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new developments until the case of stormy daniels. there's new developments that president trump's team may be trying to keep the adult film star quiet. plus, president trump hits the trail in pennsylvania just to keep the spotlight on himself. and the president ramps up expectations about his meeting with north korea's kim jong un, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions. ♪
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good morning, everybody. we again with new reports of team trump possibly trying to silence stormy daniels. buzz feed was the first to report that donald trump's lawyers are considering filing an injunction to keep the "60 minutes" interview from airing on march 18th. there has been no.response from cbs nor from the president's legal team on that matter. but in a brief interview with "the washington post" stormy daniels said, all i can say is it was never going to air tonight. i guess we'll see what happens. this comes as nbc news has learned that michael cohen used his business e-mail to arrange the personal funds for the payment and neither the trump organization nor the trump campaign reimbursed him for that
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payment. cohen now tells nbc news that he uses his trump e-mail for personal and business communications and that the funds were transferred from his home equity line. here is clifford's lawyer talking to nbc's andrea mitchell. >> where do you think the money came from, do you think it came from michael cohen's personal money, donald trumps's organization or -- >> we believe we'll be able to pay this back in one form or another to a trump payment or from a surrogate for mr. trump. >> the argue considers two things, first, that the payment sought to silence the actress thus helping trump win the election. the second factor that the payment was facilitated using a trump organization e-mail address. here is how the white house is handling a scandal from the
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briefing room. >> when did president trump, after that photo, see stormy daniels? text, e-mail, do you have any other information? >> i don't. we've addressed this extensively and i don't have anything else to add. >> you said from the podium, you acknowledged that the president, to follow up, knows about the arbitration involving stormy danie daniels dp. >> i've addressed this extensively. i don't have anything else to add. >> president trump and his team have reportedly denied the allegations. president trump went to western pennsylvania on saturday night to support a republican congressional candidate in a close race to hold had a seat where trump defeated hillary clinton by 20 points. but the speech strayed far and wide from tuesday's vote with the president siding with foreign strong men while bashing american news outlets.
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watch this. >> president xi, president for life. i was joking and i said, ha, president for life. that sounds good. maybe we're going to have to try it. president for life. but i'm joking. but i'm joking. south korea came to my office after having gone to north korea. and seeing kim jong un. and -- no, it's very positive. no. after the meeting you may do that, but now we have to be very nice. let's see what happens. washington, d.c., there's a lot of evil there, but we're getting it out, step by step. a lot of evil. a lot of bad people. a lot of fake media. look at them. a lot of fake media. fake, fake media. it's 1999. i'm on "meet the press" a show
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now headed by sleepy eyes chuck todd. he's a sleeping son of a bitch, i'll tell you. >> just a reminder, he was there to endorse rick saccone. chuck todd did not directly address the president's insult, though he did ask steve mnuchin about the president's moral leadership. >> many people, including myself, raise their kids to respect the office of the presidency and the president of the united states. when he uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are they supposed to tell their kids? >> again, i'll be with my kids this morning and i'll be focused on them on what the president is doing to protect the united states, its citizens and more importantly the economy. >> so don't worry about his values, don't worry about -- >> i've never said that whatsoever so i don't know where you're putting these words in what i'm trying to say, okay.
