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that happens next? plus -- >> i'm going to end up paying more than i pay right now in taxes, all right? >> so, there we have the president claiming what he would pay under his tax proposal. will that really happen? and what about you, what about your taxes? plus, north korea tessing the white house once again with another missile launch. but what happened this go-round leaves some critical questions. all that right here, right now on "msnbc live" from washington, d.c. good to have you with me. as president trump and those with him celebrate 100 days in office and this very important marker, very few last year predicted this day would come. big and bold promises were made from a then-candidate trump during the campaign. today the president remains on defense, unable to close the deal on one of his biggest campaign promises, repeal and replace the affordable care act in his first 100 days.
>> unfortunately, because of the hard time that the republicans have had getting their hands around this thing, which shouldn't be, because it addition you know, i once said, it's complicated. it's not complicated compared to other things being complicated. it's not that hard. i was disappointed that they didn't have more in line by the time i walked in. but, obamacare took 17 months of brutality to get it approved. >> meanwhile, president obama is firing back, reportedly telling the crowd at an event in new york on thursday that his health plan is more popular than the current president. and according to new polling, number 44 isn't off the mark. nearly two-thirds of americans want to keep the affordable care act in place in some form. while 20% fewer back president trump. if we follow the money, that is the advice being given by senate majority leader chuck schumer offering to his colleagues about the russian probe as they gear up for a major hearing coming next week.
>> there's all kinds of money trails here. we saw this with flynn, manafort probably has a money trail. i think this is going to lead to serious, serious stuff. >> president trump sticking to his claim that democrats are to blame for the whole russia story. >> the russia story was made up because they were embarrassed by their loss. they had a tremendous loss. a loss like nobody's ever seen before. the democrats should never lose the electoral college because they automatically start with new york, california and illinois. it's impossible for a republican to win. and not only did i won, i won easily. so, they made up this russia thing to try and deflect because they're embarrassed by what happened. >> the president will be traveling to pennsylvania tonight for a rally, which will mark his first 100 days. all of this comes as some of the president's high-profile initiatives remain stalled.
stymied by the courts or congress, his own missteps and hurdles of negotiating the trickier aspects of political life in the capital. white house correspondent kristen welker takes a look at success and failure. plus, trump's path forward. >> reporter: 2400 hours, 100 days. donald trump's early presidency marked by some success and high-profile failures, every second impacting his next chapter. how do you think the president thinks he can do even a better job? >> just making sure his team is laying out the process, better building the coalitions at front, working with congress sooner and better. >> reporter: aides say the president has started to privately acknowledge what worked on the campaign trail doesn't always translated in the oval office. >> he thought that he could basically, through his own force of personality, be able to drive the process. it doesn't work that way. >> reporter: already noticeable changes. the president taking a bigger lead in tax reform than he did during his failed health care
push. andy card, former george w. bush chief of staff, says the key now for the former ceo, accepting he can't go it alone. >> trump, the leader as a businessman needs to understand that trump as president of the united states, his leadership is not one like a dictator. it's one where you invite people to be part of the solution with you. >> reporter: fellow bush white house alum, nicolle wallace. >> he has to show some interest in understanding the details. i think that is one of the failures of the health care fight. i'm pretty sure he had no idea what was in the bill he was trying to sell. >> reporter: breaking through gridlock may mean finding ways to work with democrats on projects they'll support like instructure. and washington is as divided as ever. how can this president reach out to work with democrats in the next 100 days? >> he could try. he hasn't tried. there's no evidence, nothing you can point to in president trump's first 100 days in office that would demonstrate a substantive commitment to trying to find common ground with the other side. >> reporter: but the president
did find support from both sides of the aisle for his actions in syria. what do trump voters think so far? >> i'm not sure yet. we're just 100 days. >> if he can get half the things done he promised, is probably going to be one of the best presidents we've seen in a long time. >> reporter: high stakes as the president starts his second act. >> my expectations for the next 100 days are that president trump will finally be able to get more people around him that will have the courage to speak truth to power. the most important issue is whether or not this president can break the gridlock in washington. can he govern? >> that was nbc's kristen welker reporting. happening now, reaction to the latest missile test by north korea. we first got word of that test yesterday evening and we're starting to learn more about the missile and the test itself. now, the missile was launched in the south pyongyang provence. the japanese prime minister speaking in london this morning
