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macron leaves washington? >> i think that's the larger question. and i think that's the larger question with regards to the trump administration on the international stage right now. i think it's also important to realize that macron is making these comments about iran in the context of what's going on right now with north korea. so it will be interesting to see. it seems as though president trump is taking a tact right now where he is, you know, at every turn saying he's willing to throw the deal away, whether it's with iran or do something radical with korea and see if he's able to strike a moderate deal by using fiery rhetoric. >> elliott, thank you so much. we continue on hour two. i'm brooke baldwin. we begin with the pushback from the white house podium, sarah sanders defending trump not knee ronny jackson, the white house official tapped to lead the
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veterans affair and he's been accused of overprescribing sleep medications and allegedly being drunk on the job. sarah sanders praised his qualificatio qualifications, saysing heing hn vetted by three administrations. >> he said that had been withon the questions posed -- >> do you think he has all the experience to -- he's a highly skilled individual. he if he didn't think he was capable of doing the job he wouldn't have announced his nomination in the first place. >> i have kaitlin collins and sarah westwood with me. let me go back to what trump said yesterday to show everyone that jim accosta is right.
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president trump said i know there's an experience problem, the veterans administration is very important to me. we have the sound. let's all watch. >> and as far as experience is concerned, the veterans administration, which is a approximately 13 million people, is so big you could run the biggest hospital system in the world and it's small time compared to the veterans administration. so nobody has the experience. >> so, kaitlin, first to you. they're not on the same page. >> right. it's the president himself, brooke, who acknowledged the experience problem. dr. jackson was facing an uphill battle to get confirmed before these allegations came out because not just democrats but republicans are concerned about the lack of experience he has running something like that. it is the second largest agency in the federal government and nothing to say about his medical credentials, which a lot of people have said are impeccable, but that doesn't mean you can run the veterans affairs agency. sarah sanders was saying
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dr. ronny jackson has been thoroughly vetted but as we know, the white house just found out about these allegations made against dr. jackson days ago. the president announced he was picking him to be the next v.a. secretary over a month ago. so it would raise a question of if he's been properly vetted, how did they not find out about these complaints made against dr. jackson in that month or so since then? of course he was the white house doctor in this administration and in the administration prior to this so they meant that kind of vetting but once you are nominated to be a cabinet secretary, did they do any formal vetting or interviews with him to discuss these allegations? that's where it's just not adding up, brooke. >> sarah, back to the president's comments yesterday, kaitlin appropriately points out he absolutely talked about experience or lack of experience and then juxtapose that when wa we heard from sarah sanders at the podium.
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>> sarah sanders said what we've been hearing privately, that there was a sense that reasonond already been vetted. aides are pointed to president trump's insistence that jackson be the v.a. nominee and his refusal to consider any more qualified employees is the reason they're in this mess. they are discouraged of asking policy questions of jackson where his actions were related to the v.a. because trump was so narrow minded of who he wanted to fill this position. >> do we know, kaitlin, we know that the white house was made aware by dr. jackson himself that some of these stories, accusations, were going to surface they knew that ahead of
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monday. do we know if president trump was made aware himself of the allegations? >> we don't know how early president trump became aware of these. i did ask sarah huckabee sanders earlier today if they discuss this during the oval office meeting. the assumption would be that dr. jackson denied these allegations or explained these points made against him of course but one reporter did make a great point during that briefing is that inspector's general report that has been cited saying dr. jackson had a hostile workplace environment, that's only a dozen or so people in that unit. if there were complaints about him if he were running something like that, what is going to happen when he's running veterans affairs with thousands of employees, so much going on there. that is why they are citing his lack of leadership experience as a problem here. the white house is being very
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gung ho about him, defending him in interviews after the president first made those remarks in a press conference. but people who work inside the white house think that dr. jackson is doomed, they do not think he has a chance of being confirmed as the next veterans affair secretary. they think the white house instead of pulling his nomination, they're dragging him out by defending him. >> i also want to get to this contentious moment exchange involving freedom of the press. ladies, let's watch. >> are you trying to say this administration is a champion of a free press? >> i certainly think as astati d a moment ago, we support a free press but we also support a fair press. i think those things should go hand in hand and there's a certainly responsibility by the press to report accurate information.
