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♪ ♪ welcome to "kasie d.c." i'm kasie hunt. we are live every sunday from washington from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. eastern. tonight is actually tomorrow. president trump is waking up in singapore ahead of an historic summit with north korean leader kim jong-un. after a dramatic several days of will they or won't they, it looks like they will indeed meet. will trump's intuition help him close the deal? plus, fallout from the president's performance at the g7 summit. basically up ending years of global diplomacy with, you guessed it, a single tweet. and the debate rages on over
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presidential pardon power. a special counsel robert mueller files new charges against paul manafort. i'll ask connecticut senator richard blumenthal about that when he joins me live. but first, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. and as with everything in the trump administration, that may be an understatement. of course, there is this photo from the g7 tweeted out by a spokesman for angela merkel showing the german chancellor with her hands planted staring down at her american counterpart. there is also this one showing a white imprint on president trump's right hand following yet another hard handshake with french president emmanuel macron. and then there is this one of imf managing director and chairman christine lagarde with a withering look as the president shows up late for a breakfast focused on gender equality. of course, they will all be overshadowed in about 24 hours
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by the image of a sitting american president meeting with the leader of north korea for the first time ever. the question now is what, if anything, will that meeting amount to beyond just that photo op? with that i want to women come in my panel. joining me on set from political acts uotsuri, jonathan swan. msnbc national security analyst evelyn farkas. political reporter ken vogel. and joining us all the way from singapore and pulitzer prize winning white house bureau chief for the washington post philip rucker. phil, i want to start with you since you are on scene, the site of all of the action. i'm been enjoying all the instagram photos from jw marriott. you write, and i thought this was a really on point frame. one, is a septegenarian president, the other a millennial president. they mix taunts and tributes to keep the other off balance. thin skinned alphas, both men are wed to a go it alone
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leadership style, have a penchant for bomb past and project dominance when they finally meet. so, at what -- what is your sense of how things are unfolding there on the ground in singapore so far? and what do you think these two personalities -- how is the president going to end up handling this? >> yeah, kasie, they both arrived here in singapore last night. it is now morning, monday morning. president trump is scheduled to be meeting with the prime ministerf singapore later today and then of course on tuesday with kim jong-un. and they have been sizing each other up for months, really for years. kim jong-un and the north korean delegation have been studying donald trump, the history about him, the art of the deal, sort of understanding his personality. trump is doing the same about kim. i think trump sees this very
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much as a clash of personalities as an opportunity to size up the north korean dictator, something no american president has been able to do face to face. and as he said the other day, he'll know within a minute or two whether there is something here, whether kim can come to the table and have a deal. now, if you start looking at the substance of what that deal could be, it gets very messy because that's not worked out. it's unclear what sort of deliverables they could walk away from this meeting with, but trump is very eager at least have the meeting and try to make friends with the dictator. >> phil, is there a view that there may be any risk for the president in simply having this photo op? what is the thinking, what has been told about whether he should smile, how he should present himself in what we know is going to be an instantly iconic picture? >> well, it's an iconic picture
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that the north koreans very much want. for them this is, this is an achievement in and of itself, getting an audience with the president, putting kim jong-un on equal footing with the american commander in chief and it will be used in propaganda back home by the north koreans to show kim as garnering respect around the world. so the danger for trump is he's giving kim something by simply shaking his hand and meeting him. we'll have to see what the body language looks like. i think it will be really striking, for example, if trump is kinder to kim jong-un than he was to justin trudeau in canada and some of the other european allies he was with the at the g7 in quebec the other day. the body language from the photos that you showed at the beginning of the show was so striking and we'll have to see if trump is more relaxed and frankly more enjoying himself when he's face to face with the north korean leader. >> so, as you reference a minute ago, the president did say it won't take long for him to tell if kim jong-un is serious about making a deal. >> i think within the first minute i'll know. >> how? >> my touch, my feel.
