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stores used to open on friday morning. now it's just all the time. have a good one. >> thank you very much. >> happy thanksgiving. right now, president trump is at mar-a-lago for the holiday. but can he get a break on the russia investigation? he's about to address troops via teleconference. >> i'm going to a war zone. >> chief justice roberts rebuked president's trump on the 9th circuit. their public war of words. >> you go to the ninth circuit and it's a disgrace. you cannot win if you're in the 9th circuit. >> republican cindy hidesmith has lost support after a comment on public hanging but does the
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republican have a chance in this deep red state? >> for anyone who was offended, i apology. >> i don't know what's in your heart but we know what came out of your moth. >> we expect to hear the president's message to members of the military. we'll bring that to you live the moment we get it. a sensitive dance playing out in public view. rudy giuliani tells nbc news what he expects to happen now that he's answered the special counsel's questions. the man who could quite literally have the final say on the mueller problem e is out win extraordinary review. kelly o'donnell is traveling with the president. the president is tweeting at the chief justice of the supreme court and about the chief
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justice of the supreme court. what's he saying? >> pretty extraordinary. happy thanksgiving to you. good to be with you on this day. the president engaging in a way we have to come expect for any political arrival, any typical target of his. but we've never seen before this kind of tweeted target at the chief justice. the president has been critical of john roberts before. this rose to another level. where he referred to an obama justice. and the chief justice was asked by the associated press by any comment. in a rare public statement from john roberts in this kind of context, he released a statement that said there are not judges who are obama judges or trump judges. basically trying to decouple judges from who appointed them.
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saying their integrity stands apart from that. what we've seep from the president has been a sharp rebuke. he's saying justice roberts can say what he wants but the 9th circuit is out of control, has a horrible reputation, has overturned more than any circuit in the country. 79%% he alleged. judges must not legislate safety at the border. that's a very serious allegation. our great law enforcement professionals must be allowed to do their job. we want the constitution as written. that's a very striking asensement from the president accusing judges of somewhere undermining national security. in this case, the president is beyond frustrated. he has policy ideas for the
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border. at the same time, he is being thwarted by the courts at least as of this moment. but john roberts is usually not the on correct of his fury. >> thanks very much for that reporting. welcome, happy thanksgiving, thank you for being with us. glen, let me start with you. i think this is a big deal. one is the chief justice who doesn't go out of his way to rebuke presidents. but the president going back at him. the attack on the judiciary which has been a hallmark of the undermining of the judiciary. we need to worry about this president sees the makeup of this country. >> i have mixed feelings about
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the chief justice weighing in and sort of engaging in the twitter battle so to speak. any time someone pushing back with things like truth and accuracy against these ridiculous assertions made by the president in his tweets. a good thing but i think we could have only seen it would inspire more nonsensical tweets. i've appeared before hundreds of judges in local courts, military courts, civilian courts, as well as trial courts. i have to tell you, i don't know any of their politics by virtue of all the time we spent together in courtrooms. so i have seen over the course of the last decades the independence judiciary. so these attacks are so
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ridiculous. i'm going to call them what they are. i'm glad the chief justice pushed back. i know fear that we're going to be in this never ends public relations battle. >> think twice before engaging with the president. let's talk about the questions. the white house, they keep this close to the chest, but the white house said they haven't answered any questions related to obstruction of justice. if the white house insists they haven't answers questions, do we know if they were asked and not answers? do we know if donald trump gets a different way to get answers? >> great question. as defense secretary, i would not let him answer questions. we all shook our collective heads as lawyers saying what are
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you doing. that gets to the point. he continues to tweet. robert mueller, my opinion, will ask so he can say i gave the complete investigation. you did not avail yourself of that. that's fine with me. i got statements from cooperating witnesses. when you have flynn and manafort and gates and cohen and weisselberg and now we have began cooperating. what president is going to let -- what lawyer is going to let speak like that? >> do you think mueller's got enough, not asking questions like this? there are some key questions.
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do you think mueller's got what he needs? >> more than enough based on his interviews and his grand jury appearances. together with the president's tweets. let's remember every tweet the president issues is some indication of his motive and intent. we wonder if any tweet can be used against you in a court of law. i agree with robert that this was really an exercise in showing the american people he has every opportunity and declined to do so. now, talking about judges and the judiciary as the possibility exists of some sort of legal action against the president? >> i agree with every comment that glen has made.
