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have it, i'm not afraid. that's all the time we have. as always, thank you for being with us. we hope you have a great night, a great weekend. we will see you back here on monday. >> martha: a new attack on the media. plus president trump's hunt for a new national security visor moves forward. and new names to replace michael foul line. day 29 of the first 100. i'm shannon green. >> president trump arriving in palm beach, said to spend the weekend. this could be the site of meetings between the president and a select group of candidates now under consideration for the nsa post. its been a busy day for the president as he also toured a south carolina boeing facility, providing his pledge to keep manufacturing jobs in the u.s. the president found time to take another shot at the media
heading into the long holiday weekend. calling them an enemy of the american people. they may not be the biggest roadblock to success. in a moment, charles krauthammer reacts to a battle row ail and the entrenched the d.c. bureaucracy. first a report from mara lago. >> this the third weekend in a row president trump will be coming down to west palm beach to spend the weekend at his winter white house. this weekend, he will be spending at least part of it interviewing possible candidates to become national security visor. one of those will be with his acting national security visor, general keith kellogg. some of the other names, david petraes, keith alexander, former nas, h.r. mcmaster, and stephen hadley. national security advisor. today is the day that president trump has been hoping to swear in former vice admiral robert
harward but the white house said he turned down the job due to family reasons. president trump spent the day in south carolina and event that really brought together jobs, trade, lowering taxes on american businesses. wants to rely more on products made in the united states rather than imports. what better place than boeing's brand new 747 dream liner. >> just like you built this incredible airplane behind me, both of them, we are going to rebuild this country and ensure that every forgotten community has the bright future it deserves. those communities are forgotten no longer. the election took care of that. >> so, we're still talking about the election. exactly one month into his presidency. and we're about to see a whole
lot more of what sure sounds like candidate trump. tomorrow will be his very first big rally as president. it will be ache taking plagues at an airplane hangar in melbourne, florida near orlando. this is really a chance for him to reconnect with his supporters. also a chance for his campaign to continue collecting data on those supporters in the all-important battleground state of florida. the white house says this is a campaign event paid for by his campaign. the election may be four years away but shannon, never too early to start, right? >> he's already filed for re-election to run officially, i guess it's o kristin, thank you very much. internal leaks contributing to general flynn's ouster to the epa civil ser advance boycotting against the president's pick to lead the agency. mounting evidence suggests mr. trump's greatest obstructionist could lie within the government apparatus already in place. dr. charles krauthammer joining me now.
good for yous with. >> good to be here. >> everybody talks about this administrative fourth branch of government that's sprung up. but it really can slow things down when it wants to in washington. it may be filled up with some people who want to slow down the new president. >> i think so. and i think it's been -- it's been one of the main conservative arguments against the big government. it's not just that it's inefficient. it's not just that it is impersonal. it's not just it restricts our liberties. it develops its own interests. fdr who was a great champion of labor, opposed government unions for precisely that reason. now, there's nothing new, remember, in wisconsin you got a new governor who came in, he wanted to change the prerogatives, privileges of the teachers unions, and they raised hell, they almost brought down the government. these are government employees. that's always been the problem of the great -- of the large, of
intrusive, big government. and with trump it's all the more salient, it's a new administration, still in somewhat of a building mode, unable to resist. and as you say, it's being stung pr the intelligence agencies, and as you said, the epa employees who were trying to lobby against the guy who was sworn in to head the epa today. >> some of these agencies are going to feel under direct attack. when you have the president signing things like executive orders that say for every new regulation that we get from the administrative bodies you have to get rid of two. those are things that take away their power f they work, if they're implemented. and carried out. >> well, that's the paradox, you have to get the same people to carry out a weakening of their own new powers. for that you need a president with a lot of public support. this president has the two hows of congress with him, so this is an opportunity to do that.
