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fox news specialists shelby holliday and tom fitton and we thank you all for watching. make sure to follow us on social media at specialistsfnc on twitter and facebook. 5:00 will never be the same. "special report" is next. >> bret: republicans huddle up at the legislative session begins. they controlled the white house and both chambers of congress. why is moving the president's agenda so hard? this "special report" ." welcome to washington. i am bret baier. president trump and republican congressional leaders are trying to come up with the plant tonight to get the president's agenda flowing through the legislative pipeline. the legislative calendar closes and for the fiscal year and they are running out of days. main issues: health care and tax reform. the main challenge, getting g.o.p. lawmakers to come together and use their
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majorities to get things done. it sounds easier than it's been. chief white house corresponded john roberts starts us off tonight on the north lawn with this afternoon's big meeting. >> good evening. with the news cycle expected to be dominated over the next three days or so by the appearance of james comey on capitol hill, president trump today took the opportunity of a brief lull in the action to reinvigorate his priorities. >> at the core of the agenda is repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. >> president trump, looking to put his legislative agenda back on track after weeks of in action. meeting today with the republican leadership. >> if congress doesn't act to save americans from this democrat-inflicted catastrophe, next year is only going to get worse. >> the president wants to get the senate chugging away at the plant repeal and replace obamacare. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell wants input to a vote by the end of june.
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>> what's clear is we have to act. otherwise more americans will be stuck paying the price of obama cares continuing failures. >> white house hoping to have it buttoned up by august. despite zero support from democrats. >> our colleagues remind us that obamacare didn't work because it was done by one party. but now they are letting trump lead them to do the same thing on just about every major issue. >> more and more republicans are being concerned that a major hindrance to the president's legislative agenda is his incessant use of twitter. listen to senator mcconnell. >> i can only say what i've said before. i'm not a fan of the president's tweets, and that remains my view. >> add to that what senator bob corker said. >> best to refrain from communicating with 140 characters on topics that are so important. >> this morning, the president dismissed any notion of backing
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up tweeting, quote "the fake mainstream media so hard trying to get me not to use social media. they hate that i can get the honest and unfiltered message out." this afternoon, the press secretary said, why quit? stick of his use of social media, he has close to 110 million people across different platforms, it gives him an opportunity to speak to the american people. >> using it and using it wisely can be two different things. >> the same people who are critiquing his use of it now critiqued it during the election turned out well for him. >> what's unclear is whether the president's tweet storms are presidential musings or if they reflect official policy. yesterday, sebastian gorka suggested the former. >> it's social media. please understand the differenc difference. >> sean spicer said it's definitely the latter. >> they are considered official
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statements by the president of the united states. >> the other legislative priority is tax reform. white house hopes to have legislation by labor day. ultimate goal is tax reform that does not add to the deficit. white house sources tell fox news the top priority is enacting tax cuts to help spur the economy. >> bret: john roberts live on the north lawn. thank you. one of the largest sellers of obamacare individual health insurance is pulling out of ohi ohio. anthem cites volatility and uncertainty about whether the government will continue to provide subsidies. anthem is the only insurer selling health insurance exchange products in all 88 ohio counties and is the only one in 20 counties. let's look at the two different strategies for health care reform in the house and the senate. what we know of the senate so far. here is chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel. >> trying to find consensus on repealing and replacing
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obamacare, senate republicans are discussing options. hoping to vote on the plan before the fourth of july recess. republican sources say the ideas include extending the medicaid expansion and taking steps to help the fragile individual insurance markets. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is not giving up details. >> i'm not going to go into the various component parts of the bill. we believe we can do better. >> the path for mcconnell to pass a health care bill isn't easy. if he is counting on g.o.p. votes alone, he can only afford to lose to and that have vice president pence break the tie. >> in iowa, we learned there is no insurance companies that are willing to sell health insurance on the individual market. that isn't because of anything for it president trump or the republican majority has done. these are the failures of obamacare. >> last month's vote in the house was tight, 217-213.
