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you deserve it. time now for "newsroom" with carol costello. good morning, carol. >> good morning. you guys have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. a surprise from the trump transition team next hour it will launch a daily briefing for the news media, days after mr. trump ditched the press pool and angrily tweeted about stories in "the new york times." we're now told that reporters will be allowed to ask questions. but right now, we're watching the gold elevators at trump towers, waiting with the parade of experts and job candidates to file in, expected today south carolina governor nikki haley. a trump critic in the past, who's now reportedly being considered for secretary of state. all this after hillary clinton delivers her first emotional speech since losing to trump in that stunning upset. >> i know this isn't easy. i know that over the past week a
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lot of people have asked themselves whether america is the country we thought it was. the divisions laid bare by this election run deep. but please listen to me when i say that, america is worth it. >> we have a lot to cover this morning as usual. let's begin at trump tower with sunlen serfaty. good morning. >> good morning, carol. the trump team really seemed very adamant about trying to rein in and reclaim the narrative around their transition right out now not only about the infighting but that the transition ed original stacked with d.c. insiders and lobbyists. today they are making this first big move. this announcement of a lobbying ban really trying to get back to the core elements of donald trump's campaign. the one that really catapulted his candidacy, that he is going to clean up washington. president-elect donald trump's transition team now moving to
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uphold this campaign promise. >> we are going to drain the swamp. >> reporter: unveiling a new lobbying ban. requiring anyone under consideration for a job in the trump administration to sign a written pledge to terminate their lobbying. and when they leave office, they will be banned from being a lobbyist for five years. >> we talked about draining the swamp, this is one of the first steps. >> reporter: as they make headway on some aspects of the transition, other parts are still slow moving. trump's team has not yet contacted the pentagon, state department or other federal agencies to inform them about the transition. with major washington agencies saying, they're still left in the dark. but trump's team says they're moving forward on this today. ready to announce their so-called landing teams made up of transition staff that will deploy and interact with the department of justice, state defense and national security with other agencies to follow. >> i think we made tremendous progress in giving the
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president-elect some ideas about how to move forward with his core team and potential members of his cabinet. >> reporter: today in trump tower, a flurry of meetings lined up for the president-elect. including south carolina's governor nikki haley, a former trump detractor -- >> that's not who we want as president. >> reporter: now under consideration for secretary of state. meantime, new reports suggest that jared kushner, ivanka trump's husband, could wind up with top national security clearance and become a key adviser to trump. trump's team rejecting concerns over nepotism and the potential conflict of interest. >> jared has, obviously, been a very important part of this campaign and he's someone that the president-elect trusts very much. what that role is, like anyone else, is going to be up to the president-elect. >> reporter: the transition team continuing to dispute reports of internal disarray and infighting. >> it's false to say it's not going well. >> reporter: this as the head of the transition, vice president elect mike pence sat down with
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joe biden wednesday. biden promising his successor he will be available 24/7 for advice. >> no administration is ready on day one. we weren't ready on day one. but i'm confident on day one everything will be in good hands. >> and donald trump will be meeting later today here at trump tower with japanese prime minister abe. this is notable because this is his first face-to-face inperson meeting with a world leader since becoming president-elect. already reports from japanese officials it seems they've been greeted with a little disorganization carol in advance of today's meeting. they have been having trouble reaching out and connecting to a lot of the transition officials to go over talking points, and briefing notes in advance of the meeting. carol? >> all right, sunlen serfaty reporting live from the trump tower here in new york city. thank you. so let's talk about all of this with me now rebecca berg national political reporter for real clear politics and cnn political analyst and paul
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singer a washington correspondent for "usa today." welcome to both of you. >> thanks, carol. >> nice to have you here. so paul the trump transition team said they would implement a daily briefing beginning today in an effort to be more transparent after trump's angry tweets about the press yesterday, what do you make of that? >> well, you know, it's a really interesting challenge for mr. trump, particularly. here with a candidate who is very dismissive of the press, who treated the press with disdain, and yet, of course, has always loved the press and loved being, you know, on the front page of the newspaper. well now he's on the front page of the newspaper every day, they apparently have decided it makes sense to try and grab that narrative and drive that narrative in a fairly traditional way, which is hold a briefing every day and tell the press what you're working on. i think that's a good development for relationship between the press and trump. and frankly, i think it's good for the trump transition to again be able to tell their story every day in public without having to sort of back room whispering. i think it's better for them. >> yeah. and i think that, you know,
