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know i had a lot of lucky breaks but i always ask if i were black, if my skin were one shade darker, would i have gotten all those chances? >> it's the biggest issue in my life, it really is. i get emotional. >> good day everyone. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. it's the end of a busy first week for the trump presidency. we've gone from new definition of torture to a flurry of executive orders real and denied and it started sunday with the embrace of alternative facts. it was only fitting we sum it up starting with chuck todd nbc news political director moderate for of "meet the press" and what a week it was. you don't know where to start but the sense of action, he's
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here, there, everywhere, the sense of executive orders, some promised, some real, some then denied, even though they were drafts that were being circulated, and also the lack of reality, the alternative facts that have really become as you called them falsehoods and this obsession with the crowd size and the attendance at the inaugural. >> look it's been a tale of two trumps. you go to sort of trump on substance and he's trying to go down his list of the big promises, trying to show folks he's trying to turn his talk into action, whether it's starting the process of how they might get the wall going, pulling out of tpp, showing, so there's that, but then there is this aspect that they can't get out of their own way that goes to trump's vanity how that is
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gets intertwined and hard to disaggregate the two, never mind the obsession with looking for a foil in order to for whatever reason to distract or to dilute coverage, whatever it is, dilute the focus but at the end of the day it's been something like that. now, we are now seeing the first policy action that he's taken, that is starting to create disruption that might be uncomfortable. >> we're talking about mexico. >> we're talking about mexico. this could be a preview of coming attractions with china. >> with china, with certainly started during the transition, and we just wonder how mh briefing he has had before he has a conversation tomorrow with vladimir putin, who is arguably one of the smartest and most strategic leaders around the world. >> there's some rumors popping around somehow they're going to, you know, essentially trade -- he's got to have a reason for getting rid of the sanctions that's more than just saying i want to get rid of the
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sanctions. is an arms control promise from the russians enough to get rid of the sanctions? is that where he's headed? >> sanctions on ukraine only one way and that's withdrawal. >> withdrawal from crimea. if you do it without that, what message does that send to the rest of europe? it's interesting today, it's my understanding among the asks that theresa may may some with, has to do with nato and one, asking him to make, to the first trip to europe perhaps, call a nato meeting, do something to reassure nato allies because right now you have a lot of nato allies that are a little bit nervous. >> and we see theresa may is at the white house and if i am not incorrect, the president -- >> there he is, he's greeting her. >> he greeted her moments ago at the door to the west wing so that is a rare signal of respect, the first visitor, she's there. >> absolutely. >> he's coming out to greet her. they're rolling out the red carpet. >> no doubt and one of the
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things sometimes we're all taken aback that president trump is himself involved in some of these things, hey, that's how he campaigned. he said he would be, so in some ways yes, you're seeing different protocol than we've seen before, but he did promise he was going to bring different protocol so i find that actually struck me as very ten downing of him. come to the door, that's what we're used to seeing. >> what they can agree on nato she agrees that the 2% contribution has to be made by all. >> absolutely make that case but make the case the alliance is important. and that's, that signal he has said in the inaugural he said alliances are important. say it. she and a lot of other people want to hear the words why nato matters, why it's important, why it's a mission that needs to -- >> she has to get across to him also that torture matters and the convoluted way that he tried to justify torture with both sean hannity and before that
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david muir, and not understanding the history of waterboarding and torture, not just that it's illegal and general mattis doesn't like it but there are a lot of reasons why him as the president of the united states talking about it that way endangers our troops abroad and gives propaganda to the bad guys. >> talk about the vocabulary here. >> right. >> george w. bush and vice president cheney would both argue that what was legal was never torture. >> enhanced interrogation techniques. >> the point is this, that nobody is supposed to be for any form of torture. we have had an argument about what is the definition of torture, what, when does an interrogation technique become torture. the president is saying he wants torture. that is something that is not even a, not a part of the lexicon during the bush administration. it was a debate about what