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the institution of the judiciary is bigger than donald trump's tweets and criticisms. donald trump just does it in a way that seems to engage, agitate people. in all my years as a chief county prosecutor, defense lawyer, no one there is saying are you democrat or republican judge? these are not the conversations that go on. my only concern about donald trump's statements are people who take these hook, line and sinker. last point, each one of those institutions has those institutions. but attaattack, wholecloth, tha
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another thing. >> happy thanksgiving. >> you, too, ali. >> also, this is the coldest thanksgiving in a century. my old friend nbc news meteorologist bonnie schneider joins me now. it was fresh this morning. >> really has been. temperatures right at 19 for the start of the massey's thanksgiving day parade. if you're wondering is it really the coldest parade ever, yes, it is, absolutely. we are looking at that and it's just incredible because we have those strong winds. luckily they're below the parameters, but they're strong enough to make it feel like it's in the teens. this cold air is sticking around through tomorrow. so if you're heading out early tomorrow morning or maybe just to travel back, we're looking at bidder cold and it's really just for this part of the country in the northeast. the rest of the country is dealing with more comfortable
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conditions. to some wet conditions in california. really it's the northeast facing this brutal cold. >> this record cold weather is posing trouble for the macy's thanksgiving day parade. nbc's ron allen along the route in new york city for the coldest parade in history. it started moving from the upper west side. those balloons bonnie was talking about, you can't see him yet but it looks like we're going to have balloons. >> definitely, we will have balloons, yes. happy to be here at the coldest parade here ever in history. it doesn't feel that bad. the wind is not gusting. the trees are not moving. we've seen where they've removed all the stop signals. a lot of the traffic lights are out of the way so the balloons can pass through. but it's not that bad out here.
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here's some folks who have been here since early in the morning. they look warm, right? so we know this is now official a the coldest parade ever. >> we're from dallas. >> why did you want to here? >> to start a new generation. we've got three generations here. >> sounds great. what you looking forward to? >> garfield. >> what about you? >> i'm looking forward to see charlie brown. >> and maybe snoopy. i wanted to talk to you a little bit. we'll look for the parade, should be here about 9:30. the first police car coming around the corner. back to you, ali. >> making sure the roads are
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clear for the floats. coming up next, why he's siding with the kingdom instead of his own intelligence agencies and a murdered journalist. first, this thanksgiving, nearly 200,000 are deployed overseas and at our own border with mexico. we want to wish them well. we thank them and their families for their service. >> i'm from san antonio, texas, currently in kuwait, and i wish my family and friends happy holidays. >> i'm from chandler, arizona, a quick shout-out to my mom, my dad, my two homies, nathan and ken. >> i'm a specialist with the 24 currently stationed aboard the
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the cia has looked at it, studied it. they have nothing definitive. the fact is, maybe he did, maybe he didn't. for me, very simple, it's america first. saudi arabia, if we broke with them, i think oil prices will go through the roof. i've kept them down.
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it's a very simple equation for me. i'm about make america great again and i'm about make america first. >> president trump dismissing the cia's reported conclusion that saudi prince salman ordered the killing of jamal khashoggi. the president added, if we a n abandon mistake. this inspired this headline. this thanksgiving donald trump is thankful for the house of saud. joel rubin, thanks for being here. there is nobody, as angry as so many of us are, there's nobody who's suggesting a bbandoning t relationship with saudi arabia. it's not either we're in bed with them or mortal enemies. most people think some kind of
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sanction would be appropriate. the president is painting this as absolutely black and white. >> it was an incredible humiliating statement that the president gave on tuesday. maybe the most humiliating since the statement in june when he spoke about putin in glowing terms. at the same time, as you point out, no one's calling for an end to an american engagement. what we're calling for is an honest relationship, one based on principles. and right now, none of that is being served. >> there's something missed in this conversation. mohammad bin salman may or may not be a reformer. but he is -- he's -- saudi arabia's a regional power but there are things they're doing in the middle east. that saudi arabia's doing with
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america's explicit approval and support. including this humanitarian disaster in yemen. >> i think there's a hangover still on america's views of saudi arabia. for much of the history of the relationship, it was a very calm serve power. it's been radicalized under salman launching a war against yemen that is causing a humanitarian catastrophe and mass starvation. and going after qatar in ways -- >> where american troops are based. >> our national security community relies on it and saudi arabia's picking a fight with quarter. the big question is the lead into the engagement with iran. and where is saudi arabia taking us? right now, it's a reckless lead. >> the president tweeted about
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oil prices. thank you to saudi arabia but let's go lower. lots of economic reasons we can talk about the thank you to saudi arabia there doesn't make sense. between, we get less of our oil from saudi arabia. they're not without influence on the world. actually, america's a bigger -- >> we should not be having it be dependent on saudi arabia and calling the shots -- >> essential to do so. we got out of that. we don't have to depend on saudi arabia for our foreign policy. >> this goes back almost a couple decades. 911, they were saudi citizens. they sued. essentially congress universally approved that. so there's a deep history here between america and saudi arabia. this moment in time with this
