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keith jones. i'm erin coleman. up next nbc nightly news with lester holt. tonight hours from power. the trump's arrive in washington. pomp and pageantry as the president-elect prepares to be sworn in as the 45th president of the united states. roads and waterways on lock down. a massive force across the nation's capcapital. grilled on the hill. democrats unload on trump's pick of treasury secretary forcing him to admit his family foreclosed on military families. many dead in frantic search for dozens trapped inside the rubble of a snow covered hotel. trump's pastor. rare interview with the woman often called trump's spiritual a advis advisor. father in chief to
his kids and other kids. we go behind the scenes. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. the trump era in washington has begun. president-elect donald trump and his family arrived here from new york aboard an air force jet on this eve of the inauguration. the soon to be commander in chief laying a wreath at arlington national cemetery ahead of an evening that included fireworks. tonight from the capital behind me, the city is wrapped in layers of security in anticipation of close to a million people hoping to either witness or protest the event. our coverage begins with nbc kristen welker. >> reporter: president-elect donald trump touching down in washington just hours before taking the oath
of office already surrounded by many of the trappings of the presidency. joined by wife and all five of his children. his first stop, a thank you for supporters touting the hotel that wears his name. >> this is gorgeous. a total genius must have built this. introducing the soon to be first lady. >> would you like to say a couple of words? >> it's great to be here and thank you all for your support. >> reporter: then a more somber visit. his family still with him as he lay a wreath at arlington national cemetery and tonight walking down the steps of the lincoln memorial at a kick off concert. >> we are going to make america great again, and i'll add greater than ever
before. >> reporter: in between it all making final edits to his inaugural address, a speech aides call more of a philosophical document in an attempt to unify a still deeply divided country. tonight questions about how inclusive his administration will be. with his cabinet complete there's some diversity but no lat latinos for the first time since 1988. >> what are you saying this undercuts president trump's argument. >> you see a president committed to uniting this country and bringing the best and brightest together. >> reporter: transition sources tell nbc news taking action on immigration, reversing the tpp trade deal and after mr. trump criticized the cia's conclusion russia tried to interfere in the election, intelligence sources says he's aiming to visit the
agency saturday. ivank trump shedding light on her role refuting allegations she will assume any duties of first lady. >> it's an inappropriate observation. there's one first lady. she'll do remarkable things. >> reporter: president trump has one more event tonight. a dinner at union station and he will spend the night at blair house, right across the street from the white house where he will move in tomorrow. >> today, more of president-elect trump's picks on the hot seat. energy secretary nominee rick perry had to explain why he wants to lead a department he once wanted to abolish. capitol hill correspondent has more. >> reporter: on capitol hill donald trump's pick for treasury secretary on defense over his role in the 2008 housing crisis. >> in the past it's
foreclosure machine. this is not accurate. >> reporter: he ran one west bank beginning in 2009, the height of the housing crisis. >> one west is one big mess. >> reporter: the bank foreclosed on tens of thousands of homes before he sold the bank in 2015 for $3.4 billion. it's made him the top target for democrats sparking the contentious hearing. >> i've got a valium pill that you might want to take. >> reporter: at today's hearing, weeks after her husband died in 2014, she says she got a letter from one west demanding she pay off the reverse mortgage or get out. >> we lived in the house for 54. that's a long time and they're going to take your house. >> reporter: pressed by democratic senator brown he acknowledged foreclosing on military families. >> we foreclosed on certain people in the
military. it was unfortunate. >> reporter: repeatedly apologizing. >> i feel terrible for any mistakes at the bank. >> reporter: rick perry who couldn't remember he wanted to abolish the energy department. now saying he values the agent he is tapped to lead. >> after being briefed on so many of the vital function, i regret recommending the elimination. >> reporter: he will oversea the arsenal. perry's add visors insisting he's up to the job. tonight we're learning that donald trump is going to tap woody johnson, the owner of the new york jets to be the u.s. ambassador to the uk. he will also face a senate confirmation. that's considered a plum host for major fund raisers. it was major backer of trump's in the general election. lester. >> thank you.
business goes on flds t -inside the nation's capitol with security zones out. this year planners are worried about potential attacks from big trucks or from drones. our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: more than 100 blocks of downtown washington are closing to traffic with big heavy vehicles in place to stop any attacks by trucks like those carried out last year in france and germany. >> that's a precaution that we are doubling down on in particularly this inauguration. >> reporter: the coast guard is enforcing a in boat zone on the potomac river with extra security and eyes in the sky and overhead. helicopters from customs and border protection will enforce a no fly zone for private planes over washington. 35 miles in all directions. twice the usual
restricted area. this helicopter can provide live video to law enforcement to trouble spots on the ground. >> don't even need the electronic map. you can look down and know what street you're over. >> reporter: secret service agents are trained to all kind of trouble to presidential limo to people rushing past the crowd barriers. robert buster walked the parade route four years ago as head of the secret service protective division. >> it's like riding a motorcycle. when you stop worrying about it, that's when it becomes dangerous. >> we never stop worrying. we're always going to have concerns. >> reporter: another new worry, drones. secret service agents have trained in the process for one bearing an attack but homeland security officials say they have the technology to neutralize them. pete williams, nbc news, washington. authorities are bracing for protests
not just here in d.c. but cities across the country. hundreds of them are planned. >> reporter: the inauguration is still hours away but protesters around the country aren't waiting. tonight in new york, a massive rally outside of the trump hotel. in washington, tens of thousands of anti-trump protesters are expected in the coming days. >> this is not just your normal transition of power here. >> reporter: hundreds of demonstrations planned across the country. come groups vowing to create chaos and shut down the celebrations. >> we hope to set a tone of resistance for the coming years. >> reporter: the largest protest tomorrow is set to take place at the navy memorial. the event organizers tell us 20,000 people have said they will come on facebook although they admit the number will probably be much less than that. they have a birds eye view just after taking the oath, the newly sworn in president will pass right by here. >> reporter: the rallies will spend days, the largest planned here on
saturday. 200,000 could attend the women's march. it's expected to be a sea of pink with protesters wearing these hats. heather will be here there along with her daughter and mother. made plans months ago to attend hillary clinton's swearing in. she will protest trump. >> there's a part of me that wants to put my head in the sand. you can't do that. >> reporter: the bikers for trump have vowed to protect him. planners are especially worried about keeping the peace among the different groups. the goal, keep them separated. nbc, washington. >> we hope you'll join us as our special inauguration coverage gets under way tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., 7:00 pacific. we have an update on george h.w. bush. he remains in stable condition suffering from pneumonia.
