tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN November 16, 2016 1:00am-2:01am PST
♪ confusion inside trump's transition team. the president-elect, he denies there's any trouble. but one man who just got bounced is talking to cnn. the man in the middle, trump's son-in-law jared kushner, he's rubbing some team members the wrong way. and then this, as the president-elect ditches the press. an aide says he's in for the night. that turns out to be flat-out false. we'll explain why that should matter to you in a little bit. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman.
>> i'm christine romans, wednesday, november 16th. it's 4:00 a.m. the pushback team, and donald trump son-in-law jared kushner is reported as infighting. sources tell cnn there is a battle between establishment republicans and not traditional conservatives. a high ranking conservative reports they are overblown. some lobbyists have been fired but that there is no purge under way. trump himself tweeted last night. very organized process taking place. he added i am the only one who knows who the finalists are. one transition official who was asked, former congressman and cnn commentator, mike rogers, let go after months of advising on security, cnn's joe jones has the latest on that.
>> reporter: mike rogers, the intelligence foreman he is out, he was shot as on the short list for cia director. he's gone, of course, he was hired by chris christie, who, as well, was demoted. the question is why? what's going on with the transition. the story they certainly want to put out is this is all about a blending of the campaign staff that traveled around 9 country with donald trump and the transition staff that was put in place to figure out what was going to happen. in the event he won. but there is also a question, as to whether all of this is part of a purge in the continuing fight, the back-fighting, between the establishment figures who work with donald trump and the nontraditional figures, the insiders and the outsiders. of course, they say no, it is not a purge. >> all right. so mike rogers says there is some confusion about the chain
of command at trump tower with vice prpt mike spence now the chair of the team. mike rogers he's the former intelligence committee in his presence was seen as reassuring some establishment republicans. mike rogers, by the way, has done work with cnn. told cnn's anderson cooper that it was, quote, absolutely the campaign prerogative to let him go. >> they wanted to go in a different direction. it was easy for me to hand it off to mike pence in his capable hands coming in. i think that was kind of a combination. i think there is some confusion going on about a chain of command coming out of new york. hopefully, they'll get that settled soon. i think they need to do it because as the clock ticks all of these decisions become more important. you have to make them sooner with a little more authority and forward thinking to make sure they don't bump into anything in the future. i think they're going to get there.
i'm an optimist about that. the president-elect violated protocol last night after an aide told reporters trump was in for the night. he showed up at a new york city restaurant without notifying a team of reporters on standby. it's a long time history of reporters to travel with the president-elect. efforts are under way to set up a pool. zbhifg, the second time, he's had to back off and say, hold on, we're going to get the protocol under way it's just not there yet. >> well, look, there's no evidence that the trump team has this under control or, frankly, cares about it. they did it when they went to washington, and they did it last night. and this does matter. look, you need to be near the president-elect and the president, "a," in case something happens, "b" in case there's a major world event. what happens if there's a major world event and you need a reaction from the president or
president-elect. >> this is what happens when you're elected as president, you live in a bubble accompanied by reporters. >> and it's not there to harass the person. it's there to be representatives of the american people. again, to be close to the leader of this country in case something happens. on top of that there is new word this morning about the effort to at least get some members of president-elect trump's family security clearance. there is word that jared kushner could end up getting that clearance. it's likely but has not happened yet. >> the front-runner for secretary of state poses conflicts of interest. his former law firm and another company giuliani security has done work in the middle east. >> if you want to walk down
memory lane, google debates that ram paul rand paul's father. one name off the list, ben carson says he does not want to be the next to run health and human services agency. carson will continue to advise from outside the white house. the trump transition did not response for comment. guess who stopped by manhattan for a very private meeting with the president-elect, ted cruz. trump and the texas senator were fierce rivals. it's not clear who initiated this visit or what was discussed. a cruz spokeswoman said the senator, quote, looks forward to assisting the trump administration. cruz might have a role in trump's white house. >> and the conservative twitter
