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message. two days after a shocking ambush at the congressional baseball game raises big hopes for charity and raises hope for a more respectful tone in washington. president trump is among those calling for unity, but don't bet on a more respectful twitter tone from the president. another angry tweet storm underscores the growing threat of an expanding special counsel investigation. with us this day to share their reporting and insights, carol lee, jonathan mark, perry bacon and karen of the "washington post." up first this hour a number of new developments and a few curious twists in the russia election meddling investigation. special counsel robert mueller is very serious. expanding his team now. hiring 13 seasoned attorneys so far with more to come his spokesman says. vice president mike pence has hired a private attorney to help him navigate the investigation. a few moments ago in florida he
said that is routine standard practice. no big deal. "the washington post" reports one area of interest for mueller is presidential son-in-law jared kushner financial dealings. then there
is this. a riddle wrapped in a presidential tweet. i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who told me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt. the president there in a tweet appearing to publicly confirm that he's under investigation and we have now learned when that first came out who was he talking about? we have now learned from white house officials that the president of the united states has turned has anger at rod rosenstein. the deputy attorney general who named bob mueller, the special counsel. we've heard the president has been mad at james comey. james comey got fired. he's teaming about bob mueller. we know he's mad at jeff sessions for recusing himself. now he's mad at number two at the justice department, a man who has a very important job in the trump administration in addition to being the point person for the special counsel. >> this is a reflection of
broadly how frustrated the president is generally about the russia investigation. he always has somebody he's turning his fire on. now it's rod rosenstein. and he issued a statement last night in response to some of the reports that were coming out about the investigation that was a little bit bizarre in the sense that it said don't believe anonymous sources . it seemed designed saying the justice department saying it wasn't pressure from the white hou hou house. >> so perhaps he knew the president is angry. this one gets bizarre when you think about all this. >> it made sense he would be the lightning rod for the president's frustration because the president cannot reach over rosenstein to fire mueller without rosenstein's help. he has to be the one to actually sign that piece of paper, whatever the formal procedure is. he just said when he was appearing before a senate appropriations committee sub panel he's not going to do t. based on what he knows he think there is isn't cause. he said that a day before we published our report about trump himself now being under scrutiny
for obstruction of justice potentially. rosenstein knew that and still said i'm going to back mueller in this case and objenot let hi. >> he said i will only do it unless i see cause and i will not do it no matter who asks me. >> the trump tweet is misleading. as we know from what trump said in the nbc interview, he did not fire comey because of what rod rosenstein said. he fired comey because of the russia investigation. yes, they had rosenstein do that memo suggesting that it was because of comey botching the hillary investigation, but that was laughable. nobody actually believed that. trump himself undercut that spin the following week. so even what he's saying in that tweet is not actually the case. rosenstein didn't make him fire comey. >> "the washington post" with unnamed sources saying the president is being investigated. the president himself, the story we weren't sure. was it totally true?
no doubt now. talk about bad communications. the president is now on twitter in public saying yes, i am under investigation. i'm not sure what he was thinking there. >> he should know. we'll talk about this later about his tone on twitter. he needs to know his lawyers have told him repeatedly be careful because you are under investigati investigation. the president decided to put the political fight ahead of the legal fight. come back to the point you just made. "the washington post" published a story last night that jared kushner, we know he's being looked at. and the post reporting something that would be pretty logical in an investigation but they're getting sources to confirm that the special counsel is looking into jared kushner finances, his business dealings just to make sure there's no connection that might explain some of these russia meetings. that was when the rod rosenstein came out after that. americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to no anonymous officials with which the alleged sources are affiliated. americans should be skeptical
about anonymous allegations that department of justice has a policy to neither confirm nor deny. you raised the point. this statement comes out. it's a curious statement. the timing is curious. the content is curious. a justice department, when you call and ask did the president ask you to do this? they say you have to quote me as a source. i can only tell you as an an anonymous source rod rosenstein did this on his own. but why? >> why he would be anonymous. >> why did he feel the need now? >> i think there is also -- so you have the president's frustration generally in the russia investigation. there is a growing frustration within the leading officials in the government who are tired of leaks and really, you know, they're seeing information leak out that is not supposed -- we've seen leaks that are unprecedented in terms of what reporters are able to learn and we like that. but they really don't.