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it's -- as much as many people hate the media, you know, if you actually talk to the media, you can somewhat control the message. >> yeah. you certainly get your side of the story out. >> absolutely. so, rebecca on the other hand, the conservative radio talk show host laura ingraham, she's up for press secretary, and press secretary is the liaison between the president and the press. this is what she said on the today show this morning. >> one thing that is going to be important, i would imagine, for the trump folks, is to have a very, you know, transparent, and practical approach to the press. i think the press has a lot of work to do to build back its own credibility. and i think for donald trump, i think he wants someone who knows the issues, who's going to try to explain them to the american people -- >> right. >> and keep people updated. i don't think it's -- it's all that complicated. >> rebecca, thoughts? >> well, it's actually refreshing to hear laura ingraham talking about the need for transparency, the need for an open line of communication
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between the white house and the press. these are all positive developments. and so if she were to be press secretary, and certainly she does have government experience. she has media experience. she would be logical pick for that post. that's the kind of thing we in the press are encouraged to hear. you don't want a press secretary who's going to be really sort of adversarial, too adversarial when it comes to the press. you want to be able to have a good, professional working relationship where you can have an exchange of ideas, and of course an exchange of information. and it sounds like this is what she's thinking of, what the trump team would be thinking of. this is all very positive. >> okay. so, one of the things that reporters are likely to ask about in the daily press briefing, that's to take place in about an hour and a half will be nikki haley. because now the south carolina governor is being considered for secretary of state. she was -- she was a trump critic. you know, back in the day. during the primary. when she criticized mr. trump for not disavowing the kkk.
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but now she says she's absolutely giddy about his presidency. let's listen. >> i will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the kkk, that is not a part of our variety. that's not who we want as president. we will not allow that in our country. >> get excited. because i am just giddy. and if you talk to any of the governors here, we are so excited at the possibilities and the opportunities that are going to be here. so the idea that we can now start to really govern, i've never known what it's like to have a republican president. >> so mr. trump during the primary was concerned that nikki haley was weak on immigration, so what does his consideration for her as secretary of state significant, paul? >> you know, winning is a great disinfectant. it removes all kinds of prior stains, it cleans up all kinds of former disputes.
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every republican in the country now faces the situation where they have the opportunity to participate in the first republican presidency in eight years, in a unified government with a republican senate and republican house of representatives, and they can do some stuff. they can really achieve some stuff that they believe in. exactly the thing that makes the democrats worried. so someone like nikki haley who has a great resume and a great profile for the republicans, she is an indian american, and a woman, and sort of the perfect kind of person they want to promote as the party expands its diversity. it seems like the perfect opportunity for her to at least have a conversation with mr. trump about where do we agree and where can i play a role in all of this? he certainly would be taking a risk if he said i want nothing to do with those people. i'm going to assume the trump people are going to be gone in four years and i'm going to hide under my desk and wait for that period. >> a lot of people find that nikki haley being in consideration for a post to be encouraging. on the other hand, jared
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kushner, who is donald trump's son-in-law, there's been a lot of controversy surrounding his possible role in what it's unclear in what role he would serve in because on one hand you hear that he's a very trusted adviser of mr. trump, on the other hand you hear he can't really serve in a real role within the administration because of nepotism. what are you hearing, rebecca? >> well, jared kushner could certainly still serve as an informal adviser to donald trump in the white house. he wouldn't necessarily need to have a salary. but he could still, if they decide this was something they want to do, he could still get security clearance as an unsalaried, unofficial adviser to donald trump, and that would fit in very well with what his role has been throughout the campaign. i mean, we've talked a lot throughout this election cycle about some of the shake-ups in the trump campaign. he's had three different campaign managers over the course of the campaign. now he has even more people coming in to the fold. in his transition.