saying continued testing is a major crisis which looms over the peace and prosperity of the world. nbc's kelly cobiella is in seoul, south korea, following this for us. what more do we know about this latest missile test other than it was a failed attempt, correct? >> reporter: yes, it does appear by all accounts that this was a failed missile test launch by the north koreans. we understand from u.s. pacific command, they first detected this launch at 5:33 in the morning local time coming from a test site a few miles north of the capital, pyongyang. they say according to u.s. military officials who spoke to nbc news, they believe this was a medium-range batistic missile. they believe it may have been a type called the kn-17, possibly the same type of missile which was test-launched a couple of times already this month at the beginning of the month and then the day after that big holiday celebrating the birth of the
founder of north korea, kim il-sung. all three of the launches now it appears have failed. this latest launch, military officials tell us, failed just a couple of minutes after takeoff. and exploded midair, about 20 miles from the launch site. now, south korea's military says that they believe this missile actually got about 44 miles up into the air before it disintegrated. so, a bit of conflicting information potentially there. but the bottom line is, it was not successful. military officials on both sides agree it did not leave north korea air space and did not reach the sea of japan. they also say there was no nuclear component to it. this was just purely a ballistic medium-range ballistic missile. already we're hearing condemnations from around the world. you mentioned briefly japan's
reaction to this. japanese prime minister shinzo abe in london today talking about this, saying that this cannot go unanswered, essenti essential essentially. the south korean foreign minister saying it's a clear violation of the u.n. resolution banning this type of missile launch, any missile launch from north korea, or any development of its nuclear program. also saying that it's just yet another display of north korea's belligerence and recklessness and disregard. >> we know china is who donald trump expects to use leverage and influence in speaking with the north koreans, yet since he returned with that meeting with president trump at mar-a-lago, we've seen more aggressive reaction from north korea, not only in missile tests but the type of propaganda videos they put out. a new one this week. >> reporter: yes, a new one this
week. propaganda video which shows what appears to be a u.s. aircraft carrier in the cross-hairs as well as the u.s. capitol and showing both blowing up with special effects. you have to keep in mind that although the u.s. and many others in the international community see china as the linchpin here because of the enormous amount of trade between china and north korea, 90% of north korea's trade, economics essentially comes from china, but you have to also consider that the chinese president does not have a great relationship with north korea. he has never actually met with kim jong-un. he says he's not necessarily the key to all of this. but, clearly, there is a bit of leverage at play there. thomas? >> nbc's kelly cobiella reporting in seoul for us, thank you very much. as we mentioned, president trump is hitting the road today to defend his record during these first months in office. the celebration of his first 100
days. the president and his allies playing up the dozen of executive orders and memoranda trump has signed since taking the oath of office. still no legislative victories to talk about here, anything with trump's name as he crosses this mark of 100 days. last night on fox news, he pinned that on congress. >> are you disappointed with how the republicans have handled these big issues? health care went down the first time and there was some suggestion it might happen today but now it's not going to happen. >> i'm disappointed that it doesn't go quicker. i like them a lot. i have great relationships. don't forget, most of them i didn't know. many of them, like the freedom caucus came -- i see them, we love our president, we're doing this for our president. you look at that. you look at the moderates. same thing. we love our president. they have different views. i have a party that's covering a lot of territory. they have different views. i'm disappointed. i'll tell you, paul ryan's trying very, very hard. i think everybody's trying very
hard. it is a very tough system. >> nbc's kelly o'donnell is at the white house for us. kelly, trump is returning to the comfort zone today. we know what this rally being held in harrisburg, pa. what kind of messaging can we expect from him? this is also counterprogramming to the event tonight of the white house correspondents' dinner. >> it is. the president goes to pennsylvania today. he'll be joined by vice president mike pence. expect there will be some of the greatest hits of the early days of this administration from the point of view from president, the things he believes he's accomplished and things he wants to do with the support of voters who turn out for him. some of the accomplishments include tax reform, wanting to get this repeal, or big changes to the health care law done. there's a lot on the plate. we've seen so far legislatively there have been no victories but other things they point to. you mentioned the white house
