, at a very routine level. never at a political level. but that's a very separate thing, the renewal of a clearance, from the vetting that goes into the appointment of any senior white house official or any senior administration official. the trump administration, like every 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. >> all right. let's talk more about this. i want to bring in cnn crime and justice producer simone and international correspondent clarisa ward. shimmoan to you first, what are we hearing about nikele flynn, what he disclosed or didn't, vetted further under a new
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administration. >> it's clear he should have been vetted furtherer. the thing that we're not hearing from officials yet is where their investigation is going with him. what are they looking at. we know there's a bunch of different things they're looking at. his contacts with the russian ambassador here in d.c., phone calls with him and their conversations, which is a focus of the investigation for the fbi. his lawyer, flynn's lawyer, has denied a lot of the accusations and sort of has said that flynn has briefed before these trips, briefed the pentagon about his trips to moscow. no one can figures out, none of his friends and the people i've tucked to, i've talked to someone close to him, can understand why he would accept money from rt or the russians. >> is it as simple as it was a pretty sizable amount of money, it was incentive, leaving public service heading into the private sector, my opportunity to make money and maybe nobody will know the source of the money if i
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don't disclose it? >> perhaps. the other thing all this was on video and for the russians they wanted to promote him. for them it was a good thing to have him there. there are questions about what he was thinking. his friends don't think that he was doing anything nefarious. he certainly wasn't working for the russian government. but this lingering question over michael flynn and the white house and what -- how come they didn't know more, keep in mind when the trump administration brought flynn in to the campaign they really didn't have a lot of military people around them. they didn't have a lot of senior officials around them. so this seemed to be a good fit for them. it seemed to be someone good. he played to their base pretty well. so for trump it was kind of a win/win. but they just never really vetted him. they never really sort of learned anything about him. they sort of just let him go and they just allowed him to be part of the campaign when they should have at some point done a little more digging, a little more --
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>> especially after some critics say if the obama administration fired him and the new administration is picking him up, why wouldn't you, you know, find out more about why he may have been fired or what has happened in that, you know, space of time. so clarissa, if russia may have thought it would be advantageous this relationship with michael flynn might give an upper hand dealing with this new administration, does it mean there's human disappointment now that he's the subject of such investigation. >> officially the party line as always is the kremlin doesn't comment on u.s. domestic issues. unofficially there is definitely a sense of profound anxiety at what people who support the kremlin and are part of the kremlin will call a kind of purging of friends of russia, whether it be manafort, michael flynn. they are extremely anxious about what this poretends for this u.s./russian relationship, and i think you really see a shift
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now. it's quite striking, when he was elected president he was described in russian media as a maverick, he was an outsider. >> reciprocal. >> it's a brilliant, smart man. >> the honeymoon period is over. russian coverage, now it is open season against president trump. you are hearing some very harsh comments about his chaotic foreign policy, his low approval ratings. it's clear that party line in russia has definitely shifted. >> this is now considered i mean the relationship between u.s. and russia sinking to new lows. >> new lows. this is par the course that we see with every president who comes in and says we will do a reset and six months later it's like about that reset. so i don't think it's a surprise except that from the rhetoric we heard before coming from president trump there was an expectation that perhaps it would be a warmer relationship but then he's come under domestic pressure to back away from having any relationship. >> speaking of backing away how important will it be for this white house to stop lending its
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support to michael flynn while under investigation because the president is still saying very kind things about him. >> so i think he really can't say much more. there is an investigation ongoing with the department of justice and now the pentagon, other -- and the hill. you have the house and the senate looking at him. so i think trump wisely is sort of -- he doesn't want to -- >> he's refraining from, you know, really criticizing. >> he's trying to be careful now. why, who knows. but it will be interesting to see what happens. >> all right. good to see you. thanks so much. appreciate it. president trump used to call employment numbers phony while he was campaigning. he is not using that tone anymore. plus, what trump voters have to say about his first 100 days. >> i hope that he doesn't get stymied by, you know, some of the legislatures that are kind of scared to enact his agenda. we need him to follow his agenda, do what he promised and that's exactly what he's trying to deliver.
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where the plan is matchers will actually, they're permitted to actually encircle the perimeter of the white house. but right now, getting lots of star power there with actor leonardo dicaprio. all right. after frequently bashing the government's jobs report, while on the campaign trail, the numbers we're seeing now are going on president trump's record. so far, more than 300,000 new jobs have been added in just two months. a much better start than his four predecessors. but trump's lofty goal of 25 million jobs over the next decade will be a very tall order. cnn's christine romans breaks down the numbers. >> reporter: fredricka, on the campaign trail then candidate trump was very critical of the american jobs market. he called it a disaster. he said the official jobs statistics were phony and a hoax. now 100 days into his presidency he sings a very different tune. >> we've created over 600,000
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jobs already in a very short period of time. it's going to really start catching on now because some of the things we've done are bigley and they are catching on. >> reporter: big league and catching on. let's deconstruct that 600,000 new jobs claim. when you add february and march the official jobs statistics when president trump is president you get 317,000 net new jobs. not 600,000. if you want to be charitable and add january come up with 533,000 net new jobs. exaggeration in the jobs creation, but the trend is correct. and when you look in perspective of how he stacks up with his predecessors you can see he stands apart. barack obama, 1.5 million jobs lost in the first couple months. this is a very slow recovery for george w. bush from the dotcom bust. bill clinton, 194,000 jobs. this would turn out to be, by the way, a really impressive, impressive eight years of job creation for bill clinton. that started off rather slowly.
