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women's day. on my social media, you'll see the handle for the show social media. i'll be talking about the women in my life who have inspired me. some of you are on that list and you know it, so thank you. thanks for watching today. i'm harris. here's dana. >> dana: fox news alert. president trump about to hold a meeting on violent video games as he tries to stem the tide of mass shootings. hello, everyone. i'm dana perino and this is "the daily briefing." the president calling together video game leaders and members of congress. there is a new report with an agreement with an adult film actor. plus the president about to hold a signing ceremony. tell us first about the video game makers meeting. >> reporter: an important meeting. an important conversation, quite frankly, for the entire american family, as this afternoon the president welcomes not just
video game makers but other stake holders to talk about maybe fining solutions and most importantly for everybody, understanding the games and their influence on american kids. in particular they're set to discuss the product of their impact on society and what, if anything, can be done to prevent negative consequences associated with their use. you mentioned it. congressional lawmakers will also be here. among them, florida senator marco rubio. now the main lobbying group for the video game industry is the entertainment software association. they actually have a statement and it reads in part, reputable scientific studies have found no connection. we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the united states, video games are plainly not the issue. but that sentiment as you can well imagine is not shared by everyone. while no one is casting blame specifically on video game ors the recent shooting in parkland,
florida, white house officials do believe now's the time to have the conversation. >> we're going to be meeting today with the video makers having to do with theiolence and what impact and effect that has on school shootings and our children. >> reporter: that, of course, was the president earlier today discussing and maybe just tipping his hand a bit what we should expect. by the way, we expected that to be open at one point. now it's going to be closed. we'll get a readout and share that with you later on today. the white house is doing all it can to steer clear of the story surrounding the president and stormy daniels whose real name is stephanie clifford. you may know this story if you've been watching the news. she's the adult film performer who claims to have had some sort of relationship with the president. welsh yesterday the president's press secretary said that he won an arbitration against clifford. well, what she was referring to is a temporary restraining order that was issued against clifford
by a private arbitrator. that ruling came last month. but daniels' attorneys say the president has won nothing and ultimately the arbitration ruling could prove to be, well, frankly, unenforceable because the president didn't sign the nondisclosure agreement. it's an interesting story and one the white house would love to steer clear of. >> dana: they have another topic on their hands, and that's the tariff. do you think they'll go forward and that canada and mexico might be exempt? >> reporter: they're going to go forward, no doubt about that. we expect to hear about that raoeu around 3:30. i think the cutouts is what you're talking about, the carveout force canada and mexico are likely to happen. there's a caveat here. i think the president is talking about we can do that if we reserve the right to do that. some of that may have to do with the on going nafta discussion. we've been talking about that for months now.
maybe this is sort of a game of sticks and carrots. the carveouts could happen. we'll see what the president has to say about that this afternoon. for now, back to you. >> dana: kevin, thank you. my next guest has a keen interest in these tariffs since they could have a major impacts on his state's economy. joining me now corey gardner chairman of the national republican senatorial committee. i have you for a few minutes here. sir, if we can start on the tariffs. tell me about colorado. i'm familiar with the state. as i understand it, the aluminum industry there is directly responsible for $198 million in economic output. 240 companies in the beverage sector with almost 10,000 workers. let's see. ball produces 100 billion cans a year and there's 235 breweries. that's just a small sampling of the states as they think about
these tariffs. understanding this could help some workers in the steel industry, but there are other consequences. your thoughts. >> exactly right. colorado has a steel mill that is foreign owned and also has some finishing work that it does out of canada. that season even clear because of the complication of steel tariffs coupled with nafta concerns. as you mentioned aluminum use and manufacturing. we have a company called trinidad head quartered in denver, colorado, that forms aluminum things you might buy at a grocery store. aluminum fill products. they're head quartered with hundreds of jobs in denver across the country. if you look at ball, lot of people understand ball when they look at a can, it's made by ball. that's head quartered in colorado. look at coor's brewing company the concern they have over the price of aluminum. i talked to a small brewery in colorado they're going to see significant, significant advantages as a result of the tax cuts. they actually hired more people this week because the money they saved through the tax cuts.
