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president of the united states. and he disqualified himself this morning on "morning joe." >> that does it for us this morning. steve kornacki picks up the coverage right now. all right. good morning, everyby. i'm steve kornacki. this morning, face-off. hillary clinton and donald trump on the same stage moments apart answering the tough questions on her e-mails. >> i make no excuses for it. it was something that should not have been done. >> on his praise of vladimir putin. >> if he says great things about me, i'm going to stay great things about him. >> their different views on foreign policy. >> she made a mistake on libya. she made a terrible mistake on libya. >> there's no difference between my opponent and myself. he's on record extensively supporting intervention in libya. >> and clinton we are just learning set to take questions from reporter this is hour. we'll bring that you live.
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plus, after trump attacks president obama -- >> i think under the leadership of barack obama and hillary clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. >> the president fires back this morning. >> i don't think that he's qualified to be president of the united states. and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed. >> new details on hillary clinton's e-mail server. this e-mail just leased from colin powell detailing how he set up a personal e-mail address and even communicated with foreign leaders on it. the fallout this morning. and the presidential candidate flub on "morning joe." that everyone is talking about. >> what would you do if you were elected about aleppo? >> about? >> aleppo? >> and what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> and we begin with our team of
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reporters and analysts standing by with all the reaction pouring in this morning from both the clinton and trump campaigns. but first, take a look at some of the most talked about moments from last night's forum. >> what we have here is the use of an unclassified system by hundreds of people in our government to send information that was not marked, there were no headers, there was no statement top secret or confidential. i communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. >> i think i would have a very, very good relationship with putin and i think i would have a very, very good relationship with russia. >> they are not going to get ground troops. we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again. and we're not putting ground troops into syria. we're going to defeat isis without committing american ground troops.
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>> is the plan you've been hiding this whole time asking someone else for their plan? >> no. but when i do come up with a plan that i like and that perhaps agrees with mine or maybe doesn't, i may love what the generals come back with. >> but you have your own plan. >> i have a plan. >> nbc's jacob rascone is live outside trump tower in new york city, and kristen welker is live in columbus, ohio, covering the hillary clinton campaign. we are expecting the formal press conference from her in more than 270 days. they are setting up for it outside of her plane here in new york as she prepares to leave after that forum last night. kristen welker, we'll start with you. just in the last few minutes we're learning about the press conference. i know she talked to some reporters aboard her plane a couple times in the last week, but this looks like a more formal press conference going on. what is going on? >> reporter: it does, dine ed. you see the podium set up. we have been talking about the fact that secretary hillary clinton is trying to make an
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attempt to make herself more accessible. so this underscores that new strategy and comes amidst new troubling headlines about her e-mails. last night she was pressed under use of a personal e-mail server and again said it was a mistake. she said she mishandled classified information so she'll get questions on that today. and she'll get questions about last night's commander in chief forum, responding to donald trump. i can tell you the official response from the clinton campaign so far has been to slam donald trump for criticizing the generals, praising vladimir putin and not ruling out a plan to fight isis as well as saying the military should have known better by putting men and women together. so a little bit of what we might hear when secretary clinton takes the podium in what could be less than a half hour from now, steve. >> all right, kristen welker out there in columbus. we are waiting for that hillary clinton press conference to start. keeping a close eye on that.
