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>> i have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow. >> you are going to need a nap after the show. we'll be here, it will be friday. >> enjoy your day everybody, "happening now" starts her now. >> jenna: we begin with a fox news alert, major develops it development at home and abroad, welcome to happening now, i'm jenna lee. >> jon: i'm jon scott, very busy morning already, we are about an hour away now from the white house briefing with press secretary sean spicer, following president trump's remarks at the national prayer breakfast this morning upholding the tradition going back to president eisenhower, where mr. trump reiterated one of his key campaign promises to evangelicals. >> it was the great thomas jefferson who said the god who gave us life gave us liberty. jefferson asked, can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of god? among most freedoms is the right
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to worship according to our own beliefs. that is why i will get rid of and totally destroy the johnson amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution, i will do that, remember. >> jenna: we will talk a little bit more about that, in the meantime president trump is grappling with confirmation battles over several nominees, also follow from a reportedly tense phone call with one of america's closest allies. and pushback from iran, after tough talk from the white house on that country's band missile test, let's go to our chief white house correspondent john roberts, who has nothing to talk about these days. john, if you can, what is the latest? >> good morning to you, yes, also something to talk about, lots to talk about here. the president and the national security council are in the deliberative process we are told at the moment, trying to figure out how to best respond to iran's provocations with the missile test.
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the possibility they could inclusive financial or economic sanctions, potentially embolden support for opponents of the iranian regime. we mentioned iran firing back the advisor to the ayatollah saying that iran will not yield to useless threats from an "inexperienced person." which drew a little bit of a reaction this morning from the president, i would think. the president at that prayer breakfast did not talk about iran, but did mention a number of topics, including his extreme vetting executive order that was signed last friday, the president saying that terrorism is a threat to religious freedom, not just talking about christianity, but a threat to religions, muslims and christians as well, says that he is taking steps to minimize the chance that such attacks will happen over here. listen. >> the coming days we will develop a system to help ensure that those admitted into our country fully embrace our values of religious and personal liberty.
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and that they reject any form of oppression and discrimination. >> the president also reference on frank phone conversations he had with world leaders over the weekend, mexico's enrique pena nieto about bad dudes that have been coming across the border, and that mexico needs to do more to stop them, and with australian prime minister malcolm turnbull. the point of disagreement was a detail that was done with president obama back in november, in which the obama administration agreed to take in some 1250 refugees who had been held in offshore detention camps by australia. the president tweeting last night, "do you believe it? the obama administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from australia. why? i will study this dumb deal!" he told participants at the prayer breakfast this morning that he's got a different way of operating than his predecessors did, listen. >> believe me, when you hear about thene calls i'm having, don't worry about it. just don't worry about it. they're tough, we have to be tough, it's time we are going to
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be a little tough, folks. we are taken advantage of by every nation in the world, virtually. it's not going to happen anymore. to speak of the president at the prayer breakfast also pledged to defend referred religious liberties here in the united states, something he did many times in on the campaign trail. because he was introduced by mark burnett, of course the creator of "the apprentice," the president also said maybe they should prayer pray for arnold schwarzenegger, the new host of the apprentice, because they had higher ratings. you just can't make this stuff up magenta. to speak covered all of it, appropriately so, they can decide which one they want to focus on. we will see you inside the press briefing again at noon eastern, john, thank you very much. >> jon: president trump weighs in on the violent protests that took place last night on the campus of uc berkeley californi california. all of this took place as the university canceled a speech by
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breitbart editor milo yiannopoulos and put the campus on lockdown. mr. trump tweeting, "if u.c. berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - no federal funds?" let's bring in the associate editor and columnist for "real clear politics," and steven, the political editor for "the washington times." you suggest that this kind of anarchy, really, on the uc berkeley campus actually strengthens the hand of president trump, in what way? >> well, i think that first of all, if we're going to have permanent protest, everybody is going to tune them out and nobody is going to listen anymore, that will just dilute any kind of potency of whatever opposition, the left and others, want to create the president trump. but when you break store windows and restaurant windows like what happened here in town the day of the inauguration, when you are a
