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one thing to give you a heads up about for tomorrow morning, the confirmation hearing is going to happen tomorrow morning for mike pompeo, president trump's controversial cia chief who he has tapped to take over for his controversial secretary of state rex tillerson who he fired. the pompeo confirmation hearing should actually be -- maybe -- i'm not going to say fireworks. i'm going to say it might be slightly heated. you may want to put that on your docket tomorrow morning. we'll see you tomorrow. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell" good evening lawrence. >> good evening, rachel. it seems in trump world they never go away. i listened to your discussion of the new steve bannon tragedy about how trump world should deal with the special prosecutor. it is just amazing that he's back. >> everybody's got a theory. the fact that his -- part of his theory is that trump should
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retroactively exert executive privilege, he should somehow go into the special counsel's investigation and extract the old interviews that white house staffers did and make them null and void because he's going to exert -- it's a weird theory steve bannon is pushing. >> michael cohen went to what one legal blog is calling the worst law school in america, which at least he went to law school. once the president starts taking legal advice from steve bannon, it's going to be interesting to see. >> the best part is it's free. >> well, donald trump has destroyed paul ryan's life. as paul ryan so clearly realizes, donald trump is on his way to destroying republican control of the house of representatives. the big blue wave is looking so
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big, so overwhelming to paul ryan that he has formally publically given up even pretending he might run for reelection to his wyomiisconsin house seat. so paul ryan will take his seat as simply the worst of this country's speakers of the house of representatives. he has earned that place in history through unrelenting cowardness of the speaker of the house. an office that is constitutionally capable of containing and controlling an out of control president. but paul ryan surrendered all of his powers to the presidency. previous speakers of the house have relished their powers over the president, turned the presidents into beggars for political favors.
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but paul ryan looked into his soul and found nothing. nothing but weakness and subservient. paul ryan is not even close to being the worst person who has been speaker of the house. pedophile dennis haskerr served eight years as speaker of the house, only to be determined as a criminal after. we had slave owners as speaker of the house. but they've all been better than paul ryan. voters knew since 2017 that paul ryan was not going to run for reelection to his seat, the night i announced it for paul ryan at this hour because he refused to deny a political story that day that he was not thinking about running for reelection. a speaker never does that. a speaker can never allow any
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doubt about that. allowing that doubt, that doubt that he might not run for reelection is the same thing as just announcing that you're not going to run. and so it was very easy for me to say back in december, with certainty, that paul ryan was not going to run. and today, when he finally said it, he actually had the audacity to compare himself to one of the most successful and beloved speakers in history. >> look, i know most speakers don't go out on their own terms, tip o'neill was probably the last one to do that. >> no. tip o' neill served 10 years and was 70 years old.
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he announced he wasn't going to run at the very beginning of his last term, giving his party two full years to plan for his exit and consider who the next speaker should be and in the year that tip o'neill did not run for reelection, bobby kennedy ran and increased the seats for the house, 258 seats, a majority beyond paul ryan's wildest dreams. tip o'neill was not the captain who abandoned a shrinking ship, leaving his crew on board. that is paul ryan. paul ryan might have lost a reelection in his campaign in his home district but now we'll never know because he is quitting instead. and he is quitting in his party's darkest hour in the house of representatives. every pole shows the republicans
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losing the house. and that is because of paul ryan's leadership, which has been no leadership at all. none. and i am one of the many congressional observers who is deeply disappointed in paul ryan. i never fell for the media picture of paul ryan as a policy won because i know few qualify for that description on any subject. they are always guided by their staffs on policy. the staffs always know more on policy. but paul ryan had done more than others in memorizing talking points and every once in a while he showed a tiny bit of hope that he might actually be thinking about policy. like when he chaired a hearing that included testimony from a woman who was a food stamp recipient, a working poor
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mother, it was some soft most important poverty testimony i have seen in congress, and paul ryan followed the lead bringing that woman into the committee to be heard. and i reported on that hearing that night right here with a slight glimmer of optimism about what that could mean. optimism that was crushed by paul ryan. he leaves his speakership with exactly one accomplishment. and today, in his first exit interview, he could not even tell the truth about that. >> so if i -- if a year ago, two years ago somebody asked me what are the two mexico city important things to paul ryan, i would have said, tax cuts -- >> tax reform. >> tax cuts, tax reform. okay. and entitlement reform, or changing the way the social safety program, social security, medicaid exists so they will exist in future generations.