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congressional budget office predicted hospital cost 23 million americans to lose insurance over the decade. it would cut money for medicaid and eliminate expansion under obamacare, leading most senate republicans to declare the bill dead on arrival. senate democrats are urging their g.o.p. collects work with them. >> if the republicans will set aside the partisan gun at your head kind of approach, we stand ready. >> democrats are warning of dire consulates if entitlements are touched. >> it's going to result in grandma and grandpa in nursing homes with alzheimer's not getting the coverage for their nursing home beds. >> three moderate democrat senators to watch our joe manchin, claire mccaskill, and jon tester. all three of for reelection next year. democratic sources say they only expect g.o.p. outreach if they
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find they cannot pass a bill on their own. one potential challenge is kentucky senator rand paul who has argued for finding a way to fully repeal obamacare and not just fix it, and some suggest he is a "no" on what's being discussed. ted cruz has participated in the health care talks but some are concerned he could back away in the end. senate budget chairman announced the house health care bill fits the rules for a process called reconciliation. that means health care reform can be passed with the civil majority and no filibuster. >> bret: mike emanuel, thanks. in a bit, senator lindsey graham a host of issues. there are a handful of states in which lawmakers believe obamacare did not go far enough. they want the government to pay for all health care. one of the states is california, but there is a problem. lim lodge and s has the los angeles. >> i believe we should move toward a medicare for all
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single-payer program. >> it's an idea pushed by the left. single-payer national health insurance where the government pays all the bills directly to doctors, hospitals, drug companies. >> if you look at the financing of a single-payer system, what you find is it saves money if it's done right. >> the sales pitch: no insurance companies, no waste, no middleman. lawmakers in new york, new jersey, rhode island, and massachusetts are all trying to push through single-payer bills this year. last week the california senate passed single-payer legislation that would make every resident legal or not eligible for coverage. no premium, no co-payment, no deductible. the lure of the simplest way the idea of single-payer is going to be there and i think a lot
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of conservatives are understandably worried that if the republicans failed to replace obamacare with a system that's better, the calls for single-payer could grow. >> not everyone is buying into single-payer health care. critics say to control cost the government will simply deny care to some patients, and that means consumers may not get all the drugs or care they really need or even want. lastly, critics say because there is no competition, the patients will have no choice. >> the number of states have tried and they have abandoned the effort because of taxes involved. they were too high. >> the estimated price tag for california's plan, $400 billion, requiring a 15% increase in the payroll tax. democrats favored more incremental approach but in washington more than half of house democrats have cosponsored a national single-payer bill, sending a message that in 2018 or 2020, true government run health care could be on the table.
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>> bret: thank you. do you think single-payer has a chance to become law? let me know on twitter at @bretbaier. use the hashtag #specialreport. or on facebook at stocks were down today. dow lost 48, s&p 500 off 7. nasdaq dropped 21. more terror tonight in europe. police say a man with a hammer went after police near the notre dame cathedral in paris. he said "this is for syria." the attacker was shot and injured. one officer was slightly wounded. the incident comes as authorities in england continued to piece together what happened during saturday's attack at the london bridge. senior correspondent mike tobin is in london. >> british authorities say police and mi5 had no knowledge of youssef zaghba. an italian newspaper reports that he had been arrested with a one-way ticket to syria, flagged as a radical and british authorities were notified.
