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steve bannon goes on tv tonight to say it's the democrats who are in the midst of a civil war. plus donald trump live in china at this hour. the country once victim to his mockery has rolled out the red carpet. the question now is will they help combat the threat of north korea? all that plus new developments on the russia front tonight. a busy night as "the 11th hour" gets under way. well, good evening once again from our nbc news headquarters here in new york. day 293 of the trump administration. and a year ago tonight we were gathered in this studio watching it happen as donald trump was elected president of the united states. we expect to hear from the president during this hour from beijing where he is starting his second day with china's president. on the anniversary of trump's victory democrats across this country have just unseated a good many members of the republican party. the president also being made aware of a new and unpleasant round of poll numbers. a new cnn poll found 40% of people think trump is doing a good job of keeping his campaign promisess. that's down 8 since april. 55% say he's doing a poor job of keeping his promises. and when asked about trump as a uniter, not a divider. 30% said that characterization applies to trump, and notably 65% said they did not. voters rejected the gop in many ways and many places last night. many of them with the president on their mind as they cast their ballot. in fact a full third of the electorate in virginia told exit poll centers they were voting to send a message. it put trump and his allies in a posture we've not seen before, defense. especially the sweep in virginia at a gop dinner there despite the losing ed gillaspie's move closer to trump, bannon said the trump message is still a winner. >> so virginia is a blue state. now, one of the things the gillaspie campaign shows you is you can't fake the trump agenda. you have to go all in. and this agenda is a winning agenda. do not believe the opposition party. >> that's the sales pitch, but the gop is now left with a question. is embracing trump and trumpism truly a winning strategy "the new york times" quotes republican congressman who's not running for re-election saying this. quote, voters are taking their anger out at the president and the only way they can do that is going after republicans on the ballot. that's a republican of pennsylvania. quote, if this isn't a wake up call, i don't know what is.
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shortly after the race in virginia was called trump fired off a message on twitter. saying gillaspie did not embrace him. "the times" summed it up this way, trump is not accepting blame. this really says it all. donald will never have your back, you can never rely on him. he means nothing of what he says, he has no character. and that's a republican. the president's celebration of his own election anniversary was limited to this twitter photo of his traveling band along air force one. he said congratulations to all the deplorables and the millions of people who gave us a massive standby for electoral college landslide victory. and thin this last year since that landslide victory the president has repeatedly pointed out his achievements. >> i don't think there's ever been a president-elected who in this short period of time has done what we've done. no administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.
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i have accomplished a tremendous amount in a very short time as president. we've signed more bills, and i'm talking about through the legislator, than any president ever. for a while harry truman had us, and now i think we have everybody, mike. i think with few exceptions no president has done anywhere near what we've done in this first six months. i will say that never has there been a president with few exceptions in the case of fdr, he had a major depression to handle, who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than we've done. i think we've been about as active as you could possibly be and at just about a record setting pace. >> that brings us to our lead off panel. eli stokels is back with us.
