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ageless good morning everyone. john berman here. kaboom. a not-so-dramatic reenactment of the political explosion that went off overnight. a democrat is poised to win a special election that donald trump carried by 20 points. a district no democrat has any business coming close in. it's not official yet but conor lamb leads rick saccone by 631 votes. saccone has yet to secede. democrats can compete in more places than they are in years and have a real shot to win the house next fall. this morning one republican called it a political earthquake, and it is safe to say the party is shaken to its
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core, that is, c-o-r-e. inside joke. cnn's alex marquardt in cannonsburg. where are we this morning? >> reporter: 641 votes separating these candidates. that's .2%. there are more votes to be counted. all the votes are in. the results, of course, are not official. conor lamb has claimed victory, but we have been speaking with the saccone campaign. they say they're not conceding, not making any decisions until all of the votes are in. now, there is no official recount in congressional races in pennsylvania, but there is legal recourse for the saccone campai campaign. if they feel it's too close, they can petition for a recount. i spoke with a campaign spokesman. they're speaking with lawyers who came in from washington from rnc and campaign wing of the republican party, the nrcc. they're going through what
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options they have, and that will inform the decision that they eventually make. now, if this result becomes official, likely later today, it will be stunning. for the reasons you mentioned, because of the history in this district, the overwhelming republican nature in the last few races, but on top of that, the staggering amount of money spent here. $10.7 million spent by outside conservative groups on the rick saccone campaign. and this is how conor lamb explained what he says is his victory to "new day" earlier this morning. >> i describe myself as a pennsylvania democrat, looking to get things done and especially to be for and represent working people. that's part of a long tradition here. i think people basically understand what it means, and it means that we will work with the other side if that's what it takes to bring jobs here, protect our people. that seems to be what most people want around here.
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>> reporter: john, conor lamb may be taking that message back on the campaign trail. this is a hugely important election. it's largely symbolic. here in pennsylvania, the state supreme court decided that the congressional district map was too gerrymandered in favor of republicans, so they redrew it. if these two gentlemen, conor lamb and rick saccone want to run again in november during the midterms, they will likely be running in two different districts and, john, could actually end up serving in congress alongside each other. >> so they could have more time together, just what they want. alex marquardt in cannonsburg, thank you so much. joined by cnn political reporter rebecca burg, mary katharine ham and be anna golodryga. it's a 641-vote margin. they haven't declared the race over. i can't stress how close this
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was. let me put up the figures. donald trump won this district by more than 20 points. that's not the one i want. donald trump won this seat by more than 20 points in 2016. tim murphy, who was the republican who held this seat, was not even opposed the last two elections. mitt romney won by 17 points when he ran here. rebecca, what happened? >> republicans, john, are saying it was just a bad candidate who didn't fit the district, didn't run a good campaign. he didn't raise enough money, didn't define himself, didn't define his opponent. that's the message that republicans will be hearing in a closed meeting later today from nrcc chairman steve siegers. i'm told by a source familiar with his planned remarks. the big story is donald trump's drag on republicans up and down the ballot. if donald trump were a more popular president, we wouldn't have seen this happen.
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what we learned from this race or what we're continuing to learn from this race is republicans with their anti pelosi message, their pro tax reform message were not able to overcome donald trump's drag on republican candidates, so that's why we see what we're seeing now, a democrat winning a race where a democrat shouldn't even have been competitive. >> as we speak, steve stooifers, the chair of the national republican campaign committee is meeting with republican house members and telling them be afraid, get your acts together. we he's saying we've got to take this very, very seriously. the political report says there are 47 districts where republicans as vulnerable as saccone. what does this mean? what should republicans be thinking this morning? >> they may be counting their lucky stars that the bomb went off now because it is hard to ignore. you can overinterpret special elections. it's our job.
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but i think you can't ignore the fact that every special election even in trump's supportive areas have had the same swing toward democratic enthusiasm and away from republicans. that matters. if that's the dynamic on the board, that's what november is going to look like. they have to localize raises, prepare themselves from this and separate themselves from trump if that's what's called for in their districts. i will say a note of caution for both parties, for republicans, one, yes, there are many more districts that are more competitive than this one or at least as competitive as this one. two, for democrats, it is important to note conor lamb was an extremely good candidate. rick saccone is not as bad as they'll talk about him being. conor lamb was picked by committee, not by primary. they'll lose competitiveness in these seats despite enthusiasm.
