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>> we have a very successful record here in new york city in protecting venues and people. so we're very comfortable with our plan. >> deb, thank you so much for that. top of the hour. you are live in the cnn newsroom. i'm poppy harlow in new york. donald trump meeting behind closed doors with the people who could fill his cabinet and other top level positions at the white house. one man he met with is retired general who could possibly be a top candidate for defense secretary. much more on that meeting in a moment. first, though, the meeting trump had earlier today that raised a lot of eyebrows. he shook hands and met face to face with mitt romney for an hour and 20 minutes. romney, of course, the leading republican who launched a blistering attack on trump throughout the campaign. to say the two have had a rocky relationship is putting it mildly. here is a little bit of the barbs that they traded during the campaign.
>> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. >> mitt was a disaster as a candidate. >> he's playing the members of the american public for suckers. >> romney let us all down. it was a very poor campaigner. >> he gets a free ride to the white house and all we get is a lousy hat. >> romney choked like a dog. he choked. >> his promises are as worthless as a degree from trump university. >> i have a lot of trends, no, i have a lot of trends. by the way, mitt romney is not one of them. >> what remains to be seen is whether the two can actually get past all of that and actually come together. our phil mattingly is live for us in new jersey. it's not just the personal barbs, they are on opposite pages when it comes to big policy issues, namely russia, free trade, et cetera. what do we know about what came of the meeting? >> reporter: on both economic and foreign policy, they don't seem to be in line at all. that's what makes the idea of mitt romney serving in a
president-elect trump's administration raise some eyebrows and seen some head scratching. but this meeting today was one that as you played the sound, we never expected to happen and yet it did nip. officials making very clear they are considering mitt romney for a possible position inside the administration. now, the question has been, what would that position potentially be? we know mitt romney has been interested in the past in potentially serving as secretary of state. we know donald trump needs a secretary of state. when mitt romney emerged from the meeting, poppy, this is what he had to say. >> we had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the united states of real significance. we discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics. very thorough and in depth discussion in the time we had. and appreciate the chance to
speak with the president-elect and look forward to the coming administration and the things that he will be doing. thank you. >> reporter: poppy, the key point being they only focused on foreign policy during that hour and 20 minute meeting, not talks about domestic or economic affairs. but the big question i think we don't have an answer to right now is, as you pointed out, they are very divergent. as i said, we doe know mitt romney is under consideration for a potential position. we'll have to wait and see if that comes to be. >> that would be fascinating if that does come to fruition. phil, i know you have some breaking news on another really key meeting that the president-elect had today, potentially with someone that could serve as defense secretary? >> i think we've all been paying attention to the mitt romney meeting, but there are a number
of meetings that would be with potential cabinet picks. one that i'm told to keep a close eye on, donald trump had a meeting with retired marine general james mattis. he served 44 years in the marines, was known for his service in iraq, in afghanistan, as the commander of central command based in tampa, florida. pretty much done everything you can do on the military side of things. what i'm told from a source is to keep a close eye on general james mattis. there's a reason this meeting was as as long it was. he is somebody that is very intrigues to president-elect trump. he's somebody that president-elect trump is very interested in having in his administration. that may very well be a cabinet position, likely secretary of defense. one minor issue to keep in mind here, he would need a waiver to serve as secretary of defense, because he hasn't been retired from the military long enough. but they don't feel like that's a big problem. he has a lot of allies on
capitol hill to give him that waiver. just one thing to keep in mind, as we focus on that very interesting meeting, keep an eye on james mattis. >> joining me now is lonny chen, former public policy adviser and director with mitt romney. and gary locke, former secretary of commerce, and governor of washington. thank you for being with me. >> my pleasure, poppy. >> lonny, you know mitt romney inside and out. you know the mind of the man. take us into the mind of the man. i think he can get past the personal barbs, because that's politics. can he get on the same policy page as donald trump? >> remember, poppy, the biggest thing that we've got to know about mitt romney is he's a patriot and always has been. it was a tough campaign, no one can dispute that fact. but immediately after the election, he issued congratulations to mr. trump.
