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right now. and right now on "andrea mitchell reports" a dealbreaker, because the special counsel robert mueller says that paul manafort lied to him, and also found that he met with wikileaks julian assange before he became donald trump's campaign manager, and what could this mean for the russian investigation. >> if this happened, it is certain that the u.s. government would have known that, because the british were surveillancing that embassy electronically and so if the intelligence knew about it, then robert mueller would have known about it all along. and today's racially charged senate runoff in mississippi where the republican incumbent is heavily favored against an african-american democratic challenger, and despite that the
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incumbent is a throwback to the state's segregationist past. >> i know her and her heart is good, and that is not what she meant. >> i want people to rise above all of the acrimony and focus on the problems that we experience as mississippians. >> and american eye doshlgs and despi -- american idol, and despite the president's promise the bring back work, general motors is going to be closing plants. >> there are people in there bawling their eyes out. >> i felt like somebody kicked me in the stomach. >> well, right now, it is not much of a christmas, and so it is pretty bad. and goodday, everybody. a busy newsday here in washington, and i'm andrea mitchell. with breaking news on a stunning revelation reported by "the guardian" news paper in the u.k., a connection between two
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source s sources in the investigation. they are reporting that former trump campaign manager paul manafort went to see julian assange where he lived in ecuador three times in 2013, 2015 and march of 2016, and the same month that manafort joined the trump campaign assange had been granted asylum there 14 years ago. this comes after one day that mueller canceled his plea deal alleging that he repeatedly lied to the fbi about a variety of subject, and manafort's attorneys saying that he did not lie, but they did agree that the deal is over. all of this over the rish sha probe, and how much losing this could hurt the mueller team or if there is other evidence if he caught nim a series of lies, and the biggest question of all. does he have some secret assurance from the white house that he can avoid a tough
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sentence because of a tough pardon? joining me to sort this out is pete williams. and former dep the ti assistant general, and also reporter kristen welker and msnbc reporter danny cevallos. and now, first of all attorney mue mueller and paul manafort agree nag the deal is off, and they will proceed with the sentencing. >> they disagree of why the deal is off, because the mueller's lawyers are saying that he was lying i lyinging, and manafort's lawyers are saying that he was answering truthfully, and we don't know what this breakdown is until the government files the sentencing memoranda and he replies it to .
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there a has to be a presentence report, but it is very surprising, because these things so seldom happen. if you think about it logically, if you are agreeing to cooperate in essence to save your skin why you would abrogate that agreement? we don't know the answer. i think that we do know the answer to one tof the questions that you asked in the beginning, andrea, and that is could manafort escape the jail time if he gets a presidential pardon and the answer may well be no. the president can pardon him from the federal convictions in virginia and washington which mean federal prison time, but remember, he has pleaded guilty in court to tax, to cheating the irs. of course sh, that means that o federal taxes and state taxes, and so he could be prosecuted in state court on tax violations, and on the bank fraud charges that the government also brought in sa va-- virginia, and so eve if he gets a presidential pardon, he is not out of the
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wo woods by any means. >> to follow up, pete, do we have any way of knowing if mueller is going to proceed and charge him again or prosecute him for some of the other charges that he had agreed to set aside as part of the plea deal? >> right. and of course, the charges on which the jury hung in virginia and in alexandria, and the answer is no. you asked if we know, and i say that we don't know, but i do belief they will go on the with sentencing and get it overwith. >> and now to the issue of julian assange, and harry litman, it is in the "guardian" newspaper, and our guidance is that from the team that we can reference this to the "guardian" and by a krcredible and well knn reporter in the "guardian" but we don't have independent information as to of course what happened there iny?