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lawless protester creating violence, you detract from your message, and then you have no power. so if a demonstration is peaceful you get your message through. if not, you are actually, i think, helping donald trump b of figure, the a figure as controversial as he is, who has a sort of resistance of people will turn out. >> jon: and the crime for milo yiannopoulos was trying to express what, a different point of view? a conservative point of view? >> look, we've gone from in the 1960s, the chancellor of the uc system had a very famous phrase, he said our goal is university is not to make ideas safe for the students, it's to make the students safe to hear these sorts of ideas. that was in response to a communist who was coming to speak on campus back then. we've gone from there to now, where we have riots at the thought of hearing a different point of view. it really takes the whole concept of safe spaces to we now
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really have unsafe spaces to hear any of these ideas. so, you know, look, it's all just really bad. the violence is obviously over the top. i guess the real question is whether president trump can actually make good on the threat he issued in that tweet, whether he can withdraw federal funding. you know, schools are required to uphold a lot of different criteria, and they can lose federal funds. you would think that the first amendment would be on top of that, but it's not there right now. >> jon: the senior counselor to the president, kellyanne conway, had a reaction this morning on "fox & friends," sort of express the administration's point of view. >> is it free-speech? having somebody may be on your campus who has a dissenting point of view or wants to present an alternative point of view? and look, in the real world when these kids grow up and go to try to find jobs, which they will in the trump economy, life doesn't
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work that way, folks. you are going to work with people who disagree with you, you're going to encounter folks who don't, who aren't coddling you in a protected environment. >> jon: the crazy thing to me is at the cops basically just stood by and watch it all happen, they made a whopping one arrest as we understand. >> that is really the problem here, is that if you are going to have, not only do we have this problem on college campuses where people are rejecting any different form of opinion and differing forms of speech, but why did it get to a point where it was so violent they could be throwing candles around and trying to start fires and knocking our poles down? this is the fault of the campus, where they are not creating a secure enough environment to stop this kind of thing. this is, when we were all in cleveland for the convention, as you know, they created a place where protesters were kept far away from the president's nominating process. this can be done. but it looks like university officials were not trying to do
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it. >> jon: let's turn our attention to an op-ed that we saw in "the wall street journal" that caught our eye. karl rove writing a piece entitled "amateur hour at the white house," critical of how the trump administration rolled out the immigration executive order. mr. rove says this, young administration could learn from the controversy writing in part, white house aides should still view this as a teaching moment, they ought to run deliberative processes in which cabinet members fully participate and can express reservations directly to the president before decisions are made. they need not ignore capitol hill allies while secretly drawing on congressional staff and forbidding them from telling the bosses. in the white house should space out major policy announcements so americans have time to digest them, or they can delude themselves that as one white house aide told "the washington post," the travel bands implementation was a massive success story. what do you think of karl rove's advice to the administration?
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>> it's all very good advice. look, this was not a good rollout, homeland security, even as the white house is telling people this went as expected, homeland security is admitting it didn't. there are obviously a number of legal longtime legal immigrants who were denied getting into the country initially, and beyond that, there were these translators, iraqi translators who were helping the american war effort, who were prevented from even boarding plays over scenes. homeland security has now gone out, they're basically try to look for those folks now and say hey, come back and apply, we really do want you here. this was not a good rollout overall. look, you can believe in a limited government, but the most important thing, you have to be able to make the government that you have worked. this is donald trump, the guy who ran as the businessman, brings things in on budget and earlier than scheduled, this was not a good performance for a guy who that is his selling point to voters. >> jon: but a b, as carl points out, conversations with members of the cabinet would help, and the president didn't even have a secretary of state
