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what they are calling their own separate investigation to try and figure out what happened. >> it's a disturbing story to say the least, diane. we know you'll stay on top of it for us, thank you. thanks to all of you for joining us here tate. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. thanks, erica, and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your day with us. a heated day on capitol hill as democratsous subpoena power to demand answers about trump administration officials, including the president's daughter and his son-in-law, who received security clearances over the objections of career experts. plus, president trump lashes out at the government of puerto rico, his own staff and concedes the president used bad numbers, get this, in a tweet questioning the competence of puerto rico's leaders. and new fund-raising numbers show bernie sanders is a powerful force in the 2020 democratic race.
mayor pete buttigieg has impressive numbers, and he's looking down the road a bit. >> one day we're hoping to be in the actual west wing which we'll fill with fast walking, good dialogue. thanks. >> back to presidential politics but we begin the hour with a democratic challenge to the white house. in a sharply partisan fight over how this and other high-profile investigations will play out in the weeks and months ahead. house oversight committee democrats demanding answers as to why more than two dozen administration staffers received security clearances after the career officials who handled such applications recommended they be denied. ivanka trump and jared kushner are on that list and the majority of democrats will call a vote soon on a subpoena to compel white house officials to testify under oath about why the civil servants were overruled and just who made that happen. it's just one of the big investigations being launched by democrats and the partisan bickering today is a clear sign that both sides know this clash over security clearances is the
beginning of a road soon to include fights over the mueller report, the president's taxes and more. chairman elijah cummings and ranking chairman jim jordan set the tone. >> she came forward because the system at the white house is so dysfunctional that she believes that congress needs to intervene. in other words, she's crying out. she's begging to us do something. because she simply wants her government to work the way it's supposed to work. to this day they have not produced a single piece of paper or a single requested witness to this committee. >> yesterday -- yesterday, you issue a press release hand picked, cherry picked parts of her testimony. miss newpolled's testimony and you issue a big memo and a big press release after interviewing one witness. that's how we're going to do investigations in the oversight commit. i've been on this committee ten years. i've never seen anything like
this. >> oh, please. >> never seen anything like this. i haven't. >> yeah, you've done it. >> i haven't. i'll tell you what else i've never seen. >> cnn's manu raju joins us now live from capitol hill, a contentious morning, manu, where are we going from here? >> reporter: yeah. expect subpoenas to be authorized soon by this committee, the house oversight committee going to vote soon this afternoon to authorize a subpoena and compel the appearance of the former director of personal security at the white house carl klein to appear to answer questions. he, according to the woman trisha newbold who has come forward that comes calls a whistleblower, mr. klein overruled her on a number of occasions about the denials that she sought to issue for a variety of folks, 25 individuals at least as well as from what we understand jared kushner and ivanka trump. the question is exactly who told him to override those concerns.
what was the process that was actually followed. the democrats are pushing their concerns that this is a systemic problem within this white house, lax safeguards for classified information, lax safeguards for providing security clearances so democrats are trying to push forward on that investigation. they say that this whistleblower has provided key information for them to fuel their investigation in the days and weeks ahead. now, you mentioned, john, this is just the beginning of a number of subpoena fights that the democrats plan to pursue also in this commit they afternoon. subpoenas will be issued to the commerce department and others to provide information about the citizenship question on the census, and tomorrow the house judiciary committee to authorize the subpoenas to provide for the full mueller report and underlying information as well as records for five former white house officials, all ratcheting up of sorts between the white house and house democrats. the question ultimately is how do the -- does the
administration respond, but i can tell you here democrats are preparing for a court fight if necessary if they are not able to get this information. john? >> contentious start to spring here in the new washington. manu raju live on the hill. keep us updated that is hearing continues. with me in the studio is cnn's kaitlan collins and olivia knox and let's start on the here and now. legitimate questions democrats say about the security clearances and how it happens. happens to include, why it gets dicy for the white house, jared kushner and ivanka trump, and, again, the democrats say we want to call up at least one official and maybe more. who did this? career experts say don't do it. they have conflicts. they don't qualify. the president said not him but the reporting says he did. >> especially about jared and ivanka, and that's why there's so many questions about this, and the white house doesn't feel like they have a lot of footing here as far as the scrutiny goes because they know ever since that rob porter scandal happened last february that they really -- the way they handled this has been under a microscope
