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good friday morning. i'm poppy harlow in new york. jim has the day off. this may or may not be the hour, the day or the month that robert mueller hands in his final report. but this much we do know. while the speculation builds and apprehension grows president trump can and will keep workshopping responses. case in point this morning in an interview with fox business news the president said, quote, people -- presumably his base -- will not accept a report that tarnishes his presidency. listen. >> i have a deputy appoints a man who write a report on me to make a determination on my presidency? people will not stand for it.
>> we'll see about that. we may hear from the president when he heads from the white house to palm beach for the weekend. this morning, a fresh reminder multiple investigations continue on capitol hill independent of the fact that the white house is resisting all of them. no fewer than three house committee chairs are accusing the white house of flouting the constitution by refusing to turn over documents related to the president's private talks with vladimir putin. another house panel is demanding information on ivanka trump and jared kushner's use of private texts and e-mails for government business. joe johns is at the white house. what's the mood there with filing from the mueller team potentially -- and i stress potentially imminent. >> poppy, i'm sure this will surprise you. it depends on who you talk to at this point. cnn's jim acosta talked to
people at the white house who said they see it as a pivotal moment. they see it also as clearing the decks for them. that would be true only if you assume that the news is good from the mueller report. no one can say that with certainty. but there is clearly optimism. i think it is also important to say that the white house has been having meetings and trying to figure out, what do we say if the report says this and what do we say if the report says that. but you can really tell what's going on behind the scenes by what the president does. and what the president has been doing is a lot of positioning, a lot more positioning very recently. we have heard all of the president's messages that this is a hoax, this is a fraud, this is a witch hunt. he casts himself as a victim. but most importantly the president has tried to make it clear in his view as you heard in the sound bite, he sees it as
a political issue, if you will. that's important. the constitutional remedy for a president accused of wrongdoing is impeachment which is a political remedy. so that is what this white house is getting ready for. possibly the worst case scenario, but at this point who knows? >> okay. before you go, joe, the fight over documents pertaining to what was said in the closed door meeting meetings between vladimir putin and the president, what's that about? >> it's pretty clear democrats on capitol hill, newly empowered, are demanding information. that's one of the things they are most interested in. the conversations between vladimir putin and the president of the united states. in at least one case the president demanded the interpreter's notes and took them away. democrats want to know what it's about. this has become an angry
exchange of letters between lawyers on the one hand, democrats saying they have a right to investigate a right to congressional oversight. saying that foreign policy is the province exclusively and solely the united states. essentially the separation of powers is from democrats asking for the information. >> in a moment, we'll go to the experts about whose side the law is on that side. thanks so much. what happens once robert mueller's report is finished. kara skinnell joins us from washington. if today is the day, what are the next steps? >> that's right, poppy. washington is amped up waiting to see if today is the day. if it is, this is what will happen. robert mueller will give his confidential report to attorney general bill barr. bill barr will notify the house and senate judiciary committees that the report is in and he'll
also have to tell them that the department of justice overruled the special counsel. they need to subpoena or charge someone and they disagreed with it. bill barr indicated he'll make a version of the report that he'll ultimately give to congress. the white house indicated they can see the report and make any claims of executive privilege. once that's done the report goes to the hill where it gets interesting. bill barr has not committed during the confirmation hearing he'll make it public. members of the hill said they want the entire report and the house voted unanimously for the public to see the whole report. this is where we are gearing up and heading toward a potential legal battle here. we are all talking about this because of the great team, the cnn stakeout team is outside mueller's office through rain, sleet, snow. they have seen indications that this is wrapping up.