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one you have done, the other you have not -- >> jake tapper was right the first time. tax cuts. tax cuts. not tax reform. paul ryan did not get tax reform through the house of representatives. you know who did, tip o'neill, he was the last speaker of the house to get tax reform fast, he did it in 1986 with republican ronald reagan as president. he worked across party lines and lower or eliminated deductions, so the amount of revenue the federal government collect was the same amount it collected under the higher income tax rates. tax reform does not increase the deficit or debt. that's what tip o'neill and ronald reagan did.
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paul ryan and president trump's tax cuts explode the deficit and increase the debt. it was just released this week, that it will increase the debt and deficit more than paul ryan knew it would when he got that bill passed. tax cuts, not tax reform. donald trump did tell that particular truth about the tax bill. >> i said, you know, i think i have the idea, don't call it tax reform. call it tax cuts. it was never called tax cuts. they said what is that? i said, tax reform might mean you're reforming taxes and it might raise taxes, nobody knows what it means. so call it a tax cut. >> president trump was right. it's tax cuts. so paul ryan leaves the
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speakership having accomplished nothing. absolutely nothing. he has brought disgrace on the house of representatives by allowing the intelligence committee be disgraced by devin nunes. and he was no hugh scott, leader of the house of representatives from 1969 to 1977, one of the republicans who privately told president richard nixon it was time to resign the presidency because if he didn't a bill of impeachment would surely pass the house of representatives. richard nixon listened to hugh scott and took his advice because president trump nixnixo respected hugh scott in a way that president trump does not respect paul ryan, or anyone in government. in this case, president trump has given paul ryan the exact
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amount of respect as speaker that paul ryan deserves, which is none. joining the discussion now, joy reed msnbc national correspondent and also with us, jennifer reuben, writer for "the washington post," and david frum editor for the atlantic and author. joy, there is this widely made observation that if you get near donald trump, if you allow donald trump to have anything to do with your future, your future is destroyed, there we see the end of paul ryan's congressional career. >> rick wilson puts it everything trump touches, dies. that's his all-purpose saying. the reality is, i think you laid it out perfectly there. because paul ryan has been the ultimate triumph of form over stance. the beltway media adored him. eight years ago he was called the flimflam man. he has these ideas of ending the
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social safety net, ethe wants to end food stamps, privatize medicare, privatize part of social security. all these ideas unpopular with the american people but popular with political journalists and elected republicans. they saw him as a savior who could decouple the average american's devotion to the new deal and the great associasocie. this has been the idea to get people to break from this devotion of this new deal era. he could sell the new alex p. keating version of american life. he never knew how to do that. he was never a skilled peeker. when it came to donald trump he behaved with nothing -- i can't describe it with any other word other than coward us. he wanted his tax cuts for the
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rich, for cooperations that he was willing to let donald trump do anything, and he forgot he's fourth in line to the presidency. he runs a coequal branch of government. people who have been speaker had immense power and wheeled it. he seemed like donald trump's kid brother who didn't know how to stand up to him in a fight. >> explain the house of representatives and the republicans. when i worked in the democratic side, all the chairman relished their power over the president. the president wanted something from their committee they made the president bend their knee a little bit, they also relished their power over each other and fought for their jurisdictions and so was the case with democratic speakers of the house, majority leaders, all of that. when i watched paul ryan operate as speaker, i've just been amazed that he has seems to have not for one moment considered using his powers over the