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so, again, i am very comfortable with what we're doing. and, again, i think you're trying to take this out of perspective and implying something i'm not saying. >> fair enough. what are you supposed to say when he's using these vulgarities to kids? >> again, i think you should be focused on what the policies are. he's using these vulgarities the in the context of a campaign rally. obviously, there were a lot of funny moments on that rally. >> yeah. they were hilarious. >> tough to be focused on what the policies are amongst everything that he's saying. during his rally, president the president once again brought up the idea of the death penalty for drug dealers and cited china as his inspiration. >> when i was in china and other places, by the way, i said, mr. president, do you have a drug problem? no, no, no, we do not. i said what do you attribute that to? well, the death penalty. so i don't know that the united
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states, frankly, is ready for it. they should be ready for it. but at a minimum, you have to give long, tough sentences. >> at that rally, president trump went heavy on what appears to be progress in the crisis with north korea ask is accepting of kim jong un's in veritation to meet. >> think of it. they're not sending missiles up. and i believe that. i believe that. i really do. i think they want to make peace. i think it's time and i think we've shown great strength. i think that's also important, right? because we go from -- a lot of people thought we were going to war. and all of a sudden, they come in and they say, we're going to have a meeting and there's no more missiles going off and they want to denuclearize. nobody heard that. nobody thought, but they said they are thinking about that. who knows what's going to happen. hey, who knows. if it happens, if it doesn't happen, i may leave fast or we may sit down and make the
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greatest deal for the world and for all of these countries, including, frankly, north korea. and that is what with i hope ps happens. >> now, his remarks came shortly after a mini tweet storm writing if part, president xi is great he is focussing on diplomacy snet instead of the alternative. south korea is reporting that the south korean envoy gave trump is a, quote, special me message for kim which is part of president trump's building towards a summit without releasing the contents. >> what a busy weekend it is for folks who were trying to analyze
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the president's comments. is it going to be tough to rally voters in that district come tuesday? >> it could be. president trump, as anyone who watched the rally saw really entertained and got revved up his base in that area. the easy assumption would be that the republican wins, but the fun of elections, of course, is you don't know their outcome until the votes are counted. >> external within the margin of error the that it's gotten so close mow. >> and it's probably going to be all about turnout in in this election come tuesday. so in this stump speech on saturday, the president said his administration is considering seeking the death penalty for drug dealers. >> he's said this before. it sounds like the philippine's
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president calling for vigilante's murders. at this rally, he said he isn't sure if the country is ready for it. there is obvious problems with executing drug dealers, oftentimes users are dealers themselves to support their habits. if you're talking about cutting fentanyl into drugs and killing people that way, it's unclear who actually did the cutting. there are a lot of problems. of course, there are tens of thousands of people dying of overdoses every year in the u.s. and there's, i assume, a case that at least some of them have arguably committed murder. perhaps recklessly or intention equally putting too strong of drugs into misbranded products. but this doesn't sound so much as a policy recommendation or a recommendation for legislation. this sounds like trump trying to talk tough on an issue affecting a lot of people. >> let's switch gears and talk about the big summit that is supposed to take place between trump and kim jong un. obviously, president trump saying he described it roughly
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as possibly bringing the world's greatest deal to the table. what do we know about what the white house actually wants to achieve? what is the white house's starting position on all of this? some have projected this as a victory for north korea. they've always sought a high level meeting with the u.s. approximated. they are getting it without necessarily giving up this anything permanently. it almost has to be the world's greatest deal or it's not going to look good for president trump. if the meeting actually happens, trump almost has to walk away with some order of denuclearzation deal, something really big, or this is going to be something that's going to be interpreted as a victory for north korea. >> stick around for us. white house with chief of staff john kelly has called in cabinet members over the recent run of bass press. politico reports cabinet secretaries were were pushed to be more careful and to put in better checks for bad and questionable behavior. the meeting comes after months of cabinet members racking up
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expensive first class travel and other lavish spending. last week, kelly met with david schulkin and told him to stop fight with staff and talking with the media. shulkin has said employees within the department of veteran affairs are trying to undermine him. speech writer david sorensen was accused of physically and verbally buing his ex-wife. he said he never saw anything off color between sorensen and his ex-wife or any evidence of his her allegations. the main governor said that he believes the white house was premature in letting sorensen go and offered him a job in his administration. soren son resigned from his position in the white house in february and has vehemently denied the allegations. still ahead, a deadly helicopter crash in new york city's east river. investigators this morning trying to determine what went