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>> yes, andrea, i am here. it is head-spinning. the sort of the development that sooms to have the potential of blowing the top off of the whole probe. remember are, manafort was d desperate to get the campaign chair for personal reasons. his life was a shambles, and he comes to the trump campaign, a hatt in hand offering to work for free only a few weeks after this final meeting if the "guardian's" reporting is accurate. it seems highly likely that would have been one of the credentials that he was proffering to get the job. if that is true, and the tie is made between the assange hacking and subsequent release and the campaign chair and likely the president, you have the sort of the smoking gun that if it can be proven with independent
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evidence that would i think ensure an impeachment vote, and potentially move the senate. >> and we know of course of assan assange's connections to the wikileak, and we know of the wikileaks connection no the russian military intelligence and according to previous mueller indictments that is alleged, and we also know that manafort certainly was involved in changing the platt form to be highly favorable to russia in its interests gaiagainst ukrain >> we know all of that and we also know that in the other area of most active effort by mueller right now that jerome corsi and roger stone likely had knowledge of the hacking, too, and that could have been coordinated with the campaign, and so we are a really potentially at the epicenter of the what has been missing to date which is the tie-in to russi
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-- assange activity and the campaign itself. >> and kristen welker, you talk talked to julian assange before this article from "guardian" report, and there any reaction yet from the white house about the "guardian" piece? >> no reaction yet, and we have reached out to multiple senior officials here to get their response, but i did just hear from rudy giuliani again moments ago in response to the "guardian" piece, and he says it is unequivocally fake news, and that is a quote from the president's attorney rudy giuliani, and to your point, i have been corresponding with giuliani throughout the morning, and the question is where you started. has the president offered paul manafort a pardon? will he offer manafort a pardon?
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and giuliani did not a answer that question, but he chose the take aim at the special counsel investigation, and this is what he told me earlier today in part. he said it is possible in their zeal to get the president maybe going too far, and that is striking, because it is echoing what we have been hearing from the president today, andrea, because he was up and tweeting about the special counsel investigation, he said it is a phony witch hunt, and the angry d dems are only looking at one side and not the other, and this is in line with what we have seen from the president, and frankly now his legal team stepping up their attacks gai against the special counsel as this special counsel investigation does in fact enter a new phase. now i can tell you that we are going to be having a briefing here with sarah sanders in a little bit, andrea, and the first official briefing this month, and the first briefing since the 29th of last month,
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and we will have a chance to ask her about all of this, and we have heard of course from the president in the intervening days and top officials, but it is clear that this white house has changed the strategy when it comes to communications. the official briefing seems to be diminishing, but today, we will have a chance to ask sarah about all of this, andrea. >> but that is under, i should say their unilaterally declared new rules which do not permit follow-up questions. >> we are going to ask them, andrea, i promise you that. >> i am sure. and danny cevallos, as a former defense lawyer what could possess paul manafort to blow up a deal that his lawyers had advised him involved a guilty plea? >> what happens often, and it happens more often than you might think with criminal defendants who enter into the plea agreements and become cooperating decision, and they make the decision to cooperate, and then going forward they say, well, the government does not
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know everything that i know, and what fi told them 90% what if i told them 90% or 95% or if i told them that i don't remember thing, and they don't know if i can't remember the last name of somebody that i dealt with or his or her last name, i will go in there and say i don't know, and they can't prove it, and harry litman is going to say that you can prove things that you say that you don't know, and the government usually knows many of the answers to the questions that i are asking, and maybe it is the case that mueller believes that he was honest and forth coming as he could be to be in compliance with the plea agreement or the cooperation agreement, but if the government has other competing stories that don't corroborate manafort's story, they can declare it no good, breached and moved to the vacate. >> harry, why don't you pick this up from the prosecutor's standpoint, because of,
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listening to the other former prosecutors they have said that it had to be a big deal, and this had to be really not just i forgot or i didn't know or i didn't have the name right, and this had to be, if it is as alleged by mueller a major breach where he repeatedly on different subjects affirmatively lied about big issues. >> oh, yeah. and that's, we understand that is better today, because we know why mueller said to the court, we want to take a ten-day very short break before giving you the next status conference, and we know that in the background mueller was say ing ing to mana you have got to completely come clean. you are not giving it to us to date, and we know that you are lying, and you have a final channels and manafort continued to prevaricate, and the
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memorandum comes right off of the page as the deputy says that he lied to him, and he is going to charge him for the additional crimes. i think that pete is right they won't go back to ebda, but additional charges for the lies in plea negotiation, and you could see the real indignation of the government clearly in this status conference papers. >> and we know exactly how tough mueller has been against anyone in terms of some of the previous plea deals and convictions who is alleged or convicted of lying. and to them, that is a real red line. kristen, what about a pardon? what has he said or indicated, because he is certainly seems to be really beat iing up on muell and if anything showing more sympathy toward manafort right now. >> he has been asked a number of times, andrea, and albeit not
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recently if he would pardon paul manafort and he has dodged the questions, i don't want to talk about that right now or pivot to a other subject, and he said, i feel bad for paul manafort that they took a 12-year-old tax case and apply iing pressure on him. and unlike michael cohen, he refused to break, and such respect for a brave man, and very different than what he took for michael cohen, andrea, and that is the type of the tone that has kept the possibility of a pardon at least in legal circles on the table as we continue to drill down on what specifically the president may or may not have offered paul manafort, andrea. >> well, kristen, we will be watching you at that briefing today. and pete williams and harry litman and of course, danny cevallos, a busy day on the the legal front. come up today, the special e
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i mean i could go over this, but how does he fit in? >> well, the family goes back more than 100 years there, and to more people that was more than a racial dog whistle and mike espy responded today. >> he said, who is mike espy? well, mike ess pi was a member of congress of mississippi four times. i was the first black congressman since the civil war. mike espy was secretary of agriculture and first mississippian to hold that post. my grandfather was thomas jefferson hudson sr. and he founded something called the african-american sons and dau daughters and in the 1930s, he was the wealthiest businessman in mississippi and when people think of who is mike espy they think of thomas jefferson sr. whose legacy i inherit and that is who i am.