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president, but -- and instead just served the president. >> exactly. i think he, first of all, made a calculation that turned out to be horribly wrong. that was that he would get what he wanted while he was supporting an unfit erratic completely -- you know, frankly, unqualified president. that donald trump would have enough discipline, enough sense of responsibilities that he would help paul ryan get what paul ryan wanted. that's ridiculous because donald trump is so unfit and erratic that he can't see any policy initiatives through. but the second part, i think more seriously, is this issue -- joy was saying his dream was to decouple the american people from the new deal. one of his other great projects was to recapture power for the congress. as bizarre as that sounds, yes, he made all kinds of white papers and announcements about
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taking back power from the executive branch, which had been delegated out by congress, congress had not stepped up to the plate, this its responsibilities and what did he do? he essentially signed his entire job over to the white house. and that, if anything else, will be the long term legacy of one who came with the idea that there was an imbalance in our system, presidents were too powerful, the people's house was the most responsible, the most democratic of our branchs of government and he frittered it away. that is the great tragedy of paul ryan and i think that plus the enormous debt is what he's going to be known for. i think he leaves with not even apparently the guts to do some important things on the way out the door. he's not running for reelection, why not get rid of devin nunes now, wouldn't that be fabulous? he's too afraid to do that. he leaves disrespected by people
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who used to respect him and frankly with a fair amount of contempt by democrats. david frum with republican senators who have announced, like jeff flake, that they're not going to run for reelection. they seem free to say things they otherwise would not. is there any chance of that with paul ryan now? >> why should he? you said early on and donald trump has destroyed paul ryan, and, of course, there's a lot of truth to that. it's also true that paul ryan has destroyed donald trump. imagine if donald trump -- the 2017 version of donald trump had been the same as the 2015 donald trump. and he joined the big infrastructure program, sustained the social safety net as he said he would, opposed upper income tax cuts, all of which were demanded by the country as a whole and republicans. he may be a more dangerous
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president than he is. instead donald trump signed on to the paul ryan program, the massively unpopular tax cut. he signed on to the attempt to repeal -- spend the first half of his most powerful year in office attempting to repeal obamacare. it's a funny thing to think about but steve bannon's political instincts may have been sharper than paul ryan's, and it may be if the trump ship goes down, paul ryan will be the person to put a hole in the bottom of it. >> a republican source said today on axios, this is going to make every republican do nor believe the house can't be held. >> absolutely. for a speaker of the house to make himself a lame duck with this much time left in the year and for mitch mcconnell to say we have much to do, no you have nothing to do. you're a lame duck. you have nothing more to do. think about the fact he's not
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only abandoning ship, he's abandoning his seat. right now the only challenge for his seat is an avowed white nationalist. he's also lost the district to the democrats thanks to the current speaker of the house. i think it's cowardly for any of them to say donald trump is terrible i'm leaving instead of fighting him. paul ryan has essentially said donald trump is wonderful and i'm leaving. he signalled to every donor, we are losing the house. >> as i said in december, paul ryan needed to get out now so he could be cleansed of the trump stink and in his mid 50s, in 2024, come back and run for president not having been associated with the final years of trump. we have to squeeze in a break here. everyone is going to stay in place. when we come back, a republican
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member of congress goes on an anti-trump tirade. wait until you hear what he said later in the show. also coming up, the president is tweeting us toward war in syria, even though there's no apparent constitutional authority to attack syria. former secretary of state wendy sherman will join us. ameripris, we can't predict what tomorrow will bring. but our comprehensive approach to financial planning can help make sure you're prepared for what's expected and even what's not. and that kind of financial confidence can help you sleep better at night. with the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant. this time, it's his turn. you have 4.3 minutes to yourself. this calls for a taste of cheesecake. philadelphia cheesecake cups. rich, creamy cheesecake with real strawberries.