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but jared kushner and trump's adult children have been there throughout this process. sort of the uniting thread of trump's advisers. because there is just this level of trust and level of loyalty that you can't get from the outside. they're connected by blood and by marriage. and so he really does trust jared in a unique way among his advisers, and i would be very surprised if jared were not to have some sort of informal role in this white house. because trump values his opinion so much. but, there are some complicating factors here. jared kushner has a real estate business of his own separate from the trump corporation. and that could present potential conflicts of interest. that would need to be addressed. so, we'll have to see what sort of arrangement they would make going forward. >> yes. the story begins. rebecca berg, paul singer thanks to both of you. >> thank you. >> president obama is in berlin this morning to meet with close -- with a close international partner that would be german chancellor angela merkel. it's the latest stop in his
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final overseas trip hat has been used in part to reassure world leaders uneasy about what a trump presidency will mean going forward. cnn white house correspondent michelle kosinski is with the president. good morning. >> hi, carol. right. much, much different trip than president obama expected, obviously. this is his sixth trip to germany. chancellor angela merkel is his closest ally in furthering the policies that he feels are important. in establishing close ties with europe, and working together on some of the biggest problems, including the fight against isis. so now there are these big question marks, and analyst describe world leaders as being deeply concerned as they're being a level of anxiety here. because nobody really knows what those policies and what those issues are going to look like moving forward. especially when you think about the kind of leadership that the u.s. tends to take on these issues.
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originally president obama intended this trip to be a stop in europe, to say, okay, we got through this election, we're okay. now we can move forward together. here's where we're going to go, he's what policies of mine i'd like to continue, and here's how, in his view, it was going to be hillary clinton is going to continue to shape those. well now there's not a whole lot of reassurance he can bring, because he himself does not have much clarity on what those policies and what those initiatives are going to look like. i think the best that he can bring is to say, our ties are strong among our nations, and at least donald trump's exhibited some commitment to nato in his meeting. now president obama and angela merkel did do an op-ed together in a german magazine, saying today we find ourselves at a cross roads. the future is upon us and we will never return to a preglobalization economy. germans and americans we must seize the opportunity to shape
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globalization based on our values and our ideas. we owe it to our industries and our peoples, and the global community to broaden and deepen our cooperation so that's going to be one of the themes here. talking about the challenges that globalization produces. and the fact that, you know, if you don't deal with those fully you get the kinds of outcomes that we've seen including now in the united states, carol. >> all right. michelle kosinski reporting live from berlin, germany, this morning. still to come in the "newsroom," dealing with trump's financial baggage. hundreds of companies, billions of dollars, can he separate trump inc. from a trump white house? try theraflu expressmax,nd flu hold you back now in new caplets. it's the only cold & flu caplet
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before donald trump gets down to business running the country experts say he's got to deal with his own 500-plus businesses. trump runs a billion dollar
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empire controlling real estate, hotels, golf courses all over the world. he is setting up a trust allowing his children to take over his brand but critics argue that's a far cry from clearing conflict of interest. so does trump's plan go far enough to eliminate conflict? >> good morning. so, essentially what donald trump has to do is convince the american people that he is going to make decisions in the best interests of the country, and not in the best interests of boosting his bottom line. and right now, his proposal for reducing or resolving those conflicts really falls short according to the ethics experts i spoke to carol on both sides of the aisle. what he is proposing is essentially handing over control of his businesses to his children. and what ethics experts say has to be done in order to resolve conflict is to set up a real blind trust. what does that mean? that means that president-elect trump would have to sell off all of his assets, put the proceeds in a true blind trust, run by
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someone who has no connection to him, or his family, and then that person would make investment decisions without the president knowing that is the only way to be completely above board from an ethical standpoint. of course other presidents have used blind trusts before. not all of them quite appropriately, i should point out. there are problems in the structure of these blind trusts. so, just keep in mind, carol, what's really important here is that all of this is legal. the president and the vice president do not have to comply with the section of the legal code that subjects other people in the administration to conflicts of interest legislation. >> okay. so, so do we know the extent of donald trump's business dealings with -- with international entities? >> that's an excellent question. and actually on the international front, we know very little. all we know is really what's on his website, and some additional
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disclosure and his personal financial disclosure form that he filed. really if you look at his holdings in the philippines, india, turkey, uruguay, this is where he actually does have some risk because he is at risk potentially, this is what ethics experts say, of running up against a section of the constitution called the ee mollments clause that says any official cannot accept a gift from a foreign entity. he's not accepting gifts he's doing business deals. but if you look at the terms of the business deals, are there any sweeteners in there. is there a reduced interest rate? a bonus that's sometimes you know added into these deals. and do the companies that he's negotiating with in these countries have any connection to the actual government. so those are two kwez he's going to have to be really mindful about and it's unclear whether or not they're going to resolve this before inauguration day. >> krrt, thanks so much.
