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no, you're not jimmy. don't let directv now limit your entertainment. xfinity gives you more to stream to more screens. we're live in new york. we thank you so much for joining us, and, tonight, the president is proving that he is nothing, if not defiant, even in the face of intense criticism and pleas
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for members of his own party to just put down the phone and stop the twitter attacks, and yet, he's once again lashing out at a pear of morning cable news hosts tweeting out, quote, crazy and dumb as a rock are not bad people, but their show is dominated by their nbc bosses. too bad. those insults follow the president referring to having a bleeding facelift and low iq. comments with swift condemnation, even from republicans, calling them sexist and inappropriate, and even before this controversy, a fox news poll found a whopping 71% of americans believe that president trump's tweets hurt his effectiveness. cnn correspondent is joining us now from the white house, brian, they want to be focused on the health care plan, but they are focused on answering questions about the president's twitter tirades. >> it's frustrating.
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i spent all week on capitol hill, and a lot of the lawmaker, the last thing they wanted to talk about is the president's tweets, but, yet, here we are with another conversation about a twitter spat, this one, as mention, between hosts of msnbc. white house aids are frustrated with us we continue to bring up the tweets, although they are controversial, suggesting we're not focusing on the big issues that the white house is tackling over time. it's true. this week, there were a lot of big things that happened that did not get coverage in part because of the president's tweets. one big thing, the supreme court allowed a big portion of the president's travel ban, a big victory for the president this week. that dealt went into effect this week as a result of the supreme court decision. another thing this week, the house of representatives passed kate's law, a bill aimed at tamping down on sanctuary cities, tougher penalties for criminals who commit crimes who are illegal aliens issue and then a third thing that happen, this was white house energy week. did you know that?
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have you heard anything about energy week? all of these things being put in the background because of the controversies that exist with the president's twitter feed, and, of course, we didn't even get into the other big issues and attempting to pass the health care bill, and the president's big trip to germany for the g20 summit. there's no doubt the twitter feed is getting in the way of conversations. >> all right. ryan noble reporting from the bho white house, thank you. i want to bring in our panel now, eugene scott, also, historian and professor of princeton university, and sarah westwood, white house correspondent for the "washington examiner." eugene, from you first. the president had quite a bit to talk about this week, not only the travel ban, but also the fact that we were being visited by the president of south korea. a lot on the table here, focused
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on what people on cable news say about him. >> this is something he showed himself to be interested in, even during the election, and this is just a continuation of it. fascinating things is the trump team says that the president uses twitter to communicate with the american people, what he's doing, what he wants to do, what he communicated this week was what he likes to do is just interact with cable news hosts in negative ways. you know, we saw some republicans form in the base look at that more favorably. they did not have a big a problem with it as you'd think. the problem is, is he able to get people not already supporting him to support him if he continues to cipher that activity. >> it's a common thing for presidents to watch for their image and what people say about this. this is bordering on obsessive. there was a reports he watches five hours of cable news a day. >> it's consuming the oval office. it's clear this is what he's focused on.
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there's a theory it's a distraction and distracts people from the bad news, but i think that misses, it is actually one of the causes of the bad news. this week, that health care bill went down to defeat several times, actually, and i think this tweeting, and i think this kind of conversation that he's generatining because of the obsession actually prevented him from whipping up the vote, and it prevented him from selling why this health care bill is something more than stripping benefits away from millions of workers, and it left republicans without anything as they go home. >> you gave it a 30% chance last week. that was before the tweets that now some republican congressmen and congresswomen that are supposed to be supported by the president for votes right now criticize him harshly. thinking about suzanne coal lll. back to you, julie. how he feels about revenge and getting even of the that's an issue he's talked about regularly. listen to this.
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>> i love getting even with people, but i will -- >> you love getting even? >> oh, absolutely. you know, there's a lot of bad people out there. you have to go, do you have a problem, if you have a problem with someone, go after them. it's to teach all the people watching a lesson, that you don't take crap. >> i think it's really important if somebody screws you, screw them back in spades. >> and just a few moments ago, we got new fresh tweets from the president, sarah, reading them to you now. "the fake and fraudulent news media is working hard and others to convince people i should not use social media, but remember i won the election, i had to beat fake news and did. we with continue to win." >> i'm not sure the media is convincing him, but rather other policymakers, his aides, the list goes on and on.
