tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC November 10, 2016 8:00pm-8:31pm PST
tonight. really appreciate it. msnbc's live coverage continues now into "the 11th hour with brian williams". that's next. tonight, mr. trump goes to washington. his first-ever meeting with president obama, what he's ever meeting with president obama and new demonstrations over his win unfolding for a second night in cities across the country. also the president-elect and the speaker of the house tonight on the hill. a look at the agenda the new administration is planning to roll out come january. and down time for hillary clinton as we get a new look at just how close she came to being president. "the 11th hour" begins now good evening once again from our headquarters here in new york and agains tonight as we come on the air it's the election of donald trump that is driving protesters out into the streets of several american cities. that's baltimore earlier tonight. and philadelphia. they're also in the streets of
new york and just tonight in response, donald trump appears to have returned to something close to his old self on twitter, writing tonight, "just had a very open and successful presidential election. now professional protesters incited by the media are protesting. very unfair!" earlier he wrote, "a fantastic day in d.c., met with president obama for the first time. really good meeting, great chemistry, melania liked mrs. o a lot." it was quite a meeting with the man whose citizenship he questioned and today he called it an honor for the first too many. for the first time president obama met the president-elect, the man who said he was unqualified for the job. it's where we begin with kristin
welker. >> reporter: in new york back at trump tower tonight after a whirl wind day in washington, it started with a visit to the white house and a meeting with president obama that seemed polite and respectful after years of contention and this combative campaign. >> well, i just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with president-elect trump. it was wide ranging. we talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the white house, we talked about foreign policy, we talked about domestic policy and, as i said last night, my number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensure our president-elect is successful. and i have been very encouraged
by the interest in president-elect trump's wanting to work with my team around many of issues that this great country faces. and i believe that it is important for all of us regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together to deal with the many challenges that we face. and in the meantime, michelle has had a chance to greet the incoming first lady and we had an excellent conversation with her as well and we want to make sure that they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition. most of all, i want to emphasize to you, mr. president-elect, that we now are going to want to
do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds. please. >> well, thank you very much, president obama. this was a meeting that was going to last for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, we were just going to get to know each other. we had never met each other. i have great respect. the meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half and it could have -- as far as i'm concerned it, could have gone on for a lot longer. we really -- we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. i very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. he sports illustrated some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved. so, mr. president, it was a great honor being with you and i
look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future. >> thank you, everybody. we're not -- we are not going to be taking any questions. thank you guys. thank you. always a good rule, don't answer any questions when they start yelling. come on, guys. come on, guys. let's go. >> very good man. >> while the current president and the future president met, their wives did, too, for the first time. the two women shared tea and a tour of the residence, even discussing what it would be like for melania trump to raise her son at the white house. for there trump went to capitol hill starting with an exclusive view of d.c. from the house balcony. and lunch with speaker paul ryan. >> we had a fantastic, productive meeting about getting to work, rolling up our sleeves and going to work for the american people. donald trump had one of the most
impressive victories we've ever seen and we're going to turn that into progress for the american people and we are talking about how we're going to get the ground running and make sure we can get this country turned around and make america great again. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. it's been an honor. we had a meeting, met with the president before, it was an excellent meeting. we just spent quite a bit of time together. i think we're going to do some absolutely spectacular things for the american people. we look forward to starting. in fact, truthfully we can't get started fast enough. and whether it's health care or immigration, so many different things, we'll be working on them very rapidly and i think we'll be putting things up pretty quickly. so we had a very good meeting, a very detailed meeting and we're going to lower taxes, as you know, we're going to fix health
care and make it more affordable and better. >> up next, he met with senate majorities leader mitch mcconnell while taking questions revealing what his top priorities will be when he takes office. >> are the top three? >> we have a lot. immigration, health care, looking at jobs. big league jobs. >> reporter: are you going to ask congress to ban muslims from entering the country? >> thank you, everybody. >> reporter: the work in washington also focused on the people trump will surround himself with when he takes office. nbc news reports that he asked 30 people will be granted the highest security clearance. this group will review the highest details of the country's
nuclear programs and details. on top of that, the trump team is eyeing several washington insiders. stephen hadley says he's not participating in the transition at this point. >> we also want to bring in political senior white house reporter edward isaac dovair. welcome to the broadcast. we just want to update everyone on some new math. actually, a projection election night style two nights of a tafe election, just tonight nbc projected donald trump the winner in arizona, picks up 11 electoral votes additional, adding to his total giving him 290 to clinton's 228.
