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he's president trump's longtime crush. >> vladimir is an amazing person and he knows me better than anyone. >> that's right. >> hey, everybody, come on. lay off president trump, okay this. man is a great friend. we's my little american happy meal. >> the cleverness is just off the charts sometimes. >> thanks for watching this morning. >> yes. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. >> a big court setback and president trump vows to get the last word. >> we'll win that battle, and we also have a lot of other options. >> three hectic weeks packed with action. >> public safety. >> the and the obstacles are many including the courts and the congress. >> i think there's a little confusion here. >> here we go, trump. >> and his style is unique. tough tweets and tough talk and even if it flunks the fact
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check. >> you've misrepresented his comments total. his comments were misrepresented. >> "inside politics," the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your sunday morning. a north korean missile test interrupts president trump's weekend of diplomacy with japan. >> i want and everybody to fully know that the united states of america stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. thank you. >> that was the president last night. a big court ruling against his travel ban is another challenge for the week ahead. >> and we'll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. you'll be seeing that sometime next week. in addition we will continue to go through the court process and ultimately i have no doubt that
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we'll win that particular case. >> plus, three weeks in. lark out at members of congress including republicans who come back to haunt the president. >> we only have a 52-vote majority here in the united states senate in order to accomplish his agenda, so i hope everybody can kind of dial it down a bit. >> with us this sunday to share their reporting and insights, nia-malika henderson, jonathan martin of the "new york times," glen thrush of the "new york times" and jackie kusenich of "the daily beast." what was supposed to be a week of getting to know you turned into crisis management. north korea tested a ballistic missile and the first north korean provocation of the trump presidency and the timing was no accident. japanese prime minister shinzo abe is here in the united states and on a weekend break with the president in palm beach. >> north korea's most recent
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mile of launch is absolutely intolerable. north korea must fully comply with the u.n. security council resolutions. >> i want everybody to know and fully know that the united states of america stands behind japan, its great ally, 100%. thank you. >> now, interesting event all around. let's try to unpack it some. that was the entirety of president trump's statement last night. he is different. he is different, and it's just interesting. it's striking to me that there's a script for these events. north korea does this quite frequently. this president doesn't want to follow the script, but he didn't even mention north korea and didn't say anything to north korea. don't test me. get back in your box. didn't mention south korea which is in its own political turmoil right now and didn't mention china which is maybe less surprising that u.s. presidents say we need china to come to the table and help here. a one-sentence statement from the president of the united states in his first provocation
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from kim jong-un. >> apparently he only stands behind south korea about 96%, right? that's what you have a national security adviser for. that's why you have an entire national security staff and a national security communications staff. >> right. >> so in addition to having general flynn who has been the subject of a lot of controversy this week, that in a lot of ways is the most resonant story that has occurred this week, perhaps more than the travel pan, the issue of his conversations with the russian ambassador and the internal strive occurring on the national security council, we don't have a communications director on the national security staff because the last up went down in a plagiarizing scandal and we don't have people manning this so that kind of thing happens. >> it's strike. it happened last night so we'll get more reporting throughout the day and they put a longer state. there was an aid who put down a statement for the president on
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the lecturn and he decided not to read it. >> hugely important points, but even if you had all that staff infrastructure, if the president of the united states doesn't give the statement that he's given and instead stands up and says one sentence and then walks away, all that staff in the world just doesn't matter. if the president of the united states wants to go his own way. we should note to our viewers here, this is not just some issue. there are thousands of american troops right now in south korea that have been there for over half a century and this is in our direct interest we're talking about. >> look it's important for prime minister abe. the president letting prime minister abe going first on his home turf and north korea, timing no accident. testing trump and also the japanese prime minister who is on the road. i don't know the right word for it, just bizarre that's all we heard from the president less. >> especially given that we hear from this president so much
