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afternoon out west, i'm ana cabrera in new york. you are live in the "cnn newsroom." glad you are with us. after with 100 jam-packed days, president trump is back into a busy week looking for a victory. last night he was in pennsylvania in full campaign mode cheered by an adoring crowd talking about his accomplishments and bashing his favorite target -- the media. mean too many, inside the beltway bun ditz are digesting his latest interview where they touched on everything from health care, repealing and replacing obamacare. you'll hear from the president on those topics tonight. the fate of health care reform remains in the hands of congress and we could see a vote on this plan as soon as this week after today's interviews shed light on what is and isn't in the gop plan for repealing and replacing obamacare. president trump was once again pressed on what happens to people with pre-existing conditions. here he is on "cbs this morning." >> this bill is much different
than it was a little while ago. okay? this bill has evolved. and we didn't have the failure on the bill. it was reported like a failure. one thing i wouldn't have done again is put a timeline. that's why on the second iteration i didn't put a timeline. but we have now pre-existing conditions in the bill, we have -- we've set up a pool for the pre-existing conditions so that the premiums can be allowed to fall. we're taking across all of the borders or the lines so that insurance companies can compete. >> but that's not in this bill. >> of course it's -- >> it's in the second phase. it's called phase one, phase two. that's in the second phase, which will get approved, which will quickly get approved. >> white house correspondent athena jones is with us now. athena, the president is talking about a deal that was cut between republican moderate congressman tom macarthur and leaders of the house freedom caucus. i understand vice president pence gave more details on these high-risk pools we heard the
president reference that are supposed to cover people are pre-existing conditions but give states a lot more leeway. explain. >> hi, ana. that's right. the reason this is important is because this has been one of the major sticking points on getting republicans to come together on this latest effort to repeal and replace obamacare. you have a lot of moderate republicans who are very concerned about making sure that people with pre-existing conditions continue to get coverage and coverage that is affordable. in this latest gop proposal, insurers are required to cover people with pre-existing conditions, but they could be allowed to charge them more than other people in the plan if they ever let their coverage lapse, for instance. and there are a lot of details still being worked out. as you mentioned, vice president mike pence on "meet the press" went into a little bit more detail about how this coverage of pre-existing conditions would work. watch. >> we're basically borrowing an idea from the state of maine that has seen a significant drop in premiums for people on their
health insurance because you take people that have pre-existing, costly conditions, and put them into a high-risk pool and you subsidize that so that it is affordable to those individuals. and so you're guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions, and the flexibility that you're referring to in this latest macarthur amendment, states can only apply for that waiver and flexibility if they have either a federal or state high-risk pool that guarantees that people will be able to have coverage and it will be affordable. >> so there you heard the vice president explaining how this would work saying that states will have the option of opting out of covering people with pre-existing conditions but only if they've already set up these high-risk pools to help make coverage more affordable. the problem here is people have questions about whether those pools would be subsidized enough to make sure that the coverage is afford ashable. bottom line, right now doesn't appear -- certainly as of late last week -- that there was
enough republican support, even with this new proposal to get this bill passed. we're going to have to see if they can gain support in the coming days. >> it sounds like there are just no guarantees that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered to the extent that they can afford health care policies, even if they aren't excluded from those policies. but i think bigger picture here, what is potential timeline that's in place now for the white house or the house to take up new legislation? >> that is the big question. certainly the white house would like to see a vote as soon as possible. we've heard this from the priz on down. we've also heard folks at the white house echo house speaker paul ryan who's made it very, very clear, they do not want to bring this second attempt at repealing and replacing obamacare to the floor until they know they have the votes. that is the big question mark, are they going to be able to get those votes. there is no vote scheduled this week but folks would like to see a vote this week.
