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footage of human hosts that read the news using synthesized voices. >> hello, everyone. i'm artificial intelligence anchor. this is my very first time. >> there you have it. >> riveting. >> "inside politics" with john king starts right now. the suburbs revolt against president trump, flipped the house to the democrats. >> it was a vote to restore the health of our democracy. >> plus the late count in arizona and recount in florida might erase republican hopes for big gains in the senate. >> i will not sit idly by while une unethical liberals try to steal this election. >> we believe when every legal ballot is counted, we will win.
>> and jeff sessions is countfi >> i could end it right now. i could say that investigation is over. >> it's a moment, our democracy is under attack. >> the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. to our viewers in the united states and around the world, thank you for sharing your sunday. president trump is in france for events marking the 100th anniversary of the allied victory in world war i. tensions with his key allies are obvious. although the president did try to quiet a fight he himself had picked with france's president. >> we have become very good friends over the last couple of years. we have much in common, in many ways, perhaps more ways than people would understand. but we are very much similar in
our views. >> back here in the states, the final midterm election verdict still not in. democrat also retake the house because of an anti-trump wave but the senate balance of power remains in dispute, in part, because of a recount in florida that also includes the governor's race. >> i am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count every single vote. we count every vote. and i say this, recognizing that my faith in this may or may not change. >> election over means investigations resumed and the headlines not good for the white house. the president's decision to fire the attorney general brings a backlash. his words tell you here that he knows the man he named as acting attorney general is already on shaky ground. >> i can tell you, matt whitaker is a great guy i know matt
whitaker. >> he was always extremely highly thought of and still is, but i didn't know matt whitaker. >> we begin the hour with the president on the world stage. today in paris, a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the allied victory in the first world war. president trump is at lunch with other world leaders this hour. we're waiting for word on when he spent any meaningful time with the russian president, vladimir putin. he skip aid similar event yesterday, angering some of his own aides and advisers and stirring scorn and ridicule on social media. the white house says this is much ado about nothing, that the president could not go, because the weather was too rainy and windy to fly his helicopter. he spent the day at his hotel but france and germany leaders did brave the weather to attend
the event. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general joseph dunford and white house chief of staff john kelly took a motorcade to the ceremony the president was scheduled to visit so that they could conduct a wreath laying. katelyn collins joins us now. president macron today not being shy, shall we say? >> reporter: no, he wasn't. he wanted the ceremony today to be about one thing, and that is the dangers of nationalism, a message he has taken on the road this week, and a message he had at that ceremony today. jo john, there was one remarkable most where president macron seemed to be directly speaking to president trump. >> patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism by saying our
interests first. who cares about the others? we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it grace and what is essential, its moral values. >> reporter: now president trump has declared himself a proud nationalist and said he's just putting america first and his supporters say it's about time that an american leader had that mindset about the country. clearly, john, we're seeing a growing difference in ideology between the french president and the american president. >> kaitlan on this trip and past trips, the europeans watch every move. nato is about we, he is about me. many of the world leaders walked together into the procession this morning. the president arrived separately. some perceive that as a snub. what does the white house say? >> well, the white house is saying through their press secretary, sarah sanders, that
was simply for security protocols, that he drove by himself and the other world leader leaders, following in several buses. president putin, president of russia, is another leader who also arrived separately. regardless of whether it's about security, it did allow for this stunning moment where you could see all the leaders walking side by side without president trump. he was not there. and it was a moment that was really hard to miss this morning here in paris. >> kaitlan collins in paris. we'll keep track of the developments. julie pace, josh dossey, manu raju. the president does seem to relish these moments. i'm going to do it my way. the president was told you cannot helicopter to an american ceremony where he's supposed to do one of the most solemn jobs
