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that is our broadcast on this monday night as we start a new week together. thank you so much for being here with us. good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. today president trump is expected to land in vietnam for a second high stakes summit with kim jong-un. the north korean leader arrived overnight to a red carpet welcome. as that's going on the president's former fixer michael cohen will be on capitol hill this morning foreclosed door testimony in front of the senate intel committee. a new allegation against the president. a former campaign staffer has filed suit alleging that trump kissed her without her consent. the white house is calling the accusation absurd. good morning everyone.
it's tuesday, february 26th. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside yasmin vossoughian and louis burgdorf. president trump will touch down later this morning ahead of his summit with kim jong-un. kim arrived by train and the pair will meet briefly tomorrow night before having dinner. president trump said he and north korean leader fell in love due to the beautiful letters kim sends him. has recently taken to twitter to promote what he claims are the economic prospects waiting for the dprk. he has recently tweeted he looks forward to quote advancing the cause of world peace while hedging on the possibility of decnuclearization. prior to departing washington yesterday the commander-in-chief addressed the upcoming summit. >> right after this meeting i leave for vietnam where i meet with chairman kim and we talk about something that, frankly, he never spoke to anybody about, but we're speaking and speaking
loudly and we can have a very good summit. i think we'll have a tremendous summit. we want decnuclearization. and i think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy. i have a very, very good relationship with kim jong-un. very, very good. >> joining us now live from hanoi, vietnam, nbc chief news correspondent. set the scene for us, bill. >> reporter: yeah. good morning, guys. as you said kim has arrived after what must be the longest journey by any leader to any summit in about half a century, two and a half thousand miles by train. then we saw those 12 black suited army guards in singapore jogging alongside his limousine. he's at the hotel relaxing. the white house press conference was kicked out of the hotel. extraordinary they were booked
in there in the first place, one floor above kim jong-un, but they've now relocated to the international media center. as you say tomorrow night after president trump's arrival this morning at 9:15 eastern, tomorrow night, wednesday night they will have what sarah huckabee sanders described as a brief conversation and they will have dinner together along with mike pompeo and probably at kim's side will be his sister and his main sort of right-hand man, spy chief general kim young-cho. then on thursday a summit that different from the symbolic summit and the historic hand shake of singapore. the stakes just as high as ever but the expectations for this summit slightly lowered, guys. >> i got to ask you about this high stakes summit. it seems there was a little bit of the overbooking at the hotel there. talk to us a little bit about this incident that happened.
we know some of our own correspondents, our own pete alexander was caught up at the incident at the hotel. how was the choreography of had how important it looks and appears to both world leaders, how are the optics playing out? >> reporter: yeah. i mean how it happened we don't know. interestingly, the south korean press was saying, really interesting that kim jong-un is staying in the same hotel as the american press corps. shows how much he wants to be open to the american media and american people. the spin from the vietnamese is that they only had ten days to prepare for this summit. and that wasn't enough time given the people in singapore were given months to prepare for the singapore summit and that there was possibly some kind of screw up in allowing kim jong-un to be with american tv correspondents like peter
alexander. kim will have the hotel not quite to himself. there are rumors just as he did in singapore he'll do a little bit walk about in hanoi before dinner and that meeting with donald trump tomorrow night. >> we saw the streets lined with crowds as the motorcade passed by. >> can you imagine if elevator opened up and kim jong-un standing right there. can we have a quick question? ahead of his trip to vietnam to meet with kim jong-un president trump offered up praise for one of north korea's key allies, china. speaking to a group of this country's governors at the white house yesterday, the president regaled the leaders with his tale of how in 2017 while in beijing he persuaded china's president xi jinping to release three ucla basketball players accused of shoplifting in that country. >> i was having dinner with him at this incredible show that he
put on. a ballroom, the likes of which few people have ever seen. it was an incredible evening. melania is here. i'm talking. it just happened. they were put in jail. and i said, mr. president, could you do me a favor? could you let the three basketball players out? he didn't know about it. he called over his people. he has ten people standing behind him. everybody from central casting. central casting. glasses, pad, boom, he was over it. he came back. he reported within two minutes, explained basketball players, and i said it would be a great thing if you could possibly let them out. he goes so be it. they were out. i thought -- i said is this different than our country? just a little bit different? >> michael cohen is set to begin his three day marathon of congressional testimony in just a few hours from now. first up a closed session with the senate intelligence committee.
