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investments is in excess of $380 billion. i will not get into the details because i believe our colleagues have briefed the media about this extensively. we expect the investments the next ten years or so will provide hundreds of thousands of jobs in the united states and saudi arabia and lead technology from the u.s. to saudi arabia and enhance our economy and enhance american investments in saudi arabia which already are the largest investments of anyone. the custodian of the mosques and president trump had a very, very good and wide ranging conversation, they discussed, of course, the challenges facing the region and the world, they began by talking about the bilateral relationship in ways to enhance it and improve it in all areas. they discussed this scourge of terrorism, extremism, terror financing and how we can work together to eradicate it. they discussed the nefarious activities of iran and the fact
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that action has to be taken in order to ensure that iran does not continue with its aggressive policies in the region and iran adhere to the letter by the agreement made between it and the p-5 plus one countries. and iran cease support for terrorism and adhere to the resolution with regard to ballistic missiles and cease its human rights violations and interference in the affairs of the country of the region. they discussed the situation in syria, they discussed the importance of working towards peace between israelis and palestinians, the custodians execs pressed the kingdom's optimism that president trump with a new approach and determination can bring a conclusion to this long conflict. he certainly has the vision and we believe he has the strength and the decisiveness and the kingdom is prepared to work
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with the united states in order to bring about peace between israelis and palestinians and israelis and arabs. they discussed the situation in yemen and discussed trade and investment. it was a-- they had a great lunch where the conversation actually began before the meetings and the visit, as i mentioned, is a truly historic visit. we're very honored that president trump chose to come to the kingdom of saudi arabia on his first visit and we look forward tomorrow to hosting the u.s. summit in saudi arabia and the arab-islam, american summit historic and unprecedented that brings together the islamic world with the united states into a partnership and begins to change the conversation from one of enmity to one of partnership. the president is to be commended for his foresight and vision in taking this bold and historic step which has the potential of changing our world.
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if we can change the conversation in from enmity toward partnership with the u.s. and if we can change the conversation in the u.s. and in the west from enmity towards the islam world to one of partnership, we will have truly changed our world and we will have truly drown the is voices of extremism and drain the swamp from which extremism and terror emanates. i cannot overstate the importance of such a gathering and i believe after this visit, the president will go to israel and will go to the vatican where he will essentially address the jewish world and the christian world and try to bring together the three major in the world into a partnership so that we move from a conflict of civilization and move toward a partnership of civilization and i want to stop here and thank my friend rex tillerson for indulging me for taking up so much time. welcome to the kingdom of saudi
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arabia. thank you for all of your effort and congratulations on an extremely, extremely productive and historic visit. >> well, thank you, and thank all of you for being here this evening and in particular thing my long time friend and al-jubeir. we've known each other many years when our facial features were much younger, we remember those days, but we've remained friends for all those many years and now colleagues and i'm really proud to be here today with him to talk about this new strengthening of the u.s.-saudi partnership and relationship, as adel just described it it's a truly historic moment. the united states came to the saudi arabia, and we're dedicating ourselves to a new strategic partnership, new for the 21st century and to charting a renewed path towards
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a peaceful middle east where economic development, trade, diplomacy, are hallmarks of region allen gaugement and something we'll work closely on. this growing partnership is really grounded in trust, trust between our two nations that we are pursuing the same objectives. cooperation and a shared interest. the elements of this declaration that was signed today the joint strategic vision, there are many, many elements and there's a lot of work now to implement those elements and really put them into motion, so that's going to require significant ongoing engagement and dialog between our two nations, i think you will find that we'll meet with a great deal of regularity in order to review how these things are progressing and serve to strengthen our cooperation and also, i think it sends a strong message to our common enemies. it strengthens the bonds
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between us and it will guide our path forward. at the core of our expanding relationship, really are our shared security interests. america's security at home is strengthened with saudi arabia's security is strong as well and the united states of america, the kingdom of saudi arabia are embarking on a number of new initiatives to counter violent extremist messaging as you just heard foreign minister jubeir describe. we' we're also gb to go approaching new disrupting of financing of terrorism and advancing defense cooperation. today the united states and saudi arabia are conducting vital new expansions of security relationship that really spans over seven decades. but i think one of the real hallmarks of today is the economic cooperation and you know, if you have strong economic engagement between two countries, that really is foundational to a strong
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security relationship as well. as you heard foreign minister jubeir mention, today we announced 23 foreign investment foreign export licenses leading up to upwards of more than $350 billion of historic direct investment. $109 billion of that is in arms sales to bolster the security of our saudi partners. and these are going to result in literally hundreds of thousands of american jobs created by these direct investments in purchases of american goods, american equipment, american technology, but also investment into the kingdom of saudi arabia as well. and i think it's important to note that this is an indication of the confidence, the kingdom of saudi arabia has in the united states investment climate. and i think as they evaluate the future investment climate of the united states, what they are seeing already are the positive impacts of president
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trump's actions to improve the business climate in the u.s. for investment and job creation and they intend to be a part of that with these investments. similar to this as a great vote of confidence in the united states, in the business environment in the kingdom of saudi arabia, as they continue to advance in their own reforms and seek new opportunities for their own people to create jobs as well. so strong economic relationships are the foundation for strong security relationships as well. the intended sales of the defense packages in particular fall into five broad categories. border security and counterterrorism, maritime and coastal security, air force modernization, air and missile defense, cyber security, and communications upgrades. and i think you can surely identify in all of these the importance to that all of those areas have to u.s. national security as well. obviously, along with this, will go a lot of training and support to strengthen our partnership with the saudi
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armed forces as well, which strengthens our relationship. the package of defense commitment and support, saudi arabia and the entire gulf region, the iranian threats which exist on saudi arabia's borders and all sides. and it bolsters the kingdom to provide for its own security and contributing it counterterrorism operations across the region, and the important part of this is it, this huge arms sales package reduces the burden on the united states to provide the same equipment to our own military forces and strengthen saudi security forces for the future so that saudi arabia is more capable of carrying a greater share of the burden of their own security, which as i indicated, is important to the u.s. national security as well. so it lowers the demands on our own military, but it also lowers the cost to the american
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people of providing security in this region. so, extremely important to the future of the relationship, but also to the cost of providing security for american citizens in this region. it does commitment the-- it does demonstrate the commitment to our partnership with saudi arabia. as i indicated expanding hundreds of thousands of new jobs. i think the other important announcement which adel just mentioned was the new counterterrorism initiative, the new global center for combatting extremist ideology which will be opened in riyadh, will be a saudi-led hub for extremism in the information space. as you've heard us say 0 often, we have to defeat isis in the battlefield and we really have to defeat isis in cyberspace. this is their recruiting tool, and send messages to lone wolf
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around the world. and this is from the standpoint of experts that live in this part of the world and understand how to contact those with that messaging. our gulf council, including saudi arabia will be signing a new agreement tomorrow to close gaps in many of the areas, including the financial infrastructure, which terrorists can exploit. and we commend them for refusing to let terrorists conduct financial operations in their countries. we are calling on all countries to crack down on the way financing and funds reach terrorist organizations. all of these new initiatives will bolster our joint efforts to deter regional threats from iran, in syria, iran and yemen and on saudi arabia's borders, as i mentioned. these new steps forward will serve the national security interest of the american people and the kingdom both. we're proud of this relationship we're em barninging upon with the
