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way. in patients with sickle cell disorders, serious, sometimes fatal crises can occur. the most common side effect is bone and muscle ache. so why go back there? if you'd rather be home, ask your doctor about neulasta onpro. your visit here mr. president is historic. >> we must work together to build a future where the nations of the region are at peace. >> i think islam hates us. >> we must seek partners, not perfection and make allies of all who share our goals. >> mr. lavrov is the stooge of a thug and murderer and he had no business in the oval office. >> i think what the president was trying to convey to the russians is i'm not distracted. >> in two weeks, we will know
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more based on the testimony of mr. comey. >> this is about the fight and all about democracy. >> this is "new day" with chris cuomo and alisyn camerota. >> welcome to "new day." chris is off. john berman joins us. president trump touching down in israel trying to recast the presidency on the world stage today. mr. trump says he believes there is a rare opportunity for peace in the region. >> moments ago, the president arrived in jerusalem. he is said to make history. the first sitting u.s. president to visit the holy site in the jewish faith. the western wall. we are covering every angle starting with sara murray. sara, what will we see? >> reporter: good morning, john. the president did just arrive to jerusalem. he is on his way to meet with president rivlin in the bilateral meeting. this is after the dose of the
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pomp and circumstance. he arrived at tel aviv airport and made brief remarks. take a listen to what president trump had to say upon arrival. >> on my first overseas trip as president, i have come to the sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the united states and the state of israel. we have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to the region and to its people. defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace. but we can only get there working together. there is no other way. >> reporter: now this is just the beginning of what is sure to be a very busy day for president
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trump. john, you mentioned, he will make historic visit to the western wall later this afternoon. that is the first time a sitting american president has ever visited. the holy site for those of the jewish faith to pray. he will meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu tonight. after the meeting, they bring the spouses in, first lady melania trump and netanyahu's wife to have dinner. he said he wants to achieve a middle east peace deal while president. if you talked to analysts in the region, they don't necessarily believe there will be sudden bre breakthrough on the trip, but president trump will try to inch benjamin netanyahu, but also president abbas of the palestinian authority whom president trump will meet with tomorrow. it is interesting to see what they will have to say publicly in the next two days. john and alisyn.
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>> sara, you are speaking to us and we see the pictures of president trump arriving in jerusalem. there he is. greeting and shaking the hand of president rivlin. both men will be speaking. we will follow all of the live events. quickly here throughout israel. we will watch that as we hahave conversation. we have our panel. a.b. stoddard. analyst david gregory and analyst tony blanken. what do you see, david? >> you see a highly choreographed visit to israel by an american president who is making it a priority and saying to the israelis that this is a centerpiece of the foreign policy. israelis are happy to have it. particularly because they are trying to turn the page as we
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watch the it would go through the official signing of the guest book at the beautiful residence for the president in jerusalem. resetting that page to say that this is a new day and new administration. a different relationship between the united states and israel. after the fraught relationship as tony can speak to between israel and the obama administration. we should hasten to point out there may have been frayed relations. that bond from the security point of view was strong from the obama administration and administration of benjamin netanyahu in israel. nevertheless, you have two leaders are more aligned on the question of iran. who are even more aligned on the question of fighting terrorism more generally. that will all play out as the day goes on. >> we are watching president
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trump signing a guest book there. he is about to meet with the israeli president rivlin and tony blanken, president trump is a most welcome guest. most welcome to say the least in jerusalem. the city that president rivlin called the beating heart of israel. the president of israel is excited to show off to trump. what are you watching for? >> david has it right. on the one hand there was a fraught relationship with obama administration and israel. what mattered was the israeli security. the obama administration did more than any previous administration. the iron dome missile defense system. the largest defense system package in history. having israel as back in the international organizations. i think the president is to be