there's a growing frustration on that. generally in washington there's this increasing desire to put things on background or a noun mou -- anonymous sources. routine stuff. it should be reserved for things like "the washington post" story, not for a statement saying the deputy attorney general is doing this on his own. why not say that on the record? >> this white house has background briefings all the time and has staffers who inscientiinsist on not being named for almost daily stories. >> all the stories about white house intrigue are coming from sources who happen to have some high priced west wing office space in there. i want you to listen. here's one of the big conversations now in the special counsel investigation is ongoing is what should be left to robert mueller and what should be left to the congressional investigation. you have a house intelligence committee, senate intelligence committee. senate judiciary committee is talking about getting involved, about looking into the comey
firing. adam shift is the ranking democrat. listen to him here essentially saying yes, i know bob mueller is operating over here but we've got to keep this in congress. >> i can say that i certainly think if there's an effort to interfere or impede the investigation at all or obstruct it, that's something that we need to get to the bottom of. we should be doing everything we can to either prove or disprove the testimony of james comey. that's a very serious allegation. >> as we hear that, he was asked directly by jake tapper if he had any evidence, if he had additional evidence beyond the public testimony. you wander the halls of capital hill quite a bit. these aren't going anywhere either. we talk about a mueller investigation, when you look at what they're doing, their focus and the people they're bringing on, it tells you month and months and months. >> and it's worth noting there's various investigations going on. schiff is the ranking on the house intelligence committee.
the senate sbuintelligence committee is the one getting the most access and pushing ahead. they spoke to mike rogers and dan coats. >> both critical in tt obstruction question. >> yes. and when they testify publicly they wouldn't answer them in public but said they would behind closed doors. coats was there almost four hours yesterday so they had quite a bit they needed to talk to him about. you will see this going on forward and them trying to basically keep pace or keep access to as much of mueller's investigation as possible. but you do see this kind of pass off happening, which is the heads of the committee are talking to mueller. then they are getting these witnesses which we know are critical to mueller's investigation as well. so it's almost happening in a slightly offset parallel. swoo we'll see if one remains kind of following the other and if that's going to happen it's likely going to be mueller's z investigation. >> one of the conversations as this plays out is we know the president hired a private attorney and we than team is building up too.
we've talked about this a little bit, but byron from the washington examiner talking about the concerns among trump loyalists that he simply does not have a legal team up to this challenge. he talks about the experience prosecutors and investigators bob mueller is hiring and he said, quote, this ain't good" going on to express the people and i look at trump's team and think this is a joke. what are they thinking? jay is going to talk them to death? he's worked with pro life and other conservative groups. very accomplished political attorney, if you will, and in fighting those cases i don't want to diminish those legal skills. however, he is not a white collar criminal lawyer. again, people hire lawyers even if they've done absolutely nothing wrong. it is not an admission of guilt to hire a good legal team. but that is a big conversation in town. does the president understand will they add to his team some veteran washington hands. >> and you have a client who is
unpredictable, hard to contain. even more so. not only do you need the republicans are concerned that he's -- that the president is not containing the situation in and of himself but that he doesn't have a team that can help him do that and the stakes are so high and the need for him to have somebody who can actually be very strong and try to really reign him in is really high. so they're worried. >> don't forget, about half of the so-called mainstream party types in washington, d.c., they might not be never trump still, but they're still not very fond of this president. they sure as heck aren't in a hurry to go work for him. even beyond that, as carol got of got at, you've got a lot of lawyers watching him tweet every day, including this morning and they're saying to themselves why in the heck am i going to take him on for a client? i don't love him as second of all, he's going to be a pain in the neck if he keeps saying this
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our democracy. the game will go on. i want to take a moment to send our thoughts, love and prayers to congressman steve scalise and his entire family. steve is our friend. he's a patriot. and he's a true fighter. >> welcome back. that was president trump addressing those on hand at nationals park last night for the annual congressional baseball game. the house republican whip steve scalise should have been at second base. instead former ladies and gentlemen or steve garvey led a prayer at second base in hon on of scalise and three others shot wednesday morning at the republican practice. congressman scalise remains hospitalized. one of the many touches moments was the first pitch. see it right here from capitol police officer david bailey. one of the heroes who prevented a massacre by taking down the gunman. democrats won the game in a route 11-2. but the score took a back seat on a night members of both parties promised to work harder to tone down their rhetoric and