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until rex tillerson was approved late yesterday. >> then they could have waited to implement the executive order. look, steven is right, if it comes down to a question of confidence, it's going to be a real problem of donald trump. competence. it's already a real problem with capitol hill, republicans with whom he needs to work on a very bold agenda. it is not a boardroom, he is working in a team environment, and in order to enact ambitious goals, he's going to have to rely on people who understand governments. a blind siding cabinet secretaries like he did with cia director mike pompeo and secretary of defense james mattis on some memo regarding black sites and enhanced interrogation, doing things like this without the travel ban without consulting with homeland security and understanding how it should be implemented and allowing experts who know these things to guide them through it and launch a successful initiative only hurts them in the end, and it's time to get back on track and rely on the experts that he's chosen. most particularly, those cabinet
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secretaries. he really can't catch them by surprise anymore. >> jon: we will get the white house take on all these developments about 50 minutes from now, the white house briefing scheduled for noon eastern time today. thank you both. >> jenna: a fox news alert, on the first interview with a member of president trump's cabinet since the commander-in-chief issued his controversial executive order on immigration and the border wall, the exclusive sit down with homeland security secretary john kelly after comments about the wall led to the cancellation of the mexican president's visit. originally scheduled for this week. our chief intelligence correspondent, catherine herridge, has a school. she is live on the u.s.-mexican border in mission, texas with more. >> thank you, jenna, we are reporting this morning from one of the most heavily traffic areas on any given day, border patrol agents pick up at least 600 people who have entered the u.s. illegally. they call this the rgb sector. fox news traveled exclusively
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with homeland security second john kelly to witness the challenges his agents face first hand. kelly said the approach to the wall is really multi-layer. there will be the physical wall, and then parts of the wall that you can actually see through because they are going to rely on sensors, as well as technology. kelly also laid out an ambitious timeline. >> i think it will be built where it is needed most first, and then filled in. that is how i'm looking at it. i really hope to have it done within the next two years. >> kelly als told fox that an important part of his plan is to have what amounts to a surge in resources to the border, and if it's legal, bringing immigration judges right to the border so that they can process people who've entered illegally in days, rather than years. he said the way it works now is that by the time there is a court appearance, these individuals are long gone. >> and then i think the average length of time is 600-plus days
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before the immigration process is complete. call me crazy, but it seems a little too long to me. and there's no deterrent to it. >> kelly said he's willing to take a hit politically with mexico right now on the border, but long-term he really wants to have a good working relationship with the mexicans, as well as nations in central and south america, because these has a big part of the problem is that drugs inside the united states, we've got to work to blunt to that and help our partners on the other side of the border. >> jenna: a fascinating exclusive interview, we look forward to more of it as well. thank you so much. >> jon: the president's nominees for attorney general and supreme court justice will have a major influence on the laws of the land and how their enforced if those gentlemen are confirmed. democrats, though, are threatening a showdown over both the senator and judge gorsuch. up next, former attorney general john ashcroft shares his thoughts on both nominees, and the challenges they might face.
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>> jon: a fox news alert, and get ready for more fireworks on capitol hill, the senate budget committee is about to hold a session to consider the nomination of south carolina republican congress makes mick mulvaney to lead the office of management and budget. if he is appointed that to that position, he will obviously have a huge role in setting the nation's fiscal policy, he is described as a budget hawk, but democrats say that he failed to pay something like $15,000 in payroll taxes on a member of his household staff, and for that they plan to give him a grilling. whether or not he ultimately can emerged to become director of the omb you have to be determined, we will keep an eye on it and let you know how mick mulvaney's hearings go. >> jenna: amick >> let's not mince words, the nomination of judge gorsuch is a huge gift to
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giant corporations and wealthy individuals who have stolen a supreme court seat, and in order to make sure that the justice system works for them. what i'm saying shouldn't be controversial. they haven't made a secret of what they are doing. this is exactly why judge gorsuch has been on their list for four months. he is the payoff for their multi-million-dollar investment. >> jenna: that is senator elizabeth warren, and no secret how she feels, she says she will vote no on plot president trump's supreme court nominee, judge neil gorsuch. while other democrats promised a filibuster, prompting president trump to tell senator mitch mcconnell in not so many words to go nuclear if he doesn't have the double the votes. that is not the only battle underway here capitol hill, joining us for more is a former u.s. attorney general john ashcroft who served under president george w. bush. great to have you on the program, thank you. >> welcome i'm pleased to be
