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fit into your life, not the other way around. go to 100 days in and trademark trump, all is well giant rally. because make no mistake, we are just beginning in our fight to make america great again. lots of executive actions but not one marquee legislative achievement. plenty of infighting in the white house and across the gop. >> i talk 200 days because the type of agenda we're attempting to put together take a long
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time. >> a disruptive 100 days on the world stage. no reset on putin. missile strikes in syria. tense stare down with north korea. >> likely a matter of time before north korea develops the capability to strike the u.s. mainland. >> "inside politics," the biggest stories, sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics" i'm john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world thanks for sharing your sunday. we're keeping a watchful eye on a tense north korea peninsula. joint exercises that the trump administration argues another north korea missile firing proves its case for sanctions. here at home president trump had a big rally in pennsylvania last night. he has no doubts about his first 100 days. >> for the last 100 days, my administration has been delivering every single day for
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the great citizens of our country, whether it's putting our coal miners back to work, protecting america's steel and aluminum workers. we love that steel and aluminum. or eliminating job killing regulations, we are keeping one promise after another. >> your grade much less enthusiastic. one, his approval rating. this president historically unpopular back to dwight eisenhower in 1950s. donald trump a 44% approval rating. bg was the previous low at 55%. you see the numbers as you go across. despite his saying he's kept all his promises. the president has liked to make the case he's a man of action. he scorned president obama for executive action but president trump has been working. 32 executive orders including
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one yesterday second to harry truman. some of these could bring big change down the road if regulations are rolled back, if they keep their promise. some more or less glorified press releases. the president he's right when he says sees find more bills but most these republicans congressional actions to roll back things done late in the obama administration. not one of these 29 originated in the trump white house. there are, of course, many ways to judge a president. is washington disrupted? very much a yes. is he as promised unpredictable? very much a yes. is the trump base still loyal? overwhelmingly yes. that's important. has he enacted or made big moves on any promise? obamacare has not been repealed. travel ban is on hold. china is not the currency manipulator. the wall not fund let alone built. planned parenthood not defunded.
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common core still the land of the law. the list of promises is a long one. the president's 100 day interviews includeed a very candid reflex of one lesson learned. >> this is more work than my previous life. i thought it would be easier. i thought it was more of a -- i'm a details oriented person, i think you would say that. but i do miss my old life. this -- i like to work, so that's not a problem. but this is actually more work. >> with us to share that reporting, julie pace, cnn's reporter, a reporter from "the washington post". welcome to day 101. when you listen to the president saying it's more work than i thought and you listened to the president last night, defyants, bashing the media saying we have it all wrong, he's keeping his promises, he's off to a fantastic start, if you listen to the president. where are we on day 101 and as
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we talk throughout the hour what lessons have we learned as we look ahead to the second 100 days. >> what's interesting to listen to president trump in this last week evacy lates between this supreme confidence, outward confidence in his own abilities, truly believes in some ways he's fulfilling campaign promises and enacting a robust agenda and then this naive realization about how difficult this all is going to be. you can almost feel hillary clinton banging against the wall yeah i told you this was going to be hard. in some ways you're watching him learn on the job. he's candid about the lessons that he's learned from foreign leaders, from people in his own cabinet yet he does retain this confidence in his own ability and wants people to believe that even some of these smaller pieces of legislation that he signs, some of these executive orders that order a study or two are signs of real progress.
