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happening now, trump plans, what he will do as commander in chief and calling hillary clinton unfit for the post. he can. >> steve: calling on generals to come up with a new plan within 30 days of taking office. saying his own plan is secret. born in the usa, donald trump's running mate says he believes president obama was born in hawaii, something trump still refuses to acknowledge. and pence releasing his tax returns also at odds with trump's stance. is the vice presidential nominee going rogue? and a russian fighter jet
comes within ten feet of a navel vessel. the american crew was menaced by the war plane for almost 20 minutes. and hit the road, jack. apple eliminates the headphone plug from their newest iphone. they call it the courage to move forward with the latest technology. will the customers pay for the high end wireless headphones? donald trump says as president, he will ask american generals to present him with a plan within 30 days for taking care of isis. trump previously said he has his own foolproof plan to defeat isis, but says he is keeping it secret because "i don't want the enemy to know what i'm doing."
clinton's campaign is a family affair today with bill and chelsea speaking in key battleground state. and donald trump's attacks on the clinton foundation are an attempt to change the subject. and a dangerous encounter with a russian jet and a navy vessel. at one time it came within ten feet. we'll talk about that with our guest retired general michael flynn. former head of the defensive intelligence agency. our analysts are standing by. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is standing by with details. trump wants a bigger u.s. military, explain what he said.
>> that's right, donald trump is taking one more staff at trying to pass that commander in chief test, making the case that when it comes to national security or defeating hillary clinton, the best defense a good offense. >> he dubbed it peace through strength, he pulled out the heavy artillery on hillary clinton. >> sometimes it seemed like there wasn't a country in the middle east that she didn't want to invade, intervene in, or topple. she is trigger happy and very untabu unstable. >> promising diplomacy. they decided to enhance the cyber defenses, unleash a state of the art missile defense system. >> i will ask my generals to present to me a plan within 30 days to defeat and destroy isis.
>> that is a new assistanstance trump. >> i have a great plan, it's going to be great, but i would rather not say, i don't want to be predictable. >> as soon as i take office, i will ask congress to eliminate the defense sequester and get a new budget to rebuild our military. it is so depleted. >> that is a reversal for trump saying that sequestration didn't go far enough. >> ultimately, and a lot of people are saying that even democrats are sending that. >> trump is trying to chip away at the public perception that clinton is more fit to be commander in chief. >> hillary clinton taught us, really, how vulnerable we are in
cyber hacking. that is probably the only thing we have learned from hillary clinton. >> and it was trump that once invited russia to hand over clinton's missing e-mails. a remark he said was a joke. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> the clinton campaign says it is trump with something to hide. trump complains he is still under audit, they point out that trump's own tax attorney stated that the examinations of his tax returns for 2002 to 2008 have been closed administratively. meaning they could be released. >> let her release her e-mails and i will release my tax returns immediately. >> no one area of defense is campaign war chest. telling cnn he did raise $90 million last month and that was
far less than was raised by the clinton campaign, but it is enough to start firing back at the damaging attack ads. >> jim acosta, thank you. trump's running mate, mike pence is breaking with the candidate. trump was a long ditime driver the birther movement. we are being joined with the latest from sundland. yes, ben carson that is one of donald trump top surrogates says he thinks it is hurting him with african-americans. and ben carson saying that he believes donald trump should be apologizing for all of this. this is what he told jake
tapper. >> do you think it is time for trump to acknowledge all of that birther knowledge so that african-american voters for whom he is reaching out might be more willing to listen to his message. >> i think that would be a good idea, absolutely. i suggest that on all sides. let's get all of the, you know, the hate and the p rangranker o the way. getting caught up in this stuff is a reason we will go go down the tubes if we don't correct it. >> donald trump never backed off of those insinuations, or denounced the birther movement at large. trump says he is not apologizing and just insisting this is a nonissue. >> so you think your birther
position hurt you among african-americans? >> i don't know, i have no idea, i don't even talk about it any more. >> yeah, but it is there and on the record. i don't know, i guess with maybe some. i don't know why. i don't think -- you're the first one that brought that up in awhile. >> and his running mate, mike pence, of course is being questioned about all of this, breaking with donald trump over his involvement in the birther movement. saying off camera today i believe barack obama was born in hawaii. i accept his birthplace, i just don't know where he is coming from on economics and obama care. >> and he did not call for trump to apologize after repeaced requests by reporters. >> a new plan for fighting isis,