>> dana: you're able to have good dialogue. is it the case that senators have been ineffective to get the president to change his mind on this? >> the president made it very clear. this is something he wanted to do. what we have to do over the next several weeks and months is talk to the president about making sure any policy ax khully affecting the people of the state need to be targeted the most. that's china. let's make sure the ancillary damage that could be done by a tariff doesn't result in damage, the ancillary costs that aren't that high on mexico, canada, who really aren't the problem here. we're dealing with others like china that created the problem around the world. >> dana: that announcement coming at 3:00 p.m. today. fox news will bring that to you
live. let me ask you about another couple of issues. the president continues to hold meetings talking about whatever he could be contributing. meeting with lawmaker. also there's immigration. two issues guns and immigration you're involved in. you have legislation that you proposed. from an outcider perspective, it feel likes those two issues are stalled. am i wrong? >> i had a chance to sit down with some law enforcement officials in colorado last week. they talked about the need to break down some of the barriers in healthcare that are preventing them when they deal with somebody like this, the evil actor in florida, how they can communicate with mental health care officials to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening or being perpetrated by somebody like that who is and clearly showed a need for mental health treatment. so how do we get those barriers broken down. that could be a legislative fix. we have some that would have
allowed counselors to receive additional training at schools and other areas to identify people who can do harm to the school or their communities. so those are the kind of things that we need to work through now. if there's other legislation going forward, it will take debate and time while we protect people's rights who are following the law. when it comes to immigration, we still have a lot of need to fix both the daca situation as well as the overall immigration situation, whether it's border security, which i support and the president clearly laid out four points to his plan. we can get together still, and i hope we do, before the election to address these needs. >> dana: the urgency has been taken off, that a court isn't pushing it. you had attorney general jeff sessions in california yesterday. there was a big fight about sanctuary city. i know colorado deals with that, too. how do you think that will shake out? >> i think the people of this country with significant numbers agree that sanctuary policies
shouldn't be allowed. when it comes to federal immigration law, this is a matter of national security. it affects every state. it is a national prerogative. that is something they wouldn't want to see their state, their community carry out, sanctuary policies. i do think the department of justice is on the right side of this, the president's on the right side of this making sure that, yes, we improve and enhance our border security. they want to make sure their city isn't allowing people who can do harm like we saw in san francisco to law abiding people. >> dana: that's right. senator cory gardner thank you for joining us. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> dana: we have adam schiff. >> -- that is being taken under advisement by the majority. i think they are struggling to determine how, if at all, to distinguish between these witnesses. in our view, they have to all be treated the same way. we shouldn't be saying we're going to insist on france steve bannon but not from hope hicks
or corey lewandowski. >> the white house intervened? >> in what? >> in the past republicans have shut down the questioning. what's the reason they are taking it under advisement now? was there any discussion about future interviewing and what might be forth coming? >> it wasn't i think a function of this being get away day. we had ample representation during the interview. we still haven't gotten an answer, frankly, on whether we will move forward with contempt on steve bannon. they were unequivocal at the time on the need to insist on answer, but have been very quiet since. i think they're still grappling with this. there's no way to tkes stingish this.
that is not a basis on whether we compel people to give us the information and facts we need. in terms of going forward, there are any number of witnesses that are very relevant that have not come before our committee. those that have a role, for example, in writing the speech that president trump gave prior to the trump tower meeting where he promised he would be revealing things about hillary clinton. steve miller had a role in his speech writing and he's not been brought before the committee. there are others that had knowledge that that meeting was going to take place that have not come before the committee. and of course thrrbg are large categories of documents that need to be subpoenaed including communication between the likes of roger stone and others and wiki leaks, the president's son and wiki leaks, direct messaging that we should subpoena from the providers that we have. so there are a number of steps that i think any incredible investigator would say thaoe need to be done and we still
hope they will be. thank you. >> did the white house intervene today though? >> dana: you are listening to adam schiff, the minority leader on the house intelligence committee. corey lewandowski, former campaign manager for president trump was on the hill today for a second time answering some questions. they said adam schiff there saying mr. lewandowski answered some, but not all questions, and the committee seemed to still be grappling with how to handle these different people that they're talking to that some no longer are at the white house such as steve bannon and -- hope hicks is there now, but leaving soon. then corey lewandowski who was never officially a member of the white house staff. lot of questions still surrounding all of that. so we will continue to keep track of all of those moving parts for you. in the meantime, we have midterm analysis that shifts more than two dozen congressional races toward the democrats.
