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happening now, opposite views. u.s. intelligence chiefs contradict president trump on security issues, undermining his takes on isis, north korea and russia. tonight, the president also is facing new resistance from the top senate republican. stone cold witness. as roger stone pleads not guilty, there are new signals that the special counsel may be considering an additional indictment of the longtime trump adviser. what does robert mueller hope to learn from a witness fighting his subpoena? silence by russia? a self-style sex coach who claims to have evidence of collusion says kremlin agents tried to keep her quiet. she's speaking out in an exclusive interview with cnn. a deadly deep freeze is endangering millions of americans. one-fourth of the population
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will suffer subzero temperatures. we will tell where and when the snow, the ice, the bitter cold hitting the hardest. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you are in "the situation room." top u.s. intelligence officials are openly contradicting president trump's assessment of some of america's most dangerous adversaries. the intel chiefs telling congress that isis is far from being defeated, that north korea isn't likely to give up its nuclear weapons and that russia's interference in u.s. politics is an ongoing threat with the 2020 election at risk. in another rebuke of the president's global policy, mitch mcconnell is now urging u.s. forces to stay in syria and afghanistan. also tonight, longtime trump ally roger stone will return to court in washington on friday after pleading not guilty to
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seven criminal charges. this as we're told robert mueller's team is signaling to a stone associate that another indictment may be in the works of stone or perhaps someone else. i will talk to congressman castro. our correspondents and analysts are standing by. first let's go to our chief white house core spon eresponde acosta. now intel chiefs are effectively calling out the president. >> reporter: they're not on the same script, that is true. the president stayed behind closed doors today. the white house has not responded to members of the intelligence community contradicting mr. trump on critical national security issues from isis to north korea to russia. the contradictions raise the question, who should the public believe, the president or the intelligence community? the top intelligence chiefs delivered sobering warnings on
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threats to the u.s., contradicting president trump at nearly every turn. the director of national intelligence told lawmakers the terror group isis remains a potent threat. >> remaining pockets of isis and opposition fighters will continue, we agree, we assess, to stoke violence. isis is intent on resuresurging. >> reporter: the assessment stood in contract with the president's rosier claims. >> we have won against isis. we have beaten them and we have beaten them badly. >> reporter: coats seemed to differ with the president on north korea, six months after mr. trump tweeted there's no longer a nuclear threat from north korea, coats told congress that's not quite the case. reality check coming weeks before the president is set to meet once again with dictator kim jong-un. >> we currently assess that north korea will seek to retain its wmd capabilities and is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and
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production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival. >> reporter: on russian interference in u.s. elections, the fbi director said moscow is yet to curb its behavior. >> not only the russians continue to do it there 2018, but we have seen indications that they are continuing to adapt their model and that other countries are taking a very interested eye in that approach. >> reporter: don't tell the president who sided with vladimir putin on that question last july. >> i have great confidence in my intelligence people. but i will tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. >> reporter: the president is meeting resistance from mitch mcconnell who warned the white house its plans to pull u.s. troops out of syria and afghanistan could backfire. >> we're not the world's policemen, but we are the leader of the free world.
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>> reporter: part of the problem, his sagging poll numbers, with 56% of voters in a poll saying they will not vote for mr. trump. one in three republican and gop leaning voters wishing the party would pick another candidate. the president's political team is advising him to hold his ground on his border wall, even as a former official told cnn not to expect the art of the deal to save the day before another government shutdown next month. >> there's no documentation that says donald trump is a great deal maker. he made good deals. he made bad deals. he has caved more often than i can tell you. >> reporter: cliff sims says that mr. trump has a tendency to exaggerate. >> when you are around the president, everything seems bigger. that could be -- there could be good things about that. but there's this atmosphere that gets created. it's extremely cut throat. >> reporter: the president has had enough of white house tell alls tweeting about sims that he pretended to be an insider when
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he is not more than a gopher. he is a mess. >> there it is. >> reporter: there it s. tis. the trump campaign is ready to throw its book at the former aide. the campaign is preparing to file a lawsuit for violating the non-disclosure agreement. that seems to be the least of the president's problems these days. his top officials from the intelligence community were on capitol hill telling congress and the world that they don't see the world and the threats out there the same way their boss does. >> jim acosta, thank you very much. now to the russia investigation. today's not guilty plea by roger stone. we're joined by sara murray and jeffrey toobin. you were there in the courtroom today as all of this is unfolding. how did it go? >> roger stone entered his not guilty plea for the seven charges he is facing for lying,
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on struk obstructing justice. he was in and out in 15 minutes. i think he wanted to speak to cameras, speak to the reporters who were outside afterwards. it was just mayhem when roger stone was leaving the courthouse. there was someone with a speaker playing "back in the ussr." people were chanting, lock him up. he was doing the vichl ining tv on his way out. he will be back in court on friday afternoon. that's his first appearance before the judge who will end up overseeing this case. >> you have reporting -- you have been doing excellent reporting, that mueller may have more in store for stone? >> that's right. this comes from another associate of roger stone's, andrew miller. he has been challenging his grand jury subpoena, challenging mueller's authority in court. we heard from his attorney yesterday that the government told them, we still want testimony. we still want grand jury testimony from andrew miller. that suggests that they are perhaps pursuing more indictments, more charges against roger stone.
