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>> chris: i'm chris wallace. if donald trump campaigns to rally his supporters to one month his presidency. ♪ >> i am here because i want to be among my friends and among the people. >> chris: after lashing out at his critics -- >> with the leaks are absolutely real. at the news is big because so much of the news is fake. >> chris: and combining with russia to win the election. >> i have no bones in russia. do not have any deals in russia. >> chris: the president defends the start of his administration. >> chaos, zero chaos. this is a fine tuned machine. >> chris: we will discuss what he does from here with chief of
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staff reince priebus. plus trump responds to a barrage of criticism from the media. >> we are not going to like the fake news tell us what to do, how to live, or what to believe! >> chris: we will discuss the competitive relationship between president trump and the media with rush limbaugh, live in a rare television interview. then the g.o.p. splits over what to do about the trump agenda. >> i'm for complete repeal of obamacare, and they are pretty much for obamacare light. >> chris: we will ask the panel if the divide will keep the president from fulfilling some campaign promises. and our power player of the week we revisited an old friend in the last week in the u.s. all right now on "fox news sunday" ." hello again from fox news in washington. president trump is plunging back against critics especially in
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the media who say after just 30 days in office his administration has gone off the tracks. he meets this week in an extraordinary news conference, and then yesterday in florida and a campaign style rally. >> we are here today to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. i hear your commands, i hear your voices. and i promise you that i will deliver. i promise that. >> chris: joining us now from mr. trump's mar-a-lago club, reince priebus. i want to start with the tweet on friday afternoon. if this is what he wrote, the fake news media, nbc news, abc, cbs, cnn is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the american peopl people. reince priebus, the president believes that the free and independent presses of threat to the country?
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>> no, i think for the most part. and i understand where it comes from, there are certain things that are happening in the news that are not honest. we are not talking about everyone, chris. we are not talking about all news, but something that i guess he would say is fake news. i will give you an example, first of all "the new york times" put out an article with no direct sources that said that the trump campaign had constant contacts with russian spies. basically treason type of accusations. we have people looking into this. i have been approved to say thi this. the top levels of the intelligence community have assured me that that story is not only inaccurate, but it is grossly overstated. it was wrong. there is nothing to it. so if i can say that to the american people, then what does it say about the story? the next day, chris. "the wall street journal" puts out a story that says that they
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have anonymous sources that say that the intelligence community is community is purposefully cutting out material from president trump's briefing material that he gets everyday. that then proved to be untrue. all of the agencies put out a statement saying that it was totally inaccurate. >> chris: i understand. i get that, i get the fact that you do not collect some stories. you made some news at the top time i went to a follow up on that. you said, because you have said before that you were not about the campaign so you cannot speak to that. you say that the intelligence community says that there are no contacts between anyone in the trump campaign, any associate of mr. trump and anyone involved as a russian agent as to the campaign and collusion in the campaign. with russia? is that what you're saying? >> yes, absolutely. that is what they have made very clear. that story in
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"the new york times" is garbage. again they use different words than that, okay? >> chris: who is it that said that? >> i cannot tell you that. >> chris: wait a minute, reince priebus. you are complaining about unnamed sources, you are using an unnamed source. >> i did not ask for approval to use their name. when i say top-level people, i mean top level people. >> chris: so no disclosure whatsoever. anybody involved in trump or russia in the 2016 campaign? >> no. and if you look at the union says comments in the actual paper -- >> chris: in the intelligence committee? >> he was briefed on the fbi, and then he went on the record and said that this story is complete garbage. >> chris: here's the problem. i do not have any problem with you complaining about an individual story. they got it wrong, sometimes you
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get it wrong. i don't have any problem with you complaining about bias, but you went a lot further than that. to the president went a lot further than that. he said that the fake media, not stories, but the fake media are enemies to the country. we do not have a state run media in the country. that's what they have in dictatorships. >> okay, listen, chris. it is not just two stories. it is followed up by 24 hours a day, seven days a week of other cable stations, not necessarily fox that all day long on every e russian spies. talking about the intelligence community. talking about how me and stephen bannon do not like each other, what is kellyanne conway doing? all garbage. there is nothing wrong with background. reporters need background information. we need need to give reporters context. all i am saying is if you are going to come out with this
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story that says russian spies are talking to your campaign, my god. i think that you should in some cases or in most cases actually have a name to source. look what you have done. we have repealed tpp, signed a cool bill to save the coal industry. we have seen neil gorsuch. we have put a cover up. >> chris: wait a minute, we and all of the other cable channels have covered live the announcement of neil gorsuch. we have covered life those events. we have covered life all of the evidence. >> here is the problem -- >> chris: was the president's heads you are the enemy, if you are going against him, you are going against the country. >> here is, chris. the problem is that you are right. some of these things were covered, but you get about 10% coverage on the fact that you get a very successful meeting.