while she won the most votes overall, that is not of course how we award presidential elections. and much has been made of donald trump flipping parts of the rust belt, specifically, michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania. all three states were called for trump on lks night and will stay in his column. at this point the combined vote difference between trump and clinton in those three states out of more than 13 million votes cast is 107,330. if clinton had won all three states, she would have won the election. back to our conversation. kristin welker, a couple of observations. number one, the digital photography era was supposed to make cameras quieter. it is an unbelievable racket while those two men are talking and everyone has talked about it today. the bust of martin luther king over the shoulder of donald trump. an incredible scene today and
donald trump learning everything from question-and-answer protocol and coaching from the president to basic confines of the white house and capitol hill and his tour guide was the speaker of the house. >> it was an extraordinary day, and you're right, the optics, added to that. it was a reminder of where they were, in the oval office sitting against those chairs that we are so used to seeing the president speak to heads of state. it was just tremendous. just think about it. president obama was out on the campaign trail 19 times trying to make sure this moment didn't happen. he said things like donald trump will never be president. so the president now is focused on moving forward. i am told he is taking this very seriously. he thinks that transitions are fundamental to our democracy and
he referenced the fact that president george h.w. bush made sure he had a smooth transition. i have been told tonight they have been working on this transition for over a year and it includes things like regular meetings, making sure that they do have the answers to questions that the trump team might have and also, brian, as it gets closer to inauguration day, running through actual exercises in case there is a crisis scenario to deal with. one more point, one white house official told me a number of staffers are still feeling quite bleak. i've been talking to democrats more broadly who say that in speaking with the trump team as they subt shuttled back from th white house to capitol hill, a number of them were overwhelmed. these are not people who have served in government before, a lot of them even at the local
level. >> and while the -- the white house press pool has nothing to do with water and everything to do with television. when the confines are tight, your job today as print pooler in what is called that tight pool in the oval office was to report back to all of us, to the wider world, what you witnessed, but how did your job today differ from past years, past president-elects and what's going on with with the press? >> well, i have been a daily white house reporter for the last three and a half years covering president obama. i have been given access to him in moments when clearly the white house would rather not have to deal with it but today in preparing for covering the president-elect, i attempted to be in contact with his campaign
staff to find out about logistics. they did not respond to me until after the meeting with the president-elect in the oval office. i was in the oval office by virtue of the white house arranging to have the additional reporters brought in. after the fact i was told by the trump campaign, they confirmed to me or the trump transition confirmed to me that he would be sleeping in d.c. tonight but then later when i tried to confirm that he would be sleep being at his ohotel in d.c., thy said he would be heading back to new york and provided no information as to where he was or what he was doing. so that means after 4 p.m. we had no idea where the president-elect was and what he was doing. >> and that is decidedly a break from precedent?
>> it is. if there is a moment of crisis, people will want to know where their president is and what he's doing. if we're continuing down this road that so far the trump campaign and transition seems to be on, we do not have any guarantee that will be the case. we don't know what a president trump will be doing on any given today. today the only way we knew what he was up to was because the obama white house gave us information about it and then there were meetings on the schedule with senate majority meter mcconnell and speaker ryan. speaker ryan's staff arranged with vice president pence's staff to have report verse access to the footage you've been showing. this was not done through the president-elect or the president-elect's staff. >> this will be interesting because the job comes with press coverage and a free society and members of the media are going to keep showing up at the northwest gate and other places for in new presidency and we'll see what the rules are going to
be going forward. kristin welker, elvin isaac dovair, thank you very much after a tumultuous day in washington and we're just getting started. after a break, we'll talk about the agenda and the road ahead for the just-getting-started president-elect, donald trump. afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path before me leading wherever i choose. the east and the west are mine. the north and the south are mine. all seems beautiful to me.