two houses of congress. deregulation is one of the ways to do it. depopulation of the bureaucracy to allow the numbers to go down by attrition is important. but we are stick with this administrative state. it started with the new deal and isn't going to be ended with one president. >> how much is about the fact the president doesn't have his own people plugged in? there are thousands of people that turn over when a new party takes over the white house, the way it works. but it takes time to staff up, as they say f you don't have your own people within these agencies, you don't have your own soldiers on the ground. >> every time a new person comes in the cabinet, becomes a head of a department, they instantly discover that there are people who are entrenched have been there forever, who know the ropes, and can foil you simply by delaying, they know that at some point you're going to be gone and they're going to stay.
this is a chronic issue, and you want to use the energy and the support and the honeymoon of a new presidency. controlling the two houses of congress. to go ahead and attack it. and i'm afraid a lot of that energy is being squandered on peripheral issue. >> what d f. you don't get a honeymoon, if you go straight to the seven-year itch? >> i think the president did not have a honeymoon. he got involved in policy soon after beak elected. his money moon should be under way now. but i think it -- honeymoon. bpt it ended in the transition. he's in, now, i mean look, you realize he's been here for four weeks. tell me if it feels like four weeks. it feels like a lot more than that. >> it does. >> it's hard to remember barack obama. >> it does. and i think the honeymoon was over november 10, 11, maybe. if he made that it far. >> yes. >> charles, always good to see
you, have a great weekend. >> my pleasure, thank. >> you today senate vote confirming scott pruitt as head of the environmental protection agency brings president trump's total number of approved cabinet numbers to 14. 20 other big positions are still awaiting senate confirmation. seven are cabinet level. perhaps most surprising are the more than 500 executive branch positions still awrating nominees. joining me to talk about that and more is shawn duffy and larry korb, senior fellow from american progress. >> nice to be with you. >> congressman, how much of the blame oigs the trump team, if they have hundreds of positions open that, would benefit them to fill even if they know it's going to be a bit of a fight. >> well, the most important job is to get your cabinet approved. we've seen with democrats, they're slow walking the approval of the trump nominees. for hearings, you don't have a quorum. they will do all-night talk-athons. if you have a problem with one of the nominees, state it,
debate it, then vote. i think when democrats are walking a fine like of obstructionist, it's against president trump and the american people. americans realize that donald trump won the election. they want him to stand up his government. what we saw in wisconsin dr. krauthammer mentioned this, another lesson from wisconsin, if you recall, wisconsin state sen nors because they didn't want a quorum, fled the state, went away for weeks. but they timely came back. wisconsin hasn't forgotten what obstructist they were, a job that was supposed to be done for the wisconsin people. the same thing will be true for democrats, instead of standing up with president trump and moving forward with this cabinet to get the government rolling. >> you know this is the kind of thing the democrats cried about the republicans, they called congress a, quote, do nothing congress, ran on that, ads, commercials.
do they have mirrors? >> well, i think it's important to keep in mind when you talk about the cabinet nominees, that president trump did not vet a lot of these people. the office of government ethics said, they haven't got their tax forms. i mean, i went through confirmation, you have to turn in all of this stuff. the other is, a lot of the people that he appointed took different positions than him. so people wanted the hearings to find out. i mean, general mattis disagreed with him on giving nuclear weapons to japan and south korea, or nato. and the other thing, a lot of these people, who have been picked, are not being able to get their other thing, the white house has a veto on it. that's why admiral harwood turned down the job, he couldn't get his dep sismt as the congressman knows the seat he has from melvin laird, he said i get all the appointments. mattis hasn't been able to get the people he wants, tillerson wanted elliott abram, very, very
qualified, wouldn't let him have him. it's not just getting them, they have to get their team in there. >> how much is that a valid argument, people want their own teams and different presidents handle it dumptly. it slows it down. >> the problem is we can't get many of the folks confirmed or they're confirmed late, you are behind the ball as you're trying to stand up your organization. larry knows as he tried to get confirmed by the senate as assistant secretary of defense, thank god he didn't have democrats who treated him the way democrats are treating president trump. it wouldn't have worked. when you talk about our nominees, president trump's nominees that they haven't turned over enough documents? give me a break. you could never turn over enough documents to get democrats to move these nominees through the process. the real problem, shannon is that the left is so ee rot yak they can't accept that donald trump won the election. so much pressure from the protesters and agitators to keep
the senators from moving the nominees forward. they want them to do everything they can to obstruct donald trump. it's bad for america and the democrat party. >> larry, to respond to that, a lot of these hearings and call for documents, even when they've been fully vetted have one, two, three mum tip many hearings, multiple processes. and you have the democrats knowing they don't have the numbers to block the nominees yet they continue to use every procedural, logistical device they can to stop them. is the point to send them into the offices if they're going to be confirmed anyway, bloodied, bruised to delegitimize them or the president for nominating them? . they raise legitimate issues. when president clinton appointed somebody to be attorney general and she had not paid social security for her nanny, she withdrew. mo vainy, the congressman, didn't pi not only, didn't pay it either. and he backed it. normally people get pulled out when they do things like that.