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co commended for putting the conversation in place. we shouldn't under estimate the difficulty. they are far apart on the status issue. security and border and jerusalem. that will take a very heavy lift. the politics on both sides of the israeli side and in sessipan side are not moving to sett settleme settlement. the fact the president is engaged and putting a focus on this is a good thing. if you get people talking about it, it is good. >> and tony, before we get to a.b., why was the relationship fraught with president obama? we heard the abo. anybody but obama. people are welcoming in saudi arabia. people are welcoming president trump because they are happy to have this turn of a page. give us a little bit more context of what had gone wrong and what president trump can now
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fix. >> alisyn, the difference is known. it had to do with settlement policy. president obama took a stand against that and urged it stop. of course, on a personal level, the relationship with president obama and prime minister netanyahu was not among the best. on settlements. unless and until something can be done to halt this process, then the idea of actually getting to a final piece is going to be, if not impossible, very difficult. here's where we are. the point with the settlement policy. if it continues much longer, the idea of a jewish democratic israel will be gone. it is impossible to be jewish and democratic if it continues to have dominion over the growing arab and palestinian population. it has to make a choice. president obama was putting his finger on that choice. it is something uncomfortable for israelis. they need a partner in the
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palestinians to negotiate. they have not had one in a long time. >> a notable chuckle when he uttered not the best relationship with president obama and benjamin netanyahu. now meeting behind closed doors. they will speak when they are done. we will bring the remarks live to you when they happen. a.b., the trip. saudi arabia and israel and v vatican and europe at the time when the president has a boiling sea an of problems here in the united states. the white house in turmoil. facing report after report after report. nevertheless, he has to do his job. the job is the united states leader overseas. how is he doing so far? >> i think he is doing great so far. he stuck to the script. the speech was well written yesterday. he will have all of the symbolism is actually really important making the middle east his first foreign trip instead of canada or mexico.
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a ambitious and high risk and high reward. if he gets through it without a bump, it will help him reset confidence. confidence in congress and him and confidence on the world stage. what is happening in israel is going to look great behind the harmony of the headlines. what comes next is a question. he faces a deadline to sign another waiver of preventing the move of the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. netanyahu is under a lot of political pressure at home. there have been indications that president trump might on this trip or days that follow express support for the self determination of the palestinian people. there are prickle points that everyone hopes to avoid. on the broad scale, if you continue to look at the trip, and it goes well, it will help him a lot. >> can i point out something i think is significant and tony can expand. this is the first sitting
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president who will visit the western wall. there's a reason why presidents don't visit. one is political. it is a fraught message to go into east jerusalem and to recognize the jewish character of jerusalem and therefore, israel and recognize as a jewish state. to go there in a disputed part of jerusalem and to effectively say this jewish holy site. the holy place in judaism is significant. for jews around the world and evangelical christians, it is important. as a religious matter, he would go to the site of the western retaining wall of the second temple. there's more than 600 references in the hebrew bible to jerusalem. it is contained and it is holy of the holy and in the ten
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commandme commandments. we pray and the psalms. it sends a powerful message that it can be a distasteful signal with the palestinians. >> tony, he is drawing clear lines. he is going alone. he is not going with the prime minister of israel. he wants to distinguish he is not making official recognition the western wall is part of israel. it is private visit we are told. he will pray there. the administration will not make these bold statements about it. you know, visually important, but still within certain confines, tony. >> that is right. it is fraught for the reasons david said. the three great faiths that lay claim to jerusalem. jerusalem is the final status issue with the israelis and palestinians. putting the thumb on the scale
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in any way may make it more difficult to get to the agreement. it could undermine the progress the president believes he made with the sunni/arab states. >> should he not go there? >> is a delicate line to walk. going alone, not with israeli officials is the right move if you go. otherwise, you are endorsing their narrative of the status of jerusalem. >> all right. >> he also faced a lot of criticism. you think about the campaign about giving space to anti-semitic supporters. i think he has an interest in sending the message to religious jews which is something of a state of solidarity. >> see if he puts a note in the wall. see what he writes on the note. thank you. the trip coming as a welcome relief from the cloud of the russia investigation which