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techniques fall short of torture. is this torture or not? there was universal agreement no torture, we're going to argue about the definitions but no torture. what has changed is his comfort level using the lexicon. >> and attributing it to unnamed intelligence officials who never said that, according to anyone who was -- >> there is one former intelligence official that he talks to every day, mike flynn of national security. >> that is one of the issues. now tweets, he's still on the phone. he's tweeting on the android, and it's not a secure phone, number one. he's deleting in violation of the presidential records acts, doesn't matter, it's not a crime. >> it's everywhere. >> on mexico, which could be the biggest thing that happened this week tweeting "mexico has taken advantage of the u.s. for long enough. massive trade deficits and little help on the very weak border must change, now." two incorrect facts. lindsey graham tweeting in a teasing tweet yesterday "simply put, any policy proposal which
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drives up costs of corona, tequila or margaritas is a big time bad idea, mucho sad." we have started a border fight with mexico, one of our two closest neighbors and third largest trading partner to the disadvantage of 26 states that have trade deals with mexico. >> that's just on the economic front. while we have the dispute about the border when it comes to immigration and the flow of immigration the fact of the matter is, there is cooperation between the two governments when it comes to dealing with the drug problem and dealing with the flow of central american migrants up into the united states. mexico could easily say we're done cooperating. go to -- oh you folks on the southern border as long as you're not staying in mexico go ahead. that's the type of thing that that could come next, where this
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tit-for-at that time a tit-for-tat and i said it this week, my son had to study for a science test and learning newton's laws of motion and one of them is for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction we'll get tougon the border and terrorists, mexico can do some things that's going to make, that could make life miserable here. the "wall street journal" noted how fragile mexico's plitt kalt situation is. this could drive the mexicans to a very anti-american socialist direction. that is something that is something that american president shouldn't want on the southern border. >> a the love pitfalls there. >> we have a ton, we need two or three hours. andy lack, we want more time. can we get two hours, brother? >> at least two others. >> alert the affiliates. >> right now we have tim kaine
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and reince priebus. >> big show, thank you. for 50 years our friend tom brokaw has been reporting on events at home and around the world. on sunday nbc is paying tribute to tom's remarkable career in a two-hour "dateline" special he's interviewed by some of the people who know him pest, oprah and jon stewart and tom hanks. tom brokaw joins me now. first of all congratulations. i was so moved watching you on "today" this morning. you say the things that are most important to you after your first 50 years when you look back over the arc of this remarkable career, the most important takeaway as you said was that if you had been two shades darker, none of this would have happened. >> well, andrea, when i've been in a reflective mood obviously about the great life that i've had, the wonderful family i've been involved with and my passion about reporting on this country, where we started and
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where we are now and the fact of the matter is it's still a great country and i think even if you talk to the most enthusiastic of the donald trump supporters they'll acknowledge when you put the facts before them we're so much better off than anywhere else in the world and i think that a lot of that we owe to what i call the greatest generation. >> that's something that tom hanks and you talked about. let's show a bit of that conversation from the "dateline" special. >> well, the fact is -- >> is there a tangible strategy, a philosophy, a lesson that we can take from the greatest generation what they went through? >> i think what troubles me most of all the combatants in uniform represent less than 1% of the population. >> no draft, volunteers and they have to go back again and again. >> they're doing eight and nine tours in afghanistan and iraq, at risk every time they step out
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of their barracks and nothing is asked of the rest of us. we're at home going about our lives, looking at our smartphones seeing film, watching television. that troubles me more than anything. >> i was just going to say, andrea, i wanted to finish that thought off it's been a big issue in the beginning. it's immoral for a democratic society to send less than 1% of its citizenry to fight our wars as nothing is asked of the rest of us, and as i indicated there, now, because of the diminishing manpower, you find these young people are going for eight and nine tours, and those who are gravely wounded say i just want to go back and join my unit again. that's something we have to take a look . >> and when we look at at normandy and in 1984 you and i were there, when ronald reagan gave the speech that
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extraordinary speech written by peggy noonan and for the 50th anniversary in 1994, you began thinking through what that generation meant. and tom, when you decided that you wanted to write the book, talk about what normandy meant to you, having been there and walked on those beaches. >> well, this is the first time, that's gino marley and harry garten, they had big, big wars, they survived the year harry lost both legs, gino got the medal of honor, they were working glass guys from pennsylvania and they made such an impression on me that day that i began to collect stories like those, not quite knowing where i was going and i would incorporate those stories into commencement addresses and on the 50th anniversary, talking to