we do expect there are going to be more meetings with wavering republicans to try to get them on board. we can guarantee that when there is a vote scheduled, it will be when house republican leadership feels that they have the support they need. it is not going to happen before that. >> athena jones reporting at the white house, thank you. meantime, arizona senator john mccain has some advice for world leaders concerned about the mixed messages on foreign policy coming out of the white house. senator mccain shared some of that advice about interpreting president trump's messages on "state of the union" with jake tapper. watch. >> i tell them that he is surrounding himself with an outstanding national security team. i can't guarantee to world leaders that he will always listen to them, but he has so far. sometimes it's important to watch what the president does rather than what he says. i think that some of the things that he -- actions that he's
taken, particularly the cruise missile crisis, including examining the fact that we are not winning in afghanistan, that we're going to need more troops there, that, as you mentioned earlier, after 16 years and we're losing -- or certainly not winning. and there are measures that he is listening to these outstanding military leaders and taking their advice. >> watch what he does, rather than what he says. now an example of some of the mixed messages, in early april the president said an aircraft carrier striker group was headed to south korea, but days later it was revealed that the natal group wasn't actually traveling it there at that moment after all. it has since been deployed to the region, however. now president trump also had a great deal to say about north korea today, including a description of leader kim jong-un as "a pretty smart cookie." saturday's interview came just after north korea carried out another failed missile test, something trump seemed to down
pl downplay in his comments. >> it was a small missile. this was not a big missile. this was not a nuclear test which he was expected to do three days ago. we'll see what happens. >> you say not happy. what does that mean? >> i would not be happy. if he does a nuclear test, i will not be happy. i can tell you also, i don't believe that the brplez preside china who is a very respected man will not be happy either. >> not happy, meaning military action? >> i don't know. we'll see. >> the chinese and allies, how can they be sure they're not testing you? >> you can never be sure, can you. but i've developed a very good relationship. i don't think they want to see a destabilized north korea. they certainly don't want to see nuclear on -- from their neighbor. they haven't liked it for a long time. but we'll have to see what happens. >> cnn global affairs correspondent elise labott is joining us now. elise, mccain talked about trump's mixed messages to u.s.
allies. but can his words be confusing for unfriendly regimes, too, like north korea? "not happy" can be hard to interpret. no? >> it can be hard to interpret and they don't know what he would do if they did take such action. a lot of times north korea takes actions to provoke and wants to get attention. but they don't really know. i think that's what president trump is trying to do here. i think one of the problems is that president trump doesn't understand the power of his words. sometimes he does want to send messages, but he doesn't -- i don't think he's had enough time on the job to know what leaders, unpredictable leaders like kim jong-un, how they're going to interpret and hower in's going to proceed. so i think it is a very careful balance. he did say some kind of positive things about kim jong-un about the fact that he was kind of buttering him up, the fact that this was a young leader that took over, that he was a smart cookie for the way he's been able to hold on to power. but i think with an
unpredictable leader like this, it is a real gamble. >> president trump keeps on coming back to a relationship he built with president xi over the weekend in florida. china does have long-standing relationships with north korea. if push comes to shove, are there any indications how far beijing is willing to go to pressure the regime? >> well, i think china has taken some steps in the recent month or so. they've cut down on coal exports from north korea significantly. they've also choked off air china flights between pyongyang and beijing, which i think is a very symbolic move. and it is also a signal to north korea that if it takes another nuclear test, if it continues, they could do more. they could cut off oil imports to north korea which is something that the u.s. has been looking for them to do. but i think at the same time, china does not want to see -- when president trump says he doesn't want -- china doesn't want to see destabilized north
korea, china's said if the regime were to collapse, they'd see thousands of refugees teeming across the border. so they don't want to push north korea too far. i think they've signaled that they're willing to take some steps, but i certainly don't think that it is going be to enough that the united states will be happy, where there may even be enough to move north korea over the long term. they could do things to make north korea move temporarily, but those long-term mofgves, wel have to see. >> it is a challenging situation. elise labott, thank you. let's talk more about the trump administration's foreign policy with regards to the korean peninsula. jack reid, ranking member of the senate armed services committee, joins me from providence. senator, thanks -- >> he's going to have to do what he has to do. >> za, i wai want to play some we heard today an cbs's "face the nation." he said he had no idea if north korea's president kim jong-un
was sane but he called him a "pretty smart cookie" noting kim assumed power at a young age while having to deal with some pretty tough people. senator, when you hear that, what do you make of the president's comments? >> well, the president's comments are very difficult to decipher sometimes because in many cases they contradict or in some cases are ill-informed. his comments about, for example, the employment of the thad system into south korea where he was suggesting the koreans should pay for it was a very confusing statement, not just for the regional power, but particularly the south koreans because they have already made significant political payments in terms of boycott from china. they're agreeing to give us the land, build a base. by the way, that thad missile system is going to protect 28,000 americans. the sense i have, too, is that it was not kocoordinated with a of his national security team. he has a very good national security team but people will look to him rather than the secretary of defense, or