sphere buzz. and new backlash with steve bannon as trump's chief white house strategist outgoing harry reid. with a scathing comment. with the he called on trump to rescind the white house job offer. senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny has the latest. >> john and christine, as president obama and hillary clinton say people should wait and take a wait and see attitude towards donald trump. there is one democrat not doing such thing. that is harry reid who took to the floor of the senate and made a blistering statement against donald trump last night. he talked about the fact he did not win the paul lar vote and he called on him to reject the hiring of steve bannon. he also gave him this
admonition. >> responsibility of trump's aggressive behavior is becoming normalized in the eyes of america. especially millions of young people who are watching and wondering. >> how, senator reid will never have to work with president trump. he'll be leaving the capitol as a long service there as president trump becomes the 45th president of the united states. that is why he's reaching out and talking so aggressively. it's music to many democrats' ears. so many democrats are stunned that president obama and hillary clinton should keep an open mind about donald trump. they like what harry reid is doing. and many of them agency the democratic party rebuilds plan to do the same thing. three luxury high-rise apartment buildings in manhattan getting rid of the trump name. the three structures that feature trump place, from $2600 a month to $12,000 for a
penthouse. they drop the trump name and the owner agreed. they're simple live known by their addresses as 140, 160, and 180. donald trump has a directorship or names. i think this was just a licensing agreement. president-elect donald trump will start reaching the trade policy. it lays out five trade goals. first, renegotiate or withdrawing from nafta. and then stopping the transpacific partnership deal. third, banning unfair imports and then ending unfair trade practices. and finally, pursuing bilateral trade deals. another big focus in the memo,
retain and return the jobs. it says things will change. these are points for discussion only. and reporting on nafta what it would take to kill it right now on cnn money. redrawing the trade map is part and parcel to what donald trump wants to do. ibm sent a letter to donald trump saying let's make new collar jobs. let's not think about bringing the old jobs back. let's put people together. house democrats they were supposed to hold her leadership election this week but that vote has been delayed. so, does this signal trouble for nancy pelosi? closer look coming up.
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representatives leaving no doubt who they want as their lead. paul ryan received unanimous support. paul ryan said he cannot work to get to work with the president-elect. the speaker says the nation is in the dawn of a new republican government. let's get the latest from cnn's man knew raji. >> republicans choosing paul ryan to be the new house speaker in overwhelming fashion. with voice vote. a sign that paul ryan is in a much, much secure position, in large part because of donald trump, a man he did not actually want to be the republican nominee suddenly has helped paul ryan become speaker once again. now, it's not final yet, i should add. there's going to be a vote on the house floor to formalize paul ryan's selection to be reelected as speaker. but essentially, he will be. yesterday's vote significant in the fact that republicans are
putting up their nominee to be speaker. they have chosen paul ryan who is aligning himself very closely with donald trump. this is such a significant shift from just a month ago when it looked like conservatives were looking for a scalp, and that scalp being paul ryan. because of the way he had dealt with donald trump. he did not support, did not say he would defend the campaign with donald trump but in recent week, paul ryan has aligned himself with trump as someone that they could work together and embracing the trump agenda. so the party really trying to showcase unity, heading into the opening day of a trump administration which is one reason why even people who don't like paul ryan, in the conservative side, they're not willing to put up a challenge for the speaker because they know overwhelmingly they would lose. and the party wants to show some
unity heading into the opening days of the trump administration. >> house democrats meanwhile have decided to delay their leadership elections until after thanksgiving. it's a sign longtime leader nancy pelosi, she could be in trouble. no normal challenger to pelosi has emerged so far. one supporter said they just need time to recalibrate and decide how to move forward. >> sources say that dave berman who ran the claire. urban is awe long time lobbyist. he said to have the trust of trump and his children and senior staff. win in pennsylvania by trump was more impressive by urban to pull that off. barbara boxer, a strong supporter of hillary clinton has introduced a bill that would
abolish the electoral college. clinton had 950,000 more votes than the president-elect. a final vote count is still pending. and in california, for example, they still have to be counted. there are those that think that spread will widen for her. >> it could get up to as high as 2 million vote it's. >> hillary clinton is about to make her first public appearance since the presidential election. she will be honored tonight by the children's defense group in washington. the group from the secretary of state a tireless voice for children. clinton is expected to give remarks at the end of the event. >> all right. president obama is trying to calm global anxieties about a global trump white house. he is indeed speaking out about the rhetoric. a live report is next. medicare e plan whenever you want. no enrollment window.
