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good morning, everyone. it's friday, april 28th. i'm alex witt alongside richard lui in for ayman mohyeldin. louis burgdorf is also joining us. today begins the 99th day of donald trump's presidency with new comments this morning about how he's adjusting to the job and the challenges. in an interview last night, trump told reuters that the presidency not what he expected. >> i loved my previous life i loved my previous life. i had so many in going. i actually -- this is more work than in my previous life. i thought it would be easier. i thought it was more of a -- i'm a details-oriented person, i think you would say that, but i do miss my old life. this -- i like to work, so that's not a problem, but this is actually more work. and while i had very little privacy in my old life because, you know, i've been famous for a long time, i really -- this is -- this is much less privacy
than i've ever seen before. >> reuters also found the 2016 election is still at the front of trump's mind. reporting that midway through a discussion about chinese president xi jinping, the president paused to hand out copies of what he says were the latest figures of the 2016 electoral map telling reuters, quote, that's the final map of the numbers, handing out areas of the united states he he won in red. it's pretty good, right, the red is obviously us. in a separate interview with washington examiner on wednesday he it was a way for democrats to feel better about losing the election. russians are a faux story. they use it as a way to justify how they lost. the fake media keeps putting on. >> the president told reuters the united states is considering serious action in north korea and offered this assessment of its leader. speaking of how third generation dictator kim jong-un came into power saying, he's 27 years old,
his father dies, took over a regime. so say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age. i'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit. i'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. as to whether or not he's rationale, have i no opinion on that. i hope he's rationale. while trump said he would also love to solve things diplomatically, tensions are high. >> well, there's a chance we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. absolutely. >> and in the same interview with reuters, the president addressed the cost of u.s. military protection for ally south korea, i frequent topic during his campaign. he said seoul should pay for u.s. anti-missile system he priced at $1 billion and insisted on changes to a 2011 u.s./korea trade agreement. >> it's unacceptable. it's a horrible deal made by hillary. it's a horrible deal. and we're going to renegotiate
that deal or terminate it. >> when are you going to announce that? >> very soon. i'm announcing that now. >> well, those comments had stocks tumbling in south korean financial markets which had improved. as for divisions in his white house on issues like free trade, the president told "the wall street journal" last night, hey, i'm a nationalist and a globalist. i'm both. and i'm the only one who makes the decision. believe me. congressional leaders say they expect to pass legislation to prevent a government shutdown before tonight's midnight deadline. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said the senate will pass a short-term funding bill so a final agreement can be drafted and shared with members for consideration next week. the stopgap funding bill hit a roadblock yesterday after democrats threatened to vote no if republicans brought up a bill to repeal the affordable care act this week. despite pressure from the white house, gop leaders have delayed that health care vote. in the absence of a funding deal, president trump fired off six tweets over the course of
three minutes yesterday blasting democrats and accusing them of trying to force a shutdown. quote, promise to rebuild our military and secure our border. democrats want to shut down the government. politics. he also wrote, what's more important? rebuilding our military or bailing out insurance companies? ask the democrats. a spokesman for senate majority leader chuck schumer hit back saying these shutdown tweets are desperate, unhinged and show a startling lack of awareness for where negotiations are. on capitol hill there was plenty of finger-pointing over who was responsible for delaying the funding bill. >> the reason this government funding bill is not ready is because democrats have been dragging their feet. i'm confident we'll be able to pass a short-term extension. i'd be shocked the democrats would want to create a government shutdown because they have been dragging their feet. >> we are never going to shut government down. in fact, with don't even have the power to do so. they have the majority, they have the president, they have the senate, they have the house.
any shutting down of government, the ball is in their court. we had not done that. >> so, in spite of late night meeting, last-ditch efforts to get in a health care bill came up short. capitol hill reporter for "the hill," molly hooper. good morning to you. yesterday on the broadcast we were talking about the freedom caucus coming on board, this new plan, the idea being if they're going to come on board, it might be easier to get moderates on board. however, apparently, many are not. what are the sticking points right now? >> the sticking points are many. actually, moderates are saying the bill -- the amended bill that the freedom caucus has come out in support of goes -- is more to the right, there's less options. they're worried the people with pre-existing conditions will lose their coverage. and, you know, it's interesting because the moderates are falling off one by one and privately saying the reason the freedom caucus is on board now is because they went home and
heard from their constituents and now trying to shift the blame because before -- before this new amendment, freedom caucus had been taking the brunt of the hits on -- on the blame for not passing the president's obamacare repeal. and, in fact, you know, speaker ryan, president trump, they made veiled threats and played the blame game saying it's because of the freedom caucus. some moderates were saying, you know, we really don't see -- number one, it's farther to the right than we'd like. number, two it's still only a partial repeal of obamacare where many of the freedom caucus members prior to this amendment were saying, we want full repeal or nothing at all. >> molly, getting to the finish line has been the difficulty, certainly, here. the criticism last tithe time, and you laugh about that because many people are. last time was because too much -- >> a head-shaker. >> exactly. too much is happening behind closed doors. now the freedom caucus, tuesday group, ryan taking a step back, pence moving forward.