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more than two weeks after the midterms, one undecided race, is now a contest described as a bare knuckle brawl. cindy hyde-smith and mike espy in a runoff election. cindy hyde-smith said she would gladly attend a public hanging. she issued an apology. espy said the remarks gave mississippi another black eye. the mayor has spoken to our
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reporter. he founded a museum in honor of emmett till. the 14-year-old boy lynched in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman. a major catalyst for the civil rights moment. famously holding an open casket funeral so the world could see what they did to her son. >> where we standing now? >> we're standing in the middle of the house of j.w. he admitted he committed murder for $4,000. i'd say we're standing -- >> murder of emmett till? >> murder of emmett till. >> when you sass those comments from the center what went through there? >> i was in awe and wow, just wow. knowing and coming from where i've been all of my life, here, in the midst of the worst
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lynching there ever was. >> which was? >> emmett till. being a part of that, created a museum to ensure the ugly head of racism and hatred never again be able to raise its head. >> gives you a glimpse of the intense racial history mississippi will overcome in voters choose the first black senator since reconstruction. is the racial divide just too big? i'm joined by eugene scott. let's be clear, espy would be a long shot. it's not clear whether the controversial over the comments which got a lot of play in the media are hurting her chances in mississippi. >> absolutely not. if you focus on the voters who were already going to vote for her. this is a state that went republican with the president and has a history of sending
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republican lawmakers to the senate. it certainly is not helping her win over black voters but the real aty was she was probably not going to in the first place. it's not whether or not this is someone -- these are comments from someone who would lose her seat because of them but what will the republican party and mississippi tolerate from their lauk makers? some argue the larger comment we're in where we hear these types of comments from other top republicans and still win their elections suggest this won't hurt her at all. >> i sometimes face criticism but i'm a guy who gives anybody the benefit of the doubt. cindy hyde-smith has been remarkable in that she's made the comment. it's ill-advised, particularly in a place like mississippi. and when asked repeatedly over
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and over and over again, she made gaffe after gaffe. she just did not seem sincere in her apology. when she finally read that apolo apology, it still didn't seem sincere. >> i was speaking to voters and they believe it was a clear dog whistle. hyde-smith is not ignorant. she knows black people would be offended. the reality is, she knows there are perhaps voters who would see her words as a signal to what she would stand behind in terms of politics. race is a major issue now nationally. finding ourselves talking about protests and nfl players, immigration issues and other policy issues that define race as a bedroom of these concerns. when she says things like that, it's an indicator to some voters
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we're almost through the year. i want to take a look at how the economy's doing. the dow and the s&p 500 are both negative. let's do this. let's talk about my barrel here. this is oil. this is the one we've been talking about for the last couple of days. the price settled at $54. that's particularly low. oil prices were in the $80s not that long ago. it's got a lot to do with global consumption of oil. and some things to do with iran. the president was going to reimpose those sanctions. that brought the price of oil down. good for people who are traveling on thanksgiving. let's talk about markets. the dow and the s&p 500 are both negative for the year. the nasdaq is actually up 1%
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because it has such a stunning year. basically this has whiped out al your gains since the year started. the nascar is a little below 7,000. the s&p is at 2649. just shy of that 2650. if you put your money in an old-fashioned bank account this year, you'd actually been positive. interest rates. they're now just about 2%. that means your prime rate's about 3% higher than that. jerome powell, appointed by president trump, has been bullish on raising interest rates since he was installed in the position. he could raise interest rates again. what this has an impact in is loans. if you purchased a 300,000 home with good credit, 30 year fixed
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rate, back in 2016, your monthly payment would have been about $1556. a low point in the last five years. if you took that same mortgage now with the rates as they are, you'd be paying about $1770 a month. this is a big difference. that's why raising interest rates can sometimes slow down home sales. and that lets prices not go u as much. $54 a barrel, creeping back down from the high of $107 that was set in the summer of 2014. still more than the low of $29 set back in 2016. this is not an alarming price for oil. the question is, oil has to be high enough for american producers who want to produce it. want to talk about the economy
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and where this is all going. the professor of public policy joins me to put this into context. good to see you. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you. >> given the statistics, and interest rates, where do you think we are in the economy? >> well, it's shaky. the u.s. economy is really doing okay. but almost nobody else is and china really is at the epicenter. they had slowed a lot officially. instead of $6.6%, they were 6. the 5%. >> let's talk about economists discussing the idea that maybe there's -- we should be thinking about a slowdown or recession at some point. the average time between recessions since world war ii is five years and nine months.
