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thank you so much for being here with us. good night from nbc news headquarters here at 30 rockefeller plaza in new york. ♪ this morning just days after the summit in helsinki, the trump administration announced the president will meet with vladimir putin again this fall, this time at the white house. that news was a surprise to many, even president trump's own director of national intelligence, dan coates, who was told about it on live tv. plus, at least 11 people are dead after a tourist boat capsizes on a missouri lake. dive teams will be heading back out this morning after search operations were suspended overnight. ♪ good morning, everyone. it is friday, july 20th. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside
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louis bergdorf. russia's ambassador to the united states says that moscow -- that they're ready to discuss a new meeting a this fall at the white house. press secretary sarah huckabee sanders tweeted out, in helsinki, president trump agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs. and that president trump asked national security advisor john bolton to invite president vladimir putin to washington this fall, concluding those discussions are already underway. well, senior administration official said that the invite from bolton went out to putin yesterday and that the news blindsided the president's intelligence director dan coates, who coincidentally was in the middle of an interview with our very own andrea mitchell. watch this. >> we have some breaking news. the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. >> say that again.
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>> vladimir putin coming to -- >> did i hear you? >> yeah, yeah. >> okay on. >> yeah. >> that's going to be special. >> the white house announcement that andrea referenced earlier said putin was invited to washington this fall. were you aware of that? i just want to clarify -- >> i think based on my reaction i wasn't aware of that. >> okay. given that, what do you think the agenda should be for that meeting? >> oh, goodness. you know, first of all they're not going to ask me what the agenda is. we will be looking at what the potential intelligence risk could possibly be and we will make that information known to the president, and we'll provide him with whatever information we can gather relative to what might be on putin's mind or what they might want to achieve. >> would you recommend that there not be a one-on-one without note takers. ?
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>> if i were asked that question i would look for a different way of doing it. all right. according to "the washington post" there's worry in the west wing that coates' reaction will get under the president's skin. the post reports inside the white house trump's advisers were in an uproar over coates' interview, noting at moments he appeared to be laughing at the president and playing to the audience in an intellectual elite m elite manner sure to annoy the president. the post goes on to say that white house aides are worried trump will interpret the comments of coates as a personal betrayal since they came so soon after the president praised his intelligence director and the walkback of his comments in helsinki. >> in a week of cleanups and reversals the white house is rejecting russian president vladimir putin's offer to allow u.s. investigators to question
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12 russians indicted for russian meddling in exchange for the u.s. allowing moscow to question american officials, including u.s. ambassador to russia michael mcfaul. sarah huckabee sanders put out a statement yesterday saying, it is a proposal that was made in sincerity by president putin, but president trump disagrees with it. hopefully president putin will have the 12 identified russians come to the united states to prove their innocence or guilt. initially president trump called the offer, quote, incredible. sanders said the white house was considering the proposal. >> we would expect that the americans would reciprocate and they would question officials, including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence service of the united states whom we believe are -- who have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of russia. >> what he did is an incredible offer. he offered to have the people working on the case come and
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work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. i think that's an incredible offer. >> the president's going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that. >> reporter: for a second, is that a topic that came up in their conversation? did president putin raise this with president trump? >> there was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the united states, and the president will work with his team and we'll let you know if there's an announcement on that front. >> now, the white house announced its opposition to putin's offer moments before lawmakers took action yesterday. the senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution offered by chuck schumer that said the u.s. should refuse to make any diplomat available to russian investigators who say the official may have interfered in their country's domestic affairs. in response to that senate vote, michael mcfaul tweeted 98-0. bipartisanship is not dead yet in the u.s. senate. thank you all for your support.
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>> in an interview with cnbc president trump is vowing if his dealings with russian president don't work out, he will be the worst enemy putin has ever had. take a listen. >> i have been far tougher on russia than any president in many, many years. maybe ever. look at the sanctions i've put on. look at the diplomats i threw out. look at all of the things that i've done. nobody else did what i did. obama didn't do it. obama was a patsy for russia. he was a total patsy. getting along with president putin, getting along with russia is a positive, not a negative. now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out i will be the worst enemy he has ever had. the worst he has ever had. >> so president trump also had this to say on twitter yesterday, writing out, quote, the summit with russia was a great success except with the real enemy of the people, the fake news media. i look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including
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stopping terrorism, security for israel, nuclear proliferation, cyberattacks, trailed, ukraine, middle east peace, north korea and more. there are many answers. some easy, some hard, to these problems, but all can be solved. over the last year there have been various reports about senior trump administration officials coming to the brink of resigning their positions. three top presidential appointees, fbi director, homeland security security and national intelligence director all avoided directly answering that question. >> there also have been stories that you threatened the resign? have you ever hit a point on that issue of sources and methods or anywhere elsewhere you said this is a line? >> you know, i'm a -- as i said, i'm a low key, understated guy, but that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made out of. >> so you have -- >> i'll just leave it at that. >> okay.
