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back here, the rockefeller center tree is up and lit. a 75-footer from the new york suburbs. it certainly changes the view from here at this time every year, at least for a while. and that is our broadcast tonight. thank you so much for being here with us. and good night from nbc news headquarters here in new york. ♪ this morning, could a pardon for paul manafort be on the table? president trump isn't ruling it out. this as we learn new details about why the former trump campaign chairman's plea deal may have fallen apart. democrats have overwhelmingly voted to nominate nancy pelosi as the next speaker of the house. and in a stunning bipartisan rebuke of saudi arabia and president trump, the senate has overwhelmingly voted to advance a resolution that would end all u.s. involvement in the saudi-led war in yemen.
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good morning. it is thursday, november 29th. i'm ayman mohyeldin alongside frances rivera and louis burgdorf. d president trump is now publicly discussing a possible pardon for his former campaign chairman. president trump left open the possibility of a pardon, telling the new york post, quote, it was never discussed but i wouldn't take it off the table. why would i take it off the table? in that interview the president criticized robert mueller's probe claiming they were all asked to lie. if you told the truth, you go to jail, trump said. you know, this flipping stuff is terrible. i have three people, manafort, corsi -- i don't know corsi but he refuses to say what they demanded. it's actually very brave. i'm telling you this is
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mccarthy-ism. mueller claims manafort violated his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to investigators. those lies may include comments about his personal business dealings and contacts with a former associate in ukraine. manafort allegedly made inaccurate statements about his communications with a man who worked for manafort's lobbying firm in ukraine. both he and manafort for charged for trying to influence two witnesses providing information on manafort. manafort may have also allegedly misrepresented information about payments he received related to his lobbying work. manafort's lawyers dispute mueller's claims, saying he's been truthful. at this point, it is unclear
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whether prosecutors to accuse manafort of additional lies. we are now learning some details about what president trump is said to have told special counsel robert mueller in his written answers to questions related to russian interference. two sources familiar with the matter tell nbc news that trump says he was not told beforehand about the 2016 trump tower meeting with senior campaign leadership and an attorney tied to the kremlin and also he was not tipped off weeks before about the wikileaks disclosure by roger stone nap . >> i can honestly say that president trump and i have never discussed the wikileaks disclosures before, during or after. >> you never had a single discussion about hillary clinton e-mails with him at all? >> that is correct. >> sources tell abc news that
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another question dealt with the july 2016 republican party platform change, back off of providing arms to ukraine to guard against russian aggression. sources familiar with the president's responses say the president told mueller he was not aware of it to the best of his recollection, which is also consistent with what trump said publicly. >> why would you soften the gop platform on ukraine? >> i wasn't involved in that. >> your people were. >> i was not involved in that. i'd have to take a look at it, but i was not involved. >> do you know what they did? >> they softened it i heard but i was not involved. nancy pelosi's fight is not over yet. pelosi won support of 203 house democrats to claim her party's nomination. 32 democrats defects and three left their ballots blank. that means pelosi will need to win over 18 democrats who did
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not vote in her favor yesterday assuming all republicans vote against her. asked if she had those votes, she said, i think we're in pretty good shape. hoyer and clyburn were reelected. secretary of state mike pompeo and defense secretary jim mattis gave all senators a closed door briefing on yemen and saudi arabia which included the jamal kashoggi situation. >> you've seen all the intelligence. do you believe the crown prince ordered the murder of jamal kashoggi? >> i've read every piece of
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intelligence. there is no direct reporting connecting the prince to the order to murder jamal kashoggi. that's all i can say in an unclassified setting. >> we have no smoking gun that the crown prince was involved, not the intelligence community or anyone else. there is no smoking gun. by the way, i have read all the intel. i have personally read all the intelligence. i have read all the translations. >> no smoking gun connecting the crown prince to the murder? >> that is correct. >> the cia has recently given a high confidence assessment that the saudi crown prince ordered kashoggi's murder, an assessment which the president couldnntinuo question and dismiss. one question, the notable absence of cia director gina haspel. >> were you explicitly told that gina haspel was blocked from coming to this meeting?