tom daschle, going to be hhs under president obama when it came out that he had got a car that he hadn't claimed on the tax thing, he withdrew. normally people withdrew. but these people don't. that's why the hearings take so long, we have to deal with these. you have to vet them ahead of time. the office of government ethics said you didn't vet a lot of these people. that's why the hearings take so long. and why they're delayed. >> as i recall under president obama's administration there were those who didn't pay taxes made to it cabinet positions. it's washington, it happens across the board. congressman, larry, good to see you. >> nice to be with you. >> thank you. >> vice president trump -- that's president trump, now we're talking about vice president pence, travelling to germany where he is expected to smooth things over with u.s. allies. they're a little bit rattled. don bolton will be here to talk about that. and you may not like it but i'm going to ask him about the rumors he's on the president's
short list for national security visor. will he take the fifth? fallout continues over president trump headlining dominating press conference, we have brand new polls just for you. hot off the presses. so who do americans trust more, president trump in the white house or the media? howie kurts is here to break down the answers. associated press taking hits after they went up with a story claiming the white house was claiming to use the national guard, hundreds of thousands to round up illegal immigrants. how did the white house respond. join us on that debate next. >> despicable. that would be one of the most unamerican things that would happen in the last century. i am totally blind. and sometimes i struggle to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. this is called non-24. learn more by calling 844-824-2424.
>> shannon: the deportation force that wasn't. this morning about 10:15a.m. the associated press tweeting breaking, trump administration considers mobilizing as manies 100,000 national guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. there was one problem, wasn't even close to the truth. 30 minutes later white house press secretary called the report, quote, 100% false. just a short time after that the department of homeland security
and the pentagon added denials of their own. after all that, senate minority leader chuck schumer went to the cameras and said that. >> that's despicable. that would be one of the most unamerican things that would happen in the last century. and i just hope it's not true. the fact that it might even be considered is appalling. >> shannon: joining us pete hokstra former trump campaign national security visor. and rich fowler, national syndicated radio show host and fox contributor. good to see you. >> good to be here. >> congressman, this seemed too easy for the pickings. when it crossed awas in america's newsroom, we looked at each other and said, what? the a.p. continued to post on it and expanded on it, sounded like this was a story they wanted to run with. >> absolutely. and then the alphabet networks picked it up. this is creative writing, this is fictional writing at its best.
chuck schumer should be talking about what the a.p. did, not what they said donald trump might do. here are some of the words they used, you referenced some of them, shannon. the headline is trump administration considers. they call it a proposal. they're going to mobilize 100,000 national guard, round up, raids, millions of illegals. unprecedented mill tar saix. -- militarization. none of those words are in this document. then we find out it's a draft memo, it was never sent to anybody, breaking news? this is from january 25, it's more than three weeks old, and guess what. trump has done his immigration steps and none of this stuff happened. it's unbelievable. it's fictional writing. but reality is, it's garbage, it should never have been written.