they have seen staff members leave with boxes. we know the number of prosecutors has gone down. they are now down to about ten in the office. the grand jury hasn't met in at least two months, at least from the stakeout team, that's what they have seen. we are seeing signs that it's wrapping up, bringing us to this moment. it could come today. then we'll see the process play out. how much of a legal battle it is. it feels like we are in the fourth inning of the game. >> okay. there are nine in the games, right? >> yeah. >> all right. just checking. thanks. i'm joined by two former federal prosecutors and cnn legal analyst jeffrey toobin and jennifer rogers. good morning. all of those things kara laid out and it was just a week ago that mueller's office told the courts rick gates is helping on several ongoing investigations. >> so as with so much we don't
know, the details. there are other investigations including investigations in the southern district of new york and the eastern district of virginia that aren't directly supervised by mueller but are related in some way with overlap in the witnesses. just because rick gates is still cooperating doesn't mean mueller will issue more indictments. it is hard to believe he'll deliver a report and then do more indictments. this is a signal that his investigation is over if, in fact, the report is turned over today. >> when it comes to the report obviously it will become essentially like the barr report. the attorney general can go through it and put together what he thinks should be turned over to congress. the white house wants to see if they can exert executive privilege and where. what are the odds the public will ever know the full extent of the mueller findings? >> oh, the odds. i have no idea.
there will be executive privileges asserted. bill barr will have to negotiate with the white house over those. i think congress will want to see the whole thing. they'll ultimately subpoena the unredacted report. we'll see a court battle over that. whether it becomes public taking out the classified information aspects of it is hard to tell. >> if in the review process the document is turned over to the white house, as i expect it will be, the president will claim vindication. he'll say, look, the report clears me completely. the public will not have seen it yet. it's a tremendous advantage that the report is being evaluated in the chain of command that the president himself is in charge of. >> barr is his subordinate. >> as is mueller. >> you are a supreme court expert.
we have precedent from the nixon time of what the court will do. how do you see a supreme court with the justices' decisions playing out if it goes all the way up. >> i think the president is likely to win. the general drift of the supreme court and it is worth remembering that in the famous case of the united states versus nixon where the president nixon was forced in 1974 to turn over the white house tapes, that was a subpoena from a court, from a trial subpoena. in the cases involving congressional subpoenas for the white house tapes and other documents, congress didn't win the cases. congress has less of a claim -- >> than a court. >> than a court does or in the context of a criminal case. especially since the court moved to the right since 1974, the president is likely to. >> there are three justices appointed under nixon making the decision. >> the nixon justices were a lot
more moderate than the trump justices and the george w. bush tapes. >> comey wrote an op-ed. let me read it. quote, i'm not rooting for mr. mueller to demonstrate trump is a criminal. i'm not rooting for anything except that the special counsel be permitted to finish his work, charge whatever case is warranted charging and report on his work. it seems he's arguing that whatever the outcome here, the process worked. there is a win in terms of this even happening. >> that's what folks have been saying all along. the rule of law will get to the right result if you let it happen. that's been most people's gripe is that the president is going to undermine the functioning of the justice system, the special counsel's office. if we let it happen the way it should, everyone who can be charged will be charged. let the justice system work in that.
it will be a fair result. we'll see. >> well, maybe. also the issue of how much of this report becomes public is very much unresolved. we shouldn't have too much happy talk about how the system worked until we know the resolution. >> the other issue is although no one leaked anything in washington ever. >> not in this case. >> not this. once it is turned over. once the white house sees things and congress sees things do you have concern over partial leaks that are advantage wous to the party leaking? >> always. the department of justice is likely to hold this very tight. as i say, if the white house is involved, the president is going to claim immediately complete vindication regardless of the facts and regardless of whether the rest of us ever see what it is based on. >> i'm interested in your take
on the white house refusal to give documents to oversight committees pertaining to the putin/trump meetings. anything at all. jennifer, whose side is the law on here -- the white house or congress checking and utilizing oversight responsibility. >> we'll be in the same position we may be in with the mueller report with congress wanting to issue subpoenas instead of requests. then you get to court. this is going to be a tough one. the head of state has the right to speak to another head of state in private without the entire world knowing about it. then you get into taking away translator notes and the legitimate oversight responsibility here of congress. that will be tough. >> i think the president is on strong ground with the interactions with putin. when you start talking about things like jared kushner and ivanka trump using --
