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>> by a 5-4 ruling, the supreme court says the president has the power to control this kwienind immigration in the interest of national security. bikers brawl. president trump takes on harley davidson's decision to move some of its production overseas because of his trade war with europe. some big time republicans are blaming the president. >> i'm actually on harley davidson side. i don't think these tariffs are beneficial to anybody and any business in network. >> conclude these deals as quick as possible because there are companies and workers suffering. trump unleashed at a fiery campaign rally in south carolina. he slams his usual targets but goes a big step further taking on a former first lady's criticism of his immigration policy to separate children. >> it was a disaster for bush. although we very much appreciated laura bush's lovely
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letter. good day. we expect to hear from the president this hour. we have major breaking news from the supreme court. in a 5-4 decio the court upheld president trump's travel ban jekti irejecting a challeng hawaii. chief justice john roberts said that presidents have substantial power to regulate immigration on national security grounds. the white house said this ruling is a moment of profound vindication following mobnths o hysterical commentary from the decision. democrats slamming the decision. >> this is a dark day for anybody in our country who cares about checks and balances. the president can do whatever he
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wants and discriminate againsts group of people and say this is for national security and the court ignored the comments that the president have made, that he had every intention of banning muslims from our country. i say who will be next. is the president going to issue an executive order against mexicans? is he going to issue executive orders from people coming from honduras, guatemala? what's next? >> joining me is pete williams. i guess this is travel ban 3.0. tell us how this survive and why? >> reporter: it does cover five of the original seven countries in the travel ban but the administration said this was different because they surveyed 200 or so countries and asked how well they do in fighting terrorism and critically how well they do in telling the
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united states, verifying the identity of people who applied for visas to come here. that's really what the travel ban is about 's restricting visas to come to the u.s. the supreme court said this travel ban survives on two counts. they say the president has the legal authority to do this. the challenger said he didn't because you can't ban under federal law people from an entire country but the president said they are based on this assessment of the reliability of their information. secondly, the second challenge was that the president acted with religious an mouse against muslims. a president, any president would have had the authority to do what president trump did and those statements don't infect the travel ban based on it. the chief justice does say there are several saving graces for this. number one is it's limited in
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scope and number two they take the administration at its word there will be a robust visawa r waiver program. the lead lawyer for hawaii said a moment ago when i asked what the court did was struck down an injunction against enforcement of this. there could still be a trial in hawaii. i'm not sure that will happen. the supreme court said a high b bar. the litigation had a good effect on the administration by forcing it to narrow the travel ban that the lawsuits believes forced the administration to more narrowly focus the travel ban. >> pete, let me follow up a moment. i was reading your piece online on
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they expanded thisrd version of the travel ban to include venezuela, north korea. what are the countries involved now? >> reporter: there are five of the original countries plus just basically venezuela is just sort of senior government officials that want to come here. north korea was added but we don't allow travel from north korea in the first place. it's effectively just five of the original muslim countries leading off iraq. it's pretty close to number one but has much greater restrictions on the kinds of visas that you can get if you want to come from those countries. >> we expect to hear from the president. kristen welker at the white house. obviously, this is major victory for them. it did force them over the past 17 months to go along with these different court rulings at different stages and modify the
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original ban and one of the real indicators for the others challenging it is the president kept talking about the muslim ban. >> reporter: that's right. this is the third version of the travel ban and the administration revised it over time. make no mistake, president trump is poised to take a victory lap. he tweeted earlier today. i anticipate that is going to be the sentiment that we hear from president trump. as you pointed out, this is something to some extent he campaigned on during the campaign he called this a ban of all muslims. he softened that against the end of the campaign. once he was in office and this
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became a travel ban and that's the way the administration has sold this to the american public. this president saying this is part of national security. this is what he got elected to do. all of those lawmakers on capitol hill democrats saying this amounts to discrimination. they go back to the president's words on the campaign trail. this is a big issue headed into the midterm elections. this comes against the backdrop of the trump administration dealing with a crisis over its immigration policy. the zero tolerance policy that prompted those family separation celebrations. the president reversing the separation. he's going to be meeting with members of the house and senate appropriations committee. they will be talk about funding for another campaign promise, his border wall.