a spokesperson for cohen's legal team says it begins at 9:30 in a classified senate location. committee chairman richard burr said it's expected to last ten hours and that there are no restrictions to what cohen can discuss in the private session. tomorrow's testimony before the house oversight committee is the only open session. the topic of russia is off limits but cohen is expected to talk about the president's business interest, his compliance with tax laws and his hush money. payment to women during the 2016 election and his overall character. cohen's testimony will wrap up thursday with another closed session before the house intelligence committee. following a deadly weekend on venezuela's border with colombia the u.s. announced new sanctions targeting nicolas maduro. it target loyalists to maduro and call on other nations to freeze the assets of a venezuelan state oil company.
vice president mike pence announced the new sanctions after meeting in colombia with opposition leader juan guaido. also there were members of the lima group, a bloc of nations from argentina to canada who are dedicated to finding a peaceful solution. pence told reporters yesterday that juan guaido asked the u.s. for more humanitarian aid and affirmed his desire that the u.s. keep all openings on the table. >> president trump is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct after a former staffer for his presidential campaign filed a lawsuit. in the suit, johnson claims trump singled her out ahead of a 2016 rally in tampa, florida and forceful lie kissed her on a campaign rv in front of other aides. in her suit johnson said she felt reduced to another object of donald trump's unwanted sexual attention adding she was no more than a sexual object
that he felt entitled to dominate. sarah huckabee sanders says this. this accusation is absurd on its face. this never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts. in addition to the kissing allegation which was first reported by "the washington post," johnson also accuses the trump campaign of gender and race discrimination saying she was paid less than her white male counterparts. the campaign dismissed the discrimination claims as unfound. johnson is the latest of more than a dozen woman who have accused trump over the years of sexual misconduct which he has repeatedly denied. johnson's claim marks the fir time a woman has come forward since the president took office. as "the new yorker" points out the most legally significant aspect of johnson's lawsuit, ultimately may be something the complaint doesn't explicitly address the pervasive use of
nondisclosure agreements by trump during his campaign and in his administration. johnson's suit is the sixth suit in which employees have defied their nondisclosure agreement. three actions including johnsons were filed just this month. joining us now from washington, d.c. reporter for "the washington post," eugene scott. good to have you with us this morning. let's talk a little bit about this case, the president he's already under so much legal pressure politically, even on capitol hill, the investigation, the russia investigation. this, obviously, has a slightly different connotation to it. what's the potential fallout from this newest allegation? >> this allegation will remind many americans of two big issues that they've had with trump since he announced his campaign. one the treatment that he is accused of giving towards women and also concerns about discrimination against people of color. while people who support trump obviously or perhaps not obviously but aren't likely to back away from him because of
this one incident. these two themes are likely going to be main topics during the 2020 presidential election, related to me too moments and the treatment of people of color and so the president will be in a position where he'll have to answer new questions. >> let's quickly talk, eugene, about michael cohen. we know he's heading to the hill to testify behind closed doors. what are we expecting to hear from the former trump fixer, and do we think he'll shed any new light on where the mueller probe is going next? >> well, i think people on both sides of the aisle just have quite a few questions for cohen. . they want to know if there were any discussions with him and anyone else about a pardon. they want to know if knows if any foreign contributors gave to the inaugural committee, and they definitely want to know did he discuss his false testimony with anyone else before he went before lawmakers. so this will give mueller some
information, perhaps, about what happened inside trump world from a corporation standpoint as well as the political operation. >> we'll talk to you again in a little bit. still ahead senator elizabeth warren swears off big money fundraisers with wealthy donors as bernie sanders rakes in the cash. >> deputy attorney general rod rosenstein appears to try to dampen expectations about robert mueller's final report. those stories and of course a check on your weather when we come back. i'm 53.
