tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC September 13, 2017 8:00pm-9:00pm PDT
forever because steve bannon is like the most loyal guy in the world? it took us all the way to now, wednesday night, for steve bannon to turn on donald trump. steve bannon's breitbart tonight is running this headline. amnesty don. trump cams on daca. and amnesty's reporting is based on chuck schumer and nancy pelosi's dinner as reported by chuck schumer and nancy pelosi, they are breitbart sources on amnesty don caving on daca. amnesty, don, that's tonight's "last word." "the 11th hour" with brian williams is next. tonight michael g. flynn, the son of the fired national security advisor now a subject in the russia investigation. and it certainly looked like robert mueller is applying pressure.
plus breaking tonight, chuck, nancy, and donald have dinner test white house. and it to listen to the democrats, they got a lot of assurances from the president as "the 11th hour" gets under way right now. well, good evening to you once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. we have suddenly a lot of newsbreaking right now. we'll get to all of it. and we want to take a moment here before our political coverage to talk about this horrible discovery in florida post hurricane irma where eight seniors have died while under the care of a nursing home facility in hollywood, florida. faced with what first responders found inside in the sweltering heat, 158 additional residents were evacuated. the nursing home is pretty much within sight of a hospital trauma center. while the main power was on, apparently the air-conditioning failed when a transformer went
out. the heat this week enflorida has been a huge hazard to the elderly as we've been reporting. the local police chief there says they are opening a criminal investigation, and the state has temporarily shut the facility down. we also want to let you know we're going to get a live report from hollywood, florida, later on in the broadcast. now, however, in the world of pall ittics, day 237 of the trump administration brings news tonight from that dinner with chuck and nancy as they've become known. much more on that in a moment. but first, once again we have new reporting on the russia investigation, that it may be looking into more people than previously we knew or thought. mike therein's son is a subject of the russia probe. we'll talk to one of the journalists in a moment who says the inquiry is focused at least in part on his work with his father's lobbying firm. on twitter tonight, flynn junior
diminished it as fake news. the son worked closely with his father. traveled with him to moskow in 2015 where flynn senior sat with putin. attorneys for flynn senior and junior declined to comment. saying quote, this does not impact the white house to any extent. the press secretary sarah huckabee sanders was asked about it in today's briefing. >> is the president concerned that someone who served on his transition team is now the subject of a federal investigation? >> i haven't had a conversation with him on that, but i'd refer you to outside counsel. >> broombering talltics has reporting. their report, quote, mueller's team is zeroing in on how russia spread fake and damaging
information through social media and is seeking additional evidence from companies like facebook and twitter about what happened on their networks. our lead off panel tonight, nbc news national political reporter carol lee, who was on the team that broke this flynn story. "the new york times" political reporter ken vogueal and form chief of staff, virmy bash who also served on the counsel of house intelligence committee. carol, as i mentioned at the top of the broadcast, we have a lot going on. we have various read outs of this dinner at the white house. we have the president who in the past few minutes has gone after hillary clinton on twitter. we're going to get to all of it because this has greater effect on the republic. let's start with the story you helped to break here. talk about the role flynn junior played in the life of flynn senior. >> you're right, it's a very significant role that flynn junior played in the life of his
father. these two were very close. they still are very close. they worked together. one of the things we know investigators are looking into is what the younger michael flynn did in terms of work with flynn intel group, his father emphasis lobbying firm. michael flynn, sr., as we know has been under investigation. investigators are looking at his connection with former governments including russia and turkey. and michael flynn, jr., was deeply involved in whatever his father was doing. he traveled with him to moskow in 2015 for that dinner that's become so famous, where flynn senior gave a speech or he sat at the same table with russian president vladimir putin. and flynn junior basically served as his father's chief of staff and basically his right-hand man. so investigators want to know everything he knows and what everything he was doing was basically what they said he was doing.