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the prime minister of the u.k., the prime minister of canada. >> chris: we covered all of those live. everybody did. >> yes, sure, yeah, right. but the next 20 hours is all about russian spies. >> chris: you do not get to tell us what to do anymore than barack obama did. barack obama whined about fox news all the time, but he never said that we were an enemy of the people. >> let me tell you something, he said a lot of things about fox news, chris. you should check the tape. he blamed you for a lot of things. i'm surprised that somebody from fox, you forget all of the shots that he took. >> chris: no, he took the shots. and we didn't like it up them. but we don't like this either. he never went as far as president trump has. that is what is concerning. it seems like you crosses a line when he talks about that we are an enemy of the people. that is concerning. >> i think you should be concerned about mainstream news
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outlets that are acting like, you know, washington daily gossip magazines instead of the way it used to be where you would get a few sources on the record, yes, you will need some background, maybe you will need some anonymous sources, but to accuse an organization of being in constant contact with russian spies is outrageous. every day i do something different. it is some other source that is absolutely untrue. instead of talking about the things that are going on -- >> chris: all right, can i ask you another question about russia, but you will be delighted to answer. in his news conference this week, president trump defended former national security advisor, now former michael flynn in his phone call with the russian ambassador coming here is the president. >> he was doing his job. he was calling countries and his counterparts. so it certainly would've been okay if he did it. i would have directed him to do
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it if i thought that he was not doing it. >> chris: i want to be precise here, the president has not think that there is anything wrong with his pick. he was not then in office for national security advisor calling the russian ambassador to talk about, we are going to review and with distinctions precisely on the day that president obama imposed no sanctions because russia had interfered in the u.s. election. he doesn't think there is anything wrong with that? >> i don't think -- we looked at this too. i don't think there is anything with the subject of sanctions, news sanctions coming up. that in itself is not wrong. i think that is what the president is saying. >> chris: i am talking about the phone call at this time. president obama who was so outraged -- >> i don't know why you are going bananas, chris. >> chris: it seems odd that
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the president of the united states, then barack obama imposing sanctions because he said that russia had interfered with undermining the election coming and you have michael flynn calling the russian ambassador saying, don't worry about it. there will be sanctions. you don't think there's anything wrong with that? >> you do not know that he said that. the president is saying that the news sanctions came out, that it elevated itself is not a problem. when you have a national security advisor that is calling 30 different leaders a day, there are a lot of topics of the day that come up. what are they supposed to do? warned the white house counsel. >> chris: why was it not called at a meeting, you were meeting with stephen bannon, the president, why would all of that happen? obviously there was something troubling. >> because sally yates alerted and gave a heads up. there was no investigation
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ongoing. we looked at the matter, the legal department determined that there was nothing illegal that happen in the conversation. but then the issue turned to whether or not michael flynn was being honest and direct with the vice president. ultimately the president determined that there was an unsubstantial situation. he fired, asked him to resign. >> chris: let me ask you about that timeline if i might. the acting attorney general notified the white house on january 26, about the discrepancies between what michael flynn had told mike pence about the call and what transcripts of what he had actually said. but while the president and stephen bannon, you all knew the vice president did not find out until they read it in the paper on february 9th, why didn't you o's chief of staff tell the vice president over the course of 14 days? >> here's what happened. they came in and give a heads up to the white house counsel. they looked at the matter.