>> whatsapp. >> or unsecure modes of communication congress will be on stronger ground in terms of their investigation. that's a legitimate area for oversight. but head of state to head of state seems at the core of presidential power. >> just on that briefly as we wrap up, jared kushner's lawyer say s jared kushner forwarded screenshots of whatsapp communications with people overseas, et cetera, to his e-mail. is that good enough? >> you need to know a lot more. it is a bizarre practice, if that's what he did. i'm not saying it didn't happen. this is why congressional oversight exists. we don't just take people's word for it. we call witnesses, get documents. you know, there is an investigatory process. >> it only takes care of one of two potential legal issues here which is the presidential
records act. there is the issue of whether classified information was mishandled. >> or security hacking. >> forwarding to your other e-mail or screenshots doesn't take care of it. >> you're not old enough, but i'm old enough to remember the 2016 election. do you remember that? republicans thought it was a big deal about e-mail security. so apparently -- i'm sure the republicans will want a big investigation of this because they are so concerned about e-mail security. >> it will be the top of the list. >> lock him up. >> thank you very much. don't go far. today could be the day. jeffrey toobin, jennifer rogers, we appreciate it. sad news. two u.s. service members were killed this morning while conducting an operation in northern afghanistan. this is according to the nato-led military coalition in kabul. this marks the third and fourth u.s. military deaths in afghanistan this year. let's go to the pentagon. our reporter ryan brown is there. many people don't remember. we still have 14,000 u.s. troops
there. >> that's right. there are 14,000 u.s. troops there along with other nato allies. they primarily serve in training and advising roles, helping the afghanistan forces increase their capabilities so they can take on the taliban and the local isis affiliate. as we see today with the news of two u.s. service members being killed in a firefight with the taliban in northern afghanistan. the troops were also killed in this incident we are told. this comes amid increased efforts by the trump administration to conduct peace talks with the taliban. officials have said the talks have progressed. there's been positive momentum. nothing finalized yet. as we see today, violence very much remains in the country. there is a lot of instability. even though the talks are making progress they have opened up a rift between the trump administration and america's partners in afghanistan with some afghan government officials
accusing the u.s. of sidelining the afghan government during the process. again, hearing that president trump ordered the u.s. military to begin a possible planning for a draw down of u.s. troops in afghanistan. a lot of questions remain how that will go forward with the instability and violence continuing. poppy? >> let us know obviously when you get the names of the service members. we remember them and thank them for their service. ryan brown, thank you. still to come, president trump lashing out at late senator john mccain. this time he says he's not the one who keeps bringing it up. spoiler alert, yes, it is him. and a major foreign policy announcement via twitter. the u.s. will recognize israel's sovereignty raising questions about why the president did it now, three weeks before benjamin netanyahu faces re-election. we'll take you live to golan
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this morning president trump continues the tirade against the late senator john mccain. telling fox that mccain gave the steele dossier to the fbi for, quote, evil purposes. listen to the president. >> about three days ago it came out his main person gave to the fbi the fake news dossier. it was fake. it was a fraud. it was paid for by hillary clinton and the democrats. they gave it to john mccain who gave it to the fbi for very evil purposes. that's not good. >> all right. meantime, senator mccain's youngest daughter is firing back at the president calling him a child who lacks decency and compassion. joining me to discuss, cnn political analyst julie davis
and congressional reporter for the "the washington post" and political analyst rachel bay. good morning to you both. julie, what on earth does the president have to gain politically here from the continuing feud with a dead senator and war hero. >> i don't think this is about what he has to gain politically for him. i think president trump clearly feels like he wants to lash out at john mccain. i think these new revelations about his potential role in dealing with the dossier is just the freshest reminder to him of how much he likes john mccain. i don't think he thinks there is much political price to be paid. what we are seeing is an encapsulation of how the president views his role. it's not what we are used to as americans. our presidents are thinking about their official role as somebody who wants to set an example for the level of
rhetoric and the level of discourse and respect for war heroes and deceased veteran senators. but the president sees this as a personal thing. he sees this as john mccain wronged him personally. he has a vendetta against john mccain personally. he's not going to pull punches on this. it's less a question of political upside than he believes there is no political downside for him in this. >> let's listen to senator lindsey graham, john mccain's best friend and also a tight ally of the president. here's what he said yesterday. >> i think the president's comments about senator mccain hurt him more than they hurt the legacy of senator mccain. i've got to know the president. we have a good working relationship. i like him. i don't like it when he says things about my friend john mccain. >> that was very measured. we know how fired up lindsey graham can get when he doesn't like something.