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as soon as it does, we'll go live to show you exactly what is playing out there. meanwhile, we'll go to jacob rascone outside the trump tower covering the trump campaign. jacob, obviously donald trump made answers last night on vladimir putin and the cia briefings he's received as a presidential candidate, suggesting that they were making some sort of disparaging comment maybe about barack obama, at least with their body language. what are you hearing from the trump campaign this morning? >> reporter: well, the campaign honestly seems thrilled at the forum and in his performance tweeting out praises immediately following and this morning. again, to be fair, they always do that it seems after a debate performance, whether it turns out that the public believes he did really well or not. but there will be a lot of questions, of course, now following to follow-up on what he said last night, including what he said about the generals, being reduced to rubble, including the talk about what he said years ago about men and women in the military together
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saying it was a correct tweet, then sort of walking it back there this morning. general flynn, one of his top surrogates, was asked about that and asked to defend that. there will be a lot of questions going forward, but basically the trump campaign seems to be feeling very good about this week, in general, starting the labor day with tight anything polls, tight anything poening pn several campaign stops they feel went really well. so they feel as though they are riding high at this point and doing very well. but again, several headlines out of last night that the campaign will be asked to respond to. and trump, in my media appearances, will be asked to respond to directly. did he really mean to defend that tweet from three years ago? it seems that he did. and then he stumbled a little bit on the answer of what to do about that, steve? >> kristen welker in columbus, ohio. let me go back to you as we mentioned at the top, there's also news on the e-mail front this morning that came up at the forum. last night the e-mail subject in
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general but also about colin powell and the advice he gave hillary clinton. there have been some dispute between the powell camps and the clinton camps sort of playing out in the anonymous quotes in the papers over the last few days. now the e-mail sheds light on this. what can you tell us? >> reporter: it does shed light on this. this was an e-mail exchange from 2009 released by the ranking democratic member on the house oversight and government reform committee, elijah cummings. and what is in the e-mail exchange, he asked colin powell about using the blackberry and he said he used a personal account, not a blackberry, but a personal computer hooked up to the phone line. he communicated with friends but also the leaders of foreign governments. but it also came with a stark warning, steve, let me read it to you. there's a real danger, if it is public, that you have a blackberry and it is government and you are using it, government or not, to do business, it may become an official record and subject to law. reading about the president's blackberry rules this morning, it seems it won't be as useful
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as it used to be. be very careful. i got around it by not saying much and using systems that captured data. so essentially giving her some advice on how to circumvent the system. we reached out to colin powell who refused to comment on this. last night donald trump had blunt criticisms of president obama. now president obama this morning responding to donald trump. what can you tell us? >> and the campaign has no problem sparring with president obama and hillary clinton on national security. but president obama was asked specifically about the criticism from donald trump. here's what he said. >> the most important thing for the public and the press is to
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just listen to what he says and follow-up and ask questions about what appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright wacky ideas. >> reporter: it seems safe to predict the back and forth between trump and obama and trump and clinton will only heat up in the next 60 days, steve. >> jacob rascon out in columbus, ohio. thank you to both of you. joining me now for analysis on last night's forum, we've steve clemons and dana milbank. thank you to both of you. we want to play the highlights from last night. we'll start on the issue of e-mails, hillary clinton was first out last night, the e-mail issue came up on the question of whether her e-mails might have been hacked. whether they might have been read by foreign agents or some other nefarious force. here's that exchange. >> what is factual is the state department system was hacked.
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most of the government systems are way behind the curve. we have had hacking repeatedly, even in the white house. there's no evidence my system was hacked. >> steve clemons, a bit of an interesting response there to make the case implicitly she had a better system than the government. >> i think right now the e-mail controversy she keeps digging into because there's a lot we don't know about what foreign perpetrators had access to. she's laying out groundwork, as much as we know, they haven't done that. but i have to tell you, russia hacked the dnc and is meddling with our election. i think one should be very careful of saying they are holier than thou when looking at the broad government and how it has been hacked. >> also from donald trump's standpoint, we mentioned this a minute ago, but probably the headline, one of the headlines at least from donald trump's answers last night. he talked about the briefings he's been receiving as a
