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happening to the fundamental american right to vote tonight, wolf. >> we certainly will. looking forward to it, kyung. thank you so much for cdoing ths special work. and catch "democracy in peril" tonight at 11 p.m. eastern. "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. all right, wolf. thank you so much. hi, everyone, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me on this friday afternoon. let's get to it. four days to go until the nation votes and america's first black president is trying to make history again, specifically for democrats in florida and in georgia. soon former president barack obama will speak for florida's andrew gillum, aiming to make him the state's first african-american governor, as well keeping bill nelson in his
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senate seat. then president obama heads to georgia where stacey abrams homes to become the first african-american female governor. he sets up a clash of campaign events as president trump is also out and about and stumping, heading to west virginia and indiana today. he will be back in georgia and back in florida over the weekend. these two presidents set up a contrast that could not be be more stark. but they do share the ultimate goal, to get out the vote for their candidate of choice. watch. >> democrats want to have open borders. they want to invite caravan after caravan into our country, overwhelming your schools, your hospitals and your communities. >> they're trying to convince everybody that the most important thing in this whole election, the thing you've got to fear is there are a bunch of impoverished refugees a thousand miles away. >> we will always protect
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americans with preexisting conditions. we're going to take care of them. some of the democrats have been talking about ending preexisting conditions. >> they have spent the last eight years obsessed with trying to undermine, sabotage, repeal that law that makes sure you're not discriminated against because of preexisting conditions. now that it's election season, these same republicans are running millions of dollars worth of ads around the country saying we're going to protect preexisting conditions. >> 33% of the people in this country believe the fake news is in fact, and i hate to say this, in fact the enemy of the people. >> i would like to think that everybody in america would think it's wrong to spend all your
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time from a position of power calling then enemies of the people and then suddenly pretending that you're concerned about civility. >> in less than one week americans will go to the polls in one of the most important election of our entire lives. >> this november's elections are more important than any i can remember in my lifetime, and that includes when i was on the ballot. >> so let me bring in the man who is leading the election excitement here at cnn, our political director david chalian and he hosts the daily d.c. podcast. you heard the sample of how different the messages are from these two presidents. what does that mean for midterms as voters are about to cast their votes? >> there's nothing similar about the way they're framing these issues. they're talking about the issues, immigration, health care but their frame and messaging around it is completely different. and they're trying to target
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different voters. the one thing they agree on is the high stakes in this election and how much is at stakes on the ballot. but even there they disagree because president trump likes to add it's not the most important, the most important is when i was on the ballot and obama taking a different approach there. the health care example is a really interesting one because you do see republicans like we've never seen them before, you know, in 2010, in 2014, those midterm elections, running on repeal and replace, that was the unifying message. and now because the law has gotten a little more popular as people have grown accustomed to it, you really do see some republicans, as obama was suggesting, running ad and trying to tell voters that they're actually for protecting some of the key components, like the very popular one on preexisting conditions, of the very law that they've been railing against and campaigning against. >> speaking of high stakes, david, stay with me.
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we're getting huge news out of georgia and the race there. that means several thousand more people may be able to vote in this incredibly tight race. brian kemp happens to be georgia's secretary of state. the lawsuit accuses kemp of trying to suppress the vote and a judge issued a ruling that is a setback for republicans and kemp. kaley, how many people will be allowed to vote and what exactly was the ruling? >> reporter: just a short time ago a federal judge handing a defeat to brian kemp in his capacity as secretary of state as this judge has ruled that about 3,000 new u.s. citizens will be allowed to vote in this election if they show proof of their citizenship when they go to the polls. the problem here, the question, the very controversial exact match standard in this state. these 3,000 new u.s. citizens failed to meet that standard because their information didn't match up in a database, where voter registration information
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is matched against the department of driver services and social security administration information. in the state of georgia, you don't have to be a u.s. citizen to get a georgia driver's license. you can see how this could become a problem. these 3,000 people put on the pending list now being told their votes will count just so long as they show proof of citizenship when they go to the polls. now, the bigger number we've been talking about was the more than 50,000 people who were on this pending list for various reasons, a misspelled name or missing hyphen. this ruling does not address that. i'm told by the plaintiff they don't actually expect to get a ruling from the judge before tuesday on that bigger number. but this, a small victory for those 3,000 people who now have a big victory in the sense that they are being told their vote will count. >> kaylee, thank you. david chalian, how big of a blow is this for kemp and for