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everything that had to do with the subpoena has to do with roger stone and assuage. >> let me ask jeffrey, what does it say that mueller is continuing to press this guy miller for testimony before a grand jury? >> it means the investigation continues, particularly of stone. prosecutors are not allowed to use the grand jury just to prepare for an existing trial. they have to use the grand jury either to add more charges to an existing indictment or to indict someone else. that means, if mueller -- if andrew miller goes in the grand jury, it has to be about adding more charges. doesn't mean that they will. but that has to be the purpose. in addition, remember, the fbi searched three residences affiliated with stone when he was arrested. his house in fort lauderdale, a
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storage facility and his apartment in new york. obviously, the fbi and prosecutors are going to look and see what they found. that may or may not lead to more charges. >> what is the stone indictment? tell us about the president's potential exposure here. >> i think this is a really important point. the references to the superior who directed stone's behavior suggests not criminal behavior on the part of that superior. it basically says someone is telling stone, go find out what assuage -- what wikileaks is up to. that's not criminal. i don't think there's anything specific in the indictment that suggests criminal behavior by the president. however, if it is established, either through stone's testimony, if he decides to testify, or other people that the president directed stone to interact in some way with
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wikileaks, that would be a proven lie on the part of the president, because he said over and over again to the public he had nothing to do with stone, nothing to do with wikileaks. that would be a political problem for the president. but i don't think it would be a legal problem. >> jeffrey toobin, thanks very much. sara murray, thanks to you as well. joining us, congressman castro, who serves on the intelligence and foreign affairs committees. thanks for joining us. let's talk about roger stone. he appears to feel vindicated by the fact he wasn't charged with conspiracy or collusion. do you think he could face that down the road? >> i think that ultimately, he could. i also think that if you look at that indictment, it's possible that the special counsel is setting up that charge later for other people and is hoping for roger stone's cooperation in continuing to figure out who may have colluded. >> the acting attorney general
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says he has been fully briefed on the mueller investigation. in his words, it's close to being completed. how much weight do you give his comments? >> it's hard to say. if that's just his best guess, if it's an estimation, then i think that's fine as a comment. he needs to be careful not to interfere or try to put his hand on -- his finger on the scale of that investigation. >> because the point is that before he said it would be over soon, the investigation, he said, i have been fully briefed on the investigation. if he has been fully briefed, i assume he knows something. >> that's right. it may be that that's his understanding. but again, what i would be uncomfortable with -- i think the nation is uncomfortable with is mtaking an active role to press the special couns pressure the special counsel to wrap it up the way others have tried to finish up for political purposes. >> would it be a problem if he
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briefed the president or others at the white house about what the mueller investigators told him? >> it would for me. i don't think there should be communication to the president about it. i think at this point, they should keep that separate. >> he said in his words, decisions that were made are going to be reviewed. do you understand exactly what he meant by that? >> i don't. i hope that -- first of all, the special counsel's report will be made fully public, it will be available to the congress, but also it is owed to the american people. after that, there aren't decisions that may be overridden by the attorney -- the acting attorney general or anybody else in the administration for political purposes or simply to protect the president from something. >> what about for intelligence-related purposes to redact classified information, would you be okay with that? >> it depends. hopefully, they would brief the intelligence committees in the house and senate about those
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actions before they take them. there may be important information that is especially sensitive that needs to be protected. i think that could be reasonable. again, it depends why they're doing it and what exactly they're taking out. or they are redacting. >> your committee, the house intelligence committee, is working to deconflict so-called with the special counsel on michael cohen's testimony. when cohen testifies in this closed door hearing before your committee, do you anticipate there will be any topics off limits? >> i hope not. i hope we will have a chance to ask him everything that we need to understand. there are obviously questions about money laundering, obstruction of justice and other issues that we will try to brooch. we want to understand whether he was directed to lie to congress the last time he came in front of our committee or other congressional committees, whether the president specifically directed him to lie to congress. so right now, i don't see anything that is closed off in