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npr tamara keith is back with us. also returning to this studio charlie sykes long time talk show host and author of "how the right lost its mind." so all the folks looking around television networks tonight and saying who wrote the book on it? charlie, you did write the book on this. what happened last night? >> we keep saying nothing mattered, nothing dense, the trump support. well, we've focused on the facts the base is rock solid, no matter what he does the base is going to be with him. but we also remembered last night the base is minority. and republicans have to step back and realize what is the price tag for their embrace of trumpism. they're being annihilated among young voters, young women. and those folks now i think are
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aroused. it's almost as if the american people with those poll numbers i was thinking they figured out the con. it's kind of the trump universe. they believe in the guy, they were willing to invest in the guy, but the longer it goes on they're seeing the reality of this president. who he is, what he's all about, the fact he's never going to make that pivot, the fact he's not accomplishing what he is, you know, what he promised he was going to accomplish. and i think that all of those things are starting to settle into the public consciousness just at the moment people like paul riner are saying we're with the president. >> do you think paul ryan has to change at least his talking points or the way he refers to the president visavy his party and his job to do in the white house? >> i've been saying that since january 20th. but apparently he's made the calculation if he wants to get
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this tax bill through which is quite unpopular, he's got to keep the -- and i'm sorry to use the term, he's got to keep the suck up. he know he's got the ban nites breathing over his shoulder if there's any sign of lack of apart. but unfortunately we now have this moment the republicans are really looking at extinction level numbers especially with young women and voters in the suburbs. they're looking at these numbers and saying, what, we're stuck with him. >> you heard briefly from that dinner tonight the sales pitch. you've got to get the whole package, the noo tear yr, the lighting group, the clear coat. he's going for the entire thing. this was bannon on shawn hannity tonight. we'll talk about it on the other
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side. >> i think what you're seeing with the dona brazil revelations really the beginning of the >> the republican party you mean? >> the republican party, i think that started last night. and even one election victory in a blue state like virginia is not going to be able to gloss over that. >> so eli you heard there, shawn thought he misspoke and trying to correct him and you mean the republican party, and bannon said no the civil war is in the democratic party. anything to that? >> well, bannon and hannity are continuing to sort of brush this aside to blame the opposition party. but it's not the media. they're talking about the voters. and the voters spoke loud and clear last night in virginia and all across the country. and the reality is this, the democratic party has its issues. they're still looking for someone to step up and be its face. the party has to reconstitute itself after the obama
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presidency, the bench was eroded. and elections like last night are the sort of way that happens. that is the process that takes place over time. i will say in virginia after a divisive primary the loser got behind northam and that party was unified. and it has something to do with the numbers we saw northam run up even though donald trump probably has more to do with it. the reality on the republican side is that the republicans here in congress, this may be fine for bannon to see all these retirements and all these people running to the gates and saying i've had enough because bannon can pick-off those seats and put people in those seats. you have fewer members who are going to be motivated by the need to hold up voters next november because they're not going to be running. and to try to get these moderates to sign-on to a tax cut bill to appease these suburban voters, those suburban voters are people who might see their taxes go up as a result of this bill. so it just gets harder and harder. >> the number that blew me away with the virginia result last
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night was that northam did 5 points better than glass ceiling at the javts center hillary clinton did with the commonwealth of virginia among women voters. and you had a very smart idea today to go out and talk to people who had voted for hillary clinton in the presidential election. how did they react to what happened last night? >> you know, it was interesting. i had been talking to african-american women who are sort of the strongest base of
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the democratic party. they are the most loyal democratic voters. voted for hillary clinton at a rate of about 94% nation wide-. and, you know, they -- steve bannon talks about a civil war in the democratic party. they have very real concerns about the democratic party. i checked back in with them after last night's election results. and they were like, yeah, that was one election. that doesn't solve the problem of who the democratic party is. they still had very real concerns about what direction the party is headed and who exactly the party is speaking to. all of the questions that came up as a result of the results of 2016 sort of remain unresolved despite one night that was very good for democrats in a number of places. >> and let's ask charlie, chronicler of the right to talk about the left. what do they need to do? do they need a brand -- we're going to ask cornell the pollster this question later on. but do they need some sort of opposition? >> they do. first of all, they had candidates who were center left, not scary. they were not scary. they did not move hard to the
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left. i think that's kind of important because the democrats do have their own civil war. you have a party who embraces a single player, that's going to, i think, get the republican band back together again. there are issues that they could do to bring it back together again. steve schmidt was on a little bit earlier, and he used a phrase. he said what you saw yesterday was the coalition of the decent. >> i heard him say that. >> and i thought it was interesting. and i thought it may not be appealing for the red meat progressives. but if the democrats could find some way of saying let's make america decent again, let's make america good again, let's make america inclusive again, i think there's going to be an exhaustive factor. i don't know if they're going to go that way. >> steve kornacki also had a great phrase last night. he called it revenge of the suburbs.
