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we have today's big picture from finland. the beautiful aurora borealis over the night sky. it's an amazing spectacular photo for your holiday monday. i'll turn it over to craig melg v melvin for us in new york. take it away. >> wah-wah. >> another shutdown, please. >> thank you for the sound effects, hallie. craig melvin at msnbc headquarters in new york city. i believe putin. stunning words from president trump according to the former acting fbi director. not only did he say he trusts russia's leader over his own intelligence officials, but andrew mccabe is describing just how the president may have tried to undermine the special counsel investigati investigation. plus, national emergency. president trump going full speed ahead with plans to build his border wall, paid for not by money from mexico but from military construction projects.
leaders from five different states are now saying not so fast. how they're planning to challenge the president's order in court. and the king maker? as the 2020 field expands, president obama giving his two cents from behind the scenes. do not expect him to make an endorsement any time soon. we'll look at that in a moment. we start with that stunning account of national intrigue. a president with an affinity for the leader of a nation that's hostile to the u.s. a president who dismissed their views of the country's intelligence chiefs. a president whose actions raised such concerns from the nation's top law enforcement officials, that the process for removing the president from office was discussed. that's the tale being told by former acting fbi director andrew mccabe about president trump in that wide-ranging interview on "60 minutes." mccabe recounting his conversation with deputy attorney rod rosenstein about the constitutional process for removing a president.
>> discussion of the 25th amendment was simply rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort. >> president trump firing back in a tweet this morning. wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting fbi director andrew mccabe. he was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more rod r jeff sessions, another beauty, looked like they were planning a very illegal act and got caught. nbc news chief correspondent pete williams joins me now. what have we heard from the doj about this? >> let's start with the president's tweet, craig. first of all, they weren't caught in this. this has all come from andrew mccabe. remember, this isn't the first time we've heard this. the "new york times" reported this last fall.
this is the seconda airing of this. there is nothing illegal about talking about the 25th amendment. anyway, what mccabe says in this interview is -- and i think by everyone's account, there was clearly some talk about this -- but it doesn't sound like it was very elaborate. he says in his interview that rosenstein, i'm quoting now, he kind of threw out, in a forenr situation. another topic he jumped to in a wide-ranging conversation. he says at another point in the interview that they were counting possible votes, but mccabe isn't very specific about that and says they were never assigning votes to any specific people. now, again, as i say, this is the second time this has come up. both times, the justice department has pushed back against this. they put a statement out when the first excerpts of this interview were released last week. it says that the specific part about the 25th amendment says,
as the deputy attorney general previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the thatth25th amendment was the deputy attorney general in position to consider invoking the 25th amendment. so this statement doesn't deny that there was some talk about it, but what we were told last fall from others who were in the room was that it was sort of tossed out amid a lot of other things. i think the tenor of mccabe's interview with "60 minutes" seems to say much o tthe same. in any event, there is nothing illegal about talking about the 25th amendment. the president talks about this being treasonous. it is giving aid and comfort to an enemy. that's not what this is. clearly, there was discussion of it. we have differing views from people who were there about how serious and detailed it was. >> pete, we know that mr. mccabe is going to sit for his first live interview tomorrow.
what would you ask him? what are some of the outstanding questions for andrew mccabe? >> well, in addition to all of this about, you know, the whole thing about wearing a wire, the 25th amendment, all of that, i think, for me, one question that's never been answered satisfactory from either mccabe's book or james comey's book or all the interviews that james comey has been is this, how is it that the hillary clinton e-mails that were found on huma abedin's computer in late september, they were discovered in late september. how is it the director of the fbi didn't seem to know that until late october? how did nearly a month go by before he knew that? mccabe has said that he told comey this, and that comey didn't register because he didn't realize that huma abedin was married to anthony weiner. this is anthony weiner's computer. that's one question that's never been satisfactory answered. >> pete williams, thank you. >> you bet. let's bring in former
federal prosecutor, msnbc legal analyst. natasha bertrand, msnbc contributor. natasha also just interviewed andrew mccabe. and david french, senior writer for the "national review" is with us on this presidents' day. glen, you're a former doj insider. your reaction to the talk about the 25th amendment. >> the 25th amendment talk, as pete williams said, has been discussed before. i don't think it is inappropriate for our high government officials and law enforcement and the intelligence communities to be talking about what kind of mechanisms, lawful, constitutional mechanisms do we have if it is determined or if there is enough reliable evidence to at least begin the conversation about whether the president may be compromised. maybe an unwitting agent/asset to a foreign adversary.