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with you again. >> jenna: you see the nominee, neil gorsuch, would be on national tragedy, i believe it is your term, if he does not get confirmed as part of the supreme court, why do you believe that? >> welcome a look at his qualifications, look at his credentials, look at his experience. a person who has the top level legal education, a person who not only has the qualifications to be a member of the bar, but has international training, so he is a graduate of oxford as well as harvard law school, and columbia. a person who is spectacularly clear writer. clarity and the lies important, so when a person writes an opinion people should be able to know what is legal and illegal, and he has that capacity for clarity. he is about as good as we could ever hope to get in a nominee for the united states supreme court, and it would be tragic if we were to repudiate
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that kind of quality. let me just say that he will repair to the law for his decision-making. and i'm confounded, i'm confused when people in the senate say well, he's going to be for the corporations or -- >> jenna: telus a little bit about that, because that was such a case that elizabeth warren mapped out, that he is a gift to the giant corporations and wealthy individuals. what is your response to that? >> well, i don't want the members of the supreme court to be looking toward either wealthy people or the corporations or poor people, want them to look to the law. and i think it was pretty clear in the election this year that people expected the president of the united states to appoint someone who would repair to the constitution, who would refer to the rules that we have for our culture in our society, and not try to look and see who is this going to benefit or who is that going to benefit, but be blind to the beneficiaries and focus on the law, that is i think when neil gorsuch made his remarks on
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question about judge neil gorsuch, because the big news over the last 24 hours is at donald trump said if mitch mcconnell has to go nuclear, which means lower the bar for a boat to get judge gorsuch through, he should. and the reason why mitch mcconnell can do that is because harry reid, a democrat, changed the precedent in the center senate. the reason why harry reid did that is because harry reid said the republicans were obstructionist, so we are going around in a circle here, and because you have so much experience as a governor and a senator and of course has attorney general, i'm wondering just what are your observations about how this is working, and what would be the right leadership here? >> in this particular case, it is very, very difficult to explain obstructionism, because this is not an individual who has never appeared before the senate, who hasn't served in public life before. he was confirmed by a unanimous vote ten years ago, and all the
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people who appear to be making objections have been silent for ten years, literally by their silence have endorsed the excellent character of his service to the country. so this becomes a clear statement, of political obstructionism. and yes, that's been a vice on both sides of the aisle, but those people who -left-curly-bracket obstructionism is a way of life are going to pay a price from the american people. so it may well done on some of the democrats, particularly those who have to run for office in the next couple of years, and have to run in states that were carried by the president by double digits, and that means that a lot of voters who are concerned about the supreme court may want to think again about whether or not they want to be's obstructionists. >> jenna: it's interesting you say that, because it may have worked for democrats in the short term when it came to passing legislation, but in the long term of course we saw the results of the election this time around. what advice would you give to republicans and republican leadership to not repeat the same mistakes that perhaps they have made over the last several years, or the mistakes of the
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other party? >> first of all, i don't know of times when there have been boycotts of committees when people just refused to vote or did those individuals who on these committees where they simply don't show up and try to stop the operation by not appearing, that is sort of a nuclear option that is going to backfire. you don't want -- >> jenna: what changes that, though? we keep on kind of heightening the tension on all sides, so how do we get back to a better-functioning government? >> well, eventually people have to ask themselves, what did the people sent me here to do? and i don't think people were sent to washington to obstruct. it's a pretty clear message from the people. we don't expect to run on a court that is understaffed, and this is not a major change in the courts composition. this judge would replace judge scalia and restore where the court has been.
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it's something that i think americans expect to happen, they don't want an understaffed court, they expect the court to operate fully, and this is an opportunity for them to make good on the direction that the american people have indicated they want the country to go. >> jenna: it's a good reminder to us that although we are watching this from the outside looking in, we actually do have a role, and the people do have power in our government, and it's a good reminder of that. great to have you on the program, thank you so much. >> it's my honor, thank you. >> jon: a new legal blow to the president's executive orders on immigration and travel, but this federal ruling seems to go farther than others. what the emergency action means, and will it hold up?