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all right. >> did you ever consider resigning in the time you have worked as the -- >> i will continue to work as hard as i can as long as i can support the men and women of dhs. >> did you ever consider it? >> you know, i think that the suggestions -- when i've heard those suggestions, they're in situations i would never consider resigning. >> have there been moments such as those suggested by christopher wray in his interview with lester hot whelte you even considered resigning? >> that's a place i don't really go to publicly. i mean every -- you know, i tried to retire twice. >> not very successfully. >> not successfully, i failed both times. but, look, you ask yourself, why did you agree to do this in the first place? what is your intent? and what is your responsibility? and i look at those measures in term of making decisions as to
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how long i would like to be in this business. are there days when you think, well, what am i doing? yeah, but there's a lot more days saying, you know, the mission here is critical, and to be able to be a part of it, to be able to feel like you're giving something back to your country, it is a reward. >> senior official at microsoft says candidates in the 2018 midterms have come under attack from abroad. >> earlier this year we did discover that a fake microsoft domain had been established as the landing page for phishing attacks and we saw meta data that suggested they were directed at three candidates all standing for election in the midterm elections. >> in this year's election, 2018, phishing attacks against -- >> yeah, against the staff of
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three candidates for election. >> can you tell us who they are? >> we can't disclose that information because we maintain our customer's privacy so i won't go there. i can tell you they are all people because of their positions might have been interesting targets from an espionage standpoint as well as an election disruption standpoint. >> microsoft vp tom burt went on to say the attack was unsuccessful and "buzzfeed" reports an analyst traced them to a group widely accepted to be run by russia's military intelligence agency. this as the house voted down an effort to increase security funding, leading to a raucous hearing on the floor lead by steny hoyer. >> we have sworn an oath. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> against all enemies foreign and domestic. >> the gentleman's time has expired. >> you have the opportunity to do that today! do so! vote yes on this amendment for your country!
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[ chanting: usa, usa, usa ]. >> joining us from washington, d.c., capitol hill reporter for ""the hill" molly hooper. great to have you with us. a lot of drama on the floor of the u.s. congress. before we get to that let's talk about the white house invitation to vladimir putin blindsiding a lot of people. it is one thing for dan coates to not necessarily know the specifics of when the invitation will go out, even the timing of it, but he didn't even seem to know that vladimir putin was going to be invited to the white house at all. what does that tell you about the way this white house is operating? >> reporter: well, i will tell you what congress is saying about with it. essentially, senator mitch mcconnell's spokesperson told the hill that vladimir putin won't be welcome in congress. they're not going to have a joint address to congress like they did when emmanuel macron
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was here earlier this year. normally when foreign officials come over and are visiting, meeting with the president and what not, they will go to the house, they will go to the senate. they will make the rounds, talking with the speaker of the house, the leader. it sounds like that's not -- that's nyet so to speak. i know it is early, but that won't happen for vladimir putin. when i was asking lawmakers about the possibility yesterday, the question was met with similar dismay and sort of -- the same kind of response that dan coates had. just sort of kind of laughter of dismay. i don't think that that's -- and knowing and having covered dan coates and seeing his reaction, dan coates is very much -- he's very respected up on capitol hill, especially among his former colleagues in the senate. he's one of those -- one of those individuals who never really tried to grandstand. it wasn't out there being flashy and flowing -- i mean throwing
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verbal bombs across the aisle. he really wasn't. he wasn't seen as a huge partisan. and he so for him to be making these comments and coming out and countering what the white house is saying is very telling. i think that if there is is some sort of effort to try to move him out, he would have a lot of support on capitol hill, and support from steny. >> let's talk about that and break it down. obviously this has been a very interesting week in terms of the relationship between dan coates and the white house. there have been statements coming out after the helsinki meeting, yesterday's comments some are interpreting to be a swipe at the white house according to "the washington post", president trump possibly taking it personally. what does it tell you about the divisions between trump and his advisers on the handling of russia and vladimir putin? >> well, see, that's the big question. i think that's something that members up on capitol hill at least are very concerned about. they don't know. when we are talking to bob corker who is the current head