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really he can't shakeov oversea. fired fbi director james comey agreed to testify. cnn's suzanne malveaux is here with the latest on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning, john. the presideresident's ties to t election in 2016 and russia moves forward in earnest. congress is anticipating getting a lot done. reacting to the news over the weekend and numerous developments. james comey has agreed to testify before the senate intelligence committee. they requested this because of the special prosecutor rule. now that is on the agenda. some house committees frustrated that did not happen for them. we heard from senator marco rubio on the senate committee saying this is a cloud, this russian investigation, that impacts everything the white house does. we heard from senator john
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mccain weighing in. doubling down describing the investigation and russia question as something of a watergate size scandal. the other thing they are reacting to is the bombshell report from "the new york times" saying the president this month in his meetings with the russian foreign minister and russian ambassador in the oval office said he fired comey and explained the motivation behind it. quote, i just fired the head of the fbi. he was real crazy, a real nut job. i face great pressure because of russia. that is taken off. then questions asked if this is true. they are trying to explain it in a different way. >> i think what the president is trying to convey to the russians, i'm not going to be distracted by these issues here at home. >> gist of the conversation was
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the president feels as if he is hamstrung in his ability to work with russia to find areas of cooperation because this has been in the news so much. >> reporter: we expect a lot of developments this week on the hill. not until after memorial day when comey is here to testify. expect to see attorney general jeff sessions to answer questions this week. alisyn. >> suzanne, thank you for reporting. as we heard, fired fbi director james comey plans to testify before the senate committee. what do republicans want to hear from him? that's next. sugar, we're letting you go. what? who's replacing me? splenda naturals? look, she's sweet, she's got natural stevia, no bitter aftertaste and she's calorie-free. so that's it? we made you a cake. with sugar? oh, no. (laughing) won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company.
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we have breaking news because president trump is speaking with israel's president rivlin. listen. >> that is a real positive. we are happy about that. >> every challenge creates opportunities. >> it's a challenge and opportunity. you have a great opportunity right now. a great feeling for peace throughout the middle east. i think people have had enough. they had enough of the bloodshed and killing. i think you will see things starting to happen. what we did over the weekend was -- they say there's never been anything like it ever before. it was really a coming together and now today being in israel is very, very special for us. we expect to have some very interesting talks. >> absolutely. >> we are praying for peace and
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pushing for peace. with god's help, somebody will bring us peace all together. all together. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> as promised, we are staying on top of all of the breaking news this morning. there's a lot of it. you were just watching president trump speaking with israel's president rivlin. the presidents had met at the airport. now they are having the conversation. let's bring in congress member james comer. great to see you, congress member. >> thank you. great to be here. >> have you been watching along with trump's overseas trip? what struck you? >> i have. i have been impressed. thus far it is a huge success.
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one could argue it has been his finest moment in the early presidency. >> let's talk about what is going on at home while this is happening overseas. as you know, the news is fast and furious in terms of what is happening with the russia investigation in terms of reaction to the president firing the fbi director james comey. you agreed with the firing of james comey. correct me if i'm wrong. >> you are correct. >> but now james comey is going to testify in an open session at the senate intel committee. what do you want to know from him? >> well, i want to know several things. first of all, when he had the opportunity or when his deputy fbi director had the opportunity to testify under oath a few weeks ago to congress and he was specifically asked if anyone was trying to hinder the investigation and he said no. i want to know why if this