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no matter how far he travels president obama cannot escape the long shadow being cast by donald trump. president obama was at the acropolis and letting them know he's troubled by a troubling strain in the white house. he's really on a soothing jangled nerves tour for america's friends and allies but at the same time, trying to explain the rise of donald trump, really remarkable, some of his rhetoric. >> reporter: yeah, i mean, it
wasn't based on what he probably wanted to say at the moment. but the questions that he got, and the questions that he knew he was going to get. the first time we heard from president obama after the election, he came out into the briefing room with his upbeat tone. and, you know, somewhat optimistically and hopefully talked about how america really needs to move forward. and give donald trump space. let him make his decisions. but yesterday, here in athens, at this press conference where he's getting these tough questions from american reporters, and even from at least one of the greek reporters, that really what he thought happened, did he see this coming. did he know that there was so much anger and frustration in america. it was a time for him to get a little more inprospetrospective what he thought. now, if he wasn't going to talk about the democratic candidate and what might have gone wrong
there, he was go to talk about the other side about what he saw as troubling as he described the rhetoric. listen to part of what he said. >> you've seen some of the rhetoric among republican elected officials and activists and media. some of it pretty troubling and not necessarily connected to facts. but being used effectively to mobilize people. and, obviously, president-elect trump tapped into that particular strain, within the republican party. and then was able to broaden that enough and get enough votes to win the election. >> reporter: now, this was not him being particularly optimistic. i mean, he was kind of talking about the dark side of the
populist movements on both the right and the left. and talking about letting that sentiment that led the election we had dividing america and calls that dangerous. john and christine. >> thank you for that. >> the trump campaign it denies reports of turmoil in the transition team. donald trump even taking to twitter overnight to say everything is going just fine. but there are reports of fierce infighting with his son-in-law right in the middle of it. don't go anywhere.
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protocol, heading out to dinner without reporters. >> people hate how we talk about this and stick up for the press but it matters. we'll talk about why. >> i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. %-pt least with the transition team. the members of the transition team who are left, that is. there are reports of turmoil within the transition and reports that dump dump's son-in-law jared kushner is right in the middle of infighting. sources tell cnn while there is a battle between establishment republicans and nontraditional conservatives that reports of infighting are overblown. and sources tell cnn that some lobbyists were fired. but there's no purge under way. trump himself tweeted overnight, very organized process taking place as i decide on cabinet and many other positions. i am the only one who knows who
the finalists are. one who was let know, former cnn commentator mike rogers was dropped after months of advising or national security. cnn's joe johns has the latest. >> reporter: mike rogers, the former house intelligence committee chairman is now out, he was seen as reassuring republicans especially on national security and was on the short list for cia director. he's gone. of course, he was hired by chris christie who as well was demoted. the question is why, what's going on with the transition. the story they certainly want to put out this is all about blending of the campaign staff that traveled around the country with donald trump. and the transition staff that was put in place to figure out what was going to happen in the event he won. but there is also a question as to whether all of this is part of a purge. in the continuing fight, the backfighting between the
establishment figures who work with donald trump and the nontraditional figures, the insiders and the outsiders. of course, they say, no, it is not a purge. >> no, it is not a purge. all right. mike rogers says there is some confusion about the chain of command at trump tower in new york where vice president-elect mike presence is now in charge of the transition team. pence's presence was seen as reassuring to republicans but rogers told cnn's anderson cooper that it was, quote, absolutely the campaign's prerogative to let him go. >> they wanted to go in a different direction. it was easy for me to hand it off to mike pence in his capable hands coming in. i think that was kind of a combination. i think there is some confusion going on about a chain of command coming out of new york. hopefully, they'll get that settled pretty soon. i think they're going to need to do it because as the clock ticks, all of these decisions become more important, they have