whether he was acting as a foreign agent without registering, there's a lot of questions. >> jarmmy, tonight i need the jarmmy bash who's a harvard educated lawyer. and answer me this, what's the legal exposure to flynn june, or is that barking up the wrong tree is this squeeze play? >> well, carol's reporting used the word subject. as well as a mere witness, someone who witnessed a crime. and i don't think we know yet exactly what category mike flynn, jr. is in. however, i think it's fair to say potentially engaging in unregistered foreign activity and privy to what his father was doing with the russians, he's probably going to be more towards a target than a mere witness. >> can a point we first heard nicole wallace raise on this network this afternoon, can you get over the relationships
father'ses, sons, manafort's son-in-law, trump's sons and son-in-law, and now flynn that is part of this over arching vague generic russia topic? >> yeah, at least in the case of flynn, certainly in the case of jared kushner. this is not like take your child to workday. these people are intrictally involved in aggressively pursuing some of these opportunities that have become subjects of interests for mueller and the special counsel investigation. in flynn junior's case, he and his father were in a big rush to sign lucrative contacts after flynn senior got out of the military in 2014. that's not much time as a lapse between 2014 when he got out of the military and when he signed onto then candidate donald trump's campaign. and they were working various aggressively to sign some of these clients, including some
who we now learned were linked to foreign government or foreign entities that were controlled by foreign government. so under this registration act that they failed to do, there's a real feeling among the folks that i talked to they were just moving quicker than they were able to do their vetting. and whether there was any attent as far as connection with russia or not is almost secondary. they have the exposure. it's something mueller can exploit. can exploit flynn junior, can exploit both of them to give any information on donald trump and donald trump's inner circle which is the real target here snch. >> so jeremy bash, were you just nodding your head no? >> basically the argument they were too sloppily to follow the law i don't think will hold up to scrutiny here. >> carol, can you bring us all up-to-date when the flynn's,
seen, and junior, have been doing? have they been making a living traveling the world, that kind of thing. >> well, we don't know much about michael flynn junior. michael flynn senior has appeared here and there. their lawyers both declined to comment. interestingly michael flynn senior's lawyer, when i asked him was he responsible to accusations of collusion with russia, he said no comment. whereas others have said that they deny that, who we know that the investigation is focusing on. but broadly, you know, this really raises the stakes for mike flynn, sr., in the sense that his son is now involved. and to the extent of robert mueller and special counsel can get him to cooperate with the investigation, this is just another tool that he has. >> ken, if you have the clarity and the distance to look back a
whole couple of days, what have we learned about the mueller effort this week thus far that perhaps we didn't know this past weekend? >> well, certainly that there is a great focus on these people who are no longer involved in the trump administration. flynn, flynn junior, paul manafort. and that there is a focus on their activities that don't necessarily relate directly to the core motivation of this investigation, which is to find russia meddling in the election. rather it's again the exposure these folks have on issues that could be used to leverage them to give up something on that core topic, that being the russian meddling in the election and any possible collusion with trump and his inner circle. >> and jeremy are you surprised, do you wince a little bit to hear these attacks on comey in the white house briefing room? >> i do. i mean i think this is a very conservative effort by the
president and his spokesperson to under mine someone who will be witness number one on the president and his inner circle on the obstruction matter. they're thinking ahead. in essence jim comey would be the star witness. because if the president is going to suffer some political and legal and constitutional challenge here it's going to be over this obstruction of justice matter. >> carol, you're going to get the last word. what could the possible blow back be making an enemy out of a guy like the former fbi director? >> well, i mean, there's a number of ways. but i think from the white house's perspective this is a president who's extremely irritated by this investigation. he broods about director comey, and he's still very fixated on that. and it was interesting to me that this is happening, the backdrop to this is this comes after the president had a very
public spat with his attorney general. his press secretary was essentially daring the attorney general to not do something about this. so i'm very curious how this shapes out. >> also people should remember the mueller, comey relationship. close but complicated but makes it all the more interesting. our great thanks to our lead off panel tonight. we sure appreciate you sticking around to talk to us tonight. now our first break. and coming up as i mentioned, there's a little disagreement tonight. this was bring the democrats to dinner night with the white house with schumer and pelosi. they put out a statement that seems like it might have been too rosy. the white house has already disagreed with their assessment of the dinner. oh, and the president has attacked his opponent in the election again. as i said, a lot to get to. we'll go to a break. we'll continue on the other side. david. what's going on? oh hey!
