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>> yeah, i saw that. >> so even in the white house daily briefing where one of the reporters was asking sarah huckabee sanders, well, can you name one individual of color on the senior staff, and they couldn't. >> i never saw any individual of color in his organization when i was on the apprentice. obviously on the senior staff you don't see that on the white house. and to pull omarosa in as your kind of minority whisper error black person whisperer, that was the wrong choice. >> as far pass what happened, we may never fully know. multiple versions of the story. let me read you what secret service tweeted. there were different stories. the secret service tweetsed they will were not involved in escorting her out. but if there was indeed a dramatic confrontations as our sources say, walk me through what would have happened or how this would have been handled. >> this is an organization.
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so this comes down to access control. after she was terminated, and i just kind of find there is a little sweet irony in termination happened in the situation room, which is board room, terminated there. so i see it as ironic. you are asked to leave. so, yes, escorted out but doesn't meanest cou escorted ou secret service. just as cnn they'll take your pass and move on. there was no physical removal off the north lawn and taken off the complex. >> does that mean someone else did it? >> no, if someone else did it, it's a salt. they are not putting hands on anyone unless there is actually violation of law. they are not going to -- they are law enforcement officers. new york police officers don't walk around the streets and drag them down the streets.
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nor does united states secret service agent of the white house. that didn't happen. i spoke to them. they were candid in the information they gave me. and i believe them 100%. and i don't believe anyone would put their job on the line physically removing without pressing chas pressing charges against them. >> thank you very much. let's roll on. this is cnn breaking news. we continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. we do have breaking news. as republicans are on the cusp of tax overhaul, two senators are a no, you have senator corker that has been against it, and now senator rubio. moments ago the president said this. >> i think we'll get there.
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he's been a great guy and supportive. i think senator rubio will be there for sure. >> let's go to cnn abby phillip at the white house. and so obviously the president is confident. he is committed. he wants this win. what more do we know about this no from marco rubio? >> well, marco rubio has made it pretty clear publicly and privately that what he wants is more money for this child tax credit that he's been advocating for. worth noting also that the president's daughter ivanka trump has been with mark co-rubio on this one, wanting more money for that child tax credit. so the white house is actually saying that the credit has gone up quite a bit from the original proposal. it's gone from about is $100 to $2,000. rubio wants more money. hand what he really wanted was some of that money coming from the corporate tax cut going to the child tax credit instead.
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it's not clear whether exactly that will happen or if he will take sort of a little bit more, maybe not everything that he wants, but the white house seems to think that rubio is not going to be a no on the final bill. and the reason for that is because it's going to be very hard for someone like rubio to vote no on maybe the only major thing that this congress is going to do this year. they believe that at the end of the day he's going to maybe take a little bit more of the money that he wants and vote yes at the end of the process. >> all right. abby, thank you so much. at the white house. let's have a bigger conversation with me now, cnn special correspondent jamie. cnn senior analyst, preston, hopy, former chief of staff for house speaker paul ryan. welcome to all of you. mark, to you first, if rubio remains a no, and we can't know if there is wiggle room or not
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yet in this whole negotiation. reports indicate that the president, as he's working behind the scenes, on the phones, wants bill on the desk by christmas, told aides he's planning for victory lap. how do you see this? is it a done deal? >> right now it's not a done deal. but by next week it will be a done deal. marco rubio is doing something very smart, using what political can't to g capital to get what he wants. this bill has to come in under a certain number in order for it to pass, i want to say a certain number. has to come in under $1.5 trillion for it to pass. but the bottom line is marco rubio i think at the end is going to be a yes vote. as abby was saying right there, you can only lose two republicans right now. anything more than that, then the bill goes down. but they've worked so hard, republican party has in trying to get this done, they need an accomplishment. i think this is going to be the
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accomplish. >> okay, jamie let me turn to you, because we knoll mike pence has stayed behind. his vote may be needed in this. the other wild cards, certain other republicans, but also senator john mccain who i know you have been reporting on is in the hospital. >> right. so we've been hearing that he's been absent for the last week. he's been in walter reed, that this has to do with side effects from chemo and radiation. that he's being given. but, that said, our sources in the senate tell me that his colleagues have said that he is looking increasingly frail. and that things like the republican luncheon where he always spoke up, that in recent memory he has not been speaking up much. now, i don't want to say that has nothing to do with mental acuity, it may simply be his
