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simple. easy. awesome. xfinity. the future of awesome. that wraps up this hour of msnbc live. steve is here with much more news. >> hey, casey and thanks for that. it's 11:00 a.m. out on the west coast. and 2:00 p.m. on the west coast. we begin with reporting on donald trump's former physician, you may remember him, dr. harold bornstein, bornstein now telling nbc that more than a year ago, trump's long-time personal bodyguard showed up at the office of trump's new york doctor without notice and took all the president's medical records. here's how bornstein detailed the medical records. >> i feel raped.
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that's how i feel. raped, frightened and sat. i was completely surprised, the morning or two after the story about his hair ran. she said so you want it to be the white house doctor? forget it. you're out. i couldn't believe anybody was making a big deal about it a drug to grow his hair, which seemed to be so important. and it certainly is not a breach of medical trust to tell somebody they take propecia to grow their hair, what is that for? >> wh >> reporter: what exactly were they looking for? >> pictures, records, anything they could find, they were here probably 20 minutes. never in the 30 years have i had
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that happen in this facilitfaci. i was ultra careful to lock the files and lock the labs. >> thanks for both of you being here. you have the story. so this happened, this raid he's describing on his office, he's saying happened more than a year ago. why is he speaking out now? and take us through exactly what he's saying happened here. >> sure, so a story broke in the "new york times," dr. bornstein was the source, that he had prescribed propecia to grow his hair. so the secret service showed up and took president trump's records. seeing that dr. ronnie jackson has been in the news, i think he wanted to maintain the relationship with the president as his doctor and i think he's upset about the fact that the
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president cut him off. >> but in terms of the delay in all this, i mean he's describing feeling really violated, he waited a year to come forward, is there anything waiting behind the scenes there? >> he wishes he had gone to the fbi and reported it as a burglary. that type of characterization has disputed as someone with knowledge of the incident. i think he wants people to acknowledge that he was the president's doctor for more than 35 years. >> and take us through exactly who it was who he says came to his office, and they came in, took records, he didn't have any ability to stop them or anything? >> it was 7:00 in the morning and he got a call from the young receptionist who answers the phone at his office, that there were two large member in the office, one of those men was keith schiller, who has a top white house job, he is a long-time bodyguard of the president. >> this sounds like on the surface like something that's
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not supposed to happen, in terms of access to a patient's files. >> we're talking about hippa regulations and these are very, very stern regulations that keep people's information private. when you release information, you have to have the patient's consent, unless there's a lawsuit going on. unless they came in with paper work that was signed by president trump saying it's okay to release this information, they shouldn't be released to these people. as a physician, you're obligated to call and say somebody came and took all the records. typically they don't take all the records, they take copies of the records, you need to be able to keep those records for seven
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years in case something comes up and you have to look at those files. >> did they have anything on paper with them, that this is president trump's signature, did they have anything or any documents with them? >> one person said there was probably a letter who was probably ronnie jackson at the time. bu but we don't have any details on the nature of that letter. the men came in, they were looking through the paper files, they were actually dr. bornstein and his wife to open other cabinets, they didn't want to. dr. bornstein said those records were kept in a sink with a bicycle lock in the examining room. and that there was no reason to barge in that way, that he would have giving them to them if they had asked for them. >> maybe the president didn't like the way he talked about
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what he revealed publicly, and this was okay, fine, you're not my doctor anymore, or was there something else he suspects was going on here. >> someone with knowledge of this situation says the president probably didn't want this particular individual to have copies of his medical records, given the fact that he had spoken out to the press. >> now that the story is out there, if the proper paper work you're describing wasn't filed, we don't know that that happened, and donald trump now says no, no, no, i was fine with it, i wanted that to happen, is that enough to put any thing from an ethical standpoint to be enough? >> on top of that, if they actually went through other people's information, other people's charts, that's a huge violation there because they had no right to do that either as