there's hope he will be discharged in a few days. barbara bush is said to be feeling quote, a thousands percent better after being hospitalized with bronchitis. overseas now to a terrible disaster in italy. a sudden avalanche burying a hotel after an earthquake. dozens of people trapped inside are feared dead as rescuers race to save anyone still alive inside. kelly has made her way to the scene. >> reporter: under this blanket of white, a frantic search through snow and debris for trapped families and hotel workers. the snow is 15 feet deep in places. rescuers are digging their way in. this man, one of only two survivors so far. >> it's pretty hard to work there. you need a lot of people. you need a lot of time. >> reporter: the avalanche hit at 5:30 in the evening on wednesday. so powerful it pushed the hotel 30 feet off
its foundation, bursting through walls, breaking window, blocking hallways. this man says his friend called him for help. he gone out to his car just moments before it hit. his wife and two children still inside. the first rescue teams didn't arrive until the next morning. the only way in, on skis. the exact cause of the avalanche is unknown. on wednesday four strong quakes in four hours shook central italy. felt as far away as rome. some people in the area are in shelters tonight, afraid the ground and snow will move again. doctors and supplies are being flown in. rescuers say the hotel is unstable and so far no signs of life. at least two bodies have been recovered so far. rescuers say they still have hope. they say the hotel is big. there could be pockets of air and they will search through the night as long as it's safe. lester. >> thank you.
tragedy in iran. at least 30 firefighters have been killed after a historic high-rise building in the heart of tehran collapaught fire and collapsed. the collapse was shown live on state tv. the bodies of more than 20 firefighters have been recovered. still ahead, rare one-on-one with donald trump's pastor. the woman often called his spiritual advisor chose him to give the invocation tomorrow could be facing backlash for her controversial preaching. on the obama's final night as first family, a look at the president's role family, a look at the president's role my name is pam. i'm 51 years old. family, a look at the president's role when i was diagnosed with pneumococcal pneumonia, it was huge for everybody. she just started to decline rapidly. i was rushed to the hospital... my symptoms were devastating. the doctor said, "pam! if you'd have waited two more days, you would've died." if i'd have known that a vaccine
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when president-elect donald trump is sworn in here in the nation's capital tomorrow, the ceremony will feature controversial pastor, paula whitecane. some critics have slammed her. whitecane defends her message and offers insight into the president-elect's believes. >> dear god, we confess. >> reporter: paula whitecane is glamorous, controversial. >> because of your giving you made a huge impact in life today. >> reporter: donald trump's choice to lead the nation in prayer at his inauguration. >> is it accurate to describe you as donald trump's spiritual advisor? >> other people put that label on.
i would never say that about myself. have i had a spiritual position and role in his life for 15 years, i have. >> did you bring donald trump to jesus? >> i have laid out the gospel clearly. i know that donald is saved. >> reporter: trump said he's never asked god for forgive nesness. >> i don't think so. >> a vision for your career. >> reporter: 15 years ago or a peace by her on television. intrigued by her message. >> find your passion in life and figure out a way to make money. >> reporter: critics say she preaches the prosperity gospel emphasizing material riches over spiritual ones. >> click on that d donation button by minimizing the screen. >> do you tell them if they give to you, they will get financial riches from god? >> i have probably said that. my 50-year-old
wouldn't do what my 20 or 30 or 40-year-old self did. >> reporter: twice divorced. now married to rock group journey's jonathan cane. some are casting stones. >> i will say this, no basis to sit here and call me that. >> are you a charlitan? >> absolutely not. >> do you think it's because you're a woman? >> could be. >> reporter: critics not with standing tomorrow, she and trump will have their biggest pulpit yet. up next, there's late
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finally tonight as president obama prepares to lever t prepares to leave the white house, he's written a letter to the american people thanking them for making him a better man. he said the presidency has made him a better dad. we have a behind the scenes look at his legacy as father and a father figure. >> reporter: in the millions of photographs of president obama, among the most memorable, as father in chief. >> every parent brags on their daughters, but me and my daughters are something. >> reporter: a doting dad friends say, qui shocked at how quick liy sasha and malia have grown up. >> no comparison. >> reporter: he lights up. he finds joy in everyone's children. >> you see that with staffers bringing their children into the oval office for a quick visit.
>> reporter: infants bring the leader of the free world to his knees. like elella, daughter of the president's deputy national security advisor. >> i've gotten more comments about that than anything i've done in this job. >> reporter: he couldn't resist his press secretary dressed up as superman. >> he's so strong. he knocked me over. >> he cares about those families and he loves kids. >> reporter: so many moments there's a hashtag. obama and kids. >> i think it brings out who he really is. >> the dad in him? >> the dad. >> reporter: the first meeting with the future king george. the boy who wanted to know if the boy's hair who felt like his, a free check up. the president who came to washington with little girls now leaving with young women. a man who barely knew his own father with a legacy of being a great dad. >> that's going to do it for us on this