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about so many different things and here was this moment where north korea is essentially testing long range nuclear missiles that could reach the u.s. that's their ultimate goal. this was something that obama talked to trump about on his way out as a pressing issue. he has talked tough i think trump on twitter on north korea and when it got to his time to be that tough person that we've come to know, he just kind of whiffed i think in many ways not reading that statement. i mean, it was -- i guess it was -- it was essentially like 140 characters he was using there, 240 characters or so, so i think it was very striking because it's a trump we're not used to seeing without the kind of bluster and strength. >> is the first time we've seen him in this situation where he's been provoked by another government and during the transition. mentioned president obama. you focused on this and your travel ban and focused on this, overseas here. north korea is going to be the
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first test. just look for it. >> well, right. >> again. during the campaign, we're saying, okay, he talks tough. what happens when actually something happens, and right now it's silence. it's not like he's up and tweeting. he's up and tweeting this morning. >> this morning. >> about illegal immigration and bernie sanders bizarrely. and, again, it's almost like there isn't a depth of knowledge there perhaps and he didn't feel comfortable reading the statement, we don't know. but, yeah, what he said when you boil down the statement to what he said last night. >> if you saw the statement which a reuters photog had on twitter. you can make out most of the text. it didn't sound like the words that would typically come from the word of donald trump so he may have had some reluctance to actually speak using that high-tone diplomatic language that's not really him where a one-sentence tough talk like he did is trumpian. >> that wasn't even tough talk. >> like, yeah, yeah, i really like this guy. >> i think he viewed the event
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less as of a grand event and more i've got this leader from a country in the neighborhood so i'm going to make him feel good by standing up for he and his country, not realizing that there are much larger geopolitical questions. >> that part is very important. the president being clearly differential. this is your neighborhood. that part is smarter and leaving the blank of what his policy is. now to be fair to the president this is one of the world's most vexing issues. we went through this in the obama administration and george w. bush administration. there's no easy answer that north korea's leadership has changed. >> i want to keep getting back to the bureaucracy on this, right, because one of the early criticisms of president bush was that he engaged too much in personal diplomacy and he remembered looking into the eyes of vladimir putin, right, and it seems like this president is very much predisposed to flying abe down on air force i and playing golf with him and hanging out with him all day yesterday.
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i think, also, when you have that kind of statement prepared, it also reflects trump's lack of respect for the bureaucracy and the infrastructure and the intelligence service and the quality of information that he's getting. i think this is a guy who is much more likely to go with what steve bannon is saying or what he hears from a foreign leader than he is from the people who are supposed to channel information to him. >> and what we have seen, we're only three weeks in so write your assessments in pencil and not ink and what we have seen in the early ink is a move from outsider rabble-rousing candidate language to much more established positions. and he spoke to the chinese president and said i'll stick to the one-china president. president trump speaking to an israeli newspaper told to prime minister netanyahu whoa, slow down on the settlements and the language very different to prime minister abe very different and the european union head says the administration has promised to
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keep in place the iran deal and we'll see how that plays out and he's become in the past three weeks, tbd, he maybe doesn't like to read the language of the protocol skrechcripts but has m his positions there. >> how much has been in the public eye where he's said this? we've heard about the calls and that he's said this and gone through back channels through other administration officials. i don't know that he's comfortable just coming out and saying -- and saying these things. >> we'll see this week. >> prime minister netanyahu will be here and so will the prime minister of canada who has publicly said nice things about publicly coming to meet with president trump, both got elected on economic issues and he tweeted about the travel band saying come to canada. >> canada very much accepting our refugees. lots of difference in terms of how canada views things and canada and prime minister trudeau, good friends, had a bromance with barack obama. interesting to see those two side by sigh. trudeau obviously a very handsome man and i say just to
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say that he's a very hand some man. >> glad you had the opportunity to say that. those kinds of things make a difference to trump. >> bebe is not bad. >> that makes a difference to trump. we know he's influenced by people who are in front of him and trudeau is out of central casting. nafta has come up and trudeau said he's open to renegotiating it as well. >> he's reverting to the meme sort of on the menu of foreign policy issues and jackie raises an important point. it's one thing for his staff to put out a paper statement saying that, yes, the israelis should curb the building of settlements. is he actually willing to voice that policy when bebe is standing right next to him. >> someone he promised to have a better relationship with than president obama who did not.