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conversation happened as comey said in february, why didn't comey bring it out sooner? why wait until after he was terminated? >> it sounds from the memos, he thought he could handle it. he thought he would not be swayed by the president and the president's inappropriate requests. do you accept that? >> well, i think it's going to be very interesting to hear his testimony. i think he is obviously due his opportunity to tell his side of the story. once former fbi director james comey tells his side, i'm sure we will hear from the president. the one thing that strikes me ironic to the case is a few weeks before comey was fired, all you heard in washington from democrats was how comey had lost the confidence of the american people. how comey was in the president's back pocket and the president needed to terminate james comey. if he didn't, obviously they
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were working together. once the president terminates comey, because clearly comey lost the confidence of both parties in washington, d.c. once the president terminated comey, you hear a different story from a lot of the democrats in washington. >> i think the place where democrats get stuck is that -- or certainly hang their hat on -- is comey was leading the investigation into whether there were trump team ties to russia. it felt as though there could be an obstruction of justice with the president inserting himself in there asking comey to not look into michael flynn and firing comey. >> right. those are some of the things that hopefully will come out either in the senate intelligence committee or our house oversight committee. >> why are you comfortable with the presideresident firing the
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director of the fbi spearheading the investigation? >> prior to the actual termination, the overwhelming majority of congress in both parties privately wanted the president to terminate james comey. you see a situation where both parties would agree that comey's handling of the presidential election last year was awful. it was awful niinitially for republicans and in the final weeks, awful for democrats. we heard hillary clinton blame comey for her defeat. obviously we will never know if that is an accurate statement or not. both parties lost confidence in james comey. the president wants to go in a different direction and restore credibility to the fbi. just because comey is terminated does not mean the fbi cannot continue the investigation into russia. i'm concerned about russia's involvement in the election. no doubt russia was involved in
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the election. that is wrong. russia should suffer the consequences. >> congress member, i want to ask on a personal note what is going on with you in your home district and angry town halls. you have had to confront angry constituents. let's play a moment of a recent one. >> you guys knew this was the bad deal. you kicked it down the road for the senate to take care of. you did not do your job! s >> if you are on the premium. >> if, if, if. what happens if i lose my job? >> we can hear just a little portion of how concerned your constituents are about the health care vote they say you all kicked down the road. what's it like when you go home and confront constituents? is it worrying to you? >> overwhelming majority of town halls and i have had 16 so far. that is a clip from a very
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concerned constituent. that is something that is very important to me to have town halls. i'm not backing away from town halls. i gave "the washington post" full access to my councy town h. every town hall i learn something helpful. i will continue to try to explain the health care vote. i think the majority of people in my district like the majority of people in america realize that there's a serious problem with health care in america. >> let's face it. majority don't like the plan that was passed by the house. so people don't think we are cherry picking, the reason we played that is because of the all access you gave to "the washington post." they quote you as saying this trump thing may not be sustainable as though when you go to the town hall -- >> that's not -- >> something has shifted. >> the quote was, you know, when
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i left washington, my thought was is this trump thing susta sustainab sustainable. the purpose of the story was to follow me back to kentucky to see if the people that overwh m overwhelmingly voted for trump are still sticking with trump. that was one person obviously that i'll go out on a limb that did not vote for trump to begin with. he got 72% of the vote in my district. he clearly has an overwhelming majority. every bit 2/3 of the support of my district. people realize it. we are faced with rising premiums in 31 of the 35 counties of my district. we have one insurance carrier. that is a problem throughout rural america. something has to be done with health care. the senate has the ball. i'm sure they will make changes. we can come together and try to improve health care. regardless of your opinion of the president.
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regardless of your opinion of the health care bill we passed in the house, we have a crisis in america with health care and access to carriers and with the rising medicaid population in america. the story that "the washington post" is this trump thing sustainable and the last paragraph concluded in my district in kentucky, it is sustainable thus far. he is still popular. he made some mistakes. i think he had a few self inflicted wounds. this week on his first foreign trip, i think he is making america proud. he made $400 billion deal. he is protecting americans and creating jobs. he is popular. >> congress member comer, thank you for being on "new day." >> thank you.