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sarah, what do you think of the fresh tweets? >> well, seeing this move from president trump is starting back to the campaign when it was an inflammatory tweet or post, he made claims about illegal voter fraud that sort of undermined the momentum he had after winning the election heading into inauguration day, and since then, every time that republicans seem to be heading towards a legislative successor, his administration achieved something, president trump often undercuts those accomplishments by taking to twitter and tweeting controversial things. interesting to hear from voters out in the heartland who are asked by reporters about the president's tweets and whether it bothers them. most often what you see from the base it's not the tweets themselves that are giving them heart ache, but inaction we see from republicans in congress. you can draw more or less a straight line between the tweets
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and the inaction because the constant controversies are causing republicans to have to run for cover, to have to constantly distance themselves from the administration instead of working hand in hand with the republican president. >> now, eugene, the media plays armchair psychologist with the president, but we have to ask what the motivation is for these tweets. is it part of a grand strategy, or is he just sitting at home, hey, they're punching me, i have to punch back. what's going on? >> i don't know that it's part of a strategy, but i think it's a continuation of an approach he's had to criticism throughout his life. i think one thing we have to remember is that this is not trump's first time dealing with the media. it is his first time dealing with the political media, and i think he's finding it to be a little more critical than he experienced or expected in the past. he has to realize not only is this not going to change. these tips with the media don't just hurt him in terms of
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perception, but they hurt him in terms of what the people who sent him to the white house, which he constantly remind people, think of himhim. we saw the poll that most americans want him to stop tweeting, not just the media. >> there was another poll that said 61% of americans were hoping that he would put the phone and the twitter away. julia, to you. republicans come to his defense, specifically the aides, saying he fights fire with fire, but in my mind, he's the guy that popularized the birther movement. he relentlessly went after obama, questioning the main qualifications for being president, right? saying he was born in kenya. now he's getting equally harsh criticism, you could argue, but it doesn't seem like he's taking it very well. the question is this. is barack obama took to twitter, launching attacks talking about people's appearance or iq, what was the response? >> would have been ferocious.
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i think his opponents would have called him on it. i think the opponents would have criticized him. parts of the media would have come down pretty hard, but he didn't, so i think that's what we have, and that's the difference. now donald trump is doing this not as the star of the apprentice or new york celebrity, but as president of the united states. what he says sets a tone for the country, what he says about particular constituencies, women or immigrants, sets a tone for how we see these parts of the population, and he has the authority of the presidency, when he goes after the media, that's not just some person doing it. barack obama didn't do this, and he did, and so that's why we have this conversation. >> all right. panel, we're going to ask you to stick around. we have plenty more to get to. coming up, the return of roger stone, the trump ally, who built a career as a bill dirty trickster, ready to testify in the russian probe. a look back at a very colorful
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later this month, president trump's oldest and most controversial associates is set to testify in the russian probe. before he was one of the president's trusted, roger stone had a long career as a political operative, dating back to his work for another president, richard nixon. cnn randy kay reports. >> reporter: he is the ultimate washington insider who help get this outsider elected. >> i was like a jockey looking for a horse. you can't win the race if you don't have a horse. >> reporter: long before the strategist met donald trump, he was advising another president caught up in controversy. stone was such a fan of richard nixon, the former body builder had nixon's face tattooed on his
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back. stone could relate to nixon's resilien resilience. >> roger was the youngest person called before the watergate grand jury. he was all of 19 at the time. he was a young dirty trickster. later, stone became regional political director for then governor ronald reagan's 1980 presidential bid. by then, stone had formed a lobbying group with trump's future campaign manager, paul, called black, maniford, and stone. by 86, he was run out of d.c. and politics. they exposed by the "national inquirer" as swingers and frequented visitors to sex clubs. >> the swinger scandal that the national inguyer exposed forced rogers into the shadows, operated from the fringes, particularly as the republican party moved further to the evangelical right.