be more republican full of their differences. >> i'm here for the republicans by the way. >> you're still rooting for the republicans. >> you see there, he can root for the republicans. i can root for the democrats, but we can still be friends. baseball is a good -- some of my best friends hate the yankees. i love them. >> hate the yankees. full disclosure. red sox nation. but what do we make of this? i do not want to be the skunk at the garden party. i think seeing them together, seeing them socialize, that's a good thing in washington. it won't resolve the differences on health care or other policies, but it might build respect where they have conversations. there's not enough of that in washington. i've been here a while. there used to be more of it than there is now. how long is this going to last? >> not forever. they will get -- the fever pitch will rise as health care comes back in the center of the ring and they have to fight over that. things really were reaching a point where there was a lot of
anger and they may tone it back or hold themselves in check for a while. i think it will definitely be longer than the president has. he has given these prepared statements. he did that. the video recorded message the day of the shooting. he gave a prepared statement at the podium. but his tweets have been something else. he's still accusing people of witch hunts. there's fewer references to democrats in those tweets than ever before, but his vitriol has come back on display rather quick quickly. it hasn't more members of congress. as paul ryan said on the floor that day, an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. it could have been any of them in any environment. they were targeted as members of congress. they were lucky scalise was there with his detail, but it feels personal and the reaction has been personal. >> very important point. we move to continue the good rhetoric. we should remember it was two days ago at a morning practice. a bunch of guys playing baseball who happens to be congressman and a guy pops up firing a gun.
it is a scar existence when you think about what they went through. that's why officer bailey and his partner were heroes in taking the gunman down. my question is when they get back to big debates about big issues like health care on which they are so divided, what are the words? instead of evil or unamerican. how can they do it. here's the test. chuck schumer who you just saw standing there with mitch mcconnell. sends a letter we're working in private on a health care plan. he says i write to invite you and the republican congress to an all senators meeting next week on the topic of health care. we believe we owe it to our constituents to meet to discuss your potential legislation that would profoundly impact many american lives. i'm going to put the odds pretty low that the republicans in a very sensitive point in their only personnel investigations are going to go over and have a kumbaya let's hear it out with the democrats. >> they can't even get their own party together on this issue.
i think some republicans are going to read that message as a little bit of bait. >> a little bit. >> and see it for, you know, what -- and take it in the opposite way, which it's worth it. which means that see it as politics. >> you've seen signs of this tension even in the hours after the shooting, where members of congress, the actual members, most, most, steve king said it was in part obama's fault. most members of congress have taken a breath here. even if they believe things like that have taken a breath, but a lot of other chatter out there. former members of congress in social media have been pointing fingers. nancy pelosi was asked about house speaker newt gingrich and others who have said this violence stems out of the heated rhetoric on the left. >> i think that the comments made by my republican colleagues are outrageous. how dare they say such a thing. how dare they. but for them to all of a sudden
be sanctimonious as if they've never seen such a thing before. and i don't even want to go into the president of the united states. but in terms of some of the language that he has used. >> conservatives would say that if had been -- the shoe was on the other foot and somebody who was a supporter of president trump had, you know, done the same thing to a democratic president, they will say -- the reaction would be quite a bit different. there would be any number of stories about the trump conduct and how he's fostered this environment. so that's their argument. i'm skeptical, john, that this is going to create some new detente for this reason. i think you'll see more civility sort of on the service, but i think the incentives for both parties are such now that they don't see why it helps them politically or helps their career, to be cynical, to
compromise. that's not what they see their voters actually want. >> also heading into a midterm election climate where the whole thing is to turnout your base. i think politicians in both parties would concede the times and efforts, you say something, they have to be one upped. >> more about localization and persuasion. but your people -- >> also i would say that members of congress, even if they want to get along, the incentives from the electorate are very divided today. the electorate are very mad and the calls they get are want being nice. the calls they get are being mean. add to that that the parties are divided by issues like race and religion and identity. these things are not just about health care. these things are much more personal. >> very emotional. >> the point of, you know, are you a politician or are you a person. i think that's an important question to ask. a lot of politicians never miss the opportunity to exploit the benefit of the political moment. but the ones who are friends with people who are on that team
are going to take it personally. this is where you hit the debate we've had a long time. members who go home every weekend don't have these interpersonal relationships the way they used to. the one whose actually care about the people that were on that field, who are friends with scalise probably actually will sit very heavily on them. you could see that in the way people are talking. the republicans who are on that team, when they came off the team, in the capital, still getting interviews, they were not saying an ill word on the left. they talked in general terms about vitriol and harsh speech. they didn't point a finger, not a one. it makes a difference. if you have a personal connection, you feel this in a much more real way than if you're watching from the sidelines. >> very important point about the good angel and the political angel. hope the personal angels win out for just a little while longer. >> up income the president is fuming about the russia meddling investigation and very much wants you to know that. hey you've gotta see this. c'mon.