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>> is that meeting with bipartisan meetings or just the republicans? >> reporter: that's a good question. we're still waiting to hear from the participants who will be there. bottom line, they are going to be discussing one of the president's key priorities here. >> it's major victory for the president. they were forced to modify the original travel ban and people from the white house after the election were referring to it as a muslim ban. i want to you about the justice
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that you did for. >> first on the merits. i think pete set out the analysis. there's a kind of wonderland quality to the legal doctrine here. to provision exudes deference. they really start, legitimately, but clearly but putting a thumb on the scale saying this matters so much this is so much in the president's basic powers that we're not going to ask was a it a muslim ban. we're going to ask is there some legitimate or bona fide reason one can say. the court overrules the infamous decision of the world war ii
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detention opinion which it calls morally repugnant and gravely wrong. they can violate whether or not there's a judicial remedy. that seems directed to some of trump's claim about the pardon power and the ability to obstruct. he ends with this very sort of anti-trump extolling of american liberty and the need to show that as an outward face to the world. if you're trying to do tea leaves, i think you interpret it as making it more likely than not he does not retire tomorrow. he and the rest of the court are troubled by the kinds of statements that trump was making. they may not have the power to overrule them judicially but
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they nevertheless see this as all citizens do as worrisome for the basic moral grounding of the country. >> i don't know if you know this, has he hired clerks for the next term? >> he has hired clerks for the next term. moreover there would have been occasi indications a couple months ago were he retiring. e say he will not retire. we'll know tomorrow. along with the outcome in the janice case. >> a fascinating justice. people williams y-- pete williams, you can tell us he had major roles in big decisions. most notably gay marriage. >> reporter: joining with the liberals on that and voting with the conservative.
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voting with the conservatives saying you have a right to own a gun at home. he's been the swing justice sometimes with the liberal, is sometimes with the conservatives. based on the most recent decisions from the courts, i can make arguments for and against the idea he's going to retire. if he were to retire, that would be huge because that would allow president trump to reshape the supreme court as solidly conservative for years to come. tomorrow we'll get the janice case. let me explain what that is. that's a big challenge to the political cloud in financial health of public sector unions. unions of the state that represent teacher, firefighters, nurses, policeman. other public employees. the question is whether they have to give a share -- they ionues to cover the cost of collective bargaining.
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they challenge that saying they violates their free speech right. it seems clear the supreme court will rule against the unions. unless we get a big surprise that will the prediction. it will be a allow because overhalf the members of unions in america are now public employees. >> we know the pool is in the cabinet room now where he's meeting with members, house and senate. we don't know if there's any democrats. let me bring in a democrat. he was the first muslim american elected to congress. he joins us now. your reaction to this upholding of the travel ban, sir. >> the supreme court told us know matter how discriminatory people of a certain religion, as long as there's a thin veneer of national security justification, they will be okay with it.
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i think the supreme court majority failed. i think they let the country down. this is reminiscent of dredd scott. i believe this will make the same fate as those. it will be overruled when our country is set back on better constitutional footing and better moral grounding because this supreme court right now seems to be of the mind that the p president can do whatever he wants, as long as he's the president. that's scary. we look for the supreme court to protect people. particularly people of discreet minorities and they have said we're not in that business anymore. that's very disturbing. >> hang on just a second. i want to come right back to you. >> kristen, before you have to
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run. do you think the administration will make any more decisions now that they have the authority? >> reporter: that's what we're asking here. they've said they are looking at it. they are looking another what more the president can do from an executive standpoint to try to get tougher on this issue which is a key campaign promise. we're sort of seeing the two prongs of it. it was my sense there's no imminent plans but we need to circle back with everyone today. the president undoubtedly em boldened by this supreme court decision. >> thanks to kristen and pete as well. let me just ask you to react to the argument upheld by the majority. the argument from the white house that the president has broad powers based on national