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explain it as best you can for our audience how this might make tax reform harder by what we witnessed last night? >> well, i think paul ryan needing votes from a lot of moderate voters who drove that backlash away from trump. for him to go ask them to pass this bill, that's problematic when a lot of these members are in states like new york and california and new jersey, where these serburban voters who those folks represent, their taxes, at least based on the early statements, are going to go up. another factor that's a problem for house republicans is that the senate is putting utits bill tomorrow and the president as he did on health care is sending signals that he may not be all that wedded to the house bill. he'll see what the senate does. the president as we said is not a details guy. he just wants to pass a tax package. he said considered about the corporate tax rate. he wants to get that in there. but beyond that all the details don't seem to be a huge concern
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to him. he just wants something to be passed. but the conversation he had with some democratic senators who he called yesterday from south korea and basically said don't worry about the house bill, the senate bill will be better. when republican in the house hear that, they think to themselves why am i going to stick my neck out there and vote for something that could blow up in my face especially on a president that could sell us out just like he did on the health care bill. >> this is a president who dropped gillaspie by twitter on the other side of the world before gillaspie went out to give concessions. ask republicans they notice stuff like that, and aren't they going to be asking themselves if they really want to put out for this guy, if that's the air support they're going to expect? >> and after the alabama pril maer he deleted tweets about luther trange. >> his tweet history, yeah.
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>> so the president does have a history of don't let the door hit you on the way out kind of a thing and sort of rewriting the narrative after the fact. and with the health care bill where the president suddenly says the house version is mean. so there is this sort of sense of walking on egg shells and not knowing when president trump might turn on his own party. but the president isn't necessarily loyal to republicans just cause they have an "r" after their name. >> you're kind of after-action assessment of ed gillaspie in virginia as a candidate. >> well, there's a tragic element because ed gillaspie used to be one of the good guys. >> gop chairman. >> also a centrist establishment figure, and i mean that in the positive sense, someone who understood where republicans needed to go to be inclusive
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when he was in the bush white house. but he decided to put on the trappings of trumpism. he morphed into something he wasn't and then gat shellacked as a result of it. in defeat he can't say at least i kept my integrity intact, my self-respect intact. and he's kind of the mirror of what republicans have been doing over the last year. they've been changing themselves, convincing themselves. maybe i shouldn't be who i have been, maybe i need to tack to trumpism. you sell your soul and then you lose overwhelmingly. and where do you go from there? you do get thrown under the bus by donald trump, who by the way is not only not loyal to republicans but not loyal to everyone. they know it will come. don't walk the plank for this guy because the loyalty only goes one way. >> i know a note to end on when i hear one.
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our thanks to our lead off panel tonight for superb analysis of what happened last night as we all watched. our first break coming up, and then after that who should be confident, who should be worried after last night's results. in particular two top strategists break down the lessons, the warning signs. and then later with this threat from north korea looming, donald trump tries to get tight with china. and live picture from there. "the 11th hour" just getting started. back after this. building a website in under an hour is easy with gocentral...
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i think its a referendum and the division and the divisive rhetoric that's in the country right now, i think it's important for republicans to self-reflect all the way -- start from the top all the way down. >> it really was a rejection of donald trump's fear and divisiveness and, you know, the campaign, republicans had run a very divisive campaign. so last night was a real rejection of that and an affirmation they want folks to actually help their lives. >> something you don't hear often these days on inagreement between democrats and republicans. but before politicians move into 2018 thinking they have some
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sort of key to success coming off last night, there are lessons to come off both sides. on the other side of the aisle "the washington post" writes tonight, quote, a year ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections republicans are increasingly uncertain about keeping their majorities on capitol hill and are worried about how jagged trump's brand of politics may become to the party. with us now to talk about it cornell bellster who's worked for the dnc and both obama presidential campaign and other efforts and daniel murphy included and not limited to john mccain and mit romney and others. gentlemen, welcome to you both. i'm fog to start with you mike. this was last night after the results. if you're angry tonight as a republican i promise you it wasn't the candidates on the ballots today that lost. it was the candidate on the ballot one year ago today that lost it for them. mike, in your view what happened last night. >> no, i think former congressman jolly is right. donald trump kind of invaded the election in a a swing state that leaps a little bit blue. and the effect of that was to wipe us out.