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i think a number of people in this room do that every single day, they do their very best to provide fair and accurate information, certainly support that. that's within of the reasons i'm standing here taking your questions. and a lot of times taking your questions in a tone that's completely unnecessary, unneeded and frankly doesn't help further the conversation or help the american people get any more information in a better way, which is your job and my job and that's what i'm trying to do. i'm going to move on. david, go ahead. jim, i'm finished. >> the president's tone toward the press is obviously not helpful and i think that's plain to see. >> thank you, jim. >> kaitlin, we know jim's right, we talked to jim a second ago about how this does seem personal. obviously so many attacks against the press from this president. what did you make of sarah's remarks? >> we have seen the tone this president has taken with reporters. just yesterday we saw him in the oval office with a world leader when abc's john carl posed a
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question about whether or not he considering pardoning michael cohen if it ever came to that, the president snapped at john carl and said it was a stupid question. it's not a stupid question. it's on a lot of people's mind. it's a question the white house has not been able to answer. i think we see from the president but look at the president's cabinet and all the scandals that have unfolded. a lot of them have been years in the making but a lot of them have become public lick, or living in lobbyist furnished housing, a lot of those things come to life because of reporters. i think that answers just how important the reporters are to this without. >> ryan liza, what did you think? >> beating up on the press obviously nothing new but you really would like and expect the white house press secretary when
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asked about freedom of the press to be able to say unequivocally we support, you know, a free press. instead sarah sanders always says we support a free press but -- and here are the things we would like to you do our way and we don't like this, this and this. that's unusual. i don't remember previous white house press secretaries having trouble just announcing and declaring their steadfast support for the first amendment without throwing in a butt. and i think that's what's really troubling and she's taking her crews from the president who doesn't seem as committed to a free press has previous preds do and we've seen some independent rankings recently about the united states lowered -- >> that's what came up in the briefing. that's what acosta was talking about. that's really troubling. you have a president who has talked about opening up the
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libel laws, has called the press the enemy of the american people, when he does rallies, point to reporters and targets -- intimidates them essentially and has the crowd respond in a really negative way if you've ef been to any of his rallies. you know, the longer that goes on, the worse it gets without any kind of adjustment from the white house. >> i just wonder, too, about permanent damage to the press. >> absolutely. all the skol -- it not like one big fell swoop. it's over time, little by little. >> april ryan, just put a mic microphone on as well. wanted april to join this conferring. you heard her on freedom of the press. your opinion. >> she defended the president vehemently, but this president has been the biggest leader when it comes to railing against the press. he's the leader when it comes to
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fake news. he's issued fakeies, if you will, those fake awards. it's not a good look, it's not a good situation. again, i've said this before. this president and all presidents when they're sworn into office january 20th, they take the oath of office and they say that they're going to defend the constitution. and within that constitution is the first amendment and part of that first amendment is freedom of the press. and, brooke, he's gone against that. he's gone against that. and there has always been since i've been here the last 21 years, this friendly adversarial relationship. we are doing our job. we are not yes men. that's the issue so many people want us to fall in line to say, yes, we are not saying yes, we are not saying no. we're asking pertinent questions that maybe this administration may not like. there are real issues on the table that we are asking about. this president is under
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investigation. he was on -- he was being investigated by capitol hill lawmakers. now there is the special counsel that's investigating him. there's so many things that are just swirling about. and then you have other issues. his personal attorney. there are questions that we have to ask. and now with ronny jackson, what is wrong with asking these questions? there's nothing wrong. john mccain was absolutely right, when you suppress the press, it begins a dictatorship. what makes us different from any other country? a free and independent press. it about accountability. people need to understand this is not a partisan game. this has been going on for a long time. and unfortunately, you know, this morning i got a call from one of the journalists who has been under attack as well as myself who said on fox news they were railing against the "variety" article talking about the fact that we are getting death threats. it true. why are we getting death