they spoke by phone. it's his desire now to help mr. trump govern as he becomes president-elect and to do it effectively. on the policy side of things, obviously there are some differences, certainly in tone, perhaps in substance with respect to russia. but fundamentally, i think things people need to realize is that governor romney's foreign policy perspective is based on the idea of placing american interests first. that is something that he believes is in contrast to the last eight years and something that is roughly consistent one would say with mr. trump. >> it's a very good point. you just wonder if they can get on the same page, particularly when it comes to this situation in syria and russia's role with that. ambassador, you were part of president obama's cabinet as secretary of commerce. walk me through the selection process, and how it compares to what we've seen just in the past ten odd days or so with donald trump and his transition team. >> i think one thing to keep in mind is that there will be a lot
of names under consideration by president-elect trump and his team, and there are a lot of moving pieces, a lot of different interest groups that you have to contend with. you want geographical and gender balance and you want to make sure you have a mix of different viewpoints within the prospect of the cabinet. but in the end, you've got to have people that very much agree with the objectives of the president-elect, who will serve him faithfully. and who get along with each other and have that camaraderie. because that's what is really critical for an effective cabinet. you cannot have people that do not like each other and do not get along with each other and are not willing to work with each other or who might have their own personal agendas. >> you served under president obama, he nominated self-republicans as secretary of commerce, you served alongside ray lahood, michael donally to name a few. talk about the difficulties of that, but also the benefits of
having that diversity of ideology. >> well, this is a president who is going to serve the entire country and you want the president to succeed. if the president succeeds, america succeeds. so you need people of different political views, different backgrounds to really bring fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking to the white house, and to the president himself. or had hillary clinton been elected to herself. you want that diversity of viewpoint and experiences. and because we have political parties in washington, d.c., you've got to really try to be bipartisan, as well. >> so here's the thing, the optics. so we know three big names, lonny chen. we know senator jeff sessions, we know representative pompeo for head of cia, and general flynn for national security adviser. those are three men, three white men. the other two names getting talked about are mitt romney and general mattis, two more white men. is there a problem with that?
>> look, i think at the end of the day, what the president-elect wants to do is he wants to pick the best people for these jobs. obviously, if he can have a cabinet or a senior team that's reflective of america more broadly, that's great. but really what they're focused on -- >> it's not imperative? >> they're focused on picking the best people for the job. maybe there's a difference in philosophy between the parties here, but fundamentally, what this president-elect and his team ought to be focused on is selecting people who can do the job well and faithfully, and serve the people of the united states well, regardless of their personal back ground or political party. >> ambassador lock, what is your response? do you think diversity is nice to have or is it imperative? >> because we are a diverse america, there are highly qualified and cape able people of all different backgrounds throughout america and it's not hard to find people that fit the
profile and have the very best people in these positions. so they're not mutually exclusive. >> no, they're not mutually exclusive. it would be a nice thing to have, but the focus is how do you assemble an administration ready to govern on day one -- >> suspeisn't it more than that? numerous studies have been shown if you have diversity in the business, businesses perform better. if a government is not reflective of its people, can't there be consequences to that? >> look, we have this debate in the university setting, as well where i teach and am part of the university setting. obviously the question is, is diversity the highest value? some institutions will choose that, and it's based somewhat on institutional heritage. but also on the leadership of that institution. whereas in other situations, diversity may be an important
value but not the paramount value. so we have to see what is the goal of the administration that the president-elect is putting together. the goal of that administration in my mind, and i can't speak for them, but my goal if i were part of that effort would be to say we want to put together the best team possible. if it looks like america, that is a bonus, but the goal could be putting together a group that can govern effectively. >> i've got to get a break in here, but stay with me. we're going to talk about china, one of president-elect donald trump's favorite targets during the campaign. listen. >> china, which has been ripping us off, the greatest abuser in the history of this country. china has been ripping us, and i have many friends in china. they agree with me 100%. they can't imagine, may can't even believe that they can get away with what's happening. >> so what happens then to the u.s.-china relationship when donald trump is the president? will he keep the pressure on as