to make them sooner with a little more authority and a little more forward thinking to make sure they don't bump into anything in the future. i think they're going to get there, i'm an optimist about that. >> there are new signs that the president-elect may not have high regard for the press and the report role that journalists play in tracking his movements. an aide told reporters that the president-elect was in for the night but that turned out to be false. he turned up at a steakhouse two hours after they said he was not going out. and it was longstanding procedure for the president-elect to travel with a pool of reporters just like the president does. a trump spokesperson says she was not aware of the restaurant plan. she says efforts are underway to set up this pool. it is the job of the transition team to be aware of the plans. this is not prying. we don't want to sit and order
appetizers with the trump family. all the press want to know is the movement of the president-elect and the president to be there in case something happens to the president-elect, him or herself, to be there in case something happens in the country that requires the response of said person. >> and it is -- it's the american people, it's having the american people have a place in really what is one of the most important jobs in the world. >> this isn't about the campaign anymore. this is not campaign stuff. this is not quibbling here this and that. this is serving for the people. >> jared kushner could end up with top security clearance. ku kouchner is expected to play a key role. clearance is likely but has not happened yet. rudy giuliani the former mayor of new york city seen by many including himself as a leading possibility as secretary
of state. he's facing questions about legal work and consulting work and high spade speeches he did over the last 15 years. critics say they propose serious conflicts of interest. if it were for governments across america and the middle east. senator rand paul, republican from kentucky that sits on the committee for american relations process said the ties are worrisome. i would ask you to google ram paul. i'm not saying this is family history here, but is this family history here. dr. ben carson has turned down the thought to be in charge of health and human services agency. it was ironic, he turned down
saying he doesn't have experience to run one department of the federal government. but he was running for president. >> he did not want the job. guess who stopped by trump tower in manhattan, ted cruz. remember, ted cruz and donald trump did not get along. it's not sure who initiatesed this meeting or what was discussed. it's fuelling speculation, is there a job for ted cruz in the trump administration? there is an open seat on the supreme court. could ted cruz be a contender for that. >> primary battles are always so intense, i like that you can bury the hatchet in someone's back and then bury the hatchet for real later. >> that wasn't even in the back. that was in the forehead. new backlash to donald trump's support of steve bannon
as chief white house adviser. harry reid led a scathing assault on bannon's selection. reid added that bannon's former job as chairman of breitbart news. >> reporter: john and christine as president obama and hillary clinton say that people should take a wait and see attitude towards donald trump there's one democrat doing no such thing. that is harry reid, the outgoing democratic leader who took to the floor the senate and made a blistering statement against donald trump again last night. he talked about the fact he did not win the popular vote and he called on him to reject the hiring of steve bannon. >> have a responsibility to trump's responsibility as aggressive behavior becoming normalized in america. especially to the young people
watching and wondering. >> senator reid will never have to work with president trump. he'll be leaving the capitol after long service there just as trump becomes the 45th president of the united states. that is why he's reaching out and talking so aggressively. it's music to many democrats' ears. so many democrats that i've talked to on capitol hill are stunned that president obama and hillary clinton say people should keep an open mind with donald trump. >> jeff zeleny, thanks so much. three luxury high-rise buildings in manhattan getting rid of trump name. the three that make up trump place feature three upscale apartmentses from $2600 a month to $12,000, the christine romans penthouse. >> oh, right. >> they will drop the name. the owner agreed. they're simply known by their address, 140, 160, 180.