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of the foreign relations committee in the senate, he just is kind of throwing up his arms. he's saying, we don't know what the strategy is. he said that it is reminiscent of the strategy that the administration is carrying out on trade and tariffs. he says, corker says there is no strategy. they don't know what the end game is. when dealing with somebody like vladimir putin and the russians, who did try -- they actively tried to interfere with the u.s. elections and are continuing to try to interfere in the digital infrastructure of this country, per dan coates, that's a problem. so here is where you are going to find a lot of pushback from members of his own party, more so on this issue than anything we have seen before. >> indeed it is. molly hooper, thank you very much. we will touch base with you in a little bit. >> excellent. switching gears for a moment from politics to a tragedy overnight, at least 11 were killed can, 7 injured and five remain missing after a tourist duck boat capsized on a missouri
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lake late last night? it happened around 7:00 p.m. central time during a severe storm on table rock lake near branson. winds blew as fast as 60 miles per hour through the area. search diving operations continue this morning. still ahead, president trump makes waves with his comments about the economy. he publicly disagreed with the fed chair raising rates, even though presidents typically stay out of those independent financial decisions. and it has been almost a year since the deadly protest in charlottesville, virginia. what the department of homeland security chief is and is not saying about it. those stories and a check on weather when we come right back. from the very beginning ...
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remarks that both sides were responsible for the violence that led to the death of 38-year-old heather heyer. >> i think what is important about that conversation is it is not that one side is right, one side is wrong. anybody that is advocating violence, we need to work to mitigate. >> james fields jr. is the man accused of plowing his car into a crowd of protesters, killing heather heyer. last month fields was indicted on an additional 30 charges including one for a hate crime and another for violence based on race. he could face the death penalty if convicted. and president trump voiced his frustration with the federal reserve, telling cnbc he hoped the central bank would stop raising interest rates. >> i've heard a very good man in the fed. i don't necessarily agree with it because he is raising interest rates. i have to tell you, it puts us at a disadvantage. i'm saying the same thing i would have said as a private citizen. somebody would say, oh, you
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shouldn't say it as a president. i couldn't care less what they say because my views have not changed. i don't like all of the work we're putting into the economy and i see rates going up. >> the critique broke with a 25-year tradition in which presidents refrained from speaking on monetary policy. the dollar and the treasury yields fell sharply after his comments, but have since recovered. fed chair jerome powell has risen its benchmark rate twice this year and signalled two more rate increases over the coming months. trump went on to say he wouldn't interfere with the fed's plans. let's switch gears and get a check on the weather with meteorologist michelle grossman. michelle, a much needed and valuable look at this weekend's weather. >> that's right. we have a lot going on in temperature of weather. very busy yesterday with the dangerous storms through iowa and also missouri. this moved to the east and now we are looking at the tennessee and ohio valleys. this entire area under the bulls eye for strong storms today, maybe even isolated tornados especially where you see the
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welcome back, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin along sued louis bergdorf. it is the bottom of the hour. starting with the morning's top stories for you, another aboutface from president trump. the white house says the president now disagrees with vladimir putin's offer to let robert mueller's team question 12-recently-indicted russian intelligence officials in exchange for letting moscow question some u.s. officials. earlier this week trump called it an incredible offer. nbc news chief correspondent hallie jackson has more on that and plans for another trump/putin summit. >> reporter: brushing off backlash to his one-on-one, plans now for a part two between donald trump and vladimir putin. >> were you aware of that? i just want to clarify because you seem to be -- >> i think based on my reaction
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i wasn't aware of that. >> reporter: the news surprising even the president's own director of national intelligence, on stage in aspen. >> would you recommend there not be a one-on-one without notetakers? >> if i were asked that question, i would, yeah, look for a different way of doing it. >> reporter: it would be putin's first visit to the u.s. since 2015 and the first since his country interfered in the 2016 election. president trump now on defense after muddled messaging over his posture toward putin. >> look at the sanctions i've put on. look at the diplomats i threw out. look at all of the things that i've done. nobody else did what i've done. obama didn't do it. obama was a patsy for russia. getting along with president putin, getting along with russia is a positive, not a negative. now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out, i'll be the worst enemy he's ever had. >> reporter: now after a week's worth of cleanups, another one after the art of the deal president didn't reject one from russia fast enough.