the constitution has provisions to deal with these sorts of things. whether it's the 25th amendment, should a president be deemed unfit, or impeachment, should it be deemed he committed high crimes and misdemeanors. i think it is entirely appropriate and, frankly, constitutional, for people to be having these kind of discussions at the highest levels of our government. >> natasha, again, not to reveal your entire conversation, i know you're working on a piece, as well, what were your major takeaways from your conversation with mr. mccabe? >> yeah, i mean, obviously, i'm limited in what i can say before our interview runs tomorrow morning, but i think it is really important to understand that, you know, we need to have more of a discussion about not just the fact that the 25th amendment discussion was kind of thrown out there, or the fact that wearing a wire was thrown out there, but why the top brass of the fbi and doj were so
concerned about the president's fitness to serve at that moment, that these kinds of options even came to mind. that is something i pressed mccabe on a lot during our interview, is what made you think that the president was unfit to serve at that moment? what made rod rosenstein think that something needed to be done here? you know, we get into it in the interview, which people can read tomorrow, but my understanding, from looking at this from the outside, as well, is there is a lot of evidence leading up to the opening of the counterintelligence investigation into the president that made the fbi so concerned about whether or not he was acting at putin's behest. whether he was acting in the interest of the united states, or whether he was somehow compromised by vladimir putin. that was in the back of their minds throughout this entire period. what kind of sealed the deal for them is, you know, was the firing of jim comey. the fact that the president had not agreed with the intelligence community, that putin and russia had actually interfered in the
election to begin with, the fact that he had been cozying up to putin throughout the election, and classified information, of course, that we have not seen, all contributed to the decision made at the highest levels of the fbi to say, what is going on here? we have all the predicate here to open a case. >> it sounds like, based on your conversation with andrew mccabe, there was some thinking at the justice department that the president might be a russian agent? >> there was a concern, and this is not just based on my conversations with mccabe, but also with others who were involved in these discussions. there was a concern that the president might pose a national security threat because of whether or not he may have been compromised by vladimir putin. that was something so serious, that was something that was considered a very real possibility, based on the evidence that they had seen, that there might be something there. it was the fbi's obligation to look into it.
they would have been not doing their duties had their not. >> reaction from what we've heard from andrew mccabe so far. this is what lindsey graham said yesterday. >> there is an allegation by the acting fbi director at the time that the deputy attorney general was basically trying to do an administrative coup. we're going to find out what happened here. the only way i know to find out is to call the people in under oath and find out through questioning who is telling the truth. the underlying accusation is beyond stunning. >> if mccabe and rosenstein are hauled in before the senate judiciary committee, david french, what could we expect to hear? >> well, first, they should be hauled in because the claim that there was enough concern within senior levels of the administration to invoke the 25th amendment or to talk about invoking the 25th amendment, i think that allegation alone
demands congressional inquiry. i mean, this is something that is gravely serious. so if there had been claims that the president was unable to discharge his duties, or there is a view the president was unable to discharge his duties, we need to know the details, the who, what, where, when that natasha was talking about. we have to have, as the american people, those details, as long as we can get them without compromising the most classified of sources and means and methods. those are details we need to know. because i think one thing that we need to remember here is there is one part of the president's tweet that was correct. that is, mccabe has not always been truthful in the past. he was discharged for lying. he was discharged for a lack of candor in an fbi investigation. so it is critical at this point for us to get facts. what we have now are allegations. we need facts. >> the president has long made comments that could be seen as undermining the russia
investigation almost since the beginning of his administration. he's called it a witch hunt on twitter, by our count, on more than 150 separate occasions. the president's comments raised concerns within the fbi and convinced him and others to open the counterintelligence investigation. take a listen. >> the president had gone to jim comey and specifically asked him to discontinue the investigation of mike flynn, which was a part of our russia case. the president then fired the director. in the firing of the director, the president specifically asked rod rosenstein to write a memo justifying the firing and told rod to include russia in the memo. rod, of course, did not do that. that was on the president's mind. then the president made those public comments that you've referenced, both on nbc and to the russians, which was captured in the oval office. put together, these circumstance
