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is it hitting boeing? >> right now stock is tanking another 4%. it's hitting quite hard. >> production has been cut. tomorrow we're getting orders and deliveries for the first quarter. it's expected to be bad for boeing. >> that's a bad situation that they are dealing with. >> yeah. >> and forget boeing's stock price, what it means for these families is even more important. >> good to see you, alison. >> "inside politics" with john king starts right now. >> thank you, kate, and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your day with us kirstjen nielsen is out at homeland security as president trump's frustration escalates and hardliners seize control of border policy. secretary nielsen is set to say the president is unhinged and looking to look to the law to get his way. team trump is waving off the
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request to release trump's taxes and says see you in court. a president overrides objections from the pentagon and the cia and designates's iran's elite military unit as a terrorist group. >> with this designation the trump administration is simply recognizing a basic reality. the irgc will take its rightful place on the list of terror groups that it supports, lebanese hezbollah, palestinian hamas among others. >> we begin the hour with the homestand security's secretary forced exit. kirstjen nielsen tendering her resignation, left no choice by a boss frontically frustrated by illegal narratives and twin narratives emerging today trying to spin her departure. the bottom line from the president's camp. sources say the president viewed nielsen as ineffective. her response to the border de lima too weak and her actions insufficient to drive down what he sees as crisis level bothered crossing numbers, but sources
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aligned with secretary nielsen paint a very different picture of nielsen trying to accommodate a, quote, unhinged president, demanding unreasonable sometimes quote impossible actions on the southern border. today a source familiar with internal white house debates say those demands included bringing back the family separation policy the administration abandoned back in 2018 after furious public and legal backlash. judged by his tweets hours after nielsen's resignation the president wants a hard reset, quote, saying our country is full before again suggesting he just might close the border. iy will set is coupled with a ree-merge ent steven miller, the policy hawk who sources say is pushing for even more changes at the department of homestand security and who the president says you're now in charge of all immigration and bothered issues. let's go straight to cnn's kaitlan collins at the white house. more than an interesting day. what next in all of this turmoil? >> reporter: that's a great question. what is next? and we know, john, that the president is focused like a
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laser on his immigration and his frustration is not just evident on twitter and staffing changes and policy changes. sources are telling us that the president has recently revived the idea of reinstating the family separation policy which comes after days ago the federal government filed court documents showing that it could take them up to two years to reunite the families and to identify -- not to reunite, but to identify those children that were separated their parents during that zero tolerance immigration policy being carried out. now steven miller also is apparently pushing for other changes at dhs that he's unhappy with. inside the west wing he's essentially seen as the president's personal immigration adviser who is really the one the president has put in charge. he's got him leading initiatives, chairing meetings. he's the one really running immigration out of west wing with president trump taking his opinion greatly on things. so the question is are there going to be any more staffing changes? now we do know there could be one in recent days, and that's because claire grady is currently the acting deputy
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secretary at dhs. john, she sees technically in line to take over for kirstjen nielsen when she steps down officially on wednesday, but the president has nominated -- has said he wants the cvp commissioner to instead take over so that would be a forced resignation from claire grady expected in the coming days because we're being told by sources she is not likely to step down, john. >> we'll keep our eye on that. more drama ahead. kaitlan collins live at the white house. appreciate that. with me in studio to share their reporting, margaret talev, jeff zeleny and $an from "washington post." we knew that for a long time the president has been unhappy with kirstjen nielsen. it was something he did and it's his frustration, sees the increasing numbers and all the hardliners on border saying we need our wall. what is it? >> i think her lives ran out.