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>> well, first of all, he moved all 26 races in the direction of the democrats. let's be a little bit careful. there were five races that were lean republicans that he moved to tossup out of those 26. that's not a lot. dangerous, yes, but not a lot. and then he had six that he moved from likely republican to lead republican. i disagree with him about moving some of these. there are 26 total. but the likelihood is that we're really focused on these five and to a lesser extent on these. three of them in the midwest, two in the mid-atlantic and the northeast for the republicans. and then on the lanes, three in the south, two in the midwest and one in the mid-atlantic northeast. now, i think it may be a little overstated. i wouldn't ring a lot of alarm bells on this. he sort of took this as a chance to throw it all out there. for example, one of the things
he moves from likely republican to -- excuse me. from solid republican to likely republican, it's the speaker's seat paul ryan in wisconsin. on the basis that he's heard conversation that ryan may not run by november. i find that highly unlikely. >> dana: speaker paul ryan is raising a ton of money for the congressional members. he's also -- he's in atlanta today at home depot where he is touting the tax reform and tax cut, so making sure to get that message out. let me ask you about somebody else. that's elizabeth warren. apparently, she's going to give $5,000 to each state, democratic party. what do you think she's trying to signal there? that's not a ton of money, but it's certainly an investment. >> she's going to give out that $250,000 plus. she's going to do some other thing. the grand total is $365,000.
let's put this in per spebive. in the last two years, she's raised $12 million and she has $14 million in the bank. though she's up for election this year, she's got plenty of money to run and ability to raise more. so i think this is sort of back to the future. 1966, richard nixon decided to get ready to run for president in 1968 by going around the country and helping state parties and candidates raise money and campaign on behalf of their candidates. he was defeated for governor in '62, defeated for president in '60. since that time a lot of people have taken that model and working hard to help others in their party as a way to begin their candidacy. i think this is a clear evidence that elizabeth warren has her eyes on 2020. >> dana: a quick word on vulnerable democrats in the senate looking as vulnerable as they were before, right? >> yeah.
boy, great poll this morning. particularly in the five states that trump won by double digits. montana, north dakota, indiana, missouri and west virginia. four of five states they matched the city democrat against a generic republican. only in missouri did they match mchaskell against josh holly. republican weres winning in all that. i think that's indicative of the problems democrats had. not since 1940 have we had an election in which the party holding the white house has had such favorable landscape in the senate. >> dana: only you would know that about 1914, karl. but we appreciate that. >> i went through it myself. i admit it, i'm a nerd. what can i say? >> dana: we love it. thanks for joining us. >> you bet. thanks. >> dana: that mysterious suspected poisoning targeting a former russian spy and now we are learning about a reported link between that spy and a consultant connected to the
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charges in connection with robert mueller's russia investigation. he's not left the courthouse yet. another fox news alert. british investigators say former russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent but they're not saying which one. this as we learn that 21 people were treated as a result of the incident. meanwhile, a report claims the former spy had connections to a consultant tied to the anti-trump dossier. ryan chilcote is live in london. >> reporter: just to be clear that 21 people having been treated here in the u.k. means the u.k. has seen 21 people, but three people remain in the hospital at this point. that's one police officer and the russian and his daughter. there are hundreds of police poring over absolutely any evidence they can find. they want to leave no stone unturned. they're going through his house, the restaurant where he and his daughter had dinner, the pub
they went to after that. of course, the bench that they were sitting on in that park when they started foaming at the mouth and losing consciousness. they really want to get this right. the u.k.'s top law enforcement official -- >> the use of a nerve agent on u.k. soil is a brazen and reckless act. this was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way. >> reporter: now, knowing exactly what the nerve agent was as they do is key because sometimes if you know what it is, you can figure out where it came from. vx is one option. it was used in the assassination of the north korean leader's half brother which has been used in syria. but the sources here are saying it's likely to be something much more rare. one thing to keep in mind, nerve agents are not easy to cook up in your kitchen, suggesting a government was behind the
attack. the other thing is the motive. there are many theories, including perhaps the main one, kremlin revenge because of skripal. the fact that he and his daughter were still involved in espionage when this attack happened. and a new one surfacing in the media here today is that he may have had ties to christopher steele the author of that infamous report about president trump. steele was in charge of british intelligence in russia when mr. skripal himself was secretly providing british intelligence with information. on a slightly more encouraging note, we do know skripal and his daughter, while they're still fighting for their lives are at least now in stable condition. >> dana: all right, ryan. thank you. the pennsylvania congressional race down to its final days. some republicans are making a last minute pitch for rick
