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going to great lengths if he feels slighted in trade disputes. the confirmations in jeopardy. one key republican says he won't get behind them. the pentagon acknowledging a second attack on soldiers in niger last year after the deadly ambush by isis fighters. this is just now coming to light. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm bigeldave briggs. we will discuss the national walkout in a moment. what a strong showing of kids across the country. we start with some eye popping comments. donald trump on trade suggesting how far he is willing to go in talks with american allies. two major admissions and at a private fund-raiser in st. louis. >> the president said he made up facts with canadian prime minister justin trudeau.
retelling a stoiry he told before. he said the u.s. has a trade deficit with canada. he admitted he did not know if that is the case. >> for the record, the united states has a trade surplus with canada. the president launched an attack on close american allies, including south korea. including that country ripping off the u.s. for decades. the president appeared to threaten pulling american troops stationed in south korea if seoul does not make concessions on trade that he wants. >> trump said we lose money on trade. we lose money on the military. we have right now 32,000 soldiers on the border with north and south korea. let's see what happens. for more on that story. let's bring in david mckenzie live in seoul. this is a president who, you know, was elected to rock the boat. in terms of the korean peninsula he is doing that. >> reporter: that is right, christine.
he said from the moment he was brought into office he wanted to get hard on south korea when it comes to trade. get tough on the issues. to include the many u.s. troops at the demilitarized zone just 38 miles to the north of me is a controversial move even in private. president trump is now looking toward the high stakes meeting with kim jong un, the leader of north korea. and to throw trade and troops in the mix may complicate the mix with south korea. the foreign minister on the way to d.c. to have meetings with the acting secretary of state because rex tillerson was fired and meetings with ivanka trump. the longer there is awa wait on word, the more nervous the south
koreans will get. there are meetings in sweden and they hold interests at heart with north korea. a lot of behind the scenes momentum. the comments potentially won't be seen as useful in the korean peninsula right now. >> david, thank you so much. >> joining us here is the senior correspondent for bustle.com. >> glad to be heere. >> this is the fear when the president talked about the direct meeting with kim jong un. shooting from the hip and pulling troops from the korean peninsula. that brings feel to people in the ridegion. how important is this issue? >> it is very important to the south koreans and u.s. and the military and families. as you noted, it comes at an
intense time with the u.s., south korea and north korea. while these meetings are planned and negotiations as to what pre-conditions will agree to and all of that is hashed out, this is a powerful remark. on the heels of a few of the remarks the president put out. >> kim jong un wants a drawdown. the president is dangling something beneficial. >> everything they want. >> you watch the president on the diplomatic front is interesting. as justin trudeau and his story where the president walks in and says we have a trade deficit with canada. we don't. we don't. it makes it difficult to figure out how the president is negotiating and the deals he is making when the basic facts are not right. >> christine, it mays it difficult for reporters and difficult for his staff. it makes it difficult for our allies meeting with the
president. he said exemptions can be offered on steel and aluminum tariffs. we see the meeting with trudeau how the meetings go. the president's view is america first. what that means is he has a view and he says allies are here to serve the united states. you see him pulling away and saying this is not in the american trinterest. this is something he has been doing for the last 14 months. >> if the president is getting a better deal on nafta, he will look good in the end. if there is no trade war. >> exactly. if there is no trade war. that is a big if. >> that's the carrot. this is something i'm looking at with the appointment on larry kudlow. he agrees these can be a tool. negotiating better deals in the interest of the united states. they have different opinions
there. as we see shakeups in the white house, you have to wonder how many opinions are left in the inner circle? >> the voices brought in are like-minded opinions or yes men. >> the president was elected to rock the boat. he is rocking the boat. i think and i'm surprised on the trade war front and people believe he would not do some of the things. you look at boeing. boeing fell. it is the proxy for trade war. the president was at boeing when the shares were falling because of his policies. >> the president sees this as what he was intending to do and voted into office to do. we saw his confidence on the campaign trail. we saw how he spoke to voters and for voters. that empowered him. he has confidence. when he shoots from the hip, he is saying his impulses are the best way forward. we are seeing more people around him in high level positions echo that thought. >> we want to talk about a piece you wrote about the national
walkout we saw across the country. one month after the shooting at parkland at stoneman douglas high school. it was incredible to see the students take action around the world as we reported. the question being how do they turn this into action? they have the march for our lives on march 24th in d.c. how do they turn this into policy? congress member be care about come l dollars and cents and votes. >> so many wanted to tell me about walking through the streets. the signs they were holding and shirts they were wearing and how pedestrians stopped and took photos and cheered them on. i saw this all. the question is what happens next. they point to the march on march 24th. they are getting buss to bri bu ohio. you see the enthusiasm. you see the enthusiasm around the efforts closer to home. another walkout on april 20th.