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katie couric, what is the greatest lesson i used greatest generation. i thought about in advance. when i wrote the book there seemed to be the right title. there was some resistance bu that's what i stay with and i'm grateful for the fact it's now entered the language. i didn't say everybody was perfect in that generation. i just said as a generation, they had greatness in them and we are the beneficiaries of it. >> and tom, finally, when we think about your career, there's one moment that just stood out to me so many, but one above perhaps above all was 1989 the berlin wall, the only american broadcaster right as "nightly news" is coming on the air standing in front of the gate and there to cover the events leading up to it but the stunning events that unfolded behind you, what was going will you your mind that night? >> what was going through my mind that night was get it right, brokaw. this one is going to be around
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for a while. it was a chaotic time, i had on my green outdoor jacket. for the event i stole a jacket from mike betcher's beautiful blue cashmere top coat. that's the one i wore for what you see most of the time. what was going through my mind was you got to get it right. this is going to be around forever and you're the ohm one here on television with a satellite path back to new york, so this is a testing time in your career and it worked out pretty well. >> thank you so much, tom, and we can see the entire special "tom brokaw at nbc news: the first 50 years" this sunday, 9:00 eastern/8:00 central. here vice president mike pence quick vice president to speak at the marching for life
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of the anti-abortion protest. he's introducing his family. this is a single moment and shows the change of policy with this new administration. let's listen. >> it's a good day. and it's the best day i've ever seen for the march of life in more ways than one. i'm deeply humbled to stand before you today, deeply humbled to be the first vice president of the united states to ever have the privilege to attend this historic gathering. more than 240 years ago our founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages, they declared these truths to be self-evident, that we are, all of us, endowed by our creator.
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with certain unalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 44 years ago our supreme court turned away from the first of these timeless ideals, but today three generations hence, because of all of you and the many thousandwho stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again. in america. that is evident in the election of pro-life majorities, in the congress of the united states of america.
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but it is no more evident in any way than in the historic election of a president who stands for a stronger america, a more prosperous america, and a president who i proudly say stands for the right to life president donald trump. president trump actually asked me to be here with you today. he asked me to thank you for your support, for your stand for life and for your compassion for the women and children of america. one week ago today on the steps of the capitol we saw the inauguration of the 45th president of the united states.
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and i can tell you firsthand, our president is a man with broad shoulders and a big heart. his vision, his energy, his optimism are boundless and i know he will make america great again. from his first day in office, he's been keeping his promises to the american people. i like to say over there at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, we're in the promise keeping business. that's why on monday president trump reinstated the mexico city policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that promote or perform abortions worldwide.
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that's why this administration will work with the congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across america. and that's why next week president donald trump will announce a supreme court nominee who will uphold the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution in the tradition of the late and great justice antonin scalia. life is winning in america, and today is a celebration of that progress, the progress that we've made in this cause. you know, i've long believed that a society can be judged by
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how we care for our most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn. we've come to an historic moment in the cause of life, and we must meet this moment with respect and compassion for every american. life is winning in america for many reasons. life is winning through the steady advance of science that illuminates when life begins more and more every day. life is winning through the generosity of millions of adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to children in need. life is winning through the
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compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations who minister to women in the cities and towns across this country. and life is winning through the quiet counsels between mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, between friends across kitchen tables and over coffee at college campuses, the truth is being told. compassion is overcoming convenience and hope is defeating despair. in a word, life is winning in america because of all of you, so i urge you to press on, but as it is written, let your gentleness be evident to all.