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>> jenna: we will ring at a capitol hill right now, where speaker ryan is holding his weekly news briefing, this follows a briefing by house democratic leader, nancy pelosi, who had quite a few things to say about what is happening in congress as well as a new administration. nancy pelosi calling trump an illusionist and calling steve bannon what is a white house advisor, a white supremacist, so those are the words that she is just a few moments ago, here is speaker ryan with what he has to say, he is going through some business right now, but he will be asked some questions, so we will listen and hear. >> a couple of religion questions. >> are you going to wait until sunday? >> when the president said that he wants to get rid of the johnson amendment, --
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>> i've always supported that. >> the other is, would you support religious freedom executive order if it allowed discrimination against and? gays and lesbians? >> we don't want the little sisters of the poor to be forced to buy coverage that violates the constitution, if you are talking about that i fully support. >> to questions if i may. first, there's been reports of a very difficult call between the president and the prime minister prime minister of australia, now john mccain has called the australian ambassador, do you think that what john mccain did was the right move, and what would you say to president trump about -- >> don't know about the veracity of those reports, don't know about the content about the call, i didn't hear about john mccain until what you just said. i know prime minister turnbull, he was in my office a couple months ago, he is a very important ally, australia is a central ally, they are and
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continue to be. i think it's important that presidents and prime ministers, heads of state, are able to have candid and private conversations with one another. >> my second question. the president also referenced arnold schwarzenegger today at the press conference, and at the breakfast, and, arnold shorts and egg are tweeted to the president that perhaps they should switch jobs. >> i'm not going to comment on that, let's talk about policy. >> you also mentioned about choice in health care. -- >> jenna: you can see during a weekly news briefing that speaker ryan can be asked quite a variety of different question questions. all related to news of the day, so we will continue to monitor this for more headlines. we also showed you a live shot of an office, you might've seen a door with an office, and that is where senator, that is the meeting between the supreme court nominee, neil
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gorsuch, and another senate leader, and this is what he's going to do. i'm sorry, senator corker that he is going to be meeting with. the supreme court nominee is going to continue his meetings on capitol hill, we will try to show that tea when it happens, and we will continue to watch all the press briefings as well. >> jon: well, right now new legal fallout from the presidents executive orders on immigration and travel with a california federal judge using more sweeping language than previous court rulings. issuing an emergency order that forbids the government from enforcing many of the new rules. the new ruling seems to apply throughout the country as it requires the feds to allow in people with valid immigrant visas from the seven countries that president trump is trying to block. joining us now, gregg jarrett, fox news anchor and attorney, so exactly what did this los angeles judge, what did he do? >> he did something that was different than the other federal judges who issued temporary restraining orders, basically saying you can't import all
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these people who already had legal immigrant visas who were in transit when the executive order took place. this is now saying that those who have valid immigrant visas from the seven countries, and who were literally at the airport trying to come to the united states, you can't prevent them from doing that. but this is just a temporary restraining order until there is a full hearing, so both sides can argue it. >> jon: but it applies nationwide? >> it does, arguably, apply nationwide, unless another federal judge -- he's got five federal judges who have weighed in on this with stays and temporary restraining orders. remember, the government has yet to set foot inside a courtroom and say, good morning, your honor. these are all orders where you go to the judge and say, please issue a temporary order until there is a full hearing, so the department of justice at some point in time may walk into the courtroom and say, we have no problem with this. in which case it's all
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dismissed. >> jon: but is the ruling legally sound, as you interpret it? >> there is some basis for it, because 28, many americans were the plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit in los angeles, they are citizens already, their family members were in yemen waiting to come over, they had valid visas, so there is some consideration of due process for them. so to some extent it's valid. and again, the government weight may walk in and say, fine with us, in which case the judge would dismiss the case. >> jon: what about the foreigners from those in seven band countries who want to come to the u.s., but don't have valid visas? >> you are talking about hundreds of thousands of people. and they don't have constitutional rights recognized in the u.s. constitution. only citizens do. and only those who actually step on american soil. so all of these claims about a violation of the first, fifth,
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and 14th amendment, that is great, except those people don't enjoy those rights. >> jon: gregg jarrett, fox news anchor and attorney as well, thank you. >> jenna: back to capitol hill, speaker ryan talking a little bit about health care, lets us let's is sending again. >> when we were debating obamacare that did that. my own position is clear, where congress goes on this is an open question on that. that is one of the ways you can finance tax credits, there are a lot of other ways as well. >> 's you spoke up forcefully last year about the muslim man, i wonder if you are totally comfortable right now with trump's executive order and the provisions or give preferential treatment to minority religions customer >> that is a good question, because you know that this is not a muslim ban, if it were, i would be against it. we are a tolerant, pluralistic country. we are and we will be. that is really important. the bill we passed last year, if you recall, after the paris shooting, it became clear to us that one of the terrorists infiltrated the refugee population coming from syria.