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switching gears, florida's governor rick scott signed the state's a most aggressive action on gun control in decades into law. the new law raises the minimum purees chasing age for a gun to 21 years old. it imposes a three-day waiting period for new gun purchases and allows some school workers to carry guns and bans bump stocks. a little over an hour after the the bill was signed into law, as you can imagine, the nra filed a lawsuit against florida. the nra claims that the law's minimum purchasing age violates the constitutional rights of 18 to 21-year-olds to own firearms calling it, quote, a plate end violation of the second amendment. the white houses has unveiled several policy proposals focused on mental health and school safety. the trump administration said it would back plans to provide
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rigorous firearms training to some personnel and formally endorsed a bill to strengthen the national federal background check system. there were few details on how it planned to provide the training. the announcement pulled back from president trump's earlier call to raise the minimum age to purees chas some guns to 21 years old. that will be shared by education secretary betsy duvoss. a senior administration official told "the washington post" that this was a state-based discussion right now and would be explored by devoss' commission. let's get a check on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> a little for us, a lot for others. i have to find out if barnacles is here today. i'm going to hide. apologies already to the
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northeast. the storm is now moving over kentucky. some areas in kentucky have been edging over with snow. secondary roads be careful on untreated roads and bridges, too. this whole mess is moving into areas of virginia. roanoke, martinville is expecting 2 to 4 inches today. the high areas could be 6 to 9. look at this from north carolina from hickory to greensboro. the roads should hold up okay. but, you know, the car tops, grassy surfaces, sidewalks could get a little bit of snow. we have two pieces. we have the storm. we're taking it from kentucky through virginia. then it hooked up the coast and then this mess up here. we just saw winter storm watches go over winter storm warnings from portsmouth to boston. it's really all of new england. we have winter weather advisories, hudson valley from
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albany in regard including new york city. again, glancing blow for philadelphia, new york city, really not too much ooh a big ordeal at all. once we get from heaartford to providence northward, that's where we have larger issues. an all out nor'easter for new england, third one in two weeks. >> we just confirmed that barnacle is in the building. he would like to have au word with you. still ahead, the wait is finally over. march madness is upon us. time to start filling out those brackets. the highlights from selection sunday income in sorts.
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>> kentucky does it again. the wildcats are s.e.c. tournament champions. >> kentucky, just some highlights from an exciting day in college football yesterday with teams trying to clench a spot in the tournament. the ncaa's field of 68 teams competing in this year's tournament are finally set. villanova, kansas and xavier and virginia out of the acc which boasts nine teams in this year's tournament, the most of any conference. the first four tip off tomorrow night with rad ford playing against liu for a chance to face villanova. now to palm harbor, there are, for the golf valspar championship, tiger woods dressed in his signature sunday red. he came up just 2 1/2 feet short on a 40 foot birdie putt. if he would have made that one,
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he would have forced playoff between woods and paul casey. instead, he completes the tournament in tie for second a place. that's his best finish since tied for 10th at the 2015 windhan championship. he was chasing his 80th pga victory. that would have been his first in nearly half a decade. here is tiger reacting after the round. >> well, i think i've gotten a little better than what i was a couple weeks ago at honda and i keep getting a little better and a little sharper. today wasn't quite as sharp as i would like to have had it but i had a good shot at winning this golf touchement. a couple putts here and there, it could have been the different story. >> the real question, is he back? we haven't seen consistency out of him over the past couple of years. we'll see what happens. >> seems like he's feeling good about his kolback, little by little. is. >> yeah. i think a lot of people are rooting for him. but i think the question is "morning joe" first look going
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welcome back, everybody. l it is the bottom of the hour. the the "new york times" is reporting that president trump may be adding to his legal team to help deal with bob mueller's russia probe. four people familiar with the matter tell the times that mueller met with emmet flood last week. floyd represented president bill clinton during the impeachment process. he will not replace ty cobb, but mr. cobb has told friends for weeks that he views his position as temporary and does not expect to remain in the job for many longer. the president lashed out at the story yesterday morning tweeting this. the failing "new york times" purposely wrote a false story stating that i am unhappy with my legal time team on the russia case and i am got to add another
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a lawyer to help out. wrong. they have done a great job and have shown conclusively that there was no collusion with russia. the only collusion was that done by the dnc, the democrats and crooked hillary. "the wall street journal" reports that president trump's legal team has considered way toes leverage an interview with the president into special counsel robert mueller to speed up or limit the scope of his investigation. the president's legal team has considered telling mueller that trump would agree to a sit down interview based on multiple considerations, including that the special counsel committee to a day for concluded at least the trump-related portion of the investigation. one idea is to suggest a deadline of 60 days from the date of the interview, one source said. another consideration for the legal team is reaching an agreement with mueller on the scope of his questioning. a person familiar with trump's legal team process said conversations with mueller are still in the earliest stages.