a trump military advisor, michael flynn, the intelligence agency is joining us live, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me, wolf. >> you just heard trump once again saying he will ask the generals for a plan within his first 30 days if he is elected president to defeat isis, and you also heard during the campaign trump indicated he had a plan that was foolproof, and he didn't want to release it to tip off the terrorists. does he already have a plan or is he defending on the generals? >> this is about four weeks ago, if you listen to some of the speeches he has been giving, he has been talking about this issue for a long, long time and there are four components. cyber, military, ideological. at the end of the day, we have to stop being so predictable to the enemies that we have around
the world. we're the best enemies because we continue to telegraph every single move we make. whether it is putting 500 more soldiers into iraq, leave 8,000 here, we have to be more unpredictable especially when we're fighting radical islamic terrorism. >> does he have a plan in mind already? is he depending on the generals to come up with a plan in his first 30 days? >> i think what he has and what we have discussed, we have quite a bit that we have talked about in terms of laying out a overarching strategy. i do completely agree that, you know to give a chance to the department of defense and some other parts of our cover to come in within the first 30 days, laying out a strategy, and laying out mission orders or
intent that trump will provide. i see it as a very masmart move one that is calculated and to a degree is unpredictable. when we talk about these types of plans we have to fight our enemies, once a strategy is chosen and we begin to move towards that goal, then the president has a responsibility, as the commander and chief to say here is how we will approach this. i think, if i can, one of the numbers that donald trump used today, and it just came out in the last couple days, we have spent upwards of $6 trillion, an unimaginable number for most people, in the last 15 years,
with this persistent conflict. we can't afford to keep doing this. we have to have a strategy that gets us to winning. >> how do the members of the joint chiefs been giving president obama their best advice. how will donald trump's approach be any different? >> i think it will be vastly different. it has been very sort of intentional on the part of the white house. again, narrow operations, using narrow tools, and really not going after some of the bigger components. i think we can do more on the final side, more on the id logical silodg ideological side. i know we are discussing and we
have discussed that we would be offering to be able to come back with very sound objectives. >> are you suggesting the colleagues have not been doing their best. >> i'm not suggesting that at all, wolf. i think they have been giving their best military advice. there is a lot of frustration and i'm telling you there are people that know we can do more in our military for sure, and i know we can do far more on the
ideological. >> let me get to that in a moment. do you have confidence on the current leadership will trump accept them or new generals and admirals. >> these are lifelong servants, courageous people that have given it all, and i think what they need to be able to do is up leash our military capabilities and others that we have in our government system. and other cape abouts that we have. get this thing over with instead of continuing on with this p perpetual war. >> you spent a lot of time in the u.s. military. worked your way up. i have spoken with several of your colleagues privately. they say drone strikes are
important, cyber warfare is important. . you have to send 50,000 troops into mosul, raqqa, syria, destroy isis. is that what you're talking about? >> this is exactly the point. we have to stop being the best enmys in the world and the worst friends in the world. we're the best because we constantly talk about exactly what we're going to do and we're so predictable. we're the worst friends because we place our friends in the middle east in a position where they're opposed to each other. look at what we have done with iran alone and all of the other nations in the middle east saying we're not even sure if we can trust you any more. he says he wants to unleash the
military. is he talking about deploying thousands of ground troops? >> i think part of this is the imagination, the ingenuity of the american soldier. in very close cooperation with the allies and friends that we have in the region and elsewhere in europe. the number's game, wolf, is not something that i will get drawn into and i think it is a shame any time that one of our leaders talk about getting another thousand, put somebody here. we should stop doing that today. >> we have more questions, i would like you to explain more about what trump was saying in his major national security