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why not also invite mitch mcconnell and paul ryan. >> you've got the leader of the republican party sitting at the table. the this is the pez's opportunity to have a very open and honest conversation with members of the senate. ing and i think that anybody tries to distort it into anything other than that is misunderstanding what the purpose is. it's completely misunderstanding that the president is the leader of the republican party. this president's done more for bipartisanship in the last eight days than obama did in eight
years. >> so that's the background. sarah huckabee-sanders from the podium toond reminded the president is a republican and not only that the leader of the republican party. the president then had two of his new friends over for dinner tonight, chuck and nancy as he's fond of calling them. tonight chuck schumer, nancy pelosi said, quote, we had a very productive meeting at the white house with the president. this is where it gets interesting. the discussion focused on daca. we inagreed to enshrine the protections of daca into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security. this is real interesting. "excluding the law that's anticipatable to both sides. we also urged the president to make permanent the cost sharing and reductions that will continue. >> while daca and border
security were both discussed, eshcluding the wall was certainly not agreed to. we have to discuss this at some point. and to do that jeremy peters is with us, and we welcome to the are broadcast the white house reporter for the associated press. >> before our discussion, it gets even more interesting, and here's why. based on the initial report about daca, steve king, republican stalwort from iowa, tweeted this. trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable and disillusioned beyond repair. no promise is credible. and then we heard from matt house. the president made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement. their headline tonight, trump caves on daca.
jill, luckily it's going to be your job in the next 12 to 24 hours to explain this, what was going on? is that just too rosy a statement by the democrats? >> well, it seems that's something that was premature here by chuck and nancy as the president has taken to calling them. the president also sat down with a bipartisan group from lawmakers from the house. and during that meeting the president made clear he was comfortable with a deal in which continuing the daca protections would be separated from funding for the wall. he told them they would be okay if they exited in two legislative vehicles. that gave a lot of democrats in that room a lot of optimism saying they really felt they'd be able to reach a deal with the president. he goes in, sits down, has this chinese food dinner with fulosy and schumer. and the two sides degree those
issues were discussed, but there seems to be a last minute disagreement exactly how that wall funding would be handledmal. it seems the white house was frustrated over the framing of that statement. >> so, jarm aay, does it sound like to you that pelosi and schumer maybe got oover their skis, maybe a little cheeky over dinner and now the white house is saying, wait a minute, we didn't do a deal that gives away our entire political base. >> i don't think there's anything widely inconsistent with what sarah huckabee-sanders is saying and what chuck schumer and nancy pelosi are saying. they're saying this is going to happen essentially in two separate votes, two separate bills. i do think, though, the danger for donald trump here in dealing with his base is very real. there is not enough dim sum in the world, enough chinese summits you can have to repair the relationships that donald
trump would have shattered with his hardest core conservative followers if he does anything even close to being perceived as amnesty on daca. and the truth of the matter is while most americans polls show want some form of leniency for these young immigrants who were brought here as children illegally, there are a lot of conservatives who will see anything that shows them any leniency at all as amnesty. and that's a huge problem for donald trump, and that under cuts a central premise of what he ran on. >> so jeremy, what about you'll friv the phrase, the sunshine boys of mcconnell and ryan. are they hoping to get a call from chuck and nancy hoping to see how dinner went? >> let's not forget republicans do command a majority of house and congress. they are the leaders of both respective houses. they would have to agree to go
along with what donald trump and chuck and nancy have agreed to tonight. in theory, although there may be enough republicans who want to get a fix on daca and don't have to deal with it where the leaders aren't relevant. although, i don't see it getting to that point. although, one thing is certain. when sarah huckabee-sanders had to go out and reassure everybody that donald trump was a republican, that showed just how much he had undermined his own party. donald trump may be a republican in name, but there are no tangible benefits that republicans have to show for any of their republican leadership across washington so far. and there is -- it is very little in the way of a functioning republican majority ipeither house. >> so, jill, all the evidence points to you that this is a thing. this is going to be the president's new mode, do you think the. >> i think for the time being,
look, the president feels like he had a very good reception when he reached that deal just over a week ago with democrats, the three month deal that included all of the money for the hurricane funding. he felt like that actually looked pretty good to him. and he's been deeply frustrated by the fact that republicans were incapable of actually passing a repeal obamacare and replacement bill. so for him this is something worth trying. you also have to go back to campaign and remember the president never ran as a traditional republican. this was someone who ran promising he was the multipet deal maker. and because he had this history as a businessman, his pitch was he could actually work across the aisle and do the kind of thing he's attempting to do right now. >> and jeremy, what's going to be, again, for all of 2017, if you're a member of congress, what do you go home and say to the folks i brought you this, what's going to be the net outcome, the deliverables from congress of the united states?