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republicans? >> obviously it's a blow to where kemp was arguing as secretary of state. it is, as kaylee was saying, a small slice of the larger 50,000-plus voters the plaintiffs were concerned about when they took this into court. it is in that sense a small victory in numbers, but obviously one that be shows to those that brought the case that they're on the right side of the law here. you know, i got to say that georgia governor's race, brooke, this issue of voting rights, which of course is inextricably linked with the issue of race, this has been a front-and-center issue in a way that i don't recall it being in any sort of  single contest. we usually don't see that kind of issue that isn't sort of dominant in the atmosphere just take over a race. and that has been such a big issue here about this issue of
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voting rights because, a, stacey abrams has made part of her life's work about voting rights; and, b,you have the guy on the ballot for governor. >> and he was saying how he walked six miles and another six miles and being turned and turned away. just talking about where we were then and where we are now. we have his son coming up later in the hour. we know of course president trump wants kemp to win. this is what he has said about stacey abrams. >> she is not qualified to be the governor of georgia. she's not qualified. and georgia's a great state. it's a great, great state. take a look -- take a look at her past, take a lk ook at her history, take a look at what she
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wants to do and what she has in mind for the state. that state will be in big, big trouble very quickly. >> not to mention all of her years in the georgia house and in law. this is a woman who has a yale law degree, like half of trump's supreme court. so how is that unqualified? >> and we know how much the president appreciates an ivy league education, as long as that person has an "r" after their name as we are in election season. listen, this is not the first time somebody has used qualifications. i think hillary clinton said that donald trump was not qualified for the presidency. but when the sitting president of the united states, you know, a white man referring to the woman that is seeking to become the first black female governor of a state in the country, obviously she's not of his party, he has every right to go and campaign for kemp and what have you, but she certainly meets the qualifications in the georgia constitution to serve as governor. so i'm not sure why he would use
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that word to say that she is unqualified for the position. >> david chalian, thank you. folks, in case you're not getting enough david chalian on tv, he has his own podcast. it called the daily dc. check it out if you haven't already. new numbers show a strong rate for the economy. the unemployment rate remains at a generational low 3.7% and wage growth is now kicking in with 3.1% growth. with me, julia chatterly. welcome to cnn, by the way. >> thank you. >> this is great news for the president. these are amazing job numbers. but still there are signs the economy is slowing. >> i think you're completely right. i don't think the economy gets any better for trump going into these midterms. generational low for unemployment. we've got wages in the united states rising at the fastest
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pace in more than a decade. i think you're right to question softening growth here. hey, you look around the world. other western countries would love to be boasting about the kind of growth we're talking about here. it great news for americans. the risk, of course, is that the federal reserve decides to stamp on the brakes here and raise rates a little farther. and the other problem is trade and both of those are something that comes after the midterms. >> let's go to china. a couple days until midterms, the president say he talked to president xi by the phone and there are reports they were asked to prepare a draft trade agreement. the president denies it. what could be the reason for the sudden path to progress? >> what could be the reason, four days before the midterms? let's look at the progress here.
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president trump and president chi xi talking. but let's be realistic. even larry kudlow today on another network saying the cabinet have not been asked to come up with a plan here. china is not going to change overnight. so i think that you're right to question the timing here. we know the president has been campaigning in the farming states. the states in particular, indiana, they have been hit hardest by what we've seen in terms of trade policy here. i think it's probably natural that he would message to them and say a trade deal's coming. but is it coming before the midterms? no, it's not. >> julia, thank you very much. appreciate it. the president with one of the more offensive remarks of the week saying the massacre in the synagogue along with pipe bombs was politically inconvenient for him. plus a new fact check of the racist video that the president
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welcome back. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. four days to go until the midterms. in the past seven there have been assassination attempts on two former presidents, american citizens and thoen a gunman
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cowardly stealing the lives of innocent people in a safe place free of war, free of hate, free of fear. the funerals are still under way. their families are still coping with the fact that a week ago today they were alive, full of hope, full of love. yet for this particular president of these united states, their murders, their terror were politically inconvenient. >> we did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible because for seven days nobody talked about the elections. it stopped a tremendous momentum. >> with four days to go, this is what's on his mind. so let us not forget what's on their minds. joining me now, cnn senior
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political commentator david axelrod. he also served as president obama's senior adviser. david, your reaction to the president of the united states thinking about these tragedies politically. >> well, i guess i have two reactions. one is i have the same reaction as most people, which is how untoward it was. i think about how i would feel if i were one of the families and i saw that. i think about him going to pittsburgh to pay his respects and then being so disrespectful, but there's the other side of me, the political analyst side of me, the former operative side of me and i would say, look, this is completely consistent. donald trump basically thinks the only unpardonable sin is to lose. winning is everything and everything you do in service of winning is okay. and he's very focused on that. i think one of the things that we should pay attention to is