remember the judiciary hearings with kavanaugh? i think he echoes what we are seeing in the republican party in congress. why are more republicans not saying anything or sounding like lindsey graham than johnny isaacson who blasted this. >> senators are pulling out their hair and aghast and frustrated that the president is attacking one of their longtime friends and somebody they admired and worked with for years. the reality is that the president is more popular in their districts and states than they are. they are not going to push back against something like this. they may not like it. they don't see a reason to stick their necks out. you saw lindsey graham have such a ho-hum response though he was one of john mccain's best friends. a lot of senate republicans didn't weigh in to defend their long-time friend john mccain. those who did often couched their comments like majority
leader mitch mcconnell praising mccain but not blasting the president. the few who actually did criticize trump, johnny isaacson, the republican from georgia who called the president's comments about mccain deplorable, he couched it with praise of the president by saying trump may own all the real estate in new york and may be building the greatest immigration system in the world, but he should stop talking about mccain. this just shows this is trump's party and again it highlights how scared republicans are to go against him, particularly on an issue like this where they don't think they can gain anything with the voters. >> what do you think it tells us about what we'll see over the next year and a half leading up to the 2020 election. if he's not held accountable for these words, it seems anything goes. >> that's right. not only as rachel said is
president trump more popular than some of the republicans in their own states and districts. he's very popular and playing to this very narrow sliver of the republican base that's needed to win primaries. what we'll continue to see and be intensifying over the next several months, he'll double down on rhetoric like this. the other aspect is this is a pattern with the president of he'll say something outrageous and people will have a dramatic response. he'll keep doing it and eventually people get used to it. when you talk to trump supporter at the rallies, they say we don't love the tweets, what he says about mccain but that's trump being trump. as he starts to gear up the 2020 campaign and as the republicans try to go get re-elected we'll see the attitude of just this is where we are and this is where the party is. the best political move for
these people is to double down on the situation. and sort of, if not defend the president, not actively take him on. >> not say anything. thank you very much. we appreciate it. have a good weekend. 52 years of foreign policy overturned in a single tweet from the president announcing the u.s. will recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights region. just weeks before the embattled president week bfrs his election. i don't keep track of regrets. and i don't add up the years. but what i do count on... is boost® delicious boost® high protein nutritional drink as. along with 26 essential vitamins and minerals. boost® high protein. be up for life.
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importance of the region. it was annexed from syria in 1981, something the international community doesn't recognize. the declaration gives prime minister benjamin netanyahu a huge political victory just three weeks before his own re-electi re-election. the president told fox news helping benjamin netanyahu wasn't part of the decision. >> it's not about benjamin netanyahu's re-election? >> no. i wouldn't even know about that. i have no idea. i hear he's doing okay. i don't know if he's doing great now. i hear he's doing okay. i would imagine the other side, whoever is against him is also in favor of what i just did. >> warren lieberman joins us this morning. a few questions to you. the president says this has nothing to do with benjamin netanyahu and he wouldn't even know about it. what other reason might there be for this now? >> i don't think you can find another good reason for the president to have done this now. the only significant thing on the horizon was the re-election
campaign of prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he had been having a rough week to this point. he had been sliding in the polls. he was facing tough headlines about the criminal investigations against him and many in his inner circle. this reverses that entire trend. it immediately gives benjamin netanyahu a boost, especially because this came as secretary of state mike pompeo was here. on that point, pompeo visited the western wall in the city of jerusalem with benjamin netanyahu. that's unheard of. trump visited on his own. mike pence visited on his own. no more. pompeo visited with benjamin netanyahu making it appear for all intents and purposes as if the trump administration is campaigning for benjamin netanyahu. now he needs to the american israeli lobby at the apac conference. this lends credence to the argument that trump is openly campaigning for benjamin netanyahu with the election a few weeks away on april 9.