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i can't report times that she was on the verge of leaving. she was brought in by john kelly, the former white house chief of staff and conventional wisdom which has often been wrong that she would be leaving when he did and that didn't happen. she did, i'm told, return to the president's good graces i guess for lack of a better word and, you know, she adopted his language, tried to get his attention through television interviews, but over the last week she felt she was in limbo. she was trying to get his attention in television interviews even last week here on cnn and other places but she was supposed to be in london and other parts of europe last week and she raced back and at that point she knew this was not tenable. the bottom line is you cannot please president trump on this issue because he does not respect the rule of law. she was willing to adopt his language but not break the law for him, so i think that's why she's gone. >> to this characterization that you guest an unhinged president from people who support her perspective, bringing back the
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family separation policy on the table, the president threatening again, we went through this monday through saturday, now again to potentially clothes border. the president -- let's listen to the president. this is on friday. the president talking about just throwing out whole asylum system. >> congress has to act. they have to get rid of catch and release, chain migration, visa lottery. they have to get rid of the whole asylum system because it doesn't work, and frankly we should get rid of judges. you can't have a court case every time somebody steps their foot on our ground. >> you see his frustration and his anger. number one, they have not sent a specific proposal up to congress and number two it would never pass, a democratic house and republican senate, but this idea, you know, this is a problem that dates back 25 years. there's been paralysis on this issue well before donald trump came on the scene. however this, idea, that you know, if you had more judges you could handle the asylum cases faster. he wants fewer judges. >> a lot of things that the president proposed potentially
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make the problem worse. you know, when he talks about cutting off aid to central american countries where there is a problem that is sending people running north and towards the border. that's not necessarily going to we this. when you can process these cases faster if you had more judges in the system. that's potentially going to cause even more of a backlog so the president tends to make these tough i'm going to punish people for when i don't like the way things are going types of arguments that don't necessarily address the source of the problem and could potentially actually make it metastasize. i'm sure a lot of people share his frustration that this has been going on for over two decades and stay let's start over again but you can't do that. you have a live active border with real people crossing it and laws in the united states that people depend on both when they are in this country and when they are looking tat from outside. like you said, there's no -- there's no middle ground right now to politically win this
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issue and when the president talks like this it makes it less likely. >> the new sheriff that the president has asked to take over and we'll get to the that in a minute again, congress isn't going do anything. both parties, at least -- i don't know about the republicans in the senate, but the house democrats, presidential candidates raising these issues, they think immigration helps them in the election climate. the president clearly thinks it's going to help him again as it did in 2016. this is from "the washington post" on friday of who is helping the president drive this. in a recent oval office meeting trump told steven miller he would be in charge of handling all immigration and border affairs. miller hasp encouraged the president to the take harder stances with mexico than jared kushner. miller affirms and encourages the president's hardline instincts such as the proposal to shut down the entire bothered. >> he's always been the voice in the president's ear and now he's empowered not just to be the voice in the president's ear but
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recommend and push personnel decisions as sole so if you're anyone who is a holdover from the john kelly era or kirstjen nielsen era inside dhs you should be wondering and worried about job security at this point. there's a couple kind of other moving parts, and one is that i think the president felt a little bit embarrassed last week about what was reported as a sudden like flip-flop or change of heart on close the bothered, and he's now tried to double down and show that he's actually really meant it. >> it was his own words that led to the media coverage that he was backing down because he said i'm going to do it. his aides said he wasn't bluffing and then he said we're not going to do it for a year, we'll tariff the cars and something else that didn't quite make sense. >> that's what happened, and so the presidnt understands probably from looking at internal polling that as a base issue this is crucial. he has to not only continue messaging on getting tough on the border but actually accomplish some of the stuff that he's trying to do and i think part of letting -- getting rid of kirstjen nielsen is
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because he was never really on board with her to begin with and always wanted to do this and just experienced a sense of relief when he does something like that he's always wanted to do. now he can blame some of the inability to get it done on her. she was the problem. i took care of her. she have's gone now. i mean, there's a limited amount of time between now and the 2020 election hand this is the strategy. >> you do have a crisis at the border, whether it's the way the president describes it, apparently a subject of the 2020 election. zero gets done even though you have the debate over the wall and the dreamers still on this side and the administration pushing for more guest workers. here's the headlines. "huffington post," caging kirsten calls it quits. the president apparently might want to bring it back.
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be breitbart lady daca. forced resignation of a cabinet official who was trying to do her job in difficult circumstances. >> that's exactly right. what you're seeing from publications like breitbart is the skepticism that we've seen from trump loyalists this whole time. they have you nielsen as a bush person who came into the trump administration. never trusted her fully, too liberal and seek her getting attacked from both sides and nielsen's allies have tried to craft her narrative as well saying she was, you know, in an impossible job but a we'll see her continue to be as a punch bag from both sides. >> as we continue the conversation, up next, why the soon-to-be acting homeland security chief seeing resistance from what traini was just talking about, the president's base. it was here.
