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tv   The 11th Hour With Brian Williams  MSNBC  November 10, 2016 11:00pm-11:31pm PST

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organizational issues in setting up a white house. we talked about foreign policy, we talked about domestic policy.
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regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face.
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the meetingg lasted for almost a hour and a half. and it could have, as far r i'm concerned, it could haveone for a lot longer. we really -- we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. vevery much look forward to dealing with the president in the future including counsel. he explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and somome of the really great things t tt have been achieved. so, mr. president, it was a great honor being with you and i look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future. thank you.
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whether it's health care or immigration. so many different things. so we had a very good meeting, a very detailed meeting. and we're going to lower taxes, as you know. we're going to fix health care, and make it more affordable. >> up next, he met with mitch
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mcconnell. and revealed what his top priorities will be once he takes office. >> the work in washington also focused on the people trump will surround himself with once he takes office. msnbc news reports exclusively tonight the trump transition team has asked that nearly 30 people be granted the nation's highest security clearance. this group will review the most sensitive details about our covert operations. four people have already been given access, chris christie, rudy giuliani, newt gingrich, and mike rogers. on top of that, the trump team is eyeing several washington insiders, including three with congressional experience.
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jeff sessions, duncan hunter, robert smith walker. three retired generals, kellogg, flynn, and burgess. and two bush administration vets, john bolton and steven hadley, who says he's not participating in the transition at this point. >> kristen welker is with us tonight. we also want to bring in politico senior white house reporter edward dovier. before we begin this conversation, we just want to update everyone on some new math. actually, a projection election night style two nights after the election. just night, nbc news projected donald trump the winner in arizona. he picks up 11 electoral votes additional, adding to his total, giving him 290 to clinton's 228. while she won the most votes overall, that is not how we award presidential elections. and much has been made of donald
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trump flipping parts of the rust belt, specifically michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania. all three states were called for trump on election night and will stay in his column. but votes continue to come in. at this moment, the combined vote difference between trump and clinton in those three states out of 13 million votes cast is 107,330. if clinton had won all three states, she would have won the election. back to our conversation. kristen, a couple of observations. number one, the digital photography era was supposed to make cameras quieter. it is an unbelievable racket while those two men are talking and everyone has talked about it today. the bust of martin luther king over the shoulder of donald trump. an incredible scene today, and donald trump learning everything from question and answer protocol, coaching from the president, to basic confines of washington, capitol hill, and
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his tour guide was the speaker of the house. >> it was just an extraordinary day, and you're right, the optics, the sounds added to that, the fact that you had the camera shutters going off reminded you of what was happening, where they were inside the oval office, sitting against those chairs that we're so used to seeing the president speak to heads of state. it was just tremendous, because just think about it. president obama was out on the campaign trail 19 times trying to make sure this moment didn't happen. he said things like donald trump will never be president. so the president now is focused on moving forward. i am told he's taking this very seriously. he thinks that transitions are fundamental to our democracy, are a critical part of it. you heard him reference when he was in the rose garden, the fact that former president george bush made sure he had ale seamls
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transition. they have been working on this transition for over a year. it includes making sure that they do have the answers to questions that the trump team might have. and also, brian, as it gets closer to inauguration day, running through actual exercises, in case there is a crisis scenario to deal with. one more point, one white house official told me that a number of staffers are still feeling quite bleak. i've been talking to democrats more broadly who say that in speaking with the trump team as they shuttled back from the white house to capitol hill, there was a sense that a number of them were overwhelmed. remember, these are not people who have served in government before. a lot of them even at the local level. so this is an extraordinary transition that we're missing. >> edward, we invited you on tonight. while the white house press room is over the former swimming pool, the white house press pool has nothing to do with water and
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everything to do with access. all of us who have covered that place in television, when the confines are tight, you're sometimes the only television reporter to go in. your job is to brief the other networks who couldn't be there. your job today as print pooler in what is called that tight pool in the oval office was to report back to the wider world what you witnessed. but how did your job today differ from past years, past president elects, and what's going on with the press? >> well, i've been a daily white house reporter for the at last 3 1/2 years, covering president obama. i have been given access to him in moments when clearly the white house would rather not have to deal with it. but today, in preparing for covering the president elect, i was attempted to be in contact with his campaign staff to find out about logistics. they did not respond to me until after the meeting with the president elect and the president in the oval office,
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which i was led into. i was in the oval office by virtue of the white house arranging to have the additional reporters brought in. after the fact, i was told by the trump campaign, they confirmed to me that something we had heard, that he would be sleeping in d.c. tonight. but then later, when i tried to confirm that he would be sleeping at his hotel in d.c., they told me that in fact he was heading back to new york. they then provided no additional information about where he was or what he was doing, which means tonight, starting from about 4:00 this afternoon, we had no idea where the president elect of the united states was or what he was doing. there was no information coming out of the transition about it. >> that is decidedly a break from precedent? >> it is. you might say who cares? but if we are into a moment where there could be a crisis, people will want to know where their president is and what he's doing. if we are continuing down this
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road that so far the trump campaign and then the trump transition seems to be on, we do not have any guarantee that will be the case. we don't know what we will know of what the president -- what a president trump would be doing on any given day. certainly today the only way we knew what he was up to was because the obama white house gave us information about it, and there were meetings on the schedule with mitch mcconnell and speaker ryan. speaker ryan's staff arranged with vice president elect pence's staff to have reporters have access to what the footage you've been showing. but this was not done through the president elect or the president elect's staff. >> well, this will be interesting. because the job comes with press coverage in a free society. members of the media are going to keep showing up at the northwest gate and other places for this new presidency and we'll see what the rules are going to be going forward. kristen welker, edward dovier,
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thank you so much after a long and tumultuous day in washington. we are just getting started, as we are on this broadcast tonight. after a break, we'll talk about the agenda and the road ahead for the just getting started president elect donald trump. you bought a wig, a jersey, and overpriced nachos... ...don't let sinus symptoms bring you down now. get fast sinus relief with vicks sinex and get back in the game.