a lot of moving parts. too much freelancing right now? >> the problem is with the republican conference is they are freelancers. if you talk to moderates behind the scenes, they're saying, listen, why should i take a vote that's going to risk my seat on something the senate's not even going to pass? so, as opposed to looking at, okay, this would be good for the party, this would be good to move this ball to the senate's court, a lot of it has to do with the fact that, guess what, if i'm moderate republican, i'm up for re-election next year and i don't want to take a tough vote when i'm going to town hall meetings and hearing my constituents saying, don't get rid of my pre-existing -- i have a pre-existing condition. i don't want to lose obamacare coverage. >> thanks, molly. >> a lot of self-preservation. >> there's always next week. >> politics. >> thank you so much. as the trump administration continues the rollout of the president's tax plan, white house press secretary sean spicer created confusion and in some cases panic yesterday when
asked whether retirement accounts would lose their tax-exempt status. take a listen. >> the secretary of the treasury and director cohn yesterday both talked about the current plan right now both for tax charitable giving and mortgage interest and that's it. >> the white house quickly worked to clarify those comments reportedly saying that 401(k) plans will not be targeted under the tax plan. but that's not the only backlash the president is facing over this plan. as critics argue is will significantly benefit the wealthy. nbc news' national correspondent peter alexander has more. >> reporter: the president's plan to overhaul 70,000 pages of federal tax laws so far boiling down to barely 200 words. critics say it's a pr pitch, not a proposal. >> it's a plan to lower president trump's taxes. the taxes of his cabinet, and people as wealthy as they are. >> reporter: the biggest winner, according to most tax analysts, the rich. their tax rate dropping nearly
5%. the white house pushing to abolish the alternative minimum tax, death tax and slash capital gains tax on investments, all benefiting the wealthy. low income americans could pay no tax at least for the first $24,000 of income with a doubling of the standard deduction for couples. treasury secretary steve mnuchin is refusing to guarantee middle class families won't pay more. >> i can't make any guarantees until this thing is done and on the president's desk, but i can tell you that's our number onetive in this. >> reporter: and deflecting questions about how this blueprint would balloon the deficit. president trump hasn't given any details about how his three propose add tax brackets would apply to different income levels. he said tax benefits for saving in 401(k) plans would be untouched. and he'd eliminate all deductions except charitable contributions and mortgage interest. but if you're renting, like 35% of u.s. households, that tax break doesn't save you a dime. >> the argument in favor of this
proposal is that it will spur consumer and business activity. it will cause people to spend more money. it will cause businesses to employ more people. but the reality is, that doesn't seem to be plausible. >> thank you to peter alexander for that report. president trump has signed another executive order. this one aiming to protect this country's veterans. the president signed the order at the veterans administration in washington yesterday, creating the office of accountability and whistle-blower protection. the aim of the new division will be to weed out poorly performing employee and protect whistle-blowers. the move comes after rent scandals within the va with poor hospital treatment and long wait times for veterans. still ahead, all the highlights from the first round of the nfl draft. cleveland browns got the first pick but it's the second one that has everyone talking this morning. plus, united airlines reaches a settlement with the kentucky doctor who was dragged off a plane. those stories and a check on weather when we come back. hey julie, i know today's critical, but i really...