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>> you can have a better relationship rather than being first and tough. first trudeau and then netanyahu. you make a key point. what does he say publicly with the leader sitting next to him. up next, action here at home. do all the executive actions from the first week guarantee results? first of all, politicians say the darnedest thing. "saturday night live" takes the president to "the people's court." >> all right. mr. court, do you have one legitimate reason that we need this ban? >> of course, i do. it's so simple. they are bad people. they are pouring in and you see them. and it's isis an san bernardino and chicago. i mean, look at chicago. it's hell. they are bad dudes coming in here. bad hombres. bad boys, bad boys. what you gonna do? and i know a thing or two about trading. so i trade with e*trade, where true traders trade on a trademarked trade platform that has all the... get off the computer traitor! i won't. (cannon sound) mobility is very important to me.
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welcome back. week four of the trump presidency is filled with challenges including the issue with the travel ban. >> the unfortunate part it stakes time. we'll win that bat. but we also have a lot of other options including filing a brand new order on monday. could very well be, but i like to keep you -- i like to surprise you. we need speed for reasons of security so it could very well be that we do that. >> the president and the melania trump on the way down to florida on air force i and what does this all say about the president's early management style? you keep taking it to the courts
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you might take it to the supreme court and then create a precedent that the president doesn't like. do they want to give the new executive order or have a new fight about this? >> i think they are having a fight about this and they seem to be having changes of mind. i thought it was an extraordinary set of events at the end of last week where you had senior administration officials saying they weren't going to appeal it and 20 minutes later you have the president saying something else and 20 minutes later saying senior administration officials saying something completely different. there's a tremendous amount of confusion about this. i think the reporting that we've done has shon that the president is dissatisfied with the way this was implemented and after three or four days thinking things were going swimmingly and i think the question shows here is does this guy have the capacity at this point in time to react to these events and make the adjustment necessary
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toss deal with this as opposed to make these off the cuff. >> his reflex is to be pugnacious and that's worked for him quite a bit and some of these things requires more patience and it probably would have turned out differently if they had taken time, a, had others lawyers scrubbed the language, b, tell the congress about it, public security about it and internally you heart president is frustrated and a tug-of-war over who is in charge about how to handle these things and publicly this is not a president who likes to say we got this wrong and we're going to fix it. >> one of the reasons you probably heard that we did it so quickly, i would -- in fact, said, let's give a one-month notice, and then law enforcement and general kelly was so great saying we totally knew about it and did everything. we did things right and the law enforcement people said to me oh, you can't give them notice and i said what about a week and they said, no, you can't do that. >> he's hard to follow.
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hard to follow sometimes because he sort of connects thoughts, but the idea that general kelly was great because he said we generally knew about t.general kelly was great from the president's perspective and he took one for the team and he was blind-sided by this and publicly said it's on me. >> let's give the president and reince a measure of credit here. on thursday after the order came out the president said see you in court, a blustery tweet and then flying to florida he acknowledged that you were basically going to have to retreat and advance in a different direction, and, yes, we'll likely come back and come up with a new executive order and clearly someone on the trump staff got to him thursday and friday and said the better course and let's develop a new eo. >> as you said, device a new eo
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and, again, the president is a very instinctive and reflexive person and if you look at the early actions they don't guarantee a result. issued an obamacare order early on and the replace part divides congress and the border wall, republicans saying we can't afford that and there's questions about what kind of a wall and how much of a wall and the travel ban blocked by the courts. we know he's pugnacious and reflexive. can he be patient and these things will take time and -- >> i would argue the biggest success of the last three weeks is the supreme court nominee. >> of course. >> that's the only thing that matters. you heard republicans who may have been speaking out against him about this travel basketball. all of a sudden gorsuch, this guy, he's great and that's all they want to talk about and a lot of this stuff in terms when you talk about republicans and starting to get restless. kind of was forgiven because that have. >> and i think now, i mean, you look on twitter, a lot of conservatives are happy with the rounding up of undocumented