of an american president, pay respect to the war dead, 100th anniversary of the first world war. the president says i'm not going to go, because i'm not going to motorcade. his chiefs of staff and general joint chief say get us a motorcade. >> there are a couple of things we should note. yes, the president probably couldn't have taken the helicopter because of weather reasons. that's happened with other presidents. that's not unique. as other officials have noted yesterday there's always a backup plan for a president. i've been on numerous presidential trips and there's almost a way for the president to get where they need to go. it might ruin the schedule or take a longer time but there's a way to go. i can't imagine anybody other than the president of the united states made that call ultimately
to not go forward with that trip. >> the question becomes why. if you looked on social media yesterday, he was being ridiculed by political people and by other -- his critics, individuals and the like. chuck schumer later today with jake tapper on state of the union. one, putin. two, mueller. three, rain. he canceled his visit to an american cemetery in france to mark 100 years since world war i. even if the helicopters couldn't fly, he could have driven. he must be afraid of a little rain. it's one event at a cemetery, people will say. this is part of the job. if you've done these trips and traveled to these cemeteries, whether you're a reporter covering the president, an american tourist remembering a family member, they're incredibly solemn places. why? why? he may have to sit in traffic for a while. get me a motorcade. >> this is the president disengaged from the world stage. he does not take as many foreign
trips, he has canceled some because he doesn't want to be involved in it. he feels personally slighted because of some feuds among some european leaders. clearly, that's playing into his mind-set. and simply does not care about the backlash he may receive by not going to an event like this the president's politics are very personal and, clearly, he feels very personal about this and he's not afraid if he looks disengaged. >> we should take into account, too, his likely mood. he lost the house this week. a wall street journal story talking about how the feds had potential potentially found evidence that he knew about this stormy daniels payment. he lashed out at reporters, out at his own party, taunting lawmakers who lost elections, particularly republicans who lost. he clearly is in a bad mood right now. >> he is in a bad mood and sat in his hotel room, among other
things, sending tweets. they're stealing elections in florida. there's no evidence of that. i'm going to cut off federal funds to california. 25 people dead in wildfires that are not all forest fire related, as the president said, but it doesn't matter. he is the commander in chief. distant cousins and relatives circulating photos from world war i. >> the president did not want to go, clearly. you saw the visual of the leaders together yesterday and today, hand in hand walking, the president was separate. you saw them at the different sites. the president was separate. it's a thing we've seen over and over on these foreign trips. the president does not do what he doesn't want to do. clearly yesterday he didn't want to do it. he doesn't do the traditional grip and grins, the traditional happy talk with these people. he goes over and basically if he's in a bad move, everythiod,
changes. >> how do his supporters process this? he has a right to be different. there are some things that come with the job and, i'm sorry, this is one of them. i remember being in paris with george w. bush when ronald reagan died. the former president of the united states had just died and the current president of the united states knew as he dealt with that, he to go on to normandy. he's a conservative writer, trump critic. you think this guy doesn't like us anyway. it was the sort of solemn occasion that u.s. presidents have considered an integral part of their duty at least since the getty t gettysburg address. it's not as if he didn't sacrifice anything however, his hotel room did not have fox news. >> how much better he believes he is for the military, he has
skipped these things that show people how much he thinks of the military, not visiting u.s. troops in combat. that is quite extraordinary. >> it is. with the holidays coming up, we'll see if he keeps that streak. i can tell you, this did not go over well at the pentagon. i got an e-mail from a french diplomat saying nato is about we. trump is about me. we'll watch it play out. domestic politics, ghost of elections past as florida begins -- there it is right there -- another recount. hey, debbie! what's the latest? i'm excited about sprint's new unlimited military plan. it gives veterans, active duty, and reserves 50% off family lines! wow! i can't wait to tell all my friends! and for each new account that gets activated, we'll make a donation to fisher house foundation. excuse me. did you say veterans can get this plan? yes, sir. what about guard and reserves? absolutely. (vo) how about special ops? (avo) this veteran's day, sprint salutes our military with our unlimited military plan.
