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can you imagine all of this on your shoulders and not needing a bottle of ambien to just take a nap. how about this, care more. mr. president, you may sleep but the rest of this country may rest easier. thank you for watching tonight. "cnn tonight" with d. lemon starts right now. >> you make a pretty good point. you ever think of running for president, and i say no way in -- seriously no way in hell. >> people ask you about running for office? >> they absolutely do. they said i should run and i should make you my v.p. >> what? nobody has ever said that to you ever. >> they said make chris lemon your v.p. >> that keeps me up at night. that cabdriver turning around in detroit and saying you're chris lemon. that's one of the worst things that has ever happened. >> you should never, ever have told me that.
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i'm going to get a license plate with you with that on it. c. lemon, that's your new name. >> i could be called worse things, this we both know. >> listen, let's talk about what you were saying. i think about before that escalator ride before i look like. now they tell me you look like you're in your 60s. i know i've aged a ton but i think the country, we are inundated every single day especially those of us who have to report on this every single night. five days a week, two hours a night. it's like news, through a fire hose of news every single day. it is exhausting and it's aging. >> and we don't own it in any way the way our leaders do. look, it point i'm trying to make in the closing is pretty basic. this president should be caring about things and taking on
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battles, he shouldn't be creating them. he sees division as a currency for him. there's an election coming. we're coming the state of play on a daily basis of who's up and down and what it means for him and why. the economy, he starts fights with the fed. by the way, i don't think he's wrong with the policy, but he's wrong about how he deals with it. he starts fights now, he's trying to put the jews in a bucket, trying to push people of us and them, breaking up groups, playing on what holds our fabric together here and it's a fragile thing. he should care more about these things and he should foment them less thatch that's his job. >> well, he creates a crisis and then he solves it and he credits himself for solving a crisis which was self-created. >> and what does he solve? is passing a rule you can keep all migrants families together is that him solving -- >> or saying you're not going to meet with an ally because you no longer want to buy they're island. >> i don't know if you heard stephen moore on this show but he's saying do you know we've had more available jobs as a surplus than wave ever had before?
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maybe you shouldn't demonize the people coming here to take those low skilled labor jobs. maybe you should stop calling them murderers and rapists and . i'll see you tomorrow. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. this is our breaking news. he is serious. the president of the united states is apparently serious about trying to buy greenland from denmark. so serious he's canceling his planned visit to denmark scheduled for the end of next week because a danish prime minister doesn't want to sell him the largest island in the world with a population of more than 56,000 because she says, quote, thankfully the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. the president tweeting, of
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course tweeting, denmark is a very special country with incredible people but based on prime minister mette comments that she would have no interest indousest discussing the purchase, i thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling some time in the future. well, he sure has changed his tune since he said this. this was over the weekend. >> so the concept came up and i said certainly i'd be strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested. but we'll talk to them a little bit. it's not number one on the burner, i can tell you that. >> not number one on the burner, but he's willing to cancel an official visit to a nato ally? he's willing to take his bat and his ball and just go home? this president wants to convince you he's a tough guy so he's picking a fight with greenland. he wants to convince you that he
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is a tough guy. it's why he is consistently following strategy, the strategy of dividing america, of trying to pit us against each other. just listen to what he says about congresswoman rashida tlaib and ilhan omar, and about jewish-americans who vote for democrats. >> where has the democratic party gone, where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the state of israel? and i think any jewish people that vote for a democrat, i think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. >> does he even know what he's just said there? think about it. disloyalty. disloyalty? what is the president talking about? honestly, think about it. is he trafficking in the ugly anti-semitic charge of dual loyalty? questioning the loyalty of jewish citizens? the anti-defamation league
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tweeting this. he says it is unclear who potus is claiming jews would be disloyal to but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack jews. it's long overdue to stop using jews as a political football. is this about israel? or st. the president talking about loyalty to himself? after all jewish-americans voted for the democratic party by about a 3 to 1 margin in the 2018 mid-terms. like i said, remember just said it moments ago, this president's strategy is to divide america with 2020 on the horizon and to convince you that he is a tough guy. it's why he attacks his
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political enemies like the congresswomen tlaib and omar. it's why he tawics former members of team trump like anthony scaramucci who says he was wrong about trump and won't support him for his second term. the president tweeting, tweet of course that scaramucci is, quote, just another disgruntled former employee who got fired for gross incompetence. what ever happened to hiring only the best people? only the best people remember? i'm going to talk to anthony scaramucci just a little bit right here on this show, but this whole tough guy thing, are you listening to me? it's a farce. actually, this president is no tough guy when he's up against a tough opponent. he caved. he caved on background checks. he said this just days after 31 people were killed in mass shootings in el paso and dayton. here it is. >> i'm looking to do background checks. i think background checks are important.