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kingdom and appreciative of the leadership of his royal highness, king salman in putting these initiatives forward. we've had a really productive day today, a truly historic day in this relationship. thank you. >> do you have time for a few questions? >> mr. secretary? >> now, you said earlier in your briefing that saudi arabia and united states share some objectives. having said that, are there any crucial and solid action that is will be announced or taken towards iran expanding in the region? >> well, we are closely coordinating our efforts in
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terms of how to counter iran's extremism and exported extremism, in particular its support for foreign fighters, its payment of foreign fighters, its support of militia operating not just in yemen, but in iraq and syria. we are coordinating carefully around how we view the nuclear agreement, the jcpoa to be used in containing iran's nuclear aspirations. it's not just between ourselves and the kingdom of saudi arabia, but as you're well aware, we have a group of like-minded that is focused on yemen. a group of like-minded coalition of countries focused on syria. so, i think the leadership really starts here in the kingdom with the strong leadership of his royal highness, as well as the crowned prince, the deputy crowned prince and certainly the foreign minister. they have been wonderful and very strong conveners of others who are like-minded in terms of
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this fight against terrorism broadly, but specifically iran's role in supporting extremist organizations. >> mr. secretary, i have a question for you, secretary tillerson, two questions, will you ever pick up the phone and call iran's foreign minister? have you ruled out diplomacy with iran? and secondly, on yemen, how does more weapons via saudi arabia haste and end to that brutal war. and reaction to the election, and what guidance you're going to the administration whether to stick by what they have seen as the flawed nuclear agreement with iran. >> in terms of whether i'd ever pick the phone up? i'd never shut off the phone to anyone who wants to talk or have a productive conversation. at this point i have no plans
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to call my counterpart in iran, although in all likelihood, we will talk at the right time. in terms of the situation in yemen, our emphasis is on finding a political solution. we view it as a tragic situation, millions on the brink of starvation because of the impact of the fighting, but we think it's important to put the pressure on parties to come to the table and talk. so, i want to make it clear that we have efforts underway on both fronts. i think the rebels in yemen and those that have taken over the government in yemen, have overthrown the government have to know they cannot sustain this fight. they have to know that they will never-- they will never prevail militarily, but they're only going to feel that when they feel the resistance militarily.
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so it's important to keep the pressure on them. and many of the armaments we're providing to saudi arabia will help them be much more precise and targeted with many of their strikes, but it's important that pressure be kept on the rebels in yemen. at the same time, we are actively engaged with others in the region to see if we cannot advance a process by which we can bring this thing to a halt politically. we have a lot of work ahead of us in that regard. >> thank you, margaret, with regard to the reelection, who they choose as their president is their business as it should be. we judge iran by its actions not by its words. the iranians have in the past said some things and done something else. they want to have better relations with us, but then
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they attack our embassies and assassinate our diplomates. they plant terrorist cells in my country and those allied to us and supply militias that want to destabilize like hezbollah and others in syria with weapons. they intervene and meddle in the affairs of countries, iraq, syria and yemen. and they've created the foremost terrorist organization, hezbollah. they provide comfort and support for al-qaeda if many of the al-qaeda leaders living in iran for now more than 15 years. they are-- they have a relationship with the taliban that destabilizes afghanistan and so, when iran does all of these things, when they execute terrorist attacks in my country, in 1996, the tower bombings. and where the iranian militia behind the control office, the heads of the plot escaped and fled to iran and been living in iran ever since.
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this is not the behavior of good neighborliness or behavior of those that want others to treat them with respect. they're deservedly are on the list of state sponsored terrorism and deservedly sanctioned for this behavior. if iran wants to be a normal country and wants others to treat it like a normal country, it has to act in accord with international law and the values and the morals of the international system that existed for centuries. we welcome an iran that's open to the world. we welcome an iran that lives at peace with its neighbors. we welcome an iran that doesn't interfere in the affairs of other countries, but this is not the iran we see. so when you come back to your question, what do we think of the reelection, we want to see deeds, and we will continue to base iran on its deeds and
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vis-a-vis policy versus iran's deeds. if i may something mr. secretary, about yemen. the perception is that we are fighting in yemen for a reason or that we have no objective or no goals. the perception is that this was an aggressive war. it was not. people forget how this started. saudi arabia and the gcc worked together to come up with an initiative. yemen was in a transitional period and the yemenese have their walks of life, women, students, tribal people, different religious sects and came up with a blueprint, what yemen should look like going forward, a federal system, rights for everyone and on and on and on and they were going to codify that into a constitution. and then there was a coup. they attacked the city. they seized the government, and
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they took total control of a country that is critically important to the security of the region. now we have a radical militia with iran and hezbollah, in possession of ballistic missiles and air force that has taken over a friendly government. the friendly government asked for support and we intervened. from day one we said there is no military solution. the solution is political. the houthis have to go back to the negotiation table and implement the outcomes of the national dialog in yemen. the houthis are in a country of 28 million. it's unacceptable that they would be allowed to seize power and get away with it. and so, we, and a coalition of countries, have been fighting to restore the legitimate government of yemen, which now is in control of 80% of the territory. we have made mistakes, and we have acknowledged those and we have investigated those, but we have been charged with things
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that we didn't do. we were supposed to have attacked a wedding which never happened. supposed to have bombed which never took place and and other things that the houthis did from the groundup. and they are not correct. the image prevailed that we were waging aggressive war to the count and the houthis were made to look like they were victims when it was they who started this and it was they who lobbed more than 40 ballistic missiles at our countries, towns and cities. it is they who have violated thousands of times cease-fire arrangements put in place. it is they who have made 70 agreements and reneged on more than 70 and reneged on every single one of them. not the coalition, not the legitimate government. when it comes to assistance, saudi arabia has been by far the largest provider of the military assistance to yemen. the areas under government
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control have no problem distributing aid. the areas that the houthis control they steal the aid and sell it to fund their war machine. the starvation exists in yemen is because the houthis seized on towns ands villages and will not allow humanitarian assistance to get in. that's why people are starving not because of the bombing. the houthis like i said, sell the products to fund their war machine. we have distributed aid to every area of yemen that we can. we are running the largest hospital inside incidentally the houthi capital, the hospital that the kingdom built 30 years or so ago and has been operating ever since in order to help the yemenese. we have no enmity, but we will not allow them it fall prey to
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a militia with iran and hezbollah. we know what looks like in the past from our region. we appreciate the position of the trump administration, in terms of providing support is for our efforts in yemen, both diplomatically, logistically and so forth. we appreciate their understanding of what's at stake here, and we appreciate, and we believe that because of this support, we will be able to put enough pressure on the houthi to bring them to the negotiating table and make an agreement based on the gcc initiative and international dialog and u.n. security council 2016. >>, [inaudible question] >> the vision that was signed
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today is, as we both mentioned earlier, truly historic because it's unprecedented. we have the custodians and the president of the united states signing an agreement, signing a declaration that outlines a vision how we want to elevate an already strategic relationship to an even higher level. we want to intensify the consultation, we want to intensify the cooperation, whether it's in count are terrorism, whether it's in defense, whether in technology, weath weather-- whether it's in trade object investment, and whoever they designate that would be a group that would meet periodically in order to see how we can implement a lot of the visions or the strategies or the initiatives that we have. the expectation is that-- while the united states, as i mentioned earlier is the