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immigrants. they have been cheering that. the executive order on the mexico city rule. that cheered a lot of folks. listen, the rubber is meeting the road now in terms of things like obamacare and the wall. $20 billion i think is the estimate at this point that early reports are. trump has come out and said, well, he can get a better deal and can negotiate it down. hard to believe that that would actually happen. on obamacare he initially said he wants the replacement -- the replacement and the repeal simultaneously. he's now, of course, saying, look to 2018. in the meantime you've got this very active progressive left that is questioning everything he does. so -- so, yeah, i mean, i don't think he's built for patience. i don't think bannon is built for patience, but washington is very much built to move slowly, and there's sort of an inertia. >> touched on the keel elements of the debate. what are the early lessons we're
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learning and on immigration a lot of mixed signals. the president is tweeting this morning and taking credit for some of the crackdowns and roundups in deportation though isis says these plans were planned back in the obama administration and implementing a long-standing policy of looking for people with gang activity and records. steve king, the iowa congressman a hawk on immigration voiced open immigration. he said during the campaign you promised on day one to kick the so-called d.r.e.a.m.orsers out and now there was talk of bringing back the gang of eight and that created a path to citizenship and it included joe manchin in the room at the time. >> we were all pleasantly surprised, i think, and he every inquisitive, you know, and -- and realizes that we don't have
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a good immigration policy in the united states. i think it was senator alexander at that time. i believe you could be the president if you changed that, and -- and then explained to them that the gang of eight, the bill that we, and he didn't, you know, boo hoo it or walk away from it. he engaged. >> to trump voters the gang of eight bill is amnesty, capital "a" and capital "m". >> and seemed like he was just learning about it, on-the-job journey. >> they were very quick to come out and say he does not endorse the gang of eight bill. >> we're routinely told by people who work for the president don't pay attention to what the president says. that's just stunning. >> does the dude do his homework? you know, this is a job that requires a lot of being steeped in information. hillary clinton, we accused her -- i went to too many
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hillary clinton speeches and fell asleep at half of them and she had a grasp of policy. no question. even george w. bush in terms of his briefing protocol was much more rigorous about this. at some point do we ask ourselves why isn't the president taking the time to learn about these issues before going into a room and being inquisitive with joe manchin. >> about the signature immigration bill of the last eight years. it's a very well known bill, but this is a -- this is so revealing about this president though, whoever he is in the room with and who he talks to, he wants to make them feel like he might be their ally because he wants to be liked and wants their approval, and even when something is brought up that would be anathema to his base he doesn't dismiss it out of hand. he doesn't know what the gang of eight bill was and he wants to be seen as open. >> but he went after marco rubio in the primaries. i don't buy that he doesn't know
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what the bill is or doesn't remember. in the primaries he was briefed enough to go after it. maybe he's forgotten. >> if they described it to him as the amnesty bill. that's now how they are going to talk about. >> and his attorney general jeff sessions led the charge against it as did his senior adviser steve miller. >> here we go. all right. we're learning every day. attacks on judges, a war hero and a department store. enjoy your morning coffee with president trump's twitter feed and get a sense of the fights driving his day. thanks for loading, sweetie. ...oh, baked-on alfredo? ...gotta rinse that. nope. no way. nada. really? dish issues? throw it all in. cascade platinum powers through... your toughest stuck-on food. nice. cascade.
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welcome back. three weeks into the trump presidency one lesson we do know. he's not going to give up his twitter account. the president is very active usually in the morning. how many tweets? let's take a look at this. we have to make graphics in television. 47 tweets. made this just before the show. up to 49 now. the president is up and tweeting from florida. 49 tweets from @realdonaldtrump, nine of them before 9:00 a.m. he likes to get up and this one aattack on nordstrom after it
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cancelled ivanka trump's clothing line. in this case the "new york times." he likes to take after the news media and republican as far as and even take off republican senators and this a trademark trump. a three-parter attacking john mccain who criticized a raid in yemen. why does the president do this. this is how he likes to communicate and had a communication with former secretary of state and ronald reagan and chief of staff who said back in the day can't say regan on twitter and probably this president shouldn't do it and you try to change his mind. >> mac in our day we had the issue of the day. pretty hard to have the issue of the day if you don't know what the president is going to president on twitter at 2:00-at-in the morning. you would have to wait until the end to find out what the issue of the day is, but -- but, look. it's been very successful for him so who is to say. i mean, it worked.