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frankly, we need intelligent background checks, okay? this isn't a question of nra, republican or democrat. >> background checks. that was then. now he's caving. even though 90% of those surveyed in a fox news poll last week, 90%, fox news, 90% fox news support background checks on all gun buyers. a source confirming the president had a conversation with the nra's wayne lepierre today and told him background checks were off the table. >> we have very, very strong background checks right now, but we have sort of missing areas and areas that don't complete the whole circle. and have to tell you it is a mental problem and i've said it a hundred times it's not the gun
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that pulls the trigger, it's the person that pulls the trigger. these are sick people and it is also that kind of a problem. and we're looking at mental institutions which we used to have. >> and speaking of nra talking points, there is this. >> a lot of the people that put me where i am are strong believers in the second amendment, and i am also. and we have to be very careful about that. you know they call it the slippery slope and all of a sudden everything gets taken away. we're not going to let that happen. >> remember when then candidate trump said this about second amendment people. >> hillary wants to essentially abolish the second amendment. and by the way if she gets to pick -- if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. although the second amendment people maybe there is, i don't know.
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>> this is president who will cave to the nra every single time. he did it after 17 students and their teachers were shot to death in parkland, florida. he's doing it again now. he also caved on china. even though he is talking like a tough guy. >> i am doing this whether it's good or bad for your statement about, oh, will we fall into a recession for two months, okay? the fact is somebody had to take china and my life would be a lot easier if i didn't take china on, but i have to do it because i like doing it, and we're getting great results. >> tough guy. he seems to have forgotten what happened just last week when he caved on another rund of tariffs on china, pushing them back until december 15th. top economic advisor peter nuvario calling that decision to cave, quote, a christmas present to the nation. the president also caved to
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vladimir putin, disgracefully in helsinki, taking putin's word over his own intelligence community. >> my people came to me, dan coates came to me and some others and they say they think it's russia. i have president putin he just said it's not russia. i will say this, i don't see any reason why it would be. >> now he's caving to putin again, calling for russia to be welcomed back into what is now the g7 just days before the group is due to meet in france and claiming his putin, his word, outsmarted president obama. >> i guess president obama because putin outsmarted him, president obama thought it wasn't a good thing to have russia in, so he wanted russia out. but i think it's much more appropriate to have russia in. it should be the g8. president obama didn't want
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russia in because he got outsmarted. well, that's not the way it really should work. >> the fact is that's not the way it works. it's not the way it works. it's not the way this works. russia was kicked out of what was then the g8 after the majority, the majority of member countries condemned putin's annexation of crimea which by the way russia continues to hold. but this president thinks it's appropriate to welcome russia back. and if vladimir putin has outsmarted anybody probably not president obama. so why is this president doing all this, why is he playing the tough guy only to cave at the last minute? why is he slamming president obama? why is he of all things throwing a temper tantrum over not being able to buy greenland? it is simple, very simple. the president is worried. and when he's worried what does he do? he tries to distract you with
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tough talk and shiny objects. and what is he worried about. two words for you. 2020. like i said the president scrapping an official visit to a nato ally because they won't sell him greenland. what does the rest of the world think of all of this? we're going to dig into it. that's next. well, i'm going to t-mobile and for every iphone ten r i buy, they'll give me another one. but if you're busy... iphone ten r? let's go! for a limited time, come to t-mobile and for each iphone ten r you get, get a second one on us.