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straight to alexandria, virginia, keelsen, the outgoing member of homestand security. >> i don't have any new announcements. i just want to thank the president again for the tremendous opportunity to serve of this country. i'm forever grateful and proud of the men and women of dhs who work so hard every day to execute their missions and to protect the homestand. i really look forward to continuing to support them from the outside. i spent the last 24 hours since yesterday talking with government officials, with administration officials and members of congress to ensure a smooth transition. as you know, dhs has a vast array of missions. i want to make sure that we continue to execute them all with excellence throughout the transition. i share the president's goal of securing the border. i will continue to support all efforts to address the humanitarian and security crisis on the border, and other than that i'm on my way to keep doing what i can for the next few days
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so thank you all for being here. >> keelsen walking away from the microphone there outside her home in alexandria, virginia, not taking questions from reporters. very interesting take there, smiling, trying to be in good spirits about it, saying that she will go back to her job. also saying here's what was most noteworthy to me that she supports the president's goal of securing the border. she did not say she supports the ways the president wants to do it which i think is sort of where this cuts, right? >> i think that's right. she also thanked him for -- thanked him for the opportunity to allow her to serve of which is one thing that's required her. she also said humanityian. that's one thing that she's been concerned about, sort of her legacy, you know, will she be sorted of blamed for this family separation policy and in a respect she will because it happened on her watch, but by saying that she, you know, was in favor of a humanitarian policy i think is interesting. look, the reality here is her departing is not going to change the problem.
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i mean, the fact that the cabinet now is being essentially run on acting secretaries is a bigger issue for this administration. does it matter in 2020? probably not, but i think a matter is if this government is the functioning it absolutely matters. >> we'll bring in cnn's jessica snider who has also been tracking kirstjen nielsen's departure resignation, a forced resignation. jess? >> john, you really nailed it there. she said the at the end i their in the president's goals here in securing the border, and that's really what we've learned has been the big clash is how exactly to secure the bothered. it's been a humanityious past week for keels yefnlt you knirs. she jetted overseas to discuss terror threats and meeting with g7 officials and days after getting to europe she basically cut her plans short. she decided to come pack here to
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washington, d.c. leaving that meeting, leaving it to her deputy because she knew that with all of the increasing rhetoric from the president that she had to get serious in the president's fashion, his way of doing things when it came to securing the bothered and stopping what has become a record flow of migrants so we learn that she came back here to washington, and last week she held a conference call. in that conference call interestingly she said that her and her team were going to respond to the crisis at the border like a category 5 hurricane response. now you would think that that would be some welcome words for the administration because it was really her signaling that she was going to get even tougher on immigration and even tougher on the border, but what we've learned is that her use of the term category 5 hurricane response really took administration officials by surprise, took them aback in particular and notably the top adviser steven miller. he didn't really like that phrasing, and it turns out he didn't feel that he was on the same page as kirstjen nielsen,
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that she hadn't been keeping him apprised of what exactly the plan was here. so despite the fact that the homestand security secretary saying just there she shares the president's goal of securing the border, john, it appears that their idea of securing the border, where the president wanted her to get even tougher, perhaps even wanted her to not stand by the laws of this country that allow central american asylum seekers into the country. that's one thing that he told bothered officials when he was there on friday, the homestand security secretary having to stick with the laws while the president wanted her to get even tougher. john? >> again, the good attitude, shall we say, taking one for the team, not displaying any public displeasure with the president though not completely agreeing with him though we do know from sources she's been very frustrated asking he and others to break the law. appreciate that very much. the job is going to fall, kirstjen nielsen going to the office to help jeff mcaleenan
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who will become the acting secretary. the president thought he'll do a good job. he looks the part. we know the president loves central cast considering. look here, looks just like the tough cop that the president wants. >> two weeks ago i briefed the media and testified in congress that our immigration system was at the breaking point. that breaking point has arrived this week at our border, and with within that flow are thousands of criminals, smugglers, gang members and public safety threats that we're sporin to protect this country from. >> but you can also see as we saw repeatedly with nielsen potential conflict ahead. the president's budget proposes cutting off funding to honduras, guatemala, el salvador, the so-called golden triangle countries. the gentleman about to take the job on the record a couple of weeks ago saying that's a bad idea. >> 70% of the people you're apprehending come from three countries, is that what you said? >> correct. >> okay. do you think it would be wise for us to invest in those countries to give them a better life so we'd have less of a
