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>> thank you so much for sharing your time with us this morning. i hope you make good memories this weekend. >> inside politics with john king starts right now. a big retirement and the chance to reshape american law for a generation. >> you have to pick a great one. we have to pick one that's going to be there for 30 years and 33 years -- >> where are the kids. >> immigration protests coast to coast. >> i don't understand why this administration won't support mothers who just want a better life for their children. this needs to change. >> and the political new comer who sent shock waves through the democratic party. >> i think that we're in the middle of a movement in this country. >> inside politics, the biggest
stories sourced by the best reporters now. ♪ welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. to vul eviewers in the united s earn around the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. a second supreme court vacancy just 17 months in. this one with the potential to rewrite american law on abortion rights, affirmative action and more. >> whomever the president picks, it's all too likely they are going to overturn health care protections and roe v. wade. we don't need to guess. president trump has said time and time again, he would appoint judges that would do those two things. >> plus, disruption everywhere you look, general motors warning the trump trade war will spike pri prices and kill jobs.
>> we love the european union and countries of the european union but the european ion was set up to take advantage of the united states. sometimes our worst enemies are our so-called friends and allies right. >> immigration one issue driving anti-trump fehr ver and gives this year of the woman a compelling millennial twist. >> we won because we had a very clear winning message and took that message to doors had never been knocked on before and spoke to communities that typically had been dismissed and they responded. women are at a time when they are feeling em boldened and that we know that justice and we know that representation is not going to be handed to us. we have to fight for it. >> with us this sunday to share their reporting and insights, rachel bay of politico and michael sheerer and michael ward
and we begin with dramatic images and the debate whether they show us just anger at the president or an anger deep enough widespread enough to change the politics of immigration. tens of thousands out in force in hundreds of cities from coast to coast. protesting white house immigration policies. among the complaints, that the administration first separated families and now too low to reunite those families who were separated when they were crossing the u.s.-mexico border. another complaint that congress failed to take steps to protect the so-called dreamers. >> the actions of this administration towards children and families go against what this country stands for. >> we're fighting for humanity at this point. and everybody needs to start rising, they need to get involved and however they can. >> if i was separated from my family, the people i loved, i don't know what i would do. it's probably the worst thing that could happen to me. >> i don't understand why they
are being so mean to us children. don't they know how much we love our families? don't they have a family too? >> the administration is no longer separating families as part of its zero tolerance enforcement but the anger at the white house is moving more and more prominent democrats to embrace a dramatic change. >> we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing i.c.e. with something that reflects our morality and -- >> when you have moms and children being ripped apart at the border and i.c.e. standing by and sticking those children in places that have concrete floors with wire and cages around them, you know i.c.e. has gone off the rails. >> elizabeth warren and kirsten gillibrand. where are we in this debate? if you look at the rallies yesterday and we show you on the screen, they were everywhere,
the biggest crowds were in blue america, biggest crowds in big cities urban america in the coast where democrats do best. but there were fair amount out in red america as well. donald trump is president in part because of his immigration politics. are we at the moment where the democrats can take this as their issue or is it just a blue america is getting bluer and putting more pressure on the democratic party? >> i think they certainly had a moment to seize with the family separation issue. if you look at the polling, this is something that the more than 70% of americans opposed and obviously a larger swath of the democratic party oppose but the shift in the messaging here by some of the party to abolish the immigration and enforcement agency could be a moment where they give up the hold they had on immigration issue for last couple of weeks because that is a very controversial idea. you're not going to see democratic leaders embracing that idea any time soon. and the problem with that messaging, the messaging -- or the messaging of abolishing
i.c.e., when you kind of paint it in a binary issue, have i.c.e. or not, that's an argument president trump wants to have. >> it just completely plays into exactly the message that president trump has been building since his campaign, which is to paint himself and his view of immigration as pro tektding the country vis a vis open borders, has how he describes the democratic party. and to describe a policy of abolishing i.c.e. without suggesting what would replace it, plays right into the idea of being open borders, just let people in. and i agree, i think there hasn't been an issue as powerful that in 15 months that the president has been in office as the family separations which actually made him back down. he had the issue an executive order essentially backing down on that zero tolerance policy.