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it bears repeating because it's frankly hard to believe. the president of the united states postponing a visit to a nato ally apparently because they won't sell him greenland. cnn's boris sanchez joins me now. president trump had been expected to visit denmark late last week but that's no longer happening. it's hard to believe the reasoning here. tell us why. >> yeah, don it's basically because denmark is reluctant to sell him greenland. the president had brought this up several times according to white house sources. this is something he was taking seriously. on the face of it it wouldn't be crazy for the united states to try something like this considering greenland has tremendous strategic implications and there's already a u.s. military base there. what isn't clear is exactly why the president thought it was up
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for grabs, why he thought it was for sale. the danish prime minister made clear this story was absurd. she even said i hope this is not meant seriously. apparently president trump was taking it very seriously because he's not going to denmark altogether. he wrote, quote, denmark is a special country with incredible people but based on prime minister's comments she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of greenland i will be postponing our meetings scheduled for another time. the prime minister was able to spare a great deal of expense and effort for denmark for being so direct. i thank her for that and look forward to schedule some time in the future. some of the president's surrogates and suggested he was joke about all this. but it's clear his motivation in the first place for going was this purchase of denmark or greenland which clearly is not happening. >> thank you very much.
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appreciate that, boris sanchez. thank you both for joining us this evening. it's an interesting conversation. you and your colleagues at "the wall street journal" broke this story. at the time it was unclear how serious the president was about this, and now he is postponing a trip to a nato ally over this. remember we just spoke about it last week. >> i'm still wrapping my head around it, frankly. when we reported the story last week we knew it was going to be a talker. i don't think we realized the extent it was going to blow up and turn into this international incident where the president cancels his trip. obviously there's been a lot that's happened since then with both leaders of greenland and denmark coming out condemning they're saying they hope it's a joke, greenland is not for sale. and they've really doubled down on this notion president trump
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is basically putting out there, this antiquated foreign policy outlook where he thinks a sovereign can buy a country from another sovereign. it's very sort of late 19th century, early 20th century idea. and even then denmark said, no, we're not going to sell greenland. since then obviously there's a new world order and a lot of the european countries that have been reacting said that is not how things work, but president trump obviously doubling down today and saying he's very serious about it, and so serious he's not going to denmark if they're not willing to discuss. >> here's what the danish prime minister said yesterday. so the prime minister standing up for denmark saying it's not for sale, there's no for sale sign-on greenland. is this why he's canceling his trip the is this his whole reason for going there? >> certainly his tweets suggest if she isn't wailing to talk about this thing, he's not going to go. we have a headline on "the washington post" right now that says trump cancels his trip
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because denmark won't sell him greenland. is this "the onion"? it's astonishing. >> can you believe we're actually discussing this? >> this is guy who spent 30 years trying to buy real estate. he gets into the white house, he wants to do something splashy because that's sort of his nature and he says there's this land with resources, let's try and buy all of that. and even this move tonight is the sort of thing he does in the art of the deal. oh, they're not going to come to the table, i'm going to walk away first. it's all very trump organization, donald trump. >> he wants a big land deal? >> he thinks in terms of what's the big slashy thing i can do, i can buy some big bit of real estate. >> there are people involved here. they live there, they aren't willing to have their
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nationality bought and sold. >> that's absolutely right. that's been one of the many factors that will make this quite impossible to pull off is that folks in greenland really kind of -- there was an outroar -- or uproar when all this happened last week, all these satirical jokes and whatnot and little web sites that were going around. some folks in greenland sent me a for sale sign with a map of greenland on it as a joke that was kind of spreading around. and another, the queen of denmark actually canceling her meeting with president trump over the greenland issue. and obviously it's kind of taken off as a joke over there. but when push comes to shove folks over there saying absolutely not. we would love america to invest more money, and that's something the government of greenland has said over and over last thursday when we put out the stories, yes, we're open for investment, open for business but we're not for sale. and president trump still wanting to negotiate that point.