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>> a proud mississippian. and the incumbent cindy hyde smith has a 54% favorability number. and welcome in my panel. matt, to you, you have been doing a lot of reporting on the racial issues there. tell me about cindy hyde smith and her connection, you know, the introduction of the legislation on jefferson davis highway. and bring us up today. >> yeah. so cindy hyde smith has made sort of her political career out of defend iing the confederacy, and one of her first pieces of legislation was to rename a portion of a high wway in her state senate district after jefferson davis. she's visited the jefferson davis homestead. she has been, kind of draped
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herself in the confederacy throughout her career, and that is front and center in this election. it is what the voters are talking about, and it is becoming a big deal after her comment a couple of weeks about being willing to sit in the front row of a public hanging with a supporter of hers. so that is really colored this whole race around racial tension and racial issues in a state that has a dark history of racial tensions. >> and vaughan, you know, we have been watching with fascination, you trying to get her to talk about all of this. she has rebuffed you at every turn turn, and you have been persistent, but, are respectful and per ssistent, but the fact that you could argh queue that this is helping her to try to appeal to the 16% of mississippians in the initial election who voted for a hard right conservative chris mcdaniel. >> exactly, andrea. there were 140,000 mi
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mississippians who voted for chris mcdaniel, and the third option on november 6th, and even with the 140,000 out there for chris mcdaniel, she still won by 108,000 vote, but when you are talking about the chris mcdaniel voters you have to be frank here to have a conversation here at the polling location, and over the last several days with a lot of the white electorate, and the republican voter, and there is one gentleman who i asked and begged him to come on camera, and he had no interest in doing so and i asked who he would be voting for and he said that he is displeased with both candidates and shared a few more words and i said, but who are you ultimately voting for today, and he zasaid hyde smith, and s the question is how many more were willing to show up to vote for her, but is mike espy going to get the african-american turnout. and hyde smith ran tout clock,
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and brought in a designated hitter in donald trump last night and trying to drive home on the tv air waives that she is the conservative that is stand big the republican principles ark and she has voted with the president in this last year 100% of the time, andrea. >> and only been a senator since last spring. okay. here we have the other big player, and another president obama recording a robocall, and this is what he is saying to mississippians today. >> this is barack obama, and tomorrow is election day. i may not bep on the ballot, but our future is, and that is why i believe this is one of the most important elections in a lifetime. make a plan to vote tomorrow. i am counting on you have to be be in line to vote before the polls close. >> have the democrats done enough to drive up the democratic and other sympathetic votes for mike espy, because it is a tough road? >> and what answers the question is after the election results
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are in, because mike espy and the democrats around the state are hoping that the african-americans turn out, and white americans who are looking at senator hyde smith saying is this the future that we want for mississippi and the person that we want to represent mississippi. i was struck by barack obama talking about the future in the robocall, and president trump last night holding two rallies for senator hyde smith he also cast it as a future vote, and he said do you want to keep america great again or i have someone who has my back in congress, and if so, you should vote for cindy hyde smith and i was struck by the fact that president trump out on the campaign trail started to talk about brett kavanaugh again, and he brought up, look, we will have more brett kavanaughs to be nominate and more people like him coming before the senate, and to have someone to have our back, and to cast a vote for those people, and as a result, he is putting it for the future of mississippi and saying, what do you want the
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supreme court the look like? >> thank you is much -- thank you all so much. and we will have the results tonight on nbc. and also, is paul manafort banking on a presidential pardon? donald trump's first campaign manager. that is all coming up next on "andrea mitchell reports". (vo) gopi's found a way to keep her receipts tidy,
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and turning back to the developing big news today. "the guardian" in the u.k. is reporting that trump former campaign manager paul manafort held private meetings with julian assange several times in the years before the campaign and during the campaign in 2016. and we are joined now by the author of "trump's enemies" how the deep state is undermining the presidency. and cory, congratulations on the new book written with david bossi. and were you ever aware before this, before "the guardian's" reporting that paul manafort had