doesn't look like there is any other compelling reason for trump to have done this tweet now. >> i know lindsey graham visited the area and tweeted something similar that we should do this. but the timing here, there are a lot of questions. before you go, secretary of state mike pompeo, we just saw him there visiting the western wall in israel. he gave an interview this morning to the christian broadcast network. he was asked an interesting question. he was asked if he believes that president trump was sent by god to protect the jewish people. the beginning of pompeo's response was, i think that's possible. what does this mean for the prospects of a middle east peace deal? what does it mean in terms of the palestinian authority being willing to come to the table for that? >> let's be clear. even before trump's recognition of the golan heights that deal didn't have a great chance of success because of the political situation with the israelis and
palestinians. they were both likely to reject it. this certainly doesn't help. for that plan to have gained traction it needed the support of many arab states in the region, specifically the egyptians, jordanians, saudis, emirates and even if those states acknowledge israel would remain dr mamain control, this difficult to have wiggle room on trying to support trump's peace plan. it wasn't likely to get traction before and certainly not now. >> thank you for reporting for us live today from the golan heights. we'll keep following this. ahead, boeing on the brink of losing a $5 billion deal as one airline says their passengers have no faith in the max 8 aircraft. (woman) what should we do with it first? (man) road trip. (woman) yes. (woman) off-road trip. (couple) [laughter] (couple vo) whoa! (man) how hot is the diablo chili? (waitress) well. you've got to sign a waiver. [laughter] (ranger) you folks need bear repellent? (woman) ah, we're good. (man) yes.
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welcome back. as the investigation across the globe looks into two separate deadly crashes involving boeing max 8 planes the company is on the brink of losing a nearly $5 billion deal for the planes. an indonesian airline is pulling their order of 49 jets saying the passengers have lost confidence to fly on the plane. at the same time we are learning the training for u.s. pilots on the max 8 planes was a short self-administered course online. tom foreman has the latest. is that right? short? online? >> well, in terms of the course according to some of the pilots in the u.s. we have spoken to, yes, that's the case. they are arguing they had a simple self-guided update depending on which airline you are talking about, american or southwest. it was an ohour to three hours. this was developed in conference with boeing for each airline.
that explains the difference in the time. the bottom line being it was something each pilot was supposed to do like what you might do at work where you have an update on the computer you're supposed to read about, some company policy, that sort of thing. what we are hearing from the pilots is that none of this included any explanation of the software, this automatic system that would control the tilt of the plane based on sensors up front that the pilots in some cases wouldn't know it was working, at least not through the training. >> when it comes to this deal that appears to be falling through with this indonesian airliner, 49 planes, billions of dollars from boeing. what's going on. >> of course in human terms we can never lose sight of the fact there were hundreds of lives lost. the outflow of that was at this point a lower level existential
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the 2020 democratic candidate is slated to take part in six events across the state today and tomorrow. those are just a few of the 23 events he's scheduled this week. meantime, a former obama aide appears to be the one to head up beto's team. layla santiago joins me now from south carolina. so let's begin with this sprint. this is a different strategy than some of his competitors in the democratic field. it's the sort of small, more intimate events. you just spoke with the texas democrat a short time ago. he sounded a little hoarse. what did he tell you? >> reporter: he did. i asked him about that. i said it sounds like you're getting sick. he said, no, just eight days on the road. that's what this will do to you. you know, this is a little bit different from the past week. you know, he started in iowa, went to wisconsin, went to new hampshire. he is now in the south, in the
palm pa palmetto state taking time to hit historic states that resonate with people here. he went to the friendship nine counter where there was a sit-in, people were arrested. still a historical site here in rock hill. he's going to orangeburg, the largest historically black college here in south carolina. he's talking a lot, not just about immigration but about education, criminal justice reform, hearing a lot of what we have heard in the past week. but you're seeing a little bit of a different response simply because of demographics and history near. now, while i was with him, i took the opportunity to talk about something else going on today. and that is we are obviously talking a lot about the mueller report and possible movement we are seeing. here's what he had to say. >> the facts, the truth and understanding so that there can be a full accounting for what happened in the 2016 election. no man no matter what position he sits in is above the law.