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security. they checked oult peop eed how screened. >> this decision was set as soon as neil gorsich was seated in the court. it's based on the competition and the political ideology of the supreme court at this moment. he said he wanted a complete and total ban of muslims entering the country. he languaged it it up. he really didn't change it that much. some people will say he didn't ban all muslim countries so it's not a ban. the countries that are banned are banned because they are muslim countries. the people who are being affected. they are not people who have a bad record. they're just muslims from these
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countries and that is enough. the throwing in of northern korea and certain officials in sw venezuela is nothing but lipstick on a pig. it's to cover up an ugly policy. the fact the supreme court says the president can do it, ought to to be nervous. i think that is a very worrisome development. >> the first muslim american elected to congress. thank you for joining us on your reaction. we expect to hear for the president. he's been talking to the pool and speaking about the wall, immigration and wanting money for his wall. we'll hear more when we hear from the president. coming up, hogwash. president trump attacking harley davidson for shipping some of
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president trump is attacking one of his favorite american manufacturers, harley davidson after the company announced its moving some of its production
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over seas in response to the immediate effects of the president's trade war. a harley davidson should never be built in another country. their employees are angry at them. if they move, watch it. it will be the beginning of the end. they will be taxed like never before. top republicans, including speaker of the house, paul ryan, saying the president is flat wrong. >> i'll say it again, i don't think tariffs are the right way to go. i think they are taxes. what ends up happening is you get escalating taxes. one of the reasons we did tax reform is to make it eeasier fo businesses to keep manufacturering in america. >> i would love to hear from you. entirely predictable that the
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union would respond with retaliation. >> i've been a business supporter for 30 years and who knew trade would ever be interesting. it's the most boring part of the beat. >> you and i have been interested for years. >> exactly. we have been covering it for years. nobody cared. it was rae boring. the story is that tariffs have come down around the world from say 40% to around 3 or 4% when they started the wto. world trade has gotten bigger and better and more beneficial to everybody. the tariffs are retaliatory tariffs from europe. not exactly clear what the president is talking about. harley davidson has been making motorcycles overseas for years. it has plants already overseas. what's going to happen now is
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motorcycles that would have been supplied to europe from their u.s. plants will be supplied from other plants because of the tariffs would add about $2200 and the problem for harley daifrdssdav davidson is they face competition from japan and other places. their sense right now is that either from a profit stand point or the abilities of consumers to endure the higher prices that that's going to hurt their business and they're going what i thought republicans thought businesses were supposed to do which is to act to maximize their profits. >> it's really unclear what the president's understanding of tariffs is. arguably, these tariffs will wipe out the benefits of the tax cut to a lot of his constituents. >> on some level that is true. by the way, maybe more decisive for them than the tax cuts are.
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i did a study today. there's been 17 days where the dow jones fell 1% or more this year. i went back and looked in the clip file on why the dow fell on those days. on 8 of those 17 days it was because of trade tensions. announced tariffs or because of retaliation from our trading partners. that's cost the dow jones about 3300 points. obviously, the market is up big in the first year of trump presidency but we're about sideways this year as the federal reserve raise rates but compoundsing this and exacerbating this in way that's maybe bigger than all of those other things combined, the market dud noes not like the tr. there's not a single day when the market has traded up. >> thank you so much. you've always been interesting to me. i want to point out to our viewers there's a large and important mexican delegation of officials in d.c. today meeting
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with people on capitol hill about not only borders but also nafta. they are, so far we have not been able to find any meetings that the foreign minister are having. how families on the border are dealing with president trump's newest immigration order. we're awaiting comments from the president. we're waiting for the tape to be played back out of cabinet room. a victory for him preserving his travel ban. stay with us right here on msnbc. you're headed down the highway when the guy in front slams on his brakes out of nowhere. you do too, but not in time. hey, no big deal. you've got a good record and liberty mutual won't hold a grudge by raising your rates over one mistake. you hear that, karen? liberty mutual doesn't hold grudges. how mature of them.