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segment. he was the senate minority leader, not the house minority leader. there is breaking news tonight from "the washington post," steve bannon who was ousted as white house chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with some members of president trump's circle is pitching a plan to west wing aides and congressional allies to cripple the federal probe into the russian interference in the 2016 election. according to the posthe's suggesting the white house cease cooperation with the special counsel. he's telling associates inside and outside that the president should create a new legal battleground to protect himself from the investigation by asserting executive privilege. a search warrant used this week to raid the office, hotel room, and the home of trump associate,
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michael cohen, specified that the search was targeting, among other things we knew about, all of his communications about the "access hollywood" video. the video in which president trump brags about his preferred meths of sexual assault. the broad request also sought cohen's communications with trump and campaign surrogates about potential sources of negative publicity in the leadup to the 2016 election. the panel is back with us. joy, take your pick from tonight. you've got graduate of no law school steve bannon guiding the legal strategy now or suggesting his guidance, starting with fire rod rosenstein. >> when you read the story, i was like let me google one more time his bio to see what law school he went to, that's right none. the idea he's trying to wiggle
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back in with legal advice makes no sense. the donald trump listens to steve bannon, and there's evidence if he's mad at you, thinks you're a bad person, he will still listen to people he's fallen out with. if he listens to this and believes the story that the right will stand with him if he fires everybody down to the guy who mops the floor, if he does that he'll lose his reality. zblp shortly after the "access hollywood" video came out, wikipedia dumped out some material about that -- i'm sorry, wikileaks not wikipedia, dumped out some material that was intended to be harmful to
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the democrats and that was interesting and did anything happen with the russians for that to happen. and might that be the window which robert mueller found this. >> and shortly after that the payoffs to stormy daniels and other women. the last segment i said that paul ryan did damage to the trump presidency and trump from a self-interested point of view would have been better off listening to steve bannon more and paul ryan less. on this legal matter i think bannon's advice is pretty good. what he's saying to trump is you're incredibly guilty, start acting like it. quit with the innocent person approach it's not going to work. there are times when the cover up is worse than the crime. but if grandma's dead body is lying upstairs, the covrime is
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worse than the cover up. i think that's good advice. cooperation will not donald trump. an attempt to ip flame the country, appeal to your base is probably the best plan. bannon is probably right about this. >> so many people who have been observing this for the past year, keep saying why doesn't the president do x, why doesn't he do y. there's a big difference between how guilty suspects should behave and how not guilty suspects should behave. and trump has behaved flawlessly as a guilty subject. >> that's right. and i do have a law degree. i love david, but it's horrible advice because it makes no sense. there is no such thing as cooperating with the special prosecutor. they get subpoenas and they enforce them. he can do this lax days cal exercise of taking documents
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back and calling executive privilege but that doesn't work. the special prosecutor and now the new york prosecutor are going by the book, gathering ed, getting subpoenas and trump doesn't have a choice. he can try not to cooperate and then mueller would get a subpoena and force him to. that's the myth behind the scheme that he's not going to sit down for an interview. so fine, slap a stephen paddock -- subpoena on him. >> i think this is bannon being bannon. i think it says for the first time republicans are starting to get nervous and chuck grassley is going to hold hearings on a bipartisan bill that would provide some, not all, but some protection for robert mueller. so i think there's definitely a sense on the capitol hill that this is a new level of crazy for trump, a new level of being out
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of control and they, i think for the first time, are pe tri fied he is going to take that step and they're going to be in the midst of a constitutional crisis. >> everything jennifer said is accurate and every other president would understand it. the steve bannon advice at the next stage i think is going to be, of course, you don't agree to the interview, and you do not accept the subpoena. you do not let the u.s. marshal through the gate to accept service of the stephen paddocub. don't move a muscle and don't show up and then you ask robert mueller, who are you going to send, with what badge, to get through the white house gate to get me in handcuffs to drag me up there because no one has ever figured out what you actually do if a president does defy a
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subpoena because richard nixon in the end -- >> didn't. and i had this discussion over the weekend. that is the problem. it goes with what they were talking about before. three quick things, one, no, robert mueller cannot unsee what he has seen. you can't do anything about that. you can't waive executive privilege over to make it go away. you can't control what the new york investigation does. i'm not a lawyer, but i think you want certainty. you know what robert mueller is like. we don't know if you get rid of rod rosenstein, you don't know what the next person who might have some feelings about the department of justice and the way they've been treated, you don't know what they're going to do. but as a political matter because you have a house of representatives who will not act, a speaker with who will not act, will not enforce the constitution because no one has been willing to enforce a single sanction on the president, a law against him, the republican