ever since then and they are worried about more information coming out, particularly about people like that in the president's inner circle and how they got their clearances, but it's going to come down to whether or not they accommodate this request and whether it ends up in a court battle is white house lawyer cippoloni. it's likely headed to a court battle. >> elijah cummings and jim jordan saying come on, and now the democrats have the game and it's another game. >> so far the white house has not abided by any of the questions. they aren't handing over any documents and even though klein said he'd be willing to testify. cummings is moving ahead with authorizing the subpoenas, and
that way they can be prepared if they want to issue them. >> that's the marker that you do have a witness. the attorney for carl klein says serving a subpoena to a non-political government employ to see if a cons to usual and legal dispute can be resolved by agreement is both an extreme and unnecessary one. the democrats want to the lay this marker. we have this power and we're prepared to use it. >> and i think that's why in so many of these investigations that are politically sensitive, democrats have been careful to kind of lay out all these steps before they have to go to a really aggressive measures such as subpoenas witnesses and documents. you see this in the tax return fight all the time. i think reggie neil, the chairman of the house ways and means, has gotten intra-party backlash for taking his time and being methodical, but republicans, again, are hoping that the public perceives this as overreach and plays politically in their favor. >> to the point of, again, the
democrats say this is a broad issue. the whistleblower has said there's 25 or more people. the democrats want to know most of you will about jared kushner and ivanka trump and other senior officials. jared kushner did an interview last night and said nothing here. >> well, i can't comment for the white house's pros res, but what i can say is that over the last two years that i've been here, i've been accused of all different types of things and all of those things have turned out to be false. we've had a lot of crazy accusations like that we colluded with russia. i complied with all the different investigations, whether it be the senate, the house, the special counsel. i've sat for nearly 20 hours of interviews with them. >> haven't always happily complied with the investigations but did do the interviews with the special counsel. the special counsel said there's no collusion, so then why is the white house fighting sneer why can't they find a way to say we'll show you, maybe we have to do it in a private setting, but we'll figure that out. >> that was a really good example of a reply and not an answer from jared kushner. >> well put. >> the president has almost
boundless powers to grant security clearances. he's the declassifier in chief. he has this authority. i think the white house is concerned about the way this looks if in fact these are very serious reasons for denying him a clearance. what were the underlying issues? they look at financial improprieties or financial influence, alcohol and drug use, anything that might make you vulnerable to blackmail. we don't know what red flags came up and for. who did i notice that the republican pushback yesterday was only four or five had been denied for very serious issues which doesn't sound like pushback to me. seems like an awkward acknowledgement that there's a problem underlying here. >> what we're in is this is about security clearances but we're in the early stages of this big power of the power play. the democrats have constitutional oversight authority. the republicans still have it in the senate and the democrats are going to move forward. going to have votes on the mueller report and the democrats will move on the president's taxes. sarah sanders saying it's a
constitutional legal fight. sarah sanders trying to make it all about politics. >> what the democrats are doing is playing a very dangerous and a shameful game frankly. they are asking for personal, private and can haonfidential individuals from individuals they have no right to see and putting the 3 million people who do have a security clearance at risk. >> welcome to washington spring to 19 into 2020. right? >> exactly. and i think that's why there's a benefit to the white house making this a political issue, and you've seen their kind of legal strategy here to delay the fight as long as possible. what we're debating this morning is not even the first subpoena issued by the oversight committee about a month ago. they did issue subpoenas for documents related to the administration's family separation policy. that actually a bipartisan subpoena. there were at least two republicans who supported that, but as elijah cummings has said nothing from the administration yet. >> talking about playing politics, the vast majority of
the public do want things like this made public. they want to see documents and oversight. that's part of the reasons why the democrats won the house in 2018 and also as the administration tries to focus somewhat on mueller and seems to be signaling in a way over the last few days that -- that they may now not want the full report released, even though trump had originally said go ahead, let's release all of it, that the public voted on healthcare, not on mueller, and that's why democrats won the election. >> from sarah sanders there, don't trust the democrats is what she was saying, very reminiscent of the president saying don't trust mueller. there's a playbook at play, if you will. the president adds a key vote to his calendar 19 months from now. . hello! i'm an idaho potato farmer. did you ever notice that the very first bite of every great meal is always the potato? that's why it should always be an idaho potato. only genuine idaho potatoes have the perfect taste and texture to get your meal started right. whoa. hey look, it's huge.