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the next day or the day after the investigation was closed and no longer going on. then the issue shifted to whether something was done that was wrong. the vice president was looped in on the situation. we talked to the vice president about whether or not michael flynn was being honest or not. the vice president knew that there was an fbi interview. and then ultimately we decided after about ten days bring in the vice president in that we decided that he was not being honest. that is the timeline. it happened very quickly, chris. >> chris: the vice president says that he did not know for 14 days that he had been misled by michael flynn. >> known, the vice president knew that -- what the vice president did not know, i believe. sally gates gave nn national heads up. but once the next day came, that investigation was closed, chris. that topic did not come up again. this whole conversation shifted
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to whether or not michael flynn was honest with the vice president. he was looped in on the conversation, and it was determined that he was not. that was it. >> chris: okay. one final question. [laughter] we will have a better conversation next time, reince priebus. the president is trying to find a new national security advisor, in fact he is interviewing a number of people today. at least two candidates, robert harward has been passed over because they wanted more control of how the national security council operates. is the president insisting that a political operative, steve bannon play a major role in national security which appears to be a concern for some these candidates? >> the answer to that is no. and the answer to the first part of the question is number one, the issue with robert harward never came up. we have not really gotten down the road with general pretorius, but that is the staffing.
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at the new nsa director can do whatever he or she wants to do with the staffing. >> chris: did the new nsa director say that i do not want steve bannon is a former national security council member? >> the president has had very clearly that the new nsa director will have total and complete say over the makeup of the nfc and all of the components of the nfc, and there is no demand made by president trump on any candidate for nsa director at all. because it is very unusual. >> chris: it is very unusual to have a political operative in the role. >> those are more fake news stories that are completely untrue. we never put demands on an incoming nsa director. they can do whatever he or she wants to do with the nfc and the makeup of the nfc. the president has been very clear on that topic.
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here we go talking about more news articles that are not based on fact. but our word doesn't matter. >> chris: i asked you about it, and that's how good reporters find out if something is true. >> that's because you are a good reporter. >> chris: reince, thank you. always good to talk with you, sir. >> thank you. >> chris: up next the one and only rush limbaugh joins us live with his take on the administration's first month and what he says is the effort by the left to sabotage the trump presidency. ♪ you've earned your medicare. it was a deal that was made long ago, and aarp believes it should be honored. thankfully, president trump does too. "i am going to protect and save your social security and your medicare. you made a deal a long time ago." now, it's congress' turn. tell them to protect medicare.
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>> chris: rush limbaugh is the king of conservative talk radio, 20 million people listen to him each week on close to 600 stations across the country. he has also written a new children's book. and the presidency, and rush limbaugh joins us live from his studio in florida, welcome back to "fox news sunday," always good to have you, sir. >> thank you, chris. it is good to be here. >> chris: you say what is happening to donald trump right now is that the left-wing courts, left-wing media, left-wing bureaucracy is trying to win your words, sabotage the presidency. sabotage? >> actually, i do. and it is driven by two things, actually. the first thing in my view, it is preposterous to believe that the russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in this country. it is absurd. there is no evidence.