secretary of state when he makes a statement. so it is very confusing, differ to read and i don't think it is going to contribute to a long-term policy that's effective. >> let's hear what his national security advisor, h.r. mcmaster, said on this very issue of south korea and who should pay for the thad missile defense system. listen. >> what i told our south korean counterpart is, until any renegotiation, the deal's in place. we'll adhere to our word. what the president has asked us to do is to look across all of our alliances and to have appropriate burden sharing, responsibility sharing. we're looking at that with our great ally south korea, we're looking at that with nato. what you've seen, because of the president's leadership, more and more nations are contributing more to our collective defense. >> so the question of who pays the billion dollars is still up in the air? >> the question of what is the relationship on thad, on our defense relationship going forward, renegotiated as it is going to be with all of our allies, because what the president has said is he will
prioritize american citizens' security and interests. and -- but to do that, we need strong alliances. but also to do that effectively, in a way that's sustainable economically, we need everybody to pay their fair share. >> senator, i heard you say it may not be the timing to talk about renegotiating this deal with south korea and who pays for the thad missile defense system, but, this is a billion dollar system to defend south korea largely. shouldn't they help pay for it? >> well, south korea pays about 40% of the cost of our forces in south korea. they are one of the most significant allies in terms not just of being prepared to fight themselves, fight alongside us, but also to shoulder many of the expenses. they agreed and we agreed that we would provide the thad system. they reportedly have donated the land. we'll build a base. again, we's protecting american military personnel. 28,000 americans and their families are there.
so this is not some gratuitous gift for a countries where we have no issue in the fight. we have a huge issue in the fight. and my guess is he did not coordinate with h.r. mcmaster or general mattis or secretary tillerson. he just made this statement. >> so you think they're playing clean-up. >> well, they're playing really clean-up. a sensitive issue, too, south koreans are in the midst of an election. there are candidates who are running. we want those candidates to be able to -- and the people of south korea to assume that our word is good, that we're going to stick with them, we're not going to change course two or three months from now. it reflects also on this statement which he made without i think proper information about the battle group, that was steaming towards south korea, north korea and the korean peninsula when in fact it wasn't. that caused a lot of dismay in south korea. people thought that they were going to be protected. other people thought frankly that this could be provocative. but this -- these comments are disruptive and they don't suggest to me a coordination
with his leaders. another point that should be made is, the hold department of state and to a great degree is understaffed. they hasn't even put together key leaders at the secretarial level. that's got to be done immediately. >> there are hundreds of positions left unfilled, we know. we know the president has also been reaching out to other countries, other region leaders over in southeast asia. but we learned he's invited now the president of the philippines, president duterte, to visit is the u.s. critics of the president and critics of duterte in particular say his war on drugs has led to the death of thousands of his citizens. but the white house chief of staff, reince priebus, sadz tys need his cooperation to deal with north korea. do you agree? >> i think scheduling a meeting this early in the president's term with duterte is not appropriate.
his human rights record is very questionable. his commitment to the law, his commitment to treating the people of the philippines, his people, fairly is very he questionable. i think this is not the appropriate time to bring him to the white house. and whatever role he plays in our relationships, it is much, much less than the relationship we should be building. and the president, to his credit, is trying to build a relationship with china and also has to reach out to the russians. >> senator jack reed, thank you for your time. >> thank you. ahead this hour, deadly storms rip through the south leaving a trail of damage in their path. look at these pictures. we'll tell you where the storms are headed next. plus -- >> i get why donald trump didn't want to be roasted tonight. by the looks of him, he's been roasting non-stop for the past 70 years. >> the president gets roasted. we've got the best moments from the white house correspondents' dinner. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." [vo] quickbooks introduces jeanette
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heartbreaking. that's how the mayor of canton, texas describes the aftermakt of a deadly tornado that slammed into the town. >> going to hit the power lines. my god. >> this monster twister, one of at least three that hit east of dallas yesterday. it was part of a storm system blamed for at least eight deaths across the south and the midwest. you can see the destruction. more than 30 million people are now under flash flood watches and watches today as the severe weather moves east. >> the city of canton, texas, just east of dallas is perhaps the hardest hit area here. authorities there continue to go door to door making sure that they didn't miss any survivors. there was some concern the death toll of at least four people confirmed dead in the city could
go up. however, the mayor speaking in the last hour said that may be unlikely especially as they continue to clear what's left of some of these homes. it is truly a heartbreaking scene, how local officials describe it there. north of there, some hard eartb and similar pictures at the st. john catholic church. however, what we have seen are several individuals that have come forward to celebrate mass outside that catholic church that was destroyed during the storm. i'm told after speaking to a representative with the diocese that there were about 45 individuals that had gathered at that church last night celebrating a graduation party when they were told to seek shelter. now you can see why. some of these pictures here. that storm blew through, several individuals had to hold the doors shut protecting some of the children inside. eventually the storm was able to pass and they rode out the storm and made it out unharmed.