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it's like the canary in the coal mine. it didn't just keel over. it's head exploded. we got wiped down all the way to the delegates of the statehouse where we're hanging on by a thread by recounts. donald trump is a political anchor in swing states. he can do great in the base area of the republican primary, but that's 30% of the country. and if we are going to prevail in the mid-term elections and grow let alone survive in the house, we cannot have the kind of situation we had yesterday in virginia. it is a massive wake up call for the party, and donald trump is the main problem. >> mike, i'm not here to pick on paul ryan, but he's such a visible republican to so many people across this country, and people look at him and they want to hear some guidance, see some movement from him. does he have to change the way he talks about this president? >> i would tell him to. i think he's in the same vice a lot of our electives have been, where they see a republican primary where two thirds are trump all the way, but on the
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other side are voters we saw in verge and suburbs who have an incredibly hostile view of an unpopular president. he's going to have to look at his caucus and remember he's got 24 from districts donald trump didn't carry and 40 from districts -- i think what happened yesterday are these myths, trump had some magic. there's some magic. well, now we know there's no magic. we tried the bannon message in a swing state. we tried trumpism, we got slaughtered. and so now ryan has to look to his caucus and understand to hold the majority, which we can do but it's in jeopardy. these members in these districts are going to have their own identity. and that means standing up on things, being connected to the district and not being with donald trump or he will march
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them off a political cliff. the question is do we have the guts to face reality here. >> cornell, for you, i have tough love, my friend. and it is this. even after last night's victories and today's good feeling around the democratic party, tell me why your party's bumper sticker still reads anything but democrats because we're not republicans? >> well, no, you know, that's true. and it's problematic and continues to be problematic. look, donald trump has energized the base of the democratic party in a way that's extraordinary. i think, look northam's a great guy, god bless him for his service. but northam and democrats alone, you know, don't get more votes than any gubernatorial candidate ever in the history of virginia
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without donald trump, right? >> yeah. >> when i worked with governor dean in 2004 after it came out george bush ask carl row were talking about a permanent republican majority, look, i think some of the problems we faced then are the problems we face now, our brand was unpopular in a democratic party, favorables were not where it needs to be. and to tamara's point earlier with when she talked to that same group of african-american voters, there's still issues they have with the party. i don't think the party should take this victory last night and look at it as a victory completely about us. we do have to do a better job of positioning our party. when you look at where the democrat's favorables are right now they're not much better off than they are for republicans. but when you go back to governor dean, the most successful chair in our history of our party, we looked at where we needed to improve our brand. and going back to 2002, 2005 we are under water in basically two areas, and that was in the issues of security and values. you will remember they beat us squarely.
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there's a number of issues where we need to establish ourselves and who we are, we need to do a better job with our brand. still most americans today don't understand what the democratic party stands for. but that is something the party can solve for. we certainly solved it for 2005 going into 2006, but it is a challenge. there need to be a clear vision of what this party is, and it can't be just anti-trump. just like we took the house back in 2006, it wasn't just anti-george bush. >> and mike, you've got clients. it's what's for dinner in your life, it's what pays the bills. you've got steve bannon out there tonight don't just try the trump after shave, you've got to bathe in the trump cologne. and we're coming for you incumbents of the establishment. what are you going to tell your clients, mike murphy, the entire house is up in 2019?
