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>> the little girl suffered a broken jaw. has to have surgery. it's unclear if she opened the door or if it wasn't locked. but she's going to be okay. thanks for watching 360. time to hand it over to jake tapper for "the lead." thanks, anderson. i thought this time slot came with better parking. "the lead" starts right now. a big development on the big, beautiful wall tonight. president trump could be backing down from a standoff against democrats and his previous position of pushing funding for the border wall. maybe he will put it in september. one of his biggest correritics be here live to weigh in. military might. it's morning in pyongyang. a u.s.-guided missile submarine is heading to the korean peninsula and president trump tonight tells a conservative garageri eri gathering he is not kim jong-un is as strong as he says he is. shaken and surprised. bill o'reilly breaking his
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silence tonight after sexual harassment claims and evidence cost him his job as the face of fox news. good evening and welcome to a special prime time edition of "the lead" in which we're marking president trump's first 100 days in office. i'm jake tapper. with historically low approval ratings and zero pieces of major legislation signed into law, president trump has had a disappointing first 100 days. perhaps that's the reason he recently tweeted about the quote ridiculous standard of the first 100 days. it's a standard first established by franklin roosevelt in 1933. fdr passed so many major laws in that first 100 days, humorist will rogers remarked that congress doesn't pass legislation anymore, they just wave at the bills as they go by. that has not been the case with congress and major legislation during this 100 days. congress is more like one of
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thosedungeons and no bill gets out alive. you know who was one of the biggest boosters of the 100 day standard? >> just think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 days of a trump administration. just think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 day. think about what we can mrus accomplish in the first 100 days. >> to help voters think about what they could plush in the first 100 days, candidate trump released a 100 day action plan. >> on november 8, americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities and honesty to our government. >> now the president says it's a ridiculous standard. he changed his tune on this marker. this very conceit that he promoted with his 100 day action plan which is not really a
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surprise, because president trump often heralds his flexibility. take nato, first he said as a candidate, nato is obsolete. >> i said, here is the problem with nato. it's obsolete. big statement to make when you don't know that much about it. but i learn quickly. >> then on day 83, as commander in chief, standing next to the head of nato, he said this. >> i said it was obsolete. it's no longer obsolete. >> magic. or the unemployment numbers that he so decried as a candidate. >> i read every time it comes out, i hear, 5.3% unemployment. that is the biggest joke there is. >> the unemployment number as you know is totally fiction. >> fast forward to day 50 when the very same bureau of labor statistics reported that unemployment under president trump was down to 4.7%. >> i talked to the president prior to this. he said to quote him very clearly, they may have been phony in the past but it's very
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real now. >> then, of course, there's one of the most popular campaign promises. >> you are going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost. and it's going to be so easy. >> so easy until day 39. >> nobody knew that health care could be so complicated. >> none of this is to say president trump has not been busy. he has been. supreme court nominee neil gorsuch is justice gorsuch. there was the military strike against assad. two immigration bans, both of which have been stopped by the courts. of course, president trump signed more executive orders than any oval office occupant since world war ii. 25 executive orders to be exact, rolling back regulations and exerting executive powers on issues from trade to taxes. although, now that i mention these executive orders -- >> we don't want to continue to watch people signing executive orders because that was not what the constitution and the
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brilliant designers of this incredible document had in mind. we need people that can make deals and can work. because right now in washington, there's total, absolute gridlock. >> we're approaching another moment of potential gridlock and a possible government shutdown this week. one of those people that can make deals would be really handy right about now. with the shutdown deadline looming, there's breaking news that president trump may be willing to wait for funding for the wall. jeff zeleny is live for us on the north lawn. how much of a deal breaker was funding for the wall for the president? i guess it wasn't one. >> reporter: as it turns out, it's not much of a deal breaker, even for something that was a central promise of the campaign, to build the wall. tonight a couple hours ago, the president met with a small group of journalists here at the white house. he says, look if that doesn't happen, it can come in september on the next round of budget
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talks. even as this is happening, white house is so focused on one thing, the countdown to 100. president trump breaking bread at the white house tonight. with two of his sharpest gop critics. senators john mccain and lindsey graham. it's a gesture a seniored ap e a administration official tells cnn to repair relations. an acknowledgement the president needs all the allies he can get. never mind the president calling the first 100 days a ridiculous standard. he and his white house were in overdrive today. >> do you hear me? >> reporter: from an oval office conversation with astronauts. >> welcome to the white house. >> reporter: to a lunch meeting with u.n. security council ambassadors, invited for a rare session at the white house, where north korean nuclear threats weighed heavy. >> this is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or the no. north korea is a big world problem.