>> a big fight over immigration come february or march. you hit exactly on the head, brian. not only are republicans, do they appear to be having very little to show for their republican majority, what is donald trump going to say to his supporters? i deliver on what i said i was going to deliver on after i have no wall to show you, after i've cut a deal that the hardest core of you will think is amnesty? i mean this could be terrible for donald trump, and i really don't think you can over state that. this was steve bannon's biggest worry when he left the white house is that donald trump would do something on immigration like this to under cut his relationship with his base. ask it looks like that has happened tonight. >> jil, what about using this new bipartisan spirit for something like infrastructure. >> that's the pitch he's been making, that he's been frustrated on republicans ability to come behind him, and
we he might as well work with democrats on infrastructure and also on his tax plan. today making promises that potentially rates on the rich might go down, or at least the amount their paying in tax might go down. he's trying to figure out how to govern here and come up with a coalition that's actually going to be able to pass things and at least put one check mark on the board. >> jill, you work for the associated press, which is really the forty-first draft of the first draft of history. so if you were in the headline business, what do you think summing up tonight, post dinner, post dinner spin, the reaction of the post-dinner spin, what do you think the reaction is going to be tomorrow morning? >> i think the headline is that this experiment, trump's experiment and bipartisan deal making hit a bit of blip. but i think it's far too soon right now to make any conclusions where the daca plan is going to land. >> no offense, what do you think
the headline is? >> trump relationship with base in jeopardy. i really think that this -- it's not just steve king as you pointed out earlier, brian, you have conservative commentators like laura engram weighing in and saying what did we vote on? >> thank you both. what a fantastic conversation with this newsbreaking all around us with two people whose bylines we read constantly. our great thanks to jeremy peters and jill koefblen. welcome to the broadcast. two members of congress, when we come back from the bake, one republican one democratic. let's keep this theme going. both of them met with the president today. we'll talk to them when the "the 11th hour" continues. patrick woke up with back pain.
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we are back with all this political news dropping all around us. if this is indeed invite a democrat to the white house week, there was another gathering today we should tell you about. there were eight house democrats and five house republicans invited to the white house to meet with the president today. out of those 13 members of congress, two of them are about to be on our broadcast. congresswoman stuffany murphy, democrat from central florida, she was there. congressman tom reid, republican from up state new york, he was there. an area we affectionately refer
to as the southern tier. congresswoman, beginning with you, why do you think you were invited to the white house today? >> well, i've always said that i am committed to working on behalf of my constituents in central florida to get this done. so that's the way i'm operating in congress. and i'm really looking for ways to advance the agenda on behalf of the american people. so i think that's the reputation that led to my being invited today. >> congressman, reid, if indeed the president has backtracked on daca, which is part of the story a people are fussing and fighting over tonight, isn't there just going to be holeole hell to pay in your party. >> i don't know about holeo hell, but i will tell you from the meeting today and being the chair of the washington caucus, i was so pleased. what we had in that room were
pragmatic government members. i applaud stephanie for being there, taking that leadership role. and we'll get through issues of daca and border security. but i think that's an area where there's a right to have a deal taken care of for the american people. >> just looking at the video we saw from the white house, it looks like you were seated next to him from the congresswoman one over, with that proximity has he changed at all. >> i was the first on the republican side to endorse him. i've spent time with him, campaigned with him. he's a fellow new yorker. and i've always appreciated what he brought to the table. that's what this town needs, someone who's not beholden to the extremes that are governed by the extreme sides of the left or the right. and it's about time we break this gridlock for washington, d.c. and get these people back home. >> let me ask the tougher question for the congresswoman. i've been back and followed it
enough to know these have been hard times. what are the deliverables you have to go home to run again in 2018 and say folks of the southern tier of new york, here's what we brought from washington? >> well, i'm so proud of the advance legislation we got signed into law, working for joe kennedy on the other side of the kennedy family. but most importantly what we talked about today is tax reform. i will tell you the people back in our area you know are suffering. i hear their voices at the town halls, and tax reform is going to release america worldwide. >> congresswoman, let me ask you this, did anyone at the meeting express any anger -- here you are from central florida, your state is reeling from this natural disaster. is there any consensus to maybe call infrastructure, all the
