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and that is going to wrap up this hour of msnbc live. katie tur is going to take over. it's 11:00 a.m. out west, it's 2:00 p.m. in washington where it is day two of french president emanuel macron are meeting at the white house. we'll see if that special relationship between macron and the president can change the president's mind on a host of issues, primarily the iran nuclear deal. even as the president hosted his french counterpart, mr. trump was pressed on issues here at home. and at this afternoon's joint press conference, it was his embattled pick to be the next secretary of veterans affairs. >> i haven't heard of the particular allegations, but i will tell you, he's one of the finest people that i have met. admiral jackson, dr. jackson, he's a wonderful man.
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i said to him, what are you needed for? and as far as experience is concerned, the veterans administration which is approximately 13 million people, is so big, you koucould run the biggest hospital system in the world that is small time compared to the veteran's administration, so nobody has the experience, he's a high quality person. i said what are you needed for? it's totally his decision, but he'll be making a decision. >> the senate committee on veterans affairs said this morning they are postponing the confirmation hearing for ronnie jackson, president trump's choice to be the next va secretary. a white house official said the scope of the allegations are not yet clear. but "the new york times" reports that lawmakers are now examining allegations that jackson oversaw a hostile work environment as the white house physician. and allowed the overprescribing of drugs. they also have received claims
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that he drank too much on the job. so our big question today is, did the president just lay the ground work for dr. jackson to withdraw? another domestic issue that overshadowed the day's events, the investigation of president trump's long time personal attorney. mr. trump gave this reply when asked about his personal relationship with mr. cohen. >> thank you very much. [ inaudible ] >> stupid question. >> let's get started with our team of reporters and analysts, jeff bennett is at the white house, anne garrett is a white house correspondent with t"the washington post". tell me if you read this differently, but the president just then said that dr. jackson seemed to be given a whole lot of room to bow out of this nomination process, saying he
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wouldn't want this for anybody, he's a good man, he wouldn't want to deal with anybody, it's disgusting, he's ultimately going to make his own decision. >> reporter: i read that the same way as you, katie. >> i think we're having an issue with jeff. let's go over to garrett. >> reporter: we can make this argument that jackson was being unfairly maligned by the press and he made this argument also that democrats were targeting ronnie jackson because they had previously tried to derail the confirmation of the secretary of state. you got the sense that the president was trying to make the case that ronnie jackson was one of the finest men he ever met, but the president was in many ways giving jackson the
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opportunity to step aside if he saw fit. let's listen to what the president had to say. >> i don't want to put a man like this through this process, it's too ugly, and too disgusting. >> are you saying, mr. president, that you would stand behind him? >> i would stand behind him. if i were him? in my ways, i would love to be him, but the fact is, i wouldn't be him. >> reporter: you can plainly see the unexpected issues of governing, he didn't pick mr. jackson because he had a deep well of managing large organizations. he said mr. jackson didn't have that, most people don't. and he said that he thought this would be smooth sailing, we know that certainly wasn't the case. it appears the president picked ronnie jackson without the proper vetting because he likes him personally. he had a strong personal rapport and the president gave him that
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clean bill of health after he had his physical. but mr. jackson says he's still looking forward to continuing in this process. >> it you were able >> you were able to catch up with ronnie jackson while he was up on capitol hill. >> reporter: if we take the president at his word about the conversations he had with jackson. he had these conversations with the veterans affairs committee, just as the president was speaking, he left the hill a few minutes before the president made those comments publicly. what dr. jackson told me is he's looking forward to answering all the questions about him. although when i asked him those questions, he didn't answer them to me. dr. jackson, can you say anything about all these allegations that have come out about you in the last couple of days? >> i'm looking forward to getting the hearing rescheduled and answering everybody's
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questions. >> reporter: you have seen allegations about essentially drinking on the job, overprescribing medications, are you saying those are categorically untrue? >> i am looking forward to sitting down in the hearing and answering all the senators' questions. thanks, guys, i appreciate it. >> so you're definitely not withdrawing? you're going to continue this process, sir? so katie, no answer to that last question about whether he would withdraw. but his other answers made it pretty clear that he doesn't intend to do so. he does want to answer questions and clear his name and his record. a lot of folks i spoke to, even democrats who might not be the kind of folks who would vote for jackson under any circumstances anyway say they essentially feel bad for him that he has been hung out to dry here by a white house that did not do its home work and discover what might be