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>> what does it say about president trump that he'll cozy up to an adversary like russia but then he'll do this sort of weird thing with an ally like denmark basically saying i can buy and sell you and if you don't, whatever, i'm going to cancel my trip? >> obviously it doesn't tell us anything new about donald trump. he is much more comfortable speaking with vladimir putin, kim jong-un as it turns out, he's much more comfortable with those sorts of leaders than he is with elected democratic leaders who are responsible constituents. >> philip, vivian, thank you. keep bringing us the stories. vivian and i talked about this last week and here we are. as we said we didn't imagine we'd be discussing it at length again this week. thank you both. i appreciate it. there's lots of news coming out of the white house tonight and i'll have a presidential candidate weigh in on all of it. it's senator cory booker and he's next. ♪
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president trump announcing tonight with a tweet of course that he is postponing his trip to denmark after the prime minister said she has, quote, no interest in discussing the purchase of greenland. joining me now presidential candidate and new jersey senator cory booker. thank you so much. listen, i want to start by asking you what you think about the president canceling his trip to denmark because they won't discuss selling greenland to us. >> well, as a member of the senate foreign relations committee i can tell you that at this point that's absurd and, frankly, i don't care. it's the president distracting from so many of the other urgent things going on right now. and i think this has all much to do about nothing when we have things we should be talking about. his administration sort to cut title 10 funding for parents all around the country. we have real issues like dealing with gun violence in this country and the president seems to be taking orders from the nra and the corporate gun lobby and not republicans who even agree on the need for background checks. so this an absurdity, it's ridiculous. it makes us i think look bad as a nation, but we've got real problems we should be dealing and he's a master of destruction. >> following two mass shootings president trump vowed to push for expanding background checks, yet he's done nothing to move it forward. if the white house is taking cues from the nra and gun reform, what will you do right now to stop this epidemic?
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>> well, right now we've got to understand that power can seize nothing without a demand. and this is something we all share a common cause in whether you live in an inner city or you're a commune that see the ravages of white supremacy and white wing extremism, that kind of terrorism knows no boundaries. they're going after synagogues, churches, after concert halls as well as a wal-mart. and this is the time americans have to understand that change historically does not come from washington, it comes to washington. change in america comes from a demand, and we need to not let this be a time of impotent empathy where we don't feel enough pain for our brothers and sisters across this country that are suffering from the ravages of violence but we all can demand it republican and democrat.
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this is president not accepting responsibility for a crisis. in fact, he's contributing to it, and that's unacceptable so i'm going to fight, and it's one of the reasons i'm fighting so hard to be president because this is problem we can solve. >> listen, another issue i know you've been very vocal about and that is the detention of migrants especially children. administration sources confirming the administration is expected to announce a new regulation which will allow for the detention of migrant families, not released will be held in facilities run by i.c.e. what's your reaction to that, senator? >> it's cruelty and unnecessary. there's data and it shows having a family case management plan can get 100% compliance in families cooperating with the legal process. showing up at 100% threw all of the proceedings. this is the cruelty of pushing families and nurses, expectant mothers in conditions that are intolerable, unacceptable and quite expensive to taxpayers. and this is yet another example of donald trump in his moral vandalism not only violating the
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human rights, the human dignity of migrant families but also violating the values and common decency of this country. >> there's a new cnn poll out today, and the vice president joe biden his lead has jumped up 7 points since june following by senator bernie sanders at 15%, and you're at 2%. i just want you to listen to what jill biden said yesterday about electability, senator, and then we'll talk. >> your candidate might be better on, i don't know, health care than joe is, but you've got to look at his selection and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, okay, i sort of personally like so-and-so better. but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat trump.