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>> it's so ironic that he went back to pennsylvania. remember his gettysburg address last year. maybe one of the lessons here is don't be so ambitious about your 100 days if you're not sure what it's going to take to get things done. that speech as you pointed before if you go through and look what he promised to do in the first 100 days, it was not the media that was deciding what he should be doing that first 100 days, he laid it out in very clear terms and did not accomplish a lot of those things. i think at the same time this is very much the infan civilian his presidency. i think he has learned a lot of lessons in the first 100 days. i think he's taking a more collaborative approach now with congress and giving and empowering mike pence in a bigger way to go in and figure out, as well as his deputies, gary cohen, others to figure out what they can accomplish. and also doing a lot of reaching
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out to democrats on the phone. i don't know how far that's going to get him at this point, but it will be interesting to watch in the next 100 days. >> be interesting to watch. the president says this is fake media. if you're a trump supporter go back and read the gettysburg speech. doesn't mean he can't rebound the second 100 days. read the gettysburg address. read all the things the president said he would do. he hasn't met that test. that's okay, welcome to washington. he said everything is going fine. you can hear his own frustration last night in harrisburg. could do that in the first 100 days of the republican presidency. president trump is frustrated. >> we'll repeal and replace obamacare. you watch. i'll be so angry at congressman kelly and congressman marino and all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn
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thing passed quickly. >> i think if there's an epithat to the first 100 days is no one knew haerltd could be so complicated. seems the president's assumptions about the force of his personality and power that it would have, he's learning very much the hard way and over and over again that there's a system here and you cannot change that system overnight. the fact that not only their second run up to try to get this bill on the floor this week failed, they were struggling to just keep the government's lights on. the hallmark of congressional dysfunction is a threat of a government shutdown and we were there in the first 100 days as well. >> he throughout the candidate laughed at politicians for that saying you need a businessman, you need a negotiator. >> the problem is also he
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doesn't believe in the details on some of these key proposals like health care whereas a lot of members of congress are very ideological, they believe deeply in some of the core principles of the health care bill and that's why there was a massive revolt within the ranks. donald trump just wants something passed. doesn't necessarily care about the nitty gritty of the legislative process. i think we've learned also his views can easily be shaped by the person he talks to. pulling out of nafta and then deciding not to after having discussion with his own team and with mexico and canadian leaders. so, you're seeing a president who believes working the will, his will on congress, people who are pushing back on him but also a president who can make quick decisions, some abrupt about-faces and we'll see how that plays out.
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>> he hanes grown. if you look at the data he has not grown his base but held his base. he's held his base in some of the things he did do in the first 100 days. he had neil gorsuch confirmed. the conservative base likes that. they ranched up immigration enforcements around the country. the trump base likes that. he approved two pipelines opinion he with drew the tpp. that was already done. the president did do that. he got some credit even from a lot of democrats for strike the airfield in syrian. can he keep that base? rush limbaugh say he caved. the president came in say vote again on obamacare repeal. give me a billion dollars or trillion dollars for my wall as a down payment. congress said no. the president blamed democrats. when he spoke on friday like you heard him on health care the president reassuring his base we
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didn't get it passed but we'll get it. >> we'll build the wall. don't even think about it. don't even think about it. don't even think about it. that's an easy one. we're going to build the wall. we need the wall. i said to general kelly how important is it? he said very important. it's that final element. >> he is -- he was in the campaign, he was before he became a politician and is as president a creature of impulse. the senate democratic leader says those impulse are hurting the president not helping. >> just what happened this past week is a metaphor for how poorly the president has done in his first 100 days. it's chaotic. it's ineffective. it's impulsive. it's as if the president suddenly realized he was approaching his 100 days with next to nothing to show for it. so he scrambled to make progress on the wall, on health care, and on taxes.