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well. >> this is a story we're finding out happened a year ago. thank you both for joining us. also going on right now in less than 30 minutes, the white house press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders is expected to take questions at the white house, the expected focus, two major stories now facing the administration. number one, an nbc news exclusive that white house chief of staff john kelly called president trump, quote, an idiot on multiple occasions, this according to four officials who witnessed the comments. t john kelly saying this is a false story from people that don't know whnoknow of what the speaking. and there are dozens of questions that the special counsel wants to ask of president trump. they're dozens of questions that were received by president trump's lawyer, and they were
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documented from someone outside trump's legal team. what is mueller's focus here? there appears to be a few areas of focus, the president's firing of fbi director james comey and his national security advisor general flynn. president trump did not talk about the -- trump tweeted, so disgraceful that details of the witch hunt were released to the media. >> these questions, presuming that they're accurate and leaked is a troubling development. >> what if they come from the president's side, is there leaking coming from his own community of allies? >> leaking from anywhere of confidential information is obviously a problem. >> the president said no questions on collusion in that tweet, the questions actually indicate that mueller is still investigating possible
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coordination between the trump campaign and russia. so our big question on this story, who revealed mueller's questions and why? we have a great team to help us break there all down, jeff bennett is at the white house, joining us by phone is one of those reporters who broke those mueller questions and also with us kimberly atkins, reporter for the boston herald and msnbc contributor. let me just start with you, the white house's reaction to all of this, it's out there right now, do these say it as damaging to have these questions out there? or do they see it as useful in some way? or how do they react to it being in public view? >> they're not attacking the accuracy of the question, they're attacking the fact that it was released to the media and the president can point his finger to his own legal team because the reporting was based on notes transcribed and leaked by the president's outside team of lawyers.
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we know that the presidentively outside the russia question. to the other question, as to whether or not former members of the trump campaign, including paul manafort, now coordinated with russian operatives in the lead up to the 2016 election. >> let me bring in matt, that is interesting the white house's reaction what we're hearing from jeff there, in terms of not questioning the accuracy of the questions anything like that, i know you have sources there, can you tell us anything about the motives of who provided this information to you? >> i'm obviously not in anybody's head here, but we try to be trance parent about in, we said these notes came, you know, from notes that were taken by
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the president's legal team, as part of their conversations with bob mueller. we received them from somebody who is not part of the legal team. so we're just trying to be trance parent about where they came from. i have not heard anyone say that it's not accurate and we thought it was important to release to the public what bob mueller's looking at right now. >> how comprehensive is this list? is this everything mueller's got on his mind? is this a sampling of one part of the investigation? >> i think it covers a lot of grouchbtd, and i wou ground and i would assume these are opening questions, because they're saying what was your reaction when you heard this? and you can certainly imagine that the president says, well, i was upset, then there would be a
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follow-up, okay, what did you do about that and who did you talk to and how did that go? these are questions that represent lines of inquiry. it's certainly notable that a lot of the attention or speculation about the president's businesses or his real estate or who's renting hiss chis condos or stuff about dporn money, none of that stuff was in here. maybe bob mueller already has answers to those from documents or whatever, but we don't see any indication that bob mueller has crossed what donald trump has called like the red line where it's getting into his personal finances. >> and kimberly, those are some of the questions that are swirling here, if there's going to be an interview that donald trump will ultimately sit for, we have asked the question, and it's asked, will he end up firing mueller, will he end up taking any kind of action
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against rosenstein, if you were on the team here, would there be any strategic advantage to having these out in public view? >> i think it's very tricky here, i think it's based on the statements that we have seen the president make, based on his own tweets, base d on his tendency o tweet about other people sand mueller. so i can understand the jitters that the folks on his legal team might have in coming forward and giving that testimony, that that could potentially only hurt him and only be problematic. i think it's worth noting that these questions, the president was incomplete in his questions saying that none of these questions were about collusion, some of these questions go 2krek directly to the question of whether there was conspiracy, at this level, the investigators are not going to ask any questions they don't already
