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this land who will uphold the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution including the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. and you know working with my old friend congressman steve king, president trump's been busy securing our borders, ending illegal immigration, removing dangerous criminals off the streets of our cities. in fact, illegal immigration on our southern border is already down more than 60% this year alone. and it's going to fall even further because president donald trump is going to build a wall. and working with all these great
iowa leaders president trump has stood, i can say, without apology for the sanctity of human life. this administration has worked to prevent funding of abortion at home and abroad. and we'll continue to stand for the unborn. and just two days ago as the world watched with the strong support of senator grassley and senator ernst, president donald trump withdrew the united states of america from the paris climate accord. he put america first. you know, as the president explained the paris accord punished the united states, no doubt about it. and it would lead to lower economic growth, slower and lower incomes for millions of
families, literally millions have lost job. according to one study if the paris accord had gone forward it would cost the u.s. economy more than 6.5 million jobs in the next 25 years while giving countries like china and india virtually a free pass. you know, under the paris climate accord, china would actually increase its co2 emissions for the next 15 years? as the president said, this administration was elected to represent the people of pittsburgh, not paris. how great is it to have a president who's more concerned with des moines than denmark? i just couldn't have been more proud this week to be standing with the president who chose to put american workers and american jobs first. who chose to put american energy and american industry first. i want to submit to you by withdrawing from the paris climate accord president donald trump chose to put the forgotten men and women of america first.
and he always will. you know, in just four months president trump with the strong support of leaders here in iowa has taken decisive action to strengthen america at home and abroad. to uphold american sovereignty and the rule of law. and at this white house that's what we call a good start. but men and women of iowa, we've got more work to do. and first and foremost this summer this congress must come together and heed the president's leadership. and we must repeal and replace obamacare. and working with senator joni ernst, senator chuck grassley, all the members of congress, i know we will. the obamacare nightmare is about
to end. and it's high time. you and i all remember the broken promises that they made to get obamacare passed. remember all of it? they said if you like your doctor, you can keep it. not true. they said if you like your health insurance, you can keep it. not true. you were told that health insurance costs would go down after obamacare passed, remember? not true. now we know the facts. just last week our administration released a new study showing just how bad obamacare has failed the american people. here in iowa obamacare has more than doubled premiums on the individual market in just the past two years. the average premium cost $3,300 more today than it did in the year 2013. and while costs are skyrocketing, choices are plummeting. you know, when i landed in des moines just a few hours ago, i met a great family from manning,
iowa, who are bearing the burden of the failed policies of obamacare. two years ago craig and cindy williams purchased an individual wellmark health care plan by way of the iowa farm bureau. but thanks to obamacare's failed mandates and policies, the williams' just learned their policy will be canceled next year. folks, that's heartbreaking. and the williams family isn't alone. wellmark is pulling out of iowa's obamacare exchange. and now the williams and more than 21,000 iowans are going to lose their health insurance plan next year. and only three days after wellmark pulled out, aetna announced it's going to leave iowa too. did you see it? and now medica, the last insurer selling obamacare coverage in the hawkeye state said they might follow suit. when that happens, that would leave 94 out of 99 counties in iowa with literally no insurance
options at all. you know, iowa's facing a health care crisis under obamacare. and it's high time we take action. that's why congress must come together under the leadership of president donald trump and relieve iowa and relieve america and repeal and replace obamacare. >> vice president mike pence there rallying the troops there in boone, iowa, about 45 minutes north of des moines, iowa. iowa being that key swing state that helped to bring in donald trump into the white house. the joni ernst roast & ride, it's a hot one today not only because of the roast, but it is 90 degrees out there. and vonn hillyard, nbc's correspondent, has been following today's event pre, and now during. the message pretty clear here trying to echo what has happened
in this past week with regard to the paris accord and then looking forward to potentially some of the news and the developments in the coming week, vaughan. >> reporter: yeah, richard, i think you heard the line here. he said to this iowa crowd, isn't it better that we have a president that's more concerned with the residents of des moines instead of denmark, which is a mock-up off of the pittsburgh than paris line we heard here. the vice president is still speaking. he rode in on a harley just a bit ago. but you have the likes of joni ernst, senator from iowa along with chuck grassley. chuck grassley stood up here and said congress has notd done enough to produce results on behalf of donald trump's agenda, i was talking to a lot of these voters here, i think you heard from a couple of them these last couple hours saying they're frustrated, there's no health care passed, a lot of the issues they voted and still believe donald trump can push through ultimately hasn't actually resonated. and the interesting part though the way mike pence is still framing it though is there's been a lot of success. he said right off the top he said, quote, donald trump has