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so exactly how can donald trump separate himself from his many businesses? with me now to wade through is an investment manager and donald trump supporter. welcome. welcome to new york. >> always great to be in new york. it's pretty exciting. right in the center of the washing machine with all the clothes going around. >> you're not kidding about that. so, i mean, trump's not going to sell off all his assets. >> impossible. >> that would be impossible, right? so how does he assure the american people that, um, that he won't be influenced by any foreign entities that he does business with? >> i think that's pretty easy because he's the richest guy ever to become president. and you know, i've been rich and i've been poor and rich is better. but when you get wealth you're no longer wanting to say how do i build more wealth. eight or nine years ago i said how do i be a blessing with the wealth that god has blessed with me. i think donald trump and the koch brothers and look at all the money the koch brothers give to charities, the cancer research, smithsonian institute so the whole notion of wealthy
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people having different motivation, why would donald trump want to get richer? i mean look at -- >> well, but, but, certainly in the primary he held many political rallies at his golf courses. >> yeah. >> some people accused him of, of using that platform you know to promote his new hotel in washington, d.c. for example and also his golf courses. so he is interested in tinge to make money. >> i think he maybe did it because he probably negotiated a very good price rather than having to pay one of his competitors to have a venue at another hotel or another place. i'll tell you how successful this guy is. i go into one of the golf shops. i say to the pro i'd like to have a ball marker. guy gives me a dime, says that will be a dollar. nobody really knows donald trump's holdings. is it time that donald trump releases tax returns? >> i thought a lot about that. i am blessed to be able to find airplanes, you know, united, and
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whatever, and the pilots, they do his health check so carefully. his vision. his blood pressure. and they don't care what the pilot's financial statement is. and so if you're running a ship of state, what difference does it make what his income is. where it came from. >> so you're saying the american people don't really care. >> no. i don't -- >> i don't -- >> 60 million people don't care. i think the only people that care are people who want to try to find some -- >> well let me give you an example of, of how his business dealings might affect his decisions as president of the united states. this is just one example. the trump organization has a $950 million mortgage. according to "the new york times," one of the lenders is the bank of china. right? so, mr. trump wants to label china as a currency manipulator. couldn't china use trump's mortgage, his debt, to manipulate things for donald trump? >> isn't that a classic example to the answer to your question. here is the bank of china has lent him money, yet he's willing to attack china for being a
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currency -- >> he hasn't done it yet though. >> i know but he's -- >> right? so, so, why would china be a good citizen and say you know we're not going to interfere with that bank loan at all with donald trump. why would they do that? wouldn't they be smart to sort of indirectly threaten the president of the united states with something like that? >> well, i don't know donald trump that well. but i don't think anybody's going to threaten that guy. he is so bold and so courageous -- >> really? even china? >> he could care less about china. he's -- he's going to do just fine with china and putin and the rest -- >> the american people should just trust donald trump to do the right thing? >> absolutely. >> with no checks? >> well, no my heavens, carol, you will be all over this guy, the least -- cnn i will give credit. that's the wonderful thing about america. think of our free press system. they could find the most smallest little detail of 20 years ago and pick it out and so, i have no lack of confidence in the press' ability to find every single picayune thing.
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hill where mike pence is expected to meet at any time now with the gop house leadership. technically that meeting is called the gop conference meeting. but mike pence will be speaking with the senate leader mitch mcconnell. he'll also speak with house speaker paul ryan and later this afternoon he will be meeting with democratic lawmakers as well. he'll actually be having a conference with nancy pelosi and that should be an interesting conversation. speaking of democrats, democrats reshuffled their ranks, and tried to look past the crushing defeat. bernie sanders speaking right now in washington. he's already been tapd for a key leadership role within the party. last night sanders said democrats are willing to work with republicans but that trump's feet must be held to the fire. >> mr. trump said a whole lot of things, a whole lot of things. sometimes i think they would just come off the top of his head. and toward the end of the campaign, he was actually using the term that many democrats use. he was saying that he was going to be the champion of the
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american working class. that's what he said. well mr. trump we have a list of everything that you said. and we are going to hold you to account. >> hillary clinton also in the spotlight last night in her first public speech since her concession speech. clinton said showing up wasn't easy, but encouraged her supporters to press on -- oh, let's head back to washington for just a second. we'll let you hearhillary clinton in just a moment. you see the vp mike pence walking and talking to gop leaders in the house and the senate. and i would suspect they're going to be talking about the transition, and also about maybe upcoming legislation when trump is finally sworn in as president in january so we'll take you back if we get any more information out of that okay back to hillary clinton. it was an emotional moment. she opened up about the impact her mother had on her life. >> she beat the odds. she found a way to offer me the