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>> i will say conor lamb is no unicorn. seth moulton and other congressional democrats have been recruiting veterans, people who have the same type of resume, both men and women as conor lamb. they may not be able to prevail every time, but he won't be the only one like that. >> he won't be the only one. but progressives are demanding other things on the ground often. >> often, yes, the wings of both parties often pull their candidates in those directions. bianna, we did hear from conor lamb earlier. the issue is, is donald trump, is the president a drag on republican candidates? listen to how conor lamb, maybe the next democratic congressman from this district, how he sees it. >> do you think it says something about donald trump? >> not really, other than to say there are plenty of people here who are still pretty supportive of him. he came here twice. i think he did distribute contre
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turnout we saw. >> conor lamb is willing to give the president credit for helping voters turning out making it closer. he didn't really bother going after president trump. is that a model some democrats will use? >> i think a lot more democrats will be looking at this model. mary katharine was right, he's a good candidate. he from the get-go said he was running on local issues, ignoring the noise out of washington. his opponent was doing just the opposite. you think about what paul ryan was saying last year before the tax bill had been passed when he said, listen, i told everybody to focus on their own constituents, run lockly, ignore what's coming out of washington. we saw suburban voters come out, many who voted for president trump now come out and vote for the democratic candidate.
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you'll possibly see more republicans coming out and announcing their retirement. that's something democrats are hoping for going forward. i don't care what the president said, trying to hedge his bets, trying to say this is a bad candidate. he did go out and stump for him. >> i've talked to republicans on the inside and say there aren't many more republicans who can retire because so many have already run to the doors. we'll see if that happens. we have a graphic showing most of the precincts in this district, pennsylvania 18. the blue marks are where the vote shifted democratic from the last election. the red marks that you can't see because there are hardly any, shifted more republican. the shift here was universal. in democratic districts more democratic. in republicans precincts, more democratic as well.
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voters starting to move. >> absolutely. that was the only way connor lamb was going to have a chance to win this district which was by 20 points for donald trump in the 2016 election. the underlying factors here should really scare republicans, john. you have not only suburban voters energized for democrats, incredible energy on the democratic side in a special election, but also some of these blue collar voters who might have identified as democrats before but in 2016 switched their vote to support donald trump, those voters, some of them went back to the democratic side, said voting for trump was a one-time thing, but i'm not necessarily going to support a republican who supports donald trump's agenda, in part because of trump's unpopularity. that should be disturbing for republicans looking forward. >> the question is, our friend mason miller has been on tv saying rick saccone wasn't trumpy enough.
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he should have been trumpier. the president went, his sons went twice, the vice president went. i'm not sure how much more trumpy you can be. >> roy moore outtrumped trump in trump land. it only has so much appeal. often that appeal is for trump himself. i thinkrebecca's point is important. trump is a populist, not a partisan, not an ideeye idea lo. it's highly likely they'll cross back. that's something republicans have to worry about. those truly devoted to trump, this is the line they have to walk, they have to not distance themselves from him too much because they might lose the enthusiasm on the other side which is part of this story as well. it's a tight wire act here. the republican party is not famed for being that delicate. >> it's a tight wire act that
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only it appears a few people can pull off, including the president. i don't think it helped rick saccone to come out and say i don't think democratic voters love their country and america and god because they chose to vote for a democrat. >> attacking voters never a good thing. stand by. we have a lot more to talk about. we have breaking news out of the united kingdom. prime minister theresa may expelled 27 russian diplomats after the nerve gas attack on british soil. let's get the breaking details from nick paton walsh live in london. what have you learned? >> reporter: john, those 23 russian diplomats, a pretty big chunk of an embassy, we think 60 in total, they've got a week to leave. accused of undeclared espionage activity. this is one of a number of measured laid out. another key one, they'll cut off high-level contacts between the uk and russia moving forward,