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what guides me is ensuring that the public is going to be safer and that these forests can be sustained and enjoyed by the community in the future. welcome back. as we continue to cover this supreme court's decision to uphold the president's travel ban, the white house is still facing an immigration crisis at the southern boarder. a cry sitz isis of its own maki. the attorney general saying there's no change in his zero tolerance policy. there's contradicted by the u.s. customs and boarder patrol saying it's suspendi ining
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undocumented immigrants parents. lawmakers directing outrage at health and human services who claims they are trying to reunite children with their parents. >> we've had hundreds of chim children who had been separated. >> i want to know about the children in your department's custody. how many of them have been reunified? >> they have been places with parents. >> how many? >> several hundred. >> how many parents were told where their kids are? you said they have access and this is just, in my view, part of the rosy responses the american people have been getting and it doesn't line up with the first hand accounts of parents that i hear from who desperately want to know where their kids are. >> there's no reason why any parent would not know where
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their chieltd ld is located. >> jonathan, staff writer at the new yorker has been doing extraordinary reporting on all this. what is the reality because everything that we're hearing is the parents cannot find their kids. this numerical system of a numbers which is offensively standing for alien doesn't work. the kids don't have any way of reaching their parents and many are underage and don't know how to. >> there's tremendous fashiog or over what's happening now. what you're describing in a disconnect between what the administration is saying and people on the ground are saying their lived kpeern ed experienc subset that's confusing now. we had the customs and border
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protections saying we're not going to refer people to prosecution. the justice department is saying no change, we're prosecuting everybody. the administration is divided between the rosy aspirational policy of not having family separation and the messy reality of what it has created on border. >> your reporting on pbs news hour wanted to show an excerpt of your initial report. this grandmother and grandchild trying to escape the violence. >> the years that brought her 3-year-old granddaughter to this moment on the mexican side of the bridge to the united states are almost too painful for her to recount. her family was targeted by mexican cartels already killing her husband, son, daughter-in-law and three grand children. getting out of mexico, she says, is a matter of life or death.
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>> i'm worried for her. my granddaughter has lived through many ugly things. >> children are separated, are you worried about that? >> yes. i pray they won't separate me from her. >> they went to a port of entry. did they know about this zero tolerance. >> she knew about it and weighed it. it's safer for me to take my chances and carry my granddaughter across this border than to make a life and stay in mexico. we met them in that shelter. we were with them when they walked across the bridge. made a legal crossing to el paso. they were first stopped by officials at the boundary who said we're at capacity. you can't come in. after about an hour, they were allowed in. i followed them to the processing facility. they handed over their documentation, contacts. the little girl's mother, her birth mother is in the united states with an asylum case
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pending. that was wednesday morning. friday afternoon we got a call saying that sofi earthquae had n from her. >> they entered legally. >> yes. two days after the president signed the executive order ending family separation the grandmother and the girl were separated. we don't know why. this is part of the thing we've been trying to fill in with information. there's very little transparency when it comes to the standard they are held to. if there's no fraud, no signs of abuse, a good behavioral relationship, they won't be separated. all of those boxes were ticked and still this little girl ended up in u.s. government custody and nobody has any idea where she physically is right now. >> it's appalling. you can't even absorb that kind of information, what these people are going through. jonathan you've been following the situation from el paso. you've seen time and time again that families cannot reconnect
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the way the secretary of health and human services, the way other officials from the president to the first lady claim is taking place. >> that's right. there's a total lack of clarity here. there's still no plan in place for how to reunite parents and children. all the current way chaos only heightens the confusion and upset has parents try to get information about their kids. >> jonathan, this numerical system where even if the children were old enough to know how to navigate this, what about their parents or relatives in the states with this 800 number that our own reporters on the border have told us is unmanageable. they only get the 30 minute waits where they exceed the wait time and they is to start all over again in getting use of the telephone weitwice a week. >> that's right. to start with, put yourself in the position of a mother or
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father who is in detention whether it's still criminal custody or immigration detention, their ability to call some of these 1-800 numbers, their ability to make those calls is severely limited. they can't get calls back. the department of health and human services is built these children as if they came to u.s. alone. if they get a phone call from parent asking about where child is, they are putting the person through the process of scrutinizing who they are, whether or not they have a legitimate claim to the child and these issuesre cumbersome to deal with. on the outside, family members are calling, they have similar problems. there's a lot of bureaucracy to cut through. you mentioned these a numbers, if alien numbers. every person in custody has an a
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number. those do not necessarily track family members. if a father has an a number, that does not necessarily reflect the fact he crossed the border with a child. that child's a number doesn't reflect the fact they crossed with a father. it's really every person for him or herself self. >> that issued this executive order with no plan to implement it. it's similar with the muslim ban back in january, january 31st it was issued on that horrible weekend. th do something without any plan to back it up. they still don't have a system stood up to deal with it. >> there's a lot of problems with this administration that and what the president wants to make for political purposes and without knowing how to be brought in ahead of time. there's a lot of parallels here
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with the travel ban. i would add that even if they do stop referring to the u.s. marshals adult parents for zero tolerance prosecution, they're still going to have this other policy the administration is determined for political reasons to pursue or policy reasons which is no catch and release, as they say. to have adults locked up in detention, 100% of the time while pursuing asylum claims. they will still have to separate children after 20 days. >> i don't know you'll follow up on this family. i don't understand they have distributed these children as though they are fedex packages in 17 different states, 100
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different locations, untold number of foster homes. why they couldn't find some centralized way so people would know where to begin the process of trying to reunite. >> this is the problem we saw again and again. we were down in el paso and that's the ground zero for separation. it's where the administration test ran the policy for months before it was announced for months why. those places were at capacity. this is what we hear from officials. it's a valid concern. that's why they were turning people away at the border in the first place. there's a process in place. the agency is in touch with the birth mother. we have no information about when that is if they will be
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able to be reunited. in the meantime there's a 4-year-old girl who has seen no one knows what and have lived through things no 4-year-old should live there and separate frd the guardian who has been in charge of her for the last several months and years, according to her grandmother. we don't know when she will be back with her grandmother or mother again. that's what we can't lose sight of. >> we will continue to follow your wonderful reporting on the pbs news hour. >> thank you charlie as well. thank you very much. coming up, the president only meeting with republican lawmakers. we're awaiting his first on camera reaction to the issue pri -- supreme court decision. stay with us right here. people would stare.