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energy level. we asked his office, and we are waiting to hear back about whether he's going to make it for a vote. official little what they've said is he wants to be back as soon as possible. and you can be sure. we know one thing about john mccain, he's very tough. and he is going to do everything he can to be there. but no question, we heard from paul ryan in his press conference this morning, they are being flexible on scheduling this vote because of possible absences. so they are working to make sure they can do this when he gets back. >> okay. you brought up paul ryan, david hopy, here's my question for you, it's on the status of the house speaker, right, there were reports earlier that perhaps he may be ready to go after the 2018 midterms. that piece of information came to the white house press briefing. you heard sarah huckabee sanders answering this question where she reported the president was on the phone with the house
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speaker and expressed his displeasure how he would be unhappy if the reports were true, and the house speaker said, no, mr. president, paraphrasing, they are not. but actually i'm being told we have the sound. let's listen. >> the president did speak to the speaker, not too long ago, and made sure that the speaker knew very clearly and in no uncertain terms that if that news was true, he was very unhappy with it. the speaker assured the president's those were not accurate reports. >> first of all, david, it's a head line in and of itself if the president said to the house speaker, i wouldn't be happy if you left. >> well, obviously, they are working together right now very closely together, have been for the past six months on this tax reform tax cut. and that's very important issue they want to get through. the speaker has said today several times he's not leaving. and for those people, the mean
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was, gee, this is the thing he wanted most in life was tax reform. and that's probably true. but there are a number of other issues which the speaker has been very involved in. one is very dear to his heart, reform the welfare program, so they aren't given higher taxes because of the welfare system that exists in country and tax system. so part of that is being handled through the tax reform. another has to be handled through welfare reform which the speaker is very involved in and wants to look at something next year to solve some of the problems with welfare that will help people get out tv and make that a ladder onto jobs and opportunity which this tax cut hopefully will provide for these people. >> sure. i'm sure he thought once upon a time the biggest and greatest job would be chair of house ways and means. and now here he is, we remember some of the hesitancy, does he want this job, and we all
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covered that a little while ago. now he is with possible reports, could be a swanson. let me particular it a step further. again the white house is saying he's saying this isn't the case. but maybe presidential aspirations, perhaps, you know, would it be understandable if he wanted a little distance between himself and the president? >> i don't think that's a part of any calculation. >> you don't? >> not at all. because i think paul has always been interested in policy and policy issues. and these are the things he's, right now, getting to work on this on taxes and hopefully within the next week they will be suggeccessful in doing so. he's already talking about next year what we need to address. and one of the big problems is making the welfare system work for people on welfare to help them get tout of welfare. that's something he's been focused on for 20 years. so there are a lot of issues. those are the things driving him more than opportunity. he size the opportunity to do
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those and wants to pursue those. those are the big things. i don't think politics is part of this for him. >> what are you thinking? >> he knows what he's talking about. >> yes, he does. >> and the speaker said no. but i do want to add this thing, we have been talking about the 2018 midterm elections. if the house is no longer in republican control, and he is no longer the speaker, then a lot of those things that we were just hearing about that he wants to get accomplished. >> maybe not so possible. >> maybe not so possible. and he may not want to be -- it's one thing he can be speaker and get some of that done. but if the house goes democrat, he may not want to be minority leader. >> jamie, thank you. mark preston. david, thanks so much for the conversation. coming up next here, nearly a year since president trump took office, not a still single cabinet meeting on russian
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a stunning new "washington post" reported to claims that president trump is still rejecting evidence of russia's meddling in the presidential election. the one he won more than a year ago. and administration official tells the post that president trump is in sultded by the idea that russia's president trump vladimir putin has helped him win in 2016 and president trump has never held a cabinet meeting about russian interference in the election. that official says instead, quote, president trump has waged his own campaign to discredit the case that russia poses any threat and resisted to roll back