correspondents' dinner. it's an annual tradition. it's a time when the president and people who cover him have an evening where they acknowledge the importance of the first amendment and adversarial relationship that is always present is sort of put in a different place. there's a toast to the president traditionally. the president also usually will talk about the importance of a vigorous press. and it's a nice for scholarships for upcoming journalists and rewards for good work that's been done. every president has gone every year except ronald reagan missed it with a very good excuse having been shot in an assassination attempt. donald trump said he didn't feel he should attend this year. it is the 100th day in office so they felt it was important to counterprogram. i think we can expect tonight there will be some reference to the fact that the president is not in the black tie crowd of washington at an event here and, instead, with his people. i think we can imagine how he might address that. the white house correspondents'
dinner says it will, of course -- the association, rather, will invite him every year. and other members of the administration also chose not to attend in solidarity, they said, with the president. so, it will be a very different night tonight. the president, of course, will be using this to make the case that he's just getting started. he will ask his voters for some pash patience. we heard at the national rifle association that he had no problem getting right in the middle of it in terms of some of the current campaigns that are happening around the country. for some of the house seats that have been vacated by appointments the president made to his cabinet. the most notable is in georgia, health and human services press tom price was in georgia. when he was at nra, the president stopped to see karen handel. there's a run-off coming up. he said to the georgia crowd -- it helped that he was in georgia -- to get out and vote
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takes a little bit longer, but i think we're doing tremendously well. i don't think anybody has ever done this much in 100 days. but i've always said it's going to be eight years not four years. >> president trump giving his take on his first 100 days in office. i want to bring in kevin from bloomberg news and john from roll call and co-author of the new book "shattered:inside hillary clinton's doomed campaign." you heard the president talking about he feels this is the most impactful, best 100 days in office. is that hiyperbole or truth? >> it depends on who you ask. i've covered then-candidate trump and followed him on the campaign and the rhetoric matches that. from the republicans i've talked with they view what happened on the supreme court as a win for them. privately they're a little more skeptical and looking for some type of major legislative
accomplishment, particularly on health care or tax reform. i think when you talk to democrats and i think john is the number one "new york times" best seller, great book, i think they are holding united against this president which kind of emboldens the freedom caucus numbers because only a certain faction of them have to refuted the white house in order to embolden them. >> certainly president trump would like to shatter the obstacles he's facing on the right. we hear the president acknowledging more often that it's longer and harder than he actually thought. this is just part of the conversation he had with reuters. take a listen. >> i love my previous life. i love my previous life. i had so many things going. i actually -- this is more work than 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. i like to work, so that's not a
problem, but this is actually more work. >> actually more work. we know that oe visits his old life frequently by traveling and staying at mar-a-lago or playing golf at a trump resort here and there. it's not as if he's given up everything totally. is there any room to fairly interpret the impact this has really had on the president and how he is kind of improving, learning this gig as he goes? >> i think that's absolutely true. and i think a lot of what kevin was saying is right about some shifting dynamics going on right now. the other thing about donald trump as this disrupter in his life as a businessman, someone who's been able to snap his fingers and change his entire organization very quickly, get a helicopter to come and take him somewhere, play a round of golf when he wants to. you're in the white house and some things you can do. the executive orders you can do quickly unless the supreme court tells you they're unconstitutional. you can -- you know, you can get a supreme court justice, perhaps, fairly quickly. the legislative not as difficult
