Special Report With Bret Baier 01/10/18 6PM | January 10, 2018 Breaking News
Dajuan storm thank you thanks, dad, thank you the single greatest witch, hunt in American history, that was President Trump on the Russia collusion, investigation. Today but he would not say whether he'll agree to be interviewed by the special counsel the, definition. Of the word wall is now, in the mix in government funding negotiations, and two, Democratic, senators, join us to talk equifax, the future of their party and immigration. This is, special, report. Good, evening welcome to Washington I'm Bret Baier President Trump is standing firm for, his border, wall but, apparently wavering, on whether he will talk with the special counsel investigating. Allegations his. Campaign, colluded, with the Russians allegations. He is again calling a Democratic. Hoax the. President making those comments as he welcomed a Nordic, visitor today chief, White House correspondent John. Roberts was there and, joins us from the North Lawn good even John Brett good afternoon to you a good evening to you rather President Trump has been absolutely, consistent in his assertion. That there was no collusion between his campaign, and the Russians, to throw the u.s. election, but in what the president's, legal team made believes, may be the final chapter and the Moller investigation. He, has suddenly injected. Some, new uncertainty. Are. You open, to meeting with him would you be willing to meet with him without, conditions. With the prime minister of norway at his side President Trump today played down the idea that he would sit for an interview, with special counsel Robert Moore insisting. Since there is no evidence of a crime there was no need for one it has been determined that there is no collusion and by virtually. Everybody so. We'll see what happens, would. You be open to we'll see what happens I mean certainly, I'll see what happens but when. They have no collusion and nobody's found any collusion at any level it. Seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview, his position today at a possible, interview, stood in sharp contrast to the other two times President Trump has been asked about it first, on June 9th of last year, so if Robert Mahler wanted to speak with you about that I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you Jim then this past weekend, at Camp David when, he quickly said yeah but, again affirmed, his innocence, there's been no collusion. There's. Been no crime in December, the president's attorneys began talking with the special counsels office about the possibility. Moeller would ask for an interview sometime, in the next few weeks sources. Say the president's, legal team will insist, on strict, parameters for, any sit, down with Muller asked, by Fox News about a possible, interview, President Trump pointed out what he believes was the special, treatment given to Hillary Clinton, in her July, 2016. Interview, with the FBI Hillary. Clinton had an interview, where, she wasn't sworn in she wasn't.
Given The oath that in, take notes they. Didn't record and it, was done on the 4th of July weekend. That's. Perhaps. Ridiculous. And a lot of people looked upon that as being a. Very, serious, breach and it, really was sources. Tell Fox News that despite, the president's newly, articulated. Position, today his, legal team expects, there will be an agreement for some sort of interview with robert muller in the coming weeks. The, president left no doubt today where, he stands on his demand a border, wall be included, in any legislative. Fix for the so-called dreamers, it's got to include the wall we need the wall for security, we need, the wall for safety we need the wall for stopping, the drugs from pouring in during, his freewheeling meeting, with members of Congress yesterday. The president, gave many conservatives. Heartburn, when he pretty much said he'd, accept whatever Congress, decides my positions, are going to be with the people in this room come up with today the president, said he will accept nothing less than a bill that includes construction, of a wall and meeting, with his cabinet the president, gave himself high marks, for yesterday's, remarkable. Glimpse, behind the legislative. Curtain actually, it was reported, as incredibly. Good. In my performance, you. Know some of them called it a performance I consider, it work. But. Got. Great reviews by. Everybody, other than two. Networks, who were phenomenal, for about two hours. Then. After that they were called by their bosses or so oh wait, a min and. Unfortunately. A lot of those anchors sent us letters, saying that was one of the greatest. Meetings. They've ever witnessed, today. President Trump also vented, his displeasure, to San Francisco, district, judge, a federal judge, who blocked his plans to rescind, the doctor protections, for the so called deferred, action for childhood arrivals, program the.