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the deal would have let the special counsel question 12 recently-indicted russian intelligence officials if, and only if, russia could then interrogate 11 americans putin has problems with. that includes the former u.s. ambassador to russia, michael mcfaul, an nbc news international affairs analyst. >> reporter: what is your message to donald trump? >> the president of the united states needs to come out and categorically denounce it. >> reporter: the white house is not denouncing putin but is insisting the president won't play ball on this. quote, it is a proposal that was made in sincerity by president putin, but president trump disagrees with it. >> all right. our thanks to hallie jackson for that report. well, the president has made references to the topics he discussed with vladimir putin on monday, saying in interviews and tweets that their discussion touched on topics including sear ya, iran, israel, and a number of other international security-related subjects. senior u.s. officials are actually still waiting for any direction from the white house.
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the head of u.s. central command, army general joseph votel told reporters he had no guidance, no new guidance as a result of helsinki. typically the white house would brief national security officials after such a meeting or provide them at least with a written memo. meanwhile, a u.s. ambassador in europe, who has extensive experience dealing with russia, told "the new yorker" that he and other state department officials who would need to know have received no post-summit briefings or even talking points about what actually happened. saying, quote, nothing. we are completely in the dark, completely. as of yesterday the president's director of national intelligence dan coates said he had not been briefed on any potential agreements coming out of that meeting. >> i don't know what happened in that meeting. i think as time goes by, and the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting, i think we will learn more. but that is the president's prerogative. he had asked me how that ought
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to be conducted, i would have sug suggested a different way but that's not my role, that's not my job. so it is what it is. >> a lot going on at the aspen security forum. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein delivered remarks to the forum last night where he spoke about the threat of covert propaganda and disinformation. >> the russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential campaign is just one tree in a growing forest. focusing merely on a single election misses the point. russian intelligence officers did it not stumble on the idea of hacking american computers and posting misleading messages because they had a free afternoon. it is what they do every day. >> rosenstein also made a comment about the certainty that goes into intelligence assessments and indictments, contrasting with the president, hedging his language about
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russia in the recent days. >> my people came to me, dan coates came to me and some others. they said they think it's russia. >> i accept our intelligence community's conclusion that russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. could be other people also. there's a lot of people out there. >> intelligence assessments and criminal indictments are based on evidence. they do not reflect mere guesses. >> all right. and there were some confusing comments from the secretary of homeland security at that very same security forum. she eventually clarified, but only after she was pressed multiple times by multiple reporters. take a look. >> i haven't seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party. i think what we've seen on the foreign influence side is they were attempting to intervene and
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cause chaos on both sides. >> but for clarity, the intelligence community did have that finding, right? their finding was that it was in an effort to favor the president, agreed? >> it was in an effort to attack certain political parties that we know about, right, more than others. >> you seem to be really kind of parsing and ducking the question about russian interference in the election and what the goal was, which was to sew discord as you said but also to help elect donald trump. do you disagree with the intelligence assessment of all of the country's intelligence agencies, which seem to be pretty unanimous? >> i do not disagree. i agree, i've said that many times with the intel assessment. >> we just had an answer to julia's question that you agree with the intelligence community's assessment. are you saying that you agree with not only the assessment that it was russia that interfered, but that their intention was to help donald trump and disadvantage hillary clinton? can you just say those words very simply and directly?