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in all three areas this desperate sprint has only left these three efforts more damaged than before. >> i want to tell our viewers if you have a device in your hand our president is tweeting about the democrats saying they don't have a national leader and are the party of obstruction. >> on the impulsive front i think that people who voted for him certainly knew that. but the white house was scrambling over the last, you know, two or three weeks to lay out what they think is a very robust 100 days. i think a lot of other people, did a long piece for a new digital magazine at about his first 100 days. people wanted to say to him slow down. don't slam through legislation and all of these executive orders that don't mean anything,
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like have an agenda. sit down with people. try to work things through. he hasn't done that. and he does act on impulse and i think to your point you don't know where he's going to go because he absorbs information and quickly changes his mind. a lot of republicans certainly would like to see more of a clear agenda here. >> when a president asks for things and blinks it hurts his standing. everyone sit tight. up next the world stage. no warming with putin. missile strikes in syria. risky stare down with north korea. a look back on inauguration day which has become catch phrase of the trump presidency. >> from this day forward a new vision will govern our land. from this day forward, it's going to be only america first. america first. [ applause ]
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on his way out president obama told president trump north korea would be his most urgent global challenge. first 100 days have proven that observation to be correct. north korea tested another ballistic missile on saturday hours after the united states appealed to the united nations security council for new steps to isolate the regime. >> for too long the international community has been reactive in addressing north korea. those days must come to an end. failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences. the test was a failure according to u.s. and south korean military officials but nonetheless another act of
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defiance coming as u.s. and south korea jan naval forces staged joint exercises and after president trump made clear his patience is running short. >> there is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. absolutely. one of the many interesting global challenges in the first 100 days and on this one president trump is actually following the playbook of prior administrations, appealing to china for help. counting on a personal bond he made with president xi at their summit in florida. but it's the old playbook, bill clinton, president bush, barack obama now donald trump asking china for help. he's muse cause lar about the military language. what does it tell us about this president and how he's being commander-in-chief. >> he's learning how difficult that playbook is, the same lessons these previous administrations leaned. when it comes to north korea
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you're dealing with a regime that doesn't have a lot to lose. when you make threats of military action, implement tougher sanctions, trying to push china you're talking about a regime that's essentially starving and repressing their own people. they are not willing to bend to threats like other places around the world maybe. the main difference is the tougher language, the overt talk about military action. behind-the-scenes same steps are happening. dealing with china, trying to push them along and you have tillerson and nikki haley talking about diplomatic channels. and that was what i was really interested in this week. secretary tillerson did something he doesn't normally do. he gave several long interviews. and the message that he seemed to be getting out in those interviews that he seemed to be trying to get out, number one, that this administration considers kim jong-un a rational actor not a mad man and that we're not interested in regime change and i think that even as
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we're hearing this muscular language from the president we're also seeing a very determined effort to sort of tamp things down and as you said, perhaps open communication. >> that's one of the great interesting challenges. the president talks one way and often his team then has to be more establishment if you will, more diplomat. to the tillerson point he offered direct negotiations. mike pence seemed to think it was not a good idea. that's a play for china. china is talking to the north koreans. north korea only have their nuclear weapon. their point what do they want in negotiations. listen to the president on "face the nation" today. >> i didn't say no message. >> you say not happy what does that mean? >> i would not be happy if he does a nuclear test. i would not be happy. i could tell you also i don't
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believe the president of china who is a very respected man will be happy either. >> not happy with military action? >> we'll see. >> it's just -- we smile about this because it's so different. we'll see. >> but i think that, you know, the president is always going to have that kind of unpredictable rhetoric at the top and then have his team working behind him. i think on this issue, he really has evolved in the sense you think about his rhetoric on the campaign trail, about china. i mean all of that has been washed away. china is the currency manipulator. beginning to grasp the realities of the situation talked about, you know, his education on that issue. and i think also it's important that he really is listening to his national security team. and that they have been some of the most important advisers around him. so even if his tweets and sometimes rhetoric doesn't match
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there's a dance going on there. >> he sacrificed a lot of political capital by his change of position on china. this has to -- if china does not do what he wants, it will look very bad for the president. friday i sat down with chuck schumer the top democratic leader. he said very clearly he thinks trump should take a harder line on china in chuck schumer's view. he believes this would help in this effort with north korea. that's clearly not the way the president is thinking. thinking being nice to them. take a tougher line with north korea and if they don't, then flipflop for no particular reason. >> training economic issues for strategic one, china's position with north korea is a national security issue. it's not an economic issue. and so it's unclear whether this kind of bargaining, trading an economic issue in hopes they