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mahomes. welcome back, everyone. the pentagon announced yesterday two military service members were killed fighting isis in afghanistan wednesday night. it happened the very same region where the military dropped the mother of all bombs two weeks ago. nbc's hans nichols has more. >> reporter: the fierce fire fight happening overnight. u.s. special operations forces joined by the afghan army attacking isis insurgents, killing around 40. but in the battle, two u.s. special operators were wounded, medevaced out alive but later died. a third was grazed by a bullet, staying on the battlefield. all happening in the same isis stronghold in eastern afghanistan, where the u.s. dropped a 21,000-pound
explosive, the so-called mother of all bombs, two weeks ago, collapsing terrorist tunnels and caves. afghan officials say roughly 100 isis combatants were killed by the bomb but secretary mattis claiming not to care about numbers. >> frankly, digging into tunnels to count dead bodies is not a good use of our troops' time. >> reporter: there are more than 20 extremist organizations in the region, according to u.s. officials, including isis and the taliban. >> i don't see how afghanistan doesn't devolve further into endless civil war. >> that was nbc's hans nichols. top commander in afghanistan has told congress he wants to add several thousand more troops into the fight to break what he calls a stalemate. now to united airlines, they have settled with dr. david dao for an undisclosed amount in what the airline is calling an applicable resolution following that infamous incident where dao
was forcibly removed from united flight early this month, suffering multiple injuries in the process. it also comes one day after united airlines announced a slew of policy changes while highlighting several failures relating to the incident. in a statement, dao's lawyer praised united airlines and ceo oscar munoz for taking full responsibility without attempting to blame others. saying, quote, mr. munoz said he was going to do the right thing and he has. adding, quote, united has stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. let's get a check on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. still some spring storms plaguing the midwest but a better outlook for us in the northeast for the weekend. >> east coast catches a break. you'll test your air conditioner in many spots. a lot of weather to talk about from severe storms to a heat wave to snowstorms. let's get to it. right now we're watching the one storm system. this is just the beginning of a very active weekend in areas of missouri, arkansas, oklahoma, texas, louisiana and illinois. r today this is mostly late
today into tonight. 24 million people at risk of severe storms. large hail, maybe baseball sized hail possible from oklahoma through the ozarks and late tonight through southern indiana, western ken. not too many tornadoes today. it's more or less a hail threat. the rest of the forecast we're watching the warmth sneak up the d.c. coast. d.c. 84. new york city, 82. that will feel very warm compared to how cloudy and gloomy. here's that cold weather in the rockies. so, by the time we get to saturday, look what happens in d.c. predicting a high of 92 degrees. philadelphia is going to be in the mid-80s. new york city up into the mid-80s. the middle of the nation is where all the problems are, severe storms are likely again as we go into saturday. enhanced risk of severe storms, 32 million people at risk from indianapolis to st. louis. we could even see tornadoes out of this. watch out dallas and houston included. by the time we wrap up the weekend, still dealing with rain in the middle of the country
here. the warmth still with us in the east. notice that back door cold front does cool off areas from boston to new york. a little bit of everything this weekend, alex, but the greatest concern is going to be flooding in illinois, missouri and arkansas. i think the pictures on sunday and monday will be dramatic. unfortunately, there will be a lot of damage done. >> do you think we need sunscreen here in new york? i mean, is it going to be that hot? think about it. >> yes, that bright thing in the sky may show up. >> spf 50. >> right. still ahead, one first-round nfl draft pick pays tribute to his late grandmother with a speech including a few choice words. sports next. boost. it's about moving forward, not back. it's looking up, not down. it's being in motion. in body, in spirit, in the now. boost® high protein it's intelligent nutrition with 15 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. for when you need a little extra. boost®
[ crowd booing ] good evening and welcome to the nfl draft. come on, philly, come on! there you go. with the first pick in the 2017 nfl draft, the cleveland browns select myles garrett, defensive end, texas a&m. >> just got to love that. welcome back. time for sports. that was commissioner roger goodell receiving a philadelphia welcome at last night's nfl draft. get that man a cheesesteak. defensive end out of texas a&m myles garrett as first overall pick for cleveland browns. the browns had three picks in last night's first round after
taking garrett. cleveland passed on clemson quarterback deshaun watson trading out of the 12th spot with the houston texans and took jabril peppers. browns traded the number 33 pick and fourth rounder to take miami tight end at 29. the chicago bears with a surprise selection of the night, trading up a spot to jump the 49ers and take north carolina quarterback mitchell trubisky with the second overall pick of the night. and perhaps the most emotional pick of the first round came with the atlanta falcons' number 26 selection, defensive end takkarist mckinley who dedicated the occasion to his grandmother. >> made a promise to her and i stuck to it. i made that promise, man. i told her, of course she passed away, living my dream. i going to get out of richmond, get out of oakland, go to the nfl. 30 seconds later she passed away. this is what i do it for!