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efforts to hold russia to account. so with us is analyst who served on the national security council under president obama in that time dealing with russians, good to see you again. when you read some of this details in this piece about how it was perceived to be affront to the president and change the ways he would be briefed to not lead with this. in your four years, have you ever heard of any of this? >> that's a hard no. the story today paints a picture of the president sensoring his own national security council. i worked at the white house for many years. at no point did the president ever declare a topic off limits. tt reporting today says that trump isn't getting intelligence updates on russia. he hasn't had a national security council meeting. that's not in the best interests of the american people. it means that lease not getting the most full picture intelligence analysis. and national security council isn't meeting to come up with
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the most efficient strategy for deterring another russian attack. when i was at the white house we met internally on russia, we had national security council meetings. we had intelligence briefings. that's basic good housekeeping. that was when we hadn't suffered a direct russian attack. >> to be clear, i don't know if it was clear in the post, whether the president said never bring this up. i think it was clear how the president would react when he would read. let me read something trump official telling "the washington post," quote, our approach is we don't irritate russia. we deter russia. the administration had it exactly backwards. what are the risks there? >> well, i haven't actually seen the administration take any steps to deter russia. now they could. there are sanctions that are due to go into effect in january. but if the administration is really focused on deterrence they need to hold russia accountable for the direct attack on the united states.
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and president trump needs to stop a piecing president putin. he gave a really major press conference this morning. >> tell me about that. >> and putin is a trained kgb officer. and i think a lot of the statements that he made this morning were focused on one primary intelligence target, and that's president trump. the intelligence community has assessed that putin got did that. putin said collusions were stoked up. i think he was stoking president trump paranoia in internal threats. president trump is focused on internal threats to his presidency and i think putin those this and spoke to it. >> we have a quote from andrew weiss former russian adviser for bush and clinton. he says put nin has to believe
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this was the most successful intelligence operation of the history of soviet russia, driven the system into a crisis that will last years. you nodding? >> unfortunately i am nodding. and i think we have seen a variety of factors that do that. we are doing the job for them p intelligence assessed in the january report that the russians are focused on undermining faith in our democracy. when we see the president of the united states start poking at the credibility of our department of justice or fbi, we are starting to undermine faith in our own institutions and that's playing right into president putin's hands. >> especially when the president from the beginning is not agreeing with those intel agents. >> exactly. >> on what exactly russia's role was in the elections. sam, thank you very much. >> thanks. coming up next is man facing
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a life threatening disaster, and took a stand to ask him about the tax plan. >> think about the legacy that you will have for my son and your grandchildren if you take your principles and turn them into stones. you can save my life. senator flake was listening. that encounter led to a meeting on capitol hill. senator collins there. the gentleman will join me live to explain what happened behind closed doors. and is it the end of the internet as we know it. fcc vote to go repeal obama era rules how to regulate the internet. what this means for you coming up.
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my next guest made headlines when he confronted republican senator on an airplane about the upcoming vote on latest version of the republican tax bill. bar kin is 33-year-old attorney, he has a 18 month old son, and about a year ago he was diagnosed with als, neurological disease that has no cure. and has disability benefits have become a life and death issue for him, he is concerned that the bill could lead to drastic cuts for the carry needs. here is his stunning plea to arizona senator jeff flake. >> are you happy with the process? i know that senior senator has been unhappy?
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>> [ inaudible ] no, none of us are happy with the process. >> so why not take it now? you can be an american hero. you really can. >> you are already there. >> you are halfway there. if the votes match the speech, think about the legacy that you will have for my son and your grandchildren if you take your principles and turn them into votes. you can save my life. please, please remember this conversation. my life depend on it. >> well, turns out the senator did remember the conversation. he tweet bd it after ted about fact.