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politics now in the state of florida, three races under way. the president is personally invested in the races for senate and governor. saturday from paris in his hotel room, sent this tweet. quote, trying to steal two big elections in florida. we are watching closely. there is, for the record, zero evidence of the fraud the president suggests. more on that in a moment. the math first. this is the senate map as it pulls in. i want to switch maps. one of the reason the president is so upset about this. think back to the day after the election. he call this had almost a complete victory, the election.
it was anything but. it was not. but when the president was in that news conference, he thought the map of the senate was going to end up something like this, that the president might get close to 55. during his news conference, he was told, no, the president is not going to win montana. that one has been called. jon tester. that changes the map. in the days since that press conference, the republican was ahead when the president spoke on wednesday. the democrat has pulled ahead in the late count in arizona. as that one moves forward. that changes the map. now he has the prospect of a recount in florida. rick scott, the republican, is still leading. you have to put this race for now in the toss-up category as we count it out, assuming that the democrats -- i mean the republicans hold mississippi as we head into a run-off, it's possible that the democrats take back the house, pick up governorships and republican seats, but might just pick up one if the democrats somehow come out of the florida recount with a winner. so the president is mad about
this. the recount plays out this week. votes being counted even today. they're supposed to be done by thursday. two candidates for senate, at war with each other. >> this appears they're going to keep buying as many votes as it will take to win this election. >> the governor has decided to abandon the most fundamental of all rights because he fears he will lose the election if all the votes are counted. he isn't telling the truth, which is votes are not being found. they're being counted. >> florida recount. words we love to speak. there's no evidence of fraud and it's reckless and irresponsible for the president of the united states or any other political leader to say that. rick scott has jumped into that, liberals, illegal, scam. if you look, democrats and
republicans in florida will tell you it's incredibly unlikely that rick scott loses a recount. what are they nervous about? >> it's confusing to understand the strategy for republicans. for trump, you get it. this is kind of his mo when you go back to the campaign, when he was trailing. if he or his party was going to lose, it was to say that the system is rigged. it's reckless. this is all very transparent. it's written into state law in florida and every other state across the country what their recount margin is. below half a percentage point in florida, it goes to an automatic recount. that's state law. the margins are still large at this point. it's hard to imagine the democrats overtaking the republicans. if you're the republican and ultimately will want to win, why wouldn't you want all the votes to win and say even with the recount i've won this race. >> this is a big victory
somehow, even though they lost the house and suggesting they're going to pad the majority. there's a significant difference in the senate between a 55-45 senate and 52-48 senate, huge difference, because it will be harder in some ways to get controversial nominees, in particular, confirmed. think about the 2020 map when republicans will have a difficult time keeping the senate. 52-48 senate, you have three republicans who could bolt, not just lisa murkowski and susan golins but collins but gardner who is up for re-election. and the president is concerned. >> if you were competitive in politics, i get it. thought we had this one. even marco rubio, junior senator from florida -- he would be, if nelson loses, senior senator from florida -- alleging fraud.
broward county has a history of not being particularly competent. they said they have no credible allegation of any fraud. so let's trust the cops who do this for a living. pressure on arizona republicans, start screaming fraud in arizona, too. they said no, we're counting votes. this is how it works. we wish it went more quickly but calm down. why is there this national republican pressure to scream fraud? >> it's how republicans across the country are taking the lead from the president when it comes to combating things that are negative press or things that are bad for them. in this specific election two lawmakers have been indicted, for instance, who say that the justice department has a witch hunt against me even though there's evidence of multiple abuses of funds. it's not just bush v. gore in
2000 but they were accused at one point of sending out ballots that didn't include ballot initiatives randomly. there is a history there and republicans are able to latch on that, even though there's no evidence. and they're taking the lead from the president on that. >> let's listen to the president. he's the president of the united stat states. he ran in the primaries about a rigged system. so he's standing outside the white house. people look to the president. very close elections. can we trust them? here is the president's take. >> you notice the votes never go the other way? they hire lawyers and the votes don't ever seem to go the republican way. although i hear -- i don't know. you tell me. it's always the democrats. it's always gps fusion. it's always crooked stuff. there's a lot of bad stuff going on in this country and we're finding out. and i'm getting to the bottom of it. and i've done a hell of a job. >> al gore would beg to differ, but i digress. >> whenever you ask the
president about voter fraud, we did it last week on air force one and he says take a look at it. it's definitely there. what did he see there? you tell me. the president doesn't say yes, in florida, this happened, this happened, this is why we want to send federal authorities in, in arizona. it's his slight of hand conspiracy theory that he often promulgates there. he's doing it as the potential head of the republican party but he's the president of the united states. if people don't trust that the ballots are safe, don't trust the fbi, doj, the news media. if they don't trust these institutions that he is constantly, you know, take iing and targeting, there's ramifications that he understands at the time. not just to say about the voting. there could be voting problems. obviously there's issues with lots of different institutions.