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that he's very transparent about his feelings on things like this, and he believes that he lost momentum and he needs to make up for lost time. i think that's one of the reasons we've seen him so frantically pushing these race buttons in the final four days and these buttons on immigration because he feels like maybe he can regain some of the momentum he lost. i think the risk he runs, brooke, is that he actually drives some people away who are on the bubble right now, particularly in these suburban areas. >> i read a column earlier this week, i'm sure you read it as well, patty davis, ronald reagan's daughter, she wrote this column in the "washington post" basically saying in times of crisis, she was essentially saying, look, let's stop asking trump for comfort after tragedies. my question to you is just as an american, who then should we be looking to? >> well, you should be able to look to the president for comfort, but this president, he
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doesn't see himself as the president of all the united states of america, he sees himself as the president of his base. and it was always the case that he was never comfortable in these kinds of roles where he had to speak to the whole country, comfort the whole country. that's a matter that people are going to have to consider and deal with in 2020 when they choose a new president. but i agree with her, he is never going to play that role. he doesn't see himself in that role. the irony is that these moments -- and i don't want this to sound crass in any way -- but most presidents elevate themselves and the country in those moments. when the president speaks to us as americans and not as republicans and democrats and calls us to something higher, an american sense of community, they tend to benefit from it. but he just doesn't see it that way. >> you talked to arnold
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schwarzenegger for this weeks' ax files. >> i did. >> we'll let him say it. roll the tape. >> trump is out there now and he said this election boils down to the caravan and kavanaugh and the economy. is that an effective pitch? >> you're asking me a political question. >> yeah. >> and i have to say to you that i'm very little interested in politics because it sucks. because i'm more interested in policy. the reality of it is we are at this stage because for 20 years they've promised to create immigration reform and they haven't. >> well, let me ask you about that. >> i think it is embarrassing. >> what did you make of that? >> well, first of all, that's arnold, right? that's him being arnold. i think he does reflect the feeling of a lot of voters. what really strikes me and i
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talked to him about it in this conversation is that, you know, he got elected because he was a character, the terminator. he was going to take a sledge hammer to politics as usual and change everything. >> who does that remind you of? >> yeah, exactly. so i talked to him about this era of celebrity politics where people play a role and then voters vote for that character but then the character is faced with the reality of governance, and i think, you know, we see in the white house today the same deal. donald trump was elected in part because people were frustrated with government, they saw him as a guy from the "apprentice," who could kick government and washington in the butt. that's the character he continues to play, only now he is washington, he does have the responsibility. it's hard to reconcile both roles. >> we will look for your interview with arnold schwarzenegger being arnold on
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"the ax files" tomorrow night. coming up next, president trump is ratcheting up his own anti-immigration rhetoric, threatening that american troops could open fire on migrants who throw rocks at the border. my next guest is a photojournalist. she has been on the ground in mexico documenting the realities of what she herself has witnessed within this caravan, the sobering human interest of this story and why so many have been forced to turn back. and i found out that i'ma from the big toe alian. of that sexy italian boot! so this holiday season it's ancestrydna per tutti! order your kit now at [stomach gurgles] ♪when you have nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea...
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four days until the midterms and this president is amplifying his nationalist ideology to
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shore up his base, but critics are saying this campaign video is flat out racist, this 53-second ad features this undocumented immigrant who in april was sentenced to death for killing not just one but two california deputies. the video claims democrats let him in and democrats let him stay, and it also suggests this condemned criminal is how representative of all undocumented immigrants. but this video isn't just racially charged, it is loaded with claims that warrant a fact check. for that let's go to tom foreman. what do you have? >> this starts with this mexican man in court earlier this year for killing two deputies in california. it correctly conveys he said he would like to kill more police officers. then it makes at least two other big claims you made reference to there, democrats let him into the united states and democrats let him stay. those are at best misleading, at worst just false.
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here's why. records indicate he entered the u.s. illegally and was deported more than once before those murder. an immigration and customs official told us it occurred under bill clinton, a democrat, in 1997, and then it happened again in 2001 with george w. bush was in office, a republican. furthermore, he appears to have been arrested at least three times in maricopa county, arizona. as you know, brooke, that was the territory of then sheriff joe arpaio, a very vocal supporter of president trump. he was deported twice and once he was released. details are sketchy but back in 2014, arpaio expressed regrets that he had slipped through the cracks.