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know the answers to. and so i would say whoever put this out there from the president's team, if they thought they would be helpful somehow, i think they would be mistaken, and i think perhaps it was put out to be a warning to the president saying, hey, this is really serious, and perhaps you should listen to your attorneys, stop tweeting about this, and maybe you should listen to them if they tell you you should not happy to investigate this. but not appearing is not going to stop this investigation of course, but it could help stop from digging himself a deeper legal hole. >> does having this out there make it less likely that donald trump will ultimately sit down with bob mueller? >> those talks more or less just stalled after the raid on president trump's attorney
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michael cohen. so far as we know, that sit down has not yet been arranged and to kimberly's point, about how this leak might have been designed to send a message to the president, i can tell you based on some of our conversations based on the president's allies, that there are people around him that this was designed as a lure, to trap the president into thinking that an interview with mueller would be an easy thing to do, given the questions seem to be fairly straight forward, they seem to be softballs. >> if the end result here is that the president doesn't talk to mueller, doesn't address any of these questions to mueller, the special prosecutor is prepared, how big of a hurdle, i guess, if he doesn't hear from the president? >> it sets up the possibility for a fight over a subpoena to the president. i mean, look, there are a lot of different theories where this could go, there is a legal theory, that some other lawyers have said, that if you're the
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nobel peace prize? >> i just think that president moon was very nice when he suggested it. i want to get -- the main thing, i want to get peace. that was a big problem, i think it's going to work out well, i'll see where we're setting up meetings right now, and it's going to be over the next few days deciding the location and date. but i thought it was very generous of president moon of south korea to make that statement, but the main issue is i want to get it done, thank you. >> that was just moments ago in the white house, in the oval
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office, president trump answering questions in north korea, at an event that he met with passengers and crewmembers from that southwest airlines flight that made that emergency landing a few weeks ago, there was an engine failure that sent shrapnel into the window breaking the window. the prevailing hope was that the retired four-star general was supposedly going to discipline an impulsive president and quiet a wild west wing. it but the president's chief of staff may have done more to divide the administration and potentially undercut the president. according to eight current and former white house officials quoting, john kelly has eroded morale in the the west wing in recent months.
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kelly has referred to trump as an idiot multiple times to underscore his report. kelly has pushed back and called it total b.s. the question is here who in the white house has it out for john kelly. i'm also joined by jim mesina, a white house chief of staff under president barack obama, he is a democratic strategist and a ceo of the mesina group. carol, let me start with you, that has been a lot of the speculation here in terms of who you folks talk to there and why they were talking to you, was there an ax to grind when it came to john kelly? a day later, after all of the world and the president ims has absorbed your reporting, what is your sense right now on john kelly standing in the white house, his relationship where donald trump at this moment. >> i think the relationship well before our reporting was already deeply frayed and the two had
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kind of increasingly become at odds or frustrated with each other and, you know, the difference is now some of what john kelly was saying behind the scenes is out in the public atmosphere and that if history is any guide does not necessarily bode well for him, based on others who, namely his former secretary of state rex tillerson who has said similar things that have come out about the president. there's two things here, there's the relationship that john kelly has with donald trump which is fraught and the relationship that he has with the staff and both seem to get worse and worse over time for a number of reasons, you know, the president has picked up on john kelly kind of treating him as if he can't make his own decisions or he has felt at times that john kelly has tried to manipulate certain projects that he's forced to be
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boxed into a decision that kelly wants perhaps more than the president wants. when it comes to the staff, there is a number of senior officials that have said that while kelly has this very public image of someone very disciplined, he's quite disciplined in the way he runs the west swiwing just in terms his own manner, that he doesn't have a filter, that he will say things that people are shocked, whether it's about women or his comments about the president, and all the while not lifting up morale by casting himself as someone they're lucky to have, and who's keeping the country from some sort of crisis. all of that leaves him in a sort of tenuous position, and we don't know if the president could decide to get rid of his chief of staff now or not. >> i have seen a number of reports who report on the white house, saying they have been