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party is supine, they are butlers laying at his feet saying, sir, what would you have us do next. the thing is president trump has an out, which is to barricade himself in, and say i don't recognize this court, and have fox and friends say that's right, fight the power, the swamp. so what is paul ryan going to do? be a little less nice and polite to him? >> at that point, impeachment is the only remedy. we are going to hear later in the show from a republican who says, that the republicans could consider impeachment after they get past their primary season this year. we'll see if that happens. joy reed, jennifer reuben, david frum, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. there's a republican member of congress who goes on a pro feign anti-trump tirade and says
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why don't i just fire mueller? >> just fire the guy? >> i think it's a disgrace what's going on. we'll see what happens. but i think it's really a sad situation when you look at what's happened. many people said i should fire him. >> could that get him impeached? david jolly served from florida. i want to start with you on the republican side of this. you just heard that theory from eric ericsson's blog, an anonymous house member saying once the republicans are past their primaries this year that if trump were to fire mueller they could on the judiciary committee begin considering impeachment, does that sound farfetched to you. >> it does. i don't have faith in the republicans to do what's right. i think the drum beat of
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impeachment grew louder this week when it came to the attacks on the justice department. but let's be honest if you're talking about someone in the grocery store referring to the mindlessness of this president, suggests he's willing to accept a certain amount of criminality and further that, that could be anybody in a grocery store in any town across the united states. in this case it happened to be a member of congress, entrusted to protect the public. but we can't overlook this is somebody who did it forward and unwilling to go forward with his or her reality. they are frustrated with donald trump, but it is a miserable time to be on capitol hill, and they're unwilling to change it, even after the primary.
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>> what do you think, do you think the republican members of their committees, if the president fires robert mueller, could they turn on the president? >> they could but too many are k pods, and it would be tough to do that. several have told me, like he said, they personally don't like trump, they find him not to be a good human being and they don't like their dealings with him personally and they really resent him. i've had several members tell me that over and over for the last couple years, but they don't have the guts to m come out and say anything. they're afraid of their primary voters and even after the filing deadline, i don't see enough of them stand up and do it. there are some members retiring and one of them told me he was retiring because he couldn't stand trump and didn't want to be around the man ever in his life, yet he's resistant to
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signing onto my discharge pe ti tigs to protect mueller because he was afraid of backlash to his staff. the only republican who stood up is walter jones. he's gary cooper of the house republicans. >> david jolly, there's a report tonight that joseph digenova on fox news said than -- he said that sessions should fire rod rosenstein tomorrow, president trump tweeted before sean hannity's show that everyone should watch his show -- which he doesn't do it every night -- so he really wanted people watching to see joseph digenova say sessions should fire rosenstein tomorrow. what would happen in the house of representatives if sessions were to do that? there's no real indication that sessions would do that with joseph digenova telling him to do it on fox news. >> sure.
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look, i think this is a president that many americans tonight believe is corrupt in his own dealings and there is a republican party that continues to protect and insulate him. we have heard voices within the republican party speak about confronting the president should he move to have mueller fired. i'm not fully confident that would happen among republicans today. but lawrence, let's look at what happened with this raid of cohen's office because i think something important happened this week and we're not paying attention to and it's this. should trump move to have mueller and rosenstein fired and this case closed, what they did this week, they referred to the southern district of new york, this raid, this other legal matter that implicates and could probably have donald trump and cohen culpable in a civil case that rises to perjury, obstruction or intimidation. so if rosenstein and mueller are fired and that case is exposed,
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donald trump's exposure continues in the southern district of new york. so despite the drum beat to fire mueller, i don't think this solves this tonight. >> i think joseph digenova gives us a look into what the president wants, he wants jeff sessions to fire rosenstein. jeff sessions has made it very clear he's not going to do that. >> rod rosenstein is an honorable american, he's done a good job over there. he appeared before our committee, i was most impressed. he was a good appointment. and trump was responsible for his appointment. he's a career justice department official, he has integrity and that type of person will not do well in the trump world. he doesn't want any kind of expertise or abilities, he likes, like michael cohen, he's kind of a fixer and he likes the rough guy and he likes the lie and he just -- he lies all the time and he got that from roy cohen and he's -- i'm a cohen and i hate -- i wish michael