DHS, Secretary, Kirsten Nielsen today said she doesn't think that that's going to affect efforts to get a daca fix, legislatively. But what it might affect, is negotiations. Over the budget and whether or not daca should, be a part of that right more, on that in a minute John Robert something North Lawn thanks the. President and his Republican colleagues are, also angry, about the release of critical, testimony in the Russia investigation. By, a senior, Democrat testimony. That has only raised. More questions today. Chief, intelligence correspondent. Catherine Herridge has the latest on that tonight could even Catherine well thank you bread the powerful Republican chairman, of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, the ranking Democrat Dianne, Feinstein's, decision, to release the transcript, from when Simpson whose firm was behind the dossier is a breach of trust that could derail efforts, to secure Jared Kushner's testimony, the president's, son-in-law, these. Transcripts. Would have been released eventually. Anyway. But. I think it, does create some problems, for, instance when you're getting, people, to voluntarily, come to you senator. Grassley was asked but did not comment on this tweet where President, Trump called senator Feinstein, sneaky, underhanded, and her actions possibly, illegal all of this went down as Democrats, released a new report commissioned. By senator ben cardin that, documented, the Russian presidents, decades-long, strategy, to undermine democracy and. It concluded Moscow will likely target, the 2020, election spread new. Defamation. Suit today over the dossier, the, firm behind the dossier actually, well, that's right the president's, longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is seeking more than a hundred million dollars in damages, sous-sous, infusion gps the firm behind the dossier and BuzzFeed who, published the memos online exactly a year ago today on Twitter, Cohen said enough is enough of the fake Russian dossier, and without, mentioning Cohen or the author behind the controversial, book fire in fury the president said the legal system is outdated.
Things. That are false knowingly, false and. Be. Able to. Smile. As money, pours into your bank account at. The heart of the dossiers, former British spy Christopher's Steele who pulled intelligence, from his Russian contacts, for the document, seal was a known quantity to the FBI incredible, according, to the nation's former, top spy. Chrissteele. Was regarded, as a competent, professional dedicated. Professional. And I think it speaks to his, instincts. His professional, instincts, that. When he grew, concerned about what he was learning that he first. Apparently. Reported, this to his own government as well as to, the FBI the. Special Counsel office, confirmed today that it hired a veteran cyber security prosecutor. Ryan Dickey in November, cyber, crimes are a central issue for the probe after the DNC, and Clinton campaign hacks spread Kevin, thank you South Korea's president, says president, Trump deserves, big, credit for yesterday's, meeting with, North Korean officials that. Session produced, an agreement that will send a delegation from the north to next month's Winter Olympics, in South, Korea officials. Are also hoping, to eventually have talks about North Korea's nuclear program, we've. Learned today the vice president pence will lead the American delegation to, the games pence will, be with martha maccallum next our president. Trump is about to make a major decision involving, Iran's nuclear, program. He, has until the end of this week to determine whether the Western agreement, with Iran should be continued, or at least the u.s. involvement, in it of, course one of Richardson tells us what's at stake tonight from, the State Department. Sources. Close to the president say he will likely pass on withdrawing, the United States from the Iran nuclear deal as, the next deadline approaches, essentially. Holding together an agreement he says he loathes this, is one of the worst deals ever, made by any country, in. History, it also gave the regime an immediate. Financial boost, and over. 100. Billion dollars, its. Government, could use to, fund terrorism. Frankly. That, deal is an embarrassment. To the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it believe me over. The next several days president Trump must decide whether to continue waving, sanctions, against Iran lifted. As part of the 2015, around, nuclear agreement, within, the week the administration must, also tell Congress whether Iran is complying with the major components, of the nuclear deal in, October, the administration, for the first time refused. To certify Iran's, compliance, keeping. The US and the deal though giving Congress a greater role in developing, Iran's strategy the goal is actually to get a better deal and the way you do that is to create the conditions through, more pressure and also to read govern the way under which the u.s. is a party to the deal sources, close to the discussion, say Secretary, of State Rex Tillerson met, today at the White House and this weekend, at Camp David with the president to discuss these deadlines, pointing, out progress, on congressional negotiations. Lawmakers. Are considering reducing how often, the president must make these decisions, on waivers and certifications. They're, also debating, stronger, enforcement of the nuclear deal and more measures to penalize Iran's ballistic missile program. These, deadlines, arrived as there are reports, from Iran that it is arresting, torturing, and killing those, who protested, across the country the, White House press secretary says. Iran should release, all political prisoners, adding. Quote Iran's, regime claims to support democracy but, when its own people express their aspirations for, better lives and an end to injustice it. Once again shows its true brutal nature, while. The u.s. lobbies allies, to support changes to the Iran nuclear deal European. Diplomats are, meeting tomorrow with Iran the, US allies, will reportedly reassure, our ron's foreign minister that they remain, committed to the deal Brett. Richardson. Live at the State Department rich thanks stocks, were down today the Dow lost 17, the S&P 500 dropped 3 the Nasdaq gave back 10 governors. In several, states are trying to get the same deal that Florida, is getting regarding. Offshore, oil drilling correspondent.