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and voters in pennsylvania will state to the polls tomorrow. president trump hit a number of topics during his pennsylvania rally saturday night, but was ultimately there to promote republican rick saccone against connor lamb. >> connor lamb, lamb the sham, right? he's trying to act like a republican so he gets -- he won't give me one vote. i hear he's nice looking. i think i'm better looking than him. i do. i do. permanently, i like rick saccone. i think he's handsome. we need our congressman saccone. we have to have him. we have to have him. the people of pittsburgh cannot be conned by this guy, lamb. you just can't do it. >> well, trump publicly endorsed rick saccone in pennsylvania. there's new reporting that president trump is apparently trashing saccone behind the
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scenes. four sources that have spoken to the president say trump things s a acc on one is a weak candidate. >> let's bring in our msnbc correspondent vaughn hilliard. good morning to you there in mt. lebanon. let's talk about president trump. he won this pennsylvania district by 20 points in 2016. this particular race now is too close to call, within the margin of error. what's the likelihood that conon lamb, the democrat, could flip this district. >> good morning. the interesting part about this is don junior will be on the tail here today with rick saccone. we'll be sure to ask him about those behind the scenes comments reportedly from axias there.
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what i can note that the campaign operation is, frankly, quite kwaek. that's where they have looked at outside groups to help the paid door knocker. this is a campaign that has struggled to bring much energy. they brought out eight people at one event, about the 15 people at another event. they had, besides that rally on saturday night, no other campaign events over the weekend. this is the concern for the republicans at this point is if you're in a district where mitt room heny won, john mccain won, donald trump opened up that margin of victory here. it's been represented by republican congressmen over the last 16 years. if you're potentially going to lose on tuesday in a district like this, the question is for november of 2018, where do those other races go? conor lamb is a former federal prosecutor, 33, the question, though, is to what extent is the republican party able to avoid situations like this in the future? >> it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.
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vaughn hilliard, live for us in pennsylvania, thank you very much. >> ahead of that special election, i twavl actualactuallo pittsburgh and met with some voters to talk about who they're voting for, why, and whether they have any buyer's remorse about voting with president trump. i want to start by a show of hands who voted for president trump in 2016. all right. so you all voted for president trump. who in in here is leaning towards co had nor lamb. who is undecided? no one? would is leaning towards rick saccone. are you decidedly rick saccone? >> here is where i'm conflicted. in voting for donald trump as an oe outsider, he talked about making america great again, reform our tax code, control immigration. he laid out a plan that i was
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get my head around. so what's your reservation? >> to lamb? i don't know enough about him to say it swings me that far one way or the other. i would rather -- i just figured with saccone -- >> why not try him? >> well, because, i don't know, i'm not convinced. we have two candidates here. either one of them are uninspiring. by voting for saccone, at least i'm not running into this mess where the democrats are talking about impeaching our country and so now i have to pick the the best of two bad choices, i can. >> jason, you're up. why do you want to vote for conor lamb? odd man out in this crew. >> when this election started to happen, i really had no -- i had heard of saccone. i've never heard of ham. but saccone has already been
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where he's at and i still have no clue what he stands for. he's had his chance. not the outsider mentality. ite not lamb's that hasn't been there. he seems like a person that can hear both sides. >> this election has become more about the president than it has, really, about filling the position. that's a shame. i think the congress is so bittererly divided and when you look at the democratic agenda, it really just seems to be nothing but let's obstruct the president. so, unfortunately, when you're faced with having to make a decision on who can get the most done here or what we can bring help to the region, right now, i think it's anybody that can bring forward movement to the president's agenda.