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that's what i do. if i think it won't happen, i'm not going to waste my time. i don't want to waste his time. >> jonathan swan, your take on that. philip rucker mentioned this is a clash of personalities. you have reporting about that. >> the president has been in his briefings fixated on kim jong-un's personality, wanting to know everything he can about him. he's been asking mike pompeo who has met with him, the only one of his top aides. the allied agencies have compiled a detailed study, profile of kim jong-un largely taken from interviews with some of his former class made when he attended an elite swiss school in his adolescence. >> interesting. >> the profile, we got this from somewho studied it carefully, the classified binder. it bears a striking resemblance to the kim jong-un you see today. he described him as the young kim jong-un from these interviews, almost sick.
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would be prone to fits of anger and outbursts of violence. apparently there were young children he hit during this. he was an inattentive student. didn't attend class very much, and demanded slaveish loyalty from his classmates. >> slaveish loyalty. evelyn farkas, what does this tell you if you're preparing the president to meet with this man? >> first of all, it's not surprising because this is the guy who had his brother killed and his uncle killed. so, anyone who would be any kind of threat to him and his power has been eliminated. we understand he's a pretty ruthless guy. although he's said it's not military force, his father had military first. he's saying economy first after we get our -- >> he wants a mcdonald's. >> yes, i know. and that he has in common with the president, with our president, of course, because our president loves hamburgers and i guess he likes mcdonald's. i can't remember if that was -- >> he does. >> fillet of fish. sometimes without the bread.
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>> i think if he's smart, le study our president, kim jong-un, and just butter it up, he has one minute to butter him up. >> it's impressive that they're doing this level of preparation. certainly one of the concerns is there was no preparation and it would be nice if that preparation was also on the policy side and not just on the personality side. you know, famously george w. bush, when he was meeting with vladimir putin said that he could assess -- and he was someone who was despite liberal sort of stereotypes of him, was actually someone who did prepare on the policy side as well as the personality side and said that he looked putin in the eye, could see into his soul and found him trustworthy and straightforward. came to regret -- >> that was incorrect.
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>> there's only so far the personality goes. policy is the key here. >> that was because he looked at the dossier that he had on putin, looked at the dossier on bush, knew he was religious. he referenced he had a cross and he talked about this cross and the meaning for him. so, in part -- >> so he played bush. philip rucker, i want to go to you on this. we talked so much about how the president prepares or doesn't prepare for all kinds of meetings, but none with stakes as high as this one. if, in fact, american authorities, they do have this binder jonathan swan is now reporting on, it still seems as though this president is absorbing that information only by having verbal conversations with people who have read it. is that your sense? >> i think that's right, kasie. this is a president, donald trump, who does not read his daily intelligence report that's written out for him. instead he participates in more oral briefings. the cia director will come into the oval office and show him graphics, videos, pictures, maps, charts, anything that can help him visually understand the
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intelligence because we know he doesn't like to sit down and pour over the written word. i assume that's the case now as he's preparing to meet with kim jong-un. trump has said he doesn't require much preparation for this meeting. that's not quite right. according to mike pompeo, the secretary of state who said he's been having very extensive briefings with president trump for several weeks now, months really, trying to prepare him for this, trying to get him to understand sort of the history of u.s./korea relations, the history of north and south korea relations, sort of the details that are at stake. even if he's not an expert in the technicality of nuclear arms, he at least can understand the sort of broader geopolitical
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dynamic at play with north korea as he prepares for the meeting. >> let's turn now to all of the drama that preceded this evening, the g7 summit. just a few hours after the president called his relationship with g7 allies a 10, he pulled the u. o the g7 joint communique as a result of what he called justin trudeau's, quote, false statements. he went on to tweet, quote, pm, justin trudeau of canada acted so meek and mild during our g7 meetings only to give a news conference after i left saying that about u.s. tariffs. >> he stabbed us in the back. he really, actually, you know what, he did a great disservice to the whole g7. he >> trudeau did? >> yes, he did. we were very close to making a deal with canada on nafta, bilaterally, perhaps, and then we leave, and trudeau pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption.
