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welcome to the least chaotic morning in history. good morning everyone. john berman here. sure the white house chief economic adviser just quit and the markets like like they my tank because of it, a porn star just sued the president, the russia investigation has a cooperating witness intercepted at an airport. the president's personal lawyer is reportedly the focus of questions by the russia special counsel, also connected to the porn star lawsuit. beside that stuff, it is wicked
unchaotic this morning. gary cohn, the economic adviser has had enough. with 30 minutes before the opening bell, you can see that makes wall street very nervous. not to worry, the president says many people want the job and he will, quote, choose wisely al month the candidates who may, in fact, number, give or take, two. let's begin this morning at the sea of tranquility. cnn's abby phillip live at the white house with the latest in this resolvine vofl /* /-. >> reporter: wall street as you just mentioned is projecting they might go sharply down today on fears that there is a new rise in economic populism and nationalism here in this white house. gary cohn clashed with president trump over this issue on tariffs on steel and aluminum that trump announced last week, believing they were bad economic policy,
they could put the economic growth of the country in jeopardy. that dispute led to his resignation last night. he just becomes one of many white house staffers who have departed in the last several weeks, never mind the last year. the has seen so much turnover in the most senior ranks of his administration in this time. meanwhile, we do hear from the president that he wants to name a replacement for gary cohn soon. among those people we're hearing from our sources could be peter navarro, another of trump's economic advisers, someone who does favor tariffs, who has been clashing with gary cohn over this very issue or larry kudlow, someone who is an al guy of gary cohn, an outside adviser to the president, opposes tariffs, represents more of the view of the business sector here. a lot up in the air right now. again, this sense of turnover and chaos is not abating just
weeks into the new year, the second year of this president's term. >> on the theme of nothing to see here and no chaos, a helk of a story overnight involving the chief of staff, john kelly, the president of the united states and anthony scaramucci, the one-time briefly communications director. what have we learned? >> reporter: that's right. sources tell cnn's kaitlan collins that the president did nothing to encourage anthony scaramucci from attacking john kelly, the current white house chief of staff on television in multiple cable news interviews. these attacks were pretty blistering. he blamed kelly for the low morale in the white house. meanwhile, all this is unfolding and president trump is actually saying he does not view this white house as being in chaos at all. listen to what he said yesterday briefly in that press conference. >> i think two people with different points of view, and i
certainly have that. and then i make a decision. i like watching it. i like seeing it. i thif it's the best way to go. i like different points of view. >> reporter: a lot of folks would clearly disagree with that. there's no question there is a lot of upheaval here in this white house, and president apparently did not a whole lot to stop it. >> abby phillip at the white house this morning, thanks so much. joining me, salena zito, errol louis and caitlin huey-burns. caitlin, the president is trying to paint this white house as sort of a team of rivals. i don't recall abraham lincoln stabbing sam chase in the back in the doris kearns goodwin book. there's 43% turnover in the white house. that's according to brookings right now. he doesn't like to use the word chaos. when you talk to people who are in the middle of it, that's one of the first words they use. >> exactly. he admitted as much by saying he
likes to pit people against each other and see who comes out on top. he also tweeted yesterday that he would like to see some change in the white house, but he's not sure exactly who will be. so what kind of morale that sets in a white house when you're hemorrhaging talent and trying to bring team in. with gary cohn leaving, too, it should be no surprise that the president is pushing for these tariffs. it's kind of the one consistent thing he has been on in this issue. after the tax reform bill, a lot of republicans thought they were pulling him into their lane on economic policy. and now he is kind of showing that he is running the show. and so i think there's a lot to talk away from that in terms of who wants to be there, will it be someone who is much like trump perhaps. >> a lot of questions this morning about what will be gone with gary cohn leaving and hope hicks leaving. who is there, errol, to counsel the president, maybe temer the president, moderate the president. there are quotes all over the police. let me read you one from
politico from one white house official. the number of bad eyes that came through the white house that were killed dead, too many to count. with gary gone, i think from a policy perspective, it means disaster. >> well, it points to one key part of the quote you played from the president where he says he likes to watch it, almost in a passive sense of desiring entertainment. >> like peter sellers in "being there," but only much more violent. >> it was entertaining. i was thinking of the last few minutes of "reservoir dogs," guys all pointing guns at each other's head. it may be entertaining to watch, but that's not going to necessarily bring out the best policy decisions. that's something i think the white house press corps should press the president and the spokes people on. when is the last time this approach actually worked out for you? you may want to see it. you may think it's a decent method. did it work for you in your business life, did it work for you in hollywood?