this is who i do it for, man! come on, man! i completed the promise. that means [ bleep ] everything to me. excuse my language. fine me later, man. fine me later, man. this means everything to me. i love you, grandma. this is only the beginning. >> an energized takkarist mckinley overwhelmed with emotion. to the nba and a pair of teams eliminated from the first round of playoffs in memphis the spurs close out grizzlies in six led by 29 points scored by kawhi leonard with another 27 from tony parker. san antonio looks onto second round match-up against the houston rockets after a 103-96 win last night. in milwaukee the raptors blow a major lead almost allowing the bucks to come down from 26 points. de rosen in a 9-0 run in the final two minutes keeps the bucks at bay sending toronto to second round with a 92-89 victory. raptors will next face defending champion cavaliers.
and in the stanley cup playoffs, a pair of first-round eastern conference semifinal match-ups. in the nation's capital penguin's sidney crosby scored two goals in the first minute of second period. pittsburgh with a 3-2 win over the caps in game one. and in ottawa, the senators answer the rangers' power-play goal in the second period with one of their own a few minutes laternd go ahead after karlsson sli one by henrik lundqvist late in the third. ottawa takes the opener 2-1. i know a lot of rangers fans not happy about that. henrik lundqvist had a great game, so i -- we don't blame them. >> no, can't blame them at all. thanks. still ahead, pope francis is heading to egypt following a palm sunday attack there. we'll get a live report from cairo. the fight over health care continues on capitol hill. it looks like obamacare repeal is going to miss president trump's 100-day target date. he's asking them to vote for
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mark. this morning he's turning heads about a comment about north korea and remarks like this in an interview with reuters. quote, i loved my previous life. i had so many things going. this is more work than in my previous life. i thought it would be easier. fresh off his recent t.e.d. talk, pope francis is headed to egypt for a two-day visit. it's the first papal visit to egypt since pope john paul ii and after several terrorist attacks. keir simmons will join us shortly live from cairo. could be a messy morning commute in the nation's capital. officials are waiting to see if a planned si-outy members of d.'s metro's largest lor unn materializes. metro officials say they received nearly 500 requests for advanced absences for friday, all of which were denied. metro employees are reportedly protesting a new agency absenteeism policy requiring employees to give a 72-advanced
notice of being sick. how does that work? okay, go ahead. >> tough to do, no doubt. as the president closes in on 100 days in office, north korea is the primary foreign policy crisis on the horizon. the president told reuters, the united states is considering serious action in north korea and offered this assessment of its leader. speaking of how third generation leader kim jong-un came into power. he said, quote, he's 27 years old. his father dies. took over a regime. so say what you want, but that is not easy, especially at that age. i'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit. i'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. as to whether or not he is rationale, i have no opinion on it. i hope he's rational. while trump said he would love to solve things diplomatically, tensions remain high. >> well, there's -- there's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea. absolutely. >> in the same interview with
reuters, the president addressed the cost of u.s. military protection for ally south korea, a frequent topic during his campaign. saying that seoul should pay for a u.s. anti-missile system that he priced at $1 billion. and insisted on changes to a 2011 u.s./south korea trade agreement. >> it's unacceptable. it's a horrible deal made by hillary. it's a horrible deal. and we're going to renegotiate that deal or terminate it. >> when are you going to announce that? >> very soon. i'm announcing that now. >> one more note for you. in an interview with npr, the secretary of state saying the u.s. still favors direct talks with north korea and told fox news yesterday of kim jong-un, quote, all indications are that he is not crazy. he may be ruthless. he may be a murderer. he may be someone who in many respects we would say by our standards is irrational, but he is not insane. republicans will not be able to repeal and replace obamacare within the president's first 100 days after all.