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these damaging things or potentially damning things about his back grouchbground before ht this confirmation process in the senate. >> on that question, and maybe you can help elucidate this for us, there are a lot of people who wondered why dr. jackson would even say yes to this position, given his background and given his lack of experience in managing and after all the va is such a giant bureaucracy in itself. i was reminded today that dr. jackson is active duty and donald trump is commander in chief and these sort of things, i don't know how these things are decided, but these things can be take on as an order more than anything else. >> that was something that came up in the context of h.r. mcmaster, when he was the national security advisor. he also remained active duty in
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the army and was he mataking th job? would jackson take the job because the commander in chief asked/ordered it? that's certainly an open question. jackson's case, he does have a -- which h.r. did not. he has a strong personal relationship with the president and the president asked him to take a big job, a cabinet position, a senate confirmed job is an extraordinarily big deal, of course it's a big deal to be a navy admiral as well. but jackson went from being somebody that very, very few people had heard of to a household name and would have remained and will remain one whether he's confirmed or not. i think it's very good question you're asking, though, is, you know, did he actually ever have the proper time and space to reflect on whether this is a job he wants. the president gave him a giant exit ticket today, like it was a
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giant offravrmp. if you want to leave, you can sail right out the door and i wish you well. >> and also democrats saying once pompeo got through the committee and pompeo will probably get okayed as the nominee for secretary of state, the democrats went and looked for somebody else to, he did not say torture, but to tear down and derail the confirmation process. but when you think about the vetting that this senawhite hou does, they're in trouble about the vetting of paul manafort or rick gates, the vetting wasn't done there. donald trump refused to be vetted himself. often when you're running for the white house, you let your team vet you to get ready for things that you might get attacked about in the white house.
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the president doesn't care particularly to vet anybody in there administration. do we know how the vetting process works, even if there's a team of people at the white house? >> there is a team of people who handle that at the white house and they work for the chief of staff in this case john kelly, so this is raising new questions about john kelly's role in overseeing all of this. as part of the vetting that is done, there are often times conversations with, in this case, it woulders on the hill, whether or not the nominee would have an easy nomination process. it appears that that conversation didn't even happen. so if the white house isn't doing the careful vetting on the small things, what sort of big picture issues are they missing as well. >> mitch mcconnell was asking the nomination process a moment ago, let's play that. >> with regard to the jackson nomination, i'm waiting to hear from both chairman isaacson from the administration, what they believe the way forward should be, and we'll take our queues
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from them. >> mr. mcconnell, did you meet with dr. jackson? >> so the president says it's dr. jackson's decision, senator mcconnell says it's the white house's decision, they're waiting to hear their queues from the white house. it does sound like they're waiting for jackson to bow out. that this confirmation is not going to go forward, am i right? kevin barron, are you there? executive editor of defense one. i assume the viewers just knew your face and wouldn't actually need an sbintroduction. >> it's business as usual at the white house, so this nomination is already off the rails before it really began. and, yeah, it sounded today like the president gave him an offramp. but he still wanted him. in the same breath, the president said he wouldn't put himself through the process, but he did, he's the president, he
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knows how this goes. so i'm less worried about the lack of -- i'm not so worried about business as usual, because this is what we have come to expect. it does sounuoes sound like it hands of whether he wants to go through this or not, so i guess we'll have to wait and see. >> let's wait and see if dr. jackson does bow out of the white house. who would where be on the top of the va's list for a person to run that agency, kevin? >> we >> well, it wouldn't be their decision. >> people who run the va right now, people who work at the va, veterans advocates groups, what kind of person would they want to see lead the va going forward if they don't have shulkin and if they don't get ronnie jackson. >> it's an enormous organization to a very specific group.