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this followed the identification of the other two attackers, rachid redouane, largely unknown. khurum butt, so well known for radical ideology british channel 4 identified him in a documentary. segments have been rerun by sky news, abc, cnn. he was investigated in 2015 but ultimately determined not to be a threat. >> the police and mi5 will be looking at who these characters were, what we know about them. if there are lessons to be learned from this, of course we will learn them. >> and an unprecedented move, 130 muslim imams have refused to say funeral rites for the attackers. a statement says that the reprehensible actions have neither legitimacy or sympathy. >> i believe they are not muslim. >> are there your enemies? to go they are enemies of islam. >> rex tillerson applauded the
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refusal. >> they are condemning their souls. that's what has to be done. only the muslim f this. >> a dustup continues between london mayor sadiq khan and president trump. sadiq khan says he can't be bothered with what the president said that restated his call to rescind an invitation received visit. >> state visits are given to world leaders with whom we have long established links. i don't think a state visit was appropriate and my views have been changed. please continue to search for a network. a raid. out in east london is believed to be connected to zaghba. police picked up a man in the barking neighborhood. what we know is that he is 27 years old and held under the terrorism act. >> bret: mike tobin in london. senior pentagon officials say a
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russian fighter jet intercepted a u.s. b-52 bomber over the baltic sea today. spokesman says the american plane was on a routine mission in international airspace. it's not known how close the russian jet game to the u.s. b-52. intercept is the latest example of aggressive russian actions aimed at the u.s. military and homeland in recent weeks. a federal contractor is facing serious charges tonight, accused of giving state secrets to the news media. it is the first such arrest, as the trump administration tries to plug the leaks. catherine herridge has details. >> according to the fbi, 25-year-old government contractor reality winner is accused of leaking top-secret national security agency intelligence on russia's alleged election interference. at her home in georgia, her parents emphasized her military record. >> she served for six years with distinction, no disciplinary
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action. >> i want her to be treated fairly. >> winner worked as a contracto contractor. her social media post suggest the 25-year-old is a supporter of bernie sanders and part of the resist trump movement. after promising to aggressively pursue leakers, the white house spokesman would not be drawn on the winner case. >> i don't want to comment on any specific case. i think it's important that any disclosure of classified or sensitive information can clearly threaten our national security. >> court documents allege that winner printed out the nsa report and carried it out of a secure facility. internal government audit found only six individuals printed the report and winner was the only one of the group to make email contact with the intercept website which later published the document. >> you cannot unilaterally decide it's the best interest of the united states to release this information because you think so. this person has to pay a price, and everyone else that has
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access to this information. >> based on new data, the nsa documents has russian military intelligence was behind in august 26 cyber attack auto voting software supplier and a follow-on hack days before the election. at a congressional hearing, a senior democrat said the nsa report shows russia wanted more than stolen emails. >> we have in the public domain verified information that the russians made an aggressive attempt to access not only a vendor of voter software but also a number of states. >> the aclu said sources like winner come forward to inform the public and officials seek information all the time with no consequences. >> bret: thank you. up next, two u.s. bases in qatar, how the president is weighing in, how his administration is handling the middle east diplomatic row over
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qatar. here's what some of our affiliates recovering. fox 25 in boston, with opening statements and the bench trial of a massachusetts woman charged with manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to kill himself. shall carter charged in the 2014 death of 18-year-old conrad roy, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck. fox 5 anymore, investigators should try to find out why a subway train lost power and was stuck for more than an hour last night with no air conditioning or light in the sweltering tunnel. passengers clawed at doors in a panicked effort to escape. one pastor says a pregnant woman and several seniors started feeling faint. live look at seattle from q13 fox. one of the big stories they are, the city council adopts tax on sugary drinks. the ordinance calls for a levy
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>> bret: president trump is getting involved in what some are calling the biggest diplomatic crisis in the middle east since the first gulf war. rich edson fills us in. >> president trump has sided with saudi arabia and its arab partners against qatar innate diplomatic dispute that is isolating qatar and threatening golf corporation. saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, egypt, bahrain and others have cut diplomatic ties
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over what they say is qatar's support of terrorist groups. the president tweeted: "during my recent trip to the middle east i stated that there can no longer be funding of radical ideology. leaders pointed to qatar. look!" "so good to see the saudi arabia visit with the king and 50 countries already paying off. they said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to qatar. perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!" traveling in new zealand, secretary of state offered a more neutral assessment, saying the u.s. is hopeful these countries can find a way to resolve their differences. as to the president's tweets: >> the president has his own unique way of communicating with the american people in the world. i don't intend to advise him on how we ought to communicate. >> qatar argues that these countries are trying to blunt its regional influence. >> we recognized cutter continues to make efforts to stop the financing of terror
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groups. they have made progress. we recognize more work needs to be done. >> with the region and president posing qatar, its critics say qatar will have to alter its behavior. mohammed fahmy, former bureau chief in imprisoned in europe, is criticizing his former network. in a statement of fox news, he writes "qatar remains under an unprecedented siege until it shuts down al jazeera. and since financing of terrorist in support of the iranian agend agenda. airbase in qatar and its role in mediating conflicts. >> bret: u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley opened the session of the u.n. human rights council today with a warning to the group.