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terms of questioning. remember, this is behind closed doors. it's a transcript right now that doesn't look like it's going to be released to the public. although, i think all of this as much as possible should be done out in the open. right now, i think everything is on the table. >> i hope you release that transcript or as much as possible. you serve on the foreign affairs committee. when you listen to the country's top intelligence leaders discuss worldwide threats facing the united states, they were in a congressional hearing, are you concerned at all about whether the president respects their assessments, because as you heard, there are some significant disagreements between what the intelligence chiefs are saying and what the president has said? >> yeah. when you listen to the intelligence agencies, the heads of the agencies, give their assessment, it's clear at a minimum the president is not listening to them, is not taking their advice. they may as well be serving in a
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different administration, because what the president is doing and what he is saying are hardly related to the intelligence assessment that these folks are offering. >> let's get to the effort to avert another government shutdown. we have heard some democrats say they're open to funding for some physical barriers along the border with mexico, as long as it's not a big wall. as the president has proposed over the many years. what do you think a deal will look like? >> i saw a little bit of that reporting today. i trust the negotiators that will be in the room, trying to come up with a compromise. i'm not keen on trading the lives and futures of tps recipients or dreamers for a long wall across the united states of america. right now, also if you look at what's being negotiation negotiated. the other stuff has not been
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brought into the conversation. the congressional hispanic caucus especially is going to be keeping a very close look -- eye on this. kamala harris said that that medicare for all plan would eliminate private insurance plans all together here in the united states. do you support that plan? >> the thing is, i would like to see these plans proposed in congress, have hearings on them before we take a position on any particular plan, whether it's from a sitting member of congress or somebody that's running for president. >> that's fair enough. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> thank you. just ahead, is the mueller investigation close to being completed or not? we will talk more about the possibility of additional indictments of roger stone and perhaps others. we have an exclusive interview with the model and sex coach who claims she has evidence of collusion between
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matthew chance is joining us live from moscow right now. tell us about your interview and what you learned. >> reporter: we have been following the plight of this woman for the best part of the year. she's been arrested twice in thailand. she was deported to moscow where she was arrested again. she now lives essentially in freedom but under the threat of security. all of this because she claimed to have evidence linking russia with the trump campaign. something that has thrust her right to the center of those allegations of collusion. it is remarkable, this self-styled sex coach is still willing to talk. 11 months in a thai jail she describes as hell has made her even more convinced of the value of publicity. do you regret making those claims that you made about the evidence you said you had of russia and the trump campaign
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colluding? do you regret that? >> i think it saved my life. how can i cigaret regret about ? if journalist not come at that and that story not come to newspapers, maybe i will die now. >> reporter: these are the images that got her into trouble. her and a russian billionaire who is close to russian president vladimir putin and the kremlin. on his yacht in 2016. there was another figure photographed, too, a russian deputy prime minister spashi is allegations it was a secret meeting to pass on trump campaign briefings. did manafort owe you millions of dollars? he had been offered private briefings by his former business associate and trump campaign chair, paul manafort. manafort now behind bars, convicted financial crimes in the special counsel's russia investigation.
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in thailand, the sex coach promised even more details. you said, i'm ready to give you all the missing puzzle pieces, video and audio, regarding the connections of our respective lawmakers with trump, manafort and the rest. why did you say that? >> after that, i was almost one year in prison. for me, really enough. i understand mostly of your question is about connection of america and something like that. i cannot answer it. >> reporter: this was the welcome waiting for the 28-year-old when she finally returned to moscow earlier this month. forced into a wheelchair and dragged away, terrified. all the evidence she once had, she told me, was confiscated. do you think it's fair to say that you tend to tell people what they want to hear and in doing that, you have put
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yourself in an extremely dangerous position? >> i don't know what to say. absolutely right. it's dangerous position, you know, for me especially. but people should know the truth. you know? >> reporter: what is the truth? do you have evidence of collusion between russians and the trump campaign? have you ever seen that evidence? >> i never see trump. it's true. >> reporter: it's perhaps unsurprisingly the only admission this self-publicist in the eye of a geopolitical storm is prepared to make. once behind russian bars, she was given a stark warning about making any other claims before being unexpectedly released. >> i have some talk when i was in jail, in russian jail.