s were facts that showed the chime may have been chommitted. the president may have been involved in the obstruction of justice in the firing of jim comey. >> a crime may have been committed, talking about the president of the united states there. natasha, in the long run, the mccabe revelations, if you will, what will be, what could be the practical effect of those, and on his base, as well, not just legally but also on the folks who support president trump? >> yeah, you know, obviously, right now, it's hard to tell. mccabe is coming out and telling this story, especially about the counterintelligence investigation, after it's already been reported publicly, right? so this is not, for example, mentioned in his book. he does not talk about the fact that the fbi actually initiated an investigation into the president. it had not yet been reported publicly by the "new york times." now that, you know, all these bits and pieces of information are coming out, especially by
investigative reporting, i think people who were in the fbi and who, you know, were involved in all the discussions who have since left, they feel freer, for example, to testify before congress, to talk in interviews, to write books about it. little by little, though we may not get the full picture from the mueller report of the investigation, because so much of it is sensitive and may reveal sources and methods, we may at least get a big picture examination of why the fbi and the doj were so alarmed at the time by the president's behavior. that, i think, really speaks volumes itselfme. i agree with david, that we need more details about why the president was unfit to serve and why he may have been compromised by vlad mahimir putin. we have to remember these were career officials who were seeing this and were alarmed and said, we need to do something. >> mccabe told cbs he was concerned over the president's attitude related to russia.
mccabe related what he was told from an fbi official who returned from a meeting with the president. here's what he said about that. >> the president launched into several unrelated diatribes. one of those was commenting on the recent missile launches by the government of north korea. essentially, the president said he did not believe that north koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the united states. he did not believe that because president putin had told him they did not. president putin had told him that the north koreans don't actually have those missiles. >> and u.s. intelligence was telling the president what? >> intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses. to which the president replied, i don't care. i believe putin. >> full disclosure, david, i have not had an opportunity to
read the book just yet, but of all of the sound bites we've heard so far from that interview, and i watched the interview last night, that's pretty damning. >> yeah, that is. i mean, we have seen from the president's previous comments about putin that it has a ring of plausibility. i'm going to repeat this again. when we're talking about allegations this explosive, about the president of the united states, especially in an atmosphere in which we are at a very low trust level across part san lin partisan lines, we need to get people under oath talking about this. was there anyone else in the room when that happened? what is the corroborating evidence? because there's no way that somebody is going to take a -- particularly someone who is a trump supporter or friendly to trump is going to take mccabe at his word here. there's just no way. this is an atmosphere where we have to have people under oath.
we have to see corroborating evidence before, i think, we press the panic button on anything. >> david french, thank you. natasha, thank you. thanks to glenn, as well. quick reminder here, tomorrow morning on "today," andrew mccabe sits down for his first live interview with savannah guthrie. also, on wednesday, he'll be joining "morning joe," right here on msnbc. don't miss either one. national emergency. two words that added a slew of powers to the president's executive authority. why some of president trump's other words in the rose garden could be used against him in court. also, king maker? president obama offering advice or even some warnings to democratic presidential conte contende contenders. one thing he's not giving out, an endorsement. and out of the running. former spokesperson heather nauert won't be heading to the united nations after all. why, she says, she withdrew her
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legal challenges and political battles are already mounting against president trump's national emergency to build his border wall. california leading a coalition with four other states so far. three texas landowners and one environmental group have already filed lawsuits. and the aclu is also expected to challenge the president's declaration. joined now by msnbc legal analyst danny cevallos and political white house reporter
gabby orr is also with me. let's remind folks who have been under a rock perhaps over the past few days what the president said last week. >> i could do the wall over a longer period of time. i didn't need to do this. i'd rather do it much faster. >> mr. cevallos, you recently wrote an article for nbc news.com. you said the president's words may be used against him in court. what words? >> his own words are all that's needed to create this national emergency. by virtue of saying national emergency, that is the only requirement. there's no other showing required by the president. so if his own words create the emergency situation, then a court macy spacy conclude his o words may surround the national emergency. when the president said, i department ne didn't need to do this, that subtracts from the need or the national emergency that he says exists.