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>> as you know, the united states is looking carefully at this council and our participation in it. we see some areas for significant strengthening. >> bret: why the warning? >> over what she calls and anti-israeli bias. she points to five different resolutions in the month of march criticizing israel and then compared it to venezuela which she said the council failed to sanction even though it venezuela said has robbed its people of human rights. she says she wants to reestablish the council's legitimacy. the administration's review what kind of role is going to have in the council. nikki haley criticized cuba and iran, mentioned saudi arabia as a country that has not lived up to its full standard of human rights on the council. >> bret: rich edson at the state department. thank you. more on this with the panel. this is a very special day for american and allied armed forces. d-day, the sixth of june, 1944,
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a turning point in world war ii. now on this anniversary, u.s.-led forces are waging what could be a momentous fight in the war against isis terrorists. conor powell has the story. >> for more than three years, raqqa has been the de facto capital. the fight to retake the city has started. syrian democratic forces with american troops and support began the assault early monday morning. coalition fighters advanced from multiple directions. >> translator: military readiness to implement the plan is complete and in coordination with the u.s.-led coalition to fight terrorism hit >> isis has been been very from us for the assault. fortifying its defenses and reportedly moving senior leaders out of the city.
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losing raqqa would be a major blow to isis which has slowly but steadily lost ground in both iraq and syria since the u.s.-led coalition started its campaign back in the summer of 2014. the operation to retake raqqa comes just as the militant group is on the brink of losing control of the key city of mosu mosul. the 55,000 strong syrian defense forces are not without controversy. they are not aligned with president bashar al-assad, nor are they part of the rebels. they are dominated by turkish fighters many of whom turkey considers to be terrorist. turkish leaders have warned they will respond if turkeys turkeys security is threatened. fighters who have remained are willing to fight until the
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bitter end. >> bret: conor powell, thanks. let's talk about the war against isis and other topics with south carolina senator lindsey graham, member of the senate armed forces, appropriations, budget committee. let me talk about this qatar diplomatic row with the other golf nations. president seem to indicate qatar is funding extremism. we have a u.s.-based. >> i am with tillerson on this. we need to get the parties together. qatar has helped hamas. they have funded the muslim brotherhood. they allegedly said something positive about iran and now they're claiming it was a russian hack into the qatari news agency. it's best if we can get qatar back in the fold and bring everybody back together. we have 10,000 troops there, and qatar has been helpful.
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they are getting better in terms of funding terrorism. and i want to see qatar isolated. >> bret: what about the fight against raqqa? is at the end game for isis quacks like >> it's the beginning of the end but i am concerned about the makeup of the force. largest military component and in the eyes of turkey, they are terrorist. i think we've got too many kurds and not enough arabs and they are not worried about the day after in terms of holding it. i appreciate giving more capability to our commanders. he has given the military the chance to do some things in mosul and raqqa we haven't been able to do. the forces going into take raqqa is mostly kurds, they are not going to be able to hold the area. we need more arabs.
