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the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell needs 60 votes to keep the federal government from running out of money at midnight tonight. but even some of the 71 republicans say they'll vote against this short-term spending bill. what would a shutdown mean? here's a closer look at some of those that would be affected. 9 million children covered under the children's health insurance program known as chip. the short-term spending bill does extend the program for six years. if it doesn't pass, chip would only be funded through march. also, 1.3 million active military duty personnel, they would continue working, of course, but they might have to work without pay since the military is currently paid only through february 1st. as many as 850,000 government employees, federal employees, could be furloughed as federal agencies are forced to shut down. most of the senate democrats already say they'll vote against the current short-term spending bill to keep the government open
and running, and at least two republican senators say they'll also vote no. let's get an update on where things stand right now. our congressional correspondent philattingly is tracking all these late breaking devopnt on capitol hill. phil, what have you heard about whether the senate will reach that 60-vote threshold? >> well, wolf, it's been clear that they would not have the votes to be able to move forward on that short-term spending bill. obviously the major new development is within the last hour. the white house reached out to democratic minority leader chuck schumer ask invitnd invited him white house. there would be a meeting with only chuck schumer and the president. that is obviously a key play for senate democrats. they believe if they get in a room with the president, there is an opportunity if there is no one else around him, to possibly strike a deal. the big question is, what is the white house goal right now?
i'm told the white house made very clear to republican leaders that this invitation was going out. they knew it was coming. i'm also told the white house staff in calls with different republican aides say there is no daylight between where the president is and where republican leaders are right now. there is no other option on the table than the four-week short-term spending bill the house passed last night. chuck schumer made clear that's the only deal, there is no negotiation, and that's what allows them to make negotiations on the myriad of other items out there. obviously we're watching this meeting very, very closely. the big question is, is this a meeting where they're just showing the box, and when it's much divid?hings are still vy or is this a meeting that leads to some type of breakthrough. again, key point here. republicans are set in their strategy, they're comfortable in their strategy. will this change things? we'll have to wait and see, wolf. >> joining us now, the deputy
white house press secretary giggly hogan. nice to have you with us. >> nice to be here. >> this a one-on-one meeting just the two of them? >> i don't want to get into details of the meeting, who is in it who is not, but i will say this. this isn't the first time the president has invited chuck schumer over to have a conversation about funding the government. sadly, democrats are told chuck schumer is in on this particular vote and we're talking about shutting down the federal government, not funding our troops who protect us on a daily basis, not funding 89 million children who are impoverished. >> why wasn't mitch mcconnell
invited to this meeting between the president and chuck schumer? shouldn't he be involved in this discussion? >> the president is the negotiator in chief, he's the one who sets the deal. he sets the terms and i'll leave it at that. >> the president back in 2013 suggested that the president of the united states is responsible for all of this. he was very critical of president obama when there was an 18-day government shutdown. he's very sensitive to this right now. so these last-minute maneuvers by him, i take it, are designed to avoid a government shutdown tonight? >> absolutely. he's been very clear he wants to fund this government. look, you guys were in the meeting. it was a 55-minute meeting in the cabinet room, it was bipartisan, bicameral. the world got to see what he wanted. first and foremost, he wants to fund this government. what he really wants, the president has been very clear about this. he wants a two-year clean funding bill. there should be no ties to this bill. it was schumer himself who said it was ridiculous to add
anything to a spending bill. they wanted clean budge et cetera -- budgets in the house. >> you know you would get votes if you compounded on the d.r.e.a.m.er agreement put together by dick durbin and lindsey graham. why not just do that? >> show me the bill. nothing exists. >> they could easily write an amendment that includes the language from the lindsey graham/dick durbin compromise. the president himself seemed to join in that tuesday meeting that was open to the press for 55 minutes. we all saw it unfold here on cnn and other cable networ. the president seemed very responsive to all of that discussion, but then two days later he changed his mind. >> absolutely not true, wolf. what he came out of that meeting
saying was we have drilled down to four main areas. it was border security, it was ending chain migration, ending the visa lottery and working on a long-time daca fix. >> the president did say, give me a compromise, i'll take the heat, i want a bill of love, i want this included. he said that in the open meeting but then later he changed his mind. >> that's not what the bill gave him. he asked for something serious about border security. they did a study and came to the president and said, we need, not want, but need $18 billion to fund border security. we have to keep people out of this country from coming in illegally. dick came to the table and said they had $1.6 billion furnded fr that. >> hogan, it was a one-year plan. you were talking about a 10-year plan.