and it -- i think there is a question about whether or not the democrats have given that up. >> you see again, hats off to the protesters whatever the issue, if you turn out in the streets, that's part of the american ideal. you see pictures everywhere, the issue is does the party overreact when they see this in the base, to the sense that where has it been on immigration issues that the president has without saying it admit he was wrong and they overstepped in policy and change it and yet now he said he loves this issue if you want to argue about i.c.e., bring it on. >> i certainly can't remember seeing protests like this sense the health care debate, the repeal and republicans trying to repeal obamacare, we saw a lot of energy on the left and there was a possibility that democrats could use that politically but this -- they've got to be really careful on this. if you're trying to pick up two dozen swing districts that are currently held by republicans going out there and saying abolish i.c.e., abolish this
federal agency that enforces immigration law, that's not going to help them pick those up. it sort of reminds me of republicans used to say abolish the irs and sure, it really rubbed up people on far right. but people know you can't abolish the irs, it collects taxes. they might hate the irs but it's not going to win any swing votes and this could alienate swing votes. >> i think rachel is right where democrats need to pick up seats. it's in suburb ban districts, they had the upper hand with the family separation policy. then the president sort of stumbled into a policy getting out of this whole idea of family separation and zero tolerance into something which was much more politically pal atable while democrats are moving so much more radically on the abolish i.c.e. issue. the question is not whether a lot of people turn out in deep blue cities, these protests are really the same probably group of people -- if you're not
motivated to vote for democrats against president donald trump in the midterm elections, i don't know what another rally in the city is going to do for you. but those voters who are sort of on the fence in the swing districts, who might have been saying we really can't have any more of these republicans after the family separation policy, now they are back on the fence again. >> and it's interesting, listen to john lewis here, veteran of the civil rights movement, leading liberal in the congress. democrats understand there's a supreme court coming up and republicans like tax cut plan. suddenly all of this talk of democratic advantages and john lewis thinking this year maybe immigration works for the dems. >> it's time for some of -- necessary trouble -- >> turn america upside down to stand rightside up. >> but again back to the i.c.e question, this quote from a
white house official. this is a political sue site march for the democratic party. they have literally moved the immigration debate to the terrain of should the country enforce our immigration laws, yes or no. i don't want to -- handed a great political issue on family separation issue, one of which they have an advantage and turn it into one of which the president thinks he does. >> it's telling even the congressional caucus, a leading force of immigration issues within the democratic caucus, that this call for abolishing i.c.e. may be the best idea. >> people -- democrats in congress who are veterans and who have been through these fights before are much more pragmatic and that's the tension, the prag ma tix versus the idealism. among millennials and younger people and among first time candidates, you know, they don't want prag matism, they want untilism and say what they believe. and that's where the i.c.e. -- >> part of the energy idealism
from the base they can't get anything done because they don't have power. republican president, republican house and senate, attempted legislation attempts have collapsed and president trying to rewrite history over the weekend with a tweet. here's a tweet from wednesday, house republicans should pass the strong but fair immigration bill known as goodlattxts e too. i never pushed the republican in the house to vote for the immigration bill because it could never have gotten through -- gotten enough democrats now he can make the case he didn't lobby them or twist their arms or demand their votes. so he can say factually he might be okay there but come on. >> i heard about this tweet from a house republican who texted me screen shots of both tweets and said what gives. there were a number of house republicans that voted for this thing and granted it only got 121 votes which is very embarrassing for speaker paul
ryan because the president said i'll be on your back 1,000%. never fully embraced this and they didn't know how to vote. in fact, they were at the white house right before this vote and about two dozen republicans there and one of them, austinscott, a republican from georgia, said mr. president, the last time you want d us to pass your spending bill and then you threw us under the bus and said how dare you send me a bill like this. they actually pressed him on concerns about this. >> he held a rally for the obamacare bill then called it mean. >> first one was in all caps. come on. >> to the poirnt we're making, the president in bed minister at his golf -- the democrats wants to abolish ari., c.e., we'll continue next here. a message sent, is it that one democratic congressman fell asleep or 245 the that the entire democratic party better wake up? politicians say darndefendant
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don't know it already, get used to this name, alexandria ortasio-cortez shocked herself. >> she's right here. >> she's looking at herself on television right now. how are you feeling? can you put it into words? >> nope. i cannot put this into words. >> she's 28, a first time candidate and the big winner in a primary against a veteran congressman viewed until tuesday night as the likely heir to nan city pelosi the democratic leader prefers to think of this as an isolated incident. >> the fact that in a very progressive district in new york it went more progressive than -- joe crowley is a progressive but more to the left than joe