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largest investor, foreign investor in the kingdom of saudi arabia and exxon-mobile the secretary's former company is the largest single investment in saudi arabia, the kingdom of saudi arabia has been a good home for american investments and american companies have been good partners who have transferred technology to the kingdom, who have provided jobs to saudis and who have helped, most importantly, small and mid sized businesses gain work and gain technology and gain jobs. so this is very good. the vision and the economic agreements that were signed that rex spoke about earlier will increase american investment in saudi arabia tremendously and will provide more opportunity for saudi individuals and for saudi small and medium sized businesses to benefit from those investments, including the technology transfer, as it in reverse,
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american-- the american people will benefit from saudi investments in the united states, which will again provide hundreds of thousands of jobs. so, i have-- like i said, this is a truly historic summit, this is a turning point in the relationship that will take it from a strategic relationship and partnership towards a truth strategic relationship and partnership. >> last question. we'll take our last question. >> two questions, can you say as of the election today will change anything in iran and will you say, does the white house know who this person of interest is who is investigated in the russian investigation. >> let me against those and turn it over to the foreign minister. i do not have any knowledge
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regarding the person of interest. and i might comment on the iranian elections as well. what i would hope is that rahani has a new term and that he use that dismantling iran's network of terrorism, dismantle its financing of that terrorist network, dismantling the manning and logistics and everything that they provide to these destabilizing forces that exist in this region. that's what we hope he does. we also hope that he puts an end to their ballistic missile testing. we also hope that he restores the rights of iranians to freedom of speech, to freedom of organization so that iranians can give the lives that they deserve. that's what we hope this election will bring. i'm not going to comment on my expectation, but we hope if he wanted to change iran's relationship with the rest of the world, those are the things
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he could do. >> as a sign of how truly strategic our partnership is, i agree with what rex said. >> thank you, very much. >> mr. secretary, mr. secretary-- >> you have been listening live to secretary of state rex tillerson and the saudi foreign minister jubeir there, they talked about it being a historic day between these two men, the beginning of a turning point and we initially heard the foreign minister from saudi arabia say this is a beginning of a turning point, as i mentioned, to fight violent extremism, defense, infrastructure, trade, he said it was unprecedented and we heard the same tone from the secretary of state rex tillerson, what we found right off the bat is these two men have a woven history together and known each other for quite a long time.
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>> they're friends, seem comfortable together. >> and we heard rex tillerson talk a lot about the arms deal signed just hours earlier by the president and the king there. and talked about how it would improve not only the defense in that country, but bring jobs back to the united states and it would be obviously pivotal for the war against extremism, but said it would get iran in line, too, they covered their bases and they took about three or four questions from the media and that was it. >> and it was more-- much more about statements than about a give and take with the press, but that's typical when you deal with saudi arabia. with that we'll bring in michael, patiently standing by and listening to all of this as well. michael, what struck me more than anything and see what your thought, was that recitation by the saudi foreign minister of the indictment on iran, and it seemed as though he was almost making a court case, if you will, a closing argument to the americans of why it's time to
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get tough with iran. >> it was a comey-like indictment of iran. it was a brilliant move by the foreign minister to know that the world is watching, and to take that time to explain the yemen war to the international community, to explain iran's involvement in the region with support to hezbollah, hamas, the other militias not only in iraq about syria with respect-- >> i hate to break in, we're tight on time here as you can imagine. if didn't seem as though the secretary of state was as tough about iran, especially responding to that last question, we hope rouhani does this and that, it was a little sarcastic, it didn't have the kind of teeth it seemed the saudis were looking for. we have to remember what he said two weeks ago when he caulked with the jcpoa and it
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was tough language on the heels of a question whether or not rouhani could keep the-- you're talking the secretary of state or the saudis? >> i'm talking about tillerson, what he said two weeks ago when he talked about. jcpoa. everybody who knows rouhani, it doesn't matter who won, supreme leader decides. the they can act without rouhani's permission and they react to the supreme leader. like the foreign minister said, deeds are louder than words and i'm sure secretary tillerson agrees with that. >> all right, michael, adjunct yellow at hudson institute breaking down the press conference. appreciate you being with us, sir. liz, as we've been talking about the past couple of hours, really, you get the sense that there are three parts to this rip to saudi arabia, the isis angle, the iran angle and the economic cooperation angle and
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we now know which angle the saudis think is much important in terms of at that triangle. a lot more news out of saudi arabia and we'll break the past nine or so hours that the president was on ground and his comments with the crowned prince when we come back.
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>> welcome back. the president may be overseas, but there is still a lot of domestic political news as we've heard. the white house and president are still complaining about west wing leaks. and now the department of justice will, in their words, actively pursue those responsible for leaking things, that while damaging to the president, are also classified. politico's white house reporter and beneficiary of some of those leaks, of any leak, josh is with us now. all right, josh, you know, this i am ka-- this came out in the past 24 hours, have your sources
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stopped calling? >> no, i think when there's a leak in any way more people end up chatting. leland: why is that? what's the psychology? >> i don't know. i think in this white house, people talk and everyone wants their side of the story out there. the action-- in some ways, you know, the different factions in the white house ideologically, a lot of people are diverging and i think that they're all kind of fighting to guide the president. so in some ways they do it in the media. leland: say what you want about the obama administration, but they were in lockstep. that was a very tight ship. why can reince priebus not seem to run as fight of a ship especially for a president who demand loyalty above all? >> i don't know that the president wants that tight of a ship. i think he's happy to have different people in the white house, new york folks like gary cohn his economic advisor, steve bannon, more of a nationalist, i think he likes all of the people arguing in his office, i don't think he minds.
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leland: there's a difference between arguing in the office and arguing in politico, the new york times and "the washington post." >> sure, if you were on the campaign there were all sorts of leak from the campaign every week. there were an amazing amount of rich detail coming out of private campaign meetings and sessions. i think his whole career has been that way. donald trump himself was an anonymous source for years in the new york post. he loves engaging and i think the people around him does, too. leland: what is the line for you-- this is an important question because some of the details coming out of these meetings, at least on their face have the face could impact national security. >> i think that reporters have to be cautious about that. you have to talk to the administration and say, if we publish this, what the damage is going to be. you saw "the washington post," new york times and others have done that in recent stories and held certain things out, cnn, i think you guys have as well. but a lot of that, you know, the public also has a right to know what's happening in the oval office. why is president trump making these decisions. who is shaping it?
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and i think, you know, we want to get as much as we can out. leland: so the president seems to be saying over and over and over again, we've got to stop the leaks, that's the real crime as relates to the russia investigation. that's the real issue. can they stop it for lack of a better question? >> they don't seem to have been able to so far. they can have investigations, but a lot of these folks are folks in the department justice for years, i'm sure, national security professionals, they're not necessarily west wing aides that he has control over. they're civil servants. leland: suffice to say as much as the president complains of leaks coming out of, and i should say his supporters also complain about leaks out of the deep state and doj and career civil servant national security agency, it seems as though, and i don't want you to throw any of your sources under the bus, but that a number of the leaks are coming from people who are in the west wing, are his political appointees. >> it's true.