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we're now nine years and five months. it may have nothing to do with economic indicators. are we do for one? >> i don't know if we're due for one. for sure, every year, there's a is in 6 chance it happens. you go over two years, maybe 30%. and taking into account these global risks that could be higher. i mean, in some sense, by waging this trade war, taking the rest of the world when it's growing slowly and making it grow more slowly, possible this will boomerang on us by the end of 2019 and into 2020. >> what do people look at with the triggers? is there anything that's obvious? you and i spoke -- i think it was january when we were at the world economic forum and you said look, there's global
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coordinated growth. making us worry about something triggering a recession. trade war, that seems to be one thing folks are worried about. >> trade war for sure because china's already slowing and president trump has said we can win a trade war, yes, maybe in the sense that they lose more than we do. our economy's doing well. unemployment, falling. it's probably going to fall more. wages have been rising. that's actually one of the things holding down stocks. privates are lower. workers are getting more. that's good. if the federal reserve raises interest rates so fast, that could hurt. >> ken, good to see you. thanks for being with us. the professor in economics at
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harvard university. 14,000 pounds of steak, that's just some of what our troops along the border will be enjoying this holiday. inside the operation under way to give a proper things they need to fight, quote, a major invasion. new york city, inni sixth avenue, it is in full swing. george woke up in pain. but he has plans today. hey dad. so he took aleve. if he'd taken tylenol, he'd be stopping for more pills right now.
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trump is conversing with deployed troops. >> melania and i want to express our profound gratitude for the extraordinary sacrifices you make to defend our nation while you're away from your families and loved ones. i hope you'll take solace in knowing all of the american families that you hold so close to your heart, we're all doing well. the nation's doing well, economically, better than anybody in the world. it's nice to know you're fighting for something that's doing well, and that's our country. welcoming colonel stephanie and the men and women of the 101st airborne division. real warriors. you have the resolute support
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sustainment brigade and they are joining us from bagram airfield in afghanistan, where our soldiers are providing invaluable aid throughout afghanistan. you're doing an incredible job. a lot of progress has been made. your courage truly inspires us all. oftentimes we're watching it every night during the news. and we know it's dangerous. we also know you've got an unbelievable impact. joining us from al jabbar air base in kuwait is the central command response, special purpose marine air ground task force. lieutenant colonel sam howie, you are really great marines and the ed bodiment of commitment. it's incredible the job you're doing. i particularly want to congratulate you on the work
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you've done to crush isis from the air and from the ground. and really, it's big, big progress has been made. they're very close to being gone. you have shown incredible courage, great, great leadership. so thank you very much. lieutenant colonel, thank you very much. we'll talk to you in a little while. happy thanksgiving as we to captain pat atafan and all of the sailors aboard the "uss ronald reagan." great ship. the motto is one we embrace every day, peace through strength. everywhere the 7th sails, the "uss ronald reagan" is an enduring symbol of american might, american strength, american power and really american goodness in so many ways. from the u.s. air force we're
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joined by the 255th air expeditionary wing which is supporting nato's resolution support. brigadier general david lyons, thank you very much, is the command are. i want to congratulate you on every minute of the 455th, for your outstanding work. not only have you destroy eed hundreds of isis, and many, many taliban targets, but you protect coalition ground forces throughout the region and you protect them like nobody else. it's incredible, the job you do. i want to thank you for being on. i have to say, general, it's great to speak to you by teleconference and by phone. because your reputation is an incredible one. representing the u.s. coast guard are crew members from six coast guard cutters from the
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shore support teams that are part of patrol forces, southwest asia, which is the largest coast guard unit outside of the united states and i'm actually going right now, i'm in palm beach, florida, and i'm going over to your local coast guard station and we'll spend some great time with the men and women of the coast guard. they have branding, you can call it whatever you want, the job they've done on hurricanes in this country, they've saved thousands and thousands of people and tracked in texas, they've saved over 12,000 people. if you think of what that means, over 12,000 people. they went into seas and they went into areas that nobody else would go into and it was incredible, what they've done in texas. what they did in florida, in puerto rico. the coast guard has become a symbol of strength and perseverance and genius.