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threats? because the words are going out into the atmosphere that we are less than human, that we're doing some kind of job that's not legal, legitimate. we are the free and independent press. we have been part of this nation, part of the constitution, we are part of the underpinnings of this nation. and for a president of the united states to put those words out there and for sarah huckabee sanders to say it's not true that he's done that, there's a disconnect. a huge disconnect. >> when you have -- kaitlin pointed this out, ryryan. when you have a president who hasn't been a press conference for over a year and sitting with john carl at abc, asking a question are you thinking of pardoning your personal attorney and to have the president said to him "stupid question, stupid question." >> it's an attack. it's not a stupid question. we know it's been reported that the white house has dangled
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pardons for people that mueller has since indicted. people who have been wrapped up in the mueller investigation. we know that the president has used his pardon authority in a fairly controversial way, pardoning sheriff joe airplarpad scooter libby who president bush refused to pardon and toying with this idea of this posthumous pardon by sylvester stallone. trump tweeted about it the other day with respect to michael cohen. you couldn't come up with a more important question about whether this pardon authority is absolute and whether he will use it to help his former personal lawyer and trump just dismisses it with a sort of snide, it's a
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stupid question. and it's not. it's a basic, obvious question about keeping this president held to account. >> april, back over to you at the white house, this afraid and i think we can agree that fake news equals just news that isn't flattering to the president and a lot of times this fake news that he tweets about ends up, april, being true. >> right. and how do you account for that? but this president and this administration likes to create their own -- spin it in their own favor. this fake news thing is not just in the united states. within the last couple of month, a couple of white house correspondents had dinner with the ambassador of the european union. ephs one
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i was one of them -- >> april, forgive me. the attorney general is answering questions here about funding. here is jeff sessions. >> i am honoring the recusal in every case in every matter that comes before the department of justice. i committed to that in mi confirmation hearing and i have honored that and will continue to honor that. >> does that include cohen? >> it is the policy of the department of justice that those who recuse themselves not state the details of it or any -- or confirm the existence of an investigation or the scope or nature of that investigation. >> i understand. >> so i feel like following the rules of the department, which i'm trying to teach all of our people to do, that i should not answer that question. it would be inappropriate for me to do so. >> i know the question was not a
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surprise to you, nor is your answer a surprise to me, but recusal is not discretionary. it's required by justice department regulations when you have a political relationship with the president, which you've already acknowledged, and the president has a specific and substantial interest in the investigation. now, the federal judge granted the president's request to formally intervene in this matter, which is here in judge kimball wood's order. i'd be glad to give you a copy of this if you like. but judge wood allows the president to intervene. so he is a member -- and he is
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part of that investigation. so wouldn't by justice department regulations, doesn't that require you to be recused? >> senator leahy, i am required to be recused from any matter involving the substance of the cases, matters you raised in your opening statement, absolutely. and i will comply with that. but it is not -- is a policy of the department that if you get in to discussing the details of those matters, you can reveal the existence, scope or breadth or nature of a matter that would be inappropriate. i think the best answer for me having given it some thought is to say that i should not announce that.
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in fact, recusals that happen all the time in the department are not made public, but they e they're. >> have you south any advice from career ethics officials about whether you should or should not recuse yourself in the cohen matter? >> i have sought advice on those matters. and i have not met with the top ethics person on it but i can assure you have not violated my recusal. >> and you do agree that the jb regulations, you recuse when you have a relation with somebody who has a specific and substantial relationship in the investigation. >> what is the regulation, i believe, 600.1.
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but that's a regulation that i felt required me to recuse myself. >> it was reported last weekend that you told the white house counsel you would consider resigning as attorney general if the president fired deputy attorney general rosenstein. i'm not going to ask you about that conversation. but if the president were to fire the deputy attorney general, who supervised the russia investigation or the special counsel, would you resign in opposition? >> for leahy, that calls for speculative answer. i'm not able to do that. >> even though you were surprised by that question? you don't have to answer that. your smile answers the question. and lastly, you've been asked