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problem? >> i do. >> check your twitter feed in the days and weeks ahead. this is one of the issues, that the professionals say, and you made this point at the beginning, the professionals say there's a problem coming out of honduras, coming out of el salvador and guatemala and mexico as well but those people are fleeing, fleeing economic crises or the combination of political and economic crises and the president is mad at them, cut off their money and the professionals would say, well, we get your frustration but cutting off the money is only going to speed up the exit. >> we'll see if he can strike the verbal tone balance where trump is swayed enough by him saying there are criminals among them and his forceful presence basically. if trump trusts that, that he'll not jump on every time that investment in those countries is a good idea. he's spoke about the migrant families as vulnerable families. seems to be a balanced person in the way he addresses this and
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has support on both sides of the aisle in congress still. but the question is can he talk tough on certain airwaves that the president doesn't get upset every time he doesn't talk as wellle? that may work well with the white house, too, because they need to keep the issue alive as margaret was saying for the base but if it gets that much worse they might lose control of the issue and that could happen even though there's a limited time frame before 2020 so you need somebody who can strike a balance to keep the president placated. >> most people unfamiliar with kevin mcaleenan, he's been u.s. customs border official. top job, career official and served in the obama administration, and the president's base doesn't like that label, a lot of career servants served in democratic and republican administrations. not an ideologue or not at fire breather according to dhs facilities. says border cross having breached a breaking point. a very conservative group has said it's crucial real donald
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trump nominate an outsider for head of homestand security. we've seen what happens when he hires neophytes or obama holdovers. again, welcome to the job, kevin mcaleenan. >> look. that's somebody to keep your eye on, by the way, is does he decide if he goes with someone like a kris kobach he could have confirmation problems in a way that there's a confirmation position. if you're the head of the dhs you're supposed to be doing a lot of other stuff in addition to border protection. >> right. >> it's a whole job. cyberer is supposed to be a huge meese of it. the president is primarily interested right now in the border crossings piece of it, but if the department of homestand security secretary stopped doing all the other stuff, someone else would have to pick up the slack. >> and the deputies are going to
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be forced out so have another agency where you'll have staffing -- experienced staffing issue. >> he has a strategic decision which is does he take the person he wants to be the face and the voice of the border stuff and make them the next dhs, or does he come up with some different role for that person and make the dhs the person who handles all this other stuff for the acting, for the gentleman who will step into that role now? this is an opportunity to be up front with the president about what you're willing to do and not willing to do. there's very little upside into getting into this job. >> this department was created after 9/11 as we all remember. this was a new department of this government that was created to stop terror threats, so it engasses a lot of things, not just the border. that's something to keep in mind as the president looks for someone else to reshape it. that's the mission of this department. >> that's what you're going to hear out of the congress as they start to process all of this. up next, a wednesday deadline. the president promises to miss. why democrats might not see the president's tax returns for a very, very, very long time. you're turning onto the street
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reckless democratic political demand. >> but this idea that you can use the irs as a political weapon, which is what's happening here, is incorrect both as a matter of statutory law and constitutionally. we should not be in a situation where individuals -- individual private tax returns are used for political purposes. as you just said, george, what stops another party from doing the same thing? >> you believe democrats will never see the president's tax returns? >> oh, no, never, nor should they. keep in mind that's an issue that was already litigated during the election. voters knew the president could have given the tax returns and he didn't and they elected him anyway which, of course, drives the democrats crazy but they know they are not going to get it. they want attention on the issue because they don't want to talk to us about policy. >> cnn's lauren fox who has been covering this tissue joinsous conversation. interesting political conversation from mulvaney saying the president ran an election and the democrats said all previous presidents have released their taxes, president
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won, go away. that's an interesting political argument. legally chairman neal is ready to go to court. he has to wait to wednesday. he knows a no is coming and has to go to court. >> that's right, and we can expect a couple more letters actually probably before they move forward with going to court and that's partially because they want to set up a very clear legal case here. richard neal has been very careful about how he's been setting this case up. for months liberals on the committee have been trying to force him to make this request. some of them even complained it was not coming soon enough. richard neil in the back of his mind that he would be going to court and therefore wanted to move forward very judiciously. >> here's the democratic argument, ro khanna, ever since richard nixon presidents released their taxes. we want the mueller report. live in the digital age and let's have transparency. the question is can we sell it? >> this is about transparency. look, our party is calling for two very simple things. we want him to release his taxes