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canceling a foreign minister's visit to the uk and meaning no members of the royal family or senior british politicians will go to the world cup later this year. assets targeted here of the russian state if they're shown to be of use in doing harm to uk citizens here and potentially further sanctions related to human rights. the full scope of the detail here is what's important because some of these things frankly could be reciprocated by russia and potentially cancel each other out. theresa may very clear that the response so far from yaush, quote, has been sarcasm. and that leaves them with little choice than to believe that russia is culp of the nerve attack of the former russian spy and her daughter found last sunday on a park bench in the city of salisbury losing consciousness. later today the uk will convene an urgent meeting of the un
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security council where they'll brief them on this incident. this is a pretty substantial move by the uk. the question is does russia match it and does it really begin to make those in moscow feel the bite. >> it is a major development. we will see if russia decides to brush it off over the coming hours. nick paton walsh, thank you. this morning members of the white house staff and cabinet might be glued to twitter. why? to find out if they've been fired. the president signaling a wider staff shakeup. who's next? nationwide protests under way. these are live pictures from cherry hill, new jersey, just the start. thousands and thousands of students walking out of school this morning to honor the 16 people killed exactly one month ago in parkland, florida. we're on it. with public servicesur apps without starting from scratch. it brings your business up to speed, doing more with systems you have in place. it can bring all your apps to life
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hirings, the question this morning isn't if but who and when, and for that matter, how? it seems certain that rex tillerson will not be the last cabinet member or top administration official to leave. cnn's abby phillip live at the white house for us with the very latest. who is next, abby? >> reporter: well, it could be any number of people, john. the president seemed to signal he was eager to get rid of folks who he doesn't think quite fit what he wants in his cabinet. on the top of the list based on our reporting at cnn could be national security adviser h.r. mcmaster who very much like rex tillerson has not always had the easiest relationship with president trump. according to our reporting, there are people being talked to about that john including john bolton, someone close to the president in the past. there are also a series of saab net secretaries who have been getting these terrible headlines that have irritated the president and bothered white house advisers. you saw on that graphic there
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several of them, the v. a. secretary david shulkin, ben carson who has been accused of misspending federal funds on furniture in his office and several others, pruitt over at the epa, have been gar energy these negative headlines. it's still an open question whether any of those people could be on the chopping block. certainly the president seems frustrated that, in addition to all the things that he is battling from in his presidency, that his cabinet secretaries are doing the opposite of helping here, garnering their own negative headlines. we also learned that the president is thinking about david shulkin and the controversies at the va and thought about some of his own cabinet secretaries, rick perry to potentially replace shulkin. there could be this sense of musical chairs here in the president's cabinet where he's already replaced rex tillerson
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with the current cia director. he's moving up the deputy cia director into the top post there, and this morning on twitter he's been complaining about the pace of confirmations for his nominees for these open cabinet positions and open administration positions. he's blaming democrats for stalling hundreds of nominees, and now he has two more people awaiting confirmation, mike pompeo needs to be confirmed as the secretary of state and his deputy, gina haspel needs to be confirmed as cia director. there are a lot of people waiting for jobs and the president is signaling there could be even more coming down the pike. this could be happening as soon as this week. other sources have said it could take weeks. you never know when president trump changes his mind about what direction he wants to go in and how quickly he wants to move on some of these departures. >> abby phillip live at the
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white house. in musical chairs, when will the music stop? my panel is back with me. before i talk about the administration sheiakeup. our manu raju is hearing from inside the national republican campaign committee who says they're not ruling out asking for a recount in pennsylvania 18. they said they heard reports, anecdotal reports of mystical bragss on some voting machines, information about lines at some polling places and also issues with absentees. i wanted to put that out there. it may be some time before this election is decided conclusively. i don't think the political implications change so much either way. now, to the issue of the cabinet and the white house staff, bianna, the president says i'm really at a point where we're getting close to having the cabinet and other things i want. >> so bizarre. 14 months in. the president is at liberty to appoint anybody he wants. you can make the argument that given all the headlines and the