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international airport. that's air force one. little hard to see. air force one just landed in miami. the president is there for a big announcement. he's going to announce a roll back of president obama's d diplomatic rollout with cuba. we'll talk more about this in a few moments. you see the president of the united states air force one landing. always beautiful to cover the white house for nearly ten years. i love to watch the plane. but other news. russia says it may have chopped the head off of the snake by killing the isis leader. russian military officials claim an air strike last month potentially took out the illusive terrorist. the kremlin says they struck a command post in raqqa where top isis leaders were allegedly meeting does that story holdup? likely not. >> intelligence has indicated that much of the isis leadership have relocated to the town on the border with iraq. very unlikely he would be meeting with more than 300 isis
fighters and senior commanders. they just don't do that. he especially doesn't do that. >> cnn barbara starr joins us from the pentagon. this would be a huge deal, but the claim seeps to be treated with skepticism over at the pentagon. what are they trying to do to verify this. >> the u.s. military has been able to verify that the day before they did have one of those deconfliction conversations with the russians. the russians said that on may 28th they'd be flying in this area and conducting air strikes. in fact the indications are that the russians did conduct some air strikes in the general area that they're talking about, but were there 300 isis operatives there along with the leader? as everyone is making the point, he is not someone that carelessly goes out and about. he is very secretive about his movements. that's how he supposedly has
stayed alive all this time and away from u.s. drone and aircraft strikes. this is back on may 28th with 300 isis people be dead and no one in the world would have noticed? these are some of the big skeptical factors if you believe it was at that location. as paul cruickshank was just saying, u.s. intelligence believes that isis leadership, they don't know if he's part of it, has largely moved south out of raqqa and they are now in a different town. >> barbara starr live at the pentagon. keep in touch as your reporting continues. the
social media of wearing your emotion on your sleeves. today we air our emotions on twitter. our president is exhibit a. >> that was yesterday afternoon. 13 minutes later. crook ed"h" destroyed phones with a hammer, bleached e-mails and had husband meet with a.g. before she was cleared.
and they talk about obstruction. the political strategy is pretty obvious. rally the trump base by casting the allegations as unfair and politically motivated. that ignores that the congressional investigations are all led by republicans and it ignores it was trump's justice department that named the special counsel robert mueller but also ignores the advice of just about every lawyer alive. the less said the better during high stakes investigations. trump aides say the political at this moment outweigh the legal risks. that view many wish the president would reconsider. >> i imagine in hindsight if they had to do it over again they would have avoid the the meeting in the oval office. not because it was illegal. but it would have avoided this interview. >> i think it would be good for donald trump to watch his tweets a little more carefully. >> little laugh there. >> you see this among the die
hard trump folks and the grass roots. they'd like to focus on the medium of twitter itself and i wish he would tone down these tweets and i wish he would tweet less. it's so revealing because they know that something here is amiss but they kind of rationalize it as some product of his twitter account. he's actually thinking and saying these things. who cares how he's saying and doing it? but to minimize as just a twitter problem i think is a bit delusional right now. >> impeachment is about politics, not about law. ultimately most legal scholars think the president cannot be indicted by dog or mueller. the senate and house will decide his fate. if he's already done bad things and if the comey firing was obstruction or not, his real jury and audience, his
republicans in congress and therefore the republican base. soy think in terms of thinking about hillary and talking about hillary is a pretty smart approach. >> you talk about the republican base and if -- let me say if about a million more times. if there was some bob mueller report that referred to congress and they were talking about that word and i'll underscore the if, the republicans run the place. new poll out today. how is the president handling his job among republicans? 25% of republicans now disapprove. 74 po 74% approve. 25% republicans disapprove up from 16% in march. you're seeing some erosion of the president's republican base. that is very much worth keeping an eye on. members of congress, we know the president watches the polls closely. >> obama was about 90% approval among democrats when he was leaving office, so most presidents are around 90 in their own party. 70 is low. >> again, you see the pictures on the right of the screen. that's air force one. the president is there. i want to come back to the tweets attacking hillary clinton
saying why isn't everybody else being investigated or why isn't she being investigated? this morning we talked about the top of the show was this tweet i am being investigated for firing the fbi director by the man who tooled me to fire the fbi director. witch hunt. we are toll by white house officials that this anger is directed at his own deputy attorney general. who he appointed. rod rosenstein. who made the decision after the firing of james comey to name the special counsel. dianne feinstein, she's on both the intelligence committee. ranking democrat on the senate judiciary committee issued a statement saying i'm growing concerned the president will attempt to fire not only the robert mueller the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice but also the deputy attorney general rosen tien who appointed mueller. the message the president is sending is he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and anybody who believes otherwise will be fired. that gets back to your point about some people just say -- there you see the president