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presidential candidate. he made this very controversial comment about barack obama. >> what i do know is that barack obama did not follow the experts and when they call it intelligence, it's there for a reason, and he did not follow what they told him to do. and i was very surprised. i am pretty good with the body language, i could tell they were not happy. our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. >> well, dana milbank, it's a heck of a charge he's leveling there. it makes me wonder if there's going to be an official response out there if that will require some sort of official response from his briefers from the cia. that is something we really haven't gone down this road in a presidential campaign before. >> it's funny to think of all the times we have said we have never been down this road in a presidential campaign, we are constantly in unchartered territory here. now here you have a top secret
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briefing. so by definition, nobody can really come out and say, no, this is actually what was said. so he's protected to spread whatever sort of innuendo he wants. this is what trump did multiple times last night and has done throughout the campaign, put a little suggestion out there and lit et percolate. let it percolate. let people question and doubt it. we have seen it repeatedly. how does the cia come out and say, our body language was not what mr. trump interpreted it to be. that would be bizarre. >> it would be bizarre but not the first bizarre thing to happen in this presidential race. something else hillary clinton was pressed on is something that haunted her in her first presidential campaign back in 2008, that was her vote to authorize the use of force in
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iraq. she cast the vote back in 2002, the war began in 2003. this is how she addressed that last night. >> look, i think that the decision to go to war in iraq was a mistake. and i have said that my voting to give president bush that authority was from my perspective my mistake. >> steve clemons, it is striking when you think back to the first presidential campaign, hillary clinton would not talk about it as a mistake. now she does. >> i think now she does. which i think is important that she's gone through and asked this. what i really found missing last night entirely, and i was mostly disappointed on the hillary front because i didn't expect it from obama was as commander in chief, i would like to know what her frame is in thinking about global priorities. i would like to know why in the scheme o things that iraq decision was maybe the wrong
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decision, but how do you get more of the right decisions? how do you not overfocus? i recently interviewed joe biden who said terrorists are not a local threat. why we don't take enough attention from other wolfs in the field as he called it, that kind of discussion, now matt lauer may not have put it to her, but hillary clinton also didn't grab the moment to say, here is commander in chief as how i see the world. when i sit behind the oval office desk, this is going to drive the way i think about what the nation needs to put its priorities on. that is why the iraq question mattered, only in that context. whether one was right or wrong is not really what this is about. >> this is something we'll play here, not from the debate last night, but it involves the third major candidate in this presidential race. libertarian gary johnson, the context here, gary johnson needs to get to 15% in the polls in the next two weeks to make that debate stage. he's running around 10% right
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now. some of them have had him at 12%, 13%. he was on "morning joe" in the last couple of hours. this is what happened. >> what is aleppo? >> you're kidding. >> no. >> aleppo is in syria. it's the -- it's the epicenter of the refugee crisis. >> dana milbank, did we watch the libertarian presidential campaign fall apart in that moment? >> who is aleppo? never heard of the guy. to the extent that it was ever really launched, considering the disenchantment with trump, it really hasn't taken off. that certainly didn't help. so here you have a libertarian candidate who doesn't seem to know what is going on. you have the anguished democratic candidate still going back and forth and hammering out her vote from several years ago. and you have donald trump talking about his position on iraq saying he was opposed to it and unfortunately he was not challenged on that last night.
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so you have one guy making it up, one guy anguished and another who doesn't know what to say. >> dana millbanks, steve clemons, thank you. we are waiting for the press conference, hillary clinton's first full-fledged press conference in 278 days. they are setting up for it there outside her plane. we'll bring it to you live as soon as it starts. coming up next, two of the hardest questions to come from the audience, two veteran pressing the candidates. where they satisfied with the answers they got? they are going to join us and will tell us, next. technology. technology... say, have you seen all the amazing technology in geico's mobile app? mobile app? look. electronic id cards, emergency roadside service, i can even submit a claim. wow... yep, geico's mobile app works like a charm. geico. expect great savings ana whole lot more.