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you just don't behave that way, okay. it's a betrayal. essentially double crossing. not just double crossing president trump, but the other members of the g7 who were working together and pulling together this communique. >> there is a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with president donald j. trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. that's what bad faith justin trudeau did with that bad stunt press conference. and that comes right from air force one. >> after those comments, senator jeff flake tweeting, quote, fellow republicans, this is not who we are. this cannot be our party. once again, flake pretty lonely so far in his condemnation of the president. kin vogel, how much self-awareness is there? >> the tweets from trump minutes after leaving the setting, calling out another world leader for being like meek in person
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and then saying something negative after the fact and then also false statements, trump has actually bragged about bluffing justin trudeau on the trade deficit using false statements. so, it's pretty rich to see him accusing this foreign leader of doing the same thing that we've seen him do himself. >> jonathan swan, i mean, this -- we knew that the president had already caused all sorts of potentially irreversible problems with the canadian government after making this announcement on tariffs. but the way that the -- this g7 summit concluded, i mean, is it possible -- we've seen some tweets from john mccain, for example, that suggest that some day america's allies will see the americans who are actually on their side. is that possible at this point? >> well, we've been talking to european officials who are having the same problems with the president, particularly, you know, when you look at germany, even france after they got to a
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better pla that's been reversed. the u.k. what they're trying to do is have this long-range view that this is a president for this moment, but move beyond that. but they still have the military ties and they lean on that. they look for positives where they can. the reality is transatlantic relations haven't been this bad. >> we're not talking about transatlantic. here on the continent. >> canada, too, but the european lationship been profoundly damaged in the last few months over trade as well. >> shinzo abe was standing there as well. when it comes to economic issues, this is global. and this is serious. and i think what was interesting to me, i think we need more reporting on this, but it appears reading between the lines in the way the post covered it today, that the europeans actually staged an
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intervention. so that photo may have been that intervention where they said, okay, mr. president trump, these are the facts. 70% of the foreign direct investment in the united states of america comes from european countries. and by the way, a lot of that goes to southern states that voted for trump. >> and the level of silence from most republicans in washington feels deafening. >> i guess they have so many things to be outraged about that they sort of pick their moments, but their moments are pretty rare, aren't they? >> phil rucker, can i get you to weigh in on this, how this all unfolded? seems like a classic case of the president making one decision in the room and then either watching justin trudeau's press conference, being briefed on it and making very abrupt decision and kind of reversing himself entirely. what are the consequence here? are these relationships reparable?
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>> well, the consequence are quite severe for the relationship as the panel has been discussing. but the pattern is familiar for trump. i mean, he's someoneho when he's in the room with you, whether it's, you know, a fellow foreign leader or even just a journalist for an interview, he wants you to like him. he wants to try to create a level of warmth there. he wants to -- he doesn't usually confront people face to face. and then the meeting is over and he goes off on twitter as he did aboard air force one from canada en route to singapore. i mean, this is just a familiar
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pattern for donald trump and he bullies sometimes, but he likes to bully with a distance. he doesn't like to do it face to face with the people he's trying to bully. >> you mentioned at the top of the show, too, looking at that picture of angela merkel and the other lead erdos surrounding the president, that sort of dark, almost angry look on his face and how that could potentially differ from -- it certainly already differs from him receiving the letter from the north koreans, you remember in the oval office where he was smiling and holding that giant envelope. we talked about this a lot, i know, whether he has an affinity for dictators. what is it that explains why he's so hostile in a room of people that have been allies of the united states for decades and seems so warm and open to these other people who have been our enemies? >> well, he's so open to kim jong-un in part because it's his bid for history. you know, trump, it stuck with him for the first time he sat
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down with president barack obama after the election and before trump was inaugurated, obama told him, look, north korea is the biggest challenge you're going to face in sort of a national security sense around the world. and this was a problem that obama couldn't fix. the nuclear development in north korea. and so that stuck with trump and it's been a motivating factor ever since. he wants to outdo obama. he wants to solve the problem his predecessors couldn't. because of that he's in ultimate salesman mode now. he wants the north koreans to like him.