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zero, nada. at "the new york times" has run two stories that are basically propaganda on this. one in october, one this past week. and both stories clearly say that there is no evidence. no one that they have talked to has any evidence to suggest it. the second thing that i think is important for people to remember. people who voted for donald trump, who support him really, really believe that they were going to lose the country if hillary clinton won. this is not an idle fault, not an exaggeration. they really believe that the country is founded was up for grabs. it was over if hillary won. if the democrats had another four or eight years, and those two things, i think that if you try to understand both of those. not to you personally, but the people. they have a much greater ability to understand trump and his supporters if you can intellectually accept those two premises. >> chris: you also use a phrase that i have to say i have
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only heard for the first time in the last couple of weeks, the deep state. and that is the notion that there is an obama shadow government embedded in the baraka seat that is working against this new president. i think that some folks are going to think that is on and some are going to think that it is conspiratorial. >> i would love to claim credit for that, but actually i think it was a reporter by the name of glen the green wall at the intercept who has a relationship with what is his name? i think he coined the term. and i think that it works. i do not think, who is driving this business is that the russians hacked the election? i just hillary, obama, all of those people that cannot accept it. >> chris: do you think that they are behind it? >> absolutely. they cannot win at the battle bunch. they are down 1200 states since 2010, all they have is the
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embeds in the bureaucracy and the judiciary, and they are pulling out all the stops. there is no question. this is a russian -- this is serious, serious allegation that is impossible. to the russians could not have had any impact whatsoever on voting. either how they were cast or counted. in fact if you want to say that they did, wondering won the popular vote. how could they have possibly, the whole premise, and it has been driving news coverage ever since trump took office and before. they need more evidence than that. we know that the left, run by obama, hillary, and the hierarch of the democratic party, doing everything that they can to undermine, sabotage, and prevent trump from intimately neck implementing his agenda. i know what he should do. >> chris: i'm going to get to that in a second, but do you suggest that there are somethings that president trump may be doing wrong, and you say that you are skeptical about his
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idea. and we heard it again from reince priebus that they are going to come out with a new executive order on the so-called travel ban, and this new one is going to pass muster with the federal courts. you are skeptical about that? >> well, not so much skeptical, but i think that they are going to do it. and they should do it. because the judiciary is hard marked with judicial appointees that democratic presidents have made for years. they are in there for life. we have seen it in the first executive order. you know, chris, his executive order has not been ruled on. they said, well, the president said that the campaign, they wanted to ban muslims? that is not true. they wanted to try use the law to stop the president on this. the rally was something that i hope that he would do. and in the rally he really focused on domestic agenda. here's the thing, donald trump
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has nobody helping them there then the people who voted for him. obama had the media, the judiciary, all kinds of support. and obama press conference, what enchants you? he was never question seriously by the media. if trump has none of that. he has to keep his supporters on the board. the rally was great. but the thing that will really make all of the russia stuff not take hold, getting to work, implementing the repeal obamacare. getting the work and really doing tax reform, and getting the work and really shoring up our borders. because that is the primary area where people voted for trump felt that we were on the way to losing the country. we even lost their definition of immigration. immigration today if you listen to the left equals anybody who wants to come into the country should be allowed. that is not what immigration is. that is illegal immigration.
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we talked about opposing it. we are all in favor of immigration that determines who gets in. the quantity of people who get in, whether they are similar to or not. nobody is opposed to that. immigration has been defined as people flooding the country who are noncitizens. and that is called immigration according to the culture of the left. we are just ruining our opportunity to stay together as a people. >> chris: i want to get to this question focusing on the domestic agenda. interestingly enough, that is something you have been saying. he needs to focus on the key things that would improve people's daily lives. there is a columnist for "the washington post" who is no conservative, and he actually wrote this week, and i do not know if it will give you heartburn, but rush limbaugh is exactly right about how donald trump can fix his problems, focus -- ignore the political chatter and focus on the domestic agenda. but by the historical standards,
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obama stimulus had already been passed, president trump is pretty slow on obamacare. pretty slow on repealing obamacare. pretty slow on tax reform. there is a lot of disarray inside the republican party on capitol hill. >> here i have to tiptoe. we are not talking republicans and democrats opposing trump. we are talking about establishment versus trump. of trump as an outsider. the establishment does not want any part of trump. they do not want him to succeed. i would throw some republicans in that as well. it is just the way that washington works. this is why you think moving forward on this agenda is crucial. you mention obama stimulus, here is the difference. this is what trump supporters know, it was not the stimulus. it was the payoff to reporters. we do not have a growing economy, no jobs being created. at a replacement level for those up we have lost. we do not have anything that obama said.