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so we wanted to make sure that that didn't happen here in this country, that is just sort of like national security 100 oh one. when we inquired among professionals at homeland security and the fbi, can you properly vet these people to make sure that this doesn't happen in america, they said no, we can't. so that is why we passed legislation with 289 votes, big, bipartisan bill, saying let's pause the program until we can get it right. that is effectively what this is about. so, to your point about religious persecution, presidents always and often put preferences in refugee populations. i think president obama had one for sexual orientation. they didn't call that a sexual orientation test. religious minorities are being persecuted, there is nothing wrong with preferring religious minorities from persecution, using these are being persecute persecuted, christians are being persecuted, so there is nothing wrong with saying, we are going
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to take into account minority religious persecution with our refugee situation. >> one about, though, and this leads to the question about australia, the question here with the executive order, what about the perception overseas? >> people say he did get into te grill of the australian prime minister. >> i didn't even read the transcripts. >> but that perception is, even if that's not true, there is a perception. >> i do think that there is a perception issue, and i think this loose rhetoric that suggests that this is a religious test or a muslim man is wrong, because it furthers our perception because this is not that. so i do think it's important for people to pause and look at the actual context of this. look at the press conference that secretary kelly had to put this in its proper perspective so that it is not misinterpreted as being something that it is not. >> he had to have that press
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conference because he had to clarify. >> on tuesday, i think the rollout could have been better. look, green card holders, nobody want a green card holders to get caught up in this. so i think yes, the rollout could have been done better, i think we all know that, but going forward let's make sure we are not saying this is something that is not, so that we further misperception. >> regarding rex tillerson's confirmation, are you concerned that now that he is at the state department, that the trump administration will now try to relax sanctions on russia? >> well my position on sanctions are pretty clear. i think rex tillerson is going to be a great secretary of state. i think people who don't know him or have followed him very closely are going to be pleasantly surprised, this is a very, very capable man, and i think he is a good model for secretary of state. i don't know what their policy is going to be with russia, i am a russia hawk, i think the sanction should have been done a while ago. >> do you think a lot of this
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rollout stuff, this came through congress, would that have been a more smooth process? >> are you talking about the executive order? >> yes. >> i obviously think we could have done a better job on the rollout. i think that they don't even have a full cabinet in place yet. so it's pretty important to get their cabinet up and running, so that these interagency reviews can be done well, and i think going forward they're going to do a better job of the sinks. >> donald trump tweeted this morning that he's going to review this so-called "dome deal" with australia, that is a first we've heard from the president directly about what has been a very confusing series of messages from the white house and state department and australia. is it problematic the way that diplomacy is being conducted, and should australia be worried? >> i don't think austria should be worried about its relationship with our president or country for that matter. i know your country well, and i've met with your leaders
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continuously over the last number of years, so no, australia is a very important, essential ally, it will continue to be. i typically don't comment on the tweet of the hour. >> do you think that additional sanctions should be placed on iran -- >> i would be in favor of additional sanctions on iran, i would like to put as much toothpaste back in the tube as possible. i think the last administration appeased iran far too much, i think they went too far with iran, and i think as a result, iran is far more active than it otherwise would be. iran don't forget is the largest, greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world. the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. iran writes on their missiles in farsi, hebrew, and anguish, death to america, death to israel, and tests them. this is not a friendly country
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that has global peace or national security interest on their mind. so yes we have to be tough. >> do you have any concerns that -- >> i think we should stop appeasing iran. >> jenna: speaker ryan, i think we should stop appeasing iran, that is an interesting talking point from him, i should say his policy stance on this new development between trump administration and iran over the last 24 hours. a little bit of a news briefing that they're talking about health care as well as a couple other issues, including our relationship with australia. we have other headlines coming from capitol hill as well, and of course a white house press briefing coming up in about 15. >> jon: busy times on capitol hill, as jenna just said, this fox news alert, the nominee for the supreme court from president donald trump, neil gorsuch, is making the rounds on capitol hill, here he is meeting with influential tennessee republican bob corker, let's listen in. >> you know i had peyton manning as my guest this week, and it