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they explain very clear what should i do, what should i say and what shouldn't i say. >> reporter: who explained that to you? >> russian agents. >> reporter: what did they say to you? >> they said to me, don't touch alec anymore. >> reporter: don't touch him or risk replacing that thai prison with a cell in russia. she faces prosecution. she's a suspect in a prostitution case in this country that is ongoing. she can't leave the country. she's under that kind of threat. again, all because of these claims that she made, putting her at the heart of the collusion allegations. >> excellent reporting from matthew chance. thanks for staying on top of the
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story. just ahead, new signs that trump adviser roger stone could be facing another indictment. more than 200 million americans are facing freezing temperatures as an arctic blast brings dangerous new lows to large sections of the united states.
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contradicted his own intelligence chiefs as they testified today to the senate about the threats, the major threats facing the united states. let's get more. phil mudd, you used to work at the cia. listen to what the president has said on some of the major threats and compare that to what we heard today from the intelligence chiefs. >> you have one agawon against . we have beaten them and beaten them badly. >> isis is intent on resurging. >> kim, we have a great chemistry. we're well on our way. we signed an agreement. it said we will begin the immediate denuclearization. >> north korea will seek to retain its wmd capabilities and it's unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities. >> i have president putin. he just said it's not russia. i will say this, i don't see any reason why it would be.
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>> not only have the russians continued to do it in 2018, but we have seen indications that they are continuing to adapt their model. >> what's your reaction? >> this is pretty simple. when the president sees a story he doesn't like, he makes up a story. if he were an informant, we would call him a serial fabricator. you go through the election process and after the election, he says, russia interference could be a 400 pound guy in the basement. the intel guys say repeatedly, including after during the elections, it's the russians. you get off a plane from north korea and you say, we're safer. you don't have to be an intel guy to say, have they destroyed a single missile or a single ounce of nuclear material? the president goes on his first visit to iraq and takes the generals. he could get a brief every day. he has to go out to iraq to have somebody say, actually, we're not destroying every single isis member in syria.
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there are thousands left. the point is simple. if the narrative doesn't match the president who wants to say we're winning, he makes something up. it's not complicated. >> if the president wants to keep the country safe -- and he does -- how does he do that and reject what the intelligence community -- the assessments he is receiving? >> he has the general problem of creating a lack of faith between himself and the intelligence agencies that he commands and the american public count on. as phil said, all those particular mismatches between the information that he says and what his chiefs say. we will point out one other thing about that clip you played, which is that the president goes way out of his way to refer to kim as chairman kim. even though people that he works with on a daily basis, speaker pelosi he calls nancy, he calls senators insulting nicknames. it's all chairman kim. >> they will be meeting next month. presumably, the reports are maybe in hanoi. we will see where that unfolds. let's talk about troger stone. he appeared in a federal
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courtroom today. do you think he faces additional charges down the road? >> i think there are some indications of that. the most significant as was discussed earlier is this pressure that the mueller investigation appears to be continuing to pursue testimony from andrew miller, a stone associate. they executed search warrants the morning of the arrest. i think there is some indication. there are mysteries in the fact that stone wasn't charged for certain things, namely the substantive underlying conduct. not just that he lied but the stuff he lied about. mueller's office went out of their way to include in that gru indictment from in july 2018 the communication between roger stone and russian hackers who were posing. one big question is, why isn't that in the indictment that we have seen? a possible answer might be that there are two investigations going on here. one is a criminal investigation. one is a counterintelligence investigation. the information we're seeing in this indictment is about what mueller actually intends to charge roger stone with.