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tweeting this, i encourage your advocacy. he also made a trip to capitol hill and protest the tax bill. ad yier ady joins me now from washington. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me on. >> you were saying a year ago you were out running on the beach, then here you are diagnosed with als. and now i want you to explain to everyone watching why access to disability benefits is at the forefront of your life, your family's life. >> thanks, brooke. yeah, so, you know, i'm going paralyzed pretty quickly. i was a healthy 33-year-old and i'm not going to be healthy 34-year-old. wh when my birthday comes this morning. so i'm going parelized. you can hear my voice, sounds crazy, very weak. and i'm going to need a lot of
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medical care. and eventually my diaphragm is going to give out. and in order to stay alive i'm going to be need to be hooked up to a ventilator. and the ventilator can keep me alive for a decade or more and i can get to see my baby boy grow up and teach him how to read and see him go to school and see him shoot a basketball ball. and i love my son so much. he's so happy. and he loves people so much. so any time that i can have more with him would just be so precious. but in order to get that, i need the medic the medicare benefits i pay into every two weeks. you pay into it to. workers across the country. commit together we can ensure ourselves against these
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tragedies. because you never know it can hit you just like it hit me out of no where. so we have insurance. but this tax bill would force $400 billion in cuts to medicare. and the white house, which gets to decide how to allocate those cuts, says he hates medicare disability. so i don't know that i would get the ventilator i need to see little baby carl grow up. that's why i've been here in d.c. that's why i talked to jeff flake. because i think we as americans should honor our shared commitments to one another. there is no reason to take away our disability benefits in order to give tax benefits to huge developer like donald trump junior. he doesn't need my money. >> so i'm just sitting here, i just wanted to listen.
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and it sounded like the senator was listening as well. i mean, before we move on and talk a little more about the medicare benefits. did it seem like senator flake was listening? and do you know why he ended up canceling last minute his meeting with you? >> so he was listening. and he didn't cancel his meeting, actually, it was mi misreported. he offered a meeting and he was on the floor voting. and we couldn't wait. >> so he didn't cancel it, he don't make it because he was busy on the floor. >> yeah. >> i'm glad we cleared that up. >> and he's an honorable man. and i think he has some really core values that he believes, like the idea that democracy should be open and transparent and accountable to people. and so my plea to him is to return the senate and the united
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states to the regular order. there is no need to rush this tax bill through before christmas and force 22 million americans with higher taxes, takeaway my disability benefits. i mean, this thing would takeaway money from meals on wheels, for foster care, for black disability fund. think of the west virginia coal miners who elected donald trump thought they were going to takeaway their disability care? donald trump promised us he would not cut medicare. so the question is, will the senate keep its promise to us? >> ady, everyone, including myself listening to you right now, obviously wants you to live as long as you possibly can to be with your little boy. let me just add this piece, because i hear you on the $400 billion, but mitch mcconnell and paul ryan they issued a joint
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statement they will waive pay go, right pay go requires mandatory cuts across the program. this is what they said this will not happen. congress has readily available methods to waive this law. there is no reason to believe that congress would not act against to prevent a sequester and work to make sure. so their point it has been triggered 16 times, never implemented, so why do you think this time would be different. >> because they spent the last year lying to the american people on this specific bill, brooke, they said it would be deficit neutral. even the dynamic scoring says
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more breaking news out of washington today this major vote by the fcc, federal communications commission that could change the internet as you know it. this vote ends obamaer ra rules that mandate equal access to web content. without them it means internet service providers could potentially charge more for access, change how customers are built and make it harder for internet start ups. so with me is one of the tech leaders from mozilla. mitchell, nice to see you. >> thank you. >> so you wrote this op ed for cnn writing this creates an internet for the elite. why? >> because these rules allow a small set of companies and a small set of individuals to make decisions about the communications platforms for all of us. and by removing the regulations, it means just a small handful of people and the businesses and the motives that motivate them