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brooke? >> so is it clear that democrats are any more to blame for any of this than republicans are? >> no, not at all. if you look at this carefully, you can see that not only is that not clear but if you think this is a problem, if you see this as a failing of the immigration system, both parties would bear some of the blame for that. beyond that it strays further into another shaky area. it implies strongly that people who are marching toward the u.s. border in this caravan we're hearing so much about represent just as much threat to the safety of americans as he did, indeed all immigrants do and there is no evidence such an accusation would apply to most of them. homeland security says a good number of them have criminal histories in that caravan but it has not provided any proof or details. >> tom, thank you for that. and that ad not only the way that president trump is ratcheting up his anti-immigrant
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rhetoric, as he talks about sending as many as 15,000 troops to that u.s./mexico border. the president is now suggesting those troops could shoot any migrant who throws rocks at him. >> they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. i told them consider is a rifle. when they throw rocks like they did at the mexico military and police, i say consider it a rifle. >> never mind that the president is recommending the use of deadly force in the chaos of these large crowds of people, but there are children in this caravan and, no, they are not americans but they are children. like 4-year-old kamila, exhausting and refusing to walk any further. or maylin, who is just 18 months old. my next guest is the pho photojournalist behind these
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images, she is carolyn van houghton, she works for "the washington post." you have been down there documenting this. you have learned some of these people stories. you tell me who they are and what do you make of the way the president has characterized them? >> i feel like there are young men, i know a lot of what trump has been referring to are single young men traveling in the caravan and they certainly do exist, but the majority of the people i've been interacting with and documenting have been families, especially with young children, trying to either flee violence, poverty, some reference hunger, others extortion and sort of issues and many just want a better light for their children. >> i want to revisit this photo of that 4-year-old little girl.
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will you tell me what was happening when you took this photo of her. >> so that morning the caravan gathered at about 3 in the morning to begin walking. they had gotten two big trucks to get some of the members of the caravan, especially the women and children further along on the journey because most days they travel about 30 miles give or take. and so -- but her mother, kayla, was concerned because there were hundreds of people getting shoved into these two trucks and she didn't want her kids to be crushed or hurt or lost in any way. she decided to walk with them. so we walked with them for several miles and a couple of miles in, she had been rotating because she has two kids, and she had been trying to carry them or had friends carrying them but kamila did have to walk
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for parts of it. just about a point where i was really impressed that kamila had collapsed, when her mom tried to pass samantha over to a friend, she started to cry so kayla picked them up and carried both until they got a ride in a car, probably a mile or two down. she's a single 22-year-old mom. >> it's a powerful picture. carolyn van houten, thank you so much for bringing the story to light through photos. we appreciate it from "the washington post" there. now to this boiling point, republican steve king already under fire for comments.
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working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. but maybe most of all, the character of our country is on the ballot. in the closing weeks of this election, we have seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and make us fearful, that's designed to exploit our history of racial and ethnic and religious division, that pits us against one another, to make us believe that order will somehow be restored if it just weren't for those folks who don't look like we look or don't love like we love or pray like we do.
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[ crowd chanting "bring it home" ] >> you know what, it's an old playbook. it's one that the powerful and the privilege turn to whenever control starts slipping away. they'll get folks riled up just to protect their power and their privilege. even when it hurts the country. even when it puts people at risk. it's as cynical as politics gets. but in four days, in four days, florida, you can reject that
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kind of politics. [ cheers ] in four days you can be a check on that kind of behavior. in four days you can choose a bigger, more prosperous, more generous vision of america. an america where love and hope conquer hate. an america where we, the people -- >> all right, so talk about what a day. duelling rallies, duelling presidents from president obama in florida to president trump just speaking to reporters at the white house. let's listen to him. >> numerous great places, great states. and i hear we're doing very well but we'll let you know on tuesday night. you'll know before i will, i suspect. i will say that we had tremendous job numbers today.