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so either you want to have somebody who was a veteran, who understands every veteran issue there is, not just the health issues, all veteran issues, or you want somebody that knows how to run a large organization, a large government organization, so we have seen a little bit of both, we have seen former generals take charge, we have seen folks from former corporate worlds take charge with different levels of success. but it shows how time and time again, when the white house tries to find competent people to fill government positions, either at the white house, because they were never trumpers from the campaign days, or the moderate republicans who maze kn -- may know what they're doing in the white house, so here we are, we get this guy out of left field who's given this doctrine to someone to take this white house job. the problem is what we're getting now, it takes a lot of
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left turns and right turns to just do the basic vetting of the guy. >> kevin barron, thank you. and jeff, one other question, the president got particularly testy earlier this afternoon when he was asked if he would pardon cohen. >> reporter: he told general than carl, that it was a stupid question. the question was put to him during the oval office, and the thing that set president trump off over the weekend, just hours before the funeral of first lady barbara bruush, he sent off a number of tweets that painted a picture of all the reasons why michael cohen might flip on this president. privately we know that the president seems to think that he will not do that, but as you have reported and as we have reported, people close to cohen and the president say that if cohen is faced with significant legal charges or serious jail time, he would not remain loyal to the president. >> yeah, that's true.
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jeff bennett. and next up, our other big question of the day, can emanuel macron change the president's mind on the iran nuclear deal. and the dow is down over 500 points, we're going to find out why later coming up on msnbc.
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declared their meetings today successful, the iran nuclear deal threatens to increase pressures. these are issues that macron holds the opposite view on. >> translator: you consider the iranian deal, the jcpoa, the one negotiated in 2015 with iran is a bad deal. for a number of months, i've been saying that this was not a sufficient deal, but that it enabled us, at least until 2025 to have some control over their nuclear activities. >> this is a deal with decayed foundations, it's a bad deal, it's a bad structure. it's falling down. we're going to see what happens on the 12th. >> so the big question we are asking today on this story is, can president macron get donald trump to change his mind.
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phillip, thanks for being with us, we appreciate it. when macron goes in and meets with the french president, wants him to go back to the paris act koract -- accord, what is he using to get donald trump to potentially change his mind? >> it seems that relationship we have now seen over the last 24 hours in fact, they seem to truly get along very well, the french president and the u.s. president, we saw that in mt. vernon yesterday, we also saw that at the white house, but it really is a contrast between how they get along as presidents and the views they actually have, which as you say are completely different from one to the other. and it looks like the french president didn't get all too much out of his meetings at the
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white house. there are many ways of looking at this right now, there are ma getting briefs saying they believe they got a concession from the u.s. president, that contention being that he, president trump will now look at the nuclear deal in a bigger frame work, that means he will be looking at the nuclear deal and several other deals on the side. but from the press conference at the white house just a short while ago, the u.s. president says he's going to make a decision on the 12th of may, he looked at the president emanuel macron right next to him and said you know very well what kind of a decision i will take. and he didn't exactly get a smile back from his french counterpart. in other words it still looks like that departure by the u.s. from the iran nuclear deal is very likely indeed. you saw them speak and say they both got what they wanted out of
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this, but i was at the white house earlier today but it didn't look good to see the u.s. president attack that nuclear deal while standing and sitting next to the french president. the president knows very well that president macron came here with a few things to talk about, none more important to try and convince the president to stay in the nuclear deal with iran. it is very unlikely that he proceeded in getting precisely that. >> let me ask you that, if he doesn't walk away with a major concession, having him stay in the iran nuclear deal, which is a very big deal for the french president, or getting back in the paris climate accords or something else. what good is it to be seen walking around holding our president's hand to be accepting a kiss on the cheek, smiling as he brushes dust off his lapel, does he risk his reputation back in france having looked so chummy with the president and walking away with nothing? >> he certainly risks something