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it's a problem we have to finally solve. >> reporter: the white house had one goal in mind, showing the president in action. privately mindful that his accomplishments fall short of the promises made last fall. >> on november 8th, americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our country, secure our communities and honesty to our government. >> reporter: he nears the 100 day mark of his presidency this week. trump's approval rating at 40% is lower than any president in the history of modern polling at this point. tonight, the white house is facing two critical questions as it tries to engineer a turnaround. >> we are going to build a great border wall. >> reporter: will the president demand his signature pledge be included in a spending bill that must pass by friday to avoid a government shutdown? will the president go ahead with a tax reform plan that dramatically cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%? >> we're trying to get it down
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to anywhere from 15% to 20%. >> reporter: the president may unveil his tax plan on wednesday. republican leaders tell cnn it could be dead on arrival if it increases the national debt. the president, whose friend insist is enjoying the job, made time for a moment of levity as he talked with peggy as she broke the record for the longest time in space by a u.s. astronaut. >> water is such a precious resource up here that we also are cleaning up our urine and making it drinkable. it's not as bad as it sounds. >> that's good. i'm glad to hear that. better you than me. >> reporter: jake, we are seeing here this week what officials are calling a flood the zone strategy. they are trying to show all kinds of examples of action and motion and introductions and speeches, including the introduction on wednesday of his tax plan. jake, that is being met with so much skepticism from republicans
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because it would add to the national debt. this is a week of proposing things. at some point some of the bills actually have to pass. >> jeff zeleny, thank you so much. joining me now to talk about this and more is democratic senator elizabeth warren, she has a new book titled "this fight is our fight, the battle to save america's middle class." thanks for joining us. >> thank you for having me. glad to be here. >> i want to get to your book in a second. first, 100 days. what grade would you give president trump? >> f. >> an f? >> yeah. >> why? >> look, he ran for office promising he was going to be there to help working people. that was going to be his number one, number two, number ten goal, all the way through. so what has he done? first, he assembles a team of billionaires and bankers and hands the keys over to them. says to goldman sachs, figure out how to deregulate the economy. what could go wrong? then he signs off on all the
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executive orders. it's not just the fact they are executive orders, it's what they do. he signed off on one that makes it easier for government contractors to cheat their employees out of their wages. he signs off on another one that makes it easier for employers who kill or maim their employees to hide that. he makes it easier for investment advisers to cheat retirees. and then for me the one that summarizes it all was trump care. when he embraces this healthcare plan and says he's going go all in and it had three main features. part one, knock 24 million people off their healthcare. >> some of them might be voluntarily gone. >> they're going to be gone, knocked off. number two, raise costs for a lot of middle class families. and why? for number three, so that you could provide tax cuts for a handful of millionaires and billionaires. i don't know anybody who thought the real problem in health care
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in america today is that millionaires and billionaires don't have enough tax cuts. he promised to deliver for america's working people. what he has delivered is a gut punch to america's working. >> you write in the book about the democratic party and how it needs to attract voters who have been overlooked. a new poll finds that 67% of respondents believe the democratic party is out of touch with most people in the u.s. that's a higher number that say that about the republican party. among those who identify as democrats, 44% say the party is out of touch. what's going on? >> i think the whole notion of parties and party identification is actually starting to shift. i think what's happening in america right now is where the real energy is, is just in the grass-roots. a lot of the grass-roots is a very progressive grass-roots. it's saying, look, we get it. the game is rigged. it's rigged in favor of those at
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the top and rigged against the rest of us. and we want some accountability on that. we want to see a government that works for the rest of us. >> senator warren, stick around. we have more to talk about. when we come back, president obama, bernie sanders. stay with us. so you miss the big city? i don't miss much... definitely not the traffic. excuse me, doctor... the genomic data came in. thank you. you can do that kind of analysis? yeah, watson. i can quickly analyze millions of clinical and scientific reports to help you tailor treatment options for the patient's genomic profile. you can do that? even way out here? yes. even way out here. brewed only in thgolden, colorado... even wto its roots. ...and nowhere else.