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>> bret: we have u.s. forces on the ground. do we need more? to go yes. we have about 6,000 inside of iraq. these soldiers need to stay behind. don't do what obama did, president trump, don't pull our soldiers out. it will fall apart. with more american forces on the ground, you will get more arabs in the fight. >> bret: i want to turn to domestic policy and health care. here is the president's pretty optimistic. >> if congress doesn't act to save americans from this democrat-inflicted catastrophe, next year is only going to get worse, a lot worse. i'm sure the democrats will find a way. almost every major insurer has already pulled out for 2018. the house took an important first step to rescue americans
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from this calamity. i'm sure the senate will follow and get a bill across the finish line the summer that will be great health care for americans. >> bret: you told reporters monday i don't think we can put it together among ourselves. i have always believed, let obamacare collapse. that's always been my preferred route. >> not one democrat wants to help us replace obamacare, not only are they invested in obamacare, democrats in this country are going to the single pair system. you see california and other state saying obamacare is not enough government. we will not single peer system -- we want a single-payer system. they are not going to help us replace obamacare. here's my concern, i don't know if, with 50 votes, we can fully repeal and replace obamacare. i don't think we can. we can make a substantial down payment on change but here's what i would do.
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they created this mess. it is collapsing before assault, as republicans, let it collapse and go to the democrats and say we told you so. now help us replace it. >> bret: you are saying 50 votes grade you are saying rand paul is a "no." >> i don't know. him in the gym and i think his claim of yard sale. you have medicaid expansion states, those who took the mone money. we are at a fight among ourselves. there is a promising proposal from mitch mcconnell that would repeal the individual mandate, give more state control, and change some of the essential health care benefits are lower-cost but at the end of the day, with a hosted, obamacare expanded the government role in health care by a trillion dollars. the house saved 133000000000 out of a trillion. i don't oversell or doing here. >> bret: writes, but if it collapses and you control the
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white house and the senate and the house, you don't pick republicans own there? >> no, we didn't create this mess. if we could get democrats to help us replace obamacare, we could get there. through reconciliation, you can't pass it. >> bret: the optimists say the senate passes something, then it goes to a conference committee and they work out the details. something has to happen for a win for republicans. >> i want to try to help to get to 50. i'm not going to screw my state on medicaid and i will tell you the cbo score will determine whether or not this passes. if the senate health care bill is going to result in an 18 million, 20 million people losing health care coverage, probably not going to get 50 votes. i'm willing to try but democrats are not helping us at all. they have created this mess, not us. mr. president, don't own
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something you don't have to own. >> bret: all right, it seems like it is the super bowl in washington thursday morning. jim comey testimony. what do you expect? >> a high school game. i expect he's not going to say that president obstructed justice. if you did, why would you continue to work for a man who you thought obstructed justice. i think there will be two new lines of inquiry. did you believe there were emails between the democratic national committee and the department of justice that the russians had that would have tainted the department of justice's ability to oversee the quenched email investigation. is that why you jumped in and july? and i want to know little bit more about unmasking. i think what -- he should answer this question: is the president a target or subject of a criminal investigation? i don't believe the president is a target or a subject regarding collusion between him and the russians. i think the fbi director was an answer to that question the
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country. >> bret: today the press secretary didn't answer the question, said he had not had the discussion with the president on whether he has full support from the attorney general. seco i don't know, but he should. jeff sessions is a good man, mr. president. he had to recuse himself. i know you're not a lawyer, there is no way jeff sessions could continue to preside over this investigation given the role he played in the campaign. he did the right thing. he's a good man, and you need to listen to your lawyers, mr. president. i am trying to help you. every time you tweet, it makes it harder on all of us for trying to help you. i don't think you did anything wrong. don't get in the way of an investigation that can actually clear you. >> bret: to that point, he tweeted today: "the fake mainstream media is working so hard trying to get me not to use social media. they hate that i can get the honest and unfiltered message out." "sorry folks, but if i would have relied on the fake news of cnn, nbc, abc, cbs, washpost or nytimes, i would have had zero chance winning white house."