to crack. he's going to continue to have problems with that. it is more complicated than it used to be. but the one thing i think is working in his favor right now inside some of the polling weaver seen lately, he's solidifying the republican base beyond just the trump supporters. so, he's now got a set of folks who are -- a slightly broader set of folks within the republican party who i think are willing to back him no matter what. i think that's going to be huge for him going forward. it means republicans in congress can't walk away from him. >> they answer to their constituents back home, if they get that sense from their folks, even if we've seen combative town halls, if they get that sense from their people maybe they'll come back to d.c. and act in that matter but trump expressed his frustration, disappointment in congress over the aca, those combative town halls. we saw different elected members go home and face. but this is how he thought about it. listen. >> many of them, like the
freedom caucus and i see them in town, we love our president, we're doing this for our president. you look at that. you look at the moderates, same thing, we love our president. they have different views. have i a party covering a lot of territory. they have different views. i'm disappointed. i'll tell you, paul ryan's trying very, very hard. i think everyone is trying very hard pipts a very tough system. >> this is no different than president obama talking about obstruction in the house or in the senate when he was president. although he was speaking about republicans as well. the big difference is, we have a republican president talking about republican members of the house and the senate that are acting obstructionists. >> i interviewed mark meadows, chairman of the house freedom caucus just the other day, and he was saying elthinks the administration also is a bit surprised by how difficult it is to move through congress. but this is where these palace intrigue stories really start to matter because it's the personalities influencing the
politics because this is a situation unique in which the principals, people like the president himself as well as vice president mike pence, are actually the ones negotiating directly with mark meadows of the world as well as the charity dents of the world from moderate tuesday group. but that matters because i think it was senior staffers having these dialogues. what is different about being in a business versus being in government is that in government when you have those direct conversations, unlike in a business, according to the administration sources i'm talking with, you risk alienating the other faction and not paying enough attention to them. that's what we saw happen on health care. >> we know the lights get to stay on for at least a week. jonathan, where do they go from here to find the consensus they need, most anticipated the continuing resolution that happened. but there are members of congress that are frustrated. >> i think they need singles and doubles. you start building your
legislative record and then sort of start going for the home runs. we saw the freedom caucus guys come back and they wanted to pass the health care bill because they obviously went home and got scalded by their constituents for not repealing and replacing and something they didn't want to be blamed for. i think that's an important thing for president trump. the other thing in terms of legislative process going forward, i think the president has a unique opportunity and hasn't really used it yet. he has a unique opportunity to put together some interesting coalitions. there are folks in his white house that may be able to reach out to some democrats better if he stops beating them up publicly. it's not helping him in terms of trying to put together infrastructure bills, maybe even some sort of tax reform package that's more than just sliding the rates on individuals. >> we'll see what happens. he's even willing to throw threats of primary fights for republican members of congress. it's not just the democrats that he needs to keep the charm offensive working with. guys, great to see you. jonathan, kevin, thank you, thank you. so, president trump's image around the world, how people in europe and the mideast view him
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hi, everybody. happy saturday morning. welcome back. i'm thomas roberts at msnbc in our washington bureau. this as president trump marks his 100th day in office. at the half hour, this is what we're watching for you right now. a winter storm warning issued for parts of colorado, including denver. some places seeing 6 to 12 inches of snow. the storm system is expected to linger throughout the day. severe weather in parts fortunate midwest as well. we saw flooding, tornado warnings and thunderstorms overnight. more is expected today as well. this is a home in indiana that caught on fire. take a look.
after it was struck by lightning. no one was actually injured in that. we're proud to report. back to the first 100 days and new word from president trump who is promising a new tax cut and one that will grow the economy to levels unseen in years. >> the economy is going to boom and you'll see that. it will take a period of time and you'll have some deficits in the meantime. it's called priming the pump. >> in that interview on fox, the president says he sees the economy growing by 4% to even 5% or more in the coming years. that prediction comes after the release of his tax cut plan this week. nbc's peter alexander provides an overview. >> reporter: here's what we do know and how it could affect you. your income tax rate could change because the plan would reduce the number of brackets from seven to three, with rates of 10%, 25% and 35%. say, you're a newly married couple filing jointly for the first time. if you file today, you take a standard deduction of more than $12,000.