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and you are looking live at the tarmac in white plains, new york. any minute now, hillary clinton will be there at that podium in front of her campaign plane holding what will be her first press conference, her first
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full-fledged press conference in 278 days. as soon as it begins, we will bring it to you live. meanwhile, last night at the commander in chief forum here in new york city, veterans and active military personnel had the chance to hear from the nominees and also to pose questions directly to them. >> i was against the war in iraq because i said it is going to totally destabilize the middle east, which it has. it's been an absolutely disastrous war. almost as bad was the way barack obama got out. that was a disaster. >> and joining me now are two of the veterans who asked questions last night, phil cly asked a question of donald trump, and john lester asked a question of hillary clinton. i think the best way to do this is to play each one of the exchanges and ask you about what you wanted to achieve with the question and what you thought you achieved. john, you posed a question to hillary clinton. let's take a look at it. >> secretary clinton, how can you expect those such as myself
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who were and are entrusted with america's most sensitive information to have any competence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security. >> i communicated about classified material on a wholly separate system. i took it very seriously. so i did exactly what i should have done and i take it very seriously. always have, always will. >> all right. so john, you were in the air force, you were operation desert shield, operation desert storm back in the early '90s. that's your military background. what inspired the question first, let me ask you that? >> well, actually, i started out in the navy. >> sorry about that. >> what inspired the question in my career, we handled an awful lot of very sensitive information. and as an example my squad
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commander on deployment, we had an incident where we had a top secret communications materials that had been dropped in what is called a secure compartmentized facility. that tape set off a three-day no sleep event where his career was in jeopardy for one facility. so when you compare that, when you compare what we have seen with some of the other individuals lately who have done things that are somewhat innocuous and are facing up to a year in himprisonment for something far less as a position of secretary of state who is handling information at the level that she's handling it, i guarantee you it is far more sensitive than we know. >> you have seen in your professional life and you have seen in your military career examples that inspire the
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question. what did you make of the answer? >> the answer, i hate to say this, but essentially i thought it was very disingenerous. the fact that she stood on and we have seen several explanations of her handling of materials in the past. this is, for whatever it's worth, a new twist. the fact is the materials, when you are reading a piece of information, typically they are classified. i do agree with lher in that sense, but at the same time think of it from two perspectives. the first perspective is that when you are transmitting information, you cannot tell me that, understanding the content of that information has implications. and that in and of itself requires uso be stewards. essentially, not making that information available if we think regardless of the classification, and in her position i guarantee she was exposed to information and presented information, provided information that may not have
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been marked but was clearly sensitive to our national security. so whether when you stand up and say, i didn't transmit something or i didn't communicate something that didn't have that, not understanding that, it just doesn't make sense or add up. i'm sorry. >> that's the question to hillary clinton. now you posed a question, phil, to donald trump. you're an iraq veteran, a marine, is that right? >> yep. >> so let's play your question and see what you thought of it. this is your question to donald trump. >> assuming we defeat isis, what is next? what is your plan to ensure the region doesn't come back is? >> i always said we shouldn't be there, but if we are going to get out, take the oil. if we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have, i cysis. >> take the oil, he talked about that last night. what did you make of it? >> it's -- it's hard to take seriously. the answer that he gave didn't suggest that he spent a lot of time seriously thinking about
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that. also, of course, prior to the war he's on record supporting it. so that was sort of a flat-out lie. but i think more troubling, if we were to take him at his word, take him seriously, that we were going to send u.s. troops to pillage the oil of iraq, that would be a catastrophe for the united states. it would shatter alliances, you night much of the world against us and increase terrorism. i think it's -- it's a disturbing answer. and you hope, you know, he mentioned that he hasn't had so much time to study up on military policy because he has a lot of hats and is doing a lot of things. you certainly hope that somebody who is potentially going to be the commander in chief will spend more time thinking seriously about the complex and nature of the region and what we need to do to ensure we're not wasting american lives right now. i think about it, there's a 17-year-old kid right now whose thinking about joining the marine corps. and the wrong decision made by the commander in chief could
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lead that kid to be maimed or killed. and i would not bet that kid's life on the kind of vague answers that he gave last night. >> okay. so neither one of you very happy with the answers they got last night. so the questions were great. i'm glad you guys asked them. i thought it was the best part of the forum, hearing from voices like yours many the audience. phil cly, john lester, thank you. and we are still waiting for what will be the first full-flenl full-fledged press conference in 278 days. it will start any minute now. as soon as it does, we'll bring it to you live. up next, the candidates spoke last night directly to members of the military. we just showed dwlthat. a former advisor to hillary clinton is going to join me to break down his candidate pick. came he. or maybe the day you realized your baby
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is it a professor who never stops being a student? is it a caregiver determined to take care of her own? or is it a lifetime of work that blazes the path to your passions? your personasuccess takes afinr who vlearn more at tiaa.orgu do. welcome back. i'm steve kornacki. time now for the morning primer, everything you need to know to start your day.