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history tells us, as we try to understand this election, not to read too much into a rebuke. both presidents recovered to go on and win re-election. still, this map does include many warning signs for the president and his party as we move from 2018 into the 2020 cycle. the democrats retake the house. still some reason to call. they'll have at least 230. here is what we called so far, 225. they're ahead 230. republicans ahead 205. this is the house map of the united states of america. these are the top suburban districts across the country. now we're going to colate this and add 2016 to 2018 flips, meaning republican seats flipped to the democrats. republicans picked up zero democr democratic seat notice suburbs. democrats are leading in 23 suburban districts long held by republicans that are going to flip and we've called 19 of those. 19 democratic pickups from coast
to coast, big change in the base of the republican party. and that number could go higher. democrats on track to get 30 to 35, 20 or more just from the suburbs. once reliably republican. the suburbs are growing. that's where people live. the rural areas where the president is strong, and he's very strong, he tends to be static. other warning signs in the 2018 election. look at the numbers among white women with college degrees. 2016 presidential campaign. president trump gets 44. the democrat, hillary clinton, 51. democrats did better with this constituency. 6-10, white women with college degrees voting for the democrats, the republican party heading in the right direction. won the electoral college, lost the popular vote. white women under 30, the
republican party is shrinking. nonwhite voters, essentially static if you're a republican, if you want to see some silver lining here. but that's pretty bad. your latinos, asians, african-americans in the republican party, maybe it doesn't lose ground. it didn't gain an inch from 2016 to 2018. independents always swing midterm elections. the president narrowly carried independents in 2016. democrats won them by a big margin in 2018. yes, the president is very strong on these rural red areas. where the population is growing, where the population is getting more diverse, his party is shrinking. the president looks at this map, losing the house, a modest gain in the senate, wiped out the legislative level, he sees a complete victory. the democratic leader of the senate says nonsense. >> bragged because he won north dakota that makes him a national, strong political presence. especially given in light of
what everything else that happened tonight -- last night makes no sense. if you can only campaign in the reddest states that you won by 30 or 40 points in the last election and no one wants you in large parts of america, that doesn't bode well for your political future. >> the president looks at that map and thinks he can win again in 2020. but it is just indisputable that you lose the popular vote, your challenge is to try to grow. the republican party is not growing right now. it's shrinking. >> the demographics put them in a position where they're just going to run out of voters. i do think there's a difference in having the president on the ballot versus having his party on the ballot. we saw that with barack obama in 2010. his party had a shellacking and he won pretty easily in 2012. there is a difference there. there are clear challenges for trump as he heads into his own
re-election complaampaign. wisconsin, pennsylvania, they were not permanently shifted by his election. he does have a large base of support there but now democrats are running those states, providing the democratic party significant infrastructure. >> your question is, do you learn the lessons of it? bill clinton and obama did it just. >> you had some that decided to let's stay away. let's stay away. they did very poorly. i'm not sure that i should be happy or sad but feel just happy about it. carlos cubella, mike kaufman. too bad, mike. mia love. mia love gave me no love and she
lost. too bad. sorry about that, mia. >> that's the leader of the republican party. >> his inclination has been to double down at all times with his base voters. you heard paul ryan say let's talk about the economy and the president said no, we're going to try to end birth right citizenship. we're going to send 15,000 troops to the border. paul ryan said get the crowds outside of your rallies. the president says my rallies are huge. look how big they are. his gut instinct is to stick with exactly what happened in 2016 and his takeaway from this election is what he said at the podium on wednesday at the white house. republicans need to be more about trump. you saw the next day, a lot of the republicans came out and said i wish he would have criticized us before. that could have actually helped us. >> of course, the president ignores the analysis of candidates who did attach themselves to the president and
did lose. dean heller in nevada, for one, in the very important swing state, rejected his anti-trumpism during the 2016 campaign, embraced the president. he lost that senate race there. republican candidates in the house who also aligned themselves, katie arrington of south carolina, mark sanford was too anti-trump, she was very pro trump. she loses that race. so the president's problems are beyond some candidates distancidistanc distancing themselves from him. he went to those very red states to campaign for the senate candidates not the suburban districts. >> now what is the question? we'll have weeks and months to figure that out. if you watch that news conference there was a lot of fire and fury, rage from trump. and there were snippets about high aye might adjust my tax cuts. maybe we could talk about daca.