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this is important stuff. >> chris: i'm not disagreeing with you, i'm saying that at least he passed his program, and president trump has not passed any of his programs yet. >> it makes my point. here you have, i tiptoe again. >> chris: you are not very good at tiptoeing. >> well, it is television. it is fox news. i have deep respect. you have the first african-american president, everybody falling all over themselves to acknowledge that to reward dads. obama was going to get everything that he wanted in the first year. because if anybody opposed it, they were going to be accused of being racist, a bigot, who knows what. do not ignore the substance. the voters know that the stimulus was there. it does not matter when he got past, but he misled everybody about it. if the people of this country are tired of being misled. they are tired of voting based on what candidates have told them they are going to do.
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nothing ever changes. trump has a wide bunch here. the media did not make donald trump, and they cannot destroy him. but the media things, and when i say media, let me defined. abc, cbs, nbc, "new york times," "washington post," "los angeles times" ." they have a formula, they have a blueprint for destroying republican officials that they do not like. it is not going to work on trump. he does not fit the mold. they are trying every day, kind of comical to watch. my point about the domestic agenda -- >> chris: i am not interrupting because we agree, i'm just moving you along. i want to stay on this media issue, because you heard my conversation right now with reince priebus. to tell me what to think. when trump sends out a tweet and says "the fake media," all of those organizations are not my enemy but enemy of the american people, does that go too far?
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>> not to his voters. >> chris: i am asking you. what do you think of it? >> i think that there is something to it. enemy other people, enemy of the state, they are enemies of trump. trump won the election. on substance, trumpeted more interviews. he explained his agenda more than any political presidential candidate ever has a my memory. and he has tried to stick to it as people perceive it. this effort to stop him, that is what people include. it is clear anti-trump. enter trump has a connection with his voters that most politicians do not have. i understand that better than anybody in the media. and that's connection that he has is not anything that anybody else can break. only he can break it. >> chris: i have about a minute to left, i'm going to ask you to keep the time on this. you have been doing great. as you look at where they are one month in is he in good shape
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as he in trouble? what is the state of the trump presidency. one minute. >> it depends who you ask. if you ask the media, they want people to believe that it is chaotic and falling apart, already over. he is defeated. he does not know what he is doing. everybody is running away from it. and we have people in the deep state seeing if he is trying to sabotage north america. he is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. i do not think he has faced by all of this. he is a winner, he is committed. he has intended all along to do what he think is necessary to save the country. so perceptions are what they are, but keep an open mind that we are only monthly bank one month end, he has three years and 11 months left to go. and his supporters have nowhere near gone to the point where they are worried, want to abandon him, they hope that he hangs in. they hope that he continues to stick it to them. and they want to see the agenda
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move. they believe that that is the magic here. tax reform, obamacare repeal, and he is prepared >> chris: thank you. thank you for coming in today. always good to talk to you. please come back. >> thank you very much, chris. i appreciate this. i really do. always a pleasure. >> chris: up next we will bring in our sunday group to talk about the main narrative of the media. plus what would you like to ask the panel about the president's first month in office, go to facebook or twitter at "fox news sunday," and we may use your question on the air.
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>> the white house is running so smoothly. so smoothly. and believe me, i and we inherited one big mess. >> chris: president trump as his rally on saturday pushing back against reports that his white house is in disarray. time now for the sunday group, g.o.p. strategist karl rove, mo elleithee of the institute of politics and public service, charles lane of "the washington post," and kimberley strassel. what describes the first month in office? chaos or a fine tuned machine? >> i would lean more towards the former than the latter, but off to a strong start. a cabinet is turning into be impressive. moving to some rogatory changes.