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replace debate that blew up on the gop last time. the president tweeting that while republicans are working on a, quote, really great plan, the president says take a breath. a vote will be taken right after the election when republicans hold senate and win back the house. that would be 2020 is the next election where that could happen. we'll see. that about face comes a week after his own justice department announced that it now supports a judge's ruling saying the entire affordable care act should be scrapped. democrats have their own healthcare divide at the moment but see an opening in the president's retreat questioning that really great plan is really a mirage. and now what is he saying today, like nixon owes secret plan. nixon had a secret plan. read it in the history books. it's history to you. it's my youth. anyway. nixon had a secret plan for the war in vietnam. this is his secret plan. they are not going to pass it until after the 2020 election. >> known's nixonian scholar phil
mattingly live on capitol hill for us. phil, there's some humor in here, but for americans who might have worries about borrowing money for healthcare it's not that funny. the question today is what now? >> it's an extremely personal issue and that's part of the reason why republicans were so taken aback and republicans wanted to dive back into things. what happens now is republicans do what they have been planning to do heading into this election cycle over the course of the last couple of months and that's attack democrats on medicare for all. when you talk to republicans, and i've been doing a lot over the course of the last five or six days, many of whom were unsettled or angry that the president brought them back to this place, there was a way they needed to get the message to president that it wasn't possible. it wasn't possible because they didn't want to go back into the details that were so fractious back in 2017 and also because democrats control the house. pay attention to the tweet that you read, the tweeted thread. the framing there is important because i'm told after multiple sources that that framing comes
directly from republican lawmakers reaching out to the president behind the scenes. republican leader of the house kevin mccarthy who strongly believes the reason why the republicans lost the house in 2018 was healthcare, an issue that the democrats repeatedly campaigned on and hammered home that the republicans were on the wrong side of that issue and he reached out to the president and spoke to the president about this issue and one of the crucial calls came from senate majority leader mitch mcconnell who has made clear in floor speeches and press events he wants to talk about the medicare for all and the 170 million people who use private insurance the threat of losing that insurance and it was framed in the sense this is something we can do if we retake the house. this is something we can do if we maintain our 53-seat majority in the senate but in the meantime focus on this issue that they believe could be a political liability. the president, at least based on that tweet, clearly subscribed to the theory mcconnell was pitching. democrats are happy to fight on healthcare. they won on healthcare in 2018, but that's how republicans work
behind the scenes to get to the president to where he is right now. we'll see if that holds, but for the moment there's a bit of exhaling from republican leaders on capitol hill. >> phil mattingly with the latest from the hill. appreciate that the. >> this is both funny and not funny in the sense that some of things you hear are comical. from you're an american that's borrowing money to pay for healthcare or if you are not changing jobs because you're afraid you'll lose your health coverage it's not funny. the president says we're the party of healthcare. here comes our plan and in 2016 he said replacing obamacare would be easy and we all know how that turned out. here are the white house officials today. >> was there actually a plan? >> we've been working on a plan. >> does he have a plan to cover it? >> he's working on those pieces with members of congress. they want something in place, but, again, he was talking about a vote on it and that would most not likely come until after 2020. >> i don't think that the election has to be a referendum on obamacare. it needs to be a discussion
about what works on healthcare, and that's what the president is doing. >> he's been president for more than two year, right? >> i can't remember. >> he doesn't have a plan. >> republicans have been running on repealing obamacare since before trump took office. >> since before obamacare passed. >> right. >> multiple elections have been a referendum on obamacare, and the idea that the republicans are the party of healthcare or the party that is going to protect pre-existing conditions is something that they tried to say in 2018 and it didn't work out. >> and yet the democrats just won an election. in 2010 and 2014 you could make the case the obamacare hurt the democrats, the big tea party elections. democrats just won big using this issue in the suburbs, and yet -- even though they can't get their plans through the senate, can't get a plan through the house right now because they have their own divides coming forward and strengthening pre-existing conditions protection, shoring up the parts of obamacare that need some help but if they try to do that the
liberal base, says, no, you've got to do medicare for all. >> and there's some issues where the president gets different advice from certain people. this is one thing where i've not heard one person that said this is a good fight to have. essentially everyone is telling the president this is not the road they wanted to go down, not just the republican lawmakers that phil was mentioning there, but all the president's advise remembers inside and outside the white house, not every single one, said this is not the fight they wanted to v.thought they were doing a good job framing the democrats. medicare for saul a very anythingtive thing. that's the fight they wanted going into 2020. not that they were going to replace t.healthcare is an issue unlike trade it affects every single person so they knew this wasn't a winning battle and that's why the president retreated. >> it was really telling when rick scott had a press conference, one of the people that the president said asked him to come up with a new obamacare replacement plan, and he said this morning, well, the president did ask me to do that. i told him i'm working on something to lower prescription drug costs. i thought that was pretty telling.