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warnings we've had for months about rex tillerson's departure, why did he not submit his own letter of resignation? he was a businessman. i'm sure any of his sub bored nats that had called him a moron probably would have done the same. having said that, there's something so undiplomatic about firing your top diplomat the way you do, not just from a personal level. he didn't garner much sympathy within the state department. he expelled many people within the state department and gutted it and cut its funding, but it's incredible this president is able to garner so much sympathy from many people who for the most part were not very sympathetic cabinet members. from a larger perspective, when you look at the stakes right now going into the north korea negotiations, you have diplomats from around the world not knowing which american official has the president's ear, who is speaking for the president. it's not as if rex tillerson was speaking so out of line with traditional u.s. values when it
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came to politics and geopolitics worldwide. it may be more confusing shorter and long-termer term for some of our local allies and adversaries. >> the question is it could take a month, month and a half, two months to confirm mike pompeo. jonathan karl, terrific reporter at abc has sources telling him that the way they look at this is not that the president has lost control, it's that he's taking controlled and running things the way he wants now, mary katherine. i wonder what the implications of that may be? >> i think some of that may be true. i think some of the first picks, the reen priebus as chief of staff were off-brand for him and trying to make this fit with his new look and sort of marry himself with the gop. some of that didn't work out. i think actually pompeo will
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likely be more compatible with him. he may hear things about russia better from someone he likes personally than he did from rex tillerson. i think that matters. this part where you can't even call somebody, i just have a personal issue with that. i think it's very classless. this is like the online dating app of white houses. there's a lot of fire, meeting a lot of people. there's not a lot of vetting at the beginning. no thought to compatibility and in the end you get a text or get ghosted. that's not a great way of doing business. in running the administration you want some consistency. i'm happy for him to change, especially if the changes mean more compatible with him that has more running time, but this is not the way to do it. >> it's not the way to behave in a high school relationship let alone a business or presidential administration. rebecca, some people aring looing at the departure of tillerson and pompey know more in line with the president's thinking, the white house is losing one of the sources of restraint.
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rex tillerson was a force along with mattis and maybe mcmaster who kept the president in line. does anyone really restrain donald trump from doing what he wants to do? do we have any evidence of that really at this point? >> i guess that's all relatively speaking here, john. no one can restrain donald trump, no one has taken away his twitter. no one has changed who he is. they can pick their battles strategically and try to work within the donald trump mold as much as possible. what you were references, senator bob corker acknowledged last year, former secretary tillerson, secretary mattis and chief of staff john kelly were the only people in this administration who were separating it and the country from chaos. so now we're down one of those people. of course, that's bob corker's view, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. obviously has a great deal of a stake in this. so there is this question of will pompeo try to control trump at all? the answer is probably no
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because they're so similar patco. they see eye to eye. he's probably not going to get as much pushback as he would have from one like rex tillerson. >> this is happening in a world where there's so many things going on. we just saw the uk expelling 23 russian figures from inside that country because of the nerve gas attack. rex tillerson called out russia pretty directly in his statement yesterday. didn't thank the president but made sure to call out russia. you see any shift with mike pompeo coming in. >> pompeo has a way to soothe the president. mike pompeo said russia will continue to try to infiltrate and influence our elections in the years ahead. he also said that russia did influence our election in 2016. mike pompeo does know to say there are other outside factors,
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there's pen swale la, cuba, iran. other hot spots in the world. i think the president appreciates there isn't so much focus just on russia solely. i think the big test is, yes, they do see eye to eye when it comes to iran. we know pompeo is very hawkish when it comes to north korea. what's going to happen in these negotiations? the stakes are very high. the president continues to attack the iran deal that his predecessor, president obama made. the stakes are even that much higher going into north korea and the president saying the only way they can go forward is if north korea denukes. the big question is why would they have an incentive to denuke if the president wants to tear up the iran deal. >> in a few seconds left, i want to make this one statement and note that jeff sessions is still the attorney general, a man whom the president, rebecca, has been targeting and going after vocally for a long, long time, still has a job. what do you make of that? >> he's an unlikely survivor, that's for sure.