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met with julian assange? >> no, andrea, i have not been aware of that and i read about it for the first time today like everybody else. and there is a point and minor point, and paul manafort was never the manager, but chairman and that is two different titles. >> absolutely. >> and that being said, i had no knowledge of it and paul never told me of that if he did, that and i will take the reporting for what it is worth. we know where paul is, and i am sure that we can find him where we need to get in touch with him. and i am not sure if that report is true or not, but i would not surprise me. >> and the plea deal broken up with both sides agreeing that it is broken and agreeing with the presen presentencinging hearing and all of the rest is that he lied and the allegation from other side is that he did not lie, and who is telling the truth between robert mueller and paul manaf t
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manafort? >> if i had to put my money on one of the two and knowing paul manafort the way i do, i would put my money on the other side right now, because paul manafort is a serial liar and he lie ss about the big things around and the little thing, and paul is a guy that will spend the rest of his natural life in jail one way or another, and whether it is the ten years that he has plead to for things that are important to know, for things that transpired prior to him ever coming to the the trump organization or the trump campaign, and all of the things that paul has plead guilty to and convicted of took place in the international consulting roles overseas, his tax evasion, and the money laundering and all of those other things had nothing to do with the role when he was serving as a chairman of the trump campaign for a 12-week window. so, look, did he lie to the special counsel? i don't know, but it would not surprise me. >> do you think that he should be pardoned? >> i don't think that there is any reason to pardon him, but it is a decision that the president
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will make. and the crimes that paul has plead guilty to, and found guilty of through a jury trial are things like tax evasion, and money laundering and things that are fairly easy to prove, but nothing to do with the tenure of his time working for the trump campaign. >> but, do you think that he, as some allege is blowing up the deal or continuing to lie as has been alleged by mueller, because he does know that he has a safety net? certainly, the president is expressing sympathy for him now? >> well, look, i don't think so. i don't think that there is any safety net. look, do i think that paul manafort has been treated differe differently than other people who have committed similar crimes, yes, i do. do i believe he should have opinion in solitary confinement? no, i don't. but i have never heard if president say that he had any interest in par doping paul manafort, and many of the crimes
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are not just federal crimes, but state crimes for which the president cannot pardon and with that said, paul manafort is going to go to jail and going to jail for a long time and the issue equity. has paul been treat ed ed in th same manner of the same way of other white crime people. and so i am not a fan of his, but he has plead guilty to a series of the crimes and found guilty by a jury of his peers, and paul has been in jail now for the et bbetter part of five months, and he will probably remain there for the better part of a decade. >> in the first book, you wrote about an incident after "the new york times" was going to break the story, and steve bannon heard that the "times" was going to break the story of more than $12 million that manafort had take taken in representing the former leader of ukraine and others connect ed connected to rush sharks and the president was told about this, and the "times" book, and you
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wrote in the first book that the president said, i have a crook running my campaign. >> that is exactly right. look, we know that donald trump is very judicious with his money, and the campaign was run very judiciously under my watch, and paul pretended to be something that he wasn't. he pretend ed ed to be this ric aristocrat who had homes in the hamptons and all of these other pla place, and he pretended to be a contemporary of the president botht in age and financial stature, and what we have found out since that time, it is all a farce. he was mortgaged to the hilt, and basically running a ponzi scheme, and hiding money off shore, and when that was discover and uncovered by the "the new york times" and other reports paul basically was fired after that, because what we know is that paul tried to get money from the campaign and i have wrote about it in the book, that paul tried to get money from the campaign. he volunteered on the campaign, but he found other ways to try to get the campaign to cover his expenses, because he was basically broke. >> i have to ask you in "trump's enemies" you write about some of
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the people that you believe are undercutting the president. and what is your main beef with the chief of staff john kelly? >> well, john and i have two very different manage styles a and the president is best like we saw last nightt in front of the public and talking to the american people directly, and others believe that they are best when they are protkting the american people from the president, and i fundamentally disagree with that. and in the book "let trump be trump" i say that you have to be who he is, and it seems that every person who comes in, in the senior capacity around the president, wants to redefine how he does things when his way of doing it has worked whether it is in new york real estate or television or in the world of politic, and so, let donald trump go out the talk to the people, and talk to the press and i think that you would like to see him talking to press as much as possible, and that is where i believe we have a fundamental difference of opinion. and the conversations have always surrounded about what is