brought america back and the world knows it. i'll leave it up to others to analyze and pick that apart, but mike pence is making the pitch that six months into this administration that they've done what they can. yes, there's still a lot on the table and said specifically goes iowans are hurting from obamacare and said they need to repeal obamacare and replace it with something that they need congress to act. which is putting pressure. you have a lot, you have steve king congressman, you've got david young congressman, feels much more like a campaign event but at the same time these are very real issues. got to remind you there's eight years ago that barack obama won iowa, four years ago barack obama won iowa and these guys voted by plus ten for donald trump in this state and they're looking for action and a lot of voters feel they haven't seen it. >> the key swing state as i mentioned when we went to you there, vaughan, he should be saying boone not berlin because he's in boone, iowa, about 14,000 people normally. how is this message of paris again not pittsburgh -- excuse me, pittsburgh, not paris, and
des moines, not denmark, working with those people there, those key voters? >> reporter: yeah, remember for a lot of these voters they weren't even necessarily all one issue voters. and on the paris actually there's not much that is holding up in talking to these voters. they're really focused to be honest with you, richard, asking about the paris climate accord, it's much more turning the attention to health care, tax reform and trade. remember, for a lot of these people here a lot of them in iowa are farmers, so issue of trade and exports of their corn products is huge. so you go from place to place it's honestly not the biggest issue resonating with them for what that's worth. >> all right, great stuff. boone, iowa, 3:09 p.m. thank you so much vaughn hillyard there with the vice president as he continues his speech. of course we'll update folks with us right now in terms of any more things that the vice president might say of note. we also want to follow another major gathering except not just
one city but really across the country. organizers hoping that their events here would remind folks of the millions who gathered for january's womens march. this one today is called a march for truth. they are planned gatherings and marches in more than 100 cities across the country. you can see it right there. their demand, a congressional independent commission to investigate the russian connection question with donald trump, his campaign and his administration. these organizers believe an independent commission can only truly be effective to protect democracy in the united states, their words. and that this special counsel and four other congressional investigations that are ongoing right now that they're not enough. we have nbc's ali vitali in the nation's capital. i want to start with you, we have some developing news and one of them is that the president is going to get out on the road to introduce an infrastructure plan. then we'll get to the march for truth. but we're just getting this in
here to msnbc in the last ten minutes, what are you hearing about this infrastructure plan? what are you hearing about how he's going to be introducing it in the coming days? >> reporter: well, look, richard, i think the way that they handled pulling out of the paris climate agreement is really being looked at as a way to spur momentum in this white house that has been largely bogged down by a lot of the controversies that the protesters and marchers were here to talk about. they want to talk about russian collusion, they want to talk about releasing tax returns. the white house not so much. they're looking to take the show on the road. trump is someone i followed his campaign, he does well when he's pitching to groups of people that are his supporters. he likes getting out there talking to what he calls the forgotten men and women that elected him to office. and so that's what he's going to be looking to do this week he's going to look to spur domestic legislative agenda when he wants to talk about infrastructure, something he's talked about on the campaign now in office and he's looking to push through congress. and i think that's something that they're really looking to do stemming from the large support they got from their base on pulling out of paris. so it's just the next step in kind of bringing positive momentum to a white house that's
badly in need of it. >> yeah, you know candidate trump well, you know president trump well given your reporting. not only campaigning at the white house, again monday we're hearing the president will go to the rose garden, he will announce a new infrastructure plan, that infrastructure plan is widely believed at this moment to be focusing on cities and states to take up the cost of renewing their infrastructure. i wanted to get to you, ali, i know you know that stuff. now let's talk about the march for truth. they are out there behind you in big numbers earlier this morning. looks quieter now. >> reporter: definitely quieter, they came, they marched and they've gone home. but largely they're the same groups of people that we've seen over the course of the past few weekends. i've been spending most of my saturdaying here in washington going to a bunch of these different kinds of marches. we did the tax march, there was obviously the womens march which was the biggest of all of them. but that has really tried to spur some momentum of the protesting kind. we actually spoke to one of the marchers, linda, of the womens