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i have a feeling that in the next election, you're going to be swamped with candidates but you're not going to be wasting your time. you'll have plenty of those democrats coming over and you're going to say no, sir, no thank you. no, ma'am. it may be pocahontas, remember that. >> some consider that attack on senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts to be racist. it is without doubt more middle school than presidential. it's also a trademark of our 45th president, roll over rhetorical grenade or launch a tweet storm when he wants to change or steer the political
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chatter. one of the many 100 day markers of a president who does things his way. one way, unlike any other president the use of twitter to communicate. see the red lines. only two, only two of the first 100 days in office did the president refrain from tweeting from his at real donald trump twitter account. some highlights. on day eight a doozy. look forward to seeing final results of vote stand. where fortunate was supporting those saying 3 million or more voted illegally in the last election. never happened. president of the united states spinning a fantasy there with his twitter account. let's move over, failing "new york times". a lot of media bashing. only twice in his first 100 days did he not tweet. that's significant. what about, how detravel? you see all the blue. the blue is mar-a-lago, his palm beach resort in florida. the gold other trump properties he visited. one interesting thing about this president of the united states not only did he leave the country in his first 100 days, never went west of the mississippi in his first 100
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days. one thing dedo a lot, remember donald trump back when avenues candidate mocked the last president, barack obama, first time on the gurs. you see those golf balls. president golfing. we hold him accountable for this. he says we're not being fair. >> they will say oh, he's going play golf. i'm not going play golf. i could care less. i have a place there. that costs almost nothing. every time i go to a club they say he's out there having fun. when i go to a club i'm working. they hit me for relaxing and i don't want to be known as a person who is relaxing because i'm working hard. >> i think the president is entitled to relax. it's a tough stressful job. he has to remember he mocked the last one for this. from a communications standpoint you hear him there. he gofls. yeah i golf. i was wrong. from a communications standpoint
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what have we learn in 100 days? >> we've learned that trump is going to continue to be the chief communicator for this white house and do it in ways that are completely untraditional. that's why we wake up and first thing we do is grab our phones and see if he's been tweeting. i do it before i go to bed. he believes so strongly in his own communication skills, when i talked to people at the white house they say the thing that bothers him the most about his team is their communication skills, he thinks he's just better at this. he doesn't care if it's traditionally presidential or not. >> he does care about his reviews. he is a reality tv star who is president of the united states, don't care about what the critics think. he's tweeting right now that obamacare is dead. and that the democrats are trying to prop it up by demanding payments to insurance companies because i assume he's reading the newspapers and watching the morning shows and
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being held to account for failing to repeal obamacare. when we hold him to account for promises he made he says things like this last night. ? if t if. if the media job is to be honest and tell the truth then we agree the media deserves a very, very big fat failing grade. [ cheers and applause ] very dishonest people. not all of them. we call at any time fake news. not all of them. >> i get the political strategy behind this, 1,000%. i don't know how it's fake news the republicans and president did not repeal obamacare. the president did not keep his promise to label china a currency manipulator. he hasn't reversed the cuba deal. he hasn't moved the embassy to jerusalem. that's fact. >> this is a president who was
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so obsessed with controlling his image before he got into the white house. honestly, it was a lot easier back then when he's dealing with, you know, page six and the business press and he doesn't like the way he's being portrayed now and doesn't think that, you know, we're giving the proper attention to the things he's done so far. this is also a president who has no hobbies besides golf. obsessively watches television. added many more television sets to the white house so that he could watch more channels at once. so there's an irony there to giving the media a failing grade and then spending as much time as he does watching. >> when you think about it it's extraordinary because this is the first president who on an hourly basis, we know exactly what is going on in his mind, what's going on in his thought. most presidents, historians have to dig for decades to get these kinds of insights. donald trump as president is
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exactly the same person for better or worse than donald trump was as candidate. remember on the campaign trail i'll be so presidential you'll be bored. that is -- [ laughter ] >> honest communication, getting to julie's point, what's fascinating to watch is the challenges he's given white house officials, his cabinet officials to interpret what he's saying and trying to -- this is what the president means but then the president will say something completely different undercut what his own press secretary is saying, his own cabinet officials are saying on a daily, hourly basis. >> never -- i've been here since the end of ronald reagan administration. i never had people say don't listen to what the president says or tweets. what? another thing, karen you mentioned this candidate trump had a casual relationship with the truth. president trump as well.