in spite of 11th-hour efforts to broker a deal, kevin mccarthy, house majority leader, revealed votes are not there. saying, quote, we're still educating members. jason chaffetz pending foot surgery could make that 21. the latest nbc news whip count has 17 republicans opposed. "the huffington post" has 17 nos with 10 leaning against. at least 11 more undecided. the latest version of the plan has changed the votes in play. huffington post, i'm not seeing how this new language, proposed new language, does anything but make the bill worse, not better. every time i read it, there are more red flags that keep popping up. others have gone from a no last time to a yes this time. >> will you vote for it? >> at this point, yes, i'm absolutely leaning in that direction. in fairness to my colleague's point, the bill in its original form was not ready for prime
time. >> there is no word yet, though, on when a vote might come. the white house sought to explain a bit more about the tax plan yesterday. plenty of questions, though, definitely remaining on the table. joining me now from washington, capitol hill reporter for "the hill," molly hooper. another welcome to you. so, can we take some lessons from the health care debacle for hill lawmakers when it comes to this issue or anything else that's controversial on the table? >> well, i think that's what senior republicans on the ways and means committee are saying. listen, what we need to do is we need to have hearings on the tax reform bill. we need to open up the process. we need to win the debate at home so we can win the vote up on capitol hill. peter told us yesterday, quoting march get thatcher and saying we need to get democratic buy-in. now is the opportunity for president trump to use his office and bring in democrats, have some meetings with them and try to figure out a way to come to a deal with democrats and
republicans in order to get major tax reform across the finish line. >> and you look at the numbers here, molly. they don't line up because, well, there aren't any at the moment. questions asking, when does the real, real arrive? is this the real real? >> the real real afshs after you have these hearings. that's one thing the ways and means committee is going to start doing in may. as soon as next week and the week after. i think they're starting off with this idea. they're starting off with hearings on this border adjustment tax, the b.a.t., that could be a way to pay for some tax proposal. we'll hear from experts on both sides of the issue. there's a lot of republicans who are skeptical that that would be a good way to pay for it. but it's something that speaker ryan favors. it seems like it's dead on arrival in the senate, however like roscum said, now is the time to open this up, have hearings, let it all air out before they get something on
paper to move through congress. >> thank you so much. molly hooper, appreciate it. the pentagon's top watch dog has launched a probe into president trump's former national security adviser, retired general michael flynn, for accepting foreign payments without permission. it's the latest development in the ongoing saga about flynn, amid questions about his relationship with russia. andrea mitchell has more. >> good morning. today bipartisan calls for secretary of army to decide whether mike flynn broke the law. if he did, get him to pay back the money he received from russia and turkey. the firestorm growing over ousted national security adviser michael flynn. now being investigated by the pentagon's inspector general for accepting foreign payments without prior approval. congressional democrats unleashing their sharpest words yet at the white house for refusing to turn over all documents on flynn to them. >> honestly do not understand why the white house is covering up for michael flynn.
i don't get it. after the president fired him. >> reporter: so the democrats released pentagon documents showing the defense intelligence agency warned flynn when he retired. he needed permission to take money from foreign governments. at issue, flynn receiving $45,000 for a speech plus expenses, with vladimir putin in russia in 2015. and more than $500,000 lobbying for turkey in 2016. >> we have no evidence, zilch, that he obtained permission from the secretary of the army and the secretary of state to accept any foreign payments. >> reporter: the white house saying the pentagon was in charge of vetting flynn. >> if they think there's wrongdoing, then the department's inspector general should look into that. >> reporter: nbc news learned from sources close to the investigation the trump transition and white house did its own background check on flynn and hired him anyway. >> working on behalf of foreign governments, getting paid, may not be unlawful, but if you
don't disclose it, investigators want to know why are you hiding this information? perhaps you've been compromised. >> republican oversight chairman jason chaffetz now asking the secretary of the army to weigh in on all of this. flynn's lawyer saying flynn notified the pentagon of his trip to russia but investigators say he never told them that he was being paid. alex? >> andrea mitchell, thanks for that. in an apparent attempt to get american foreign policy on the same page, they want to improve nikki haley's remarks before she speaks publicly, according to the "new york times." in an e-mail state department officials urged the ambassador's aides to rely on building blocks written by the department when preparing her remarks and get clearance if they involve high-profile issues, such as syria, iran, north korea or the israeli/palestinian conflict. even reclear remarks if they change substantially. she has been one of the most outspoken members of the trump administration weighing in on key foreign policy issues.