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you read stories and they say senior administration officials who are in meetings. of course, that's what it is. leland: these are his guys. >> there are thousands of people in the government, core prosecutors, security agents, appointees, a lot of different people talk. i don't think they'll root out leaks quickly. it's a tough task. leland: the obama administration tried it. and when you get a juicy leak after you write about it in politico, come and talk to us. liz. elizabeth: the last of four controversial monuments in one southern city is gone for good. why the city of new orleans took the statues down. and the russia probe is now in full swing on two fronts, congress and the justice department's special counsel. what to know about those investigations after the break. >> a question of potential obstruction of justice question.
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>> look, that's what investigations are for. you now have a special counsel who will take over that portfolio within the justice department. i think it's appropriate. ♪
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>> after the fbi made the announcement of a special counsel appointed to the russia investigation, many have wondered what will that investigation look like? aside from investigating potential ties between the administration and russia during the election, going further, can president trump try to obstruct the investigation by asking former fbi director comey to back down? and here to help sort it out, ju july-- julia sullivan. >> thank you for having me. elizabeth: i've seen the term, phrase obstruction of justice on so many headlines over the past, i don't know, week or so,
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that is very difficult to prove. you have to prove intent. so, sort of break that down for me. >> sure. elizabeth: it's been thrown around. >> absolutely. the critical part here for the president is what did he intend, either when he spoke to comey, allegedly, right, and tried to put him off the flynn investigation or when he fired comey. so, to prove intent, what one normally does, you'd pull in everyone who the president talked to about this decision, i mean, everyone, including the president, to the grand jury and see what he said, what was on his mind when he did it. the second part, you start putting together facts, the circumstancesal case. you say, what did he tell the russians right after he fired comey, does that indicate his state of mind? he was, in fact, thinking about-- >> isn't that subjective, though. >> yes, indeed. the problem was this happens in every criminal case because we can't climb inside someone's head, right, and freeze that moment when they made a decision.
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so, you're always going to go with, what were they saying at the time and what was the chain of events that leads one to believe that he had a certain intention. elizabeth: it's sort of-- >> it would be a jury question. elizabeth: right, right, it's confusing at home because we have the house intelligence and senate intelligence, all of these committees and special counsel to the fbi, but then we hear that the former director of the fbi, james comey, will be testifying in front of the senate judiciary committee and frustrated that he's not coming there and will this impact the special counsellor in any way? i mean, the fact that he's going to be publicly-- he's a private citizen, he can say whatever he wants during that hearing. >> well, there might be a question of executive privilege, i don't know, but it will impact the special counsel. the special counsel will generally want to get to the witnesses first before they testify in open committee or in a public hearing. elizabeth: can they call comey next week and we don't know about it? >> certainly, absolutely.
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comey is, full disclosure, he was my boss in the southern district. he's not the kind of guy that's going to say something different at the grand jury as he says in front of the cameras. that's not true of everyone. there were circumstances during whitewater, for example, some went into the grand jury and is a said one thing and said on the sentence, oh, no, an entirely different story. so, that's why the special counsel will want to get first crack at the witnesses, lock them in in the grand jury and hope that whatever they say subsequently, perhaps to congress, won't create, you know-- >> has the president ever been charged criminally? >> no. elizabeth: is it possible? >> scholars debate that. he certainly could be indicted after he leaves office, assuming the statute of limitations doesn't run. elizabeth: julia, thank you. >> thank you. elizabeth: so much to sort out and i think we'll learn a lot, especially after we hear from
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former fbi director james comey after memorial day and hopefully we'll have you back and break it more down. thank you so much. leland. leland: she came to fame during the royal wedding and now her wedding is being dubbed the society wedding of the year. maybe the decade. the marriage of duchess kate middleton's sister pippa to james mathews. more of the pictures coming up. ♪ going to the chapel and we're going to get married ♪
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>> now for royal news. duchess kate middleton's sister pippa tied the knot outside of london. kitty logan is live with more of the grand celebration. >> hi, elizabeth. this wasn't quite a royal wedding, but had plenty of royalty in attendance and one of the most talked about society weddings in the u.k. this year. pippa middleton of course is the sister, younger sister of kate, the duchess of cambridge. 33-year-old arrived in style in an open-top car with her father smiling, waving to the crowd. she was wearing a custom-made designer dress headed off to
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the church to marry businessman james matthews. it was a small ceremony here in the u.k., very intimate, but high profile gathering and amongst those guest her sister's husband prince william and his brother prince harry. not seen though, interestingly, with his girlfriend, megan markel. not so far at least. and headed into that church, many celebrities such as roger federer and his wife, pippa is said to be a big tennis fan. all eyes were on the children, three-year-old prince george, the son, of course, of william and kate. he was attending the wedding as a page boy, along with his two-year-old sister princess charlotte, who was a bridesmaid. kate was informally taking on the role of maid of honor for her and her sister did the same for her at her wedding to william a few years ago and kate was taking care of the young kids. now, there was plenty of public interest in this wedding as
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pippa and her new husband emerged from the church. all eyes from the waiting press, many there from the local public, too. now, this was a wedding with no expense spared. it's rumored to have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and after those church formalities were done, and tonight there will be a dinner. >>. elizabeth: i can't get enough of the flower girls and that's the cutist things kitty logan. thank you so much. leland: video from earlier today, president trump, first lady melania trump walking down the steps of air force one to be greeted by the king of saudi arabia. the significance of that and more on the president's day in riyadh as it's nightfall there and we'll have more on the president's evening when we come back.
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before president trump getting a warm welcome by saudi arabia as he signed deals with billions of dollars saying jobs, jobs, jobs. where life in riyadh. elizabeth: . elizabeth: . leland: fire fbi director james
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cumming will testify in public before the senate intelligence committee. this is our three of america's news headquarters from washington. we had a long day, but not as long as the president. i'm in leland and it's nice to be with you. elizabeth: i'm elizabeth prann and thanks for joining us today. leland: the president arrived for a royal dinner in saudi arabia and it has been a busy first day on the president's first foreign trip that included a 110 billion-dollar arms deal. chief correspondent john roberts traveling with the president in riyadh where it is already saturday night. john, big takeaways from the big day. reporter: leland, good afternoon to you. they can take away for today is
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the u.s. army relationship has been put on a completely different footing than it was on prior to this visit. we knew the saudi's like the idea that president trump had been elected and they liked his approach to terrorism and his approach to iran. the saudi foreign minister adel al-jubeir spent a lot of time in the united states and was educated at the university of north texas in georgetown, today said that this was truly a historic. this was a turning point in relations between the united states and saudi arabia. a lot of it centering around arms deal hundred and $10 billion. a lot of economic export licenses as well. there were exchanged during a big ceremony at the palace today. the president and we don't have, unfortunately, the tape from this but the president saying so far quotes this was a tremendous day, tremendous advancement in the united states, hundreds of millions of dollars investment into the united states in jobs, jobs, jobs.