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donald trump has a secret plan to defeat isis. he once said he knows more than the military commanders, but today he said he would ask the generals to formulate a specific plan in his first 30 days to destroy isis forces. michael flynn, the former head of the intelligence defense agency. trump wants to increase the size of the u.s. military. where is the money going to come from? >> i think he laid out that how
we need to look, in the government and the department of defense for some of these cost effective savings. i believe one of the biggest que sequesters is just devastating our economy. >> and the amount of spending we have and if you're ongoing, and where we want to be as a nation. and it is probably between a 3% and 4% of the budget. what i would tell you is in donald trump's speech today, he laid out some of where those cost savings would come from, and i think that there are ways to do this. there are ways to get at the
type of military that we need. >> let me point out to you and you know this well. the u.s. spends more on military and defense than the next seven countries combined including russia and china, north korea, iran, all of these countries, britain and france, the u.s. spends more than anyone else, why? >> one of the things that we have to be very conscious of, listen to what our leaders in the department of defense are saying today. the army, the army chief of staff said just a few months ago that we are not ready to fight against these nation state actors around the world today. we're not ready to fight, we're ready to fight against isis, but
not a russia or a china. one-third of our combat brigades in the army are ready. the rest are not ready to go to war. we have some significant modernization, readiness, and training problems right now. when we look at how we focus on where we need to be. when our pilots have to go to graveyards and go to museums to get spare parts for their planes, this is not the united states of america. it is a third world country. >> i know you have to run, one final question, a russian fighter jet today maybe some very unsafe close rank intercept movements of the u.s. navy. for 20 minutes that russian plane was harassing the
americans, and at one point it came within ten feet, if the russians did that to an american war plane, what would he do? >> this is 24 hours after, or maybe 48 hours after the president of the united states, our president, had a meeting with president putin. was there some exchange there that got putin upset? i don't know but this is so dangerous. so dangerous for our military forces and i will tell you this is the type of behavior that we can't put up with. >> russian behavior? >> yes. >> what would a president trump do about that kind of russian behavior? >> i think that part of this is we have to look at how many times these things have happened over the last few months. it is just a complete disrespect for our president. we cannot have this. there is no relationship with
russia or putin -- we must strengthen the relationship so there is mutual respect so we don't have the very, very dangerous conditions throughout time out there. >> michael flynn, a key advisor to donald trump. coming up next, i'll speak with an anti-trump republican. senator lindsay graham who is refusing to endorse donald trump. straight ahead we will dig deeper into trump's call for a bigger u.s. military. is he playing to the g.o.p. base? plus, the breaking news, a very heroing midair encounter between a russian fighter jet and a u.s. navy plane.
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not the other way around. we are following the latest developments in the presidential race. trump called hillary clinton trigger happy and very unstable. let's get insight from our experts. he says he wants to eliminate the automatic spending cut for sequestration. back in 2013, he thought the cuts were overexaggerated, not such a big deal. is this an example of what some of his critics are saying that he is playing to his republican base right now? >> and it is low hanging fruit for him to say i am for pushing
and bolstering the military. not only troop size, but updated weaponry and ships and what have you. what is interesting about this is it took this long for donald trump to do it, you thought he would have done it in the republican primary or earlier. he would have been more successful getting support from the republican establishment and the republican hawks that he needs in his corner. >> during the campaign you heard donald trump saying he has a plan, a foolproof plan to destroy isis, today he says he wants to consult with the generals if he is president, get a specific plan in his first 30 days in office. does he have a plan of his own? >> in the course of the primary, as you said, he laid out any number of things he might do.
he talked about 20 or 30,000 ground troops, then he said very few troops. he also talked about taking out the oil fielding in iraq, even though most of that activity has been in syria. i think this gives him a pretty safe landing space, a nonplan plan that he has to ask the generals once he is in the white house, this gives him a way to say listen, i'm not going to reveal my plan, it's a secret olympian, but he would find out 30 days into his tenure as president. i think he has a lot of work to do. mark talked about getting some of the hawkish republicans around him. he has work to do in terms of getting the folks to back him. you asked them, for instance what is the biggest concern you have about donald trump, and they would say his foreign policy knowledge and plans.