it was a one-year plan and they made it clear the long-term plan would be separate comprehensive immigration reform. they both said, lindsey graham and dick durbin, just fund it for a year, it will be a down payment, and then we'll have plenty of time to get a long-term arrangement working. that's why it was only a tenth of what they eventually wanted. the bill was foren the bill wa. there was no amnesty between dick durbin and senator graham. i know him well. i'm from south carolina. but that's not what the president wanted. he asked for a bipartisan bill, two people to come to a bill that doesn't touch protecting the people of this country. it was a joke. senator tom cotton said he never saw the bill. speaker ryan said he never saw the bill. pretending as though this was bipartisan and bicameral is a joke. >> i know you have to run,
hogan. thanks for coming. >> thank you, wolf. >> hogan gidley, cnn now we're here with gloria boringger. i would like both of you to answer. if schumer comes around and says, you know what, he wants the d.r.e.a.m.ers here to stay. i wouldn't be surprised if they work something out. >> the person that gets to him last is very often the person he agrees with, and that's why it's kind of interesting that schumer is getting down there alone. as we know, they actually have a pretty decent personal relationship, both nrk noew yor and a long history, and the president actually donated to schumer's campaign.
i think the issue here is right now the republicans feel that they're on some pretty good terra firma. they passed this in the house. they gave the democrats chip, which is really important to them -- >> the children's health insurance program. >> dairk-- a six-year commitmen it, and now they're turning to the democrats and saying, why are you holding this up? and the democrats are saying, no, no, no. we also need a commitment. we need a commitment on d.r.e.a.m.ers. each side can back into their corner. the democrats can say, you could have approved the children's health program any time. they don't want the pressure -- the democrats don't want the pressure to be let out of the balloon right now. they say if you work the next three, four, five days, maybe we could get it done because daca can pass on its own, children's health could pass on its own, so why can't you put it into something that will pass? >> the devil is in the details
on this. this is the fifth time they're going to do a cr in this administration, kicking the can down the road. but there are some issues on the table, and it's in the weeds now. when you talk about chip, i just got on the phone with somebody who just left the democrats caucus meeting. there is a sense of urgency on the hill as well as the white house. here's the problem with chip. with ten years, it would have saved money. but you get into the weeds when you try to give insurance to these low-income children. where are they going to go when they're in need of help? they also want fundingfulo of low-income health centers. they also want a community of health centers for these low-income kids. that's one issue. there is also a big concern for the supplemental for disasters. we've seen what happened with puerto rico. these hidden variables that just crop up. they want to be assured about that as well. and then i'm hearing also that will, you know, the republicans
aren't actually sure sometimes where the president stands on what he really wants. yes, chuck schumer is at the white house, you know? one minute they're friends until schumer says something is wrong and he'll tweet again and that could just throw everything up in the air. >> are you surprised that chuck schumer is there meeting with the president but the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, is not there? >> yes. well, he knows where mitch mcconnell is, although mitch mcconnell this week said, i would like to know where the president is on immigration. i don't think mitch mcconnell is clear. we don't know where the president is on immigration. you mentioned earlier, we saw him at the public meeting, then he changed his mind, then conservatives got to him. lindsey graham said it was steven miller at the white house. i think what the president is trying to do is to be the negotiator he told us he was -- >> he always said he was the greatest deal maker. he could have a deal right now. he could sell it to the republicans in the senate, sell
it to the republicans in the house. if he includes something for the d.r.e.a.m.ers, the overwhelming majority, and the democrats support it, he could get 81 votes in the senate, 300 votes in the house. they got the chip. if they get something on the d.r.e.a.m.ers, the president makes a deal, the government doesn't shut down. >> you're right, he said he was going to be the greatest deal maker. but here's the problem. last week when we saw this build up, it totally changed the beginning of the week. it was like, yes, let's look at possibly more citizenship. whiplash. we don't have the collar for it, either. we had this s-hole statement, and there was a question of is he working in good faith as it comes to these serious issues of immigration. then you also have this issue where republicans and democrats are saying there is a crisis, a confidence crisis, because they really don't know what he's
doing. and that spills open to so much. that is one of the reasons why we are where we are. what is it, ten hours away from a possible government shutdown. >> chuck schumer did throw out this idea in the past 24 hours or so. this is a 30-day proposal, this stopgap per to keep the government going. maybe do something three, four, five days, maybe negotiate more on the d.r.e.a.m.ers, on border security, other issues. i suspect he's raising that possibility with the president. will the president go along with that and could he sell it to the senate? >> i don't know if he could sell it to the senate. i just got off the phone with a senate ldership aide. that is what chuck schumer wants. chuck schumer said, let's keep the pressure on. if you let this go for 30 days, then we're on daca. i think the critical point of this is the democrats are