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nobody thought it would work and maybe it will work now and i do think it makes more difficult to have a -- a well -- well-oiled, well coordinated approach where the administration can speak with one voice. >> that was a very police elder statesman saying, look, i know it works for you, sir, but i don't think this is a good way to govern and in a polite way second baker is saying this and we were shooting this before and after the interview and he said this is one of the things about this president that you say no way. you can't do it that way and it's worked for him and you try to tell him no. >> the latest tweet this morning about mark cuban. maybe that's the issue of the day that the white house wants to focus on. hard to believe that it is. that was baker's point. how do you drive a message out of this white house when you don't know when the president is going to say. he's tweeted a couple of times already this morning, let's remember, right after north
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korea and this pretty important international crisis going on. but this is what he likes and reading the morning headlines and takes after you for doing your job and what is he learning about it. >> that to me is the real story of the first month of this presidency as far as the process goes. he's not going to give up the twitter feed and i just have to think that there are folks in the white house who are really unhappy about that. >> and they tried it in the gain. >> and it worked for a little bit in the campaign, and the fact that he's still doing this as the president of the united states and the fact that nobody is really challenging about it. >> and it's not all sunshine and roses, you know, and mark cubans here. he's hurt himself with the tweeting about the ban, the white house is trying to get away from calling the travel ban a ban and -- >> good point.
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>> and it's used in court. he's not to be the debbie downer here. >> and his family and his staff won't challenge him about giving it up. nobody else is going to. i was on the hill this week and talking to republicans there, and they are fine with him doing it. they don't like it, and you can sort of tell with their game aces. what did he say now, but they have accommodated him. this is remarkable. bob corker. the chairman of the foreign relations period said he gets a printout every morning of what the president tweeted out overnight. >> and we should get it, too. >> as one friend joked to me. you know, back in the day, a senator on the foreign relations committee would get printouts from the overnight cables from what was coming in and now you're getting the printout that the president is tweeting about, so they are accommodating him. not confronting him about his behavior. >> and it is -- it is part of hits style.
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he uses twitter to counterpunch. in public, too, his own supreme court nominee said he found it disheartening he was attacking the so-called judges on the court and president trump reacted to that and didn't say good for judge gorsuch and he said the media is making it up. >> you misrepresented his comments totally. >> i wanted to ask what your thoughts were. >> his comments were misrepresented and what you should do is ask senator blumenthal about his vietnam record that didn't exist after years of saying that it did so ask senator blumenthal about his vietnam record. he misrepresented that just like he misrepresented judge gorsuch. >> i'm old enough to remember reporters asking donald trump about his vietnam record. did he have heel spurs was the issue. his approval rating is historically abysmal so you can't get away from that, but to
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jackie's earlier point. the gorsuch with the back heart, had to do that. >> why does trump have to say what the media is saying about it? >> trump is wrong here. >> of course he's wrong. but, i mean, we have -- look at the immigration man policy and look how it's polling. it has not lost any altitude. around 52 and it's a relatively popular policy and the gores such legacy, by far and away the longest lasting legacy item in a couple of weeks went fairly well and this guy is going to have a very easy time and i had a republican senate staffer say to meet other day that executive orders are essentially press releases on steroids. right, that's overstating it a little bit and the legislative battles are still to come and in terms of the more concrete and long lasting -- >> still 190% approval among
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welcome back. interesting times three weeks in. the vice president is mad at the national security adviser and the secretary of state is miffed after coming out on the losing end of a white house power play and accounts of the inner workings of the trump west wing sound like house of cards in "game of thrones." talk of a staff war is a media. >> priebus says we talk a lot. all day long and communicate at night and steve bannon a little more banter, until we fall asleep. quickly on this one. you're laughing -- you're laughing at the table. smart on their part and all the stories about this. >> you hung up. no, you hang up.