politically, i'm hearing more act sicivism activism. they are pairing voter registration. these students are young and a number of them are old enough to make political decisions. they are well versed on policy. not just the students on the air, but students on the street corners. it is impressive. >> they know the white house school safety plan calls fore m for arming teachers. more needs to be done. we will talk more about that in the next half hour. >> this time is different. the momentum is real. i think it is the young voters who will make all the difference in the world. erin, thank you. come back. this week marks ten years since the collapse of bear sterns. the senate voted to roll back rules adopted in its wake. reform of the banking reform. the senate bill repeals parts of
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powerful rallies coast to coast demanding actions on guns. the surveillance video from parkland expected to be released at noon. could that change the c conversati conversation? i'm dave briggs. welcome back to "early start." >> i'm romans romans. eye popping comments from president trump on trade suggesting how far he is willing to go with talks with american allies. a private fund-raiser with audio op obtained by "the washington post." >> he retold a story he told before with a new line. the president says u.s. has a trade deficit with canada and he did not know if that was the case. >> for the report, the u.s. has a trade surplus with canada. accusing the country of ripping off the u.s. for decades and poaching the american work
force. >> trump said quote we lose money on trade and we lose money on the military. we have right now 32,000 soldiers on the border with north and south korea. let's see what happens. for more on that story, let's bring in david mckenzie live in seoul. david, is that not the fear if the president walks in with kim jong un and negotiates away our presence on the korean peninsula? >> reporter: i don't know if that is the specific fear, dave, but it certainly is a fear that president trump might get into the meeting and take those discussions in a direction which becomes a wild card situation. as we have seen, the president changes his mind and brings up trade when the primary southern many would say right now -- primary concern many would say right now is foreign policy with south korea. south korea is a key partner in trying to figure out how to
bring stability back to the region and end the nuclear program of kim jong un. everything is done backwards. normally you have low-level diplomats and it moves up the chain until the commander in chief signs something with with the other side. these meetings that trump agreed to would be the first time that kim jong un is meeting with an american president. it is unprecedented it would go to such a top level so quickly. diplomats will be skrcrambling make this happen. no secretary of state right now. the foreign minister on the way to d.c. to meet with the acting secretary of state and ivanka trump today. >> south korea has no comment this morning as they don't react to reported comments or tweets like this one. david live in seoul. thank you. >> usually problems are worked out by diplomats. there is no ambassador to south korea. a big transition in the state
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doesn't block the path to confirmation. if paul votes no on pompeo, republican leaders could move it to the floor without committee approval. the pentagon forced to acknowledge u.s. troops came under attack a second time in niger. it happened two months after the ambush where isis militants killed four american personnel. 11 died in the december firefight. no americans were killed, but the attack raises questions about why american personnel were still vur ne-- vulnerable. a vote of use of military force could come as soon as next month. senator bob corker, chairman of the senate relations committee says they are close to agreement. allow makers are struggling to define the legal authority. a majority of republicans prefer
not to make changes. breaking news. two navy pilots have died after the fighter jet crashed off key west during a training flight. the navy says the pilots attempted to land and ejected and crews recovered them from the water. the cause of the accident is under investigation. t president tweeted join me in our thoughts and prayers. and records show defense department employees charged more than $138,000 at trump branded properties in the first 14 months of the trump presidency. this is evidence that taxpayer money flows to trump businesses. that violates ethical norms and possibly the u.s. constitution. >> personnel spending most of the expenses on food and lodging at mar-a-lago.
it is the time president spent in florida from the inauguration to 2017. hud is struggling to explain e-mails that contradict claims secretary ben carson and his wife had no involvement in the purchase of the $31,000 furniture set. the hud spokesperson blamed it on a career staffer. e-mails obtained through the freedom of information request showed carson and his wife selected the furniture. >> the assistant shows printouts show mrs. carson picked out the furniture. the spokesman said when presented with options, mrs. carson par atiecipated in the selection of the styles. president trump crediting the democrats in the special election in the trump-like campaign. the president said in st. louis that democrat conor lamb ran a
smart race in the district because he sounded like a republican. gop leaders echoing the comments. >> the candidate that wins is the candidate that runs as a pro-life anti-pelosi candidate. >> the republican rick saccone's campaign instructing the counties to preserve ballots and voting machines. the first step in potential recount following the apparent razor thin win for lamb. andrew mccabe faces process of getting fired and losing his pension. the termination decision stems from the justice department watchdog report. saying he misled investigators to thorough officials to speak to the media about the probe. >> a representative declined to comment. the final decisions belongs to
jeff sessions. president trump repeatedly bashed mccabe on twitter before mccabe was on leave in january. and president trump offered larry kudlow the job on tuesday. he has spoken out against trump's tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. that is the reason for gary cohn's resignation. trump said kudlow has come around. kudlow champions the other achievements of deregulation and tax cuts. a study finds a trade war would erase all of the economic benefits from the tax cuts. that is according to the university of pennsylvania. the president's alma mater. the trade war would hit the exporters hardest. boeing. the president visited st. louis yesterday at boeing. it was happening as the stock
tank tanked shaving 100 points from the dow. it is seen as the proxy for a trade war. boeing vulnerable to a trade war. it imports steel and sells 80% of planes abroad. think china. the most u.s. manufacturers face higher costs due to the metal tariffs. that juxtaposition got me yesterday. how great the u.s. economy is and tax cuts and the boeing shares falling sharply. >> not good optics. emotional and powerful day as students nationwide take to the streets demanding changes to gun laws. what can they do next to get some action from washington, d.c.? we'll discuss next.