sotomayso emboldened. everybody is playing base politics in this. you saw john tester yesterday from the state of montana. very red state. not going along with this. so the democrats the republicans thought they could depend on, they cannot depend on it. >> just to be precise, the republicans control the house of representatives where there is a simple majority, but the republicans don't control the senate when it comes to this legislation. they only have 51 republican senators. they need 60 under the rules of the u.s. senate. they don't have 60 unless they include something, presumably, on the d.r.e.a.m.ers. >> yeah, but you know, these 12 democrats they need, they're not going to get. they've got to sweeten it and they have to know for sure that the president means this. it's not going to shift, it's not going to change. this d.r.e.a.m.er issue is not just a piece of legislation. this goes to the heart of the
nation, what we were founded on, all the different peoples. they want to make sure that some pieces of legislation, granted the people of this base want change, but they want to make sure certain pieces of this nation stay in place even though this talk happened last week. >> you know, it's a sad thing, though, that congress seems to only be able to do things in a crisis environment. >> reactionary. >> it's an institution that is cited acti crisis activated. sometimes you do have to have this. i think the schumer point is if you kick the can down the road for a length of time, you lose the momentum here. and you lose the movement. so this is a moment, and either you punt or you get something done. >> we're already at the one-year mark. >> let's see what these two guys from new york city, chuck schumer, president trump, can do
in their private little meeting going on in the oval office right now. let's see what happens. two guys from new york, let's see what they can do as far as making a deal and then if she can sell it. there's much more in the breaking news. plus, an explosive new report showing the president's vulnerability. he paid lots of money to a porn star in 78. arking) aww. smartphone plans with talk, text and data start at $15/month, no contract. all with unlimited carryover... ...and nationwide 4g lte coverage. tracfone. for moments that matter.
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senator schumer and the president. this is an urgent meeting. and interestingly, the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell was not invited to this meeting between the president and the democratic leader in the senate. we're staying on top of this. so much is at stake. millions of americans will be impacted if there is a government shutdown tonight. so stand by for that. there is other news we're following. we're learning more right now about the lengths that president trump's longtime private, personal attorney went to in order to keep a porn star silent in the weeks leading up to last year's presidential election back in 2016. i should say according to the "wall street journal," the president's lawyer used a private company in pseudonyms to pay hush money to the porn star stormy daniels, as she's called. daniels claims to have had an affair with donald trump way back in 2006, obviously long before he ran for president.
let's bring in the attorney seth barrons white. walk us through the new reporting on this because it's pretty explosive. >> they first reported about this alleged money that was exchanged between president trump's private lawyer and this adult film star, stormy daniels, whose real name is stephanie clifford. but now we have more proof, it seems. the "wall street journal" reporting there was a company established in delaware called the established consultants llc that was used to send payment to stormy daniels' lawyer who was also working under pseudonyms. there is a lot of trying to hide the money. the president and stormy daniels -- >> stormy's personal attorney. >> --yes, personal attorney, has denied this meeting took place. president trump vehemently denies any such occurrence, as does ms. daniels.
however, he hasn't commented about the $130,000 payment or this company that was created. stormy daniels has also denied the relationship and said she never received any sort of hush money from donald trump. but keep in mind this money didn't actually come from donald trump, it came from the established consultant llc and her attorney. >> how unusual is it to have a private llc and pseudonyms at the same time as reported by the "wall street journal"? >> well, it's bizarre and it's incredibly rare. this appears to be a botched cover-up of a porn star payoff. and we have various red flags that are shining here, demonstrating an apparent intent to conceal. so, for example, they're using an llc, a limited liability company. llcs are typically used for an operating business. it doesn't have to be fancy, it doesn't have to be general electric, but it has to be an operating business. there is no such role here.
this is just a single payoff, one and done. if you take a look at the signature lines of the settlement agreement, it is signed anonymously, so they anonymize the name in the settlement agreement, so instead clford, i believe they used peggy peterson. peggy peterson doesn't exist so it's strange to see an anonymous payment page. it was an attempt to conceal and it's something you never really see. >> this was done in delaware, right? >> yes. >> tell us about delaware. >> it is known to be business friendly, and because of that, it has a reputation among attorney circles of allowing very friendly, anonymous-oriented ways to register a company. he didn't really use the delaware venue to the best of his advantage.