getting off the plain in miami to announce the shift in dcuba policy. even his own staff says don't pay any attention to his tweets. his tweets are presidential statements. they are snapshots of his mood, his thoughts and his emotion at the moment. sometimes they are critically important. >> sometimes. i would say more than sometimes. they're the most genuine lead that we have of what's going on through his head. so many points. take the rush investigation. the president's comments out of turn, whether via twitter or nanbc interview have been able to shed light on him. he was not when comey left the fbi under investigation himself. now he kind of is. and so -- and it's entirely by him undercutting himself, undercutting his surrogates by going out there and saying what's on his mind. we have to take that. >> and feinstein is no wild line liberal. this is somebody who is actually
viewed with a real degree of unease by california liberals because she's seen as a moderate out there. the fact that she would go as far as she did in that statement is extraordinary. >> and said they should bring loretta lynch to testify in congress about what comey said? the investigation. >> if he does move on rosenstein and mueller, you're going to see a real expression of concern among hill republicans and maybe something beyond that. maybe an actual confrontation say -- we have not had efforts by folks on the hill to go to the white house and say stop this, you're hurting the presidency and you're hurting us. >> we've already heart a little from republicans about this would be a really bad idea, it would be harmful to the president and it would just expand something that's already causing a lot of problems. go back to your point earlier where we're looking at the politics of this might be good. the politics of this are
terrible for him if he can't get anything else done. because this is hanging over him. that's what you're seeing happen. >> that rose to support among republicans would be critical. they're already nervous about whether it's health care, tax reform. to the point about tweets. they are sometimes the most raw genuine snapshot into what the president is thinking. when you send out a tweet like that it goes after a government official who has a sensitive role in these investigations. senator blumenthal of connecticut, he says don't just think about the words. think about the intent. >> calling it a witch heunt and continuing tweets are almost themselves a continuing course of obstruction because they are transparently an attempt to put pressure on the special prosecutor and the fbi to abandon a lawful investigation. >> i don't finish bob mueller would agree entirely with the senator there, but bob mueller the special counsel obviously is
watching this and he has to ask the question why? why is the president constantly doing this? >> blumenthal is not wrong. intent matters when you're trying to build a case toward o obstruction of justice. this was the central part of the debate when comey was testifying on capitol hill because the president said i hope you can make this go away. i forget the exact wording. comey said i knew what that many and republicans say you can hope for a lot of things but it doesn't mean you'll get them. >> the gop thought the mueller thing would be a good step because it would compartmentalize this question. serious law man. he can go over there and do the investigation. meanwhile we can pursue our agenda up here. the idea was maybe trump, wink, wink, would also go along with that approach and let it go. well, trump is not going to just let an investigation go into him. he's consumed by this clearly. that's going to be a problem for their agenda too. >> i just want to add some
reporting. one of our white house producers is saying he spoke to a source familiar with the president's tweet. the president tweeted i am being investigated for firing the fbi director and it goes on. he says the president was referring to news reports and it was not the president confirming he's had any contact with the special counsel saying he's directly under investigation. that from a source familiar with the president's tweet. >> that's actually an important thing to say if the president actually doesn't know why he's tweeting about it. always a great question. the president is not confirming that he knows anything. >> not confirming any contact with the special counsel's office doesn't mean there has been or hasn't been. they're not confirming that he's basing i am being investigated on news reports. >> a lot of republicans on capitol hill and the party in general were okay with mueller because they actually thought this was still about russia collusion and they really did believe the investigation would exonerate the president. they are being driven further
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bach -- cuba. it was a big campaign promise. >> we will cancel obama's one-sided cuban deal. if we do not get the deal we want and the deal that people living in cuba and here deserve. including protecting religious and political freedom. >> now, what we will hear next hour is not a complete reversal. the new trump policy puts limits on travel to cuba by americans. will not name a u.s. ambassador. but these obama changes will stay in place. rules liberalizing business travel. direct u.s. cuba flights will stay. no limits on cuban rum and cigars. it's a partial -- all politics is local? is that what you're telling me? >> very local.