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>> we were told that was a decision by the white house. >> why wasn't the current cia director here briefing senators as well? >> i was asked to be here and i am. [ inaudible question ] >> i was asked to be here and i'm here. >> can you explain to me why gina haspel wasn't there? >> no. >> did you raise any issues? >> yes, several times. i don't want to speculate, but we were not -- nobody was happy that she wasn't there. >> not having the cia director at this briefing is a coverup. it's outrageous that the senate can be stonewalled from hearing from the cia director. >> like most in the room, was disappointed that gina haspel was not there. >> i'm not, quite frankly, i'm not going to be denied the
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ability to be briefed by the cia. i'm talking about any key vote, anything that you need me for to get out of town, i ain't doing it until we hear from the cia. >> have you told that to the president? >> i just did. >> in a statement the cia says the notion that anyone told director haspel not to attend today's briefing is false. >> one of the main topics of that briefing was the situation in yemen where the offensive has left thousands dead and brought yemen to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. the senate voted to advance a resolution that would end all u.s. involvement in the war. the u.s. currently supports the coalition primarily with training and oversight. the trump administration ended u.s. midair refuelling for coalition jets several weeks ago. 14 republicans joined every
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democrat in voting for the measure. >> i changed my mind because i'm pissed. the way the administration has handled the saudi arabia event is not acceptable. the briefing today did not help me at all better understand the whole that mbs played in the killing of mr. kashoggi. the yemen conflict is just one part of the puzzle. i think institutionally we have a right to be briefed by the cia. how can i make an informed decision as a united states senator about whether or not the crown prince is complicit in a murder if i don't have access to the intelligence that i read about in the paper? that's unacceptable for me. is it too much to ask of an ally that the de facto leader of the country not lure someone to a consulate and chop them up because they wrote a bad article? if we don't deal with this now, it gets worse. >> joining us now eugene scott,
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reporter for the "washington post." quite a lot of drama playing out there after that all senators briefing. have republicans drawn a line in the sand for president trump and the cia related to the murder of jamal kashoggi? >> it appears so. senators know that if they are to make the most informed decision, they need the most information possible. at this point much of the information that senators are getting about this incident is actually coming from places like the "washington post" amid msnbc. perhaps in the past that would have been okay for them in terms of not pushing back more of the trump white house. but i think many of them have in their minds the fact that large percentages of the american public voted against status quo of this month's midterms and therefore want to have a senate that is a check on the white house and is not just a group of yes people for the president. >> i want to turn to paul manafort, specifically what's on the table, what's not.
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you've got a plea agreement off the table. pardon, not off the table according to the president. does that look like the most likely option for trump now? >> it's hard to tell, but perhaps it was always an option. i think earlier in this investigation the president may have suggested that it was not something that he was very much thinking about, but the truth is he probably always was. he was always saying kinder words about manafort, especially when you compare them to some of the comments he made about his previous lawyer. i think if anything it's a signal to manafort that if he is honorable and loyal to trump that things could work out well for him in terms of his future. >> also seeing among that rudy giuliani emerging once again and being vocal about it. stormy daniels alleges michael avenatti filed a definition lawsuit against president trump against her wishes, saying avenatti also
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raised money on a crowd funding site for her legal defense without telling her. she says she is unsure if she will keep avenatti as her attorney. last month the judge dismissed daniels' defamation suit against trump and ordered her to pay the president's legal fees. she wrote, quote, for months i've asked michael avenatti to give me accounting information about the fund for my legal defense. days ago i demanded again repeatedly that he tell me how the money was being spent and how much was left, adding michael has not treated me with the respect and deference an attorney should show a client. he filed the defamation case against donald trump against my wishes. avenatti wrote i have personally sacrifices an enormous amount of money time and energy toward
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assisting her because i believe in her. i have always been an open book with stormy as to all aspects of her case and she knows that. still ahead the department of veterans affairs not paying vets what they were owed. first, it was paul manafort. now we're learning trump's legal team may have been talking with jerome corsi's attorneys about the mueller probe.