march, kind of talking about why people are still coming out here. take a look at what she had to say. >> the womens march was their first opportunity to come out and they now feel powerful. and they're translating that power into electoral power. we will be working on a very strategic electoral campaign in 2018 that would be led by the womens march and other womens organizations in this country. it allows people to come and put their frustrations out in this country decent is the highest form of patriotism. >> that's exactly right. a lot of people i've been talking to keep saying well at least it makes me feel like i'm doing something. they keep coming out to these kinds of marches and rallies and that's a pretty notable thing when you see a white house trying to push its agenda and a population not willing and ready to get behind it, richard. >> thank you so much, ali vitali in washington, d.c. we'll go in terms of nice weather to another city across the country, scott cohn, things are good there. tell us about what you're seeing and some of the messages those out there today, what are they
telling you? >> well, it's the same general theme, richard, about wanting an independent investigation into the russia issue, their pleas they got the independent counsel but they're not done yet. and then they go beyond it to other issues including election reform. there is no shortage of enthusiasm here in los angeles, but to be frank, there's a bit of a shortage of people. and it's not lost on the protesters here. just by way of perspective y'all were talking about the womens march in january. this park in front of city hall i could not have been standing where i am during that march in january. it was jam packed with people. now as you can see it's a lighter turnout and protesters or marchers we've talked to have said that they recognize that and one of the issues that they're dealing with is fatigue. it's almost as much of an opponent, a formidable opponent as the trump administration that they're marching against. and that's one of the issues that they have to deal with, but people saying they're going to keep coming out.
they need to keep on making the point that this is an issue and there are people enthused about this and there are people that expect to listen. now, as the program goes on, we've reached the steps of city hall after about a mile march through the downtown area. congresswoman maxine waters is probably next will be sounding some similar themes. and the hope and the issue here is they need to keep the enthusiasm up, richard. >> all right, historic los angeles city hall. thank you so much scott cohn with the latest on the truth for march. we'll be watching all of that happening throughout the day and this hour. but it's not only those marchers, there's also supporters for what president trump may need at this moment and those supporters are out there in front of the white house earlier today. president -- one of the questions though that exist for the president right now is the russian connection question. president vladimir putin could be one of those supporters at the moment based on what he said, at least in a recent
interview with megyn kelly. putin saying that don't look at russia. instead, consider other groups including the cia, for who's responsible for the election hacking. he spoke one-on-one as i was mentioning with nbc's megyn kelly for tomorrow night's premiere of "sunday night with megyn kelly." putin also saying many people thought russia was behind the kennedy assassination as an example. take a listen. >> translator: hackers can be anywhere. they can be in russia, in asia, even in america, latin america. there can even be hackers by the way in the united states. very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame as we say onto russia. >> well, thursday former fbi director jim comey could offer some daylight on this back and forth in terms of a potential connection. he will testify before the senate intelligence committee unless president trump tries to stop him along the way.
with us now, kurt mills, foreign affairs reporter for u.s. news and world report, also karin, congressional reporter for "the washington post." we'll start with you first, karin. we've been watching these protests, these marches across the country. i want to start with that. of course this all leads into the comey testifying this coming week. but they are basically saying we want a congressional independent commission. and the question might be why is that needed based on the special counsel. why is that need based on the four other congressional investigations ongoing right now? >> well, people have been calling democrats especially have been calling for an independent commission for several months now. this started before trump actually became president when the allegations first started to arise. and their argument is that we can't trust this to politicians because people are going to have -- they're going to need to deal with the president on other things. there are going to be potential
ways that the president might be able to pull them back and forth depending which party members are in. and because politicians find it difficult to disassociate themselves entirely from politics sometimes and this is one of those investigations where you want to have it be as far away from the political fray as possible. we've seen that happen in certain committees. we've seen politics take over and things kind of run aground. the senate intelligence committee is probably the one place where that hasn't really happened and things are still chugging along. but the problem is that if you turn to an independent commission now, first of all, you need the buy-in from the gop to do that, which there isn't in congress. and also it would be starting from scratch again. and speed now seems to be of the essence in a way it wasn't before because you have this special counsel and because the special counsel is pushing ahead with a lot of the same witnesses that the congressional committee's investigation need to speak with as well if their investigations are really going to be able to produce anything really substantive. >> kurt, reflecting on what karuon was saying there, nbc did a little research into these independent commissions that