did it work for you in the white house? by all indications, either it's not transferable from the private sector or maybe didn't work out so well in the private sector. >> this quote from "the new york times" and then salena, we'll get the counter argument. whoever replaces mr. cohn is unlikely to be any better than he is, and possibly quite a bit worse. the fact is donald trump ran against gary cohn or people like gary cohn in the election. he ran that ad against goldman sachs. there were anti-semitic tones in the ad and other things that were controversial. he made crystal clear he was running against this wall street free market, globalist mentality. >> yeah, absolutely. you have to step back and take a look at what trump has done outside of the palace intrigue. this is important reporting, but
you have to step back and take a look at this through the eyes of a voter. so he has -- for his base, if you look at evangelical, he has satisfied what they wanted from him with gorsuch, and if you look at rotary republicans, wall street republicans, he has satisfied them with tax reform. on the tariffs, it's satisfying those blue collar voters in the rust belt on trade. when economists say this is terrible, this is bad for the economy, they say, look, economists, you told us nafta was going to be great for us. see how that worked out? so you have to look at how the voters, the people that put him into office and the promises that he made to them, how they view this. for them, this is him having their back. and that's important to them.
>> i want to talk a little bit on kremlinology, you can hardly use that word anymore unironically. the question is who is rising with gary cohn falling. i'm not talking about the economic adviser part. does this mean john kelly has more power? jared kushner, where is he with the security clearance lower than the calligrapher? >> i think this demonstrates john kelly's power is not as strong as it was. remember the genesis of this was rob porter who was seen as the gatekeeper and an ally of cohn and able to at least keep the president off or at least curb some of his demands on tariffs. i think it also shows that donald trump is running the show here. i think when you're looking at the broader agenda, the fact that gary cohn suggests there is no way to see infrastructure getting through as gary cohn or some republicans want to see it
or some other policies. the president really exerted his leverage here. and i think when you're thinking about whether you want to enter this white house or not, that has to be a top consideration of who you are working for. >> the president says there are ten people, the ten best people in any field lining up for any job. errol louis, you can argue whether or not he's surrounded himself with the best and the brightest. but it's just not true that they're having an easy time filling the jobs. it has been difficult for them, and it's hard to see how it will get easier. >> that's right. sats cli we know they're behind. some of this has to do with the apparatus being so broken or so non-functioning that they're not even putting forward the nominees, either because they don't have the names or they're not going out and aggressively and properly finding and vetting and putting forward the names. that in itself starts to create its own problems. it's very hard, if you don't have leadership in certain
departments, well, you can't sort of fill in the people who are supposed to be their team. we've got i think in some ways a crisis, separate and apart from what salina is talking about, she's exactly right. the big broad strokes, is he moving forward major pieces of his policy initiative? arguably, he hasn't slipped any further. he has bad numbers but haven't gotten any worse. as far as the actual running of the of the go, very hard to see how you make this turn around. the people who will run and need to run these big agencies, they know solid sound management principles. >> people on wall street know gary cohn. if he wants to recruit people from wall street, i suspect they'll check with gary cohn to get a sense of what it's like inside. e eel talk more about the stormy daniels, stephanie clifford lawsuit, what is in it and what it means. i'm looking at this right now,
it's an extraordinary document to file against a sitting president of the united states. the storm ma stormy daniels story has simmered for the last several weeks. i know this is a different kind of president and people knew what they were getting when they elected him. does that answer it? does that inoculate him forever, for god? >> i don't know that it inoculates him. but at this moment, it still doesn't degrade the support of the people that initially supported him. "access hollywood" proved to everyone that with him people bought in -- they knew that's who this guy was or is. they knew that's how he behaved or did behave. they had known him for 20 years as this sort of entertainment and business person and they accepted it, for whatever