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that is saccone. >> did you feel like a vote for -- aside from some people like jason, a vote for saccone is a vote for trump? >> absolutely. and a vote for lamb is a vote against trump? >> absolutely. >> have you heard from people that voted for trump in this district that are now jumping ship and now want to go vote for lamb? >> not in the circles i rub. >> and you? >> no. more the opposite. regardless of what the outcome is, i don't think if saccone wins, everybody loves trump. if lamb wins, everybody hates trump. and the national argument is, well, you know, it emboldened those who are resisting our president. >> right now, again, why i'm going to vote for sa cone is i want to see trump's agenda, given a chance. right here, right now, these eight or nine months, i can the
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most effective person as a tool to get president trump's agenda through would be saccone for that reason. it's not just because he's republican. fascinating conversation there. >> yeah. so i mean, we wanted to see if this was going to be a referendum on the president. >> and the president himself suggested it was going to be -- >> well, from his perspective, it seems leak it's a referendum. or at it seems like everybody race has been a referendum. but my take, if first and foremost, they got nine months. we're going to vote in whoever they vote in and if they don't do a great job, we're going to vote again in november. this saul about turn out. what we need to remember is that -- >> as it is in so many cases. >> 70,000 more democrats are registered in this district than republicans. if they're able to get more turnout for the dem's side, it could go to connor lamb. but if you're a trump person through and through, what i saw,
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you'll be voting for the republican. steve nelson, let's talk about the p.a. 18th district. if saccone loses his race tomorrow, could it have an effect on others running for re-election this year? >> it was interesting hearing the panel hearing the voters say this isn't a referendum on trump but they're voting for the republican to help trump. there have been close calls for democrats before during trump's presidency. it seems likely in my opinion that that will happen again. but if the democrat wins, maybe it doesn't necessarily mean a lot. maybe this is spun as, you know, a weak republican candidate, like a roy moore situation. but it will be interesting seeing the fallout from this and then there's the big election coming up in a couple of months. let's turn to the conversation now over gun control. so the white house yesterday
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announcing this plan and then on friday florida governor rick scott signing the state's first gun control bill in decades into law breaking with the nra. with so much happening in this regard, how likely is it that we're going to see congress take note and move on the gun control bill in the coming weeks? >> it seems likely that we're going to see something, at least. there is a more modest proposal regarding the background check system. the white house had a call last night talking about different things they're going to be doing with regards to arming teachers. it seems likely that at least something will happen. but it shouldn't be a huge surprise that the white house is walking back from truthful aes far reaching comments. of course, after his talk of seizing guns without due process, there was a second amendment advocates very worried. one of them called him the gun
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grabber in chief, the worst enemy of the second amendmenten than barack obama. so it's maybe not so surprising that other republicans in the whois have pulled president trump back the from some of his more far reaching proposals. >> steve nelson for us, thank you. st still ahead, the disconnect between the white house and some world leaders over president trump's tariffs. plus, the name at the to the top of the president's list to replace bill cohn. plus, another winter storm may hammer the east coast. [burke] at farmers, we've seen almost everything
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as vice chairman at gm, he helped lead the automaker's financial recovery and a $23 million initial public offering back in 010. mr. cohn announced his resignation last week after losing a belths ovattle over th president's desire toism po imp tariffs. let's get to next week's weather. we were able to find barnacle just sitting off set. >> there he is. he's trying to get excited about baseball season and he's going to have two feet of snow in his front yard. congratulations. i feel horrible for him. you tell? it's now snowing in northern alabama. here we are in the middle of march. so it's going to snow across
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areas of virginia, in north carolina. winter weather advisories even for the raleigh area. we don't expect a lot of accumulations, but on bridges, sidewalks. i don't think the main roads will have much of an issue. but greensboro, that's 2 inches of snow and that's a big deal in north carolina. raleigh, a trace, maybe 2 inches at most. the storm is now located over the top of tennessee. it's diving down towards the northeast. the snow will move this evening. after the sunsets, it's pretty much all done. here we go tomorrow morning. pretty big snow shields covering much of the southern half of new england back to new york city and the jersey shore. that's 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. that's when really the bulk of the heavy snow. so another rough morning commute in southern new england, i-95 from connecticut through boston. 6:00 p.m., snowing hard. this is when the winds will be the strongest, too. as far as snowfall accumulations, mostly 1 to 4. but the in northern portions of