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there, because remember that u.s. president donald trump is very, very unpopular in france and indeed in large parts of the rest of europe. so why would the french president indeed come to the white house and be so chummy with his american counterpart. one would presume to come out of here with an end product. it's unlikely there will be an end product to give to the french people if you will and indeed president macron's counter parts in the uk and in germany. they had a strategy meeting between macron and merkel before the french president arrived here about how to tackle these important issues including the nuclear deal. it looks like president macron is not going to go home with too much to show. you mention the paris accord, there's not much to get president trump to sign up for the paris climate deal again. what the president also wanted
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was some extensions from not getting those trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports imposed on france and other european union countries, no confirmation yet on whether he got that either. this was indeed a pretty risky trip for the french president, and it still is, more than anything, because he's been very, very friendly indeed with a person who is very unpopular in europe. now the frame work that emanuel macron has been giving to this visit hiere in washington is tht this is a strong relationship between france and the united states, a historically strong one and that is why they need to show that they can get along. >> white house correspondent come back soon please. and senior counselor for the albright stone bridge group and
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an msnbc contributor. thanks for being here. a lot of folks will say that france's president is trying to manipulate the president, trying to play the long game, by being very chummy, in a way that angela merkel cannot or teresa may cannot, but if he walks away leaving with nothing, does it show, one, that the president is just stone minded and is not going to move on these issues? or that ultimately that he just doesn't have any real influence? >> i think we're about to find out over the next couple of weeks, president macron gave president trump offramps, he gave him an offramp about keeping troops in syria for a while, because it's part of a larger strategy to deal with iran and to build a political settlement in syria. he gave president trump an offramp on the joint conference of plan of action, the iran deal,ing let's leave that
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post here, but let's build three other posts and we will then have a big house that will cover all of our concerns about iran. i suspect he will also say you have a new secretary of state likely to be confirmed shortly, so why don't you give him some time to work with us. so i think that president macron has given on several issues here, he's saying that the paris climate agreement is not just about france. and we will see if any of those offramps will be taken by the president and see if macron can say that he made progress here. >> this can also be a north korea issue as well, because if america is seen to be pulling out of the iran deal, what assurance does iran have that any agreements will be honored in the future.
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and kim jong-un opened and honorable today and then a reporter followed up on that in the bilat a moment ago, asking why he would call a dictator who just recently sent back one of our citizens in pretty bad shape and dies a short time later, an honorable person. >> you mentioned today that you thought that the leader of north korea has behaved openly and honorably. this is something that many people have accused of starving his people, killing family members. what did you mean when you called him that? >> i think we're doing very well, meetings are being set up. and i want to see denuclearization of north korea, a lot of concessions have already been made, we have made no concessions despite some of the media saying i have made concessions. >> what is the president's strategy here, obviously it's very different from other leaders before him. >> i think what he's frying to
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do is create a positive pathway to a summit. quite frankly if any other person, democrat or republican, donald trump would have said it's outrageous to stay that a dictator that oppresses off the human rights in this country, lets people starve, and takes other country's citizens as hostages is open and honorable. we know where things stand, we're not naive, we're going to have talks at this summit. i know what i'm doing. kim jong-un understands that as well. i think all would have been able to say, okay, let's that's a ' good first step, let's go on. >> i wonder what otto warmbier's family ask thinking and other families that have family
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president trump continues to be dogged by questions about the investigation of his long-term personal lawyer michael cohen. today the day of the president's first state visit with the leader of france was no exception. >> mr. president what about michael cohen -- >> thank you very much. [ inaudible ] >> stupid question. >> is it a stupid question? if cohen knows there's a pardon on the horizon, could it keep him quiet? or quieter? and is there a chance of cohen caving better than not? even president trump suggested today it could be a legal minefield. the executive editor of bloomberg blind field and chuck rosenberg is former u.s.