>> the way the president describes is not how anybody in the phone call process did. this is a textbook case, whatever your politics at home, textbook case why people don't like and trust this town in the sense you lay out the democrats want a political framing for 2020, just had one in to 18 and the republicans want democrats are for socialism and we'll save you and become the party of healthcare and look at the statistics. americans borrowed $88 billion in the past year to pay for healthcare. borrowed $88 million. one in eight americans bore oerksd money for healthcare in the mast eight years. nearly a quarter of americans had to cut back on spending to pay for healthcare or medicine. 76% of americans expect healthcare costs to increase in the next two years. 67% of democrats and 70% of republicans have no confidence in elected officials to reach bipartisan legislation to reduce costs. >> yeah, and if you want to see a really personal version of all of these, go to kaiser health news and check out the bill of
the month where they break down these insane hospital bills, doctors' bills that bring some of the statistics to life, an incredibly bizarre system. >> so you would think, if we lived in a normal world, after the last election, some republicans would say, okay, we just got our butts kicked, let's do a couple of things. maybe do a couple of modest things that there actually is pretty broad bipartisan agreement about, but instead we go immediately into the 2020 framing and the stuff from the president that is fiction at best. >> american politics, change is scary, change is needed and republicans felt change is scary was a bigger win for them and that's why they are going after medicare for all and the other democratic options. >> i do think there may be something that we can see happen in the house on lowering prescription drug prices. that's something that democrats really want to do before 2020. of course, they don't totally expect the senate to the take it up or it to reach the president's desk, but there are a number of house republicans also interested in tackling something like that. >> the president has said he wants to deal with it so nice to putp an initiative forward.
if the president doesn't like it, give it alternative, maybe that's pie in the sky. challenges facing the president, healthcare is one. here's another one, kaitlan collins with now reporting on the scramble the president created in the white house and the business community about this threat, this instinct, white house insists it's not a bluff, to close down some of the ports of entry at the u.s.-mexico border so he can take those resources and try to use those resources to combat illegal crossings. >> after nick mulvaney said over the weekend that unless something dramatic happened he expected president trump to follow through to clothes border there was a sense of panic in the west wing yesterday and people were scrambling to figure out two things. one, how can we stop the president from closing the border and if he does we need to figure out logistics of now do that. aides spend a good part of yesterday huddling trying to figure out their next step forward. part of that included a meeting with steven miller and others maybe presenting new immigration laws to congress, tightening
asylum rules and maybe that way they could shift the blame from the president to the lawmakers for the increasing numbers of immigration migrants. you're going to disrupt the economy if you close the border. it's not sustainable. will it apply to air travel and you're going anger every local official in these border cities if you do this. but the president is being told by some people that maybe it could work, including nick mulvaney who said he believed the president's base would be on board like this like he was with the decision to declare a national emergency to build the wall. as of today this, could change because it's president trump, i'm told they do not have a decision yet on whether or not he's going to close the border. they are not expecting one until the president goes to the border later on this week. >> again this, happens so often that you sometimes just let it roll off. so the -- a number of senior officials at the white house have a scramble to stop the boss, right? to stop the boss, to try to rein in the boss' impulses because they think that they are
over the top. >> and in this situation it's really dramatic. would i like to know what it even to means to close the border. halting the flows of trade, well, last year we have data, 2015, trade exports. u.s. exports to mexico accounted -- supported 1.2 million american jobs, huge export market that accounts for 40% of our fruits and vegetables. >> it's one. most remarkable and healthy trade relationships in the world >> exactly. >> and comes at a time when the white house is trying to drum up support to approve the new nafta deal, the usmca. clearly this republicans don't think this helps matters at all when the u.s.-mexico trading relationship is so valuable. >> peter king, republican congressman from new york, connecting the dots here. i just wish the president had ridden his victory wave a little bit longer for mueller and avenatti. you're talking to me about the border. other people talking about healthcare. we're on defense. we should be on offense now. so the president if nothing else, he's disruptive to all