some of the parishioners are using the word "miraculous" to describe the fact that nobody was hurt there. then today, they all gathered in the parking lot just feet away from that mangled metal and pile of debris to celebrate mass. ana, those are some of the images that are offering hope for healing in an area that badly needs it and in the radar there, there is the threat for even more severe weather along the southeast. officials recommending people remain on alert, especially since this string of storms has proven its deadly potential already. >> tough pictures to see. we certainly send our positive and healing wishes their way. still ahead, total phony story. that is how president trump is responding to questions about the investigation into possible campaign ties to russia. a member of the house intelligence committee will respond live next. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." ♪ ♪ after becoming one of the largest broadband companies in the country.
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we've learned a lot of revealing new details this week about president trump's ex-national security advisor, michael flynn, and his relationship with russia. the republican chairman of the house oversight committee, jason chaffetz, acknowledged flynn probably broke the law when he took money from the russian government's tv network, rtv, and president trump tried to deflect questions about how flynn was vetted by his team by blaming the obama administration for giving him the security clearance in the first place. here's the president. >> the concept of russia with respect to us is a total phony story. no. >> you mean the trump campaign. >> of course it is a total phony story. in fact, i just heard where general flynn got his clearance from the obama administration. >> you about you don't -- >> excuse me. and when he went to russia -- i didn't realize this -- when he went to russia, it was 2015 and he was on the obama clearance.
when general flynn came to us, as you now know, he already had the highest clearance you can have. i think the same clearance as the president of the united states would have. he had this really high clearance. >> democratic congressman mike quigley is joining me now. he serves on the house intelligence committee investigating russia's possibly interference in the 2016 election. congressman, what's your response to what we just heard from president trump? >> yeah. as far as the russian investigation goes, ana, apparently the president of the united states is going through two phases at the same time, anger and denial. and it's just breathtaking that he would blame the obama administration for general flynn. he might have noticed that the obama administration fired the general, and in between those two times, there were a lot of activities that would have raised a lot of questions, red flags. but they rushed the vetting process through a number of their nominees, and, unfortunately, they're paying the price now. >> but, michael flynn was vetted
by the obama administration and the incidents in question happened back in 2014. so that would have been under the obama administration and would have had to go through their vetting process. so do you believe the obama administration bears no responsibility? >> i think there were mistakes made then. but for the president of the united states now to blame the entire problem on the obama administration? and there is a big demarcation there. he was fired. right? that should send some major signals to you that there is a problem here. and they were aware of other concerns. and, oh, by the way, when miss yates testifies, we're going to find out exactly what she told the white house and when she told the white house about possibilities of blackmail between russia and general flynn and the connections between the russian ambassador and general flynn. and the fact that they held on for some time after that before
they finally got caught and decided to fire the general. >> sally yates is of course the former acting attorney general before she was fired by president trump. but your committee canceled the testifying -- testimony that she was supposed to have, that hearing previously. i know that was when nunez was still leading the investigation. but has there been a rescheduling of that hearing? >> clearly it wasn't a democratic idea that canceled that public hearing. it has not been formally scheduled yet, rescheduled at this point in time. but i do look optimistically at the investigation now. we look forward to working with mr. conaway. this week we do have a closed hearing with admiral rogers and director comey and i anticipate the investigation going forward full force, rescheduling that public hearing and going on with the every day work that is before us. >> who else has the committee