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so hello to lieutenant nicholas hartman who is the commanding officer of the qatar. i also want to congratulation whitman for being selected for "a" school. that's the best, right? you truly make us proud. big deal. going to that school is like wharton school of finance. everyone on today's video conference also, i want to thank you all for serving. we thank god for having you people be our heroes. your families are back here. they love you. they respect you. you're the lones who keep america safe and strong and free. you do a job like else. you are very much appreciated
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like you wouldn't believe by the citizens. i want to maybe start with the air force. i know that brigadier lyons is on the phone. tell me a little about what you're doing. >> we defend the airfield in kandahar and bagram. we support teammates, mission set and deliver combat air fire across afghanistan. i know you can't see us, but you've got 150 airmen in this room that would love to say happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving! >> that's great. really fantastic. how are things going over there? how's it looking to you? you've been there a while. you've seen ways going on, you know what's happening better
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than anybody. how do you find things going? >> both the taliban and isis are brilliant adversaries but i think we're our objective here is to fight the away game and so had an i mean by that is that we never want this adversary to reach our shores again and so every airman here is dedicated to keeping this fight away from our shores. a stable afghanistan is a good afghanistan but we want to protect our country. >> you see what's happening in our southern border and southern border territory, large numbers of people and in many cases we have no idea who they are. and in many cases they're not good people. they're bad people. but large numbers of people are forming at our border. and i don't even have to ask you. i know what you want to do. you want to make sure you know
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who we're letting in. we're not letting in anybody, essentially, because we want to be very, very careful. you're right. you're doing it over there. we're doing it over here. people at the border, we have the military at the border for the first time. i don't know if it's ever or certainly there's never been a presence like this. we have a very powerful border now. we have things that people don't even believe. we took old, broken wall and we wrapped it with barbed wire plus. i guess you could really call it barb wire plus. nobody is getting through these walls. we'll make sure they're the right people because that's what you and your family want and all of your families. that's what they want. and that's why we're all fighting. we're fighting for borders. we're fighting for our country. if we don't have borders, we don't have a country. we're doing and very well at the southern border. we get a lot of bad court decisions from the ninth
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circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side. always lose and then you lose again and again. and then you hopefully win at the supreme court, which we've done. it's a terrible thing when judges take over your protective services, when they tell you how to protect your border. it's a disgrace. so we're winning. you're winning. i appreciate it very much. and, general, your reputation is an incredible one. thank you very much for doing the job. i'll see you back when you're in the united states or maybe i'll even see you over there. you never know what's going to happen. >> thank you, mr. president. we appreciate that. >> thank you very much. and thank all men and women with you. really spectacular people. next, let's talk to the u.s. coast guard commanding officer coast guard and it would be lieutenant nick hartman. nick, tell me a little bit about what you're doing, where you are and how is it going?