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short time ago when he was appearing with adel al-jubeir, the foreign minister, rex tillerson praised the deal and the new spirit of cooperation between saudi arabia and the united states. listen here. this sends a strong message to our common enemies. it strengthens the bond between us and it does chart this new pathway and will guide our path forward. at the core of our expanding relationship really are our shared security interests. america's security at home has is strengthened when saudi arabia's security is strong as well. reporter: when you look at where the roots of terrorism are in the world, it's clear that having a saudi arabia military can be helpful. the problem with it, leland, saudi arabia has a history and for your support buying its security. it spent more than a hundred billion dollars on arms during the obama administration and now
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this doubles down on it. altogether over ten years the price tag will be $350 billion. there are some people say that unless saudi arabia undertakes, dramatic reforms in its military capabilities it will not be able to provide for its defense to a greater defense in the canal. rex tillerson suggests that his arms dealer will allow saudi arabia more by its own defense and take the pressure off the united states which has been the guardian of the saudi arabia going back decades. leland. leland: one of the many helicopters there with the president's visit overhead of john roberts. i want to get your thoughts, john. you have his arms deal and that is the deliverable when for president truck. we just all watched that press conference together of the foreign minister and the secretary of state in which he seemed like the big issue, at least for the saudis, is iran and convincing the world that it
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is iran that needs to be stopped. reporter: i apologize that helicopters decided to park themselves right over my head and i hope you can hear me. [inaudible] certainly, the arms agreement is tangible and deliverable. the on note here is what can be done about iran. rex tillerson said now that he has been reelected and he hopes to take the second term and he will disband terrorist network that around supplies and sports and get rid of its ballistic missile support and brings it more itself in line with the rest of the nations in the region. that's the pipedream. what saudi arabia is looking for because he truly believes as some of our arab allies that iran is a accidental threat to the region and that strengthening its security by bolstering its military will have a big deterrent effect. it always will to back it up then at the least it may be able to handle the growing threat of iran more objectively.
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iran deftly is continuing its long-standing position to keep this region off-balance. a lot of this is unknown. no question five john roberts with all the sound of presidential visits. the helicopters and the sirens. reporter: i'll tell you what this is all about. the president is heading off to dinner so we have them running area security and the sirens as well. that's the motorcade. leland: busy busy day here in saudi arabia. busy day for john in the next few hours. he will travel with the president. the unflappable john roberts in. five. thank you. liz. elizabeth: back to domestic news. tractor comey's first public appearance is being five from the job will be the fourth decided committee in an open hearing. tommy will testify between the
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into russian interference in the 2016 election. he joins us with more on what we can expect. >> lawmakers have a lot of questions for james call me. certainly on the investigation into russia but separately one of the biggest questions will be about new reports that the president asked him to end the fbi's investigation into former security advisor michael flynn. that report by the new york times this week cited a personal memo comey wrote shortly after meeting with president in february. it's also important to note that comey never mentioned this memo or any concerns about it until lawmakers when he testified last month on capitol hill. this morning on fox and friends liberal law professors said that memo has raised a lot of new questions. >> i've always liked tractor comey but he hasn't been silent. he has been leaking information, using his friends to get his point out. it's cowardly.
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i think it's about time that comey is confronted directly with cross-examination. let him answer direct questions from people on both sides of the aisle. leland: this particular memo is one of many that comey wrote following his meeting with the president as well as others. lawmakers have said they are very interested in reviewing a part of their investigation. now, adding to their already leading list of questions the times reported that earlier this month president trump told russian officials in the oval office that he had a really great pressure on him by firing comey whom he reportedly called a nut job. in a statement last night democratic senator mark warner was the vice chairman of the senate intelligence committee released a statement saying i hope former directed comey's testimony will answer some of the questions that have arisen from director comey was so readily dismissed by the president. as of right now, there is no set date for comey to testify. it will likely be told sometime after memorial day, other lawmakers as lindsey graham have
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said they aren't sure that comey will be allowed to testify given his conversation will be likely part of the new special counsel's investigation. list six to break this all down let's bring in law student, wall street journal, phil wilber. thank you for joining me we listen to some of garrett's reporting there. i want to gather some of your reporting too. i had of hearings from director comey there are reports of not only the president's alleged exchange with russian officials but people pointing fingers that director comey is the one who could've been leaking a lot of this information. what is your take over the past five, seven days that we've been learning for strike. >> the last two weeks have been like a thunderstorm of news. it's been crazy. first, we had comey fired by trump. we had the white house and trumpet exclamations over the
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firing flip-flop, but thought back and forth. then we had rod rosenstein call for a special counsel which, i think, in the end is difficult for the white house to have a special counsel with director muller's reputation hingstigating this case. room. things will quiet down and give them room to grow. that just happened. now, you have the disclosures that came out in the new york times yesterday about what he said in the oval office. it's all such a mess. it's hard to piece out. elizabeth: you bring up that new york times report. i also want to ask you a little bit about the fact that we eventually will hear from the former director. how does this if any, have any impact on the special counsel investigation for strike. >> the vessel counsel will be focusing on whether russia interfered with the election, was there any collusion between the trump campaign and the russians and then, look at surrounding things like potential obstruction of justice
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and let's not forget the number one article if impeachment against president nixon. watergate was extraction of justice. does this rise to that level course legal experts, allen was on fox and friends are all debating this right now. a lot of that will be, you'll have to sort out and this is not a quick process. we live in this 247, 242nd hour news cycle that's so fast that we want answers today but this will take months, months, months. elizabeth: does it help or hurt lawmakers in their investigations? a lot of people have opinions on this that lawmakers should be focused on taxes, healthcare, infrastructure that they should be focused on the investigation. what do you think was right. >> i don't have an opinion on it but i have heard them complaints on. special counsel makes it hard for them to do their investigation because they all want to talk to the same people. bob muller, former fbi director will take precedence. he is the fbi behind him.
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a lot of these senate investigations particularly in the television world are doing their own to gain and sleuthing, their reading reports and things gathered by the executive branch, fbi, cia. elizabeth: the president on many occasions hazards for the investigation to move prickly. i read some of your reporting where basically, if i'm not mistaken, federal prosecutors are. >> yes, michael flynn the formal national security advisor, his business associates have received the subpoenas from the grand federal jury in virginia looking for records about his business dealings with turkey. remember, he got in trouble because he was lobbying for foreign government for this company that is controlled by a turkish man. that's what they're looking for, those records. when he became national security advisor while that was unfolding. elizabeth: of the washington post, as you know, has been
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talking about a white house advisor as a person of interest in the russian pro. do you have any information on that back we've been chasing that too. our great colleagues over the washington post, this is the most aggressive and difficult news environment i've ever been in. elizabeth: that being said, one last question. you cover demonstrations before and the fact that you said had so many leaks, it's a difficult environment to work in but you're also working with information that you had. is that the state in a ministries basket? >> yes. it certainly more interesting to cover. the trump white house is not as disciplined as the obama white house in control of information. that's partly what the president's style is. the president likes countervailing, power structure, going back and forth at each other and the leak to get their site out in the other side leaks and then you have a lot of career longtime republicans in the administration who are concerned about the direction of the country going in and they are leaking because of the one avenue they have. let's be honest, with the
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president watches a lot is cable news. which is probably your show. that's how they get their word out. elizabeth: in about 30 seconds or less can you give us information on who is being considered to take over the fbi? >> that was fascinating. you guys were on top of that too. they marched in eight candidates last saturday to be interviewed by jeff sessions and the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein but they also, white house has been talking with four people and he said it before he left on his trip that joe lieberman, former democrat independent senator from connecticut is a among the leading candidates but it's hard to tell. they flow names and they're trying to get the right went on capitol hill of who could get through and he would be an unorthodox choice. he doesn't have the federal law enforcement or federal prosecutor background like comey, moeller, the last three all had extensive backgrounds in federal law enforcement.