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struck by the voracity of the push back on this one, i'm curious, do you have a sense, you've got the reporting out there, but does donald trump believe it or is there a chance that donald trump is looking at kelly and saying, yeah, they're making this up about kelly? >> our report shows that if the president didn't know specifically the words that kelly said, he's smart and has a good sense of how kelly may feel about him in certain moments, and that is part of the reason why he's grown frustrated with him, it's not just that he tries to put structure on a president who doesn't like structure, but it's also this feeling that kelly sees -- people describe it to us that kelly thinks he knows better than the president does at times and i don't think that's lost on donald trump. >> you've been inside a white house, so you know how these
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things have operated in the past, i think there's been a little bit more tumult with this president than other presidents. looking at that starting point to where we are now, can you look at his tenure and say, well, it's not as orderly as it was, is it more orderly or can you see an effect? >> you can't really see an effect. every white house is a reflection of the leader who runs it, the president of the united states. you're seeing this incredible
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t t tumult inside the white house. if john kelly says the president's an idiot, i trust him and believe him. but it's not just john kelly, his previous chief of staff reince priebus was quoted as calling the president an idiot, his secretary of state called him a moron, his economic advisor said he was dumb, his foreign advisor h.r. mcmaster called him a kindergartner, so you see people who spend a lot of time with the president are coming away with startling indictments about his leadership and management style, and i don't care who you pick as the next chief of staff, i think it's pretty clear that john kelly's got to go, he's lost both the president and the chief of staff, and those are the only two con stitch wen whistituenci president cares about. but whoever takes over next isn't going to succeed because donald trump doesn't want him do. >> thanks to both of you for joining us, and of course we are just moments away now from a
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. robert mueller has a lot of questions for president trump, in the 49 questions obtained by the "new york times," show just how wide ranging the investigation is. legal experts say they are just the starting point for the special counsel. chuck rosenberg, the former attorney, chuck, thanks for taking a few minutes. let me run one of the theories by you. the idea that these questions, getting to the press, getting out in public, that this looks like something that would be more likely to start from the trump side to the mueller side, does that sound right to you? >> that does sound right because i work for bob mueller, and the chance that this would come from mueller or his team would be impossible. >> you think there's nothing for them to gain? >> they just don't leak, they don't talk, if they have to
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talk, they do it in a courtroom. >> if this did come from the trump side, if we're all talking about this and listening to this today, what would be the motive there. >> i hate to speculate, because most of the time when i do, i'm wrong, it seems to me not helpful to the president. nothing in this is helpful to the president. because it reminds everybody that the two things that the mueller team is inevitably looking at. >> maybe this is folk around trump who do not want him talking to mueller, using this as a way to say, see, you're better off talking to mueller. if trump were your client, and you saw these questions, would you look at them and say yeah, you're better off not talking here? >> if i were mr. trump's lawyer, i think i would come up with this question on my own.
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but there's nothing all that surprising. i think if you and i sat down and made a list of questions you would ask him, we would have 95% of those questions on our sheet of people. as his lawyer, you do that and you run through it. and with any client or any cooperative client you would run through these questions and try to make a reason whether or not it makes sense for that client to go talk to the investigators. >> there's different reasons for interviews folks, why prosecutors might interview folks, in terms of an interview with donald trump, would it be the information you're going to obtain through the answers to the questions, would it be more an exercise in getting it on the record, what would be the purpose in interviewing him. >> the answer is yes and yes. i don't imagine that the mueller team would be surprised by anything that the president said. when you're doing a cross-examination in a criminal trial, you only ask questions do which you know the answer. at this stage of an
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investigation, typically, you know the answer to most of these questions why, because you have reviewed every email, you have talked to scores of witnesses. and so in part, steve, to your point, they want to get him on the record. maybe they'll be surprised by something he says, another reason you talk to people, though, is to learn stuff, but why do you talk to the most important people last? because you already know most of it. >> so what happens if they don't talk to them. is there a kink in the hose here for mueller? >> all the time. so some of the cases we prosecute in the federal court of the united states, bank robbers and gun dealers and fraudsters, lots and lots of times people won't talk to us. witnesses will, the folks who saw the bank robbery and the get away car will talk to us, but the bank robber might not, but that's okay. that's not going to stop us from prosecuting. maybe they would have told us the truth, and marry not, but it