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that doesn't mean it's the full story that's relevant to his investigation. it doesn't mean it's the full story that he is going to tell in that report, that ultimately will go to congress. >> it's an important point. i was talking to somebody on the hill before coming on, a republican saying exactly that. what was very mysterious, your word, was that there wasn't anything clear in any of this that we have seen with regard to indictments of roger stone about the underunderlying wikileaks connections, which is at the heart of the mueller mission, the connections between russia, which we know and knew back then, was connected to and is connected to wikileaks and anybody associated with the trump orbit. that's at the heart of it. it was absent here. it does raise questions about that. but also whether or not the whole question of the mueller report is still going to be -- what we're going to see is
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really unanswerable now because if it is something that's classified, that's going to be a very, very big fight about making that public or not. >> let me solve a problem. there's a difference between evidence, what you can prove or what you want to prove in front of a judge in a court of law and what you think. i think what we have going on here is, i can prove to you that roger stone lied. if you look at the other contacts with eastern european people like paul manafort, here is a narrative what we think happened. intelligence is what we smell. do we believe there is inappropriate contact with the russi russians? the answer is yet. that's not evidence you want to put in front of a court of law. two different things. >> i think one other potential significant piece here is the special counsel's office has said they are going to co-prosecute roger stone with the u.s. attorney's office in d.c. that may be an indication that they are expecting for the stone
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prosecution to endure past the existence of the special counsel's office. they will have a plan in place to hand over the prosecution. they may see this roger stone indictment and prosecution really having a life that even outlives the mueller investigation. >> in april of 2017, then cia director mike pompeo -- now the secretary of state -- he said, it's time to call out wick i can le wikileaks for what it is. he said the gru had used wikileaks to go ahead and release data, harmful to the united states. >> when the mueller report comes out, if it comes out, that's one of the big questions that we're waiting to find out. is special prosecutor mueller treating wikileaks like some freelance agency that we haven't seen before? back to phil's point, they probably indicted roger stone on
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the -- what he calls process crime, this lying to congress, because they probably thought they had a better case. he is innocent until proven guilty. maybe less solid case on all these e-mails between him and corsi, between the summer and fall of 2016, which might fall into the intelligence. >> democrats, they have no confidence in the acting attorney general. do you think they have more confidence in bill barr, who is about to be confirmed in the coming days before the senate to become the attorney general? >> i don't flknow if anybody wod admit this. but i think they do have more confidence. whether it's along party lines or mostly republicans with the sprinkling of democrats or not, i think they do. because of the history that he has, never mind the memo he wrote, but just the long history he has of never mind being attorney general but even in and around that following the rule of law. i think they do have confidence
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in him. >> was it appropriate for whitaker to say he has been briefed by t eed about the muel? >> it was an off the cuff remark. it goes against the policy about the fbi and doj policy of not commenting oni ongoing investigations. the acting attorney general says something. everybody says, well, is he telling truth? did he mean what he says? i think it speaks to the difficult situation that he has gotten himself into, not just as o overseeing the mueller investigation, but doing the important parts of the job that has nothing to do with russia. >> you can see we shot video of whitaker. he seemed to be sweating. >> as he should. barr is a pro. whitaker is an amateur. he made a fundamental mistake. take politics aside. owe just put his boss in a box. his boss, the incoming attorney
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general, i suspect will be confirmed soon. what did he do? the boss comes in and says, i have more questions. whitaker said, it's almost over. the journalists will say, your deputy said the investigation is almost over. why is it still going on? one rule in washington, democrats or republicans, don't put your incoming boss in a box. whitaker did that. >> it does raise the question whether he might have done that intentionally. if making a statement like this was designed to mount the kind of pressure that phil is describing. >> it's the process of the timing. but it's also the word that he used, review. which is also going to raise i think more questions. for barr and anybody else who will be facing questions about what exactly has gone on as the mueller investigation has wrapped up, the people overseeing it. >> he said i'm comfortable the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed. it's unclear what he was referring to. that's a pretty significant statement.
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we're back with our core spoe correspondents an analysts. you are doing reporting on the advice the president is getting. >> his campaign manager went over there yesterday about this time and presented him with some data that he commissioned from a
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republican polling outfit here, which suggested -- this is the advice he gave to the president -- don't back down on the border wall. they did polling in ten swing districts, house districts, that showed that a majority -- a slim majority liked the idea of a border wall. why is the president's re-election campaign polling in swing districts, most of which are not going to be areas where the president is going to be campaigning? it's very interesting that he is u using the political arm of trump world thinks it's so important for him to get out of this in an even remotely legitimate way, that they are polling about how to deal with the next three weeks, not about how to deal with re-election in 2020. >> an interesting tidbit right there. very significant. the president could still declare a national security
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emergency, assuming there's no deal worked out between the democrats and the republicans. go ahead and use other money in the government to try to build his wall. what's intriguing to me, when the intelligence chiefs were testifying before the senate, they spoke about the major national security threats facing the united states, whether iran or north korea or whatever. they never mentioned what's going on between the -- along the border between the united states and mexico. >> i will tell you an intel chief who did, that's el chapo. one of the biggest narco terrorists. what did he say? drugs come through legal ports of entry. they don't come through the desert. if you look at what happened today in terms of the gap between the president and intel chi chiefs, they said something different on isis, north korea, russia. they will say something different on intel. they would say stuff as people in the administration of earlier said, stuff comes through legal ports of entry, places where people drive cars through, not through the desert.