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let this movement be known for love, not anger. let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation. when it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness. i believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation. if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if we each of us do all we can to meet them where they are with generosity, not judgment. to heal our land and restore
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culture we must continue to be a movement that embraces all, cares for all, and shows respect for the dignity and worth of every person. enshrined on the walls of the jefferson memorial are the words of our third president who admonished us so long ago to remember that god, who gave us life, gave us liberty. on behalf of the president of the united states -- >> and as we see the oval office, that's the pool arriving, we're interrupting vice president pence's speech just to show you theresa may moments ago with president trump in the oval office, that's the bust of winston churchill there. the photographers getting set, i think there are going to be a few words, this is the first foreign leader to visit the new administration to visit president trump.
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and as they pose we're going to listen to see if there are any questions. you see the gilbert stewart portrait. that is the thomas of thomas jefferson behind them. >> this is the original, in many ways, in many ways and it's a great honor to have winston churchill back. >> thank you, mr. president. >> thank you. >> we're pleased you accepted the bust. >> thank you, press. thank you, press. >> thank you very much. >> the reporters and camera crews being ushered out of the oval office, you can see sean spicer there as the meeting now
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begins and vice president pence has just completed his speech at the rally at the march for life rally, the first sitting vice president. joining me is anne guerin, "washington post" correspondent, jillian tett from "the financial times." the rally is still there, they'll march, and hear from speakers the next couple of minutes. theresa may beginning her meeting with the president and this is after her speech to the republican leaders anne geurin yesterday she laying out her desire for a closer relationship to replicate, certainly had enough references to reagan and maggie thatcher, but of course president trump is very different from ronald reagan in a lot of ways and she's not maggie thatcher either but what she wants is a closer trade relationship because of the pending divorce from europe over brexit. anne? >> right, she's really offering an invitation to the trump
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administration to have not only kind of an updated version of the reagan/thatcher partnership, but also a brand new kind of trade relationship, in which the united states and the uk would sort of supplant the ot of three-way united states, eu, plus the uk trading relationship as the uk disentangles itself from the european union after 40 years. that's an arrangement that can't fully exist for a couple of years until britain is fully out of the eu and is free to make a different kind of trade relationship unencumbered by the eu but that's the basis of her offer of a new kind of partnership, and then beyond that, of course, they're looking at what sort of diplomatic
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partnership they'll have, counterterrorism, many of the other traditional areas in which the u.s. and the uk line up very neatly. >> and she wants a recommitment to nato. they do agree on a greater contribution from the nato partners but she is, as are other european leaders concerned, certainly angela merkel concerned about donald trump's campaign language about nato and also about vladimir putin, her morning yesterday jillian was that we should engage with putin but also beware of putin and tomorrow is the first phone call as president between trump and putin with suggestions there might be some kind of tradeoff to lift sanctions against russia, that is not happening yet, but already we're hearing from john mccain that if it were to happen they will pass legislation very quickly extending the sanctions and trying to override any veto that the president might proffer. there's a lot on the table here between theresa may and donald
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trump. >> yes. absolutely. there is an extraordinarily packed agen dat next two or three days and extraordinary delicious irony donald trump will be speaking to vladimir putin and also speaking to angela merkel, but what essentially both theresa may and donald trump are trying to do is to show that although they've each been part of the process of major disruption of the political system, they aren't turning their back on the entire global order. they're both seeking to strength an linss in other ways different to what they've had in recent years and it's a difficult balancing act but they are trying to find some common ground and to support each other. in some ways they almost need each other. donald trump needs to show that while he's embroiled in this nasty trade war with mexico and rather masty political war with mexico he has other allies to count on. theresa may although she's turning her back on the european