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donors and presidential donors are disproportionately white, male and wealthy. my presidential primary campaign will be run on the principle of equal access for anybody who joins it, that means no fancy receptions or big money fundraisers only with people who can write the big checks. it means while the donors won't be able to purchase better seats and it means i won't be doing call time, which is when candidates take hours to call waeltsy donors to ask for their support. >> speaking to msnbc last night warren acknowledged her prohibition on donor perks will apply only to the democratic national fight. >> i don't believe in unilateral disarmame disarmament. >> were you to get the nomination or for anyone else to get the nomination, just raise all the money you can however you can? >> yes, but here's what i want to you see that's different about it. if the demonstrate have spent
the next year in a primary, building this thing, face-to-face, person to person, neighbor to neighbor across the country, think of the kind of foundation that we have laid down. >> all right. warren's stance is putting her democratic party opponent many of whom have sworn off p.a.c. money into uncomfortable positions like kirsten gillebrand. >> top executive for pfizer is holding a big fundraiser for you at the end of march. tickets $1,000 to $2700. is warren right that access to candidates is for sale? >> no. but i think you do need to get money. out of politics. >> $2700 tickets. will you have the fundraiser or not? >> of course. i'll ask americans all across this country to support my campaign. >> senator bernie sanders is making big news with small donors. sander has raised $10 million. campaign officials tell the "new
york times" sanders raised it from about 360,000 donors with only 20 who gave him the maximum amount and nearly 39% of those who donated did it with an e-mail address. the campaign had not received donations from before suggesting an expanding network for him. speaking last night senator sanders offered unusual praise for president trump commenting on his face-to-face diplomacy with north korea. >> after all of the nasty things i said about trump, let me say a good thing here. trump can succeed, in fact, through a face-to-face meetings with kim jong-un and rid that country of nuclear weapons. that's a very good thing. so i think that the idea of going and meeting face to face with your adversaries is a good idea. i would like the president of the united states to bring iran and saudi arabia together. to bring the palestinians and israelis together.
>> he had trump and then he went to iran and i'm sure he lost him. let's get a check on your weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> good morning. we're ending february still stormy in the west. get rid of the crazy winds in the east. to heavy rain this morning, san francisco to sacramento, still getting dumped on with incredible amounts of snow in the sierra nevada. somebody will end up with eight feet by the time the storm is over with. this storm is breaking off heading through the northern rockies. snow in northern idaho and yellow stone and then this will spill out into the plains later on today. this eventually will bring some snow to the northeast on wednesday. starting off this morning with snow. bismarck, minneapolis this afternoon towards the evening, the evening drive. just light but enough to make a little coating on the roads. trust me plenty cold to stick here. the high in minneapolis today is in the teen. as we go through wednesday morning snow quickly moves through michigan. this is 6:00 p.m. tomorrow
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yasmin vossoughian alongside ayman mohyeldin and louis burgdorf. it's the bottom of the hour. let's start with the morning's top stories. as president trump heads overseas for his meeting with north korea's kim jong-un, he's facing new legal issues back here at home. a former trump staffer is suing the president, accusing him of kissing her without her consent during the 2016 presidential campaign. nbc news white house correspondent kristen welker has more. >> reporter: in this video you can see trump campaign staffer outside an rv after a florida stop in august 2016. >> good job, boss. >> reporter: you can hear johnson praising mr. trump on this video she shot as he starts greeting supporters but it's what johnson alleges happens after this video that sparked her new lawsuit. >> she moved her head aside. he managed to kiss her on the corner of her mouth. in her words she thought it was disgusting and creepy. >> reporter: johnson's lawyers
said she told family members about the incident and two members of the trump campaign witnessed it but two of those people say it never happened. bondi telling nbc news, as a career prosecutor or attorney general had i seen anything improper i would have taken action. these allegations are false. press secretary sarah huckabee sanders saying this never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eyewitness accounts. while several women have publicly cued mr. trump of inappropriate behavior, johnson is the first to allege it happened during the campaign. her attorney says she left the campaign after the "access hollywood" tape dropped. but acknowledges johnson then went to an inaugural ball and later applied for jobs in the trump administration. and revelations johnson continued to speak glowingly of the president as recently as may 2017 in this radio interview. >> he's just the nicest guy. he treats everyone as if they're a part of his family.
>> reporter: johnson's attorney said she said that because she was worried about the nondisclosure agreement the they sign. why wait so long to come forward. her attorney said they've been working on the case for eight months and felt now was the right time. we're also learning more about what to expect from michael cohen's public testimony before the house oversight committee tomorrow. a source told nbc news overnight that cohen will accuse the president of criminal conduct while in office. criminal misconduct in office. we'll told he'll draw on his experience as trump's former fixer to describe alleged real estatism, cheating as a businessman and lies. also how trump allegedly inflated the value of his assets to get on the "forbes" list and deflated the asset of his properties. he'll detail involvement in trump's payoff to stormy daniels and why he explained to congress
about the moscow deal and if anybody obstructed him in that lie. >> attorney general rod rosenstein indicated he's advising the justice department to limit the release of special counsel robert mueller's findings. rod rosenstein was responding to a question about reforms the department and suggested that a public release of mueller's report related to those not charged with a crime is against doj guidelines. >> just because the government collects information doesn't mean the information is accurate and it can be misleading if you're overly transparent about the information that the government collects. we charge somebody with a violation we need to be prepared to prove it and the guidance i always gave my prosecutors and the agents i worked with during my tenure on front lines in law enforcement were if we aren't prepared to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt in court we have no business making allegations against u.s.