Phil Keating tells us the latest decision from the Trump administration, reverses. A policy, announced just last week. With. 1,300. Miles of coastline, and white powder beaches, generating. Nearly 70 billion dollars a year in tourism, Florida. Is special. Just listen. Florida's, unique Florida. Is obviously unique Florida's different certainly, different now than every, other coastal. State president. Trump's executive, order last week declared his, plans to dramatically. Expand, offshore drilling, for, oil and, gas immediately. Florida. Republicans, bucked, the president, including. The GOP, governor, senator and congressman siding. With Democrats, and environmental. Groups opposing, the move citing, tourism, which suffered significantly. During 2010's. Deepwater Horizon disaster, and, military. Training, needs off the Florida Panhandle we, are highly developed residential. Coastline. A lot, of tourist. Industry. Is our main industry, and we can't suffer the risks the number of another BP horizon Governor. Rick Scott asked, to meet with the interior, secretary Ryan, Ziggy, and they did Tuesday evening, at the Tallahassee, Airport. And the results was, quick and so for Floridians, we. Are not drilling off. The coast of Florida but. Since President, Trump is urging, governor Scott to run against, Florida's, Democratic. Senator, Bill Nelson this, November, Nelson. And others see ulterior, motives, 12, years ago Nelson helped craft the current eastern Gulf of Mexico, moratorium. That bans, rigs within a hundred and 25 miles of the Florida coast quote. This is a political, stunt orchestrated. By the Trump administration to. Help rick scott who, has wanted to drill off Florida's, coast his entire career we, shouldn't, be playing politics, with the future of Florida, either, way you won't be seeing any rigs, off of Florida anytime, soon and no surprise the other governors quickly, weighed in New York's Governor Cuomo, asking, where, do we sign up for a waiver and New Jersey's Governor Christie were also asking, for the same exemption that. Florida, got Brett. Phil, Keating in Miami Phil, tnks at least 15, people have, died and 24, are missing, in massive, mudslides, in Southern California the. Area as we told you was ravaged by recent wildfires, and that is making, the situation, exponentially. Worse, national. Correspondent William, la jeunesse is in Montecito California tonight.
Home. After home destroyed some, torn off their foundation, others, leveled, by boulders, and trees 3:00, in the morning early morning hours all, the debris just came down inside and like cars are being dragged you, know we saw the boulders the rocks I tried try to get out and couldn't rivers of mud and debris washed, down the hillsides after torrential rains, hit much of Southern California, following, the worst fire season, in history every. Hill you see around here was on fire and when, we know that the dirt is loose and, the. Rain comes we knew it was coming would you say now is gonna be this the only words I can really think of to describe what it looked it looked like a world war one battlefield, more than a dozen dead including, Roy rotor a Catholic school educator, swept from his home, the sheriff says many others remain unaccounted for. Helicopters. And high water trucks rescued, hundreds, while others were trapped we couldn't. Get out in time basically. This is what happened we were digging trenches around the house, unlike fires which residents, can see and smell mudslides. Come without warning by the time you hear one it's, too late, we thought it would be just rain oK. We've had rain before but, nothing like this the, Thomas fire lasted, for weeks the rains that caused this sly lasted, less than four. Hours yet. The death toll could be up to ten times as high why, the, sheriff says eighty to ninety percent of residents ignored. Evacuation. Orders a lot of frustration, on the part of people who had been evacuated for, a number of days during the fire obviously, and nobody likes to be evacuated, from their home and and. I, think the thought was that you, know this is, probably. Not going to, be. A problem but ultimately, it obviously was. So, the controversy going forward some of those residents were under a voluntary not, a mandatory, evacuation and, they were hit the hardest problem is pretty taking a mud slide is, an inexact science Brett, the 101 could, stay closed all weekend back to you amazing William thank you up next Democrat, senators Elizabeth, Warren and Mark, Warner on their bill to hold credit monitoring companies, accountable, after last year's big Equifax. Data breach we'll, talk about other topics too first first, years with some of our Fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight Fox, six in Birmingham, as Toyota and Mazda announced the selection of. Huntsville Alabama for a new production plant the, facility, will eventually, employ about 4,000. People the, plant will build 300 thousand vehicles per, year starting, in 2021, Fox. 45 in Baltimore, as Maryland's, Republican, governor announces a push for, term limits for state lawmakers, Larry, Hogan saying he wants to eliminate what he calls career politicians. To try to fight corruption and this, is a live look at New York from our affiliate Fox 5 one of the stories they're covering tonight a large, chunk of ice falls from a building in Manhattan and crushes.