in contrast from secretary of state rex tillerson who until recently shied away from the limelight. tillerson and haley will appear for the first time at u.n. security council meeting on north korea. let's turn to business where in an interview yesterday president trump discussed the possible termination of a fife-year long trade agreement with south korea where he says the end of that deal would be simper than terminating nafta. cnbc nancy hungerford joins us. next week marks the anniversary of that deal, triggering a review period for the agreement. what can we expect? >> well, as you mentioned, president donald trump saying he would look to, quote, renegotiate or terminate the, quote, horrible trade deal with south korea. those comments came as the surprise of government officials on the ground and investors. he also added in that interview with reuters that he would look to have south korea pay for the nearly $1 billion anti-defense missile system being deployed to protect against north korea. again, that is the first time
we've heard such comments. continue to look out for reaction from seoul. on the equities front the south korean stocks closed slightly lower. back on wall street, earnings continue to be the big focus of the day. we told you yesterday tech was set to steal the show and they didn't disappoint when it comes from earnings from google's parent company and amazon, blowing past expectations. shares moving higher, around 4%. after hours today investors will get another test on earnings with the likes of big oil name, chevron, exxonmobil, auto giant general motors. >> what can you tell us about the confusion around the 401(k) deductions yesterday with regard to the president's tax plan. you had press secretary sean spicer walking back some comments there. >> that's right. a little bit of confusion around this one. cnbc's asked sean spicer what the deal was with the 401(k) contributions, whether tax deductions would be affected.
initially sean spicer indicated they would. that, in fact, they were only protecting deductions around charitable interests and mortgages. then about 40 minutes later, nbc's correspondent peter alexander got a clarification on that. the white house saying the 401(k) retirementavings plans would not be impactedy trump's tax proposal. there you have it. investors still awaiting more details on this big plan to change the tax code. >> i'm sure a sigh of relief from a lot of people. nancy hungerford live from london. one more story. facebook ceo mark zuckerberg denied he's testing a possible run for president in 2020 but he continues to tour the country like only a politician would. he spent some time at a ford factory in deerborn, michigan. he highlighted the experience on his facebook page saying, quote, i played a very small part in assembling some new ford f-150s on the line by adding antennas,
cleats and drilling screws. i even signed the inspection sticker. the most interesting part was sitting down with some people who do this every day, working on the line at an assembly plant is physically hard. the people i talked with talked about how tiring it is and how worn down you get. each person told me you need good shoes because you're essentially walking on a treadmill for ten hours a day. most of the workers i met had been at the plant for at least a decade and a lot have kids and friends who work there, too. someone told me that when you spend 11 hours a day, four days a week together, you end up becoming family and friends outside of work. z he often posts about his travels, including possession here with north carolina tar heels. north carolina is a swing state. i'm just saying. >> just saying. okay. >> f-150, most popular vehicle. >> that's true, too. >> whose vehicle will he get that he signed? that's a keeper.
still ahead, a potentially violent day of weather ahead in the american plains. what was behind the president's sudden change on cancelling nafta? from a critic of big banks to getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to speak to them. president obama draws some heat from a high-profile democrat over his plans to give paid speeches. we have that next.
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>> i think they all got something going. >> they got it going on. >> thank you, jimmy. president trump was set to mark the 100th day of his presidency by announcing he was pulling the u.s. from the north american trade agreement, however instead of keeping one of his highest profile campaign promises, the president abruptly reversed course. >> well, i was going to terminate nafta as of two or three days from now. the president of mexico, who i have a very, very good relationship, called me, and also the prime minister of canada, who i have a very good relationship. and i like boat of these gentlemen very much. they called me. and they said, rather than terminating nafta, could you please renegotiate? i said, i will hold on the termination. let's see if we can make it a fair deal because nafta has been a horrible deal for the united states. now, if i'm unable to make a fair deal, if i'm unable to make a fair deal for the united states, meaning a fair deal for our workers and our companies, i will terminate nafta.
>> "the washington post" reports that members of trump's cabinet, including commerce secretary wilbur ross, secretary of state rex tillerson, and senior aide jared kushner, urged the president to hold off. agriculture secretary sonny perdue brought a map of the united states to the oval office to show to trump which area would be hardest hit, noting many were trump communities that voted for trump in november. trump told "the washington post," it shows that i do have a very big farmer base, which is good, trump recalled. they like trump and i like them and i'm going to help them. formal nafta negotiations will likely begin in august. senator elizabeth warren is taking issue with former president obama's plan to speak to a wall street bank this fall and the massive paycheck that comes along with it. the massachusetts democrat saying sheis, quote, troubled by the president's plans to attend a conferenc hosted by investment bank cantor fitzgera fitzgerald. senator bernie sanders called the speech unfortunate and
disappointi disappointing. he also noted how a former goldman sachs executive is now the leading financial adviser to president trump. a spokesman for the former president defended the event and the $400,000 payday, noting obama raised huge sums of money from wall street and still went on to pass tough reforms on the banking industry. let's get a check on your weather now with nbckarins. you say we might need to turn on our air conditioning unit? >> you might need to, especially in the mid-atlantic areas, washington, d.c. the big story this weekend is going to be the flood threat. the flood threat is coming from the deep tropical moisture in the caribbean, high pressure will build in here and it is going to pull that moisture up here through louisiana into arkansas, missouri, oklahoma and illinois. we can call this the express coming off other than organizations of new mexico. sometimes it comes into california. this is a similar type event flowing up to the south. flash flood threat from thunderstorms, repeated thunderstorms over three days is going to be the issue.