citizens. >> but adam schiff says rod rosenstein is break with the president, in fact, that he said himself when rod rosenstein's justice department released sensitive information in the clinton investigations at the urging of white house and president trump. he tweeted last night this double standard won't cut it. for two years i set the alarm of justice department's deviation. i warned the doj i would need to live by this precedent and it will. the house is expected to vote and pass a measure to block the president's emergency declaration for a border wall today. meanwhile in the senate republican thom tillis who is up for re-election in north carolina in 2020 is explaining why he'll vote to block that order. a new op-ed for "the washington post" entitled i support trump's vision on border security but vote against the emergency he writes in part if i were the
leader of the constitution's article 2 branch i would declare an emergency and use all the tools at my disposal as well but i am not. i'm a member of the senate and i have grave concerns when our institution looks the other way at the expense ever weakening congress' power. it's my responsibility to be a steward of the article 1 branch to separate the powers and to curb the kied of executive overreach. senator murkowski says she's likely to support the resolution to block it. joining us again from washington reporter for "the washington post" eugene scott. eugene good to talk to you again. as louis just mentioned the house expected to block trump's national emergency for the wall today. how are republicans feeling on this? >> a bit anxious. i think once sources identify
talked to on the hill suggested that republicans want to make sure that there are no more defections. people end up backing the president and supporting him in his effort primarily for two reason. one, they know they will lose the base if they do not and they don't want to find themselves on the receiving end of criticism from the president himself. he's prove convenient if you don't support him he'll support a primary opponent against you. >> let me get your thoughts on this what appears to be somewhat of a showdown that's beginning to emerge. rod rosenstein on one side urging the limited release of mueller's findings. others like congressman adam schiff saying absolutely not they will push to have as much of it made public as important, including possibly even calling on bob mueller to testify in front of the committee. walk us through what this showdown means for both sides. in fact, is that accurate to say this showdown is emerging? >> it is so far, presenting
itself to be a showdown and i think what adam schiff is doing is making clear that people on both sides of the aisle actually do want to see this report that has been working, that mueller has been working on for at least two years and if they don't have him testify publicly, adam schiff suggested they will sue the trump administration to get that information public. people want to know what happened. if things are hidden it puts both sides in a position to have to defend what happened during the next election, having to prove that the positions that they are taking are the right one and also just spurs a lot of conspiracy theories. there's a lot of push back to the whole idea that this should be kept private. >> you gene scott for us. thank you. we'll see you in just a little bit on "morning joe". >> britain may be heading towards a second brexit referendum. yesterday jeremy corbyn dropped
his long standing resistance and said the party was prepared to support a second vote. this follow the resignation of nine labor party mps over a part of the party's decision not to back another referendum. the uk could cancel brexit without asking for the rest of each u's first as long as a final agreement has not been implemented. the deal negotiated between the eu and prime minister theresa may was overwhelmingly rejected by parliament last month in the biggest parliamentary defeat for a british prime minister in history. britain is scheduled to leave the eu in just over a month on march 29th with or without an exit deal. we'll have more on the impact this is having on the markets in just a little bit. >> jon stewart goes to capitol hill to fight for survivors and first responders of 9/11. the steps he's calling for to keep their financial support up and running. >> bill karins is back with us.