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less than they were owed. the va faced a backlog when its computers fwere unable to proces a change in the law last year. we are learning the names of the three servicem members killd this week in afghanistan. 39-year-old army sergeant first class eric eamon was a boston native and a 20-year veteran. andrew ross who served more than seven years in the army and was on his second tour. and 25-year-old air force staff sergeant dylan elchin. zbr yesterday departing house
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speaker paul ryan told the crowd that he believes that the trust between men and women in the armed force wils will one day rr american politics. >> we see all these little tears in our social fabric. we see all these threads being pulled at. we see the huge fights over small things. over there in afghanistan, in iraq, in other places, these men and women, many and multiple deployments. they collaborate in a common pursuit under constant strain and all they want to talk about is the difference they're making, the good they are doing. their bonds of trust with one another, it is just second nature to them. so for me, it was this infusion of hope and perspective that i see in our service members that will be the men and women who will help rebuild our civil society. ivanka trump is defending
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her use of a private e-mail account while transitioning to a job in her father's administration. she denied there was any connection between her situation and hillary clinton's e-mail scandal. >> in my case, all of my e-mails are on the white house server. there's no intent to circumvent and there were mass deletions after a subpoena was issued. my e-mails have not been deleted. nor was there anything of substance, nothing confidential that was within them. so there's connection between the two things. >> so the idea of lock her up doesn't apply to you. >> no. >> let's turn now to the weather and see who's got it good, who doesn't now that we're in the final days of november, which has been a really cold one. >> feels like december already. been so cold, had so many snowstorms. in k
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california could get up to five feet of snow in some of the highest elevations this year. this is the biggest snow california has dealt with since earlier this year, february or march. it's pouring rain through northern california. now we're trying to get some of that rain down here in southern california. we have 4 million people under flood watch up around near chico and where the woolsey fire was recently. rainfall totals, blue is one inch range. los angeles hasn't had an inch of rain since january of earlier this year. this is all falling as snow in the high elevations. this is what we'll watch this morning, 1-3 inches of rain forming around los angeles. there's the mountainous areas
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near san bernardino. only about a half inch to a quarter for you. to the east it's chilly out there but there's no major issues. tomorrow, though, that storm that's out in the west is going to head across the country. severe weather threat in arkansas and louisiana. that storm will be on the move, another big snowstorm for the northern plains here in nebraska, minnesota and iowa and a rainy weekend for areas of the east. still ahead a major trade in the nba. and sister jean has some new bling. that's next.
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♪ welcome back. it's the bottom of the hour and here are the top stories. breaking news overnight on the increasing russian aggression
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against crew yaukraine. russia is blocking ukrainian ports and allowing only those moving toward russian ports to inter. the ukrainian president urged nato to send ships to ward off russia. 40% of the country's exports flow through the azoh sea. russian president vladimir putin addressed the seizure of ukrainian ships and the capture of its sailors on sunday, saying this is a border incident, nothing more. president trump has said he might cancel a meeting with putin planned for saturday at the g 20. the russian president's spokesman told reporters in moscow that the united states has confirmed that meeting. as for potential topics, he said bilateral relations, strategic
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security and disarmament and regional conflicts. as senate judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley cancelled a hearing set for today due to jeff flake's stance against confirming any nominees until mitch mcconnell schedules a vote on the bipartisan special counsel legislation. flake is a key republican vote on the committee, which was scheduled to advance six circuit court nominees, 15 district court nominees and several bipartisan bills for the lame duck session. another person at the center of the russia probe said they spoke with president trump's legal team about their dealings with the special counsel's team. jerome corsi says his lawyer david gray spoke multiple times since september with president trump's lawyer j.