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>> so she says no matter how you feel about the other candidates and whatever you may not be all aboard with her husband but he's the one you can beat. the bottom line has to be beating donald trump. also second part of the question, to break into the top tier of democrats. >> well, first and foremost that is kind of frightening advice to me. you know, democrats, we shouldn't modulate our values or try to triangulate our policy positions based upon what some pundits say is electability. i know what electability is and that is being able to excite and energize call to people's hearts and spirits. i couldn't disagree more. this idea of electability, we know what his electability is, people that can energize our base, black and brown voters, suburban voters, rural voters. we need somebody that can really
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excite this party. and as far as polling right now i think joe biden should be worried because in my lifetime i don't think well before carter we haven't had a person who was leading in the polls this far-out who's ever gone to be president from our party. the people who usually go on are people at this point consider today be underdogs. all considered six months out from iowa to be long shots at best. there's a lot of time left in this election and we are in a really good place. in fact, in iowa -- >> what's your plan? i'll ask you the second part of the question. do you have a plan or are you going to continue on as you're doing now? >> oh, our plan is actually working. what wins in iowa, what we've seen with john carrie who was polling at 4% and went on to win iowa, and barack obama was considered an underdog is organizations on the ground. we have more endorsements like state legislators, for example, people in iowa who knows what wins and have a lot of intelligence about wanting to put their resources behind a winning candidate. we have more endorsers than the top five pollers combined because in iowa people
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understand not only is it my message, my heart, my grit, my ability to inspire crowds motivating people to get on our team, i'm either the or one of it two top organizations. we're going to keep battling that way on the ground. this is retail fight when it comes to the early primary states. >> senator cory booker, always appreciate your time and perspective. thank you, sir. >> thank you, man. it's really good to be on. i hope to see you again soon. the president is still attack tweeting his former communications director. why does anthony scaramucci get under his former boss' skin so much? guess what. he's here, he's live and i'm going to ask him next. when did you see the sign?
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president trump is not done lashing out as former white house communications director anthony scaramucci tweeting this morning he was, quote, just another former employee who got fired for gross incompetence. remember only the best people, right? well, here to discuss now is none other than anthony scaramucci. good to have you on. >> he said other things, too. there's enough to go around. after our conversation there'll be a couple more and i'm sort of tired of responding to them because it's so sophomoric and i feel like i'm operating like the high school president who happens to also be the bully in the lunchroom cafeteria. i sort of find it comical. >> all right, let's talk about something else. his trip to denmark, right, he's saying he's postponing it because the prime minister won't discuss purchasing greenland. aren't there other things to discuss especially with an ally? >> yes, but it's also broader context there. he wants to be the human
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wrecking ball for the grand alliance. he's such a narcissist, what he wants to do is say to all of our european allies and leaders of the free world around the world, he wants to say, well, i'm now in charge now and i want to swing this wrecking ball any which way i like to show i'm in power and as we said say here in new york that's like a total spite job for no reason. i don't know enough about greenland to think it was for sale or not for sale, but i would assume it was never for sale. so just the notion that he's putting that out there, he's doing three things to hurt the american society. number one, he's embarrassing all of america in front of the world. number two, he's displaying the full-blown narcissism where he thinks he has some sort of uber power relative to the rest of the world. the united states is still the most powerful country still, has the most powerful military. but what made us so great was the benevolence of our culture