The Roof of a parked vehicle happened. Yesterday in Soho no one was hurt fortunately, the city is advising. Property owners and contractors to, secure properties, during, snow and ice melt conditions. That's, tonight's live look outside the Beltway from special report we'll. Be right back. One, of the many things you probably take for granted when you go to the doctor of the hospital, is that bag of fluid they hook up and put on a pole next to you believe. It or not there's major concern, tonight over the supply, of those, items and it, all has to do with one of last year's hurricanes, in the Caribbean of course by Matt fin explains, tonight from Chicago. Every. Day one of volcko a single, mother of two fights, off the side effects of lupus. She's, also survived two strokes, and leukemia, making, her dependent, on monthly immune boosting infusions, that have to be diluted with saline because, she's extremely sensitive, to some treatments, but, the last time she went in for her infusions, I was just really shocked when they're just like well we don't have a saline bag and the nurse told me really nervously she's like I really hope you don't have a reaction, Wanda, like so many other Americans, have been stunned to learn Hurricane. Maria and Puerto Rico damaged. The majority, of plants that manufacturer. IV, saline bags, causing. A nationwide shortage forcing. Medical professionals, to spend up to 30 minutes or more manual. Injecting, fluids people. Think you. Know well the, hurricane, happened, in Puerto Rico but. What people don't realize this it affects people here, in a letter to the FDA the American Hospital Association says. The saline bag shortage. Is a huge problem and on the brink of a significant, health crisis, doctors. Say a lack of saline, bags could, be dire it's, the very first thing that we give to the patients when they come in from. A gunshot or a motor vehicle accident they've, had a loss of blood and we immediately have to bulk it back up and give them the fluids fortunately.
The FDA reports one of the largest manufacturers. Of the bags Baxter. Says, it's Puerto Rico plants are online again, but it could be months before production. Is fully restored until, then some hospitals, and clinics are forced, to decide which patients, get bags and when leaving. Routine patients like Wanda, feeling guilty wondering. If she's using a bag that's critical, to someone else's life. In. The chair. It's. So not fair to, them the. FDA is also monitoring other drugs manufactured, in Puerto Rico and, it says the Saline shortage will improve in a couple of weeks but we, talked to one clinic in California, that says it has enough saline, to get to February, and then after that it'll, have to reassess, Bret, Matt. Thank you the. Republican, Exodus, in Congress, continues, tonight California. Congressman darrell Issa says, he will not seek, re-election he's. Just the latest in a growing number of veteran Republican lawmakers, who are giving up their seats at the, end of their terms chief. Congressional correspondent Mike, Emanuel tonight on what is shaping up to be midterm. Mayhem. I came. To Congress for a four-year, tour and I stayed for now going, on 18, California. Republican, congressman darrell Issa is the latest in a wave of congressional, departures, ISIL rejected, a suggestion, that his district, could go to a Democrat, in November, the economy, says, everything, about the policies, that that. My party, and this president and health champion, and so it's a good time to go out on top at, this stage 46, House members 32, Republicans 14. Democrats, are retiring, or running for other office, the, number of Republican, departures, is the most for one party since 1994. During. President Clinton's first term when, the GOP seized, control of Congress, in the Republican, revolution, this. Year's departures, includes seven, current Committee Chairman so, Speaker Paul Ryan and, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy must, now deal with a substantial, loss of institutional, knowledge, McCarthy. Downplayed, the significance of, veteran lawmakers, leaving, are there more Republicans, yes because there's more Republican, members we will bring more people in it'll, be successful. In that and that's the uniqueness that we have the competition. Makes, even people better however, McCarthy, and other California, Republicans, are likely to face some heat back home after, the tax package limited. The state and local deduction, in a high tax state there. Are also three, Republican, senators, retiring including, chairman orrin hatch and bob corker and Democrats, continue attacking, the tax package, the Republican, majority which. Conveniently, forgot its long history of opposing deficits, when passing, a 1.5, trillion dollar tax bill, cannot. In good conscience, turn around and complain about deficits, here one veteran house lawmaker, in a competitive district, worries about holding, on to the GOP majority in, the fall this. Political. Climate right now is about as bad as it could be for GOP.