>> we're laughing about this, but this has been one of the issues in american politics for decades. and jeff flag, a republican of arizona and sided with the president, the former president on this just issued a statement saying any policy change that diminishes the ability of americans to travel to dcuba is not in the best of the people of the myself. marco rubio is going to be there for this announcement. who report this is change. actually wanted the president to go further. so why have partial rollback? >> because as the obama's administration policy was intended to do, it's hard to undo because of a lot of businesses have gotten entrenched. the most significant thing the policy does is it get rid of this what they call individual people to people traveling meaning you as an individual can go to cuba and have a people-to-people exchange and basically be a tourist. they're really going to enforce
that and say that's not allowed. you have to go as a group. what that does is hurts actual, like, cubans who are running air b and bs and running out of their homes, small restaurants t.. it's going to cut off that financial pipeline. the politics of it is because the politics have been shifting. it's not that cubans are younger, they don't remember the castro regime or pre-castro and that's what the obama people tried to tap into which was get -- energize that younger generation and people who are newer to florida, to miami, and get them to come over to the democratic party. so the politics are a little split split. it's harder. the president was pressure from businesses and his own cabinet members. >> this was part of his win in florida. as we know he's often driven
biooh bio -- he looks at that map and when he's making big decisions, he has fidelity to that map. >> he also thinks the idea of action and having an event in miami, you know, saying things could actually trump the substance of his actually policies. we've seen his pattern, these big events in the white house on infrastructure and you actually look at the fine print and there's not much there. >> the health care bill you later call mean. >> sub stan dstantive bill. cabinets don't actually want to change the policy. he makes american tours go with tour groups. >> he also likes headlines that says he rolls back things obama does. >> or keeps campaign promises. to that point, flashback two years. the escalate or ride that changed america. (dog) mmm. this new
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escalat . two years, a world of difference. just think about it. it all started with an escalator ride. donald trump rode the slow descent from the upper tier of trump tower. he rode it into history in the oval office. since that day the president's fortunes have changed about as often as his policy position. but there are some constants. his penchant for a big interest. look at that. and his tone. >> they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems with us. they're bringing drugs. they're bringing crime. they're rapists. some i assume are good people. >> on that day, very few people said donald trump would be the republican nominee let alone the next president of the united states. so as we have debates about cuba policy, about health care policy, about his tweets on the investigation, you have to give the man his due. he shocked us and shocked the world with disruptive policies.
>> when he took that escalator ride, nobody except near melania trump said if you run you will win according to the. it was obvious's lie moment to changed the direction of the country. >> speaking of miami where the president is today, i was in miami the day that president trump announced his candidacy two years ago. a guy named jeb bush was getting in the race. son of a president. the brother of a president. here was the face of the republican establishment. making an official hat in the ring and that far over shadows the real estate mag nate turned reality tv star in manhattan who was out for pr. he got a lot of attention in two years but he also won the presidency. hats off. he changed american politics. >> low energy jeb. >> i've never seen a day that rapist lines would kill it. and it would kill him. boy, was i wrong.
>> it's disrupted just about everything. >> two years ago i was still living in russia and so i was watching this from very far away and seeing it as a detached spectacle, but i do remember my mother shortly afterwards predicting that he would be president. he doesn't work in politics. she teaches latin and music in massachusetts. listen to your mom. >> if she wants to take a detour from red sox nation, she can come sit in this chair. congratulations on that prediction. thank you for joining us on "inside politics." wolf blitzer in the chair after a quick break. hey allergy muddlers are you one sneeze away from being voted out of the carpool? try zyrtec® it's starts working hard at hour one and works twice as hard when you take it again the next day. stick with zyrtec® and muddle no more®.
hello, i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. in washington. 6:00 p.m. in london. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. today mark the anniversary of a political announcement that changed the course of the united states. it was two years and two hours ago that the billionaire donald trump came down that aes escala with his wife to announce he was getting in the presidential race. the rest of course is history. history that is still being written and we're getting a new chapter today. looking at live pictures coming