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republicans on the hill beginning to wrangle over what legislation we repeal, tax reform again, moving it forward. why chaos? >> because we saw the process. they do not have a process in place that is collaborative. that puts a cabinet secretaries over disagreements in front of the president to make their arguments, they were rushed. they did it by using congressional staffers who did not tell their bosses. and we are going to have to have a redo. we have to give them credit. he is moving forward in a lot of ways. spectacle, off the charts. early-morning tweets, controversies about meryl streep's ability to act, and then that the blockbuster of news conference. the whole purpose of which was to allow him to bend to the media, he looked like the whip in hand getting ready to build the pyramids. he was unhappy. i really worry about his
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narrative. and rush touched on that. >> chris: let me bring mo elleithee in. same question, report card on the first month? >> not good. i think that he is learning that he cannot govern the way that he is. there are other players here. they cannot just go out there and do what he wants to do, there are other players. but he had about 46%, about 38-41% consistently throughout the day running for president are with him. they are not going to move. and it was talked about that. they are staying with him. he is doing a great job for them. he is moving with speed, he is poking his finger at the eye of the establishment. whether or not he produces does not matter. he will keep doing that. now you have about 5-8% of persuadable voters. they are watching the spectacle. i'm not sure what they are seeing. they are not seeing the mess domestic agenda moving forward. they are not seeing a guy that
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is fighting for them. those are the people to watch. >> chris: there is another aspect to this in the first month, and the pushback by the establishment, various sources, and we ask you for questions from the panel, and we got a lot like this, a tweet who writes, what other president has faced as much resistance in that first month in office? where did the honeymoon go? and the question i have for kim is when you look at all of the damaging leaks from the intel committee, or the fbi, you look at the rock-solid instruction from democrats, and you look at a lot of negative stories from the media, dutch door to have a point? >> yes. it is remarkable that donald trump has accomplished what he has. we were talking about this earlier asking rush limbaugh whether there was some conspiracy with in the administration. i do not know if you need to go that far --
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>> chris: conspiracy within the government. >> look, you have sally gates, she refused to implement. >> chris: the acting attorney general -- >> had to be fired because she would not go in defending immigration order. if confirmed, but not before we saw a remarkable display of epa employees calling their senators and demanding that he not be confirmed and put into office. clearly it is a significant part of the bureaucracy that is working against them. the bigger story in my mind about michael flynn and the resignation, who is behind the orchestrated takedown of the sky? somebody clearly in the intelligence community. >> chris: would you agree that this president is facing much stronger headwinds? much stronger opposition than previous presidents among him? >> yes, for two different reasons. let's just look at the last time that we had a first term first
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month, that was barack obama in 2009. the country was in in the middf an economic crisis. they needed action from washington. on the other hand, 60 votes in the senate. he really could not stop him. there was a lot less resistance for those very good reasons. then over here, you just also -- >> chris: he did also not get the resistance of the news media. some say they were compliant. and no resistance from the deep state, i am now that. >> he sure got a lot of resistance from the republicans, but of course you are getting resistance from the establishment agencies if you like, because donald trump himself came in promising to attack them. promising to disrupt them. promising to take them down. what does he expect them to do? stand back and let him destroy their influence in their power? of course there is resistance. it is not as if he avoids
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publication of these people, particularly the media, you have been pointing that out. he relishes the combat. a lot of what he is complaining about the resistance is that he himself is provoking that for the very political reasons that is being described. for his face, the battle with the media is wonderful. it is almost as good as actual policy change. it confirms the worldview. it confirms what is wrong with the country, and it is perfect politics. >> chris: we have to take a break here, panel. when we come back, we will drill down on where president trump's legislative agenda stands. in the attacks on the media and whether they work. ♪