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about l.l.p. whatever study's being done there, that will be open and transparent, will it not? >> we will do so and, look, i have some doubts about that program. the committee believes in that program. we'll talk about it and before you -- >> this is key. we wanted to dip in. on the left side was attorney general jeff sessions, who was being questioned by senator leahy from vermont. what we caught was the a.g. answering a question about -- he wasn't commenting as part of his answer, the question about why he isn't recusing himself from this new york case regarding the president's personal attorney, michael coaten. and jennifer to you on the michael cohen case, federal prosecutors in manhattan have said the investigation into
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michael cohen is largely focused in his private business dealings and personal financial dealings. if that remains the case, there may be no reason for jeff sessions to consider recusal from aspects of the probe. tell me why it would make sense that he wouldn't recuse himself from this. >> he's recused from the russia investigation because when it came out he had spoken to the ambassador, he became a witness at least and possibly a subject of the russia investigation. so that's why if it's separate from that, if the southern district case has nothing to do substantively with the russia case, he isn't necessarily recused from the southern district case. >> so if they're saying -- if it's largely focused on his private business dealings and personal finance dealings and this is me just -- if it has to do among other issues, $130,000 that cohen paid out to hush
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stormy daniels and campaign finance, so you're saying that so jeff sessions part of the campaign, which is why some people are saying campaign financial, campaign, there's a problem here. you're only conflicted out, look it's your brother being investigated or you're possibly a witness, subject or target of the investigation. with respect to the campaign finance stuff, that was about a contribution and whether that was not properly disclosed. jeff sessions of the on the policy side of the campaign. it pretty luckly he had nothing to so he's probably not a witness or subject to that investigation and that's why to me it probably okay. >> i have a similar question. does this mean that we can assume that the southern district of new york
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investigation into cohen hassing to whatsoever to do with russia? because if it did, the previous recusal would kick in? does it give us a little more about that investigation about what the investigation is not about? >> it is a case that's really dealing with his personal -- cohen's personal issues, but there's also a campaign piece to this with regard to the stormy daniels payment. right now we don't see a connection between that and collusion. but if it goes back down and they find i know he's going to go back up to mueller's probably. >> i'mout on this conversation. we need to get a quick commercial in. you saw this from the am and if
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back with my panel here. we're talking about the attorney general jeff sessions. part what we're discussing were some questions that came in from democrat patrick leahy, senator there up on capitol hill. one of the questions he asked of the attorney general was if the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein or the special counsel robert mueller were to be fired, would you, the question was would you resign? the answer from the attorney general with a smile, "that's speculation." he oobviously didn't want to go there. last week according to our own cnn reporting, sessions threatened to resign if he fired
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rod rosenstein. >> are you surprised that -- >> no, he's up on capitol hill and didn't want to create news. the fact that he didn't say anything suggests that reporting is correct that he would actually resign. he didn't say, no, i'll stay in my job, the president can do whatever we wants. >> right in saying nothing is saying something. >> he's had a couple of cues that he would actually care about this. one is the famous dinner. he had dinner with rosenstein, the top three people from the justice department, a very public place in washington, d.c., knew he was going to be spotted. that was seen as a show of force, the three top people at justice saying we're sticking together. that was in the middle of the speculation of whether trump with fire rosenstein or mueller. and he's communicated to the white house -- >> "washington post."
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>> excuse me, "the washington post." and that he -- i think he's laid down a marker that you shouldn't do this. let's be honest, the two things preventing trump from getting rid of these guys is justice department pushing back and congress pushing back saying this is a red line, don't cross it, mr. president. there are. >> it's very interesting. i was glad to see that reporting last week that suggest he is willing to stand up to his deputy. it upon that a lead law enforcement person be willing to stand up for the institution. i agree him not saying anything about it today doesn't mean all that much. let's hope he stays strong in the case where they're actually faced with that. >> thank you all so much. and protesters outside the
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supreme court as lawyers have been arguing over we'll call it president trump's 3.0 travel ban. and also, he once gave prum also called his actions divisive and, whoable and new oughtens was supposed to be the secret meeting. what we're learning about bob kraft's take on the president calling out those football players who kneeled during the national anthem.