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that would be helpful, i imagine, for this job. elizabeth: will wait to find out. thank you for joining us. we appreciate it thank you so much. leland: let's bring in our feral and balanced panelist. mark lampkin and dan former senior advisor on the obama campaign. gentlemen, nice to see you. as we look at what's going on, it seems as though you have these two competing narratives. you have the president oversees being a presidential and at the same time you have him stuck in what has become -- anytime a special prosecutor, scandal if you will in washington. >> that's certainly true. what we ought to do now is all the media frenzy, congressional activity, will take a step back. we now have a special investigator, special prosecutor, robert muller -- five that's great.
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when is the media ever going to take a step back. when is congressman ever not want to see their mugs on television perspective they are not spec that's true but you have all this tension that he can't get his agenda through which is a self fulfilling prophecy. the no one why no one pays attention to him is because he dominates the narrative on the congressional leadership and the media is about the scandal. there are things that are much more important, tax form, healthcare, if you've seen the news in recent days about the inevitable collapse of obamacare, the premiums that are being announced, 30, 40, 50 -- erdogan i got a letter from a fellow who goes by the name the horrible kevin and this is the gentleman who is a supporter of president trump. he wrote this, ask your guest how come they're not working full-time on tax plan, taking breaks every other week and please work for taxpayer for once i believe believe with horrible kevin. democrats and republicans have
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this obsession about two weeks and who did what with regard to the russian and we now have a special prosecutor. let that business unfold. congress should focus itself and allow the president to focus on the business of the people. leland: >> this is the inevitable result of someone who is in office is not fair. he is a long history of these conflicts and problems and this is persisting both before and his in time his office. suddenly the president can focus on the work when in fact this is someone. leland: are the american people including democrats who are american people, are they best served by democrats in congress is putting the. on everything and playing politics with the presidents scandals, problems, whatever you call them mark. >> we will disagree on whether obamacare is serving americans well. five as long as it sticks around. back as long as we don't have to
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pay the 50% premium. >> this president is embroiled in the scandal and affects our country and national security. that is every single day is a problem for us. he's leaking intelligence to the russians about the intel we got from his rayleigh that's putting our troops in harm's way. leland: you connected a lot of dots that may not be there. i understand there's a lot of reporting i spent four years in israel and the number one sources i have says the israelis are that worried about it. there's reporting on both sides back i was just going to say, if you step back this obsession with getting trump started before he was inaugurated. this is nothing -- there is no nothing there until there's there. trump, shuman, they've been oppositely opposed to everything. we have people who in the last initiation were getting 96 to nothing about where now they're
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being passed along by party line. track consumer has been calling a narrative for the special prosecutor since day one. it's all in what they haven't done is gotten over that fact that hillary lost. trump is present. every day is an obsessive notion about how do we bring him down. leland: your 15 seconds. >> his own statements and troops there we know he's connected to russia. leland: that's worth putting the brakes on everything? >> if were demolishing reforms that help american people but in this case it's important to know that the truth about these connections understanding the relationship and finding out what is happening five they've made the calculation that it's worth stopping everything rather than getting to work as art we talked about. mark, dan, i appreciate your time. i was a, will hear more about
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as well. check out these clouds in oklahoma. nineteen tornadoes have been reported in four states in the heartland. davis, oklahoma. elizabeth: iranian president was reelection and will serve another four years in the post. he defeated his conservative challenger in the friday election garnering 57% of the vote. john has more details on this challenge facing this president and his second term. john. reporter: elizabeth, president romani said that he feels the weight of the responsibility after he won his reelection. he will be feeling even more the weight of responsibly after the comments that were made earlier in saudi arabia. we'll get to that.
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as you said, he won 57% of the vote. seven-ten voters basically 70% of the voters, the big day, big turnout, big election and big challenges ahead for romani. he calls his victory the election for freedom and independence. he seems more as a reform and a liberal minded leader. his victory is a victory, if you will, for moderates in those who want more freedom within the country. freedom of speech and expression and also better relations with the rest of the world. as we said, he is many challenges ahead such as reducing the country's high unemployment rate and also dealing with iran's hardline element. iran, as we talked about, is a major topic and as you heard in saudi arabia, saudi arabia and iran haven't had relationships since 2006. the us is clearly throwing its weight behind saudi arabia even
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more by signing that $110 billion arm package. rex tillerson said in part saudi arabia that he hopes honey uses this term to dismantle iran's network of terrorism and ballistic missile testing and restore the right to iranians of free speech and expression, adding that quote, if romani expects to retained iran's relationship with the world, those are the things he can do. president romani also went on to say that he is victory is for peace against violence and friendship with the world away from radicalism. we'll see if that is indeed true. it's easier said than done. elizabeth. elizabeth: john reporting life. thank you so much. leland: in the midst of the iranian election and present
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trump in the middle east, more than 20 people are dead in iraq after a car bombs exploded not only in baghdad but buzzer as well. in an online statement, isis claimed responsibility for the attack. they are saying that they targeted shiites, the sect of islam that iran has the majority of the attacks and iraqi forces backed by us coalition. moving to the last neighborhood held by isis in the northern parts of iraq. elizabeth: the reaction pouring in from both sides of the aisle after robert muller is asked to lead the russian probe for the fbi. earlier we heard from republicans in a policy in new york. dan hilty joins us with his thoughts on the special prosecutor
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five welcome back. john roberts traveling with the president in saudi arabia. he reports that mr. trump is not happy to be away from the scandals of washington for a week but while the president is away this week robert muller will begin the job as special counsel in the doj's russian probe. earlier we heard from republican chris collins on the subject now for the other side of the aisle, let's bring in a friend of the
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show, michigan congressman dan hilty. back from his ignorant deli in ann arbor. first off, overall, are you happy with muller? are democrats prepared to put this to the side, turn it over to mr. muller and get back to the people's work back he's a good choice. first, his reputation precedes five we talked about the choice. is it time though for democrats to say, okay, it's in his hands now. now, we get back to the people's work rather than invest ginny mr. trump. >> this is a big step toward doing that. we need an independent commission to look at that noncriminal aspect of this, if there are any. if possible, i suppose, that the house committees and senate committees that are looking at that can accomplish that. the main point, i think, we should be focusing on these other questions. this ought to be taken out of the realm. leland: you say other questions,
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tax form. >> just last week i was trying to focus my attention on trade. this is one of those areas where the president and myself and maybe some other democrats could find some common ground. i did a news conference with other members saying, let's focus on the principles that are underlying this renegotiation of nafta, for example. leland: why does it seem that maybe not every democratic argument but certainly democratic leadership says, hey, we think it's politically expedient to continue to be obstructionist therefore we really don't care what's in the best interest of the american people but we care what's in the best of interest of trying to defeat the midterm. >> the irony here. leland: is that a fair critici criticism. >> some go overboard. the irony is that good politics was made of good policy. if the american people see us. leland: did you come up with that on your own? i was taught well.