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>> i think it's -- i've in been in these primaries working against that wing of the party, and most of the congressional primaries for 15 years we've won. now, there's energy there. so you've got to take him seriously, but i think bannon is a lot of hat and not a lot of cattle. well, we field tested that and we saw what happened. i want to make one other point about this because at the republican headquarters we have a secret underground room, the nixon chamber, it's very hard to get into, where we do our real plotting and scheming. and the thing that strategists like me are most concerned about and frankly happy we have a year to do deal with this now, that's the upside now in virginia, we have warning. it's the surge in the raw vote.
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in the off-year fewer people vote and we tend to do better with that eleck trt. the presidential electorate is better, but those don't show up in the off-year. in virginia we saw surges in certain places. so if part of the democratic intensity brought on by donald trump will lead to normal turn out next year where people who normally vote in presidential elections who tend to be younger, more minority, if they show up that's a really bad scenario for us. the question is can we take some of the energy out of that? it's like living in sparta. so we've got to get ipfront of this energy wave trump has created to punish us, or we're going to have trouble purely on turn out let alone voter trouble and all of that. there's not enough steve bappen voters like me to overcome that. >> he just handed you a big
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juicy secret to take back to the room where you formulate your plans. >> i work in the nixon room, that's got to be a fun place. i've got to underline what mike says because he's spot on. typically when you look at -- i'm hitting the weeds, brian, but your audience are smart people. when you look at 6-5 plus performing in an off-year you have a difference in their turn out. that's the problem for democrats in off years. what's remarkable about what happened in virginia yesterday to mike's point, you had i think a 17-point advantage democratic party identification advantage in virginia this time around. we didn't have that last time around. >> that's right. >> and the biggest jump was among these young voters who are
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increasingly democrat. we talk about suburban and women voters, but plus 24 percentage points. that's a big deal. with the protest vote that hurt hillary clinton, we saw a go away, a rally around this. but i think that was more rally anti-trump than pro-democrat. and we've got to work on that if we're going to sustain it and carry it into the mid-term. we've got to do a better job of targeting young voters and diverse voters. >> good news. just think about how much we'll talk about all this in the year to come. gentlemen, thank you both. cornell bellture, and mike murphy. coming up, four words that were inconceivable a year ago today president trump in china. we're going to go live to that scene tonight as his asian trip continues on the one-year anniversary of his election to the office.
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-- don't have a clue. we give state dinners to the heads of china. i said why are you doing state dinners for them? they're ripping up left a right. just take them to mcdonald's and go back to the negotiation table. they devalued today the biggest devaluation in two decades.
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devalue means suck the blood out of the united states. we can't continue to allow china to tape our country, and that's what they're doing. it's the greatest theft in the history of the world. >> china as you may recall was one of then candidate donald trump's favorite punching bags on the campaign trail. but president trump has struck a different tone, reaching out to the chinese for help in reigning in north korea. president trump hosted the chinese president xi jinping in april and then wrote on twitter over the summer, quote, why would i call china a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the north korea problem. we will see what happens. now president xi takes a turn hosting president trump in beijing just a day after the american president warned north korea, quote, do not underestimate us and do not try us. the two presidents are expected to make a joint statement
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shortly. they're both attending a business leaders meeting in beijing right now. let's talk about all of this, however. and with us to do that rick stengal, former under secretary of state for diplomacy and affairs. and also a former editor of "time "magazine. and michael crowley is with us. he's in washington. gentlemen, welcome to you both. and i've just been handed a tweet saying there were audible gasps from reporters as trump tells the business leaders in beijing on trade imbalance, just a minute ago. i don't blame china. who can blame a country for trying to take advantage of another country for their citizens. i give china great credit, which we were saying in our commercial break, kind of the baseline thing an american politician would say, perhaps. rick, one thing we do know about the chinize they're very good at what they do. they probably have no shortage on president trump and probably have been flattering the visiting president thus far. what else do you think is going
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on? >> by the way, the chinese invented flattery. there were excerpts of trump trying to flatter xi jinping and xi jinping had this broad face. it's painstaking and awful negotiating with the chinese. they don't move their position. you can't really negotiate with them. they stick to it. there's that old expression, you guys look at your watch and we look at the calendar. and trump is trying to get some deal right here, and xi jinping just signed from the next five years without even a successor. so good luck to mr. trump but i think he kind of has a naive view of what he can get out of the chinese.