on the other hand, a court may also conclude that because there are so few requirements on the declaration of a national emergency, it really doesn't matter what he says afterwards. as long as the president, in his discretion, feels that there is an emergency, that's enough. that's the way the law was designed. it was designed in cases of national epidemic or emergencies where you can't go through and wait for congress to make decisions. >> yeah. >> the president must be decisive and immediate and unilateral. that's the way it's designed. >> couldn't the president just hide behind the fact that that was, as many of his exultations are, -- >> yeah. it's just me talking how i tweet. everything is to be taken with a grain of salt, except when i say the words, national emergency. i'll let my aides, lawyers, everybody else do the talking. in my article, i pointed out he had an opportunity to say words
that may have bolstered that claim. for example, had he referred to the wall as more of a military fortificati fortification. the statutes depend on things like military support. if the wall has nothing at all to do with military support, a court, and ultimately the supreme court, macy conclude tht isn't a good enough reason, building a slat fence, to support the military. the reality is, there are dozens, even hundreds of national emergency provisions that become unlocked the second the president says national emergency. if it is not military support, may be drug intervention or something else. >> gabby, white house senior adviser steven miller seemed to struggle to defend the whole thing on fox news. >> when did national emergencies promote democracy in zimbabwe. >> congress didn't refuse to appropriate it. >> they said the president could have the authority. it is in the statue. that is a decision congress
made. if people don't like that, they can address it. >> this is where he's getting the funding. $1.3 billion approved by congress. $3.6 billion from the military construction budget. $2.5 billion from the defense department's drug interdiction program. $600 million from another military fund. he seemed to dance around the answer when asked about using dod funds. gabby, does the president have the right to use these funds? >> that's the big legal question here, craig. of course, it's whether or not president trump can reallocate money from one agency to another, or use it to build sort of a pet project of his. that's why the white house has had such a difficult time defending this, as steven miller said yesterday. he points to previous examples of emergency declarations, but none of those involve the president of the united states basically moving money around in order to fund a project like a
border wall at the southwest border. that's unprecedented. that's why we're seeing legal challenges against this at this point. you know, you mentioned this earlier, that there's already lawsuits being filed. one of the things that's going to be looked at very closely here is what the president's in-house counsel has told him leading up to the emergency declaration, and all the ways they voice frustration, concerns about the legal standing here, whether he had legal justification to do something like this. what it would mean in the courts. that's all going to be examined very closely. we already know the house judiciary committee is asking for documents from the white house counsel's office to be able to exam all the legal arguments made by white house counsel and others. we know, based on reporting from "politico" and other outlets, that the president had several aides warn him this was going to be on chshaky legal grounds and
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on this presidents' day, democratic presidential candidates making their pitch to voters around the country. several of the key early states of iowa and new hampshire, candidates have already announced their presidential bids. more expected in the coming weeks. that is why we have nbc's vaughn hilliard in iowa. political reporter ali has made her way to new hampshire. live free or die. vaughn, what's happening today? how are voters feeling about the candidate visits? >> reporter: yeah, good morning, craig. to give you an idea, over the last month, i've been here on the ground for three weeks, following the likes of sherrod brown, cory booker, elizabeth
warren. just this weekend, i was with eric swalwell and amy klobuchar. to give you an idea in iowa, we've been dealing with temperatures zero degrees. yesterday, it snowed 8 inches. amy klobuchar went through that snowstorm yesterday, much kind of like the snow globe effect she had in minneapolis last weekend, and she drove through into some more rural counties here in iowa. essentially, she's making the pitch that not only is it democratic nominee needing to hit on progressive issues, but they have to win places like iowa. in those counties she visited yesterday, donald trump won them over hillary clinton by a 2-1 margin. i want to let you hear a little from amy klobuchar knoxville, iowa, speaking to that point. >> i know how to reach out and go to where it is not only comfortable but uncomfortable. people aren't going to agree with everything i say, or any of the candidates, but they need