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he wants the north koreans to come to the negotiating table with him. he wants them to agree to a deal so he's willing to flatter kim jong-un. >> we must stop dirty language from getting to our children's ears. what is the source? >> that's easy. >> times have changed. our kids are getting worse. they won't obey their parents. >> should we blame the government. >> or should we blame the images on tv. >> no, blame canada. blame canada. for their beady little eyes. blame canada. beach strength protection for the whole family. for the best day in the sun.
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here's the question for my democrat colleagues. if diplomacy fails, would you support my efforts to use military force as a last resort to convince north korean and china things are going to be different? we'll find out in a year if this is going to work. i have an amf i hope i never
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have to use it. if you want to convince things are different with china and trump, we have to have his back. >> that was lindsey graham saying military force against north korea shouldn't be off the table. joining us is congressman francis rooney. i want to start with senator graham was talking about there which is the potential for an authorization of use of military force against north korea. is that something that you feel like maybe necessary in the near future, or does it seema los angeles ramsist? >> -- seem alarmist? >> we have the president negotiating with north korea right now in singapore in historic point. why be talking about military force? let's see where things go. >> and what's your assessment of how the president has handled this so far?
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he essentially says he's going to know in just a few moments whether kim jong-un is serious. >> i don't know about that, but i think he's actually his unique style has done better to bring china and north korea to the table than any of his three predecessors. that doesn't mean it's going to work out well. they're at the table. >> he left the g7 summit early. flies to singapore. when he leaves there's an impression there is a communique the g7 is signing onto, but he starts tweeting. i think we have the trump tweet we can show you about this communique, saying, no, actually, justin trudeau of canada acted so meek and mild during our g7 meetings only to give a news conference after i left saying the tariffs were kind of insulting and he will not be pushed around. he called his dishonest and weak. our tariffs are in response to -- he talks about dairy tariffs there. one of his advisors were on the tv morning shows this morning and said there is a special place in hell for people like that. your take. >> those are pretty strong words, but there is no such thing as really -- >> is canada not our ally? >> canada is our ally.
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>> is that how we should be treating our friends? >> no, we shouldn't be talking about them like that. the washington post had an article talking about percentage of products with 15% plus tariffs. canada is over 7%. the united states is less than 3. they're no better than anybody else in terms of protecting their icular sacred cows. everybody has their sacred cows in trade. >> is this worth throwing away, decades of a relationship with an ally over something like this? >> i think we should continue to discuss how to reform nafta, and keep our hemispheric relationship intact. the treasury department of mexico in a bipartisan dinner monday night to talk about that very thing. >> do you think the president is
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acting correctly towards kevin trudeau or not? >> he's boisterous and irritated things didn't go his way. at the end of the day, canada is our ally, strong ally. they're not going to go anywhere. we're not going to go anywhere. >> do you think the damage is irreversible? >> no, i think words come and go. i think canada is going to be there and we're going to be there. we have a 240-year history with canada and this will work its way out. >> okay. jonathan swan. >> congressman, do you believe america's relationships with its allies are better or worse under donald trump? >> i think that there are some -- there have been a lot of things said that might be better off not have said and i think there's a lot of tension right now, especially in the world -- in the area of trade and the
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whole tariff thing. i basically feel the w.t.o. system has provided a lot of good to the world, to the united states and to the world and so i'm a little worried about upsetting that. >> but you do a cost benefit analysis of this unique style you describe where a year and a half in, are the positives out weighing the negatives? are we tter off today? >> let's see if we're better off with north korea. we might be better off with north korea but not better off in trade. >> what are the risks of engaging with kim jong-un? >> let' hope mr. trump doesn't want to make a deal too much where his predecessors have willing to giveaway the farm. if he's willing to walk away, willing to be tough and stand firm, maybe we can actually break the back and make some headway. >> what does that look like? what is success? >> success i think would be a stopping -- it would be along the lines of iran, the iran agreement. but with better verification,
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thorough verification and no short time line. it would be a permanent deal where they would stop nuclearization. we would be able to inspect everything they're doing. and basically bring the community of nations -- them into the community of nations. can we offer them enough to give up their nuke s? >> i'm not sure. >> i'm not sure we can. >> i want to pull the conversation where we were. we have a tweet from senator john mccain. if we can put that up on the screen.