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he was no longer paletteble as a consulta consultant. >> in 1999, he weighed with donald trump. in 2000, he helped george w. bush take the white house by sending protesters to florida to shut down the recount. always looking to live up to his reputation as a dirty trickster, stone takes credit for bringing down the new york governor. stone was later accused of spreading false rumors about pat buchanan having an illegitimate child, that stone denied. in 2016, cruz blamed him for planting the fake story that cruz had five extramarital affairs. roger stone also pushed the birther movement and painted hillary clinton as unwell. >> well, look, i don't know whether it's parkinsons or epilepsy or a brain tumor -- >> during campaign 2016, stone sometimes referred to as trump's
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brain. >> roger's, you know, relationship with trump has been so interconnected that it's hard to defind what's ronald or donald. whether it's clearly a trump presidency, it's influenced by stone philosophy. >> despite that, he was fired, stone says he resigned. though, now, stone is again, in hot water for possible ties to assange. after tweeting that john podesta, hillary clinton's campaign chair, would have his time in the barrel, pedesta's campaign e-mails were leaked. stone told the reporter, i do have a back channel communication with assange because we have a good mutual friend. still, stone denied having direct communication to assange and denied leaking the e-mails. but now intelligence officials want to know if roger stone had advanced warning of the e-mails
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leaked and, perhaps, the russian hack during the 2016 campaign. the man whose motto is, admit nothing, deny everything, launched counter attack, now back in the spotlight again. randy kay, cnn, new york. >> our panel is back with us. eugene scott, sarah westwood, thank you for sticking with us. eugene, you hear the end of the piece there, admit nothing, deny everything. set to testify before the house intelligence committee. what do you expect from the testimony? >> well, hopefully expecting consistency, but that's not what he's shown us. many of the things roger stone has said he's gone back on, like, just in the last six months. reality is, people wonder how much to expect from this testimony to be honest and for him to stand by as he increasingly gets questioned and as investigations move forward. >> it is going to be a
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colossianed door hearing, though, roger stone, himself,mentes it open, wants to give his version of the events. based on everything we know about stone's history, a self-professed dirty trickster, what is he going to tell the house intelligence committee? >> i have no idea. he's the underside of republican politics. he's been involved since nixon in many campaignsing nope for hitting hard, but i don't know that he goes in front of the committee and says the kinds of things he might have done in the campaign. he's been very adamant saying i'm guilty of many things, but i'm not guilty of treason, and so, so far, there's no evidence of that, and i assume he'll stick to that, but it might be an opportunity to take punches at the democrats, at his opponents for loyalty to president trump. >> sarah, do you think the administration has anything to potentially be nervous about with his testimony? >> well, look, i think that at a certain appointment the question has to be asked for president trump, how much responsibility he bears for someone so far on the fringes of his operation of
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the i mean, roger stone was cut loose from the campaign a very long time ago, shut out of the trump white house, and we have not seen him in constant communication with anyone in trump's official operation, so he's one of several people who have become the focus of this investigation like carter paige, who have only a little relationship with the trump white house. this is not michael flynn. this is not someone who was high ranking within the trump administration and on the trump campaign, but someone excised a long time ago, and so even though there's been no evidence to sub stannuate evidence against him if something emerges, those are the questions debated in washington whether president trump bears responsibility for someone who he did not hire in any capacity in his whauou white house.
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>> jew eugene, to you, sources tell cnn that the president is not exactly accepting of the idea he meddled in the election, and sources say they are frustrated because he just do you want actually believe it, but it -- it has to be hard for him on some level to accept that russia meddled without then giving into the idea that presidency is illegitimate not winning on his own. >> that's a pushback, and he's had trouble accepting the fact that he did not win the popular vote. i think what's been true of importance to communicate that no conclusions have been made public regarding the investigation, but that doesn't mean that things cannot have happened, that the president, himself, was not aware of, and i think that is what people currently investigate this relationship are trying to get to the bottom of, and, i mean, i
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think when we see the fact the president meets putin this week, there's going to be a desire for some people to see if he will confront him directly and have a conversation about this, but the reality is, he has not as of yet, and he could have, and so it's not likely he will. >> kimberly, a security analyst for cnn, talked about communications that would intercement in which the russians alluded to this being a good meeting for them coming up at the g20, do you think president trump confronts pew tip? >> no evidence to suggest he'll do that. i mean, at this point, he's not been very aggressive with dealing with the intervention, which did happen. it's not a question. it's not a speculation. it happened, and the intelligence agencies roundly confirmed this. there's no evidence to say he'll go with the g20, pull him aside, and why did you do this?