agreed upon in terms of witnesses that you want to hear from? >> yeah. there is an agreed witness list. there has been a bipartisan understanding not to reveal that ahead of time, just so we can do the proper vetting and get the preparation prepared for all of these witnesses. so that information will come out very soon. i anticipate these hearings will be scheduled in the coming weeks. >> now as we mentioned, the big headlines this past week were about michael flynn, the inspector general investigation into his paid speeches that he gave in russia that he didn't initially disclose and that he had not -- in fact he had been warned not to do. how does this development affect the house intelligence investigation? >> well, the only thing i've heard so far is that he had asked for immunity. but it is far too soon to even consider that at this point in time. we have to be mindful of our colleagues on the senate side doing the same investigation, and obviously there is a justice
department investigation. so you have to find out from them where they are with this part of the investigation. where the pentagon investigation is with general flynn, whether there is an understanding as to his testimony, a proffer. so we're looking at that. i think those are possibilities in the future. but obviously the justice department will take the lead. >> in your opinion, as a former criminal defense attorney, did flynn break the law? >> you know, given what -- all i know at this point is what mr. chaffetz and mr. cummings said. if what they are saying is accurate, he could absolutely be charged with these crimes. but that obviously will be with the justice department. as i said before, remembering him leading the chants of "lock her up" and "lock her up" at the republican convention, i think right now the court of karma has general flynn before them. >> representative quigley, thanks for joining us tonight. >> thank you.
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being a no acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it. >> not a particularly funny moment from the keynote speaker. but it wasn't meant to be. the white house chief of staff today said the president is actually talking about changing certain laws that protect free speech. listen. >> i think it is something that we've looked at and how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story. >> remember, the president hinted that during the campaign, that he would explore the possibility of suing media outlets that publish things he disagreed with. here with me to discuss two guys who make their living under the protection of the first amendment, cnn opinion contributor and sirius xm host dean obadala and cnn political contributor and radio host, ben ferguson. you guys just heard reince priebus say the white house is looking at changing the libel laws. dean, this is your bread and butter. do you feel a little bit vulnerable? >> very vulnerable.
donald trump during the campaign at one point vowed to change the libel laws to make it easier to sue media outlets he didn't like. but even more stunning, in october during the campaign, donald trump tweeted calling for "saturday night live," the iconic late night show, to be canceled because he didn't like the way it was mocking him. even after winning the election in january he lashes out against "saturday night live." he's sued mcomedians over jeeok he didn't like. his track record for freedom of speech is not that great. i'd be very concerned if there is any sort of change in the libel laws that make it easy to stifle any type of dissent. >> ben, how concerning is this to you? >> i'm not asconcerned because i think there is still a burden of proof when go to court when you sue somebody on a libel law. making it easier for someone to sue another person because they are attacking you and saying things that you believe are just flat-out lies and/or untrue is not an issue you for me because
ultimately you have the ability in a court to be able to explain why you said what you said. that doesn't mean that you are somehow stifling free speech. you still have the right to say it. it doesn't mean that you can say anything you want wherever you want. there are a lot of shows out there that aren't very good, there are a lot of shows that are funny. to say you want a show to be canceled because it is not funny anymore. that's not using free speech. that's usiing free speech to sa you think a show is and ought to be canceled. >> dean, i know you know the comedian who gave the roast last night, hasan minhaj. how do you think he did? >> i think he was great. i think he is the perfect choice. he's not famous so he came in where the focus of the event was freedom of expression, the first amendment, last night. i think the fact that hasan is
muslim, and during the campaign president trump said islam hates us. rudy giuliani even said that wasn't true. having a muslim comedian respond made me proud. i think it was perfect. the only better choice would have been a muslim mexican disabled woman. all the things donald trump demonized in one person would be the perfect comedic choice. but barring that, i thought hasan minhaj was really funny. he took on the media as well as president trump. >> i found a few of his lines funny but ultimately i did not see a whole lot of comedy here. to me it came across as pretty direct and mean-spirited. it was not funny. it wasn't comedy. having a few throw-away one-liners, heck, even politicians would have been able to pull that off. if you're going to do the white house correspondents' dinner -- it shouldn't be about a personal vendetta or a mission against the president or even the media or whatever your viewpoint is.