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happens all the time. would mueller like to talk to every single witness? absolutely, is it going to torpedo their investigation if they don't? absolutely not. >> does this tell us anything about the timetable of this, that if these questions are now coming out, and you're saying it looks like they have done all this p this pretrump work on this, does this tell us anything about where we are with mueller? >> it doesn't tell us how close. let's say that one thing that's really important to the investigators is to debrief paul manafort, that's not going to happen unless he either pleads guilty and agrees to cooperate, or they convict him and compel him to give testimony. and it's that second thing that's not going to happen until after his trial, that could be months and months away. so it depends on the information
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that the investigators are after and the key to that information, figgi figgively. trump is going to go to the state department, and that's something he didn't do when rex tillerson was the secretary of state. now mike pompeo is telling staffers how he's approaching his new job. >> i know i have an enormous amount to listen to you about and to learn from you. i talked about getting back our swagger, and i'll fill in what i mean by that. but it's important. the united states diplomatic core needs to be in the corner, every stretch of the world executing missions on behalf of this country and it is my humble, noble undertaking to help you achieve that. so i look forward -- >> and ambassador nick burns is the former under secretary of state for former political affairs and also a professor at
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the harvard business school. we know the relationship between trump and tillerson was toxic at the end, went off the rails, use whatever metaphor you want. it looks like there's a good relationship between trump and mike pompeo, how does that translate into the work that trump needs to do and the work the state department needs to do. >> i think it starts out with the president's trip to nato and then to the middle east. it begins with the state department, the state department is small as agencies go. it's been diminished by this administration, mass exodus of officers. pompeo in his speech today, i want to build you back up, i want to give you back your swagger. that's what the 350e7 at the state department pant to hear. they're going to back pompeo in this. this is a very interesting
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development with trump coming over to the state department. you remember when steve said a couple of months ago, i'm the diplomat, i'm the only one that matters. he needs the diplomats. if he pulls out of the iran deal, we're going to have a deal with russia and china and with the iranians, we need to get the state department up to full strength. i don't know if the president understands that. i donknow pompeo values, i don' know if the president knows -- >> what does he need to understand about the state department in terms of making that happen? >> that they're a force multiplier for him, that they're a career service in the -- in church ilian terms, he needs to
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appoint them, he needs to build them back up, because he, trump, can't be there for every one of those meetings with north korea. and he's zone nothing ee's done or -- a lot of people are impressed by pompeo about what he's been saying about his intention to rebuild state. >> thank you for taking a few minutes, appreciate it. all right, and the attack ads, they are back, they are getting very personal. one week out from a contentious and crucial senate primary . from's a reference to cocaine mitch. what this means for the bigger picture at the big board, next. we got married after college. and had twin boys. but then one night,
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candidates out there in the primaries, running against mitch mcconnell and the washington establishment. that's an ad on don blankship, he's running for senator in west virginia. he is a very controversial figure, he got out of prison a year ago, he was a coal mining executive, there was a terrible tragedy there. now he's running for the senate, he's drawing a very convoluted connection there, trying to connect mitch mcconnell, his wife's family's business to cocaine. mitch mcconnell, republicans in west virginia they do not want blankenship running in west virginia. mcconnell is pulling out all stops to keep blank ship from getting this nomination.
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this is a golden opportunity for republicans in west virginia. this is a state donald trump won by 42 points in 2016, hiss best day in the country, west virginia, and he's a democratic incumbent, joe manchin, he's up for re-election this year, they're saying, hey, if we can pick an electable republican, we could get a pickup. and they could hold the senate. the context even bigger because this is actually one of 10 democratic seats, west virginia is one of 10 states this year in senate races that trump won in 2016. they're really only two staeats away from getting a majority, but that means they have to defend 10 states that trump won, west virginia on paper one of the most challenging because of that trump margin.