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immigration activists have waited a long time for this day,
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for the u.s. supreme court to hear argument over president trump's travel ban. it appears all of the more conservative justices and swing vote justice anthony kennedy may be siding with the president. this is justice samuel alito over whether a reasonable observer would consider the policy a, quote unquote, muslim ban. >> i think there are 50 predominantly muslim countries in the world, five predominantly muslim countries are on this list. the population of the predominantly muslim countries on this list make up about 8% of the world's muslim population. if you looked at the ten countries with the most muslims, so would a reasonable observer think this was -- >> if it was a muslim ban. >> ariana, also a central
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question today, whether the president's campaign rhetoric about muslims entering the country could factor in the legality this whole thing. what did the justices say about this today? >> the bite you just played about conservative justice alito, he seemed to show no concern but of course the key vote will be justice anthony kennedy. at times he did seem like he was redity side with the president for o two main reasons. plaul, the travel ban is rebut, broork i will say this, there was a time in the beginning that he, too, seemed to be concerned about those campaign statements. and he was concerned about animus. see if you can hear it in this bite. >> supposed you have a local mayor and as a candidate he makes vie tup ra tiff, hateful
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statement and he's elected and on day two takes acts consistent with those hateful statements. whatever he said in the campaign is irrelevant? >> i would say two things and the second thing is the point i was about to turn two. i would say yes because we think that oath marks a fundamental transformation but i would also say here it doesn't matter because here the statements that they principally rely on don't actually address the meaning of the proclamation itself. this is not a so-called muslim ban. if it were, it would be the most ineffective muslim ban that not only does it exclude the vast majority of the muslim world, it omits three muslim countries covered by past orders including iraq, chad and sudan. >> so kennedy there is worried about the animus. but kennedy is sort of like that. he asks questions on one side
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and he asks on the other side. most court watchers coming out of there said he really seemed to think all in all the president did have the authority here. but we're not going to know until the end of june and that's when we'll get this decision. >> thank you so much. appreciate it. it is yet another sign it is 2018. the president of the united states just responded on twitter to kanye west. i'll explain next. with expedia, you can book a flight, hotel, car, and activity... ...all in one place. everything you need to go. expedia
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to see one of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now. out. he's fired. he's fired! >> remember that? that was september of last year. we are now getting new details today about what nfl owners and players and coaches really thought about those inflammatory
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comments from president trump. the "new york times" has obtained audio from a secret meeting they held just weeks later about the national anthem protests. among the headlines patriots owner robert kraft, who has been a friend of trump's for 25 years is heard privately slamming him. we should point out bob kraft, by the way, condemned those comments from the president in alabama after it happened. this from a secret meeting in october, quoting him, the problem we have, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that i don't feel is in the best interests of america. it's divisive and it's horrible. so let's discuss. retired nfl player ephraim s salamme. kraft said his loyalty to trump stepped from when trump called
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him every week for a year to check on his way who passed away in 2011 and now we learn that kraft called trump's mission divisive. how much does that surprise you? >> because he took issue with the statement in september, brooke, i would say i don't think as much. and i think it also says more about the president than bob kraft. he's an equal opportunity alienateor. it doesn't matter if you're a friend of his or not, he's going to alienate you. bob kraft is one of seven owners who gave a million dollars to the inauguration ball. so i think it's a bottom line thing for these owners. and i do think any time you're taking nfl players and making them a proxy for patriotism and essentially making the public not buy their message about protesting police brutality, you've got a problem if you're an nfl owner.
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>> what did you think? >> it falls into the category that you had those friends, maybe a teacher or a coach said to you, hey, i know you guys are great friends but if you have keep hanging around him, you know -- i had a coach pull me aside personally, i had a great friend, he was one of my closest friends but he just didn't do things the way you would do in the real world. and my coach said, hey look, i know you like him but if you keep hanging around him you're going to either end up in jail or dead. and that's severe but donald trump is one of those friends. y yeah, he'll be there to support you but any chance he gets to snap at you or help his agenda, and then he'll turn on you. that's the case we're dealing with right now. >> and it's my understanding how extraordinary early rare it is to get all these guys around a table and keep these things under wraps. it's my understanding that the
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players wanted to talk about why colin kaepernick was being black balled. you had the eagles owner, who seemed to be behind the players and this is what he said, we've got to be careful not to be patri baited by trump or whom ever else, we have to find a way to not be divided and not get baited. the houston texan owner basically asked the players to stop kneeling in the face of social justice department. he said you fellasneedtoask your come padres, fellas, stop that other business and let go out and do something that really produces positive results and we'll help you. are you surprised to hear such varying messages from two nfl owners sitting in the same meetings? >> no, i'm not. they're both billionaires and they both own teams but they're not the same type of people. the eagles are in philadelphia, it's botherly love, the land of the people. the houston texans are in texas.
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most texans consider themselves their on country. i played in houston. i played under bob kraft. this is not the first time he said some off-putting comments. from president obama got leak elected, he called a team meeting. the election didn't go our way, some of us are angry, but i didn't want it to divide the team. but it was a divisive way to separate your team that made no sense. so having the texas owner bob mcnair make those comments, it's not surprising to me. he's a good ol' boy in texas. >> go ahead, mike. >> i was going to say that the nfl owners, bless their heart, brooke, they're the most out of touch group -- >> so much southernism. i got you. >> they're the most out of touch owners in the history of sports.