Members In moderate, districts, we see the future and it ain't pretty, Democrats, are watching these retirements. With big plans to turn these seats from red to blue now that their candidates, won't be taking on an incumbent, brat, like a man on the hill Mike thanks, more on this with the panel just moments, ago President, Donald Trump signaled, or rather signed, legislation. Aimed at giving Customs, and Border Protection, agents, additional. Tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs this, bill ensures agents. Will have portable. Chemical, screening, devices at ports of entry and mail facilities. It appropriates. Nine million, dollars, for hundreds of new screening devices, laboratory. Equipment, and facilities. The president has been saying fighting. Drugs specifically, opioids, is a big big. Part of this push, by his administration, we'll. Follow that making. Credit reporting companies, more accountable after. The Equifax breach that, probably, affected you two senators, are giving a shot we'll talk about that and other topics when, we come back. A. Pair. Of Democratic. Senators, going, after credit monitoring, companies, following last year's massive, data breach at Equifax. Senators. Elizabeth, Warren and Mark. Warner are here tonight to talk about what they're trying to accomplish, senators thanks for joining me thank you talk, about this legislation, and what specifically. It does so you remember, last fall when. Equifax. Announced. That they had managed to not, take enough care of. Consumers, data and more than half of all Americans. Have had, their privacy, breach so their social security numbers their credit, card numbers their, phone numbers their addresses are all out there in the hands of thieves and, here's. The deal it actually, turns out. We, actually make money off, the bridge now, Morgan, I thought that, was really a bad deal and so. We, decided to put together some legislation, that says when. One of these credit reporting, companies, let, your data get stolen like that they're, gonna have to pay a substantial. Automatic. Penalty. For it and, the people whose day to get lost are actually going to get some money from, let. Me just ask this there are not a lot of defenders, of Equifax, I mean both sides of the aisle it's not a black. Hat that's easy to defend but. What. Do you say to people say that this legislation, is really. Punitive, and there, are a lot of companies who have data breaches, over. The past year, well, Brett this is not the first time one of the credit reporting agencies, have. Had this kind of breach we've, had ChoicePoint experience. And what's, particularly different, about this relationship, is none, of us I was one of the victims of the breach, none of us offered.
Our Data to. Any of these reporting, agencies we have a no direct, customer, relationship, we think in a world where data is going to become. Taken, in by companies, particularly, when you're dealing with something as important, as your credit history there, needs to be a stricter, sense of liability. Absolutely. We think there's gonna be a lot of bipartisan, support for this understand. This, is not a big regulatory. Approach we're not saying the, government's, gonna say you've got to go this way and then you've got to turn this way and then you've got to take three steps and turn this way again I'm not saying that at all we're, saying take the appropriate steps because if you don't take the appropriate, steps you're, gonna have to pay a penalty I, want to ask you a couple other things broad. Topics, I look at the two of you standing together and I see kind, of two sides of the Democratic, Party who. Do you think where we actually agree is who do you think is the leader of the Democratic Party right now listen. I think. At. This point is a, broad, base of leaders. That range from very progressive to, people who have been traditionally, more pro-business and, we actually find ways to work together on the vast majority of issues what it does unites us though. Is the sense that everybody. In this country got to get a fair shot the right question, is where, is the energy and. The Democratic Party and I'll tell you exactly where the energy, is in the Democratic, Party it's, down at the grassroots. It's, down there person, by person family. By. Family who. Say wait, a minute I got a stake, in how, this government works. Works. For those at the top and done work so senator, Warren, you said that the tax law was a giveaway. Essentially, the billionaires, and giant. Corporations, so if Democrats, take control of, Congress. Would you repeal, the tax law well what we have to do is change it you got to take out the parts that are giant, giveaways, to big, corporations. That. Right now the Republicans plan. For hard-working, families to, eventually, painful, service. Center, like eversource in Massachusetts, the electricity, company announcing, that, they're going to give a big break to consumers, and good for them so, which ones do you take out of the list, look it, is a trillion. And, a half dollars. That. The Republicans. Gave away to, billionaires. And to giant, and corporations. And they, expect, hard-working. Families, to just pick up the ticket on that I want, those brakes to go through roughly to, hardworking families not, to a bunch of rich folks okay will you agree that Senator Warner about shoppers here's, what I was saying one. I actually think as somebody who's been on your show a lot of times being, concerned about the debt and deficit I think, this bill is actually an ad about 2.2, trillion to, the debt that really, disappointments, in terms of what we're passing on to us okay. Finish. This one point I would, I do believe, it, was with me and I. Fully. Agree right, there were some ways to bring back some of those profits, that were caught offshore but, what we could have done in this people said you want to bring those profits, back yeah you've got to invest some of those profits in, actually, training, up people.