saccone. plus the president calling forearming teachers in schools. a live tprort one school district that's already given guns to some of its staff up next. >> a certain group of people have great talent. they're in the school. they love their students. it's concealed. and i think it brings great safety. they're on the site. it doesn't take 15 or 20 minutes to get there. you do all this research
>> dana: president trump pushing to arm some teacher. a school district in washington is one step ahead. 19 staff members are already carrying concealed guns on campus. dan springer is live in seattle with more. dan? >> reporter: yeah. hey, dana. that's news to washington state's democratic governor who last week you may remember confronted president trump at the white house over his plan to arm some school employee. he said he listened to the people and they don't want it. >> i just suggest we need less tweeting and more listening. let's take that off the table and move forward. >> reporter: but the governor has not listened to the superintendent in washington who not only carries a gun to work himself, but he has 18 other administrators who do the same thing. there is at least one concealed handgun in each school, in addition to an armed private security guard. all the doors are locked so guests have to be buzzed in. most of the schools have just one entrance, which is
monitored. for the last four years the district has allowed administrators to volunteer to be the first line of defense if there's ever an active shooter. they have 40 hour of training and retraining every two year. the superintendent said he came up with the policy after the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. >> confidence if that would happen and we have armed personnel. we could stop the carnage before it happens. >> reporter: several teachers have expressed interest in joining this force and having guns at school, but so far the district said this is only for administrators. there are people who disagree including gun control advocate. here's what they have to say. >> school administrator should be focused on running their schools. teachers should be focused on their curriculum. let's leave the public safety aspect to the trained public safety officers. >> reporter: now, 30% of the schools in the country already have these school resource
officers armed on campuses, including one on duty at that school in parkland, florida, that should be noted. dana? >> dana: all right, dan springer, thank you. special election in pennsylvania going down to the wire. republicans bringing in kelly anne conway tonight, donald trump jr. tomorrow and the president on saturday all to campaign for rick saccone, who is locked in a tight battle with conor lamb. let's bring in chris stirewalt, editor of halftime report. that's a lot of fire power going in for rick saccone. do you think he needs it? >> he definitely needs it. not only is it a lot of fire power, but this is a congressional district that will cease to exist at the end of this year. >> dana: right. >> this is all about politics. this is about the trump administration trying to prevent a loss in what was supposed to be a perfectly easy race. because if saccone loses, as he might.
remember, this is a district the president won by 20 point. if the republican loses there, it will set off further panic within republicans. it will make congress more unwilling to work with the president on his agenda item, and it will start a flight to the exit for republicans who are trying to save their own seats. and that is not what this white house wants so they have set this up as basically their litmus test. >> dana: police, politico was reporting on the chairman of the national republican congressional committee. apparently he was worried about it for awhile, this district. quote saying, warning described by two people familiar with the stkug was intended to put the candidate on notice. the national gop would be helping him out substantially, but if saccone didn't start upping his fund-raising game and getting his sluggish campaign in order, he could lose a race that should be a gimme for the party. in some ways rick saccone, in some ways he benefits from
needing all of this attention because he needs the money. and the republican party is certainly followed up. the third party fund-raising, etc. on the other side, conor lamb, the democratic third party groups have not come forward, but yet he has been able to raise money. seems like a strange situation to me. it >>'s a fairly strange situation. >> dana: like why wouldn't the democrats want to have the politics of this, too? >> number one, they don't need to because conor lamb is a good candidate and rick saccone is not a good candidate. that politico piece is very revealing in this way. republicans are sort distancing themselves from saccone and there are sources from the white house saying they are laying the blame at saccone's feet. much like obama did when martha copely lost to scott brown. it wasn't the national environment. it was one bad candidate. that's not to say saccone is a good candidate, but it is to say
this is republicans setting up for a potential loss. >> dana: with president trump coming in on saturday to do a rally for saccone, i mean, don't you they will matter a lot? >> ah, but wait. he's not doing the rally. this is like what he did with roy moore. he held a rally in pensacola. >> dana: but in the same media market. >> you try to do the help to get the win so that you can take the credit. if you get the loss you say it wasn't a campaign event and it was this jamoke, it wasn't me. >> dana: what's a jamoke? >> don't be a jamoke. >> dana: let me ask you about the congressional ballot. dems leading 50/41. that narrowed a little bit. now creeping back up a little bit. and also in that same poll, congressional approval down to -- disapproval 72%. i was going to say down to 18% approval. either way you look at it, not very good.