we have to be ready to mobilize on specific issues when the time comes. we're not going to be mobilize on every issue every day. we're going to use our time and talents in a strategic and careful way. but we are going to fight back. we are not turning this country over to what donald trump has sold. we're just not. >> massachusetts democratic senator elizabeth warren from earlier, an exclusive interview with our colleague, rachel maddow. here to lock at whok at what ki policy we might see, hugh hewitt from the hugh hewitt show, and robert, what do you know about
the process? >> trump has a tight-knit inner circle. it's a group that came out of the campaign, brian, and it remains close to him. he's a lot like bill clinton in 1992 and what we're looking at with trump who has two majority in congress, but his core is a group that's close to him, that has earned his trust and he sees as loyal. >> hugh hewitt, you're not the incoming white house spokesman but nonetheless, someone has given donald trump access with his phone again. and we're going to lose half a news cycle arguing over whether the protesters are professionals on the streets of american cities. we have this as a guide. 2012 after the election donald trump tweeted "we can't let this happen, we should march on
washington and stop this travesty, our nation is totally divided." one thing remains true. there are folks in the street. another, our nation is totally divided. what do you have to say about this start? >> well, he had a great day. i don't know why the tweet came at the end of it because he had a great day, had a great meeting with president obama, gracious receptions and gracious comments on both side. i love it when president obama explained they had synergy, mitch mcconnell said they had a lot to be done. he's got 100 judgeships to fill, one on the supreme court, 99 others. so it a very good day for donald trump. tweeting can actually help move
an agenda but it can also destroy momentum at the end of a day. i would ignore these protesters drs now, in -- now, in 1976 we o out and protest when gerald ford lost early to jimmy care carter he had a good day and he should keep going. >> it was unprecedented, was it not, that trump was traveling separate on the planes except for the rare journalist invited on board. today, so everyone doesn't think this is whiny news media, unprecedented not to have a pool cover the president-elect, correct? >> it is correct. we're looking at a candidate who
shatters all norms. these are not necessarily laws or rules for politicians but they're things as journalists that perhaps journalists, as well as a country, has become to accept the way this is how peel operate. with trump, being a public figure or celebrity, he does not think about these norms as things he necessarily needs to follow. what we're seeing with how he handles the president will be a broader part of the trump presidency. he does not care necessarily about the way things are and the way things are run. >> hugh, you're a radio man. you know 30 seconds when you hear it and i need 30 seconds. does the learning curve seriously warn you when you hear big league jobs and the like? >> it does, only because he's the first president in modern times to arrive without a predecessor for whom he was close. clinton could look back and talk to carter, of course obama could call clinton and in fact j.f.k.
used to call ike and nixon could call ike and he also would talk with the old guard of his party like barry goldwater. donald trump arrives, his own man, getting there by intuition. i'm worried he doesn't have anyone he can talk to as an equal on the phone. >> hugh hewitt, robert costa, our thanks to both of you gentlemen as always. look at who you could run into if you're out for a walk in the woods in chappaqua, new york. margaret wrote, i heard a bit of rustling coming towards me. as i stepped into the clearing, there she was, hillary clinton and her husband with her dogs doing the same thing i was. i got to talk to her and hug her and explained to her that my most proudest moment as a mother is i got to do the same thing with phoebe with me.
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hallelujah ♪ finally tonight, he was one of canada's great gift to the world. our world is a little darker with world this evening of the death of leonard cohen. his work often veered between darkness and light. his spiritual life ranged between judaism and buddhism. his personal life was complicated and his sex his pretext most of the time. music as precise as his words. he'll be remembered for songs like "suzanne" and "hallelujah." his last public quote knowing that he was failing was "that's about it for me." it may be for him. the rest of us are left trying to finger out all these leonard
cohen lyrics over a lifetime of work. leonard cohen was 82 years old. that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being here with us. as always, "hardball with chris matthews" begins right now. face to face, this is "hardball." good evening, i'm chris matthews. back in washington, over the last 36 hours president president obama has displayed his ability to put aside his animosity toward president-elect donald trump, showcasing to the country and the world a core democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. president obama joined with his successor for a photo-op in the oval office. the president say no