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>> more than that i have to ask about the visiting foreign policy shop, the experts that go on trips like this in normal times to counsel the president, to sit in some of them as note takers. they're anxious to hear what is talked about. what's the caliber of the folks surrounding him on a trip like this? >> well, the caliber of the folks, the state department officers who have studied china, been in china for decades -- >> those who remain there. >> is extraordinary. and i think it's been a mistake for secretary tillerson and
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others not to take advantage of those people. so i actually don't know who's traveling with him. although i did see the pictures today that a long time translator for president obama and secretary kelly, i saw him standing right next to president trump. so he's the translator. >> michael, we have seen a seat change in this president's remarks on china with the rise of the north korean issue. >> yeah, brian, as a candidate donald trump said he was going to declare china a currency manipulator as soon as he became president and talked about imposing tariffs of 45% on chinese imports. he was really tough on china. and i think you could be forgiven if you went to a bunch of trump rallies that cracking down on china economically was going to be one of his top priorities. and what we've seen instead is a president who has prioritized the north korea nuclear issue, which of course very grave national security threat. but really it seems to have almost completely shelved his economic concerns. and that quote from the tweet that you read really is kind of
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breathtaking. i mean at least up until now he had been paying some rhetorical lip service to the idea that he was angry at china and, you know, they were ripping us off. and now even his rhetoric seems to be moderating. and that brings me to one other point, brian, which i think we were all braced when trump took office for him to have a romance with vladimir putin, where suddenly he was going against the grain of american policy and making these deals nobody thought possible. we're actually seeing when it comes to china. i mean it's xi jinping that trump has really fallen for. in some remarks tonight trump talked about the wonderful dinner he had with the chinese president, it was supposed to last 20 minutes but went for 2
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hours and he loved every minute of it. he's fallen for this guy in a really remarkable way and is just not pressing that economic agenda that, again, was really at the heart of his campaign. so it's been an astonishing and i think largely up until this point undertold story. >> this reactional president views china as a way to make the north korea problem go away for him. our interests, the u.s. and china are not always the same. >> and just to add to it, i think the bargain that trump is implicity trying to make is if you help us with north korea we'll take it easy on you with trade. but the chinese are like i can't help you with north korea, by the way i have so many advantages with trade, there's nothing you can do for me. but the problem is when we say all the time we want to denuclearizize the korean peninsula, it's impossible. you can't put the genie back in the bottle. >> it's out the bag, yeah. >> the chinese think, man, if i do that i could foment a revolution in north korea. i don't want that. i don't want refugees. so they don't want north korea to missile, and basically that's all we have in common. >> appreciate it both very much. coming up, developments on the russia front. there are several. we'll have them when "the 11th
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with the fastest retinol formula to visibly reduce wrinkles. neutrogena®. at least nine people connected to president trump have had contact with russians. former national security aide george papadopoulos among them. despite trump's insistence that papadopoulos was a low level nobody, nbc news has confirmed he met with a british foreign office official just two months before election day. bbc originally broke this story and reported it this way. quote, while such meetings may be routine foreign policy the fact that papadopoulos was reporting himself as a representative of the trump campaign undercuts the white house's recent assertion that papadopoulos was a volunteer of little importance.