you're supposed to be a comedian. xhe comedians are supposed to give you comic relief. that means you're supposed to have a room full of people that laugh at your jokes. there were laughs. to be able to be mean-spirited or angry are o fight back at the president, if that's what the correspondents' dinner warranted last night, they did that. i give them an "a finance f" fo. >> are comedians using their social platforms differently than they have in the past? >> i think for those little bit kay -- politically in tune, yes. in this case with president trump, i'll be honest, there is a little bit more personal nature involved for many communities which during the campaign he demonized latinos and disabled and muslims, and shamed women who came forward to say they were assaulted sexually or inappropriate conduct by the president. i think for many there is a
personal thing. maybe it is true. but hasan minhaj, many jokes killed. did a great job. made fun of all the media outlets. he roasted president obama. >> ben, you're laughing. why? >> i'm laughing because there were some one-liners that were funny. but there was a more awkward moment for everyone in the room which many in the room were more than willing to listen to a major roast of donald trump. let's be candid about that. >> well, he took pot shots at the media, too, including cnn, and -- >> yeah, but i mean my thing was this. if you're going to go up there and be funny, and that's what you're hired to do, then you better do well at it. this seemed almost like a political speech. you could have said this guy was running for office at many points against donald trump, for that matter. it did not come across as humor. i'll put it this way. i love stand-up comedy. >> who would you have put out there if you had the choice,
ben? which comedian do you think could have done it? >> i mean, there's a few people on "saturday night live" right now that do a pretty good impression of donald trump. that's where i would have started on that list. think even -- you look at it and you go to a comedian, here's what my role would have been last night. can you come up there and lighten the mood when we are an intense political debate coming out of an intense political presidential election that was really tough and can you actually make people laugh and be fun while doing it instead of mean-spirited. that should have been what they asked for and should have looked for last night. unfortunately, they went in a completely different direction. it was all right, donald, you're not going to show up, we're going to pound you into the ground even harder. if that was their mission -- and i think it was -- they accomplished it last night. but i don't think too many people are going to google when is this guy coming to a town near me or am i buying a ticket if he is close to me. i don't see that happening. >> got to leave it there. thank you both for the discussion. coming up, she came from humble beginnings.
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fleeting moment. hopefully this is an all inclusive movement that we see that continues to grow. hopefully hollywood is starting to become hungry about more unheard of stories. certainly that's my position. i'm a producer now. a lot of that is on my back. now it's what am i going to do to change or keep this change, this beautiful change that we see current. and keep i want continuing. >> there's been a lot of conversation about how white hollywood is and oscar so white. there's a lot of conversation about how inclusive fwhewe need be. do you think we need to build our own table or try to keep having a seat at the main hollywood table? >> it's good when you're invited. it's great. it's always good when you get
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gentlemen and lady, start your impersonations. >> i look extra orange. >> 11 trump imitators competed at los angeles comedy club, the laugh factory. >> i want to ensure everyone here i have no russian ties. they're all made in china. >> reporter: clapping, pointing, pouting. even breathing like him. among the judges, former snl star daryl hammond. >> love thy neighbor. >> reporter: instead of laughing, president trump does. >> sort of reverse me out laugh. most of the jokes were in the growning category. >> i was very reluctant to drop the bomb on syria. after all, she's been such a tremendous help on my iphone. >> reporter: it's the delivery
that counts. >> i love signing, tweeting and saluting. no one salutes better than me. nobody.impersonators tend to break trump down. >> he does a weird side eye. >> the good thing is everything is within the same lexicon. everything is tremendous, fantastic, incredible of a total disaster, lightweight, loser. >> reporter: john is no loser. he won with his jokes about replacing obama care and it's going to be trump first aids kits. >> reporte >> bring in the arms. >> reporter: his fake trump now host an entire show on comedy central f central. for impersonatorimpersonators, wig, it's what's under it. >> i like the way he stops and
thinks and he says terrific. >> terrific, terrific, tremendous. you're in the cnn news room. thanks for spending your sunday with us. after 100 jam packed days, president trump looking for a victory. last night he was in full campaign mode. talking up his wins and running down the media. this weekend marking 100 days in office, a new interview touching on everything from replacing obama care to his biggest challenge overseas, north korea. as we look to the future, the fate of one campaign promise health care reform remains in the hands of congress. could we see a vote on that plan as soon as this week. first president trump speaking out about the leader. president trump is describing leader