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>> the election is over. you won. i'm not going to tell you. you beat me like a drama. i am humbled and i want to help you. but i will tell you this, you created the conditions for special counsel. i've seen no evidence of collusion between president trump and the russians and i've looked really close. the reason we have a special counsel is he suggested through an interview with nbc that the reason he fired comey was because of the russian investigation. i would say this, mr. president, your words matter now, you are no longer a candidate. you are the president of the united states and a lot of us want to help you. help us help you. >> bret: you once gave out your cell phone number. now he uses it. >> i talked to him all the time. i really like the president. i want to help him on health care. he could do things that no one in the republican could do. he could get immigration done. he has credibility on the border i don't have. he could go big on
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infrastructure grade he knows what tax what's will do for the economy. he has been a great commander-in-chief. he has taken the fight to isil. i want to help you, but you're going to have to help us help you. here is my warning. we are in legal situations. this special counsel. there are rules about what you can say and what you can say about witnesses trust the system to clear you. if you did nothing wrong, we'll get to the issue. let it go forward and look at the right answer over time. >> bret: senator, we appreciate your time. president trump tries to get his health care and tax reform agenda on track in congress. we'll talk about it with the panel when we come back.
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>> at the core of this agenda is repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. if congress doesn't act to save americans from this democrat-inflicted catastrophe, next year is only going to get worse. it's going to get a lot worse. the house took an important first step to rescue americans from this calamity. now the senate i'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great health care. >> bret: the president at the white house meeting with congressional leaders on the republican side, tweeting: big meeting today. we are all pushing hard, must get it right." let's bring in the panel. laura ingraham, mara liasson, and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer.
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>> there's a lot of views in the senate about whether they can get it done. there are some republicans who think not getting it done would be the politically best outcome for them. lindsey graham among them. they think they can still blame the democrats. there's also a debate about tha that. so far, there's not a bill insight in the senate and they are talking about getting it on before they go for recess. that's a couple weeks away. i think it's looking very, very difficult. >> bret: one of things i've heard is that they are going to p something together in the senate. they are going to strong-arm 51 votes and get it to a conference committee and then do the work of ironing out the details of what it looks like. >> i can tell you from my radio listeners all across the country this is the one issue other than the wall i think that they think trump and the republicans, they really have to deliver on forcing the border, building some kind of wall, and getting this obamacare repeal and replace done.
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i think it's pretty pathetic. you have control of all of government per you've asked for the control. he went to the people in good faith, we thought, and said this is what our plan is going to be. they voted on it many times bird when the votes didn't count. now everyone is running scared. there is no political courage and i think the house bill has a lot of problems and i think it won't lower the cost of health care, as many predict. talked to many doctors who practice medicine who know what time it is in this. they must do what they campaigned on or i believe this is going to hurt them more than sitting on the sidelines and blaming chuck schumer. >> bret: they want to get to tax reform and they need to funding from the savings in health care ideally, it's the way they planted. here is the president and kevin brady. >> it will be the biggest tax cut in our country's history and it will stir business like never before. >> the elements are in place. i think the job trainers are
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hungry for this tax reform and americans are too. we are focused on getting it done. >> bret: here's the problem, the calendar is hitting them like reality. legislative days are ticking away. >> bret: that's what i think you just heard in that clip, a real slip slide. the president spoke about tax cuts. tax reform and the combination of tax cuts with removing loopholes, removing cutouts, meaning increasing taxes and other areas of the tax code so you end up revenue neutral. to do that, you have to offend a lot of people. you have to go against a huge number of constituencies. that's infinitely more difficult than tax cuts which are cheap. you blow up the budget.