congress has done in the past, i think there's only been six or seven to date so far. they are not cheap. some $10 million could be the price here. again, from '89 to 2016 only about seven, 9/11 commission they employed about 80 people just to give a sense of what an independent commission might be. but when you have over 100 groups across the country saying this is what we need to restore democracy, or confidence in the u.s. democracy, some would say then why not do that? because really these marchers across the country are saying there's questions about the u.s. democracy right now. >> yeah, i mean, fair or not this presidency has been sequestered by the russia controversy. so i think the administration should take a long hard look into an independent type commission that was done for 9/11 for instance to handle the matter. the vice president talked about all of his goals a minute ago. and it read like a conservative hits album as usual. but the fact is they're not
going to be able to get any of these things through as far as -- as long as they're submerged in this russia controversy. i mean, they can do certain things by fiat, like the paris agreement. but this infrastructure program, health care, tax reform, that's going nowhere as long as they're completely dominated by this story line. >> yeah. talking about story lines and you are reporting for us and reflecting on that for us, thanks so much, kurt, to you, karoun, on that we're just making the announcement coming down we're just getting in the last 15 minutes that the president will be going to the rose garden monday. he will be promoting a new infrastructure plan. it will be a shift at least it seems like from early reporting based on who will be paying for this. it looks like it's going to be cities and states according to what we're hearing early on. where do you think this is going to be fitting in to the leadup to the big thursday with james comey? >> well, it depends on how much attention people pay to this beyond that first speech.
i mean, look, infrastructure is a huge thing. it is the one thing where democrats said right after the election they might be willing to work with the president because they also want to invest in infrastructure. but they want to put more money behind it and the infrastructure, the concept of passing an infrastructure bill has dogged congress for years and years and years. just because it says it on monday does not mean you're going to see anything happen that actually advances that before thursday. so on thursday we're going to be all eyes on that comey hearing. there are no ifs, ands or buts about that. too many people are waiting. even if the administration wants to talk other things they feel could work like infrastructure because health care certainly is not working that well for them, that's not a problem with the democrats, the senate republicans don't want to take that up, and other things too do not seem to be winners right now for coalescing the attention of congress. certainly we'll talk about transportation on monday, but it's not going to take the attention away from that comey hearing by thursday. >> yeah, and it's interesting because we really are having this sort of parallel paths,
right? kurt, we've got these pictures that both of you've been mentioning coming out of boone, iowa, right outside of des moines, this fitting right in with the thematics of the paris accord withdrawal from the united states, very much looking at a nationalist message -- again, live pictures from boone, iowa. and you were saying the greatest hits coming out of if you will the nationalist economic platform that this white house would like to push forward. and then you have this announcement of the infrastructure plan. it sounds like the messaging is going to be very much consistent, at least for this one or two weeks despite the russian connection question investigation moving forward. >> yeah, but anything can throw them off. don't forget this putin interview tomorrow. who knows what he's going to reveal there and even as they try to lead off of this on monday, whatever putin says tomorrow could dominate all the headlines. every time they try to start legislatively they get distracted by the russia investigation. so it's just a matter of what does the president want, does he want to survive? or does he want to get through
his agenda? if he wants to get through his agenda and he doesn't have much to hide, as he claims, then he should allow an investigation. now, the administration and its allies might say, well, that's what we have bob mueller to do and he's a pretty trusted guy and that's a fair point as well. >> all right. thank you both for your reflection. a lot of moving parts here just in the last 15 minutes, but you're used to that as things go nowadays with the announcement coming from the white house as well as happening in boone, iowa, and again the comey investigation. kurt, karoun, appreciate it. >> thanks very much. by the way, as we were talking about the last ten minutes, megyn kelly's exclusive interview with russian president vladimir putin tomorrow evening on the premiere of her new show "sunday night with megyn kelly," sunday night eastern on nbc. republican congressman darrell issa, you know, he won a razor thin victory last year. his california town hall today says it may not be any easier when he starts officially
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try super poligrip free. ♪ welcome back. i'm richard lui at msnbc headquarters in new york city. thanks for staying with us. here are some of the stories we're following for you, demonstrators out today across the country, that includes los angeles, washington, d.c. and just about every city in between. they're demanding answers in the russia probe. they want a congressional independent investigation. they want a commission to uncover any potential ties between russia and the trump administration and the trump campaign. all eyes will be as well on former fbi director james comey speaking about the russia connection question. he is set to testify before congress. that happens just a number of days on thursday, the white house could move to block his testimony although the "new york times" quoting senior administration officials who say that's probably not going to happen 6789. and a white house official also telling nbc news president trump will travel to cincinnati, ohio,