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>> we got 306. it was the biggest electoral college win since ronald reagan. the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years, right? did you know that? 47 years. over 600,000 jobs created already in a very short period of time. a website that works. this is not the $5 billion obamacare website. do you remember that? nobody remembers that. >> all of that and could have been more run afoul the fact checkers. we talk about veering from the fact and truth by the president we should note from day one, he had some help from his staff. >> no one had numbers because the national park service which controls the national mall does not put any out. this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration period. both in person and around the globe >> you're saying a falsehood and
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they are giving sean spicer the press secretary gave alternative facts to that. >> wait a minute. alternative facts? >> yeah. alternative facts. you were having a flashback there. >> good memories from the start. they get themselves in a lot of problems because the president puts something out that is factually inaccurate and then it's up to his team to go out and often defend it. that's the message from the boss, not to clean it up, not to try to spin it but to defend it. >> are they getting better -- you mentioned the wiretapping tweet on day 44. are they getting any better again as we look forward. people make mistakes. none of them served in government. are we getting better. >> how can you get better at that >> do less of it, i think. >> it's a constant churn. no way to -- >> money is the message and in effect it affects their agenda.
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message discipline is important for white house. this white house has no message discipline. >> everybody sit night. up next constant infighting at white house. finger pointing at the white house. 100 days in republican house wrestling with challenges. a look back at the president's biggest victories. >> i've always heard that the most important thing that a president of the united states does is appoint people and i got it done in the first 100 days. that's even nice. you think that's easy?
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the presidency is extraordinarily powerful, but we are just part of a broader part of tapestry of american life. there's a lot of different power centers. i can't press a button and
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suddenly have the bankers do exactly what i want. >> a flashback there to make an important point. every president has a learning curve when they start the job and every president gets bumps and bruises navigating congress and the bureaucracy. a steeper curve for this president. it's his first job in politics. his closest white house aides have this in common none of them have governing experience. first 100 days. all of his recent predecessors were able to get one signature campaign proposal through congress and enacted into law. not president trump. he blames congress. >> i'm disappointed that it doesn't go quicker. i like them a lot. i have great relationships. most i don't know. i have a party that's covering a lot of territory. they have different views. i'm disappointed -- i'll tell you paul ryan is trying very, very hard. >> we had in the first 100 days
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a fair amount of very public dysfunction. number one there was great republican hope, the republican president, republican senate, republican house, we're going repeal, replace obamacare. boom, it hasn't happened. inside the trump white house you have reince priebus chief strategy joins, steve bannon, jared kushner, the son-in-law, what have we learned about the disfunctioning in the first 100 days. as we learn to the second 100 days have they figured it out? >> maybe nobody else has any real power. trump likes to play the chess pieces a little bit. amazing with this white house how every week it seems like somebody is on the ropes and, you know, at risk of being fired but with the exception of flynn, you know, for the most part it's gone up and down. i think what's so interesting is that his governing style is to pit people against each other. have a division of opinions in
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the room and maybe that worked well in business but it doesn't so far seem to be working as well in governance and they are still trying to figure that out. >> on capitol hill i think it will get harder and harder to get his agenda through. not easier. the easier at the beginning of your administration. harder particularly as we get close to mid-terms and members have to worry about their constituencies. this health care bill, if it manages to get to house to and that's a serious question, chassises in the senate are slim. they have to bring the party together. tax reform, not anywhere near where they need to be. incredibly difficult. >> i've been struck as things are slowing down like this trump's reaction is to load more into the system. he announces out of the blue to the shock of his own people we'll have a tax plan on the table by next wednesday. this week, guess what? we're withdrawing from nafta on saturday. he just -- his impulse i think
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is just keep pushing. >> which would lead to you believe either he'll try to break the way washington works or he hasn't learned the lesson you can do that. that's the challenge. what is it? can he overload the system where it breaks. or do we keep going through this. i want to go back to the campaign. never been in politics before. he thought the politicians were stupid. he told you that's what the campaign and being president is being pretty easy. >> we'll make america great again. [ cheers and applause ] >> it's very easy to be presidential. >> i have great people. we have top, top smart people. but it's so easy to do. >> we have drugs. we have debt. we have empty factories. that's going to end. that's going to end. so easy. >> so easy to solve. >> believe me the jobs coming back. >> this is so easy. >> i want to jump start america. and it can to be done. and it won't even be that hard. >> folks, i'm going to do so much about it.