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and the benevolence of our society. now we have this human wrecking ball out there. the third thing, which is most important thing, each of us as americans we're sitting around saying okay, we like this, we like that but, man, something really does not feel right and it's him and he's got to go. >> i want to talk about that because you have an op-ed in "the washington post" which i thought was fascinating. i'm going to get to that in a minute. it's also how you use that power and whether you have credibility with that power. >> his declining is every single day. he has a rate limiting slope of power decline every single day because every time he opens his mouth, every time he sends out a tweet what's happening is the rest of the world is reassembling itself around him. so his america first strategy is going to leave america alone. >> he doesn't use his power wisely? no. it's to his detriment. to the detriment of american society, to the american citizen, to the global citizen. every time his mouth opens he reduces american power around the world. listen, you've been saying you want a coalition of people around you to sort of primary
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basically this president, right? >> i'm very confident he'll be primaried and no one's going to make those announcements until after -- >> he's saying, okay, listen i want to go up against him, i'm not sure he's going to decide on labor day. how do you convince someone like that? >> well, i think the primary note is the conventional wisdom if you go into a primary you're like a republican crash dummy but the president has a very tired script, it's a bullying script. he says the same thing about everybody. he didn't know this person, this person is a flat slob, it's tired now. you're in your third or fourth season of it and it's sort of very, very tired. >> in your last rally he didn't have the same energy -- >> he knows people hate him. when he's in the rally he's saying you love me or hate me, you're going to vote your 401k,
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but the american people love the 401k. and maybe there's a group that love the 401k more than america, the majority of americans are looking at the situation. they're going to go to bed tonight and say is this right. let me step back. there's a lot of older americans who don't look at twitter but ask one of your kids or grandkids to so you the president's twitter feeds. is this normal? i mean he's attacking my wife, he attacked ted cruz's wife. is that normal? cowards attack civilians. cowards napalm civilians. to quote ted cruz, he's a sniveling coward so he's going after civilians. bullies go after civilians and they go after weakness. for me i grew up in a blue collar area so -- >> i got two things.
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you told david alexred your going to do a super pac, right, to take on trump? do you think it's possible? >> well, we have to make sure he loses in every swing state so what we have to do is bring a coalition of willing republicans that know how diseased he is as a human being and we have to bring it into those swing states to make sure he loses. so i'll lead that process and put my own dough in -- >> i've got 30 seconds left. you said please leave room in the off-ramp, my personal honesty took longer than it should have, i'm determined to ensure good people are the ones who end up writing it. >> that's exactly right. no one is going to remember any of us, don. and even president trump they're not going to remember. they'll probably remember neil armstrong and that's about it.
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i think it's not an epiphany. this has been a gradual thing for me i said, okay, the full-blown racism over this squad is ridiculous. and i turned to my wife and said if he's a full-blown demagogue, i was nine-tenths for him, one-tenth not for him. he's going to come at me hard and it's over for me. >> see you next time. >> nice to be here. >> we'll be right back. fact is, every insurance company hopes you drive safely. but allstate actually helps you drive safely... with drivewise. it lets you know when you go too fast... ...and brake too hard. with feedback to help you drive safer. giving you the power to actually lower your cost. unfortunately, it can't do anything about that. now that you know the truth... are you in good hands?