reason, whether it was because hillary was so awful, whether it was because they wanted something better, whether it was because he just showed up in their town and nobody else had for generations and said, i want your vote and here is why i want it. they were willing to put that aside. that's why i think that the stormy daniels story is still in similar her mode and may never -- i'm not saying it won't, but may never rise to the level of upsetting this presidency, or at least disconnecting him from his voters. >> salina zeta, errol louis, caitlin huey-burns, thank you very much. he sat in on secret meetings with the president and his inner circle, now cooperating with the special counsel investigation. what does this businessman know. how a missing signature on a contract can lead to more details about the alleged payoff. the markets are shaken by
the latest white house departure. call it the cohn moan. christine romans watching it for us. >> oh, no, john. stick to your day job, please. the stock market looks like it's in trouble. maybe 200, 300 points of the dow jones industrial average. that's because gary cohn is leaving and he was seen as a realist, someone who believed in free trade and was helping the people understand better how a global free trade system works. he's out of disagreements over the tariffs. wall street is concerned the president will be fully america first on the trade front and that will hurt investors. opening bell right after the break. business up to speed, doing more with systems you have in place. it can bring all your apps to life and run them within your data center. it is... the new ibm cloud private. the cloud that's designed for your data. ai ready. secure to the core.
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president. in the suit daniels says president trump knew his laugh, michael cohen, paid her hush money before the election to cover up a past affair. daniels also argues a non-disclosure deal she signed is invalid because then candidate trump did not sign it. m.j. lee joins me to explain what this is all about. >> john, the reason this is so significant is remember, up until yesterday, stormy daniels was dancing around the issue of whether there was an affair, whether there was a nda, whether she was paid off. for the first time she's addressing these questions in writing in this lawsuit. she says there was, in fact, an affair. she says there was an intimate relationship that started in the sem her of 2006. i should note this was a few months after baron trump was born and this relationship continued well into 2007. she also says she wanted to tell her story, her story about her relationship with trump during
the 2016 election. that she saw the "access hollywood" tape come out in october of 2016. she saw that other women were coming out with their stories an sought to tell the media her version of her story. this is where things get interesting, and i want to read from part of the lawsuit. she says, quote, after discovering miss clifford's plans, mr. trump with the assistance of his attorney, mr. c o. hen sought to silence miss clifford, helping to ensure he won the presidential election. the lawsuit goes on to say that cohen drafted the nda as part of this hush agreement and on or around october 28, 2016, just days before the general election, that stormy and cohen signed the agreement and that cohen arranged for $130,000 to be sent to stormy's attorney. now, importantly this lawsuit alleges that trump himself did not sign the agreement and,
therefore, they say the agreement is legally null and void and of no consequence. i want to read from another part of the lawsuit again. i says attempt to intimidate stormy into silence and shut her up in order to protect mr. trump continued unabated. this included arbitration against stormy in los angeles just last month. the lawsuit obviously gets to the very important question of did trump himself know about this agreement? it's essentially saying yes, he did know, and cohen acted with trump's knowledge. take a is will en listen to whar said this morning. >> no question that the president knew about it at the time. the idea that an attorney would go off on his own and engage into this type of agreement quite honestly is ludicrous. >> you make that inference. you don't know or can you prove the president knew about this payment? >> we certainly haven't