Who Are making say, less than ninety thousand dollars you you got to make sure that those, communities. I actually. Get some of the benefits I mean obviously we, could have done this this that would have been actually, focused, rather than the way it was rushed through with only one team gotcha obviously, the Republicans point to the communities, and the hard workers who are getting checks and and seeing, electric bills go down but Senator, Warner the, house is on the verge of passing this, reauthorization. Of, section 702 of FISA, the. Foreign, Intelligence Surveillance. Amendments. Act National. Security Agency says it's crucial, the. House can do it it seems like Senator Paul is going to filibuster this. How. Do you what, do you do here how important, is this I think as vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee I think this provision is very important number one number. Two I think I have not seen any. Evidence of abuse but. I would say number three and, this is very important, is that the bill that will come before the house and that, I've, signed off in a bipartisan, way a number of us in the Senate have it will include for the first time ever a warrant. Provision, if, an FBI agent, is. Trying to use this 702, information, on a criminal case and it will also make, sure that the bureau in particular. Categorizes. All the 702, enquiries, so, a year out from now will have a much clearer, pattern, for those folks on. Both sides of the aisle who make question this provision we're gonna have more data to give them to, show if there needs to be further it's just running out of time yeah. It's running out of time and that's why I think it's important, that it gets moved. Forward in the next couple weeks we've got a lot. It. Dealt with the next several weeks candidly, I I wish we wouldn't have punted so many of these issues like the full, budget from, September, 30th from now January 20th, okay sir Warren West and. Children's Health Insurance told. Everybody else know we got all these things there and do Donna concur, warn, doctors. If you, if. You characterize, it as border security and don't, call it a wall is, there a deal that can be made with Democrats, in this administration let's. Start, with, the heart of what it's about America. Made a promise, to these young people and that is that if they would come out of the shadows, if they wouldn't fit. Didn't have a chance to work in the United States to go to school in the United States to join our military. And that's, what about 97% of them have done and, then, Donald Trump said that promises, no good anymore now. Congress, has got to find a way to stand, this back up my view of this is, America. Honors its, promise, we, do not deport, 800,000. Young people from the only home they, have even, if it means, shutting. Down the government and, having, this battle if, there's, a win over border, security or calling it a wall I I, don't want to see any of that come to pass what, I want to see is America. Honor its, promises. And I'm recognized, we're, sitting down right now in negotiations. Trying to figure out who. Can get a little here who can give a little there but. It. The way I see, this is we cannot, say, to, 800,000. Young people who right now are, contributing. To America, right, now we're hearing from their employers, saying, don't get rid of these people these are people we need in our economy. We, cannot, say to them you, will be deported. From America, the clock is ticking here senators Warren, and Warner, thanks, for the time thank. You. President. Trump refuses, to say whether he will speak with the Special Counsel and, the Russia investigation. But he is, speaking. Loudly confirming. The wall is a must talk, about it all with the panel when we come back. I want to see something happened, with Dawkins been spoken up for years. And. Children. Are now adults in. Many cases, we are very disappointed, by the decision but what we heard yesterday at, the meeting was we're all committed to finding a deal, so a permanent, solution is, actually to the benefit of all the current daca recipients. And that's what we'll pursue the, ruling, in last night in no way diminishes, the urgency. Of resolving. The daca issue on this. We agree with the White House who. Says the ruling doesn't do anything to reduce Congress's. Obligation. To address this problem now. Well. A US, district. Judge ruling. Last night that the administration, overstepped its bounds in, rolling back, daca. Saying that those children. Had to leave the. U.s. eventually if Congress didn't weigh in, the. President tweeting it just shows everyone how broken, and unfair our court system is when, the opposing side in a case such as daca always, runs to the ninth circuit and almost always wins before being, reversed by higher courts we'll see where it goes just moments ago the president was in that signing we told you about on the interdiction, the drug interdiction.