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like ever president has going back to president reagan, and we want the mueller report to become public. this is a call for basic transparents, andtran transparency. >> which, if the democrats are going to go to the mat, the president's taxes or the mueller report, which one should it be? >> i think the mueller report. >> he thinks the mueller report. it is, and sometimes we just, you know, threat go because in the age of trump so many norms have been busted. most presidents do release their taxes, but this president has decided i won an election without doing it. not going to blink. >> and there are two different things that i guess will be litigated. one is whether the white house or the irs, whatever has to turn over the president's tax records to the committee chairman, and then the second whether they need -- whether there's a right for them to be made public, and these are two really distinct things. the white house's position right now is no on both. >> right. >> you'll hear some argument that it's because they assume
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once it gets to the commit to there slip out. i don't think that's necessarily true, although there will be a temptation for that and a lot of pressure for that, but the -- i think the question that is more of a gamble for the white house ultimately is whether they have to turn those records over to the committee chairman, but if this ends up going all the way up the chain of the courts, that could take longer than between now and the november 2020 election. >> there are serious penalties for releasing someone's personal tax information. i mean, it's years in prison and money fines for each infraction, so, you know, if they want to release these pubically they have to basically go into a closed committee session and hold a vote and then only after that would they become public. of course, that's a political decision that neal would have to make, but, you know, it's very, very difficult political territory when you start getting into having to make those kinds of decisions. >> as we watch the debate in congress which will become a debate in court in new york, the legislation, trying to get the president's state taxes in a much more democratic state.
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we have divided government here. we'll see how that plays out. chief of staff mulvaney who says never when it comes to the president's taxes says relatively soon when it comes to a trump station healthcare plan. listen to him over the weekend. >> we talked about the individual marketplace. we talked about how we're protecting medicare. we're talking about getting drug prices down, and i do think you'll see a plan here fairly shortly. >> will you see it before the 2020 election? >> oh, yeah, we want to run on this. democrats have -- keep in mind, democrats have already admitted that obamacare doesn't work. that's why they are out there talking about this sort of this amorphous medicare for all. we're firm believers that you can't beat something with nothing. we have, republicans have better ideas than democrats. we should not be afraid to talk about that. >> somebody help me here in that the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said he had talked the president out of this. nick mulvaney goes up to camp david and says we'll come forward not right away, not for congress to act on before the election and they will have a
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2020 plan and here's the president's plan and what we'll do on healthcare. that's not what most republicans want. they want to run against medicare for all and hope democrats get what president barack obama called a circular firing squad. what is he doing? >> the most advantageous position to be in politically because healthcare is such a complicated thing as we've seen is to be the antagonist, saying that's not working and can i do better, wafer the reason. nancy pelosi is the block or the president is the block. it's easier to give a simple pitch than a complicated sell on what it is. >> absolutely. >> the fact that the president was less than two weeks ago pitching this to random people and republican senators saying that's what we're working on and oh, no, we're not going to do it until after 2020 and now we're in the process of cleaning the messy cleanup. this will be far less workable than whatever the republican senators might have come out
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were they actually working on a plan that could spring some democrats along which you have to have because there's different leadership in both houses of congress. maybe this is something for the president to wave in front of his ways and i don't know how the president would wave that. >> makes me wonder if mick mulvaney has taken off his old hat or if he's remembering his old view when he was a house member. his job now is to guide the president. we'll see how this plays out. i'll be surprised if we're sitting here analyzing a serious plan going forward but we shall see. >> speaking of taxes, seven days until the april 15th deadline. 17% of americans believe they are actually paying less under the new trump tax law and 28% say they are paying more. the congressional joint commit on taxes says that's incredible. most americans are, however, in thing a smaller refund because
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topping our political radar, two of the presidential hopefuls courting the union vote. amy klobuchar and bernie sanders speaking at an event. senator klobuchar talked about the importance of not governing from chaos and senator sanders is up first. south bend mayor pete buttigieg speaking at an lbgtq event saying if he was never deployed
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to afghanistan he might not have the come out. when he was younger he would have done anything not to be gay and people like the vice president just don't get it the. >> speaking only for myself but i can tell you if me being a choice, it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade. [ applause ] and that's the thing i wish the mike pences of the world would understand, if you have a problem with who i am. your problem is not with me. your quarrel, sir, is with the creator. >> a strong new dig fall that bill de blasio will join the group of presidential hopefuls. democratic senator chris coons sticking up to his close friend joe biden with allegations that