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we're back with our politics. president trump has a busy week ahead as he marks 100 days in office. back with me is the senior democratic senator from massachusetts, elizabeth warren. she's out with her 11th book titled "this fight is our fight, the battle to save america's middle class." thanks for being here. you white hillary clinton lost because middle and working class voters did not think she was sufficiently going to fight for them. i have heard a lot from voters in those states, pennsylvania, wisconsin, ohio, michigan, who to this day have no idea what hillary clinton's economic message was. did you ever think that during time? did you express it to the campaign? >> look, i'm somebody who talks about this stuff i believe in. that's what i did as loudly and as vigorously as i could. and i get it. the campaign was trying to work
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through as best they could what they thought was be the right way to reach the most americans. the real question now for me is not the would have, could have, should have, it's what we're going to now. it's this first 100 days -- this is a milestone. i get it. it's about his not following through on his promises. but it's the difference. the difference is he is making it harder and harder on working families. it's the focus on how are we going to be in the fight for next 100 days and next 100 daze a days? democrats do not have a majority in the house or senate. we have to use other tools to fight back. >> bernie sanders is campaigning for a democratic candidate in nebraska who to opposed abortion rights. you are working hard to support female candidates. you talk about your party being at such a minority. i think it's the worst position for the democratic party since
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the 1920s or something, when you include all the state legislatures you lost as well. is it right for senator sanders to reach out and support democrats who oppose abortion rig rights? >> i've been very loud about this. i am pro choice. i have been pro choice for a very long time. >> does everybody else have to be? >> i am vigorously pro choice. at the federal level, we may be in a fight over this before the end of the week. remember, the republicans over and over and over keep sticking back in that they want to de-fund planned parenthood, they want to make the decisions about what kind of health care women are going to get access to. keep in mind, the last time the government was shut down at the federal level, what happened was it was ted cruz and it started with de-funding planned parenthood. >> i get that that's where you are. i guess my question is if your part needs to grow, does there need to be a big tent strategy that brings in pro life democrats as well? >> i understand where i am and
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that not all my colleagues agree with me and not everybody who is a democrat agrees with me. that's okay with me. we gotta have people in. but we have to be in the fight. i am in the fight on choice. i am in the fight on economics, because i think this is the heart of where we are as a party. the republicans for 35 years now have basically worked on a government that more and more and more works for those at the top. cut taxes for those at the top. deregulate for those at the top. and kick dirt in everybody else's face. what we have to do as democrats -- what i talk about in this book is we have to be in this fight for working people. that means working people all the way. we gotta be in this fight in order to argue, to make the investments in education, in infrastructure, in basic research. to have trade policies that are going to work for working people. we have to be in that fight. >> i want to ask you one last question. i'm interested in your answer as
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a law professor and also as somebody who was at harvard a long time. there's an issue about conservative pundit ann coulter and whether she has a right to speak at berkeley. she was incited by the berkeley republicans. former vermont governor howard dean quoted, hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. is that true? >> you know, look, ann coulter has gotten a bigger platform because someone tried to deny her a chance to speak. my view is, let her speak and just don't show up. if you don't like it, don't show up. >> all right. senator elizabeth warren, it's a pleasure having you. >> it's good to see you. talking for the first time since being shown the door at fox news, what is bill o'reilly saying he is sad about? it's mid morning in new yor korea. tonight, president trump seems to be mocking the dictator. stay with us.