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it's a toxic relationship between the two of them, but there were reports last year that sessions submitted his resignation to the president and the president rejected it. so he's just serving now at the pleasure of the president. we'll see how their relationship progresses. clearly there are a lot of other cabinet secretaries right now who could be in the crosshairs. >> pleasure of the president doesn't mean what it used to. >> check your twitter. if you're serving in the cabinet, check your twitter. thanks so much. appreciate it. . the protests have already begun. students across the country walking out of school to protest gun violence. we'll have a live report from parkland, florida, next. for all the noses that stuff up around pets. there's flonase sensimist. it relieves all your worst symptoms including nasal congestion, which most pills don't. and all from a gentle mist you can barely feel. flonase sensimist.
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minutes from now thousands of students will leave their classrooms to walk out and protest gun violence. this is a response to the 17 lives lost in the mass shooting in parkland, florida. in some places the walkout has already begun. we've been looking at pictures all morning. all this is happening as the senate judiciary committee meets on capitol hill to hear proposals on improving school safety. joining me from parkland, florida, where unfortunately this all began, dianne gallagh r gallagher. >> reporter: john, this is one of the nearly 3,000 schools across the country participating in this walkout. but, of course, all eyes remain here in parkland. you can probably see behind me the memorials remain. it's been like this for the past month. it is the one-month anniversary. the students are going to walk out of their classrooms at 10:00 here and all walk together to
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the football field where they'll stand for those 17 minutes, one minute nor each of the classmates, teachers and coaches killed in that massacre at their school. they're going to use that time to reflect on their lives, but also what they've been able to accomplish in terms of gun control in florida and the goals they have to prevent something like this from happening at another school ever again. >> from the day after this happened at the rally, you could tell we weren't going to take no to the answer, we'd take this all the way to the top. i hope parkland is a representation of what america should be and what america could be. >> reporter: you hear them say that, what america could be, what it should be. john, as you've said, we've seen other students walking out. in new jersey kids walking out, even students in africa and israel who walked out of their classrooms to try to show solidarity with the students here in the united states when it comes to gun violence in the
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school districts. john, it's not necessarily something that all schools support. the kids here at marjory stoneman douglas are enjoying support from their staff, from the teachers and the principals here. but at other schools, some kids are walking out at the risk of being reprimanded, potentially even being suspended for doing so. so we're seeing it received differently across the nation, but something that almost all of them have in common is that they're student organized. i've seen pictures on twitter of 10 and 11-year-olds who have organized their own walkouts today because they say they want to make sure they can go to school in a safe environment. >> the kids willing to face the consequence, these students willing to face the consequences if they walk out of school right now. dianne gallagher, thanks so much for being with us. happening now, opening statements under way in the trial of the wife of the pulse nightclub shooter. 49 people were killed in that shooting in 2016. this wife could face life in
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prison. prosecutors believe she knew her husband was planning the shooting. they will argue she should have prevented the tragedy by reporting him to police. she's charged with supporting a terrorist organization an obstruction of justice and she's the only person on trial. who is next on the president's chopping block just hours after firing rex tillerson? the president suggests others will follow him out. ♪
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morning the nation's top diplomat is out. president trump suggesting more senior staff could follow. joining me is democratic representative gregory meeks from new york on the house foreign affairs committee. to that end, congressman, after you learned secretary tillerson was fired, you said i believe it does i'm measurable harm to our national interests at home and abroad. if you're concerned about the disconnect, will things be better with mike pompeo who seems to see more eye to eye with the president? >> only time will tell. he brought in tillerson, gary cohn and all the others that are gone. those are individuals he brought in. and over a period of time, it seemed as though he did not listen or went on his own and you know the individuals that ultimately were fired. so i think that time will only tell. what will it take for mr. pompeo
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to say something or do something that undermines the president? i can just tell you this, that i just came back from brussels. when i talk to our european allies, they no longer trust what anyone says because the president has contradicted his appointees time and time again. they say we'll wait to hear directly from the president. >> you say only time will tell. you've got a pretty good seat on the foreign affairs committee. you've had a chance to judge tillerson and look at what pompeo has done as well. based on what you see, do you see mike pompeo more in line with the president? >> no question he's more hawkish. the problem is at times i don't know where the president is or what he stands for. that's the problem. trying to figure it out, i've talked to some of his folks that's in and you try to figure out where the president stands, who knows? he stood one way on gun control when he had members of congress there, and then he had a meeting with the nra, didn't televise that, by the way, and he then seemed to come out another way.