someone who has common ground, has their back. that's me. that's our campaign. >> reporter: to give you an idea, amy klobuchar and several of the other prominent candidates are out and about, but there's still a lot of other individuals. minnesota governor steve bo bollock, also here this weekend. he was holding private meetings with activists. there are a number of candidates who think they have plenty of time to jump into the race and introduce themselves. >> vaughn in iowa. and ali in new hampshire, you're at a cory booker event. if we could come up full on it here, it looked like there's selfies being taken. >> reporter: yeah, he's taking a lot of selfies behind me. this has been the ebb and flow of the cory booker events. he'll talk and take questions about an hour, then he'll stay and shake every hand and hug every baby and take a lot of selfies, with all of the people who are here. this is campaigning in new hampshire. this is how many of the candidates begin their campaigns for president, is in living
rooms like the one i'm standing in now, with people packed in the kitchen and other parts of the house, just listening to him and trying to get to know him as a candidate. that works. right now, it's the introductory period for all candidates, not just here in new hampshire. i was with kamala harris yesterday and the day before that in south carolina. she was making her own introduction to those voters. part of the thing they were talking about is what a lot of people in washington are talking about, which is this national emergency that the president declared. of course, they're democrats. they're against the wall and against how the president is going about this, but it is about important to get a sense of how they would act as president. we asked them if there is anything they'd declare a national emergency on, specifically climate change or gun control. this is what senator cory booker had to say. sounds a lot like what kamala harris said to me. take a listen. >> should i be elected president, my goal will be to make sure i protect this country and deal with emergencies as they arise. i'm not going to preemptively try to imagine what the national emergency might be, but i'll tell you this, the problems with
global warming and climate change are accelerating. the crisis is getting more dire. we need to begin working as a country in a way with our allies that deals with this planetary threat. >> reporter: craig, that's an answer that kamala harris also gave to me when i asked her about this issue. as you can see, cory booker behind me. let's see if we can get a question to him. senator booker, we're live on msnbc. he's into talking with the voters. worth a shot. if we get anything, we'll send it to you. >> ali vitalli, i love that you tried to scream a question. vaughn in iowa. as democrats jockey for position in the 2020 primary, the biggest name in the party quietly giving advice behind the scenes, playing a king maker role of sorts. according to the "new york times," president barack obama has counselled more than a dozen declare ord lid or likely to an
candidates. holding talks with senator camikamala harris, cory booker,z be elizabeth warren. eric holder. the former mayer of new york, all talking to barack obama. doug has worked in the democratic party politics for years on presidential campaigns with the congressional black caucus on the hill and on so much more. doug, always good to have your insight. based on the "times" reporting here, president obama not expected to endorse a candidate, even in this primary. joe biden says he didn't expect a backing from president obama if he decides to get into this race. what leadership advice, what advice in general could barack obama be providing behind the scenes? >> look, he's won, you know. he won the presidency. he got re-elected. he knows what it takes to make it through a primary. he knows what it takes to
compete in iowa. he knows what it takes to get delegates. he knows what it takes to be president. he is the most popular figure in the democratic party right now. he sort of ascended to the yoda of the party. you know, he's the person that everyone is going to talk to, to pick his brain, to get his advice. because, quite frankly, he is the most recent person to make it through this very, very difficult process. >> "politico" reports senator bernie sanders has apparently, best i can gather, recorded a video in which he is going to announce that he is running for president. they haven't said they're going to actually release this video. sanders was clearly the more progressive choice of the last top candidates last cycle. with so many candidates, and progressive candidates already in the race, what would be his path to a primary victory, bernie sanders? >> well, i think one reason why it was leaked that this video
exists is because he's probably itching to get in. he's looking at folks like cory booker. he's looking at elizabeth warren. he's looking at mayor pete. these are folks who are potentially eating into his supporters. i think he wants to get out there sooner rather than later. it's going to be harder for bernie this time around because there's just going to be a lot more people. there are a lot more candidates in this field. there are a lot more options for voters. last time around, it was just hillary clinton or him. i think he's getting antsy. i think he wants to get in there. i think he wants to get to new hampshire and start holding down that base of support. look, he won new hampshire going away. the expectations are if he gets in there, it's going to be high for him in new hampshire. he has a real threat there with elizabeth warren. >> doug, always good to have you, sir. thank you. enjoy the rest of your presidents' day. >> thanks, craig. in the midst of controversy and under investigation, president trump isn't just using a national emergency to try to