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kingston. a white house official told cnn the president will not insist on funding for the wall in this spending bill to keep the government running this week, border security could satisfy the president at this point. is it fair to say the president blinked? how would you interpret it? >> i think it's a step in the right direction. i think the american people know where he stands. they know we're at a 17-year low in illegal border crossings. so he is making progress. but they also know washington right now, it's very difficult to get things done, even if you are trying to implement a law that was passed and supported by chuck schumer in 2006. that is building a border security fence. even under those circumstances, the majority -- the minority leader can oppose his own legislation which he supported. mr. trump is working, the american people acknowledge that. progress is being made. it's not in one fell swoop the way we would like to stee it. >> i take your point on border
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security. how is it we have a republican white house, republican controlled senate, a republican controlled house of representatives and we're still talking about a possible government shutdown? >> that's a question many americans are asking tonight. it's not just the appearance of the white house caving on the wall spending. the bigger question is, what is the president going to do about subsidies for healthcare which is part of the contentious negotiation that was ahead? is he going to support that or is he going to have a fight on his hands with democrats? we don't know. i think overall, because he has been -- he has aimed so much of his politics at his base and not broadened his base, we now see in "the wall street journal" poll that came out today, in february, among independents, 4% more disapproved of him than approved. that has opened up among independents. it's gone from 9% to 24%. he has had a slide among independents. that makes it harder. he doesn't have as much leverage in the congress.
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>> i should say, the president's support among his supporters, among his base is incredibly solid. 96% do not regret supporting him. that's higher than hillary clinton got in the same poll. >> right. that might also reflect just how dissatisfied so many people were originally with the choice they were given between donald trump and hillary clinton. many of trump's voters would not go back in time and support hillary clinton because they disliked her so passionately, jake. i think still, the key factor here, the key indicator is donald trump's approval rating. it's as low as any president has had in modern times at this stage in his presidency. >> lowest in modern history. i want to ask you about ivanka trump. because she will be in berlin tomorrow. she was invited by chancellor angela merkel for a women's summit. do you think it's possible that the first daughter, who comes in for a lot of mockery i know by the pundit class and such, do
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you think it's possible she might be able to actually help her father smooth over some of his rough edges when it comes to his relationships with germany and other countries in the eu? >> you can certainly hope so. right? that she can be a moderating influence, that she can be somebody that makes him more thoughtful. she can give him a different perspective. there's no doubt she's a poised, intelligent, successful woman. yeah, let's not make a mistake, she was born on third base. this is not somebody that was pulled up from the straps. that doesn't matter. you can sdil be born rich and be successful. you can be born rich and be a failure. she has succeeded. she's a multitasker. she's a well accomplished woman. hopefully she can use those talents. what she has to watch, what the entire family has to watch is the blurry lines between the trump brand, trump business, trump purses, trump shoes and the trump presidency. that is a steady drip, drip, drip that has been hounding this
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family since they campaigned, during the transition and now during the first 100 days that feel like dog years but it's only 100 days. it's not going to go away. we saw it today with the state department -- >> the state department website got a lot of attention for plugging the president's mar-a-lago resort. it was also on the website of the u.s. embassy in the u.k. >> it's outrageous. it's completely outrageous. part of the thing that is shocking to me with a few exceptions, you don't hear conservatives shouting about this. one of the things you want to be able to rely on the conservatives for is limited government, clean glochovernmen small government, this is -- you literally have somebody who says, my house, my business is
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the winter white house. this is an ad. you would pay a billion dollars for this ad. it's on the state department -- listen, is that making america great again? i don't think so. >> if the shoe were on the other foot, we had hillary clinton in office and the state department was hawking the clinton foundation. conservatives would be outraged. >> let me say, there is outrage inside the white house. >> are you outraged? >> i am. but i want to say this -- >> that's his outrage face. >> i'm happy the white house reacted immediately. the thing came down. but i also want to point out, this is part of a $72 million click bait campaign the state department previously engaged in. it was not done under the trump administration. it's part what have they are y trying tr trying to ferret out waste. you heard, go see the forest near you ads. i think they're stupid. those are the things that --