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he says, quote, to our allies, bipartisan of majority of americans are supportive of alliance based on 70 years of shared values. americans stand with you even if our president doesn't. do you stand with john mccain or president trump? >> well, i think that all the language is a little strident. senator mccain's language has its own personal bias because he has it in for the president. the president's language is strong. at the end of the day, the w.t.o. system, even though it's been exploited by china, china is the enemy, not europe. >> do you think americans are on the side of the president? lindsey graham talked about this on the sunday shows. while i'm with john mccain and our allies, he's not sure the rest are with them on trade policies. >> i don't know the average person in america understands what we're talking about here. at the end of the day, technology has had a lot of influence on what happened to jobs, not just outsourcing to mexico and places like that. the president's former campaign chairman paul manafort.
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i haven't even, i haven't even thought about it. i haven't even thought -- i haven't thought about any of it. it certainly is far too early to be thinking about that. >> mr. president -- >> they haven't been convicted of anything. there's nothing to pardon. >> president trump speaking
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about his former campaign chairman paul manafort on friday just hours before manafort was slapped with new charges from special counsel robert mueller. the new indictment claims manafort and a russian associate attempted to contact and influence two witnesses against manafort between february and april. ken vogel, you've been reporting on this latest indictment even before it was unsealed on friday. can you walk us through exactly what is going on here? and what are the chances -- there was some discussion that prosecutors wanted manafort behind bars and not under house arrest. >> there are a couple things behind it.
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that's certainly one. this idea they're looking for a way to put more pressure on him possibly by revoking his pretrial release and saying that he did so by working with this guy constantine kalemnik, an associate, in order to essentially coach -- >> who is this -- explain who this guy is. >> the other thing, the other piece of significance is this guy konstantin kilimnik. he worked with paul manafort in ukraine from 2005 through 2016 through the presidential election and he is assessed, as the mueller team used, assessed to have ties to russian intelligence. so, the significance of this, even if paul manafort does not
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end up having his pretrial release revoked and does not end up going to jail and even if constantine kilimnik -- >> charges and trial aside. >> right. they're saying this long-time associate of paul manafort has ties to russian intelligence. the big -- >> so, the right hand guy of donald trump's campaign chairman is potentially a russian agent. >> that's exactly right. and it comes at a time when manafort, manafort's lawyers, donald trump and his allies are making this case that the special counsel has extended far beyond his remit of investigating russian meddling into the presidential election by looking at manafort and other allies and what they did years ago. well, here is mueller saying, actually, these two things do kind of connect. >> right. we have a quote from your story here. quote, mr. manafort remained in contact with mr. kilmnik throughout the presidential campaign when he traveled to the united states to meet with manafort.