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over eight years, 22.9 million jobs, better than ronald reagan and george bush. we showed you the picture of how terrible the job loss was at the beginning of obama's presidency he ended up with 11 million jobs there. donald trump promised over ten years to have policies to support 25 million new jobs. he'll have to come up with 208,000 on average every month to make that happen. >> thank you so much. president trump overcame the odds when he was elected, thanks to a very dedicated base of supporters. ahead, cnn travel across the country to hear voters' views on the president's first 100 days. >> how do you think trump is doing? >> i think he's doing good. >> 100 days in, i'm not pleased. you could fill a book with all the things you'll never learn from a book. expedia. everything in one place, so you can travel the world better.
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cnn crisscrosses the country to talk with voters who helped elect president trump to get their thoughts on how his first
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100 days has gone. here is martin savidge. >> reporter: asheville, alabama, the sun's been up for three hours and greg has been up for six. he's a farmer. what he grows he and his wife sell at an old gas station on the western edge of town. around here the only thing redder than the maters is the politics. the county where they live voted 89% for trump. how do you think trump is cog? >> i think he's doing good. >> reporter: they like trump even though his first actions haven't really helped them. trump's tough immigration talk has made it harder for greg to find migrant workers to harvest his crops. there's trump's efforts to replace obamacare which greg and brandy are on. what do you like about it? why do you like it? >> i pay $88 a month for me and my wife. where i was like before obama
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care came in i was paying like $660. >> reporter: obamacare is working so well brandy feels guilty she knows people who can't aford their private insurance or get insurance at all. she's okay with trump's efforts to replace it. >> it still doesn't make sense to pay so little and still the poor people get nothing. >> you think you should pay more? >> yeah. in other words, yes. >> reporter: in birmingham, it's also another long day for quintin, a cab driver. in the past he's voted democratic but in 2016, voted trump. >> the thing about a businessman, is that it's action. and it's not policy. >> reporter: black trump voters are rare in the south, only about 9%. quintin is even more rare since he is black and gay. >> 100 days in how do you feel he's done? >> 100 days in i'm not pleased. >> really? >> i'm not pleased.
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>> what don't you like? >> he's a little too brash, is that the word? >> reporter: he hasn't seen as much change as he expected and he worries about what a trump budget might cut. >> do you wish you hadn't voted for him. >> i don't wish i had because i mean according to the alternatives, i don't have any regrets. >> you were not going to vote for clinton? >> i'm not going to vote for clinton. >> reporter: in des moines, iowa, i find another surprise. named alberto al han dra. a school teacher who teaches spanish to inner city kids. >> who did you vote for this go round? >> i voted for trump. >> reporter: born in mexico and became an american through an amnesty program in the '80s voted for a president who called mexicans criminals and threatens mass deportation. >> 100 days after he was sworn in he has not acted against innocent, undocumented workers. >> reporter: some would disagree but what's certain is he feels good about the administration so far, including on immigration.
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>> being in america to begin with isn't a right. it's a great privilege. >> reporter: madison county, iowa, famous for its bridges and home to a man many feel personifies america. john wayne. brian downs knew the duke and found similar qualities in the donald when he met trump at a campaign event. >> meeting him. >> yes. >> made a huge difference, yeah. made a huge difference. it's somebody who -- really felt like one of us. i had that feeling. >> reporter: the big campaign issue for brian was the same as alberto. >> borders. immigration and i think the national security is all part of that. >> reporter: and like alberto, brip is pleased by trump so far. >> i think he's doing great. >> he admits that trump has had to deal with a learning curve. >> he has as much admitted i didn't know it was going to be this complicated. >> reporter: from the birth place of john wayne to a scene right out of the old west.
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john's family has been raising buffalo since the '60s. today the durham ranch has more than 3,000. >> they're great story. they have a great comeback story. you know. >> reporter: wyoming may be the cowboy state, but here, coal is king. on a king kong scale. wyoming produces 40% of america's coal, dwarfing west virginia and kentucky and natural oil, gas and wind. >> we are the energy capital of the nation. >> reporter: here, if you're not mining or drilling, you're selling to those who do. this past election only one issue really mattered, jobs and energy, and yes, that's two, but in wyoming, they're one in the same. jeff dale runs a business renting industrial generators and voted for trump saying democrats were anti-energy. >> the path that we were on was definitely crippling this industry. so too many regulations and too many hurdles. >> reporter: that could explain
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why wyoming was the reddest state of all. >> 240,000 pounds. >> reporter: michael's family owned business has been repairing monster sized mining machinery for decades and voted for trump and said things have been improving ever since. >> business is better now. we had our worst year since 2008 since last year. we feel like it's going to be 10% better, maybe 20% better this year. >> want a spot at the table. >> reporter: stacy is a single parent, grandmother and a coal miner. she operates a 4100 electric shovel, larger than her house. >> one mistake and you can do a lot of damage. >> yeah. we don't make mistakes. >> reporter: she voted for trump even though she was reviled by his words and actions towards women. about me.offended but it was not it was about the people i work with and the people i love and i had to make a choice that was bigger than me. so i did.
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>> reporter: for stacy, and all the voters i talked with, trump was not a perfect candidate and is not a perfect president. they voted for him believng he would make their lives better. 100 days later, they still do. martin savidge, cnn, wyoming. >> all right. thanks so much for being with me this morning and this afternoon. i'm fredricka whitfield. our special coverage conditions with wolf blitzer right after this. my phone? [team member] yep. now in the wells fargo mobile app you can request a one-time access code to use the atm. [customer] that's much better! you know, that would come in handy when i'm out for a run. [team member] or, a bike ride. [customer] or, when you left your card in your yesterday pants. [team member] or walking the dog. [customer] or walking your dog. i have a dog. [team member] that is exactly the situation this was invented for. i love walking my dog. [customer] we're dog people. [team member] everyone loves dogs. [customer] that's genius! have you ever just sat down and talked to a dog? he's a nascar champion who's she's a world-class swimmer who's stared down the best in her sport.
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