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>> stop. >> the president of china having been there, it references prime minister abe being there. it references things within the last 100 days while donald trump was president. there's where you -- we lose credibili credibility. let us not pretend what is true is not true. let us say this blurry lines between personal profit and government should be something that outrages all americans. >> you force me into reminding you, this is left over from the obama administration. i tried not to say that. >> come on. come on. >> it's a $72 million click bait campaign. >> congressman, the part about mar-a-lago is not left over from the obama administration. that's the point. >> when they put it in -- i'm in agreement with van. it sounded like a real estate ad. it was stupid. it was taken down immediately for that reason. i don't think it should be up. i'm in agreement with you on that. but i'm saying the bureaucracy
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does all kinds of silly and stupid things. >> wait a minute. jack -- >> i'm an appropriator. >> let david talk. >> it's not true you can blame this on bureaucracy. presidents create a culture within the white house. you know that. people take their cue from how the president acts. when the president and his family are so close to the line, i think they have created blurry lines, there's a deep sense that they are being enriched. somebody over at the state department sells mar-a-lago. >> we have to leave it there. thanks one and all. coming p up, a town hall event on cnn, america united or divided. john kasich will join anderson cooper tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern tonight. they have detained an american and threatened to blow up a u.s. aircraft carrier. what will north korea do now that the united states is
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news. new comments about kim jong-un. the president telling a white house reception, i'm not so sure he is so strong like he says he is. i'm not so sure at all. cnn cameras were not allowed in the reception. his comments come after north korea threatened to sink a u.s. aircraft carrier. the u.s. is sending a nuclear powered submarine. it's docking at north korea marks the anniversary of its korean people's army. a major milestone that could give the her mit kingdom an excuse to fire off a test missile. let's go to will ripley, the only american journalist in pyongyang. it's now mid tuesday morning there. any signs of the activity by the north korean government we see on holidays? >> reporter: if there was going to be a nuclear test, it would happen pretty much right about now. it would be detected outside of north korea, an artificial earthquake. that has not happened. analysts believe that kim
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jong-un could order a sixth nuclear test at any moment. as for a missile launch, they can roll out the solid fuel missiles quickly and given the fact that this u.s. nuclear submarine will be rolling up in south korea, it would be a day that north korea may want to fire back, so to speak. >> has the north reacted to the expected arief ed ed arrival of submarine? >> reporter: they have not specifically commented. there was a state media article out yesterday calling the actions of the united states reckless, referring to the "carl vinson" which is moving toward the peninsula after the detour. north korea continues to say they will stand strong and defend themselves against what they feel is the threat of attack by the united states. >> the sub's arrival comes as north korea holds a third american citizen in custody. has pyongyang said why it's holding this man? >> reporter: it's a mystery right now. his name is tony kim. we know he was here as a visiting professor on a several
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week assignment at a university here in north korea that accepts foreign professors, including some americans. he was at the airport steps awi fr awiaway from boarding his flight. he was taken to an unknown location. he is probably being interrogated. it could be some time before north korea reveals this charges he is facing.s what - he joined at least two other americans detained here in north korea. otto warmbier, serving 15 years hard labor for taking a political banner off the wall of his hotel. also kim dong-chul, accused of spying. this is why the state department urges americans to think twice before traveling here to north korea, given the tensions as of late. >> will ripley in pyongyang, thank you. stay safe. our pop culture lead. tonight since fox news fired him, bill o'reilly addressed the standle on his podcast.
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>> i'm sad i'm not on television anymore. i was very surprised how it all turned out. i can't say a lot, because there's much stuff going on right now. but i can tell you that i'm very confident that truth will come out and when it does, i don't know if you are going to be surprised. but i think you are going to be shaken as i am. there's a lot of stuff involved here. >> how the sleazy have fallen. o'reilly promised more information in the future about the circumstances surrounding his exit. two sources told cnn money that o'reilly will be paid tens of millions of dollars on his way out of fox news. coming up, he was pushed out of the transition team bit vice-president and the president's son-in-law. what grade does governor chris christie still a good friend of president trump give his buddy for his first 100 days? there he is in the green room there. he will join us next.