under the trump plan it would double to $24,000, meaning you'd pay less in taxes. >> so, that was just part of the president's tax plan, which critics say lacks details but certainly helps the wealthy. joining me is jared bernstein former economic adviser to president obama. first, committee for responsible federal budget, estimates this tax cut would reduce revenue by $7 to $3 trillion over ten years. how can we as a nation afford that kind of cut? >> i don't think we can. we're a nation that's probably going to need more revenue not less going forward. things about our demographics, thomas, the share of americans who are 65 and older is going to go from 15% to 21% over the next couple of decades. of course that's going to put upward pressure on some of our key programs for retirement, health and income security. you think about our infrastructure, think about the
geopolitics you've been covering on your show this very morning. so, there is much more that we have to do. now, that doesn't mean that increasing the deficit is always a bad idea. there are times, for example, when you're in the midst of a do downturn, if you have productive investments you could be making. the idea of essentially giving rich people another 5 trillion bucks over ten years is just completely counterproductive. >> we know there's a big difference between actual tax reform and tax cuts. reform is going to be much more complex and complicated. tax is kind of a big win and broad-sweeping move. do you think this is going to suit the need for what republicans will get on board with? >> probably not. i do appreciate you making the distinction between tax cuts and tax reform. as i suggested, a tax reform that was responsive to the needs we actually face in this country would probably be looking at
more revenue, not less. republicans, as you said, republicans may well be spooked by this increase in the deficit and debt by numbers -- you mentioned 3 to 7 trillion. i've heard numbers in that range as well. we don't have enough details to score this, but when we do, you could see republican opposition. >> the thing for tax cuts, and certainly big businesses that already have the type of great lobbyists that work here in d.c. that are fighting for their big clients, who want to save big dollars, the trump theory is that if you give cuts to these folks, it creates jobs. we know there are still billions of dollars that remain offshore by these big companies. they haven't reinvested in america. is this really the signal they need? is that theory applicable here? >> not only is it not applicable here, it's not applicable anywhere. this is supply side trickle-down economics. that fairy dust never works. they're trying that in kansas as
we speak. it's been a disaster for their budget and it hasn't helped the economy. look, businesses have been very flush, highly profitable, but maybe even more to the point, capital costs have been extremely old. borrowing's been very low. interest rates, low. we haven't seen any kind of investment boom. i'm not saying taxes are irirrelevant but they're one small part. when you get into supply side, they become the totality of the argument. you have to remember, once you start taking -- i think about 5.5 trillion from the treasury's coffers, that means you can't make a whole set of other productive investments that i think would be much more helpful to the economy. >> more specifically about what the president said in that fox interview yesterday, he said better trade deals along with the tax cut would lift the rate of economic growth to 5% or more in the next few years. we haven't seen that type of raise, 4%, specifically, since
the dotcom boom. so, is this achievable? >> no, we all have to be very careful not to take what donald trump says very seriously at all. especially about the economy. he just picks numbers out of the air and throws them around. they mean nothing. the idea that this gdp growth rate could go from 2% to 3%, which is what his treasury secretary steve mnuchin says, that's a very, very heavy lift. i don't see that happening in part because of the demographics i talked about, just the fact that our population is aging and aging out of the labor force. when you're talking about numbers like 4%, 5%, 6%, that's just trump pulling nonsense out of the air. >> jared bernstein, great to have you with me. and you're out in denver, right. you getting any of that weather? >> i sure -- yeah, i have to climb through a little snow bank to get here. >> all right. so you safely made it, though. keep us posted. you'll be our economic adviser
and now our weather reporter for the colorado area. >> all right, thanks. >> thanks, jared. the reviews are in from around the world. one of donald trump's first 100 days in office and what people think. with nbc news conducting interviews in more than half a dozen countries and heard this revelation, often the world feels more dangerous. and a major crisis could be looming. nbc's richard engel has that story. >> reporter: around the world for 100 days the top story has been president trump. and he's being watched with more than a bit of concern. >> quite a few people are saying, well, we're still here. i think there was a genuine fear. >> reporter: that's the bar, that's good? >> absolutely. >> reporter: we're still alive. >> there isn't all-out nuclear conflict, although it is openly talked about. i find that quite extraordinary. >> reporter: alister pruitt has been observing foreign affairs
for over 40 years. >> there is a genuine real and tangible concern and it's based not so much on the idle threats of putting people in their place, it is based upon that perception of ineptitude. >> reporter: around the globe, we found a similar feeling, that president trump is careening from crisis to crisis without a foreign policy strategy. in south korea -- >> he's, like, starting fights with everyone. >> reporter: to the west bank. >> he just doesn't know what he's doing. >> reporter: to germany. >> he doesn't really think about what he does. maybe he thinks about it a lot but he seems rude, harsh and not -- not just presidential. >> reporter: people don'seem to kno what to expect or believe from president trump as he plays brinksmanship with the nuclear armed and highly erratic north korea. punishes america's neighbors, mexico and canada, normally considered essential allies. and flip-flops on syria.