comedian and former daly show host jon start your was on capitol hill demanding congress provide additional funding for survivors and first responders of the september 11th terrorist attacks. congress relaunched the 9/11 victims compensation fund back in 2015 with $7.4 billion to cover claims through december of 2020. 5 billion has been given to more than 20,000 survivors with cancer and respiratory diseases. earlier this month the special master who oversees the fund said money was running out and that pay outs would be cut. stewart is now urging lawmakers to pass permanent funding. >> it's ironic first responders pride themselves on response time. it's the thing that they work on day in and day out so that the people and the communities that they serve are well served by
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the trump administration's long-awaited middle east peace plan is expected to focus on resolve, border issues. jared kushner said yesterday the plan will focus on, quote, redrawing of borders in the region. that will be interesting. >> the goal will be to focus on developing the infrastructure, the rules, the training for a lot of the people so that you can bring a lot of opportunities and prosperity to the region. i think if you look at this whole region today, you have so much opportunity but you also have major threats. by bringing everybody together, we are hopeful to achieve a new paradigm. >> kushner also called for a unified ruled over gaz iagaza a
west bank. the plan is set to be officially released after april 9th election. the palestinians have shunned the administration's attempts ever since the u.s. recognized jerusalem as the capital in 2016. >> and janet yellen isn't mincing word when it comes to comments on the fed. willem marx joins us live with more on what she had to say, including that trump doesn't have an understanding of the basic fundamentals of the economy. >> that was the statement. she didn't believe she said that president trump could articulate the federal reserve's main goals, price stability and maximum employment and setting
currency exchange rates and trying to solve the u.s. trade imbalance was, quoting showing a lack of understanding of the impact of the fed on the economy. another story overnight, we've seen shares in tesla after market closed in the west coast really trading quite sharply lower after the sec announced it was trying to stop elon musk from once again tweeting about the company. this followed an agreement last year between the regulator and the ceo of tesla when he was accused of essentially trying to mislead investors when it came to taking this company private. >> sometimes it's just better to stay off twitter. >> the british pound jumped to a new four-week peak on reports of a purported brexit delay. how might this impact the markets? >> there were two major news developments and the pound tends to be the asset that moves most closely on news developments when it comes to brexit.
theresa may said she was looking at potentially delaying a deal to some of her closest advisers. she'll make a statement to the parliament today about whether she will be willing to countenance a delay for brexit and that will be significant for investors watching the pound in particular. >> willem marx, always great to have you with us. >> coming up, nick johnson has a look at this morning's "1 big thing." and a preview of the president's second sit down with kim jong un. >> and joaquin castro will weigh in and kristi noem will weigh in on how her state is impacted by
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>> joining us is nicholas johnston. what is today's "1 big thing"? >> the one big thing is where mueller doesn't come up. it what voters are not asking democratic candidates about is the russia probe and robert mueller. they focus much more on issues of the day. the only time trump does come up is when democratic candidates ask can you beat him? it's giving the democratic candidates a chance to show who they are outside of trump. retail politics are not consumed by the drip, drip, drip of the mueller investigation. >> hence the reason why a lot of people need to be focusing in on the campaign, figure out what voters really want to hear from and not necessarily driving the
mueller storyline home. what are voters wanting to hear, their biggest concerns? >> health care, immigration, climate chang, those are big issues that came up in all of the events they attended. that ranged from eight-person breakfasts to 400 person rallies. there were questions about tax policy, about trade policy, about foreign affairs. there were lots of things running the gamut. but again, no robert mueller. very little donald trump. >> let me ask you about this exclusive report you guys also have about the former governor of ohio, john kasich, contradicting president trump on a major 2020 issue. there's no love loss between these two men. there's even some reports that kasich may try to primary president trump. what is it and what could this mean for trump's reelection? >> kasich is coming out with a big speech later today where he's going to change his position on climate change, saying it's time for republicans
to accept the growing sicientifc consensus. as recently as 2016 he had been dismissing the scientific consensus on climate change. he said his thinking has evolved. this matters because kasich is a rumored possible 2020 republican challenger to donald trump and represents the van guard of a small republican movement to move ahead in evolved thinking on climate change. >> that would be pretty interesting if he were to primary the president. axios is looking into congress diving into privacy laws this week. what can you tell us? >> this is a big deal for privacy news on the hill. we wonder what congress will do about the tech companies and what was in they have about us
and the scope, what kind of company they'll go after and whether it will overturn what some states are doing, like california's really strong regulation on privacy. hopefully we'll be able to have a real sense of what the legislators will be coming up with with regard to privacy. >> nicholas, thank you. you, too, can sign up for the newsletter. >> i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside yasmin vossoughian and louis burgdorf. "morning joe" starts right now. >> right after this meeting i leave for vietnam where i meet with chairman kim and we talk about something that, frankly, he never spoke to anybody about but we're speaking and i think we can have a very good summit. i think we'll have a very tremendous summit. we want denuclearization and i think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for
speed in terms of an economy. i have a very, very good relationship with kim jong un, very, very good. >> president trump is forecasting a tremendous summit with north korea, much like what he predicted before his first meeting with kim jong un. he's set to touch down in vietnam just a few hours from now. good morning and welcome to "morning joe." it is tuesday, february 26thalong with joe, willie and me, we have commentor for "the washington post" david ignatius, reporter for "the washington post," eugene scott, director, president and ceo of the woodrow wilson international center for scholars, jane harmon is with us this morning. we'll get to the three days of michael cohen testimony in just a moment, what we can expect what's going to happen. the president's former fixer is going to testify that