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going on right now. the president has had a big victory with the travel ban. he had one of his most raucus rallies since being elected in south carolina after sarah sanders talked about civility and the importance of civility. responding to her being banished from that restaurant in a rural part of virginia. let me play a bit of president from last night. >> we very much appreciated laura bush's lovely letter. prime minister, justin. i said justin what's your problem. jimmy fallon calls me up. he's like a nice guy. he's lost. he looks like a lost soul. >> he went after everybody from late night comedians to networks and laura bush. that's pretty random. >> yeah. president trump has been going after people for years. this is one of the ways he got elected on the campaign trial.
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that's his style. it is not civility or respectful which is what sarah sanders was urging all americans to be from the podium and those are important values and character itse but the president attacked people left and right. he attacked mark sanford. he attacked a number of late night comedy hosts at the rally. he does it on twitter too. he attacked harley davidson this morning. >> this works for him, he thinks, with the base. there's some polling to s subsubstantiate it. they are reacting very positivipositiv positively to the president based on how fierce the criticism of him is. >> it's fundamentally grievance politics. the elite media is against you. the deep state is against you.
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people of color who are comin across the borders are against you. it builds up and gets people excited. the question is can you expand your base. can you expand beyond that. i know there's a lot of talk about how teflon this president is. i kind of look at it differently. we're in a time of fairly good economic news. there's not, thankfully, been an international crisis or conflict absent the hurricane that hit puerto rico. yet the president's numbers are fairly stagnant. they're in the low 40s. you would think with all these surrounding circumstances he would be pressing upward. part of the reason he's not is it goes back to this tribal base element of politics which we can debate whether it's civil or not but it's immaterial to it because it doesn't do much to expand his coalition beyond what already exists. >> stay with us. wasn't to talk politics too. primary day and what will the
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if it's tuesday, it's primary somewhere. catching ballots in key races, some of which could catch the power of president trump's political clout. mitt romney is the heavyweight in the senate bid, which has largely strayed from the trump playbook. k.c./d.c., kasie hunt, tell us about it. e had a brief conversation and we'll be covering him more as the primary day unfolds. tomorrow we presume he will become the likely senator elect after he likely wins his primary tonight. obviously, the results are not in yet. i asked him about the supreme court decision. you'll remember romney spoke out against the muslim ban in 2015 when president trump floated this idea the first time. take a look. >> i'm not surprised by that. the president does have responsibility and if he
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legitimately feels that something is a threat to the country i can see the supreme court saying yeah that makes sense. >> reporter: he's essentially saying because of the changes that were made. it was a little difficult to hear him in there. he said he's not surprised that the supreme court decided that the president has the power to protect the country in certain instances. you, of course, have been talking already about how this ban was revised a couple of times because of court challenges and it has gotten to the point where they used national security defense. again for romney, he has to walk this very careful line. he released yesterday an op-ed in the salt lake tribune, the local paper, basically saying that he would break from president trump when required and when necessary. and when he disagrees. he said he would not be a daily thing necessarily. let me tell you that's going to be a challenge if he's in the hallways of the congress come next year when we're all chasing
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him after every senate vote asking about the tweet or news issue of the day. it is going to be a challenge. he quoted martin luther king in that op-ed, saying that he has a duty to stand up, that people can't be silent in the face of things that they oppose and he did say this is what he's getting asked about on the campaign trail a couple of times. the people we spoke to were supportive of president trump. they said that they had voted for him. several people we talked to. they also said that they appreciated that romney was willing to speak his mind. they characterized him as an honest man and they appreciated him speaking out. he is, of course -- was the governor of massachusetts, not utah. his family has very deep roots here and he has been embraced as a hometown son. andrea? >> kasie in utah. hallie jackson joining us from the white house. we're expecting the tape from the president's cabinet room session with appropriators. hallie jackson, this was a very