shore up the base, he is fighting to keep evangelical voters, as well. according to the "washington post," here's how the president is doing it. appointing anti-abortion judges, calling for a repeal of the late-term abortions. calling for a repeal of the johnson bill. funding abstinence programs. promising to help religious adoption agencies. and praising bible literacy classes. i want to bring in jenna, the host of cnb's "faith nation." thanks for your time. sarah huck kabee sanders appear on your network recently. here's what she had to say. >> i think god calls all of us to fill different roles at different times. i think that he wanted donald trump to become president. that's why he's there. i think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about. >> does that really sum up the view among evangelical
supporters, jenna, of the president? do they see donald trump as god's choice? >> well, i think it is worth pointing out, craig, that ev evangelica evangelicals, like any group of people, are a dynamic group of people. i don't want to speak for all evangelicals. of the ones we talk to, many do believe that donald trump was put in office for this time. a lot of them would tell you the same thing about president obama and previous presidents. they believe that he has been put in office for this particular point in history. >> it's also worth noting here, and franklin graham and i had this conversation a few weeks ago, the term "evangelical," when we use it political, what does that mean anymore? >> well, in today's day and age, it's become, you know, more of a political term, i think, for a lot of people. but it is christians. it's a wide base of people. you know, in 2016, about 81% of
all white evangelicals supported president trump. he knows that he's going to have to get at least that, craig, in 2020 if he wants to win re-election. we'll see what he does. in terms of courting evangelicals on some of these issues you mentioned on the screen before i came on, you know, the issue of abortion. you can bet that they're going to be pushing that even further. speaking with one of the president's unofficial faith advisers, recently, he was saying this issue of late-term, up to the moment of birth adoption, they not only see it as a morally right issue, but they also see it as a winning issue for this president in 2020. he'll continue to hit hard on a lot of these issues, craig. >> how do evangelicals support the trump policies along our border, a policy that blocks entry to poor, hungry, abused migrants seeking a better life. how do they square that with
christian teachings, at least the christian teachings i'm aware of? >> yeah, it's the whole debate between compassion and law and order. again, evangelicals, it is a dynamic group of people. i think you get all sorts. people with different opinions on this issue of the wall. i mean, you see the suffrage down there. i don't think anybody would doubt that. then you also have the law and order side of it. there are people who support this president and what he's doing. they believe that he is on the right side of this issue in trying to protect our country. but it's not black and white. it's not cut and dry. it's a complicated issue, craig. >> jenna browder, thank you. >> thanks, craig. out of the running. why heather nauert dropped her bit for u.n. ambassador and the controversy from her past that may have influenced that decision. plus, the texas ranch that's helping veterans and first responders get back on their feet after struggling with ptsd and addiction. how warriors heart teaches them
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josh? what happened? >> well, craig, this happened about a decade ago, after heather nauert had her first child. hired a nanny who was foreign-born, in the u.s. legally, but not authorized to work in the u.s. and didn't pay taxes on the income she was getting for working as a nanny. heather nauert later discovered that. her and her husband repaid those taxes retroactively. now that she has been under this intense scrutiny heading into confirmation for u.n. ambassador role, as announced late last year by president trump, this came up. officials tell nbc that heather nauert voluntarily disclosed that this had happened. wanted to bring it to president's attention, knowing that it'd likely come up. it was an issue. ultimately, as her process dragged out, without an official word from the president to the senate that he was nominating her, she decided enough is enough for her family and decided to pull out of the
process. >> any idea who the white house may nominate next, josh? >> we know the president is expected to act relatively quickly to put someone into this role. very important role. a few names that have come to the surface as likely candidates, including kelly, the ambassador to canada, as well as ambassador granel, ambassador to germany. we'll have to see who the president ends up with. >> position was set to be a non-cabinet position, with the departure of nikki haley, who insisted that it be cabinet level. any indication as to whether that's still going to be the case? >> as far as we know, the plan still is for this role to not be cabinet level as it had been in the past with ambassador haley, as well as some of president obama's u.n. ambassadors. you know, the president now has a secretary of state that he seems to trust very much and is relying on, as well as a national security adviser, john bolton, who is driving a lot of policy.
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