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cohen would change his last name and roy cohen would have never lived. he's giving cohen a bad name. but donald trump emulated roy cohen and held him up as a mentor. which says something about donald trump trying to be beyond roy cohen as the worst person in the world. >> thank you both for joining us tonight. i really appreciate it. coming up, donald trump is tweeting about a possible strike on syria and he's not making it sound like there's anything doubtful about it. it sounds like he has promised to do it. t up, i go to the offi, i kill it. i go home, and i repeat. my career is moving forward, but my student loans are going nowhere. it'll take me 20 years to pay them off, but i finally found a way to pay them off sooner, and save money by refinancing with sofi. sofi has helped over 200,000 people get ahead of their debt,
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>> this morning at 6:20 aimt, they were discussing what the reaction should be to the threat to shoot down any u.s. missiles fired in syria. 37 minutes later, the president tweeted russia vows to tweet down any and all missiles fired. get ready, russia. they should be coming down nice and new and smart. 7:04 a.m., they were discussing how the sanctions were wrecking the economy. they tweeted our relationship with russia is worse than it's ever been. there is no reason for that. russia needs us to help with the economy, something that would be easy to do and we need all
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nations to work together and stop the arms race. former u.s. under secretary of state. no surprise discover that the president's staff was taken by complete surprise. he tweeted get ready, russia, the missiles will be coming and they will be nice and new and smart. >> as we heard from general mattis, they have not finished the assessment of whether and how this attack took place though we all believe assad was behind it. we haven't decided on what options we are going to take. we haven't worked out everything with our coalition partners. i hope we will with the british and the french. teresa may, the prime minister of great britain was going to her cabinet to try to decide how
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to go forward. i'm sure everybody who has been working hard to present the president with options were stunned. we have 2,000 troops in syria. they are at risk here as well. this is a very serious decision. syria has always been a proxy war. a lot of players using it as a map. russia and iran are big players in syria. the decision the president has to make are consequential. when he tweets out let's go after russia. russia has nuclear weapons. we have nuclear weapons. the possibilities here are extreme and rather than ranting about the fbi raiding his lawyer when he was sitting with all the commanders of our military, i wish he would have been focused and disciplined on what was at stake in syria. >> when president obama considered striking syria, he went to the congress for authorization. doesn't it president neat authorization? >> that's a debatable point.
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>> president obama didn't get it. >> then speaker boehner sent a list of questions. what's the duration and the scope and the objectives. how much is it going to cost? >> reasonable questions. >> those same questions should be asked of president trump and secretary mattis has a hearing and secretary hopefully to be from his perspective pompio had that. i would expect all that would be asked. >> here's paul ryan and he could take the letter and change the name at the top and send it to president trump. >> absolutely. it would be a good idea. >> assuming that the president does go forward with a strike as he promised the world through twitter, what next? what happens after that? >> this administration rarely has a day after plan. there is no strategy here. there is no what happens if we
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take this strike. will it deter assad? the last strike didn't do anything. will this help get us into a political negotiation to finally help the 12 million syrians who were displaced in syria or refugee camps to come home and put syria back together again. there is a future here and someone has to help create it. i don't think the president thought about anything. >> the president clearly said he doesn't want to have anything to do with syria. he wants to wash his hands of the whole thing and walk away from it. let russia deal with it and now he's getting ready for his smart missile attack. >> you know, some days i think that donald trump is like an abusive parent, you never know which parent you are going to get. whether you are going to get the i love our people and what they're doing or i can't stand you, get out of my way. one day he says let's get out of syria and the next he said let's
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get deeply involved in syria. what are we doing here? what is going to happen to the people in syria and what's going to happen to our troops and what's going to happen to our alliances. he is doing this at the same time he has to prepare for a summit with kim jong un. state visit by president mac ron and a visit by prime minister abe and make a decision about whether to stay in the iran nuclear deal or try to let iran get back on a path of getting nuclear weapons that never made sense to me whatsoever. there is a lot at stake and he has a new national security adviser and we don't know where they are headed. >> thank you very much for joining us. appreciate it. tonight's last word is next. this is the ocean. just listen. (vo) there's so much we want to show her. we needed a car that would last long enough to see it all.
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