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attorney and senior fbi official. tim, let's start with you, i wanted to get the sense of michael cohen, he's been pretty loyal to donald trump, you've obviously had dealings with him, what is your sense of how far michael's low pressure systyalt? >> i think anybody that's been around donald trump for any any lgtd of time that donald trump's loyalty is a one-way street. outside of his family, his children, his loyalty doesn't really extend very far beyond that. and that has to be weighing heavily in michael cohen's mind. a think a little bit of daylight came between cohen and the president the day that the fbi raided cohen's office. he said it was disgusting, the fbi knocked on my lawyer's door and they bursted into his office. and michael cohen said it was actually a little bit more polite. this is a guy who historically has said i will take a bullet for the president, i'll do
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anything to protect him. and in this moment when the chips finally came out on the table, he was saying no, i have a different recollection. >> a source told me that cohen basically knew that the president was speaking right to him when he was holding that news conference, when he was sitting in that cabinet spray, supposed to be talking about syria, but instead talking about michael cohen and how disgusting it was that the fbi raided his office. in hearing that, chuck, that the idea that cohen might have thought the president was talking directly to him, what would your legal take be on that? >> well, i don't know who the president was talking to, katie, i do know this. >> but if a witness thinks that a subject or a target of an investigation thinks a person who could pardon them is talking directly to them when he says, hey, listen, this was a disgusting and terrible raid, as a prosecutor, what would you
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take from that? >> yeah, so as a prosecutor, it's possible that the president is saying to a witness, a potential witness, stay strong, i have your back. if and only if mr. cohen, you have mine. and that type of conversation particularly happening, you know, in private or well over the airwaves can be awfully troubling to prosecutors. i don't know that that's what the president was saying, but i guess as a prosecutor, i tend to have a suspicious mind and that's what it makes me think of. >> i do want to ask you about politico's analysis, they say that it could be pretty tricky to potentially get michael cohen to flip. and again, we should be clear that we don't know that it's the intention of the sdny to get cohen to flip. but here's what politico writes, even if cohen is determined to break his confidence with trump legal ethics might deter federal prosecutors from vetting his
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relationship with donald trump. is it going to be hard? >> it's going to be hard, but it's not a minefield. by the way the minefield analogy is useful. because with the right equipment, as you well know, you can navigate a minefield. so imagine in a search warrant, they get three types of stuff. one bucket would mr. stuff that is absolutely not privileged, which the filter team can give to the investigative team. one bucket of stuff is things that are clearly privileged, which the filter team would keep and the investigative team would never see. then there's that middle category which is a little bit harder and that's why prosecutors get paid all that money and get to make decisions about things that may be privileged and they can go to the judge if they need more guidance. it's not rocket science, it happen s all the time. prosecutors make these determinations and decide what they can and cannot use. so i think that politico article is helpful, but i also think
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it's a little bit overwrought. >> quote, cohen isn't the biggest catch from the trump world, other players know far more about the president's dealings than his lawyer does. this is what you wrote on bloomberg view. who were you talking about? >> i was talking about jason greens abo gre greenb greenblatt who is president trump's white house attorney. people attach their stars to the president's wagon in the hopes of furthering their own careers. michael cohen began working there in 2006. he wasn't an attorney in any of the usual ways, he was a fixer, he solved problems for trump. if there's somebody inside the trump administration who knows where the skeletons are, it's jason greenblatt.
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>> but jason greenblatt would have more cover than michael kon does if he was acting as an advisor or a fixer, right, chuck? >> one more way to think of it, i think the factual contours that he lays out are really important. but prosecutors don't really set out to get anybody, what they want from cohn is the truth and they're going to take that truth wherever it leads, it may lead to the president, it may not lead to the president, it may lead to other people, we don't know sitting here. but i don't like the characterization of prosecutors setting out to get somebody. at least good prosecutors don't think that way. >> i think it's always important to remember that the prosecution here, the sdny could solely be going after something that michael cohen did alone, with no real intention of trying to get him to turn on the president of the united states. there's got to be reason why this is with sdny and not with robert mueller. gentlemen, thank you very much.