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the men also traded e-mails in which they appeared to discuss ways to use mr. manafort's position on the campaign for financial gain. evelyn farkas, how problematic is that? >> may i say -- i'm not a journalist so i don't have to source all this. i already said months ago i suspect manafort is actually a russian agent because he's refusing to cave. and the only reason you would refuse to cave or one good reason would be that you actually are a russian agent and vladimir putin will get you and so maybe jail is a better alternative. >> better than being in a federal prison. >> based on this information he would not have been able to get a security clearance in a
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transition administration, much less in a regular trump administration. he shouldn't have been working for the campaign. >> jonathan swan, let's analyze what the president had to say just there and kind of in the context of he's issued several pardons recently, but he seems -- and frankly his defense there, saying he hasn't been charged with or convicted of anything yet. you could, in theory -- and he, for example, pardoned joe arpaio earlier in the process than he might have. certainly something he could potentially do and yet he isn't. >> well, i thought actually the most striking thing about the comments there was what he didn't say and he didn't rule it out. he has kept this open, this idea open. he has never said he's never closed it off. he's never definitively said he won't do this. the audience, all these people cooperating with mueller, you still have in your head maybe the big guy will pardon me in the end. i think that's actually the most significant thing. >> and manafort seems to be acting as though that might be a possibility, right, in holding out. >> i don't know because i don't have insight into how he's thinking off feeling or the motivations behind his behavior. so, i wouldn't want to speculate. >> ken vogel -- >> i can tell you he's increasingly isolated because there are a succession of people who flipped on him including his son-in-law, rick gates, his
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long-time deputy, these two other folks who were allegedly -- >> the two people he tried to tamper with. >> exactly. he and this guy constantine kilimnik essentially we want to get our stories straight. they went straight to mueller. these guys are trying to tamper with us. one of the guys allegedly told an fbi agent filed in the declaration manafort was trying touborn perjury. this shows people turning on manafort and the increasing pressure that that is amounting to that is allowing mueller to wield against him. >> let's talk for a second about e broader investigation where they stand. the president tweeted as he was on his way -- all of the events of the past couple of days have sort of melded together so i'm not sure if this tweet came when he was going to canada or singapore -- yeah, canada. i'm heading to canada and the g7, then singapore and north korea. won't be talking about the russian witch hunt hoax for a while. >> that lasted for 20 minutes, right? i think he tweeted like half an hour later witch hunt or something. >> certainly yes, possible. not likely. >> i think this week we had -- i
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think it was this week, every week blurs into one. there was this truly bizarre 48-hour news cycle which i called the debate club news cycle. and nothing actually happened. there was no new event. there was -- at the end of it there was the manafort, the new claim against manafort. but nothing actually happened. instead we were spending all our time with constitutional law experts debating whether it was possible for a president to pardon himself, whether the president could commit obstruction of justice. >> parsing that llc opinion, counsel opinion. >> this is the storm rudy giuliani is whipping up. he's not doing any substantive legal work. it's the husband and wife team doing the work. rudy is on tv busy really actually doing what the main objective is which is to make this a red and bluish yu. that's the whole ball game. it's when mueller puts out his report, absent some unforeseen scandal that we don't know about that is just, you know, impeachable on its face, absent that, they are trying to make >> it's working. >> and it's working. republicans are rallying around trump. that's what happens, it's excellent for trump, fantastic >> one thing in this debate club intriguing me, they're using the bill clinton strategy around impeachment. >> they want to have that fight where it could potentially become problematic is in the mid
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terms if democrats take both the house and the senate and you probably don't want to have the impeachment fight any more for donald trump. but additionally, there are polls that show even republicans want the mueller investigation to continue. certainly at the elite level, republican policy makers, members of congress do. and so it's yet another place where you have sort of the tension between trump and his party that could play itself out. maybe not in 2018, but certainly if democrats take the house and maybe the senate, between 2018 and the 2020 reect. >> there are many, many more risks for this president that exist right now. coming up we're going to dig into a brand-new report about west wing aides looking at the exits. plus, it was an amazing week for d.c. sports fans, and an even more amazing week for the
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players. where and with whom the stanley cup champions celebrated their historic win. "kasie d.c." back after this.