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>> i agree with the intel community's assessment, full stop. any attack on our democracy, which is what that was, whether it is successful or unsuccessful, is unacceptable. >> all right. joining us from washington once again, capitol hill reporter -- sorry "the hill" reporter molly hooper. good to have you back. i was trying to pars my words with how kirstjen nielsen was trying to donl that question. >> i do cover capitol hill, so it is okay. >> let's talk about that. was there a strategy behind what she was saying in her confusing comments? why was she not straightforward about that assessment? >> again, i'm going to come at this from the capitol hill angle because i talk to lawmakers all day every day pretty much. they would say, again, there's no strategy. you know, in trying to explain away what happened and interpret
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these intelligence results, you know, the administration is kind of causing more problems for themselves. i think that, you know, i actually spoke with one republican senator, mike rounds, yesterday who said, regardless of who this would be helping essentially, russia did try to mess with our elections. they want to mess with our elections again. the whole purpose of doing that is not because they're necessarily going to influence the outcome of an election, not because they can do that, but because it can sew discord among the voters in this country over confidence in whether we do have, you know, free elections and fair elections. that's what we're seeing playing out. i mean if you see how divided this country is, a lot of it, you know, whether russia was able to actually influence and impact the outcome of our election, that's a big issue. it is something that obviously the president makes a big deal of each time he's asked about it. >> i really wonder how much of the secretary's comments were
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directed at trying to preserve face with the president, not saying -- because we know how much of an issue it is for president trump whenever he hears that the election may somehow be shrouded in favor him over hillary clinton. let's switch gears for a moment, molly, and talk about the reaction from capitol hill to the news that president trump has invited vladimir putin to the white house. how is that playing out? >> again, just fell on death's door. when i was asking members about this yesterday, same kind of reaction as dan coates had, sort of incredulity, as if it isn't the right time. can you imagine if they're talking about a meeting in the fall, having the optics of president putin and president trump, you know, it is the end of october or mid-october, the midterm elections are around the corner. >> incredible. >> it doesn't do any favors for anybody. keep in mind, you know, when president trump was then -- made the presidential -- the republican presidential contender, you know, the
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candidate, a lot of republicans felt very confident that, okay, things will be okay because mike pence is involved now. they went to mike pents ace and said, listen, can you please tell that guy trump to quit talking about putin love, how much he loves putin? this was almost two years ago. now to have it come back, it is that big a deal for them. we saw this past week where -- i mean i have covered capitol hill a long time and i have never seen one party turn on the leader in the white house of their own party so quickly and with such force. >> yeah, and not to mention dan coates' reaction when he found out the news, saying he would have to evaluate the intelligence risk of having vladimir putin at the white house ahead of the midterm elections. molly hooper, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. still ahead, an update from missouri after a tourist boat capsizes in stormy weather killing at least 11 people. the search is still on for five people this morning. we are back in a moment with
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now to an update on a tragic story from missouri. search operations will continue this morning for the five people that are still missing after a tourist boat capsized in stormy weather. at least 11 people were killed, seven others injured after the duck boat carrying 31 adults and children capsized. it happened on table rock lake near branson. the video was shot by another woman inside a bigger boat nearby. that's the reflection you see here. the video shows two boats. it is unclear which one though capsized. for more we want to bring in meteorologist michelle grossman. michelle, this obviously happened around 7:00 p.m. central time. what more can you tell us about the weather conditions in that area of southern missouri at the time and maybe give us a sense of what it is today for the search and rescue operations. >> yeah. i mean just pretty much the worst time to be on those waters. you can see how rough the waters were. we had two storm complexes that moved through the one in iowa that brought the tornado and also this complex that moved right down the waters in
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missouri. we had wind gusting over 60 miles per hour, 74 miles per hour wind in some spots. that's hurricane force winds. also, some low visibility. i mean just look at that. the waves are so strong and the boat is so small. so we just had that storm moving through at a terrible time. hopefully today will be better. we have better conditions there where they can kind of get the search and rescue underway. we want to talk about the storm threat today because we are looking at storms in the east today. so the same system that brought the storms yesterday now has moved off to the east. we are looking at enhanced risk of storms today, so pretty dangerous conditions later on this afternoon, louisville, nashville under the gun for those. you want to listen to your local news later on this afternoon. otherwise in the northeast we are looking picture perfect today, low humidity, nice temperatures. get outdoors because things will be changing later on this weekend in the northeast. in the south, triple digit temperatures once again. we've had these for a few days, we will see them for a few more. dangerous heat, especially for
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this extended period of time. now, as we look towards saturday, again, here comes the rain. we have a coastal low that will be moving up the eastern seaboard. it will bring a lot of rain in some spots, over three inches along the coast in some spots. in the northeast we will see gusty winds overnight saturday into sunday. by monday we will see an upper level low that is just going to keep the water in place so to speak, and we will be wet for most of the beginning of next week. record highs still in the south. we will continue to watch this at least through monday, and then things begin to get better for the folks in the south by monday. by sunday, again, here is the coastal low, now up to the new england -- parts of new england, but really heavy rain, flooding rain. you want to be careful on the roadways. we are looking at monsoon rains also in the southwest. really busy today, and also over the weekend in terms of the weather. >> lots to track. thanks for that, michelle. >> you're welcome. still ahead, president trump breaks precedent once again, this time talking down the u.s. dollar. literally talking it down. look at this dramatic drop. we will play the president's
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i put a very good man in the fed. i don't necessarily agree with it because he is raising interest rates. i'm not saying i agree with it. i don't necessarily agree with it. i must tell you, i don't. i'm not thrilled because, you know, we go up, and every time you go up they want to raise
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rates again. i don't really -- i am not happy about it. but at the same time i'm letting them do what they feel is best. now, i'm just saying the same thing that i would have said as a private citizen. so somebody would say, would s shouldn't say that as a president. i couldn't care less what they say, because my views haven't changed. >> that was president trump voicing disapproval for decisions made by fed chair jerome powell signaled additional interest rate hikes to senators earlier in the week. live in london we have more. presidents rarely interject when it comes to the fed. could this influence powell's plans in the future? >> this is pretty unprecedented. we've seen elsewhere when world leaders get involved talking about policy, for instance, turkey, president erdogan once he talked about this, they saw the turkish lir crater.