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president trump's international trip continues this morning as he visits israel. the president says he believes there is a rare opportunity to bring peace to the region. he is meeting behind closed doors with the israeli president. >> he is expected to address the press after the meeting. will bring you the comments when they happen live. during the first part of the trip, the president was in saudi arabia. he focused on terrorism in his speech. some noted his speech was similar to president obama's, but also stark differences. let's bring in former analyst lisa monaco. president trump was sitting with president rivlin of israel and talking about the issues in saudi arabia. president trump said there is never anything like it ever
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before. we know the president likes to speak in hyperbolic terms there. is this something we have never seen before from a u.s. president? >> i don't think so. look, president obama went to the kingdom four times. an unprecedented number for a u.s. president. indeed, participated in several summits with the gulf cooperation council just as trump did yesterday. there were some important consistencies from trump yesterday in the speech. consistencies with bush and obama's message using a coalition in the region to fight isis and go after terrorism. about relying on partnerships to fight terrorism in the region. and importantly, what we saw yesterday was a departure from president trump's rhetoric on the campaign trail is condemning islam. he talked about the fight against terrorism not being a
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clash of civilizations. that was important departure. we should not gloss over the differences yesterday in the speech. >> such as? >> for instance, entirely different discussion of a military approach to the fight against terrorism. really no discussion about getting at the drivers of terrorism in the region. there was a real departure from the bipartisan tradition of advancing and standing up for values in foreign policy. >> no discussion of human rights? >> exactly. the national security case and what is in the national security interests to stand up for human rights. >> you heard a trump dock tritr. he said we will not tell you how to live. i'm paraphrasing. >> that was a departure. there was a bipartisan tradition that the united states believes it is in our national security
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interests to stand up for human rights abroad and make that a pillar of the foreign policy. why? because countries that don't address the economic grievances of citizens and don't advance equality for citizens actually create environment where terrorism can fester. >> also a strategic shift in what seems like a region t triangulation here. the gulf and sunni states and iran. the problems need to be addressed. they were all with iran there. that is different. >> john, this was the biggest difference. if you look closely at the speech, the biggest difference with what president trump said yesterday and what president obama and others advanced is really taking sides in the sectarian divide in the region. so really it appears that president trump is going all-in with the sunni states when it
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comes to the sectarian divide. that is a departure. president obama was very clear there needed to be a dual track. when he was in riyadh in april of 2016, i was with him. he talked about the need to increase capability of the gulf partners and protect security as we have done constantly particularly with the saudi arabia border which has been under attack from militants in the region. he talked about having a dual track both opening a dialogue when it comes to iran nuclear program, but broadly and also pushing back on the iran provocation in the region. >> when you watch president trump over there, what is it like for you? it appears this is a welcome change. he is greeted with open arms. he is getting this king's welcome basically. we heard christiane amanpour saying a feeling of abo. anybody but obama.
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it is a repudiation of what president obama stood for. >> it is clear they are rolling out the welcome mat to elevate their status and really cement what they view importantly as their leadership rule and their ascendency in the role in the world. that is a right to be seen as departure in how they welcomed president obama. the king is encircled by iran when it comes to meddling in yemen, in iraq, in syria. they view iran as an existential threat to the leadership in the muslim world. the difference is president obama viewed the region as one where there needed to be an equ equallibrium. there needed to be a modus
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evendi. what we have seen from president trump is going all-in with the sunni states. >> the question is which works better? you see the king's welcome in israel as well. israelis, sunni states, saudi arabia included, seemed to like this path much more. whatever you think about president trump, this seems to be a coherent policy. a deliberate shift. >> what to watch for, john, what does this importaportend? is this viewed as a down payment on future commitments? does this potentially draw the united states further in to the proxy fights that are going on in places like yemen and syria? that is what you need to watch out. >> i want to go to the tone shift on islam. we cannot overstate this. the campaigner donald trump is
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180 degrees. said things 180-degree difference than the tone he took on islam yesterday. listen to an example of this before and now. >> i think islam hates us. there's something there that has a tremendous hatred there. >> this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civil indicatisagss. this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life all in the name of religion. people that want to protect life. >> he went so far as to say to suggest islam is a great faith. who are people to believe? >> it is a good question. from a counterterrorism
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perspective, i welcome that change and tone. the rhetoric we have seen about a clash of pasteing the entire nation. it feeds into the narrative they use to recruit people to their brutal tactics. it feeds into the narrative of we are in the fight against them. this is a clash between the west and islam. that is not the case. this change in tone, if it sticks, would be an important change from counterterrorism. >> it seems like a win for h.r. mcmaster. lisa monaco, thank you. keeping a close eye on israel as president trump meets are israel president. they are expected to speak very, very soon. we will bring it to you live as it happens. we are following other news. north korea launches again. for the second time in a week. test fired intermediate range
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we are keeping a close eye on the president's trip to israel this morning. the president meeting with israeli president rivlin. that is happening behind closed doors. the two leaders are expected to address reporters once the
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meeting concludes. we are following a dangerous situation in north korea. the country is ready to mass produce a ballistic missile after successful test launch on sunday. cnn's will ripley is live in tokyo with the latest. will. >> reporter: the supreme leader kim jong un said this could be mass produced quickly. if north korea can get the missile components, that is not unrealistic. that is disturbing given missile first tested in february and again hours before the donald trump speech in saudi arabia. this puts within striking range u.s. troops in japan and 28,000 troops in south korea. the missile they tested one week ago potentially could go further hitting u.s. military assets in guam. in addition to technical information learned by north korean rocket scientists is political theater.