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>> we are hurting manufacturing jobs. putting a bias on the tax code. >> >> some ideas are so stupid that's only an intellectual can believe them. this is a theory wrapped in speculation inside a gas. nobody knows for sure what will happen. >> chris: two republican leaders, paul ryan and senator disagreeing sharply about a key element of tax reform, about an adjustment tax. we are back with the panel. let's start with president trump's legislative accomplishments so far. at this point in 2009, let's put it up on the screen. congress had passed the obama stimulus package, and rush limbaugh says it was not a stimulus. expanding the pay, and expanding the health insurance program that now republicans are still arguing. we saw there about tax reform. still arguing, and seen in some form of disarray about
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obamacare, repeal and replace, a lot of complaints about a lack of guidance from the trump white house. >> i disagree more. this is one point where trump actually has a point about some of the coverage. all of these endless stories saying that house republicans are in disarray, they are not. they are willing to come back after the recess and going to present the consensus plan for obamacare. it is going to include a lot of major changes. >> chris: you know, you have differences about medicaid expansion, what happens to that money. whether you were going to pay for this. what the cost us is going to be, what the access is going to be. >> they are taking their time to deliberate on this. at this was passed because president obama said do this. everybody in the democratic congress said great, we will jump, how high? there was no deliberation. that was not being filled because nobody spent a lot of time on it. one other thing, whether or not to think that the trump administration is working like clockwork, the house in the
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senate have been remarkable. passing more than 12 disapproval resolutions of obama last minutes regulations. three of those have gone to the senate, the president has signed two of them. and mitch mcconnell in the senate have been running closely getting the omb. so in the face of enormous democratic transition, i think they have been accomplishing a great deal. >> chris: and i all wrong when i start about the slow legislative lead for the white house? >> yes and no. >> chris: so at least i am 50%? >> i always say that. it is not the number of the bills, but the content. and it is true at the beginning of the obama administration, one thing that they all had in common was that they were giving things. they were spending money, and what do trump and g.o.p. agenda is, let's face it. taking things away in the sense
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of eliminating obamacare, overhauling the tax, and much more combative in its nature. the little sound bites you showed of tom cotton versus paul ryan, this adjustment tax plan that has been germinating in the house was always going to be a heavy lift in the senate. there was always a lot of push. >> chris: and that is the idea that you are going to tax imports coming into the country, but not taxing exports, and thereby supposedly that you are going to create more of a market for jobs in the country. >> yes, and guess who is located in arkansas and is dead set against that idea? that would be walmart who gets almost all, but not all of the merchandise from china. that is the dynamic of the sentence. i want to make this point. at some point you would think that once the spectacle of bashing the media, traveling
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around the country, holding 77 minutes rambling press conferences is over, people are going to want to see something in the form of concrete legislation. or something from the president in terms of a plan. they are going to have to present that at some point. >> chris: president trump says that part of the problem is that his staff is so busy putting out fake news media fires that they are not -- they are having trouble doing the work to help the people. here he is from the news conference this week. >> when the media lies to the people, i will never, ever let them get away with it. i will do what ever i can that they do not get away with it. they have their own agenda. and to their agenda is not to your agenda. >> chris: obviously that was not the news conference, it was the rally. but the same message. and i want to ask you. be honest, tell me if you think that i am overreacting about the
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president's tweet on friday that the fake media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the american people. >> enemy of the american people, that is something that we use for the axis powers, vietcong, isis, al qaeda. it was over-the-top. it was unnecessary. and further the administration's bigger problem. it is not the fake news stories. at the bigger problem is that they do not have a narrative, rush touched on this, they do not have a narrative that is based in the reason why they got elected. one-third of the american people thought that the country was going in the right direction. they voted for hillary clinton. two-thirds thought that it was on the wrong track, and a majority of them voted for donald trump. 52% of the people said that the number one issue was the economy. 18% terrorism, 13% immigration, 13% for policy. they elected him because they want the economy to be stronger to create more jobs and bigger