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>> all these stories about these guys walking around the west wing with a knife fine and do an interview and says all is fine. >> which one is country and which one is a little bit rock 'n' roll? >> i can answer that question. >> priebus/bannon. >> nothing says unity more than planted stories. not planted stories. nothing says unity more than stories saying there's unity. here's the thing. does trump mind all of this? >> right. >> i don't necessarily think that he does. as you can see, he loves it. >> had it during the campaign. >> controlled chaos. >> and if you -- yeah. he doesn't mind this. he lives off feuds and he's happier to live in the world of feuds and controversies than he is litigating the policy details the gang of eight immigration bill or the north korean provocation or what have you, but, look, the white house -- this is not just trump, by the way. i can recall, a lot of that you can last week. in the spring of 2009 getting a
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conversation to white house chief of staff rahm emanuel saying getting this angle. rahm is getting along with valerie jarrett and glast night had dinner together. >> we'll watch how this plays out. bannon say gressive and more nationalist and seize the moment and do things as fast as possible. reince is more establishment, let's work with the congress and move towards the middle of the republican party and the one front and center crackling with pressure. the president is furious. went out on national television after talking to to the national security adviser saying the calls that michael flynn had in the transition period, president obama still in office. he was assured the idea of sanctions and the whole debate about whether the united statess would leave sanctions in place once mr. trump became president was not discussed. mike pence said there was no
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conversation about this and now it turns out on the intercepts there are talk of sanctions. >> people corroborating that and -- and flynn, of course, now saying he can't quite remember these conversations. mike pens couldn't have been clearer in -- in his statement. priebus couldn't have been clearer in that statement eat, so you have a situation now where either michael flynn told a fib, an untruth, or he can't remember conversations that happened just recent. >> i this trial goes to a jury of one though, the president. united states. if the vice president goes to the president and says this is my credibility that this man has undermined. >> shouldn't have go to a committee of 535. we had jason chaffetz holding hearings, endless hearings into -- and i'm not questioning the fact that he should have investigated what occurred at benghazi, but we now have on the record really significant dissonances in account that's
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important to national security and as we saw at one of his town halls in utah he was chased off the stage. >> do your job. to both obamacare and the oversight. >> the this will ultimately ratchet up pressure on the congress. i don't know how many more of these you can have before the congress -- republicans in congress are going to face some pressure. >> there's investigations under way, senate intelligence committee and my question is does the president wait? if those investigations will lead to something damning about the national security adviser or does he get ahead of it? >> trump despite the fired tag line he doesn't necessarily like to fire people. flynn has been loyal to him. good friends on the campaign trail so it's hard to see them doing this. like the chaos of everybody. don't want more chaos. >> doesn't like capitulation, the corey lewandowski situation. he waited weeks. >> and perhaps a real big test for mike pence. how much does he privately with the president does he try to
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impose his will after being put in a really bad spot. >> a lot of serious staff. before we go to break, one other people at the table has become a regular on "saturday night live." let's take a quick peek here. >> oh, gosh. >> glen thrush, "new york times," student had, go. >> i just wanted to know what the president intends to do now that the appeals court has denied the question to stop the travel ban? >> you're testing me, big guy. look, it's simple. ful appeals court won't do what's right, president trump will see them in court specifically the people's court. >> that isn't real. >> you have the floor, sir. >> that isn't real. >> good for the kid, right? >> my kids -- my kids love it, and i have to say i've never worn the hat in the briefing room. >> but he used to wear the hat all the time. >> the hat is in the green room and should put that baby up on ebay. our reporters share from their
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welcome back. we surround our table with reporters and not pundits for a reason and we ask them to share a nugget or two from their notebooks and get ahead of the political news around the corner. nia-malika henderson? >> there was behind-the-scenes tensions in the wake of elizabeth warren's attempted floor speech citing coretta scott king's sponges from the mid-1980s. some people thought it focused too much on elizabeth warren and focused more on coretta scott king words and jeff sessions' deeds. if you look at the congressional black caucus statement it barely mentioned elizabeth warren at all. this really speaks to two things, one of which is elizabeth warren's ongoing challenges with black progressives. she's certainly the darling of white progressives, but i think she still has some work to do