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the timing during president trump's first foreign trip is a way for north korea to force itself into the global conversation. to get what it wants which is attention. in fact, here in tokyo, the japanese prime minister promised to bring up the north korea issue with president trump at the g7 meeting which will happen later on during the presidential trip. i spoke with officials in upon y pyongyang. they want a seat at the table. alisyn, two launches in one week is a way to get the conversation going. >> will ripley, thank you. we now have a billy bush update for you. former "today" show host billy bush opening up about the infamous donald trump "access hollywood" tape that got bush fired seven months ago. speaking to "hollywood reporter" billy bush wishes he handled that differently. he is quoted to say looking back
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on what was said, i wished i changed the topic. trump liked tv and competition. i should have said could you believe the ratings on whatever. i did not have the strength of character. bush is planning a return to tv. when asked if he would interview trump now. he said there are others he is more interested in. i point out the bitter irony to him after that moment donald trump became president and billy bush lost his job. >> he did not realize the magnatude of the moment until he heard from his teenage daughters and wanted answers for how that could have happened. >> it sounds like he has been doing a lot of soul searching. interesting to hear from him finally. we monitor the president's trip to israel today. the second stop on the first trip on the world stage. how is he doing so far? we have a leading gop congress member who will share his
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good morning. the president has arrived in israel and in just a short while he'll become the first sitting u.s. president to visit the western wall. this as he's continuing his first international trip. he will also speak to the press along with israel's president in a few minutes. we'll bring you those comments when they happen live. the first part of the president's trip overseas was saudi arabia, he called for iran's isolation and more countries to become aggressive
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fighting terror while back at home the controversy over fired director james comey and russia investigation play out in the president's absence. joining us now republican congressman from illinois, adam kinsinger. the president's speech moments ago he said no one in the world has ever seen anything like it ever before. that may be hyperbolic but he laid down new strategies as it were for the u.s. in dealing with some of these countries. this is what he said about the u.s. in terms of not lecturing countries. watch. >> we are not here to lecture. we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. instead, we are here to offer partnership, based on shared interests and values. >> we are not here to lecture, not here to tell people how to live. saudi arabia obviously a country where women can't vote in
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anywhere but local elections, minorities can't worship out in the open. what's wrong with projecting american values overseas? what's wrong with telling them this is not how we would do things? >> i don't think there's anything wrong at all. i think it's great to do. this is, you know, when we talk about america's mission in the world, and america's role, you know, first and foremost, american interests is what has to play in our foreign policy, but we have to have a reason and a purpose for doing what we do, and for me it's to shine a light of american values around billions of people desperate for what we have, frankly, for a taste what have we have. addressing the issue, hopefully that happened behind closed doors in one on one meetings or will eventually. right now the president's focus is on one major thing. we have to defeat isis, we have to defeat radical terrorism and frankly we have to fix the mr. emin syria and stabilize the middle east and i think part of this speech was let's bring the whole arab world together, let's bring the muslim community
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together, let's try to lead this coalition so we don't have to do this all ourselves. we have willing partners in saudi arabia, et cetera. my hope is that you may have that near-term goal which is the priority of yesterday's speech but i hope in the long-term we don't forget that, frankly, when you spread american values, taken takes a long time in some of these countries, but that's actually safer for us, because people with our values are much less likely to engage in recruiting terrorists around the globe. >> do you see that as a priority in the speech over the weekend? >> no. i saw the priority in the speech was let's try to unite behind let's defeat isis, let's come together with what some are calling the middle east nato. that's what i think was the short term near target priority. i hope in the long-term we get back to addressing human rights and those issues. i think it's important to keep in mind in saudi arabia the crowned prince put out this fairly aggressive for saudi arabia plan to try to bring women back into society's fold, pull out of the oil industry