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union she's not turning her back on globalization and trading ties more widely. >> it's interesting that you mentioned the mexican situation because as he is having this first meeting with a foreign leader, the unintended consequences of what happened with mexico, many believe even many mexican diplomats i've spoken to believe of the ill considered early meeting that had been scheduled for next week with the mexican leader before there is a secretary of state, before there are other people at the state department, it's home alone there, no deputy been named, no one else has been on firmed, rex tillerson we're told will get a no vote from the democratic minority leader chuck schumer but most likely will be confirmed. they have the votes but the fact that the mexican leader canceled that meeting that donald trump came out with what had been obviously previewed was going to be the first executive order on the border and on the wall, and the president has a debate within his own party, a
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disagreement over how to pay for that wall, suggesting a tariff briefly sean spicer did, and then pulling that back. jillian if i could follow up with you, the unintended consequences of a tariff with language from the press secretary and the president, don't seem to understand what the tariff, what a tariff would mean, how unusual it is, and also what a trade deficit really means. >> well, if you're being optimistic you say what's really going on right now is that president trump is trying to signal his general strength vis-a-vis mexico and want to stress china. this whomay be a warmup act for what president trump does with china. he's dramatic, tweeting things, putting up trial balloons to see how the public reacts, see how mexico reacts and create a better position from which to negotiate in the future. if you're being pessimistic this is a sign of an administration that is shambolic, doesn't know
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what it's doing and might be quite divided. inside of trump's team you've got some voices who are hot-headed and know what the economic costs would be of some dramatic tariff slept on mexican and u.s. trade and others who say we don't care about the cost. we want to make a statement anyway. it's a very uncertain time and if you want indication of the level of uncertainty and conflicts we have a great piece today indicating you've got a split in the business community. you got exporters like boeing and general electric who have been trying to promote the idea of an import tax, others like walmart trying to club together with other retailers to stop it. so very, you have uncertain time. >> there's a report on the associated press and i haven't been able to talk to our white house folks that he actually, president trump actually spent the morning, an hour this morning talking to the mexican
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president. >> well let's hope that is true, because one thing you need to know about mexico is that the issue of honor, of respect is incredibly important, and part of the problem of what's happened the last 24, 48 hours is that apart from any policy changes trump is talking about the very way he's treated the mexican government is so disrespectful, and that's going to make it very hard. again, the best way to look at what's going on right now is almost like a warmup act for potential dealings with china, and again when it comes to talking to the chinese, issues of how you treat somebody, respect, honor, dignity, is very, very important, and let's hope that the trump team begin to recognize that and at least try to change the way they're actually conducting themselves in some of these negotiations. >> and anne geurin, you have to think that rex tillerson having been a former ceo of exxonmobil this is one of the strong points he would bring to the table once he's confirmed that he could
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weigh in more affirmatively about the importance of these trading relationships that have not engaged in a trade war with a neighbor to the south. >> yes, absolutely. i mean, he certainly would have had a very keen view of what a 20% import tariff might mean, and he certainly has his own business history with mexico. mexico is a big oil producer, so he knows the business world in mexico well, and he knowness the trading relationship well. it wouldn't be fully his brief as secretary of state but if he'd been in the room you have to think there might have been some wider discussion before that 20% tariff thing was tossed out, and then as you said, reeled back, in large part because of an outcry from business leaders, and some republicans, who were like whoa! not so fast! let's think about what that would actually mean in terms of the u.s. consumer, who would
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probably end up paying more if presumably mexican exporters wanted to make the same amount of profit, but all of a sudden we're at a 20% extra cost to them. i think there's quite a bumpy start here to the whole issue of trade, which is going to be one of trump's main economic principles, the idea that the united states strikes trade deals that are in its interest and other nations need to show respect as he said yesterday, but he's got a little bit of figuring out to do about how to make those announcements publicly. >> andrea, can i jump in, one quick factoid worth pondering, economists calculate the average car part in the american car crosses the mexican/u.s. border six times in the course of production, because the supply chains sore closely integrated and that statistic is very