>> shannon: and these days, i feel like all of us have to be super skeptical, richard. when something passes on the wires, the a.p. we generally believe it and respect it. even we had to hesitate and say something about this just doesn't sound right. how important is it for the media to have that sniff test to think about it, or do you think, would you admit, there is some motivation to, anything that sounds negative or crazy for this administration, some people want to run with it? >> this is a tough, tough place for the media and the white house. here's the truth. the truth is that the job of the media is to report information. if they received what seems to be some sort of leaked document they have a responsibility to release that to their viewers. >> but without backtracking -- >> wait a second, i was going to say, with that being said there should be double sourcing and triple sourcing. the a.p. didn't do it in this particular situation, unfortunately. this brings to us a larger problem, i said this over and over again, but donald trump is now the head of this government. it's prudent upon donald trump
and the justice department to really get to the bottom of who is leaking all this information. whether it's a first source leak or second source leak, we have to get to the bottom of the likes. it's compromising donald trump's ability to govern. >> congressman, i had a nancy drew moment, when this came out we started to watch it unravel, i said to myself they are trying to find likes, i wonder if the truck administration floated this to some one and waited to see who ran with it to see if there might be a leaker involved that they could track down. that's probably a little too nancy drew. but i mean they have to do something about these likes. it seems line anybody in a position can get their hands on some document or potential policy or position that's not going to look good for the president, they're happy to feed it to the press. >> yeah, sure. i wish the trump administration or any administration was that good that they could feed something, like this, into the press. and then have it get out and really backfire on the press. because it's so bad.
but there is a responsibility of the media to actually check this out and say whether this is really a story. this was a draft memo. they didn't -- what they did is sensationalized it, they took a boring memo and made it into something much bigger than what it was. they not only didn't vet it, they sensationalized it and there was one objective, to harm the trump administration. >> come! >> this is not to to, this was not to to the voters, the american people, or anybody. it was to damage the trump administration and put something on them that was absolutely false. >> richard, you do seem a little gleeful. >> i agree with you 100%, they seem a little gleeful, they should have double sourced it. the larger story whether it's this, the mike flynn call, the call about the australian prime minister there is a problem with folks leaking information in donald trump's government and it
compromises his ability to govern. even if you blame the a.p. donald trump is unable to govern because he can't get his people together. he's a businessman, he needs to figure it out. >> shannon: they asked the d.o.j. to look into this and could lead to criminal charges, we will see. . happy friday. >> shannon: great to see you both, have a good weekend. >> thank you. >> great. >> shannon: ambassador john bolton joins us on the rumors me's on the short list to be national security visor, will he take the fifth? the new president busy in the first four weeks from the supreme court nominee and his cabinet and the immigration ban, we'll look at the good, the bad, the ugly when they join us to grade his performance in his first month in the presidency. did president trump predict today's headlines yesterday? a look at his raucous press conference and how the media covered it exactly as he said they would.
these new numbers reveal over the backdrop of this press conference still dominating the headlines. most memorable exchange featuring president trump going toe-to-toe with multiple members of the assembled press. we turn to a man who knows about the media, howie kurtz, the host of "media buzz" here on the fox news channel. probably didn't surprise you. >> it surprised me a little bit, fascinating numbers. who do voters trust more to tell the truth. the president by a nose, trump 45%, reporters 42%. that's a sobering finding for the press. are the media tougher on trump compared to barack obama, 60% say yes. 18% say the media are easier on trump, 12% say the same. would it be better for the country in journalists cover the country aggressively. 50% agree, 38% say it's better to give the president the benefit of the doubt. >> shannon: what do you make of that, you said you'd like to
find the 18%. do you think those are diehard people won't be suede by whatever they see on the tv or newspapers? >> it's interesting on the top line who could you trust more to tell the truth very predictable partisan breakdown, 81% republicans trust trump more, 78% of democrats favor the media. independents split more toward trump. on the question of coverage, even the plurality of dem kroots say the president is tougher on this president. >> shannon: what about a bit of historical comparison, looking back it seems people in the past had more respect for reporters versus politicians. seems like that gap has definitely closed. >> no question about it. there was a time a couple of decades ago when the press was widely respected. going back to the days when robert redford and dustin hoffman played journalists. it's polarized and mistrust, journalists may think of one knows we tell the truth and this