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you can't do it again. if so, it would be a surprise, and it would go against the history in the last few weeks. >> sarah, to you, the committee threatens the white house because they are not satisfied with the administration's response to a request from the house to get these potential tapes that may or may not exist trump tweeted about a month ago of a conversation with james comey. i want to play a piece. >> the only reason that we are asking for tapes is because he hinted that they may exist, so we sent a letter to him asking for the tapes. he sent us back this tweet. we don't think that's responsible or professional, frankly, for such a serious investigation. i wish we could just take the word of a president, but because of his record and obstruction in the investigation from the claims president obama and wiretapping to other claims about james comey, i think we
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need to corroborate whether or not there were recordings in the white house. >> sir, is this fight of tapes over? seems like the president left the door open, didn't he, saying i don't have any recordings, but i don't know if anyone else was recording our conversations. >> right. i think the wording of that was a little bit cryptic in there, that there's been a lot of armchairs pouring over the words, seeing what he meant, but they view this as a witch hunt. that's not a political line from the president when he says that this is the greatest witch hunt in all of political history. the president truly believes that there is no legitimacy behind the investigation, that it was thought up by democrats to undermine his presidency, and so when you -- when the white house is viewing the investigation through that lens, it's not surprising that they are not responding too the document requests, the kind of
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seriousness that democrats on the committee want to see because the white house doesn't believe that this investigation is legitimate. they think that the kquestions have been asked and answered, and it's hard to prove a negative. i'm not sure how the white house would respond to the committee in a way that would satisfy members because it doesn't appear there are recordings of the conversations, but, clearly, this is going to be a standoff that lasts for far greater time if the white house is going to sort of waive off the document requests. >> we'll have to see how that might affect the president's agenda. sarah, julianne, eugene, thank you for joining us. appreciate the perspective on this saturday evening. thank you, again. now, you heard in randy's piece about roger stone's ties to richard nixon. tonight at 8:00 p.m., tune in for "our nixon," about the president's time in office told only through arifootage and tap
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donald is friends with the president's friends with the guy that runs the national inquirer, and they said, if you call the president up and he he apologizes for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone, and, basically, spite the story. i had -- well, i will just say three people at the very top of the administration calling me, and their response was, like, are you kidding me? >> trump on twitter call the allegation fake news saying that joe called him to ask for help with the enquirer. i want to bring in senior media correspondent and host of reliable sources, brian, a serious allegation of blackmail, and joe says he has proof. the other question why is joe calling the president, and president admitted that joe called him for helping the national enquirer if he didn't have influence on what story the
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national enquirer is running? >> that's right. that's a take away here. there are disputed details between the men, but both men say, essentially, yeah, the president has a sway at the national enguyer. look at supermarket tabloid, there's a lot of pro-trump headlines, obvious looking at the publication, it's protrump publication, but he says he uses the outlet to celebrate his supporters. he said, if you call up trump, back in april, but call up trump and say, so, sorry, sir, sorry i was mean, take it back, i apologize. i'll be nice in the future on television, sir, then the bad story would have gone away. that is a really kind of stark and disturbing allegation from joe. now, he says he has proof. he says in a a tweet, i have text from your top phone aides
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and records. why hasn't he shown the records? i have new reporting today that indicates he doesn't want to burn his sources. he feels like the white house aides are sources that he works with as a member of the media. he doesn't want to expose them because maybe they are still giving him information and helping out. he's conflicting on showing evidence he says he has. the more important piece here is whether you believe the events, the national enquirer is weaponized by the president. >> right. whether it's allegations about obama wiretapping him, him potentially taping james comey, a bloody facelift, the president seems to have created these stories out of thin air. in other words, they did not exist before he mentioned them, and that brings to mind a quote from the art of the deal. i want to bring it up now. quote, one thing i learned about the press is they are always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational, the better.