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america's top diplomat is hardly a shy guy, but secretary of state mike pompeo taking a pass today when asked about a
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dramatic late campaign announcement by israel's prime minister. benjamin netanyahu says he'll formally annext west bank settlements if he's re-elected tomorrow. >> prime minister netanyahu said he wants to an exparts of the west bank. what's your reaction to that? will that undermine the peace plan? industry don't have comments to either one of those questions. >> the embattled netanyahu face corruption allegations and polls show him trailing as the election winds down. no clear the president has a favorite as he made clear in a weekend speech to a republican jewish group. >> i sat with your prime minister at the white house to recognize israeli sovereignty over the golan heights. i stood with prime minister netanyahu, benjamin netanyahu. how is the race go, by the way? how is it? who is going to win the race? tell me. i don't know. the incredible bond between the united states and israel has never been stronger than it is
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right now. >> americans in the room, not israelis. the president seemed to think that -- well, but -- let's come back to secretary of state pompeo first there. he's no get president is trying to put his thumb on this race for netanyahu, but that's the american secretary of state, take trump administration out of it. in any administration asked about it, pretty bold move that it's in violation of international law of u.n. resolutions that say re-election me tomorrow and i'm going to an ney x territories that the united nations and the united states government pre-trump were saying would at least have to be subject to peace negotiations and as of now it's considered occupied land. >> i think the fact that pompeo did not comment says a lot and essentially is a comment because the president has not tried to hide how he feels about netanyahu at all. he's reforced decades worth of policy towards israel to embrace netanyahu even closer and as he tries to gear up for 2020 and tries to portray democrats as
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the anti-jewish party he's blurted distinction between being pro-israel and pro-netanyahu saying it's just one kind of thing. it's going along with that to show they are very close to netanyahu and pro-israel as republicans. >> look at at walkup to tomorrow's elections about what the u.s. has done. first, declaring that the golan is not disputed territory, at least as far as the united states is concerned. he said it on twitter and the decision to designate the irgc, the iranian revolutionary guard as a terrorist organization, something the president wants to do it before, does it a day before the election in trillion. this is another important sign and it's really interesting. i was talking to a foreign policy expert a week or so ago who thought that assuming that netanyahu was re-eleathernecks elected what might happen the u.s. would put out a peace plans and the palestinians would say
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they can't support it and that would give netanyahu the predicate to look at annexing a portion of the west bank. i think we skipped right over that step with bibi's move over the weekend. >> also striking. traditionally would you hear a secretary of state revert back in that situation to we believe in the two-state solution and believe all parties should try to wait on all sorts of later question issues and the fact that you're not hearing pompeo go back to that which is a non-answer and always has been, at least in recent years, means that maybe they have thrown the stew-state conclusion out of the window which leaves open all manners of possibilities of what they might decide to endoris and what netanyahu might do if he actually wins. >> i want to show you headlines. "the jerusalem post," the u.s. knows about his a exation plans. if the u.s. knows the secretary of state took even more of a punt by not answering there and they want -- the likud is poised to lose the election. he ilts mat survivor.
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this plays out on the democratic trail as well. the president took after congressman ilhan omar for anti-semitic statements that she's made. democrats say you can be anti-netanyahu or critical of netanyahu's policies and still be very pro-idea. beto o'rouke, one. democrats over the weekend putting that to the test. >> the u.s.-israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on our planet, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist as he warns about arabs coming to the pols, who wants to defy any prospect pore peace as he threatens to an exthe west bank and has sided with a far right racist party in order to maintain his old on power. >> two elections that have become connected, and the president, the u.s. president has been a pretty i think skillful at least at the beginning, you know, of
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essentially drawing democrats no this fight, so, you know, it's the first -- overall we should point out that the vast majority of jewish-americans vote democrat or they have all the way along. we'll see if 2020 is different, but it will be interesting on the margins to see how this is used as a lever by the white house, by the president, because that's exactly what he's doing and we should point out one of the people in the front row that have speech on saturday in las vegas was sheldon adelson. of course, he's one of the biggest donors on the republican side. the president, the white house wants that big check again from him in 2020, will probably get it, so all this is incredibly connected. >> yeah. it's part of the fund raising strategy. it's part of the voter turnout strategy in a couple of states that have outsized jewish voting populations, florida, maybe pennsylvania and michigan and ohio and also to boost the evangelical voters because they are decreasing in numbers as a proportion of the u.s.