parties. >> he is. this was a big issue also going into the 2018 election, and i know we keep going back to that, but it was the most recent cycle, and we saw democrats flip 40 seats, gain a majority, one of their -- their biggest gains since the watergate era, and so it was leading up to the election all trump talked about was immigration. there was even an ad that was considered so widely racist that fox and cnn and others wouldn't air it, and it -- it wasn't a winning issue for him. >> you just hit on critical clear is the most important thing to keep in mind as we go forward in the sense that president trump tells everybody i wasn't on the ballot. it would have been different if i was on the ballot. that's about what we're about to fest. >> one thing to watch is the dhs secretary kirstjen nielsen who was supposed to be in europe this whole week for meetings going to the g7 meeting in paris on friday. she cut that trip short and is now back here and is going to the border tomorrow, and that's ahead of the president's trump and she and the president developed a great relationship during the shutdown over the
wall, she is now under a microscope now that these immigration numbers are putting strain on immigration enforcement down at the border. everyone is keeping an eye on kirstjen nielsen right now. >> she's back up, but if you live in trump land, you understand the roller coaster goes in both directions. up next, did bernie sanders match the first day fund-raising? we have all the numbers. they look good. can i get a..? thank you. book at hilton.com and get the hilton price match guarantee.
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senator bernie sanders first quarter 2020 fund-raising report is. in the sanders campaign saying it brought in $18.2 million. nearly a third of that money came in on his very first day in the race. the money being added to $28 million sanders has from holdover accounts. the sanders campaign announcements. senator kamala harris announced her campaign hauled in about $12 million and south bend mayor pete buttigieg was the first it protect $7 million. it's a big number. don't know beto o'rouke so sanders will be the top or second in the fund-raising. what's their take on this? >> any you slice, it $18.2 million is a lot of money to do a lot of things but based on their own expectations and what they have been telling supporters, they never give dollar figures, they talk about the number of contributors they get to sign up for his campaign and they have been touting a goal of a million different individual contributions.
only got 900,000. still an impressive number and when you drill down the numbers even further it was only about 525,000 individual contributors, and that's really what the sanders campaign is all about. they are about that grass roots support. they average around $20 a donation this time around. a big number, not quite as much as bernie sanders and his team was hoping for, but it will give them a lot of resources to play in the big states like california and nevada even if they don't do the well if the first two early states. >> in a crowded field it may not be -- their own expectations, they could have done better, he's bernie sanders and ran last time. in this crowded field that's a lot of money and some people thought it was because he was running against hill him. second time around it won't work. this guy is a force in the race from beginning to whenever. >> as a vermonter i've been saying for a long time i know he looks like a rumpbled tenured professor. he's one of the most organized politicians i've ever seen. in 2016 they had better social media penetration than the obama
white house did. they are very organized. this is how they do it. it's interesting to watch beto in part because he modeled his fund raising operation on bernie's, not the freaked out crazy ex-e-mails from the dccc sky falling but the come with me and build a thing so it's very interesting to see whether beto just picked up because he was facing cruz or whether this is the model for the future. >> the early beto numbers proved -- a lot of people they are people giving against ted cruz and his early numbers showed that's not the case. i want to show the comparisons. bernie sanders, 900,000 contributions, 88 pfgs them under $200, meaning those people can give more. keep going back to the well. 218,000 contributions, 98% under $118. 64% of puget yeg's donorsorors had an average contribution of
$36. thanks to the internet and thanks to who can tailor the best message to use social media, but the best thing, a, if they give to you once, they can give to you again. >> this is a new way of fund-raising that's taken hold since 2016. berns was at the forefront of it, and what i find interesting is the social media presence is better and warren are strong competitors with sanders in that arena. they have really trying to push aggressively on those fronts. they also are kind of competing with each other when it comes to the amount of events they are holding to -- to really be there and be present on the campaign trail. notably we've mention that had o'rourke doesn't have a day job the way the other candidates do so he can be out there as much as he wants, as often as he wants and you may find these other senators starting to miss votes earlier than we previously expected. >> a great point and the numbers we're getting. reports aren't due for another couple of weeks. the numbers we're getting from