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seems the fed hasn't actually commented an the comments themselves. the white house tried to stress trump was repeating long-held views and of course is no longer a private citizen, he is president of the united states and seen over the 18 months when these comments are made it does have an impact on global markets. speaking of cnbc, our parent company, yours as well, comcast decided to back way from assets belonging to 21st century fox clearing the way for disney to continue with an acquisition in t the. comcast will focus on trying to buy sky here in the uk. they're competing for fox for that acquisition. >> and we saw that chart, if we can bring it up again. the dollar just plummeting after the president's comments. i mean that just shows the impact that a president can have
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on the markets. very interesting there. >> yes. definitely something investors watch closely. why every time he speaks publicly about any of this you have people around the world reacting, watching closely trying to pause hi views on these subjects. another story we're watching, slightly upbeat is starbucks. bad press over the last few months, locking to get better p.r. well received, this story, by the deaf community. opening a store focused on those with hearing difficulties. hard-of-hearing people. looking to hire half a dozen people to work in north d.c. near a private college that focuses on catering to students with hearing difficulties. warmly received it is said by the deaf community in the u.s. >> that's the kind of story we like to hear. good news live from london. always good to have you with us. up next, jonathan swan of access has a look at "one big thing" and coming up on "morning
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welcome back, everyone. joining me from washington, d.c. with a look at axios, national reporter jonathan swan. great to you have with us this friday morning. what is axios's "one big thing" for us? >> everyone's focused on putin, so are we, but the chances of a long and intense trade war with china appear to be much higher than they were a couple of months ago. senior trump administration officials including the normally cheerful larry kudlow, top economic adviser, you're not hearing -- my colleague spoke to larry kudlow last night. not hearing the old larry kudlow.
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don't worry, everything will be fine. we'll find a solution. this is a larry kudlow saying, no, we really need to take on the chinese and this is, the ball's in their court, she is really messing with us and messing with the wrong guy if messing with donald trump. hearing bellicose from senior trump officials, when we talk to them privately there really isn't any obvious exit ramp from this cycle of escalating tit for tat tariffs. as for consumers, farmers, the people this has effects on living around america, this is a concerning situation. >> then let's hone in on those potential voters and consumers. it seems that this trade war with china will be changing up at least some of the senate races in trump states. tell us a little bit more about how that is playing out. >> it's not just senate races. it's also house races across the midwest. we are already seeing the
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effects of tariffs on soybeans, dairy. so you're getting, you know, take north dakota. heidi heitkamp is vulnerable but using it as an issue to hammer her republican oh don't, harm her agriculture sector in north dakota she's saying and seeing it across other states too. when you talk to republicans who are involved in these campaigns, it is the most unpredictable and potentially dangerous issue in their minds that could potentially hamper what has been very strong economic growth under the trump administration. >> given that you were talking about, there's no exit ramp here for this ongoing trade crisis, are the folks on capitol hill watching with alarm and concern it is spiraling from a worst to worst situation and not much they themselves can do, because they can't even agree to pass a resolution to shore up support whether for trade, allies, or what have you? >> of course, they could do something. they have it in their power to
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pass legislation to restrain him but they're in an interesting bind. these republicans are scared, petrified, of crossing trump. you see it every day on every issue, whether it's putin or anything else and it's simply because he is remarkably popular among republican voters. stunningly popular, and republican voters even on this putin press conference, which republican members on the hill will horrified by, we did polling. 80% of republican voters thought trump handled it just fine. trump was correct when he said during the campaign he could shoot someone on fifth avenue and his people would stay with him. it doesn't seem to matter what he does. republicans on the hill, there are almost zero profiles in courage and most seem to be retiring profiles in courage. >> absolutely. the ones leaving that are speaking out the most. jonathan swan, stay put. we're going to see you in a second at the top of "morning joe," also reading axios a.m. in
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