>> he licensed his name, his brand. trump is seen in new york as the gold standard. a lot of people in new york, too, they're starting to fear traffic in a trump presidency. where the trump tower is, there are barricades and police. and protesters and gawkers, and celebrity seekers. all right. donald trump promised tax cuts for millions of americans but the cuts may not be as big as he originally proposed. why? well, experts say it's just too expensive potentially costing as much as $6 trillion over a decade. his initial plan was estimated at $10 trillion. he has been scaling back. these match what house republican had proposed last year. these are the brackets. 12%. 25%, 33%. and trump says millions of americans won't pay any tax at
all. and both sides agree that the corporate tax rate should be lowered. that change in trump's history as a deal maker shows he's ready to pivot on deals if needed. experts say even as the trump administration come to an agreement, the changes may not go in effect until next fall. i'm telling you, folks in the markets are expecting, tax cuts are coming, maybe corporate tax. maybe to repatriate some of that money overseas. they're expecting movie on this. >> i'm old enough to remember the deficit. >> i still care about the deficit. in a couple hours, president obama speaks live in greece. donald trump sort of the elephant in the acropolis. "why are you checking your credit score?"
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president obama cannot shake that long shadow proud produced by donald trump. he's concerned about a troubling strain of rhetoric that launched trump into the white house. we're going live to athens bringing in senior international correspondent nic robertson. nic, this is part of a president's tenure, with the new guy coming in, but this is the president of the united states, trying to assure allies around the world. >> reporter: sure. and i don't know what better place for an outgoing u.s. president to come than to give that message to international friends and allies than in the cradle of democracy that he alluded to yesterday. athens, the acropolis, where he's now, symbolizes all of that. for president, it would have been a chance to speak to those
alt lie allies to assure them of continuity, what he's achieved for eight years what the greeks have achieved through democracy that they passed on to the west a millenia ago. but, no, it has been dogged by the election of president-elect donald trump. the questions that follow president obama around with that, not just those coming from the press yesterday where he spoke about his frustrations, about his sense that he understands people's fear and anger over globalization, but not the way republicans are dealing with it. and undoubtedly to face similar sorts of questions from european leaders of this tour that are going to wonder, ask him the same thing, and get his assessment of donald trump. the speech today in the acropolis perhaps not giving the
people of the audience any hope. >> nic robertson live in athens. thank you, nic. the republican house of representatives leaving no doubt who they want as their leader. paul ryan received unanimous support as house speaker. ryan who kept at arm's length from donald trump through much of the campaign now says he cannot wait to get to work saying the administration is in the dawn of a new government. >> reporter: house republicans choosing paul ryan to get to be the new house speaker in overwhelming fashion. actually voting by voice vote, with no dissension publicly voiced within the room. paul ryan is in good position in large part because of donald trump the man he did not want to be the republican nominee suddenly has helped paul ryan become speaker once again. now, it's not final, i should add, there's going to be a vote
on the house floor to formalize paul ryan's selection as speaker, but essentially he will be. yesterday, the vote significant in the fact that republicans have put up to be their nominee. paul ryan is aligning very closely with donald trump. this is such a significant shift from just a month ago when it looked like conservatives were looking for a scalp, and that scalp being paul ryan because in part the way he had dealt with donald trump. he did not support or campaign with donald trump. he criticized donald trump in key moments of the campaign season. but in recent weeks, paul ryan had aligned with donald trump and said they could work together and enthusiastically embracing the trump agenda. so the party really trying to showcase unity heading into the first and opening days of a trump administration. which is one reason why, even people who don't like paul ryan in the conservative side, the
house and caucus, they're not willing to put up a challenge to the speaker because they know overwhelmingly they would lose. and the party wants to show some unity heading into the opening days of the trump administration. john and christine. >> a much different story for democrats. they delayed their house leadership elections a sign that longtime leader nancy pelosi could be in trouble. no formal challenger has announced his or her candidacy, but one supporter said they need him. they want to recalibrate and decide how to move forward. the dow jones industrial average, trumponomics, it's reaping a major milestone thanks in part to that recent trump rally. we're going to show you an incredible chart. >> an incredible chart? >> an incredible chart. look at my chart.