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long session. he obviously had a lot to say about the wall, about the muslim ban being upheld. >> yeah. >> as a nonmuslim ban. you've been following all of this so closely. all of these many months. >> and we're about to see the tape from my vantage point in the briefing room i can see the team getting ready to play that back. this lasted basically from the start of your show, andrea, right up to the end of it, the president making these remarks, calling the supreme urt's decision a great victory for him. he did have a brief q & a with reporters, we're being told, toward the end of this. the president is in there with not the cabinet but lawmakers. you mentioned before house and senate members, republicans, mostly on the appropriations committee, to talk through some of that. and apparently this was, as we've seen the president do before, go around the room, do a round robin. the president focusing, of course, on the supreme court decision and talking about immigration as well. he was asked whether he feels
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about the supreme court decision. he again called it a tremendous victory. andrea, this won't surprise you. something that the president has talked about before, the need to fund his border wall, he emphasized a couple of times. i hate to use the phrase double down because it is a cliche but not backing down off where he has been on his immigration stance. when it comes to this idea of fewer immigration judges, being able to be strong at the border, he calls it. that's the rhetoric from the president. here is the reality, though. the white house is admitting retreat here. they are acknowledging that they are, in essence, reversing that zero tolerance policy with the customs and border protection officials acknowledging they're no longer prosecuting migrant families who cross the border illegally. this is back to what the administration has called catch and release under the obama administration. they're doing basically exactly that despite the president
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saying they do not want to back down on this. there's a question where the hill goes from here, with lawmakers, aknow, considering an immigration bill tomorrow on the hill and lots of questions about what will be included in that. is it destined to fail? will these last-minute sweetener s being tossed in be able to get that over the hump? the president focusing mostly on immigration. he talked a little bit, i'm told, on north korea, andrea, specifically talking about the plans moving forward there, as mike pompeo has obviously been in touch with folks in north korea after that singapore summit. and he was talking about harley as well. as you know, the president has come out and sort of brushed back a little bit at harley davidson after, of course, the company came out and said it will have to shift some of its production overseas because of those new tariffs that the eu imposed as retaliatory tariffs that the president put in place. he said tariffs can be a positive thing and insisting we
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are doing the right thing 100%. he talked about china, andrea, something he has been tweeting about. another lengthy meeting caught on cameras from president trump and plenty of comments. headline here again him reiterating on camera what he calls the tremendous victory from the supreme court on version three of his travel ban. remember, this was the thirdity ration that the court was looking at, not the first one that created so many issues in airports early on in the administration, andrea. >> thanks to hallie. of course, we'll have that tape momentarily. sam stein, we can expect that the president is doing a victory lap. only republican appropriators, we should point out. we have to wrap now because of the tape. >> it's okay. i'll see you again, i'm sure. >> that does it for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." craig melvin is up next on msnbc. hey, craig. >> good to see you, my friend.
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thank you, andrea. craig melvin at msnbc headquartersneyork. we start with what andrea just talked about there, victory lap for the trump administration. the court ruling 5-4, upholding the president's travel ban libya, syria, iran, yemen, somalia, north korea and ven waila, the third attempt to put a travel ban in place. he first tried to put a ban in place about a week after he took office. hallie jackson is inside that white house briefing room, standing by. hallie, again, to pick up where you just sort of left off two or three minutes ago as we wait for this tape to start playing. the president a bit of an understatement to say he's taking a bit of a victory lap. >> we've seen it. that's exactly what we're hearing. my colleagues who are in the pool who goes in for these events walked out


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