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several world leaders are voicing their concerns about the promises made by trump during the election. our andrew stevens joinings me live from hong kong, former u.s. secretary of commerce and ambassador to china under president obama gary locke is with us. and cnn political commentator lonny chen. thank you very much for being here. let's talk about the big picture when it comes to especially u.s. and china relations going forward, that bilateral meeting between president xi of china and president obama. president obama has said we have more to fear from a weakened china than a rising, successful china. th is donald trump's view of china in line with that? >> one would believe that donald trump would engage china much more aggressively when it comes to trade. that's not necessarily a good thing in terms of the way it's
been phrased. but we have to see kind of if that approach during the campaign translates over to an approach in government. >> he said he would slap a 45% tariff on goods imported from china. >> so it's one thing to say we want to approach them and seek a more constructive relationship when it comes to trade. the other thing, opposition to tpp only strengthens china, and i think that will be a challenge for us. >> this is important, and andrew stevens, weigh in on this, this trade deal that's really dead in the water with president-elect trump, is actually something that has kept china's power in check. they weren't part of it, they kept their power in terms of the world economy in check. so they didn't like it, and trump doesn't like it. and now it's not going to happen. so that is an interesting position where donald trump and president xi would be on the same page, andrew. >> absolutely. it's no coincidence, poppy, that president xi has gone to apec with hundreds of businessmen and touting his vision of trade,
which is a regional come comprehensive partnership. many people say tpp was designed to keep china in check. as obama would say, it allowed the u.s. to write the trade rules of the 21st century. without that, the fear is that it will be china writing those rules, which means that environmental and labor standards could suffer. and president xi is pushing very hard to get his vision, which is this regional comprehensive economic partnership into operations. so that's why he's down there in peru, pushing that hard. >> ambassador lock, with the perspective that you have serving as ambassador to china under president obama, what are the chances that a trade war breaks out if donald trump tries to slap this 45% tariff on goods
imported from china. he's called the world trade organization the worst trade deal in history and labeled china a currency manipulator. if he acts on all these things as president, what happens? >> we have to be concerned if he follows through with his promise to impose a 45% tariff, which is basically a 45% tax on all goods coming from china. raising the goods that you buy at the department store, clothes, equipment, et cetera, et cetera, raising those prices 45% will see a similar response by the chinese. they'll go ahead and slap a 45% tariff on all goods coming from america. and that's going to -- those chinese consumers continue have to buy boeing airplanes. they don't have to buy mri machines from the united states. they don't have to buy all the corn and the wheat and the
soybeans that we grow and export to china. here's an interesting statistic. china is america's number one export destination for all that we grow on our farms or process off of our farms. so china doesn't have to buy soybeans from america, and they can buy from latin america. so millions of jobs would be at stake in america if we enter into a trade war. and nobody wins in a trade war, neither chinese people, workers, employees, companies, or american companies and their employees. >> andrew stevens, to you. the mindset of president xi, a lot of people expected something different than we've seen thus far. the cover story of "the atlantic" is about china and talks about a regressing china and it talks about a political crackdown that is much different than many expected with president xi. how do you expect donald trump to work with president xi, given his mindset?
>> well, you talk to a lot of people in china, it's a lose-lose if there is tariffs slapped on by a trump administration on chinese exports. and china would, indeed, likely retaliate, because we have seen it before. in the early days, the obama administration, when tariffs were slapped on chinese tires, china responded with tariffs on american chicken meat. so there's a feeling that donald trump is a businessman first and will understand that president trump has to be different than campaigning trump. working with president xi that they're both strong men, there has been a crackdown in china, president xi is the most powerful chinese leader since going back centuries. so xi is also very focused on -- there's a lot of internal issues and people forget that the
internal -- the economic transition, there's growth now, the slowest in 25 years, there is this continued anti-corruption crackdown. so there's a lot keeping the minds of china busy at home at the moment. they will deal with donald trump as it comes up. we don't know what his china team is going to look like. so it's very difficult for the chinese to be formulating a plan until they see what his team looks like, to get an idea of what direction they're going to go in. at the moment, the feeling is, poppy, that pragmatism will win out as far as donald trump is concerned when dealing with china. as the chinese say, there is too much at stake to really push hard the other direction. >> stay with me. much more of this ahead. you're live in the cnn newsroom. we'll be right back. (vo) what's your dog food's first ingredient?