And He said somebody at the end that caught everybody's ears. But. Unfortunately, it's not gonna be a giant step because, no. Matter what you do this is something that keeps, pouring. In and we're. Gonna find the answer there is an answer I think I actually know the answer but. I'm not sure the country is ready for it yet a. Little. Shrouded, in mystery there the White House hasn't clarified was, he talking about a wall, is the country ready for a wall, or. Something else we don't know try to get clarification let's, bring in our panel byron york chief political correspondent of, the Washington Examiner Abie Stoddard associate, editor at RealClearPolitics and, host of No Labels radio, on Sirius XM and Charles, heard opinion editor for The Washington Times the reason I mentioned the wall is because he was asked at this, appearance. With the. Norwegian. Prime Minister, whether, that was essential, in any Dhaka deal and he said. Absolutely, absolutely and we got clarity, on this because we didn't have clarity, yesterday. In that in that 55 minute meeting with members of Congress the, president seemed to be kind of all over the place and there was this moment where senator Feinstein, said well why don't we just do daca now legalize, everybody, and maybe you can get what you want after that and, the president seemed. Agreeable, to that but I think if you look at the transcript, of that whole meeting, look, at what he says when the president, says I want, to do daca he, means to legalize, the daca recipients. And to build, a wall and to, get rid of chain migration yeah I mentioned that everybody, so long yesterday saying that in his mind that that daca, the. Legislation. Means, all of its shorthand for that whole package maybe. Where. Are we on the negotiations. Really the. Problem is that the, President did not make himself clear it may it. Certainly scared the majority leader of. The house into interrupting. And saying I think what you mean to say is in other words that. Sounded, convincing so. The. President, has jumped, off a ship, before on many issues and, changed positions so then, he tweeted last night around right. After your show that. It would include a wall he was confusing again today and a 12-minute on camera, no, questions, appearance, and then, he, had was that had to clarify with with the question at, the presser today later this afternoon, so he's now made it clear but that's a deal-breaker these, negotiations, are very, intense they're very they're. There. Is serious heavy lifting, bipartisan, heavy lifting going on will. A wall be, a part of it there are too many border state Republicans, opposed to a wall there are too many fiscal conservatives, who, were just promised, that, they would take care of spending cuts after a deficit, funded tax cut package, there's no, bipartisan. Consensus, for a wall you're not going to get nine Senate, Democrats, to, to vote in the Senate to get the 60 to. Get them to vote for border security it's not call it a wall. Security. Is visa reform, there's lots of border security doesn't mean a physical wall that's, the problem for President Trump he needs to define what he can call a wall but. Isn't actually a physical wall that's so expensive but he seems like he's there it's it's Congress that I don't think is is there on the semantics, yeah and I think the big thing that a lot of people are missing about yesterday's, meeting, is the. Big thing is you know for a year now Democrats, have refused to negotiate or refuse, to come to the table we can argue about whether they've been invited to the table or, not but, they've refused, to participate in any of this legislation what, Donald Trump did yesterday in that, optik way that he's very good at it's. He set, them down at a table and began negotiations, on immigration. And dealing with with daca the, if at the end of the day they, refused, to go along with the daca, legalization. Thing because. It contains a wall element. Or because it contains, an end chain migration he, made it very clear he's gonna campaign against them on those issues and he thinks he feels very confident, that he'll win on those issues and and, and that to me is the most important thing out of that and and I think that it puts real pressure on Democrats to actually, sort of try, to figure out ways that they can get not only that but he talked about the military funding the military right. In front of Democrats who said let's just you know punt, this and.