crowley is about that district. it is not to be -- viewed as something that stands for everything else. >> ortasio-cortez says maybe maybe not if she would support pelosi as a speaker. insists her shocking win is part of something bigger and the democratic leadership she says must take note. >> i think we're in the middle of a movement in this country. there are a lot of really exciting races with extremely similar dynamics as mine, not just one district. >> who's right? >> she's right, pelosi is differently has wishful thinching right there. this was a clear message to the top democratic leadership in the house that democrats want change and their hire arcry and they want the establishment out and new blood at the top and they are ready to see somebody else lead beyond pelosi. consider this, there are 20 democratic candidates challenging republicans in swing
districts where they have come out in ads or interviews and said i will not vote for nancy pelosi to be speaker if we take back the house. they will probably only have a majority of five to ten seats which means that pelosi could only lose a handful of democrats if she wants to maintain the gavel and if all of those candidates stick with their word and vote against her to become speaker, there's no way she can do this. >> she has a problem and she's -- she was speaker. she has been the highest ranking woman in american politics for a reason. even this has a her a bit back on her heels. try to listen to her explain this away. let's see what she says a day and week from now. she says hey, wait a minute. >> democratic party is increasingly younger, more female, more progressive. should the democratic house leadership look that way. >> i'm female and progressive --
i'm and the rest. what's your problem? two out of three ain't bad. >> sometimes you go at your best answer. she has to do the math but to rachel's point if there's a giant blue waves and democrats win the house by 20 seats, nancy pelosi will be okay. she still has a lot of loyalty in the caucus. however, if they just squeak by and a whole bunch of candidates promised in the tv ads i won't vote for her she's going to have to negotiate a temporary speakership or she may have to go -- >> look, it also says something not just about the leadership in the congress but about the country and where the party is and it reminds me of when eric cantor got beaten in his primary. he of course was the majority leader so similar kind of dynamic in terms of leadership and what we all wrote at the time was that it signaled -- and what it did signal was this
intensifying conservative nature of the house -- of the republican party and the house conference of the republican party that created problems. it created a real tension between different factions of the republican party. i think that's where you're headed potentially with the democratic party here where part of the party is shifting far left to nancy pelosi's point, maybe that's the really progressive districts but to the extend you end up having a majority, a bear majority but different factions that really can't get along, i think it's going to -- bedevil this party for a long time. >> you watch whose maneuvering and who has ambition, joe crowley and nancy pelosi. knock off another friend a few years ago, he now is looking at the house leadership saying i'm not giving the young guys a chance. >> i think it's time for an entire new generation of leadership in the democratic party. we have to rel lies that trump may be terrible but if we can't
beat him, if we're literally in the worst position as a party since the 1920s, where we are today, we've got to make reforms ourselves. and i think a new generation of leaders will come from many different corners of the party. >> the question is, is it more about the generational issues or is it more about idealogical issues? i don't know the answer to that. i think that the one benefit that nancy pelosi has in a divided party is that you have people in the swing districts saying i'm not going to support nancy pelosi but those are districts where the democrats are going to be more moderate, trying to reach trump voters. and then you have people like alexandria ortasio cortez coming from the progressive side and that split. we saw this on the republican side of things and mainstream partnership in a way can benefit to a very limited extent leadership because the opposition is divided. >> and as you raise this point, the democrats are having this internal debate and the
republicans are watching it too. they are watching those candidates who say i won't vote for nancy pelosi and 20 house democratic saying medicare for all. rush limbaugh is saying republicans should be saying this party is going too far left. >> the reason they are not happy about, the thing this woman stands for represent about 15 tore 20% of the thinking of the country, maybe 30 at the outside. there's no way they are going to win the white house with this and not going to win back the house with this woman's agenda with the bernie sanders, this isn't going to happen. and they know it. >> there's no question the energy in the party her upset victory, didn't spend that much money.swiped debate and was probably arrogant about the district. the question is is it in queens and san francisco or is it across america? >> that's why we're going to be watching. there were a couple of -- one sleepy primaries that are going to be a lot more attention paid to in the coming weeks, we have
presley in massachusetts and even tom carper who we think is safe has a primary challenger. >> next for us here, another supreme court pick and chance for the president to shape the next generation of american law. into booking a hotel. d with expedia's add-on advantage, booking a flight unlocks discounts on select hotels until the day you leave for your trip. add-on advantage. only when you book with expedia. add-on advantage. you want things done right. that's why we test all of our paints and stains for months. or even years.