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he has been cooperating with the mueller investigation. with us tonight shannon petty piece, a white house correspondent for bloomberg news. the papadopoulos matter amounts to the parade of drip, drip, drip. and number two, when it happened smart people, you included, knew this was a really interesting move. because this was a guy who had not been on any radar. and yet the tributaries coming off his case and his actions could be reallyal interesting. >> people who have done these type of cases, prosecutors, you know, smart defense attorneys, they really saw this as a very strategic move by mueller of all the leaks around this investigation, this papadopoulos arrest in july at dulles was kept completely secret. and this was mueller really showing his hand. and since then it's really sort of filled in some of the holes and some of the blank spots a lot of us have had about what was going on this campaign and contacts we suspected were there
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but didn't know about. i suspect this is just one more broader piece of a puzzle but certainly a key piece in a position that helped fill in a lot of other areas. >> number one, the president's closest body man keith schiller goes in to spend some time with the house committee. so the president has that feeling knowing one of the keepers of secrets is behind closed doors while he's away. we also had a gag order put on the case today. for our viewers what does that mean? >> on schiller, i would say he was behind closed doors a lot longer than we expected.
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there was an initial expectation he would be there for less than three hours. he was there for six hour. he's been the head of trump security. he's been with trump in key moments, the 2013 miss university pageant. he hand-delivered the letter to comey. so i don't expect him to have divulged much. but one other thing i will note that happened on the hill today is glen simpson from gps is now talking to the senate intelligence committee. there was a subpoena. he was brought in. he is expected to voluntarily testify, too.
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that election smoousk still something of a triggering event
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for some folks, and indeed, a year ago tonight our entire on-air family was here in this studio as we covered a rolling story that no one, not one of us saw coming. we were not alone. there was no victory speech drafted for donald trump to deliver on election night. a source who was there in the room reported to us that it had to be written on the spot. and at this exact time a year ago, we were about three hours away still from calling the race for donald trump. we have reached back a year into our archives and put together a brief look on how that night played out. >> it's 7:00 in the east and here are the first projections of election night. >> there's a lot looking at this map in florida. >> i have to tell you, at the beginning of this night there were moments in which this crowd broke out into cheering. those moments are getting fewer
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and far between. >> this is really a tight race and no matter what happens, trump had a lot more support in a lot more states among a lot more people than the polls detected. >> if you have all this turnout in north florida and rural virginia, i hope i'm wrong. i'm not in the business to be right here tonight, but it worries me about michigan. >> trump's got to decided what kind of president trump's going to be we're going to be in a weird situation. >> the trump campaign is jubilant. he's upstairs spending time with his family as the prospects of him becoming the president of the united states a little more real than it was even earlier. >> several states are too close to call. so we're not going to have anything more to say tonight. >> and there is how so many hillary clinton supporters are
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reacting. >> we have now confirmed that secretary clinton has conceded to donald trump. >> it's been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic we have to do a great job. and i promise you that i will not let you down. we will do a great job. >> a year ago tonight. when we come back, a reminder that civic duty has no expiration date and it's not too late to run for public office when "the 11th hour" continues. my "business" was going nowhere... so i built this kickin' new website with godaddy. building a website in under an hour is easy! 68% of people...
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last thing before we go tonight comes to us from new jersey. on a clear day you can see tin ton falls new jersey from a tall fwhilgd new york city. right across new york harbor, over the statue of liberty,
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inland from the jersey shore. and it gave us one of the best stories from all of yesterday's election rebuttal. meet the new mayor of tin ton falls. he's vito pa rillo. he's 93-year-olds and he didn't like the way the town was being run so he ran and won. he campaigned door-to-door and wore out two shoes doing so. he's a widower and it sounds like his grandson knows the score. he says, quote, i never doubt anything this man says. he's truly amazing from golfing three times a week. taking care of this town where he says he used to be able to afford to live on a military salary but says now taxes are too high and spending has to be reined in. does anyone doubt his ability to get stuff done? we didn't think so. congratulations to the mayor elect.
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that's our broadcast for tonight. that you answered for being here with us and good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. saying there's one person not at fault, president trump. >> plus the president continues trip across asia and lavishes praise during stop in china. new allegations against kevin spacey. boston mother says adult son was assaulted by the actor back in 2016. good morning. i'm ayman mohyeldin. alongside yasmin vossoughian. surprise

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