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corsi says the conversations were one sided with gray filling in trump's lawyer. paul manafort's attorney has been briefing the president's lawyers about his meetings with the special counsel's team. speaking yesterday, corsi elaborated on his joint defense agreement with the president. >> you also have a joint defense agreement with president trump. is that still active? >> yes, it was not a formal written, but we've acted thatan the special counsel. they know that. >> you do or do not have an agreement? >> there's nothing in writing. new details are emerging from the draft court papers from
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special counsel robert mueller on the information he has on jerome corsi. according to the daily beast, corsi told roger stone that russian hackers were behind the democratic e-mails published by wikileaks during the 2016 presidential election. despite that admission, both corsi and stone were pivotal figures in promoting the conspiracy theory that seth rich had stolen the e-mails and was murdered in revenge for taking those documents. police said they believe the murder was a botched robbery. stone was one of the first major players in then candidate trump's inner circle to push the idea that rich was murdered, tweeting in august of 2016 that rich had ties to the dnc heist. corsi used infowars and youtube to push the notion that he was a disgruntled supporter of bernie sanders who stole the e-mails to
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get revenge on the dnc and was killed as a result. president trump tweeted, quote, so much happening with the now discredited witch hunt. this hoax will be studied for years. the president retweeted a series of tweets from parody and fan accounts yesterday that includes more controversial statements, inaccuracies and misinformation. another of trump's retweets claimed illegals can get up to $3874 a month under federal assistance program. our social security checks are on average $1200 a month. however the u.s. political editor for the daily mail responded saying the claim was based on a document about a refugee family, not undocumented immigrants and that the case was in canada, not in the united states. following the news that
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general motors will close multiple factories and lay off more than 14,000 workers, president trump is renewing his threat to impose tariffs on auto imports. yesterday he tweeted, the reason that the small truck business in the u.s. is such a go-to favorite is that for many years tariffs of 25% have been put on small trucks coming into our country. it is called the chicken tax. if we did that with cars, many more cars would be built here and gm would not be closing their plants. get smart, congress. also the countries that send us cars have taken advantage of the u.s. for decades. the president has great power on this issue because of the gm event. it is being studied now. the president has been threatening auto tariffs for months, mainly as a negotiation tool for his other trade battles despite his assertion it was due to gm. in addition, while trump says he has great power, the only way the white house can impose
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tariffs on auto imports is if the commerce department concludes that the current level of imports poses a national security threat. shares of gm fell to their lows on the day. >> i want to bring in eugene scott. we're talking more about this joint defense agreement. we learned that paul manafort's lawyers spoke with trump's legal team, jerome corsi's attorneys doing the same thing. >> i think corsi wants to make it clear to trump he's going to be loyal to him. he's made it clear he wants him to be reelected in 2020. so perhaps increasing confidence in trump that he has people working for him. i think in rejecting the agreement he has made things a bit difficult for mueller right now in terms of hoping to get information from corsi about what he knows and what he did. that's looking like it's not going to happen right now.
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>> let me ask you about the mueller investigation and the blocked senate bill to protect him. obviously that's not going anywhere. mitch mcconnell has made very clear he doesn't see a need for it. what is the argument they are making, people like mitch mcconnell, as to why they will not allow this bill to move forward and protect the special counsel from being fired? >> well, they believe it's unnecessary. senators like mitt romney said they believe this investigation has to continue, that the american people demand it. but they believe that this check, this bill is not necessary to keep things from falling apart. and they believe the separation of powers will keep this in place and allow things to continue to move forward in a way that provides people with the answers they say they need from in investigation. >> with that investigation, you have the president who's saying that when it comes to a pardon, it's not off the table. where does it go from here now
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that we know the plea deal is off? >> well, the president hasn't been clear in terms of whether or not he would give someone a pardon and we don't expect him to be at this point. but he's entertaining the idea and that's perhaps based on how much loyalty he gets from people who are talking to mueller and how much he believes they are protecting him. >> do you get a sense that if in fact the president pardons people like paul manafort or anyone else involved in the mueller investigation, it could be a tipping point for just the balance of power in terms of where people stand on the mueller investigation in general? >> certainly when i speak with democratic lawmakers and the voters that support them, they belief if the president does this it will suggest abuse of power and an effort to cover up information that they believe is very important to the republic as a whole and voters. this could have real
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ramifications in the 2020 election not just at the presidential level but in congress as well. still ahead, one top democrat adds fuel to the fire over whether he's considering a 2020 run for the white house. plus, john mccain's senate seat may be up for grabs again as the man tapped to serve out the late senator's term signals he's ready to bow out.