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surveillance video from outside marjory stoneman douglas high school expected to be released today. this comes a day after the students nationwide with the walkouts from coast to coast demanding actions on guns. >> students had not planned to walk out for more than 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed. as crowds swelled nationwide, some students kept it going. in new york city at laguardia high, students filled up a half a block during the 17-minute sit-in. >> and at washington, d.c., students held up names of the students and victims. and students in burlington, vermont, participated as not
even heavy snow stopped them. and students in california spelled out the word "enough" on the financiootball field. >> students walked out in solidarity across the world. we have more from reporter from bustle.com. this feels different to me. this feels like activism. it feels different from the recent protests. >> i agree with you. the students i speak with will tell you that. if you asked them what made parkland different, some will tell you this could happen in their schools. we have seen 200 school shootings since sandy hook. the interesting thing is students see themselves in the activists who have emerged from parkland. instead of sitting back and saying that could have been me when they see violence.
they are jumping into the conversation. they are raising their hands and making signs and shouting at the top of their lungs saying that could be me too. i could be the force for change. that is a big difference from the last few years. >> what is next? surveillance video to show what the officer did not do. march 24th is the march for our lives in washington, d.c. kids from across the country expected. i'm a skeptic. we saw school violence policy will put more guns in the system. how do they turn this into action? they did in florida. how do they do it across the country? >> it is important to remember they are working with important coalition. adults call themselves allies. they don't want the spotlight. the main group that is backing the students and helping to train them and helping to coordinate is the women's march coalition. that matters because when you look at the goals of that group
which spelled out and uniting student groups. they are saying universal background checks and assault weapons ban. that is a non starter in congress. when i asked students what do you twoowant to achieve? most are pragmatic. they want to be a counter force to the nra. we want to sign people up to vote. they are not go all-in on changing legislation. they know the limb limits of t political will. >> the students outside peacefully protesting. the nra tweets all control my own guns, thank you. #2a, #nra. that infuriated students. especially when you talk about honoring 17 kids killed by that very weapon. i think companies already know this is happening. kids and companies are the next leader. i think when you look at the
conor lamb election, a younger 33-year-old -- >> second amendment supporter. >> when you look at some of the activists, they think they want younger people in congress. they rejekcted the grown ups there right now. you are seeing a difference. this younger generation will make a difference. >> think about what congress said. we will take this up with urgency. democrats forced to shut down. we are not talking about that now. last big bill to leave the house floor is going to be the spending bill at the end of march. don't expect anything to happen before the mid terms. that matters too. they are seeing inaction by the congressional representatives and they are angry. >> you can be a second amendment supporter and support getting guns out of school. >> you can be the second amendment supporter. >> single issue voters on guns and immigration. they go the other way.
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attack on two people in the united kingdom using a military grade nerve agent. we take no pleasure to constantly criticize russia. we need russia to stop giving us so many reasons to do so. >> strong words from ambassador nikki haley after the poisoning of the russian spy in the united kingdom. russia and the uk locked in a bitter dispute. prime minister may retaliated and now the russians responding in kind. nic robertson has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. lavrov, the foreign minister, speaking at the press conference. asking if you will expel british diplomats. his answer is absolutely. the question when? the answer soon. the elections coming up this weekend in russia. we can expect the russians will continue to take a tough position on this issue. no one expecting president
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2012. losing to walmart and target and amazon. it declared bankruptcy in september. 33,000 jobs at risk here. it is bad for toy companies. toys r us is the last mega store dedicated to toys. without it, 10% to 15% of toy sales will be lost forever. that jingle. >> i'm a toys r us kid. >> it brings me back to braces and bubble gum. i'm christine romans. >> i'm dave briggs. i don't want to now our closest allies will not know whether the president is speaking from fact. >> why did they ban together to screw the united states on trade? >> these documents suggest that the trump organization has been