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we're following breaking news as the clock is ticking on a government shutdown. the deadline midnight tonight. right now the democratic leader senator chuck schumer, he's over at the white house for an extraordinary one-on-one meeting with president trump. right now the two of them are trying to see if they can avert a government shutdown, come up with some sort of deal. rightnow.orkers working on this we'll see what emerges from their meeting. interestingl the senate majority leader, the republican leader mitch mcconnell, is not at that meeting at the white house, at least not yet. it's important to remember there are only ten active u.s. senators remaining from the 1995 federal government shutdown. that was the longest one in history. joining us now from capitol hill is one of them, the vermont senator patrick leahy. senator, thanks so much for joining us. >> good to be with you, wolf. >> do you have any inside word,
if you could share it with us, i know a lot of this stuff is pretty sensitive, on what chuck schumer has brought to the white house to try to come up with some sort of deal with the president, the republican leadership, to avert a government shutdown? >> well, i think that senator schumer is aware the only person that's publicly called for a shutdown is donald trump. i don't think many people, republicans or democrats, want to see a shutdown. they would like to see the government work. we're 111 days into the fiscal year. we've had sound bites, we haven't had substance. it's time to have substance. if we had done our job last fall, if we had passed the appropriations for those we should, this would be a moot point. instead we suddenly have everything coming together. you have all these competing suggestions to what we should do. none of them adequately -- in fact, our military, opioid,
chip, anything else, and we're now stuck with saying, gee whiz, maybe we should do what we should have done last fall. >> basically, there is a lot in this plan that passed the house of representatives over 230 votes last night, but there's a lot that you still want to include. you're not going to get that in the next few hours. how do you avert senator leahy, a shutdown tonight. how do you avoid a shutdown in the meantime? >> first of all, it doesn't fund the military adequately, it doesn't take care of our domestic programs, it doesn't adequately affect the opioid crisis which is affecting every single state in the union. >> senator, let me interrupt. this is only a 30-day plan. they're not dealing long term
right now, they're dealing with a 30-day plan to keep the government open. and during the 30 days, you work on a lot of these other issues. so let me repeat the question. what can you do in the coming hours to avoid a government shutdown? >> it's not just a 30-day plan. we've had 111 days and they have not come up with a plan. nobody has any confidence in 30 days if they keep punting it down the road that they will come up with a plan. what they have done shows what they do behind closed doors without the american people involved, and they come up with a very, very inadequate plan. what we can do is get key members of both parties together and say, we will pledge to have -- and give the various points. fine, the average short-term extension maybe four or five days while we draft it and do it. but this thing behind closed doors, spread it out and say, here, we're go ahead for another
30 days. that's baloney. >> so senator schumer is pitching three, four, five days. get a short-term deal, then during this time work around the clock to deal with these other issues. is that what i'm hearing you say? >> we've had a template for these other issues. now we need people to stop the sloganeering, sit down and pass in elections. >> what's the difference between five days or 30 days? why not the extra time to breathe? >> because every time it's given extra time, it changed. the president calls for a shutdown, it changes with different things. corporations can't plan that way, our military can't plan that way, our research can't plan that way. you cannot turn these programs
>> so are you confident or concerned that something might emerge from this schumer meeting with the president that's ongoing right now? >> i talked with senator schumer this morning. look, i've got irish and italian ancestry, i'm always optimistic. less optimistic than i've been for some time, but it could be done. the fact is, to be serious about it, wolf, this can be done if we want to. but it also means the president can't change his mind every five minutes and tweet something different. >> i've been speaking with a lot of your colleagues and they totally agree with you. this is definitely doable if there is a reasonable compromise, they can get this done. we'll see what emerges and we'll see if chuck schumer can sell that two or three or five-day extension so you can continue
working on the weekend with this. >> i'm perfectly tlog stay right here and work all day, all night, throughout the weekend to get it done. >> i'm sure your colleagues totally agree with you on that. thank you for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. i want to show you live pictures coming in from washington where anti-abortionists are marching on the streets and at the capitol. they're taking part in the march for life event here in washington. this is the event's 45th year nce that first march was started. they heard from president trump via video feed at the rose garden in which he touted his administration's anti-abortion march. a trump appointee resigns over racist and sexist remarks from 2014.