disclosed all the facts and evidence we're aware of in connection with. >> wow, that is stormy daniels' lawyer. i want to bring in laura coates, cnn legal analyst to talk more about the significance here, the significance that both stormy daniels and her lawyer flat out said there is a sexual relationship. what else is important here? >> first of all, we have to unpack this, two different theories. whether it's void or voidable are two different distinctions. to say a contract is void because one party didn't sign it is not necessarily true. if you have an offer, is it an offer to pay you $130,000 not to speak about the alleged affair and you accept that offer and you cash the check, you've got the three components of a contract there. you have an offer, acceptance and consideration. you also have that this was signed in 2016 which means for the last almost two years
they've been operating as if it was a valid contract, and the court of law in the civil contract. john, was it fair? is it a matter of equity if they never existed. there are ways to make it voidable. meaning the contract existed but you can get out of it. in one way is to say that one of the parties did not abide by the terms of making sure it was, in fact, confidential. relying on michael cohen's own statement, there was an nda and he paid the money to say it's violated and now it's voidable. that's different in a court of law. frankly i think you'll have a steep pale to say it never existed. particularly if you've operated for the last year and a half that it did. >> the big question, laura, is this lawsuit, is this a means to annd or these pages an end in and of themselves? was the idea to get this information out in a public way? >> it seems it was, john. think about this. for the last year and a half,
they've operated under the premise this was going to be confidential. now there's interest in this and, of course, the "access phd" was one of the reasons she wanted to get the story out. she had gone to different t tabloids and talked about it. it seems this is more about provocation than actual litigation-based success. it gets the story out there and tries to get around the arbitration agreement aspect of it. the reason she focuses on whether she was coerced or there was duress involved in signing the statements, about how she, in fact, did not have the alleged affair or sexual encounter with donald trump, was because she's trying to show that, if this contract is, in fact, sound, even absent one party's agreement, everything i said after that is under duress which is one of the ways the court will say, a-ha, this is not a fair agreement to actually enforce. at the end of the day, this is more provocation than about success. >> m.j., very quickly here. the white house hasn't directly
responded to this, have they? >> no. ment i was actually looking up when the white house was asked about this, i believe it was last month when raj shah was behind the podium. he said he hadn't had a chance to ask the president about this. >> sooner or later the white house will will have to address this and the president in some public way might have to. moments from now, the wall street opening bell, how much will gary cohn's departure from the white house rattle investors. that's pre market trading down 1%. stick around. directv gives you more for your thing. your top-rated thing. that five stars, two thumbs up, 12-out-of-10, would recommend thing.
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of gary cohn quitting as economic adviser at the white house. this is a market that's already rattled by rising interest rates, rattled by the proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel. gary cohn leaving is making things worse. he was seen as a level-headed guy in the midst of all the chaos. we are seeing the dow falling 200 points right now at the open. you're seeing the market send a message about the chaos that they are seeing in the white house. but an even bigger message than that, it really all falls on those proposed tariffs and the concerns about a possible trade war. you look at the european union. 28 countries in the eu produce 10% of the world's steel. so you see the eu stands a lot to lose. you're seeing the trade commissioner in the u r eu say
we can retaliate and put tariffs on u.s. products like peanut butter, cranberries and orange juice. as we heard the opening bell ring, we see the market falling more. the dow down about 300 points. john, back to you. >> christine romans here with me. i call this the gary cohn moan. you mocked me, but it was true. the minute that announcement was made yesterday, you saw all these financial indicators react. he is their guy, was their guy in the white house. he's a globalist. if you're a trump person, you say that's a bad word, globalist. but to stock market investors, globalism is a good thing because it's allowed the united states and other countries to grow and prosper for many, many decades now. gary cohn is someone who many thought helped the president stay away from tariffs like announced last week until now. he helped usher in the tax cuts which wall street loves.