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we begin with hillary clinton any second now expected to give what will be her first full-fledged press conference in 278 days. as soon as it begins, we will bring it to you live. president obama, meanwhile, wrapping up his eight-day trip to asia. last night he shook hands with the filipino president. just two days after canceling the meeting after controversial comments. and colin powell discusses his use of the personal e-mail server and devices. mexico's finance minister resign in the wake of last week's visit by donald trump. you have seen him to be the chief architect of the visit which has been a source of embarrassment for mexico's political leadership. and tmz sports and "usa today" report that swimmer ryan lochte will be suspended for ten months by the u.s. and international olympic bodies.
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the other three swimmers involved in the rio incident will be given shorter suspensions. donald trump at the commander in chief forum last night insinuated the body language of intelligence officials during the briefings he's received showed they are not happy with president obama. take a listen. >> i was very, very surprised. in almost every instance, and i have pretty good body language, they were not happy. our leaders did not follow what they were recommending. >> joining me now is general john douglas, a supporter of hillary clinton. general, thank you for taking a few minutes. we'll start on that comment from donald trump lasnight. so these are security briefings that the nominees for president have traditionally received. this goes back a couple generations right now. we haven't had an incident in the campaign right now where a candidate speaks that way about the meeting. what do you make of it? and is it at all possible what he's saying could be true, they were suggesting something to him about being dissatisfied with the president? >> you know, this is
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unprecedented as you pointed out and extraordinary he would say something like that. he also intimated during his discussion there were disgruntled generals talking to him behind the scenes and telling him how frustrated they were and all this other stuff. i don't believe that. and the general served at the highest level in four years at the white house. the number one military officer there during the first gulf war, i know how this operates, i know the generals and admirals today. on the one hand, trump trashes the generals and says they will be reduced to rubbles and he will fire them all, some kind of a purge of general officers. then he hints behind the scenes they are, wink, wink, sending him signals. i think this is b.s. from the
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trump campaign. >> what kind of relationship with that be between them? >> he knows nothing about the military. last night they were talking about the judicial system in the military and how to establish a whole new judicial system. i don't know if anybody has told him about the court-martial system, all the flag officers have served on court-martials and know the safeguards and how seriously we take discipline and the protection of our troops. he seems to have no sense of that at all. and it's just appalling. you know, some of the sexist things he said. he implied the reason for sexual abuse in the military is because women are in the military. this is kind of a dog whistle of a form of sexism that a lot of people get, but apparently he doesn't get it. >> his comments last night, we played this earlier, about vat m vladimir putin, he came up.
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he also said obama is not a strong leader compared to vladimir putin. what the you think of that? >> well, again, it's extraordinary that he has more admiration for a russian dictator who has invaded the ukraine and taken over parts of eastern europe, threatened all the other nato allies in eastern europe who look to nato, look to the united states for protection and leadership. and he thinks a guy like that is great but doesn't like the president of the united states. i mean, these are extraordinary things, and those of us in the military, we look at hillary clinton, she has detailed plans, she outlined last night the highlights of her three-point plan for isis. he says, trust my, i have a secret plan. i wrote war plans on the white house staff and know how complex it is, it involves the cia, the defense department, other intelligence agencies, homeland
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security, so on. these are complex things that take coordination. you don't have a secret thing you throw out on the table at the last minute. this is, at a national level, really scary to the military professionals. >> you mentioned you're supporting hillary clinton. i want to ask you about the questions she was asked last night about the e-mail. let me just play a clip of that first. >> most of the government systems are way behind the curve. we've had hacking repeatedly, even in the white house. there is no evidence my system was hacked. >> so i know this is something, this is a subject a lot of her supporters are tired of talking about, but we had one of the veterans who asked a question last night about the e-mail and was not happy about her answer, but i asked why he asked the question. he said in his military career
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he's seen low-level people relative to the secretary of the state who have lost their careers over the handling, the improper handling of classified information. not just the marking on it, but the material they should recognize as classified. does he have a point? >> he's reflecting a view that a lot of people in the military feel that sometimes leaders at the top are judged by a different standard than those at the bottom. that's understandable that the troops sometimes feel that way. but what is really going on here, steve, is technology, communication technology is moving at light speed. and the political process moves at snail speed. and when the great history of our country is written, is it going to be any surprise that some of our politicians stumble a little bit and try to adjust? how do you do all of this stuff on e-mails versus the way we used to do it with paper. when i was at the white house, we had like three computers on our desk, one was really super