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welcome back, chaotic, confusing and confounding, applied to the trump presidency. do not forget consequential. the president interviewing finalists for the second supreme court vacancy in 17 minutes on the job. this one to replace justice anthony kennedy, almost always the swing vote on a court that is narrowly divided as the country is on the big political questions. the president has a list of 25 names and has five or six favorites and will announce his pick one week for tomorrow. >> it is a group of very highly
talented and very brilliant mostly conservative judges. from day one, i heard outside of war and peace, the most important decision you make is the selection of a supreme court judge if you get it. >> justice kennedy tipped the balance of the last time the court considered roe v wade and his vote -- the new justice could bend the court more to the right assuming the president can win confirmation in election year. the president would like a few democrats and already courting them. priority one, moderate republicans who view justice kennedy as just right and the president's list tilts too hard rye. >> i view roe v. wade as being settled law. it's clearly precedent and i always look for judges who respect precedent.
i always look at judicial temperament, qualifications and experience, the aba rating and their respect for the rule of law and the constitution. >> we throw big add jekt tifs around too much sometimes, a supreme court battle in an election year for the kennedy seat in the trump presidency, we can use the adjectives this time. >> you can't understate how significant this is for everybody vocinvolved, for the president and mitch mcconnell, his super bowl right here and democrats have to -- this is their one chance to really get their base to care about the court. what we've seen last several years, last decades, conservatives are better at the court issue than democrats in terms of getting the base involved and base excited. this is why mitch mcconnell's maneuver to block merrick garland in the final year of obama's presidency worked to his
benefit. this wasn't an issue that galvanized democrats but now with potentially the future of roe v. wade on the line, democrats, this is their chance to really get their voters excited and that's why you're seeing the democratic messaging on the supreme court already focus on not only abortion but future of the affordable care act. health care is the top motivating factor for democratic voters right now and chuck schumer and senate democrats will make sure they hear about health care and the supreme court through the confirmation vote. >> one thing you're hearing from conservatives in the last couple of days, finally we get to fill the robert bourque and conservatives -- it was spouppod to happen and republicans view that as ground zero. where he was blocked, ginzburg was nominated that couldn't happen so anthony kennedy and you talk about his decision in casey versus plan parenthood, that was ground zero for these politicized supreme court battles and republicans have a chance to right what they view
is a wrong. they've been preparing for this for 35 years, preparing to whether it's having people who learned about their judicial fill loss fee, i hear what senator colins says, this is something that mitch mcconnell is working very closely with the white house on. they are going to make sure that they have a nominee. i would be less concerned about those republican senators and more interested to see which democrats do cross the line -- >> just to that point, let's show during the week we'll talk about the potential nominees and their positions and cases they heard. let's focus on the politics and senators to watch, lisa murkowski and susan collins, two moderate republican women, age 51 and 49, you can't lose a republican. if you do, you've got to -- these are trump state democrats up for re-election this year, joe donnelly and hidely height camp and john tester, montana, that's the president's pool of
you need to vote with me, don't you? >> and i think one of the things you're going to see is that the democrats are going to try to make the case that to their base, that these two important issues as someone said, abortion and the affordable care act, is something that you have to be united on, that you can't -- because what the democrats need is to hold their entire -- all 49 and then they only have to peel off one republican. and i talked to a democrat who's helping lead this fight and said look, we know how hard that's going to be. we know how much pressure there's going to be. what they are hoping is not that they can ultimately block the nomination for good but that they can do something similar to what they did 30 years ago with bourque, which is to say if the president puts forth somebody who's really conservative, maybe if we can put this hat trick off and just get one republican and hold everybody, we can force the
president to put somebody slightly more moderate and lightly more like kennedy. >> whether it's the first supreme court pick or this one now, this is the one area where the white house has a process and system and been methodical and communicated with outside interest groups unlike other issues. whether it's health care or immigration, this one stayed on. you have great reporting today about how the president goes about this including this. trump insists upon an extraordinarily well qualified nominee with a superlative resume and drawn to contenders with name brand degrees, harvard, yale and wants to see a porlt foel toshio of solid academic writing. this adviser acknowledged trump does not care to read it but simply wants to know it exists. >> that's -- >> priceless. >> classic trump right there. you're completely right that white house counsel is -- this is the thing that this white house is excellent at. not only with supreme court confirmations and gorsuch