president may feel stretches the fact. the president very divided on that question. it is really soul-searching for our profession. >> shannon: and this president, he has gone full-on, straight at them. and taking his message to the american people. he called a press conference yesterday, we're told to announce the new labor secretary nominee, that was about five seconds. he obviously had another plan in mind, he enjoys going directly to the american people, who made him so successful, he cuts out the filter. >> you would think he couldn't go any harder against the media than he did during that 77-minute marathon a new tweet today, president trump calls some noofls outlets, names abc, cbs, nbc, cnn, "new york times," the enemy of the people. that's harsher rhetoric i've seen. i think it goes a little far, enemy sounds almost traitorous. he knows what he's doing, he feels it's his credibility or
the media credibility. what this poll shows is it is a battle for this trust question and the american people. >> shannon: and steve ban on calls the media "the opposition party" whether it's tongue in cheek, this is a battle royale. >> he's not joking. >> shannon: see you on sunday. more tonight on president trump's raucous press conference in yesterday, he told reporters he knew what the headlines would be today, check it out. >> >> tomorrow wealthy donald trump rants and raves at the press. i'm know the ranting and raving, you're just dishonest people. the headlines will be donald trump rants and raves. >> shannon: like clock work, he was far from wrong, just look at the "new york times" proclaiming in 77 chaotic minutes, trump defends fine-tuned machine. from the "washington post," in an erratic performance president trump shows supporters who's boss. the new york daly news saying he
blasted the media in a sociopathic white house press conference. we have senior editor from the federal interest. he knows what he's doing, people call him crazy but is he crazy like a fox? >> uncanley how easily the media fell into the trap. he said you're going to say i'm ranting and raving, i'm not. then all of the headlines say thacht "new york times," their original headline was balanced, it said something like agrieved and at times feeling a little antsy or something. trump stands up for himself. that's a pretty good headline. balanced, it mod rates, explains what the perspective was. then they change it to the 77 kay on the chiropractic minutes. i think -- chaotic minutes. i think the media agrees he sounds unhinged and they sound calm but for a lot of people trump doesn't sound unhinged, the media seem unhinged, out of control, and way too emotional to coffer this president fairly, well, or accurately or honestly.
>> shannon: that's the polling that we talked about with howie, there's really a split between people with a divide over that, the press has lost a lot of ground and respect on this. this sound comes from john dickerson from cbs, on a radio show talking about how the president caused problems for himself. here's what he said. >> i really do think manhattan beltway media elites have lost the country. they've lost it. >> it's true. not because of anything donald trump did. the press did all that good work ruining its reputation on its own, to say a lot of hysterical coverage about every little-ass thing that doesn't warrant it. >> shannon: we've never seen a presidential press conference like that. but to hear the reporters shouting at him and shouting questions, the murmur in the room was entertaining. but i have to believe most of the folks there, were what do we do, we've never dealt with a president like this before. >> it would be nice if more people responded like john dickerson.
i'm not surprised he's one of the people who gets it, his coverage hasn't been totally crazy like a lot of people, what we have seen throughout the campaign and the presidency. the media need to wake up and take responsibility for how bad their credibility is, particularly with that portion of the electorate that elected donald trump. they need to acknowledge this and start making the changes so that they can be taken seriously. that is the only way that we will have any hope of holding this administration accountable or any other administration. >> shannon: are they feeding right into his narrative, all through the campaign and now as president, he has talked about how the media is never going to be fair to him. his supporters believe that and know this. they think this isn't fair coverage. the more that he kind of threw the bait out there, seems like they took it, ran with it. now his folks are saying, it was so refreshing, his supporters say this is exactly why we elected him, he takes these people on. they're walking, it seems, right in to where he wants to lead them. both trump and the media seem to
be in somewhat of a disfunctional relationship, they get a lot out of being hostile. but what happens in the end is a lot of america loses. the poll that came out, the fox news poll is not good that we're only in the 40% believing trump or the media. they're both unreliable nar raytors. it's the media's job to tell the truth, their only job. the fact that they have such big credibility problems, we're aware that politicians lie, we're used to it. the media has a problem is a crisis, a cries thais only we can fix by doing a much better job. hysteria in response to the press conference or his undiplomatic tweet where he calls the media enemies of the people, we have to get it together. and, yes, stop just giving him chum that he can throw back into the water. >> shannon: we had a poll up there as you were finishing up your remarks, he still holds the edge over reporters when it comes to who americans trust. mol molly we'll see where it goes. never a dull moment. >> exactly. >> shannon: thanks for coming on.