there was a little bit of both and then this question, can you get along with nancy pelosi if, as nancy pelosi says, yes, we're going to investigate this president. >> we have a constitutional responsibility to have oversi t oversight. that's the balance of power. you can be sure of one thing. when we go down any of these paths, we'll know what we're doing and we'll do it right. >> can you compartmentalize that and still continue to work with him for the benefit of the rest of the country? >> no. >> or are all bets off? >> no. if they do that, all it is is a war-like posture. >> a fun time on the capitol hill beat. >> yeah, welcome to gridlock in washington for the next two years. >> are we sure? >> martin short and i were talking about this in the green room, a former top adviser to the white house and says he thinks there's a chance that pelosi and trump could negotiate on an infrastructure package.
democrats want to show voters that they are for something, not just investigate trump. they do want to try to pass something and get something done but he just fired jeff sessions. this will be their number one priority when they come n the chairmen have lists upon lists of documents that they want and trump is going to want to fight and not make a deal with the democrats. >> one day he will, one day he won't. chuck and nancy dinners. they would come over, hour and a half later, they would emerge. there were a few weeks there where it seemed like every week he had democrats at the white house and something big was happening. he can adapt to whatever he needs to do in that moment and is shameless about it. you may see some action that's pretty interesting. >> the reaction, he was about to strike a daca deal and his own base revolted. more trumpy on the surface but if he starts dealing with the democrats, we'll see how they
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whitaker was named after jeff sessions was fired. the main reason he likes whitaker is for his open disdain for robert mueller. there are concerns that he could limit the special counsel's scope or try to bury any report. >> it's clear this president is trying to make sure that the mueller investigation doesn't get all its final product out, and the president could have avoided even any of these questions if he had simply appointed the deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein to be in this temporary position. instead, he picked this individual, mr. whitaker, who the best asset i could see is he's a big-time trump loyalist. >> some of this might not be fair to matthew whitaker, but the president kind of set up him up for this, right? >> the president takes somebody, elevates them and suddenly the digging from our findings, news
organizations -- and then the president starts to distance himself. the classic phrase is i don't really know him. he did that with paul manafort, who ran the campaign. whitaker's positioning here is very clear. he was put in the justice department because he opposed the special counsel, to watch what was happening in that office and now he's expected to do the exact same thing in this acting position. >> go ahead. >> one of the reasons the president liked him, he had been in the oval repeatedly because jeff sessions and the president had such a terrible relationship that the president did not even want to see jeff sessions. he found this matt whitaker, and he moved him up because two things. he liked him. he's kind of a back slappy guy, who trump likes, big football player from iowa. two, he's deeply skeptical of the special counsel's probe. when the president had a choice to finally install someone as the acting ag, he wasn't going to pick rod rosenstein, who has
suggested wanting to wear a wire against the president. he wanted to pick someone he liked and trusted. of course, it sets up the first big real fight with the incoming democratic majority who plans to -- come january if he's still acting, he will be asked to come up. there will be subpoenas for him to come up, to testify. there will be questions about his role in the mueller investigation, which he may not be able to avoid. republicans in the senate, however, believe this short-term appointment, that the president will nominate someone in a more permanent place but could still be in charge of the probe for some time. >> the rest of november, december, january. let's say at a minimum, 2 1/2, three months there. if they move lightning speed on a new nominee. >> could be critical -- >> at least that. mueller has to go to him for approval. now democrats, once they have power, could subpoena and everything else. there's also investigations. this from "the wall street journal" on friday.