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and could a blue wave hit the special election to replace arizona congressman trent franks? the democrat vying for his seat, dr. tippernini joins us next. and we're keeping an eye on the dow right now, stocks are falling sharply as big industrial and technology companies take heavy losses, right now the dow is down almost 600 points, the reaction is based on several factors, but the big ones are heavy equipment maker caterpillar and 3-m. caterpillar is warning of weaker profits and 3-m is citing higher costs for its raw materials. we're going to keep an eye on this right here on msnbc. but i realized something was missing... me. the thought of my symptoms returning was keeping me from being there for the people and things i love most. so, i talked to my doctor and learned humira can help get, and keep,uc under control
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today, debbie lasko for congress. nbc national political correspondent joins us for a look at how this could all play out. >> i think this is one of those where you can see in the context of all of these special elections you were just talking about, this is one of those, the world is full of surprises, but the suspense right now is not so much who's going to win this night, but what's the margin going to be? because this is the district that we're talking about, 2016, trump by 21. this is a very republican area, a little different than what we saw in pennsylvania 18 a few weeks ago, where democrats had won races, they had a lot of democratic voters. this is republican through and through, so the question becomes can the democrats eat significantly into that
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trump-romney margin, can they get it to the single digits. you put them up there, that's the broader context for what we're looking at here, a burge of double digit gains for house elections, they had one last year in kansas, they had one in montana. they cut 15 points off trump's margin, they obviously were able to win pennsylvania. can they get that 21-point trump margin down to single digits. they would take that tonight as a sign of, hey, there's movement even in red america, for republicans, they want double digits tonight at least. >> i hope movement in red america means a lot more movement in blue or purple america, maybe those who weren't so excited in 2016. steve, thank you. are you going to be holding a pen in your hand? >> i may not be able to eat so much tonight. here's what two voters told
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our own von hilliard on the ground. >> i voted for the democratic candidate. >> reporter: do you usually vote democratic? >> no, i'm a republican, but lasko seemed to want to go to congress and get things done. >> reporter: who did you vote for? >> debby, absolutely. overall i'm a republican, have voted republicans my whole life, believe in all the measures that president trump is putting in place and believe that debby supports all that. >> joining me now hiral tipirneni who is the democratic candidate in the race, dr. tipirneni, thank you so much for being here. >> thank you for having me, i appreciate it. >> we were able to catch up with your opponent debbie lasko a little bit earlier. >> i'm just a better fit for this district, whether it be securing the border, my opponent is not really in favor -- she doesn't want to put any money towards a border wall or improving education. i really have been a strong
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proponent of that, the whole nine years that i've been in the legislature. i also think that it's important to the people in our district that we have low taxes and less government regulation and i'm definitely in support of that. my opponent not so much. >> so is she correct in stating your positions? >> no, she's not correct and in fact i am a very good fit for this district. it's a drikt i haistrict i have for 21 years and it's a little disingenuous when she refers to those issues because i have actually been working on strengthening education throughout. i have a very clear health care plan, because there's a big issue for voters all across the west valley. their premiums are going up, and i have a detailed plan to get us to a point where everybody has quality, affordable health care. as far as taxes go, that tax cut bill, that harmed my district.
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a very small percentage of people in my district got a benefit from that. so we need to work on protecting the middle class, and elder voters. it's also threatening social security way i'm committed to fighting for. so i'm a very good fit for this district and i'm excited that we have been resonating with the voters throughout the campaign time. >> you also said that you are not in support of the wall or any real security funding for the border. >> and that's incorrect as well. that's a mischaracterization. i have spoken very clearly about where i stand on this. we have to have secure borders, there's no doubt. there are smart ways to go about it. we have to follow the data. some money should go to re-enforcing those areas of the border fencing that are vulnerable. we should be enhancing our board security patrol. investing in technology, drones.