he wanted to work on that big infrastructure plan which is not going anywhere at the moment. you see other members of his economic team trying to soothe nerves before the opening bell. steve mnuchin was on tv talking about canadian steel, two-way trade with canadian steel saying assuming we get a new nf that deal, they'll be exempted from some of these tariffs. you saw wilbur ross, the commerce secretary saying the economy could use a little inflation. if you see these tariffs spark a little inflation, that could be a good thing. maybe it will generate new steel mills and he's down playing the impact. the other thing is retaliation, how other countries respond to these moves. without gary cohn there, you can see more america first and less let's work on this together. >> the market down about 240 points right now. christine romans, one of the things you always say to me is wall street is not america or all of america, but that doesn't mean that investors don't have
genuine economic -- american economic interest at heart. talking to charlie dent from pennsylvania, go to hershey, they wrap every hershey's kiss in aluminum. >> wilbur ross says he thinks some of the cost will be absorbed. i don't know if i agree. if producers can pass on the price to consumers, they will. if it's one slice of the economy, just aluminum, just steel, will that help steel producers and aluminum producers? yes. you're absolutely right. it will hurt all those people who use those products, and that's assuming there's not retaliation. again, trade wars don't come from one tariff. they come when someone smacks you back for a tariff and you smack them back. suddenly everyone is paying higher prices. >> bourbon, u.s. jeans, harley-davidson. >> you have to be concerned in the midwest about agriculture. >> christine romans, thank you. alison kosik, our thanks to you
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january. cnn's shimon prokupecz in washington has this story. >> george nader is this guy who basically has connections in political circles here. he's been doing work for the uae. he's dons other political work as a foreign policy adviser with ties to washington, d.c. he has an amendment here in washington, d.c. he's been this mystery figure that sort of fell off the face of the planet. no one knew that he was involved in any of this. just in january he was stopped at dulles airport by the fbi where he was questioned for several hours, handed a search warrant for his electronic devices. he was given a grand jury subpoena to appear before this grand jury that's been investigating the trump campaign and russian influence. we've learned he's been cooperating with the special counsel investigation, providing information to the grand jury on his ties to the uae and two
meetings that investigators have long had questions about that occurred during the trump transition. one of them occurred in new york city in december 2016 and involved key trump aides, steve bannon, jared kushner and michael flynn and the crowned prince who flew in secretly without notifying officials. there's a second meeting that investigators have been looking at which occurred in the seychelles, a trump supporter and a russian with ties to vladimir putin. the nature of these meetings have long been a concern to the nib and intelligence officials. nader's cooperation, certainly a significant step in this investigation, especially with the fact that he's providing information to the grand jury as mueller continues to investigate foreign influence on the trump transition and campaign. >> this investigation doesn't appear to be getting smaller or
any closer to finish, at least as we can see. shimon prokupecz, a thank you for being with us. a senior white house official tells cnn sanctions against russia for cyber meddling could come as early as next week, this after president trump claimed yesterday that russian meddling had no impact on the vote in the last election. joining me is republican congressman tom marino of pennsylvania. thanks for being with us. cnn reporting that the white house could have for these new sanctions as soon as next week. what's the rush? it's been nearly two years now since we first got news that russia meddled in the election. should they speed this up? >> we certainly need sanctions against russia, china, north korea, iran, and i don't think we should wait any longer for these. as far as what's being reported, i take with a pound of salt what's being reported as far as sources. i'm a former prosecutor and
there's been a lot of talk about what mueller is doing, what he's not doing, and sanctions. mueller is not letting anyone know what he knows, and that's the way it should be, and we should enforce these sanctions and tougher sanctions as well. >> tougher sanctions on russia for election meddling, independent of what robert mueller is doing, except he indicted 13 russians for meddling last year. specifically on the mueller investigation, you say it's good we don't know exactly what he's doing if -- and you near not going to mind this hypothetical because i'm not asking you to comment on the hypothetical itself. but if he is asking about the united arab emirates, asking questions about maybe jared kushner's business meetings, if he's asking questions about the president's business meetings, does that go beyond where you are comfortable with the russia investigation? >> again, as a former prosecutor, the public does not
know, the media does not know the plan that the special counsel mueller has going. you turn over one rock and it leads you to a couple of other rocks. so, as i said, i did the same thing in investigations. it may be good, may not be good. >> the reason i'm asking, there are republicans who say if two or three or four more rocks are turned over, that is going too far. they just want to see the one rock. i'm not going to press more on that. i want to ask you about what's going on in the white house, the gary cohn departure, the week after hope hicks announced she was leaving. there's questions about general kelly and how he's run the security clearance operation inside the white house. the president said yesterday there's no chaos inside the white house. is that how you see it? >> look, trust general kelly implicitly. he's getting control the way he should be. everyone should not have access to the president unless they go