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right now, president obama and president xi of china are meeting at the apec summit in lima, peru. we'll have remarks from both leaders shortly. this is the end of president obama's final overseas trip. you can bet a big topic of discussion is what the partnership between china and the united states will look like when donald trump is the president. back with me, former u.s. ambassador to china gary locke.
cnn political commentator lonny chen and cnn's andrew stevens who joins us in hong kong. what is, ambassador, the single most critical issue between the united states and china right now? >> well, obviously we have so many different facets of our relationship. trade is very, very important, because millions of jobs on both sides depend on two-way trade. as i said earlier, china is our number one export destination for all that we grow on and process from our farms, and we sell so many manufactured goods, from airplanes to diesel engines to mri machines, tractors and heavy equipment. and a lot of good-paying jobs in america depend on that trade. we also have issues in terms of cyber security. their theft of our intellectual property, and also tensions in the various oceans with japan in the north china sea and also with the philippines and other
countries in the south china sea. and some of the military base building that china is engaged in. of course, climate change. i'm sure the president wants china to continue to commit to aggressive actions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, especially in light of perhaps pulling back by the united states under president-elect trump. >> and lonny, to you, because you were the public policy director for mitt romney, you know him so well. he's being discussed potentially as a secretary of state pick. when you look at how china is flexing its muscles in the south chin asea and the east china sea, and the island building program there, how would a mitt romney delicately dance, you know, to figure that out while staying trade partners with china and addressing the other major relationships that the ambassador just laid out?
>> this is clearly one of america's most complex relationships that we have geopolitically. if you look back to governor romney's 2010 book "no apology," which really is an articulation of his world view, he talks about these competing systems of government. the american system of democracy competing with the russians, the chinese, and the jihadists to a certain degree, trying to contrast those different forms of government. so obviously he approaches this from a -- very much a lens that looks at china and says these are people, yes, we need to be engaged with them economically and there are interests at play. but also we have to realize that the systems of government, the way that we approach the world may be very different. and that should inform the basis of our relationship. i think the ambassador very well laid out the different challenges we face. i think the tensions in the south china sea are something that maybe we don't hear about as much here in the united states but are critical to the
military future of our country and the future of the region more generally. >> andrew teaches, president xi of china speaking after this meeting with president obama, called this a hinge moment. a hinge moment for china-u.s. relation. what do you make of that? >> yeah, i think it is very much a hinge moment. coming to the south china and east china sea, this is a very, very big issue. president obama's strategy about the pivot towards asia, about building up military forces in australia, engaging more closely with allies in this part of the world, and also the tpp was a critical part of that, which was the economic part. and america cementing its place economically through trade with the east china sea. this is a region which sees something like 40% of the world's trade travel through. and what we've seen in the last two or three weeks is the president of the philippines
really making quite a strong tilt towards china, and the malaysians are now going to china, as well. >> he said president obama can go to hell. his words "president obama can go to hell." >> and worse. the filipino president is taking the philippines much more into china's embrace, certainly it seems like it. and with the tpp dead, and for all intents and purposes, it is. but it does strengthen china. so economically what china wants is to control economically this region. and it's -- the task is being made easy by the tpp being scrapped. china moving into that vacuum, if you like. >> andrew stevens, thank you so much. lahnee chen, ambassador locke, i appreciate it. coming up, so far
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>> >> donald trump campaigned on a demand for government reform. his calls for draining the swamp in washington fired up his supporters, as president-elect trump makes nominations and appointments for key positions, some critics are calling foul saying they want to see more diversity. our victor blackwell reports how others are raising questions about some of the nominee's backgrounds. >> when it comes to washington, d.c., it is time to drain the damn swamp! [ applause ] >> reporter: it was a rally crowd favorite in the last days
of the campaign. president-elect donald trump's promise to get rid of washington insiders. but as he staffs his white house, many of the president-elect's picks are part of the so-called political establishment and so far, they're also all white men. and some of the choices are receiving major resistance. >> this is someone who ran a campaign on hatred and bigotry, who has -- since he has been elected, chosen some of the most dangerous people possible to staff his white house with. >> reporter: the most recent pick, alabama senator jeff sessions. if confirmed, he will serve as attorney general. in 1986, the enu.s. attorney's nomination to a federal judgeship was defeated over claims he made racially charged claims about blacks. >> i am not a racist, i am not insensitive blacks. i supported civil rights activity in my state. i have done any job with