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the point is that the president has the ability to persuade the american people that facts aren't facts. the beauty of what he says is that 35% or 40% of the american people say i don't care about the facts. it's not facts first. it's what the president said. he wins. that's it. >> "the washington post" -- your newspaper -- together with the polling do you with abc news, it shows that a third of republicans would like to see someone other than the president as the gop presidential nominee in 2020. what might be a bigger problem, more than half of americans say they would not vote for president trump if he does win the nomination. how big of an issue is this? >> it's a somewhat big issue. the fact that you have one-third of republicans in our latest poll saying they would like someone else to run gives fuel to governor kasich or maybe even senator flake to say, man, maybe i should mount a challenge. i don't expect that to happen. it gives people ideas on the other hand. if you look at president trump's
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approval rating, it is around 40%. it's been that way almost since he took office. i think that's what the white house is hanging its hat on. >> flake ruled it out. he said he is not going to run. the moderate republican governor of the dpoef goef governor of maryland maryland thinks about it. >> there was one lesson be learned because we're willing to basic press extreme displeasure. for the republicans nominee even when ever it's donald trump you choose. running a strong alternative.
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and speaking of the worldwide briefing ensure it's the american people and exclusively the american people who are deciding who is in the oval office and not say the russians. >> one week from today, almost right now, we'll be getting ready to listen to the president state of the union address before joint session of kron congress. the response to the president will be stacy abrams. she lost her bid to become the governor of georgia. what does that say about the direction that the democratic party is moving? >> first of all, it allows the democrats to have a safe choice in their not picking one of their new members. which is tough. tough to do when you have all these new members. many of whom are stars in the party. i think that the message is transparent. they want the democratic party to look like and to feel like something outside of washington
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and stacy abrams didn't win but she certainly got a lot of buzz and she ran a robust campaign considering the fact she is in the state of georgia. >> she was very close to winning. she almost won. what does it say to you? >> i agree with dana. i think they are sending a message with this pick. they are embracing what they have now as their strengths. it's a recognition that democrats most solid block of voters is african-american women. it's a recognition they want to continue to play in georgia even though they lost this particular race and it's just sort of saying, we're not going to do the same old thing for the state of the union response. we're not going to put some back bench congressman out there. we're going to try to have a message. >> we'll have extensive live coverage a week from today. stick around. there's more news. we're following the arctic blast that has millions of americans facing record cold temperatures. we have a new forecast. stick around. hey, what is it? i realize i love you,
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powerful blast of arctic air is spreading across the united states right now bringing extremely cold and very dangerous temperatures that are expected to break records. our meteorologist has the latest forecast for us. millions of americans are facing a deep freeze. >> that's right. it's really heavily focused into areas of the midwest but that
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doesn't mean they're the only ones dealing with well below average temperatures. you've got about 83 million people. that pink color you see on the screen. that's a kwaquarter of the u.s. population. that temperatures at or below 32 degrees. you have three quarters of the u.s. population and yes, you're going to see temperatures get below freezing as far as south as tallahassee, florida. tomorrow morning you have about 27 cities that could potentially break record lows. most of those heavily focused in the midwest. thursday morning it not only spreads, it begins to shift over into portions of the east. now you're talking nearly 40 cities that will have record low temperatures. here's the thing. when you talk about high temperatures, it will be the coldest on wednesday for areas of midwest but areas in the east, the coldest day will be on thursday. we are still looking at areas that are contending with snow showers. that's focused over portions of the eastern u.s.
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the good news is for a city like d.c., the snow is finally starting to come to an end. baltimore you still have areas getting a bit of snow showers at this point. we're not dealing with the heavy snow like we were earlier. further up towards new york it's rain in manhattan off to the east. this system will go as we go later on into the evening. the cold temperatures come in and the one thing focussed on is also the wind. that will make wind chills in the midwest minus 30 to minus 60 degrees. >> people have to be careful about this freezing weather. tell us about it. >> say that one more time.
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>> never mind. our time is up but people have to be carefulfrigid weather. you get frostbite quickly so watch this closely. thank you very much. to our viewers, tha thanks veryh for watching. erin burnett outfront starts now. next, contradicting trump. the nation's top intelligence chiefs repeatedly disputing the president's national security claims. why is the administration not on the same page about something so crucial? former starbucks krceo speaking out in an interview about taxes, immigration and whether a 2020 run will guarantee trump's re-election. roger stone pleading not guilty. john podesta is my guest. let's go outfront. good evening. i'm erin burnett.


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