confirmed last year and nominees that the white house and mitch mcconnell have been shepherding to the senate. we reported not only that tid bit but mitch mcconnell and donald trup p were on the phone before the kennedy retirement talking about the prospect of a kennedy retirement and immediately after. don mcgahn started to make phone calls and brought up see key senators to the white house on thursday evening. you'll see a lot of attention paid on swing senators and a lot of coordination with leadership. coordination with the deep pocketed outside groups that can provide the air cover for red state democrats to support whomever trump picks up. it will be quite the battle. >> in an odd way, working off his existing list, right? the names have been out there. that allows the white house if there are things that anybody wants to whisper about anybody's past or anybody's record, it's been out there as opposed to naming a pick and having to deal with that on the fly. >> the president -- one of the main reasons why the republicans
who didn't like him during the 2016 election that they voted for him because he had this list of judges that a lot of republicans said they could support. i do think it's interesting that we're going to see republicans potentially have to talk about social issues they have tried to bury for a long time. republicans like to talk about economics and abortion has sort of taken a back seat and lgbt issues, they don't often bring these up and rather talk about economics and tax cuts. they'll have to talk about that and that's where potentially democrats even though they have a hard time stopping this, they can use that to their advantage in the mid-term elections. >> even lindsey graham said he's pro-life and thinks roe v. wade is a precedent. you may not overturn roe v. wade, there's state restrictions aej medical advances in technology, this one sometimes politics is just for show, this politics matters. >> i'm happy harvard and yale get a chance. >> finally. >> up next, ahead of a big
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elections. and we don't want anybody tampering with elections. we might even be talking about some of the things that president obama lost like crimea, that could come up. >> you think the u.s. would recognize crimea as part of russia? >> we're going to have to see. >> yes, it happened on president obama's watch but it was russia's putin who again took territory from another sovereign nation. to even float the idea of giving that a u.s. blessing is unacceptable and unsettling to key u.s. allies and the disruption didn't stop there. the president attacked the european union and saying nato is as bad as the nafta trade deal and the displeasure with german's chancellor includes discussing u.s. troops levels there. president trump's war on the western world order. overseas trip comes at a fascinating time where you literally have just about every european leader in the western alliance saying what is going on
here. >> yeah, i think we're -- a lot of people on the hill and allies are really worried we're going to see a what happened at the g-7 where the president and allies then flies off to praise a dictator that imprisons and kills his own people here. look, the fact that he said that nato is like nafta and trying to -- end nafta, this is largely problemic for the united states. we'll see defense hawks freak out about this. i think the president last year said he wouldn't commit to article -- what is it, article 5 of nato which says an attack on one is an attack on all. that prompted a rare rebuke from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, nato is one of the most important treaties in world history. a lot of people are nefrnous and we'll see our allies careful watch what he says about crimea especially but people on the hill. >> the crimea is stunning, whether buernie sand errors ted cruz, if you're asked would the
united states ever recognize the russian land grab in crimea, the answer is no, absolutely no. damn no, isn't it? not we'll see. >> the question isn't that. the question has been and the debate has been how to respond to that and do you respond with sort of in a more military ways, or is it really just a diplomatic effort. but this is where president trump has blown up conventions that are not partisan conventions, they are kind of world diplomatic order conventions that both parties have sort of consensus had been reached over many, many decades. that's what he's been -- >> the president of the european union saying despite the tireless effort, under immense pressure and the division go beyond trade. it is my belief hoping for best we must be ready to prepare our union for worst case scenarios, now working for this president means you try to go out and say what the president really means, here's john bolton the national security adviser for on sunday
show today. >> i don't think anybody out to have a case of the vapors over the discussions we have at nato or g-7 versus discussions with putin and kim jong-un. they are very, very different. the president treats them differently and understands what the strategic interests are and that's what he's trying to pursue. >> forgive me, mr. bolton but the record is the president is a lot kinder to kim jong-un who u.s. intelligence still working on the nuclear program by the way and vladimir putin than to angela merkel or emmanuel macron. >> the president's world view, all of this nonpartisan agreement in the western order is the problem. and that he has a sort of strange affinity for these strong men across the world for the way they get things done. i listen to sort of his criticism of for instance russia's incursion into crimea on obama's watch and also criticized what happened in syria but it's interesting that he sort of reaches very similar end conclusions from a different