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it is the difference between reagan '81 and reagan '86. tax cuts were easy. in '86 heated tax reform. it took negotiation and it was a tremendous success. they can't do it in a few weeks because you have to deal with all these constituencies who are against removing the loopholes, some of which a lot of people like, for instance state and local tax deductions. you get a lot of pushback from republicans in the states so i think we are looking at cuts which will be cheap to do politically and very difficult in terms of economics because how do you make up for the revenue? >> bret: we have talked about it on. why doesn't the president call back simpson-bowles, the commission president obama set up. democrat and republican and say he didn't give you a chance. i will. speak so -- if packaged entitlet
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reform together. it needs bipartisanship to pull it off. i thought what trump said today was important because yesterday mark short, legislative director said yes we would prefer tax reform. big revenue neutral tax reform we need the growth. >> they are not getting the 3% gdp anyway. you're certainly not going to get 3% or 4% unless you have a max of -- massive tax cut. greatest through on your gas taxes being circulated around is a possibility now. >> after 36 years, people are listening. that proves -- longevity has a lot to be said for it. it is the most plausible plan.
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in the past, you had some support from democrats and others. you have historically low oil and gasoline prices. if you are ever going to do it, you can do it now. it will have the least effect. i was for a refundable one, but even if you don't, you can refund part of it, and use the other for infrastructure. it's sitting out there. historically low and internationally low compared to other countries. >> bret: if they don't do health care reform, they have to get the revenue somewhere else. i want to play a sound bite from sean spicer, asked today about whether the president has support and the attorney general has the backing of the president. >> how would you describe the president's level of confidence with the attorney general? >> i've not had a discussion with him about it. >> last time he said that, there was a development. >> i am answering a question. i've not had the discussion with him. i said i have not had a discussion with him on the question. if i haven't had a discussion
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with him about a subject, i tend not to speak about it. >> bret: that was a nonanswer and abc is reporting that tensions are so high between the ag and the president that he threatened to resign. >> this is an extraordinary moment. jeff sessions, number one loyal person to trump. for senator to endorse him, the keeper of the flame on immigration, law enforcement. donald trump has never forgiven jeff sessions for recusing himself from the russian investigation which begat several steps down the line bob mueller and the special counselor. that was an extraordinary moment where sean spicer couldn't say that the president of the united states has confidence in his own attorney general. >> bret: there was someone else, jim comey. >> we know what happened after that. >> losing sessions is not smart. i know he didn't like the recusal decision. i happen to agree with him. i don't think you want to have an attorney general who whose first impulse is, i've got to
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recuse myself. i don't agree with what lindsey graham said earlier. if he had no involvement with the russians, he didn't have to recuse himself. democrats never, rarely recuse themselves from investigations. jeff sessions is one of your most stalwart supporters. he is actually doing a really good job as ag. they need a couple key positions filled. >> bret: the doj director of public affairs is declining to comment on the abc report. >> i guess he hasn't spoken with the president either. this is quite serious because as you say, it's happened before and then within a few days, that person was gone. this is a problem for the president's self-control. the attorney general is a pillar of this administration and the president -- he's always going to have a disappointment here and there with anyone who works for him. happens in all the administrations. if you can absorb is one issue
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on which he disagrees, the recusal, and you have to get rid of him, then nobody is safe and you have an intrinsically highly unstable administration reflecting instability inside the president's head. this is really bad. >> bret: we are going to take a quick timeout and talk about tweets and 140 characters or less. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more of our annual income... we could keep doing all the things we love. prudential. bring your challenges. ♪ to err is human. to anticipate is lexus.