significant river flooding is going to be possible even into the beginning of next week. here's the rainfall forecast. this is through three days, friday, saturday, sunday. when you get up to the red and pink, that's 5 to 7 inches of inches of rain. that's a lot of water for southern missouri, northern arkansas, a scheck shun of northeast oklahoma and into indiana. st. louis in their history in three days, the most they've ever seen is five inches. they have a possibility of seeing that. this could be historical flooding for this time of year, historical rain, i should say, for april. severe weather threat in oklahoma. we'll be nice and toasty up the eastern seaboard friday, saturday. it's april, severe swings and severe weather and flooding. after a deadly year in egypt for christians, the pope makes a visit to cairo.
pope francis is currently on his way to eej imtd for a two-day visit. in a video message the pope said he intends to bring a message of love and peace for coptic christians in the country. nbc foreign correspondent keir simmons, the first papal visit since pope john paul ii. but obviously here concerns about safety.
he's not going to use the bulletproof pope mobile. >> reporter: that's right. it's a tense visit and one that has people enthusiastic and excited. in that message he held out a hand of friendship to egyptians. he will meet with the egyptian president, with leaders of the muslim faith. he will also, for example, walk in a procession to a church that was attacked by an isis suicide bomber before christmas. you can see why this will be an anxious ip. it only lasts around 27 hours. the pope often makes short trips like that, but this one in particular involves high security, as you mentioned, he will not use the popemobile, but neither will he use a bulletproof vehicle, an armoured vehicle. that has people a little worried. of course, at the same time, he will have the full protection of the egyptian government. the president here has met with
the pope in rome before and has stood behind the christian community here, a minority community, a community that feels under huge pressure with isis itself. saying in a message earlier this year it is targeting them. >> live in cairo, nbc's keir simmons. coming up next on "morning joe," inside republican divisions over health care. house freedom caucus chairman mark meadows joins the discussion. some moderates say the plan has gotten worse, not better. democratic senator jeff mercley joins the conversation. trying to completely phase out fossil fuels in the united states by 2050. "morning joe" is just moments away. the most shocking result was that i'm 26% native american. i had no idea. just to know this is what i'm made of, this is where my ancestors came from. and i absolutely want to know more about my native american heritage.
before we toss it over to "morning joe," we'll give you a check on the stories in the day ahead. congress set to vote on the short-term spendg ll ahead of tonight's deadline to avoid a government shutdown. meanwhile, president trump hits the road ahead of his 100th day in office. nbc's peter alexander has more from the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to
you. the president winding down his first hundred days, addressing one of his biggest backers during the campaign, the nra. this morning he's going to sign another executive order, this one on offshore energy. all of it as the white house tries to frame president trump's first 100 days as a success. he'll get to make the argument for himself, take the trump show on the road while reporters will gather in washington for the white house correspondents dinner. the president will rally supporters in western pa. back to you. >> thanks to peter alexander. attorney general jeff sessions is set to visit long in new york city amid a wave of violence involving the ms-13 gang. he'll speak with law enforcement officials about efforts to tackle violence there. >> i'm alex witt alongside richard lui and louis burgdorf. "morning joe" coming your way right now. >> there's a chance that we
could end up having a major, major conflict with north korea, absolutely. >> that is the president of the united states yesterday. president trump saying while he'd love for diplomacy to win out, there is possibility of war on the horizon or as he just called it, major, major conflict. meanwhile, just 18 hours left until a possible government shutdown. good morning, it is friday, april 28th. joe and mika have the morning on. with us onset msnbc contributor mike barnicle. i'm starting to think you don't like that after eight years of it. >> former democratic congressman harold ford, junior is here, also donny deutsch. in washington, washington anchor for bbc world news america katty kay. senior writer at politico jake sherman and director of domestic policy studies at stanford university and research fellow at the hoover institution