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we have to be ready to mobilize on specific issues when
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the time comes. we're not going to fight every issue every minute of every day. we're going to use our time and talents in a strategic and careful way. but we are going to fight back. we are not turning this country over to what donald trump has sold. we're just not. >> massachusetts democratic senator elizabeth warren from earlier, an exclusive interview with our colleague, rachel maddow. here to look at what kind of policy we might see, hugh hewitt both of course are regular msnbc analysts. robert, everyone is going crazy over potential trump selections,
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for chief of staff, white house staff, national security positions, cabinet. what do you know about the process? >> trump has a tight-knit inner circle. it's a group that came out of the campaign, brian, and it remains close to him. he's a lot like bill clinton in 1992 or jimmy cartier in 1976. what we're looking at with trump who has two majority in congress, but his core is a group that's close to him, that has earned his trust and he sees as loyal. >> hugh hewitt, you're not the incoming white house spokesman but nonetheless, someone has given donald trump access with his phone again. he has tweeted tonight. and we're going to lose half a news cycle arguing over whether the protesters are professionals on the streets of american cities. we have this as a guide. 2012 after the election donald trump tweeted "we can't let this happen, we should march on washington and stop this
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travesty, our nation is totally divided." one thing remains true. there are folks in the street. another, our nation is totally divided. what do you have to say about this start? >> well, he had a great day. i don't know why the tweet came at the end of it because he had a great day, had a great meeting with president obama, gracious receptions and gracious comments on both side. i loved it when president obama explained they had synergy, mitch mcconnell said they had a lot to be done. the names that are being floated about, the familiar ones, christie, giuliani are reassures. he's got 100 judgeships to fill, one on the supreme court, 99 in other federal courts. he's got a good team looking at that. so it a very good day for donald trump. i wonder, tweeting can actually
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help move an agenda. but it can also destroy momentum at the end of a day. i would ignore these protesters -- now, in 1976 we didn't go out and protest when gerald ford lost early to jimmy carter, but these will pass. i don't think donald trump should let them bother him too much. he had a good day and he should keep going. >> let's talk about the ability of a free press to cover candidates and cover the president elect. it was unprecedented, was it not, that trump was traveling on a plane separate from journalists. today, so everyone doesn't think this is whiny news media, though we're not above whining, unprecedented not to have a pool cover the president-elect, correct? >> it is unprecedented. what we're looking at is a candidate, now president elect, who shatters all norms. these are not necessarily laws or rules for politicians but
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they're things that journalists have come to accept as the way these kind of national figures operate. with trump, being a public figure or celebrity, he does not think about these norms as things he necessarily needs to follow. what we're seeing with how he handling the press will be a broader part of the trump presidency. he does not care necessarily about the way things are and the way things are run. >> hugh, you're a radio man. you know 30 seconds when you hear it and i need 30 seconds. does the learning curve seriously worry you when you hear big league jobs and the like? >> it does, only because he's the first president in modern times to arrive without a predecessor for whom he was close. 43 could call 41. george bush could call reagan. clinton could look back and talk to carter, of course obama could call clinton and in fact j.f.k. used to call ike and nixon could
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call ike and he also would talk with the old guard of his party like barry goldwater. donald trump arrives, his own man, getting there by intuition. i'm worried he doesn't have anyone he can talk to as an equal on the phone. >> hugh hewitt, robert costa, our thanks to both of you gentlemen as always. thank you both so much. look at who you could run into if you're out for a walk in the woods in chappaqua, new york. margaret wrote, i heard a bit of rustling coming towards me. as i stepped into the clearing, there she was, hillary clinton and bill with their dogs doing the same thing i was. i got to talk to her and hug her and explained to her that my most proudest moment as a mother is i got to take phoebe to vote for her. i'm not one for signs, but i think i'll definitely take this one. hillary clinton spotted on a
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walk in the woods. the photo credit, former president bill clinton. coming up after a break, a rich voice, a deep voice has been silenced. a giant in the poetry of the last half century is gone. this "the 11th hour" only on msnbc. he gets a lot of compliments.
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he wears his army hat, walks around with his army shirt looking all nice. and then people just say, "thank you for serving our country" and i'm like, that's my dad. male vo: no one deserves a warmer welcome home.
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that's why we're hiring 10,000 members of the military community. i'm very proud of him. male vo: welcome to new beginnings. comcast. ♪ hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah ♪
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finally tonight, he was one of canada's great gift to the world. our world is a little darker with world this evening of the death of leonard cohen. he was easily among the most influential musicians of the past fie decades. his work often veered between darkness and light. his spiritual life ranged between judaism and buddhism. his personal life was complicated and sex was his pretext most of the time. he'll be remembered for songs like "suzanne" and "hallelujah." his last public quote knowing that he was failing was "that's about it for me." it may be for him. the rest of us are left trying to figure out all these leonard cohen lyrics over a lifetime of work. leonard cohen was 82 years old. that is our broadcast for tonight. thank you for being here with us.
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as always, "hardball with chris matthews" begins right now. face to face, this is "hardball." ♪ good evening, i'm chris matthews. back in washington, over the last 36 hours president president obama has displayed his ability to put aside his animosity toward president-elect donald trump, showcasing to the country and the world a core strength of our american democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. after a much longer than expected meeting with trump, president obama joined with his successor for a photo-op in the oval office. a spokesman said that the president say no agenda and was focused solely on answering any questions trump had on the responsibilities of the office. here's the president.

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