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$26 billion is a very hefty price tag on something that isn't necessarily going to keep us any safer. one of the areas of the largest overstaying their visas. a border wall does nothing for that. if we are worried about drugs, we also know a large proportion of drugs are coming in through ports of entry. again, a wall does nothing for that. we have to be smart, we have to keep our borders secure. but there are smart ways to go about doing it and we have to be mindful of the cost of it as well. >> good luck to you today. thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate it. epa chief scott pruitt may drop a new rule today that impacts the air you breathe and products probably inside your home right now. what you need to know with the reporter who broke that story, next. ng to manage my a1c, and then i learn type 2 diabetes puts me at greater risk for heart attack or stroke. can one medicine help treat both blood sugar
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capitol hill once again wants answers from the environmental protection agency over its embattled administrator, scott pruitt. today two senators sent a letter to the epa's ethics official asking questions about the head of pruitt's security detail and the role he played in controversial spending decisions which are part of the mounting
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ethics questions that pruitt is already facing. yesterday, the white house said that it's monitoring those issues but also praised pruitt for pushing the president's agenda at the epa. now there is another sweeping change in the works. today, "the washington post" reports that pruitt is pushing a controversial transparency rule limiting what research the agency can use. juliette elprin from "the washington post" is one of the reporters on that story. explain to me this rule, on the service it sounds like a good idea, transparency, i only want to be able to see the signs that i can understand the process behind. is that the best way to describe it? >> exactly. well, that's certainly how administrator pruitt and his supporters would describe this rule. they would say that what they are doing is taking the underlying data that's behind the studies that epa uses to draft, say, environmental regulations and other rules that
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they issue, and let everyone scrutinize them and reproduce it. what many researchers counter is that many of these critical studies particularly on issues such as air pollution, pesticide exposure and other issues, are done through these long-term studies where they get participants to provide personal information about their medical history, about their personal behavior and practices, in exchange for confidentiality and that basically, by saying that now this data would have to be revealed, this would not only potentially disqualify a slew of studies that already exist, it might deter people from signing up for these studies in the first place. in addition to the fact that it would cost millions of dollars to essentially redact this data so that it would not be inadvertently released. they are saying it would limit the science they could use. >> what are the concerns about real life consequences in terms of water and air?
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>> this could potentially affect a huge slew of studies, including some landmark older studies that have underpinned, for example, some of the most basic air pollution rules that we have today, which affect the kind of -- the level of soot that can be emitted from power plants and other burning of fossil fuels like auto emissions. it could affect everything from, say, drinking water advisories across the country in terms of a lake, how much fish you could consume as well as maybe potentially what household products. there are huge implications depending on how epa defines what data needs to be released. >> in the broader view, how would you say scott pruitt is trying to change the epa? is he taking it away from a science-based approach to a holistic based approach on the environment and moving it more towards something, i don't know, friendlier to the industries it's supposed to regulate?
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>> i think both mr. pruitt and those who criticize him would say he is changing the way the epa uses science and evaluates it and again, how you define that depends on where you stand. but essentially what he's doing is he's certainly questioning some of the traditional science that epa has used including epa's own studies and as a result, he's allowing many industry studies to rise and play greater influence in decision making. >> affecting millions of people with their water and air. julia, thank you so much for coming in and talking about this. >> thanks so much. one more thing before we go. tonight will be historic for president trump. it is his first state dinner and as we have been discussing all day, the soiree was planned by the first lady. menus grace each plate, fresh-cut flowers, and as my colleague vivian salama points out, the president had no part
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in its planning. here's what he said in 2016. >> all these other people that rip us off we give them these big state dinners. we give them state dinners like you've never seen. we shouldn't have dinners at all. we should be eating a hamburger on a conference table and forget the state dinners. you forget the state dinners. that costs by the way, a fortune. that costs a fortune. >> hamburgers, the president will have to give up the golden arches for tonight. somehow he will have to find a way to deal with the goat cheese rack of spring lamb and carolina gold rice jambalaya. wonder if he will get a well-done steak. we should point out a couple points of irony that will be served up. the dishes they will be dining on, white house china from the clinton and bush eras. two, although tonight's dinner showcases two leaders of the world's greatest democracies, no press will be allowed in. only one, count them, one democrat was invited. the governor of louisiana.
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nothing says free and open democracy like blocking out the press and your political opponents. speaking of which, i'm going to block out ali velshi right now. >> you will want to when i talk. what did you do to my market? what's going on? >> i like 2:00 to come in and see things tank. >> look what happened. you came in -- >> i don't actually like to see anything tank. let's be very honest. >> i know you don't. i want to talk about it. good to see you. you coming back? >> i will be here at 5:00. see you later. have a wonderful show. >> you, too. good afternoon. i'm ali velshi. another day of fast-moving headlines. we are keeping a close eye as you know on the dow. at one point it plunged more than 600 points. there are a number of factors at play. one in particular that's going to be of interest to you. i want to introduce my friend from cnbc who will help me work through some of this, dom, there are a bunch of things going on today. apple earnings are down,


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