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best for the president and that is always putting him more forward facing. >> did you and a kelly actually come into a physical situation where he grabbed you or you grabbed him outside of the oval office where the secret service had to intervene, and reported by maggie haberman and others? >> well, the secret service did not have to intervene. and my conversations with john are forthright and very similar to those that he has had with the president, and they are heated and private angsdly keep them private, but no question that john knows that i am a steadfast supporter of the president. externally, wlit is on television or op-eds, and if i have a disagreement and i don't believe that the president is being told what he needs to know, then i am willing to let people know that, and sometimes that bothers people. >> should kelly be fired an replace and if so by whom? >> you know, i don't know. that is clearly the decision that the president is going to make as he starts to look
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forward to the own re-election effort in 2020, i want him to have the best political team around him, and historically speaking when you see the chiefs of staffs like ron baker and rahm rahm emanuel, they chief competency was understanding the political climate, and john kelly is a chief of staff who understands the policy and proce procedure which was necessaries for a period of time, but going into the re-election effort for the president, i would think that he wants to make changes not just in the administration, but also at the cabinet level. >> what about nick ayers? >> very capable individual, and i know nick well and i have worked with him. nick is a very competent individual who understands politics and policy. he is wise beyond his years, and if he is chosen, and that is the president's decision, i would absolutely support anybody that the president chooses including john kelly if the president choo
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chooses to keep him. >> thank you, corey lewandowski and your book is "trump's enemies" and co-written with john bossie. and now, bringing in tom who has a update on julian assange. >> and this is an update, no such meetings happened and total denial. and wikileaks also said that these meetings of manafort and julian aus saung and the london embassy did not happen. and they adamantly deny that there is any communication of wikileaks and roger stone before that emerged for the public to see. to the denial is not 100% credible, and that being said, nbc news has not independently confirmed the story, and if it is true, it is a potential game-changer and important development in the investigation, but right now, we have not confirmed it.
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saturday of 20-year-old army sergeant who was killed in helmand province in afghanistan and believed to be killed in a highly unusual shooting by an afghan soldier. president trump hit home defending the use of tear gas against migrants on the other side of the border. >> are you comfortable tear gassing -- >> they are not as you know. they are not, and they had to use, because they were being rushed by some very tough people. and they used the tear gas, and here's the bottom line. nobody is coming into our country, unless they come in legally. >> and joining me now is nbc's gadi schwartz in tijuana, mexico, and what is the latest there? >> good morning, andrea. this is the breakfast line here at the shelt foretr er for the carav caravan, and these are some of the women and children that you are seeing and they are standing
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in line as they do twice a day, and some of them may be eligible for asylum in the united states, but, andrea, they are the minority of the caravan, and instead, most of the members of the caravan, and this is a line for single men that you can see, and it is stretching much longer as it does every single morning. many of the men tell us that they heard in honduras it would be easy to cross in the united states, and they heard that there were work programs that they would be eligible for, and now that they are here in the tijuana and rel realizing how difficult it is to get here in the united states, and especially after what happened sunday, some of them are deciding to turn back, and this is a tent that is set up by a bunch of different governmental agencies here in mexico, but this is where the people come if they want to go back to hon ddus or guatemala or el salvador and these are the people who have decided it is time to go back and they don't have the opportunities they wanted here. and meanwhile, mexico, and the country of mexico is also extending humanitarian visas to
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a lot of the migrants as well as putting them up into jobs. so that is what we are seeing here. 81 people from the migrant caravan yesterday decided to go back to honduras, and these people here say they may be back in their kcountry in a matter o days. andrea. >> thank you, gadi, and we should point out that the asylum process has been slowed noticeably and they are not processing them at all on any schedule. and coming up next, shifting gears at home. gm is cutting jobs at hundreds of plants. we will have a full report. e. with our tendercrisp technology, you can quickly cook food, e. juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. go from fresh to deliciously done in half the time. which means it may become the only thing you use in your kitchen. (tapping) for cooking, at least. (upbeat music) the ninja foodi, with tendercrisp, the cooking while parenting technology.