next wednesday to promote a new infrastructure plan. the president is expected to formally launch what's being called an infrastructure week during an announcement in the white house that will happen on monday. congressional campaign season, can you believe it? it starts in just about six months. and it's already getting a little heated for republican congressman darrell issa. issa by the way he only won his district by two percentage points in 2016. it was very close for him. voters in his district expressed some concerns and some fears about president trump at a town hall today. it could be a preview of what issa will have to overcome in the midterm elections in 2018. nbc senior political editor beth joins me live from california. beth, there was chants, there was singing, a packed house today. you had a little bit of everything. >> yeah, i mean, think about it, richard, how things have changed for darrell issa. we all knew him during the obama
administration. he was riding high. he was the chairman of house oversight, very, very powerful committee, very, very powerful position. he had subpoena power. he had this huge staff. he went after the obama administration with everything he had investigating benghazi, investigating so many other things that went on during that presidency. nothing really came to fruition. he looked into the benghazi attack, he looked into the fast and furious attack -- gun sale rather. again, didn't come up with a whole lot. but it really made him a hero among republicans that he was going to be fearlessly going after the president's administration and any wrongdoing that he saw. now he's just getting chanted at by protesters. as you said he almost lost in 2016. he's going to be heavily challenged again in 2018. but you know, he came to this town meeting, he listened to people's concerns about health care, about the environment, about climate change. and he talked to reporters. i had a good interview with him and talked to him about what it's like for him as a republican who supports trump to
run and to govern in a state that absolutely rejected trump in 2016 and in his district that didn't vote for trump either. let's listen to what he had to say. >> i came back to oversight because president trump's administration's going to need oversight. and i'm going to push for it. will i stand up to this administration? yes. i ran in the past on my record, i'll run in the future on my record. they took a picture of the first and only time i had met with donald trump and they put it up there as the reason not to vote for me. >> so clearly he is distancing himself a bit from donald trump. he doesn't want to fully embrace the president even though he did support him during the election. he's got to walk a very fine line, richard. he's not going to walk away from that endorsement. he knows folks in his district are not super crazy about what's happening in washington right now so he has to choose his words carefully, richard. >> one of those bellwetters that folks like you are watching to see what may happen as we get
closer to 2018 as i was mentioning it's really only months away before they start get going. beth, thank you so much there. >> absolutely. >> yeah, right there in san juan capistrano, california. now move to the uncertainty hanging over thursday's planned testimony from james comey. will the white house use executive privilege to block the former fbi director from speaking out on its possible ties to russia? the "new york times" reporting today that trump will not block comey from testifying. but he could still change his mind. and it would not be the first time. joining us now is andrew shapiro, former assistant secretary of state for political military affairs. thank you for joining us today. you know, i wanted to move onto that question. what is that idea we're getting conflicting reports about using executive privilege in terms of what the white house wants to do. and then we can move on here in terms of what they can do. what's your thought, andrew, in terms of what they may do? >> well, i think initially
they're not looking forward to the comey testimony. comey as you may recall gave testimony in the bush administration about the bush administration to force the continuation of an intelligence program. so he's a very compelling witness. and they're not looking forward to that testimony. at the same time trying to block it may not accomplish what they want. it may be a piric victory if they try to block it. it's unclear if they have the legal basis to block it. >> right. >> and at the end of the day if they were try to block it and he testified anyway, it would give that much more credence to what he is going to be saying. >> i want to move into something that definitely is in your wheel house here, quote/unquote, and that is vladimir putin. and we were listening to some of megyn kelly's interview with him throughout the day. you may have heard of some of it. and during the panel section it sounded like vladimir putin and
donald trump had similar logic on why donald trump won and hillary clinton lost. and some folks are putting one and one together and saying these two seem to have the same sheet of music. >> yes, well, as you know putin supported trump's ideas during the campaign about developing a better relationship with russia. so he was pleased by trump winning because he thought it would serve russia's national interests. and so when donald trump goes to nato and doesn't reaffirm article 5, vladimir putin likes hearing that. at the same time, donald trump wants to distance himself from any idea that the russians played a role in his election as undermining his legitimacy. so they have a common interest in trying to downplay the role russia may have played in the election. >> some might say and i was trying to express that idea earlier based on the way he was saying bhapd with the election
that they are quote/unquote, you know, working together. and of course we have no proof of that at all and that's the very question that is ongoing when it comes to the special counsel. for instance special counsel mueller, he is reportedly widened those that he is looking into for his investigation. paul manafort has been mentioned, also attorney general's office including the attorney general, that has been reported. if any of this coming out to be true, what does that tell you about what special counsel is doing right now in his investigation? >> well, from the public reporting and obviously we don't know all the strands of the investigation that bob mueller is pursuing, but from the public reporting it looks like he's trying to tie in all the various strands of the investigation through his special counsel office. this is a very complicated investigation with a lot of different factors adding he