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going to be so easy. >> being presidential is easy. much easier than what i have to do. >> it's not easy. all candidates say things, not to pick on him -- >> not that many times. >> all candidates say things that are wildly unrealistic during campaigns. has he figured out i need to be different or does he still think they need to be different? >> a little bit of both at this point. certainly is coming around to the idea that it's not as easy as he thought it would be during the campaign but what he does with that realization is still an open question. to his point, his instinct is to push more, push harder, more on the table. the reality of washington is that to do one of these big things that he's talking b-health care, tax reform, infrastructure, those are all incredibly complex and will take months to do. does he have the strategic patience to take the time to really let congress and his own party work through these issues. right now he hasn't proven that
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ability and within his own staff i think it's a question of whether they have the ability to be that patient. >> within his own staff at one point he told his son-in-law at mar-a-lago go out by the pool and work this out. work this out. do we have a sense, have they worked it out or is that a continuing tre ining drama. >> for those two constantly going to be ideological clashes that's hard to sort out. you can tell people to work it out at a personal level but that won't change within the white house structure. you have a lot of people who are more moderate and bannon is holding the flame for those trump voters. >> just outside of the oval office, the republican party as it gets bigger becomes more complicated. next what's the democrats agenda in the next 100 days? looking for balance in your digestive system?
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less close as we always do head around the "inside politics" table. ask our reporters to share from their notebooks. julie. >> a lot of anticipation in israel about the prospect that president trump could be making a trip there in late may as part of his first trip abroad as president. the white house isn't confirming anything yet but there has been an advance team on the ground scoping out locations for meetings for a possible speech. that's a signed a trip is in the works. if president trump does go he'll definitely be greeted warmly by prime minister netanyahu. there's a lot of questions whether he'll meet with the head of the palestinian authority. this is a big complicated delicate debut for trump on the world stage. >> hasn't threat country yet. susan collins of maine is considering running for goff of her state. i talked to her about this last
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week. she said to me i'm considering it but i have made no decision and not leaning towards it. she said she will make a decision over the summer, maybe early fall. this would be very significant decision. she's one of the more influential members, particularly of the republican conference given she's one of the last true republican moderates. she occupies a seat in a blue state. it would be significant not just for future balance of the senate but for the senate itself given her role and influence and she has some significant spots including on the senate intelligence committee who is investigating the russian investigation as well. that's a big decision. >> not leaning towards does that mean leaning against. karen? >> most of the pundit talk was under whelmed when the president announced his tax reform plan this week. but the fundamental political reality for them as much as they say they are modelling this on
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ronald reagan's tax reform that worked in 1986, is the thing they are looking at doing this on republican votes alone. and in ronald reagan's case the democrats, bell like bill bradley, dick gephardt had been plowing the ground for several years. that's why this time around will be even more difficult and this timeline that they got for getting this done by this fall is even more unrealistic. >> will require republican discipline that we have yet to see. speak of democrats, they know that they just can't just be the party of no. so behind-the-scenes all the attention is on trump and what he's gotten done in his first 100 days. they have been working hard on their own proactive agenda they will lay out in the coming weeks, things like minimum wage, their own vision of where health care goes next, things that will
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be important to those voters in 2018 when they try to gain more seats. >> 2018 looks good for them at the moment but i'll underline at the moment. the united states lost two heroes in afghanistan this past week and one in iraq. it's a reminder of the big choices facing the commander-in-chief in his second 100 days. president trump has already delegated responsibility for troop levels in syria and iraq to the pentagon. the risk and responsibility rests with the president. for now a decision about afghanistan remains in the president's hands. both his national security adviser and his defense secretary have visited just in reason weeks. 16 years after 9/11, afghanistan remains a mess. significant threats from both the taliban and isis. president obama we all know desperately wanted to close this chapter but he couldn't. now president trump must decide whether to boost or maintain u.s. troop levels in afghanistan as a frustrating commitment carries over into a third presidency. that's it for "inside politics". again thanks for sharing your sunday.
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