for media madness to the so-called draining the swamp, president trump has shaken the washington establishment up in this past four weeks. our panel weighs in with their grades on mr. trump's first month in office. and ambassador bolton with president trump's moves abroad. and late breaking news that he is confirmed to be on trump's short list to be national security advisor, will he answer? >> make no mistake, my friends, these are dangerous times. but you should not count america out.
>> shannon: developing tonight american leaders including vice president mike pence and defense secretary jim mattis travelling to europe seeking to reassure concerned allies. senator john mccain who has been notably critical of president trump's foreign policy speaking in munich today delivering a strong message about america's continued role in world affairs.
>> i know there is profound concern across europe and the world that america is laying down the mantle of global leadership. that's not the message you heard today from secretary of defense jim mattis. that's not the message you will hear from vice president mike pence. make no mistake, my friends, these are dangerous times. but you should not count america out. >> shannon: joining me former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. john bolton. good to see you. >> glad to be here. >> shannon: how much focus on the allies and the world on what vice president pence has to say? >> i don't think there's any question trump's avenues more that will receive more attention around the world. this is a policy speech. all eyes will be on it. it is the vice president with all due respect to secretary mattis and tillerson, this is right below the president. i'm sure it will be reviewed word by word.
and i expect it would be along the lines john mccain just indicated. >> shannon: what do you make what we see from rush yashg 19 miles off the coast we have a spy ship of theirs patrolling near for folk, a big base for us, buzzing our destroyer. what do you make of it? >> i think they're pushing the envelope to see what happens. i think the worst of these three, frankly, is the cruze missile, clee violation of the intermediate range treaty. not the first time the russians have violated it. saying to the europeans we're back and you better be worried especially if they think the united states business to back down from nato. the strong language you have seen already from american sources, i think we'll see tomorrow from the vice president, going to be very important for the europeans. but very important for vladimir putin as well. >> shannon: the president said in a press conference yesterday, listen, i could score points by taking out the russian ship off the coast. but i would get --
>> but i'm not going to do it. >> shannon: no, but he would get in trouble whether he fought russia, whether he's too hard on russia. is he in a place where he cannot win? it has to be a nuanced position. >> i'll say, this i've negotiated with the russians to get out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty, to have national missile defense to do the treaty of moscow, reducing strategic nuclear weapons forces. the way best to negotiate with the russians fridays a position of strength. the reason -- russians is from a position of strength. the reason we have been in difficult for eight years we've moved from a position of weakness. contempt by the kremlin for america's leadership. i don't think that's the way they look at it now. ironically, a strong american leadership role makes it easier to do business with the kremlin. >> shannon: you are very experienced person, sounds line somebody qualified to be in consideration for national security visor. we have confirmed tonight whether you want to confirm it or not, are you on the list. i don't know if you have plans to travel to florida this weekend. what can you tell us about the
possibility that you would be the man for the job? >> you are very persistent, quite admirable. >> the president, the arguments and the options that he needs to make decisions. then has to enforce the decisions against sometimes re-cal si trent bureaucracies. that's to protect the position of the president, the key thing. >> shannon: hour your name has been floated for other cabinet positions. would you ser in a trump administration snmpl it's an honor to serve the country and i'd be prepared to do it. but i don't speculate beyond that. >> shannon: i'll see if you have a bag packed, catching a flight to florida. ambassador, always good to see you. >> thanks.