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in fact another one with a primary coming up there is indiana, the hoosier state, a fascinating development coming up there, because republicans lining up to take a shot at joe donnelly, there the name of the game for republicans is to be the most like donald trump, that seems to be the recipe they have stumbled on, o. we are aweek away from figuring out who that republican was, you were in indiana and tell us all about what you saw there on the ground. because this is a fascinating story about the republican party in the age of donald trump. >> yeah, so i went out to shelby county indiana last week, and while 2016 might be over, the president is still looming really large over the voters. take a will be. shelby county indiana is trump country. >> if you're a democrat in this county, you don't admit it.
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>> reporter: republicans are focussed on incumbent senator joe donnelly. how important is it for you that whoever the republican nominee votes with trump? >> oh, very important. that's why we got to get rird of donnelly. >> we got to beat him as far as i'm concerned. >> reporter: that's a message that republicans are spreading. >> conservatives want conservative leaders who will be with president trump. >> the fake news, the deep state, crooked hillary clinton, the mueller witch hunt. >> the trump campaign asked him to take down lawn signs that made it look like the president endorsed him. meanwhile he's taking the establishment by surprise. >> can you pick out the business guy in this lineup. >> but back at the chicken inn in shelbyville, the county chairman sees it differently. >> it's almost become comical, because they're all like i love him so much, i love him so much,
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it's like who loves him the most. >> reporter: voters here still embrace the trump agenda. >> we should have a fund-raiser, everyone who wants the wall, if everybody would give 20 bucks, we could build the wall. >> they want a senator who would back hoosiers over trump. >> you're not necessarily looking for someone to be -- >> not lock step with the president, do what's right for indiana. >> reporter: now what's happening in shelby county, indiana, that's a state that went 71% for trump-pence ticket in 2016. according to gallup, 78% of republicans want trump to get a second term, compare that to voters overall, that's 37% of voters overall who want them to get a second term, so you're seeing this really great thing play out, that republicans are
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still very much with trump, but once you hit the general, you're going to have let it play out. >> that's the donald trump republican party in a nutshell right there. fascinating to watch. thank you for that. rosenstein speaking live att an event. it comes as a threat to impeach him. we'll have what he said next. little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months, ... with reduced redness, thickness, and scaliness of plaques. and the otezla prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. otezla may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. tell your doctor if these occur. otezla is associated with an increased risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history
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president's level of confidence is that chief of staff kelly and is he in serious consideration for the veteran affairs nomination. >> he is not being considered as the v.a. secretary. both the president and the chief of staff are happy with his current position. and i would refer you back to general kelly's statement that he put out yesterday specific to the comments that allegations about comments that he'd made. i spend more time with president than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. he always knows where i stand and we both know this story is total b.s. i'm committed to the president, his agenda and our country. this is another attempt to distract from the administration's many successes. >> you describe the ncs last night as a clerical error. it was a significant editing error that has policy
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implications. can you state what the white house believes is the current state of iran's nuclear weapons. and if it's in compliance? >> we think the biggest mistake made was entering the deal in the first place. the typo you referenced was noticed, immediately corrected. and we are focussed on moving forward on the safety and security of our country. >> but you assert what that says, that there is no current program in iran, and that it is in compliance with the deal at least as it's negotiated? >> well, the problem is the deal was made on a completely false pretense. iran lied on the front end. they were dishonest actors, and so the deal that was made was made on things that weren't accurate. and we have a big problem with that. particularly the fact that iran's nuclear capability were far more advanced and further
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along than they indicated, which, if this nuclear deal maintains as it is right now, when the sunset provision hits in seven years, they will be much further along in the process and much more able to make a nuclear weapon much quicker than they've ever indicated before. and that's a big problem. >> i wanted to ask you about the reprieve that the eu, canada and mexico are receiving, this 30 -day reprieve for the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. what's going to take place during this 30-day period and what are the chances of that exemption being made permanent for the eu, canada, and mexico? >> we are extending those negotiations because we've seen some progress. i'm not going to get ahead of what that may look like, but we have 30 days to continue in those negotiations. and hopeful we can get something that works for everybody.