the people who think they have a little chest pounding to do. if you don't have great numbers then you wait until the end and you take a little time to spend your numbers. amy klobuchar saying i'm not going to keep up with bernie sanders and beto o'rouke, but i'll be fine. >> i don't expect to have as much money as my opponents. i know that. every race that i run the first time i've had significantly less money than my opponents but i've still won and i've done it by doing it the right way, by reaching out so people can meet me and ask questions, and i'm going to continue to do that. we will have enough money to win. >> the key for those candidates, get to the first debates this summer. always qualified for the debates and can you do it through fund-raising as well. if you're in the debate, maybe you're not the highest fund-raiser through june but if you have debate moments and you go viral and we'll get another reset. >> i'm curious to see how the different candidates gain tracks and i'm particularly interested
in the senators who haven't raised their fund-raising totals. kirsten gillibrand according to the polling and the coverage hasn't had that official launch. even her campaign launch was overshadowed by the mueller report and her campaign this morning was touting the number of personal events that she's had in iowa and using that metric while a lot of other people are talking about their fund-raising numbers. >> we shall see again. raise some money, get to the debates and see what happens. up next, what does the most powerful woman in congress think about the controversy surrounding vice president joe biden? moving? that's harder now because of psoriatic arthritis. but you're still moved by moments like this. don't let psoriatic arthritis take them away. taltz reduces joint pain and stiffness
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some 20 to news tops our political radar. the democratic presidential candidate jayens lee pushing his report up on capitol hill. he's telling lawmakers about what he's done as washington's governor to fight the effects of climate change and why. >> we are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we're the last generation that can actually do something about it. >> more news from the campaign trail. presidential hopeful julian castro unveiling an ambitious immigration plan saying if he's president he'd roll back a series of laws implemented by george w. bush and president trump and would create a pathway to citizenship for dreamers and other undocumented families and wants to modernize families and split immigration and customs enforcement also known as i.c.e. into two groups. a second woman is now accusing jid ehn inappropriate behavior back when he was vice president
saying during a 2009 fund-raiser biden grabbed her head and rubbed noses with her. speaking for the first time about the controversy on cam rat house speaker nancy pelosi says the stories so far should not disqualify as a presidential candidate and saying you're saying that someone is offended is not an apology. >> i'm a member of the straight arm club. i'm not at straight armer. just pretend you have a cold and i have a cold. he has to understand that in the world that we are now, that -- that people's space is important to them, and what's important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it. >> an interesting and important lesson, if you will. piece of advice from the speaker of the house, the most powerful woman in this country to the vice president of the united states whose aides say still full speed ahead, but it's through paper statements that he has addressed this and his aides
have addressed this. when are we going to hear from him and will he understand that advice? >> right. he didn't actually apologize. he says that he was sorry if what he did was taken in the manner that she took it and said that wasn't my intention and i don't feel like i've acted inappropriately and something else that please decay that stuck out to me is that he needs to apologize. that it isn't about your intention. it's about how it's received, and he has not apologized yet, and so she's seen to try to signal to him that he needed to do that. >> and i thought that the reaction from particularly senate democrats on capitol hill was pretty telling. you know, my former colleagues at political did great reporting on this. obviously the president biden has a lot of support from senators and at least three people who are endorsing him, some said such as tom carper and dianne feinstein, this is how it is, like how it is in delaware
and the vice president is a tactile man, but others are saying, look, the vice president should kind of know what is appropriate and what is not. >> he was in leadership for eight years, 36 years in the senate and eight years as v.granted he comes from another day but if you're a leader you see that the times are changing and you change with them. >> that's really a big, big part of this because on issue on issue there's a big flow of criticism aimed at biden about how he's wrong guy for this moment. they point out that a senator for delaware he protected a lot of financial interests and pointed to his management. clarence thomas hearings and go through the whole records, the votes for the iraq war, and the collective impression that people are trying to leave is that he's -- >> the strength of the candidate is the can you change the narrative about you? we'll see if he's capable of doing that. up next, more provocative comments from the president on puerto rico. there's little rest for a single dad,