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the trump presidency has come to a close. what a week it was. successful visits from northern leaders, prime minister from canada, a sidewinder of a presser that may have topped it all. here with grades for not only this week but the first month, guy benson political director for town hall.com, alex connan. and crystal ball author of the upcoming book. good to see all of you. >> happy friday. >> shannon: happy friday as well. to crystal, congratulations on your new book, you have a brand new baby and made time to come on the first 1900 days. we have to let you start first. kwon dpratlations. >> thank you very much. ida rose is here in the studio actually, her first trip to the tv studio. >> shannon: stashting her early. >> we like it. >> shannon: would you grade this week, how would you grade the
week and not if you want to tackle that. it's a mess. i want to be clear on election night when i was dealing with shock, the shock of hillary clinton losing, i won't television and i said, the first thing i'm going to do is pray for our next president's success. i think as a patriotic american that's what you want to docht i'm cheering for this country, cheering for this president and good for the world. but what we have seen so far has been such crisis incompetent, chaos as exemplified by flynn's ouster and the crazy press conference, it is far worse than i could have imagined. i have to say on those metrics i fail him. and this is not how i thought things would go. i thought he would come in and really focus on jobs, do the big infrastructure package, that's why people took a chance on him and elected him to office. his base will love him no matter what he does. there's a large portion of the population who thought this guy is a businessman, he's going to come in, be different, he's
going to get things done. they were not expecting this sort of drama and chaos and uncertainty. >> shannon: well, guy, his team says the drama and chaos is caused by the media who doesn't like him and the reasons he got elected. right. there's a little bit of both going on. i give him probably b minus at this point. there are clear negatives and crystal went through a couple of them. the rollout of the executive order on refugees was a total mess despite what he said and asserted yesterday at the press conference. it was not very smooth. it was not perfect. then the ouster of flynn, chaos on the national security team, report good things. but what the critics miss are the much more positive elements. great headlines for trump early on. on jobs in the economy, keeping jobs in the united states. a flawless rollout of an excellent, superb supreme court choice. i think that and neil gorsuch was a big home run. you can't overlook, people say he's so undiplomatic. four successful visits from
allies and foreign leaders in washington and the u.s. i think he deserves credit for that as well. i'm not quite as negative as crystal, unsurprisingly. >> shannon: alex, this is your job, you sfrat jiez, advise people at the highest level for doing things right. how much is than forced error, how much is not getting a fair shake for the things he gets right. >> if you asked me on wednesday night i would have given him an f. the administration at that point was leaking more than the titanic. you had just fired his nsa, national security visor. his labor secretary dropped out because of scandals in his past and things that the administration hadn't been able to explain to win those votes. but then the last 48 hours, i would give him an a. because he has reminded voters why he was elected in the first place. yesterday he went and con frokt fronted his critics, the press, first hand n an astounding press offense where he answered his critics and reminded voters why
he was elected in the first place. today he went to south carolina and spoke to voters directly, stood? front of a new boeing jet and said this is what makes america great. this is where a country of dreamers. that is the president that we elected in november. that is the president that republicans were excited about. when we see the stuff like the first half of this week everyone should be very concerned about the disarray. when we see the stuff in the last 48 hours it gives us confidence in terms what we can get done. >> shannon: we've given the grade scale. now think quickly 1 to 10, i'll ask you a question, we're almost out of time. yesterday the president said during that press conference i'm having a great time. crystal on a scale of 1 to 10 how much fun you think he's having. >> i don't think that this is everything it's cracked up to be. i think he still loves the public adulation, maybe i'm going to put him at a 6. >> shannon: and guy we'll go to you next, we will this have rally tomorrow, it's being called a campaign rally for the-to-20.
>> the fact that he was able to throw round house after round house at his critics to their faces and then go to a big crowd and shift the narrative, there are people who love me despite the big images on tv, he's loving it 9, 10. >> shannon: alex? >> i give it a 1. being the president is a terrible job. all you have to do is make tough decisions and people protesting everywhere you go, a 1. >> shannon: it is not a job that most people would be able to handle or enjoy at all. but he does seem to be having a little bit of fun. crystal, congratulations, again. guy and alex, good to see you. have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> shannon: all right, we will be right back.
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