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>> good morning, mr. president. this is nicholas hartman, like you mentioned from coast guard. here in the room we have 14 members from patrol forces in southwest asia, located in the kingdom of bahrain, mr. president. our mission out here is to patrol the arabian gulf strait of hormuz and conduct u.s. central command and objectives here in the gulf. a lot of our work is partnering and building relationships with the gulf coast countries and so that we have a good standing here in the arabian gulf and central command aor. things, in my opinion, mr. president, are going very well for us. >> and what do you see in the region? what's going on in the region? how are they feeling about things? how are they feeling about trade? trade, for me, is a very big
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subject all over. we've been taken advantage of for many, many years by bad trade deals. we don't have any good trail trade deals. how are you finding things in the region, nick? >> mr. president, from our perspective out on the water, sir, we're seeing that there is an abundance of trade happening in the region. there are vessels moving through the strait of hormuz and across the arabian gulf, carrying cargo to and fro. we don't see any issues in terms of trade right now, sir. >> okay. well, you'll keep it that way. we want to have good, free trade. we also want to have fair deals, where we can do well, too, not just everybody else. right now every other nation in the world does well with us. we don't do well with them. that's changing and fast. where you are is a big factor in that issue. now you've been told and you've been briefed. i want to thank you very much, nick. great job. as i said there's no brand that's gone up like the coast guard over the last couple of years because of what you've done with the hurricanes in this
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country. people saw things that they've never seen before. the bravery of those -- of your people going out in waves like -- like -- record setting. it's been record setting. one hurricane in texas dumped more water and was more violent in terms of water than anything we've ever had in the country and you guys went out there and you did it like just a day in the office. i really appreciate it. we all really appreciate it, nick. and thank you very much. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. president. happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. take care of yourself. >> let's go to the army. good old army. we love the army. we have colonel stephanie barton of the u.s. army. stephanie, tell us a little bit about yourself, where you are and what you're focused on, what you're doing. >> sir, first and foremost, good morning and happy thanksgiving
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on behalf of the 101st brigade. we're currently located in afghanistan. sir, what we've done for the country of afghanistan, senior logistic headquarters in theater and it is an away game. i will tell you in order to fight and win the nation's war, it's sustainment and logistics. you've got highly motivated, true professionals in and out this room that are truly making it happen. if it's in the hands of the fighter it comes to us through them. we support everything from coalition to joint forces, from border to border here in the country, sir. >> good. and how are you finding things in afghanistan right now? >> sir, it's good. we're trying to make the mission happen. when it comes to sustainment, we're responsible for tactical logistics. if it comes in the theater, we get it in war fighter's hands. we have a phenomenal team.
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the sustainment community, we're behind the scenes, which is fine, but it's a good team effort and takes support by all to make it happen. >> so, colonel, how many people are you commanding right now, would you say? >> sir, 10,000. >> wow! that's a lot of people. that's fantastic, stephanie. that's beautiful. that's beautiful. and not only is it important what you're doing, but you're enjoying what you're doing. is that right? >> sir, absolutely. we truly love it. i will tell you, our formation is a great mixture. we have all the army con votes from the active duty, national guard reserve, army dod civilians and civilian contractors that literally come together to make this mission happen. we do hate that we're not with our family and friends today but we are a close family here and i'm truly happy to be paragraph
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rt of it. it takes the whole community to make it happen. sir, you would be very proud because we truly are. >> it's fan of course. we're proud of you. we're proud of your people. please say hello to everybody. we're taking good care of you. the budget now is at $716 billion, stephanie. right? so we're getting rid of some of that old equipment. you see what's going in, the best in the world. right? so you see a big difference. hopefully big difference from what we had before. and it's only getting better. we'll be stronger than ever before. and with people like you, we feel very confident. stephanie, thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to all and i will see you when you're back. >> sir, sounds great. we have one last message if that's okay. >> yes. >> one, two, three --
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go army! >> appreciate that. see you soon. thank you. from the u.s. marine corps, we have colonel george shreffler? >> colonel shreffler is doing battle circulation right now. >> oh. >> i'm executive officer here with the marines. >> good. that's great. that's great, sam. good. how is it going over there? >> it's going great, sir. right now, we're based in kuwait. we have marines from jordan all the way to afghanistan and up into iraq and syria. every day those marines are ensuring that those who would do us harm pay for t it's amazing watching this young men and women as marines and what they do with a smile on their face every day. >> how is their progress coming, would you say? >> i would say the progress is
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excellent, sir. we've cleared the vast majority of those forces who face us and right now we're in good position the rest of the year for the foreseeable future. >> that's great. that's great. i'm hearing very good things. they treat you good over there, i imagine. right? do they treat you good? >> sir, our partners throughout, including here at the air base, they treat us like gold. we want for nothing. we had a fantastic thanksgiving dinner aboard the base. >> that's great. that's great. they should. we're good friends and they've been a good ally. we treat them well and they treat us well and lots of good things are happening there. people are surprised to see how fast things are turning around. you have one of the great bases. you have something that's incredible and special. and we'll get to see you -- we're going to get to see you very soon. i

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