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these people -- eric reed, who kneeled with colin kaepernick went the owner of the bengals said, we want players. we don't political activists. so marvin lewis the coach of the same ilk said to eric reed, do you want to clarify your stance about kneeling or not kneeling before we leave this interview. and eric reed said, no. and the bengals, after a great work out, don't sign eric reed. these owners are -- these owners are -- they want it both ways. they want to give these guys the ability to affect their communities but god forbid if you exercise your constitutional right during a football game. i got real problems with it. >> thank you so much. no love lost for texas is my takeaway. thank you so much. just a reminder to you, incredible night here at cnn,
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concerns and very important concerns. this is true. but we should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead. one day the united states will come back and join the paris agreement. personally, if you ask me, i do not share the fascination for new, strong powers, the abandonment of freedom and the illusion of nationalism. >> max is with me, cnn global affairs analyst and from the council of foreign relations, nice to have you on. here in president trump's backyard, this repudiation. do you think it was more than repudiation, what was your takeaway of iran, paris, et cetera? >> my immediate reaction, brooke, was i wish i could vote for macron for president of the
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united states because this is what we should hear from the president. this defense of the international world order that the united states built up since 1945 and we have a president who doesn't believe in that world order and macron was reminding him of how important it is to maintain. and i thought his -- this line in particular, we can choose isolationism, withdraw or nationalism but closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world. that said it all right there. there is everything that donald trump is not understanding. >> we know he said on the iran deal, we can't get rid of the iran nuke deal, we've talked about how -- why would iran ever agree to that. he know merkel is coming with a similar stance on friday. what happens when macron leaves washington? >> that is a great question. because we don't know what was said at the white house between macron and trump. but it sounded like from the press conference that trump gave macron the kind of impression they were more or less on the same wave length but with trump he could say one thing on one day and say something else the next day and then do a third
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thing the third day. so who knows where he will be without macron here. because he often does and says whatever the last person he talked to was said, and that was macron yesterday. but who knows who will talk to him tomorrow. >> well on friday he'll have the german chancellor and we'll have a conversation about that when she arrives. max, thank you very much. let's go to mark preston live in williamsberg, virginia on the campus of the college of william and mary and we'll get to the big cnn town hall with james comey but i have to ask you about trump. and just tweeting kanye west a second ago. what is going on. >> reporter: re-tweeting kanye west. he has friends in high places. he put out a tweet where he was being very supportive and defensive of president trump. and of court president trump re-tweeted that. but what we didn't see is that
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kanye west a short time after he put out the tweet where he praised donald trump, he noted that his wife told him that he needed to put out another tweet and note that he doesn't agree with everything donald trump agrees with. now if you look at kanye west twitter line right now, you will see that, in fact, he is all over the place. but he's now back on the donald trump band-wagon because he has another picture out of make america great hat signed by donald trump. so it looks like kanye west is getting political quick. >> he's back on twitter. maybe it is just kanye being kanye. and talking about james comey, you're at our cnn town hall site ahead of the big night with the former fbi director answering questions and this as his book "a higher loyalty" has 600,000 books in the first week, better than hillary clinton "what happened" or "fire and
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fury", give me a preview. >> the book is selling gang buster and they're going for a printing of over a million. but the place we're at, william and mary couldn't think of a better place to sit down with james comey because this is where he went to school and where his wife went to school and more importantly we saw four presidents have come from this school, including george washington who took clals -- classes with the first honor code instituted in academics. when you talk about james comey and this -- this book tour he's on, talking about loyalty and talking about honesty. and couldn't think of a better place than here. what will make this more interesting, we'll hear from students, the next generation of leaders and they could ask a question in a different way that might illicit a different response. so while we've heard a lot, we haven't heard him take questions directly from young people, our next generation of leaders. we'll see that. >> i've got you for another 60 second. this we'll james comey added a
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high profile attorney to his legal team a man by the name of patrick fitzgerald. tell me about him and why that is garnering so much attention. >> reporter: patrick fitzgerald a former u.s. attorney in illinois. what is important is that he was hired or appointed by james comey back in 2003 to look into the valor a plain unmasking and it led to -- to a scooter libby being charged and we've seen in the past month, scooter libby an aide to cheney was pardoned by donald trump -- so comey is using his former colleague to help him get through any problems that he may run into given this investigation as it moves forward. >> mark preston, thank you. and in williamsberg. and remind everyone, please tune in. it is a special evening on cnn. you heard mark go through the fact young people will ask james comey, the fired fbi director, questions directly. tune in. it begins at 8:00 here on cnn
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