>> we live in a country 18% congressional approval an 97% congressional income ben retention. people don't like congress but they like their congress men. >> dana: yeah. that's why most of them win. re-election. >> exactly. as far as the generic ballot, the republicans have now given back what they got off the tax cuts, when they got the tax cuts they cut the democrats lead in half. it is not as bad as it was at the end of last year. they've given a lot of it back. >> dana: we always have something to talk about. thank you. >> you bet. >> dana: series of staff changes are happening at va hospitals across the nation. secretary of veterans affairs is on damage control after a watch dog report claims he didn't take action to ep struggle veterans. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon. what radical changes did the va announce this week? >> reporter: changes come in the wake of a damning inspector general report released this week. the investigation was launched as a result of revelations at a
washington, d.c. veterans affairs hospital where it was found unsterile conditions. in the wake of this report, the va secretary david shulkin announced he was firing three regional heads of the va who had been responsible for va medical centers in arizona, washington, d.c. and west virginia where some of the most agregious incidents have occurred. >> this report has identified unacceptable findings. completely of great concern to all of us in leadership. we've taken this report very seriously. this to me represents a failure of the va system at every level. >> reporter: he has been under fire for accepting wimbeldon tickets and flying his wife to london for taxpayer money for which he apologized and reimbursed the treasury.
he also has been criticized by trump supporters who want him to implement the president's campaign promise to give veterans more choice about their healthcare provider to cut down on wait times. the american legion and others have come to his defense, but the issue remains unresolved as the president tries to implement the biggest transformation of the va in 20 years. >> dana: what did this explosive ig report find? >> reporter: it found va officials now for years about widespread falsification of patient wait times before 2014. the latest ig investigation found $92 billion in overpriced medical supplies. the oig encountered a culture of complacency at multiple levels who failed an address serious issues with a sense of urgency or purpose. that from the report. secretary shulkin replaced the medical center director's when the scandal broke. he eliminated prosthetic
consults that were more than 30 days old eliminating wait time force 9,000 vets. he also set up a 24-hour hot line for emergency equipment shortages, dana. >> dana: thank you. we all have to do better there. a live looked a crowds in madrid spain as people take to the streets to celebrate international women's day. the event marked all over the world. some with marches and protests across europe and even in the middle east as women call for an end to the wage gap and gender violence. here at home, mcdonald's flipping its famous golden arches so it looks like a w. the upside down logo appearing on the fast food giant's website, social media accounts as well as one of the restaurants in lynnwood, california. the president about to make his announcement on tariffs. our panel will weigh in on that coming up next.
less than an hour from now even as lots of republicans call for him to reconsider. and we're learning more details about the plan after questions about whether this was even going to happen today at all. we'll have the president live in the next hour on shepard smith reporting. >> dana: president trump holding a round table with video game executives at the white house this hour. in response to the parkland florida shooting that killed 17 people. a day after florida lawmakers passed a gun safety bill yesterday. it now goes back to governor rick scott's desk for approval, which we expect it to get. the editor of the blaze and the former director of the strategic communications for hillary clinton. we have some pretty widespread agreement on something. i'm going to present it to you now. leon, i'll go to you first. an monmoth poll came out today. 83% of americans support requiring comprehensive background checks for all gun purchasers including private sales between two individuals
and then the poll did this. it polled nra members on the same question 69% support comprehensive background checks there. so you would think then, leon, we should be able to get something done on that front. >> definitely popular idea. i think the devil is really in the details when it comes to this. most likely we're going to look at the creation of some large database that the government will have access to. and you have to ask questions like what's your level of comfort that the government is not gonna misuse that information. what's your level of comfort that it's not going to get hacked? what's going to go into that database. is it just criminal convictions? i don't think anyone would mind. but if it was like, you were prescribed anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications that becomes more troublesome to people. it's going to apply to everyone president for it to work quickly, everybody's got to be in it. those are the things we have to
think about as we institute the program. >> dana: we do talk a lot ab privacy and the fact that one thing for the government to have it but there's also a conversation about these tech giants having our information. would the democrats be willing to give a little bit on not getting the whole pie if they are able to get something on background checks. do you think that would be a success? >> absolutely. that's what you are seeing happening here. it's significant, dana, that 69% of nra members want background checks. secondly, sure. of course everybody has privacy concerns. background checks and expanding background checks raising it from 48 -- 27 to 48 hours. that is very commonsense. you are seeing so many people out there, a lot of gun owners are saying, i don't know why i can go into a gun store an purchase a gun without a substantial background check. this is something a lot of gun owners and, frankly, a lot of people sending their kids to school every day can identify