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boundless love and support she never received herself. and i dream of going up to her and sitting next to her and taking her in my arms and saying, look, look at me and listen. you will survive, you will have a family of your own. three children, and as hard as it might be to imagine your daughter will grow up to be a united states senator, represent our country as secretary of state, and win more than 62 million votes for president of the united states. >> all right with me now to talk about that and more jeff weaver the former campaign manager for bernie sanders and cnn political commentator maria cardina a hillary clinton supporter. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> so maria hillary clinton last night implored her supporters to
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keep believing in america. should she have expressly addressed those protesters out there throughout the country to support donald trump? >> i don't think this was the right venue for that, carol. i think she actually hit the perfect note. because, this was a speech where she was accepting a lifetime achievement award from the children's defense fund which is the place where she started her career. where she started focusing on what has been her life's work, making life better for children and families and women and america's working and middle class in this country. so i think she hit the right note, in addressing the fact that so many people are reeling from what was a soul crushing loss last week. but she did it in a way that put the country first. that put the advocacy that she has been working on all of her life first and urged americans to focus not on themselves, not on their grief, but to focus on lifting up the country, on lifting up everybody who wants to work for a better life for all of those who come here, and who have lived here and who want
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to focus on the american dream. >> but, but still -- jeff i can hear some trump supporters saying you know what, it's time for hillary clinton to go away. either -- and or -- or address these protesters across the country and say stop it. donald trump has been elected president of the united states. >> well i don't think anybody is saying he's not going to be president of the united states. but i do think people are very concerned about the time of bigoted, sexist, racist, islamaphobic rhetoric that went on during the campaign and i think there's a lot of young people, in particular, who are very concerned that he is going to enact policies that back up that kind of rhetoric, appointment of this guy bannon from breitbart really is a very, very negative sign. and i think it's always the job of the people to make sure they're elected officials whether it's donald trump or hillary clinton or bernie sanders or anyone else to make sure that their elected officials are carrying out their will and that's one of the ways that we in a democracy elect the politicians or public officials
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know where we -- where we stand. and that's why being in the streets peacefully, and i underbehind peacefully, protesting. >> but still, donald trump hasn't even been sworn in to office yet maria. we really don't know what he's going to do. so, what's the point right now? >> well, i'll tell you what the point is. and, look, he was very gracious and magnanimous the night that he won the election with his five minutes of uplifting remarks. but five minutes of nice words does not make up for 15 months of what has been insults to communities of color, to women, and people are afraid, carol. there is no question that crimes against a lot of these communities of color have gone up. and to jeff's point i completely agree, violence in any way, shape or form from either side is completely unacceptable. but most of these protesters have been peaceful and they have focused on the fact that they are going to hold this
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president-elect, his feet to the fire, as bernie sanders said earlier, because -- >> i just want to -- >> when bernie sanders says he's going to hold trump's feet to the fire what exactly does that mean. if trump does something that senator sanders doesn't like will he mobilize all of his followers to protest en masse? >> well i don't know in what way they will be mobilized but i can guarantee you they will be mobilized. if trump tries to lower the minimum wage as he promised to do at one point in the campaign, if he tries to enact mass deportations, as he said he would do during the campaign, if it he continues to attack people of color, or women in this country, or muslim neighbors, we will certainly mobilize people across this country, absolutely. 100%. i have to tell you, that there obviously is a lot of economic angst across this country. i think a lot of people felt they wanted a change. i have to tell you that i think most americans who voted for trump voted for him in spite of
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his divisive rhetoric, as opposed to in favor of it, and you know we on the democratic side have to make sure that we address those concerns. but at the same time we cannot let him continue to divide us up by race, by gender, by religion. that's not the american way. >> all right i have to leave it there. thanks to both of you. >> thanks, carol. >> as democrats try to regroup, some clinton voters are still having a hard time dealing with the candidate's historic loss. for many of them, it's more than just politics. it's personal. cnn's kyung lah has more. >> all right. ready to get moving? >> reporter: nothing in lee nora's routine in her liberal community in los angeles has changed in the week since the presidential election. yet everything has. >> as comforting as our bubble is that we live in, and as hard as it is to have these conversations now, it's important to -- i'm sorry.