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and it is safe to say that the celebration has been commensurate with the wait. here are the capitals and the stanley cup at the nationals game yesterday. a rare moment in the past few days which the cup did not appear to be filled with some sort of alcoholic beverage. no one was doing a keg stand out of it at that point. also take a look at this photo, ivanka trump and jared kushner were reportedly out to eat last night in georgetown when ovechkin strolled in with some teammates.
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start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. cancel anytime, and your books are yours to keep forever. no matter where you go this summer make it better with audible. text summer17 to 500500 to start listening today. welcome back. with president trump overseas "the new york times" is reporting back here at home he has left behind, quote, burned out aides who are eyeing the exits, including his own chief of staff, john kelly. kelly telling a group of senators the white house is, quote, a miserable place to
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work. a potential turnover doesn't seem to worry the president according to those close to him. jonathan swann, that's quite a thing to say about the white house, that it's a miserable place to work. you and i have had this conversation about john kelly on the set more times than i can remember, but is he on his way out? >> he has been complaining for months back to last year. i mean, he has threatened to quit on a number of occasions, trump said you never told me she was a george w. bush appointee, and he threatened to quit and
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has a number of times, and he has resigned to the fact that the job he thought he could do he cannot do, and he is trying to control what he can, and he has good days and bad days and people keep speculating on the end days, and it's like the mcmaster situation, it's how long can this be sustainable. >> the inevitable. >> it drags on. >> way off into the future. >> and finding the leakers has turned toxic. >> yeah, there are people that are planting false stories in the white house rumor mill to see if they leak to different media outlets to trace where the leak is coming from, and this was a technique used by karl rove in the george bush white house and was effective, and there are so many leaks coming from some different portions of it it would be tough to trace any given leak. >> and scott pruitt, president trump has dismissed called to
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fire pruitt over the misuse of his thoertd and the new ethics questions surrounding him. the two speak frequently and the president enjoys discussing his negative view of jeff sessions, the attorney general, with the embattled epa leader. jonathan swann, is this why scott pruitt still has a job? >> seems like one of the reasons, which is amusing as well. >> i have to tell you, this is from the -- this is the body lotion from the ritz. >> that smells so good. i googled it once.
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>> yeah, he drove around to multiple ritz -- >> who among us? >> we have seen several cabinet officials who have been fired for far less egregious instances of mismanagement, and yet pruitt remains part of it, and they have this repoor, and part of it is republican donors love this guy. >> just because of the policies themselves. >> can i say something, though? business people must be watching this like oh, my god, management 101. you don't basically talk trash to another vice president in your company if you are the svp or ceo, and you are pitting one
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person against another? >> i am stuck back to pruitt specifically, i am stuck on he wanted a use mattress from the trump hotel -- >> what do you want me to say? a comment? that's weird, man. >> the condo he was renting from a lobbyist, maybe it was insufficiently soft or too firm, and he had a staffer to try and dispatch to try and arrange this. >> i can't even. >> truly weird. >> thank you both. thank you for your contributions tonight. when we continue, the latest from singapore where president trump and kim jong-un are preparing to meet for the historic summit. and then senator blumenthal will join us, and then the quirks of the vice president see. we're back after this. something that has never happened before. >> before president trump travelled to asia, he slammed justin trudeau on twitter, and announcing the u.s. will not sign a joint statement. >> a dramatic break with our oldest allies. >> bad faith, justin trudeau, weak and dishonest justin trudeau. then he tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. >> he gets up in the airplane and leaves. >> the president is barely out of there -- >> as soon as the plane took off president might be open to an embassy in pyongyang. >> when i was doing it the er®. unbeatable protection helps prevent early skin aging and skin cancer with a clean feel. the best for your skin. ultra sheer®. neutrogena®.
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this morning all eyes are on singapore as president trump tries to broker a deal that would end the nuclear program. mike pompeo set to brief the press in just a few minutes from now. >> and more charges in the russia probe. social counsel robert mueller has charged a 20th person in his investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

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