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among black progressive and just the democratic party more generally. is there a figure that can emerge that can really bridge the divide in the way we saw barack obama do in 2008 because, remember, the democratic party still goes through the south and african-american communities there in any kind of primary? >> and a bit of turmoil in the family at the moment. >> jonathan. >> what could have been. the biggest story among the confirmation hearings for president trump's cabinet was betsy devos which is kind of surprising for all of us. it sort of lost the history now, but it's important to recall is that after the protests, the phones melting down in all the senators' offices, it didn't have to happen. mish rell rhee, the well known pole ruizing school superintendent in washington, d.c., well known nationally, was in the mix to be education secretary and actually had a conversation with senior trump people and that was squelched by
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some top trump folks who wanted betsy devos, because, a, she's a well-known donor and, b, somebody who helped buy the trump folks capital with the trump establishment. during the period when they were offering olive branches to the establishment and lastly because rhee is more of an independent player and well known in this field, expert in this field, perhaps not as easy to run that department with her there as with devos. >> keep it close. >> glen? >> stephen miller, this is your moment. we had two major profiles of stephen miller who is the president's senior adviser and the man who got into a little bit of trouble for say we say the spotty implementation of the travel ban order. this is a guy a couple years ago on capitol hill the bane of in boxes. people would set their e-mail to spam every time he would send out one of his famous kind of flaming missives on immigration reform. but now this is the guy who
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really has the president's ear, and what we are hearing and reporting, my colleague and i, jennifer steinhauer today, is now that he's working on work visas, the work visa issue. not shying away necessarily from immigration rerecall to. the bannon cluster in the white house is moving full speed ahead in part because they don't feel like they have a lot of time and i think if you look at the backlash against the travel ban they may not have that much time. >> seize the moment, if you can, jackie. >> we've been talking a lot about the republican town halls where there's been pushback, particularly on the aca. in the midst of all of this. progressives are actually selling this law again. there's been a bus tour for the last three weeks where they have gone to 12 cities and held 27 rallies. really reminding people about some of the good that the affordable care act has done, and yesterday senator schumer and senator sanders called for a nationwide rally to, you know, again, remind progressives why
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this law needs to stand up. those will happen on february 25th. for the first time democrats are really pushing to save the affordable care act. >> 2010, 2014, oh, never mind. better late than never. as he makes the rounds in the senate, the president's supreme court pick has a guy who knows the shortcuts, the back stairways and members on a first-name basis, former new hampshire senator kelly ayotte, she's judge gorsuch's sherpa, guiding him through the process including the courtesy calls. it was a surprising choice and she lost her seat in november and in that campaign had some not so complimentary things to say about candidate trump and he returned the favor with not so nice names of his own and senator mcconnell said she could be helpful because she's well-liked among her colleagues. some in the though say she wants to raise her profile to land some corporate post and friends
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in new hampshire see the seats of a comeback, the other seat held by governor jeanne shaheen up in to 20 when president trump is up for re-election. if ayotte wanted to run and some say she does, making peace with the president now could help get him on her side. kelly ayotte in the new sherpa role just in case. thanks for sharing your sunday morning with us. "inside politics" live at noon and up next "state of the union" with jake tapper.
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travel ban battle s.president trump's immigration order headed to the supreme court? >> i have no doubt that we'll win. >> what is his next move in this political showdown. >> we'll be doing something very rapidly and you'll be seeing that sometime next week. >> new jersey governor and former trump advise remember chris christie joins us live for an exclusive interview. plus, bombshell, "the washington post" reports government officials say national security

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