with. >> dana: there's lots of different aspects of this. president meeting with video game makers. we'll probably get a read out of that. about 52 minutes from now, the president is going to sign new tariffs for steel and aluminum. here's a quote from charles cope in today's "washington post." he said having just helped consumers keep more of their money by passing tax reform, it makes sense to take it away via higher cost. tariffs will only perpetuate the system that threatens the core of our society. when large companies can force every day americans to fork over unarmed million, we should all question the fairness of the system. leon, republican lawmakers have been trying to change the president's mind. doesn't look like they were successful. in some ways you think the democrats will be quite supportive of this because protectionism is just something that they tend to run on. >> yeah. although i do think that's changing a little bit in recent years. i do think that the idea,
specifically on blanket tariffs. there's ideas that certain countries like china might be subject of tariffs. but laying an across the board tariff is bad for a lot of reason. there are way, wa more people who work in industries that buy aluminum and steel in america than there are who work in industries that produce aluminum and steel. so when you talk about effects on jobs, i think there's fairly broad agreement even among a lot of democrats who would say, listen, what the president is doing here is not a great idea and we need to be more thoughtful in what's going on. >> dana: just talking to chris stirewalt about that special election in pennsylvania. rick saccone and conor lamb went at it in a debate, it was the democrat who said i'm all for it. he was praising president trump. >> welsh that's what's so interesting about this issue. you do have states like pennsylvania, large steel manufacturing states where you have a divided, a divide to an extent some democrats are supporting these tariffs being
imposed. some republicans are imposing them. as senator toomey who recently said as recently as yesterday, that he opposed the president on this. it's a very interesting issue. ultimately, look, the president went out there, made this decision with very little consult from his economic team. we know gary cohn is leaving. >> dana: presidents get to make decisions like that. that's why they call them the deciders. i thank you both for being on the show. more than 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 5,000 more injured in government air strikes in eastern ghouta, syria, just in this past month. u.n. investigators just linked russia to a war crime in syria for the first time. the report claiming a russian plane was responsible for an air tact in november killing at least 84 people near elepo. tensions over tariffs in at least one steel mill saying they could put the company out of business.
>> dana: president trump is pushing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports as way to protect the industry and u.s. workers from foreign competition, but not all domestic companies are on board. william le jeunesse is live in a steel meal in fontana california. william? >> reporter: dana, the steel industry is not monolithic. here in the west coast exclusively, it is made from steel slab, like this. import imported. california steel employs 1,000 workers. the president said he wants to pro-tebt steel workers. the president said he could put them out of work. the president hopes to punish china for dumping steel, but some u.s. producer says the tariff will hurt them as well. >> the cost is the biggest
thing. and that's what's gonna hurt us as a company if this goes through. >> if they impose tariffs on the slab, it will harm our business very bad. >> reporter: california steel is the largest producer west of the rockies. california imports its raw material in slabs, converting it into coils and pipes then selling it to companies that turn finish school into framing, solar panels and more. >> talking about saving american jobs, right? we are american jobs. >> reporter: he said one problem is transportation. importing slabs from mexico or brazil by ship cost $20 a ton. moving it by rail from the midwest more than $100. >> trade costs to bring from those countries to california cost 1/4 or 1/5 of the freight cost from the east coast to the west coast. >> reporter: rodriguez wants trump to ex-clue slab from the
tariff. otherwise he says as costs rise, clients buy less, forcing layoffs, killing jobs, not creating them. >> lot of us are looking to retire from this company. and right now, it's a big concern that we don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: so according to the industry, the problem is china is dumping steel like this at $200 a ton. actual market price here in the united states is $400. so if you put a tariff on slabs like this, the company says you're really only hurting the end user oil and gas pipelines, air conditioning, heating companies that they sell to. you can see the ripple effect of the economy with a higher price. back to you. >> dana: looking good in a hard hat. thank you. we'll be right back.
saudi arabia in basra. fifa barred international matches in iraq in 1990 in the lead up to the first gulf war. iraq won 4-1. thanks for joining us. i'm dana perino. here's trace in for shep. >> well, we're watching the white house where we expect action on import taxes. the president trump says he's sticking with his plan for tariffs on steel and aluminum. some countries could get a break. we'll have the announcement live. lots of movement in the russian investigation. paul manafort and corey lewandowski each once ran the trump campaign. manafort is in court and lewandowski in front of a congressional committee. that as we hear the president talk to at least one witness about an appearance before the special counsel. we'll see what that could mean. and secret meeting in the state show. robert mueller's team has been looking into it until last year. was it an attempt