work that now has to be done in texas, florida, georgia, north and south carolina, fortifying -- shoring up the shoreline, if you will, and making sure that tourism as a business is going to stay in florida and employ all those floridians? >> well, today was a great opportunity for me to address the issue of making sure that central florida and all the other areas that you just mentioned that were affected by the natural disaster have the resources that they need when they need it. and i believe i heard loud and clear from the president that he's committed to ensuring that happens. in the past we have found that sometimes even though we approperated and authorized the resources from the congressional perspective, that the agencies and department take a little bit of time to get those resources into the communities. and so we were able to address that issue, flag it for the president. and he assured me he would work with congress to ensure all of those communities would have the resources they need to rebuild
and reconstruct after this disaster. >> well, i hope it was suitably flagged because the news we have to report again tonight out of your state is just so, so dire. and we're thinking of all those people. our great thanks to congresswoman stephanie murphy and congressman tom reid. thank you both after a more eventful than not day in washington i'm sure for both of you. coming up after this break, everyone thought it was a little strange with hillary clinton's book out now two days, we haven't heard on the president on that topic, not really. we're back with that conversation after this. when you have allergies,
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"crooked hillary clinton blames everybody and everything but herself for her election loss. she lost the debates and lost her direction, says the head of the free world. the deplorables came back to haunt hillary. she spent big money but in the end had no game. from wisconsin tonight we're joined with longtime talk show host and a friend of this program psyches and steve smitts. steve, you get home field advantage tonight. you can start on what the president says about hillary. you can start on invite a democrat to dinner week at the white house. anywhere you wish. >>, you know, every day it's an assault, really, on the dignity
of the office. if hillary clinton was not someone i supported over the course of her political career as a member of the republican party, but she has a historic figure. secretary of state, the first female nominee of a major party, someone who gave it her all, spent her life in public service, a defeated opponent from the presidency. it's a title to be treated with respect. and she has a right to go out and communicate her experience. it's interesting. i can't wait to read the book and hear her perspective because it's history, and i'll learn something from it. and maybe a young woman out there who's thinking uta career in politics would be inspired. the president seems perpetually distracted, unable to focus, unable at really any level, to grasp the concept of the better angels of our nature who have
animated so many presidents as they strive to their best selves. and he constantly find his worst self. >> how do you think your buddy, paul ryan, is looking at this dinner when you say, looking at including attacking the former fbi director from the white house podium? >> it was a calculated big middle finger to the leadership of congress. i want to go back to hillary clinton and sort of connect the dots. think about what happened earlier tonight. you have breitbart saying donald trump has caved on immigration. you have speculation about what is going to happen with the base. an colter is probably having her head explode. and what does trump do, saying
hey it's time it go after crooked hillary. this is the way he's always framed himself am. it is a binary choice. so the moment you think he would be perhaps growing into the presidential stature of say, looshwreck i have brokered this big bipartisan agreement, what he's doing is looking over his shoulder and recognizing his base has recognized they essentially got rolled for this. if you're donald trump, you're the art of the deal and basically just become marco rubio on his signature issue. and i think his knee jerk reaction is to lash out on crooked hillary clinton as a way of distracting from this particular story line. >> steve, i always ask you this. what is your party right now, who is your party right now, where do you think it's centered? >> the collapse of the republican party intellectually, it's becoming an empty vessel
with regard to its principles, it's beneficial over a long time. but this is what you get when you have a principleless party that stands for nothing, that has accommodated donald trump, that has kowtowed to him. they find themselves in the predicament that they are. the republican party, the conservative movement as it is, has become an entertainment industry. it has become an organized conspiracy to hold political power but absent any public virtue or policies that are advancing through an ideological prism, through a viewpoint to meet the challenges of our time. so the party is in terrible, terrible shape. but both parties have problems, but the problems in the republican party are different than the parties in the democratic party. the problems in the democratic party are ideological problems.