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of events to tout his accomplishments ahead of the 100 day marker saturday. here with me is former top trump adviser chris christie. a current trump friend. i think that's fair to say. >> absolutely. >> you talk all the time. >> we do. >> what grade would you give him? >> i would give him a b. >> a b? >> i would. i would give him a b. i would say the reason i give him a b is first and foremost because of neil gorsuch. i think getting that done and getting it done in the way that he did with someone with gorsuch's record is something that will well survive his presidency. i think that's an important accomplishment for the american people moving forward in terms of supporting his agenda. i also think some of the things he has done by executive action have been good on the regulatory side. i can see in new jersey that businesses are responding really well. i think with some of the implementation and the way his staff has served him has not been good. i think they have to get their act together in that regard and serve the president better.
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>> specifically, i assume you are talking about the travel ban. are there other items that -- >> i don't think the way the whole health care situation was handles either on the hill or at the white house was exemplary. we didn't get the result we needed to get. they're going at it again. i wish them the best of luck to try to get something that will be able to pass the house and senate and get to the president's desk. i've been a governor 7 1/2 years. you rely upon your staff to be able to tee the ball up and make sure that when you swing, you hit the ball and you hit the ball far. i know they're working hard at it. he has a lot of good people there working very hard. but the american people in the 100 day mark, it's a historical marker. people start to judge you. they judge governors and presidents by how many touchdowns in the end zone. the president knows how to do that. he has to make sure that we get everybody focused on the task at hand. >> is there anybody in the white house that has run a government before? >> i don't think so.
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>> in the way you run the new jersey -- >> there's no governors that are in the white house. >> how about with experience? >> i think rick deerborn, his deputy chief for legislative affairs, he's a long history on capitol hill. i think rick is a competent guy. that's one person that i know for sure. i worked with rick during the transition. >> fair there aren't enough? is it fair to -- >> listen, time will tell. everybody is taking a different appropriate. we will see if that approach is effective or not in the long run. so far i think not having a number of people there at the upper level who know how to do those things is creating a delay. let's see if it bars them from doing things. right now it's creating a delay. the thing that keeps moving this administration forward is the president and the president's charisma, the president's push for what he wants to get done. he believes in certain things. he continues to talk about those things. i think that's the main driver of this administration is the
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president. but the president needs to make sure he has people pureeing behind him. >> i have heard people say that one of the biggest mistakes that the trump team made was during transition when jared kushner and mike pence took over the transition from you and threw out your plans and started from scratch. obviously, the transition was a rocky period. is that a fair criticism? >> i don't know. i wasn't involved intimately in what they did after i left. so it's hard for me to gauge that. i could tell you that during the time that we led the transition, we put together a really deep, detailed effective plan in the likelihood that donald trump was going to become president trump. i'm proud of the work we did. i think they decided to go in a different direction. that was clearly their choice to be able to make. i have great respect for the vice-president. we worked together at gos gover. there's somebody who has run a government. he did a great job in inidiana.
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when the president asked him to take over the transition, i didn't have a problem with it because of who he asked to replace me, which was the vice-president who had a lot of experience. >> you were appointed to chair a white house commission on the opioid economic, which i know you have been very active in new and poisoning our youth and many others. the drug situation will never be fixed the way it should be. you're an expert on the opioid epidemic or in government try to push solutions. how much of it is drug dealers from mexico or from wherever and how much of it is big pharma pushing opioids in a way that's irresponsible? >> well, i think it's a bit of both, jake. i think there's no doubt that the cheap, pure heroin that is coming up from over our southern border is replacing opioids. the dynamic for this for people that really studied it. four out of every five heroin
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addicts the start on prescription opioids. >> they get a prescription from the doctor, they're in some sort of pain. >> and they get addicted almost immediately. people who have an addictive personality or disorder, they get addicted almost immediately, but then they can't get the opioid. they're too expensive. the problem that the president's talking about is the cheap, pure heroin that's coming up that's so much cheaper than the opioids that people immediately become heroin addicts with all the criminal aspects that attach to that, with the infectious asp t aspects that come to that and the death. in new jersey last year, four times the number of people who were murdered by a gun died of opioid overdose. >> that's insane. >> three times the number of people that died in automobile accident died in opioid. were killed by an overdose of oip oids. it's a combination. that's why in new jersey we now have a law that says when you go first to a doc no more than a five-day supply on the first