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high classified, regular classified and then the very emergent internet activity. so it is not surprising to me that a glitch like this could come up. it certainly has no long-term reflection on the secretary of state, her experience as first lady, her experience as a solid senator from new york. she's on the armed services committee, as you know. i have testified before that committee a few times. i know the homework she did. she would let us know what she wanted out of the testimony and what we should be allowed to talk about. she was a great senator. and on the other hand, we have somebody that says, i have secret plans, trust me, i'm going to make everything great. i'm not going to tell you how i'm going to do it. those of us in the military, we don't buy that stuff, okay? you don't -- when you go to
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combat, you don't want to be led by somebody who says, i'm going to tell you my secret two minutes before the first round comes in. >> a lot of people remembering richard nixon who had the secret plan in vietnam. john douglas, thank you for the time. and we are standing by waiting for that hillary clinton press conference. it is scheduled to start any minute from now. you can see the podium set up. the plane right behind it. as soon as it does, we'll bring it to you. stay with us. where alarms were once raised, now there's silence. with our full-spectrum cyber cabilities, our military can eliminate enemy threats, at the push of a button. ♪ that's the value of performance. northrop grumman
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all right. so here is the scene inside that van you're looking at, we believe, hillary clinton, the democratic nominee for president. that is at the airport in white plains, new york. that's a short distance outside of new york city. new york city where hillary clinton was last night to attend and participate in the commander in chief forum along with her opponent donald trump. she's scheduled to fly down from the airport in the campaign
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plane to charlotte, north carolina, and continue campaigning for the presidency in what has emerged as a key swing state. but before that, and this is a late breaking development this morning in the last hour or so, her campaign has scheduled a press conference. so they have set up a podium in front of her campaign plane at the airport there in white plains. it is supposed to get underway any minute. in fact, we have received some suggestion that it might already be underway at this point. as you can see, it is not. but we believe any minute now, any second now, those doors will open and former secretary of state will emerge. she will talk over to the podium to hold what will be the first formal full-fledged press conference in 278 days. as soon as it happens, we'll bring it to you live. there she is now, in fact, coming out the other side. look at that, i thought it was going to be the doors in front of me, it was the other doors. but here comes former secretary of state hillary clinton. you can see this is in white plains, new york. the clintons have their home in
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chappaqua outside of new york city. here she is, let's take a listen to what she has to say. >> good morning. good morning. good morning, everyone. last night i was very glad to be able to begin a conversation with the american people and offer some of my thoughts about isis, iran and how we reform the v.a. system to provide better care for our vets. and i'm honored that in the last 24 hours more retired generals and admirals have decided to endorse my campaign. the focus more on these crucial challenges, tomorrow i'm convening a meeting of bipartisan national security leaders and experts, including former secretaries of state in homeland security, michael chertoff and janet napolitano,
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general john allen, former director of the cia, michael morell, and the allied commander and others. we will continue to discuss how to keep our country safe. so to that end, i want to underscore something i mentioned last night. we should make it a top priority to hunt down the leader of isis, abu al baghdad dbaghdadi. getting al-baghdadi will require efforts at the top levels, but it will send a resounding message that nobody directs or inspires attacks against the united states and gets away with it. let me be clear, last night was yet another test.
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and donald trump failed yet again. we saw more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and photoly uncaphot photoly uncalled qualified to b commander in chief. he said american generals will be reduced to rubble and he would fire them and replace them with hand-picked generals. he also said, quote, we have been losing for us for a very long time. that's how he talks about distinguished men and women who have spent their lives serving our country, sacrificing for us. that's how he would act as commander in chief. meanwhile, bizarrely once again he praised russia's strong man vladimir putin. even taking the astonishing step of suggesting that he prefers
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the russian president to our american president. now, that is not just unpatriotic and insulting to the people of our country as well as to our commander in chief, it is scary. because it suggests he will let putin do whatever putin wants to do. and then make excuses for him. i was just thinking about all of the presidents that would just be looking at one another in total astonishment. what would ronald reagan say about a republican nominee who attacks america's generals and is praising russia's president? i think we know the answer. and when asked how he would stop the spread of global terrorism, trump's answer was simply, take the oil. the united states of america does not invade other countries to plunder and pillage.