the democratic party is moving to the left. the party in the republican party is just the application of any principle. and this used to be party of ideas over the course of the '80s and the early part of the '90s. tragic to see this. >> seeing the obit chuware tonight. charl charlie psychs, serious question about paul ryan. >> he is in standby mode. if donald trump thinks he can simply brush them aside and make himself the -- leader of the republican party, i think he's showing once again his naivety of how the process works. going forward, it's hard to imagine that donald trump could
have humiliated or insulted the leaders of his own congressional, the congressional leadership more than he has done over the last seven days. this was a calculated act of humiliation, and i'm sure that it's felt that way. >> i also want to show people just the whiff of this daca news. our friend robert costa from "the washington post" put this on twitter tonight. my phone is like a flickering candle right now. the nationalist conservative base is lighting up texts to reporters, comma, each other. always a good follow. steve, i want you to spend a moment you and i talked about during the break. something the presidents get to do, the american people love seeing when those bags of food and containers of water arrive and it says give to the people of the united states. we have profound suffering going on in our south and in the caribbean. american citizens suffering, and it's something this white house,
if it were functioning the way others have, could so easily do and be big and be who we are. >> exactly. in particular with the virgin islands, i think it's a generalsition, though, real credit to you, to nicole wallace, rachel maddow, but brudly speaking in the totality of the coverage we've ignored the virgin islands. we've profound devastation on the island of st. john, been obliterated st. thomas. we talked about when is irma going to hit the united states. these are american citizens, these are our countryman and the virgin islands is part of the united states. we have an obligation here. it will take years to recover. the suffering these people have endured, you look at the images of these beautiful islands that have been completely defoliated.
it looks like an atomic bomb has been dropped on them. what's the plan? it was a great time for donald trump, the president of the united states, who in my view collapsed his moral authority after charlottesville, to at least take a step towards rebuilding it by being able to communicate to the country we are all in this together. when one american suffers, all americans must care about it in times of crisis. and i don't think he's been particularly effective at communicating the -- the tremendous human suffering in parts of this country, in uniting the country around it. he'd be much better tweeting off about that and the actions we could be taking than attacking hillary clinton. >> profound words tonight. gentleman, thanks to you as we thank you always for being so good and so smart on this
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welcome back inform our broadcast, officials in florida are launching investigations driven by anger why 8 residents of a nursing home just outside of miami are dead. these are people's moms, dads, grandparents, all of them seniors, put there to be under someone's care. while the building had main pour -- power to it, the air-conditioning failed with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. it's a emerging sandal. 158 residents were evacuated and taken to local hospitals, a
second nursing home in south florida was also evacuated later today. for the latest we turn to the reporter for our nbc station in miami. dan, how did the first report of this come in to first responders and do we have the description of the power to the building just about right? >> reporter: good evening. you certainly do. a 911 call was made from inside the nursing home at 3:00 a.m., a patient inside was going into cardiac arrest, paramedics bank shot a call at 4:00 a.m., it was the para medic who noticed the conditions inside, the oppressing heat inside, temperatures reached 100 degrees. she reported her concerns to her boss who reported them to the city mayor and the state who eventually evacuated and shut down the building. >> we apologize to our viewers for a longer than usual
satellite day. the holly wood florida fire chief said they heard from the nursing home, they've been called there 127 times in the past year, a number he called excessive? >> reporter: yes, the fire chief did say that is excessive. you can imagine there are a lot of paramedic calls inform nursing homes like this one. he said this is above the ordinary amount. they knew the building and the patients very well inside. we're asking a lot of questions tonight. finding it difficult to get critical answers. why wasn't this building evacuated sooner? there's literally a hospital next door. 12 of those patients in critical condition there tonight. i obtained the emergency response plan for the nursing home. in a case like this they're supposed to transfer patients a few miles away to a back-up nursing home.
that did not happen. the back-up nursing home had power. they sent their consoleances in the family, they had a generator on site but it was on stand by for life threatening situations that did not include a air-conditioning unit being out. >> if there's any good news out of this, it is now that more of the elderly will be getting more attention. they're in a early september height wave after a hurricane with no power for 15 million people in florida. so conditions are already dire. another break for us and coming up, congress takes action after the bitter violence, the bigotry in charlottesville one month ago now. what it'll mean for the president, what it's already meant for the president when we come right back.
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supremacist, the can yku cluks and other groups, he was criticized for blaming both sides. the only black snar in the -- south carolina tim scott met with the president at the request of the white house to, as "the new york times" puts it tonight, give trump a history lesson on racism. >> i was encouraged and pleasantly, well, not surprised, but it was nice that he was very much listening. certainly i got the history of our nation in three or four centuries of rain, murder, and death brought at the hands of the kkk and those people who believe in a superior race. there's just -- yeah, i wanted to make sure we were clear on the delineation between who's on which side and the history of the nation. >> we should note when the white house reported on the meeting between the two men, they did not mention charlottesville as a
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