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♪ >> let's talk about policy. >> that is a policy. we are in the policy, they are statements from the president of the united states about what he wants. >> it's not policy. >> of course it is. >> this obsession with covering everything he has on twitter and very little that he does as president --
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>> he is the president of the united states, so, they are considered official statements by the president of the united states. >> bret: the tweets. the focus on the tweets. the reading of the tweets. the tweets versus policy. it is an interesting dynamic. the president tweeting this morning, "the fake msm is working so hard trying to get me not to use social media. they hate that i can get the honest and unfiltered message out." laura, you talk to lawmakers of all stripes up there, supporters. they are worried about the tweets. >> i understand the concern when you are tweeting about an ongoing investigation. if you were my client, i would say, here is the price strategy, we will look for an expeditious conclusion to this, we will be clear to the end, we have an enormous amount of work to do for the american people. we help bob mueller does a thorough and fair investigation. we are confident he will. that is what your strategy should be in this regard. at the same time, when mitch mcconnell says in his
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mitch mcconnell way, "i am not a fan of those." no one cares about mitch mcconnell. with all due respect to mitch mcconnell, who is a wise man, they do care about or donald trump says. as a gun over the line in tweets? yes, he has. has he got around people who have been supremely unfair to him and the price? 's yes, he has. and he does feel like this is the way that he can get his opinions across, not always policy. a lot of them are opinions. witness london thing happened, i think a lot of americans that don't follow every word think we have a president that wants to keep us safe and london, they are doing other things and some of it is good and some of it's not. we are glad that he takes it's really, really seriously. >> you heard what he said. be honest and unfiltered message. that is what he wants to tell the american people. i think it is pretty cut and dry. they are all for show. anything of the president says is official. at npr, we had a conversation early on, how to recover this? we will cover them like anything
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else the president would write... speak to say. >> what's the difference? i think the white house aides are getting them tied up in knots over nothing. >> bret: but the white house puts out this call from the king of saudi arabia, where he says, the president says that he wants the gulf nations to all be together. well, he tweeted out about how the gulf nations pointed to qatar, and it seemed to be diametrically opposed to the message that this call tonight is interesting. speak at what doesn't help them for that reason. several, but among them is, that it does show disarray. you get the administration saying a, and he says b. in this case, i think it is very unwise. why should the president -- andd a major attempt to get qatar to shape up? they are doing this thing to
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boycott, cutting them off from everything. why say, well, this is a response to my trip? it's not about you. if you make it about you, it looks like the saudis are doing the bidding of the american imperials. but here's the irony. the tweets aren't just official. they are the most official. every other statement has been massaged, read by eight people and changed. here, you are going right into the id and what you get his presidential aide. there is nothing as authentic as that. >> bret: yes or no, does it stop or slow down? 's ticket would never stops. >> investigation tweets will be diminished. >> bret: when we come back, remembering d-day 73 years later. ♪ award winning design. award winning engine. the volvo xc90. the most awarded luxury suv of the century.
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>> bret: finally, tonight, a moment her number so many who sacrificed so much. today marks a pivotal moment in world war ii. d-day. a 73 years ago today, more than 160,000 allied troops launched the operation, operation
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overlord, on a 50-mile stretch of the french coastline. nazi germany fortified the beaches of normandy with guns and barbed wire, approaching their way, the largest amphibious assault and history. more than 5,000 ships and almost 12,000 aircraft supported the d-day invasion, leading to allies gagged gaining a foothold in continental europe. these men remember the moment they parachuted into france, re-creating this photo. the ceremony at the world war ii memorial today marks that day, which with a 9,000 allied troops were killed or wounded. >> just barely out of their childhood, 17, 18, 19 years old. reared in our democracy, they beat hitler. think what they did. always be inspired by that. >> bret: the loss was great. 100,000 soldiers, though, were
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able to move across europe, eventually leading to the defeat of the, changing the world forever. thank you to the greatest generation for your service and sacrifice. fair, balanced, and still, unafraid. >> martha: breaking tonight's, reports say that james comey will not argue in his testimony, that the president tried to obstruct justice. and then a famous national security michael flynn. a big development tonight. only victor, know what happened in that room. they were alone and that time. now, it sounds like thursday will be testimony and perhaps ongoing twitter rebuttal from the president. stay tuned for more on that tonight. ♪ good evening, everyone, i am martha maccallum and this is "the story" for tuesday, june 6. the 73rd anniversary of d-d