wants to see the entire picture and see where connections might exist. so he's bringing the flynn investigation into his investigation, the manafort investigation, he'll have a complete picture of all these various strands and how they tie together. >> and one thing that this will also mean if the reporting turns out to be correct is the extension of time required will also increase theoretically. >> this is going to be a very complicated investigation. we shouldn't expect that it's going to happen overnight. typically special counsel investigations can take up to 18 months if not longer. >> yeah. >> so this is something that is going to go on for some time, and possibly could impact the 2018 elections. >> most likely will. andrew shapiro, former assistant secretary of state, that's your title. you know d.c. well. what does all this mean then when we look at comey and the fact that he n longer sits in that seat calle fbi director and the reporting saying that
it's been somewhat tumultuous in terms of identifying his replacement in d.c. when you are missing the fbi director, what does that mean for the intelligence community? >> well, they have an acting director. and the current acting director andrew mccabe is a well-respected fbi official. but at the end of the day i think that the trump administration knows that this is going to be a highly scrutinized choice. so they are looking to try and make that choice properly, but it's also as we've seen again and again the trump personnel process has been disorganized. so it's not surprising that this personnel process is going through the same bumps that we have seen before. >> yeah, we were hearing reporting it was going to be decided earlier. clearly that has not happened. andrew shapiro, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> all right, demonstrators, we have been watching them today as they've been taking to the streets in more than 100 cities including the nation's capital. they want answers in the russia investigation. up next, we'll speak with an organizer of that march. (dog) mmm. this new
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today's march for truth demanding a congressional independent commission to investigate the russia connection question with donald trump, his campaign and his administration, they believe an independent commission can only truly be effective to protect democracy in the united states they are saying, and that the special counsel and the four other congressional investigations, they are not enough. and we've been showing you today pictures like that as well as what's been happening across the country. here's a map of the more than 100 cities where march for truth rallies have been happening. joining us now is one of the organizers jordan yule, also the editor and chief of the opposition. thanks for being with us. tell us first of all, we've been seeing pictures throughout the day here, jordan, crowds in the morning, dissipating later in the afternoon. what's the thought in terms of meeting expectations so far? >> well, richard, first of all, thanks for having me on.
considering that at the beginning myself, justin hendricks and andrea never envisioned anything like this on the scale or magnitude, the turnout today is absolutely overwhelming. >> any numbers? have you gotten any estimates from those in the field? >> no, i can only speak for d.c., that's where i was. it looked like we had several thousand. >> several thousand. so let's focus on this if you were watching earlier in the show the question is, okay, so you would like a congressional independent commission, and i was just stating this because you believe despite the five other investigations that's not enough. why do you believe so? >> well, if you look at the past investigations in the house and senate they've been heavily politicized. we've been roadblocked every step of the way. and it doesn't appear like we're reaching any -- or making any progress. so an independent commission republicans and democrats coming together working together on this issue with subpoena power, we may actually reach an end
goal and that is finding out what actually happened. and it's important to know the march for truth is not anti-trump. and it's not calling for impeachment. we want a fair process. and we're not seeing that in congress right now. >> some of those who would watch what's happening today would say but a good, fair process, or the confidence in the u.s. democratic institutions should be good, you should have good confidence in it because we do have these five investigations ongoing. but you're saying, no, that isn't enough and there is concern about the confidence in the democracy in the united states. >> that's right. and i think the participation today with 153 cities worldwide shows that other people feel the same way as us. >> what is it specifically? is it just the russian connection question that is really pushing your group to say we need to re-instill confidence? is it just this russian question? >> yes. we would like an independent
commission to investigate the alleged russian collusion. we would also like for trump to release his tax returns. there we could see whether or not he has any business dealings abroad or if he's indebted to a foreign entity. at the very end if there were crimes committed, we would like a swift and just prosecution. >> quickly, what's the next step for the group? >> we are thinking long term because it's going to take congressional republicans to act. if you go to marchfortruth.info you can get connected with us and get involved. >> jordan, thank you. >> thank you very much. jobs, jobs, jobs. you have heard it before, it's a major theme of trump's campaign which resonated with voters, but the manufacturing sector has been underperforming. the president of a big u.s. auto manufacturer will now join us after the break to talk to us about what's really a solution to make a difference. break through your allergies.