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important when trying to calculate the potential impact. you can't just disentangle u.s./mexican production and assume when the u.s. imports something from mexico it's simply made in mexico, often it started life in the u.s. first. >> and that brings up of course exactly how did they staff the president on talking about the 20% tariff that sean spicer first mentioned? we have the virtue of one nbc correspondent who talked to the president himself by that. joining me is nbc news national correspondent peter alexander at the march for life in washington. you were walking to an interview in the white house yesterday and ran smack into the president and asked him about the tariff. >> reporter: yes this has been a striking last 4 hours, yesterday we were scheduled to go up to the office to air for an interview. as we turned the corner not just the president but the vice president mike pence and the chief of staff reince priebus as
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well, and a moment like this traditionally you move to the side, the president would pass and you nod and wave. this time he walked up to me, greeted me, said how are you? i asked him about the marine one which was new, and the white house which he enjoyed and asked him specifically about the 20% idea floated in terms of tax on imports from mexico. he initially wasn't familiar with that, appeared he hadn't been briefed about the back-and-forth, walking back by some of his own aides after it was floated during the flight on air force one there and back from philadelphia yesterday. nonetheless, he did sort of push ahead in saying at some point we have to tax those imports so the companies can't go overseas and bring their products back to the u.s. effectively free so while they suggest this is not a specific policy proposal, it appears that donald trump is still convinced that that is one route that he will take in some form. andrea? >> and peter, we've been talking
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with jillian and jillian and anne geurin, there are divisions within the white house. ali vitani confirming president trump did call -- excuse me hallie jackson, did confirm that president trump did call the mexican president today and discussed all of these border tensions. how do you read that, peter? >> reporter: here's the bottom line. the mexican foreign minister was en route to meet with the new homeland security secretary, john kelly, at the department of homeland security yesterday morning when he received a call, the mexican foreign minister did basically saying about the decision to cancel the meeting between pena nieto and trmp trp. they turned away and didn't go to the meeting. this was clearly a tension simmering but that exploded boiling over yesterday. obviously donald trump
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recognizes you're generally not best served when you create chaos but he has been a chaotic candidate when he was running and in the first week we've witnessed similar chaos i think as well. you'd like to say they were trying to set tell town today by that conversation. we don't know the specifics of their call but earlier in the day donald trump doubled down on his fierce talk toward mexico and it's i guess there's sort of a whiplash back and forth. the most recent this issue of mexico. >> and anne guerin, when you look at the issues and all of these foreign policy issues let's talk about the state department, the home alone aspects of it. lot of reporting yesterday some of which we were pushing back on, you did have a mass departure of top officials. this is traditionally done one of the big differences is that so many left on the same day and also that they are really way behind on even naming who would be the deputy secretary and who
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some of these other officials would be to try to get them confirmed and rex tillerson of course the secretary of state is not yet confirmed. >> yes, i mean, it is home alone there, typically when the white house changes hands from one political party to another, a group of senior professional diplomats, the career foreign service will stay in jobs that serve at the plesh ufr asure of president for continuity and their professional background and expertise, what appears to be a majority of those positions are now vacant or filled by or will be filled by acting kind of other diplomats moving in, in an acting capacity but the person with the longstanding professional experience is moving on. one of the best known names in that category is patrick kennedy, who of course has testified many times on capitol hill, probably most familiar to people as part of the voice of
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the state department management during the benghazi hearings. he took a lot of criticism for that. our reporting shows did want to stay, but was told that his services would no longer be needed. he left this week along with several other people who have kind of in the building and in the department management functions. this really is in keeping with the trump administration's view that they want to bring in their own people. i don't know whether they consider pat kennedy part of the swamp, but they certainly have made it clear that drain the swamp is the operating ethos, and there are a lot of bruised feels at the state department as you know well, and a lot of sense this was done in a ham-handed and short-sighted fashion. we'll have to wait and see how it plays out. >> anne gearan, julyian tet and peter alexander thanks so much. we'll be right back.