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new england, someone is going to get a foot of snow out of this, especially our folks in maine, bangor, north hampton. and somewhere in the 6 to 12 inches range from boston down to cape cod. and the winds, it will be blizzard like conditions. nantucket is going to see 55-mile-per-hour winds. by the time we get to the lunch hour, we're getting up this there around 67 to 70 miles per hour winds. people will be struggling to get some power on in a few spots. the rest of the country looks okay today. there's no big storms after this one, so this will be it, we hope. >> that will be tough. >> i'm not sure. i would have put my money on bill karins, but this is it. >> this is it. i have a whole bag of this is its. >> i'm going to trust bill karins. i've trusted bill karins. >> you you pay the price. still ahead, cheering the
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welcome back, everyone. we are learning new details regarding the plan for president trump's desired military parade in washington, d.c. the pentagon says that the parade will take place on veteran's day and go from the white house to the u.s. capitol. it will honor those served from
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the revolutionary war through today. unlike the bastille day parade last year in france, it will not use tanks but it will include, quote, heavy air component at the end which trump expressed as one of his desires late last month. turning now a country known for throwing regular military parades in china's lawmakers officially abolished presidential term limits by a vote of, wait for it, 2,958 to 2. three abstentions. >> it was much closer than the actually outcome. >> those two people. >> the debate was very heated. >> i'm not sure if they're in the country anymore. the move allows current president xi jinping to rule indefinitely. joining us now live from beijing. we got these two brave souls there voting against this move. what is the response so far to this decision?
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>> it wasn't exactly a nail biter this overwhelming majority voting to remove the presidential terms, extending xi jinping's power. there was really no debate. he is having complete control of the communist party and he could rule for life if he wants to. it's a bold move. it's stirring anxiety across china, among those who believe china could see a return to the strong man rule during the era of mmao. they have been erasing social media posts and banning searches for terms like constitution and immigration. so, there are people who do see risks of infighting, also personalized politics and instability. in the meantime, for xi jinping the focus today was on a meeting with south korea's national security director, the envoy
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arrived to beijing to brief xi and chinese officials on the proposed talks with north korea. he apparently heaped praise on x jinping and chinese efforts behind the dialogue, although china has been somewhat sidelined over the past several days with president trump's rather hasty agreement to summit with north korea by may. nonetheless, south korea is working towards the inter-korean talks that will be held in april and they're shopping those talks around the region and will also be going to japan. >> thank you for that. >> president kpi is also i think 65 years old and in pretty good health. he could be around for quite a long time. >> two more decades. >> if he chooses so. coming up next on "morning joe," president trump in campaign mode mocking what it means to be presidential, defending the leader of north korea, calling for drug dealers to be executed and more profane attacks on the media. we'll have reaction to trump's
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welcome back, everybody. before we toss it over to "morning joe," let's get a check on the stories we'll be watching in the day ahead. >> members of the house oversight and government reform sub committee are set to hold a hearing this morning on the impact of last year's hurricane season on the u.s. virgin islands. the islands, you may recall, were left devastated. mean while, world series champions will be the special guests of president trump at the white house today. the houston astros will leave their spring training facility in west palm beach, florida, and head to washington, d.c. the team will meet with the president in the east room and present him with a jersey. that does it for us on this monday morning. "morning joe" starts right now.
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you know, you remember i used to say how easy it is to be presidential. you would be so bored because i could stand up -- right? >> you're one of us! >> i could stand up. i'm very presidential. ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here tonight. rick saccone will be a great, great congressman. he will help me very much. and then you go, god bless you and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [ laughter ]. >> that's easy. see, that's easy. that's much easier than doing what i have to do. >>

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