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who knows where the president stands really? >> let me ask you about this congressional race, the special election in pennsylvania where democrat conor lamb is leading right now. conor lamb is against a ban on assault rifles. he's for the president's tariffs. conor lamb says he is personally pro life. is this the kind of democrat that you want to see elected? >> yes. look, i was here when we were in the majority and we had a lot of blue dogs and new dems. that created the conversation that is necessary. i can tell you what i learned from that and what i understand from this election, that there's more that conor lamb and i have in common. when you look at rural america and other americas, other part of america, the rust belt and you look at urban america, like my districts, we both want to make sure there's people there that are concerned about their tomorrow, their jobs. they want to make sure there's investment in their communities, want to make sure they have
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access to capital. they want to make sure their children have a better tomorrow. we're all concerned about the same things. therefore, we can have that dialogue and come up with certain things, with conclusions of what we agree upon and move forward. are there going to be distinct differences between us? yes, that's the fabric of america. that makes this the greatest country the planet has ever seen. he's going to represent his constituents and i'm going to represent mine. >> congressman, i want to give you a chance to clarify some reports that you have been connected to over the last several weeks, that in 2013 you met with the leader of the nation of islam, louis farrakhan in new york city along with the leader of iran. did you, in fact, attend a meeting with fair farrakhan? >> this is "the daily caller" a right wing tabloid who keeps putting this out there.
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they tried to describe it as a private meeting with louis farrakhan. this is at a time i was trying to decide whether or not we should go along with the sanctions against iran as well as fixing the iran nuclear deal. it was a meeting with a number of heads of states. the president of iran, mr. rouhani was there, along with a number of islamic religious leaders. the conversation was about how do we stop terrorism? and i wanted to get a feel whether or not -- and farrakhan happened to be there. it wasn't a meeting with farrakhan. it was a meeting with islamic leaders, american leaders from around the united states of america. that's what the meeting was. >> you know that people have noted louis farrakhan recently said things recently anti-semitic. he's got a long history of saying such things. do you unambiguously denounce those statements?
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>> yes. as you know, i put out a statement that farrakhan's remarks are upsetting and unacceptable to me. i made that statement. i also make the statement that i hope that "the daily caller" and others -- they were silent when those in charlottesville made statements about blacks and jews, and they did not come out strong and talk about denouncement of that or president trump when he said there was good people on both sides. so here again is "the daily caller," and i hope they're not trying to put a divide between the african-american community and the jewish community, because if you look at our voting records, we work very closely together and will continue to do that. >> congressman gregory meeks of new york, thank you very much for being with us, sir. >> good to be with you. >> we've been watching students from laguardia high school. they are part of this nationwide walkout protesting gun violence. much more ahead.
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across the country today. they are supposed to last 17 minutes each, one for each of the lives lost in parkland, florida. you can imagine though they will go beyond 17 minutes, i believe in both cases. you can see students of all ages taking parts in the protest. i can speak from personal experience, schools across the country have been dealing with this, sending notes to parents saying that we will support -- we will allow for these students to walk out of class and we will try to keep them safe as they do it so they can exercise their rights to free speech. again, we'll keep our eye on this throughout the morning. >> also this morning, newly released e-mails casting doubts on claims by ben carson that he had little or no involvement in the purchase of a $31,000 office dining room set. e-mails that show carson and his wife selected the furniture themselves, one of the e-mails from august to carson's assistant says, furniture the
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this is a move to protest gun violence after 17 students and faculty members in marjory stoneman douglas high school were murdered a month ago. you're looking from pictures from new york city and also outside the white house where you can see students sitting down there. these students as i said walking out across the country for 17 minutes at a time each to honor the 17 victims. some face discipline for walking out. some schools threatening suspensions but by no means all schools and many are supporting their students. we have reporters live across the country. let's start in parkland. diane gallagher it there. >> reporter: yeah, john, not going to see any discipline for students participating in that here. they have the full support not just of the faculty and staff but of the entire community and the past couple minutes we started to see families walk in, small children people in the community supporting these kids. the students will walk out of


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