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was very humbling. everybody was with him and i was left by myself. [camera shutters] >> jon: a little football talk in advance of the super bowl weekend, of course peyton manning played for the university of tennessee, the state that senator corker represents, he also played for the denver broncos, and denver is currently the hometown of supreme court nominee neil gorsuch. we will continue to keep you updated as the supreme court nominee makes the rounds on capitol hill, hoping for positive coverage. >> jenna: i know you appreciated that broncos mansion. defense secretary james mattis making his first overseas trip to asia and meeting with our
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allies in japan and south korea, as north korea steps up its saber rattling as well, we will talk this with the author of this book. he is also an asian analyst that we rely on very much, and we expect, by the way, some tape from the white house, so if that does happen then i have to interrupt you, i apologize. but you say really when it comes to priority of this trip, it is really about south korea this time around, not necessarily north. why? >> south korea right now is going through an impeachment crisis, the president was impeached by a lopsided vote in the national assembly in december, her fate is now in the hands of a constitutional court, and now nobody knows who is going to be the president of south korea in a couple of months' time. so right now we are seeing, for instance, south korea slowed down the deployment of the terminal high altitude area missile defense system, which is crucial to the defense of south korea and the united states. and so it's important now that south korea not only work
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against north korea, but also help us. >> jenna: interesting, so if you could with the big picture for us, what is at stake for us in this trip by secretary mattis to this region? >> well, right now north korea is rattling at sabers as you pointed out, that is destabilizing south korea and japan as well. this is sort of like the 1980s persian missile crisis in europe, where ronald reagan wanted to deploy cruise missiles, and the soviet union did all he could to try to stop it, china is trying to stop the deployment of this antimissile defense system and they are imposing economic costs on south korea. james mattis is in south korea and japan to provide reassurance, but the best reassurance for the united states is to impose costs on china for imposing costs on south korea. action is much more important than words, and i hope that he will get around to imposing these costs on beijing for destabilizing our ally,
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south korea. >> jenna: this is in his first trip, and it's interesting to see that this was chosen for it, we will have to leave it there, we have some breaking news, but thank you. >> jon: a fox news alert, and we are getting some new video of president trump meeting with lawmakers at the white house. the discussions we are told involved nafta, the controversial treaty that president trump wants to pull out of. the nominee for commerce secretary, wilbur ross, as well as what is going on in the ukraine. we know that vice president pence is present, as well as senator orrin hatch, and we believe also senator ron wyden is there. so again, the president meeting in the oval office with some of these people, let's listen in. [muffled audio]
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>> hello, everybody. nice to see you all, thank you, senator. good to see you, i know you like that. it's going to be one thing we really get along on, right? i think. so, thank you all for being here today, great honor. i put together an all-star team of top-level people that are working on trade. we are working very, very hard and will be as soon as i get the go-ahead, we have the 90 day period that we have to think about. we want to get that whole thing kick started and going. we have some statutory limits, and we don't want to have those
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statutory limits, that is very important. i have very serious concerns about nafta. nafta has been a catastrophe for our country, it's been a catastrophe for the workers come our jobs, or companies are leaving the country. i want to change it, and maybe we do it on new nafta and we put an extra f in the nafta, and you know what that is for, right? free and fair trade, not just free-trade. food free and fair trade, because it's very unfair. so all of these statutory guidelines we are adhering to, i would like to speeded up if possible. you are the folks i can do it. and we will make great trade deals, and we will have something, i don't care if it's a renovation of nafta or a brand-new nafta, but we do have to make it fair, and it's very unfair to the american worker, and very, very unfair to
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companies that do business in this country. that is why they are leaving. while there are many reasons. including the taxes are too high, we will take care of that also. you all know wilbur ross, one of the great people of wall street, and he will be representing negotiations, along with a lot of other great people. so we really assembled tremendous talent, some of the best in the world, carl told me that i can't believe you let wilbur on wall street is known as wilbur, and he is one of the greats. and he's fair, and he's fair to other countries, he will be fair to other countries, and i think we will have a whole new picture by the time we finish, so i just want to thank you for being here. we are starting the process, and i think it's going to be a tremendous thing for our country, for the workers, and for our companies that employ the workers. and thank you all for being her here.