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>> if i may, i wanted to ask about something that took place last week involving the president's personal attorney michael cohen. he in court documents asserted that he would assert his fifth amendment rights in the stormy daniels lawsuit which was filed against both him and the president, and you may recall that in september of 2017 the president at a campaign rally said the mob takes the fifth. and he also said if you're innocent, why are you taking the fifth amendment? do those ideas also apply to michael cohen? does the president stand by those comments? >> i can't speak on behalf of michael cohen. i'd refer you to him. >> on the list of 44 questions the president said today the leak was disgraceful, but a former assistant to robert mueller suggested that the white house was behind the leak. is he wrong? >> once again, i can't comment on anything regarding those questions. i would refer you to the --
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>> it's a question about the white house being involved in it. >> it was specific to the president and that's why i'm referencing and referring you to the president's personal attorneys. >> the question about the white house specifically, is the white house concerned as adam schiff as said that so many of the questions point to obstruction of justice? >> we here at the white house try never to be concerned with anything dealing with adam schiff. >> i'll point you back to what john started on with the tariffs. it was said earlier today, if we're going to oppose it, we're going to have to do it pretty soon or people will start gaming the system. does the white house agree with the commerce secretary that you're going to have to move forward pretty soon and if so, what's pretty soon. >> certainly. it's a 30-day extension, and we expect for these negotiations to be completed at the end of the 30 days. >> will this be the last of the 30 days? >> i'm not going to get ahead of
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the process, but right now we're working on negotiating a deal during this 30-daytime period and we'll keep you post first down there's anything else. >> clarify that to ronny jackson status. if he's no longer the personal physician of the president, why not? >> he's an active navy doctor, but as far as the veterans affairs as the secretary an acting doctor was put in his place and dr. conley will remain that. >> why is that? why not bring him back in the role? >> dr. conley had already assumed that role, but dr. jackson is still assigned here at the white house where there are a number of doctors that are part of the white house medical unit. >> and did the president have any response to the defamation suit filed by stoermtd? >> i don't have anything for you on that. >> why did keith shiller take medical records from the
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president's personal doctor last year? >> the white house medical unit took possession of the president's medical records. >> it was characterized as a raid. is that your understanding of what happened? the doctor seemed to be pretty upset about it. >> that is not my understanding. >> this relates to the -- >> this is your third question. >> thank you. you talked about you don't want to get into the list of questions. the president tweeted about it. he talked about how none of the questions relate. over a dozen of them do. we've talked about accuracy from the president in the past. why is he mischaracterizing the reports? >> i'm not going to get back -- >> that's -- >> it certainly has implications with the special counsel and i'm not going to get into a back and forth on it. i'll refer u you to the president's personal attorneys. >> there are some saying what's happened with the president's former personal doctor was a burglary, the way keith shiller
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busted in -- >> i don't know some. i think there's one, not some. >> what's your response? >> once again, it would be standard procedure for the president newly elected president's medical records to be in possession by the white house medical unit. that was what was taking place was the records were being transferred as requested. >> if i could ask a second question. there's allies of the president apparently drafting articles of impeachment for rod rosenstein. is it the president's believe he's committed a high crime or misdemeanor? >> i'm not aware of any belief of that. >> does the white house not endorse that? will the white house call on the members not to per sursue that? >> i haven't seen any documents. we're continuing to move forward with the department of justice. >> there are two questions. there is -- there are questions
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percolating about james shaw junior and the president. the president has -- has he called him? is he planning on meeting with him? he's talking to people. he had the heros of the southwest flight today. you said something about james shaw john jor last week. is the president going to reach out to him? will he come to the white house? >> my understanding is there has been an outreach effort to bring him here to the white house, and i'll keep you updated on that as i have more information. >> okay. second question. payoffs, russia, comey e-mail investigations on the eve of the election, allegations of collusion. do these issues give support to those who say, offer questions about the president's legitimacy? >> i'm not sure i follow the question, but i think the fact that millions of americans came out and voted for and continue to support this presidency makes him pretty


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