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how are you feeling? >> oh, i mean, the heart is pumping out of my chest right now, but i have been here 13 years, so you have to take a stand at some point, and so that is what we are doing. >> it was fairly depressing coming in this morning, but, it is what it is. and we will see what happens. >> this is messing up a lot of families. it does. messing a lot of families up. you have to find somewhere to work. >> heartbreaking reactions from general motors' workers after word that the iconic automaker is cutting thousands of jobs to close plants in a number of cities here in the u.s. and canada starting next year, and in are response to consumer changing tastes with sedans. and the news was met with anger and shock amid the president's
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promise to create more manufacturing jobs. and joining us is charlie sooyk and treasury at some point, successfully reinvigorated the industry. charlie, you're in wisconsin, part of the whole area that's being hit by this. ohio is the hardest hit. what are the options? >> first of all, i mean, this is a huge problem for the trump administration, politically and for the republican party. because this is he heart of the maga promise, to protect jobs, to keep them here, to bring them here. then this announcement from gm. a lot of these voters in the upper midwest who voted for donald trump are not permanent republican voters and if they begin to think in fact the president broke his word to them, that this was all a big
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con, it could have tremendous consequences. people are asking questions about the tariffs. about the epa admissions standards and the impact on small cars. they're asking questions about the tax cut, whether or not it actually is protecting jobs. so this is a potentially serious problem throughout, you know, whether you're talking about pennsylvania, michigan, ohio or wisconsin for donald trump. >> the emissions standards of course were put into effect under previous democratic administrations, but what about the political impact of this, stephanie? >> the political impact -- and charlie was summing it up pretty nicely, the president made all these promises. the big story out of his election, he was able to switch over these white working class voters to the republican column. i don't know about the argument that he made their lives better
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when they're shedding thousands of jobs and they're not benefiting from the tax cuts. so it's a hard argument to make. these are the very voters that senator sherrod brown won in this last election. so, you know, this just says that ohio's a real battleground and democrats have a real opportunity to play there. >> of course coming out of the midterms, we're seeing california '21 is now being recounted or at least it's only a couple hundred votes separated. could be the democrats pull ahead there and that's another win for the democrats. let's talk about mia love. that was the stunning reaction this republican african-american, the only african-american woman in congress for the republican side, reacted to donald trump, who gestured the day after the election as she finally conceded yesterday.
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>> but mia love gave me no love. and she lost. >> the president's behavior towards me made me wonder, what did he have to game by saying such a thing. it was not asking him to do more, was it, or was it something else. well, mr. president, we'll chat about that. >> pretty stunning he went after her that way. of course, that was, you know, three weeks ago, perhaps, where he took her on and she only conceded in the last day or so. so he just jumped the gun in shooting her down that way, charlie. >> yes, i met mia love, she's an extraordinarily gracious woman and really could have been the future of the republican party and the president's comments the day after the election were graceless, crude, crass. it is interesting that my only
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quibble here with what mia love had to say, she said now that i'm not elected, i'm unshackled. i think it would be better for other republicans to not wait until they've lost an election to speak out about what they see and know. because, you know, we didn't actually learn anything new about donald trump. i'm glad she's speaking out about this. it's a huge loss for the republican party. i wish elected representatives would do what she's doing now. >> i'm sure you would probably agree we're still waiting for a number of republicans who didn't decide not to run to take on the president. >> right. you know, i think this has been a constant problem of republicans not showing courage and standing up to this president. i think it's a tragedy the republican party is losing, you know, the one diverse younger next generation member from
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making 10,000 operations in an organized operation. >> we make sure we have water, fruits. in the moment, people began calling us for food, we began feeding them. all these people, at the end, it's what makes america this country. we the people together. >> with his organization world food kitchen, the international renowned chef has served 5 million meal also this year. rushing into disaster zone, nourishing first responders and victims alive. wherever there's a fight so that hungry people may eat, we will be there. on this giving tuesday, you can contribute to anderson's great
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