integrity, equality, and fairness for all. >> reporter: the former prosecutor has opposed immigration reform as well as bipartisan proposals to cut mandatory minimum prison sentences. sessions has been accused of calling civil rights groups un-american and communist inspired. criticizing the voting rights act and its impact on southern states. he once said he was fine with the kkk until he found out they smoked pot. sessions later dismissed that remark as a joke. mike pompeo has been tapped to be the next cia director. he will need senate confirmation. elected to congress in 2010, he was a tea party favorite and one of the lead republicans investigating the 2012 benghazi attack. he was a sharp critic of hillary clinton's leadership as secretary of state. the third term congressman has been accused of being anti-muslim. during his run for congress in 2010, he personally apologized after his campaign tweeted a link to a blog that referred to
his indian american rival as a turban topper as president obama as an evil muslim communist usurper. for his top national security adviser, michael flynn is an outspoken critic of president obama and was forced out of the pentagon's top intelligence job in 2014 for his combative style. flynn has tweeted a series of statements calling fear of muslims "rational" and in august, he compared islam to cancer. >> islam is a political ideology. it is a political ideology. it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion. i don't see a lot of people screaming "jesus christ" with hatchets or rifles shooting up clubs or hatcheting, you know, literally axing families on a train. so it's like a cancer. and it's like a malignant cancer
in this case, a. >> reporter: then there's steve bannon. he spent seven years in the u.s. navy, an investment banker for goldman sachs and a hollywood investor. and he's made it his mission to take down the republican party establishment. what is we need to do is [ bleep ] slap the republican party and get those guys leaving, too. and if we have to, we'll take it over. >> reporter: he's the former chairman of breitbart news, which has a history of inflammatory headlines like "wave of fake hate crimes sweeps social media." another reads "bill crystal, renegade jew." and the chairman of the republican national chairman reince priebus will be the chief of staff. one tea party leader fears
priebus will make it more difficult, not less, for president trump, to achieve the change that people voted for. >> victor blackwell reporting. thank you so much for that. coming up next, we'll ask a former trump campaign adviser about the lack of diversity and whether or not he thinks president-elect trump will have a diverse team in the end. you're live in the cnn newsroom. ♪ if you have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, isn't it time to let the real you shine through? introducing otezla (apremilast). otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable after just 4 months, with reduced redness, thickness, and scaliness of plaques. and the otezla prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring. don't take otezla if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. otezla may increase the risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history of depression
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president-elect donald trump's first administration picks all have one thing in common, so far all five are white men. to be clear, he still has many cabinet positions to fill. let's talk this over with former congressman and adviser to donald trump's campaign jack kingston. thank you for being with me. >> thank you, poppy. >> as you know, donald trump made on the platform make america great again. those four key words throughout his campaign. what do you think his picks so far tell us about when he last thought america was great? >> i think what he's doing is he's picking the people who are loyal to him, the people that he's familiar with. but he's not stopping here and he's not going to go on any time frame his critics want him to do. >> do they reflect -- he says make america great again, we were once great, now we're not. what does this tell you about his mindset at what period of
time marriage was greatest? >> i don't think his goal is to make a statement on that, and i don't think it would -- i think if he was making a sentence, he would be on the first or second word. he's going to have a cabinet when it's all of with that will reflect america. i know marsha blackburn is very active, cynthia lumis. >> those are all still white. >> ashley bell and bruce lavell, two of my close friends from georgia are both african-american men, and i believe ashley bell has already maybe gotten a job or come close to getting a job. you know, not cabinet level, but he is hiring the people who were the closest to him. but the other thing i want to point out is that the people who he has picked are people who are wanting change in washington. some may have experience but
that doesn't mean they're part of the establishment. when jeff sessions got on board, no one in washington, d.c. thought donald trump had a chance. and that's not conventional establishment thinking. >> he is a 20-year sitting senator. >> but general flynn is a registered democrat. he interviewed today michelle rhee. she's a democrat and doesn't agree with him on all issues. >> very quickly on that point before i let you go, do you think that diversity in these key positions is a nice to have or a necessity? >> i think it's going to be both. he's going to find talented people -- >> is it, congressman, a nice to have racial diversity in terms of sex and diversity in terms of perspective, is that a nice to have or is it a necessity? >> i think perspective is going to be paramount, but i think
it's also a necessity to show america that you're in tune, and i think that's what you're going to get. you're going to get talented people of all walks of life. >> congressman, thanks for being with me. coming up, president-elect trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail. chief among them, bring jobs back to the united states. now that he won, do workers, especially those blue collar workers in america's rust belt, believe he will bring their jobs back? >> you expect him to live by what he said on the campaign trail? >> my expectation is for him to live up to what he promised. i'm here in bristol, virginia. and now...i'm in bristol, tennessee. on this side of the road is virginia... and on this side it's tennessee. no matter which state in the country you live in, you could save hundreds on car insurance by switching to geico. look, i'm in virginia... i'm in tennessee... virginia... tennessee... and now i'm in virginessee.