lobbing a few dozen missiles as a regime his administration seemed to back a few days before. 100 days of president trump have passed. and if the best international observers can say is we lived through it, these are truly unchartered times. >> our view here viewing it as impartial reporters is like a school report that says, the start wasn't quite as bad as it might have been, but can do and must do better. >> that was nbc's richard engel reporting for us. how the democratic party has benefitted from the trump presidency so far. but first, the simpsons' take on president trump's first 100 days in office. >> 100 days in office, so many accomplishments, lowered my golf handicap, twitter followers increased by 700 and, finally, we can shoot hibernating bears. my boys will love that. lilly.
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the fact is he has succeeded in one way. he has succeeded in mobilizing the american people against what he is about. he has proven to be one of the best organizers the democratic party has ever had. >> house minority leader nancy pelosi on the success of president trump after 100 days in office. joining me is zezirlina maxwell director of programming for sirius/xm, and rick tyler, former ted cruz campaign spokesman, an msnbc political analyst. great to have you all with me. rick, let's dive in right off the top there. has one of president trump's greatest impacts really been to mobilize democrats and to figure out what they want to do as a party going forward? >> it may be, but i think the democrats are still kind of weak and haven't found their footing.
there's certainly a lot of energy out there but there doesn't seem to be anybody who's in charge, organizing it. tom perez is not a popular figure in the democratic party. bernie sanders still is, but he in many ways is responsible for donald trump becoming president and he also is -- you know, he's not -- he's not a democrat. so it remains to be seen. i would say the democrats would have a huge opportunity right now, except for the fact that i don't think the democrats have gotten it together. >> meanwhile, the democrats seem to be taking their time because president trump seems to have enough problems with republicans getting behind him and getting things through in congress. they have time to figure out their mess because they are a mess right now. the big headline, north korea, health care, nafta and taxes. if this is an effort to make good on campaign promises, what's wrong with the president trying to deliver on what he said he would do and going the way that he does on certain things with executive orders to make it happen. >> i think the president is just
all along demonstrated he doesn't have a deep grasp of the policies he's trying to enact. he doesn't understand because he's a political novice that in order to get health care reform or to repeal obamacare, you have to grow consensus among the american public. so, he's just not able to do that. in part, maybe because he doesn't have the appropriate advisers telling him to do that even before a bill is brought to the floor or because of the timing of all of this, everything around the shutdown meant they had to rush it through to try to bring it up for a vote again, perhaps. maybe next week, we don't know. i just think donald trump being a political novice he's going to have a tough time regardless of anything the democrats do because right now essentially the republican conference is where all of these factions are. he's going to have a tough time getting anything accomplishment because he just doesn't understand, really, how the legislative process works. >> meanwhile, he's tried to accomplish a lot but done little in terms of being productive. there's a lack of single focus.