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one of the themes of "the art of the deal" is the ability to manipulate conversation about himself. are these stories, the wiretapping, tapes, and feud with now just about every media outlet saying anything negative about him, is this a strategy or him having sensitivity? >> this is what people debate at cookouts or dinner parties and friends and family members, is it so ingenious or impulse? i think it's mostly impulse, but there is some sense of strategy. it's what you described from "art of the deal." the president has a sense for what the president, the public, interested in, what the public likes to hear, some of the fights and feuds, they are straight out of the soap opera, out of reality tv. he understands the people, and he's on twitter now, again, railing against -- watching this, and, you know, tries to
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brand, tries to label, and demean certain news outlets, it's valuable for the audience at home to see through that and see it for what it is in the same way he was calling crooked hillary or lying ted, demeans news outlets the same way. it amuses fans and supporters, but recognize what it is. mostly impulse, but strategy as well. >> he rails against what he calls fake news, but doesn't mind fake magazine covers. >> oh, yeah, yeah. >> look at this phoney cover of "time" magazine, proclaiming him a smash, spotted hanging in several the president's golf clubs. does this support the theory that the president has a need for constant affirmation and just building up of stature and who he is? >> that's up to the psychologists watching the program. i do think this covers remarkable, though, doesn't really look that real, but it was hanging at the golf clubs
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for a while. this is not something that was just discovered overnight. the "washington post" noticed it and dug into it, but he's been up on the walls for a while, and they do show, among other things, trump's interest in "time" magazine, he cares deeply about the media coverage, that we should sometimes view some of the feuds, fights, and dramas as the trump show, sort of he creates and television networks help create by discussing it. >> certainly loves a fight. we have to leave it there, brian, but don't forget to watch brian tomorrow on "reliable sources" tomorrow morning, 11:00 a.m. eastern, right here on cnn. thank you, again, for joining us. >> thank you. coming up, tensionings in the white house boiling over in a public way. what will the secretary of state so mad at the president's senior staff? ♪ we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these
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with the trump white house are out in the open. sources tell cnn tillerson are a testy exchange with a white house aide in a meeting last night described as intense and uncomfortab uncomfortable. apparently, tillerson is not pleased with the pace of filling crucial staff at the department and wants control over who gets hired and admitted frustration in public. watch this. >> satisfied with the pace of the staffing? >> no, i'd like it to go faster, thank you. >> let's talk it over with former obama state department spokesman and cnn military diplomatic analyst retired admiral john kirby. to be fair, there's tensions between the cab innocents and agencies for appointments, but it is urgent to get the positions filled. a lot are under secretary and assistant secretary positions. >> that's right. no, it seems important for the state department to be fully
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staffed to conduct the business of foreign policy around the world and provide policy guidance from washington that's credible to our outposts around the world, embassies and consulates all over the place. actually, look, i'm encouraged that -- from the reporting, that secretary tillerson is this concerned about it and trying as hard as he is to get these jobs filled quickly. i think that's an encouraging sign. >> the white house is pushing tillerson to make major cuts at the state department, slashing 30% of his budget. when you come bane that with the slower pace in hiring, that has to impact the state department's ability to function and just execute basic foreign policy. >> yeah, i think that's exactly right. this is one area of leadership where i'm disappointed in secretary tillerson that he did not fight back harder to preserve funding for the state department. as secretary mattis at defense said, if you don't fund it fully, i'll buy more ammunition. there's a real give and take
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between deplop si and defense. they go hand in hand. facing the cuts and staffing issues while the world is still turning and there's crisis all over the place so i think this is a -- this is a tough issue for them. it's making it harder, just as critically, boris, making it harder for some of our foreign counter parts around the world in trying to figure out where the -- where america's going to go on any of these issues. what our national interests are that we per sue. it's confusing. >> there's quite a few mixed messages, one of them being on our commitment to nato and article 5. i want your perspective on this. president trump asked his son-in-law, jared kushner, to be the point man in the middle east and restart brokered peace talks. it's interesting that he asked him and not the secretary of state. is rex tillerson now playing second fiddle to some degree? >> no. i actually don't think so. it's not unusual for a white
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house to assign special envoys for this or that foreign problem. president obama did that too. that's not so unusual. this is a very targeted issue, israeli-palestinian tensions. i don't see indications that tillerson is cut out of the process, and from what i'm hearing, he actually has good access to the president, meets with him one-on-one at least once a week, if not more, and he, you know, i think he's trying to develop a sense of inertia in the energy department. holding him back is the staffing, the funding, and, frankly, maybe an organization at the top he's not reaching out enough to the career service foreign service diplomats right there in foggy bottom. >> admiral, we have to talk about the g20. the president set to go face-to-face with russian president vladimir putin days from now. a global analyst had a report