"the wall street journal" found mr. trump was involved in or brief ond every step of the agreement. he directed deals and phone calls and meetings with his self described fictioner, michael cohen, and others. the u.s. attorney's office in manhattan has gathered evidence of mr. trump's participation in the transactions. these are, if correct, direct violation of campaign finance law. what do we put on the public record about the president, the acting attorney general is in that room. >> he can clearly cause issues for both of these investigations in terms of helping the president. what we have seen on the hill is that this has reinvigorated the conversation about legislation to protect the special counsel, to make sure that robert mueller cannot be fired by matt whitaker. a funding deadline is coming up in a couple of weeks and democrats saying we're not going to fund the government, the rest of the government. there's only a few agencies, unless we can attach legislation
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a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! on this busy sunday, let's head around the table is and ask our reporters to share from their notebook. julie pace? >> one state that stood out to me was utah, one of the most conservative state in the country. voters passed two ballot initiatives that tend to be favored by more liberal voters, expanding medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income people and improving medical marijuana
use. the medical marijuana practice will be amended a bit, based on a compromise with the mormon church, most powerful force in that state. two initiatives that were stall bid deeply conservative lawmakers in the state and then the voters ultimately pushed both of these issues over the finish line. >> outside the box. josh? >> with president trump, we're heading back to 2020 campaign season already. rallies are now over. places to go in january, $106 million or so he has in the bank, putting up an apparatus. those exhausted by a campaign, i think you'll see it begin anew, even this past cycle. the president is looking at his numbers in all these districts and comparing them to 2016, trying to go up on the schedule for the 2020 events that would benefit him. in earnest you'll see 2020 begin again in the white house. >> $106 million already. yikes. manu? >> president trump is about to
get one of his closest allies in a key spot in the senate, lindsey graham, who will likely become chairman of the senate judiciary committee. we're expecting a decision from the current chairman chuck grassley to extending the gavel, opening it up to graham, who has expressed concerns about the way the russia investigation has been conducted, clinton e-mail investigation has been kicked and see if he brings a counterbalance to the house judicial committee who will be very aggressive in investigating the president. he will also be in charge of supreme court nominations and all court nominations. he did tell me after the kavanaugh nomination if there's a vacancy in 2020, is he reluctant to move forward with the nominee, under the precedent of merrick garland. we'll see if that happens. >> save that notebook. rachel? >> midterms have been framed as a blue wave, then a green wave
in terms of money. now we have a pink wave with over three dozen women coming to congress, including a lot of young moms. capitol hill has been rethinking how work friendly it is for mothers. right now, they are putting nursing stations around the capitol. they are talking about putting diaper changing stations in lawmaker bathrooms and right now they're basically doing a reassessment to make sure it is a friendly work environment for mothers. >> amen. call the architect. good. that's good. some change is good, regardless of party. i'll close with this. 40 or more democrats. now scrambling to figure out if they can mount a credible campaign for president. how many republicans are asking that same 2020 with question? 2018 has shown us, yes, the gop has profound problems but, no, presidential weakness with the base is not one of them. there are republicans like retiring senator jeff flake who view this as a fight that must
be fought even though any trump challenger is most unlikely to win, at least based on everything we know today. the first potential trump challenger to pop up on the 2020 map, ohio governor john kasich, who will be in new hampshire for, of all things, an event celebrating the first amendment and a free press i spoke with governor kasich the other day and it's crystal clear that he's also closely studying in fine detail the 2018 midterm results. he is anxious to get back to new hampshire and see old friends. 2020, here we go. thanks for sharing your sunday morning. stay with us on "inside politics." up next, jake tapper and a conversation with senate minority leader chuck schumer.
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