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actually determine the communications that's available to all the rest of us. >> so how would this effect just regular people on the internet? >> there is a few different ways. and we expect they will occur over time. we don't expect to see them all tomorrow. but the ways that it might effect us, first thing cable tv, remember the experience of buying channels or wanting content and not being able to get to it or wanting content and it's in a bundle that's designed and priced in hawaii that y a w don't like. so that's experience one. so another might be you go to websites you care about and they are very slow. you wonder why, you think it's your connection, but it turns out they are slow because the irks isp wanted more money, and the at maker hasn't paid it or doesn't have the money, or it's a start up and can't really afford it. so you could see content just
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not available at all. content really slow. or content packaged in bundled not with us in mind. >> you are right about data privileging, in your piece, this is something guaranteeing equal access to the web. explain that for people. what does that mean? >> i think probably coming back to the cable tvone. if you experienced it, your tv doesn't give you access to all content. it's not like broadcast tv, after you signed up for have a subscription, it would be some bundle of services, but it wouldn't be everything. very often it'd be set up so the things you wanted would be in different bundles. maybe you would subscribe to a bund that will has youtube in it, but doesn't have something else you want in it. so that kind of paid bundling and prioritization of how you access things, certainly quite
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possible now. and we've seen that the isps in the past have engaged in slowing down websites, technically, called throttling, when it helps with their business plans that that happened to netflix until netflix entered, you know, an agreement about paying for traffic. so, you could see that happen in cable tv, especially on sports channels, sometimes you go to watch the home team and you wnt be able to and you would see notices, call your provider and tell them to enter into a better business deal with us. >> sure. >> so those are the sorts of models that we've seen in the past, and the internet, at least to date has been pretty light. >> thank you very much. we'll follow it up. appreciate your voice. we do have breaking news. breaking news, back out at washington, house speaker paul ryan reportedly soul searching about his political future. those close to him say it is possible he could leave congress after the 2018 elections.
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the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is coming out today strongly against iran for it's involvement in the ongoing war in yemen. ambassador nikki haley says there is undeniable evidence that iran is defying the security council by supplying weapons to hewitty rebels in yemen. the civil war has caused suffering for the yemeni people leaving 8.4 million just a step away from famine. senior international correspondent clarissa ward has that exclusive report.
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>> reporter: this is how this man spends his days, lying on the concrete floor, trying to swat away the flies with what little energy he has. looking at his tiny body ravaged by hunger, you would never guess that akhmed is five years old. his brother died of malnutrition two months ago. we're in a war, there's no food, no water, his mother says. god knows our pain. it's a pain shared by too many here in the same small village, we meet this overwhelmed father of five. he's worried about his son. there's no doctor nearby, and no scale, but he can't weigh more than five pounds. the problem is that my wife doesn't have a lot of breast milk, he says, she's sick too.
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and it's not hard to see why. there's almost no food in it. so they have some bread. some onions. no meat. hunger has always been a problem in yemen, but two and a half years of war has starved the country. three million people are displaced. many live in filthy camps where disease and infection are rief and malnutrition difficult to combat. there is food in the market, it's just that few people can actually afford it. and that's what's so tough to get your head around about this crisis. it's not caused by a bad harvest or a drought, it's caused by man. saudi arabia-led blockade has cut the amount of food and
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medicine getting into yemen by more than half. what does come through is a heavily taxed along the way. rural clinics struggle to meet the scale of the need. ten month old ally has gained seven ounces since his last visit, a welcomed improvement, but he is still suffering from severe malnutrition. you haven't done anything wrong, the nurse tells his mother, but he's still weak. so i really want you to focus on this problem. for akhmed, it may be too late, he's been sick for years now. he only speaks when the pain is too much. he tells me my tummy hurts, my head hurts, he cries. hardship and hunger, this is yemen's story. my whole life, agony, and eye are like lovers this yemeni song
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goes, why, world, do you only show us the terrible things? but the world doesn't hear his lament, while the silence of starvation tightens it's grip on a forgotten people. clarissa ward, cnn, yemen. >> no words. the lead with jake tapper starts now. thank you, brooke. friends say the house speaker could be suffering from trump exhaustion. the lead starts right now. those close to speaker paul ryan say 2018 could be his last year in congress. was one year in the trump era enough for him? the future of your money. the white house says republicans are in the final stages of passing their tax plan, but, with two ailing senators, democrat on the way, and now a surprise republican no, can they seal the deal? >>