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earlier, she writes, "moscow believes its leader, putin, can extract major concessionings from president donald trump when the two meet for the first time next week." putin has this ability to charm people. i think of george w. bush saying that he looked into his eyes and saw his soul, and that he's a good man. president obama with the reset button. only to disappoint the leaders later with invasions in crimea and georgia. do you think this happens under president trump? >> a couple thoughts herement one, it is true that he tries to charm his way into getting concessions and deals. i don't think that we should look at this meeting on the sidelines of the g20 as necessarily some sort of summit where there's a specific outcome or tangible sort of deliverable by either side. i really doubt that's going to happen. i do think that everybody surrounding the president on the national security staff are very experienced. they know this man, putin, for
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what he is, how he tries to operate, and i'm sure they are giving the president good strong guidance about going into the meeting and how to play, not play, that's not a good word, but how to interact appropriately and effectively with vladimir putin. they have to go into the meeting with their shields up, and not, you know, being willing to fall for anything, but they also have to look for opportunities to try to make some points and put some points on the board for themselves in terms of working with russia on issues where we can agree and making clear we're not going to cooperate with russia in effective fashion on those issues where, obviously, they have proven unwilling or incapable of helping the international community out such as on syria. >> yeah. the president considers himself a master of the art of the deal. we'll see how that works out during the summit. admiral john kirby, thank you so much for the time. >> my pleasure. coming up.
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. with the senate health care bill at an impasse, president strum is floating one possibly strategy to get the deal done. if republican senators are able to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal and then replace at a later date. it is no secret president trump has been dead set on reversing this. jason carroll reports. >> reporter: it wasn't long ago when president trump had some good things to say about his predecessor, former president barack obama. >> he's a very strange
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phenomenon. we get along. i don't know if he'll admit this, but he likes me. >> i inherited a mess. >> candidate trump spent much of his campaign promising to undo much of president obama's most important achievement and now just six months into office, president trump has made good on some of those promises. in short order pulling out of the paris climate accord. >> the bottom line is that the paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the united states. >> obama, while not mentioning trump by name, weighing in with a statement. even in the absence of american leadership, i'm confidence that our states, cities and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way. trump also kept his word and bowed out of the trance pacific trade partnership, which the obama administration had negotiated. >> i immediately withdrew the
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united states from the horrible, disastrous, would have been another nafta but worse trance pacific partnership. >> and trump has continued efforts to dismantle the affordable care act. >> at the core of this agenda, he is repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. >> trump has also rolled back the administration's policy with cuba and the president has threatened to tear up the nuclear agreement with iran, but so far only a threat. it's not unusual for presidents wanting to change course from their predecessors. franklin delnor roosevelt wouldn't allow herbert hoover's name on what was called the boulder nam. george bush had the anything but clinton policy. and ronald reagan removed those
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so lar panels from the white house jimmy carter had installed. but presidential historian says those changes pale in comparison to what trump is doing. >> trump is trying to score point after point with his base by anything that obama signed or did or said or had his name attached to. donald trump wants to kind of erase it from history. >> the question going forward, can trump create a legacy of his own beyond destroying that of his predecessor? >> and jason carol, thank you very that reporting. coming up, how much tv does president trump watch every day? you might be surprised to find out. plus, how it reflects his long-standing focus on his own image. what do you think? hate to play devil's advocate but... i kind of feel like it's a game changer. i wouldn't go that far. are you there? he's probably on mute. yeah... gary won't like it. why? because he's gary. (phone ringing) what?
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it is just about 7:00 p.m. and you are live in the cnn news room. i'm boris sanchez in new york. thank you for joining us. this is week that could have been in washington. a handful of successes, some policy victories that the president could have legitimately celebrated. instead, he went on another personal attack and then did it again and again and this morning the third straight name calling jab at two cable news hosts, calling msnbc's joe scarborough crazy and describing his co-host as dumb as a rock and slamming their program as low

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