through the chief of staff. i do not want to see cohn go. he's done a great job on the tax issue and the president is a smart businessman that's why i supported him in the beginning. one thing that's smart about the president, he leads out with his toughest punch like he did talking about nafta, and now you have people saying, well, let's negotiate this a little bit better instead of eliminating completely, and the president has everyone right where he wants them. >> let me go back to gary cohn and we'll come back to trade and tariffs in a ekd s. what will you miss? why do you think gary cohn will be missed? what does his loss represent to you? >> he's just one of the most brilliant economic advisers that i've seen in a long time. it doesn't mean that we will not have another. i'm sure we will have another brilliant adviser. i think mr. cohn will be around
for advice if the president wants it. but we will get someone that's -- >> his advice was to not issue these tariffs on steel and aluminum. do you think the president should listen to that advice? >> the president is a pretty sharp businessman. from the beginning people, first of all, said he wasn't going to be elected. >> i'm asking what you think, congressman. do you think that the president should issue tariffs on steel and aluminum? >> i think he should issue tariffs on specific countries and for specific issues. we have an $800 billion deficit coming up and it's not changing. so what is wrong with trying to resolve this through tariffs on countries like china and russia that do not care about the deficit that we have. we need to be put on a lower --
excuse me -- on a level playing field. i have union members coming to me all the time saying you've got to do something about nafta because we're losing our jobs. >> i hear that, too. you just said specific countries and you noted china and russia. what about canada which is the largest exporter of steel to the united states? what about the eu which i think exports more steel to the united states than china does? >> there's where the president and his team need to negotiate revision of the nafta agreement to make sure we are not at the deficit end of things. again, he leads out with his hardest punch and now people are talking about saying, let's renegotiate this. >> i'm just asking, do you think that canada should be punished on steel and aluminum? >> no. i'm not saying they should be punished. i said we should go back to the tail and make it a level playing field. >> you bring up nafta. the clause that the president wants to use is article 232 of a
trade legislation written in the 1960s which said it's a matter of national security. nafta is a separate issue here. you've got to choose one or the other. >> no, i don't think you have to choose. a z you said, look how long ago that was written. look what nafta has done to manufacturing in the united states. look what it's done to our deficit. we can -- >> trade deficit. >> trade deficit. we should be able to multitask on these issues. >> congressman tom marino of pennsylvania, great to have you with us. thanks for the discussion. >> my pleasure. one week after white house add adviser jared kushner had his security clearance downgraded, he's set to meet with the president of mexico today. what they plan to talk about next. ♪
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million people from philadelphia to boston now facing a new winter storm threat. that means more rain and snow, wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, even as thousands are still without power from last weekend's storm. new this morning, jared kushner on the ground in mexico. the white house is not letting a downgraded security clearance get in the way 6 his of his meeting with the mexican president. it will happen as negotiations continue over nafta. there are lingering questions over the president's trade proposal and there was a meeting canceled between the mexican leader and the president. cnn reporter jeremy diamond with the latest. >> jared kushner touched down in mexico city this morning and expected to meet with the mexican president. they are expected to discuss a range of issues, security, trade, immigration and economics and trade will be a big focus here today. of course this comes in the wake of the president's announcement that he plans to level these
steeped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. that will affect mexico and angered mexican officials. they are also in the midst of renegotiations concerning the nafta free trade agreement which the president has repeatedly railed against. this comes a week and a half after jared kushner's security clearance was downgraded from top secret down to see kret and this trip will be a way for jared kushner to show he can still handle his portfolio. part of which is the united states relationship with mexico. but it is interesting because while jared kushner is in mexico city right now meeting with the mexican president, it was supposed to be the mexican president coming to washington this month to meet with president trump. that visit was actually scrapped after another very tense phone call between pena nieto last month over this lingering issue of the border wall and whether or not mexico will pay for it. we'll have to wait and see
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president, though there is plenty of that too. and gary cohn, there's not nearly as much of him going forward. his resignation as white house chief economic adviser a reason that stocks on the skids today, down 188 points. that's in the u.s. they've been down around the world as well. as for chaos, well, how's the fact that an adult film actress filed a lawsuit against the president and conflict. sources tell cnn the president is okay with his staff kelly being trashed in public. no complaint from the president. abby phillip at the white house this morning. let's talk with the -- start with the most recent departure cohn on the way out. >> reporter: that's right the stock market is nervous and business community is also nervous over gary cohn's depart. one of the reasons is because of the policy reasons behind it.