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president. she wants europe to be watching. she want to be able to put pressure on them as she moves towards negotiations with the european union. i think body language will be everything. i thought what jillian tet was to say was fascinating talking about the mexican/trump battle as a kind of dress rehearsal for a trade battle with china. i think this is a dress rehearsal for how will the president deal with world leader and how will world leaders relate to him? it's interesting watching them together there, seeing them together there with the bust of churchill, so lots of meaning there. she looks quite stiff, but then that's kind of how she is. she's a serious person. she thinks very deeply about things, and you know, how will we judge how they are together as they take questions from the media, it's going to be interesting. >> and chris cillizza let's talk about some of the divisions in the white house pushing the president one direction or
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another especially regarding mexico. we've seen kind of a whiplash effect today in the tweet and then the hour-long conversation we're told by hallie jackson with the mexican president. steve ban none, who he said about the media what he said to the "new york times" that the media should be embarrassed, humiliated and keep its mouth shut and the media somehow are opposition. how are the american people supposed to take the attitude, that attitude towards a free press coming from inside the white house? >> well, i'm okay with embarrassed and humiliated that's his opinion. the keeping the mouth shut thing is chilling and a little bit dangerous, because i think that it does reflect his view as well as the opposition party. i would say if you're steve bannon you had a good week honestly, andrea, in the setup that donald trump has, which is he's built some level of friction, reince priebus, jared
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kushner, his son-in-law, steve bannon, that trumverant, kellyanne conway in the white house he built that friction in his comments about voter fraud, his push on the investigation, his comments about building the wall, we're definitely going to do it, all of that stuff the andrew jackson comparisons you heard mitch mcconnell make and donald trump likes, that's all steve bannon, that is the voice of steve bannon and as well as his comments about the press. he has ascended at least in this first week. >> mark murray, doesn't that take away the obsession with the whole question of how many people sthoed up for the inaugural, take away some of the highlights where he was accomplishing a lot of his campaign promises by executive order. >> andrea, i almost think of this chaotic week on two tracks. on the one the fights donald trump and his team decided to pick, whether mexico or on the crowd side with the media, the
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other track was they were starting to lay the groundwork for some conservative goals. laying the groundwork doesn't mean you accomplished it, signing an executive order, when it comes to the border wall doesn't mean that thing is paid for and we still have a long way to go there but they were starting to lay down their markers on what kind of administration and actually what kind of republican party this is going to be and my look back where you ended up having donald trump talking to house republicans and senate republicans in philadelphia today, this is a lot more donald trump's party than ryan's party. >> made a lot of nervousness on the hill. we'll be right back to cap off president trump's first week in the white house. you're watching "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. i'm a concrete mason.
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we're back with mark murray, chris cillizza and of course keir simmons. keir, as this news conference is about to start in the next hour, what do you think you want to
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hear from them and how high up on theresa may's agenda is getting some clarification on torture to take home? >> that will be high up on the agenda. i'm expecting fascinating body language, andrea. i'm expecting some tension, put it this way. you have this combative president, you have the u.s. journalists add to the mix the very often aggressive british journalists who are traveling with the prime minister, it will be interesting to see how they handle the questions that will be fired at them, and how they relate to each other as they answer those questions. >> as we look at the room, chris, they have set it up long cuedally, changed the direction the access in the east room but it's a formal press conference and this will be the first for the president. >> this is sort of the diplomatic performance piece of him that we've not seen, right? i feel like every day is something new that donald trump has not done because of his background, one of the most
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unorthodox ever to be elected. watch how he handles it. what does being presidential mean for donald trump in a setting like this? >> since the room is empty, mark murray, it's not going to be straight up at 1:00 as we were led to believe, something tells me they haven't discorded the press in there to say nothing of the staff and brettish press. >> i'll be fascinated what comes on the answers on russia, andrea and theresa may is a vocal critic of russia and vladimir putin, any questions whether or not donald trump upholds those sancons, his answer, and as chris pointed out the answers he gives, if he gets tough questions how does he respond in a formal setting. i think it will be fascinating. >> one other phone call tomorrow one to france which say little less meaningful given it is the end of the term for president hollande but angela merkel the target of so much criticism from donald trump for her immigration policy and her welcome of the migrants from syria, that is another phone call tomorrow. lot more ahead. stay with us. this is "andrea mitchell reports." we'll be right back.
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and that does it for us. thanks for being with us. with the news conference about to start let's go to brian williams at headquarters in new york. >> andrea thank you. this will be waiting to begin. aficionados of historic white house events will note the east room is set up the long way to accommodate the most chairs possible. this is an unusual picture we're looking at, because this event was supposed to be getting under way roughly two minutes from now. the room as you can see is empty. they have the traveling british diplomats, they have the american what passes for our kind of diplomatic corps where the uk is concerned and they have members of the news media traveling, british news media, the white house press, they traditionally take their places


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