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population but are every bit overrepresented in terms of voter turnout and intensity. the president is trying to maximize that vote. >> the problem as we talk about many different issues is that you can play the short-term political strategy but with the middle east and palestinian politics you don't know what's going to happen once you let this out of the box, and frankly you play a little bit -- with a little bit of fire even domestically because a few years ago pre-iran deal you wouldn't have had this sort of debate in the u.s. congress and now you do where people are being much more critical of the leadership of israel and if not the country itself. >> turnout here in the state, part of the prime minister's turnout policies thanking the president for the big announcement, designating the revolutionary guard a terrorist group. when we come back, the election here, if you're a 2020 democrat means raising money. cory booker said it would be a key first test. now he says not so much. pardon the interruption but this is big! now at t-mobile buy any samsung galaxy s10
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senator cory booker says he's raised more than $5 million for his presidential campaign and with that announcement comes a little adjustment to his take that money matters. that $5 million not a third of what bernie sanders raise and less than half of kamala harris's attack and lags behind beto o'rouke and peter buttigieg. booker said big conclusions are made based on the report and the first-quarter numbers will be seen, quote, as a measure of our strength and now he says he's doing fine and money isn't everything. >> i feel incredible.
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we've set goals for ourselves and surpassed our own goals. we're seeing incredible energy and enthusiasm everywhere we go in this campaign. money is important but it's definitely not going to be the barometer on which people make the decisions of who is going to be the president. united states. >> i get it. it's hard in this crowded field, number one to raise money. number two, there's a bunch of the senators, klobuchar, gillibrand, booker, who are doing okay but not great. >> without question. >> and we've learned a lot of things over the last eight days or so. kamala harris' 12 million looks much different now than a week ago when she announced it. it looks really good now. she's the second one and i believe she will probably rea minute second of all of them unless there's a giant surprise from elizabeth warren, amy klobuchar or senator gillibrand so i think, that look, a couple of realities we're seeing. up, there's so many candidates in the race as you said so people are spreading their money out a lot of people are giving smaller contributions and watching from afar not sure who they want here, but when you slice it all, they will
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probably, most of them also, have enough money to get by, by senator booker has built a very large campaign in early states and headquarters here costs a lot of money and the biggest number we don't know, cash on hand for all of them. how much did they spend to raise that money? we'll find that out midnight on april 15th, not a minute sooner. >> the biggest challenge is, a, to pay for your operations and keep your infrastructure out there if you have it and cory booker does and then, b, get to the debates. we have a rebate. an nbc debate and cnn debate coming up early this summer and you'll get a reset after that. >> one thing to note here it's important to have money to set up your infrastructure, but money might in some ways i think you can make the case, might not be as important because all it takes it a viral moment. you don't need a big ad buy so can you capitalize on social media as a presidential candidate and the other thing to note is we don't know what the pool of small dollar donors that all these candidates are trying to vie for actually looks like
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and how big this pool is. we don't know what this pool looks like. >> we don't know. we'll learn as we go. thanks for joining us today on "inside politics." see you back here tomorrow. brianna keilar starts right now. see you tomorrow. have a great day. ♪ thanks, john. i'm brianna keilar live from cnn's washington headquarters. under way right now, survivor white house claims yet another name and steven miller wants to vote even more officials off the island. plus, as an administration source says the support growing more unhinged, we're now learning that he's been pushing to reinstate family separations. the white house says democrats will never see the president's tax returns, but i'll speak with one new york lawmakerer who says he's figured out a way to get them and on the eve of israel's election, one 2020 contender calls netanyahu a racist as the prime minister makes a big


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