donald trump's campaign promise to protect american jobs will soon be put to the test and among those who will be watching closely, workers in indiana. that is because during the campaign, trump repeatedly called out the company carrier by name moving one of the major indiana plants to mexico. some workers think despite trump victory, it is too late for them. hi, marty. >> reporter: poppy, still questions that donald trump was very successful winning what are called crossover workers, blue collar workers, by talking about jobs, bringing them back or keeping them here in america.
now those campaign promises are put to the test right here. ronald and eric will never forget the day it happened. >> we were definitely, definitely. >> 16 years of my life. starting all over from scratch. >> reporter: giant carrier, shocked employees in this indiana plant saying that in order to stay competitive, it had made a decision. >> to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterey, new mexico. >> reporter: 1400 jobs would soon be gone. but the loss quickly became donald trump's campaign game. >> carrier aire-conditio condit they're going to leave the united states because they're going to build in mexico. >> reporter: trump said it won't happen if he's president. he mentioned carrier by name.
not just once. >> he knew that was something that america was, it was happening right now. >> reporter: it worked. trump won thanks in large part to working class votes. now bar and grill across the street from that carrier plant, some hope for trump to keep his promise. >> exactly. exactly. he made a lot of promises to a lot of people, so. >> reporter: that's because things here have only gotten worse. we're less than a mile from carrier and just last month, the company announced it's moving this facility to mexico. taking away over 300 jobs. local union leader chuck jones said he is still hopeful when president, trump will come through. >> you expect him to live by what he said on the campaign? >> my expectation is for him to live up to what he promised. they voted for donald trump believing it could save their job. >> reporter: mike fugate is one of them.
a lifelong democrat, voted for trump but his answers surprised me. do you think donald trump can stop the place from closing? >> i don't believe he's going to stop that one, maybe in the future. nobody knows what the future is. >> reporter: why not that one? why couldn't he stop that one? >> corporate greed, plain and simple. >> reporter: paul also voted for trump and he does have hope, sort of. >> i try to be optimistic but realistic at the same time. >> reporter: what does that mean? >> save at least some of the jobs. because if they just sent half of the jobs, they could make more money which is all they're after. >> reporter: hasn't stated regarding the outcome of the election but the shutdown of the plant and saying it wasn't a decision they made easily and say to try to ease the transition for workers, they're spreading the shutdown over 3 years and offering severance and retraining programs.
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unknown: buenos aires" tomorrow night on cnn. i'm poppy harlow in new york. thank you for being with me. a live picture out of bed minister, new jersey. holding meetings for trump's transition and talking possible cabinet picks and much more on that. look at him coming out live there. another one of his team meetings that said are non-stop all weekend long trying to fill a lot of key positions. much more live on all of this at 7:00 p.m. eastern but now stay tuned for "smerconish." >> i'm michael smerconish live. we welcome our viewers around the world and in the united states. the trump administration is taking shape like his candidacy th