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specifically, only the oil industry and diversify, so we have to be encouraging of that, but i hope we do not abandon those principles, because it's very central to our safety. >> toby keith gave an all-male concert over the weekend, was part of that. aggressive for the crowned prince by saudi terms is not very aggressive at all in global terms. let me talk about what's going on here in the united states. last week, before the appointment of a special counsel on this show you thought it was a good idea, that was a flip for you. do you think this is now headed in the right direction? >> i do. look, one of the things i hope happens, and i'll say this to my friends on the right and friends on the left, we need to give this opportunity a chance to play out. some on the left saying a special counsel is not enough and had some call for impeachment and some on my side saying this is a witch hunt. it's not a witch hunt. this is the american people deserve answer, whatever the answer is. we just want to know the truth, and this isn't bea 2018. it's not about 2020. it's about faith in the institution, and in democracy
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for the long-term, for our kids and grandkids. >> congressman, stand by for a moment. we're seeing president trump and president rivlin approaching the lecterns. we'll hear from them any second. let's listen in. >> mr. president, madam first lady, i hope that you enjoyed your time. i appreciate the opportunity to learn about your hopes and visions. i believe the unbreakable bond between us, along with your determination will open up new possibilities for the state of israel, and the entire region. mr. president, we are happy to see that america is back in the area. america is back again. you marked the defeating of isis as one of your top missions.
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this is most important objective. israel will do everything in its power in order to assist you in this mission. israel appreciates america's leadership and your administration in the action you took in syria. there are red lines, as it happened in syria, that must never be crossed. there is a price that must be paid by those who violate the most basic values that makes us human. further action must be considered in faith of the halls that is still taking place on the other side of our borders. mr. president, the jewish people
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return to the historic homeland after 2,000 years of exile. we created a miracle, a technological miracle, an economic miracle, a human miracle, and even during our most difficult times, we never gave up on our dream of living here in peace with our neighbors. we reached a peace agreement with our neighbors in jordan, and with our neighbors in egypt, but we have not yet achieved our mission of living in peace with our neighbors, the palestinians, and with the rest of the arab world. our destiny, palestinians and jews, is to live together in
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this land, mr. president. we must build trust and cooperation between us, but in order to achieve this, we need new ideas, new energy that will help us move forward together. we can have here an international center of tourism, a startup, silicon valley from the jordan to the mediterranean but we must be sure we don't go to sleep with a dream and wake up with a nightmare. with iran, isis and hamas on our borders. in order to dream, we need to be sure that iran is out, out of our borders, out of syria, out of lebanon. i welcome you and i welcome your
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willingness to help us move forward. we want to move forward, mr. president. we want to move forward. and we must do it together, together with america. thank you. >> thank you. thank you very much. and shalom. the great state of israel, the homeland of the jewish people. i am awed by the beauty and majesty and sacred holy land. president rivlin, mrs. rivlin, thank you so much. thank you. thank you for opening your wonderful home and welcoming melania and myself to your amazing country, and that's what it is. it is an amazing country. what you've done is perhaps has virtually never been done
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before. on my first trip overseas i have comment to this ancient land to reaffirm the enduring friendship between the united states and the state of israel, and it will always be enduring. and that's number one to me. we are not only long time friends, we are great allies and partners. we stand together always. this moment in history calls for us to strengthen our cooperation as both israel and america face common threats from isis and other terrorist groups to countries like iran, that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment terrible violence, not only here, but all over the world. together, we can work to end the scourge of violence that has taken so many lives here in israel, and around the


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