He Said but we have to fund the military everybody should agree on that right Yes, and Steny Hoyer gave him a little lecture about domestic. Spending as well but we, haven't really gotten into the details of talking about what, a wall really is how. Long it is. Is it a, actual. Wall does. It is it a double fence that might conform. With what was passed in 2006. When people like Charles Schumer voted, for the secure, Fence, Act of, 2006. Or could. You pass a down payment for a wall and then after, you get started authorized, a kind of user fee model where you impose charges. On visas, and border crossings and, bingo. Mexico, pays for the wall is there, you have a dedicated, revenue. Stream for a while there are a lot of there's, a lot of thinking going on that we're not hearing about maybe, that's what and we signed, it are you saying, country's. Not ready for a wall yet but we're gonna get something all right avi I want to turn to offshore. Drilling. Our. Goal certainly isn't to cross, governor, Scott we, have a great relationship with him we're, gonna continue working with him on a number of issues we'll, continue those conversations, with him and hopefully, all come to their dream of Florida, is obviously unique. The. President, has tasked me to develop. A energy. Policy, offshore but. Also taking consideration, the, local. And state interest, or Floridians, we. Are not drilling off. The coast of Florida, so. Florida's off the list, New. York's Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York doesn't want drilling off our coasts either where, we signed up for a waiver Secretary. Of the Interior Zinke. What. About this if. It. Doesn't matter what party they're in. People. From Delaware California. North Carolina South Carolina New Jersey none of them want this so. What, it seems like is just like the travel ban another unvetted, policy. That is announced, and then, when someone comes every. Sibling and a family knows that if there's a new mandate and you wiggle out of it the other siblings are gonna run to your parents and try to wiggle out of it too so, now he's gonna face a lot of pressure from other people saying tell us why Florida, is so unique, and our, state, is not to things that someone may say won, elections. Have consequences, -. All. Of this is gonna be challenged in the courts and it really doesn't matter because it's it's a it's it's gonna be challenged for a long time before anybody's, going to put a a rig, in the water anyplace yeah that. Is true but the other thing is that for as, long as it forever the federal government has been dictating, where people where states or people can drill and where they cannot drill whether. It be a noir or off the shore, the coast, of Virginia the. Idea that we're going to flip that around and say actually the federal government is going to stop banning, it everywhere and say, that it with input, from locals, you could you know you can you can drill, where you want to drill that's, I think a probably, a positive step obviously, you can't give away for the Virginia to, Florida. And not give it to New York of New York wants it that, puts them in a bad position but if the end result is that if Virginia. Wants to drill off its coast the, federal government into something I don't think that's a particularly bad. Place to one not, the end of this discussion, we want to move on next up midterm, mayhem, for Republicans, in Congress. After.
18 Years of representing, the Marines at Camp Pendleton it's. Time I came to Congress for a four-year tour and I stayed for now going, on 18. The, generic ballot in my district, is good, Republican. Will replace me so, it's a good time to go out on top, we will bring more people in, it'll, be successful. In that and that's the uniqueness that we have the competition. Makes, even people better. Big. Names on the Republican side especially. In the house saying, they're not running again as you take a look at the retirements, three, senators, Republicans. Not seeking re-election, corker. Flake and hatch and 43. House members retiring or running for higher office or, another office in 2018, 29. Republicans, 14, Democrats, but. You take a look at the balance of power and Democrats, need just 24, seats, to take back the house, some. Big names a B including, I so voice, leave. It there. Are many reasons it's always an individual, decision of course for. For people who've decided that they've, stayed too long or they're, in an age and stage in life or they want to do other things but. This year is different they, had the majority and, what the two things happen president, Trump's numbers in a lot of these districts they need to hold many. Of which Hillary, Clinton won, by. So one by fewer than 2,000, votes last time the. President's, numbers are toxic, and the Democrats, are in waive criteria. In terms of the polling if you look at the generic ballot advantage, the, other thing is they went after white whales and they've. Been you know in power for a few years or searching for power for years to cut taxes, to repeal and replace Obamacare they. Couldn't, come. Up with a health care replacement, they couldn't repeal it they, passed tax reform next. Year if the men or if the majority hasn't, been so much fun and they've met, their big goals or failed at them it won't be much fun being in the middle yeah but you know Ahab got the Moby Dick of tax reform and that may affect some of these districts, oh absolutely and, I think that that at the end of the day is the most important thing if the economy, is roaring the way the Republicans, predicted it will be based. On this on, that the, tax bill then, they're gonna be in a much better position that, said you know the past, three midterms, have, seen the party in white house lose double-digit numbers they're heading into headwinds, there's no doubt about it and Navy is right there a lot of those districts Trump. Is going to be a real drag for these people but. I think it's far too soon especially in the Senate to be. Assuming. That Republicans. Are going to lose control. You, mentioned the comparison, seats, gained lost as you look back at those midterms, 14, 10 6-2. And 1998. Some, of these states like California. It's, a-you know the state and local taxes, issue in the tax law is also factoring in for Republicans, and it's also just, moving left I mean California provided. The entire, margin. Of popular. Vote victory, for for Hillary Clinton in, this last election and this is this is really bad news for Republicans I mean a lot, of Republican strategists, thought ISIL, was a goner anyway he, barely, barely won is a, be said. Popularity. Going down they were really surprised. By Ed Royce they expected, him to win his, seat. And. They, didn't get it any warning, of it and there that's one more thing they, have to fight and I think if you if you talk to Republicans they do look, at these historic. Numbers of. A president, in his first midterm and even, if Donald Trump's job. Approval rating was 15 points higher they'd, still be in trouble, Newt Gingrich and others say it's all about the economy we'll see when, we come back and appears size does matter, really.
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