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recession but acknowledging that some tax cut options are under discussion. including a possible payroll tax cut. here to discuss is former republican congressman charlie dent, and political analyst kirsten powers. good evening, to both of you. >> good evening. >> kirsten, president trump says he is eyeing a payroll tax cut after his staff denied this was even on the table. he says that we're -- he says we're far from a recession. we're not even close. so why do it now? >> well, because we're not far from a recession. there was actually a recent survey where three out of four of the nation's top economists said they're very concerned that we are headed for a recession and they named the number-one cause of that trump's trade war with china. so i think that this is something that economists have been concerned about for a while, even predating the trade war, frankly. you know, there was a lot of talk around the tax cuts that this was supposed to radically
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transform our economy. it did a lot for people at the top but not for the entire economy, so i think that the white house is obviously getting concerned, especially because there's nothing that can harm somebody running for re-election more than the economy going into a recession. >> charlie, he's saying that the economy is great, at the same time, he's mulling moves you don't do when everything is fine and dandy. >> yeah, i think it's -- i think there's a bit of incoherence going on here, don. as kirsten said, i think most economists are expecting some kind of a slowdown in 2020. i'm not saying a recession, but they've been anticipating a slower 2020 for some time. but to take a stimulus measure like cutting the payroll tax or demanding that the fed lower interest rates, the economy is still reasonably good, although slower, what do you do when we actually do hit a recession and if we take those steps now? what arrows will be left in the quiver? the fed doesn't have other options besides lowering interest rates and providing
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greater liquidity. what do you do when we actually do hit that recession which will come at some point sooner or later? >> kirsten, i want you to listen to what the president had to say on china. this was today. watch. >> our country cannot continue to pay china $500 billion a year because stupid people are running it. so i don't mind this question. whether it's good or bad short term is irrelevant. we have to solve the problem with china because they're taking out $500 billion a year plus. >> he says short term is irrelevant. try telling that to the farmers who are hurting right at this very moment. >> right. the short term can be harmful to running people out of business, their livelihoods, you know, family businesses often. so i think the short term does matter. sometimes you do have to make tough decisions that can be, you know, a little hardener the short term but you get a long-term payoff. the problem is i think a lot of people are wondering what's the long-term payoff, what are we
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getting for this? what is the benefit of what the president is doing? and a lot of people who are experts in this area say that what you really need is more of a multilateral approach, not the sort of go it alone trade war that he started. >> can we talk about the president's attacks on the congresswomen, rashida tlaib and the squad? take a look at this. >> you should see the things that the four of them have said said about israel over the last couple of years. i mean, omar is a disaster for jewish people. i can't imagine if she has any jewish people in her district that they could possibly vote for her, but what omar has said, what tlaib has said then yesterday i noticed for the first time tlaib with the tears. all of a sudden, she starts with tears. tears. and i don't buy it. i don't buy it. i don't buy it for a second.
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>> so, charlie, he wants to make these four congresswomen of color his opposition, but won't his true democratic opposition be whoever emerges from the democratic primary? >> well, of course, don. sure, the president, many republicans, will try to make the squad the object of their attacks, but at the end of the day, the democratic nominee for president is going to be the person with whom donald trump is going to have to contrast himself. i think the squad is going to be a bit of a sideshow. just as steve king will be a sideshow on the republican side. i mean, bottom line is, i think the president is wrong for trying to elevate them the way he has. i think he's making a mistake politically. >> kirsten? >> well, anybody noticed how the sideshows are always women? so it's hillary clinton who's the demon that's going to destroy your life, it's nancy pelosi who's the demon who's
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going to destroy your life. i mean, how many times did the republicans run viciously attacking nancy pelosi and now they've shifted over to these four women and tried to make them the demons that are coming to ruin your life. so there's something wrong on the republican party that they always have -- that they always demonize women, democratic women, basically, you know, as being sort of out of control. right? and somehow sort of uniquely evil almost is the way that they talk about them and they exaggerate, you know, the way they talked about nancy pelosi for so long, it's been such a ridiculous exaggeration. but what's happening here is even worse because it's not just misogyny, it's also racism. >> yeah. >> that's why these women have been targeted the way they have. and the president doesn't care about jewish people. i'm sorry. if he did, he wouldn't have said the thing that he said today about basically calling jews
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stupid and disloyal for not voting for him. >> yeah. i've got to run. that's got to be the last word. thank you, both. i appreciate it. we'll be right back. giving back. subaru and our retailers have given over one hundred and sixty-five million dollars to charity. we call it our love promise. and it's why you don't even have to own a subaru to love a subaru retailer. subaru. more than a car company.
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this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. we begin with breaking news. president trump announcing on twitter late tonight that he is postponing an upcoming trip to denmark because the danish prime minister will not consider selling greenland to the united states.
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