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paychecks. and he spent his time as he did in that friday news conference, they had a lot of fun. he probably felt great after that. but what he missed was the opportunity to eat and stay to the american people and focused on jobs, our economy, making your paychecks better, making your community safer, making your future more prosperous for you and your kids. the president has a brief period of time to create a narrative. and i am afraid by focusing so much on the leaks, as unfair as they may be, you have to be careful about unnamed sources. you have to be careful about, he is the guy who said president obama was that's born in the united states. be careful about this. why don't you stay focused on the things that the american people really care about? use the enormous abilities that he got in the channels of communication to carry it out -- coax me when i have a minutes left. presidents do complain, and as i pointed out with reince priebus, barack obama was pretty
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unappealing. i thought offensive and his constant whining about fox news. >> hillary clinton's campaign did not believe that the media was in their corner during most of the campaign with a focus on her emails and a lot of the challenges that she faced. yes, there is a natural amount of push and pull with the press. using this type of language, turning people against an entire institution that is a part of the bedrock of the democracy is dangerous. this president does have an opportunity right now. he is a master communicator. he is able to drive a conversation in a narrative unlike many others. use that to push his message. use that to tell the people what he wants to do. he is not doing that. >> chris: on that rare moment of praise for donald trump, thank you, panel. to see you next sunday. a power player of the week, you're going to love this. washington prepares to lose one of its biggest stars.
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>> chris: for all of the news about president trump, the hottest story in washington may just be about the giant panda
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who is about to descend halfway around the world, and a lot of people in the nation's capital are sad to see her go. here is our power player of the week. >> there she comes. >> chris: we had some behind the scenes time with her this week. those who sends her to a new life in china. first hope, a scale. >> the heart is a little bit of honey water. >> good girl. >> that's way she will see it voluntarily, we can get a weight on her. >> chris: randy smith, senior administrator he took us through the paces. with honey water and hand singles, she put her paw out for a blood test. >> in a pandas arm, you can see that they are putting a against that vein, she is used to it. >> chris: they are also trying to get her to operate when she becomes pregnant in china. >> one keeper is always keeping her head busy, and now training
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her for an ultrasound. getting used to having her stomach touch. >> chris: that's why thousands of people are coming to this and millions more watching on panda cam to say good-bye. since she was born, the arrangement has always been that she would return to china before she turned for to reproduce. so these days have become a celebration of her life here. miracle birth, failing to produce a cub for almost a decade. early training, playing in the snow, and other adventures. and exploring the world around her. >> that is the only reaction that she is going to have. >> chris: we go back a long way with her, well, three years anyway, when she was just six months old. she weighed 25 pounds then, not 200. and i was one of the first outsiders who got to feed her. >> would you like to peter? >> she is taking out a little
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bit. >> she looks pretty grown-up when she is doing this. >> chris: i am very proud of her. >> don't put your hands to clos close. >> chris: feeding her now is a different proposition. three years ago, bao bao, remember? >> there she goes. >> wow, bao bao is grown-up. >> chris: but bao bao's main task is to get use to with the crate that will be her home. for the 16 hour nonstop federal flight this week to the panda center. >> why do you think the farewell is such a big deal? >> sometimes people say that pandas receive too much attention. this is what it takes for the endangered speeches. >> chris: bao bao as part of that success story. it has increased 17% over a
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decade. but for the folks who have taken care of her the last few years, her leaving is still emotional. >> of course i am. she is my girl. but i think like a child going off to college, she is going on to better things, she is going on to have cups of her own. and i am so happy for her, it is hard to be sad right now. >> chris: bao bao flies to china on tuesday, and that officials at the national zoo are making sure that it goes smoothly. even a backup vehicle on the arrive to the airport and case bao bao's breakdown. and the world will be watching. now this program notes, please tune to fox news tuesday at 7:00 p.m. eastern when martha maccallum hosts a first 100 days five town hall event. the focus on immigration. that is it for today. have a great week. we will see you
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