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welcome back, everyone. another arizona senate seat may soon be up for grabs. republican senator john kyl is eyeing an exit by the end of this year's congress according to insiders. kyl has spoken with the governor about his future, saying they need to have some more conversations. the former minority whip retired after the 2012 elections and was
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appointed to replace the late john mccain for his senate seat back in september. topping the list of contenders is congresswoman martha mcsally. some republicans are uneasy about appointing mcsally after what they see as missteps in her bid for jeff flake's seat. another name in the mix is kirk adams who resigned as the governor's chief of staff on sunday. john kerry hinted yesterday that he is not ruling out a possibly presidential run in 2020. kerry directly asked whether he would announce a presidential bid. >> are you a candidate for 2020? >> i'm thinking about how the hell to get out from under that question fast. i'm not taking anything off the table, but i'm not sitting around. i haven't been running around to
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the most obvious states. am i going to think about it? yeah, i'm going to think about it. >> kerry is 74 years old and is one of several candidates eyeing the 2020 election. let's get a check on your weather now with nbc meteorologist bill karins. all those mountains out west getting a nice dusting in the days to come. it's much needed. i guess it's been pretty average this year so far. >> that was slow start to our rainy season in the west. we had one storm last week and this storm today is bigger and it's also hitting further south. you can see the spin in the clouds here where the storm is located just off the coast. now we're waiting to see how much rains develops around los angeles early this morning. the rush hour in l.a. this morning will have the worst of it. this is the snowfall forecast
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map. here's the heavy snow in central portions of california. the red is all a foot of snow. it's nice to see the wasatch range getting the snow and telluride and aspen. as we go into saturday, saturday night snow returns to the plains, another batch. this is where they had that blizzard three or four days ago. here's the timing for los angeles. 7:00 a.m. this morning we'll watch the heavy rain be right over the top by the morning rush hour. by the middle of the day it dries out and shifts to the south. the forecast for today, anyone traveling, not many concerns east of the rockies. there's a chance of a shower in st. louis. beautiful weather today in texas. that changes tomorrow. all of your stormy weather is going to be in the west. tomorrow the storm quickly goes from the intermountain west out into the plains. it's warm enough and there's enough moisture coming off the
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gulf that we even have a chance at some severe weather. we have an enhanced risk of severe storms late friday into friday night. even a chance of isolated tornados with this storm system. the storms will form near tulsa and dallas. still ahead, the legal battle between two beer brewers comes to an end, keeping one popular lagger's taps from running dry. plus u.s. markets continue to gain lost ground following new comments by the head of the federal reserve. - [narrator] meet the ninja foodi, the pressure cooker that crisps. it's the best of pressure cooking and air frying all in one. with tendercrisp technology, food will be juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside. (upbeat drumming) the ninja foodi, the pressure cooker that crisps.
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welcome back. federal reserve chairman jerome powell announced yesterday that he considers the central bank's benchmark interest rate to be just below a neutral level. the news sent stocks surging. this is a huge difference from the remarks he made just two months ago. i guess he's inferring that probably not a lot of interest rate likes in future or in the near future. >> maybe not so much about the number of lihikes but the timele for hikes. what jerome paul said was that the current benchmark interest rate was a long way from
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neutral. that got people concerned about hikes. what he said now is that the benchmark interest rate is just below neutral. neutral is the point where the neutral is the point where the economic engine is cruising along nicely and the fed decides they don't need to step on the gas or step on the brake. things are balanced. we saw the second best day for the dow jones and the s&p 500 on the back of those comments. ahead of the market open in new york, all three of the major u.s. indices will open slightly softer. miller, coors, pabst settled an issue yesterday. a lot of people want to save pbr. it's a classic. it's a beer from the 1870s. it survived prohibition by making cheese. it saved hostess.