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the american people did not elect in the fall of last year, not because we weren't donald trump. that was already printed. not being donald trump isn't enough. they didn't hear us talking about poor economic issues. we have an obligation to deal with these eruptions. the president has to take responsibility for the fact that he's initiating most of them. we have to. leland: it's his justice department that appointed a special counsel. >> but then he said it was a witch hunt. is he the head which? my point is this he can't take no response ability for the fact that he's creating some of this circus environment that we are in. he has to stop that. but that doesn't mean that we should embrace that in whole. we should be focusing on the things that people care about. they do want to make sure that
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their government is legitimate and that it has integrity play also want to hear us addressing the real problems that we see in healthcare, taxes, trade. leland: we been hearing that on twitter a lot. wears movement on all of these issues prospectively, is the president in saudi arabia and he shows up hundred and 10 billion-dollar arms deal and it another couple hundred as it relates to other trade with saudi arabia, commercial trade, that's something democrats could get on board with. >> i hope. i hope this trip gets him a chance to be presidential. none of us should hope that this trip doesn't go well. none of us. leland: how do you grading is a part. >> i've only seen basically the coffee ceremony. so far so good. leland: there's a lot of weapons made in michigan and deanna makes a lot of chassis for stuff. nothing wrong with that. >> ultimately, this is about policy.
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this is execution of policy. essentially it's been already made but were looking for the president is a clear statement of how american values will play themselves out on a global stage. any time a president is out in the world representing all of us, we ought to hope that we put our best face forward. leland: we know he has a huge speech tomorrow. right now he's headed to dinner at the royal palace. everyone seems to agree that he's threading the needle when it comes to what he as it relates to the us vis-à-vis muslims. congressman, appreciate you being here. next time were not letting you in the studio unless you brings in humans. >> i know you're talking about a turkey reuben. leland: thank you, sir. list. elizabeth: we are watching the president very busy day closely. this is life pictures from an event that he is actually having to come if i'm not mistaken, at
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the palace. he will participate in a welcome stare. he will also be -- i don't know if that is on the schedule. we know the president and the first lady will participate in this reception with king salman and members of the united states and the saudi delegation. of course, we will continue covering and will have much more news -- five so far, in that, this is for stevie. this is the saudi television network and we just saw saudi arrived. [inaudible] he has rex tillerson and we also have wilbert roth, commerce secretary traveling with the president and are those swords work those look like swords. leland: . elizabeth: if i'm not mistaken, the president is on his way to this event and he's in a motorcade. he's traveling with the first lady.
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i'm not privy to the fact about it on the about where where she is with jared or not. everything we mentioned on this trip is for the formal event they had been planning hosted by king salman and as i mentioned, members of the members of the united states and saudi. leland: he touchdown 11 hours ago in riyadh and 11 hours of work. the arrival ceremony, signing of the hundred $10.000000000 in the foreign minister and secretary of state with their press conference and now comes this very elaborate dinner. 96 degrees right now in riyadh. you can imagine that it is a little warm and their dancing outside the palace. the one thing that we talked about and john roberts made this point earlier the pageantry and welcome and the deference that is being shown to the president is both very different than what
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was shown to president obama and symbolic in terms of how the saudi's view presidential. elizabeth: you mentioned that it's about our 11 into his day. he was slated for a 13 hour day. his day isn't quite over yet. in fact, after this royal banquet which will happen at the maratha palace. that's what you're looking at now. he will have the banquet dinner and then go on to participate in a tour of the national museum there at the palace. so, really, his day isn't quite over yet. in fact, this is the social aspect. he has so much business dealings this morning and so much work to be done and now he gets a chance, i mean, if you can enjoy yourself, this is when you get to enjoy yourself. you get to enjoy the local cultures there and you can see the this is on full display. leland: there are few parties that are ever thrown like the saudis can throw a royal
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welcome. they have a unique ability. it's part of the culture. it's how you show respect and how you welcome folks. earlier, we talked about the business that was done. president trump assigned that hundred 10 billion-dollar deal and then after that was a meeting with the crown prince and defense minister and said this. >> is a tremendous day. i want to thank everybody. tremendous investment to the united states and our military. our community is very happy and we want to thank you and saudi arabia. about the hundreds of billions of dollars that have been invested into the united states in jobs, jobs, jobs. leland: now we are back live with the ceremony of swords in the welcoming dance they are. he does not look comfortable in the situation but, hey, he's
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there, he's doing it. dan, congress men from michigan on the set with us. the president said something important there. bottom line, hundred and $10 billion means jobs, jobs, jobs. some of those jobs will be in michigan. >> are busy, that's one of the president iran on. he can connect a foreign visit to the core issue of most american thing about, that's a good thing. we have an interesting relationship with the saudi's. obviously, they embrace the president and this is a good example of that. it's a stark contrast. leland: you are going to say something nice. >> i'm in a place where i agree with the president. i'm not afraid to say. i do think that we have a difficult relationship in the parts with that part of the world. if the president -- i think the presidents real mission could be accomplished if he can turn the page in terms of how he's viewed
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in the muslim world. his speech is going to important step in that regard. we'll see how that goes. elizabeth: i'm curious as to and you hear from some of your constituents, he really has to set a tone tomorrow. it's not only to the folks in michigan but to folks across the globe. are there expectations for you all eyes are on him tomorrow. we can look at the grand display and it looks like fun and it's obviously exciting and we see the bringing together of these really cultures but when it comes down to it everyone is looking at the messaging coming out of the strip. >> that's right. most of us and, whether democrat or republican, in a case like this were looking for some discipline. some willingness to stick to a message. i think where the president sometimes gets himself into a little difficult eat when he goes off script when it comes to foreign policy and the us standing on the globe, he may
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believe being unconventional and unpredictable is a good thing but i don't think the rest of the world thanks that way. it's helpful that he has a consistent message when it comes to us policy. particular, when he has his chance to begin the slow process of turning the page in terms of the way the muslim world is him. it could be an important. leland: michigan has an enormous muslim populace. you don't need me to tell you. many of your consistent are practices of that faith. does the symbolism of the saudi king, the fellow who is in charge, if you will remind you, of the two main masks of islam? is him embracing president trump this way will this help with that reset? >> i'm not sure. there certainly the visual perhaps can help but i think american muslims, in particular, muslims input general see the saudi king not so much as a
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representative of islam but as a where wealthy nation. i think that's the closer relationship. leland: . elizabeth: we have to cut you off. were off a hard break. we've had a bunch of breaking news today. we will have much more after the break. state with us.
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...doesn't happen by accident. leland: just about 9:00 p.m. in saudi arabia. twelve hours after the president touchdown and we are looking, i think, that is the president. it is. he is getting out of the motorcade at the maratha palace in saudi arabia for a royal feast, banquet if you will with the king of saudi arabia and his family. we had seen a big part of the white house staff there dancing with their saudi counterparts and now, here is the moment that they've all been waiting for which is to welcome the president to print one for this dinner. elizabeth: we been talking a lot about the presidents day today.