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let's head around the politics table and ask our great reporters to share something from their notebooks and get you ahead of the political news around the corner. >> john, if it's summer, it's appropriations season and even though we're a couple months out from the government running out of money we're already seeing the president and house republicans increase their assault on the senate filibuster to try to pressure and pass gop priorities that democrats will never vote for. there was a meeting at the white house this week where the
president and house republicans tried to make a case of republicans that they should get rid of the filibuster. you did this for the supreme court and look what happened. we have a great justice, a lot of victories and expecting more. you should do the same thing for appropriations and they actually won a convert on this, the senate appropriations chairman richard shellby apparently told the president okay, i can back this even though mitch mcconnell is opposed to it and the president said where have you been? and i just think we're going to see a big assault on the filibuster in the coming months. i don't know they actually get rid of it. i don't think they will but still, it's note worthy. >> can't wait for the tweets, i'm sure that's where we get the first word. >> so few presidents have made as much news and much controversy because of the white house tumult and staff comings and goings as this president. we're about to enter one of these phases where you see staff turnover at the white house. next week we're expecting bill shooin, the former fox executive
to take over as the uber communications chief to manage the communications of the white house better. but even bigger, likely is we're likely soon to see the departure of john kelley who has been essentially invisible as chief of staff for weeks now. we've seen sort of neither hide nor hair of them. there's humor rumors every day s die part tour is coming and chief of operations is already leaving. keep your eye ultimately on when sarah sanders leaves. while she says she's there and not going anywhere, she's been in the job close to a year now, been at the white house since the beginning and if she leaves, you're likely to see an entire -- and tire turnover of her press staff which i think will mean that we as reporters in the country will have to get used to a new set of people to watch. >> even trump aides get trump exhaustion. >> they do. >> we should be looking for some financial disclosures from
political groups and one i'll be watching is the patriot legal expense fund trust. this is the name the convoluted name for essentially what is a legal defense fund for trump associates from the campaign or transition or administration caught up in these russia investigations to help pay for their legal expenses but it's a pretty unusual organization. it's registered as a 527 which means it could take unlimited donations, we'll find out who donated those. they have to disclose it. it's not a trust. not specific to one person the way a traditional legal defense fund works and some democrats are raising questions about the connection that this will have with the trump re-election campaign. at this point though, i'm looking to find out who donated to this and who's getting money. we haven't found any of those answers yet but we'll find them out in a little bit. >> great question. follow the money, always works. >> and because it is july 1st, that's when canada is now going
into the retaliatory tariffs on the united states. that means the tariff battles continue to heat up in congress. you saw senate republicans becoming more and more aggressive the past week against the president and his trade policies and you had senate pat toomey and corker go to the floor demanding a vote on a measure to put more congressional authority over the section 232 tariffs and they didn't get that vote yet but we know they are going to continue pushing for one. if that vote happens, when that vote happens, it's going to be one that really puts a lot of republicans in a tough spot. endorse their core ideology of free trade or you know, go along with the president of their party who is an incredibly popular figure with their voters, you have jeff flake threatening to hold up circuit court nominees until he gets a vote on the tariff measures. so this is going to be a battle that continues to heat up and will just keep waiting to see what happens. >> it's a lot of fun to watch. i'll close on a somewhat related note. the president so far ignoring
republican complaints that his trade war could end up hurting the gop in the mid-term elections but he is trying to respond to another economic worry even though he twisted the facts in a tweet about it. gas prices are up about 60 cents a gallon over last year and republicans worry that might take a big summer bite out of their big tax cut. the president tweeted saturday that he talked to the king of saudi arabia and king promised help but the white house had to correct the record saying the king does not promise anything other than to maintain the stan hard level of reserves and keep in touch with opec partners about prices and the market. no direct promise to add more fuel. that's it. thanks for sharing your sunday morning. "state of the union" with jake tapper up next, including an interview with republican senator susan collins of maine. have a great sunday.
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