today i thought it was a pretty boilerplate republican ideas. >> i expect you're right. he calls hillary clinton in a speech today trigger happy, very unstable. she is going after his character saying he is unfit to be president of the united states. in the next few months it will get very personal. >> i would argue that it already has. what is unusual about this presidential race, one of about a million thing that's are unusual about this presidential vase that each of the candidates is really making the argument that the other is unfit to be president. not that they are wrong on policy necessarily. not that they are not qualified, that they are unfit to be president of the united states. so it is a very personal argument they're making at the same time you have hillary clinton saying that donald trump is pushing racist ideas through his campaign. donald trump saying hillary clinton is corrupt. these are very strong terms. very strong terms, but at the
same time, i mean we could hope for maybe more of a high minded policy discussion, but when you have a candidate like trump, and his campaign is based on who he is and not a policy prescription, you're left with a discussion that becomes very personal. >> hillary clinton is upping the pressure on him to release his tax returns and he says he can't do it because there is an audit. he says he will not do it, mike pence says he will release his tax returns tomorrow, that will increase the pressure on trump. >> yeah, and trump said the american people don't care about seeing my taxes. and they do, right? so if you go back and look at polls next month, a strong majority of them, 60% or 70% say they think donald trump should
release these tax returns. i think this comes to the issue of honesty and trust worthiness. we're talking about hillary clinton, her e-mail server, her work at the clinton foundation, and also the fact that donald trump continues to stonewall and releasing any information about his taxes. >> he could release his earlier year that's are no longer under audit. >> yeah, he has, and he has been pretty steadfast in this whole idea that he will not release them, he is under audit. i think last night he may have said he would release them if hillary clinton released her e-mails. i think that the american people, as mark said, they do care about this, but i don't think many voter wills be voting on whether or not trump releases his tax returns. at this point i think there is little incentive to do so.
he finds himself tied in a lot of polls with hillary clinton. whatever damage has been done by him not releases his tax returns is baked in at this point. >> everybody stand by, more coming up including new words, just released today by the fbi director, jaime comey, about his recommendation not to file criminal charges against hillary clinton. you do all this research on a perfect car,
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>> breaking news, fbi director jaime comey is strongly defending the fbi probe into hillary clinton's e-mails. in a memo to fbi employees, comey wrote "there really wasn't a prosecutable case against hillary. at the end of the day, the case was not a cliffhanger despite all of the chest beating by people no longer in the government." very strong words from james comey, the fbi director. with the polls showing the presidential race tightening right now, hillary clinton is getting additional help. i want to bring in joe jones, the one person we did not see on the campaign trail today was hillary clinton herself. >> that's true, but it is her
husband, the former president, doing the heavy lifting having his own foundation's activity called into acquisition by his wife's opponent. hillary clinton getting campaign reinforcements from her family. bill clinton rallying supporters today in florida where he hammered donald trump for paying a fine to the irs for making an illegal donation to a political group backing the state's attorney general pam bondi in 2013. >> her opponent attacked my foundation. i think that's because he knew they were about to report that he used a foundation to give money to the attorney general of florida, which is not legal. pam bondi said she was considering an investigation into the now defunct trump
university. >> saying you're going to make america great again is like me saying i'd like to be 20 begin. that as hillary clinton picks up a rare endorsement from the dallas morning news editorial board that has not backed a democrat in more than 75 years writing that clinton made mistakes but her errors are in a different universe from trump. >> we have to keep working. the endorsements don't vote. people vote. >> and hillary clinton getting some good news in arizona, a red state she is hoping to turn blue this year. a new poll there shows her neck and neck with trump with nearly a quarter of voters in the state undecided. a cnn poll last month showed trump ahead five points. a new cnn orc poll finds immigration now rivals the economy as a top concern with
voters evenly split between clinton and trump between who is best able to handle the issue. there is little support for some of trump's proposals with 58% saying they oppose his plan to build a wall on the southern voter, and two in three saying they're against mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. and clinton's daughter, chelsea, also hitting the campaign trail today for the first time since the bit of her second child. >> even if i weren't a mom, this is the most important presidential election of my lifetime. everything that i care most about i worry is at risk. >> just a little while ago, the clinton campaign issued a statement blasting the childish insults of donald trump's speech today comparing him to a schoolyard bully saying he only has one way to responding to legitimate criticism of his
vulnerabilities with "i know you are but what am i." >> thank you, joe johns reporting. more breaking news coming into the situation room. there has been a new close encounter between a russian jet and a military plane. stand by for details. >> and apple's latest iphone doesn't have a headphone jack. all computers on sale like this dell laptop. office depot officemax. gear up for school. gear up for great. mornin'. hey, do you know when the game starts? 11 hours. oh. well, i'm heading back to my room. (announcer) want to wake up at super bowl 51? super bowl! (announcer) enter courtyard's super bowl sleepover contest at courtyard.com for your chance to win.