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[inaudible question] >> jon: president trump in the roosevelt room at the white house doing a little arm twisting, some democratic senators present, he wants wilbur ross confirmed as his commerce second, endured some of the other points there, the ukraine and nafta as well, we will keep an eye on it all. >> jenna: now for a little good news on a community coming together during quite a challenging time. a devastating fire destroyed a texas mosque over the weekend. of the fire broke out early last saturday at the victoria islamic center, burning it to the ground. but the community in texas has rallied around this group, and one synagogue, and at least four co-churches, have offered space where their muslim neighbors can worship until the mosque can be rebuilt. and, get this, i'll go fund me page has already raised more than a million dollars of an $850,000 goal to help the mosque rebuild. joining us by phone is the president of the victoria islamic center in victoria,
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texas, and i know you are probably very busy, i appreciate the time. i'm just curious, how did you come to victoria, texas, how did it become your home? >> after my residency i moved to texas for change of weather, i was looking for warm weather, and i've been in victoria for the last 32 years. a >> jenna: i laugh because i know you did a residency in new york city, and we are in winter so we can all understand wanting to move to a warmer location for sure. so tell us a little bit about this fire come our viewers are seeing the image on their screen. how did it start? >> that is still under investigation at this point. at friday night, 2:00 a.m. saturday morning, there was a call that the mosque is on fire, and as i rushed over there, the flames were out of the building, and i watched it for the next three hours completely burn it
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down. >> jenna: we can see the fire, we can see how devastating it is. because of the news over the weekend and the executive order there have been many that have rushed to try to connected to, and i know you have really said that we have to wait for the investigation to come forward, but i think the bigger story might be the reaction from the community, tell us about that. >> this community is a wonderful community. i've known practically everybody here, and they all came together, every creed, every faith, every race, joining us in support and prayers, and several churches and a synagogue all said that we could use their place temporarily to hold our warships. and now we are back on our property, we have a mobile school building that we have been using for children, which now are using that for our
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services. in the support has been phenomenal. as you mentioned about the go fund me, we have raised over a million dollars in donations and we have already started the process for reconstruction. >> jenna: that is amazing. we have the go fund me page, and we are sending pictures as well from the sun sunday prayer service that brought all sorts of faiths together, all folks from the community to rally around you, so we wanted to highlight this good news story of a great community that is coming together, and we would like to come and visit, we hope for you for the best for the rebuilding, and we will make sure that our viewers would like to get the go fund me page and contribute as well. thanks so much for the time. >> thank you, and god bless you. >> jenna: and we'll be right back with more.
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>> jon: all eyes are on that building in washington, d.c., the white house, sean spicer, the president's spokesman, will be stepping to the podium any minute now, we understand, to have his daily briefing, and
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that is always interesting. >> jenna: it's only noon? how many hours have passed as far as breaking news goes. >> jon: we have had a lot of developments just within the last hour, more to come. >> jenna: we will see you back in an hour. >> jon: "outnumbered" starts right now. >> we begin with a fox news alert, we are awaiting the start of a white house press briefing any moment now, as u.s. diplomatic relations take center stage, this after the trump administration put you ran officially on notice following some provocative actions by the country. this is "outnumbered," i'm harris faulkner, here today is sandra smith, meghan mccain, cohost of "after the bell" on fox business, melissa francis, and today's #oneluckyguy, the political editor of town hall.com, guy benson, and he's outnumbered. good have you. >> thanks for having me. >> you were excited about what we are dealing with, because this is sweet spot for you. >> a lot of news and politics and we are jumping in. >> l

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