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it's been six years of job growth in america. nevertheless friday's monthly jobs report disappointed some. 138,000 jobs were added in may, short of expert estimates. but unemployment is now at a 16-year low at 4.3%. a key working class job sector to watch, manufacturing. the last month though 1,000 jobs were lost. that broke a five-month streak of gains. the u.s. is by the way second only to china in manufacturing. and president trump is vowing to reclaim the number one spot. >> the economy is starting to come back and very, very rapidly. we've added $3.3 trillion in stock market value to our economy and more than 1 million private sector jobs. >> well, that message might be missing the mark just a bit. in michigan where trump squeaked
out an essential win to take the white house, the support is slipping. recent poll this week suggests that michigan voters believe he's not doing enough. industry analysts suggest the problem is not so much a lack of manufacturing jobs but finding skilled workers to match employers needs and those job requests. toyota is addressing that challenge. it's advanced manufacturing program involves training workers while they're still attending school. participants split their time between the classroom and the manufacturing facility. the program is now being shared with 300 other companies and is operating in nine states. joining me now is the president of toyota's manufacturing plant in west virginia. leah, thanks for being here. so we've talked about these vocational programs before, right? either with community colleges or with four-year institutions. what's the essential difference that you would describe it as in 60 seconds? >> i would describe our program
as more of a co-ownership of the program to where we have almost like a 1-to-1 employment ratio with our campuses that we're partnering with, which is 22 over all of the united states. >> so you're basically saying 100%. how is this different than other programs being instituted across the country? >> basically, you know, we work with campuses and the educationals to be a partner. and we help teach not only the technical side but also the office side, presentations and things are monitored not just through professors but also through our toyota members that are part of the program. >> yeah, really matching that idea of action and theory together, right? because they're learning stuff in the classroom and then they're going to do it. is this basically a 50/50 in
terms of division of time in classroom and then actually doing stuff? >> yes, when we built the classroom really more like a workplace environment. so you're not only just teaching the theory, but you're applying that theory by doing hands-on work. so then you can go into our manufacturing environment and apply those skills during the week. so you're going to school three days a week and then you're working two days a week. >> and they are earning money along the way, too? >> absolutely. basically, you can get -- graduate with a two-year degree with little-to-no debt. which for many, many students right now, that is huge. >> a lot of folks would take that, right? so the concern is, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, and you're
incorporaoperating this in your training, i guess. >> yes, we are seeing technology advance at a rapid pace. in order to keep up with the pace, we have to have the core of students coming in as an employee. we need to raise the bar of the core. so these programs are absolutely being successful in our work environment as far as applying their skills in the new technology. >> okay. so federal government, we are implying that the president of the united states, donald trump, he's focused on the midwest and manufacturing, what can the federal government do more to bring this sort of program into play? >> you know, basically there are things like the perkins act, which they are getting ready to reauthorize. this allows more funds to go to the state so that they can apply these funds to the school systems in order to really reinforce the technical learning that we need for our future. >> all right. well, much success to you.
good luck. and leah curry, you have a tough job there in charleston, west virginia. running a plant there, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you very much. i'm hon in order. >> all right, you bet. up next, hbo host bill maher under fire using a racial slur on his show last night. a short time ago ma her released a statement about the controversial. we'll have that. parently, i kepp all night. she said the future freaks her out. how come no one likes me, jim? intel does! just think of everything intel's doing right now with artificial intelligence. and pretty soon ai is going to help executives like her see trends to stay ahead of her competition. no more sleepless nights. - we're going to be friends! - i'm sorry about this. don't be embarrassed of me, jim. i'm getting excited about this! we know the future. we're going to be friends! because we're building it. when this guy got a flat tire in the middle of the night, so he got home safe. yeah, my dad says our insurance doesn't have that.
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