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it's important to start listening. >> why is this so personal for you? >> children matter to me. and our minorities matter to me. because they're my friends, and they're my community. and i want to make sure that they're okay. and they don't feel okay. they feel really scared. >> reporter: if 2016 was identity politics women across social media feel theirs is under attack in clinton's loss. video messages from miley cyrus. >> but please, please just -- compassion, treat people with respect. >> reporter: to ordinary voters. >> imagine like not [ indiscernible ] >> emotion is filled on the streets of los angeles. mothers carrying signs, and children. students walking out of classrooms at ucla. these ucla students supported hillary clinton.
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>> when you say you have fear in you, what do you mean? >> well, i'm a woman. i'm black. i'm muslim. and those three factors basically, being a black muslim woman in america today is very scary. and trump being elected just further builds onto my fear. >> i think it scares me about how people look at me as a woman, you know. how can i go forward knowing that people are okay with somebody coming out and bragging about sexual assault and then still voting for that person. >> i've had to wake up to the reality that a lot of america is not like what los angeles is like. >> more than a week on west coast women are still learning about their new national reality. it just doesn't look like any reality they believe they were living. >> there's this underlying fear that's permeating everything. and it's -- it's really unsettling. really unsettling to me. >> reporter: kyung lah, cnn, los angeles.
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all right let's head back to capitol hill where vice president-elect mike pence has just arrived. he's meeting with house republicans this morning and then later this afternoon he'll meet with democratic leaders. our manu raju is following the vice president-elect. hi, manu. >> hey, carol. mike pence actually emerging as a key liaison on capitol hill for donald trump. of course he has developed a number of relationships with republicans given the fact that he did serve in the house for some time before becoming the indiana governor meeting with house republicans this morning. before also meeting with senate imagine trty leader mitch mcconnell as well as house speaker paul ryan. and then as you mentioned with nancy pelosi the house democratic leader. real effort by mike pence to try
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to align the donald trump agenda coming in with the house republican agenda. and it's really an effort to showcase some unity. something that we have not seen on the republican side. but i can tell you, carol, that republicans are falling in line very quickly behind donald trump, something that we not have expected just a month ago. and this is much different than what we were seeing on the democratic side of the aisle, carol. in fact, democrats right now standing outside a democratic meeting right now where they are debating whether or not to replace nancy pelosi as the top democratic leader right now. two threats are emerging to her leadership including joe crowley of new york, getting urged by some of his members to run. he did not rule out a member as well as tim ryan of ohio also considering a run against nancy pelosi. said he may make a decision today when i asked him about it just a few minutes ago. we're seeing much different strategies on both side of the aisle. republicans falling into line behind donald trump and mike pence. he rallies his troops today. on the other side democrats
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a new bill filed in the georgia legislature this week could restrict the rights of muslim women to wear burqas in public. the authors say it will only apply to drivers but critics are concerned the impact will have a much more far' reaching effect. nick valencia is following the story. >> reporter: this bill was filed as a preclude to the 2017 georgia legislative session and it's not necessarily a new law, just expands on the current anti-masking law in the state. what it would do, if it was passed into law, was it would prohibit women from wearing a burqa or veil on their driver's license. a law already exists like that. however, the wording suggests the restrict would expand to nearly all public places. this is obviously very concerning for muslim leaders. last night i spoke to an imam who says this is an unnecessary law and the only reason this is
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being proposed now is because donald trump was elected president. >> united states is champion of peace and democracy and it's not wise at all the approach. what it does is really aiding the radical groups to easily recruit. the radicals, all they have to say is look, what they are saying to the muslim woman are discriminating, whereby generating and getting the support from the radicals and we should not aid and give to the radicals a gift. >> reporter: he went on to say this issue was suggested three to four years ago with the then u.s. attorney sally yates. he thought the issue was put to bed then. obviously not. what he says however is that this could backfire on the lawmaker, representative jason spencer, who says this is the interests of public safety. we reached out to representative spencer to get clarification on the comments he gave to wsb last night but have yet to hear back
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from him. carol? >> nick valencia live from atlanta, thanks so much. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. breaking news this morning. national security director james clapper has submitted his resignation letter. let's get the latest from barbara starr. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. james clapper, the director of national intelligence, who oversees the multi-billion dollar intelligence enterprise in this country, some 16 intelligence agencies, billions of dollars in spending and operations, just told the house select committee on intelligence at a hearing on capitol hill he has submitted his resignation, telling the committee and i quote, i submitted my letter of resignation last night which felt pretty good. so what does all of this mean? i think it's fair to say at this point you have to interpret this, clapper part of the obama administration, the first

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