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what more can you tell us about this? >> i know you're a tequila man at heart, but i'm sure as a hipster, you're partial to the odd pbr. millercoors is essentially the largest brewer in the u.s. that brews for other beer companies. essentially they said we're going to stop this, we can't essentially continue to service you. pabst in this lawsuit said that's simply not true. you're worried we're taking market share and that's why you're shutting down the possibility of an extension. they've settled this out of court during day two of jury deliberations. so you go and think about what that means for where millercoors stands. certainly both sides say this is an amicable agreement. >> thanks so much. >> so i'm sure they had the kegs there to celebrate on both side when it comes to that agreement, too. still to come, we have a look at this morning he's one
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big thing. and coming up on "morning joe," the presidential mulls a pardon for paul manafort. trump's new comments on whether he would pardon his former campaign chairman as he continues the to ramp up his rhetoric against the special counsel. and dick durbin will discuss why he says trump pardoning manafort would be an admission of guilty on the president's part. oh! oh! ♪ ozempic®! ♪ (vo) people with type 2 diabetes are excited about the potential of once-weekly ozempic®. in a study with ozempic®, a majority of adults lowered their blood sugar and reached an a1c of less than seven and maintained it. oh! under seven? (vo) and you may lose weight. in the same one-year study, adults lost on average up to 12 pounds. oh! up to 12 pounds? (vo) a two-year study showed that ozempic® does not increase the risk of major cardiovascular events like heart attack, stroke, or death. oh! no increased risk?
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time now for a look at axios a.m. joining us from washington is political reporter for axios, alexi mccannen. let's get started with axios' one big thing for the morning. >> good morning, guys. good to see you. so today's one big thing is a look at an axios monkey poll that shows half of u.s. voters are feeling pessimistic about the state of the economy which is a strong departure from their
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male colleagues who believe it's doing well. we saw one of the strongest differences in voting this past election. this could mean trouble for president trump in 2020 when women are moving more towards democrats. >> alexi, out of all the economic ibs for women voters, which ranks as the most important for them and how could that impact president trump's 2020 prospects? >> something like 70% of women in our survey said that they are most concerned about the state of the economy and the direction in which it is moving. that could cause president big problems for president trump in 2020 because the economy and jobs has been a message he has repeated over and over again as president. but this survey suggests that he's going to have to work a lot harder and a lot more deliberately to win over these women voters who are feeling pessimistic about the economy and who are nervous about what that will look like under
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president trump for four more years and the future. you had senators briefed on saudi arabia yesterday and his take over the kingdom when it comes to jamal khashoggi and the aftermath of it and who is to blame. what kind of problems could the president have coming from this? >> yesterday we saw 14 sneets side with their democratic colleagues. that is a departure from the president's stance in saudi arabia and it sends a clear message to him that some in his own party are unhappy with the way he is handling things. that could spell trouble for the president if they continue this departure from him in moving forward on their stance on saudi
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arabia. >> so it seems like a lot of this isn't going tos pass the house in this session. how likely is it that moving forward they will continue to condemn the movements on saudi arabia. . >> i think that's a good point. yesterday's vote was more symbolic than anything. there is a full vote expected on the senate floor. they could change their vote and instead side with the president. if the administration give us the president enough cover, then they would be able to vote against this. >> we were also talking about
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climate change making news here and the report that was released during the holidays. but now you guys are looking at climate change and how much rising sea levels could be costing and the effect on dollars here. how bad is it? >> it's pretty bad. in our new report the today, but found it could cost as much as 3.6 trillion for the u.s. if proper action isn't taken. that number could be reduced to 820 billion, which is a significant number, but a strong reduction from the 3.6 trillion if significant action is taken. >> thank you so much for being with us this morning. you can sign up for the newsletter, as with well. >> that does it for us on this thursday morning. "morning joe" starts right now. >> he's not going into ukraine, just so you understand. you can mark it down, put it down -- >> well, he's already there,
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isn't he? >> he's there in a certain way, but i'm not there. you have obama there. >> vladimir putin was in ukraine when donald trump made those comments two years ago. there are reports that russia is now blocking key ukrainian ports after a naval clash between the two countries this week. that raises the stakes for president the president's meeting with putin at the g20 which as of right now is still on. paul manafort's dealings are under new scrutiny from robert mueller and the special counsel's office. and president trump is not, he says, ruling out a pardon for his former campaign chair. meanwhile, the senate is sending a tough message to the white house on saudi arabia. the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi is not being whitewashed on capitol hill. >> welcome to "morning joe." we have mike


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