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it's been, our 11 of a plant, 13 hour day. the day will continue as saudi arabia tomorrow but this is a time where they can relax a little bit. we saw, initially, a very ornate welcoming ceremony. we saw that king greeted him at the end of the red carpet, right there on the tarmac something that we distinguished was different from the obama administration. then we saw the presentation of what is effectively merely, a $110 billion defense deal over the course of the year and it will be $350 billion. so much business has taken place. now you can see the president here, he's walking along the corridor into the palace and will be able to enjoy, like you said, pretty unbelievable cuisine five is a show for sure. elizabeth: that will be trained, what is now, the palace and the national museum there.
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you can see their very clear about the optics. they've rolled out the red carpet. leland: multiple red carpets. it's worth pointing out that with president trump we've seen extreme left in the first lady wearing looks like a red dress of some type and then jared kushner just behind them. ivanka trump there as well. we saw secretary of state, secretary of commerce, they are part of the ceremony. important, as we saw, moments of conversation between the king and president trump. we've heard a lot of reporting about how president trump is unconventional. he's taking it upon himself to develop the sort of deep personal relationships with world leaders. he thanks that's meaningful for us relations and us national security that he has these personal relationships. i wouldn't call it dancing but swaying to the music there.
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elizabeth: for a president who, lavishly, was elected for going off script i will say that today has been very much going on script. in fact, we saw secretary tillerson without the event had a press conference with the saudi foreign minister and they talked about the arms deal but they also talked about moving forward. they talked about the fight against extremism and iran. we even heard them touch on yemen. it's a looking forward in a relationship and how to be more globally coalition when it comes to fighting ices. generally, a stronger relationship is going forward. that's what i'm trying to get to. leland: it's no surprise and no secret that the saudi's were not
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happy with the american relationship with under president obama. they felt that he cozied up too much to the iranians and now we see this shift. the saudi royal family is under assault from two places. one from the religious extremists, the more hobbies in saudi arabia which is the birthplace of radical islam and then also from iran into being squeezed by oil prices that have come down. this is the saudi royal family big moment. it was an interesting point when it comes to policy. the policy came out from the pool. two from president trump talking about the threats that the king faces. it used to be one of the most advanced -- they serve our kingdom and they too brought destruction to their own country and you can destroy a country in mere seconds. it takes a lot of effort. the saudis are now looking to the united states for their security $110 billion. you heard secretary tillerson talk about that when he said
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saudi arabia is most secure when it has america as its ally. elizabeth: right. when we heard benjamin reporting, you touched it on earlier, the fact that iran was filling a vacuum when we saw the obama demonstration putting away from some of the threats. one of the things that the united states along with a number of other gulf countries to share is that they are ices extremism. we talked about al qaeda. there's not just one or two threats. it's really a lot of moving parts. the fact that, like you said, stronger together coalition is really a theme that we are seen throughout the day today fight the saudi foreign minister delivered that incredible, almost closing argument, against iran at the state-sponsored terrorism which he himself is the subject of an iranian assassination plot. when he was the us ambassador here in washington. you get the sense that the
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saudis are both feeling nervous in one sense and reassured in the other. it looks like now they're entering the court of the palace. this is a palace that has been turned into a museum of sorts. they use for events like this, although, you'd have to think it's pretty rare for an event of this magnitude for the saudis. elizabeth: one of the things i find so compelling about today and about the optics is that the message that is being sent and portrayed to all across the globe. we talked a little bit about the president's speech tomorrow that he'll be delivering. if i am not mistaken, it's at 9:30 a.m. and obviously, we don't know exactly what the president is going to say. we know he's walking a thin line when it comes to respecting
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muslim countries and also the fact that he's been very vocal on fighting extremism. we know that steven muller who is writing a speech for him has a number of drafts. haven't necessarily decided on the draft they're going with. the fact that he has to walk that fine line and has to be scripted and were seeing that tonight is that he is following the script, so far. he will be having the following of script tomorrow when he is approached with making that speech. the entire globe will be watching. it's an important day. it sets the tone for, not just the initiation going forward, but for the remainder of his trip. we talked about him going to other countries. he'll go to jerusalem next. and he wants to work together with those countries. he wants to work them altogether. it's definitely a big job that he has to compass tomorrow five this is his first foreign trip. this is his first foreign speech. we heard from judy muller earlier and a number of other republicans talked about threading the needle. being tough about religious extremism on one hand and on the same hand extending the hand of
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friendship and of peace to the other sunni countries, whether it be the saudis or that the tories or the monies. they are all there. it's not just talking about the saudis. tomorrow, the president for space in the arab-islamic, american summit. they are putting together and creating a counterweight essentially to iran that they've been talking about. you mentioned jerusalem, the president had their next and secretary tillerson and also the saudi foreign minister especially talked about trying to have the saudis part of the regional peace deal. again, the saudis view this as their moment to reset relations in the united states and to prove they are the hegemonic force in the middle east. we will see if this works and john roberts purnell,
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$110 billion in arms buys you a lot of wagons. it doesn't a silly buy you the experience to use them. elizabeth: he did say you can't buy security. there's no secret to that. he also went through a number of other ways the country was trying to strengthen itself through forms. one of the things we heard from secretary tillerson was that this provides a little bit release to the us for them not feeling the pressure of having a presence there. i do want to reset as we look at some of these pictures coming out of the palace. the president and the first lady and we saw jared kushner and ivanka trump arriving just a few moments ago just outside the palace. obviously, there was a very whether it's a traditional dance, i'm not sure. leland: very traditional. elizabeth: he arrived but we didn't necessarily see him dancing but we saw a little bit
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of a swing there with the president greeted by the king and they walked through the crowd. we see him entering the palace here and the crowds gathering. he will have a dinner tonight before he will then take a tour of the museum and will wrap up ending at the very long 13 hour day. a very packed date which began when we saw him arrive at the tarmac this morning and we saw him in the first lady get off air force one and they were greeted by the king, it was a very welcome moment. we were able to compare the optics between president obama. there's been a lot of comparisons that the us is in a very different place for negotiations on this trip than we've seen in administrations past. we have certainly seen that picture painted today five no question about that. this palace originally began construction in 1936 when the house was in its infancy for
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lack of a better term. just about the time they found oil and exported oil out of saudi arabia and then finished in 1945. it's been used as this area for welcoming the president. the reporters actually traveling in the bubble with the president report that all over. one and along every motorcade route which is preplanned for weeks in advance of our large billboards with pictures of the president of trump and the king is smiling together. there is no question that there is a message in there for the american president. elizabeth: we saw that been hauled reporting that he had arrived in riyadh and he had made the point to tell us that it was clear that the country was welcoming its administration and we learned, lavishly, today after this announcement there was a goal of victory that they were working towards. leland: to give you a sense of what you're looking at. there's the president and the first lady. here are some of the artwork that is on the wall of the
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palace. i have not seen in the president and the king together. we will see when that happens. as they sit down for dinner. they are behind schedule because the president only had a few hours of sleep, certainly tired, certainly enjoying himself. liz and i are back tomorrow. meanwhile our friends in your takeover. >> is day one of president first official trip overseas. the president and first lady attending a with king salman at the banquet dinner. they received a regal welcome of this key american ally. hello, welcome to a brand-new hour of americans news headquarters. i'm kellyanne i'm julie. >> thank you for joining us on this historic moment. historically can. the presence first trip overseas. he is the first american president to visit saudi arabia. the president and king salman


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