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the president is lark out today at what he calls the incompetent and corrupt government of puerto rico and he's sounding as if he forgets the island is actually part of the united states. plus he won't like this. the white house staff handing out talking points that challenged the numbers the president uses in his own latest tweet rant. here's part of the tweet. puerto rico got $91 billion for the hurricane, more money than ever has been gotten for a hurricane before, and all their local politicians do is complain and ask for more money. spend the money foolishly or corruptly and only take from the usa. the best thing that ever happened to puerto rico is president donald j. trump. the only take from the usa kind of jumps out, doesn't it. the president says puerto rico received $91 billion for the hurricane and white house aides distributing a document noting the number allocated so far is actually 40 billion, so we should owe a debt of gratitude for saving us. we're the one who normally has to save that the president's
numbers are bogus, bad and wrong and only take from the usa. is this yet another example of maybe the president's geography, puerto rico, part of the united states, mr. president. >> yeah, i mean, i find it remarkable that the president of the united states said that is referring or alluding to 3 million u.s. citizens as taking from the united states, also other white house officials have said -- sorry i think that they said that country when referring to puerto rico and -- and it really is remarkable given the fact that puerto rico has not fully recovered from this. they still need much more funding. the country is -- sorry. i just said it, because they keep saying it and it gets in your head. >> no. they are u.s. citizens, and there's people that have had to leave puerto rico to come to the u.s. to through to rebuild their lives because puerto rico isn't
getting the funding they need. >> and there are competing disaster relief bills, if you want a debate about the priorities, let's have a debate. how much do we have and where should it go? that's all fine but they only take from the usa and they are all corrupt and, therefore, they don't deserve it. >> 9% has had a constant frustration and aggression against puerto rico. remember the moment when he was visiting the ihappened and he tossed the paper towels and that was perceived as a pretty insensitive moment and even recently, the president was talking to his advisers can we take from puerto rico aid and perhaps fund the border wall, a discussion that he had while the shutdown was going on, clearly raises again with republican senators last week, where he got that or where he first coined of floated that $91 billion number and i was asking where did he get this number? no one knew. perhaps $91 billion is kind of close to the number of the total amount of damage in puerto rico but regardless not a correct number. >> and he's used it repeatedly in tweets. 91 billion, 91 billion, his own
staff putting out a number saying 40 billion. >> that is big reason why there's sometimes a debate in washington why do certain republicans or certain leaders stomach things the presidnt does or say positive things about them and a lot of it comes down to stuff like this. they know that the president if he's not getting along with leadership in a certain place as he's not with puerto rico, then he's going to be tweeting things like he is now saying they are ungrateful for the aid that the federal government has sent them and that is why you see local leaders try to side -- saddle up to the president because they want to be able when they do have times of crisis like this in florida, in texas, wherever that they have the president with him by their side. >> the governor of puerto rico tried that early on. he's decided that's not going to work. thanks for staying with us. brianna keilar starts after a quick break. and choose from over 500 frames. visionworks. we're here to help you.
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i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters and under way right now, the mueller report is still secret, and today is the democrats' deadline for the attorney general to release it, and since it's not likely that william barr will do that, house democrats are warning they will start the process to authorize subpoenas tomorrow for the unredacted version. and moments from now, cnn's christiane amanpour will sit down for an exclusive live interview with the man who oversaw the initial stages of the russia investigation. former fbi director james comey, and we will bring that to you live. first though, cnn has learned that president trump's about
face on healthcare came after several republican members of the house and senate, including majority leader mitch mcconnell spoke directly to president trump trying to dissuade him. after promising a replacement plan for obamacare was on the way, the white house says it's going to the back burner for now, and just last week the president, you may recall, called for the courts to strike down obamacare and declared the gop would become the party of healthcare. now he's saying no new plan is coming until after the 2020 election. in the meantime, a house panel is looking into accusations that the white house awarded security clearances to 25 people whose clearances had been denied. democratic congressman elijah cummings, chairman. house oversight committee is moving to subpoena the personnel security director at the white house during president trump's first two years in office. and at today's hearing they discounted the whistleblower's