calling an unsafe, close range intercept. what are you learning? >> just how dangerous was it earlier today over the black sea. a u.s. navy patrol aircraft flying in international air space was approached by a russian fighter. the russian plane came within ten feet of the u.s. navy plane according to the u.s. crew. very dangerous maneuver by the russians. this is not the first time. we have video of russian planes going over u.s. navy ships. there's been a lot of very aggressive maneuvers by the russians. this encounter lasted close to 20 minutes. the u.s. navy very concerned about all of this. the big question remains, why are the russians doing this? is this something vladmir putin is ordering or are these russian pilots out there hot dogging? >> the iranians have been doing similar stuff as well.
thank you very much. a very different story we're following tonight. your apple iphone is out of date. the company unveiled the new iphone 7 today which includes a big gamble, tno built in jack t connect headphones. >> you need to use an adapter with some traditional earphones to plug in or you'll have to shell out 159 bucks for new wireless earphones called air pods. apple is counting on us to embrace the new technology. it's getting some major push back. >> reporter: the unveiling many couldn't wait for and some dreaded. tonight, after its trade mark slick stage production at a packed theater, apple is out with its new iphone. >> it's the best iphone that we have ever created.
this is iphone 7. it has a gorgeous new design. >> reporter: the new iphone 7 is water resistant, has a fancier two lens camera. it's sleeker. the biggest change, no more headphone jack. >> this plug right here that we're used to, plugging in listening to music will no longer exist on the iphone 7. >> what is the upside? >> for anyone that has gone on a run and had the cord get tangled and had to unknot it, that will no longer be an issue. >> reporter: headphones will only plug into the lightning port, the port used for charging. the biggest innovation. for another $159, there will be wireless ear buds called air pods. >> the air pods deliver truly an apple magical experience.
when you try it, you'll be blown away. >> reporter: they need charging. you can't use them with nonapple phones and you wouldn't want to lose them during work outs. >> it comes down to one word. courage. the courage to move on. >> reporter: after today's unveiling, some serious push back on social media for those not ready to give up headphones. >> there's the cliche that change is hard. it goes beyond that. the cord on the headphones serves a functional purpose. whether you're reaching for them in your bag. >> reporter: analysts say apple needs to push wireless headphones and the apple watch in order to recoup after recent setbacks. over the past year, sales of iphones dropped for the first time since the device was introduced in 2007. >> they've declined because of competition from smartphone makers like samsung and data
shows that people are upgrading phones less often. >> with apple stock in desperate need of a resurgence, the pressure is onto produce another revolutionary product or make impressive upgrades of existing ones so they can keep making moneys. apple fans say they have a proven record of pushing us past entrenched technology, getting rid of floppy disks and cd dr drives. coming up, donald trump is about to speak to a group of conservatives just hours after his closely watches security speech. what is his secret plan to fight isis? lindsey graham of south carolina is standing by. he'll take our questions. this is how you apply the first paint that kills bacteria.
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happening now. general confusion. donald trump says he will give military leaders a month to draft a new strategy against isis after claiming he already had a secret plan. i'm ask lindsey graham for his take on trump's battle plan. taxing questions. trump insists voters don't care about his taxers and he keeps refusing to make his i.r.s. forms public. this hour, a closer look at what we know and don't know about trump's taxes and why he keeps them under wraps. seeing red. hillary clinton wins a key endorsement in one traditionally republican state and makes new gains in another. we'll have more on clinton'