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we don't send our brave men and women around the world to steal oil. and that's not even getting into the absurdity of what it would involve. massive infrastructure, large numbers of troops, many years on the ground. of course, trump hasn't thought through any of that. every republican holding or seeking office in this country should be asked if they agree with donald trump about these statements. now one thing you didn't hear from donald trump last night is any plan to take on isis. one of the biggest threats facing our country. he says his plan is still a secret but the truth is he simply doesn't have one. and that's not only dangerous, it should be disqualifying. so i have a very different vision for how we keep our country safe and strong. i respect the men and women who put their lives on the line to serve america. i will work with our allies to
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defeat isis. and will hold true to our country's most cherished values. you know, even with all of the attention being paid to the campaign, we cannot forget how important this decision is. this weekend is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. i will never forget the horror of that day. but i will never forget either the victims and survivors and the brave first responders and emergency responders that i met with and served and worked for as senator from new york. that's what kept me working so hard in the senate, on the behalf of 9/11 families, that's who i was thinking of ten years later in the white house situation room with president obama when the decision was made to bring obama bin laden to justice. that's the kind of commander in chief i will be, someone who will bring us together in common
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purpose to keep our people safe and our country strong. >> reporter: madam secretary, the latest clear politics average has you up by an average of 2.8 percentage points over donald trump. given what you say are his historic inadequacies and qualifications on the commander in chief that you just made, shouldn't you basically be running away with it at this point? >> as i have said many, many times, i always thought this would be a close election. that's why we have been putting organizations in place, gearing up for these final weeks to mobilize and turnout our outers our voters. but i feel like we are in a strong place, we are not taking any place, anyone for granted. we are going to keep working as hard as we can and pull out as many voters who agree with me as
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we possibly can muster. hi, jeff. >> reporter: you said unequivocally you would not put troopsnto iraq ever again. isn't a, that ignoring the ground forces that are there, and b, boxing yourself in should your military commanders if elected advise that you, in fact, need to do that? >> well, jeff, first of all, i have said that before. i have said that on numerous occasions. i believe it. i think putting a big contingent of american ground troops on the ground in iraq and syria would not be in the best interest of the fight against isis and other terrorist groups. in fact, i think it would fulfill one of their dearest wishes, which is to drag the united states back into a ground war in that region. however, i have been very clear and said this again last night, i support the air campaign. i support special forces.
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i support enablers. i support intelligence. i will absolutely be prepared to do whatever is necessary to support the arab and kurdish fighters on the ground to take with a focused commitment to taking him off the field. i think it intensifies what we are doing, but also recognizes that there is no, in my opinion, path forward to ground troops that would be in our interest. >> hi, good morning. secretary clinton, you have been criticized by the rnc for your demeanor last night, that you were too serious, didn't smile enough. can you react to that and also that there was a double standard. do you think you're treated differently in this race because you're a woman? >> i'm going to let all of you ponder that last question. i think there will be a lot of
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phd thesis and journalism on that subject for years to come. i don't take anything seriously that comes from the rnc. we were talking about serious issues last night. i know the difference between what we have to do to fix the v.a., what we have to do to take the fight to isis than just making political happy talk. and i had a very short window of time in that event last night to convey the seriousness with which i would approach the issues that concern our country. donald trump chose to talk about his deep admiration and support for vladimir putin. maybe he did it with a smile, and i guess the rnc would have liked that. >> thank you, madam secretary. >> i like the hat. >> appreciate that. >> is this a new look? >> no, it's kind of an old look now. >> are you bringing it back?