no one is too powerful for our system of justice. and i want to make sure that this investigation follows those facts as far as they go, as high up as they lead and at the end of the day we have justice. >> that's what i spoke to one woman who said i don't have a list and when she came out she said he is at the top of my list. another man said he has identified the problems and now i need him to identify the solutions. >> he appears poised to hire a former top obama aid to lead his campaign. is that right? >> reporter: gjen o'malley dyla. as you mention also tied to the obama camp. so that can kind of give a picture as to how this campaign might be molded in the future, the type of activities,
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melting snow has left miles of open fields looking like inland seas. this is sydney, iowa that you are looking at communities across the midwest are wrestling with record-breaking and deadly flooding. across parts of iowa and nebraska thousands of livestock are dead or stranded, grains stored in silos destroyed and the farmers across this region are wondering how long they can hold on. you look at the flooding, we saw nebraska. now we see what is going on in iowa. what are the farmers there saying? >> reporter: good morning, poppy. just behind me is some of this historic flooding on this farmland. this water came down about 6 1/2 miles from the missouri river and the agriculture department here said that 100,000 acres are flooded in iowa alone. many farmers can't get to their farms to assess the damage and they don't even know if they will be able to plant a crop
this year. it came fast. and it hasn't stopped. the missouri river flooded to record levels across midwestern states taking with it homes, crops and livestock leaving farmers with hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. as you stand here and you look at the flooding, what are the emotions that come to you? >> there is a lot of pain and uncertainty of your future. >> reporter: this on top of new tariffs which have lowered prices on crops and livestock implemented by a president many farmers here support. dustin sheldon is a fifth generation soy and corn farmer in iowa. he hasn't biable to get to his 2,000 acre farm since sunday. >> how much of your land would you say is underwater right now? >> 95%. >> what is the damage that you are looking at? >> it's over a million dollars.
>> over a million dollars lost. >> reporter: the nebraska department of agriculture estimates losses of up to a billion. here in iowa, preliminary damage is estimated at 150 million and it is expected to rise dramatically. >> these are the people that feed america. without these people, america is going to suffer. the whole economy is going to suffer. >> boy, is it a mess. >> reporter: standing on the edge of his family farm, his corn fields are now lakes. >> that's just more money straight out of my pocket. i need to be able to farm this ground. i need to be able to do my job. we are passionate about what we do. >> reporter: just across the street is leo edelman's sixth generation farm. >> what should we be seeing right now? >> a farm field. >> reporter: what does this mean for your season? i'm very sorry, but i want to take you to washington where the president just spoke moments ago to reporters on the south
lawn as he is heading to mar-a-lago for the weekend. let's listen to the president of the united states. >> i have no idea about the mueller report. i am going to florida. we have meetings with the five caribbean leaders. that will be at mar-a-lago. we have a lot of other meetings set up for this weekend on trade. we have a lot of talks with china and a lot of things are happening. we will be doing it from florida. a lot of very important things are happening. [ inaudible question ] >> the democrats have very much prove toon proven to be anti-israel. i don't know what has happened to them, but they are totally anti-israel. frankly, i think they are anti-jewish.
[ inaudible question ] >> we are being very, very strong on the border. the number is enormous, people that we have captured and app apprehended. we are going to take care of it. we are being very, very tough on the border. [ inaudible question ] >> it's just a continuation of the same witch hunt. they know it and behind closed doors they laugh at us. it's just a continuation of the same nonsense. they ought to go to work, get infrastructure done and get a lot of other things done instead of wasting everybody's time. [ inaudible question ] >> i can't hear you. i know nothing about it.
i never heard that. i have never heard about it. [ inaudible question ] we will see what happens. it will be very interesting, but we'll see what happens. there was no collusion. there was no obstruction. everybody knows it. it's all a big hoax. it's a witch hunt, all a big hoax. i know that the attorney general, highly respected ultimately will make a decision. [ inaudible question ] there won't be and if it is it will only play to our advantage. >> the same refrain that we have heard now for about 675 days from the president since the mueller probe began. once again, the president this morning in anticipation of this report that has washington waiting.
the president says continueuation of the same witch hunt in his words. he did have praise for the attorney general william barr who has a lot of power when he gets the report. he will go through it and determine what congress sees and ultimately what the public sees. sarah westwood is with us. sarah, i believe you are at the white house. he took a few questions, not a ton. i want to get to what he said about democrats and israel and jews in a moment because those were pretty shocking remarks. just on this, what struck you? >> president trump linking the democratic house probes to the mueller investigation, that could be part of his strategy moving forward because washington is holding its breath for the special counsel's investigation to be over, but democratic house investigations are right now just getting started. this week alone the white house indicated that it will be resisting democratic