i once took an improv comedy class and i learned you say yes first and then you retort back. so, is this the most improved 100 days? if so, how do you go from improved to president? >> that's good stuff. i think the president shouldn't be so worried about 100 day mark. 100 days does not a president make. he had a number of challenges, mistakes, some successes. there's lots of talk, everyone in the country and the world has been watching everything he does. i think for the most part he has to just work really, really hard to get through congress those key measures that will be his signature legislation. he has to get something done with health care, he has to get something done with tax reform and he has to work more closely
with members of congress and also with democrats to cobble together legislation that will please a majority of americans and be winning legislation going forward. so, the first 100 days have been rocky, bumpy for him. it doesn't mean he has to be unsuccessful the whole time. it's just a matter of getting his stride and working with congress and talking with democrats as well. >> there are growing pains, i think, to go around for everybody. rick, is it legitimate to say they've been productive? >> i think they've been productive on things he can do. i think on energy, whether you agree with it or not, he's done a lot of things on energy with the two pipelines, with deregulation, the clean coal plant and rolling that back. i think he's done good things with job creation and regulation. but it astonishes me, thomas, that he has not -- that mitch mcconnell is really the key here. to get things legislatively done, the senate is much tougher than the house. why is it mitch mcconnell, paul
ryan and the president have not sat down and said, here are the ten things we can get through this house and get those things on record before you start to move on these huge public policy changes that, frankly, require public support. you cannot get large scale policy change done when the country says we support that by 17%. that's not going to happen. >> didn't trump get elected on repealing and replacing obamacare. paul ryan wanted to do that first. there was confusion. those were the messages he gave to those folks who elected him. that was the message with speaker ryan. did they swing for the fences and whiff? >> obamacare was unpopular, but paul ryan did not introduce repeal obamacare. he introduced an amendment. >> they sold it. >> you have a binary. they suddenly didn't like the thing they didn't like before.
they need to present something better. they have not communicated on that. >> zerlina, 96% of people supported trump said they would vote for him again today. there is a loyalty that is baked in. regardless of what happened over the first 100 days. >> right. we have to think about the core reason why trump voters voted for trump. i'm not saying they all voted for trump because of jobs or stress or anxiety around progress or racial or gender lines. there are a lot of reasons people voted for donald trump. i think he has a base that is not going anywhere. they are locyal to donald trump no matter what he does. what is interesting is the nn . independents. the people that voted for him on economic growth and jobs.
we are not seeing that so far. the economy is at its slowest growth rate in the past three years. so donald trump has a lot to answer for in terms of matching a lot of the lofty rhetoric he used during the campaign. i think there is an opening for democrats. you will see many in the streets today protesting climate and environmental justice. you have groups of people around the country. lowncome people and people of color intimately impacted by pollution. their children have asthma. you have unclean water in michigan and elsewhere. i think there is an opportunity for democrats to propose an alternative. there is a base that loves donald trump. they will not stop loving him. i think that it's unfortunate because many of the policies, particularly in the past 100 days, it is broken promises that hurt those people who remain loyal to him. >> we will talk about this more in a second. also talk about the first
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all right. so now lightning round on president trump in his first 100 days in office. sticking with me is zerlina maxwell and rick tyler and joe watkins. this is the lightning round. ivanka. ho did she do on the trip to berlin? does she represent the president well especially when asked questions about are you here to represent america, your father or your businesses? >> i think she could have done better in berlin. overall, she is an asset to her father. he respects her opinion. i think that she has to stay in her lane and be well studied
especially when she is abroad. >> so let's get to the biggest failure for president trump so far. zerlina, let me start with you. >> i would say totality of what he has done in the first 100 days. >> that is broad, zerlina. can we have one? >> health care. >> you can't say breathing. >> i would say amateur hour with health care is the biggest failure. >> joe, what about you, sir? >> health care as well. i think the health care failure is the busineiggest loss. >> three for three. >> all right. what about the biggest success? zerlina? >> he has unified the democratic party against his agenda. he is the best news for us in unifying the resistance. >> okay. joe, sir, what would you say is his best success? >> probably supreme court. getting gorsuch appointed and confirmed. probably the biggest. >> i actually think it is
reengagement in the world. many have come to him. he has a good relationship with xi. i like the fact that the united states is engaged around the world and not withdrawing from the world. >> the grade? >> by his standard, barely passing. historical standards, "b" or "b" minus. >> joe? >> probably "b" on foreign policy. >> we know zerlina will give incomplete or "f." >> incomplete. he hasn't achieved the things he said he would do when he put out the contract for the first 100 days. >> i knowerlina so well. thank you all. coming up next, my conversati conversation with michael and the ideas who may disagree with
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