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>> i'm bringing it back. >> went shopping in your closet? >> you got it. >> of i do a lot of that. >> last night mr. trump suggested in his security briefings that briefers made a suggestion or insinuation they were not pleased, the cia was not pleased with the decisions the administration and president obama have made so far. did you get that same impression and can you comment otherwise on that suggestion from mr. trump? >> i think what he said was totally inappropriate. and undisciplined. i would never comment on any aspect of an intelligence briefing that i received. [ inaudible ] >> what does that mean for you going into the debates? >> that's a very fair question. i have been somewhat heartened by the number of articles recently, pointing out the quite
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disparate treatment of trump than his campaign compared to ours. i don't understand the reasons for it. i find it frustrating. but it's just part of the landscape that we live in, and just keep forging ahead. look, i think this is a really important moment for everybody in our country, as you have seen by the numbers of republicans concerned about trump coming forward and saying, this is not acceptable. they are willing to put their names out there. people who have never endorsed a democrat. people who have never endorsed before, because they are so concerned about this man and how totally unqualified he is to be president, and how totally temperamentally unfit he is to be commander-in-chief. so i know that he says
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outrageous things on a pretty regular basis and i know that's part of the coverage and i know that it may be difficult to feel that, you know, exactly how to respond to some of his behavior. but we're on the brink of making a very critical decision for our country. and if i were not the candidate, if i were not the nominee, if i were just a concerned citizen, i would be out here doing everything i could to sound the alarm about someone like donald trump getting anywhere near the white house and i will continue to do that. [ inaudible ] >> thanks, guys! see you on the plane. >> well, you can look on the map and find aleppo. [ inaudible ] i love you, andrea.
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you're my kind of woman. i'll tell you what. look at this. go ahead. the sympathy vote, the whole thing. i love it. [ inaudible question ] no, that's not true. look, republicans are just in a terrible dilemma, trying to support totally unqualified nominee. i have no sympathy for them. it's their nominee. but i am not going to tolerate continuing to make misleading, inaccurate accusations and putting out misinformation about me. and here's the latest example.
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matt olson, the very distinguished and effective counterterrorism center was so disturbed by what he has seen coming from the trump campaign that he wrote an article that i guess came online in the last 48 hours pulling from public sources very clear statements by isis leaders, essentially throwing whatever support they have to donald trump. they have, as matt olson pointed out, said they hope that ala america to trump. they have said they hope he is president, because it would give even more motivation to every jihadi, someone who has, as insulted muslims, has insulted a
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gold star family. of a incredibly heroic captain khan, someone who has said he doesn't want to let muslims from around the world come into our country. that is a gift for isis, and that is what matt olson, who knows more about this than the republicans trying to somehow muddy the waters very clearly stated. that's what i mean. look, i'm not asking for any special treatment. i know the road that i'm on. i've been on it for 25 years. and i just get up every day and keep moving forward. i love this country. i will serve it with my entire heart, mind and soul. i will do everything i can to protect america. and i will do everything i can to make sure donald trump is not president for many reasons. but this latest information coming from a distinguished counterterrorism expert should put every american's mind in
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motion to try to figure out what everyone can do to prevent trump from being president. thank you. >> see you guys on the plane. appreciate it. craig melvin in new york on her way to north carolina after holding what was her first formal press conference in 278 days. just north of new york city, headed down to the tar hill state for a campaign rally, coming off the
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commander-in-chief forum. hallie jackson. we got word it was going to happen. any idea what the impetus was? is this something that was in the works? >> hard to believe it wasn't last night. there is a couple ways to read it. it may be -- the way i read it, the clinton sees a lot of opportunities. and they want to do their best to make sure that is what people are talking about today. that's what people are talking about going forward. she had comments there, she brought up what he said about vladimir putin, when vladimir putin came up last night and donald trump talked about what a strong leader he thinks he is compared to barack obama. she called that unpatriotic, donald trump's comments about the generals being reduced to rubble, in his words, under president obama. she talked about convening this group tomorrow, this bipartisan meeting, mike chertoff, talking
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about isis strategy. hard not to say a deliberate contrast, what trump said, this vague idea of convening the generals early on in his tenure and getting a plan to beat isis, she said here are some people i'm talking to now. we're talking strategy right now. here's who they are. bipartisan. i look at it as -- i know there are people in her campaign, certainly, who have been very vocal since that forum last night, trying to make it sound like she got a raw deal. i look at this as a clinton campaign, opportunities by what donald trump said last night. >> let's talk about matt olson. i don't think that's a name a lot of focus are familiar with. folks who know who she is, walk us through what that exchange was about. >> iad had trouble hearing that. that was andrea mitchel and i couldn't pick up what she was saying. >> craig, my understanding what andrea was about --

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