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>> we still don't have a plan from the white house what diversity lotteries should be replaced with. we still don't know what they want on chain migration other than comprehensive. >> let's bring in our chief washington correspondent, the anchor of "the lead," jake tapper. let's talk about this last-minute meeting the president is having now in the oval office with democratic leader chuck schumer, two guys from new york trying to come up with some sort of deal. >> two out of borough guys, and i think senator schumer is the politician to whom president trump, as a civilian, as given more money than any other individual candidate. you would think they are two guys who could make a deal, who could broker a deal on both th government funding resolution thgs.lso chip and daca and other but as you heard from republicans, mo brooks and lindsey graham and we also heard
from majority leader mitch mcconnell, they don't know on which to side. >> they don't know what the president will hear from chuck schumer and how they'll emerge. >> when you look at what president trump said in that meeti meeting, the 55-minute negotiation with congress, then you look also at how tom cotton ask immigration hardliners came into that meeting with durbin and graham, there is obviously stated aobviously, stated and unstated, a real concern that president trump, who is not necessarily tethered very strongly to very deeply conservative principles what kind of deal he would be willing to negotiate with chuck schumer if it's just the two of them in a room. >> tomorrow marks exactly one year of the trump presidency, and a lot of people think he's changed the nature of the presidency. >> that's one of the things we've gotten into in this documentary that is going to be
airing tomorrow night called "rein of chaos one year" and one of the issues was how much is president trump changing the presidency? >> is president trump, has he changed the presidency forever? will it never be the same because of theiffent disrupting way that he's doing it? >> our country can absorb an awful lot of hits, and i don't think donald trump will change the trajectory of our nation forever. >> trust me. i'm like a smart person. >> this is a nation that is built on a system of really norms and not laws, that if people don't follow those norms in a good manner system sort of way, the system can break down. >> do you think the president has some emotional issues? do you think the president is unstable? >> do i see narcissism, attention deficit disorder, impulse control issues, volcanic
temper? yeah. i see that. >> that must concern you. >> yeah. it does. it does concern me. >> long-time trump friend tom barrack has no such concerns. >> my hope is we'll be applauding for president trump at the end of four or eight years saying, we saw what he was doing, it was tough, he had courage, he was very competent, and we're glad he was here. >> that was tom barrack and before that republican congressman tom bear. it airs tonight. >> watch the special report tonight entitled "trump's first year, reign of chaos, 10:00 p.m.
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>> only one person was actually cordial to me. every other black person was rude. they wanted me to either load the wood, completely split it for them or some sort of, you know, assistance in labor. i believe that this translates directly into the culture that is breeding this welfare and the high percentage of people on welfare in the black race. it's a lax of morality. >> in another clip, higbie talks about his feelings toward muslims. >> called an islamaphobe. the other day. i said no, i'm not afraid of them. i don't like them. they said then you're racist. and i said fine if that's the definition of it, then i guess i am. >> racist and intorant remarks, tell us more aut
higbie's position under president trump and how you uncovered these clips. >> many might remember higbie during the campaign, full disclosure, he was on cnn a number of times where he served as a spokesman for great america pac, this super pac. he was basically appointed in august 2017 where he works as the public face of the corporation for national public service. they direct americorp, all kinds of volunteer service across the country that millions of americans basically work at. we found the story when we were working on a different story. we reported, i believe, on either monday or tuesday that now house majority leader kevin mccarthy had met with leading members of the birther movement in his office. i noticed they had a radio show and i was going through it, looking to see if mccarthy had gone on. then i found out that higbie
made that appearance. basically from there, when he was on the show, he made all these birther comments and i sort of started looking step by step by step, if he had done other shows, what kind of comments he made. we didn't even play the most offensive stuff. the birther stuff turned out to be the least offensive thing that we found. >> he has now apologized and dropped out of this appointment. right? >> he dropped out. we contacted them yesterday around noon by about 6:00 p.m., we were told that he had resignedffective immediately. >> he issue aid statement, tweeted a statement. i know you have it. read it to our viewers. >> so, he basically said i'm sorry that my words -- eapolohe apologized sort of very -- he apologized that he made them, sorry what i said in 2013. those words do not reflect who i am or what i stand for. i regret saying them. he basically went on to say he told the white house he was resigning so he won't basically
distract the message. >> from the president's many successes, he said, #noexcuses. andrew kaczynski reporting for us. vladimir putin is no ordinary leader. the russian president stripped down in freezing temperatures before quickly emerging himself in icy waters, traditional ritual commemorating the baptism of jesus. live pictures from the white house. president trump and the senate minority leader check schumer are meeting behind closed doors in the oval office, trying to strike a deal to keep the government open. our breaking news coverage continues right after this.
we pick up our coverage right now. i'm brooke baldwin, coming to you live from our nation's capital on this friday afternoon. you are watching cnn special live coverage of this congressional standoff that could lead to the first government shutdown in four years. we've still got that countdown ticker. fewer than 10 hours remaining. this just in. the president makes a move across the aisle. he is meeting with the leader of the senate democrats, chuck schumer. here is the senate, arriving at the white house, just about an hour ago. and, according to a source, we the president seeing what leader schumer is willing to put on the table and that no deals will be cut. that's the latest we have on this. if the government does run out of money at midnight tonight, it will fall on the one-year anniversary of president trump's inauguration. so, what's the chance of that? good questi