commanders concede could take months to drive isil out. as they move closer to the city center with thousands of civilians being said to be held as human shields. this as intelligence services with the latest on the leader al baghdadi. phil is south of mosul this morning. good morning, phil. >> good morning, john, these latest reports about abu al baghdadi's location come after militia groups have been incorporated into the paramilitary. they're responsible in the ongoing military operation to drive isis from territory west of mosul. and now, they say that is where they believe baghdadi is. they won't say how they know this but increasingly other
departments, ministries within the iraqi government they won't back this up. the iraqi intel intelligence tells us they that believe baghdadi was there at the start of the administration and headed west. that's pretty open. if you keep heading west, syria and, of course, the territory that isis still controls beyond that so the whereabouts of baghdadi is still very much an open question. u.s. officials have been operating for some time on the notion that he moves around a lot, exercising extraordinary authority. assuring that no one knows where he is that he's not vulnerable to any air strike or military operation. u.s. officials have said if they did know where he is they wouldn't tell anyone that they would move to get him. >> all right, phil black, an elusive target but an important one, thanks very much. let's get a check on cnn money stream. dow futures slightly lower. a caution sign flashing after
what's been a string of record highs. stock markets in europe are mixed in the first hour of trading there. shares in asia you closed. they're closed mostly higher. if the dow can turn things around a gauge of 77 lower points it will cross the mark for the first time in 120-year history. this is a psychological perspective. it took the dow to go from 14 years from 2000 to 10,000. and then it rashed during the recession in 2009. since that crash, the dow has roared back up 12,000 points or 189%, in less than eight years. this most recent knocking on the door here at 19,000, it is being credited with the new administration coming in. they're expecting tax cuts, infrastructure spending, corporate tax cuts. if there are reform done it could be seen pro-growth in the near term but deficit in the long term. unicorn to go public,
snapchat, the company filing paperwork thanks to a law signed in 2012 that lets businesses with less than $1 billion in revenue file private documents with the s.e.c. sources say it's worth $25 billion. the company recently launched its first hardware product called spectacles which are sunglasses with a built-in wireless video camera. snapchat turned down a $3 billion offer from facebook back in 2013. this being worth potentially $25 billion shows that's a right call. >> $25 billion is more than 3 billion? you can confirm that. >> i can confirm that. check out the new cnn money stream app. business news, personalized, stories, videos, topics, all in one cool feed. download it now on the app store. >> you can remember who your friends are. "early start" continues
right now. confusion inside trump's transition team. the president-elect denying any trouble. the man who just got bounce said talking to cnn. >> the man in the middle is donald trump's son-in-law, jared kushner, he's said to be rubbing some team members the wrong way. >> this as the president-elect ditches reporters again. fleiss to see you. i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it's wednesday, november 16th, it's 5:00 a.m. in the morning. all is new in trumpville. at least according to the president-elect and his transition team. there are reports of turmoil within the presidential transition and reports that donald trump's son-in-law jared kushner is right in the middle of that infighting. sources close to the transition tell cnn there's a battle between establishment republicans and nontraditional
conservatives. but a high-ranking trump argues that the reports of infighting of 84 blofr and tells cnn that some lobbyists were fired. and there was no purge under way. that this happens during a transition. donald trump himself tweeted overnight saying very organized process taking place as i decide on cabinet and many other positions. he added, i am the only one who knows who the finalists are. one transition official who was let go is former congressman and cnn commentator mike rogers. he was dropped after months advising the transition on international computer issues. cnn's joe johns now has the latest. >> mike rogers, a former house intelligence committee chairman is now out. he was seen as reassuring figure to many republicans, especially on issues of national security, and was thought on the short list for cia director. he's gone, of course. he was hired by chris christie, who, as well, was demoted. so, the question is why?