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it was just released 250,000 new jobs created in the month of october. that was shocking for a lot of people. that was a tremendous number by any standard. and that's despite the hurricanes. the hurricanes normally haveimp hurricanes, they were massive, they had a big impact. the 250,000 new jobs in october was an incredible number. we also had a wage increase of 3.1%. it's like a perfect increase. it's an incredible number but it's a perfect increase. so the country is doing i think maybe you could say better than it's ever done. we have a lot of new companies moving into the united states. and that's where we're letting people in, we're letting them in based on merit. we need workers, we need people to come in at 3.7%, which was
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also announced this morning, 250,000 jobs, 3.7% and a 3.1% or so wage increase. it's like really unbelievable numbers. so that just came out. i'm sure you people know that. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> sure. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> no, they don't have to fire. what i don't want is i don't want these people throwing rocks. it was just announced in homeland security, you have in just certain areas over 300 people that they know are trouble. what they did to the mexican military is a disgrace. they hit them with rocks. some were very seriously injured and they are throwing rocks in their face. they do that with us, they're going to be arrested, there's
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going to be problems. i didn't say shoot. i didn't say shoot. but they do that with us, they're going to be arrested for a long time. we will arrest them. i'll put i.c.e. and border patrollers there with the military. which are you talking about? who? you know who's going to determine that? the supreme court of the united states. the supreme court will -- the supreme court will determine that. the supreme court is going to determine that. many, many people feel that. yes, go ahead. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> we've had very good discussions with china. we're getting much closer to doing something. they very much want to make a deal. as you know, their economy went way down since we've been doing
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this skirmish. i spoke with president xi yesterday. they very much want to make a deal. i think we'll make a deal with china and i think it will be a very fair deal for everybody, but it will be a good deal for the united states. say it. we're going to meet at the g-20. we're going to have dinner. president xi and i agreed to meet at the g-20. we'll be having different discussing it. i think a very good deal will be made with china. they want to make it very badly. we want to make a deal if we can. a lot of progress has been made. a lot of progress. and they understand that if a deal isn't made, we're doing very well the way we're doing it right now. you understand that. $250 billion at 25%, and it could be elevated by another
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$267 billion at 25% or more. so we're doing very well, but i believe -- i know they want to make a deal. they've been hit very hard. their economy has been very, very bad. i will say this, if we can make the right deal for this country and also they're going to make the right deal for them, if we can open up china and make it fair for the first time ever, this should have been done years ago by other presidents but it wasn't, i am very willing to do it. but china very much wants to make a deal. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> who was arrested? >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> i wish him luck. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> no, no, no, no. no. no. but if if our soldiers or border
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patrol or i.c.e. are going to be hit in the face with rocks, we're going to arrest those people. that doesn't mean shoot them. but we're going to arrest those people quickly and for a long period of time. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> everything we're doing is totally legal. it's all gone through the courts. but we have one of the few systems where instead of telling people you can't come in, we take them in and we have to bring them through a court system. it is the most ridiculous system in the world. it's obsolete but that's not the problem. the problem is it's a stupid system, and it doesn't work and the democrats and the republicans could change it immediately. we could do it in one day. we could have it fixed. but the democrats don't want to do it because they're playing politics. and actually i think it's very bad politics because the people of this country know what's going on better than they do.
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and you know what? we could fix our immigration system in one day if we could sit down with them, but they don't want to do it because they want open border and open borders mean crime. they want -- they want those people coming up by the thousands -- and, you know, honestly they always have come up. they want them to pour into our country. and in the group. and you just saw the report that came out, you have a lot of bad people, you have people that are criminals, you have people with records, you have people with criminal records. we could fix the system so quickly, so easily, but we need some democrat votes or vote all republican. if we have more republicans, it would be fixed immediately. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> say it. that's right, sanctions start on
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iran. they have very serious sanctions, they're ver by big. as you know, sanctions are starting on iran. iran is taking a very big hit. the country is not the same country as when i started almost two years ago. iran is a much different country since i terminated that deal. that was one of the most ridiculous deals ever made by any country at any time, the iran nuclear deal. but sanctions very much are elevated as of you know when. next week. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> the democrats never had a bipartisan agreement. they're trying to say that. tell them to come around and see me. they had an agreement that was a one-sided agreement that i would never approve. you've got to get rid of catch
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and release. you've got to get rid of chain migration. you've got to get rid of the visa lottery. they never agreed to any of that. ask them if they agreed. they never agreed on any of them. >> reporter: not going to fire on civilians? >> well, i hope they won't. we'll see. we're not going to stand for people doing what they did to the mexican military and the mexican police. what they did to those people, they were very badly hurt, very badly injured, the military and police. what they did with rocks being thrown in their faces, not going to happen to our soldiers. >> reporter: [ inaudible ]. >> no, no, you know what, you're creating violence by your questions. you are creating, you. and also a lot of the reporters are creating violence by not writing the truth. the fake news is creating violence. and you