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prescription. they were giving 30 day supplies of this stuff and it gets people hooked. it's one of the things we need to deal with. we need to deal with interdiction at the border, with much better education of our kids. we're back in the '70s in education in terms of the mode. they've made pamphlets, the department of education. they don't read pamphlets. if it's not on a smartphone, not part of social media, they don't get it. i'll reach out to our friends on social media, how can you help in educating kids on the dangers of drugs. the third is treatment. less still mattized. >> and a step downprogram. >> sometimes medication assisted treatment as well. >> you'll come back and talk more about the opioid epidemic. >> we will. >> brutal cell phone video showing the alleged abduction and torture of a gay man in chechnya. now the fallout. [team member] we're proactively advancing our security
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. our buried lead, that's what we call stories that aren't getting enough attention. hundreds of gay men in chechnya allegedly being rounded up and tortured by authorities. chechnya, a longtime islamic
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republic is part of the russian federation. now a prominent reporter who first exposed this crackdown says she's gone into hiding after receiving death threats. abandoning our moscow apartment and planning to leave the country. cnn's matthew chance is in moscow for us. you spoke to the journalist at the center of this. what can you tell us about the threat she's facing? >> well, jake, in russia where journalists are routinely beaten up and even murdered for their work, you have to take these kinds of threats seriously. they come after the reporting of all those allegations about a crackdown against gay men in chechnya. conservative clerics are calling for retribution against the instigators of the report. one independent russian newspaper has been singled out. its editors have said the threat is an incitement to the massacre of journalists. and that newspaper's lead reporter on chechnya now tells me that she's fleeing the
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country. this is what's happening on the streets of chechnya. the lawless russian republic where gay men are allegedly being abducted and tortured. cnn obtained this cell phone video from one victim who told us of horrifying abuse. >> they tied wires to my hand and put metal clippers on my ears to electrocute me. when they shock you, you jump high above the ground. >> reporter: chechen authorities deny gay men like those we met even exist there. now the russian reporter who first exposed the gay crackdown is also living in fear. forced into hiding amid a terrifying death threat. >> this is the first time when we got that threat, that kind of threat when people got together in a mosque and announced actually jihad on all the staff of novaya gazeta.
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>> reporter: the threats made by muslim clerics in chechnya were rebroadcast on local television. religious leaders are shown addressing thousands of faithful from reports of a gay crackdown and demanding retribution against those spreading what they call gossip and lies. it's a threat journalists in russia particularly at nova novaya gazeta take seriously. in 2006 their star chechnyan reporter anna was shot dead. her desk is still kept as a shrine. five other journalists at this same newspaper have also been killed in mafia-style hits. a sign of how dangerous reporting in russia can be and how grave are reporters like her to continue despite the risks. >> the only way they can stop
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the people that might possibly think of murdering my colleagues is to show them. >> reporter: you're prepared to put your life on the line? >> yeah. absolutely. that makes me much stronger than my enemies in chechnya. >> reporter: strength to defend in the face of the greatest threats. jake, the response of the russian authorities has been pretty unsatisfactory. of course, there's denial that there is any crackdown on gay men in russia. when it comes to the threats to the journalists they say it's against any action that can endanger their safety. but that's hardly reassuring, in a country that groups list as one of the most dangerous in the world for journalists. >> so upsetting. matthew chance live for us in moscow. be sure to follow me fab and
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twitter. be sure to tune in tomorrow either at 4:00 p.m. eastern or 9:00 p.m. again for another special edition of the lead. now i turn you over to anderson cooper who is with ohio governor and presidential candidate john kasich. [ applause ] >> welcome. tonight a cnn town hall event. ohio governor john kasich opens up about his run for president, his campaign rivalry with the current president, the divisions in america and the question over whether he'll run again. >> tonight, he's been called every democrat's favorite republican. >> maybe you don't know this, but i ran for president. >> he's the republican that goes against the grain, against the party and straight to the heart. >> raise their hand and said, what about trump? i said what about trump? let's talk about dr. king. >> now, is this swing state blue collar